SIMON LOBSIGER, CRISTOBAL PEREZ, DANIEL P. ZALESKI, NATHAN SEIFERT, BROOKS H. PATE, Department of Chemistry, University of Virginia, McCormick Rd., Charlottesville, VA 22904-4319; ZBIGNIEW KISIEL, Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Al. Lotników 32/46, 02-668 Warszawa, Poland; BERHANE TEMELSO, GEORGE C. SHIELDS, Dean's Office, College of Arts and Sciences, and Department of Chemistry, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA 17837.
The rotational spectra of the three lowest energy conformers of the water hexamer have recently been observed and assigned using chirped-pulse Fourier-transform microwave spectroscopy. In that study single 18O isotopic substitution allowed determination of oxygen framework geometries for all three clusters. Further isotopic spectra have been recorded since then: of water samples with 18O:16O ratios of 3:1 and 1:3, and of weakly deuterated water. Each spectrum results from averaging of around 10M free-induction-decays and the achieved high S/N ratio allowed assignment for each cluster of isotopic species with practically all possible 16O,18O isotopic combinations, ranging from all 16O to all 18O species. In addition, all 12 single deuterium species of each conformer have been assigned. This unprecedented abundance of isotopic information, resulting in rotational constants for close to 228 different species, is combined in new determinations of the structures of these clusters, providing a deeper insight into the properties of the underlying hydrogen bonding.