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An improved treatment of spectator mode vibrations in reduced dimensional quantum dynamics: Application to the hydrogen abstraction reactions mu+CH4, H+CH4, D+CH4, and CH3+CH4

Banks, ST; Tautermann, CS; Remmert, SM; Clary, DC; (2009) An improved treatment of spectator mode vibrations in reduced dimensional quantum dynamics: Application to the hydrogen abstraction reactions mu+CH4, H+CH4, D+CH4, and CH3+CH4. J CHEM PHYS , 131 (4) , Article 044111. 10.1063/1.3177380.

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Abstract

A method for projecting chemical reaction surface coordinates from a Hessian in curvilinear internal coordinates has recently been developed. Here we introduce a modification to this approach which allows for analytical evaluation of the necessary coordinate derivatives, thus reducing the number of ab initio calculations required. We apply this method to the determination of spectator mode frequencies and zero-point energies for the series of hydrogen abstraction reactions X+CH4 -> XH+CH3, X=muonium (mu), H, D, CH3. Comparison of these frequencies with those obtained using rectilinear coordinates allows us to examine how the mass of X affects the coordinate sensitivity of the spectator modes. We carry out two-dimensional quantum reactive scattering calculations for these reactions to highlight instances where the choice of coordinates may have a significant impact on the evaluated thermal rate constants.

Type:Article
Title:An improved treatment of spectator mode vibrations in reduced dimensional quantum dynamics: Application to the hydrogen abstraction reactions mu+CH4, H+CH4, D+CH4, and CH3+CH4
DOI:10.1063/1.3177380
Keywords:ab initio calculations, chemical exchanges, hydrogen, quantum theory, reaction rate constants, surface chemistry, vibrational states, TRANSITION-STATE THEORY, EXTENDED TEMPERATURE INTERVAL, REACTION-PATH DYNAMICS, INITIO RATE CONSTANTS, ROTOR TARGET MODEL, SCATTERING CALCULATIONS, METHANE, ATOMS, CH4, DEUTERIUM
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Chemistry

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