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Does cage quantum delocalisation influence the translation-rotational bound states of molecular hydrogen in clathrate hydrate?

Benoit, David M.; Lauvergnat, David; Scribano, Yohann


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Dr David Benoit
Senior Lecturer in Molecular Physics and Astrochemistry

David Lauvergnat

Yohann Scribano


In this study, we examine the effect of a flexible description of the clathrate hydrate framework on the translation-rotation (TR) eigenstates of guest molecules such as molecular hydrogen. Traditionally, the water cage structure is assumed to be rigid, thus ignoring the quantum nature of hydrogen nuclei in the water framework. However, it has been shown that protons in a water molecule possess a marked delocalised character in many situations, ranging from water clusters to proton transfer in the bulk. In the case of water clathrates, all previous TR bound-state calculations of guest molecules consider that the caging water molecules are fixed at their equilibrium geometry. Only recently, a static investigation of the role of proton configurations was performed by Bačić and co-workers by sampling a very large number of different static structures of water clathrates. Here, we investigate the importance of the rotational degrees of freedom of the water cage on the TR levels of the guest molecule using an efficient adiabatic decoupling scheme. Our approach combines rigid body diffusion Monte Carlo calculations for the description of the rotational degree of freedom of water molecules surrounding the guest molecular hydrogen to an efficient Smolyak sparse-grid technique for the calculation of the TR levels. This approach allows us to take into account the highly anharmonic nature of the rotational water motions in a high-dimensional system. The clathrate-induced splittings of the j = 1 rotational levels are much more sensitive to the quantum hydrogen delocalisation than the translational transitions. This result is in good agreement with the previous static study of Bačić and co-workers.


Benoit, D. M., Lauvergnat, D., & Scribano, Y. (2018). Does cage quantum delocalisation influence the translation-rotational bound states of molecular hydrogen in clathrate hydrate?. Faraday Discussions, 212, 533-546.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 23, 2018
Online Publication Date May 25, 2018
Publication Date Dec 13, 2018
Deposit Date Nov 13, 2018
Publicly Available Date Oct 27, 2022
Journal Faraday Discussions
Print ISSN 1359-6640
Electronic ISSN 1364-5498
Publisher Royal Society of Chemistry
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 212
Pages 533-546
Keywords Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
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Additional Information : This document is Similarity Check deposited; : David M. Benoit (ORCID); : David Lauvergnat (ORCID); : Yohann Scribano (ORCID); : Single-blind; : Received 1 May 2018; Accepted 23 May 2018; Accepted Manuscript published 25 May 2018; Advance Article published 21 September 2018


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