We investigate direct positron annihilation during a collision in a gas; this is physically separable from indirect annihilation, i.e., via formation of positronium (Ps) and its decay. The cross section of direct annihilation is calculated from the evolution of a wave packet with a time width much shorter than the Ps lifetime, where the direct contribution is extracted through the time dependence of the survival probability. The cross section obtained for a hydrogen atom is found to be enhanced in energies around 10 eV well above the Ps formation threshold. This enhancement is shown to be due to temporal positron capture with electronic excitation in the atom.
|Number of pages||1|
|Journal||Physical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 2003|