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A photochemical reaction in different theoretical representations

Ibele, Lea M.; Curchod, Basile F.E.; Agostini, Federica

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Lea M. Ibele

Federica Agostini


The Born–Oppenheimer picture has forged our representation and interpretation of photochemical processes, from photoexcitation down to the passage through a conical intersection, a funnel connecting different electronic states. In this work, we analyze a full in silico photochemical experiment, from the explicit electronic excitation by a laser pulse to the formation of photoproducts following a nonradiative decay through a conical intersection, by contrasting the picture offered by Born–Oppenheimer and that proposed by the exact factorization. The exact factorization offers an alternative understanding of photochemistry that does not rely on concepts such as electronic states, nonadiabatic couplings, and conical intersections. On the basis of nonadiabatic quantum dynamics performed for a two-state 2D model system, this work allows us to compare Born–Oppenheimer and exact factorization for (i) an explicit photoexcitation with and without the Condon approximation, (ii) the passage of a nuclear wavepacket through a conical intersection, (iii) the formation of excited stationary states in the Franck–Condon region, and (iv) the use of classical and quantum trajectories in the exact factorization picture to capture nonadiabatic processes triggered by a laser pulse.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Feb 14, 2022
Publication Date Feb 24, 2022
Deposit Date Jan 31, 2022
Publicly Available Date May 25, 2022
Journal Journal of Physical Chemistry A
Print ISSN 1089-5639
Electronic ISSN 1520-5215
Publisher American Chemical Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 126
Issue 7
Pages 1263-1281
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