State-resolved stereodynamics of an insertion reaction O(D-1(2))+H-2(v=0,j)-> OH(X-2 Pi(i);v ',N ',f ')+H

A J Alexander, F J Aoiz, M Brouard, J Short, J P Simons

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The product state-resolved stereodynamics of the reaction of O(D-1(2)) with H-2 have been studied at 300 K at a mean collision energy of ca. 12 kJ mol(-1), using polarized, Doppler-resolved laser-induced fluorescence to probe the scattered products, OH(X-2 Pi,; v' = 0, N', f'), and polarized photodissociation of N2O to provide the reagent O(D-1(2)) atoms. Product state-resolved differential cross sections, rotational polarizations, and excitation functions are in very good qualitative agreement with the results of quasi-classical trajectory (QCT) calculations, conducted on the Schinke-Lester, SL1 ab initio potential energy surface (PES) for the ground electronic state of the collision complex. The experimental and computational results are compared with those obtained in a complementary study of the reaction of O(1D,) with CH, and remarkable parallels have been exposed. The linear and angular momentum vector correlations are all consistent with an "insertion" mechanism, proceeding over an attractive PES, which presents no entrance barrier.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317-327
Number of pages11
JournalIsrael journal of chemistry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1997

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