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Low-energy electron-impact ionization of helium

Schow, E., Hazlett, K., Childers, J., Medina, C., Vitug, G., Bray, I., Fursa, D.V. and Khakoo, M. (2005) Low-energy electron-impact ionization of helium. Physical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics, 72 (6).

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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°–130°. 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.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: Centre for Atomic, Molecular and Surface Physics
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Publisher: The American Physical Society
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