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Journal of Molecular Modeling

, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 35–40 | Cite as

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

  • John P. Coyne
  • David W. Ball
Original Paper

Abstract

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.

Figure

Optimized structure of a stable H2OHe2+ complex

Keywords

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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