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Quantum phase space theory for the calculation of v-j vector correlations
Author(s): Gregory E. Hall
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Paper Abstract

The quantum state-counting phase space theory commonly used to describe 'barrierless' dissociation is recast in a helicity basis to calculate photofragment v(DOT)j correlations. Counting pairs of fragment states with specific angular momentum projection numbers on the relative velocity provides a simple connection between angular momentum conservation and the v(DOT)j correlation, which is not so evident in the conventional basis for phase space state counts. The upper bound on the orbital angular momentum, l, imposed by the centrifugal barrier cannot be included simply in the helicity basis, where l is not a good quantum number. Two approaches for a quantum calculation of the v(DOT)j correlation are described to address this point. An application to the photodissociation of NCCN is consistent with recent classical phase space calculations of Klippenstein and Cline. The observed vector correlation exceeds the phase space theory prediction. We take this as evidence of incomplete mixing of the K states of the linear parent molecule at the transition state, corresponding to an evolution of the body-fixed projection number K into the total helicity of the fragment pair state. The average over a thermal distribution of parent angular momentum in the special case of a linear molecule does not significantly reduce the v(DOT)j correlation below that computed for total J equals 0.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 September 1995
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 2548, Laser Techniques for State-Selected and State-to-State Chemistry III, (18 September 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.220842
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Gregory E. Hall, Brookhaven National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2548:
Laser Techniques for State-Selected and State-to-State Chemistry III
John W. Hepburn, Editor(s)

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