We lay out a unified formalism for the description of radiative electron capture into excited states of heavy, few-electron ions and their subsequent decay, including a full account of many-electron effects and higher-order multipoles of the radiation field. In particular, the density-matrix theory is applied to explore the magnetic sublevel population of the residual ions, as described in terms of alignment parameters. For the electron capture into the initially hydrogenlike U91+ and lithiumlike U89+ uranium projectiles, the alignment parameters are calculated, within the multiconfiguration Dirac-Fock approach, as a function of the collision energy and for different ionic states. From these calculations, we find that the many-electron interactions may result in a small enhancement of the alignment, and that this effect becomes more pronounced for highly excited levels.
|Journal||Physical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 23 2006|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics