An elaborate variational procedure of reduced dimensionality based on explicitly correlated coupled clusters calculations is applied to understand the far infrared spectrum of ethylene-glycol, an astrophysical species. This molecule can be classified in the double molecular symmetry group G8and displays nine stable conformers, gauche and trans. In the gauche region, the effect of the potential energy surface anisotropy due to the formation of intramolecular hydrogen bonds is relevant. For the primary conformer, stabilized by a hydrogen bond, the ground vibrational state rotational constants are computed to be A0= 15 369.57 MHz, B0= 5579.87 MHz, and C0= 4610.02 MHz corresponding to differences of 6.3 MHz, 7.2 MHz, and 3.5 MHz from the experimental parameters. Ethylene glycol displays very low torsional energy levels whose classification is not straightforward and requires a detailed analysis of the torsional wavefunctions. Tunneling splittings are significant and unpredictable due to the anisotropy of the potential energy surface PES. The ground vibrational state splits into 16 sublevels separated â¼142 cm-1. The splitting of the "G1 sublevels" was calculated to be â¼0.26 cm-1in very good agreement with the experimental data (0.2 cm-1= 6.95 MHz). Transitions corresponding to the three internal rotation modes allow assignment of previously observed Q branches. Band patterns, calculated between 362.3 cm-1and 375.2 cm-1, 504 cm-1and 517 cm-1, and 223.3 cm-1and 224.1 cm-1, that correspond to the tunnelling components of the v21fundamental (v21= OH-torsional mode), are assigned to the prominent experimental Q branches.
|Titolo:||Weak intramolecular interaction effects on the torsional spectra of ethylene glycol, an astrophysical species|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2016|
|Parole Chiave:||Physics and Astronomy (all); Physical and Theoretical Chemistry|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4947088|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|