Dipole moment and theoretical spectroscopy: a computational approach
The present project represents a first step towards the implementation of a new technique to calculate the whole vibrational spectra of molecules in a formally exact way, which fully takes into account anharmonicity and conformational transitions, at a finite temperature, both in gas phase and in solution in a single molecular dynamics simulation, combining the features of ONETEP (linear-scaling DFT) and a method introduced by M. P. Gaigeot and her group , . This technique is based on the calculation of the Fourier transform of the dipole moment autocorrelation function (FTTCF). Although the FTTCF formalism is a standard procedure for the calculation of several properties in classical molecular dynamics, it usually is not very accurate in predicting molecular properties due to the classical framework. Now we are able to use the FTTCF formalism in a more accurate way, by treating the electronic interactions directly through the foundamental equations of quantum mechanics. In order to evaluate the vibrational spectra we must be able to compute the transition dipole moment of our systems. This can be a tricky point for quantum systems when adopting periodic boundary conditions (PBC), as we do in ONETEP. Therefore, for this project we set the field for future calculations, by implementing in ONETEP a code to calculate the total dipole moment of molecules. The results have been used in a subsequent project, where the vibrational spectra of small molecules have been computed.
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Simulation software: Onetep
Visualisation and data handling software: VMD
Transdisciplinary tags: Complex Systems