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Author(s): | Jon T. Hougen; |
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Title: | Approximate theoretical model for the five electronic states (¿ = 5/2, 3/2, 3/2, 1/2, 1/2) arising from the ground 3d9 configuration in nickel halide molecules and for the rotational levels of the two ¿ = 1/2 states in this manifold |

Published: | January 25, 2011 |

Abstract: | This paper is divided into two parts. In the first part an effective Hamiltonian for a non-rotating diatomic molecule containing only crystal-field and spin-orbit operators is set up to describe the energies of the five spin-orbit components that arise in the ground electronic configuration of the nickel monohalides. The model assumes that bonding in the nickel halides has the approximate form Ni+X, with an electronic 3d9 configuration plus closed shells on the Ni+ moiety and a closed shell configuration on the X moiety. From a crystal-field point of view, interactions of the positive d-hole with the cylindrically symmetrical electric charge distribution of the hypothetical NiX closed-shell core can then be parameterized by three terms in a traditional expansion in spherical harmonics: C0 + C2Y20(,) + C4Y40(,). Interaction of the hole with the magnetic field generated by its own orbital motion can be parameterized by a traditional spin-orbit interaction operator ALS. The Hamiltonian matrix is set up in a basis set consisting of the ten Hund‰s case (a) basis functions |, that arise when L = 2 and S = ¿. Least-squares fits of the five lowest observed electronic spin-orbit component states in NiF and NiCl are then carried out in terms of the four parameters C0, C2, C4, A which lead to good agreement except for the two || = ¿ states. The large equal and opposite residuals of the || = ¿ states can be reduced to those for the || = 3/2 and || = 5/2 states by fixing A to its value in Ni+ and then introducing an empirical correction factor for one off-diagonal spin-orbit matrix element. In the second part of the paper the usual effective Hamiltonian B(JLS)2 for a rotating diatomic molecule is used to derive expressions for the -type doubling parameter p in the two || = ¿ states. These expressions show (for certain sign conventions) that the sum of the two p values should be 2B, but that their difference can be as large as 10B. These theoretical r |

Citation: | Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy |

Volume: | 267 |

Pages: | pp. 23 - 35 |

Keywords: | electronic states; d-electrons; crystal-field theory; spin-orbit components; rotational levels; p-type doubling, Ω = 1/2 states |

Research Areas: | Molecular Spectroscopy |

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