The photon spectrum in orthopositronium decay at ωγ ≪ me

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A closed analytic expression is given for the spectrum of low energy photons in the annihilation of orthopositronium, which expression sums all the effects of the Coulomb interaction between the electron and the positron. The applicability of the formula is limited only by the condition ω γ ≪ me. In the region ωγ ≫ meα2 the Coulomb interaction term gives the leading at low energy one-loop correction, proportional to α√m eγ, to the decay spectrum. The constant in ωγ radiative term in the one-loop correction to the spectrum is also presented here in an analytic form.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)181-187
Number of pages7
JournalModern Physics Letters A
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 30 2004

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Funding Information:
I thank Andrzej Czarnecki for pointing out Ref. 3 to me. This work was supported in part by the DOE grant DE-FG02-94ER40823.


  • Positronium
  • Positronium decay
  • QED radiative corrections


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