An upper limit for the rate of association reactions is found by determining the probability of a decrease of the relative energy of two atoms below zero energy, under the influence of a third body. The relation of this approximate calculation to the rigorous solution of the problem is discussed in Section 2. The results are applied to the recombination of J atoms, measured by Rabinowitch and Wood. Numerically, the agreement is quite good; however, the calculated values are somewhat too low, which cannot be explained by an inaccuracy of the method. Reasons for the discrepancy other than the possible nonadiabatic character of the reaction are discussed.
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Research Article| December 22 2004
Calculation of the Rate of Elementary Association Reactions
E. Wigner; Calculation of the Rate of Elementary Association Reactions. J. Chem. Phys. 1 September 1937; 5 (9): 720–725. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.1750107
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