Molecular Energy Transfer by Collisional Processes Characteristic of Gas Lasers.
Final rept. 1 Jan 72-31 Dec 76,
NEVADA UNIV RENO DEPT OF CHEMISTRY
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The major objective of this project was to develop theoretical models for the calculation of transition probabilities in collisions of atoms and molecules. New methods have been developed, and existing techniques have been refined to provide both a quantitative and a qualitative interpretation of the mechanisms and dynamics of molecular collisions. Special emphasis is given to the problem of deriving explicit expressions for energy transfer probabilities, so their dependence on pertinent collision parameters can be readily determined. Whenever possible, the theoretical study has been tested against experimental data, not only for demonstrating the utility of the theoretical formulation for the prediction and correlation of experimental results, but also for explaining the observations and using the discrepancies between theory and experiment to further refine our understanding of energy transfer processes. The most important investigation carried out during the tenure of this grant has dealt with the vibrational energy transfer processes in hydrogen fluoride molecules, which play major roles in chemical laser operation. In addition, the following aspects of molecular collisions have also been investigated vibration-rotation energy transfer in H2O and NH3, near-resonant vibration-vibration energy transfer in N2CO, intramolecular vibration-rotation energy transfer in HFAr, simultaneous vibrational and rotational transitions in H2 Ar, semiclassical approach to vibrational energy transfer in H2 He, and translational energy dependence of the reaction cross sections of alkali-methyl iodide reactions.
- Atomic and Molecular Physics and Spectroscopy