Jahn-Teller theory beyond the standard model Conference Paper uri icon


  • In the standard model of Jahn-Teller (JT) theory, the spin-free electronic Hamiltonian is expanded up to second order in normal-mode displacements, while the spin-orbit (SO) coupling operator is approximated in zeroth order. In this article, the systematic extension of JT theory beyond the standard model is outlined. For the classic E e and T2 t2 JT problems in C3v and Td symmetry, respectively, it is shown how the conventional Taylor expansion of the spin-free Hamiltonian can be replaced by an expansion in invariant polynomials up to arbitrarily high orders. The theory of SO coupling in JT systems is extended beyond the standard model by an expansion of the Breit-Pauli SO-coupling operator up to first order in normal-mode displacements. The spectroscopic relevance of the higher-order electrostatic and the linear relativistic JT coupling terms is illustrated for the vibronic structures of the photoelectron spectra of tetrahedral P4 and Sb4.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Physics Conference Series

author list (cited authors)

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

citation count

  • 16

complete list of authors

  • Bhattacharyya, S||Opalka, D||Poluyanov, LV||Domcke, W

publication date

  • April 2013