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NON-ADIABATIC VIBRONIC COUPLING IN 1,3,5,7-OCTATETRAENE

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Title: NON-ADIABATIC VIBRONIC COUPLING IN 1,3,5,7-OCTATETRAENE
Creators: Granville, M. F.; Kohler, Bryan E.; Schulten, K.
Issue Date: 1980
Abstract: trans, trans-1,3,5,7-Octatetrane in n-octane at 4.2K is an ideal polyene system in which the full implications of inversion symmetry are evident in the vibronically induced nature of the $1^{1}A_{g} - 2^{1}A_{g}$ electronic transition (1). With the aid of a high resolution two photon excitation spectrum, it is possible to quantitatively analyze the fluorescence and one photon absorption spectra in terms of the Duschinsky effect and adiabatic (Herzberg-Teller) and non-adiabatic (Born-Oppenheimer) vibronic coupling (2) between the $2^{1}A_{g}$ and $1^{1}B_{u}$ electronic states. Although the fluorescence spectrum can be explained by the usual Herzberg-Teller scheme, it is found that the one photon absorption is completely dominated by Born-Oppenheimer coupling. The form of this coupling is such that the relative signs of the normal mode displacements in the $2^{1}A_{g}$ and $1^{1}B_{u}$ states can be determined within a harmonic oscillator model.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1811/11167
Other Identifiers: 1980-FC-8
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