Vibrational Coupling in Solvated H3O+: Interplay between Fermi Resonance and Combination Band

Qian Rui Huang, Ying Cheng Li, Tomoki Nishigori, Marusu Katada, Asuka Fujii, Jer Lai Kuo

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Complex vibrational features of solvated hydronium ion, H3O+, in 3 μm enable us to look into the vibrational coupling among O-H stretching modes and other degrees of freedom. Two anharmonic coupling schemes have often been engaged to explain observed spectra: coupling with the OH bending overtone, known as Fermi resonance (FR), has been proposed to account for the splitting of the OH stretch band at ∼3300 cm-1 in H3O+···Ar3, but an additional peak in H3O+···(N2)3 at the similar frequency region has been assigned to a combination band (CB) with the low-frequency intermolecular stretches. While even stronger vibrational coupling is expected in H3O+···(H2O)3, such pronounced peaks are absent. In the present study, vibrational spectra of H3O+···Kr3 and H3O+···(CO)3 are measured to complement the existing spectra. Using ab initio anharmonic algorithms, we are able to assign the observed complex spectral features, to resolve seemingly contradictory notions in the interpretations, and to reveal simple pictures of the interplay between FR and CB.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10067-10072
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Dec 3

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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