Molecular Processes in Plasmas

Collisions of Charged Particles with Molecules

  • Yukikazu Itikawa

Part of the Springer Series on atomic, optical, and plasma physics book series (SSAOPP, volume 43)

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Molecular Processes in Plasmas describes elementary collision processes in plasmas, particularly those involving molecules or molecular ions. Those collision processes (called molecular processes) maintain plasmas, produce reactive species and emissions, and play a key role in energy balance in plasmas or more specifically in determining the energy distribution of plasma particles. Many books on plasma physics mention the elementary processes, but normally rather briefly. They only touch upon the general feature or fundamental concept of the collision processes. On the other hand, there are many books on atomic and molecular physics, but most of them are too general or too detailed to be useful to people in the application fields. The present book enumerates all the possible processes in the collisions of electrons, as well as ions, with molecules. For each process, a compact but informative description of its characteristics is given together with illustrative examples. Since the author has much experience as a practitioner in the field of atomic and molecular physics, the description is based on a thorough and up-to-date knowledge of the processes.


Cross section Electron collision Ion collision Molecules Plasma Plasmas atmosphere collision molecule particles

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  • Yukikazu Itikawa
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