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Volume 492, Number 3, December IV 2008
Page(s) 875 - 881
Section Atomic, molecular, and nuclear data
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:200810589

A&A 492, 875-881 (2008)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:200810589

Accurate rest frequencies for the submillimetre-wave lines of C$_{\sf 3}$O in ground and vibrationally excited states below 400 cm$^{\sf -1}$ 

L. Bizzocchi, C. Degli Esposti, and L. Dore

Dipartimento di Chimica “G. Ciamician”, via F. Selmi 2, 40126 Bologna, Italy
    e-mail: [luca.bizzocchi;claudio.degliesposti;luca.dore]@unibo.it

Received 14 July 2008 / Accepted 18 September 2008

The submillimetre-wave spectrum of C3O ( $X^1\Sigma^+$) has been investigated in the laboratory using a source-modulation microwave spectrometer equipped with a gas-phase flow pyrolysis system for the production of unstable chemical species. C3O was produced by thermal decomposition of fumaryl chloride at 900 °C. Thirty-seven new rotational transitions were observed in the frequency range 307–740 GHz for the ground vibrational state, reaching a J quantum number as high as 76. Additionally, new millimetre-wave and submillimetre-wave lines were recorded for the bending fundamental v5 = 1, and for its overtones v5 = 2 and v5 = 3 whose rotational spectra have been identified for the first time. The new laboratory measurements provide much improved rest frequencies in the submillimetre spectral region for the ground state spectra of C3O, and for the first levels of its low-energy v5 vibrational ladder, useful for the radioastronomical identification of their rotational lines in the ISM.

Key words: molecular data -- methods: laboratory -- techniques: spectroscopic -- radio lines: ISM

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