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Core excitations of naphthalene: vibrational structure versus chemical shifts

Royal Institute of Technology, S-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden.
The Journal of Chemical Physics (Impact Factor: 3.12). 10/2004; 121(12):5733-9. DOI: 10.1063/1.1784450
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ABSTRACT High-resolution x-ray photoelectron emission (XPS) and near-edge x-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectra of naphthalene are analyzed in terms of the initial state chemical shifts and the vibrational fine structure of the excitations. Carbon atoms located at peripheral sites experience only a small chemical shift and exhibit rather similar charge-vibrational coupling, while the atoms in the bridging positions differ substantially. In the XPS spectra, C-H stretching modes provide important contributions to the overall shape of the spectrum. In contrast, the NEXAFS spectrum contains only vibrational progressions from particular C-C stretching modes. The accuracy of ab initio calculations of absolute electronic transition energies is discussed in the context of minute chemical shifts, the vibrational fine structure, and the state multiplicity.

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