Infrared laser spectroscopy of the linear C13 carbon cluster

See allHide authors and affiliations

Science  05 Aug 1994:
Vol. 265, Issue 5173, pp. 756-759
DOI: 10.1126/science.11539187


The infrared absorption spectrum of a linear, 13-atom carbon cluster (C13) has been observed by using a supersonic cluster beam-diode laser spectrometer. Seventy-six rovibrational transitions were measured near 1809 wave numbers and assigned to an antisymmetric stretching fundamental in the 1 sigma g+ ground state of C13. This definitive structural characterization of a carbon cluster in the intermediate size range between C10 and C20 is in apparent conflict with theoretical calculations, which predict that clusters of this size should exist as planar monocyclic rings.