Kinetic energies of exotic H atoms at formation and cascade
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- Kottmann, F., Daniel, H., Hartmann, F. et al. Hyperfine Interactions (1999) 119: 3. doi:10.1023/A:1012651231659
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The complex balance of processes occurring at the cascade of exotic H-atoms is usually described by the so-called standard cascade model, but this model neglects variations of the kinetic energy T of the exotic atom during the cascade which are crucial for the analysis of several important experiments. New experimental results on Tµp at H2 pressures between 0.063 and 4 hPa demonstrate the importance of acceleration due to Coulomb de-excitation processes at highly excited µp levels n > 9. The data at the lowest density are sensitive to the initial values of the kinetic energy and n-levels at the moment of atomic capture. From the measured low-energy tail of the Tµp-distribution it can be concluded that a considerable part of the µp(2s) atoms is metastable at pressures of a few hPa.