The R-matrix method is extended to treat electron scattering from molecules containing a heavy atom. It is then used to calculate low energy total elastic and vibrational excitation cross sections for e--HBr scattering. Results are obtained at the equilibrium internuclear separation using two approximations: the first in which polarization effects are represented by the inclusion of quadratically integrable correlation functions and the second in which polarized pseudostates as well as the target ground state are retained in the total wavefunction expansion. The calculations using the first approximation are carried out for a range of internuclear separations and the vibrational motion is then included using a non-adiabatic R-method approach. A low energy2å resonance is found in the fixed-nuclei calculations which gives rise to sharp threshold peaks in the vibrational excitation cross sections in qualitative accord with experiment. These peaks are interpreted as being due to the nuclear excited Feshbach resonance mechanism.
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 28 Oct 1993|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Condensed Matter Physics