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.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics