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Experimental and theoretical study of electron impact excitation of the 33P state of helium

Igual-Ruiz, N., Donnelly, B.P., McLaughlin, D.T., Cvejanovic, D., Crowe, A., Fursa, D., Bartschat, K. and Bray, I. (2001) Experimental and theoretical study of electron impact excitation of the 33P state of helium. Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, 34 (11). pp. 2289-2300.

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Excitation of the 3 3p state of helium has been studied experimentally and theoretically using the convergent close-coupling (CCC) and R-matrix with pseudo-states (RMPS) methods. The results of a polarization correlation experiment at 40 eV are accurately predicted by both theoretical methods. The CCC values of the integral polarization also agree well with experiment when the influence of cascading states is accounted for in the calculations. We conclude that the CCC/RMPS calculations provide the most reliable excitation cross sections available over a wide range of incident electron energies. A comparison is also made between experimental and RMPS cross sections and polarizations in the resonance region, 55-60 eV. This model represents the first attempt to explicitly include physical doubly excited states of neutral helium in a close-coupling calculation.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Centre for Atomic, Molecular and Surface Physics
Publisher: Institute of Physics
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