Relativistic Atomic Collisions

1st Edition

Authors: Jörg Eichler Walter Meyerhof
Hardcover ISBN: 9780122336751
eBook ISBN: 9780080540481
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 18th April 1995
Page Count: 413


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Relativistic Atomic Collisions is the first comprehensive treatise of relativistic atomic collision physics. Written by world-renowned experts in the field, the book covers both the theoretical and experimentalaspects of the subject. Part I of the book provides coverage of relativistic electron theory and of the relativistic treatment of collisions. This section, while providing fundamental information not featured in the standard texts, will be of particularinterest to advanced graduate students in courses on relativity, relativistic collisions, and atomic collisions. The second and third sections of the book will hold specific appeal to professional scientists. Part II presents a comprehensive review of the theory of relativistic collision physics. Part III covers the experimental methods in the field and contains very useful practical information in the form of formulas, graphs, and tables. These two sections make this book essential reading for scientists working on accelerators for relativistic heavy ions.

Key Features

@introbul:Key Features @bul:* Presents a comprehensive introduction into the theory of relativistic collision physics

  • Provides an explanation of theoretical methods for treating the Dirac equation for a time-dependent two-center system
  • Includes a review of the basic atomic collision processes
  • Gives explanations of experimental techniques in relativistic collision physics


The primary markets for this book include relativistic accelerator laboratories, atomic physicists, and theoretical physicists. Professional scientists benefit most from Parts II and III of the book. Part II represents a review, mainly of the theory of relativistic collisions. Part III covers the experimental methods of the field. A secondary market for this book is graduate students, who can greatly benefit from Part I which gives the tools of relativistic electron theory and of the relativistic treatment of collisions, much of which is not covered in the standard texts. Part Iis a suitable supplement for graduate courses involving relativity, relativistic collisions, and atomic collisions.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Part I: Theoretical Methods. Relativistic Kinematics. Fields of Moving Charges. Relativistic Electron Motion. Ion-Atom Collisions. Part II: Elementary Atomic Processes. Excitation and Ionization. Ionization-Many Electrons. Charge Exchange. Radiative Electron Capture. Electron-Positron Pair Production. Part III: Experimental Methods. Charge-State Preparation. Target Arrangements. Cross Section Determination. Appendix. Bibliography. Index.


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About the Author

Jörg Eichler

Affiliations and Expertise

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

Walter Meyerhof

Affiliations and Expertise

Stanford University