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Final Report Summary - EMOL (Investigation of low-energy electron collisions with molecules in cluster and surface environments)

The purpose of this award was to develop a research program within the European Union (EU) to perform theoretical investigations of low-energy electron attachment to polyatomic molecules, clusters and molecules in cluster environment. These processes are important for many applications including the radiation damage, nanolithography, plasma processing, astrochemistry and environmental science.
In the field of dissociative electron attachment (DEA) to polyatomic molecules, our goal was to combine ab initio methods for electron-molecule scattering developed at the Open University with the resonance R-matrix theory for treatment of the nuclear dynamics developed by the MC Fellow. The objective was to apply the new formulation to a broad class of molecules including the molecules of biological interest. Another objective was to extend the resonance R-matrix theory to multidimensional case allowing us to include several vibrational degrees of freedom in treatment of the dissociative process.
In the field of electron attachment to molecules in cluster environment the objective was to combine the theory of multiple scattering developed by Prof. Laurent Caron (Sherbrooke University) and Dr. Gorfinkiel (OU) with the resonance R-matrix theory. It was also planned to develop further the theory of nondissociative attachment to molecular van der Waals clusters to provide theoretical support to experiments of Professor N J Mason and Dr. Samuel Eden (Open University).

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THE OPEN UNIVERSITY
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