Screened Relativistic Nuclear Stopping Power for Electrons, Protons, Ligh- and Heavy-Ions
For a charged particle passing through a medium, the stopping power (S) of the material is numerically equal to the loss of energy per unit path length experienced by the particle in the absorber (i.e., the energy loss ). In case the scattering occurs on nuclei, the stopping power is termed nuclear stopping power ( ) and, thus, it is the energy lost  by the incident particle, caused by such interactions, i.e.,
where the minus sign indicates that the incoming particle loses part of its energy (e.g., see discussions in Sects. 2.1.4, 18.104.22.168 of [Leroy and Rancoita (2011)], Sect. 1.3.2 of [Leroy and Rancoita (2012)] and Chapter 2 [Leroy and Rancoita (2016)]).
For instance, in case of (elastic) Coulomb scattering of electrons or protons or ions on nuclei, the nuclear stopping power can be calculated as
is the number of atoms per cm3 in the absorber, and A are the density and atomic weight of the medium, respectively; N is the Avogadro constant, E is the kinetic energy of the incoming particle; ER and ER max are the recoil kinetic energy and the maximum energy transferred to the recoil nucleus, respectively; finally, is the differential cross section for elastic Coulomb scattering for electrons or protons or ions on nuclei. Furthermore, the energy lost by the incoming particle can be expressed in units of MeV cm2/g as
with , ρAthe absorber density in g/cm3 and the nuclear mass-stopping power.
In the framework of the screened relativistic treatment for nuclear elastic scattering, the values of the nuclear mass stopping power in units of MeV cm2/g for electrons are obtained using the Mott differential cross section [Mott (1929)] of electrons on nuclei calculated from the practical expression discussed in [Boschini et al. (2013)] (see also [Linjian et al. (1995)]) and accounting for the effects due to both screened nuclear potentials and form factors discussed in [Boschini et al. (2012)] and Sects. 1.3.1-1.3.3 of [Leroy and Rancoita (2012)] (see also references therein). Hereafter, (i.e., see Chapter 2 in [Leroy and Rancoita (2016)]) is reported the discussion about the currently implemented form factors in this calculation of the nuclear stopping power and screened relativistic NIEL.
We can remark (see footnote at page 186 of [Leroy and Rancoita (2016)]) that:
"The Mott differential cross sections - calculated using Eqs.(1.97, 2.273) and Fexp, Fgau and Fu form factors - were capable to describe the large angle decreasing found in experimental data of electron scattering on He (at 2.091 and 4.048GeV from [Camsonne et al. (2014)]), C (at 375 and 750MeV from [Sick and McCarthy (1970)]), O (at 375 and 750MeV from [Sick and McCarthy (1970)]), Al (at 250 and 500MeV from [Li and Yearian (1974)]), Si (at 250 and 500MeV from [Li and Yearian (1974)]), In (at 153 and183MeV from [Hahn et al. (1956)]), Au (at 153 and 183MeV from [Hahn et al. (1956)]) - slightly favoured were Fgau or Fu form factors -; as expected, the data largely disagreed with the calculated values using |F|2 = 1. Furthermore, using |F|2 = 1 the stopping powers resulted larger from about 13.8% for Al at 250MeV up to about 28.3% for Au at 183MeV with respect to those derived with Fexp. Finally, it is worth to note that the Mott cross section resulted marginally affected by the form factor, because electron scatterings at large angles are extremely improbable."
The nuclear stopping power for protons and nuclei above 50 keV/nucleon is obtained using the elastic cross section derived from treatment of the nucleus-nucleus screened Coulomb scattering discussed in [Boschini et al. (2011)] and Sect. 22.214.171.124 in [Leroy and Rancoita (2011)] (see also [Fernandez-Vera et al. (1993),Butkevick (2002), Boschini et al. (2010)]). That treatment allows one to deal with a scattering occurring up to relativistic energies.
For energies lower than 50-200 keV/nucleon, the scattering of protons and screened nuclei can be treated using the 4-terms analytical approximation of the ZBL cross section derived by Messenger et al. (2004) [see Eqs. (1--3, 15) and also references therein].
The nuclear mass stopping power for compounds can be determined by means of Bragg's rule, i.e., the overall nuclear mass stopping power in units of MeV cm2/g is obtained as a weighted sum in which each material contributes proportionally to the fraction of its atomic weight. For instance, in case of a GaAs medium ones obtains (e.g.,, see [Jun et al. (2009)]and Eq. (2.20) at page 15 in [ICRUM (1993)]):
where are the nuclear mass stopping power (in units of MeV cm2/g) and the atomic weight of Gallium [Arsenic], respectively.
It has be remarked that the screened relativistic treatments for electrons [Geant4: Class G4eSingleScatteringModel (2014)], protons and ions [Geant4: Class G4IonCoulombScatteringModel (2014)] are inluded in Geant4 simulation code. The complete treatment can be found in Chapers 2, 7 and 8 of [Leroy and Rancoita (2016)].
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