Chemical Physics Letters, Vol.515, No.4-6, 302-305, 2011
Equilibration of OH (v7; v9) in air-like gas ensembles
The reaction H + O-3 -> OH + O-2 yields OH in v(OH) = 7-9. We report equilibration of OH v(OH) = 7 and v(OH) = 9 in baths of N-2 + O-2 in v = 0 at 300 K. Each relaxes initially by near-resonant, coupled, vibrational energy exchange with bath gas molecules, followed by further, slower, phases of energy transfer. Single (first) collision cross-sections are calculated to be 1.42; 1.51; 1.52 +/- 0.21 angstrom(2) for depopulation of v(OH) = 7; 8; 9 respectively. 'Equilibrated' OH rotation becomes the lowest of all nine possible modal temperatures in OH and the two bath gases, despite an initial sharp rise. (C) 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.