Vibrational eigenvalues and eigenfunctions for planar acetylene by wave-packet propagation, and its mode-selective infrared excitation

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Vibrational eigenvalues with estimated errors <5×10-2 cm-1 and their corresponding eigenfunctions for J=0 5D (planar) acetylene modeled by the Halonen-Child-Carter potential-energy surface are obtained using an energy-shifted, imaginary-time Lanczos propagation of symmetry-adapted wave packets. A lower resolution (∼4 cm-1) vibrational eigenspectrum of the system is also calculated by the Fourier transform of the autocorrelation of an appropriate wave packet. The eigenvalues from both approaches are in excellent agreement. The wave function of the molecule is represented in a direct-product discrete variable representation (DVR) with nearly 300000 grid points. Our results are compared with the previously reported theoretical and experimental values. We use our 69 computed eigenstates as a basis to perform an optimal control simulation of selective two-photon excitation of the symmetric CH-stretch mode with an infrared, linearly polarized, transform-limited, and subpicosecond-picosecond laser pulse. The resulting optimal laser pulses, which are then tested on the full DVR grid, fall within the capabilities of current powerful, subpicosecond, and tunable light sources.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3402-3416
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 1997


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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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