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Manipulating the Annihilation Dynamics of Positronium via Collective Radiation

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Cui,  Ni
Division Prof. Dr. Christoph H. Keitel, MPI for Nuclear Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Macovei,  M.
Division Prof. Dr. Christoph H. Keitel, MPI for Nuclear Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Hatsagortsyan,  K. Z.
Division Prof. Dr. Christoph H. Keitel, MPI for Nuclear Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Keitel,  Christoph H.
Division Prof. Dr. Christoph H. Keitel, MPI for Nuclear Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Cui, N., Macovei, M., Hatsagortsyan, K. Z., & Keitel, C. H. (2012). Manipulating the Annihilation Dynamics of Positronium via Collective Radiation. Physical Review Letters, 108(24): 243401, pp. 1-5. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.108.243401.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-000F-A3F9-B
Abstract
A method is investigated to manipulate the annihilation dynamics of a dense gas of positronium atoms employing superradiance and subradiance regimes of the cooperative spontaneous emission of the system. The corresponding annihilation dynamics is explored in two setups with regard to its fundamental novel properties and controlled by the gas density and by the intensity of a driving strong resonant laser field. In particular, the method allows us to increase the annihilation lifetime of an ensemble of positronium atoms by trapping the atoms in the excited state via collective radiative effects in the resonant laser field. In the second setup, the effect is enhanced by employing a cavity field. The maximum lifetime increase is by a factor of about 200 for para-positronium and by a factor of about 100 for ortho-positronium.