Ab initio study of the CO-N2 complex: a new highly accurate intermolecular potential energy surface and rovibrational spectrum

Hubert Cybulski*, Christian Henriksen, Richard Dawes, Xiao-Gang Wang, Neha Bora, Gustavo Avila, Tucker Carrington, Berta Fernández

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Abstract

A new, highly accurate ab initio ground-state intermolecular potential-energy surface (IPES) for the CO-N2 complex is presented. Thousands of interaction energies calculated with the CCSD(T) method and Dunning's aug-cc-pVQZ basis set extended with midbond functions were fitted to an analytical function. The global minimum of the potential is characterized by an almost T-shaped structure and has an energy of -118.2 cm-1. The symmetry-adapted Lanczos algorithm was used to compute rovibrational energies (up to J = 20) on the new IPES. The RMSE with respect to experiment was found to be on the order of 0.038 cm-1 which confirms the very high accuracy of the potential. This level of agreement is among the best reported in the literature for weakly bound systems and considerably improves on those of previously published potentials.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Number of pages13
ISSN1463-9076
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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