Scattering experiments (atoms and molecules)
Phaneuf, Ronald A. Department of Physics, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada.
Last reviewed:August 2020
- Classification of collisions
- Types of scattering experiments
- Collision cross sections
- Scattering theory
- Electron-atom collisions
- Electron-ion collisions
- Electron-molecule collisions
- Collisions of atomic systems
- Related Primary Literature
- Additional Reading
Experiments in which a beam of incident electrons, atoms, or molecules is deflected by collisions with an atom or molecule. Such experiments provide tests of the theory of scattering as well as information about atomic and molecular forces. Scattering experiments can be designed to simulate conditions in planetary atmospheres, electrical discharges, gas lasers, fusion reactors, stars, and planetary nebulae. See also: Electrical conduction in gases; Gas discharge; Laser; Nuclear fusion; Planet; Planetary nebula; Star
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