Experimental study of the excitation mechanisms in Heq+-fullerene collisions

O Hadjar*, T Schlatholter, R Hoekstra, R Morgenstern

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In a recent study on Oq+ (1 less than or equal to q less than or equal to 7) collisions with C-60, We presented fragmentation patterns dominated by electron capture processes. We now investigate the remaining important interaction mechanisms: electronic excitation due to ion-electron interactions and vibrational excitation due to ion-nucleus interactions as well as the possible electronic-vibrational coupling. Using Heq+ (q = 1, 2) projectiles we observed a decrease of evaporation peaks (ascribed to vibrational excitation) with increasing collision energy (2 keV * q less than or equal to E-kin less than or equal to 100 keV * q) and an increase of small fragments C-n(+) as well as parent ions C-60(q+) (attributed to electronic excitation). The additional potential energy carried by He2+ (with respect to He+) was found to cause an extra fragmentation and ionization respectively in the low and high projectile energy regimes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-208
Number of pages2
JournalPhysica Scripta
Publication statusPublished - 1999
EventIX International Conference on Physics of Highly Charged Ions - , Germany
Duration: 9-Sep-199814-Sep-1998


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