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Computer Experiments on Electron-Ion Recombination in an Ambient Medium: Gases, Plasmas and Liquids

  • Wm. Lowell Morgan
Part of the Physics of Atoms and Molecules book series (PAMO)

Abstract

Concern over the rate at which ions recombine with other ions or with electrons in an ambient medium followed very shortly the discovery of the electron itself in 1896. The papers published on recombination in the ninety years since are legion. This is largely due to the wide range of phenomena in which charged particle recombination is found to be important. Examples include the upper atmosphere, vapor lamps, lasers, and radiation chemistry. The importance of recombination lies in its frequently being the rate limiting step in the removal of charged particles or in the formation of important neutral species in a system. Ionic recombination processes can be grouped into the following categories: 2-body ion-ion mutual neutralization, 3-body ion-ion recombination, 2-body electron-ion dissociative recombination, 2-body electron-ion dielectronic recombination, 2-body electron-ion radiative recombination, 3-body electron-ion collisional radiative recombination, and 3-body neutral assisted electron-ion recombination. Much of the progress in thoretical understanding of recombination processes is attributable to Sir David Bates, whose first publication and at least fifty five of his more than two hundred sixty succeeding papers have dealt with recombination processes.

Keywords

Monte Carlo Rate Coefficient Inelastic Collision Inelastic Cross Section Dissociative Recombination 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wm. Lowell Morgan
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  1. 1.Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Department of Applied ScienceUniversity of California at Davis-LivermoreLivermoreUSA

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