Penning and associative ionization of triplet metastable helium atoms

B. J. Garrison, W. H. Miller, H. F. Schaefer

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Potential energy curves for the 1Σg +, 3Σu+, and 5Σg+ states which arise from two triplet metastable helium atoms (ls 2s3S) have been calculated by a large configuration interaction expansion. From the potential curves for the 1Σg+ and 3Σ u+ autoionizing states, cross section for Penning and associative ionization have been calculated; the total ionization cross section for thermal energy (0.026 eV) collisions, for example, is computed to be 94 Å2. In this low energy region the orbiting model is seen to be adequate for determining the total ionization cross section, but not the more specific cross sections.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3182-3192
Number of pages11
JournalThe Journal of chemical physics
StatePublished - 1973

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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