Abstract for the talk at 27.03.2007 (15:15 h)Special Seminar
David Luckhaus (UBC Vancouver, Department of Physical Chemistry)
Chemical reaction paths and spectroscopy
Through the observation of tunnelling splittings molecular spectroscopy directly accesses the dynamics of Hydrogen exchange reactions on a molecular level. The interpretation of experimental observations relies on appropriate atomistic models to describe phenomena such as adiabaticity and the resulting "non-statistical" kinetics. The talk focusses on one particular class of models, the reaction path hamiltonian, and the limitations of current formulations in the context of multidimensional tunnelling problems.