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N2[BOND]Cu[BOND]F: A Complex of Dinitrogen and Cuprous Fluoride Characterized by Rotational Spectroscopy


  • The authors thank the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council for supporting this work. N.R.W. thanks the Royal Society for the award of a Royal Society University Research Fellowship.


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Dinitrogen bound: A compound formed by dinitrogen with cuprous fluoride has been synthesized by laser ablation of a copper rod in the presence of a source of F atoms and N2. The rotational spectrum of 15N2[BOND]Cu[BOND]F has been assigned, and the rotational, centrifugal, and nuclear hyperfine coupling constants have been determined. These constants and electronic structure calculations give conclusions about the nature of this novel molecule.