The validity of the hard-sphere model in hydrogen bonded intermolecular interactions of HCN–HF Academic Article uri icon


  • Recently obtained spectroscopic constants for excited vibrational states of HCN-HF with up to five quanta in the ν7intermolecular bending mode, which can be characterized as being mostly HCN hindered rotation, and one quanta in the ν4intermolecular stretching mode were combined with earlier experimental data on this system to obtain a reduced intermolecular potential energy surface where the HF fragment was treated as a pseudoatom and the HCN fragment was treated as a rigid rotor. A functional form was assumed for the interaction potential and the vibrational dynamics was studied using a vibrational configuration interaction method. The parameters in the potential were varied to obtain the best fit to all available experimental data. The resulting interaction potential was found to have a strong coupling between the ν4and ν7vibrational modes. The locus of constrained minima on this surface was in excellent agreement with the hard-sphere assumption used in the Buckingham-Fowler model [A. D. Buckingham and P. W. Fowler, , J. Chem. Phys. 79, 6426 (1983)] for weakly interacting molecular dimers. © 1997 American Institute of Physics.

author list (cited authors)

  • McIntosh, A., Gallegos, A. M., Lucchese, R. R., & Bevan, J. W.

citation count

  • 19

publication date

  • November 1997