``The A 1A'' State of Isocyanogen (CNCN),'' C. D. Sherrill and H. F. Schaefer, J. Chem. Phys. 100, 8920 (1994).

Ab initio electronic structure theory has been used to characterize the lowest singlet A'' excited state of isocyanogen. The geometries, vibrational frequencies, and infrared intensities of the X 1Sigma+ and A 1A'' states have been determined using the single and double excitation configuration-interaction (CISD) method in conjunction with a triple-zeta plus double polarization (TZ2P) basis set. Adding the Davidson correction and including a set of f polarization functions in the basis set (CISD+Q TZ2Pf), we estimate the energy difference between the ground and first excited singlet state of isocyanogen to be Te = 41,700 cm-1. With a C-N-C bond angle of 117 degrees, this bent singlet A'' excited state may be useful in stimulated emission pumping (SEP) experiments on the NCCN <--> CNCN isomerization.