Laser-driven production of the antihydrogen molecular ion

Mark C. Zammit, Michael Charlton, Svante Jonsell, James Colgan, Jeremy S. Savage, Dmitry V. Fursa, Alisher S. Kadyrov, Igor Bray, Robert C. Forrey, Christopher J. Fontes, Jeffery A. Leiding, David P. Kilcrease, Peter Hakel, Eddy Timmermans

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Abstract

The feasibility of producing the molecular antihydrogen anion H2- in the laboratory is investigated. Utilizing reaction rates calculated here involving the interaction of laser excited-state antihydrogen atoms held in magnetic minimum traps, key processes are identified that could lead to anion production, as well as competing effects leading to anti-atom loss. These are discussed in the context of present-day and near-future experimental capabilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number042709
JournalPhysical Review A
Volume100
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 24 2019

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  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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Zammit, M. C., Charlton, M., Jonsell, S., Colgan, J., Savage, J. S., Fursa, D. V., Kadyrov, A. S., Bray, I., Forrey, R. C., Fontes, C. J., Leiding, J. A., Kilcrease, D. P., Hakel, P., & Timmermans, E. (2019). Laser-driven production of the antihydrogen molecular ion. Physical Review A, 100(4), [042709]. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevA.100.042709