Synopses & Reviews
The book reviews the progress achieved over the last decade in the study of collisions between an ion and an atom in which both the atomic particles carry electrons and can undergo transitions between their internal states -- including continua. It presents the detailed considerations of different theoretical approaches, that can be used to describe collisions of structured atomic particles for the very broad interval of impact energies ranging from 0.5--1 MeV/u till extreme relativistic energies where the collision velocity very closely approaches the speed of light.
During the last two decades the explorations of di?erent processes accom- nyingion atom collisions athigh-impactenergieshavebeenasubjectofmuch interest. This interest was generated not only by the advent of accelerators of relativistic heavy ions which enabled one to investigate these collisions in an experiment and possible applications of obtained results in other ?elds of physics, but also by the variety of physical mechanisms underlying the atomic collisional phenomena at high impact energies. Often highly charged projectiles produced at accelerators of heavy ions are not fully stripped ions but carry one or more very tightly bound el- trons. In collisions with atomic targets, these electrons can be excited or lost and this may occur simultaneously with electronic transitions in the target. The present book concentrates on, and may serve as an introduction to, th- retical methods which are used to describe the projectile electron transitions occurringinhigh-energycollisionsbetweenionsandneutralatoms.Special- tention is given to relativistic impact energies and highly charged projectiles. Experimental results are used merely as illustrations and tests for theory. This book will be useful to graduate students and professional scientists who are interested in studying atomic collisions occurring at high-impact - ergies. It assumes that the reader possesses the basic knowledge in classical electrodynamics and nonrelativistic and relativistic quantum mechanics."
This comprehensive book reviews the progress achieved over the last decade in the study relativistic ion-atom collisions. It explains the state-of-the-art in theoretical models and theoretical approaches to describe these phenomena.
Table of Contents
First-Order Considerations.- Beyond First-Order Perturbation Theory.- Introduction to Relativistic Collisions.- First-Order Approximation in the Projectile-Target Interaction.- Theoretical Methods Extending Beyond the First-Order Approximation.- Impact Parameter Dependence of Projectile-Electron Excitation and Loss in Relativistic Collisions.- Cross Sections and Comparison with Experiment.- Appendix.