Despite advances, understanding of the quantum state-to-state scattering dynamics between charged ions and neutral molecules at low collision energies remains limited. A high-resolution crossed-beam experiment with quantum state-selected ions prepared by laser photoionization and supporting trajectory surface-hopping calculations now provides insight into the quantum state-to-state collisional dynamics of a model charge-transfer reaction.
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This is a summary of: Zhang, G. et al. Imaging of the charge-transfer reaction of spin–orbit state-selected Ar+(2P3/2) with N2 reveals vibrational-state-specific mechanisms. Nat. Chem. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41557-023-01278-y (2023).
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Towards quantum state-to-state understanding of ion–molecule collisions. Nat. Chem. 15, 1212–1213 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41557-023-01279-x