Importance of Jahn-Teller Coupling in the Dissociative Recombination of H3+ by Low Energy Electrons

Hyperspherical Approach
  • C. H. Greene
  • V. Kokoouline
  • B. D. Esry


Dissociative recombination (DR) of the H 3 + ion, namely the process
$$H_3^ + + {e^ - } \to {H_2} + H or H + H + H,$$
has attracted extensive attention since the discovery of H 3 + in diffuse interstellar clouds.1 But despite significant experimental2,3 and theoretical4,5 progress, the mechanism of the Reaction (1) with slow electrons is still poorly understood. For one thing, there is no theoretical model compatible with the large rate constant of Reaction (1). For another, there is no consistent explanation of the fact that different experiments yield such different DR rates.


Vibrational Level Rydberg State Quantum Defect Dissociative Recombination Bulk Synchronous Parallel 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. H. Greene
    • 1
  • V. Kokoouline
    • 1
  • B. D. Esry
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Physics and JILAUniversity of ColoradoBoulderUSA
  2. 2.Department of Physics, Cardwell HallKansas State UniversityManhattanUSA

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