Journal Article: Theoretical calculations of rotationally inelastic collisions of He with NaK(A {sup 1}Σ{sup +}): Transfer of population, orientation, and alignment

Title: Theoretical calculations of rotationally inelastic collisions of He with NaK(A {sup 1}Σ{sup +}): Transfer of population, orientation, and alignment

We have performed extensive calculations to investigate thermal energy, rotationally inelastic collisions of NaK (A{sup 1}Σ{sup +}) with He. We determined a potential energy surface using a multi-reference configuration interaction wave function as implemented by the GAMESS electronic structure code, and we have performed coupled channel scattering calculations using the Arthurs and Dalgarno formalism. We also calculate the Grawert coefficients B{sub λ}(j, j′) for each j → j′ transition. These coefficients are used to determine the probability that orientation and alignment are preserved in collisions taking place in a cell environment. The calculations include all rotational levels with j or j′ between 0 and 50, and total (translational and rotational) energies in the range 0.0002–0.0025 a.u. (∼44–550 cm{sup −1}). The calculated cross sections for transitions with even values of Δj tend to be larger than those for transitions with odd Δj, in agreement with the recent experiments of Wolfe et al. (J. Chem. Phys. 134, 174301 (2011)). The calculations of the energy dependence of the cross sections and the calculations of the fraction of orientation and alignment preserved in collisions also exhibit distinctly different behaviors for odd and even values of Δj. The calculations also indicate that the average fraction ofmore » orientation or alignment preserved in a transition becomes larger as j increases. We interpret this behavior using the semiclassical model of Derouard, which also leads to a simple way of visualizing the distribution of the angles between the initial and final angular momentum vectors j and j′. Finally, we compare the exact quantum results for j → j′ transitions with results based on the simpler, energy sudden approximation. That approximation is shown to be quite accurate.« less

Department of Physics, Lehigh University, 16 Memorial Dr. East, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18015 (United States)

Laboratoire Univers et Particules de Montpellier, UMR 5299, Université Montpellier, Place Eugène Bataillon, 34095 Montpellier (France)

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Journal Name: Journal of Chemical Physics; Journal Volume: 142; Journal Issue: 22; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)