Research Papers in Physics and Astronomy


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Published in Physical Review A Volume 29, Number 1, January 1984. Copyright © American Physical Society; used by permission.


Absolute cross sections for multiple ionization (σq)of He, Ne, Ar, and Kr are presented for proton-impact energies between 10 and 4000 keV. Charge states up to 6 + are observed for Kr. The results are obtained by measuring relative yields of multiply charged ions with a time-of-flight spectrometer and normalizing to total ion-production cross sections σT= ∑qσq. The results are compared with existing proton- and electron-impact data. Relative multiple- to single-ionization cross-section ratios are also presented for He+ impact.

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