We report results from the application of our optical potential and relativistic optical potential methods to electron–zinc scattering. The energy range of this study was 0.01–5000 eV, with original results for the summed discrete electronic-state integral excitation cross sections and total ionization cross sections being presented here. When combined with our earlier elastic scattering data [Marinković et al., Phys. Rev. A 99, 062702 (2019)], and the quite limited experimental and theoretical results for those processes from other groups, we critically assemble a recommended integral cross section database for electron–zinc scattering. Electron transport coefficients are subsequently calculated for reduced electric fields ranging from 0.1 to 1000 Td, using a multiterm solution of Boltzmann’s equation. Some differences with corresponding results from the earlier study of White et al. [J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 37, 3185 (2004)] were noted, indicating in part the necessity of having accurate and complete cross section data, over a wide energy regime, when undertaking such transport simulations.

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