Electron scattering by nitrogen molecules

C. J. Gillan*, O. Nagy, P. G. Burke, L. A. Morgan, C. J. Noble

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The differential elastic and vibrationally inelastic cross sections for e-N2 scattering are calculated in the energy range from threshold to 30 eV using the R-matrix method. At low energies the cross sections are dominated by the well known 2 Pi g resonance. In this energy region non-adiabatic effects due to the coupling of the electronic and nuclear degrees of freedom are included. At higher energies the cross sections are dominated by the 2 Sigma u resonance. In this energy region the adiabatic approximation is appropriate. The cross sections are compared where possible with experiment. In general good agreement is obtained but some discrepancies suggest directions for future work.

Original languageEnglish
Article number032
Pages (from-to)4585-4603
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Physics B: Atomic and Molecular Physics
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 01 Dec 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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