Simulation of the photodetachment spectra of the nitrate anion (NO3−) in the 2E′ energy range and non-adiabatic electronic population dynamics of NO3
The photodetachment spectrum of the nitrate anion (NO3−) in the energy range of the NO3 second excited state is simulated from first principles using quantum wave packet dynamics. The prediction at 10 K and 435 K relies on the use of an accurate full-dimensional fully coupled five state diabatic potential model utilizing an artificial neural network. The ability of this model to reproduce experimental spectra was demonstrated recently for the lower energy range [A. Viel, D. M. G. Williams and W. Eisfeld, J. Chem. Phys. 2021, 154, 084302]. Analysis of the spectra indicates a weaker Jahn–Teller coupling compared to the first excited state. The detailed non-adiabatic dynamics is studied by computing the population dynamics. An ultra-fast non-statistical radiationless decay is found only among the Jahn–Teller components, which is followed by a slow statistical non-radiative decay among the different state manifolds. The latter is reproduced perfectly by a simple first order kinetics model. The dynamics in the second excited state is not affected by the presence of a conical intersection with the first excited state manifold.
- This article is part of the themed collections: 2022 PCCP HOT Articles and Festschrift Wolfgang E. Ernst: Electronic & Nuclear Dynamics in Molecules, Clusters, and on Surfaces