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A search for resonances in the p mu e system
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physics.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physics.
2014 (English)In: Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, ISSN 0953-4075, E-ISSN 1361-6455, Vol. 47, no 17, 175003Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The charge radius of the proton has recently been determined from 2s-2p spectroscopy of muonic hydrogen, giving a result which significantly deviates from earlier measurements. One hypothesis is that this discrepancy could arise because a metastable p mu e state is formed under the p mu (2s) threshold. We search for such a state by considering the three-body pex and p mu x systems, where x is a particle with charge -e and a mass which is varied between the electron and muon mass. We identify a new class of resonances, which extends the mass range allowing formation of resonances compared to an earlier work. We conclude that no p mu e resonances relevant for 2s-2p spectroscopy in muonic hydrogen can exist.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 47, no 17, 175003
Keyword [en]
proton radius, muonic hydrogen, three-body systems, resonances
National Category
Physical Sciences
Research subject
Theoretical Physics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-108371DOI: 10.1088/0953-4075/47/17/175003ISI: 000341976100003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-108371DiVA: diva2:758116
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AuthorCount:2;

Available from: 2014-10-24 Created: 2014-10-22 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Resonances in Three-Body Systems
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Resonances in Three-Body Systems
2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Three particles interacting via Coulomb forces represent a fundamental problem in quantum mechanics with no known exact solution. We have investigated resonance states composed of three particles interacting via Coulombic and more general potentials in non-relativistic quantum mechanics, using the complex scaling method. Our calculations have been applied to three different systems.

(i) An investigation of resonances in the positron-alkali (Li, Na, K) systems has been conducted. Some calculations have previously been reported on the resonances in positron-alkali systems; however, most of the work was limited to the lower partial wave, such as S-wave resonances. In this thesis, we have extended the calculations to higher partial waves and extracted the resonance positions and widths using the more accurate complex scaling method. A dipole series of resonances has been found under positronium n = 2 threshold, for natural parity and n = 3 threshold for unnatural parity states. Furthermore, these resonances were found to agree well with an analytically derived scaling law. This series in the positron-alkali system are caused by the attractive potential formed by the dipole moment of positronium (the bound state of an electron and a positron). This dipole moment is a hydrogen-like system, and hence its energy levels are degenerate with respect to orbital angular momentum. We have also predicted several new resonances.

(ii) A calculation of resonances in positron-hydrogen scattering, which shows that we can represent this system with the accuracy needed for future scattering calculations. Such cross sections are of interest since this is a way to form anti-hydrogen.

(iii) A search for possible resonances in the pµe system, which has been suggested as a possible reason for unexpected results from a recent measurement of the proton radius in muonic hydrogen. We have ruled out the possibility of such resonances.

In all calculations we used the Couple Rearrangement Channel Method, where the wave function is represented by Gaussians expressed in Jacobi coordinates. Thus effects due to mass polarization are automatically.

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Stockholm: Department of Physics, Stockholm University, 2016. 44 p.
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Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics
Research subject
Theoretical Physics
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urn:nbn:se:su:diva-128860 (URN)978-91-7649-408-0 (ISBN)
Public defence
2016-05-27, sal FB52, AlbaNova universitetscentrum, Roslagstullsbacken 21, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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At the time of the doctoral defense, the following papers were unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 5: Submitted. Paper 6: Submitted.

 

Available from: 2016-05-02 Created: 2016-04-06 Last updated: 2017-02-24Bibliographically approved

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