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Fine Structure of Positronium

  1. Jul 25, 2014 #1
    Hi all,
    I'm trying to compute the effect that a magnetic field has on the singlet and triplet states of positronium. I know that the positron has a charge and magnetic moment opposite that of the electron, so I'm tempted to write the interaction as:

    [tex] \vec{B} \cdot (\vec{M}_{1}+\vec{M}_{2})= \mu B(S_{1z}-S_{2z}) [/tex]

    where the minus sign comes about thanks to what I mentioned above. However, when I write out the singlet and doublet states in the [itex] |s_{1}=s_{2}=\frac{1}{2} s_{1z}\, \, s_{2z} \rangle [/itex] basis, I get that the above interaction does not split the energy levels...at least to first order.

    Did I do something wrong? If not, do I need to try 2nd order perturbation theory?
    Thanks :)
     
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  3. Jul 25, 2014 #2

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    Is the spin the only thing that matters?
     
  4. Jul 25, 2014 #3
    Yes. We are neglecting any possible orbital angular momentum.
     
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