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Effects of isotopic substitution on the vibrational spectra of α-RDX
Author(s): Ricardo Infante-Castillo; Samuel P. Hernández-Rivera
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Paper Abstract

Infrared and Raman spectra in solid state of the cyclic nitramine hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-s-triazine, commonly known as RDX, and 13C, and 15N (on ring) enriched RDX analogues were recorded and their fundamental frequencies have been assigned using isotopic frequency shifts. RDX exists in two polymorphic forms known as α and β. RDX molecules adopts C3v symmetry in the vapor phase, in solution and in the β-solid phase, in contrast to stable &agr;-RDX solid phase which has close to Cs symmetry. Chemical calculations applying ab initio density functional theory (DFT) have been carried out for the three RDX isotopomers at the 6-311G++** basis set level and the computed vibrational frequencies have been compared with the experimental values. The calculated isotopic frequency shifts, induced by 13C and 15N labeling, are in very good accordance with measured ones. The changes in vibrational modes associated with the isotopic substitutions are well modeled by the calculation and previous assignments of the vibrational spectra have been revised, especially where the exact nature of the vibrational modes had been either vague or contradictory.

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Date Published: 4 May 2007
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6538, Sensors, and Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I) Technologies for Homeland Security and Homeland Defense VI, 653825 (4 May 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.720349
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Ricardo Infante-Castillo, Univ. of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez (United States)
Samuel P. Hernández-Rivera, Univ. of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6538:
Sensors, and Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I) Technologies for Homeland Security and Homeland Defense VI
Edward M. Carapezza, Editor(s)

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