Associative and Penning ionization cross sections are calculated for collisions between metastable hydrogen 2s atoms at thermal energies. Cross sections for deuterium 2s collisions are also reported. The associative ionization cross sections behave as E -1 for collision energy E, in agreement with an existing experiment. The Penning ionization cross sections dominate for all energies and are found to follow the E -2 /3 behavior that was predicted in previous work for the total ionization cross section. The magnitudes of our theoretical associative ionization cross sections for H(2s)+H(2s) collisions are between two and four times larger than the experimental data.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Physical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics|
|State||Published - Apr 11 2012|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics