Double ionization of helium by highly-charged-ion impact analyzed within the frozen-correlation approximation

M. F. Ciappina*, T. Kirchner, M. Schulz

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Abstract

We apply the frozen-correlation approximation (FCA) to analyze double ionization of helium by energetic highly charged ions. In this model the double ionization amplitude is represented in terms of single ionization amplitudes, which we evaluate within the continuum distorted wave-eikonal initial state (CDW-EIS) approach. Correlation effects are incorporated in the initial and final states, but are neglected during the time the collision process takes place. We implement the FCA using the Monte Carlo event generator technique, which allows us to generate theoretical event files and to compare theory and experiment using the same analysis tools. The comparison with previous theoretical results and with experimental data demonstrates, on the one hand, the validity of our earlier simple models to account for higher-order mechanisms, and, on the other hand, the robustness of the FCA.

Original languageEnglish
Article number034701
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Volume84
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 23 Sep 2011
Externally publishedYes

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