Biological and Chemical Physics


IR-IR double-resonance experiments were used to study the state-to-state rotational relaxation of CO with Ne as a collision partner. Rotational levels in the range Ji=2-9 were excited and collisional energy transfer of population to the levels Jf=2-8 was monitored. The resulting data set was analyzed by fitting to numerical solutions of the master equation. State-to-state rate constant matrices were generated using fitting law functions. Fitting laws based on the modifed exponential gap (MEG) and statistical power exponential gap (SPEG) models were used; the MEG model performed better than the SPEG model. A rate constant matrix was also generated from scattering calculations that employed the ab initio potential energy surface of McBane and Cybulski [J. Chem. Phys. 110, 11 734 (1999)]. This theoretical rate constant matrix yielded kinetic simulations that agreed with the data nearly as well as the fitted MEG model and was unique in its ability to reproduce both the rotational energy transfer and pressure broadening data for Ne-CO. The theoretical rate coefficients varied more slowly with the energy gap than coefficients from either of the fitting laws.

Original Citation

David A. Hostutler, Tony C. Smith, Gordon D. Hager, George C. McBane, and Michael C.Heaven. State to state rotational relaxation rate constants for CO+Ne from IR-IR double-resonance experiments: Comparing theory to experiment. J. Chem. Phys., 120(16):7483–7489, 2004.