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Laser Chemistry
Volume 2, Issue 3-4, Pages 137-166

Very Low Energy Collision Induced Vibrational Relaxation: An Overview

The Department of Chemistry and the James Franck Institute, The University of Chicago, Chicago 60637, Illinois, USA

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Recent experimental and theoretical studies of very low energy collision induced vibrational relaxation in diatomic and polyatomic molecules are surveyed. Emphasis is placed on the novel features of the very low energy process; these require a full quantum mechanical treatment of the collision to account for the observations.