We consider a mixture of a diatomic photolytic precursor AX and a reagent BC that undergoes the photoinitiated reaction AX+hnu-->A+X followed by A+BC-->AB+C. In the limit that AX is stationary relative to BC, we show that the three-dimensional velocity distribution of the AB product in a specified quantum state can be related to the differential cross section of the A+BC reaction by a simple, invertable, closed-form expression. With a favorable choice of kinematics, we demonstrate that it is possible to extract the full state-to-state differential cross section from a measurement of the velocity distribution of the AB product in the laboratory frame.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Chemical Physics Letters|
|Publication status||Published - 3 Sep 1993|