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Rep Prog Phys. 2017 Feb;80(2):026401. doi: 10.1088/1361-6633/80/2/026401. Epub 2016 Dec 23.

A review of dynamical resonances in A  +  BC chemical reactions.

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State Key Laboratory of Molecular Reaction Dynamics, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 457 Zhongshan Road, Dalian 116023, Liaoning, People's Republic of China. International Center for Quantum Materials (ICQM) and School of Physics, Peking University, Beijing 100871, People's Republic of China. Collaborative Innovation Center of Quantum Matter, Beijing 100871, People's Republic of China.


The concept of the transition state has played an important role in the field of chemical kinetics and reaction dynamics. Reactive resonances in the transition-state region can dramatically enhance the reaction probability; thus investigation of the reactive resonances has attracted great attention from chemical physicists for many decades. In this review, we mainly focus on the recent progress made in probing the elusive resonance phenomenon in the simple A  +  BC reaction and understanding its nature, especially in the benchmark F/Cl  +  H2 and their isotopic variants. The signatures of reactive resonances in the integral cross section, differential cross section (DCS), forward- and backward-scattered DCS, and anion photodetachment spectroscopy are comprehensively presented in individual prototype reactions. The dynamical origins of reactive resonances are also discussed in this review, based on information on the wave function in the transition-state region obtained by time-dependent quantum wave-packet calculations.

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