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Direct Simulation of Excited-State Intramolecular Proton Transfer and Vibrational Coherence of 10-Hydroxybenzo[h]quinoline in Solution

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posted on 16.12.2015, 19:57 by Masahiro Higashi, Shinji Saito
We investigate an ultrafast excited-state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) reaction and the subsequent coherent vibrational motion of 10-hydroxybenzo[h]quinoline in cyclohexane by the electronically embedded multiconfiguration Shepard interpolation method, which enables us to generate the potential energy surface of the reaction effectively and thus carry out a direct excited-state dynamics simulation with low computational costs. The calculated time scale of the ESIPT and the frequencies and lifetimes of coherent motions are in good agreement with the experimental results. The present study reveals that the coherent motions are caused by not only the proton transfer itself but also the backbone displacement induced by the ESIPT. We also discuss the effects of the solvent on the dynamics of the coherent vibrational modes.