Spin-orbit coupled potential energy surfaces and properties using effective relativistic coupling by asymptotic representation

Ndome H, Eisfeld W (2012)
The Journal of Chemical Physics 137(6).

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A new method has been reported recently [H. Ndome, R. Welsch, and W. Eisfeld, J. Chem. Phys. 136, 034103 (2012)] that allows the efficient generation of fully coupled potential energy surfaces (PESs) including derivative and spin-orbit (SO) coupling. The method is based on the diabatic asymptotic representation of the molecular fine structure states and an effective relativistic coupling operator and therefore is called effective relativistic coupling by asymptotic representation (ERCAR). The resulting diabatic spin-orbit coupling matrix is constant and the geometry dependence of the coupling between the eigenstates is accounted for by the diabatization. This approach allows to generate an analytical model for the fully coupled PESs without performing any ab initio SO calculations (except perhaps for the atoms) and thus is very efficient. In the present work, we study the performance of this new method for the example of hydrogen iodide as a well-established test case. Details of the diabatization and the accuracy of the results are investigated in comparison to reference ab initio calculations. The energies of the adiabatic fine structure states are reproduced in excellent agreement with reference ab initio data. It is shown that the accuracy of the ERCAR approach mainly depends on the quality of the underlying ab initio data. This is also the case for dissociation and vibrational level energies, which are influenced by the SO coupling. A method is presented how one-electron operators and the corresponding properties can be evaluated in the framework of the ERCAR approach. This allows the computation of dipole and transition moments of the fine structure states in good agreement with ab initio data. The new method is shown to be very promising for the construction of fully coupled PESs for more complex polyatomic systems to be used in quantum dynamics studies. (C) 2012 American Institute of Physics. [http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4740248]
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Ndome H, Eisfeld W. Spin-orbit coupled potential energy surfaces and properties using effective relativistic coupling by asymptotic representation. The Journal of Chemical Physics. 2012;137(6).
Ndome, H., & Eisfeld, W. (2012). Spin-orbit coupled potential energy surfaces and properties using effective relativistic coupling by asymptotic representation. The Journal of Chemical Physics, 137(6).
Ndome, H., and Eisfeld, W. (2012). Spin-orbit coupled potential energy surfaces and properties using effective relativistic coupling by asymptotic representation. The Journal of Chemical Physics 137.
Ndome, H., & Eisfeld, W., 2012. Spin-orbit coupled potential energy surfaces and properties using effective relativistic coupling by asymptotic representation. The Journal of Chemical Physics, 137(6).
H. Ndome and W. Eisfeld, “Spin-orbit coupled potential energy surfaces and properties using effective relativistic coupling by asymptotic representation”, The Journal of Chemical Physics, vol. 137, 2012.
Ndome, H., Eisfeld, W.: Spin-orbit coupled potential energy surfaces and properties using effective relativistic coupling by asymptotic representation. The Journal of Chemical Physics. 137, (2012).
Ndome, Hameth, and Eisfeld, Wolfgang. “Spin-orbit coupled potential energy surfaces and properties using effective relativistic coupling by asymptotic representation”. The Journal of Chemical Physics 137.6 (2012).
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