State-selective one-electron capture by 4 keV ground state and metastable C2+ ions in collisions with H2, N2 and O2

D. Burns*, J. B. Greenwood, K. R. Bajajova, R. W. McCullough, J. Geddes, H. B. Gilbody

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The technique of double translational energy spectroscopy (DTES) has been used in a recently developed apparatus to study (for the first time) one-electron capture by state-prepared C2+ ions in collisions with H2, N2 and O2 molecules. These processes are relevant to astrophysical situations, planetary atmospheres and to the modelling and diagnostics of edge plasmas in current fusion devices. The main collision channels resulting from state-selective electron capture by pure beams of 4 keV 1S ground state and 3P metastable C2+ ions have been separately identified and their relative importance determined without any of the ambiguities inherent in TES studies normally carried out with ion beams of unknown metastable content. At the energy considered, only non-dissociative electron capture is observed with collision channels involving capture into the C+ (2s2p2)2S, 2D, 4P and C+ (2s22p)2P states together with the formation of H+2, N+2 and O+2 in ground and electronically excited states. Our measurements indicate that some of these molecular ions have significant degrees of vibrational excitation in accord with the Franck-Condon factors for the relevant transitions. Striking differences between the collision channels for 1S ground and 3P metastable ions are observed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1531-1541
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 28 Mar 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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