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Using an 8th order symplectic integration routine, we develop a program which calculates the trajectories of N particles in a D-dimensional phase space. These trajectories are analyzed to determine the lifetime of the transient collision complex specifically for a K+K+Rb collision in 1 dimension. These results are compared with quasiclassical Rice-Ramsperger-Kassel-Marcus (RRKM) Theory lifetime approximations to further validate this theory. Additionally the Fast Lyapunov Indicator is calculated for the system to definitively determine under what conditions the reactants and products behave chaotically or regularly.
Lide, Mark, "Classical Simulations of Ultracold Chemical Reactions" (2021). Physics & Astronomy Honors Theses. 18.