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Semiclassical Theories of Molecular Scattering

  • Byung Chan Eu

Part of the Springer Series in Chemical Physics book series (CHEMICAL, volume 26)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
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  3. Byung Chan Eu
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  4. Byung Chan Eu
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 210-232

About this book

Introduction

The study of molecular collisions at energies from less than about 100 eV 3 down to a few 10- eV, which is roughly the range of chemical interest, has greatly expanded in the last 10 to 20 years. As in many fields, this activity has been stimulated by parallel advances in theory which have triggered the autocatalytic positive feedback system of experiment challenging theory and vice versa. Possibly the biggest driving force, however, has been the growing awareness that molecular collisions are important in our understanding of na­ tural and man-made environments. Molecular collision dynamics is now studied in connection with molecular formation in interplanetary space, upper atmo­ sphere chemistry, plasmas, lasers and fusion reactors, and is crucial for understanding gas-dynamic flow processes, gas-phase chemical reactions and catalysis. Despite the great strides made in studying elementary collisions in laboratory scattering experiments, many of the processes in these areas are too complicated for us to hope ever to study them in detail in the labo­ ratory. Thus in the long run we shall have to rely on theory. Initially, I think many of us, like myself, had hoped that the development of fast compu­ ters would outpace the demands on computing time so that "brute force" quan­ tum-mechanical exact calculations would provide all the answers. Unfortunate­ ly this has not been the case and efficient approximations are needed. They can be broadly classified as classical, semiclassical or semiquantal.

Keywords

Molekularer Stoss Streuung Theories WKB-Methode collision scattering

Authors and affiliations

  • Byung Chan Eu
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  1. 1.Department of ChemistryMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-88165-7
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1984
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-88167-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-88165-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0172-6218
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