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Journal Articles Physical Review Letters Year : 2009

Rotational Cooling of HD+ Molecular Ions by Superelastic Collisions with Electrons

D. Shafir
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S. Novotny
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H. Buhr
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S. Altevogt
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A. Faure
M. Grieser
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A. G. Harvey
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O. Heber
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J. Hoffmann
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H. Kreckel
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L. Lammich
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I. Nevo
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H. B. Pedersen
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H. Rubinstein
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I. F. Schneider
D. Schwalm
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J. Tennyson
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A. Wolf
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D. Zajfman
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Merging an HD+ beam with velocity matched electrons in a heavy ion storage ring we observed rapid cooling of the rotational excitations of the HD+ ions by superelastic collisions (SEC) with the electrons. The cooling process is well described using theoretical SEC rate coefficients obtained by combining the molecular R-matrix approach with the adiabatic nuclei rotation approximation. We verify the ΔJ=-2 SEC rate coefficients, which are predicted to be dominant as opposed to the ΔJ=-1 rates and to amount to (1-2)×10-6cm3s-1 for initial angular momentum states with J≤7, to within 30%.
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D. Shafir, S. Novotny, H. Buhr, S. Altevogt, A. Faure, et al.. Rotational Cooling of HD+ Molecular Ions by Superelastic Collisions with Electrons. Physical Review Letters, 2009, 102, pp.223202. ⟨10.1103/PhysRevLett.102.223202⟩. ⟨hal-00479905⟩
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