Relativistic Heavy-Particle Collision Theory

  • Derrick S. F. Crothers

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Derrick S. F. Crothers
    Pages 1-15
  3. Derrick S. F. Crothers
    Pages 17-76
  4. Derrick S. F. Crothers
    Pages 77-104
  5. Derrick S. F. Crothers
    Pages 105-135
  6. Derrick S. F. Crothers
    Pages 137-190
  7. Derrick S. F. Crothers
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  8. Derrick S. F. Crothers
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 249-311

About this book


If a heavy particle ion (atom, molecule, muon) collides with another in the gas phase at speeds approaching the speed of light, the time-dependent Dirac equation equation must be used for its description, including quantum electro-dynamic, special relativity and magnetic coupling effects.
In this book we study one electron in the variety of rearrangement collisions: radiative and non-radiative capture, ionization, capture by pair (one electron, one positron) production and antihydrogen production. Our relativistic continuum distorted-wave theory accounts extremely well for the simultaneous behaviour of the electron with respect to the nuclear charges of the projectile and the target.
This is the first book developed in this subject. Containing many diagrams and tables, and fully referenced, it goes beyond chapters in previous books. The relativistic continuum distorted-wave theory developed by the authors group, is shown to be fully Hermitean. Detailed mathematics are provided in nine appendices.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Derrick S. F. Crothers
    • 1
  1. 1.The Queen’s University of BelfastBelfastNorthern Ireland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-6920-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-4275-9
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