On the absence of polarization in electron scattering. Offprint
Publisher Information: 1938.
[Bethe, Hans (1906-2005).] Rose, Morris E. (1911-67) and Bethe. On the absence of polarization in electron scattering. Offprint from Physical Review 55 (1939). 277-289pp. 269 x 201 mm. Without wrappers as issued. Light creasing but very good.
First Edition, Offprint Issue. In 1932 British physicist Nevill Mott published his quantitative theory of the polarization of electrons by double scattering, based on Dirac’s theory of the electron. Experimental results failed to agree with Mott’s theory, however, as reported in several subsequent papers, including this one by Rose and Bethe. “They tried various ways of solving the problem and concluded as follows: ‘In addition to multiple scattering we have investigated the depolarization effect of other processes . . . The result of these considerations may be stated very briefly. Unfortunately, none of the effects considered produces any appreciable depolarization of the electrons and the discrepancy between theory and experiment remains—perhaps more glaring than before’” (A. Franklin, The Neglect of Experiment, p. 67).Book Id: 51024