Author: Penny Anne Thorn
Thorn, Penny Anne, 2008 Electronic State Excitations in the Water Molecule by Collisions with Low Energy Electrons, Flinders University, School of Chemistry, Physics & Earth Sciences
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The present study was largely concerned with measuring accurate absolute values for the electronic state excitation cross sections in H2O, in the incident electron energy range 15eV to 50eV. It is hoped that these data will eventually help to improve the current state of electron - molecule scattering theory, as well as being useful in various fields of modelling. As an illustration of this latter point, the cross sections determined here were used to calculate quantities of importance in atmospheric modelling, namely, electron energy transfer rates and rates for the excitation of water molecules by auroral secondary electrons.
Keywords: EELS,cross sections,H2O,water,ICS,DCS,electron scattering,electron energy transfer rates,excitation rates,Meinel bands
Subject: Physics thesis
Thesis type: Doctor of Philosophy
School: School of Chemical and Physical Sciences
Supervisor: Associate Professor Michael Brunger