EXPERIMENTAL AND THEORETICAL INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE OF ATOMS AND MOLECULES BY USE OF SCATTERING TECHNIQUES.
Final rept. 1 Feb 66-30 Nov 69,
INDIANA UNIV BLOOMINGTON DEPT OF CHEMISTRY
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A summary is given on research in which electron diffraction was employed to measure experimentally the shape of charge distributions surrounding atoms and molecules. The research showed that It was possible to obtain experimental intensity data of sufficient accuracy to provide sensitive tests for the best available theoretical wave functions for simple atomic systems. That the Born theory of scattering is amazingly accurate. .1 or better for atoms Ne at high incident electron energies 40keV and that data for simple polyatomic systems N2, CO2, N2O, CH4 can be obtained which provides a more sensitive measure of deviations of the electron density from a test model of the density than any currently available theoretical wave function.
- Atomic and Molecular Physics and Spectroscopy