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Title: Vector correlation between the alignment of reactant N{sub 2} (A {sup 3}Σ{sub u}{sup +}) and the alignment of product NO (A {sup 2}Σ{sup +}) rotation in the energy transfer reaction of aligned N{sub 2} (A {sup 3}Σ{sub u}{sup +}) + NO (X {sup 2}Π) → NO (A {sup 2}Σ{sup +}) + N{sub 2} (X {sup 1}Σ{sub g}{sup +})

The vector correlation between the alignment of reactant N{sub 2} (A {sup 3}Σ{sub u}{sup +}) and the alignment of product NO (A {sup 2}Σ{sup +}) rotation has been studied in the energy transfer reaction of aligned N{sub 2} (A {sup 3}Σ{sub u}{sup +}) + NO (X {sup 2}Π) → NO (A {sup 2}Σ{sup +}) + N{sub 2} (X {sup 1}Σ{sub g}{sup +}) under the crossed beam condition at a collision energy of ∼0.07 eV. NO (A {sup 2}Σ{sup +}) emission in the two linear polarization directions (i.e., parallel and perpendicular with respect to the relative velocity vector v{sub R}) has been measured as a function of the alignment of N{sub 2} (A {sup 3}Σ{sub u}{sup +}) along its molecular axis in the collision frame. The degree of polarization of NO (A {sup 2}Σ{sup +}) emission is found to depend on the alignment angle (θ{sub v{sub R}}) of N{sub 2} (A {sup 3}Σ{sub u}{sup +}) in the collision frame. The shape of the steric opacity function at the two polarization conditions turns out to be extremely different from each other: The steric opacity function at the parallel polarization condition is more favorable for the oblique configuration of N{sub 2} (A {supmore » 3}Σ{sub u}{sup +}) at an alignment angle of θ{sub v{sub R}} ∼ 45° as compared with that at the perpendicular polarization condition. The alignment of N{sub 2} (A {sup 3}Σ{sub u}{sup +}) is found to give a significant effect on the alignment of NO (A {sup 2}Σ{sup +}) rotation in the collision frame: The N{sub 2} (A {sup 3}Σ{sub u}{sup +}) configuration at an oblique alignment angle θ{sub v{sub R}} ∼ 45° leads to a parallel alignment of NO (A {sup 2}Σ{sup +}) rotation (J-vector) with respect to v{sub R}, while the axial and sideways configurations of N{sub 2} (A {sup 3}Σ{sub u}{sup +}) lead to a perpendicular alignment of NO (A {sup 2}Σ{sup +}) rotation with respect to v{sub R}. These stereocorrelated alignments of the product rotation have a good correlation with the stereocorrelated reactivity observed in the multi-dimensional steric opacity function [H. Ohoyama and S. Maruyama, J. Chem. Phys. 137, 064311 (2012)].« less
Authors:
 [1]
  1. Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Osaka University, Toyonaka, Osaka 560-0043 (Japan)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22254175
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Chemical Physics; Journal Volume: 139; Journal Issue: 23; Other Information: (c) 2013 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; ALIGNMENT; COLLISIONS; EMISSION; ENERGY TRANSFER; FUNCTIONS; NITRIC OXIDE; OPACITY; POLARIZATION; ROTATION; VECTORS