Low energy electron physics

We have two experiments for performing low energy electron scattering, from a wide variety of targets. The processes that we can investigate range from some of the most fundamental questions of the way in which quantum particles interact to investigating technologically and biologically important targets such as fluorinated hydrocarbons and organic acids. Both experiments have high resolution electron spectrometers to provide an electron beam. The beam is then crossed at right angles to a gaseous jet of the target to be investigated. By detecting the scattered electrons as a function of both scattered energy and angle, we can gain information about the interactions between the electrons and the target atom or molecule.

There are active programs for the study of both fundamental and applied targets.  The fundamental measurements are compared to state-of-the-art theoretical calculations to test the models used for the interactions, and by studying more applied targets we can gain information about the processes in systems as varied as atmospheric and discharge physics, plasma processes and biological interactions.

All work and further information on these experiments can be found at the Centre for Antimatter-Matter Studies.


Sullivan, James profile
Head of Department
Buckman, Stephen profile
Emeritus professor

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