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Towards a Direct Numerical Solution of Schrödinger’s Equation for (e, 2e) Reactions

S. Jones and A. T. Stelbovics

Australian Journal of Physics 52(3) 621 - 628
Published: 1999


The finite-difference method for electron{hydrogen scattering is presented in a simple, easily understood form for a model collision problem in which all angular momentum is neglected. The model Schrödinger equation is integrated outwards from the atomic centre on a grid of fixed spacing h. The number of difference equations is reduced each step outwards using an algorithm due to Poet, resulting in a propagating solution of the partial-differential equation. By imposing correct asymptotic boundary conditions on this general, propagating solution, the particular solution that physically corresponds to scattering is obtained along with the scattering amplitudes. Previous works using finite differences (and finite elements) have extracted scattering amplitudes only for low-level transitions (elastic scattering and n = 2 excitation). If we are to eventually extract ionisation amplitudes, however, the numerical method must remain stable for higher-level transitions. Here we report converged cross sections for transitions up to n = 8, as a first step towards obtaining ionisation (e; 2e) results.

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