Heavy Particle Collisions: Recent Advances in the Theory of Charge Transfer by Low Energy Multiply-Charged Ions

  • Ronald McCarroll
Part of the Physics of Atoms and Molecules book series (PAMO)


The theory of collisions between heavy particles — atoms, ions, molecules — owes much to the many and varied contributions of David Bates throughout his long scientific career. The subject is broad in scope since the physical mechanisms in a collision can depend quite strongly on the specific nature of the interacting systems. This system dependence is particularly striking at low collision energies (from thermal up to around 1 keV/amu). Rather than attempt a general review of the field, I shall adopt a more pragmatic approach and concentrate on a particular class of heavy particle collisions, which will serve to illustrate the important features of recent theoretical developments. I shall be concerned with charge transfer processes involving multiply charged ions, a subject first initiated by the pioneering work of David Bates and his collaborators (Bates and Moiseiwitch, 1954; Dalgarno, 1957; Boyd and Moiseiwitch, 1957). Indeed the title of the first paper of the series entitled ‘Inelastic heavy particle collisions involving the crossing of potential energy curves. I: Charge transfer from H atoms to Be2+, Si2+ and Mg2+ ions’ by Bates and Moiseiwitch paved the way for much subsequent work.


Charge Transfer Internuclear Distance Potential Energy Curve Charge Transfer Process Galilean Invariance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald McCarroll
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  1. 1.Observatoire de l’Université de Bordeaux I (U.A. 352 du CNRS)FloiracFrance

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