We present in detail and validate an effective Monte Carlo approach for the calculation of the nuclear vibrational densities via integration of molecular eigenfunctions that we have preliminary employed to calculate the densities of the ground and the excited OH stretch vibrational states in the protonated glycine molecule [Aieta et al., Nat Commun 11, 4348 (2020)]. Here, we first validate and discuss in detail the features of the method on a benchmark water molecule. Then, we apply it to calculate on-The-fly the ab initio anharmonic nuclear densities in the correspondence of the fundamental transitions of NH and CH stretches in protonated glycine. We show how we can gain both qualitative and quantitative physical insight by inspection of different one-nucleus densities and assign a character to spectroscopic absorption peaks using the expansion of vibrational states in terms of harmonic basis functions. The visualization of the nuclear vibrations in a purely quantum picture allows us to observe and quantify the effects of anharmonicity on the molecular structure, also to exploit the effect of IR excitations on specific bonds or functional groups, beyond the harmonic approximation. We also calculate the quantum probability distribution of bond lengths, angles, and dihedrals of the molecule. Notably, we observe how in the case of one type of fundamental NH stretching, the typical harmonic nodal pattern is absent in the anharmonic distribution.

Representing molecular ground and excited vibrational eigenstates with nuclear densities obtained from semiclassical initial value representation molecular dynamics / C. Aieta, G. Bertaina, M. Micciarelli, M. Ceotto. - In: THE JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS. - ISSN 0021-9606. - 153:21(2020 Dec 07), pp. 214117.1-214117.14. [10.1063/5.0031391]

Representing molecular ground and excited vibrational eigenstates with nuclear densities obtained from semiclassical initial value representation molecular dynamics

C. Aieta;G. Bertaina;M. Micciarelli;M. Ceotto
2020

Abstract

We present in detail and validate an effective Monte Carlo approach for the calculation of the nuclear vibrational densities via integration of molecular eigenfunctions that we have preliminary employed to calculate the densities of the ground and the excited OH stretch vibrational states in the protonated glycine molecule [Aieta et al., Nat Commun 11, 4348 (2020)]. Here, we first validate and discuss in detail the features of the method on a benchmark water molecule. Then, we apply it to calculate on-The-fly the ab initio anharmonic nuclear densities in the correspondence of the fundamental transitions of NH and CH stretches in protonated glycine. We show how we can gain both qualitative and quantitative physical insight by inspection of different one-nucleus densities and assign a character to spectroscopic absorption peaks using the expansion of vibrational states in terms of harmonic basis functions. The visualization of the nuclear vibrations in a purely quantum picture allows us to observe and quantify the effects of anharmonicity on the molecular structure, also to exploit the effect of IR excitations on specific bonds or functional groups, beyond the harmonic approximation. We also calculate the quantum probability distribution of bond lengths, angles, and dihedrals of the molecule. Notably, we observe how in the case of one type of fundamental NH stretching, the typical harmonic nodal pattern is absent in the anharmonic distribution.
Settore CHIM/02 - Chimica Fisica
   Divide and Conquer ad initio semiclassical molecular dynamics for spectropic calculations of complex systems (SEMICOMPLEX)
   SEMICOMPLEX
   EUROPEAN COMMISSION
   H2020
   647107
7-dic-2020
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