Electronic excited states of conjugated cyclic ketones and thioketones: A theoretical study
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Absorption spectra of a series of cyclic conjugated ketones and thioketones have been computed at the multiconfigurational second-order multistate perturbation level of theory, the CASSCF/MS-CASPT2 method. Excitation energies, transition dipole moments, oscillator strengths, and static dipole moments are reported and discussed for excited states with energies lower than approximate to7-8 eV. The main bands of the spectra have been assigned and characterized in most cases for the first time. The spectroscopy of the different systems is compared in detail. Thioketones in particular have low-energy and intense pipi* transitions which suggest corresponding enhanced nonlinear molecular optical properties. Additionally, some of the methods used to estimate these properties from spectroscopic data have been considered in order to analyze the main contributions to the nonlinear optical properties. (C) 2002 American Institute of Physics.