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Vibrational Spectrroscopy


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Lecture delivered by Prof. David Lidzey, University of Sheffield, as part of CDT-PV core-level training, Jan 2016

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Vibrational Spectrroscopy

  1. 1. Vibrational spectroscopy Prof David Lidzey University of Sheffield
  2. 2. Vibrational Spectroscopy • A key experimental technique use to probe the vibrational modes (normal modes) of a material. • Raman spectroscopy is commonly used in chemistry to provide a fingerprint by which molecules can be identified. • Can be used to explore relative composition of a material (i.e. relative concentration of a known compound in solution). • Widely used in industry and quality assurance. • Key technique in condensed matter research.
  3. 3. Simple harmonic motion Atoms connected via chemical bonds are equivalent to masses connected by springs. We can describe these using Hooke’s law (Q is a displacement of an atom away from eqn position) From Newton’s second law Where m is the reduced mass Thus Find a general solution where F = -kQ F = m d2 Q dt2 m d2 Q dt2 +kQ = 0 Q(t)= Acos(wvibt) wvib = k m
  4. 4. Insert potential into time independent Schrodinger equation: To find quantized solutions V(x) = 1 2 kx2 k = d2 V dx2 æ è ç ö ø ÷ From classical to quantum V(x) = V(0) + x dV dx æ è ç ö ø ÷+ 1 2 x2 d2 V dx2 æ è ç ö ø ÷ + 1 3! x3 d3 V dx3 æ è ç ö ø ÷ + ... If two nuclei are slightly displaced from equilibrium positions (x = R - Re), can express their potential energy in a Taylor series: Not interested in absolute potential, so set V(0) = 0. At equilibrium, dV/dx = 0 (a potential minimum). Providing displacement is small, third order term can be neglected. We can therefore write: EY(x) = - 2 2m Ñ2 +V(x) é ë ê ù û úY(x) En = wvib (n+ 1 2 )
  5. 5. This creates a ladder of vibrational modes This is well-known case of a harmonic oscillator. The energy of a quantum-mechanical harmonic oscillator is quantized and limited to the values. Selection rules dictate that harmonic Oscillator transitions are only allowed for Dn = ± 1 En = (n+ 1 2 ) wvib 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Displacement (x) Energy Potential energy V wvib V(x) = 1 2 kx2
  6. 6. Molecules have many different vibrational modes O C O O C O Asymmetric stretch mode O C O Bending mode CO O Symmetric stretch mode (100) (010) (020) (030) (001) Symmetric stretch mode Bending mode Asymmetric stretch mode 171 meV 82 meV 290 meV Example: CO2 Mode frequency dependent on mass of Atoms, bond stiffness and type of vibration involved (stretching, rocking, breathing etc)
  7. 7. Light-molecule interactions During the interaction between light and a molecule, the incident wave induces a dipole P, given by Where a is the polarizability of the molecule, and E is the strength of the EM wave. (Polarisability is the tendency of an electron cloud to be distorted by a field) The EM field of an incident wave at angular frequency wo can be expressed using. So the time-dependent induced dipole moment is P =aE E = E0 cos(w0t) P =aE0 cos(w0t)
  8. 8. When a molecular bond undergoes vibration at its characteristic frequency wvib, the atoms undergo a displacement dQ around their equilibrium position Q0 For small displacements, we can express the change in the polarisability using a Taylor series. Here, a0 is the polarizability at the equilibrium position. Substituting, we have dQ =Q0 cos(wvibt) Q0 Q0+dQ a =a0 + ¶a ¶Q dQ+... a =a0 + ¶a ¶Q Q0 cos(wvibt)
  9. 9. From our expression for P, we then find Using the trig identity It is easy to show This tells us that dipole moments are created at 3 different frequencies: P =a0E0 cos(w0t)+ ¶a ¶Q Q0E0 cos(w0t)cos(wvibt) cos(a)cos(b) = 1 2 cos(a-b)+cos(a+b)[ ] P =a0E0 cos(w0t)+ ¶a ¶Q Q0E0 2 cos((w0 -wvib )t)+cos((w0 +wvib )t)[ ] w0 w0 +wvibw0 -wvib
  10. 10. Results in a processes called Raman scattering • Raman-spectroscopy is a form of inelastic light-scattering. • Photon interacts with a molecule in its ground vibronic state or an excited vibronic state. • Molecule makes a brief transition to a virtual energy state. • (Virtual state is an ‘imaginary’ intermediate state. Lifetime of such states dictated by uncertainty principle) • The “scattered” (emitted) photon can be of lower energy (Stokes shifted) than the incoming photon, leaving the molecule in an excited vibrational state. Ground state 0 1 2 3 4 Virtual state hn hn '
  11. 11. Anti-stokes scattering. • Can also have a transition from a vibrationally excited state to the virtual state. • The molecule will then return to its ground-state, with the scattered photon carrying away more energy than the incident photon. • This is called anti-Stokes scattering. • Raman scattering should not be confused with the emission of fluorescence. Ground state 0 1 2 3 4 Virtual state hn hn '
  12. 12. Raman ‘selection rules’. A necessity for Raman scattering is that i.e., as the bond vibrates, there is a change in its polarizability. Why does this happen? At max compression, electrons ‘feel’ effects of other nucleus, and are less purturbed by EM field. At max elongation, electrons feel less interaction with other atom, and are more perturbed by the EM field. We thus have a change in polarisability as a function of displacement. ¶a ¶Q ¹ 0 Q0-DQ Q0 Q0+DQ Max compression Equilibrium Max elongation
  13. 13. Raman spectroscopy: practicalities Raman signal is often orders of magnitude weaker than elastic scattering, so we need A laser and rejection of stray light. Use an ‘edge filter’ to reject the Laser light. Raman scattered cross section given By Where and Can use shorter wavelengths (higher frequencies), but this can excite fluorescence that often swamps the weak Raman signal. Spectroscopists most often express wavenumber of vibrational mode in units of cm-1 (which is a unit of energy). Typically goes from 200 to 4000 cm-1. s µ(n0 -nvib ) n0 =1/ l0 nvib = 2pwvib /c nvib nvib
  14. 14. Example: acetone 394 492 532 789 899 1068 1220 1353 1427 1711 1746 (C=O stretch) (CC2 symmetric stretch) (CH3 deformation) (CH3 rock) (identification based on Harris et al, Journal of molecular spectroscopy, 43 (1972) 117)
  15. 15. Example: silicon Raman map of silicon, showing strain Around a laser drilled hole.
  16. 16. Kishan Dholakia and colleagues: University of St. Andrews Raman used in chemical analysis Quality assurance and Substance identification Detecting counterfeits Mapping drug dispersion in pharmaceuticals
  17. 17. Coupling electronic and vibronic transitions • We have seen that we can directly measure the vibrational modes of a material using Raman spectroscopy. • Molecules typically vibrate as the make transitions between electronic states. • So how does the vibration of a bond affect the fluorescence of a molecule?
  18. 18. Molecular transitions The ground state and the excited states of molecules can be represented by harmonic oscillators with quantized vibrational modes. Electronic transitions are allowed between these modes. Mass of an electron is very different from the nuclei. Thus electronic transitions occur in a stationary nuclear framework (Franck Condon Principle). We plot electronic transitions as vertical lines, representing the same nuclear distribution in ground and excited states. Nuclear Displacement Energy hn
  19. 19. Molecular absorption and emission spectra contain ‘vibrational replicas’. In ideal case, the excited and ground states have an identical harmonic potential, and thus absorption spectrum is the mirror image of emission. Stokes shift measure of energetic relaxation between ground and excited states. Stokes shift
  20. 20. Example: Absorption and PL of diphenyl anthracene DE ~162 meV (~1309 cm-1) Probably a C-C Stretch mode. DE
  21. 21. The effects of disorder See strongly broadened transitions caused by inhomogeneous broadening. Polymers can be very disordered materials F8BT S0 S1 S1 S0S0 S2
  22. 22. Vibrational spectroscopy • In many molecular systems, the harmonic potential results in quantized vibrational modes. • Raman spectroscopy allows you to identify and characterize these vibrational modes. • We can see fingerprinits of certain vibrational modes when we measure absorption and fluorescence emission. • Raman spectroscopy is highly useful in materials research and is widely used as a routine characterization technique.