Understanding mode-specific dynamics in the local mode representation
Mode specificity is a main characteristic of transition state control of reaction dynamics. The normal mode representation has been widely employed to describe the mode specificity in elementary chemical reactions. However, spectroscopists have demonstrated that the local mode representation has advantages in analyzing the overtone and combination band spectra. In this work, the mode-specific reaction dynamics between the hydrogen atom and the molecules H2S and H2O is studied using a full-dimensional quantum scattering model in the (2 + 1) Radau–Jacobi coordinates. The mode specificities in the reactions that violates our physical intuition in the normal mode representation are well rationalized in the local mode representation. The energy flow between different XH bonds resulting from the intramolecular interaction and/or intermolecular interaction is unveiled, together with its impacts on dynamics of the abstraction and exchange reactions.