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Direct Pair Production by Electrons


Hundley, Richard O'Neil (1963) Direct Pair Production by Electrons. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/2V5H-0341.


The total cross section for direct pair production by electrons in the field of a heavy nucleus is calculated, using the Born approximation for the nuclear Coulomb field. The calculation improves on previous calculations of direct pair production in four respects: (1) all of the first-order Feynman diagrams for the process are included, (2) the exchange effect is included, (3) the effect of screening is treated more accurately using the Thomas-Fermi screening function, (4) the integration of the differential cross section is done with increased accuracy. These improvements in the calculation result in a theoretical accuracy of 10-15% for low Z elements, and of the order of 25% for high Z elements, for which the neglected Coulomb corrections are more important.

The present results are compared with previous theories and with experiments. It is found that there is reasonable agreement with experiment for energies up to about 1 Bev, but that for higher energies the experimental situation is too uncertain to allow a definite conclusion.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:(Physics)
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy
Major Option:Physics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Mathews, Jon
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1 January 1963
Record Number:CaltechTHESIS:04242012-145631627
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Default Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:6969
Deposited On:24 Apr 2012 23:17
Last Modified:08 Jan 2024 19:47

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