New paper published by nature chemistry
Determining the nature of quantum resonances by probing elastic and reactive scattering in cold collisions
News from Dec 08, 2020
Prerna Paliwal, Nabanita Deb, Daniel M. Reich, Christiane P. Koch, and Edvardas Narevicius.
Scattering resonances play a central role in collision processes in physics and chemistry. They help building an intuitive understanding of the collision dynamics due to the spatial localization of the scattering wavefunctions. For resonances that are localized in the reaction region, sharp peaks in the reaction rates are the characteristic signature, observed recently with state-of-the-art experiments in low energy collisions. If, however, the localization occurs outside of the reaction region, only the elastic scattering is modified. This may occur due to above barrier resonances, the quantum analogue of classical orbiting. By probing both elastic and inelastic scattering experimentally, we differentiate between the nature of quantum resonances - tunneling vs above barrier - and corroborate our findings by calculating the corresponding scattering wavefunctions.