Fragmentation of methane molecules by proton and antiproton impact

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  1. Topical Issue: Many Particle Spectroscopy of Atoms, Molecules, Clusters and Surfaces


Proton and antiproton collisions with methane molecules have been investigated in the impact energy range of 20–5000 keV. To address the multi-centre nature of the system, a spectral representation of the molecular Hamiltonian is used in conjunction with the independent electron model. The initially populated molecular orbitals are expanded in terms of a single-centred basis and the two-centre basis generator method is employed to solve the time-dependent single-electron Schrödinger equations. The single-electron solutions are complemented with a dynamical decay-route fragmentation model based on fixed branching ratios from [H. Luna, E.G. Cavalcanti, J. Nickles, G.M. Sigaud, E.C. Montenegro, J. Phys. B 36, 4717 (2003)] to obtain the cross sections for the production of CH4+, CH3+, CH2+, CH+ and C+ fragments. In the case of proton impact the calculations underestimate the measurements for CH4+ and CH3+, while good agreement is observed for the other fragments. A better consistency is found for antiprotons, particularly, for the production of CH4+, CH2+ and CH+.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyYork UniversityTorontoCanada

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