Fully Quantum Calculations of O₂-N₂ Scattering using a New Potential Energy Surface: Collisional Perturbations of the Oxygen 118 Ghz Fine Structure Line
A proper description of the collisional perturbation of the shapes of molecular resonances is important for remote spectroscopic studies of the terrestrial atmosphere. Of particular relevance are the collisions between the O2 and N2 molecules -- the two most abundant atmospheric species. In this work, we report a new highly accurate O2 (X3 Σ-g)-N2 (X1 Σ+g) potential energy surface and use it for performing the first quantum scattering calculations addressing line shapes for this system. We use it to model the shape of the 118 GHz fine structure line in O2 perturbed by collisions with N2 molecules, a benchmark system for testing our methodology in the case of an active molecule in a spin triplet state. The calculated collisional broadening of the line agrees well with the available experimental data over a wide temperature range relevant for the terrestrial atmosphere. This work constitutes a step toward populating the spectroscopic databases with ab initio line shape parameters for atmospherically relevant systems.
M. Gancewski et al., "Fully Quantum Calculations of O₂-N₂ Scattering using a New Potential Energy Surface: Collisional Perturbations of the Oxygen 118 Ghz Fine Structure Line," Journal of Chemical Physics, vol. 155, no. 12, article no. 124307, AIP Publishing, Sep 2021.
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