Change in resonance parameters of a linear molecule as it bends: Evidence in electron-impact vibrational transitions of hot COS and CO2 molecules

Masamitsu Hoshino, Yohei Ishijima, Hidetoshi Kato, Daisuke Mogi, Yoshinao Takahashi, Katsuya Fukae, Paulo Limão-Vieira, Hiroshi Tanaka, Isao Shimamura

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Abstract

Inelastic and superelastic electron-impact vibrational excitation functions of hot carbonyl sulphide COS (and hot CO2) are measured for electron energies from 0.5 to 3.0 eV (1.5 to 6.0 eV) and at a scattering angle of 90° . Based on the vibrational populations and the principle of detailed balance, these excitation functions are decomposed into contributions from state-to-state vibrational transitions involving up to the second bending overtone (030) in the electronically ground state. Both the2 Π resonance for COS around 1.2 eV and the2 Πu resonance for CO2 around 3.8 eV are shifted to lower energies as the initial vibrational state is excited in the bending mode. The width of the resonance hump for COS changes only little as the molecule bends, whereas that of the overall boomerang resonance for CO2 becomes narrower. The angular distribution of the electrons resonantly scattered by hot COS and hot CO2 is also measured. The different shapes depending on the vibrational transitions and gas temperatures are discussed in terms of the symmetry of the vibrational wave functions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100
JournalEuropean Physical Journal D
Volume70
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 May 2016

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