Ab initio calculations and INS measurements of phonons and molecular vibrations in a model peptide compound - Urea

M. R. Johnson, K. Parlinski, I. Natkaniec, B. S. Hudson

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Abstract

Density functional theory (DFT) methods, as implemented in the VASP code, are used to calculate the inelastic neutron scattering (INS) spectrum of urea, which has been measured on the TOSCA spectrometer at ISIS, UK and the NERA-PR spectrometer at Dubna, Russia. Urea presents an extended network of bifurcated hydrogen bonds resulting in significant dispersion of the vibrational excitations, both for external and internal modes. The small mass of the molecule also results in intense multiphonon contributions to the spectral profile. Recent, successful applications of DFT in molecular spectroscopy are extended here using the PHONON code to include dispersion and multiphonon contributions to the INS spectrum. Thus the whole spectral profile is calculated with only the crystal structure as input. The accuracy of the calculated normal modes is demonstrated for protonated and deuterated urea.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-60
Number of pages8
JournalChemical Physics
Volume291
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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