A generalized cumulant expansion method is developed for applying stochastic reductions to molecular collision processes. We begin by introducing an approximate partitioning of a collision system into two subsystems S r and Si which are assumed to be weakly correlated. Cumulant expansion methods are then used to simultaneously perform a stochastic reduction over Si, and a projection of the diagonal elements of the reduced density matrix for Sr thereby leading to a Pauli master equation describing Sr. We then apply this general equation using an impulse approximation partitioning to problems in inelastic V-T and R-T scattering. For He+ H2 vibrationally inelastic collisions, the stochastic theory predicts low order moments and some probabilities in very good agreement with exact quantum results. In applications to He+ H2 rigid rotor scattering, integral cross sections and opacity functions within 10%-30% of exact results are obtained at most energies.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry