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A Ring Polymer Molecular Dynamics Approach to Study the Transition between Statistical and Direct Mechanisms in the H2 + H3 + → H3 + + H2 Reaction

AuthorsSuleimanov, Yury V.; Aguado, Alfredo CSIC ORCID; Gómez Carrasco, Susana CSIC ORCID CVN; Roncero, Octavio CSIC ORCID
Issue Date10-Apr-2018
PublisherAmerican Chemical Society
CitationJournal of Physical Chemistry Letters 9: 2133-2137 (2018)
AbstractBecause of its fundamental importance in astrochemistry, the H + H → H + H reaction has been studied experimentally in a wide temperature range. Theoretical studies of the title reaction significantly lag primarily because of the challenges associated with the proper treatment of the zero-point energy (ZPE). As a result, all previous theoretical estimates for the ratio between a direct proton-hop and indirect exchange (via the H complex) channels deviate from the experiment, in particular, at lower temperatures where the quantum effects dominate. In this work, the ring polymer molecular dynamics (RPMD) method is applied to study this reaction, providing very good agreement with the experiment. RPMD is immune to the shortcomings associated with the ZPE leakage and is able to describe the transition from direct to indirect mechanisms below room temperature. We argue that RPMD represents a useful tool for further studies of numerous ZPE-sensitive chemical reactions that are of high interest in astrochemistry.
Publisher version (URL)http://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpclett.8b00783
Identifiersdoi: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.8b00783
issn: 1948-7185
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