J. Phys. IV France 03 (1993) C6-51-C6-58
(e,2e) collisions at intermediate energiesA.J. MURRAY, F.H. READ and N.J. BOWRING
Schuster Laboratory, Manchester University, Manchester M13 9PL, U.K.
Recent experimental results will be reviewed for the atomic (e,2e) ionisation process at incident energies in the 'low energy' region, from a few eV to about 100eV above threshold. This region is particularly interesting because it embodies all the possible complexities that can be present in the electron-impact ionisation process, such as distortions, multiple scattering, correlations, postcollisional interactions and exchange effects. The helium (e,2e) experimental results presented recently by the Manchester group have been obtained over an exceptionally wide range of scattering angles, and have provided the first opportunity to derive multipole angular correlation information in a direct way. This type of analysis has been applied to measurements symmetric in both scattering angle and outgoing electron energy obtained at incident energies from 10 to 50eV above threshold. A significant result is that the lower incident energies give rise to the highest multipole components. This is a clear and direct indication that the profound effects known to be produced by electron-electron interaction in the threshold region continue to exist in the low energy region.
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