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Ab initio investigation of potential energy curves of the 23 electronic states of IBr correlating to neutral (2)P atoms.

PMID 16482335


Potential energy surfaces for all Born-Oppenheimer electronic states of IBr molecule correlating to the neutral (2)P ((2)P(3/2) and (2)P(1/2)) iodine and bromine are calculated for the first time. Electric dipole and polarizability curves (static and transition) are also determined. Calculations include scalar and spin-orbit relativistic effects within all-electron Douglas-Kroll two-component Hamiltonian. Electron correlation is treated with quasi-degenerate multi-reference second-order perturbation theory. Seven adiabatic electronic states (X (1)Sigma(+), A'(3)Pi(2), A (3)Pi(1), 1 (3)Pi(0-), B (3)Pi(0+), B'(3)Sigma, and 2 (3)Pi(0+)) exhibit significant covalent bonding, and can support vibrational states. Calculated spectroscopic parameters agree with experiment to better than 1000 cm(-1) (T(e)), 10 cm(-1) (omega(e)), and 0.05 Angstrom (r(e)). A new 1 (3)Pi(0-) state correlating to ground-state atoms is predicted at T(e) approximately 14 000 cm(-1), omega(e) approximately 80 cm(-1), and r(e) approximately 3.0 Angstrom. The second new state (2 (3)Pi(0+)) correlates to excited iodine atom, with T(e) approximately 20 000 cm(-1), omega(e) approximately 115 cm(-1), and r(e) approximately 3.3 Angstrom. Non-adiabatic coupling parameters are calculated for the four avoided crossings, which arise due to electronic spin-orbit interaction. Estimated parameters of the B (3)Pi(0+)/B'(3)Sigma crossing (R(c) approximately 3.32 Angstrom; V approximately 120 cm(-1)) agree with experimental values. The previously unsuspected 2 (3)Pi(0-)/1 (1)Sigma(-) crossing of two repulsive surfaces provides a new collisional deactivation channel for Br* atoms at relative velocities above 1000 m s(-1). Several repulsive states (including 1 (1)Pi(1) and 2 (3)Pi(1)) intersect the B/B' system near the avoided crossing point, and may affect dynamics of IBr in strong laser fields.

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