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dc.creatorHIGGS, CHARLES
dc.date.accessioned 2007-05-09T19:35:23Z
dc.date.available 2007-05-09T19:35:23Z
dc.date.issued 1984
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/15827
dc.description.abstract Negative ions formed in the reaction A** + BC (--->) A('+) + BC('-) where A** is a highly-excited Rydberg atom and BC is an electron-attaching molecule exhibit very long lifetimes against autodetachment. This has led to speculation that these negative ions may be stabilized by a post-attachment interaction with the Rydberg atom ion core. In such a stabilization process the Rydberg ion core would carry away some of the vibrational energy of the negative ion. To investigate this possibility the kinematics of Xe(nf) - SF(,6) collisions have been studied and the data compared to the results of a Monte Carlo calculation. These comparisons indicate that few electron transfer reactions lead to significant energy transfer to the Rydberg ion core, implying that the observed long lifetime of the SF(,6)('-) ion is a consequence of the very low initial translational energy of the Rydberg electron, rather than a post-attachment interaction.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.subjectMolecular physics
dc.title THE KINEMATICS OF RYDBERG ATOM - SULFUR HEXAFLUORIDE COLLISIONS
dc.type.genre Thesis
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thesis.degree.department Physics
thesis.degree.discipline Natural Sciences
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Doctoral
thesis.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy
dc.identifier.citation HIGGS, CHARLES. "THE KINEMATICS OF RYDBERG ATOM - SULFUR HEXAFLUORIDE COLLISIONS." (1984) Diss., Rice University. https://hdl.handle.net/1911/15827.


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