Theoretica chimica acta

, Volume 74, Issue 5, pp 381–402 | Cite as

A new method for the direct calculation of resonance parameters with application to the quasibound states of the H2X1Σ g + system

  • David W. Schwenke


A new method for the direct calculation of resonance parameters is presented. It is based upon searching for poles of the scattering matrix at complex energies. This search is expedited by the use of analytic derivatives of the scattering matrix with respect to the total energy. This procedure is applied initially to a single channel problem, but is generalizable to more complicated systems. Using the most accurate available potential energy data, we calculate resonance parameters for all of the physically important quasibound states of the ground electronic state of the hydrogen molecule. Corrections to the Born-Oppenheimer potential are included and assessed. The new method has no difficulty locating resonances with widths greater than about 1×10−7 cm−1. It is easier to find narrow resonances by monitoring the dependence of the imaginary part of the reactance matrix on the real part of a complex energy than to monitor the dependence of the eigenphase sum on energy at real energies.

Key words

Resonance Complex energy Derivatives 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David W. Schwenke
    • 1
  1. 1.Eloret InstitutePalo AltoUSA

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