Strong velocity dependence of electron capture in collisions between aligned Na*(3p) and He2+

AR Schlatmann *, R Hoekstra, R Morgenstern, RE Olson, J Pascale

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By analyzing spectra of emitted photons, we have studied state-selective electron capture in collisions of He2+ on aligned Na*(3p) atoms that span the ''velocity-matching'' energy between projectile and target electron. We find a strong dependence of the capture cross sections on the Na*(3p) orbital alignment, i.e., aligned perpendicular or parallel to the ion beam direction. The preference changes from perpendicular to parallel at a velocity close to the classical orbital velocity of the 3p electron. Classical-trajectory Monte Carlo calculations reproduce this striking energy dependence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)513-516
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 26-Jul-1993



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