The energy loss of deuterons in 3He gas was measured at Ed = 15 to 100keV using the 3He pressure dependence of the 3He(d,p)4He cross-section at a given incident energy. At the highest energies, the observed energy loss is in good agreement with a standard compilation. However, with decreasing energy the experimental values drop steadily below the theoretical values and near Ed = 18keV they drop sharply (within 1keV) reaching the domain of nuclear stopping power. This threshold behavior is due to the minimum 1s → 2s electron excitation of the He target atoms, i.e. it is a quantum effect. Some consequences are discussed.
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- Nuclear and High Energy Physics