A. R. W. MCKELLAR, Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences, National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, ON K1A 0R6, Canada; D. W. TOKARYK, Department of Physics and Centre for Laser, Atomic, and Molecular Sciences, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB E3B 5A3, Canada; LI-HONG XU, Department of Physical Sciences and Centre for Laser, Atomic, and Molecular Sciences, University of New Brunswick, Saint John, NB E2L 4L5, Canada; D. R. T. APPADOO AND T. MAY, Canadian Light Source, 101 Perimeter Road, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK S7N 0X4, Canada.
Synchrotron radiation from the new Canadian Light Source facility has been used to obtain a high resolution (0.0012 cm-1) absorption spectrum of acrolein, CH2CHCHO, in the 550-660 cm-1 region. Almost 2000 transitions have been included in a detailed analysis of the 12 ( 564 cm-1) and 17 ( 593 cm-1) fundamental bands to obtain precise values for the band origins, rotational and centrifugal distortion parameters. The analysis included the a- and b-type Coriolis interactions connecting 12 and 17, as well as an a-type Coriolis interaction between 17 and a ``dark" perturbing state, identified as 4 18. We believe that this is the first high resolution infrared study of acrolein.