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I would like to learn if you've ever heard of the positive charge atomic form-factor before my asking this question. The positive charge atomic form-factor f_{nn'}(q) stands at the nucleus charge Z and describes the positive charge cloud in atoms for elastic scattering at large angles (n→n). It also describes inelastic scattering channels - hitting nucleus by a projectile excites an atom (n→n'). The elastic and inelastic positive charge atomic form-factors are entirely determined with atomic wave functions ψ_{n}(r) and they have nothing in common with the Hofstadter form-factor describing the proper nucleus size. The positive "cloud" size may be very big if the initial and the final atomic states ψ_{n}(r) are excited and metastable, like in Rydberg atoms. This is just effect of the nucleus motion around the atomic center of inertia. Physically it is of the same nature as the negative (electron) charge atomic form-factor F_{nn'}(q). The numerical difference is just in the "could" sizes - the negative one is larger (a_{n}), the positive is smaller ((m_{e}/M_{p})a_{n}for Hydrogen, for example). Correspondingly the scattering angles where these form-factors work differ essentially - at small and large angles.

The details can be found in my article "Atom as a "dressed" nucleus" in arXiv (http://arxiv.org/abs/0806.2635).

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# Positive charge atomic form-factor

## Have you ever heard/learned of the positive charge atomic formfactor before?

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