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Published August 1, 1979 | public
Journal Article

The relaxation of local modes of vibrationally-hot molecules in cold environments: anharmonicity and condensed phase effects


We provide a description of the relaxation of vibrationally-hot molecules in cold environments. The molecule has active CH local modes interacting with an inactive reservoir of modes. It is shown that the anharmonicity of these local modes and the intermolecular effects can conspire to make the relationship between the linewidth of the overtone and the intramolecular decay time nonstraightforward, especially at high energies.

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© 1979 Elsevier B.V. Received 27 March 1979, Revised 7 May 1979. This work was supported in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation, and in part by the Department of Energy.

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