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Polarization, Alignment and Vector Correlation

This chapter introduces the concept of vector correlation. It discusses how the directional properties related to the relative motion of the collision partners and of the products may be correlated with the directions of their spin and rotational angular momenta. The density matrix formalism and spherical multipoles needed for this discussion are introduced. Polarization dependent differential cross sections are discussed and some examples from the recent literature are presented.

Print publication date: 03 Jul 2015
Copyright year: 2015
Print ISBN: 978-1-84973-830-9
PDF eISBN: 978-1-78262-019-8
ePub eISBN: 978-1-78262-605-3