Research Papers in Physics and Astronomy


Date of this Version

January 1987


Published by American Physical Society. Phys. Rev. A 35, 1 (1987). Copyright © 1987 American Physical Society. Permission to use.


A nonorthogonal configuration-interaction procedure has been used to calculate adiabatic energy curves of ArH+. The basis functions are a mixture of typical molecular-orbital configurations and typical valence-bond (Heitler-London) configurations. This gives an economical description of the wave functions, allowing an easy tracing of various diabatic states through the adiabatic states and a clear identification of the asymptotic states. The results are used to rationalize the unexpectedly large production of Ar2++H- from collisions of H+ with Ar.

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