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Semiclassical Wigner theory of photodissociation in three dimensions: Shedding light on its basis


Arbelo-González,  Wilmer
Research Group Sánchez-García, Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Max Planck Society;
CNRS, Institut des Sciences Moléculaires, UMR 5255;
Université Bordeaux, Institut des Sciences Moléculaires, UMR 5255;

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Arbelo-González, W., Bonnet, L., & García-Vela, A. (2015). Semiclassical Wigner theory of photodissociation in three dimensions: Shedding light on its basis. The Journal of Chemical Physics, 142(13), 134111-1-134111-14. doi:10.1063/1.4916646.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0029-2E5B-1
The semiclassical Wigner theory (SCWT) of photodissociation dynamics, initially proposed by Brown and Heller [J. Chem. Phys. 75, 186 (1981)] in order to describe state distributions in the products of direct collinear photodissociations, was recently extended to realistic three-dimensional triatomic processes of the same type [Arbelo-González et al., Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 15, 9994 (2013)]. The resulting approach, which takes into account rotational motions in addition to vibrational and translational ones, was applied to a triatomic-like model of methyl iodide photodissociation and its predictions were found to be in nearly quantitative agreement with rigorous quantum results, but at a much lower computational cost, making thereby SCWT a potential tool for the study of polyatomic reaction dynamics. Here, we analyse the main reasons for this agreement by means of an elementary model of fragmentation explicitly dealing with the rotational motion only. We show that our formulation of SCWT makes it a semiclassical approximation to an approximate planar quantum treatment of the dynamics, both of sufficient quality for the whole treatment to be satisfying.