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Multichannel quantum defect theory for cold molecular collisions.

Croft, James F. E. and Wallis, Alisdair O. G. and Hutson, Jeremy M. and Julienne, Paul S. (2011) 'Multichannel quantum defect theory for cold molecular collisions.', Physical review A., 84 (4). 042703.


Multichannel quantum defect theory (MQDT) is shown to be capable of producing quantitatively accurate results for low-energy atom-molecule scattering calculations. With a suitable choice of reference potential and short-range matching distance, it is possible to define a matrix that encapsulates the short-range collision dynamics and is only weakly dependent on energy and magnetic field. Once this has been produced, calculations at additional energies and fields can be performed at a computational cost that is proportional to the number of channels N and not to N3. MQDT thus provides a promising method for carrying out low-energy molecular scattering calculations on systems where full exploration of the energy dependence and the field dependence is currently impractical.

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Date deposited:27 June 2013
Date of first online publication:2011
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