We use the following two Hamiltonians in our calculations for the R-embedding and for the r-embedding, respectively.
We use the time-dependent Schrödinger equation to propagate the wave function in time. Using the basis set expansion, given in Eqs. (3) and (4), we get the equations of motion for the coupled channels (CC) method. For the R-embedding they are given in Ref. . The equations of motion can be derived for the r-embedding in an analogous fashion. The equations of motion in both embeddings are diagonal in the projection quantum numbers and Kapart from two Coriolis terms in each set, which couple to or K to .
This tridiagonal form for the equations of motion forms the basis of the parallel method we use to facilitate our calculations. We assign blocks of the wave function corresponding to a particular or K to a specific processor on a parallel machine.[69,70,71] The only communication between the processors arises from calculating the Coriolis terms from the equations of motion and is small compared to e.g., the calculation of the vibrational terms in the equations of motion.[43,69] In our calculations we use MPI[87,88,89] to perform the communication between the processors. See Refs.  and  for more details.
The time-evolution of the wave function is accomplished by using a symplectic integrator of the (m=6, n=4) type. This means we take short and discrete time steps , each of which requires 6 evaluations of or . At the edges of the grid the wave function is absorbed using an exponential damping function. This procedure is equivalent to using an imaginary potential to absorb the wave function.[92,93]
During the propagation of the wave function we calculate the derivative of the wave function along a cut through the Potential Energy surface in the O + OH exit channel. Together with the wave function at this cut it is stored on disk. After the propagation they are restored and Fourier transformed to calculate the reactive flux as a function of energy and from there the reaction probability Pr (E).[29,43]
In all calculations we take ji=1 and , where ji is the initial rotational angular momentum quantum number of O2 and its initial vibrational angular momentum. The quantum number is not determinable experimentally, so we have to do a calculation for each initially possible and average over all these calculations. To make comparison possible for the r-embedding we start in the same initial state as in the R-embedding. For this we use Eq. (6), where we fill in the known parameters, which leads us to
For our helicity conserving (HC) calculations, we use the same method as described above, apart from the fact that we ignore the Coriolis coupling between the states or the K states. For the R-embedding this means that throughout the calculations the wave function remains in a pure state. This makes the HC calculation J or J+1 times cheaper than the corresponding CC calculations, where we have J or J+1 states to deal with. Moreover, it is clear from studying the equations of motion for this system that leaving out Coriolis coupling makes the reaction probability for even parity equal to the reaction probability for odd parity, if is larger than zero, because the only difference between the two CC calculations is the (non)-existence of an state, which (for ) is immaterial for the HC-R calculations. This means we only have to do min(J,ji)+1 calculations instead of 2min(J,ji)+1 to get the complete set of initial conditions. (This means of course that the calculations for have a weight of two in the calculation of the total reaction probability).
The HC calculations in the r-embedding (HC-r calculations) are not much cheaper than the corresponding CC calculations (CC-r calculations). For the HC-r and CC-r calculations we also start in a pure and j state to be able to compare the results with the HC-R and CC-Rcalculations. Therefore, for the r-embedding we start in a coherent superposition of K states and l states through the transformation Eq. 10. This has two effects. First, a calculation with even parity does not give the same result as a calculation starting with odd parity, because they transform to different initial states in the r-embedding (see Sec. IIIB). This means that all 2min(J,ji)+1 calculations have to be performed. Second, all Kstates contribute in the transformed wave function, meaning that the basis for the HC-r calculations is as large as the basis for the CC-rcalculations. Thus, in going from the HC-r calculations to the CC-rcalculations only the work associated with the Coriolis terms is added, which is negligible, as stated earlier.