The influence of exchange, correlation, and relativistic effects in the ionization of heavy-target atoms can be sensitively probed by kinematically complete studies involving spin-polarized electrons, in particular when the fine structure of the residual ion is resolved. We present spin asymmetries, triple differential cross sections, and branching ratios for the ionization, by 127.5-eV and 114.3-eV electrons, of ground-state krypton atoms leading to the Kr+ 4s 2S1/2, 4p5 2P1/2, and 4p5 2P3/2 states. In order to untangle contributions from different physical effects, the experimental results are compared to those from distorted-wave Born approximation calculations (non- and semirelativistic) in which bound-state and continuum effects are treated in different ways. Additional insight is gained by comparing the present experimental and theoretical results to recent results on the e-Xe system, performed under similar kinematics, for which target relativistic effects play a more significant role.




Australian Research Council. Discovery Projects
National Science Foundation (U.S.)

Keywords and Phrases

DWBA; Electron Impact Ionization; Electron Spin Polarization; Fine Structure; Ground States; Krypton; Positive Ions

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

1050-2947; 2469-9926

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Final Version

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Publication Date

01 Dec 2008

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