An analytic model of rotationally inelastic collisions of polar molecules in electric fields

M. Lemeshko, B. Friedrich, Journal of Chemical Physics 129 (2008).


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We present an analytic model of thermal state-to-state rotationally inelastic collisions of polar molecules in electric fields. The model is based on the Fraunhofer scattering of matter waves and requires Legendre moments characterizing the “shape” of the target in the body-fixed frame as its input. The electric field orients the target in the space-fixed frame and thereby effects a striking alteration of the dynamical observables: both the phase and amplitude of the oscillations in the partial differential cross sections undergo characteristic field-dependent changes that transgress into the partial integral cross sections. As the cross sections can be evaluated for a field applied parallel or perpendicular to the relative velocity, the model also offers predictions about steric asymmetry. We exemplify the field-dependent quantum collision dynamics with the behavior of the Ne–OCS(Σ1) and Ar–NO(Π2) systems. A comparison with the close-coupling calculations available for the latter system [Chem. Phys. Lett.313, 491 (1999)] demonstrates the model’s ability to qualitatively explain the field dependence of all the scattering features observed.
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2008-07-01
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Journal of Chemical Physics
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129
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Lemeshko M, Friedrich B. An analytic model of rotationally inelastic collisions of polar molecules in electric fields. Journal of Chemical Physics. 2008;129(2). doi:10.1063/1.2948392
Lemeshko, M., & Friedrich, B. (2008). An analytic model of rotationally inelastic collisions of polar molecules in electric fields. Journal of Chemical Physics, 129(2). https://doi.org/10.1063/1.2948392
Lemeshko, Mikhail, and Břetislav Friedrich. “An Analytic Model of Rotationally Inelastic Collisions of Polar Molecules in Electric Fields.” Journal of Chemical Physics 129, no. 2 (2008). https://doi.org/10.1063/1.2948392.
M. Lemeshko and B. Friedrich, “An analytic model of rotationally inelastic collisions of polar molecules in electric fields,” Journal of Chemical Physics, vol. 129, no. 2, 2008.
Lemeshko M, Friedrich B. 2008. An analytic model of rotationally inelastic collisions of polar molecules in electric fields. Journal of Chemical Physics. 129(2).
Lemeshko, Mikhail, and Břetislav Friedrich. “An Analytic Model of Rotationally Inelastic Collisions of Polar Molecules in Electric Fields.” Journal of Chemical Physics, vol. 129, no. 2, American Institute of Physics, 2008, doi:10.1063/1.2948392.

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