Neutron-impact single and double ionization cross sections of the He atom are calculated near the neutron-alpha particle collision resonance. Calculations using the time-dependent close-coupling method for total and differential cross sections are made at 8 incident neutron energies ranging from 250 to 2000 keV. At the resonance energy peak the double ionization cross sections unexpectedly become larger than the single ionization cross sections. This finding appears to be related to the high velocity of the recoiling alpha particle, which makes it unlikely that the atomic electrons can recombine with the alpha particle nucleus, enhancing the double ionization cross section.
|Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
|Published - 29 Oct 2020
- double ionization,Migdal effect