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    Simulation of Atomic Cadmium Spectroscopy in Rare Gas Solids Using Pair Potentials

    Healy, Brendan and McCaffrey, John G. (2000) Simulation of Atomic Cadmium Spectroscopy in Rare Gas Solids Using Pair Potentials. Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 104 (16). pp. 3553-3562. ISSN 1089-5639

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    Luminescence in the vacuum UV/visible region has been recently recorded for atomic cadmium isolated in the rare gas solids Ne, Ar, Kr, and Xe, and because of the availability of diatomic Cd·RG and RG·RG pair potentials, theoretical calculations are now performed and compared to the recorded luminescence spectra. Calculations were first done for the gas-phase excited-state cluster species Cd(1P1)·RGn, where n is the number of rare gas atoms in the cluster. The Cd·RG4, Cd·RG5, and Cd·RG6 clusters showed energy minima for the Cd pz orbital situated at the center of the planar rare gas clusters. With the rare gas distances in the planar clusters fixed at the rare gas dimer bond lengths, the cluster showing the greatest stabilization was the Cd·RG5 species. The cluster calculations were then extended into the solid state for Cd occupying a single substitutional site of the solid rare gas lattice. Two vibronic modes lead to a preferential interaction between the guest and four rare gas atoms, thereby reducing the excited-state energy and leading to distinct minima. The modes are (a) the “body” mode (Q2), which involves the motion of the Cd atom toward an octahedral interstitial site and (b) the “waist” mode (Q3), which involves the in-phase contraction of four rare gas atoms in a single plane toward the Cd atom. Calculations based on single substitutional site occupancy of Cd in the rare gases indicate excited state stabilization for the waist mode for all hosts except neon. The body mode exhibits stabilization in Kr and Xe only. The pair of singlet emission bands observed in the Cd/Kr system is identified as originating from the stabilization of both vibronic modes in the excited state. The lack of stabilization for either mode in Ne, even though singlet emission exists in Cd/Ne, is indicative that a multivacancy site occupancy is likely here.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Simulation; Atomic Cadmium Spectroscopy; Rare Gas Solids; Pair Potentials;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Chemistry
    Item ID: 7833
    Identification Number: 0.1021/jp993557d
    Depositing User: Dr. John McCaffrey
    Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2017 10:09
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Physical Chemistry A
    Publisher: American Chemical Society
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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