Ab initio electron scattering cross-sections and transport in liquid xenon

G Boyle, R McEachran, Daniel Cocks, Michael Brunger, Stephen Buckman, Sasa Dujko, Ronald White

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    Ab initio fully differential cross-sections for electron scattering in liquid xenon are developed from a solution of the Dirac-Fock scattering equations, using a recently developed framework (Boyle et al 2015 J. Chem. Phys. 142 154507) which considers multipole polarizabilities, a non-local treatment of exchange, and screening and coherent scattering effects. A multi-term solution of Boltzmann's equation accounting for the full anisotropic nature of the differential cross-section is used to calculate transport properties of excess electrons in liquid xenon. The results were found to agree to within 25% of the measured mobilities and characteristic energies over the reduced field range of 10-4-1 Td. The accuracies are comparable to those achieved in the gas phase. A simple model, informed by highly accurate gas-phase cross-sections, is presented to improve the liquid cross-sections, which was found to enhance the accuracy of the transport coefficient calculations.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number355201
    Pages (from-to)Art: 355201-355201
    Number of pages9
    JournalJournal of Physics D-Applied Physics
    Issue number35
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2016


    • Boltzmann's equation
    • electron scattering
    • liquid xenon
    • pair-correlation
    • screening


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