The rovibrational Aharonov–Bohm effect

Jonathan I. Rawlinson, Csaba Fábri, Attila G. Császár

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Another manifestation of the Aharonov-Bohm effect is introduced to chemistry, in fact to nuclear quantum dynamics and high-resolution molecular spectroscopy. As demonstrated, the overall rotation of a symmetric-top molecule influences the dynamics of an internal vibrational motion in a way that is analogous to the presence of a solenoid carrying magnetic flux. To a good approximation, the low-energy rovibrational energy-level structure of the quasistructural molecular ion H+5can be understood entirely in terms of this effect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24154-24164
Number of pages11
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Issue number42
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2021


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