During the last two decades the theory of ion-atom collisons, and particularly of charge-exchange reactions has advanced rapidly to the point where existing texts are no longer suitable as an introduction to the subject. This book aims to remedy the situation by providing an account of modern theoretical methods used to study the interaction of positive ions with atoms (or ions), concentrating particularly on charge exchange reactions. These reactions cannot be
studied in isolation, and it is necessary to consider, to some extent, the whole range of ion-atom collisions leading to elastic scattering, excitation, and ionization. The material is presented at a
level suitable for beginning research students and is self-contained, but assumes a knowledge of undergraduate quantum mechanics and atomic physics. It should also be useful for experimentalists who wish to assess the status of theoretical treatments of those collision processes in which they are interested.
'a useful and coherent textbook which should appeal to both graduate students and experts in the field ... It will probably set the standard for the next 20 years.'
Dr P.T. Greenland, Contemporary Physics, 1992, volume 33, number 5
'Students will welcome the careful and systematic treatment of a subject which becomes complicated in detail... No doubt the book will be a standard reference on charge transfer theory for many years to come. As such it should find a valuable place in every university library.'
M.S. Child, J. Chem. Soc. Faraday Trans., 1993, 89(12).
'The present volume is a fitting successor to the earlier work and a lasting monument to McDowell ... As befits a volume in the International Series of Monographs on Physics published by Clrendon Press, the present book is free of major typographical errors. Charge Exchange and the Theory of Ion-Atom Collisions will be a valuable addition to the libraries of theorists active in heavy-particle and electron scattering in atomic and molecular
Edmund J. Mansky, Georgia Institute of Technology, Physics Today
Introduction; Elastic scattering of ions by atoms; Inelastic ion-atom collisions - coupled channel models; Charge exchange at very low energies - the peturbed stationary state model; The impact parameter model; Applications of the coupled channel impact parameter model; Approximate solutions of coupled channel equations; Intermediate energies; Many-electron systems; Non-relativistic models at high energies; Charge exchange at relativistic energies; Appendices;