Atomic ionization by a sudden momentum transfer

D. G. Arbó, K. Tokési, J. E. Miraglia

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We present a theoretical study of the distributions of ejected electrons as a result of the ionization of a hydrogen atom by a sudden momentum transfer. We show that the Coulomb-Volkov distorted wave theory in the impulsive limit reproduces the exact solution of the time dependent Schrödinger equation. The validity of the strong field approximation is also probed. We show that whereas classical and quantum momentum distributions right after a kick are identical, pronounced differences arise during the subsequent electron-nucleus interaction for weak momentum transfers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)382-385
Number of pages4
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2009


  • Coulomb-Volkov
  • Over-the-barrier ionization
  • Sudden momentum transfer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation

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