Computational Chemistry and Molecular Modeling
Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
An ab initio electronic structure study is presented of hydrogen-hydrogen interactions in an electronic environment perturbed by the presence of palladium atom clusters. In particular, we investigated changes in the interatomic potential when the atomic centers are trapped inside an fcc palladium octahedral hole and when they are separated from each other by a (111) plane of palladium atoms. The (111) plane was modeled with a cluster of three palladium atoms. Self-consistent field (SCF) level calculations were performed, and palladium atom pseudopotentials were employed to make the systems studied computationally tractable. For pairs of atoms placed within the octahedral hole, various lines of approach were considered [along the (100), (110), and (111) directions]. Lattice deformations and electronic excitations were examined for their effect on the interatomic potential.
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