Radiative recombination of twisted electrons with hydrogenlike heavy ions

Linear polarization of emitted photons

authored by
Anna V. Maiorova, Anton A. Peshkov, Andrey Surzhykov

We present a theoretical investigation of the radiative recombination of twisted Bessel electrons with initially hydrogen-like (finally helium-like) heavy ions. In our study, we focus especially on the linear polarization of x-ray photons emitted in the electron capture into the ground 1s1/22 ionic state. Particular emphasis is placed on the question of how this polarization is affected if incident hydrogen-like ions are themselves spin-polarized. To explore such a "polarization transfer"we apply the density matrix theory and derive the Stokes parameters of recombination x rays for the realistic case of collisions between macroscopic electron and ion beams. Based on the developed general approach two scenarios are discussed that are of interest for the planned experiments at ion storage rings. First, we demonstrate how the use of twisted electrons can empower the known method for the diagnostics of spin-polarized ion beams, based on the rotation of the linear polarization of recombination light. In the second scenario we show how the internal structure of ions beams with inhomogeneous intensity and spin patterns can be probed by the capture of Bessel electrons, carrying different values of angular momentum.

External Organisation(s)
St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University
National Metrology Institute of Germany (PTB)
Technische Universität Braunschweig
Laboratory for Emerging Nanometrology Braunschweig (LENA)
Physical Review A
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Peer reviewed
ASJC Scopus subject areas
Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
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https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevA.104.022821 (Access: Unknown)