Vibronic interactions in metal halide molecules

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Electron-vibrational (usually called "vibronic") interactions in molecular systems with electronically degenerate, or near degenerate states produce a variety of novel properties best known as the Jahn-Teller effect, or the related Renner-Teller and pseudo-Jahn-Teller effects. These effects have been observed and described for decades by different experimental methods; however, the real renaissance in this field happened due to the ever increasing potentials of quantum chemical calculations that can reveal all the intricate details of these interactions. In this article, vibronic interactions in a specific class of systems, those of gas-phase metal halide molecules, are summarized; especially because they are ideal to study these effects; from the strongest to their more subtle appearances.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-30
Number of pages10
JournalStructural Chemistry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2009


  • Gold trihalides
  • Jahn-Teller effect
  • Manganese trifluoride
  • Pseudo-Jahn-Teller effect
  • Renner-Teller effect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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