Calculations of positronium-atom scattering using a spherical cavity

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Positronium (Ps) scattering by noble-gas atoms (He, Ne, Ar, Kr, and Xe) is studied in the frozen-target approximation and with inclusion of the van der Waals interaction. Single-particle electron and positron states in the field of the target atom are calculated, with the system enclosed by a hard spherical wall. The two-particle Ps wave function is expanded in these states, and the Hamiltonian matrix is diagonalized, giving the Ps energy levels in the cavity. Scattering phase shifts, scattering lengths, and cross sections are extracted from these energies and compared with existing calculations and experimental data. Analysis of the effect of the van der Waals interaction shows that it cannot explain the recent experimental data of Brawley et al. for Ar and Xe [Phys. Rev. Lett. 115, 223201 (2015)].
Original languageEnglish
Article number012706
Number of pages16
JournalPhysical Review A (Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics)
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jan 2018


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