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Interatomic Coulombic Decay as a New Source of Low Energy Electrons in slow Ion-Dimer Collisions

Abstract : We provide the experimental evidence that the single electron capture process in slow collisions between O$^{3+}$ ions and neon dimer targets leads to an unexpected production of low-energy electrons. This production results from the interatomic Coulombic decay process, subsequent to inner shell single electron capture from one site of the neon dimer. Although pure one-electron capture from inner shell is expected to be negligible in the low collision energy regime investigated here, the electron production due to this process overtakes by one order of magnitude the emission of Auger electrons by the scattered projectiles after double-electron capture. This feature is specific to low charge states of the projectile: similar studies with Xe$^{20+}$ and Ar$^{9+}$ projectiles show no evidence of inner shell single-electron capture. The dependence of the process on the projectile charge state is interpreted using simple calculations based on the classical over the barrier model.
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W. Iskandar, J. Matsumoto, A. Leredde, X. Fléchard, B. Gervais, et al.. Interatomic Coulombic Decay as a New Source of Low Energy Electrons in slow Ion-Dimer Collisions. Physical Review Letters, American Physical Society, 2015, 114, pp.033201. ⟨10.1103/PhysRevLett.114.033201⟩. ⟨in2p3-01079961⟩

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