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Title: The role of large-amplitude motions in the spectroscopy and dynamics of H{sub 5}{sup +}

Protonated hydrogen dimer, H{sub 5}{sup +}, is the intermediate in the astrochemically important proton transfer reaction between H{sub 3}{sup +} and H{sub 2}. To understand the mechanism for this process, we focus on how large amplitude motions in H{sub 5}{sup +} result in scrambling of the five hydrogen atoms in the collision complex. To this end, the one-dimensional zero-point corrected potential surfaces were mapped out as functions of reaction coordinates for the H{sub 3}{sup +} + H{sub 2} collision using minimized energy path diffusion Monte Carlo [C. E. Hinkle and A. B. McCoy, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 1, 562 (2010)]. In this study, the previously developed approach was extended to allow for the investigation of selected excited states that are expected to be involved in the proton scrambling dynamics. Specifically, excited states in the shared proton motion between the two H{sub 2} groups, and in the outer H{sub 2} bending motions were investigated. Of particular interest is the minimum distance between H{sub 3}{sup +} and H{sub 2} at which all five hydrogen atoms become free to exchange. In addition, this diffusion Monte Carlo-based approach was used to determine the zero-point energy E{sub 0}, the dissociation energy D{sub 0}, and excitationmore » energies associated with the vibrational motions that were investigated. The evolution of the wave functions was also studied, with a focus on how the intramolecular vibrations in H{sub 5}{sup +} evolve into motions of H{sub 3}{sup +} or H{sub 2}. In the case of the proton scrambling, we find that the relevant transition states become fully accessible at separations between H{sub 3}{sup +} and H{sub 2} of approximately 2.15 Å, a distance that is accessed by the excited states of H{sub 5}{sup +} with two or more quanta in the shared proton stretch. The implications of this finding on the vibrational spectroscopy of H{sub 5}{sup +} are also discussed.« less
Authors:
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  1. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 43210 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22253431
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Chemical Physics; Journal Volume: 140; Journal Issue: 11; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; AMPLITUDES; COLLISIONS; EXCITATION; EXCITED STATES; HYDROGEN; HYDROGEN IONS 3 PLUS; MONTE CARLO METHOD; PROTONS; SPECTROSCOPY; TRANSFER REACTIONS; WAVE FUNCTIONS