Description: In applying modern theories (RRKM) of unimolecular reaction, it is necessary to decide the volume of phase space in which the energy is assumed to be randomized. The question of whether the K rotational quantum number is conserved impacts on that choice. The conceptual sequence from experimental spectra, through analysis, and interpretation in terms of K relaxation is described for ethanol and 1-butyne in the 3 micron region. The interpretation of molecular eigenstate spectra involves identification of the bright state from the coherent excitation of part of the spectrum, evaluation of the rate of energy transfer out of the bright state, deducing the mechanism of the coupling of the bright state to the bath states, and modeling the spectra in order to determine the average coupling parameters for anharmonic coupling and Coriolis interactions.
Date: December 1995
Creator: Perry, D. S.; Bethardy, G. A.; Davis, M. J. & Go, J.
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