Research Papers in Physics and Astronomy


Date of this Version

March 1993


Published by American Physical Society. Phys. Rev. A 94, 091803 (2005). Copyright © 2000 American Physical Society. Permission to use.


Distorted-wave calculations of the triply differential cross sections for electron-impact ionization of Li and Mg are presented for the coplanar, θ12=π geometry in which the final-state electrons share 2 eV of excess energy equally. Our theoretical approach, described in detail elsewhere [C. Pan and A. F. Starace, Phys. Rev. A 45, 4588 (1992)], employs a partial-wave expansion of initial- and final-state wave functions, treats direct and exchange interactions of initial and final electrons with the target core, and treats the final-state interaction between the two continuum electrons by a screening potential. Li and Mg targets are found to have more complex (e,2e) angular distributions than either H or He targets, stemming in large part from significant p-wave and higher one-electron phase shifts in the former elements.

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