Positron hydrogen molecule scattering
Cooper, James Neil (2009) Positron hydrogen molecule scattering. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
In this thesis, we present Kohn variational calculations of scattering and annihilation parameters for very low energy interactions of positrons with molecular hydrogen. Our analysis includes the first application of the Kohn method for this system in which the interelectronic potential in the molecular target is treated explicitly. All previous Kohn calculations on positron hydrogen molecule scattering have avoided this complication by the use of the method of models. The advantage of the explicit treatment over the method of models is that it allows approximate target wavefunctions of a very high accuracy to be admitted more easily to the Kohn calculations. We find that the accuracy of the approximate target wavefunction is an extremely important factor in obtaining reliable results from the calculations.
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