Intensity and polarization of light emitted in slow ion-atom collisions

Herbert F.M. Dacosta, David A. Micha, Keith Runge

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We study the intensity and polarization of light emitted during slow ion-atom collisions. We describe the nuclei as moving along classical trajectories while the electronic rearrangement is treated using time-dependent molecular orbitals. The intensity of emitted light is calculated from the diatomic time-dependent dipole. We evaluate the diatomic dipole matrix elements involving 1s, 2s, and 2p traveling atomic orbitals suitable for time-dependent collision studies. We calculate the intensity and the polarization of light emitted in p + H(1s) collisions at kinetic energies from 10 to 1000 eV, for several impact parameters, changing over time. The emitted intensity goes through a maximum as the collision energy increases and lasts between 10 and 1 fs; the polarized light components parallel and perpendicular to the incoming beam direction show pronounced dependences on impact parameters and time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1469-1477
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Quantum Chemistry
Issue number7
StatePublished - Dec 15 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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