Journal of Chemical Physics, Vol.107, No.22, 9437-9446, 1997
Quantum-mechanical scattering of an atom from a rigid hemisphere on a flat surface
The scattering of a monoenergetic beam of atoms by a hard hemisphere on a hard flat surface is formulated quantum mechanically. Differential and integral cross sections are calculated as a function of incident beam energy and incident angle and compared with the familiar results of scattering from a free hard sphere. Two types of interference processes are identified. In addition to the previously discussed off-specular reflection symmetry interferences, Rayleigh oscillations are found in the integral cross sections. They result from the interference of specular scattering from the hemisphere and from the flat surface. Their phases are found to be independent of the angle of incidence when plotted versus the normal component of the incident wave vector. (C) 1997 American Institute of Physics.