Electron excitation of the Schumann–Runge continuum, longest band, and second band electronic states in O2
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We report measurements of differential and integral cross sections for electron excitation of the Schumann–Runge continuum, longest band, and second band electronic states in molecular oxygen. The energy range of the present study is 15–200 eV, with the angular range of the differential cross section (DCS) measurements from 2 to 130°. A generalized oscillator strength analysis is then employed in order to derive integral cross sections (ICSs) from the corresponding DCSs, and these ICSs are compared with relevant energy and oscillator strength scaled Born cross section results determined as a part of this investigation. Interestingly, while the present Schumann–Runge continuum and second band ICSs were in reasonable agreement with the respective BEf-scaling results, agreement for the longest band was poor below 100 eV with a possible reason for this apparently anomalous behavior being canvassed here. Finally, where possible all present data are compared with the results from earlier measurements and calculations with the level of agreement found being very good in some cases and marginal in others.