Radiative charge transfer and association in slow Li^{−} + H collisions
^{1} School of Physics, Beijing Institute of Technology, 100081 Beijing, PR China
^{2} Data Center for High Energy Density Physics, Institute of Applied Physics and Computational Mathematics, PO Box 8009, 100088 Beijing, PR China
email: wu_yong@iapcm.ac.cn
^{3} Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale and Department of Modern Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, 230026 Anhui, PR China
^{4} Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts, PO Box 428, 1000 Skopje, Macedonia
Received: 21 July 2016
Accepted: 12 September 2016
Aims. The radiative charge transfer and association processes in Li^{−} + H collisions are studied in the 10^{10}−10 eV centerofmass energy range.
Methods. we carried out total and νresolved stateselective cross sections have been carried out by using the fully quantum, optical potential, and semiclassical methods.
Results. In the energy region below ~ 0.8 eV, the radiative association process is the dominant decay channel, while radiative charge transfer dominates at higher energies. Rich resonance structures are observed in the cross sections of both processes in the 0.1−1.5 eV energy range; These structures are associated with the quasibound states below the top of the centrifugal barrier of the effective potential in the entrance channel for specific vibrational and angular momentum states. It is found that with the increase of collision energy, the resonances occur for higher angular momentum states and lower vibrational states. Besides the cross sections for the studied processes we also present their reaction rate coefficients in the 10^{6}–10^{6}K temperature range.
Key words: early Universe / atomic data
© ESO, 2017
1. Introduction
The collision processes of light elements H (D), He, and Li play a dominant role in the chemistry of the early universe and in the formation of first cosmological objects (Lepp et al. 2002). Lithium abundances in stellar atmospheres are the key observational parameters, providing information about the stellar evolution (Lambert 1993; Carlsson & Shchukina 1994). The abundances of Li, Li^{+} and Li^{−} in the early universe are on the order of 10^{10}, 10^{11} and 10^{18}, respectively (Palla et al. 1995; Stancil et al. 1996). The lithium chemistry in the recombination era of the universe was analyzed in detail in Stancil et al. (1996, 1998), and Galli & Palla (1998). Despite its small abundance, the Li^{−} ion can still play a significant role in the overall chemistry of the early universe due to the highly diffuse nature of its weakly bound electron, which has a binding energy of 0.6180492 eV (Gunnar et al. 1996). Recently, the nonradiative charge transfer process Li^{−} + H → Li + H^{−} has been studied by the quantummechanical molecular orbital close coupling (QMOCC) method and it was found that in the temperature range 10^{3}−10^{6} K its rate coefficient increases from ~ 10^{12} cm^{3} s^{1} to 10^{7} cm^{3} s^{1}.In the present article we study, via a fully quantum mechanical approach, the radiative charge transfer (RCT) and radiative association (RA) processes in the Li^{−} + H collision system
where ν denotes the vibrational state of LiH^{−} in its ground electronic state.
To the best of our knowledge these processes have not been studied before. The article is organized as follows. In Sect. 2 we briefly outline the theoretical methods used for the description of processes (1) and (2). In Sect. 3 we present and discuss the results of our electronic structure and scattering calculations. Finally, a brief summary is given in Sect. 4. Atomic units are used in remainder of this article, unless explicitly indicated otherwise.
2. Theoretical methods
2.1. The fully quantum mechanical method
The fully quantum mechanical method for calculation of RCT is described in detail in Stancil & Zygelman (1996) and Zygelman & Dalgarno (1988) and for the radiative association in Zygelman & Dalgarno (1990), Zygelman et al. (1998), and da Silva Jr et al. (2015). Here we give only a brief outline. After decomposing the continuum wave functions of the system in its initial (A) and final (X) state of reaction (1) into partial waves with angular momenta J and J′, respectively, the RCT cross section can be derived in the form (3)Where the selection rule J′ = J ± 1 has been taken into account, c is speed of light, ω is the angular frequency of the emitted photon limited to ω_{max} by the maximum energy in the exit channel, k_{A} and k_{X} are the initial and final momenta, respectively, M_{JJ′} is the transition matrix coupling the initial and final molecular reaction states, (4)where D(R) is the dipole moment and k_{A} and k_{X} are given by (5)where E is the centerofmass collision energy, V_{A} and V_{X} are the adiabatic potential energies of the initial and final molecular state, respectively, μ is the reduced mass of colliding system and R is the internuclear distance. The partial wave functions satisfy the homogeneous radial equation (6)with the asymptotic (k_{i}R → ∞) condition (7)where is the phase shift. The radiative association cross section is given by (da Silva Jr et al. 2015) (8)where k(= k_{A}) and J are the wave number and the total angular momentum of the initial continuum state A with energy E, ν and J′(J′ = J ± 1) are the vibrational and rotational quantum numbers of the final bound electronic state X, respectively. The transition dipole moment M_{J′,J} is given again by Eq. (4) in which now the wave function describes a bound rovibrational state (ν,J′) in the potential well of ground electronic state X^{2}Σ^{+} of the LiH^{−} molecular ion with binding energy E_{ν,J′} and is normalized to unity. The energy of emitted photon is ħω = E + ΔE−E_{ν,J′} where ΔE is the energy difference between the V_{A}(R) and V_{X}(R) adiabatic potential energies. The partial wave function in the entrance channel satisfies Eq. (6) with the normalization form (7).
2.2. Opticalpotential and semiclassical methods for radiative decay
The optical potential approach (Stancil & Zygelman 1996; Zygelman & Dalgarno 1988) is used to calculate the total collision induced radiative decay cross section, that is the sum of RCT and radiative association cross sections. In this approach the transition (decay) probability is represented by the imaginary part of a complex optical potential. The Jth partial scattering wave function in the entrance channel (A) is obtained by solving the Schrödinger equation (9)where E is the collision energy and A(R) is the total collision induced radiative decay probability given by (Stancil & Zygelman 1996; Zygelman & Dalgarno 1988)
where V_{A}(R), V_{X}(R), and D(R) have the same meanings as before. The collision induced radiative decay cross section is given as (West et al. 1982; Cohen & Bardsley 1978; Zhao et al. 2004) (12)where η_{J} is the imaginary part of the phase shift for the Jth partial wave of the radial Schrödinger equation which in the distortedwave approximation is given by (Stancil & Zygelman 1996; Cohen & Bardsley 1978) (13)and (14)For high collision energies the number of angular momenta contributing to the sum (11) becomes very large and, using the classical relation between the angular momentum and the impact parameter, the summation over J in Eq. (11) can be replaced by integration over the impact parameter. Using further the JeffreysWentzelKramersBrillouin (JWKB) approximation for the phase shifts, one obtains the semiclassical expression for the radiative decay cross section (Chen 1967; Mizuno & Chen 1971)(15)where b is the impact parameter and is the classical turning point in the incoming channel. This formula has been used to calculate many cross sections of the radiative processes (Dalgarno et al. 1990; Andreazza et al. 1995; Bates 1951). For large energies (E ≥ V_{A}), the integral is nearly energy independent and σ(E) varies as E^{− 1/2}.
3. Results and discussions
3.1. Molecular structure calculations
In our previous work (Wu et al. 2016), the potential energy curves used in the scattering calculations have been calculated with the multireference single and double excitation configuration interaction (MRDCI) method (Buenker & Phillips 1985; Stefan & Buenker 1995). In Fig. 1, the potential energy curves V_{X}(R) and V_{A}(R) of 1^{2}Σ^{+} and 2^{2}Σ^{+} molecular states, corresponding to the exit and entrance channels of reactions (1) and (2), respectively, are plotted for the range of internuclear distances R = 0.2−20au. It can be observed that at small internuclear distances these potentials exhibit rather deep potential wells with depths of about 2.156 eV and 1.670 eV and the equilibrium positions of 3.15 au and 3.05 au, respectively. The maximum height of the potential at R ≈ 6 au is about 0.4178 eV above the dissociation limit. The long range multipole interaction between colliding particles plays an important role in the collision processes for very low collision energies. Beyond R = 50 au, the potentials of the 1^{2}Σ^{+} and 2^{2}Σ^{+} states are described by the longrange interaction (16)where C_{4},C_{6} and C_{8} are the dipole, quadrupole, and octupole polarizabilities of Li^{−}(1s^{2}2s^{2}) and H (1s) (Puchalski et al. 2011), respectively, and E_{∞} is the separated atom energy. The sharp change of the R behavior of the potential energy curve of the 2^{2}Σ^{+} state at R~ 6 au is because it has avoided crossing, at this internuclear distance, the potential energy curve of the 3^{2} ∑ ^{+} state that asymptotically correlates with the H(1s) + Li^{−}(1s^{2}2s2p_{0}3P°) configuration (Wu et al. 2016). The existence of this barrier in the potential of the entrance channel has significant effects on the cross sections of considered collision processes.
Fig. 1
Adiabatic potential energy curves for HLi^{−} as a function of internuclear distance R. 

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The dipole transition matrix element D(R) between 1^{2}Σ^{+} and 2^{2}Σ^{+} molecular states of HLi^{−} as a function of internuclear distance R is plotted in Fig. 2. It exhibits a broad peak at internuclear distances around R ~ 12.5 au beyond which it rapidly decreases. The contribution of the dipole transition moment from the short R region (R < 7 au) to the final cross sections is expected to be very small.
Fig. 2
Dipole transition matrix element between the 1^{2}Σ^{+} and 2^{2}Σ^{+} states of HLi^{−}. 

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Binding energies of vibrational levels in the potential well of the 2^{2}Σ^{+} state of HLi^{−}.
The binding energies of vibrational levels in the potential well of the ground electronic state 2^{2}Σ^{+} of HLi^{−}, obtained by solving the corresponding Schrödinger equation, are given in Table 1. The potential well of this state accommodates 41 vibrational levels.
3.2. Crosssection results
Using the expressions for the cross sections of RCT, radiative association (RA) and radiative decay processes given in Sect. 2 and the molecular structure results of the preceding subsection, we performed the crosssections calculations and the results are presented in Fig. 3. The fully quantal calculations were performed in the energy range 10^{10}−10 eV, while the semiclassical and optical potential calculations were performed in the 10^{4}−10 eV energy range. In Fig. 3 the cross section for the nonradiative charge transfer (NRCT) from (Wu et al. 2016) is also shown for comparison. The figure shows that in the energy region below ~ 1 eV the RA cross section is larger than the RCT cross section (by two orders of magnitude for E< 10^{3} eV), while for higher energies the opposite is true. The RA cross section becomes larger than the NRCT cross section for energies below ~ 10^{4} eV. In the overlapping energy range the optical potential and semiclassical decay cross sections coincide with the sum of the fully quantal RA and RCT cross sections, except for the absence of any resonant structure in the semiclassical cross section in the 0.2−2 eV energy range. The most remarkable features of quantum mechanical RA and RCT cross sections in Fig. 3 are the sharp resonances in the energy range 0.2−2 eV and the few broad resonances in the energy region below ~ 10^{5} eV. Similar resonant structures are also present in the quantal NRCT cross section and were discussed in detail in Wu et al. (2016). The origin of these resonances in the cross sections is the formation of quasibound states of the colliding system in the effective potential of the initial molecular state A^{2}Σ^{+}, (17)in which the colliding system temporarily resides (thus increasing the radiative decay probability).
The sharp crosssection peaks correspond to shape resonances formed below the top of the barrier of effective potential, while the broad resonances in the region below 10^{5} eV are caused by the nonmonotonic behavior of the long range potential (17) containing three contributions. The width of the resonant peak in the cross section is inversely proportional to the lifetime of the quasibound state. With increasing J the repulsive part of the potential becomes increasingly more dominant and at certain the effective potential attains an inflection point (at some R = R_{m}) and cannot support any bound state with the further increase of J′ or E. For energies above , the shape resonances in the cross section disappear. It should be noted that resonances have a quantum mechanical origin and cannot be described by the semiclassical radiative decay method.
Fig. 3
Total cross sections for radiative decay, radiative association, radiative charge transfer and nonradiative charge transfer in Li^{−} + H collisions. 

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Fig. 4
Total and νresolved radiative association cross sections in the Li^{−} + H collisions. 

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Fig. 5
Total and νresolved radiative association cross sections in the Li^{−} + H collisions. 

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Fig. 6
Radiative charge transfer cross section in the resonant energy region. 

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Energies, widths, and lifetimes of resonant states in the A^{2}Σ^{+} potential.
In Figs. 4 and 5 we show vibrationally resolved cross sections for the radiative association to vibrational levels of the ground state X^{2}Σ^{+} with ν = 34–38 (panel a), ν = 9–14 (panel b), ν = 1–15 (panel a) and ν = 0–11 (panel b) in the energy ranges 10^{10}−10^{3}, 0.2−0.5, 0.5−1.0 and 1.0−1.5 eV, respectively. The total RA cross section in these energy ranges is also shown. The resonant peaks are labeled by the quantum numbers (ν, J) of the rovibrational state in the effective potential of A^{2}Σ^{+} state. It is observed that by increasing the collision energy, the partial waves with high angular momentum dominantly contribute to the radiative association that populates the lower vibrational states of HLi^{−}. In Fig. 4a, the broad resonances below E = 10^{5} eV are not related to quasibound states in the main effective potential well of the upper state A^{2}Σ^{+}, but rather to the very shallow potential wells at large internuclear distances formed as result of superposition of the three terms of the multipole longrange potential (17), and their J values are very small. Figure 5 illustrates the rapid decrease of the cross section and the disappearance of its resonant structure for sufficiently high J values, indicating the reduction of quasibound states in the potential well of the effective potential of initial state. In Fig. 6 we show the RCT cross section in the resonant region 0.7−1.8 eV. The strongest resonances appear in the energy range 1.0−1.5 eV and involve high angular momenta (J = 50−73).
In order to determine the resonance peaks exactly, the complex absorbing potential combined with the MRDCI method (Riss & Meyer 1993; Peng et al., in prep.) was used to compute the resonance positions E_{r} and widths Γ and the results obtained are shown in Table 2. The dissociation limit of the upper A state is used as the zero of the real energy part E_{r}. It can be observed that the collision energies equal to the realenergy portion of the complex energy of that resonance state and the lifetime of these resonance states are on the order of 10^{11}−10^{14} s, except the resonance state of (ν = 9,J = 10), for which the lifetime is about 1.92 × 10^{8} s.
3.3. Reaction rate coefficients
We calculated the reaction rate coefficients for the radiative and nonradiative processes by averaging the cross sections shown in Fig. 3 over the Maxwellian velocity distribution; these reaction rate coefficients are plotted as a function of temperature T in Fig. 7. With increasing the temperature, the rate coefficients for radiative processes increase and attain their maxima in the regions around 4 × 10^{3} K for RA and 3 × 10^{4} K for RCT with maximum values of ~ 8 × 10^{16} cm^{3} s^{1} and ~ 2 × 10^{15} cm^{3} s^{1}, respectively. The figure shows that for T< 4 × 10^{3} K the RA rate coefficient is larger than that for the RCT process (by two orders of magnitude for T< 10 K), while for higher temperatures the opposite is true. The maximum value of the rate coefficient for the nonradiative charge transfer occurs at 3 × 10^{6} K and amounts to ~ 9 × 10^{8} cm^{3} s^{1}. The NRCT rate coefficient, however, decreases much more rapidly with the temperature decrease than the rate coefficients for the RA and RCT processes, and below ~ 0.3 K the RA rate coefficient becomes larger than that for the NRCT process. In the temperature region below ~ 0.3 K the radiative association is the dominant process in Li^{−} + H collisions.
4. Conclusions
The fully quantum, optical potential, and semiclassical methods are employed to calculate the radiative association, RCT, and radiative decay cross sections in Li^{−} + H collisions in the 10^{10}−10 eV energy range. In the energy region below ~ 0.8 eV the radiative association is the dominant radiative process, while above this energy the RCT dominates. A prominent feature of considered radiative processes is the appearance of resonant structures in the energy region below ~ 2 eV. In the energy range 0.2−2 eV the narrow resonances are associated with the formation of quasibound states in the effective potential of the entrance channel of RCT and RA reactions (shape resonances). The broad resonances in the energy region below ~ 10^{5} eV are associated with the nonmonotonic character of the longrange part of the potential of initial molecular state.
The vibrationaly resolved RA cross sections were also calculated. It is observed that with increasing the collision energy the partial waves with high angular momentum contribute dominantly to the radiative association, which populates the lower vibrational states of LiH^{−}(X^{2}Σ^{+}). For a given vibrational level ν, the resonances disappear for energies higher than certain value, indicating that the effective potential of the entrance channel has reached its inflection point R = R_{m}.
Fig. 7
Rate coefficients as a function of temperature for the radiative decay, radiative association, radiative charge transfer and nonradiative charge transfer processes in Li^{−} + H collisions. 

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The total rate coefficients for the RCT and RA reactions were also calculated. It is shown that RA rate coefficient is
larger than that for the nonradiative RCT for temperatures below 0.3 K, where the RA becomes the dominant process in Li^{−} + H collisions.
Acknowledgments
This work was supported by the National Basic Research program of China under Grant No. 2013CB922200, the Science Challenge Program and the National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant Nos. 11474032, 11474033 and 11534011.
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All Tables
Binding energies of vibrational levels in the potential well of the 2^{2}Σ^{+} state of HLi^{−}.
All Figures
Fig. 1
Adiabatic potential energy curves for HLi^{−} as a function of internuclear distance R. 

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In the text 
Fig. 2
Dipole transition matrix element between the 1^{2}Σ^{+} and 2^{2}Σ^{+} states of HLi^{−}. 

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In the text 
Fig. 3
Total cross sections for radiative decay, radiative association, radiative charge transfer and nonradiative charge transfer in Li^{−} + H collisions. 

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In the text 
Fig. 4
Total and νresolved radiative association cross sections in the Li^{−} + H collisions. 

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In the text 
Fig. 5
Total and νresolved radiative association cross sections in the Li^{−} + H collisions. 

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In the text 
Fig. 6
Radiative charge transfer cross section in the resonant energy region. 

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In the text 
Fig. 7
Rate coefficients as a function of temperature for the radiative decay, radiative association, radiative charge transfer and nonradiative charge transfer processes in Li^{−} + H collisions. 

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In the text 