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Depolarisation of rotational orientation and alignment in OH (X2Π) + Xe collisions

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We have applied the polarisation spectroscopy (PS) technique to the collisional depolarisation of selected OH (X2Π, v = 0, F1, J = 1.5 and 4.5, e) levels by Xe at room temperature (nominally 298 K). The measured total depolarisation rate constants, k(K)PS, are the combination of population transfer out of the initial level and elastic depolarisation of the tensor moment of respective rank K = 1 (orientation) or K = 2 (alignment) of its angular momentum distribution. Neither k(K)PS is strongly J-dependent. k(2)PS is consistently larger than k(1)PS, as expected for |J,mJ〉→ |J,mJ〉 propensities that decline with mJ|. We have predicted the population transfer rate constants, kPOP, via quantum scattering calculations on a recent ab initio OH(X)–Xe potential energy surface. Elastic depolarisation rate constants, k(K)DEP, have been inferred by difference, k(K)DEP = k(K)PSkPOP. The results imply that elastic depolarisation is not substantially more rapid for Xe than for Ar, despite the corresponding increase from He to Ar. The dominant effect of the deeper attractive potential for OH(X)–Xe appears to be enhanced Λ-doublet transfer. This may speculatively be explained by the respective changes in odd and even terms in Legendre expansions of the potentials.

Graphical abstract: Depolarisation of rotational orientation and alignment in OH (X2Π) + Xe collisions

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The article was received on 06 May 2009, accepted on 06 Jul 2009 and first published on 31 Jul 2009


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B909050A
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2009,11, 8804-8812
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    Depolarisation of rotational orientation and alignment in OH (X2Π) + Xe collisions

    G. Paterson, S. Marinakis, J. Kłos, M. L. Costen and K. G. McKendrick, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2009, 11, 8804
    DOI: 10.1039/B909050A

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