A new approach to molecular collisions: Statistical quasiclassical method Academic Article uri icon


  • A new approach is presented in which classical mechanics is combined with quantum statistics to describe molecular collisions. In this approach, the dynamics of collisions is described by classical trajectories as in the widely used quasiclassical method. However, initial and final internal states are represented in phase space in a quantum statistical way, using the Wigner distribution function. Results of calculations performed on a collinear He-H 2 collision indicate that this new method is more accurate than the quasiclassical method, especially when the initial vibrational energy is low. Moreover, the new method is capable of describing classically forbidden processes that cannot be accounted for by the quasiclassical method. 1980 American Institute of Physics.

published proceedings

  • The Journal of Chemical Physics

author list (cited authors)

  • Lee, H., & Scully, M. O.

citation count

  • 122

complete list of authors

  • Lee, Hai‐Woong||Scully, Marlan O

publication date

  • September 1980