MARIO E. FAJARDO AND C. MICHAEL LINDSAY, AFRL/MNME, Energetic Materials Branch, Ordnance Division, U. S. Air Force Research Laboratory, 2306 Perimeter Rd., Eglin AFB, FL 32542-5910; DAVID T. ANDERSON, Department of Chemistry, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY 82071.

We report new polarization dependent high resolution infrared (IR) absorption spectra of HCl dimers isolated in solid parahydrogen (pH2) produced during annealing of sim 100 ppm HCl/pH2 samples at T = 4.5 K. In our 2001 preliminary report, we showed that the isotopic (H/D and 35Cl/37Cl) splitting patterns quantitatively match those for gas phase HCl dimers; left unresolved was the origin of an additional ~ 0.5 cm-1 splitting observed for each isotopolog. In the interim, a number of experiments have demonstrated that annealed rapid-vapor-deposited pH2 solids consist primarily of "hcp-like" (hcp = hexagonal close packed) regions, with the hcp c-axes oriented preferentially along the surface normal of the cryogenic sample deposition substrate. As a result, HCl dimers occupying adjacent "in-plane" (ip) substitutional vacancies should have their nu2 vibration transition dipole moments oriented perpendicular to the substrate surface normal, and their IR absorption spectra should show a markedly different polarization dependence than HCl dimers occupying adjacent "out-of-plane" (oop) vacancies. The present polarization dependent IR spectra are in complete agreement with these expectations, settling the mystery of the additional ~ 0.5 cm-1 splitting, and bolstering our previous tentative assignment of the doublet at 2832.902 and 2833.412 cm-1 to the broken symmetry allowed nu2+ transitions of ip and oop isotopically mixed H35Cl-H37Cl dimers, respectively. This assignment yields direct measures of the "quantum interconversion" (loosely: "tunneling") splittings for the v2=1 states of ip and oop H35Cl-H37Cl dimers of Delta Eip = 2.250 and Delta Eoop =2.335 cm-1; in the gas phase this splitting is 3.7320(4) cm-1. We believe the \pm 0.001 cm-1 uncertainty on our present measurements makes them the most precise determination of tunneling splittings for any condensed phase species to date.