Indexed on: 10 Jul '17Published on: 10 Jul '17Published in: The Journal of chemical physics
We present state-to-state differential cross sections for collisions of NO molecules (X(2)Π1/2,j=1/2,f) with He atoms and ortho-D2 (j = 0) molecules as a function of collision energy. A high angular resolution obtained using the combination of Stark deceleration and velocity map imaging allows for the observation of diffraction oscillations in the angular scattering distributions. Differences in the differential cross sections and, in particular, differences in the angular spacing between individual diffraction peaks are observed. Since the masses of D2 and He are almost equal and since D2(j = 0) may be considered as a pseudo-atom, these differences directly reflect the larger size of D2 as compared to He. The observations are in excellent agreement with the cross sections obtained from quantum close-coupling scattering calculations based on accurate ab initio NO-He and NO-D2 potential energy surfaces. For the latter, we calculated a new NO-D2 potential energy surface.