Schedule Aug 20, 2010
Tutorial on Amplitude Extraction From a Scattered Wave
Wim Vanroose, Univ. Antwerpen & KITP

This tutorial talks about extracting the far-field-map from the numerical solution of a Helmholtz or a Schroedinger problem solved on a finite numerical box. We try to make the connection between imaging concepts, traditionally described by the Helmholtz equation and the equivalent concepts in the Schroedinger equation.

In scattering calculations of atomic and molecular processes it is relatively straightforward to obtain a high dimensional wave function describing the scattering. Extracting the cross section of the various processes from that wave function is, in contrast, a delicate matter.

We give a tutorial in extracting the amplitudes from wave functions. We start from the Helmholtz equation and we slowly evolve to more complicated atomic and molecular processes.

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