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# Character tables

Basic evaluation how we can come from symmetry elements of molecules to Character Tables - and what we can do with the information in them.

Basic evaluation how we can come from symmetry elements of molecules to Character Tables - and what we can do with the information in them.

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1. 1. Character Tables Dr. Christoph Phayao University Nov.2013 1
2. 2. What’s this lesson about ? • Review Symmetry Operations • Review Point Groups • “Representations” or: symmetry of molecule properties (vibrations, orbitals) • Reducing representations 2
3. 3. Tetrahedral Td Octahedral Oh Linear: D∞h for A-B-A ( i ) C ∞h for A-B http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Introduction_to_Mathematical_Physics/N_body_problem_in_quantum_mechanics/Molecules 3
4. 4. Determine the point groups of these molecules: 2 4 5 6 7 1 3 4
5. 5. “Representations” Each symmetry operation transforms a molecule to look the same as before (s. molwave.com simulation) For example: C2 axis and 2 σv mirrors BUT: a symmetry operation transforms parts of a molecule in different ways ! 5
6. 6. For example: The z-axis of a C2v molecule remains unchanged for all symmetry operations. We call this element “totally symmetric” and this is represented by the symbol A and “1” for every operation: http://www.webqc.org/symmetrypointgroup-c2v.html 6
7. 7. Now we look at the x-axis of the water molecule – how does it behave by all the symmetry operations ? • E leaves it unchanged => “1” character • C2 reverses the x-axis => “-1” character • Reflection in the xz plane leaves it unchanged => “1” • but reflection on the yz plane reverses it => “-1” We call this behavior (antisymmetric to Cn) as “B” 7
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9. 9. ผลของการดาเนินการเกี่ยวกับ C2 PX วงโคจรคืออะไร? 9
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11. 11. Which characters does a py orbital have, if it is transformed under the symmetry of C2v 11 E c2 σv σv 1
12. 12. Character Table (C2v) 14
13. 13. Example: C4v What are the characters for the z-axis for each symmetry operation ? E 2C4 C2 2 σv 2 σd 15 But how about x- and y-axis ??
14. 14. C4 operation y x The x-value becomes the y-value y x The y-value becomes the negative x-value => (x, y)  (y, -x) 16
15. 15. “Representations” of C4 In difference to the z-axis, the x- and y- axis are transformed into “something” else (x becomes y, y becomes –x). How about the characters here ? We cannot use simple “1”and “-1” anymore ! Instead the characters are “0” for both x- and y-axis under C4 ! [ for advanced users: the characters are the trace of the transformation matrix, which transforms the point (x, y) to (y, -x): 17
16. 16. C4v: characters of x- and y-axis 18 E 2C4 C2 2 σv 2 σd X- and y-axis are “degenerated”, they have the same behaviour ! => This set of characters is a irreducible representation already and is called “E” (not to confuse with identity E !)
17. 17. Character Table for C4v 19 Find all character tables here: http://www.webqc.org/symmetry.php s and pz orbitals dz2 orbital dx2-y2 orbital dxy orbital px and py orbitals
18. 18. Character Table Representations 1. Characters of +1 indicate that the basis function is unchanged by the symmetry operation. 2. Characters of -1 indicate that the basis function is reversed by the symmetry operation. 3. Characters of 0 indicate that the basis function undergoes a more complicated change.
19. 19. Character Table Representations 1. An A representation indicates that the functions are symmetric with respect to rotation about the principal axis of rotation. 2. B representations are asymmetric with respect to rotation about the principal axis. 3. E representations are doubly degenerate. 4. T representations are triply degenerate. 5. Subscrips u and g indicate asymmetric (ungerade) or symmetric (gerade) with respect to a center of inversion.
20. 20. B R E A K 22
21. 21. “Reducible Representations” The representations in the character tables are the basic characters for each symmetry operation. In reality we often have a combination of these ! 23
22. 22. Example: H orbitals in water The H1 atom is different from the H2 atom ! How do these 2 atoms as H-1s AO transform under the operations in C2v ? 24
23. 23. A transformation (using a specific symmetry operation) is called “ Γ “ Γ = AO 2AO1 25
24. 24. “Reduction” The representation for the 2 bonds must be “reduced” to the basic representations of the C2v point group ! Γ = 2 0 2 0 A1 B1 + => The 2 bonds are a combination of A1 and B1 representation 26
25. 25. “Reduction” Formula – if we cannot see by just testing: # A1 = (1/4) * [ (2 * 1 *1) + (0) + (2 * 1 *1) + (0) ] = 1 => Γ contains 1x A1 # B1 = (1/4) * [ (2 *1 *1) + (0) + (2 *1 *1) ] = 1 => Γ contains 1x B1 27 Г = 2 0 2 0 h = 4
26. 26. What can we read out of character tables ? 28
27. 27. Applications of Group Theory 1. Determining the symmetry properties of all molecular motion (rotations, translations and vibrations). Group theory can be used to predict which molecular vibrations will be seen in the infrared or Raman spectra. For IR: we have 3N-6 modes in a molecule (3N – 5 in a linear molecule)
28. 28. IR vibrations in H2O 30 Find the characters of all x/z/y coordinates for each atom: Under C2: only O-z-axis remains (= +1) x1 and y1 reversed (= -2) all other coordinates go elsewhere => character is: 1-2 = -1 Find the remaining characters for σv and σv’ 1
29. 29. Reduce the representation for coordinates 31 For the water molecule, Γvib = Γcart - Γtrans - Γrot = {3A1 + A2 + 3B1 + 2B2} - {A1 + B1 + B2} - {A2 + B1 + B2} = 2A1 + B1 2
30. 30. Projection Operator Shape of the functions 32 We get 2 A1 vibrations and 1 B1 vibration 3 What happens to one x/y/z coordinate set under the symmetry operations ? E C2 σv σv’ x1  x1 -x2 x1 -x2 y1  y1 -y2 -y1 y2 z1  z1 z2 z1 z2 Multiply with characters: P(A1)(x1) = 2 x1 -2 x2 P(A1)(y1) = 0 P(A1)(z1) = 2 z1 + 2 z2  x1 – x2 and z1 + z2 for A1 P(B1)(x1) = x1 + x2 P(B1)(y1) = 0 P(B1)(z1) = z1 – z2
31. 31. All vibration modes of water 33
32. 32. Molecular Vibrations For a molecular vibration to be seen in the infrared spectrum (IR active), it must change the dipole moment of the molecule. The dipole moment vectors have the same symmetry properties as the cartesian coordinates x, y and z.
33. 33. Molecular Vibrations For a molecular vibration to be seen in the Raman spectrum (Raman active), it must change the polarizability of the molecule. The polarizability has the same symmetry properties as the quadratic functions: xy, yz, xz, x2, y2 and z2
34. 34. Character Table (C2v) => all 3 vibrations (2 A1 and B1) are: - IR active - Raman active 36
35. 35. CO IR vibrations We compare cis- and trans-ML2(CO)2 complexes in IR: What are the point groups ? 37
36. 36. Character Tables for cis and trans 38
37. 37. Representations of 2 C-O groups Which contains the irreducible representations : Which contains the irreducible representations : Conclusion: Number of IR peaks for cis and trans complex: 39
38. 38. Applications of Group Theory 2. Predicting the orbitals used in group orbitals. Group orbitals result from the combining or overlap of atomic orbitals, and they include the entire molecule.
39. 39. H-AO’s in Water 41 Remember that we found that the 2 H orbitals have the representations A1 + B1. How do these combinations look like ?
40. 40. Use “projection operator” 42 How does each H-orbital transform under c2v ? E C2 σv σv’ H1 H2 H1 H2 Multiply with the characters:  P(A1)(H1) = 2 H1 + 2 H2  normalized: H1 + H2  P(B1)(H1) = 2 H1 – 2 H2  normalized: H1 – H2 These are the 2 group orbitals of H in water
41. 41. Applications of Group Theory 3. Predicting the orbitals used in σ bonds. Group theory can be used to predict which orbitals on a central atom can be mixed to create hybrid orbitals.
42. 42. Hybridization • Determine the hybridization of boron in BF3. The molecule is trigonal planar, and belongs to point group D3h. 1. Consider the σ bonds as vectors. Fa B Fc Fb 44
43. 43. Hybridization Determine how each vector (σ bond) is transformed by the symmetry operations of the group. 45
44. 44. Determining Hybridization E 2C3 3C2 σh 2S3 3σv Гred 46
45. 45. Determining Hybridization E 2C3 3C2 σh 2S3 3σv Гred 3 0 1 3 0 1 47
46. 46. “Reduction” of Гred # A1’ = 1/12 * [ ( 3 * 1 * 1) + ( 0) + (1 * 1 * 3) + ( 3 * 1 * 1) + (0) + ( 1 *1 *3)] = 1 Try the same method for A2’ and E’ ! 48
47. 47. “Reduction” This is a reducible representation, so use character table to reduce it. D3h E 2C3 3C2 σh 2S3 3σv Г 3 0 1 3 0 1 #A1’ = (1/12) [ 3 + 0 + 3 + 3 + 0 + 3] = 1 #A2’ = (1/12) [ 3 + 0 - 3 + 3 + 0 - 3] = 0 … #E’ = (1/12) [ 6 + 0 + 0 + 6 + 0 + 0] = 1 Г = A1’ + E’ Which orbitals belong to these symmetry species? A1’ = s-orbital E’ = 2 p-orbitals Therefore, it is an sp2 hybrid orbital 49
48. 48. Hybridization of BF3 Гred reduces to A1′ + E ′. The orbitals used in hybridization must have this symmetry. Which orbitals of Boron are involved in the bonding ? (Consider that the d-orbitals are too high in energy to be used for Boron !) 50
49. 49. Degenerated Representations Double degeneration = E (not confuse with identity”E” !!) Triple degeneration = T Example: D3h group has two representations “E” 51
50. 50. Degeneration of x and y We have to combine the 2 points into 1 matrix and find the trace of the matrix (here: 2) 52
51. 51. Degeneration x and y 53 For the C3 operation we can use the ROTATION MATRIX: For 120 deg, the trace of the rotation matrix becomes -1 !
52. 52. Summary: Character Tables Molecule belongs to a symmetry point group if it is unchanged under all the symmetry operations of this group. Certain properties of the molecule (vibrational, electronic and vibronic states, normal vibrational modes, orbitals) may behave the same way or differently under the symmetry operations of the molecule point group. This behavior is described by the irreducible representation (irrep, character). All irreducible representations of the symmetry point group may be found in the corresponding character table. Molecular property belongs to the certain irreducible representation if it changes under symmetry operations exactly as it is specified for this irreducible representation in the character table. 54
53. 53. Special notations Mulliken Symbol Interpretation a Non-degenerate orbital; symmetric to principal Cn b Non-degenerate orbital; unsymmetric to principal Cn e Doubly degenerate orbital t Triply degenerate orbital (subscript) g Symmetric with respect to center of inversion (subscript) u Unsymmetric with respect to center of inversion (subscript) 1 Symmetric with respect to C2 perp. to principal Cn (subscript) 2 Unsymmetric with respect to C2 perp. to principal Cn (superscript) ' Symmetric with respect to sh (superscript) " Unsymmetric with respect to sh 55
54. 54. Exercise: IR modes of H2O 56 Rule: 3N – 5 vibrations for linear molecules 3N – 6 vibrations for non-linear Determine the behaviour of the INTERNAL coordinates of the molecule (bonds and bond angles) :
55. 55. Reducing Г 57 # A1 = ¼ [ (3) + (1) + (3) + (1) ] = 2 # B1 = ¼ [ (3) + (-1) + (3) + (-1) ] = 1
56. 56. Basis functions 58 How do these vibrations look like ? r1 -> r1 r2 r1 r2 r2 -> r2 r1 r2 r1 Ѳ -> Ѳ Ѳ Ѳ Ѳ Under A1 multiply each with 1: ф1 = 2(r1+r2) ф2 = 4 Ѳ Under B1 multiply each with 1 / -1 / 1 / -1: ф3 = 2(r1-r2)