|Title||Vibrational energy transfer in ultracold molecule-molecule collisions|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2008|
|Authors||Quemener, G, Balakrishnan, N, Krems, RV|
|Journal||PHYSICAL REVIEW A|
We present a rigorous study of vibrational relaxation in para-H-2 + para-H-2 collisions at cold and ultracold temperatures and identify an efficient mechanism of rovibrational energy transfer. If the colliding molecules are in different rotational and vibrational levels, the internal energy may be transferred between the molecules through an extremely state-selective process involving simultaneous conservation of internal energy and total rotational angular momentum. The same transition in collisions of distinguishable molecules corresponds to the rotational energy transfer from one vibrational state of the colliding molecules to another.