Electron-redistributi0n processes in collisions of He2+ ions on H2 are studied for energies from 1 to 25 keV amu-1. One electron capture and target excitation cross sections are determined by photon-emission spectroscopy. At energies exceeding -5 ke V amu-1 capture into excited stated is the dominant charge-transfer process while at lower energies one-electron capture into the ground state dominates. The latter process is found to be accompanied by dissociation of the target and excitation of the resulting hydrogen atom. This can be explained qualitatively with the classical overbarrier model under the assumption that during the collision binding energy is exchanged between the electrons, which is a kind of auto-excitation process.

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Hoekstra, R, Folkerts, H. O, Beijers, J. P. M, Morgenstern, R, & de Heer, F. J. (1994). He2+-H2 collisions: non-dissociative and dissociative one-electron capture. J. Phys. B, 27, 2021–2031.