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Atomic Collisions: Heavy Particle Projectiles
Synopses & Reviews
This companion volume to the comprehensive Atomic Collisions: Electron and Photon Projectiles is the latest, most unified treatment available of heavy particle projectile collisions. Covering the collisions of atoms, molecules, and ions, this new work focuses on experiments while seamlessly integrating modern theory wherever appropriate. Atomic Collisions: Heavy Particle Projectiles deals with impact energies extending from the subthermal to energies at which nuclear forces become important. Its broad yet thorough coverage describes every modern technique being used today, such as nozzle beam expansion sources, beam monochromators, particle detectors, merged beam technologies, coincidence measurements, and laser photo-detachment and probing techniques. The book emphasizes collision mechanisms throughout. Collisions of many types are covered: elastic scattering, excitation, dissociation, energy transfer, chemical reactions, ionization, charge transfer, ion and electron transport, and electron-and ion-ion recombination. An extensive discussion of negative ions is also included. Atomic Collisions: Heavy Particle Projectiles is self-contained and highlighted with complete references and problems at the end of each chapter. Along with its companion volume, this book is an invaluable reference in a booming discipline.
Book News Annotation:
A companion to Atomic Collisions: Electron and Photon Projectiles by Earl W. McDaniel (1989, Wiley); the two volumes are intended to form a unified whole although each is self-contained. Covers the collisions of atoms, molecules, and ions, focusing on experiments while integrating modern theory, and emphasizing collision mechanisms throughout. The phenomena of interest are atomic, molecular, or chemical; not included are high-energy collisions in which nuclear forces are important. Readers are assumed to be familiar with classical mechanics, electromagnetic theory, quantum mechanics, and atomic structure at about the graduate school entrance level.
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Deals with elastic, inelastic and reactive collisions between heavy particles. The impact energy range extends from sub-thermal to energies at which nuclear forces become significant. Although the focus is on experiment, theory is integrated with experimental discussions. Scattering resonances, beam monochromators, particle detectors, coincidence measurements and laser photodetachment are among the topics covered. Includes extensive references and problem sets.
About the Author
About the authors EARL W. McDANIEL is Regents' Professor Emeritus of Physics at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he has taught and conducted research since 1954. He has held a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Fulbright Senior Research Scholarship. He has served as a consultant to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the U.S. Army Missile Command, United Technologies, and other organizations. Dr. McDaniel is the author or coauthor of six books on atomic collisions and gaseous electronics, and the coeditor of nine other books dealing with these subjects. J. B. A. MITCHELL is Professor of Physics and Director of the Center for Chemical Physics at the University of Western Ontario. His research interests include the study of electron-ion recombination using the merged beam technique and of the development of methods for smoke reduction in large-scale fires. Dr. Mitchell is the coeditor of Dissociative Recombination: Theory, Experiment and Applications, Dissociative Recombination: Theory, Experiment and Applications II and is the cochairman of the XIXth ICPEAC Conference in Whistler, Canada, in 1995. He received his PhD in physics from Queen's University, Belfast, in 1975. M. EUGENE RUDD is Professor of Physics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he has been since 1965. He received the Burlington-Northern Distinguished Teacher-Scholar Award at the University of Nebraska in 1991 and an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, in 1992. In 1980 he was the Chairman of the American Physical Society's Division of Electron and Atomic Physics and he is currently the Chairman of the Report Committee on Secondary Electron Spectra for the International Commission on Radiation Units and Measurements. He is the author of Science on the Great Plains: The History of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He received his PhD in physics from the University of Nebraska in 1962.
Table of Contents
Elastic Scattering of Heavy Particles.
Excitation, Dissociation, and Energy Transfer in Heavy Particle Collisions.
Chemical Dynamics and Chemical Reactions.
Ionization by Heavy Particle Impact.
Ion Transport in Gases;
Ion-Molecule Reactions at Low Energies.
Electron Swarms and Transport.
Electron-Ion and Ion-Ion Recombination.
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