J. Phys. IV France
Volume 09, Numéro PR6, June 1999
International Conference on Coincidence Spectroscopy
Page(s) Pr6-115 - Pr6-118
International Conference on Coincidence Spectroscopy

J. Phys. IV France 09 (1999) Pr6-115-Pr6-118

DOI: 10.1051/jp4:1999626

Electron momentum spectroscopy studies on atom and molecules using monochromated electrons

M.J. Brunger1, W. Adcock1, D.A. Winkler2 and M.T. Michalewicz3

1  Department of Physics and Chemistry, The Flinders University of South Australia, G.P.O. Box 2100, Adelaide, South Australia 5001, Australia
2  CSIRO, Division of Molecular Science, Private Bag 10, Clayton South MDC, Clayton, Victoria 3169, Australia
3  BoM/CSIRO, High Performance Computing and Communication Centre, 24 Floor, 150 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia

A recently developed electron monochromator has been used in noncoplanar symmetric electron momentum spectroscopy studies on atomic argon and molecular cubane. This (e,2e) monochromator typically produces beam currents of 30uA, at better than 98% focus to the inner Faraday cup, into the interaction region. Contemporary work has concentrated on incident electron beam energies in the range 500-1800 eV. At these energies the overall coincident energy resolution is usually in the range 0.50-0.62 eV (FWHM). Binding energy spectra, at different values of recoil momenta, for both argon and cubane, highlight the performance of the spectrometer and will be presented. In addition, selected momentum distributions (MDs) for the respective valence orbitals in both argon and cubane will also be given. These MDs are compared against theory calculations made within either a distorted wave impulse approximation (argon) or plane wave impulse approximation (cubane) reaction mechanism framework. For the argon calculations Hartree-Fock orbitals were employed, while for cubane an extensive range of density functional theory basis sets were used. Some of the ramifications of the present results will be discussed.

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