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Calculated ionization potentials of the linear alkanes

Brailsford, David F.; Ford, Brian


David F. Brailsford

Brian Ford


The equivalent orbital (EO) method is investigated and used for predicting outer and inner ionization potentials of the linear alkanes. The calculated ionization potentials are in good agreement with those observed in photoelectron spectra provided that a set of 12 parameters is used in the theory. An optimization technique is used to find the best values for thle parameters and a single transferable parameter set can be found which is applicable to all the n-alkanes. A good fit to the experimental results can only be obtained if the uppermost molecular orbital of the n-alkanes is an antisymmetrical orbital built up from CH equivalent orbitals.


Brailsford, D. F., & Ford, B. (1970). Calculated ionization potentials of the linear alkanes. Molecular Physics, 18(5),

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 1970
Deposit Date Aug 8, 2005
Publicly Available Date Oct 9, 2007
Journal Molecular Physics
Print ISSN 0026-8976
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 18
Issue 5
Keywords ionization potentials, equivalent orbital calculations, spherical gaussian orbitals, photoelectron spectra
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