Relative integrated cross sections are measured for spin-orbit-conserving, rotationally inelastic scattering of NO ((2)Pi(1/2)), hexapole-selected in the upper Lambda-doublet level of the ground rotational state (j = 0.5), in collisions with D-2 at a nominal energy of 551 cm(-1). The final state of the NO molecule is detected by laser-induced fluorescence (LIF). The state-selected NO molecule is oriented with either the N end or the O end toward the incoming D-2 molecule by application of a static electric field E in the scattering region. This field is directed parallel or antiparallel to the relative velocity vector v. Comparison of signals taken for the different applied field directions gives the experimental steric asymmetry SA, defined by SA = (sigma(v up arrow down arrow E) - sigma(v up arrow up arrow E))/(sigma(v up arrow down arrow E) + sigma(v up arrow up arrow E)), which is equal to within a factor of -1 to the molecular steric effect, S-i -> f equivalent to (sigma(D2 -> NO) - sigma(D2 -> ON))/(sigma(D2 -> NO) + sigma(D2 -> ON)). The dependence of the integral inelastic cross section on the incoming Lambda-doublet component is also measured as a function of the final rotational (j(final)) and Lambda-doublet (epsilon(final)) state. The measured steric asymmetries are similar to those previously observed for NO-He scattering. Spin-orbit manifold-conserving collisions exhibit a larger propensity for parity conservation than their NO-He counterparts. The results are interpreted in the context of the recently developed quasi-quantum treatment (QQT) of rotationally inelastic scattering [Gijsbertsen, A.; Linnartz, H.; Taatjes, C. A.; Stolte, S. J. Am. Chem. Soc.2006, 128, 8777]. The QQT predictions can be inverted to obtain a fitted hard-shell potential that reproduces the experimental steric asymmetry; this fitted potential gives an empirical estimate of the anisotropy of the repulsive interaction between NO and D-2. QQT computation of the differential cross section using this simple model potential shows reasonable agreement with the measured differential cross sections.
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Taatjes, C. A., Gijsbertsen, A., de Lange, M. J. L., & Stolte, S. (2007). Measurements and quasi-quantum modeling of the steric asymmetry and parity propensities in state-to-state rotationally inelastic scattering of NO (2Π1/2) with D2+. J. Phys. Chem. A, 111, 7631–7639. doi:10.1021/jp0712405