A semiclassical over-barrier model for charge exchange between highly charged ions and one-optical-electron atoms

Fabio Sattin

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Absolute total cross sections for electron capture between slow, highly charged ions and alkali targets have been recently measured. It is found that these cross sections follow a scaling law with the projectile charge which is different from the one previously proposed which is based on a classical over-barrier model (OBM) and verified using rare gases and molecules as targets. In this paper we develop a 'semiclassical' (i.e. including some quantal features) OBM in an attempt to recover experimental results. The method is then applied to ion-hydrogen collisions and compared with the result of a sophisticated quantum mechanical calculation. In both cases the present method is found to underestimate the correct result by a factor of two, but, where comparison can be made, it is superior to other OBMs. A qualitative explanation for the discrepancies is also given. © 2000 IOP Publishing Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)861 - 867
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 14 Mar 2000
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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