Physical Review A
American Physical Society
The theory of near-adiabatic collisions is formulated in a fully quantum-mechanical form, correctly taking into account the role of electron translation factors (ETF's). A general form for the ETF, using switching functions, is given for systems which are electrically either asymmetric or symmetric (with or without mass asymmetry). The main result is that the close-coupled scattering equations obtained in the perturbed-stationary-states theory must be replaced by equations of identical form, but having modified nonadiabatic coupling matrices. In general, the corrections involved are substantial; their nature, and effect on coupling matrices, is discussed, and conditions when they are likely to be important are described. The remaining problem of determining the switching function is discussed briefly. The correct form for ETF's, their quantum-mechanical formulation, and the resulting correct form for the coupled equations, have not been given previously.
Thorson, W. R. and Delos, John B., Theory of Near-Adiabatic Collisions. I. Electron-Translation-Factor Method (1978). Physical Review A, 18(1), 117-134.