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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

A Matter of Moment

The rotational spectra of polyatomic molecules depend on the moments on inertia about the principal axes. We considered 4 cases: linear molecules, spherical tops, oblate symmetric tops and prolate symmetric tops.

We backtracked to vibration spectroscopy to discuss the Franck-Condon principle, or the principle of vertical excitation. It adds a third rule to our list: What goes up must come down; You can't always get there from here; When you go up, go straight up!

Answers to the exercise to determine the type of molecular "top".

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