Potential Symmetry-Breaking, Structure and Definite Vibrational Assignment for Azulene - Multiconfigurational and Density-Functional Results

by Kozlowski, Pawel M.; Rauhut, Guntram; Pulay, Peter

A systematic ab initio determination of the geometry and harmonic force field with inclusion of correlation energy for the ground state of azulene is presented. The calculations were carried out using the unrestricted natural orbital-complete active space (UNO-GAS) method and density functional theory (DFT) using the compound Becke-Lee-Young-Parr (B3-LYP) exchange-correlation functional. The 6-31G* basis set has been used in both methods. The geometry optimized with DFT leads to a structure with approximately equal C-C bond lengths and C-2v symmetry, while UNO-GAS results show an alternating bond structure with C-s symmetry and a very low (similar to 32 cm(-1)) barrier height. Agreement of the calculated vibrational frequencies with experiment is very good for both methods, except in the B-2 symmetry species which contains the bond alternation mode. in this species, the density functional results agree better with experiment than those based on a multiconfigurational wave function, showing that the minimum has C-2v Symmetry. All vibrations are assigned for azulene and its perdeuterated analog. (C) 1995 American Institute of Physics.

Journal
Journal of Chemical Physics
Volume
103
Issue
13
Year
1995
Start Page
5650
ISBN/ISSN
1089-7690; 0021-9606
DOI
10.1063/1.470547