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Journal of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 470530, 3 pages
Research Article

Comparison of the Calculated Collision-Induced Absorption Spectra by Dense Hydrogen-Helium, Deuterium-Helium, and Tritium-Helium Gas Mixtures

1Department of Physics, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712-1081, USA
2Department of Chemistry, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA

Received 10 June 2011; Accepted 7 August 2011

Academic Editor: Klaus R. Bartschat

Copyright © 2011 Martin Abel et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We have recently determined the induced dipole surface (IDS) and potential energy surface (PES) of collisional H2-He complexes. We have used these surfaces to compute the binary collision-induced absorption spectra of H2 molecules interacting with He atoms and of D2 molecules interacting with He atoms. Here we extend these calculations to the case of T2 molecules interacting with He atoms. Whereas the electronic structure of X2-He is virtually the same for all hydrogen isotopes X = H, D, or T, the collisional dynamics and molecular scattering wave functions are different for the different collisional pairs. We have calculated spectra up to a temperature of 9000 K and frequencies up to 20,000 cm−1. Here we compare the calculated collision-induced absorption spectra for the different hydrogen isotopes. While we have observed reasonable agreement between our calculations and laboratory measurements for the collisional H2-He and D2-He complexes, there are no laboratory measurements for T2-He collisional complexes, and one must rely on the fundamental theory, supported by the agreement between theory and experiment for the other isotopes.