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J Chem Phys. 2005 Jul 22;123(4):044307.

Potential-energy surface and van der Waals motions of p-difluorobenzene-argon cation.

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Faculty of Chemistry, Adam Mickiewicz University, Grunwaldzka 6, PL 60-780 Poznań, Poland.


The structure and dynamics of the van der Waals complex of argon with the p-difluorobenzene cation are investigated using the ab initio theory. The restricted open-shell Møller-Plesset second-order perturbation method combined with the augmented correlation-consistent polarized valence double-zeta basis set is employed to determine the electronic ground-state potential-energy surface of the cationic complex. This surface is extremely flat in a wide region of the configuration space of the Ar atom which moves almost freely over the monomer ring. However, it is bound to the monomer stronger in the cationic than in the neutral complex. Its binding energy is calculated to be 621 cm(-1) at a distance of 3.445 A from the monomer center. The calculated dissociation energy of 572 cm(-1) agrees perfectly with the experimental value of 572+/-6 cm(-1) [S. M. Belm, R. J. Moulds, and D. Lawrence, J. Chem. Phys. 115, 10709 (2001)]. The effect of a strong coupling of large-amplitude intermolecular motions on the character of van der Waals vibrational states is investigated. The vibrational structure of the spectrum of the complex is explained and its earlier assignment is partly corrected.

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