The state-selected reaction rates OH(nOH = 0,1) + H 2(nHH = 0,1)→H2O + H are calculated by an extension of variational transiton state theory. The reactant vibrational modes are assumed to correlate diabatically with generalized normal modes of a generalized activated complex. Using the Walch-Dunning-Schatz-Elgersma ab initio potential energy surface, the theory predicts that excitation of H2 is 19-68 times more effective than excitation of OH in promoting reaction at 300 K, where the range of values corresponds to different possible assumptions about the quantal effects on reaction-coordinate motion. These values are in much better agreement with the experimental value (about 100) than is a calculation based on the conventional transition state, which yields 2 × 104.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||The Journal of chemical physics|
|State||Published - 1982|