Electron-Molecular Ion Collisions

  • J. B. A. Mitchell

Abstract

Collisions between electrons and molecular ions are among the most complex processes encountered in atomic and molecular physics since the range of initial, final, and intermediate states can be enormous. This leads to great difficulties for the theoretician who tries to model these processes and for the experimentalist who tries to conduct a well-defined measurement of them. For this reason, electron-molecular ion collisions are more poorly understood than other collision processes, and, indeed, for complex molecular ions, only the most rudimentary information is starting to become available.1 Even hydrogenic ion collisions are the subject of controversy and, despite several decades of study, still remain an enigma in many cases. This chapter will present a discussion of the state of our knowledge of these processes.

Keywords

Vibrational State Vibrational Level Potential Energy Curve Rydberg State Edge Plasma 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. B. A. Mitchell
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of Western OntarioLondonCanada

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