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posted on 07.07.2020, 07:45 by Sara Del Galdo, Marco Fusè, Vincenzo Barone

We extend a recently proposed computational strategy for the simulation of absorption spectra of semi-rigid molecular systems in condensed phases to the emission spectra of flexible chromophores. As a case study, we have chosen the CPL spectrum of camphor in methanol solution, which shows a well-defined bisignate shape. The first step of our approach is the quantum mechanical computation of reference spectra including vibrational averaging effects and taking bulk solvent effects into account by means of the polarizable continuum model. In the present case, the large amplitude inversion mode is explicitly treated by a numerical approach, whereas the other small-amplitude vibrational modes are taken into account within the harmonic approximation. Next, the snapshots of classical molecular dynamics computations are clusterized and one representative configuration from each cluster is used to compute a reference spectrum. In the present case, different clusters correspond to the two stable conformers of camphor in the S1 excited electronic state and, for each of them, to different numbers of strong solute-solvent hydrogen bonds. Finally, local fluctuation effects within each cluster are taken into account by means of the perturbed matrix model. The overall procedure leads to good agreement with experiment for absorption and emission spectra together with their chiral counterparts, thus allowing to analyze the role of different effects (stereo-electronic, vibrational, environmental) in tuning the overall experimental spectra.

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