Production Of 1s2s2p 4P States By Transfer-Loss Cascades In O5+ Collisions With He And H2 Targets

T.J.M. Zouros1,2 and B. Sulik, L. Gulyás, A. Orbán3

1) Dept. of Physics, University of Crete, P.O. Box 2208, 71003 Heraklion, Crete, Greece
2) Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser, P.O. Box 1527, 71110 Heraklion, Crete, Greece
3) Institute of Nuclear Research of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Debrecen, Hungary

Single differential cross-sections for transfer-loss (TL) leading to the production of O5+(1s2s 3S)nl 4L states were computed for 0.2 - 1.2 MeV/u collisions of O5+(1s22s) ions with He and H2 targets. At these collision energies, 1s loss is significant and electron transfer to n = 3 - 4 levels is dominant. Furthermore, due to spin conservation, quartet states can only be populated by TL. Within the independent particle model, the probability of 1s electron loss from O5+(1s22s) projectiles was calculated using the semi-classical approach, while the probability for electron transfer to the O5+(1s2s 3S)nl 4L states (n>=2) was computed using the continuum distorted wave (CDW) approximation. The majority of states with n > 2, can be assumed to have su±cient time to even- tually decay with an almost 100% probability to the long-living metastable 1s2s2p 4P level via a much faster sequence of electric dipole transitions, thus establishing an upper limit to such cascade contributions. The inclusion of this cascade feeding is found to lead to a strong enhancement in the production of the 1s2s2p 4P states, particularly for collisions with the H2 target, thus reducing dramatically the existing two-order of magnitude discrepancy between older TL calculations (for n = 2 only) and existing zero-degree Auger projectile electron spectroscopy measurements.

This work was supported by the Chemical Sciences, Geosciences and Biosciences Division,
Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy.

Submitted to ISIAC, July 2005 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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