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Low-frequency vibrational modes of benzoic acid investigated by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy and theoretical simulations
Author(s): Hui Yan; Wen-hui Fan; Zhuan-ping Zheng
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, the low-frequency vibrational modes of crystalline benzoic acid (BA) have been investigated by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) and theoretical simulations based on the linearity combination of atomic orbital within the Density Functional Theory (DFT) as well as ab initio molecular orbital method at second-order Moller-Plesset Perturbation Theory (MP2) level for single molecule and dimer. Experimentally, a series of prominent absorption features of pure benzoic acid relevant to intra- and inter-molecular vibrational modes have been obtained below 4 THz at room temperature. For the theoretical simulations, geometry-optimization results of bond lengths and dihedral angles in both BA monomer and dimer are very close to experimental neutron diffraction measurements. Furthermore, the simulation results demonstrate absorption profile centered at 1.89 THz contains low-frequency modes of Ph-COOH twisting due to intramolecular motion and cogwheel owing to intermolecular motion. All the intra- and inter-molecular vibrational modes measured have also been assigned.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 August 2011
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8195, International Symposium on Photoelectronic Detection and Imaging 2011: Terahertz Wave Technologies and Applications, 81950L (11 August 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.900322
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Hui Yan, Xi'an Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics (China)
Wen-hui Fan, Xi'an Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics (China)
Zhuan-ping Zheng, Xi'an Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8195:
International Symposium on Photoelectronic Detection and Imaging 2011: Terahertz Wave Technologies and Applications
X.-C. Zhang; Jianquan Yao; Cunlin Zhang; Zhenzhan Wang, Editor(s)

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