Impact parameter methods with effective potentials for inelastic molecular collisions

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Previously employed exact quantum impact parameter methods for elastic scattering are extended to inelastic scattering. This is done within the framework of a recently developed effective potential model for the interaction of two molecules. The effective potential Veff and the transition matrix T are represented as integrals over a Bessel function times corresponding impact parameter amplitudes. Three particular impact parameter representations of the effective potential are discussed. It is shown that the form of the equation of motion for the T-matrix amplitude depends on the representation of the potential. This presents no difficulty once a particular choice of potential representation is made. A convenient characteristic wave number κ is introduced into the formulation, and it is shown that the resulting T-matrix is invariant with respect to its magnitude. The choice of κ is then argued on physical grounds. Several approximate equations of motion and their solutions are developed for the T-matrix amplitude. Some specific computational considerations are also discussed in conjunction with this development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3975-3987
Number of pages13
JournalThe Journal of chemical physics
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1973

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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