ZBIGNIEW KISIEL, Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Al. Lotników 32/46, 02-668 Warszawa, Poland; MANFRED WINNEWISSSER, BRENDA P. WINNEWISSER, FRANK C. DE LUCIA, Department of Physics, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, USA; DENNIS W. TOKARYK, Department of Physics and Centre for Laser, Atomic, and Molecular Sciences, University of New Brunswick, P.O.Box. 4400, New Brunswick E3B 5A3, Canada; BRANT E. BILLINGHURST, Canadian Light Source Inc., University of Saskatchewan, 101 Perimeter Road, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 0X4, Canada.
The successful analysis of the quantum monodromy induced features in the rotational spectrum of the NCNCS molecule prompted a quest for similar behaviour in its vibration-rotation spectrum and several high-resolution FT-IR spectra were recorded on the IFS125HR interferometer at the Canadian Light Source. The sulfur dicyanide, S(CN)2, molecule is a precursor to NCNCS and the analysis of its spectrum proved to be a prerequisite to a search for the elusive NCNCS transitions. The CLS spectra provided the opportunity to augment the previous extensive analysis of the FASSST rotational spectrum of S(CN)2 with vibration-rotation data, in particular from the 4 fundamental at 121 cm-1 and its related hot-band series. A global fit of the two data sets allowed retaining the detailed analysis of the previously reported perturbations in the 3 4 triad and 4 4 tetrad of states, while allowing for determination of precise energies of all low-lying vibrational states of S(CN)2. In this way we have determined wavenumbers for five lowest fundamentals of this experimentally difficult molecule and obtained an extensive set of benchmark data for calibration of anharmonic force field calculations of such quantities as the vibration-rotation changes in rotational constants, and anharmonicity coefficients. Comparisons with results of several such calculations are presented.