Intermolecular rovibrational states of the H2O-CO2and D2O-CO2van der Waals complexes

Peter M. Felker, Zlatko Bačić

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We present quantum five-dimensional bound-state calculations of the fully coupled intermolecular rovibrational states of H2O-CO2 and D2O-CO2 van der Waals (vdW) complexes in the rigid-monomer approximation for the total angular momentum J values of 0, 1, and 2. A rigid-monomer version of the recent ab initio full-dimensional (12D) potential energy surface of H2O-CO2 [Q. Wang and J. M. Bowman, J. Chem. Phys. 147, 161714 (2017)] is employed. This treatment provides for the first time a rigorous and comprehensive description of the intermolecular rovibrational level structure of the two isotopologues that includes the internal-rotation tunneling splittings and their considerable sensitivity to rotational and intermolecular vibrational excitations, as well as the rotational constants of the two vdW complexes. Two approaches are used in the calculations, which differ in the definition of the dimer-fixed (DF) frame and the coordinates associated with them. We demonstrate that with the approach introduced in this work, where the DF frame is fixed to the CO2 moiety, highly accurate results are obtained using significantly smaller basis sets in comparison to those for the alternative approach. In addition, the resulting wavefunctions tend to lend themselves better to physical interpretation and assignment. The H2O-CO2 ground-state internal-rotation tunneling splittings, the rotational transition frequencies, and the rotational constants of both vdW complexes are in excellent agreement with the experimental results. The calculated intermolecular vibrational fundamentals agree well with the scant terahertz spectroscopy data for these complexes in cryogenic neon matrices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number064301
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Feb 14 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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