Rapid anharmonic vibrational corrections derived from partial Hessian analysis

Magnus W.D. Hanson-Heine, Michael W. George, Nicholas A. Besley

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Vibrational analysis within a partial Hessian framework can successfully describe the vibrational properties of a variety of systems where the vibrational modes of interest are localized within a specic region of the system. We have developed a new approach to calculating anharmonic frequencies based on vibrational frequencies and normal modes obtained from a partial Hessian analysis using second-order vibrational perturbation theory and the transition optimized shifted Hermite method. This allows anharmonic frequencies for vibrational modes that are spatially localized to be determined at a significantly reduced computational cost. Several molecular systems are examined in order to demonstrate the effectiveness of this method including organic molecules adsorbed on the Si(100)-2×1 surface, model peptides in solution, and the C-H stretching region of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Overall, for a range of systems, anharmonic frequencies calculated using the partial Hessian approach are found to be in close agreement with the results obtained using full anharmonic calculations while providing a significant reduction in computational cost.

Original languageEnglish
Article number224102
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jun 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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