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Date of Award

3-1977

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Physics

Supervisor

Professor D.W.L. Sprung

Abstract

A detailed review of an eikonal approximation for high energy electrons in the Coulomb potential of a spherical nucleus is given. The matrix element for elastic scattering making use of this approximate distorted wave is then discussed. The matrix element is written in the form of a simple differential operator acting on the first Born amplitude. A possible method of evaluation for arbitrary nuclear charge densities is discussed and applied to the calculation of scattering cross sections for Ca, Ni, Sn, and Pb with realistic Fermi shapes.

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