Lectures on Ion-Atom Collisions

From Nonrelativistic to Relativistic Velocities


  • Jörg Eichler, Dr. rer. nat. Professor of Physics, Hahn-Meitner-Institut, Berlin and Freie Universitat, Berlin

Atomic collisions offer some unique opportunities to study atomic structure and reaction mechanisms in experiment and theory, especially for projectiles of high atomic number provided by modern accelerators. The book is meant as an introduction into the field and provides some basic theoretical understanding of the atomic processes occurring when a projectile hits another atom. It also furnishes the tools for a mathematical description, however, without going deeper into the technical details, which can be found in the literature given. With this aim, the focus is on reactions, in which only a single active electron participates. Collisional excitation, ionization and charge transfer are discussed for collision velocities ranging from slow to comparable to thespeed of light. For the highest projectile velocities, energy can be converted into mass, so that electron-positron pairs are created. In addition to the systematic treatment, a theoretical section specializes on electron-electroncorrelations and three chapters are devoted to selected highlights bordering to surface science and to physics with antiprotons.
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Graduate students and professional scientists interested in atomic collisions. Also graduate students and scientists in adjacent fields.


Book information

  • Published: September 2005
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-52047-0

Table of Contents

PrefaceContentsI. Nonrelativistic collisions1. Introduction2. Low-energy collisions: Basis expansions3. High-energy collisions: Perturbation theory for direct reactions4. High-energy collisions: Charge transferII. Relativistic collisions5. Relativisit kinematics and fields of moving charges6. Relativistic electron motion7. Relativistic ion-atom collisions: General theory8. Direct reactions: Excitation and ionization9. Relativistic electron transfer10. Radiative electron capture (REC)11. Electron-positron pair productionIII. Selected topics12. Selcted topics I: Hyperspherical coordinates13. Selected topics II: Hollow atoms in micro-capillaries14. Selected topics III: Resonant coherent excitation15. Selected topics IV: Atomic physics with antiprotonsAppendicesA. Fundamental constants and unitsBibliographyIndex