Spatial distribution of orientation of fast ions excited by surface-grazing collisions

H. G. Berry, G. Gabrielse, A. E. Livingston, R. M. Schectman*, J. Desesquelles

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Abstract

We have investigated the grazing-angle scattering of fast ions from solid surfaces. We establish that the circular polarization of light emitted from the scattered ions, and hence the ion orientation, varies strongly with the ion scattering angle. We show that the nearly elastic ion-surface collisions produce maximum allowed orientation of states with very small alignment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1473-1476
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Volume38
Issue number25
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1977

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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