The mean energy transfer (loss) per inelastic collision of a charged particle upon penetration through matter is given by the ratio of the stopping power to σ_{tot}, which is approximately given by the ratio of the leading coefficients. Here, σ_{tot} is the total inelasticscattering cross section. The mean energy transfer per unit path length is presented by the stopping power given by the
wellknown Bethe formula. [13]
Figure 960a shows the mean energy, Eav, transferred to an atom per inelastic collision of a fast charged particle with atoms plotted against the atomic number Z. Table 960a lists some mean energy losses per inelastic electron collision with some numbers extracted from Figure 960a. The mean energy transfer per any collision is roughly ~68 eV on the average over all atoms with Z ≤ 38.
Figure 960a. Mean energy, E_{av}, transferred to an atom per inelastic collision of a fast charged particle with atoms plotted against the atomic number Z. [4] The broken curve shows the plots at extremely high energies, while the solid line shows the curve at β= 0.4127 (which corresponds to 50keV electrons or to 918.1MeV protons). Here, β = c/v, v is the relativistic speed of the charged particle, and c is the speed of light. 
Table 960a. Mean energy, E_{av}, transferred to an atom per inelastic collision of a fast charged particle with atoms and materials against the atomic number Z. 
Atomic number, Z 
Element 
Mean energy loss (eV) 

Atomic number, Z 
Element 
Mean energy loss (eV) 

Atomic number, Z 
Materials 
Mean energy loss (eV) 
5 
B 
30 
19 
K 
22 
49 
ZrO_{2} 

6 
C 
48 
22 
Ti 
27 



7 
N 
68 
28 
Ni 
50 



8 
O 
88 
29 
Cu 
62 



13 
Al 
29 
32 
Ge 
60 



14 
Si 
35 
74 
W 




Table 960b. Mean energy, E_{av}, transferred to an atom per inelastic collision of a fast charged particle with materials against the atomic number Z. 
Materials 
Charged particle 
Energy of the charged particle 
Mean energy loss (eV) 

Materials 
Charged particle 
Energy of the charged particle 
Mean energy loss (eV) 
ZrO_{2 }[5] 
Proton 
0.5 MeV 
61.4 




1 MeV 
71.7 




5 MeV 
94.1 




10 MeV 
101.9 




100 MeV 
117.1 




[1] H. Bethe, Ann. Phys. (Leipzig) 5, 325 (1930).
[2] H. Bethe, in IIandblch de~ Physik, edited by H. Geiger
and K. Scheel (Springer, Berlin, 1933), Vol. 24/1,
p 273.
[3] U. Fano, Ann. Rev. Nucl. Sci. 13, 1 (1963).
[4] Mitio Inokuti, J. L. Dehmer, T. Sacr, and J.D. Hanson, Oscillatorstrength moments, stopping powers, and total inelasticscattering cross sections of all atoms through strontium, Physical Reveiw A, 23 (1), (1981).
[5] Jennifer Schofield, Simon M. Pimblott, Inelastic crosssections and energy loss properties by nonrelativistic heavy ions in zirconium dioxide, 372 (1), 2016, p119126.
