Electron spin resonance studies of the methane radical cations (12,13CH+4, 12,13CDH+3, 12CD2H+2,12CD3H+, 12CD+4) in solid neon matrices between 2.5 and 11 K: Analysis of tunneling
Knight, L. B.; King, G. M.; Petty, J. T.; Matsushita, M.; Momose, T.; Shida, T. Electron spin resonance studies of the methane radical cations (12,13CH+4, 12,13CDH+3, 12CD2H+2,12CD3H+, 12CD+4) in solid neon matrices between 2.5 and 11 K: Analysis of tunneling. J. Chem. Phys. 1995, 103, 3377-3377.
The radical cation of methane isolated in neon matrices exhibits highly unusual electron spin resonance(ESR) spectral features between 2.5 and 11 K. The anomaly has been clarified by invoking large amplitude tunneling motions of the hydrogens among several symmetrically equivalent Jahn-€“Teller distorted structures. The effect of the tunneling motions upon the ESR spectrum was investigated by an analysis scheme based upon permutation-€“inversion group theory. All the deuterium substituted cations, i.e., CDH+ 3, CD2H+ 2, CD3H+, and CD+ 4 were also studied. The hyperfine coupling constant of 13C was obtained from the study of 13CDH+ 3 and 13CH+ 4. Several independent generation methods were employed during the course of these methane cation studies, including photoionization, electron bombardment, x-€irradiation, and a pulsed lasersurface ionization technique.
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