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Photoexcitation and ionization in ozone: Stieltjes–Tchebycheff studies in the separated-channel static-exchange approximation

Padial, N. and Csanak, G. and McKoy, B. V. and Langhoff, P. W. (1981) Photoexcitation and ionization in ozone: Stieltjes–Tchebycheff studies in the separated-channel static-exchange approximation. Journal of Chemical Physics, 74 (8). pp. 4581-4593. ISSN 0021-9606.

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Theoretical studies are reported of total and partial-channel photoexcitation/ionization cross sections in ozone employing Stieltjes–Tchebycheff (S–T) techniques and the separated-channel static-exchange approximation. As in previously reported investigations of excitation and ionization spectra in diatomic and polyatomic molecules employing this approach, vertical electronic dipole transition spectra for the twelve occupied canonical Hartree–Fock symmetry orbitals in ozone are constructed using large Gaussian basis sets, appropriate computational methods, and noncentral static-exchange potentials of correct molecular symmetry. Experimental rather than Koopmans ionization potentials are employed when available in construction of transition energies to avoid the incorrect ionic-state orderings predicted by Hartree–Fock theory, and to insure that the calculated series have the appropriate limits. The spectral characteristics of the resulting improved-virtual-orbital discrete excitation series and corresponding static-exchange photoionization continua are interpreted in terms of contributions from valencelike 7a1(sigma*), 2b1(pix*), and 5b2(sigma*) virtual orbitals, and appropriate diffuse Rydberg functions. The 2b1(pix*) valence orbital apparently contributes primarily to discrete or autoionizing spectra, whereas the 7a1(sigma*) and 5b2(sigma*) orbitals generally appear in the various photoionization continua. Moreover, there is also evidence of strong 2p-->kd atomiclike contributions to ka2 final-state channels in the photoionization continua. The calculated outer-valence-shell 6a1, 4b2, and 1a2 excitation series are compared with electron impact–excitation spectra in the 9 to 13 eV interval, and the corresponding partial-channel photoionization cross sections are contrasted and compared with the results of previously reported studies of photoionization in molecular oxygen. The intermediate- and inner-valence-shell excitation series and corresponding photoionization cross sections are in general accord with quantum-defect estimates and with the measured electron-impact spectra, which are generally unstructured above ~22 eV. Of particular interest in the intermediate-valence-shell spectra is the appearance of a strong sigma-->sigma* feature just above threshold in the 3b2-->kb2 photoionization cross section, in qualitative agreement with previously reported studies of the closely related 3sigmag-->ksigmau cross section in molecular oxygen. Finally, qualitative comparisons are made of the calculated K-edge excitation and ionization spectra in ozone with recently reported photoabsorption studies in molecular oxygen.

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Additional Information:Copyright © 1981 American Institute of Physics. Received 10 December 1979; accepted 6 May 1980. It is a pleasure to acknowledge the financial support of the U.S.-Latin American Sciences Program to N.P., G.C., and B.V.M. and of the Donors of the Petroleum Research Fund, administered by the American Chemical Society to P.W.L. In addition, the support and hospitality provided P.W.L. by S.R. Langhoff, R. Jaffe, and J.O. Arnold of NASA Ames Research Center in the form of a Senior National Research Council Associateship is also gratefully acknowledged, as is the assistance and generosity of Professor D. Bershader of Stanford University.
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