This paper examines the role of the potential surface of the rigid rotor He-H2 system upon a variety of transport and relaxation cross sections, including some involving field effects. The technique of functional sensitivity analysis is used to explore these issues. Three different levels of cross sections were studied: microscopic, thermally averaged, and effective cross sections. The cross sections studied were found to be sensitive to differing components of the potential energy surface, with some cross sections being more sensitive to either the slope or the magnitude of the potential components. The degree of information loss in the progression from microscopic to bulk observables is highly dependent on the individual phenomenon.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy(all)
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry