We study the vibrational spectrum of the protonated water dimer, by means of a divide-and-conquer semiclassical initial value representation of the quantum propagator, as a first step in the study of larger protonated water clusters. We use the potential energy surface from the work of Huang et al. [J. Chem. Phys. 122, 044308 (2005)]. To tackle such an anharmonic and floppy molecule, we employ fully Cartesian dynamics and carefully reduce the coupling to global rotations in the definition of normal modes. We apply the time-averaging filter and obtain clean power spectra relative to suitable reference states that highlight the spectral peaks corresponding to the fundamental excitations of the system. Our trajectory-based approach allows for the physical interpretation of the very challenging proton transfer modes. We find that it is important, for such a floppy molecule, to selectively avoid initially exciting lower energy modes, in order to obtain cleaner spectra. The estimated vibrational energies display a mean absolute error (MAE) of ∼29 cm-1 with respect to available multiconfiguration time-dependent Hartree calculations and MAE ∼ 14 cm-1 when compared to the optically active experimental excitations of the Ne-tagged Zundel cation. The reasonable scaling in the number of trajectories for Monte Carlo convergence is promising for applications to higher dimensional protonated cluster systems.

Reduced rovibrational coupling Cartesian dynamics for semiclassical calculations: Application to the spectrum of the Zundel cation / Bertaina, G; Di Liberto, G; Ceotto, M. - In: THE JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS. - ISSN 0021-9606. - 151:11(2019), p. 114307. [10.1063/1.5114616]

Reduced rovibrational coupling Cartesian dynamics for semiclassical calculations: Application to the spectrum of the Zundel cation

Bertaina, G
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2019

Abstract

We study the vibrational spectrum of the protonated water dimer, by means of a divide-and-conquer semiclassical initial value representation of the quantum propagator, as a first step in the study of larger protonated water clusters. We use the potential energy surface from the work of Huang et al. [J. Chem. Phys. 122, 044308 (2005)]. To tackle such an anharmonic and floppy molecule, we employ fully Cartesian dynamics and carefully reduce the coupling to global rotations in the definition of normal modes. We apply the time-averaging filter and obtain clean power spectra relative to suitable reference states that highlight the spectral peaks corresponding to the fundamental excitations of the system. Our trajectory-based approach allows for the physical interpretation of the very challenging proton transfer modes. We find that it is important, for such a floppy molecule, to selectively avoid initially exciting lower energy modes, in order to obtain cleaner spectra. The estimated vibrational energies display a mean absolute error (MAE) of ∼29 cm-1 with respect to available multiconfiguration time-dependent Hartree calculations and MAE ∼ 14 cm-1 when compared to the optically active experimental excitations of the Ne-tagged Zundel cation. The reasonable scaling in the number of trajectories for Monte Carlo convergence is promising for applications to higher dimensional protonated cluster systems.
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