Hyperfine Interactions

, Volume 76, Issue 1, pp 175–180 | Cite as

Production of relativistic antihydrogen atoms by pair production with positron capture and measurement of the Lamb shift

  • Charles T. Munger
  • Stanley J. Brodsky
  • Ivan Schmidt
Section 4: Routes To Antihydrogen


A beam of relativistic antihydrogen atoms — the bound state (\(\bar p\)e+) — can be created by circulating the beam of an antiproton storage ring through an internal gas target. An antiproton which passes through the Coulomb field of a nucleus will create e+e pairs, and antihydrogen will form when a positron is created in a bound instead of continuum state about the antiproton. The cross section for this process is roughly 3Z2 pb for antiproton momenta about 6 GeV/c. A sample of 600 antihydrogen atoms in a low-emittance, neutral beam will be made in 1995 as an accidental byproduct of Fermilab experiment E760. We describe a simple experiment, Fermilab Proposal P862, which can detect this beam, and outline how a sample of a few-104 atoms can be used to measure the antihydrogen Lamb shift to 1 %.


Thin Film Pair Production Continuum State Storage Ring Antihydrogen 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles T. Munger
    • 1
  • Stanley J. Brodsky
    • 1
  • Ivan Schmidt
    • 2
  1. 1.Stanford Linear Accelerator CenterStanford UniversityStanfordUSA
  2. 2.Universidad Federico Santa MaríaValparaísoChile

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