TUNNELING SPLITTINGS IN VIBRONIC STRUCTURE OF CH$_3$F$^+$ (\ X$^2$E): STUDIED BY HIGH RESOLUTION PHOTOELECTRON SPECTRA AND $AB INITIO$ THEORETICAL METHOD
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We report a combined experimental and theoretical study on the vibronic structure of CH$_3$F$^+$. The results show that the tunneling splittings of vibrational energy levels occur in CH$_3$F$^+$ due to the Jahn-Teller effect. Experimentally, we have measured a high resolution ZEKE spectrum of CH$_3$F up to 3500 cm$^-$$^1$ above the ground state. Theoretically, we performed an $ab~initio$ calculation based on the diabatic model. The adiabatic potential energy surfaces (APES) of CH$_3$F$^+$ have been calculated at the MRCI/CAS/avq(t)z level and expressed by Taylor expansions with normal coordinates as variables. The energy gradients for the lower and upper APES, the derivative couplings between them and also the energies of the APES have been used to determine the coefficients in the Taylor expansion. The spin-vibronic energy levels have been calculated by accounting all six vibrational modes and their couplings. The experimental ZEKE spectra were assigned based on the theoretical calculations.
Author Institution: Department of Physics and State Key Laboratory of Low-Dimensional Quantum Physics, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
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