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Multichannel quantum defect theory for cold molecular collisions with a strongly anisotropic potential energy surface.

Croft, James F. E. and Hutson, Jeremy M. (2013) 'Multichannel quantum defect theory for cold molecular collisions with a strongly anisotropic potential energy surface.', Physical review A., 87 (3). 032710.

Abstract

We show that multichannel quantum defect theory (MQDT) can be applied successfully as an efficient computational method for cold molecular collisions in Li+NH, which has a deep and strongly anisotropic interaction potential. In this strongly coupled system, closed-channel poles restrict the range over which the MQDT Y can be interpolated. We present an improved procedure to transform the MQDT reference functions so that the poles are removed from the energy range of interest. Effects due to very-long-range spin dipolar couplings are outside the scope of MQDT, but can be added perturbatively. This procedure makes it possible to calculate the elastic and inelastic cross sections, over the entire range of energies and fields needed to evaluate the feasibility of sympathetic cooling of NH by Li, using coupled-channel calculations at only five combinations of energy and field.

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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevA.87.032710
Publisher statement:© 2013 American Physical Society
Date accepted:No date available
Date deposited:28 June 2013
Date of first online publication:2013
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