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Keywords:

  • fluorine;
  • high oxidation states;
  • matrix isolation;
  • mercury;
  • oxyfluorides
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Getting to the root of Hg: Experiments with amalgams as a source for laser-ablated Hg atoms as reaction partners with OF2 gave strong HgF2 IR absorptions and new bands in the Hg[BOND]F stretching region for OHgF and FOHgF molecules trapped in solid neon and argon. Assignment of these new bands to the first oxyfluoride of mercury, OHgF, and to the FOHgF insertion product is supported by quantum-chemical methods.