Scaling of cross-sections for asymmetric (e, 3e) process on helium-like ions by fast electrons
An approximate simple scaling law is obtained for asymmetric (e, 3e) process on helium-like ions for double ionization by fast electrons. It is based on the equation (Z′3π) exp[-Z(r1 + r2)],Z′ = Z – (5/16) for ground state wave function of helium-like ions and Z′2 scaling of energies. The scaling law is found to work very well if the lower energy electron is ejected along the momentum transfer direction and the other one is ejected in the opposite direction. It also works quite well if this electron is ejected within about 90° of the momentum transfer direction with the other electron going in the opposite direction. The scaling law becomes increasingly accurate as the target nuclear charge and the energy increase.