We Present Ionization Cross Sections of Hydrogen Molecules by Electron and Positron Impact for Impact Energies between 20 and 1000 EV. a Three-Body Classical Trajectory Monte Carlo Approximation is Applied to Mimic the Collision System. in This Approach, the H2 Molecule is Modeled by a Hydrogen-Type Atom with One Active Electron Bound to a Central Core of Effective Charge with an Effective Binding Energy. Although This Model is Crude for Describing a Hydrogen Molecule, We Found that the Total Cross Sections for Positron Impact Agree Reasonably Well with the Experimental Data. for the Electron Impact, Our Calculated Cross Sections Are in Good Agreement with the Experimental Data in Impact Energies between 80 EV and 400 EV But Are Smaller at Higher Impact Energies and Larger at Lower Impact Energies. Our Calculated Cross Sections Are Compared with the Scaled Cross Sections Obtained Experimentally for an Atomic Hydrogen Target. We Also Present Single Differential Cross Sections as a Function of the Energy and Angle of the Ejected Electron and Scattered Projectiles for a 250 EV Impact. These Are Shown to Agree Well with Available Data. Impact Parameter Distributions Are Also Compared for Several Impact Energies.



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European Commission, Grant 2021-1.2.4-TÉT-2021-00037

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charge exchange cross sections; classical trajectory Monte Carlo model; electron impact processes; ionization; positron impact processes

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1422-0067; 1661-6596

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Article - Journal

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Publication Date

01 Mar 2024

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