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Electron capture by Ne4+ ions from atomic hydrogen

Savin, Daniel Wolf; Havener, C. C.; Rejoub, R.; Vane, C. R.; Krause, H. F.; Schnell, M.; Wang, J. G.; Stancil, P. C.

Using the Oak Ridge National Laboratory ion-atom merged-beams apparatus, the absolute total electron-capture cross section has been measured for collisions of Ne4+ with hydrogen and deuterium at relative energies in the center-of-mass frame between 0.10 and 1006 eV/u. Comparison with previous measurements shows large discrepancies between 80 and 600 eV/u. For energies below ∼1 eV∕u, a sharply increasing cross section is attributed to the ion-induced dipole attraction between the reactants. Multichannel Landau-Zener calculations are performed between 0.01 and 5000 eV/u and compare well to the measured total cross sections. Below ∼5 eV∕u, the present total cross section calculations show a significant target isotope effect. At 0.01 eV/u, the H:D total cross section ratio is predicted to be ∼1.4 where capture is dominated by transitions into the Ne3+ (2s22p23d) configuration.


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Physical Review A

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Astronomy and Astrophysics
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March 27, 2013