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International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences
Volume 4, Issue 3, Pages 583-588

Effect of vacuum polarization on the excitation of hydrogen atom by electron impact

1Gokhale College, Calcutta 20, India
2Physics Department, Jadavpur University, Calcutta 32, India

Received 11 February 1980; Revised 30 April 1980

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The vacuum polarization potential is included in the interaction Hamiltonian for 1S2S excitation of the hydrogen atom by electron impact. The excitation amplitude calculated field theoretically is found to be lowered by 0.47t2/(t2+9)3 where t2=4|PQ|2, P and Q being the momenta of the incident and scattered electrons respectively.