Observation of highly energetic collisions in classical trajectory studies of collisional energy transfer

György Lendvay, George C Schatz

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Abstract

The importance of collisions transferring large amounts of vibrational energy to and from highly vibrationally excited molecules is studied. In single collisions of hot CS2 with different collision partners (CO, Ar, HCl, CH4) up to 40 kcal/mol can be transferred. The relative importance of such "supercollisions" is small, but they can be observed in several phenomena. We show that the largest energy transfer does not correlate directly with either the initial CS2 energy for low-order moments of the vibrational energy transfer distribution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8864-8866
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry
Volume94
Issue number26
Publication statusPublished - 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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