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Experimental and theoretical cross sections for positron scattering from the pentane isomers.



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Chiari, Luca and Zecca, Antonio and Blanco Ramos, Francisco and Brunger, M. J. (2016) Experimental and theoretical cross sections for positron scattering from the pentane isomers. Journal of chemical physics, 144 (8). ISSN 0021-9606

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4942472


Isomerism is ubiquitous in chemistry, physics, and biology. In atomic and molecular physics, in particular, isomer effects are well known in electron-impact phenomena; however, very little is known for positron collisions. Here we report on a set of experimental and theoretical cross sections for low-energy positron scattering from the three structural isomers of pentane: normal-pentane, isopentane, and neopentane. Total cross sections for positron scattering from normal-pentane and isopentane were measured at the University of Trento at incident energies between 0.1 and 50 eV. Calculations of the total cross sections, integral cross sections for elastic scattering, positronium formation, and electronic excitations plus direct ionization, as well as elastic differential cross sections were computed for all three isomers between 1 and 1000 eV using the independent atom model with screening corrected additivity rule. No definitive evidence of a significant isomer effect in positron scattering from the pentane isomers appears to be present. (C) 2016 AIP Publishing LLC.

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© American Institute of Physics 2016.
The experimental work at the University of Trento was undertaken under a Memorandum of Understanding with the Flinders University node of the former Australian Research Council's Centre of Excellence for Antimatter-Matter Studies. G.G. and F.B. would like to acknowledge the Spanish Ministerio de Economia y Productividad (Project No. FIS2012-31230) and the European Science Foundation (COST Action Grants Nos. MP1002-Nano-IBCT and MC1301-CELINA) for financial support. Finally, L.C. thanks the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science for his fellowship.

Uncontrolled Keywords:Electron-scattering; c3h6 isomers; c4f6 molecules; Noble gases; Polarizabilities; Impact; Hydrocarbons; c4h10; Model.
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Nuclear physics
ID Code:37577
Deposited On:23 May 2016 15:54
Last Modified:10 Dec 2018 14:57

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