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Remarks on the Phase Change of the Electronic Wave Function Upon Going Once Around a Jahn-Teller Conical Intersection in Vibrational Coordinate Space

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Author(s)

Jon T. Hougen

Abstract

In this paper we revisit, with pedagogical emphasis for high-resolution spectroscopists, some presently existing discussions of phase factors for fixed-nuclei electronic wavefunctions in the Jahn-Teller problem. We give explicit examples, for a symmetric pyramidal NH3-like molecular shape, of perfectly reasonable variants of such electronic wavefunctions that do not transform into their negatives upon going once around the conical intersection (i.e., that do not exhibit a Berry phase change of -1), as well as an example calculation for the pseudo-rotational energy levels and wavefunctions near the bottom of a deep Jahn-Teller moat that does not make use of half-integral quantum numbers and that does not require abandoning ordinary C3v group theory. Some cautionary remarks on drawing inappropriate conclusions from overly hasty Berry phase arguments are also presented.
Citation
Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy
Volume
288

Keywords

Berry phase, Conical Intersections, Group Theory, Half-Integer Quantum Numbers, Jahn-Teller Effect, Phase Factors

Citation

Hougen, J. (2013), Remarks on the Phase Change of the Electronic Wave Function Upon Going Once Around a Jahn-Teller Conical Intersection in Vibrational Coordinate Space, Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=910751 (Accessed April 18, 2024)
Created April 11, 2013, Updated February 19, 2017