Biological and Chemical Physics


Relative integral cross sections for rotational excitation of CO in collisions with He were measured at energies of 72 and 89 meV. The cross sections are sensitive to anisotrophy in the repulsive wall of the He-CO interaction. The experiments were done in crossed molecular beams with resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization detection. The observed cross sections display interference structure at low Δj, despite the average over the initial CO rotational distribution. At higher Δj, the cross sections decrease smoothly. The results are compared with cross sections calculated from two high quality potential energy surfaces for the He-CO interaction. The ab initio SAPT surface of Heijmen et al. [J. Chem. Phys. 107, 9921 (1997)] agrees with the data better than the XC(fit) surface of Le Roy et al. [Farad. Disc. 97, 81 (1994)].

Original Citation

Stiliana Antonova, Ao Lin, Antonis P. Tsakotellis, and George C.McBane. State to state He–CO rotationally inelastic scattering. J. Chem. Phys., 110(5):2384– 2390, 1999.