The PAH hypothesis: a computational experiment on the combined effects of ionization and dehydrogenation on the IR signatures.
IR spectra of anthracene and pyrene derivatives, serving as models for isolated, linear and isolated, compact PAHs, respectively, have been calculated using ab-initio quantum mechanical methods. The separate and combined effects of ionization and multiple dehydrogenation have been studied. This study confirms and refines the trends of our preliminary paper on the smallest possible PAH, naphthalene. If small PAHs are responsible for any UIR bands, they should be ionized and partially dehydrogenated, with a few triple bonds at the periphery of the carbon skeleton.
Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Pub Date:
- March 1997
- MOLECULAR DATA;
- MOLECULAR PROCESSES;
- ISM: MOLECULES;
- INFRARED: ISM: LINES AND BANDS