The curvature of the conical intersection seam: An approximate second-order analysis

M J Bearpark, M A Robb, L Blancafort, Martin Paterson

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Abstract

We present a method for analyzing the curvature (second derivatives) of the conical intersection hyperline at an optimized critical point. Our method uses the projected Hessians of the degenerate states after elimination of the two branching space coordinates, and is equivalent to a frequency calculation on a single Born-Oppenheimer potential-energy surface. Based on the projected Hessians, we develop an equation for the energy as a function of a set of curvilinear coordinates where the degeneracy is preserved to second order (i.e., the conical intersection hyperline). The curvature of the potential-energy surface in these coordinates is the curvature of the conical intersection hyperline itself, and thus determines whether one has a minimum or saddle point on the hyperline. The equation used to classify optimized conical intersection points depends in a simple way on the first- and second-order degeneracy splittings calculated at these points. As an example, for fulvene, we show that the two optimized conical intersection points of C-2v symmetry are saddle points on the intersection hyperline. Accordingly, there are further intersection points of lower energy, and one of C-2 symmetry-presented here for the first time-is found to be the global minimum in the intersection space. (C) 2004 American Institute of Physics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11562-11571
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Volume121
Issue number23
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2004

Keywords

  • RETINAL CHROMOPHORE MODEL
  • POTENTIAL-ENERGY SURFACES
  • ORGANIC-PHOTOCHEMISTRY
  • MOLECULAR-DYNAMICS
  • MMVB DYNAMICS
  • JAHN-TELLER
  • POINT
  • LOCATION
  • CASSCF
  • SPACE

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