Ab initio calculations for the strongly exoergic Li-2 + F harpoon reaction are presented using density-functional theory, complete active space self-consistent field, and multireference configuration interaction methods to argue that this reaction would be an ideal candidate for investigation with ultracold molecules. The lowest six states are calculated with the aug-correlation-consistent polarized valence triple-zeta basis set and at least two can be accessed by a ground rovibronic Li-2 molecule with zero collision energy at all reaction geometries. The large reactive cross section (characteristic of harpoon reactions) and chemiluminescent products are additional attractive features of these reactions.
|Journal||Physical Review A (Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics)|
|Publication status||Published - 29 Sep 2010|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics