Electron recombination with multicharged ions via chaotic many-electron states

V. V. Flambaum, A. A. Gribakina, G. F. Gribakin, C. Harabati

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We show that a dense spectrum of chaotic multiply excited eigenstates can play a major role in collision processes involving many-electron multicharged ions. A statistical theory based on chaotic properties of the eigenstates enables one to obtain relevant energy-averaged cross sections in terms of sums over single-electron orbitals. Our calculation of low-energy electron recombination of Au25+ shows that the resonant process is 200 times more intense than direct radiative recombination, which explains the recent experimental results of Hoffknecht [J. Phys. B 31, 2415 (1998)].
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)012713-1-012713-7
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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