A novel treatment of short-range correlation effects designed for use in calculating positron-atom and positron-molecule polarisation potentials is presented. The treatment is based on a physically motivated approximation that mimics the effect of the dominant non-adiabatic correction to the adiabatic potential at low scattering energies, namely virtual positronium formation. As an initial test of the method, positron-He scattering phaseshifts, scattering length and differential cross sections have been calculated and found to be in good agreement with accurate results. This method is immediately extendible to positron-molecule collisions and does not require significantly more work than a purely adiabatic treatment.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics|
|State||Published - Feb 28 1990|