CRISTOBAL PEREZ, DANIEL P. ZALESKI, NATHAN A. 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.
After our previous study of the rotational spectrum of water clusters in the 6-18 GHz region, in order to study clusters of larger size (>8 water molecules), a chirped-pulse Fourier transform microwave spectrometer in the 2-8 GHz frequency range has been used to obtain the broadband rotational spectra of five water nonamer isomers and four water decamer isomers in a pulsed molecular beam. The oxygen atom framework geometries for three nonamers and two decamers have also been unambiguously identified from isotopic labeling measurements using an H218O enriched sample. Three of the four observed water decamer show tunneling effect associated with the internal dynamics of hydrogen-bond network in a similar fashion as the prism water hexamer. These tunneling paths are quenched upon a single incorporation of a H218O molecule in the cluster. Due the large amount of closely-spaced rotational transitions in the H218O spectrum, automated fitting tools were employed to extract the corresponding rotational spectra, which will be also briefly described.