01175nas a2200133 4500008004300000245008500043210006900128260001300197520072500210100002900935700002000964700002100984856003601005 2010 en_Ud 00aA time-dependent perturbative analysis for a quantum particle in a cloud chamber0 atimedependent perturbative analysis for a quantum particle in a bSpringer3 aWe consider a simple model of a cloud chamber consisting of a test particle (the alpha-particle) interacting with two other particles (the atoms of the vapour) subject to attractive potentials centered in $a_1, a_2 \\\\in \\\\mathbb{R}^3$. At time zero the alpha-particle is described by an outgoing spherical wave centered in the origin and the atoms are in their ground state. We show that, under suitable assumptions on the physical parameters of the system and up to second order in perturbation theory, the probability that both atoms are ionized is negligible unless $a_2$ lies on the line joining the origin with $a_1$. The work is a fully time-dependent version of the original analysis proposed by Mott in 1929.1 aDell'Antonio, Gianfausto1 aFigari, Rodolfo1 aTeta, Alessandro uhttp://hdl.handle.net/1963/3969