Muonalpha-particle sticking probability in muon-catalyzed fusion

D. Ceperley, B. J. Alder

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The Greens-function Monte Carlo method is used to calculate the ground-state wave function of the muonic-molecular ion composed of a negative muon bound to a deuteron and a triton. Using the sudden approximation, the probability that the muon will remain bound to the escaping alpha particle after fusion occurs is found to be 0.90%, about 25% smaller than previous estimates based on the Born-Oppenheimer approximation. The numerical method for determining the wave function is discussed in detail.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1999-2004
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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