Source Publication (e.g., journal title)

Journal of Chemical Physics

Document Type


Publication Date

January 2003


We present a model for the line shapes of infrared-active Q1(0) vibron bands observed in solid parahydrogen doped with low concentrations of spherical substitutional impurities. The line shapes are highly sensitive to the H2 vibrational dependence of the dopant–H2 interaction. When this vibrational dependence is strong, the dopant can trap the infrared-active vibron in its first solvation shell; in this case, the trapped vibron manifests itself in the absorption spectrum as a narrow feature to the red of the pure solid’s vibron band.

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