Cross sections for electron scattering by propane in the low- and intermediate-energy ranges Academic Article uri icon


  • We present a joint theoretical-experimental study on electron scattering by propane (C3H8) in the low- and intermediate-energy ranges. Calculated elastic differential, integral, and momentum transfer as well as total (elastic+inelastic) and total absorption cross sections are reported for impact energies ranging from 2 to 500 eV. Also, experimental absolute elastic cross sections are reported in the 40- to 500-eV energy range. A complex optical potential is used to represent the electron-molecule interaction dynamics. A theoretical method based on the single-center-expansion close-coupling framework and corrected by the Pad approximant is used to solve the scattering equations. The experimental angular distributions of the scattered electrons are converted to absolute cross sections using the relative flow technique. The comparison of our calculated with our measured results, as well as with other experimental and theoretical data available in the literature, is encouraging. 2010 The American Physical Society.

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author list (cited authors)

  • de Souza, G., Lee, M., Sanches, I. P., Rawat, P., Iga, I., dos Santos, A. S., ... Lucchese, R. R.

citation count

  • 24

complete list of authors

  • de Souza, GLC||Lee, M-T||Sanches, IP||Rawat, P||Iga, I||dos Santos, AS||Machado, LE||Sugohara, RT||Brescansin, LM||Homem, MGP||Lucchese, RR

publication date

  • July 2010