Total cross sections for positron and electron scattering from pyrimidine

Antonio Zecca, Luca Chiari, G. Garcia, F. Blanco, E Trainotti, Michael Brunger

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    In this paper we report original measurements of total cross sections for positron scattering from the important biomolecule pyrimidine. The energy range of these measurements was 0.3-45 eV, while the energy resolution was ∼260 meV. In addition, we report theoretical results, calculated within the independent atom-screened additivity rule (IAM-SCAR) formalism, for the corresponding electron impact total cross sections. In that case the energy range is 1-10 000 eV. Total cross sections are very important input data for codes that seek to simulate charged-particle tracks in matter, as they define the mean-free path between collisions. As the present data and computations are to the best of our knowledge the first total cross sections to be reported for either positron or electron scattering from pyrimidine, they fill an important void in our available knowledge in the literature.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number215204
    Pages (from-to)215204-1-215204-5
    Number of pages5
    JournalJournal of Physics B-Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics
    Issue number21
    Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2010


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