The HD+ dissociative recombination rate coefficient at low temperature
1 Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany
2 Columbia Astrophysics Laboratory, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027, USA
3 Laboratoire Ondes et Milieux Complexes UMR-6294 CNRS and Université du Havre, 25, rue Philippe Lebon, BP. 540, 76058 Le Havre, France
4 LPF, UFD Mathémathiques, Informatique Appliquée et Physique Fondamentale, University of Douala, PO Box 24157, Douala, Cameroun
5 Laboratoire Aimé Coton, CNRS-UPR-3321, Univ. Paris-Sud et Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan, 91405 Orsay, France
a Corresponding author: A.Wolf@mpi-hd.mpg.de
Published online: 29 January 2015
The effect of the rotational temperature of the ions is considered for low-energy dissociative recombination (DR) of HD+. Merged beams measurements with HD+ ions of a rotational temperature near 300 K are compared to multichannel quantum defect theory calculations. The thermal DR rate coefficient for a Maxwellian electron velocity distribution is derived from the merged-beams data and compared to theoretical results for a range of rotational temperatures. Good agreement is found for the theory with 300 K rotational temperature. For a low-temperature plasma environment where also the rotational temperature assumes 10 K, theory predicts a considerably higher thermal DR rate coefficient. The origin of this is traced to predicted resonant structures of the collision-energy dependent DR cross section at few-meV collision energies for the particular case of HD+ ions in the rotational ground state.
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