H2 dissociation due to collisions with He

L. Ohlinger, R. C. Forrey, Teck Ghee Lee, P. C. Stancil

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Cross sections for dissociation of H2 due to collision with He are calculated for highly excited rovibrational states using the quantum-mechanical coupled-states approximation. An L2 Sturmian basis set with multiple length scales is used to provide a discrete representation of the H2 continuum which includes orbiting resonances and a nonresonant background. Cross sections are given over a range of translational energies for both resonant and nonresonant dissociation together with the most important bound-state transitions for many different initial states. The results demonstrate that it is possible to compute converged quantum-mechanical cross sections using basis sets of modest size. It is found that collision-induced dissociation competes with inelastic scattering as a depopulation mechanism for the highly excited states. The relevance of the present calculations to astrophysical models is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number042712
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 23 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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