• Fragmentation of positronium in collision with Li ion including electron loss to the continuum

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      Electron loss to the continuum; Coulomb distorted eikonal approximation; doubly differential cross-section.

    • Abstract


      Fragmentation of ground state ortho-positronium (Ps) in collision with Li ion (Li+) is studied in the framework of post-collisional Coulomb distorted eikonal approximation (CDEA), giving special emphasis on the dynamics of the electron loss to the continuum (ELC) that occurs when the electron (𝑒) and the positron ($e^{+}$) are very close to each other in the velocity space $(v_{e} \approx v_{p})$. The present model takes account of the two-centre effect on the ejected 𝑒 which is crucial for a proper description of the ELC phenomena. Both the fully differential cross-section (TDCS) and the doubly differential cross-section (DDCS) (energy spectra) are investigated at intermediate and high incident energies. A broad distinct ELC peak centred around $v_{e} \approx v_{p}$ is noted in the 𝑒 energy spectrum in contrast to the sharp ELC peak for a heavy projectile, corroborating the experimental findings. Two salient features are noted in the present study: (i) the shift of the 𝑒 DDCS peak (summed over $e^{+}$ angles) towards higher ejection energy with respect to half the residual energy of the system, (ii) comparison of the 𝑒 and $e^{+}$ energy spectra reflect a strong $e-e^{+}$ asymmetry with respect to the ratio $v_{e}/v_{p} = 1$. Both these features are in qualitative agreement with the experimental observations due to Armitage et al for Ps–He atom system and could be attributed to the post-collisional two-centre effect on 𝑒 due to its parent nucleus $(e^{+})$ and the screened target ion. Two different wave functions of the Li ion are chosen in order to test the sensitivity of the present results with respect to the choice of the wave function.

    • Author Affiliations


      S Roy1 C Sinha1

      1. Theoretical Physics Department, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Kolkata 700 032, India
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