The quantum dynamics of intramolecular H-atom transfer in malonaldehyde is investigated with a model two-dimensional Hamiltonian constructed with the help of available ab initio theoretical data on the relevant portion of the potential energy surface. At zero temperature, the H-atom transfer takes place by tunnelling leading to cis-cis isomerization while the cis-trans channel remains closed. Local excitation of the cis-trans mode by an external field is predicted to quench cis-cis tunnelling isomerization while excitation of the cis-cis mode is found to enhance the isomerization by tunnelling.
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