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Electron Scattering by Atoms, Ions, and Molecules

  1. Klaus Bartschat1,
  2. Philip G. Burke2,
  3. Albert Crowe3

Published Online: 15 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/3527600434.eap118.pub2

Encyclopedia of Applied Physics

Encyclopedia of Applied Physics

How to Cite

Bartschat, K., Burke, P. G. and Crowe, A. 2009. Electron Scattering by Atoms, Ions, and Molecules. Encyclopedia of Applied Physics. 211–282.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Drake University, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Des Moines, IA, USA

  2. 2

    The Queen's University of Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland

  3. 3

    Newcastle University, School of Natural Sciences, Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 DEC 2009


A summary is given of many important advances in the scattering of electrons from atoms, ions, and molecules up to the summer of 2008. Recently introduced experimental techniques, which lead to more efficient studies, are discussed together with a wide range of increasingly sophisticated theoretical methods. Examples of experimental and theoretical data are presented and compared where appropriate.


  • electron-induced excitation and ionization;
  • electron spectrometers;
  • close-coupling expansion;
  • distorted-wave approach;
  • R-matrix method