Evidence for positronium molecule formation at a metal surface

D. B. Cassidy, S. H. M. Deng, A. P. Mills
2007 Physical Review A. Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics  
We have observed a reduction in the amount of positronium emitted from an atomically clean Al͑111͒ surface that depends on the incident positron beam density. We interpret this as evidence for the formation of molecular positronium, created following interactions between two pseudopositronium atoms trapped in a surface state. We find that this process is highly sensitive to the condition of the surface and is easily suppressed by changes thereupon. The implications of our data for planned
more » ... oscopic studies of molecular positronium are discussed, as well as improvements to the experimental procedure that will allow more detailed measurements of the thermodynamics of the formation of this molecule from metal surfaces.
doi:10.1103/physreva.76.062511 fatcat:m6zmj3mtmvalvdsevfq5z2vr6y