The structure of the carbon dioxide dimer from near infrared spectroscopy
An F?center laser–molecular beam spectrometer has been used to obtain a sub?Doppler resolution infrared spectrum of the carbon dioxide dimer. The vibrational mode investigated in this study corresponds to the ?1+?3 combination mode of the monomer located at 3716 cm? 1. A qualitative assignment of the spectrum shows unambiguously that the equilibrium structure of the dimer is the slipped parallel, rather than the T?shaped, geometry. The observed spectrum cannot be fit to within experimental error using conventional asymmetric rotor formalism. This may be due to a number of factors such as Fermi resonance between the upper state levels of the band and nearby levels of the dimer, such as seen in the monomer, or it could arise from tunneling effects arising from the two large amplitude motions in the dimer.