HF dimer in small helium clusters: Interchange-tunneling dynamics in a quantum environment

Antonio Sarsa, Zlatko Bačić, Jules W. Moskowitz, Kevin E. Schmidt

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Abstract

The diffusion quantum Monte Carlo calculations of the interchange tunneling splitting of 4Hen(HF)2 clusters, n = 1-10, were presented. It was found that the tunneling splitting decreases rapidly for n = 1-4 clusters, and slowly for n > 4 and this decrease represented 74% of the reduction in the tunneling splitting measured for HF dimer in nanodroplets of more than 2000 He atoms. The results showed that the first four He atoms quenched the interchange tunneling efficiently by virtue of occupying the equatorial ring which encircled the C2h transition state of the tunneling pathway.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number123401
Pages (from-to)1234011-1234014
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume88
Issue number12
StatePublished - Mar 25 2002

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Sarsa, A., Bačić, Z., Moskowitz, J. W., & Schmidt, K. E. (2002). HF dimer in small helium clusters: Interchange-tunneling dynamics in a quantum environment. Physical Review Letters, 88(12), 1234011-1234014. [123401].