Accession Number : AD0783774

Title :   Positronium: A Review of the Calculations.

Descriptive Note : Environmental research papers,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE CAMBRIDGE RESEARCH LABS L G HANSCOM FIELD MASS

Personal Author(s) : Stroscio,Michael A.

Report Date : 03 JUN 1974

Pagination or Media Count : 33

Abstract : For typical magnetospheric densities, free positrons have a lifetime of between one million and one trillion seconds. A portion of the injected positrons undergo free annihilation and a portion form positronium. Results are given of the theoretical calculations of positronium properties without presenting the intermediate steps that depend on a knowledge of quantum electrodynamics. This paper is a review of the calculations of positronium state (1) decay rates, (2) energy levels, and (3) external field behavior. Theoretical results are compared with only the latest experimental results. The coverage is substantially complete from the pre-experimental years (1930 to 1950) to the present (1974). Emphasis is placed on stating final theoretical results and giving references to original work rather than giving a step-by-step account of the calculations. (Modified author abstract)

Descriptors :   *Positronium, *Reviews, Magnetosphere, Decay schemes, Annihilation reactions, Positrons, Energy levels

Subject Categories : Atmospheric Physics
      Nuclear Physics & Elementary Particle Physics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE