Session K1: Poster Session II (4:00 pm - 6:00 pm)

4:00 PM–4:00 PM, Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Room: Royal Ballroom

Abstract ID: BAPS.2012.DAMOP.K1.50

Abstract: K1.00050 : Eletron-helium laser-assisted free-free scattering with variable laser polarization

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  B.A. deHarak
    (Illinois Wesleyan University)

  Benjamin Nosarzewski
    (Cornell University)

  Mahsa Siavashpouri
    (University of Kentucky)

  N.L.S. Martin
    (University of Kentucky)

We report a series of experiments that examine electron-helium scattering in the presence of an Nd:YAG laser field of 1.17~eV photons. In previous experiments\footnote{B. A. deHarak, L. Ladino, K. B. MacAdam and N. L. S. Martin, Phys. Rev. A {\bf 83}, (2011) 022706.} we examined the range of incident electron energies from 50~eV to 350~eV, and found the results to be in good agreement with the Kroll-Watson approximation (KWA).\footnote{N. M. Kroll and K. M. Watson, Phys. Rev. A 8, 804 (1973)} In these experiments the laser polarization was fixed relative to the scattering plane. Experiments are now being carried out where, at each electron energy, the direction of the polarization is varied within a plane perpendicular to the scattering plane. Of particular interest is the case where the polarization is perpendicular to the scattering plane for which the KWA predicts vanishing cross section. Other workers have found that the KWA tends to be inaccurate for those cases when it predicts small cross sections.\footnote{M. O. Musa, A. MacDonald, L. Tidswell, J. Holmes, and B. Wallbank, J. Phys. B, 43 (17):175201, 2010.}

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