A variant of the orthogonal gradient method of orbital optimization in the INDO-MCSCF framework has been used to study the photochemical decomposition of the HNO molecule into H + NO in the lowest1.3A″ states. A complete geometry optimization has been carried out at all points of the reaction path which appears to be almost barrierless. The one-electron density matrix extracted from the optimized wavefunction at each point has been used to generate the relevant sets of quantum chemical valence parameters. A sharp transition is noted in the N-H bond order and hydrogen free valence index when plotted as functions of rNH. This enables us to locate the transition region easily.
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