Simple Reactions

  • Harald Friedrich
Part of the Advanced Texts in Physics book series (ADTP)


Next to spectroscopic investigations of atoms, reactions provide one of the most important sources of information on the structure of atoms and their interactions. Reaction theory in general is a prominent and well developed field of theoretical physics [Bur77, AJ77, New82, Bra83, Joa87, Sit91] . In this chapter we shall restrict ourselves to the discussion of simple reactions which are induced by the collision of an electron with an atom or ion. In the simplest case, where we can assume the atom (or ion) to be a structureless object, this amounts to a two-body problem which can be reduced to a one-body problem for a particle with a reduced mass as described in Sect. 2.1.


Differential Cross Section Partial Wave Ionization Cross Section Exit Channel Incoming Electron 
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  • Harald Friedrich
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  1. 1.Physik-DepartmentTechnische Universität MünchenGarchingGermany

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