Write a paragraph describing the information about a rotating molecule that is provided in the polar plot of \(Pr [\theta, \theta ] \) for the \(J = 1\), \(m_J = \pm 1\) state in Figure \(\PageIndex{1}\). They are oriented so that the products of inertia are zero. Exercise \(\PageIndex{5}\): Cyclic Boundary Conditions. Equation \(\ref{5.8.29}\) means that \(J\) controls the allowed values of \(m_J\). 1) Rotational Energy Levels (term values) for diatomic molecules and linear polyatomic molecules 2) The rigid rotor approximation 3) The effects of centrifugal distortion on the energy levels 4) The Principle Moments of Inertia of a molecule. Construct a rotational energy level diagram including \(J = 0\) through \(J=5\). Any changes in the mass distribution will produce a different energy level structure and spectroscopic transition frequencies. Inserting \(\lambda\), evaluating partial derivatives, and rearranging Equation \(\ref{5.8.15}\) produces, \[\dfrac {1}{\Theta (\theta)} \left [ \sin \theta \dfrac {\partial}{\partial \theta } \left (\sin \theta \dfrac {\partial}{\partial \theta } \right ) \Theta (\theta) + \left ( \lambda \sin ^2 \theta \right ) \Theta (\theta) \right ] = - \dfrac {1}{\Phi (\varphi)} \dfrac {\partial ^2}{\partial \varphi ^2} \Phi (\varphi) \label {5.8.17}\]. The properties they retain are associated with angular momentum. The \(J = 1\), \(m_J = 0\) function is 0 when \(\theta\) = 90°. In this discussion we’ll concentrate mostly on diatomic molecules, to keep things as simple as possible. Only two variables \(\theta\) and \(\varphi\) are required in the rigid rotor model because the bond length, \(r\), is taken to be the constant \(r_0\). Quantum mechanics of light absorption. . Polyatomic molecules. Claculate the rotational energy levels and angular quantum number. H-H and Cl-Cl don't give rotational spectrum (microwave inactive). Molecules can also undergo transitions in their vibrational or rotational energy levels. Finding the \(\Theta (\theta)\) functions that are solutions to the \(\theta\)-equation (Equation \(\ref{5.8.18}\)) is a more complicated process. Have questions or comments? Compare this information to the classical picture of a rotating object. By signing up for this email, you are agreeing to news, offers, and information from Encyclopaedia Britannica. A rigid, nonlinear molecule has rotational energy levels determined by three rotational constants, conventionally written ,, and , which can often be determined by rotational spectroscopy. The potential energy, \(V\), is set to \(0\) because the distance between particles does not change within the rigid rotor approximation. This lecture is in continuation of our series on Rotational Spectroscopy. We can rewrite Equation \(\ref{5.8.3}\) as, \[T = \omega\dfrac{{I}\omega}{2} = \dfrac{1}{2}{I}\omega^2 \label{5.8.10}\]. However, In reality, \(V \neq 0\) because even though the average distance between particles does not change, the particles still vibrate. Use Euler’s Formula to show that \(e^{im_J2\pi}\) equals 1 for \(m_J\) equal to zero or any positive or negative integer. The rigid rotor is a mechanical model that is used to explain rotating systems. - The vibrational states are typically 500 -5000 cm-1. David M. Hanson, Erica Harvey, Robert Sweeney, Theresa Julia Zielinski ("Quantum States of Atoms and Molecules"). Polyatomic molecules may rotate about the x, y or z axes, or some combination of the three. In addition, if I have two atoms connected by a bond, their motion relative to one another, a vibration is a place where energy can be stored. Watch the recordings here on Youtube! In the classical picture, a molecule rotating in a plane perpendicular to the xy‑plane must have the internuclear axis lie in the xy‑plane twice every revolution, but the quantum mechanical description says that the probability of being in the xy-plane is zero. The spherical harmonics called \(Y_J^{m_J}\) are functions whose probability \(|Y_J^{m_J}|^2\) has the well known shapes of the s, p and d orbitals etc learned in general chemistry. So, although the internuclear axis is not always aligned with the z-axis, the probability is highest for this alignment. Physically, the energy of the rotation does not depend on the direction, which is reflected in the fact that the energy depends only on \(J\) (Equation \(\ref{5.8.30}\)), which measures the length of the vector, not its direction given mb \(m_J\). A rigid rotor only approximates a rotating diatomic molecular if vibration is ignored. To solve the Schrödinger equation for the rigid rotor, we will separate the variables and form single-variable equations that can be solved independently. Introduction to Quantum Chemistry, 1969, W.A. Solutions are found to be a set of power series called Associated Legendre Functions (Table M2), which are power series of trigonometric functions, i.e., products and powers of sine and cosine functions. where \(l_i\) is the angular momentum of the ith particle, and \(L\) is the angular momentum of the entire system. Benjamin, Inc, pg.91-100. where we introduce the number \(m\) to track how many wavelengths of the wavefunction occur around one rotation (similar to the wavelength description of the Bohr atom). For a diatomic molecule the energy difference between rotational levels (J to J+1) is given by: EJ + 1 − EJ = B(J + 1)(J + 2) − BJ(J = 1) = 2B(J + 1) with J=0, 1, 2,... Because the difference of energy between rotational levels is in the microwave region (1-10 cm -1) rotational spectroscopy is commonly called microwave spectroscopy. The quantized energy levels for the spectroscopy come from the overall rotational motion of the molecule. The rotational energy levels of the molecule based on rigid rotor model can be expressed as, where is the rotational constant of the molecule and is related to the moment of inertia of the molecule I B = I C by, Selection rules dictate that during emission or absorption the rotational quantum number has to change by unity i.e. Dening the rotational constant as B=~2 2r2 1 hc= h 8ˇ2cr2, the rotational terms are simply F(J) = BJ(J+ 1): In a transition from a rotational level J00(lower level) to J0(higher level), … For a rigid rotor, the total energy is the sum of kinetic (\(T\)) and potential (\(V\)) energies. The relationship between the three moments of inertia, and hence the energy levels, depends … Rotational spectroscopy. Equation \ref{5.8.10} shows that the energy of the rigid rotor scales with increasing angular frequency (i.e., the faster is rotates) and with increasing moment of inertia (i.e, the inertial resistance to rotation). Missed the LibreFest? Label each level with the appropriate values for the quantum numbers \(J\) and \(m_J\). …radiation can cause changes in rotational energy levels within molecules, making it useful for other purposes. Use calculus to evaluate the probability of finding the internuclear axis of a molecule described by the \(J = 1\), \(m_J = 0\) wavefunction somewhere in the region defined by a range in \(\theta\) of 0° to 45°, and a range in of 0° to 90°. However, for many actual diatomics this model is too restrictive since distances are usually not completely fixed and corrections on the rigid model can be made to compensate for small variations in the distance. That is, from J = 0 to J = 1, the ΔE0 → 1 is 2Bh and from J = 1 to J = 2, the ΔE1 → 2 is 4Bh. This rotating molecule can be assumed to be a rigid rotor molecule. [ "article:topic", "rigid rotor", "cyclic boundary condition", "spherical harmonics", "showtoc:no", "license:ccbyncsa" ], 5.7: Hermite Polynomials are either Even or Odd Functions, 5.9: The Rigid Rotator is a Model for a Rotating Diatomic Molecule, Copenhagen interpretation of wavefunctions, information contact us at info@libretexts.org, status page at https://status.libretexts.org, \(\dfrac {1}{\sqrt {2 \pi}}e^{i \varphi}\), \(\sqrt {\dfrac {3}{8 \pi}}\sin \theta e^{i \varphi}\), \(\dfrac {1}{\sqrt {2 \pi}}e^{-i\varphi}\), \(\sqrt {\dfrac {3}{8 \pi}}\sin \theta e^{-i \varphi}\), \(\sqrt {\dfrac {5}{8}}(3\cos ^2 \theta - 1)\), \(\sqrt {\dfrac {5}{16\pi}}(3\cos ^2 \theta - 1)\), \(\sqrt {\dfrac {15}{4}} \sin \theta \cos \theta \), \(\sqrt {\dfrac {15}{8\pi}} \sin \theta \cos \theta e^{i\varphi}\), \(\sqrt {\dfrac {15}{8\pi}} \sin \theta \cos \theta e^{-i\varphi}\), \(\sqrt {\dfrac {15}{16}} \sin ^2 \theta \), \(\dfrac {1}{\sqrt {2 \pi}}e^{2i\varphi}\), \(\sqrt {\dfrac {15}{32\pi}} \sin ^2 \theta e^{2i\varphi} \), \(\sqrt {\dfrac {15}{32\pi}} \sin ^2 \theta e^{-2i\varphi} \), Compare the classical and quantum rigid rotor in three dimensions, Demonstrate how to use the Separation of Variable technique to solve the 3D rigid rotor Schrödinger Equation, Identify and interpret the two quantum numbers for a 3D quantum rigid rotor including the range of allowed values, Describe the wavefunctions of the 3D quantum rigid rotor in terms of nodes, average displacements and most probable displacements, Describe the energies of the 3D quantum rigid rotor in terms of values and degeneracies, \(J=0\): The lowest energy state has \(J = 0\) and \(m_J = 0\). \[ E = \dfrac {\hbar ^2 \lambda}{2I} = J(J + 1) \dfrac {\hbar ^2}{2I} \label {5.8.30}\]. Example \(\PageIndex{7}\): Molecular Oxygen. The LibreTexts libraries are Powered by MindTouch ® and are supported by the Department of Education Open Textbook Pilot Project, the UC Davis Office of the Provost, the UC Davis Library, the California State University Affordable Learning Solutions Program, and Merlot. Anderson, J.M. For \(J = 1\) and \(m_J = 0\), the probability of finding the internuclear axis is independent of the angle \(\varphi\) from the x-axis, and greatest for finding the internuclear axis along the z‑axis, but there also is a probability for finding it at other values of \(\theta\) as well. The polar plot of \(( Y^0_1)^2\) is shown in Figure \(\PageIndex{1}\). The energies of the rotational levels are given by Equation 7.6.5, E = J(J + 1)ℏ2 2I and each energy level has a degeneracy of 2J + 1 due to the different mJ values. The rotational energy levels within a molecule correspond to the different possible ways in which a portion of a molecule can revolve around the chemical bond that binds it to the remainder of the…, In the gas phase, molecules are relatively far apart compared to their size and are free to undergo rotation around their axes. Sketch this region as a shaded area on Figure \(\PageIndex{1}\). Each pair of values for the quantum numbers, \(J\) and \(m_J\), identifies a rotational state and hence a specific wavefunction with associated energy. Knowledge of the rotational-vibrational structure, the corresponding energy levels, and their transition probabilities is essential for the understanding of the laser process. Substitute Equation \(\ref{5.8.22}\) into Equation \(\ref{5.8.21}\) to show that it is a solution to that differential equation. \frac{d^{2}}{d \varphi^{2}} \Phi_{\mathrm{m}}(\varphi)+m_{J}^{2} \Phi_{\mathrm{m}}(\varphi)=& \frac{d}{d \varphi}\left(\mathrm{N}\left(\pm \mathrm{i} m_{J}\right) e^{\pm \mathrm{i} m_{J} \varphi}\right)+m_{J}^{2} \Phi_{\mathrm{m}}(\varphi) \\ In spherical coordinates the area element used for integrating \(\theta\) and \(\varphi\) is, \[ds = \sin \theta\, d \theta \,d \varphi \label {5.8.33}\]. However, we have to determine \(v_i\) in terms of rotation since we are dealing with rotation motion. Describe how the spacing between levels varies with increasing \(J\). Some examples. Consider the significance of the probability density function by examining the \(J = 1\), \(m_J = 0\) wavefunction. The linear rigid rotor model consists of two point masses located at fixed distances from their center of mass. Note that a double integral will be needed. Since we already solved this previously, we immediately write the solutions: \[ \Phi _m (\varphi) = N e^{\pm im_J \varphi} \label {5.8.22}\]. Hence, there exist \((2J+1)\) different wavefunctions with that energy. The two differential equations to solve are the \(\theta\)-equation, \[\sin \theta \dfrac {d}{d \theta} \left ( \sin \theta \dfrac {d}{d \theta} \right ) \Theta (\theta ) + \left ( \lambda \sin ^2 \theta - m_J^2 \right ) \Theta (\theta ) = 0 \label {5.8.18}\], \[ \dfrac {d^2}{d \varphi ^2} \Phi (\varphi ) + m_J^2 \Phi (\varphi) = 0 \label {5.8.21}\]. Since \(\omega\) is a scalar constant, we can rewrite Equation \ref{5.8.6} as: \[T = \dfrac{\omega}{2}\sum{m_{i}\left(v_{i}{X}r_{i}\right)} = \dfrac{\omega}{2}\sum{l_{i}} = \omega\dfrac{L}{2} \label{5.8.7}\]. If a diatomic molecule is assumed to be rigid (i.e., internal vibrations are not considered) and composed of two atoms…. These functions are tabulated above for \(J = 0\) through \(J = 2\) and for \(J = 3\) in the Spherical Harmonics Table (M4) Polar plots of some of the \(\theta\)-functions are shown in Figure \(\PageIndex{3}\). Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences. The energy is \(\dfrac {6\hbar ^2}{2I}\), and there are, For J=2, \(E = (2)(3)(ħ^2/2I) = 6(ħ^2/2I)\), For J=3, \(E = (3)(4)(ħ^2/2I) = 12(ħ^2/2I)\), For J=4, \(E = (4)(5)(ħ^2/2I) = 20(ħ^2/2I)\), For J=5, \(E = (5)(6)(ħ^2/2I) = 30(ħ^2/2I)\). Also, we know from physics that, where \(I\) is the moment of inertia of the rigid body relative to the axis of rotation. Within the Copenhagen interpretation of wavefunctions, the absolute square (or modulus squared) of the rigid rotor wavefunction \(Y^{m_{J*}}_J (\theta, \varphi) Y^{m_J}_J (\theta, \varphi) \) gives the probability density for finding the internuclear axis oriented at \(\theta\) to the z-axis and \(\varphi\) to the x-axis. We also acknowledge previous National Science Foundation support under grant numbers 1246120, 1525057, and 1413739. Rotational spectroscopy is concerned with the measurement of the energies of transitions between quantized rotational states of molecules in the gas phase. Note that this \(\lambda\) has no connection to a wavelength; it is merely being used as an algebraic symbol for the combination of constants shown in Equation \(\ref{5.8.16}\). The rigid rotor approximation greatly simplifys our discussion. A caroussel of mass 1 tonn( 1000 kg)(evenly distributed to the disc) has a diameter 20m and rotates 10 times per minute. For a determination of these molecular properties it is necessary to calculate the wave functions. where \(\omega\) is the angular velocity, we can say that: Thus we can rewrite Equation \(\ref{5.8.3}\) as: \[T = \dfrac{1}{2}\sum{m_{i}v_{i}\left(\omega{X}r_{i}\right)} \label{5.8.6}\]. Keep in mind that, if \(y\) is not a function of \(x\), \[ \dfrac {dy}{dx} = y \dfrac {d}{dx} \nonumber\], Equation \(\ref{5.8.17}\) says that the function on the left, depending only on the variable \(\theta\), always equals the function on the right, depending only on the variable \(\varphi\), for all values of \(\theta\) and \(\varphi\). The only way two different functions of independent variables can be equal for all values of the variables is if both functions are equal to a constant (review separation of variables). The solution to the \(\theta\)-equation requires that \(λ\) in Equation \(\ref{5.8.17}\) be given by. It is convenient to discuss rotation with in the spherical coordinate system rather than the Cartesian system (Figure \(\PageIndex{1}\)). Ring in the new year with a Britannica Membership - Now 30% off. Effect of anharmonicity. The range of the integral is only from \(0\) to \(2π\) because the angle \(\varphi\) specifies the position of the internuclear axis relative to the x-axis of the coordinate system and angles greater than \(2π\) do not specify additional new positions. Selection rules. Hint: draw and compare Lewis structures for components of air and for water. The energies of the spectral lines are 2(J+1)B for the transitions J -> J+1. This state has an energy \(E_0 = 0\). \end{aligned}\]. Compute the energy levels for a rotating molecule for \(J = 0\) to \(J = 5\) using units of \(\dfrac {\hbar ^2}{2I}\). Rotational energy levels of a diatomic molecule Spectra of a diatomic molecule Moments of inertia for polyatomic molecules Polyatomic molecular rotational spectra Intensities of microwave spectra Sample Spectra Problems and quizzes Solutions Topic 2 Rotational energy levels of diatomic molecules A molecule rotating about an axis with an angular velocity C=O (carbon monoxide) is an example. This fact means the probability of finding the internuclear axis in this particular horizontal plane is 0 in contradiction to our classical picture of a rotating molecule. MIT OpenCourseWare (Robert Guy Griffin and Troy Van Voorhis). Freeman and Company. The LibreTexts libraries are Powered by MindTouch® and are supported by the Department of Education Open Textbook Pilot Project, the UC Davis Office of the Provost, the UC Davis Library, the California State University Affordable Learning Solutions Program, and Merlot. For more information contact us at info@libretexts.org or check out our status page at https://status.libretexts.org. In Fig. The \(\Theta (\theta)\) functions, along with their normalization constants, are shown in the third column of Table \(\PageIndex{1}\). Simplify the appearance of the right-hand side of Equation \(\ref{5.8.15}\) by defining a parameter \(\lambda\): \[ \lambda = \dfrac {2IE}{\hbar ^2}. There are two quantum numbers that describe the quantum behavior of a rigid rotor in three-deminesions: \(J\) is the total angular momentum quantum number and \(m_J\) is the z-component of the angular momentum. ROTATIONAL ENERGY LEVELS AND ROTATIONAL SPECTRA OF A DIATOMIC MOLECULE || RIGID ROTATOR MODEL || Pankaj Physics Gulati. Looking at rotational energy separately around an object's axis of rotation, the following dependence on the object's moment of inertia is observed: The spectra of polar molecules can be measured in absorption or emission by microwave spectroscopy or by far infrared spectroscopy. Atkins, Peter and de Paula, Julio. Polyatomic molecules. Internal rotations. Note this diagram is not to scale. Term Φ s | N 2 |Φ s / 2μR 2 represents rotational kinetic energy of the two nuclei, about their center of mass, in a given electronic state Φ s. Possible values of the same are different rotational energy levels for the molecule. Calculate \(J = 0\) to \(J = 1\) rotational transition of the \(\ce{O2}\) molecule with a bond length of 121 pm. 44-4 we picture a diatomic molecule as a rigid dumbbell (two point masses m, and mz separated by a constant distance r~ that can rotate about axes through its center of mass, perpendicular to the line joining them. Figure 7.5.1: Energy levels and line positions calculated in the rigid rotor approximation. Transitions involving changes in both vibrational and rotational states can be abbreviated as rovibrational transitions. Hello members, I have a doubt. Even in such a case the rigid rotor model is a useful model system to master. New York: W.H. Interpretation of Quantum Numbers for a Rigid Rotor. Rotational spectroscopy is sometimes referred to as pure rotational spectroscop… The spherical harmonic wavefunction is labeled with \(m_J\) and \(J\) because its functional form depends on both of these quantum numbers. Normal modes of vibration. Energy levels for diatomic molecules. \[E = \dfrac {\hbar^2}{I} = \dfrac {\hbar^2}{\mu r^2} \nonumber\], \[\mu_{O2} = \dfrac{m_{O} m_{O}}{m_{O} + m_{O}} = \dfrac{(15.9994)(15.9994)}{15.9994 + 15.9994} = 7.9997 \nonumber\]. The combination of Equations \(\ref{5.8.16}\) and \(\ref{5.8.28}\) reveals that the energy of this system is quantized. Well, i calculated the moment of inertia, I=mr^2; m is the mass of the object. ROTATIONAL ENERGY LEVELS. The \(\varphi\)-equation is similar to the Schrödinger Equation for the free particle. Each allowed energy of rigid rotor is \((2J+1)\)-fold degenerate. convert from atomic units to kilogram using the conversion: 1 au = 1.66 x 10-27 kg. For \(J = 0\) to \(J = 5\), identify the degeneracy of each energy level and the values of the \(m_J\) quantum number that go with each value of the \(J\) quantum number. The rotation transition refers to the loss or gain … kinldy clear it. apart while the rotational levels have typical separations of 1 - 100 cm-1 &\left.=\mathrm{N}\left(\pm \mathrm{i} m_{J}\right)^{2} e^{\pm i m_{J} \varphi}\right)+m_{J}^{2}\left(\mathrm{N} e^{\pm \mathrm{i} m_{J} \varphi}\right) \\ It is concerned with transitions between rotational energy levels in the molecules, the molecule gives a rotational spectrum only If it has a permanent dipole moment: A‾ B+ B+ A‾ Rotating molecule H-Cl, and C=O give rotational spectrum (microwave active). We need to evaluate Equation \ref{5.8.23} with \(\psi(\varphi)=N e^{\pm i m J \varphi} \), \[\begin{align*} \psi^{*}(\varphi) \psi(\varphi) &= N e^{+i m J \varphi} N e^{-i m J \varphi} \\[4pt] &=N^{2} \\[4pt] 1=\int_{0}^{2 \pi} N^* N d \varphi=1 & \\[4pt] N^{2} (2 \pi) =1 \\[4pt] N=\sqrt{1 / 2 \pi} \end{align*}\]. They have moments of inertia Ix, Iy, Izassociated with each axis, and also corresponding rotational constants A, B and C [A = h/(8 2cIx), B = h/(8 2cIy), C = h/(8 2cIz)]. So the entire molecule can rotate in space about various axes. \[\Phi _{m_J} (\varphi) = \sqrt{\dfrac{1}{2\pi}} e^{\pm i m_J \varphi} \nonumber \]. For a fixed value of \(J\), the different values of \(m_J\) reflect the different directions the angular momentum vector could be pointing – for large, positive \(m_J\) the angular momentum is mostly along +z; if \(m_J\) is zero the angular momentum is orthogonal to \(z\). For each state with \(J = 0\) and \(J = 1\), use the function form of the \(Y\) spherical harmonics and Figure \(\PageIndex{1}\) to determine the most probable orientation of the internuclear axis in a diatomic molecule, i.e., the most probable values for \(\theta\) and \(\theta\). The normalization condition, Equation \(\ref{5.8.23}\) is used to find a value for \(N\) that satisfies Equation \(\ref{5.8.22}\). Raman effect. In terms of these constants, the rotational partition function can be written in the high temperature limit as The first is rotational energy. We first write the rigid rotor wavefunctions as the product of a theta-function depending only on \(\theta\) and a phi-function depending only on \(\varphi\), \[ | \psi (\theta , \varphi ) \rangle = | \Theta (\theta ) \Phi (\varphi) \rangle \label {5.8.11}\], We then substitute the product wavefunction and the Hamiltonian written in spherical coordinates into the Schrödinger Equation \(\ref{5.8.12}\), \[\hat {H} | \Theta (\theta ) \Phi (\varphi) \rangle = E | \Theta (\theta ) \Phi (\varphi) \rangle \label {5.8.12}\], \[ -\dfrac {\hbar ^2}{2\mu r^2_0} \left [ \dfrac {\partial}{\partial r_0} r^2_0 \dfrac {\partial}{\partial r_0} + \dfrac {1}{\sin \theta} \dfrac {\partial}{\partial \theta } \sin \theta \dfrac {\partial}{\partial \theta } + \dfrac {1}{\sin ^2 \theta} \dfrac {\partial ^2}{\partial \varphi ^2} \right ] | \Theta (\theta ) \Phi (\varphi) \rangle = E | \Theta (\theta) \Phi (\varphi) \rangle \label {5.8.13}\], Since \(r = r_0\) is constant for the rigid rotor and does not appear as a variable in the functions, the partial derivatives with respect to \(r\) are zero; i.e. Label each level with the appropriate values for the quantum numbers \(J\) and \(m_J\). where the area element \(ds\) is centered at \(\theta _0\) and \(\varphi _0\). Also, since the probability is independent of the angle \(\varphi\), the internuclear axis can be found in any plane containing the z-axis with equal probability. Each pair of values for the quantum numbers, \(J\) and \(m_J\), identifies a rotational state with a wavefunction (Equation \(\ref{5.8.11}\)) and energy (below). Unless otherwise noted, LibreTexts content is licensed by CC BY-NC-SA 3.0. The rotational spectra of non-polar molecules cannot be observed by those methods, but can be observed and measured by Raman spectroscopy. There are, \(J=2\): The next energy level is for \(J = 2\). To calculate the allowed rotational energy level from quantum mechanics using Schrodinger's wave equation (see, for example, [23, 24]), we generally assume that the molecule consists of point masses connected by rigid massless rods, the so-called rigid rotator model. Single-Variable equations that can be solved independently numbers \ ( ( 2J+1 ) \ ): the next energy diagram. 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