A classical path approach to reactive scattering. I. Use of hyperspherical coordinates

James Muckerman, R. D. Gilbert, G. D. Billing

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

59 Citations (Scopus)


A classical path method is described for treating reactive collisions in three-body systems. The key feature of the method is the use of hyperspherical coordinates, which allow the definition of classical and quantum subsystems in such a way as to be independent of the arrangement of the particles. The "relative" motion and overall rotation are treated classically, while the "arrangement" and internal motion are treated quantum mechanically. The method is applied to the collinear D + HH system on the PK2 potential energy surface. These calculations show a great improvement over quasiclassical trajectory results in the vicinity of the apparent threshold of the reaction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4779-4787
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1988


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

Cite this