## Abstract

A new scheme for carrying out dual-level direct dynamics calculations is presented in this paper. A better estimate of the barrier width is obtained by using the high-level imaginary frequency at the saddle point as well as high-level values of the energies of three stationary points (i.e., reactants, products, and saddle point). Furthermore, a more robust formula is introduced for incorporating high-level vibrational frequency corrections on the generalized normal modes along the reaction path. Incorporating these improvements, we carry out dual-level calculations of the reaction rate of H + N_{2}H_{2} → H_{2} + N_{2}H by employing variational transition-state theory with optimized multidimensional tunneling. Dual-level calculations at the level of zero-curvature tunneling (ZCT) show excellent agreement with an earlier calculation involving high-level computations at 11 times as many geometries. Having validated the dual-level approach at the ZCT level, we next extend the dual-level calculations to include small-curvature, large-curvature, and optimized multidimensional tunneling approximations. Four choices of low-level surface are used to gauge the sensitivity to these choices.

Original language | English (US) |
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Pages (from-to) | 3808-3814 |

Number of pages | 7 |

Journal | Journal of Physical Chemistry A |

Volume | 101 |

Issue number | 20 |

State | Published - May 15 1997 |

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