Polarization of electrons in screened Coulomb scattering

F. L. Ridener, R. H. Good

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In this paper the effects of screened-Coulomb scattering on electron polarization are calculated. The results apply to elastic electron scattering by light atoms at moderate energies. The calculation is carried out to second order in αZ; in this order the change in magnitude of the polarization first occurs. For arbitrary initial polarization, the final polarization vector is expressed explicitly as a function of initial polarization, momentum, and scattering angle. The effects of screening on polarization is discussed. In the low energy region, a few hundred eV, there is a significant effect on the output polarization of an input unpolarized beam.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1078-1084
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Mathematical Physics
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1973

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics


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