Rotational spectra of isotopic species of methyl cyanide, CH3CN, in their ground vibrational states up to terahertz frequencies
I. Physikalisches Institut, Universität zu Köln, Zülpicher Str. 77, 50937 Köln, Germany e-mail: email@example.com
2 Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Mail Stop 183-301, 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, CA 91011-8099, USA
Accepted: 15 August 2009
Context. Methyl cyanide is an important trace molecule in star-forming regions. It is one of the more common molecules used to derive kinetic temperatures in such sources.
Aims. As preparatory work for Herschel, SOFIA, and in particular ALMA we want to improve the rest frequencies of the main as well as minor isotopologs of methyl cyanide.
Methods. The laboratory rotational spectrum of methyl cyanide in natural isotopic composition has been recorded up to 1.63 THz.
Results. Transitions with good signal-to-noise ratio could be identified for CH3CN, 13CH3CN, CHCN, CH3C15N, CH2DCN, and 13CHCN in their ground vibrational states up to about 1.2 THz. The main isotopic species could be identified even in the highest frequency spectral recordings around 1.6 THz. The highest J' quantum numbers included in the fit are 64 for 13CHCN and 89 for the main isotopic species. Greatly improved spectroscopic parameters have been obtained by fitting the present data together with previously reported transition frequencies.
Conclusions. The present data will be helpful to identify isotopologs of methyl cyanide in the higher frequency bands of instruments such as the recently launched Herschel satellite, the upcoming airplane mission SOFIA or the radio telescope array ALMA.
Key words: molecular data / methods: laboratory / techniques: spectroscopic / radio lines: ISM / ISM: molecules
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