Design and construction of a merging beams apparatus for investigation of atomic and molecular collision processes in the 0.05 to 100 eV energy range
Smith, Kenneth A. (Kenneth Alan)
Master of Arts
This thesis discusses determination of cross sections for atomic and molecular collision processes using the technique of merging beams. The design of a merging beams apparatus is outlined, and detailed design considerations for the beam-forming portion of the apparatus are given. Results of preliminary testing of the beam-forming portion of the apparatus show that the beams produced have the high current and low divergence required for merging beams experiments.