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three-body coulomb bound statesThe binding energies of three-particle systems containing two electrons and one positive particle of mass M are reexamined in an attempt to understand the approximate proportionality of the 1Se ground-state binding energies of the reduced masses, as pointed out by Botero and Green (1986). The contribution to the energy of the mass-polarization term is evaluated. No fundamental principle is involved, since the mass polarization merely decreases somewhat as the mass of the positive particle is reduced below the proton mass. In the case of the excited 3Pe state, this reduction is not sufficient to allow binding when M approaches the electron mass. Some properties of the recently observed negative muonium ion (e/-/ mu/+/ e/-/) are also computed.
Document ID
19870055477
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Authors
Bhatia, A. K.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Drachman, Richard J.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Date Acquired
August 13, 2013
Publication Date
May 15, 1987
Publication Information
Publication: Physical Review A - General Physics, 3rd Series
Volume: 35
ISSN: 0556-2791
Subject Category
ATOMIC AND MOLECULAR PHYSICS
Distribution Limits
Public
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