Comparison between present calculated photoionization cross sections for Xe (solid, black) and Xe@C<sub>60</sub> using spherical potential 1 (dash, red) and fitted jellum potential 2 (dash dot, blue)

<p><strong>Figure 2.</strong> Comparison between present calculated photoionization cross sections for Xe (solid, black) and Xe@C<sub>60</sub> using spherical potential 1 (dash, red) and fitted jellum potential 2 (dash dot, blue).</p> <p><strong>Abstract</strong></p> <p>Confining resonances in the photoionization of endohedral atoms are a topic of major research interest. The C<sub>60</sub> fullerene cage has been commonly modelled as a spherical attractive cavity and more recently with a newly proposed jellium model (Verkhovtsev <em>et al</em> 2012 <em>J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys.</em> <strong>45</strong> 215101). In this work, the bound wavefunctions are determined by solving the relativistic multiconfiguration Dirac–Fock equations. The photoionization cross sections of Xe and Xe@C<sub>60</sub> have been calculated using the relativistic <em>R</em>-matrix method for both a spherical attractive cavity and the newly proposed jellium potential. Comparison between the present calculations and other experimental and theoretical results demonstrate that configuration interaction has an important effect. The resonance resulting from confinement by the fullerene cage compares well with the experimental measurements.</p>