Fractal scattering dynamics of the three-dimensional HOCl molecule
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We compare the 2D and 3D classical fractal scattering dynamics of Cl and HO for energies just above dissociation of the HOCl molecule, using a realistic potential energy surface for the HOCl molecule and techniques developed to analyze 3D chaotic scattering processes. For parameter regimes where the HO dimer initially has small vibrational energy, only small intervals of initial conditions show fractal scattering behavior and the scattering process is well described by a 2D model. For parameter regimes where the HO dimer initially has large vibrational energy, the scattering process is fully 3D and is dominated by fractal behavior.