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Path Integral Study Of The Correlated Electronic States Of Na4–Na6, Randall W. Hall Jan 1990

Path Integral Study Of The Correlated Electronic States Of Na4–Na6, Randall W. Hall

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Feynman’s path integral formulation of quantum mechanics is used to study the correlated electronic states of Na4–Na6. Two types of simulations are performed: in the first, the nuclei are allowed to move at finite temperature in order to find the most stable geometries. In agreement with previous calculations, we find that planar structures are the most stable and that there is significant vibrational amplitude at finite temperatures, indicating that the Born–Oppenheimer surface is relatively flat. In the second type of simulation, the nuclei are held fixed at symmetric and asymmetric geometries and the correlated electron density is ...