The (E + A) × (e + a) Jahn–Teller and Pseudo-Jahn–Teller Hamiltonian Including Spin–Orbit Coupling for Trigonal Systems Academic Article uri icon


  • The Hamiltonian describing E × e Jahn-Teller (JT) coupling and (E + A) × (e + a) pseudo-JT (PJT) coupling is developed beyond the standard JT theory for the example of XY3 systems, taking the bending modes of a and e symmetry into account. For the electrostatic (spin-free) Hamiltonian, the conventional Taylor expansion up to second order in symmetry-adapted displacements is replaced by an expansion in invariant polynomials up to arbitrarily high orders. The relevance of a systematic high-order expansion in the three large-amplitude bending modes is illustrated by the construction of an eighth-order three-sheeted three-dimensional ab initio potential-energy surface for PH3+. The theory of spin-orbit coupling in trigonal JT/PJT systems is extended beyond the standard model of JT theory by an expansion of the microscopic Breit-Pauli operator up to second order in symmetry-adapted vibrational coordinates. It is shown that a linear E × e JT effect of relativistic origin exists in C(3v) systems which vanishes at the planar (D(3h)) geometry. The linear relativistic 2E – 2A PJT coupling, on the other hand, persists at the planar geometry

author list (cited authors)

  • Bhattacharyya, S., Opalka, D., Poluyanov, L. V., & Domcke, W.

publication date

  • January 1, 2014 11:11 AM