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Collision quenching of antiprotonic helium atoms in gaseous helium

The cross sections and rates for quenching of thermalized antiprotonic helium atoms in binary collisions with ordinary helium atoms are calculated in perturbation theory and in the coupled-channel formalism at the temperature and the number density of the helium gas, T = 6 K and N = 1021 cm–3, respectively. It is shown that quenching is unlikely to be relevant for the metastable states of the antiprotonic helium atom with 32<=n<=40.> =38.

Voir en ligne : Phys. Rev. A 69, 042701 (2004)