Recent progress in electron scattering from atoms and molecules

Brunger, M. J.; Buckman, S. J.; Palihawadana, P.; Jones, D. B.; Chiari, L.; Pettifer, Z.; da Silva, G. B.; Lopes, M. C. A.; Duque, H. V.; Mašin, Z.; Gorfinkiel, J. D.; Garcia, G.; Hoshino, M.; Tanaka, H. and Limão-Vieira, P. (2014). Recent progress in electron scattering from atoms and molecules. AIP Conference Proceedings, 1588, article no. 71.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4866925

Abstract

We present and discuss recent results, both experimental and theoretical (where possible), for electron impact excitation of the 3s[3/2]1 and 3s’[1/2]1 electronic states in neon, elastic electron scattering from the structurally similar molecules benzene, pyrazine, and 1,4-dioxane and excitation of the electronic states of the important bio-molecule analogue α-tetrahydrofurfuryl alcohol. While comparison between theoretical and experimental results suggests that benchmarked cross sections for electron scattering from atoms is feasible in the near-term, significant further theoretical development for electron-molecule collisions, particularly in respect to discrete excitation processes, is still required.

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