Quantum Theoretical Methods for Calculating Ionization Cross Sections

  • S. M. Younger


The electron impact ionization of atoms and ions is a topic of both fundamental and practical importance in modern atomic physics. From a practical standpoint, estimates of the rates of ionization of highly charged ions in high temperature plasmas are important components of models of the structure and dynamics of laboratory and astrophysical plasmas. Theoretical modeling of the complex ionic transport mechanisms observed in fusion plasma machines demands that rates for the relevant atomic processes be known. Since the ionization rate along with the associated recombination rates govern the charge state structure of plasmas, they are also important for the prediction of the spectral distribution of radiation from hot plasmas.


Partial Wave Electron Ionization Ionization Cross Section Distorted Wave Incident Electron Energy 
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  • S. M. Younger
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  1. 1.Lawrence Livermore National LaboratoryLivermoreUSA

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