Correlation diagrams in collisions of three identical particles
Abbreviated Journal Title
J. Phys. B-At. Mol. Opt. Phys.
BOSE-EINSTEIN CONDENSATE; ATOMS; MOLECULES; CREATION; STATES; GAS; Optics; Physics, Atomic, Molecular & Chemical
We discuss collision of three identical particles and derive scattering selection rules from initial to final states of the particles. We use either hyperspherical or Jacobian coordinates depending on which one is best suited to describe three different configurations of the particles: (1) three free particles, (2) a quasi-bound trimer or (3) a dimer and a free particle. We summarize quantum numbers conserved during the collision as well as quantum numbers that are appropriate for a given configuration but may change during the scattering process. The total symmetry of the system depends on these quantum numbers. Based on the selection rules, we construct correlation diagrams between different configurations before and after a collision. In particular, we describe a possible fragmentation of the system into one free particle and a dimer, which can be used, for example, to identify possible decay products of quasi-stationary three-body states or three-body recombination.
Journal of Physics B-Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics
"Correlation diagrams in collisions of three identical particles" (2008). Faculty Bibliography 2000s. 285.