The formation and decay of doubly excited methane in photon and electron interactions have been investigated through measuring (i) the cross sections for the emission of the Lyman-α fluorescence in the photoexcitation of CH4 as a function of incident photon energy in the range 18-51 eV and (ii) the electron-energy-loss spectrum of CH4 tagged with the Lyman-α photons at 80 eV incident electron energy and 10° electron scattering angle in the range of the energy loss 20-45 eV. Five superexcited states have been found, three of which are doubly excited states with the others being singly excited states. It has been found that the electron interaction with CH4 at 80 eV incident electron energy and 10° electron scattering angle accelerates the double excitation against the single excitation as compared with the photon interaction.
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 2005 Mar 14|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Condensed Matter Physics