Spectral behavior of hydrogen-bonded systems: Quasiparticle model

S. F. Fischer, G. L. Hofacker, M. A. Ratner

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The spectral behavior of protons forming hydrogen bonds in a solid is investigated. The ionic defect H3O+ in the ice crystal is used as a basic model. Strong interaction with optical phonons (wagging vibrations) is considered to infinite order by construction of a quasiparticle analogous to the small polaron. We predict for the absorption profile a broad peak with some fine structure at the low-frequency side. Temperature dependence, red shifting, and mass dependence of the spectrum are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1934-1947
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1970
Externally publishedYes


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