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  1. 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.

  2. Positron annihilation study on hafnium metals given various treatments

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    Min, Duck Ki; Kang, Myung Soo ); Yoon, Young Ku )

    1993-08-01

    The positron annihilation technique that enables measurements of positron lifetime, two-photon angular correlation and Doppler broadening due to annihilation radiation has been established for studies of the electronic configuration and defect properties in solids. In metals, positrons can be trapped at vacancies and their agglomerates as well as at dislocations, but not at interstitials. Because of these interactions, the positron annihilation method can be applied to studies of the behavior of dislocations during annealing of plastically deformed metals. Furthermore, it is possible by measurements of annihilation characteristics to identify defects such as vacancies, dislocations and vacancy-clusters, and to determine spatial dimensions of defects. In this work, positron annihilation measurements for annealed, cold worked, annealed and then quenched, and cold worked and then cathodically hydrogen charged hafnium specimens were made to obtain information on (a) positron annihilation characteristics of hafnium metal, (b) role of vacancy-type defects on hydrogen charging, (c) defects produced during hydrogen charging and (d) recovery of lattice defects in hafnium and effects of hydrogen on defects recovery upon annealing.

  3. Positron annihilation study of P implanted Si

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    Asoka-Kumar, P.; Au, H.L.; Lynn, K.G. ); Sferlazzo, P. . SED Division)

    1992-01-01

    High-energy ion implantation (above 200 keV) is now commonly used in a variety of VLSI processes. The high energy required for these implants is often achieved by implanting multiply charged ions, which inevitably brings in the problem of low-energy ion contamination. The low-energy contamination is difficult to diagnose and detect. Positron annihilation spectroscopy is used to examine the defect distributions in these high energy implants with varying degrees of contamination.

  4. Positron annihilation study of P implanted Si

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    Asoka-Kumar, P.; Au, H.L.; Lynn, K.G.; Sferlazzo, P.

    1992-12-01

    High-energy ion implantation (above 200 keV) is now commonly used in a variety of VLSI processes. The high energy required for these implants is often achieved by implanting multiply charged ions, which inevitably brings in the problem of low-energy ion contamination. The low-energy contamination is difficult to diagnose and detect. Positron annihilation spectroscopy is used to examine the defect distributions in these high energy implants with varying degrees of contamination.

  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 annihilation study of cavities in black Au films

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    Melikhova, O.; Čížek, J.; Hruška, P.; Vlček, M.; Procházka, I.; Anwand, W.; Novotný, M.; Bulíř, J.

    2017-01-01

    Defects in a black Au film were studied using variable energy positron annihilation spectroscopy. Black Au films exhibit porous morphology similar to cauliflower. This type of structure enhances the optical absorption due to a multiple reflections in the micro-cavities. A nanostructured black Au film was compared with conventional smooth Au films with high reflectivity. The black Au film exhibited a remarkably enhanced S-parameter in sub-surface region. This is caused by a narrow para-Positronium contribution to the annihilation peak.

  7. 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.

  8. Positron annihilation spectroscopy study of materials for reactor vessels

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    Grafutin, V. I.; Prokop'ev, E. P.; Krsjak, V.; Burcl, R.; Hähner, P.; Zeman, A.; Ilyukhina, O. V.; Erak, D.; Mogilevskyi, M. A.; Myasischeva, G. G.; Funtikov, Yu. V.

    2011-02-01

    Steels used in the nuclear industry have been experimentally studied by positron annihilation spectroscopy. Analysis of the experimental results and their comparison with the existing data make it possible to reveal vacancy defects, in particular, those caused by neutron radiation, and to determine their size.

  9. 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.

  10. Si nanocrystals and nanocrystal interfaces studied by positron annihilation

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    Kujala, J.; Slotte, J.; Tuomisto, F.; Hiller, D.; Zacharias, M.

    2016-10-01

    Si nanocrystals embedded in a SiO 2 matrix were studied with positron annihilation and photoluminescence spectroscopies. Analysis of the S- and W-parameters for the sample annealed at 800 °C reveals a positron trap at the interface between the amorphous nanodots and the surrounding matrix. Another trap state is observed in the 1150 °C heat treated samples where nanodots are in a crystalline form. Positrons are most likely trapped to defects related to dangling bonds at the surface of the nanocrystals. Passivation of the samples results on one hand in the decrease of the S-parameter implying a decrease in the open volume of the interface state and, on the other hand, in the strengthening of the positron annihilation signal from the interface. The intensity of the photoluminescence signal increases with the formation of the nanocrystals. Passivation of samples strengthens the photoluminescence signal, further indicating a successful deactivation of luminescence quenching at the nanocrystal surface. Strengthening of the positron annihilation signal and an increase in the photoluminescence intensity in passivated silicon nanocrystals suggests that the positron trap at the interface does not contribute to a significant extent to the exciton recombination in the nanocrystals.

  11. 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.

  12. Positron-annihilation study of radiation defects in sodium azide

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    Etin, G.I.; Ryabykh, S.M.

    1987-07-01

    Annihilation-photon angular correlation has been used to examine radiation defects in sodium azide capable of trapping positrons. The calculated and measured characteristics have been determined for various defects, including micropores filled by radiolytic nitrogen. The positron annihilation rates have been determined for the regions around radiation defects.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Study of PRIMAVERA steel samples by positron annihilation spectroscopy technique II - Lifetime measurements

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    Krsjak, V.; Grafutin, V.; Ilyukhina, O.; Burcl, R.; Ballesteros, A.; Hähner, P.

    2012-02-01

    In the present article, a positron annihilation lifetime technique was used for the study of VVER-440/230 weld materials, manufactured in the frame of the international PRIMAVERA project on microstructural investigation of the irradiated WWER-440 reactor pressure vessel steel. The present results complement our previous report of positron angular correlation experiments and provide in-depth characterization of vacancy type defects behavior under irradiation and thermal treatment. The results give new insight into the previously published atom probe tomography and angular correlation of annihilation radiation studies. The measurements do not show any association of phosphorus or its segregation to the open volume defects investigated by positron annihilation spectroscopy. The embrittlement effects related to the phosphorus seem to be effectively annealed-out during 475 °C thermal treatment and the post annealing microstructure and mechanical properties of the material are consequently affected mostly by agglomerations of vacancy clusters coarsened during thermal treatment.

  16. Mössbauer and positron annihilation studies of pharmaceutically important iron-dextran complexes

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    Oshtrakh, M. I.; Kopelyan, E. A.; Semionkin, V. A.; Livshits, A. B.; Krylova, V. E.; Kozlov, A. A.

    1993-04-01

    Iron-dextran complexes are pharmaceutically important models of iron-storage protein ferritin. These complexes are used for treatment of iron-deficiency anemias. In this work we present the results of the study of various iron-dextran complexes by Mössbauer spectroscopy and the positron annihilation technique. Mössbauer spectroscopy indicated the differences between the electronic and magnetic structures of iron cores in iron-dextran complexes while positron annihilation showed variations of dextran shells in those complexes. Both techniques appeared to be useful to study microstructural variations in iron-dextran complexes.

  17. Positron annihilation studies of zirconia doped with metal cations of different valence

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    Prochazka, I.; Cizek, J.; Melikhova, O.; Konstantinova, T. E.; Danilenko, I. A.; Yashchishyn, I. A.; Anwand, W.; Brauer, G.

    2013-06-01

    New results obtained by applying positron annihilation spectroscopy to the investigation of zirconia-based nanomaterials doped with metal cations of different valence are reported. The slow-positron implantation spectroscopy combined with Doppler broadening measurements was employed to study the sintering of pressure-compacted nanopowders of tetragonal yttria-stabilised zirconia (t-YSZ) and t-YSZ with chromia additive. Positronium (Ps) formation in t-YSZ was proven by detecting 3γ-annihilations of ortho-Ps and was found to gradually decrease with increasing sintering temperature. A subsurface layer with enhanced 3γ-annihilations, compared to the deeper regions, could be identified. Addition of chromia was found to inhibit Ps formation. In addition, first results of positron lifetime measurements on nanopowders of zirconia phase-stabilised with MgO and CeO2 are presented.

  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. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. Degradation of electron-irradiated polyethylene studied by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy

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    Onodera, K.; Oka, T.; Kino, Y.; Sekine, T.

    2017-01-01

    Degradation of electron beam irradiated high-density polyethylene was studied by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS), micro-FT-IR, and gel fraction measurements. The obtained results indicated that ortho-positronium intensity is influenced not only by the irradiation but also the post oxidation, which illustrates that PALS may be a promising tool to monitor/evaluate the degradation of polyethylene induced by irradiation and long-term storage.

  2. Theoretical studies of positron states and annihilation characteristics at the oxidized Cu(100) surface

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    Fazleev, N. G.; Weiss, A. H.

    2013-04-19

    In this work we present the results of theoretical studies of positron surface and bulk states and annihilation probabilities of surface-trapped positrons with relevant core electrons at the oxidized Cu(100) surface under conditions of high oxygen coverage. An ab-initio study of the electronic properties of the Cu(100) missing row reconstructed surface at various on surface and sub-surface oxygen coverages has been performed on the basis of the density functional theory (DFT) using the Dmol3 code and the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). Surface structures in calculations have been constructed by adding oxygen atoms to various surface hollow and sub-surface octahedral sites of the 0.5 monolayer (ML) missing row reconstructed phase of the Cu(100) surface with oxygen coverages ranging from 0.5 to 1.5 ML. The charge redistribution at the surface and variations in atomic structure and chemical composition of the topmost layers associated with oxidation and surface reconstruction have been found to affect the spatial extent and localization of the positron surface state wave function and annihilation probabilities of surface trapped positrons with relevant core electrons. Theoretical results are compared with experimental data obtained from studies of oxidation of the Cu(100) surface using positron annihilation induced Auger electron spectroscopy (PAES). It has been shown that positron annihilation probabilities with Cu 3s and 3p core electrons decrease when total (on-surface and sub-surface) oxygen coverage of the Cu(100) surface increases up to 1 ML. The calculations show that for high oxygen coverage when total oxygen coverage is 1. 5 ML the positron is not bound to the surface.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. Positron annihilation studies of recrystallization in the subsurface zone induced by friction in magnesium—effect of the inhomogeneity on measured positron annihilation characteristics

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    Dryzek, Jerzy

    2014-02-01

    The discussion of the positron annihilation studies of crystal structure defects, like vacancies, dislocations, grain boundaries and the defect depth profile, is presented. The role of the positron implantation depth and positron diffusion in such studies has been considered in detail. For description of the measured annihilation characteristics the proposed theoretical models take into account both effects. The annealing studies of defects created in pure magnesium by compression or dry sliding-wear were used for demonstration of the discussed thesis. The positron lifetime measurements were applied for monitoring open volume defects behavior. It was demonstrated that annealing at the temperature of about 300 °C removes the defects created by compression. Application of the proposed model to description of the data obtained allows to determine the activation energy of the grain boundary mobility in pure magnesium equal to Q=0.56±0.18 eV. However, defects created by the dry sliding are not completely annealed up to the temperature of 500 °C. The defect depth profile induced by dry sliding evolves with the annealing temperature in such a way that at the worn surface concentration of defects gradually decreases but at the depth between 60 and 100 μm the generation of new defects takes place at temperature of 150 and 225 °C. Above 300 °C the defects still are extended up to the depth of about 80 μm.

  6. J-PET detector system for studies of the electron-positron annihilations

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    Pawlik-Niedźwiecka, M.; Khreptak, O.; Gajos, A.; Wieczorek, A.; Alfs, D.; Bednarski, T.; Białas, P.; Curceanu, C.; Czerwiński, E.; Dulski, K.; Głowacz, B.; Gupta-Sharma, N.; Gorgol, M.; Hiesmayr, B. C.; Jasińska, B.; Kamińska, D.; Korcyl, G.; Kowalski, P.; Krzmień, W.; Krawczyk, N.; Kubicz, E.; Mohammed, M.; Niedźwiecki, Sz.; Raczyński, L.; Rudy, Z.; Silarski, M.; Wiślicki, W.; Zgardzińska, B.; Zieliński, M.; Moskal, P.

    2016-11-01

    Jagiellonian Positron Emission Tomograph (J-PET) has been recently constructed at the Jagiellonian University as a prototype of a cost-effective scanner for the metabolic imaging of the whole human body. J-PET detector is optimized for the measurement of momentum and polarization of photons from the electron-positron annihilations. It is built out of strips of plastic scintillators, forming three cylindrical layers. As detector of gamma quanta it will be used for studies of discrete symmetries and multiparticle entanglement of photons originating from the decays of ortho-positronium atoms.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Positron annihilation studies of 4-n-butyl-4'-isothiocyanato-1,1'-biphenyl.

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    Dryzek, E; Juszyńska, E; Zaleski, R; Jasińska, B; Gorgol, M; Massalska-Arodź, M

    2013-08-01

    Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) measurements were performed between 93 and 293 K in order to study the supercooled smectic-E (Sm-E) phase of 4-n-butyl-4'-isothiocyanato-1,1'-biphenyl (4TCB), the ordered molecular crystal of 4TCB, and the phase transition between the Sm-E phase and the ordered molecular crystal of 4TCB. The phase transition was well reflected in the abrupt increase of the ortho-positronium (o-Ps) lifetime and intensity. The value of the o-Ps lifetime in the Sm-E liquid crystalline phase of 4TCB, i.e., 2.21 ns at room temperature, was explained by the formation of bubbles induced by Ps atoms, which are created due to a liquidlike state of the butyl chains of 4TCB molecules in the Sm-E phase. The temperature dependence of the o-Ps intensity for the supercooled Sm-E phase can be explained by thermal generation of sites where bubbles are formed; an activation energy equal to 0.30±0.02 eV was estimated. This value was compared with the activation energies of molecular motions. The o-Ps lifetime in the ordered molecular crystal was interpreted as originating from the annihilation of o-Ps confined in molecular vacancy-type imperfections in the crystal lattice. The value of the o-Ps pickoff annihilation between 1.8 and 1.9 ns is in accordance with the size of the molecular vacancy for the 4TCB crystal lattice. Its intensity is lower than 5%. The isothermal crystallization of the 4TCB Sm-E phase was observed by PALS. The low-dimensional crystal growth was concluded from the Avrami equation fitted to the time dependence of the o-Ps intensity, which resulted in an Avrami exponent equal to 1.73.

  10. 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.

  11. Structural study of polymer hydrogel contact lenses by means of positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy and UV-vis-NIR methods.

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    Filipecki, J; Kocela, A; Korzekwa, P; Miedzinski, R; Filipecka, K; Golis, E; Korzekwa, W

    2013-08-01

    A study has been conducted in order to determine presence of free volume gaps in the structure of structure of polymer hydrogel contact lenses made in phosphoryl choline technology and of the degree of defect of its structure. The study was made by means of positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy. As a result of the conducted measurements, curves were obtained, which described numbers of counts of the acts of annihilation in the time function. The conducted studies revealed existence of three components τ(1), τ(2) and τ(3). The τ(3) component is attributed to the pick-off annihilation of o-Ps orthopositronium trapping by free volume gaps and provides information about geometrical parameters of the volumes. At the same time, the UV-vis-NIR spectrometry examination was conducted on the same samples in the spectral range 200-1,000 nm.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Free volumes studies in Thymoquinone and Carvone β-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 β-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 β-cyclodextrin results in a decrease of the o-Ps lifetime corresponding to a reduction of the average radius of cavities from 2.41 Å to 2.29 Å, whereas the addition of thymoquine decreases the radius from 2.57 Å to 2.35 Å. In turn, the intensity varied from 20.55 to 19.20% and from 20.83 to 0.41%, respectively.

  15. Positron annihilation in (Ga, Mn)N: A study of vacancy-type defects

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    Yang, X. L.; Zhu, W. X.; Wang, C. D.; Fang, H.; Yu, T. J.; Yang, Z. J.; Zhang, G. Y.; Qin, X. B.; Yu, R. S.; Wang, B. Y.

    2009-04-13

    The vacancy-type defects in (Ga,Mn)N films grown by metal organic chemical vapor deposition were studied by positron annihilation technique. Doppler broadening spectra were measured for the films. Compared to the undoped GaN film, the positron trapping defects in the (Ga,Mn)N films have been changed to a new type defects and its concentration increases with the increasing Mn concentration. By analyzing the S-W correlation plots and our previous results, we identify this type defects in the (Ga,Mn)N as V{sub N}-Mn{sub Ga} complex. This type of defects should be considered when understand the magnetic properties in a real (Ga,Mn)N system.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Application of positron annihilation and Raman spectroscopies to the study of perovskite type materials

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    Grebennikov, D.; Ovchar, O.; Belous, A.; Mascher, P.

    2010-12-01

    Defect properties of perovskite type materials, Ba3B'Nb2O9 (where B'=Mg, Zn, or Co), with near-stoichiometric compositions were studied by positron annihilation and Raman spectroscopies. Theoretical simulations of stoichiometric perovskites revealed a dependence of the positron bulk lifetime on the degree of ordering. In Ba3MgNb2O9 (BMN) the positron bulk lifetime for a completely disordered structure is 195 ps versus 237 ps for a completely ordered one. The predicted bulk lifetimes for Ba3ZnNb2O9 (BZN) and Ba3CoNb2O9 (BCN), with Pm3¯m symmetries are 193 ps and 194 ps, respectively. It was found that deviation from stoichiometry results in the appearance of secondary Ba- and Nb-rich phases, which according to theoretical simulations have bulk lifetimes much longer than that of the host material. Positron lifetime spectroscopy was used to monitor changes in the concentration of these second phases. The difference between predicted defect lifetimes and the bulk values for the studied perovskites was less than 70 ps. This and the likely small concentrations made it impossible to discern the presence of point defects in the samples. Raman measurements demonstrated the presence of a particular mode that could be attributed to the formation of a 1:1 phase, the size of which is limited by requirements for charge compensation. The existence of an internal electric field between charged 1:1 nanoregions and the rest of material creates conditions for preferential positron annihilation that influence the obtained positron lifetime values. For BZN type materials it was found that the degree of 1:2 cation ordering decreases by increasing the sintering temperature to above 1400 °C.

  19. Desorption of water from hydrophilic MCM-41 mesopores: positron annihilation, FTIR and MD simulation studies.

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    Maheshwari, Priya; Dutta, D; Muthulakshmi, T; Chakraborty, B; Raje, N; Pujari, P K

    2017-02-08

    The desorption mechanism of water from the hydrophilic mesopores of MCM-41 was studied using positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) and attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy supplemented with molecular dynamics (MD) simulation. PALS results indicated that water molecules do not undergo sequential evaporation in a simple layer-by-layer manner during desorption from MCM-41 mesopores. The results suggested that the water column inside the uniform cylindrical mesopore become stretched during desorption and induces cavitation (as seen in the case of ink-bottle type pores) inside it, keeping a dense water layer at the hydrophilic pore wall, as well as a water plug at both the open ends of the cylindrical pore, until the water was reduced to a certain volume fraction where the pore catastrophically empties. Before being emptied, the water molecules formed clusters inside the mesopores. The formation of molecular clusters below a certain level of hydration was corroborated by the MD simulation study. The results are discussed.

  20. Desorption of water from hydrophilic MCM-41 mesopores: positron annihilation, FTIR and MD simulation studies

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    Maheshwari, Priya; Dutta, D.; Muthulakshmi, T.; Chakraborty, B.; Raje, N.; Pujari, P. K.

    2017-02-01

    The desorption mechanism of water from the hydrophilic mesopores of MCM-41 was studied using positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) and attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy supplemented with molecular dynamics (MD) simulation. PALS results indicated that water molecules do not undergo sequential evaporation in a simple layer-by-layer manner during desorption from MCM-41 mesopores. The results suggested that the water column inside the uniform cylindrical mesopore become stretched during desorption and induces cavitation (as seen in the case of ink-bottle type pores) inside it, keeping a dense water layer at the hydrophilic pore wall, as well as a water plug at both the open ends of the cylindrical pore, until the water was reduced to a certain volume fraction where the pore catastrophically empties. Before being emptied, the water molecules formed clusters inside the mesopores. The formation of molecular clusters below a certain level of hydration was corroborated by the MD simulation study. The results are discussed.

  1. Ultra Fine-Grained Metals Prepared by Severe Plastic Deformation: A Positron Annihilation Study

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    Čížek, J.; Procházka, I.; Kužel, R.; Matĕj, Z.; Cherkaska, V.; Cieslar, M.; Smola, B.; Stulíková, I.; Brauer, G.; Anwand, W.; Islamgaliev, R. K.; Kulyasova, O.

    2005-05-01

    Recent investigations of ultra fine-grained metals (Cu, Fe, Ni) performed within a Prague-Rossendorf-Ufa collaboration will be reviewed. The specimens were prepared by severe plastic deformation: the high-pressure torsion and equal channel angular pressing. Positron annihilation spectroscopy was used as the main method including (i) the conventional lifetime and the Doppler broadening measurements with 22Na and (ii) the slow-positron implantation spectroscopy with the Doppler broadening measurement. Other methods were also involved: transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and microhardness. First, the mean grain size was determined and defects were identified in the as-deformed materials. Defects concentration and spatial distribution were studied in detail. Dislocations situated in distorted regions along grain boundaries, and a few-vacancy clusters distributed homogeneously inside dislocations-free grains, were observed in the ultra fine-grained Cu, Fe, and Ni. Subsequently, the thermal evolution of the ultra fine-grained structures during isochronal annealing was studied.

  2. JRQ and JPA irradiated and annealed reactor pressure vessel steels studied by positron annihilation

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    Slugeň, Vladimír; Gokhman, Oleksandr; Pecko, Stanislav; Sojak, Stanislav; Bergner, Frank

    2016-03-01

    The paper is focused on a comprehensive study of JRQ and JPA reactor pressure vessel steels from the positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) point of view. Based on our more than 20 years' experience with characterization of irradiated reactor steels, we confirmed that defects after irradiation start to grow and/or merge into bigger clusters. Experimental results shown that JPA steel is more sensitive to the creation of irradiation-induced defects than JRQ steel. It is most probably due to high copper content (0.29 wt.% in JPA) and copper precipitation has a major impact on neutron-induced defect creation at the beginning of the irradiation. Based on current PALS results, no large vacancy clusters were formed during irradiation, which could cause dangerous embrittlement concerning operation safety of nuclear power plant. The combined PALS, small angle neutron scattering and atomic probe tomography studies support the model for JRQ and JPA steels describing the structure of irradiation-induced clusters as agglomerations of vacancy clusters (consisting of 2-6 vacancies each) and are separated from each other by a distribution of atoms.

  3. Ar irradiated Cr rich Ni alloy studied using positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Saini, Sanjay; Menon, Ranjini; Sharma, S. K.; Srivastava, A. P.; Mukherjee, S.; Nabhiraj, P. Y.; Pujari, P. K.; Srivastava, D.; Dey, G. K.

    2016-10-01

    The present study focuses on understanding the effect of Ar ion irradiation at room temperature on Cr rich Ni-Cr alloy. The alloy is irradiated with Ar9+ ions (energy 315 keV) for total dose varying from 9.3 × 1014 to 2.3 × 1016 ion/cm2. The changes in the microstructure of the irradiated samples have been characterized by depth dependent Doppler broadening of annihilation radiation (DBAR) measurements using a slow positron beam facility. The variation in S-E profiles as a function of total dose corroborated with S-W curves indicates that the type of defects is also varied with the increase in total dose. The S-E profiles have been fitted using variable energy positron fit (VEPFIT) program considering a three layer structure for the irradiated samples. Estimated displacement damage profile as a function of increasing dose has been analyzed and a possible mechanism has been attributed to explain the observations made from S-parameter variation.

  4. Studies of charmonium production in e+e- annihilation and B decays at BABAR

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    Garzia, Isabella

    2016-05-01

    In an e+e- B factory, charmonium states can be produced through different mechanisms, e.g. direct production in e+e- annihilation, double charmonium production, and in B-meson decays. Prompt production of J/ψ or ψ(2S) in association with a second charmonium states has been observed by both the BABAR and the Belle experiments. These processes provide an opportunity to study both perturbative and non perturbative effects in QCD and to search for new charmonium states recoiling against the reconstructed J/ψ or ψ(2S). Using the full BABAR data set collected at the ϒ(4S) resonance, we measure the absolute branching fractions of the two-body decays of B mesons (B → KXc), where Xc is a charmonium state. For events in which a B is fully reconstructed, the charmonium spectrum can be observed in an unbiased way by looking at the distribution of the K momentum in the rest frame of the recoiling B. We present also Dalitz plot analysis for the decays of B mesons to D- D0 K+ and D¯ 0 D0 K+, and we report about the observation of the Ds1 * (2700)+ resonance in these two channels, and obtain measurements of the mass and width.

  5. Clay particles - potential of positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) for studying interlayer spacing

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    Fong, N.; Guagliardo, P.; Williams, J.; Musumeci, A.; Martin, D.; Smith, S. V.

    2011-01-01

    Characterisation of clays is generally achieved by traditional methods, such as X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). However, clays are often difficult to characterise due to lack of long-range order, thus these tools are not always reliable. Because interlayer spacing in clays can be adjusted to house molecules, there is growing interest to use these materials for drug delivery. Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) was examined as an alternative tool to characterise a series of well-known clays. XRD of two layered double hydroxides; MgAl-LDH and MgGd-LDH, natural hectorite, fluoromica and laponite, and their PALS spectra were compared. XRD data was used to calculate the interlayer d- spacing in these materials and results show a decrease in interlayer spacing as the heavy metal ions are substituted for those of large ionic radii. Similar results were obtained for PALS data. This preliminary study suggests PALS has potential as a routine tool for characterising clay particles. Further work will examine the sensitivity and reliability of PALS to percent of metal doping and hydration in clay microstructure.

  6. Preliminary studies on a variable energy positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy system

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    Kwan, P. Y.; Cheung, C. K.; Beling, C. D.; Fung, S.

    2006-02-01

    There are many advantages in being able to perform positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) using a variable energy positron beam, the most obvious being the easy identification of different defect types at different depths. The difficulty in conducting variable energy (VE) PALS studies lies in the fact that a "start" signal is required to signal the entry of the positron into the target. Two methods have been used to overcome this problem, namely the bunching technique, which employs radio frequency (RF) cavities and choppers, and secondly the use of secondary electrons emitted from the target. The latter technique is in terms of experimental complexity much simpler, but has in the past suffered from poor time resolution (typically ˜500 ps). In this work, we present a series of computer simulations of a design based on the secondary electron emission from thin C-foils in transmission mode which shows that significant improvements in time resolution can be made with resolutions ˜200 ps being in principle possible.

  7. Thermal stability of nanocrystalline Cu studied by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction

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    Zhou, Kai; Li, Hui; Pang, JinBiao; Wang, Zhu

    2012-06-01

    Thermal stability of nanocrystalline Cu prepared by compacting nanoparticles (mean grain size about 50 nm) under high pressure has been studied by means of positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. A gradual increase of mean grain size in the sample is observed with an increase in ageing time at 180°C, indicating an increase of volume fraction of the ordered regions. Furthermore, during the ageing, the increase in average size of the vacancy clusters in grain boundaries is confirmed by the positron lifetime results. The recrystallization is observed at the temperature of about 180°C, and becomes significant above 650°C. Three annealing stages, which are at the intervals 180-400°C, 400-650°C and 650-900°C have been characterized by positron average lifetime. The average volume of the defects almost remains constant in the interval 400-650°C but becomes considerably smaller in the interval 650-900°C.

  8. Positron annihilation studies in the field induced depletion regions of metal-oxide-semiconductor structures

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    Asoka-Kumar, P.; Leung, T.C.; Lynn, K.G.; Nielsen, B.; Forcier, M.P. ); Weinberg, Z.A.; Rubloff, G.W. )

    1992-06-01

    The centroid shifts of positron annihilation spectra are reported from the depletion regions of metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) capacitors at room temperature and at 35 K. The centroid shift measurement can be explained using the variation of the electric field strength and depletion layer thickness as a function of the applied gate bias. An estimate for the relevant MOS quantities is obtained by fitting the centroid shift versus beam energy data with a steady-state diffusion-annihilation equation and a derivative-gaussian positron implantation profile. Inadequacy of the present analysis scheme is evident from the derived quantities and alternate methods are required for better predictions.

  9. Optimisation of the thickness of the moderator for positron annihilation process study in Ar gas

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    Oka, Toshitaka; Sano, Yosuke; Kino, Yasushi; Sekine, Tsutomu

    2014-06-01

    To investigate the deceleration and annihilation processes of positron in noble gas, we attempted to optimise the thickness of the positron moderator. The results of the decreasing trend of free positron intensity and ortho-positronium intensity with the thickness, and the annihilation rate suggest that the energy of almost all the positrons passed through the metal foils was much above the positronium formation threshold of 9 eV. Total thickness of 0.1 g cm-2 of the moderator and the Ar gas was required to stop almost all the positron in Ar gas.

  10. Positron annihilation study of vacancy-type defects in Al single crystal foils with the tweed structures across the surface

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    Kuznetsov, Pavel; Cizek, Jacub Hruska, Petr; Anwad, Wolfgang; Bordulev, Yuri; Lider, Andrei; Laptev, Roman; Mironov, Yuri

    2015-10-27

    The vacancy-type defects in the aluminum single crystal foils after a series of the cyclic tensions were studied using positron annihilation. Two components were identified in the positron lifetime spectra associated with the annihilation of free positrons and positrons trapped by dislocations. With increasing number of cycles the dislocation density firstly increases and reaches a maximum value at N = 10 000 cycles but then it gradually decreases and at N = 70 000 cycles falls down to the level typical for the virgin samples. The direct evidence on the formation of a two-phase system “defective near-surface layer/base Al crystal” in aluminum foils at cyclic tension was obtained using a positron beam with the variable energy.

  11. A study of inter-crystallite spaces in some polycrystalline inorganic systems using positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy

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    Shantarovich, V. P.; Suzuki, T.; Ito, Y.; Kondo, K.; Gustov, V. W.; Melikhov, I. V.; Berdonosov, S. S.; Ivanov, L. N.; Yu, R. S.

    2007-02-01

    Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) was used for calculation of number density and effective sizes of free volume holes (inter-crystallite spaces) in polycrystal CaSO 4, CaCO 3 (vaterit) and Ca 10(PO 4) 6(OH) 2 (apatite). The effect of substitution of two-valence Ca(II) for three-valence Eu(III) on annihilation characteristics of apatite, studied together with the data on thermo-stimulated luminescence (TSL) and low-temperature sorption of gas (N 2), helped to elucidate mechanism of positronium atom (Ps) localization in the free volume holes and perform corresponding calculations. It came out that PALS is more sensitive to inter-crystallite sites (10 16 cm -3) in polycrystallites than to the free volume holes in polymer glasses (10 19 cm -3). This is due to higher mobility of the precursor of localized Ps in crystallites.

  12. Atomic scale study of the life cycle of a dislocation in graphene from birth to annihilation

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    Lehtinen, O.; Kurasch, S.; Krasheninnikov, A. V.; Kaiser, U.

    2013-06-01

    Dislocations, one of the key entities in materials science, govern the properties of any crystalline material. Thus, understanding their life cycle, from creation to annihilation via motion and interaction with other dislocations, point defects and surfaces, is of fundamental importance. Unfortunately, atomic-scale investigations of dislocation evolution in a bulk object are well beyond the spatial and temporal resolution limits of current characterization techniques. Here we overcome the experimental limits by investigating the two-dimensional graphene in an aberration-corrected transmission electron microscope, exploiting the impinging energetic electrons both to image and stimulate atomic-scale morphological changes in the material. The resulting transformations are followed in situ, atom-by-atom, showing the full life cycle of a dislocation from birth to annihilation. Our experiments, combined with atomistic simulations, reveal the evolution of dislocations in two-dimensional systems to be governed by markedly long-ranging out-of-plane buckling.

  13. Positron annihilation study on free volume of amino acid modified, starch-grafted acrylamide copolymer

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    Mahmoud, K. R.; Al-Sigeny, S.; Sharshar, T.; El-Hamshary, H.

    2006-05-01

    Free volume measurements using positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy was performed for uncrosslinked and crosslinked starch-grafted polyacrylamide, and their modified amino acid samples including some of their iron(III) complexes. The measurements were performed at room temperature. The analysis of lifetime spectra yielded mostly three lifetime components. It was observed that the values of the short lifetime component τ1 are slightly higher than the lifetime associated with the self-decay of para-positronium atoms in polymers. The free volume was probed using ortho-positronium pick-off annihilation lifetime parameters. The mean free volume has also been calculated from the lifetime data. The avrage value of this parameter of the crosslinked polymer were found to be higher than those of the uncrosslinked polymer.

  14. Transitions and relaxations in gamma-irradiated polypropylene studied by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy

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    Djourelov, N.; Suzuki, T.; Shantarovich, V. P.; Dobreva, T.; Ito, Y.

    2005-01-01

    The changes in the relaxation and transition temperatures in PP due to gamma irradiation in a vacuum were measured by means of positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy. It was shown that the gamma and beta relaxation temperatures, as well as the melting point follow the changes in the crystallinity with the irradiation dose. For the glass transition temperatures and premelting point, after irradiation dose of 88 kGy, an inverse of the changes was observed.

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

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

    2016-01-05

    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.

  16. Study of WIMP annihilations into a pair of on-shell scalar mediators

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    Jia, Lian-Bao

    2016-11-01

    In this article, we focus on new scalar ϕ mediated scalar/vectorial weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs) with ϕ 's mass slightly below the WIMP mass. To explain the Galactic center 1-3 GeV gamma-ray excess, here we consider the case that a WIMP pair predominantly annihilates into an on-shell ϕ ϕ pair with ϕ mainly decaying to τ τ ¯. The masses of WIMPs are in a range about 14-22 GeV, and the annihilations of WIMPs are phase space suppressed today. In this annihilation scheme, the couplings of the ϕ -standard model (SM) particles are almost arbitrarily small, and the WIMP-nucleus spin-independent scattering can be tolerant by the present dark matter (DM) direct detections. A scalar mediator-Higgs field mixing is introduced, which is small and available. The lower limit on the couplings of the ϕ -SM particles set by the thermal equilibrium in the early Universe is derived, and this constraint is above the neutrino background for scalar DM in direct detections. The WIMPs may be detectable at the upgraded DM direct detection experiment in the next few years, and the exotic decay h →ϕ ϕ , the production of ϕ may be observable at the future high-luminosity e+e- collider.

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Positron annihilation spectroscopy techniques applied to the study of an HPGe detector

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    Nascimento, E. do; Vanin, V. R.; Maidana, N. L.; Silva, T. F.; Rizzutto, M. A.; Fernandez-Varea, J. M.

    2013-05-06

    Doppler Broadening Spectroscopy of the large Ge crystal of an HPGe detector was performed using positrons from pair production of 6.13 MeV {gamma}-rays from the {sup 19}F(p,{alpha}{gamma}){sup 16}O reaction. Two HPGe detectors facing opposite sides of the Ge crystal acting as target provided both coincidence and singles spectra. Changes in the shape of the annihilation peak were observed when the high voltage applied to the target detector was switched on or off, amounting to somewhat less than 20% when the areas of equivalent energy intervals in the corresponding normalized spectra are compared.

  1. Annealing of Thin Metallic Films Studied by Depth Dependent DB-Spectroscopy and Free Ps Annihilation

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    Reiner, M.; Pikart, P.; Hugenschmidt, C.

    Recent results from depth dependent (C)DB measurements on thin metallic films using the high intense monoener-getic positron beam NEPOMUC are presented. Vapor-deposited films of gold and copper were characterized by depth dependent DB-spectroscopy. The positron diffusion length in thin films was determined by the Doppler broadening of the annihilation radiation and additionally the formation of positronium (Ps) at the surface. Furthermore, the depth dependent DB-and CDB-measurements were compared. During high temperature measurements, the annealing of a thin gold film was observed.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Study of the equilibrium vacancy ensemble in aluminum using 1D- and 2D-angular correlation of annihilation radiation

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

    1985-03-12

    One- and two-dimensional angular correlation of positron-electron annihilation radiation (1D and 2D-ACAR) data have been obtained between 293 and 903 K for single crystals of aluminum. The peak counting rates vs temperature, which were measured using the 1D-ACAR technique, provide a model independent value for the temperature dependence of the positron trapping probability. Using these results it is possible to strip out the Bloch state contribution from the observed 2D-ACAR surfaces and then compare the resulting defect ACAR surfaces to calculated 2D-ACAR surfaces for positrons annihilating from the Bloch, monovacancy, and divacancy-trapped states. The result of this comparison is that the presence of an increasing equilibrium divacancy population is consistent with the observed temperature dependence of ACAR data at high temperature in Al and that the present results when compared to earlier studies on Al indicate that the ratio of the trapping rates at divacancies and monovacancies is of order two.

  5. Scanning electrochemical microscopy study of ion annihilation electrogenerated chemiluminescence of rubrene and [Ru(bpy)3]2+.

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    Rodríguez-López, Joaquín; Shen, Mei; Nepomnyashchii, Alexander B; Bard, Allen J

    2012-06-06

    Scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM) was used for the study of electrogenerated chemiluminescence (ECL) in the radical annihilation mode. The concurrent steady-state generation of radical ions in the microgap formed between a SECM probe and a transparent microsubstrate provides a distance-dependent ECL signal that can provide information about the kinetics, stability, and mechanism of the light emission process. In the present study, the ECL emission from rubrene and [Ru(bpy)(3)](2+) was used to model the system by carrying out experiments with the SECM and light-detecting apparatus inside an inert atmosphere box. We studied the influence of the distance between the two electrodes, d, and the annihilation kinetics on the ECL light emission profiles under steady-state conditions, as well as the ECL profiles when carrying out cyclic voltammetry (CV) at a fixed d. Experimental results are compared to simulated results obtained through commercial finite element method software. The light produced by annihilation of the ions was a function of d; stronger light was observed at smaller d. The distance dependence of the ECL emission allows the construction of light approach curves in a similar fashion as with the tip currents in the feedback mode of SECM. These ECL approach curves provide an additional channel to describe the reaction kinetics that lead to ECL; good agreement was found between the ECL approach curve emission profile and the simulated results for a fast, diffusion-limited second-order annihilation process (k(ann) > 10(7) M(-1) s(-1)). In the CV mode at fixed distance, the ECL emission of rubrene showed two distinct signals at different potentials when fixing the substrate to generate the radical cation and scanning the tip to generate the radical anion. The first signal (pre-emission) corresponded to an emission well before reaching the generation of the radical anion and was more intense on Au than on Pt. The second ECL signal showed the expected

  6. Study of nitrogen implanted amorphous hydrogenated carbon thin films by variable-energy positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Freire, F.L. Jr.; Franceschini, D.F.; Brusa, R.S.; Karwasz, G.R.; Mariotto, G.; Zecca, A.; Achete, C.A.

    1997-03-01

    Hard amorphous hydrogenated carbon ({ital a}-C:H) films deposited by self-bias glow discharge were implanted at room temperature with 70 keV nitrogen ions at fluences between 2.0 and 9.0{times}10{sup 16} N/cm{sup 2}. The implanted samples were analyzed by positron Doppler broadening annihilation spectroscopy to determine the voids distribution. For samples implanted with 2.0{times}10{sup 16} N/cm{sup 2} the defect distribution is broader than the vacancies depth profile predicted by Monte Carlo simulation. For higher fluences we observed a reduction of the defect density. These results are discussed in terms of a competition between two processes: ion induced defects and structural modifications induced in the films due to ion implantation. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  7. Rectifying barrier at GaN/SiC hetero-junction studied with positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Hu, Yi-Fan; Beling, D. C.

    2005-11-01

    Positron annihilation spectroscopy on GaN films grown on SiC substrate with MBE are presented. It is shown that the GaN/SiC interface is rectifying towards positrons, such that positrons can only travel from SiC to GaN and not vice versa. Potential steps seen by the positron at the GaN/SiC interface are calculated from experimental values of electron and positron work function. This ``rectifying'' effect has been successfully mimicked by inserting a thin region of very high electric field in the Variable Energy Positron Fit (VEPF) analysis. The built-in electric field is attributed to different positron affinities, dislocation and/or interface defects at the GaN/SiC interface.

  8. Silicide phase formation in Ni/Si system: Depth-resolved positron annihilation and Rutherford backscattering study

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    Abhaya, S.; Amarendra, G.; Panigrahi, B.K.; Nair, K.G.M.

    2006-02-01

    Silicidation in Ni/Si thin-film junction has been investigated using depth-resolved positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) and Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS). Identification of various silicide phases from an analysis of the positron annihilation parameters is consistent with the RBS results. Absence of vacancy defects in the silicide region is clearly brought out by PAS00.

  9. Characterizing microstructural changes in ferritic steels by positron annihilation spectroscopy: Studies on modified 9Cr-1Mo steel

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    Hari Babu, S.; Rajkumar, K. V.; Hussain, S.; Amarendra, G.; Sundar, C. S.; Jayakumar, T.

    2013-01-01

    Applicability of positron annihilation spectroscopy in probing the microstructural changes in ferritic steels has been investigated with thermal treatment studies on modified 9Cr-1Mo steel, during 300-1273 K. Positron lifetime results are compared with those of ultrasonic velocity and hardness techniques with two initial microstructural conditions i.e., normalized and tempered condition as well as only normalized condition. In first case, positron lifetime is found to be sensitive to small changes in metal carbide precipitation which could not be probed by other two techniques. In later case, positron lifetime is found to be sensitive to defect annealing until 673 K and in distinguishing the growth and coarsening of metal carbide precipitation stages during 773-1073 K. The present study suggests that by combining positron lifetime, ultrasonic velocity and hardness measurements, it is possible to distinguish distinct microstructures occurring at different stages.

  10. 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.

  11. Some Annihilating Particle Systems.

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    Balding, David

    Available from UMI in association with The British Library. Requires signed TDF. Systems of annihilating and coalescing particles on both infinite and periodic one-dimensional state spaces are studied. These systems have various applications in the physical sciences, in particular they are useful as simple models of diffusion-limited reactions. A unified approach to computing properties of the systems using duality methods is presented and it is shown that many results in the scientific literature, derived using diverse techniques, are readily obtained in this general framework. The transition distributions of the processes with arbitrary initial configurations are characterized in terms of two-particle annihilation processes. Further, a concise expression for the distribution of the cardinality of the processes with finite initial configurations is given and particular cases of interest from the applications perspective are described in detail. Asymptotic site occupancies, previously known for certain classes of initial configurations, are derived for all spatially stationary configurations. The asymptotic spatial structure is described for many cases by showing convergence to point processes whose properties are given.

  12. 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.

  13. Phenomenological study of exclusive binary light particle production from antiproton-proton annihilation at FAIR/PANDA

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    Ying, Wang

    2016-08-01

    Exclusive binary annihilation reactions induced by antiprotons of momentum from 1.5 to 15 GeV/c can be extensively investigated at FAIR/PANDA [1]. We are especially interested in the channel of charged pion pairs. Whereas this very probable channel constitutes the major background for other processes of interest in the PANDA experiment, it carries unique physical information on the quark content of proton, allowing to test different models (quark counting rules, statistical models,..). To study the binary reactions of light meson formation, we are developing an effective Lagrangian model based on Feynman diagrams which takes into account the virtuality of the exchanged particles. Regge factors [2] and form factors are introduced with parameters which may be adjusted on the existing data. We present preliminary results of our formalism for different reactions of light meson production leading to reliable predictions of cross sections, energy and angular dependencies in the PANDA kinematical range.

  14. Hydrolytic Degradation of Poly(L-Lactide-co-Glycolide) Studied by Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy and Other Techniques

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    Pamuła, E.; Dryzek, E.; Dobrzyński, P.

    2006-11-01

    Changes of the poly(L-lactide-co-glycolide) structure as a function of degradation time in phosphate-buffered saline for 7 weeks were investigated by gel permeation chromatography, differential scanning calorimetry, nuclear magnetic resonance (1H NMR), and positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy. Surface properties as wettability by sessile drop and topography by atomic force microscopy were also characterized. Chain-scission of polyester bonds in hydrolysis reaction causes a quite uniform decrease in molecular weight, and finally results in an increase in semicrystallinity. Molecular composition of the copolymer and water contact angle do not change considerably during degradation time. Atomic force microscopy studies suggest that the copolymer degrades by "in bulk" mechanism. The average size of the molecular-level free volume holes declines considerably after one week of degradation and remains constant till the sixth week of degradation. The free volume fraction decreases as a function of degradation time.

  15. 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.

  16. Study of inclusive. Lambda. production in e sup + e minus annihilations at 29 GeV

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    Geld, T.L.; Neal, H.; Akerlof, C.; Chapman, J.; Errede, D.; Ken, M.T.; Kesten, P.; Meyer, D.I.; Nitz, D.; Thun, R.; Tschirhart, R. ); Abachi, S.; Derrick, M.; Kooijman, P.; Musgrave, B.; Price, L.; Repond, J.; Sugano, K. ); Blockus, D.; Brabson, B.B.; Brom, J.; Jung, C.; Ogren, H.; Rust, D.R.; Snyder, A. ); Cork, B. ); Baringer, P.; Bylsma, B.G.; Debonte, R.; Low, E.H.; McIlwain, R.L.; Miller, D.H.; Ng, C.R.; Rangan, K.; Shibata, E. )

    1992-06-01

    Cross sections are presented for the inclusive production of {Lambda} hyperons in electron-positron annihilations at {radical}{ital s} =29 GeV based on the full 291-pb{sup {minus}1} sample of data taken in the High Resolution Spectrometer experiment at the SLAC {ital e}{sup +}{ital e}{minus} storage ring PEP. These results, and the associated correlation analyses, are consistent with the Lund model predictions with the strange diquark suppression ratio {delta} fixed at 0.59{plus minus}0.10{plus minus}0.18, as compared to the standard Lund value of 0.32. The {Lambda} multiplicity has been found to be 0.182{plus minus}0.020 per event. The opposite-strangeness multiplicity {l angle}{ital n}{sub {Lambda}}{Lambda}{bar a}{r angle} has been measured to be 0.046{plus minus}0.020, whereas the like-strangeness multiplicity {l angle}{ital n}{sub {Lambda}{Lambda}}+{bar {Lambda}}{bar {Lambda}}{r angle} is 0.009{plus minus}0.028. A strong correlation is found between {Lambda}'s and {bar {Lambda}} 's; when one is found in an event, the other is found in the same event with a probability that exceeds 50%.

  17. A Positron Annihilation Study of Corrosion of Aluminum and Aluminum Alloy by NaOH

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    Wu, Y. C.; Zhai, T.; Coleman, P. G.

    2012-08-01

    Corrosion of fully-annealed pure aluminum and a continuous-cast AA2037 aluminum alloy (solutionized and water quenched) in a 1M NaOH solution for various periods of time were analyzed with positron beam-based Doppler broadening spectroscopy. By varying the energy of the incident positron beam, corrosion-induced defects at different depths from the surface were detected. It was found that the Doppler-broadened annihilation line-width parameter was significantly increased near the surface of pure aluminum after corrosion, probably due to the interaction between positrons and nanometer-sized voids formed near the aluminum surface during corrosion. Examination by atomic force microscopy indicated that many pits were formed on the aluminum surface after corrosion. In contrast, a significant decrease in the line-width parameter was observed in AA2037 alloy after corrosion and interpreted as being caused by copper enrichment at the metal-oxide interface during corrosion; such enrichment at large cavity sites was confirmed by energy dispersion spectrometry.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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 plab < 500 MeV/c, and the two annihilation cross sections approach the Pomeranchuk's equality limit [JETP 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 $$\\bar{n}$$ and $$\\bar{p}$$ interaction with nuclei and the results compare well with experimental data.« less

  1. Nuclear annihilation by antinucleons

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    Lee, Teck-Ghee; Wong, Cheuk-Yin

    2016-01-25

    We examine the momentum dependence of $\\bar{p}$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 plab < 500 MeV/c, and the two annihilation cross sections approach the Pomeranchuk's equality limit [JETP 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 $\\bar{n}$ and $\\bar{p}$ interaction with nuclei and the results compare well with experimental data.

  2. Studies Of Oxidation And Thermal Reduction Of The Cu(100) Surface Using Positron Annihilation Induced Auger Electron Spectroscopy

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    Fazleev, N. G.; Nadesalingam, M. P.; Maddox, W.; Weiss, A. H.

    2011-06-01

    Positron annihilation induced Auger electron spectroscopy (PAES) measurements from the surface of an oxidized Cu(100) single crystal show a large increase in the intensity of the annihilation induced Cu M2,3VV Auger peak as the sample is subjected to a series of isochronal anneals in vacuum up to annealing temperature 300 deg. C. The PAES intensity then decreases monotonically as the annealing temperature is increased to {approx}550 deg. C. Experimental positron annihilation probabilities with Cu 3p and O 1s core electrons are estimated from the measured intensities of the positron annihilation induced Cu M{sub 2,3}VV and O KLL Auger transitions. PAES results are analyzed by performing calculations of positron surface states and annihilation probabilities of the surface-trapped positrons with relevant core electrons taking into account the charge redistribution at the surface and various surface structures associated with low and high oxygen coverages. The variations in atomic structure and chemical composition of the topmost layers of the oxidized Cu(100) surface are found to affect localization and spatial extent of the positron surface state wave function. The computed positron binding energy and annihilation characteristics reveal their sensitivity to charge transfer effects, atomic structure and chemical composition of the topmost layers of the oxidized Cu(100) surface. Theoretical positron annihilation probabilities with Cu 3p and O 1s core electrons computed for the oxidized Cu(100) surface are compared with experimental ones. The obtained results provide a demonstration of thermal reduction of the copper oxide surface after annealing at 300 deg. C followed by re-oxidation of the Cu(100) surface at higher annealing temperatures presumably due to diffusion of subsurface oxygen to the surface.

  3. 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.

  4. Positron Annihilation Study of Ternary Sb2Te3-x Se x for Its Tuning Electrical and Thermal Properties

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    Zheng, Wenwen; Yang, Dongwang; Bi, Peng; He, Chunqing; Liu, Fengming; Shi, Jing; Ding, Yi; Wang, Ziyu; Xiong, Rui

    2016-10-01

    Atomic scale point defects play important roles in tuning the carrier concentration and ultimately influencing electrical and thermal properties. Herein, we fabricated the ternary Sb2Te3-x Se x alloys to study the intimate relationship of internal point defects and thermoelectric performance. The Se substitution of Te atoms in the Sb2Te3 lattice decreased the electrical conductivity from 2.2 × 105 S/m to 6.4 × 104 S/m owing to the reduced holes concentration. The declined point defects, including antisite defects and vacancies in materials, gave rise to the decrease in carrier concentration. The Seebeck coefficient of the ternary Sb2Te3-x Se x exhibited an increase with doping of Se atoms. Simultaneously, the thermal conductivity behaved a fallihg trend as well as increasing Se content. As a result, the ZT value reached the maximum from the corresponding Sb2Te2.9Se0.1 pellet. Positron annihilation measurement revealed that the average positron lifetime showed a monotonic decrease with Se addition, demonstrating the reduced point defects, which was in agreement with the thermoelectric performance.

  5. Ion induced modification in free volume in PN-6 and PES polymers by positron annihilation lifetime studies

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    Kumar, Rajesh; Prasad, Rajendra

    2007-03-01

    The irradiation of polymeric materials with swift heavy ions (SHI) results in a change of their free volume properties which have strong correlation with their macroscopic properties. Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) has been developed into a powerful characterization tool for the study of free volume and free volume fraction in polymers. Polyamide nylon-6 (PN-6) and polyethersulphone (PES) films of thickness of 250 μm were irradiated with C5+ ions of energy 70 MeV from 15 UD Pelletron accelerator at Inter University Accelerator Centre (IUAC), New Delhi, India. PN-6 films were irradiated to the fluences of 1011, 1012 and 1013 ions/cm2 whereas PES films were irradiated to the fluences of 9.3 × 1011, 9.3 × 1012 and 1.2 × 1013 ions/cm2. Characterization of the effect of ion irradiation on free volume has been done by PALS. The average free volume and fractional free volume obtained from long lived component, attributed to ortho-positronium (o-Ps) lifetime, are found to decrease with the fluence in both the cases. With increasing fluence, scissioned segments cross-link randomly, resulting in a decrease of average free volume due to overlapping of tracks.

  6. Free volume evolution in 50 MeV Li3+ ion-irradiated polymers studied by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy

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    Singh, Paramjit; Kumar, Rajesh; Prasad, Rajendra

    2013-02-01

    This article is aimed at studying the effect of ion irradiation on free volume of polyethersulphone (PES) and polyamide nylon-6 (PN-6) polymers by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS). Free volume properties of polymeric materials change with swift heavy ion irradiation. Free volume is found to have a strong correlation with the macroscopic properties of the polymer. PALS has recently emerged as a unique non-destructive and non-interfering nano-probe, capable of measuring the free volume hole size in polymers with high detection efficiency. PES and PN-6 polymer films of thickness of 250 μm were irradiated with Li3+ ions of energy 50 MeV from the 15 UD Pelletron accelerator at the Inter University Accelerator Centre, New Delhi, India. PES films were irradiated to the fluences of 1011, 1012, 1013 and 1014 ions/cm2, whereas PN-6 films were irradiated to the fluences of 1011, 1012 and 1013 ions/cm2. The average free volume and fractional free volume obtained from the long-lived component, attributed to ortho-positronium lifetime, are found to vary with the variation of fluence in both the cases.

  7. 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.

    2016-06-01

    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 - 2 x 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.

  8. Engineering Multi-scale Electrospun Structure for Integration into Architected 3-D Nanofibers for Cimex Annihilation: Fabrication and Mechanism Study

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    He, Shan; Zhang, Linxi; Liu, Ying; Rafailovich, Miriam; Garcia CenterPolymers at Engineered Interfaces Team

    In this study, engineered electrospun scaffolds with fibers oriented with designed curvature in three dimensions (3D) including the looped structure were developed based on the principle of electrostatic repulsion. Here we illustrate that 3D electrospun recycled polystyrene fibers could closely mimic the unique architectures of multi-direction and multi-layer nano-spiderweb. In contrast to virgin PS, the recycled PS (Dart Styrofoam) are known to contain zinc stearate which acts as a surfactant resulting in higher electrical charge and larger fiber curvature, hence, lower modulus. The surfactant, which is known to decrease the surface tension, may have also been effective at decreasing the confinement of the PS, where chain stretching was shown to occur, in response to the high surface tension at the air interface. Three dimensional flexible architecture with complex structures are shown to be necessary in order to block the motion of Cimex lectularius. Here we show how an engineered electrospun network of surfactant modified polymer fibers with calculated dimensions can be used to immobilize the insects. The mechanical response of the fibers has to be specifically tailored so that it is elastically deformed, without fracturing or flowing. Carefully controlling and tailoring the electrospinning parameters we can now utilize architected 3D nanofiber to create an environmental-friendly Cimex immobilization device which can lead to annihilation solution for all the other harmful insects.

  9. Positron annihilation lifetime studies of changes in free volume on some biorelevant nitrogen heterocyclic compounds and their S-glycosylation.

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    Mahmoud, K R; Khodair, A I; Shaban, S Y

    2015-11-01

    A series of N-heterocyclic compounds was investigated by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy as well as Doppler broadening of annihilation radiation (DBAR) at room temperature. The results showed that the formation probability and life time of ortho-positronium in this series are structure and electron-donation character dependent, and can give more information about the structure. The DBAR provides direct information about the change of core and valance electrons as well as the number of defect types present in these compounds.

  10. Positron annihilation in solid and liquid Ni

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    Fluss, M.J.; Smedskjaer, L.C.; Chakraborty, B.; Chason, M.K.

    1982-03-01

    New techniques have been developed for the study of metals via positron annihilation which provide for the in-situ melting of the samples and subsequent measurements via Doppler broadening of positron-annihilation radiation. Here we report these metods currently in use at our laboratory; ion implantation of /sup 58/Co and the use of Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/ crucibles for in-situ melting followed by the decomposition of the Doppler-broadened spectrum into a parabolic and a Gaussian component. Our earliest results obtained for pure Ni in the polycrystalline solid and in the liquid state are compared. An interesting similarity is reported for the distributions of the high-momentum (Gaussian) component for positrons annihilating in vacancies at high temperatures and those annihilating in liquid Ni.

  11. Solid Eu(III) complexes studied by positron annihilation, optical and Mössbauer spectroscopies: insights on the positronium formation mechanism.

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    Fulgêncio, F; de Oliveira, F C; Ivashita, F F; Paesano, A; Windmöller, D; Marques-Netto, A; Magalhães, W F; Machado, J C

    2012-06-15

    In this work, positron annihilation lifetime (PALS), Doppler broadening annihilation radiation lineshape (DBARL), Mössbauer and optical spectroscopies measurements were performed in Eu(III) dipivaloylmetanate complex, Eu(dpm)(3), at 295 and 80 K. The Eu(dpm)(3) complex is not luminescent at 298 K and does not form positronium. On the other hand, it is highly luminescent at 80K, but still does not form positronium. The absence of positronium formation at 80K cannot be explained by a ligand/metal charge transfer process. We found strong evidences that the electronic delocalization does not occur at both temperatures. Despite the Mössbauer results being inconclusive regarding the Eu(III)/Eu(II) reduction hypothesis, previous results showing positronium formation in other Eu(III) complexes suggest that this process is not occurring. Thus, more studies are needed to explain the absence of positronium in Eu(III) complexes.

  12. Solid Eu(III) complexes studied by positron annihilation, optical and Mössbauer spectroscopies: Insights on the positronium formation mechanism

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    Fulgêncio, F.; de Oliveira, F. C.; Ivashita, F. F.; Paesano, A.; Windmöller, D.; Marques-Netto, A.; Magalhães, W. F.; Machado, J. C.

    In this work, positron annihilation lifetime (PALS), Doppler broadening annihilation radiation lineshape (DBARL), Mössbauer and optical spectroscopies measurements were performed in Eu(III) dipivaloylmetanate complex, Eu(dpm)3, at 295 and 80 K. The Eu(dpm)3 complex is not luminescent at 298 K and does not form positronium. On the other hand, it is highly luminescent at 80 K, but still does not form positronium. The absence of positronium formation at 80 K cannot be explained by a ligand/metal charge transfer process. We found strong evidences that the electronic delocalization does not occur at both temperatures. Despite the Mössbauer results being inconclusive regarding the Eu(III)/Eu(II) reduction hypothesis, previous results showing positronium formation in other Eu(III) complexes suggest that this process is not occurring. Thus, more studies are needed to explain the absence of positronium in Eu(III) complexes.

  13. Possible presence of hydrophilic SO3H nanoclusters on the surface of dry ultrathin Nafion® films: a positron annihilation study.

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    Mohamed, Hamdy F M; Kuroda, S; Kobayashi, Y; Oshima, N; Suzuki, R; Ohira, A

    2013-02-07

    Solutions of Nafion® with an ion exchange capacity (IEC) of 0.91 meq g(-1), which are on the verge of the formation of SO(3)H nanoclusters, were spin coated on silicon (Si), glassy carbon (GC) and platinum/silicon (Pt/Si) substrates to form films of up to 256 nm thickness. Nanostructure of the films was studied using Doppler broadening of annihilation radiation (DBAR), positron annihilation lifetime (PAL), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), an atomic force microscope (AFM) and contact angle measurements. Contact angles as low as 10 degrees indicate that the surface of dry ultrathin Nafion® films on Si is highly hydrophilic. XPS data of 10 nm thick, ultrathin film on Si show that oxygen concentration is enhanced and the SO(3)H group concentration, in other words, IEC on the surface is much higher than other films. The S parameter measured by DBAR of an ultrathin Nafion® film on Si is much higher than that of the films on the other substrates. We consider that a large number of hydrophilic, reversed micelle like SO(3)H groups are on the surface of the ultrathin Nafion® film on Si but not on the surface of other films. Positrons implanted into the film are trapped by the SO(3)H clusters, annihilating with the electrons of oxygen and exhibit the high S parameter. The SO(3)H concentration on the surface of thin Nafion® films on GC and Pt/Si substrates may not be so high as the threshold for the formation of a large number of SO(3)H clusters. Positrons implanted into the films annihilate mostly with fluorine atoms, resulting in a low S parameter. The film-substrate interaction plays an essential role in nanostructuring of Nafion® thin films, which may also be the case for Nafion® on the catalysts of polymer electrolyte fuel cells.

  14. Role of vibrational dynamics in resonant positron annihilation on molecules.

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    Jones, A C L; Danielson, J R; Natisin, M R; Surko, C M

    2013-05-31

    Vibrational Feshbach resonances are dominant features of positron annihilation for incident positron energies in the range of the molecular vibrations. Studies in relatively small molecules are described that elucidate the role of intramolecular vibrational energy redistribution into near-resonant multimode states, and the subsequent coupling of these modes to the positron continuum, in suppressing or enhancing these resonances. The implications for annihilation in other molecular species, and the necessary ingredients of a more complete theory of resonant positron annihilation, are discussed.

  15. Positron annihilation behavior in several corrosion protective polymeric coatings

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    Leidheiser, Henry; Szeles, Csaba; Vértes, Attila

    1987-04-01

    Positron annihilation was studied in a vinyl ester and four epoxy coatings on steel. Measurements were made on coatings in equilibrium with air at approximately 50% relative humidity and on coatings immersed in liquid water for 24 h. Three spectral components were identified: a short-lived component associated with annihilation largely in the steel substrate; a medium-lived component associated with annihilation in small voids in the coating; and a long-lived component associated with annihilation of o-positronium in the polymer matrix and within large voids in the polymer and at the polymer/metal interface. An excellent correlation was observed between the effect of water exposure on the annihilation spectra and the protective properties of the coating in an aggressive H 2SO 4 environment. Other correlations between the annihilation spectra and the protective properties were also identified.

  16. Positron Annihilation Ratio Spectroscopy (PsARS) Applied to Positronium Formation Studies

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    2010-03-01

    experimentation within the chemical hood, and Lt. Nick Herr for sharing his hard earned expertise on the AFM machine. I would also like to especially...Positrons in Metals. Hodges , Stott. 1, s.l. : Physical Review B, Vol. 7. 21. Experimental studies on positronium negative ions. Nagashima. s.l

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. A Study of Double-Charm and Charm-Strange Baryons inElectron-Positron Annihilations

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    Edwards, Adam J.; /SLAC

    2007-10-15

    In this dissertation I describe a study of double-charm and charm-strange baryons based on data collected with the BABAR Detector at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. In this study I search for new baryons and make precise measurements of their properties and decay modes. I seek to verify and expand upon double-charm and charm-strange baryon observations made by other experiments. The BABAR Detector is used to measure subatomic particles that are produced at the PEP-II storage rings. I analyze approximately 300 million e+e- {yields} c{bar c} events in a search for the production of double-charm baryons. I search for the double-charm baryons {Xi}{sup +}{sub cc} (containing the quarks ccd) and {Xi}{sup ++}{sub cc} (ccu) in decays to {Lambda}{sup +}{sub c}K{sup -}{pi}{sup +} and {Lambda}{sup +}{sub c}K{sup -}{pi}{sup +}{pi}{sup +}, respectively. No statistically significant signals for their production are found, and upper limits on their production are determined. Statistically significant signals for excited charm-strange baryons are observed with my analysis of approximately 500 million e+e- {yields} c{bar c} events. The charged charm-strange baryons {Xi}{sub c}(2970){sup +}, {Xi}{sub c}(3055){sup +}, {Xi}{sub c}(3123){sup +} are found in decays to {Lambda}{sup +}{sub c}K{sup -}{pi}{sup +}, the same decay mode used in the {Xi}{sup +}{sub cc} search. The neutral charm-strange baryon {Xi}{sub c}(3077){sup 0} is observed in decays to {Lambda}{sup +}{sub c}K{sub 8}{pi}{sup -}. I also search for excited charm-strange baryon decays to {Lambda}{sup +}{sub c}K{sub 8}, {Lambda}{sup +}{sub c}K{sup -}, {Lambda}{sup +}{sub c}K{sub 8}{pi}{sup -}{pi}{sup +}, and {Lambda}{sup +}{sub c}K{sup -}{pi}{sup -}{pi}{sup +}. No significant charm-strange baryon signals a f h these decay modes. For each excited charm-strange baryon state that I observe, I measure its mass, natural width (lifetime), and production rate. The properties of these excited charm-strange baryons and their

  20. Free volumes in bulk nanocrystalline metals studied by the complementary techniques of positron annihilation and dilatometry

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    Würschum, Roland; Oberdorfer, Bernd; Steyskal, Eva-Maria; Sprengel, Wolfgang; Puff, Werner; Pikart, Philip; Hugenschmidt, Christoph; Pippan, Reinhard

    2012-07-01

    Free-volume type defects, such as vacancies, vacancy-agglomerates, dislocations, and grain boundaries represent a key parameter in the properties of ultrafine-grained and nanocrystalline materials. Such free-volume type defects are introduced in high excess concentration during the processes of structural refinement by severe plastic deformation. The direct method of time-differential dilatometry is applied in the present work to determine the total amount and the kinetics of free volume by measuring the irreversible length change upon annealing of bulk nanocrystalline metals (Fe, Cu, Ni) prepared by high-pressure torsion (HPT). In the case of HPT-deformed Ni and Cu, distinct substages of the length change upon linear heating occur due to the loss of grain boundaries in the wake of crystallite growth. The data on dilatometric length change can be directly related to the fast annealing of free-volume type defects studied by in situ Doppler broadening measurements performed at the high-intensity positron beam of the FRM II (Garching, Munich, Germany).

  1. Positron annihilation Doppler broadening spectroscopy study on Fe-ion irradiated NHS steel

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    Zhu, Huiping; Wang, Zhiguang; Gao, Xing; Cui, Minghuan; Li, Bingsheng; Sun, Jianrong; Yao, Cunfeng; Wei, Kongfang; Shen, Tielong; Pang, Lilong; Zhu, Yabin; Li, Yuanfei; Wang, Ji; Song, Peng; Zhang, Peng; Cao, Xingzhong

    2015-02-01

    In order to study the evolution of irradiation-induced vacancy-type defects at different irradiation fluences and temperatures, a new type of ferritic/martensitic (F/M) steel named NHS (Novel High Silicon) was irradiated by 3.25 MeV Fe-ion at room temperature and 723 K to fluences of 4.3 × 1015 and 1.7 × 1016 ions/cm2. After irradiation, vacancy-type defects were investigated with variable-energy positron beam Doppler broadening spectra. Energetic Fe-ions produced a large number of vacancy-type defects in the NHS steel, but one single main type of vacancy-type defect was observed in both unirradiated and irradiated samples. The concentration of vacancy-type defects decreased with increasing temperature. With the increase of irradiation fluence, the concentration of vacancy-type defects increased in the sample irradiated at RT, whereas for the sample irradiated at 723 K, it decreased. The enhanced recombination between vacancies and excess interstitial Fe atoms from deeper layers, and high diffusion rate of self-interstitial atoms further improved by diffusion via grain boundary and dislocations at high temperature, are thought to be the main reasons for the reversed trend of vacancy-type defects between the samples irradiated at RT and 723 K.

  2. Positron annihilation study of defects in electron-irradiated single crystal zinc oxide

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    To, C. K.; Yang, B.; Beling, C. D.; Fung, S.; Ling, C. C.; Gong, M.

    2011-01-01

    Pressurized melt grown zinc oxide (ZnO) single crystals purchased from Cermet Inc. were irradiated by 2MeV electrons with fluence of 6x1017cm-2. Isochronal annealing from 100°C-800°C was performed on the crystals under argon and air ambience. Variable Energy Doppler Broadening Spectroscopy (VEDBS) was carried out on both the as-grown and the irradiated samples at each annealing step. The migration, agglomeration and annealing of grown-in and irradiated-introduced defects were studied. It was observed that the grown-in vacancy-type defects concentration decreased at 300°C and 600 °C. For the irradiated sample annealed in argon, the positron trapping vacancy-type defect concentration decreased at 300°C and 600°C. Further annealing the as-grown and irradiated samples in argon increased the S parameter further. For the irradiated sample annealed in air, the vacancy-type defect concentration decreases at 300°C and 700°C.

  3. Free volumes in bulk nanocrystalline metals studied by the complementary techniques of positron annihilation and dilatometry.

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    Würschum, Roland; Oberdorfer, Bernd; Steyskal, Eva-Maria; Sprengel, Wolfgang; Puff, Werner; Pikart, Philip; Hugenschmidt, Christoph; Pippan, Reinhard

    2012-07-15

    Free-volume type defects, such as vacancies, vacancy-agglomerates, dislocations, and grain boundaries represent a key parameter in the properties of ultrafine-grained and nanocrystalline materials. Such free-volume type defects are introduced in high excess concentration during the processes of structural refinement by severe plastic deformation. The direct method of time-differential dilatometry is applied in the present work to determine the total amount and the kinetics of free volume by measuring the irreversible length change upon annealing of bulk nanocrystalline metals (Fe, Cu, Ni) prepared by high-pressure torsion (HPT). In the case of HPT-deformed Ni and Cu, distinct substages of the length change upon linear heating occur due to the loss of grain boundaries in the wake of crystallite growth. The data on dilatometric length change can be directly related to the fast annealing of free-volume type defects studied by in situ Doppler broadening measurements performed at the high-intensity positron beam of the FRM II (Garching, Munich, Germany).

  4. Positron annihilation processes update

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    Guessoum, Nidhal; Skibo, Jeffrey G.; Ramaty, Reuven

    1997-01-01

    The present knowledge concerning the positron annihilation processes is reviewed, with emphasis on the data of the cross sections of the various processes of interest in astrophysical applications. Recent results are presented including results on reaction rates and line widths, the validity of which is verified.

  5. Study of the CHI(1) and CHI(2) States Produced in Antiproton-Proton Annihilations in Fermilab Experiment 760

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    Marques, Jose Laurencio

    A study of the chi_1(^3P _1) and the chi_2(^3P _2) states of charmonium formed in anti-proton -proton annihilations is reported in this dissertation. Performed at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Experiment 760 used an internal molecular hydrogen jet target and circulating beam of momentum cooled antiprotons to conduct energy scans of the two resonances. The small momentum spread of the antiproton beam allowed very precise measurements of both the resonance mass and total width to be made. From a sample of 483 chi_1 and 556 chi_2 events the following resonance parameters have been determined: Gamma_{chi1} = (0.86 +/- 0.14) MeV, Gamma _{chi2} = (2.01 +/- 0.18) MeV, M_{chi1 } = (3510.51 +/- 0.13) MeV/c^2, M_{ chi2} = (3556.03 +/- 0.14) MeV/c^2, Gamma( chi_1to|{p}p)times BR(chi_1to J/psigamma)times BR(J/psito e^+e^-) = (1.22 +/- 0.15) eV, and Gamma( chi_2to|{p}p)times BR(chi_2to J/psigamma)times BR(J/psito e^+e^-) = (1.68 +/- 0.16) eV. The angular distribution for the reaction chi_{1,2}to J/psi+gamma to e^+e^-+gamma was also studied. For the chi_1 resonance, from a sample of 360 events, the radiative decay quadupole amplitude has been found to be a_2 = -0.14 +/- 0.06. For the chi_2, from a sample of 1904 events, the radiative decay quadrupole and octupole amplitudes have been found to be a_2 = -0.15 +/- 0.07 and a_3 = 0.00 +/- 0.05 respectively. The contribution from helicity zero in the formation process of the chi_2 has also been measured, B_sp{0 }{2} = 0.02_sp{ -0.02}{+0.13}..

  6. 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.

  7. Antiproton annihilations in nuclei

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    McGaughey, P.L.; Bol, K.D.; Clover, M.R.; DeVries, R.M.; DiGiacomo, N.J.; Kapustinsky, J.S.; Smith, G.R.; Sunier, J.W.; Sondheim, W.E.; Yariv, Y.

    1985-01-01

    Recent results from LEAR experiment PS187 are presented. Preliminary data for the inclusive production of ..pi../sup +/, K/sup +/, and p from the annihilation of 180 MeV antiprotpns in /sup 28/Si and /sup 238/U are compared with predictions of intranuclear cascade calculations. Proton and pion production data are well reproduced by the calculations, but kaon yields at low momenta appear to be strongly suppressed in the experimental data. 8 refs., 5 figs.

  8. An Overview of a 2004 Ron Brown Cruise to Study Saharan Dust: The NCAS Science Plan for CTAPS: Caracterizacion Tras-Atlantico del Polvo del Sahara

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    Morris, V.

    2003-12-01

    Global transport of dust has been acknowledged as a significant factor in atmospheric radiative balance, atmospheric oxidizing capacity, the deposition of limiting nutrients into the upper ocean, transport of fungi and microorganisms, and in the indirect aerosol effect via cloud modification. In early spring 2004, a group of scientists from NOAA, Howard University, the University of Puerto Rico - Mayagez, and several international partners will take part in a research cruise aboard the Ron Brown to study the impacts and microphysical evolution of Saharan dust during its trans-Atlantic transport on the local atmosphere and marine boundary layer. The fundamental purpose of this research cruise is to provide a set of critical measurements to characterize the impacts of Saharan dust aerosol transport across the Atlantic Ocean. The preliminary science plan and goals of the cruise will be presented and discussed as well as some background measurements taken over the past two years in the Caribbean and Canary Islands.

  9. Synthesis and characterization of magnesium oxide nanocrystallites and probing the vacancy-type defects through positron annihilation studies

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    Das, Anjan; Mandal, Atis Chandra; Roy, Soma; Prashanth, Pendem; Ahamed, Sk Izaz; Kar, Subhrasmita; Prasad, Mithun S.; Nambissan, P. M. G.

    2016-09-01

    Magnesium oxide nanocrystallites exhibit certain abnormal characteristics when compared to those of other wide band gap oxide semiconductors in the sense they are most prone to water absorption and formation of a hydroxide layer on the surface. The problem can be rectified by heating and pure nanocrystallites can be synthesized with controllable sizes. Inevitably the defect properties are distinctly divided between two stages, the one with the hydroxide layer (region I) and the other after the removal of the layer by annealing (region II). The lattice parameters, the optical band gap and even the positron annihilation characteristics are conspicuous by their distinct behavior in the two stages of the surface configurations of nanoparticles. While region I was specific with the formation of positronium-hydrogen complexes that drastically altered the defect-specific positron lifetimes, pick-off annihilation of orthopositronium atoms marked region II. The vacancy clusters within the nanocrystallites also trapped positrons. They agglomerated due to the effect of the higher temperatures and resulted in the growth of the nanocrystallites. The coincidence Doppler broadening spectroscopic measurements supported these findings and all the more indicated the trapping of positrons additionally into the neutral divacancies and negatively charged trivacancies. This is apart from the Mg2+ monovacancies which acted as the dominant trapping centers for positrons.

  10. Resonances and Bound States in Positron Annihilation on Molecules

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    Surko, C. M.

    2007-10-01

    Positron annihilation is important in such diverse areas as study of metabolic processes in the human brain and the characterization of materials. Annihilation on molecules has been a subject of keen interest for decades. In particular, annihilation rates can be orders of magnitude greater than those expected for simple collisions. Recent results put our understanding of many aspects of this long-standing problem on a firm footing. We now understand that the annihilation proceeds by vibrational Feshbach resonances (VFR). A prerequisite for the existence of these VFR is that the positron binds to the target. The annihilation energy spectra provide the best measures to date of positron binding energies. Predictions of a new theory of VFR-enhanced annihilation in small molecules (methyl halides) [1] show excellent, quantitative agreement with experiment. New data and analyses for larger molecules (e.g., hydrocarbons with more than two carbon atoms) show that annihilation rates depend strongly on the number of vibrational degrees of freedom but, surprisingly, only weakly on positron binding energy. This places important constraints on theories of annihilation in these molecules. Results for second bound (i.e., positronically excited) states and overtone and combination-mode VFR, as well as outstanding questions, will also be discussed. This work is done in collaboration with Jason Young. [1] G. F. Gribakin and C. M. R. Lee, Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 193201 (2006).

  11. Effect of annealing on Cu precipitates in H ion irradiated Fe-0.6%Cu studied by positron annihilation

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    Jin, Shuoxue; Zhang, Peng; Lu, Eryang; Wang, Baoyi; Yuan, Daqing; Wei, Long; Cao, Xingzhong

    2016-10-01

    Fe-0.6%Cu alloy was irradiated with H ions to 0.1 dpa, and then annealed for 30 min from 150 °C to 500 °C. We focused the evolution of Cu precipitates in irradiated Fe-0.6%Cu alloy after the isochronal annealing from the perspective of positron annihilation. The ΔW parameters after thermal annealing (400 °C and 500 °C) were much larger than that induced by 0.1 dpa H irradiation. Annealing could promote the aggregation of the Cu-vacancy complexes, and form the Cu cluster-vacancies complexes. When the vacancy-like defects recovered around 500 °C, it meant the formation and growing of the defect-free Cu precipitates.

  12. 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.

  13. Charmonium in p-p-barAnnihilation

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    Barnes, T.

    2005-10-26

    In this contribution we discuss some recent theoretical predictions for the properties of higher mass charmonium states, especially the spectrum of states and their dominant open-charm strong decays. Aspects of the physics of charmonium that can be studied using proton-antiproton annihilation at the future GSI experiment PANDA in particular are noted.

  14. Positron annihilation study in SmFeAsO and SmFeAsO0.82F0.18

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    Hao, Y. P.; Chen, X. L.; Liu, R. H.; Kong, W.; Cheng, B.; Xu, H. X.; Chen, X. H.; Han, R. D.; Weng, H. M.; Du, H. J.; Ye, B. J.

    2010-02-01

    SmFeAsO1-xFx polycrystalline samples were first studied by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy and Doppler-broadening spectroscopy, combined with the calculated results of positron lifetime. The experimental results agree well with the calculated positron bulk lifetime in SmFeAsO and SmFeAsF crystals. The temperature dependence of S-parameter shows a remarkable difference between the parent and superconductor. An abrupt jump of S-parameter is detected around 150 K in parent sample, however, two different slopes were shown below and above superconducting transition. The linearity S-T plot determines one-type of defects through the superconducting transition which must play an important role in superconductivity.

  15. 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.

  16. Vacancy trapping by solute atoms during quenching in Cu-based dilute alloys studied by positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Yabuuchi, A.; Yamamoto, Y.; Ohira, J.; Sugita, K.; Mizuno, M.; Araki, H.; Shirai, Y.

    2009-11-01

    Frozen-in vacancies and the recovery have been investigated in some Cu-based dilute alloys by using positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy. Cu-0.5at%Sb, Cu-0.5at%Sn and Cu-0.5at%In dilute bulk alloys were quenched to ice water from 1223 K. A pure-Cu specimen was also quenched from the same temperature. As a result, no frozen-in vacancies have been detected in as-quenched pure-Cu specimen. On the other hand, as-quenched Cu-0.5at%Sb alloy contained frozen-in thermal equilibrium vacancies with concentration of 3 × 10-5. Furthermore, these frozen-in vacancies in Cu-0.5at%Sb alloy were stable until 473 K, and began to migrate at 523 K. Finally, the Cu-Sb alloy were recovered to the fully annealed state at 823 K. This thermal stability clearly implies some interaction exists between a vacancy and Sb atom and due to the interaction, thermal equilibrium vacancies are trapped by Sb atoms during quenching.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Study of Submonolayer Films of GOLD/COPPER(100) and PALLADIUM/COPPER(100) Using Positron Annihilation Induced Auger Electron Spectroscopy

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    Lee, Keunho

    Positron Annihilation induced Auger Electron Spectroscopy (PAES), Electron induced Auger Electron Spectroscopy (EAES), and Low Energy Electron Diffraction (LEED) have been used to study the surface composition, surface alloying and overlayer formation of ultrathin films of Au and Pd on Cu(100). This is the first systematic application of PAES to the study of the surface properties of ultrathin layers of metals on metal substrates. Temperature induced changes in the top layer surface compositions in Au/Cu(100) and Pd/Cu(100) are directly observed using PAES, while EAES spectra indicate only minor changes. The surface alloying of the Au/Cu(100) and Pd/Cu(100) systems are demonstrated using PAES in conjunction with LEED. The PAES intensity measurements also provide evidence for positron trapping at surface defects such as steps, kinks and isolated adatoms. The PAES intensity was found to be strongly dependent on surface defects introduced by ion sputtering. The surface defect dependence of the PAES intensity is interpreted in terms of the surface atomic diffusion and positron trapping at surface defects in Au/Cu(100) and Pd/Cu(100). In both systems the shapes of the PAES intensity versus coverage curves for submonolayer coverages at 173K are quite distinct indicating differences in overlayer growth and diffusion behavior of Au and Pd adatoms on the Cu(100) surface. PAES intensities for both Au and Pd are saturated at 1 monolayer demonstrating the extreme surface selectivity of PAES.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Photon spectra from WIMP annihilation

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    Cembranos, J. A. R.; Cruz-Dombriz, A. de la; Dobado, A.; Maroto, A. L.; Lineros, R. A.

    2011-04-15

    If the present dark matter in the Universe annihilates into standard model particles, it must contribute to the fluxes of cosmic rays that are detected on the Earth and, in particular, to the observed gamma-ray fluxes. The magnitude of such a contribution depends on the particular dark matter candidate, but certain features of the produced photon spectra may be analyzed in a rather model-independent fashion. In this work we provide the complete photon spectra coming from WIMP annihilation into standard model particle-antiparticle pairs obtained by extensive Monte Carlo simulations. We present results for each individual annihilation channel and provide analytical fitting formulas for the different spectra for a wide range of WIMP masses.

  6. Single crystal growth of Ga[subscript 2](Se[subscript x]Te[subscript 1;#8722;x])[subscript 3] semiconductors and defect studies via positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Abdul-Jabbar, N.M.; Bourret-Courchesne, E.D.; Wirth, B.D.

    2012-12-10

    Small single crystals of Ga{sub 2}(Se{sub x}Te{sub 1-x}){sub 3} semiconductors, for x = 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, were obtained via modified Bridgman growth techniques. High resolution powder x-ray diffractometry confirms a zincblende cubic structure, with additional satellite peaks observed near the (111) Bragg line. This suggests the presence of ordered vacancy planes along the [111] direction that have been previously observed in Ga{sub 2}Te{sub 3}. Defect studies via positron annihilation spectroscopy show an average positron lifetime of {approx} 400 ps in bulk as-grown specimens. Such a large lifetime suggests that the positron annihilation sites in these materials are dominated by defects. Moreover, analyzing the electron momenta via coincidence Doppler broadening measurements suggests a strong presence of large open-volume defects, likely to be vacancy clusters or voids.

  7. Study of hadronization using energy flow from e/sup +/e/sup -/ annihilation into quarks and gluons at. sqrt. s of 29 GeV

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    Rosenberg, L.J.

    1985-11-01

    We have made a high statistics study of QCD jets produced in e/sup +/e/sup -/ annihilations at ..sqrt..s of 29 GeV and observed in the MAC detector located at the PEP storage ring at SLAC. The MAC detector uses calorimetry and provides a homogeneous response over much of its 98% . 4..pi.. sr instrumented solid angle. A data sample of well reconstructed hadronic events was selected by requiring that E/sub vis/ in the calorimeters be near ..sqrt..s, and almost all the energy be deposited in the central calorimeters. Fits of the jet transverse energy flow are made to the data using String (STR) model and several types of Independent Jet (IJM) model hypotheses, where ..alpha../sub s/, the strong coupling constant, and sigma/sub q/, the width of the secondary quark P/sub perpendicular/ distribution, are free parameters. The fits to O(..alpha../sub s//sup 2/ using MS-bar renormalization yield ..alpha../sub s/ approx.0.17 with the STR hypothesis, and ..alpha../sub s/ approx.0.12 with the various IJM hypotheses. The correlations between ..alpha../sub s/ and sigma/sub q/ are examined. Detailed comparisons were made with other experimental results. The energy flow projected onto the event plane of 3-jet events selected from the above data sample was studied. The data shows an asymmetric energy flow around the thin jet. Such an asymmetry was predicted by the STR model, and a cluster model (Webber) incorporating soft gluon interference. The various IJM models show no such asymmetry. We associate this asymmetry with coherence effects during hadronization. 106 refs., 58 figs., 18 tabs.

  8. The Effects of Dark Matter Annihilation on Cosmic Reionization

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    Kaurov, Alexander A.; Hooper, Dan; Gnedin, Nickolay Y.

    2016-12-01

    We revisit the possibility of constraining the properties of dark matter (DM) by studying the epoch of cosmic reionization. Previous studies have shown that DM annihilation was unlikely to have provided a large fraction of the photons which ionized the universe, but instead played a subdominant role relative to stars and quasars. The DM might, however, have begun to efficiently annihilate with the formation of primordial microhalos at z ˜ 100-200, much earlier than the formation of the first stars. Therefore, if DM annihilation ionized the universe at even the percent level over the interval z ˜ 20-100, it could leave a significant imprint on the global optical depth, τ. Moreover, we show that cosmic microwave background polarization data and future 21 cm measurements will enable us to more directly probe the DM contribution to the optical depth. In order to compute the annihilation rate throughout the epoch of reionization, we adopt the latest results from structure formation studies and explore the impact of various free parameters on our results. We show that future measurements could make it possible to place constraints on the DM’s annihilation cross-sections, which are at a level comparable to those obtained from the observations of dwarf galaxies, cosmic-ray measurements, and studies of recombination.

  9. The effects of Dark Matter annihilation on cosmic reionization

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    Kaurov, Alexander A.; Hooper, Dan; Gnedin, Nickolay Y.

    2016-12-15

    We revisit the possibility of constraining the properties of dark matter (DM) by studying the epoch of cosmic reionization. Previous studies have shown that DM annihilation was unlikely to have provided a large fraction of the photons that ionized the universe, but instead played a subdominant role relative to stars and quasars. The DM, however, begins to efficiently annihilate with the formation of primordial microhalos at $z\\sim100-200$, much earlier than the formation of the first stars. Therefore, if DM annihilation ionized the universe at even the percent level over the interval $z \\sim 20-100$, it can leave a significant imprint on the global optical depth, $\\tau$. Moreover, we show that cosmic microwave background (CMB) polarization data and future 21 cm measurements will enable us to more directly probe the DM contribution to the optical depth. In order to compute the annihilation rate throughout the epoch of reionization, we adopt the latest results from structure formation studies and explore the impact of various free parameters on our results. Here, we show that future measurements could make it possible to place constraints on the dark matter's annihilation cross section that are at a level comparable to those obtained from the observations of dwarf galaxies, cosmic ray measurements, and studies of recombination.

  10. The effects of Dark Matter annihilation on cosmic reionization

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    Kaurov, Alexander A.; Hooper, Dan; Gnedin, Nickolay Y.

    2016-12-15

    We revisit the possibility of constraining the properties of dark matter (DM) by studying the epoch of cosmic reionization. Previous studies have shown that DM annihilation was unlikely to have provided a large fraction of the photons that ionized the universe, but instead played a subdominant role relative to stars and quasars. The DM, however, begins to efficiently annihilate with the formation of primordial microhalos atmore » $$z\\sim100-200$$, much earlier than the formation of the first stars. Therefore, if DM annihilation ionized the universe at even the percent level over the interval $$z \\sim 20-100$$, it can leave a significant imprint on the global optical depth, $$\\tau$$. Moreover, we show that cosmic microwave background (CMB) polarization data and future 21 cm measurements will enable us to more directly probe the DM contribution to the optical depth. In order to compute the annihilation rate throughout the epoch of reionization, we adopt the latest results from structure formation studies and explore the impact of various free parameters on our results. Here, we show that future measurements could make it possible to place constraints on the dark matter's annihilation cross section that are at a level comparable to those obtained from the observations of dwarf galaxies, cosmic ray measurements, and studies of recombination.« less

  11. Simultaneous existence of defects and mesopores in nanosized ZSM-5 zeolite studied by positron annihilation and X-ray diffraction spectroscopies

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    Anh Tuyen, L.; Quang Hung, N.; Chi Cuong, L.; Duy Khiem, D.; Trong Phuc, P.; Ly Nguyen, L.; Ngoc Hue, N. T.; Thi Hue, P.; Van Phuc, D.

    2017-02-01

    Crystallization, formation, and accumulation of defects and mesopores in the ZSM-5 zeolite samples, which are synthesized from the gel composition of 1.2Na2O 0.1Al2O3 0.8 tetra-propylammonium hydroxide (TPAOH) 6SiO2 400H2O at a temperature of 140 degree Celsius (°C) in 10, 15, and 18 h, are studied by using the Positron annihilation lifetime (PALS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectroscopies. The XRD is used for investigating the crystalline concentration and nano-crystal size of ZSM-5 during the crystallizing process, whereas the PALS is performed in order to determine the presence of templates, defects, and mesopores in the zeolite samples. The latter are calcined in air during 1, 2, and 3 h at a temperature of 600 °C before being measured. The results obtained indicate that there exist clusters of small crystals in the early crystalline stages of the samples. The size of these crystals increases with time and reaches approximately 100 nm after 18 h of reaction. In addition, the template (TPAOH) is found to exist not only in the channels inside the framework but also in the mesopores outside it. Finally, by analyzing the Positron lifetime spectra, we have found for the first time the simultaneous existence of defects and mesopores, which are formatted and accumulated during the crystallization of ZSM-5. Those important results contribute significantly to our understanding of the internal structure of the synthetic zeolite ZSM-5 as well as the synthetic processes for producing zeolites with special features.

  12. Contributions to cosmic reionization from dark matter annihilation and decay

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    Liu, Hongwan; Slatyer, Tracy R.; Zavala, Jesús

    2016-09-01

    Dark matter annihilation or decay could have a significant impact on the ionization and thermal history of the universe. In this paper, we study the potential contribution of dark matter annihilation (s -wave- or p -wave-dominated) or decay to cosmic reionization, via the production of electrons, positrons and photons. We map out the possible perturbations to the ionization and thermal histories of the universe due to dark matter processes, over a broad range of velocity-averaged annihilation cross sections/decay lifetimes and dark matter masses. We have employed recent numerical studies of the efficiency with which annihilation/decay products induce heating and ionization in the intergalactic medium, and in this work extended them down to a redshift of 1 +z =4 for two different reionization scenarios. We also improve on earlier studies by using the results of detailed structure formation models of dark matter haloes and subhaloes that are consistent with up-to-date N -body simulations, with estimates on the uncertainties that originate from the smallest scales. We find that for dark matter models that are consistent with experimental constraints, a contribution of more than 10% to the ionization fraction at reionization is disallowed for all annihilation scenarios. Such a contribution is possible only for decays into electron/positron pairs, for light dark matter with mass mχ≲100 MeV , and a decay lifetime τχ˜1 024- 1 025 s .

  13. 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.

  14. Effect of Interstitials on the Trapping of Hydrogen in High Purity Iron as Studied by Positron Annihilation and Electron Microscopy.

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    1985-03-01

    and 293 K" Trans Iron and Steel Inst. Japan, 10 91970) 197. 4. A. S. Keh, "Dislocation Arrangement in Alpha Iron during Deformation and Recovery," in...Micron Dimensions" Author: James T. Haber Place Joint ASM-TMS Symposium. Philadelphia, Oct., 1983 "Study of Dislocations in Alpha Iron and the Effect of...Park, Phys. Rev., (submitted). 6. A. S. Keh, Dislocation Arrangement in Alpha Iron During Deformation and Recovery, in Direct Observation of

  15. Particle-antiparticle asymmetries from annihilations.

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    Baldes, Iason; Bell, Nicole F; Petraki, Kalliopi; Volkas, Raymond R

    2014-10-31

    An extensively studied mechanism to create particle-antiparticle asymmetries is the out-of-equilibrium and CP violating decay of a heavy particle. We, instead, examine how asymmetries can arise purely from 2→2 annihilations rather than from the usual 1→2 decays and inverse decays. We review the general conditions on the reaction rates that arise from S-matrix unitarity and CPT invariance, and show how these are implemented in the context of a simple toy model. We formulate the Boltzmann equations for this model, and present an example solution.

  16. Positron annihilation studies of the AlO{sub x}/SiO{sub 2}/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 AlO{sub x} films grown on Si substrates by thermal atomic layer deposition (ALD), and 30 nm-thick AlO{sub x} 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 AlO{sub x}/SiO{sub x}/Si interface with positron trapping and annihilation occurring in the Si side of the SiO{sub x}/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 SiO{sub x} interface in the as-deposited sample, and the positron response to it increases after annealing as an SiO{sub 2} 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.

  17. Antiproton-hydrogen atom rearrangement-annihilation cross section

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    Morgan, D.L. Jr.

    1986-08-22

    For antiproton energies of several eV or less, annihilation in matter occurs through atomic rearrangement processes in which the antiproton becomes bound to a nucleus prior to annihilation. Existing calculations of the antiproton-hydrogen atom rearrangement cross section are semiclassical and employ the Born-Oppenheimer approximation. They also employ various arguments in regard to the behavior of the system when the Born-Oppenheimer approximation breaks down at small antiproton-proton separations. These arguments indicate that rearrangement is essentially irreversible. In the present study, a detailed investigation was made of the antiproton-hydrogen atom system when the Born-Oppenheimer approximation breaks down. The results of this study indicate that the previous arguments were approximately correct, but that there is a significant probability for rearrangement reversing prior to annihilation. This probability is estimated to be about 20%. 8 refs., 4 figs., 2 tabs.

  18. 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)].

  19. 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.

  20. Optical-vortex pair creation and annihilation and helical astigmatism of a nonplanar ring resonator

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    Heckenberg, N.R.; Vaupel, M.; Malos, J.T.; Weiss, C.O.

    1996-09-01

    The creation and annihilation of pairs of optical vortices have been studied in transitions between patterns produced in a photorefractive oscillator. Smooth metamorphosis between stable patterns occurs through pair creation or annihilation but can be modeled using superposition of modes taking into account lifting of degeneracy of helical modes by helical astigmatism of the resonator. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  1. Weak annihilation and new physics in charmless decays

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    Bobeth, Christoph; Gorbahn, Martin; Vickers, Stefan

    2015-07-01

    We use currently available data of nonleptonic charmless 2-body decays () that are mediated by QCD- and QED-penguin operators to study weak annihilation and new-physics effects in the framework of QCD factorization. In particular we introduce one weak-annihilation parameter for decays related by quark interchange and test this universality assumption. Within the standard model, the data supports this assumption with the only exceptions in the system, which exhibits the well-known " puzzle", and some tensions in . Beyond the standard model, we simultaneously determine weak-annihilation and new-physics parameters from data, employing model-independent scenarios that address the " puzzle", such as QED-penguins and current-current operators. We discuss also possibilities that allow further tests of our assumption once improved measurements from LHCb and Belle II become available.

  2. Polarization of photons in matter–antimatter annihilation

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    Moskaliuk, S.S.

    2015-03-10

    In this work we demonstrate the possibility of generation of linear polarization of the electromagnetic field (EMF) due to the quantum effects in matter-antimatter annihilation process for anisotropic space of the I type according to Bianchi. We study the dynamics of this process to estimate the degree of polarisation of the EMF in the external gravitational field of the anisotropic Bianchi I model. It has been established that the quantum effects in matter-antimatter annihilation process in the external gravitational field of the anisotropic Bianchi I model provide contribution to the degree of polarisation of the EMF in quadrupole harmonics.

  3. On the effective operators for Dark Matter annihilations

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    Simone, Andrea De; Thamm, Andrea; Monin, Alexander; Urbano, Alfredo E-mail: alexander.monin@epfl.ch E-mail: alfredo.urbano@sissa.it

    2013-02-01

    We consider effective operators describing Dark Matter (DM) interactions with Standard Model fermions. In the non-relativistic limit of the DM field, the operators can be organized according to their mass dimension and their velocity behaviour, i.e. whether they describe s- or p-wave annihilations. The analysis is carried out for self-conjugate DM (real scalar or Majorana fermion). In this case, the helicity suppression at work in the annihilation into fermions is lifted by electroweak bremsstrahlung. We construct and study all dimension-8 operators encoding such an effect. These results are of interest in indirect DM searches.

  4. Annihilation of Antiprotons in Heavy Nuclei.

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    1986-04-01

    Consideration of matter- antimatter annihilation as an energy source for space propulsion has been taking place over the last several years. For details of...any known possible means of propulsion . The form of antimatter most often considered for annihilation consists of antiprotons, which are the...Emission in Antiproton Annihilation on d and He, Lettere Al Nuovo Cimento 38, 211 (1983). R.L. Forward, Antimatter Propulsion , Journal of the British

  5. Positron annihilation induced Auger electron emission

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    Weiss, A.; Jibaly, M.; Lei, Chun; Mehl, D.; Mayer, R.; Lynn, K.G.

    1988-01-01

    We report on measurements of Auger electron emission from Cu and Fe due to core hole excitations produced by the removal of core electrons by matter-antimatter annihilation. Estimates are developed of the probability of positrons annihilating with a 3p electron in these materials. Several important advantages of Positron annihilation induced Auger Electron Spectroscopy (PAES) for surface analysis are suggested. 10 refs., 2 figs.

  6. Multimode vibrational couplings in resonant positron annihilation.

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    d'A Sanchez, Sergio; Lima, Marco A P; Varella, Márcio T do N

    2011-09-02

    The mechanisms for multimode vibrational couplings in resonant positron annihilation are not well understood. We show that these resonances can arise from positron-induced distortions of the potential energy surface (target response to the positron field). Though these distortions can transfer energy into single- and multiquantum vibrations, they have so far been disregarded as a pathway to resonant annihilation. We also compare the existing annihilation theories and show that the currently accepted model can be cast as a special case of the Feshbach annihilation theory.

  7. Antiproton-hydrogen atom annihilation. Final report, April-December 1985

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    Morgan, D.L.

    1986-05-01

    For antiproton energies of several eV or less, annihilation in matter occurs through atomic rearrangement processes in which the antiproton becomes bound to a nucleus prior to annihilation. Annihilation cross sections via rearrangement at such energies are much higher than for direct antiproton-nucleon annihilation and are, therefore, of consequence to antiproton annihilation propulsion of spacecraft. Existing calculations of the antiproton-hydrogen atom rearrangement cross section are semiclassical and employ the Born-Oppenheimer approximation. They also employ various arguments in regard to the behavior of the system when the Born-Oppenheimer approximation breaks down at small antiproton-proton separations. These arguments indicate that rearrangement is essentially irreversible. In this study, a detailed investigation was made of the antiproton-hydrogen atom system when the Born-Oppenheimer approximation breaks down. Results indicate that the previous arguments were approximately correct, but that there is a significant probability for rearrangement reversing prior to annihilation. This probability is estimated to be about 20%. This consequent reduction in annihilation cross section has little or no negative consequences for antiproton annihilation propulsion at the present time. However, because of the approximate nature of this result and because more-accurate values will be required in the future, it is important to conduct an accurate, fully quantum-mechanical calculation of antiproton-hydrogen atom rearrangement.

  8. First positron annihilation lifetime measurement of Pu

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    Colmenares, C.; Howell, R.H.; Ancheta, D.; Cowan, T.; Hanafee, J.; Sterne, P.

    1996-11-21

    We have made the first measurement of defects in an aged sample of {delta} phase, Ga stabilized Pu, using positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy. This measurement validates the procedure necessary to perform measurements on this highly toxic material and obtain data representative of sample conditions. Comparison of the positron annihilation lifetime analysis of the data with calculated values suggests that He filled vacancies or vacancy clusters dominate the defect population. Such defects are the necessary precursor to void growth and swelling. The evolution of defects resulting from the radioactive decay of Pu during its life in the stockpile is one of the unknown quantities affecting our confidence in predictions of the limit on stockpile components. Radiation damage leads to changes in the size and strength of metals studied for reactor and accelerator use and similar effects may be expected in Pu. The evolution of radiation produced vacancies into larger void structures and accompanying macroscopic swelling may occur in Pu at some age. A detailed understanding of the defects in self irradiated Pu is required to predict the time scale of void swelling and related radiation effects. 1 fig.

  9. Escape and finite-size scaling in diffusion-controlled annihilation

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    Ben-Naim, Eli; Krapivsky, Paul L.

    2016-12-16

    In this paper, we study diffusion-controlled single-species annihilation with a finite number of particles. In this reaction-diffusion process, each particle undergoes ordinary diffusion, and when two particles meet, they annihilate. We focus on spatial dimensions d>2 where a finite number of particles typically survive the annihilation process. Using scaling techniques we investigate the average number of surviving particles, M, as a function of the initial number of particles, N. In three dimensions, for instance, we find the scaling law M ~ N1/3 in the asymptotic regime N»1. We show that two time scales govern the reaction kinetics: the diffusion time scale, T ~ N2/3, and the escape time scale, τ ~ N4/3. The vast majority of annihilation events occur on the diffusion time scale, while no annihilation events occur beyond the escape time scale.

  10. Escape and finite-size scaling in diffusion-controlled annihilation

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    Ben-Naim, Eli; Krapivsky, Paul L.

    2016-12-16

    In this paper, we study diffusion-controlled single-species annihilation with a finite number of particles. In this reaction-diffusion process, each particle undergoes ordinary diffusion, and when two particles meet, they annihilate. We focus on spatial dimensions d>2 where a finite number of particles typically survive the annihilation process. Using scaling techniques we investigate the average number of surviving particles, M, as a function of the initial number of particles, N. In three dimensions, for instance, we find the scaling law M ~ N1/3 in the asymptotic regime N»1. We show that two time scales govern the reaction kinetics: the diffusion timemore » scale, T ~ N2/3, and the escape time scale, τ ~ N4/3. The vast majority of annihilation events occur on the diffusion time scale, while no annihilation events occur beyond the escape time scale.« less

  11. 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.

  12. Infrared, Raman, 1H NMR, thermal and positron annihilation lifetime studies of Pb(II), Sn(II), Sb(III), Bi(III)-barbital complexes

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    Refat, Moamen S.; Sharshar, T.

    2012-05-01

    Metal complexes of Pb(II), Sn(II), Sb(III) and Bi(III) with a barbital sodium were synthesized and characterized by several techniques, including elemental analysis (C, H and N), molar conductance measurements, infrared, Raman, 1H NMR, positron annihilation lifetime and thermogravimetric analysis. Reactions of barbital sodium (NaL) with salts of Pb(NO3)2, SnCl2ṡ2H2O, SbCl3 and BiCl3 affords four novel mononuclear complexes [Pb(HL)2], [Sn(L)(H2O)], [Sb(HL)(L)] and [Bi(HL)(L)]. In complexes of Pb(II), Sb(III) and Bi(III), the molar ratio of metal-to-ligand is 1:2. Both of Sb(III) and Bi(III) complexes have six coordination via two molecules of barbital (HL and L), one of them deprotonated NH. The Pb(II) complex has a central metal ion adopts tetradentate fashion which surrounded by two (HL) barbital moieties. The elemental analysis shows that Sn(II) complex is tetradentate 1:1 ratio, chelated through oxygen sbnd O of (ONa), deprotonated (sbnd NH) and one coordinated water molecule. The positron annihilation lifetime parameters were found to be dependent on the structure, electronic configuration and molecular weight of metal complexes.

  13. Positron annihilation study of structural relaxation and crystallization in a metallic glass Al80Fe8Mo7Ni5 alloy

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    Abo-Elsoud, M.

    2013-04-01

    Kinetic transformations induced in the metallic glass Al80Fe8Mo7Ni5 by thermal treatments from the amorphous to the crystallized state, following the variation of the Doppler broadening of the positron annihilation line-shaped S-and W-parameters were reported. The behavior of the annihilation line-shape shows reversible and non-reversible contributions. Crystallization of the sample appears as a three-stage process. The corresponding crystallization process consists of only one activation enthalpy, Eai. The mean value obtained for Eai is: Eam=(3.65±0.14) eV. In-situ high-temperature X-ray diffraction showed that the crystallization was a complex involving growth of the Al7Fe8Mo crystalline phase along with crystallization of the amorphous matrix Al phase at T ≈500 °C. Electron micrograph with image analysis of the scanning electron microscopy pictures confirmed the presence of fcc-Al and Al7Fe8Mo crystalline phase.

  14. Study of b$\\bar{b}$ production in e+e- annihilation at √s = 29 GeV with the aid of neural networks

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    Lambert, David Joel

    1994-11-01

    The author presents a measurement of σ(b$\\bar{b}$)/σ(q$\\bar{q}$) in the annihilation process e+e- → q$\\bar{q}$ → hadrons at √s = 29 GeV. The analysis is based on 66 pb-1 of data collected between 1984 and 1986 with the TPC/2γ detector at PEP. To identify bottom events, he uses a neural network with inputs that are computed from the 3-momenta of all of the observed charged hadrons in each event. He also presents a study of bias in techniques for measuring inclusive π±, K±, and p/$\\bar{p}$ production in the annihilation process e+e- → b$\\bar{b}$ → hadrons at √s = 29 GeV, using a neural network to identify bottom-quark jets. In this study, charged particles are identified by a simultaneous measurement of momentum and ionization energy loss (dE/dx).

  15. 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.

  16. Skyrmion creation and annihilation by spin waves

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    Liu, Yizhou Yin, Gen; Lake, Roger K.; Zang, Jiadong; Shi, Jing

    2015-10-12

    Single skyrmion creation and annihilation by spin waves in a crossbar geometry are theoretically analyzed. A critical spin-wave frequency is required both for the creation and the annihilation of a skyrmion. The minimum frequencies for creation and annihilation are similar, but the optimum frequency for creation is below the critical frequency for skyrmion annihilation. If a skyrmion already exists in the cross bar region, a spin wave below the critical frequency causes the skyrmion to circulate within the central region. A heat assisted creation process reduces the spin-wave frequency and amplitude required for creating a skyrmion. The effective field resulting from the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction and the emergent field of the skyrmion acting on the spin wave drive the creation and annihilation processes.

  17. 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 70 kGy 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 (τ(i)) and their corresponding intensities (I(i)) 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Multiple gamma lines from semi-annihilation

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    D'Eramo, Francesco; McCullough, Matthew; Thaler, Jesse E-mail: mccull@mit.edu

    2013-04-01

    Hints in the Fermi data for a 130 GeV gamma line from the galactic center have ignited interest in potential gamma line signatures of dark matter. Explanations of this line based on dark matter annihilation face a parametric tension since they often rely on large enhancements of loop-suppressed cross sections. In this paper, we pursue an alternative possibility that dark matter gamma lines could arise from ''semi-annihilation'' among multiple dark sector states. The semi-annihilation reaction ψ{sub i}ψ{sub j} → ψ{sub k}γ with a single final state photon is typically enhanced relative to ordinary annihilation ψ{sub i}ψ-bar {sub i} → γγ into photon pairs. Semi-annihilation allows for a wide range of dark matter masses compared to the fixed mass value required by annihilation, opening the possibility to explain potential dark matter signatures at higher energies. The most striking prediction of semi-annihilation is the presence of multiple gamma lines, with as many as order N{sup 3} lines possible for N dark sector states, allowing for dark sector spectroscopy. A smoking gun signature arises in the simplest case of degenerate dark matter, where a strong semi-annihilation line at 130 GeV would be accompanied by a weaker annihilation line at 173 GeV. As a proof of principle, we construct two explicit models of dark matter semi-annihilation, one based on non-Abelian vector dark matter and the other based on retrofitting Rayleigh dark matter.

  20. Formation of isolated Zn vacancies in ZnO single crystals by absorption of ultraviolet radiation: a combined study using positron annihilation, photoluminescence, and mass spectroscopy.

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    Khan, Enamul H; Weber, Marc H; McCluskey, Matthew D

    2013-07-05

    Positron annihilation spectra reveal isolated zinc vacancy (V(Zn)) creation in single-crystal ZnO exposed to 193-nm radiation at 100 mJ/cm(2) fluence. The appearance of a photoluminescence excitation peak at 3.18 eV in irradiated ZnO is attributed to an electronic transition from the V(Zn) acceptor level at ~100 meV to the conduction band. The observed V(Zn) density profile and hyperthermal Zn(+) ion emission support zinc vacancy-interstitial Frenkel pair creation by exciting a wide 6.34 eV Zn-O antibonding state at 193-nm photon-a novel photoelectronic process for controlled V(Zn) creation in ZnO.

  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. Lower limits on the strengths of gamma ray lines from WIMP dark matter annihilation

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    Abazajian, Kevork N.; Agrawal, Prateek; Chacko, Zackaria; Kilic, Can

    2012-06-01

    We study the spectra of gamma ray signals that arise from dark matter annihilation in the Universe. We focus on the large class of theories where the photon spectrum includes both continuum spectrum of gamma rays that arise from annihilation into standard model states at tree level, as well as monochromatic gamma rays arising from annihilation directly into two photons at the one-loop level. In this class of theories we obtain lower bounds on the ratio of the strength of the gamma ray line relative to the gamma ray continuum as a function of the dark matter mass and spin. These limits are obtained from the unitarity relation between the tree-level amplitude of the primary annihilation channel and the imaginary part of the loop-level amplitude for annihilation directly into photons, with the primary decay products running in the loop. These results are exact in the limit that dark matter annihilation at tree level is exclusively to a single standard model species, occurs through the lowest partial wave and respects CP. Away from this limit the bounds are approximate. Our conclusions agree with known results in the literature for the cases of the minimal supersymmetric standard model, universal extra dimensions and the littlest Higgs with T parity. We use the Fermi-LAT observations to translate these limits into upper bounds on the dark matter annihilation cross section into any specific standard model state.

  3. Application of positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) to study the nanostructure in amphiphile self-assembly materials: phytantriol cubosomes and hexosomes.

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    Dong, Aurelia W; Fong, Celesta; Waddington, Lynne J; Hill, Anita J; Boyd, Ben J; Drummond, Calum J

    2015-01-21

    Self-assembled amphiphile nanostructures of colloidal dimensions such as cubosomes and hexosomes are of interest as delivery vectors in pharmaceutical and nanomedicine applications. Translation would be assisted through a better of understanding of the effects of drug loading on the internal nanostructure, and the relationship between this nanostructure and drug release profile. Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) is sensitive to local microviscosity and is used as an in situ molecular probe to examine the Q2 (cubosome) → H2 (hexosome) → L2 phase transitions of the pharmaceutically relevant phytantriol-water system in the presence of a model hydrophobic drug, vitamin E acetate (VitEA). It is shown that the ortho-positronium lifetime (τ) is sensitive to molecular packing and mobility and this has been correlated with the rheological properties of individual lyotropic liquid crystalline mesophases. Characteristic PALS lifetimes for L2 (τ4∼ 4 ns) ∼ H2 (τ4∼ 4 ns) > Q(2 Pn3m) (τ4∼ 2.2 ns) are observed for the phytantriol-water system, with the addition of VitEA yielding a gradual increase in τ from τ∼ 2.2 ns for cubosomes to τ∼ 3.5 ns for hexosomes. The dynamic chain packing at higher temperatures and in the L2 and H2 phases is qualitatively less "viscous", consistent with rheological measurements. This information offers increased understanding of the relationship between internal nanostructure and species permeability.

  4. Study of quark fragmentation in e/sup +/e/sup -/ annihilation at 29 GeV: charged particle multiplicity distributions

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    Derrick, M.; Kooijman, P.; Loos, J.S.; Musgrave, B.; Price, L.E.; Schlereth, J.; Sugano, K.; Weiss, J.M.; Wood, D.E.; Baranko, G.

    1985-01-01

    This paper presents the charged particle multiplicity distributions for e/sup +/e/sup -/ annihilation at ..sqrt..s = 29 GeV measured in the High Resolution Spectrometer. The data, which correspond to an integrated luminosity of 185 pb/sup -1/, were obtained at the e/sup +/e/sup -/ storage ring PEP. The techniques used to obtain the original distributions from the observed prong numbers are discussed. The multiplicity distribution of the charged particles with a two jet selection has a mean value = 13.02 +- 0.03 +- 0.5; and a dispersion D = 3.84 +- 0.02 +- 0.1. The mean multiplicity increases with the event sphericity. No correlation is observed between the multiplicities in the two jets that characterize most of the events. For the single jets a value of D = 2.71 +- 0.02 +- 0.06 is measured which gives further support the idea of independent jet fragmentation. When compared with e/sup +/e/sup -/ data at other energies, the multiplicity distributions exhibit the scaling behavior in the mean first suggested by Koba, Nielsen and Olsen (KNO). The KNO distribution in the central rapidity interval is broader than that for the whole rapidity span and agrees well with the generalized Bose-Einstein formula for three independent sources. 17 refs., 14 figs.

  5. Ab initio study of the positronation of the CaO and SrO molecules including calculation of annihilation rates.

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    Buenker, Robert J; Liebermann, Heinz-Peter

    2012-07-15

    Ab initio multireference single- and double-excitation configuration interaction calculations have been performed to compute potential curves for ground and excited states of the CaO and SrO molecules and their positronic complexes, e(+)CaO, and e(+)SrO. The adiabatic dissociation limit for the (2)Σ(+) lowest states of the latter systems consists of the positive metal ion ground state (M(+)) and the OPs complex (e(+)O(-)), although the lowest energy limit is thought to be e(+)M + O. Good agreement is found between the calculated and experimental spectroscopic constants for the neutral diatomics wherever available. The positron affinity of the closed-shell X (1)Σ(+) ground states of both systems is found to lie in the 0.16-0.19 eV range, less than half the corresponding values for the lighter members of the alkaline earth monoxide series, BeO and MgO. Annihilation rates (ARs) have been calculated for all four positronated systems for the first time. The variation with bond distance is generally similar to what has been found earlier for the alkali monoxide series of positronic complexes, falling off gradually from the OPs AR value at their respective dissociation limits. The e(+)SrO system shows some exceptional behavior, however, with its AR value reaching a minimum at a relatively large bond distance and then rising to more than twice the OPs value close to its equilibrium distance.

  6. Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy at a superconducting electron accelerator

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    Wagner, A.; Anwand, W.; Attallah, A. G.; Dornberg, G.; Elsayed, M.; Enke, D.; Hussein, A. E. M.; Krause-Rehberg, R.; Liedke, M. O.; Potzger, K.; Trinh, T. T.

    2017-01-01

    The Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf operates a superconducting linear accelerator for electrons with energies up to 35 MeV and average beam currents up to 1.6 mA. The electron beam is employed for production of several secondary beams including X-rays from bremsstrahlung production, neutrons, and positrons. The secondary positron beam after moderation feeds the Monoenergetic Positron Source (MePS) where positron annihilation lifetime (PALS) and positron annihilation Doppler-broadening experiments in materials science are performed in parallel. The adjustable repetition rate of the continuous-wave electron beams allows matching of the pulse separation to the positron lifetime in the sample under study. The energy of the positron beam can be set between 0.5 keV and 20 keV to perform depth resolved defect spectroscopy and porosity studies especially for thin films.

  7. In-situ transmission electron microscopy study of oxygen vacancy ordering and dislocation annihilation in undoped and Sm-doped CeO2 ceramics during redox processes

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    Ding, Yong; Chen, Yu; Pradel, Ken C.; Liu, Meilin; Lin Wang, Zhong

    2016-12-01

    Ceria (CeO2) based ceramics have been widely used for many applications due to their unique ionic, electronic, and catalytic properties. Here, we report our findings in investigating into the redox processes of undoped and Sm-doped CeO2 ceramics stimulated by high-energy electron beam irradiation within a transmission electron microscope (TEM). The reduced structure with oxygen vacancy ordering has been identified as the CeO1.68 (C-Ce2O3+δ) phase via high-resolution TEM. The reduction of Ce4+ to Ce3+ has been monitored by electron energy-loss spectroscopy. The decreased electronic conductivity of the Sm-doped CeO2 (Sm0.2Ce0.8O1.9, SDC) is revealed by electron holography, as positive electrostatic charges accumulated at the surfaces of SDC grains under electron beam irradiation, but not at CeO2 grains. The formation of the reduced CeO1.68 domains corresponds to lattice expansion compared to the CeO2 matrix. Therefore, the growth of CeO1.68 nuclei builds up strain inside the matrix, causing annihilation of dislocations inside the grains. By using in-situ high-resolution TEM and a fast OneView camera recording system, we investigated dislocation motion inside both CeO2 and SDC grains under electron beam irradiation. The dislocations prefer to dissociate into Shockley partials bounded by stacking faults. Then, the partials can easily glide in the {111} planes to reach the grain surfaces. Even the Lomer-Cottrell lock can be swept away by the phase change induced strain field. Our results revealed the high mobility of dislocations inside CeO2 and SDC grains during their respective redox processes.

  8. Singlet-singlet annihilation kinetics in aggregates and trimers of LHCII.

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    Barzda, V; Gulbinas, V; Kananavicius, R; Cervinskas, V; van Amerongen, H; van Grondelle, R; Valkunas, L

    2001-01-01

    Singlet-singlet annihilation experiments have been performed on trimeric and aggregated light-harvesting complex II (LHCII) using picosecond spectroscopy to study spatial equilibration times in LHCII preparations, complementing the large amount of data on spectral equilibration available in literature. The annihilation kinetics for trimers can well be described by a statistical approach, and an annihilation rate of (24 ps)(-1) is obtained. In contrast, the annihilation kinetics for aggregates can well be described by a kinetic approach over many hundreds of picoseconds, and it is shown that there is no clear distinction between inter- and intratrimer transfer of excitation energy. With this approach, an annihilation rate of (16 ps)(-1) is obtained after normalization of the annihilation rate per trimer. It is shown that the spatial equilibration in trimeric LHCII between chlorophyll a molecules occurs on a time scale that is an order of magnitude longer than in Photosystem I-core, after correcting for the different number of chlorophyll a molecules in both systems. The slow transfer in LHCII is possibly an important factor in determining excitation trapping in Photosystem II, because it contributes significantly to the overall trapping time. PMID:11325740

  9. Defect evolution and its impact on the ferromagnetism of Cu-doped ZnO nanocrystals upon thermal treatment: A positron annihilation study

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    Chen, Zhi-Yuan; Chen, Yuqian; Zhang, Q. K.; Qi, N.; Chen, Z. Q.; Wang, S. J.; Li, P. H.; Mascher, P.

    2017-01-01

    CuO/ZnO nanocomposites with 4 at. % CuO were annealed in air at various temperatures between 100 and 1200 °C to produce Cu-doped ZnO nanocrystals. X-ray diffraction shows that a CuO phase can be observed in the CuO/ZnO nanocomposites annealed at different temperatures, and the Cu-doped ZnO nanocrystals are identified to be of wurtzite structure. The main peak (101) appears at slightly lower diffraction angles with increasing annealing temperature from 400 up to 1200 °C, which confirms the successful doping of Cu into the ZnO lattice above 400 °C. Scanning electron microscopy indicates that most particles in the CuO/ZnO nanocomposites are isolated when annealing at 100-400 °C, but these particles have a tendency to form clusters or aggregates as the annealing temperature increases from 700 to 1000 °C. Positron annihilation measurements reveal a large number of vacancy defects in the interface region of the nanocomposites, and they are gradually recovered with increasing annealing temperature up to 1000 °C. Room-temperature ferromagnetism can be observed in the CuO/ZnO nanocomposites, and the magnetization decreases continuously with increasing annealing temperature. However, there may be several different origins of ferromagnetism in the CuO/ZnO nanocomposites. At low annealing temperatures, the ferromagnetism originates from the CuO nanograins, and the ferromagnetism of CuO nanograins decreases with an increase in the grain size after subsequent higher temperature annealing, which leads to the weakening of ferromagnetism in the CuO/ZnO nanocomposites. After annealing from 400 to 1000 °C, the ferromagnetism gradually vanishes. The ferromagnetism is probably induced by Cu substitution but is mediated by vacancy defects in the CuO/ZnO nanocomposites. The disappearance of ferromagnetism coincides well with the recovery of vacancy defects. It can be inferred that the ferromagnetism is mediated by vacancy defects that are distributed in the interface region.

  10. Positron annihilation induced Auger electron spectroscopy

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    Weiss, Alex; Koymen, A. R.; Mehl, David; Jensen, K. O.; Lei, Chun; Lee, K. H.

    1990-01-01

    Recently, Weiss et al. have demonstrated that it is possible to excite Auger transitions by annihilating core electrons using a low energy (less than 30eV) beam of positrons. This mechanism makes possible a new electron spectroscopy, Positron annihilation induced Auger Electron Spectroscopy (PAES). The probability of exciting an Auger transition is proportional to the overlap of the positron wavefunction with atomic core levels. Since the Auger electron energy provides a signature of the atomic species making the transition, PAES makes it possible to determine the overlap of the positron wavefunction with a particular element. PAES may therefore provide a means of detecting positron-atom complexes. Measurements of PAES intensities from clean and adsorbate covered Cu surfaces are presented which indicate that approx. 5 percent of positrons injected into CU at 25eV produce core annihilations that result in Auger transitions.

  11. 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

  12. Monopole annihilation and highest energy cosmic rays

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    Bhattacharjee, P. Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Sarjapur Road, Koramangala, Bangalore 560 034 ); Sigl, G. NASA/Fermilab Astrophysics Center, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, Illinois 60510-0500 )

    1995-04-15

    Cosmic rays with energies exceeding 10[sup 20] eV have been detected. The origin of these highest energy cosmic rays remains unknown. Established astrophysical acceleration mechanisms encounter severe difficulties in accelerating particles to these energies. Alternative scenarios where these particles are created by the decay of cosmic topological defects have been suggested in the literature. In this paper we study the possibility of producing the highest energy cosmic rays through a process that involves the formation of metastable magnetic monopole-antimonopole bound states and their subsequent collapse. The annihilation of the heavy monopole-antimonopole pairs constituting the monopolonia can produce energetic nucleons, [gamma] rays, and neutrinos whose expected flux we estimate and discuss in relation to experimental data so far available. The monopoles we consider are the ones that could be produced in the early Universe during a phase transition at the grand unification energy scale. We find that observable cosmic ray fluxes can be produced with monopole abundances compatible with present bounds.

  13. Searches for WIMP Annihilation with GLAST

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    Wai, L.; /SLAC

    2005-06-21

    We describe signatures for WIMP annihilation in the gamma ray sky which can be observed by the GLAST mission, scheduled for launch in 2007. We review the search regions, which range from galactic substructure in the Milky Way all the way out to cosmological sources.

  14. Magnetic Enhancements to Dark Matter Annihilation

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    Gardner, William G.; Tinsley, Todd

    2017-01-01

    The rate of dark matter annihilation should be greatest where the dark matter density is maximal. This is typically in the gravity wells of large stars where it also happens to be true that magnetic fields can be very large. In this poster we present an examination of how these intense magnetic fields can alter the cross section for dark matter annihilation into electron-positron pairs. We work within the framework of the minimally supersymmetric extension to the Standard Model (MSSM), and we choose its lightest neutralino as our dark matter candidate. Within this theory, dark matter can annihilate into many different final-state particles through several channels. We restrict our analysis to an electron-positron pair final state because of the low mass and reasonable detection signature. Since strong magnetic fields change how momentum is conserved for charged particles, this calculation investigates the relationship between the annihilation cross section and the electron's and positron's landau level. This is work is supported by NASA/Arkansas Space Grant Consortium and the Hendrix College Odyssey Program.

  15. Hydrodynamic description for ballistic annihilation systems

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    Garcia de Soria, Maria Isabel; Trizac, Emmanuel; Maynar, Pablo; Schehr, Gregory; Barrat, Alain

    2009-01-21

    The problem of the validity of a hydrodynamic description for a system in which there are no collisional invariants is addressed. Hydrodynamic equations have been derived and successfully tested against simulation data for a system where particles annihilate with a probability p, or collide elastically otherwise. The response of the system to a linear perturbation is analyzed as well.

  16. 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.

  17. The 21 cm signal and the interplay between dark matter annihilations and astrophysical processes

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    Lopez-Honorez, Laura; Mena, Olga; Moliné, Ángeles; Palomares-Ruiz, Sergio; Vincent, Aaron C.

    2016-08-01

    Future dedicated radio interferometers, including HERA and SKA, are very promising tools that aim to study the epoch of reionization and beyond via measurements of the 21 cm signal from neutral hydrogen. Dark matter (DM) annihilations into charged particles change the thermal history of the Universe and, as a consequence, affect the 21 cm signal. Accurately predicting the effect of DM strongly relies on the modeling of annihilations inside halos. In this work, we use up-to-date computations of the energy deposition rates by the products from DM annihilations, a proper treatment of the contribution from DM annihilations in halos, as well as values of the annihilation cross section allowed by the most recent cosmological measurements from the Planck satellite. Given current uncertainties on the description of the astrophysical processes driving the epochs of reionization, X-ray heating and Lyman-α pumping, we find that disentangling DM signatures from purely astrophysical effects, related to early-time star formation processes or late-time galaxy X-ray emissions, will be a challenging task. We conclude that only annihilations of DM particles with masses of ~100 MeV, could leave an unambiguous imprint on the 21 cm signal and, in particular, on the 21 cm power spectrum. This is in contrast to previous, more optimistic results in the literature, which have claimed that strong signatures might also be present even for much higher DM masses. Additional measurements of the 21 cm signal at different cosmic epochs will be crucial in order to break the strong parameter degeneracies between DM annihilations and astrophysical effects and undoubtedly single out a DM imprint for masses different from ~100 MeV.

  18. Analysis of positron annihilation lifetime data by numerical laplace inversion with the program CONTIN

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    Gregory, Roger B.; Zhu, Yongkang

    1990-05-01

    The performance of the program CONTIN [Stephen W. Provencher, Comput. Phys. Commun. 27 (1982) 229], modified to solve Fredholm integral equations with convoluted kernels of the type that occur in the deconvolution and analysis of positron annihilation lifetime data, is investigated with computer-simulated test data. The method avoids direct determination of the instrument resolution function by employing the decay curve of a reference material with a well-known single lifetime. CONTIN employs a constrained, regularized least-squares analysis to calculate a continuous annihilation-rate probability density function (pdf) which is the most parsimonious solution that is consistent with the experimental data and prior knowledge. The performance of the algorithm for extracting positron annihilation lifetime information was evaluated by using several measures of the information content of the data described by Schrader and Usmar [in: Positron Annihilation Studies of Fluids, ed. S. Sharma (World Scientific, Singapore, 1988) p. 215]. The quality of the CONTIN reconstruction of the annihilation-rate pdf is strongly dependent on the information content of the data and is greatly improved as the total number of counts in the data set is increased. Nevertheless, the method provides excellent estimates of the intensities and mean lifetimes of peaks in the annihilation-rate pdf, even when the total counts in the data set are relatively low (10 5-10 6). The sensitivity of the algorithm to systematic errors in the data, including errors in the instrument resolution function, shifts in the positron of the zero-time channel of the sample and reference data and contamination of the reference decay by additional lifetime components was also evaluated. Errors in the FWHM of the instrument resolution function and shifts in the zero time channel as small as {1}/{10}to{1}/{5} of the channel width of the instrument generate additional spurious peaks in the annihilation-rate pdf and

  19. Antiproton-annihilation propulsion. Final report, 1 April 1984-31 January 1985

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    Forward, R.L.

    1985-09-01

    Antiproton-annihilation propulsion is a new form of space propulsion, where milligrams of antimatter are used to heat tons of reaction fluid to high temperatures. The hot reaction fluid is exhausted from a nozzle to produce high thrust at high specific impulse. This study was to determine the physical, engineering, and economic feasibility of antiproton-annihilation propulsion. The conclusion of the study is that antiproton propulsion is feasible, but expensive. Because the low mass of the antimatter fuel more than compensates for its high price, comparative mission studies show that antimatter fuel can be cost effective in space, where even normal chemical fuel is expensive because its mass must be lifted into orbit before it can be used. Antiproton-annihilation propulsion is mission-enabling, in that it allows missions to be performed that cannot be performed by any other propulsion system.

  20. PIMC Simulation of Ps Annihilation: From Micro to Mesopores

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    Bug, A R; Sterne, P A

    2005-08-23

    Path Integral Monte Carlo (PIMC) can reproduce the results of simple analytical calculations in which a single quantum particle is used to represent positronium within an idealized, spherical pore. Our calculations improve on this approach by explicitly treating the positronium as a two-particle e{sup -}, e{sup +} system interacting via the Coulomb interaction. We study the lifetime and the internal contact density, {kappa}, which controls the self-annihilation behavior, for positronium in model spherical pores, as a function of temperature and pore size. We compare the results with both PIMC and analytical calculations for a single-particle model.

  1. Morphology of Thermoset Polyimides by Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy

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    Ranganathaiah, C.; Pater, R. H.; Sprinkle, D. R.; Baugher, A. H.; Eftekhari, A.; Singh, J. J.

    1994-01-01

    Thermoset polyimides have great potential for successfully meeting tough stress and temperature challenges in the advanced aircraft development program. However, studies of structure/property relationships in these materials have not been very successful so far. Positron annihilation spectroscopy has been used to investigate free volumes and associated parameters. It has been noted that the free volume correlates well with the molecular weight, cross-link density and thermal coefficient of expansion of these materials. Currently no other techniques are available for direct measurement of these parameters. Experimental results and their interpretations will be discussed.

  2. The nuclear dynamo; Can a nuclear tornado annihilate nations

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    McNally, J.R. Jr.

    1991-01-01

    This paper reports on the development of the hypothesis of a nuclear dynamo for a controlled nuclear fusion reactor. This dynamo hypothesis suggests properties for a nuclear tornado that could annihilate nations if accidentally triggered by a single high yield to weight nuclear weapon detonation. The formerly classified reports on ignition of the atmosphere, the properties of a nuclear dynamo, methods to achieve a nuclear dynamo in the laboratory, and the analogy of a nuclear dynamo to a nuclear tornado are discussed. An unclassified international study of this question is urged.

  3. Upper bounds on asymmetric dark matter self annihilation cross sections

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    Ellwanger, Ulrich; Mitropoulos, Pantelis

    2012-07-01

    Most models for asymmetric dark matter allow for dark matter self annihilation processes, which can wash out the asymmetry at temperatures near and below the dark matter mass. We study the coupled set of Boltzmann equations for the symmetric and antisymmetric dark matter number densities, and derive conditions applicable to a large class of models for the absence of a significant wash-out of an asymmetry. These constraints are applied to various existing scenarios. In the case of left- or right-handed sneutrinos, very large electroweak gaugino masses, or very small mixing angles are required.

  4. Direct photon production in e+e- annihilation

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    Fernandez, E.; Ford, W. T.; Qi, N.; Read, A. L.; Smith, J. G.; Camporesi, T.; de Sangro, R.; Marini, A.; Peruzzi, I.; Piccolo, M.; Ronga, F.; Blume, H. T.; Hurst, R. B.; Sleeman, J. C.; Venuti, J. P.; Wald, H. B.; Weinstein, Roy; Band, H. R.; Gettner, M. W.; Goderre, G. P.; Meyer, O. A.; Moromisato, J. H.; Shambroom, W. D.; von Goeler, E.; Ash, W. W.; Chadwick, G. B.; Clearwater, S. H.; Coombes, R. W.; Kaye, H. S.; Lau, K. H.; Leedy, R. E.; Lynch, H. L.; Messner, R. L.; Moss, L. J.; Muller, F.; Nelson, H. N.; Ritson, D. M.; Rosenberg, L. J.; Wiser, D. E.; Zdarko, R. W.; Groom, D. E.; Lee, H. Y.; Delfino, M. C.; Heltsley, B. K.; Johnson, J. R.; Lavine, T. L.; Maruyama, T.; Prepost, R.

    1985-01-01

    Direct photon production in hadronic events from e+e- annihilation has been studied at √s =29 GeV with use of the MAC detector at the PEP storage ring. A charge asymmetry A=(-12.3+/-3.5)% is observed in the final-state jets. The cross section and the charge asymmetry are in good agreement with the predictions of the fractionally charged quark-parton model. Both the charge asymmetry and total yield have been used to determine values of quark charges. Limits have been established for anomalous sources of direct photons.

  5. Bremsstrahlung and gamma ray lines in 3 scenarios of dark matter annihilation

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    Giacchino, Federica; Tytgat, Michel H.G.; Lopez-Honorez, Laura E-mail: llopezho@vub.ac.be

    2014-08-01

    Gamma ray spectral features are of interest for indirect searches of dark matter (DM). Following Barger et al. we consider 3 simple scenarios of DM that annihilates into Standard Model (SM) fermion pairs. Scenario 1 is a Majorana DM candidate coupled to a charged scalar, scenario 2 is a Majorana DM coupled to a charged gauge boson and scenario 3 is a real scalar DM coupled a charged vector-like fermion. As shown by Barger et al., these 3 scenarios share precisely the same internal Bremsstrahlung spectral signature into gamma rays. Their phenomenology is however distinct. In particular for annihilation into light SM fermions, in the chiral limit, the 2-body annihilation cross section is p-wave suppressed for the Majorana candidates while it is d-wave suppressed for the real scalar. In the present work we study the annihilation into 2 gammas, showing that these three scenarios have distinct, and so potentially distinguishable, spectral signatures into gamma rays. In the case of the real scalar candidate we provide a new calculation of the amplitude for annihilation into 2 gammas.

  6. 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).

  7. A systematic effective operator analysis of semi-annihilating dark matter

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    Cai, Yi; Spray, Andrew

    2017-02-01

    Semi-annihilation is a generic feature of dark matter theories stabilized by symmetries larger than a ℤ 2. It contributes to thermal freeze out, but is irrelevant for direct and collider searches. This allows semi-annihilating dark matter to avoid those limits in a natural way. We use an effective operator approach to make the first model-independent study of the associated phenomenology. We enumerate all possible operators that contribute to 2 → 2 semi-annihilation up to dimension 6, plus leading terms at dimension 7. We find that when the only light states charged under the dark symmetry are dark matter, the model space is highly constrained. Only fifteen operators exist, and just two for single-component dark sectors. If there can be additional light, unstable "dark partner" states the possible phenomenology greatly increases, at the cost of additional model dependence in the dark partner decay modes. We also derive the irreducible constraints on models with single-component dark matter from cosmic ray searches and astrophysical observations. We find that for semi-annihilation to electrons and light quarks, the thermal relic cross sections can be excluded for dark matter masses up to 100 GeV. However, significant model space for semi-annihilating dark matter remains.

  8. Gamma-ray spectra from low-energy positron annihilation processes in molecules

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    Ma, Xiaoguang; Wang, Meishan; Zhu, Yinghao; Liu, Yang; Yang, Chuanlu; Wang, Dehua

    2016-11-01

    The theoretical γ -ray spectra from positron-electron annihilation process in a wide variety of atoms and molecules are studied. The theoretical Doppler broadened γ -ray spectra for core, inner valence, and outer valence electrons of these molecules are studied systematically. The present results show that the experimental γ -ray spectra agree well with inner valence electrons, especially the lowest occupied valence orbital electrons rather than the outer valence electrons. These inner valence electrons show a strong correlation with the corresponding available experimental measurements. These findings are interesting because the outer valence electrons have been supposed to have larger probability annihilating with positrons rather than the inner valence electrons. The present work also suggests that the accurate positron wave functions must be involved to identify the dominance of the bound electrons clearly in positron-electron annihilation process.

  9. Novel method for stratum corneum pore size determination using positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy.

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    Itoh, Yoshiaki; Shimazu, Akira; Sadzuka, Yasuyuki; Sonobe, Takashi; Itai, Shigeru

    2008-06-24

    Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) is a powerful tool for the investigation of microstructure. Three main classes of materials, metals, semiconductors and polymers, have been studied by using this technique. But, relatively few investigations have been performed in the biological sciences. PALS provides important information on pore properties and free volume at the molecular level. Our PALS study showed that Yucatan miniature pig stratum corneum separated with heat and trypsin digestion had a longer positron annihilation lifetime than cyclodextrins. This indicates that the stratum corneum has larger pores and/or free volume than cyclodextrins, whose pores have a diameter of 0.5-0.8 nm and a torus height of 0.79 nm. Positron annihilation spectroscopy may be developed as a new technique for the detection of nano-pore properties and free volume in the biological sciences.

  10. 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.

  11. Vector dark matter annihilation with internal bremsstrahlung

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    Bambhaniya, Gulab; Kumar, Jason; Marfatia, Danny; Nayak, Alekha C.; Tomar, Gaurav

    2017-03-01

    We consider scenarios in which the annihilation of self-conjugate spin-1 dark matter to a Standard Model fermion-antifermion final state is chirality suppressed, but where this suppression can be lifted by the emission of an additional photon via internal bremsstrahlung. We find that this scenario can only arise if the initial dark matter state is polarized, which can occur in the context of self-interacting dark matter. In particular, this is possible if the dark matter pair forms a bound state that decays to its ground state before the constituents annihilate. We show that the shape of the resulting photon spectrum is the same as for self-conjugate spin-0 and spin-1/2 dark matter, but the normalization is less heavily suppressed in the limit of heavy mediators.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. CALET's sensitivity to Dark Matter annihilation in the galactic halo

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    Motz, H.; Asaoka, Y.; Torii, S.; Bhattacharyya, S. E-mail: yoichi.asaoka@aoni.waseda.jp E-mail: saptashwab@ruri.waseda.jp

    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 : 10{sup 5} and an aperture of 1200 cm{sup 2·} 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{sup +} + e{sup −}, such as the LKP (Lightest Kaluza-Klein particle)

  15. Neutrino Fluxes from NUHM LSP Annihilations in the Sun

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    Ellis, John; Olive, Keith A.; Savage, Christopher; Spanos, Vassilis C.; /Democritos Nucl. Res. Ctr.

    2011-08-12

    We extend our previous studies of the neutrino fluxes expected from neutralino LSP annihilations inside the Sun to include variants of the minimal supersymmetric extension of the Standard Model (MSSM) with squark, slepton and gaugino masses constrained to be universal at the GUT scale, but allowing one or two non-universal supersymmetry-breaking parameters contributing to the Higgs masses (NUHM1,2). As in the constrained MSSM (CMSSM) with universal Higgs masses, there are large regions of the NUHM parameter space where the LSP density inside the Sun is not in equilibrium, so that the annihilation rate may be far below the capture rate, and there are also large regions where the capture rate is not dominated by spin-dependent LSP-proton scattering. The spectra possible in the NUHM are qualitatively similar to those in the CMSSM. We calculate neutrino-induced muon fluxes above a threshold energy of 10 GeV, appropriate for the IceCube/DeepCore detector, for points where the NUHM yields the correct cosmological relic density for representative choices of the NUHM parameters. We find that the IceCube/DeepCore detector can probe regions of the NUHM parameter space in addition to analogues of the focus-point strip and the tip of the coannihilation strip familiar from the CMSSM. These include regions with enhanced Higgsino-gaugino mixing in the LSP composition, that occurs where neutralino mass eigenstates cross over. On the other hand, rapid-annihilation funnel regions in general yield neutrino fluxes that are unobservably small.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Minimal semi-annihilating ℤ{sub N} scalar dark matter

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    Bélanger, Geneviève; Kannike, Kristjan; Pukhov, Alexander; Raidal, Martti

    2014-06-10

    We study the dark matter from an inert doublet and a complex scalar singlet stabilized by ℤ{sub N} symmetries. This field content is the minimal one that allows dimensionless semi-annihilation couplings for N>2. We consider explicitly the ℤ{sub 3} and ℤ{sub 4} cases and take into account constraints from perturbativity, unitarity, vacuum stability, necessity for the electroweak ℤ{sub N} preserving vacuum to be the global minimum, electroweak precision tests, upper limits from direct detection and properties of the Higgs boson. Co-annihilation and semi-annihilation of dark sector particles as well as dark matter conversion significantly modify the cosmic abundance and direct detection phenomenology.

  20. Minimal semi-annihilating Z{sub N} scalar dark matter

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    Bélanger, Geneviève; Kannike, Kristjan; Raidal, Martti; Pukhov, Alexander E-mail: kristjan.kannike@cern.ch E-mail: martti.raidal@cern.ch

    2014-06-01

    We study the dark matter from an inert doublet and a complex scalar singlet stabilized by Z{sub N} symmetries. This field content is the minimal one that allows dimensionless semi-annihilation couplings for N > 2. We consider explicitly the Z{sub 3} and Z{sub 4} cases and take into account constraints from perturbativity, unitarity, vacuum stability, necessity for the electroweak Z{sub N} preserving vacuum to be the global minimum, electroweak precision tests, upper limits from direct detection and properties of the Higgs boson. Co-annihilation and semi-annihilation of dark sector particles as well as dark matter conversion significantly modify the cosmic abundance and direct detection phenomenology.

  1. Positron annihilation spectroscopic studies of Mn substitution-induced cubic to tetragonal transformation in ZnFe2-xMnxO4 (x = 0.0-2.0) spinel nanocrystallites

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    Cyriac, Jincemon; Mundiyaniyil Thankachan, Rahul; Raneesh, B.; Nambissan, P. M. G.; Sanyal, D.; Kalarikkal, Nandakumar

    2015-12-01

    The replacement of cations at the B-sites in the spinel ferrite ZnFe2O4 by Mn3+ ions brings in several interesting changes, the most striking among them being a transformation from the spinel cubic structure to a body-centered tetragonal one. Concomitantly, there are variations in the nanocrystallite sizes and also in the lattice parameters. These are examined through high-precision X-ray diffraction measurements and transmission electron microscopic analysis. A more interesting aspect is the success of positron annihilation spectroscopy comprising of the measurements of positron lifetime and coincidence Doppler broadening measurements in understanding the effects of cation replacement and the resultant generation of vacancy-type defects. There are definite changes in the positron lifetimes and intensities which show positron trapping in trivacancy-type defect clusters and the nanocrystallite surfaces. The presence of ortho-positronium atoms within the extended intercrystallite region is also identified, although in small concentrations. The cubic to tetragonal transformation is indicated through definite decrease in the values of the positron lifetimes. We also performed a model analysis to predict the expected effect of substitution on the positron lifetime in the bulk of the sample and the experimentally obtained positron lifetimes significantly differed, indirectly hinting at the possibility of a structural transformation. Finally, Mössbauer spectroscopic studies have indicated a ferromagnetic nature for one of the samples, i.e. the one with Mn3+ doping concentration x = 0.4, which incidentally had the lowest crystallite size ~10 nm.

  2. 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.

  3. Stellar energy loss rates in the pair-annihilation process beyond the standard model

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    Hernández-Ruíz, M. A.; Gutiérrez-Rodríguez, A.; González-Sánchez, A.

    2017-01-01

    We calculate the stellar energy loss due to neutrino-pair production in e+e- annihilation in the context of a 331 model, a left-right symmetric model and a simplest little Higgs model in a way that can be used in supernova calculations. We also present some simple estimates which show that such process can act as an efficient energy loss mechanism in the shocked supernova core. We find that the stellar energy loss is almost independent of the parameters of the models in the allowed range for these parameters. This work complements other studies on the stellar energy loss rate in e+e- annihilation.

  4. CONSTRAINTS ON DARK MATTER ANNIHILATION IN CLUSTERS OF GALAXIES FROM DIFFUSE RADIO EMISSION

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    Storm, Emma; Jeltema, Tesla E.; Profumo, Stefano; Rudnick, Lawrence

    2013-05-10

    Annihilation of dark matter can result in the production of stable Standard Model particles including electrons and positrons that, in the presence of magnetic fields, lose energy via synchrotron radiation, observable as radio emission. Galaxy clusters are excellent targets to search for or to constrain the rate of dark matter annihilation, as they are both massive and dark matter dominated. In this study, we place limits on dark matter annihilation in a sample of nearby clusters using upper limits on the diffuse radio emission, low levels of observed diffuse emission, or detections of radio mini-halos. We find that the strongest limits on the annihilation cross section are better than limits derived from the non-detection of clusters in the gamma-ray band by a factor of {approx}3 or more when the same annihilation channel and substructure model, but different best-case clusters, are compared. The limits on the cross section depend on the assumed amount of substructure, varying by as much as two orders of magnitude for increasingly optimistic substructure models as compared to a smooth Navarro-Frenk-White profile. In our most optimistic case, using the results of the Phoenix Project, we find that the derived limits reach below the thermal relic cross section of 3 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -26} cm{sup 3} s{sup -1} for dark matter masses as large as 400 GeV, for the b b-bar annihilation channel. We discuss uncertainties due to the limited available data on the magnetic field structure of individual clusters. We also report the discovery of diffuse radio emission from the central 30-40 kpc regions of the groups M49 and NGC 4636.

  5. Generalized event shape and energy flow studies in e+e- annihilation at sqrt {s} = 91.2{ - }208.0 GeV

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    Achard, P.; Adriani, O.; Aguilar-Benitez, M.; Alcaraz, J.; Alemanni, G.; Allaby, J.; Aloisio, A.; Alviggi, M. G.; Anderhub, H.; Andreev, V. P.; Anselmo, F.; Arefiev, A.; Azemoon, T.; Aziz, T.; Bagnaia, P.; Bajo, A.; Baksay, G.; Baksay, L.; Baldew, S. V.; Banerjee, S.; Banerjee, Sw.; Barczyk, A.; Barillère, R.; Bartalini, P.; Basile, M.; Batalova, N.; Battiston, R.; Bay, A.; Becker, U.; Behner, F.; Bellucci, L.; Berbeco, R.; Berdugo, J.; Berges, P.; Bertucci, B.; Betev, B. L.; Biasini, M.; Biglietti, M.; Biland, A.; Blaising, J. J.; Blyth, S. C.; Bobbink, G. J.; Böhm, A.; Boldizsar, L.; Borgia, B.; Bottai, S.; Bourilkov, D.; Bourquin, M.; Braccini, S.; Branson, J. G.; Brochu, F.; Burger, J. D.; Burger, W. J.; Cai, X. D.; Capell, M.; Romeo, G. Cara; Carlino, G.; Cartacci, A.; Casaus, J.; Cavallari, F.; Cavallo, N.; Cecchi, C.; Cerrada, M.; Chamizo, M.; Chang, Y. H.; Chemarin, M.; Chen, A.; Chen, G.; Chen, G. M.; Chen, H. F.; Chen, H. S.; Chiefari, G.; Cifarelli, L.; Cindolo, F.; Clare, I.; Clare, R.; Coignet, G.; Colino, N.; Costantini, S.; de la Cruz, B.; Cucciarelli, S.; de Asmundis, R.; Déglon, P.; Debreczeni, J.; Degré, A.; Dehmelt, K.; Deiters, K.; della Volpe, D.; Delmeire, E.; Denes, P.; DeNotaristefani, F.; De Salvo, A.; Diemoz, M.; Dierckxsens, M.; Dionisi, C.; Dittmar, M.; Doria, A.; Dova, M. T.; Duchesneau, D.; Duda, M.; Echenard, B.; Eline, A.; El Hage, A.; El Mamouni, H.; Engler, A.; Eppling, F. J.; Extermann, P.; Falagan, M. A.; Falciano, S.; Favara, A.; Fay, J.; Fedin, O.; Felcini, M.; Ferguson, T.; Fesefeldt, H.; Fiandrini, E.; Field, J. H.; Filthaut, F.; Fisher, P. H.; Fisher, W.; Forconi, G.; Freudenreich, K.; Furetta, C.; Galaktionov, Yu.; Ganguli, S. N.; Garcia-Abia, P.; Gataullin, M.; Gentile, S.; Giagu, S.; Gong, Z. F.; Grenier, G.; Grimm, O.; Gruenewald, M. W.; Gupta, V. K.; Gurtu, A.; Gutay, L. J.; Haas, D.; Hatzifotiadou, D.; Hebbeker, T.; Hervé, A.; Hirschfelder, J.; Hofer, H.; Hohlmann, M.; Holzner, G.; Hou, S. R.; Jin, B. N.; Jindal, P.; Jones, L. W.; de Jong, P.; Josa-Mutuberríıa, I.; Kaur, M.; Kienzle-Focacci, M. N.; Kim, J. K.; Kirkby, J.; Kittel, W.; Klimentov, A.; C. König, A.; Kopal, M.; Koutsenko, V.; Kräber, M.; Kraemer, R. W.; Krüger, A.; Kunin, A.; Ladron de Guevara, P.; Laktineh, I.; Landi, G.; Lebeau, M.; Lebedev, A.; Lebrun, P.; Lecomte, P.; Lecoq, P.; Le Coultre, P.; Le Goff, J. M.; Leiste, R.; Levtchenko, M.; Levtchenko, P.; Li, C.; Likhoded, S.; Lin, C. H.; Lin, W. T.; Linde, F. L.; Lista, L.; Liu, Z. A.; Lohmann, W.; Longo, E.; Lu, Y. S.; Luci, C.; Luminari, L.; Lustermann, W.; Ma, W. G.; Malgeri, L.; Malinin, A.; Maña, C.; Mans, J.; Martin, J. P.; Marzano, F.; Mazumdar, K.; McNeil, R. R.; Mele, S.; Merola, L.; Meschini, M.; Metzger, W. J.; Mihul, A.; Milcent, H.; Mirabelli, G.; Mnich, J.; Mohanty, G. B.; Muanza, G. S.; Muijs, A. J. M.; Musy, M.; Nagy, S.; Natale, S.; Napolitano, M.; Nessi-Tedaldi, F.; Newman, H.; Nisati, A.; Novak, T.; Nowak, H.; Ofierzynski, R.; Organtini, G.; Pal, I.; Palomares, C.; Paolucci, P.; Paramatti, R.; Passaleva, G.; Patricelli, S.; Paul, T.; Pauluzzi, M.; Paus, C.; Pauss, F.; Pedace, M.; Pensotti, S.; Perret-Gallix, D.; Piccolo, D.; Pierella, F.; Pieri, M.; Pioppi, M.; Piroué, P. A.; Pistolesi, E.; Plyaskin, V.; Pohl, M.; Pojidaev, V.; Pothier, J.; Prokofiev, D.; Rahal-Callot, G.; Rahaman, M. A.; Raics, P.; Raja, N.; Ramelli, R.; Rancoita, P. G.; Ranieri, R.; Raspereza, A.; Razis, P.; Rembeczki, S.; Ren, D.; Rescigno, M.; Reucroft, S.; Riemann, S.; Riles, K.; Roe, B. P.; Romero, L.; Rosca, A.; Rosemann, C.; Rosenbleck, C.; Rosier-Lees, S.; Roth, S.; Rubio, J. A.; Ruggiero, G.; Rykaczewski, H.; Sakharov, A.; Saremi, S.; Sarkar, S.; Salicio, J.; Sanchez, E.; Schäfer, C.; Schegelsky, V.; Schopper, H.; Schotanus, D. J.; Sciacca, C.; Servoli, L.; Shevchenko, S.; Shivarov, N.; Shoutko, V.; Shumilov, E.; Shvorob, A.; Son, D.; Souga, C.; Spillantini, P.; Steuer, M.; Stickland, D. P.; Stoyanov, B.; Straessner, A.; Sudhakar, K.; Sultanov, G.; Sun, L. Z.; Sushkov, S.; Suter, H.; Swain, J. D.; Szillasi, Z.; Tang, X. W.; Tarjan, P.; Tauscher, L.; Taylor, L.; Tellili, B.; Teyssier, D.; Timmermans, C.; Ting, Samuel C. C.; Ting, S. M.; Tonwar, S. C.; Tóth, J.; Tully, C.; Tung, K. L.; Ulbricht, J.; Valente, E.; Van de Walle, R. T.; Vasquez, R.; Vesztergombi, G.; Vetlitsky, I.; Viertel, G.; Vivargent, M.; Vlachos, S.; Vodopianov, I.; Vogel, H.; Vogt, H.; Vorobiev, I.; Vorobyov, A. A.; Wadhwa, M.; Wang, Q.; Wang, X. L.; Wang, Z. M.; Weber, M.; Wynhoff, S.; Xia, L.; Xu, Z. Z.; Yamamoto, J.; Yang, B. Z.; Yang, C. G.; Yang, H. J.; Yang, M.; Yeh, S. C.; Zalite, An.; Zalite, Yu.; Zhang, Z. P.; Zhao, J.; Zhu, G. Y.; Zhu, R. Y.; Zhuang, H. L.; Zichichi, A.; Zimmermann, B.; Zöller, M.

    2011-10-01

    We present results from a study of hadronic event structure in high energy e+e- interactions using the L3 detector at LEP. A new class of event shape distributions are measured at and above the Z boson pole for light quark (u, d, s, c) flavours. Energy flow correlations are studied for all hadronic events. Next-to-leading-log QCD calculations and QCD models with improved leading-log approximations are compared to data and good agreement is found at the Z-pole whereas some discrepancies are observed at higher centre-of-mass energies.

  6. 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.

  7. Concepts for the design of an antimatter annihilation rocket

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    Morgan, D. L., Jr.

    1982-01-01

    Matter-antimatter annihilation is considered for spacecraft propulsion. Annihilation produces considerably more energy per unit mass of propellant than any other known means of energy production. An antimatter annihilation rocket requires several systems and components that are unique to its nature. Among these are an antimatter storage system, a means to extract the antimatter from storage, a system to transport the antimatter to the rocket engine, and the engine wherein annihilation occurs and thrust is produced. Design concepts of these systems and components are presented and discussed.

  8. Defect-induced magnetism in liquid sodium-exposed stainless steel as studied by Mössbauer and positron annihilation spectroscopic techniques

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    Panda, Alaka; Herojit Singh, L.; Govindaraj, R.; Abhaya, S.; Yadav, R. Kumar; Rajagopalan, S.; Venugopal Rao, G.; Ragunathan, V.; Amarendra, G.

    2017-03-01

    Detailed Mössbauer studies carried out in liquid sodium (Na)-exposed austenitic stainless steel (SS-316) show that there is a partial formation of ferromagnetically (FM)-ordered ferritic zones in the paramagnetic austenitic matrix. Results of low energy positron beam-based Doppler broadening studies imply the occurrence of vacancy kind of defects in the liquid Na-exposed SS-316. Correlating these results, the partial occurrence of FM-ordered zones in the liquid Na-exposed SS-316 is understood to be due to open volume defects, predominantly that of Ni vacancies occurring at the surface and upto a certain depth of liquid Na-exposed stainless steel. These results are elucidated in terms of hyperfine parameters associated with ferritic zones.

  9. 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.

  10. Vacancy defects and defect clusters in alkali metal ion-doped MgO nanocrystallites studied by positron annihilation and photoluminescence spectroscopy

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    Sellaiyan, S.; Uedono, A.; Sivaji, K.; Janet Priscilla, S.; Sivasankari, J.; Selvalakshmi, T.

    2016-10-01

    Pure and alkali metal ion (Li, Na, and K)-doped MgO nanocrystallites synthesized by solution combustion technique have been studied by positron lifetime and Doppler broadening spectroscopy methods. Positron lifetime analysis exhibits four characteristic lifetime components for all the samples. Doping reduces the Mg vacancy after annealing to 800 °C. It was observed that Li ion migrates to the vacancy site to recover Mg vacancy-type defects, reducing cluster vacancies and micropores. For Na- and K-doped MgO, the aforementioned defects are reduced and immobile at 800 °C. Coincidence Doppler broadening studies show the positron trapping sites as vacancy clusters. The decrease in the S parameter is due to the particle growth and reduction in the defect concentration at 800 °C. Photoluminescence study shows an emission peak at 445 nm and 498 nm, associated with F2 2+ and recombination of higher-order vacancy complexes. Further, annealing process is likely to dissociate F2 2+ to F+ and this F+ is converted into F centers at 416 nm.

  11. I-V and DLTS study of generation and annihilation of deep-level defects in an oxygen-ion irradiated bipolar junction transistor

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    Madhu, K. V.; Kulkarni, S. R.; Ravindra, M.; Damle, R.

    A commercial bipolar junction transistor (2N 2219A, npn) irradiated with 84 MeV O6+-ions with fluence of the order of 1013 ions cm-2 is studied for radiation-induced gain degradation and deep-level defects or recombination centers. I-V measurements are made to study the gain degradation as a function of ion fluence. Properties such as activation energy, trap concentration and capture cross section of deep levels are studied by deep-level transient spectroscopy. Minority carrier trap energy levels with energies ranging from EC -0.17 eV to EC -0.55 eV are observed in the base-collector junction of the transistor. Majority carrier defect levels are also observed with energies ranging from EV +0.26 eV to EV +0.44 eV. The irradiated device is subjected to isothermal and isochronal annealing. The defects are seen to anneal above 250 °C. The defects generated in the base region of the transistor by displacement damage appear to be responsible for an increase in base current through Shockley-Read-Hall or multi-phonon recombination and consequent transistor gain degradation.

  12. Iodine-doped polyvinylalcohol using positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Lobo, Blaise; Ranganath, M. R.; Chandran, T. S. G. Ravi; Venugopal Rao, G.; Ravindrachary, V.; Gopal, S.

    1999-06-01

    Iodine-doped polyvinylalcohol, doped up to 52 wt %, was studied using positron annihilation lifetime technique and Doppler broadening of annihilation radiation. Three component, free fit analysis was used for the lifetime spectra. It is found that I3 drops sharply on initial iodine doping, whereas decrease in τ3 is small, indicating inhibition of positronium formation by the dopant. The S parameter, on iodine doping, initially shows a drastic increase due to the decrease in crystallinity of the doped sample. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and x-ray diffraction curves confirm that doping results in decreased crystallinity of the sample. τ3 increases beyond 23 wt % doping level due to structural changes induced by formation of polyiodide complexes, which is confirmed by UV-Vis spectra, for moderately and highly doped samples. The drop in τ3 at higher levels of doping (>44 wt %) suggests chemical quenching of positronium, probably due to iodine aggregation. DSC confirms formation of iodine aggregates, as revealed by a large endotherm at 185 °C, for doping levels beyond 47 wt %.

  13. Technical design report for the overline{P}ANDA (Anti Proton Annihilations at Darmstadt) Straw Tube Tracker. Strong interaction studies with antiprotons

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    Erni, W.; Keshelashvili, I.; Krusche, B.; Steinacher, M.; Heng, Y.; Liu, Z.; Liu, H.; Shen, X.; Wang, Q.; Xu, H.; Aab, A.; Albrecht, M.; Becker, J.; Csapó, A.; Feldbauer, F.; Fink, M.; Friedel, P.; Heinsius, F. H.; Held, T.; Klask, L.; Koch, H.; Kopf, B.; Leiber, S.; Leyhe, M.; Motzko, C.; Pelizäus, M.; Pychy, J.; Roth, B.; Schröder, T.; Schulze, J.; Sowa, C.; Steinke, M.; Trifterer, T.; Wiedner, U.; Zhong, J.; Beck, R.; Bianco, S.; Brinkmann, K. T.; Hammann, C.; Hinterberger, F.; Kaiser, D.; Kliemt, R.; Kube, M.; Pitka, A.; Quagli, T.; Schmidt, C.; Schmitz, R.; Schnell, R.; Thoma, U.; Vlasov, P.; Walther, D.; Wendel, C.; Würschig, T.; Zaunick, H. G.; Bianconi, A.; Bragadireanu, M.; Caprini, M.; Pantea, D.; Pantelica, D.; Pietreanu, D.; Serbina, L.; Tarta, P. D.; Kaplan, D.; Fiutowski, T.; Idzik, M.; Mindur, B.; Przyborowski, D.; Swientek, K.; Czech, B.; Kistryn, M.; Kliczewski, S.; Kozela, A.; Kulessa, P.; Lebiedowicz, P.; Pysz, K.; Schäfer, W.; Siudak, R.; Szczurek, A.; Jowzaee, S.; Kajetanowicz, M.; Kamys, B.; Kistryn, S.; Korcyl, G.; Korcyl, K.; Krzemien, W.; Magiera, A.; Moskal, P.; Palka, M.; Rudy, Z.; Salabura, P.; Smyrski, J.; Wrońska, A.; Augustin, I.; Lehmann, I.; Nimorus, D.; Schepers, G.; Al-Turany, M.; Arora, R.; Deppe, H.; Flemming, H.; Gerhardt, A.; Götzen, K.; Jordi, A. F.; Kalicy, G.; Karabowicz, R.; Lehmann, D.; Lewandowski, B.; Lühning, J.; Maas, F.; Orth, H.; Patsyuk, M.; Peters, K.; Saito, T.; Schepers, G.; Schmidt, C. J.; Schmitt, L.; Schwarz, C.; Schwiening, J.; Traxler, M.; Voss, B.; Wieczorek, P.; Wilms, A.; Zühlsdorf, M.; Abazov, V. M.; Alexeev, G.; Arefiev, A.; Astakhov, V. I.; Barabanov, M. Yu.; Batyunya, B. V.; Davydov, Yu. I.; Dodokhov, V. Kh.; Efremov, A. A.; Fedunov, A. G.; Festchenko, A. A.; Galoyan, A. S.; Grigoryan, S.; Karmokov, A.; Koshurnikov, E. K.; Lobanov, V. I.; Lobanov, Yu. Yu.; Makarov, A. F.; Malinina, L. V.; Malyshev, V. L.; Mustafaev, G. A.; Olshevskiy, A.; Pasyuk, M. A.; Perevalova, E. A.; Piskun, A. A.; Pocheptsov, T. A.; Pontecorvo, G.; Rodionov, V. K.; Rogov, Yu. N.; Salmin, R. A.; Samartsev, A. G.; Sapozhnikov, M. G.; Shabratova, G. S.; Skachkova, A. N.; Skachkov, N. B.; Strokovsky, E. A.; Suleimanov, M. K.; Teshev, R. Sh.; Tokmenin, V. V.; Uzhinsky, V. V.; Vodopyanov, A. S.; Zaporozhets, S. A.; Zhuravlev, N. I.; Zorin, A. G.; Branford, D.; Glazier, D.; Watts, D.; Woods, P.; Britting, A.; Eyrich, W.; Lehmann, A.; Uhlig, F.; Dobbs, S.; Metreveli, Z.; Seth, K.; Tomaradze, A.; Xiao, T.; Bettoni, D.; Carassiti, V.; Cotta Ramusino, A.; Dalpiaz, P.; Drago, A.; Fioravanti, E.; Garzia, I.; Savriè, M.; Stancari, G.; Bianchi, N.; Gianotti, P.; Guaraldo, C.; Lucherini, V.; Orecchini, D.; Pace, E.; Bersani, A.; Bracco, G.; Macri, M.; Parodi, R. F.; Bremer, D.; Dormenev, V.; Drexler, P.; Düren, M.; Eissner, T.; Föhl, K.; Galuska, M.; Gessler, T.; Hayrapetyan, A.; Hu, J.; Koch, P.; Kröck, B.; Kühn, W.; Lange, S.; Liang, Y.; Merle, O.; Metag, V.; Moritz, M.; Münchow, D.; Nanova, M.; Novotny, R.; Spruck, B.; Stenzel, H.; Ullrich, T.; Werner, M.; Xu, H.; Euan, C.; Hoek, M.; Ireland, D.; Keri, T.; Montgomery, R.; Protopopescu, D.; Rosner, G.; Seitz, B.; Babai, M.; Glazenborg-Kluttig, A.; Kavatsyuk, M.; Lemmens, P.; Lindemulder, M.; Löhner, H.; Messchendorp, J.; Moeini, H.; Schakel, P.; Schreuder, F.; Smit, H.; Tambave, G.; van der Weele, J. C.; Veenstra, R.; Sohlbach, H.; Büscher, M.; Deermann, D.; Dosdall, R.; Esch, S.; Gillitzer, A.; Goldenbaum, F.; Grunwald, D.; Henssler, S.; Herten, A.; Hu, Q.; Kemmerling, G.; Kleines, H.; Kozlov, V.; Lehrach, A.; Maier, R.; Mertens, M.; Ohm, H.; Orfanitski, S.; Prasuhn, D.; Randriamalala, T.; Ritman, J.; Röder, M.; Schadmand, S.; Serdyuk, V.; Sterzenbach, G.; Stockmanns, T.; Wintz, P.; Wüstner, P.; Xu, H.; Kisiel, J.; Li, S.; Li, Z.; Sun, Z.; Xu, H.; Rigato, V.; Fissum, S.; Hansen, K.; Isaksson, L.; Lundin, M.; Schröder, B.; Achenbach, P.; Bleser, S.; Cahit, U.; Cardinali, M.; Denig, A.; Distler, M.; Fritsch, M.; Jasinski, P.; Kangh, D.; Karavdina, A.; Lauth, W.; Merkel, H.; Michel, M.; Mora Espi, M. C.; Müller, U.; Pochodzalla, J.; Sanchez, S.; Sanchez-Lorente, A.; Schlimme, S.; Sfienti, C.; Thiel, M.; Weber, T.; Dormenev, V. I.; Fedorov, A. A.; Korzhik, M. V.; Missevitch, O. V.; Balanutsa, V.; Chernetsky, V.; Demekhin, A.; Dolgolenko, A.; Fedorets, P.; Gerasimov, A.; Goryachev, V.; Varentsov, V.; Boukharov, A.; Malyshev, O.; Marishev, I.; Semenov, A.; Böhmer, F.; Dørheim, S.; Ketzer, B.; Paul, S.; Hergemöller, A. K.; Khoukaz, A.; Köhler, E.; Täschner, A.; Wessels, J.; Varma, R.; Chaterjee, A.; Jha, V.; Kailas, S.; Roy, B. J.; Yan, Y.; Chinorat, K.; Khanchai, K.; Ayut, L.; Pomrad, S.; Baldin, E.; Kotov, K.; Peleganchuk, S.; Tikhonov, Yu.; Boucher, J.; Chambert, V.; Dbeyssi, A.; Gumberidze, M.; Hennino, T.; Imre, M.

    2013-02-01

    This document describes the technical layout and the expected performance of the Straw Tube Tracker (STT), the main tracking detector of the overline{P}ANDA target spectrometer. The STT encloses a Micro-Vertex-Detector (MVD) for the inner tracking and is followed in beam direction by a set of GEM stations. The tasks of the STT are the measurement of the particle momentum from the reconstructed trajectory and the measurement of the specific energy loss for a particle identification. Dedicated simulations with full analysis studies of certain proton-antiproton reactions, identified as being benchmark tests for the whole overline{P}ANDA scientific program, have been performed to test the STT layout and performance. The results are presented, and the time lines to construct the STT are described.

  14. Voids and other neutron-produced microstructure in Mo and Mo-0. 5 at. % Ti as studied by positron-annihilation techniques

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    Snead, Jr, C L; Lynn, K G; Jean, Y; Wiffen, F W; Schultz, P

    1980-01-01

    Specimens of Mo and Mo-0.5 at. % Ti which have been irradiated with neutrons (approx. 10/sup 22/ n/cm/sup 2/, E > 0.1 MeV) at temperatures between 425 and 1500/sup 2/C have been studied using both lifetime and Doppler-broadening measurements. Both the shape parameter and the intensity of the lifetime component from positrons trapped at voids define swelling as a function of temperature in a way that is independent of the neutron fluence. The relative swelling as a function of irradiation temperature and the swelling peak (approx. 750/sup 0/C) are well defined, but no information on the magnitude of the void volume is obtainable. In the determination of the shape and peak of the derived swelling curve, the positron analysis is more definitive than similar determinations using transmission electron microscopy.

  15. Dark Matter Annihilation at the Galactic Center

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    Linden, Timothy Ryan

    2013-06-01

    Observations by the WMAP and PLANCK satellites have provided extraordinarily accurate observations on the densities of baryonic matter, dark matter, and dark energy in the universe. These observations indicate that our universe is composed of approximately ve times as much dark matter as baryonic matter. However, e orts to detect a particle responsible for the energy density of dark matter have been unsuccessful. Theoretical models have indicated that a leading candidate for the dark matter is the lightest supersymmetric particle, which may be stable due to a conserved R-parity. This dark matter particle would still be capable of interacting with baryons via weak-force interactions in the early universe, a process which was found to naturally explain the observed relic abundance of dark matter today. These residual annihilations can persist, albeit at a much lower rate, in the present universe, providing a detectable signal from dark matter annihilation events which occur throughout the universe. Simulations calculating the distribution of dark matter in our galaxy almost universally predict the galactic center of the Milky Way Galaxy (GC) to provide the brightest signal from dark matter annihilation due to its relative proximity and large simulated dark matter density. Recent advances in telescope technology have allowed for the rst multiwavelength analysis of the GC, with suitable e ective exposure, angular resolution, and energy resolution in order to detect dark matter particles with properties similar to those predicted by the WIMP miracle. In this work, I describe ongoing e orts which have successfully detected an excess in -ray emission from the region immediately surrounding the GC, which is di cult to describe in terms of standard di use emission predicted in the GC region. While the jury is still out on any dark matter interpretation of this excess, I describe several related observations which may indicate a dark matter origin. Finally, I discuss the

  16. Finite Inflation, Holography, and Dark Matter Annihilation

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    Scacco, Andrew Joseph

    This thesis covers work on theoretical cosmology relating to inflation, de Sitter space, dark matter annihilation, and holography. A unifying feature of all these topics is that all of them occur in de Sitter space or focus on epochs of the Universe when the spacetime was close to de Sitter and that all of them have some connection to holography. Chapter 1 provides a pedagogical introduction to the fundamentals of cosmology, inflation, de Sitter space, dark matter annihilation and entanglement entropy. Chapter 2 covers the impact on the causal entropic principle of dark matter annihilation that we find to have the greatest relevance at late times in the future when the dark energy has driven the universe to be asymptotically de Sitter. In this chapter we estimate holographically preferred dark matter properties for a range of assumptions. Chapter 3 covers holographic bounds in models of finite inflation, specifically the Banks-Fischler bound and de Sitter equilibrium. The assumptions in each of these models are explored in detail and some interesting new connections are presented. Chapter 4 tests models of inflation with a fast-roll start that happen to satisfy the holographic bounds in Chapter 3 against cosmic microwave background data from Planck. We find a slight preference for a feature at the scale predicted by the Banks-Fischler bound though this preference is not found to be statistically significant. Chapter 5 contains a numerical computation of the holographic mutual information for an annular configuration of regions on a conformal field theory in de Sitter space using the AdS/CFT correspondence. This computation shows that the de Sitter space CFT entanglement entropy matches what would be expected from a Minkowski CFT and shows that the HRT conjecture works for this case.

  17. Three-dimensional magnetic field annihilation

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    Jardine, M.; Allen, H. R.; Grundy, R. E.

    1993-11-01

    We present a family of three-dimensional nonlinear solutions for magnetic field annihilation in a current sheet, including the effects of resistivity and viscosity. The different members of the family are characterized by the imposed vorticity of the flow that brings the field lines together. Since in a three- dimensional flow the vorticity can be increased by the stretching of vortex lines (an effect that is absent in two dimensions), we find some striking differences to our previous two-dimensional analysis. In both the two-dimensional and three-dimensional analyses, above a certain critical imposed vorticity omegacrit, the flow breaks up into cells with current sheet is completely altered. In the two-dimensional analysis, omegacrit is a steeply increasing function of the viscous Reynolds number R, whereas in the three-dimensional case, it quickly asymptotes to only omegacrit = 2v0/L where v0 and L are the characteristic velocity and length scale of the flow, respectively. The width of the current sheet, which depends on the speed at which field lines are carried into it, also responds differently to an increase in R. In two dimensions, the current sheet narrows for all vorticities, but three dimensions, it narrows when the imposed vorticity is negative and widens when it is positive. Also we find that the current density within the current sheet varies as the nature of the flow is changed, rather than being constant as in the the two-dimensional case. Finally, we find that there is a minimum value of the plasma beta betamin below which the plasma pressure is negative. For the nonsheared (neutral current sheet) case, betamin increases rapidly with the magnetic Reynolds number Rm such that this type of annihilation is only possible for a high-beta plasma. For a sheared magnetic field, however, betamin is much lower, making this type of annihilation more relevant to the sonar corona.

  18. Can dispersion corrections annihilate the dispersion-driven nano-aggregation of non-polar groups? An ab initio molecular dynamics study of ionic liquid systems.

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    Firaha, Dzmitry S; Thomas, Martin; Hollóczki, Oldamur; Korth, Martin; Kirchner, Barbara

    2016-11-28

    In this study, we aim at understanding the influence of dispersion correction on the ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of ionic liquid (IL) systems. We investigated a large bulk system of the 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium triflate IL and a small cluster system of ethylamine in ethylammonium nitrate both under periodic boundary conditions. The large system displays several changes upon neglect of dispersion correction, the most striking one is the surprising decrease of the well-known microheterogeneity which is accompanied by an increase of side chain hydrogen atom-anion interplay. For the diffusion coefficient, we observe a correction towards experimental behavior in terms of the cation becoming faster than the anion with dispersion correction. Changes in the electronic structure upon dispersion correction are reflected in larger/smaller dipole moments for anions/cations also seen in the calculated IR spectrum. The energetics of different ion pair dimer subsystems (polar and non-polar) are in accordance with the analysis of the trajectories: A detailed balance in the ionic liquid system determines its particular behavior. While the overall interaction terms for dispersion-corrected calculations are higher, the decrease in microheterogeneity upon inclusion of dispersion interaction becomes obvious due to the relation between all contributions to polar-polar terms. For the small system, we clearly observe the well known behavior that the hybrid functionals show higher reaction barriers than the pure generalized gradient approximation (GGA) functionals. The correction of dispersion reduces the discrepancies in some cases. Accounting for the number of jumps, we observe that dispersion correction reduces the discrepancies from 50% to less than 10%.

  19. Can dispersion corrections annihilate the dispersion-driven nano-aggregation of non-polar groups? An ab initio molecular dynamics study of ionic liquid systems

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    Firaha, Dzmitry S.; Thomas, Martin; Hollóczki, Oldamur; Korth, Martin; Kirchner, Barbara

    2016-11-01

    In this study, we aim at understanding the influence of dispersion correction on the ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of ionic liquid (IL) systems. We investigated a large bulk system of the 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium triflate IL and a small cluster system of ethylamine in ethylammonium nitrate both under periodic boundary conditions. The large system displays several changes upon neglect of dispersion correction, the most striking one is the surprising decrease of the well-known microheterogeneity which is accompanied by an increase of side chain hydrogen atom-anion interplay. For the diffusion coefficient, we observe a correction towards experimental behavior in terms of the cation becoming faster than the anion with dispersion correction. Changes in the electronic structure upon dispersion correction are reflected in larger/smaller dipole moments for anions/cations also seen in the calculated IR spectrum. The energetics of different ion pair dimer subsystems (polar and non-polar) are in accordance with the analysis of the trajectories: A detailed balance in the ionic liquid system determines its particular behavior. While the overall interaction terms for dispersion-corrected calculations are higher, the decrease in microheterogeneity upon inclusion of dispersion interaction becomes obvious due to the relation between all contributions to polar-polar terms. For the small system, we clearly observe the well known behavior that the hybrid functionals show higher reaction barriers than the pure generalized gradient approximation (GGA) functionals. The correction of dispersion reduces the discrepancies in some cases. Accounting for the number of jumps, we observe that dispersion correction reduces the discrepancies from 50% to less than 10%.

  20. 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.

  1. Experimental results on QCD (Quantum Chromodynamics) from e/sup +/e/sup -/ annihilation

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    de Boer, W.

    1987-09-01

    A review is given on QCD results from studying e/sup +/e/sup -/ annihilation with the PEP and PETRA storage rings with special emphasis on jet physics and the determination of the strong coupling constant ..cap alpha../sub s/. 92 refs., 28 figs., 3 tabs.

  2. New insights into the nanostructure of innovative thin film solar cells gained by positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Eijt, S. W. H.; Shi, W.; Mannheim, A.; Butterling, M.; Schut, H.; Egger, W.; Dickmann, M.; Hugenschmidt, C.; Shakeri, B.; Meulenberg, R. W.; Callewaert, V.; Saniz, R.; Partoens, B.; Barbiellini, B.; Bansil, A.; Melskens, J.; Zeman, M.; Smets, A. H. M.; Kulbak, M.; Hodes, G.; Cahen, D.; Brück, E.

    2017-01-01

    Recent studies showed that positron annihilation methods can provide key insights into the nanostructure and electronic structure of thin film solar cells. In this study, positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) is applied to investigate CdSe quantum dot (QD) light absorbing layers, providing evidence of positron trapping at the surfaces of the QDs. This enables one to monitor their surface composition and electronic structure. Further, 2D-Angular Correlation of Annihilation Radiation (2D-ACAR) is used to investigate the nanostructure of divacancies in photovoltaic-high-quality a-Si:H films. The collected momentum distributions were converted by Fourier transformation to the direct space representation of the electron-positron autocorrelation function. The evolution of the size of the divacancies as a function of hydrogen dilution during deposition of a-Si:H thin films was examined. Finally, we present a first positron Doppler Broadening of Annihilation Radiation (DBAR) study of the emerging class of highly efficient thin film solar cells based on perovskites.

  3. The Antiproton-Nucleon Annihilation Process (Antiproton Collaboration Experiment)

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    Barkas, W. H.; Birge, R. W.; Chupp, W. W.; Ekspong, A. G.; Goldhaber, G.; Goldhaber, S.; Heckman, H. H.; Perkins, D. H.; Sandweiss, J.; Segre, E.; Smith, F. M.; Stork, D. H.; Rossum, L. Van; Amaldi, E.; Baroni, G.; Castagnoli, C.; Franzinetti, C.; Manfredini, A.

    1956-09-10

    In the exposure to a 700-MeV/c negative particle beam, 35 antiproton stars have been found. Of these antiprotons, 21 annihilate in flight and three give large-angle scatters ({Theta} > 15 , T{sub P-} > 50 Mev), while 14 annihilate at rest. From the interactions in flight we obtain the total cross section for antiproton interaction.

  4. Nucleon-antinucleon annihilation in chiral soliton model

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    Musakhanov, M.M. . Inst. for Nuclear Theory Tashkentskij Gosudarstvennyj Univ., Tashkent . Dept. of Theoretical Physics); Musatov, I.V. . Research Inst. of Applied Physics)

    1991-09-07

    We investigate annihilation process of nucleons in the chiral soliton model by the path integral method. A soliton-antisoliton pair is shown to decay into mesons at range of about 1fm, defined by the S{bar S} potential. Contribution of the annihilation channel to the elastic scattering is discussed.

  5. Strangeness production in antiproton annihilation on nuclei

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    Cugnon, J.; Deneye, P.; Vandermeulen, J.

    1990-04-01

    The strangeness production in antiproton annihilation on nuclei is investigated by means of a cascade-type model, within the frame of the conventional picture of the annihilation on a single nucleon followed by subsequent rescattering proceeding in the hadronic phase. The following hadrons are introduced: N, Λ, Σ, Λ¯, π, η, ω, K, and K¯ and, as far as possible, the experimental reaction cross sections are used in our simulation. The numerical results are compared with experimental data up to 4 GeV/c. The Λ¯ yield is correctly reproduced, while the Λ and Ks yields are overestimated in the p¯Ta and p¯Ne cases. On the other hand, the rapidity and perpendicular momentum distributions are well reproduced. It is shown that total strange yield is not very much affected by the associated production taking place during the rescattering process. It is also shown that the Λ/Ks ratio is largely due to the strangeness exchange reactions induced by antikaons. In particular, values of the order of 1 to 3 are expected in the energy range investigated here, independently of the detail of the hadronic phase dynamics. Finally, it is stressed that rapidity distributions are consistent with the rescattering process. Comparison with other works and implications of our results are examined.

  6. 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.

  7. A positron annihilation spectroscopic investigation of europium-doped cerium oxide nanoparticles.

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    Thorat, Atul V; Ghoshal, Tandra; Holmes, Justin D; Nambissan, P M G; Morris, Michael A

    2014-01-07

    Doping in ceria (CeO2) nanoparticles with europium (Eu) of varying concentrations (0, 0.1, 0.5, …, 50 atom%) is studied using complementary experimental techniques and novel observations were made during the investigation. The immediate observable effect was a distinct reduction in particle sizes with increasing Eu concentration attributed to the relaxation of strain introduced due to the replacement of Ce(4+) ions by Eu(3+) ions of larger radius. However, this general trend was reversed in the doping concentration range of 0.1-1 atom% due to the reduction of Ce(4+) to Ce(3+) and the formation of anion vacancies. Quantum confinement effects became evident with the increase of band gap energy when the particle sizes reduced below 7-8 nm. Positron annihilation studies indicated the presence of vacancy type defects in the form of vacancy clusters within the nanoparticles. Some positron annihilation was also seen on the surface of crystallites as a result of diffusion of thermalized positrons before annihilation. Coincidence Doppler broadening measurements indicated the annihilation of positrons with electrons of different species of atoms and the characteristic S-W plot showed a kink-like feature at the particle sizes where quantum confinement effects began.

  8. Application of annihilation coincidence detection to transaxial reconstruction tomography.

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    Phelps, M E; Hoffman, E J; Mullani, N A; Ter-Pogossian, M M

    1975-03-01

    A study was carried out to investigate the use of annihilation coincidence detection (ACD) in emmision transaxial reconstruction tomography. The ACD was evaluated in terms of spatial resolution and sensitivity with depth, detection efficiency, effect of pulse-height analysis on resolution and efficiency, correction for attenuation, and cold spot contrast. A prototype positron emission transaxial tomograph (PETT) consisting of a hexagonal array of 24 Nal (Tl) detectors employing ACD was constructed. A fast Fourier transform algorithm was employed to generate the reconstructed image. Computer simulations and phantom and animal studies were carried out to demonstrate that this approach yields tomographic radionuclide images that have high resolution and contrast (hot and cold spot) and that are independent of activity above and below the plane examined. The ACD yields a quantitative nuclear medicine imaging device with high detection efficiency. Comparisons are presented between the ACD and the scintillation camera and scanner. Discussion of the possible applications of the PETT in nuclear medicine is included.

  9. 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.

  10. Gamma-ray lines and one-loop continuum from s-channel dark matter annihilations

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    Jackson, C.B.; Servant, Géraldine; Shaughnessy, Gabe; Tait, Tim M.P.; Taoso, Marco E-mail: chris@uta.edu E-mail: ttait@uci.edu

    2013-07-01

    The era of indirect detection searches for dark matter has begun, with the sensitivities of gamma-ray detectors now approaching the parameter space relevant for weakly interacting massive particles. In particular, gamma ray lines would be smoking gun signatures of dark matter annihilation, although they are typically suppressed compared to the continuum. In this paper, we pay particular attention to the 1-loop continuum generated together with the gamma-ray lines and investigate under which conditions a dark matter model can naturally lead to a line signal that is relatively enhanced. We study generic classes of models in which DM is a fermion that annihilates through an s-channel mediator which is either a vector or scalar and identify the coupling and mass conditions under which large line signals occur. We focus on the ''forbidden channel mechanism'' advocated a few years ago in the ''Higgs in space'' scenario for which tree level annihilation is kinematically forbidden today. Detailed calculations of all 1-loop annihilation channels are provided. We single out very simple models with a large line over continuum ratio and present general predictions for a large range of WIMP masses that are relevant not only for Fermi and Hess II but also for the next generation of telescopes such as CTA and Gamma-400. Constraints from the relic abundance, direct detection and collider bounds are also discussed.

  11. Dark matter annihilations into two light fermions and one gauge boson: general analysis and antiproton constraints

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    Garny, Mathias; Ibarra, Alejandro; Vogl, Stefan E-mail: alejandro.ibarra@ph.tum.de

    2012-04-01

    We study in this paper the scenario where the dark matter is constituted by Majorana particles which couple to a light Standard Model fermion and an extra scalar via a Yukawa coupling. In this scenario, the annihilation rate into the light fermions with the mediation of the scalar particle is strongly suppressed by the mass of the fermion. Nevertheless, the helicity suppression is lifted by the associated emission of a gauge boson, yielding annihilation rates which could be large enough to allow the indirect detection of the dark matter particles. We perform a general analysis of this scenario, calculating the annihilation cross section of the processes χχ→f f-bar V when the dark matter particle is a SU(2){sub L} singlet or doublet, f is a lepton or a quark, and V is a photon, a weak gauge boson or a gluon. We point out that the annihilation rate is particularly enhanced when the dark matter particle is degenerate in mass to the intermediate scalar particle, which is a scenario barely constrained by collider searches of exotic charged or colored particles. Lastly, we derive upper limits on the relevant cross sections from the non-observation of an excess in the cosmic antiproton-to-proton ratio measured by PAMELA.

  12. Positron annihilation spectroscopy investigation of vacancy defects in neutron-irradiated 3 C -SiC

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    Hu, Xunxiang; Koyanagi, Takaaki; Katoh, Yutai; Wirth, Brian D.

    2017-03-01

    Positron annihilation spectroscopy characterization results for neutron-irradiated 3 C -SiC are described here, with a specific focus on explaining the size and character of vacancy clusters as a complement to the current understanding of the neutron irradiation response of 3 C -SiC. Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy was used to capture the irradiation temperature and dose dependence of vacancy defects in 3 C -SiC following neutron irradiation from 0.01 to 31 dpa in the temperature range from 380°C to 790°C . The neutral and negatively charged vacancy clusters were identified and quantified. The results suggest that the vacancy defects that were measured by positron annihilation spectroscopy technique contribute very little to the transient swelling of SiC. In addition, coincidence Doppler broadening measurement was used to investigate the chemical identity surrounding the positron trapping sites. It was found that silicon vacancy-related defects dominate in the studied materials and the production of the antisite defect CSi may result in an increase in the probability of positron annihilation with silicon core electrons.

  13. Modelling the flux distribution function of the extragalactic gamma-ray background from dark matter annihilation

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    Feyereisen, Michael R.; Ando, Shin'ichiro; Lee, Samuel K.

    2015-09-01

    The one-point function (i.e., the isotropic flux distribution) is a complementary method to (anisotropic) two-point correlations in searches for a gamma-ray dark matter annihilation signature. Using analytical models of structure formation and dark matter halo properties, we compute the gamma-ray flux distribution due to annihilations in extragalactic dark matter halos, as it would be observed by the Fermi Large Area Telescope. Combining the central limit theorem and Monte Carlo sampling, we show that the flux distribution takes the form of a narrow Gaussian of `diffuse' light, with an `unresolved point source' power-law tail as a result of bright halos. We argue that this background due to dark matter constitutes an irreducible and significant background component for point-source annihilation searches with galaxy clusters and dwarf spheroidal galaxies, modifying the predicted signal-to-noise ratio. A study of astrophysical backgrounds to this signal reveals that the shape of the total gamma-ray flux distribution is very sensitive to the contribution of a dark matter component, allowing us to forecast promising one-point upper limits on the annihilation cross-section. We show that by using the flux distribution at only one energy bin, one can probe the canonical cross-section required for explaining the relic density, for dark matter of masses around tens of GeV.

  14. Self-Consistent Solution for the Annihilation-Diffusion Problem with Long-Range Interactions

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    Ginzburg, Valeriy V.

    1996-03-01

    We study the kinetics of the two-species annihilation A + B arrow 0. It is known that in the absense of long-range forces, particle density decays with time as t^-ν, with ν = d/4, d < 4, and ν = 1, d > 4 footnote D. Toussaint and F. Wilczek, J. Chem. Phys. 78, 2642 (1983). In the presence of long-range power-law forces, annihilation kinetics becomes more complicated, and exact solution is not known. Scaling theories of such systems were proposed recently, in which decay exponent was calculated based on the motion of an individual particle footnote V. Ginzburg, P. Beale, and N. A. Clark, Phys. Rev. E 52, 2583 (1995) footnote Y. Ispolatov, P. Krapivsky, Phys. Rev. E, in press. Here we derive hydrodynamic equations of evolution for a system with arbitrary power-law interaction and find self-consistent asymptotic solutions for the limit of large t. For the first time, all three factors - annihilation, diffusion and long-range forces - are accounted for. The solution is consistent with Toussaint-Wilczek and Ispolatov-Krapivsky results for non-interacting and Coulombic systems, respectively; it agrees with earlier speculations that! for Coulombic systems, mean-field annihilation exponent 1 is valid for any system dimensionality d > 1. To judge the validity of the obtained solution for intermediate power-laws, more computational data is required.

  15. Modelling the flux distribution function of the extragalactic gamma-ray background from dark matter annihilation

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    Feyereisen, Michael R.; Ando, Shin'ichiro; Lee, Samuel K. E-mail: s.ando@uva.nl

    2015-09-01

    The one-point function (i.e., the isotropic flux distribution) is a complementary method to (anisotropic) two-point correlations in searches for a gamma-ray dark matter annihilation signature. Using analytical models of structure formation and dark matter halo properties, we compute the gamma-ray flux distribution due to annihilations in extragalactic dark matter halos, as it would be observed by the Fermi Large Area Telescope. Combining the central limit theorem and Monte Carlo sampling, we show that the flux distribution takes the form of a narrow Gaussian of 'diffuse' light, with an 'unresolved point source' power-law tail as a result of bright halos. We argue that this background due to dark matter constitutes an irreducible and significant background component for point-source annihilation searches with galaxy clusters and dwarf spheroidal galaxies, modifying the predicted signal-to-noise ratio. A study of astrophysical backgrounds to this signal reveals that the shape of the total gamma-ray flux distribution is very sensitive to the contribution of a dark matter component, allowing us to forecast promising one-point upper limits on the annihilation cross-section. We show that by using the flux distribution at only one energy bin, one can probe the canonical cross-section required for explaining the relic density, for dark matter of masses around tens of GeV.

  16. Influence of O-Co-O layer thickness on the thermal conductivity of Na{sub x}Co{sub 2}O{sub 4} studied by positron annihilation

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    Li, H. Q.; Zhao, B.; Zhang, T.; Li, X. F.; He, H. F.; Chen, Z. Q.; Su, X. L.; Tang, X. F.

    2015-07-21

    Nominal stoichiometric Na{sub x}Co{sub 2}O{sub 4} (x = 1.0, 1.2, 1.4, 1.6, 1.8, and 2.0) polycrystals were synthesized by a solid-state reaction method. They were further pressed into pellets by the spark plasma sintering. The crystal structure and morphology of Na{sub x}Co{sub 2}O{sub 4} samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy measurements. Good crystallinity and layered structures were observed for all the samples. Positron annihilation measurements were performed for Na{sub x}Co{sub 2}O{sub 4} as a function of Na content. Two lifetime components are resolved. τ{sub 1} is attributed mainly to positron annihilation in the O-Co-O layers and shifts to Na layers only in the H3 phase. The second lifetime τ{sub 2} is due to positron annihilation in vacancy clusters which may exist in the Na layers or grain boundary region. The size of vacancy clusters grow larger but their concentration decreases with increasing Na content in the range of 1.0 < x < 1.8. The thickness of O-Co-O layer also shows continuous increase with increasing Na content, which is reflected by the increase of τ{sub 1}. The thermal conductivity κ, on the other hand, shows systematic decrease with increasing Na content. This suggests that the increasing spacing of O-Co-O layer could effectively reduce the thermal conductivity of Na{sub x}Co{sub 2}O{sub 4}.

  17. 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.

  18. Pore Topology Effects in Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy of Zeolites.

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    Zubiaga, Asier; Warringham, Robbie; Mitchell, Sharon; Gerchow, Lars; Cooke, David; Crivelli, Paolo; Pérez-Ramírez, Javier

    2016-12-14

    Positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) is a powerful method to study the size and connectivity of pores in zeolites. The lifetime of positronium within the host material is commonly described by the Tao-Eldrup model. However, one of its largest limitations arises from the simple geometries considered for the shape of the pores, which cannot describe accurately the complex topologies in zeolites. Here, an atomic model that combines the Tao potential with the crystallographic structure is introduced to calculate the distribution and lifetime of Ps intrinsic to a given framework. A parametrization of the model is undertaken for a set of widely applied zeolite framework types (*BEA, FAU, FER, MFI, MOR, UTL), before extending the model to all known structures. The results are compared to structural and topological descriptors, and to the Tao-Eldrup model adapted for zeolites, demonstrating the intricate dependence of the lifetime on the pore architecture.

  19. Positron annihilation investigations on poly(methyl methacrylate)

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    Mohamed, Hamdy F. M.; Abd-Elsadek, Gomaa G.

    2000-06-01

    Positron lifetime and Doppler broadened annihilation radiation were measured for seven different samples of poly(methyl methacrylate) at room temperature in vacuum. The polymerisation of methyl methacrylate was carried out as a bulk polymerisation in the presence of benzoyl peroxide as an initiator. The effect of the amount of the initiator on the viscosity-average molecular weight was studied. It was found that the viscosity-average molecular weight decreased with increasing amount of the initiator. The average lifetime and intensity of ortho-positronium ( o-Ps) increased with increasing viscosity-average molecular weight up to 6.85 × 10 4 and remained constant after that. The S-parameter showed a similar behaviour as that of the o-Ps intensity.

  20. Semi-inclusive wino and higgsino annihilation to LL'

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    Baumgart, Matthew; Vaidya, Varun

    2016-03-01

    We systematically compute the annihilation rate for winos and higgsinos into the final state relevant for indirect detection experiments, γ + X. The radiative corrections to this process receive enhancement from the large Bloch-Nordsieck-Violating Sudakov logarithm, log(2 M χ /M W ). We resum the double logs and include single logs to fixed order using a formalism that combines nonrelativistic and soft-collinear effective field theories. For the wino case, we update an earlier exclusion adapting results of the HESS experiment. At the thermal relic mass of 3 TeV, LL' corrections result in a ˜30% reduction in rate relative to LL. Nonetheless, single logs do not save the wino, and it is still excluded by an order of magnitude. Experimental cuts produce an endpoint region which, our results show, significantly effects the higgsino rate at its thermal-relic mass near 1 TeV and is deserving of further study.

  1. Semi-inclusive wino and higgsino annihilation to LL'

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    Baumgart, Matthew; Vaidya, Varun

    2016-03-31

    Here, we systematically compute the annihilation rate for winos and higgsinos into the final state relevant for indirect detection experiments, γ + X. The radiative corrections to this process receive enhancement from the large Bloch-Nordsieck-Violating Sudakov logarithm, log(2M${\\chi }$/MW). We resum the double logs and include single logs to fixed order using a formalism that combines nonrelativistic and soft-collinear effective field theories. For the wino case, we update an earlier exclusion adapting results of the HESS experiment. At the thermal relic mass of 3 TeV, LL' corrections result in a ~30% reduction in rate relative to LL. But, single logs do not save the wino, and it is still excluded by an order of magnitude. Finally, experimental cuts produce an endpoint region which, our results show, significantly effects the higgsino rate at its thermal-relic mass near 1 TeV and is deserving of further study.

  2. 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

  3. P -wave coupled channel effects in electron-positron annihilation

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    Du, Meng-Lin; Meißner, Ulf-G.; Wang, Qian

    2016-11-01

    P -wave coupled channel effects arising from the D D ¯, D D¯ *+c .c . , and D*D¯* thresholds in e+e- annihilations are systematically studied. We provide an exploratory study by solving the Lippmann-Schwinger equation with short-ranged contact potentials obtained in the heavy quark limit. These contact potentials can be extracted from the P -wave interactions in the e+e- annihilations, and then be employed to investigate possible isosinglet P -wave hadronic molecules. In particular, such an investigation may provide information about exotic candidates with quantum numbers JPC=1-+ . In the mass region of the D D ¯, D D¯ *+c .c . , and D*D¯* thresholds, there are two quark model bare states, i.e. the ψ (3770 ) and ψ (4040 ), which are assigned as (13D1) and (31S1) states, respectively. By an overall fit of the cross sections of e+e-→D D ¯, D D¯ *+c .c . , D*D¯*, we determine the physical coupling constants to each channel and extract the pole positions of the ψ (3770 ) and ψ (4040 ). The deviation of the ratios from that in the heavy quark spin symmetry (HQSS) limit reflects the HQSS breaking effect due to the mass splitting between the D and the D*. Besides the two poles, we also find a pole a few MeV above the D D¯ *+c .c . threshold which can be related to the so-called G (3900 ) observed earlier by BABAR and Belle. This scenario can be further scrutinized by measuring the angular distribution in the D*D¯* channel with high luminosity experiments.

  4. Dark Matter annihilations in halos and high-redshift sources of reionization of the universe

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    Poulin, Vivian; Serpico, Pasquale D.; Lesgourgues, Julien

    2015-12-01

    It is well known that annihilations in the homogeneous fluid of dark matter (DM) can leave imprints in the cosmic microwave background (CMB) anisotropy power spectrum. However, the relevance of DM annihilations in halos for cosmological observables is still subject to debate, with previous works reaching different conclusions on this point. Also, all previous studies used a single type of parameterization for the astrophysical reionization, and included no astrophysical source for the heating of the intergalactic medium. In this work, we revisit these problems. When standard approaches are adopted, we find that the ionization fraction does exhibit a very particular (and potentially constraining) pattern, but the currently measurable τreio is left almost unchanged: in agreement with most of the previous literature, for plausible halo models we find that the modification of the signal with respect to the one coming from annihilations in the smooth background is tiny, below cosmic variance within currently allowed parameter space. However, if different and probably more realistic treatments of the astrophysical sources of reionization and heating are adopted, a more pronounced effect of the DM annihilation in halos is possible. We thus conclude that within currently adopted baseline models the impact of the virialised DM structures cannot be uncovered by CMB power spectra measurements, but a larger impact is possible if peculiar models are invoked for the redshift evolution of the DM annihilation signal or different assumptions are made for the astrophysical contributions. A better understanding (both theoretical and observational) of the reionization and temperature history of the universe, notably via the 21 cm signal, seems the most promising way for using halo formation as a tool in DM searches, improving over the sensitivity of current cosmological probes.

  5. Dark Matter annihilations in halos and high-redshift sources of reionization of the universe

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    Poulin, Vivian; Serpico, Pasquale D.; Lesgourgues, Julien E-mail: Pasquale.Serpico@lapth.cnrs.fr

    2015-12-01

    It is well known that annihilations in the homogeneous fluid of dark matter (DM) can leave imprints in the cosmic microwave background (CMB) anisotropy power spectrum. However, the relevance of DM annihilations in halos for cosmological observables is still subject to debate, with previous works reaching different conclusions on this point. Also, all previous studies used a single type of parameterization for the astrophysical reionization, and included no astrophysical source for the heating of the intergalactic medium. In this work, we revisit these problems. When standard approaches are adopted, we find that the ionization fraction does exhibit a very particular (and potentially constraining) pattern, but the currently measurable τ{sub reio} is left almost unchanged: in agreement with most of the previous literature, for plausible halo models we find that the modification of the signal with respect to the one coming from annihilations in the smooth background is tiny, below cosmic variance within currently allowed parameter space. However, if different and probably more realistic treatments of the astrophysical sources of reionization and heating are adopted, a more pronounced effect of the DM annihilation in halos is possible. We thus conclude that within currently adopted baseline models the impact of the virialised DM structures cannot be uncovered by CMB power spectra measurements, but a larger impact is possible if peculiar models are invoked for the redshift evolution of the DM annihilation signal or different assumptions are made for the astrophysical contributions. A better understanding (both theoretical and observational) of the reionization and temperature history of the universe, notably via the 21 cm signal, seems the most promising way for using halo formation as a tool in DM searches, improving over the sensitivity of current cosmological probes.

  6. Diffuse gamma rays from WIMP decay and annihilation.

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    Kamionkowski, M.

    The author discusses contributions to the diffuse gamma-ray background from decay and annihilation of weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs). He first reviews the calculation of the cosmological abundance of a WIMP and shows that it is simply related to the cross section for annihilation of the WIMP into lighter particles. The diffuse extragalactic background radiation (DEBRA) from WIMP decay is then discussed. It is shown how observational upper limits to the DEBRA can be used to constrain properties of WIMPs that decay to photons, and the author presents additional new constraints that unitarity of the annihilation cross section imposes on such particles.

  7. Sensitivity of positron annihilation to hydrogen in Zr

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    Hood, G.M.; Schultz, R.J.

    1982-01-01

    Positron annihilation spectroscopy has been applied to the quantitative determination of hydrogen in zirconium. The sensitivity of the positron annihilation was noted to be influenced not only by the presence of hydrogen but also by the heat treatment of the hydrided samples. The positron is attracted to the relatively negative, or ion-core-deficient regions of the metal, F regions commonly associated with vacancies, voids and dislocations. It was found to be very difficult to gauge the relative effects which hydrides and dislocations might have on the positron annihilation in zirconium. (BLM)

  8. Three-dimensional annihilation imaging of trapped antiprotons.

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    Fujiwara, M C; Amoretti, M; Bonomi, G; Bouchta, A; Bowe, P D; Carraro, C; Cesar, C L; Charlton, M; Doser, M; Filippini, V; Fontana, A; Funakoshi, R; Genova, P; Hangst, J S; Hayano, R S; Jørgensen, L V; Lagomarsino, V; Landua, R; Lodi-Rizzini, E; Marchesotti, M; Macri, M; Madsen, N; Manuzio, G; Montagna, P; Riedler, P; Rotondi, A; Rouleau, G; Testera, G; Variola, A; van der Werf, D P; Yamazaki, Y

    2004-02-13

    We demonstrate three-dimensional imaging of antiprotons in a Penning trap, by reconstructing annihilation vertices from the trajectories of the charged annihilation products. The unique capability of antiparticle imaging has allowed, for the first time, the observation of the spatial distribution of the particle loss in a Penning trap. The radial loss of antiprotons on the trap wall is localized to small spots, strongly breaking the azimuthal symmetry expected for an ideal trap. Our observations have important implications for detection of antihydrogen annihilations.

  9. Element specificity of ortho-positronium annihilation for alkali-metal loaded SiO2 glasses.

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    Sato, K; Hatta, T

    2015-03-07

    Momentum distributions associated with ortho-positronium (o-Ps) pick-off annihilation photon are often influenced by light elements, as, e.g., carbon, oxygen, and fluorine. This phenomenon, so-called element specificity of o-Ps pick-off annihilation, has been utilized for studying the elemental environment around the open spaces. To gain an insight into the element specificity of o-Ps pick-off annihilation, the chemical shift of oxygen 1s binding energy and the momentum distributions associated with o-Ps pick-off annihilation were systematically investigated for alkali-metal loaded SiO2 glasses by means of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and positron-age-momentum correlation spectroscopy, respectively. Alkali metals introduced into the open spaces surrounded by oxygen atoms cause charge transfer from alkali metals to oxygen atoms, leading to the lower chemical shift for the oxygen 1s binding energy. The momentum distribution of o-Ps localized into the open spaces is found to be closely correlated with the oxygen 1s chemical shift. This correlation with the deepest 1s energy level evidences that the element specificity of o-Ps originates from pick-off annihilation with orbital electrons, i.e., dominantly with oxygen 2p valence electrons and s electrons with lower probability.

  10. Element specificity of ortho-positronium annihilation for alkali-metal loaded SiO2 glasses

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    Sato, K.; Hatta, T.

    2015-03-01

    Momentum distributions associated with ortho-positronium (o-Ps) pick-off annihilation photon are often influenced by light elements, as, e.g., carbon, oxygen, and fluorine. This phenomenon, so-called element specificity of o-Ps pick-off annihilation, has been utilized for studying the elemental environment around the open spaces. To gain an insight into the element specificity of o-Ps pick-off annihilation, the chemical shift of oxygen 1s binding energy and the momentum distributions associated with o-Ps pick-off annihilation were systematically investigated for alkali-metal loaded SiO2 glasses by means of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and positron-age-momentum correlation spectroscopy, respectively. Alkali metals introduced into the open spaces surrounded by oxygen atoms cause charge transfer from alkali metals to oxygen atoms, leading to the lower chemical shift for the oxygen 1s binding energy. The momentum distribution of o-Ps localized into the open spaces is found to be closely correlated with the oxygen 1s chemical shift. This correlation with the deepest 1s energy level evidences that the element specificity of o-Ps originates from pick-off annihilation with orbital electrons, i.e., dominantly with oxygen 2p valence electrons and s electrons with lower probability.

  11. Element specificity of ortho-positronium annihilation for alkali-metal loaded SiO{sub 2} glasses

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    Sato, K.; Hatta, T.

    2015-03-07

    Momentum distributions associated with ortho-positronium (o-Ps) pick-off annihilation photon are often influenced by light elements, as, e.g., carbon, oxygen, and fluorine. This phenomenon, so-called element specificity of o-Ps pick-off annihilation, has been utilized for studying the elemental environment around the open spaces. To gain an insight into the element specificity of o-Ps pick-off annihilation, the chemical shift of oxygen 1s binding energy and the momentum distributions associated with o-Ps pick-off annihilation were systematically investigated for alkali-metal loaded SiO{sub 2} glasses by means of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and positron-age-momentum correlation spectroscopy, respectively. Alkali metals introduced into the open spaces surrounded by oxygen atoms cause charge transfer from alkali metals to oxygen atoms, leading to the lower chemical shift for the oxygen 1s binding energy. The momentum distribution of o-Ps localized into the open spaces is found to be closely correlated with the oxygen 1s chemical shift. This correlation with the deepest 1s energy level evidences that the element specificity of o-Ps originates from pick-off annihilation with orbital electrons, i.e., dominantly with oxygen 2p valence electrons and s electrons with lower probability.

  12. 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.

  13. Dark matter annihilation in the first galaxy haloes

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    Schön, S.; Mack, K. J.; Avram, C. A.; Wyithe, J. S. B.; Barberio, E.

    2015-08-01

    We investigate the impact of energy released from self-annihilating dark matter (DM) on heating of gas in the small, high-redshift DM haloes thought to host the first stars. A supersymmetric (SUSY)-neutralino-like particle is implemented as our DM candidate. The PYTHIA code is used to model the final, stable particle distributions produced during the annihilation process. We use an analytic treatment in conjunction with the code MEDEA2 to find the energy transfer and subsequent partition into heating, ionizing and Lyman α photon components. We consider a number of halo density models, DM particle masses and annihilation channels. We find that the injected energy from DM exceeds the binding energy of the gas within a 105-106 M⊙ halo at redshifts above 20, preventing star formation in early haloes in which primordial gas would otherwise cool. Thus we find that DM annihilation could delay the formation of the first galaxies.

  14. Subliminal psychodynamic activation method and annihilation anxiety: preliminary findings.

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    Greenberg, A C

    1992-02-01

    Research with the subliminal psychodynamic activation (SPA) method has led to improvements in subjects' functioning in a variety of areas, including but not limited to weight control, school grades, and feelings of general anxiety. In 1987, Hurvich proposed that the SPA method could be used to further the understanding of annihilation anxiety. 100 nonclinical subjects completed questionnaires pertaining to annihilation anxiety, psychological differentiation, and state anxiety and were tachistoscopically exposed to the subliminal message of symbiotic-like oneness, MOMMY AND I ARE ONE, and to control messages. Analysis showed that women with low annihilation anxiety had significantly lower state anxiety than women with high annihilation anxiety, regardless of the content of the subliminal message; results did not reach significance for men. Correlations among scores on the questionnaires also were noted.

  15. Black Hole Window into p-Wave Dark Matter Annihilation.

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    Shelton, Jessie; Shapiro, Stuart L; Fields, Brian D

    2015-12-04

    We present a new method to measure or constrain p-wave-suppressed cross sections for dark matter (DM) annihilations inside the steep density spikes induced by supermassive black holes. We demonstrate that the high DM densities, together with the increased velocity dispersion, within such spikes combine to make thermal p-wave annihilation cross sections potentially visible in γ-ray observations of the Galactic center (GC). The resulting DM signal is a bright central point source with emission originating from DM annihilations in the absence of a detectable spatially extended signal from the halo. We define two simple reference theories of DM with a thermal p-wave annihilation cross section and establish new limits on the combined particle and astrophysical parameter space of these models, demonstrating that Fermi Large Area Telescope is currently sensitive to thermal p-wave DM over a wide range of possible scenarios for the DM distribution in the GC.

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

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

    2014-03-01

    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.

  17. First-principles calculations of momentum distributions of annihilating electron-positron pairs in defects in UO2

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    Wiktor, Julia; Jomard, Gérald; Torrent, Marc; Bertolus, Marjorie

    2017-01-01

    We performed first-principles calculations of the momentum distributions of annihilating electron-positron pairs in vacancies in uranium dioxide. Full atomic relaxation effects (due to both electronic and positronic forces) were taken into account and self-consistent two-component density functional theory schemes were used. We present one-dimensional momentum distributions (Doppler-broadened annihilation radiation line shapes) along with line-shape parameters S and W. We studied the effect of the charge state of the defect on the Doppler spectra. The effect of krypton incorporation in the vacancy was also considered and it was shown that it should be possible to observe the fission gas incorporation in defects in UO2 using positron annihilation spectroscopy. We suggest that the Doppler broadening measurements can be especially useful for studying impurities and dopants in UO2 and of mixed actinide oxides.

  18. Rearrangement and annihilation in antihydrogen-atom scattering

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    Jonsell, Svante

    2008-08-08

    I review some results for annihilation and rearrangement processes in low-energy antihydrogen-hydrogen and antihydrogen-helium scattering. For the strong nuclear force results using a {delta}-function potential are compared to a scattering length approach. It is found that the {delta}-function potential does not give correct annihilation cross sections in the case of antihydrogen-helium scattering. Problem associated with the use of the Born-Oppenheimer approximation for rearrangement calculations are reviewed.

  19. 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.

  20. Correlation between ferromagnetism and the concentration of interfacial defects in multiferroic Bi7Fe2.75Co0.25Ti3O21 studied by positron annihilation

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    Ge, W. N.; Li, X. N.; Xu, J. P.; Huang, S. J.; Liu, J. D.; Zhu, Z.; Fu, Z. P.; Lu, Y. L.; Ye, B. J.

    2017-03-01

    This paper investigated the effect of the annealing temperature on the interfacial defects and the magnetization of a single-phase multiferroic Bi7Fe2.75Co0.25Ti3O21. With the increase of annealing temperature, the average thickness of the nonaplates increased from 80 to 180 nm. But the magnetic property measurement shows that the saturation magnetization gradually decreases with the increase of the annealing temperature correspondingly. Positron annihilation measurements reveal that the interfacial defects disappear obviously when the annealing temperature increased, which is found to agree well with the variation of saturation magnetization. The results suggest that with the higher concentration of interfacial defects may bring about higher saturation magnetization for the Aurivillius phase material, opening a window to improve the magnetic performance through controlling the concentration of interfacial defects.

  1. Formation and annihilation of laser light pulse quanta in a thermodynamic-like pathway.

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    Vodonos, Boris; Weill, Rafi; Gordon, Ariel; Bekker, Alexander; Smulakovsky, Vladimir; Gat, Omri; Fischer, Baruch

    2004-10-08

    We present a theoretical and experimental study of multiple pulse formation in passively mode-locked lasers. Following a statistical-mechanics approach, the study yields a thermodynamic-like "phase diagram" with boundaries representing cascaded first order phase transitions. They correspond to abrupt creation or annihilation of pulses and a quantized rf power behavior, as system parameters (noise and/or pumping levels) are varied, in excellent accordance with the experiments. Remarkably, individual pulses carry an almost constant quantum of energy.

  2. Impact of semi-annihilation of ℤ{sub 3} symmetric dark matter with radiative neutrino masses

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    Aoki, Mayumi; Toma, Takashi

    2014-09-08

    We investigate a ℤ{sub 3} symmetric model with two-loop radiative neutrino masses. Dark matter in the model is either a Dirac fermion or a complex scalar as a result of an unbroken ℤ{sub 3} symmetry. In addition to standard annihilation processes, semi-annihilation of the dark matter contributes to the relic density. We study the effect of the semi-annihilation in the model and find that those contributions are important to obtain the observed relic density. The experimental signatures in dark matter searches are also discussed, where some of them are expected to be different from the signatures of dark matter in ℤ{sub 2} symmetric models.

  3. Resonant two-photon annihilation of an electron-positron pair in a pulsed electromagnetic wave

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    Voroshilo, A. I.; Roshchupkin, S. P.; Nedoreshta, V. N.

    2016-09-01

    Two-photon annihilation of an electron-positron pair in the field of a plane low-intensity circularly polarized pulsed electromagnetic wave was studied. The conditions for resonance of the process which are related to an intermediate particle that falls within the mass shell are studied. In the resonant approximation the probability of the process was obtained. It is demonstrated that the resonant probability of two-photon annihilation of an electron-positron pair may be several orders of magnitude higher than the probability of this process in the absence of the external field. The obtained results may be experimentally verified by the laser facilities of the international megaprojects, for example, SLAC (National Accelerator Laboratory), FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research), and XFEL (European X-Ray Free-Electron Laser).

  4. Optical and microstructural characterization of porous silicon using photoluminescence, SEM and positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Cheung, C. K.; Nahid, F.; Cheng, C. C.; Beling, C. D.; Fung, S.; Ling, C. C.; Djurisic, A. B.; Pramanik, C.; Saha, H.; Sarkar, C. K.

    2007-12-01

    We have studied the dependence of porous silicon morphology and porosity on fabrication conditions. N-type (100) silicon wafers with resistivity of 2-5 Ω cm were electrochemically etched at various current densities and anodization times. Surface morphology and the thickness of the samples were examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Detailed information of the porous silicon layer morphology with variation of preparation conditions was obtained by positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS): the depth-defect profile and open pore interconnectivity on the sample surface has been studied using a slow positron beam. Coincidence Doppler broadening spectroscopy (CDBS) was used to study the chemical environment of the samples. The presence of silicon micropores with diameter varying from 1.37 to 1.51 nm was determined by positron lifetime spectroscopy (PALS). Visible luminescence from the samples was observed, which is considered to be a combination effect of quantum confinement and the effect of Si = O double bond formation near the SiO2/Si interface according to the results from photoluminescence (PL) and positron annihilation spectroscopy measurements. The work shows that the study of the positronium formed when a positron is implanted into the porous surface provides valuable information on the pore distribution and open pore interconnectivity, which suggests that positron annihilation spectroscopy is a useful tool in the porous silicon micropores' characterization.

  5. Role of pentaquark components in ϕ meson production proton-antiproton annihilation reactions

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    Srisuphaphon, S.; Kaewsnod, A.; Limphirat, A.; Khosonthongkee, K.; Yan, Y.

    2016-02-01

    The pentaquark component uuds s ¯ is included in the proton wave functions to study ϕ meson production proton-antiproton annihilation reactions. With all possible configurations of the uuds subsystem proposed for describing the strangeness spin and magnetic moment of the proton, we estimate the branching ratios of the annihilation reactions at rest p p ¯→ϕ X (X =π0,η ,ρ0,ω ) from atomic p p ¯ S - and P -wave states by using effective quark line diagrams incorporating the 3P0 model. The best agreement of theoretical prediction with the experimental data is found when the pentaquark configuration of the proton wave function takes the flavor-spin symmetry [4] FS[22] F[22] S .

  6. Positron annihilation spectroscopy of vacancy type defects in submicrocrystalline copper under annealing

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    Kuznetsov, Pavel V.; Lider, Andrey M.; Bordulev, Yuriy S.; Laptev, Roman S.; Mironov, Yuriy P.; Rakhmatulina, Tanzilya V.; Korznikov, Alexandr V.

    2016-11-01

    The annealing of submicrocrystalline copper produced by the equal channel angular pressing followed by rolling was studied using positron annihilation and XRD analysis. In as-prepared samples, positrons are trapped at vacancies, concentration of which is very high (˜1.6 × 10-4) and dislocation type defects; however, a few percent of positrons annihilate from a free state. Increasing annealing temperature leads to the formation of vacancy complexes. The main positron trap centers in the temperature range ΔT = 20-300°C are vacancies and their small complexes of two or three vacancies. The dominant centers of positron trapping in the temperature range ΔT = 300-670°C are dislocation-type defects.

  7. 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.

  8. Extended Glauber Model of Antiproton-Nucleus Annihilation for All Energies and Mass Numbers

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    Lee, Teck-Ghee; Wong, Cheuk-Yin

    2014-01-01

    Previous analytical formulas in the Glauber model for high-energy nucleus-nucleus collisions developed by Wong are utilized and extended to study Antiproton-nucleus annihilations for both high and low energies, after taking into account the effects of Coulomb and nuclear interactions, and the change of the antiproton momentum inside a nucleus. The extended analytical formulas capture the main features of the experimental antiproton-nucleus annihilation cross sections for all energies and mass numbers. At high antiproton energies, they exhibit the granular property for the lightest nuclei and the black-disk limit for the heavy nuclei. At low antiproton energies, they display the effect of the antiproton momentum increase due to the nuclear interaction for the light nuclei, and the effect of the magnification due to the attractive Coulomb interaction for the heavy nuclei.

  9. Plasmon annihilation into Kaluza-Klein gravitons: New astrophysical constraints on large extra dimensions?

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    Das, Prasanta Kumar; Satheeshkumar, V. H.; Suresh, P. K.

    2008-09-15

    In the large extra dimensional Kaluza-Klein (KK) scenario, where the usual standard model (SM) matter is confined to a 3+1-dimensional hypersurface called the 3-brane and gravity can propagate to the bulk (D=4+d, d being the number of extra spatial dimensions), the light graviton KK modes can be produced inside the supernova core due to the usual nucleon-nucleon bremstrahlung, electron-positron, and photon-photon annihilations. This photon inside the supernova becomes a plasmon due to the plasma effect. In this paper, we study the energy-loss rate of SN 1987A due to the KK gravitons produced from the plasmon-plasmon annihilation. We find that the SN 1987A cooling rate leads to the conservative bound M{sub D}>22.9 TeV and 1.38 TeV for the case of two and three spacelike extra dimensions.

  10. Can Astrophysical Gamma Ray Sources Mimic Dark Matter Annihilation in Galactic Satellites?

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    Baltz, Edward A.; Taylor, James E.; Wai, Lawrence L.; /KIPAC, Menlo Park

    2006-11-01

    The nature of the cosmic dark matter is unknown. The most compelling hypothesis is that dark matter consists of weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs) in the 100 GeV mass range. Such particles would annihilate in the galactic halo, producing high-energy gamma rays which might be detectable in gamma ray telescopes such as the GLAST satellite. We investigate the ability of GLAST to distinguish between the WIMP annihilation spectrum and the spectrum of known astrophysical source classes. Focusing on the emission from the galactic satellite halos predicted by the cold dark matter model, we find that the WIMP gamma-ray spectrum is unique; the separation from known source classes can be done in a convincing way. We discuss the follow-up of possible WIMP sources with Imaging Atmospheric Cerenkov Telescopes. Finally we discuss the impact that Large Hadron Collider data might have on the study of galactic dark matter.

  11. Cosmology of Continuum Creation and Annihilation

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    Ierokomos, Nikiforos

    2011-11-01

    An extensive cosmology hypothesis is presented that was developed over decades and is based on the existence and evolution of the universe via Cosmic Symmetry Breaks (CSBs) or phases with our universe (Cosmos) describable by a Cosmology of Continuum Creation and Annihilation, or CCA Cosmology. The CCA cosmology hypothesis does not belong to a Standard Model Big Bang. This hypothesis not only describes the universe but also the realm of elementary particles and forces. It provides plausible answers to a large number of puzzles in Physics and Cosmology. These answers range from those that can be calculated and values checked by observations, such as: How much and what is dark energy? How much and what is dark matter? How much baryonic matter? How much and why is there a time-delay for GRB energetic photons? When (or did?) the universe started to accelerate? Are primordial galaxies smaller? Why are orbits non-Newtonian beyond an acceleration value, and other calculable parameters. Also, answers which are more fundamental in interpretation, such as: What is mass and gravity? How many families of elementary particles exist and why are there only three generations of each? Why did the universe start with such low entropy? Does the Cosmos violate the First or Second Law of Thermodynamics? Why is there an asymmetry of matter over antimatter in the universe and what is antimatter? These and other questions the CCA hypothesis is proposing to answer. This hypothesis requires minimum assumptions and can build a coherent theory that can arrive at today's complex universe with plausible evolutionary steps from one postulate and one particle. cosmogony, non-standard cosmology, dark energy, dark matter, new elementary particles, gravity, antimatter, accelerated universe.

  12. Inverse Compton Gamma Rays from Dark Matter Annihilation in the Dwarf Galaxies

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    Medhi, Jayashri; Duorah, H. L.; Barua, A. G.; Duorah, K.

    2016-09-01

    Dwarf spheroidal (dSph) galaxies are thought to be good candidates for dark matter search due to their high mass-to-light (M/L) ratio. One of the most favored dark matter candidates is the lightest neutralino (neutral χ particle) as predicted in the Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model (MSSM). In this study, we model the gamma ray emission from dark matter annihilation coming from the nearby dSph galaxies Draco, Segue 1, Ursa Minor and Willman 1, taking into account the contribution from prompt photons and photons produced from inverse Compton scattering off starlight and Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) photons by the energetic electrons and positrons from dark matter annihilation. We also compute the energy spectra of electrons and positrons from the decay of dark matter annihilation products. Gamma ray spectra and fluxes for both prompt and inverse Compton emission have been calculated for neutralino annihilation over a range of masses and found to be in agreement with the observed data. It has been found that the ultra faint dSph galaxy Segue 1 gives the largest gamma ray flux limits while the lowest gamma ray flux limits has been obtained from Ursa Minor. It is seen that for larger M/L ratio of dwarf galaxies the intensity pattern originating from e + e - pairs scattering off CMB photons is separated by larger amount from that off the starlight photons for the same neutralino mass. As the e + e - energy spectra have an exponential cut off at high energies, this may allow to discriminate some dark matter scenarios from other astrophysical sources. Finally, some more detailed study about the effect of inverse Compton scattering may help constrain the dark matter signature in the dSph galaxies.

  13. 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).

  14. Positron states and annihilation characteristics of surface-trapped positrons at the oxidized Cu(110) surface

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    Fazleev, N. G.; Olenga, Antoine; Weiss, A. H.

    2013-03-01

    The process by which oxide layers are formed on metal surfaces is still not well understood. In this work we present the results of theoretical studies of positron states and annihilation characteristics of surface-trapped positrons at the oxidized Cu(110) surface. An ab-initio investigation of stability and associated electronic properties of different adsorption phases of oxygen on Cu(110) has been performed on the basis of density functional theory and using DMOl3 code. The changes in the positron work function and the surface dipole moment when oxygen atoms occupy on-surface and sub-surface sites have been attributed to charge redistribution within the first two layers, buckling effects within each layer and interlayer expansion. The computed positron binding energy, positron surface state wave function, and annihilation probabilities of surface trapped positrons with relevant core electrons demonstrate their sensitivity to oxygen coverage, elemental content, atomic structure of the topmost layers of surfaces, and charge transfer effects. Theoretical results are compared with experimental data obtained from studies of oxidized transition metal surfaces using positron annihilation induced Auger electron spectroscopy. This work was supported in part by the National Science Foundation Grant DMR-0907679.

  15. Enhanced line signals from annihilating Kaluza-Klein dark matter

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    Arina, Chiara; Bringmann, Torsten; Silk, Joseph; Vollmann, Martin

    2014-10-01

    Monochromatic gamma ray lines have long been known to provide potential smoking-gun signals for annihilating dark matter. Here, we demonstrate that the situation is particularly interesting for Kaluza-Klein dark matter because resonant annihilation is generically expected for small, but not necessarily vanishing relative velocities of the annihilating particles. We calculate the contribution from those hitherto neglected resonances and show that the annihilation rate into monochromatic photons can be significantly enhanced, in a way that is much more pronounced than for the associated production of continuum photons. For favorable astrophysical conditions, this leads to promising prospects for the detection of TeV-scale Kaluza-Klein dark matter. We also point out that the situation may be even more interesting in the vicinity of black holes, like the supermassive black hole at the center of our Galaxy, where in principle center-of-mass energies much larger than the rest mass are available. In this case, annihilating Kaluza-Klein dark matter may show the striking and unique signature of several gamma ray lines, with an equidistant spacing corresponding to twice the compactification radius of the extra dimension.

  16. Probing sub-nano level molecular packing and correlated positron annihilation characteristics of ionic cross-linked chitosan membranes using positron annihilation spectroscopy.

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    Xia, Rui; Cao, Xingzhong; Gao, Meizhen; Zhang, Peng; Zeng, Minfeng; Wang, Baoyi; Wei, Long

    2017-02-01

    Chitosan, CS, cross-linked with bivalent palladium has shown enhanced mechanical and thermal properties depending on the transformation of the structure at a microscopic scale. In the present study, CS directly cross-linked by palladium cation membranes (CS-cr-PM) was prepared through a solution-casting method. Mobility of chitosan chains were greatly reduced after crosslinking, making a great reduction in the swelling ratio studied by a water-swelling degree measurement, which led to an improvement in molecular chain rigidity. In order to investigate the chain packing at the molecular level in the ionic cross-linked CS system, the structure of chemically-crosslinked CS is investigated by means of the combined use of wide angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD) and infrared measurements, and a combination of positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) and simultaneous coincidence Doppler broadening (CDB) spectroscopy offers coherent information on both the free-volume related sub-nano level molecular packing and the chemical surrounding of free volume nanoholes in CS-cr-PM as a function of palladium salt loading. The variations in the free volume size and size distribution have been determined through the ortho-positronium (o-Ps) lifetime and its lifetime distribution. The studies showed that a strong interaction between CS molecules and palladium cations results in the change in crystallinity in formed CS-cr-PM leading to variational chain packing density. Meanwhile, significant inhibition effects on positronium formation due to doping are observed, which could be interpreted in terms of the existence of chloride ions. Applications of positron annihilation spectroscopy to study the microstructure and correlated positron annihilation characteristics of an ionic cross-linked CS system are systematically discussed.

  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. 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.

  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. Weak annihilation and new physics in charmless [Formula: see text] decays.

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    Bobeth, Christoph; Gorbahn, Martin; Vickers, Stefan

    We use currently available data of nonleptonic charmless 2-body [Formula: see text] decays ([Formula: see text]) that are mediated by [Formula: see text] QCD- and QED-penguin operators to study weak annihilation and new-physics effects in the framework of QCD factorization. In particular we introduce one weak-annihilation parameter for decays related by [Formula: see text] quark interchange and test this universality assumption. Within the standard model, the data supports this assumption with the only exceptions in the [Formula: see text] system, which exhibits the well-known "[Formula: see text] puzzle", and some tensions in [Formula: see text]. Beyond the standard model, we simultaneously determine weak-annihilation and new-physics parameters from data, employing model-independent scenarios that address the "[Formula: see text] puzzle", such as QED-penguins and [Formula: see text] current-current operators. We discuss also possibilities that allow further tests of our assumption once improved measurements from LHCb and Belle II become available.

  1. Prospects for annihilating dark matter in the inner galactic halo by the Cherenkov Telescope Array

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    Lefranc, Valentin; Moulin, Emmanuel; Panci, Paolo; Silk, Joseph

    2015-06-01

    We compute the sensitivity to dark matter annihilations for the forthcoming large Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) in several primary channels and over a range of dark matter masses from 50 GeV up to 80 TeV. For all channels, we include inverse Compton scattering of e± by dark matter annihilations on the ambient photon background, which yields substantial contributions to the overall γ -ray flux. We improve the analysis over previous work by: (i) implementing a spectral and morphological analysis of the γ -ray emission; (ii) taking into account the most up-to-date cosmic ray background obtained from a full CTA Monte Carlo simulation and a description of the diffuse astrophysical emission; and (iii) including the systematic uncertainties in the rich observational CTA data sets. We find that our spectral and morphological analysis improves the CTA sensitivity by roughly a factor 2. For the hadronic channels, CTA will be able to probe thermal dark matter candidates over a broad range of masses if the systematic uncertainties in the data sets will be controlled better than the percent level. For the leptonic modes, the CTA sensitivity will be well below the thermal value of the annihilation cross-section. In this case, even with larger systematics, thermal dark matter candidates up to masses of a few TeV will be easily studied.

  2. 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.

  3. Associated charmonium production in low energy pp annihilation

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    Barnes, T.; Li, X.

    2007-03-01

    The QCD mechanisms underlying the exclusive strong decays and hadronic production amplitudes of charmonium remain poorly understood, despite decades of study and an increasingly detailed body of experimental information. One set of hadronic channels of special interest are those that include baryon-antibaryon states. These are being investigated experimentally at BES and CLEO-c in terms of their baryon resonance content, and are also of interest for the future PANDA experiment, in which charmonium and charmonium hybrids will be produced in pp annihilation in association with light mesons. In this paper we develop a simple initial-state light meson emission model of the near-threshold associated charmonium production processes pp{yields}{pi}{sup 0}{psi}, and evaluate the differential and total cross sections for these reactions in this model. (Here we consider the states {psi}={eta}{sub c}, J/{psi}, {psi}{sup '}, {chi}{sub 0} and {chi}{sub 1}.) The predicted near-threshold cross section for pp{yields}{pi}{sup 0}J/{psi} is found to be numerically similar to two previous theoretical estimates, and is roughly comparable to the (sparse) existing data for this process. The theoretical charmonium angular distributions predicted by this model are far from isotropic, which may be of interest for PANDA detector design studies.

  4. Jets in e/sup +/e/sup -/ annihilation

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    Hollebeek, R.

    1983-10-01

    We have a simple perturbative picture of the production of hadrons from e/sup +/e/sup -/ annihilations which works quite well in predicting the main features of this interaction. It explains the magnitude of the total cross-section, the basic two-jet structure, and the final state angular distributions. It is also consistent with our present ideas about the structure of hadronic matter and the requirement that at high enough energies, the corrections due to strong interactions are small and hence treatable in a perturbative sense. We have seen, however, that to progress beyond this point requires a detailed model of fragmentation phenomena and that differences in models prevent us from making clean predictions about QCD. It is therefore important that we continue to study the fragmentation process and try to parameterize it as well as possible. Large amounts of experimental data are now available on this subject, and new tests will become available as experimenters look in more detail at the behavior of quantum number correlations and energy dependent effects. In doing this, it will be important to keep in mind that mass effects can yield significant energy variations in the model parameters. Our eventual goal should be to find ways of treating the data which will yield quantitative tests of QCD. Studies of three- and four-jet fractions, three-jet fragmentation properties, and energy-energy correlations have begun, and hopefully with improved understanding of fragmentation effects, will yield such tests. 48 references.

  5. Inelasticbar p p interactions at 22.4 GeV/c compared with e + e - annihilation into hadrons

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    Boos, E. G.; Ermilova, D. I.; Samoilov, V. V.; Temiraliev, T.; Batyunya, B. V.; Boguslavsky, I. V.; Dashian, N. B.; Gramenitsky, I. M.; Lednický, R.; Levonian, S. V.; Vrba, V.; Zlatanov, Z.; Hannula, E.; Villanen, P.; Patočka, J.; Dementiev, R. K.; Korzhavina, I. A.; Leikin, E. M.; Pyzyrny, A. G.; Rud, V. I.; Tikhonova, L. A.; Herynek, I.; Lokajíček, M.; Řídký, J.; Šimák, V.; Suk, M.; Valkárová, A.; Khudzhadze, A. M.; Kuratashvili, G. O.; Topuriya, T. P.; Tsintsadze, V. D.

    1982-12-01

    The 22.4 GeV/cbar p p interactions with the leading particle and the slow proton subtracted are used as data on soft processes. Considerable similarity between them and hard processes, such as e + e - annihilation into hadrons, is found by means of studying charged multiplicities, KNO scaling and longitudinal as well as transverse spectra.

  6. Effects of p-wave annihilation on the angular power spectrum of extragalactic gamma-rays from dark matter annihilation

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    Campbell, Sheldon; Dutta, Bhaskar

    2011-10-01

    We present a formalism for estimating the angular power spectrum of extragalactic gamma-rays produced by dark matter annihilating with any general velocity-dependent cross section. The relevant density and velocity distribution of dark matter is modeled as an ensemble of smooth, universal, rigid, disjoint, spherical halos with distribution and universal properties constrained by simulation data. We apply this formalism to theories of dark matter with p-wave annihilation, for which the relative-velocity-weighted annihilation cross section is σv=a+bv2. We determine that this significantly increases the gamma-ray power if b/a≳106. The effect of p-wave annihilation on the angular power spectrum is very similar for the sample of particle physics models we explored, suggesting that the important effect for a given b/a is largely determined by the cosmic dark matter distribution. If the dark matter relic from strong p-wave theories is thermally produced, the intensities of annihilation gamma-rays are strongly p-wave suppressed, making them difficult to observe. If an angular power spectrum consistent with a strong p wave were to be observed, it would likely indicate nonthermal production of dark matter in the early Universe.

  7. A critical reevaluation of radio constraints on annihilating dark matter

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    Cholis, Ilias; Hooper, Dan; Linden, Tim

    2015-04-01

    A number of groups have employed radio observations of the Galactic center to derive stringent constraints on the annihilation cross section of weakly interacting dark matter. In this paper, we show that electron energy losses in this region are likely to be dominated by inverse Compton scattering on the interstellar radiation field, rather than by synchrotron, considerably relaxing the constraints on the dark matter annihilation cross section compared to previous works. Strong convective winds, which are well motivated by recent observations, may also significantly weaken synchrotron constraints. After taking these factors into account, we find that radio constraints on annihilating dark matter are orders of magnitude less stringent than previously reported, and are generally weaker than those derived from current gamma-ray observations.

  8. THE DISTRIBUTION AND ANNIHILATION OF DARK MATTER AROUND BLACK HOLES

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    Schnittman, Jeremy D.

    2015-06-20

    We use a Monte Carlo code to calculate the geodesic orbits of test particles around Kerr black holes, generating a distribution function of both bound and unbound populations of dark matter (DM) particles. From this distribution function, we calculate annihilation rates and observable gamma-ray spectra for a few simple DM models. The features of these spectra are sensitive to the black hole spin, observer inclination, and detailed properties of the DM annihilation cross-section and density profile. Confirming earlier analytic work, we find that for rapidly spinning black holes, the collisional Penrose process can reach efficiencies exceeding 600%, leading to a high-energy tail in the annihilation spectrum. The high particle density and large proper volume of the region immediately surrounding the horizon ensures that the observed flux from these extreme events is non-negligible.

  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.

  10. 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.

  11. Variable position annihilation radiation from the galactic center region

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    Riegler, G.R.; Ling, J.C.; Mahoney, W.A.; Wheaton, W.A.; Willett, J.B.; Jacobson, A.S.; Prince, T.A.

    1981-08-15

    The HEAO 3 Cosmic Gamma-Ray Spectrometer performed the first high spectral resolution survey of the entire sky at gamma-ray energies from 50 keV to 10 MeV. Studies of 511 keV positron annihilation radiation from the vicinity of the galactic center are reported here, based on data which were recorded during 1979 September/October and 1980 March/April. The 1979 fall data show unshifted, narrow 511 keV line emission of intensity (1.85 +- 0.21) x 10/sup -3/ photons cm/sup -2/ s/sup -1/, consistent with earlier measurments. The 1980 spring measurement showed a statistically significant reduction in 511 keV emission from this region, thus requiring that a significant fraction of the flux originate in one or more compact sources of size < or =10/sup 18/ cm. While distribution of sources within approx.22/sup 0/ (at 90% confidence level) of the direction of the galactic center are allowed by the observations, the data rule out most extended models for positron production, such as by cosmic ray interaction in the interstellar medium or by distributions of many supernovae, novae, or pulsars. The data are well satisfied by assuming that the emission originates in a single compact source at the galactic center.

  12. Attraction, merger, reflection, and annihilation in magnetic droplet soliton scattering

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    Maiden, M. D.; Bookman, L. D.; Hoefer, M. A.

    2014-05-01

    The interaction behaviors of solitons are defining characteristics of these nonlinear, coherent structures. Due to recent experimental observations, thin ferromagnetic films offer a promising medium in which to study the scattering properties of two-dimensional magnetic droplet solitons, particle-like, precessing dipoles. Here, a rich set of two-droplet interaction behaviors are classified through micromagnetic simulations. Repulsive and attractive interaction dynamics are generically determined by the relative phase and speeds of the two droplets and can be classified into four types: (1) merger into a breather bound state, (2) counterpropagation trapped along the axis of symmetry, (3) reflection, and (4) violent droplet annihilation into spin wave radiation and a breather. Utilizing a nonlinear method of images, it is demonstrated that these dynamics describe repulsive/attractive scattering of a single droplet off of a magnetic boundary with pinned/free spin boundary conditions, respectively. These results explain the mechanism by which propagating and stationary droplets can be stabilized in a confined ferromagnet.

  13. Kinetics of diffusion-controlled annihilation with sparse initial conditions

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    Ben-Naim, Eli; Krapivsky, Paul

    2016-12-16

    Here, we study diffusion-controlled single-species annihilation with sparse initial conditions. In this random process, particles undergo Brownian motion, and when two particles meet, both disappear. We also focus on sparse initial conditions where particles occupy a subspace of dimension δ that is embedded in a larger space of dimension d. Furthermore, we find that the co-dimension Δ = d - δ governs the behavior. All particles disappear when the co-dimension is sufficiently small, Δ ≤ 2; otherwise, a finite fraction of particles indefinitely survive. We establish the asymptotic behavior of the probability S(t) that a test particle survives until time t. When the subspace is a line, δ = 1, we find inverse logarithmic decay,more » $$S\\sim {(\\mathrm{ln}t)}^{-1}$$, in three dimensions, and a modified power-law decay, $$S\\sim (\\mathrm{ln}t){t}^{-1/2}$$, in two dimensions. In general, the survival probability decays algebraically when Δ < 2, and there is an inverse logarithmic decay at the critical co-dimension Δ = 2.« less

  14. Kinetics of diffusion-controlled annihilation with sparse initial conditions

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    Ben-Naim, Eli; Krapivsky, Paul

    2016-12-16

    Here, we study diffusion-controlled single-species annihilation with sparse initial conditions. In this random process, particles undergo Brownian motion, and when two particles meet, both disappear. We also focus on sparse initial conditions where particles occupy a subspace of dimension δ that is embedded in a larger space of dimension d. Furthermore, we find that the co-dimension Δ = d - δ governs the behavior. All particles disappear when the co-dimension is sufficiently small, Δ ≤ 2; otherwise, a finite fraction of particles indefinitely survive. We establish the asymptotic behavior of the probability S(t) that a test particle survives until time t. When the subspace is a line, δ = 1, we find inverse logarithmic decay, $S\\sim {(\\mathrm{ln}t)}^{-1}$, in three dimensions, and a modified power-law decay, $S\\sim (\\mathrm{ln}t){t}^{-1/2}$, in two dimensions. In general, the survival probability decays algebraically when Δ < 2, and there is an inverse logarithmic decay at the critical co-dimension Δ = 2.

  15. Semi-inclusive wino and higgsino annihilation to LL'

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    Baumgart, Matthew; Vaidya, Varun

    2016-03-31

    Here, we systematically compute the annihilation rate for winos and higgsinos into the final state relevant for indirect detection experiments, γ + X. The radiative corrections to this process receive enhancement from the large Bloch-Nordsieck-Violating Sudakov logarithm, log(2Mmore » $${\\chi }$$/MW). We resum the double logs and include single logs to fixed order using a formalism that combines nonrelativistic and soft-collinear effective field theories. For the wino case, we update an earlier exclusion adapting results of the HESS experiment. At the thermal relic mass of 3 TeV, LL' corrections result in a ~30% reduction in rate relative to LL. But, single logs do not save the wino, and it is still excluded by an order of magnitude. Finally, experimental cuts produce an endpoint region which, our results show, significantly effects the higgsino rate at its thermal-relic mass near 1 TeV and is deserving of further study.« less

  16. Significant enhancement of neutralino dark matter annihilation from electroweak bremsstrahlung.

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    Bringmann, Torsten; Calore, Francesca

    2014-02-21

    Indirect searches for the cosmological dark matter have become ever more competitive during the past years. Here, we report the first full calculation of leading electroweak corrections to the annihilation rate of supersymmetric neutralino dark matter. We find that these corrections can be huge, partially due to contributions that have been overlooked so far. Our results imply a significantly enhanced discovery potential of this well motivated dark matter candidate with current and upcoming cosmic ray experiments, in particular for gamma rays and models with somewhat small annihilation rates at the tree level.

  17. Heavy dark matter annihilation from effective field theory.

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    Ovanesyan, Grigory; Slatyer, Tracy R; Stewart, Iain W

    2015-05-29

    We formulate an effective field theory description for SU(2)_{L} triplet fermionic dark matter by combining nonrelativistic dark matter with gauge bosons in the soft-collinear effective theory. For a given dark matter mass, the annihilation cross section to line photons is obtained with 5% precision by simultaneously including Sommerfeld enhancement and the resummation of electroweak Sudakov logarithms at next-to-leading logarithmic order. Using these results, we present more accurate and precise predictions for the gamma-ray line signal from annihilation, updating both existing constraints and the reach of future experiments.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. Experimental investigation of ≈130 keV kinetic energy antiprotons annihilation on nuclei

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    Aghai-Khozani, H.; Barna, D.; Corradini, M.; Hayano, R.; Hori, M.; Kobayashi, T.; Leali, M.; Lodi-Rizzini, E.; Mascagna, V.; Prest, M.; Soter, A.; Todoroki, K.; Vallazza, E.; Venturelli, L.; Zurlo, N.

    2014-04-01

    The study of the antiproton ( bar {p}) annihilation cross section on nuclei at low energies (eV-MeV region) has implications for fundamental cosmology as well as for nuclear physics. Concerning the former, different models try to explain the matter/antimatter asymmetry in the universe assuming the existence of the so-called "islands" where antinucleon-nucleon annihilations occur in the border region (Cohen et al. Astrophys. J. 495, 539-549, 1998), while, from the nuclear physics point of view, the annihilation process is a valuable tool to evaluate the neutron/proton ratio in order to probe the external region of the nucleus (Gupta et al. Nucl. Phys. B 70(3), 414-424, 1974). The existing data of antinucleon-nucleon (or -nucleus) annihilation cross-sections are mainly confined to energies above ≈1 MeV, while the cross section measured at LEAR in the 80's-90's (mostly with light targets Agnello et al. Phys. Lett. B 256, 349-353, 1991; Bertin et al. Phys. Lett. B 369, 77-85, 1996; Bertin et al. Phys. Lett. B 414, 220-228, 1997; Zenoni et al. Phys. Lett. B 461, 405-412, 1999; Bianconi et al. Phys. Lett. B 481, 194-198, 2000; Bianconi et al. Phys. Lett. B 492, 254-258, 2000) showed an unexpected behaviour for energies below 1 MeV (Bianconi et al. Phys. Lett. B 483, 353-359, 2000; Bianconi et al. Phys. Rev. C 62, 014611-7, 2000; Batty et al. Nucl. Phys. A 689, 721-740, 2001). The results showed a saturation with the atomic mass number against the A 2/3 trend which is observed for higher energies (being A the target mass number). The ASACUSA collaboration at CERN recently measured antiproton annihilation cross section on different kinds of nuclei with a bar {p} kinetic energy of 5.3 MeV (Bianconi et al. Phys. Lett. B 704, 461-466, 2011; Corradini et al. Nucl. Instr. Methods A 711, 12-20, 2013). Such results proved compatibility with the black-disk model with the Coulomb correction. But till now experimental difficulties prevented the investigation at energies below ≈1

  2. 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.

  3. 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

    2013-05-01

    High-energy ultrashort gamma-ray pulses can be generated via laser Compton scattering with 90° 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 BaF2 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 BaF2 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.

  4. The Characterization of the Gamma-Ray Signal from the Central Milky Way: A Compelling Case for Annihilating Dark Matter

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    Daylan, Tansu; Finkbeiner, Douglas P.; Hooper, Dan; Linden, Tim; Portillo, Stephen K. N.; Rodd, Nicholas L.; Slatyer, Tracy R.

    2014-02-26

    Past studies have identified a spatially extended excess of ~1-3 GeV gamma rays from the region surrounding the Galactic Center, consistent with the emission expected from annihilating dark matter. We revisit and scrutinize this signal with the intention of further constraining its characteristics and origin. By applying cuts to the Fermi event parameter CTBCORE, we suppress the tails of the point spread function and generate high resolution gamma-ray maps, enabling us to more easily separate the various gamma-ray components. Within these maps, we find the GeV excess to be robust and highly statistically significant, with a spectrum, angular distribution, and overall normalization that is in good agreement with that predicted by simple annihilating dark matter models. For example, the signal is very well fit by a 31-40 GeV dark matter particle annihilating to b quarks with an annihilation cross section of sigma v = (1.4-2.0) x 10^-26 cm^3/s (normalized to a local dark matter density of 0.3 GeV/cm^3). Furthermore, we confirm that the angular distribution of the excess is approximately spherically symmetric and centered around the dynamical center of the Milky Way (within ~0.05 degrees of Sgr A*), showing no sign of elongation along or perpendicular to the Galactic Plane. The signal is observed to extend to at least 10 degrees from the Galactic Center, disfavoring the possibility that this emission originates from millisecond pulsars.

  5. Antiproton annihilation dynamics in the Gasdynamic Fusion Rocket

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    Kammash, T.; Lee, M.

    1996-03-01

    The use of antiprotons to initiate the fusion reactions in the Gasdynamic Fusion Rocket (GDFR) is examined as potential replacement of the neutral beam injection system often cited in connection with fusion power reactors. The effectiveness of this approach depends critically, however, on the ability of the antiprotons to penetrate the plasma and reach the center of the engine without undergoing many annihilation reactions along the way. Using expressions for the annihilation rate per unit distance and the stopping power of antiprotons in a fully ionized hydrogenous plasma we calculate the annihilation distribution and the fraction of antiprotons that reach the central region in a relatively cold deuterium-tritium plasma. We apply these results to a rocket engine 16 m in length and containing plasma with 10{sup 16} cm{sup {minus}3} density, and we find that well over 90{percent} of the annihilations take place within a few centimeters from the midplane of the engine when the initial plasma temperature is 20 eV. Under these conditions we find that about 10{sup {minus}5} grams per second of antiprotons injected at an energy of about 4 MeV are required to ignite the plasma in this rocket engine. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Institute of Physics.}

  6. 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.

  7. The HAWC Sensitivity to Dark Matter Annihilation and Decay

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    Yapici, Tolga; HAWC Collaboration

    2016-03-01

    The High Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Observatory is an extensive air shower array in the state of Puebla, Mexico at an altitude of 4100m. The HAWC observatory will perform an indirect search for dark matter via GeV-TeV photons resulting from dark matter annihilation and decay, including annihilation from extended dark matter sources. We consider the HAWC sensitivity to a subset of the sources, including the M31 galaxy, the Virgo cluster, and the Galactic center. We simulate the HAWC response to gamma rays from the sources in well-motivated dark matter annihilation channels. We show the limits HAWC can place on the dark matter cross-section or lifetime from these sources if gamma-ray excess is not observed. In particular, for dark matter annihilating into gauge bosons, HAWC will be able to measure a narrow range of dark matter masses to cross-sections below that expected for a thermal relic. HAWC should also be sensitive to cross-sections higher than thermal for masses up to nearly 1000 TeV. HAWC will be sensitive to decaying dark matter for these masses as well. HAWC can explore higher dark matter masses than are currently constrained.

  8. The Effects of Surface Reconstruction and Electron-Positron Correlation on the Annihilation Characteristics of Positrons Trapped at Semiconductor Surfaces

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    Fazleev, N. G.; Jung, E.; Weiss, A. H.

    2009-03-10

    Experimental positron annihilation induced Auger electron spectroscopy (PAES) data from Ge(100) and Ge(111) surfaces display several strong Auger peaks corresponding to M{sub 4,5}N{sub 1}N{sub 2,3}, M{sub 2,3}M{sub 4,5}M{sub 4,5}, M{sub 2,3}M{sub 4,5}V, and M{sub 1}M{sub 4,5}M{sub 4,5} Auger transitions. The integrated peak intensities of Auger transitions have been used to obtain experimental annihilation probabilities for the Ge 3d and 3p core electrons. The experimental data were analyzed by performing theoretical studies of the effects of surface reconstructions and electron-positron correlations on image potential induced surface states and annihilation characteristics of positrons trapped at the reconstructed Ge(100) and Ge(111) surfaces. Calculations of positron surface states and annihilation characteristics have been performed for Ge(100) surface with (2x1), (2x2), and (4x2) reconstructions, and for Ge(111) surface with c(2x8) reconstruction. Estimates of the positron binding energy and annihilation characteristics reveal their sensitivity to the specific atomic structure of the topmost layers of the semiconductor and to the approximations used to describe electron-positron correlations. The results of these theoretical studies are compared with the ones obtained for the reconstructed Si(100)-(2x1) and Si(111)-(7x7) surfaces.

  9. SEARCH FOR DARK MATTER ANNIHILATION SIGNALS FROM THE FORNAX GALAXY CLUSTER WITH H.E.S.S

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    Abramowski, A.; Acero, F.; Akhperjanian, A. G.; Anton, G.; Balzer, A.; Brucker, J.; Barnacka, A.; Barres de Almeida, U.; Becherini, Y.; Becker, J.; Behera, B.; Birsin, E.; Biteau, J.; Brun, F.; Bolmont, J.; Collaboration: H.E.S.S. Collaboration; and others

    2012-05-10

    The Fornax galaxy cluster was observed with the High Energy Stereoscopic System for a total live time of 14.5 hr, searching for very high energy (VHE; E > 100GeV) {gamma}-rays from dark matter (DM) annihilation. No significant signal was found in searches for point-like and extended emissions. Using several models of the DM density distribution, upper limits on the DM velocity-weighted annihilation cross-section ({sigma}v) as a function of the DM particle mass are derived. Constraints are derived for different DM particle models, such as those arising from Kaluza-Klein and supersymmetric models. Various annihilation final states are considered. Possible enhancements of the DM annihilation {gamma}-ray flux, due to DM substructures of the DM host halo, or from the Sommerfeld effect, are studied. Additional {gamma}-ray contributions from internal bremsstrahlung and inverse Compton radiation are also discussed. For a DM particle mass of 1 TeV, the exclusion limits at 95% of confidence level reach values of ({sigma}v){sup 95%C.L.} {approx} 10{sup -23} cm{sup 3} s{sup -1}, depending on the DM particle model and halo properties. Additional contribution from DM substructures can improve the upper limits on ({sigma}v) by more than two orders of magnitude. At masses around 4.5 TeV, the enhancement by substructures and the Sommerfeld resonance effect results in a velocity-weighted annihilation cross-section upper limit at the level of ({sigma}v){sup 95%C.L.} {approx}10{sup -26} cm{sup 3} s{sup -1}.

  10. 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.

  11. Improving the sensitivity of gamma-ray telescopes to dark matter annihilation in dwarf spheroidal galaxies

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    Carlson, Eric; Hooper, Dan; Linden, Tim

    2015-03-01

    The Fermi-LAT Collaboration has studied the gamma-ray emission from a stacked population of dwarf spheroidal galaxies and used this information to set constraints on the dark matter annihilation cross section. Interestingly, their analysis uncovered an excess with a test statistic (TS) of 8.7. If interpreted naively, this constitutes a 2.95σ local excess (p-value=0.003), relative to the expectations of their background model. In order to further test this interpretation, the Fermi-LAT team studied a large number of blank sky locations and found TS>8.7 excesses to be more common than predicted by their background model, decreasing the significance of their dwarf excess to 2.2σ(p-value=0.027). We argue that these TS>8.7 blank sky locations are largely the result of unresolved blazars, radio galaxies, and star-forming galaxies, and show that multiwavelength information can be used to reduce the degree to which such sources contaminate the otherwise blank sky. In particular, we show that masking regions of the sky that lie within 1° of sources contained in the BZCAT or CRATES catalogs reduce the fraction of blank sky locations with TS>8.7 by more than a factor of 2. Taking such multiwavelength information into account can enable experiments such as Fermi to better characterize their backgrounds and increase their sensitivity to dark matter in dwarf galaxies, the most important of which remain largely uncontaminated by unresolved point sources. We also note that for the range of dark matter masses and annihilation cross sections currently being tested by studies of dwarf spheroidal galaxies, simulations predict that Fermi should be able to detect a significant number of dark matter subhalos. These subhalos constitute a population of subthreshold gamma-ray point sources and represent an irreducible background for searches for dark matter annihilation in dwarf galaxies.

  12. Positronium in Solids: Computer Simulation of Pick-Off and Self-Annihilation

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    Bug, A; Muluneh, M; Waldman, J; Sterne, P

    2003-08-01

    Positronium (Ps) is simulated using Path Integral Monte Carlo (PIMC). This method can reproduce the results of previous simple theories in which a single quantum particle is used to represent Ps within an idealized pore. In addition, the calculations treat the e{sup -} and e{sup +} of Ps exactly and realistically model interactions with solid atoms, thereby correcting and extending the simpler theory. They study the pick-off lifetime of o-Ps and the internal contact density, {kappa}, which controls the self-annihilation behavior, for Ps in model voids (spherical pores), defects in a solid (argon), and microporous solids (zeolites).

  13. QCD description of charmonium plus light meson production in pbar- N annihilation

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    Pire, B.; Semenov-Tian-Shansky, K.; Szymanowski, L.

    2013-07-01

    The associated production of a J / ψ and a π meson in antiproton-nucleon annihilation is studied in the framework of QCD collinear factorization. In this approach, a hard subprocess responsible for the production of the heavy quark-antiquark pair factorizes from soft hadronic matrix elements, such as the antiproton (nucleon) distribution amplitude and the nucleon-to-pion (antiproton-to-pion) transition distribution amplitude. This reaction mechanism should dominate the forward and backward kinematical regions, where the cross sections are expected to be measurable in the set-up of the P¯ANDA experiment at the GSI-FAIR facility.

  14. Measurement of the spectra of low energy electrons resulting from Auger transitions induced by the annihilation of low energy positrons implanted at The Ag (100) surface

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    Shastry, Karthik; Joglekar, Prasad; Weiss, A. H.; Fazleev, N. G.

    2013-04-01

    A few percent of positrons bound to a solid surface annihilate with core electrons resulting in highly excited atoms containing core holes. These core holes may be filled in an auto-ionizing process in which a less tightly bound electron drops into the hole and the energy difference transferred to an outgoing "Auger electron." Because the core holes are created by annihilation and not impact it is possible to use very low energy positron beams to obtain annihilation induced Auger signals. The Auger signals so obtained have little or none of the large impact induced secondary electron background that interferes with measurements of the low energy Auger spectra obtained using the much higher incident energies necessary when using electron or photon beams. Here we present the results of measurements of the energy spectrum of low energy electrons emitted as a result of Positron Annihilation Induce Auger Electron Emission [1] from a clean Ag (100) surface. The measurements were performed using the University of Texas Arlington Time of Flight Positron Annihilation induced Auger Electron Spectrometer (T-O-F-PAES) System [2]. A strong double peak was observed at ˜35eV corresponding to the N2VV and N3VV Auger transitions in agreement with previous PAES studies [3].

  15. Multi-frequency analysis of neutralino dark matter annihilations in the Coma cluster

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    Colafrancesco, S.; Profumo, S.; Ullio, P.

    2006-08-01

    We study the astrophysical implications of neutralino dark matter annihilations in galaxy clusters, with a specific application to the Coma cluster. We first address the determination of the dark halo models for Coma, starting from structure formation models and observational data, and we discuss in detail the role of sub-halos. We then perform a thorough analysis of the transport and diffusion properties of neutralino annihilation products, and investigate the resulting multi-frequency signals, from radio to gamma-ray frequencies. We also study other relevant astrophysical effects of neutralino annihilations, like the DM-induced Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect and the intracluster gas heating. As for the particle physics setup, we adopt a two-fold approach, resorting both to model-independent bottom-up scenarios and to benchmark, GUT-motivated frameworks. We show that the Coma radio-halo data (the spectrum and the surface brightness) can be nicely fitted by the neutralino-induced signal for peculiar particle physics models and for magnetic field values, which we outline in detail. Fitting the radio data and moving to higher frequencies, we find that the multi-frequency spectral energy distributions are typically dim at EUV and X-ray frequencies (with respect to the data), but show a non-negligible gamma-ray emission, depending on the amplitude of the Coma magnetic field. A simultaneous fit to the radio, EUV and HXR data is not possible without violating the gamma-ray EGRET upper limit. The best-fit particle physics models yields substantial heating of the intracluster gas, but not sufficient energy injection as to explain the quenching of cooling flows in the innermost region of clusters. Due to the specific multi-frequency features of the DM-induced spectral energy distribution in Coma, we find that supersymmetric models can be significantly and optimally constrained either in the gamma-rays or at radio and microwave frequencies.

  16. Intensity-Frontier Antiproton Physics with The Antiproton Annihilation Spectrometer (TAPAS) at Fermilab

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    Apollinari, Giorgio; Asner, David M.; Baldini, Wander; Bartoszek, Larry; Broemmelsiek, Daniel R.; Brown, Charles N.; Chakravorty, Alak; Colas, Paul; Derwent, Paul; Drutskoy, Alexey; Fortner, Michael; /Northern Illinois U. /Saclay /Indian Inst. Tech., Hyderabad

    2011-11-01

    The Fermilab Antiproton Source is the world's most intense source of antimatter. With the Tevatron program now behind us, this unique facility can help make the case for Fermilab's continued accelerator operations. The Antiproton Source can be used for unique, dedicated antimatter studies, including medium-energy {bar p}-annihilation experiments. We propose to assemble a powerful, yet cost-effective, solenoidal magnetic spectrometer for antiproton-annihilation events, and to use it at the Fermilab Antiproton Accumulator to measure the charm production cross section, study rare hyperon decays, search for hyperon CP asymmetry, precisely measure the properties of several charmonium and nearby states, and make the first measurements of the Drell-Yan continuum in medium-energy antiproton annihilation. Should the charm production cross section be as large as some have proposed, we will also be able to measure D{sup 0}-{bar D}{sup 0} mixing with high precision and discover (or sensitively limit) charm CP violation. The observation of charm or hyperon CP violation would be evidence for physics beyond the Standard Model, with possible implications for the origin of the baryon asymmetry of the universe - the question of what happened to all the antimatter that must have been produced in the Big Bang. The experiment will be carried out by an international collaboration and will require some four years of running time. As possibly the sole hadron experiment in progress at Fermilab during that time, it will play an important role in maintaining a broad particle physics program at Fermilab and in the U.S. It will thus help us to continue attracting creative and capable young people into science and technology, and introducing them to the important technologies of accelerators, detectors, and data acquisition and analysis - key roles in society that accelerator-based particle physics has historically played.

  17. One-loop correction to heavy dark matter annihilation

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    Ovanesyan, Grigory; Rodd, Nicholas L.; Slatyer, Tracy R.; Stewart, Iain W.

    2017-03-01

    We calculate the one-loop corrections to TeV-scale dark matter annihilation in a model where the dark matter is described by an SU(2 ) L triplet of Majorana fermions, such as the wino. We use this framework to determine the high- and low-scale MS ¯ matching coefficients at both the dark matter and weak boson mass scales at one loop. Part of this calculation has previously been performed in the literature numerically; we find our analytic result differs from the earlier work and discuss potential origins of this disagreement. Our result is used to extend the dark matter annihilation rate to next-to-leading logarithmic+O (α2) corrections (NLL' ), which enables a precise determination of indirect detection signatures in present and upcoming experiments.

  18. Directional Dependence for Dark Matter Annihilation in Extreme Astrophysical Environments

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    Valadie, O. Grahm; Tinsley, Todd

    2017-01-01

    This research explores the directional dependence that extreme magnetic fields have on the annihilation of dark matter into electron-positron pairs. We take the neutralino of the Minimally Supersymmetric Standard Model (MSSM) as our dark matter candidate and assume magnetic field strengths on the order of the critical field (Bc 1013 G). This is characteristic of extreme astrophysical environments in which dark matter may accumulate. We will present the results for the annihilation cross section at varying incoming particle direction. In addition, we will present how these results differ with neutralino mass and energy, as well as with the magnetic field strength. Our goal is to demonstrate the ways that the direction of the magnetic field affects the states of the final electron and positron. This work is supported by NASA/Arkansas Space Grant Consortium and the Hendrix Odyssey Program.

  19. On thermal corrections to near-threshold annihilation

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    Kim, Seyong; Laine, M.

    2017-01-01

    We consider non-relativistic ``dark'' particles interacting through gauge boson exchange. At finite temperature, gauge exchange is modified in many ways: virtual corrections lead to Debye screening; real corrections amount to frequent scatterings of the heavy particles on light plasma constituents; mixing angles change. In a certain temperature and energy range, these effects are of order unity. Taking them into account in a resummed form, we estimate the near-threshold spectrum of kinetically equilibrated annihilating TeV scale particles. Weakly bound states are shown to "melt" below freeze-out, whereas with attractive strong interactions, relevant e.g. for gluinos, bound states boost the annihilation rate by a factor 04... 8 with respect to the Sommerfeld estimate, thereby perhaps helping to avoid overclosure of the universe. Modestly non-degenerate dark sector masses and a way to combine the contributions of channels with different gauge and spin structures are also discussed.

  20. High nuclear temperatures by antimatter-matter annihilation

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    Gibbs, W.R.; Strottman, D.

    1985-01-01

    It is suggested that the quark-gluon phase be created through the use of antiproton or antideuteron beams. The first advantage to this method, using higher energy antiprotons than 1.5 GeV/c, is that the higher momenta antiprotons penetrate more deeply so that mesons produced are more nearly contained within the nucleus. Another advantage is that the annihilation products are very forward-peaked and tend to form a beam of mesons so that the energy density does not disperse very rapidly. Calculations were performed using the intranuclear cascade to try to follow the process of annihilation in some detail. The intranuclear cascade type calculation method is compared to the hydrodynamic approach. 8 refs., 8 figs. (LEW)

  1. Ballistic annihilation with superimposed diffusion in one dimension

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    Biswas, Soham; Larralde, Hernán; Leyvraz, Francois

    2016-02-01

    We consider a one-dimensional system with particles having either positive or negative velocity, and these particles annihilate on contact. Diffusion is superimposed on the ballistic motion of the particle. The annihilation may represent a reaction in which the two particles yield an inert species. This model has been the subject of previous work, in which it was shown that the particle concentration decays faster than either the purely ballistic or the purely diffusive case. We report on previously unnoticed behavior for large times when only one of the two species remains, and we also unravel the underlying fractal structure present in the system. We also consider in detail the case in which the initial concentration of right-going particles is 1 /2 +ɛ , with ɛ ≠0 . It is shown that remarkably rich behavior arises, in which two crossover times are observed as ɛ →0 .

  2. Multistep cascade annihilations of dark matter and the Galactic Center excess

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    Elor, Gilly; Rodd, Nicholas L.; Slatyer, Tracy R.

    2015-05-26

    If dark matter is embedded in a non-trivial dark sector, it may annihilate and decay to lighter dark-sector states which subsequently decay to the Standard Model. Such scenarios - with annihilation followed by cascading dark-sector decays - can explain the apparent excess GeV gamma-rays identified in the central Milky Way, while evading bounds from dark matter direct detection experiments. Each 'step' in the cascade will modify the observable signatures of dark matter annihilation and decay, shifting the resulting photons and other final state particles to lower energies and broadening their spectra. We explore, in a model-independent way, the effect ofmore » multi-step dark-sector cascades on the preferred regions of parameter space to explain the GeV excess. We find that the broadening effects of multi-step cascades can admit final states dominated by particles that would usually produce too sharply peaked photon spectra; in general, if the cascades are hierarchical (each particle decays to substantially lighter particles), the preferred mass range for the dark matter is in all cases 20-150 GeV. Decay chains that have nearly-degenerate steps, where the products are close to half the mass of the progenitor, can admit much higher DM masses. We map out the region of mass/cross-section parameter space where cascades (degenerate, hierarchical or a combination) can fit the signal, for a range of final states. In the current paper, we study multi-step cascades in the context of explaining the GeV excess, but many aspects of our results are general and can be extended to other applications.« less

  3. Multistep cascade annihilations of dark matter and the Galactic Center excess

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    Elor, Gilly; Rodd, Nicholas L.; Slatyer, Tracy R.

    2015-05-26

    If dark matter is embedded in a non-trivial dark sector, it may annihilate and decay to lighter dark-sector states which subsequently decay to the Standard Model. Such scenarios - with annihilation followed by cascading dark-sector decays - can explain the apparent excess GeV gamma-rays identified in the central Milky Way, while evading bounds from dark matter direct detection experiments. Each 'step' in the cascade will modify the observable signatures of dark matter annihilation and decay, shifting the resulting photons and other final state particles to lower energies and broadening their spectra. We explore, in a model-independent way, the effect of multi-step dark-sector cascades on the preferred regions of parameter space to explain the GeV excess. We find that the broadening effects of multi-step cascades can admit final states dominated by particles that would usually produce too sharply peaked photon spectra; in general, if the cascades are hierarchical (each particle decays to substantially lighter particles), the preferred mass range for the dark matter is in all cases 20-150 GeV. Decay chains that have nearly-degenerate steps, where the products are close to half the mass of the progenitor, can admit much higher DM masses. We map out the region of mass/cross-section parameter space where cascades (degenerate, hierarchical or a combination) can fit the signal, for a range of final states. In the current paper, we study multi-step cascades in the context of explaining the GeV excess, but many aspects of our results are general and can be extended to other applications.

  4. Neutrino fluxes from constrained minimal supersymmetric standard model lightest supersymmetric particle annihilations in the Sun

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    Ellis, John; Olive, Keith A.; Savage, Christopher; Spanos, Vassilis C.

    2010-04-15

    We evaluate the neutrino fluxes to be expected from neutralino lightest supersymmetric particle (LSP) annihilations inside the Sun, within the minimal supersymmetric extension of the standard model with supersymmetry-breaking scalar and gaugino masses constrained to be universal at the grand unified theory scale [the constrained minimal supersymmetric standard model (CMSSM)]. We find that there are large regions of typical CMSSM (m{sub 1/2},m{sub 0}) planes where the LSP density inside the Sun is not in equilibrium, so that the annihilation rate may be far below the capture rate. We show that neutrino fluxes are dependent on the solar model at the 20% level, and adopt the AGSS09 model of Serenelli et al. for our detailed studies. We find that there are large regions of the CMSSM (m{sub 1/2},m{sub 0}) planes where the capture rate is not dominated by spin-dependent LSP-proton scattering, e.g., at large m{sub 1/2} along the CMSSM coannihilation strip. We calculate neutrino fluxes above various threshold energies for points along the coannihilation/rapid-annihilation and focus-point strips where the CMSSM yields the correct cosmological relic density for tan{beta}=10 and 55 for {mu}>0, exploring their sensitivities to uncertainties in the spin-dependent and -independent scattering matrix elements. We also present detailed neutrino spectra for four benchmark models that illustrate generic possibilities within the CMSSM. Scanning the cosmologically favored parts of the parameter space of the CMSSM, we find that the IceCube/DeepCore detector can probe at best only parts of this parameter space, notably the focus-point region and possibly also at the low-mass tip of the coannihilation strip.

  5. Neutrino fluxes from nonuniversal Higgs mass LSP annihilations in the Sun

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    Ellis, John; Olive, Keith A.; Savage, Christopher; Spanos, Vassilis C.

    2011-04-15

    We extend our previous studies of the neutrino fluxes expected from neutralino LSP annihilations inside the Sun to include variants of the minimal supersymmetric extension of the Standard Model (MSSM) with squark, slepton and gaugino masses constrained to be universal at the GUT scale, but allowing one or two nonuniversal supersymmetry breaking parameters contributing to the Higgs masses (NUHM1,2). As in the constrained MSSM (CMSSM) with universal Higgs masses, there are large regions of the NUHM parameter space where the LSP density inside the Sun is not in equilibrium, so that the annihilation rate may be far below the capture rate, and there are also large regions where the capture rate is not dominated by spin-dependent LSP-proton scattering. The spectra possible in the NUHM are qualitatively similar to those in the CMSSM. We calculate neutrino-induced muon fluxes above a threshold energy of 10 GeV, appropriate for the IceCube/DeepCore detector, for points where the NUHM yields the correct cosmological relic density for representative choices of the NUHM parameters. We find that the IceCube/DeepCore detector can probe regions of the NUHM parameter space in addition to analogues of the focus point strip and the tip of the coannihilation strip familiar from the CMSSM. These include regions with enhanced Higgsino-gaugino mixing in the LSP composition, that occurs where neutralino mass eigenstates cross over. On the other hand, rapid-annihilation funnel regions in general yield neutrino fluxes that are unobservably small.

  6. Angular Dependence of Vortex Annihilation Fields in Asymmetric Co Dots

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    2009-07-15

    eScholarship provides open access, scholarly publishing services to the University of California and delivers a dynamic research platform to scholars...a dynamic research platform to scholars worldwide. the half loop and the vortex chirality can be well controlled. At intermediate angles the chirality...and the changing energy landscape during field cycling. The vortex annihilation along the half loop faces a higher energy barrier than along the

  7. Detecting positron-atom bound states through resonant annihilation.

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    Dzuba, V A; Flambaum, V V; Gribakin, G F

    2010-11-12

    A method is proposed for detecting positron-atom bound states by observing enhanced positron annihilation due to electronic Feshbach resonances at electron-volt energies. The method is applicable to a range of open-shell transition-metal atoms which are likely to bind the positron: Fe, Co, Ni, Tc, Ru, Rh, Sn, Sb, Ta, W, Os, Ir, and Pt. Estimates of their binding energies are provided.

  8. 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.

  9. Annihilation of positrons trapped at the alkali-metal-covered transition-metal surface

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    Fazleev, N.G.; Fry, J.L.; Kuttler, K.H.; Koymen, A.R.; Weiss, A.H.

    1995-08-15

    Recent studies of the Cu(100) surface covered with submonolayers of Cs revealed that the normalized intensity of the positron-annihilation-induced Cu {ital M}{sub 2,3}{ital VV} Auger signal remains nearly constant at the clean Cu(100) surface value until the Cs coverage reaches approximately 0.7 physical monolayer, at which coverage the signal intensity drops precipitously. We present a microscopic analysis of this unusual behavior of the Cu {ital M}{sub 2,3}{ital VV} Auger signal based on a treatment of a positron as a single charged particle trapped in a ``correlation well`` in the proximity of the surface atoms. The image-potential-induced positron surface states are calculated using the corrugated-mirror model in a full three-dimensional geometry. These states are studied for the clean Cu(100) surface and for various ordered structures of the Cs adsorbate on the Cu(100) surface below and above the critical alkali-metal coverage of approximately 0.7 physical monolayer. Calculations show that whereas the positron surface state is localized in the region of the Cs/Cu(100) interface for Cs coverages below the critical alkali-metal coverage, at a Cs coverage corresponding to one physical monolayer the positron surface state is localized on the vacuum side of the Cs overlayer. The probabilities for a positron trapped in a surface state to annihilate with relevant Cu and Cs core-level electrons as well as the positron surface-state lifetimes are computed for various alkali-metal structures on the Cu(100) surface and compared with experimental positron-annihilation-induced Auger-electron-spectroscopy data. It is shown that a shift in localization of the positron surface state from the Cs/Cu(100) interface to the vacuum side of the alkali-metal overlayer results in a sharp decrease in the positron-annihilation probabilities with Cu 3{ital s} and 3{ital p} core-level electrons, in agreement with experiment.

  10. Antiproton constraints on dark matter annihilations from internal electroweak bremsstrahlung

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    Garny, Mathias; Ibarra, Alejandro; Vogl, Stefan E-mail: alejandro.ibarra@ph.tum.de

    2011-07-01

    If the dark matter particle is a Majorana fermion, annihilations into two fermions and one gauge boson could have, for some choices of the parameters of the model, a non-negligible cross-section. Using a toy model of leptophilic dark matter, we calculate the constraints on the annihilation cross-section into two electrons and one weak gauge boson from the PAMELA measurements of the cosmic antiproton-to-proton flux ratio. Furthermore, we calculate the maximal astrophysical boost factor allowed in the Milky Way under the assumption that the leptophilic dark matter particle is the dominant component of dark matter in our Universe. These constraints constitute very conservative estimates on the boost factor for more realistic models where the dark matter particle also couples to quarks and weak gauge bosons, such as the lightest neutralino which we also analyze for some concrete benchmark points. The limits on the astrophysical boost factors presented here could be used to evaluate the prospects to detect a gamma-ray signal from dark matter annihilations at currently operating IACTs as well as in the projected CTA.

  11. Saturation of low-energy antiproton annihilation on nuclei

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    Gal, A.; Friedman, E.; Batty, C. J.

    2000-10-01

    Recent measurements of very low-energy (pL<100 MeV//c) /p¯ annihilation on light nuclei reveal apparent suppression of annihilation upon increasing the atomic charge /Z and mass number /A. Using /p¯-nucleus optical potentials Vopt, fitted to /p¯-atom energy-shifts and -widths, we resolve this suppression as due to the strong effective repulsion produced by the very absorptive Vopt. The low-energy /p¯-nucleus wavefunction is kept substantially outside the nuclear surface and the resulting reaction cross section saturates as function of the strength of ImVopt. This feature, for /E>0, parallels the recent prediction, for /E<0, that the level widths of /p¯ atoms saturate and, hence, that /p¯ deeply bound atomic states are relatively narrow. Antiproton annihilation cross sections are calculated at pL=57 MeV//c across the periodic table, and their dependence on /Z and /A is classified and discussed with respect to the Coulomb focussing effect at very low energies.

  12. Rapid thermal co-annihilation through bound states in QCD

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    Kim, Seyong; Laine, M.

    2016-07-01

    The co-annihilation rate of heavy particles close to thermal equilibrium, which plays a role in many classic dark matter scenarios, can be "simulated" in QCD by considering the pair annihilation rate of a heavy quark and antiquark at a temperature of a few hundred MeV. We show that the so-called Sommerfeld factors, parameterizing the rate, can be defined and measured non-perturbatively within the NRQCD framework. Lattice measurements indicate a modest suppression in the octet channel, in reasonable agreement with perturbation theory, and a large enhancement in the singlet channel, much above the perturbative prediction. The additional enhancement is suggested to originate from bound state formation and subsequent decay. Making use of a Green's function based method to incorporate thermal corrections in perturbative co-annihilation rate computations, we show that qualitative agreement with lattice data can be found once thermally broadened bound states are accounted for. We suggest that our formalism may also be applicable to specific dark matter models which have complicated bound state structures.

  13. Implications of an astrophysical interpretation of PAMELA and Fermi-LAT data for future searches of a positron signal from dark matter annihilations

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    Choi, Ki-Young; Yaguna, Carlos E.

    2010-01-01

    The recent data from PAMELA and Fermi-LAT can be interpreted as evidence of new astrophysical sources of high energy positrons. In that case, such astrophysical positrons constitute an additional background against the positrons from dark matter annihilation. In this paper, we study the effect of that background on the prospects for the detection of a positron dark matter signal in future experiments. In particular, we determine the new regions in the (mass, ⟨σv⟩) plane that are detectable by the AMS-02 experiment for several dark matter scenarios and different propagation models. We find that, due to the increased background, these regions feature annihilation rates that are up to a factor of 3 larger than those obtained for the conventional background. That is, an astrophysical interpretation of the present data by PAMELA and Fermi-LAT implies that the detection of positrons from dark matter annihilation is slightly more challenging than previously believed.

  14. Measuring Positron Annihilation in NaI(Tl) Detectors as the Final Stage in a Carbon Diagnostic.

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    Braaten, Melissa; Brown, Cassarah; Padalino, Stephen; Glebov, Vladimir; Sangster, T. Craig; Duffy, Timothy

    2007-11-01

    This study was performed to increase the detection efficiency of 511 keV annihilation radiation from decaying C-11 by indentifying and eliminating different forms of background radiation originating from the source and the ambient background in the gamma ray coincidence spectrum. Cu-64 was substituted for C-11 in this investigation since it could be easily made from Cu-63 via neutron capture using a PuBe neutron source. Using Cu-64, the effect of ambient background and source induced radiation in the NaI detectors was examined in three coincidence spectra. The spectra were generated by pairing the output signals of the three NaI(Tl) detectors and displaying them as two dimensional spectra. Different gamma ray background contributions to the coincidence spectrum were studied, including annihilation radiation from pair production in the detectors and the lead shielding. Detector geometries and source materials which modified the Compton scattering background were also investigated.

  15. Quantum teleportation by particle-hole annihilation in the Fermi sea.

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    Beenakker, C W J; Kindermann, M

    2004-02-06

    We point out that the mutual annihilation of an electron-hole pair at a tunnel barrier leads to teleportation of the state of the annihilated electron to a second, distant electron--if the latter was previously entangled with the annihilated hole. We propose an experiment, involving low-frequency noise measurements on a two-dimensional electron gas in a high magnetic field, to detect teleportation of electrons and holes in the two lowest Landau levels.

  16. 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.

  17. Novel time-of-flight spectrometer for the analysis of positron annihilation induced Auger electrons

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    Hugenschmidt, Christoph; Legl, Stefan

    2006-10-15

    Positron annihilation induced Auger-electron spectroscopy (PAES) has several advantages over conventional Auger-electron spectroscopy such as extremely high surface sensitivity and outstanding signal-to-noise ratio at the Auger-transition energy. In order to benefit from these prominent features a low-energy positron beam of high intensity is required for surface sensitive PAES studies. In addition, an electron energy analyzer is required, which efficiently detects the Auger electrons with acceptable energy resolution. For this reason a novel time-of-flight (TOF) spectrometer has been developed at the intense positron source NEPOMUC that allows PAES studies within short measurement time. This TOF-PAES setup combines a trochoidal filter and a flight tube in a Faraday cage in order to achieve an improved energy resolution of about 1 eV at high electron energies up to E{approx_equal}1000 eV. The electron flight time is the time between the annihilation radiation at the sample and when the electron hits a microchannel plate detector at the end of the flight tube.

  18. Novel time-of-flight spectrometer for the analysis of positron annihilation induced Auger electrons

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    Hugenschmidt, Christoph; Legl, Stefan

    2006-10-01

    Positron annihilation induced Auger-electron spectroscopy (PAES) has several advantages over conventional Auger-electron spectroscopy such as extremely high surface sensitivity and outstanding signal-to-noise ratio at the Auger-transition energy. In order to benefit from these prominent features a low-energy positron beam of high intensity is required for surface sensitive PAES studies. In addition, an electron energy analyzer is required, which efficiently detects the Auger electrons with acceptable energy resolution. For this reason a novel time-of-flight (TOF) spectrometer has been developed at the intense positron source NEPOMUC that allows PAES studies within short measurement time. This TOF-PAES setup combines a trochoidal filter and a flight tube in a Faraday cage in order to achieve an improved energy resolution of about 1eV at high electron energies up to E ≈1000eV. The electron flight time is the time between the annihilation radiation at the sample and when the electron hits a microchannel plate detector at the end of the flight tube.

  19. Synthesis and characterization of titania nanorods from ilmenite for photocatalytic annihilation of E. coli.

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    Sethi, Diptipriya; Jada, Naresh; Kumar, Rohit; Ramasamy, Sakthivel; Pandey, Sony; Das, Trupti; Kalidoss, Jayasankar; Mukherjee, Partha Sarathi; Tiwari, Ashish

    2014-11-01

    Titania nanorod structures have been obtained by thermal plasma reduction of ilmenite (FeTiO₃) followed by chemical treatments. Inherently present iron in the titania nanorods acts as a dopant which results in shifting the absorption edge of titania from ultraviolet to visible region. X-ray diffraction (XRD) study confirms the existence of rutile phase of titania. X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) reveals the presence of Ti(4+), O(2-), Fe(3+) and surface hydroxyl group. Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) confirms the formation of nanorod structure having width of 6 nm and length of 32 nm. Photocatalytic annihilation property of titania nanorods derived from ilmenite (titania-I), rutile titania obtained from titanium(IV) butoxide (titania-A) and Degussa P25 titania was studied under UV and UV-Visible irradiation conditions separately and compared. The time required for complete photocatalytic annihilation of Escherichiacoli cells are 10, 15 and 45 min under UV irradiation whereas it has taken 15, 10-15, 30 min under UV-Visible irradiation for titania-A, Degussa P25 titania and titania-I respectively. It is observed that titania-I shows significantly stronger antibacterial property under UV-Visible irradiation compared to UV alone.

  20. New signature of dark matter annihilations: Gamma rays from intermediate-mass black holes

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    Bertone, Gianfranco; Zentner, Andrew R.; Silk, Joseph

    2005-11-15

    We study the prospects for detecting gamma rays from dark matter (DM) annihilations in enhancements of the DM density (mini-spikes) around intermediate-mass black holes (IMBH) with masses in the range 10{sup 2} < or approx. M/M{sub {center_dot}} < or approx. 10{sup 6}. Focusing on two different IMBH formation scenarios, we show that, for typical values of mass and cross section of common DM candidates, mini-spikes, produced by the adiabatic growth of DM around pregalactic IMBHs, would be bright sources of gamma rays, which could be easily detected with large field-of-view gamma-ray experiments such as GLAST, and further studied with smaller field-of-view, larger-area experiments like Air Cherenkov Telescopes CANGAROO, HESS, MAGIC, and VERITAS. The detection of many gamma-ray sources not associated with a luminous component of the Local Group, and with identical cutoffs in their energy spectra at the mass of the DM particle, would provide a potential smoking-gun signature of DM annihilations and shed new light on the nature of intermediate and supermassive black holes.

  1. 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.

  2. Surface states and positron annihilation spectroscopy: results and prospects from a first-principles approach

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    Callewaert, V.; Saniz, R.; Barbiellini, B.; Partoens, B.

    2017-01-01

    The trapping of positrons at the surface of a material can be exploited to study quite selectively the surface properties of the latter by means of positron annihilation spectroscopy techniques. To support these, it is desirable to be able to theoretically predict the existence of such positronic surface states and to describe their annihilation characteristics with core or valence surface electrons in a reliable way. Here, we build on the well-developed first-principles techniques for the study of positrons in bulk solids as well as on previous models for surfaces, and investigate two schemes that can improve the theoretical description of the interaction of positrons with surfaces. One is based on supplementing the local-density correlation potential with the corrugated image potential at the surface, and the other is based on the weighted-density approximation to correlation. We discuss our results for topological insulators, graphene layers, and quantum dots, with emphasis on the information that can be directly related to experiment. We also discuss some open theoretical problems that should be addressed by future research.

  3. Analysis of the self-assembling and the defect annihilation processes in DSA using meso-scale simulation

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    Morita, Hiroshi; Norizoe, Yuki

    2015-03-01

    Recently, directed self-assembly (DSA) method is focused on as a next generation lithography technique. We performed the DPD simulations to analyze the self-assembling process of block copolymer in DSA using OCTA (in detail, see http://octa.jp) system. Using DPD simulation, we can obtain the phase separated structures at each moment consisted by block copolymer chains. As those structures are consisted by polymer chains, an analysis can be done on those structures. In this paper, we study the dynamics of end particles in the defect annihilation process to understand the dynamics of self-assembling of block copolymer in DSA. From our analysis, the end particles moves in advance than the change of domain structure in the defect annihilation process.

  4. Individual vortex nucleation/annihilation in ferromagnetic nanodots with broken symmetry observed by micro-Hall magnetometry

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    Ščepka, T.; Polakovič, T.; Šoltýs, J.; Tóbik, J.; Kulich, M.; Kúdela, R.; Dérer, J.; Cambel, V.

    2015-11-01

    We studied vortex nucleation/annihilation process and its temperature dependence in micromagnetic objects with lowered symmetry using micro-Hall magnetometry. Magnetization reversal curves were obtained for the Pacman-like nanodots placed directly on Hall probes. Lowered symmetry of the object leads to good control of its chirality. Vortex nucleation and annihilation fields strongly depend on the angle of the external in-plane magnetic field with respect on the nanodot symmetry. The micromagnetic simulations support the experimental results - the vortex nucleation fields are controlled by local magnetization configurations present in the object (C-, S-, and double S-states) for field just above vortex nucleation field. The experiments also confirm that the vortex nucleation proceeds via thermal activation over an energy barrier.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Microstructure Evaluation of Fe-BASED Amorphous Alloys Investigated by Doppler Broadening Positron Annihilation Technique

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    Lu, Wei; Huang, Ping; Wang, Yuxin; Yan, Biao

    2013-07-01

    Microstructure of Fe-based amorphous and nanocrystalline soft magnetic alloy has been investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electronic microscopy (TEM) and Doppler broadening positron annihilation technique (PAT). Doppler broadening measurement reveals that amorphous alloys (Finemet, Type I) which can form a nanocrystalline phase have more defects (free volume) than alloys (Metglas, Type II) which cannot form this microstructure. XRD and TEM characterization indicates that the nanocrystallization of amorphous Finemet alloy occurs at 460°C, where nanocrystallites of α-Fe with an average grain size of a few nanometers are formed in an amorphous matrix. With increasing annealing temperature up to 500°C, the average grain size increases up to around 12 nm. During the annealing of Finemet alloy, it has been demonstrated that positron annihilates in quenched-in defect, crystalline nanophase and amorphous-nanocrystalline interfaces. The change of line shape parameter S with annealing temperature in Finemet alloy is mainly due to the structural relaxation, the pre-nucleation of Cu nucleus and the nanocrystallization of α-Fe(Si) phase during annealing. This study throws new insights into positron behavior in the nanocrystallization of metallic glasses, especially in the presence of single or multiple nanophases embedded in the amorphous matrix.

  8. Positron Annihilation Induced Auger Electron Spectroscopy of Inner Shell Transitions Using Time-Of Technique

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    Xie, Shuping; Jiang, Neng; Weiss, A. H.

    2003-03-01

    Positron annihilation induced Auger electron spectroscopy (PAES) has been shown to have unique advantages over conventional electron collision induced Auger techniques, including the ability to eliminate the secondary electron background and selectively probe the top-most atomic layer on the sample surface. Here we report on the development of a new time-of-flight (TOF) spectrometer which combines features high efficiency magnetic transport and parrallel energy measurment with high resolution by using an innovative timing method. The new TOF-PAES system, was used to make the first quantitative comparative measurements of the Auger intensities associated with the annihilation of positrons with the deep core levels (1s) of S KLL (180eV), C KLL (270eV), N KLL (360eV), and O KLL (510eV). Experimental results of Auger probabilities at outer core level (3s, 3P) of Cu M2,3VV (60eV), M1VV (105eV) are compared with the theoretical value of Jensen and Weiss. Quantitatively study the surface adsorbate process on Cu is performed and concentration changes of surface components are obtained. These results demonstrate that TOF-PAES can be used to obtain quantitative,top-layer specific, information from chemically important elements including those with relatively deep core levels (e.g. C and O).

  9. Free Volume Structure of Acrylic-Type Dental Nanocomposites Tested with Annihilating Positrons.

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    Shpotyuk, Olha; Ingram, Adam; Shpotyuk, Oleh

    2016-12-01

    Positron annihilation spectroscopy in lifetime measuring mode exploring conventional fast-fast coincidence ORTEC system is employed to characterize free volume structure of commercially available acrylic-type dental restorative composite Charisma® (Heraeus Kulzer GmbH, Germany). The measured lifetime spectra for uncured and light-cured composites are reconstructed from unconstrained x3-term fitting and semi-empirical model exploring x3-x2-coupling decomposition algorithm. The governing channel of positron annihilation in the composites studied is ascribed to mixed positron-Ps trapping, where Ps decaying in the third component is caused entirely by input from free-volume holes in polymer matrix, while the second component is defined by free positron trapping in interfacial free-volume holes between filler nanoparticles and surrounded polymer matrix. Microstructure scenario of the photopolymerization shrinkage includes cross-linking of structural chains in polymer matrix followed by conversion of bound positron-electron (positronium) traps in positron-trapping interfacial free-volume voids in a vicinity of agglomerated filler nanoparticles.

  10. Mechanism and activation energy of magnetic skyrmion annihilation obtained from minimum energy path calculations

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    Lobanov, Igor S.; Jónsson, Hannes; Uzdin, Valery M.

    2016-11-01

    The mechanism and activation energy for the annihilation of a magnetic skyrmion is studied by finding the minimum energy path for the transition in a system described by a Heisenberg-type Hamiltonian extended to include dipole-dipole, Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya, and anisotropy interactions so as to represent a Co monolayer on a Pt(111) surface. The annihilation mechanism involves isotropic shrinking of the skyrmion and slow increase of the energy until the transition state is reached after which the energy drops abruptly as the ferromagnetic final state forms. The maximum energy along the minimum energy path, which gives an estimate of the activation energy within the harmonic approximation of transition state theory, is found to be in excellent agreement with direct Langevin dynamics simulations at relatively high temperature carried out by Rohart et al. [Phys. Rev. B 93, 214412 (2016), 10.1103/PhysRevB.93.214412]. The dipole-dipole interaction, the computationally most demanding term in the Hamiltonian, is found to be important but its effect on the stability of the skyrmion and shape of the transition path can be mimicked accurately by reducing the anisotropy constant in the Hamiltonian.

  11. Free Volume Structure of Acrylic-Type Dental Nanocomposites Tested with Annihilating Positrons

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    Shpotyuk, Olha; Ingram, Adam; Shpotyuk, Oleh

    2016-11-01

    Positron annihilation spectroscopy in lifetime measuring mode exploring conventional fast-fast coincidence ORTEC system is employed to characterize free volume structure of commercially available acrylic-type dental restorative composite Charisma® (Heraeus Kulzer GmbH, Germany). The measured lifetime spectra for uncured and light-cured composites are reconstructed from unconstrained x3-term fitting and semi-empirical model exploring x3-x2-coupling decomposition algorithm. The governing channel of positron annihilation in the composites studied is ascribed to mixed positron-Ps trapping, where Ps decaying in the third component is caused entirely by input from free-volume holes in polymer matrix, while the second component is defined by free positron trapping in interfacial free-volume holes between filler nanoparticles and surrounded polymer matrix. Microstructure scenario of the photopolymerization shrinkage includes cross-linking of structural chains in polymer matrix followed by conversion of bound positron-electron (positronium) traps in positron-trapping interfacial free-volume voids in a vicinity of agglomerated filler nanoparticles.

  12. Impact of semi-annihilations on dark matter phenomenology. An example of Z{sub N} symmetric scalar dark matter

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    Bélanger, Geneviève; Kannike, Kristjan; Pukhov, Alexander; Raidal, Martti E-mail: kristjan.kannike@cern.ch E-mail: pukhov@lapp.in2p3.fr

    2012-04-01

    We study the impact of semi-annihilations x{sub i}x{sub j}↔x{sub k}X and dark matter conversion x{sub i}x{sub j}↔x{sub k}x{sub l}, where x{sub i} is any dark matter and X is any standard model particle, on dark matter phenomenology. We formulate minimal scalar dark matter models with an extra doublet and a complex singlet that predict non-trivial dark matter phenomenology with semi-annihilation processes for different discrete Abelian symmetries Z{sub N}, N > 2. We implement two such example models with Z{sub 3} and Z{sub 4} symmetry in micrOMEGAs and work out their phenomenology. We show that both semi-annihilations and dark matter conversion significantly modify the dark matter relic abundance in this type of models. In the Z{sub 4} model, there are two stable neutral particles and therefore multi-component dark matter. We also study the possibility of dark matter direct detection in XENON100 in those models.

  13. The characterization of the gamma-ray signal from the central Milky Way: A case for annihilating dark matter

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    Daylan, Tansu; Finkbeiner, Douglas P.; Hooper, Dan; Linden, Tim; Portillo, Stephen K. N.; Rodd, Nicholas L.; Slatyer, Tracy R.

    2016-06-01

    Past studies have identified a spatially extended excess of ˜1-3 GeV gamma rays from the region surrounding the Galactic Center, consistent with the emission expected from annihilating dark matter. We revisit and scrutinize this signal with the intention of further constraining its characteristics and origin. By applying cuts to the Fermi event parameter CTBCORE, we suppress the tails of the point spread function and generate high resolution gamma-ray maps, enabling us to more easily separate the various gamma-ray components. Within these maps, we find the GeV excess to be robust and highly statistically significant, with a spectrum, angular distribution, and overall normalization that is in good agreement with that predicted by simple annihilating dark matter models. For example, the signal is very well fit by a 36-51 GeV dark matter particle annihilating to b b ¯ with an annihilation cross section of σv =(1 - 3) × 10-26cm3 / s (normalized to a local dark matter density of 0.4 GeV /cm3). Furthermore, we confirm that the angular distribution of the excess is approximately spherically symmetric and centered around the dynamical center of the Milky Way (within ˜ 0.05∘ of Sgr A∗), showing no sign of elongation along the Galactic Plane. The signal is observed to extend to at least ≃ 10∘ from the Galactic Center, which together with its other morphological traits disfavors the possibility that this emission originates from previously known or modeled pulsar populations.

  14. {phi} meson production in pp annihilation at rest

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    Srisuphaphon, S.; Yan, Y.; Gutsche, Thomas; Lyubovitskij, Valery E.

    2011-10-01

    Apparent channel-dependent violations of the Okubo-Zwieg-Iizuka (OZI) rule in nucleon-antinucleon annihilation reactions in the presence of an intrinsic strangeness component in the nucleon are discussed. Admixture of ss quark pairs in the nucleon wave function enables the direct coupling to the {phi}-meson in the annihilation channel without violating the OZI rule. Three forms are considered in this work for the strangeness content of the proton wave function, namely, the uud cluster with a ss sea-quark component, kaon-hyperon clusters based on a simple chiral quark model, and the pentaquark picture uudss. Nonrelativistic quark model calculations reveal that the strangeness magnetic moment {mu}{sub s} and the strangeness contribution to the proton spin {sigma}{sub s} from the first two models are consistent with recent experimental data, where {mu}{sub s} and {sigma}{sub s} are negative. For the third model, the uuds subsystem with the configurations [31]{sub FS}[211]{sub F}[22]{sub S} and [31]{sub FS}[31]{sub F}[22]{sub S} leads to negative values of {mu}{sub s} and {sigma}{sub s}. With effective quark line diagrams incorporating the {sup 3}P{sub 0} model, we give estimates for the branching ratios of the annihilation reactions at rest pp{yields}{phi}X (X={pi}{sup 0}, {eta}, {rho}{sup 0}, {omega}). Results for the branching ratios of {phi}X production from atomic pp s-wave states are for the first and third model found to be strongly channel dependent, in good agreement with measured rates.

  15. Soft collinear effective theory for heavy WIMP annihilation

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    Bauer, Martin; Cohen, Timothy; Hill, Richard J.; Solon, Mikhail P.

    2015-01-19

    In a large class of models for Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs), the WIMP mass M lies far above the weak scale mW . This work identifies universal Sudakov-type logarithms ~ α log2(2 M/mW) that spoil the naive convergence of perturbation theory for annihilation processes. An effective field theory (EFT) framework is presented, allowing the systematic resummation of these logarithms. Another impact of the large separation of scales is that a long-distance wavefunction distortion from electroweak boson exchange leads to observable modifications of the cross section. Careful accounting of momentum regions in the EFT allows the rigorous disentanglement of this so-called Sommerfeld enhancement from the short-distance hard annihilation process. In addition, the WIMP is described as a heavy-particle field, while the electroweak gauge bosons are treated as soft and collinear fields. Hard matching coefficients are computed at renormalization scale μ ~ 2 M , then evolved down to μ ~ mW , where electroweak symmetry breaking is incorporated and the matching onto the relevant quantum mechanical Hamiltonian is performed. The example of an SU(2)W triplet scalar dark matter candidate annihilating to line photons is used for concreteness, allowing the numerical exploration of the impact of next-to-leading order corrections and log resummation. As a result, for M ≃ 3 TeV, the resummed Sommerfeld enhanced cross section is reduced by a factor of ~ 3 with respect to the treelevel fixed order result.

  16. Soft collinear effective theory for heavy WIMP annihilation

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    Bauer, Martin; Cohen, Timothy; Hill, Richard J.; ...

    2015-01-19

    In a large class of models for Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs), the WIMP mass M lies far above the weak scale mW . This work identifies universal Sudakov-type logarithms ~ α log2(2 M/mW) that spoil the naive convergence of perturbation theory for annihilation processes. An effective field theory (EFT) framework is presented, allowing the systematic resummation of these logarithms. Another impact of the large separation of scales is that a long-distance wavefunction distortion from electroweak boson exchange leads to observable modifications of the cross section. Careful accounting of momentum regions in the EFT allows the rigorous disentanglement of thismore » so-called Sommerfeld enhancement from the short-distance hard annihilation process. In addition, the WIMP is described as a heavy-particle field, while the electroweak gauge bosons are treated as soft and collinear fields. Hard matching coefficients are computed at renormalization scale μ ~ 2 M , then evolved down to μ ~ mW , where electroweak symmetry breaking is incorporated and the matching onto the relevant quantum mechanical Hamiltonian is performed. The example of an SU(2)W triplet scalar dark matter candidate annihilating to line photons is used for concreteness, allowing the numerical exploration of the impact of next-to-leading order corrections and log resummation. As a result, for M ≃ 3 TeV, the resummed Sommerfeld enhanced cross section is reduced by a factor of ~ 3 with respect to the treelevel fixed order result.« less

  17. 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

    2014-11-21

    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.

  18. Inclusive Production Λ c in the e + e - - Annihilation

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    Osati, T.; Movlanaei, M.

    2016-09-01

    In the framework of the quark-diquark model of baryons, Λ c can be considered as constituent c quark and ud diquark. In hadronizasion process baryon Λ c can be produced from ud scalar diquark and c quark fragmentation. So in this work, in the lowest order of perturbative QCD, fragmentation functions c → Λ c and ud → Λ c are calculated and finally in the electron-positron annihilation in LEP, the inclusive cross section production of Λ c is calculated about pole of z 0.

  19. Fatigue damage in superalloys determined using Doppler broadening positron annihilation

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    Hoeckelman, Donald; Leighly, H. P., Jr.

    1990-01-01

    Axial fatigue specimens of three superalloys, Inconel 718, Incoloy 903 and Haynes 188, were machined from solution-heat-treated material and artificially aged. They were subjected to cyclic loading for a selected number of cycles after which the S parameter was determined using Doppler broadening positron annihilation. Initially, the S parameter decreased, followed by a large increase and a subsequent decline leading to fracture. This has been interpreted as the removal of residual vacancies, the introduction of new defects by cyclic loading, and, finally, a clustering of the defects as microcracks which grow to cause failure.

  20. 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.

  1. Evaluation of the reactor pressure vessel steels by positron annihilation

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    Slugeň, V.; Hein, H.; Sojak, S.; Simeg Veterníková, J.; Petriska, M.; Sabelová, V.; Pavúk, M.; Hinca, R.; Stacho, M.

    2013-11-01

    This paper presents a comparison of commercially used German and Russian reactor pressure vessel steels from the positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) point of view, having in mind knowledge obtained also from other techniques from the last decades. The second generation of Russian RPV steels seems to be fully comparable with German steels and their quality allows prolongation of NPP operating lifetime over projected 40 years. The embrittlement of CrMoV steels is relatively low due to effect of higher temperature which implies partial in situ annealing of primary microstructural point defects and therefore delays the degradation processes caused by neutron irradiation.

  2. Rate for annihilation of galactic dark matter into two photons

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    Giudice, Gian F.; Griest, Kim

    1989-01-01

    A calculation of the cross section for neutralino-neutralino annihilation into two photons is performed and applied to dark matter in the galactic halo to find the counting rate in a large gamma ray detector such as EGRET (Energetic Gamma Ray Experiment Telescope) or ASTROGAM. Combining constraints from particle accelerators with the requirement that the neutralinos make up the dark matter, it is found that rates of over a few dozen events per year are unlikely. The assumptions that go into these conclusions are listed. Other particle dark matter candidates which could give larger and perhaps observable signals are suggested.

  3. Attraction and mortality of Bactrocera dorsalis to STATIC Spinosad ME weathered under operational conditions in California and Florida: A reduced-risk male annihilation treatment

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    Studies were conducted in 2013 in Hawaii, USA, to quantify attraction, feeding, and mortality of male oriental fruit flies, Bactrocera dorsalis (Hendel)(Diptera: Tephritidae), to a reduced risk male annihilation treatment(MAT)formulation consisting of an amorphous polymer matrix in combination with...

  4. Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy as a Probe of Microscopic Structure and Physical Aging in Polymer.

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    Yu, Minzi

    Positron annihilation is studied as a characterization method for the properties of polymers. Previous studies indicate that the ortho-positronium lifetime tau _3 and intensity I_3 is correlated to the free volume "hole" 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 bisphenol-A polycarbonate shows that the free volume increases with increasing temperature, and it also obtains the transition temperatures T_{rm g} and T_beta^', from the tau_3 curve and the I_3 curve, respectively. The isothermal aging in polycarbonate shows that: I_3 decreases while tau_3 remains constant during a long-time annealing at a temperature far below T_{rm g}; and I_3 remains constant while tau_3 goes through a "over shooting" in the first few hours after quenching and annealing at a temperature just below T_{rm g}. The free volume in polycarbonate increases (as a result of an increase in tau_3 ) with applied tensile strain up to 4%, then levels off. Similarly, the free volume in polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) decreases (as the result of tau_3 ) with applied compressional strain also up to -4% then levels off. A negative change in both tau_3 and I _3 has been observed when polycarbonate is under 3% tensile strain and after release of strain. A more advance technique of positron annihilation, PAL-momentum correlation which can give more detailed information about free volume structure in polymers, has also been studied and improved. Two 5-cm-diameter, 5-cm-long CsF scintillation detectors for lifetime measurement, and a 30-cm-diameter Anger camera whose y-analog pulse gives one-dimensional ACAR information, comprise a new experimental arrangement of PAL-momentum correlation system. Its triple -coincidence counting rate is about 2.5 per minute per microcurie of positron source and system time

  5. An Experiment to Demonstrate the Energy Broadening of Annihilation Gamma Rays

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    Ouseph, P. J.; DuBard, James L.

    1978-01-01

    Shows that when positions annihilate in solid materials the energy distribution of the annihilation gamma rays is much broader than that of a 0.511-Mev gamma peak. This broadening is caused by the momentum distribution of the electrons in the material. (Author/GA)

  6. The dark matter annihilation boost from low-temperature reheating

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    Erickcek, Adrienne L.

    2015-11-01

    The evolution of the Universe between inflation and the onset of big bang nucleosynthesis is difficult to probe and largely unconstrained. This ignorance profoundly limits our understanding of dark matter: we cannot calculate its thermal relic abundance without knowing when the Universe became radiation dominated. Fortunately, small-scale density perturbations provide a probe of the early Universe that could break this degeneracy. If dark matter is a thermal relic, density perturbations that enter the horizon during an early matter-dominated era grow linearly with the scale factor prior to reheating. The resulting abundance of substructure boosts the annihilation rate by several orders of magnitude, which can compensate for the smaller annihilation cross sections that are required to generate the observed dark matter density in these scenarios. In particular, thermal relics with masses less than a TeV that thermally and kinetically decouple prior to reheating may already be ruled out by Fermi-LAT observations of dwarf spheroidal galaxies. Although these constraints are subject to uncertainties regarding the internal structure of the microhalos that form from the enhanced perturbations, they open up the possibility of using gamma-ray observations to learn about the reheating of the Universe.

  7. HEAO 3 measurements of the atmospheric positron annihilation line

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    Mahoney, W.A.; Ling, J.C.; Jacobson, A.S.

    1981-12-01

    All spectra measured with the High Energy resolution Gamma-Ray Spectroscopy Experiment (HEAO C-1) on the third High Energy Astronomy Observatory (HEAO 3) contain a strong line at 511 keV resulting from positron annihilation. This line originates in the instrument itself, the earth's atmosphere, and cosmic sources, possibly including the diffuse cosmic background. In order to understand the emission from cosmic sources, the atmospheric positron annihilation line emission has been determined as a function of geomagnetic latitude and zenith angle. Although the intensity of the line increases with increasing latitude, it was found that variations with zenith angle can be satisfactorily explained only if the atmospheric emission exhibits significant limb darkening. The atmospheric line has an energy of 511.07 +- 0.10 keV and a net width of 2.29 +- 0.30 keV FWHM. Characteristics of the instrument background have allowed an upper limit of 9.4 x 10/sup -3/ photons/cm/sup 2/-sec-sr to be placed on any narrow (< or approx. =3 keV) diffuse cosmic emission at 511 keV.

  8. DENSE, PARSEC-SCALE CLUMPS NEAR THE GREAT ANNIHILATOR

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    Hodges-Kluck, Edmund; Pound, Marc W.; Harris, Andrew I.; Lamb, James W.; Hodges, Mark

    2009-05-10

    We report on Combined Array for Research in Millimeter-Wave Astronomy and James Clerk Maxwell Telescope observations toward the Einstein source 1E 1740.7-2942, a low-mass X-ray binary commonly known as the 'Great Annihilator'. The Great Annihilator is known to be near a small, bright molecular cloud in a region largely devoid of emission in {sup 12}CO surveys of the Galactic center. This region is of interest because it is interior to the dust lanes which may be the shock zones where atomic gas from the HI nuclear disk is converted into molecular gas. We find that the region is populated with a large number of dense (n {approx} 10{sup 5} cm{sup -3}) regions of excited gas with small filling factors. The gas appears to have turbulent support and may be the result of sprays of material from collisions in the shock zone. We estimate that {approx}(1-3) x 10{sup 5} M {sub sun} of shocked gas resides in our r {approx} 3', {delta}v {sub LSR} = 100 km s{sup -1} field. If this gas has recently shocked and is interior to the inner Lindblad resonance of the dominant bar, it is in transit to the x {sub 2} disk, suggesting that a significant amount of mass may be transported to the disk by a low filling factor population of molecular clouds with low surface brightness in larger surveys.

  9. Detecting electron neutrinos from solar dark matter annihilation by JUNO

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    Guo, Wan-Lei

    2016-01-21

    We explore the electron neutrino signals from light dark matter (DM) annihilation in the Sun for the large liquid scintillator detector JUNO. In terms of the spectrum features of three typical DM annihilation channels χχ→νν-bar,τ{sup +}τ{sup −},bb-bar, we take two sets of selection conditions to calculate the expected signals and atmospheric neutrino backgrounds based on the Monte Carlo simulation data. Then the JUNO sensitivities to the spin independent DM-nucleon and spin dependent DM-proton cross sections are presented. It is found that the JUNO projected sensitivities are much better than the current spin dependent direct detection experimental limits for the νν-bar and τ{sup +}τ{sup −} channels. In the spin independent case, the JUNO will give the better sensitivity to the DM-nucleon cross section than the LUX and CDMSlite limits for the νν-bar channel with the DM mass lighter than 6.5 GeV. If the νν-bar or τ{sup +}τ{sup −} channel is dominant, the future JUNO results are very helpful for us to understand the tension between the DAMA annual modulation signal and other direct detection exclusions.

  10. Dark Matter Annihilation and Decay limits with HAWC

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    Yapici, Tolga; HAWC Collaboration

    2017-01-01

    The High Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) gamma-ray observatory is a wide field-of-view observatory sensitive to 100 GeV - 100 TeV gamma-rays and cosmic-rays in the state of Puebla, Mexico at an altitude of 4100m. The HAWC observatory performed an indirect search for dark matter via GeV-TeV photons resulting from dark matter annihilation and decay. We considered the HAWC sensitivity to a set of sources, including 15 individual dwarf spheroidal galaxies (dSphs), the M31 galaxy and the Virgo cluster, as well as a combined limit using 15 dSphs. HAWC has not seen statistically significant excess from these sources. Being a survey experiment, HAWC will include any newly found dark matter rich sources, such as recently discovered TriangulumII dwarf galaxy. We explored dark matter masses above 1 TeV, including masses higher than 70 TeV that are currently unconstrained. We will present the annihilation cross-section and decay lifetime limits.

  11. Detecting electron neutrinos from solar dark matter annihilation by JUNO

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    Guo, Wan-Lei

    2016-01-01

    We explore the electron neutrino signals from light dark matter (DM) annihilation in the Sun for the large liquid scintillator detector JUNO. In terms of the spectrum features of three typical DM annihilation channels χχ → νν-bar , τ{sup +}τ{sup −}, b b-bar , we take two sets of selection conditions to calculate the expected signals and atmospheric neutrino backgrounds based on the Monte Carlo simulation data. Then the JUNO sensitivities to the spin independent DM-nucleon and spin dependent DM-proton cross sections are presented. It is found that the JUNO projected sensitivities are much better than the current spin dependent direct detection experimental limits for the νν-bar and τ{sup +}τ{sup −} channels. In the spin independent case, the JUNO will give the better sensitivity to the DM-nucleon cross section than the LUX and CDMSlite limits for the νν-bar channel with the DM mass lighter than 6.5 GeV . If the νν-bar or τ{sup +}τ{sup −} channel is dominant, the future JUNO results are very helpful for us to understand the tension between the DAMA annual modulation signal and other direct detection exclusions.

  12. Calculating the Annihilation Rate of Weakly Interacting Massive Particles

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    Baumgart, Matthew; Rothstein, Ira Z.; Vaidya, Varun

    2015-05-01

    We develop a formalism that allows one to systematically calculate the weakly interacting massive particle (WIMP) annihilation rate into gamma rays whose energy far exceeds the weak scale. A factorization theorem is presented which separates the radiative corrections stemming from initial-state potential interactions from loops involving the final state. This separation allows us to go beyond the fixed order calculation, which is polluted by large infrared logarithms. For the case of Majorana WIMPs transforming in the adjoint representation of SU(2), we present the result for the resummed rate at leading double-log accuracy in terms of two initial-state partial-wave matrix elements and one hard matching coefficient. For a given model, one may calculate the cross section by finding the tree level matching coefficient and determining the value of a local four-fermion operator. The effects of resummation can be as large as 100% for a 20 TeV WIMP. However, for lighter WIMP masses relevant for the thermal relic scenario, leading-log resummation modifies the Sudakov factors only at the 10% level. Furthermore, given comparably sized Sommerfeld factors, the total effect of radiative corrections on the semi-inclusive photon annihilation rate is found to be percent level. The generalization of the formalism to other types of WIMPs is discussed.

  13. 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.

  14. Analyzing the scalar top co-annihilation region at the ILC

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    Carena, M.; Finch, A.; Freitas, A.; Milstene, C.; Nowak, H.; Sopczak, A.; /Lancaster U.

    2005-08-01

    The Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model opens the possibility of electroweak baryogenesis provided that the light scalar top quark (stop) is lighter than the top quark. In addition, the lightest neutralino is an ideal candidate to explain the existence of dark matter. For a light stop with mass close to the lightest neutralino, the stop-neutralino co-annihilation mechanism becomes efficient, thus rendering the predicted dark matter density compatible with observations. Such a stop may however remain elusive at hadron colliders. Here it is shown that a future linear collider provides a unique opportunity to detect and study the light stop. The production of stops with small stop-neutralino mass differences is studied in a detailed experimental analysis with a realistic detector simulation including a CCD vertex detector for flavor tagging. Furthermore, the linear collider, by precision measurements of superpartner masses and mixing angles, also allows to determine the dark matter relic density with an accuracy comparable to recent astrophysical observations.

  15. Calculation of the positron annihilation rate in PsH with the positronic extension of the explicitly correlated nuclear-electronic orbital method.

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    Pak, Michael V; Chakraborty, Arindam; Hammes-Schiffer, Sharon

    2009-04-23

    The nuclear-electronic orbital explicitly correlated Hartree-Fock (NEO-XCHF) method is modified and extended to study electron-positron quantum systems. The NEO-XCHF method is more computationally efficient than the explicitly correlated methods previously applied to positron systems because only the electron-positron dynamical correlation is treated explicitly in NEO-XCHF. As a result, the form of the wave function is much simpler with fewer parameters, and the variational optimization of the molecular orbital parameters is performed through an iterative scheme rather than a stochastic optimization. The NEO-XCHF approach is used to calculate the positron annihilation rate for positronium hydride (PsH). The resulting annihilation rate for PsH is within 20% of the most accurate values available and is calculated at a fraction of the computational cost. These results suggest that qualitatively accurate positron annihilation rates can be calculated treating only electron-positron correlation explicitly, leading to significant computational savings by neglecting electron-electron dynamical correlation. Thus, the NEO-XCHF approach could potentially enable the calculation of qualitatively accurate positron annihilation rates for larger positron systems.

  16. 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.

  17. Study of the f{sub 0}(1500)/f{sub 2}(1565) production in the exclusive annihilation {bar n}p{r_arrow}{pi}{sup +}{pi}{sup +}{pi}{sup {minus}} in flight

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    The OBELIX Collaboration

    1998-01-01

    The spin-parity analysis of the {bar n}p{r_arrow}{pi}{sup +}{pi}{sup +}{pi}{sup {minus}} exclusive reaction in flight is presented. The main aim is to study the ({pi}{sup +}{pi}{sup {minus}}) invariant mass spectrum in the region around 1500 MeV. The analysis was performed with a Breit-Wigner parametrization for all the resonant states and, for the scalar sector in the mass region below 1.2 GeV, by means of a K-matrix-like treatment. It clearly shows the need for two states, a scalar one (0{sup ++}) with mass and width (1522{plus_minus}25) MeV and (108{plus_minus}33) MeV, and a tensorial one (2{sup ++}) with mass (1575{plus_minus}18) MeV and width (119{plus_minus}24) MeV, respectively. In addition, the analysis requires the presence of a scalar state at (1280{plus_minus}55) MeV, (323{plus_minus}13) MeV broad, and of a second vectorial one, in addition to the {rho}{sup 0}(770) signal, with mass and width (1348{plus_minus}33) MeV and (275{plus_minus}10) MeV, respectively. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  18. Impact of family-non-universal boson on pure annihilation and decays

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    Li, Ying; Wang, Wen-Long; Du, Dong-Shuo; Li, Zuo-Hong; Xu, Hong-Xia

    2015-07-01

    We study the and decays in the standard model and the family-non-universal model. Since none of the quarks in the final states is the same as the initial quark, these decay modes can occur only via power-suppressed annihilation diagrams. Despite the consistency of the standard model prediction with the available data, room remains for a light boson. Taking into account the contribution, we find that theoretical results for the branching fractions can better accommodate the data. With the relevant data, we also derive a constraint on the parameter space for the . Moreover, for , both the direct and the mixing-induced CP asymmetry are sensitive to the couplings between and fermions in the parameter spaces constrained by the data. The measurements at future experimental facilities, including the LHCb, Belle-II, and the proposed high energy collider, will provide us useful hints for direct searching for the light boson.

  19. On the theory of Gamma Ray Amplification through Stimulated Annihilation Radiation (GRASAR)

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    Ramaty, R.; Mckinley, J. M.; Jones, F. C.

    1981-01-01

    The theory of photon emission, absorption, and scattering in a relativistic plasma of positrons, electrons, and photon was studied. Expressions for the emissivities and absorption coefficients of pair annihilation, pair production, and Compton scattering are given and evaluated numerically. The conditions for negative absorption were investigated. In a system of photons and e(+) - e(-) pairs, an emission line at at approximately 0.43 MeV can be produced by grasar action provided that the pair chemical potential exceeds approximately 1 MeV. At a temperature of approximately 10 to the 9th power. This requires a pair density approximately 10 to the 30th power cm to the (-3) power a value much larger than the thermodynamic equilbrium pair density at this temperature. This emission line could account without a gravitational redshift for the observed lines at this energy from gamma ray bursts.

  20. Next-to-leading order QCD corrections to paired Bc production in e+e- annihilation

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    Berezhnoy, A. V.; Likhoded, A. K.; Onishchenko, A. I.; Poslavsky, S. V.

    2017-02-01

    We present theoretical analysis of paired Bc mesons production in e+e- annihilation at different energy scales taking into account full next-to-leading order QCD corrections. Both possible electroweak channels are considered: production via virtual photon and via virtual Z-boson. We study in detail the role of radiative QCD corrections, which were found to be significant especially at low energies. It is shown that the contribution from Z-boson is significant at high energies (√{ s} >MZ / 2) especially in the case of paired production of pseudo-scalar and vector (Bc +Bc*) mesons. Azimuthal asymmetry induced by a P-violating weak interaction with Z-boson is also analyzed.

  1. An evaluation of algorithms for the deconvolution of Doppler broadening positron annihilation radiation spectroscopy spectra

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    Woo, Teresa K. C.; Cheng, Vincent K. W.; Beling, Christopher D.; Ng, Michael K. P.

    2005-06-01

    Two least squares minimization methods for the deconvolution of 1D Doppler Broadening Annihilation Radiation Spectroscopy (DBARS) spectra have been tested with spectra generated by Monte Carlo simulation according to the following functional forms: inverted triangle, inverted parabola, Laplace, Lorentz and a model DBARS spectrum for a metal composed of an inverted parabola and a Gaussian function. These reference spectra were firstly convoluted with a Gaussian broadening factor and then restored to its original form with the algorithms. The method with Tikhonov regularizer and non-negativity constraint still failed to restore the sharp features of these spectral functions although the negative signal found in an earlier study was removed. On the other hand, the method with the Huber regularizer was successful. Optimization of the deconvolution in terms of regularization parameters is necessary to achieve good deconvolution. The optimization of the deconvolution was checked with visual matching and a quality factor which takes into account the number of counts in the spectrum.

  2. Threshold and Other Properties of U Particle Production in e{sup +}e{sup -} Annihilation

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    Perl, M. L.

    1976-05-01

    The anomalous e..mu.. events produced in e{sup +}e{sup -} annihilation, e{sup +} + e{sup -} ..-->.. e/sup + -/ + ..mu..{sup - +} + missing energy, (1) was explained as the decay products of a pair of U particles produced in the reaction e{sup +} + e{sup -} ..-->.. U{sup +} + U{sup -}. (2) New data is presented on the U particles in the energy region just above their production threshold and results of a study of the nature of the particles carrying off the missing energy in Eq. (1). While presenting these new results the present status of knowledge of the anomalous e..mu.. events and their U particle explanation is briefly reviewed. (JFP)

  3. Vortex annihilation and inverse cascades in two dimensional superfluid turbulence

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    Lucas, Andrew; Chesler, Paul M.

    2015-03-01

    The dynamics of a dilute mixture of vortices and antivortices in a turbulent two-dimensional superfluid at finite temperature is well described by first order Hall-Vinen-Iordanskii equations, or dissipative point vortex dynamics. These equations are governed by a single dimensionless parameter: the ratio of the strength of drag forces to Magnus forces on vortices. When this parameter is small, we demonstrate using numerical simulations that the resulting superfluid enjoys an inverse energy cascade where small scale stirring leads to large scale vortex clustering. We argue analytically and numerically that the vortex annihilation rate in a laminar flow may be parametrically smaller than the rate in a turbulent flow with an inverse cascade. This suggests a new way to detect inverse cascades in experiments on two-dimensional superfluid turbulence using cold atomic gases, where traditional probes of turbulence such as the energy spectrum are not currently accessible.

  4. Single-shot positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy with LYSO scintillators

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    Alonso, A. M.; Cooper, B. S.; Deller, A.; Cassidy, D. B.

    2016-08-01

    We have evaluated the application of a lutetium yttrium oxyorthosilicate (LYSO) based detector to single-shot positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy. We compare this detector directly with a similarly configured PbWO4 scintillator, which is the usual choice for such measurements. We find that the signal to noise ratio obtained using LYSO is around three times higher than that obtained using PbWO4 for measurements of Ps excited to longer-lived (Rydberg) levels, or when they are ionized soon after production. This is due to the much higher light output for LYSO (75% and 1% of NaI for LYSO and PbWO4 respectively). We conclude that LYSO is an ideal scintillator for single-shot measurements of positronium production and excitation performed using a low-intensity pulsed positron beam.

  5. Spiral Calcium Wave Propagation and Annihilation in Xenopus laevis Oocytes

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    Lechleiter, James; Girard, Steven; Peralta, Ernest; Clapham, David

    1991-04-01

    Intracellular calcium (Ca2+) is a ubiquitous second messenger. Information is encoded in the magnitude, frequency, and spatial organization of changes in the concentration of cytosolic free Ca2+. Regenerative spiral waves of release of free Ca2+ were observed by confocal microscopy in Xenopus laevis oocytes expressing muscarinic acetylcholine receptor subtypes. This pattern of Ca2+ activity is characteristic of an intracellular milieu that behaves as a regenerative excitable medium. The minimal critical radius for propagation of focal Ca2+ waves (10.4 micrometers) and the effective diffusion constant for the excitation signal (2.3 x 10-6 square centimeters per second) were estimated from measurements of velocity and curvature of circular wavefronts expanding from foci. By modeling Ca2+ release with cellular automata, the absolute refractory period for Ca2+ stores (4.7 seconds) was determined. Other phenomena expected of an excitable medium, such as wave propagation of undiminished amplitude and annihilation of colliding wavefronts, were observed.

  6. Search for Dark Matter Annihilation in Draco with STACEE

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    Driscoll, D.D.; Ball, J.; Carson, J.E.; Covault, C.E.; Fortin, P.; Gingrich, D.M.; Hanna, D.S.; Jarvis, A.; Kildea, J.; Lindner, T.; Mueller, C.; Mukherjee, R.; Ong, R.A.; Ragan, K.; Williams, D.A.; Zweerink, J.

    The Draco dwarf spheroidal galaxy has garnered interest as a possible source for the indirect detection of dark matter. Draco has a large mass-to-light ratio, and its relative proximity to the Earth provides favorable conditions for the production of detectable gamma-rays from dark matter self-annihilation in the galaxy's core. The Solar Tower Atmospheric Cherenkov Effect Experiment (STACEE) is an air-shower Cherenkov telescope located in Albuquerque, NM capable of detecting gamma-rays with an energy threshold of about 250 GeV for this source. We present the results of the STACEE observations of Draco during the 2005-2006 observing season totaling approximately 10 hours of livetime after cuts.

  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.

  8. Dark matter annihilation through a lepton-specific Higgs boson

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    Logan, Heather E.

    2011-02-01

    It was recently argued by Hooper and Goodenough [arXiv:1010.2752] that the excess gamma-ray emission from within 1°-2° of the Galactic center can be well described by annihilation of ˜8GeV dark matter particles into tau pairs. I show that such a dark matter signal can be obtained naturally in the lepton-specific two-Higgs-doublet model extended by a stable singlet scalar dark matter candidate. The favored parameter region prefers a light Higgs state (below 200 GeV) with enhanced couplings to leptons and a sizable invisible branching fraction. Part of the favored region leads to invisible decays of both of the CP-even neutral Higgs states.

  9. Search for Dark Matter Annihilations in Draco with CACTUS

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    Chertok, M.; Afonso, P.; Lizarazo, J.; Marleau, P.; Maruyama, S.; Stilley, J.; Tripathi, S. M.

    2006-07-11

    CACTUS is a ground-based Air Cherenkov Telescope (ACT) at the Solar 2 facility located near Barstow, California, and operated by UC Davis. It uses an array of 160 large solar tracking mirrors (heliostats) and a camera with 80 photomultiplier tubes, which, in a multiplexed fashion provides an effective camera with about 300 channels. By incorporating novel techniques of time projection imaging and triggering, CACTUS improves upon the first generation sampling arrays of its kind. We have recently completed observations of Draco, a dwarf spheroidal galaxy that is known to be rich in dark matter content. Supersymmetry-inspired models for dark matter predict observable annihilation rates producing gamma rays. We present the first results from our Draco campaign.

  10. The three-jet rate in e+e- annihilation

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    Lovett-Turner, C. N.

    1994-06-01

    Progress has been made on the calculation of R3, the three-jet rate in e+e- annihilation, in the k⊥ (Durham) scheme. Using the coherent branching formalism [A.H. Mueller, Phys. Lett. B 104 (1981) 161; B.I. Ermolaev and V.S. Fadin, JETP Lett. 33 (1981) 285; Yu.L. Dokshitzer, V.S. Fadin and V.A. Khoze, Z. Phys. C 15 (1982) 325; C 18 (1983) 37; A. Bassetto, M. Ciafaloni and G. Marchesini, Phys. Rep. 100 (1983) 202; Yu.L. Dokshitzer and S. Troyan, Leningrad Report LNPI-922 (1984); Yu.L. Dokshitzer, V.A. Khoze and S. Troyan, in: Perturbative QCD, ed. A.H. Mueller (World Scientific, Singapore, 1989)], an explicit expression for R3 is calculated. In this, leading and next-to-leading large logarithms (LL and NLL) are resummed to all orders in QCD perturbation theory. In addition to exponentials an error function is involved.

  11. 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.

  12. Neutrinos from dark matter annihilations at the galactic center

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    Bertone, Gianfranco; Orloff, Jean; Silk, Joseph

    2004-09-15

    We discuss the prospects for detection of high energy neutrinos from dark matter (DM) annihilation at the galactic center (GC). Despite the large uncertainties associated with our poor knowledge of the distribution of dark matter in the innermost regions of the Galaxy, we determine an upper limit on the neutrino flux by requiring that the associated gamma-ray emission does not exceed the observed flux. We conclude that a neutrino flux from the GC will not be observable by Antares if dark matter is made of neutralinos with mass smaller than 650 GeV, while for heavier neutralinos, corresponding to models that will soon be probed by HESS (high energy stereoscopic system), the upper limit on the neutrino flux is barely above the Antares sensitivity. The detection of a larger flux would either require an alternative explanation, in terms of astrophysical processes, or the adoption of other dark matter candidates, disfavouring the case for neutralinos.

  13. OSSE observations of galactic 511 keV annihilation radiation

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    Purcell, W. R.; Grabelsky, D. A.; Johnson, W. N.; Jung, G. V.; Kinzer, R. L.; Kurfess, J. D.; Strickman, M. S.; Ulmer, M. P.

    1992-01-01

    The Oriented Scintillation Spectrometer Experiment (OSSE) on the Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory has performed several observations of the galactic plane and galactic center region to measure the distribution of galactic 511 keV positron annihilation radiation. Preliminary analysis of data collected during the observation of the galactic center region over the period 13-24 Jun. 1991, indicates the presence of a 511 keV line and positronium continuum superimposed on a power-law continuum. The line of flux was found to be (2.7 +/- 0.5) x 10(exp -4) gamma/sq cm sec, with a positronium fraction of (0.9 +/- 0.2). The 3(sigma) upper limit to daily variations in the 511 keV line flux from the mean during the observation interval is 3 x 10(exp -4) gamma/sq cm sec. If all of the observed annihilation radiation is assumed to originate from the x-ray source 1E 1740.7-2942, the corresponding 511 keV line flux would be (3.0 +/- 0.6) x 10(exp -4) gamma/sq cm sec. The 3(sigma) upper limit for 511 keV line emission from the x-ray binary GX1+4 is 6 x 10(exp -4) gamma/sq cm sec. Results from the galactic plane observations at galactic longitudes of 25 degrees (16-21 Aug. 1991) and 339 degrees (6-11 Sep. 1991) suggest that the emission is concentrated near the galactic center. The observations and the preliminary results are described.

  14. Positron annihilation studies of moisture in graphite-reinforced composites

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    Singh, J. J.; Holt, W. H.; Mock, W., Jr.; Buckingham, R. D.

    1980-01-01

    The positron lifetime technique of monitoring absorbed moisture is applied to several composites, including graphite/polymides which are candidates for high-temperature (over 260 C) applications. The experimental setup is a conventional fast-slow coincidence system wherein the positron lifetime is measured with respect to a reference time determined by the detection of a nuclear gamma ray emitted simultaneously with the positron. From the experiments, a rate of change of positron mean lifetime per unit mass of water can be determined for each type of specimen. Positron lifetime spectra are presented for a graphite/polyimide composite and for a pure polyimide.

  15. 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.

  16. The 511 keV emission from positron annihilation in the Galaxy

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    Prantzos, N.; Boehm, C.; Bykov, A. M.; Diehl, R.; Ferriere, K.; Guessoum, N.; Jean, P.; Knoedlseder, J.; Marcowith, A.; Moskalenko, I. V.; Strong, A.; Weidenspointner, G.

    2011-07-01

    The first {gamma}-ray line originating from outside the Solar System that was ever detected is the 511 keV emission from positron annihilation in the Galaxy. Despite 30 years of intense theoretical and observational investigation, the main sources of positrons have not been identified up to now. Observations in the 1990s with OSSE/CGRO (Oriented Scintillation Spectrometer Experiment on GRO satellite/Compton Gamma Ray Observatory) showed that the emission is strongly concentrated toward the Galactic bulge. In the 2000s, the spectrometer SPI aboard the European Space Agency's (ESA) International Gamma Ray Astrophysics Laboratory (INTEGRAL) allowed scientists to measure that emission across the entire Galaxy, revealing that the bulge-to-disk luminosity ratio is larger than observed at any other wavelength. This mapping prompted a number of novel explanations, including rather ''exotic'' ones (e.g., dark matter annihilation). However, conventional astrophysical sources, such as type Ia supernovae, microquasars, or x-ray binaries, are still plausible candidates for a large fraction of the observed total 511 keV emission of the bulge. A closer study of the subject reveals new layers of complexity, since positrons may propagate far away from their production sites, making it difficult to infer the underlying source distribution from the observed map of 511 keV emission. However, in contrast to the rather well-understood propagation of high-energy (>GeV) particles of Galactic cosmic rays, understanding the propagation of low-energy ({approx}MeV) positrons in the turbulent, magnetized interstellar medium still remains a formidable challenge. The spectral and imaging properties of the observed 511 keV emission are reviewed and candidate positron sources and models of positron propagation in the Galaxy are critically discussed.

  17. 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.

  18. Two Emission Mechanisms in the Fermi Bubbles: A Possible Signal of Annihilating Dark Matter

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    Hooper, Dan; Slatyer, Tracy R.

    2013-09-01

    We study the variation of the spectrum of the Fermi Bubbles with Galactic latitude. Far from the Galactic plane (|b| > 30 degrees), the observed gamma-ray emission is nearly invariant with latitude, and is consistent with arising from inverse Compton scattering of the interstellar radiation field by cosmic-ray electrons with an approximately power-law spectrum. The same electrons in the presence of microgauss-scale magnetic fields can also generate the the observed microwave "haze". At lower latitudes (b < 20 degrees), in contrast, the spectrum of the emission correlated with the Bubbles possesses a pronounced spectral feature peaking at 1-4 GeV (in E^2 dN/dE) which cannot be generated by any realistic spectrum of electrons. Instead, we conclude that a second (non-inverse-Compton) emission mechanism must be responsible for the bulk of the low-energy, low-latitude emission. This second component is spectrally similar to the excess GeV emission previously reported from the Galactic Center (GC), and also appears spatially consistent with a luminosity per volume falling approximately as r^-2.4, where r is the distance from the GC. We argue that the spectral feature visible in the low-latitude Bubbles is the extended counterpart of the GC excess, now detected out to at least 2-3 kpc from the GC. The spectrum and angular distribution of the signal is consistent with that predicted from ~10 GeV dark matter particles annihilating to leptons, or from ~50 GeV dark matter particles annihilating to quarks, following a distribution similar to the canonical Navarro-Frenk-White (NFW) profile. We also consider millisecond pulsars as a possible astrophysical explanation for the signal, as observed millisecond pulsars possess a spectral cutoff at approximately the required energy. Any such scenario would require a large population of unresolved millisecond pulsars extending at least 2-3 kpc from the GC.

  19. Effect of positron source irradiation on positronium annihilation in fine powdered alumina

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    Liu, Z. W.; Chen, Z. Q.

    2016-09-01

    Positron lifetime and Doppler broadening of positron annihilation radiation were measured as a function of time to study the irradiation effect by 22Na positron source in fine powdered alumina. The γ-Al2O3 samples were put in a vacuum chamber with a pressure of about 10-6 Torr and were cooled down to 10 K by a closed-cycle helium gas refrigerator. The irradiation of γ-Al2O3 samples by positron source was taken for a duration of about two days immediately after the sample was cooled down. After that, the sample was subjected to a warm up process from 10 K to 300 K with a step of 10 K. Positron lifetime and Doppler broadening spectra were measured simultaneously during these processes. Two long lifetime components corresponding to ortho-positronium annihilation were observed. A significant shortening of these long lifetime components and a large increase in S parameter is observed during irradiation. It is supposed that positron source irradiation creates a large number of paramagnetic centers on the surface of the γ-Al2O3 grains, which induce spin conversion quenching of positronium. The irradiation induced paramagnetic centers are unstable above 70 K and are nearly annealed out when the temperature rises to 190 K. After warming up of the sample to room temperature, the positron lifetime spectrum is identical to that before irradiation. It was also found that after irradiation, a medium long lifetime component of about 5 ns appears, of which the intensity increases with increasing irradiation time. This may be originated from the formation of the surface o-Ps state. This surface o-Ps state is also inhibited at elevated temperatures. Our results indicate that positronium is a very sensitive probe for the surface defects in porous materials.

  20. Evaluation of irradiated pressure vessel steel by mechanical tests and positron annihilation lineshape analysis

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    Nakamura, Noriko; Ohta, Yoshio; Yoshida, Kazuo; Maeda, Noriyoshi

    1999-10-01

    Mechanical test and positron annihilation lineshape analysis have been performed on neutron irradiated pressure vessel steels, A533B1 steel and the weld metal. Marked changes in the mechanical properties were observed for both metals after the neutron exposure. S-parameters, the positron annihilation parameters, also increased after the neutron irradiation but only the small change was observed in the different levels of neutron fluence. The change in S-parameter and the mechanical properties were well correlated. It is concluded that changes in embrittlement induced by radiation can be monitored by positron annihilation lineshape analysis but detectability is dependent on the materials.

  1. 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.

  2. Fast magnetic field annihilation driven by two laser pulses in underdense plasma

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    Gu, Y. J.; Kumar, D.; Weber, S.; Korn, G.; Klimo, O.; Bulanov, S. V.; Esirkepov, T. Zh.

    2015-10-15

    Fast magnetic annihilation is investigated by using 2.5-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations of two parallel ultra-short petawatt laser pulses co-propagating in underdense plasma. The magnetic field generated by the laser pulses annihilates in a current sheet formed between the pulses. Magnetic field energy is converted to an inductive longitudinal electric field, which efficiently accelerates the electrons of the current sheet. This new regime of collisionless relativistic magnetic field annihilation with a timescale of tens of femtoseconds can be extended to near-critical and overdense plasma with the ultra-high intensity femtosecond laser pulses.

  3. Structural transition of nematic liquid crystal in cylindrical capillary as a result of the annihilation of two point defects

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    Svetec, Milan; Slavinec, Mitja

    2008-02-01

    We study the annihilation of hedgehog-antihedgehog defects in confined nematic liquid crystals using Brownian molecular dynamics simulations. After the collision, merging of defects, and building a loop disclination structure, system can experience a structural transition into another nematic structure, triggered by a nucleation of loop disclination structure. In our rough theoretical approach we calculate the size of the emerged loop structure as the function of the typical size of the confining cavity. Attention is paid also to the dynamics of the loop structure after collision.

  4. Positron annihilation and constant photocurrent method measurements on a-Si:H films: A comparative approach to defect identification

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    Gordo, P. M.; Ferreira Marques, M. F.; Lopes Gil, C.; de Lima, A. P.; Lavareda, G.; Nunes de Carvalho, C.; Amaral, A.; Kajcsos, Zs.

    2007-02-01

    Defect structure of hydrogenated amorphous silicon thin-films was studied by positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS), whereas the density of states below the Fermi level was measured by constant photocurrent method (CPM). Divacancies and large vacancy clusters were identified as the main defects present in these films, with relative concentrations strongly dependent on the rf-power. Correlation between PAS, CPM results and I( V) characteristics of solar cells suggests the creation of energy levels above the Fermi energy, not observable by CPM, related to large vacancy clusters.

  5. Defect formation and annealing behaviors of fluorine-implanted GaN layers revealed by positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Wang, M. J.; Yuan, L.; Cheng, C. C.; Beling, C. D.; Chen, K. J.

    2009-02-01

    Defect formation and annealing behaviors of fluorine-implanted, unintentionally doped GaN layers were studied by positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS). Single Ga vacancies (VGa) were identified as the main vacancy-type defects detected by PAS after fluorine implantation at 180 keV with a dose of 1×1015 cm-2. Implantation-induced VGa tend to aggregate and form vacancy clusters after postimplantation annealing in N2 ambient at 600 °C. Fluorine ions tend to form F-vacancy complexes quickly after thermal annealing, which is consistent with the proposed diffusion model that predicts the behaviors of fluorine in GaN.

  6. 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.

  7. AC quantum efficiency harmonic analysis of exciton annihilation in organic light emitting diodes (Presentation Recording)

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    Giebink, Noel C.

    2015-10-01

    Exciton annihilation processes impact both the lifetime and efficiency roll-off of organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs), however it is notoriously difficult to identify the dominant mode of annihilation in operating devices (exciton-exciton vs. exciton-charge carrier) and subsequently to disentangle its magnitude from competing roll-off processes such as charge imbalance. Here, we introduce a simple analytical method to directly identify and extract OLED annihilation rates from standard light-current-voltage (LIV) measurement data. The foundation of this approach lies in a frequency domain EQE analysis and is most easily understood in analogy to impedance spectroscopy, where in this case both the current (J) and electroluminescence intensity (L) are measured using a lock-in amplifier at different harmonics of the sinusoidal dither superimposed on the DC device bias. In the presence of annihilation, the relationship between recombination current and light output (proportional to exciton density) becomes nonlinear, thereby mixing the different EQE harmonics in a manner that depends uniquely on the type and magnitude of annihilation. We derive simple expressions to extract different annihilation rate coefficients and apply this technique to a variety of OLEDs. For example, in devices dominated by triplet-triplet annihilation, the annihilation rate coefficient, K_TT, is obtained directly from the linear slope that results from plotting EQE_DC-EQE_1ω versus L_DC (2EQE_1ω-EQE_DC). We go on to show that, in certain cases it is sufficient to calculate EQE_1ω directly from the slope of the DC light versus current curve [i.e. via (dL_DC)/(dJ_DC )], thus enabling this analysis to be conducted solely from common LIV measurement data.

  8. Pair annihilation in laser pulses: Optical versus x-ray free-electron laser regimes

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    Ilderton, Anton; Johansson, Petter; Marklund, Mattias

    2011-09-15

    We discuss the theory and phenomenology of pair annihilation, within an ultrashort laser pulse, to a single photon. The signature of this process is the unidirectional emission of single photons with a fixed energy. We show that the cross section is significantly larger than for two-photon pair annihilation in vacuum, with x-ray free-electron laser parameters admitting a much clearer signal than optical beams.

  9. Nanoparticulas basadas en complejos de Fe(II) con transicion de espin: sintesis, caracterizacion y aplicaciones en electronica molecular

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    Monrabal Capilla, Maria

    Esta tesis doctoral esta organizada en 5 capitulos y esta destinada al estudio de sistemas de Fe (II) que presentan el fenomeno de la transicion de espin a escala nanometrica. El capitulo 1 contiene una introduccion general sobre materiales moleculares multifuncionales, destacando aquellos ejemplos mas importantes. Por otro lado, se explicara el fenomeno de la transicion de espin, tratando aspectos conceptuales, los antecedentes mas importantes y la situacion actual. En el capitulo 2 se describen los diferentes procesos existentes para la obtencion de diferentes tipos de nanoparticulas. Ademas, se presenta la sintesis y caracterizacion de nanoparticulas del polimero de coordinacion unidimensional [Fe(Htrz)2(trz)]BF4, obtenidas mediante el metodo de micelas inversas. Estas nanoparticulas, con una estrecha distribucion de tamanos centrada alrededor de los 11 nm, presentan una transicion de espin muy abrupta, con un ancho ciclo de histeresis termica de unos 40K. En el capitulo 3 se describe el proceso de modificacion del tamano de las nanoparticulas descritas en el capitulo anterior, llevado a cabo variando la proporcion de surfactante/H2O en el medio. Ademas, con el objetivo de modificar las propiedades magneticas de las nanoparticulas obtenidas en el capitulo 2, se lleva a cabo la sintesis de nanoparticulas de polimeros de la misma familia del [Fe(Htrz)2(trz)]BF4. En concreto se sintetizaron 3 nuevos tipos de nanoparticulas basadas en el polimero [Fe(Htrz)1-x(NH2trz)x](ClO4)2, siendo x = 0.05, 0.15 y 0.3, en cada caso. Estas nanoparticulas siguen presentando una estrecha distribucion de tamanos y una transicion de espin muy abrupta y con un ancho ciclo de histeresis. Ademas, se observa que este ciclo se desplaza a temperaturas mas proximas a la temperatura ambiente a medida que se aumenta el porcentaje de 4-amino-1, 2, 4- triazol en la muestra. Pero al mismo tiempo se produce una disminucion de la anchura de este ciclo. Por ultimo, en este capitulo se presenta la

  10. 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).

  11. Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy of ZnO bulk samples

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    Zubiaga, A.; Plazaola, F.; Garcia, J. A.; Tuomisto, F.; Munoz-Sanjose, V.; Tena-Zaera, R.

    2007-08-15

    In order to gain a further insight into the knowledge of point defects of ZnO, positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy was performed on bulk samples annealed under different atmospheres. The samples were characterized at temperatures ranging from 10 to 500 K. Due to difficulties in the conventional fitting of the lifetime spectra caused by the low intensity of the defect signals, we have used an alternative method as a solution to overcome these difficulties and resolve all the lifetime components present in the spectra. Two different vacancy-type defects are identified in the samples: Zn vacancy complexes (V{sub Zn}-X) and vacancy clusters consisting of up to five missing Zn-O pairs. In addition to the vacancies, we observe negative-ion-type defects, which are tentatively attributed to intrinsic defects in the Zn sublattice. The effect of the annealing on the observed defects is discussed. The concentrations of the V{sub Zn}-X complexes and negative-ion-type defects are in the 0.2-2 ppm range, while the cluster concentrations are 1-2 orders of magnitude lower.

  12. Internal meson dominance for pp-bar annihilation

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    Brix, G.; Genz, H.; Tatur, S.

    1989-04-01

    The previously considered /sup 3/S/sub 1/ internal fusion model of pp-bar..-->..YY-bar, YY-bar /sup */, and Y/sup */Y-bar/sup */ (Y denotes hyperon) at low energies is modified and thereby extended to also include pp-bar..-->..nn-bar and ..delta../sup ++/Delta-bar/sup - -/. It is assumed that the same nonperturbative mechanism that mixes the different qq-bar pairs within the neutral, nonstrange mesons is also responsible for the scattering, annihilation, and creation of qq-bar pairs within the baryon-antibaryon system. More specifically, we assume that processes qq-bar..-->..QQ-bar within the baryon-antibaryon system with q = d or u and Q = d, u, or s quarks is mediated by fusion of the qq-bar to a pseudoscalar or vector meson that also within the system decays into QQ-bar. The /sup 1/S/sub 0/ pseudoscalar-meson model disagrees with experiment whereas the /sup 3/S/sub 1/ vector-meson fusion model is in reasonable agreement with it. As compared to the previously considered /sup 3/S/sub 1/ internal fusion model the main change is an extension of the approximate agreement to the nonstrange final-state baryons. This is achieved since strange baryons in the model are only produced via the small ..omega..-phi mixing.

  13. 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.

  14. Molecular pathways for defect annihilation in directed self-assembly.

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    Hur, Su-Mi; Thapar, Vikram; Ramirez-Hernandez, Abelardo; ...

    2015-11-17

    Over the last few years, the directed self-assembly of block copolymers by surface patterns has transitioned from academic curiosity to viable contender for commercial fabrication of next-generation nanocircuits by lithography. Recently, it has become apparent that kinetics, and not only thermodynamics, plays a key role for the ability of a polymeric material to self-assemble into a perfect, defect-free ordered state. Perfection, in this context, implies not more than one defect, with characteristic dimensions on the order of 5 nm, over a sample area as large as 100 cm2. In this work, we identify the key pathways and the corresponding free-energymore » barriers for eliminating defects, and we demonstrate that an extraordinarily large thermodynamic driving force is not necessarily sufficient for their removal. By adopting a concerted computational and experimental approach, we explain the molecular origins of these barriers, how they depend on material characteristics, and we propose strategies designed to over-come them. The validity of our conclusions for industrially-relevant patterning processes is established by relying on instruments and assembly lines that are only available at state-of-the-art fabrication facilities and, through this confluence of fundamental and applied research, we are able to discern the evolution of morphology at the smallest relevant length scales - a handful of nanometers -, and present a view of defect annihilation in directed self-assembly at an unprecedented level of detail.« less

  15. Molecular pathways for defect annihilation in directed self-assembly.

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    Hur, Su-Mi; Thapar, Vikram; Ramirez-Hernandez, Abelardo; Khaira, Gurdaman S.; Segal-Peretz, Tamar; Rincon-Delgadillo, Paulina A.; Li, Weihua; Muller, Marcus; Nealey, Paul F.; de Pablo, Juan J.

    2015-11-17

    Over the last few years, the directed self-assembly of block copolymers by surface patterns has transitioned from academic curiosity to viable contender for commercial fabrication of next-generation nanocircuits by lithography. Recently, it has become apparent that kinetics, and not only thermodynamics, plays a key role for the ability of a polymeric material to self-assemble into a perfect, defect-free ordered state. Perfection, in this context, implies not more than one defect, with characteristic dimensions on the order of 5 nm, over a sample area as large as 100 cm2. In this work, we identify the key pathways and the corresponding free-energy barriers for eliminating defects, and we demonstrate that an extraordinarily large thermodynamic driving force is not necessarily sufficient for their removal. By adopting a concerted computational and experimental approach, we explain the molecular origins of these barriers, how they depend on material characteristics, and we propose strategies designed to over-come them. The validity of our conclusions for industrially-relevant patterning processes is established by relying on instruments and assembly lines that are only available at state-of-the-art fabrication facilities and, through this confluence of fundamental and applied research, we are able to discern the evolution of morphology at the smallest relevant length scales - a handful of nanometers -, and present a view of defect annihilation in directed self-assembly at an unprecedented level of detail.

  16. Jets in e/sup +/e/sup -/ annihilation

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    Cooper, S.C.

    1980-08-01

    The properties of jets produced in e/sup +/e/sup -/ annihilation have been investigated using data taken with the Mark 1 detector at SPEAR. The momentum distributions parallel and perpendicular to the jet axis were measured for all charged tracks, for K/sup 0/'s, and for rho/sup 0/'s. The K/sup 0/ and rho/sup 0/ Pt/sup 2/ distributions are well fit by the form dn/dPt/sup 2/ = A exp(-B/sup +/ Pt/sup 2/) with B = 4.6 +/- 0.2 for K/sup 0/'s and 5 +/- 1 for rho/sup 0/'s. The charged particle Pt/sup 2/ distribution cannot be fit with a single exponential, but is similar to that of K/sup 0/'s and rho/sup 0/'s above Pt/sup 2/ approx. 0.2 GeV/sup 2/. The charged particle and K/sup 0/ parallel momentum distributions are similar in shape and approximately exponential. The production of rho/sup 0/'s at low parallel momentum is suppressed. The average number of rho/sup 0/'s per event is 0.4 +/- 0.1. 59 figures, 7 tables.

  17. WIMP capture and annihilation in the Earth in effective theories

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    Catena, Riccardo

    2017-01-01

    I calculate the rate of WIMP capture and annihilation in the Earth in the non-relativistic effective theory of dark matter-nucleon interactions. Neglecting operator interference, I consider all Galilean invariant interaction operators that can arise from the exchange of a heavy particle of spin less than or equal to one when WIMPs have spin 0, 1/2 or 1. I compute position and shape of the expected resonances in the mass—capture rate plane and show that Iron is not the most important element in the capture process for many currently ignored interaction operators. I compare these predictions with the recent results of an Earth WIMP analysis of IceCube in the 86-string configuration and set limits on all isoscalar and isovector coupling constants of the effective theory of dark matter-nucleon interactions. For certain interaction operators and for a dark matter particle mass of about 50 GeV, I find that these limits are stronger than those I have previously derived in an analysis of the solar WIMP search performed at IceCube in the 79-string configuration.

  18. Molecular pathways for defect annihilation in directed self-assembly.

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    Hur, Su-Mi; Thapar, Vikram; Ramírez-Hernández, Abelardo; Khaira, Gurdaman; Segal-Peretz, Tamar; Rincon-Delgadillo, Paulina A; Li, Weihua; Müller, Marcus; Nealey, Paul F; de Pablo, Juan J

    2015-11-17

    Over the last few years, the directed self-assembly of block copolymers by surface patterns has transitioned from academic curiosity to viable contender for commercial fabrication of next-generation nanocircuits by lithography. Recently, it has become apparent that kinetics, and not only thermodynamics, plays a key role for the ability of a polymeric material to self-assemble into a perfect, defect-free ordered state. Perfection, in this context, implies not more than one defect, with characteristic dimensions on the order of 5 nm, over a sample area as large as 100 cm(2). In this work, we identify the key pathways and the corresponding free energy barriers for eliminating defects, and we demonstrate that an extraordinarily large thermodynamic driving force is not necessarily sufficient for their removal. By adopting a concerted computational and experimental approach, we explain the molecular origins of these barriers and how they depend on material characteristics, and we propose strategies designed to overcome them. The validity of our conclusions for industrially relevant patterning processes is established by relying on instruments and assembly lines that are only available at state-of-the-art fabrication facilities, and, through this confluence of fundamental and applied research, we are able to discern the evolution of morphology at the smallest relevant length scales-a handful of nanometers-and present a view of defect annihilation in directed self-assembly at an unprecedented level of detail.

  19. Search for JPC=1-+ exotic state in e +e- annihilation

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    Wang, Qian

    2014-06-01

    The P-wave and S-wave heavy-light mesons and their charge conjugates, i.e., D1(2420)D¯+c .c., D1(2420)D¯*+c .c., and D2(2460)D¯*+c .c., can couple to states with vector quantum number JPC=1-- and exotic quantum number JPC=1-+ in a relative S wave. Near threshold, the heavy-light meson pair may form hadronic molecules due to the strong S-wave coupling, and the mysterious vector state Y(4260) could be such a state of the D1(2420)D¯+c .c. molecule. This implies the possible existence of its conjugate partner made of the same heavy-light mesons but with exotic quantum number JPC=1-+. We evaluate the production rate of such exotic hadronic molecules and propose a direct experimental search for them in e +e- annihilation. Confirmation of such exotic states in experiment will certainly deepen our insights into strong QCD and the arrangement of multiquark degrees of freedom.

  20. Gamma rays from top-mediated dark matter annihilations

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    Jackson, C.B.; Servant, Géraldine; Shaughnessy, Gabe; Tait, Tim M.P.; Taoso, Marco E-mail: chris@uta.edu E-mail: ttait@uci.edu

    2013-07-01

    Lines in the energy spectrum of gamma rays are a fascinating experimental signal, which are often considered ''smoking gun'' evidence of dark matter annihilation. The current generation of gamma ray observatories are currently closing in on parameter space of great interest in the context of dark matter which is a thermal relic. We consider theories in which the dark matter's primary connection to the Standard Model is via the top quark, realizing strong gamma ray lines consistent with a thermal relic through the forbidden channel mechanism proposed in the Higgs in Space Model. We consider realistic UV-completions of the Higgs in Space and related theories, and show that a rich structure of observable gamma ray lines is consistent with a thermal relic as well as constraints from dark matter searches and the LHC. Particular attention is paid to the one loop contributions to the continuum gamma rays, which can easily swamp the line signals in some cases, and have been largely overlooked in previous literature.

  1. Detection of atomic scale changes in the free volume void size of three-dimensional colorectal cancer cell culture using positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy.

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    Axpe, Eneko; Lopez-Euba, Tamara; Castellanos-Rubio, Ainara; Merida, David; Garcia, Jose Angel; Plaza-Izurieta, Leticia; Fernandez-Jimenez, Nora; Plazaola, Fernando; Bilbao, Jose Ramon

    2014-01-01

    Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) provides a direct measurement of the free volume void sizes in polymers and biological systems. This free volume is critical in explaining and understanding physical and mechanical properties of polymers. Moreover, PALS has been recently proposed as a potential tool in detecting cancer at early stages, probing the differences in the subnanometer scale free volume voids between cancerous/healthy skin samples of the same patient. Despite several investigations on free volume in complex cancerous tissues, no positron annihilation studies of living cancer cell cultures have been reported. We demonstrate that PALS can be applied to the study in human living 3D cell cultures. The technique is also capable to detect atomic scale changes in the size of the free volume voids due to the biological responses to TGF-β. PALS may be developed to characterize the effect of different culture conditions in the free volume voids of cells grown in vitro.

  2. Annihilation of p-bar + p {yields} e{sup +} + e{sup -} + {pi}{sup 0} and p-bar + p {yields} {gamma} + {pi}{sup 0} through an {omega}-Meson intermediate state

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    Kuraev, E. A. Bystritskiy, Yu. M. Bytev, V. V.; Dbeyssi, A. Tomasi-Gustafsson, E.

    2012-07-15

    The s-channel annihilation of a proton and an antiproton into a neutral pion and a real or virtual photon followed by lepton pair emission is studied. Such a mechanism is expected to play a role at moderate values of the total energy {radical}s, when the pion is emitted in the angular region around 90 Degree-Sign in the center-of-mass system. A fair comparison with the existing data is obtained taking scattering and annihilation channels into account. The cross section is calculated and numerical results are given in the kinematical range accessible in the PANDA experiment at FAIR.

  3. Prediction of positron-annihilation parameters for vacancy-type defects in ternary alloy semiconductors by data-scientific approach

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    Ishibashi, Shoji; Kino, Hiori; Uedono, Akira; Miyake, Takashi; Terakura, Kiyoyuki

    2017-01-01

    We calculated positron annihilation parameters for mono- and di-vacancies in ternary semiconductors Al0.5Ga0.5N and In0.5Ga0.5N. It has been found that the obtained annihilation parameters are well correlated with structural parameters. By constructing multiple linear regression models using selected (about 1/4 of the total) datasets as training sets in order to reduce computational cost, we could predict annihilation parameters for the rest.

  4. 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.

  5. Contribution of the two-photon annihilation process in the measurement of sigma/sub t/ (e/sup +/e/sup /minus//. -->. hadrons at PEP)

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    Shen, B.

    1988-01-01

    The possible impact of the 2..gamma.. process e/sup /plus//e/sup/minus// ..-->.. e/sup /plus//e/sup /minus// /plus/ hadrons is evaluated as a source of background for the study of the one photon annihilation process. Two regions of hadron system invariant mass are considered---the resonance region with low invariant mass, and the ''diffractive'' region above 2 GeV hadron invariant mass. In spite of the fact that the 2..gamma.. cross-section rises with the energy of the initial e/sup /plus//e/sup /minus// system, it seems clear that measurements of the total energy of the final hadron system will allow the clean separation of the 2..gamma.. events from the single photon annihilation reaction.

  6. Concept and Viability of Androgen Annihilation for Advanced Prostate Cancer

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    Mohler, James L.

    2014-01-01

    There remains no standard of care for patients with a rising prostate-specific antigen (PSA) after radical prostatectomy or radiation therapy but who have no radiographic metastases, even though this is the second largest group of prostate cancer (CaP) patients in the United States. Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) may cure some men with advanced CaP based on single institution series and a randomized clinical trial of immediate versus delayed ADT for men found to have pelvic lymph node metastasis at the time of radical prostatectomy. ADT may be more effective when initiated for minimal disease burden, which can be detected using PSA after radical prostatectomy or radiation therapy, and if more complete disruption of the androgen axis using newer agents decreases the chance that androgen-sensitive cells survive to adapt to a low androgen environment. Androgens may be “annihilated” sing simultaneously a luteinizing hormone releasing hormone (LHRH) antagonist or agonist to inhibit testicular production of testosterone, a cytochrome P45017A1 (CYP17A1) inhibitor to diminish metabolism of testosterone via the adrenal pathway and dihydrotestosterone (DHT) via the backdoor pathway, a 5α-reductase inhibitor to diminish testosterone reduction to DHT and backdoor metabolism of progesterone substrates to DHT, and a newer anti-androgen to compete better with DHT for the androgen receptor ligand-binding domain. Early initiation of androgen annihilation for induction as part of planned intermittent ADT should be safe, may reduce tumor burden below a threshold that allows eradication by the immune system, and may cure many men who have failed definitive local therapy. PMID:24771515

  7. Limits on dark matter annihilation signals from the Fermi LAT 4-year measurement of the isotropic gamma-ray background

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    Ackermann, M.

    2015-09-02

    We search for evidence of dark matter (DM) annihilation in the isotropic gamma-ray background (IGRB) measured with 50 months of Fermi Large Area Telescope (LAT) observations. An improved theoretical description of the cosmological DM annihilation signal, based on two complementary techniques and assuming generic weakly interacting massive particle (WIMP) properties, renders more precise predictions compared to previous work. More specifically, we estimate the cosmologically-induced gamma-ray intensity to have an uncertainty of a factor ~ 20 in canonical setups. We consistently include both the Galactic and extragalactic signals under the same theoretical framework, and study the impact of the former onmore » the IGRB spectrum derivation. We find no evidence for a DM signal and we set limits on the DM-induced isotropic gamma-ray signal. Our limits are competitive for DM particle masses up to tens of TeV and, indeed, are the strongest limits derived from Fermi LAT data at TeV energies. This is possible thanks to the new Fermi LAT IGRB measurement, which now extends up to an energy of 820 GeV. As a result, we quantify uncertainties in detail and show the potential this type of search offers for testing the WIMP paradigm with a complementary and truly cosmological probe of DM particle signals.« less

  8. Limits on dark matter annihilation signals from the Fermi LAT 4-year measurement of the isotropic gamma-ray background

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    Ackermann, M.

    2015-09-02

    We search for evidence of dark matter (DM) annihilation in the isotropic gamma-ray background (IGRB) measured with 50 months of Fermi Large Area Telescope (LAT) observations. An improved theoretical description of the cosmological DM annihilation signal, based on two complementary techniques and assuming generic weakly interacting massive particle (WIMP) properties, renders more precise predictions compared to previous work. More specifically, we estimate the cosmologically-induced gamma-ray intensity to have an uncertainty of a factor ~ 20 in canonical setups. We consistently include both the Galactic and extragalactic signals under the same theoretical framework, and study the impact of the former on the IGRB spectrum derivation. We find no evidence for a DM signal and we set limits on the DM-induced isotropic gamma-ray signal. Our limits are competitive for DM particle masses up to tens of TeV and, indeed, are the strongest limits derived from Fermi LAT data at TeV energies. This is possible thanks to the new Fermi LAT IGRB measurement, which now extends up to an energy of 820 GeV. As a result, we quantify uncertainties in detail and show the potential this type of search offers for testing the WIMP paradigm with a complementary and truly cosmological probe of DM particle signals.

  9. Limits on dark matter annihilation signals from the Fermi LAT 4-year measurement of the isotropic gamma-ray background

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    Collaboration: Fermi LAT Collaboration

    2015-09-01

    We search for evidence of dark matter (DM) annihilation in the isotropic gamma-ray background (IGRB) measured with 50 months of Fermi Large Area Telescope (LAT) observations. An improved theoretical description of the cosmological DM annihilation signal, based on two complementary techniques and assuming generic weakly interacting massive particle (WIMP) properties, renders more precise predictions compared to previous work. More specifically, we estimate the cosmologically-induced gamma-ray intensity to have an uncertainty of a factor ∼ 20 in canonical setups. We consistently include both the Galactic and extragalactic signals under the same theoretical framework, and study the impact of the former on the IGRB spectrum derivation. We find no evidence for a DM signal and we set limits on the DM-induced isotropic gamma-ray signal. Our limits are competitive for DM particle masses up to tens of TeV and, indeed, are the strongest limits derived from Fermi LAT data at TeV energies. This is possible thanks to the new Fermi LAT IGRB measurement, which now extends up to an energy of 820 GeV. We quantify uncertainties in detail and show the potential this type of search offers for testing the WIMP paradigm with a complementary and truly cosmological probe of DM particle signals.

  10. 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

  11. Higher order dark matter annihilations in the Sun and implications for IceCube

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    Ibarra, Alejandro; Totzauer, Maximilian; Wild, Sebastian E-mail: maximilian.totzauer@mytum.de

    2014-04-01

    Dark matter particles captured in the Sun would annihilate producing a neutrino flux that could be detected at the Earth. In some channels, however, the neutrino flux lies in the MeV range and is thus undetectable at IceCube, namely when the dark matter particles annihilate into e{sup +}e{sup −}, μ{sup +}μ{sup −} or light quarks. On the other hand, the same interaction that mediates the annihilations into light fermions also leads, via higher order effects, to the production of weak gauge bosons (and in the case of quarks also gluons) that generate a high energy neutrino flux potentially observable at IceCube. We consider in this paper tree level annihilations into a fermion-antifermion pair with the associated emission of one gauge boson and one loop annihilations into two gauge bosons, and we calculate the limits on the scattering cross section of dark matter particles with protons in scenarios where the dark matter particle couples to electrons, muons or light quarks from the non-observation of an excess of neutrino events in the direction of the Sun. We find that the limits on the spin-dependent scattering cross section are, for some scenarios, stronger than the limits from direct detection experiments.

  12. Future sensitivity of neutrino telescopes to dark matter annihilations from the cosmic diffuse neutrino signal

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    Moliné, Ángeles; Ibarra, Alejandro; Palomares-Ruiz, Sergio E-mail: ibarra@tum.de

    2015-06-01

    Cosmological observations and cold dark matter N-body simulations indicate that our Universe is populated by numerous halos, where dark matter particles annihilate, potentially producing Standard Model particles. In this paper we calculate the contribution to the diffuse neutrino background from dark matter annihilations in halos at all redshifts and we estimate the future sensitivity to the annihilation cross section of neutrino telescopes such as IceCube or ANTARES. We consider various parametrizations to describe the internal halo properties and for the halo mass function in order to bracket the theoretical uncertainty in the limits from the modeling of the cosmological annihilation flux. We find that observations of the cosmic diffuse neutrino flux at large angular distances from the galactic center lead to constraints on the dark matter annihilation cross section which are complementary to (and for some extrapolations of the astrophysical parameters, better than) those stemming from observations of the Milky Way halo, especially for neutrino telescopes not pointing directly to the Milky Way center, as is the case of IceCube.

  13. Asymmetric dark matter annihilation as a test of non-standard cosmologies

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    Gelmini, Graciela B.; Huh, Ji-Haeng; Rehagen, Thomas E-mail: jhhuh@physics.ucla.edu

    2013-08-01

    We show that the relic abundance of the minority component of asymmetric dark matter can be very sensitive to the expansion rate of the Universe and the temperature of transition between a non-standard pre-Big Bang Nucleosynthesis cosmological phase and the standard radiation dominated phase, if chemical decoupling happens before this transition. In particular, because the annihilation cross section of asymmetric dark matter is typically larger than that of symmetric dark matter in the standard cosmology, the decrease in relic density of the minority component in non-standard cosmologies with respect to the majority component may be compensated by the increase in annihilation cross section, so that the annihilation rate at present of asymmetric dark matter, contrary to general belief, could be larger than that of symmetric dark matter in the standard cosmology. Thus, if the annihilation cross section of the asymmetric dark matter candidate is known, the annihilation rate at present, if detectable, could be used to test the Universe before Big Bang Nucleosynthesis, an epoch from which we do not yet have any data.

  14. The variation of the baryon-to-photon ratio during different cosmological epochs due to decay and annihilation of dark matter

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    Zavarygin, E. O.; Ivanchik, A. V.

    2015-12-01

    An influence of annihilation and decay of the dark matter particles on the baryon-to-photon ratio has been studied for different cosmological epochs. We consider the different parameter values of the dark matter particles such as mass, annihilation cross section, lifetime and so on. The obtained results are compared with the data which come from the Big Bang nucleosynthesis calculation and from the analysis of the anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background radiation. It has been shown that the modern value of the dark matter density ΩCDM = 0.26 is enough to provide the variation of the baryon-to-photon ratio up to Δη/η ∼ 0.01÷1 for decay of the dark matter particles, but it also leads to an excess of the diffuse gamma ray background. We use the observational data on the diffuse gamma ray background in order to determine our constraints on the model of the dark matter particle decay and on the corresponding variation of the baryon-to-photon ratio: Δη/η ≲ 10-5. It has been shown that the variation of the baryon-to-photon ratio caused by the annihilation of the dark matter particles is negligible during the cosmological epochs from Big Bang nucleosynthesis to the present epoch.

  15. Ultrafast excitation energy transfer and exciton-exciton annihilation processes in isolated light harvesting complexes of photosystem II (LHC II) from spinach

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    Bittner, T.; Wasielewski, M.R. ); Irrgang, K.D.; Renger, G. )

    1994-11-17

    Excitation energy transfer and exciton-exciton annihilation in the isolated light-harvesting chlorophyll a/b protein complex of spinach photosystem II (LHC II) has been studied by two-color absorption difference spectroscopy with femtosecond time resolution. After selectively exciting Chl b at 645 nm, the transient absorption changes were monitored at wavelengths where either Chl b (655 nm) or Chl a (680 nm) dominates the absorption of LHC II. From the good correspondence of the lifetimes obtained from a numerical analysis of the very fast relaxation in the Chl b absorption band (160 [+-] 20 fs) and the rise kinetics in the Chl a absorption band (145 [+-] 20 fs), it is suggested that the Chl b [yields] Chl a excitation energy transfer occurs on a time scale of about 150 fs. In addition, at both probe wavelengths (655 and 680 nm) lifetimes of 3-7 ps were observed which likely arise from excitation energy transfer processes connected with spectral shifting. The kinetic curves of the transient absorption changes at 680 nm show a remarkable intensity dependence which is ascribed to exciton-exciton annihilation. Since at a probe wavelength of 655 nm no intensity effect on the kinetics was observed, it is concluded that annihilation processes preferably occur among excited singlet states of Chl a molecules. 28 refs., 6 figs.

  16. Neutron irradiation and post annealing effect on sapphire by positron annihilation.

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    Han, Jie-cai; Zhang, Hai-liang; Zhang, Ming-fu; Wang, Bao-yi; Li, Zhuo-xin; Xu, Cheng-hai; Guo, Huai-xin

    2010-09-01

    Sapphire single crystals grown by an improved Kyropoulos-like method are irradiated by fast neutron flux. The irradiated doses of neutron are 10(18) and 10(19)n/cm(2). The infrared transmission spectra of sapphire were studied before and after irradiation. The irradiated samples were annealed at 200, 400, 600, 800 and 1000 degrees C for 10min in ambient atmosphere. Positron annihilation studies have been carried out before and after neutron irradiation. The experimentally measured positron lifetime in the pristine specimen is 143ps. There were aluminum vacancies produced in sapphire crystals after neutron irradiation. The positron lifetime increased with the dose of neutron flux. A longer value tau(2) was found after annealing at 600 degrees C, which indicated vacancies were aggregated with each other. The second long-time component tau(2) has been found to increase with the annealing temperature. There was almost no change in peak position of the CDB spectra after neutron irradiation and isothermal annealing. The chemical environment of core in sapphire did not change greatly after neutron irradiation.

  17. Moessbauer and Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy Applied to WWER-1000 RPV Steels

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    Slugen, V.; Lipka, J.; Zeman, A.; Debarberis, L.

    2005-04-26

    Moessbauer spectroscopy (MS) and Positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) were applied in the evaluation of the microstructure parameters and degradation processes of nuclear reactor pressure vessel (RPV) steel surveillance specimens. Study was oriented to the material investigation of Russian WWER-1000 steels (15Kh2MNFAA and 12Kh2N2MAA) with higher Ni content (1.26 wt.% in base metal and 1.7 wt.% in weld). For comparison, the WWER-440 weld metal (Sv10KhMFT) without Ni was measured too. Specimens were studied in as received form, after irradiation in LVR-15 experimental reactor to the neutron fluence F(E>0.5 MeV) = 1.47x1024 m-2s-1 and after annealing process in vacuum at 475 deg. C/2h. Changes due to different chemical composition and due to irradiation were registered using MS. Post-irradiation thermal treatment and annealing of defects was well detected by different PAS techniques. Results confirm the hypothesis that Ni affects size (decrease) and distribution (more homogeneous) of the Cu- and P-rich clusters and MxCx carbides.

  18. Pure annihilation type decays in the family non-universal Z‧ model

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    Li, Ying; Wang, Dan-Dan; Lü, Cai-Dian

    2016-01-01

    By assuming that the scalar meson belongs to the first excited states or the lowest lying ground states of qq¯‧, we study the pure annihilation-type decays in the QCD factorization approach. Within the Standard Model, the branching fractions are of the order of 10-8-10-7, which is possible to measure in the ongoing LHCb experiment or forthcoming Belle-II experiment. We also study these decays in the family non-universal Z‧ model. The results show that if mZ‧ ≈ 600 GeV (ζ = 0.02), both the branching fractions and CP asymmetries of could be changed remarkably, which provides us with a place for probing the effect of new physics. These results could be used to constrain the parameters of the Z‧ model. Supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (11175151, 11575151, 11375208, 11235005) and the Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University (NCET) by Ministry of Education of P. R. China (NCET-13-0991)

  19. SMM detection of diffuse Galactic 511 keV annihilation radiation

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    Share, G. H.; Kinzer, R. L.; Kurfess, J. D.; Messina, D. C.; Purcell, W. R.

    1988-01-01

    Observations of the 511 keV annihilation line from the vicinity of the Galactic center from October to February for 1980/1981, 1981/1982, 1982/1983, 1984/1985, and 1985/1986 are presented. The measurements were made with the gamma-ray spectrometer on the SMM. The design of the instrument and some of its properties used in the analysis are described, and the methods used for accumulating, fitting, and analyzing the data are outlined. It is shown how the Galactic 511 keV line was separated from the intense and variable background observed in orbit. The SMM observations are compared with previous measurements of annihilation radiation from the Galactic center region, and the astrophysical implications are discussed. It is argued that most of the measurements made to date suggest the presence of an extended Galactic source of annihilation radiation.

  20. Contributions of dark matter annihilation within ultracompact minihalos to the 21 cm background signal

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    Yang, Yupeng

    2016-12-01

    In the dark age of the Universe, any exotic sources, e.g. the dark matter annihilation, which inject the energy into the intergalactic medium (IGM) will left some imprint on the 21cm background signal. Recently, one new kind of dark matter structure named ultracompact dark matter minihalos (UCMHs) was proposed. Near the inner part of UCMHs, the distribution of dark matter particles is steeper than that of the general dark matter halos, ρ_{UCMHs}(r) ˜ r^{-2.25}, and the formation time of UCMHs is earlier, zc ˜ 1000. Therefore, it is excepted that the dark matter annihilation within UCMHs can effect the 21cm background signal. In this paper, we investigated the contributions of the dark matter annihilation within UCMHs to the 21cm background signal.

  1. On the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect from dark matter annihilation or decay in galaxy clusters

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    Lavalle, Julien; Bœhm, Céline; Barthès, Julien

    2010-02-01

    We revisit the prospects for detecting the Sunyaev Zel'dovich (SZ) effect induced by dark matter (DM) annihilation or decay. We show that with standard (or even extreme) assumptions for DM properties, the optical depth associated with relativistic electrons injected from DM annihilation or decay is much smaller than that associated with thermal electrons, when averaged over the angular resolution of current and future experiments. For example, we find: τDM ~ 10-9-10-5 (depending on the assumptions) for mχ = 1 GeV and a density profile ρproptor-1 for a template cluster located at 50 Mpc and observed within an angular resolution of 10'', compared to τth ~ 10-3-10-2. This, together with a full spectral analysis, enables us to demonstrate that, for a template cluster with generic properties, the SZ effect due to DM annihilation or decay is far below the sensitivity of the Planck satellite. This is at variance with previous claims regarding heavier annihilating DM particles. Should DM be made of lighter particles, the current constraints from 511 keV observations on the annihilation cross section or decay rate still prevent a detectable SZ effect. Finally, we show that spatial diffusion sets a core of a few kpc in the electron distribution, even for very cuspy DM profiles, such that improving the angular resolution of the instrument, eg with ALMA, does not necessarily improve the detection potential. We provide useful analytical formulæ parameterized in terms of the DM mass, decay rate or annihilation cross section and DM halo features, that allow quick estimates of the SZ effect induced by any given candidate and any DM halo profile.

  2. Modelizacion, simulacion y caracterizacion acustica de materiales para su uso en acustica arquitectonica

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    Julia Sanchis, Ernesto

    The global objective of this thesis consists on evaluating the viability of applying new sound absorbent materials that attempt, on one hand, to be an alternative to those materials classically used (as mineral wools) and, on the other hand, to offer a solution to one of the most important problems: the use of waste products of the textile industries by means of the recycled. For carrying out this study, some of the parameters that allow to characterize the acoustic behaviour of sound absorbent materials (such as the acoustic impedance, the acoustic absorption coefficient and the flow resistivity, among other) have been studied. Different experimental methods used to obtain these acoustic parameters have also been described. Among the methods presented in this work, the attention has been focused in those based on the acoustic impedance tube (Kundt tube). This technique presents advantages, for example, that only a small space in the laboratory is required as well as the samples of the testing materials are of small dimensions. The study has settled on three fundamental pillars: mathematical modelization, acoustic characterization of materials and numerical simulation. In the first place, after reviewing the main models and theories used in the acoustic evaluation of the porous and fibrous sound absorbent materials, a new mathematical model has been proposed and its validity is demonstrated for the type of studied materials. With regard to the acoustic characterization, diverse campaigns of measurements have been carried out with the purpose of obtaining the acoustic absorption coefficient and the flow resistivity of different type of materials. Finally, by means of a computer program based on the finite element method, the technique of the numerical simulation has been applied with the purpose of contrasting the obtained results experimentally, as well as for the evaluation of one of the most significant industrial applications from the acoustic point of view: the

  3. Pre-launch Estimates for GLAST Sensitivity to Dark Matter Annihilation Signals

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    Baltz, E.A.; Berenji, B.; Bertone, G.; Bergstrom, L.; Bloom, E.; Bringmann, T.; Chiang, J.; Cohen-Tanugi, J.; Conrad, J.; Edmonds, Y.; Edsjo, J.; Godfrey, G.; Hughes, R.E.; Johnson, R.P.; Lionetto, A.; Moiseev, A.A.; Morselli, A.; Moskalenko, I.V.; Nuss, E.; Ormes, J.F.; Rando, R.; /INFN, Padua /Ohio State U. /Stockholm U. /Ohio State U. /Garching, Max Planck Inst., MPE /SLAC /KIPAC, Menlo Park /Ohio State U.

    2009-05-15

    We investigate the sensitivity of the Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST) to indirectly detect weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs) through the {gamma}-ray signal that their pair annihilation produces. WIMPs are among the favorite candidates to explain the compelling evidence that about 80% of the mass in the Universe is non-baryonic dark matter (DM). They are serendipitously motivated by various extensions of the standard model of particle physics such as Supersymmetry and Universal Extra Dimensions (UED). With its unprecedented sensitivity and its very large energy range (20 MeV to more than 300 GeV) the main instrument on board the GLAST satellite, the Large Area Telescope (LAT), will open a new window of discovery. As our estimates show, the LAT will be able to detect an indirect DM signature for a large class of WIMP models given a cuspy profile for the DM distribution. Using the current state of the art Monte Carlo and event reconstruction software developed within the LAT collaboration, we present preliminary sensitivity studies for several possible sources inside and outside the Galaxy. We also discuss the potential of the LAT to detect UED via the electron/positron channel. Diffuse background modeling and other background issues that will be important in setting limits or seeing a signal are presented.

  4. Maxwell and very-hard-particle models for probabilistic ballistic annihilation: Hydrodynamic description

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    Coppex, François; Droz, Michel; Trizac, Emmanuel

    2005-08-01

    The hydrodynamic description of probabilistic ballistic annihilation, for which no conservation laws hold, is an intricate problem with hard spherelike dynamics for which no exact solution exists. We consequently focus on simplified approaches, the Maxwell and very-hard-particle (VHP) models, which allows us to compute analytically upper and lower bounds for several quantities. The purpose is to test the possibility of describing such a far from equilibrium dynamics with simplified kinetic models. The motivation is also in turn to assess the relevance of some singular features appearing within the original model and the approximations invoked to study it. The scaling exponents are first obtained from the (simplified) Boltzmann equation, and are confronted against direct Monte Carlo simulations. Then, the Chapman-Enskog method is used to obtain constitutive relations and transport coefficients. The corresponding Navier-Stokes equations for the hydrodynamic fields are derived for both Maxwell and VHP models. We finally perform a linear stability analysis around the homogeneous solution, which illustrates the importance of dissipation in the possible development of spatial inhomogeneities.

  5. INTEGRAL/IBIS search of the annihilation line from the Galactic Center

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    De Cesare, G.; von Ballmoos, P.; et al.

    The 511 keV radiation emitted from the Galactic Center (GC) region was detected and identified since the seventies, but its astrophysical nature is still a topic of a scientific debate. The first historical results were interpreted as a signature of a compact source located at the GC. In the nineties, the instrument OSSE on board of the CGRO measured in the GC region a 511 keV diffuse emission with a spherical distribution, with the addiction of a disk component and an excess at high latitudes. Inside the INTEGRAL core program, a substantial part of the observing time is devoted to the Galactic Center Deep Exposure (GCDE). Using the data of the spectrometer SPI, the 511 keV radiation has been detected during the first year of the INTEGRAL activity, with a flux of 9.9 10-4 ph cm-2 s-1 . The morphological study that has been made using the SPI data suggests that the emission follows a spherical distribution with an about 9 degree size. The IBIS data can be useful to improve the investigation of the morphology of the 511 keV emission and to understand its physical nature. Since the source of the annihilation line can not be associated to a point source, the IBIS standard analysis is not applicable and a more complex data treatment is required. We will present some preliminary results.

  6. 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.

  7. Precision hadron spectroscopy in the charmonium mass region using antiproton annihilation

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    Marton, Johann

    2006-11-17

    In contrast to systems at high momentum transfer where high accuracy predictions based on QCD can be made, several essential phenomena are still quantitatively unsettled in strongly interacting systems with low momentum transfer. These phenomena include quark confinement, existence of hadrons other than mesons and baryons, and the generation of the mass of hadrons. Hadronic states provide an intrinsically ideal system to address these issues. In particular, the spectroscopy of states with charm quark content provide a window of opportunity between the chiral and the heavy quark limits. Such states can be produced in copious numbers in antiproton-proton annihilation at the appropriate energy. Beams of antiprotons with unsurpassed brilliance will be available with momenta between 1.5 and 15 GeV/c at the new FAIR facility in Darmstadt, Germany. The combination of stochastic and electron phase space cooling will allow spectroscopy measurements with about 50 keV mass resolution and up to 1032 cm-2s-1 luminosity. These studies will be performed with the PANDA detector that is to be located inside the High Energy Storage Ring. This general purpose detector is a magnetic spectrometer with nearly 4{pi} acceptance for charged and neutral particles. An overview of the physics program and the detector will be presented.

  8. Supramolecular interactions between triphenylphosphine oxide and benzamide evaluated by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy

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    Oliveira, F. C.; Denadai, A. M. L.; Fulgêncio, F.; Oliveira, A. M.; Andrade, A. C. A.; Melo, A. C. A.; Yoshida, M. I.; Windmöller, D.; Magalhães, W. F.

    2017-04-01

    In the present work, intermolecular interactions between triphenylphosphine oxide (TPPO) and benzamide (BZM) has been studied in solid state by Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy (PALS) and supported by several analytical techniques (in solid state and in solution) and by computational modeling (in gaseous phase). Isothermal Titration Calorimetry (ITC) in ethyl acetate solvent showed that complexation is a stepwise process, with 2:1 and 1:1 TPPO/BZM stoichiometries, both driven by entropy. HPLC analysis of isolated single crystal confirmed the existence of a 2:1 TPPO/BZM crystalline complex in solid state. The results of thermal analysis (TGA, DTA and DSC) and FTIR spectroscopy showed that the interactions in the complexes are relatively weaker than those found in pure precursors. Finally, PALS showed higher positronium formation probability (I3) at [TPPO0.62·BZM0.38] and [TPPO0.25·BZM0.75] molar fractions, corroborating the existence of two stoichiometries for the TPPO/BZM system and suggesting greater electronic availability of n- and π-electrons in heterosynton complexes, as resulting of interactions, bring forward new evidences of the participation of electronic excited states on the positronium formation mechanism.

  9. Observation of image pair creation and annihilation from superluminal scattering sources

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    Clerici, Matteo; Spalding, Gabriel C.; Warburton, Ryan; Lyons, Ashley; Aniculaesei, Constantin; Richards, Joseph M.; Leach, Jonathan; Henderson, Robert; Faccio, Daniele

    2016-01-01

    The invariance of the speed of light is one of the foundational pillars of our current understanding of the universe. It implies a series of consequences related to our perception of simultaneity and, ultimately, of time itself. Whereas these consequences are experimentally well studied in the case of subluminal motion, the kinematics of superluminal motion lack direct evidence or even a clear experimental approach. We investigate kinematic effects associated with the superluminal motion of a light source. By using high-temporal-resolution imaging techniques, we directly demonstrate that if the source approaches an observer at superluminal speeds, the temporal ordering of events is inverted and its image appears to propagate backward. Moreover, for a source changing its speed and crossing the interface between subluminal and superluminal propagation regions, we observe image pair annihilation and creation, depending on the crossing direction. These results are very general and show that, regardless of the emitter speed, it is not possible to unambiguously determine the kinematics of an event from imaging and time-resolved measurements alone. This has implications not only for light, but also, for example, for sound and other wave phenomena. PMID:27152347

  10. Medium-Energy Antiproton Physics with the Antiproton Annihilation Spectrometer (TApAS*) at Fermilab

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    Bartoszek, Larry; Piacentino, Giovanni M.; Phillips, Thomas J.; Apollinari, Giorgio; Broemmelsiek, Daniel R.; Brown, Charles N.; Christian, David C.; Derwent, Paul; Gollwitzer, Keith; Hahn, Alan; Papadimitriou, Vaia; /Fermilab /INFN, Pisa /Hbar Technologies, West Chicago /Houston U. /IIT, Chicago /IIT, Hyderabad /ITEP /KyungPook National U. /LPI

    2008-01-01

    We propose to assemble a cost-effective, yet powerful, solenoidal magnetic spectrometer for antiproton-annihilation events and use it at the Fermilab Antiproton Accumulator to measure the charm production cross section, study rare hyperon decays, search for hyperon CP asymmetry, and precisely measure the properties of several charmonium and nearby states. Should the charm production cross section be as large as some have proposed, we will also be able to measure D{sup 0}-{bar D}{sup 0} mixing with high precision and discover (or sensitively limit) charm CP violation. The experiment will be carried out by an international collaboration, with installation occurring during the accelerator downtime following the completion of the Tevatron run, and with funding largely from university research grants. The experiment will require some four years of running time. As possibly the sole hadron experiment in progress at Fermilab during that time, it will play an important role in maintaining a broad particle-physics program at Fermilab and in the U.S.

  11. 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.

  12. Caracterizacion y optimizacion electroquimica de dispositivos electrocromicos duales basados en polimeros conductores

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    Padilla Martinez, Javier

    The aim of this thesis is to emphasize the existing relations between electrochemical processes, or electrochemical magnitudes, and colour changes. The work is focused on two aspects: individual spectroelectrochemical characterization of the constituent materials followed by an electrochemical and optical study of the performance of the dual system constructed with those materials. The objective is the optimization of both electrochemical and optical processes in dual conducting polymer systems, obtaining experimental methodologies able to characterize, predict, and finally design optimal dual electrochromic devices. The first part of the study is focused on the development of the proper methodology to obtain an optical characterization of any electrochromic material as a function of its electrochemical properties. Materials used were poly((3,4-ethylenedioxy)thiophene) (PEDOT) and poly-(3,6-bis(2-(3,4-ethylenedioxy)thienyl)-N-methylcarbazole) (PBEDOT-NMCz). PEDOT films are coloured under reduction, while PBEDOT-NMCz are coloured under oxidation, showing complementary colouration, and so they can be used to construct a dual electrochromic device. Based on the obtained experimental results, a theoretical study was undertaken to establish the optical responses of a system comprising several electrochromic layers. The theoretically obtained relations were experimentally proved. Relations obtained allow the prediction of the maximum contrast configuration for a dual system, as a function of the individual electrochemical properties of each constituent material. The system studied was PEDOT/PBEDOT-NMCz. The third chapter deals with the proposal and development of a new experimental methodology able to register the individual oxidation states of each electrode during operation of a dual device, obtaining then direct information about device performance. This methodology allows the study of the influence of different physical and chemical variables, like ratio of redox

  13. Positron annihilation spectroscopy on a beam of positrons the LEPTA facility

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    Ahmanova, E. V.; Eseev, M. K.; Kobets, A. G.; Meshkov, I. N.; Orlov, O. S.; Sidorin, A. A.; Siemek, K.; Horodek, P.

    2016-12-01

    The results and possibilities of the samples surfaces research by the Doppler method of positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) for a monochromatic beam of positrons at the LEPTA facility are presented in this paper. Method with high-resolution sensitivity to defects like vacancies and dislocations allows scanning of the surface and near-surface sample layers to a depth of several micrometers by the method of Doppler broadening of annihilation lines. The opportunities for the development of a PAS method based on the measurement of the positron lifetime in the sample irradiated by ordered flow of positrons from the injector of accelerator complex LEPTA at JINR are discussed.

  14. γ-Ray spectra and enhancement factors for positron annihilation with core electrons.

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    Green, D G; Gribakin, G F

    2015-03-06

    Many-body theory is developed to calculate the γ spectra for positron annihilation in noble-gas atoms. Inclusion of electron-positron correlation effects and core annihilation gives spectra in excellent agreement with experiment [K. Iwata et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 79, 39 (1997)]. The calculated correlation enhancement factors γ_{nl} for individual electron orbitals nl are found to scale with the ionization energy I_{nl} (in eV), as γ_{nl}=1+sqrt[A/I_{nl}]+(B/I_{nl})^{β}, where A≈40  eV, B≈24  eV, and β≈2.3.

  15. Temperature Dependence of Triplet–Triplet Annihilation Upconversion in Phospholipid Membranes

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    2017-01-01

    Understanding the temperature dependency of triplet–triplet annihilation upconversion (TTA-UC) is important for optimizing biological applications of upconversion. Here the temperature dependency of red-to-blue TTA-UC is reported in a variety of neutral PEGylated phospholipid liposomes. In these systems a delicate balance between lateral diffusion rate of the dyes, annihilator aggregation, and sensitizer self-quenching leads to a volcano plot, with the maximum upconversion intensity occurring near the main order–disorder transition temperature of the lipid membrane. PMID:28059523

  16. Gamma-rays from Dark Matter Annihilation in the Central Region of the Galaxy

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    Serpico, Pasquale Dario; Hooper, Dan; /Fermilab /Chicago U., Astron. Astrophys. Ctr.

    2009-02-01

    In this article, we review the prospects for the FERMI satellite (formerly known as GLAST) to detect gamma-rays from dark matter annihilations in the Central Region of the Milky Way, in light of the recent observations and discoveries of Imaging Atmospheric Cherenkov Telescopes. While the existence of significant astrophysical backgrounds in this part of the sky limits FERMI's discovery potential to some degree, this can be mitigated by exploiting the peculiar energy spectrum and angular distribution of the dark matter annihilation signal relative to those of astrophysical backgrounds.

  17. Comment on "Gamma-ray spectra from low-energy positron annihilation processes in molecules"

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    Green, D. G.; Gribakin, G. F.

    2017-03-01

    In the article by Ma et al. [Phys. Rev. A 94, 052709 (2016), 10.1103/PhysRevA.94.052709], γ -ray spectra for positron annihilation on molecules were calculated in the independent-particle approximation with the positron wave function set to unity. Based on comparisons with experimental data, they concluded that inner valence electrons play a dominant role in positron annihilation. These conclusions are incorrect and resulted from fallacious analysis that ignored the known effect of the positron wave function on the spectra.

  18. Tachyon condensation due to domain-wall annihilation in Bose-Einstein condensates.

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    Takeuchi, Hiromitsu; Kasamatsu, Kenichi; Tsubota, Makoto; Nitta, Muneto

    2012-12-14

    We show theoretically that a domain-wall annihilation in two-component Bose-Einstein condensates causes tachyon condensation accompanied by spontaneous symmetry breaking in a two-dimensional subspace. Three-dimensional vortex formation from domain-wall annihilations is considered a kink formation in subspace. Numerical experiments reveal that the subspatial dynamics obey the dynamic scaling law of phase-ordering kinetics. This model is experimentally feasible and provides insights into how the extra dimensions influence subspatial phase transition in higher-dimensional space.

  19. Distinguishing neutrino mass hierarchies using dark matter annihilation signals at IceCube

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    Allahverdi, Rouzbeh; Dutta, Bhaskar; Ghosh, Dilip Kumar; Knockel, Bradley; Saha, Ipsita

    2015-12-01

    We explore the possibility of distinguishing neutrino mass hierarchies through the neutrino signal from dark matter annihilation at neutrino telescopes. We consider a simple extension of the standard model where the neutrino masses and mixing angles are obtained via the type-II seesaw mechanism as an explicit example. We show that future extensions of IceCube neutrino telescope may detect the neutrino signal from DM annihilation at the Galactic Center and inside the Sun, and differentiate between the normal and inverted mass hierarchies, in this model.

  20. Probing dark matter annihilation to primary neutrinos with IceCube

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    Allahverdi, Rouzbeh

    2014-06-24

    We investigate the prospects for discovery and discrimination of dark matter annihilation into primary neutrinos from other final states at IceCube/DeepCore. By taking detector considerations into account, we perform a fit to obtain sensitivity limits for the primary neutrino final states from annihilation of dark matter particles gravitationally captured inside the Sun. We show that for dark matter in the 50 GeV–1 TeV mass range, primary neutrinos can be distinguished from other final states at a statistically significant level with multi-year data from IceCube/DeepCore.

  1. Photoinduced dehydrogenation of defects in undoped a-si:H using positron annihilation spectroscopy.

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

    2000-01-24

    We report changes in variable-energy positron annihilation spectroscopy measurements on undoped hydrogenated amorphous silicon films after light soaking. The change, seen predominantly in the high momentum band of the annihilation radiation, is not reversed by thermal annealing. We suggest, following recent models of the Staebler-Wronski effect, that light exposure induces hydrogen trapped in vacancylike defects to become mobile in the Si network. The observations place constraints on models of hydrogen motion fitting macroscopic Staebler-Wronski effect kinetics and may help to achieve a definitive description of metastability in a-Si:H.

  2. Asymmetric 511 keV Positron Annihilation Line Emission from the Inner Galactic Disk

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    Skinner, Gerry; Weidenspointner, Georg; Jean, Pierre; Knodlseder, Jurgen; Ballmoos, Perer von; Bignami, Giovanni; Diehl, Roland; Strong, Andrew; Cordier, Bertrand; Schanne, Stephane; Winkler, Christoph

    2008-01-01

    A recently reported asymmetry in the 511 keV gamma-ray line emission from the inner galactic disk is unexpected and mimics an equally unexpected one in the distribution of LMXBs seen at hard X-ray energies. A possible conclusion is that LMXBs are an important source of the positrons whose annihilation gives rise to the line. We will discuss these results, their statistical significance and that of any link between the two. The implication of any association between LMXBs and positrons for the strong annihilation radiation from the galactic bulge will be reviewed.

  3. Constraining Sommerfeld enhanced annihilation cross-sections of dark matter via direct searches

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    Arina, Chiara; Josse-Michaux, François-Xavier; Sahu, Narendra

    2010-08-01

    In a large class of models we show that the light scalar field responsible for the Sommerfeld enhancement in the annihilation of dark matter leads to observable direct detection rates, due to its mixing with the standard model Higgs. As a result the large annihilation cross-section of dark matter at present epoch, required to explain the observed cosmic ray anomalies, can be strongly constrained by direct searches. In particular Sommerfeld boost factors of order of a few hundred are already out of the CDMS-II upper bound at 90% confidence level for reasonable values of the model parameters.

  4. Higher-order nonclassical effects generated by multiple-photon annihilation-then-creation and creation-then-annihilation coherent states

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    Hong-Chun, Yuan; Xue-Xiang, Xu; Jin, Xiao; Chao, Xiong; Xi-Fang, Zhu

    2016-05-01

    We explore two observable nonclassical properties of quantum states generated by repeatedly operating annihilation-then-creation (AC) and creation-then-annihilation (CA) on the coherent state, respectively, such as higher-order sub-Poissonian statistics and higher-order squeezing-enhanced effect. The corresponding analytical expressions are derived in detail depending on m. By numerically comparing those quantum properties, it is found that these states above have very different nonclassical properties and nonclassicality is exhibited more strongly after AC operation than after CA operation. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11447002 and 11447202), the Natural Science Foundation of Jiangxi Province of China (Grant No. 20151BAB202013), and the Research Foundation for Changzhou Institute of Modern Optoelectronic Technology of China (Grant No. CZGY15).

  5. Instrumentation for measurement of in-flight annihilations of 130 keV antiprotons on thin target foils

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    Todoroki, K.; Barna, D.; Hayano, R. S.; Aghai-Khozani, H.; Sótér, A.; Corradini, M.; Leali, M.; Lodi-Rizzini, E.; Mascagna, V.; Venturelli, L.; Prest, V.; Vallazza, L.; De Salvador, D.; Hori, M.

    2016-11-01

    We describe the instrumentation for an experiment to measure the cross sections of antiprotons with kinetic energies of 130±10 keV annihilating on carbon, palladium, and platinum target foils of sub-100 nm thicknesses. A 120 ns long pulsed beam containing 105 -106 antiprotons was allowed to traverse the foils, and the signal annihilations that resulted from this were isolated using a time-of-flight method. Backgrounds arose from Rutherford scattering of the antiprotons off the target foils, their annihilations in the target chamber walls, and π → μ → e decay of the charged pions that emerged from the annihilations. Some antiprotons slowed down and annihilated in the contamination on the target surfaces. This reduced the signal-to-background ratio of the measurement.

  6. Sintesis y caracterizacion de portadores magneticos coloidales. Aplicaciones al diseno de sistemas de liberacion de farmacos

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    Gomez Lopera, Salvador Angel

    2003-10-01

    The present work is mainly dedicated to the synthesis and characterization of composite colloidal particles with a magnetic core (magnetite) and a polymeric biodegradable material shell (poly(DL-lactide), PLA). The aim is to use them as drug carrier systems in the field of controlled (or modified) release. The appropriate synthesis conditions are analyzed for such purpose, starting with the synthesis of the magnetic nuclei, and continuing with that of microspheres of the polymer used later as shell material. The final step is the manufacture of the composite colloids. In order to have a good comparison, all the experiments of the work have been run in triplicate, that is, for the three individual materials (magnetic nuclei, PLA and composite particles magnetite/PLA) and all the discussions are presented by way of parallel study of the three colloidal systems. The following surface and bulk properties have been studied: shape and size of the particles, specific surface area, chemical composition. The magnetic behavior of the nuclei is characterized, as well as that of the composite particles, through measurement of the magnetic susceptibility and the hysteresis cycles. In addition, a study of the electrokinetic behavior of the systems as a function of pH---at constant ionic strength---has been complemented by an investigation of their surface thermodynamics to check the extent of coverage achieved. Very significant results were also obtained in the analysis of the stability of the suspensions. Since our final aim was the design of a drug carrier and controlled release system, we also present a series of preliminary results concerning the effect of the glucocorticoid betamethasone 21-phosphate sodium salt on the surface electrical properties of the three kinds of particles, observing clear differences between the behavior of magnetite particles and of composite or pure polymeric colloids. It is demonstrated that the polymer layer affects considerably the capacity of

  7. Caracterizacion de materiales magnetoelasticos y su aplicacion al control de vibraciones

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    Morales Robredo, Angel Luis

    The characterization and application of magnetoelastic materials to problems of vibration control is tackled in this thesis. Although this subject has been thoroughly studied since the nineteenth century, and despite the fact that this type of material is currently of topical interest due to their use as smart materials in several fields of science and engineering, there is room for further research in this field, specially in topics concerning measurement and application of DeltaE- and DeltaΨ- effects. Throughout this work, several contributions can be found. First, a new experimental system for measuring both DeltaE- and DeltaΨ- effects, simultaneously, has been developed with new or improved features. Second, this new experimental system has been used to characterize in depth the three classical ferromagnetic materials, nickel, cobalt and iron, and also Terfenol-D, a special alloy which shows a great magnetoelastic response. Third, the influence of internal stresses on both DeltaE- and DeltaΨ- effects has been studied by means of different heat treatments applied to nickel specimens. And fourth, the more suitable materials regarding their DeltaE- and DeltaΨ- effects were selected and applied to novel ways of vibration control. The results obtained in the different parts of this thesis are, in our humble opinion, very valuable. Regarding the new experimental system, the improvements endow the method with notable advantages over other techniques, such as lack of mechanical or magnetic interaction with the specimen, high accuracy and resolution in magnetic field, speed of measurement, no need for sample preparation, possibility of studying stress dependence, full automation and integration of the measurement and post-processing stages. Regarding the measurement of DeltaE- and DeltaΨ- effects, our results agree with the literature but provide better accuracy. Terfenol-D shows the highest DeltaE-effect (95%), followed at a great distance by nickel (3

  8. Development and Optimization of a Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectrometer to Measure Nanoscale Defects in Solids and Borane Cage Molecules in Aqueous Nitrate Solutions

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    2008-03-01

    DEVELOPMENT AND OPTIMIZATION OF A POSITRON ANNIHILATION LIFETIME SPECTROMETER TO MEASURE NANOSCALE DEFECTS IN SOLIDS AND BORANE CAGE MOLECULES...DEVELOPMENT AND OPTIMIZATION OF A POSITRON ANNIHILATION LIFETIME SPECTROMETER TO MEASURE NANOSCALE DEFECTS IN SOLIDS AND BORANE CAGE MOLECULES IN AQUEOUS...RELEASE; DISTRIBUTION UNLIMITED AFIT/GNE/ENP/08-M05 DEVELOPMENT AND OPTIMIZATION OF A POSITRON ANNIHILATION LIFETIME SPECTROMETER TO MEASURE NANOSCALE

  9. In situ observation of defect annihilation in Kr ion-irradiated bulk Fe/amorphous-Fe 2 Zr nanocomposite alloy

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    Yu, K. Y.; Fan, Z.; Chen, Y.; ...

    2014-08-26

    Enhanced irradiation tolerance in crystalline multilayers has received significant attention lately. However, little is known on the irradiation response of crystal/amorphous nanolayers. We report on in situ Kr ion irradiation studies of a bulk Fe96Zr4 nanocomposite alloy. Irradiation resulted in amorphization of Fe2Zr and formed crystal/amorphous nanolayers. α-Fe layers exhibited drastically lower defect density and size than those in large α-Fe grains. In situ video revealed that mobile dislocation loops in α-Fe layers were confined by the crystal/amorphous interfaces and kept migrating to annihilate other defects. This study provides new insights on the design of irradiation-tolerant crystal/amorphous nanocomposites.

  10. Detection of Mg17Al12 precipitates in deformed thermal-aged AZ91 alloy by positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Ortega, Y.; Del Río, J.

    2004-02-01

    Positron-annihilation lifetime measurements are used to study the influence of Mg17Al12 precipitates in mechanical properties of deformed magnesium alloys containing 9 wt% Al and 1wt% Zn. Deformations are performed at room temperature on untreated and thermal-aged samples, and the response of the positron lifetime to the deformation degree is studied. Measurements reveal that changes in the average positron lifetime are very small on both samples. The slight increase of positron lifetime in deformed samples, seems to be related with the unfavourable orientation of Mg17Al12 precipitates in the magnesium matrix to produce work hardening, as it has shown by other authors through TEM observations. Further isothermal annealing experiments, on samples that are previously deformed, illustrate almost a complete recovery of the positron lifetime on untreated samples at 375 K and on age-hardened samples at 433 K.

  11. Searching for Dark Matter Annihilation in the Smith High-Velocity Cloud

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    Drlica-Wagner, Alex; Gomez-Vargas, German A.; Hewitt, John W.; Linden, Tim; Tibaldo, Luigi

    2014-01-01

    Recent observations suggest that some high-velocity clouds may be confined by massive dark matter halos. In particular, the proximity and proposed dark matter content of the Smith Cloud make it a tempting target for the indirect detection of dark matter annihilation. We argue that the Smith Cloud may be a better target than some Milky Way dwarf spheroidal satellite galaxies and use gamma-ray observations from the Fermi Large Area Telescope to search for a dark matter annihilation signal. No significant gamma-ray excess is found coincident with the Smith Cloud, and we set strong limits on the dark matter annihilation cross section assuming a spatially extended dark matter profile consistent with dynamical modeling of the Smith Cloud. Notably, these limits exclude the canonical thermal relic cross section (approximately 3 x 10 (sup -26) cubic centimeters per second) for dark matter masses less than or approximately 30 gigaelectronvolts annihilating via the B/B- bar oscillation or tau/antitau channels for certain assumptions of the dark matter density profile; however, uncertainties in the dark matter content of the Smith Cloud may significantly weaken these constraints.

  12. Complete particle-pair annihilation as a dynamical signature of the spectral singularity

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    Li, G.R.; Zhang, X.Z.; Song, Z.

    2014-10-15

    Motivated by the physical relevance of a spectral singularity of interacting many-particle system, we explore the dynamics of two bosons as well as fermions in one-dimensional system with imaginary delta interaction strength. Based on the exact solution, it shows that the two-particle collision leads to amplitude-reduction of the wave function. For fermion pair, the amplitude-reduction depends on the spin configuration of two particles. In both cases, the residual amplitude can vanish when the relative group velocity of two single-particle Gaussian wave packets with equal width reaches the magnitude of the interaction strength, exhibiting complete particle-pair annihilation at the spectral singularity. - Highlights: • We investigate the physical relevance of a spectral singularity. • The two-particle collision leads to amplitude-reduction of the wave function. • There is a singularity spectrum which leads to complete particle-pair annihilation. • Complete particle-pair annihilation can only occur for two distinguishable bosons and singlet fermions. • Pair annihilation provides a detection method of the spectral singularity in the experiment.

  13. Prospects of antideuteron detection from dark matter annihilations or decays at AMS-02 and GAPS

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    Ibarra, Alejandro; Wild, Sebastian E-mail: sebastian.wild@ph.tum.de

    2013-02-01

    The search for cosmic antideuterons has been proposed as a promising method to indirectly detect dark matter, due to the very small background flux from spallations expected at the energies relevant to experiments. The antideuteron flux from dark matter annihilations or decays is, however, severely constrained by the non-observation of an excess in the antiproton-to-proton fraction measured by PAMELA. In this paper we calculate, for representative dark matter annihilation and decay channels, upper limits on the number of antideuteron events at AMS-02 and GAPS from requiring that the associated antiproton flux is in agreement with the PAMELA data. To this end, we first analyze in detail the formation of antideuterons in the coalescence model using an event-by-event Monte Carlo simulation and using data from various high energy experiments. We find that the resulting coalescence momentum shows a dependence on the underlying process and on the center of mass energy involved. Then, we calculate, using a diffusion model, the flux of antideuterons at the Earth from dark matter annihilations or decays. Our results indicate that, despite the various sources of uncertainty, the observation of an antideuteron flux at AMS-02 or GAPS from dark matter annihilations or decays will be challenging.

  14. Quantum efficiency harmonic analysis of exciton annihilation in organic light emitting diodes

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    Price, J. S.; Giebink, N. C.

    2015-06-29

    Various exciton annihilation processes are known to impact the efficiency roll-off of organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs); however, isolating and quantifying their contribution in the presence of other factors such as changing charge balance continue to be a challenge for routine device characterization. Here, we analyze OLED electroluminescence resulting from a sinusoidal dither superimposed on the device bias and show that nonlinearity between recombination current and light output arising from annihilation mixes the quantum efficiency measured at different dither harmonics in a manner that depends uniquely on the type and magnitude of the annihilation process. We derive a series of analytical relations involving the DC and first harmonic external quantum efficiency that enable annihilation rates to be quantified through linear regression independent of changing charge balance and evaluate them for prototypical fluorescent and phosphorescent OLEDs based on the emitters 4-(dicyanomethylene)-2-methyl-6-(4-dimethylaminostyryl)-4H-pyran and platinum octaethylporphyrin, respectively. We go on to show that, in most cases, it is sufficient to calculate the needed quantum efficiency harmonics directly from derivatives of the DC light versus current curve, thus enabling this analysis to be conducted solely from standard light-current-voltage measurement data.

  15. PROSPECTS FOR PENTAQUARK SEARCHES IN E+D- ANNIHILATIONS AND VV COLLISIONS.

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    ARMSTRONG,S.; MELLADO,B.; WU,S.L.

    2004-06-28

    Recent strong experimental evidence of a narrow exotic S = +1 baryon resonance, {Theta}{sup +}, suggests the existence of other exotic baryons. We discuss the prospects of confirming earlier experimental evidence of {Theta}{sup +} and the observation of additional hypothetical exotic baryons in e{sup +}e{sup -} annihilations and {gamma}{gamma} collisions at LEP and B Factories.

  16. Doing the "Second Shift": Gendered Labour and the Symbolic Annihilation of Teacher Educators' Work

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    Spencer, Ingrid

    2013-01-01

    Reflecting on the experience of being a participant in the Work of Teacher Education (WoTE) research, and drawing on conceptualisations of teacher education as "domestic labour," I argue that teacher educators' closeness to classroom practice acts as a determining factor in their symbolic annihilation, a concept usually applied to study…

  17. The need for expanded exploration of matter-antimatter annihilation for propulsion application

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    Massier, P. F.

    1982-01-01

    The use of matter-antimatter annihilation as a propulsion application for interstellar travel is discussed. The physical basis for the superior energy release in such a system is summarized, and the problems associated with antimatter production, collection and storage are assessed. Advances in devising a workable propulsion system are reported, and the parameters of an antimatter propulsion system are described.

  18. 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.

  19. Searching for dark matter annihilation in the Smith high-velocity cloud

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    Drlica-Wagner, Alex; Gómez-Vargas, Germán A.; Hewitt, John W.; Linden, Tim; Tibaldo, Luigi

    2014-07-20

    Recent observations suggest that some high-velocity clouds may be confined by massive dark matter halos. In particular, the proximity and proposed dark matter content of the Smith Cloud make it a tempting target for the indirect detection of dark matter annihilation. We argue that the Smith Cloud may be a better target than some Milky Way dwarf spheroidal satellite galaxies and use γ-ray observations from the Fermi Large Area Telescope to search for a dark matter annihilation signal. No significant γ-ray excess is found coincident with the Smith Cloud, and we set strong limits on the dark matter annihilation cross section assuming a spatially extended dark matter profile consistent with dynamical modeling of the Smith Cloud. Notably, these limits exclude the canonical thermal relic cross section (∼ 3 × 10{sup –26} cm{sup 3} s{sup –1}) for dark matter masses ≲ 30 GeV annihilating via the b b-bar or τ{sup +}τ{sup –} channels for certain assumptions of the dark matter density profile; however, uncertainties in the dark matter content of the Smith Cloud may significantly weaken these constraints.

  20. 'Void existence' as against 'annihilation existence': Differentiating two qualities in primitive mental states.

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    Valdarsky, Irit Hameiri

    2015-10-01

    This paper attempts to distil out a particular quality of psychic (non)existence, which I call here 'void existence', from the quality predominantly explored in the psychoanalytic discourse on primitive mental states, which I call 'annihilation existence'. Achieving this phenomenological differentiation may make it easier to identify and work through extreme states in the analytic situation, when the patient is under the dominance of 'void existence'. I suggest that it is, as it were, a one-dimensional existence, in an infinite contour-less void, lacking any substantial internal object, lacking any substantial sense of psychic and/or somatic occurrences, and lacking any live representation of this very state of being. Hence, it lacks distress and anxiety, as well as calmness and peace. One might say that it is the inorganic within the organic; a quality of non-alive-ness within life. 'Annihilation existence' is existence in a two- or three-dimensional hollowed world, with flat and/or partial representations of self and object, which attracts acute distress and annihilation anxiety. It is a sort of existence on the brink of non-life, on the brink of the void; where a sense of catastrophic danger is brought on by the never-ending potentiality of the annihilation's realization. Both these psychic qualities can be encapsulated within neurotic and personality disorders, and the dominance of each can serve as defence against the dominance of the other. The theoretical discussion is supported by excerpts from an analysis.

  1. First search for dark matter annihilations in the Earth with the IceCube detector

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    Aartsen, M. G.; Abraham, K.; Ackermann, M.; Adams, J.; Aguilar, J. A.; Ahlers, M.; Ahrens, M.; Altmann, D.; Andeen, K.; Anderson, T.; Ansseau, I.; Anton, G.; Archinger, M.; Argüelles, C.; Auffenberg, J.; Axani, S.; Bai, X.; Barwick, S. W.; Baum, V.; Bay, R.; Beatty, J. J.; Becker Tjus, J.; Becker, K.-H.; BenZvi, S.; Berley, D.; Bernardini, E.; Bernhard, A.; Besson, D. Z.; Binder, G.; Bindig, D.; Bissok, M.; Blaufuss, E.; Blot, S.; Bohm, C.; Börner, M.; Bos, F.; Bose, D.; Böser, S.; Botner, O.; Braun, J.; Brayeur, L.; Bretz, H.-P.; Bron, S.; Burgman, A.; Carver, T.; Casier, M.; Cheung, E.; Chirkin, D.; Christov, A.; Clark, K.; Classen, L.; Coenders, S.; Collin, G. H.; Conrad, J. M.; Cowen, D. F.; Cross, R.; Day, M.; de André, J. P. A. M.; De Clercq, C.; del Pino Rosendo, E.; Dembinski, H.; De Ridder, S.; Desiati, P.; de Vries, K. D.; de Wasseige, G.; de With, M.; DeYoung, T.; Díaz-Vélez, J. C.; di Lorenzo, V.; Dujmovic, H.; Dumm, J. P.; Dunkman, M.; Eberhardt, B.; Ehrhardt, T.; Eichmann, B.; Eller, P.; Euler, S.; Evenson, P. A.; Fahey, S.; Fazely, A. R.; Feintzeig, J.; Felde, J.; Filimonov, K.; Finley, C.; Flis, S.; Fösig, C.-C.; Franckowiak, A.; Friedman, E.; Fuchs, T.; Gaisser, T. K.; Gallagher, J.; Gerhardt, L.; Ghorbani, K.; Giang, W.; Gladstone, L.; Glagla, M.; Glauch, T.; Glüsenkamp, T.; Goldschmidt, A.; Golup, G.; Gonzalez, J. G.; Grant, D.; Griffith, Z.; Haack, C.; Haj Ismail, A.; Hallgren, A.; Halzen, F.; Hansen, E.; Hansmann, B.; Hansmann, T.; Hanson, K.; Hebecker, D.; Heereman, D.; Helbing, K.; Hellauer, R.; Hickford, S.; Hignight, J.; Hill, G. C.; Hoffman, K. D.; Hoffmann, R.; Holzapfel, K.; Hoshina, K.; Huang, F.; Huber, M.; Hultqvist, K.; In, S.; Ishihara, A.; Jacobi, E.; Japaridze, G. S.; Jeong, M.; Jero, K.; Jones, B. J. P.; Jurkovic, M.; Kappes, A.; Karg, T.; Karle, A.; Katz, U.; Kauer, M.; Keivani, A.; Kelley, J. L.; Kemp, J.; Kheirandish, A.; Kim, M.; Kintscher, T.; Kiryluk, J.; Kittler, T.; Klein, S. R.; Kohnen, G.; Koirala, R.; Kolanoski, H.; Konietz, R.; Köpke, L.; Kopper, C.; Kopper, S.; Koskinen, D. J.; Kowalski, M.; Krings, K.; Kroll, M.; Krückl, G.; Krüger, C.; Kunnen, J.; Kunwar, S.; Kurahashi, N.; Kuwabara, T.; Labare, M.; Lanfranchi, J. L.; Larson, M. J.; Lauber, F.; Lennarz, D.; Lesiak-Bzdak, M.; Leuermann, M.; Leuner, J.; Lu, L.; Lünemann, J.; Madsen, J.; Maggi, G.; Mahn, K. B. M.; Mancina, S.; Mandelartz, M.; Maruyama, R.; Mase, K.; Maunu, R.; McNally, F.; Meagher, K.; Medici, M.; Meier, M.; Meli, A.; Menne, T.; Merino, G.; Meures, T.; Miarecki, S.; Mohrmann, L.; Montaruli, T.; Moulai, M.; Nahnhauer, R.; Naumann, U.; Neer, G.; Niederhausen, H.; Nowicki, S. C.; Nygren, D. R.; Obertacke Pollmann, A.; Olivas, A.; O'Murchadha, A.; Palczewski, T.; Pandya, H.; Pankova, D. V.; Peiffer, P.; Penek, Ö.; Pepper, J. A.; Pérez de los Heros, C.; Pieloth, D.; Pinat, E.; Price, P. B.; Przybylski, G. T.; Quinnan, M.; Raab, C.; Rädel, L.; Rameez, M.; Rawlins, K.; Reimann, R.; Relethford, B.; Relich, M.; Resconi, E.; Rhode, W.; Richman, M.; Riedel, B.; Robertson, S.; Rongen, M.; Rott, C.; Ruhe, T.; Ryckbosch, D.; Rysewyk, D.; Sabbatini, L.; Sanchez Herrera, S. E.; Sandrock, A.; Sandroos, J.; Sarkar, S.; Satalecka, K.; Schimp, M.; Schlunder, P.; Schmidt, T.; Schoenen, S.; Schöneberg, S.; Schumacher, L.; Seckel, D.; Seunarine, S.; Soldin, D.; Song, M.; Spiczak, G. M.; Spiering, C.; Stahlberg, M.; Stanev, T.; Stasik, A.; Stettner, J.; Steuer, A.; Stezelberger, T.; Stokstad, R. G.; Stößl, A.; Ström, R.; Strotjohann, N. L.; Sullivan, G. W.; Sutherland, M.; Taavola, H.; Taboada, I.; Tatar, J.; Tenholt, F.; Ter-Antonyan, S.; Terliuk, A.; Tešić, G.; Tilav, S.; Toale, P. A.; Tobin, M. N.; Toscano, S.; Tosi, D.; Tselengidou, M.; Turcati, A.; Unger, E.; Usner, M.; Vandenbroucke, J.; van Eijndhoven, N.; Vanheule, S.; van Rossem, M.; van Santen, J.; Veenkamp, J.; Vehring, M.; Voge, M.; Vogel, E.; Vraeghe, M.; Walck, C.; Wallace, A.; Wallraff, M.; Wandkowsky, N.; Weaver, Ch.; Weiss, M. J.; Wendt, C.; Westerhoff, S.; Whelan, B. J.; Wickmann, S.; Wiebe, K.; Wiebusch, C. H.; Wille, L.; Williams, D. R.; Wills, L.; Wolf, M.; Wood, T. R.; Woolsey, E.; Woschnagg, K.; Xu, D. L.; Xu, X. W.; Xu, Y.; Yanez, J. P.; Yodh, G.; Yoshida, S.; Zoll, M.

    2017-02-01

    We present the results of the first IceCube search for dark matter annihilation in the center of the Earth. Weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs), candidates for dark matter, can scatter off nuclei inside the Earth and fall below its escape velocity. Over time the captured WIMPs will be accumulated and may eventually self-annihilate. Among the annihilation products only neutrinos can escape from the center of the Earth. Large-scale neutrino telescopes, such as the cubic kilometer IceCube Neutrino Observatory located at the South Pole, can be used to search for such neutrino fluxes. Data from 327 days of detector livetime during 2011/2012 were analyzed. No excess beyond the expected background from atmospheric neutrinos was detected. The derived upper limits on the annihilation rate of WIMPs in the Earth and the resulting muon flux are an order of magnitude stronger than the limits of the last analysis performed with data from IceCube's predecessor AMANDA. The limits can be translated in terms of a spin-independent WIMP-nucleon cross section. For a WIMP mass of 50 GeV this analysis results in the most restrictive limits achieved with IceCube data.

  2. Power spectrum tomography of dark matter annihilation with local galaxy distribution

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    Ando, Shin'ichiro

    2014-10-01

    Cross-correlating the gamma-ray background with local galaxy catalogs potentially gives stringent constraints on dark matter annihilation. We provide updated theoretical estimates of sensitivities to the annihilation cross section from gamma-ray data with Fermi telescope and 2MASS galaxy catalogs, by elaborating the galaxy power spectrum and astrophysical backgrounds, and adopting the Markov-Chain Monte Carlo simulations. In particular, we show that taking tomographic approach by dividing the galaxy catalogs into more than one redshift slice will improve the sensitivity by a factor of a few to several. If dark matter halos contain lots of bright substructures, yielding a large annihilation boost (e.g., a factor of ∼100 for galaxy-size halos), then one may be able to probe the canonical annihilation cross section for thermal production mechanism up to masses of ∼700 GeV. Even with modest substructure boost (e.g., a factor of ∼10 for galaxy-size halos), on the other hand, the sensitivities could still reach a factor of three larger than the canonical cross section for dark matter masses of tens to a few hundreds of GeV.

  3. Review of Heavy Lepton Production in e{sup +}e{sup -} Annihilation

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    Perl, M. L.

    1977-10-01

    The existing data on e{sup +-}..mu..{sup -+}, e{sup +-}x{sup -+}, ..mu..{sup +-}x{sup -+}, and related events produced in e{sup +}e{sup -} annihilation are reviewed. All data are consistent with the existence of a new charged lepton, tau{sup +-}, of mass 1.9 +- .1 GeV/c{sup 2}.

  4. Annihilation and Reanimation of a Tornado in the Improved Tornado Tube

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    Bednarek, Stanisław

    2016-02-01

    Some new experiments using an improved version of the "tornado tube" are described here. The improved tornado tube consists of two plastic transparent bottles whose openings are connected with a ball valve, available at most hardware stores. After being filled with fluid and inverting, this tube allows demonstration of the generation, annihilation, and reanimation of vortices, or tornados.

  5. Measurement of the mass and width of the Z 0-particle from multihadronic final states produced in e +e - annihilations

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    Aarnio, P.; Abreu, P.; Adam, W.; Adrianos, P.; Adye, T.; Akopdzhanov, G.; Alekseev, G.; Allaby, J.; Allen, P.; Allport, P.; Almehed, S.; Alvsvaag, S.; Amaldi, U.; Anassontzis, E.; Antilogus, P.; Apel, W.; Aria, E.; Asman, B.; Astesan, F.; Ferreres, C. Astor; Aubret, C.; Augustin, J.; Augustinus, A.; Baillon, P.; Barao, F.; Barbiellini, G.; Bardin, D.; Barlag, S.; Barlow, J.; Baroncelli, A.; Barranco-Luque, M.; Barreira, G.; Barring, O.; Bartl, W.; Bates, M.; Baubillier, M.; Becks, K.; Beeston, C.; Bell, W.; Belokopytov, I.; Beltran, P.; Benedic, D.; Benlloch, J.; Berggren, M.; Berst, J.; Bertrand, D.; Biagi, S.; Bianchi, F.; Bibby, J.; Bilenky, M.; Billoir, P.; Bingefors, N.; Bjarne, J.; Bloch, D.; Bogolubov, P.; Bollini, D.; Bolognese, T.; Bonapart, M.; Booth, P.; Boratav, M.; Borgeaud, P.; Borner, H.; Bosio, C.; Botner, O.; Bouquet, B.; Bozzo, M.; Braibant, S.; Branchini, P.; Brand, C.; Brand, K.; Bricman, C.; Brown, R.; Brummer, N.; Brunet, J.; Bugge, L.; Buran, T.; Burmeister, H.; Buttar, C.; Buytaert, J.; Cabras, G.; Caccia, M.; Cairanti, S.; Calvi, M.; Rozas, A. Camacho; Campagne, J.; Campion, A.; Camporesi, T.; Canale, V.; Cao, F.; Carroll, L.; Caso, C.; Castelli, E.; Castillo Gimenez, V.; Cattai, A.; Caoallo, F.; Cerrito, L.; Chadwick, G.; Charpentier, P.; Checchia, P.; Chelkov, G.; Chevalier, L.; Chiccoli, C.; Chiliapnikov, P.; Chorowicz, V.; Christophel, E.; Cirio, R.; Clara, M.; Contreras, J.; Contri, R.; Couchot, F.; Courty, P.; Crawley, H.; Crennell, D.; Cresti, M.; Croissiaux, M.; Crosetti, G.; Crosland, N.; Crozon, M.; Cuevas Maestro, J.; Curwen, L.; Czellar, S.; Dahl-Jensen, E.; Dalmagne, B.; Dam, M.; Damgaard, G.; Darbo, G.; Daubie, E.; Davenport, M.; de Angelis, A.; de Beer, M.; de Clercq, C.; de Groot, N.; de Jode, M.; de La Vaissiere, C.; Delikaris, D.; Delpierre, P.; di Ciaccio, L.; Diddens, A.; Dijkstra, H.; Dimitriou, N.; Djama, F.; Dolbeau, J.; Doroba, K.; Downs, R.; Dracos, M.; Drees, J.; Dris, M.; Du, S.; Dulinski, W.; Dzhelyadin, R.; Edwards, D.; Eek, L.; Eerola, P.; Ekelof, T.; Ekspong, G.; Ellila, M.; Engel, J.; Falaleev, V.; Fenyuk, A.; Fernandez Alonso, M.; Ferrer, A.; Ferroni, S.; Filippas, T.; Firestone, A.; Fischer, H.; Fjeld, B.; Flinn, M.; Foeth, H.; Fokitis, E.; Folegati, P.; Fontanelli, F.; Forsbach, H.; Fraissard, D.; Franek, B.; Fransson, K.; Frenkiel, P.; Fries, D.; Froberger, J.; Frodesen, A.; Fruhwirth, R.; Fulda-Quenzer, F.; Fuster, J.; Gago, J.; Gaillard, M.; Galeazzi, G.; Gamba, D.; Garat, C.; Gaspar, C.; Gasparini, U.; Gavillet, P.; Gawne, S.; Gazis, E.; Genat, J.; Gerber, J.; Glitza, K.; Gokieli, R.; Golovatyuk, V.; Gomes, P.; Gomez Y Cadenas, J.; Goobar, A.; Gopal, G.; Gorbics, M.; Goret, B.; Gorski, B.; Goujon, G.; Gracco, V.; Grant, A.; Grard, F.; Graziani, E.; Grillet, J.; Gros, M.; Gros, M.; Grosdidier, G.; Grossetete, B.; Grung, B.; Guglielmi, L.; Gumenyuk, S.; Guy, J.; Hahn, F.; Haider, S.; Haissinski, J.; Hajduk, Z.; Hakansson, A.; Hallgren, A.; Hamacher, K.; Hamel de Monchenault, G.; Harris, F.; Heck, B.; Herbst, I.; Hernandez, J.; Herquet, P.; Herr, H.; Higon, E.; Hilke, H.; Hofmann, H.; Hofmokl, T.; Holmgren, S.; Hooper, J.; Horisberger, R.; Houlden, M.; Hrisoho, A.; Hrubec, J.; Huitu, K.; Hulth, P.; Hultqvist, K.; Husson, D.; Hyams, B.; Imbault, D.; Innocente, M.; Ioannou, P.; Iversen, P.; Jackson, J.; Jalocha, P.; Jarlskog, G.; Jarry, P.; Jean-Marie, B.; Joensuu, J.; Johansson, E.; Johansson, H.; Johansson, S.; Jonker, M.; Juillot, P.; Kadyrov, R.; Kadyshevsky, V.; Kalkanis, G.; Kalmus, G.; Kantardjian, G.; Katsanevas, S.; Katsoufis, E.; Keranen, R.; Kesteman, J.; Khomenko, B.; Khovanski, N.; King, B.; Kisielewski, B.; Klein, H.; Klempt, W.; Klovning, A.; Kluit, P.; Koene, B.; Kokkinias, P.; Kontaxis, I.; Kopf, M.; Koratzinos, M.; Korcyl, K.; Korytov, A.; Korzen, B.; Kostarakis, P.; Kourkoumelis, C.; Kremizis, P.; Kreuzberger, T.; Krolikowski, J.; Krstic, J.; Kucewicz, W.; Kuhn, G.; Kurvinen, K.; Laakso, M.; Lambropoulos, C.; Lanceri, L.; Langerveld, D.; Lapin, V.; Laugier, J.; Lauhakangas, R.; Laurikainen, P.; Lavigne, B.; Le Grand, J.; Lebbolo, H.; Lebreton, E.; Leder, G.; Lemonne, J.; Lenzen, G.; Lepeltier, V.; Lidbury, J.; Lieb, E.; Lillestol, E.; Lillethun, E.; Lippi, I.; Llosa, R.; Loerstad, B.; Loken, J.; Lopez Aguera, M.; Lorenz, P.; Loukas, D.; Lucock, R.; Lund-Jensen, B.; Lutz, P.; Lyons, L.; Maehlum, G.; Maeland, O.; Maillard, J.; Makoussis, A.; Maltezos, A.; Mandl, F.; Marco, J.; Marin, J.; Markou, A.; Mathis, L.; Matteuzzi, C.; Matthiae, G.; Mattsson, L.; Mayet, N.; Mazzucato, M.; Mc Cubbin, M.; Mc Kay, R.; Menichetti, E.; Meroni, C.; Meyer, W.; Michael, M.; Michalowski, J.; Mitaroff, W.; Mitselmakher, G.; Mjoernmark, U.; Moa, T.; Moeller, R.; Moenig, K.; Monge, R.; Montalbano, G.; Morettini, P.; Mueller, H.; Muller, H.; Mur, M.; Muryn, B.; Myatt, G.; Navarria, F.; Negri, P.; Nielsen, B.; Nigro, M.; Nikolaenko, V.; Noppe, J.; Nordberg, M.; Nounos, S.; Obraztsov, V.; Orava, R.; Ouraou, A.; Pagot, J.; Pain, R.; Pakonski, K.; Palka, H.; Palma Lopes, S.; Papadopoulou, T.; Pape, L.; Pasini, P.; Passeneau, J.; Passeneau, M.; Passeri, A.; Pattison, J.; Pegoraro, M.; Perevozchikov, V.; Perez, J.; Pernicka, M.; Perrotta, A.; Petrucci, G.; Pettersen, T.; Pimenta, M.; Pingot, O.; Pinori, C.; Pinsent, A.; Poiret, C.; Pol, M.; Poliakov, B.; Polok, G.; Poropat, P.; Privitera, P.; Pullia, A.; Pyyhtia, J.; Queru, P.; Quinton, S.; Rademakers, A.; Radojicic, D.; Ragazzi, S.; Ragazzon, R.; Range, W.; Raoul, J.; Ratoff, P.; Read, A.; Redaelli, N.; Regler, M.; Reid, D.; Reis, M.; Renton, P.; Resvanis, L.; Richard, F.; Ridky, J.; Rinaudo, G.; Romaya, A.; Romero, A.; Roncagliolo, I.; Ronchese, P.; Rongved, R.; Rosenberg, E.; Rossel, F.; Rosso, E.; Roudeau, P.; Rovelli, T.; Ruhlmann, V.; Ruiz, A.; Rybicki, K.; Saarikko, H.; Sacco, D.; Sacquin, Y.; Sadovsky, A.; Salgado, C.; Salt, J.; Samarin, A.; Sanchez, E.; Sanchis, E.; Sannino, M.; Schaeffer, M.; Schneider, H.; Scuri, F.; Sebastia, R.; Segar, A.; Sekulin, R.; Sessa, M.; Sette, G.; Seufert, R.; Shellard, R.; Siegrist, P.; Simonetti, S.; Simonetto, F.; Skaali, T.; Skeens, J.; Skjevling, G.; Smadja, G.; Smith, G.; Sosnowski, R.; Spang, K.; Spassov, T.; Spentzouris, P.; Spiriti, E.; Squarcia, S.; Staeck, H.; Stanescu, C.; Stavropoulos, G.; Stichelbaut, F.; Stocchi, A.; Strauss, J.; Strub, R.; Sundell, E.; Szczekowski, M.; Szeptycka, M.; Szymanski, P.; Tavernier, S.; Theodosiou, G.; Tilquin, A.; Timmermans, J.; Tkachev, L.; Toet, D.; Topp-Jorgensen, S.; Topphol, A.; Tortora, L.; Treille, D.; Trevisan, U.; Tristram, C.; Troncon, C.; Truong, T.; Tsyganov, E.; Turala, M.; Turchetta, R.; Turlot, J.; Turluer, M.; Tuuva, T.; Tyapkin, I.; Tyndel, M.; Tyurin, N.; Udo, F.; Ueberschaer, S.; Ullaland, O.; Valenti, G.; van Apeldoorn, G.; van Dam, P.; van Doninck, W.; van Eijk, B.; van Eijndhoven, N.; Vander Velde, C.; Vanuxem, J.; Varela, J.; Vaz, P.; Vegni, G.; Veitch, M.; Vela, E.; Velasco, J.; Ventura, L.; Venus, W.; Verbeure, F.; Vergezac, P.; Vilanova, D.; Viseu Melo, L.; Vlasov, E.; Vlassopoulos, S.; Vodopianov, A.; Vollmer, M.; Volponi, S.; Voulgaris, G.; Voutilainen, M.; Vrba, V.; Wahlen, H.; Walck, C.; Waldner, F.; Wayne, M.; Weilhammer, P.; Werner, J.; Wetherell, A.; Wickens, J.; Williams, W.; Winter, M.; Witecki, B.; Wormser, G.; Woschnagg, K.; Yamdagni, N.; Yelton, J.; Zaitsev, A.; Zalewska, A.; Zalewski, P.; Zevgolatakos, E.; Zhang, G.; Zimin, N.; Zinchenko, A.; Zito, M.; Zitoun, R.; Zukanovich Funchal, R.; Zumerle, G.; Delphi Collaboration

    1989-11-01

    First measurements of the mass and width of the Z 0 performed at the newly commissioned LEP Collider by the DELPHI Collaboration are presented. The measuements are derived from the study of multihadronic final states produced in e +e - annihilations at several energies around the Z 0 mass. The values found for the mass and width are M(Z 0)=91.06±0.09 (stat) ±0.045 (syst.) GeV and Γ(Z 0)=2.42±0.21 (stat.) GeV respectively, froma three-parameter fit to the line shape. A two-parameter fit in the framework of the standard model yields for the number of light neutrino species Nν=2.4±0.4 (stat.) ±0.5 (syst.).

  6. Controlled merging and annihilation of localised dissipative structures in an AC-driven damped nonlinear Schrödinger system

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    Jang, Jae K.; Erkintalo, Miro; Luo, Kathy; Oppo, Gian-Luca; Coen, Stéphane; Murdoch, Stuart G.

    2016-03-01

    We report studies of controlled interactions of localised dissipative structures in a system described by the AC-driven damped nonlinear Schrödinger equation (equivalent to the Lugiato-Lefever model). Extensive numerical simulations reveal a variety of interaction scenarios that are governed by the properties of the system driver, notably its gradients. In our experiments, performed with a nonlinear optical fibre (Kerr) resonator, the phase profile of the driver is used to induce interactions of the dissipative structures on demand. We observe both merging and annihilation of localised structures, i.e. interactions governed by the dissipative, out-of-equilibrium nature of the system. These interactions fundamentally differ from those typically found for conventional conservative solitons.

  7. Mechanisms of monovacancy annihilation and type-A defect creation on Si(0 0 1)-2 × 1

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    Kirichenko, Taras A.; Banerjee, Sanjay K.; Hwang, Gyeong S.

    2004-04-01

    Based on first principles quantum mechanics (DFT/GGA with pseudopotentials) calculations, we propose a new mechanism for monovacancy annihilation and single missing dimer creation. Our study shows that an isolated monovacancy can exist fairly stable, rather than liberating the remaining atom of the `defect' dimer readily. The liberation barrier is calculated to be 1.3 eV. However, the monovacancy can diffuse rapidly along a dimer row by overcoming a barrier of 0.3 eV, leading to vacancy-vacancy pairing at elevated temperatures. These results suggest that the vacancy-vacancy pairing may play a major role in creating a single missing-dimer vacancy (which is ≈1.8 eV more stable than two isolated monovacancies). We also present the pathways and barriers of (i) the remaining atom hopping between the buckled-up and down site of the `defect' dimer and (ii) the vacancy diffusion into the subsurface layer.

  8. Spin annihilations of and spin sifters for transverse electric and transverse magnetic waves in co- and counter-rotations

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    Mok, Jinsik

    2014-01-01

    Summary This study is motivated in part to better understand multiplexing in wireless communications, which employs photons carrying varying angular momenta. In particular, we examine both transverse electric (TE) and transverse magnetic (TM) waves in either co-rotations or counter-rotations. To this goal, we analyze both Poynting-vector flows and orbital and spin parts of the energy flow density for the combined fields. Consequently, we find not only enhancements but also cancellations between the two modes. To our surprise, the photon spins in the azimuthal direction exhibit a complete annihilation for the counter-rotational case even if the intensities of the colliding waves are of different magnitudes. In contrast, the orbital flow density disappears only if the two intensities satisfy a certain ratio. In addition, the concepts of spin sifters and enantiomer sorting are illustrated. PMID:25383300

  9. 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.

  10. Constraints on the dark matter annihilation from Fermi-LAT observation of M31

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    Li, Zhengwei; Huang, Xiaoyuan; Yuan, Qiang; Xu, Yupeng

    2016-12-01

    Gamma-ray is a good probe of dark matter (DM) particles in the Universe. We search for the DM annihilation signals in the direction of the Andromeda galaxy (M31) using 7.5 year Fermi-LAT pass 8 data. Similar to Pshirkov et al. (2016), we find that there is residual excess emission from the direction of M31 if only the galactic disk as traced by the far infrared emission is considered. Adding a point-like source will improve the fitting effectively, although additional slight improvements can be found if an extended component such as a uniform disk or two bubbles is added instead. Taking the far infrared disk plus a point source as the background model, we search for the DM annihilation signals in the data. We find that there is strong degeneracy between the emission from the galaxy and that from 10s GeV mass DM annihilation in the main halo with quark final state. However, the required DM annihilation cross section is about 10-25-10-24 cm3s-1, orders of magnitude larger than the constraints from observations of dwarf spheroidal galaxies, indicating a non-DM origin of the emission. If DM subhalos are taken into account, the degeneracy is broken. When considering the enhancement from DM subhalos, the constraints on DM model parameters are comparable to (or slightly weaker than) those from the population of dwarf spheroidal galaxies. We also discuss the inverse Compton scattering component from DM annihilation induced electrons/positrons. For the first time we include an energy dependent template of the inverse Compton emission (i.e., a template cube) in the data analysis to take into account the effect of diffusion of charged particles. We find a significant improvement of the constraints in the high mass range of DM particles after considering the inverse Compton emission.

  11. Mn-Doping in NiO Nanoparticles: Defects-Modifications and Associated Effects Investigated Through Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy.

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    Das, Anjan; Mandal, Atis Chandra; Roy, Soma; Nambissan, P M G

    2016-04-01

    Manganese-doped nickel oxide (Ni1-xMnxO) nanoparticulate samples with x in the range 0 (undoped sample) to 0.35 were synthesized by sol-gel method involving chemical reactions between the solutions of nickel nitrate hexahydrate and manganese acetate tetrahydrate. The nanocrystallites obtained after annealing of the precipitates for different durations were characterized by X-ray diffraction and high resolution transmission electron microscopy. The samples showed high degree of purity with no secondary phase up to 35 at.% (x = 0.35) of Mn-doping. At the initial doping concentrations, the crystallite sizes increased due to vacancy type defects being recombined with some of the doped Mn2+ ions. However, substitution-induced strain soon overtook the crystallite dynamics and the sizes rapidly started reducing again as an indirect consequence of the necessity to accommodate majority of the doped cations on the surfaces of the nanocrystallites. There was conspicuous changes in the lattice parameter too which could again be attributed to the strain and charge effects. The average sizes of the crystallites were obtained in the range 5.5 nm to 13.1 nm for the different samples. UV-Vis absorption studies indicated the formation of excitonic states in NiO on Mn-doping. The band gap energy (Eg) derived from the optical absorption spectra showed a continuous increase with increase of Mn-doping of the samples. Positron lifetime and Doppler broadening spectroscopic studies were carried out on those samples to characterize the vacancy type defects and defect clusters/complexes. There were also indications to suggest positron annihilation at the crystallite surfaces owing to their sizes of nanometer order. Positron lifetimes decreased upon increase of Mn-doping. The coincidence Doppler broadened ratio curves indicated definite shifts of the prominent oxygen-electron-annihilation peak and the variation of the lineshape parameter S also indicated clearly the effects of Mn-doping.

  12. The multiple roles of small-angle tilt grain boundaries in annihilating radiation damage in SiC

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    Jiang, Hao; Wang, Xing; Szlufarska, Izabela

    2017-02-09

    Lattice defects generated by radiation damage can diffuse to grain boundaries (GBs) and be annihilated at GBs. However, the precise role of GBs in annihilating the segregated defects remains unclear. Here, we employed multi-scale models to determine how interstitials are annihilated at small-angle tilt GBs (STGBs) in SiC. First of all, we found the pipe diffusion of interstitials in STGBs is slower than bulk diffusion. This is because the increased interatomic distance at dislocation cores raises the migration barrier of interstitial dumbbells. Furthermore, we found both the annihilation of interstitials at jogs and jog nucleation from clusters are diffusion-controlled andmore » can occur under off-stoichiometric interstitial fluxes. Finally, a dislocation line model is developed to predict the role of STGBs in annihilating radiation damage. This model includes defect flux to GBs, pipe diffusion in STGBs, and the interaction of defects with jogs. The model predicts the role of STGBs in annihilating defects depends on the rate of defects segregation to and diffusion along STGBs. STGBs mainly serve as diffusion channel for defects to reach other sinks when defect diffusivity is high at boundaries. As a result, when defect diffusivity is low, most of the defects segregated to STGBs are annihilated by dislocation climb.« less

  13. The Multiple Roles of Small-Angle Tilt Grain Boundaries in Annihilating Radiation Damage in SiC

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    Jiang, Hao; Wang, Xing; Szlufarska, Izabela

    2017-01-01

    Lattice defects generated by radiation damage can diffuse to grain boundaries (GBs) and be annihilated at GBs. However, the precise role of GBs in annihilating the segregated defects remains unclear. Here, we employed multi-scale models to determine how interstitials are annihilated at small-angle tilt GBs (STGBs) in SiC. First of all, we found the pipe diffusion of interstitials in STGBs is slower than bulk diffusion. This is because the increased interatomic distance at dislocation cores raises the migration barrier of interstitial dumbbells. Furthermore, we found both the annihilation of interstitials at jogs and jog nucleation from clusters are diffusion-controlled and can occur under off-stoichiometric interstitial fluxes. Finally, a dislocation line model is developed to predict the role of STGBs in annihilating radiation damage. This model includes defect flux to GBs, pipe diffusion in STGBs, and the interaction of defects with jogs. The model predicts the role of STGBs in annihilating defects depends on the rate of defects segregation to and diffusion along STGBs. STGBs mainly serve as diffusion channel for defects to reach other sinks when defect diffusivity is high at boundaries. When defect diffusivity is low, most of the defects segregated to STGBs are annihilated by dislocation climb. PMID:28181488

  14. The Multiple Roles of Small-Angle Tilt Grain Boundaries in Annihilating Radiation Damage in SiC

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    Jiang, Hao; Wang, Xing; Szlufarska, Izabela

    2017-02-01

    Lattice defects generated by radiation damage can diffuse to grain boundaries (GBs) and be annihilated at GBs. However, the precise role of GBs in annihilating the segregated defects remains unclear. Here, we employed multi-scale models to determine how interstitials are annihilated at small-angle tilt GBs (STGBs) in SiC. First of all, we found the pipe diffusion of interstitials in STGBs is slower than bulk diffusion. This is because the increased interatomic distance at dislocation cores raises the migration barrier of interstitial dumbbells. Furthermore, we found both the annihilation of interstitials at jogs and jog nucleation from clusters are diffusion-controlled and can occur under off-stoichiometric interstitial fluxes. Finally, a dislocation line model is developed to predict the role of STGBs in annihilating radiation damage. This model includes defect flux to GBs, pipe diffusion in STGBs, and the interaction of defects with jogs. The model predicts the role of STGBs in annihilating defects depends on the rate of defects segregation to and diffusion along STGBs. STGBs mainly serve as diffusion channel for defects to reach other sinks when defect diffusivity is high at boundaries. When defect diffusivity is low, most of the defects segregated to STGBs are annihilated by dislocation climb.

  15. Hard photon processes in electron-positron annihilation at 29 GeV

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    Gold, M.S.

    1986-11-01

    The hard photon processes ..mu mu gamma.. and hadrons + ..gamma.. in e/sup +/e/sup -/ annihilation at 29 GeV have been studied. The study is based on an integrated luminosity of 226 pb/sup -1/ taken at PEP with the Mark II detector. For the ..mu mu gamma.. process, a small fraction of non-planar events are observed with missing momentum along the beam direction. The resulting missing energy spectrum is consistent with that expected from higher order effects. The observed cross section is consistent with the predicted cross section for this process, sigma/sup exp/sigma/sup th/ = .90 +- .05 +- .06. The observed hard photon energy spectrum and mass distributions are found to be in agreement with O(..cap alpha../sup 3/) QED. The measured charge asymmetry is in good agreement with the predicted value, A/sub exp/A/sub th/ = .83 +- .25 +- .12. The ..mu gamma.. invariant mass distribution is used to place a limit on a possible excited muon coupling G..gamma../M* for excited muon masses in the range 1 < M* < 21 GeV of (G..gamma../M*)/sup 2/ < 10/sup -5/ GeV/sup -2/ at a 95% confidence level. In the hadrons + ..gamma.. process, evidence for final state radiation is found in an excess of events over that predicted from initial state radiation alone of 253 +- 54 +- 60 events. Further evidence for final state radiation is found in a large hadronic charge asymmetry A/sub Had+..gamma../= (-24.6 +- 5.5)%.

  16. Enhanced lines and box-shaped features in the gamma-ray spectrum from annihilating dark matter in the NMSSM

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    Cerdeño, D.G.; Peiró, M.; Robles, S. E-mail: miguel.peiro@uam.es

    2016-04-01

    We study spectral features in the gamma-ray emission from dark matter (DM) annihilation in the Next-to-Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model (NMSSM), with either neutralino or right-handed (RH) sneutrino DM . We perform a series of scans over the NMSSM parameter space, compute the DM annihilation cross section into two photons and the contribution of box-shaped features, and compare them with the limits derived from the Fermi-LAT search for gamma-ray lines using the latest Pass 8 data. We implement the LHC bounds on the Higgs sector and on the masses of supersymmetric particles as well as the constraints on low-energy observables. We also consider the recent upper limits from the Fermi-LAT satellite on the continuum gamma-ray emission from dwarf spheroidal galaxies (dSphs). We show that in the case of the RH sneutrino the constraint on gamma-ray spectral features can be more stringent than the dSph bounds. This is due to the Breit-Wigner enhancement near the ubiquitous resonances with a CP even Higgs and the contribution of scalar and pseudoscalar Higgs final states to box-shaped features. By contrast, for neutralino DM, the di-photon final state is only enhanced in the resonance with a Z boson and box-shaped features are even more suppressed. Therefore, the observation of spectral features could constitute a discriminating factor between both models. In addition, we compare our results with direct DM searches, including the SuperCDMS and LUX limits on the elastic DM-nucleus scattering cross section and show that some of these scenarios would be accessible to next generation experiments. Thus, our findings strengthen the idea of complementarity among distinct DM search strategies.

  17. Limits on a muon flux from neutralino annihilations in the Sun with the IceCube 22-string detector

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    IceCube Collaboration; Klein, Spencer

    2009-04-28

    A search for muon neutrinos from neutralino annihilations in the Sun has been performed with the IceCube 22-string neutrino detector using data collected in 104.3 days of live-time in 2007. No excess over the expected atmospheric background has been observed. Upper limits have been obtained on the annihilation rate of captured neutralinos in the Sun and converted to limits on the WIMP-proton cross-sections for WIMP masses in the range 250-5000 GeV. These results are the most stringent limits to date on neutralino annihilation in the Sun.

  18. A GPU-Based Visualization Method for Computing Dark Matter Annihilation Signal

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    Yang, L.; Szalay, A.

    2013-10-01

    We present a novel GPU-based visualization method for computing the dark matter annihilation signal for cosmological dark matter simulations. The technique increased the speed of rendering by more than 1,000 times. In a previous study, using a code running on regular CPUs, each particle's contribution was explicitly calculated pixel by pixel over a HEALPIX map, then remapped onto a Molleweide projection. Using Via Lactea II simulation (˜ 400M particles), it takes over 7 hours for a single thread CPU (˜3 GHz) to complete an all-sky map with NSIDE=512 resolution. Our novel method is based on a separate stereographic projection for each hemisphere, and a hardware accelerated rendering pipeline on a GPU (OpenGL). We project the particles instead of the celestial sphere to the tangent plane with a skewed flux profile appropriate for the STR projection. OpenGL's Point Sprite feature and shader language allow us to render those eccentric circular flux profiles at the rate of more than 10M particles per second. The new method can process a single snapshot of the Via Lactea II data in less than 1 minute with a single NVIDIA GTX 480 GPU, including I/O, with effective rendering time less than 24 seconds. Using an approximate normalization for the flux, accurate to 2.5% in total flux, the rendering can be done in less than 13 seconds. The stereographic images corresponding to the two hemispheres are then warped to an all-sky image in the Molleweide projection, and are in good agreement with the result from the regular CPU code, at similar resolution.

  19. Characterization of subhalo structural properties and implications for dark matter annihilation signals

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    Moliné, Ángeles; Sánchez-Conde, Miguel A.; Palomares-Ruiz, Sergio; Prada, Francisco

    2017-01-01

    A prediction of the standard ΛCDM cosmology is that dark matter (DM) halos are teeming with numerous self-bound substructure, or subhalos. The precise properties of these subhalos represent important probes of the underlying cosmological model. We use data from Via Lactea II and ELVIS N-body simulations to learn about the structure of subhalos with masses 106 - 1011 h-1M⊙. Thanks to a superb subhalo statistics, we study subhalo properties as a function of distance to host halo center and subhalo mass, and provide a set of fits that accurately describe the subhalo structure. We also investigate the role of subhalos on the search for DM annihilation. Previous work has shown that subhalos are expected to boost the DM signal of their host halos significantly. Yet, these works traditionally assumed that subhalos exhibit similar structural properties than those of field halos, while it is known that subhalos are more concentrated. Building upon our N-body data analysis, we refine the substructure boost model of Sanchez-Conde & Prada (2014), and find boosts that are a factor 2-3 higher. We further refine the model to include unavoidable tidal stripping effects on the subhalo population. For field halos, this introduces a moderate (˜20% - 30%) suppression. Yet, for subhalos like those hosting dwarf galaxy satellites, tidal stripping plays a critical role, the boost being at the level of a few tens of percent at most. We provide a parametrization of the boost for field halos that can be safely applied over a wide halo mass range.

  20. Measurement of J/psi production in continuum e(+)e(-) annihilations near square root of s = 10.6 GeV.

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    2001-10-15

    The production of J/psi mesons in continuum e(+)e(-) annihilations has been studied with the BABAR detector at energies near the Upsilon(4S) resonance. The mesons are distinguished from J/psi production in B decays through their center-of-mass momentum and energy. We measure the cross section e(+)e(-)-->J/psi X to be 2.52+/-0.21+/-0.21 pb. We set a 90% C.L. upper limit on the branching fraction for direct Upsilon(4S)-->J/psi X decays at 4.7 x 10(-4).