Synopses & Reviews
Almost 100 years have passed since Trautz and Lewis put forward their collision theory of molecular processes. Today, knowledge of molecular collisions forms a key part of predicting and understanding chemical reactions.
This book begins by setting out the classical and quantum theories of atom-atom collisions. Experimentally observable aspects of the scattering processes; their relationship to reaction rate constants and the experimental methods used to determine them are described. The quantum mechanical theory of reactive scattering is presented and related to experimental observables. The role of lasers in the measurement and analysis of reactive molecular collisions is also discussed.
Written with postgraduates and newcomers to the field in mind, mathematics is kept to a minimum, and readers are guided to appendices and further reading to gain a deeper understanding of the mathematics involved.
Synopsis
Written for postgraduates and newcomers to the field, this book presents aspects of scattering processes and the experimental methods used to determine them. The quantum theory of elastic scattering and reactive scattetrng are also described.
About the Author
Gabriel G. Balint-Kurti is Professor of Theoretical Chemistry at the University of Bristol.Alexander P. Palov is Senior Researcher at Skobeltsyn Institute of Nuclear Physics, Lomonosov Moscow State University (LMSU). He has taught the course "Theory of Molecular Collisions" at Department of Physics at LMSU since 2012.
Table of Contents
Introduction; Crossed Atomic Beam Experiments; Quantum Theory of Atom-Atom Elastic Scattering; Inelastic Scattering Theory and Excitation Processes in Atom-Atom Scattering; Crossed Molecular Beam Experiments; Quantum Theory of Reactive Scattering; Time-Independent Quantum Theory of Reactive Scattering; Wavepackets and Time-Dependent Quantum Theory of Reactive Scattering; The Real Wavepacket Method; Methods for Treating Collisions of Larger Molecule.