Rotational relaxation in ultracold CO+He collisions

P. M. Florian, M. Hoster, R. C. Forrey

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Abstract

Cold and ultracold collisions involving rotationally hot CO molecules were investigated by quantum mechanical coupled channel, coupled states, and potential scattering formulations. The quenching rate coefficients for initial rotational levels near the dissociation threshold were given. On comparing the stability of the CO "super rotors" against collisional decay with the investigations involving homonuclesr molecules it was found that the quasiresonant transitions provided a stronger contribution to the total relaxation rate than in the case of O2. In the case of H2, sharp structures in the distribution of total quenching rate coefficients were found at rotational levels where quasiresonant scattering was not allowed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number032709
Pages (from-to)032709-1-032709-7
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Volume70
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2004

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  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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