L. BORVAYEH, N. MOAZZEN-AHMADI, Department of Physics and Astronomy, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4, Canada; V.-H. HORNEMAN, Department of Physical Sciences, University of Oulu, PO Box 3000, Fin-90014, Oulu, Finland.
The 9 fundamental band of ethane occurs in the 12 µ m region. It is the strongest band of ethane in a terrestrial window and is commonly used to determine ethane's abundance in the atmospheres of the Jovian planets and comets, and to determine their temperature. The 9+ 4- 4 band occurs in the same region; neither can be analysed as an isolated band, since both are embedded in the torsional bath of the ground vibrational state. Precise and accurate absolute intensities of these bands are crucial for correct interpretation of recent Cassini observations of ethane spectra in the atmospheres of Saturn and Titan. Although, our group has carried out a satisfactory frequency analysis of the 9 fundamental, a complete analysis of 9+ 4- 4 is hampered due to an interaction with the 12 fundamental. This fundamental vibration is infrared inactive. It is also very weakly Raman active. To access this vibrational state, we have obtained a high resolution Fourier transform spectrum of the weak 12- 9 band using a Bruker IFS120HR. An absorption path length of 172 m was used. In this talk, I will describe a global frequency analysis of data including the four lowest vibrational states of ethane.