A theoretical study of the relaxation of a phenyl group chemisorbed to an RDX freestanding thin film

A Pereverzev and TD Sewell, JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 145, 054503 (2016).

DOI: 10.1063/1.4959281

Energy relaxation from an excited phenyl group chemisorbed to the surface of a crystalline thin film of alpha-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazacyclohexane ( alpha-RDX) at 298 K and 1 atm is simulated using molecular dynamics. Two schemes are used to excite the phenyl group. In the first scheme, the excitation energy is added instantaneously as kinetic energy by rescaling momenta of the 11 atoms in the phenyl group. In the second scheme, the phenyl group is equilibrated at a higher temperature in the presence of static RDX geometries representative of the 298 K thin film. An analytical model based on ballistic phonon transport that requires only the harmonic part of the total Hamiltonian and includes no adjustable parameters is shown to predict, essentially quantitatively, the short-time dynamics of the kinetic energy relaxation (similar to 200 fs). The dynamics of the phenyl group for times longer than about 6 ps follows exponential decay and agrees qualitatively with the dynamics described by a master equation. Long-time heat propagation within the bulk of the crystal film is consistent with the heat equation. Published by AIP Publishing.

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