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J Chem Phys. 2006 Oct 7;125(13):133120.

Quasiclassical trajectory study of the reaction H+CH4(nu3 = 0,1)-->CH3+H2 using a new ab initio potential energy surface.

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  • 1Cherry L. Emerson Center for Scientific Computation, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia 30322, USA.


Detailed quasiclassical trajectory calculations of the reaction H+CH4(nu3 = 0,1)-->CH3 + H2 using a slightly updated version of a recent ab initio-based CH5 potential energy surface [X. Zhang et al., J. Chem. Phys. 124, 021104 (2006)] are reported. The reaction cross sections are calculated at initial relative translational energies of 1.52, 1.85, and 2.20 eV in order to make direct comparison with experiment. The relative reaction cross section enhancement ratio due to the excitation of the C-H antisymmetric stretch varies from 2.2 to 3.0 over this energy range, in good agreement with the experimental result of 3.0 +/- 1.5 [J. P. Camden et al., J. Chem. Phys. 123, 134301 (2005)]. The laboratory-frame speed and center-of-mass angular distributions of CH3 are calculated as are the vibrational and rotational distributions of H2 and CH3. We confirm that this reaction occurs with a combination of stripping and rebound mechanisms by presenting the impact parameter dependence of these distributions and also by direct examination of trajectories.

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