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Reply to the 'Comment on "Perturbation theory of scattering for grazing-incidence fast-atom diffraction"' by G. A. Bocan, H. Breiss, S. Szilasi, A. Momeni, E. M. S. Casagrande, E. A. Sánchez, M. S. Gravielle and H. Khemliche, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2023, 25, DOI: 10.1039/D3CP02486E.

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In this Reply, we show that criticisms of perturbation theory for grazing-incidence fast-atom diffraction (GIFAD) are ill-founded. We show explicitly that our formulation (W. Allison, S. Miret-Artés and E. Pollak, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2022, 24, 15851) provides a similar precision in describing the observed phenomena as ab initio potentials. Since that is the main criterion to distinguish between methods, it seems reasonable to conclude that the perturbation approach using a Morse-type potential reproduces the essential aspects of the dynamics correctly. In addition we expand on the historical context and summarize the physical insights provided by our methods.



51 Physical Sciences, 34 Chemical Sciences, 5102 Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, 3406 Physical Chemistry

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Phys Chem Chem Phys

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Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
Fundación Humanismo y Ciencia (Unassigned)
Israel Science Foundation (Unassigned)
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EP/T00634X/1)