A crossed-beams energy-loss spectrometer has been used to study, for the first time, angular distributions for the superelastic scattering of an electron from a positive ion. It is often a distinct disadvantage for collision studies that ECR sources tend to produce ions in a mixture of ground and metastable levels. We have however used this to our advantage to study superelastic scattering from metastables, observing energy gain spectra using an electrostatic hemispherical analyser fitted with a position sensitive detector. First results are presented for Ar3+ ions, with observation of the 3s23p3 2D° metastable state at 2.61 eV above the ground 3s23p3 4S° level.
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||Physica Scripta T|
|Publication status||Published - 01 Dec 1997|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Mathematical Physics
- Condensed Matter Physics