Physical Chemistry Seminar

Department of Physics Calendar
Wed, Mar 14, 2018 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Chemistry 0112 (Marker Seminar Room)


Speaker: Tara Michael, (Student seminar), UMCP

Title: Probing Quantum Scattering Resonances from Cold Collisions

Abstract:  At very low temperatures, approaching 1 K, the collision dynamics of interacting particles enters a regime dominated by quantum mechanics. As the de Broglie wavelength of particles becomes comparable to the interaction length between them, the possibility of tunneling through potential energy barriers becomes a possibility. As a consequence, short lived quasi-bound complexes may form between collision partners at particular collision energies, giving rise to resonance features in measured integral cross sections as a result of enhanced inelastic scattering from this complex.