Journal of Molecular Modeling

, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 35–40

Alpha particle chemistry. On the formation of stable complexes between He2+ and other simple species: implications for atmospheric and interstellar chemistry

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s00894-008-0371-3

Cite this article as:
Coyne, J.P. & Ball, D.W. J Mol Model (2009) 15: 35. doi:10.1007/s00894-008-0371-3


The possibility that stable complexes may be formed between alpha particles (He2+) and small molecules is investigated using QCISD quantum mechanical calculations. Implications for their presence in the terrestrial atmosphere and/or in interstellar space are discussed.


Optimized structure of a stable H2OHe2+ complex


Alpha particle chemistry Atmospheric chemistry Interstellar chemistry QCISD 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Gilmour AcademyGates MillsUSA
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryCleveland State UniversityClevelandUSA

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