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Infrared Absorption Spectra of Jahn-Teller Systems: Application to the Transition-Metal Trifluorides MnF3 and NiF3

Mondal, P.; Domcke, W.

Journal of Physical Chemistry. a 118(21): 3726-3734

2014


ISSN/ISBN: 1520-5215
PMID: 24785833
DOI: 10.1021/jp4118002
Accession: 053858954

The theory for the calculation of vibronic absorption spectra within a Jahn-Teller (JT) active electronic state from first principles has been developed. The infrared absorption spectra of the 5E' ground state, the low-lying 5E″ excited state of MnF3, and the 4E' state of NiF3 have been computed and analyzed. Dipole moment derivatives have been determined by a linear-plus-quadratic expansion of nuclear dipole moment functions in the JT-active coordinates. Electronic transition dipole moments have been taken into account in the Condon approximation in the diabatic representation. The initial and final vibronic states have been expanded in a product of diabatic electronic states and vibrational basis functions. The effect of spin-orbit coupling on the vibronic infrared spectra of these molecules in their JT-active electronic states has been investigated, by employing the Breit-Pauli spin-orbit operator. The effect of temperature on the vibronic infrared spectra has also been explored. These results represent the first theoretical study of vibronic infrared spectra of JT-active states in transition metal compounds.

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