Bremsstrahlung During the Collision of Low-Energy Electrons with Neutral Atoms and Molecules

by Richard Hundley


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A discussion of the Bremsstrahlung radiation emitted during the collision of low-energy electrons with neutral atoms and molecules. The author limits his discussion to the case of low energies and soft photons. The Bremsstrahlung rate is expressed in terms of the elastic scattering amplitude, and use is made of various experimental and theoretical studies of the low-energy elastic scattering of electrons by neutral atoms and molecules. The rate of Bremsstrahlung emission from a partially ionized gas due to electron-neutral collisions is calculated, and the results are presented. A comparison is made between the electron-neutral and electron-ion Bremsstrahlung rates.

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