Experimental and Theoretical Confirmation of the Role of Higher Order Mechanisms in the Electron Impact Double Ionization of Helium
Our recent measurements (Lahmam-Bennani et al 2010 J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 43 105201) of the (e,3-1e) four-fold differential cross sections (4DCS) for double ionization (DI) of helium are extended here to a wider range of ejected electron energies and very asymmetric energy sharing. Previous observations of large angular shifts in the experimental 4DCS distributions with respect to the momentum transfer axis are once again reproduced by the new measured data. Moreover, a comparison of all the data sets with the kinematical analysis previously given and with two newly developed non-first-order theoretical models for DI-namely the two-step 2-Monte Carlo event generator (TS2-MCEG) and a second Born approximation (B2)-confirms our interpretation which allows the observed shifts and the existence of structures in the intensity distributions to be mostly related to the second order, TS2 DI mechanism, which is shown to predominate over the first-order 'shake-off' (SO) and 'two-step 1' (TS1) mechanisms under the present kinematics.
C. Li et al., "Experimental and Theoretical Confirmation of the Role of Higher Order Mechanisms in the Electron Impact Double Ionization of Helium," Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, Institute of Physics - IOP Publishing, Mar 2011.
The definitive version is available at https://doi.org/10.1088/0953-4075/44/5/055201
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Keywords and Phrases
Born Approximation; High Energy Physics; Impact Ionization; Helium
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