K-shell ionization cross sections by low-energy proton impact have been calculated in the relativistic plane-wave Born approximation, taking into account the effects of binding-energy increase and Coulomb deflection. The calculated values are compared with the recent experimental cross sections of Zander and Andrews. It is found that the use of Dirac wave functions for target electrons improves agreement with the experimental results, but the theoretical predictions are still systematically higher at the lower proton energies.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics