Kinetic energy deposited into a nanodroplet, cluster, or molecule in a sticking collision with background gas

JH Liang and VV Kresin, JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 153, 196101 (2020).

DOI: 10.1063/5.0031865

In processes when particles such as nanodroplets, clusters, or molecules move through a dilute background gas and undergo capture collisions, it is often important to know how much translational kinetic energy is deposited into the particles by these pick-up events. For sticking collisions with a Maxwell-Boltzmann gas, an exact expression is derived, which is valid for arbitrary relative magnitudes of the particle and thermal gas speeds.

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