Volume 94, Number 3, May 2011
|Number of page(s)
|Physics of Gases, Plasmas and Electric Discharges
|15 April 2011
Bound states near a moving charge in a quantum plasma
School of Physics, The University of Sydney - New South Wales 2006, Australia
2 Joint Institute for High Temperatures, Russian Academy of Sciences ul. Izhorskaya 13 bld 2, 127412 Moscow, Russia
Accepted: 30 March 2011
It is investigated how the shielding of a moving point charge in a one-component fully degenerate fermion plasma affects the bound states near the charge at velocities smaller than the Fermi one. The shielding is accounted for by using the Lindhard dielectric function, and the resulting potential is substituted into the Schrödinger equation in order to obtain the energy levels. Their number and values are shown to be primarily determined by the value of the charge and the quantum plasma coupling parameter, while the main effect of the motion is to split certain energy levels. This provides a link between quantum plasma theory and possible measurements of spectra of ions passing through solids.
PACS: 52.27.-h – Basic studies of specific kinds of plasmas / 52.25.Mq – Dielectric properties / 03.75.Ss – Degenerate Fermi gases
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