Computational Chemistry and Molecular Modeling
Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
The Compton energy loss spectra of atomic targets exhibits usually a specific asymmetry due to the postcollisional electrostatic interaction between the remaining ion and the ejected electron. This asymmetry, or Compton defect, also exists in the scattering by molecules or solids. The first attempt to describe the Compton defect for the hydrogen molecule is proposed here. The Compton energy loss spectra depends particularly on the relative orientation of the momentum transferred by the incident particle and the molecular axis. A comparison between the respective magnitudes of Compton profiles and Compton defects was one of the aims of this article. The results emphasize the particular interest of a simultaneous interpretation of both symmetrical and antisymmetrical contributions in the study of molecular or solid-state electronic structures. © 1995 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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