Quantum dynamics study of the reaction HD+OH→H+DOH, D+HOH

Dong H. Zhang, John Z.H. Zhang, Yici Zhang, Dunyou Wang, Qinggang Zhang

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Accurate time-dependent (TD) quantum wavepacket calculations are reported for the combustion reaction HD+OH. Due to the lack of symmetry, the HD+OH reaction has roughly twice the number of channels of the corresponding H 2+OH reaction and produces two distinguishable products-HOH and HOD. In order to make the TD calculation possible on workstations with limited memories, we employed a normalized quadrature scheme in the wavepacket propagation by the split-operator propagator. The normalized quadrature scheme eliminates the need to store large matrices during the wavepacket propagation while preserving the unitarity of the split-operator propagator and producing numerically stable results. This approach made TD dynamics calculations possible on small-memory workstations for the title reaction and for other polyatomic reactions. Reaction probabilities, cross sections, rate constants, and reaction branching ratios are reported in this paper for the title reaction. The observed strong dependence of the reaction probabilities on the reactive HD rotation and the relative weak dependence on the nonreactive OH rotation are explained in terms of a steric effect. The isotope effect in the branching ratio is examined and physical explanation is given for the observed branching ratio at low and high kinetic energies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7400-7408
Number of pages9
JournalThe Journal of Chemical Physics
Issue number19
StatePublished - 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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