Communication : oscillating charge migration between lone pairs persists without significant interaction with nuclear motion in the glycine and Gly-Gly-NH-CH3 radical cations. Article - Mai 2014

Morgane Vacher, Michael Bearpark, Michael Robb

Morgane Vacher, Michael Bearpark, Michael Robb, « Communication : oscillating charge migration between lone pairs persists without significant interaction with nuclear motion in the glycine and Gly-Gly-NH-CH3 radical cations.  », The Journal of Chemical Physics, mai 2014, p. 201102

Abstract

Coupled electron-nuclear dynamics has been studied, using the Ehrenfest method, for four conformations of the glycine molecule and a single conformation of Gly-Gly-NH-CH3. The initial electronic wavepacket was a superposition of eigenstates corresponding to ionization from the σ lone pairs associated with the carbonyl oxygens and the amine nitrogen. For glycine, oscillating charge migration (when the nuclei were frozen) was observed for the 4 conformers studied with periods ranging from 2 to 5 fs, depending on the energy gap between the lone pair cationic states. When coupled nuclear motion was allowed (which was mainly NH2 partial inversion), the oscillations hardly changed. For Gly-Gly-NH-CH3, charge migration between the carbonyl oxygens and the NH2 lone pair can be observed with a period similar to glycine itself, also without interaction with nuclear motion. These simulations suggest that charge migration between lone pairs can occur independently of the nuclear motion.

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