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Division of Natural Sciences & MathematicsDepartment of Physics & Astronomy

Faculty & Staff

Bert Van Zyl

Research Professor Emeritus

  • Research Professor Emeritus
    Office: Physics 111
    Telephone: (303) 871-2116
    Email: bert.vanzyl@du.edu
  • I am developing a computational model to estimate the role of molecular vibrational excitation in electron-capture reactions involving proton impact on vibrationally excited hydrogen, nitrogen, and oxygen molecules. For low proton energies, the cross sections for such process can be remarkably different if the initial target molecules are vibrationally excited (for example, at elevated temperatures), but currently we have little experimental evidence of the magnitude of the effect.