TITLE

Ab initio investigation of the autoionization process Ar*(4s 3P2, 3P0)+Hg→(Ar–Hg)++e-: Potential energy curves and autoionization widths, ionization cross sections, and electron energy spectra

AUTHOR(S)
Thiel, Linda; Hotop, Hartmut; Meyer, Wilfried
PUB. DATE
May 2005
SOURCE
Journal of Chemical Physics;5/8/2005, Vol. 122 Issue 18, p184309
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Multireference configuration interaction (MRCI) calculations have been performed for the Ar*(4s 3P2,0)+Hg collision complex. Feshbach projection based on orbital occupancy defines the entrance channel resonance states and provides their potential energy curves as well as resonance-continuum coupling matrix elements, which are turned into an autoionization width function by Stieltjes imaging. Coupled cluster calculations with singles, doubles, and pertubative triples [CCSD(T)] give the exit channel potential of ArHg+. The Hg20+ core is treated by a scalar-relativistic effective core potential, reparametrized to reproduce experimental excitation and ionization energies. Spin-orbit interaction is included for the Ar* open 3p shell. The nuclear motion is treated within the local complex potential approximation. Ionization occurs for 85% (3P0) and 98% (3P2) of the symmetry allowed close collisions. Calculated ionization cross sections show good agreement with experimental data. The difference potential of the collision complex is remarkably flat down to internuclear separations of 8a0 and leads to very sharp peaks in theoretical electron energy spectra for single collision energies. After accounting for the experimental energy distribution and the resolution function of the spectrometer, a very satisfying agreement with experimental electron energy spectra is found, including subtle differences due to spin-orbit coupling. Theoretical input appears indispensable for an analysis of the measured data in terms of potential energy curves and autoionization width functions.
ACCESSION #
17106380

 

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