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Title: Cold molecular collisions : efficient methods for quantum calculations
Author: Croft, James Francis Edward
ISNI:       0000 0004 2722 6333
Awarding Body: Durham University
Current Institution: Durham University
Date of Award: 2012
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Multichannel Quantum Defect Theory (MQDT) is shown to be capable of producing quantitatively accurate results for low-energy atom-molecule scattering calculations. With a suitable choice of reference potential and short-range matching distance, it is possible to define a matrix that encapsulates the short-range collision dynamics. Multichannel quantum defect theory can provide an efficient alternative to full coupled-channel calculations for low-energy molecular collisions. However, the efficiency relies on interpolation of the Y matrix that encapsulates the short-range dynamics. It is shown how the phases of the MQDT reference functions may be chosen so as to remove such poles from the vicinity of a reference energy and dramatically increase the range of interpolation. For the test cases of Mg+NH and Li+NH, the resulting optimized Y matrix may be interpolated smoothly over an energy range of several Kelvin and a magnetic field range of over 1000G. Calculations at additional energies and fields can then be performed at a computational cost that is proportional to the number of channels N and not to N cubed. MQDT thus provides a promising method for carrying out low-energy molecular scattering calculations on systems where full exploration of the energy and the field dependence is currently impractical.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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