Benchmark differential cross sections for electron impact excitation of the n = 2 states in helium at near-ionization-threshold energies
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In this paper, we present new normalized experimental differential cross sections for electron impact excitation of the n = 2 states in helium. The incident electrons have energies in the range 23.5-35 eV, while the scattered electrons are detected over the angular range 10-130. Corresponding theoretical results from our convergent close-coupling approach are also presented and in general are in very good accord with our measured data. Where possible, a comparison of the present experimental and theoretical results with those from previous measurements is also made. The case for the n = 2 levels in helium constituting a benchmark cross section data set is examined.
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