A Resumé of Quantum Mechanical Potential Scattering

  • Franco Antonio Gianturco
Part of the Lecture Notes in Chemistry book series (LNC, volume 11)


When discussing the gas-phase interaction of atoms and molecules as they appear in many beam experiments on reactive and subreactive encounters, the physical situation presented by the beam of projectile particles travelling across another (secondary) beam of target particles is obviously very different from the chemically more familiar situation of a stable species, where the various constituents are strongly localized in space, i.e. each elementary component is on the average rather close to the centre of the acting forces.


Angular Momentum Phase Shift Real Axis Total Cross Section Differential Cross Section 
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Suggested Reading for Chapter 1

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    N. F. Mott and H. S. W. Massey: The Theory of atomic collisions, 3rd Ed, Oxford U.P. (1965).Google Scholar
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • Franco Antonio Gianturco
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Physical ChemistryThe University of BariBariItaly
  2. 2.Quantum Chemistry Laboratory(L.C.Q.E.M), C.N.R.PisaItaly

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