An analytical expression for electron elastic scattering cross section from atoms and molecules in 1.0 keV to 1.0 MeV energy range

Yalcin S., Gurler O. , Gultekin A., Gundogdu O.

Physics Letters, Section A: General, Atomic and Solid State Physics, vol.356, no.2, pp.138-145, 2006 (Journal Indexed in SCI Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 356 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.physleta.2006.04.037
  • Title of Journal : Physics Letters, Section A: General, Atomic and Solid State Physics
  • Page Numbers: pp.138-145


In this Letter, an expression is presented to calculate elastic scattering cross sections for incident electrons as a function of both energy and atomic number in the energy range between 1 keV and 1 MeV for materials with effective atomic number between 3 and 18. The expression we present has a rather simple analytical form which gives accurate results that are in very good agreement with the results calculated by a relativistic partial-wave expansion method. Hence, this equation can be employed accurately and efficiently in a continuous manner, without the need to go through rather large look-up tables, thus making the whole process quick, efficient and removing possible computational errors that may arise from the efforts of interpolation. © 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.