Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. John A. Tanis

Second Advisor

Dr. Eugene M. Bernstien

Third Advisor

Dr. Mark W. Clark

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Cross sections for 1 MeV/u oxygen projectile ions which have gained or lost an electron after passing through a gas target were measured as a function of target Z for several incident projectile charge states. The targets used were D2, He, Ne, Ar and Kr, and the projectiles had charges of 5+, 6+, 7+ and 8+.

The electron capture measurements are generally in reasonable agreement with existing theoretical and empirical scaling rules. The electron loss cross sections differ appreciably from predictions of the PWBA, particularly for the heaviest targets studied. Empirical scaling relationships are derived for the present capture and loss cross sections which essentially fit all of the data.