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J Phys Chem A. 2005 Jan 27;109(3):484-92.

A theoretical model for indirect dissociative electron attachment.

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Chemistry Department and Henry Eyring Center for Theoretical Chemistry, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah 84112, USA.


In this paper, we describe a computational model that allows us to avoid having to perform a very large number of tedious calculations on electronically metastable anions when studying indirect DEA processes. By indirect, we mean that the electron attaches to an orbital in one region of the molecule but a bond is subsequently broken in another region. For such events, one must describe the coupling between two diabatic anion states, corresponding to the occupation of orbitals in the two regions of the molecule, to achieve a correct description. We introduce a simple 2 x 2 matrix model as well as physically reasonable and computationally efficient approximations to the diabatic states in regions where they are metastable. We show this model to be highly effective when applied to several indirect DEA processes that we studied earlier with brute-force methods. The main advantage of using this model is that one can avoid having to carry out a large number of calculations on metastable anion states; only one or two such calculations are required.

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