We report a collision dynamics study on electron-impact ionization-excitation and double-ionization of He at large momentum transfer. The symmetric noncoplanar (e,2e) and (e,3-1e) cross sections have been measured for transitions to the He+ n=2 excited state and He 2+doubly ionized state at impact energies of 1.2, 2.1, and 4.3 keV. An investigation of impact energy dependence of the cross sections provides definite evidence that noticeable higher-order effects are involved even at the rather high impact energies used. It has been found that second Born approximation calculations satisfactorily account for the experimental results, indicating that the second-order two-step mechanisms play crucial roles in the ionization-excitation and double-ionization processes under the kinematical conditions considered here.
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