Classical-quantal coupling in the capture of muons by hydrogen atoms

N. H. Kwong, J. D. Garcia, J. S. Cohen

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The authors describe a self-consistent semiclassical approach to the problem of muon capture by hydrogen atoms. The dynamics of the heavier muon and proton are treated classically, and the electron quantally, with the potentials for both being self-consistently determined. Their numerical results are compared to classical-trajectory Monte Carlo (CTMC) and adiabatic ionisation (AI) results. Their capture cross sections are larger at low energy but fall more rapidly to zero. Their results provide the corrections to the dynamics beyond the adiabatic picture, which were missing in other approaches; interesting questions concerning the quantal nature of the events are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number003
Pages (from-to)L633-L638
JournalJournal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
Issue number22
StatePublished - 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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