The scattering angle distributions of high-energy molecular beams at the surfaces of three different liquids are treated in terms local mode theory. This is achieved by setting up a stochastic process modeling the effect of a superposition of local mode surface displacements on the incoming particle's trajectory. The results are found to be in good qualitative agreement with experiment, and directions for further work are indicated.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry