A reaction surface Hamiltonian study of malonaldehyde

David P. Tew*, Nicholas C. Handy, Stuart Carter

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Abstract

We report calculations using a reaction surface Hamiltonian for which the vibrations of a molecule are represented by 3N-8 normal coordinates, Q, and two large amplitude motions, s(1) and s(2). The exact form of the kinetic energy operator is derived in these coordinates. The potential surface is first represented as a quadratic in Q, the coefficients of which depend upon the values of s(1),s(2) and then extended to include up to Q(6) diagonal anharmonic terms. The vibrational energy levels are evaluated by solving the variational secular equations, using a basis of products of Hermite polynomials and appropriate functions of s(1),s(2). Our selected example is malonaldehyde (N=9) and we choose as surface parameters two OH distances of the migrating H in the internal hydrogen transfer. The reaction surface Hamiltonian is ideally suited to the study of the kind of tunneling dynamics present in malonaldehyde. Our results are in good agreement with previous calculations of the zero point tunneling splitting and in general agreement with observed data. Interpretation of our two-dimensional reaction surface states suggests that the OH stretching fundamental is incorrectly assigned in the infrared spectrum. This mode appears at a much lower frequency in our calculations due to substantial transition state character. (c) 2006 American Institute of Physics.

Original languageEnglish
Article number084313
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Volume125
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Aug 2006

Keywords

  • VIBRATION-ROTATION INTERACTION
  • RAY PHOTOELECTRON-SPECTROSCOPY
  • INTRAMOLECULAR HYDROGEN-BOND
  • LARGE-AMPLITUDE MOTION
  • POLYATOMIC-MOLECULES
  • PROTON-TRANSFER
  • INFRARED-SPECTRUM
  • ATOM TRANSFER
  • PATH
  • ENERGY

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