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  1. Electron impact ionization of glycolaldehyde

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    Ptasinska, Sylwia; Denifl, Stephan; Scheier, Paul; Märk, Tilmann D.

    2005-05-01

    Positive ion formation upon electron impact ionization of the monomeric and dimeric form of glycolaldehyde is studied with high electron energy resolution. In the effusive neutral beam of evaporated monomeric glycolaldehyde some ions with a mass larger than the monomer indicate the presence of weakly bound neutral dimers. The yield of all ions that originate from the electron impact ionization of these neutral dimers exhibit a strong temperature dependence that can be interpreted as being due to the formation of dimers via three body collisions and thermal decomposition of the dimeric form back into monomers at higher temperatures. Ion efficiency curves are measured and analyzed for the 10 most abundant product cations of monomeric glycolaldehyde. The appearance energies of the parent ion signals of the monomer and dimer of glycolaldehyde (10.2 and 9.51 eV, respectively) are lower than the appearance energy of the parent cation of the more complex sugar deoxyribose that was recently determined to be 10.51 eV.

  2. Electron-Impact Ionization Cross Section Database

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    SRD 107 Electron-Impact Ionization Cross Section Database (Web, free access)   This is a database primarily of total ionization cross sections of molecules by electron impact. The database also includes cross sections for a small number of atoms and energy distributions of ejected electrons for H, He, and H2. The cross sections were calculated using the Binary-Encounter-Bethe (BEB) model, which combines the Mott cross section with the high-incident energy behavior of the Bethe cross section. Selected experimental data are included.

  3. Electron-impact double ionization of magnesium

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    Ford, M.J.; El-Marji, B.; Doering, J.P.; Moore, J.H.; Coplan, M.A.; Cooper, J.W.

    1998-01-01

    Electron-impact double-ionization cross sections differential in the angles of the two ejected electrons have been measured at impact energies of 422 and 1052 eV. The energies of the ejected electrons were fixed at 100 eV each. The cross sections are very different at the two incident energies. At 1052 eV the ejected electrons are preferentially found in the forward direction with respect to the incident beam. At 422 eV they are found in the forward and backward directions with approximately equal probability. The 422-eV cross sections are largest when the incident-electron and ejected-electron momentum vectors lie in a common plane. The observations are discussed in the context of several models for double ionization. {copyright} {ital 1998} {ital The American Physical Society}

  4. Electron-Impact Ionization and Dissociative Ionization of Biomolecules

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    Huo, Winifred M.; Chaban, Galina M.; Dateo, Christopher E.

    2006-01-01

    It is well recognized that secondary electrons play an important role in radiation damage to humans. Particularly important is the damage of DNA by electrons, potentially leading to mutagenesis. Molecular-level study of electron interaction with DNA provides information on the damage pathways and dominant mechanisms. Our study of electron-impact ionization of DNA fragments uses the improved binary-encounter dipole model and covers DNA bases, sugar phosphate backbone, and nucleotides. An additivity principle is observed. For example, the sum of the ionization cross sections of the separate deoxyribose and phosphate fragments is in close agreement with the C3(sup prime)- and C5 (sup prime)-deoxyribose-phospate cross sections, differing by less than 5%. Investigation of tandem double lesion initiated by electron-impact dissociative ionization of guanine, followed by proton reaction with the cytosine in the Watson-Crick pair, is currently being studied to see if tandem double lesion can be initiated by electron impact. Up to now only OH-induced tandem double lesion has been studied.

  5. Dissociative Ionization of Benzene by Electron Impact

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    Huo, Winifred; Dateo, Christopher; Kwak, Dochan (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    We report a theoretical study of the dissociative ionization (DI) of benzene from the low-lying ionization channels. Our approach makes use of the fact that electron motion is much faster than nuclear motion and DI is treated as a two-step process. The first step is electron-impact ionization resulting in an ion with the same nuclear geometry as the neutral molecule. In the second step the nuclei relax from the initial geometry and undergo unimolecular dissociation. For the ionization process we use the improved binary-encounter dipole (iBED) model. For the unimolecular dissociation step, we study the steepest descent reaction path to the minimum of the ion potential energy surface. The path is used to analyze the probability of unimolecular dissociation and to determine the product distributions. Our analysis of the dissociation products and the thresholds of the productions are compared with the result dissociative photoionization measurements of Feng et al. The partial oscillator strengths from Feng et al. are then used in the iBED cross section calculations.

  6. Ionization of glycerin molecule by electron impact

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    Zavilopulo, A. N.; Shpenik, O. B.; Markush, P. P.; Kontrosh, E. E.

    2015-07-01

    The methods and results of studying the yield of positive ions produced due to direct and dissociative electron impact ionization of the glycerin molecule are described. The experiment is carried out using two independent setups, namely, a setup with a monopole mass spectrometer employing the method of crossing electron and molecular beams and a setup with a hypocycloidal electron spectrometer with the gas-filled cell. The mass spectra of the glycerin molecule are studied in the range of mass numbers of 10-95 amu at various temperatures. The energy dependences of the effective cross sections of the glycerin molecular ions produced by a monoenergetic electron beam are obtained and analyzed; using these dependences, the appearance energies of fragment ions are determined. The dynamics of the glycerin molecule fragment ions formation is investigated in the temperature range of 300-340 K.

  7. Electron-Impact Ionization of Methane

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    Huo, Winifred M.; Dateo, Christopher E.; Kwak, Dochan (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    We report a study of the total ionization of CH_4 by electron impact and its dissociative ionization from the ^2T_2 channel. The calculation of the total ionization cross section uses the improved Binary-Encounter-Dipole model (iBED).(W. A Huo, Phys. Rev. A (submitted for publication).) The dipole Born cross section in the model is expressed in terms of a three-term representation and the optical oscillator strengths are taken from Backx and Van der Wiel.(C. Backx and M. J. Van der Wiel, I Phys. B 18) 3020 (1975). The nuclear dynamics for the dissociation of the ^2T_2 channel is studied using the statistical model. A search of the potential energy surface of the ^2T_2 state of CH_4^+ shows two minima, of C_2v and C_3v symmetries, in agreement with earlier calculations. ((a) K. Takeshita, J. Chem. Phys. 86), 329 (1987). (b) R. F. Frey and E. R. Davidson, J. Chem. Phys. 88, 1775 (1988). The dissociation of the CH_4^+ to CH_3^+ + H goes through a saddle point. Comparison with recent experimental data will be presented and the role of Jahn-Teller effect discussed.

  8. Electron-impact ionization of W27 +

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    Pindzola, M. S.; Loch, S. D.

    2016-06-01

    Electron-impact ionization cross sections for W27 + are calculated using a semirelativistic configuration-average distorted-wave (CADW) method. Calculations for direct ionization, excitation autoionization, and branching ratios are compared with recent calculations by Jonauskas et al. [Phys. Rev. A 91, 012715 (2015), 10.1103/PhysRevA.91.012715], who used fully relativistic subconfiguration-average distorted-wave (SCADW) and level-to-level distorted-wave (LLDW) methods. Reasonable agreement is found between the CADW and the recent LLDW calculations for direct ionization of the 4 l (l =0 -1 ,3 ) subshells, but not the 4 d subshell, and between the CADW and recent SCADW-LLDW calculations for excitation autoionization of the 4 l (l =0 -2 ) subshells. Reasonable agreement is also found between the CADW and the recent SCADW calculations, including branching ratios, but both differ from the recent LLDW calculations. Additional CADW calculations are made for excitation autoionization, including branching ratios involving the important 3 l (l =1 -2 ) subshells, not examined by Jonauskas et al. [Phys. Rev. A 91, 012715 (2015), 10.1103/PhysRevA.91.012715].

  9. Single ionization of helium by electron impact

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    Bray, I.; Fursa, D. V.; Kadyrov, A. S.; Stelbovics, A. T.

    2010-06-15

    We suggest that the problem of single ionization of helium by electron impact, leaving the ion in the ground state, has been solved theoretically for the full range of kinematics and collision geometries of practical interest. Following the emphasis on the study of out-of-plane geometries where the cross sections are very small [Schulz et al., Nature 422, 48 (2003)], we find that the convergent close-coupling calculations, in either a frozen- or a multicore treatment of the target, are in excellent agreement with the available measurements. Curiously, some systematic discrepancies are identified for some in-plane cases where the cross sections are an order of magnitude larger. Further measurements are required to resolve these discrepancies. If subsequent measurements confirm the present calculations, then we would have a strong case that the problem has been solved.

  10. Dissociative Ionization of Pyridine by Electron Impact

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    Dateo, Christopher; Huo, Winifred; Kwak, Dochan (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    In order to understand the damage of biomolecules by electrons, a process important in radiation damage, we undertake a study of the dissociative ionization (DI) of pyridine (C5H5N) from the low-lying ionization channels. The methodology used is the same as in the benzene study. While no experimental DI data are available, we compare the dissociation products from our calculations with the dissociative photoionization measurements of Tixier et al. using dipole (e, e(+) ion) coincidence spectroscopy. Comparisons with the DI of benzene is also made so as to understand the difference in DI between a heterocyclic and an aromatic molecule.

  11. Influence of renormalization shielding on the electron-impact ionization process in dense partially ionized plasmas

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    Song, Mi-Young; Yoon, Jung-Sik; Jung, Young-Dae

    2015-04-15

    The renormalization shielding effects on the electron-impact ionization of hydrogen atom are investigated in dense partially ionized plasmas. The effective projectile-target interaction Hamiltonian and the semiclassical trajectory method are employed to obtain the transition amplitude as well as the ionization probability as functions of the impact parameter, the collision energy, and the renormalization parameter. It is found that the renormalization shielding effect suppresses the transition amplitude for the electron-impact ionization process in dense partially ionized plasmas. It is also found that the renormalization effect suppresses the differential ionization cross section in the peak impact parameter region. In addition, it is found that the influence of renormalization shielding on the ionization cross section decreases with an increase of the relative collision energy. The variations of the renormalization shielding effects on the electron-impact ionization cross section are also discussed.

  12. Threshold law for electron-atom impact ionization

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    Temkin, A.

    1982-01-01

    A derivation of the explicit form of the threshold law for electron impact ionization of atoms is presented, based on the Coulomb-dipole theory. The important generalization is made of using a dipole function whose moment is the dipole moment formed by an inner electron and the nucleus. The result is a modulated quasi-linear law for the yield of positive ions which applies to positron-atom impact ionization.

  13. Electron-impact ionization of Se2+ and Se3+

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    Pindzola, M. S.; Loch, S. D.

    2016-06-01

    Electron-impact ionization cross sections for Se2+ and Se3+ are calculated using a semi-relativistic configuration-average distorted-wave (CADW) method. Good agreement between the CADW calculations and recent experimental measurements are found for the single ionization of Se2+ from threshold to 500 eV and for the double ionization of Se2+ from threshold to 225 eV. Good agreement between the CADW calculations and recent experimental measurements are also found for the single ionization of Se3+ from threshold to 200 eV and for the double ionization of Se3+ near the peak of the cross section at 350 eV. Disagreements at other incident electron energies may be due to the complexity of the ionization pathways for low charged Se atomic ions, the various theoretical approximations, and the difficulty in measuring relatively small double ionization events.

  14. Electron impact multiple ionization cross sections of heavy ions

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    Zeng, Jiaolong; Liu, Pengfei; Dai, Jiayu; Yuan, Jianmin

    2014-05-01

    Cross sections of electron impact ionization are important in modeling both astrophysical and laboratory plasmas. For heavy ions, accurate determination of this microscopic physical quantity is difficult due to the complex atomic structure. At high incident electron energy, inner-shell excitation and ionization processes can occur, which will result in complicated decay including Auger and radiative decay processes. For deep inner-shell excitation and ionization, cascaded Auger processes are very likely. Under conditions of collisional ionization equilibrium, the balance of electron-ion recombination and electron impact single ionization determines the charge state distribution (CSD). Accurate CSD, which in turn determined by accurate cross sections, is very important in a wide regime of spectroscopic diagnostics to infer the physical conditions of plasmas such as the electron temperature, electron density, and elemental abundance. As an illustrative example, the cross sections from the ground configuration of Sn13+ in forming Sn13+, -Sn16+ are reported in detail. The contributions from the electron impact excitation, electron impact ionization and resonant excitation processes are included.

  15. Electron-Impact Total Ionization Cross Sections of Hydrocarbon Ions

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    Irikura, Karl K.; Kim, Yong-Ki; Ali, M. A.

    2002-01-01

    The Binary-Encounter-Bethe (BEB) model for electron-impact total ionization cross sections has been applied to CH2+, CH3+, CH4+, C2H2+, C2H4+, C2H6+ and H3O+. The cross sections for the hydrocarbon ions are needed for modeling cool plasmas in fusion devices. No experimental data are available for direct comparison. Molecular constants to generate total ionization cross sections at arbitrary incident electron energies using the BEB formula are presented. A recent experimental result on the ionization of H3O+ is found to be almost 1/20 of the present theory at the cross section peak.

  16. Electron impact ionization of cycloalkanes, aldehydes, and ketones

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    Gupta, Dhanoj; Antony, Bobby

    2014-08-07

    The theoretical calculations of electron impact total ionization cross section for cycloalkane, aldehyde, and ketone group molecules are undertaken from ionization threshold to 2 keV. The present calculations are based on the spherical complex optical potential formalism and complex scattering potential ionization contribution method. The results of most of the targets studied compare fairly well with the recent measurements, wherever available and the cross sections for many targets are predicted for the first time. The correlation between the peak of ionization cross sections with number of target electrons and target parameters is also reported. It was found that the cross sections at their maximum depend linearly with the number of target electrons and with other target parameters, confirming the consistency of the values reported here.

  17. Electron impact ionization of Ar/sup 8 +/

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    Defrance, P.; Rachafi, S.; Jureta, J.; Meyer, F.; Chantrenne, S.

    1986-01-01

    Absolute electron impact ionization cross-sections have been measured for the Neon-like Ar/sup 8 +/ in the energy range from below the threshold for the metastable state to 2500 eV. No contribution of metastable states is observed. The results are well reproduced by the Distorted Wave Born Approximation. 12 refs., 1 fig.

  18. Electron-impact ionization of hydrogenlike ions in QED theory

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    Sun, H.-L.; Chang, J.-C.; Hsiao, J.-T.; Lin, S.-F.; Huang, K.-N.

    2010-04-15

    Relativistic cross sections for electron-impact ionization including quantum electrodynamic effects are studied for hydrogenlike ions in the two-potential formalism. Results are compared with other theoretical calculations and experimental data. Effects of the transverse-photon interaction as well as vacuum polarization potential between charges are analyzed. Systematic behaviors along the H-isoelectronic sequence are summarized.

  19. Ionization of the glycerin molecule by the electron impact

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    Zavilopulo, A. N.; Shpenik, O. B.; Markush, P. P.; Kontrosh, E. E.

    2014-10-01

    The paper describes experimental method for and presents the results of studying positive ion yields produced due to direct and dissociative electron-impact ionization of the glycerin molecule. The mass spectra of the glycerin molecule are studied in the range of mass numbers of 10-95 amu at different temperatures. The energy dependences of the ionization efficiency cross sections of the glycerin molecule ions produced by a monoenergetic electron beam are analyzed; using these dependences, the appearance energies of fragment ions are determined. The dynamics of fragment ion formation is investigated in the temperature range of 300-340 K.

  20. Electron impact ionization and multiphoton ionization of doped superfluid helium droplets: A comparison

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    He, Yunteng; Zhang, Jie; Kong, Wei

    2016-02-01

    We compare characteristics of electron impact ionization (EI) and multiphoton ionization (MPI) of doped superfluid helium droplets using the same droplet source. Selected dopant ion fragments from the two ionization schemes demonstrate different dependence on the doping pressure, which could be attributed to the different ionization mechanisms. While EI directly ionizes helium atoms in a droplet therefore has higher yields for bigger droplets (within a limited size range), MPI is insensitive to the helium in a droplet and is only dependent on the number of dopant molecules. The optimal timing of the ionization pulse also varies with the doping pressure, implying a velocity slip among different sized droplets. Calculations of the doping statistics and ionization probabilities qualitatively agree with the experimental data. Our results offer a word of caution in interpreting the pressure and timing dependence of superfluid helium droplets, and we also devise a scheme in achieving a high degree of doping while limiting the contribution of dopant clusters.

  1. Electron impact ionization and multiphoton ionization of doped superfluid helium droplets: A comparison.

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    He, Yunteng; Zhang, Jie; Kong, Wei

    2016-02-28

    We compare characteristics of electron impact ionization (EI) and multiphoton ionization (MPI) of doped superfluid helium droplets using the same droplet source. Selected dopant ion fragments from the two ionization schemes demonstrate different dependence on the doping pressure, which could be attributed to the different ionization mechanisms. While EI directly ionizes helium atoms in a droplet therefore has higher yields for bigger droplets (within a limited size range), MPI is insensitive to the helium in a droplet and is only dependent on the number of dopant molecules. The optimal timing of the ionization pulse also varies with the doping pressure, implying a velocity slip among different sized droplets. Calculations of the doping statistics and ionization probabilities qualitatively agree with the experimental data. Our results offer a word of caution in interpreting the pressure and timing dependence of superfluid helium droplets, and we also devise a scheme in achieving a high degree of doping while limiting the contribution of dopant clusters. PMID:26931697

  2. Fragmentation of the POPOP molecule by electron-impact ionization

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    Romanova, L. G.; Zavilopulo, A. N.; Shpenik, O. B.; Kukhto, A. V.; Agafonova, A. S.

    2008-07-01

    Single and dissociative ionizations of the POPOP molecule by electron impact in the gas phase are studied using mass spectroscopy. Fragmentation pathways of the molecule are proposed taking into account the common system of conjugated π-electrons and heteroatoms in the POPOP molecule. The appearance thresholds for certain fragments of the molecule are determined based on experimentally measured ionization cross sections as functions of the ionizing electron energy. An ion with m/z = 144 [C9H6ON]+ that is complementary to a fragment with m/z = 220 [C13H10ON]+ (present in the NIST mass spectrum database) is found for the first time in the mass spectrum of POPOP. Its appearance threshold is determined (Eap = 9.48 eV).

  3. Electron-Impact Ionization of Mg

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    Boivin, R. F.; Srivastava, S. K.

    1997-01-01

    A pulsed crossed beam technique is used to measure inonization cross-sections of metallic atoms. Relative values of cross-sections of single, double and triple inonization of magnesium have been successfully measured with good accuracy over the o-700 eV range. Absolute values of cross sections have been obtained by normalization to a theoretical value at high electron energy. Results are compared to previously published values and, for single inonization in particular, a comparison with theoretical cross-extions is perfomed.

  4. Electron-Impact Ionization Measurements Important for Solar Physics

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    Bannister, M. E.

    2004-05-01

    Electron impact ionization (EII) is the dominant ionization mechanism in the solar chromosphere, transition region, and corona. Analyzing spectra from this region of the sun requires accurate ionization balance calculations for plasmas in collisional ionization equilibrium as well as plasmas under conditions of non-equilibrium ionization. Here we report on a series of laboratory measurements of EII that are now underway at the ORNL Multicharged Ion Research Facility for selected ions in the heliumlike, berylliumlike, and oxygenlike isoelectronic sequences. We have found significant errors and uncertainties in the EII data for these isoelectronic sequences, primarily due to uncertainty in the fraction of metastable ions encountered in prior measurements. By determining the metastable ion fractions independent of the ionization experiments, our measurements will provide new EII data for both ground-state and metastable ions with uncertainties of 15% or less. This material is based upon work supported by NASA under Award No. NNH04AA151 issued through the Sun-Earth Connection Division's Solar & Heliospheric Physics Supporting Research and Technology Program and by the U.S. Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC05-00OR22725 with UT-Battelle, LLC.

  5. Electron-impact dissociation and ionization of NO+ ions

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    Belic, D. S.; Urbain, X.; Cherkani-Hassani, H.; Defrance, P.

    2016-07-01

    Absolute cross sections for electron-impact ionization and dissociation of NO+ ions are reported. Simple ionization to NO2+ ion and production of singly charged N+ and O+ and doubly charged N2+ and O2+ fragments have been investigated. The animated electron-ion crossed-beam method is applied in the energy range from the respective thresholds up to 2.5 keV. The maximum of the simple ionization cross section is found to be (3.49 ± 0.07) × 10‑17 cm2 at 135 eV. The total cross sections for N+ and O+ fragments at the maximum are found to be (13.9 ± 1.0) × 10‑17 cm2 and (14.0 ± 1.4) × 10‑17 cm2, respectively, both at an energy of 85 eV. By performing careful magnetic field scans of the detected signal, contributions of dissociative excitation and dissociative ionization to N+ and O+ production are determined separately. The cross sections for asymmetric dissociative ionization to N2+ and O2+ are found to be over one order of magnitude smaller. Distributions of the kinetic energy release to the fragments are determined for all dissociation processes.

  6. Electron impact ionization of highly charged lithiumlike ions

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    Wong, K L

    1992-10-01

    Electron impact ionization cross sections can provide valuable information about the charge-state and power balance of highly charged ions in laboratory and astrophysical plasmas. In the present work, a novel technique based on x-ray measurements has been used to infer the ionization cross section of highly charged lithiumlike ions on the Livermore electron beam ion trap. In particular, a correspondence is established between an observed x ray and an ionization event. The measurements are made at one energy corresponding to approximately 2.3 times the threshold energy for ionization of lithiumlike ions. The technique is applied to the transition metals between Z=22 (titanium, Ti[sup 19+]) and Z=26 (iron, Fe[sup 23+]) and to Z=56 (barium, Ba[sup 53+]). The results for the transition metals, which have an estimated 17-33% uncertainty, are in good overall agreement with a relativistic distorted-wave calculation. However, less good agreement is found for barium, which has a larger uncertainty. Methods for properly accounting for the polarization in the x-ray intensities and for inferring the charge-state abundances from x-ray observations, which were developed for the ionization measurements, as well as an x-ray model that assists in the proper interpretation of the data are also presented.

  7. Electron-impact ionization measurements for use in astrophysics

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    Bannister, Mark E.

    2006-05-01

    Spectroscopic data produced by an array of past, present, and future satellite and space observatories are being used to address many fundamental questions in astrophysics. Analyzing the collected spectra from electron-ionized plasmas, however, requires accurate ionization balance calculations for plasmas in collisional ionization equilibrium (CIE) as well as plasmas under conditions of non-equilibrium ionization (NEI). Therefore accurate electron-impact ionization (EII) data are needed for ions found in many cosmic plasmas where EII is the dominant ionization mechanism, such as supernova remnants, stellar coronae, the interstellar medium (ISM), the intracluster medium in clusters of galaxies, and elliptical galaxies. Here we report on a program of laboratory measurements of EII for ions in the berylliumlike isoelectronic sequence at the ORNL Multicharged Ion Research Facility. These results are compared with state-of-the-art non-perturbative calculations. Our studies also focus on measurements of EII for heliumlike and oxygenlike ions. For these three isoelectronic sequences there appear to be significant errors and uncertainties in the EII data used in astrophysics, primarily due to uncertainty in the fraction of metastable ions encountered in prior measurements. By determining the metastable ion fractions independently of the ionization experiments, our measurements will provide new EII data with total uncertainties of 15% or less. This material is based upon work supported by NASA under Award Nos. NNH04AA151 and NNH04AA72I and by the U.S. Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC05-00OR22725 with UT-Battelle, LLC.

  8. Measurements of Electron-Impact Ionization Relevant for Astrophysics

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    Bannister, M. E.

    2005-05-01

    For many cosmic plasmas, such as are formed in supernova remnants, stellar coronae, the interstellar medium (ISM), the intracluster medium in clusters of galaxies, and elliptical galaxies, electron impact ionization (EII) is the dominant ionization mechanism. Spectroscopic data produced by an array of past, present, and future satellite spectroscopic observatories are being used to address many fundamental questions in astrophysics. Analyzing the collected spectra from electron-ionized plasmas, however, requires accurate ionization balance calculations for plasmas in collisional ionization equilibrium (CIE) as well as plasmas under conditions of non-equilibrium ionization (NEI). Therefore accurate EII data are needed for ions found in these astrophysical environments. Here we report on recent laboratory measurements of EII at the ORNL Multicharged Ion Research Facility for selected ions in the berylliumlike isoelectronic sequence. These results are compared with state-of-the-art non-perturbative calculations for these ions. This systematic investigation of EII will continue with measurements on heliumlike and oxygenlike ions. For these isoelectronic sequences there appear to be significant errors and uncertainties in the EII data, primarily due to uncertainty in the fraction of metastable ions encountered in prior measurements. By determining the metastable ion fractions independent of the ionization experiments, our measurements will provide new EII data with uncertainties of 15% or less. This material is based upon work supported by NASA under Award Nos. NNH04AA151 and NNH04AA72I and by the U.S. Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC05-00OR22725 with UT-Battelle, LLC.

  9. Electron Impact Ionization of C_2F_6

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    Iga, Ione; Pereira Sanches, Ivana; Srivastava, Santosh Kumar

    2001-10-01

    Besides CF_4, perfluoroethane, C_2F_6, is also one of the fluorocarbon compounds most frequently used in plasma processing applications. Consequently, the knowledge of the ionization properties of C_2F6 is clearly of interest in order to model the plasma-chemical reactions. Nevertheless, only few partial ionization-cross-section measurements [1,2] for this molecule were reported in the literature. Also, the energy range covered in these studies was very limited (below 120 eV). Recently, we have studied these properties. More specifically, partial ionization cross sections (PICS) for the fragments: C^+, F^+, CF^+, CF_2^+, CF_3^+ and C_2F_5^+, produced by electron impact on C_2F_6, were measured in a single-collision condition from near ionization threshold to 1000 eV. In addition, total ionization cross sections (TICS) are also obtained by summing up the PICS's. The comparison of our measured PICS and derived TICS with available data [1-4] will be presented during the Conference. [1] H. U. Poll, J. Meischner, Contrib. Plasma Phys. 27 (1987) 359. [2] C. Q. Jiao, A Garscadden, P. D. Haaland, Chem. Phys. Lett. 310 (1999) 52. [3] H. Nishimura, W. M. Huo, M. A Ali and Y -K. Kim, J. Chem. Phys. 110 (1999) 3811. [4] L. G. Christophorou and J. K. Olthoff, J. Phys. Chem. Ref. Data 27 (1998) 1 and references therein.

  10. Electron-impact ionization of helium with large energy transfer

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    Bray, I.; Fursa, D. V.; Stelbovics, A. T.

    2006-09-15

    We consider the recently measured case of 730 eV electron-impact ionization of the ground state of helium with 205 and 500 eV coplanar outgoing electrons by Catoire et al. [J. Phys. B 39, 2827 (2006)]. These measurements, which are on a relative scale, show some unexpected structure and variation from the second-order distorted-wave Born approximation R-matrix and Brauner-Briggs-Klar theories. Using the convergent close-coupling method we provide an improved agreement with experiment, but some discrepancies still remain.

  11. Low-energy electron-impact ionization of helium

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    Schow, E.; Hazlett, K.; Childers, J. G.; Medina, C.; Vitug, G.; Khakoo, M. A.; Bray, I.; Fursa, D. V.

    2005-12-15

    Normalized doubly differential cross sections for the electron-impact ionization of helium at low energies are presented. The data are taken at the incident electron energies of 26.3, 28.3, 30.3, 32.5, 34.3, 36.5, and 40.7 eV and for scattering angles of 10 deg. -130 deg. The measurements involve the use of the moveable target method developed at California State University Fullerton to accurately determine the continuum background in the energy-loss spectra. Normalization of experimental data is made on a relative scale to well-established experimental differential cross sections for excitation of the n=2 manifold of helium and then on an absolute scale to the well-established total ionization cross sections of Shah et al. [J. Phys. B 21, 2751 (1988)]. Comparisons are made with available experimental data and the results of the convergent close-coupling theory.

  12. Cross Sections for Inner-Shell Ionization by Electron Impact

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    Llovet, Xavier; Powell, Cedric J.; Salvat, Francesc; Jablonski, Aleksander

    2014-03-15

    An analysis is presented of measured and calculated cross sections for inner-shell ionization by electron impact. We describe the essentials of classical and semiclassical models and of quantum approximations for computing ionization cross sections. The emphasis is on the recent formulation of the distorted-wave Born approximation by Bote and Salvat [Phys. Rev. A 77, 042701 (2008)] that has been used to generate an extensive database of cross sections for the ionization of the K shell and the L and M subshells of all elements from hydrogen to einsteinium (Z = 1 to Z = 99) by electrons and positrons with kinetic energies up to 1 GeV. We describe a systematic method for evaluating cross sections for emission of x rays and Auger electrons based on atomic transition probabilities from the Evaluated Atomic Data Library of Perkins et al. [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, UCRL-ID-50400, 1991]. We made an extensive comparison of measured K-shell, L-subshell, and M-subshell ionization cross sections and of Lα x-ray production cross sections with the corresponding calculated cross sections. We identified elements for which there were at least three (for K shells) or two (for L and M subshells) mutually consistent sets of cross-section measurements and for which the cross sections varied with energy as expected by theory. The overall average root-mean-square deviation between the measured and calculated cross sections was 10.9% and the overall average deviation was −2.5%. This degree of agreement between measured and calculated ionization and x-ray production cross sections was considered to be very satisfactory given the difficulties of these measurements.

  13. Semirelativistic model for ionization of atomic hydrogen by electron impact

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    Attaourti, Y.; Taj, S.; Manaut, B.

    2005-06-15

    We present a semirelativistic model for the description of the ionization process of atomic hydrogen by electron impact in the first Born approximation by using the Darwin wave function to describe the bound state of atomic hydrogen and the Sommerfeld-Maue wave function to describe the ejected electron. This model, accurate to first order in Z/c in the relativistic correction, shows that, even at low kinetic energies of the incident electron, spin effects are small but not negligible. These effects become noticeable with increasing incident electron energies. All analytical calculations are exact and our semirelativistic results are compared with the results obtained in the nonrelativistic Coulomb Born approximation both for the coplanar asymmetric and the binary coplanar geometries.

  14. Electron- and photon-impact ionization of furfural

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    Jones, D. B.; Ali, E.; Madison, D. H. E-mail: madison@mst.edu; Nixon, K. L.; Limão-Vieira, P. E-mail: madison@mst.edu; Hubin-Franskin, M.-J.; Delwiche, J.; Ning, C. G.; Colgan, J.; Murray, A. J.; and others

    2015-11-14

    The He(I) photoelectron spectrum of furfural has been investigated, with its vibrational structure assigned for the first time. The ground and excited ionized states are assigned through ab initio calculations performed at the outer-valence Green’s function level. Triple differential cross sections (TDCSs) for electron-impact ionization of the unresolved combination of the 4a″  +  21a′ highest and next-highest occupied molecular orbitals have also been obtained. Experimental TDCSs are recorded in a combination of asymmetric coplanar and doubly symmetric coplanar kinematics. The experimental TDCSs are compared to theoretical calculations, obtained within a molecular 3-body distorted wave framework that employed either an orientation average or proper TDCS average. The proper average calculations suggest that they may resolve some of the discrepancies regarding the angular distributions of the TDCS, when compared to calculations employing the orbital average.

  15. Electron- and photon-impact ionization of furfural

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    Jones, D. B.; Ali, E.; Nixon, K. L.; Limão-Vieira, P.; Hubin-Franskin, M.-J.; Delwiche, J.; Ning, C. G.; Colgan, J.; Murray, A. J.; Madison, D. H.; Brunger, M. J.

    2015-11-01

    The He(i) photoelectron spectrum of furfural has been investigated, with its vibrational structure assigned for the first time. The ground and excited ionized states are assigned through ab initio calculations performed at the outer-valence Green's function level. Triple differential cross sections (TDCSs) for electron-impact ionization of the unresolved combination of the 4a″ + 21a' highest and next-highest occupied molecular orbitals have also been obtained. Experimental TDCSs are recorded in a combination of asymmetric coplanar and doubly symmetric coplanar kinematics. The experimental TDCSs are compared to theoretical calculations, obtained within a molecular 3-body distorted wave framework that employed either an orientation average or proper TDCS average. The proper average calculations suggest that they may resolve some of the discrepancies regarding the angular distributions of the TDCS, when compared to calculations employing the orbital average.

  16. Electron-impact ionization of Li2 and Li2+

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    Pindzola, M. S.; Robicheaux, F.; Ballance, C. P.; Colgan, J.

    2008-10-01

    Electron-impact ionization cross sections for Li2 and Li2+ are calculated using a configuration-average distorted-wave method. Bound orbitals for the molecule and its ions are calculated using a single-configuration self-consistent-field method based on a linear combination of Slater-type orbitals. The bound orbitals are transformed onto a two-dimensional lattice (r,θ) , which is variable in the radial coordinate and constant in the angular coordinate, from which Hartree with local exchange potentials are constructed. The single-particle Schrödinger equation is then solved for continuum distorted waves with S -matrix boundary conditions. Total ionization cross sections for Li2 at an equilibrium internuclear separation of R=5.0a.u. and for Li2+ at an equilibrium internuclear separation of R=5.9a.u. are presented.

  17. Electron-impact Ionization Of Li2 And Li+2

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    Colgan, James P

    2008-01-01

    Electron-impact ionization cross sections for Li{sub 2} and Li{sup +}{sub 2} are calculated using a configuration-average distorted-wave method. Bound orbitals for the molecule and its ions are calculated using a single configuration self-consistent field method based on a linear combination of Slater-type orbitals. The bound orbitals are transformed onto a two-dimensional lattice ({tau}, {theta}), which is variable in the radial coordinate and constant in the angular coordinate, from which Hartree with local exchange potentials are constructed. The single particle Schrodinger equation is then solved for continuum distorted-waves with S-matrix boundary conditions. Total ionization cross sections for Li{sub 2} at an equilibrium internuclear separation of R = 5.0 and for Li{sup +}{sub 2} at an equilibrium internuclear separation of R = 5.9 are presented.

  18. Electron-impact-ionization cross section for the hydrogen atom

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    Hu, W.; Fang, D.; Wang, Y.; Yang, F.

    1994-02-01

    A distorted-wave Born exchange approximation was used to calculate the cross section for electron-impact ionization of the hydrogen atoms. Both the integral and energy-differential cross section were calculated. The results were compared with the latest experimental data and other theoretical calculations. Comparison shows that the calculations agree with differential cross-section measurements in general. For integral cross sections the calculation shows a better agreement with an earlier measurement [M.B. Shah, D. S. Elliott, and H. B. Gilbody, J. Phys. B 20, 3501 (1987)] in which the cross sections are normalized to the first Born approximation.

  19. Absolute electron-impact total ionization cross sections of chlorofluoromethanes

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    Martínez, Roberto; Sierra, Borja; Redondo, Carolina; Rayo, María N. Sánchez; Castaño, Fernando

    2004-12-01

    An experimental study is reported on the electron-impact total ionization cross sections (TICSs) of CCl4, CCl3F, CCl2F2, and CClF3 molecules. The kinetic energy of the colliding electrons was in the 10-85 eV range. TICSs were obtained as the sum of the partial ionization cross sections of all fragment ions, measured and identified in a linear double focusing time-of-flight mass spectrometer. The resulting TICS profiles—as a function of the electron-impact energy—have been compared both with those computed by ab initio and (semi)empirical methods and with the available experimental data. The computational methods used include the binary-encounter-Bethe (BEB) modified to include atoms with principal quantum numbers n⩾3, the Deutsch and Märk (DM) formalism, and the modified additivity rule (MAR). It is concluded that both modified BEB and DM methods fit the experimental TICS for (CF4), CClF3, CCl2F2, CCl3F, and CCl4 to a high accuracy, in contrast with the poor accord of the MAR method. A discussion on the factors influencing the discrepancies of the fittings is presented.

  20. Glow discharge electron impact ionization source for miniature mass spectrometers.

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    Gao, Liang; Song, Qingyu; Noll, Robert J; Duncan, Jason; Cooks, R Graham; Ouyang, Zheng

    2007-05-01

    A glow discharge electron impact ionization (GDEI) source was developed for operation using air as the support gas. An alternative to the use of thermoemission from a resistively heated filament electron source for miniature mass spectrometers, the GDEI source is shown to have advantages of long lifetime under high-pressure operation and low power consumption. The GDEI source was characterized using our laboratory's handheld mass spectrometer, the Mini 10. The effects of the discharge voltage and pressure were investigated. Design considerations are illustrated with calculations. Performance is demonstrated in a set of experimental tests. The results show that the low power requirements, mechanical ruggedness, and quality of the data produced using the small glow discharge ion source make it well-suited for use with a portable handheld mass spectrometer. PMID:17441220

  1. Electron impact ionization of 5- and 6-chlorouracil: appearance energies

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    Denifl, S.; Ptasinska, S.; Gstir, B.; Scheier, P.; Märk, T. D.

    2004-03-01

    Electron impact ionization of the gas phase modified DNA/RNA bases 5- and 6-ClU was studied using a crossed electron/neutral beams technique in combination with a quadrupole mass spectrometer. 5- and 6-ClU belong to the class of halouracils which are used in radiation therapy to increase the effect of ionizing radiation to tumours, when they are incorporated into cancer tissue. Besides determining the mass spectra for both molecules at the electron energy of 70 eV, the ionization efficiency curves for each parent ion and the most abundant fragment ions were measured near the threshold and the corresponding appearance energies (AEs) were derived using an iterative, non-linear least square fitting procedure using the Marquart-Levenberg algorithm based on the Wannier threshold law. The most abundant cations observed in mass spectra have a threshold value of AE ((C3H2ClNO)+/5-ClU)=11.12+/-0.03 eV and AE ((C3H2NO)+/6-ClU)=12.06+/-0.03 eV. The present AE value for the parent ion of 5-ClU AE((5-ClU)+/5-ClU)=9.38+/-0.05 eV is in fair agreement with previous calculations at the B3LYP level of theory. The AE((6-ClU)+/6-ClU)=9.71+/-0.05 eV is 0.33 eV higher than that for 5-ClU.

  2. Single electron impact ionization of the methane molecule

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    Bouamoud, Mammar; Sahlaoui, Mohammed; Benmansour, Nour El Houda; Atomic and Molecular Collisions Team

    2014-10-01

    Triply differential cross sections (TDCS) results of electron-impact ionization of the inner 2a1 molecular orbital of CH4 are presented in the framework of the Second Born Approximation and compared with the experimental data performed in coplanar asymmetric geometry. The cross sections are averaged on the random orientations of the molecular target for accurate comparison with experiments and are compared also with the theoretical calculations of the Three Coulomb wave (3CW) model. Our results are in good agreement with experiments and 3CW results in the binary peak. In contrast the Second Born Approximation yields a significant higher values compared to the 3CW results for the recoil peak and seems to describe suitably the recoil region where higher order effects can occur with the participation of the recoiling ion in the collision process.

  3. Relativistic model of secondary-electron energy spectra in electron-impact ionization

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    Miller, J.H. ); Manson, S.T. )

    1991-10-01

    A relativistic model for differential electron-impact-ionization cross sections that allows the energy spectrum of secondary electrons to be calculated over a wide range of primary-electron energies is presented. The semiempirical method requires only experimental total ionization cross sections and optical oscillator strengths for the target species of interest, but other information, if available, can be incorporated to make the formulation still more accurate. Results for ionization of helium indicate that the lower limit on primary-electron energy for application of the model is about 100 eV. The simple analytic form of the model facilitates investigation of the regions of the secondary-electron energy spectrum where relativistic effects are important.

  4. Electron impact ionization of Io's sodium emission cloud

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    Carlson, R. W.; Matson, D. L.; Johnson, T. V.

    1975-01-01

    The geometry of the sodium cloud associated with Io (Jupiter I) indicates that the lifetime of the neutral sodium atoms is an order of magnitude less than the photoionization lifetime. We suggest that ionization by thermal plasma electrons in the Jovian magnetosphere is the dominant Na loss process. Using plasma densities deduced from Pioneer 10 measurements, the lifetime and density distributions are calculated for Na and other species which may be present in the cloud around Io. Electron ionization of Na is found to be an order of magnitude faster than photoionization, in agreement with the lifetime deduced from Na cloud observations.

  5. Electron impact ionization cross sections of beryllium-tungsten clusters*

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    Sukuba, Ivan; Kaiser, Alexander; Huber, Stefan E.; Urban, Jan; Probst, Michael

    2016-01-01

    We report calculated electron impact ionization cross sections (EICSs) of beryllium-tungsten clusters, BenW with n = 1,...,12, from the ionization threshold to 10 keV using the Deutsch-Märk (DM) and the binary-encounter-Bethe (BEB) formalisms. The positions of the maxima of DM and BEB cross sections are mostly close to each other. The DM cross sections are more sensitive with respect to the cluster size. For the clusters smaller than Be4W they yield smaller cross sections than BEB and vice versa larger cross sections than BEB for clusters larger than Be6W. The maximum cross section values for the singlet-spin groundstate clusters range from 7.0 × 10-16 cm2 at 28 eV (BeW) to 54.2 × 10-16 cm2 at 43 eV (Be12W) for the DM cross sections and from 13.5 × 10-16 cm2 at 43 eV (BeW) to 38.9 × 10-16 cm2 at 43 eV (Be12W) for the BEB cross sections. Differences of the EICSs in different isomers and between singlet and triplet states are also explored. Both the DM and BEB cross sections could be fitted perfectly to a simple expression used in modeling and simulation codes in the framework of nuclear fusion research. Contribution to the Topical Issue "Atomic Cluster Collisions (7th International Symposium)", edited by Gerardo Delgado Barrio, Andrey Solov'Yov, Pablo Villarreal, Rita Prosmiti.Supplementary material in the form of one pdf file available from the Journal web page at http://dx.doi.org/10.1140/epjd/e2015-60583-7

  6. An experimental investigation of the dissociative ionization process of argon cluster ions induced by electron impact

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    Zhang, P.; Ma, X.; Yan, S.; Xu, S.; Zhang, S.; Zhu, X.; Li, B.; Feng, W.; Qian, D.; Zhang, R.; Guo, D.; Wen, W.; Zhang, D.; Yang, J.; Zhao, D.; Liu, H.

    2014-04-01

    Utilizing the Cold Target Recoil Ions Momentum Spectrometer (COLTRIMS), dissociative ionization of argon cluster was experimentally investigated by electron impact. The recoil ions produced both in the pure ionization process and the dissociative ionization channels are measured with collision energies from 100 and 1000 eV. The ratios of the dimer ions from pure ionization (Ar2P+) and the dimer ions from small cluster dissociation (Ar+2D) to the atomic argon ion (Ar+) in different stagnation pressures were obtained.

  7. Electron-impact ionization and electron attachment cross sections of radicals important in transient gaseous discharges

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    Lee, Long C.; Srivastava, Santosh K.

    1990-01-01

    Electron-impact ionization and electron attachment cross sections of radicals and excited molecules were measured using an apparatus that consists of an electron beam, a molecular beam and a laser beam. The information obtained is needed for the pulse power applications in the areas of high power gaseous discharge switches, high energy lasers, particle beam experiments, and electromagnetic pulse systems. The basic data needed for the development of optically-controlled discharge switches were also investigated. Transient current pulses induced by laser irradiation of discharge media were observed and applied for the study of electron-molecule reaction kinetics in gaseous discharges.

  8. Electron-impact multiple ionization of Ne, Ar, Kr and Xe

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    Montanari, C. C.; Miraglia, J. E.

    2014-05-01

    This work describes the multiple ionization cross sections of rare gases by electron-impact. We pay special attention to the high energy region (0.1-10 keV) where the direct ionization is a minor contribution and the post-collisional electron emission dominates the final target charge state. We report here electron-impact single to sextuple ionization cross sections and total ionization cross sections including direct and post-collisional processes, even in the total values. We use the continuum distorted wave and the first Born approximations adapted to describe light-particle impact, i.e. energy, mass and trajectory corrections are incorporated, the latter by considering the electron-target potential and by using the Abel transformation. Auger-type post-collisional contributions are included in the multinomial expansion through experimental branching ratios after single ionization events. Tabulations of these experimental branching ratios for all the orbitals of the four targets are included. Present results are compared with the large amount of electron-impact experimental data available. We have obtained a good description of the multiple-ionization measurements at high energies, where the post-collisional ionization dominates. At intermediate energies, our theoretical results show the correct tendency, with the electron-impact ionization cross sections being far below the proton-impact ones.

  9. Ionization yield in xenon due to electron impact

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    Dayashankar

    1982-04-01

    The ionization yield in xenon for complete energy degradation of electrons with initial energy up to 1 keV has been calculated by solving the generalized Fowler equation. The expression for the energy spectrum of secondary electrons from the O shell was obtained by using the empirical scaling functions to weight the Williams-Weizsäcker cross section for glancing collisions and the Mott cross section for knock-on collisions. The total ionization and excitation cross sections were taken from the recent evaluation reported by De Heer et al. Contributions from the inner-shell ionization and the Auger process were explicitly taken into account. The results are expressed in terms of the quantity W, the mean energy required to produce an ion pair. The W value is found to decrease with increasing incident energy, finally approaching a constant value of 23.1 eV for electrons with an energy above 200 eV. The results are generally in good agreement with the available experimental work.

  10. Hydrocarbon rate coefficients for proton and electron impact ionization, dissociation, and recombination in a hydrogen plasma.

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    Alman, D.A.; Brooks, J.N.; Ruzic, D.N.; Wang, Z.

    1999-07-21

    We estimate cross sections and rate coefficients for proton and electron impact ionization, dissociation, and recombination of neutral and ionized hydrocarbon molecules and fragments of the form C{sub x}H{sub y}{sup k}, x = 1-3, y = 1-6, k = 0,1 in a thermalized hydrogen-electron plasma.

  11. Excitation and ionization of highly charged ions by electron impact

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    Sampson, D.H.

    1989-11-15

    Two approaches for very rapid calculation of atomic data for high temperature plasma modeling have been developed. The first uses hydrogenic basis states and has been developed and applied in many papers discussed in previous progress reports. Hence, it is only briefly discussed here. The second is a very rapid, yet accurate, fully relativistic approach that has been developed over the past two or three years. It is described in more detail. Recently it has been applied to large scale production of atomic data. Specifically, it has been used to calculate relativistic distorted wave collision strengths and oscillator strengths for the following: all transitions from the ground level to the n=3 and 4 excited levels in the 71 Neon-like ions with nuclear charge number Z in the range 22 {le} Z {le} 92; all transitions among the 2s{sub {1/2}}, 2p{sub {1/2}} and 2p{sub 3/2} levels and from them to all nlj levels with n=3,4 and 5 in the 85 Li-like ions with 8 {le} Z {le} 92; all transitions among the 3s{sub {1/2}}, 3p{sub 3/2}, 3d{sub 3/2} and 3d{sub 5/2} levels and from them to all nlj levels with n=4 and 5 in the 71 Na-like ions with 22 {le} Z {le} 92; and all transitions among 4s{sub {1/2}}, 4p{sub {1/2}}, 4p{sub 3/2}, 4d{sub 3/2}, 4d{sub 5/2}, 4f{sub 5/2} and 4f{sub 7/2} levels and from them to all nlj levels with n=5 in the 33 Cu-like ions with 60 {le} Z {le} 92. Also the program has been extended to give cross-sections for excitation to specific magnetic sublevels of the target ion by an electron beam and very recently it has been extended to give relativistic distorted wave cross sections for ionization of highly charged ions by electron impact.

  12. Electron-impact ionization of interstellar hydrogen and helium at interplanetary shocks

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    Isenberg, P.A.; Feldman, W.C.

    1995-04-15

    The authors investigate the ionization of interstellar hydrogen and helium due to electron impact by shock-heated electrons. Taking the electron distributions measured at four interplanetary shocks at 1 AU, they show that the electrons in the downstream region of strong shocks can ionize interstellar atoms at rates matching or exceeding the nominal photoionization or charge-exchange rates. They suggest that this process may explain some puzzling observations of interstellar pickup ions made by the Ulysses spacecraft. 17 refs.

  13. Electron Impact Ionization and Dissociative Ionization of C2H2

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    Srivastava, S. K.

    1995-01-01

    By utilizing a crossed electron beam collision geometry, a combination of time-of-flight (TOF) and quadrupole mass spectrometers, and the relative flow technique1 normalized values of cross sections and appearance energies (AP) were obtained for the formation of singly and multiply ionized species resulting from the ionization and dissociation of C2H2. Details ont he apparatus and technique have been published previously.2,3.

  14. Fragmentation patterns of {alpha}-phenylcinnamic acid derivatives upon electron impact ionization; a computational approach

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    Palinko, I.; Tasi, G.; Toeroek, B.

    1995-04-01

    Secondary transformations such as fragmentation and rearrangement reacting are computed for {proportional_to}-phenylcinnamic acid derivations upon electron impact ionization. (AIP) {copyright}{ital 1995 American Institute of Physics}

  15. Electron impact ionization rates for interstellar H and He atoms near interplanetary shocks: Ulysses observations

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    Feldman, W.C.; Phillips, J.L.; Gosling, J.T.; Isenberg, P.A.

    1996-07-01

    Solar wind plasma data measured during the near-ecliptic phase of the Ulysses mission between October, 1990 and January, 1993 were studied to determine the relative importance of electron-impact ionization to the total ionization rates of interstellar hydrogen and helium atoms. During times of quiet flow conditions electron-impact ionization rates were found to be generally low, of the order of 1{percent} of the total ionization rates. However, just downstream of the strongest CME- and CIR-driven shock waves encountered by Ulysses, the electron impact-ionization rate at times was more than 10{percent} that of the charge-exchange rate for hydrogen and more than 100{percent} that of the photoionization rate for helium. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Institute of Physics.}

  16. Measurement of L-shell electron-impact ionization cross sections for highly charged uranium ions

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    Stoehlker, T.; Kraemer, A. |; Elliott, S.R.; Marrs, R.E.; Scofield, J.H.

    1997-10-01

    L-shell electron-impact ionization cross sections for highly charged uranium ions from fluorinelike U{sup 83+} through lithiumlike U{sup 89+} have been measured at 45-, 60-, and 75-keV electron energy. The cross sections were obtained from x-ray measurements of the equilibrium ionization balance in an electron beam ion trap. The measured cross sections agree with recent relativistic distorted wave calculations. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  17. Measurement of electron-impact ionization cross sections for hydrogenlike high-Z ions

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    Marrs, R.E.; Elliott, S.R.; Scofield, J.H.

    1997-08-01

    Electron-impact ionization cross sections have been measured for the hydrogenlike ions of molybdenum, dysprosium, gold, and bismuth at selected electron energies between 1.3 and 3.9 times threshold. The cross sections were obtained from x-ray measurements of the equilibrium ionization balance in an electron beam ion trap. The measured cross sections agree with recent relativistic distorted-wave calculations that include both the Moeller interaction and exchange. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  18. Relativistic effects on giant resonances in electron-impact double ionization

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    Pindzola, M.S.

    1987-06-01

    The electron-impact double-ionization cross section for Fr/sup +/ is calculated in the distorted-wave Born approximation. A giant resonance in the 5d subshell ionization-autoionization contribution to the cross section is found to be quite sensitive to changes in the double-well potential caused by relativistic effects on bound-state wave functions.

  19. Parametrization of electron impact ionization cross sections for CO, CO2, NH3 and SO2

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    Srivastava, Santosh K.; Nguyen, Hung P.

    1987-01-01

    The electron impact ionization and dissociative ionization cross section data of CO, CO2, CH4, NH3, and SO2, measured in the laboratory, were parameterized utilizing an empirical formula based on the Born approximation. For this purpose an chi squared minimization technique was employed which provided an excellent fit to the experimental data.

  20. Simple ionization of atomic and diatomic lithium by electron impact

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    Joulakian, B.; Boudali, F.; Najjari, B.

    2002-01-01

    The e,2e reaction of atomic and diatomic lithium is studied. In the atomic case, the problem is treated as a four electron system for which the conservation of the total spin produces a variety of exchange terms whose importance in the determination of the transition matrix element of the ionization process is studied systematically in a very large domain of incidence energy (50 eV to 5 keV) by applying in the small and intermediate energy domain an asymptotically exact distorted wave procedure. In the diatomic case, a model potential is employed for the K shell electrons and the problem is treated as a vertical transition from the lowest vibrational and rotational level of the fundamental electronic state 1Σg of Li2 to the fundamental 2Σg state of Li2+. The comparison with experimental and recent theoretical results shows that the use of an all electron procedure improves the agreement with the experimental results.

  1. Electron impact ionization rates for interstellar neutral H and He atoms near interplanetary shocks: Ulysses observations

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    Feldman, W. C.; Phillips, J. L.; Gosling, J. T.; Isenberg, P. A.

    1995-01-01

    During average solar wind flow conditions at 1 AU, ionization rates of interstellar neutrals that penetrate into the inner heliosphere are dominated by charge exchange with solar wind protons for H atoms, and by photoionization for He atoms. During occurrences of strong, coronal mass ejection (CME)-driven interplanetary shock waves near 1 AU, electron impact ionization can make substantial, if not dominating, contributions to interstellar neutral ionization rates in the regions downstream of the shocks. However, electron impact ionization is expected to be relatively less important with increasing heliocentric distance because of the decrease in electron temperature. Ulysses encountered many CME-driven shocks during its journey to and beyond Jupiter, and in addition, encountered a number of strong corotating interaction region (CIR) shocks. These shocks generally occur only beyond approximately 2 AU. Many of the CIR shocks were very strong rivalling the Earth's bow shock in electron heating. We have compared electron impact ionization rates calculated from electron velocity distributions measured downstream from CIR shocks using the Ulysses SWOOPS experiment to charge-exchange rates calculated from measured proton number fluxes and the photoionization rate estimated from an assumed solar photon spectrum typical of solar maximum conditions. We find that, although normally the ratio of electron-impact ionization rates to charge-exchange (for H) and to photoionization (for He) rates amounts to only about one and a few tens of percent, respectively, downstream of some of the stronger CIR shocks they amount to more than 10% and greater than 100%, respectively.

  2. Electron Impact Ionization Cross Sections and Rate Coefficients for Single Carbon Freon Molecules

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    Pal, Satyendra; Kumar, Neeraj

    2015-09-01

    Single carbon Freon molecules or chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) are important industrial material with wide-ranging applications as refrigerant, aerosol propellant and semiconductor etchant, etc. The large-scale industrial consumption is of particular environmental concern because of its potential for ozone destruction in the stratosphere. In the present work, we have extended and generalized the modified Jain-Khare (JK) semi-empirical formalism for the evaluation of the total ionization cross sections corresponding to the formation of the cations in the electron impact ionization of molecules to the electron impact ionization of single carbon freon molecules, viz. CFCl3, CF2Cl2 and CF3Cl. The integral partial and the total ionization cross sections as function of incident electron energy are evaluated in the energy range varying from ionization threshold to 1000 eV. In absence of available differential cross sections, the corresponding derived partial and total ionization cross sections revealed a reasonably good agreement with the experimental and theoretical data, wherever available. In addition to the differential and integral ionization cross sections, we have also calculated the ionization rate coefficients using the evaluated partial ionization cross sections and the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution as a function of electron temperature/energy. The work is supported by DST, New Delhi, India.

  3. Doubly differential measurements for multiple ionization of argon by electron impact: Comparison with positron impact and photoionization

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    Santos, A.C.F.; Hasan, A.; Yates, T.; DuBois, R.D.

    2003-05-01

    Doubly differential cross sections for single and multiple ionization of Ar have been measured for 500, 750, and 1000 eV electron impact. The cross sections were measured as a function of projectile energy loss and scattering angle. The energy loss range was 0-85% of the initial projectile energy and scattering angles were between {+-}22 deg. The data were put on an absolute scale by normalizing to total ionization cross sections available in the literature and found to be in good agreement with the absolute electron impact cross sections from DuBois and Rudd. For 750 eV impact, a comparison was made between the present electron impact data and positron impact data obtained using the same experimental conditions. The same energy dependence and yields for single ionization were found for both electron and positron impact. On the other hand, the double- and triple-ionization yields are smaller for positron impact as compared to electron impact. Comparisons with photoionization data showed that for outer shell ionization the fractions of double and triple ionization of argon by photon impact are in quite good agreement with the present electron impact data.

  4. Relativistic electronic dressing in laser-assisted ionization of atomic hydrogen by electron impact

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    Attaourti, Y.; Taj, S.

    2004-06-01

    Within the framework of the coplanar binary geometry where it is justified to use plane wave solutions for the study of the (e,2e) reaction and in the presence of a circularly polarized laser field, we introduce as a first step the Dirac-Volkov plane wave Born approximation 1 where we take into account only the relativistic dressing of the incident and scattered electrons. Then, we introduce the Dirac-Volkov plane wave Born approximation 2 where we take totally into account the relativistic dressing of the incident, scattered, and ejected electrons. We then compare the corresponding triple differential cross sections for laser-assisted ionization of atomic hydrogen by electron impact both for the nonrelativistic and the relativistic regime.

  5. Electron-impact ionization of multicharged ions at ORNL: 1985--1992

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    Gregory, D.C.; Bannister, M.E.

    1994-07-01

    Absolute cross sections are presented in graphs and tables for single ionization of forty-one ions, multiple ionization of four ions, and for dissociation and ionization of two molecular ions by electron impact. This memo is the third in a series of manuscripts summarizing previously published as well as unpublished ionization cross section measurements at ORNL; contents of the two previous memos are also referenced in this work. All work tabulated in this memo involved ion beams generated in the ORNL-ECR ion source and utilized the ORNL electron-ion crossed beams apparatus. Target ions range from atomic number Z = 8 (oxygen) to Z = 92 (uranium) in initial charge states from +1 to +16. Electron impact energies typically range from threshold to 1500 eV.

  6. Observation of two-center interference effects for electron impact ionization of N2

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    Chaluvadi, Hari; Nur Ozer, Zehra; Dogan, Mevlut; Ning, Chuangang; Colgan, James; Madison, Don

    2015-08-01

    In 1966, Cohen and Fano (1966 Phys. Rev. 150 30) suggested that one should be able to observe the equivalent of Young’s double slit interference if the double slits were replaced by a diatomic molecule. This suggestion inspired many experimental and theoretical studies searching for double slit interference effects both for photon and particle ionization of diatomic molecules. These effects turned out to be so small for particle ionization that this work proceeded slowly and evidence for interference effects were only found by looking at cross section ratios. Most of the early particle work concentrated on double differential cross sections for heavy particle scattering and the first evidence for two-center interference for electron-impact triple differential cross section (TDCS) did not appear until 2006 for ionization of H2. Subsequent work has now firmly established that two-center interference effects can be seen in the TDCS for electron-impact ionization of H2. However, in spite of several experimental and theoretical studies, similar effects have not been found for electron-impact ionization of N2. Here we report the first evidence for two-center interference for electron-impact ionization of N2.

  7. Impact ionization in N-polar AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors

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    Killat, N. E-mail: Martin.Kuball@bristol.ac.uk; Uren, M. J.; Kuball, M. E-mail: Martin.Kuball@bristol.ac.uk; Keller, S.; Kolluri, S.; Mishra, U. K.

    2014-08-11

    The existence of impact ionization as one of the open questions for GaN device reliability was studied in N-polar AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors. Electroluminescence (EL) imaging and spectroscopy from underneath the device gate contact revealed the presence of hot electrons in excess of the GaN bandgap energy even at moderate on-state bias conditions, enabling impact ionization with hole currents up to several hundreds of pA/mm. The detection of high energy luminescence from hot electrons demonstrates that EL analysis is a highly sensitive tool to study degradation mechanisms in GaN devices.

  8. Electron-impact ionization of helium for equal-energy-sharing kinematics

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    Stelbovics, A.T.; Bray, I.; Fursa, D.V.; Bartschat, K.

    2005-05-15

    The close-coupling approach to electron-helium single ionization is analyzed and several ways of defining the scattering amplitudes are determined, for both equal- and unequal-energy outgoing electrons. Nevertheless, the various definitions all lead to the same cross section. The convergent close-coupling (CCC) method with Laguerre (CCC-L) and box-based (CCC-B) target functions is applied to calculate electron-impact ionization of helium for the cases where the two outgoing electrons have equal energy. Excellent absolute agreement with experiment is obtained for all available cases of comparison.

  9. Angular distribution of Auger electrons due to 3d-shell impact ionization of krypton

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    Omidvar, K.

    1977-01-01

    Cross sections for electron impact ionization of krypton due to ejection of a 3d-shell electron have been calculated using screened hydrogenic and Hartree-Slater wavefunctions for the target atom. While the total ionization cross sections in the two approximations are within 10% of each other, the Auger electron angular distribution, related to cross sections for specific magnetic quantum numbers of the 3d electrons, are widely different in the two approximations. The angular distribution due to the Hartree-Slater approximation is in excellent agreement with measurement. The physical reason for the discrepancies in the two approximations is explained.

  10. Electron impact ionization in plasma technologies; studies on atomic boron and BN molecule

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    Joshi, Foram M.; Joshipura, K. N.; Chaudhari, Asha S.

    2016-05-01

    Electron impact ionization plays important role in plasma technologies. Relevant cross sections on atomic boron are required to understand the erosion processes in fusion experiments. Boronization of plasma exposed surfaces of tokomaks has proved to be an effective way to produce very pure fusion plasmas. This paper reports comprehensive theoretical investigations on electron scattering with atomic Boron and Boron Nitride in solid phases. Presently we determine total ionization cross-section Qion and the summed-electronic excitation cross section ΣQexc in a standard quantum mechanical formalism called SCOP and CSP-ic methods. Our calculated cross sections are examined as functions of incident electron energy along with available comparisons.

  11. Propensity for distinguishing two free electrons with equal energies in electron-impact ionization of helium

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    Ren, Xueguang; Senftleben, Arne; Pflüger, Thomas; Bartschat, Klaus; Zatsarinny, Oleg; Berakdar, Jamal; Colgan, James; Pindzola, Michael S.; Bray, Igor; Fursa, Dmitry V.; Dorn, Alexander

    2015-11-01

    We report a combined experimental and theoretical study on the electron-impact ionization of helium at E0=70.6 eV and equal energy sharing of the two outgoing electrons (E1=E2=23 eV ), where a double-peak or dip structure in the binary region of the triple differential cross section is observed. The experimental cross sections are compared with results from convergent close-coupling (CCC), B -spline R-matrix-with-pseudostates (BSR), and time-dependent close-coupling (TDCC) calculations, as well as predictions from the dynamic screening three-Coulomb (DS3C) theory. Excellent agreement is obtained between experiment and the nonperturbative CCC, BSR, and TDCC theories, and good agreement is also found for the DS3C model. The data are further analyzed regarding contributions in particular coupling schemes for the spins of either the two outgoing electrons or one of the outgoing electrons and the 1 s electron remaining in the residual ion. While both coupling schemes can be used to explain the observed double-peak structure in the cross section, the second one allows for the isolation of the exchange contribution between the incident projectile and the target. For different observation angles of the two outgoing electrons, we interpret the results as a propensity for distinguishing these two electrons—one being more likely the incident projectile and the other one being more likely ejected from the target.

  12. Electron Impact Ionization Cross Sections in Rb and Cs.

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    Reddish, T. J.; Lukomski, M.; Sutton, S.; Kedzierski, W.; McConkey, J. W.; Bartschat, K.; Bartlett, P. L.; Stelbovics, A. T.; Bray, I.

    2006-05-01

    We present a new atom trapping technique for determining absolute, total ionisation cross sections (TICS) out of an excited atom. The novel feature of this method is in utilizing Doppler cooling of neutral atoms to determine ionisation cross sections. This fluorescence-monitoring experiment, which is a variant of the `trap loss' technique, has enabled us to obtain the experimental electron impact ionisation cross sections out of the Cs 6^2P3/2 excited state between 7 - 400 eV. New CCC, R-Matrix with Pseudo-States (RMPS), and Born approximation single ionisation cross sections (SICS) are also presented for both the ground and excited states of Cs and Rb, and compared with the available experimental data. The comparison of the results reveals the importance of the autoionisation and multiple ionisation contributions to the TICS. The autoionisation contribution appears to be substantial for ionisation out of the Cs 6^2P and Rb 5^2P excited states; ˜ 3-4 larger than the direct ionisation contribution predicted by CCC at ˜ 30-50 eV. This surprising result shows the importance of multi-electron processes in determining the ionisation cross sections of heavy alkali atoms.

  13. Electron Impact Ionization of SOx, NOx and H2 SO4 - The Aerosol Relevance

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    Vaishnav, B. G.; Patel, U. R.; Joshipura, K. N.; Pandya, S. H.

    2016-05-01

    This paper reports our theoretical studies on electron impact ionization of reactive molecules SOx, NOx (x = 1-3) and H2 SO4, at incident energies from threshold to 2000 eV. Motivation for this work derives from the relevance of these molecules in connection with atmospheric aerosols analysis through mass spectrometric studies and quantification of mass concentrations amongst the aerosol species. The ionization efficiency of a molecule is directly proportional to ionization cross section, which represents the efficiency on a per-molecule basis. Study of electron impact ionization cross sections of molecules, like H2 SO4, versus number of electrons in the molecule can lead to information about mass concentrations of aerosol species. We have employed in this work, the well-known spherical complex potential formalism (SCOP), which provides total elastic as well as inelastic cross sections, wherein the latter includes ionization cross sections. We have developed a method to extract ionization cross section from calculated inelastic cross section by introducing a ratio function, in a semi-empirical formalism known as CSP-ic method. For SOx and NOx targets single-centre scattering calculations are performed, while for H2 SO4, the additivity rule augmented with overlap or screening corrections, has been employed. The calculated cross sections are examined as functions of incident electron energy along with comparisons (theoretical or experimental) as available.

  14. Use of the Bethe equation for inner-shell ionization by electron impact

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    Powell, Cedric J.; Llovet, Xavier; Salvat, Francesc

    2016-05-01

    We analyzed calculated cross sections for K-, L-, and M-shell ionization by electron impact to determine the energy ranges over which these cross sections are consistent with the Bethe equation for inner-shell ionization. Our analysis was performed with K-shell ionization cross sections for 26 elements, with L-shell ionization cross sections for seven elements, L3-subshell ionization cross sections for Xe, and M-shell ionization cross sections for three elements. The validity (or otherwise) of the Bethe equation could be checked with Fano plots based on a linearized form of the Bethe equation. Our Fano plots, which display theoretical cross sections and available measured cross sections, reveal two linear regions as predicted by de Heer and Inokuti [in Electron Impact Ionization, edited by T. D. Märk and G. H. Dunn, (Springer-Verlag, Vienna, 1985), Chap. 7, pp. 232-276]. For each region, we made linear fits and determined values of the two element-specific Bethe parameters. We found systematic variations of these parameters with atomic number for both the low- and the high-energy linear regions of the Fano plots. We also determined the energy ranges over which the Bethe equation can be used.

  15. Accuracy of Theoretical Calculations for Electron-Impact Ionization of atoms and Molecules

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    Madison, Don

    2015-09-01

    In the last two decades, there have been several close-coupling approaches developed which can accurately calculate the triply differential cross sections for electron impact ionization of effective one and two electron atoms. The agreement between experiment and theory is not particularly good for more complicated atoms and molecules. Very recently, a B-spline R-matrix with pseudostates (BSRPS) approach was used to investigate low energy electron impact ionization of neon and very good agreement with experiment was found. The perturbative 3-body distorted wave (3DW) approach which includes the exact final state electron-electron interaction (post collision interaction - PCI) gave comparably good agreement with experiment. For ionization of molecules, there have been numerous studies of high-energy electron impact. These studies are called EMS (Electron Momentum Spectroscopy) and they were very valuable in determining the accuracy of molecular wavefunctions since the measured cross sections were proportional to the momentum space molecular wavefunction. More recently, lower energy collisions have started to be measured and these cross sections are much more difficult for theory since the detailed kinematics of the experiment become important. So far, the only close coupling calculation reported for ionization of molecules is the time-dependent close-coupling calculation (TDCC) which has been developed for ionization of H2 and it yields relative good agreement with experiment. Again the molecular 3-body distorted wave (M3DW) gave equally good agreement with experiment. For polyatomic molecules, the only theory available is the M3DW. In this talk, I will show the current status of agreement between experiment and theory for low and intermediate energy single ionization of atoms and molecules. Work supported by the NSF and XSEDE.

  16. Spectroscopic investigations of L-shell ionization in heavy elements by electron impact

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    Rahangdale, H. V.; Mitra, D.; Das, P. K.; De, S.; Guerra, M.; Santos, J. P.; Saha, S.

    2016-05-01

    The absolute L subshell specific electron impact ionization cross sections near the ionization threshold (16 < E < 45 keV) of lead and thorium are obtained from the measured L X-ray production cross sections. Monte Carlo simulation is done to account for the effect of the backscattered electrons, and the final experimental results are compared with calculations performed using distorted wave Born approximation and the modified relativistic binary encounter Bethe model. The sensitivity of the results on the atomic parameters is explored. Observed agreements and discrepancies between the experimental results and theoretical estimates, and their dependence on the specific atomic parameters are reported.

  17. Investigation of Ionization and Dissociation Processes Produced by Electron Impact on Molecules.

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    Ma, Ce.

    1990-01-01

    Absolute electron impact partial ionization cross sections for Ar and CF_4 were measured by use of a newly built pulsed electron beam time-of-flight apparatus for incident electron energies from thresholds to 500 eV. The apparatus employed consisted of a low energy electron gun, 40 mm diameter ion extraction gold screens, time-of-flight drift tubes, micro-channel plate detectors and fast time to digital electronics. A pulsed electron beam was obtained by pulsing the control grid of the electron gun. Both beam - beam experiments and beam - constant gas target pressure experiments were carried out to determine the absolute partial ionization cross sections for Ar ^{+}, Ar^{2+ }, Ar^{3+} from an argon gas target, and for CF_sp {3}{+}, CF_sp {2}{+}, CF_sp {3}{2+}, CF^ {+}, CF_sp{2} {2+}, F^{+}, C^{+} from a CF _4 gas target. By charge weighted summing of the partial ionization cross sections, the total ionization cross sections of Ar and CF_4 were obtained. The total neutral dissociation cross section for CF_4 was inferred from the total ionization cross section and the total dissociation cross section. Also, a new method for determining absolute total electron scattering cross sections with corrections for forward scattering was developed. The electron beam current was measured as function of gas target pressure and the scattering path length. The total electron scattering cross section obtained from the new model is as much as 6% larger than the cross section derived from the traditional Beer's law for Ar at an incident electron energy of 300 eV. This method is capable of yielding reliable total cross section up to 10 keV. Finally, a study of the secondary electron emission as a function of ejection angle and ejection energy for CO, the doubly differential cross section (DDCS), is presented.

  18. Model for the charge-transfer probability in helium nanodroplets following electron-impact ionization

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    Ellis, Andrew M.; Yang Shengfu

    2007-09-15

    A theoretical model has been developed to describe the probability of charge transfer from helium cations to dopant molecules inside helium nanodroplets following electron-impact ionization. The location of the initial charge site inside helium nanodroplets subject to electron impact has been investigated and is found to play an important role in understanding the ionization of dopants inside helium droplets. The model is consistent with a charge migration process in small helium droplets that is strongly directed by intermolecular forces originating from the dopant, whereas for large droplets (tens of thousands of helium atoms and larger) the charge migration increasingly takes on the character of a random walk. This suggests a clear droplet size limit for the use of electron-impact mass spectrometry for detecting molecules in helium droplets.

  19. Electron-ejection cross sections in electron- and ion impact ionization: ab initio and semiempirical calculations

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    Manson, S.T.; Miller, J.H.

    1987-01-01

    Ab initio calculations of single and double differential cross sections for ionization by fast, charged particles within the framework of the Born approximation are presented. In addition, a semi-empirical method based on the asymptotic Bethe-Born expansion is also discussed. Both are applied to ionization of helium by electrons and protons in an effort to assess their accuracy and validity. Agreement with experiment is quite good. The implications for other targets is discussed.

  20. Electron-impact ionization cross sections out of the ground and excited states of cesium

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    Lukomski, M.; Sutton, S.; Kedzierski, W.; Reddish, T. J.; Bartschat, K.; Bartlett, P. L.; Bray, I.; Stelbovics, A. T.; McConkey, J. W.

    2006-09-15

    An atom trapping technique for determining absolute, total ionization cross sections (TICS) out of an excited atom is presented. The unique feature of our method is in utilizing Doppler cooling of neutral atoms to determine ionization cross sections. This fluorescence-monitoring experiment, which is a variant of the 'trap loss' technique, has enabled us to obtain the experimental electron impact ionization cross sections out of the Cs state between 7 eV and 400 eV. CCC, RMPS, and Born theoretical results are also presented for both the ground and excited states of cesium and rubidium. In the low energy region (<11 eV) where best agreement between these excited state measurements and theory might be expected, a discrepancy of approximately a factor of five is observed. Above this energy there are significant contributions to the TICS from both autoionization and multiple ionization.

  1. STORAGE RING CROSS SECTION MEASUREMENTS FOR ELECTRON IMPACT IONIZATION OF Fe{sup 12+} FORMING Fe{sup 13+} AND Fe{sup 14+}

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    Hahn, M.; Novotny, O.; Savin, D. W.; Grieser, M.; Krantz, C.; Repnow, R.; Wolf, A.; Lestinsky, M.; Mueller, A.; Schippers, S.

    2011-07-10

    We report electron impact ionization cross section measurements for electron impact single ionization of Fe{sup 12+} forming Fe{sup 13+} and electron impact double ionization of Fe{sup 12+} forming Fe{sup 14+}. These are the first electron impact ionization data for any Si-like ion uncontaminated by an unknown metastable fraction. Recent distorted wave calculations agree with our single ionization results to within {approx}15%. Double ionization is dominated by inner shell ionization of a 2l electron resulting in autoionization of a second electron as the inner shell hole is filled.

  2. Strong nonlinear electron multiplication without impact ionization in dielectric nanoparticles embedded in optical materials

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    Duchateau, Guillaume

    2013-02-15

    The interaction of a dielectric nano-particle or nano-defect, embedded in the bulk of an optical material, with an intense and short laser pulse is addressed. Due to the finite size of the target and the possible large production of electrons in the conduction band, large electric field enhancement or surintensity may be induced inside the particle. Since ionization rates also depend on the instantaneous electric field, a strong time-dependent connection between electron production and surintensity may take place. Such a connection is shown to possibly lead to a nonlinear temporal increase in the free electron density relevant from an avalanche process, called optical avalanche, similar to the one induced by electron impact ionization. However, the present build-up in the electron density clearly exhibits more nonlinear features than traditional collisional avalanche, which is shown to induce an exponential growth of the density: when the optical avalanche is engaged, the temporal electron evolution exhibits an explosive behavior. That leads to a nanometric plasma at solid density whose subsequent laser heating may lead locally to matter under extreme conditions. Furthermore, we show that the defect induces a change in the ionization mechanism in the course of interaction: a transition from multiphoton to tunnel ionization may take place.

  3. Measurements of the electron-impact double-to-single ionization ratio using trapped lithium

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    Huang, M.-T.; Zhang, L.; Hasegawa, S.; Southworth, S. H.; Young, L.

    2002-07-01

    The Li2+ to Li+ production cross-section ratio of ground-state atomic Li by electron-impact ionization has been measured for electron energies ranging from 200 eV to 1500 eV. The measurements were done using a pulsed, ion imaging time-of-flight spectrometer with Li atoms confined in a magneto-optical trap. The ratios are more accurate than the single earlier result for the Li2+ to Li+ ratios, a composite of two absolute measurements, and are systematically lower. Both experiments show similar energy dependences that disagree with the trend predicted by a semiempirical formulation. These measurements provide a benchmark for theoretical studies of electron-impact double ionization.

  4. Vibrational overtone spectroscopy of H/sub 2/O (4. gamma. /sub OH/) using energy-selective electron impact ionization

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    Hayden, C.C.; Penn, S.M.; Carlson, K.J.; Crim, F.F.

    1988-03-24

    The authors describe a new method for obtaining vibrational overtone spectra of polyatomic molecules in supersonic expansions that uses low-energy electrons to ionize the vibrationally excited molecules. Measuring the excitation spectrum of water in the region of the third overtone of the OH stretching vibration (4..sigma../sub OH/) demonstrates the technique. The ionization process is probably not direct but may occur by electron impact excitation to vibrationally and electronically excited states from which the neutral molecule is subsequently ionizes

  5. Electron-impact ionization of the K-shells of Heavy Atoms

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    Pindzola, M. S.

    2016-05-01

    Fully-relativistic subconfiguration-average distorted-wave (SCADW) calculations are made for the electron-impact ionization of the K-shells of heavy atoms. One set of calculations only include the two-body electrostatic interaction, while the other set includes the full two-body retarded electromagnetic interaction. The SCADW retarded electromagnetic calculations are found to be in good agreement with recent measurements made at the Institute for Physics at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil for Au and Bi atoms. Calculations and measurements will also be presented for the K-shell ionization of the Ta atom. Work supported in part by Grants from NSF and DOE.

  6. Electron-impact ionization of the Se2+ and Se3+ atomic ions

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    Loch, S. D.; Pindzola, M. S.

    2016-05-01

    Semi-relativistic configuration-average distorted-wave (CADW) calculations are made for the electron-impact ionization of the Se2+ and Se3+ atomic ions. The CADW calculations are found to be in reasonable agreement with recent measurements made at the Multicharged Ion Research Facility at the University of Nevada in Reno. The CADW calculations for configurations near ionization thresholds are checked against level to level distorted-wave (LLDW) calculations. Work supported in part by Grants from NASA, NSF, and DOE.

  7. Evidence of strong projectile-target-core interaction in single ionization of neon by electron impact

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    Yan, S.; Zhang, P.; Xu, S.; Ma, X.; Zhang, S. F.; Zhu, X. L.; Feng, W. T.; Liu, H. P.

    2010-11-15

    The momentum distributions of recoil ions were measured in the single ionization of neon by electron impact at incident energies between 80 and 2300 eV. It was found that there are a noticeable number of recoil ions carrying large momenta, and the relative contributions of these ions becomes more pronounced with the further decrease of incident electron energy. These observed behaviors indicate that there is a strong projectile-target-core interaction in the single-ionization reaction. By comparing our results with those of electron-neon elastic scattering, we concluded that the elastic scattering of the projectile electron on the target core plays an important role at low and intermediate collision energies.

  8. Dissociative simple ionization of two active electron diatomic systems by fast electron impact

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    Lahmidi, N.; Joulakian, B.

    2005-01-01

    The dissociative (e, 2e) ionization of diatomic hydrogen and lithium by fast electrons is studied theoretically as a vertical transition from the lowest vibrational and rotational level of the fundamental electronic state 1Σ+g of H2 (and Li2) to the first dissociative 2Σu state of H2+ (and Li2+). After verification of the perturbative procedure in the non-dissociative case, for which experimental and theoretical results exist, the variation of the multiply differential cross section of the dissociative ionization is studied in a variety of situations to show the particularities of this process and motivate actually realizable complete experiments, which can detect the scattered and ejected electrons in coincidence with the bare detached nucleus. Our results show that the dynamically well understood behaviour in the case of simple (e, 2e) ionization breaks down in the dissociative case, because of the increasing influence of the electron-electron correlation of the two target electrons.

  9. Excitation and ionization of outer shells in Rb by electron impact

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    Roman, V.; Kupliauskienė, A.; Borovik, A.

    2015-10-01

    The relativistic distorted-wave and binary-encounter-dipole approximations were employed for calculating the electron-impact single ionization cross sections of the 5s, 4p6, 4s2, 3d10 shells and 4p6 excitation cross section for Rb atom taking into account both configuration interaction and relativistic effects. The capabilities of the most used theoretical approaches in describing the single ionization of Rb atom were considered by comparing the present and other available calculated data with the experimental total ionization and total direct single ionization cross sections over the electron-impact energy range from the 5s threshold to 600 eV. The best agreement within experimental uncertainty was obtained by using the non-relativistic binary-encounter-dipole approximation included in the LANL Atomic Physics Codes package. At present none of the used approximations (plane-wave Born or relativistic distorted wave) can satisfactorily describe the experimental excitation-autoionization cross section in rubidium because the efficient formation of the 4p6 core-excited negative-ion rubidium states at near-threshold impact energies is ignored in calculations.

  10. Differential studies and projectile charge effects in ionization of molecular nitrogen by positron and electron impact

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    de Lucio, O. G.; DuBois, R. D.

    2016-03-01

    Singly, doubly, and triply differential information, obtained from coincidence measurements, are presented for 250-eV positron- and electron-impact ionization of molecular nitrogen. Comparisons of these data as functions of energy loss, scattering, and emission angles illustrate differences associated with the sign of the projectile charge. Via a deconvolution and normalization procedure, the triply differential data are converted to absolute cross sections. By fitting the triply differential cross sections for single ionization with simple functions, the intensities, directions, and peak to background intensities of the binary peaks plus the ratio of recoil to binary interactions are compared for positron and electron impact. Formulas for the binary and recoil intensities plus for the orientation of the binary peak as a function of momentum transfer are extracted from the data. Differences in the relative amount of fragmentation as a function of energy loss are also observed.

  11. Dissociative Ionization and Product Distributions of Benzene and Pyridine by Electron Impact

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    Dateo, Christopher E.; Huo, Winifred M.; Fletcher, Graham D.

    2003-01-01

    We report a theoretical study of the dissociative ionization (DI) and product distributions of benzene (C6H6) and pyridine (C5H5N) from their low-lying ionization channels. Our approach makes use of the fact that electronic motion is much faster than nuclear motion allowing DI to be treated as a two-step process. The first step is the electron-impact ionization resulting in an ion with the same nuclear geometry as the neutral molecule. In the second step, the nuclei relax from the initial geometry and undergo unimolecular dissociation. For the ionization process we use the improved binary-encounter dipole (iBED) model [W.M. Huo, Phys. Rev. A64,042719-I (2001)]. For the unimolecular dissociation, we use multiconfigurational self-consistent field (MCSCF) methods to determine the steepest descent pathways to the possible product channels. More accurate methods are then used to obtain better energetics of the paths which are used to determine unimolecular dissociation probabilities and product distributions. Our analysis of the dissociation products and the thresholds of their productions for benzene are compared with the recent dissociative photoionization meausurements of benzene by Feng et al. [R. Feng, G. Cooper, C.E. Brion, J. Electron Spectrosc. Relat. Phenom. 123,211 (2002)] and the dissociative photoionization measurements of pyridine by Tixier et al. [S. Tixier, G. Cooper, R. Feng, C.E. Brion, J. Electron Spectrosc. Relat. Phenom. 123,185 (2002)] using dipole (e,e+ion) coincidence spectroscopy.

  12. Electron-impact ionization of molecular hydrogen at 38 eV incident energy

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    Colgan, James; Ren, Xueguang; Dorn, Alexander; Pindzola, M. S.

    2016-05-01

    We report on recent measurements of the triple differential cross sections from electron-impact ionization of molecular hydrogen at an incident energy of 38 eV. Results are reported for various orientations of the target molecule, as well as various scattering angles and energy sharings of the outgoing electrons. The measurements are compared with calculations performed using a time-dependent close-coupling approach. Reasonable agreement is found between theory and measurement. We also compare and contrast our results to those obtained at higher incident electron energies, which were reported recently.

  13. Use of the Bethe Equation for Inner-Shell Ionization by Electron Impact

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    Powell, Cedric J.; Llovet, Xavier; Salvat, Francesc

    2016-01-01

    We analyzed calculated cross sections for K-, L-, and M-shell ionization by electron impact to determine the energy ranges over which these cross sections are consistent with the Bethe equation for inner-shell ionization. Our analysis was performed with K-shell ionization cross sections for 26 elements, with L-shell ionization cross sections for seven elements, with L3-subshell ionization cross sections for Xe, and with M-shell ionization cross sections for three elements. The validity or otherwise of the Bethe equation could be checked with Fano plots based on a linearized form of the Bethe equation. Our Fano plots, which display theoretical cross sections and available measured cross sections, reveal two linear regions as predicted by de Heer and Inokuti. For each region, we made linear fits and determined values of the two element-specific Bethe parameters. We found systematic variations of these parameters with atomic number for both the low- and the high-energy linear regions of the Fano plots. We also determined the energy ranges over which the Bethe equation can be used. PMID:27546903

  14. Triple differential cross sections for the ionization of water by electron impact

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    Tóth, Istvan; Nagy, Ladislau; Campeanu, Radu I.

    2014-12-01

    Calculated triple differential cross sections are presented for the ionization of the 3a1 orbital of water by electron impact. The cross sections are determined for symmetric coplanar and non-coplanar geometrical arrangements. The obtained results show reasonable agreement with experimental data for both geometries. Contribution to the Topical Issue "Elementary Processes with Atoms and Molecules in Isolated and Aggregated States", edited by Friedrich Aumayr, Bratislav Marinkovic, Stefan Matejcik, John Tanis and Kurt H. Becker.

  15. Electron impact and chemical ionization mass spectral analysis of a volatile uranyl derivative

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    Reutter, D.J.; Hardy, D.R.

    1981-01-01

    Quadrupole mass spectral analysis of the volatile uranium ligand complex bis (1,1,1,5,5,5-hexafluoro-2,4-pentanedionato) dioxouranium-di-n-butyl sulfoxide is described utilizing electron impact (EI) and methane chemical ionization (CI) ion sources. All major ions are tentatively identified and the potential usefulness of this complex for determining uranium isotope /sup 235/U//sup 238/U abundance is demonstrated.

  16. Cross-section measurements for electron-impact ionization of atoms

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    Freund, Robert S.; Wetzel, Robert C.; Shul, Randy J.; Hayes, Todd R.

    1990-04-01

    Absolute electron-impact cross sections have been measured from 0 to 200 eV for single ionization of 16 atoms (Mg, Fe, Cu, Ag, Al, Si, Ge, Sn, Pb, P, As, Sb, Bi, S, Se, and Te) with an estimated accuracy of +/-10%. Combined with our recent measurements of He, Ne, Ar, Kr, Xe, F, Cl, Br, I, Ga, and In [Wetzel et al., Phys. Rev. A 35, 559 (1987); Hayes et al., ibid. 35, 578 (1987); Shul, Wetzel, and Freund, ibid. 39, 5588 (1989)], a set of 27 atomic single-ionization cross sections has now been measured with the same apparatus. In addition, cross sections are reported for double ionization of ten atoms and triple ionization of eight atoms. The measurements are made by crossing an electron beam with a 3-keV beam of neutral atoms, prepared by charge-transfer neutralization of a mass-selected ion beam. The critical measurement of absolute neutral beam flux is made with a calibrated pyroelectric crystal. The magnitudes of the single-ionization-peak cross sections decrease monotonically across rows of the periodic table from group IIIA (Al,Ga,In) to group VIIIA (Ar,Kr,Xe), varying much more than predicted by various empirical formulas and classical and quantum-mechanical theories.

  17. Generalized Kolbenstvedt model for electron impact ionization of the K-, L- and M-shell ions

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    Haque, A. K. F.; Shahjahan, M.; Uddin, M. A.; Patoary, M. A. R.; Basak, A. K.; Saha, B. C.; Malik, F. B.

    2010-04-01

    The recently proposed generalized Kolbenstvedt model (GKLV) of Haque et al (2007 Eur. Phys. J. D 42 203), for the electron impact ionization (EII) of atoms, was applied to a wide range of K-, L- and M-shell electrons of ionic targets from threshold to 1 MeV incident energy. The set of species-independent parameters, two for each of the ionized orbits, is the same as that for neutral targets, and provides an excellent account of the EII cross-sectional data for 36 ions, including those belonging to Li, Be, B, C, N, O and Ne electronic sequences as well as those having 3s-, 3p- and 3d-configurations of the M-shell in a consistent manner. The performance of GKLV is found to be better than that of the modified version of the BELL model (Haque et al 2006 Phys. Rev. A 73 052703, Haque et al 2006 Phys. Scr. 74 377).

  18. Analysis and simulation for a model of electron impact excitation/deexcitation and ionization/recombination

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    Yan, Bokai; Caflisch, Russel E.; Barekat, Farzin; Cambier, Jean-Luc

    2015-10-15

    This paper describes a kinetic model and a corresponding Monte Carlo simulation method for excitation/deexcitation and ionization/recombination by electron impact in a plasma free of external fields. The atoms and ions in the plasma are represented by continuum densities and the electrons by a particle distribution. A Boltzmann-type equation is formulated and a corresponding H-theorem is formally derived. An efficient Monte Carlo method is developed for an idealized analytic model of the excitation and ionization collision cross sections. To accelerate the simulation, the reduced rejection method and binary search method are used to overcome the singular rate in the recombination process. Numerical results are presented to demonstrate the efficiency of the method on spatially homogeneous problems. The evolution of the electron distribution function and atomic states is studied, revealing the possibility under certain circumstances of system relaxation towards stationary states that are not the equilibrium states, a potential non-ergodic behavior.

  19. Ion appearance energies at electron-impact dissociative ionization of sulfur hexafluoride molecule and its fragments

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    Demesh, Shandor Sh.; Remeta, Eugene Yu.

    2015-07-01

    Theoretical analysis of appearance energies for SF{/k +} ( k = 0- n) ion fragments of SF6 molecule as well as F+ and F{2/+} ions at electron-impact dissociative ionization of SF n ( n = 1-6) molecules is presented. Theoretical methods of GAMESS software package were used to calculate the total energies of neutral and charged molecular and atomic fragments. The dissociative ionization process is concluded to occur via repulsive highly-excited electronic states of the SF6 molecule and its fragments, due to which the observed appearance energies exceed the theoretical values. The electron binding energies on the molecular orbitals in the SF6 molecule are compared with the ion fragment appearance energies.

  20. A combination thermal dissociation/electron impact ionization source for RIB generation

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    Alton, G.D.; Cui, B.; Welton, R.F.

    1996-12-31

    The flourishing interest in radioactive ion beams (RIBs) with intensities adequate for astrophysics and nuclear physics research place a premium on targets that will swiftly release trace amounts of short lived radio-nuclei in the presence of bulk quantities of target material and ion sources that have the capability of efficiently ionizing the release products. Because of the low probability of simultaneously dissociating and efficiently ionizing the individual atomic constituents of molecules containing the element of interest with conventional, hot-cathode, electron-impact ion sources, the species of interest is often distributed in several mass channels in the form of molecular sideband beams and, consequently, the intensity is diluted. The authors have conceived an ion source that combines the excellent molecular dissociation properties of a thermal dissociator and the high efficiency characteristics of an electron impact ionization source to address these problems. If the concept proves to be a viable option, the source will be used as a complement to the electron beam plasma ion sources already in use at the HRIBF. The design features and principles of operation of the source are described in this article.

  1. Electron-impact ionization of helium: A comprehensive experiment benchmarks theory

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    Ren, X.; Pflueger, T.; Senftleben, A.; Xu, S.; Dorn, A.; Ullrich, J.; Bray, I.; Fursa, D.V.; Colgan, J.; Pindzola, M.S.

    2011-05-15

    Single ionization of helium by 70.6-eV electron impact is studied in a comprehensive experiment covering a major part of the entire collision kinematics and the full 4{pi} solid angle for the emitted electron. The absolutely normalized triple-differential experimental cross sections are compared with results from the convergent close-coupling (CCC) and the time-dependent close-coupling (TDCC) theories. Whereas excellent agreement with the TDCC prediction is only found for equal energy sharing, the CCC calculations are in excellent agreement with essentially all experimentally observed dynamical features, including the absolute magnitude of the cross sections.

  2. The energy distribution cross section in threshold electron-atom impact ionization

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    Temkin, A.

    1974-01-01

    The flatness of the energy differential cross section in impact ionization is derived analytically in the Wannier theory. However it is shown that the Wannier zone is confined to a region of the order E/5 is less than or equal to epsilon is less than or equal to 4E/5, where E is the available energy and epsilon is the energy of the electrons. By contrasting the known results of photoionization and photodetachment, one can cogently argue that in the complementary region where electrons share their energy very unequally the cross section rises to a value independent of E, and that this region determines the form of the threshold law.

  3. Scaling law for total electron-impact ionization cross sections of Li-like ions

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    Ancarani, L.U.; Hervieux, P.-A.

    2005-09-15

    Experimental total cross sections for direct electron-impact ionization of the valence electron of several Li-like ions are seen to follow a new ab initio scaling law which is inspired by a Coulomb-Born model and the frozen-core Hartree-Fock approximation. The predictive character of this scaling law should be very useful to experimentalists and can be used to complete data tables needed for plasma or astrophysical studies. A single-parameter fit of the best available experimental data, once scaled, provides us with a single formula, for moderately charged Li-like ions, which is more accurate than Lotz semiempirical formula.

  4. Total Electron-Impact Ionization Cross-Sections of CFx and NFx (x = 1 - 3)

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    Huo, Winifred M.; Tarnovsky, Vladimir; Becker, Kurt H.; Kwak, Dochan (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    The discrepancy between experimental and theoretical total electron-impact ionization cross sections for a group of fluorides, CFx, and NFx, (x = 1 - 3), is attributed to the inadequacies in previous theoretical models. Cross-sections calculated using a recently developed siBED (simulation Binary-Encounter-Dipole) model that takes into account the shielding of the long-range dipole potential between the scattering electron and target are in agreement with experimentation. The present study also carefully reanalyzed the previously reported experimental data to account for the possibility of incomplete collection of fragment ions and the presence of ion-pair formation channels. For NF3, our experimental and theoretical cross-sections compare well with the total ionization cross-sections recently reported by Haaland et al. in the region below dication formation.

  5. Fragment appearance energies in dissociative ionization of a sulfur hexafluoride molecule by electron impact

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    Demesh, Sh. Sh.; Zavilopulo, A. N.; Shpenik, O. B.; Remeta, E. Yu.

    2015-06-01

    Theoretical analysis of the fragment appearance energies corresponding to possible channels of formation of SF{/k +} fragments in dissociative ionization of the SF6 molecule by an electron impact is carried out. The total energies of neutral and ion molecular and atomic fragments are calculated using the theoretical methods of the GAMESS program complex. It is concluded that apart from dissociative ionization via autoionizing repulsive electronic states of the SF6 molecule, the excitation channels for SF{/k +} fragments and F2 molecules play a significant role, which leads to higher values of the observed fragment appearance energy as compared to theoretical values. The dependence of the energy corresponding to the formation of SF{/k +} c fragments on the number k of fluorine atoms is considered.

  6. Electron Impact Ionization: A New Parameterization for 100 eV to 1 MeV Electrons

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    Fang, Xiaohua; Randall, Cora E.; Lummerzheim, Dirk; Solomon, Stanley C.; Mills, Michael J.; Marsh, Daniel; Jackman, Charles H.; Wang, Wenbin; Lu, Gang

    2008-01-01

    Low, medium and high energy electrons can penetrate to the thermosphere (90-400 km; 55-240 miles) and mesosphere (50-90 km; 30-55 miles). These precipitating electrons ionize that region of the atmosphere, creating positively charged atoms and molecules and knocking off other negatively charged electrons. The precipitating electrons also create nitrogen-containing compounds along with other constituents. Since the electron precipitation amounts change within minutes, it is necessary to have a rapid method of computing the ionization and production of nitrogen-containing compounds for inclusion in computationally-demanding global models. A new methodology has been developed, which has parameterized a more detailed model computation of the ionizing impact of precipitating electrons over the very large range of 100 eV up to 1,000,000 eV. This new parameterization method is more accurate than a previous parameterization scheme, when compared with the more detailed model computation. Global models at the National Center for Atmospheric Research will use this new parameterization method in the near future.

  7. Energy and angle differential cross sections for the electron-impact double ionization of helium

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    Colgan, James P; Pindzola, M S; Robicheaux, F

    2008-01-01

    Energy and angle differential cross sections for the electron-impact double ionization of helium are calculated using a non-perturbative time-dependent close-coupling method. Collision probabilities are found by projection of a time evolved nine dimensional coordinate space wave function onto fully antisymmetric products of spatial and spin functions representing three outgoing Coulomb waves. At an incident energy of 106 eV, we present double energy differential cross sections and pentuple energy and angle differential cross sections. The pentuple energy and angle differential cross sections are found to be in relative agreement with the shapes observed in recent (e,3e) reaction microscope experiments. Integration of the differential cross sections over all energies and angles yields a total ionization cross section that is also in reasonable agreement with absolute crossed-beams experiments.

  8. Storage Ring Cross Section Measurements for Electron Impact Ionization of Fe7+

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    Hahn, M.; Becker, A.; Bernhardt, D.; Grieser, M.; Krantz, C.; Lestinsky, M.; Müller, A.; Novotný, O.; Repnow, R.; Schippers, S.; Spruck, K.; Wolf, A.; Savin, D. W.

    2015-11-01

    We have measured electron impact ionization for Fe7+ from the ionization threshold up to 1200 eV. The measurements were performed using the TSR heavy ion storage ring. The ions were stored long enough prior to measurements to remove most metastables, resulting in a beam of 94% ground-level ions. Comparing with the previously recommended atomic data, we find that the Arnaud & Raymond cross section is up to about 40% larger than our measurement, with the largest discrepancies below about 400 eV. The cross section of Dere agrees to within 10%, which is about the magnitude of the experimental uncertainties. The remaining discrepancies between our measurement and the Dere calculations are likely due to shortcomings in the theoretical treatment of the excitation-autoionization contribution.

  9. Storage ring cross section measurements for electron impact ionization of Fe8+

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    Hahn, M.; Becker, A.; Bernhardt, D.; Grieser, M.; Krantz, C.; Lestinsky, M.; Müller, A.; Novotný, O.; Pindzola, M. S.; Repnow, R.; Schippers, S.; Spruck, K.; Wolf, A.; Savin, D. W.

    2016-04-01

    We have measured electron impact ionization (EII) for Fe8+ forming Fe9+ from below the ionization threshold to 1200 eV. These measurements were carried out at the TSR heavy ion storage ring. The objective of using a storage ring is to store the ion beam initially so that metastable levels decay, thereby allowing for measurements on a well-defined ground-level ion beam. In this case, however, some metastable levels were too long lived to be removed. We discuss several methods for quantifying the metastable fraction, which we estimate to be ∼30%–40%. Although metastables remain problematic, the present storage ring work improves upon other experimental geometries by limiting the metastable contamination to only a few long-lived excited levels. We discuss some future prospects for obtaining improved measurements of Fe8+ and other ions with long-lived metastable levels.

  10. Single electron ionization of NH3 and CH4 by swift proton impact

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    Tachino, C. A.; Monti, J. M.; Fojón, O. A.; Champion, C.; Rivarola, R. D.

    2015-01-01

    Single ionization from ammonia and methane molecules by impact of protons is analysed. Double differential cross sections are calculated, within the post- and prior-versions of the continuum distorted wave-eikonal initial state (CDW-EIS) model, considering two different representations of the initial bound state of the active electron. A comparison between both set of results shows a very little sensitivity of the double differential cross sections to the initial state representation in the case of ammonia molecules. On the other hand, discrepancies are found when CH4 molecular target is considered, showing that in this case the description of the corresponding molecular orbitals influences the cross section calculations.

  11. Electron-impact dissociative double ionization of N2 and CO: Dependence of transition probability on impact energy

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    Pandey, A.; Kumar, P.; Banerjee, S. B.; Subramanian, K. P.; Bapat, B.

    2016-04-01

    We present an experimental and computational analysis of dissociative double ionization of N2 and CO molecules under electron impact. Experiments are performed at three energies, viz. 1, 3, and 5 keV, in order to observe the effect of impact energy on the dissociative ionization kinematics. We compare the kinetic energy release (KER) distributions of the charge symmetric dissociation channels of N22 + and CO2 + at these impact energies. An approximately linear trend between the transition energy and the expected KER values is inferred on the basis of the calculated potential energy curves of the dications. Experimentally, the normalized differential KER cross sections for these channels show an increasing trend in the low KER range and a decreasing trend in the high KER range as the electron-impact energy is increased. This observation indicates that the transition probability for excitation to different molecular ion states is not only a function of energy difference between the ground and excited states, but also a complicated function of the impact energy. In addition, nature of the observed trend in the differential KER cross sections differs significantly from their differential transition probability, which are calculated using inelastic collision model for fast-electron-impact case.

  12. Monte Carlo calculation of electron initiated impact ionization in bulk zinc-blende and wurtzite GaN

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    Kolník, Ján; Oǧuzman, Ismail H.; Brennan, Kevin F.; Wang, Rongping; Ruden, P. Paul

    1997-01-01

    Calculations of the high-field electronic transport properties of bulk zinc-blende and wurtzite phase gallium nitride are presented focusing particularly on the electron initiated impact ionization rate. The calculations are performed using ensemble Monte Carlo simulations, which include the full details of the band structure derived from an empirical pseudopotential method. The model also includes the numerically generated electron impact ionization transition rate, calculated based on the pseudopotential band structures for both crystallographic phases. The electron initiated impact ionization coefficients are calculated as a function of the applied electric field. The electron distribution is found to be cooler and the ionization coefficients are calculated to be lower in the wurtzite phase as compared to zinc-blende gallium nitride at compatable electric-field strengths. The higher electron energies and the resulting larger impact ionization coefficients in zinc-blende gallium nitride are believed to result from the combined effects of a lower density of states and phonon scattering rate for energies near and below 3 eV above the conduction-band minimum, and a somewhat higher ionization transition rate compared to the wurtzite phase. The nature of the impact ionization threshold in both phases of gallium nitride is predicted to be soft. Although there is considerable uncertainty in the knowledge of the scattering rates and the band structure at high energies which lead to uncertainty in the Monte Carlo calculations, the results presented provide a first estimate of what the electron initiated impact ionization rate in GaN can be expected to be.

  13. Triple Differential Cross Sections for Ionization of Laser-Aligned Mg Atoms by electron impact

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    Amami, Sadek; Madison, Don; Nixon, Kate; Murray, Andrew

    2013-09-01

    3DW (3-body distorted wave) triple differential cross sections have been calculated for electron impact ionization of magnesium atoms aligned by lasers. Calculations have been performed for the kinematics of the experiment performed by Kate Nixon and Andrew Murray at Manchester, England [K. L. Nixon and A. J. Murray 2011 Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 123201]. An incident projectile was produced with energy of 41.91eV, scattered and ejected electrons were detected with equal energies (E1 =E2 =20eV), the scattered projectile was detected at a fixed angle of 30deg, and the ejected electrons were detected at angles ranging between 0circ; - 180circ; . The theoretical 3DW results will be compared with the experimental data. This work is supported by the US National Science Foundation under Grant.No.PHY-1068237.

  14. Electrochemical Etching and Characterization of Sharp Field Emission Points for Electron Impact Ionization.

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    Van Well, Tyler L; Redshaw, Matthew; Gamage, Nadeesha D; Kandegedara, R M Eranjan B

    2016-01-01

    A new variation of the drop-off method for fabricating field emission points by electrochemically etching tungsten rods in a NaOH solution is described. The results of studies in which the etching current and the molarity of the NaOH solution used in the etching process were varied are presented. The investigation of the geometry of the tips, by imaging them with a scanning electron microscope, and by operating them in field emission mode is also described. The field emission tips produced are intended to be used as an electron beam source for ion production via electron impact ionization of background gas or vapor in Penning trap mass spectrometry applications. PMID:27500824

  15. Theoretical and Experimental Triple Differential Cross Sections for Electron Impact Ionization of SF6

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    Chaluvadi, Hari; Nixon, Kate; Murray, Andrew; Ning, Chuangang; Colgan, James; Madison, Don

    2014-10-01

    Experimental and theoretical Triply Differential Cross Sections (TDCS) will be presented for electron-impact ionization of sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) for the molecular orbital 1t1g. M3DW (molecular 3-body distorted wave) results will be compared with experiment for coplanar geometry and for perpendicular plane geometry (a plane which is perpendicular to the incident beam direction). In both cases, the final state electron energies and observation angles are symmetric and the final state electron energies range from 5 eV to 40 eV. It will be shown that there is a large difference between using the OAMO (orientation averaged molecular orbital) approximation and the proper average over all orientations and also that the proper averaged results are in much better agreement with experiment. Work supported by NSF under Grant Number PHY-1068237. Computational work was performed with Institutional resources made available through Los Alamos National Laboratory.

  16. Relativistic calculations of cross sections for ionization of U90+ and U91+ ions by electron impact

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    Fontes, Christopher J.; Sampson, Douglas H.; Zhang, Hong Lin

    1995-01-01

    Relativistic distorted-wave calculations have been made of the cross sections for electron-impact ionization of U90+ and U91+ ions with the generalized Breit interaction included between bound and free electrons. Good agreement is obtained with recent electron-beam ion-trap experiments [R. E. Marrs, S. R. Elliott, and D. A. Knapp, Phys. Rev. Lett. 72, 4082 (1994)].

  17. A vortex line for K-shell ionization of a carbon atom by electron impact

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    Ward, S. J.; Macek, J. H.

    2014-10-01

    We obtained using the Coulomb-Born approximation a deep minimum in the TDCS for K-shell ionization of a carbon atom by electron impact for the electron ejected in the scattering plane. The minimum is obtained for the kinematics of the energy of incident electron Ei = 1801.2 eV, the scattering angle θf = 4°, the energy of the ejected electron Ek = 5 . 5 eV, and the angle for the ejected electron θk = 239°. This minimum is due to a vortex in the velocity field. At the position of the vortex, the nodal lines of Re [ T ] and Im [ T ] intersect. We decomposed the CB1 T-matrix into its multipole components for the kinematics of a vortex, taking the z'-axis parallel to the direction of the momentum transfer vector. The m = +/- 1 dipole components are necessary to obtain a vortex. We also considered the electron to be ejected out of the scattering plane and obtained the positions of the vortex for different values of the y-component of momentum of the ejected electron, ky. We constructed the vortex line for the kinematics of Ei = 1801.2 eV and θf = 4°. S.J.W. and J.H.M. acknowledge support from NSF under Grant No. PHYS- 0968638 and from D.O.E. under Grant Number DE-FG02-02ER15283, respectively.

  18. Electron-impact ionization of P-like ions forming Si-like ions

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    Kwon, D.-H.; Savin, D. W.

    2014-03-20

    We have calculated electron-impact ionization (EII) for P-like systems from P to Zn{sup 15+} forming Si-like ions. The work was performed using the flexible atomic code (FAC) which is based on a distorted-wave approximation. All 3ℓ → nℓ' (n = 3-35) excitation-autoionization (EA) channels near the 3p direct ionization threshold and 2ℓ → nℓ' (n = 3-10) EA channels at the higher energies are included. Close attention has been paid to the detailed branching ratios. Our calculated total EII cross sections are compared both with previous FAC calculations, which omitted many of these EA channels, and with the available experimental results. Moreover, for Fe{sup 11+}, we find that part of the remaining discrepancies between our calculations and recent measurements can be accounted for by the inclusion of the resonant excitation double autoionization process. Lastly, at the temperatures where each ion is predicted to peak in abundances in collisional ionization equilibrium, the Maxwellian rate coefficients derived from our calculations differ by 50%-7% from the previous FAC rate coefficients, with the difference decreasing with increasing charge.

  19. Comparison of experimental and theoretical electron-impact-ionization triple-differential cross sections for ethane

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    Ali, Esam; Nixon, Kate; Murray, Andrew; Ning, Chuangang; Colgan, James; Madison, Don

    2015-10-01

    We have recently examined electron-impact ionization of molecules that have one large atom at the center, surrounded by H nuclei (H2O , N H3 , C H4 ). All of these molecules have ten electrons; however, they vary in their molecular symmetry. We found that the triple-differential cross sections (TDCSs) for the highest occupied molecular orbitals (HOMOs) were similar, as was the character of the HOMO orbitals which had a p -type "peanut" shape. In this work, we examine ethane (C2H6 ) which is a molecule that has two large atoms surrounded by H nuclei, so that its HOMO has a double-peanut shape. The experiment was performed using a coplanar symmetric geometry (equal final-state energies and angles). We find the TDCS for ethane is similar to the single-center molecules at higher energies, and is similar to a diatomic molecule at lower energies.

  20. Impact ionization in the base of a hot-electron AlSb/InAs bipolar transistor

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    Vengurlekar, Arvind S.; Capasso, Federico; Chiu, T. Heng

    1990-01-01

    The operation of a new AlSb/InAs heterojunction bipolar transistor is studied. The electrons are injected into a p-InAs base across the AlSb/InAs heterojunction. The conduction-band discontinuity at this heterojunction is sufficiently large so that energy of the electrons injected into InAs exceeds the threshold for generating electron-hole pairs by impact ionization. The observed incremental common base current at zero collector-base bias decreases and becomes negative as the emitter current is increased, thus providing direct evidence for impact ionization entirely by band-edge discontinuities.

  1. Deep minimum in the triple differential cross sections for the electron-impact ionization of He

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    Colgan, James; Feagin, James; Pindzola, Michael

    2012-06-01

    We further explore the unusual deep minimum found in the triple differential cross sections for the electron-impact ionization of helium. This feature has been observed experimentally more than 15 years ago [1] and confirmed via close-coupling calculations [2]. A recent study [3] identified the minimum with a vortex in the two-electron continuum, and an analytic expansion of the electron pair about the vortex has recently been derived [4]. The imaging theorem [3] is invoked to compute the TDCS from the radial wavefunctions propagated in time via solution of the time-dependent Schr"odinger equation for the electron helium system. This allows us to more easily visualize the portion of the wavefunction that contributes to the TDCS at the specific ejected electron angles where the deep minimum is observed. Interesting features in the radial wavefunction as a function of time are found, which appear to be consistent with the prediction [3] that a vortex in the two-electron wavefunction is responsible for the observed deep minimum. [1] A. J. Murray and F. H. Read, J. Phys. B 26, L359 (1993). [2] J. Colgan et al, J. Phys. B. 42, 171001 2009. [3] J. H. Macek, et al, Phys. Rev. Letts. 104, 033201 (2010). [4] J. M. F Feagin, J. Phys. B 44, 011001 (2011).

  2. Calculation of electron-impact ionization using the J-matrix method

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    Konovalov, D. A.; Bray, I.

    2010-08-15

    The J-matrix approach to electron-atom scattering is applied to ionization processes. We consider the Temkin-Poet model of e-H ionization. Convergence issues are studied with greater detail than previously possible using other close-coupling methods. The numerical strengths of the technique are emphasized with the long-term goal of application to ionization-plus-excitation processes.

  3. Observation of interatomic Coulombic decay and electron-transfer-mediated decay in high-energy electron-impact ionization of Ar2

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    Yan, S.; Zhang, P.; Ma, X.; Xu, S.; Li, B.; Zhu, X. L.; Feng, W. T.; Zhang, S. F.; Zhao, D. M.; Zhang, R. T.; Guo, D. L.; Liu, H. P.

    2013-10-01

    We measured the kinetic energy distributions of the fragment ions of doubly and quadruply ionized argon dimers using 3000 eV electron impact. For the dissociation of (Ar2)2+, the peak that indicates radiative charge transfer is observed, where the outer-shell ionization (dominant in highly charged ion collision) and the inner-shell ionization (preferential in x-ray experiments) have approximately equal contributions. For the dissociation of (Ar2)4+, the interatomic Coulombic decay and electron-transfer-mediated decay are first observed in the electron-impact process.

  4. Theoretical and Experimental Triple Differential Cross Sections for Electron Impact Ionization of Methane

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    Ch, Haari; Xu, Shenyue; Ning, Chuangang; Madison, Don; Ren, Xueguang; Pflueger, Thomas; Senftleben, Arne; Dorn, Alexander; Ullrich, Joachim

    2011-05-01

    Triple differential cross sections have been calculated and measured for 54 eV electron-impact ionization of the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) 1t2 state of methane (CH4). Results will be presented both for the scattering plane and a plane in which the ejected electron is perpendicular to the incident beam direction. A systematic comparison between theoretical DWBA (distorted wave Born approximation), M3DW (molecular 3-body distorted wave), and experiment will be given for ejected electron energies ranging between 5 eV to 20 eV and scattered projectile angles ranging between 20 degrees and 55 degrees. In the perpendicular plane, better qualitative agreement between experiment and theory was found for the smaller projectile scattering angles and higher ejected electron energies. In the scattering plane on the other hand, agreement between theory and experiment tended to be better for the lower ejected electron energies. This work was supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant. No. PHY-0757749.

  5. Second-order Born approximation for the ionization of molecules by electron and positron impact

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    Dal Cappello, C.; Rezkallah, Z.; Houamer, S.; Charpentier, I.; Hervieux, P. A.; Ruiz-Lopez, M. F.; Dey, R.; Roy, A. C.

    2011-09-15

    Second-order Born approximation is applied to study the ionization of molecules. The initial and final states are described by single-center wave functions. For the initial state a Gaussian wave function is used while for the ejected electron it is a distorted wave. Results of the present model are compared with recent (e,2e) experiments on the water molecule. Preliminary results are also presented for the ionization of the thymine molecule by electrons and positrons.

  6. Electron-impact excitation and ionization cross sections for ground state and excited helium atoms

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    Ralchenko, Yu. Janev, R.K.; Kato, T.; Fursa, D.V.; Bray, I.; Heer, F.J. de

    2008-07-15

    Comprehensive and critically assessed cross sections for the electron-impact excitation and ionization of ground state and excited helium atoms are presented. All states (atomic terms) with n{<=}4 are treated individually, while the states with n{>=}5 are considered degenerate. For the processes involving transitions to and from n{>=}5 levels, suitable cross section scaling relations are presented. For a large number of transitions, from both ground and excited states, convergent close coupling calculations were performed to achieve a high accuracy of the data. The evaluated/recommended cross section data are presented by analytic fit functions, which preserve the correct asymptotic behavior of the cross sections. The cross sections are also displayed in graphical form.

  7. S-model calculations for high-energy-electron-impact double ionization of helium

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    Gasaneo, G.; Mitnik, D. M.; Randazzo, J. M.; Ancarani, L. U.; Colavecchia, F. D.

    2013-04-01

    In this paper the double ionization of helium by high-energy electron impact is studied. The corresponding four-body Schrödinger equation is transformed into a set of driven equations containing successive orders in the projectile-target interaction. The transition amplitude obtained from the asymptotic limit of the first-order solution is shown to be equivalent to the familiar first Born approximation. The first-order driven equation is solved within a generalized Sturmian approach for an S-wave (e,3e) model process with high incident energy and small momentum transfer corresponding to published measurements. Two independent numerical implementations, one using spherical and the other hyperspherical coordinates, yield mutual agreement. From our ab initio solution, the transition amplitude is extracted, and single differential cross sections are calculated and could be taken as benchmark values to test other numerical methods in a previously unexplored energy domain.

  8. Experimental and Theoretical Fully differential cross sections for electron impact ionization of phenol molecules

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    Ali, Esam; Jones, D.; Silva, G.; Chiari, L.; Neves, R.; Lopes, M.; Brunger, M.; Ning, C.; Madison, D.

    2014-10-01

    Experimental and theoretical Fully Differential Cross Sections (FDCS) are presented for 250 eV electron impact ionization of the highest and next highest occupied molecular orbitals (HOMO and NHOMO). Theoretical results are compared with experiment for in plane scattering with projectile scattering angles of 5°, 10°, and 15°. Different theoretical models are examined - the molecular 3 body distorted wave (M3DW), and the distorted wave Born approximation (DWBA), with the effects of the post collision interaction (PCI) treated either exactly or with the Ward-Macek approximations. These approximations show good agreement with experimental data for binary peaks. However, for the recoil peak region, experiment finds a noticeable peak while theory predicts no peak. No recoil peak suggests no (or very weak) nuclear scattering, so we have investigated the importance of nuclear scattering by moving the nuclei closer to the center of mass. Work supported by NSF and the XSEDE.

  9. A (e,2e +ion) study of low-energy electron-impact ionization of THF

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    Ali, Esam; Ren, Xueguang; Ning, Chuangang; Dorn, Alexander; Madison, Don

    2015-09-01

    We have investigated the Fully Differential Cross Sections (FDCS) for electron impact induced ionization of THF (C4H8O) by low-energy (Eo = 26 eV) for three different orbital states of the highest, next highest, and next-next highest occupied molecular orbitals (HOMO, NHOMO, and Next NHOMO). Theoretical results are compared with experiment for in plane scattering with projectile scattering angles of 15°, 25°, 35°, and 50°. Different theoretical models are examined - the molecular 3 body distorted wave (M3DW), and the distorted wave Born approximation (DWBA), with the effects of the post collision interaction (PCI) treated either exactly or with the Ward-Macek approximations. This work is supported by the US National Science Foundation under Grant No. PHY-1068237 and XSEDE resources provided by the Texas Advanced Computing Center (Grant No. TG-MCA07S029).

  10. Ionization cross sections and rate coefficients for CFCl3 molecule by electron impact

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    Pal, Satyendra; Kumar, Neeraj

    2013-09-01

    Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) or freons are important industrial material with wide-ranging applications as refrigerant, aerosol propellant and semiconductor etchant, etc. The large-scale industrial consumption is of particular environmental concern because of its potential for ozone destruction in the stratosphere. The present work reports the calculations for differential cross sections as a function of secondary/ ejected electron energy and the scattering angle in the ionization of CFCl3 by electron collision leading to the production of various cations viz. CCl3+,CFCl2+,CCl2+,CFCl+, CCl+, Cl+, CF+, F+, and C+ through direct and dissociative ionization processes at a fixed incident electron energy of 200 eV. A modified Jain-Khare semi-empirical formalism based on oscillator strength has been employed. To the best of our knowledge, no experimental and/or theoretical data is available for comparison of the present results for differential cross sections. The corresponding derived integral cross sections in terms of the partial ionization cross sections corresponding to these cations, in the energy range varying from ionization threshold to 1000 eV, revealed a reasonably good agreement with the experimental and theoretical data, wherever available. In addition to the differential and integral ionization cross sections, we have also calculated the ionization rate coefficients using the evaluated partial ionization cross sections and the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution as a function of electron energy.

  11. Molecular Data for a Biochemical Model of DNA Radiation Damage: Electron Impact Ionization and Dissociative Ionization of DNA Bases and Sugar-Phosphate Backbone

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    Dateo, Christopher E.; Fletcher, Graham D.

    2004-01-01

    As part of the database for building up a biochemical model of DNA radiation damage, electron impact ionization cross sections of sugar-phosphate backbone and DNA bases have been calculated using the improved binary-encounter dipole (iBED) model. It is found that the total ionization cross sections of C3'- and C5'-deoxyribose-phospate, two conformers of the sugar-phosphate backbone, are close to each other. Furthermore, the sum of the ionization cross sections of the separate deoxyribose and phosphate fragments is in close agreement with the C3'- and C5'-deoxyribose-phospate cross sections, differing by less than 10%. Of the four DNA bases, the ionization cross section of guanine is the largest, then in decreasing order, adenine, thymine, and cytosine. The order is in accordance with the known propensity of oxidation of the bases by ionizing radiation. Dissociative ionization (DI), a process that both ionizes and dissociates a molecule, is investigated for cytosine. The DI cross section for the formation of H and (cytosine-Hl)(+), with the cytosine ion losing H at the 1 position, is also reported. The threshold of this process is calculated to be 17.1 eV. Detailed analysis of ionization products such as in DI is important to trace the sequential steps in the biochemical process of DNA damage.

  12. Electron-impact excitation and ionization of W3+ for the determination of tungsten influx in a fusion plasma

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    Ballance, C. P.; Loch, S. D.; Pindzola, M. S.; Griffin, D. C.

    2013-03-01

    Tungsten will be employed as a plasma facing material in the ITER fusion reactor under construction in Cadarache, France; therefore, there is a significant need for accurate electron-impact excitation and ionization data for the ions of tungsten. We report on the results of extensive calculations of ionization and excitation for W3+ that are intended to provide the atomic data needed for the determination of impurity influx diagnostics of tungsten in several existing tokamak reactors. The electron-impact excitation rate coefficients for this study were determined using the relativistic R-matrix method. The contribution to direct electron-impact ionization was determined using the distorted-wave approximation, the accuracy of which was verified by an R-matrix with pseudo states calculation. Contributions to total ionization from excitation autoionization were also generated from the relativistic R-matrix method. These results were then employed to calculate values of ionization per emitted photon, or SXB ratios, for four carefully selected spectral lines; these data will allow the determination of impurity influx from tungsten facing surfaces. For the range of densities of importance in the edge region of a tokamak reactor, these SXB ratios are found to be nearly independent of electron density but vary significantly with electron temperature.

  13. Evaluation of the computational methods for electron-impact total ionization cross sections: Fluoromethanes as benchmarks

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    Torres, I.; Martínez, R.; Sánchez Rayo, M. N.; Castaño, F.

    2001-09-01

    The experimental electron-impact total ionization cross sections (TICSs, ICSs) of CF4, CHF3, CH2F2, and CH3F fluoromethanes reported so far and a new set of data obtained with a linear double focusing time-of-flight mass spectrometer have been compared with the ab initio and (semi)empirical based ICS available methods. TICSs computational methods include: two approximations of the binary-encounter dipole (BED) referred to hereafter as Kim (Kim-BEB) and Khare (Khare-BEB) methods, the Deutsch and Märk (DM) formalism, also requiring atomic and molecular ab initio information, the modified additivity rule (MAR), and the Harland and Vallance (HV) methods, both based on semiempirical or empirical correlations. The molecular ab initio information required by the Kim, Khare, and DM methods has been computed at a variety of quantum chemistry levels, with and without electron correlation and a comprehensive series of basis sets. The general conclusions are summarized as follows: the Kim method yields TICS in excellent agreement with the experimental method; the Khare method provides TICS very close to that of Kim at low electron-impact energies (<100 eV), but their Mott and Bethe contributions are noticeably different; in the Kim and Khare approximations the electron correlation methods improve the fittings to the experimental profiles in contrast with the large basis sets, that leads to poorer results; the DM formalism yields TICS profiles with shapes similar to the experimental and the BEB methods, but consistently lower and with the profiles maxima shifted towards lower incident electron energies; the MAR method supplies very good ICS profiles, between those of BEB and DM methods; finally, the empirical HV method provides rather poor fittings concomitant with the simplicity and the few empirical parameters used.

  14. Optical potential approach to the electron-atom impact ionization threshold problem

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    Temkin, A.; Hahn, Y.

    1973-01-01

    The problem of the threshold law for electron-atom impact ionization is reconsidered as an extrapolation of inelastic cross sections through the ionization threshold. The cross sections are evaluated from a distorted wave matrix element, the final state of which describes the scattering from the Nth excited state of the target atom. The actual calculation is carried for the e-H system, and a model is introduced which is shown to preserve the essential properties of the problem while at the same time reducing the dimensionability of the Schrodinger equation. Nevertheless, the scattering equation is still very complex. It is dominated by the optical potential which is expanded in terms of eigen-spectrum of QHQ. It is shown by actual calculation that the lower eigenvalues of this spectrum descend below the relevant inelastic thresholds; it follows rigorously that the optical potential contains repulsive terms. Analytical solutions of the final state wave function are obtained with several approximations of the optical potential.

  15. Exchange distortion and postcollision interaction for intermediate-energy electron-impact ionization of argon

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    Prideaux, A.; Madison, D. H.; Bartschat, K.

    2005-09-01

    Measurements of fully differential cross sections for electron impact ionization of atoms have been performed for over 30 years. However, only within the last ten years has agreement between experiment and theory been achieved for ionization of hydrogen and helium. For the heavier inert gases, reasonably good agreement between experiment and theory has only been achieved for high incident energies while serious discrepancies are common for intermediate and low incident energies. It is believed that a major source of the problem stems from an improper/inadequate treatment of exchange distortion (ED) and the effects of post-collision interactions (PCIs). In this paper, two different methods for including ED are examined—one based upon the R matrix (close-coupling) approach and one originating from the single-configuration Hartree-Fock approach. In general, these two methods predict significant, but different, ED effects. The importance of PCI is studied by including the final-state Coulomb interaction directly in the final-state wave function. This procedure guarantees that PCI effects will be included to all orders of perturbation theory. For intermediate energies, PCI is an important effect and leads to an overall improvement in the agreement between experiment and theory.

  16. Exchange distortion and postcollision interaction for intermediate-energy electron-impact ionization of argon

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    Prideaux, A.; Madison, D.H.; Bartschat, K.

    2005-09-15

    Measurements of fully differential cross sections for electron impact ionization of atoms have been performed for over 30 years. However, only within the last ten years has agreement between experiment and theory been achieved for ionization of hydrogen and helium. For the heavier inert gases, reasonably good agreement between experiment and theory has only been achieved for high incident energies while serious discrepancies are common for intermediate and low incident energies. It is believed that a major source of the problem stems from an improper/inadequate treatment of exchange distortion (ED) and the effects of post-collision interactions (PCIs). In this paper, two different methods for including ED are examined--one based upon the R matrix (close-coupling) approach and one originating from the single-configuration Hartree-Fock approach. In general, these two methods predict significant, but different, ED effects. The importance of PCI is studied by including the final-state Coulomb interaction directly in the final-state wave function. This procedure guarantees that PCI effects will be included to all orders of perturbation theory. For intermediate energies, PCI is an important effect and leads to an overall improvement in the agreement between experiment and theory.

  17. Cross sections of electron capture and electron capture ionization versus the impact parameter in collisions of a proton with multielectron atoms

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    Afrosimov, V. V.; Basalaev, A. A.; Ogurtsov, G. N.; Panov, M. N.

    2014-05-01

    The absolute differential cross sections of scattering of hydrogen atoms resulting from an electron capture and an electron capture ionization are measured for collisions of 4.5- and 11-keV protons with argon and xenon atoms. The range of scattering angles is 0°-2°. From the scattering differential cross section found experimentally, the probabilities of single-electron capture and electron capture ionization as a function of the impact parameter are calculated. The dependences of the incident particle scattering angle on the impact parameter (deviation function) for interactions with Ar and Xe atoms are calculated in terms of classical mechanics using the Moliére—Yukawa potential to describe the interaction of atomic particles. Analysis is given to the probabilities of electron capture and electron capture ionization versus the impact parameter and to the distribution of the electron density on different electron shells in a target atom versus a distance to the core. It is concluded that only electrons from the outer shell of the target atom are involved in the process of electron capture ionization. The cross section of electron capture ionization is calculated in the proton energy range 5-20 keV.

  18. STORAGE RING CROSS-SECTION MEASUREMENTS FOR ELECTRON IMPACT SINGLE AND DOUBLE IONIZATION OF Fe{sup 9+} AND SINGLE IONIZATION OF Fe{sup 10+}

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    Hahn, M.; Novotny, O.; Savin, D. W.; Becker, A.; Grieser, M.; Krantz, C.; Wolf, A.; Lestinsky, M.; Repnow, R.; Mueller, A.; Schippers, S.; Spruck, K.

    2012-11-20

    We have measured electron impact ionization from the ground state of Fe{sup 9+} and Fe{sup 10+} over the relative electron-ion collision energy ranges 200-1900 eV and 250-1800 eV, respectively. The ions were confined in an ion storage ring long enough for essentially all metastable levels to radiatively relax to the ground state. For single ionization, we find a number of discrepancies between the existing theoretical cross sections and our results. The calculations appear to neglect some excitation-autoionization (EA) channels, particularly from n = 3 to n' excitations, which are important near threshold, and those from n = 2 {yields} 3 excitations, which contribute at about 650 eV. Conversely, at higher energies the calculations appear to overestimate the importance of EA channels due to excitation into levels where n {>=} 4. The resulting experimental rate coefficients agree with the most recent theory for Fe{sup 9+} to within 16% and for Fe{sup 10+} to within 19% at temperatures where these ions are predicted to form in collisional ionization equilibrium. We have also measured double ionization of Fe{sup 9+} forming Fe{sup 11+} in the energy range 450-3000 eV and found that although there is an appreciable cross section for direct double ionization, the dominant mechanism appears to be through direct ionization of an inner shell electron producing an excited state that subsequently stabilizes through autoionization.

  19. Flow injection of liquid samples to a mass spectrometer with ionization under vacuum conditions: a combined ion source for single-photon and electron impact ionization.

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    Schepler, Claudia; Sklorz, Martin; Passig, Johannes; Famiglini, Giorgio; Cappiello, Achille; Zimmermann, Ralf

    2013-09-01

    Electrospray ionization (ESI), atmospheric pressure chemical ionization (APCI), and atmospheric pressure photo-ionization (APPI) are the most important techniques for the ionization of liquid samples. However, working under atmospheric pressure conditions, all these techniques involve some chemical rather than purely physical processes, and therefore, side reactions often yield to matrix-dependent ionization efficiencies. Here, a system is presented that combines both soft single-photon ionization (SPI) and hard 70 eV electron impact ionization (EI) of dissolved compounds under vacuum conditions. A quadrupole mass spectrometer was modified to enable direct EI, a technique developed by Cappiello et al. to obtain library-searchable EI mass spectra as well as soft SPI mass spectra of sample solutions. An electron beam-pumped rare gas excimer lamp working at 126 nm was used as well as a focusable vacuum UV light source for single-photon ionization. Both techniques, EI and SPI, were applied successfully for flow injection experiments providing library-matchable EI fragment mass spectra and soft SPI mass spectra, showing dominant signals for the molecular ion. Four model compounds were analyzed: hexadecane, propofol, chlorpropham, and eugenol, with detection limits in the picomolar range. This novel combination of EI and SPI promises great analytical benefits, thanks to the possibility of combining database alignment for EI data and molecular mass information provided by SPI. Possible applications for the presented ionization technology system are a matrix-effect-free detection and a rapid screening of different complex mixtures without time-consuming sample preparation or separation techniques (e.g., for analysis of reaction solutions in combinatorial chemistry) or a switchable hard (EI) and soft (SPI) MS method as detection step for liquid chromatography. PMID:23812882

  20. Numerical study of the wave-vector dependence of the electron interband impact ionization rate in bulk GaAs

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    Wang, Yang; Brennan, Kevin F.

    1994-01-01

    Ensemble Monte Carlo calculations of the electron interband impact ionization rate in bulk GaAs are presented using a wave-vector (k)-dependent formulation of the ionization transition rate. The transition rate is evaluated through the use of numerically generated wavefunctions determined via a k-p calculation within the first two conduction bands at numerous points within a finely spaced three-dimensional grid in k space. The transition rate is determined to be greatest for states within the second conduction band. Is is found that the interband impact ionization transition rate in bulk GaAs is best characterized as having an exceedingly soft threshold energy. As a consequence, the dead space, defined as the distance over which the ionization probability for a given carrier is assumed to be zero, is estimated to be much larger than that estimated using a harder threshold. These results have importance in the design of the multiquantum-well avalanche photodiodes.

  1. Numerical Study of the Wave-Vector Dependence of the Electron Interband Impact Ionization Rate in Bulk GaAs

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    Wang, Yang; Brennan, Kevin F.

    1994-01-01

    Ensemble Monte Carlo calculations of the electron interband impact ionization rate in bulk GaAs are presented using a wave-vector (k)-dependent formulation of the ionization transition rate. The transition rate is evaluated through use of numerically generated wavefunctions determined via a k-p calculation within the first two conduction bonds at numerous points within a finely spaced three-dimensional grid in k space. The transition rate is determined to be greatest for states within the second conduction band. It is found that the interband impact ionization transition rate in bulk GaAs is best characterized as having an exceedingly "soft" threshold energy. As a consequence, the dead space, defined as the distance over which the ionization probability for a given carrier is assumed to be zero, is estimated to be-much larger than that estimated using a "harder" threshold. These results have importance in the design of multiquantum-well avalanche photodiodes.

  2. Impact of electron ionization on the generation of high-order harmonics from molecules

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    Brener, S.; Moiseyev, N.; Ivanov, M. V.

    2003-08-01

    When the laser frequency is tuned to be equal to the molecular electronic excitation, high-order harmonics are generated due to the electronic dipole transitions between the corresponding two potential-energy surfaces (PES). A natural, often taken, choice is the PES of the field-free molecular system. In this special choice the ionization phenomenon is not considered. Only the effect of the dissociation is considered. The method we developed enables one to remain within the framework of the 2-PES approximation and yet to include also the ionization effect in the calculations of molecular high-order harmonic generation spectra. In this approach the coupling between the electronic and nuclear motions is taken into consideration by using coupled complex adiabatic PES. As an illustrative numerical example, we calculated the high harmonic generation (HHG) spectra of H{sub 2}{sup +} in a 730-nm laser with the intensity of 8.77x10{sup 13} W/cm{sup 2}. The inclusion of the ionization in our approach not only enables the electrons to tunnel through the effective static potential barrier, but also apply an asymmetric force which accelerates the electron before ionization takes place. Therefore, indirectly the inclusion of the ionization by the laser field may lead eventually to an enhanced HHG spectra in comparison with the calculated one when the ''natural'' choice of the field-free 2PES is taken.

  3. Gridded electron reversal ionizer

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    Chutjian, Ara (Inventor)

    1993-01-01

    A gridded electron reversal ionizer forms a three dimensional cloud of zero or near-zero energy electrons in a cavity within a filament structure surrounding a central electrode having holes through which the sample gas, at reduced pressure, enters an elongated reversal volume. The resultant negative ion stream is applied to a mass analyzer. The reduced electron and ion space-charge limitations of this configuration enhances detection sensitivity for material to be detected by electron attachment, such as narcotic and explosive vapors. Positive ions may be generated by generating electrons having a higher energy, sufficient to ionize the target gas and pulsing the grid negative to stop the electron flow and pulsing the extraction aperture positive to draw out the positive ions.

  4. A Universal model for electron impact ionization of K, L and M-shells.

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    Bary Malik, Fazley; Haque, A. K. F.; Uddin, M. A.; Basak, A. K.; Saha, B. C.; Karim, K. R.

    2007-06-01

    A modified version of the original Kolbenstvedt model, which has its roots in quantum electrodynamical description of electron-electron scattering, will be presented. This modified model describes reasonably well cross sections of K-shell ionization of H, He, Li, C, N, O, Mg, Si, P and S, L-shell ionization of Ag, Sn, Ba, Ho, Ta, Au, Pb, Bi and U, M-shell ionization of Pb, Bi and U, from threshold to a few GeV incident energy. The same model with slight modification to account for the ionic charge is also applicable to ionic targets such as Ne^8+, Mo^41+, U^82+ from threshold to a few MeV incident energy. Experimentally observed increase of the cross section at high energies seems to be a consequence of the Møller interaction between two interacting electrons.

  5. Electron impact fragmentation of adenine: partial ionization cross sections for positive fragments

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    van der Burgt, Peter J. M.; Finnegan, Sinead; Eden, Samuel

    2015-07-01

    Using computer-controlled data acquisition we have measured mass spectra of positive ions for electron impact on adenine, with electron energies up to 100 eV. Ion yield curves for 50 ions have been obtained and normalized by comparing their sum to the average of calculated total ionization cross sections. Appearance energies have been determined for 37 ions; for 20 ions for the first time. All appearance energies are consistent with the fragmentation pathways identified in the literature. Second onset energies have been determined for 12 fragment ions (for 11 ions for the first time), indicating the occurrence of more than one fragmentation process e.g. for 39 u (C2HN+) and 70 u (C2H4N3+). Matching ion yield shapes (118-120 u, 107-108 u, 91-92 u, and 54-56 u) provide new evidence supporting closely related fragmentation pathways and are attributed to hydrogen rearrangement immediately preceding the fragmentation. We present the first measurement of the ion yield curve of the doubly charged parent ion (67.5 u), with an appearance energy of 23.5 ± 1.0 eV. Contribution to the Topical Issue "COST Action Nano-IBCT: Nano-scale Processes Behind Ion-Beam Cancer Therapy", edited by Andrey Solov'yov, Nigel Mason, Gustavo García, Eugene Surdutovich.

  6. Importance of the recoil contribution in Two Step 2 mechanism for the electron impact double ionization process

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    Li, C.; Staicu Casagrande, E. M.; Lahmam-Bennani, A.

    2014-04-01

    The second order, Two-Step-2 (TS2) mechanism for electron impact double ionization (DI) of various targets at intermediate incident energy is investigated based on a kinematical analysis which assumes the DI to result from two successive (e,2e) single ionization (SI) events. The results show that under the present kinematics, the inclusion of the recoil scattering in each of these (e,2e)-SI steps (in previous studies only the binary scattering was considered) allows a more detailed understanding of the various peaks observed in the experimental angular distributions of the ejected electrons in both (e,3-1e) and (e,3e) experiments.

  7. Ionization By Impact Electrons in Solids: Electron Mean Free Path Fitted Over A Wide Energy Range

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    Ziaja, B; London, R A; Hajdu, J

    2005-06-09

    We propose a simple formula for fitting the electron mean free paths in solids both at high and at low electron energies. The free-electron-gas approximation used for predicting electron mean free paths is no longer valid at low energies (E < 50 eV), as the band structure effects become significant at those energies. Therefore we include the results of the band structure calculations in our fit. Finally, we apply the fit to 9 elements and 2 compounds.

  8. On a source of electron impact ionization in Io's upstream atmosphere

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    Shaposhnikov, V. E.; Zaitsev, V. V.; Rucker, H. O.; Litvinenko, G. V.; Konovalenko, A. A.

    2013-09-01

    A mechanism for the ionization of Io's atmosphere due to the moon's motion through the Jovian magnetic field is considered. Attention is paid to the important role of charge separation in the upstream part of Io's ionosphere and accumulation of electrons and positive ions on the low and top ionospheric boundaries which results in (a) the creation of longitudinal component (with respect to the Jovian magnetic field lines) of polarization electric field, (b) the driving of Bounemann plasma turbulence, and (c) the heating of electrons and the ionization of neutrals. Estimations show that the proposed mechanism can essentially heat the electrons and increase the electron density. The increase with the plasma density and the electron temperature can result in an ionospheric plasma distribution and overcomes the difficulty with generation of the most bright part of UV emission of the Io's equatorial spots.

  9. Direct evidence of two interatomic relaxation mechanisms in argon dimers ionized by electron impact

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    Ren, Xueguang; Jabbour Al Maalouf, Elias; Dorn, Alexander; Denifl, Stephan

    2016-01-01

    In weakly bound systems like liquids and clusters electronically excited states can relax in inter-particle reactions via the interplay of electronic and nuclear dynamics. Here we report on the identification of two prominent examples, interatomic Coulombic decay (ICD) and radiative charge transfer (RCT), which are induced in argon dimers by electron collisions. After initial ionization of one dimer constituent ICD and RCT lead to the ionization of its neighbour either by energy transfer to or by electron transfer from the neighbour, respectively. By full quintuple-coincidence measurements, we unambiguously identify ICD and RCT, and trace the relaxation dynamics as function of the collisional excited state energies. Such interatomic processes multiply the number of electrons and shift their energies down to the critical 1–10 eV range, which can efficiently cause chemical degradation of biomolecules. Therefore, the observed relaxation channels might contribute to cause efficient radiation damage in biological systems. PMID:27000407

  10. Small-signal modeling with direct parameter extraction for impact ionization effect in high-electron-mobility transistors

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    Guan, He; Lv, Hongliang; Guo, Hui Zhang, Yuming

    2015-11-21

    Impact ionization affects the radio-frequency (RF) behavior of high-electron-mobility transistors (HEMTs), which have narrow-bandgap semiconductor channels, and this necessitates complex parameter extraction procedures for HEMT modeling. In this paper, an enhanced small-signal equivalent circuit model is developed to investigate the impact ionization, and an improved method is presented in detail for direct extraction of intrinsic parameters using two-step measurements in low-frequency and high-frequency regimes. The practicability of the enhanced model and the proposed direct parameter extraction method are verified by comparing the simulated S-parameters with published experimental data from an InAs/AlSb HEMT operating over a wide frequency range. The results demonstrate that the enhanced model with optimal intrinsic parameter values that were obtained by the direct extraction approach can effectively characterize the effects of impact ionization on the RF performance of HEMTs.

  11. Electron impact ionization in the Martian atmosphere: Interplay between scattering and crustal magnetic field effects

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    Lillis, Robert J.; Fang, Xiaohua

    2015-07-01

    Precipitating electrons are typically the dominant source of energy input into Mars' nighttime upper atmosphere, with consequences for atmospheric and ionospheric structure, composition, chemistry, and electrodynamics. Mars' spatially heterogeneous crustal magnetic fields affect the fluxes of precipitating electrons, via both the magnetic mirror force and Gauss' law of conservation of magnetic flux. We use a kinetic electron transport model to examine ionization rate profiles that result from the combination of these magnetic effects and elastic and inelastic scattering by atmospheric neutrals. Specifically, we calculate ionization rates as a function of altitude, crustal magnetic field strength, and the initial energy and pitch angle of the precipitating electrons, covering the relevant ranges of these parameters. Several complex behaviors are exhibited, including bifurcating ionization peaks with distinct characteristics and energy-dependent and crustal field strength-dependent increases in ionization with decreasing pitch angle. Elucidating such behavior is important for understanding the effect of Mars' unique crustal fields on the Mars upper atmosphere and ionosphere, both to predict the consequences of measured electron precipitation and to enable, for the first time, downward coupling of global plasma models with thermosphere-ionosphere models.

  12. Ionization cross-sections for the production of positive ions from H2O by electron impact

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    Rao, M. V. V. S.; Iga, I.; Srivastava, S. K.

    1995-01-01

    Water is present in the atmospheres of 6 of the 9 planets. Cross section values for the direct and partial ionization of H2O by electron impact have been measured and compared with previously published data. The present measurements have been carried out from thresholds to 1 KeV by utilizing a crossed electron beam and molecular beam collision geometry and an improved ion extraction technique.

  13. The study of ionization by electron impact of a substance simulating spent nuclear fuel components

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    Antonov, N. N.; Bochkarev, E. I.; Gavrikov, A. V.; Samokhin, A. A.; Smirnov, V. P.

    2015-11-01

    Plasma sources of model substances are necessary to solve problems associated with development of the spent nuclear fuel (SNF) plasma separation method. Lead was chosen to simulate kinetic and dynamic properties of the heavy SNF components. In this paper we present the results of a study of a lead vapor discharge with a lead concentration of 1012-1013 cm-3. Ionization was carried out by an electron beam (with energy of up to 500 eV per electron) inside a centimeter gap between planar electrodes. The discharge was numerically modeled using the hydrodynamic and single-particle approximation. Current-voltage characteristics and single ionization efficiency were obtained as functions of the vapors concentration and thermoelectric current. An ion current of hundreds of microamperes at the ionization efficiency near tenths of a percent was experimentally obtained. These results are in good agreement with our model.

  14. Electron-impact ionization of benzoic acid, nicotinic acid and their n-butyl esters

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    Opitz, Joachim

    2007-08-01

    Electron-impact ionization mass spectra, the decay of metastable ions, ionization and appearance energies and bond energies, as dissociation energies, are reported for the title compounds. An ionization energy of 9.47 eV was obtained for benzoic acid, 9.43 eV for benzoic acid n-butyl ester, 9.61 eV for nicotinic acid and 9.97 eV for nicotinic acid n-butyl ester. Molecular ions of both butyl esters show two common main fragmentation pathways: the first process is a McLafferty rearrangement, characterized by the transfer of one H-atom from the aliphatic ester chain, which leads to the ions of either the organic acid or 1-butene. From their appearance energies and known thermodynamic data, gas-phase formation enthalpies () of the parent n-butyl esters are calculated. Values of for benzoic acid n-butyl ester and for nicotinic acid n-butyl ester were obtained. The second process is characterized by the transfer of two H-atoms from the ester chain leading to a protonated form of the corresponding organic acids and C4H7 radicals. Good evidence is provided for the formation of methylallyl radicals. Appearance energies are used to calculate a proton affinity (PA) for benzoic acid. The obtained value of PA = (8.73 ± 0.3) eV, corresponding to a protonation of the carbonyl group, is in close corroboration with published data (PA = 8.51 eV). Activation energies for the intermediate H-transfers were found to be insignificant. This methodic gateway is applied to the system of nicotinic acid and its butyl ester. Adopting the formation of a methylallyl radical, the obtained proton affinity of nicotinic acid, PA = 8.58 eV, is very near to the published data of benzoic acid. An alternative fragmentation mechanism leading to a value of PA [approximate] 9.5 eV (typical for a protonation of the pyridine-nitrogen) is very unlikely. It is concluded that this transfer of two H-atoms from the ester chain is controlled by a charge switching between the carboxylic oxygen atoms which leads to

  15. Influence of Electron-Impact Multiple Ionization on Equilibrium and Dynamic Charge State Distributions: A Case Study Using Iron

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    Hahn, M.; Savin, D. W.

    2015-02-01

    We describe the influence of electron-impact multiple ionization (EIMI) on the ionization balance of collisionally ionized plasmas. Previous ionization balance calculations have largely neglected EIMI. Here, EIMI cross-section data are incorporated into calculations of both equilibrium and non-equilibrium charge-state distributions (CSDs). For equilibrium CSDs, we find that EIMI has only a small effect and can usually be ignored. However, for non-equilibrium plasmas the influence of EIMI can be important. In particular, we find that for plasmas in which the temperature oscillates there are significant differences in the CSD when including versus neglecting EIMI. These results have implications for modeling and spectroscopy of impulsively heated plasmas, such as nanoflare heating of the solar corona.

  16. Electron-impact ionization cross sections out of the ground and 6P2 excited states of cesium

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    Łukomski, M.; Sutton, S.; Kedzierski, W.; Reddish, T. J.; Bartschat, K.; Bartlett, P. L.; Bray, I.; Stelbovics, A. T.; McConkey, J. W.

    2006-09-01

    An atom trapping technique for determining absolute, total ionization cross sections (TICS) out of an excited atom is presented. The unique feature of our method is in utilizing Doppler cooling of neutral atoms to determine ionization cross sections. This fluorescence-monitoring experiment, which is a variant of the “trap loss” technique, has enabled us to obtain the experimental electron impact ionization cross sections out of the Cs 6P3/22 state between 7eV and 400eV . CCC, RMPS, and Born theoretical results are also presented for both the ground and excited states of cesium and rubidium. In the low energy region (<11eV) where best agreement between these excited state measurements and theory might be expected, a discrepancy of approximately a factor of five is observed. Above this energy there are significant contributions to the TICS from both autoionization and multiple ionization.

  17. INFLUENCE OF ELECTRON-IMPACT MULTIPLE IONIZATION ON EQUILIBRIUM AND DYNAMIC CHARGE STATE DISTRIBUTIONS: A CASE STUDY USING IRON

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    Hahn, M.; Savin, D. W.

    2015-02-10

    We describe the influence of electron-impact multiple ionization (EIMI) on the ionization balance of collisionally ionized plasmas. Previous ionization balance calculations have largely neglected EIMI. Here, EIMI cross-section data are incorporated into calculations of both equilibrium and non-equilibrium charge-state distributions (CSDs). For equilibrium CSDs, we find that EIMI has only a small effect and can usually be ignored. However, for non-equilibrium plasmas the influence of EIMI can be important. In particular, we find that for plasmas in which the temperature oscillates there are significant differences in the CSD when including versus neglecting EIMI. These results have implications for modeling and spectroscopy of impulsively heated plasmas, such as nanoflare heating of the solar corona.

  18. Role of elastic projectile-electron scattering in double ionization of helium by fast proton impact

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    Schulz, M.; Ciappina, M. F.; Kirchner, T.; Fischer, D.; Moshammer, R.; Ullrich, J.

    2009-04-01

    We present a systematic study of atomic four-body fragmentation dynamics. To this end we have measured a variety of multiple differential double ionization cross sections for 6 MeV p+He collisions. The data are compared to a first-order calculation with correlated electrons and to a simulation representing a second-order process, with some experimental results seemingly in favor of the first, others in agreement with the second approach. This apparent conflict can be resolved by accounting for elastic scattering between the projectile and one electron already promoted to the continuum through electron-electron correlation in the first-order process.

  19. Experimental and Theoretical Fully differential cross sections for electron impact ionization of furfuryl molecules

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    Ali, Esam; Jones, Darryl; Nixon, Kate; Ning, Chuangang; Brunger, Michael; Murray, Andrew; Madison, Don

    2015-09-01

    Experimental and theoretical Fully Differential Cross Sections (FDCS) are presented for 250 eV electron impact ionization of the highest and next highest occupied molecular orbitals (HOMO and NHOMO). Theoretical results are compared with experiment for in plane scattering with projectile scattering angles of 5°, 10°, and 15°. Different theoretical models are examined - the molecular 3 body distorted wave (M3DW), and the distorted wave Born approximation (DWBA), with the effects of the post collision interaction (PCI) treated either exactly or with the Ward-Macek approximations. These approximations show good agreement with experimental data for binary peaks. However, for the recoil peak region, experiment finds a noticeable peak while theory predicts no peak. No recoil peak suggests no (or very weak) nuclear scattering, so we have investigated the importance of nuclear scattering by moving the nuclei closer to the center of mass. This work is supported by the US National Science Foundation under Grant No. PHY-1068237 and XSEDE resources provided by the Texas Advanced Computing Center (Grant No. TG-MCA07S029).

  20. Production of metastable Ar[sup +] ions by electron-impact ionization of Ar measured by translational-energy spectroscopy

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    Kamber, E.Y. ); Enos, C.S.; Brenton, A.G. )

    1993-07-01

    The translational-energy-spectroscopy technique has been used to measure the apparent ionization-excitation functions for the metastable states 3 [sup 4]D, 3[ital d] [sup 4]F, 3[ital d] [sup 2]F, and 3[ital d][prime] [sup 2][ital F] of an Ar[sup +] ion beam extracted from an electron-impact ion source. The initial states were identified from the measured energy loss in the translational-energy spectra for single-electron stripping from ground-state and metastable Ar[sup +] ions in collisions with O[sub 2]. This technique provides an alternative method of selectivity in the study of electron-impact ionization and excitation processes.

  1. Isomer and Fluorination Effects among Fluorine Substituted Hydrocarbon C3/C4 Molecules in Electron Impact Ionization

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    Patel, U. R.; Joshipura, K. N.

    2015-05-01

    Electron collision processes are very important in both man-made and natural plasmas, for determining the energy balances and transport properties of electrons. Electron -molecule scattering leading to ionization represents one of the most fundamental processes in collision physics. In the gas phase, the total efficiency of the process is described by the absolute total electron impact ionization cross section. Carbon based materials are some of the widely used materials for a divertor plate and magnetically confined fusion devices. In the ``ITER,'' it is very important for steady state operation to have an estimate of the lifetime of carbon plasma facing components. Apart from fusion plasma relevance, the present theoretical study is very important in modeling and controlling other electron assisted processes in many areas. Hydrocarbons play an important role for plasma diagnostics as impurities in the Tokamak fusion divertor, as seed gases for the production of radicals and ions in low temperature plasma processing. Fluorine substituted hydrocarbons (perfluorocarbons) are important as reactants in plasma assisted fabrication processes. In the present work, we have calculated total ionization cross sections Qion for C3/C4 Hydrocarbon isomers by electron impact, and comparisons are made mutually to observe isomer effect. Comparisons are also made by substituting H atom by F atom and revealing fluorination effect. The present calculations are quite significant owing to the lack of experimental data, with just an isolated previous theoretical work in some cases.

  2. Plasma effect on fast-electron-impact-ionization from 2p state of hydrogen-like ions

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    Qi, Y. Y.; Ning, L. N.; Wang, J. G.; Qu, Y. Z.

    2013-12-15

    Plasma effects on the high-energy electron-impact ionization process from 2p orbital of Hydrogen-like ions embedded in weakly coupled plasmas are investigated in the first Born approximation. The plasma screening of the Coulomb interaction between charged particles is represented by the Debye Hückel model. The screening of Coulomb interactions decreases the ionization energies and varies the wave functions for not only the bound orbital but also the continuum; the number of the summation for the angular-momentum states in the generalized oscillator strength densities is reduced with the plasma screening stronger when the ratio of ε/I{sub 2p} (I{sub 2p} is the ionization energy of 2p state and ε is the energy of the continuum electron) is kept, and then the contribution from the lower-angular-momentum states dominates the generalized oscillator strength densities, so the threshold phenomenon in the generalized oscillator strength densities and the double differential cross sections are remarkable: The accessional minima, the outstanding enhancement, and the resonance peaks emerge a certain energy region, whose energy position and width are related to the vicinity between δ and the critical value δ{sub nl}{sup c}, corresponding to the special plasma condition when the bound state |nl just enters the continuum; the multiple virtual-state enhancement and the multiple shape resonances in a certain energy domain also appear in the single differential cross section whenever the plasma screening parameter passes through a critical value δ{sub nl}{sup c}, which is similar to the photo-ionization process but different from it, where the dipole transition only happens, but multi-pole transition will occur in the electron-impact ionization process, so its multiple virtual-state enhancements and the multiple shape resonances appear more frequently than the photo-ionization process.

  3. Double ionization of single oriented water molecules by electron impact: Second-order Born description

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    Dal Cappello, C.; Champion, C.; Kada, I.; Mansouri, A.

    2011-06-15

    The double ionization of isolated water molecules fixed in space is investigated within a theoretical approach based on the second-order Born approximation. Electron angular distributions have been studied for specific kinematical conditions. The three usual mechanisms, the shake-off and the two two-step mechanisms, have been identified. A significant contribution of the two-step mechanism is clearly visible for some particular kinematics.

  4. Absolute effective cross sections of ionization of adenine and guanine molecules by electron impact

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    Shafranyosh, I. I.; Svida, Yu. Yu.; Sukhoviya, M. I.; Shafranyosh, M. I.; Minaev, B. F.; Baryshnikov, G. V.; Minaeva, V. A.

    2015-10-01

    Effective cross sections of the formation of positive ions of nitrous nucleic acids of adenine and guanine are determined by the crossed electron and molecular beam method in the energy interval from the threshold to 200 eV. It is found that the maximal value of the total cross section of adenine ionization is attained at an energy of 90 eV and is equal to (2.8 ± 0.6) × 10-15 cm2. The maximal value of the total cross section of guanine ionization is equal to (3.2 ± 0.7) × 10-15 cm2 and is observed at an energy of 88 eV. The energy ionization thresholds are determined, which amount to (8.8 ± 0.2) eV for adenine and to (8.3 ± 0.2) eV for guanine. The adenine and guanine mass spectra are measured. The absolute values of partial ionization cross sections of adenine and guanine molecules are determined.

  5. Calculation of intermediate-energy electron-impact ionization of molecular hydrogen and nitrogen using the paraxial approximation

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    Serov, Vladislav V.

    2011-12-15

    We have implemented the paraxial approximation followed by the time-dependent Hartree-Fock method with a frozen core for the single impact ionization of atoms and two-atomic molecules. It reduces the original scattering problem to the solution of a five-dimensional time-dependent Schroedinger equation. Using this method, we calculated the multifold differential cross section of the impact single ionization of the helium atom, the hydrogen molecule, and the nitrogen molecule from the impact of intermediate-energy electrons. Our results for He and H{sub 2} are quite close to the experimental data. Surprisingly, for N{sub 2} the agreement is good for the paraxial approximation combined with first Born approximation but worse for pure paraxial approximation, apparently because of the insufficiency of the frozen-core approximation.

  6. An electron impact and chemical ionization study of some diethyl dicarboxylates

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    Harrison, Alex G.; Malat, Jan

    1997-11-01

    The electron ionization and Bronsted acid chemical ionization mass spectra of the diethyl esters of succinic acid, methylmalonic acid, glutaric acid, ethylmalonic acid and dimethylmalonic acid have been determined. The major primary fragmentation reaction of the molecular ion in the electron ionization mass spectra is by loss of OC2H5 while the MH+ ions fragment by loss of C2H5OH to form the same fragment ion. Using isotopic labelling (diethyl-d5 esters) and metastable ion studies, it is shown that the [M---OC2H5]+ ions formed from diethyl succinate and diethyl glutarate have ethyl-cationated cyclic anhydride structures which fragment further by elimination of C2H4 to form the protonated anhydride. For the remaining esters the [M---OC2H5]+ ions have an acylium ion structure and fragment primarily by elimination of CO to form, initially, substituted [alpha]-carboethoxy carbenium ions although there is significant rearrangement to protonated ethyl esters of olefinic acids prior to further fragmentation.

  7. Experimental and theoretical double differential cross sections for electron impact ionization of methane.

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    Yavuz, Murat; Ozer, Zehra Nur; Ulu, Melike; Champion, Christophe; Dogan, Mevlut

    2016-04-28

    Experimental and theoretical double differential cross sections (DDCSs) for electron-induced ionization of methane (CH4) are here reported for primary energies ranging from 50 eV to 350 eV and ejection angles between 25° and 130°. Experimental DDCSs are compared with theoretical predictions performed within the first Born approximation Coulomb wave. In this model, the initial molecular state is described by using single center wave functions, the incident (scattered) electron being described by a plane wave, while a Coulomb wave function is used for modeling the secondary ejected electron. A fairly good agreement may be observed between theory and experiment with nevertheless an expected systematic overestimation of the theory at low-ejection energies (<50 eV). PMID:27131548

  8. Influence of electron impact ionization on the termination shock: model case studies

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    Soloviev, V.Y.; Schwadron, N.A.; McComas, D.J.

    2004-09-15

    We include a latitudinally localized increase in ionization and subsequent mass loading in a 2.5-dimensional magneto-hydrodynamic case study to analyze its impact on the magnetic field, the flow field geometry, and the TS location. The localized additional mass loading leads to deflection of the flow and weakens the TS. We suggest the possibility that Voyager 1 may have been inside such a region during the recent {approx} 6 month period in 2002 when Voyager 1 observed energetic particle signatures consistent with a TS crossing, but only moderate changes in the magnetic field intensity and ACR spectrum.

  9. Relativistic calculations of excitation and ionization of highly charged ions by electron impact. Final technical report

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    Sampson, D.H.

    1992-04-15

    Our rapid relativistic atomic structure program and relativistic distorted-wave programs for excitation and ionization of highly charged ions were further improved. The generalized Briet interaction and other QED corrections were added to the atomic structure program, and the speed of the distorted-wave excitation program was increased by over an order of magnitude over what it was when our initial large-scale relativistic calculations of excitation of Ne-like ions were made. The improved programs were then used to calculate collision strengths for 330 transitions in F-like ions with 22 {le} Z {le} 92 and 248 transitions in Ni-like ions with 60 {le} Z {le} 92. We expanded the relativistic collision program to include an option to use atomic structure data by the well-known multi-configuration Dirac-Fock (MCDF) program of Grant and A coworkers. This was used in calculating collision strengths for the 45 {Delta}n = 0 transitions with n=2 in Be-like ions with 8 {le} Z {le} 92. This relativistic collision strength program was also extended to include an option to include the generalized Breis interaction in the scattering matrix elements and the importance of this for He-like, He-like and Li-like ions with Z = 26, 54 and 92 was studied. The factorization method was applied to ionization. Regardless of the complexity of the ion the ionization cross sections could be written as a sum of the products of a readily calculated coefficient that depends only on ion properties and a hydrogen-like cross section. Work was also done on excitation and ionization by directive and, in some cases spin-polarized electrons, which is of interest for some EBIT experiments and the study of solar flares. We also used our extensive collision strength results to test the

  10. Relativistic calculations of excitation and ionization of highly charged ions by electron impact

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    Sampson, D.H.

    1992-04-15

    Our rapid relativistic atomic structure program and relativistic distorted-wave programs for excitation and ionization of highly charged ions were further improved. The generalized Briet interaction and other QED corrections were added to the atomic structure program, and the speed of the distorted-wave excitation program was increased by over an order of magnitude over what it was when our initial large-scale relativistic calculations of excitation of Ne-like ions were made. The improved programs were then used to calculate collision strengths for 330 transitions in F-like ions with 22 [le] Z [le] 92 and 248 transitions in Ni-like ions with 60 [le] Z [le] 92. We expanded the relativistic collision program to include an option to use atomic structure data by the well-known multi-configuration Dirac-Fock (MCDF) program of Grant and A coworkers. This was used in calculating collision strengths for the 45 [Delta]n = 0 transitions with n=2 in Be-like ions with 8 [le] Z [le] 92. This relativistic collision strength program was also extended to include an option to include the generalized Breis interaction in the scattering matrix elements and the importance of this for He-like, He-like and Li-like ions with Z = 26, 54 and 92 was studied. The factorization method was applied to ionization. Regardless of the complexity of the ion the ionization cross sections could be written as a sum of the products of a readily calculated coefficient that depends only on ion properties and a hydrogen-like cross section. Work was also done on excitation and ionization by directive and, in some cases spin-polarized electrons, which is of interest for some EBIT experiments and the study of solar flares. We also used our extensive collision strength results to test the

  11. Effect of a vortex in the triply differential cross section for electron-impact K -shell ionization of carbon

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    Ward, S. J.; Macek, J. H.

    2014-12-01

    Vortices are an inherent property of the velocity fields of complex, time-dependent, Schrödinger wave functions ψ occurring where both the real and the imaginary parts of ψ vanish. They have been known since the early work of Dirac on magnetic monopoles and have frequently been studied theoretically. The possibility of observing them by exploiting an "imaging theorem" that relates atomic wave functions to measured electron momentum distributions has recently been proposed. Using the Coulomb-Born approximation, we examine ionization of a K -shell electron of a model carbon atom by fast electron impact. For an incident electron energy of 1801.2 eV and a scattering angle of 4∘, we find a vortex in the velocity field associated with a zero in the ionization T -matrix element and hence in the triply differential cross section, and we obtain a segment of the vortex line. Angular momentum transfer is essential to produce the vortex in the velocity field and the corresponding zero in the ionization T -matrix element and in the triply differential cross section.

  12. CORRIGENDUM: Corrections to the following three papers pertaining to electron impact ionization efficiency curves calculated using the BEB model for molecules containing third and fourth row atoms

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    Vallance, Claire; Harland, Peter W.

    2005-04-01

    Absolute electron impact ionization cross sections for CH3X, where X = H, F, Cl, Br, and I Claire Vallance et al 1997 J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 30 2465 2475 Absolute electron-impact ionization cross sections for a range of C1 to C5 chlorocarbons James E Hudson et al 2001 J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 34 3025 3039 Absolute electron impact ionization cross-sections for CO, CO2, OCS and CS2 James E Hudson et al 2004 J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 37 445 455 We have recently re-examined some published binary-encounter Bethe (BEB) calculations on the electron impact ionization cross sections for halogenated hydrocarbons and sulfur-containing molecules, and found a discrepancy with our earlier results. Please see the PDF file for full details.

  13. Electron-impact excitation and ionization of atomic boron at low and intermediate energies

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    Wang, Kedong; Zatsarinny, Oleg; Bartschat, Klaus

    2016-05-01

    We present a comprehensive study of electron collisions with boron atoms by using the B -spline R -matrix method for electron energies ranging from threshold to 100 eV. Elastic, excitation, and ionization cross sections were obtained for all transitions between the lowest 11 states of boron. A multiconfiguration Hartree-Fock method with nonorthogonal term-dependent orbitals was employed to generate accurate wave functions for the target states. Close-coupling expansions including 13, 51, and 999 physical and pseudo-target states of boron were used to check the sensitivity of the results to changes in the theoretical model. The cross-section dataset obtained from the large-scale calculations is expected to be sufficiently accurate and comprehensive for most current modeling applications involving neutral boron.

  14. Experimental and theoretical triple-differential cross sections for tetrahydrofuran ionized by low-energy 26-eV-electron impact

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    Ali, Esam; Ren, XueGuang; Dorn, Alexander; Ning, Chuangang; Colgan, James; Madison, Don

    2016-06-01

    We report an experimental and theoretical study of low-energy electron-impact ionization of tetrahydrofuran, which is a molecule of biological interest. The experiments were performed using an advanced reaction microscope specially built for electron-impact ionization studies. The theoretical calculations were performed within the molecular three-body distorted-wave model. Reasonably good agreement is found between experiment and theory.

  15. Dissociative-ionization cross sections for 12-keV-electron impact on CO{sub 2}

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    Bhatt, Pragya; Singh, Raj; Yadav, Namita; Shanker, R.

    2011-10-15

    The dissociative ionization of a CO{sub 2} molecule is studied at an electron energy of 12 keV using the multiple ion coincidence imaging technique. The absolute partial ionization cross sections and the precursor-specific absolute partial ionization cross sections of resulting fragment ions are obtained and reported. It is found that {approx}75% of single ionization, 22% of double ionization, and {approx}2% of triple ionization of the parent molecule contribute to the total fragment ion yield; quadruple ionization of CO{sub 2} is found to make a negligibly small contribution. Furthermore, the absolute partial ionization cross sections for ion-pair and ion-triple formation are measured for nine dissociative ionization channels of up to a quadruply ionized CO{sub 2} molecule. In addition, the branching ratios for single-ion, ion-pair, and ion-triple formation are also determined.

  16. Monte Carlo study of electron initiated impact ionization in bulk zincblende and wurtzite phase ZnS

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    Bellotti, E.; Brennan, K. F.; Wang, R.; Ruden, P. P.

    1998-05-01

    This paper presents a theoretical study of the high field electronic transport properties of the cubic and hexagonal phases of zinc sulfide (ZnS) using an ensemble Monte Carlo method. Essential features of the model are the inclusion of realistic energy band structures calculated from a local pseudopotential method and numerically calculated impact ionization transition rates. The polar optical phonon scattering rate has also been computed numerically from the band structure. The relevant transport quantities have been computed for field values between 100 kV/cm and 2 MV/cm. On the basis of these calculations it is predicted that the electron distribution is cooler and the average energy lower in the wurtzite phase than in the zincblende phase over the entire field range examined. The difference in average energy between the two phases becomes pronounced for field magnitudes above 1 MV/cm while it is smaller in the field range between 700 kV/cm and 1 MV/cm. As a result, the ionization coefficients are expected to be higher in the zincblende phase than in the wurtzite phase. This can be attributed to differences in the density of states between the two polytypes. The quantum yield has also been computed. It is found that even though the threshold for impact ionization is relatively hard in both polytypes, the threshold for the wurtzite phase is harder than the threshold for the zincblende phase.

  17. Electron ionization cross-section calculations for liquid water at high impact energies

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    Bousis, C.; Emfietzoglou, D.; Hadjidoukas, P.; Nikjoo, H.; Pathak, A.

    2008-04-01

    Cross-sections for the ionization of liquid water is perhaps the most essential set of data needed for modeling electron transport in biological matter. The complexity of ab initio calculations for any multi-electron target has led to largely heuristic semi-empirical models which take advantage elements of the Bethe, dielectric and binary collision theories. In this work we present various theoretical models for calculating total ionization cross-sections (TICSs) for liquid water over the 10 keV-1 MeV electron energy range. In particular, we extend our recent dielectric model calculations for liquid water to relativistic energies using both the appropriate kinematic corrections and the transverse part. Comparisons are made with widely used atomic and molecular TICS models such as those of Khare and co-workers, Kim-Rudd, Deutsch-Märk, Vriens and Gryzinski. The required dipole oscillator strength was provided by our recent optical-data model which is based on the latest experimental data for liquid water. The TICSs computed by the above models differ by up to 40% from the dielectric results. The best agreement (to within ∼10%) was obtained by Khare's original model and an approximate form of Gryzinski's model. In contrast, the binary-encounter-dipole (BED) models of both Kim-Rudd and Khare and co-workers resulted in ∼10-20% higher TICS values, while discrepancies increased to ∼30-40% when their simpler binary-encounter-Bethe (BEB) versions were used. Finally, we discuss to what extent the accuracy of the TICS is indicative of the reliability of the underlying differential cross-sections.

  18. Deep minimum in the Coulomb-Born TDCS for inner-shell ionization of carbon by electron impact

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    Ward, S. J.; Macek, J. H.

    2013-09-01

    Recently, a minimum in the TDCS of electron impact ionization of helium has been explained in terms of a vortex. We have determined the kinematics to obtain a deep minimum due to a vortex in the TDCS for K shell ionization of carbon by electron impact using the Coulomb-Born (CB1) approximation. The deep minimum occurs at an angle of the ejected electron of 239° for an incident energy of 1801 . 2 eV , a scattering angle of 4°, and energy of the ejected electron of 5 . 5 eV . At the angle of the minimum, both the real and imaginary parts of the T-matrix are zero. The integral of the velocity field around a closed path encircling the vortex position is 2 π. Following the treatment of Ref., we decomposed both the Born (B1) and the CB1 T-matrix into their multipole components. The l = 1 , m = +/- 1 CB1 multipole components are important in determining the shape of the CB1 angular distribution. S. J. W. and J. H. M. acknowledge support from NSF under grant no. PHYS-0968638 and from D.O.E. under grant number DE-FG02-02ER15283, respectively.

  19. Electron-impact total ionization cross sections of DNA sugar-phosphate backbone and an additivity principle

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    Huo, Winifred M.; Dateo, Christopher E.

    2005-01-01

    The improved binary-encounter dipole (iBED) model [W.M. Huo, Phys. Rev. A64, 042719-1 (2001)l is used to study the total ionization cross sections of the DNA sugar-phosphate backbone by electron impact. Calculations using neutral fragments found that the total ionization cross sections of C3' - and C5', -deoxyribose-phospate, two conformers of the sugar-phosphate backbone, are close to each other. Furthermore, the sum of the ionization cross sections of the separate deoxyribose and phosphate fragments is in close agreement with the C3' - and C5" -deoxyribose-phospate cross sections, differing by less than 10%. The result implies that certain properties of the-DNA, like the total singly ionization cross section, are localized properties and a building-up or additivity principle may apply. This allows us to obtain accurate properties of larger molecular systems built up from the results of smaller subsystem fragments. Calculations are underway using a negatively charged sugar-phosphate backbone with a metal counter-ion.

  20. Near-threshold electron-impact doubly differential cross sections for the ionization of argon and krypton

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    Yates, Brent R.; Khakoo, Murtadha A.

    2011-04-15

    We present normalized doubly differential cross sections (DDCS's) for the near-threshold, electron-impact single ionization of argon and krypton, similar to those taken earlier for Ne and Xe [Yates et al., J. Phys. B 42, 095206 (2009)]. The Ar measurements were taken at incident energies of 17, 18, 20, and 30 eV while the Kr measurements were taken at 15, 16, 17.5, and 20 eV. The DDCS scattering angles range from 15 deg. to 120 deg. The differential data are initially normalized to available experimental cross sections for excitation of the ground np{sup 6} to the np{sup 5}(n+1)s excited states of the noble gas and, after integration, to well-established experimental total ionization cross sections of Rapp and Englander-Golden [J. Chem. Phys. 43, 1464 (1965)].

  1. Time-dependent close-coupling studies of the electron-impact ionization of excited-state helium

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    Colgan, J.; Pindzola, M. S.

    2002-12-01

    The time-dependent close-coupling theory is applied to the study of the electron-impact ionization of helium from the excited (1s2s) configuration. Calculations are made in an effort to resolve the discrepancy between theoretical calculations and existing experimental measurements for this cross section. We find good agreement with the existing convergent close-coupling calculations of Bray and Fursa [J. Phys. B 28, L197 (1995)], but are in substantial disagreement with the experimental measurements of this quantity by Dixon et al. [J. Phys. B 9, 2617 (1976)].

  2. STORAGE RING MEASUREMENT OF ELECTRON IMPACT IONIZATION FOR Mg{sup 7+} FORMING Mg{sup 8+}

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    Hahn, M.; Lestinsky, M.; Novotny, O.; Savin, D. W.; Bernhardt, D.; Mueller, A.; Schippers, S.; Wolf, A.

    2010-04-01

    We report electron impact ionization cross section measurements for Mg{sup 7+} forming Mg{sup 8+} at center of mass energies from approximately 200 eV to 2000 eV. The experimental work was performed using the heavy-ion storage ring TSR located at the Max-Planck-Institut fuer Kernphysik in Heidelberg, Germany. We find good agreement with distorted wave calculations using both the GIPPER code of the Los Alamos Atomic Physics Code suite and using the Flexible Atomic Code.

  3. Highly Charged Ions from Laser-Cluster Interactions: Local-Field-Enhanced Impact Ionization and Frustrated Electron-Ion Recombination

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    Fennel, Thomas; Ramunno, Lora; Brabec, Thomas

    2007-12-07

    Our molecular dynamics analysis of Xe{sub 147-5083} clusters identifies two mechanisms that contribute to the yet unexplained observation of extremely highly charged ions in intense laser cluster experiments. First, electron impact ionization is enhanced by the local cluster electric field, increasing the highest charge states by up to 40%; a corresponding theoretical method is developed. Second, electron-ion recombination after the laser pulse is frustrated by acceleration electric fields typically used in ion detectors. This increases the highest charge states by up to 90%, as compared to the usual assumption of total recombination of all cluster-bound electrons. Both effects together augment the highest charge states by up to 120%, in reasonable agreement with experiments.

  4. Electron-impact excitation and ionization of atomic boron at low and intermediate energies

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    Wang, Kedong; Zatsarinny, Oleg; Bartschat, Klaus

    2016-05-01

    We present a comprehensive study of electron collisions with neutral boron atoms. The calculations were performed with the B-Spline R-matrix (close-coupling) method, by employing a parallelized version of the associated computer code. Elastic, excitation, and ionization cross sections were obtained for all transitions involving the lowest 11 states of boron, for incident electron energies ranging from threshold to 100 eV. A multiconfiguration Hartree-Fock method with nonorthogonal term-dependent orbitals was used to generate accurate wave functions for the target states. Close-coupling expansions including 13, 51, and 999 physical and pseudo states were set up to check the sensitivity of the predictions to variations in the theoretical model. The cross-section dataset generated in this work is expected to be the most accurate one available today and should be sufficiently comprehensive for most modeling applications involving neutral boron. Work supported by the China Scholarship Council and the United States National Science Foundation under Grants PHY-1403245 and PHY-1520970, and by the XSEDE allocation PHY-090031.

  5. Following electron impact excitations of single Os, Pt, Hg, Pb and Po atom L subshells ionization cross section calculations by using Lotz's equation

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    Aydinol, M.; Aydeniz, D.

    2016-03-01

    L shell ionization cross section and Li subshells ionization cross sections of Os, Pt, Hg, Pb, Po atoms calculated. For each atom, ten different electron impacty energy values Eoi used. Calculations carried out by using nonrelativistic Lotz equation in Matlab. Ionization cross section values obtained for Eoi values in the energy range of ELi ≤Eoi≤4ELi for each atom. Starting allmost from Eoi = ELi (i = 1,2,3) values of the each subshell ionization threshold energy, ionization cross section are increasing rapidly with Eoi. For a fixed Eoi = 3. ELi values, while Z increases from Z = 76 to Z = 84, ionization cross section are decrease. These results help to understand some results which obtained from other electron-sigle atom impact studies on σLi subshells.

  6. The second Born approximation for the double ionization of N2 by electron impact

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    Lamy, P.; Dal Cappello, C.; Charpentier, I.; Ruiz-Lopez, M. F.; Hervieux, P. A.

    2016-07-01

    In their (e,3e) and (e,3-1e) experiments of the double ionization (DI) of the outermost orbital of N2, Li et al (2012 J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 45 135201) recently showed that the process is largely dominated by a two-step-2 mechanism, which is a double interaction of the incident electron with the target. From a theoretical point of view, this should entail the use of the second Born approximation. In the past, very few theoretical calculations had been carried out this way because it requires a difficult numerical triple integration. We propose here to take into account the second Born approximation for the DI of N2 by using the closure approximation. The initial state is described by a single-center wave function derived from the usual multi-center wave function obtained in the self-consistent-field Hartree–Fock method using the linear combination of atomic orbitals-molecular orbital (LCAO-MO) approximation. The final state describes the interaction between each of the ejected electrons and the target by a Coulomb wave and the interaction between the two ejected electrons with the use of the Gamow factor. We calculate differential cross sections using the same kinematic conditions as Li et al (intermediate incident energy about 600 eV) for (e,3e) and (e,3-1e) DI of N2. The results show that the model does not allow a shift of the variation of the four-fold differential cross section near the momentum transfer to be obtained nor its opposite when we include the contribution given by the second Born approximation, as in (e,3-1e) experiments.

  7. Ionization and electron-capture cross sections for single- and multiple-electron removal from H2O by Li3 + impact

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    Luna, H.; Wolff, W.; Montenegro, E. C.; Tavares, André C.; Lüdde, H. J.; Schenk, G.; Horbatsch, M.; Kirchner, T.

    2016-05-01

    In this work, we report experimental and theoretical ionization and electron-capture cross sections for single-, double- and triple-electron removal from H2O by Li3 + impact at energies ranging from 0.75 to 5.8 MeV. The experiment was carried out by selecting both the final charge state of the projectile and the ejected fragments in coincidence to obtain cross sections associated with ionization and electron-capture channels. The ionic fragments and the emitted electrons produced under single-collision conditions were collected by a time-of-flight spectrometer with single-hit (e.g., OH++H0 ) and double-hit events (e.g., OH++H+ ) properly discriminated. For the one- and two-electron removal cases, the calculations based on the basis generator method for orbital propagation agree well with the experiment for most of the collision channels studied. Auger-electron emission after vacancy production in the inner 2 a1 orbital of H2O is shown to have a substantial effect on the final charge-state distributions over the entire impact-energy interval.

  8. Effect of the Moller interaction on electron-impact ionization of high-[ital Z] hydrogenlike ions

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    Moores, D.L. ); Reed, K.J. )

    1995-01-01

    We have investigated the effects of the Moller interaction in relativistic distorted-wave calculations of cross sections for electron-impact ionization of high-[ital Z] hydrogenlike ions. We found that the Moller interaction significantly increases the cross section for hydrogenlike uranium, and brings our calculated results into very good agreement with experimental results reported by Marrs, Elliott, and Knapp [Phys. Rev. Lett. [bold 72], 4082 (1994)]. We found similar increases in the cross sections for other hydrogenlike ions. Our results also show that these effects become important at much lower collision energy than previously reported [D. L. Moores and M. S. Pindzola, Phys. Rev. A [bold 41], 3603 (1990)]. With the Moller interaction included, our cross sections for these ions are in good agreement with preliminary results obtained in recent experiments on the electron-beam ion trap (EBIT).

  9. Effect of the Mo/ller interaction on electron-impact ionization of high-Z hydrogenlike ions

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    Moores, D. L.; Reed, K. J.

    1995-01-01

    We have investigated the effects of the Mo/ller interaction in relativistic distorted-wave calculations of cross sections for electron-impact ionization of high-Z hydrogenlike ions. We found that the Mo/ller interaction significantly increases the cross section for hydrogenlike uranium, and brings our calculated results into very good agreement with experimental results reported by Marrs, Elliott, and Knapp [Phys. Rev. Lett. 72, 4082 (1994)]. We found similar increases in the cross sections for other hydrogenlike ions. Our results also show that these effects become important at much lower collision energy than previously reported [D. L. Moores and M. S. Pindzola, Phys. Rev. A 41, 3603 (1990)]. With the Mo/ller interaction included, our cross sections for these ions are in good agreement with preliminary results obtained in recent experiments on the electron-beam ion trap (EBIT).

  10. Effect of fluoro substitution on the fragmentation of the K-shell excited/ionized pyridine studied by electron impact.

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    Sakai, Masamichi; Okada, Kazumasa

    2011-07-01

    Fragmentation of the pyridine ring followed by K-shell excitation/ionization has been studied with 2-fluoropyridine (2FPy) by electron impact. Ab initio molecular orbital (MO) calculations were also carried out to investigate the electronic states correlating with specific fragment ions. The fragment ions are produced characteristically at the N 1s edge, while the spectra observed at the F 1s and C 1s edges exhibit a small difference from that at the valence ionization. The production of the C(4)H(2)(+), C(4)H(3)(+) and C(4)H(2)F(+) ions indicates that the cleavage of the N-C6 and C2-C3 bonds or the N-C2 and C5-C6 bonds is likely to occur after the N 1s excitation/ionization. Ab initio MO calculations indicate that the former fission is likely to proceed through the n(N)(1)π(2)(1)π(3)(2) and n(N)(0)π(2)(2)π(3)(2) excited states of the parent molecular dication. On the other hand, the breakage of the N-C2 and C4-C5 bonds, which specifically proceeds at the N 1s edge for 2-methylpyridine, does not occur for 2FPy. The present calculation reveals that the products of this channel are unstable by the electronegativity of fluorine and that the relative energy of the Auger-final states of 2FPy is lowered by the reorganization and electron correlation effects. PMID:21744416

  11. Effect of initial-state target polarization on the single ionization of helium by 1-keV electron impact

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    Sun, Shi-Yan; Ma, Xiao-Yan; Li, Xia; Miao, Xiang-Yang; Jia, Xiang-Fu

    2012-07-01

    We report new results of triple differential cross sections for the single ionization of helium by 1-KeV electron impact at the ejection energy of 10 eV. Investigations have been made for both the perpendicular plane and the plane perpendicular to the momentum transfer geometries. The present calculation is based on the three-Coulomb wave function. Here we have also incorporated the effect of target polarization in the initial state. A comparison is made between the present calculation with the results of other theoretical methods and a recent experiment [Dürr M, Dimopoulou C, Najjari B, Dorn A, Bartschat K, Bray I, Fursa D V, Chen Z, Madison D H and Ullrich J 2008 Phys. Rev. A 77 032717]. At an impact energy of 1 KeV, the target polarization is found to induce a substantial change of the cross section for the ionization process. We observe that the effect of target polarization plays a dominant role in deciding the shape of triple differential cross sections.

  12. Symmetry properties of the S matrix in a fully relativistic distorted-wave treatment of electron-impact ionization

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    Pyper, N. C.; Kampp, Marco; Whelan, Colm T.

    2005-05-15

    The symmetry properties of the S matrix in a fully relativistic distorted-wave treatment of electron-impact ionization are investigated. It is shown that the square modulus of the scattering matrix element in which the spin states of all four electrons are determined is not invariant under the reversal of the direction of alignment of all spins. The largest of two contributions to this noninvariance originates from the relativistic modifications of the continuum wave functions induced by the distorting potential of the target atom. A second smaller contribution is manifested on reducing the eight-dimensional matrix elements of the QED covariant propagator to purely spatial two-electron integrals. The triple differential cross section (TDCS) exhibits a spin asymmetry unless the entire scattering process occurs in a single plane. There will be a difference in the TDCS between an (e,2e) event in which the initial beam is polarized parallel or antiparallel with respect to the beam direction even if the target is unpolarized and the final spin states are not determined. The TDCS will remain unchanged if, in addition to reversal of the direction of spin alignment, one appropriate momentum component of one of the two outgoing electrons is reversed.

  13. Use of Relativistic Effective Core Potentials in the Calculation of Electron-Impact Ionization Cross Sections

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    Huo, Winifred M.; Kim, Yong-Ki

    1999-01-01

    Based on the Binary-Encounter-Bethe (BEB) model, the advantage of using relativistic effective core potentials (RECP) in the calculation of total ionization cross sections of heavy atoms or molecules containing heavy atoms is discussed. Numerical examples for Ar, Kr, Xe, and WF6 are presented.

  14. Multiple ionization of helium and krypton by electron impact close to threshold: appearance energies and Wannier exponents

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    Denifl, S.; Gstir, B.; Hanel, G.; Feketeova, L.; Matejcik, S.; Becker, K.; Stamatovic, A.; Scheier, P.; Märk, T. D.

    2002-11-01

    We determined appearance energy (AE) values AE(Xn+/X) for the formation of singly (He+) and doubly charged (He2+) He ions and multiply charged Kr ions Krn+ up to n = 6 following electron impact on He and Kr atoms using a high-resolution electron impact ionization mass spectrometer. The data analysis employs an iterative, non-linear least-squares fitting routine, the Marquart-Levenberg algorithm, in conjunction with either a 2-function or a 3-function fit based on a power threshold law. This allows us to extract the relevant AEs and also the corresponding exponents for a Wannier-type power law from the measured near-threshold data. The values of the AEs determined in this work are compared with other available experimental and with spectroscopic AE values and the extracted exponents p are compared with other available experimental data and with the predictions of the various Wannier-type power law models. One observation is particularly noteworthy, namely the fact that none of the available experimental data seem to support the large values of 'p' predicted by the Wannier-Geltman and the generalized Wannier law for n > 3.

  15. Electron impact multiple ionization of neon, argon and xenon atoms close to threshold: appearance energies and Wannier exponents

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    Gstir, B.; Denifl, S.; Hanel, G.; Rümmele, M.; Fiegele, T.; Cicman, P.; Stano, M.; Matejcik, S.; Scheier, P.; Becker, K.; Stamatovic, A.; Märk, T. D.

    2002-07-01

    We report the results of the experimental determination of the appearance energy values AE(Xn + /X) for the formation of multiply charged Ne, Ar and Xe ions up to n = 4 (Ne), n = 6 (Ar) and n = 8 (Xe) following electron impact on Ne, Ar and Xe atoms using a dedicated high-resolution electron impact ionization mass spectrometer. The data analysis uses the Marquart-Levenberg algorithm, which is an iterative, nonlinear least-squares-fitting routine, in conjunction with either a two-function or a three-function fit based on a power threshold law. This allows us to extract the relevant AEs and corresponding exponents for a Wannier-type power law from the measured near-threshold data. The values of the AEs determined in this work are compared with other available experimental and spectroscopic values of the AEs and the extracted exponents are compared with other available experimental data and with the predictions of the various Wannier-type power law models.

  16. Relativistic calculations of cross sections for ionization of U[sup 90+] and U[sup 91+] ions by electron impact

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    Fontes, C.J. ); Sampson, D.H.; Zhang, H.L. )

    1995-01-01

    Relativistic distorted-wave calculations have been made of the cross sections for electron-impact ionization of U[sup 90+] and U[sup 91+] ions with the generalized Breit interaction included between bound and free electrons. Good agreement is obtained with recent electron-beam ion-trap experiments [R. E. Marrs, S. R. Elliott, and D. A. Knapp, Phys. Rev. Lett. [bold 72], 4082 (1994)].

  17. Comparative analysis of dioxins and furans by electron impact, high-resolution mass spectrometry and by electron capture, negative ionization, low-resolution mass spectrometry

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    Koester, C.J.; Harless, R.L.; Hites, R.A.

    1990-01-01

    Electron impact, high resolution mass spectrometry (HRMS) is currently the method of choice for the analysis of polychlorinated dibenso-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans (PCDD/F) because of its ability to detect PCDD/F in the presence of interfering compounds, such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB), which cannot be resolved by low resolution methods. The PDCC/F analyses may also be performed using electron capture, negative ionization (ECNI) low resolution mass spectrometry, providing extensive sample preparation is done to remove interferences. Before ECNI low resolution mass spectrometry (MS) can be accepted as a routine method for PCDD/F analysis, it is necessary to show that results generated by this method are comparable to those obtained by HRMS. Known mixtures and unknown air samples were analyzed by electron impact HRMS (Finnigan MAT 90 system) and by ECNI low resolution MS (Hewlett Packard 5985B). Both instruments were fitted with a gas chromatographic inlet. The PCDD/F concentrations determined by the two techniques compare favorably, typically within 20%. The major difference between these two methods is that the ECNI low resolution method shows poor sensitivity in detecting 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodioxin. However, ECNI MS offers the advantage of lower detection limits (50-100 fg) than electron impact HRMS (0.1 to 0.5 pg). These results suggest that ECNI low resolution MS can be a simple, low cost alternative to the common high resolution methods used for PCDD/F analysis.

  18. High-resolution (e, 2e + ion) study of electron-impact ionization and fragmentation of methane

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    Ren, Xueguang Pflüger, Thomas; Weyland, Marvin; Baek, Woon Yong; Rabus, Hans; Ullrich, Joachim; Dorn, Alexander

    2015-05-07

    The ionization and fragmentation of methane induced by low-energy (E{sub 0} = 66 eV) electron-impact is investigated using a reaction microscope. The momentum vectors of all three charged final state particles, two outgoing electrons, and one fragment ion, are detected in coincidence. Compared to the earlier study [Xu et al., J. Chem. Phys. 138, 134307 (2013)], considerable improvements to the instrumental mass and energy resolutions have been achieved. The fragment products CH{sub 4}{sup +}, CH{sub 3}{sup +}, CH{sub 2}{sup +}, CH{sup +}, and C{sup +} are clearly resolved. The binding energy resolution of ΔE = 2.0 eV is a factor of three better than in the earlier measurements. The fragmentation channels are investigated by measuring the ion kinetic energy distributions and the binding energy spectra. While being mostly in consistence with existing photoionization studies the results show differences including missing fragmentation channels and previously unseen channels.

  19. Lucky drift impact ionization in amorphous semiconductors

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    Kasap, Safa; Rowlands, J. A.; Baranovskii, S. D.; Tanioka, Kenkichi

    2004-08-01

    The review of avalanche multiplication experiments clearly confirms the existence of the impact ionization effect in this class of semiconductors. The semilogarithmic plot of the impact ionization coefficient (α) versus the reciprocal field (1/F) for holes in a-Se and electrons in a-Se and a-Si :H places the avalanche multiplication phenomena in amorphous semiconductors at much higher fields than those typically reported for crystalline semiconductors with comparable bandgaps. Furthermore, in contrast to well established concepts for crystalline semiconductors, the impact ionization coefficient in a-Se increases with increasing temperature. The McKenzie and Burt [S. McKenzie and M. G. Burt, J. Phys. C 19, 1959 (1986)] version of Ridley's lucky drift (LD) model [B. K. Ridley, J. Phys. C 16, 3373 (1988)] has been applied to impact ionization coefficient versus field data for holes and electrons in a-Se and electrons in a-Si :H. We have extracted the electron impact ionization coefficient versus field (αe vs F) data for a-Si :H from the multiplication versus F and photocurrent versus F data recently reported by M. Akiyama, M. Hanada, H. Takao, K. Sawada, and M. Ishida, Jpn. J. Appl. Phys.41, 2552 (2002). Provided that one accepts the basic assumption of the Ridley LD model that the momentum relaxation rate is faster than the energy relaxation rate, the model can satisfactorily account for impact ionization in amorphous semiconductors even with ionizing excitation across the bandgap, EI=Eg. If λ is the mean free path associated with momentum relaxing collisions and λE is the energy relaxation length associated with energy relaxing collisions, than the LD model requires λE>λ. The application of the LD model with energy and field independent λE to a-Se leads to ionization threshold energies EI that are quite small, less than Eg/2, and requires the possible but improbable ionization of localized states. By making λE=λE(E ,F) energy and field dependent, we were

  20. The threshold laws for electron-atom and positron-atom impact ionization

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    Temkin, A.

    1983-01-01

    The Coulomb-dipole theory is employed to derive a threshold law for the lowest energy needed for the separation of three particles from one another. The study focuses on an electron impinging on a neutral atom, and the dipole is formed between an inner electron and the nucleus. The analytical dependence of the transition matrix element on energy is reduced to lowest order to obtain the threshold law, with the inner electron providing a shield for the nucleus. Experimental results using the LAMPF accelerator to produce a high energy beam of H- ions, which are then exposed to an optical laser beam to detach the negative H- ion, are discussed. The threshold level is found to be confined to the region defined by the upper bound of the inverse square of the Coulomb-dipole region. Difficulties in exact experimental confirmation of the threshold are considered.

  1. Compact ultrafast orthogonal acceleration time-of-flight mass spectrometer for on-line gas analysis by electron impact ionization and soft single photon ionization using an electron beam pumped rare gas excimer lamp as VUV-light source.

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    Mühlberger, F; Saraji-Bozorgzad, M; Gonin, M; Fuhrer, K; Zimmermann, R

    2007-11-01

    Orthogonal acceleration time-of-flight mass spectrometers (oaTOFMS), which are exhibiting a pulsed orthogonal extraction of ion bunches into the TOF mass analyzer from a continuous primary ion beam, are well-suited for continuous ionization methods such as electron impact ionization (EI). Recently an electron beam pumped rare gas excimer lamp (EBEL) was introduced, which emits intensive vacuum UV (VUV) radiation at, e.g., 126 nm (argon excimer) and is well suited as the light source for soft single photon ionization (SPI) of organic molecules. In this paper, a new compact oaTOFMS system which allows switching between SPI, using VUV-light from an EBEL-light source, and conventional EI is described. With the oaTOFMS system, EBEL-SPI and EI mass spectral transients can be recorded at very high repetition rates (up to 100 kHz), enabling high duty cycles and therefore good detection efficiencies. By using a transient recorder card with the capability to perform on-board accumulation of the oaTOF transients, final mass spectra with a dynamic range of 106 can be saved to the hard disk at a rate of 10 Hz. As it is possible to change the ionization modes (EI and SPI) rapidly, a comprehensive monitoring of complex gases with highly dynamic compositions, such as cigarette smoke, is possible. In this context, the EI based mass spectra address the bulk composition (compounds such as water, oxygen, carbon dioxide, etc. in the up to percentage concentration range) as well as some inorganic trace gases such as argon, sulfur dioxide, etc. down to the low ppm level. The EBEL-SPI mass spectra on the other hand are revealing the organic composition down to the lower ppb concentration range. PMID:17900147

  2. Calculation of the multifold differential cross section of the electron-impact ionization of molecular hydrogen by prolate spheroidal external complex scaling method with second Born corrections

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    Serov, Vladislav V.; Joulakian, Boghos B.

    2010-08-15

    We introduce the second Born dipole corrections in our recently developed ab initio procedure based on the driven Schroedinger equation formalism and the external scaling method for the determination of the multifold differential cross sections of the single and double ionization of molecular hydrogen by electron impact. To test our procedure, we first apply it to the excitation-ionization process of a He atom and compare the results to those of equivalent theoretical results, which are available. We then show that the introduction of the second Born correction including only dipole terms improves the agreement with the experimental results only in the case of the simple ionization. We think that the introduction of nondipole contributions in the second Born term which are not taken into account in the present work is necessary in the case of the double ionization process.

  3. Dissociation mechanisms of the Ar trimer induced by a third atom in high-energy electron-impact ionization

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    Yan, S.; Zhang, P.; Ma, X.; Xu, S.; Tian, S. X.; Li, B.; Zhu, X. L.; Feng, W. T.; Zhao, D. M.

    2014-06-01

    We experimentally studied the dissociation dynamics of a highly charged Ar3 cluster initiated by a high-energy electron. The dissociation patterns of the correlated ions from a two-body and a three-body Coulombic explosion (CE) of (Ar3)2+ suggest that predissociation alters the evolution of radiative charge transfer. The three-body CE in (Ar3)4+ and (Ar3)5+ is driven, after double ionization of one constituent Ar atom, by single ionization with a simultaneous interatomic Coulombic decay process.

  4. Some recent progress on the measurement of K-shell ionization cross-sections of atoms by electron impact: Application to Ti and Cr elements

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    An, Z.; Liu, M. T.; Fu, Y. C.; Luo, Z. M.; Tang, C. H.; Li, C. M.; Zhang, B. H.; Tang, Y. J.

    2003-07-01

    In this paper, we have taken some measures to improve the accuracy of our experimental data for K-shell ionization cross-sections by electron impact. These measures include (1) measurement of the thin target thickness with Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy and (2) detection efficiency calibration in the lower energy region using thick carbon target bremsstrahlung by electron impact and (3) electron reflection correction and electron mean track length correction based upon Monte Carlo method. These measures are applied to the measurement of K-shell ionization cross-sections of Ti and Cr elements from the threshold energies up to 26 keV. From the comparison with some theoretical models, empirical formulae and some previous experimental data, it is concluded that these measures taken in this paper are effective in the improvement of accuracy of experimental data. The present experimental data for Ti and Cr elements also clarify the discrepancies among some experimental data sets. In addition, these measures will also be very helpful in the measurement of K-shell ionization cross-sections for lower Z elements and in the measurement of L, M-shell ionization cross-sections for medium and higher Z elements.

  5. The double ionization of H{sub 2} by fast electron impact: Influence of the final state electron-electron correlation

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    Chuluunbaatar, O. Gusev, A. A.; Joulakian, B. B.

    2013-02-15

    We have determined fully differential cross sections of the (e, 3e) double ionization of H{sub 2} by employing correlated initial- and final-state wave functions. We have constructed for the description of the two slow ejected electrons a symmetrized product of a correlation function and two-center continuum wave functions, which fulfill the correct boundary conditions asymptotically up to the order O((kr){sup -2}). We have shown that the introduction of the correlated part of the final-state wave function improves the results on the (e, 3-1e) of H{sub 2}.

  6. LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The validity of classical trajectory and perturbative quantal methods for electron-impact ionization from excited states in H-like ions

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    Griffin, D. C.; Ballance, C. P.; Pindzola, M. S.; Robicheaux, F.; Loch, S. D.; Ludlow, J. A.; Witthoeft, M. C.; Colgan, J.; Fontes, C. J.; Schultz, D. R.

    2005-06-01

    To test the validity of classical trajectory and perturbative quantal methods for electron-impact ionization of H-like ions from excited states, we have performed advanced close-coupling calculations of ionization from excited states in H, Li2+ and B4+ using the R-matrix with pseudo states and the time-dependent close-coupling methods. Comparisons with our classical trajectory Monte Carlo (CTMC) and distorted-wave (DW) calculations show that the CTMC method is more accurate than the DW method for H, but does not improve with n and grows substantially worse with Z, while the DW method improves with Z and grows worse with n.

  7. Comparison of experimental and theoretical triple differential cross sections for the single ionization of C O2 (1 πg ) by electron impact

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    Ozer, Zehra N.; Ali, Esam; Dogan, Mevlut; Yavuz, Murat; Alwan, Osman; Naja, Adnan; Chuluunbaatar, Ochbadrakh; Joulakian, Boghos B.; Ning, Chuan-Gang; Colgan, James; Madison, Don

    2016-06-01

    Experimental and theoretical triple differential cross sections for intermediate-energy (250 eV) electron-impact single ionization of the CO2 are presented for three fixed projectile scattering angles. Results are presented for ionization of the outermost 1 πg molecular orbital of C O2 in a coplanar asymmetric geometry. The experimental data are compared to predictions from the three-center Coulomb continuum approximation for triatomic targets, and the molecular three-body distorted wave (M3DW) model. It is observed that while both theories are in reasonable qualitative agreement with experiment, the M3DW is in the best overall agreement with experiment.

  8. STORAGE RING CROSS SECTION MEASUREMENTS FOR ELECTRON IMPACT SINGLE AND DOUBLE IONIZATION OF Fe{sup 13+} AND SINGLE IONIZATION OF Fe{sup 16+} AND Fe{sup 17+}

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    Hahn, M.; Novotny, O.; Savin, D. W.; Becker, A.; Grieser, M.; Krantz, C.; Repnow, R.; Wolf, A.; Bernhardt, D.; Mueller, A.; Schippers, S.; Spruck, K.; Lestinsky, M.

    2013-04-10

    We report measurements of electron impact ionization for Fe{sup 13+}, Fe{sup 16+}, and Fe{sup 17+} over collision energies from below threshold to above 3000 eV. The ions were recirculated using an ion storage ring. Data were collected after a sufficiently long time that essentially all the ions had relaxed radiatively to their ground state. For single ionization of Fe{sup 13+}, we find that previous single pass experiments are more than 40% larger than our results. Compared to our work, the theoretical cross section recommended by Arnaud and Raymond is more than 30% larger, while that of Dere is about 20% greater. Much of the discrepancy with Dere is due to the theory overestimating the contribution of excitation-autoionization via n = 2 excitations. Double ionization of Fe{sup 13+} is dominated by direct ionization of an inner shell electron accompanied by autoionization of a second electron. Our results for single ionization of Fe{sup 16+} and Fe{sup 17+} agree with theoretical calculations to within the experimental uncertainties.

  9. Copper fine-structure K-shell electron impact ionization cross sections for fast-electron diagnostic in laser-solid experiments

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    Palmeri, P.; Quinet, P.; Batani, D.

    2015-03-15

    The K-shell electron impact ionization (EII) cross section, along with the K-shell fluorescence yield, is one of the key atomic parameters for fast-electron diagnostic in laser-solid experiments through the K-shell emission cross section. In addition, copper is a material that has been often used in those experiments because it has a maximum total K-shell emission yield. Furthermore, in a campaign dedicated to the modeling of the K lines of astrophysical interest (Palmeri et al., 2012), the K-shell fluorescence yields for the K-vacancy fine-structure atomic levels of all the copper isonuclear ions have been calculated. In this study, the K-shell EII cross sections connecting the ground and the metastable levels of the parent copper ions to the daughter ions K-vacancy levels considered in Palmeri et al. (2012) have been determined. The relativistic distorted-wave (DW) approximation implemented in the FAC atomic code has been used for the incident electron kinetic energies up to 10 times the K-shell threshold energies. Moreover, the resulting DW cross sections have been extrapolated at higher energies using the asymptotic form proposed by Davies et al. (2013)

  10. Copper fine-structure K-shell electron impact ionization cross sections for fast-electron diagnostic in laser-solid experiments

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    Palmeri, P.; Quinet, P.; Batani, D.

    2015-03-01

    The K-shell electron impact ionization (EII) cross section, along with the K-shell fluorescence yield, is one of the key atomic parameters for fast-electron diagnostic in laser-solid experiments through the K-shell emission cross section. In addition, copper is a material that has been often used in those experiments because it has a maximum total K-shell emission yield. Furthermore, in a campaign dedicated to the modeling of the K lines of astrophysical interest (Palmeri et al., 2012), the K-shell fluorescence yields for the K-vacancy fine-structure atomic levels of all the copper isonuclear ions have been calculated. In this study, the K-shell EII cross sections connecting the ground and the metastable levels of the parent copper ions to the daughter ions K-vacancy levels considered in Palmeri et al. (2012) have been determined. The relativistic distorted-wave (DW) approximation implemented in the FAC atomic code has been used for the incident electron kinetic energies up to 10 times the K-shell threshold energies. Moreover, the resulting DW cross sections have been extrapolated at higher energies using the asymptotic form proposed by Davies et al. (2013).

  11. Vanadium fine-structure K-shell electron impact ionization cross sections for fast-electron diagnostic in laser–solid experiments

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    Palmeri, P.; Quinet, P.; Batani, D.

    2015-09-15

    The K-shell electron impact ionization (EII) cross section, along with the K-shell fluorescence yield, is one of the key atomic parameters for fast-electron diagnostic in laser–solid experiments through the K-shell emission cross section. In addition, in a campaign dedicated to the modeling of the K lines of astrophysical interest (Palmeri et al. (2012)), the K-shell fluorescence yields for the K-vacancy fine-structure atomic levels of all the vanadium isonuclear ions have been calculated. In this study, the K-shell EII cross sections connecting the ground and the metastable levels of the parent vanadium ions to the daughter ions K-vacancy levels considered in Palmeri et al. (2012) have been determined. The relativistic distorted-wave (DW) approximation implemented in the FAC atomic code has been used for the incident electron kinetic energies up to 20 times the K-shell threshold energies. Moreover, the resulting DW cross sections have been extrapolated at higher energies using the asymptotic behavior of the modified relativistic binary encounter Bethe model (MRBEB) of Guerra et al. (2012) with the density-effect correction proposed by Davies et al. (2013)

  12. The Effect of the Residual Ion Potential on the Fully Differential Cross Section of Helium for Ionization by Electron Impact

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    Toth, A.; Nagy, L.

    2011-10-03

    We have carried out calculations for the fully differential cross section of the ionization of helium by electron projectiles. In order to study the effect of the residual ion potential, we employed three models, and tested them for the coplanar and perpendicular plane geometry. In spite of the simplicity of our models, the results for the coplanar case are in fair agreement with the available experimental data. The results for the perpendicular geometry need more improvement.

  13. Electron-impact ionization of laser-excited Ba-138 (... 5p6 6s 6p) and Ba-138 (... 5p6 6s 5d) atoms

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    Trajmar, S.; Nickel, J. C.; Antoni, T.

    1986-01-01

    Electron-impact ionization cross sections for laser-excited Ba-138 (... 5p6 6s 6p; 1P1, M = - 1) and cascade-populated Ba-138 (... 5p6 6s 5d; 1D + 3D) atoms were measured in the threshold to 10 eV energy range. The peak cross sections for the excited species are about a factor of 2 larger than that for ground-state Ba. In addition, it was demonstrated that ionization from individual magnetic substates of various hyperfine levels can be studied. The ionization cross sections in the case of Ba-138 (1P1) were found to be equal for the M = 0 and for the M = + or - 1 sublevels within the experimental error limit.

  14. Partial-ionization cross sections of a CO{sub 2} molecule due to impact of 10-26-keV electrons

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    Bhatt, Pragya; Singh, Raj; Yadav, Namita; Shanker, R.

    2010-10-15

    Experimental data on total- and partial-ionization cross sections of ionic fragments of CO{sub 2} molecule produced by impact of 10-26-keV electrons are obtained on a crossed-beam apparatus in our laboratory. An ejected electron-produced ion-coincidence technique is employed together with a time-of-flight mass spectrometer for analysis of the ions. The six ionic fragments, CO{sub 2}{sup +}, CO{sup +}, CO{sub 2}{sup 2+}, O{sup +}, C{sup +}, and C{sup 2+}, resulting from dissociative ionization of the CO{sub 2} molecule are observed and identified; their relative ionization cross sections and branching ratios are determined as a function of impact energy. The binary-encounter Bethe model is found to overestimate the experimental data for total-ionization cross sections of the observed ions. No other experimental or theoretical data exist in the investigated energy range to make a direct comparison with the present results.

  15. Molecular orientation effect on the differential cross sections for the electron-impact double ionization of oriented water molecules

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    Champion, C.; Dal Cappello, C.; Oubaziz, D.; Aouchiche, H.; Popov, Yu. V.

    2010-03-15

    Double ionization of isolated water molecules fixed in space is here investigated in a theoretical approach based on the first Born approximation. Secondary electron angular distributions are reported for particular (e,3e) kinematical conditions and compared in terms of shape and magnitude. Strong dependence of the fivefold differential cross sections on the molecular target orientation is clearly observed in (e,3-1e) as well as (e,3e) channels. Furthermore, for the major part of the kinematics considered, we identified the different mechanisms involved in the double ionization of water molecule, namely, the direct shake-off process as well as the two-step1 process. They are both discussed and analyzed with respect to the molecular target orientation.

  16. Kinematically complete study of low-energy electron-impact ionization of argon: Internormalized cross sections in three-dimensional kinematics

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    Ren, Xueguang; Amami, Sadek; Zatsarinny, Oleg; Pflüger, Thomas; Weyland, Marvin; Dorn, Alexander; Madison, Don; Bartschat, Klaus

    2016-06-01

    As a further test of advanced theoretical methods to describe electron-impact single-ionization processes in complex atomic targets, we extended our recent work on Ne (2 p ) ionization [X. Ren, S. Amami, O. Zatsarinny, T. Pflüger, M. Weyland, W. Y. Baek, H. Rabus, K. Bartschat, D. Madison, and A. Dorn, Phys. Rev. A 91, 032707 (2015), 10.1103/PhysRevA.91.032707] to Ar (3 p ) ionization at the relatively low incident energy of E0=66 eV. The experimental data were obtained with a reaction microscope, which can cover nearly the entire 4 π solid angle for the secondary electron emission. We present experimental data for detection angles of 10, 15, and 20∘ for the faster of the two outgoing electrons as a function of the detection angle of the secondary electron with energies of 3, 5, and 10 eV, respectively. Comparison with theoretical predictions from a B -spline R -matrix (BSR) with pseudostates approach and a three-body distorted-wave (3DW) approach, for detection of the secondary electron in three orthogonal planes as well as the entire solid angle, shows overall satisfactory agreement between experiment and the BSR results, whereas the 3DW approach faces difficulties in predicting some of the details of the angular distributions. These findings are different from our earlier work on Ne (2 p ), where both the BSR and 3DW approaches yielded comparable levels of agreement with the experimental data.

  17. Measurements of absolute K-shell ionization cross sections and L-shell x-ray production cross sections of Ge by electron impact

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    Merlet, C.; Llovet, X.; Salvat, F.

    2004-03-01

    Results from measurements of absolute K-shell ionization cross sections and L{alpha} x-ray production cross sections of Ge by impact of electrons with kinetic energies ranging from the ionization threshold up to 40 keV are presented. The cross sections were obtained by measuring K{alpha} and L{alpha} x-ray intensities emitted from ultrathin Ge films deposited onto self-supporting carbon backing films. Recorded x-ray intensities were converted to absolute cross sections by using estimated values of the sample thicknesses, the number of incident electrons, and the detector efficiency. Experimental data are compared with the results of widely used simple analytical formulas, with calculated cross sections obtained from the plane-wave and distorted-wave Born approximations and with experimental data from the literature.

  18. Cross sections for ionization of K, L and M shells of atoms by impact of electrons and positrons with energies up to 1 GeV: Analytical formulas

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    Bote, David; Salvat, Francesc; Jablonski, Aleksander; Powell, Cedric J.

    2009-11-01

    Analytical formulas are presented for the easy calculation of cross sections for ionization of K, L and M shells of neutral atoms by impact of electrons and positrons with kinetic energies up to 1 GeV. Each formula contains a number of parameters that are characteristic of the element, the active electron shell and the projectile particle. The values of these parameters were determined by fitting the cross section values in an extensive database that was calculated recently by means of a composite algorithm that combines the distorted-wave and plane-wave Born approximations. Tables of parameter values are given for all elements, from hydrogen (Z=1) to einsteinium (Z=99). The proposed analytical expressions yield ionization cross sections that agree with those in the numerical database to within about 1%, except for projectiles with near-threshold energies.

  19. Cross sections for ionization of K, L and M shells of atoms by impact of electrons and positrons with energies up to 1 GeV: Analytical formulas

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    Bote, David; Salvat, Francesc Jablonski, Aleksander

    2009-11-15

    Analytical formulas are presented for the easy calculation of cross sections for ionization of K, L and M shells of neutral atoms by impact of electrons and positrons with kinetic energies up to 1 GeV. Each formula contains a number of parameters that are characteristic of the element, the active electron shell and the projectile particle. The values of these parameters were determined by fitting the cross section values in an extensive database that was calculated recently by means of a composite algorithm that combines the distorted-wave and plane-wave Born approximations. Tables of parameter values are given for all elements, from hydrogen (Z=1) to einsteinium (Z=99). The proposed analytical expressions yield ionization cross sections that agree with those in the numerical database to within about 1%, except for projectiles with near-threshold energies.

  20. Ag K-shell ionization by electron impact: New cross-section measurements between 50 and 100 keV and review of previous experimental data

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    Vanin, V. R.; Manso Guevara, M. V.; Maidana, N. L.; Martins, M. N.; Fernández-Varea, J. M.

    2016-02-01

    We report the measurement of Ag K-shell ionization cross-section by electron impact in the range 50-100 keV and review the experimental data found in the literature. The sample consisted in a thin film of Ag evaporated on a thin C backing. The x-ray spectra generated by electron bombardment in the São Paulo Microtron were observed with a planar HPGe detector. The ratios between characteristic and bremsstrahlung x-ray yields were transformed to ionization cross sections with the help of theoretical atomic-field bremsstrahlung cross sections. The measured cross sections are compared with existing experimental values and calculations based on the semi-relativistic distorted-wave Born approximation. According to our experiment, the ratio of Ag Kβ to Kα x-ray intensities is 0.2018(24).

  1. Specific fragmentation of the K-shell excited/ionized pyridine derivatives studied by electron impact: 2-, 3- and 4-methylpyridine.

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    Sakai, Masamichi; Okada, Kazumasa; Ohno, Keiichi; Tabayashi, Kiyohiko

    2010-03-01

    Fragmentation of the pyridine ring upon K-shell excitation/ionization has been studied with gaseous 2-, 3- and 4-methylpyridine by the electron-impact method. Ab initio molecular orbital (MO) calculations were also carried out to explore electronic states correlating with specific fragments. Some specific fragmentation channels were identified from the ionic fragments enhanced characteristically at the N 1s edge. Yields of the C(2)HN(+) and C(5)H(5)(+)/C(5)H(6)(+) ions show that the fission of the N-C2 and C4-C5/C5-C6 bonds of the ring is likely to occur after the N 1s excitation and ionization. Ab initio MO calculations for the 2-methylpyridine molecule indicate that the dissociation channels to produce these ions are only accessible through the excited states of the parent molecular dication, which can be formed by Auger decays after the N 1s ionization. Fragment ions via hydrogen rearrangement are produced as well, but the rearrangement is not a phenomenon specific to the K-shell excitation/ionization. PMID:20166104

  2. Large-scale B-spline R-matrix calculations of electron impact excitation and ionization processes in complex atoms

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    Zatsarinny, Oleg

    2013-09-01

    In recent years, the B-spline R-matrix (BSR) method has been applied to the treatment of a large number of atomic structure and electron-atom collision problems. Characteristic features of the BSR approach include the use of B-splines as a universal basis to describe the projectile electron inside the R-matrix box and the employment of term-dependent, and hence non-orthogonal, orbitals to construct the target states. The latter flexibility has proven to be of crucial importance for complex targets with several partially filled subshells. The published computer code has since been updated and extended to allow for a fully relativistic description at the level of the Dirac-Coulomb hamiltonian. Also, the systematic inclusion of a large number of pseudo-states in the close-coupling expansion has made it possible to extend the range of applicability from elastic and inelastic low-energy near-threshold phenomena to intermediate energies (up to several times the ionization threshold) and, in particular, to describe ionization processes as well. The basic ideas of the BSR approach will be reviewed, and its application will be illustrated for a variety of targets. Particular emphasis will be placed on systems of relevance for applications in gaseous electronics, such as the generation of complete datasets for electron collisions with the heavy noble gases Ne-Xe. Many of our data, which are needed for the description of transport processes in plasmas, are available through the LXCat database. This work was performed in collaboration with Klaus Bartschat. It is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. PHY-1212450 and the XSEDE Allocation PHY-090031.

  3. Following electron impact excitations of Rn, Ra, Th, U and Pu single atom L sub-shells ionization cross section calculations by using Lotz's equation

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    Ayinol, M.; Aydeniz, D.

    2016-03-01

    L shell ionization cross section and Li subshells ionization cross sections of Rn, Ra, Th, U, Pu atoms calculated. For each of atoms, ten different electron impact energy values (Eo) are used. Calculations carried out by using Lotz equation in Matlab. First, calculations done for non-relativistic case by using non-relativistic Lotz equation then repeated with relativistic Lotz equation. σL total and σLi(i = 1,2,3) subshells ionisation cross section values obtained for Eo values in the energy range of ELi ionization threshold energy, σL total and σLi (i = 1,2,3) are increasing rapidly with Eo. For a fixed Eo = 3.ELi), while Z increases from 86electron-atom impact studies.

  4. Proton-impact ionization cross sections of adenine measured at 0.5 and 2.0 MeV by electron spectroscopy

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    Iriki, Y.; Kikuchi, Y.; Imai, M.; Itoh, A.

    2011-11-15

    Double-differential ionization cross sections (DDCSs) of vapor-phase adenine molecules (C{sub 5}H{sub 5}N{sub 5}) by 0.5- and 2.0-MeV proton impact have been measured by the electron spectroscopy method. Electrons ejected from adenine were analyzed by a 45 Degree-Sign parallel-plate electrostatic spectrometer over an energy range of 1.0-1000 eV at emission angles from 15 Degree-Sign to 165 Degree-Sign . Single-differential cross sections (SDCSs) and total ionization cross sections (TICSs) were also deduced. It was found from the Platzman plot, defined as SDCSs divided by the classical Rutherford knock-on cross sections per target electron, that the SDCSs at higher electron energies are proportional to the total number of valence electrons (50) of adenine, while those at low-energy electrons are highly enhanced due to dipole and higher-order interactions. The present results of TICS are in fairly good agreement with recent classical trajectory Monte Carlo calculations, and moreover, a simple analytical formula gives nearly equivalent cross sections in magnitude at the incident proton energies investigated.

  5. Proton-impact ionization cross sections of adenine measured at 0.5 and 2.0 MeV by electron spectroscopy

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    Iriki, Y.; Kikuchi, Y.; Imai, M.; Itoh, A.

    2011-11-01

    Double-differential ionization cross sections (DDCSs) of vapor-phase adenine molecules (C5H5N5) by 0.5- and 2.0-MeV proton impact have been measured by the electron spectroscopy method. Electrons ejected from adenine were analyzed by a 45∘ parallel-plate electrostatic spectrometer over an energy range of 1.0-1000 eV at emission angles from 15∘ to 165∘. Single-differential cross sections (SDCSs) and total ionization cross sections (TICSs) were also deduced. It was found from the Platzman plot, defined as SDCSs divided by the classical Rutherford knock-on cross sections per target electron, that the SDCSs at higher electron energies are proportional to the total number of valence electrons (50) of adenine, while those at low-energy electrons are highly enhanced due to dipole and higher-order interactions. The present results of TICS are in fairly good agreement with recent classical trajectory Monte Carlo calculations, and moreover, a simple analytical formula gives nearly equivalent cross sections in magnitude at the incident proton energies investigated.

  6. Kinematically complete study of low-energy electron-impact ionization of neon: Internormalized cross sections in three-dimensional kinematics

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    Ren, Xueguang; Amami, Sadek; Zatsarinny, Oleg; Pflüger, Thomas; Weyland, Marvin; Baek, Woon Yong; Rabus, Hans; Bartschat, Klaus; Madison, Don; Dorn, Alexander

    2015-03-01

    Low-energy (E0=65 eV ) electron-impact single ionization of Ne (2 p ) has been investigated to thoroughly test state-of-the-art theoretical approaches. The experimental data were measured using a reaction microscope, which can cover nearly the entire 4 π solid angle for the secondary electron emission energies ranging from 2 to 8 eV, and projectile scattering angles ranging from 8 .5∘ to 20 .0∘ . The experimental triple-differential cross sections are internormalized across all measured scattering angles and ejected energies. The experimental data are compared to predictions from a hybrid second-order distorted-wave Born plus R -matrix approach, the distorted-wave Born approximation with the inclusion of postcollision interaction (PCI), a three-body distorted-wave approach (3DW), and a B -spline R -matrix (BSR) with pseudostates approach. Excellent agreement is found between the experiment and predictions from the 3DW and BSR models, for both the angular dependence and the relative magnitude of the cross sections in the full three-dimensional parameter space. The importance of PCI effects is clearly visible in this low-energy electron-impact ionization process.

  7. Two-centre partial-wave calculations for the multiply differential cross section of the simple ionization of diatomic lithium Li2 by fast electron impact

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    Elboudali, F.; Joulakian, B.

    2001-12-01

    The (e, 2e) ionization of diatomic lithium Li2 by fast electrons is studied by applying, for the slow ejected electron, an asymptotically exact partial-wave description, which takes into account the diatomic nature of the problem. The ionization is considered as a vertical transition from the lowest vibrational and rotational level of the fundamental electronic state 1Σg+ of Li2 to the fundamental 2Σg+ state of Li2+. After verification of the procedure on the (e, 2e) ionization of diatomic hydrogen H2 for which experimental and theoretical results exist we present the particularities and favourable directions for Li2 targets.

  8. Ionization of xenon by electrons: Partial cross sections for single, double, and triple ionization

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    Mathur, D.; Badrinathan, C.

    1987-02-01

    High-sensitivity measurements of relative partial cross sections for single, double, and triple ionization of Xe by electron impact have been carried out in the energy region from threshold to 100 eV using a crossed-beam apparatus incorporating a quadrupole mass spectrometer. The weighted sum of the relative partial cross sections at 50 eV are normalized to the total ionization cross section of Rapp and Englander-Golden to yield absolute cross-section functions. Shapes of the partial cross sections for single and double ionization are difficult to account for within a single-particle picture. Comparison of the Xe/sup +/ data with 4d partial photoionization cross-section measurements indicates the important role played by many-body effects in describing electron-impact ionization of high-Z atoms.

  9. Electron-Impact Ionization of Multicharged Ions: Cross-Sections Data from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the Controlled Fusion Atomic Data Center (CFADC)

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    This website presents experimental ionization cross sections measured using the Electron-Ion Crossed Beams apparatus in the Multicharged Ion Research Facility (MIRF) at the Physics Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The data are given in both graphical and tabular form along with the reference to the original publication of the experimental results. Also presented in the figures are theoretical cross sections supporting the experiments. For details of the theoretical work, refer to the original publication given for the particular experiment. These pages are based primarily on three technical memorandums issued by ORNL: 1(D. H. Crandall, R. A. Phaneuf, and D. C. Gregory, Electron Impact Ionization of Multicharged Ions, ORNL/TM-7020, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 1979; 2) D. C. Gregory, D. H. Crandall, R. A. Phaneuf, A. M. Howald, G. H. Dunn, R. A. Also presented are more recent (1993-present) data, both published and unpublished. The data pages feature dynamic plotting, allowing the user to choose which sets of data to plot and zoom in on regions of interest within the plot. [Taken from http://www-cfadc.phy.ornl.gov/xbeam/index.html

  10. Vacuum ultraviolet studies of electron impact of helium: Excitation of He n P Rydberg series and ionization-excitation of He nl Rydberg series

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    Shemansky, D.E.; Hall, D.T.; Ajello, J.M.; Franklin, B.

    1985-09-15

    Laboratory measurements of the electron excitation cross sections of emission in the He Rydberg series (1sS S-1snp P) for n = 2,3,4 have been obtained. The cross sections were estimated by two methods: (1) analysis of calibrated laboratory spectra placed on an absolute scale using the H Ly dissociative excitation standard and (2) analysis of relative cross section data using a modified Born approximation. A new method has been developed for the application of the Bethe-Born approximation using experimental relative excitation functions that does not require extrapolation in a Fano plot in the determination of the absolute cross section. The two methods agree to within 3% for the 58.4 nm line when allowance is made for cascade transitions. We find the direct excitation cross sections at 200 eV for the n = 2,3,4 members of the published electron impact experimental measurements of the two electron process of ionization-excitation impact are generally in agreement, especially on the energy dependence of excitation functions, but show significant differences with theoretical calculations.

  11. Analysis of tert-butyldimethylsilyl derivatives in heavy gas oil from Brazilian naphthenic acids by gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry with electron impact ionization.

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    Vaz de Campos, Maria Cecília; Oliveira, Eniz Conceição; Filho, Pedro José Sanches; Piatnicki, Clarisse Maria Sartori; Caramão, Elina Bastos

    2006-02-10

    Naphthenic acids, C(n)H(2n+Z)O(2), are a complex mixture of alkyl-substituted acyclic and cycle-aliphatic carboxylic acids. The content of naphthenic acids and their derivatives in crude oils is very small, which hinders their extraction from matrixes of wide and varied composition. In this work, liquid-liquid extraction, followed by solid phase extraction with an ion exchange resin (Amberlyst A-27) and ultrasound desorption were used to isolate the acid fraction from heavy gas oil of Marlim petroleum (Campos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). The analysis was accomplished through gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry with electron impact ionization, after derivatization with N-methyl-N-(tert-butyldimethylsilyl)trifluoracetamide (MTBDMSTFA). The results indicate the presence of carboxylic acids belonging to families of alicyclic and naphthenic compounds which contain up to four rings in the molecule. PMID:16439253

  12. Theoretical investigation of wave-vector-dependent analytical and numerical formulations of the interband impact-ionization transition rate for electrons in bulk silicon and GaAs

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    Kolnik, Jan; Wang, Yang; Oguzman, Ismail H.; Brennan, Kevin F.

    1994-01-01

    The electron interband impact-ionization rate for both silicon and gallium arsenide is calculated using an ensemble Monte Carlo simulation with the expressed purpose of comparing different formulations of the interband ionization transition rate. Specifically, three different treatments of the transition rate are examined: the traditional Keldysh formula, a new k-dependent analytical formulation first derived by W. Quade, E. Scholl, and M. Rudan (1993), and a more exact, numerical method of Y. Wang and K. F. Brennan (1994). Although the completely numerical formulation contains no adjustable parameters and as such provides a very reliable result, it is highly computationally intensive. Alternatively, the Keldysh formular, although inherently simple and computationally efficient, fails to include the k dependence as well as the details of the energy band structure. The k-dependent analytical formulation of Quade and co-workers overcomes the limitations of both of these models but at the expense of some new parameterization. It is found that the k-dependent analytical method of Quade and co-workers produces very similar results to those obtained with the completely numerical model for some quantities. Specifically, both models predict that the effective threshold for impact ionization in GaAs and silicon is quite soft, that the majority of ionization events originate from the second conduction band in both materials, and that the transition rate is k dependent. Therefore, it is concluded that the k-dependent analytical model can qualitatively reproduce results similar to those obtained with the numerical model yet with far greater computational efficiency. Nevertheless, there exist some important drawbacks to the k-dependent analytical model of Quade and co-workers: These are that it does not accurately reproduce the quantum yield data for bulk silicon, it requires determination of a new parameter, related physically to the overlap intergrals of the Bloch state which

  13. Electron-impact ionization mass-spectrometry of molecules and clusters in a pulsed helium droplet source

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    Yang, Shengfu; Brereton, Scott; Ellis, Andrew M.

    2006-03-01

    A pulsed helium droplet source has been developed and characterized. The nozzle geometry was found to be critical in allowing controlled tuning of helium nanodroplet size by variation of the stagnation pressure and temperature. The average droplet size scales according to a simple p,T scaling law, placing pulsed helium nanodroplet sources on a par with cw sources for the first time. Using this pulsed source, the ability of helium nanodroplets to impede ion fragmentation in electron impact mass spectrometry has been explored. A number of haloalkanes and C1--C6 alcohols were selected as the target species. The presence of helium alters the fragmentation patterns when compared with the gas phase, with some ion product channels being more strongly affected than others. Parent ion intensities are also enhanced by the helium for alcohols, but only for the two cyclic alcohols studied, cyclopentanol and cyclohexanol, is this effect large enough to transform the parent ion from a minor product (in the gas phase) into the most abundant ion in the helium droplet experiments. The results obtained are difficult to explain solely by rapid cooling of the excited parent ions by the surrounding superfluid helium, although this undoubtedly takes place. A second factor also seems to be involved, a cage effect which favors hydrogen atom loss over other fragmentation channels.

  14. An (e, 2e + ion) study of low-energy electron-impact ionization and fragmentation of tetrahydrofuran with high mass and energy resolutions.

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    Ren, Xueguang; Pflüger, Thomas; Weyland, Marvin; Baek, Woon Yoon; Rabus, Hans; Ullrich, Joachim; Dorn, Alexander

    2014-10-01

    We study the low-energy (E0 = 26 eV) electron-impact induced ionization and fragmentation of tetrahydrofuran using a reaction microscope. All three final-state charged particles, i.e., two outgoing electrons and one fragment ion, are detected in triple coincidence such that the momentum vectors and, consequently, the kinetic energies for charged reaction products are determined. The ionic fragments are clearly identified in the experiment with a mass resolution of 1 amu. The fragmentation pathways of tetrahydrofuran are investigated by measuring the ion kinetic energy spectra and the binding energy spectra where an energy resolution of 1.5 eV has been achieved using the recently developed photoemission electron source. Here, we will discuss the fragmentation reactions for the cations C4H8O(+), C4H7O(+), C2H3O(+), C3H6(+), C3H5(+), C3H3(+), CH3O(+), CHO(+), and C2H3(+). PMID:25296813

  15. An (e, 2e + ion) study of low-energy electron-impact ionization and fragmentation of tetrahydrofuran with high mass and energy resolutions

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    Ren, Xueguang Pflüger, Thomas; Weyland, Marvin; Baek, Woon Yoon; Rabus, Hans; Ullrich, Joachim; Dorn, Alexander

    2014-10-07

    We study the low-energy (E{sub 0} = 26 eV) electron-impact induced ionization and fragmentation of tetrahydrofuran using a reaction microscope. All three final-state charged particles, i.e., two outgoing electrons and one fragment ion, are detected in triple coincidence such that the momentum vectors and, consequently, the kinetic energies for charged reaction products are determined. The ionic fragments are clearly identified in the experiment with a mass resolution of 1 amu. The fragmentation pathways of tetrahydrofuran are investigated by measuring the ion kinetic energy spectra and the binding energy spectra where an energy resolution of 1.5 eV has been achieved using the recently developed photoemission electron source. Here, we will discuss the fragmentation reactions for the cations C{sub 4}H{sub 8}O{sup +}, C{sub 4}H{sub 7}O{sup +}, C{sub 2}H{sub 3}O{sup +}, C{sub 3}H{sub 6}{sup +}, C{sub 3}H{sub 5}{sup +}, C{sub 3}H{sub 3}{sup +}, CH{sub 3}O{sup +}, CHO{sup +}, and C{sub 2}H{sub 3}{sup +}.

  16. Ionization of water by (20-150)-keV protons: Separation of direct-ionization and electron-capture processes

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    Gobet, F.; Eden, S.; Coupier, B.; Tabet, J.; Farizon, B.; Farizon, M.; Gaillard, M.J.; Carre, M.; Ouaskit, S.; Maerk, T. D.; Scheier, P.

    2004-12-01

    Mass analyzed product ions have been detected in coincidence with the projectile following the ionization of water by proton impact. Measurement of the projectile charge state postcollision enables the different ionization processes to be identified: direct ionization, single electron capture, and double electron capture. A complete set of partial and total absolute cross sections is reported for the direct ionization and electron capture processes initiated by proton collisions at 20-150 keV. The cross sections for the direct ionization of H{sub 2}O by proton impact are compared with previous electron impact results [Straub et al., J. Chem. Phys. 108, 109 (1998)].

  17. Multiple ionization of xenon by proton impact

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    Manson, S.T.; DuBois, R.D.

    1987-12-01

    An experimental and theoretical study of multiple ionization of xenon for 0.2- to 2.0-MeV proton impact was made. Absolute cross sections for producing xenon ions with charges from +1 to +3 were measured, and calculations of subshell cross sections were performed. Experiment and theory are consistent and indicate that multiple ionization of xenon by fast protons occurs via inner-shell ionization. This is in contrast to the lighter noble gases where direct multiple outer shell ionization can be predominant.

  18. Electron-impact ionization of neon at low projectile energy: an internormalized experiment and theory for a complex target.

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    Pflüger, Thomas; Zatsarinny, Oleg; Bartschat, Klaus; Senftleben, Arne; Ren, Xueguang; Ullrich, Joachim; Dorn, Alexander

    2013-04-12

    As a fundamental test for state-of-the-art theoretical approaches, we have studied the single ionization (2p) of neon at a projectile energy of 100 eV. The experimental data were acquired using an advanced reaction microscope that benefits from high efficiency and a large solid-angle acceptance of almost 4π. We put special emphasis on the ability to measure internormalized triple-differential cross sections over a large part of the phase space. The data are compared to predictions from a second-order hybrid distorted-wave plus R-matrix model and a fully nonperturbative B-spline R-matrix (BSR) with pseudostates approach. For a target of this complexity and the low-energy regime, unprecedented agreement between experiment and the BSR model is found. This represents a significant step forward in the investigation of complex targets. PMID:25167263

  19. MH 2+ṡ ion production from protonated polypeptides by electron impact: observation and determination of ionization energies and a cross-section

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    Budnik, Bogdan A.; Zubarev, Roman A.

    2000-01-01

    Irradiation of gas-phase MH + ions of polypeptides up to MW 3493 by 11 to 70 eV electrons produced further ionization: MH ++e -→MH 2+·+2 e -, with ionization thresholds of 11.4±0.5 eV for [Arg-8]-vasopressin (MW 1084), 10.7±0.5 eV for substance P (MW 1347), 11.4±0.6 eV for renin substrate (MW 1759) and 10.6±0.4 eV for melittin (MW 2846). The ionization cross-section of vasopressin MH + ions was found to be (1.3±0.4)·10 -15 cm 2 for 20 eV electrons. The gas-phase MH 2+ṡ ions are rather stable at room temperature, with lifetimes of hundreds of seconds at 10 -10 Torr.

  20. Electron-impact double ionization of He by applying the Jacobi matrix approach to the Faddeev-Merkuriev equations

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    Mengoue, M. Silenou; Njock, M. G. Kwato; Piraux, B.; Popov, Yu. V.; Zaytsev, S. A.

    2011-05-15

    We apply the Jacobi matrix method to the Faddeev-Merkuriev differential equations in order to calculate the three-body wave function that describes the double continuum of an atomic two-electron system. This function is used to evaluate within the first-order Born approximation, the fully differential cross sections for (e,3e) processes in helium. The calculations are performed in the case of a coplanar geometry in which the incident electron is fast and both ejected electrons are slow. Quite unexpectedly, the results obtained by reducing our double-continuum wave function to its asymptotic expression are in satisfactory agreement with all the experimental data of Lahmam-Bennani et al.[A. Lahaman-Bennani et al., Phys. Rev. A 59, 3548 (1999); A. Kheifets et al., J. Phys. B 32, 5047 (1999).] without any need for renormalizing the data. When the full double-continuum wave function is used, the agreement of the results with the experimental data improves significantly. However, a detailed analysis of the calculations shows that full convergence in terms of the basis size is not reached. This point is discussed in detail.

  1. Oxygen ionization rates at Mars and Venus - Relative contributions of impact ionization and charge exchange

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    Zhang, M. H. G.; Luhmann, J. G.; Nagy, A. F.; Spreiter, J. R.; Stahara, S. S.

    1993-01-01

    Oxygen ion production rates above the ionopauses of Venus and Mars are calculated for photoionization, charge exchange, and solar wind electron impact ionization processes. The latter two require the use of the Spreiter and Stahara (1980) gas dynamic model to estimate magnetosheath velocities, densities, and temperatures. The results indicate that impact ionization is the dominant mechanism for the production of O(+) ions at both Venus and Mars. This finding might explain both the high ion escape rates measured by Phobos 2 and the greater mass loading rate inferred for Venus from the bow shock positions.

  2. Study of the angular distributions of X-rays emitted following L3 ionization of gold atoms by electron impact

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    Wright, I.; Sestric, G.; Ferguson, S.; Williams, S.

    2015-03-01

    Theoretical work suggests that when an atomic inner-shell vacancy with total angular momentum j greater than 1/2 is created by interaction with a photon or charged particle the vacancy will be aligned due to the magnetic sublevels of the ion having nonstatistical populations. The experiments we performed, testing this theory, involved measurements of the angular distributions of gold Lα, Lβ, and Ll X-rays at forward angles in the range 0 degrees to 25 degrees emitted after being bombarded with 15-keV electrons. After corrections for absorption of the characteristic X-rays within the gold target, our results suggest that the angular distributions of the Lα and Lβ X-rays are essentially isotropic, as no angular dependence was observed in our data outside of experimental uncertainties. However, the results of our experiments suggest that the angular distribution of the gold Ll X-rays may be weakly anisotropic.

  3. High-efficiency electron ionizer for a mass spectrometer array

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    Chutjian, Ara (Inventor); Darrach, Murray R. (Inventor); Orient, Otto J. (Inventor)

    2001-01-01

    The present invention provides an improved electron ionizer for use in a quadrupole mass spectrometer. The improved electron ionizer includes a repeller plate that ejects sample atoms or molecules, an ionizer chamber, a cathode that emits an electron beam into the ionizer chamber, an exit opening for excess electrons to escape, at least one shim plate to collimate said electron beam, extraction apertures, and a plurality of lens elements for focusing the extracted ions onto entrance apertures.

  4. Communication: Electron ionization of DNA bases

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    Rahman, M. A.; Krishnakumar, E.

    2016-04-01

    No reliable experimental data exist for the partial and total electron ionization cross sections for DNA bases, which are very crucial for modeling radiation damage in genetic material of living cell. We have measured a complete set of absolute partial electron ionization cross sections up to 500 eV for DNA bases for the first time by using the relative flow technique. These partial cross sections are summed to obtain total ion cross sections for all the four bases and are compared with the existing theoretical calculations and the only set of measured absolute cross sections. Our measurements clearly resolve the existing discrepancy between the theoretical and experimental results, thereby providing for the first time reliable numbers for partial and total ion cross sections for these molecules. The results on fragmentation analysis of adenine supports the theory of its formation in space.

  5. Communication: Electron ionization of DNA bases.

    PubMed

    Rahman, M A; Krishnakumar, E

    2016-04-28

    No reliable experimental data exist for the partial and total electron ionization cross sections for DNA bases, which are very crucial for modeling radiation damage in genetic material of living cell. We have measured a complete set of absolute partial electron ionization cross sections up to 500 eV for DNA bases for the first time by using the relative flow technique. These partial cross sections are summed to obtain total ion cross sections for all the four bases and are compared with the existing theoretical calculations and the only set of measured absolute cross sections. Our measurements clearly resolve the existing discrepancy between the theoretical and experimental results, thereby providing for the first time reliable numbers for partial and total ion cross sections for these molecules. The results on fragmentation analysis of adenine supports the theory of its formation in space. PMID:27131520

  6. Single ionization of helium by 730-eV electrons

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    Stevenson, M. A.; Lohmann, B.; Bray, I.; Fursa, D. V.; Stelbovics, A. T.

    2007-03-15

    We present fully differential measurements of 730-eV electron-impact single ionization of the ground state of helium with 205- or 100-eV outgoing electrons. Internormalized data are obtained for coplanar geometries with the fast electron detected at {theta}{sub A}=6 degree sign , 9 degree sign , and 12 degree sign . The data are compared, where possible, with the corresponding data of Catoire et al. [J. Phys. B 39, 2827 (2006)] and the convergent close-coupling theory. An improved agreement is found between the present measurements and the theory.

  7. Ionization of rubidium by 50-eV electrons

    SciTech Connect

    Haynes, M.A.; Lohmann, B.; Bray, I.; Bartschat, K.

    2004-04-01

    We report on a joint experimental and theoretical study of 50-eV electron-impact ionization of rubidium. Comparison of the experimental data with theoretical predictions from various models shows good qualitative agreement, as long as distortion and channel-coupling effects in the projectile-target interaction are accounted for. The remaining differences between experiment and theory indicate the need for further studies of this collision system.

  8. Electron- and proton-induced ionization of pyrimidine

    SciTech Connect

    Champion, Christophe; Quinto, Michele; Weck, Philippe F

    2015-03-27

    This present work describes a quantum-mechanically based model of the electron- and proton-induced ionization of isolated pyrimidine molecules. The impact energies range from the target ionization threshold up to ~1 keV for electrons and from 10 keV up to 10 MeV for protons. The cross-section calculations are performed within the 1st Born approximation in which the ejected electron is described by a Coulomb wave whereas the incident and the scattered projectiles are both described by plane waves. The pyrimidine target is described using the Gaussian 09 software package. Furthermore, our theoretical predictions obtained are in good agreement with experimental absolute total cross sections, while large discrepancies are observed between existing semi-empirical models and the present calculations.

  9. Electron- and proton-induced ionization of pyrimidine

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    Champion, Christophe; Quinto, Michele; Weck, Philippe F

    2015-03-27

    This present work describes a quantum-mechanically based model of the electron- and proton-induced ionization of isolated pyrimidine molecules. The impact energies range from the target ionization threshold up to ~1 keV for electrons and from 10 keV up to 10 MeV for protons. The cross-section calculations are performed within the 1st Born approximation in which the ejected electron is described by a Coulomb wave whereas the incident and the scattered projectiles are both described by plane waves. The pyrimidine target is described using the Gaussian 09 software package. Furthermore, our theoretical predictions obtained are in good agreement with experimental absolutemore » total cross sections, while large discrepancies are observed between existing semi-empirical models and the present calculations.« less

  10. HF Accelerated Electron Fluxes, Spectra, and Ionization

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    Carlson, Herbert C.; Jensen, Joseph B.

    2015-10-01

    Wave particle interactions, an essential aspect of laboratory, terrestrial, and astrophysical plasmas, have been studied for decades by transmitting high power HF radio waves into Earth's weakly ionized space plasma, to use it as a laboratory without walls. Application to HF electron acceleration remains an active area of research (Gurevich in Usp Fizicheskikh Nauk 177(11):1145-1177, 2007) today. HF electron acceleration studies began when plasma line observations proved (Carlson et al. in J Atmos Terr Phys 44:1089-1100, 1982) that high power HF radio wave-excited processes accelerated electrons not to ~eV, but instead to -100 times thermal energy (10 s of eV), as a consequence of inelastic collision effects on electron transport. Gurevich et al (J Atmos Terr Phys 47:1057-1070, 1985) quantified the theory of this transport effect. Merging experiment with theory in plasma physics and aeronomy, enabled prediction (Carlson in Adv Space Res 13:1015-1024, 1993) of creating artificial ionospheres once ~GW HF effective radiated power could be achieved. Eventual confirmation of this prediction (Pedersen et al. in Geophys Res Lett 36:L18107, 2009; Pedersen et al. in Geophys Res Lett 37:L02106, 2010; Blagoveshchenskaya et al. in Ann Geophys 27:131-145, 2009) sparked renewed interest in optical inversion to estimate electron spectra in terrestrial (Hysell et al. in J Geophys Res Space Phys 119:2038-2045, 2014) and planetary (Simon et al. in Ann Geophys 29:187-195, 2011) atmospheres. Here we present our unpublished optical data, which combined with our modeling, lead to conclusions that should meaningfully improve future estimates of the spectrum of HF accelerated electron fluxes. Photometric imaging data can significantly improve detection of emissions near ionization threshold, and confirm depth of penetration of accelerated electrons many km below the excitation altitude. Comparing observed to modeled emission altitude shows future experiments need electron density profiles