Photodissociation dynamics of the NO dimer: 1. Theoretical overview of the ultraviolet excited states
Molecular orbital theory and calculations are used to describe the ultraviolet singlet excited states of NO dimer. Qualitatively, we derive and catalog the dimer states by correlating them with monomer states, and provide illustrative CASSCF calculations. Quantitatively, we provide computational estimates of vertical transition energies and absorption intensities with MRCI and EOM-CC methods, and examine an important avoided crossing between a Rydberg and a valence state along the intermonomer and intramonomer stretching coordinates. The calculations are challenging, due to the high density of electronic states of various types (valence and Rydberg, excimer and chargetransfer) in the 6 – 8 eV region, and the multiconfigurational nature of the ground state. We have identified a bright charge-transfer (charge-resonance) state as responsible for the broad band seen in UV absorption experiments. We also use our results to facilitate the interpretation of UV photodissociation experiments, including the time-resolved 6 eV photodissociation experiments presented in the first two papers of this series.