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Fully differential single-photon double photoionization of atomic magnesium

  • Author(s): Yip, FL;
  • Rescigno, TN;
  • McCurdy, CW
  • et al.

The valence-shell double ionization of atomic magnesium is calculated using a grid-based representation of the 3s2 electron configuration in the presence of a fully occupied frozen-core configuration of the remaining ten electrons. Atomic orbitals are constructed from an underlying finite-element discrete variable representation that facilitates accurate representation of the interaction between the inner-shell electrons with those entering the continuum. Length and velocity gauge results are compared with recent theoretical calculations and experimental measurements for the total double-, single-, and triple-differential cross sections, particularly at the photon energy of 55.49 eV for the last one. Comparison between the similar processes of double ionization of the ns2 atoms helium, beryllium, and magnesium further illuminates the role of valence-shell electron correlation in atomic targets with heliumlike electronic configurations and symmetry.

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