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Recent Progress In Atomic Collision Theory

Prof Igor Bray

School of Chemistry, Physics and Earth Sciences, Flinders University, Adelaide

2.00pm, Wednesday 1 August 2001, Seminar Room (AR103), Graduate Research School

Atomic collisions are all around us, here on Earth and out in space. Most knowledge about the universe has been obtained from observation of radiation that is due to or has been influenced by atomic collisions. Many industries, such as lighting, plasma processing, laser, and many more, utilise such collisions for the benefit of mankind. Accordingly, knowledge and understanding of atomic collisions is of substantial importance. In the talk we will outline the underlying concepts and difficulties, discuss various applications and report the immense recent progress that has been possible only due to the ever increasing computational power. Only a conceptual knowledge of quantum mechanics will be assumed.

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