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Visualisation of electronic excited-state correlation in real space

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posted on 12.03.2019 by Felix Plasser
A method for the visualisation of excited‐state electron correlation is introduced and shown to address two notorious problems in excited‐ state electronic structure theory, the analysis of excitonic correlation and the distinction between covalent and ionic wavefunction character. The method operates by representing the excited state in terms of electron and hole quasiparticles, fixing the hole on a fragment of the system and observing the resulting conditional electron density in real space. The application of this approach to oligothiophene, an exemplary conjugated polymer, illuminates excitonic correlation effects of its excited states in unprecedented clarity and detail. A study of naphthalene shows that the distinction between the ionic and covalent states of this molecule, which has so far only been achieved using elaborate valence‐bond theory protocols, arises naturally in terms of electron‐hole avoidance and enhanced overlap, respectively. More generally, the method is relevant for any excited state that cannot be described by a single electronic configuration.

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Loughborough University

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School

  • Science

Department

  • Chemistry

Published in

Chemphotochem

Volume

3

Issue

9

Pages

702 - 706

Citation

PLASSER, F., 2019. Visualisation of electronic excited-state correlation in real space. Chemphotochem, 3 (9), pp.702-706.

Publisher

© Wiley

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: PLASSER, F., 2019. Visualisation of electronic excited-state correlation in real space. Chemphotochem, 3 (9), pp.702-706, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1002/cptc.201900014. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.

Acceptance date

27/02/2019

Publication date

2019-02-27

ISSN

2367-0932

Language

en

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