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# A. III. Molecular Symmetry and Group Theory

A. III. Molecular Symmetry and Group Theory. F. Albert Cotton, Chemical Application of Group Theory, Wiley, 1990. M. Tinkam , Group Theory and Quantum Mechanics, McGraw-Hill, 1964. Peter F. Bernath , Spectra of Atoms and Molecules, Ch 2, 3, 4.

## A. III. Molecular Symmetry and Group Theory

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1. A. III. Molecular Symmetry and Group Theory • F. Albert Cotton, Chemical Application of Group Theory, Wiley, 1990. • M. Tinkam, Group Theory and Quantum Mechanics, McGraw-Hill, 1964. • Peter F. Bernath, Spectra of Atoms and Molecules, Ch 2, 3, 4. • P. R. Bunker, Molecular Symmetry and Spectroscopy, NRC Research Press, 1998.

2. (a) Groups: Definitions and Theorems • A group is a set of elements A, B, C, …such that a form of multiplication may be defined that associates a third element with any ordered pair. The multiplication must satisfy the following requirements: 1. The group is closed. If A, B ∈ G, then AB ∈ G, ∀ A, B. 2. The associative law holds. A(BC) = (AB)C 3. The identity element E exists such that EA = AE = A, ∀ A. 4. For every element A in the group there is an inverse A-1 such that AA-1 = A-1 A = E

3. More Definitions • The order of a group is the number of elements in the group. The order can be infinite, but for the most part, we will deal with finite groups. • An Abelian group is commutative. AB = BA, ∀ A, B • A subgroup is a group whose elements are a subset of a larger group, using the same multiplication rule. • If A is conjugate to B, then B = X-1AX, for some X ∈ G. • A complete set of elements that are conjugate to one another are called a class. • A cyclic group of order n has elements A, A2, A3, A4, A5, … An-1, and E (= An).

4. Mappings between Groups • Two groups G and G′ are isomorphic if there is a one-to-one correspondence between the elements A, B, … of one group and the elements A′, B′, … of the other group such that AB = C implies A′B′ = C′ and vice versa. • Two groups G and G′ are homomorphic if there is a one-to-many correspondence between each element A of one group and two or more elements A1′, A2′, … of the other group such that AB = C implies Ai′Bj′ ∈ {Ck′} for all Ai′, Bj′. (Here, “many” means 1, 2, or more. So an isomorphism is the special case of a homomorphism, where “many” = 1.)

5. Theorems and Examples • A group multiplication table gives the product (column element) × (row element) • Theorem: If A, B, C ∈ G, and B≠C, then AB≠AC and BA≠CA. G1 E E G2 E A E A

6. Theorem: Each element is represented once and only once in each row and in each column of the group multiplication table. • What choices do we have to fill in this table? • Is the group cyclic? • Abelian? • Are there subgroups? G3 E A B E A B

7. (b) Molecular Symmetry • Symmetry operations leave the molecule – or more precisely, the Hamiltonian of the molecule – unchanged. • Several different kinds of molecular symmetry: 1. Geometric symmetry that reflects the shape of the molecule 2. Permutation of identical nuclei. 3. Inversion of the molecule, the is (x, y, z)  (-x, -y, -z) for all electrons and nuclei. 4. Permutation of the electrons. 5. Rotation of the molecular about its center of mass (3 Euler angles). 6. Translation of the molecule (x, y, z) (x+a, y+b, z+c). 7. Time invariance tt+a 8. Time reversal symmetry t -t. • Each kind of symmetry yields useful concepts.Symmetries 2. +3. are equivalent to 1. for rigid molecules.

8. (b) Molecular Symmetry • Symmetry operations leave the molecule – or more precisely, the Hamiltonian of the molecule – unchanged. • Several different kinds of molecular symmetry: 1. Geometric symmetry that reflects the shape of the molecule 2. Permutation of identical nuclei. 3. Inversion of the molecule, the is (x, y, z)  (-x, -y, -z) for all electrons and nuclei. 4. Permutation of the electrons. 5. Rotation of the molecular about its center of mass (3 Euler angles). 6. Translation of the molecule (x, y, z) (x+a, y+b, z+c). 7. Time invariance tt+a 8. Time reversal symmetry t -t. • Each kind of symmetry yields useful concepts.Symmetries 2. +3. are equivalent to 1. for rigid molecules. Point groups Permutation-inversion group theory The Pauli Principle Conservation of angular momentum Conservation of linear momentum Conservation of energy Microscopic reversibility

9. Point Groups

10. Flow chart for determining Point Group Symmetry Bernath, p 52

11. Example: Dichloromethane 1 b z a 2 x y

12. (c) Representations of Groups • A representation of an abstract group is any group composed of concrete mathematical entities that is homomorphic to the original group. • We will be concerned with representations of symmetry groups by n×n square matrices, where n is the dimensionality of the representation. • A vector may be used to generate a matrix representation. The vector generating the representation may have any number of components. • Functions expressed in terms of basis functions may also be used. MatrixAij Vector, v new vector

13. Types of Representations • The identical representation – all 1’s. • A faithful representation – isomorphic • Reducible representations – dimensionality is reduced by similarity transformations. • Irreducible representations – no further reduction in dimensionality is possible. • The character of a representation is the sum of the diagonal elements: Γ1(R) 0 Γ2(R) 0 Γ3(R)

14. C2V Example • Representation matricies based on • Dimensionality? 3 • Faithful? YES • Identical? NO • Reducible? YES

15. Similarity Transformations Γ1(R) 0 Γ2(R) 0 Γ3(R)

16. The Great Orthogonality Theorem (GOT) • Let R denote the group operations, A, B, C, … • Let Γi(R) be the matrix for the operation R in the ith irreducible representation. It has the elements Let Γi(R)mn. • The theorem stateswhere is the order of the group, and li is the dimensionality of the ith irreducible representation.

17. Theorems derived from the GOT 1. The sums of the squares of the dimensions of the irreducible representations of a group is equal to the order of the group: 2. The sum of the squares of the characters of any irreducible representation equals h: 3. The vectors whose components are the characters of two different irreducible representations are orthogonal: if i≠j. 4. In a given representation (reducible or irreducible), the characters of all matrices belonging to operations of the same class are identical. 5. The number of irreducible representations is equal to the number of classes.

18. Example: Character Table for C3V C3V A1 A2 E

19. Reducing Reducible Representations • We choose a similarity transformation, such that when it is applied to each representation matrix of a reducible representation, each representation become block diagonal as at left. • In general the irreducible representation Γj appears aj times: • To find aj the proceed as follows:Thus Γ1(R) 0 Γ2(R) 0 Γ3(R)

20. Example • Suppose that for a redicuble representation, χ(R) = 5 2 -1.Find the irreducible representations that comprise this reducible rperesentation. • C3V E 2C3 3σVA1 1 1 1A2 1 1 -1E 2 -1 0

21. (d) Group Theory and Quantum Mechanics • Transformation operators: Operate on the coordinate system:

22. (d) Group Theory and Quantum Mechanics • Transformation operators: Operate on a function:

23. The Group of the Schroedinger Equation

24. The Group of the Schroedinger Equation

25. Labeling of Quantum States • Wavefunctions transform under group operations according to the irreducible representations of the group. • Label quantum states accordingly! • The irreducible representations have a systematic nomenclature (with some exceptions) that is used in spectroscopy and quantum chemistry. • See standard character tables in the back of Bernath and elsewhere. • Examples: • Atoms: S, P, D, … (full rotation group) • Homonuclear diatomics: Σg+, Πu, … (D∞h) • CH2Cl2: A1, A2, B1, B2 (C2V) • CH3F: A1, A2, E (C3V) • CH3OH (rigid): A′, A″ (CS) • CH3OH (with internal rotation): A1, A2, E (G6) • CH4: A1, A2, E, T1 [F1], T2 [F2] (Td)

26. The Direct Product • Suppose that X1, X2, X3, …, Xm, and Y1, Y2, Y3, …, Yn are two sets of functions that are basis for representations of the group: andwhere Γ(X) andΓ(Y) are the representations derived from the two sets of basis functions. • Then we can operate on a product of functions Zs = XiYk: and Γ(Z) is the representation generated by the product Zs. • We use the direct product notation: Γ(Z) = Γ(X) ⊗Γ(Y)

27. Characters of Direct Product Representations • If Γ(X)(R) is an m×m matrix and Γ(Y)(R) is an n×n, then Γ(Z)(R)is an mn×mn matrix, and might be a reducible representation. • The character of Γ(Z)(R) is

28. Identifying Non-Zero Matrix Elements Office Hour & Problems Friday, Jan 21, 3-4 PM in KNCL 317

29. Identifying Non-Zero Matrix Elements • Theorem: If Z = XY, then Γ(Z) contains the totally symmetric representation only when Γ(X) and Γ(Y) contain at least one irreducible representation in common. • This theorem allows for the quick identification of non-zero matrix elements.

30. Symmetry-Adapted Linear Combinations • The procedure described below is sometimes called the “basis function generating machine.” • It enables us to start with any function defined in the relevant coordinate space and project out a function that transforms as any desired irreducible representation of the applicable group. (If the starting function was chosen poorly, then you might get zero, but then one just needs to try again with a different starting function.) • The procedure is good for finding molecular orbitals or vibrational wavefuntions with the desired symmetry properties.

31. Symmetry-Adapted Linear Combinations • Suppose that we have a set of li orthonormal functionsϕ1i, ϕ2i, … that form a basis for the ith irreducible representation Γi • The action of the group operation PR produces a linear combination of the other basis functions: • Multiply both sides by and sum over the group operations:

32. Symmetry-Adapted Linear Combinations • Based on the above result, we define the projection operator which has the action • Now consider a a general function that is a linear combination of the various basis functions: • Then • If we set s′ = t′, then Thus we can project any desired symmetry component out of a general function.

33. Projections with Characters Only • The problem is that the full representation matrices are not available in charater tables. Furthermore, the full representation matrices are only defined to within a similarity transformation. • DefineThis projection operator projects a given function onto the subspace of the basis, it will generate symmetrized basis functions of the desired irreducible representation, but where the dimensionality of the represention is 2 or higher, we don’t have control over which of the degenerate functions we will get, and the degenerate functions that we do get my not be orthogonal.

34. Example: π Orbitals of the Cyclopropenyl Radical. Office Hour & Problems Friday, Jan 21, 3-4 PM in KNCL 317 • Find the symmetry-adapted linear combinations.

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