TITLE

Vibrational circular dichroism and electric-field shielding tensors: A new physical interpretation based on nonlocal susceptibility densities

AUTHOR(S)
Hunt, Katharine L. C.; Harris, Robert A.
PUB. DATE
June 1991
SOURCE
Journal of Chemical Physics;6/1/1991, Vol. 94 Issue 11, p6995
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Motion of nuclei within a molecule induces a magnetic moment me in the electronic charge distribution, giving a nonzero electronic contribution to the magnetic transition dipole that produces vibrational circular dichroism. In this paper, we develop a new susceptibility density theory for the induced magnetic moment. The theory is based on the response of the electrons to changes in the nuclear Coulomb field, due to shifts in nuclear positions. The electronic response to these changes depends on the same susceptibility densities that determine response to external fields. Our analysis suggests a new physical picture of vibrational circular dichroism. It yields an equation for the density of the induced electronic magnetic moment within a molecule; it also yields a new relation connecting the electric-field shielding at nucleus I of a molecule in an applied magnetic field of frequency ω to the derivative of me with respect to the velocity of nucleus I, regarded as a parameter in the electronic wave function. Within our theory, the derivative of me with respect to nuclear velocity separates into quantum-mechanical and classical components in close analogy with the Hellmann–Feynman theorem for forces on nuclei. In matrix-element form, results from our theory are identical to those obtained with nonadiabatic perturbation theory, to leading order. In general, the leading nonadiabatic corrections to electronic properties are determined directly by the electrons’ response to the changes in the nuclear Coulomb field, when the nuclei move.
ACCESSION #
7617195

 

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