Stochastic variational method for elastic scattering

Jun-Yi Zhang, James Mitroy

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    The stochastic variational method is used with a confining potential of the form V=? r12 to generate correlated basis sets capable of accurately describing low-energy elastic scattering. Stabilization concepts are then used to extract the phase shifts and other scattering observables. The method is applied to positron scattering from H and He, and Ps scattering from H and He. The results of the calculations are in uniformly good agreement with previous high quality calculations or with experiment. In particular, the scattering length for Ps-He scattering is found to be 1.566 a0 while the zero-energy Z1 eff was 0.1157. The Ps-He s -wave phase shift is found to be incompatible with experimental momentum transfer cross sections obtained by the Doppler broadening technique. � 2008 The American Physical Society.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)012703-1-012703-11
    Number of pages11
    JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2008


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