Molecular Interactions and Hydrogen Bond Tunneling Dynamics: Some New Perspectives

Science  12 Mar 1993:
Vol. 259, Issue 5101, pp. 1570-1575
DOI: 10.1126/science.259.5101.1570


The recent development of tunable far-infrared lasers and other high-resolution spectroscopic probes of weakly bound clusters is having a significant impact on our understanding of intermolecular forces and on the complex quantum tunneling dynamics that occur in hydrogen-bonded systems. Far-infrared studies of a variety of interactions are discussed, including several prototypical water-hydrophobe complexes, the water trimer, and the ammonia dimer. Particular attention is paid to the inversion of spectroscopic data to yield detailed intermolecular potential energy surfaces. Investigations of nonpairwise additivity are also described.