K-shell ionization cross sections for Al and Si by proton and He-ion3 impacts have been measured with thin targets and a proportional counter over the projectile energy range 0.75-4 MeV/amu. The results, together with others on light elements, are compared with theoretical predictions based on the plane-wave Born approximation and the binary-encounter approximation, and it is found that the scaling law, taking into account the effects of the Coulomb deflection of the projectile and the increase of binding energy of K-shell electrons, gives a good fit to the experimental results over the entire energy range measured. Ratios of the K-shell ionization cross sections for helium-ion impact to those for proton impact show deviations from the Z12 dependence predicted by the Coulomb interaction theory. Possible reasons for this deviation are discussed.
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- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics