We find and analyze the exact time-dependent potential energy surface driving the proton motion for a model of cavity-induced suppression of proton-coupled electron transfer. We show how, in contrast to the polaritonic surfaces, its features directly correlate to the proton dynamics and we discuss cavity modifications of its structure responsible for the suppression. The results highlight the interplay between nonadiabatic effects from coupling to photons and coupling to electrons and suggest caution is needed when applying traditional dynamics methods based on polaritonic surfaces.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy(all)