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Equations of motion method: Inelastic electron scattering for helium and CO2 in the Born approximation

McCurdy, Clyde W., Jr. and McKoy, Vincent (1974) Equations of motion method: Inelastic electron scattering for helium and CO2 in the Born approximation. Journal of Chemical Physics, 61 (7). pp. 2820-2826. ISSN 0021-9606.

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We have applied the equations of motion method to the computation of generalized oscillator strengths in helium and CO2. The equations of motion approach yields excitation energies without the computation of separate ground and excited state wavefunctions and is ideally suited for computing matrix elements of the operator used in the Born approximation. Our results for helium agree well with more extensive calculations [Y. Kim and M. Inokuti, Phys. Rev. 175, 176 (1968)]. We compare our generalized oscillator strengths for CO2 with experiment, and discuss assignments including the peaks at 8.61 and 9.16 eV in the experimental energy loss spectrum. We also compute a valencelike 1Sigma<sub>u</sub><sup>+</sup> state below the first ionization potential with a large oscillator strength (f=0.64), which may be responsible for the proposed continuum absorption between 11–14 eV in CO2.

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Additional Information:© 1974 American Institute of Physics. Received 12 November 1973. The authors would like to thank W.A. Goddard for supplying the SCF computer programs, and John Rose and David Huestis for computational assistance. One of us (CWM) thanks the National Science Foundation for support and the California Institute of Technology for the award of an Earl C. Anthony Fellowship. Arthur Amos Noyes Laboratory of Chemical Physics, Contribution No. 4792.
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