On the energy loss of slow electrons due to dielectric relaxation

J. B. Hubbard*, P. J. Stiles

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We derive an approximate formula for a novel form of energy loss experienced by 1-10 eV electrons passing through polar liquids. This loss mechanism, which depends on the translational motions of polar molecules in the Coulomb field of an electron is shown to yield a dissipation rate comparable in magnitude with the prediction of the Fröhlich-Platzman theory, which allows only for the rotational motion of polar molecules (Debye relaxation mechanism).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-123
Number of pages3
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 1985

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