TITLE

Two-species mixing in a nested Penning trap for antihydrogen trapping

AUTHOR(S)
Ordonez, C. A.; Weathers, D. L.
PUB. DATE
August 2008
SOURCE
Physics of Plasmas;Aug2008, Vol. 15 Issue 8, p083504
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
There exists an international quest to trap neutral antimatter in the form of antihydrogen for scientific study. One method that is being developed for trapping antihydrogen employs a nested Penning trap. Such a trap serves to mix positrons and antiprotons so as to produce low energy antihydrogen atoms. Mixing is achieved when the confinement volumes of the two species overlap one another. In the work presented here, a theoretical understanding of the mixing process is developed by analyzing a mixing scheme that was recently reported [G. Gabrielse et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 113001 (2008)]. The results indicate that positron space charge or collisions among antiprotons may substantially reduce the fraction of antiprotons that have an energy suitable for antihydrogen trapping.
ACCESSION #
34169218

 

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