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Lectures on Ion-Atom Collisions - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444520470, 9780080461113

Lectures on Ion-Atom Collisions

1st Edition

From Nonrelativistic to Relativistic Velocities

Author: Jörg Eichler
Paperback ISBN: 9780444520470
eBook ISBN: 9780080461113
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 23rd September 2005
Page Count: 272
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Table of Contents

I. Nonrelativistic collisions
1. Introduction
2. Low-energy collisions: Basis expansions
3. High-energy collisions: Perturbation theory for direct reactions
4. High-energy collisions: Charge transfer
II. Relativistic collisions
5. Relativisit kinematics and fields of moving charges
6. Relativistic electron motion
7. Relativistic ion-atom collisions: General theory
8. Direct reactions: Excitation and ionization
9. Relativistic electron transfer
10. Radiative electron capture (REC)
11. Electron-positron pair production
III. Selected topics
12. Selcted topics I: Hyperspherical coordinates
13. Selected topics II: Hollow atoms in micro-capillaries
14. Selected topics III: Resonant coherent excitation
15. Selected topics IV: Atomic physics with antiprotons
A. Fundamental constants and units


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 the
speed 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-electron
correlations and three chapters are devoted to selected highlights bordering to surface science and to physics with antiprotons.

Key Features

  • Simple access to the theory of collisions between ions and atoms
    * Systematic treatment of basic features needed for an understanding
    * Mathematical details are omitted and referred to references
    * In order to bear out the essential ideas most clearly, a single active electron is assumed in most cases
    * In selected examples, theoretical results are confronted with experiment
    * Discussion supported by a large number of illustrations
    * Selected highlights in borderline fields are presented


Graduate students and professional scientists interested in atomic collisions. Also graduate students and scientists in adjacent fields.


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About the Author

Jörg Eichler

Affiliations and Expertise

Hahn-Meitner-Institut, Berlin and Freie Universitat, Berlin