Reactive cross section as a function of reagent energy. II. H(D)+HBr(DBr)→H2(HD,D2)+Br

J. W. Hepburn*, D. Klimek, K. Liu, R. G. MacDonald, F. J. Northrup, J. C. Polanyi

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A crossed molecular beam study has been made of reactive cross section as a function of collision energy Sr[ET) for all isotopic variants of the abstraction reaction H′+H″Br→H′H″ +Br. The apparatus incorporates, for reagent preparation, a supersonic source of variable-energy H or D atoms, and, for product detection, a tunable vacuum ultraviolet laser to obtain laser-induced fluorescence of Br. The cross-section functions indicate that the threshold energy for reaction is < 1 kcal/mol. At enhanced collision energy of ET = 7 kcal/mol, the observed order of reactivity in the isotopic series designated (H′,H″) was (D,H)≳(D,D)>(H,H)>(H,D). As noted in a previous report from this laboratory [Int. J. Chem. Kinet., Laidler Festschrift (in press)] the favorable kinematics for (D,H) as compared with (H,D) can be understood in terms of lengthened interaction time for D atom reaction (compared with H) and diminution in the time required for HBr (compared with DBr) to rotate into the preferred alignment for reaction. The effect is illustrated here in terms of a simple model of reaction. The experimental data obtained in this work at low collision energy, in conjunction with 300 K rate constants obtained by others, suggest that close to threshold, kinematic effects are supplanted by threshold effects, yielding Sr (H,D) > Sr (D,H), the inverse of the principal isotope effect at enhanced collision energy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6226-6241
Number of pages16
JournalThe Journal of Chemical Physics
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jan 1 1981

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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