Inelastic Molecular Collisions at Thermal Energies

  • Franco A. Gianturco
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 196)


Low-energy collision processes that involve the excitation and/or de-excitation of rotational and/or vibrational internal states of at least one of the colliding partners are discussed and general patterns of distributions are analysed. The relation of state-to-state differential cross sections to the anisotropy of the interaction potentials and their classification in terms of rotational rainbows are presented. Predissociating processes originating from weakly bound states are also analysed in terms of half-collisions for atom-diatomics cases and their behaviour is related to the anisotropy of the full potential energy surface.


Differential Cross Section Inelastic Cross Section Rotational Excitation Vibrational Energy Transfer Rotational Energy Transfer 
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  • Franco A. Gianturco
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  1. 1.Department of ChemistryUniversity of Rome Città UniversitariaRomeItaly

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