Encyclopedia of Astrobiology

2011 Edition
| Editors: Muriel Gargaud, Ricardo Amils, José Cernicharo Quintanilla, Henderson James (Jim) CleavesII, William M. Irvine, Daniele L. Pinti, Michel Viso

Electron Radiative Recombination

  • Steven CharnleyEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-11274-4_498



Electron radiative recombination is a chemical process whereby an electron reacts with a positive atomic ion to produce a neutral atom with the emission of a photon (i.e., radiation). Examples include electron reaction with H+ to produce H plus a photon; this process is responsible for the red color of many low-density nebulae.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Code 699Solar System Exploration Division, Code 691 Astrochemistry LaboratoryGreenbeltUSA