[en] A series of six radical cations of the type (D-L-B)(+) was investigated at the ab initio unrestricted Hartree-Fock level. One localized and one delocalized conformation were systematically searched by full geometry optimization At both nuclear arrangements, mostly found as being minima in the symmetry-restrained Hartree-Fock framework, excitation energies were calculated through the expansion of the wave function on single electronic excitations of the Hart ee-Fock fundamental determinant and at the unrestricted Hartree-Fock or at the multiconfigurational self consistent field levels. Few calculations were also performed by taking into account some part of the electronic correlation. Except for N,N,N',N'-tetramethyl p-phenylenediamine, all the studied compounds are localized stable cations, at the symmetry-restrained Hartree-Fock level. However, the reoptimization of their wave function changes this observation since only three of them seem to conserve a localized stable conformation. Most of the studied systems are characterized by one or two excited electronic states very dose to the fundamental one and should thus present an unresolved broadened first absorption band in the near-infrared region These features are in agreement with the available experimental data. Strong Hartree-Fock instabilities are found for the delocalized structure and put in relation with the existence of the large nonadiabatic coupling in this conformational region. The solvent influence is discussed in the Onsager dipolar reaction field framework. (C) 2000 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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