The exact solution of a four-body Coulomb problem
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The elastic collision between two H-like atoms utilizing an ab initio static-exchange model (SEM) in the center of mass (CM) frame considering the system as a four-body Coulomb problem where all the Coulomb interaction terms in the direct and exchange channels are treated exactly, is studied thoroughly. A coupled-channel methodology in momentum space is used to solve Lippman-Schwinger equation following the integral approach. The new SEM code [Ray, Pramana 83, 907 (2014)] in which the Born-Oppenheimer (BO) scattering amplitude acts as input to derive the SEM amplitude using partial wave analysis, is utilized to study the s-, p-, d-wave elastic phase shifts and the corresponding partial cross sections. An augmented-Born approximation is used to include the contribution of higher partial waves more accurately to determine the total/integrated elastic cross sections. The effective range theory is used to determine the scattering lengths and effective ranges in the s-wave elastic scattering. The systems studied are Ps–Ps, Ps–Mu, Ps–H, Ps–D, Ps–T, Mu–Mu, Mu–H, Mu–D, Mu–T, H–H, H–D, H–T, D–D, D–T, T–T. The SEM includes the non-adiabatic short-range effects due to exchange. The MSEM code [Ray, Pramana 83, 907 (2014)] is used to study the effect of the long-range van der Waals interaction due to induced dipole polarizabilities of the atoms in H(1s)–H(1s) elastic collision. The dependence of scattering length on the reduced mass of the system and the dependence of scattering length on the strength of long-range van der Waals interaction that varies with the minimum interatomic distance are observed.
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