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On the interrelation between ionization of light atoms by virtual and real photons

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Voitkiv,  A. B.
Division Prof. Dr. Joachim H. Ullrich, MPI for Nuclear Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Ullrich,  J.
Division Prof. Dr. Joachim H. Ullrich, MPI for Nuclear Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Voitkiv, A. B., & Ullrich, J. (2001). On the interrelation between ionization of light atoms by virtual and real photons. Journal of Physics B-Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics, 34(22), 4513-4520.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0011-854E-C
Abstract
The correspondence between the ionization of light atoms by charged particle impact (virtual photons) and by photoabsorption (real photons) is analysed. It is shown that the 'genuine' photo-like mechanism in the impact ionization of light targets can already be observed at collision energies corresponding to the Lorentz factor gamma greater than or similar to 10, but that it starts to dominate electron emission only at gamma greater than or similar to 1000. It is demonstrated that the non-relativistic Bethe-Born and Weizsacker-Williams approximations represent extremely different limits of the impact ionization but that 'by chance' their results are formally close for electron emission in non- relativistic fast collisions.