Computational Chemistry and Molecular Modeling
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
A relativistic effective core potential (REP) has been generated for the uranium atom and used in self-consistent-field calculations of the A states of UH, UF, and their ions. Energy curves were calculated at the base configuration level which ensures the dissociating atoms are described by Hartree-Fock wavefunctions. The electronic bonding of these molecules is found to be similar to that of comparable alkaline-earth hydrides and fluorides. The uranium 6p, 6d, and 5f orbitals retain their atomic character but the orbitals extend into the bonding region and are distorted by overlap repulsion and electrostatic effects. Nonetheless, the atomic energetic coupling determines that low energy states will have the maximum spin multiplicity and maximum orbital angular momentum projection consonant with the charge-transfer bonding.
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