Exotic Atoms

  • C. S. Wu
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The name “exotic atoms” is used to designate atomic systems in which any negatively charged leptons or hadrons other than the conventional electrons are bound in the Coulomb field of an atomic nucleus. The exotic atoms are essentially hydrogen-like atoms except for their unusually large energy scales and drastically reduced orbital radii, hence the name. Their life spans from birth to death last only for very brief moments. The transient existence is caused by either the decay of the atomic particle or the capture of the particle by the atomic nucleus.


Vacuum Polarization Coulomb Field Atomic Particle Muonic Atom Critical Orbit 
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  • C. S. Wu
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  1. 1.Columbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

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