We report on measurements of total cross sections (TCSs) for positron scattering from the fundamental organic molecule formaldehyde (CH2O). The energy range of these measurements was 0.26-50.3 eV, whereas the energy resolution was ∼260 meV. To assist us in interpreting these data, Schwinger multichannel level calculations for positron elastic scattering from CH 2O were also undertaken (0.5-50 eV). These calculations, incorporating an accurate model for the target polarization, are found to be in good qualitative agreement with our measured data. In addition, in order to compare the behaviour of positron and electron scattering from this species, independent atom model-screened additivity rule theoretical electron TCSs, now for energies in the range 1-10 000 eV, are also reported.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal of Physics B-Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|