Representing and selecting vibrational angular momentum states for quasiclassical trajectory chemical dynamics simulations

Upakarasamy Lourderaj, Emilio Martínez-Núñez, William L. Hase

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Linear molecules with degenerate bending modes have states, which may be represented by the quantum numbers N and L. The former gives the total energy for these modes and the latter identifies their vibrational angular momentum j z. In this work, the classical mechanical analog of the N,L-quantum states is reviewed, and an algorithm is presented for selecting initial conditions for these states in quasiclassical trajectory chemical dynamics simulations. The algorithm is illustrated by choosing initial conditions for the N = 3 and L = 3 and 1 states of CO 2. Applications of this algorithm are considered for initial conditions without and with zero-point energy (zpe) included in the vibrational angular momentum states and the C-O stretching modes. The O-atom motions in the x,y-plane are determined for these states from classical trajectories in Cartesian coordinates and are compared with the motion predicted by the normal-mode model. They are only in agreement for the N = L = 3 state without vibrational angular momentum zpe. For the remaining states, the Cartesian O-atom motions are considerably different from the elliptical motion predicted by the normal-mode model. This arises from bend-stretch coupling, including centrifugal distortion, in the Cartesian trajectories, which results in tubular instead of elliptical motion. Including zpe in the C-O stretch modes introduces considerable complexity into the O-atom motions for the vibrational angular momentum states. The short-time O-atom motions for these trajectories are highly irregular and do not appear to have any identifiable characteristics. However, the O-atom motions for trajectories integrated for substantially longer period of times acquire unique properties. With C-O stretch zpe included, the long-time O-atom motion becomes tubular for trajectories integrated to ∼14 ps for the L = 3 states and to ∼44 ps for the L = 1 states.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10292-10301
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry A
Issue number41
StatePublished - Oct 18 2007


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