By Richard B. Bernstein (auth.), Richard B. Bernstein (eds.)

The extensive box of molecular collisions is one among massive present curiosity, one within which there's a good deal of study task, either experi­ psychological and theoretical. this is often most likely simply because elastic, inelastic, and reactive intermolecular collisions are of valuable value in lots of of the basic strategies of chemistry and physics. One small zone of this box, specifically atom-molecule collisions, is now starting to be "understood" from first rules. even if the extra common topic of the collisions of polyatomic molecules is of significant im­ portance and intrinsic curiosity, it's nonetheless too advanced from the point of view of theoretical figuring out. notwithstanding, for atoms and easy molecules the fundamental thought is easily built, and computational equipment are sufficiently complex that calculations can now be favorably in comparison with experimental effects. This "coming jointly" of the topic (and, by the way, of physicists and chemists !), notwithstanding nonetheless in an early degree, signs that the time is ripe for an appraisal and evaluation of the theoretical foundation of atom-molecule collisions. it's in particular vital for the experimentalist within the box to have a operating wisdom of the idea and computational equipment required to explain the experimentally observable habit of the method. via now a few of the replacement theoretical methods and computational techniques were validated and intercompared. More-or-Iess optimum tools for facing every one element are rising. in lots of circumstances operating equations, even schematic algorithms, were constructed, with assumptions and caveats delineated.

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An even more interesting illustration with a somewhat nonintuitive result is provided by consideration of the simplest case of an elastic scattering angular distribution. II> .... 3 a.. 5 u Figure 27. , KI formation) from the K + 12 (ref. 171) and K + CH31 (Ref. 149) reactions. (a) Polar differential cross sections, scaled to yield experimental total reaction cross sections (0" ~ 125 A2 for K + 12 ,35 A2 for K + CH3I). Listed are the angUlar entropy deficiencies in entropy units. (b) Differential solid angle cross sections 0"(0), scaled relatively for the two reactions.

Figure 20 shows the first set of "raw" experimental data(147) on the Richard B. Bernstein 26 6 Figure 20. m. (147) Top: laboratory angular distribution of nonreactively 6 scattered K and the sum of KI + K scattering. Bottom: difference of these, yielding angular distribution of KI flux in the lab system. m. system. 4 laboratory angular distribution of the KI from the K + CH3I reaction. m. system. , the energy disposal in the reaction (which is exoergic by '" 1 eV). o 48 ) in an experiment involving a velocityselected K beam (crossing a thermal HBr beam) and a product velocity analyzer-flux detector.

CALC'O. fj5 J Q: UJ I- , ,, ,, , , ~4 u (j) u. 0 >Vi 3 I- z ~2 z 510 520 530 VELOCITY OF SCATTERED K (ms· l ) Figure 13. 5". Velocityselected K beam, v = 724 m sec - 1; He, O 2 beams thermal, 190 K. The arrow indicates the predicted position of the inelastic peak, here observed only as an unresolved hump. focused beams of TIF scattered by various atoms (and simple molecules) and refocused (state-analyzed). Such data provided approximate values of integral state-to-state cross sections, and showed the great range of magnitudes of these cross sections, ranging from a few to hundreds of A2 (in some cases comparable with the elastic scattering cross sections).

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