Two-dimensional potential energy surfaces for CH(X2Π)H-N 2(X 1Σg+) →HCN(X 1Σ+)+N(4S)

Tamar Seideman*, Stephen P. Walch

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Two-dimensional potential energy surfaces for the CH+N2→ HCN+N(4S) reaction are obtained which describe (i) the C2v HCN2 region of the doublet potential energy surface; (ii) the region of the quartet potential energy surface including the C2v minimum and the dissociation pathway to HCN+N(4S); and (iii) the region of crossing of the doublet and quartet surfaces. These surfaces are fit using simple, physically motivated functional forms. In the first and third regions, the active coordinates are the C-N2 [center-of-mass (c.m.)] distance and the N-N distance. In the second region, the active coordinates are the C-N′ separation, where N′ denotes the departing N atom, and the angle H-C-N. In the following paper, this potential is used to study the dynamics of the title reaction and to compute Boltzmann rate constants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3656-3661
Number of pages6
JournalThe Journal of Chemical Physics
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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