Session P1: Posters and Coffee Break

3:30 PM–3:30 PM, Friday, October 6, 2006
UT Arlington, University Center Room: Rio Grande, 3:30pm-5:30pm

Chair: Robert Ramsey, Pete Williams, Marcus Hawkins, Heather Brown, University of Texas at Arlington

Abstract ID: BAPS.2006.TSF.P1.12

Abstract: P1.00012 : FTIR Studies on Cyclic ($c$-C$_{n}$, $n \le$ 8) and Linear ($\ell$-C$_{n}$, n $\ge$ 7) Carbon Clusters

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Authors:

Rafael Cardenas
C.M.L. Rittby
W.R.M. Graham
(Texas Christian University)

Carbon clusters are formed in the laboratory by trapping the products from the Nd-YAG laser evaporation of graphite in argon and neon matrices. Linear and cyclic C$_{n}$ have been the subjects of extensive theoretical and experimental studies for many years and are important in several areas. Carbon chains are backbones for many molecules detected in the interstellar and circumstellar media. Carbon clusters are important in fullerene chemistry and fuel combustion. FTIR measurements of vibrational fundamentals and carbon-13 isotopic shifts, coupled with the predictions of theoretical calculations, have been successfully employed to identify and characterize the vibrational spectra of a variety of cyclic and linear chains of carbon atoms. For longer C$_{n}$ ($n \ge$ 6) chains, identifications are made easier if both the isotopic pattern for single $^{13}$C-substituted $^{12}$C$^{13}$C$_{n-1}$ isotopomers and the mirror'' isotopic pattern for single $^{12}$C-substituted $^{13}$C$^{12}$C$_{n-1}$ isotopomers can be observed. Once we established a process to produce highly enriched carbon rods ($\sim$85{\%},$^{13}$C), well-resolved isotopic spectra for cyclic $^{13}$C$_{n}$ ($n$=6,8) and linear $^{13}$C$_{n}$ carbon clusters ($n$=3-12) are now obtained routinely. Recent results for cyclic C$_{8}$, linear C$_{7}$, and longer linear C$_{n}$ ($n \ge$ 10) chains are discussed.

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