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Clusters containing open-shell molecules. II. Equilibrium structures of ArnOH Van der Waals clusters (X2Π, n=1 to 15).

Xu, M. Z. and Bačić, Z. and Hutson, J. M. (2002) 'Clusters containing open-shell molecules. II. Equilibrium structures of ArnOH Van der Waals clusters (X2Π, n=1 to 15).', Journal of chemical physics., 117 (10). pp. 4777-4786.


The equilibrium and low-lying isomeric structures of ArnOH (X2Π)clusters for n=1 to 15 are investigated by simulated annealing calculations. Potential energy surfaces are obtained by a pairwise-additive approach, taking into account the open-shell nature of OH X2Π and including spin-orbit coupling. It is found that the spin-orbit coupling suppresses the Jahn–Teller effect, and many of the clusters have high-symmetry structures(Cnν with n>2) which would be forbidden in the absence of spin-orbit coupling. The structures are generally similar to those previously found for the closed-shell systems ArnHF and ArnHCl, but different from those for the open-shell systems ArnNO and ArnCH. This is because Ar–OH (X2Π), like Ar–HF and Ar–HCl but unlike Ar–NO and Ar–CH, has a near-linear equilibrium structure.ArnOHclusters for n up to 6 have all Ar atoms in a single shell around OH. In the clusters with n=7 to 9, OH is under a pentagonal pyramid formed by six Ar atoms, while the others bind to its exterior, away from OH. For n=10 to 12, the minimum-energy structures have OH inside an Arn cage, which is essentially icosahedral for n=12 but has vacancies for n=10 and 11. For n>12, the extra Ar atoms begin to form a second solvation shell. The global minimum of ArnOH may be constructed from the minimum-energy structure of Arn+1 by replacing one Ar atom with OH.

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