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dc.contributor.advisor Dunning, F. B.
dc.creatorDurham, Mark Allen
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-04T00:45:35Z
dc.date.available 2009-06-04T00:45:35Z
dc.date.issued 1991
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/13493
dc.description.abstract A semiclassical model of Rydberg atom collisions with neutral molecules that result in electron attachment has been devised and implemented as a Monte Carlo computer program. Comparisons between model calculations and experimental data have been used to investigate the reactions:$$\eqalign{&{\rm K}(n{\rm d})+{\rm SF}\sb6\to{\rm K}\sp{+}+{\rm SF}\sb6\sp{-*},\cr&{\rm K}(n{\rm d})+\rm CF\sb3I\to K\sp{+}+CF\sb3I\sp{-*}\to K\sp{+}+CF\sb3+I\sp-,\cr&{\rm K}(n{\rm d})+\rm CCl\sb4\to K\sp{+}+CCl\sb4\sp{-*}\to K\sp{+}+CCl\sb3+Cl\sp-.}$$These comparisons provide information about the distribution of excess energy of reaction between internal and translational degrees of freedom and about the lifetimes of the intermediate negative ions, forming the basis of one of the few techniques that can be used to measure lifetimes of collisionally produced excited species on a picosecond time scale.
dc.format.extent 180 p.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subjectAtomic physics
dc.title A semiclassical model of Rydberg atom collisions
dc.type.genre Thesis
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thesis.degree.department Physics
thesis.degree.discipline Natural Sciences
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts
dc.identifier.citation Durham, Mark Allen. "A semiclassical model of Rydberg atom collisions." (1991) Master’s Thesis, Rice University. https://hdl.handle.net/1911/13493.


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