We show that two positrons can form a chemical bond between two otherwise repelling ions, similar to what happens to two hydrogen atoms forming a hydrogen molecule. Two positronium hydride atoms (PsH) can form the stable species (PsH)2 when the two coupled positrons have opposite spins, while they form an antibonding state if they have the same spin. This is completely analogous to the landmark description by Heitler and London [Z. Phys. 44, 455 (1927)] on the formation of a chemical bond in the hydrogen molecule coupling two electrons with opposite spins. This is the first time two positrons are shown to behave like two electrons in ordinary matter, enlarging the definition of what is a chemical bond dating back to Lewis [J. Am. Chem. Soc. 38, 762 (1916)]. We suggest a few experimental routes to form and detect such a peculiar molecule.

Two positrons can form a chemical bond in (PsH)2

Bressanini D.
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2021-01-01

Abstract

We show that two positrons can form a chemical bond between two otherwise repelling ions, similar to what happens to two hydrogen atoms forming a hydrogen molecule. Two positronium hydride atoms (PsH) can form the stable species (PsH)2 when the two coupled positrons have opposite spins, while they form an antibonding state if they have the same spin. This is completely analogous to the landmark description by Heitler and London [Z. Phys. 44, 455 (1927)] on the formation of a chemical bond in the hydrogen molecule coupling two electrons with opposite spins. This is the first time two positrons are shown to behave like two electrons in ordinary matter, enlarging the definition of what is a chemical bond dating back to Lewis [J. Am. Chem. Soc. 38, 762 (1916)]. We suggest a few experimental routes to form and detect such a peculiar molecule.
2021
2021
https://aip.scitation.org/doi/10.1063/5.0059721
Bressanini, D.
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