Regular Article – Atomic and Molecular Collisions
Doubly differential cross sections for ionisation in proton–helium collisions at intermediate energies: energy and angular distribution of emitted electrons
Department of Physics and Astronomy and Curtin Institute for Computation, Curtin University, GPO Box U1987, 6845, Perth, WA, Australia
2 Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, 1 Bryce Ave, 6151, Kensington, WA, Australia
3 Institute of Nuclear Physics, 100214, Ulugbek, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Accepted: 20 June 2023
Published online: 10 July 2023
Using the two-centre wave-packet convergent close-coupling approach, we continue our study of the proton–helium collision system. This method uses a correlated two-electron wave function to describe the helium target and discretises the continuum using wave-packet pseudostates. The cross section differential in the electron-emission energy and emission angle is calculated for incident-projectile energies in the intermediate range from 70 to 300 keV, where coupling between various channels and electron–electron correlation effects are important. We also apply an alternative, simpler approach that reduces the target to an effective single-electron system. Overall, the present results from both methods agree well with the available experimental data. This positions both implementations of the two-centre wave-packet convergent close-coupling approach well to further study other doubly differential, as well as fully differential, cross sections of single ionisation in proton–helium collisions.
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