Quantifying the strength and asymmetry of giant resonances in the photorecombination of Sc3+ and the photoionization of Sc2+

D. Nikolic, T.W. Gorczyca, N.R. Badnell

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We report on strong interference effects for the dominant, highly correlated, broad, and asymmetric 3p53d2(2F5/2,7/2o) giant resonances in the photorecombination of Sc3+. Using a nonorthogonal perturbative multiconfiguration Breit-Pauli approach, we present theoretical photorecombination cross sections that are in line with the Test Storage Ring measurements of Schippers et al. In order to reproduce the observed asymmetric resonance profiles near threshold, it was necessary to include resonance-continuum interference. Also, we present Sc2+ photoionization cross sections that agree with the Advance Light Source measurements of Schippers et al. This perturbative method is based on analytical expressions for the cross sections in terms of computed energies and transition rates, thereby directly determining resonance strengths and Fano asymmetry parameters. Of particular note, our reported absolute cross sections are in excellent agreement with experimental results, in contrast to all previous theoretical calculations. Furthermore, the apparent violation of the sum rule prediction, determined both from our integrated photoionization cross sections and from experimental results, is found to be due to radiative damping of narrow resonances.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)030501
JournalPhysical Review A
Publication statusPublished - 5 Mar 2010


  • photorecombination
  • giant resonances

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