A quasiclassical trajectory study of H+H2O→OH+H2: Angular distributions and OH angular momentum alignment

Kimberly S. Bradley, George C Schatz

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We present a detailed theoretical study of the H+H2O reaction dynamics using quasiclassical trajectories and two potential energy surfaces, one from Walch-Dunning-Schatz-Elgersma (WDSE) and one from Isaacson (I5). Collision energies of 1.0, 1.4, and 2.2 eV are considered, and both scalar and vector properties of the product distributions are presented. The vector properties include polarization-dependent differential cross sections (PDDCS) and angular momentum alignment parameters for both OH and H2. The WDSE and I5 scalar and vector results are in most respects very similar. However, we find that they differ noticeably with respect to angular momentum alignment, with I5 predicting weak OH alignment, while WDSE shows much stronger alignment with the OH angular momentum vector preferentially perpendicular to the scattering plane. The I5 surface is a more recent and more accurate surface for H3O, so it is extremely encouraging that the alignment predicted by I5 is in quantitative agreement with a recent measurement from Brouard and co-workers. In addition, the I5 differential cross section matches the Brouard results quantitatively, while WDSE does not. Detailed mechanistic information underlying the angular distributions, alignment, and PDDCS results is presented, and we find that the differences between I5 and WDSE alignments are connected to different energy release characteristics of the surface in the corner cutting region.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7994-8003
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - May 15 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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