A comprehensive study of the angular and energy distributions of electrons ejected in collisions of fast electrons and protons with He is presented. New experimental results for 300-keV, 1-MeV, and 5-MeV proton impact are reported along with theoretical results for 2-keV electron impact and 100-keV, 300-keV, 1-MeV, and 5-MeV proton impact. The theoretical results, based upon Born approximation with Hartree-Slater initial discrete and final continuum wave functions, show excellent agreement with experimental electron-impact results. Serious discrepancies are found between theory and experiment in the angular distribution of ejected electrons for forward angles for 100- and 300-keV proton impact; the discrepancies decrease markedly for 1-MeV proton impact and are absent for 5-MeV protons. The agreement between theory and experiment for intermediate and backward angles of electron ejection, on the other hand, is uniformly good for all proton impact energies. The reasons for this behavior in terms of a charge-exchange process to a continuum state contributing to electron ejection at forward angles is discussed, and the energy dependence of the data is shown to be consistent with this explanation.



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01 Jul 1975

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