An aromatic hydrocarbon rotor without functional groups is theoretically designed. Such a molecular rotor is free from long-range electrostatic interactions. Induced dipole interactions are the rotor-driving forces under a nonresonant excitation condition. As an example, a molecular rotor with a condensed aromatic ring, a pentacene moiety mounted on a phenyl-acetylene axle that is driven by a circularly polarized electric field is considered. Results of simulations of the quantum dynamics of a rotor that take into account short-range rotor-bath interactions are presented by numerically solving the density matrix equations of the rotational motions.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry