Classical dynamics of three-body recombination via the resonance complex mechanism

P. A. Whitlock, J. T. Muckerman, R. E. Roberts

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Exact three-dimensional classical trajectories have been computed for bimolecular collisions of highly excited qausibound states of the hydrogen molecule with stable H2. The de-excitation cross sections obtained from an analysis of these trajectories were used in the computation of rate constants for the reaction H + H + M → H2 + M according to the resonance theory of recombination. The so-called "energy transfer" mechanism, as opposed to the "chaperon" mechanism, was shown to be dominant for the case of M = H2.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)460-463
Number of pages4
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Oct 15 1972

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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