Regular Article – Atomic and Molecular Collisions
Calculations of positron scattering from atomic oxygen
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Curtin University, 6102, Perth, WA, Australia
Accepted: 26 September 2023
Published online: 20 October 2023
The single-center convergent close coupling (CCC) method has been applied to positron scattering from the oxygen atom. Cross sections have been calculated for total, elastic, momentum transfer, total ionization, inelastic, and excitation scattering processes from threshold to 5000 eV. Due to their relevance in transport studies, we also present stopping power and mean excitation energy results. Low-energy studies have been conducted to calculate scattering length, the hidden Ramsauer–Townsend minimum, and the energy of the positron virtual state. CCC-scaled complex optical potential calculations are utilized to calculate positronium-formation, direct ionization, and values between the positronium-formation and ionization thresholds. Good agreement is generally observed at high energies with past theory, electron-atomic oxygen experiment, and halved electron/positron O experiment. Large discrepancies, however, have been found between current and previous calculations for positronium-formation cross section and for low-energy elastic scattering cross section.
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