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Low Velocity Inelastic Collisions

Zener, Clarence (1931) Low Velocity Inelastic Collisions. Physical Review, 38 (2). pp. 277-281. ISSN 0031-899X. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:ZENpr31

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Abstract

The probability that a low velocity collision be inelastic is shown to depend in a relatively simple manner upon three factors: the magnitude of the change in total internal energy, ΔE; the matrix element, with respect to the initial and final states, of the interaction energy at the closest distance of approach, W12; and the "time of collision," τ, a function of the relative velocity and of the sharpness of the collision. An approximation to this probability is P=[2πW12/h τ (1+ε1βε2)e-ε3β]2 where β=2πτΔE/h and ε1, ε2, ε3 are nearly unity, their precise values depending upon the characteristics of the particular collision.


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Additional Information:©1931 The American Physical Society Received June 1, 1931 [C.Z. was a] National Research Fellow.
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