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The total cross sections of electron-impact single-K-shell ionization of 14 atomic targets ranging from H to U (1 <= Z <= 92) are calculated using a modified version of the BELI formula [Bell , J. Phys. Chem. Ref. Data 12, 891 (1983)] by incorporating both ionic and relativistic corrections in it. The proposed modified Bell model with a single set of parameters is found to provide an excellent description of the experimental data in the reduced energy range 1 <= E/I-K <= 10(6) (E and I-K are, respectively, the incident energy and ionization potential) with a performance level at least as good as any of the existing methods and models.


Originally published in Physical Review A by the American Physical Society.