Rotationally elastic and inelastic dynamics of NO(X-2 Pi, v=0) in collisions with Ar

G. Paterson, A Relf, M. L. Costen, K. G. McKendrick, M. H. Alexander, P. J. Dagdigian

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Abstract

A combined theoretical and experimental study of the depolarization of selected NO(X-2 Pi, v = 0, j, F, epsilon) levels in collisions with a thermal bath of Ar has been carried out. Rate constants for elastic depolarization of rank K = 1 (orientation) and K = 2 (alignment) were extracted from collision-energy-dependent quantum scattering calculations, along with those for inelastic population transfer to discrete product levels. The rate constants for total loss of polarization of selected initial levels, which are the sum of elastic depolarization and population transfer contributions, were measured using a two-color polarization spectroscopy technique. Theory and experiment agree qualitatively that the rate constants for total loss of polarization decline modestly with j, but the absolute values differ by significantly more than the statistical uncertainties in the measurements. The reasons for this discrepancy are as yet unclear. The lack of a significant K dependence in the experimental data is, however, consistent with the theoretical prediction that elastic depolarization makes only a modest contribution to the total loss of polarization. This supports a previous conclusion that elastic depolarization for NO(X-2 Pi) + Ar is significantly less efficient than for the electronically closely related system OH(X-2 Pi) + Ar [P. J. Dagdigian and M. H. Alexander, J. Chem. Phys. 130, 204304 (2009)]. (C) 2011 American Institute of Physics. [doi:10.1063/1.3665135]

Original languageEnglish
Article number234304
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Volume135
Issue number23
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Dec 2011

Keywords

  • DIFFERENTIAL CROSS-SECTIONS
  • POTENTIAL-ENERGY SURFACES
  • MULTIPLET-CHANGING COLLISIONS
  • ANGULAR-MOMENTUM ORIENTATION
  • LAMBDA-DOUBLET LEVELS
  • EXCITED CN(A (2)PI)
  • POLARIZATION SPECTROSCOPY
  • RATE CONSTANTS
  • QUANTUM SCATTERING
  • ELECTRONIC STATES

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