Mathematical Proceedings of the Cambridge Philosophical Society

Research Article

The theory of the extraction of electrons from metals by positive ions and metastable atoms

H. S. W. Masseya1

a1 Trinity College

It has long been known that positive ions are capable of ejecting electrons from a metal surface, and it has recently been shown by Oliphant that metastable atoms of helium are capable of producing the same effects. In view of the importance of these phenomena in the theory of discharge processes and of their intrinsic interest, it is desirable to consider the theory of the effect in the light of the Sommerfeld theory of metals and the analytic methods of wave mechanics.

(Accepted May 19 1930)