In this paper we consider the inclusion of the spin-orbit interaction in surface hopping molecular dynamics simulations to take into account spin forbidden transitions. Two alternative approaches are examined. The spin-diabatic one makes use of eigenstates of the spin-free electronic Hamiltonian and of S2 and is commonly applied when the spin-orbit coupling is weak. We point out some inconsistencies of this approach, especially important when more than two spin multiplets are coupled. The spin-adiabatic approach is based on the eigenstates of the total electronic Hamiltonian including the spin-orbit coupling. Advantages and drawbacks of both strategies are discussed and illustrated with the help of two model systems.

Surface hopping trajectory simulations with spin-orbit and dynamical couplings

GRANUCCI, GIOVANNI;PERSICO, MAURIZIO;
2012

Abstract

In this paper we consider the inclusion of the spin-orbit interaction in surface hopping molecular dynamics simulations to take into account spin forbidden transitions. Two alternative approaches are examined. The spin-diabatic one makes use of eigenstates of the spin-free electronic Hamiltonian and of S2 and is commonly applied when the spin-orbit coupling is weak. We point out some inconsistencies of this approach, especially important when more than two spin multiplets are coupled. The spin-adiabatic approach is based on the eigenstates of the total electronic Hamiltonian including the spin-orbit coupling. Advantages and drawbacks of both strategies are discussed and illustrated with the help of two model systems.
Granucci, Giovanni; Persico, Maurizio; Spighi, G.
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