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CROSSED-BEAM MEASUREMENT OF BINDING-ENERGIES OF POSITRONIUM COMPOUNDS - A PROPOSAL

SCHRADER, DM; LARICCHIA, G; HORSKY, TN; (1994) CROSSED-BEAM MEASUREMENT OF BINDING-ENERGIES OF POSITRONIUM COMPOUNDS - A PROPOSAL. In: HYPERFINE INTERACTIONS. (pp. 355 - 369). BALTZER SCI PUBL BV

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Abstract

We describe an experiment to establish the chemical stability and measure the binding energies of compounds containing positronium atoms. The method consists of crossing a monoenergetic beam of low energy (1-25 eV) positrons with a supersonic adiabatic expansion molecular beam, and, after a dissociative attachment reaction takes place, detecting the resulting signature ion while measuring its kinetic energy. Except for the use of a positron beam instead of an electron beam, this is similar to electron impact MS/IKES (mass spectrometry/ion kinetic energy spectrometry). The start signal for the IKES measurement is provided by the remoderation of the positron beam. Among the benefits of the proposed research are the study of: (1) a new class of resonances, those involving temporarily bound positrons to molecules in excited electronic states; and (2) the surprising sub-threshold fragmentation observed by Surko and Hulett in positron-molecule scattering.

Type:Proceedings paper
Title:CROSSED-BEAM MEASUREMENT OF BINDING-ENERGIES OF POSITRONIUM COMPOUNDS - A PROPOSAL
Event:Positron Workshop on Positron Interactions with Atoms, Molecules and Clusters
Location:BIELEFELD, GERMANY
Dates:1993-07-14 - 1993-07-16
Keywords:SPECTRA, PHOTODISSOCIATION, ANNIHILATION, STABILITY, MOLECULES, HYDRIDE, E+
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Physics and Astronomy

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