Ozone Formation in Ternary Collisions: Theory and Experiment Reconciled.

  title={Ozone Formation in Ternary Collisions: Theory and Experiment Reconciled.},
  author={Marjan Mirahmadi and Jes'us P'erez-R'ios and Oleg Egorov and Vladimir G Tyuterev and Viatcheslav Kokoouline},
  journal={Physical review letters},
  volume={128 10},
The present Letter shows that the formation of ozone in ternary collisions O+O_{2}+M-the primary mechanism of ozone formation in the stratosphere-at temperatures below 200 K (for M=Ar) proceeds through a formation of a temporary complex MO_{2}, while at temperatures above ∼700  K, the reaction proceeds mainly through a formation of long-lived vibrational resonances of O_{3}^{*}. At intermediate temperatures 200-700 K, the process cannot be viewed as a two-step mechanism, often used to simplify… 
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