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  1. Position-resolved Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy

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    Wagner, A.; Butterling, M.; Fiedler, F.; Fritz, F.; Kempe, M.; Cowan, T. E.

    2013-06-01

    A new method which allows for position-resolved positron lifetime spectroscopy studies in extended volume samples is presented. In addition to the existing technique of in-situ production of positrons inside large (cm3) bulk samples using high-energy photons up to 16 MeV from bremsstrahlung production, granular position-sensitive photon detectors have been employed. A beam of intense bremsstrahlung is provided by the superconducting electron linear accelerator ELBE (Electron Linear Accelerator with high Brilliance and low Emittance) which delivers electron bunches of less than 10 ps temporal width and an adjustable bunch separation of multiples of 38 ns, average beam currents of 1 mA, and energies up to 40 MeV. Since the generation of bremsstrahlung and the transport to the sample preserves the sharp timing of the electron beam, positrons generated inside the entire sample volume by pair production feature a sharp start time stamp for positron annihilation lifetime studies with high timing resolutions and high signal to background ratios due to the coincident detection of two annihilation photons. Two commercially available detectors from a high-resolution medial positron-emission tomography system are being employed with 169 individual Lu2SiO5:Ce scintillation crystals, each. In first experiments, a positron-lifetime gated image of a planar Si/SiO2 (pieces of 12.5 mm × 25 mm size) sample and a 3-D structured metal in Teflon target could be obtained proving the feasibility of a three dimensional lifetime-gated tomographic system.

  2. Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy study of Kapton thin foils

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    Kanda, G. S.; Ravelli, L.; Lwe, B.; Egger, W.; Keeble, D. J.

    2016-01-01

    Variable energy positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (VE-PALS) experiments on polyimide material Kapton are reported. Thin Kapton foils are widely used in a variety of mechanical, electronic applications. PALS provides a sensitive probe of vacancy-related defects in a wide range of materials, including open volume in polymers. Varying the positron implantation energy enables direct measurement of thin foils. Thin Kapton foils are also commonly used to enclose the positron source material in conventional PALS measurements performed with unmoderated radionuclide sources. The results of depth-profiled positron lifetime measurements on 7.6 ?m and 25 ?m Kapton foils are reported and determine a dominant 385(1) ps lifetime component. The absence of significant nanosecond lifetime component due to positronium formation is confirmed.

  3. Positron annihilation lifetime study of oxide dispersion strengthened steels

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    Krsjak, V.; Szaraz, Z.; Hähner, P.

    2012-09-01

    A comparative positron annihilation lifetime study has been performed on various commercial ferritic and ferritic/martensitic oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) steels. Both as-extruded and recrystallized materials were investigated. In the materials with recrystallized coarse-grained microstructures, only the positron trapping at small vacancy clusters and yttria nanofeatures was observed. Materials which had not undergone recrystallization treatment clearly showed additional positron trapping which is associated with dislocations. Dislocation densities were calculated from a two-component decomposition of the positron lifetime spectra by assuming the first component to be a superposition of the bulk controlled annihilation rate and the dislocation controlled trapping rate. The second component (which translates into lifetimes of 240-260 ps) was found to be well separated in all those ODS materials. This paper presents the potentialities and limitations of the positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy, and discusses the results of the experimental determination of the defect concentrations and sensitivity of this technique to the material degradation due to thermally induced precipitation of chromium-rich α' phases.

  4. Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy source correction determination: A simulation study

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    Kanda, Gurmeet S.; Keeble, David J.

    2016-02-01

    Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) can provide sensitive detection and identification of vacancy-related point defects in materials. These measurements are normally performed using a positron source supported, and enclosed by, a thin foil. Annihilation events from this source arrangement must be quantified and are normally subtracted from the spectrum before analysis of the material lifetime components proceeds. Here simulated PALS spectra reproducing source correction evaluation experiments have been systematically fitted and analysed using the packages PALSfit and MELT. Simulations were performed assuming a single lifetime material, and for a material with two lifetime components. Source correction terms representing a directly deposited source and various foil supported sources were added. It is shown that in principle these source terms can be extracted from suitably designed experiments, but that fitting a number of independent, nominally identical, spectra is recommended.

  5. Study of Chemical Carcinogens by Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy

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    Pivtsaev, A. A.; Razov, V. I.; Karasev, A. O.

    2013-11-01

    We have used positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy to study the carcinogens C21H20BrN3, C4H7Cl2O4P, CCl4, CHCl3, AlF3, C8H12N4O, C6H4Cl2 and the non-carcinogens H2O, AlCl3, CH2Cl2, C2H6OS. We have established a correlation between the annihilation characteristics of the studied compounds and their degree of carcinogenicity.

  6. Positron and Positronium Annihilation Lifetime, and Free Volume in Polymers.

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    Yu, Zhibin

    1995-01-01

    Positron annihilation lifetime measurements were carried out for six polycarbonates of different structures and four polystyrenes of different molecular weight over a wide temperature range covering the glass transition region. The o-Ps mean lifetime is very sensitive to the changes of free volume in those polymers which occur due to change of molecular structure, chain length, and temperature. The influence of the unavoidable e^{+} irradiation and physical aging on the mean lifetime and the intensity of o-Ps annihilation were studied by conducting time dependent measurements on both very aged and rejuvenated samples. Both irradiation and physical aging reduce the formation of positronium, but have no effect on the mean lifetime of Ps atoms. The free volume fraction h obtained from the positron lifetime measurements was compared with the prediction of the statistical mechanical theory of Simha and Somcynsky; good agreement was found in the melt state though clear deviations were observed in the glassy state. A free volume quantity, computed from the bulk volume, which is in a good numerical agreement with the Simha-Somcynsky h-function in the melt, gives improved agreement with the h value calculated from the positron lifetime measurements. To investigate certain anomalies observed in the computer analysis of the positron annihilation lifetime spectra on polymers, we developed a computer simulation of the experimental data, which then was used to test the accuracy of the fitting results in the different circumstances. The influence caused by a possible distribution of the o-Ps mean lifetimes and the width of the spectrometer time resolution function were studied. The theoretical connection between the o-Ps mean lifetime and the free volume hole size was reviewed based on a finite spherical potential well model, and the status of the localized Ps atom in polymers was evaluated by calculation of the barrier transmission probability and the escaping probability of the trapped Ps atom. We conclude that there is no justification for a one-to-one correlation of lifetime components with specific hole sizes.

  7. Open volume in bioadhesive detected by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy.

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    Rätzke, Klaus; Wiegemann, Maja; Shaikh, Muhammad Qasim; Harms, Stephan; Adelung, Rainer; Egger, Werner; Sperr, Peter

    2010-07-01

    Barnacles attach to a wide variety of surfaces underwater and show substrate-specific adhesion mechanisms. Investigating and understanding these mechanisms is a key for developing new technical adhesives. We expected open volume (porosity) at the sub-nanometre scale to occur in barnacle adhesive. With positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) it is possible to detect porosity at the nanometre scale by determining the lifetime of positrons. This method has not been applied to bioadhesives so far. We showed that PALS is a suitable technique for the investigation of the barnacle base and its adhesive with respect to open volume. The results were interpreted using a standard model adapted from polymers. We thereby estimated pore sizes of 0.5 nm. PMID:20045088

  8. Positron annihilation lifetime study of radiation-damaged natural zircons

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    Roberts, J.; Gaugliardo, P.; Farnan, I.; Zhang, M.; Vance, E. R.; Davis, J.; Karatchevtseva, I.; Knott, R. B.; Mudie, S.; Buckman, S. J.; Sullivan, J. P.

    2016-04-01

    Zircons are a well-known candidate waste form for actinides and their radiation damage behaviour has been widely studied by a range of techniques. In this study, well-characterised natural single crystal zircons have been studied using Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy (PALS). In some, but not all, of the crystals that had incurred at least half of the alpha-event damage of ∼1019 α/g required to render them structurally amorphous, PALS spectra displayed long lifetimes corresponding to voids of ∼0.5 nm in diameter. The long lifetimes corresponded to expectations from published Small-Angle X-ray Scattering data on similar samples. However, the non-observation by PALS of such voids in some of the heavily damaged samples may reflect large size variations among the voids such that no singular size can be distinguished or. Characterisation of a range of samples was also performed using scanning electron microscopy, optical absorption spectroscopy, Raman scattering and X-ray scattering/diffraction, with the degree of alpha damage being inferred mainly from the Raman technique and X-ray diffraction. The observed void diameters and intensities of the long lifetime components were changed somewhat by annealing at 700 °C; annealing at 1200 °C removed the voids entirely. The voids themselves may derive from He gas bubbles or voids created by the inclusion of small quantities of organic and hydrous matter, notwithstanding the observation that no voidage was evidenced by PALS in two samples containing hydrous and organic matter.

  9. [Positron annihilation lifetime spectrometry (PALS) and its pharmaceutical applications].

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    Sebe, István; Szabó, Barnabás; Zelkó, Romána

    2012-01-01

    PALS is one of the most widely used "nuclear probe" techniques for the tracking of the structural characteristics of materials. The method is based on the matter-energy equivalence principle recognized by Einstein: the electrons and positrons as particle-antiparticle pairs disappear in mutual destruction of particles, they annihilate with high-energy gamma-radiation, thus "particle-energy transition" occurs. The properties of the resulting radiation exactly correspond to the relevant properties of the electron and positron preceding the annihilation. Since electrons occur in all types of materials, the phenomenon of positron annihilation can play in any environment; consequently the method can be used for the analysis of each type of materials (crystalline and amorphous, organic and inorganic, biotic and abiotic). The present paper provides an overview of the theoretical physical background, the practical realization and evaluation of methods, their limitations, and summarizes the pharmaceutical applications published in recent years. PMID:22570984

  10. Positron annihilation lifetime study of polyvinylpyrrolidone for nanoparticle-stabilizing pharmaceuticals.

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    Shpotyuk, O; Bujňáková, Z; Baláž, P; Ingram, A; Shpotyuk, Y

    2016-01-01

    Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy was applied to characterize free-volume structure of polyvinylpyrrolidone used as nonionic stabilizer in the production of many nanocomposite pharmaceuticals. The polymer samples with an average molecular weight of 40,000 g mol(-1) were pelletized in a single-punch tableting machine under an applied pressure of 0.7 GPa. Strong mixing in channels of positron and positronium trapping were revealed in the polyvinylpyrrolidone pellets. The positron lifetime spectra accumulated under normal measuring statistics were analysed in terms of unconstrained three- and four-term decomposition, the latter being also realized under fixed 0.125 ns lifetime proper to para-positronium self-annihilation in a vacuum. It was shown that average positron lifetime extracted from each decomposition was primary defined by long-lived ortho-positronium component. The positron lifetime spectra treated within unconstrained three-term fitting were in obvious preference, giving third positron lifetime dominated by ortho-positronium pick-off annihilation in a polymer matrix. This fitting procedure was most meaningful, when analysing expected positron trapping sites in polyvinylpyrrolidone-stabilized nanocomposite pharmaceuticals. PMID:26444751

  11. Digitized detection of gamma-ray signals concentrated in narrow time windows for transient positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy

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    Kinomura, A.; Suzuki, R.; Oshima, N.; O'Rourke, B. E.; Nishijima, T.; Ogawa, H.

    2014-12-01

    A pulsed slow-positron beam generated by an electron linear accelerator was directly used for positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy without any positron storage devices. A waveform digitizer was introduced to simultaneously capture multiple gamma-ray signals originating from positron annihilation events during a single accelerator pulse. The positron pulse was chopped and bunched with the chopper signals also sent to the waveform digitizer. Time differences between the annihilation gamma-ray and chopper peaks were calculated and accumulated as lifetime spectra in a computer. The developed technique indicated that positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy can be performed in a 20 ?s time window at a pulse repetition rate synchronous with the linear accelerator. Lifetime spectra of a Kapton sheet and a thermally grown SiO2 layer on Si were successfully measured. Synchronization of positron lifetime measurements with pulsed ion irradiation was demonstrated by this technique.

  12. Digitized detection of gamma-ray signals concentrated in narrow time windows for transient positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy

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    Kinomura, A. Suzuki, R.; Oshima, N.; O’Rourke, B. E.; Nishijima, T.; Ogawa, H.

    2014-12-15

    A pulsed slow-positron beam generated by an electron linear accelerator was directly used for positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy without any positron storage devices. A waveform digitizer was introduced to simultaneously capture multiple gamma-ray signals originating from positron annihilation events during a single accelerator pulse. The positron pulse was chopped and bunched with the chopper signals also sent to the waveform digitizer. Time differences between the annihilation gamma-ray and chopper peaks were calculated and accumulated as lifetime spectra in a computer. The developed technique indicated that positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy can be performed in a 20 μs time window at a pulse repetition rate synchronous with the linear accelerator. Lifetime spectra of a Kapton sheet and a thermally grown SiO{sub 2} layer on Si were successfully measured. Synchronization of positron lifetime measurements with pulsed ion irradiation was demonstrated by this technique.

  13. Free volume structure of realgar α-As4S4 by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy

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    Shpotyuk, O.; Ingram, A.; Demchenko, P.

    2015-04-01

    Atomic-deficient free volume structure of realgar α-As4S4, the low-temperature modification, of tetraarsenic tetrasulfide polymorphs, is studied using positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy. Eventual channels of positron annihilation in this molecular crystal are shown to be connected with low electron density entities around cage As4S4 molecules composing realgar-type structure of monoclinic P21/n space group. The overlapped spaces of bond-free solid angles around S atoms forming self-closed As4S4 molecules contribute preferentially to positron trapping modes, while a competitive influence of bound positron-electron states (positronium) stabilized in intermolecular spaces occurs also to be essential in the decomposed lifetime spectra too.

  14. Positron annihilation lifetime study of interfaces in ternary polymer blends

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    Meghala, D.; Ramya, P.; Pasang, T.; Raj, J. M.; Ranganathaiah, C.; Williams, J. F.

    2013-06-01

    A new method based on positron lifetime spectroscopy is developed to characterize individual interfaces in ternary polymer blends and hence determine the composition dependent miscibility level. The method owes its origin to the Kirkwood-Risemann-Zimm (KRZ) model for the evaluation of the hydrodynamic interaction parameters (αij) which was used successfully for a binary blend with a single interface. The model was revised for the present work for ternary polymer blends to account for three interfaces. The efficacy of this method is shown for two ternary blends namely poly(styrene-co-acrylonitrile)/poly (ethylene-co-vinylacetate)/poly(vinyl chloride) (SAN/EVA/PVC) and polycaprolactone /poly(styrene-co-acrylonitrile)/poly(vinyl chloride) (PCL/SAN/PVC) at different compositions. An effective hydrodynamic interaction parameter, αeff, was introduced to predict the overall miscibility of ternary blends.

  15. The study of synthetic food dyes by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy.

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    Pivtsaev, A. A.; Razov, V. I.

    2015-06-01

    By method of positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS), substances are food dyes were studied: E-102 (Tartrazine), E-124 (Ponso 4R), E 132 (Indigo carmine), E-133 (Brilliant Blue), E-151 (Black Shiny). They are examined for the presence of carcinogenic properties. The difference between dyes having explicit carcinogenic properties and mutagenic properties (non-explicit carcinogens) is established.

  16. Information on individual interfaces in ternary polymer blends from positron annihilation lifetime studies

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    Meghala, D.; Ramya, P.; Pasang, T.; Ravikumar, H. B.; Ranganathaiah, C.

    2012-06-01

    Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy has been used to determine the free volume content in the ternary blends of SAN/EVA/PVC. The method of deriving hydrodynamic interaction parameter (α) in binary polymer blends was modified for ternary polymer blend system characterized by three distinct interfaces. Each interface characterized, is associated with an α and its assertion for the ternary blend are compared with available literature data.

  17. Vacancy profile in reverse osmosis membranes studied by positron annihilation lifetime measurements and molecular dynamics simulations

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    Shimazu, A.; Goto, H.; Shintani, T.; Hirose, M.; Suzuki, R.; Kobayashi, Y.

    2013-06-01

    The positron annihilation technique using a slow positron beam can be used for the study of the vacancy profiles in typical reverse osmosis (RO) membranes. In this study, the vacancy profile in the polyamide membrane that exhibits a high permselectivity between ions and water was studied using the positron annihilation technique and molecular dynamics simulations. Ortho-positronium (o-Ps) lifetimes in the surface region of the membranes were evaluated by using a slow positron beam. The diffusion behavior of Na+ and water in the polyamides was simulated by molecular dynamics (MD) methods using the TSUBAME2 supercomputer at the Tokyo Institute of Technology and discussed with the vacancy profile probed by the o-Ps. The results suggested that the large hydration size of Na+ compared to the vacancy size in the polyamides contributes to the increased diffusivity selectivity of water/Na+ that is related to the NaCl desalination performance of the membrane. Both the hydration size of the ions and the vacancy size appeared to be significant parameters to discuss the diffusivity selectivity of water/ions in typical polyamide membranes.

  18. Free volumes studies in Thymoquinone and Carvone ?-cyclodextrin nanoparticles by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy

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    Ferreira Marques, M. F.; Gordo, P. M.; Moreira da Silva, A.

    2013-06-01

    Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy is used to study free volume in ?-cyclodextrin with the encapsulation of thymoquinone and S-carvone, in samples covering the guest to host fraction range from 1:0.1 to 1:1. The results clearly indicate the presence of long lifetime components related to Ps-formation. Although the behavior of the two guests is different, in both cases the results indicate the formation of 1:1 cyclodextrin inclusion compounds. Data show that the addition of carvone to ?-cyclodextrin results in a decrease of the o-Ps lifetime corresponding to a reduction of the average radius of cavities from 2.41 to 2.29 , whereas the addition of thymoquine decreases the radius from 2.57 to 2.35 . In turn, the intensity varied from 20.55 to 19.20% and from 20.83 to 0.41%, respectively.

  19. Characterization of ?-irradiated polymethyl methacrylate by means of mechanical properties and positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy

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    Rubiolo, G. H.; Somoza, A.; Goyanes, S. N.; Consolati, G.; Marzocca, A. J.

    1999-08-01

    An experimental investigation was undertaken to assess the effect of ? irradiation on the ``structural'' state and the corresponding inelastic deformation behavior of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA). Uniaxial and constant strain rate compression tests were conducted over a range of strain rates at room temperature on glassy polymer specimens of PMMA subjected to different ?-irradiation doses. Measurements of positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy were performed on samples before the compression test in an attempt to correlate free volume content with yield stress. A kinetic law of plastic flow considering a local shear transformation in a small volume ? is used to represent the observed mechanical behavior. The density and size of the clusters are found for the material subjected to different irradiation dose. Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy was also used to estimate the size and number density of free volume sites in the polymer specimens. The dependence of both magnitudes with the irradiation dose follows those of the plastic cluster of volume ?. Both results provide experimental evidence that the density and the size of high free volume sites can be used as an internal state variable for characterizing the mechanical state of glassy polymers.

  20. Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy of mechanically milled protein fibre powders and their free volume aspects

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    Patil, K.; Sellaiyan, S.; Rajkhowa, R.; Tsuzuki, T.; Lin, T.; Smith, S. V.; Wang, X.; Uedono, A.

    2013-06-01

    The present study reports the fabrication of ultra-fine powders from animal protein fibres such as cashmere guard hair, merino wool and eri silk along with their free volume aspects. The respectively mechanically cleaned, scoured and degummed cashmere guard hair, wool and silk fibres were converted into dry powders by a process sequence: Chopping, Attritor Milling, and Spray Drying. The fabricated protein fibre powders were characterised by scanning electron microscope, particle size distribution and positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS). The PALS results indicated that the average free volume size in protein fibres increased on their wet mechanical milling with a decrease in the corresponding intensities leading to a resultant decrease in their fractional free volumes.

  1. Photon-induced positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy using ultrashort laser-Compton-scattered gamma-ray pulses

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    Taira, Y.; Toyokawa, H.; Kuroda, R.; Yamamoto, N.; Adachi, M.; Tanaka, S.; Katoh, M.

    2013-05-15

    High-energy ultrashort gamma-ray pulses can be generated via laser Compton scattering with 90 Degree-Sign collisions at the UVSOR-II electron storage ring. As an applied study of ultrashort gamma-ray pulses, a new photon-induced positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy approach has been developed. Ultrashort gamma-ray pulses with a maximum energy of 6.6 MeV and pulse width of 2.2 ps created positrons throughout bulk lead via pair production. Annihilation gamma rays were detected by a BaF{sub 2} scintillator mounted on a photomultiplier tube. A positron lifetime spectrum was obtained by measuring the time difference between the RF frequency of the electron storage ring and the detection time of the annihilation gamma rays. We calculated the response of the BaF{sub 2} scintillator and the time jitter caused by the variation in the total path length of the ultrashort gamma-ray pulses, annihilation gamma rays, and scintillation light using a Monte Carlo simulation code. The positron lifetime for bulk lead was successfully measured.

  2. Positron-annihilation-lifetime response and broadband dielectric relaxation spectroscopy: Diethyl phthalate

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    Barto, J.; Alegra, A.; aua, O.; Tyagi, M.; Gmez, D.; Kritiak, J.; Colmenero, J.

    2007-09-01

    We report the results of a combined phenomenological analysis of the data from positron-annihilation-lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) and the relaxation data from broadband dielectric spectroscopy (BDS) on diethyl phthalate (DEP). The ortho-positronium ( o -Ps) lifetime, ?3 , as a function of temperature over a temperature range from 67K up to 300K is compared with the spectral features and the relaxation parameters of the BDS spectra decomposed into the primary ? and the secondary ? processes in the temperature range from 140K up to 380K by using the Williams-Watts scheme. Phenomenological model-free analysis of the ?3-T plot provides the three characteristic PALS temperatures, where the two most pronounced ones at TgPALS=185K and Tb2=245K=1.32TgPALS are related to the glass-liquid transition and the onset of a quasiplateau region, respectively. In the case of a weaker bend effect at Tb1=210K=1.14TgPALS , a number of new coincidences with changes in the dielectric ? process have been found. They concern the changes in width parameter of the distribution function for the ? relaxation time and the activation energy of the ?eff process, a crossover from the Arrhenius to the non-Arrhenius type of temperature dependence as well as with the onset of a short-time tail of the ? relaxation time distribution and finally, with changes in the relaxation strength of the ? and ?eff processes. All these findings indicate a close connection of the o -Ps annihilation parameters and relaxation characteristics of BDS response for the DEP matrix.

  3. Voids in mixed-cation silicate glasses: Studies by positron annihilation lifetime and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopies.

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    Reben, M; Golis, E; Filipecki, J; Sitarz, M; Kotynia, K; Jeleń, P; Grelowska, I

    2014-08-14

    PALS in comparison with FTIR studies have been applied to investigate the structure of different oxide glasses. Three components of the positron lifetime τ (τ1 para- and τ3 ortho-positronium and τ2 intermediate lifetime component) and their intensities were obtained. The results of the calculation of mean values of positron lifetimes for the investigated glasses showed the existence of a long-living component on the positron annihilation lifetime spectra. From the Tao-Eldrup formula we can estimate the size of free volume. On the basis of the measurements we can conclude that the size and fraction of free volume reaches the biggest value for the fused silica glass. The degree of network polymerisation increases void size. PMID:24815814

  4. Investigation of cation-exchanged montmorillonites by combined x-ray diffraction and positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy

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    Consolati, G.; Natali-Sora, I.; Pelosato, R.; Quasso, F.

    2002-02-01

    A characterization of some mineral and organophilic montmorillonites has been carried out using x-ray diffraction and positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy. The combination of the two techniques supplies information on the microscopic structure of clays, in particular on the fraction of interlayer gap which is occupied by water molecules in the mineral clays. Nanocavities among cations of quaternary ammonium salts inserted in the organophilic clays were also investigated and compared with those existing in the free salt.

  5. Physical and chemical ageing/degradation of polymers and composites as detected by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy

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    Hill, A. J.

    1999-12-01

    Use of positrons (positively charged electrons) to probe the physical and chemical "state" of polymers and composites offers a molecular level method of detecting the onset of degradation before the associated physical or mechanical property changes become catastrophic. Such measurements can be used to provide an early warning of ageing/degradation and to monitor the level of degradation over the service lifetime of the part. The method discussed in the present work relies on the positron detection of the local electron density in the material via positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS). The local electron density at the annihilation sites within the material can change due to physical ageing (no bond breaking) and/or chemical degradation (hydrolysis, oxidation, etc.). Measurements of the ageing-induced changes in the positron lifetime can be correlated with the molecular-level rearrangements responsible for deterioration of properties. By using PALS in combination with chemically site-specific techniques, such as nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and infrared (IR), an understanding of the degradation process can be achieved and procedures for mitigating the damage can be developed (e.g. stabilizers). Examples of PALS-detected ageing/degradation in structural plastics poly(carbonate), poly(ethylene terephthalate), and poly(propylene), and poly(imide)/carbon fibre composites are given.

  6. A positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopic study of the corrosion protective properties of epoxy coatings

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    MacQueen, R.C.

    1992-01-01

    Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy (PALS) was used to measure the free volume cavity sizes and free volume fractions of crosslinked epoxy coatings on steel before and after saturation with liquid water at 23[degrees]C. A direct linear relationship between the equilibrium volume fraction of water absorbed and the dry relative free volume fraction of bisphenol A epoxy coatings was found. The free volume cavity sizes and the number of free volume cavities per unit volume of these epoxies were found to decrease after water saturation. These decreases are ascribed to the occupation of 13-17% of the free volume cavities by 2-4 water molecules per cavity. The free volume cavity size of polyglycol diepoxides was found to increase after water saturation. This increase is ascribed to the expansion of the free volume cavities by water, which is substantiated by the macroscopic swelling observed in these coatings. An inverse, linear relationship between the equilibrium water uptake and the relative free volume fraction of these coatings were observed. This result coupled with the fact that less than one molecule of nitrobenzene was determined to fit into an epoxy free volume cavity, and that nitrobenzene is quite soluble in most of the epoxides, indicates that other factors besides the magnitude of the free volume fraction affect the amount of solvent absorbed by epoxy coatings. The small percentage of free volume occupied by water and the small number of water molecules capable of filling each void of the bisphenol A epoxies after water saturation correlate to the high impedance values and the good corrosion protection of these coatings, suggesting that water passes through these coatings by slow diffusion through the connected free volume cavities in the coating. Increases in the free volume cavity sizes of the polyglycol diepoxides after water saturation correlate to the low impedance and the poor corrosion protection of these coatings.

  7. Positron annihilation lifetime measurement and X-ray analysis on 120 MeV Au+7 irradiated polycrystalline tungsten

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    Dube, Charu Lata; Kulriya, Pawan Kumar; Dutta, Dhanadeep; Pujari, Pradeep K.; Patil, Yashashri; Mehta, Mayur; Patel, Priyanka; Khirwadkar, Samir S.

    2015-12-01

    In order to simulate radiation damages in tungsten, potential plasma facing materials in future fusion reactors, surrogate approach of heavy ion irradiation on polycrystalline tungsten is employed. Tungsten specimen is irradiated with gold heavy ions of energy 120 MeV at different fluences. Positron annihilation lifetime measurements are carried out on pristine and ion beam irradiated tungsten specimens. The variation in positron annihilation lifetime in ion irradiated specimens confirms evolution of vacancy clusters under heavy ion irradiation. The pristine and irradiated tungsten specimens have also been characterized for their microstructural, structural, electrical, thermal, and mechanical properties. X-ray diffractograms of irradiated tungsten specimens show structural integrity of polycrystalline tungsten even after irradiation. Nevertheless, the increase in microstrain, electrical resistivity and microhardness on irradiation indicates creation of lattice damages inside polycrystalline tungsten specimen. On the other hand, the thermal diffusivity has not change much on heavy ion irradiation. The induction of damages in metallic tungsten is mainly attributed to high electronic energy loss, which is 40 keV/nm in present case as obtained from SRIM program. Although, concomitant effect of nuclear losses on damage creation cannot be ignored. It is believed that the energy received by the electronic system is being transferred to the atomic system by electron-phonon coupling. Eventually, elastic nuclear collisions and the transfer of energy from electronic to atomic system via inelastic collision is leading to significant defect generation in tungsten lattice.

  8. Utility of positron annihilation lifetime technique for the assessment of spectroscopic data of some charge-transfer complexes derived from N-(1-Naphthyl)ethylenediamine dihydrochloride

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    Refat, Moamen S.; Adam, Abdel Majid A.; Sharshar, T.; Saad, Hosam A.; Eldaroti, Hala H.

    2014-03-01

    In this work, structural, thermal, morphological, pharmacological screening and positron annihilation lifetime measurements were performed on the interactions between a N-(1-Naphthyl)ethylenediamine dihydrochloride (NEDA·2HCl) donor and three types of acceptors to characterize these CT complexes. The three types of acceptors include π-acceptors (quinol and picric acid), σ-acceptors (iodine) and vacant orbital acceptors (tin(IV) tetrachloride and zinc chloride). The positron annihilation lifetime parameters were found to be dependent on the structure, electronic configuration, the power of acceptors and molecular weight of the CT complexes. The positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy can be used as a probe for the formation of charge-transfer (CT) complexes.

  9. Utility of positron annihilation lifetime technique for the assessment of spectroscopic data of some charge-transfer complexes derived from N-(1-Naphthyl)ethylenediamine dihydrochloride.

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    Refat, Moamen S; Adam, Abdel Majid A; Sharshar, T; Saad, Hosam A; Eldaroti, Hala H

    2014-03-25

    In this work, structural, thermal, morphological, pharmacological screening and positron annihilation lifetime measurements were performed on the interactions between a N-(1-Naphthyl)ethylenediamine dihydrochloride (NEDA·2HCl) donor and three types of acceptors to characterize these CT complexes. The three types of acceptors include π-acceptors (quinol and picric acid), σ-acceptors (iodine) and vacant orbital acceptors (tin(IV) tetrachloride and zinc chloride). The positron annihilation lifetime parameters were found to be dependent on the structure, electronic configuration, the power of acceptors and molecular weight of the CT complexes. The positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy can be used as a probe for the formation of charge-transfer (CT) complexes. PMID:24291622

  10. Prediction of free-volume-type correlations in glassy chalcogenides from positron annihilation lifetime measurements

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    Shpotyuk, O.; Ingram, A.; Shpotyuk, M.; Filipecki, J.

    2014-11-01

    A newly modified correlation equation between defect-related positron lifetime determined within two-state trapping model and radius of corresponding free-volume-type defects was proposed to describe compositional variations in atomic-deficient structure of covalent-bonded chalcogenides like binary As-S/Se glasses. Specific chemical environment of free-volume voids around neighboring network-forming polyhedrons was shown to play a decisive role in this correlation, leading to systematically enhanced volumes in comparison with typical molecular substrates, such as polymers.

  11. The assessment of pore connectivity in hierarchical zeolites using positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy: instrumental and morphological aspects.

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    Zubiaga, Asier; Warringham, Robbie; Boltz, Marilyne; Cooke, David; Crivelli, Paolo; Gidley, David; Pérez-Ramírez, Javier; Mitchell, Sharon

    2016-03-23

    Recent studies demonstrated the power of positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) to characterise the connectivity and corresponding effectiveness of hierarchical pore networks in zeolites. This was based on the fractional escape of ortho-positronium (Ps), formed within the micropore framework, to vacuum. To further develop this technique, here we assess the impact of the positron implantation energy and of the zeolite crystal size and the particle morphology. Conventional measurements using fast positrons and beam measurements applying moderated positrons both readily distinguish purely microporous ZSM-5 zeolites comprised of single crystals or crystal aggregates. Unlike beam measurements, however, conventional measurements fail to discriminate model hierarchical zeolites with open or constricted mesopore architectures. Several steps are taken to rationalise these observations. The dominant contribution of Ps diffusion to the PALS response is confirmed by capping the external surface of the zeolite crystals with tetraethylorthosilicate, which greatly enhances the sensitivity to the micropore network. A one-dimensional model is constructed to predict the out-diffusion of Ps from a zeolite crystal, which is validated experimentally by comparing coffin-shaped single crystals of varying size. Calculation of the trends expected on the application of fast or moderated positrons indicates that the distinctions in the initial distribution of Ps at the crystal level cannot explain the limited sensitivity of the former to the mesopore architecture. Instead, we propose that the greater penetration of fast positrons within the sample increases the probability of Ps re-entry from intercrystalline voids into mesopores connected with the external surface of zeolite crystals, thereby reducing their fractional escape. PMID:26975204

  12. Positron annihilation in flight

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    Tudor Jones, Goronwy

    1999-09-01

    In this resource article, an exceptional bubble chamber picture - showing the annihilation of a positron (antielectron e+ ) in flight - is discussed in detail. Several other esoteric phenomena (some not easy to show on their own!) also manifest themselves in this picture - pair creation or the materialization of a high energy photon into an electron-positron pair; the `head-on' collision of a positron with an electron, from which the mass of the positron can be estimated; the Compton Effect ; an example of the emission of electromagnetic radiation (photons) by accelerating charges (bremsstrahlung ).

  13. Confined water in controlled pore glass CPG-10-120 studied by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy and differential scanning calorimetry

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    Šauša, O.; Mat'ko, I.; Illeková, E.; Macová, E.; Berek, D.

    2015-06-01

    The solidification and melting of water confined in the controlled pore glass (CPG) with average pore size 12.6 nm has been studied by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS). The fully-filled sample of CPG by water as well as the samples of CPG with different content of water were used. The measurements show the presence of amorphous and crystalline phases of water in this type and size of pores, freezing point depression of a confined liquid and presence of certain transitions at lower temperatures, which could be detected only for cooling regime. The localization of confined water in the partially filled pores of CPG at room temperature was studied.

  14. The states of water within poly(vinyl alcohol) thin films part 1: Investigations by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy

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    Hodge, R.M.; Edward, G.H.; Simon, G.P.; Hill, A.J.

    1993-12-31

    In order to produce poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) material suitable for thermoplastic processing, it is necessary to plasticize the polymer with water. In the present study the accommodation of water within the PVA network is examined. Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) is used to determine the effect of water on the free volume of the polymer. The PALS parameters give information on the average size of the free volume sites and the relative concentration of free volume sites. A model is proposed in which water initially enters the polymer in a molecular form, distributing itself along and becoming bound to the polymer chains at hydroxyl sites. Further water sorption increases the existing polymeric free volume up to a certain limiting value whilst at the same time water clustering occurs resulting in states similar to bulk water.

  15. Per-fluorinated sulfonic acid/PTFE copolymer studied by positron annihilation lifetime and gas permeation techniques

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    Mohamed, Hamdy F. M.; Abdel-Hady, E. E.; Ohira, A.

    2015-06-01

    The mechanism of gas permeation in per-fluorinated sulfonic acid/PTFE copolymer Fumapem® membranes for polymer electrolyte fuel cells has been investigated from the viewpoint of free volume. Three different samples, Fumapem® F-950, F-1050 and F-14100 membranes with ion exchange capacity (IEC) = 1.05, 0.95 and 0.71 meq/g, respectively were used after drying. Free volume was quantified using the positron annihilation lifetime (PAL) technique and gas permeabilities were measured for O2 and H2 as function of temperature. Good linear correlation between the logarithm of the permeabilities at different temperatures and reciprocal free volume indicate that gas permeation in dry Fumapem® is governed by the free volume. Nevertheless permeabilities are much smaller than the corresponding flexible chain polymer with a similar free volume size due to stiff chains of the perfluoroethylene backbone.

  16. Spin-polarized annihilation lifetime of positron of d0 ferromagnetism in gallium nitride: A two-component density functional theory simulation

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    Hagiwara, Satoshi; Suzuki, Yasumitsu; Watanabe, Kazuyuki

    2016-04-01

    The spin-polarized annihilation lifetime of a positron (SPALP) trapped by the Ga vacancies in GaN was investigated using two-component density functional theory calculations with geometry optimization. SPALP clearly depends on the charged states of the Ga vacancies and the induced magnetization. This dependence is attributed to the overlap between the positron and electron densities around the defect. Thus, the present study proves the useful role of SPALP for probing and revealing the mechanism of d0 ferromagnetism.

  17. Dependence of alpha particle track diameter on the free volume holes size using positron annihilation lifetime technique

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    El-Gamal, S.; Abdalla, Ayman M.; Abdel-Hady, E. E.

    2015-09-01

    The alpha particle track diameter dependence of the free volume holes size (Vf) in DAM-ADC and CR-39 nuclear track detectors was investigated using positron annihilation lifetime technique. The effect of temperature on the alpha particle track diameter and free volume were also investigated in the T-range (RT-130 °C). The obtained results revealed that the values of ortho-positronium lifetime τ3 and Vf increases while I3 slightly increases as T increases for the two detectors. The values of τ3, Vf and I3 are higher in CR-39 than DAM-ADC. The interpretation of obtained results is based on the fact that increasing T leads to significant enhancement of thermal expansion of the polymer matrix and consequently Vf increases. The track diameter increases as T increases. This can be explained by the fact that the increase in T increases the crystal size and Vf in the polymer. A relationship between Vf and the alpha particle track diameter was obtained. Moreover results of detector irradiation, along with free volume evaluation are addressed and thoroughly discussed.

  18. Free-volume microstructure of amorphous polycarbonate at low temperatures determined by positron-annihilation-lifetime spectroscopy

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    Krištiak, J.; Bartoš, J.; Krištiaková, K.; Šauša, O.; Bandžuch, P.

    1994-03-01

    Amorphous polycarbonate has been investigated from the point of view of free-volume microstructure in the temperature range 50-350 K by positron-annihilation-lifetime spectroscopy. Lifetime τ3 and relative intensity I3 of o-Ps show two regions of different behavior with the transition at Tb=130 K. The temperature dependence of τ3 has been analyzed using the model of a particle in a spherical potential well. The correlations between the dilatometric measurements and the τ3(T) and I3(T) dependences have been interpreted in the framework of the free-volume model, which allowed us to estimate the fraction of free volume accessible to o-Ps as well as the concentration of free-volume entities. We have determined that the polycarbonate is a relatively defect-full material. On the basis of a simple thermodynamical approach allowing for simultaneous change of the size and number of free-volume entities, an attempt has been made to specify the molecular mechanism responsible for the free-volume changes. The comparison of the results of such a thermodynamical model with the simulation of the structure of amorphous polycarbonate and the dynamics of the motion of phenyl groups suggests that partial flips of this group might be the potential generators of the increased free volume at T>Tb.

  19. Positron annihilation in transparent ceramics

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    Husband, P.; Bartošová, I.; Slugeň, V.; Selim, F. A.

    2016-01-01

    Transparent ceramics are emerging as excellent candidates for many photonic applications including laser, scintillation and illumination. However achieving perfect transparency is essential in these applications and requires high technology processing and complete understanding for the ceramic microstructure and its effect on the optical properties. Positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) is the perfect tool to study porosity and defects. It has been applied to investigate many ceramic structures; and transparent ceramics field may be greatly advanced by applying PAS. In this work positron lifetime (PLT) measurements were carried out in parallel with optical studies on yttrium aluminum garnet transparent ceramics in order to gain an understanding for their structure at the atomic level and its effect on the transparency and light scattering. The study confirmed that PAS can provide useful information on their microstructure and guide the technology of manufacturing and advancing transparent ceramics.

  20. Positron Annihilation in Insulating Materials

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    Asoka-Kumar, P; Sterne, PA

    2002-10-18

    We describe positron results from a wide range of insulating materials. We have completed positron experiments on a range of zeolite-y samples, KDP crystals, alkali halides and laser damaged SiO{sub 2}. Present theoretical understanding of positron behavior in insulators is incomplete and our combined theoretical and experimental approach is aimed at developing a predictive understanding of positrons and positronium annihilation characteristics in insulators. Results from alkali halides and alkaline-earth halides show that positrons annihilate with only the halide ions, with no apparent contribution from the alkali or alkaline-earth cations. This contradicts the results of our existing theory for metals, which predicts roughly equal annihilation contributions from cation and anion. We also present result obtained using Munich positron microprobe on laser damaged SiO{sub 2} samples.

  1. Reinforcement Mechanism Of Polyurethane-Urea/Clay Nanocomposites Probed By Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy And Dynamic Mechanical Analysis

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    Rath, S. K.; Patri, M.; Sudarshan, K.; Pujari, P. K.; Khakhar, D. V.

    2010-12-01

    A basis for quantitative analysis of the reinforcement mechanism of polyurethane-urea/clay nanocomposites using two characterization methods, positron annihilation life time spectroscopy (PALS) and dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) is provided. DMA was used to measure the constrained volume fraction of amorphous soft segments induced by nanoclay and the storage modulus of the nanocomposites. The interfacial interactions in the nanocomposites were investigated by PALS. The modulus enhancement of the organoclay nanocomposites was found to have a good correlation with the volume fraction of the constrained region and the interfacial interactions.

  2. The annihilation of galactic positrons

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    Bussard, R.; Rematy, R.

    1978-01-01

    The probabilities of various channels of galactic positron annihilation were evaluated and the spectrum of the resulting radiation was calculated. The narrow width (FWHM less than 3.2 keV) of the 0.511 MeV line observed from the galactic center implies that a large fraction of positrons should annihilate in a medium of temperature less than 100,000 K and ionization fraction greater than 0.05. HII regions at the galactic center could be possible sites of annihilation.

  3. Drug release profiles and microstructural characterization of cast and freeze dried vitamin B12 buccal films by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy.

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    Szabó, Barnabás; Kállai, Nikolett; Tóth, Gergő; Hetényi, Gergely; Zelkó, Romána

    2014-02-01

    Solvent cast and freeze dried films, containing the water-soluble vitamin B12 as model drug were prepared from two polymers, sodium alginate (SA), and Carbopol 71G (CP). The proportion of the CP was changed in the films. The microstructural characterization of various samples was carried out by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS). The drug release kinetics of untreated and stored samples was evaluated by the conventionally applied semi-empirical power law. Correlation was found between the changes of the characteristic parameters of the drug release and the ortho-positronium (o-Ps) lifetime values of polymer samples. The results indicated that the increase of CP concentration, the freeze-drying process and the storage at 75% R.H. decreased the rate of drug release. The PALS method enabled the distinction between the micro- and macrostructural factors influencing the drug release profile of polymer films. PMID:24269613

  4. Photon correlations in positron annihilation

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    Gauthier, Isabelle; Hawton, Margaret

    2010-06-15

    The two-photon positron annihilation density matrix is found to separate into a diagonal center-of-energy factor implying maximally entangled momenta, and a relative factor describing decay. For unknown positron injection time, the distribution of the difference in photon arrival times is a double exponential at the para-Ps decay rate, consistent with experiment [V. D. Irby, Meas. Sci. Technol. 15, 1799 (2004)].

  5. Positron annihilation studies of fatigue in 304 stainless steel

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    Hartley, J. H.; Howell, R. H.; Asoka-Kumar, P.; Sterne, P. A.; Akers, D.; Denison, A.

    1999-08-01

    Positron annihilation lifetime measurements were made on well calibrated fatigue samples of SS-304. Measurements were made on a high and low carbon alloy. Two separate lifetimes, indicating two defect site types were resolved in each sample. Significant lifetime changes are observed to occur early in the fatigue cycles.

  6. Positron lifetime setup based on DRS4 evaluation board

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    Petriska, M.; Sojak, S.; Slugeň, V.

    2014-04-01

    A digital positron lifetime setup based on DRS4 evaluation board designed at the Paul Scherrer Institute has been constructed and tested in the Positron annihilation laboratory Slovak University of Technology Bratislava. The high bandwidth, low power consumption and short readout time make DRS4 chip attractive for positron annihilation lifetime (PALS) setup, replacing traditional ADCs and TDCs. A software for PALS setup online and offline pulse analysis was developed with Qt,Qwt and ALGLIB libraries.

  7. Investigation of the free volume and ionic conducting mechanism of poly(ethylene oxide)-LiClO4 polymeric electrolyte by positron annihilating lifetime spectroscopy

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    Gong, Jing; Gong, Zhen-Li; Yan, Xiao-Li; Gao, Shu; Zhang, Zhong-Liang; Wang, Bo

    2012-10-01

    The positron annihilation lifetime and ionic conductivity are each measured as a function of organophilic rectorite (OREC) content and temperature in a range from 160 K to 300 K. According to the variation of ortho-positronium (o-Ps) lifetime with temperature, the glassy transition temperature is determined. The continuous maximum entropy lifetime (MELT) analysis clearly shows that the OREC and temperature have important effects on o-Ps lifetime and free volume distribution. The experimental results show that the temperature dependence of ionic conductivity obeys the Vogel—Tammann—Fulcher (VTF) and Williams—Landel—Ferry (WLF) equations, implying a free-volume transport mechanism. A linear least-squares procedure is used to evaluate the apparent activation energy related to the ionic transport in the VTF equation and several important parameters in the WLF equation. It is worthwhile to notice that a direct linear relationship between the ionic conductivity and free volume fraction is established using the WLF equation based on the free volume theory for nanocomposite electrolyte, which indicates that the segmental chain migration and ionic migration and diffusion could be explained by the free volume theory.

  8. Positron annihilation studies of organic superconductivity

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    Yen, H.L.; Lou, Y.; Ali, E.H.

    1994-09-01

    The positron lifetimes of two organic superconductors, {kappa}-(ET){sub 2}Cu(NCS){sub 2} and {kappa}-(ET){sub 2}Cu[N(CN){sub 2}]Br, are measured as a function of temperature across {Tc}. A drop of positron lifetime below {Tc} is observed. Positron-electron momentum densities are measured by using 2D-ACAR to search for the Fermi surface in {kappa}-(ET){sub 2}Cu[N(CN){sub 2}]Br. Positron density distributions and positron-electron overlaps are calculated by using the orthogonalized linear combination atomic orbital (OLCAO) method to interprete the temperature dependence due to the local charge transfer which is inferred to relate to the superconducting transition. 2D-ACAR results in {kappa}-(ET){sub 2}Cu[N(CN){sub 2}]Br are compared with theoretical band calculations based on a first-principles local density approximation. Importance of performing accurate band calculations for the interpretation of positron annihilation data is emphasized.

  9. Applications of positron annihilation spectroscopy in materials research

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    Singh, Jag J.

    1988-01-01

    Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy (PAS) has emerged as a powerful technique for research in condensed matter. It has been used extensively in the study of metals, ionic crystals, glasses and polymers. The present review concentrates on applications of positron lifetime measurements for elucidation of the physicochemical structure of polymers.

  10. Positron annihilation in the interstellar medium

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    Guessoum, Nidhal; Ramaty, Reuven; Lingenfelter, Richard E.

    1991-01-01

    Positronium formation and annihilation are studied in a model for the interstellar medium consisting of cold cloud cores, warm partially ionized cloud envelopes, and hot intercloud gas. The gamma-ray spectra resulting from positron annihilation in these components of the interstellar medium are calculated. The spectra from the individual components are then combined, using two limiting assumptions for the propagation of the positrons, namely, that the positrons propagate freely throughout the interstellar medium, and that the positrons are excluded from the cold cloud cores. In the first case, the bulk of the positrons annihilate in the cloud cores and the annihilation line exhibits broad wings resulting from the annihilation of positronium formed by charge exchange in flight. In the second case, the positrons annihilate mainly in the warm envelopes, and the line wings are suppressed.

  11. Measurements of defect structures by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy of the tellurite glass TeO2-P2O5-ZnO-LiNbO3 doped with ions of rare earth elements: Er3+, Nd3+ and Gd3+

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    Golis, E.; Yousef, El. S.; Reben, M.; Kotynia, K.; Filipecki, J.

    2015-12-01

    The objective of the study was the structural analysis of the TeO2-P2O5-ZnO-LiNbO3 tellurite glasses doped with ions of the rare-earth elements: Er3+, Nd3+ and Gd3+ based on the PALS (Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy) method of measuring positron lifetimes. Values of positron lifetimes and the corresponding intensities may be connected with the sizes and number of structural defects, such as vacancies, mono-vacancies, dislocations or pores, the sizes of which range from a few angstroms to a few dozen nanometres. Experimental positron lifetime spectrum revealed existence of two positron lifetime components τ1 and τ2. Their interpretation was based on two-state positron trapping model where the physical parameters are the annihilation velocity and positron trapping rate.

  12. Location and size of nanoscale free-volume holes in crosslinked- polytetrafluoroethylene-based graft-type polymer electrolyte membranes determined by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy

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    Sawada, Shin-ichi; Yabuuchi, Atsushi; Maekawa, Masaki; Kawasuso, Atsuo; Maekawa, Yasunari

    2013-06-01

    The location and size of nanoscale free-volume holes (nanoholes) in graft-type polymer electrolyte membranes (PEMs), which were prepared by radiation-induced graft polymerization (grafting) of styrene into crosslinked-polytetrafluoroethylene (cPTFE) films and subsequent sulfonation, were investigated using positron annihilation lifetime (PAL) spectroscopy. The PAL spectra of the PEMs indicated the existence of two types of ortho-positronium (o-Ps) species, corresponding to nanoholes with volumes of 0.11 and 0.38 nm3. A comparison of the PAL data of the PEMs with that of the precursor original cPTFE and polystyrene-grafted films demonstrated the probability that the smaller holes were located in both the PTFE crystalline phases and the poly(styrene sulfonic acid) graft regions, whereas the larger holes are potentially localized in the PTFE amorphous phases. Taking into account both the size and the location of the nanoholes, it was concluded that gas transport through the larger holes in the amorphous PTFE phases was dominant over permeation through the smaller holes in the PTFE crystals and grafted regions.

  13. Positron annihilation in superconducting 123 compounds

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    Peter, M.; Manuel, A.A.; Erb, A. . Dept. of Physics of Condensed Matter)

    1998-12-20

    After a brief review of the theory of angular correlation of positron annihilation radiation (ACAR), the authors illustrate experimental principles and give examples of successful determination of electron momentum density (EMD) and of positron lifetime in solids. The central question which the authors try to answer concerns the contribution of positron spectroscopy to the knowledge and understanding of the new high temperature superconducting oxides. They find that in these oxides also, partially filled bands exist and they can observe parts of their Fermi surface and measure lifetimes in accordance with band theoretical calculations. There are characteristic differences, however. The intensity of the anisotropy of the ACAR signal is below theoretical expectation and signals depend on sample preparation. Recent studies by the Geneva group have concerned dependence of the signals on impurities, on oxygen content and on the thermal history of preparation. Of particular interest are correlations between the variations of these signals and between the variations of structural and transport properties in these substances. Besides deliberate additions of impurities, the Geneva group also reports progress in the preparations of samples of highest purity (barium zirconate crucibles). The alloy series Pr[sub x]Y[sub 1[minus]x]Ba[sub 2]Cu[sub 3]O[sub 7[minus][delta

  14. Method for photon activation positron annihilation analysis

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    Akers, Douglas W.

    2006-06-06

    A non-destructive testing method comprises providing a specimen having at least one positron emitter therein; determining a threshold energy for activating the positron emitter; and determining whether a half-life of the positron emitter is less than a selected half-life. If the half-life of the positron emitter is greater than or equal to the selected half-life, then activating the positron emitter by bombarding the specimen with photons having energies greater than the threshold energy and detecting gamma rays produced by annihilation of positrons in the specimen. If the half-life of the positron emitter is less then the selected half-life, then alternately activating the positron emitter by bombarding the specimen with photons having energies greater then the threshold energy and detecting gamma rays produced by positron annihilation within the specimen.

  15. Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy Study of Barnett Shale Core

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    Ameena, Fnu; Alsleben, Helge; Quarles, Carroll A.

    Measurements are reported of positron annihilation lifetime and Doppler broadening parameters on 14 samples of Barnett shale core selected from 196 samples ranging from depths of 6107 to 6402 feet. The Barnett shale core was taken from EOG well Two-O-Five 2H located in Johnson county TX. The selected samples are dark clay-rich mudstone consisting of fine-grained clay minerals. The samples are varied in shape, typically a few inches long and about 1/2 inch in width and thickness, and are representative of the predominant facies in the core. X-ray fluorescence (XRF), X-ray diffraction (XRD), petrographic analysis and geochemical analysis of total organic carbon (TOC) were already available for each of the selected samples. The lifetime data are analyzed in terms of three lifetime components with the shortest lifetime fixed at 125 ps. The second lifetime is attributed to positron annihilation in the bulk and positron trapping; and the third lifetime is due to positronium. Correlations of the lifetimes, intensities, the average lifetime and S and W parameters with TOC, XRF and XRD parameters are discussed. The observed correlations suggest that positron spectroscopy may be a useful tool in characterizing shale.

  16. Positron Annihilation in the Bipositronium Ps2

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    Bailey, David H.; Frolov, Alexei M.

    2005-07-01

    The electron-positron-pair annihilation in the bipositronium PS2 is considered. In particular, the two-, three-, one- and zero-photon annihilation rates are determined to high accuracy. The corresponding analytical expressions are also presented. Also, a large number of bound state properties have been determined for this system.

  17. Nondestructive examination using neutron activated positron annihilation

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    Akers, Douglas W.; Denison, Arthur B.

    2001-01-01

    A method is provided for performing nondestructive examination of a metal specimen using neutron activated positron annihilation wherein the positron emitter source is formed within the metal specimen. The method permits in situ nondestructive examination and has the advantage of being capable of performing bulk analysis to determine embrittlement, fatigue and dislocation within a metal specimen.

  18. Defects in metals. [Positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Siegel, R.W.

    1982-06-01

    The application of positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) to the study of defects in metals has led to increased knowledge on lattice-defect properties during the past decade in two areas: the determination of atomic defect properties, particularly those of monovacancies, and the monitoring and characterization of vacancy-like microstructure development during post-irradiation and post-quench annealing. The study of defects in metals by PAS is reviewed within the context of the other available techniques for defect studies. The strengths and weaknesses of PAS as a method for the characterization of defect microstructures are considered. The additional possibilities for using the positron as a localized probe of the atomic and electronic structures of atomic defects are discussed, based upon theoretical calculations of the annihilation characteristics of defect-trapped positrons and experimental observations. Finally, the present status and future potential of PAS as a tool for the study of defects in metals is considered. 71 references, 9 figures.

  19. Positron annihilation in neutron irradiated iron-based materials

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    Lambrecht, M.; Almazouzi, A.

    2011-01-01

    The hardening and embrittlement of reactor pressure vessel steels is of great concern in the actual nuclear power plant life assessment. This embrittlement is caused by irradiation-induced damage, like vacancies, interstitials, solutes and their clusters. But the reason for the embrittlement of the material is not yet totally known. The real nature of the irradiation damage should thus be examined as well as its evolution in time. Positron annihilation spectroscopy has been shown to be a powerful method for analyzing some of these defects. In fact, both vacancy type clusters and precipitates can be visualized by positrons. Recently, at SCK·CEN, a new setup has been constructed, calibrated and optimized to measure the coincidence Doppler broadening and lifetime of neutron irradiated materials. To be able to compare the results obtained by the positron studies, with those of other techniques (such as transmission electron microscopy, atom probe tomography and small angle neutron scattering), quantitative estimations of the size and density of the annihilation sites are needed. Using the approach proposed by Vehanen et al., an attempt is made to calculate the needed quantities in Fe and Fe-Cu binary alloys that were neutron irradiated to different doses. The results obtained are discussed highlighting the difficulties in defining the annihilation centres even in these simple model alloys, in spite of using both lifetime and Doppler broadening measurements in the same samples.

  20. On the method of positron lifetime measurement

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    Nishiyama, F.; Shizuma, K.; Nasai, H.; Nishi, M.

    1983-01-01

    A fast-slow coincidence system was constructed for the measurement of positron lifetimes in material. The time resolution of this system was 270 ps for the (60)Co gamma rays. Positron lifetime spectra for 14 kinds of alkali halides were measured with this system. Two lifetime components and their intensities were derived from analyses of the lifetime spectra.

  1. Organic superconductivity studied by positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Yen, Hsiu Ling; Lou, Yonming; Ali, Emad Hassan

    1995-12-01

    The positron lifetimes of two organic superconductors, {kappa}-(ET){sub 2}Cu(NCS){sub 2} and {kappa}-(ET){sub 2}Cu[N(CN){sub 2}]Br, are measured as a function of temperature across T{sub c}. A drop of positron lifetime below T{sub c} is observed. Positron-electron momentum densities are measured by using 2D-ACAR to search for the Fermi surface in {kappa}-(ET){sub 2}Cu[N(CN){sub 2}]Br. Positron density distributions and positron-electron overlaps are calculated by using the orthogonalized linear combination atomic orbital (OLCAO) method to interpret the temperature dependence due to the local charge transfer, which is inferred to relate to the superconducting transition. 2D-ACAR results in {kappa}-(ET){sub 2}CU[N(CN){sub 2}]Br are compared with the calculated Fermi surface based on a first-principles local density approximation.

  2. Correlation of Gas Permeability in a Metal-Organic Framework MIL-101(Cr)–Polysulfone Mixed-Matrix Membrane with Free Volume Measurements by Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy (PALS)

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    Jeazet, Harold B. Tanh; Koschine, Tönjes; Staudt, Claudia; Raetzke, Klaus; Janiak, Christoph

    2013-01-01

    Hydrothermally stable particles of the metal-organic framework MIL-101(Cr) were incorporated into a polysulfone (PSF) matrix to produce mixed-matrix or composite membranes with excellent dispersion of MIL-101 particles and good adhesion within the polymer matrix. Pure gas (O2, N2, CO2 and CH4) permeation tests showed a significant increase of gas permeabilities of the mixed-matrix membranes without any loss in selectivity. Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) indicated that the increased gas permeability is due to the free volume in the PSF polymer and the added large free volume inside the MIL-101 particles. The trend of the gas transport properties of the composite membranes could be reproduced by a Maxwell model. PMID:24957061

  3. Apparatus for photon activation positron annihilation analysis

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    Akers, Douglas W.

    2007-06-12

    Non-destructive testing apparatus according to one embodiment of the invention comprises a photon source. The photon source produces photons having predetermined energies and directs the photons toward a specimen being tested. The photons from the photon source result in the creation of positrons within the specimen being tested. A detector positioned adjacent the specimen being tested detects gamma rays produced by annihilation of positrons with electrons. A data processing system operatively associated with the detector produces output data indicative of a lattice characteristic of the specimen being tested.

  4. Positron scattering and annihilation from hydrogenlike ions

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    Novikov, S.A.; Bromley, M.W.J.; Mitroy, J.

    2004-05-01

    The Kohn variational method is used with a configuration-interaction-type wave function to determine the J=0 and J=1 phase shifts and annihilation parameter Z{sub eff} for positron-hydrogenic ion scattering. The phase shifts are within 1-2% of the best previous calculations. The values of Z{sub eff} are small and do not exceed unity for any of the momenta considered. At thermal energies Z{sub eff} is minute with a value of order 10{sup -50} occurring for He{sup +} at k=0.05a{sub 0}{sup -1}. In addition to the variational calculations, analytic expressions for the phase shift and annihilation parameters within the Coulomb wave Born approximation are derived and used to help elucidate the dynamics of positron collisions with positive ions.

  5. Positron annihilation radiation from solar flares

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    Share, G. H.; Chupp, E. L.; Forrest, D. J.; Rieger, E.

    1983-01-01

    Positron-annihilation radiation has been observed from the June 21, 1980 and June 3, 1982 flares by the gamma-ray spectrometer on the Solar Maximum Mission satellite. The observed 0.511-MeV line fluences from the flares were 14.6 + or - 3.3 gamma/sq cm and 103 + or - 8 gamma/sq cm, respectively. Measurement of the line width establishes an upper limit to the temperature in the annihilation region of 3 x 10 to the 6th K. The time dependence of the 0.511-MeV line during the 1980 flare is consistent with the calculations of Ramaty et al. (1983) for positrons created in the decay of radioactive nuclei. The time dependence of the 0.511-MeV line for the 1982 flare is more complex and requires more detailed study.

  6. Application of positron annihilation in materials science

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    Siegel, R.W.; Fluss, M.J.; Smedskjaer, L.C.

    1984-05-01

    Owing to the ability of the positron to annihilate from a variety of defect-trapped states, positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) has been applied increasingly to the characterization and study of defects in materials in recent years. In metals particularly, it has been demonstrated that PAS can yield defect-specific information which, by itself or in conjunction with more traditional experimental techniques, has already made a significant impact upon the determination of atomic-defect properties and the monitoring and characterization of vacancy-like microstructure development, as occurs during post-irradiation annealing. The applications of PAS are now actively expanding to the study of more complex defect-related phenomena in irradiated or deformed metals and alloys, phase transformations and structural disorder, surfaces and near-surface defect characterization. A number of these applications in materials science are reviewed and discussed with respect to profitable future directions.

  7. Early Stages of Precipitation Process in Al-(Mn-)Sc-Zr Alloy Characterized by Positron Annihilation

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    Vlach, Martin; Cizek, Jakub; Melikhova, Oksana; Stulikova, Ivana; Smola, Bohumil; Kekule, Tomas; Kudrnova, Hana; Gemma, Ryota; Neubert, Volkmar

    2015-04-01

    Thermal effects on the precipitation stages in as-cast Al-0.70 at. pct Mn-0.15 at. pct Sc-0.05 at. pct Zr alloy were studied. The role of lattice defects was elucidated by positron annihilation spectroscopy (lifetime and coincidence Doppler broadening) enabling investigation of solutes clustering at the atomic scale. This technique has never been used in the Al-Sc- and/or Al-Zr-based alloys so far. Studies by positron annihilation were combined with resistometry, hardness measurements, and microstructure observations. Positrons trapped at defects are preferentially annihilated by Sc electrons. Lifetime of trapped positrons indicates that Sc atoms segregate at dislocations. Maximum fraction of positrons annihilated by Sc electrons occurring at 453 K (180 °C) suggests that clustering of Sc bound with vacancies takes place. It is followed by peak of this fraction at 573 K (300 °C). A rise of the contribution of trapped positrons annihilated by Zr electrons starting at 513 K (240 °C) and attaining maximum also at 573 K (300 °C) confirms that Zr participates in precipitation of the Al3Sc particles already at these temperatures. The pronounced hardening at 573 K (300 °C) has its nature in the precipitation of the Al3Sc particles with a Zr-rich shell. The contribution of trapped positrons annihilated by Mn electrons was found to be negligible.

  8. Slow positron beam generator for lifetime studies

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    Singh, Jag J. (Inventor); Eftekhari, Abe (Inventor); St.clair, Terry L. (Inventor)

    1991-01-01

    A slow positron beam generator uses a conductive source residing between two test films. Moderator pieces are placed next to the test film on the opposite side of the conductive source. A voltage potential is applied between the moderator pieces and the conductive source. Incident energetic positrons: (1) are emitted from the conductive source; (2) are passed through test film; and (3) isotropically strike moderator pieces before diffusing out of the moderator pieces as slow positrons, respectively. The slow positrons diffusing out of moderator pieces are attracted to the conductive source which is held at an appropriate potential below the moderator pieces. The slow positrons have to pass through the test films before reaching the conductive source. A voltage is adjusted so that the potential difference between the moderator pieces and the conductive source forces the positrons to stop in the test films. Measurable annihilation radiation is emitted from the test film when positrons annihilate (combine) with electrons in the test film.

  9. Feshbach projection operator approach to positron annihilation

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    Sanchez, S. D.'A.; Lima, M. A. P.; Varella, M. T. Do N.

    2009-11-01

    We present a theory of vibrationally enhanced positron annihilation on molecules based on the Feshbach projection operator formalism. A key aspect of the present approach is the fact that no direct vibrational excitation is assumed, i.e., the attachment mechanism is electronic in nature, arising from positron-electron correlation-polarization forces, and energy transfer to the nuclei essentially follows from the difference between the potential-energy surfaces of the isolated target and the positron-molecule compound; moreover, no a priori assumption is made on the character of the transient (bound or virtual state). An approximate relation between the annihilation parameter Zeff and the vibrationally summed cross section is presented, as well as a hierarchy of approximations that may allow for elaborate model calculations. We also discuss how important aspects of the annihilation process are taken into account in the present theory, such as isotope effects, vibrational energy redistribution and relative strengths among vibrational resonances. For completeness, semiempirical model calculations for acetylene and ethylene are presented. Despite the stringent approximations employed in this simplest version of the theory, fair agreement with experimental data was obtained in the vicinity of 0→1 thresholds.

  10. Surfaces of colloidal PbSe nanocrystals probed by thin-film positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Chai, L.; Schut, H.; Schaarenburg, L. C. van; Eijt, S. W. H.; Al-Sawai, W.; Barbiellini, B.; Bansil, A.; Gao, Y.; Houtepen, A. J.; Mijnarends, P. E.; Huis, M. A. van; Ravelli, L.; Egger, W.; Kaprzyk, S.

    2013-08-01

    Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy and positron-electron momentum density (PEMD) studies on multilayers of PbSe nanocrystals (NCs), supported by transmission electron microscopy, show that positrons are strongly trapped at NC surfaces, where they provide insight into the surface composition and electronic structure of PbSe NCs. Our analysis indicates abundant annihilation of positrons with Se electrons at the NC surfaces and with O electrons of the oleic ligands bound to Pb ad-atoms at the NC surfaces, which demonstrates that positrons can be used as a sensitive probe to investigate the surface physics and chemistry of nanocrystals inside multilayers. Ab initio electronic structure calculations provide detailed insight in the valence and semi-core electron contributions to the positron-electron momentum density of PbSe. Both lifetime and PEMD are found to correlate with changes in the particle morphology characteristic of partial ligand removal.

  11. Positron annihilation on the F{prime}-centers in ionic crystals

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    Prokop`ev, E.P.

    1994-07-01

    The Pekar-Tomasevich and Simpson-Wills approximations were used to calculate the lifetime {tau}{sub 2}{gamma} with respect to self-annihilation of a positron bound to the F{prime}-center (the so-called F{double_prime}{sub +}-center, that is, the polyelectron Wheeler system e{sup -}{sub 2}e{sup +} in an anion vacancy) in a defect ionic crystal. It turned out that positron lifetimes for various ionic crystals most likely fall into the nanosecond range in the time-resolved annihilation spectra. The obtained values of {tau}{sub 2}{gamma} enable the overall lifetimes {tau}{sup s,t}{sub F{double_prime}{sub +}} of the F{double_prime}{sub +}-centers with account for annihilation in crystals, the so-called {open_quotes}pick-off{close_quotes} -annihilation, to be more accurately calculated. Formulas were derived for calculating the angular correlation of annihilation radiation (ACAR) and the halfwidths {Gamma} of ACAR curves for the case of F{double_prime}{sub +}-center self-annihilation. The obtained estimates led to the conclusion that positron annihilation from the F{double_prime}{sub +}-centers [for example, in alkali halide crystals (AHC) most likely contributes to the intensities of the {tau}{sub 2} {approximately}6x10{sup -10} s and {tau}{sub 3}{approximately}10{sup -9} s components in the experimental time-resolved annihilation spectra.

  12. Electron-positron annihilation and absorption models

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    Dorn, Randy T.

    2015-09-01

    An experimentally verified mathematical model that precisely describes the attraction and motion between an electron and positron does not yet exist. Although there have been no direct experimental measurements of the particle velocity when the distance between the two particles approaches zero, the basic inverse square model used for point charges is thought to be inadequate because it would predict speeds in excess of c, the speed of light. Modifications to this basic model have been made by theorizing a variable velocity dependent relativistic mass or a velocity dependent force. Using these models, that assume the electron and positron both attain a velocity of approximately c during their annihilation collision, results in a very compelling model of a photon as an electron and positron in a two body orbital union traveling through space. However, photon models based on this assumption show that the photon translational velocity must have some dependence on the photon wavelength. Further exploration of the basic inverse square model of electron - positron attraction shows it predicts the first order two body photon model without this wavelength dependent dispersion. Furthermore, study of the electron-positron interaction with a hydrogen like entity shows that the popular notion of a photon having an angular momentum on the order of ? and an energy of ?w can be derived from first principles.

  13. Correlations between Positron Annihilation Parameters and Macroscopic Properties in Copolymers Belonging to Elastomers Group

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    Krzemień, K.; Kansy, J.

    2008-05-01

    The positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy was used to study correlations between positron annihilation parameters and macroscopic properties in two kinds of polymers from elastomers group. Two kinds of material were investigated: three samples of ethylene octane copolymers (commercial name engage) of different densities and six samples of polybutylene terephtalate-polyether glycol copolymers (hytrel) having different densities. A correlation between intensity of ortho-positronium component and the density (d) of samples was observed for both kinds of material. From the ortho-positronium pick-off lifetime the mean radii (R) of free volume centers were determined. A good linear correlation between R and d was found.

  14. Positron annihilation spectroscopy as a probe of microscopic structure and physical aging in polymer

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    Yu, M.

    1992-01-01

    Positron annihilation is studied as a characterization method for the properties of polymers. Previous studies indicate that the orthopositronium lifetime [tau][sub 3] and intensity I[sub 3] is correlated to the free volume [open quotes]hole[close quotes] size and number density of holes in a polymer. Positron annihilation lifetime (PAL) studies in polymers measure the change in free volume, and they are sensitive to different physical environments. PAL studies of the temperature dependence of a disphenol-A polycarbonate shows that the free volume increases with increasing temperature, and it also obtains the transition temperatures T[sub g] and T[sub [beta

  15. Monovacancies and Na substitutional defects in PbTe: theoretical positron annihilation study

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    Liu, J. D.; Cheng, B.; Zhang, L. J.; Zhang, J.; Weng, H. M.; Ye, B. J.

    2013-06-01

    The electron structures of cubic PbTe and substitutional defects are investigated using the state of the art pseudo-potential plane wave method, in the framework of the density functional theory within the generalized gradient approximation. The structural dependent positron annihilation in cubic PbTe was calculated and the positron lifetimes of the bulk, the Pb mono-vacancy, the Te mono-vacancy and the Na atom substituting on Pb were calculated respectively. The study provides evidence that positrons can distinguish between mono-vacancies and in situ substitutional Na doping. The positron lifetime values were found to be too similar to be distinguished. But calculations of the positron annihilation momentum distribution spectra did show clear differences between the two types of defect and may be exploited to characterize substitutional defects.

  16. Positron annihilation investigation of BaSrFBr:Eu by X-ray irradiation

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    Lee, C. Y.

    2014-12-01

    The mechanical property of the BaSrFBr:Eu phosphor layer of X-ray image plates was investigated by using resolution (LP/mm) and coincidence Doppler broadening (CDB) positron annihilation as well as positron annihilation lifetime (PAL). The image plate samples of BaSrFBr:Eu phosphors in this experiment were irradiated by using hospital X-rays. The LP/mm values of the irradiated BaSrFBr:Eu image plates varied from 3.35 to 1.25 for up to 20,000 exposures. CDB positron annihilation and lifetime spectroscopy were used to analyze defect structures in the phosphor layer. Even when the LP/mm values were greatly decreased due to exposures, the S parameter and the lifetime ( τ 1, τ 2) values were almost constant with increasing number of exposures. A positive relationship existed between the SEM images and positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS). According to the SEM images and the positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) results, measurements of the defects with PAS indicate that the image-plate phosphor can be safely used for hospital X-rays in the course of diagnostic radiography at an average rate of 20,000 times for one year.

  17. Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy of High Performance Polymer Films under CO2 Pressure

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    C.A. Quarles; John R. Klaehn; Eric S. Peterson; Jagoda M. Urban-Klaehn

    2010-08-01

    Positron annihilation Lifetime and Doppler broadening measurements are reported for six polymer films as a function of carbon dioxide absolute pressure ranging from 0 to 45 psi. Since the polymer films were thin and did not absorb all positrons, corrections were made in the lifetime analysis for the absorption of positrons in the positron source and sample holder using the Monte Carlo transport code MCNP. Different polymers are found to behave differently. Some polymers studied form positronium and some, such as the polyimide structures, do not. For those samples that form positronium an interpretation in terms of free volume is possible; for those that don’t form positronium, further work is needed to determine how best to describe the behavior in terms of the bulk positron annihilation parameters. Some polymers exhibit changes in positron lifetime and intensity under CO2 pressure which may be described by the Henry or Langmuir sorption models, while the positron response of other polymers is rather insensitive to the CO2 pressure. The results demonstrate the usefulness of positron annihilation spectroscopy in investigating the sorption of CO2 into various polymers at pressures up to about 3 atm.

  18. Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy Of High Performance Polymer Films Under CO2 Pressure

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    Quarles, C. A.; Klaehn, John R.; Peterson, Eric S.; Urban-Klaehn, Jagoda M.

    2011-06-01

    Positron annihilation Lifetime and Doppler broadening measurements are reported for six polymer films as a function of carbon dioxide (CO2) absolute pressure ranging from 0 to 45 psi. Since the polymer films were thin and did not absorb all positrons, corrections were made in the lifetime analysis for the absorption of positrons in the positron source and sample holder using the Monte Carlo transport code MCNP. The studied polymers are found to behave differently from each other. Some polymers form positronium and others, such as the polyimide structures, do not. For those polymers that form positronium an interpretation in terms of free volume is possible; for those that don't form positronium, further work is needed to determine how best to describe the behavior in terms of the bulk positron annihilation parameters. A few of the studied polymers exhibit changes in positron lifetime and intensity under CO2 pressure which may be described by the Henry or Langmuir sorption models, while the positron response of other polymers is rather insensitive to the CO2 pressure. The results demonstrate the usefulness of positron annihilation spectroscopy in investigating the sorption of CO2 into various polymers at pressures up to about 3 atm (45psi).

  19. Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy Of High Performance Polymer Films Under CO{sub 2} Pressure

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    Quarles, C. A.; Klaehn, John R.; Peterson, Eric S.; Urban-Klaehn, Jagoda M.

    2011-06-01

    Positron annihilation Lifetime and Doppler broadening measurements are reported for six polymer films as a function of carbon dioxide (CO{sub 2}) absolute pressure ranging from 0 to 45 psi. Since the polymer films were thin and did not absorb all positrons, corrections were made in the lifetime analysis for the absorption of positrons in the positron source and sample holder using the Monte Carlo transport code MCNP. The studied polymers are found to behave differently from each other. Some polymers form positronium and others, such as the polyimide structures, do not. For those polymers that form positronium an interpretation in terms of free volume is possible; for those that don't form positronium, further work is needed to determine how best to describe the behavior in terms of the bulk positron annihilation parameters. A few of the studied polymers exhibit changes in positron lifetime and intensity under CO{sub 2} pressure which may be described by the Henry or Langmuir sorption models, while the positron response of other polymers is rather insensitive to the CO{sub 2} pressure. The results demonstrate the usefulness of positron annihilation spectroscopy in investigating the sorption of CO{sub 2} into various polymers at pressures up to about 3 atm (45psi).

  20. Depth-dependent positron annihilation in different polymers

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    Yang, J.; Zhang, P.; Cheng, G. D.; Li, D. X.; Wu, H. B.; Li, Z. X.; Cao, X. Z.; Jia, Q. J.; Yu, R. S.; Wang, B. Y.

    2013-09-01

    Depth-dependent positron annihilation Doppler broadening measurements were conducted for polymers with different chemical compositions. Variations of the S parameter with respect to incident positron energy were observed. For pure hydrocarbons PP, HDPE and oxygen-containing polymer PC, S parameter rises with increasing positron implantation depth. While for PI and fluoropolymers like PTFE, ETFE and PVF, S parameter decreases with higher positron energy. For chlorine-containing polymer PVDC, S parameter remains nearly constant at all incident positron energies. It is suggested that these three variation trends are resulted from a competitive effect between the depth-dependent positronium formation and the influence of highly electronegative atoms on positron annihilation characteristics.

  1. Characterization of the melting process of PTFE using positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Honda, Y.; Nishijima, S.

    2015-06-01

    Poly(tetrafluoroethylene) (PTFE) is a semi-crystalline polymer and the lifetime of ortho-positronium(o-Ps) is known to be able to be separated into two components due to annihilation in the crystal region and in the amorphous region. The melting process of PTFE was investigated using positron annihilation spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. The results indicated that volume expansion with an increase of temperature is dominantly due to the expansion of the amorphous region and a Ps bubble is formed at melting in both regions. The o-Ps relating to the crystal region definitely remains on the surface of crystal at the time of annihilation. The production of lower energy electrons at melting was deduced by the analysis of the Doppler broadened annihilation photopeak, and the increase in the number of such electrons was found to have great influence on the formation of the o-Ps and annihilation processes of positron and o-Ps.

  2. Positron annihilation study of the Mg-Zn -Y alloys with long period stacking ordered (LPSO) structures

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    Xu, H. X.; Inoue, K.; Nagai, Y.; Toyama, T.; Matsukawa, Y.; Kuramoto, A.; Egusa, D.; Abe, E.; Ye, B. J.

    2013-06-01

    The Mg-Zn-Y alloys with long period stacking ordered (LPSO) structures have been studied by positron annihilation lifetime (PAL), coincidence Doppler broadening (CDB) and atom probe tomography (APT). The positron lifetime for all the Mg-Zn-Y alloys is in a range of 221~225 ps, very close to the positron lifetime for pure Mg bulk, 222 ps. Low temperature measurements of the positron lifetime also give no evidence for shallow positron trapping sites in the LPSO phases. The CDB shows that most of the positrons are annihilated with electrons of Mg. These results suggest that sub-nano scale open volumes, which were expected to exist in the Zn/Y enriched layers synchronized with stacking faults of the LPSO phases by the first principles calculations, are not present.

  3. Positron annihilation in cardo-based polymer membranes.

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    Kobayashi, Y; Kazama, Shingo; Inoue, K; Toyama, T; Nagai, Y; Haraya, K; Mohamed, Hamdy F M; O'Rouke, B E; Oshima, N; Kinomura, A; Suzuki, R

    2014-06-01

    Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) is applied to a series of bis(aniline)fluorene and bis(xylidine)fluorene-based cardo polyimide and bis(phenol)fluorene-based polysulfone membranes. It was found that favorable amounts of positronium (Ps, the positron-electron bound state) form in cardo polyimides with the 2,2-bis(3,4-dicarboxyphenyl) hexafluoropropane dianhydride (6FDA) moiety and bis(phenol)fluorene-based cardo polysulfone, but no Ps forms in most of the polyimides with pyromellitic dianhydride (PMDA) and 3,3',4,4'-biphenyltetracarboxylic dianhydride (BTDA) moieties. A bis(xylidine)fluorene-based polyimide membrane containing PMDA and BTDA moieties exhibits a little Ps formation but the ortho-positronium (o-Ps, the triplet state of Ps) lifetime of this membrane anomalously shortens with increasing temperature, which we attribute to chemical reaction of o-Ps. Correlation between the hole size (V(h)) deduced from the o-Ps lifetime and diffusion coefficients of O2 and N2 for polyimides with the 6FDA moiety and cardo polysulfone showing favorable Ps formation is discussed based on free volume theory of gas diffusion. It is suggested that o-Ps has a strong tendency to probe larger holes in rigid chain polymers with wide hole size distributions such as those containing cardo moieties, resulting in deviations from the previously reported correlations for common polymers such as polystyrene, polycarbonate, polysulfone, and so forth. PMID:24815092

  4. Resolvability of defect ensembles with positron annihilation studies

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    Fluss, M.J.; Howell, R.H.; Rosenberg, I.J.; Meyer, P.

    1984-11-12

    Recent advances in the use of positron annihilation to study defect ensembles in and on the surfaces of metals, are pointing the way towards studies where particular positron-electron annihilation modes may be identified and studied in the presence of one another. Although a great deal is understood about the annihilation of positrons in ostensibly defect-free metals, much less is understood when the positron annihilates in complex defect systems such as liquid metals, amorphous solids, or at or near the vacuum-solid interface. In this paper the results of three experiments, all of which demonstrate means by which we can resolve various poistron annihilation channels from one another, are discussed.

  5. Positron-annihilation spectroscopy of vacancy defects in aluminum

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    Chakraborty, B.; Berko, S.; Fluss, M.J.; Hoffmann, K.; Lippel, P.; Siegel, R.W.

    1982-06-01

    Positron-annihilation characteristics in a monovacancy and a divacancy in aluminium have been calculated self-consistently using a local density functional formalism, into which the many-body enhancement effects have been incorporated. Results for the theoretical two-dimensional angular correlation of annihilation radiation spectra are compared to experimental results obtained from an aluminum single crystal at 20/sup 0/C, where positrons annihilate from a Bloch-state, and at higher temperatures, 500/sup 0/C and 630/sup 0/C, where they annihilate primarily from vacancy-trapped states.

  6. Positron lifetime spectrometer using a DC positron beam

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    Xu, Jun; Moxom, Jeremy

    2003-10-21

    An entrance grid is positioned in the incident beam path of a DC beam positron lifetime spectrometer. The electrical potential difference between the sample and the entrance grid provides simultaneous acceleration of both the primary positrons and the secondary electrons. The result is a reduction in the time spread induced by the energy distribution of the secondary electrons. In addition, the sample, sample holder, entrance grid, and entrance face of the multichannel plate electron detector assembly are made parallel to each other, and are arranged at a tilt angle to the axis of the positron beam to effectively separate the path of the secondary electrons from the path of the incident positrons.

  7. Irradiation damage from low-dose high-energy protons on mechanical properties and positron annihilation lifetimes of Fe-9Cr alloy

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    Xu, Q.; Fukumoto, K.; Ishi, Y.; Kuriyama, Y.; Uesugi, T.; Sato, K.; Mori, Y.; Yoshiie, T.

    2016-01-01

    Nuclear reactions in accelerator-driven systems (ADS) result in the generation of helium within the ADS materials. The amount of helium produced in this way is approximately one order of magnitude higher than that generated by nuclear fusion. As helium is well-known to induce degradation in the mechanical properties of metals, its effect on ADS materials is an important factor to assess. The results obtained in this study show that low-dose proton irradiation (11 MeV at 573 K to 9.0 × 10-4 dpa and 150 MeV at room temperature to 2.6 × 10-6 dpa) leads to a decrease in yield stress and ultimate tensile strength in a Fe-9Cr alloy. Moreover, interstitial helium and hydrogen atoms, as well as the annihilation of dislocation jogs, were identified as key factors that determine the observed softening of the alloy.

  8. Moisture dependence of positron annihilation spectra in nylon-6

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    Singh, J. J.; St. Clair, T. L.; Holt, W. H.; Mock, W., Jr.

    1984-01-01

    Positron annihilation time spectra have been measured in nylon-6 samples as a function of their moisture content. The measured average long life component lifetime values are: 1722 + or - 47 ps (dry), 1676 + or - 40 ps (14.6 percent saturation value), 1719 + or - 26 ps (29.3 percent saturation value), 1720 + or - 35 ps (50 percent of saturation value), 1857 + or - 35 ps (78.1 percent saturation value), and 1936 + or - 57 ps (saturated). It appears that nylon-6 has a special affinity for water at low concentration levels where H2O molecules enter between the (C = O - H-N) chemical bonds between nylon molecular chains. As the water concentration increases beyond a critical level, nylon-6 specimens start trapping H2O molecules in other bond sites or potential wells. The trapped water increases the free volume in the test specimens and reduces Ps atom formation as well as its subsequent decay rate.

  9. Positron annihilation characteristics in mesostructural silica films with various porosities

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    Xiong, Bangyun; Mao, Wenfeng; Tang, Xiuqin; He, Chunqing

    2014-03-07

    Porous silica films with various porosities were prepared via a sol-gel method using a nonionic amphiphilic triblock copolymer F127 as the structure-directing agent. Doppler broadening of positron annihilation radiation (DBAR) spectra were collected for the prepared films using a variable energy slow positron beam. Different linear relationships between positron annihilation line shape parameters S and W are found for the as-deposited films and calcined ones, indicative of the decomposition of the copolymer porogen in the as-deposited films upon calcination. This also reveals the variation of positron annihilation sites as a function of F127 loading or porosity. Strong correlations between positronium 3γ annihilation fraction, S parameter and porosity of the mesoporous silica films with isolated pores are obtained, which may provide a complementary method to determine closed porosities of mesoporous silica films by DBAR.

  10. Positron annihilation studies of Eu and Dy doped α'-Sr2SiO4

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    Gupta, S. K.; Sudarshan, K.; Sharma, S. K.; Pujari, P. K.; Natarajan, V.

    2015-06-01

    Sr2SiO4 is an important inorganic host for lanthanide doped white light emitting diodes (LEDs). Strontium silicate (Sr2SiO4) samples doped with 1.0 mol% of Eu3+ and Dy3+ content were prepared via sol-gel route and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy and positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS). The concentration of the dopant ion and the temperature of annealing were optimized for maximum luminescence intensity. The positron annihilation lifetime and coincidence Doppler broadening (CDB) measurements indicated that the local environment around the positron annihilation site is different in Eu+3 doped and Dy+3 doped samples. The results could be explained based on the different local site occupancy of Eu+3 and Dy+3 in the matrix.

  11. Positron annihilation and magnetic properties studies of copper substituted nickel ferrite nanoparticles

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    Kargar, Z.; Asgarian, S. M.; Mozaffari, M.

    2016-05-01

    Single phase copper substituted nickel ferrite Ni1-xCuxFe2O4 (x = 0.0, 0.1, 0.3 and 0.5) nanoparticles were synthesized by the sol-gel method. TEM images of the samples confirm formation of nano-sized particles. The Rietveld refinement of the X-ray diffraction patterns showed that lattice constant increase with increase in copper content from 8.331 for x = 0.0 to 8.355 Å in x = 0.5. Cation distribution of samples has been determined by the occupancy factor, using Rietveld refinement. The positron lifetime spectra of the samples were convoluted into three lifetime components. The shortest lifetime is due to the positrons that do not get trapped by the vacancy defects. The second lifetime is ascribed to annihilation of positrons in tetrahedral (A) and octahedral (B) sites in spinel structure. It is seen that for x = 0.1 and 0.3 samples, positron trapped within vacancies in A sites, but for x = 0.0 and 0.5, the positrons trapped and annihilated within occupied B sites. The longest lifetime component attributed to annihilation of positrons in the free volume between nanoparticles. The obtained results from coincidence Doppler broadening spectroscopy (CDBS) confirmed the results of positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) and also showed that the vacancy clusters concentration for x = 0.3 is more than those in other samples. Average defect density in the samples, determined from mean lifetime of annihilated positrons reflects that the vacancy concentration for x = 0.3 is maximum. The magnetic measurements showed that the saturation magnetization for x = 0.3 is maximum that can be explained by Néel's theory. The coercivity in nanoparticles increased with increase in copper content. This increase is ascribed to the change in anisotropy constant because of increase of the average defect density due to the substitution of Cu2+ cations and magnetocrystalline anisotropy of Cu2+ cations. Curie temperature of the samples reduces with increase in copper content which can be explained based on Néel's theory.

  12. Positron annihilation and conductivity measurements on poly(pyrrole tosylate) and poly(pyrrole fluoride)

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    Sharma, S. C.; Krishnamoorthy, S.; Naidu, S. V.; Eom, C. I.; Krichene, S.; Reynolds, J. R.

    1990-03-01

    Positron lifetimes, Doppler broadening of the annihilation γ energy, and electrical conductivities have been measured for two conducting polymers, poly(pyrrole tosylate) and poly(pyrrole fluoride), as functions of temperature in the range 10-295 K. The positron-lifetime spectra have been resolved into two exponentials. Positrons are localized in shallow traps, and the lifetime data suggest thermally induced detrapping of positrons at low temperatures. The temperature dependence of the conductivity has been analyzed following the variable-range-hopping model which provides results for the density of states at the Fermi energy [N(EF)] and bipolaron localization length α-1. Whereas the temperature dependence of the conductivity qualitatively follows this model, it provides incorrect results for N(EF) and α-1. .AE

  13. Defects in nitrides, positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Tuomisto, Filip

    2013-02-01

    In-grown group III (cation) vacancies (VGa, VAl, VIn) in GaN, AlN and InN tend to be complexed with donor-type defects These donor defects may in principle be residual impurities such as O or H, n-type dopants such as Si, or intrinsic defects such as the N vacancy (VN). The cation vacancies and their complexes are generally deep acceptors, and hence they compensate for the n-type conductivity and add to the scattering centers limiting the carrier mobility in these materials. Mg doping reduces the group III vacancy concentrations, but other kinds of vacancy defects emerge. This work presents results obtained with positron annihilation spectroscopy in GaN, AlN, and InN. The vacancy-donor complexes are different in these three materials, and their importance in determining the opto-electronic properties of the material varies as well. The formation of these defects is discussed in the light of the differences in the growth methods.

  14. Positron Annihilation Studies In Polymer Nano-Composites

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    Chen, H. M.; Awad, Somia; Jean, Y. C.; Yang, J.; Lee, L. James

    2011-06-01

    Positron annihilation spectroscopy coupled with a variable mono-energy positron beam has been applied to study nanoscale polymeric nanocomposites. New information about multilayer depth profiles and structures, interfacial free-volume and open space properties have been obtained in polystyrene/carbon nano fiber composites. The S parameter in Doppler Broadening Energy Spectra combined slow positron beam is used to quantitatively represent the free volume, open spaces, and interactions in the interface between polystyrene matrix and carbon nanofibers.

  15. Defects in plastically deformed semiconductors studied by positron annihilation: Silicon and germanium

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    Krause-Rehberg, R.; Brohl, M.; Leipner, H. S.; Drost, Th.; Polity, A.; Beyer, U.; Alexander, H.

    1993-05-01

    This paper is concerned with positron-annihilation studies in floating-zone silicon, which has been plastically deformed under high-stress and low-temperature conditions (HSLT). Positron lifetime spectra were decomposed into three components by means of the trapping model. Two defect-related lifetimes were found to be constant (τ2=300 ps and τ3=590 ps); they are constant during annealing. They are attributed to positron capture and annihilation by dislocation states (τ2) and microvoids (τ3). The microvoids (vacancy clusters) consist of at least ten vacancies. According to the model of diffusion-limited positron trapping, an upper limit of the microvoid concentrations is estimated. A pronounced increase of the microvoid-related trapping rate was observed after 600 °C annealing of samples macroscopically deformed in the HSLT step. The positron capture to dislocations is also described as diffusion limited and the dislocation densities obtained agree satisfactorily with densities measured by transmission electron microscopy. Nonconservative dislocation motion and relaxation (jog dragging) during annealing is proposed as an efficient vacancy-generation process. Similar clustering effects were observed for HSLT-deformed high-purity germanium at appropriately lower temperatures. The characteristic defect-related positron lifetimes in Ge are determined to be τ2=325 ps and τ3=520 ps for dislocations and microvoids, respectively.

  16. Identifying vacancy complexes in compound semiconductors with positron annihilation spectroscopy: A case study of InN

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    Rauch, Christian; Makkonen, Ilja; Tuomisto, Filip

    2011-09-01

    We present a comprehensive study of vacancy and vacancy-impurity complexes in InN combining positron annihilation spectroscopy and ab initio calculations. Positron densities and annihilation characteristics of common vacancy-type defects are calculated using density functional theory, and the feasibility of their experimental detection and distinction with positron annihilation methods is discussed. The computational results are compared to positron lifetime and conventional as well as coincidence Doppler broadening measurements of several representative InN samples. The particular dominant vacancy-type positron traps are identified and their characteristic positron lifetimes, Doppler ratio curves, and line-shape parameters determined. We find that indium vacancies (VIn) and their complexes with nitrogen vacancies (VN) or impurities act as efficient positron traps, inducing distinct changes in the annihilation parameters compared to the InN lattice. Neutral or positively charged VN and pure VN complexes, on the other hand, do not trap positrons. The predominantly introduced positron trap in irradiated InN is identified as the isolated VIn, while in as-grown InN layers VIn do not occur isolated but complexed with one or more VN. The number of VN per VIn in these complexes is found to increase from the near-surface region toward the layer-substrate interface.

  17. Identification of vacancy-type defects in ZnTe using positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Hamid, A. S.; Shaban, H.; Mansour, B. A.; Uedono, A.

    2005-08-01

    The species of defects in Mg0.5Zn0.5Te, Li-doped and P-doped ZnTe samples were investigated by using positron-based experiments. The positron lifetime experiments along with the atomic superposition (AT-SUP) method were used to predict the positron trapping centers in the samples. The results of lifetime of positron were combined with the 2D angular correlation of annihilation radiation (ACAR) experiments to get information on the electronic structure of these defects. The momentum density distributions permitted the vacancy-type defect to be distinguished in each sample. In addition, the results of the 2D-ACAR experiments disclosed a relaxation of the atoms around the vacancy in the P-doped ZnTe sample.

  18. Time-resolved positron annihilation spectroscopy study of relaxation dynamics of ion damage in fused quartz

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    Tsuchida, Hidetsugu; Mizuno, Shohei; Tsutsumi, Hironori; Kinomura, Atsushi; Suzuki, Ryoichi; Itoh, Akio

    2016-05-01

    Relaxation dynamics of ion damage in fused quartz is investigated by our newly developed pump–probe technique combining energetic ions (pump) with slow positrons (probe). This method enables determination of time-resolved positron lifetime. We study the time-dependent relaxation of ion damage, by analyzing the intensity variation in the ortho-positronium lifetime component associated with irradiation damage. For irradiation with 160 keV He ions in the temperature range of 300–573 K, the positron annihilation lifetime spectra are obtained as a function of time after ion irradiation. We observe that the relaxation time of ion damage is strongly influenced by specimen temperatures; the relaxation time constant is approximately 400 ms at room temperature (300 K) and becomes smaller with an increasing temperature. Analysis for the effect of temperature on damage accumulation reveals that the activation energy for thermal annealing of the observed damage is approximately 0.1 eV.

  19. Positron lifetime distributions in fluids

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    Miller, Bruce N.; Reese, Terrence L.; Worrell, Gregory

    1993-06-01

    Experimental studies of positron and positronium decay in dense fluids suggest that these particles are capable of forming self-trapped states in some fluids in a broad region of temperature and density surrounding the liquid-vapor critical point. A central question in understanding the phenomena is whether the light particle (lp) actively creates a static potential well in the fluid in which it localizes, or randomly visits favorable fluctuations. The fact that the experimental measurements yield a single, well-defined decay rate for each decay mode suggests that the environment of the lp is static. Earlier mean-field theories could not shed much light on this question. However, two recent applications of quantum Monte Carlo methods show that substantial fluctuations occur in the lp environment. In this paper, the distribution of fluctuations is described. It is shown that the apparent conflict is resolved if the time scale for fluctuations in the environment is much shorter than the duration of each measurement, and estimates for the different relaxation processes are provided.

  20. Phase behavior of microemulsion systems studied by positron annihilation techniques

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    Serrano, J.; Reynoso, R.; Lopez, R.; Olea, O.; Fucugauchi, L.A.

    1983-02-17

    The positron annihilation technique was applied to the study of phase behavior of sodium stearate (or oleate)-alcohol-oil-water microemulsion systems. The positron annihilation parameters revealed a dependence of the water/oil ratio at which microemulsion formation occurs on the hydrocarbon chain length of both alcohol cosurfactant and solvent as well as surfactant concentration. Dynamic laser light scattering has been utilized for substantiating the phase transitions determined in the different microemulsion systems by positron annihilation. The difference in the behavior between saturated and unsaturated surfactants is the most remarkable result of the investigation. Thus, replacing sodium stearate by sodium oleate in the surfactant-1-hexanol-isooctane systems obviated microemulsion formation. This behavior has been rationalized by considering packing and kink presence in microemulsion formation. 26 references.

  1. Mechanical durability of polymeric coatings studied by positron annihilation spectroscopy: correlation between cyclic loading and free volumes

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    Chen, H.; Peng, Q.; Huang, Y. Y.; Zhang, R.; Mallon, P. E.; Zhang, J.; Li, Y.; Wu, Y.; Richardson, J. R.; Sandreczki, T. C.; Jean, Y. C.; Suzuki, R.; Ohdaira, T.

    2002-06-01

    The mechanical durability of seven commercially polymeric coatings is investigated using slow positron beam techniques to monitor changes in sub-nanometer defects during the process of cyclic loading. Doppler broadened energy spectra and positron annihilation lifetime (PAL) measurements were performed as a function of the slow positron energy at different periods of cycling loading. The positron annihilation dada show that both S-defect parameter and o-positronium (Ps) lifetime decrease as the loading cycle increases. The results indicate a loss of free volumes due to the loss of mechanical durability by cyclic loading. A direct correlation between the loss of S-defect parameter and the period of loading cycle is observed. This is interpreted as that durability of polymeric coatings is controlled by the atomic level free volumes. It is shown that the slow positron beam is a very successful probe in detecting the very early stages of coating degradation due to mechanical processes.

  2. Thermal Stability of MgyTi1-y Thin Films Investigated by Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy

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    Anastasopol, A.; Eijt, S. W. H.; Schut, H.; Mulder, F. M.; Plazaola, F.; Dam, B.

    Mg-Ti compounds are attractive candidates as hydrogen storage materials for their fast sorption kinetics and high storage capacity. In this context, an investigation of their thermal stability is of great importance. The thermal stability of MgyTi1-y thin films was investigated using positron annihilation spectroscopy. Despite the positive enthalpy of mixing of Mg and Ti, positron Doppler Broadening of Annihilation Radiation (DBAR) depth profiling showed that Mg0.9Ti0.1 films are stable up to 300°C. However, for Mg0.7Ti0.3 films, segregation of Mg and Ti was observed at 300oC by the appearance of a clear Ti signature in the S-W diagrams and in the Doppler broadening depth profiles analyzed using VEPFIT. The thickness of the 250-300 nm thin films remained unchanged during the heating treatments. We further present ab-initio calculations of positron lifetimes of the corresponding metal and metal hydride phases for comparison to our previous positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) study.

  3. Point defect characterization in CoAl using positron annihilation

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    Puff, W.; Logar, B.; Balogh, A.G.

    1999-07-01

    Vacancy-like defects in CoAl in the composition range 48.5 at.% {lt} C{sub Co} {lt} 53 at.% are investigated by means of positron lifetime spectroscopy and Doppler-broadening measurements. The observed lifetimes in the annealed samples confirm that defects are quenched-in during the production of the samples. The values of the positron lifetime and the S-parameter decrease with increasing Co concentration. After quenching from 1,400 C or 1,600 C an increase in the positron parameters is observed. Long-time annealing of the Co-rich sample shows a dramatic decrease of the positron lifetime to the expected bulk lifetime.

  4. Positron annihilation in TiBe/sub 2/

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    Manuel, A.A.; Hoffmann, L.; Singh, A.K.; Jarlborg, T.; Peter, M.; Smith, J.L.; Fisk, Z.; Pecora, L.M.; Ehrlich, A.C.

    1988-01-01

    We report positron annihilation measurements on TiBe/sub 2/. Calculations using LMTO band structure method are also presented. The good agreement with the experimental data leads to the conclusion that the unusual magnetic properties of this compound can be well explained in terms of its electronic structure. A reconstruction of the electron-positron momentum distribution from calculated and measured 2D-ACPAR is discussed. 10 refs., 3 figs.

  5. A study of defects in deformed FeSi alloys using positron annihilation techniques

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    Mostafa, Khaled M.; De Baerdemaeker, J.; Calvillo, Pablo R.; Houbaert, Y.; Segers, D.

    2008-10-01

    Steels with high amounts of silicon are used in electrical applications due to their low magnetostriction, high electrical resistivity and reduced energy losses, but they exhibit poor formability. The slow positron beam of Gent is used to investigate defects in different deformed FeSi alloys. It was found that the concentration of defects for the alloys deformed at high temperatures are different from the ones related to the alloys deformed at room temperature. These results are correlated to the results of positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS).

  6. Study of the structure of porous silicon via positron annihilation experiments

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    Biasini, M.; Ferro, G.; Monge, M. A.; Di Francia, G.; La Ferrara, V.

    2000-07-01

    We performed two-dimensional angular correlation of the electron-positron annihilation radiation (2D-ACAR) and positron lifetime measurements on a porous Si sample. From the width of the narrow 2D-ACAR component, attributed to the positronium atom, we estimated the average size of the pores to be ~2.4 nm and did not find evidence of a preferential propagation of the pores. Moreover, by comparing the 2D-ACAR spectrum with that observed for a pure Si crystal, we isolated a further isotropic component attributable to crystal defects of unknown origin.

  7. Study of radiation damage in ODS steels by positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Bartošová, I.; Bouhaddane, A.; Dománková, M.; Slugeň, V.; Wall, D.; Selim, F. A.

    2016-01-01

    Microstructure of various oxide-dispersion-strengthened (ODS) steels with 15% chromium content was studied in term of vacancy defects presence and their accumulation after defined irradiation treatment, respectively. Studied materials originated from Kyoto University and studied via IAEA collaborative project. Samples were characterized “as received” by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy and their microstructure was examined by transmission electron microscopy as well. Samples were afterwards irradiated in Washington State University Nuclear Radiation Center via a strong gamma source (6TBq). Damage induced by gamma irradiation was evaluated by positron lifetime measurements in emphasis on defect accumulation in the materials. We have demonstrated strong defect production induced by gamma irradiation which results from positron measurement data.

  8. Analysis of positron lifetime spectra in polymers

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    Singh, Jag J.; Mall, Gerald H.; Sprinkle, Danny R.

    1988-01-01

    A new procedure for analyzing multicomponent positron lifetime spectra in polymers was developed. It requires initial estimates of the lifetimes and the intensities of various components, which are readily obtainable by a standard spectrum stripping process. These initial estimates, after convolution with the timing system resolution function, are then used as the inputs for a nonlinear least squares analysis to compute the estimates that conform to a global error minimization criterion. The convolution integral uses the full experimental resolution function, in contrast to the previous studies where analytical approximations of it were utilized. These concepts were incorporated into a generalized Computer Program for Analyzing Positron Lifetime Spectra (PAPLS) in polymers. Its validity was tested using several artificially generated data sets. These data sets were also analyzed using the widely used POSITRONFIT program. In almost all cases, the PAPLS program gives closer fit to the input values. The new procedure was applied to the analysis of several lifetime spectra measured in metal ion containing Epon-828 samples. The results are described.

  9. Positron lifetimes in crystalline solids exposed to γ rays with energies above the electron-positron pair formation threshold and a weak magnetic field

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    Smith, Gerald. A.

    2016-02-01

    Theory predicts that positrons in crossed motional electric and magnetic fields form long-lived positronium in vacuum. It follows that binding of the electron to anions of dielectric solids may prevent fast annihilation by forming electric positron-electron dipole oscillators with lifetimes of hundreds of minutes. To test this hypothesis, lifetime distributions of time-coincident, 180° γ-rays from crystalline alkali halides and a polycyclic hydrocarbon were measured in 12 and 95 G magnetic fields. Gamma-ray sources with energies above the electron-positron pair formation threshold were used to make positrons.

  10. Coincidence Efficiency of Sodium Iodide Detectors for Positron Annihilation

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    Eckert, Thomas; Vincett, Laurel; Yuly, Mark; Padalino, Stephen; Russ, Megan; Bienstock, Mollie; Simone, Angela; Ellison, Drew; Desmitt, Holly; Sangster, Craig; Regan, Sean

    2014-10-01

    One possible diagnostic technique for characterizing inertial confinement fusion reactions uses tertiary neutron activation of 12C via the 12C(n, 2n)11C reaction. A recent experiment to measure this cross section involved counting the positron annihilation gamma rays from the 11C decay by using sodium iodide detectors in coincidence. To determine the number of 11C decays requires an accurate value for the full-peak coincidence efficiency for the detector system. A new technique has been developed to measure this coincidence efficiency by detecting the positron prior to its annihilation, and vetoing events in which decay gamma rays other than the 511 keV annihilation gamma rays could enter the detectors. Measurements and simulation results for the absolute coincidence total and full-peak efficiencies are presented. Funded in part by a grant from the DOE through the Laboratory for Laser Energetics.

  11. Application of conservation laws in electron-positron annihilation

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    Aryal, Bijaya

    2014-03-01

    Electron-positron annihilation and creation of gamma rays involve various conservation principles. The least possible number of gamma rays produced in an annihilation event for low energy case can be generally explained using energy and momentum conservation. For this purpose, we choose a convenient frame of reference in which the system has zero linear momentum just before the annihilation event occurs. A learning activity was designed to help introductory level physics students understand and apply some of these conservation principles in the context of electron-positron annihilation. This study presents the students' spontaneous application of prior learning resources while explaining the annihilation process and predicting the least possible number of gamma rays produced in an annihilation event. Qualitative and quantitative data were gathered from students' interviews and written responses from several semesters. Data analysis has revealed students' use of macroscopic analogies during these applications. Moreover, this study has shown that analogical mechanical models seemed to improve student performance. However, a majority of the students using such models provided incorrect reasoning in their explanations.

  12. A modified positron lifetime spectrometer as method of non-destructive testing in materials

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    Chen, Z. Q.; Shi, J. J.; Jiang, J.; Liu, X. B.; Wang, R. S.; Wu, Y. C.

    2015-02-01

    This paper aims to develop a new non-destructive testing (NDT) method using positron annihilation spectroscopy, a powerful tool to detect vacancy-type defects and defect's chemical environment. A positron NDT system was designed and constructed by modifying the "sandwich" structure of sample-source-sample in the conventional positron lifetime spectrometer. The positron lifetime spectra of one single sample can be measured and analyzed by subtracting the contribution of a reference sample. The feasibility and reliability of the positron NDT system have been tested by analyzing nondestructively deformation damage caused by mechanical treatment in metals and steels. This system can be used for detecting defects and damage in thick or large-size samples without cutting off the sample materials, as well as for detecting two-dimensional distribution of defects.

  13. Positron Annihilation Studies in Search of Fine Precipitates in Fe-9Cr alloys

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    Babu, S. Hari; Rajaraman, R.; Govindaraj, R.; Amarendra, G.; Sundar, C. S.

    2011-07-15

    Positron annihilation lifetime studies were carried out on cold worked pure Fe and Fe-9Cr alloy subjected to isochronal annealing in the temperature range from 300 to 1323 K. The measured lifetimes of Fe-9Cr alloy showed three distinct annealing stages as compared to pure Fe viz., initial annealing of defects, a plateau between 623 K and 873 K and noticeable increase beyond 1123 K. The second annealing stage is likely due to the formation of chromium rich nanoclusters. Third annealing stage beyond 1123 K is attributed to highly defected martensitic phase formation during cooling from y-phase.

  14. Monte Carlo investigation of positron annihilation in medical positron emission tomography

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    Chin, P. W.; Spyrou, N. M.

    2007-09-01

    A number of Monte Carlo codes are available for simulating positron emission tomography (PET), however, physics approximations differ. A number of radiation processes are deemed negligible, some without rigorous investigation. Some PET literature quantify approximations to be valid, without citing the data source. The radiation source is the first step in Monte Carlo simulations, for some codes this is 511 keV photons 180° apart, not polyenergetic positrons with radiation histories of their own. Without prior assumptions, we investigated electron-positron annihilation under clinical PET conditions. Just before annihilation, we tallied the positron energy and position. Right after annihilation, we tallied the energy and separation angle of photon pairs. When comparing PET textbooks with theory, PENELOPE and EGSnrc, only the latter three agreed. From 10 6 radiation histories, a positron source of 15O in a chest phantom annihilated at as high as 1.58 MeV, producing photons with energies 0.30-2.20 MeV, 79-180° apart. From 10 6 radiation histories, an 18F positron source in a head phantom annihilated at energies as high as 0.56 MeV, producing 0.33-1.18 MeV photons 109-180° apart. 2.5% and 0.8% annihilation events occurred inflight in the chest and the head phantoms, respectively. PET textbooks typically either do not mention any deviation from 180°, or state a deviation of 0.25° or 0.5°. Our findings are founded on the well-established Heitler cross-sections and relativistic kinematics, both adopted unanimously by PENELOPE, EGSnrc and GEANT4. Our results highlight the effects of annihilation in-flight, a process sometimes forgotten within the PET community.

  15. A study of vacancy defects related to gray tracks in KTiOPO{sub 4} (KTP) using positron annihilation

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    Zhang, Yang; Li, Jing; Wang, Jiyang Jiang, Huaidong; Cao, Xingzhong; Yang, Jing

    2014-12-15

    For the first time to our knowledge, positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) was used to study vacancy defects in KTiOPO{sub 4} (KTP) single crystals. Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy combined with dielectric measurements identified the existence of oxygen vacancies and reflected the concentration of vacancy defects in three samples. The vacancy defects in KTP do not consist of monovacancies, but rather vacancy complexes. Doppler broadening indicates that the vacancy defects are distributed uniformly. A relationship is established where a crystal with a low oxygen vacancy concentration and a highly balanced stoichiometry has a higher resistance to gray track formation.

  16. A study of vacancy defects related to gray tracks in KTiOPO4 (KTP) using positron annihilation

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    Zhang, Yang; Li, Jing; Cao, Xingzhong; Yang, Jing; Wang, Jiyang; Jiang, Huaidong

    2014-12-01

    For the first time to our knowledge, positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) was used to study vacancy defects in KTiOPO4 (KTP) single crystals. Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy combined with dielectric measurements identified the existence of oxygen vacancies and reflected the concentration of vacancy defects in three samples. The vacancy defects in KTP do not consist of monovacancies, but rather vacancy complexes. Doppler broadening indicates that the vacancy defects are distributed uniformly. A relationship is established where a crystal with a low oxygen vacancy concentration and a highly balanced stoichiometry has a higher resistance to gray track formation.

  17. Photon induced positron annihilation spectroscopy: A nondestructive method for assay of defects in large engineering materials

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    Pujari, P. K.; Sudarshan, K.; Tripathi, R.; Dutta, D.; Maheshwari, P.; Sharma, S. K.; Srivastava, D.; Krause-Rehberg, R.; Butterling, M.; Anwand, W.; Wagner, A.

    2012-01-01

    This paper describes a new methodology for volumetric assay of defects in large engineering materials nondestructively. It utilizes high energy photons produced by nuclear reaction to create positrons in situ whose fate is followed using conventional positron spectroscopic techniques. The photon induced positron annihilation (PIPA) spectroscopy system has been set-up using a Folded Tandem Ion Accelerator (FOTIA). Possibility of using prompt γ-rays produced in nuclear reactions 27Al( 1H,γ) 28Si and 19F( 1H,αγ) 16O has been examined. The reaction 19F( 1H,αγ) 16O is seen to provide higher photon flux (and positron yield) and measurements have been carried out in large samples of metals and polymers. We could establish good sensitivity of the technique as well as reproducibility in a number of measurements. This technique has been used to carry out defect studies in cold worked zircaloy-2 plates. The measured S-parameter, indicative of defect concentration, was seen to correlate well with the measured residual stress using X-ray technique. The results were validated by γ-induced positron annihilation lifetime measurements at ELBE LINAC based GiPS facility.

  18. Positron annihilation spectroscopy of biological tissue in 11C irradiation

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    Sakurai, Hiroshi; Itoh, Fumitake; Hirano, Yoshiyuki; Nitta, Munetaka; Suzuki, Kosuke; Kato, Daisuke; Yoshida, Eiji; Nishikido, Fumihiko; Wakizaka, Hidekatsu; Kanai, Tatsuaki; Yamaya, Taiga

    2014-11-01

    Positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) spectra of biological tissue in 11C irradiation are reported and spatial resolution coefficient of positron emission tomography (PET) obtained from the PAS spectrum is discussed for 11C irradiation. A PAS spectrum of the biological tissue with water is the same as that of the water pool phantom in 11C irradiation. However, a PAS spectrum of the biological tissue with less water differs from that of the water pool phantom. The PET spatial resolution coefficient depends on the kind of biological tissue. However, the PET spatial resolution coefficient, 0.00243  ±  0.00014, can be used as a common value of maximum limit.

  19. Momentum distribution in vanadium: Compton scattering and positron annihilation

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    Sundararajan, V.; Kanhere, D. G.; Singru, R. M.

    1992-09-01

    Self-consistent, linear-combination-of-Gaussian-orbitals band-structure method is used within the independent particle model, to calculate the electron momentum distributions, ρ(p), and two-photon momentum distributions, ρ2γ(p), in metallic vanadium. We present results for ρ(p), Compton profiles, ρ2γ(p), one- and two-dimensional angular correlation of positron annihilation radiation, etc. Results are compared with other calculations and with experiments wherever available. In particular, the present results for ρ2γ(p) are analyzed in terms of contributions from different sheets of Fermi surface of V, and are compared with ρ2γ(p) reconstructed from experimental two-dimensional angular correlation of positron annihilation radiation data sets by Pecora et al.

  20. Vacancy-type defects and electronic structure of perovskite-oxide SrTiO3 from positron annihilation

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    Hamid, A. S.; Uedono, A.; Chikyow, T.; Uwe, K.; Mochizuki, K.; Kawaminami, S.

    2006-02-01

    The vacancy-type defects in Nb-doped SrTiO3 and in undoped SrTiO3, annealed in H2 flow, were investigated by means of positron lifetime and 2D angular correlation of annihilation radiation (ACAR) experiments. The calculations of the lifetime of positron were performed by using atomic superposition (AT-SUP) method. The results showed that positrons annihilate from a free state in the Nb-doped SrTiO3. The trapping centers in the annealed sample were found to be oxygen vacancies VO associated with relaxation of the surrounding ions. Moreover, the momentum distributions of the samples studied were correlated to the variation of their electronic structure. It was proposed from the drastic change in the momentum distribution upon introduction of VO, that 2D-ACAR technique is a sensitive tool for acquiring information on the electronic and bond structure of the perovskite-oxides.

  1. Resonant positron annihilation in the small molecule limit

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    Surko, C. M.; Young, J. A.

    2007-06-01

    Energy-resolved measurements of positron-on-molecule annihilation have established the existence of vibrational Feshbach resonances (VFR) in alkanes and other large molecules [1,2]. Large annihilation rates occur whenever the incident positron energy is close to a vibrational mode energy minus the binding energy. Recently, Gribakin and Lee developed a quantitative model which successfully describes this process in halogen substituted methanes [3]. In this paper, we further examine VFR for small molecules. Using a cold positron beam from a Penning-Malmberg trap, we measured the energy resolved annihilation spectra of CD3Cl, methanol, H2O, and CO2 and compared them to the predictions of the model. The presence or absence of resonances in these molecules is also discussed. CD3Cl is compared to previous measurements of CH3Cl. Since both should have identical binding, this provides a stringent test of the model. [1] L. D. Barnes, et al., Phys. Rev. A 67, 032706 (2003). [2] L. D. Barnes, et al., Phys. Rev. A 74, 012706 (2006). [3] G. F. Gribakin and C. M. R. Lee, Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 193201 (2006).

  2. Positron annihilation study of neutron irradiated model alloys and of a reactor pressure vessel steel

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    Lambrecht, M.; Almazouzi, A.

    2009-03-01

    The hardening and embrittlement of reactor pressure vessel steels are of great concern in the actual nuclear power plant life assessment. This embrittlement is caused by irradiation-induced damage, and positron annihilation spectroscopy has been shown to be a suitable method for analysing most of these defects. In this paper, this technique (both positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy and coincidence Doppler broadening) has been used to investigate neutron irradiated model alloys, with increasing chemical complexity and a reactor pressure vessel steel. It is found that the clustering of copper takes place at the very early stages of irradiation using coincidence Doppler broadening, when this element is present in the alloy. On the other hand, considerations based on positron annihilation spectroscopy analyses suggest that the main objects causing hardening are most probably self-interstitial clusters decorated with manganese in Cu-free alloys. In low-Cu reactor pressure vessel steels and in (Fe, Mn, Ni, Cu) alloys, the main effect is still due to Cu-rich precipitates at low doses, but the role of manganese-related features becomes pre-dominant at high doses.

  3. Digitized positron lifetime spectrometer for the simultaneous recording of time and energy information

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    Bosnar, D.; Kajcsos, Zs.; Liszkay, L.; Lohonyai, L.; Major, P.; Bosnar, S.; Kosanović, C.; Subotić, B.

    2007-10-01

    Positron annihilation (PA) techniques became, by now, routinely used nuclear techniques with applications which range from structural investigations of materials to biological samples and medical applications in positron emission tomography (PET). As at present, both PA spectroscopy and PET could profit from an improvement in the fast coincidence technique, it was investigated how far a fully digitized positron lifetime spectrometer (with full event storage capability for the simultaneous recording of time and energy information of the γ-rays) could offer advantages over a conventional setup employing fast analogue nuclear electronics. The additional information allows off-line analysis which could be particularly useful in separating various annihilation channels, like the positronium contribution, recently recognized to offer a new "window of observation".

  4. Using the method of positron annihilation for detecting defects in structural alloys caused by fatigue

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    Arefev, K.P.; Boev, O.V.; Chernitsyn, A.I.; Polukhin, Y.E.; Vordb'ev, S.A.

    1986-12-01

    This paper examines the possibilities of using the method ofpositron annihilation for detecting fatigue defects in structural alloys with various types of crystal structure. The parameter of the positron annihilation process most suitable for the inspection was determined.

  5. Defect structures of F82H irradiated at SINQ using positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Sato, K.; Ikemura, K.; Krsjak, V.; Vieh, C.; Brun, R.; Xu, Q.; Yoshiie, T.; Dai, Y.

    2016-01-01

    The growth process of He-filled vacancy clusters during annealing was investigated with positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy and coincidence Doppler broadening (CDB) measurements. The reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steel F82H was irradiated with high-energy protons and spallation neutrons. The He-filled vacancy clusters absorbed more He atoms when annealed below 673 K, and the long and mean positron lifetimes decreased. When annealed above 873 K, the vacancies (V)-Hem or Vn-Hem complexes dissociated (n and m are the number of vacancies and He atoms, respectively). The He-filled vacancy clusters then absorb these dissociated vacancies and He atoms. Therefore, the size of the He-filled vacancy clusters increased, and the He-to-vacancy ratio decreased. These annealing-induced phenomena increased the long positron lifetime in addition to the higher positron trapping rates of the He-filled vacancy clusters. By comparing electron-irradiated samples that did not contain He atoms to the proton- and neutron-irradiated samples containing He atoms, the effects of He atoms on the CDB ratio curves were studied. The results agreed with the previous study of He-ion-implanted Fe-Cr alloys.

  6. Moisture determination in composite materials using positron lifetime techniques

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    Singh, J. J.; Holt, W. R.; Mock, W., Jr.

    1980-01-01

    A technique was developed which has the potential of providing information on the moisture content as well as its depth in the specimen. This technique was based on the dependence of positron lifetime on the moisture content of the composite specimen. The positron lifetime technique of moisture determination and the results of the initial studies are described.

  7. The use of positron annihilation to study polyacrylamide and polymethylmethacrylate—Alcohols and diols mixture

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    Mostafa, N.

    2007-03-01

    The effect of addition of both alcohols and diols to polyacrylamide (PAA) and polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) forming polymer mixtures was studied using positron annihilation lifetime (PAL) and Doppler broadening of annihilation radiation (DBAR) techniques. It was found that, by increasing chain length of alcohols, PAA-alcohols contain free volume with small size V and low fraction f, while PMMA-alcohols contain free volume with large size and high fraction. On the other hand, S-parameter increases and W-parameter decreases in PAA-diols according to the number of carbon and hydrogen atoms in the chain. In addition, the electrical conductivity measurements are performed on the above two polymer mixtures. The results showed that both PAA and PMMA exhibit semiconducting properties by the addition of alcohols and diols. Correlation between the macroscopic conductivity properties and the microstructures such as free volume and microdefects are established.

  8. Positron lifetime calculations of defects in chromium containing hydrogen or helium

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    Troev, T.; Markovski, A.; Peneva, S.; Yoshiie, T.

    2006-12-01

    The characteristics of defects in chromium containing hydrogen or helium atoms have been investigated by positron lifetime quantum calculations. On the basis of calculated results, the behaviors of empty nano-voids and nano-voids with hydrogen or helium were discussed. It was found that hydrogen and helium in larger three-dimensional vacancy clusters change the annihilation characteristics dramatically. The hydrogen and helium atoms are trapped by lattice vacancies. Helium bound with vacancies can form larger size cluster in chromium. These results provide physical insight for positron interactions with defects in chromium and can be used for prediction of hydrogen or helium generation for the design of fission and fusion reactors. The positron lifetime calculations were performed by the standard DFT density functional theory method. The electron wave functions have been obtained in the local density approximation LDA to the DFT.

  9. Positron lifetime and Doppler broadening techniques applied to irradiation-damaged silver

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    Howell, R.H.

    1981-07-27

    Positron lifetime and Doppler broadening measurements have been used to study defect production resulting from room temperature irradiation of pure silver by D-T fusion neutrons or energetic protons. Use of the positron annihilation analysis has established that the surviving defects from both irradiations have the same dose dependence and that defect concentration can be quantitatively measured and compared to damage models. The relative merit of the lifetime and Doppler broadening measurements in arriving at these conclusions is discussed in this report along with some practical aspects of the measurements. In the proton damaged samples the trapping rate approaches saturation, a circumstance which could be misinterpreted if a less extensive data set containing only Doppler broadening data were available. Some remarks about the analysis of positron data and general conclusions about the defect structure are given. 3 figures.

  10. Development of positron annihilation spectroscopy for characterizing neutron irradiated tungsten

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    C.N. Taylor; M. Shimada; D.W. Akers; M.W. Drigert; B.J. Merrill; Y. Hatano

    2013-05-01

    Tungsten samples (6 mm diameter, 0.2 mm thick) were irradiated to 0.025 and 0.3 dpa with neutrons in the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Samples were then exposed to deuterium plasma in the tritium plasma experiment (TPE) at 100, 200 and 500ºC to a total fluence of 1 x 1026 m-2. Nuclear reaction analysis (NRA) and Doppler broadening positron annihilation spectroscopy (DB-PAS) were performed at various stages to characterize damage and retention. We present the first known results of neutron damaged tungsten characterized by DB-PAS in order to study defect concentration. Two positron sources, 22Na and 68Ge, probe ~58 µm and through the entire 200 µm thick samples, respectively. DB-PAS results reveal clear differences between the various irradiated samples. These results, and the calibration of DB-PAS to NRA data are presented.

  11. Positron-annihilation spectroscopy of defects in metals: an assessment

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    Siegel, R.W.

    1982-06-01

    Positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) has made significant contributions to our knowledge regarding lattice defects in metals in two areas: (i) the determination of atomic defect properties, particularly those of monovacancies, and (ii) the monitoring and characterization of vacancy-like microstructure development during post-irradiation of post-quench annealing. The application of PAS to the study of defects in metals is selectively reviewed and critically assessed within the context of other available techniques for such investigations. Possibilities for using the positron as a localized probe of the structure of atomic defects are discussed. Finally, the present status and future potential of PAS as a tool for the study of defects in metals are considered relative to other available techniques. 92 references, 20 figures.

  12. Temperature dependence of positron-annihilation lifetime, free volume, conductivity, ionic mobility, and number of charge carriers in a polymer electrolyte polyethylene oxide complexed with NH{sub 4}ClO{sub 4}

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    Haldar, B.; Singru, R.M.; Maurya, K.K.; Chandra, S.

    1996-09-01

    Various physical properties of the solution-cast films of the proton conducting polymer polyethylene oxide (PEO) complexed with ammonium perchlorate (NH{sub 4}ClO{sub 4}) have been studied in the temperature range 300{endash}370 K. These properties studied by us include free volume by positron lifetime spectroscopy, ionic conductivity by impedance spectroscopy, ionic mobility by transient ionic current technique, number of charge carriers, dielectric constant, etc. The hole volume and conductivity show a steep rise at {ital T}{approx_equal}{ital T}{sub {ital m}} ({approximately}333 K). It appears that the increase in free volume arises out of the increase in the size of the holes rather than an increase in their number. Although the free volume shows an increase around {ital T}{sub {ital m}}, the measured ionic mobility does not show similar behavior. The increase in the conductivity at {ital T}{sub {ital m}} is, therefore, ascribed to an increase in the number of charge carriers at {approximately}{ital T}{sub {ital m}}. A suitable dissociation model involving the dielectric constant is proposed to explain this increase. The value of the dissociation energy for PEO:NH{sub 4}ClO{sub 4} has been determined to be 2.4 eV. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  13. Positron annihilation study of Fe-ion irradiated reactor pressure vessel model alloys

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    Chen, L.; Li, Z. C.; Schut, H.; Sekimura, N.

    2016-01-01

    The degradation of reactor pressure vessel steels under irradiation, which results from the hardening and embrittlement caused by a high number density of nanometer scale damage, is of increasingly crucial concern for safe nuclear power plant operation and possible reactor lifetime prolongation. In this paper, the radiation damage in model alloys with increasing chemical complexity (Fe, Fe-Cu, Fe-Cu-Si, Fe-Cu-Ni and Fe-Cu-Ni-Mn) has been studied by Positron Annihilation Doppler Broadening spectroscopy after 1.5 MeV Fe-ion implantation at room temperature or high temperature (290 oC). It is found that the room temperature irradiation generally leads to the formation of vacancy-type defects in the Fe matrix. The high temperature irradiation exhibits an additional annealing effect for the radiation damage. Besides the Cu-rich clusters observed by the positron probe, the results show formation of vacancy-Mn complexes for implantation at low temperatures.

  14. Investigation Of Helium Implanted Fe-Cr Alloys By Means Of X-Ray Diffraction And Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy

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    Novák, Patrik; Gokhman, Aleksandr; Dobročka, Edmund; Bokor, Jozef; Pecko, Stanislav

    2015-11-01

    X-ray diffraction (XRD) and positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) have been used for the characterization of the two binary alloys Fe-Cr with Cr content 2.36 and 8.39 wt%. The influence of ion implantation on these alloys was studied. Different implantation doses of helium, up to 0.5 C/cm2, were used to simulate neutron-induced damage in a sub-surface region. To characterize the damage, a lattice parameter, coherent domain size, residual stress and a crystallographic texture have been studied by grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD). It was found out that these parameters showed a similar dependence on the implantation dose as the positron lifetime determined by positron annihilation spectroscopy.

  15. Positron annihilation spectroscopic studies of multiferroic Bi1-xPrxFeO3 nanocrystalline compounds

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    Cyriac, Jincemon; Rahul, M. T.; Kalarikkal, Nandakumar; Nambissan, P. M. G.

    2015-06-01

    Positron lifetime (PL) and coincidence Doppler broadening spectroscopic (CDBS) experiments were carried out on BiFeO3 samples doped with Pr(in place of Bi) in concentrations (x) = 0, 0.05, ..., 0.35. In the initial stages of doping, the existing Bi3+ vacancies are occupied by Pr3+ ions and positron trapping is reduced. From x = 0.15 to 0.35, more number of positrons diffused to the surfaces of the nanocrystallites. The CDBS ratio curves showed enhancement of the peak at pL = 10.2×10-3 m0c due to positron annihilation with the 2p electrons of oxygen. It suggested increased trapping of positrons in newly created cationic vacancy-type defects due to the mismatch of ionic radii of Pr3+ substituting Bi3+ ions. The lattice parameters decreased (3.9661-3.9248Å) while the nanocrystallitesizes reduced and increased (28.6-34.2nm) during the doping.

  16. Positron states and annihilation in nanometric semiconducting superlattices

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    Sekkal, Nadir; Arutyunov, N. Yu.

    2009-12-01

    The electron and positron states in the band structure of GaAs-AlAs, (GaAs) m((AlAs) 1-x(vacancy/pore) x) n and (GaAs) m((AlAs) 1-xGe x) n superlattices have been analyzed on the basis of empirical pseudopotential method of calculations. When possible, the validity of results has been checked by comparing them with the data obtained for relevant constituents of the superlattices with the help of the angular correlation of annihilation radiation (ACAR) spectroscopy. The most important finding is that positron is capable of being selectively confined in the superlattices even when they are defect-free. In the presence of defects of a vacancy-type, the regime of confinement may be changed to the one of trapping of positron. Being “fingerprints” of certain types of defects, the ACAR spectra may be used for non-destructive characterization of superlattices. The question of sensitivity of the positron particle microprobe for studying electron structure of superlattices is discussed.

  17. Defects in nitride-based semiconductors probed by positron annihilation

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    Uedono, A.; Sumiya, M.; Ishibashi, S.; Oshima, N.; Suzuki, R.

    2014-04-01

    Point defects in InxGa1-xN grown by metal organic chemical vapor deposition were studied by a monoenergetic positron beam. Measurements of Doppler broadening spectra of the annihilation radiation as a function of incident positron energy for InxGa1-xN (x = 0.08 and 0.14) showed that vacancy-type defects were introduced with increasing InN composition. From comparisons between coincidence Doppler broadening spectra and the results calculated using the projector augmented-wave method, the major defect species was identified as the complexes between a cation vacancy and nitride vacancies. The concentration of the defects was found to be suppressed by Mg doping. An effect of Mg-doping on the positron diffusion properties in GaN and InN was also discussed. The momentum distribution of electrons at the InxGa1-xN/GaN interface was close to that in defect-free GaN or InxGa1-xN, which was attributed to the localization of positrons at the interface due to the electric field caused by polarizations.

  18. Study on lattice defects in CeO2 by means of positron annihilation measurements

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    Yamamoto, Y.; Kishino, T.; Ishiyama, T.; Iwase, A.; Hori, F.

    2016-01-01

    Positron annihilation coincidence Doppler broadening (CDB) measurements were performed for CeO2 after the high temperature annealing or the electron irradiation. Both the annealing and the electron irradiation, the vacancy-type defects were detected by positron annihilation measurement. In contrast, CDB results showed the different type of vacancies was introduced by annealing and electron irradiation.

  19. Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy and Small Angle Neutron Scattering Characterization of Nanostructural Features in Irradiated Fe-Cu-Mn Alloys

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    Wirth, B D; Asoka-Kumar, P; Howell, R H; Odette, G R; Sterne, P A

    2001-01-01

    Radiation embrittlement of nuclear reactor pressure vessel steels results from a high number density of nanometer sized Cu-Mn-Ni rich precipitates (CRPs) and sub-nanometer matrix features, thought to be vacancy-solute cluster complexes (VSC). However, questions exist regarding both the composition of the precipitates and the defect character and composition of the matrix features. We present results of positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) and small angle neutron scattering (SANS) characterization of irradiated and thermally aged Fe-Cu and Fe-Cu-Mn alloys. These complementary techniques provide insight into the composition and character of both types of nanoscale features. The SANS measurements indicate populations of CRPs and VSCs in both alloys. The CRPs are coarser in the Fe-Cu alloy and the number densities of CRP and VSC increase with the addition of Mn. The PAS involved measuring both the positron lifetimes and the Doppler broadened annihilation spectra in the high momentum region to provide elemental sensitivity at the annihilation site. The spectra in Fe-Cu-Mn specimens thermally aged to peak hardness at 450 C and irradiated at 288 C are nearly identical to elemental Cu. Positron lifetime and spectrum measurements in Fe-Cu specimens irradiated at 288 C clearly show the existence of long lifetime ({approx}500 ps) open volume defects, which also contain Cu. Thus the SANS and PAS provide a self-consistent picture of nanostructures composed of CRPs and VSCs and tend to discount high Fe concentrations in the CRPs.

  20. On the potential of positron lifetime spectroscopy for the study of early stages of zeolites formation from their amorphous precursors

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    Bosnar, S.; Kosanović, C.; Subotić, B.; Bosnar, D.; Kajcsos, Zs.; Liszkay, L.; Lohonyai, L.; Molnár, B.; Lázár, K.

    2007-02-01

    The applicability of positron lifetime (LT) spectroscopy to the study of progress of formation of Secondary Building Units (SBU) in gels yielding in FAU and LTA type zeolites was investigated. Samples were prepared from aluminosilicate gels with various degrees of local structural order. LT measurements were performed at room temperature in air and in vacuum. Coexistence of annihilation modi with long lifetime components was shown; a correlation with precursors of nucleation and type of exchanged ions was also indicated.

  1. One-photon annihilation of thermal positrons with bound atomic electrons

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    Jung, Young-Dae

    1994-01-01

    Direct one-photon annihilation rate of positrons with a bound atomic electron is evaluated in the nonrelativistic limit. The K- and L-shell contributions are estimated including the screening and effective Coulomb repulsion effects. The annihilation rate of thermal positrons is calculated for various temperatures. The total number of one-photon annihilation events in the interstellar medium is discussed. These results provide the directional and structural information for cosmic gamma-ray sources.

  2. Positron and gamma-ray signatures of dark matter annihilation and big-bang nucleosynthesis

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    Hisano, Junji; Kawasaki, Masahiro; Kohri, Kazunori; Nakayama, Kazunori

    2009-03-15

    The positron excess observed by the PAMELA experiment may come from dark matter annihilation, if the annihilation cross section is large enough. We show that the dark matter annihilation scenarios to explain the positron excess may also be compatible with the discrepancy of the cosmic lithium abundances between theory and observations. The winolike neutralino in the supersymmetric standard model is a good example for it. This scenario may be confirmed by Fermi satellite experiments.

  3. Positron-annihilation study of the equilibrium vacancy ensemble in aluminum

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    Fluss, M.J.; Berko, S.; Chakraborty, B.; Hoffmann, K.; Lippel, P.; Siegel, R.W.

    1982-06-01

    A preliminary report is presented of a positron-annihilation study of the equilibrium vacancy ensemble in aluminum using one- and two-dimensional angular correlation of annihilation radiation (ACAR) measurements versus temperature. The annihilation characteristics of a positron from the Bloch state, and the monovancy- and divacancy-trapped states have been calculated self-consistently within a supercell, including many-body enhancement effects, and are compared with experiment. 4 figures.

  4. Determination and applications of enhancement factors for positron and ortho-positronium annihilations

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    Mitroy, J.

    2005-12-15

    Electron-positron annihilation rates calculated directly from the electron and positron densities are known to underestimate the true annihilation rate. A correction factor, known as the enhancement factor, allows for the local increase of the electron density around the positron caused by the attractive electron-positron interaction. Enhancement factors are given for positrons annihilating with the 1s electron in H, He{sup +}, He, Li{sup 2+}, and Li{sup +}. The enhancement factor for a free positron annihilating with He{sup +} and He is found to be close to that of ortho-positronium (i.e., Ps in its triplet state) annihilating with these atoms. The enhancement factor for Ps-He scattering is used in conjunction with the known annihilation rate for pickoff annihilation to derive a scattering length of 1.47a{sub 0} for Ps-He scattering. Further, enhancement factors for e{sup +}-Ne and e{sup +}-Ar annihilation are used in conjunction with the pickoff annihilation rate to estimate scattering lengths of 1.46a{sub 0} for Ps-Ne scattering and 1.75a{sub 0} for Ps-Ar scattering.

  5. Structural transition in rare earth doped zirconium oxide: A positron annihilation study

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    Chakraborty, Keka; Bisoi, Abhijit

    2012-11-15

    Graphical abstract: New microstructural analysis and phase transition of rare earth doped mixed oxide compounds such as: Sm{sub 2−x}Dy{sub x}Zr{sub 2}O{sub 7} (where x = 0.0 ≤ x ≥ 2.0) that are potentially useful as solid oxide fuels, ionic conductors, optoelectronic materials and most importantly as radiation resistant host for high level rad-waste disposal, structural transition in the system is reported through positron annihilation spectroscopy as there is an indication in the X-ray diffraction analysis. Highlights: ► Zirconium oxide material doped with rare earth ions. ► The method of positron annihilation spectroscopy suggests a phase transition in the system. ► The crystal structure transformation from pure pyrochlore to defect fluorite type of structure is shown by X-ray diffraction results. -- Abstract: A series of compounds with the general composition Sm{sub 2−x}Dy{sub x}Zr{sub 2}O{sub 7} (where 0 ≤ x ≥ 2.0) were synthesized by chemical route and characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. The rare earth ion namely Sm{sup +3} in the compound was gradually replaced with another smaller and heavier ion, Dy{sup +3} of the 4f series, there by resulting in order–disorder structural transition, which has been studied by positron annihilation lifetime and Doppler broadening spectroscopy. This study reveals the subtle electronic micro environmental changes in the pyrochlore lattice (prevalent due to the oxygen vacancy in anti-site defect structure of the compound) toward its transformation to defect fluorite structure as found in Dy{sub 2}Zr{sub 2}O{sub 7}. A comparison of the changes perceived with PAS as compared to XRD analysis is critically assayed.

  6. Organic superconductivity studied by using positron annihilation and compton profile spectroscopies. Final technical report, 1 November 1992-31 August 1996

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    Jean, Y.J.

    1996-11-01

    Organic superconductivity was studied by positron annihilation spectroscopy, positron annihilation lifetime (PAL), and two-dimensional angular correlation of annihilation radiation (2D-ACAR). The positron-electron momentum densities of ET-based organic superconductors were measured at room temperature using the 2D-ACAR method. The folded electron densities were found to be in accord with the Fermi surface predicted by a first-principles method using orthogonalized linear combination of atomic orbitals. Positron lifetimes of ET-based organic superconductors were measured as a function of temperature between 1.5K and 300K. A change of electronic density as indicated from the lifetime results was found at the superconducting transition temperature. It was found to be difficult to obtain a good Compton profile at this stage due to the lack of large crystals of organic superconductors. The obtained positron annihilation experimental results, along with theoretical calculations, could be useful in providing clues to search for new organic superconductors in the future.

  7. Low-temperature positron lifetime and Doppler-broadening measurements for single-crystal nickel oxide containing cation vacancies

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    Waber, J.T.; Snead, C.L. Jr.; Lynn, K.G.

    1985-01-01

    Lifetime and Doppler-broadening measurements for positron annihilation in substoichiometric nickelous oxide have been made concomitantly from liquid-helium to room temperature. The concentration of cation vacancies is readily controlled by altering the ambient oxygen pressure while annealing the crystals at 1673/sup 0/K. It was found that neither of the three lifetimes observed or their relative intensities varied significantly with the oxygen pressure, and the bulk rate only increased slightly when the specimen was cooled from room to liquid-helium temperatures. These results are interpreted as indicating that some of the positrons are trapped by the existing cation vacancies and a smaller fraction by vacancy clusters.

  8. Positron annihilation in AlN and GaN

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    Arutyunov, N. Yu.; Emtsev, V. V.; Mikhailin, A. V.; Davidov, V. Yu.

    2001-12-01

    The measurements of one-dimensional angular correlation of the annihilation radiation (1D-ACAR) have been carried out for AlN and GaN as well as for some related materials (Al, Ga, GaP, GaAs, GaSb) which have been used as samples of references the analysis of results. The numeral values of characteristic length of radius of spherical volume to be occupied by annihilating electron ( rs‧) have differed significantly from the corresponding values ( rs) calculated by the conventional independent-particle-model (IPM) for ideal Fermi-gas: rs‧ (AlN)≃1.28 rs, where rs (AlN)≃1.61 a.u., and rs‧ (GaN)≃1.66 rs, where rs (GaN)≃1.64 a.u. The electron-positron “ion radii” reconstructed by the high-momentum components (HMC) of 1D-ACAR for Al 3+, Ga 3+ cores as well as numeral rs‧ values provide some reasons to believe that Ga- and Al-vacancies and their impurity complexes are effective centers of the positron localization in AlN and GaN; it is assumed that these complexes include V Ga, V Al, and N atom (V Ga-N Ga in GaN and V Al-N Al in AlN) where the nitrogen atom is likely to be in the configuration of substitution (anti-site), N +Ga and N +Al, respectively.

  9. a Symmetry Based Study of Positron Annihilation Spectra

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    Adam, Gh.; Adam, S.

    We describe a method for off-line analysis of spectra measured by two-dimensional angular correlation of annihilation radiation ({2D}-{ACAR}) positron spectroscopy. The method takes into account, at all its stages, two salient data features: the piecewise constant discretization of the {2D} physical momentum distribution into square pixels, performed by the setup, and the occurrence of a characteristic {2D} projected symmetry of the positron-electron pair momentum distribution. Several validating criteria are derived which secure significantly increased reliability of the output. The method is tested on {2D}-{ACAR} spectra measured on (R)Ba2Cu3O7-δ (R123; R= Y, Dy) single crystals. It resolves ridge Fermi surfaces ({FS}) up to 3rd Umklapp components on both kinds of R123 spectra. Moreover, on a c-axis-projected Y123 spectrum, measured at 300 K, it resolves a small but clear signature of the pillbox {FS} at the S point of the first Brillouin zone as well.

  10. Development of positron annihilation spectroscopy for characterizing neutron irradiated tungsten

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    Taylor, C. N.; Shimada, M.; Merrill, B. J.; Drigert, M. W.; Akers, D. W.; Hatano, Y.

    2014-04-01

    Tungsten samples (6 mm diameter and 0.2 mm thick) were irradiated to 0.025 and 0.3 dpa with neutrons in the High Flux Isotope Reactor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory as part of the US/Japan Tritium, Irradiation and Thermofluids for America and Nippon (TITAN) collaboration. Samples were then exposed to deuterium plasma in Idaho National Laboratory's Tritium Plasma Experiment at 100, 200 and 500 °C to a total fluence of 1 × 1026 m-2. Nuclear reaction analysis (NRA) and Doppler broadening positron annihilation spectroscopy (DB-PAS) were performed at various stages to characterize radiation damage and retention. We present the first results of neutron irradiated tungsten characterized by DB-PAS in order to study defect concentration. Two positron sources, 22Na and 68Ge, probe ˜58 μm and through the entire 200 μm thick samples, respectively. DB-PAS results reveal clear differences between the various irradiated samples. These results, and a correlation between DB-PAS and NRA data, are presented.

  11. A symmetry based study of positron annihilation spectra

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    Adam, G.; Adam, S. |

    1995-12-30

    The authors describe a method for off-line analysis of spectra measured by two-dimensional angular correlation of annihilation radiation (2D-ACAR) positron spectroscopy. The method takes into account, at all its stages, two salient data features: the piecewise constant discretization of the 2D physical momentum distribution into square pixels, performed by the setup, and the occurrence of a characteristic 2D projected symmetry of the positron-electron pair momentum distribution. Several validating criteria are derived which secure significantly increased reliability of the output. The method is tested on 2D-ACAR spectra measured on (R)Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} (R123; R = Y, Dy) single crystals. It resolves ridge Fermi surfaces (FS) up to 3rd Umklapp components on both kinds of R123 spectra. Moreover, on a c-axis-projected Y123 spectrum, measured at 300 K, it resolves a small but clear signature of the pillbox FS at the S point of the first Brillouin zone as well.

  12. Moisture dependence of positron lifetime in Kevlar-49

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    Singh, Jag J.; Holt, William H.; Mock, Willis, Jr.

    1984-01-01

    Because of filamentary character of Kevlar-49 aramid fibers, there is some concern about the moisture uptake and its effect on plastic composites reinforced with Kevlar-49 fibers. As part of continuing studies of positron lifetime in polymers, we have measured positron lifetime spectra in Kevlar-49 fibers as a function of their moisture content. The long lifetime component intensities are rather low, being only of the order of 2-3 percent. The measured values of long component lifetimes at various moisture levels in the specimens are as follows: 2072 +/- 173 ps (dry); 2013 +/- 193 ps (20.7 percent saturation); 1665 +/- 85 ps (25.7 percent saturation); 1745 +/- 257 ps (32.1 percent saturation); and 1772 +/- 217 ps (100 percent saturation). It is apparent that the long component lifetime at first decreases and then increases as the specimen moisture content increases. These results have been compared with those inferred from Epon-815 and Epon-815/K-49 composite data.

  13. Relative Defect Density Measurements of Laser Shock Peened 316L Stainless Steel Using Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy

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    Marcus A. Gagliardi; Bulent H. Sencer; A. W. Hunt; Stuart A. Maloy; George T. Gray III

    2011-12-01

    The surface of an annealed 316L stainless steel coupon was laser shock peened and Vickers hardness measurements were subsequently taken of its surface. This Vickers hardness data was compared with measurements taken using the technique of positron annihilation Doppler broadening spectroscopy. When compared, a correlation was found between the Vickers hardness data measurements and those made using Doppler broadening spectroscopy. Although materials with a high defect density can cause the S-parameter measurements to saturate, variations in the Sparameter measurements suggest that through further research the Doppler broadening technique could be used as a viable alternative to measuring a material's hardness. In turn, this technique, could be useful in industrial settings where surface hardness and surface defects are used to predict lifetime of components.

  14. Positron line radiation from halo WIMP annihilations as a dark matter signature

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    Turner, Michael S.; Wilczek, Frank

    1989-01-01

    We suggest a new signature for dark matter annihilation in the halo: high energy positron line radiation. Because the cosmic ray positron spectrum falls rapidly with energy, e+'s from halo WIMP annihilations can be a significant, clean signal for very massive WIMP's (approx. greater than 30 GeV). In the case that the e+e- annihilation channel has an appreciable branch, the e+ signal should be above background in a future detector, such as have been proposed for ASTROMAG, and of potential importance as a dark matter signature. A significant e+e- branching ratio can occur for neutralinos or Dirac neutrinos. High-energy, continuum positron radiation may also be an important signature for massive neutralino annihilations, especially near or above the threshold of the W+W- and ZoZo annihilation channels.

  15. Positron Annihilation 3-D Momentum Spectrometry by Synchronous 2D-ACAR and DBAR

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    Burggraf, Larry W.; Bonavita, Angelo M.; Williams, Christopher S.; Fagan-Kelly, Stefan B.; Jimenez, Stephen M.

    2015-05-01

    A positron annihilation spectroscopy system capable of determining 3D electron-positron (e--e+) momentum densities has been constructed and tested. In this technique two opposed HPGe strip detectors measure angular coincidence of annihilation radiation (ACAR) and Doppler broadening of annihilation radiation (DBAR) in coincidence to produce 3D momentum datasets in which the parallel momentum component obtained from the DBAR measurement can be selected for annihilation events that possess a particular perpendicular momentum component observed in the 2D ACAR spectrum. A true 3D momentum distribution can also be produced. Measurement of 3-D momentum spectra in oxide materials has been demonstrated including O-atom defects in 6H SiC and silver atom substitution in lithium tetraborate crystals. Integration of the 3-D momentum spectrometer with a slow positron beam for future surface resonant annihilation spectrometry measurements will be described. Sponsorship from Air Force Office of Scientific Research

  16. Positron lifetime measurements in chiral nematic liquid crystals

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    Singh, Jag J.; Eftekhari, Abe; Parmar, Devendra S.

    1991-01-01

    Positron lifetimes in the isotropic phases of chiral nematic liquid crystal formulations and their mixtures up to the racemic level were measured. The lifetime spectra for all liquid crystal systems were analyzed into three components. Although the individual spectra in the left- and right-handed components are identical, their racemic mixtures exhibit much larger orthopositronium lifetimes; these larger lifetimes indicate the presence of larger microvoids. This result is consistent with the reportedly higher thermodynamic stability and color play range in the racemic mixtures of chiral nematic liquid crystals.

  17. Neutrino emissivity from electron-positron annihilation in hot matter in a strong magnetic field

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    Amsterdamski, P.; Haensel, P. )

    1990-10-15

    The neutrino emissivity due to electron-positron annihilation in a strong magnetic field is computed. A strong magnetic field can significantly increase the neutrino emissivity at {ital T}{similar to}10{sup 9} K.

  18. Investigation and calculation of positron lifetimes of monovacancies in crystals

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    Huang, Shijuan; Liu, Jiandang; Ye, Bangjiao

    2016-01-01

    The first-principles calculations of positron lifetimes of mono-vacancies in crystals were investigated. We use the two-component density functional theory to respectively compute positron lifetimes of neutral charge state of VAl defect in aluminium, VSi defect in silicon, VC, VSi and VC+CSi defects in 3C silicon carbide, VGa and VAs defects in gallium arsenide, taking into account atomic relaxation due to vacancy and electronic structural relaxation due to the presence of the positron. Three different calculation schemes are used. We find that the electron density inside the vacancy more or less increases due to the presence of the positron if the ionic positions are kept fixed, and the positron becomes more localized after the electronic structural relaxation for the case of VAl defect in aluminium and VSi defect in 3C silicon carbide, but it is opposite for the case of VGa defect in gallium arsenide and VC defect in 3C silicon carbide. The results with no consideration of the relaxation are even much closer to the experimental ones, therefore the atomic relaxation due to the position play an important role in calculating the positron lifetime of mono-vacancies in crystals.

  19. Synthesis and characterization of highly conductive charge-transfer complexes using positron annihilation spectroscopy.

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    Adam, Abdel Majid A; Refat, Moamen S; Sharshar, T; Heiba, Z K

    2012-09-01

    Molecular charge-transfer complexes of the tetramethylethylenediamine (TMEDA) with picric acid (Pi-OH), benzene-1,4-diol (QL), tin(IV) tetrachloride (SnCl(4)), iodine, bromine, and zinc chloride (ZnCl(2)) have been synthesized and investigated by elemental and thermal analysis, electronic, infrared, Raman and proton-NMR, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, X-ray powder diffraction and positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy, and scanning electron microscopy. In this work, three types of acceptors π-acceptors (Pi-OH and QL), σ-acceptors (iodine and bromine), and vacant orbital acceptors (SnCl(4) and ZnCl(2)) were covered. The results of elemental analysis indicated that the CT complexes were formed with ratios 1:1 and 1:2 for QL, SnCl(4), and ZnCl(2) acceptors and iodine, Pi-OH, and Br(2) acceptors, respectively. The type of chelating between the TMEDA donor and the mentioned acceptors depends upon the behavior of both items. The positron annihilation lifetime parameters were found to be dependent on the structure, electronic configuration, and the power of acceptors. The correlation between these parameters and the molecular weight and biological activities of studied complexes was also observed. Regarding the electrical properties, the AC conductivity and the dielectric coefficients were measured as a function of frequency at room temperature. The TMEDA charge-transfer complexes were screened against antibacterial (Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus subtilis, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa) and antifungal (Aspergillus flavus and Candida albicans) activities. PMID:22595252

  20. Low energy positron flux generator for lifetime studies in thin films

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    Singh, Jag J.; St. Clair, Terry L.; Eftekhari, Abe

    1991-01-01

    A slow positron flux generator for positron annihilation spectroscopic measurements in thin polymer films is described. The advantages of this generator include operability at room temperature and atmospheric pressure without special test film preparaton requirements.

  1. Microstructural Characterization of Polymers by Positron Lifetime Spectroscopy

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    Singh, Jag J.

    1996-01-01

    Positrons provide a versatile probe for monitoring microstructural features of molecular solids. In this paper, we report on positron lifetime measurements in two different types of polymers. The first group comprises polyacrylates processed on earth and in space. The second group includes fully-compatible and totally-incompatible Semi-Interpenetrating polymer networks of thermosetting and thermoplastic polyimides. On the basis of lifetime measurements, it is concluded that free volumes are a direct reflection of physical/electromagnetic properties of the host polymers.

  2. Annihilation of relativistic positrons in single crystal with production of one photon

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    Kalashnikov, N. P.; Mazur, E. A.; Olczak, A. S.

    2015-07-01

    The energy and momentum conservation laws prohibit positron-electron single-photon annihilation in vacuum. It is shown that the situation is different in a single crystal with one of the leptons (e.g. positron) moving in the channeling (or in the quasi-channeling) mode. The transverse motion of an oriented or channeled particle may sharply increase the probability of the single-photon annihilation process.

  3. Study of local structure in hyper-eutectic Zr-Cu-Al bulk glassy alloys by positron annihilation techniques

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    Ishiyama, T.; Ishii, K.; Yokoyama, Y.; Konno, T. J.; Iwase, A.; Hori, F.

    2016-01-01

    The Zr-Cu-Al bulk glassy (BG) alloy, which has amorphous structure, possesses various properties such as high strength and toughness with compositional dependence. In the present study, density, positron annihilation lifetime and coincidence Doppler Broadening measurement have been performed for various compositional hyper-eutectic Zr-Cu-Al BG alloys. The density of hyper-eutectic Zr-Cu-Al BG alloys increases with decreasing of Zr fraction. In contrast, positron lifetime for all compositional alloys is almost constant about 165 psec. In addition, the CDB ratio profile is almost the same for hyper-eutectic alloys. This unchanging trend of CDB ratio profile is quite different from that of hypo-eutectic BG alloys. These results reveal that different internal structure exists in hyper and hypo-eutectic BG alloys.

  4. Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy Characterization of Nanostructural Features in Reactor Steels

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    Glade, Stephen; Wirth, Brian; Asoka-Kumar, Palakkal; Sterne, Philip; Alinger, Matthew; Odette, George

    2004-03-01

    Irradiation embrittlement in nuclear reactor pressure vessel steels results from the formation of a high number density of nanometer sized copper rich precipitates and sub-nanometer defect-solute clusters. We present results of study to characterize the size and compositions of simple binary and ternary Fe-Cu-Mn model alloys and more representative Fe-Cu-Mn-Ni-Si-Mo-C reactor pressure vessel steels using positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS). Using a recently developed spin-polarized PAS technique, we have also measured the magnetic properties of the nanometer-sized copper rich precipitates. Mn retards the precipitation kinetics and inhibits large vacancy cluster formation, suggesting a strong Mn-vacancy interaction which reduces radiation enhanced diffusion. The spin-polarized PAS measurements reveal the non-magnetic nature of the copper precipitates, discounting the notion that the precipitates contain significant quantities of Fe and providing an upper limit of at most a few percent Fe in the precipitates. PAS results on oxide dispersion-strengthened steel for use in fusion reactors will also be presented. Part of this work was performed under the auspices of the US Department of Energy by the University of California, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, under contract No. W-7405-ENG-48 with partial support provided from Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Materials Science.

  5. Timelike Virtual Compton Scattering from Electron-Positron Radiative Annihilation

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    Andrei Afanaciev,Andrei Afanasev, Stanley J. Brodsky, Carl E. Carlson, Asmita Mukherjee

    2010-02-01

    We propose measurements of the deeply virtual Compton amplitude (DVCS), gamma* to H H-bar gamma, in the timelike t = (p_{H} + p_{H-bar})^2 > 0 kinematic domain which is accessible at electron-positron colliders via the radiative annihilation process e+ e- to H H-bar gamma. These processes allow the measurement of timelike deeply virtual Compton scattering for a variety of H H-bar hadron pairs such as pi+ pi-, K+ K-, and D D-bar as well as p p-bar. As in the conventional spacelike DVCS, there are interfering coherent amplitudes contributing to the timelike processes involving C= - form factors. The interference between the amplitudes measures the phase of the C=+ timelike DVCS amplitude relative to the phase of the timelike form factors and can be isolated by considering the forward-backward e+ \\leftrightarrow e- asymmetry. The J=0 fixed pole contribution which arises from the local coupling of the two photons to the quark current plays a special role. As an example we present a simple model.

  6. Positron annihilation study for cadmium (electronic structure and enhancement effect)

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    Hamid, A.

    2003-12-01

    The three dimensional electron density in momentum space ρ(p) and in wave vector space n(k) was reconstructed for cadmium (Cd). The measurements were performed using the two dimensional angular correlation of annihilation radiation (2D-ACAR) technique. Enhanced contributions in the spectra were observed around 5.5 mrad, discussed in terms of a Kahana-like enhancement effect. From another viewpoint, Fermi radii were analyzed in the (λM K), (ALM) and (AHK) planes, and they showed a maximum deviation of about 4% from the free electron Fermi radius. Moreover, comparisons to a radio-frequency size effect (RFSE) experiment and theoretical band structure calculations (using augmented plane wave (APW), linear combination of atomic orbital (LCAO) and linear muffin tin orbital (LMTO) methods) were examined. The results showed a qualitative agreement with both APW and LCAO calculations. However, a favorable agreement with the APW method was determined via Fermi surface dimensions. The differences of bands' occupation of n(k) between the current work and the APW method were argued in view of positron wave function in Cd.

  7. Investigations of Positron Annihilation with Atoms and Molecules using PsARS

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    Kauppila, W. E.; Edwards, J. J.; Miller, E. G.; Stein, T. S.; Surdutovich, E.

    2006-03-01

    Positrons, being the antiparticles of electrons, ultimately annihilate either directly with electrons (that are free or attached to atoms or molecules), or via the formation of positronium (Ps, a short-lived atom composed of a positron and an electron) with subsequent annihilation. In this work we have developed positronium annihilation ratio spectroscopy (PsARS), and are using PsARS to investigate the formation and destruction of Ps [1], as well as positron attachment to molecules. For this experiment a 3 to 100 eV positron beam obtained from a sodium-22 radioactive source is passed through a gas scattering cell and resulting annihilation gamma rays of different energies are detected in coincidence. Annihilation measurements, such as these, have astrophysical relevance since characteristic positron annihilation gamma rays have been observed from various extraterrestrial sources (e.g., solar flares and the direction towards the center of our galaxy). [1] W.E. Kauppila, E.G. Miller, H.F.M. Mohamed, K. Pipinos, T.S. Stein and E. Surdutovich, Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 113401 (2004).

  8. Investigation of Positron-CO scattering using Positronium Annihilation Ratio Spectroscopy

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    Kauppila, W. E.; Edwards, J. J.; Miller, E. G.; Stein, T. S.; Surdutovich, E.

    2006-05-01

    We are using the technique [1] of positronium annihilation ratio spectroscopy (PsARS) to study the annihilation of 6 - 13 eV positrons colliding with CO. In this method we detect in coincidence (a) two 511 keV annihilation gamma rays, and simultaneously (b) two 300 - 460 keV gamma rays from the three gamma decay of ortho-Ps. The ratio of these signals R3γ/2γ versus positron impact energy reveals anomalous behavior for CO when compared with other gases [1] suggesting that some other mechanism than Ps formation is contributing to positron annihilation at an energy about 1 eV above the Ps formation threshold of 7.2 eV. Recognizing that the threshold for electronic excitation by positron impact is located where the anomalous R3γ/2γ behavior occurs suggests that we may be observing an effect where the positron is electronically exciting CO and temporarily binding to the molecule in a resonance-like state from which the positron can annihilate with an electron producing an enhanced 511 keV coincidence signal consistent with our measurements. [1] W.E. Kauppila, E.G. Miller, H.F.M. Mohamed, K. Pipinos, T.S. Stein and E. Surdutovich, Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 113401 (2004).

  9. Positron annihilation in Cr, Cu, and Au layers embedded in Al and quantum confinement of positrons in Au clusters

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    Pikart, Philip; Hugenschmidt, Christoph; Horisberger, Michael; Matsukawa, Yoshitaka; Hatakeyama, Masahiko; Toyama, Takeshi; Nagai, Yasuyoshi

    2011-07-01

    Defect-sensitive and element-selective measurements on ultrathin chrome, copper, and gold layers embedded in aluminium are presented using coincident Doppler broadening spectroscopy (CDBS) with a monoenergetic positron beam. The amounts of positrons implanted in the layers of different thicknesses are calculated and compared with the experimentally gained fractions of positrons annihilating in the buried layers. A high sensitivity was already reached at an Au layer of only 2 nm thickness embedded below 200 nm Al, which was attributed to the highly efficient positron trapping in the Au layer and Au clusters. An implantation and diffusion model describes this high sensitivity for positron trapping layers. A quantum-well model of the positron wave function limits the trapping to gold clusters of a radius larger than 0.23 nm. This result was confirmed experimentally and validated with complementary TEM measurements.

  10. Monte Carlo modelling of the propagation and annihilation of nucleosynthesis positrons in the Galaxy

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    Alexis, A.; Jean, P.; Martin, P.; Ferrière, K.

    2014-04-01

    Aims: We want to estimate whether the positrons produced by the β+-decay of 26Al, 44Ti, and 56Ni synthesised in massive stars and supernovae are sufficient to explain the 511 keV annihilation emission observed in our Galaxy. Such a possibility has often been put forward in the past. In a previous study, we showed that nucleosynthesis positrons cannot explain the full annihilation emission. Here, we extend this work using an improved propagation model. Methods: We developed a Monte Carlo Galactic propagation code for ~MeV positrons in which the Galactic interstellar medium, the Galactic magnetic field, and the propagation are finely described. This code allows us to simulate the spatial distribution of the 511 keV annihilation emission. We tested several Galactic magnetic fields models and several positron escape fractions from type-Ia supernova for 56Ni positrons to account for the large uncertainties in these two parameters. We considered the collisional/ballistic transport mode and then compared the simulated 511 keV intensity spatial distributions to the INTEGRAL/SPI data. Results: Regardless of the Galactic magnetic field configuration and the escape fraction chosen for 56Ni positrons, the 511 keV intensity distributions are very similar. The main reason is that ~MeV positrons do not propagate very far away from their birth sites in our model. The direct comparison to the data does not allow us to constrain the Galactic magnetic field configuration and the escape fraction for 56Ni positrons. In any case, nucleosynthesis positrons produced in steady state cannot explain the full annihilation emission. The comparison to the data shows that (a) the annihilation emission from the Galactic disk can be accounted for; (b) the strongly peaked annihilation emission from the inner Galactic bulge can be explained by positrons annihilating in the central molecular zone, but this seems to require more positron sources than the population of massive stars and type Ia supernovae usually assumed for this region; (c) the more extended emission from the Galactic bulge cannot be explained. We show that a delayed 511 keV emission from a transient source, such as a starburst episode or a recent activity of Sgr A*, occurring between 0.3 and 10 Myr ago and producing between 1057 and 1060 sub-MeV positrons could explain this extended component, and potentially contribute to the inner bulge signal.

  11. Positron annihilation study of 4H-SiC by Ge + implantation and subsequent thermal annealing

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    Yu, R. S.; Maekawa, M.; Kawasuso, A.; Wang, B. Y.; Wei, L.

    2012-01-01

    Positron annihilation in 800 keV Ge + implanted hexagonal SiC was studied by thermal annealing at temperatures ranging from 800 to 1400 °C. The variation in Doppler broadening S values as a function of the incident positron energy suggests a broad distribution in the depth of vacancy defects in the implanted samples. Increasing the annealing temperature triggers the accumulation of vacancies into vacancy clusters. After annealing at 1400 °C, defects in the deep region of SiC are eliminated, and Ge precipitation is believed to appear in the sample at the same time. Though Ge has a much more negative positron affinity than SiC, positron annihilation coincidence Doppler broadening measurement reveals that a preferential trapping of positrons in Ge seems impossible.

  12. Electron beam induced microstructural changes and electrical conductivity in Bakelite polymer RPC detector material: A positron lifetime study

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    Aneesh Kumar, K. V.; Ningaraju, S.; Munirathnamma, L. M.; Ravikumar, H. B.; Ranganathaiah, C.

    2015-06-01

    In order to explore the structural modification induced electrical conductivity, samples of Bakelite RPC polymer detector materials were exposed to 8 MeV of electron beam with the irradiation dose from 20 kGy to 100 kGy in steps of 20 kGy. The microstructural changes upon electron beam irradiation have been studied using Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy (PALS) and Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectroscopy. Positron lifetime parameters viz., o-Ps lifetime and its intensity show chain scission at lower doses (20 kGy, 40 kGy) followed by cross-linking beyond 40 kGydue to the radical reactions. The reduction in electrical conductivity of Bakelite material beyond 60 kGy is correlated to the conducting pathways and cross-links in the polymer matrix. The appropriate doses of electron beam irradiation of Bakelite material may reduce the leakage current and hence improves the performance of the detector.

  13. Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy of Common Mineral Constituents of Shale

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    Chun, Joah; Bufkin*, James; Alsleben, Helge; Ameena, Fnu; Quarles, C. A.

    2015-03-01

    Recent investigation of positron lifetime and Doppler broadening in Barnett Shale samples have shown a small intensity of positronium (Ps) formation. The samples studied have XRF information on 35 elements, XRD information on mineral constituents, and chemical information on total organic carbon (TOC). It is not known where Ps is formed in the shale. Previous research has shown that Ps is not formed in quartz-rich sandstone, calcite-rich limestone or dolomite-rich rocks, which contain minerals that also constitute a significant part of most shale samples. No information about Ps formation in clay minerals, which are often dominant in shale, has been available. The purpose of the present study is to determine which clay minerals form Ps. Twenty-five different common rock-forming minerals have been studied. Hydration of some of the minerals has also been varied. As a result of this work, a better idea of where Ps is formed in the shale samples has been obtained, but there still remains some uncertainty regarding the hydration in the shale and the possibility of direct Ps formation in the organic carbon itself.. Participant in the summer 2014 TCU REU program in Physics and Astronomy funded by the National Science Foundation under Grant PHY-1358770.

  14. The annihilation of positrons in the cold phase of the interstellar medium revisited

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    Wallyn, P.; Durouchoux, PH.; Chapuis, C.; Leventhal, M.

    1994-01-01

    The positron cross sections in H and H2 media are reevaluated, taking into account new experimental results. Using a Monte Carlo simulation, we find a positronium fraction before thermalization of 0.90 for H2, in good agreement with the previous experimental result given by Brown et al. (1986). For H we obtain an upper limit of 0.98. We study the behavior of the charge exchange annihilation in a cold phase (molecular cloud). We calculate a formula for the slowing-down time t, before annihilation lasting Delta t, via charge exchange, of a positron beam with a given energy for different medium densities and initial energies. An upper limit of 0.7 MeV for the initial energy of the positrons, annihilating in the molecular cloud G0.86 - 0.08 near the gamma ray source positronium and gives new time constraints on their possible observation.

  15. Positron-Electron Annihilation Process in (2,2)-Difluoropropane Molecule

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    Yang, Liu; Xiao-Guang, Ma; Ying-Hao, Zhu

    2016-04-01

    The positron-electron annihilation process in (2,2)-difluoropropane molecule and the corresponding gamma-ray spectra are studied by quantum chemistry method. The positrophilic electrons in (2,2)-difluoropropane molecule are found for the first time. The theoretical predictions show that the outermost 2s electrons of fluoride atoms play an important role in positron-electron annihilation process of (2,2)-difiuoropropane. In the present scheme, the correlation coefficient between the theoretical gamma-ray spectra and the experiments can be 99%. The present study gives an alternative annihilation model for positron-electron pair in larger molecules. Supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant No. 11347011 and the Natural Science Foundation Project of Shandong Province under Grant No. ZR2011AM010 and 2014 Technology Innovation Fund of Ludong University under Grant Nos. 1d151007 and ld15l016

  16. Jet algorithms in electron-positron annihilation: perturbative higher order predictions

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    Weinzierl, Stefan

    2011-02-01

    This article gives results on several jet algorithms in electron-positron annihilation: Considered are the exclusive sequential recombination algorithms Durham, Geneva, Jade-E0 and Cambridge, which are typically used in electron-positron annihilation. In addition also inclusive jet algorithms are studied. Results are provided for the inclusive sequential recombination algorithms Durham, Aachen and anti- k t , as well as the infrared-safe cone algorithm SISCone. The results are obtained in perturbative QCD and are N3LO for the two-jet rates, NNLO for the three-jet rates, NLO for the four-jet rates and LO for the five-jet rates.

  17. Is there a dark matter signal in the galactic positron annihilation radiation?

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    Lingenfelter, R E; Higdon, J C; Rothschild, R E

    2009-07-17

    Assuming Galactic positrons do not go far before annihilating, a difference between the observed 511 keV annihilation flux distribution and that of positron production, expected from beta+ decay in Galactic iron nucleosynthesis, was evoked as evidence of a new source and signal of dark matter. We show, however, that the dark matter sources cannot account for the observed positronium fraction without extensive propagation. Yet with such propagation, standard nucleosynthetic sources can fully account for the spatial differences and positronium fraction, leaving no new signal for dark matter to explain. PMID:19659265

  18. Positron-annihilation 2D-ACAR studies of disordered and defected alloys

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    Bansil, A.; Prasad, R.; Smedskjaer, L.C.; Benedek, R.; Mijnarends, P.E.

    1987-09-01

    Theoretical and experimental progess in connection with 2D-ACAR positron annihilation studies of ordered, disordered, and defected alloys is discussed. We present, in particular, some of the recent developments concerning the electronic structure of disordered alloys, and the work in the area of annihilation from positrons trapped at vacancy-type defects in metals and alloys. The electronic structure and properties of a number of compounds are also discussed briefly; we comment specifically on high T/sub c/ ceramic superconductors, Heusler alloys, and transition-metal aluminides. 58 refs., 116 figs.

  19. Jahn-Teller distortion of neutral divacancy in Si studied by positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Nagai, Y.; Inoue, K.; Tang, Z.; Yonenaga, I.; Chiba, T.; Saito, M.; Hasegawa, M.

    2003-12-01

    Jahn-Teller (JT) distortion of the diamagnetic neutral divacancy (V20) in Si is studied by positron annihilation spectroscopy. Based on the anisotropy of electron momentum distribution around the divacancies obtained by two-dimensional angular correlation of positron annihilation radiation (2D-ACAR) technique, the preferred alignment of the divacancy in a specimen by compressing uniaxial stress along the [0 1 1] axis is detected. The direction of the alignment evidences the pairing JT distortion rather than the resonant bonding distortion, which is similar to the distortion in the singly negative divacancy (V2-).

  20. Energy-resolved positron-molecule annihilation: Vibrational Feshbach resonances and bound states

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    Barnes, Levi Daniel

    2005-07-01

    This thesis describes a new technique for the measurement of positron annihilation rates for positrons incident on atoms and molecules. Positrons from a radioactive source are collected and cooled in a Penning-Malmberg trap and formed into a magnetically guided beam. The beam is then guided through a cell filled with the molecule to be studied while the gamma ray signal from annihilation events is recorded. As distinguished from previous work, these experiments allow tuning of the positron energy over the range between 50 meV and the threshold for positronium formation. The energy resolution of the beam is 25 meV. A key result in these measurements is the discovery of resonances in the annihilation rates for selected molecules, associated with the vibrations of the target. We attribute these resonances (in accordance with a model proposed by Gribakin [28]) to the presence of a Feshbach resonant state consisting of a positron bound to a vibrationally excited target molecule. The annihilation spectra for a number of molecules are presented including alkane molecules, fluoroalkanes, deuterated alkanes, ring hydrocarbons, noble gases, alkenes and alkynes. The goals of these measurements are to investigate the dependence of these resonant processes on the size, composition and shape of the target molecules, and to provide benchmarks for theoretical descriptions of this process.

  1. Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Positron Annihilation: Program and collected abstracts

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    Coleman, P. G.; Sharma, S. C.; Diana, L. M.

    1983-02-01

    Low energy positron annihilation measurements have been used widely in solid state physics, materials science, atomic and molecular physics and chemistry, radiation chemistry, and medicine. This Conference marked the fiftieth anniversary of the discovery of the positron by Carl Anderson, and the Opening Address was delivered by Professor Martin Deutsch of M.I.T., who discovered positronium about thirty years ago. Thirty one invited papers were presented covering all fields in which positron annihilation is used. 270 contributed papers were presented in oral and poster sessions. Of particular interest at this, the sixth conference in this series, was the emergence of monoenergetic positron beams as important tools in the study of fundamental processes and of the surface properties of materials.

  2. Design and building of new spin polarized Positron Annihilation Induced Auger Electron Spectrometer

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    Lim, Zheng Hui; Mishler, Michael; Joglekar, Prasad; Shastry, Karthik; Koymen, Ali; Sharma, Suresh; Weiss, Alexander

    2014-03-01

    We propose to develop a next generation high flux variable energy spin-polarized position beam facility for materials studies. This new system will have a higher efficiency than our current system, and it will also be the first in the world to combine spin polarization with a time of flight Positron Annihilation induced Auger Electron Spectroscopy (PAES). The spin polarized positrons are electromagnetically guided towards the sample with an axial magnetic field and perpendicular electric fields. These incident positrons get annihilated at the surface of the sample creating two gamma rays and auger electrons via Auger transitions. These signals are useful in characterizing material surface, surface magnetization, and energy sharing in valence band. This new spectrometer, which is currently under construction, will be a next generation positron system. NSF.

  3. Miscibility and crystallization behavior of poly (3-hydroxybutyrate) and poly (ethylene glycol) blends studied by positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Abdel-Hady, E. E.; Abdel-Hamed, M. O.; Hammam, A. M.

    2011-01-01

    Positron annihilation Lifetime (PAL) spectroscopy has been used to study the effect of PEG concentrations on the free volume properties of PHB. The data revealed that the ortho-positronium (o-Ps) lifetime τPs increases with 20% increase in concentration, decrease as the concentration increases to 40%, then rapid increase at 50% concentration of PEG. The o-Ps intensity, I3, shows a linear dependence as the concentration increases with a discontinuity at 20% concentration of PEG. Furthermore, the results presented and discussed in this work show that the PHB and PEG are miscible up to 40% of PEG but greater than 40%, the blend is immiscible. In addition, the mechanical properties of PHB are well improved by the addition of PEG with a low concentration up to 20%, while at higher concentration the blend becomes waxy.

  4. Study on Momentum Density of Electrons and Fermi Surface in Niobium by Positron Annihilation

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    Kubota, Takeshi; Kondo, Hitoshi; Watanabe, Kazuhiro; Murakami, Yasukazu; Cho, Yang-Koo; Tanigawa, Shoichiro; Kawano, Takao; Bahng, Gun-Woong

    1990-12-01

    The three dimensional electron-positron momentum density in niobium has been reconstructed from measurements of two dimensional angular correlation of positron annihilation radiations (2D-ACAR) followed by the image reconstruction technique based on a direct Fourier transformation. We determined the position of the Fermi surface sheets; \\varGamma-centered hole octahedron, multiply connected jungle-gym arms and N-centered hole ellipsoids. The Fermi surface topology is in good agreement with the theory.

  5. Whole-Pattern Fitting and Positron Annihilation Studies of Magnetic PVA/α-Fe2O3 Nanocomposites

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    Prashanth, K. S.; Mahesh, S. S.; Prakash, M. B. Nanda; Ningaraju, S.; Ravikumar, H. B.; Somashekar, R.; Nagabhushana, B. M.

    2016-03-01

    A low-temperature solution combustion method was used to synthesize α-Fe2O3 nanoparticles. Magnetic polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)/α-Fe2O3/NaCl nanocomposites were prepared by solvent cast method. The Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) results are in confirmation with X-ray diffraction (XRD) results indicating the formation of nanocomposites. The microcrystalline parameters, crystallite size (), lattice strain (g in %), stacking faults (α d ), and twin faults (β) of prepared polymer nanocomposites were evaluated by whole-pattern fitting technique. The refinement was carried out using the computed microstructural parameters in which the twin faults and stacking faults did not vary much and statistical deviation was less than 5 %. Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) was used for microstructural characterization. PALS results show that the ortho-positronium (o-Ps) lifetime (τ3) increases gradually as a function of nanoparticle concentration and about 219 ps increase observed from1.50 to1.71 ns at 3 wt%. This indicates the increase of free volume hole size (V f ) from 54.47 to 72.18 Å3. The o-Ps intensities (I 3) decrease indicating the inhibition of o-Ps formation upon incorporation of nanoparticles into PVA. The increase in I 2 values suggests the increased annihilation at the interface region. Positron lifetime parameters, viz., o-Ps lifetime, and its intensities indicate the effect of quenching and inhibition upon incorporation of metal oxide nanoparticles and inorganic salt into PVA.

  6. Whole-Pattern Fitting and Positron Annihilation Studies of Magnetic PVA/α-Fe2O3 Nanocomposites

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    Prashanth, K. S.; Mahesh, S. S.; Prakash, M. B. Nanda; Ningaraju, S.; Ravikumar, H. B.; Somashekar, R.; Nagabhushana, B. M.

    2016-06-01

    A low-temperature solution combustion method was used to synthesize α-Fe2O3 nanoparticles. Magnetic polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)/α-Fe2O3/NaCl nanocomposites were prepared by solvent cast method. The Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) results are in confirmation with X-ray diffraction (XRD) results indicating the formation of nanocomposites. The microcrystalline parameters, crystallite size ( ), lattice strain ( g in %), stacking faults ( α d ), and twin faults ( β) of prepared polymer nanocomposites were evaluated by whole-pattern fitting technique. The refinement was carried out using the computed microstructural parameters in which the twin faults and stacking faults did not vary much and statistical deviation was less than 5 %. Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) was used for microstructural characterization. PALS results show that the ortho-positronium (o-Ps) lifetime (τ3) increases gradually as a function of nanoparticle concentration and about 219 ps increase observed from1.50 to1.71 ns at 3 wt%. This indicates the increase of free volume hole size ( V f ) from 54.47 to 72.18 Å3. The o-Ps intensities ( I 3) decrease indicating the inhibition of o-Ps formation upon incorporation of nanoparticles into PVA. The increase in I 2 values suggests the increased annihilation at the interface region. Positron lifetime parameters, viz., o-Ps lifetime, and its intensities indicate the effect of quenching and inhibition upon incorporation of metal oxide nanoparticles and inorganic salt into PVA.

  7. Positron annihilation process in Ni/sub c/Cu/sub 1-c/ alloys

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    Szotek, Z.; Gyorffy, B.L.; Stocks, G.M.; Temmerman, W.M.

    1982-01-01

    New, accurate, calculations of the electron momentum distribution function for the Cu/sub 60/Ni/sub 40/ random solid solution are presented and the role played by the positron wavefunction in determining the Angular Correlation of the Annihilation Radiation (ACAR) is discussed in quantitative terms.

  8. Positron annihilation spectroscopy of vacancy-type defects hierarchy in submicrocrystalline nickel during annealing

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    Kuznetsov, Pavel V.; Mironov, Yuri P. E-mail: tolmach@ispms.tsc.ru Tolmachev, Aleksey I. E-mail: tolmach@ispms.tsc.ru Rakhmatulina, Tanzilya V. E-mail: tolmach@ispms.tsc.ru; Bordulev, Yuri S. E-mail: laptev.roman@gmail.com Laptev, Roman S. E-mail: laptev.roman@gmail.com Lider, Andrey M. E-mail: laptev.roman@gmail.com Mikhailov, Andrey A. E-mail: laptev.roman@gmail.com; Korznikov, Alexander V.

    2014-11-14

    Positron annihilation and X-ray diffraction analysis have been used to study submicrocrystalline nickel samples prepared by equal channel angular pressing. In the as-prepared samples the positrons are trapped at dislocation-type defects and in vacancy clusters that can include up to 5 vacancies. The study has revealed that the main positron trap centers at the annealing temperature of ΔT= 20°C-180°C are low-angle boundaries enriched by impurities. At ΔT = 180°C-360°C, the trap centers are low-angle boundaries providing the grain growth due to recrystallization in-situ.

  9. Positron annihilation studies in Li-implanted alumina

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    Gaikwad, Prashant V.; Sharma, S. K.; Mukherjee, S.; Sudarshan, K.; Maheshwari, P.; Pujari, P. K.; Kshirsagar, A.

    2015-06-01

    Depth dependent Doppler broadening of annihilation radiation (DBAR) measurements are carried out for a sample of Li ion implanted in alumina. The effect of Li ion implantation and the subsequent isochronal annealing at the temperatures up to 1100 °C on the Doppler broadening annihilation parameters (S-parameter) are studied. The S-parameter around the Li implantation depth (∼191 nm) increased with annealing temperature up to 700 °C and reduced beyond. The results suggest possible Li cluster formation in annealed sample.

  10. Measuring electron-positron annihilation radiation from laser plasma interactions

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    Chen, Hui; Tommasini, R.; Seely, J.; Szabo, C. I.; Feldman, U.; Pereira, N.; Gregori, G.; Falk, K.; Mithen, J.; Murphy, C. D.

    2012-10-15

    We investigated various diagnostic techniques to measure the 511 keV annihilation radiations. These include step-wedge filters, transmission crystal spectroscopy, single-hit CCD detectors, and streaked scintillating detection. While none of the diagnostics recorded conclusive results, the step-wedge filter that is sensitive to the energy range between 100 keV and 700 keV shows a signal around 500 keV that is clearly departing from a pure Bremsstrahlung spectrum and that we ascribe to annihilation radiation.

  11. Positron beam lifetime spectroscopy of atomic scale defect distributions in bulk and microscopic volumes

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    Howell, R.H.; Cowan, T.E.; Hartley, J.; Sterne, P.; Brown, B.

    1996-05-01

    We are developing a defect analysis capability based on two positron beam lifetime spectrometers: the first is based on a 3 MeV electrostatic accelerator and the second on our high current linac beam. The high energy beam lifetime spectrometer is operational and positron lifetime analysis is performed with a 3 MeV positron beam on thick samples. It is being used for bulk sample analysis and analysis of samples encapsulated in controlled environments for {ital in}{ital situ} measurements. A second, low energy, microscopically focused, pulsed positron beam for defect analysis by positron lifetime spectroscopies is under development at the LLNL high current positron source. This beam will enable defect specific, 3-D maps of defect concentration with sub-micron location resolution and when coupled with first principles calculations of defect specific positron lifetimes it will enable new levels of defect concentration mapping and defect identification.

  12. Spin dependent momentum density and Fermi surface of ferromagnetic Ni obtained by positron annihilation experiments

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    Hamid, A. S.; Uedono, A.

    2004-11-01

    The spin-dependent momentum density and Fermi surface of ferromagnetic Ni have been obtained through positron annihilation experiments. The measurements were carried out through 2D angular correlation of annihilation radiation (ACAR) using longitudinally polarized positrons. The magnetic field direction was reversed in order to study the effect of the spin-dependent positron-electron momentum space density on the Fermi surface of Ni. The results showed that ferromagnetic Ni had different Fermi surfaces for the majority-spin and minority-spin states. The differences due to the spin-states were studied in the momentum space and in the wave vector space. In general, the experimental results showed good agreement with previous theoretical calculations.

  13. High elemental selectivity to Sn submonolayers embedded in Al using positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Hugenschmidt, C.; Pikart, P.; Stadlbauer, M.; Schreckenbach, K.

    2008-03-01

    In the present work, we demonstrate that metal layers in the submonolayer range embedded in a matrix are revealed with unprecedented sensitivity by coincident Doppler-broadening spectroscopy of the positron annihilation using a monoenergetic positron beam. The measured electron momentum distribution specific for Sn is clearly observable in Al/Sn/Al -layered samples even at a Sn area density of as low as 7.3×10-2μg/cm2 below 200nm Al. An explanation for the high elemental selectivity for the thin Sn layers is set forward in terms of efficient positron trapping due to the changing positron affinity at the Al/Sn -interface and quantum-dot-like positron states in Sn nanoparticles.

  14. Positron lifetime spectroscopy for investigation of thin polymer coatings

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    Singh, Jag J.; Sprinkle, Danny R.; Eftekhari, Abe

    1993-01-01

    In the aerospace industry, applications for polymer coatings are increasing. They are now used for thermal control on aerospace structures and for protective insulating layers on optical and microelectronic components. However, the effectiveness of polymer coatings depends strongly on their microstructure and adhesion to the substrates. Currently, no technique exists to adequately monitor the quality of these coatings. We have adapted positron lifetime spectroscopy to investigate the quality of thin coatings. Results of measurements on thin (25-micron) polyurethane coatings on aluminum and steel substrates have been compared with measurements on thicker (0.2-cm) self-standing polyurethane discs. In all cases, we find positron lifetime groups centered around 560 psec, which corresponds to the presence of 0.9-A(exp 3) free-volume cells. However, the number of these free-volume cells in thin coatings is larger than in thick discs. This suggests that some of these cells may be located in the interfacial regions between the coatings and the substrates. These results and their structural implications are discussed in this report.

  15. Electron momentum distribution and singlet-singlet annihilation in the organic anthracene molecular crystals using positron 2D-ACAR and fluorescence spectroscopy.

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    Selvakumar, Sellaiyan; Sivaji, Krishnan; Arulchakkaravarthi, Arjunan; Sankar, Sambasivam

    2014-08-14

    We present the mapping of electron momentum distribution (EMD) in a single crystal of anthracene by two-dimensional angular correlation of positron annihilation radiation (2D-ACAR). The projected EMD is explained on the basis of the crystallographic features of the material. The EMD spectra provide information about the positron states and their behavior and also about the hindrance of the positronium (Ps) formation in this material. The EMD has exhibited evidence for the absence of free volume defects. The characteristic EMD features regarding the delocalized electronic states are explained. Further, scintillation characteristics such as fluorescence and time-correlated single photon counting have also been studied. The emission peaks are attributed to vibrational bands of fluorescence emission from the singlet excitons and lifetime components are observed to be due to singlet fission and the singlet-singlet excitons annihilation. PMID:24963608

  16. Studies of iron exposed to heavy ion implantation using positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Horodek, P.; Dryzek, J.; Skuratov, V. A.

    2016-05-01

    Variable energy positron beam and positron lifetime spectroscopy were used to study pure iron exposed to irradiation with 167 MeV Xe26+ heavy ions with different doses of 1012, 1013, 5×1013, 1014 ions/cm2. The positron lifetime spectroscopy revealed the presence of large cluster of about 15-27 vacancies and dislocations. The dislocations are distributed at the depth of about 18 μm i.e. almost twice deeper than the ion implantation range from the surface exposed to the heavy ions implantation. Possible explanation is the long-range effect attributed to the ion implantation into materials.

  17. Annihilation gamma ray background characterization and rejection for a positron camera

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    Levin, C.S.; Tornai, M.P.; MacDonald, L.R.

    1996-12-31

    We have developed a miniature (1.2 cm{sup 2}) beta-ray camera prototype to assist a surgeon in locating and removing the margins of a resected tumor. When imaging positron emitting radiopharmaceuticals, annihilation gamma ray interactions in the detector can mimic those of the betas. The extent of the background contamination depends on the detector, geometry and tumor specificity of the radiopharmaceutical. We have characterized the effects that annihilation gamma rays have on positron imaging with the camera. We studied beta and gamma ray detection rates and imaging using small positron or electron sources directly exposed to the detector to simulate hot tumor remnants and a cylinder filled with {sup 18}F to simulate annihilation background from the brain. For various ratios of phantom brain/tumor activity, a annihilation gamma rate of 1.8 cts/sec/gCi was measured in the CaF{sub 2}(Eu) detector. We present two gamma-ray background rejection schemes that use a {beta}-{gamma} coincidence. Results show that the coincidence methods works with {approximately}99% gamma ray rejection efficiency.

  18. Theory of positron annihilation in vacancies in concentrated disordered alloys

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    Prasad, R.; Benedek, R.; Bansil, A.

    1985-01-01

    A theory of the two-photon momentum density for positrons trapped in vacancies in concentrated substitutional binary alloys has been developed within the framework of the KKR-CPA method. Our ultimate objective is to obtain information regarding the local environment of vacancies in alloys by comparison of predicted momentum distributions with the results of 2D-ACAR experiments. The theory is formulated in terms of muffin-tin wavefunctions and real-space path operators for the electrons and the vacancy-trapped positron. Partial results are presented for a vacancy in pure Cu.

  19. Annihilation momentum density of positrons trapped at vacancy-type defects in metals and alloys

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    Bansil, A.; Prasad, R.; Benedek, R.

    1988-01-01

    Positron annihilation, especially the angular correlation of annihilation radiation, is a powerful tool for investigating the electronic spectra of ordered as well as defected materials. The tendency of positrons to trap at vacancy-type defects should enable this technique to study the local environment of such defects. However, we need to develop a theoretical basis for calculating the two-photon annihilation momentum density rho/sub 2gamma/(p-vector). We have recently formulated and implemented a theory of rho/sub 2gamma/(p-vector) from vacancy-type defects in metals and alloys. This article gives an outline of our approach together with a few of our results. Section 2 summarizes the basic equations for evaluating rho/sub 2gamma/(p-vector). Our Green's function-based approach is nonperturbative and employs a realistic (one-particle) muffin-tin Hamiltonian for treating electrons and positrons. Section 3 presents and discusses rho/sub 2gamma/(p-vector) results for a mono-vacancy in Cu. We have neglected the effects of electron-positron correlations and of lattice distortion around the vacancy. Section 4 comments briefly on the question of treating defects such as divacancies and metal-impurity complexes in metals and alloys. Finally, in Section 5, we remark on the form of rho/sub 2gamma/(p-vector) for a mono-vacancy in jellium. 2 figs.

  20. Study of PRIMAVERA steel samples by a positron annihilation spectroscopy technique

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    Grafutin, V.; Ilyukhina, O.; Krsjak, V.; Burcl, R.; Hähner, P.; Erak, D.; Zeman, A.

    2010-11-01

    In the present article, a positron annihilation spectroscopy investigation of VVER-440/230 weld materials is discussed. Important characteristics of metals such as Fermi energy, concentration of electrons in the conduction band, size and concentration of defects were experimentally determined for three model materials with higher level of copper (0.16 wt.%) and phosphorus (0.027-0.038 wt.%). The impact of neutron irradiation and subsequent annealing on crystal lattice parameters was investigated. The experiments with the angular correlation of positron annihilation radiation (ACAR) complement the published positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) studies of the radiation treated VVER materials as well as previous experiments on PRIMAVERA materials. The availability of the experimental reactor to prepare strong 64Cu positron sources provided for unique experimental conditions, such as good resolution of spectra (0.4 mrad) and reasonable short time of measurement (36 h). The present paper aims to contribute to further understanding of RPV (reactor pressure vessel) steels behaviour under irradiation conditions as well as annealing recovery procedures, which have already been applied at several VVER NPP units in Europe.

  1. On positron annihilation in concentrated random alloys and superconducting cuprates

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    Szotek, Z.; Temmerman, W.M.; Gyorffy, B.L.; Stocks, G.M.

    1988-01-01

    We discuss an application of a generalisation of the Lock-Crisp-West theorem to concentrated random alloys. Using a theory developed for binary random alloys we explore a possibility of positron localisation in the new high temperature superconductors. 7 refs., 1 fig.

  2. Robust and resistant data analysis applied to positron annihilation energy spectra

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    Leffler, S.R.; Simpson, P.J.; Schultz, P.J. ); MacKenzie, I.K. )

    1991-02-01

    The methods of robust and resistant statistics were applied to positron annihilation spectra in an attempt to reduce the scatter in the values of the S and W lineshape parameters. Although small reductions in scatter were observed for some analysis techniques, the improvements were not found to be large enough to justify the use of these techniques for calculating S and W parameters from annihilation peaks. Application of these techniques to important low statistics data (e.g., 2D--ACAR wings) may yet prove beneficial.

  3. Time of flight spectrometer for background-free positron annihilation induced Auger electron spectroscopy

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    Mukherjee, S.; Shastry, K.; Anto, C. V.; Joglekar, P. V.; Nadesalingam, M. P.; Xie, S.; Jiang, N.; Weiss, A. H.

    2016-03-01

    We describe a novel spectrometer designed for positron annihilation induced Auger electron spectroscopy employing a time-of-flight spectrometer. The spectrometer's new configuration enables us to implant monoenergetic positrons with kinetic energies as low as 1.5 eV on the sample while simultaneously allowing for the detection of electrons emitted from the sample surface at kinetic energies ranging from ˜500 eV to 0 eV. The spectrometer's unique characteristics made it possible to perform (a) first experiments demonstrating the direct transition of a positron from an unbound scattering state to a bound surface state and (b) the first experiments demonstrating that Auger electron spectra can be obtained down to 0 eV without the beam induced secondary electron background obscuring the low energy part of the spectra. Data are presented which show alternative means of estimating positron surface state binding energy and background-free Auger spectra.

  4. Time of flight spectrometer for background-free positron annihilation induced Auger electron spectroscopy.

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    Mukherjee, S; Shastry, K; Anto, C V; Joglekar, P V; Nadesalingam, M P; Xie, S; Jiang, N; Weiss, A H

    2016-03-01

    We describe a novel spectrometer designed for positron annihilation induced Auger electron spectroscopy employing a time-of-flight spectrometer. The spectrometer's new configuration enables us to implant monoenergetic positrons with kinetic energies as low as 1.5 eV on the sample while simultaneously allowing for the detection of electrons emitted from the sample surface at kinetic energies ranging from ∼500 eV to 0 eV. The spectrometer's unique characteristics made it possible to perform (a) first experiments demonstrating the direct transition of a positron from an unbound scattering state to a bound surface state and (b) the first experiments demonstrating that Auger electron spectra can be obtained down to 0 eV without the beam induced secondary electron background obscuring the low energy part of the spectra. Data are presented which show alternative means of estimating positron surface state binding energy and background-free Auger spectra. PMID:27036826

  5. Two magnetic states of iron atoms in Invar Fe-Ni alloys and positron annihilation

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    Sedov, V. L.; Tsigel'nik, O. A.

    1999-11-01

    The temperature dependence of angular correlation annihilation radiation (ACAR) in Invar Fe-Ni alloys is investigated. It is found that the ACAR distribution in the Curie temperature region TC depends on temperature. This effect is created only by those positrons that are trapped by vacancies. The effect is enhanced if the positrons trapped by vacancy-hydrogen complexes. The ACAR distribution is changed due to enhanced interaction of these positrons with 3d electrons. A simple interpretation of this phenomenon can be given on the basis of the model of two magnetic states of Fe atoms in Invar alloys. According to this model the enhancement of the electron-positron correlation interaction in the TC region occurs as a result of the convergence of the energy levels εHS and εLS corresponding to the high-spin (HS) and low-spin (LS) states of Fe atoms.

  6. Satellite Observations of Annihilation of Positrons Produced at the Sun, the Earth, and Center of our Galaxy

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    Share, G. H.; Murphy, R. J.; Lin, R. P.

    2007-05-01

    Positrons are created in nuclear interactions that produce ? +-unstable nuclei and pi+ mesons. Satellites remotely observe positron production when they annihilate with electrons yielding the characteristic line at 511 keV. Radiation detectors such as the germanium diodes on the Ramaty High-Energy Solar Spectrocopic Imager (RHESSI) observe this line from positrons by nuclei activated in the spacecraft by proton interactions during transit through the Earth's radiation belts and from cosmic radiation. This forms an intense background for solar and astrophysical observations. RHESSI and other satellites have observed positron annihilation in over 50 solar flares. These measurements provide information on the temperature, density, and ionization state of solar atmosphere where the positrons annihilate. The measurements suggest that up to a few kg of positrons are produced in these flares. Detectable annihilation-line radiation is also emitted from the Earth's atmosphere in interactions of cosmic rays and solar energetic particles. An extended annihilation-line source has also been detected within about 10 degrees of the center of the Milky Way that is attributed to positrons released in radioactive decays of nuclei with long half-lives produced in supernovae, novae, and other stellar explosions. From 1980 to 1988 NASA's Solar Maximum Mission satellite also detected belts of positrons emitted by nuclear reactors onboard KOSMOS satellites and trapped temporarily in the Earth's magnetic field. This work was supported by NASA Supporting Research & Technology grants.

  7. Development and Testing of the Positron Identification By Coincident Annihilation Photons (PICAP) System

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    Tran, D.; Connell, J. J.; Lopate, C.; Bickford, B.

    2014-12-01

    Moderate energy positrons (~few to 10 MeV) have seldom been observed in the Heliosphere, due primarily to there not having been dedicated instruments for such measurements. Their detection would have implications in the study of Solar energetic particle events and the transport and modulation of the Solar wind and Galactic cosmic rays. The Positron Identification by Coincident Annihilation Photons (PICAP) system is designed specifically to measure these moderate energy positrons by simultaneously detecting the two 511-keV γ-ray photons that result from a positron stopping in the instrument and the subsequent electron-positron annihilation. This method is also expected to effectively discriminate positrons from protons by measuring the amount of energy deposited in the detectors (dE/dx versus residual energy). PICAP offers a low-mass, low-power option for measuring positrons, electrons, and ions in space. Following Monte Carlo modeling, a PICAP laboratory prototype, adaptable to a space-flight design, was designed, built, and tested. This instrument is comprised of (Si) solid-state detectors, plastic scintillation detectors, and high-Z BGO crystal scintillator suitable for detecting the 511-keV γ rays. The prototype underwent preliminary laboratory testing and calibration using radioactive sources for the purpose of establishing functionality. It has since been exposed to beams of energetic protons (up to ~200 MeV) at Massachusetts General Hospital's Francis H. Burr Proton Beam Therapy Center and positrons and electrons (up to ~10 MeV) at Idaho State University's Idaho Accelerator Center. The goal is to validate modeling and determine the performance of the instrument concept. We will present a summary of modeling calculations and analysis of data taken at the accelerator tests. This work is 95% supported by NASA Grant NNX10AC10G.

  8. Positron annihilation signatures associated with the outburst of the microquasar V404 Cygni

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    Siegert, Thomas; Diehl, Roland; Greiner, Jochen; Krause, Martin G. H.; Beloborodov, Andrei M.; Bel, Marion Cadolle; Guglielmetti, Fabrizia; Rodriguez, Jerome; Strong, Andrew W.; Zhang, Xiaoling

    2016-03-01

    Microquasars are stellar-mass black holes accreting matter from a companion star and ejecting plasma jets at almost the speed of light. They are analogues of quasars that contain supermassive black holes of 106 to 1010 solar masses. Accretion in microquasars varies on much shorter timescales than in quasars and occasionally produces exceptionally bright X-ray flares. How the flares are produced is unclear, as is the mechanism for launching the relativistic jets and their composition. An emission line near 511 kiloelectronvolts has long been sought in the emission spectrum of microquasars as evidence for the expected electron-positron plasma. Transient high-energy spectral features have been reported in two objects, but their positron interpretation remains contentious. Here we report observations of γ-ray emission from the microquasar V404 Cygni during a recent period of strong flaring activity. The emission spectrum around 511 kiloelectronvolts shows clear signatures of variable positron annihilation, which implies a high rate of positron production. This supports the earlier conjecture that microquasars may be the main sources of the electron-positron plasma responsible for the bright diffuse emission of annihilation γ-rays in the bulge region of our Galaxy. Additionally, microquasars could be the origin of the observed megaelectronvolt continuum excess in the inner Galaxy.

  9. Positron annihilation signatures associated with the outburst of the microquasar V404 Cygni.

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    Siegert, Thomas; Diehl, Roland; Greiner, Jochen; Krause, Martin G H; Beloborodov, Andrei M; Bel, Marion Cadolle; Guglielmetti, Fabrizia; Rodriguez, Jerome; Strong, Andrew W; Zhang, Xiaoling

    2016-03-17

    Microquasars are stellar-mass black holes accreting matter from a companion star and ejecting plasma jets at almost the speed of light. They are analogues of quasars that contain supermassive black holes of 10(6) to 10(10) solar masses. Accretion in microquasars varies on much shorter timescales than in quasars and occasionally produces exceptionally bright X-ray flares. How the flares are produced is unclear, as is the mechanism for launching the relativistic jets and their composition. An emission line near 511 kiloelectronvolts has long been sought in the emission spectrum of microquasars as evidence for the expected electron-positron plasma. Transient high-energy spectral features have been reported in two objects, but their positron interpretation remains contentious. Here we report observations of γ-ray emission from the microquasar V404 Cygni during a recent period of strong flaring activity. The emission spectrum around 511 kiloelectronvolts shows clear signatures of variable positron annihilation, which implies a high rate of positron production. This supports the earlier conjecture that microquasars may be the main sources of the electron-positron plasma responsible for the bright diffuse emission of annihilation γ-rays in the bulge region of our Galaxy. Additionally, microquasars could be the origin of the observed megaelectronvolt continuum excess in the inner Galaxy. PMID:26934231

  10. Positron annihilation studies of the electronic structure and fermiology of the high-{Tc} superconductors

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    Smedskjaer, L.C.; Bansil, A.

    1992-09-01

    We discuss the application of the positron annihilation angular correlation (ACAR) spectroscopy for investigating the electronic structure and Fermiology of the high-T{sub c} superconductors, with focus on the YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} system where most of the experimental and theoretical work has to date been concentrated. Comparisons between measured 2D-ACAR positron spectra and band theory predictions show a remarkable agreement (for the normal state), indicating that the electronic structure and Fermi surface of this material is described reasonably by the conventional picture.

  11. Positron annihilation studies of the electronic structure and fermiology of the high-[Tc] superconductors

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    Smedskjaer, L.C. ); Bansil, A. . Dept. of Physics)

    1992-09-01

    We discuss the application of the positron annihilation angular correlation (ACAR) spectroscopy for investigating the electronic structure and Fermiology of the high-T[sub c] superconductors, with focus on the YBa[sub 2]Cu[sub 3]O[sub 7] system where most of the experimental and theoretical work has to date been concentrated. Comparisons between measured 2D-ACAR positron spectra and band theory predictions show a remarkable agreement (for the normal state), indicating that the electronic structure and Fermi surface of this material is described reasonably by the conventional picture.

  12. Order-disorder transition in clathrate Ba6Ge25 studied by positron annihilation

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    Li, X. F.; Zhao, B.; Zhang, T.; He, H. F.; Zhang, Q.; Yang, D. W.; Chen, Z. Q.; Tang, X. F.

    2015-07-01

    Clathrate Ba6Ge25 is prepared by melt method and spark plasma sintering. Structural transition below room temperature is studied by positron annihilation and X-ray diffraction measurements. There is a pronounced transition in the temperature range of 200-250 K which might be involved with the movement of Ba atoms in Ge cages and result in disordered structure. This transition is further confirmed by the theoretical calculation of positron annihilation states. Thus our results confirm the structural models proposed by Carrillo-Cabrera et al. (2005). The measured specific heat capacity, electric resistivity and magnetic susceptibility all show anomalous transition in the same temperature range, indicating that the movement of Ba atoms in the cage has influence on the thermal, electric as well as magnetic properties of Ba6Ge25.

  13. Macromolecular conformation in solution. Study of carbonic anhydrase by the positron annihilation technique.

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    Handel, E D; Graf, G; Glass, J C

    1980-01-01

    The structural features of carbonic anhydrase (carbonate hydro-lyase; EC 4.2.1.1) in aqueous solution were probed by the positron annihilation technique. The data obtained under varying conditions of temperature, pH, and enzyme concentration were interpreted in terms of the free volume model. The change of enzymic activity with temperature is accompanied by a change in free volume of the protein. Upon thermal denaturation an irreversible change in free volume of the molecule occurred. At low temperatures the protein-water interactions were investigated. These results are discussed in terms of current concepts of structure-function relationships in proteins. This study shows the sensitivity of the positron annihilation method toward the structure of proteins related to their overall conformation and to the nature of bound water. PMID:6789901

  14. Monte Carlo Simulation of Pileup Effects in the Electron-Positron Annihilation Peak

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    do Nascimento, Eduardo; Fernández-Varea, José M.; Vanin, Vito R.; Maidana, Nora L.

    2011-08-01

    The Monte Carlo code PENELOPE is employed to simulate a typical experimental Doppler broadening coincidence spectrum (DBCS) where the energy spectrum of the photons emitted by the positrons interacting in the sample is recorded with two HPGe detectors in coincidence. The simulated spectrum reproduces well some of the structures observed in the measured DBCS, but not the prominent tails on the low- and high-energy sides of the electron-positron annihilation peak seen in the latter. Ad hoc variations of the cross sections implemented in PENELOPE did not improve the situation. A simple parameterization of the background noise in the DBCS is proposed, and the simulated spectrum is modified to account for pileup effects using this model of the background. The resulting spectrum is in good agreement with the experiment on the high-energy side of the annihilation peak.

  15. INTEGRAL/SPI Limits on Electron-Positron Annihilation Radiation from the Galactic Plane

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    Teegarden, B. J.; Watanabe, K.; Jean, P.; Knoedlseder, J.; Lonjou, V.; Roques, J. P.; Skinner, G. K.; vonBallmoos, P.; Weidenspointner, G.; Bazzano, A.

    2005-01-01

    The center of our Galaxy is a known strong source of electron-positron 511- keV annihilation radiation. Thus far, however, there have been no reliable detections of annihilation radiation outside of the central radian of our Galaxy. One of the primary objectives of the INTEGRAL (INTErnational Gamma-RAy Astrophysics Laboratory) mission, launched in Oct. 2002, is the detailed study of this radiation. The Spectrometer on INTEGRAL (SPI) is a high resolution coded-aperture gamma-ray telescope with an unprecedented combination of sensitivity, angular resolution and energy resolution. We report results from the first 10 months of observation. During this period a significant fraction of the observing time was spent in or near the Galactic Plane. No positive annihilation flux was detected outside of the central region (|l| greater than 40 degrees) of our Galaxy. In this paper we describe the observations and data analysis methods and give limits on the 511-keV flux.

  16. INTEGRAL/SPI Observations of Electron-Positron Annihilation Radiation from our Galaxy

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    Teegarden, B. J.; Watanabe, K.; Knoedlseder, J.; Jean, P.; Lonjou, V.; Weidenspointer, G.; Skinner, G.; Vedrenne, G.; Roques, J.-P.; Schanne, S.; Schoenfelder, V.

    2005-01-01

    The spectrometer on INTEGRAL (SPI) is a coded-aperture gamma-ray telescope with moderate angular resolution (3 deg) and superior energy resolution (2 keV at 511 kev). One of it's principal science goals is the detailed study of 511 keV electron-positron annihilation from our Galaxy. The origin of this radiation remains a mystery, however current morphological studies suggest an older stellar population. There has also been recent speculation on the possibility of the existence of light (< 100 MeV) dark matter particles whose annihilation or decay could produce the observed 511 keV emission. In this paper we summarize the current results from SPI, compare them with previous results and discuss their implication on possible models for the production of the annihilation radiation.

  17. Search for positron annihilation line and continuum radiation from the Galactic Center

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    Maccallum, C. J.; Leventhal, M.

    1985-01-01

    Our balloon-borne germain gamma-ray telescope was flown over Alice Springs, Australia, on 1984 November 20 to search for the 511 keV positron annihilation line from the Galactic Center. The measured line flux at Earth was (0.6 + or - 4.4) x 0.001 ph/sq cm/s indicating that the source was still in a low or off state.

  18. Dynamics of defects in x-ray irradiated alkali chloride crystals studied by positron annihilation

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    Stern, S.H.

    1982-01-01

    Data on the time dependence of positron-electron annihilation characteristics in single crystals of the homologous series NaCl, KCl, RbCl, and CsCl after large doses of x irradiation are reported. A new instrument, the ..pi..-radian coincidence apparatus (PICA), recorded the coincidence count rate P of the two 0.5-MeV annihilation ..gamma.. rays emerging 180/sup 0/ apart from the crystal during isothermal and isochronal heating conditions. In most crystals an initial rapid increase of P to a maximum followed by a slow decline toward the coincidence count rate corresponding to the pre-irradiation state of the crystal was observed. Positron-annihilation data were completed by independent measurements of the optical absorption in KCl and NaCl crystals after various durations of isothermal heating. Absorption spectrophotometry revealed enhancement of the M band in KCl, of the R and N bands in NaCl, at the expense of the F band during the interpretation that positrons are trapped by radiation-induced color centers in which they annihilate with a higher P than in the bulk of the crystal. The dynamics associated with the incipient rise of P during the initial heating period is attributable to the agglomeration of F centers into aggregate centers. The rise times of P give access to the diffusion rates for agglomeration. At equal temperatures, a strong dependence of the rate of defect diffusion on the size of the cation was observed. The data must be corrected for the effects of decoloration of the crystals by the positrons during the measurements. Activation energies for defect diffusion annealing are extracted.

  19. Fermi surfaces by positron annihilation in YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub x

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    Smedskjaer, L.C. )

    1989-01-01

    We discuss how Fermi-surface signatures may obtained from 2-D ACAR positron annihilation data. We report 2-D ACAR measurements in both c- and a-axis projections on single crystal YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} with oxygen concentration x {approx} 7 (Tc = 93.6 K) and a set of Fermi surfaces are proposed. 5 refs., 2 figs.

  20. Different ways of dealing with Compton scattering and positron annihilation experimental data

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    Kontrym-Sznajd, G.; Samsel-Czekała, M.

    2005-05-01

    Different ways of dealing with one-dimensional (1D) spectra, measured e.g., in the Compton scattering or angular correlation of positron annihilation radiation (ACAR) experiments, are presented. Using the example of divalent hexagonal close packed metals, we show what kind of information on the electronic structure one can get from 1D profiles interpreted in terms of either 2D or 3D momentum densities.

  1. Probing polymeric thin films using beam-based positronium annihilation lifetime spectroscopy

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    Peng, Huagen

    Positrounium annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) utilizing a focused low energy beam of positrons to control implantation depth enables the analysis of very thin films. Beam-PALS was used to study confinement and interfacial effects on polymer mobility in ultra-thin polycarbonate films and to characterize nanoporous structures of polymeric low dielectric constant (low-k ) thin films. Three complementary techniques were used to address the apparent discrepancies in recent polymer film results. Beam-PALS (probing positronium nanovoid lifetime, tau), specular X-ray reflectivity (SXR, monitoring film thickness, h) and incoherent neutron scattering (INS, characterizing mean-square atomic displacements, ) were combined to study the thermophysical properties of Bisphenol-A polycarbonate (PC) ultra-thin films (60 A to ˜1000 A) supported on an oxidized silicon wafer surface. As h decreased the concomitant reduction in thermal expansion coefficients of h, tau and < u2>, as well as the decreased amplitudes of < u2>, indicated that thin film confinement produces suppressed molecular mobility in PC. These films were modeled with an immobile interface layer ranging from 38 A to 130 A, depending on the measurement technique and the temperature range. No clear trends in the apparent glass transition temperature (Tg) emerged from these techniques, thus rendering Tg shifts inconclusive and of less fundamental importance. Beam-PALS was also applied to characterize several generations of porous SiLK (Trade Mark of Dow Chemical) low-k films to reveal the size, size distribution, interconnectivity and possible morphology of the engineered nanopores. The dependence of these properties on porogen loading/porosity was carefully analyzed and compared, when possible, with results from other techniques such as small-angle X-ray scattering and AFM. Unique to the PALS technique is the ability to quantify the pore interconnection length. Porous SiLK (V9), U.2 and Y were found to have progressively smaller pores, (from ˜5 nm in diameter to less than 2 nm) with shorter interconnection length. The observed pore structure evolution with processing temperature further demonstrates the capability of PALS in monitoring the fabrication and integration of porous low-k materials. The concomitant improvement of pore characterization techniques is an essential and enabling aspect of meeting future low- k materials and integration challenges.

  2. Ab initio calculation of positron distribution, ACAR and lifetime in TTF-TCNQ

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    Ishibashi, Shoji; Kohyama, Masanori

    2000-06-01

    We have performed ab initio calculations of positron distribution, ACAR and lifetime in the quasi-one-dimensional organic conductor TTF-TCNQ. The electronic structure is obtained within the LDA, while the positron state is calculated either with the LDA or with the GGA. Except the positron lifetime, differences between the LDA and GGA results are rather small. The obtained results are compared with our previous experiments and calculations.

  3. Extragalactic Inverse Compton Light from Dark Matter annihilation and the Pamela positron excess

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    Profumo, Stefano; Jeltema, Tesla E. E-mail: tesla@ucolick.org

    2009-07-01

    We calculate the extragalactic diffuse emission originating from the up-scattering of cosmic microwave photons by energetic electrons and positrons produced in particle dark matter annihilation events at all redshifts and in all halos. We outline the observational constraints on this emission and we study its dependence on both the particle dark matter model (including the particle mass and its dominant annihilation final state) and on assumptions on structure formation and on the density profile of halos. We find that for low-mass dark matter models, data in the X-ray band provide the most stringent constraints, while the gamma-ray energy range probes models featuring large masses and pair-annihilation rates, and a hard spectrum for the injected electrons and positrons. Specifically, we point out that the all-redshift, all-halo inverse Compton emission from many dark matter models that might provide an explanation to the anomalous positron fraction measured by the Pamela payload severely overproduces the observed extragalactic gamma-ray background.

  4. Effect of ?-rays irradiation on Mn-Ni ferrites: Structure, magnetic properties and positron annihilation studies

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    Hassan, H. E.; Sharshar, T.; Hessien, M. M.; Hemeda, O. M.

    2013-06-01

    Manganese-nickel ferrites powder with general formula MnxNi1-xFe2O4 (x = 0.0, 0.2, 0.4) were synthesized through oxalate precursor route and sintered at 1000 C. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns were measured for the prepared samples to confirm the existence of single-phase structure. The crystallite size was estimated and found to be within the range 125-170 nm. To study the radiation effect on the structure and magnetic properties, a representative group of the investigated samples were irradiated by ?-rays of 60Co source with a dose of 310 kGy. The XRD spectra were performed for the irradiated samples and compared with that of the pristine samples to estimate changes in the structure. The obtained results showed that the crystallite size increased by a factor of 10-16% after gamma irradiation. The lattice parameter also was increased due to the conversion of Fe3+ (0.64 ) to Fe2+ (0.76 ). The formula of the cation distribution of the ferrites samples was suggested at x = 0, 0.2, 0.4 before and after irradiation. The theoretical lattice parameter, sample density and porosity were calculated and compared with that obtained from the experimental data. Good agreement was found between theoretical and experimental structural data which confirms the proposed formula of cations distribution. The hysteresis curves were measured using vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) for the unirradiated and irradiated samples and the saturation magnetization was estimated. The obtained results showed increase in saturation magnetizations (Ms) for all the samples by irradiation due to redistribution of the cations between A and B sites and changing the net magnetic moments. Theoretical calculation of magnetic moments and saturation magnetization using the proposed cations distribution of A and B sites confirmed the experimental results. The positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) was used to investigate the defects and changes in electron density after irradiation. The PAL parameters (?1, I1, ?2, I2 and mean lifetime) show that the irradiation affects the size and concentration of the vacant type defects. The results reveal that there are some large voids (with radius ranged from 0.28 to 0.38 nm and mean value of 0.34 0.04 nm in the studied samples). The obtained results indicate the high sensitivity of PALS technique to the enhanced structure changes due to gamma rays irradiation.

  5. Hunting for glueballs in electron-positron annihilation

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    Stanley Brodsky; Alfred Scharff Goldhaber; Jungil Lee

    2003-05-01

    We calculate the cross section for the exclusive production of J{sup PC} = 0{sup ++} glueballs G{sub 0} in association with the J/{psi} in e{sup +}e{sup -} annihilation using the pQCD factorization formalism. The required long-distance matrix element for the glueball is bounded by CUSB data from a search for resonances in radiative {Upsilon} decay. The cross section for e{sup +}e{sup -} {yields} J/{psi} + G{sub 0} at {radical}s = 10.6 GeV is similar to exclusive charmonium-pair production e{sup +}e{sup -} {yields} J/{psi} + h for h = {eta}{sub c} and {chi}{sub c0}, and is larger by a factor 2 than that for h = {eta}{sub c}(2S). As the subprocesses {gamma}* {yields} (c {bar c}) (c {bar c}) and {gamma}* {yields} (c {bar c}) (g g) are of the same nominal order in perturbative QCD, it is possible that some portion of the anomalously large signal observed by Belle in e{sup +}e{sup -} {yields} J/{psi} X may actually be due to the production of charmonium-glueball J/{psi} G{sub J} pairs.

  6. Hunting for Glueballs in Electron-Positron Annihilation

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    Brodsky, Stanley J.

    2003-05-28

    We calculate the cross section for the exclusive production of J{sup PC} = 0{sup ++} glueballs G{sub 0} in association with the J = {psi} in e{sup +}e{sup -} annihilation using the pQCD factorization formalism. The required long-distance matrix element for the glueball is bounded by CUSB data from a search for resonances in radiative {Upsilon} decay. The cross section for e{sup +}e{sup -} {yields} J/{psi} + G{sub 0} at {radical}s = 10.6 GeV is similar to exclusive charmonium-pair production e{sup +}e{sup -} J/{psi} + h for h = {eta}{sub c} and {chi}{sub c0}, and is larger by a factor 2 than that for h = {eta}c(2S). As the subprocesses {gamma}* {yields} (c{bar c})(c{bar c}) and {gamma}* {yields} (c{bar c})(gg) are of the same nominal order in perturbative QCD, it is possible that some portion of the anomalously large signal observed by Belle in e{sup +}e{sup -} {yields} J/{psi}X may actually be due to the production of charmonium-glueball J/{psi}G{sub J} pairs.

  7. Identification of Defects in Undoped Semi-insulating InP by Positron Lifetime

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    Mao, Wei-Dong; Wang, Shao-Jie; Wang, Zhu; Sun, Nie-Feng; Sun, Tong-Nian; Zhao, You-Wen

    2001-04-01

    Positron lifetime measurements, carried out over the temperature range of 10-300 K, have been used to investigate defects in two undoped semi-insulating InP samples. The positron lifetime spectra were analysed by both PATFIT and MELT techniques. The results at room temperature reveal a positron lifetime of around 273 ps, which is associated with indium vacancies VIn or VIn-hydrogen complexes. The positron average lifetime is temperature dependent and decreases with increasing temperature at the beginning (≤80 K and ≤120 K), and then remains unchanged, which is attributed to the influence of negative vacancies and detrapping of the positron from those negative ions of Mg, Zn, Ag and Ca with ionization level (1-).

  8. An investigation of point defects in NiAl using positron annihilation techniques

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    Puff, W.; Logar, B.; Balogh, A.G.

    1999-07-01

    Vacancy-like defects in NiAl in the composition range 47 at.% {lt} C{sub Ni} {lt} 53 at.% are investigated by means of positron lifetime spectroscopy and Doppler-broadening measurements. The observed lifetimes in the annealed samples confirm that defects are quenched-in during the production of the samples. Isochronal annealing of samples quenched at 1,600 C and after proton irradiation show that the induced defects are quite different.

  9. Effect of synthesis temperature on the ordered pore structure in mesoporous silica studied by positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Li, C. Y.; Qi, N.; Liu, Z. W.; Zhou, B.; Chen, Z. Q.; Wang, Z.

    2016-02-01

    Mesoporous silica with ordered pore structure was synthesized at various temperatures using TEOS as the silica source and P123 as the template. Both small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and high resolution transition electron microscopy (HRTEM) measurements verify the ordered pore structure of the synthesized SiO2. With synthesis temperature increasing, the pore structure has slight damage at 130 °C, while it shows ordered structure again at 150 °C. When the synthesis temperature increases to 180 °C, the ordered pore structure is severely destructed. The change of pore structure is further confirmed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) measurements. Positron lifetime measurements reveal four lifetime components in the synthesized mesoporous SiO2, and the two long lifetimes τ3 and τ4 correspond to the annihilation of o-Ps in the micropores and large pores of the material, respectively. The longest lifetime τ4 tends to increase slightly with increasing synthesis temperature. However, its intensity I4 shows an overall decrease with exception at 150 °C. At the synthesis temperature of 180 °C, the intensity I4 decreases drastically to about 17.5%. This indicates variation of the size and fraction of pores with increasing synthesis temperature, and the pore structure is seriously destructed at 180 °C. By comparing with the N2 adsorption-desorption measurements, it was found that the Goworek's model is more suitable for the size estimation of cylindrical pores from the o-Ps lifetime, while Dull's and Ito's model is appropriate for the rectangular and spherical pores, respectively.

  10. Positron annihilation Doppler broadening measurement for bulk amorphous alloy by using high energy positron generated from LCS gamma-ray at NEW SUBARU

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    Hori, F.; Ueno, Y.; Ishii, K.; Ishiyama, T.; Iwase, A.; Miyamoto, S.; Terasawa, T.

    2016-01-01

    A simple positron annihilation measurement apparatus via pair creation has been developed using high energetic gamma beam generated by laser Compton scattering (LCS) of 1 GeV electrons circulated in a storage ring and laser light with the power more than 1 W at the New SUBARU synchrotron radiation facility, University of Hyogo. This MeV ordered energy changeable positron apparatus is useful to study defects in bulk materials. In this study, the average energy of 8MeV positron was selected by the wavelength of laser light and circulated electron energy in photon factory. As a demonstrate of non-destruction positron measurement by this apparatus, positron annihilation Doppler broadening measurement has performed for bulk size of amorphous and crystal structured Zr based alloys. The larger Doppler broadening S parameter for amorphous alloy than that for crystallized one has been successfully measured.

  11. Opportunities for materials characterization using high-energy positron beams

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    Asoka-Kumar, P.; Howell, R.; Nieh, T. G.; Sterne, P. A.; Wirth, B. D.; Dauskardt, R. H.; Flores, K. M.; Suh, D.; Odette, G. R.

    2002-06-01

    This review will summarize current positron research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory(LLNL) using high-energy positron beams. We are combining positron lifetime and orbital electron momentum spectroscopic methods with theoretical simulations to provide a better understanding of positron annihilation behavior in materials. Topics covered include correlation of positron annihilation characteristics with structural and mechanical properties of bulk metallic glass and compositional studies of embrittling features in reactor pressure vessel steels.

  12. Measurement of the hadronic cross section in electron-positron annihilation

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    Clearwater, S.

    1983-11-01

    This thesis describes the most precise measurement to date of the ratio R, the hadronic cross section in lowest order electron-positron annihilation to the cross section for muon pair production in lowest order electron-positron annihilation. This experiment is of interest because R is a fundamental parameter that tests in a model independent way the basic assumptions of strong interaction theories. According to the assumptions of one of these theories the value of R is determined simply from the electric charges, spin, and color assignments of the produced quark-pairs. The experiment was carried out with the MAgnetic Calorimeter using collisions of 14.5 GeV electrons and positrons at the 2200m circumference PEP storage ring at SLAC. The MAC detector is one of the best-suited collider detectors for measuring R due to its nearly complete coverage of the full angular range. The data for this experiment were accumulated between February 1982 and April 1983 corresponding to a total event sample of about 40,000 hadronic events. About 5% of the data were taken with 14 GeV beams and the rest of the data were taken with 14.5 GeV beams. A description of particle interactions and experimental considerations is given.

  13. Cosmic-ray antiprotons, positrons, and gamma rays from halo dark matter annihilation

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    Rudaz, S.; Stecker, F. W.

    1988-01-01

    The subject of cosmic ray antiproton production is reexamined by considering other choices for the nature of the Majorana fermion chi other than the photino considered in a previous article. The calculations are extended to include cosmic-ray positrons and cosmic gamma rays as annihilation products. Taking chi to be a generic higgsino or simply a heavy Majorana neutrino with standard couplings to the Z-zero boson allows the previous interpretation of the cosmic antiproton data to be maintained. In this case also, the annihilation cross section can be calculated independently of unknown particle physics parameters. Whereas the relic density of photinos with the choice of parameters in the previous paper turned out to be only a few percent of the closure density, the corresponding value for Omega in the generic higgsino or Majorana case is about 0.2, in excellent agreement with the value associated with galaxies and one which is sufficient to give the halo mass.

  14. Local electron-electron interaction strength in ferromagnetic nickel determined by spin-polarized positron annihilation

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    Ceeh, Hubert; Weber, Josef Andreass; Böni, Peter; Leitner, Michael; Benea, Diana; Chioncel, Liviu; Ebert, Hubert; Minár, Jan; Vollhardt, Dieter; Hugenschmidt, Christoph

    2016-01-01

    We employ a positron annihilation technique, the spin-polarized two-dimensional angular correlation of annihilation radiation (2D-ACAR), to measure the spin-difference spectra of ferromagnetic nickel. The experimental data are compared with the theoretical results obtained within a combination of the local spin density approximation (LSDA) and the many-body dynamical mean-field theory (DMFT). We find that the self-energy defining the electronic correlations in Ni leads to anisotropic contributions to the momentum distribution. By direct comparison of the theoretical and experimental results we determine the strength of the local electronic interaction U in ferromagnetic Ni as 2.0 ± 0.1 eV. PMID:26879249

  15. Local electron-electron interaction strength in ferromagnetic nickel determined by spin-polarized positron annihilation

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    Ceeh, Hubert; Weber, Josef Andreass; Böni, Peter; Leitner, Michael; Benea, Diana; Chioncel, Liviu; Ebert, Hubert; Minár, Jan; Vollhardt, Dieter; Hugenschmidt, Christoph

    2016-02-01

    We employ a positron annihilation technique, the spin-polarized two-dimensional angular correlation of annihilation radiation (2D-ACAR), to measure the spin-difference spectra of ferromagnetic nickel. The experimental data are compared with the theoretical results obtained within a combination of the local spin density approximation (LSDA) and the many-body dynamical mean-field theory (DMFT). We find that the self-energy defining the electronic correlations in Ni leads to anisotropic contributions to the momentum distribution. By direct comparison of the theoretical and experimental results we determine the strength of the local electronic interaction U in ferromagnetic Ni as 2.0 ± 0.1 eV.

  16. Local electron-electron interaction strength in ferromagnetic nickel determined by spin-polarized positron annihilation.

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    Ceeh, Hubert; Weber, Josef Andreass; Böni, Peter; Leitner, Michael; Benea, Diana; Chioncel, Liviu; Ebert, Hubert; Minár, Jan; Vollhardt, Dieter; Hugenschmidt, Christoph

    2016-01-01

    We employ a positron annihilation technique, the spin-polarized two-dimensional angular correlation of annihilation radiation (2D-ACAR), to measure the spin-difference spectra of ferromagnetic nickel. The experimental data are compared with the theoretical results obtained within a combination of the local spin density approximation (LSDA) and the many-body dynamical mean-field theory (DMFT). We find that the self-energy defining the electronic correlations in Ni leads to anisotropic contributions to the momentum distribution. By direct comparison of the theoretical and experimental results we determine the strength of the local electronic interaction U in ferromagnetic Ni as 2.0 ± 0.1 eV. PMID:26879249

  17. AC Dielectric Properties and Positron Annihilation Study on Co and Ti Substitution Effect on Ca-Sr M-Hexaferrites

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    Mahmoud, K. R.; Eraky, M. R.

    2016-03-01

    The dependence of AC conductivity σ AC, dielectric constant έ, and dielectric loss tangent tan δ on frequency and composition have been investigated at room temperature for polycrystalline Ca0.5Sr0.5Co x Ti x Fe12 - 2x O19 (where 0.0 ≤ x ≤ 0.8) hexaferrites. It was found that the parameters σ AC, ɛ ', and tan δ have maximum values at x = 0.4 of the Co and Ti substitution. The behavior of σ AC, ɛ ', and tan δ with frequency and composition was explained on the basis of the hopping conduction mechanism and the Koops model. Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) was used to investigate the defects and changes in electron density for hexaferrite samples. The PAL parameters (τ 1, I 1, τ 2, I 2, and mean lifetime) show that altering the doping percentage of the Co and Ti ions affects the size and concentration of defects. The results reveal that there are some large voids in the studied samples. The obtained results indicate the high sensitivity of the PALS technique to the enhanced structure changes with changing composition of the investigated samples and correlate the results with the measured electrical parameters.

  18. Positron annihilation spectroscopy: a new frontier for understanding nanoparticle-loaded polymer brushes

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    Panzarasa, Guido; Aghion, Stefano; Soliveri, Guido; Consolati, Giovanni; Ferragut, Rafael

    2016-01-01

    Nanoparticle-loaded polymer brushes are powerful tools for the development of innovative devices. However, their characterization is challenging and arrays of different techniques are typically required to gain sufficient insight. Here we demonstrate for the first time the suitability of positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) to investigate, with unprecedented detail and without making the least damage to samples, the physico-chemical changes experienced by pH-responsive polymer brushes after protonation and after loading of silver nanoparticles. One of the most important findings is the depth profiling of silver nanoparticles inside the brushes. These results open up a completely new way to understand the structure and behavior of such complex systems.

  19. The effect of vacancies on the microwave surface resistance of niobium revealed by positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Romanenko, A.; Edwardson, C. J.; Coleman, P. G.; Simpson, P. J.

    2013-06-01

    Using variable-energy positron annihilation spectroscopy, we demonstrate that a different near-surface vacancy concentration accompanies drastic differences in surface resistance of superconducting niobium cavities for particle acceleration. Our data suggest that vacuum baking at 120 °C leads to the doping of a near-surface layer with vacancy-hydrogen complexes, and that higher vacancy-type defect concentration distinguishes electropolished from chemically etched cavities. Our findings may help to explain a strong dependence of cavity performance on heat and chemical treatments, and may be of interest to other physics fields including cavity quantum electrodynamics (QED), microresonators, and single photon detectors.

  20. Dynamics of Defects in X-Ray Irradiated Alkali Chloride Crystals Studied by Positron Annihilation.

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    Stern, Stanley Hy.

    This thesis reports first data on the time dependence of positron-electron annihilation characteristics in single crystals of the homologous series NaCl, KCl, RbCl, and CsCl after large doses of x irradiation. A new instrument, the (pi)-radian coincidence apparatus (PICA), recorded the coincidence count rate P of the two 0.5-MeV annihilation (gamma) rays emerging 180(DEGREES) apart from the crystal during isothermal and isochronal heating conditions. In most crystals one observes an initial rapid increase of P to a maximum followed by a slow decline toward the coincidence count rate corresponding to the pre-irradiation state of the crystal. Positron-annihilation data were completed by independent measurements of the optical absorption in KCl and NaCl crystals after various durations of isothermal heating. Absorption spectrophotometry revealed enhancement of the M band in KCl, of the R and N bands in NaCl, at the expense of the F band during the interval of increasing P. The PICA results are consistent with the interpretation that positrons are trapped by radiation-induced color centers in which they annihilate with a higher P than in the bulk of the crystal. The dynamics associated with the incipient rise of P during the initial heating period is attributable to the agglomeration of F centers into aggregate centers. The rise times of P give access to the diffusion rates for agglomeration. At equal temperatures, we observe a strong dependence of the rate of defect diffusion on the size of the cation. For example, it is 100 times faster in CsCl than in NaCl at 120(DEGREES)C. The data must be corrected for the effects of decoloration of the crystals by the positrons during the measurements. Activation energies for defect diffusion annealing are extracted. They test the hypotheses underlying the theories of macroscopic transport properties in these crystals in that they are indicative of the dominant microscopic lattice processes and their dependence on the crystal composition.

  1. Gamma-ray lines from novae. [relationship to radioactive decay and positron annihilation

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    Clayton, D. D.; Hoyle, F.

    1974-01-01

    An appropriate gamma-ray telescope could detect the gamma-rays associated with radioactive decays. The observable lines would be the annihilation radiation following the positron emission of N-13, O-14, O-15, and Na-22 and the 2.312-MeV line emitted following the O-14 decay and the 1.274-MeV line emitted following the Na-22 decay. The experimental possibility should be borne in mind for the occurrence of novae within a few kiloparsecs.

  2. Thermal annealing of C ion irradiation defects in nuclear graphite studied by positron annihilation

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    Shi, C. Q.; Schut, H.; Li, Z. C.

    2016-01-01

    In order to investigate the thermal behaviour of radiation induced point defects in nuclear graphite, ETU10 graphite was implanted with 350 keV C+ ion to doses of 1015 and 1016 cm-2. The point defects introduced by the implantation were characterized by Positron Annihilation Doppler Broadening (PADB) and their thermal behaviour was studied during “in situ” annealing at Delft Variable Energy Positron beam (VEP). The annealing was performed for 5 minutes at temperatures ranging from 300 K (as implanted) to 1500 K in steps of 100 K. For both doses, an annealing stage at around 450 K is observed followed by a second stage around 700 K. For the high dose implantation vacancy complexes are found which are stable up to a temperature around 1400K.

  3. Distinctive positron feature from particle dark-matter annihilations in the galactic halo

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    Kamionkowski, M.; Turner, M.S. NASA/Fermilab Astrophysics Center, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, Illinois 60510-0500)

    1991-03-15

    If the dark matter in our galactic halo consists of weakly interacting massive particles (WIMP's) heavier than the {ital W}{sup {plus minus}} boson which have a significant annihilation branch into {ital W}{sup {plus minus}} and {ital Z}{sup 0} pairs, e.g., a Higgsino-like neutralino, a very distinctive feature in the cosmic-ray positron spectrum arises from {ital W}{sup +} and {ital Z}{sup 0} decays. Because of inherent astrophysical uncertainties such a signal is by no means guaranteed even if heavy WIMP's {ital do} comprise the galactic halo. However, the positron signature is virtually a smoking gun'' for particle dark matter in the halo and thus worthy of note.

  4. Assay of weathering effects on protective polymer coatings using positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Hulett, L.D. Jr.; Wallace, S.; Xu, Jun; Nielsen, B.; Szeles, Cs.; Lynn, K.G.; Pfau, J.; Schaub, A.

    1995-02-01

    Polymer coatings, both with and without pigments, have been subjected to solar radiation and water spray weathering. The degrees of penetration of the weathering effects have been measured by injecting positrons of varying energy, i.e. to variable depths, into the films and observing the Doppler broadening of the annihilation radiation. The method is capable of detecting changes due to weathering effects at very early stages, long before visual examination reveals degradation. As little as one week of exposure caused measurable changes in the polymer structure, which were reflected in the Doppler broadening. Given further development, positron spectroscopy could possibly become a useful complement to the other methods of determining weatherabilities of protective polymer coatings.

  5. New limits on dark matter annihilation from Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer cosmic ray positron data.

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    Bergström, Lars; Bringmann, Torsten; Cholis, Ilias; Hooper, Dan; Weniger, Christoph

    2013-10-25

    The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer experiment onboard the International Space Station has recently provided cosmic ray electron and positron data with unprecedented precision in the range from 0.5 to 350 GeV. The observed rise in the positron fraction at energies above 10 GeV remains unexplained, with proposed solutions ranging from local pulsars to TeV-scale dark matter. Here, we make use of this high quality data to place stringent limits on dark matter with masses below ~300 GeV, annihilating or decaying to leptonic final states, essentially independent of the origin of this rise. We significantly improve on existing constraints, in some cases by up to 2 orders of magnitude. PMID:24206472

  6. Study on the Enhanced Contribution in Noble Metals from Positron Annihilation

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    Hamid, A. S.; Ahmed, M. M.; Abu-Elmagd, M. S. M.; Rizk, R. A. M.

    2007-02-01

    Our motivations in the current work were to inspect various enhancement formulae along with to classify the electronic structure of noble metals Cu, Ag and Au. The measurements were performed via the two dimensional angular correlation of annihilation radiation 2D-ACAR apparatus. The electron density in momentum space ρ(p) was reconstructed and it displayed the following features. Initially, the reciprocal lattice points underscored the calculations, and they revealed Fermi surface features. Additionally, enhanced anisotropy exposed nearby Fermi momentum. They attributed to enhancement of the electronic wave function at the position of the positron. Finally, the high momentum contributions, due to interaction of positron with core-like-state, conducted the electronic structure of the metals under investigations. From another viewpoint, the features of Fermi surface of Cu, Ag and Au showed an expected analogous behavior as multiply connected sphere inside the first Brillouin zone.

  7. Study of microvoids in high-rate a-Si:H using positron annihilation

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    Zou, X.; Webb, D.P.; Lin, S.H.; Lam, Y.W.; Chan, Y.C.; Hu, Y.F.; Beling, C.D.; Fung, S.

    1997-07-01

    In this paper, the authors have carried out the positron annihilation measurement on high-rate and low-rate a-Si:H thin films deposited by PECVD. By means of the slow positron beam Doppler-broadening technique, the depth profiles of microvoids in a-Si:H have been determined. They have also studied the vacancy-type defect in the surface region in high-rate grown a-Si:H, making comparison between high-rate and low-rate a-Si:H. By plotting S and W parameters in the (S, W) plane, they have shown that the vacancies in all of the high-rate and low-rate deposited intrinsic samples, and in differently doped low-rate samples are of the same nature.

  8. Computational studies of positron states and annihilation parameters in semiconductors - vacancy-type defects in group-III nitrides -

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    Ishibashi, S.; Uedono, A.

    2016-01-01

    We have computationally studied positron sates and annihilation parameters in semiconductors, especially in group-III nitrides. A random alloy system In0.5Ga0.5N was model with the special-quasirandom-structure scheme and distributions of annihilation parameters for cation monovacancies and divacancies were investigated. On GaN, we calculated annihilation parameters considering spin polarization for Ga vacancies with various charge sate and demonstrated how the positron annihilation technique is useful to study defect-induced or mediated magnetism in dilute magnetic semiconductors. We also made calculations based on the two-component density functional theory and compared their results with those obtained by the conventional scheme.

  9. Positron annihilation studies of defects in molecular beam epitaxy grown III-V layers

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    Umlor, M.T.; Keeble, D.J.; Asoka-Kumar, P.; Lynn, K.G.; Cooke, P.W.

    1994-08-01

    A summary of recent positron annihilation experiments on molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) grown III-V layers is Presented. Variable energy positron beam measurements on Al{sub 0.32}Ga{sub 0.68}As undoped and Si doped have been completed. Positron trapping at a open volume defect in Al{sub 0.32}Ga{sub 0.68}:Si for temperatures from 300 to 25 K in the dark was observed. The positron trap was lost after 1.3 eV illumination at 25K. These results indicate an open volume defect is associated with the local structure of the deep donor state of the DX center. Stability of MBE GaAs to thermal annealing war, investigated over the temperature range of 230 to 700{degrees}C, Proximity wafer furnace anneals in flowing argon were used, Samples grown above 450{degrees}C were shown to be stable but for sample below this temperature an anneal induced vacancy related defect was produced for anneals between 400 and 500{degrees}C. The nature of the defect was shown to be different for material grown at 350 and 230{degrees}C. Activation energies of 2.5 eV to 2.3 eV were obtained from isochronal anneal experiments for samples grown at 350 and 230{degrees}C, respectively.

  10. The gamma-ray spectra of 5-carbon alkane isomers in the positron annihilation process

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    Ma, Xiaoguang; Zhu, Yinghao; Liu, Yang

    2016-05-01

    The gamma-ray spectra of pentane (C5H12) and its two isomers, i.e., 2-Methylbutane (CH3C(CH3)HC2H5) and 2,2-Dimethylpropane (C(CH3)4) have been studied theoretically in the present work. The recent experimental gamma-ray spectra of these three molecules show that they have the same Doppler shifts, although their molecular structures are dramatically different. In order to reveal why the gamma-ray spectra of these molecules are less sensitive to the molecular structures, the one-dimensional gamma-ray spectra and spherically averaged momentum (SAM) distributions, the two-dimensional angular correlation of annihilation radiation (ACAR), and the three-dimensional momentum distributions of the positron-electron pair are studied. The one-centered momentum distributions of the electrons are found to play more important role than the multi-centered coordinate distributions. The present theoretical predictions have confirmed the experimental findings for the first time. The dominance of the inner valence electrons in the positron-electron annihilation process has also been suggested in the present work.

  11. Glucose and water diffusion kinetics study in a fluorosilicone acrylate contact lens material by positron lifetime spectroscopy.

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    Deepa Urs, M V; Ranganathaiah, C

    2007-01-01

    A comparative study of water and glucose sorption in a rigid gas-permeable contact lens polymer, Fluoroperm 92, has been carried out using positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy, gravimetric analysis and refractive index measurements. The water sorption in FP92 is non-Fickian, whereas for glucose sorption it changes to Fickian. Glucose molecules reduce the interaction of water molecules with the polymer, resulting in more free water than bound water. It is observed that lenses which contain more bulk-water are prone to lens dehydration and corneal desiccation. The present results indicate that, in case of diabetics, as the glucose level increases in the aqueous humor, there would be more free water than bound water, which increases the propensity for corneal desiccation. The change in refractive index with increase in glucose content indicates decrease in optical transparency of the material. PMID:17623548

  12. An investigation of molecular structure of copolymers using positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Singh, J. J.; St.clair, T. L.; Holt, W. H.; Mock, W., Jr.

    1985-01-01

    Positron lifetime measurements were made in copolyimides synthesized from linear 4,4 prime-bis(3,4-dicarboxyphenoxy) diphenylsulfide dianhydride (BDSDA)/4,4 prime-diaminodiphenyl (ODA) and BDSDA/1,3-diaminobenzene (m-phenylene diamine) homopolymers. The probability of positronium formation as well as its subsequent lifetime are lower in the BDSDA/ODA/MPD (50-50) copolyimide, indicating the presence of a transition molecular architecture characterized by higher electron density and stronger bonds which permit both chemical as well as physical entry of water molecules into it. The presence of this transition region imparts unique physical and mechanical properties to the copolyimide.

  13. A slow positron beam generator for lifetime studies

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    Singh, Jag J.; Eftekhari, Abe; St.clair, Terry L.

    1989-01-01

    A slow positron beam generator using well-annealed polycrystalline tungsten moderators and a Na-22 positron source was developed. A 250 micro c source, deposited on a 2.54 micron thick aluminized mylar, is sandwiched between two (2.54 cm x 2.54 cm x 0.0127 cm) tungsten pieces. Two (2.54 cm x 2.54 cm x t cm) test polymer films insulate the two tungsten moderator pieces from the aluminized mylar source holder (t=0.00127 to 0.0127). A potential difference of 10 to 100 volts--depending on the test polymer film thickness (t)--is applied between the tungsten pieces and the source foil. Thermalized positrons diffusing out of the moderator pieces are attracted to the source foil held at an appropriate potential below the moderator pieces. These positrons have to pass through the test polymer films before they can reach the source foil. The potential difference between the moderator pieces and the aluminized mylar is so adjusted as to force the positrons to stop in the test polymer films. Thus the new generator becomes an effective source of positrons for assaying thin polymer films for their molecular morphology.

  14. A slow positron beam generator for lifetime studies

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    Singh, J.J.; Eftekhari, A.; St.Clair, T.L.

    1989-04-01

    A slow positron beam generator using well-annealed polycrystalline tungsten moderators and a Na-22 positron source was developed. A 250 micro c source, deposited on a 2.54 micron thick aluminized mylar, is sandwiched between two (2.54 cm x 2.54 cm x 0.0127 cm) tungsten pieces. Two (2.54 cm x 2.54 cm x t cm) test polymer films insulate the two tungsten moderator pieces from the aluminized mylar source holder (t=0.00127 to 0.0127). A potential difference of 10 to 100 volts--depending on the test polymer film thickness (t)--is applied between the tungsten pieces and the source foil. Thermalized positrons diffusing out of the moderator pieces are attracted to the source foil held at an appropriate potential below the moderator pieces. These positrons have to pass through the test polymer films before they can reach the source foil. The potential difference between the moderator pieces and the aluminized mylar is so adjusted as to force the positrons to stop in the test polymer films. Thus the new generator becomes an effective source of positrons for assaying thin polymer films for their molecular morphology.

  15. On-ground detection of an electron-positron annihilation line from thunderclouds

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    Umemoto, D.; Tsuchiya, H.; Enoto, T.; Yamada, S.; Yuasa, T.; Kawaharada, M.; Kitaguchi, T.; Nakazawa, K.; Kokubun, M.; Kato, H.; Okano, M.; Tamagawa, T.; Makishima, K.

    2016-02-01

    Thunderclouds can produce bremsstrahlung gamma-ray emission, and sometimes even positrons. At 00:27:00 (UT) on 13 January 2012, an intense burst of gamma rays from a thundercloud was detected by the GROWTH experiment, located in Japan, facing the Sea of Japan. The event started with a sharp gamma-ray flash with a duration of <300 ms coincident with an intracloud discharge, followed by a decaying longer gamma-ray emission lasting for ˜60 s. The spectrum of this prolonged emission reached ˜10 MeV, and contained a distinct line emission at 508 ±3 (stat .)±5 (sys .) keV, to be identified with an electron-positron annihilation line. The line was narrow within the instrumental energy resolution (˜80 keV) , and contained 520 ±50 photons which amounted to ˜10 % of the total signal photons of 5340 ±190 detected over 0.1-10 MeV. As a result, the line equivalent width reached 280 ±40 keV, which implies a nontrivial result. The result suggests that a downward positron beam produced both the continuum and the line photons.

  16. Study of the Fermi surface of molybdenum and chromium via positron annihilation experiments

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    Biasini, Maurizio

    2000-02-01

    A quantitative mapping of the Fermi surface (FS) of molybdenum and chromium was sought by modelling the three-dimensional k-space occupancy with a small number of parameters which were determined by a least-squares fit to the two-dimensional angular correlation of the electron-positron annihilation radiation (2D-ACAR) data subjected to a Lock-Crisp-West (LCW) transformation. The resulting FS topology of molybdenum, unlike what was assumed in previous 2D-ACAR studies, does not support the nesting of its two main FS sheets. In the case of chromium, although the overall discrepancy with the FS expected from the theory is larger, the difference in shape between the same two FS sheets is of lesser extent. According to this analysis the ratio of the electron Fermi volume to the hole Fermi volume is found to deviate from unity, the value expected for compensated metals, for both materials. We suggest that these discrepancies might be due to positron wave function and/or electron-positron many-body distortions not predicted by the theory.

  17. Positron annihilation spectroscopy of vacancy-related defects in CdTe:Cl and CdZnTe:Ge at different stoichiometry deviations

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    Šedivý, L.; Čížek, J.; Belas, E.; Grill, R.; Melikhova, O.

    2016-02-01

    Positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) was used to examine the effect of defined Cd-rich and Te-rich annealing on point defects in Cl-doped CdTe and Ge-doped CdZnTe semi-insulating single crystals. The as-grown crystals contain open-volume defects connected with Cd vacancies . It was found that the Cd vacancies agglomerate into clusters coupled with Cl in CdTe:Cl, and in CdZnTe:Ge they are coupled with Ge donors. While annealing in Cd pressure reduces of the density, subsequent annealing in Te pressure restores . The CdTe:Cl contains negatively-charged shallow traps interpreted as Rydberg states of A-centres and representing the major positron trapping sites at low temperature. Positrons confined in the shallow traps exhibit lifetime, which is shorter than the CdTe bulk lifetime. Interpretation of the PAS data was successfully combined with electrical resistivity, Hall effect measurements and chemical analysis, and allowed us to determine the principal point defect densities.

  18. Positron annihilation spectroscopy of vacancy-related defects in CdTe:Cl and CdZnTe:Ge at different stoichiometry deviations

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    Šedivý, L.; Čížek, J.; Belas, E.; Grill, R.; Melikhova, O.

    2016-01-01

    Positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) was used to examine the effect of defined Cd-rich and Te-rich annealing on point defects in Cl-doped CdTe and Ge-doped CdZnTe semi-insulating single crystals. The as-grown crystals contain open-volume defects connected with Cd vacancies . It was found that the Cd vacancies agglomerate into clusters coupled with Cl in CdTe:Cl, and in CdZnTe:Ge they are coupled with Ge donors. While annealing in Cd pressure reduces of the density, subsequent annealing in Te pressure restores . The CdTe:Cl contains negatively-charged shallow traps interpreted as Rydberg states of A-centres and representing the major positron trapping sites at low temperature. Positrons confined in the shallow traps exhibit lifetime, which is shorter than the CdTe bulk lifetime. Interpretation of the PAS data was successfully combined with electrical resistivity, Hall effect measurements and chemical analysis, and allowed us to determine the principal point defect densities. PMID:26860684

  19. Accounting for the lack of nano-effect in a thermoset/clay nanocomposite: A positron annihilation study

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    Rath, S. K.; Sudarshan, K.; Patri, M.; Pujari, P. K.

    2015-06-01

    The effect of nanoclay dispersion on the thermo-mechanical properties of an unsaturated polyester thermoset resin was studied by flexural and dynamic mechanical property measurements. Transmission electron microscopy studies revealed intercalated clay dispersion morphology in the nanocomposites. The thermomechanical measurements showed a steady decrease in the flexural strength and a relaxation temperature, with only moderate increase in the storage modulus at 1% clay loading, followed by a drop at higher clay loadings. In order to understand the absence of nano-effect in this case, free volume measurements were carried out by using positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy. A bimodal distribution of o-Ps life times was observed. Nanoclay loading resulted in the increase of the o-Ps intensity corresponding to the longest life time as well as free volume fraction suggesting diminished chain packing efficiency in the nanocomposites. We posit that nanoclay induced decreased chain packing efficiency and the presence of higher free volume size elements might cause deterioration in mechanical properties of the nanocomposites.

  20. A positron annihilation study on the microstructure of the interpenetration polymer networks of cyanate ester resin/epoxy resin

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    Chenze, Qi; Chunqing, Li; Minfeng, Zeng; Baoyi, Wang; Jian, Zhang

    2010-04-01

    Cyanate ester (CE) resin was blended with epoxy resin (EP) at different mass ratios (CE/EP: 100/0, 90/10, 70/30, 50/50, 30/70, 10/90, 0/100). The free volume size of CE/EP IPNs has been determined by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS). The size decreased as the epoxy resin content increased. The PALS results are consistent with the chemical structure changes for the copolymerizing between CE and EP. The crosslinking units of curing products (oxazoline, oxazolidinone, and polyether network) of the blends are all smaller in size than those of triazine ring structure from neat CE. Therefore, the free volume size of the blends decreases with increase of EP content. Examination of the mechanical properties, thermal stability, and morphology of the blend systems showed that addition of epoxy resin resulted in improved toughness but a little sacrifice in thermal stability when compared with pure CE. The correlations between the free volume properties and physical properties (thermal stability and mechanical properties) have been discussed.

  1. Bulk materials analysis using high-energy positron beams

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    Glade, S. C.; Asoka-Kumar, P.; Nieh, T. G.; Sterne, P. A.; Wirth, B. D.; Dauskardt, R. H.; Flores, K. M.; Suh, D.; Odette, G. R.

    2003-08-01

    This article reviews some recent materials analysis results using high-energy positron beams at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. We are combining positron lifetime and orbital electron momentum spectroscopic methods to provide electron number densities and electron momentum distributions around positron annihilation sites. Topics covered include the correlation of positron annihilation characteristics with structural and mechanical properties of bulk metallic glasses and compositional studies of embrittling features in nuclear reactor pressure vessel steel.

  2. Positron annihilation studies of fluorine-vacancy complexes in Si and SiGe

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    Edwardson, C. J.; Coleman, P. G.; El Mubarek, H. A. W.; Gandy, A. S.

    2012-04-01

    The formation of fluorine-vacancy (FV) complexes in strained Si-SiGe-Si multilayer structures and relaxed SiGe layers of varying Ge content has been investigated using variable-energy positron annihilation spectroscopy, including Doppler-broadened spectra ratio curves. It has been found that in all sample types there are two distinct regions defined only by the damage created by the implanted F ions. The first, shallower region (from the surface to a depth of {approx}200 nm) was found to contain a mixture of undecorated vacancies and FV complexes; there is no correlation between the vacancy or F concentration in this region and the Ge content. The multi-layer samples may also have O contamination that is not present in the relaxed samples. The second region (at depths {approx}200-440 nm) contains primarily FV complexes in all samples. In the multi-layer samples secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) results show peaks of F accumulating in, or at the interfaces of, each SiGe multi-layer; the FV complexes, however, are distributed over depths similar to those in the relaxed samples, with some localization at the SiGe layer located within the second region. The positron response is primarily to FV complexes formed by the F implant in all samples. The F: FV ratios are approximately 3-7: 1 in the relaxed samples. Positrons appear to be relatively insensitive to the largest of the F SIMS peaks which lies beyond the second region. This is probably because the F has filled all the open volume at the SiGe layer, leaving no positron trapping sites.

  3. Positron annihilation studies of the AlOx/SiO2/Si interface in solar cell structures

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    Edwardson, C. J.; Coleman, P. G.; Li, T.-T. A.; Cuevas, A.; Ruffell, S.

    2012-03-01

    Film and film/substrate interface characteristics of 30 and 60 nm-thick AlOx films grown on Si substrates by thermal atomic layer deposition (ALD), and 30 nm-thick AlOx films by sputtering, have been probed using variable-energy positron annihilation spectroscopy (VEPAS) and Doppler-broadened spectra ratio curves. All samples were found to have an interface which traps positrons, with annealing increasing this trapping response, regardless of growth method. Thermal ALD creates an AlOx/SiOx/Si interface with positron trapping and annihilation occurring in the Si side of the SiOx/Si boundary. An induced positive charge in the Si next to the interface reduces diffusion into the oxides and increases annihilation in the Si. In this region there is a divacancy-type response (20 ± 2%) before annealing which is increased to 47 ± 2% after annealing. Sputtering seems to not produce samples with this same electrostatic shielding; instead, positron trapping occurs directly in the SiOx interface in the as-deposited sample, and the positron response to it increases after annealing as an SiO2 layer is formed. Annealing the film has the effect of lowering the film oxygen response in all film types. Compared to other structural characterization techniques, VEPAS shows larger sensitivity to differences in film preparation method and between as-deposited and annealed samples.

  4. Study on Momentum Density in Semiconductor Alloys GeC and SnC by Positron Annihilation

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    Amrane, N.

    The independent particle model (IPM) coupled with empirical pseudopotential method (EPM) was used to compute the thermalized positron charge densities in specific family of binary tetrahedrally coordinated crystals of formula ANB8-N. Initial results show a clear asymmetrical positron charge distribution relative to the bond center. It is observed that the positron density is maximum in the open interstices and is excluded not only from the ion cores but also to a considerable degree from the valence bonds. Electron-positron momentum densities are calculated for the (001, 110) planes. The results are used to analyze the positron effects in GeC and SnC. Our computational technique provides the theoretical means of interpreting the k-space densities obtained experimentally using the two-dimensional angular correlation of annihilation radiation (2D-ACAR).

  5. Hydrodynamic and kinetic models for spin-1/2 electron-positron quantum plasmas: Annihilation interaction, helicity conservation, and wave dispersion in magnetized plasmas

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    Andreev, Pavel A.

    2015-06-01

    We discuss the complete theory of spin-1/2 electron-positron quantum plasmas, when electrons and positrons move with velocities mach smaller than the speed of light. We derive a set of two fluid quantum hydrodynamic equations consisting of the continuity, Euler, spin (magnetic moment) evolution equations for each species. We explicitly include the Coulomb, spin-spin, Darwin and annihilation interactions. The annihilation interaction is the main topic of the paper. We consider the contribution of the annihilation interaction in the quantum hydrodynamic equations and in the spectrum of waves in magnetized electron-positron plasmas. We consider the propagation of waves parallel and perpendicular to an external magnetic field. We also consider the oblique propagation of longitudinal waves. We derive the set of quantum kinetic equations for electron-positron plasmas with the Darwin and annihilation interactions. We apply the kinetic theory to the linear wave behavior in absence of external fields. We calculate the contribution of the Darwin and annihilation interactions in the Landau damping of the Langmuir waves. We should mention that the annihilation interaction does not change number of particles in the system. It does not related to annihilation itself, but it exists as a result of interaction of an electron-positron pair via conversion of the pair into virtual photon. A pair of the non-linear Schrodinger equations for the electron-positron plasmas including the Darwin and annihilation interactions is derived. Existence of the conserving helicity in electron-positron quantum plasmas of spinning particles with the Darwin and annihilation interactions is demonstrated. We show that the annihilation interaction plays an important role in the quantum electron-positron plasmas giving the contribution of the same magnitude as the spin-spin interaction.

  6. Perturbative QCD Studies of Multijet Structures in Electron-Positron Annihilation.

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    Michopoulos, Yanos

    Available from UMI in association with The British Library. Requires signed TDF. To investigate the effect in perturbative QCD of multigluon emissions on the transverse momentum distributions of multijet final states in electron-positron annihilation, we use a simplified model based on the approximation that gluons are emitted independently. As a guide to these multigluon emissions, we study the two-gluon contribution in some detail and calculate the Q_{T}-distribution for four-jet events in e^{+}e ^{-} annihilation, using suitable jet-defining cuts, needed both theoretically, to regularize the soft- and collinear-gluon singularities, as well as experimentally, to group the final-state particles into distinct jets. To ascertain the accuracy of our approximate model, we compare our results with the exact ones, obtained by a Monte Carlo generation of events using the full matrix elements. We find that, for realistic values of the cuts, there is a significant kinematic region of agreement. This agreement and the validity of our model are further elaborated by taking its Abelian QCD limit, calculating distributions in other event shape variables and studying the jet broadening phenomenon. The applicability of our model is also delineated by finding it to be in remarkable structural and numerical agreement with the more exact algorithm of Altarelli et al. Finally, to investigate the effect of higher order and virtual graphs corrections to low order tree-level results, we use our model to calculate the O(alpha _sp{s}{2}) Q _{T}-distribution for three-jet events in e^{+}e^{ -} annihilation with virtual contributions included. We study the dependence of these corrections on the resolution parameters used to perform the (analytic) cancellation of infrared and collinear singularities between real and virtual graphs and discuss their physical consequences.

  7. PREFACE: The 16th International Conference on Positron Annihilation (ICPA-16)

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    Alam, Ashraf; Coleman, Paul; Dugdale, Stephen; Roussenova, Mina

    2013-06-01

    The 16th International Conference on Positron Annihilation (ICPA-16) was held at the University of Bristol, United Kingdom during 19-24 August, 2012. This triennial conference is the foremost gathering of the Positron Annihilation Physics community and it was hosted in the UK for the first time since the series of meetings first started back in 1965. The University of Bristol, the Alma Mater of Paul Dirac, is situated at the heart of the city, and it has established a worldwide reputation in research and teaching. Many of the topics which were discussed during ICPA-16 form an integral part of the research themes in the schools of Physics, Chemistry and Engineering of this University. ICPA-16 attracted a diverse audience, both from academic and industrial institutions, with over 200 participants from 29 countries. It continued the long held tradition of showcasing novel research in the field of positron annihilation and a total of 170 papers were presented as talks and posters. The papers reported studies of metallic and semi-conducting solids, polymers and soft matter, porous materials, surfaces and interfaces, as well as advances in experimental, analytical and biomedical applications. The high quality of the presented work, coupled with the enthusiastic exchange of ideas, provided an invaluable forum, especially for younger researchers and postgraduate students. The excellence of student presentations was acknowledged by the award of prizes for the best student posters, which were received by David Billington (University of Bristol, UK), Moussa Sidibe (CEMHTI, France) and Hongxia Xu (Tohoku University, Japan). All papers published in the Conference Proceedings were reviewed by ICPA-16 participants. We are indebted to all reviewers who contributed their time and intellectual resources, allowing the refereeing and editing process to move smoothly toward the compilation of the Proceedings. Our sincere thanks and gratitude go to everyone who contributed to the success of the conference. We are grateful to all participants for their informative talks, poster presentations and fruitful discussions; the session chairs for keeping to the tight time schedule and for making sure the oral presentation sessions ran smoothly; Maria Dugdale for her time and effort in organising the social programme for the accompanying persons; the student volunteers from the Bristol Positron Group for all their help and time before, during and after the conference; the Bath positron group for helping with the organisation of the excursion and last, but not least, the University of Bristol Conference Office staff for their help with the organisation of the conference. We are also very grateful for the financial and logistical help from the University of Bristol and financial support from our sponsors and exhibitors, Ortec and Canberra. We conclude by wishing the Organising Committee of ICPA-17 all the best for a successful conference. We look forward to seeing everyone in China in 2015. Ashraf Alam, Paul Coleman, Stephen Dugdale and Mina Roussenova Guest Editors Bristol, April 2013 Local organising committeeInternational Advisory committee M A Alam, S Dugdale and M Roussenova P Coleman (UK, Chairman) University of Bristol, UK R Krause-Rehberg(Germany, Vice-chairman) P Coleman and S Townrow M A Alam (UK) University of Bath, UK G Laricchia (UK) M Charlton R Brusa (Italy) University of Swansea, UK M Doyama (Japan) G Laricchia B Ganguly (India) University College London, UK C Hugenschmidt (Germany) D Keeble Zs Kajcsos (Hungary, deceased) University of Dundee, UK Y Kobayashi (Japan) J Kuriplach (Czech Republic) P Mascher (Canada) A Mills (USA) Y Nagashima (Japan) Steering committee M Puska (Finland) M A Alam (UK, Secretary) H Schut (Netherlands) P Coleman (UK) A Seeger (Germany) B Ganguly (India) Y Shirai (Japan) Y Kobayashi (Japan) A Somoza (Argentina) P Mascher (Canada) A Stewart (Canada) H Schut (Netherlands) Z Tang (China) R Krause-Rehberg (Germany) A Weiss (USA) Sponsor logos Conference photograph

  8. Gamma-ray spectroscopy of positron annihilation in the Milky Way

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    Siegert, Thomas; Diehl, Roland; Khachatryan, Gerasim; Krause, Martin G. H.; Guglielmetti, Fabrizia; Greiner, Jochen; Strong, Andrew W.; Zhang, Xiaoling

    2016-02-01

    Context. The annihilation of positrons in the Galaxy's interstellar medium produces characteristic gamma-rays with a line at 511 keV. This gamma-ray emission has been observed with the spectrometer SPI on ESA's INTEGRAL observatory, confirming a puzzling morphology with bright emission from an extended bulge-like region, while emission from the disk is faint. Most known or plausible sources of positrons are, however, believed to be distributed throughout the disk of the Milky Way. Aims: We aim to constrain characteristic spectral shapes for different spatial components in the disk and bulge using data with an exposure that has doubled since earlier reports. Methods: We exploit high-resolution gamma-ray spectroscopy with SPI on INTEGRAL based on a new instrumental background method and detailed multi-component sky model fitting. Results: We confirm the detection of the main extended components of characteristic annihilation gamma-ray signatures, altogether at 58σ significance in the 511 keV line. The total Galactic 511 keV line intensity amounts to (2.74 ± 0.25) × 10-3 ph cm-2 s-1 for our assumed model of the spatial distribution. We derive spectra for the bulge and disk, and a central source modelled as point-like and at the position of Sgr A*, and discuss spectral differences. The bulge (56σ) shows a 511 keV line intensity of (0.96 ± 0.07) × 10-3 ph cm-2 s-1 together with ortho-positronium continuum equivalent to a positronium fraction of (1.080 ± 0.029). The two-dimensional Gaussian that represents the disk emission (12σ) has an extent of 60+10-5 degrees in longitude and a rather large latitudinal extent of 10.5+2.5-1.5 degrees; the line intensity is (1.66 ± 0.35) × 10-3 ph cm-2 s-1 with a marginal detection of the annihilation continuum and an overall diffuse Galactic continuum of (5.85 ± 1.05) × 10-5 ph cm-2 s-1 keV-1 at 511 keV. The disk shows no flux asymmetry between positive and negative longitudes, although spectral details differ. The flux ratio between bulge and disk is (0.58 ± 0.13). The central source (5σ) has an intensity of (0.80 ± 0.19) × 10-4 ph cm-2 s-1.

  9. Multimessenger constraints on the annihilating dark matter interpretation of the positron excess

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    Pato, Miguel; Pieri, Lidia; Bertone, Gianfranco

    2009-11-01

    The rise in the energy spectrum of the positron ratio, observed by the PAMELA satellite above 10 GeV, and other cosmic-ray measurements, have been interpreted as a possible signature of dark matter annihilation in the Galaxy. However, the large number of free parameters, and the large astrophysical uncertainties, make it difficult to draw conclusive statements about the viability of this scenario. Here, we perform a multiwavelength, multimessenger analysis, that combines in a consistent way the constraints arising from different astrophysical observations. We show that if standard assumptions are made for the distribution of dark matter (we build models on the recent Via Lactea II and Aquarius simulations) and the propagation of cosmic rays, current dark matter models cannot explain the observed positron flux without exceeding the observed fluxes of antiprotons or gamma-ray and radio photons. To visualize the multimessenger constraints, we introduce star plots, a graphical method that shows in the same plot theoretical predictions and observational constraints for different messengers and wavelengths.

  10. Optimization of three-dimensional positron annihilation spectroscopy system (3DPASS) for three-dimensional momentum measurements

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    Williams, Christopher S.; Burggraf, Larry W.; Adamson, Paul E.; Petrosky, James C.

    2011-02-01

    A three-dimensional positron annihilation spectroscopy system (3DPASS) was characterized. 3DPASS permits determination of three-dimensional electron-positron ( e-- e+) momentum distributions by simultaneously measuring angles and energies for coincident two-gamma annihilation photons. 3DPASS collects a single dataset of correlated energies and positions for two coincident annihilation photons from a pair of solid-state double-sided strip detectors (DSSDs). Subpixel-interpolated positions are determined by transient charge analysis. 3DPASS performs simultaneous two-dimensional angular correlation of annihilation radiation (2D ACAR) and two-detector coincidence Doppler-broadening of annihilation radiation (CDBAR) measurements, which are typically collected independently. The 2D ACAR response of 3DPASS was measured for single-crystal Cu and 6H-SiC, with and without compensation for subpixel detection efficiency. Variation of efficiency across the width of DSSD charge collection electrodes was dominated by the event selection criteria required by the subpixel interpolation method. The DBAR resolution was optimized by adjusting the energy range of CDBAR events included in the Doppler-broadening (DB) lineshape. 2D ACAR and DBAR spectra from 3DPASS were compared to previously published results for single-crystal Cu and 6H-SiC. Detailed analysis of the ACAR spectra and the DB lineshapes highlighted momentum features not previously reported.

  11. Positron annihilation spectroscopic study of high performance semi-interpenetrating network polyimids

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    Ray, Asit K.

    1995-01-01

    Semi-interpenetrating (S-IPN) network polyimids were made from different proportions of LaRC RP46 (a thermosetpolyimid) and LaRC BDTA-ODA (a thermoplastic polyimid). The ultimate goal of this networking is to improve the mechanical properties of the thermoset polyimid. Positron lifetime study was made to calculate lifetime based on second component of the life time spectra and the free volume & microvoid size. All these properties tend to decrease steadily with increasing thermoset content except at the 50 percent thermoset level where these properties show sudden drop. This result contradicts with the initial expectation that the blend properties should change gradually if it were a solid solution of thermoset (TSP) and thermoplastic (TPP) components. Thermal analyses (TMA, DSC, DMA & TGA) were run to complement the positron life time studies. The TMA and DSC studies confirm the contradiction mentioned above. Further experimentation with S-IPN polymers made at TSP/TTP content around 50/50 level are being conducted to explain this anomaly. Scanning electron microscope study of the S-IPN polyimid samples is under way in order to detect morphological differences which might help explain the phenomenon mentioned above.

  12. The free volume in dried and H2O-loaded biopolymers studied by positron lifetime measurements.

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    Hugenschmidt, Christoph; Ceeh, Hubert

    2014-08-01

    We present experiments on glucose-gelatin compounds using positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) in order to study the behavior of the free volume dependent on H2O loading, drying, and uniaxial pressure. A semiempirical quantum mechanical model was applied in order to correlate the lifetime of orthopositronium in nanoscaled voids to the void size. This allowed us to determine the absolute value of the mean void radius in the biopolymer samples. In addition, the variation of the total free volume of the differently treated samples is quantified and illustrated by a log-normal distribution function. Most interesting results have been obtained after saturation loading with H2O that leads to the formation of voids with a mean size of 84.3(1.9) Å(3) and to an increase of the total free volume by a factor of 2.5. This observation in the swelled sample is explained by the entropy elastic regime well above the glass transition temperature that greatly facilitates the formation of free volume. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) measurements were performed in order to determine the glass transition temperature and to support the interpretation of the results obtained by PALS. PMID:25046083

  13. Graphene networks and their influence on free-volume properties of graphene-epoxidized natural rubber composites with a segregated structure: rheological and positron annihilation studies.

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    He, Canzhong; She, Xiaodong; Peng, Zheng; Zhong, Jieping; Liao, Shuangquan; Gong, Wei; Liao, Jianhe; Kong, Lingxue

    2015-05-14

    Epoxidized natural rubber-graphene (ENR-GE) composites with segregated GE networks were successfully fabricated using the latex mixing combined in situ reduced technology. The rheological behavior and electrical conductivity of ENR-GE composites were investigated. At low frequencies, the storage modulus (G') became frequency-independent suggesting a solid-like rheological behavior and the formation of GE networks. According to the percolation theory, the rheological threshold of ENR-GE composites was calculated to be 0.17 vol%, which was lower than the electrical threshold of 0.23 vol%. Both percolation thresholds depended on the evolution of the GE networks in the composites. At low GE concentrations (<0.17 vol%), GE existed as individual units, while a "polymer-bridged GE network" was constructed in the composites when GE concentrations exceeded 0.17 vol%. Finally, a "three-dimensional GE network" with percolation conductive paths was formed with a GE concentration of 0.23 vol%, where a remarkable increase in the conductivity of ENR-GE composites was observed. The effect of GE on the atom scale free-volume properties of composites was further studied by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy and positron age momentum correlation measurements. The motion of ENR chains was retarded by the geometric confinement of "GE networks", producing a high-density interfacial region in the vicinity of GE nanoplatelets, which led to a lower ortho-positronium lifetime intensity and smaller free-volume hole size. PMID:25881784

  14. Study of defects in Fe-Re and Fe-Mo alloys by the Mössbauer and positron annihilation spectroscopies

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    Idczak, R.; Konieczny, R.; Chojcan, J.

    2012-10-01

    The room temperature positron annihilation lifetime spectra and 57Fe Mössbauer spectra were measured for pure Fe as well as for iron-based Fe1-xRex and Fe1-xMox solid solutions with x in the range 0.01≤x≤0.05. The measurements were performed in order to learn more about creation of structural defects during formation and further mechanical processing of the iron systems under consideration. The spectra were collected at least twice for each studied sample synthesized in an arc furnace—after cold rolling to the thickness of about 40 μm as well as after subsequent annealing at 1270 K for 2 h. It was found that in the annealed samples positrons live much shorter than in the not annealed ones which suggest that the latter samples are more defected as it could be expected. Moreover simultaneous analysis of the positron and Mössbauer data shows that cold rolling leads to creation of two types of defects. It seems that they are dislocations and vacancies. Finally from the Mössbauer data it follows that vacancies are located mainly in the vicinity of non-iron atoms, Re or Mo. This speaks in favour of the suggestion that in iron matrix the impurities mentioned above and vacancies interact attractively which supports the known from the literature, theoretical calculations on the Mo-vacancy interaction in iron.

  15. Interstitial oxygen related defects and nanovoids in Au implanted a-SiO2 glass depth profiled by positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Ravelli, L.; Macchi, C.; Mariazzi, S.; Mazzoldi, P.; Egger, W.; Hugenschmidt, C.; Somoza, A.; Brusa, R. S.

    2015-12-01

    Samples of amorphous silica were implanted with Au ions at an energy of 190 keV and fluences of 1× {{10}14} ions cm-2and 5× {{10}14} ions cm-2 at room temperature. The damage produced by ion implantation and its evolution with the thermal treatment at 800 °C for one hour in nitrogen atmosphere was depth profiled using three positron annihilation techniques: Doppler broadening spectroscopy, positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy and coincidence Doppler broadening spectroscopy. Around the ion projected range of {{R}\\text{p}}=67 nm, a size reduction of the silica matrix intrinsic nanovoids points out a local densification of the material. Oxygen related defects were found to be present at depths four times the ion projected range, showing a high mobility of oxygen molecules from the densified and stressed region towards the bulk. The 800 °C thermal treatment leads to a recovery of the silica intrinsic nanovoids only in the deeper damaged region and the defect distribution, probed by positrons, shrinks around the ion projected range where the Au atoms aggregate. Open volume defects at the interface between Au and the amorphous matrix were evidenced in both the as implanted and in the thermal treated samples. A practically complete disappearance of the intrinsic nanovoids was observed around {{R}\\text{p}} when the implantation fluence was increased by two orders of magnitude (3× {{10}16} ions cm-2). In this case, the oxygen defects move to a depth five times larger than {{R}\\text{p}} .

  16. De-noising of two-dimensional angular correlation of positron annihilation radiation data using Daubechies wavelet thresholding

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    Major, A. G.; Fretwell, H. M.; Dugdale, S. B.; Rodriguez-Gonzlez, A.; Alam, M. A.

    1997-11-01

    Two-dimensional angular correlation of positron annihilation radiation (2D-ACAR) experiments provide a means of determining the electron - positron momentum density in metals and alloys over a wide range of temperatures. A difficult task regarding this method is the reconstruction of the three-dimensional density from a limited number of two-dimensional projections. Difficulties arise from noise superimposed on the data. This paper explains and demonstrates the use of a wavelet noise filter, and gives a comparison of wavelet and Fourier filters.

  17. Detection of 511 keV positron annihilation radiation from the galactic center direction. [gamma ray astronomy

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    Leventhal, M.; Maccallum, C. J.; Stang, P. D.

    1978-01-01

    A balloon-borne gamma ray telescope with an approximately 130 cu cm high purity germanium detector was flown over Australia to detect sharp spectral features from the galactic center direction. A 511 keV positron annihilation line was observed at a flux level of (1.21 plus or minus 0.22) x (10/cu cm) photons/sec/sp cm. Suggestive evidence for the detection of the three-photon positronium continuum is presented. The possible origin of the positrons is discussed.

  18. Effect of electron- and neutron-irradiation on Fe-Cu model alloys studied by positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Nagai, Y.; Takadate, K.; Tang, Z.; Ohkubo, H.; Sunaga, H.; Takizawa, H.; Hasegawa, M.

    2011-01-01

    Electron- and neutron-irradiation effects on dilute Fe-Cu model alloys of nuclear reactor pressure vessel steels are studied by positron annihilation spectroscopy. We have found that, not only by high-dose neutron-irradiation but also by low-dose electron-irradiation, the aggregation of Cu atoms and vacancies takes place and the ultrafine Cu precipitates are formed after post-irradiation annealing at 400°C. In spite of large difference in the irradiation doses between the electron- and the neutron-irradiated samples, no significant difference is observed in the isochronal annealing behaviour above 400°C of positron annihilation and micro-hardness, indicating that small amount of extra vacancies enhance the aggregation of Cu atoms in Fe during the annealing-out process of the vacancies.

  19. Defect identification using the core-electron contribution in Doppler-broadening spectroscopy of positron-annihilation radiation

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    Szpala, S.; Asoka-Kumar, P.; Nielsen, B.; Peng, J.P.; Hayakawa, S.; Lynn, K.G.; Gossmann, H.

    1996-08-01

    Reduction of background using a coincidence-detection system in Doppler-broadening spectroscopy of positron-annihilation radiation allows us to examine the contribution of high-momentum core electrons. The contribution is used as a fingerprint to identify chemical variations at a defect site. The technique is applied to study a variety of open volume defects in Si, including decorated vacancies associated with doping. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  20. A study of defects in iron-based binary alloys by the Mössbauer and positron annihilation spectroscopies

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    Idczak, R. Konieczny, R.; Chojcan, J.

    2014-03-14

    The room temperature positron annihilation lifetime spectra and {sup 57}Fe Mössbauer spectra were measured for pure Fe as well as for iron-based Fe{sub 1−x}Re{sub x}, Fe{sub 1−x}Os{sub x}, Fe{sub 1−x}Mo{sub x}, and Fe{sub 1−x}Cr{sub x} solid solutions, where x is in the range between 0.01 and 0.05. The measurements were performed in order to check if the known from the literature, theoretical calculations on the interactions between vacancies and solute atoms in iron can be supported by the experimental data. The vacancies were created during formation and further mechanical processing of the iron systems under consideration so the spectra mentioned above were collected at least twice for each studied sample synthesized in an arc furnace— after cold rolling to the thickness of about 40 μm as well as after subsequent annealing at 1270 K for 2 h. It was found that only in Fe and the Fe-Cr system the isolated vacancies thermally generated at high temperatures are not observed at the room temperature and cold rolling of the materials leads to creation of another type of vacancies which were associated with edge dislocations. In the case of other cold-rolled systems, positrons detect vacancies of two types mentioned above and Mössbauer nuclei “see” the vacancies mainly in the vicinity of non-iron atoms. This speaks in favour of the suggestion that in iron matrix the solute atoms of Os, Re, and Mo interact attractively with vacancies as it is predicted by theoretical computations and the energy of the interaction is large enough for existing the pairs vacancy-solute atom at the room temperature. On the other hand, the corresponding interaction for Cr atoms is either repulsive or attractive but smaller than that for Os, Re, and Mo atoms. The latter is in agreement with the theoretical calculations.

  1. Assessment of the fatigue transformation zone in bulk metallic glasses using positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Liu, M.; Vallery, R. S.; Gidley, D. W.; Launey, M. E.; Kruzic, J. J.

    2009-05-01

    Depth-profiled Doppler broadening spectroscopy of positron annihilation on fatigue fracture surfaces of two amorphous Zr44Ti11Ni10Cu10Be25 metallic glass specimens reveals the presence of a layer of increased free volume induced by cyclic deformation, as compared to surfaces that have been etched to remove any surface damage. The damage layer, or fatigue transformation zone (FTZ), is generated by the propagating fatigue crack tip and the deduced size of that zone is similar to the predicted cyclic plastic zone size at a number of locations where the crack grew at different stress intensities. The presence of the FTZ is independent of the initial amount of bulk free volume, which was varied between the two specimens by structural relaxation via annealing, and the free volume sites generated in the zone are distinct from those typical of the bulk, as evidenced by the higher S parameter. Such observations support the concept that the mechanically induced free volume within the FTZ zone controls the fatigue crack growth rates rather than the initial free volume of the bulk material.

  2. Microstructural evolution of RPV steels under proton and ion irradiation studied by positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Jiang, J.; Wu, Y. C.; Liu, X. B.; Wang, R. S.; Nagai, Y.; Inoue, K.; Shimizu, Y.; Toyama, T.

    2015-03-01

    The microstructural evolution of reactor pressure vessel (RPV) steels induced by proton and heavy ion irradiation at low temperature (∼373 K) has been investigated using positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS), atom probe tomography (APT), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and nanoindentation. The PAS results indicated that both proton and heavy ion irradiation produce a large number of matrix defects, which contain small-size defects such as vacancies, vacancy-solute complexes, dislocation loops, and large-size vacancy clusters. In proton irradiated RPV steels, the size and number density of vacancy cluster defects increased rapidly with increasing dose due to the migration and agglomeration of vacancies. In contrast, for Fe ion irradiated steels, high density, larger size vacancy clusters can be easily induced at low dose, showing saturation in PAS response with increasing dose. No clear precipitates, solute-enriched clusters or other forms of solute segregation were observed by APT. Furthermore, dislocation loops were observed by TEM after 1.0 dpa, 240 keV proton irradiation, and an increase of the average nanoindentation hardness was found. It is suggested that ion irradiation produces many point defects and vacancy cluster defects, which induce the formation of dislocation loops and the increase of nanoindentation hardness.

  3. Development of positron annihilation spectroscopy for investigating deuterium decorated voids in neutron-irradiated tungsten

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    Taylor, C. N.; Shimada, M.; Merrill, B. J.; Akers, D. W.; Hatano, Y.

    2015-08-01

    The present work is a continuation of a recent research to develop and optimize positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) for characterizing neutron-irradiated tungsten. Tungsten samples were exposed to neutrons in the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and damaged to 0.025 and 0.3 dpa. Subsequently, they were exposed to deuterium plasmas in the Tritium Plasma Experiment (TPE) at Idaho National Laboratory. The implanted deuterium was desorbed through sample heating to 900 °C, and Doppler broadening (DB)-PAS was performed both before and after heating. Results show that deuterium impregnated tungsten is identified as having a smaller S-parameter. The S-parameter increases after deuterium desorption. Microstructural changes also occur during sample heating. These effects can be isolated from deuterium desorption by comparing the S-parameters from the deuterium-free back face with the deuterium-implanted front face. The application of using DB-PAS to examine deuterium retention in tungsten is examined.

  4. Positron-annihilation study of the electronic structure of URu sub 2 Si sub 2

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    Rozing, G.J.; Mijnarends, P.E. ); Menovsky, A.A.; de Chatel, P.F. )

    1991-04-15

    Measurements of the two-dimensional angular correlation of annihilation radiation (2D-ACAR) were performed on oriented single crystals of URu{sub 2}Si{sub 2}. The spectra, obtained with integration along four different symmetry directions, display anisotropic structure in fair agreement with a previous calculation of the two-photon momentum distribution. In particular, the contribution of the {ital f}-ligand hybridized electron states is clearly observed and reasonably well described by the band calculation. The 2D-ACAR distribution remains unchanged as the temperature is increased from 6 K in the Fermi-liquid state to 72 K, which is just above the coherence temperature. The inhomogeneity of the positron density in the unit cell complicates the Lock-Crisp-West (LCW) analysis of the experiments in terms of Fermi-surface features. Nevertheless, the disagreement between theory and experiment after LCW folding indicates that the Fermi surface as predicted by local-density-approximation band theory does not apply.

  5. Early stages of precipitation in Mg-RE alloys studied by positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Vlček, M.; Čížek, J.; Melikhova, O.; Hruška, P.; Procházka, I.; Vlach, M.; Stulíková, I.; Smola, B.

    2016-01-01

    Magnesium alloys with rare earth (RE) elements are promising structural materials exhibiting favourable mechanical properties at elevated temperatures. However, the processes occurring during early stages of precipitation in these alloys are still not completely understood. In this work positron lifetime spectroscopy combined with coincidence Doppler broadening was employed for investigation of early stages of precipitation in Mg-RE alloys. Presence of quenched-in vacancy clusters was observed after solution treatment of studied alloys. These quenched-in vacancy clusters are bound to RE solutes and thereby stabilized at room temperature. During natural aging, RE clusters are formed by vacancy-assisted long-range diffusion. In addition, hardness of studied materials increases and quenched-in vacancy clusters are annealed out during the course of natural aging. Simple model was developed to describe hardening during natural aging.

  6. Vacancy-type defects in Mg-doped InN probed by means of positron annihilation

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    Uedono, A.; Nakamori, H.; Narita, K.; Suzuki, J.; Wang, X.; Che, S.-B.; Ishitani, Y.; Yoshikawa, A.; Ishibashi, S.

    2009-03-01

    The introduction of vacancy-type defects into InN by Mg-doping was studied using a monoenergetic positron beam. Doppler broadening spectra of the annihilation radiation were measured for Mg-doped InN (N-polar) grown on GaN/sapphire templates using plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. The concentration of In-vacancy (VIn) related defects was high near the InN/GaN interface, and the defect-rich region expanded from the interface toward the surface with increasing Mg concentration [Mg]. Using electrolyte-based capacitance-voltage analysis, we determined that the conduction type of InN with low [Mg] (≤1×1018 cm-3) was still n-type. It became p-type with increasing [Mg] (3×1018-2×1019 cm-3), but turned into n-type again above 3×1019 cm-3. The point defects introduced at the conductivity transition from p-type and n-type were found to be complexes between In-vacancy (VIn) and N-vacancy clusters such as VIn(VN)3. Below [Mg]=4×1019 cm-3, an observed behavior of positron annihilation parameters was well explained by assuming the trapping of positrons by N-vacancy clusters such as (VN)3. This fact suggests that, although isolated VN is positively charged, a VN cluster could be a positron trapping center because of the increased electron concentration in the local In-rich region.

  7. Reverse Micelle Formation of Triton X-100 in Butanol and n-Heptane Mixed Solvents Studied by the Positron Annihilation Technique

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    Das; Ganguly

    1997-08-01

    The positron annihilation technique (PAT) has been applied to study the molecular association phenomenon of Triton X-100 (TX-100) and formation of reversed micelles in the mixed solvent of butanol and n-heptane. The results indicate the sensitivity of positronium (Ps) parameters to the phase transition region due to the self-aggregation phenomenon of TX-100 within the system. The intensity of the long-lived ortho-Ps component, I3, and its lifetime, tau3, show a remarkable change at a critical concentration of the surfactant at approximately 1.5 mM coined as the operational CMC of TX-100 in both (1:1) and (1:2) butanol-n-heptane (BuHp) systems. The narrow component/para-Ps intensity as computed from Doppler broadening of annihilation radiation indicates discernable changes at the same concentration region ( approximately 1.5 mM) of TX-100 in the system. Further, microphase changes due to the association of water molecules within the nonaqueous phase has been studied by Ps parameters, which reveals a clear demarcation of the polar and nonpolar zones. PMID:9268557

  8. Three-dimensional positron annihilation momentum measurement technique applied to measure oxygen-atom defects in 6H silicon carbide

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    Williams, Christopher S.

    A three-dimensional Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy System (3DPASS) capable to simultaneously measure three-dimensional electron-positron (e--e+) momentum densities measuring photons derived from e--e+ annihilation events was designed and characterized. 3DPASS simultaneously collects a single data set of correlated energies and positions for two coincident annihilation photons using solid-state double-sided strip detectors (DSSD). Positions of photons were determined using an interpolation method which measures a figure-of-merit proportional to the areas of transient charges induced on both charge collection strips directly adjacent to the charge collection strips interacting with the annihilation photons. The subpixel resolution was measured for both double-sided strip detectors (DSSD) and quantified using a new method modeled after a Gaussian point-spread function with a circular aperture. Error associated with location interpolation within an intrinsic pixel in each of the DSSDs, the subpixel resolution, was on the order of +/- 0.20 mm (this represents one-standard deviation). The subpixel resolution achieved was less than one twenty-fifth of the 25-mm2 square area of an intrinsic pixel created by the intersection of the DSSDs' orthogonal charge collection strips. The 2D ACAR and CDBAR response for single-crystal copper and 6H silicon carbide (6H SiC) was compared with results in the literature. Two additional samples of 6H SiC were irradiated with 24 MeV O+ ions, one annealed and one un-annealed, and measured using 3DPASS. Three-dimensional momentum distributions with correlated energies and coincident annihilation photons' positions were presented for all three 6H SiC samples. 3DPASS was used for the first experimental measurement of the structure of oxygen defects in bulk 6H SiC.

  9. Free volume from positron lifetime and pressure-volume-temperature experiments in relation to structural relaxation of van der Waals molecular glass-forming liquids.

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    Dlubek, G; Shaikh, M Q; Rätzke, K; Paluch, M; Faupel, F

    2010-06-16

    Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) is employed to characterize the temperature dependence of the free volume in two van der Waals liquids: 1, 1'-bis(p-methoxyphenyl)cyclohexane (BMPC) and 1, 1'-di(4-methoxy-5-methylphenyl)cyclohexane (BMMPC). From the PALS spectra analysed with the routine LifeTime9.0, the size (volume) distribution of local free volumes (subnanometer size holes), its mean, [v(h)], and mean dispersion, σ(h), were calculated. A comparison with the macroscopic volume from pressure-volume-temperature (PV T) experiments delivered the hole density and the specific hole free volume and a complete characterization of the free volume microstructure in that sense. These data are used in correlation with structural (α) relaxation data from broad-band dielectric spectroscopy (BDS) in terms of the Cohen-Grest and Cohen-Turnbull free volume models. An extension of the latter model allows us to quantify deviations between experiments and theory and an attempt to systematize these in terms of T(g) or of the fragility. The experimental data for several fragile and less fragile glass formers are involved in the final discussion. It was concluded that, for large differences in the fragility of different glass formers, the positron lifetime mirrors clearly the different character of these materials. For small differences in the fragility, additional properties like the character of bonds and chemical structure of the material may affect size, distribution and thermal behaviour of the free volume. PMID:21393763

  10. Post-irradiation annealing behavior of microstructure and hardening of a reactor pressure vessel steel studied by positron annihilation and atom probe tomography

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    Kuramoto, A.; Toyama, T.; Takeuchi, T.; Nagai, Y.; Hasegawa, M.; Yoshiie, T.; Nishiyama, Y.

    2012-06-01

    Post-irradiation annealing (PIA) behavior of irradiation-induced microstructural changes and hardening of an A533B (0.16 wt.% Cu) steel after neutron-irradiation of 3.9 × 1019 n cm-2 (0.061 displacement per atom (dpa)) at 290 °C was studied by positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS), atom probe tomography (APT) and Vickers microhardness measurements. Coincidence Doppler broadening and positron lifetime measurements clearly reveal two recovery stages; (i) as-irradiated state to annealing at 450 °C and (ii) annealing from 450 to 600 °C. The first stage is due to annealing out of the most of irradiation-induced vacancy-related defects, while the second stage corresponds to dissolving of irradiation-induced solute nanoclusters (SCs). APT observations reveal that the SCs are enriched with Cu, Mn, Ni and Si and that their number densities decrease with increasing annealing temperature without coarsening to give almost complete recovery at 550 °C. The experimental hardening is almost twice the SC hardening estimated by the Russell-Brown model below 350 °C, whereas it is almost the same as that estimated in the range 400-550 °C.

  11. Physical Selectivity of Molecularly Imprinted polymers evaluated through free volume size distributions derived from Positron Lifetime Spectroscopy

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    Pasang, T.; Ranganathaiah, C.

    2015-06-01

    The technique of imprinting molecules of various sizes in a stable structure of polymer matrix has derived multitudes of applications. Once the template molecule is extracted from the polymer matrix, it leaves behind a cavity which is physically (size and shape) and chemically (functional binding site) compatible to the particular template molecule. Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy (PALS) is a well known technique to measure cavity sizes precisely in the nanoscale and is not being used in the field of MIPs effectively. This method is capable of measuring nanopores and hence suitable to understand the physical selectivity of the MIPs better. With this idea in mind, we have prepared molecular imprinted polymers (MIPs) with methacrylicacid (MAA) as monomer and EGDMA as cross linker in different molar ratio for three different size template molecules, viz. 4-Chlorophenol (4CP)(2.29 ), 2-Nephthol (2NP) (3.36 ) and Phenolphthalein (PP) (4.47). FTIR and the dye chemical reactions are used to confirm the complete extraction of the template molecules from the polymer matrix. The free volume size and its distribution have been derived from the measured o-Ps lifetime spectra. Based on the free volume distribution analysis, the percentage of functional cavities for the three template molecules are determined. Percentage of functional binding cavities for 4-CP molecules has been found out to be 70.2% and the rest are native cavities. Similarly for 2NP it is 81.5% and nearly 100% for PP. Therefore, PALS method proves to be very precise and accurate for determining the physical selectivity of MIPs.

  12. Positron-lifetime study of compensation defects in undoped semi-insulating InP

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    Beling, C. D.; Deng, A. H.; Shan, Y. Y.; Zhao, Y. W.; Fung, S.; Sun, N. F.; Sun, T. N.; Chen, X. D.

    1998-11-01

    Positron-lifetime and infrared-absorption spectroscopies have been used to investigate the compensation defects that render undoped n-type liquid encapsulated Czochralski-grown InP semi-insulating under high-temperature annealing. The positron measurements, carried out over the temperature range of 25-300 K, reveal in the as-grown material a positron lifetime of 282+/-5 ps which we associate with either the isolated indium vacancy V3-In or related hydrogen complexes. The shallow donor complex VInH4, responsible for much of the n-type conductivity and the strong infrared absorption signal at 4320 nm, is ruled out as a significant trapping site on the grounds that its neutral state is present at too low a concentration. After annealing at 950 °C, in conjunction with the disappearance of the VInH4 infrared-absorption signal, trapping into VIn-related centers is observed to increase slightly, and an additional positron trapping defect having a lifetime of 330 ps appears at a concentration of ~1016 cm-3, indicating divacancy trapping. These results support the recent suggestion that the VInH4 complex present in as-grown InP dissociates during annealing, forming VInH(3-n)-n(0<=n<=3) complexes and that the recombination of VIn with a phosphorus atom results in the formation of EL2-like deep donor PIn antisite defect, which compensates the material. It is suggested that the divacancy formed on annealing is VInVP, and that this defect is probably a by-product of the PIn antisite formation.

  13. Positron annihilation study for enhanced nitrogen-vacancy center formation in diamond by electron irradiation at 77 K

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    Tang, Z.; Chiba, T.; Nagai, Y.; Inoue, K.; Toyama, T.; Hasegawa, M.

    2014-04-28

    A compact ensemble of high density nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centers in diamond is essential to sense various external fields with a high precision at the nanoscale. Here, defects in type IIa and type Ib diamonds induced by 28 MeV electron irradiation at 77 K were studied by combining the positron annihilation spectroscopy and first-principles calculations. It is shown that the electron irradiation at 77 K can significantly enhance the NV center formation by directly converting 24% vacancies into the NV centers, indicating that it is an efficient way to produce the high density NV centers in the type Ib diamond.

  14. Vacancy defects in photoexcited GaAs studied by positron two-dimensional angular correlation of annihilation radiation

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    Peng, J.P.; Lynn, K.G. ); Umlor, M.T.; Keeble, D.J. ); Harshman, D.R. )

    1994-10-15

    The positron two-dimensional angular correlation of annihilation radiation (2D-ACAR) technique has been coupled with optical excitation to study the native point defects in semi-insulating GaAs. The As vacancy was observed below [similar to]170 K when illuminated with 1.41[plus minus]0.07 eV photons. The temperature dependence of the 2D-ACAR spectra, with and without illumination, was studied. Data were also collected at 25 K as a function of the intensity of infrared light. The 2D-ACAR spectra reflect the [ital e][sup +]-[ital e][sup [minus

  15. Characterization of Vacancy Defects in Electroplated Cu Films by Positron Annihilation and its Impact on Stress Migration Reliability

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    Suzuki, T.; Nakamura, T.; Mizushima, Y.; Kouno, T.; Uedono, A.; Tsuchikawa, H.

    2006-02-07

    Positron annihilation was used to evaluate vacancy concentrations in electroplated Cu films with different kinds of electrolytes. The influence of various electrolytes on the impurities, grain boundaries, and micro-voids were also investigated. We found a higher impurity concentration and larger micro-voids were observed in copper films with higher vacancy concentrations. We reduced the failure rate in our stress migration results using a copper film with a higher concentration of vacancy and impurity. The stress migration performance improved because impurity nucleated vacancy clusters act as effective traps for diffusing vacancies.

  16. Structural transition of partially Ba-filled thermoelectric CoSb{sub 3} investigated by positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Zhang, T.; Li, X. F.; Chen, Z. Q.; Zhou, K.; Su, X. L.; Tang, X. F.

    2015-02-07

    Microstructure of unfilled and Ba-filled CoSb{sub 3} has been studied by positron lifetime measurements together with theoretical calculation. Positron trapping in intrinsic voids is observed in the CoSb{sub 3}, which contributes a positron lifetime of 263 ± 2 ps. After filling Ba atoms with content up to x = 0.4, the positron lifetime shows continuous increase. By comparing the experimental results with calculation following the phase diagram of Ba{sub x}Co{sub 4}Sb{sub 12} with x in the range of 0–0.5, it is found that when the Ba content is lower than 0.16, the filling of Ba atoms is in a phase of solid solution. At x = 0.2, γ phase is formed, which is mixed with solid solution. At x > 0.25, transition from γ phase to a mixture of γ and α phases is confirmed.

  17. Positron annihilation in shock loaded low-alloyed Mn-Si steel

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    Nancheva, N. . Dept. of Physics); Popov, G. . Dept. of Metal Science); Misheva, M. . Faculty of Physics)

    1994-05-01

    The strengthening of metals and alloys by shock waves has been actively researched for the past three decades. It has been demonstrated that impulse loading, using explosive shock waves, strongly influences the strength of a variety of metals and alloys. As a result of shock loading an increase in hardness or tensile strength and a reduction in tensile ductility has been shown. These changes tend to be most significant at lower shock pressures. Shock loading at higher pressures ultimately leads to saturation'', i.e., a shock pressure is reached when there is little change in mechanical behavior with any additional increase in shock pressure. Microstructural examination had led various researchers to conclude that the observed changes in mechanical behavior after shock loading are due to an increase in dislocation density or to the introduction of twin and (or) martensite. The purpose of the present study is to investigate the influence of shock loading on the residual hardness of low-alloyed Mn-Si steel and to elucidate the defect structure by the positron lifetime technique.

  18. Free volume in imidazolium triflimide ([C{sub 3}MIM][NTf{sub 2}]) ionic liquid from positron lifetime: Amorphous, crystalline, and liquid states

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    Dlubek, G.; Beichel, W.; Bulut, S.; Pogodina, N.; Krossing, I.; Friedrich, Ch.

    2010-09-28

    Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) is used to study the ionic liquid 1-methyl-3-propylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide [C{sub 3}MIM][NTf{sub 2}] in the temperature range between 150 and 320 K. The positron decay spectra are analyzed using the routine LifeTime-9.0 and the size distribution of local free volumes (subnanometer-size holes) is calculated. This distribution is in good agreement with Fuerth's classical hole theory of liquids when taking into account Fuerth's hole coalescence hypothesis. During cooling, the liquid sample remains in a supercooled, amorphous state and shows the glass transition in the ortho-positronium (o-Ps) lifetime at 187 K. The mean hole volume varies between 70 A{sup 3} at 150 K and 250 A{sup 3} at 265-300 K. From a comparison with the macroscopic volume, the hole density is estimated to be constant at 0.20x10{sup 21} g{sup -1} corresponding to 0.30 nm{sup -3} at 265 K. The hole free volume fraction varies from 0.023 at 185 K to 0.073 at T{sub m}+12 K=265 K and can be estimated to be 0.17 at 430 K. It is shown that the viscosity follows perfectly the Cohen-Turnbull free volume theory when using the free volume determined here. The heating run clearly shows crystallization at 200 K by an abrupt decrease in the mean <{tau}{sub 3}> and standard deviation {sigma}{sub 3} of the o-Ps lifetime distribution and an increase in the o-Ps intensity I{sub 3}. The parameters of the second lifetime component <{tau}{sub 2}> and {sigma}{sub 2} behave parallel to the o-Ps parameters, which also shows the positron's (e{sup +}) response to structural changes. During melting at 253 K, all lifetime parameters recover to the initial values of the liquid. An abrupt decrease in I{sub 3} is attributed to the solvation of e{sup -} and e{sup +} particles. Different possible interpretations of the o-Ps lifetime in the crystalline state are briefly discussed.

  19. Type IA Supernovae & 511 keV Annihilation Radiation

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    Milne, P. A.; Leising, M. D.; The, L. S.

    1998-12-01

    This dissertation investigates the contributions of supernovae (SNe) to galactic positrons. Previous works have suggested that for favorable conditions, (56) Co positrons can escape from the SN ejecta into the ISM. The lifetimes of positrons are long enough to permit the contributions of many SNe to collectively produce a ``sea of positrons". The transport of positrons through SN ejecta and annihilation of positrons in the ISM give rise to two observable effects; the deposition of positron kinetic energy into the SN ejecta drives the SN emission at late times, and the annihilation of positrons with electrons in the ISM produces 511 keV photons. We model the transport of positrons in SN ejecta, estimating positron yields and generating bolometric light curves. The curves are compared with observed SN light curves and positron escape is indicated. The yields from SN models are combined with SN rates, galactic SN distributions and estimates of the yield of positrons from other SN-synthesized positron emitting radionuclei to generate a collective SN map of the galactic annihilation radiation. The SN map and many other maps are then compared to the observations of galactic annihilation radiation taken by the Oriented Scintillation Spectrometer Experiment (OSSE) to determine if the SN map is favored. The SN distribution was found to agree with the data if certain assumptions are made about the distribution of type Ia SNe in the Galaxy, and if other sources of galactic annihilation radiation were present. We conclude with a discussion of what observations would further the arguments for positron escape from SNe, and the SN galactic annihilation radiation map.

  20. Optical and positron annihilation spectroscopic studies on PMMA polymer doped by rhodamine B/chloranilic acid charge transfer complex: Special relevance to the effect of γ-ray irradiation

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    Hassan, H. E.; Refat, Moamen S.; Sharshar, T.

    2016-04-01

    Polymeric sheets of poly (methylmethaclyerate) (PMMA) containing charge transfer (CT) complex of rhodamine B/chloranilic acid (Rho B/CHA) were synthesized in methanol solvent at room temperature. The systematic analysis done on the Rho B and its CT complex in the form of powder or polymeric sheets confirmed their structure and thermal stability. The IR spectra interpreted the charge transfer mode of interaction between the CHA central positions and the terminal carboxylic group. The polymer sheets were irradiated with 70 kGy of γ radiation using 60Co source to study the enhanced changes in the structure and optical parameters. The microstructure changes of the PMMA sheets caused by γ-ray irradiation were analyzed using positron annihilation lifetime (PAL) and positron annihilation Doppler broadening (PADB) techniques. The positron life time components (τi) and their corresponding intensities (Ii) as well as PADB line-shape parameters (S and W) were found to be highly sensitive to the enhanced disorder occurred in the organic chains of the polymeric sheets due to γ-irradiation.

  1. Optical and positron annihilation spectroscopic studies on PMMA polymer doped by rhodamine B/chloranilic acid charge transfer complex: Special relevance to the effect of γ-ray irradiation.

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    Hassan, H E; Refat, Moamen S; Sharshar, T

    2016-04-15

    Polymeric sheets of poly (methylmethaclyerate) (PMMA) containing charge transfer (CT) complex of rhodamine B/chloranilic acid (Rho B/CHA) were synthesized in methanol solvent at room temperature. The systematic analysis done on the Rho B and its CT complex in the form of powder or polymeric sheets confirmed their structure and thermal stability. The IR spectra interpreted the charge transfer mode of interaction between the CHA central positions and the terminal carboxylic group. The polymer sheets were irradiated with 70kGy of γ radiation using (60)Co source to study the enhanced changes in the structure and optical parameters. The microstructure changes of the PMMA sheets caused by γ-ray irradiation were analyzed using positron annihilation lifetime (PAL) and positron annihilation Doppler broadening (PADB) techniques. The positron life time components (τi) and their corresponding intensities (Ii) as well as PADB line-shape parameters (S and W) were found to be highly sensitive to the enhanced disorder occurred in the organic chains of the polymeric sheets due to γ-irradiation. PMID:26867205

  2. Positron annihilation study of the electronic structure of LaB{sub 6} and CeB{sub 6}

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    Biasini, M.; Fretwell, H.M.; Dugdale, S.B.; Alam, M.A.; Kubo, Y.; Harima, H.; Sato, N.

    1997-10-01

    We measured the two-dimensional angular correlation of the positron annihilation radiation (2D-ACAR) on a single crystal of LaB{sub 6} for two projections. The anisotropies of the 2D electron-positron momentum density were very similar to those observed for the isostructural heavy-fermion (HF) system CeB{sub 6} in the paramagnetic phase and consistent with those of the calculated electron-positron momentum density of LaB{sub 6}. The standard Lock-Crisp-West (LCW) analysis was in reasonable agreement with the LCW folding of the calculated 2D-ACAR spectrum and the de Haas{endash}van Alphen findings. From the projected {bold {ital k}}-space density we could evaluate the Fermi volume, corresponding to 1.10{plus_minus}0.04 electrons per formula unit, and deduce that the effect of the nonuniform positron density does not play a significant role. The apparent discrepancy with the LCW analysis of CeB{sub 6}, where filtering procedures were required to recover a k-space density similar to that obtained for LaB{sub 6}, is discussed. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  3. Positron lifetime studies of decomposition in 2024 (Al-Cu-Mg) and 7010 (Al-Zn-Cu-Mg) alloys

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    Dlubek, G.; Lademann, P.; Krause, H.; Krause, S.; Unger, R.

    1998-09-04

    In the current paper, the decomposition behavior of the engineering alloys 2024 (Al-Cu-Mg) and 7010 (Al-Zn-Cu-Mg) is studied using positron lifetime measurements. Positrons probe open volume defects such as vacancies and dislocations. However, they may also be used to investigate coherent zones and incoherent precipitates. In order to understand the rather complicated precipitation sequences and the response of positrons to different type of precipitates occurring in 2024 and 7010 alloys, binary and ternary laboratory alloys were also investigated under the same experimental conditions as the engineering alloys. The interpretations of the results are based on experiences of the group from extensive positron studies of laboratory alloys such as Al-Zn, Al-Zn-Mg, Al-Cu, and further Al alloys (see also the review (4)). Their collected results are shown as lifetimes and curve-shape parameters S of the electron-positron momentum distribution curves characteristic for different precipitates in Al alloys.

  4. Positron annihilation 2D-ACAR study of semi-coherent Li nanoclusters in MgO( 1 0 0 ) and MgO( 1 1 0 )

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    Falub, C. V.; Mijnarends, P. E.; Eijt, S. W. H.; van Huis, M. A.; van Veen, A.; Schut, H.

    2002-05-01

    Depth selective positron annihilation two-dimensional angular correlation of annihilation radiation (2D-ACAR) is used to determine the electronic structure of Li nanoclusters formed by implantation of 10 16 cm -26Li ions (with an energy of 30 keV) in MgO(1 0 0) and (1 1 0) crystals, and subsequently annealed at 950 K. The 2D-ACAR spectra of Li-implanted MgO obtained with 4 keV positrons reveal the semi-coherent ordering state of the embedded metallic Li nanoclusters. The results agree with ab initio Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker calculations.

  5. Investigation of microstructural changes in polyetherether-ketone films at cryogenic temperatures by positron lifetime spectroscopy

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    Singh, Jag J.; Eftekhari, Abe; St.clair, Terry L.; Sprinkle, Danny R.

    1991-01-01

    Microstructural changes in Polyetherether-ketone (PEEK) films were investigated in the temperature ranges of 23 to -196 C, using Positron Lifetime Spectroscopy (PLS) technique. It was determined that the total free volume decreases by about 46 percent in amorphous PEEK samples and about 36 percent in semicrystalline PEEK samples when they are cooled down from room temperature to liquid nitrogen (LN2) temperature. If this trend in reduction in free volume with decreasing temperature continues, as expected, it is surmised that PEEK will be able to withstand cooling down to liquid hydrogen (LH2) temperature without any detrimental effect on its diffusivity for liquid hydrogen.

  6. Photo-degradation of Lexan polycarbonate studied using positron lifetime spectroscopy

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    Hareesh, K.; Sanjeev, Ganesh; Pandey, A. K.; Meghala, D.; Ranganathaiah, C.

    2013-02-05

    The free volume properties of pristine and UV irradiated Lexan polycarbonate have been investigated using Positron Lifetime Spectroscopy (PLS). The decrease in o-Ps life time and free volume size of irradiated sample is attributed to free volume modification and formation of more stable free radicals. These free radicals are formed due to the breakage of C-O bonds in Lexan polycarbonate after irradiation. This is also supported by the decrease in the intensity of C-O bond after exposure to UV-radiation as studied from Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and it also shows that benzene ring does not undergo any changes after irradiation.

  7. Microstructural Characterization of Semi-Interpenetrating Polymer Networks by Positron Lifetime Spectroscopy

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    Singh, Jag J.; Pater, Ruth H.; Eftekhari, Abe

    1996-01-01

    Thermoset and thermoplastic polyimides have complementary physical and mechanical properties. Whereas thermoset polyimides are brittle and generally easier to process, thermoplastic polyimides are tough but harder to process. A combination of these two types of polyimides may help produce polymers more suitable for aerospace applications. Semi-Interpenetrating Polymer Networks (S-IPN) of thermoset LaRC(TM)-RP46 and thermoplastic LaRC(TM)-IA polyimides were prepared in weight percent ratios ranging from 100:0 to 0:100. Positron lifetime measurements were made in these samples to correlate their free volume features with physical and mechanical properties. As expected, positronium atoms are not formed in these samples. The second lifetime component has been used to infer the positron trap dimensions. The 'free volume' goes through a minimum at a ratio of about 50:50, and this suggests that S-IPN samples are not merely solid solutions of the two polymers. These data and related structural properties of the S-IPN samples are discussed.

  8. Elementally specific electron-positron annihilation radiation emitted from ion cores of group-V impurity-vacancy complexes in germanium

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    Arutyunov, N. Yu.; Emtsev, V. V.

    2007-12-01

    High-momentum component (HMC) of the electron-positron annihilation has been detected by the angular correlation of annihilation radiation (ACAR) technique in order to obtain elementally specific information about the ion cores of the donor-vacancy complexes (DV) formed by irradiation with 60Co γ-rays at Tirr.≈280 K in oxygen-lean n-Ge doped with group-V donors (D=As, Sb, and Bi). The probability of annihilation of positrons with the core electrons of DV complexes reconstructed from ACAR spectra increases in passing from AsV to SbV and BiV complexes. This increase correlates with the shift of the D atom from its regular position towards the vacancy site predicted by the results of spin-density functional modeling study. The data obtained suggest inward relaxation of the ion cores of DV complexes (including the one directed inward towards the vacancy).

  9. Design of a new type positron beam system

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    Wu, Y. C.; Wang, B.; Wang, S. J.

    2006-02-01

    A new type positron beam system is being constructed in Wuhan university. The goal of this project is to build a positron beam which can measure positron lifetimes and has high moderation efficiency. The system utilizes a magnetically guided incident positron beam and the sample is biased to a high negative potential to achieve the desired implantation energies. A conventional tungsten moderator is replaced by a solid Ne moderator with high moderation efficiency (about 1%). A multi-functional target chamber for slow beam studies is designed, which can be used for positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS), Doppler broadening (DB) and coincidence Doppler broadening (CDB) measurements.

  10. Identification of the Native Vacancy Defects in Both Sublattices of ZnSxSe1-x by Positron Annihilation

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    Saarinen, K.; Laine, T.; Skog, K.; Mäkinen, J.; Hautojärvi, P.; Rakennus, K.; Uusimaa, P.; Salokatve, A.; Pessa, M.

    1996-10-01

    We show how positron annihilation can distinguish vacancies in the different sublattices of a binary compound by performing experiments in ZnSxSe1-x layers. We identify the Se vacancies \\(VSe\\) in N-doped and the Zn vacancies \\(VZn\\) in Cl-doped material by the shape of the core electron momentum distribution. The charge of the defect involving VSe is neutral or negative in p-type ZnSxSe1-x, suggesting that VSe is complexed with an acceptor. The concentration of the VSe complexes is high \\(>=1018 cm-3\\), indicating that their role is important in the electrical compensation of p-type ZnSxSe1-x.

  11. A study of Pd-Ta on Si(100) using AES, RBS and variable energy positron annihilation

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    Van Der Kolk, G.J.; Kuiper, A.E.T.; Duchateau, J.P.W.B.; Willemsen, M.; Nielsen, B.; Lynn, K.G.

    1988-01-01

    The applicability of Pd/sub x/Ta/sub 1-x/ as a diffusion barrier on Si has been investigated. For this purpose Pd/sub x/Ta/sub 1-x/ films of 200 nm thickness (x ranges from 0 to 1) were deposited on Si(100), and the reaction between over-layer and substrate was studied as a function of temperature. Interaction was found to occur at temperatures increasing with the Ta content. The as-deposited Pd/sub x/Ta/sub 1-x/ films with 0.2 less than or equal to x less than or equal to 0.6 were found to be amorphous. The amorphous phase had a higher reaction temperature than the crystalline one, causing a discontinuous step in the reaction temperature. RBS spectra revealed that for the Pd-rich compositions first a stoichiometric Pd2Si layer formed underneath a pure Ta layer. At higher temperatures TaSi2 formed at the surface. For Ta-rich compositions Pd2Si formed first as well, however, the reaction temperature was so high that Pd2Si grains formed in a Si matrix. The defect density of the Ta layer, which remained after outdiffusion of Pd, was investigated using variable energy positron annihilation. The defect concentration is very high, as deduced from the trapped positron fraction. A model is presented that describes the composition dependence of the reaction temperature. 26 refs., 6 figs., 1 tab.

  12. GRO: Red-shifted electron-positron annihilation gamma-rays from radiopulsars

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    Ruderman, Malvin

    1993-01-01

    Reported red-shifted e(+) + e(-) yields gamma + gamma 511 keV gamma-rays from the Crab pulsar would, if ultimately confirmed, provide crucial clues about the structure of the powerful magnetospheric accelerator in that rapidly spinning gamma-ray pulsar. In an attempt to understand the origin of this component of the Crab pulsar's emission, we try to account for the following: (1) a flow of approximately 10 exp 40 e(+/-)/s into near the surface of the neutron star; (2) a relatively narrow annihilation line implying that the annihilating e(+/-) pairs probably had a velocity (along vector B) less than or approximately = 10(exp -1)c; and (3) a tentative light curve suggesting a doubly peaked structure different from that of the rest of the Crab pulsar's nonthermal radiation.

  13. Annihilation of electron-positron pairs in the positronium ion Ps{sup -} and bipositronium Ps{sub 2}

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    Frolov, Alexei M.

    2009-07-15

    Rates of the two-, three-, four-, and five-photon annihilations of the electron-positron pairs are determined numerically for the three-body positronium ion Ps{sup -}(e{sup -}e{sup +}e{sup -}) and four-body bipositronium ''molecule''Ps{sub 2}(e{sup -}e{sup +}e{sup -}e{sup +}). The values obtained in our computations are {gamma}{sub 2{gamma}}(Ps{sup -}){approx_equal}2.080 485 305 25x10{sup 9} s{sup -1}, {gamma}{sub 3{gamma}}(Ps{sup -}){approx_equal}5.636 415 155 0x10{sup 6} s{sup -1}, {gamma}{sub 4{gamma}}(Ps{sup -}){approx_equal}3.075x10{sup 3} s{sup -1}, {gamma}{sub 5{gamma}}(Ps{sup -}){approx_equal}5.383 s{sup -1}, and {gamma}{sub 2{gamma}}(Ps{sub 2}){approx_equal}4.438 595 2x10{sup 9} s{sup -1}, {gamma}{sub 3{gamma}}(Ps{sub 2}){approx_equal}1.202 497x10{sup 7} s{sup -1}, {gamma}{sub 4{gamma}}(Ps{sub 2}){approx_equal}6.562x10{sup 3} s{sup -1}, {gamma}{sub 5{gamma}}(Ps{sub 2}){approx_equal}11.484 s{sup -1}. The four- and five-photon annihilation rates are significantly smaller than the corresponding two- and three-photon annihilation rates known for these systems. We also determine the rates of one- and zero-photon annihilation for the Ps{sup -} ion and Ps{sub 2} system. The corresponding numerical values are {gamma}{sub 1{gamma}}(Ps{sup -}){approx_equal}3.824 91x10{sup -2} s{sup -1}, {gamma}{sub 1{gamma}}(Ps{sub 2}){approx_equal}1.941 88x10{sup -1} s{sup -1}, and {gamma}{sub 0{gamma}}(Ps{sub 2}){approx_equal}2.321 97x10{sup -9} s{sup -1}.

  14. Effect of proton irradiation on positron annihilation and micro-Vickers hardness of Fe-C-Cu model alloys

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    Shibamoto, Hiroshi; Koyama, Kunio; Yuya, Hideki; Hasegawa, Masayuki; Kimura, Akihiko; Matsui, Hideki; Yamaguchi, Sadae

    1996-12-31

    Positron lifetime and micro-Vickers hardness were measured on well annealed model alloys, Fe-C(0%, 0.2%, 0.35%)-Cu(0%, 0.15%, 0.3%), after 1 MeV proton irradiation with a dose of 3 {times} 10{sup 17}/cm{sup 2} below 80 C. Longer lifetime, ranging from 310 to 360 ps, component appears and gives evidence of formation of microvoids containing about 10 vacancies. The longer lifetime decreases with increasing copper content and suggests smaller microvoids for Fe-Cu alloys. The longer lifetime increases with annealing temperature up to 400 C in pure Fe, but exhibits decrease around 300 C in Fe-C-Cu alloys. This decrease indicates reduction in effective size of microvoid around 350 C. Irradiation hardening is accelerated by copper but retarded by carbon. Post-irradiation anneal hardening is revealed at about 150 C and 350 C in Fe-C and Fe-C-Cu alloys. In Fe-Cu alloys, however, a single narrow hardening peak is observed around 350 C. The irradiation hardening in Fe-C alloy anneals out around 550 C, while that in alloys containing Cu makes complete recovery at about 650 C.

  15. Spectroscopic, Elemental and Thermal Analysis, and Positron Annihilation Studies on Ca(II), Sr(II), Ba(II), Pb(II), and Fe(III) Penicillin G Potassium Complexes

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    Refat, M. S.; Sharshara, T.

    2015-11-01

    The [Pb(Pin)2] · 3H2O, [M(Pin)(H2O)2(Cl)] · nH2O (M = SrII, CaII or BaII; n = 0-1), and [Fe(Pin)2(Cl)(H2O)] · H2O penicillin G potassium (Pin) complexes were synthesized and characterized using elemental analyses, molar conductivity, thermal analysis and electronic spectroscopy techniques. The positron annihilation lifetime (PAL) and Doppler broadening (DB) techniques have been employed to probe the defects and structural changes of Pin ligand and its complexes. The PAL and DB line-shape parameters were discussed in terms of the structure, molecular weight, ligand-metal molar ratio, and other properties of the Pin complexes.

  16. Lambda production in electron-positron annihilation at 29 GeV

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    Baden, A.R.

    1986-08-01

    The inclusive cross-secton for the production of the singly-strange baryons lambda and anti lambda, along with the differential cross-sections in momentum and energy, are measured by e/sup +/e/sup -/ annihilation at a center-of-mass energy of 29GeV. The charged decay mode lambda ..-->.. p..pi.. is used in a search for polarization. Such a polarization may be used as a check of CP invariance in lambda production. The sample of events with two detected decays is analyzed for correlations in production angle. 43 refs., 44 figs.

  17. Spin dependent momentum density and Fermi surface of ferromagnetic Ni obtained by positron annihilation experiments

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    Hamid, A. S.; Uedono, A.

    2004-11-01

    The cover picture of this issue, taken from [1], shows a cross section of the Fermi surface in the basal plane of nickel. The measurements were carried out using 2D angular correlation of annihilation radiation (ACAR) experiments. The intersecting plane is normal to the c-axis, passing through the and X points. The light regions correspond to a high electron momentum density. The Fermi surface is presented as two hole surfaces around the point and two electron surfaces around the X point.

  18. The local free volume, glass transition, and ionic conductivity in a polymer electrolyte: A positron lifetime study

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    Bamford, D.; Dlubek, G.; Reiche, A.; Alam, M. A.; Meyer, W.; Galvosas, P.; Rittig, F.

    2001-10-01

    The size of free-volume holes in neat poly[(ethylene glycol)23dimethacrylate] [poly((EG)23DMA)] and in the same polymer doped with 0.6 mol/kg LiCF3SO3 have been studied as a function of temperature in the range between 100 and 370 K using positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy. The results are compared with differential scanning calorimetry and ionic conductivity measurements. In both systems, the hole volume νh shows a typical glass-transition behavior, i.e., a small linear increase with temperature below the glass transition temperature Tg and a steeper increase above Tg. From these measurements Tg was estimated to be 233 K (neat polymer) and 240 K (polymer with salt) and the coefficients of the thermal expansion of the hole volume were determined. The fractional free volume (f=0.080) and the number density of holes (Nh=0.6 nm-3) were also estimated. Below Tg the average hole volume of the polymer electrolyte is larger than in the neat polymer. This is consistent with the bulky character of the CF3SO3- anion. Above Tg the salt-doped system shows the lower hole volume of the two systems, probably caused by a reduced segmental mobility as a consequence of the interactions of the Li+ ions with the ethylene oxide units of the polymer. Based on the free-volume theory of Cohen-Turnbull the ionic conductivity σ is correlated with the mean hole volume νh. A linear relation between log(σT 0.5) and 1/νh was observed to be valid for variations of the conductivity over several orders of magnitudes. From these plots critical hole sizes of γν*=0.65 nm3 (neat polymer) and 0.87 nm3 (polymer-salt system) were estimated. The parameters B and T0 of the Vogel-Tamman-Fulcher equation were also determined, as well as the apparent activation volume ΔVapp by pressure-dependent conductivity measurements. The cationic transference number in the polymer-salt system was determined by pulsed field gradient-nuclear magnetic resonance to be t+≈0.3.

  19. Premelting as studied by positron annihilation and emission Mössbauer spectroscopies

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    Stepanov, S. V.; Byakov, V. M.; Zvezhinskiy, D. S.; Duplâtre, G.; Dubov, L. Yu; Stepanov, P. S.; Perfiliev, Yu D.; Kulikov, L. A.

    2016-01-01

    We have estimated a local heating which takes place owing to the ionization energy losses at the terminal part of a fast positron track and at nano-vicinities of the 57Fe Mössbauer nuclei in case of the emission Mössbauer spectroscopy. It is shown that in experiments close to the melting point one may expect local melting near the probe species.

  20. Electronic structure and orientation relationship of Li nanoclusters embedded in MgO studied by depth-selective positron annihilation two-dimensional angular correlation

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    Falub, C. V.; Mijnarends, P. E.; Eijt, S. W.; van Huis, M. A.; van Veen, A.; Schut, H.

    2002-08-01

    Quantum-confined positrons are sensitive probes for determining the electronic structure of nanoclusters embedded in materials. In this work, a depth-selective positron annihilation 2D-ACAR (two-dimensional angular correlation of annihilation radiation) method is used to determine the electronic structure of Li nanoclusters formed by implantation of 1016-cm-2 30-keV 6Li ions in MgO (100) and (110) crystals and by subsequent annealing at 950 K. Owing to the difference between the positron affinities of lithium and MgO, the Li nanoclusters act as quantum dots for positrons. 2D-ACAR distributions for different projections reveal a semicoherent fitting of the embedded metallic Li nanoclusters to the host MgO lattice. Ab initio Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker calculations of the momentum density show that the anisotropies of the experimental distributions are consistent with an fcc crystal structure of the Li nanoclusters. The observed reduction of the width of the experimental 2D-ACAR distribution is attributed to positron trapping in vacancies associated with Li clusters. This work proposes a method for studying the electronic structure of metallic quantum dots embedded in an insulating material.

  1. Study of the SiO{sub 2}-Si interface using variable energy positron two-dimensional angular correlation of annihilation radiation

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    Peng, J.P.; Lynn, K.G.; Asoka-Kumar, P.; Becker, D.P.; Harshman, D.R.

    1996-03-01

    The defect structure of the SiO{sub 2}-Si interface has been studied using variable energy positron two-dimensional angular correlation of annihilation radiation (2D-ACAR). As the first depth-resolved 2D-ACAR measurement, unique information about this interface was obtained:The formation and trapping of positronium atoms are observed at the microvoids ({approximately}10 A in size) in the oxide and interface regions. Positron trapping and annihilation at the {ital P}{sub {ital b}} centers in the interface region are inferred. The existence of the microvoids in the interface region is beyond the current interface model, and the results may have a profound impact on the understanding of the interface growth. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  2. Fermi surface and conduction electrons of Na 0.64WO 3 by two-dimensional angular correlation of positron annihilation radiation

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    Akahane, T.; Hoffmann, K. R.; Chiba, T.; Berko, S.

    1985-06-01

    Two-dimensional angular correlation of positron annihilation radiation (2-D ACAR) form a Na 0.64WO 3 single crystal has been measured with a 64 detector 2-D ACAR apparatus. The results show that the Fermi surface of this compound has a jungle-gym like structure similar to that of ReO 3 and that the conduction electrons have strong t2g character.

  3. Generalized threshold resummation in inclusive DIS and semi-inclusive electron-positron annihilation

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    Almasy, A. A.; Lo Presti, N. A.; Vogt, A.

    2016-01-01

    We present analytic all-order results for the highest three threshold logarithms of the space-like and time-like off-diagonal splitting functions and the corresponding coefficient functions for inclusive deep-inelastic scattering (DIS) and semi-inclusive e + e - annihilation. All these results, obtained through an order-by-order analysis of the structure of the corresponding unfactorized quantities in dimensional regularization, can be expressed in terms of the Bernoulli functions introduced by one of us and leading-logarithmic soft-gluon exponentials. The resulting numerical corrections are small for the splitting functions but large for the coefficient functions. In both cases more terms in the threshold expansion need to be determined in order to arrive at quantitatively reliable results.

  4. Positronics of radiation-induced effects in chalcogenide glassy semiconductors

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    Shpotyuk, O.; Kozyukhin, S. A.; Shpotyuk, M.; Ingram, A.; Szatanik, R.

    2015-03-15

    Using As{sub 2}S{sub 3} and AsS{sub 2} glasses as an example, the principal possibility of using positron annihilation spectroscopy methods for studying the evolution of the free volume of hollow nanoobjects in chalcogenide glassy semiconductors exposed to radiation is shown. The results obtained by measurements of the positron annihilation lifetime and Doppler broadening of the annihilation line in reverse chronological order are in full agreement with the optical spectroscopy data in the region of the fundamental absorption edge, being adequately described within coordination defect-formation and physical-aging models.

  5. Nondestructive Induced Residual Stress Assessment in Superalloy Turbine Engine Components Using Induced Positron Annihilation (IPA)

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    Rideout, C. A.; Ritchie, S. J.; Denison, A.

    2007-03-21

    Induced Positron Analysis (IPA) has demonstrated the ability to nondestructively quantify shot peening/surface treatments and relaxation effects in single crystal superalloys, steels, titanium and aluminum with a single measurement as part of a National Science Foundation SBIR program and in projects with commercial companies. IPA measurement of surface treatment effects provides a demonstrated ability to quantitatively measure initial treatment effectiveness along with the effect of operationally induced changes over the life of the treated component. Use of IPA to nondestructively quantify surface and subsurface residual stresses in turbine engine materials and components will lead to improvements in current engineering designs and maintenance procedures.

  6. Defects in electron-irradiated GaAs studied by positron lifetime spectroscopy

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    Polity, A.; Rudolf, F.; Nagel, C.; Eichler, S.; Krause-Rehberg, R.

    1997-04-01

    A systematic study of electron-irradiation-induced defects in GaAs was carried out. The irradiation was performed at low temperature (4 K) with an incident energy of 2 MeV. Both, the defect formation and annealing behavior were studied in dependence on the fluence (10{sup 15}--10{sup 19} cm{sup {minus}2}) in undoped, n-, and p-doped GaAs. Temperature-dependent positron lifetime measurements were performed between 20 and 600 K. The thermal stability of defects was studied by annealing experiments in the temperature range of 90--600 K. A defect complex, which anneals in a main stage at 300 K, was found in all GaAs samples after electron irradiation. A possible candidate for this defect is a complex of a vacancy connected with an intrinsic defect. A second vancancylike defect was observed in n-type material after annealing at 550 K. This defect was assumed to be in the As sublattice. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  7. Effect of phosphorus on vacancy-type defect behaviour in electron-irradiated Ni studied by positron annihilation

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    Druzhkov, A. P.; Danilov, S. E.; Perminov, D. A.; Arbuzov, V. L.

    2015-02-01

    Very dilute Ni-P system (containing 50-240 appm phosphorus) irradiated by 5 MeV electrons at various temperatures (270-543 K) was studied by positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) and the electrical resistivity measurements. Under irradiation at 270 K (below stage III in Ni), the accumulation of the monovacancies in the Ni-P system is 1.5-2.0 times greater than that in pure Ni irradiated in the same conditions. This fact attests to the strong interaction between P atoms and self-interstitial atoms (SIAs). As a result of the non-mobile SIA-P complexes formation, the mutual recombination of point defects is suppressed and the vacancy accumulation is, respectively, enhanced. During post-irradiation annealing, the vacancy migration induces the transport process of the phosphorus atoms and leads to the formation of the vacancy clusters decorated with P atoms. The annealing behaviour of the defect structures in Ni-P systems after irradiation at enhanced temperatures was also studied. The influence of phosphorus on the formation and further evolution of the vacancy aggregates decrease with increasing of the irradiation temperature.

  8. Positron Annihilation Study of Zr-2.5 wt.% Nb alloy Irradiated by Ar9+ heavy ions

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    Devi, Aruna; Menon, Ranjini; Maheshwari, Priya; Neogy, S.; Mukherjee, P.; Nabhiraj, P. Y.; Pujari, P. K.; Srivastava, D.; Dey, G. K.

    2015-06-01

    Zr-2.5 Nballoy is used as a pressure tube material in pressurized heavy water reactor (PHWR). It is one of the most critical component which decides the lifespan of the reactor. The in-reactor degrading phenomenon of prime concern is dimensional changes caused by irradiation induced creep and growth processes. The present study aims to understand the mechanism of irradiation damage by irradiating the alloy with heavy ion. Such type of irradiation study would facilitate larger damage of material in a shorter time. Zr-2.5Nb alloy samples were irradiated using 315 keV Ar9+ ion for different durations. The irradiation doses were varied in the range of 3.1X1015 to 4.17X1016 Ar9+/cm2. SRIM calculation was carried out to evaluate damage profile in the irradiated samples. Beam based Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy (PAS) technique was used for depth profiling to characterize defect distribution in the alloys. The no. of defects generated is seen to increase with the increase in the fluence.

  9. A comparative study on ferromagnetic C/O-implanted GaN films by positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Xu, Juping; Li, Qiang; Liu, Jiandang; Ye, Bangjiao

    2016-05-01

    Room temperature ferromagnetism was observed in both C- and O-implanted GaN films, which were irradiated by 80 keV C/O-ions with respective dose of 5 × 1016 and 2 × 1017 ions/cm2. Positron annihilation spectroscopy was used to explore the magnetic origin and the correlation between the magnetism and structural features. The results reveal that carbon-ions play an important role in the stable ferromagnetism in C-implanted GaN films, while oxygen has no effect on the magnetic properties, even than a weak hysteresis loop was observed in O-implanted sample. This weak ferromagnetism is demonstrated as originated from Ga-related vacancies which induced by implantation. With first-principle calculations, we confirmed that substitutional C-ion at N-site can introduce magnetic moment for 0.8 μB and stabilize ferromagnetic coupling with adjacent Ga-vacancy at room temperature. Moreover, the effect of O-ions was clearly ruled out. Our discussion gives an experimental and theoretical insight of the different origin of ferromagnetism between acceptor and donor non-metal-doped GaN materials.

  10. Defects versus grain size effects on the ferromagnetism of ZrO2 nanocrystals clarified by positron annihilation

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    Wang, D. D.; Qi, N.; Jiang, M.; Chen, Z. Q.

    2013-01-01

    Undoped ZrO2 nanocrystals were annealed in open air from 100 °C to 1300 °C. X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscope were used to study the structure change and grain growth. Both the methods reveal that the ZrO2 grain size has very slight increase after annealing up to 900 °C. Positron annihilation measurements reveal a high concentration of vacancy defects which most probably exist in the grain boundary region. Thermal annealing above 500 °C causes recovery of these defects, and after annealing at 1200 °C, most of them are removed. Room temperature ferromagnetism is observed for the sample annealed at 100 °C and 500 °C. The magnetization becomes very weak after the nanocrystals are annealed at 700 °C, and it almost disappears at 1000 °C. It is clear that the intrinsic ferromagnetism in our ZrO2 nanocrystals is mostly related with the interfacial defects instead of grain size effects.

  11. Analysis of exclusive kT jet algorithms in electron-positron annihilation

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    Chay, Junegone; Kim, Chul; Kim, Inchol

    2015-10-01

    We study the factorization of the dijet cross section in e+e- annihilation using the generalized exclusive jet algorithm which includes the cone-type, the JADE, the kT, the anti-kT and the Cambridge/Aachen jet algorithms as special cases. In order to probe the characteristics of the jet algorithms in a unified way, we consider the generalized kT jet algorithm with an arbitrary weight of the energies, in which various types of the kT-type algorithms are included for specific values of the parameter. We show that the jet algorithm respects the factorization property for the parameter α <2 . The factorized jet function and the soft function are well defined and infrared safe for all the jet algorithms except the kT algorithm. The kT algorithm (α =2 ) breaks the factorization since the jet and the soft functions are infrared divergent and are not defined for α =2 , though the dijet cross section is infrared finite. In the jet algorithms which enable factorization, we give a phenomenological analysis using the resummed and the fixed-order results.

  12. Positronics of subnanometer atomistic imperfections in solids as a high-informative structure characterization tool

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    Shpotyuk, Oleh; Filipecki, Jacek; Ingram, Adam; Golovchak, Roman; Vakiv, Mykola; Klym, Halyna; Balitska, Valentyna; Shpotyuk, Mykhaylo; Kozdras, Andrzej

    2015-02-01

    Methodological possibilities of positron annihilation lifetime (PAL) spectroscopy applied to characterize different types of nanomaterials treated within three-term fitting procedure are critically reconsidered. In contrast to conventional three-term analysis based on admixed positron- and positronium-trapping modes, the process of nanostructurization is considered as substitutional positron-positronium trapping within the same host matrix. Developed formalism allows estimate interfacial void volumes responsible for positron trapping and characteristic bulk positron lifetimes in nanoparticle-affected inhomogeneous media. This algorithm was well justified at the example of thermally induced nanostructurization occurring in 80GeSe2-20Ga2Se3 glass.

  13. Positronics of subnanometer atomistic imperfections in solids as a high-informative structure characterization tool.

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    Shpotyuk, Oleh; Filipecki, Jacek; Ingram, Adam; Golovchak, Roman; Vakiv, Mykola; Klym, Halyna; Balitska, Valentyna; Shpotyuk, Mykhaylo; Kozdras, Andrzej

    2015-01-01

    Methodological possibilities of positron annihilation lifetime (PAL) spectroscopy applied to characterize different types of nanomaterials treated within three-term fitting procedure are critically reconsidered. In contrast to conventional three-term analysis based on admixed positron- and positronium-trapping modes, the process of nanostructurization is considered as substitutional positron-positronium trapping within the same host matrix. Developed formalism allows estimate interfacial void volumes responsible for positron trapping and characteristic bulk positron lifetimes in nanoparticle-affected inhomogeneous media. This algorithm was well justified at the example of thermally induced nanostructurization occurring in 80GeSe2-20Ga2Se3 glass. PMID:25852373

  14. Positron beam investigations of natural cubic and coated diamonds

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    Shiryaev, A. A.; van Veen, A.; Schut, H.; Kruseman, A. C.; Zakharchenko, O. D.

    2000-06-01

    Positron beam and 2D-ACAR investigation of cubic and coated diamonds are reported. In type IIA diamonds, positrons are mostly trapped in vacancies in the carbon lattice; in type Ia diamonds, two main defect-related annihilation sites are nitrogen-vacancy complexes (H2, H3) and the vicinity of split interstitial atoms. No correlation between principal nitrogen defects and annihilation rate was found. PAS data indicate the presence of a significant amount of vacancies in all studied diamonds, which increases the rate of nitrogen aggregation. It is shown that pressurised fluid inclusions may serve as a positron trap, giving rise to the long component in the lifetime spectra.

  15. Electric-field distribution in Au-semi-insulating GaAs contact investigated by positron-lifetime technique

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    Ling, C. C.; Shek, Y. F.; Huang, A. P.; Fung, S.; Beling, C. D.

    1999-02-01

    Positron-lifetime spectroscopy has been used to investigate the electric-field distribution occurring at the Au-semi-insulating GaAs interface. Positrons implanted from a 22Na source and drifted back to the interface are detected through their characteristic lifetime at interface traps. The relative intensity of this fraction of interface-trapped positrons reveals that the field strength in the depletion region saturates at applied biases above 50 V, an observation that cannot be reconciled with a simple depletion approximation model. The data, are, however, shown to be fully consistent with recent direct electric-field measurements and the theoretical model proposed by McGregor et al. [J. Appl. Phys. 75, 7910 (1994)] of an enhanced EL2+ electron-capture cross section above a critical electric field that causes a dramatic reduction of the depletion region's net charge density. Two theoretically derived electric field profiles, together with an experimentally based profile, are used to estimate a positron mobility of ~95+/-35 cm2 V-1 s-1 under the saturation field. This value is higher than previous experiments would suggest, and reasons for this effect are discussed.

  16. Positron spectroscopy for materials characterization

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    Schultz, Peter J.; Snead, C. L., Jr.

    One of the more active areas of research on materials involves the observation and characterization of defects. The discovery of positron localization in vacancy-type defects in solids in the 1960's initiated a vast number of experimental and theoretical investigations which continue to this day. Traditional positron annihilation spectroscopic techniques, including lifetime studies, angular correlation, and Doppler broadening of annihilation radiation, are still being applied to new problems in the bulk properties of simple metals and their alloys. In addition new techniques based on tunable sources of monoenergetic positron beams have, in the last 5 years, expanded the horizons to studies of surfaces, thin films, and interfaces. In the present paper we briefly review these experimental techniques, illustrating with some of the important accomplishments of the field.

  17. Positron spectroscopy for materials characterization

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    Schultz, P.J.; Snead, C.L. Jr.

    1988-01-01

    One of the more active areas of research on materials involves the observation and characterization of defects. The discovery of positron localization in vacancy-type defects in solids in the 1960's initiated a vast number of experimental and theoretical investigations which continue to this day. Traditional positron annihilation spectroscopic techniques, including lifetime studies, angular correlation, and Doppler broadening of annihilation radiation, are still being applied to new problems in the bulk properties of simple metals and their alloys. In addition new techniques based on tunable sources of monoenergetic positron beams have, in the last 5 years, expanded the horizons to studies of surfaces, thin films, and interfaces. In the present paper we briefly review these experimental techniques, illustrating with some of the important accomplishments of the field. 40 refs., 19 figs.

  18. General relativistic ray-tracing algorithm for the determination of the electron-positron energy deposition rate from neutrino pair annihilation around rotating neutron and quark stars

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    Kovács, Z.; Harko, T.

    2011-11-01

    We present a full general relativistic numerical code for estimating the energy-momentum deposition rate (EMDR) from neutrino pair annihilation (?). The source of the neutrinos is assumed to be a neutrino-cooled accretion disc around neutron and quark stars. We calculate the neutrino trajectories by using a ray-tracing algorithm with the general relativistic Hamilton's equations for neutrinos and derive the spatial distribution of the EMDR due to the annihilations of neutrinos and antineutrinos around rotating neutron and quark stars. We obtain the EMDR for several classes of rotating neutron stars, described by different equations of state of the neutron matter, and for quark stars, described by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) bag model equation of state and in the colour-flavour-locked (CFL) phase. The distribution of the total annihilation rate of the neutrino-antineutrino pairs around rotating neutron and quark stars is studied for isothermal discs and accretion discs in thermodynamical equilibrium. We demonstrate both the differences in the equations of state for neutron and quark matter and rotation with the general relativistic effects significantly modify the EMDR of the electrons and positrons generated by the neutrino-antineutrino pair annihilation around compact stellar objects, as measured at infinity.

  19. Diffuse galactic annihilation radiation from supernova nucleosynthesis

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    Higdon, J. C.

    1985-01-01

    The propagation of MeV positrons in the outer ejecta of type I supernovae was investigated. It was found that the positrons created at times of approx 100 days propagated along magnetic field lines in the outer ejecta without any appreciable pitch-angle scattering or excitation of hydromagnetic waves. The lack of significant pitch-angle scattering is well consistent with models of wave excitation and scattering by resonant interactions. This occurs because time periods to scatter the particles or to excite waves are significantly longer than escape times. Thus it is expected that, when positrons are not coupled to the ejecta by Coulomb collisions, they escape from the relatively cold, dense ejecta and reside predominantly in the tenuous, hotter, shock-heated interstellar gas. In the tenuous shock-heated gas the positron lifetime against annihilation is much greater than lifetimes in the dense ejectra. Thus the production of steady-state diffuse annihilation radiation by some fraction of these escaped positrons seems probable.

  20. Observation of the electron ridge Fermi surface in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x} by positron annihilation

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    Smedskjaer, L.C.; Fang, Y.; Bailey, K.G.; Welp, U.; Bansil, A.

    1991-04-01

    Positron annihilation (two-dimensional-angular-correlation) experiments on an untwinned single crystal of metallic YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}x} sample are reported in the c-projection. The measurements were carried out at room temperature and involved 94 Mcounts. An analysis of the spectra reveals clearly for the first time the presence of the electron ridge Fermi surface associated with the one-dimensional chain bands, and orthorhombic anisotropies in momentum density in good agreement with the band theory predictions.

  1. Polymeric membrane studied using slow positron beam

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    Hung, Wei-Song; Lo, Chia-Hao; Cheng, Mei-Ling; Chen, Hongmin; Liu, Guang; Chakka, Lakshmi; Nanda, D.; Tung, Kuo-Lun; Huang, Shu-Hsien; Lee, Kueir-Rarn; Lai, Juin-Yih; Sun, Yi-Ming; Yu, Chang-Cheng; Zhang, Renwu; Jean, Y. C.

    2008-10-01

    A radioisotope slow positron beam has been built at the Chung Yuan Christian University in Taiwan for the research and development in membrane science and technology. Doppler broadening energy spectra and positron annihilation lifetime have been measured as a function of positron energy up to 30 keV in a polyamide membrane prepared by the interfacial polymerization between triethylenetetraamine (TETA) and trimesoyl chloride (TMC) on modified porous polyacrylonitrile (PAN) asymmetric membrane. The multilayer structures and free-volume depth profile for this asymmetric membrane system are obtained. Positron annihilation spectroscopy coupled with a slow beam could provide new information about size selectivity of transporting molecules and guidance for molecular designs in polymeric membranes.

  2. Tailoring the chain packing in ultrathin polyelectrolyte films formed by sequential adsorption: nanoscale probing by positron annihilation spectroscopy.

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    Quinn, John F; Pas, Steven J; Quinn, Anthony; Yap, Heng Pho; Suzuki, Ryoichi; Tuomisto, Filip; Shekibi, Bijan S; Mardel, James I; Hill, Anita J; Caruso, Frank

    2012-12-01

    Depth profiling experiments by positron annihilation spectroscopy have been used to investigate the free volume element size and concentration in films assembled using the layer-by-layer (LbL) adsorption method. Films prepared from strong polyelectrolytes, weak polyelectrolytes, hydrogen-bonding polymers, and blended polyelectrolyte multilayers have different chain packing that is reflected in the free volume characteristics. The influence of various parameters on free volume, such as number of bilayers, salt concentration, solution pH, and molecular weight, has been systematically studied. The free volume cavity diameters vary from 4 to 6 Å, and the free volume concentrations vary from (1.1-4.3) × 10(20) cm(-3), depending on the choice of assembly polymers and conditions. Films assembled from strong polyelectrolytes have fewer free volume cavities with a larger average size than films prepared from weak polyelectrolytes. Blending the weak polyanion poly(acrylic acid), PAA, with the strong polyanion poly(styrene sulfonate), PSS, to layer alternately with the polycation poly(allyamine hydrochloride), PAH, is shown to be a viable method to achieve intermediate free volume characteristics in these LbL films. An increase in salt concentration of the adsorption solutions for films prepared from strong polyelectrolytes makes these films tend toward weaker polyelectrolyte free volume characteristics. Hydrogen-bonded layered films show larger free volume element size and concentration than do their electrostatically bonded counterparts, while reducing the molecular weight of these hydrogen-bonded polymers results in slightly reduced free volume size and concentration. A study of the effect of solution pH on films prepared from weak polyelectrolytes shows that when both polyelectrolytes are substantially charged in solution (assembly pH = 7.5), the chains pack similarly to strong polyelectrolytes (i.e., lower free volume concentration), but with smaller average cavity sizes. These results give, for the first time, a clear indication of how the free volume profile develops in LbL thin films, offering numerous methods to tailor the Ångström-scale free volume properties by judicious selection of the assembly polymers and conditions. These findings can be potentially exploited to tailor the properties of thin polymer films for applications spanning membranes, sensing, and drug delivery. PMID:23170945

  3. Bounds on Cross-sections and Lifetimes for Dark Matter Annihilation and Decay into Charged Leptons from Gamma-ray Observations of Dwarf Galaxies

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    Essig, Rouven; Sehgal, Neelima; Strigari, Louis E.; /KIPAC, Menlo Park

    2009-06-19

    We provide conservative bounds on the dark matter cross-section and lifetime from final state radiation produced by annihilation or decay into charged leptons, either directly or via an intermediate particle {phi}. Our analysis utilizes the experimental gamma-ray flux upper limits from four Milky Way dwarf satellites: HESS observations of Sagittarius and VERITAS observations of Draco, Ursa Minor, and Willman 1. Using 90% confidence level lower limits on the integrals over the dark matter distributions, we find that these constraints are largely unable to rule out dark matter annihilations or decays as an explanation of the PAMELA and ATIC/PPB-BETS excesses. However, if there is an additional Sommerfeld enhancement in dwarfs, which have a velocity dispersion {approx} 10 to 20 times lower than that of the local Galactic halo, then the cross-sections for dark matter annihilating through {phi}'s required to explain the excesses are very close to the cross-section upper bounds from Willman 1. Dark matter annihilation directly into {tau}'s is also marginally ruled out by Willman 1 as an explanation of the excesses, and the required cross-section is only a factor of a few below the upper bound from Draco. Finally, we make predictions for the gamma-ray flux expected from the dwarf galaxy Segue 1 for the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. We find that for a sizeable fraction of the parameter space in which dark matter annihilation into charged leptons explains the PAMELA excess, Fermi has good prospects for detecting a gamma-ray signal from Segue 1 after one year of observation.

  4. A position-sensitive γ-ray detector for positron annihilation 2D-ACAR based on metal package photomultiplier tubes

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    Inoue, Koji; Saito, Haruo; Nagashima, Yasuyuki; Hyodo, Toshio; Nagai, Yasuyoshi; Muramatsu, Shinichi; Nagai, Shota; Masuda, Keisuke

    2002-07-01

    A new position-sensitive γ-ray detector to be used in a two-dimensional angular correlation of positron annihilation radiation (2D-ACAR) apparatus has been developed. It consists of 36 compact position-sensitive photomultiplier tubes (PS-PMT: HAMAMATSU R5900-00-C8), a light guide, and 2676 Bi 4Ge 3O 12 (BGO) scintillator pieces of size 2.6 mm×2.6 mm×18 mm. A high detection efficiency for 511 keV γ-ray is achieved with the length of BGO scintillators used. The detection area is about 160 mm×160 mm. The 288 anode outputs of the PS-PMTs are wired and connected to resistor chains from which 16 outputs (8 outputs each along the X and Y directions) are taken to identify the incident position of the γ-ray. The spatial resolution is about 3 mm (FWHM). The timing signal taken from the last dynodes of the PS-PMTs gives a timing resolution of 7.7 ns (FWHM) for 511 keV positron annihilation γ-rays.

  5. Ligand-surface interactions and surface oxidation of colloidal PbSe quantum dots revealed by thin-film positron annihilation methods

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    Shi, Wenqin; Eijt, Stephan W. H.; Suchand Sandeep, C. S.; Siebbeles, Laurens D. A.; Houtepen, Arjan J.; Kinge, Sachin; Brück, Ekkes; Barbiellini, Bernardo; Bansil, Arun

    2016-02-01

    Positron Two Dimensional Angular Correlation of Annihilation Radiation (2D-ACAR) measurements reveal modifications of the electronic structure and composition at the surfaces of PbSe quantum dots (QDs), deposited as thin films, produced by various ligands containing either oxygen or nitrogen atoms. In particular, the 2D-ACAR measurements on thin films of colloidal PbSe QDs capped with oleic acid ligands yield an increased intensity in the electron momentum density (EMD) at high momenta compared to PbSe quantum dots capped with oleylamine. Moreover, the EMD of PbSe QDs is strongly affected by the small ethylenediamine ligands, since these molecules lead to small distances between QDs and favor neck formation between near neighbor QDs, inducing electronic coupling between neighboring QDs. The high sensitivity to the presence of oxygen atoms at the surface can be also exploited to monitor the surface oxidation of PbSe QDs upon exposure to air. Our study clearly demonstrates that positron annihilation spectroscopy applied to thin films can probe surface transformations of colloidal semiconductor QDs embedded in functional layers.

  6. A laser-cooled positron plasma.

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    Jelenkovic, B. J.; Bollinger, J. J.; Newbury, A. S.; Itano, W. M.; Mitchell, T. B.; King, L. B.; Wineland, D. J.

    2000-10-01

    We report trapping and cooling small numbers of positrons in a Penning trap. Positrons from a 2 mCi ^22Na source travel along the axis of a 6 T magnet where they hit a Cu reflection moderator crystal. Up to a few thousand positrons are trapped and lose energy through Coulomb collisions (sympathetic cooling) with laser-cooled ^9Be^+ ions. By imaging the ^9Be^+ laser-induced fluorescence, we observe centrifugal separation of the ^9Be^+ ions and positrons, with the positrons coalescing into a column along the trap axis. This indicates the positrons have the same rotation frequency and comparable density to the ^9Be^+ ions ( ~ 5×10^9 cm-3) and places a rough 5 K upper limit on the positron temperature of motion parallel to the magnetic field. We estimate the number of trapped positrons from the volume of this column and from the annihilation radiation when the positrons are dumped out of the trap. The measured positron lifetime is >= 7 days in our room temperature vacuum system. Cold dense positron plasmas are useful for antihydrogen formation and the study of basic and quantum plasma physics.

  7. A laser-cooled positron plasma.

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    Jelenković, B. J.; Bollinger, J. J.; Newbury, A. S.; Itano, W. M.; Mitchell, T. B.; King, L. B.; Wineland, D. J.

    2000-06-01

    We report trapping and cooling of small numbers of positrons in a Penning trap. Positrons from a 2 mCi ^22Na source travel along the axis of a 6 T magnet where they hit a Cu reflection moderator crystal. Up to a few thousand positrons are trapped and lose energy through Coulomb collisions (sympathetic cooling) with laser-cooled ^9Be^+ ions. By imaging the ^9Be^+ laser-induced fluorescence, we observe centrifugal separation of the ^9Be^+ ions and positrons, with the positrons coalescing into a column along the trap axis. This indicates the positrons have the same rotation frequency and comparable density to the ^9Be^+ ions ( ~ 4× 10^9 cm-3). We estimate the number of trapped positrons from the volume of this column and from the annihilation radiation when the positrons are dumped out of the trap. Preliminary measurements indicate a positron lifetime ~ 5 days. Estimates of the temperature of the positron motion parallel and perpendicular to the magnetic field will be given. Cold dense positron plasmas are useful for antihydrogen formation and the study of basic and quantum plasma physics.

  8. Characterizing Metal-Oxide Semiconductor Structures Consisting of HfSiOx as Gate Dielectrics using Monoenergetic Positron Beams

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    Uedono, Akira; Hattori, Nobuyoshi; Ogura, Atsushi; Kudo, Jun; Nishikawa, Satoshi; Ohdaira, Toshiyuki; Suzuki, Ryoichi; Mikado, Tomohisa

    2004-04-01

    Metal-oxide-semiconductor structures consisting of HfSiOx as the gate dielectric were characterized by using monoenergetic positron beams. 200-nm-thick polycrystalline-Si (poly-Si) and 5-nm HfSiOx films were grown on Si substrates by chemical vapor deposition. Doppler broadening spectra of the annihilation radiation and the lifetime spectra of positrons were measured as a function of incident positron energy for ion-implanted and unimplanted samples. For the unimplanted sample after rapid thermal annealing (RTA: 1030°C, 10 s), the lifetime of positrons in the HfSiOx film was 448± 2 ps. Since the obtained lifetime was longer than the lifetime of positrons trapped by point defects in metal oxides, the positrons in HfSiOx films were considered to annihilate from the trapped state by open spaces which exist intrinsically in their amorphous structure. After P+, As+ and BF2+-implantation into the poly-Si film and RTA, the lifetime of positrons was 420-430 ps. This decrease in the lifetime was attributed to the shrinkage of the open spaces in the HfSiOx film due to the accumulation of implanted impurities in the film during RTA. The diffusion length of positrons in Si substrates was found to depend on the implanted species of ions. This fact was attributed to the electric field introduced by charged defects in the HfSiOx films.

  9. Tau and muon pair production cross sections in electron-positron annihilations at {radical}(s)=10.58 GeV

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    Banerjee, Swagato; Roney, J. Michael; Pietrzyk, Bolek

    2008-03-01

    The calculational precision of e{sup +}e{sup -}{yields}{tau}{sup +}{tau}{sup -} and e{sup +}e{sup -}{yields}{mu}{sup +}{mu}{sup -} production cross sections in electron-positron annihilations at {radical}(s)=10.58 GeV is studied for the KKMC Monte Carlo simulation program, modified to include contributions from recent implementation of the hadronic part of vacuum polarization. We determine {sigma}(e{sup +}e{sup -}{yields}{tau}{sup +}{tau}{sup -})=(0.919{+-}0.003) nb and {sigma}(e{sup +}e{sup -}{yields}{mu}{sup +}{mu}{sup -})=(1.147{+-}0.005) nb, where the error represents the precision of the calculation.

  10. Time-dependent investigation of sub-monolayers of Ni on Pd using Positron-annihilation induced Auger Electron Spectroscopy and XPS

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    Zimnik, Samantha; Piochacz, Christian; Vohburger, Sebastian; Hugenschmidt, Christoph

    2016-01-01

    The surface of a polycrystalline Pd-substrate covered with (sub-) monolayers of Ni was investigated with Positron-annihilation induced Auger Electron Spectroscopy (PAES). Comparative studies using conventional AES induced by electrons and X-rays showed the outstanding surface sensitivity of PAES. Time-dependent PAES was performed on a 0.5 ML Ni cover layer on Pd and compared with conventional X-ray induced Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) in order to observe changes in the elemental composition of the surface. The PAES results appear to show a migration of Ni atoms into the Pd substrate, whereas the Ni signal shows a decrease of 12% within 13 h with respect to the initial value.

  11. Positron two-dimensional angular-correlation-of-annihilation-radiation study of untwinned YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 6. 9 in the a -axis projection

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    Smedskjaer, L.C. ); Bansil, A. ); Welp, U.; Fang, Y.; Bailey, K.G. )

    1992-09-01

    We present a two-dimensional (2D)-ACAR positron annihilation study of an {ital untwinned} YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 6.9} metallic sample in the {ital a}-axis projection; all existing data from untwinned samples have employed the {ital c} projection. The data show a clear presence of the Cu-O chain related ridge Fermi surface extending along the {Gamma}{ital Z} direction and two associated umklapp images at higher momenta. These results are consistent with the previously investigated {ital c} projection of the momentum density in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 6.9} and do not appear to indicate a strong localization of these electron states along the {ital c} direction. We compare and contrast the structures in 2D-ACAR's in the {ital a} and {ital c} projections, delineating similarities and differences between the results for the two projections.

  12. Bulk Fermi surface and momentum density in heavily doped La2-xSrxCuO4 using high-resolution Compton scattering and positron annihilation spectroscopies

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    Al-Sawai, W.; Barbiellini, B.; Sakurai, Y.; Itou, M.; Mijnarends, P. E.; Markiewicz, R. S.; Kaprzyk, S.; Wakimoto, S.; Fujita, M.; Basak, S.; Lin, H.; Wang, Yung Jui; Eijt, S. W. H.; Schut, H.; Yamada, K.; Bansil, A.

    2012-03-01

    We have observed the bulk Fermi surface (FS) in an overdoped (x=0.3) single crystal of La2-xSrxCuO4 by using Compton scattering. A two-dimensional (2D) momentum density reconstruction from measured Compton profiles yields a clear FS signature in the third Brillouin zone along [100]. The quantitative agreement between density functional theory (DFT) calculations and momentum density experiment suggests that Fermi-liquid physics is restored in the overdoped regime. In particular the predicted FS topology is found to be in good accord with the corresponding experimental data. We find similar quantitative agreement between the measured 2D angular correlation of positron annihilation radiation (2D-ACAR) spectra and the DFT-based computations. However, 2D-ACAR does not give such a clear signature of the FS in the extended momentum space in either the theory or the experiment.

  13. Positron annihilation study of the influence of doping on the 3 d electron states in the Ni3Al intermetallic compound

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    Druzhkov, A. P.; Perminov, D. A.; Stepanova, N. N.

    2010-10-01

    The 3 d electron states in Ni3Al single crystals doped with Fe, Co, and Nb have been investigated using angular correlation of annihilation radiation (ACAR). The ACAR spectra contain information on the momentum distribution of valence electrons and strongly bound 3 d electrons of the intermetallic compound. It has been established that the positrons in the Ni3Al crystals predominantly annihilate in the nickel sublattice from delocalized states. The doping of the compound by the third element leads to a variation in the momentum distribution of Ni 3 d electrons due to the change in the character of interatomic bonds. An analysis of the momentum distribution has demonstrated that the niobium atoms increase the covalent component of the chemical bond as compared to the binary compound due to the d Nb- d Ni hybridization. The doping with cobalt atoms also enhances the tendency toward the formation of the covalent bond. At the same time, iron atoms have a weak effect on the electronic structure of the intermetallic compound.

  14. Positron sensing of distribution of defects in depth materials

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    Kupchishin, A. I.; Kupchishin, A. A.; Voronova, N. A.; Kirdyashkin, V. I.

    2016-02-01

    It was developed a non-destructive method of positron sensing, which allows to determine the distribution of defects in the depth of the material. From the analysis we can conclude that the angular distribution curves of annihilation photons (well as and on the characteristics in experiments on the lifetime, 3γ - angular correlation, Doppler effect) is influenced by three main factors: a) The distribution of defects in the depth of the material, their dimensions as well as parameters of the interaction of positrons with defects. With increasing the concentration of defects the intensity Jγ(a, ξ) varies more; b) Modification of the energy spectrum of slow positrons due to the influence of defects, wherein the spectrum of positrons becomes softer, and the average energy of the positron annihilation is reduced; c) Deformation of the momentum distribution of the electrons in the region of defect. The energy spectrum of electrons is also becomes softer, and the average energy of the electrons (on which positrons annihilate) is less. The experimentally were measured spectra of photons in the zone of annihilation and were calculated the distribution of defects in depth for a number of metals.

  15. Detection of a feature at 0. 44 MeV in the Crab pulsar spectrum with FIGARO II - A redshifted positron annihilation line

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    Massaro, E.; Matt, G.; Salvati, M.; Costa, E.; Mandrou, P. Arcetri, Osservatorio Astrofisico, Florence CNR, Inst. di Astrofisica Spaziale, Frascati Centre d'Etude Spatiale des Rayonnements, Toulouse )

    1991-07-01

    The balloon-borne experiment FIGARO II was launched from the base of Trapani-Milo on July 9, 1990 at 0433 UT and observed the Crab pulsar for about 5 hr. The light curve of the signal from PSR 0531 + 21 folded with the radio period shows clearly the known double-peak structure. The spectrum of the second peak, the dominant structure in the hard X-rays and low-energy gamma rays, is characterized by a feature which, if interpreted as an emission line, gives the intensity of (0.86 {plus minus} 0.33) {times} 10 to the {minus}4th photons/sq cm per sec at the energy of 0.44 {plus minus} 0.01 MeV at a confidence level of 99.6 percent. If this feature is the signature of positron annihilation close to the neutron star surface, redshifted by the intense gravitational field, it is possible to estimate the mass-to-radius ratio of the Crab neutron star and the positron production rate from one of the polar caps. The former is equal to 0.087 solar masses/km and the latter 8.2 {times} 10 to the 39th e(+)/s for a pencil-beam pattern, in reasonable agreement with some heuristic estimates based on the number of energetic particles radiating the optical pulses. 16 refs.

  16. Structure and sublimation of water ice films grown in vacuo at 120-190 K studied by positron and positronium annihilation.

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    Townrow, S; Coleman, P G

    2014-03-26

    The crystalline structure of ∼ 5-20 μm water ice films grown at 165 and 172 K has been probed by measuring the fraction of positrons forming ortho-positronium (ortho-Ps) and decaying into three gamma photons. It has been established that films grown at slower rates (water vapour pressure ≥ 1 mPa) have lower concentrations of lattice defects and closed pores, which act as Ps traps, than those grown at higher rates (vapour pressure ∼ 100 mPa), evidenced by ortho-Ps diffusion lengths being approximately four times greater in the former. By varying the growth temperature between 162 and 182 K it was found that films become less disordered at temperatures above ∼ 172 K, with the ortho-Ps diffusion length rising by ∼ 60%, in this range. The sublimation energy for water ice films grown on copper has been measured to be 0.462(5) eV using the time dependence of positron annihilation parameters from 165 to 195 K, in agreement with earlier studies and with no measurable dependence on growth rate and thermal history. PMID:24599176

  17. Gamma-ray spectroscopy of the galactic center region: Confirmation of the time-variability of the positron annihilation line

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    Paciesas, W. S.; Cline, T. L.; Teegarden, B. J.; Tueller, J.; Durouchoux, P.; Hameury, J. M.

    1982-01-01

    The GSFC Low-Energy Gamma-Ray Spectrometer observed the region of the galactic center during a balloon flight from Alice Springs, Australia, on 1981 November 20. No significant excess over background was evident in the 511 keV annihilation line. A 98 percent confidence upper limit is derived for this line of 1.2 x .001 photons/sq. cm-s. Continuum emission was detected above 100 keV with a best-fitting power law spectrum.

  18. Thermal and optical excitation of trapped electrons in high-density polyethylene (HDPE) studied through positron annihilation

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    Nahid, F.; Zhang, J. D.; Yu, T. F.; Ling, C. C.; Fung, S.; Beling, C. D.

    2011-04-01

    Positronium (Ps) formation in high-density polyethylene (HDPE) has been studied below the glass transition temperature. The formation probability increases with positron irradiation time due to an increasing number of inter-track trapped electrons becoming available for positron capture. The temperature variation of the saturated Ps level is discussed in different models. The quenching of trapped electrons by light has been studied and the optical de-trapping cross-section for different photon energies has been estimated over the visible region.

  19. Positron measurements in 2H-TaSe/sub 2/ crystals

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    Jean, Y.C.; Fluss, M.J.

    1985-01-01

    Temperature-dependent positron annihilation lifetime and Doppler broadening experiments are reported on single crystals of 2H-TaSe/sub 2/ to search for effects from known charge-density-wave (CDW) phase transitions. The positron lifetime in the perfect lattice and in positron trapping sites were found to be 0.173 and 0.378 ns, respectively. The apparent activation energy for the thermally generated trapping sites was found to be 0.12 eV. Doppler broadening spectra exhibited no response to the known CDW phase transitions, nor any significant overall anisotropy in their temperature dependence.

  20. Effect of free volume and temperature on the structural relaxation in polymethylphenylsiloxane: a positron lifetime and pressure-volume-temperature study.

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    Dlubek, G; Shaikh, M Q; Krause-Rehberg, R; Paluch, M

    2007-01-14

    The microstructure of the free volume and its temperature dependence in polymethylphenylsiloxane (PMPS) have been examined using positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) and pressure-volume-temperature experiments. The hole-free volume fraction h and the specific hole-free and occupied volumes, Vf=hV and Vocc=(1-h)V, were estimated employing the Simha-Somcynsky (SS) lattice-hole theory. From the PALS spectra analyzed with the new routine LT9.0 the hole size distribution, its mean, , and mean dispersion, sigmah, were calculated. A comparison of with V and Vf delivered a constant specific hole number Nh'. Using a fluctuation approach the temperature dependency of the volume of the smallest representative freely fluctuating subsystem, , is estimated to vary from approximately 8.5 nm3 at Tg to approximately 3 nm3 at T/Tg>or=1.15. Unlike other polymers, the segmental relaxation from dielectric spectroscopy of PMPS follows the Cohen-Turnbull free volume theory almost perfectly in the temperature and pressure ranges between 243 and 279 K and 0 and approximately 100 MPa. This behavior correlates with the small mass of the SS lattice mer which indicates the high flexibility of the PMPS chain. Above 293 K and approximately 150 MPa, the free volume prediction gives relaxation times that are too small, which indicates that effects of thermal energy must be included in the analysis. To quantify the degree to which volume and thermal energy govern the structural dynamics the ratio of the activation enthalpies, Ei=R[(d ln taudT1)]i (tau-relaxation time of alpha relaxation), at constant volume V and constant pressure P, EV/EP, is frequently determined. The authors present arguments for necessity to substitute EV with EVf, the activation enthalpy at constant (hole) free volume, and show that EVf/EP changes as expected: increasing with increasing free volume, i.e., with increasing temperature and decreasing pressure. EVf/EP (=0.04-0.1) exhibits remarkably smaller values than EV/EP (=0.44-0.53), which leads to the inference that the free volume plays a distinctly larger role in dynamics than traditionally concluded from EV/EP. This conclusion is in agreement with the results of our more direct Cohen-Turnbull free volume analysis. PMID:17228972

  1. Charged Particle Multiplicities in Electron-Positron Annihilation at Center-Of Energies from 50 TO 61.4 GEV.

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    Zheng, Hong Wei

    We present the charged particle multiplicity distributions for e^+e^- annihilation at center-of-mass energies from 50 to 61.4 GeV. The results are based on a data sample corresponding to a total integrated luminosity of 29.6 pb^ {-1} obtained with the AMY detector at the TRISTAN storage ring. The charged particle multiplicity distributions deviate significantly from the modified-Poisson and pair-Poisson distributions, but follow KNO scaling and are well reproduced by the Lund parton-shower model.

  2. Positronium annihilation lifetimes and dielectric spectroscopy studies on diethyl phthalate: Phenomenological correlations and microscopic analyses in terms of the extended free volume model by Cohen-Grest

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    Pawlus, S.; Barto, J.; aua, O.; Kritiak, J.; Paluch, M.

    2006-03-01

    A combined positronium annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) and dielectric spectroscopy (DS) study on a typical van der Waals glass-former diethyl phthalate (DEP) was performed and the results were compared. From phenomenological point of view, the mutual relationships between the characteristic PALS temperatures, the glass temperature TgPALS, and the crossover temperatures Tb1L and Tb2L on the ortho-positronium (o-Ps ) lifetime versus the temperature plot, have been discussed with respect to the characteristic DS temperatures, the glass temperature TgDS and the dynamic crossover temperature TBST, concerning the crossover behavior of primary ?-relaxation times. Next, simultaneous application of the extended free volume (EFV) model by Cohen-Grest on the temperature dependence of both the mean free volume hole size data as extracted from PALS and the dielectric ?-relaxation time revealed a good agreement between the experimental Tb1L and the characteristic EFV temperatures T0DS and T0PALS at which a free volume percolation should occur. These results indicate the important role of free volume in control of the primary (?) dynamics of supercooled DEP.

  3. Modeling of the energy resolution of a 1 meter and a 3 meter time of flight positron annihilation induced Auger electron spectrometers

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    Fairchild, A.; Chirayath, V.; Gladen, R.; McDonald, A.; Lim, Z.; Chrysler, M.; Koymen, A.; Weiss, A.

    Simion 8.1®simulations were used to determine the energy resolution of a 1 meter long Time of Flight Positron annihilation induced Auger Electron Spectrometer (TOF-PAES). The spectrometer consists of: 1. a magnetic gradient section used to parallelize the electrons leaving the sample along the beam axis, 2. an electric field free time of flight tube and 3. a detection section with a set of ExB plates that deflect electrons exiting the TOF tube into a Micro-Channel Plate (MCP). Simulations of the time of flight distribution of electrons emitted according to a known secondary electron emission distribution, for various sample biases, were compared to experimental energy calibration peaks and found to be in excellent agreement. The TOF spectra at the highest sample bias was used to determine the timing resolution function describing the timing spread due to the electronics. Simulations were then performed to calculate the energy resolution at various electron energies in order to deconvolute the combined influence of the magnetic field parallelizer, the timing resolution, and the voltage gradient at the ExB plates. The energy resolution of the 1m TOF-PAES was compared to a newly constructed 3 meter long system. The results were used to optimize the geometry and the potentials of the ExB plates for obtaining the best energy resolution. This work was supported by NSF Grant NSF Grant No. DMR 1508719 and DMR 1338130.

  4. Positron annihilation and nuclear magnetic resonance study of the phase behavior of water confined in mesopores at different levels of hydration.

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    Maheshwari, Priya; Dutta, Dhanadeep; Mukherjee, Saurabh; Madhu, Perunthiruthy K; Mote, Kaustubh R; Pujari, Pradeep K

    2016-05-14

    We investigated the molecular origin of the phase behavior of water confined in MCM 41 mesopores at different levels of hydration using positron annihilation spectroscopic and nuclear magnetic resonance techniques. The level of hydration influenced the phase behavior of the nanoconfined water. Two transitions above and below the bulk freezing temperature were observed depending on the level of hydration. At the highest level of hydration, nucleation seemed to predominate over the effect of confinement, leading to the complete freezing of water, whereas disrupted H-bonding dominated at the lowest level of hydration, leading to the disappearance of the transitions. A transition at c. T = 188 K (close to the reported glass transition temperature of interface-affected water) was observed at intermediate hydration level. This study suggests that the H-bonding network within nanoconfined water, which can be tampered by the degree of hydration, is the key factor responsible for the phase behavior of supercooled water. This study on the phase behavior and associated transitions of nanoconfined water has implications for nanofluidics and drug-delivery systems, in addition to understanding the fundamentals of water in confinement. PMID:27105178

  5. Correlation of polycrystalline Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} device efficiency with homojunction depth and interfacial structure: X-ray photoemission and positron annihilation spectroscopic characterization

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    Nelson, A.J.; Sobol, P.E.; Gabor, A.M.; Contreras, M.A.; Asoka-Kumar, P.; Lynn, K.G.

    1994-06-01

    Angled-resolved high resolution photoemission measurements on valence band electronic structure and Cu 2p, In 3d, Ga 2p, and Se 3d core lines were used to evaluate surface and near-surface chemistry of CuInSe{sub 2} and Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} device grade thin films. XPS compositional depth profiles were also acquired from the near-surface region, and bonding of the Cu, In, Ga, and Se was determined as a function of depth. A Cu-poor region was found, indicating CuIn{sub 5}Se{sub 8} or a CuIn{sub 3}Se{sub 5}-In{sub 2}Se{sub 3} mixture. Correlation between the depth of the Cu-poor region/bulk interface and device efficiency showed that the depth was 115 {angstrom} for a 16.4% CIGS device, 240 {angstrom} for a 15.0% CIGS, and 300 {angstrom} for 14.0% CIGS, with similar trends for CIS films. The surface region is n-type, the bulk is p-type, with a 0.5 eV valence band offset. Depth of homojunction may be the determining factor in device performance. Positron annihilation spectroscopy gave similarly illuminating results.

  6. High resolution positron annihilation induced Auger electron spectroscopy of the CuM 2,3VV-transition and of Cu sub-monolayers on Pd and Fe

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    Mayer, J.; Hugenschmidt, C.; Schreckenbach, K.

    2010-09-01

    We present a high resolution positron annihilation induced Auger Electron Spectroscopy (PAES) of the CuM 2,3VV-transition with the unprecedented energy resolution of Δ/EE <1%. This energy resolution and the highly intense positron source NEPOMUC enabled us to resolve the double peak structure with PAES for the first time within a measurement time of only 5.5 h. In addition, sub-monolayers of Cu were deposited on Fe- and Pd-samples in order to investigate the surface selectivity of PAES in comparison with EAES. The extremely high surface selectivity of PAES due to the different positron affinity of Cu and Fe lead to the result that with only 0.96 monolayer of Cu on Fe more than 55% of the emitted Auger electrons stem from Cu, whereas with EAES the Cu Auger fraction amounted to less than 6%.

  7. Positron accumulation effect in particles embedded in a low-density matrix

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    Dryzek, Jerzy; Siemek, Krzysztof

    2015-02-07

    Systematic studies of the so-called positron accumulation effect for samples with particles embedded in a matrix are reported. This effect is related to energetic positrons which penetrate inhomogeneous medium. Due to differences in the linear absorption coefficient, different amounts of positrons are accumulated and annihilate in the identical volume of both materials. Positron lifetime spectroscopy and Doppler broadening of the annihilation line using Na-22 positrons were applied to the studies of the epoxy resin samples with embedded micro-sized particles of transition metals, i.e., Ni, Sn, Mo, W, and nonmetal particles, i.e., Si and NaF. The significant difference between the determined fraction of positrons annihilating in the particles and the particle volume fraction indicates the positron accumulation effect. The simple phenomenological model and Monte Carlo simulations are able to describe the main features of the obtained dependencies. The aluminum alloy with embedded Sn nanoparticles is also considered for demonstration differences between the accumulation and another related effect, i.e., the positron affinity.

  8. Positron accumulation effect in particles embedded in a low-density matrix

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    Dryzek, Jerzy; Siemek, Krzysztof

    2015-02-01

    Systematic studies of the so-called positron accumulation effect for samples with particles embedded in a matrix are reported. This effect is related to energetic positrons which penetrate inhomogeneous medium. Due to differences in the linear absorption coefficient, different amounts of positrons are accumulated and annihilate in the identical volume of both materials. Positron lifetime spectroscopy and Doppler broadening of the annihilation line using Na-22 positrons were applied to the studies of the epoxy resin samples with embedded micro-sized particles of transition metals, i.e., Ni, Sn, Mo, W, and nonmetal particles, i.e., Si and NaF. The significant difference between the determined fraction of positrons annihilating in the particles and the particle volume fraction indicates the positron accumulation effect. The simple phenomenological model and Monte Carlo simulations are able to describe the main features of the obtained dependencies. The aluminum alloy with embedded Sn nanoparticles is also considered for demonstration differences between the accumulation and another related effect, i.e., the positron affinity.

  9. Oxygen-Atom Defects In 6H Silicon Carbide Implanted Using 24- MeV O3+ Ions Measured Using Three-Dimensional Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy System (3DPASS)

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    Williams, Christopher S.; Duan, Xiaofeng F.; Petrosky, James C.; Burggraf, Larry W.

    2011-06-01

    Three dimensional electron-positron (e--e+) momentum distributions were measured for single crystal 6H silicon carbide (SiC); both virgin and having implanted oxygen-atom defects. 6H SiC samples were irradiated by 24- MeV O3+ ions at 20 particle-nanoamps at the Sandia National Laboratory's Ion Beam Facility. O3+ ions were implanted 10.8 μm deep normal to the (0001) face of one side of the SiC samples. During positron annihilation measurements, the opposite face of the 254.0-μm thick SiC samples was exposed to positrons from a 22Na source. This technique reduced the influence on the momentum measurements of vacancy-type defects resulting from knock-on damage by the O3+ ions. A three-dimensional positron annihilation spectroscopy system (3DPASS) was used to measure e--e+ momentum distributions for virgin and irradiated 6H SiC crystal both before and following annealing. 3DPASS simultaneously measures coincident Doppler-broadening (DBAR) and angular correlation of annihilation radiation (ACAR) spectra. DBAR ratio plots and 2D ACAR spectra are presented. Changes in the momentum anisotropies relative to crystal orientation observed in 2D ACAR spectra for annealed O-implanted SiC agree with the local structure of defect distortion predicted using Surface Integrated Molecular Orbital/Molecular Mechanics (SIMOMM). Oxygen atoms insert between Si and C atoms increasing their separation by 0.9 Å forming a Si-O-C bond angle of ˜150°.

  10. Oxygen-Atom Defects In 6H Silicon Carbide Implanted Using 24- MeV O{sup 3+} Ions Measured Using Three-Dimensional Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy System (3DPASS)

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    Williams, Christopher S.; Petrosky, James C.; Burggraf, Larry W.

    2011-06-01

    Three dimensional electron-positron (e{sup -}-e{sup +}) momentum distributions were measured for single crystal 6H silicon carbide (SiC); both virgin and having implanted oxygen-atom defects. 6H SiC samples were irradiated by 24- MeV O{sup 3+} ions at 20 particle-nanoamps at the Sandia National Laboratory's Ion Beam Facility. O{sup 3+} ions were implanted 10.8 {mu}m deep normal to the (0001) face of one side of the SiC samples. During positron annihilation measurements, the opposite face of the 254.0-{mu}m thick SiC samples was exposed to positrons from a {sup 22}Na source. This technique reduced the influence on the momentum measurements of vacancy-type defects resulting from knock-on damage by the O{sup 3+} ions. A three-dimensional positron annihilation spectroscopy system (3DPASS) was used to measure e{sup -}-e{sup +} momentum distributions for virgin and irradiated 6H SiC crystal both before and following annealing. 3DPASS simultaneously measures coincident Doppler-broadening (DBAR) and angular correlation of annihilation radiation (ACAR) spectra. DBAR ratio plots and 2D ACAR spectra are presented. Changes in the momentum anisotropies relative to crystal orientation observed in 2D ACAR spectra for annealed O-implanted SiC agree with the local structure of defect distortion predicted using Surface Integrated Molecular Orbital/Molecular Mechanics (SIMOMM). Oxygen atoms insert between Si and C atoms increasing their separation by 0.9 A forming a Si-O-C bond angle of {approx}150 deg.

  11. Comparison of three-jet and radiative two-jet events in electron-positron annihilation at 29 GeV

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    Sheldon, P.D.

    1986-11-01

    By comparing 3-jet (e/sup +/e/sup -/ ..-->.. q anti q g) and radiative 2-jet (e/sup +/e/sup -/ ..-->.. q anti q ..gamma..) events from electron-positron annihilation, we have studied the local and global effects of the presence of a hard bremsstrahlung gluon in hadronic events. Detector and event selection efficiencies and biases affect these two kinds of events almost equally because they have very similar kinematics and topologies. Accurate comparisons of q anti q g and q anti q ..gamma.. events can therefore be made. Globally, we observe a depletion of hadrons in q anti q g events relative to q anti q ..gamma.. events on the opposite side of the event plane from the gluon, in the angular region between the q and anti q jets. This depletion is shown to be in agreement with the predictions of Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD). The existence of this effect demonstrates that the presence of a gluon significantly alters the color forces and hence the fragmentation process in hadronic events. We also use these q anti q ..gamma.. and q anti q g events to compare low energy (4.5 GeV) gluon and quark jets. Our data indicate that gluon jets have softer x/sub p/ distributions than quark jets, while the transverse momentum distributions of these two types of jets are identical within our errors. Although we are unable to determine if the multiplicities of gluon (n/sub /) and quark (n/sub q/) jets are different, the ratio n/sub g//n/sub q/ = 9/4 predicted asymptotically in QCD would not be consistent with our data.

  12. SMM observations of gamma-ray transients. 3: A search for a broadened, redshifted positron annihilation line from the direction of the Galactic center

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    Harris, Michael J.; Share, Gerald H.; Leising, Mark D.

    1994-01-01

    We have searched for 1980-1988 Solar Maximum Mission gamma-ray spectrometer data for transient emission on timescales from hours to approximately 12 days of broad gamma-ray lines at energies approximately 400 keV, which were reported by the High Energy Astronomy Observatory (HEAO) 1 and SIGMA experiments from two sources lying toward the Galactic center. The lines have been interpreted as the product of the annihilation of positrons in pair plasmas surrounding the black hole candidate 1E 1740.7-2942 and the X-ray binary 1H 1822-371. Our results from a combined exposure of approximately 1.5 x 10(exp 7)s provide no convincing evidence for transient emission of this line on any timescale between approximately 9 hr and approximately 1 yr. Our 3 sigma upper limits on the line flux during approximately 12 day intervals are characteristically 4.8 x 10(exp -3) photon/sq cm/s, while for approximately 1 day intervals our 3 sigma upper limits are characteristically 4.9 x 10(exp -3) photon/sq cm/s. These results imply a duty cycle of less than 1.3% for the transient line measured from 1H 1822-371 during a approximately 3 week interval in 1977 by HEAO 1, and a duty cycle of less than or = 0.8% for the transient line detected in 1990 and 1992 from 1E 1740.7-2942 on approximately 1 day timescales by SIGMA.

  13. Positron trapping and possible presence of SO3H clusters in dry fluorinated polymer electrolyte membranes

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    Mohamed, Hamdy F. M.; Kobayashi, Y.; Kuroda, S.; Ohira, A.

    2012-08-01

    The behavior of positrons that do not form positronium in dry fluorinated polymer electrolyte membranes (Nafion®, Fumapem® and Aquivion®) with various ion exchange capacities (IECs) was studied by the combined use of Doppler broadening of annihilation radiation (DBAR) and the positron lifetime technique. The drastic increase of the S parameter, measured by DBAR, with increasing IEC above 0.91 meq/g indicates that increasing numbers of positrons are trapped by oxygen atoms and annihilate with the electrons bound in them. Reversed micelle like SO3H nanoclusters to trap positrons possibly appear at IEC = 0.91 meq/g and their concentration increases with increasing IEC.

  14. Positron annihilation spectroscopy and small angle neutron scattering characterization of nanostructural features in high-nickel model reactor pressure vessel steels

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    Glade, Stephen C.; Wirth, Brian D.; Odette, G. Robert; Asoka-Kumar, P.

    2006-06-01

    Irradiation embrittlement in nuclear reactor pressure vessel steels results from the hardening by a high number density of nanometer scale features. In steels with more than ≈0.10% Cu, the dominant features are often Cu-rich precipitates typically alloyed with Mn, Ni and Si. At low-Cu and low-to-intermediate Ni levels, so-called matrix hardening features are believed to be vacancy-solute cluster complexes, or their remnants. However, Mn-Ni-Si rich precipitates, with Mn plus Ni contents greater than Cu, can form at high alloy Ni contents and are promoted at irradiation temperatures lower than the nominal 290 °C. Even at very low-Cu levels, late blooming Mn-Ni-Si rich precipitates are a significant concern due to their potential to form large volume fractions of hardening features. Positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) and small angle neutron scattering neutron (SANS) measurements were used to characterize the fine-scale microstructure in split-melt A533B steels with varying Ni and Cu contents, irradiated at selected conditions from 270 to 310 °C between ≈0.04 and 1.6 × 10 23 n m -2. The objective was to assess the character, composition and magnetic properties of Cu-rich precipitates, as well as to gain insight on the matrix features. The results suggest that the irradiated very low-Cu and intermediate Ni steel contains small vacancy-Mn-Ni-Si cluster complexes, but not large, well-formed and highly enriched Mn-Ni-Si phases. The hardening features in steels containing 0.2% and 0.4% Cu, and 0.8% and 1.6% Ni are consistent with well-formed, non-magnetic Cu-Ni-Mn precipitates. The precipitate number densities and volume fractions increase, while their sizes decrease, with increasing Ni and decreasing irradiation temperature. The precipitates evolve with fluence in stages of nucleation, growth and limited coarsening.

  15. Construction of concentration density profile across the interface in SAN/EVA immiscible blend from positron lifetime parameters

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    Ramya, P.; Meghala, D.; Pasang, T.; Ranganathaiah, C.

    2013-02-01

    The interface width determination through the construction of composition density profile across the interface in an immiscible binary polymer blend using ortho-positronium lifetime parameters is described in this paper. The distribution of free volume and hence the hydrodynamic interaction parameter has been evaluated for this purpose making use of the CONTIN routine analysis of the lifetime spectra. The results showed the broad free volume distribution and narrow interface width were reminiscent of lack of interaction between SAN and EVA the constituents.

  16. Annihilation in Gases and Galaxies

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    Drachman, Richard J. (Editor)

    1990-01-01

    This publication contains most of the papers, both invited and contributed, that were presented at the Workshop of Annihilation in Gases and Galaxies. This was the fifth in a biennial series associated with the International Conference on the Physics of Electronic and Atomic Collisions. Subjects covered included the scattering and annihilation of positrons and positronium atoms in various media, including those of astrophysical interest. In addition, the topics of antimatter and dark matter were covered.

  17. Two-component density functional theory within the projector augmented-wave approach: Accurate and self-consistent computations of positron lifetimes and momentum distributions

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    Wiktor, Julia; Jomard, Gérald; Torrent, Marc

    2015-09-01

    Many techniques have been developed in the past in order to compute positron lifetimes in materials from first principles. However, there is still a lack of a fast and accurate self-consistent scheme that could handle accurately the forces acting on the ions induced by the presence of the positron. We will show in this paper that we have reached this goal by developing the two-component density functional theory within the projector augmented-wave (PAW) method in the open-source code abinit. This tool offers the accuracy of the all-electron methods with the computational efficiency of the plane-wave ones. We can thus deal with supercells that contain few hundreds to thousands of atoms to study point defects as well as more extended defects clusters. Moreover, using the PAW basis set allows us to use techniques able to, for instance, treat strongly correlated systems or spin-orbit coupling, which are necessary to study heavy elements, such as the actinides or their compounds.

  18. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research. Section B; Microstructural Characterization of Semi-Interpenetrating Polymer Networks by Positron Lifetime Spectroscopy

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    Singh, Jag J.; Pater, Ruth H.; Eftekhari, Abe

    1998-01-01

    Thermoset and thermoplastic polyimides have complementary physical/mechanical properties. Whereas thermoset polyimides are brittle and generally easier to process, thermoplastic polyimides are tough but harder to process. It is expected that a combination of these two types of polyimides may help produce polymers more suitable for aerospace applications. Semi-Interpenetrating Polymer Networks (S-IPNs) of thermoset LaRC(Trademark)-RP46 and thermoplastic LARC(Trademark)-IA polyimides were prepared in weight percent ratios ranging from 100:0 to 0: 100. Positron lifetime measurements were made in these samples to correlate their free volume features with physical/mechanical properties. As expected, positronium atoms are not formed in these samples. The second life time component has been used to infer the positron trap dimensions. The "free volume" goes through a minimum at about 50:50 ratio, suggesting that S-IPN samples are not merely solid solutions of the two polymers. These data and related structural properties of the S-IPN samples have been discussed in this paper.

  19. Cold Positrons from Decaying Dark Matter

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    Boubekeur, Lotfi; Dodelson, Scott; Vives, Oscar

    2012-11-01

    Many models of dark matter contain more than one new particle beyond those in the Standard Model. Often heavier particles decay into the lightest dark matter particle as the Universe evolves. Here we explore the possibilities that arise if one of the products in a (Heavy Particle) $\\rightarrow$ (Dark Matter) decay is a positron, and the lifetime is shorter than the age of the Universe. The positrons cool down by scattering off the cosmic microwave background and eventually annihilate when they fall into Galactic potential wells. The resulting 511 keV flux not only places constraints on this class of models but might even be consistent with that observed by the INTEGRAL satellite.

  20. [ital a]-axis-projected electron-positron-momentum density and positron-annihilation spectra in YBa[sub 2]Cu[sub 3]O[sub 7[minus][ital x

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    Pankaluoto, R.; Bansil, A. ); Smedskjaer, L.C. ); Mijnarends, P.E. )

    1994-09-01

    We present and discuss theoretical and experimental [ital a]-axis-projected two-dimensional angular correlation of annihilation radiation (2D-ACAR) spectra from YBa[sub 2]Cu[sub 3]O[sub 7[minus][ital x

  1. Positron-electron autocorrelation function study of E-center in silicon

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    Ho, K. F.; Ching, H. M.; Beling, C. D.; Fung, S.; Ng, K. P.; Biasini, M.; Ferro, G.; Gong, M.

    2003-11-01

    Two-dimensional angular correlation of annihilation radiation (2D-ACAR) spectra have been taken for 1019cm-3 phosphorus-doped Si in the as-grown state after having been subjected to 1.8 MeV electron fluences of 1×1018 and 2×1018 cm-2. Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy confirms, in accordance with previous works, that positrons are saturation trapping into (VSi:P) pair defect (E-center) monovacancy sites in the electron irradiated samples. In the as-grown case, the positron-electron autocorrelation functions along the [111] and [1-10] directions, obtained through Fourier transformation of the 2D-ACAR data, reveal zero-crossings that deviate only slightly from the lattice points, in a manner consistent with positron-electron correlation effects. Conversely, in the spectra of the irradiated samples, the zero-crossing points are observed to move outward further by between 0.15 and 0.50 Å. This displacement is associated with positron annihilation with electrons in localized orbitals at the defect site. An attempt is made to extract just the component of the defect's positron-electron autocorrelation function that relates to the localized defect orbitals. In doing this features are found that correspond to the expected atomic positions at the vacancy defect site suggesting that this real-space function may provide a convenient means for obtaining a mapping of localized orbitals. The observed approximate separability of positron and electron wave-function autocorrelates leads to an estimate of 0.22 eV for the positron binding energy to the E-center.

  2. Microwave irradiation induced modifications on the interfaces in SAN/EVA/PVC and PVAc/BPA/PVP ternary polymer blends: Positron lifetime study

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    Dinesh, Meghala; Chikkakuntappa, Ranganathaiah

    2013-09-01

    Ternary polymer blends of poly(styrene-co-acrylonitrile)/poly(ethylene-co-vinylacetate)/poly(vinyl chloride) (SAN/EVA/PVC) and poly(vinyl acetate)/bisphenol A/polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVAc/BPA/PVP) with different compositions have been prepared by solvent casting method and characterized by positron lifetime spectroscopy and differential scanning calorimetry DSC. Phase modifications have been induced by irradiating the blends with microwave radiation. These changes have been monitored by measuring the free-volume content in the blends. The results clearly show improved interactions between the constituent polymers of the blends upon microwave irradiation. However, the free-volume data and DSC measurements are found to be inadequate to reveal the changes at the interfaces and the interfaces determine the final properties of the blend. For this we have used hydrodynamic interaction (αij) approach developed by us to measure strength of hydrodynamic interaction at the interfaces. These results show that microwave irradiation stabilizes the interfaces if the blend contains strong polar groups. SAN/EVA/PVC blend shows an increased effective hydrodynamic interaction from -3.18 to -4.85 at composition 50/35/15 upon microwave irradiation and PVAc/BPA/PVP blend shows an increased effective hydrodynamic interaction from -3.81 to -7.57 at composition 20/50/30 after irradiation.

  3. Implications of the first AMS-02 measurement for dark matter annihilation and decay

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    Jin, Hong-Bo; Wu, Yue-Liang; Zhou, Yu-Feng E-mail: ylwu@itp.ac.cn

    2013-11-01

    In light of the first measurement of the positron fraction by the AMS-02 experiment, we perform a detailed global analysis on the interpretation of the latest data of PAMELA, Fermi-LAT, and AMS-02 in terms of dark matter (DM) annihilation and decay in various propagation models. The allowed regions for the DM particle mass and annihilation cross section or decay life-time are obtained for channels with leptonic final states: 2e, 2μ, 2τ, 4e, 4μ and 4τ. We show that for the conventional astrophysical background the AMS-02 positron fraction data alone favour a DM particle mass ∼ 500(800) GeV if DM particles annihilate dominantly into 2μ(4μ) final states, which is significantly lower than that favoured by the Fermi-LAT data of the total flux of electrons and positrons. The allowed regions by the two experiments do not overlap at a high confidence level (99.99999%C.L.). We consider a number of propagation models with different halo height Z{sub h}, diffusion parameters D{sub 0} and δ{sub 1/2}, and power indices of primary nucleon sources γ{sub p1/p2}. The normalization and the slope of the electron background are also allowed to vary. We find that the tension between the two experiments can be only slightly reduced in the propagation model with large Z{sub h} and D{sub 0}. The consistency of fit is improved for annihilation channels with 2τ and 4τ final states which favour TeV scale DM particle with large cross sections above ∼ 10{sup −23} cm{sup 3}s{sup −1}. In all the considered leptonic channels, the current data favour the scenario of DM annihilation over DM decay. In the decay scenario, the charge asymmetric DM decay is slightly favoured.

  4. Two-dimensional analysis of positron age-momentum correlation (AMOC) data

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    Siegle, A.; Stoll, H.; Castellaz, P.; Major, J.; Schneider, H.; Seeger, A.

    1997-05-01

    By measuring the individual positron lifetimes (= positron ages) together with the energies of one of the annihilation quanta in a triple-coincidence set-up ( age-momentum correlation, AMOC), time-resolved information on the evolution of the positron states may be obtained. The present paper describes a data evaluation procedure that makes full use of the time-resolved information provided by the AMOC relief (number of counts versus positron age and photon energy) by fitting the parameters of an appropriate physical model directly to the two-dimensional relief without prior data reduction. The power of this novel analysis is illustrated by analyzing complex formation and spin conversion of positronium in solutions of HTEMPO in solid and liquid benzene.

  5. High-field penning-malmberg trap: confinement properties and use in positron accumulation

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    Hartley, J.H.

    1997-09-01

    This dissertation reports on the development of the 60 kG cryogenic positron trap at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and compares the trap`s confinement properties with other nonneutral plasma devices. The device is designed for the accumulation of up to 2{times}10{sup 9} positrons from a linear-accelerator source. This positron plasma could then be used in Bhabha scattering experiments. Initial efforts at time-of-flight accumulation of positrons from the accelerator show rapid ({approximately}100 ms) deconfinement, inconsistent with the long electron lifetimes. Several possible deconfinement mechanisms have been explored, including annihilation on residual gas, injection heating, rf noise from the accelerator, magnet field curvature, and stray fields. Detailed studies of electron confinement demonstrate that the empirical scaling law used to design the trap cannot be extrapolated into the parameter regime of this device. Several possible methods for overcoming these limitations are presented.

  6. Investigating the binding properties of porous drug delivery systems using nuclear sensors (radiotracers) and positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy--predicting conditions for optimum performance.

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    Mume, Eskender; Lynch, Daniel E; Uedono, Akira; Smith, Suzanne V

    2011-06-21

    Understanding how the size, charge and number of available pores in porous material influences the uptake and release properties is important for optimising their design and ultimately their application. Unfortunately there are no standard methods for screening porous materials in solution and therefore formulations must be developed for each encapsulated agent. This study investigates the potential of a library of radiotracers (nuclear sensors) for assessing the binding properties of hollow silica shell materials. Uptake and release of Cu(2+) and Co(2+) and their respective complexes with polyazacarboxylate macrocycles (dota and teta) and a series of hexa aza cages (diamsar, sarar and bis-(p-aminobenzyl)-diamsar) from the hollow silica shells was monitored using their radioisotopic analogues. Coordination chemistry of the metal (M) species, subtle alterations in the molecular architecture of ligands (Ligand) and their resultant complexes (M-Ligand) were found to significantly influence their uptake over pH 3 to 9 at room temperature. Positively charged species were selectively and rapidly (within 10 min) absorbed at pH 7 to 9. Negatively charged species were preferentially absorbed at low pH (3 to 5). Rates of release varied for each nuclear sensor, and time to establish equilibrium varied from minutes to days. The subtle changes in design of the nuclear sensors proved to be a valuable tool for determining the binding properties of porous materials. The data support the development of a library of nuclear sensors for screening porous materials for use in optimising the design of porous materials and the potential of nuclear sensors for high through-put screening of materials. PMID:21409200

  7. Positron annihilation study of Sr Doping in La{sub 2-x}Sr{sub x}CuO{sub 4}

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    Sterne, P.A. |; Howell, R.H.; Fluss, M.J.; Kaiser, J.H.; Kitazawa, K.; Kojima, H.

    1993-04-22

    We present a combined experimental and threshold study of effects of Sr doping on electronic structure of La{sub 2-x}Sr{sub x}CuO{sub 4}. Electron-positron momentum distributions have been measured to high statistical precision (> 4 {times} 10{sup 8} counts) at room temperature for samples with Sr concentrations of x = 0.0, 0.1, 0.13 and 0.2. Analysis of all four spectra reveal strong features due to electron-positron wavefunction overlap, in quantitative agreement with theoretical calculations. The Sr doped samples show discontinuities consistent with presence of a Fermi surface. The form and position of these features are in general agreement with the predictions of band theory. Correspondence between theory and experiment, as well as some differences, are revealed by a detailed study of the changes in electron-position momentum density with increasing Sr doping.

  8. Positron emission tomography.

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    Hoffman, E J; Phelps, M E

    1979-01-01

    Conventional nuclear imaging techniques utilizing lead collimation rely on radioactive tracers with little role in human physiology. The principles of imaging based on coincidence detection of the annihilation radiation produced in positron decay indicate that this mode of detection is uniquely suited for use in emission computed tomography. The only gamma-ray-emitting isotopes of carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen are positron emitters, which yield energies too high for conventional imaging techniques. Thus development of positron emitters in nuclear medicine imaging would make possible the use of a new class of physiologically active, positron-emitting radiopharmaceuticals. The application of these principles is described in the use of a physiologically active compound labeled with a positron emitter and positron-emission computed tomography to measure the local cerebral metabolic rate in humans. PMID:440173

  9. Portable Positron Measurement System (PPMS)

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    None

    2013-05-28

    Portable Positron Measurement System (PPMS) is an automated, non-destructive inspection system based on positron annihilation, which characterizes a material's in situatomic-level properties during the manufacturing processes of formation, solidification, and heat treatment. Simultaneous manufacturing and quality monitoring now are possible. Learn more about the lab's project on our facebook site http://www.facebook.com/idahonationallaboratory.

  10. Portable Positron Measurement System (PPMS)

    SciTech Connect

    2011-01-01

    Portable Positron Measurement System (PPMS) is an automated, non-destructive inspection system based on positron annihilation, which characterizes a material's in situatomic-level properties during the manufacturing processes of formation, solidification, and heat treatment. Simultaneous manufacturing and quality monitoring now are possible. Learn more about the lab's project on our facebook site http://www.facebook.com/idahonationallaboratory.

  11. Precise Determination of the Strong Coupling Constant at NNLO in QCD from the Three-Jet Rate in Electron-Positron Annihilation at LEP

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    Dissertori, G.; Gehrmann-DeRidder, A.; Gehrmann, T.; Glover, E. W. N.; Heinrich, G.; Stenzel, H.

    2010-02-19

    We present the first determination of the strong coupling constant from the three-jet rate in e{sup +}e{sup -} annihilation at LEP, based on a next-to-next-to-leading-order (NNLO) perturbative QCD prediction. More precisely, we extract {alpha}{sub s}(M{sub Z}) by fitting perturbative QCD predictions at O({alpha}{sub s}{sup 3}) to data from the ALEPH experiment at LEP. Over a large range of the jet-resolution parameter y{sub cut}, this observable is characterized by small nonperturbative corrections and an excellent stability under renormalization scale variation. We find {alpha}{sub s}(M{sub Z})=0.1175+-0.0020(expt)+-0.0015(theor), which is more accurate than the values of {alpha}{sub s}(M{sub Z}) from e{sup +}e{sup -} event-shape data currently used in the world average.

  12. Local structural deformation in [Zn(1-propyltetrazole)6](BF4)2 and [Fe(1-propyltetrazole)6](BF4)2 crystals observed by positron-annihilation spectroscopy

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    Nagai, Yasuyoshi; Saito, Haruo; Hyodo, Toshio; Vértes, Attila; Süvegh, Károly

    1998-06-01

    The two-dimensional angular correlation spectra of 2γ annihilation radiation (2D-ACAR) from single crystals of [Zn(1-propyltetrazole)6](BF4)2 at 30, 150, and 290 K and [Fe(1-propyltetrazole)6](BF4)2 at 150 and 290 K have been measured. A structural deformation in [Zn(1-propyltetrazole)6](BF4)2 has been observed through the change of the momentum distribution of the positronium. The similarity of the anisotropies of the 2D-ACAR spectra for [Zn(1-propyltetrazole)6](BF4)2 and [Fe(1-propyltetrazole)6](BF4)2 in the rhombohedral structure indicates that a similar structural deformation also takes place in [Fe(1-propyltetrazole)6](BF4)2. This deformation can be the trigger of the spin-crossover transition.

  13. a Measurement of the Bottom Quark Forward-Backward Charge Asymmetry in Electron-Positron Annihilation at a Center-Of Energy of 58 GEV

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    Thomas, Timothy Lester

    1995-01-01

    The AMY detector, part of the TRISTAN electron -positron accelerator complex at the KEK National Laboratory for High Energy Physics in Tsukuba, Japan, was used to perform a measurement of rm A_{b }, the forward-backward charge asymmetry for the process rm e^+e^-to {b| b}. The result, based on 145.6 pb^{-1} of data acquired between 1990 and 1992, is A_{b } = -0.810 +/- 0.129 +/- 0.234, in good agreement with the rm SU(3)_ {c} times SU(2)_{L} times U(1)_{Y} Standard Model of elementary particle interactions including a third generation weak isodoublet.

  14. Investigation of nanolevel molecular packing and its role in thermo-mechanical properties of PVA-fMWCNT composites: positron annihilation and small angle X-ray scattering studies.

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    Sharma, S K; Prakash, J; Bahadur, J; Sudarshan, K; Maheshwari, P; Mazumder, S; Pujari, P K

    2014-01-28

    Carbon based nanofillers have shown phenomenal improvements in thermo-mechanical properties of poly vinyl alcohol (PVA) based nanocomposites depending on their interaction with PVA molecules and dispersion in the polymer matrix. In the present study, PVA based nanocomposites with amino-functionalized multi-wall carbon nanotubes (fMWCNTs, 0.2, 0.4, 0.8 and 1.0 wt%) were prepared by a simple casting method from aqueous solution. The relative increase in Young's modulus with 0.4% fMWCNTs was observed to be comparable with that for PVA-nanodiamond composite films which have been shown to have higher strength compared to nanotube and graphene oxide based nanocomposites. In order to investigate the nanolevel molecular packing (sub-nano level free volumes and nano level lamellar structure) and its role in thermal and mechanical properties, positron annihilation spectroscopy and small angle scattering have been used. The crystallinity and morphology of the samples were characterized using X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. The studies showed that interfacial interaction between PVA molecules and functionalities on the surface of fMWCNTs results in the formation of an ordered structure of PVA molecules which enhances load transfer between the PVA matrix and fMWCNTs leading to improved mechanical properties. The thermal properties of the composites were observed to be unaffected at the studied filler concentration. PMID:24296912

  15. Fermi-surface reconstruction from two-dimensional angular correlation of positron annihilation radiation (2D-ACAR) data using maximum-likelihood fitting of wavelet-like functions

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    Major, A. G.; Fretwell, H. M.; Dugdale, S. B.; Alam, M. A.

    1998-11-01

    A novel method for reconstructing the Fermi surface from experimental two-dimensional angular correlation of positron annihilation radiation (2D-ACAR) projections is proposed. In this algorithm, the 3D electron momentum-density distribution is expanded in terms of a basis of wavelet-like functions. The parameters of the model, the wavelet coefficients, are determined by maximizing the likelihood function corresponding to the experimental data and the projections calculated from the model. In contrast to other expansions, in the case of that in terms of wavelets a relatively small number of model parameters are sufficient for representing the relevant parts of the 3D distribution, thus keeping computation times reasonably short. Unlike other reconstruction methods, this algorithm takes full account of the statistical information content of the data and therefore may help to reduce the amount of time needed for data acquisition. An additional advantage of wavelet expansion may be the possibility of retrieving the Fermi surface directly from the wavelet coefficients rather than indirectly using the reconstructed 3D distribution.

  16. Slow-Positron Generator For Studying Polymer Films

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    Singh, Jag J.; St. Clair, Terry L.; Eftekhari, Abe

    1992-01-01

    Aspects of molecular structures probed by positron-annihilation spectroscopy (PAS). Slow-positron-beam generator suitable for PAS measurements in thin polymer films. Includes Na22 source of positrons and two moderators made of well-annealed tungsten foil. With proper choice of voltage, positrons emitted by inward-facing surfaces of moderators made to stop in polymer films tested.

  17. A calorimetric measurement of the strong coupling constant in electron-positron annihilation at a center-of-mass energy of 91.6 GeV

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    Martirena, S.G.

    1994-04-01

    In this work, a measurement of the strong coupling constant {alpha}{sub s} in e{sup +}e{sup {minus}} annihilation at a center-of-mass energy of 91.6 GeV is presented. The measurement was performed with the SLD at the Stanford Linear Collider facility located at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center in California. The procedure used consisted of measuring the rate of hard gluon radiation from the primary quarks in a sample of 9,878 hadronic events. After defining the asymptotic manifestation of partons as `jets`, various phenomenological models were used to correct for the hadronization process. A value for the QCD scale parameter {Lambda}{sub bar MS}, defined in the {sub bar MS} renormalization convention with 5 active quark flavors, was then obtained by a direct fit to O({alpha}{sub s}{sup 2}) calculations. The value of {alpha}{sub s} obtained was {alpha}{sub s}(M{sub z0}) = 0.122 {plus_minus} 0.004 {sub {minus}0.007} {sup +0.008} where the uncertainties are experimental (combined statistical and systematic) and theoretical (systematic) respectively. Equivalently, {Lambda}{sub bar MS} = 0.28 {sub {minus}0.10}{sup +0.16} GeV where the experimental and theoretical uncertainties have been combined.

  18. Measurement of the (27)P lifetime

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    Freeman, Charles George

    The lifetime of 27P has been measured using the Recoil Mass Spectrometer (RMS) at the Nuclear Structure Research Laboratory (NSRL) at the University of Rochester. 27P was produced by bombarding a BeO target with a 24Mg beam at a lab energy of 118 MeV. A focal-plane detector system, consisting of a parallel-grid avalanche counter (PGAC) backed by an ionization counter (IC) and a silicon detector, was used to provide particle identification. A sodium iodide detector array was used to detect the 511 keV positron annihilation radiation produced by the decay of 27P. The result obtained for the half-life of 27P is 0.32 -0.15+0.22 s.

  19. Characterization of 6H-SiC surfaces after ion implantation and annealing using positron annihilation spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy

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    Brauer, G.; Anwand, W.; Skorupa, W.; Brandstetter, S.; Teichert, C.

    2006-01-01

    Systematic slow positron implantation spectroscopy (SPIS) and atomic force microscopy studies of various 6H-SiC samples are presented to clarify the role of conductivity type, crystal quality, ion implantation (B+,Al+, and N+), and annealing (1.650 °C) in the formation of continuous long furrows running in one direction across the wafer surface. It is found that the observed changes in surface morphology are primarily the result of step bunching during thermal activation and thus occur regardless of conductivity type, crystal quality, and type of ion implantation. On terraces separating the step bunches, stripelike islands with a discrete height in the nanometer range have been observed which may have some link with the ion implantation chosen. SPIS results clearly indicate the formation of vacancy clusters in n-type material which are connected with the mobility of nitrogen in the samples at elevated temperatures. It is found that defect profiling by SPIS is not influenced by the changes in surface morphology observed due to annealing.

  20. Applicability of the MCPNX particle transport code for determination of the source correction effect in positron lifetime measurements on thin polymer films

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    J.M. Urban-Klaehn

    2007-09-01

    The method presented herein uses the MCNPX Monte Carlo particle transport code to track individual positrons and other particles through geometry that accounts for the detectors, backing foils, samples and sources with their actual sizes, positions and material characteristics. Polymer material, polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), with different thickness of films served as samples. The excellent agreement between the experimental results and the MCNPX simulation of source correction effects for varied positron sources and different film thicknesses validates the applicability of the MCNPX code.

  1. Positronium formation and annihilation in liquid crystalline smectic-E phase revisited

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    Dryzek, E.; Juszyńska-Gałazka, E.

    2016-02-01

    The results of the positron lifetime measurements of the quenched smectic-E (Sm-E ) phase of 4-butyl-4'-isothiocyano-1,1'-biphenyl (4TCB) are revisited. The sites of positronium formation and annihilation, according to the model with nanosegregated layered structure of the Sm-E phase and molten state of alkyl chains of molecules, are identified in the sublayer containing alkyl chains of molecules. The possibility of vitrification of the Sm-E phase for 4TCB consisting in freezing of the alkyl chain motions is considered as a cause of the thermally activated creation of sites where o -Ps is formed and annihilates in the quenched Sm-E phase. The description of the temperature dependence of ortho-positronium intensity is performed using the glass transition model which assumes that the molecules occupy two thermodynamic states: solidlike or liquidlike regarding mobility of their alkyl chains. The equilibrium temperature between solidlike and liquidlike domains of the model obtained from positron lifetime measurements coincides with the exothermic effect in the temperature dependence of the heat capacity.

  2. Microstructure of thermally grown and deposited alumina films probed with positrons

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    Somieski, Bertram; Hulett, Lester D.; Xu, Jun; Pint, Bruce A.; Tortorelli, Peter F.; Nielsen, Bent; Asoka-Kumar, Palakkal; Suzuki, Ryoichi; Ohdaira, Toshiyuki

    1999-03-01

    Aluminum oxide films used for corrosion protection of iron and nickel aluminides were generated by substrate oxidation as well as plasma and physical vapor depositions. The films grown by oxidation were crystalline. The others were amorphous. Defect structures of the films were studied by positron spectroscopy techniques. Lifetimes of the positrons, and Doppler broadening of the γ photons generated by their annihilation, were measured as functions of the energies with which they were injected. In this manner, densities and sizes of the defects were determined as functions of depths from the outer surfaces of the films. Alumina films generated by oxidation had high densities of open volume defects, mainly consisting of a few aggregated vacancies. In the outer regions of the films the structures of the defects did not depend on substrate compositions. Positron lifetime measurements, and the S and W parameters extracted from Doppler broadening spectra, showed uniform distributions of defects in the crystalline Al2O3 films grown on nickel aluminide substrates, but these data indicated intermediate layers of higher defect contents at the film/substrate interfaces of oxides grown on iron aluminide substrates. Amorphous films generated by plasma and physical vapor deposition had much larger open volume defects, which caused the average lifetimes of the injected positrons to be significantly longer. The plasma deposited film exhibited a high density of large cavities.

  3. Diffuse galactic annihilation radiation

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    Ramaty, R.; Lingenfelter, R. E.

    1993-01-01

    The study reports observations of positron annihilation radiation from the inner region of the Galaxy which show that there are two components of the radiation: a steady, diffuse Galactic component and a variable component from discrete, presumably compact sources. The existence of the variable component is supported by the ensemble of all narrow FOV 511 keV line observations, including recent detections with OSSE. The fit of this ensemble to a time-independent source distribution can be excluded at the approximately 3-sigma level. The same ensemble, combined with the broad FOV SMM observations of Galactic 511 keV line emission, sets constraints on the Galactic distribution of the diffuse component.

  4. Intense positron beam at KEK

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    Kurihara, Toshikazu; Yagishita, Akira; Enomoto, Atsushi; Kobayashi, Hitoshi; Shidara, Tetsuo; Shirakawa, Akihiro; Nakahara, Kazuo; Saitou, Haruo; Inoue, Kouji; Nagashima, Yasuyuki; Hyodo, Toshio; Nagai, Yasuyoshi; Hasegawa, Masayuki; Inoue, Yoshi; Kogure, Yoshiaki; Doyama, Masao

    2000-08-01

    A positron beam is a useful probe for investigating the electronic states in solids, especially concerning the surface states. The advantage of utilizing positron beams is in their simpler interactions with matter, owing to the absence of any exchange forces, in contrast to the case of low-energy electrons. However, such studies as low-energy positron diffraction, positron microscopy and positronium (Ps) spectroscopy, which require high intensity slow-positron beams, are very limited due to the poor intensity obtained from a conventional radioactive-isotope-based positron source. In conventional laboratories, the slow-positron intensity is restricted to 10 6 e +/s due to the strength of the available radioactive source. An accelerator based slow-positron source is a good candidate for increasing the slow-positron intensity. One of the results using a high intensity pulsed positron beam is presented as a study of the origins of a Ps emitted from SiO 2. We also describe the two-dimensional angular correlation of annihilation radiation (2D-ACAR) measurement system with slow-positron beams and a positron microscope.

  5. The intense slow positron beam facility at the PULSTAR reactor and applications in nano-materials study

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    Liu, Ming; Moxom, Jeremy; Hawari, Ayman I.; Gidley, David W.

    2013-04-19

    An intense slow positron beam has been established at the PULSTAR nuclear research reactor of North Carolina State University. The slow positrons are generated by pair production in a tungsten moderator from gammarays produced in the reactor core and by neutron capture reactions in cadmium. The moderated positrons are electrostatically extracted and magnetically guided out of the region near the core. Subsequently, the positrons are used in two spectrometers that are capable of performing positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) and positron Doppler broadening spectroscopy (DBS) to probe the defect and free volume properties of materials. One of the spectrometers (e{sup +}-PALS) utilizes an rf buncher to produce a pulsed beam and has a timing resolution of 277 ps. The second spectrometer (Ps-PALS) uses a secondary electron timing technique and is dedicated to positronium lifetime measurements with an approximately 1 ns timing resolution. PALS measurements have been conducted in the e{sup +}-PALS spectrometer on a series of nano-materials including organic photovoltaic thin films, membranes for filtration, and polymeric fibers. These studies have resulted in understanding some critical issues related to the development of the examined nano-materials.

  6. Positrons as imaging agents and probes in nanotechnology

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    Smith, Suzanne V.

    2009-09-01

    Positron emission tomography (PET) tracks a positron emitting radiopharmaceutical injected into the body and generates a 3-dimensional image of its location. Introduced in the early 70s, it has now developed into a powerful medical diagnostic tool for routine clinical use as well as in drug development. Unrivalled as a highly sensitive, specific and non-invasive imaging tool, PET unfortunately lacks the resolution of Computer Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). As the resolution of PET depends significantly on the energy of the positron incorporated in the radiopharmaceutical and its interaction with its surrounding tissue, there is growing interest in expanding our understanding of how positrons interact at the atomic and molecular level. A better understanding of these interactions will contribute to improving the resolution of PET and assist in the design of better imaging agents. Positrons are also used in Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy (PALS) to determine electron density and or presence and incidence of micro- and mesopores (0.1 to 10 nm) in materials. The control of porosity in engineered materials is crucial for applications such as controlled release or air and water resistant films. Equally important to the design of nano and microtechnologies, is our understanding of the microenvironments within these pores and on surfaces. Hence as radiopharmaceuticals are designed to track disease, nuclear probes (radioactive molecules) are synthesized to investigate the chemical properties within these pores. This article will give a brief overview of the present role of positrons in imaging as well as explore its potential to contribute in the engineering of new materials to the marketplace.

  7. Positron emission tomography wrist detector

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    Schlyer, David J.; O'Connor, Paul; Woody, Craig; Junnarkar, Sachin Shrirang; Radeka, Veljko; Vaska, Paul; Pratte, Jean-Francois

    2006-08-15

    A method of serially transferring annihilation information in a compact positron emission tomography (PET) scanner includes generating a time signal representing a time-of-occurrence of an annihilation event, generating an address signal representing a channel detecting the annihilation event, and generating a channel signal including the time and address signals. The method also includes generating a composite signal including the channel signal and another similarly generated channel signal concerning another annihilation event. An apparatus that serially transfers annihilation information includes a time signal generator, address signal generator, channel signal generator, and composite signal generator. The time signal is asynchronous and the address signal is synchronous to a clock signal. A PET scanner includes a scintillation array, detection array, front-end array, and a serial encoder. The serial encoders include the time signal generator, address signal generator, channel signal generator, and composite signal generator.

  8. Descriptions of positron defect analysis capabilities

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    Howell, R.H.

    1994-10-01

    A series of descriptive papers and graphics appropriate for distribution to potential collaborators has been assembled. These describe the capabilities for defect analysis using positron annihilation spectroscopy. The application of positrons to problems in the polymer and semiconductor industries is addressed.

  9. Positron deposition in plasmas by positronium beam ionization and transport of positrons in tokamak plasmas

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    Murphy, T.J.

    1986-11-01

    In a recently proposed positron transport experiment, positrons would be deposited in a fusion plasma by forming a positronium (Ps) beam and passing it through the plasma. Positrons would be deposited as the beam is ionized by plasma ions and electrons. Radial transport of the positrons to the limiter could then be measured by detecting the gamma radiation produced by annihilation of positrons with electrons in the limiter. This would allow measurements of the transport of electron-mass particles and might shed some light on the mechanisms of electron transport in fusion plasmas. In this paper, the deposition and transport of positrons in a tokamak are simulated and the annihilation signal determined for several transport models. Calculations of the expected signals are necessary for the optimal design of a positron transport experiment. There are several mechanisms for the loss of positrons besides transport to the limiter. Annihilation with plasma electrons and reformation of positronium in positron-hydrogen collisions are two such processes. These processes can alter the signal and place restrictions ons on the plasma conditions in which positron transport experiments can be effectively performed.

  10. Mesopore quality determines the lifetime of hierarchically structured zeolite catalysts

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    Milina, Maria; Mitchell, Sharon; Crivelli, Paolo; Cooke, David; Pérez-Ramírez, Javier

    2014-05-01

    Deactivation due to coking limits the lifetime of zeolite catalysts in the production of chemicals and fuels. Superior performance can be achieved through hierarchically structuring the zeolite porosity, yet no relation has been established between the mesopore architecture and the catalyst lifetime. Here we introduce a top-down demetallation strategy to locate mesopores in different regions of MFI-type crystals with identical bulk porous and acidic properties. In contrast, well-established bottom-up strategies as carbon templating and seed silanization fail to yield materials with matching characteristics. Advanced characterization tools capable of accurately discriminating the mesopore size, distribution and connectivity are applied to corroborate the concept of mesopore quality. Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy proves powerful to quantify the global connectivity of the intracrystalline pore network, which, as demonstrated in the conversions of methanol or of propanal to hydrocarbons, is closely linked to the lifetime of zeolite catalysts. The findings emphasize the need to aptly tailor hierarchical materials for maximal catalytic advantage.

  11. Positron spectroscopy of defects in submicrocrystalline nickel after low-temperature annealing

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    Kuznetsov, P. V.; Mironov, Yu. P.; Tolmachev, A. I.; Bordulev, Yu. S.; Laptev, R. S.; Lider, A. M.; Korznikov, A. V.

    2015-02-01

    Using the method of measuring the positron lifetime spectra and Doppler broadening annihilation line spectroscopy, the annealing of defects in submicrocrystalline nickel produced by equal channel angular pressing has been studied. In as-prepared samples, the positrons are trapped by dislocation defects and vacancy complexes inside crystallites. The size of vacancy complexes decreases with increasing annealing temperature in the interval Δ T = 20-300°C. However, at T = 360°C, the complexes start growing again. The dependence of S-parameter on W-parameter derived from the Doppler broadening spectroscopy has two parts with different inclinations to axes that correspond to different types of primary centers of positron trapping in submicrocrystalline nickel. It has been elucidated that, at recovery stage in the temperature interval Δ T = 20-180°C, the main centers of positron trapping are low-angle boundaries enriched by impurities, while at in situ recrystallization stage in the temperature interval Δ T = 180-360°C, the primary centers of positron trapping are low-angle boundaries.

  12. Positron Spectroscopy Investigation of Normal Brain Section and Brain Section with Glioma Derived from a Rat Glioma Model

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    Quarles, C. A.; Ballmann, Charles; Yang, S. H.

    2009-04-01

    The application of positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) and Doppler broadening spectroscopy (DBS) to the study of animal or human tissue has only recently been reported. We have initiated a study of normal brain section and brain section with glioma derived from a rat glioma model. PALS lifetime runs were made with the samples soaked in formalin, and there was not significant evaporation of formalin during the runs. While early results suggested a small decrease in o-Ps pickoff lifetime between the normal brain section and brain section with glioma, further runs with additional samples have showed no statistically significant difference between the normal and tumor tissue for this type of tumor. DBS was also used to investigate the difference in positronium formation between tumor and normal tissue. Tissue samples are heterogeneous and this needs to be carefully considered if PALS and DBS are to become useful tools in distinguishing tissue samples.

  13. What is the fate of runaway positrons in tokamaks?

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    Liu, Jian; Qin, Hong; Fisch, Nathaniel J.; Teng, Qian; Wang, Xiaogang

    2014-06-15

    Massive runaway positrons are generated by runaway electrons in tokamaks. The fate of these positrons encodes valuable information about the runaway dynamics. The phase space dynamics of a runaway position is investigated using a Lagrangian that incorporates the tokamak geometry, loop voltage, radiation and collisional effects. It is found numerically that runaway positrons will drift out of the plasma to annihilate on the first wall, with an in-plasma annihilation possibility less than 0.1%. The dynamics of runaway positrons provides signatures that can be observed as diagnostic tools.

  14. What is the fate of runaway positrons in tokamaks?

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    Liu, Jian; Qin, Hong; Fisch, Nathaniel J.; Teng, Qian; Wang, Xiaogang

    2014-06-19

    In this study, massive runaway positrons are generated by runaway electrons in tokamaks. The fate of these positrons encodes valuable information about the runaway dynamics. The phase space dynamics of a runaway position is investigated using a Lagrangian that incorporates the tokamak geometry, loop voltage, radiation and collisional effects. It is found numerically that runaway positrons will drift out of the plasma to annihilate on the first wall, with an in-plasma annihilation possibility less than 0.1%. The dynamics of runaway positrons provides signatures that can be observed as diagnostic tools.

  15. Vacancy-type defects in Si-doped InN grown by plasma-assisted molecular-beam epitaxy probed using monoenergetic positron beams

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    Uedono, A.; Chichibu, S. F.; Higashiwaki, M.; Matsui, T.; Ohdaira, T.; Suzuki, R.

    2005-02-01

    High-quality InN layers grown on sapphire substrates by plasma-assisted molecular-beam epitaxy were characterized using monoenergetic positron beams. The carrier concentrations of the films were controlled by Si doping (2.1×1018to1.4×1019cm-3), and the highest obtained Hall mobility was 1300cm2V-1s-1. The Doppler broadening spectra of the annihilation radiation and the lifetime spectra of positrons were measured as a function of the incident positron energy for undoped and Si-doped InN films. The line-shape parameter S increased with increasing carrier concentration, suggesting the introduction of vacancy-type defects by a Fermi-level effect. The major defect species were varied with carrier concentration, and its species were identified as In vacancies (VIn) or their related defects.

  16. Unthermalized positrons in gamma ray burst sources

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    Tkaczyk, W.; Karakula, S.

    1992-01-01

    The spectra of the broadening 0.511 MeV annihilation line produced by high temperatures was calculated in the case of unthermalized plasma; i.e., T sub e(+) is not = T sub e(-). The flattening in the spectrum of the annihilation lines for large differences of electron and positron temperatures is a strong indication that the observed features of the hard tailed spectrum of the gamma bursts can be well described by annihilation of unthermalized positrons. It is proposed that the charge separation occurring in Eddington limited accretion onto a neutron star or the one photon pair production in strong magnetic fields as a mechanism for the production of unthermalized positrons in the sources of gamma bursts. From the best fit of experimental spectra by the model, the parameters of sources for which the regions with different plasma temperatures can exist is evaluated.

  17. Searching for dark matter with future cosmic positron experiments

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    Hooper, Dan; Silk, Joseph

    2005-04-15

    Dark matter particles annihilating in the Galactic halo can provide a flux of positrons potentially observable in upcoming experiments, such as PAMELA and AMS-02. We discuss the spectral features which may be associated with dark matter annihilation in the positron spectrum and assess the prospects for observing such features in future experiments. Although we focus on some specific dark matter candidates, neutralinos and Kaluza-Klein states, we carry out our study in a model independent fashion.

  18. Annihilation physics of exotic galactic dark matter particles

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    Stecker, F. W.

    1990-01-01

    Various theoretical arguments make exotic heavy neutral weakly interacting fermions, particularly those predicted by supersymmetry theory, attractive candidates for making up the large amount of unseen gravitating mass in galactic halos. Such particles can annihilate with each other, producing secondary particles of cosmic-ray energies, among which are antiprotons, positrons, neutrinos, and gamma-rays. Spectra and fluxes of these annihilation products can be calculated, partly by making use of positron electron collider data and quantum chromodynamic models of particle production derived therefrom. These spectra may provide detectable signatures of exotic particle remnants of the big bang.

  19. Resolvability of positron decay channels

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    Fluss, M.J.; Howell, R.H.; Rosenberg, I.J.; Meyer, P.

    1985-03-07

    Many data analysis treatments of positron experiments attempt to resolve two or more positron decay or exist channels which may be open simultaneously. Examples of the need to employ such treatments of the experimental results can be found in the resolution of the constituents of a defect ensemble, or in the analysis of the complex spectra which arise from the interaction of slow positrons at or near the surfaces of solids. Experimental one- and two-dimensional angular correlation of annihilation radiation experiments in Al single crystals have shown that two defect species (mono- and divacancies) can be resolved under suitable conditions. Recent experiments at LLNL indicate that there are a variety of complex exit channels open to positrons interacting at surfaces, and ultimely these decay channels must also be suitably resolved from one another. 6 refs., 4 figs.

  20. Positron implantation in solids

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    Ghosh, V.J.; Lynn, K.G.; Welch, D.O.

    1993-12-31

    The Monte Carlo technique for modeling positron prior to annihilation and electron implantation in semi-infinite metals is described. Particle implantation is modelled as a multistep process, a series of collisions with the atoms of the host material. In elastic collisions with neutral atoms there is no transfer of energy. The particle loses energy by several different channels, excitation of the electron gas, ionization of the ion cores, or, at low energies, by phonon excitation. These competing scattering mechanisms have been incorporated into the Monte Carlo framework and several different models are being used. Brief descriptions of these Monte Carlo schemes, as well as an analytic model for positron implantation are included. Results of the Monte Carlo simulations are presented and compared with expermental data. Problems associated with modeling positron implantation are discuss and the need for more expermental data on energy-loss in different materials is stressed. Positron implantation in multilayers of different metals is briefly described and extensions of this work to include a study of multilayers and heterostructures is suggested.

  1. Positron clouds within thunderstorms

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    Dwyer, Joseph R.; Smith, David M.; Hazelton, Bryna J.; Grefenstette, Brian W.; Kelley, Nicole A.; Lowell, Alexander W.; Schaal, Meagan M.; Rassoul, Hamid K.

    2015-08-01

    We report the observation of two isolated clouds of positrons inside an active thunderstorm. These observations were made by the Airborne Detector for Energetic Lightning Emissions (ADELE), an array of six gamma-ray detectors, which flew on a Gulfstream V jet aircraft through the top of an active thunderstorm in August 2009. ADELE recorded two 511 keV gamma-ray count rate enhancements, 35 s apart, each lasting approximately 0.2 s. The enhancements, which were approximately a factor of 12 above background, were both accompanied by electrical activity as measured by a flat-plate antenna on the underside of the aircraft. The energy spectra were consistent with a source mostly composed of positron annihilation gamma rays, with a prominent 511 keV line clearly visible in the data. Model fits to the data suggest that the aircraft was briefly immersed in clouds of positrons, more than a kilometre across. It is not clear how the positron clouds were created within the thunderstorm, but it is possible they were caused by the presence of the aircraft in the electrified environment.

  2. Recent Developments in Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Instrumentation

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    Derenzo, S. E.; Budinger, T. F.

    1986-04-01

    This paper presents recent detector developments and perspectives for positron emission tomography (PET) instrumentation used for medical research, as well as the physical processes in positron annihilation, photon scattering and detection, tomograph design considerations, and the potentials for new advances in detectors.

  3. Positron trapping at grain boundaries

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    Dupasquier, A. ); Romero, R.; Somoza, A. )

    1993-10-01

    The standard positron trapping model has often been applied, as a simple approximation, to the interpretation of positron lifetime spectra in situations of diffusion-controlled trapping. This paper shows that this approximation is not sufficiently accurate, and presents a model based on the correct solution of the diffusion equation, in the version appropriate for studying positron trapping at grain boundaries. The model is used for the analysis of new experimental data on positron lifetime spectra in a fine-grained Al-Ca-Zn alloy. Previous results on similar systems are also discussed and reinterpreted. The analysis yields effective diffusion coefficients not far from the values known for the base metals of the alloys.

  4. Positron microscopy

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    Hulett, L.D. Jr.; Xu, J.

    1995-02-01

    The negative work function property that some materials have for positrons make possible the development of positron reemission microscopy (PRM). Because of the low energies with which the positrons are emitted, some unique applications, such as the imaging of defects, can be made. The history of the concept of PRM, and its present state of development will be reviewed. The potential of positron microprobe techniques will be discussed also.

  5. Positron age-momentum correlation studies of free volumes in toughened cyanate resin networks

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    Minfeng, Zeng; Xudong, Sun; Cuiyun, Lu; Zhuoxin, Li; Baoyi, Wang; Chenze, Qi

    2012-06-01

    Positron age-momentum correlation (AMOC) spectroscopy is applied to study the associations between the momentum distributions and positron annihilation in the toughened CE networks. The Doppler profile of the positron annihilation process is much broader for the toughened CE than pure CE network. This is due to positron trapping on high polar groups of the added elastomers or nano-CaCO3 and annihilation with the electrons of high momenta. The broadening momentum distribution of ortho-positronium annihilation process indicates that the pick-off annihilation process is strongly influenced by the added high polar elastomers or nano-CaCO3. The potential of AMOC spectroscopy for free volume analysis in polymer blends was demonstrated.

  6. Positron astrophysics and areas of relation to low-energy positron physics

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    Guessoum, Nidhal

    2014-05-01

    I briefly review our general knowledge of positron astrophysics, focusing mostly on the theoretical and modelling aspects. The experimental/observational aspects of the topic have recently been reviewed elsewhere [E. Churazov et al., Mon. Nat. R. Astron. Soc. 411, 1727 (2011); N. Prantazos et al., Rev. Mod. Phys. 83, 1001 (2011)]. In particular, I highlight the interactions and cross sections of the reactions that the positrons undergo in various cosmic media. Indeed, these must be of high interest to both the positron astrophysics community and the low-energy positron physics community in trying to find common areas of potential collaboration for the future or areas of research that will help the astrophysics community make further progress on the problem. The processes undergone by positrons from the moments of their birth to their annihilation (in the interstellar medium or other locations) are thus examined. The physics of the positron interactions with gases and solids (dust grains) and the physical conditions and characteristics of the environments where the processes of energy loss, positronium formation, and annihilation take place, are briefly reviewed. An explanation is given about how all the relevant physical information is taken into account in order to calculate annihilation rates and spectra of the 511 keV emission in the ISM; special attention is paid to positron interactions with dust and with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. In particular, an attempt is made to show to what extent the interactions between positrons and interstellar dust grains are similar to laboratory experiments in which beams of low-energy positrons impinge upon solids and surfaces. Sample results are shown for the effect of dust grains on positron annihilation spectra in some phases of the ISM which, together with high resolution spectra measured by satellites, can be used to infer useful knowledge about the environment where the annihilation is predominantly taking place, and ultimately about the birth place and history of positrons in the Galaxy. The important complementarity between work done by the astrophysical and the positron physics communities is emphasised, and attempts are made to suggest avenues of future research for progress in the two fields. Contribution to the Topical Issue "Electron and Positron Induced Processes", edited by Michael Brunger, Radu Campeanu, Masamitsu Hoshino, Oddur Ingólfsson, Paulo Limão-Vieira, Nigel Mason, Yasuyuki Nagashima and Hajime Tanuma.

  7. Radiative proton-antiproton annihilation to a lepton pair

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    Ahmadov, A. I.; Bytev, V. V.; Kuraev, E. A.; Tomasi-Gustafsson, E.

    2010-11-01

    The annihilation of proton and antiproton to an electron-positron pair, including radiative corrections due to the emission of virtual and real photons is considered. The results are generalized to leading and next-to leading approximations. The relevant distributions are derived and numerical applications are given in the kinematical range accessible to the PANDA experiment at the FAIR facility.

  8. Positron and positronium studies of irradiation-induced defects and microvoids in vitreous metamict silica

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    Hasegawa, M.; Saneyasu, M.; Tabata, M.; Tang, Z.; Nagai, Y.; Chiba, T.; Ito, Y.

    2000-05-01

    To study irradiation-induced defects and structural microvoids in vitreous silica (v-SiO2), positron lifetime, angular correlation of positron annihilation radiation (ACAR), and electron spin resonance (ESR) were measured on v-SiO2 and quartz (c-SiO2) samples irradiated with fast neutrons up to a dose of 4.1×1020 n/cm2. Two kinds of positron-trapping defects have been found to form in v-SiO2 by fast neutron irradiation: type-I and type-II defects. Similar defects also appear in the irradiated c-SiO2, indicating that both the defects are common in v-SiO2 and c-SiO2. The detailed annealing and photo-illumination studies of positron annihilation and ESR for these two defects suggest that the type-I defects are non-bridging oxygen hole centers (NBOHC), while the type-II defects are oxygen molecules which cannot be detected by ESR. Higher dose irradiation than 1.0×1020 n/cm2 causes c-SiO2 to change to metamict (amorphous) phase (m-SiO2). Positronium (Ps) atoms are found to form in microvoids with an average radius of about 0.3 nm in the v-SiO2 and m-SiO2. This suggests that microvoids proved by Ps are structurally intrinsic open spaces and reflect the topologically disordered structure of these phases in the subnanometer scale.

  9. Positron Spectroscopy Investigation of Normal Brain Section and Brain Section with Glioma Derived from a Rat Glioma Model

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    Yang, SH.; Ballmann, C.; Quarles, C. A.

    2009-03-01

    The application of positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) and Doppler broadening spectroscopy (DBS) to the study of animal or human tissue has only recently been reported [G. Liu, et al. phys. stat. sol. (C) 4, Nos. 10, 3912-3915 (2007)]. We have initiated a study of normal brain section and brain section with glioma derived from a rat glioma model. For the rat glioma model, 200,000 C6 cells were implanted in the basal ganglion of adult Sprague Dawley rats. The rats were sacrificed at 21 days after implantation. The brains were harvested, sliced into 2 mm thick coronal sections, and fixed in 4% formalin. PALS lifetime runs were made with the samples soaked in formalin, and there was not significant evaporation of formalin during the runs. The lifetime spectra were analyzed into two lifetime components. While early results suggested a small decrease in ortho-Positronium (o-Ps) pickoff lifetime between the normal brain section and brain section with glioma, further runs with additional samples have showed no statistically significant difference between the normal and tumor tissue for this type of tumor. The o-Ps lifetime in formalin alone was lower than either the normal tissue or glioma sample. So annihilation in the formalin absorbed in the samples would lower the o-Ps lifetime and this may have masked any difference due to the glioma itself. DBS was also used to investigate the difference in positronium formation between tumor and normal tissue. Tissue samples are heterogeneous and this needs to be carefully considered if PALS and DBS are to become useful tools in distinguishing tissue samples.

  10. Positron Spectroscopy Investigation of Normal Brain Section and Brain Section with Glioma Derived from a Rat Glioma Model

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    Yang, SH.; Ballmann, C.; Quarles, C. A.

    2009-03-10

    The application of positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) and Doppler broadening spectroscopy (DBS) to the study of animal or human tissue has only recently been reported [G. Liu, et al. phys. stat. sol. (C) 4, Nos. 10, 3912-3915 (2007)]. We have initiated a study of normal brain section and brain section with glioma derived from a rat glioma model. For the rat glioma model, 200,000 C6 cells were implanted in the basal ganglion of adult Sprague Dawley rats. The rats were sacrificed at 21 days after implantation. The brains were harvested, sliced into 2 mm thick coronal sections, and fixed in 4% formalin. PALS lifetime runs were made with the samples soaked in formalin, and there was not significant evaporation of formalin during the runs. The lifetime spectra were analyzed into two lifetime components. While early results suggested a small decrease in ortho-Positronium (o-Ps) pickoff lifetime between the normal brain section and brain section with glioma, further runs with additional samples have showed no statistically significant difference between the normal and tumor tissue for this type of tumor. The o-Ps lifetime in formalin alone was lower than either the normal tissue or glioma sample. So annihilation in the formalin absorbed in the samples would lower the o-Ps lifetime and this may have masked any difference due to the glioma itself. DBS was also used to investigate the difference in positronium formation between tumor and normal tissue. Tissue samples are heterogeneous and this needs to be carefully considered if PALS and DBS are to become useful tools in distinguishing tissue samples.

  11. Sympathetically cooled and compressed positron plasma

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    Jelenkovi?, B. M.; Newbury, A. S.; Bollinger, J. J.; Itano, W. M.; Mitchell, T. B.

    2003-06-01

    We report sympathetic cooling and compression of a few thousand positrons by laser-cooled 9Be+ ions in a Penning ion trap. The observed centrifugal separation of the two species implies approximate rigid rotation of the positrons and 9Be+ ions, and a positron density comparable to the 9Be+ ion density of ?4109 cm-3. We use the sharpness of the separation to place a 5-K upper limit on the positron temperature of motion parallel to the magnetic field. The positron lifetime is greater than two weeks in our room-temperature Penning trap.

  12. Positrons in the Galaxy: Their Births, Marriages and Deaths

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    Skinner, Gerald K.

    2010-01-01

    High energy (approximately GeV) positrons are seen within cosmic rays and observation of a narrow line at 511 keV shows that positrons are annihilating in the galaxy after slowing down to approximately keV energies or less. Our state of knowledge of the origin of these positrons, of the formation of positronium 'atoms', and of the circumstances of their annihilation or escape from the galaxy are reviewed and the question of whether the two phenomena are linked is discussed.

  13. Positron production using a 1.7 MV pelletron accelerator

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    Alcantara, K. F.; Crivelli, P.; Santos, A. C. F.

    2013-04-01

    We report the foremost phase of a fourth generation positron source, being constructed at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Positron yields are reported by making use of the 19F(p,αe+e-)16O reaction, where the fluorine target is in the form of a CaF2 pellet. Positron production has been observed by detecting 511 keV annihilation gamma rays emerging from the irradiated CaF2 target.

  14. 2D ACAR momentum density study of the nature of the positron surface state on Al(100)

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    Berko, S.; Canter, K.F.; Lynn, K.G.; Mills, A.P.; Roellig, L.O.; West, R.N.

    1985-01-01

    The two-dimensional angular correlation of the 2..gamma.. annihilation radiation (2D ACAR) has been measured from an Al(100) surface bombarded by 200-eV positrons. After removing the contribution of fast para-positronium annihilation, the spectrum from positrons annihilating at the surface exhibits a nearly isotropic conical shape with a (7.1 +- 0.5) mrad FWHM. 5 refs., 6 figs.

  15. Research at the positron source TEPOS

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    Ebel, F.; Faust, W.; Hahn, C.; Rückert, M.; Schneider, H.; Singe, A.; Tobehn, I.

    1990-04-01

    The Giessen facility TEPOS [F. Ebel et al., Appl. Phys. A44 (1987) 119, Nucl. Instr. and Meth. A272 (1988) 626 and A274 (1989) 1, and 8th Int. Conf. on Positron Annihilation, Gent, 1988 (World Scientific, Singapore, 1989) p. 15] at the 65 MeV linac, which provides intense beams of slow positrons in the energy range between some eV and 100 keV is presented shortly. New experimental results for positron remoderation and of relative K/L cross-section measurements are given.

  16. CALET's sensitivity to Dark Matter annihilation in the galactic halo

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    Motz, H.; Asaoka, Y.; Torii, S.; Bhattacharyya, S.

    2015-12-01

    CALET (Calorimetric Electron Telescope), installed on the ISS in August 2015, directly measures the electron+positron cosmic rays flux up to 20 TeV. With its proton rejection capability of 1 : 105 and an aperture of 1200 cm2· sr, it will provide good statistics even well above one TeV, while also featuring an energy resolution of 2%, which allows it to detect fine structures in the spectrum. Such structures may originate from Dark Matter annihilation or decay, making indirect Dark Matter search one of CALET's main science objectives among others such as identification of signatures from nearby supernova remnants, study of the heavy nuclei spectra and gamma astronomy. The latest results from AMS-02 on positron fraction and total electron+positron flux can be fitted with a parametrization including a single pulsar as an extra power law source with exponential cut-off, which emits an equal amount of electrons and positrons. This single pulsar scenario for the positron excess is extrapolated into the TeV region and the expected CALET data for this case are simulated. Based on this prediction for CALET data, the sensitivity of CALET to Dark Matter annihilation in the galactic halo has been calculated. It is shown that CALET could significantly improve the limits compared to current data, especially for those Dark Matter candidates that feature a large fraction of annihilation directly into e+ + e-, such as the LKP (Lightest Kaluza-Klein particle).

  17. Nuclear annihilation by antinucleons

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    Lee, Teck-Ghee; Wong, Cheuk-Yin

    2016-01-25

    We examine the momentum dependence ofmore » $$\\bar p$$$p$ and $$\\bar n$$$p$ annihilation cross sections by considering the transmission through a nuclear potential and the $$\\bar p p$$ Coulomb interaction. Compared to the $$\\bar n p$$ annihilation cross section, the $$\\bar p p$$ annihilation cross section is significantly enhanced by the Coulomb interaction for projectile momenta below $$p_{\\rm lab} <$$ 500 MeV/$c$$, and the two annihilation cross sections approach the Pomeranchuk's equality limit [JETP {\\bb 30}, 423 (1956)] at $$p_{\\rm lab}\\sim 500$ MeV/$c$. Using these elementary cross sections as the basic input data, the extended Glauber model is employed to evaluate the annihilation cross sections for $$\\bar n$$ and $$\\bar p$$ interaction with nuclei and the results compare well with experimental data.« less

  18. Nuclear annihilation by antinucleons

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    Lee, Teck-Ghee; Wong, Cheuk-Yin

    2016-01-01

    We examine the momentum dependence of p ¯p and n ¯p annihilation cross sections by considering the transmission through a nuclear potential and the p ¯p Coulomb interaction. Compared to the n ¯p annihilation cross section, the p ¯p annihilation cross section is significantly enhanced by the Coulomb interaction for projectile momenta below plab< 500 MeV/c , and the two annihilation cross sections approach the Pomeranchuk's equality limit [JETP Lett. 30, 423 (1956)] at plab˜500 MeV/c . Using these elementary cross sections as the basic input data, the extended Glauber model is employed to evaluate the annihilation cross sections for n ¯ and p ¯ interaction with nuclei and the results compare well with experimental data.

  19. Characterization of dynamics in complex lyophilized formulations: II. Analysis of density variations in terms of glass dynamics and comparisons with global mobility, fast dynamics, and Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy (PALS)

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    Chieng, Norman; Cicerone, Marcus T.; Zhong, Qin; Liu, Ming; Pikal, Michael J.

    2013-01-01

    Amorphous HES/disaccharide (trehalose or sucrose) formulations, with and without added polyols (glycerol and sorbitol) and disaccharide formulations of human growth hormone (hGH), were prepared by freeze drying and characterized with particular interest in methodology for using high precision density measurements to evaluate free volume changes and a focus on comparisons between “free volume” changes obtained from analysis of density data, fast dynamics (local mobility), and PALS characterization of “free volume” hole size. Density measurements were performed using a helium gas pycnometer, and fast dynamics was characterized using incoherent neutron scattering spectrometer. Addition of sucrose and trehalose to hGH decreases free volume in the system with sucrose marginally more effective than trehalose, consistent with superior pharmaceutical stability of sucrose hGH formulations well below Tg relative to trehalose. We find that density data may be analyzed in terms of free volume changes by evaluation of volume changes on mixing and calculation of apparent specific volumes from the densities. Addition of sucrose to HES decreases free volume, but the effect of trehalose is not detectable above experimental error. Addition of sorbitol or glycerol to HES/trehalose base formulations appears to significantly decrease free volume, consistent with the positive impact of such additions on pharmaceutical stability (i.e., degradation) in the glassy state. Free volume changes, evaluated from density data, fast dynamics amplitude of local motion, and PALS hole size data generally are in qualitative agreement for the HES/disaccharide systems studied. All predict decreasing molecular mobility as disaccharides are added to HES. Global mobility as measured by enthalpy relaxation times, increases as disaccharides, particularly sucrose, are added to HES. PMID:23623797

  20. One-photon pair annihilation in magnetized relativistic plasmas

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    Harding, A. K.

    1986-01-01

    In supersonic magnetic fields, electron-positron pairs may annihilate into single photons producing spectral features above 1 MeV. The paper calculates the exact one-photon annihilation rate in the general case where pairs may annihilate from excited Landau states, extending the previous studies which were restricted to pairs in the ground state. Asymptotic expressions for annihilation spectra and rates in the limit of large pair quantum numbers are also derived. It is found that the rate of annihilation from excited states can exceed the rate from the ground state by orders of magnitude in fields less than about 2 x 10 to the 12th G. This allows one-photon annihilation to be competitive with the two-photon process at typical neutron star field strengths. Annihilation spectra from a Maxwellian pair plasma at transrelativistic temperatures show fine structure near threshold on a scale (h/2pi)omega sub B as the result of contributions from individual pair states, which blend into a smooth continuum at higher energies.

  1. Constraint on the velocity dependent dark matter annihilation cross section from Fermi-LAT observations of dwarf galaxies

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    Zhao, Yi; Bi, Xiao-Jun; Jia, Huan-Yu; Yin, Peng-Fei; Zhu, Feng-Rong

    2016-04-01

    The γ -ray observation of dwarf spheroidal satellites (dSph's) is an ideal approach for probing the dark matter (DM) annihilation signature. The latest Fermi-LAT dSph searches have set stringent constraints on the velocity independent annihilation cross section in the small DM mass range, which gives very strong constraints on the scenario to explain the AMS-02 positron excess by DM annihilation. However, the dSph constraints would change in the velocity dependent annihilation scenarios, because the velocity dispersion in the dSph's varies from that in the Milky Way. In this work, we use a likelihood map method to set constraints on the velocity dependent annihilation cross section from the Fermi-LAT observation of six dSph's. We consider three typical forms of the annihilation cross section, i.e. p-wave annihilation, Sommerfeld enhancement, and Breit-Wigner resonance. For the p-wave annihilation and Sommerfeld enhancement, the dSph limits would become much weaker and stronger compared with those for the velocity independent annihilation, respectively. For the Breit-Wigner annihilation, the dSph limits would vary depending on the model parameters. We show that the scenario to explain the AMS-02 positron excess by DM annihilation is still viable in the velocity dependent cases.

  2. Gamma-Ray background spectrum and annihilation rate in the baryon-symmetric big-bang cosmology

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    Puget, J. L.

    1973-01-01

    An attempt was made to extract experimental data on baryon symmetry by observing annihilation products. Specifically, gamma rays and neutrons with long mean free paths were analyzed. Data cover absorption cross sections and radiation background of the 0.511 MeV gamma rays from positron annihilations and the 70 MeV gamma rays from neutral pion decay.

  3. Pair momentum distribution in Bi sub 2 Sr sub 2 CaCu sub 2 O sub 8+. delta. measured by positron annihilation: Existence and nature of the Fermi surface

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    Chan, L.P. ); Harshman, D.R. ); Lynn, K.G. ); Massidda, S. , PHB Ecublens, CH-105 Lausanne ); Mitzi, D.B. )

    1991-09-02

    We report the first measurement of the positron-electron momentum density in superconducting single-crystal Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+{delta}} ({ital T}{sub {ital c}}{approx}90 K). The observed anisotropy exhibits a twofold (rather than fourfold) symmetry, which is attributed to the superlattice modulation along the {ital b} axis of the BiO{sub 2} layers. Subtraction of the superlattice contribution also reveals a pair momentum distribution consistent with the CuO{sub 2} and BiO{sub 2} Fermi surfaces, and in reasonable agreement with the theoretical pair momentum density derived from band theory.

  4. Microstructural probing of ferritic/martensitic steels using internal transmutation-based positron source

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    Krsjak, Vladimir; Dai, Yong

    2015-10-01

    This paper presents the use of an internal 44Ti/44Sc radioisotope source for a direct microstructural characterization of ferritic/martensitic (f/m) steels after irradiation in targets of spallation neutron sources. Gamma spectroscopy measurements show a production of ∼1MBq of 44Ti per 1 g of f/m steels irradiated at 1 dpa (displaced per atom) in the mixed proton-neutron spectrum at the Swiss spallation neutron source (SINQ). In the decay chain 44Ti → 44Sc → 44Ca, positrons are produced together with prompt gamma rays which enable the application of different positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) analyses, including lifetime and Doppler broadening spectroscopy. Due to the high production yield, long half-life and relatively high energy of positrons of 44Ti, this methodology opens up new potential for simple, effective and inexpensive characterization of radiation induced defects in f/m steels irradiated in a spallation target.

  5. Dark matter annihilation and the PAMELA, FERMI, and ATIC anomalies

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    El Zant, A. A.; Okada, H.; Khalil, S.

    2010-06-15

    If dark matter annihilation accounts for the tantalizing excess of cosmic ray electron/positrons, as reported by the PAMELA, ATIC, HESS, and FERMI observatories, then the implied annihilation cross section must be relatively large. This results, in the context of standard cosmological models, in very small relic dark matter abundances that are incompatible with astrophysical observations. We explore possible resolutions to this apparent conflict in terms of nonstandard cosmological scenarios; plausibly allowing for large cross sections, while maintaining relic abundances in accord with current observations.

  6. Positron-molecule bound states and positive ion production

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    Leventhal, M.; Passner, A.; Surko, C. M.

    1990-01-01

    The interaction was studied of low energy positrons with large molecules such as alkanes. These data provide evidencce for the existence of long lived resonances and bound states of positrons with neutral molecules. The formation process and the nature of these resonances are discussed. The positive ions produced when a positron annihilates with an electron in one of these resonances were observed and this positive ion formation process is discussed. A review is presented of the current state of the understanding of these positron-molecule resonances and the resulting positive ion formation. A number of outstanding issues in this area is also discussed.

  7. Positron research at the University of Texas at Austin

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    Goktepeli, Sinan

    The objective of the research presented in this dissertation is to advance the applications of positron annihilation research. An intense positron beam facility was designed and constructed, and a method was developed to better analyze the defect structure of solids. The Texas Reactor-based Intense Positron beam facility (TRIP) was designed to provide a monoenergetic/monodirectional beam of at least 108 e +/sec on a sample. This increase in beam intensity will enhance many positron research techniques both in atomic physics and materials science. The TRIP facility, the result of a collaboration between UT Austin and UT Arlington, is being developed around the concept of multiple scattering of positrons from solid krypton. A large area copper source will be irradiated in a beam port of the 1 MW TRIGA Mark-II research reactor at UT Austin. The source will form the bottom face of a cube with the remaining faces made of tungsten. All surfaces will be cooled down to 22 K and coated with krypton. The top face of the cube has a 1 cm diameter hole to allow for the passage of positrons. The fast beta particles emitted from the β+ decay of 64Cu will be moderated while passing through the krypton. The non- moderated positrons will lose their energy while interacting with the remaining walls. The positrons will be removed from the box by an electric field and electrostatically delivered to the sample. The work on the TRIP facility is ongoing. The results of early measurements at UT Arlington have shown that the facility will be able to achieve its goals. The method developed to better analyze the positron depth profiling (PDP) experiments uses the difference spectra of the measured Doppler broadened annihilation peaks. The difference spectra, which are obtained by subtracting the bulk peak shape from the peaks recorded for each incident positron energy, enhance the differences of the observed peaks, while removing the bulk annihilation term from the multi-state annihilation models. Knowledge of the energy dependent surface and defect annihilation probabilities enables one to directly find the depth dependent annihilation probabilities, which are a function of defect density. This method was applied to silicon samples implanted with various doses and energies of boron or boron fluoride. The PDP measurements were performed at the BNL positron beam facility. The results show good agreement between measurements and theoretical predictions.

  8. Electroweak fragmentation functions for dark matter annihilation

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    Cavasonza, Leila Ali; Krämer, Michael; Pellen, Mathieu

    2015-02-18

    Electroweak corrections can play a crucial role in dark matter annihilation. The emission of gauge bosons, in particular, leads to a secondary flux consisting of all Standard Model particles, and may be described by electroweak fragmentation functions. To assess the quality of the fragmentation function approximation to electroweak radiation in dark matter annihilation, we have calculated the flux of secondary particles from gauge-boson emission in models with Majorana fermion and vector dark matter, respectively. For both models, we have compared cross sections and energy spectra of positrons and antiprotons after propagation through the galactic halo in the fragmentation function approximation and in the full calculation. Fragmentation functions fail to describe the particle fluxes in the case of Majorana fermion annihilation into light fermions: the helicity suppression of the lowest-order cross section in such models cannot be lifted by the leading logarithmic contributions included in the fragmentation function approach. However, for other classes of models like vector dark matter, where the lowest-order cross section is not suppressed, electroweak fragmentation functions provide a simple, model-independent and accurate description of secondary particle fluxes.

  9. Positron kinetics in an idealized PET environment

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    Robson, R. E.; Brunger, M. J.; Buckman, S. J.; Garcia, G.; Petrović, Z. Lj.; White, R. D.

    2015-01-01

    The kinetic theory of non-relativistic positrons in an idealized positron emission tomography PET environment is developed by solving the Boltzmann equation, allowing for coherent and incoherent elastic, inelastic, ionizing and annihilating collisions through positronium formation. An analytic expression is obtained for the positronium formation rate, as a function of distance from a spherical source, in terms of the solutions of the general kinetic eigenvalue problem. Numerical estimates of the positron range - a fundamental limitation on the accuracy of PET, are given for positrons in a model of liquid water, a surrogate for human tissue. Comparisons are made with the ‘gas-phase’ assumption used in current models in which coherent scattering is suppressed. Our results show that this assumption leads to an error of the order of a factor of approximately 2, emphasizing the need to accurately account for the structure of the medium in PET simulations. PMID:26246002

  10. Positron kinetics in an idealized PET environment

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    Robson, R. E.; Brunger, M. J.; Buckman, S. J.; Garcia, G.; Petrović, Z. Lj.; White, R. D.

    2015-08-01

    The kinetic theory of non-relativistic positrons in an idealized positron emission tomography PET environment is developed by solving the Boltzmann equation, allowing for coherent and incoherent elastic, inelastic, ionizing and annihilating collisions through positronium formation. An analytic expression is obtained for the positronium formation rate, as a function of distance from a spherical source, in terms of the solutions of the general kinetic eigenvalue problem. Numerical estimates of the positron range - a fundamental limitation on the accuracy of PET, are given for positrons in a model of liquid water, a surrogate for human tissue. Comparisons are made with the ‘gas-phase’ assumption used in current models in which coherent scattering is suppressed. Our results show that this assumption leads to an error of the order of a factor of approximately 2, emphasizing the need to accurately account for the structure of the medium in PET simulations.

  11. On the localization of positrons in metal vacancies

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    Babich, A. V.; Pogosov, V. V.; Reva, V. I.

    2015-11-01

    The probability of localization of positrons in single vacancies of Al, Cu, and Zn as a function of temperature has been calculated. Vacancy has been simulated by a cavity with a radius of the Wigner-Seitz cell in the stabilized jellium model. A formula for the rate of trapping of a positron by a vacancy as a function of the positron energy has been obtained using the "golden" rule for transitions under the assumption that the positron energy is spent on excitation of electron-hole pairs. The temperature dependence of the localization rate has been calculated for thermalized positrons. It has been found that, in the vicinity of the triple point, the localization rate is close in order of magnitude to the annihilation rate. Based on the results reported in our previous publications devoted to the evaluation of the influence of vacancies on the work function of free positrons, it has been assumed that, near the surface of the metal, there are vacancies charged by positrons. In the approximation of a two-dimensional superlattice, the near-surface vacancy barrier has been estimated. The experimentally revealed shift of the energy distribution of re-emitted positrons has been assumed to be caused by the reflection of low-energy positrons from the vacancy barrier back into the bulk of the metal where they annihilate.

  12. Electron capture from solids by positrons

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    Howell, R.

    1987-08-01

    The capture of electrons in solids is modified from that in gasses by several factors. The most important is the collective interaction of the electrons which results in a density of electron states in the solid in wide bands. Also the high density of electrons in many solids gives a high frequency of interaction as compared to gasses, and quickly destroys any electron-positron states in the metal matrix. Consequently, most positrons implanted in a metal will rapidly thermalize, and unless they reach the surface will annihilate with an electron in an uncorrelated state. Positronium formation from positrons scattered at a metal surface is analogous to ion neutralization however, most of the positronium comes from positrons passing through the surface from the bulk. The dominant motivation for studying positronium formation has been the hope that the distribution of the electrons at the surface would be obtained through the annihilation properties of positrons trapped at the surface or through analysis of the energy and angular distributions of the positronium emitted into the vacuum. These distributions have been measured and are included in this paper. 17 refs.

  13. Three-dimensional electron-positron momentum distribution of O3+-irradiated 6H SiC using two positron spectroscopy techniques simultaneously

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    Williams, Christopher; Burggraf, Larry; Adamson, Paul; Petrosky, James

    2011-01-01

    A three-dimensional (3D) positron annihilation spectroscopy system (3DPASS) capable of determining 3D electron-positron (e--e+) momentum densities from measurements of deviations from co-linearity and energies of photons from e--e+ annihilation events was employed to examine the effects of O-atom defects in 6H SiC. Three-dimensional momentum datasets were determined for 6H SiC irradiated with 24 MeV O3+ ions. Angular correlation of annihilation radiation (ACAR) and coincidence Doppler-broadening of annihilation radiation (CDBAR) analyses are presented. In addition, a novel technique is illustrated for analyzing 3D momentum datasets in which the parallel momentum component, p|| (obtained from the CDBAR measurement) is selected for annihilation events that possess a particular perpendicular momentum component, p- observed in the 2D ACAR spectrum.

  14. KENO lifetimes

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    Petrie, L.; Parsons, D.K.; Spriggs, G.D.

    1997-01-30

    When performing k-eigenvalue solutions with KENO-V.a, two different prompt neutron lifetimes are estimated - a system lifetime and a neutron generation time. The meaning of these two lifetimes has been ascertained by comparing values of various neutron lifespans/lifetimes predicted by MCNP and DANTSYS based on the neutron-balance theory. The system lifetime in KENO-Va corresponds to the unweighted removal lifetime calculated by both MCNP and DANTSYS. The unweighted removal lifetime is the average time between removal events resulting from a neutron absorption or a neutron leakage. The generation time in KENO-V.a corresponds to the fission lifespan calculated by MCNP, where the fission lifespan in MCNP represents the average time for a newly born neutron to cause another fission. As such, the generation time in KENO-Va does not represent the generation time that appears in the point kinetic model. The generation time in the point kinetic model is the adjoint-weighted removal lifetime divided by k{sub eff}, which is identically equal to the adjoint-weighted neutron production rate. In small bare systems operating in the vicinity of delayed critical, the difference between the adjoint-weighted neutron generation time and the fission lifespan can be as small as a few percent. However, in reflected systems, the difference between these two quantities can be several orders of magnitude. In conclusion, the prompt neutron generation time predicted by KENO-Va corresponds to the fission lifespan of a prompt neutron in a given system. The fission lifespan is the average time from birth-to-fission and, in general, is not a good approximation for the adjoint-weighted neutron generation time that appears in the point-kinetic model.

  15. Positron Physics

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    Drachman, Richard J.

    2003-01-01

    I will give a review of the history of low-energy positron physics, experimental and theoretical, concentrating on the type of work pioneered by John Humberston and the positronics group at University College. This subject became a legitimate subfield of atomic physics under the enthusiastic direction of the late Sir Harrie Massey, and it attracted a diverse following throughout the world. At first purely theoretical, the subject has now expanded to include high brightness beams of low-energy positrons, positronium beams, and, lately, experiments involving anti-hydrogen atoms. The theory requires a certain type of persistence in its practitioners, as well as an eagerness to try new mathematical and numerical techniques. I will conclude with a short summary of some of the most interesting recent advances.

  16. PhytoBeta imager: a positron imager for plant biology

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    Weisenberger, Andrew G.; Kross, Brian; Lee, Seungjoon; McKisson, John; McKisson, J. E.; Xi, Wenze; Zorn, Carl; Reid, Chantal D.; Howell, Calvin R.; Crowell, Alexander S.; Cumberbatch, Laurie; Fallin, Brent; Stolin, Alexander; Smith, Mark F.

    2012-07-01

    Several positron emitting radioisotopes such as 11C and 13N can be used in plant biology research. The 11CO2 tracer is used to facilitate plant biology research toward optimization of plant productivity, biofuel development and carbon sequestration in biomass. Positron emission tomography (PET) imaging has been used to study carbon transport in live plants using 11CO2. Because plants typically have very thin leaves, little medium is present for the emitted positrons to undergo an annihilation event. The emitted positrons from 11C (maximum energy 960 keV) could require up to approximately 4 mm of water equivalent material for positron annihilation. Thus many of the positrons do not annihilate inside the leaf, resulting in limited sensitivity for PET imaging. To address this problem we have developed a compact beta-positive, beta-minus particle imager (PhytoBeta imager) for 11CO2 leaf imaging. The detector is based on a Hamamatsu H8500 position sensitive photomultiplier tube optically coupled via optical grease to a 0.5 mm thick Eljen EJ-212 plastic scintillator. The detector is equipped with a flexible arm to allow its placement and orientation over or under the leaf to be studied while maintaining the leaf's original orientation. To test the utility of the system the detector was used to measure carbon translocation in a leaf of the spicebush (Lindera benzoin) under two transient light conditions.

  17. PhytoBeta imager: a positron imager for plant biology

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    Weisenberger, Andrew G; Lee, Seungjoon; McKisson, John; McKisson, J E; Xi, Wenze; Zorn, Carl; Reid, Chantal D; Howell, Calvin R; Crowell, Alexander S; Cumberbatch, Laurie; Fallin, Brent; Stolin, Alexander

    2012-06-01

    Several positron emitting radioisotopes such as 11C and 13N can be used in plant biology research. The 11CO2 tracer is used to facilitate plant biology research toward optimization of plant productivity, biofuel development and carbon sequestration in biomass. Positron emission tomography (PET) imaging has been used to study carbon transport in live plants using 11CO2. Because plants typically have very thin leaves, little medium is present for the emitted positrons to undergo an annihilation event. The emitted positrons from 11C (maximum energy 960 keV) could require up to approximately 4 mm of water equivalent material for positron annihilation. Thus many of the positrons do not annihilate inside the leaf, resulting in limited sensitivity for PET imaging. To address this problem we have developed a compact beta-positive, beta-minus particle imager (PhytoBeta imager) for 11CO2 leaf imaging. The detector is based on a Hamamatsu H8500 position sensitive photomultiplier tube optically coupled via optical grease to a 0.5 mm thick Eljen EJ-212 plastic scintillator. The detector is equipped with a flexible arm to allow its placement and orientation over or under the leaf to be studied while maintaining the leaf's original orientation. To test the utility of the system the detector was used to measure carbon translocation in a leaf of the spicebush (Lindera benzoin) under two transient light conditions.

  18. Development of a method to study positron diffusion in metals by the observation of positronium negative ions

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    Suzuki, Takuji; Terabe, Hiroki; Iida, Shimpei; Yamashita, Takashi; Nagashima, Yasuyuki

    2014-09-01

    We have developed a new method to study positron diffusion in metals. In this method, we observe positronium negative ions emitted from the sample surfaces after coating with alkali-metals to evaluate the yields of the positrons which return to the surfaces. γ-rays from the ions accelerated using an electric field are clearly distinguished from those emitted from pair-annihilation of positrons in the bulk or on the surface and self-annihilation of emitted positronium atoms. Reliable studies on positron diffusion in metals have been enabled by this method.

  19. Positron range estimations with PeneloPET

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    Cal-González, J.; Herraiz, J. L.; España, S.; Corzo, P. M. G.; Vaquero, J. J.; Desco, M.; Udias, J. M.

    2013-08-01

    Technical advances towards high resolution PET imaging try to overcome the inherent physical limitations to spatial resolution. Positrons travel in tissue until they annihilate into the two gamma photons detected. This range is the main detector-independent contribution to PET imaging blurring. To a large extent, it can be remedied during image reconstruction if accurate estimates of positron range are available. However, the existing estimates differ, and the comparison with the scarce experimental data available is not conclusive. In this work we present positron annihilation distributions obtained from Monte Carlo simulations with the PeneloPET simulation toolkit, for several common PET isotopes (18F, 11C, 13N, 15O, 68Ga and 82Rb) in different biological media (cortical bone, soft bone, skin, muscle striated, brain, water, adipose tissue and lung). We compare PeneloPET simulations against experimental data and other simulation results available in the literature. To this end the different positron range representations employed in the literature are related to each other by means of a new parameterization for positron range profiles. Our results are generally consistent with experiments and with most simulations previously reported with differences of less than 20% in the mean and maximum range values. From these results, we conclude that better experimental measurements are needed, especially to disentangle the effect of positronium formation in positron range. Finally, with the aid of PeneloPET, we confirm that scaling approaches can be used to obtain universal, material and isotope independent, positron range profiles, which would considerably simplify range correction.

  20. Modeling Positron Transport in Gaseous and Soft-condensed Systems with Kinetic Theory and Monte Carlo

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    Boyle, G.; Tattersall, W.; Robson, R. E.; White, Ron; Dujko, S.; Petrovic, Z. Lj.; Brunger, M. J.; Sullivan, J. P.; Buckman, S. J.; Garcia, G.

    2013-09-01

    An accurate quantitative understanding of the behavior of positrons in gaseous and soft-condensed systems is important for many technological applications as well as to fundamental physics research. Optimizing Positron Emission Tomography (PET) technology and understanding the associated radiation damage requires knowledge of how positrons interact with matter prior to annihilation. Modeling techniques developed for electrons can also be employed to model positrons, and these techniques can also be extended to account for the structural properties of the medium. Two complementary approaches have been implemented in the present work: kinetic theory and Monte Carlo simulations. Kinetic theory is based on the multi-term Boltzmann equation, which has recently been modified to include the positron-specific interaction processes of annihilation and positronium formation. Simultaneously, a Monte Carlo simulation code has been developed that can likewise incorporate positron-specific processes. Funding support from ARC (CoE and DP schemes).

  1. Fluxes and spectra of quasimonochromatic annihilation photons for studying E1 giant resonances in nuclei

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    Dzhilavyan, L. Z.

    2014-12-15

    The fluxes and spectra of quasimonochromatic photons originating from the in-flight annihilation of positrons interacting with electrons of targets are analyzed in the energy region characteristic of the excitation of E1 giant resonances in nuclei. Targets of small thickness and low atomic number are used. The dependences of the spectra on the energy and angle (and their scatter) for positrons incident to the target, on the collimation angle for photons, and on the target thickness are studied.

  2. The Isotropic Radio Background and Annihilating Dark Matter

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    Hooper, Dan; Belikov, Alexander V.; Jeltema, Tesla E.; Linden, Tim; Profumo, Stefano; Slatyer, Tracy R.

    2012-11-01

    Observations by ARCADE-2 and other telescopes sensitive to low frequency radiation have revealed the presence of an isotropic radio background with a hard spectral index. The intensity of this observed background is found to exceed the flux predicted from astrophysical sources by a factor of approximately 5-6. In this article, we consider the possibility that annihilating dark matter particles provide the primary contribution to the observed isotropic radio background through the emission of synchrotron radiation from electron and positron annihilation products. For reasonable estimates of the magnetic fields present in clusters and galaxies, we find that dark matter could potentially account for the observed radio excess, but only if it annihilates mostly to electrons and/or muons, and only if it possesses a mass in the range of approximately 5-50 GeV. For such models, the annihilation cross section required to normalize the synchrotron signal to the observed excess is sigma v ~ (0.4-30) x 10^-26 cm^3/s, similar to the value predicted for a simple thermal relic (sigma v ~ 3 x 10^-26 cm^3/s). We find that in any scenario in which dark matter annihilations are responsible for the observed excess radio emission, a significant fraction of the isotropic gamma ray background observed by Fermi must result from dark matter as well.

  3. Monte Carlo analysis of germanium detector performance in slow positron beam experiments

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    Heikinheimo, J.; Tuominen, R.; Tuomisto, F.

    2016-01-01

    Positron annihilation Doppler broadening spectroscopy is one of the most popular positron annihilation vacancy characterization techniques in experimental materials research. The measurements are often carried out with a slow positron beam setup, which enables depth profiling of the samples. The key measurement devices of Doppler broadening spectroscopy setups are high-purity germanium detectors. Since Doppler broadening spectroscopy is one of the standard techniques in defect characterization, there is a demand to evaluate different kinds of factors that might have an effect on the results. Here we report the results of Monte Carlo simulations of detector response in different geometries and compare the data to experiments.

  4. Annealing properties of open volumes in HfSiO{sub x} and HfAlO{sub x} gate dielectrics studied using monoenergetic positron beams

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    Uedono, A.; Ikeuchi, K.; Yamabe, K.; Ohdaira, T.; Muramatsu, M.; Suzuki, R.; Hamid, A. S.; Chikyow, T.; Torii, K.; Yamada, K.

    2005-07-15

    Thin Hf{sub 0.6}Si{sub 0.4}O{sub x} and Hf{sub 0.3}Al{sub 0.7}O{sub x} films fabricated by metal-organic chemical-vapor deposition and atomic-layer-deposition techniques were characterized using monoenergetic positron beams. Measurements of the Doppler broadening spectra of annihilation radiation and the lifetime spectra of positions indicated that positrons annihilated from the trapped state by open volumes that exist intrinsically in amorphous structures of the films. For HfSiO{sub x}, the mean size of the open volumes and their size distribution decreased with increasing postdeposition annealing (PDA) temperature. For HfAlO{sub x}, although the overall behavior of the open volumes in response to annealing was similar to that for HfSiO{sub x}, PDA caused a separation of the mean size of the open volumes. When this separation occurred, the value of the line-shape parameter S increased, suggesting an oxygen deficiency in the amorphous matrix. This fragmentation of the amorphous matrix can be suppressed by decreasing the annealing time.

  5. Models of pair annihilation in 1E 1740.7-2942 and the HEAO 1 A-4 annihilation source

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    Maciolek-Niedzwiecki, Andrzej; Zdziarski, Andrzej

    1994-01-01

    We study possible models of two Galactic sources of transient pair annihilation radiation, 1E 1740.7-2942 and a source observed by High Energy Astronomy Observatory (HEAO) 1 A-4. We fit the observed spectral features by thermal annihilation spectra and find that the redshifts obtained by us are much larger than those obtained from fitting Caussian lines centered on 511 keV. This effect, which is due to the net blueshift (with respect to 511 keV) of the annihilation spectrum due to the thermal energies of pairs, puts strong constraints on models of sources. We consider those constraints first without considering the mechanism of positron production. From the shape of the observed spectra, we are able to rule out both spherical clouds and layers above cold matter as possible source geometries. The observed spectra are compatible with two source geometries: (1) a nearly face-on disk in the Kerr metric and (2) a jet close to a black hole. We consider, then, the origin of the pairs. Theories of both thermal and nonthermal pair equilibria predict that photon-pair production is unable to produce annihilation features that contain as much as half of the bolometric luminosity, which is observed. A possible solution to this problem is obscuration of a nonthermal source (in which pairs are produced by photon-photon collisions) and an outflow of pairs to an unobscured region. This makes annihilation in a jet the most likely model of the considered sources.

  6. Advances in defect characterizations of semiconductors using positrons

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    Lynn, K.G.; Asoka-Kumar, P.

    1996-12-31

    Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy (PAS) is a sensitive probe for studying the electronic structure of defects in solids. The authors summarize recent developments in defect characterization of semiconductors using depth-resolved PAS. The progress achieved in extending the capabilities of the PAS method is also described.

  7. Microstructural Characterization of Polymers with Positrons

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    Singh, Jag J.

    1997-01-01

    Positrons provide a versatile probe for monitoring microstructural features of molecular solids. In this paper, we report on positron lifetime measurements in two different types of polymers. The first group comprises polyacrylates processed on earth and in space. The second group includes fully-compatible and totally-incompatible Semi-Interpenetrating polymer networks of thermosetting and thermoplastic polyimides. On the basis of lifetime measurements, it is concluded that free volumes are a direct reflection of physical/electromagnetic properties of the host polymers.

  8. Positron production using a 1.7 MV pelletron accelerator

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    Alcantara, K. F.; Santos, A. C. F.; Crivelli, P.

    2013-04-19

    We report the foremost phase of a fourth generation positron source, being constructed at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Positron yields are reported by making use of the {sup 19}F(p,{alpha}e{sup +}e{sup -}){sup 16}O reaction, where the fluorine target is in the form of a CaF{sub 2} pellet. Positron production has been observed by detecting 511 keV annihilation gamma rays emerging from the irradiated CaF{sub 2} target.

  9. Positron states on the Cs/Cu(100) surface

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    Koeymen, A.R.; Lee, K.H.; Mehl, D.; Weiss, A. ); Jensen, K.O. )

    1991-02-01

    The attenuation of the CuM{sub 23}VV Auger peak with Cs coverage on Cu(100) is measured using both positron-annihilation-induced Auger electron emission (PAES) and conventional (electron induced) Auger electron spectroscopy (EAES). The Cs coverage varies from 0 to 1 physical monolayer (ML). The data indicates that below 0.5 ML in agreement with first order theoretical calculations the positrons are trapped at the Cu/Cs interface. At higher Cs coverages the thermal desorption of the positrons as positronium drops the PAES intensity to zero whereas the EAES signal changes linearly as expected.

  10. NUCLEAR PHYSICS: Lifetime of Antibaryon Bound in Finite Nuclei

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    Chen, Xi; Li, Ning; Yao, Hai-Bo; Qin, Xu-Ming; Wu, Shi-Shu

    2010-01-01

    The study of finite nuclei containing antibaryon(s) in addition to nucleons is an interesting topic in nuclear physics. The calculation of the lifetime of an antibaryon embedded in a nucleus was performed in the framework of the standard quantum field theory. It was shown that the annihilation probability of the antibaryon in nuclei is strongly dependent on the effective masses of mesons involved in the annihilation channels. The contribution of the Dirac sea to the annihilation probability makes the lifetime of the antibaryon short. If the Dirac sea effect is neglected, the lifetime of the bound antibaryon tends to be longer with the nuclear density increasing. Particularly, when the nuclear density is larger than a critical value, the antibaryon may exist stably in a nucleus.

  11. Vacancy-type defects induced by grinding of Si wafers studied by monoenergetic positron beams

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    Uedono, Akira; Yoshihara, Nakaaki; Mizushima, Yoriko; Kim, Youngsuk; Nakamura, Tomoji; Ohba, Takayuki; Oshima, Nagayasu; Suzuki, Ryoichi

    2014-10-07

    Vacancy-type defects introduced by the grinding of Czochralski-grown Si wafers were studied using monoenergetic positron beams. Measurements of Doppler broadening spectra of the annihilation radiation and the lifetime spectra of positrons showed that vacancy-type defects were introduced in the surface region (<98 nm), and the major defect species were identified as (i) relatively small vacancies incorporated in dislocations and (ii) large vacancy clusters. Annealing experiments showed that the defect concentration decreased with increasing annealing temperature in the range between 100 and 500°C. After 600–700°C annealing, the defect-rich region expanded up to about 170 nm, which was attributed to rearrangements of dislocation networks, and a resultant emission of point defects toward the inside of the sample. Above 800°C, the stability limit of those vacancies was reached and they started to disappear. After the vacancies were annealed out (900°C), oxygen-related defects were the major point defects and they were located at <25 nm.

  12. Evidence of a Positron bound state on the surface of Bi2Te2Se

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    Shastry, K.; Lim, Z. H.; Joglekar, P. V.; Chirayath, Varghese Anto; Badih, B. A.; Heiman, D.; Barbiellini, B.; Weiss, A. H.,

    2015-03-01

    We describe experiments aimed at probing the sticking of positrons to the surfaces of topological insulators performed at University of Texas at Arlington using the Positron Annihilation induced Auger electron Spectrometer. A magnetically guided beam was used to deposit positrons at the surface of Bi2Te2Se sample at energy of ~ 2 eV. Peaks observed in the energy spectra and intensities of electrons emitted as a result of positron annihilation showed peaks at energies corresponding to Auger peaks in Bi and Te providing clear evidence of Auger emission associated with the annihilation of positrons in a surface bound state. Theoretical estimates of the binding energy of this state are compared with estimates obtained by measuring the incident beam energy threshold for secondary electron emission and the temperature dependence positronium emission. The experiments provide strong evidence for the existence of a positron bound state at the surface of Bi2Te2Se and indicate the practicality of using positron annihilation to selectively probe the critically important top most layer of topological insulator system. Welch Grant 1100 NSF DMR 0907679.

  13. Theoretical calculation of positron affinities of solute clusters in aluminum alloys

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    Mizuno, Masataka; Araki, Hideki; Shirai, Yasuharu

    2016-01-01

    We have performed theoretical calculations of positron states for solute clusters in aluminum alloys to estimate the positron affinity of solute clusters. Positron states of solute clusters in aluminum alloys were calculated under the electronic structures obtained by first- principles molecular orbital calculations using Al158-X13 clusters. We defined the positron affinity of the solute clusters by the difference in the lowest potential sensed by positrons between the solute clusters and Al bulk. With increasing atomic number of 3d metals, the annihilation fraction of the solute clusters rapidly increases at Mn and shows a maximum at Ni. A similar trend is observed for 4d metals. The localization of positron at the solute clusters mainly arises from charge transfer from Al matrix to solute clusters. The positron affinity defined in this work well represents the localization of positron at the solute clusters in aluminum alloys.

  14. Compact Beta Particle/Positron Imager for Plant Biology

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    Weisenberger, Andrew; Lee, Seung Joon; McKisson, John; Xi, Wenze; Zorn, Carl; Stolin, Alexander; Majewski, Stan; Majewski, Stanislaw; Howell, Calvin; Crowell, Alec; Smith, Mark

    2011-06-01

    The 11CO2 tracer is used to facilitate plant biology research towards optimization of plant productivity, biofuel development and carbon sequestration in biomass. Positron emission tomography (PET) imaging has been used to study carbon transport in live plants using 11CO2. Plants typically have very thin leaves resulting in little medium for the emitted positrons to undergo an annihilation event. For the emitted positron from 11C decay approximately 1mm of water equivalent material is needed for positron annihilation. Thus most of the positrons do not annihilate inside the leaf, resulting in limited sensitivity for PET imaging. To address this problem we have developed a compact beta-positive beta-minus particle (BPBM) imager for 11CO2 leaf imaging. The detector is based on a Hamamatsu H8500 position sensitive photomultiplier tube optically coupled via optical grease and a 3mm thick glass plate to a 0.5mm thick Eljin EJ-212 plastic scintillator. The detector is equipped with a flexible arm to allow its placement and orientation on the leaf of the plant of interest while maintaining the leaf's original orientation. We are planning to utilize the imaging device at the Duke University Phytotron to investigate dynamic carbon transport differences between invasive and native species.

  15. Temperature effects in positronium formation and lifetime in solutions of nonpolar organic solvents

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    Diehl, D.A.; Schrader, D.M. )

    1991-06-15

    The temperature dependence of the positron annihilation lifetime (PAL) spectra of several solutions are examined. Four solvents are investigated: {ital n}-hexane, cyclohexane, squalane, and an equivolume mixture of {ital n}-hexane and squalane. Solutes in the study are nitrobenzene, nitrocyclohexane, and hexafluorobenzene. Arrhenius plots of lifetimes are made from 10 {degree}C to 50 {degree}C. The temperature dependence of the PAL spectra of nitrobenzene solutions in a magnetic field varying up to 15 kG are also presented. Anomalous behavior is observed for the solvents {ital n}-hexane and squalane, both neat and with nitrobenzene as a solute. In addition, it is found that the behavior of neat and nitrobenzene solutions of the {ital n}-hexane--squalane mixture is not intermediate between those involving {ital n}-hexane and squalane separately. We conclude that there is a change in the mechanism for positronium formation from {ital n}-hexane to squalane which is not accounted for by changes in free volume. Nitrocyclohexane is found to enhance positronium formation in squalane. This is the first example of antiinhibition by an aliphatic solute known to the authors.

  16. A modular positron camera for the study of industrial processes

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    Leadbeater, T. W.; Parker, D. J.

    2011-10-01

    Positron imaging techniques rely on the detection of the back-to-back annihilation photons arising from positron decay within the system under study. A standard technique, called positron emitting particle tracking (PEPT) [1], uses a number of these detected events to rapidly determine the position of a positron emitting tracer particle introduced into the system under study. Typical applications of PEPT are in the study of granular and multi-phase materials in the disciplines of engineering and the physical sciences. Using components from redundant medical PET scanners a modular positron camera has been developed. This camera consists of a number of small independent detector modules, which can be arranged in custom geometries tailored towards the application in question. The flexibility of the modular camera geometry allows for high photon detection efficiency within specific regions of interest, the ability to study large and bulky systems and the application of PEPT to difficult or remote processes as the camera is inherently transportable.

  17. Quark flavor identification in electron-positron annihilation

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    Kaye, H.S.

    1983-09-01

    The theoretical issues relevant to inclusive muon analysis, the MAC detector and its data flow structure, the identification of muons in hadronic events and the measurement of their momenta, and the selection of events so as to minimize background are described. Experimental results are presented describing the fragmentation of heavy quarks into hadrons, the semimuonic branching fractions of the heavy quarks, the asymmetry in the angular distribution of the heavy quarks, and the invariant mass and charged multiplicity of heavy quark jets. In addition, lower limits are set on the masses of certain proposed particles that are expected to decay semileptonically. Finally, events containing two muons are analyzed in order to investigate the possibility of mixing in the B-B system and whether the b might form its own SU(2) singlet.

  18. PREFACE: The International Workshop on Positron Studies of Defects 2014

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    Sugita, Kazuki; Shirai, Yasuharu

    2016-01-01

    The International Workshop on Positron Studies of Defects 2014 (PSD-14) was held in Kyoto, Japan from 14-19 September, 2014. The PSD Workshop brought together positron scientists interested in studying defects to an international platform for presenting and discussing recent results and achievements, including new experimental and theoretical methods in the field. The workshop topics can be characterized as follows: • Positron studies of defects in semiconductors and oxides • Positron studies of defects in metals • New experimental methods and equipment • Theoretical calculations and simulations of momentum distributions, positron lifetimes and other characteristics for defects • Positron studies of defects in combination with complementary methods • Positron beam studies of defects at surfaces, interfaces, in sub-surface regions and thin films • Nanostructures and amorphous materials

  19. Eternal annihilations: New constraints on long-lived particles from big-bang nucleosynthesis

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    Frieman, Joshua A.; Kolb, Edward W.; Turner, Michael S.

    1990-05-01

    In the early Universe, the relative abundance of a massive weakly interacting particle species ``freezes out'' when the annihilation rate becomes less than the expansion rate. Although ineffective in reducing the total number of the species, occasional annihilations still occur after freeze-out. The residual annihilations of massive particles (10 MeV<~mX<~1 GeV) after primordial nucleosynthesis can strongly alter the light-element abundances through photodissociation. For particles with typical weak-interaction cross sections and lifetimes τX>~5×106 sec, we find that the mass range mX<~1 GeV is ruled out, independent of how they subsequently decay.

  20. New constraints from PAMELA anti-proton data on annihilating and decaying dark matter

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    Cholis, Ilias

    2011-09-01

    Recently the PAMELA experiment has released its updated anti-proton flux and anti-proton to proton flux ratio data up to energies of ≈ 200GeV. With no clear excess of cosmic ray anti-protons at high energies, one can extend constraints on the production of anti-protons from dark matter. In this letter, we consider both the cases of dark matter annihilating and decaying into standard model particles that produce significant numbers of anti-protons. We provide two sets of constraints on the annihilation cross-sections/decay lifetimes. In the one set of constraints we ignore any source of anti-protons other than dark matter, which give the highest allowed cross-sections/inverse lifetimes. In the other set we include also anti-protons produced in collisions of cosmic rays with interstellar medium nuclei, getting tighter but more realistic constraints on the annihilation cross-sections/decay lifetimes.

  1. Positron studies in catalysis research. Final report, September 1993-- May 1995

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    1996-05-01

    During the past 20 months, we have completed our positron microscope and performed several studies in our nonmicroscopic depth-profiling positron spectrometer which should ultimately be applicable to catalysis. These studies involve using depth-profiled positron spectrometers to observe the growth dynamics of metal silicides on silicon substrates and to observe defects in glassy polymer surfaces and thin films, and the use of bulk positron lifetime measurements to observe pore-size variations in zeolites.

  2. Luminosity Lifetime

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    Zisman, M.S.

    1997-04-01

    In a symmetric or 'energy transparent' relativistic collider, the luminosity is given by L = N{sup 2}f{sub c}/4{pi}{sigma}*{sub x}{sigma}*{sub y} where N is the number of electrons or positrons per bunch, {sigma}*{sub x} ({sigma}*{sub y}) is the horizontal (vertical) rms beam size at the interaction point (IP), and f{sub c} is the collision frequency. If the beam sizes remain constant as the luminosity decreases, then the time dependence of luminosity is contained entirely in the time dependence of the beam currents, i.e., N O N(t), and we can rewrite the equation as L(t) = N{sup 2}(t)f{sub c}/4{pi}{sigma}*{sub x}{sigma}*{sub y}. There are two distinct categories for luminosity loss. In the first category are loss processes due to collisions between the two beams, that is, processes associated directly with the luminosity. In the second category (see below) are single-beam loss processes. The processes in the first category relevant to a high-energy collider are Bhabha scattering (e{sup +}e{sup -} O e{sup +}e{sup -}) and 'radiative' Bhabha scattering (e{sup +}e{sup -} O e{sup +}e{sup -}{gamma}). In the first process, a beam particle is lost if its angular deflection is beyond the ring's transverse acceptance; in the second process, loss occurs if the beam particle's momentum change is outside the longitudinal acceptance of the ring (typically determined by the RF bucket height).

  3. Compact conscious animal positron emission tomography scanner

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    Schyler, David J.; O'Connor, Paul; Woody, Craig; Junnarkar, Sachin Shrirang; Radeka, Veljko; Vaska, Paul; Pratte, Jean-Francois; Volkow, Nora

    2006-10-24

    A method of serially transferring annihilation information in a compact positron emission tomography (PET) scanner includes generating a time signal for an event, generating an address signal representing a detecting channel, generating a detector channel signal including the time and address signals, and generating a composite signal including the channel signal and similarly generated signals. The composite signal includes events from detectors in a block and is serially output. An apparatus that serially transfers annihilation information from a block includes time signal generators for detectors in a block and an address and channel signal generator. The PET scanner includes a ring tomograph that mounts onto a portion of an animal, which includes opposing block pairs. Each of the blocks in a block pair includes a scintillator layer, detection array, front-end array, and a serial encoder. The serial encoder includes time signal generators and an address signal and channel signal generator.

  4. Photoinduced carrier annihilation in silicon pn junction

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    Sameshima, Toshiyuki; Motoki, Takayuki; Yasuda, Keisuke; Nakamura, Tomohiko; Hasumi, Masahiko; Mizuno, Toshihisa

    2015-08-01

    We report analysis of the photo-induced minority carrier effective lifetime (τeff) in a p+n junction formed on the top surfaces of a n-type silicon substrate by ion implantation of boron and phosphorus atoms at the top and bottom surfaces followed by activation by microwave heating. Bias voltages were applied to the p+ boron-doped surface with n+ phosphorus-doped surface kept at 0 V. The values of τeff were lower than 1 × 10-5 s under the reverse-bias condition. On the other hand, τeff markedly increased to 1.4 × 10-4 s as the forward-bias voltage increased to 0.7 V and then it leveled off when continuous-wave 635 nm light was illuminated at 0.74 mW/cm2 on the p+ surface. The carrier annihilation velocity S\\text{p + } at the p+ surface region was numerically estimated from the experimental τeff. S\\text{p + } ranged from 4000 to 7200 cm/s under the reverse-bias condition when the carrier annihilation velocity S\\text{n + } at the n+ surface region was assumed to be a constant value of 100 cm/s. S\\text{p + } markedly decreased to 265 cm/s as the forward-bias voltage increased to 0.7 V.

  5. Pair annihilation into neutrinos in strong magnetic fields.

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    Canuto, V.; Fassio-Canuto, L.

    1973-01-01

    Among the processes that are of primary importance for the thermal history of a neutron star is electron-positron annihilation into neutrinos and photoneutrinos. These processes are computed in the presence of a strong magnetic field typical of neutron stars, and the results are compared with the zero-field case. It is shown that the neutrino luminosity Q(H) is greater than Q(O) for temperatures up to T about equal to 3 x 10 to the 8th power K and densities up to 1,000,000 g/cu cm.

  6. Brane annihilations during inflation

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    Battefeld, Diana; Battefeld, Thorsten; Firouzjahi, Hassan; Khosravi, Nima E-mail: tbattefe@princeton.edu E-mail: nima@ipm.ir

    2010-07-01

    We investigate brane inflation driven by two stacks of mobile branes in a throat. The stack closest to the bottom of the throat annihilates first with antibranes, resulting in particle production and a change of the equation of state parameter w. We calculate analytically some observable signatures of the collision; related decays are common in multi-field inflation, providing the motivation for this case study. The discontinuity in w enters the matching conditions relating perturbations in the remaining degree of freedom before and after the collision, affecting the power-spectrum of curvature perturbations. We find an oscillatory modulation of the power-spectrum for scales within the horizon at the time of the collision, and a slightly redder spectrum on super-horizon scales. We comment on implications for staggered inflation.

  7. An asymmetric distribution of positrons in the Galactic disk revealed by gamma-rays.

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    Weidenspointner, Georg; Skinner, Gerry; Jean, Pierre; Knödlseder, Jürgen; von Ballmoos, Peter; Bignami, Giovanni; Diehl, Roland; Strong, Andrew W; Cordier, Bertrand; Schanne, Stéphane; Winkler, Christoph

    2008-01-10

    Gamma-ray line radiation at 511 keV is the signature of electron-positron annihilation. Such radiation has been known for 30 years to come from the general direction of the Galactic Centre, but the origin of the positrons has remained a mystery. Stellar nucleosynthesis, accreting compact objects, and even the annihilation of exotic dark-matter particles have all been suggested. Here we report a distinct asymmetry in the 511-keV line emission coming from the inner Galactic disk ( approximately 10-50 degrees from the Galactic Centre). This asymmetry resembles an asymmetry in the distribution of low mass X-ray binaries with strong emission at photon energies >20 keV ('hard' LMXBs), indicating that they may be the dominant origin of the positrons. Although it had long been suspected that electron-positron pair plasmas may exist in X-ray binaries, it was not evident that many of the positrons could escape to lose energy and ultimately annihilate with electrons in the interstellar medium and thus lead to the emission of a narrow 511-keV line. For these models, our result implies that up to a few times 10(41) positrons escape per second from a typical hard LMXB. Positron production at this level from hard LMXBs in the Galactic bulge would reduce (and possibly eliminate) the need for more exotic explanations, such as those involving dark matter. PMID:18185581

  8. Singlet-triplet annihilation in single LHCII complexes.

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    Gruber, J Michael; Chmeliov, Jevgenij; Krger, Tjaart P J; Valkunas, Leonas; van Grondelle, Rienk

    2015-08-14

    In light harvesting complex II (LHCII) of higher plants and green algae, carotenoids (Cars) have an important function to quench chlorophyll (Chl) triplet states and therefore avoid the production of harmful singlet oxygen. The resulting Car triplet states lead to a non-linear self-quenching mechanism called singlet-triplet (S-T) annihilation that strongly depends on the excitation density. In this work we investigated the fluorescence decay kinetics of single immobilized LHCIIs at room temperature and found a two-exponential decay with a slow (3.5 ns) and a fast (35 ps) component. The relative amplitude fraction of the fast component increases with increasing excitation intensity, and the resulting decrease in the fluorescence quantum yield suggests annihilation effects. Modulation of the excitation pattern by means of an acousto-optic modulator (AOM) furthermore allowed us to resolve the time-dependent accumulation and decay rate (?7 ?s) of the quenching species. Inspired by singlet-singlet (S-S) annihilation studies, we developed a stochastic model and then successfully applied it to describe and explain all the experimentally observed steady-state and time-dependent kinetics. That allowed us to distinctively identify the quenching mechanism as S-T annihilation. Quantitative fitting resulted in a conclusive set of parameters validating our interpretation of the experimental results. The obtained stochastic model can be generalized to describe S-T annihilation in small molecular aggregates where the equilibration time of excitations is much faster than the annihilation-free singlet excited state lifetime. PMID:26156159

  9. Positronic complexes with unnatural parity

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    Bromley, M. W. J.; Mitroy, J.; Varga, K.

    2007-06-15

    The structure of the unnatural parity states of PsH, LiPs, NaPs, and KPs are investigated with the configuration interaction and stochastic variational methods. The binding energies (in hartree) are found to be 8.17x10{sup -4}, 4.42x10{sup -4}, 15.14x10{sup -4}, and 21.80x10{sup -4}, respectively. These states are constructed by first coupling the two electrons into a configuration which is predominantly {sup 3}P{sup e}, and then adding a p-wave positron. All the active particles are in states in which the relative angular momentum between any pair of particles is at least L=1. The LiPs state is Borromean since there are no three-body bound subsystems (of the correct symmetry) of the (Li{sup +}, e{sup -}, e{sup -}, e{sup +}) particles that make up the system. The dominant decay mode of these states will be radiative decay into a configuration that autoionizes or undergoes positron annihilation.

  10. The multi-scattering model for calculations of positron spatial distribution in the multilayer stacks, useful for conventional positron measurements

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    Dryzek, Jerzy; Institute of Physics, Opole University, ul. Oleska 48, 45-052 Opole ; Siemek, Krzysztof

    2013-08-21

    The spatial distribution of positrons emitted from radioactive isotopes into stacks or layered samples is a subject of the presented report. It was found that Monte Carlo (MC) simulations using GEANT4 code are not able to describe correctly the experimental data of the positron fractions in stacks. The mathematical model was proposed for calculations of the implantation profile or positron fractions in separated layers or foils being components of a stack. The model takes into account only two processes, i.e., the positron absorption and backscattering at interfaces. The mathematical formulas were applied in the computer program called LYS-1 (layers profile analysis). The theoretical predictions of the model were in the good agreement with the results of the MC simulations for the semi infinite sample. The experimental verifications of the model were performed on the symmetrical and non-symmetrical stacks of different foils. The good agreement between the experimental and calculated fractions of positrons in components of a stack was achieved. Also the experimental implantation profile obtained using the depth scanning of positron implantation technique is very well described by the theoretical profile obtained within the proposed model. The LYS-1 program allows us also to calculate the fraction of positrons which annihilate in the source, which can be useful in the positron spectroscopy.

  11. A new look at the cosmic ray positron fraction

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    Boudaud, M.; Aupetit, S.; Caroff, S.; Putze, A.; Belanger, G.; Genolini, Y.; Goy, C.; Poireau, V.; Poulin, V.; Rosier, S.; Salati, P.; Tao, L.; Vecchi, M.

    2015-03-01

    Context. The positron fraction in cosmic rays has recently been measured with improved accuracy up to 500 GeV, and it was found to be a steadily increasing function of energy above ~10 GeV. This behaviour contrasts with standard astrophysical mechanisms, in which positrons are secondary particles, produced in the interactions of primary cosmic rays during their propagation in the interstellar medium. The observed anomaly in the positron fraction triggered a lot of excitement, as it could be interpreted as an indirect signature of the presence of dark matter species in the Galaxy, the so-called weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs). Alternatively, it could be produced by nearby sources, such as pulsars. Aims: These hypotheses are probed in light of the latest AMS-02 positron fraction measurements. As regards dark matter candidates, regions in the annihilation cross section to mass plane, which best fit the most recent data, are delineated and compared to previous measurements. The explanation of the anomaly in terms of a single nearby pulsar is also explored. Methods: The cosmic ray positron transport in the Galaxy is described using a semi-analytic two-zone model. Propagation is described with Green functions as well as with Bessel expansions. For consistency, the secondary and primary components of the positron flux are calculated together with the same propagation model. The above mentioned explanations of the positron anomaly are tested using χ2 fits. The numerical package MicrOMEGAs is used to model the positron flux generated by dark matter species. The description of the positron fraction from conventional astrophysical sources is based on the pulsar observations included in the Australia Telescope National Facility (ATNF) catalogue. Results: The masses of the favoured dark matter candidates are always larger than 500 GeV, even though the results are very sensitive to the lepton flux. The Fermi measurements point systematically to much heavier candidates than the recently released AMS-02 observations. Since the latter are more precise, they are much more constraining. A scan through the various individual annihilation channels disfavours leptons as the final state. On the contrary, the agreement is excellent for quark, gauge boson, or Higgs boson pairs, with best-fit masses in the 10 to 40 TeV range. The combination of annihilation channels that best matches the positron fraction is then determined at fixed WIMP mass. A mixture of electron and tau lepton pairs is only acceptable around 500 GeV. Adding b-quark pairs significantly improves the fit up to a mass of 40 TeV. Alternatively, a combination of the four-lepton channels provides a good fit between 0.5 and 1 TeV, with no muons in the final state. Concerning the pulsar hypothesis, the region of the distance-to-age plane that best fits the positron fraction for a single source is determined. Conclusions: The only dark matter species that fulfils the stringent gamma ray and cosmic microwave background bounds is a particle annihilating into four leptons through a light scalar or vector mediator, with a mixture of tau (75%) and electron (25%) channels, and a mass between 0.5 and 1 TeV. The positron anomaly can also be explained by a single pulsar, and a list of five pulsars from the ATNF catalogue is given. We investigate how this list could evolve when more statistics are accumulated. Those results are obtained with the cosmic ray transport parameters that best fit the B/C ratio. Uncertainties in the propagation parameters turn out to be very significant. In the WIMP annihilation cross section to mass plane for instance, they overshadow the error contours derived from the positron data.

  12. A Doppler-broadening facility for positron spin relaxation (e +SR) experiments

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    Gessmann, Th.; Harmat, P.; Major, J.; Seeger, A.

    1997-05-01

    A set-up is described for the determination of the spin polarization of positrons emitted from radioactive sources that makes use of the dependence of the Doppler broadening of the 511 keV annihilation photon line on the strength and direction (with regard to the spin polarization) of an applied magnetic field. In the so-called e +SR (positron spin relaxation) technique the sample to be investigated is part of the e +-spin polarimeter. Its application to the investigation of positronium formation in condensed matter is illustrated using crystalline quartz as an example. The method earlier applied to the positron annihilation in magnetized ferromagnets is now transferred to the detection of positronium (Ps) in condensed matter. This new approach makes use of the fact, that the ratio of Ps atoms in the singlet and the triplet states is larger in a magnetic field applied parallel to the positron-spin polarization than in an antiparallel field.

  13. Effects of vertical aperture on beam lifetime at the Advanced Photon Source (APS) storage ring

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    Bizek, H.M.

    1995-06-01

    When a positron`s energy deviation {delta}E/E exceeds the rf acceptance, or when it receives an angular kick for the betatron motion that exceeds some limiting admittance, the positron will be lost. The main contributions to the total beam lifetime come from single Coulomb and Touschek scattering. In this report we investigate the dependence of the residual gas pressure and the vertical aperture of the Advanced Photon Source storage ring on the total beam. lifetime. We present results of calculating the total beam lifetime as a function of vertical aperture for varying average ring pressure, beam current, and coupling coefficient.

  14. Excited S-symmetry states of positronic lithium and beryllium.

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    Strasburger, Krzysztof

    2016-04-14

    The possibility of the existence of excited S-symmetry states of positronic lithium and beryllium, resulting from the positron attachment to high-spin P parent atomic states, is examined and confirmed with variational calculations in the basis of explicitly correlated Gaussian functions. The unexpectedly different order of the energies of the S and P states is explained by the formation of the positronium cluster structure and associated disappearance of the destabilizing centrifugal force. The annihilation properties of newly discovered states are discussed in the context of prospective experimental detection. PMID:27083730

  15. Excited S-symmetry states of positronic lithium and beryllium

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    Strasburger, Krzysztof

    2016-04-01

    The possibility of the existence of excited S-symmetry states of positronic lithium and beryllium, resulting from the positron attachment to high-spin P parent atomic states, is examined and confirmed with variational calculations in the basis of explicitly correlated Gaussian functions. The unexpectedly different order of the energies of the S and P states is explained by the formation of the positronium cluster structure and associated disappearance of the destabilizing centrifugal force. The annihilation properties of newly discovered states are discussed in the context of prospective experimental detection.

  16. Atomic Composition of the Positron-Sensitive Vacancy Complexes in GaN

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    Arutyunov, Nikolai; Emtsev, Vadim

    2004-03-01

    The positron probing of the as-grown point defects in GaN and related materials has been conducted by the one-dimensional angular correlation of the annihilation radiation (1D-ACAR) as well as by some other positron annihilation techniques. It has been established that the electron density around the positron is lowered suggesting that positrons are trapped by the defects of a vacancy type in the crystal lattice of GaN. The electron-positron radii fitted to the conventional ion radii for the relevant anion and cation sites have formed a basis for a comparative analysis of the obtained results. The electron-positron cation core radius whose length is determined by the atoms in the nearest environment of the annihilating positrons has been estimated by the parameters of the high-momentum component of 1D-ACAR curves. The electron-positron momentum distribution outside the cation cores has been used for the estimations of the electron-positron anion core radius. A comparison of the electron-positron ion radii with a certain standards obtained for B, Al, Ga, related III-V compounds GaP, GaAs, GaSb, BN, and AlN has been done systematically at the processing of results. A plausible explanation of the experimental data obtained for GaN may be given assuming that the positron annihilation occurs in the complex of a vacancy-type where the nitrogen atom is shifted from its regular position and, probably, is trapped by the gallium vacancy forming the antisite configuration (N.Yu. Arutyunov, A.V.Mikhailin, V.Yu. Davidov, V.V.Emtsev, G.A. Oganesyan, and E.E.Haller, Semiconductors, 36 (2002) 1106.) (N.Yu. Arutyunov, V.V.Emtsev, A.V.Mikhailin, and C.J. Humphreys, Physica B, (2003), in press.) Similar complexes in GaN have been discussed theoretically. (D.J. Chadi, Appl. Phys. Lett. 71 (1997) 2970.) In this connection the results of the positron annihilation studies in GaN:Mg are also considered.

  17. Elastic positron-cadmium scattering at low energies

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    Bromley, M. W. J.; Mitroy, J.

    2010-05-15

    The elastic and annihilation cross sections for positron-cadmium scattering are reported up to the positronium-formation threshold (at 2.2 eV). The low-energy phase shifts for the elastic scattering of positrons from cadmium were derived from the bound and pseudostate energies of a very large basis configuration-interaction calculation of the e{sup +}-Cd system. The s-wave binding energy is estimated to be 126{+-}42 meV, with a scattering length of A{sub scat}=(14.2{+-}2.1)a{sub 0}, while the threshold annihilation parameter, Z{sub eff}, was 93.9{+-}26.5. The p-wave phase shift exhibits a weak shape resonance that results in a peak Z{sub eff} of 91{+-}17 at a collision energy of about 490{+-}50 meV.

  18. Compensation for crystal penetration in high resolution positron tomography

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    Huesman, R.H.; Salmeron, E.M.; Baker, J.R.

    1988-11-01

    We have characterized the effects of crystal penetration by annihilation photons in circular ring positron tomographs. They are most serious in high resolution instruments having small detectors. When annihilation photons are not normally incident and penetrate some distance into the scintillator before interacting, the measurement of their transverse position becomes uncertain. This penetration of photons into the detector material before interaction is a statistical process which leads to significant displacement and anisotropy of the point spread function. The subject of this work is mathematical correction of emission datasets by performing a two-dimensional spatially variant deconvolution of the emission data in sinogram format. Examples for the Donner 600-Crystal Positron Tomograph are presented, and the amplification of statistical errors resulting from the correction procedure is also discussed. 7 refs., 9 figs., 2 tabs.

  19. Measurements of heavy quark and lepton lifetimes

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    Jaros, J.A.

    1985-02-01

    The PEP/PETRA energy range has proved to be well-suited for the study of the lifetimes of hadrons containing the b and c quarks and the tau lepton for several reasons. First, these states comprise a large fraction of the total interaction rate in e/sup +/e/sup -/ annihilation and can be cleanly identified. Second, the storage rings have operated at high luminosity and so produced these exotic states copiously. And finally, thanks to the interplay of the Fermi coupling strength, the quark and lepton masses, and the beam energy, the expected decay lengths are in the 1/2 mm range and so are comparatively easy to measure. This pleasant coincidence of cleanly identified and abundant signal with potentially large effects has made possible the first measurements of two fundamental weak couplings, tau ..-->.. nu/sub tau/W and b ..-->.. cW. These measurements have provided a sharp test of the standard model and allowed, for the first time, the full determination of the magnitudes of the quark mixing matrix. This paper reviews the lifetime studies made at PEP during the past year. It begins with a brief review of the three detectors, DELCO, MAC and MARK II, which have reported lifetime measurements. Next it discusses two new measurements of the tau lifetime, and briefly reviews a measurement of the D/sup 0/ lifetime. Finally, it turns to measurements of the B lifetime, which are discussed in some detail. 18 references, 14 figures, 1 table.

  20. Positron spectroscopy of 2D materials using an advanced high intensity positron beam

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    McDonald, A.; Chirayath, V.; Lim, Z.; Gladen, R.; Chrysler, M.; Fairchild, A.; Koymen, A.; Weiss, A.

    An advanced high intensity variable energy positron beam(~1eV to 20keV) has been designed, tested and utilized for the first coincidence Doppler broadening (CDB) measurements on 6-8 layers graphene on polycrystalline Cu sample. The system is capable of simultaneous Positron annihilation induced Auger electron Spectroscopy (PAES) and CDB measurements giving it unparalleled sensitivity to chemical structure at external surfaces, interfaces and internal pore surfaces. The system has a 3m flight path up to a micro channel plate (MCP) for the Auger electrons emitted from the sample. This gives a superior energy resolution for PAES. A solid rare gas(Neon) moderator was used for the generation of the monoenergetic positron beam. The positrons were successfully transported to the sample chamber using axial magnetic field generated with a series of Helmholtz coils. We will discuss the PAES and coincidence Doppler broadening measurements on graphene -Cu sample and present an analysis of the gamma spectra which indicates that a fraction of the positrons implanted at energies 7-60eV can become trapped at the graphene/metal interface. This work was supported by NSF Grant No. DMR 1508719 and DMR 1338130.