Chemistry, Ames Laboratory
Journal or Book Title
Journal of Physical Chemistry A
This work presents a nonadiabatic molecular dynamics study of the nonradiative decay of photoexcited trans-azomethane, using the ab initio multiple spawning (AIMS) program that has been interfaced with the General Atomic and Molecular Electronic Structure System (GAMESS) quantum chemistry package for on-the-fly electronic structure evaluation. The interface strategy is discussed, and the capabilities of the combined programs are demonstrated with a nonadiabatic molecular dynamics study of the nonradiative decay of photoexcited trans-azomethane. Energies, gradients, and nonadiabatic coupling matrix elements were obtained with the state-averaged complete active space self-consistent field method, as implemented in GAMESS. The influence of initial vibrational excitation on the outcome of the photoinduced isomerization is explored. Increased vibrational excitation in the CNNC torsional mode shortens the excited state lifetime. Depending on the degree of vibrational excitation, the excited state lifetime varies from ∼60–200 fs. These short lifetimes are in agreement with time-resolved photoionization mass spectroscopy experiments.
American Chemical Society
Gaenko, Alexander; DeFusco, Albert; Varganov, Sergey Aleksandrovich; Martinez, Todd J.; and Gordon, Mark S., "Interfacing the Ab Initio Multiple Spawning Method with Electronic Structure Methods in GAMESS: Photodecay of trans-Azomethane" (2014). Ames Laboratory Publications. 352.