Inelastic processes in collisions of lithium positive ions with hydrogen anions and atoms
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Inelastic processes in the low-energy collisions Li3+ + H−, Li2+ + H, Li2+ + H- and Li+ + H are investigated for all collisional channels with the excited ionic lithium states Li2+ (nl) and Li+ (1s nl) up to and including the corresponding ion-pair states for the temperature range 1000–20 000 K. For all possible processes in the Li3+ + H- and Li2+ + H collisions inelastic cross sections and rate coefficients are calculated for the transitions between the ion-pair channel Li3+ + H- and the 35 below lying contributing Li2+ (nl) + H channels. It is found that the highest values of cross sections and rate coefficients are obtained for the recombination processes and their inverse, the ion-pair formation processes, involving the Li2+ (3l), Li2+ (4l), and Li2+ (5l) states. For the processes in the Li2+ + H- and Li+ + H collisions, cross sections and rate coefficients are calculated for all transitions between 34 Li+ (1s nl) + H channels lying below Li2+ + H- plus this ion-pair channel. In this case the highest rate coefficients correspond to the recombination processes with the Li+(1s3l 1,3 L) and Li+(1s4l 1,3 L) final states, as well as their inverse processes of ion-pair production. Rate coefficient values for these most efficient processes are rather high, of the order of 10−8 cm3/s. This leads to total recombination rate coefficients in Li3+ + H- and Li2+ + H- collisions with values larger than 10−7 cm3/s.
KeywordsAtomic and Molecular Collisions
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