CURTIS P. RINSLAND, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA 23681; V. MALATHY DEVI, D. CHRIS BENNER, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795; THOMAS A. BLAKE, TONY MASIELLO, ROBERT L. SAMS, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA 99352; LINDA R. BROWN, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California 91109; ISABELLE KLEINER, A. DEHAYEM KAMADJEU, Laboratoire Interuniversitaire des Systèmes Atmosphériques, Universités Paris 7 et Paris 12 et CNRS, 94010 Créteil, France; HOLGER S. P. MÜLLER, I. Physikalisches Institut, Universität zu Köln, Zülpicher Str.77, 50937 Köln, Germany; ROBERT R. GAMACHE, DANIELLE L. NILES, University of Mass. Lowell, Lowell MA 01854, USA.
To support remote sensing of the atmosphere of Titan, we are analyzing CH3CN, a predicted constituent with spectral signatures in the mid- and far infrared that are candidates for detection in the emission spectra recorded by the Composite Infrared Spectrometer (CIRS). The parallel 4 band of CH3CN near 920 cm-1 has been analyzed in high resolution (0.0016 cm-1) laboratory spectra of pure and N2-broadened CH3CN recorded at room temperature using the Bruker 125 HR Fourier transform spectrometer located at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). These data have been fitted simultaneously with the multispectrum nonlinear least squares technique in order to maximize the accuracy of the retrieved parameters. Short spectral intervals containing manifolds of transitions from the same value of J are fitted together. In all, we have obtained accurate line positions, absolute line intensities, self- and N2-broadening coefficients for the P(44) through P(3) and R(0) through R(46) manifolds. Pressure-induced shifts were also determined where possible. Variation of the width and shift coefficients with the J and K quantum numbers will be discussed. Intensities will be analyzed and compared to the integrated absorption coefficients reported by Rinsland et al. The status of the assignments for CH3CN in the mid- and far infrared regions is discussed.