Journal of Physical Chemistry A 101, 4690-4698 (1997)

Robert Moszynskia,b, Tatiana Koronab, Paul E.S. Wormera, and Ad van der Avoirda

a Institute of Theoretical Chemistry, NSR Center, University of Nijmegen Toernooiveld 1, 6525 ED Nijmegen, The Netherlands
b Department of Chemistry, University of Warsaw, Pasteura 1, 02-093 Warsaw, Poland

Ab Initio Potential Energy Surface and Infrared Spectrum of the Ne-CO Complex


Symmetry-adapted perturbation theory has been applied to compute the intermolecular potential energy surface of the Ne-CO complex. The interaction energy is found to be dominated by the first-order exchange contribution and the dispersion energy. The ab initio potential has a single minimum of $\epsilon$m=-53.49 cm-1 at Rm=6.34 bohr and \thetam=92.2°. The computed potential energy surface has been analytically fitted and used in converged variational calculations to generate bound rovibrational states of the 20Ne-CO complex and the infrared spectrum corresponding to the simultaneous excitation of vibration and internal rotation in the CO subunit within the complex. The computed frequencies of the infrared transitions corresponding to the $\Sigma$$\rightarrow$$\Sigma$, $\Sigma$$\rightarrow$$\Pi$, and $\Pi$$\rightarrow$$\Sigma$, subbands are in good agreement with the experimental data [R. W. Randall et al., Mol. Phys. 79, 1113 (1993)]. The observed bending combination band is assigned to the transitions from the ground state to the first excited $\Sigma$ state. Frequencies of the $\Pi$$\rightarrow$$\Delta$ and $\Delta$$\rightarrow$$\Pi$ transitions which were observed in the static cell spectrum are also reported.

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