Discrete eigenstates of the [Formula Presented] ion moving in a strong magnetic field

Victor G. Bezchastnov, George G. Pavlov, Joseph Ventura

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We present precise results for the binding energies and sizes of the [Formula Presented] ion moving across a strong pulsar-type magnetic field. Similarly to the previously studied case of hydrogen, the ion is strongly deformed by the action of the motion-induced Stark forces. Unlike the case of the neutral hydrogen atom whose transverse motion gives rise—for every discrete state of the nonmoving atom—to a continuum of displaced energy states with changing transverse momentum, transverse motion of the [Formula Presented] ion gives rise to a discretely spaced energy spectrum. A quantitative understanding of this problem and related opacities is central in modeling neutron star atmospheres, and should help in the interpretation of thermal emission from radio pulsars.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)180-185
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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