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A potential energy surface for the ground state of acetylene, C2H2

Carter, S., Mills, I. and Murrell, J. N. (1980) A potential energy surface for the ground state of acetylene, C2H2. Journal of Molecular Physics, 41 (1). pp. 191-203. ISSN 0026-8976

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A potential energy function has been derived for the ground state surface of C2H2 as a many-body expansion. The 2- and 3-body terms have been obtained by preliminary investigation of the ground state surfaces of CH2( 3B1) and C2H( 2Σ+). A 4-body term has been derived which reproduces the energy, geometry and harmonic force field of C2H2. The potential has a secondary minimum corresponding to the vinylidene structure and the geometry and energy of this are in close agreement with predictions from ab initio calculations. The saddle point for the HCCH-H2CC rearrangement is predicted to lie 2•530 eV above the acetylene minimum.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > Department of Chemistry
ID Code:7373
Publisher:Taylor and Francis

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