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Role of solvent and vibrations on proton tunneling in clusters
Author(s): Jack A. Syage
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Paper Abstract

In this paper we present a theoretical framework for describing the role of solvent and vibrations on proton tunneling rates. Recent experiments indicate that excited-state proton transfer in ROH(NH3)n clusters (where ROH is 1-naphthol or phenol) occurs by a tunneling mechanism. Two previous models of proton tunneling are examined; one based on a solvent-independent bound- continuum potential and the other on a solvent-activated bound-bound potential. Here we extend the latter model to incorporate coupling of the proton to reactant and product vibrations. All three models are compared to experimental tunneling rates in clusters.

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Date Published: 17 June 1994
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 2124, Laser Techniques for State-Selected and State-to-State Chemistry II, (17 June 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.178111
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Jack A. Syage, The Aerospace Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2124:
Laser Techniques for State-Selected and State-to-State Chemistry II
John W. Hepburn, Editor(s)

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