Self-consistent geometry in the computation of the vibrational spectra of molecules

Ivan Scivetti, Jorge Kohanoff, Nikitas Gidopoulos

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An exact and general approach to study molecular vibrations is provided by the Watson Hamiltonian. Within this framework, it is customary to omit the contribution of the terms with the vibrational angular momentum and the Watson term, especially for the study of large systems. We discover that this omission leads to results which depend on the choice of the reference structure. The self-consistent solution proposed here yields a geometry that coincides with the quantum averaged geometry of the Watson Hamiltonian and appears to be a promising way for the computation of the vibrational spectra of strongly anharmonic systems.
Original languageEnglish
Article number022516
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 27 Aug 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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