Chemistry Publications and Other Works

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Journal of Chemical Physics

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January 2008


We present a six-dimensional potential energy surface for the (H2)2 dimer based on coupled-cluster electronic structure calculations employing large atom-centered Gaussian basis sets and a small set of midbond functions at the dimer’s center of mass. The surface is intended to describe accurately the bound and quasibound states of the dimers (H2)2, (D2)2, and H2–D2 that correlate with H2 or D2 monomers in the rovibrational levels (v, j) =(0,0), (0,2), (1,0), and (1,2). We employ a close-coupled approach to compute the energies of these bound and quasibound dimer states using our potential energy surface, and compare the computed energies for infrared and Raman transitions involving these states with experimentally measured transition energies. We use four of the experimentally measured dimer transition energies to make two empirical adjustments to the ab initio potential energy surface; the adjusted surface gives computed transition energies for 56 experimentally observed transitions that agree with experiment to within 0.036 cm−1. For 26 of the 56 transitions, the agreement between the computed and measured transition energies is within the quoted experimental uncertainty. Finally, we use our potential energy surface to predict the energies of another 34 not-yet-observed infrared and Raman transitions for the three dimers.

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