Optical Stark and Zeeman Spectroscopy of Thorium Fluoride (ThF) and Thorium Chloride (ThCl)

Duc Trung Nguyen, Timothy Steimle, Colan Linton, Lan Cheng

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Abstract

Experimentally and theoretically determined magnetic and electric dipole moments, bond distances, and vibrational spacings are used for a comparative study of the bonding in ThF and ThCl. Numerous bands in the visible electronic spectra between 16 400 and 18 800 cm -1 of supersonically cooled molecular beam samples have been detected using medium-resolution (0.1 cm -1 ) 2D spectroscopy. High-resolution (δ 1/2< 20 MHz) field-free, Stark, and Zeeman spectroscopy of the detected [18.6]ω = 3/2 - X 2 δ 3/2 band of ThF near 538.4 nm and the [18.2]ω = 3/2 - X 2 δ 3/2 band of ThCl near 551.0 nm have been recorded and analyzed. Stark shifts and splitting were analyzed to produce |μ→ el | values of 1.453(7) D and 0.588(9) D for the X 2 δ 3/2 and [18.6]ω = 3/2 states of ThF, respectively, and 2.022(35) D and 3.020(55) D for the X 2 δ 3/2 and [18.2]ω = 3/2 states of ThCl. Zeeman splittings and shifts were analyzed to produce g e values of 1.038(4) and 1.079(4) for the X 2 δ 3/2 and [18.6]ω = 3/2 states of ThF and 1.130(4) and 1.638(4) for the X 2 δ 3/2 and [18.2]ω = 3/2 states of ThCl. Analysis of g e values demonstrates that the X 2 δ 3/2 and [18.6]ω = 3/2 states of ThF and the X 2 δ 3/2 state of ThCl are predominately 2 δ 3/2 spin-orbit components, whereas the [18.2]ω = 3/2 state of ThCl is an admixture of 2 δ 3/2 and 2 3/2 spin-orbit components. A molecular orbital description of the ground states is used to rationalize the observed |μ→ - el |values for the ThX (X = F, Cl, O, and S) series and garner insight into the bonding mechanism. The dipole moments in the ground state of ThF and ThCl have been calculated using relativistic coupled-cluster methods. It is demonstrated that the systematic inclusion of electron-correlation contributions plays an essential role in obtaining accurate predictions for the dipole-moment values in ThF and ThCl.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1423-1433
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry A
Volume123
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 21 2019

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  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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