Resonance Raman scattering of ethylene: Evidence for a twisted geometry in the V state

L. D. Ziegler, Bruce S Hudson

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The resonance Raman spectra of ethylene obtained with 212.8 and 193.4 nm excitation are presented. With these excitation frequencies, on the red edge of the N→V absorption system, strong enhancement of the even overtones of the torsional coordinate is found. In addition, scattering to the carbon-carbon double bond stretching and the symmetric CH 2 scissors modes show enhancement. These results demonstrate that the CH 2groups lie in mutually perpendicular planes in the nuclear equilibrium configuration of the V state, while the C-C bond distance has been lengthened and the HCH angles reduced relative to those of the ground state. These results are discussed within the context of the G 16(2) dynamic point group and recent calculations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1197-1202
Number of pages6
JournalThe Journal of Chemical Physics
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1983
Externally publishedYes


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  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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