Chiral conversion and periodical decay in bridged-azobenzene photoisomerization: an ab initio on-the-fly nonadiabatic dynamics simulation

Wanqing Gao, Le Yu*, Xiaolei Zheng, Yibo Lei, Chaoyuan Zhu, Huixian Han

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Abstract

With the implementation of global nonadiabatic switching probability algorithm based on the Zhu-Nakamura theory, we performed on-the-fly trajectory surface hopping simulations at the CASSCF level to analyze the cis ↔ trans photoisomerization mechanism of bridged-azobenzene upon S1 excitation. The cis-to-trans isomerization process was initiated by the pedal-like twist of -N=N- moiety and observed hopping to S0 mainly via the cis-form conical intersection region. While, the trans-to-cis process is induced by the nonsymmetrical torsion motion toward the central eight-membered ring and encountered surface hopping through another conical region lying in the middle of the isomerization pathway. In cis-to-trans photoisomerization, we also observed a particular chiral conversion pathway with surface hopping occurs at CI-trans conical region. The trajectories followed this pathway possess relative longer excited state lifetimes as the ∼40 fs initial stage oscillation in the cis Franck-Condon region. Moreover, the periodical population decay pattern of S1 state in trans-to-cis process was observed with an interval of ∼16 fs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39542-39552
Number of pages11
JournalRSC Advances
Volume6
Issue number46
DOIs
StatePublished - 13 Apr 2016

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