Fragmentation of H2O molecules following interaction with slow He2+ ions

P. Sobocinski, Z. D. Pešić, R. Hellhammer, N. Stolterfoht, J. Y. Chesnel, S. Legendre, B. Sulik

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The energy distributions of fragments produced in He2+ + H 2O collisions at projectile energies ranging from 1 keV up to 5 keV have been investigated experimentally as a function of the detection angle. Two groups of peaks are clearly visible. The first one, which extends up to ∼30 eV, corresponds to Coulomb explosion (CE) of the ionized target (H 2O)q+ following electron capture at relatively large impact parameters. At higher energies, a second group corresponds to fast fragments and scattered projectiles produced by quasi-binary collisions. In the analysis, particular attention was paid to these highly energetic ions. In this case, our absolute cross sections dσ/dΩ, differential in the observation angle, are smaller than those predicted by the Rutherford formula. Rather, our experimental values are in good agreement with absolute cross sections calculated using the ZBL potential that implies screening by the bound electrons.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-212
Number of pages6
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
Issue number1-4
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2005
EventFast Ion-Atom Collisions Proceedings of the Eight Workshop on Fast Ion-Atom Collisions -
Duration: Sep 1 2004Sep 3 2004


  • Absolute cross sections
  • Fragmentation
  • Highly charged ion
  • Molecule
  • Screening

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation

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