Dynamics of the Simplest Chlorine Atom Reaction: An Experimental and Theoretical Study

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Science  13 Sep 1996:
Vol. 273, Issue 5281, pp. 1519-1522
DOI: 10.1126/science.273.5281.1519


Angular distributions and time-of-flight spectra for the reaction Cl + H2 → HCl + H obtained from a high-resolution, crossed-molecular beam experiment were compared to differential cross sections calculated by both converged quantum mechanical scattering and quasi-classical trajectory methods. Good agreement was found between the experimental results and each theoretical prediction. The results demonstrate that excellent agreement can be obtained between state-of-the-art simulations and experiments for the detailed dynamical properties of this prototype chlorine atom reaction.