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Quantum and Classical IR Spectra of (HCOOH)2, (DCOOH)2 and (DCOOD)2 using Ab Initio Potential Energy and Dipole Moment Surfaces

Abstract

The accurate quantum mechanical description of the vibrational dynamics and IR spectra of molecules is illustrated here for the formic acid dimer, (HCOOH)2 and isotopologues (DCOOH)2 and (DCOOD)2 in full dimensionality. The calculations make use of recent full-dimensional ab initio potential energy and dipole moment surfaces and are done with the code MULTIMODE. IR spectra are reported for the three dimers and also compared to available experimental spectra. In addition, standard classical and “semiclassially prepared” quasiclassical molecular dynamics calculations of the IR spectra of these complexes are reported and compared to the quantum spectra and also experiment. These comparisons indicate good accuracy of the MD spectra for sharp bands but not for the complex O-H stretch band, where the complex molecular dynamics band is upshifted from experiments by roughly 300 cm1. For the the fully deuterated dimer (DCOOD)2, the quantum spectral band for O-D stretch sharpens relative to the O-H spectral bands in (HCOOH)2 and (DCOOH)2; however, the molecular dynamics OD stretch band does not exhibit this sharpening.

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The article was received on 18 Apr 2018, accepted on 02 May 2018 and first published on 02 May 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8FD00077H
Citation: Faraday Discuss., 2018, Accepted Manuscript
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    Quantum and Classical IR Spectra of (HCOOH)2, (DCOOH)2 and (DCOOD)2 using Ab Initio Potential Energy and Dipole Moment Surfaces

    Q. Chen and J. M. Bowman, Faraday Discuss., 2018, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C8FD00077H

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