### Abstract

The role of non-markovian effects in the stochastic treatment of vibrational- translational energy transfer in collinear atom—diatom collisions is examined. A comparison of transition probabilities using both markovian and nonmarkovian types of master equations, as well as exact time dependent quantum mechanics, is made for various values of the system parameters m and a. We find that for certain ranges of the system parameters, the deviations between markovian and non-markovian theories are substantial. Only in the perturbation theory limit and in the limit of low m/α^{2} values and high enough initial translational energies such that an impulsive approximation for translational motion is accurate are the markovian and non-markovian results similar. An analysis of the collision dynamics indicates that the markovian and non-markovian probabilities agree with each other and with the exact probabilities when action-angle correlations are weak while none of these theories agree (except by accident) when such effects are strong.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 257-272 |

Number of pages | 16 |

Journal | Molecular Physics |

Volume | 38 |

Issue number | 1 |

DOIs | |

Publication status | Published - 1979 |

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### ASJC Scopus subject areas

- Biophysics
- Molecular Biology
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Condensed Matter Physics