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Dichroism in the electron-impact ionization of excited and oriented sodium atoms

Lower, Julian; Elliott, Anthony; Weigold, Erich; Mazevet, S; Berakdar, J.

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Measurements are reported for kinematically complete electron-impact ionization collisions with oriented 3P sodium atoms excited from the ground state by right- and left-hand circularly polarized light. The measurements reveal a strong dependence of the ionization cross section on the helicity inversion of the exciting photon. This dichroic effect and the magnetic state resolved cross sections are described using the distorted-wave Born approximation and the dynamically screened Coulomb wave...[Show more]

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Date published: 2000
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/89191
Source: Physical Review A: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics

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