Positronium formation in the noble gases

P. G. Coleman, T. C. Griffith, G. R. Heyland, T. L. Killeen

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Positronium formation fractions have been determined from lifetime experiments for all the noble gases. Taken in conjunction with the positron beam total cross section measurements of Canter et al. (see abstr. A27547 of 1974), it is possible to estimate values for the positronium formation and positron excitation cross sections for helium and, with reduced accuracy, for neon and argon in the energy range from the positronium threshold E0 to the ionization potential E1. It is shown that these cross sections are approximately 0.2 pi a02 at E1 for helium and somewhat larger for neon and argon.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number006
Pages (from-to)L185-L189
JournalJournal of Physics B: Atomic and Molecular Physics
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1975
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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