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Journal of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Volume 2010, Article ID 367180, 24 pages
Review Article

The Distorted-Wave Born Approach for Calculating Electron-Impact Ionization of Molecules

Department of Physics, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO 65409, USA

Received 29 November 2009; Accepted 4 January 2010

Academic Editor: Derrick S. F. Crothers

Copyright © 2010 Don H. Madison and Ola Al-Hagan. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The distorted-wave Born approximation (DWBA) has been one of the most successful theoretical approaches for treating electron collisions with complicated atoms, and recently the DWBA has been successfully extended to treat electron-impact ionization of molecules. The purpose of this paper is to give an overview of that development and to provide a summary of the recent experimental and theoretical works examining low to intermediate energy electron-impact single ionization of molecules.