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Low-temperature rotational relaxation of CO in self-collisions and in collisions with Ne and He.
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PMID:  16866388     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
The low-temperature rotational relaxation of CO in self-collisions and in collisions with the rare-gas atoms Ne and He has been investigated in supersonic expansions with a combination of resonance-enhanced multiphoton ionization (REMPI) spectroscopy and time-of-flight techniques. For the REMPI detection of CO, a novel 2 + 1' scheme has been employed through the A(1)Pi state of CO. From the measured data, average cross sections for rotational relaxation have been derived as a function of temperature in the range 5-100 K. For CO-Ne and CO-He, the relaxation cross sections grow, respectively, from values of approximately 20 and 7 A(2) at 100 K to values of approximately 65-70 and approximately 20 A(2) in the 5-20 K temperature range. The cross section for the relaxation of CO-CO grows from a value close to 40 A(2) at 100 K to a maximum of 60 A(2) at 20 K and then decreases again to 40 A(2) at 5 K. These results are qualitatively similar to those obtained previously with the same technique for N(2)-N(2), N(2)-Ne, and N(2)-He collisions, although in the low-temperature range (T < 20 K) the CO relaxation cross sections are significantly larger than those for N(2). Some discrepancies have been found between the present relaxation cross sections for CO-CO and CO-He and the values derived from electron-induced fluorescence experiments.
G A Amaral; F J Aoiz; L Bañares; J Barr; V J Herrero; B Martínez-Haya; M Menéndez; G A Pino; I Tanarro; I Torres; J E Verdasco
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journal of physical chemistry. A     Volume:  109     ISSN:  1089-5639     ISO Abbreviation:  J Phys Chem A     Publication Date:  2005 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-07-26     Completed Date:  2007-07-25     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9890903     Medline TA:  J Phys Chem A     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  9402-13     Citation Subset:  -    
Departamento de Química Física, Facultad de Química, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, E-28040 Madrid, Spain.
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