Role of potential structure in nonadiabatic collisions with applications to He++Ne(2p6)→He++Ne(2p53s) and Na+I→Na++I-

D. A. Padmavathi, Manoj K. Mishra, Herschel Rabitz

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The first-order functional-sensitivity densities δσ12(E)/δVij(R) from close-coupling calculations are used for a quantitative probe of the role of structure in crossing diabatic curves used to model nonadiabatic collisions. Application to the excitation of Ne by He+ shows a region of significance for δσ12(E)/δV12(R) as a prominent Gaussian-like profile around the crossing point (R*) in accord with the δ(R-R*) idealization of the Landau-Zener-Stueckelberg (LZS) theory. Similarly, the densities δσ12(E)/δV11(R) and δσ12(E)/δV22(R) mimic dδ(R-R*)/dR-type behavior with one being the negative of the other in the neighborhood of R*, in qualitative agreement with the LZS theory. However, all three sensitivity profiles identify a much broader area of importance for the curves than the loosely defined avoided-crossing region. Also, although the sensitivities themselves decrease with increasing energy, the domain of importance of the curves increases. Examination of the functional-sensitivity densities δσ12(E)/δVij(R) for the chemi-ionization collision Na+I→Na++I- reveals regions of potential-function importance very different from that predicted by the LZS theory. The chemi-ionization cross section is about ten times more sensitive to the ionic curve than the covalent curve. Also, the domain of sensitivity of the ionic curve is larger compared to that of the covalent curve. The density δσ12(E)/δV12(R) for chemi-ionization shows that the area of maximum potential significance is not at the crossing point itself but the regions bracketing it on both sides. Also, the dominant sign dependence of the coupling sensitivity is unexpectedly negative. The results offer other observations about the domain of validity of the intuitive pictures rooted in the LZS theory. The significance of these results to the inversion of inelastic cross-section data is briefly discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)279-285
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1993

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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