What is the atomic number of a positronium? Since a positronium has no proton, I would suggest Z=0 but I'm not sure if you can see the electron as the center of mass and therefore Z=1.

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What is the atomic number of a positronium?
Since a positronium has no proton, I would suggest Z = 0 but I'm not sure if you can see the electron as the center of mass and therefore Z = 1.
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Makenna Lin
Answered 2022-07-20 Author has 16 answers
The atomic number is the number of protons. Positronium has no protons, so it definitely cannot have a non-zero atomic number.
But positronium is also not an atom and so it cannot even be said to have atomic number number. It's simply a bound state of an electron and it's anti-particle.
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Lisa Hardin
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The positronium is technically not an element, it can only be said to be a particle. This question may not be so physics-related, so please go to the chemistry site and check.
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