Research Papers in Physics and Astronomy

 

Date of this Version

May 1993

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Published in Phys. Rev. A 47, 3775 - 3787 (1993) [Issue 5 – May 1993]. ©1993 The American Physical Society. Used by permission.

Abstract

We have measured the integrated Stokes parameters of the light emitted following the impact excitation by polarized electrons of the np5 (n+1)p [5/2] 3 states in Ne (n=2), Ar (n=3), Kr (n=4), Xe (n=5), and the np5 (n+1) p[5/2] 2 state in Kr. The near-threshold linear-polarization fractions η1 were consistent with zero for all of the J=3 states measured, providing no evidence of Mott scattering. For J=2 excitation, η1 shows the clear influence of the intermediately coupled nature of the state. At threshold, the measured circular polarization η2 and linear polarization η3 for the J=3 states agree well with the LS-coupled threshold predictions. These results provide the basis for optical measurements of electron polarization.

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