Excited states of positronic lithium and beryllium

Sergiy Bubin, Oleg V. Prezhdo

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Using a variational method with an explicitly correlated Gaussian basis, we study the e+-Li and e+-Be complexes in the ground and lowest excited states with higher spin multiplicity. Our calculations provide rigorous theoretical confirmation that a positron can be attached to the excited states: 1s2s2p Po4 and 1s22s2p Po3 for e+-Li and e+-Be, respectively. The result is particularly notable for the e+-Be complex, as the excited Po3 state lies below the autoionization threshold. We report accurate binding energies, annihilation rates and structural properties of these positron-atom systems. The existence of the ground and metastable excited states with bound positron opens up a new route to the presently lacking experimental verification of stability of a positron binding to any neutral atom.

Original languageEnglish
Article number193401
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - Nov 4 2013

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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