Inelastic-collision processes, in which elastic, positronium formation and 2p-excitation channels are open, have been investigated for the first time within the framework of the coupled-static and frozen-core approximations. Rayleigh-Ritz variational method has been employed for calculating the binding energies and wave functions of the Is, 2s and 2p states of the lithium atom. The partial cross-sections corresponding to 7 values of the total angular momentum 1(016) are determined for 9 values of the incident energy lying between 1.8 and 10 eV. Our results illustrate the stability of the iterative numerical technique employed. They demonstrate the role played by each partial wave in the total cross-sections and the importance of considering the positronium formation channel in all inelastic collisions of positrons by the atoms of alkali metals in the low-energy region. They also show that the 2p-excitation channel is very important in the same energy range.
|Number of pages
|Nuovo Cimento della Societa Italiana di Fisica D - Condensed Matter, Atomic, Molecular and Chemical Physics, Biophysics
|Published - 1997
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- General Physics and Astronomy