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Positron Impact Excitation of the 2S State of Atomic Hydrogen

Heliophysics Science Division, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA
Atoms 2019, 7(3), 69; https://doi.org/10.3390/atoms7030069
Received: 17 May 2019 / Revised: 6 July 2019 / Accepted: 6 July 2019 / Published: 10 July 2019
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Abstract

The excitation cross-sections of the 2S state of atomic hydrogen at low (near threshold energy) to high incident positron energies (10.30 to 300 eV) have been calculated using the variational polarized-orbital method. Nine partial waves have been used to obtain converged cross-sections in the above energy range. The cross sections compared to the electron-impact excitation of the S state of atomic hydrogen are larger in the present case. The maximum cross section is 3.63(−1) π a 0 2 at 16.5 eV compared to 1.37(−1) π a 0 2 at 11.14 eV for the electron-impact excitation. The present results are compared with other calculations. Cross-sections have also been calculated in the Born approximation in which the polarization of the target has been included. Differential cross sections were calculated at k = 1.0 (13.6eV), 2.5 (85 eV), 3.483 (200 3V), and 4.696 (300 eV). View Full-Text
Keywords: positron-impact excitation positron-impact excitation
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