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  • Applied Spectroscopy
  • Vol. 76,
  • Issue 1,
  • pp. 150-152
  • (2022)

Molecular Vibrations Are Not Asymmetric

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Abstract

There is considerable confusion when naming vibrations in infrared and Raman spectra. One of the most common errors is the identification of some stretching and bending vibrations as “asymmetric”. There are no asymmetric vibrations as such vibrations incur rotations and translations. The correct term is antisymmetric and it is demonstrated, through molecular symmetry operations, why this is the correct term.

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