Symmetry Properties of Rigid Molecules

  • G. S. Ezra
Part of the Lecture Notes in Chemistry book series (LNC, volume 28)


In this chapter we turn to the problem of the symmetry properties of quasirigid molecules. Apart from being a question of fundamental importance in molecular physics, this subject is of some topical interest, as the availability of tunable infrared lasers has made it possible to obtain the vibration-rotation spectra of highly symmetric molecules such as CH4, SF6, and CF4 at very high resolution (~ 10−3 cm−1) and a prerequisite for interpretation of the interesting features revealed by such measurements [83] is a clear and detailed understanding of the assignment of symmetry labels to molecular states and tensor operators.


Point Group Molecular Symmetry Rigid Molecule Nonrigid Molecule Identical Nucleus 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. S. Ezra
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  1. 1.Department of ChemistryThe University of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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