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Contribution of the Breit Interaction to Electron Scattering from Heavy Atoms

Demesie, A.M.; Darewych, J.; McEachran, Robert; Stauffer, A D


We have investigated the contribution that the frequency-independent magnetic term of the Breit interaction makes to electron scattering from heavy, closed-shell atoms at low and intermediate energies. We treat the Breit interaction as a perturbation to the scattering phase shifts calculated within a consistently relativistic approximation via the Hulthén-Kato scattering identity. Results are presented for scattering from both xenon and mercury. Although the Breit interaction makes a noticeable...[Show more]

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Date published: 2003
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
DOI: 10.1088/0953-4075/36/4/301


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