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The Physics of Multiply and Highly Charged Ions

Volume 1. Sources, Applications and Fundamental Processes

  • Fred J. Currell

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxiv
  2. Ion Sources

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. R. Trassl
      Pages 3-37
  3. Applications

  4. Fundamental Interactions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 197-197
    2. N. J. Wilson, K. L. Bell
      Pages 199-229
    3. A. Müller, S. Schippers
      Pages 269-301
    4. M. P. Scott, P. G. Burke
      Pages 303-332
    5. B. E. O’Rourke, H. Watanabe, F. J. Currell
      Pages 333-349
    6. Th. Stöhlker, T. Beier, H. F. Beyer, Th. Kühl, W. Quint
      Pages 351-386
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 387-389

About this book


It is arguable that most of chemistry and a large portion of atomic physics is concemed with the behaviour of the 92 naturally occurring elements in each of 3 charge states (+1, 0, -1); 276 distinct species. The world of multiply and highly charged ions provides a further 4186 species for us to study. Over 15 times as many! It is the nature of human beings to explore the unknown. This nature is par­ ticularly strong in physicists although this may not be readily apparent because theses explorations are undertaken in somewhat abstract 'spaces'. It is, then, no surprise that we have begun to explore the realm of multiply and highly charged ions. Over the past few decades, a consistent1y high quality body of work has emerged as the fruits of this exploration. This intemationally based subject, pursued in universities and research laboratories worldwide, has ex­ panded beyond its roots in atomic physics. We now see it embracing elements of surface science, nuclear physics and plasma physics as well as drawing on a wide range of technologies. This speciality offers new tests of some of our most fundamental ideas in physics and simultaneously new medical cures, new ways of fabricating electronic gadgets, a major hope for clean sustainable energy and explanations for astrophysical phenomena. It is both a deeply fundamental and a widely applicable area of investigation.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Fred J. Currell
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsThe Queen’s UniversityBelfastNorthern Ireland

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