H-localized mode in chains of hydrogen-bonded amide groups

Mariette Barthes, Hassan Kellouai, Gabriel Page, Jacques Moret, Susanna W. Johnson, Juergen Eckert

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New infrared measurements of the anomalous amide modes in acetanilide and its derivatives are presented. Preliminary results of structural data obtained by neutron diffraction at low temperature are also described. Besides the well-known anomalous amide-1 mode (1650 cm-1), it is shown that the NH out-of-plane bend (770 cm-1) and the "H-bond strain" (at about 105 cm-1) exhibit an anomalous increase of intensity proportional to the law exp(-T22), suggesting that the amide proton bears a significant electronic distribution as formerly observed for H- localized modes. Structural data, moreover, show that the thermal ellips of the amide proton has an increasing anisotropy at 15 K. Considering these new results, the theoretical model of a self-trapped "polaronic" state seems to be the most consistent with the whole set of observed anomalies in this family of crystals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-50
Number of pages6
JournalPhysica D: Nonlinear Phenomena
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 15 1993


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