A general, six-dimensional computational method for the accurate calculation of rotationally and vibrationally excited states of tetra-atomic molecules is developed. The resulting program is particularly appropriate for molecules executing wide-amplitude motions and isomerizations. An application to the Ar2HF van der Waals trimer is presented in which the HF intramolecular stretching coordinate is separated out adiabatically and is not treated explicitly. Vibrational term values up to about 100 cm(-1) with absolute convergence to better than 0.1 cm(-1) are reported. These calculations employ more extensive vibrational basis sets and hence consider a much higher density of states than hitherto. States that sample Ar-Ar-HF linear configurations and approach Ar-HF-Ar linear configurations are characterized for the first time. Results for total angular momentum J=0 and 1 provide the first accurate calculations of rotational constants for this system. The rotational constants for the HF bending states of Ar2HF in the ground and first vibrationally excited states of the HF monomer are in good agreement with experiment, confirming the accuracy of the potential used in this work. (C) 2003 American Institute of Physics.
- NONADDITIVE INTERMOLECULAR FORCES
- DER-WAALS TRIMERS
- VECTOR PARAMETRIZATION