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

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    Kanda, Gurmeet S.; Keeble, David J.

    2016-02-01

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

  2. 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.

  3. Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy study of roller burnished magnesium alloy

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    Zaleski Radosław

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The effect of roller burnishing on Vickers’ hardness and positron lifetimes in the AZ91HP magnesium alloy was studied. The microhardness increases with an increase in the burnishing force and with a decrease in the feed. The comparison of various methods of analysis of positron annihilation lifetime (PAL spectra allowed identification of two components, which are related to solute-vacancy complexes and vacancy clusters, respectively. It was found that the increase in microhardness was related to the increase in the concentration of vacancy clusters.

  4. Nanoscopic properties of silica filled polydimethylsiloxane by means of positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy

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    Wiinberg, P.; Eldrup, Morten Mostgaard; Maurer, F.H.J.

    2004-01-01

    Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) was performed on a series of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)/fumed silicon dioxide (SiO2) composites at temperatures between -185 and 100degreesC to study the effect of filler content and filler particle size on the free volume properties and the pos......Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) was performed on a series of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)/fumed silicon dioxide (SiO2) composites at temperatures between -185 and 100degreesC to study the effect of filler content and filler particle size on the free volume properties...

  5. Sulfonated polyetherketone (SPEK-C) films investigated by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy

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    Htwe Htwe Yin; YIN Ze-Jie; TANG Shi-Biao; HUANG Huan; ZHU Da-Ming

    2005-01-01

    The characterization of sulfonated polyetherketone (SPEK-C) films was investigated by using positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). It was found that free volume radius and intensity depend on the variation of sulfonation degree and solvent evaporation time of the films. Pore size and distribution determined from PALS and AFM measurements showed reasonable agreement.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Characterization of control mesoporous glasses (CPGs) using positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS)

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    Sayed Ahmed, Essmat Mahmoud Hassan

    2008-01-30

    This thesis has two main goals. Firstly and for the first time, the positron annihilation lifetime technique (PALS) is used to characterize the control porous glasses (CPGs) media. All the positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) investigations have been interested in the commercial Vycor glass media of pores size {<=} 4 nm. Therefore, the PALS is used to establish basic correlations between the important physical properties of the CPG (pore size, surface area, and porosity) and the orthopositronium (o-Ps) lifetime. The second goal is to use these correlations to verify the validity of some suggested models and theories to discover possible deviations from the expected behaviour and to discuss the physical point of view for these deviations. Chapter 1 presents an overview of positron, positronium and their interaction with solid materials. Chapter 2 of this thesis is concerned with characterization of porous glass materials. This chapter discusses in detail the preparation methods of porous glasses specially control porous glass and Vycor glass. The gas adsorption phenomenon in porous glass and the related definitions are discussed. The most important terms of the porous glass such as pore size, shape, volume, pore size distribution, surface area, and porosity are discussed. Chapter 3 presents in detail the well known models and the derived equations which correlate between the lifetime of the o-Ps long-lived component and the pore size, pore shape and the temperature dependence of the porous media. Chapter 4 presents an overview of the main experimental techniques used in this thesis, namely positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy. Chapter 5 explains the sample preparation for the measurements. The chapter represents also the experimental data for the correlation between the o-Ps lifetime and pore sizes for a system of CPG media (from 1 nm to 64 nm). I also studied the temperature dependence of the o-Ps long-lived component in different pore sizes. In this

  9. Nanoporous Structure in Low-Dielectric Films with Positronium Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy

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    HU Yi-Fan; SUN Jia-Ning; D. W. Gidley

    2005-01-01

    @@ We investigate nano-porous structures in thin low-dielectric films, i.e. the pore sizes, distributions, and interconnectivity, by using depth profiled positronium annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS). It is found that PALS has good sensitivity to probe both interconnected and closed pores in the range from 0.3nm to 30nm, even in the film buried beneath a diffusion barrier. A series of low dielectric constant films of organosilicon-silsequioxane with different weight percentages of porogen have been comparatively investigated. The PALS technique can be used to distinguish the open porosity from the closed one, to determine the pore size, and to detect the percolation threshold with the increasing porosity that represents the transition from closed pores to interconnected pores.Furthermore, the pore percolation length can be derived.

  10. Structural studies of spinel manganite ceramics with positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy

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    Klym, H; Shpotyuk, O; Hadzaman, I [Institute of Materials of SRC ' Carat' , 202 Stryjska str., Lviv, 79031 (Ukraine); Ingram, A [Opole University of Technology, 75 Ozimska str., Opole, 45370 (Poland); Filipecki, J, E-mail: shpotyuk@novas.lviv.ua, E-mail: klymha@yahoo.com [Institute of Physics of Jan Dlugosz University, 13/15 Armii Krajowei, 42201, Czestochowa (Poland)

    2011-04-01

    The new transition-metal manganite Cu{sub 0.1}Ni{sub 0.8}Co{sub 0.2}Mn{sub 1.9}O{sub 4} ceramics for temperature sensors with improved functional reliability are first proposed. It is established that the amount of additional NiO phase in these ceramics extracted during sintering play a decisive role. This effect is well revealed only in ceramics having a character fine-grain microstructure, while the monolithization of ceramics caused by great amount of transferred thermal energy reveals an opposite influence. The process of monolitization from the position of evolution of grain-pore structure was studied in these ceramics using positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy.

  11. Studies of unicellular microorganisms Saccharomyces cerevisiae by means of positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy

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    Kubicz Ewelina

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Results of positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS and microscopic studies on simple microorganisms, brewing yeasts, are presented. Lifetime of ortho-positronium (o-Ps were found to change from 2.4 to 2.9 ns (longer-lived component for lyophilized and aqueous yeasts, respectively. Also hygroscopicity of yeasts in time was examined, allowing to check how water – the main component of the cell – affects PALS parameters, thus lifetime of o-Ps were found to change from 1.2 to 1.4 ns (shorter-lived component for the dried yeasts. The time sufficient to hydrate the cells was found below 10 hours. In the presence of liquid water, an indication of reorganization of yeast in the molecular scale was observed. Microscopic images of the lyophilized, dried, and wet yeasts with best possible resolution were obtained using inverted microscopy (IM and environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM methods. As a result, visible changes to the surface of the cell me mbrane were observed in ESEM images.

  12. Column packings for high-performance liquid chromatography and positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy

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    Sausa, O. [Institute of Physics of SAS, 84511 Bratislava (Slovakia)]. E-mail: fyzisaus@savba.sk; Kristiak, J. [Institute of Physics of SAS, 84511 Bratislava (Slovakia); Berek, D. [Polymer Institute of SAS, 84236 Bratislava (Slovakia); Iskrova, M. [Institute of Physics of SAS, 84511 Bratislava (Slovakia)

    2007-02-15

    Positron annihilation measurements as a function of temperature and the length of bonded alkyl groups have been carried out on silica gel samples. Silica gel samples were bare and bonded with alkyl group from C1 up to C18. The diameters of pores were deduced from the lifetime of trapped ortho-positronium (o-Ps), and it was found that o-Ps lifetime provides reasonable information on the pore sizes for both bare and alkyl bonded silica gels.

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

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    Fong, N; Smith, S V [Centre for Antimatter-Matter Studies, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), Menai, NSW 2234 (Australia); Guagliardo, P; Williams, J [Centre for Antimatter-Matter Studies, School of Physics, University of Western Australia, WA 6009 (Australia); Musumeci, A; Martin, D, E-mail: nfg@ansto.gov.au [ARC Centre of Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials, Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, University of Queensland, QLD (Australia)

    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.

  14. 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.

  15. Degradation of encapsulants for photovoltaic modules made of ethylene vinyl acetate studied by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy

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    Hagihara, Hideaki; Kunioka, Masao; Suda, Hiroyuki; Hara, Yukiko; Masuda, Atsushi

    2016-10-01

    The structure of ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) encapsulants of crystalline-Si photovoltaic modules after the damp heat (DH) test was evaluated by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS). A reduction in free-volume hole size, which indicates the progress of deacetylation, was observed after the DH test. The difference in lifetime (Δτ) between the initial and DH-tested samples clearly increased after the DH test for 3000 h. The increase in Δτ was correlated with the acetic acid concentration in the EVA estimated by ion chromatography. The depth profile analysis by slow positron beam PALS revealed that Δτ in the near-surface region of the Si-cell side was significantly larger than that of the cover-glass side. This result indicates that deacetylation near the Si cell/EVA interface is accelerated.

  16. Probing Cu Diffusion Barrier Layers on Porous Low-Dielectric-Constant Films by Posireonium Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy

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    HU Yi-Fan; SUN Jia-Ning; Gidley D.W.

    2005-01-01

    @@ Two kinds of Cu diffusion barrier layers, sealedfilms and capped fi1ms, on nanoporous low-dielectric-constant filmsare investigated by positronium annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS). We have found that the minimumthickness of Ta to form an effective diffusion barrier is affected by the pore size. The films with large poresrequire thick barrier layers to form effective diffusion barriers. In addition, a possible ultra-thin diffusion barrier,i.e. a plasma-induced densification layer, has also been investigated. The PALS data confirm that a porouslow-dielectric-constant thin film can be shrunk by exposure to plasma. This shrinkage is confined to a surfacelayer of collapsed pores and forms a dense layer. The dense layer tends to behave as Ps (positronium) diffusionbarriers. Indeed, the controlled thin "skin" layer could prevent Cu diffusion into the underlying dielectrics.

  17. Effect of storage on microstructural changes of Carbopol polymers tracked by the combination of positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy and FT-IR spectroscopy.

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    Szabó, Barnabás; Süvegh, Károly; Zelkó, Romána

    2011-09-15

    Different types of Carbopols are frequently applied excipients of various dosage forms. Depending on the supramolecular structure, their water sorption behaviour could significantly differ. The purpose of the present study was to track the supramolecular changes of two types of Carbopol polymers (Carbopol 71G and Ultrez 10NF) alone and in their physical mixture with a water-soluble drug, vitamin B(12), as a function of storage time. The combination of FT-IR spectroscopy, positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) and Doppler-broadening spectroscopy was applied to follow the effect of water uptake on the structural changes. Our results indicate that water-induced interactions between polymeric chains can be sensitively detected. This enables the prediction of stability of dosage forms in the course of storage.

  18. INVESTIGATION OF MICROSTRUCTURE AND CONDUCTIVE MECHANISM OF HIGH DENSITY POLYETHYLENE/CARBON BLACK PARTICLE COMPOSITE BY POSITRON ANNIHILATION LIFETIME SPECTROSCOPY

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    Yang-mei Fan; Xian-fenga Zhang; Bang-jiao Ye; Xian-yi Zhou; Hui-min Weng; Jiang-feng Du; Rong-dian Han; Shao-jin Jia; Zhi-cheng Zhang

    2002-01-01

    The microstmcture and conductive mechanism of high density polyethylene/carbon black (HDPE/CB) composite were investigated by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS). The PALS were measured in two series of samples,one with various CB contents in the composites and the other with various γ-irradiation doses in HDPE/CB composite containing 20 wt% CB. It was found that CB particles distribute in the amorphous regions, the CB critical content value in HDPE/CB composite is about 16.7 wt% and the suitable γ-irradiation dose for improving the conductive behavior of HDPE/CB composite is about 20 Mrad. The result observed for the second set of samples suggests that γ-irradiation causes not only cross-linking in amorphous regions but also destruction of the partial crystalline structure. Therefore, a suitable irradiation dose, about 20 Mrad, can induce sufficient cross-linking in the amorphous regions without enhancing the decomposition of crystalline structure, so that the positive temperature coefficient (PTC) effect remains while the negative temperature coefficient (NTC) effect is suppressed. A new interpretation of the conductive mechanism, which might provide a more detailed explanation of the PTC effect and the NTC effect has been proposed.

  19. Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy study on the structural relaxation of phenylmethylsiloxane-modified epoxy hybrids at different aging temperatures

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    Hsu, Chia-Wen [Department of Chemical Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan (China); Material and Chemical Research Laboratories, Industrial Technology Research Institute, Hsinchu, Taiwan (China); Ma, Chen-Chi M., E-mail: ccma@che.nthu.edu.tw [Department of Chemical Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan (China); Tan, Chung-Sung [Department of Chemical Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan (China); Li, Hsun-Tien [Material and Chemical Research Laboratories, Industrial Technology Research Institute, Hsinchu, Taiwan (China)

    2015-07-15

    The cured network conformations and structural relaxation behaviours of the diglycidyl ether of bisphenol A (DGEBA)-methylhexahydrophthalic anhydride (MHHPA) modified with phenylmethylsiloxane-modified epoxy (PMSE) at different aging temperatures were studied using dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) and positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS). The DMA results revealed that the cured PMSE network can insert into the cured DGEBA network to form interpenetrating polymer networks (IPNs). The structural relaxation behaviours of DGEBA–PMSE-0.4 produced using DGEBA, PMSE, and MHHPA at a ratio of 0.6:0.4:1 by equivalent weight were studied using PALS at 150 °C and 55 °C. The aging-induced free volume relaxation parameters of DGEBA–PMSE-0.4 at 150 °C and 55 °C were investigated using the double additive exponential model and the Kohlrausch–Williams–Watts exponential model. For double additive exponential model, only one relaxation time (ζ) of 584.5 h was found at 150 °C; By contrast, there were two separate relaxation times of 37.4 h (ζ{sub 1}) and 753.6 h (ζ{sub 2}) at 55 °C. The ζ{sub 1} of the IPNs hybrid can be attributed to the network relaxation of PMSE, and the ζ{sub 2} can be attributed to the network relaxation of DGEBA at 55 °C. The results suggested the double additive exponential model can effectively predict DGEBA–PMSE hybrid relaxation behaviours. - Highlights: • The cured network conformations of DGEBA–PMSE hybrids were studied using DMA. • The structural relaxation behaviours of DGEBA–PMSE hybrids were studied using PALS. • The cured DGEBA–PMSE hybrids were interpenetrating polymer networks (IPNs). • PALS studies provided a quantitative demonstration of relaxation behaviours. • Double additive exponential model effectively predicted the relaxation times of hybrids.

  20. Investigations into the free-volume changes within starch/plasticizer/nanoclay systems using Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy

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    Liu, Huihua, E-mail: h.liu@federation.edu.au [School of Health Sciences, Federation University Australia, Ballarat, Vic (Australia); Chaudhary, Deeptangshu, E-mail: deepc@ers.com.au [ERS Environmental Risk Solutions PTY LTD, Perth, WA (Australia); Campbell, Colin, E-mail: colin.campbell@anu.edu.au [ARC Centre of Excellence for Antimatter-Matter Studies (CAMS), Research School of Physics and Engineering, Australian National University, Canberra (Australia); Roberts, Jason, E-mail: jxr107@physics.anu.edu.au [ARC Centre of Excellence for Antimatter-Matter Studies (CAMS), Research School of Physics and Engineering, Australian National University, Canberra (Australia); Buckman, Stephen, E-mail: stephen.buckman@anu.edu.au [ARC Centre of Excellence for Antimatter-Matter Studies (CAMS), Research School of Physics and Engineering, Australian National University, Canberra (Australia); Sullivan, James, E-mail: james.sullivan@anu.edu.au [ARC Centre of Excellence for Antimatter-Matter Studies (CAMS), Research School of Physics and Engineering, Australian National University, Canberra (Australia)

    2014-11-14

    The free-volume of a matrix is a fundamental parameter that relates to its molecular and bulk characteristics, such as crystalline change and glass transition behavior. In starch-based bionanocomposite, we investigated the effect of the addition of montmorillonite nanoclay (MMT) and food plasticizers (glycerol and sorbitol) on changes of molecular pore size (including pore volume and pore distribution) using the Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy (PALS) method. The results demonstrated counter-intuitive impact of MMT on the total free-volume where the total free-volume increased within the polymeric matrix. When compared to the pure matrix free-volume, the addition of MMT also resulted in the appearance of a broader distribution of the void sizes. The plasticizers, on the other hand, apparently occupied the void spaces, and therefore decreased the free-volume of the matrix. Further, together with the small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) analysis, we concluded that this is a result of interplay between the plasticizer-plasticizer interactions and the polymer–plasticizer interactions. For example, in the starch/glycerol/MMT system, the pore radii slightly decrease upon the increasing of glycerol amount (OG210 = O.27 nm and OG220 = 0.26 nm), but the relative weight did increase with the increasing glycerol concentration. However, increasing the sorbitol amount increased the pore size from 0.23 nm(OS210) to 0.28 nm(OS220). Furthermore, the addition MMT in the OS010 system, promote the emergence of a new dateable pore radius(0.90 nm), and the total weight significantly increased from 13.70 (OS010) to 19.5% (OS210). We suggest that the pore variation (size and distribution) due to the MMT and plasticizers are reflected in the polymer glass transition and crystallinity because ultimately, the, total free-volume is a reflection of level of interactions existing within the bulk of these nanocomposites. - Highlights: • PALS is applied to explore the

  1. Pre-martensitic phenomena of thermoelastic martensitic transformation of NiTiCu alloys studied with positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy

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    J. Katsuyama, H. Araki, M. Mizuno and Y. Shirai

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Many anomalous phenomena have been observed in NiTi alloys above martensite start temperature, such as softening of the shear constants, increase of internal friction and diffuse scattering of TEM. However, little information has been obtained about the change in the electron system of the parent phase prior to the martensitic transformation, which should be the origin of all pre-martensitic phenomena. In this work, the temperature change of positron annihilation lifetime, which is quite sensitive to electronic-structural changes of matter, were carried out for NiTiCu alloys. The alloys show martensitic transformation from a B2 (cubic phase to a B19' (monoclinic phase via a B19 (orthorhombic phase as the temperature is lowered. We have found anomalous positron lifetime changes in Ni10Ti50Cu40 and Ni15Ti50Cu35 alloys which show a B2–B19–B19' phase transformation. Positron lifetime increases anomalously with decreasing temperature at temperatures higher than the transformation temperature into a B19' phase. On the other hand, positron lifetime does not show any anomaly in the B2 phase of Ni30Ti50Cu20 alloy which shows B2–B19 phase transformation. The positron lifetime of the parent B2 phase shows good agreement with the theoretically-calculated value. Those of the martensite phases of B19 and B19', although, are about 30 ps longer than calculated ones. This big difference between experimental and calculated positron lifetimes cannot be explained by any existing theory.

  2. 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.

  3. A compact positron annihilation lifetime spectrometer

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    LI Dao-Wu; LIU Jun-Hui; ZHANG Zhi-Ming; WANG Bao-Yi; ZHANG Tian-Bao; WEI Long

    2011-01-01

    Using LYSO scintillator coupled on HAMAMATSU R9800(a fast photomultiplier)to form the small size γ-ray detectors,a compact lifetime spectrometer has been built for the positron annihilation experiments.The system time resolution FWHM=193 ps and the coincidence counting rate -8 cps/μCi were achieved.A lifetime value of 219±1 ps of positron annihilation in well annealed Si was tested,which is in agreement with the typical values published in the previous lectures.

  4. A compact positron annihilation lifetime spectrometer

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    李道武; 刘军辉; 章志明; 王宝义; 张天保; 魏龙

    2011-01-01

    Using LYSO scintillator coupled on HAMAMATSU R9800 (a fast photomultiplier) to form the small size γ-ray detectors, a compact lifetime spectrometer has been built for the positron annihilation experiments. The system time resolution FWHM=193 ps and the co

  5. 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.

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

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

    2013-06-01

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

  7. Microstructure variation in fused silica irradiated by different fluence of UV laser pulses with positron annihilation lifetime and Raman scattering spectroscopy

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    Li, Chunhong; Zheng, Wanguo; Zhu, Qihua; Chen, Jun; Wang, B. Y.; Ju, Xin

    2016-10-01

    We present an original study on the non-destructive evaluation of the microstructure evolution of fused silica induced by pulsed UV laser irradiation at low fluence (less than 50% Fth). Positron annihilation spectroscopy discloses that the spatial size of the vacancy cluster is increased exponentially with the linearly elevated laser fluence. Particularly, the vacancy cluster size in bulk silica is significantly increased by 14.5% after irradiated by pulsed 355 nm laser at F = 14 J/cm2 (50% Fth), while the void size varies only ∼2%. UV laser-excited Raman results suggest that the bond length and average bond angle of Sisbnd Osbnd Si bridging bond are both slightly reduced. Results reveals that the rearrangement process of (Sisbnd O)n fold rings and breakage of the Sisbnd O bridging bond in bulk silica occurred during pulsed UV laser irradiation. The micro-structural changes were taken together to clarify the effect of sub-threshold laser fluence on material stability of silica glass. The obtained data provide important information for studying material stability and controlling the lifetime of fused silica optics for high power laser system.

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

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

    2016-04-01

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

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

  10. Studying the recovery of as-received industrial Al alloys by positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Abdel-Hady, E.E. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, El-Minia University, BO 61519, El-Minia (Egypt)]. E-mail: esamhady@link.net; Ashry, A. [Faculty of Education, Ain Shams University, Cairo (Egypt); Ismail, H. [Faculty of Education, Ain Shams University, Cairo (Egypt); El-Gamal, S. [Faculty of Education, Ain Shams University, Cairo (Egypt)

    2006-02-28

    Positron annihilation lifetime (PAL) spectroscopy, Doppler broadening of annihilation radiation (DBAR) spectroscopy and Vickers microhardness (Hv) measurements were performed to study the micro- and macro-structure variations during isochronal annealing from room temperature (RT) to 500 deg. Cof commercial pure Al (1 1 0 0), Al-Mn-Mg (3 0 0 4) and Al-Mg-Si (6 2 0 1) alloys. Three annealing stages of microstructures have been identified as recovery, partial recrystallization and complete recrystallization followed by grain growth. A positive correlation between the macroscopic mechanical properties (Hv) and positron annihilation parameters has been achieved for the three samples under investigation.

  11. Application of positron annihilation lifetime technique for {gamma}-irradiation stresses study in chalcogenide vitreous semiconductors

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    Shpotyuk, O.; Golovchak, R.; Kovalskiy, A. [Scientific Research Company ' ' Carat' ' , Stryjska str. 20279031 Lviv (Ukraine); Filipecki, J.; Hyla, M. [Physics Institute, Pedagogical University, Al. Armii Krajowej 13/1542201 Czestochowa (Poland)

    2002-08-01

    The influence of {gamma}-irradiation on the positron annihilation lifetime spectra in chalcogenide vitreous semiconductors of As-Ge-S system has been analysed. The correlations between lifetime data, structural features and chemical compositions of glasses have been discussed. The observed lifetime components are connected with bulk positron annihilation and positron annihilation on various native and {gamma}-induced open volume defects. It is concluded that after {gamma}-irradiation of investigated materials the {gamma}-induced microvoids based on S{sub 1}{sup -}, As{sub 2}{sup -}, and Ge{sub 3}{sup -} coordination defects play the major role in positron annihilation processes. (Abstract Copyright[2002], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  12. Positron annihilation lifetime study of extended defects in semiconductor glasses and polymers

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    Boyko, Olha [Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Danylo Halytsky Lviv National Medical University, Pekarska str. 69, 79010 Lviv (Ukraine); Shpotyuk, Yaroslav [Department of Optoelectronics and Information Technologies, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Dragomanova str. 50, 79005 Lviv (Ukraine); Lviv Scientific Research Institute of Materials, Scientific Research Company ' ' Carat' ' , Stryjska str. 202, 79031 Lviv (Ukraine); Filipecki, Jacek [Institute of Physics, Jan Dlugosz University in Czestochowa, Armii Krajowej al. 13/15, 42200 Czestochowa (Poland)

    2013-01-15

    The processes of atomic shrinkage in network-forming solids initiated by external influences are tested using technique of positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy at the example of chalcogenide vitreous semiconductors of arsenic sulphide type and acrylic polymers for dental application. Two state positron trapping is shown to be responsible for atomic shrinkage in chalcogenide glasses, while mixed trapping and ortho-positronium decaying is character for volumetric densification and stress propagation in acrylic dental polymers. At the basis of the obtained results it is concluded that correct analysis of externally-induced shrinkage in polymer networks under consideration can be developed by using original positron lifetime data treatment algorithms to compensate defect-free bulk annihilation channel within two-state positron trapping model and account for an interbalance between simultaneously co-existing positron trapping and orth-positronium related decaying channels within mixed three-state positron annihilation model (copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  13. Study of defects in implanted silica glass by depth profiling Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy

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    Brusa, R.S., E-mail: brusa@science.unitn.i [CNISM, Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Trento, Via Sommarive 14, I-38050 Povo, Trento (Italy); Mariazzi, S. [CNISM, Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Trento, Via Sommarive 14, I-38050 Povo, Trento (Italy); Ravelli, L. [CNISM, Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Trento, Via Sommarive 14, I-38050 Povo, Trento (Italy); Institut fuer Angewandte Physik und Messtechnik, Universitaet der Bunderswehr Muenchen, 85577 Neubiberg (Germany); Mazzoldi, P.; Mattei, G. [CNISM, Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Padova, Via Marzolo 8, 35131 Padova (Italy); Egger, W. [Institut fuer Angewandte Physik und Messtechnik, Universitaet der Bunderswehr Muenchen, 85577 Neubiberg (Germany); Hugenschmidt, C.; Loewe, B.; Pikart, P. [Physik Department E21 and FRMII, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, 85747 Garching (Germany); Macchi, C.; Somoza, A. [IFIMAT, UNCentro and CICPBA, Pinto 399, B7000GHG Tandil (Argentina)

    2010-10-01

    Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy (PAS) performed with continuous and pulsed positron beams allows to characterize the size of the intrinsic nano-voids in silica glass, their in depth modification after ion implantation and their decoration by implanted ions. Three complementary PAS techniques, lifetime spectroscopy (LS), Doppler broadening spectroscopy (DBS) and coincidence Doppler broadening spectroscopy (CDBS) will be illustrated by presenting, as a case study, measurements obtained on virgin and gold implanted silica glass.

  14. Positron annihilation induced Auger and gamma spectroscopies of surfaces

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    Weiss, A.H. [Physics Department, Box 19059, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX 76019 (United States)]. E-mail: weiss@uta.edu; Fazleev, N.G. [Physics Department, Box 19059, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX 76019 (United States); Nadesalingam, M.P. [Physics Department, Box 19059, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX 76019 (United States); Mukherjee, S. [Physics Department, Box 19059, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX 76019 (United States); Xie, S. [Physics Department, Box 19059, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX 76019 (United States); Zhu, J. [Physics Department, Box 19059, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX 76019 (United States); Davis, B.R. [Physics Department, Box 19059, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX 76019 (United States)

    2007-02-15

    The annihilation of positrons with core electrons results in an element specific signature in the spectra of Auger-electron and annihilation gamma rays. Because a large fraction of positrons implanted at low energies become trapped just outside the surface, annihilation induced Auger and Gamma signals probe the surfaces of solids with single atomic layer depth resolution. Recent applications of positron annihilation-induced Auger electron spectroscopy (PAES) and Auger-gamma coincidence spectroscopy (AGCS) and future applications of Auger-gamma and gamma-gamma coincidence spectroscopy are discussed.

  15. Positron annihilation induced Auger and gamma spectroscopies of surfaces

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    Weiss, A. H.; Fazleev, N. G.; Nadesalingam, M. P.; Mukherjee, S.; Xie, S.; Zhu, J.; Davis, B. R.

    2007-02-01

    The annihilation of positrons with core electrons results in an element specific signature in the spectra of Auger-electron and annihilation gamma rays. Because a large fraction of positrons implanted at low energies become trapped just outside the surface, annihilation induced Auger and Gamma signals probe the surfaces of solids with single atomic layer depth resolution. Recent applications of positron annihilation-induced Auger electron spectroscopy (PAES) and Auger-gamma coincidence spectroscopy (AGCS) and future applications of Auger-gamma and gamma-gamma coincidence spectroscopy are discussed.

  16. Characterization of defect accumulation in neutron-irradiated Mo by positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Eldrup, Morten Mostgaard; Li, Meimei; Snead, L.L.

    2008-01-01

    Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy measurements were performed on neutron-irradiated low carbon arc cast Mo. Irradiation took place in the high flux isotope reactor, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, at a temperature of 80 +/- 10 degrees C. Neutron fluences ranged from 2 x 10(21) to 8 x 10...

  17. Studies on microdomain structure in segmented polyether polyurethaneureas by positron annihilation lifetime and small—angle X—ray scattering

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    YinChuan-Yuan; GuQing-Chao; 等

    1997-01-01

    The microdomain structure of segmented polyether polyurethaneureas is investigated by means of positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy,small-angle X-ray scattering and differential scanning calorimetry.The experimental results show that the decrease in the domain volume and free volume results from the increase in the hard segment (polyurethaneurea segment)contents as the number-average molecular weight Mn of the soft segments (polyethylene glycol segments)is the same,and that the increase in domain volume and free volume result from the increase in the Mn of the soft segments when the hard segment content is the same or nearly the same.These results demonstrate that positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy is a sensitive technique to probe the microdomain structure in polymers.

  18. Lifetime Resolved Fluorescence Fluctuation Spectroscopy

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    Guo, Peng; Berland, Keith

    2009-11-01

    Fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) has been widely used investigate molecular dynamics and interactions in biological systems. FCS typically resolves the component species of a sample either through differences in diffusion coefficient or molecular brightness. Diffusion based assays currently have a major limitation which requires that the diffusion coefficients of component species in a sample must be substantially different in order to be resolved. This criterion is not met in many important cases, such as when molecules of similar molecular weight bind to each other. This limitation can be overcome, and resolution of FCS measurements enhanced, by combining FCS measurements with measurements of fluorescence lifetimes. By using of global analysis on simultaneously acquired FCS and lifetime data we show that we can dramatically enhance resolution in FCS measurements, and accurately resolve the concentration and diffusion coefficients of multiple sample components even when their diffusion coefficients are identical provided there is a difference in the lifetime of the component species. We show examples of this technique using both simulations and experiments. It is expected that this method will be of significance for binding assays studying molecular interactions.

  19. Speciation of uranium and doping induced defects in Gd1.98U0.02Zr2O7: Photoluminescence, X-ray photoelectron and positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy

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    Gupta, Santosh K.; Reghukumar, C.; Pathak, Nimai; Sudarshan, K.; Tyagi, D.; Mohapatra, M.; Pujari, P. K.; Kadam, R. M.

    2017-02-01

    Based on photoluminescence spectroscopy it was inferred that uranium stabilizes as both U(IV) as well as U(VI) in Gd2Zr2O7 which was also corroborated using X-ray photo electron spectroscopy (XPS). Absence of equidistant vibronic structure in emission spectrum of Gd1.98U0.02Zr2O7 confirmed that U(VI) stabilizes in the form of UO66-. Based on luminescence lifetime it was inferred that majority of UO66- stabilizes at both Gd3+/Zr4+ whereas U4+ stabilizes only at Zr4+ sites. The positron lifetime doesn't change on uranium doping indicating the formation of antisite defect. Infact it is this antisite defect in Gd1.98U0.02Zr2O7 which favours the stabilization of its fluorite phase.

  20. 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., E-mail: S.W.H.Eijt@tudelft.nl [Department of Radiation, Radionuclides and Reactors, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Delft University of Technology, Mekelweg 15, NL-2629 JB Delft (Netherlands); Al-Sawai, W.; Barbiellini, B.; Bansil, A. [Physics Department, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts 02115 (United States); Gao, Y. [Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Delft University of Technology, Julianalaan 136, NL-2628 BL Delft (Netherlands); Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Delft University of Technology, Lorentzweg 1, NL-2628 CJ Delft (Netherlands); Houtepen, A. J. [Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Delft University of Technology, Julianalaan 136, NL-2628 BL Delft (Netherlands); Mijnarends, P. E. [Department of Radiation, Radionuclides and Reactors, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Delft University of Technology, Mekelweg 15, NL-2629 JB Delft (Netherlands); Physics Department, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts 02115 (United States); Huis, M. A. van [Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Delft University of Technology, Lorentzweg 1, NL-2628 CJ Delft (Netherlands); Ravelli, L.; Egger, W. [Institut für Angewandte Physik und Messtechnik, Universität der Bundeswehr München, Werner-Heisenberg-Weg 39, D-85579 Neubiberg (Germany); Kaprzyk, S. [Physics Department, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts 02115 (United States); Academy of Mining and Metallurgy AGH, PL-30059 Kraków (Poland)

    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.

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

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    L. Chai

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available 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.

  2. Positron annihilation lifetime and photoluminescence studies on single crystalline ZnO

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    Sarkar, A [Department of Physics, Bangabasi Morning College, 19 Rajkumar Chakraborty Sarani, Kolkata 700 009 (India); Chakrabarti, Mahuya [Department of Physics, University of Calcutta, 92 Acharya Prafulla Chandra Road, Kolkata 700009 (India); Ray, S K [Department of Physics and Meteorology, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (India); Bhowmick, D; Sanyal, D, E-mail: dirtha@vecc.gov.in [Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, 1/AF, Bidhannagar, Kolkata 700064 (India)

    2011-04-20

    The room temperature positron annihilation lifetime for single crystalline ZnO has been measured as 164 {+-} 1 ps. The single component lifetime value is very close to but higher than the theoretically predicted value of {approx} 154 ps. Photoluminescence study (at 10 K) indicates the presence of hydrogen and other defects, mainly acceptor related, in the crystal. Defects related to a lower open volume than zinc vacancies, presumably a complex with two hydrogen atoms, are the major trapping sites in the sample. The bulk positron lifetime in ZnO is expected to be a little less than 164 ps.

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

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    Cheung, C K [Department of Physics, University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong (China); Nahid, F [Department of Physics, University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong (China); Cheng, C C [Department of Physics, University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong (China); Beling, C D [Department of Physics, University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong (China); Fung, S [Department of Physics, University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong (China); Ling, C C [Department of Physics, University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong (China); Djurisic, A B [Department of Physics, University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong (China); Pramanik, C [Department of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering, Jadavpur University, Kolkata 700032 (India); Saha, H [Department of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering, Jadavpur University, Kolkata 700032 (India); Sarkar, C K [Department of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering, Jadavpur University, Kolkata 700032 (India)

    2007-12-05

    We have studied the dependence of porous silicon morphology and porosity on fabrication conditions. N-type (100) silicon wafers with resistivity of 2-5 {omega} 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 SiO{sub 2}/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.

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

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    Hari Babu, S., E-mail: shb@igcar.gov.in [Materials Science Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603 102, TN (India); Rajkumar, K.V. [Metallurgy and Materials Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603 102, TN (India); Hussain, S. [UGC-DAE CSR, Kokilamedu 603 104, TN (India); Amarendra, G.; Sundar, C.S. [Materials Science Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603 102, TN (India); Jayakumar, T. [Metallurgy and Materials Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603 102, TN (India)

    2013-01-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Positron lifetime technique probing microstructure of ferritic/martensitic steels. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Correlation between positron lifetime, ultrasonic and hardness. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Complementary nature of positron annihilation spectroscopy in probing defects. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Distinguishing precipitation stages by positron annihilation spectroscopy. - Abstract: 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Defect evolution during annealing of deformed FeSi alloys studied by positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Mostafa, K. M.; Cámara, F. González; Petrov, Roumen; Calvillo, P. Rodríguez; De Grave, E.; Segers, D.; Houbaert, Y.

    2011-04-01

    High silicon steel is widely used in electrical appliances. Alloying iron with silicon improves its magnetic performance. A silicon content up to 6.5 wt. % gives excellent magnetic properties such as high saturation magnetization, near zero magnetostriction and low iron loss in high frequencies. Their workability is greatly reduced by the appearance of ordered structures, namely B2 and D03, as soon as the Si content becomes higher than 3.5 wt. %. This limits the mass production by conventional rolling to this maximum percentage of Si. In this work a series of FeSi (7.5 wt. % Si) samples with different degrees of deformation are investigated with positron annihilation spectroscopy and optical microscopy (OM). The influence of annealing on the concentration of defects of different deformed FeSi alloys has been investigated by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy and Doppler broadening of the annihilation radiation. OM is used to investigate the microstructure of deformed samples before and after annealing. The values of the S parameter present a decrease for all studied FeSi alloys with the increase of the annealing temperature, being attributed to a decrease of the concentration of defects. A sudden increase of the S-parameter value at 600 °C was observed for all samples, which could be related to the change of the ordering of the FeSi alloys at that temperature. At 700 °C, the values of the S parameter decreased drastically and starting from 900 °C, they became constant. The microstructures of the alloys, investigated by OM, show that recrystallization is completed at 900 °C and the samples are mainly free of defects, which is in agreement with the positron annihilation lifetime data.

  8. Positron annihilation spectroscopy study on annealing effect of CuO nanoparticles

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    Shi, Jianjian; Wang, Jiaheng; Yang, Wei; Zhu, Zhejie; Wu, Yichu, E-mail: ycwu@whu.edu.cn [School of Physics and Technology, Hubei Key Laboratory of Nuclear Solid State Physics, Wuhan University (WHU), Wuhan (China)

    2016-03-15

    The microstructure and defects of CuO nanoparticles under isochronal annealing were investigated by positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). XRD and SEM results indicated that the average grain sizes of CuO nanoparticles grew slowly below 800 °C, and then increased rapidly with the annealing temperature from 800 to 1000 °C. Positron lifetime analysis exhibited that positrons were mainly annihilated in mono-vacancies (V{sub Cu}, V{sub O}) and vacancy clusters when annealing from 200 to 800 °C. Furthermore, W-S plot of Doppler broadening spectra at different annealing temperatures found that the (W, S) points distributed on two different defect species, which suggested that V{sup −}{sub Cu} - V{sup +}{sub O} complexes were produced when the grains grew to bigger size after annealing above 800 °C, and positrons might annihilate at these complexes. (author)

  9. 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.

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

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

    2013-05-01

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

  11. Gamma-induced positron annihilation spectroscopy and application to radiation-damaged alloys

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    Wells, D. P.; Hunt, A. W.; Tchelidze, L.; Kumar, J.; Smith, K.; Thompson, S.; Selim, F.; Williams, J.; Harmon, J. F.; Maloy, S.; Roy, A.

    2006-06-01

    Radiation damage and other defect studies of materials are limited to thin samples because of inherent limitations of well-established techniques such as diffraction methods and traditional positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) [P. Hautojarvi, et al., Positrons in Solids, Springer, Berlin, 1979, K.G. Lynn, et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 47 (1985) 239]. This limitation has greatly hampered industrial and in-situ applications. ISU has developed new methods that use pair-production to produce positrons throughout the volume of thick samples [F.A. Selim, D.P. Wells, et al., Nucl. Instr. and Meth. B 192 (2002) 197, F.A. Selim, D.P. Wells, et al., Nucl. Instru. Meth. A 495 (2002) 154, F.A. Selim, et al., J. Rad. Phys. Chem. 68 (2004) 427, F.A. Selim, D.P. Wells, et al., Nucl. Instr. and Meth. B 241 (2005) 253, A.W. Hunt, D.P. Wells, et al., Nucl. Instr. and Meth. B. 241 (2005) 262]. Unlike prior work at other laboratories that use bremsstrahlung beams to create positron beams (via pair-production) that are then directed at a sample of interest, we produce electron-positron pairs directly in samples of interest, and eliminate the intermediate step of a positron beam and its attendant penetrability limitations. Our methods include accelerator-based bremsstrahlung-induced pair-production in the sample for positron annihilation energy spectroscopy measurements (PAES), coincident proton-capture gamma-rays (where one of the gammas is used for pair-production in the sample) for positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS), or photo-nuclear activation of samples for either type of measurement. The positrons subsequently annihilate with sample electrons, emitting coincident 511 keV gamma-rays [F.A. Selim, D.P. Wells, et al., Nucl. Instr. and Meth. B 192 (2002) 197, F.A. Selim, D.P. Wells, et al., Nucl. Instru. Meth. A 495 (2002) 154, F.A. Selim, et al., J. Rad. Phys. Chem. 68 (2004) 427, F.A. Selim, D.P. Wells, et al., Nucl. Instr. and Meth. B 241 (2005) 253, A.W. Hunt, D

  12. The precipitation process in Mg-Ca-(Zn) alloys investigated by positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Ortega, Yanicet [Departamento de Fisica, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, 28911 Leganes (Spain); Departamento de Fisica de Materiales, Facultad de Ciencias Fisicas, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 28040 Madrid (Spain)], E-mail: yanicet@fis.ucm.es; Monge, Miguel Angel; Pareja, Ramiro [Departamento de Fisica, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, 28911 Leganes (Spain)

    2008-09-08

    Coincidence doppler broadening (CDB) spectroscopy has been applied to study the precipitation process induced by aging in Mg-1.0 wt.% Ca and Mg-1.0 wt.% Ca-1.0 wt.% Zn alloys. In addition positron lifetime experiments and microhardness measurements have been performed. A peak centered at {approx}11.5 x 10{sup -3}m{sub 0}c is found in the CDB ratio spectra of the alloys aged at 473 K. It is attributed to annihilations with the core electrons of Ca. The results indicate the formation of a particle dispersion that hardens the alloys. This dispersion is correlated with the appearance of the peak attributed to Ca atoms. Zn atoms in the Mg matrix inhibit the formation of quenched-in vacancies bound to Ca atoms in the aged ternary alloy producing the dispersion refinement.

  13. 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.

    Molecular charge-transfer complexes of the tetramethylethylenediamine (TMEDA) with picric acid (Pi-OH), benzene-1,4-diol (QL), tin(IV) tetrachloride (SnCl4), iodine, bromine, and zinc chloride (ZnCl2) 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 (SnCl4 and ZnCl2) were covered. The results of elemental analysis indicated that the CT complexes were formed with ratios 1:1 and 1:2 for QL, SnCl4, and ZnCl2 acceptors and iodine, Pi-OH, and Br2 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.

  14. Lifetime positron annihilation spectroscopy and photo-inactivated bacteria

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    El'nikova, L V

    2009-01-01

    Combined positron and infrared irradiations in the applications of photodynamical therapy (PDT) are studied analytically. Objectives and goals of PDT are killing or irreversible oxidative damage of pathogenic cells, or rather their cell walls, cell membranes, peptides, and nucleic acids by photo-activated oxygen of photosentizer injected into the target cell during light irradiation. On the trial system "Escherichia coli--T$_4$MPyP" the main positron interactions with media are evaluated to validate the perspectives of that use.

  15. Positron annihilation spectroscopy as a tool to develop self healing in aluminium alloys

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    Hautakangas, S.; Schut, H. [Faculty of Applied Physics, section NPM2, Delft University of Technology, Mekelweg 15, 2629 JB, Delft (Netherlands); Zwaag, S. van der; Rivera Diaz del Castillo, P.E.J. [Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Section Fundamentals of Advanced Materials, Delft University of Technology, Kluyverweg 1, 2629 HS Delft (Netherlands); Dijk, N.H. van [Faculty of Applied Physics, Section FAME, Delft University of Technology, Mekelweg 15, 2629 JB, Delft (Netherlands)

    2007-07-01

    Positron lifetime and Doppler broadening spectroscopy have been applied to probe the free volume generation (vacancies, dislocations and nano-cracks) during plastic deformation of a commercial aluminium AA2024 (T3) alloy. Aim of the total program is to study how solute atoms can be driven to the areas where initial cracking may occur in order to prevent the failure of the specimen. The phenomenon of closing the nano-crack is called Self Healing, and can provide extra strength and ductility to the alloy under some loading conditions. Plastic deformation of over-aged aluminum alloy at room temperature increases the average positron lifetime from initial value of 190 ps to 203 ps. The low momentum parameter S increases in agreement with the increase of open volume defects. The elastic deformation of the sample does not have a recordable effect on the positron annihilation data. It is also shown that the induced damage does not recover after loading the sample, i.e. the AA2024 in the T3 state is non self healing material, as expected, providing important first state result in the research of self healing Al alloys. (copyright 2007 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  16. Aspects of meson spectroscopy with N N annihilation

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    Dover, C.B.

    1990-04-01

    We focus on the potentialities of nucleon-antinucleon ({bar N}N) annihilation as a means of producing new mesonic states. The case for the existence of quasinuclear {bar N}N bound states is discussed in detail. Strong evidence for a 2{sup ++}(0{sup +}) state of this type has been obtained at LEAR in annihilation from the p-wave (L = 1) {bar N}N system, in support of earlier sightings of this object in L = 0 annihilation at Brookhaven. In the next generation of LEAR experiments, the emphasis shifts to the search for mesons containing dynamical excitations of the gluonic field, namely glueballs and hybrids (Q{bar Q}g). We discuss some features of the masses, decay branching ratios and production mechanisms for these states, and suggest particular {bar N}N annihilation channels which are optimal for their discovery. 59 refs., 15 figs.

  17. Laser spectroscopy of the antiprotonic helium atom – its energy levels and state lifetimes

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    Hidetoshi, Yamaguchi

    2003-01-01

    The antiprotonic atom is a three-body exotic system consisting of an antiproton, an electron and a helium nucleus. Its surprising longevity was found and has been studied for more than 10 years. In this work, transition energies and lifetimes of this exotic atom were systematically studied by using the antiproton beam of AD(Antiproton Decelerator) facility at CERN, with an RFQ antiproton decelerator, a narrow-bandwidth laser, Cerenkov counters with fast-response photomultiplier tubes, and cryogenic helium target systems. Thirteen transition energies were determined with precisions of better than 200 ppb by a laser spectroscopy method, together with the elimination of the shift effect caused by collisions with surrounding atoms. Fifteen lifetimes (decay rates) of short-lived states were determined from the time distributions of the antiproton-annihilation signals and the resonance widths of the atomic spectral lines. The relation between the magnitude of the decay rates and the transition multipolarity was inv...

  18. Positron annihilation lifetime characterization of oxygen ion irradiated rutile TiO{sub 2}

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    Luitel, Homnath [Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, 1/AF Bidhannagar, Kolkata 700064 (India); Sarkar, A. [Department of Physics, Bangabasi Morning College, 19 Rajkumar Chakraborty Sarani, Kolkata 700009 (India); Chakrabarti, Mahuya [Department of Physics, Acharya Prafulla Chandra College, New Barrackpore, Kolkata 700131 (India); Chattopadhyay, S. [Department of Physics, Maulana Azad College, 8 Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Road, Kolkata 700013 (India); Asokan, K. [Inter University Accelerator Centre, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi 110067 (India); Sanyal, D., E-mail: dirtha@vecc.gov.in [Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, 1/AF Bidhannagar, Kolkata 700064 (India)

    2016-07-15

    Ferromagnetic ordering at room temperature has been induced in rutile phase of TiO{sub 2} polycrystalline sample by O ion irradiation. 96 MeV O ion induced defects in rutile TiO{sub 2} sample has been characterized by positron annihilation spectroscopic techniques. Positron annihilation results indicate the formation of cation vacancy (V{sub Ti}, Ti vacancy) in these irradiated TiO{sub 2} samples. Ab initio density functional theoretical calculations indicate that in TiO{sub 2} magnetic moment can be induced either by creating Ti or O vacancies.

  19. Sintering of yttria-stabilized zirconia nanopowders studied by positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Cizek, J.; Melikhova, O.; Kuriplach, J.; Prochazka, I. [Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Department of Low Temperature Physics, Praha (Czech Republic); Konstantinova, T.E.; Danilenko, I.A. [Galkin Donetsk Institute for Physics and Engineering, National Academy of Science of Ukraine, Donetsk (Ukraine)

    2009-11-15

    A positron annihilation study of the tetragonal yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) nanopowder compacted under a high pressure and subjected to a sintering at temperatures ranging from 1000 to 1350 C were investigated. The conventional positron lifetime and coincidence Doppler broadening measurements were performed. In the compacted nanopowder, positrons were found to annihilate mainly as trapped at vacancy-like defects (most likely the Zr vacancies) situated in the negative space-charge layers along grain boundaries (GB's) or at larger defects associated with GB intersections (triple points). Moreover, pores of a few-nanometer size were detected via positronium pick-off annihilation in the YSZ nanopowders. These pores, however, disappeared after sintering at 1000 C and a significant grain growth takes place above this temperature. (copyright 2009 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  20. A study of annealing stages in commercial pure Cu using mechanical measurements and positron annihilation lifetime technique

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    Bishay, I.K. [Solid State Physics Department, National Research Centre, Dokki, Cairo (Egypt); Aly, E. Hassan, E-mail: emad_h_ali@yahoo.com [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Ain Shams University, Abbassia, Cairo 11566 (Egypt); Saadallah, F.A. [Solid State Physics Department, National Research Centre, Dokki, Cairo (Egypt)

    2010-06-25

    Mechanical property measurements, positron annihilation lifetime (PAL) measurements and metallographic observations, have been performed to study the isochronal annealing of commercial pure Cu in the temperature range from 25 up to 850 deg. C. A positive correlation has been found between positron lifetime ({tau}) and both the tensile strain ({Delta}L/L{sub 0}) and Vicker's microhardness (H{sub v}). This correlation shows the presence of three annealing stages in commercial pure Cu which are attributed to recovery, recrystallization, and grain growth. These different stages were studied by both pure tensile and combined torsion-tension deformation for samples pre-annealed at the different annealing stages. Plastic instability behavior is observed in the case of combined torsion-tension deformation. It is observed that the onset and disappearance of this instability depend on some parameters such as mode of deformation, applied axial tensile stress and pre-annealing temperature. The activation energy is found to be 0.5 eV for the recovery stage which is attributed to the energy for dislocation annihilation by glide or cross-slip. The recrystallization stage is a multi-energy stage (1.35, 1.6, and 1.71 eV) which is attributed to lattice diffusion or boundary diffusion.

  1. Free volume investigation of imidazolium ionic liquids from positron lifetime spectroscopy

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    Yu, Yang; Krause-Rehberg, Reinhard

    2014-01-01

    In this work, relationships between the free volume and various fundamental physical properties (density, surface tension and transport properties) of ionic liquids were investigated. Two imidazolium ionic liquids 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tris(pentafluoroethyl)trifluoro phosphate ([C4MIM][FAP]) and 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bis[bis(pentafluoroethyl)phosphinyl]imide ([C4MIM][FPI]) were measured by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS). Changes of the ortho-positronium lifetime (o-Ps) with different states (amorphous and crystalline) were depicted as completely as possible. The mean local free (hole) volume was calculated from the o-Ps lifetime in amorphous state for the samples. Comparison between and specific volume obtained from the temperature dependent mass density gave the specific hole densities Nf and the occupied volumes Vocc. Thermal expansion of hole volume was compared with molecular volume VM of [C4MIM][FAP] and [C4MIM][FPI] as well as five other ionic liquids from our previous ...

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

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

    2015-09-01

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

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

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    El-Gamal, S. [Physics Department, Faculty of Education, Ain Shams University, Roxy, 11711 Cairo (Egypt); Abdalla, Ayman M., E-mail: aymanabdalla62@hotmail.com [Physics Department, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Najran University, Najran (Saudi Arabia); Centre for Advanced Materials and Nano-Engineering, Najran University, Najran 11001 (Saudi Arabia); Abdel-Hady, E.E. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Minia University, BO 61519, Minia (Egypt)

    2015-09-15

    The alpha particle track diameter dependence of the free volume holes size (V{sub f}) in DAM–ADC and CR-39 nuclear track detectors was investigated using positron annihilation lifetime technique. The effect of temperature on the alpha particle track diameter and free volume were also investigated in the T-range (RT-130 °C). The obtained results revealed that the values of ortho-positronium lifetime τ{sub 3} and V{sub f} increases while I{sub 3} slightly increases as T increases for the two detectors. The values of τ{sub 3}, V{sub f} and I{sub 3} are higher in CR-39 than DAM–ADC. The interpretation of obtained results is based on the fact that increasing T leads to significant enhancement of thermal expansion of the polymer matrix and consequently V{sub f} increases. The track diameter increases as T increases. This can be explained by the fact that the increase in T increases the crystal size and V{sub f} in the polymer. A relationship between V{sub f} and the alpha particle track diameter was obtained. Moreover results of detector irradiation, along with free volume evaluation are addressed and thoroughly discussed.

  4. STUDY ON THE MISCIBILITY OF DYNAMICALLY VULCANIZED EPDM/PP BLEND BY POSITRON ANNIHILATION SPECTROSCOPY

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    Tao Jiang; Xue-liang Jiang; Shi-yuan Cheng; Yi-qun Dai; Shao-jie Wang; Bo Wang

    2000-01-01

    Positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) was utilized to investigate the relationship between the free-volume hole properties and miscibility of dynamically vulcanized EPDM/PP blend. The results showed that the noncrystalline region of PP and EPDM in the blend was partially miscible and the miscibility of the blend became worse when the weight percent of EPDM was <50%. This was also demonstrated by DMTA and mechanical properties of the blends with various compositions.

  5. Mechanisms of age-hardening in two Al-Cu-Mg alloys studied by positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Ferragut, R. [Univ. Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, Tandil (Argentina). IFIMAT; INFM and Dipt. di Fisica, Politecnico di Milano, Milano (Italy); Somoza, A. [Univ. Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, Tandil (Argentina). IFIMAT; Dupasquier, A. [INFM and Dipt. di Fisica, Politecnico di Milano, Milano (Italy); Polmear, I.J. [Monash Univ., School of Physics and Materials Engineering, Melbourne (Australia)

    2002-07-01

    Age-hardening at 150 C has been studied in an Al-Cu-Mg alloy microalloyed with 0.1 at.% Ag and the commercial alloy 2024. Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) was combined with measurements of microhardness changes during ageing at 150 C. Both alloys are known to harden in two stages separated by an extended plateau. Combined PALS and hardness data shows that the effect of Ag is to enhance vacancy trapping at Mg atoms in competition with the formation of mobile vacancy-Cu pairs. Thus, the addition of Ag gives a reduction of Cu atoms mobility, leading to slower initial hardening in comparison with a silver-free alloy with similar Cu:Mg ratio. In both alloys, the second stage of hardening begins before increases occur in positron lifetimes that indicate the formation of misfit interfaces (i.e. semi-coherent precipitates). This observation supports the view that this second stage of hardening in alloys based on the Al-Cu-Mg system is associated mainly with the growth and transformation of coherent GP(Cu,Mg) zones. The PALS data are consistent with the hypothesis that the X' phase, previously observed to be present in Al-Cu-Mg-Ag at peak ageing, develops misfit interfaces with the matrix. (orig.)

  6. 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.

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

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    Shpotyuk, O., E-mail: shpotyuk@novas.lviv.ua [Institute of Materials of SRC “Carat”, 212 Stryjska Str., Lviv 79031 (Ukraine); Institute of Physics of Jan Dlugosz University, 13/15 al. Armii Krajowej, Czestcochowa 42200 (Poland); Ingram, A. [Opole University of Technology, 75 Ozimska Str., Opole 45370 (Poland); Shpotyuk, M. [Institute of Materials of SRC “Carat”, 212 Stryjska Str., Lviv 79031 (Ukraine); Lviv Polytechnic National University, 12 Bandery Str., Lviv 79013 (Ukraine); Filipecki, J. [Institute of Physics of Jan Dlugosz University, 13/15 al. Armii Krajowej, Czestcochowa 42200 (Poland)

    2014-11-01

    Highlights: • Decisive role of specific chemical environment in free-volume correlations in glass. • Realistic free volumes in As–S/Se glass are defined by newly modified τ{sub 2}-R formula. • Overestimated void sizes in chalcogenide glass as compared with molecular polymers. - Abstract: A newly modified correlation equation between defect-related positron lifetime determined within two-state trapping model and radius of corresponding free-volume-type defects was proposed to describe compositional variations in atomic-deficient structure of covalent-bonded chalcogenides like binary As–S/Se glasses. Specific chemical environment of free-volume voids around neighboring network-forming polyhedrons was shown to play a decisive role in this correlation, leading to systematically enhanced volumes in comparison with typical molecular substrates, such as polymers.

  8. Evaluation of actinic cheilitis using fluorescence lifetime spectroscopy

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    Saito Nogueira, Marcelo; Cosci, Alessandro; Pratavieira, Sebastião.; Takahama, Ademar; Souza Azevedo, Rebeca; Kurachi, Cristina

    2016-03-01

    Actinic cheilitis is a potentially malignant disorder that mostly affects the vermilion border of the lower lip and can lead to squamous cell carcinoma. Because of its heterogeneous clinical aspect, it is difficult to indicate representative biopsy area. Late diagnosis is a limiting factor of therapeutic possibilities available to treat oral cancer. The diagnosis of actinic cheilitis is mainly based on clinical and histopathological analysis and it is a time consuming procedure to get the results. Information about the organization and chemical composition of the tissues can be obtained using fluorescence lifetime spectroscopy techniques without the need for biopsy. The main targeted fluorophores are NADH (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) and FAD (flavin adenine dinucleotide), which have free and bound states, each one with different average lifetimes. The average lifetimes for free and bound NADH and FAD change according to tissue metabolic alterations and allow a quick and non-invasive clinical investigation of injuries and to help clinicians with the early diagnosis of actinic cheilitis. This study aims to evaluate the fluorescence lifetime parameters at the discrimination of three degrees of epithelial dysplasia, the most important predictor of malignant development, described in up to 100% of actinic cheilitis cases.

  9. Age-hardening and precipitation phenomena in the Inconel-713C superalloy studied by means of positron lifetime spectroscopy

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    Somoza, A.; Santos, G.; Ges, A. [Buenos Aires Univ. Nacional (Argentina). Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales; Versaci, R.; Plazaola, F.

    1999-07-16

    Specimens of the commercial superalloy Inconel-713C were heat treated by using isothermal artificial ageing treatments in order to obtain information on the process of precipitation of the {gamma}'-phase which is an intermetallic compound with a composition of Ni{sub 3}(Al, Ti) having a L1{sub 2}-ordered structure. The experimental information was basically obtained by means of positron lifetime spectroscopy and Vickers microhardness. In some specific cases, transmission electron microscopy was also used. From the positron results it was possible to analyze the influence of the homogenization and quenching procedures on the microstructure and to follow the coarsening of the smallest {gamma}'-particles during the very early stage of artificial ageing at 950 C. For long ageing times, when the overageing condition of the superalloy was clearly observed by a hardness decrease, the positron lifetime evolution reaches a stable maximum value and different annihilation mechanisms were discussed. (orig.)

  10. Positron lifetime measurements and positron-annihilation induced auger electron spectroscpy using slow positron beams; Teisoku yodenshi bimu wo mochiita yodenshi jumyo sokutei oyobi yodenshi shometsu reiki oje denshi bunko

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    Suzuki, R. [Electrotechnical Lab., Tsukuba (Japan)

    1996-02-20

    Slow positron beam with less than several eV can be controlled freely such as accelerating, throttling the beam size, shortening the pulse or making pulse with short time width and so forth. These low positron beams are applied to various measurements like Doppler broadening measurement of annihilation {gamma} rays or lifetime measurement of positron, and secondary particle measurements using positron microscope, positron electron ray diffraction, flight time method and so forth. In particular, these recent years, high intensity slow positron beams were possible using accelerators like electron linac and its application is increasing. In this report, pulse shortening method for high intensity slow positron beam, and incidence energy variable positron lifetime measurement method using this slow pulsed beam and flight time type positron-annihilation-induced auger electron spectroscopy are outlined. In future, these measurements can be possible to carry out with high resolution and also with high counting rate if higher intensity monochromatic excellent positron beam than present one is produced. 31 refs., 5 figs.

  11. Variable Energy Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy of GaN Grown on Sapphire Substrates with MOCVD

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    HU Yi-Fan; C.D. Beling; S. Fung

    2005-01-01

    @@ Depth profiled Doppler broadening of positron annihilation spectroscopy (DBPAS), which is also called the variable energy positron annihilation spectroscopy (VEPAS), is used in characterization of GaN grown on sapphire substrates with metal-organic chemical vapour deposition (MOCVD). The GaN film and the film/substrate interface are investigated. The VEPFIT (variable energy positron fit) software was used for analysing the data,and the positron diffusion length of the sapphire is obtained. The results suggest that there is a highly defected region near the GaN/sapphire interface. This thin dislocated region is generated at the film/substrate interface to relieve the strain. Effects of implantation dose on defect formation, for the GaN/Sapphire samples, which implanted by Al+ ions, are also investigated. Studies on Al+ implanted GaN films (not including the interface and sapphire) have revealed that there are two different regions of implantation damage. For the low Al+ implantation dose samples, in the region close to the surface, defects are mainly composed of vacancy pairs with small amount of vacancy clusters, and in the interior region of the film the positron traps are vacancy clusters without micro-voids. For the highest dose sample, however, some positron trap centres are in the form of micro-voids in the second region.

  12. Spatially resolved positron annihilation spectroscopy on friction stir weld induced defects.

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    Hain, Karin; Hugenschmidt, Christoph; Pikart, Philip; Böni, Peter

    2010-04-01

    A friction stir welded (FSW) Al alloy sample was investigated by Doppler broadening spectroscopy (DBS) of the positron annihilation line. The spatially resolved defect distribution showed that the material in the joint zone becomes completely annealed during the welding process at the shoulder of the FSW tool, whereas at the tip, annealing is prevailed by the deterioration of the material due to the tool movement. This might be responsible for the increased probability of cracking in the heat affected zone of friction stir welds. Examination of a material pairing of steel S235 and the Al alloy Silafont36 by coincident Doppler broadening spectroscopy (CDBS) indicates the formation of annealed steel clusters in the Al alloy component of the sample. The clear visibility of Fe in the CDB spectra is explained by the very efficient trapping at the interface between steel cluster and bulk.

  13. Spatially resolved positron annihilation spectroscopy on friction stir weld induced defects

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    Karin Hain, Christoph Hugenschmidt, Philip Pikart and Peter Böni

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available A friction stir welded (FSW Al alloy sample was investigated by Doppler broadening spectroscopy (DBS of the positron annihilation line. The spatially resolved defect distribution showed that the material in the joint zone becomes completely annealed during the welding process at the shoulder of the FSW tool, whereas at the tip, annealing is prevailed by the deterioration of the material due to the tool movement. This might be responsible for the increased probability of cracking in the heat affected zone of friction stir welds. Examination of a material pairing of steel S235 and the Al alloy Silafont36 by coincident Doppler broadening spectroscopy (CDBS indicates the formation of annealed steel clusters in the Al alloy component of the sample. The clear visibility of Fe in the CDB spectra is explained by the very efficient trapping at the interface between steel cluster and bulk.

  14. Positron annihilation spectroscopy study of lattice defects in non-irradiated doped and un-doped fuels

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    Chollet Mélanie

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Fission gas behavior within the fuel structure plays a major role for the safety of nuclear fuels during operation in the nuclear power plant. Fission gas distribution and retention is determined by both, micro- and lattice-structure of the fuel matrix. The ADOPT (Advanced Doped Pellet Technology fuel, containing chromium and aluminum additives, shows larger grain sizes than standard (undoped UO2 fuel, enhancing the fission gas retention properties of the matrix. However, the additions of such trivalent cations shall also induce defects in the lattice. In this study, we investigated the microstructure of such doped fuels as well as a reference standard UO2 by positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS. Although this technique is particularly sensitive to lattice point defects in materials, a wider application in the UO2 research is still missing. The PAS-lifetime components were measured in the hotlab facility of PSI using a 22Na source sandwiched between two 500-μm-thin sample discs. The values of lifetime at the center and the rim of both samples, examined to check at the radial homogeneity of the pellets, are not significantly different. The mean lifetimes were found to be longer in the ADOPT material, 220 ps, than in standard UO2, 190 ps, which indicates a larger presence of additional defects, presumably generated by the dopants. While two-component decomposition (bulk + one defect component could be performed for the standard material, only one lifetime component was found in the doped material. The absence of the bulk component in the ADOPT sample refers to a saturated positron trapping (i.e., all positrons are trapped at defects. In order to associate a type of lattice defect to each PAS component, interpretation of the PAS experimental observations was conducted with respect to existing experimental and modeling studies. This work has shown the efficiency of PAS to detect lattice point defects in UO2 produced by Cr and Al oxides

  15. Bounds on Cross-sections and Lifetimes for Dark Matter Annihilation and Decay into Charged Leptons from Gamma-ray Observations of Dwarf Galaxies

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    Essig, Rouven; /SLAC; Sehgal, Neelima; Strigari, Louis E.; /KIPAC, Menlo Park

    2009-06-19

    We provide conservative bounds on the dark matter cross-section and lifetime from final state radiation produced by annihilation or decay into charged leptons, either directly or via an intermediate particle {phi}. Our analysis utilizes the experimental gamma-ray flux upper limits from four Milky Way dwarf satellites: HESS observations of Sagittarius and VERITAS observations of Draco, Ursa Minor, and Willman 1. Using 90% confidence level lower limits on the integrals over the dark matter distributions, we find that these constraints are largely unable to rule out dark matter annihilations or decays as an explanation of the PAMELA and ATIC/PPB-BETS excesses. However, if there is an additional Sommerfeld enhancement in dwarfs, which have a velocity dispersion {approx} 10 to 20 times lower than that of the local Galactic halo, then the cross-sections for dark matter annihilating through {phi}'s required to explain the excesses are very close to the cross-section upper bounds from Willman 1. Dark matter annihilation directly into {tau}'s is also marginally ruled out by Willman 1 as an explanation of the excesses, and the required cross-section is only a factor of a few below the upper bound from Draco. Finally, we make predictions for the gamma-ray flux expected from the dwarf galaxy Segue 1 for the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. We find that for a sizeable fraction of the parameter space in which dark matter annihilation into charged leptons explains the PAMELA excess, Fermi has good prospects for detecting a gamma-ray signal from Segue 1 after one year of observation.

  16. Fluorescence lifetime spectroscopy for breast cancer margins assessment

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    Gorpas, Dimitris; Fatakdawala, Hussain; Zhang, Yanhong; Bold, Richard; Marcu, Laura

    2015-03-01

    During breast conserving surgery (BCS), which is the preferred approach to treat most early stage breast cancers, the surgeon attempts to excise the tumor volume, surrounded by thin margin of normal tissue. The intra-operative assessment of cancerous areas is a challenging procedure, with the surgeon usually relying on visual or tactile guidance. This study evaluates whether time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy (TRFS) presents the potential to address this problem. Point TRFS measurements were obtained from 19 fresh tissue slices (7 patients) and parameters that characterize the transient signals were quantified via constrained least squares deconvolution scheme. Fibrotic tissue (FT, n=69), adipose tissue (AT, n=76), and invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC, n=27) were identified in histology and univariate statistical analysis, followed by multi-comparison test, was applied to the corresponding lifetime data. Significant differentiation between the three tissue types exists at 390 nm and 500 nm bands. The average lifetime is 3.23+/-0.74 ns for AT, 4.21+/-0.83 ns for FT and 4.71+/-0.35 ns (ptissue in real-time and assess tumor margins.

  17. Lifetime measurements and decay spectroscopy of 132I

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    Bhattacharyya S.

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The low-lying states of odd-odd 132I, the 3p-3h nucleus with respect to the doubly magic 132Sn, have been characterized from decay spectroscopy. The neutron rich Iodine and Tellurium isotopes have been produced as fission product of alpha-induced fission of 235U and radiochemically separated. The life-time of the first excited state of 132I have been precisely measured using LaBr3(Ce scintillators from the decay of 132Te. The IT decay of the high spin isomer (8- in 132I has been measured with a Low Energy Photon Spectrometer (LEPS of segmented planar Ge detector.

  18. 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).

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

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    Hu Yi-Fan; Beling C D

    2005-01-01

    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.

  20. CO sub 2 absorption of perovskites as seen by positron lifetime spectroscopy

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    Suevegh, K; Juhasz, G; Homonnay, Z; Vertes, A

    2000-01-01

    The CO sub 2 absorption of several ABO sub 3 type perovskites was studied by positron lifetime spectroscopy. The longer positron lifetime was associated with positrons trapped by A site vacancies. The evaluated positron lifetime data indicated the relative stability of the crystal structure of Sr(Co sub 0 sub . sub 5 Fe sub 0 sub . sub 5)O sub 3 sub - subdelta against Ca doping at low Ca concentrations. Oxygen desorption and CO sub 2 absorption/desorption could also be followed by positron lifetime spectroscopy. It was shown that the concentration of oxygen vacancies has a large effect on positron lifetime data through the electron density of A site vacancies.

  1. Positron annihilation and relaxation dynamics from dielectric spectroscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance: Cis-trans-1,4-poly(butadiene)

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    Bartoš, J.; Šauša, O.; Schwartz, G. A.; Alegría, A.; Alberdi, J. M.; Arbe, A.; Krištiak, J.; Colmenero, J.

    2011-04-01

    We report a joint analysis of positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS), dielectric spectroscopy (BDS), and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) on cis-trans-1,4-poly(butadiene) (c-t-1,4-PBD). Phenomenological analysis of the orthopositronium lifetime τ3 - T dependence by linear fitting reveals four characteristic PALS temperatures: T_{b1} ^G = 0{.63}T_g^{PALS}, T_g^{PALS}, T_{b1} ^L = 1.22T_g^{PALS}, and T_{b2} ^L = 1.52T_g^{PALS}. Slight bend effects in the glassy and supercooled liquid states are related to the fast or slow secondary β process, from neutron scattering, respectively, the latter being connected with the trans-isomers. In addition, the first bend effect in the supercooled liquid coincides with a deviation of the slow effective secondary βeff relaxation related to the cis-isomers from low-T Arrhenius behavior to non-Arrhenius one and correlates with the onset of the primary α process from BDS. The second plateau effect in the liquid state occurs when τ3 becomes commensurable with the structural relaxation time τα(Tb2). It is also approximately related to its crossover from non-Arrhenius to Arrhenius regime in the combined BDS and NMR data. Finally, the combined BDS and NMR structural relaxation data, when analyzed in terms of the two-order parameter (TOP) model, suggest the influence of solidlike domains on both the annihilation behavior and the local and segmental chain mobility in the supercooled liquid. All these findings indicate the influence of the dynamic heterogeneity in both the primary and secondary relaxations due to the cis-trans isomerism in c-t-1,4-PBD and their impact into the PALS response.

  2. Crystal Defects and Cation Redistribution Study on Nanocrystalline Cobalt-Ferri-Chromites by Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy

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    Kunal B. Modi

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Positron lifetime and Doppler broadening measurements were carried out on nanocrystalline (grain size ~60–65 nm samples of the Cr3+-substituted cobalt ferrite system with general chemical formula CoCrxFe2−xO4 (x=0.0−2.0 synthesized by the coprecipitation technique. The results indicated selective trapping of positrons in large vacancy clusters initially at the tetrahedral (A- sites and then with Cr3+-substitution up to concentration (x=0.7, at the octahedral (B- sites. The results are consistent with the cation distribution determined from X-ray diffraction line intensity calculations, which indicated partial inversion of the inverse spinel ferrite, subsequent stabilization over a range of substitution (x=0.7 to 1.7, and finally the full inversion to the normal spinel chromite (CoCr2O4, x=2.0. In the intermediate range of substitution, lattice contraction prevented a fraction of Co2+ ions released from the (B- sites from entering the tetrahedral sites, and these vacancies at the (A- sites trapped positrons. Although the samples were composed of nanocrystalline grains, only an insignificant fraction of positrons were diffused and annihilated at the grain surfaces, since the grain sizes and the thermal diffusion length of positrons nearly overlapped.

  3. Microstructural characterization of alumina-zirconia layered ceramics using positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Parente, P., E-mail: pparente@fis.uc3m.es [Departamento de Fisica, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, 28911 Leganes (Spain); Ortega, Y. [Departamento de Fisica de Materiales, Facultad de Ciencias Fisicas, Univ. Complutense de Madrid, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Savoini, B.; Monge, M.A. [Departamento de Fisica, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, 28911 Leganes (Spain); Tucci, A.; Esposito, L. [Centro Ceramico Bologna, 40128 Bologna (Italy); Sanchez-Herencia, A.J. [Instituto de Ceramica y Vidrio, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, 28049 Madrid (Spain)

    2010-05-15

    Positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS), indentation, nanoindentation experiments and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) observations were performed on Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-ZrO{sub 2} laminates samples to assess the effect of residual stresses on their mechanical and microstructural properties. Layered samples were implemented by slip-casting, constituted by two thin Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} external layers and an intermediate thick one, consisting of a mixture of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and monoclinic ZrO{sub 2} in the range 0-30 vol.%. In these systems residual tensile stresses fields were generated inside the external layers during cooling from the sintering temperature, by the expansion of the adjacent ZrO{sub 2}-containing layer. SEM observations showed the microstructural effects due to the level of tension related to the zirconia content. A correlation between the PAS parameters and the microstructural changes caused by the presence of residual stresses was found. Nanoindentation measurements were used to trace the sign and magnitude of the residual stress gradient across the interface between the layers.

  4. Revealing the nano-level molecular packing in chitosan-NiO nanocomposite by using positron annihilation spectroscopy and small-angle X-ray scattering.

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    Sharma, Sandeep K; Bahadur, Jitendra; Patil, Pushkar N; Maheshwari, Priya; Mukherjee, Saurabh; Sudarshan, Kathi; Mazumder, Subhasish; Pujari, Pradeep K

    2013-04-02

    Chitosan-NiO nanocomposite (CNC) is shown to be a potential dielectric material with promising properties. CNCs containing NiO nanoparticles (0.2, 0.6, 1, 2, 5 wt %) are prepared through chemical methods. The inclusion of NiO nanoparticles in the chitosan matrix is confirmed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction. The morphology of the NiO nanoparticles and the nanocomposites is investigated by transmission electron microscopy and SEM, respectively. Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) and the coincidence Doppler broadening (CDB) technique are used to quantify the free volume and molecular packing in the nanocomposites. The triplet-state positronium lifetime and the corresponding intensity show the changes in nanohole size, density, and size distribution as a function of NiO loading. Small-angle X-ray scattering indicates that the NiO aggregates are identical in all the CNCs. The momentum density distribution obtained from CDB measurements excludes the possibility of a contribution of vacant spaces (pores) available in NiO aggregates to the free volume of nanocomposites upon determination by using PALS. The results show systematic variation in free-volume properties and nano-level molecular packing as a function of NiO loading, which is presumed to play a vital role in determining the various properties of the nanocomposites.

  5. Development of an Electron-Positron Source for Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy

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    2009-12-19

    boosted frame where electric field reaches the Schwinger limit for production of electron-positron pairs from vacuum. The theoretical framework...were directed toward radiative shock hydrodynamics. Lowering the threshold for Schwinger electron-positron pair production (Stepan Bulanov

  6. Lifetime

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    姚祎

    2004-01-01

    @@ 继ESPN刊出同名杂志之后,2003年赫斯特公司(Hearst Corp.)和迪斯尼(Walt Disney Co.)的合作促成了一本新杂志的诞生:(Lifetime),其目标读者是成百万收看同名有线电视网节目的妇女们.

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

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    Zhu, Huiping [Institute of Modern Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China); University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Wang, Zhiguang, E-mail: zhgwang@impcas.ac.cn [Institute of Modern Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Gao, Xing; Cui, Minghuan; Li, Bingsheng; Sun, Jianrong; Yao, Cunfeng; Wei, Kongfang; Shen, Tielong; Pang, Lilong; Zhu, Yabin [Institute of Modern Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Li, Yuanfei; Wang, Ji [Institute of Modern Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China); University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); University of Lanzhou, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Song, Peng [Institute of Modern Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China); University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Zhang, Peng; Cao, Xingzhong [Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China)

    2015-02-01

    Highlights: • NHS steel was irradiated by 3.25 MeV Fe ions to different fluences at room temperature and 723 K. • The evolution of vacancy type defects is studied through positron annihilation spectroscopy. • The concentration gradient of SIA can induce the decrease of S value with increasing fluence at high temperature. - Abstract: 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 × 10{sup 15} and 1.7 × 10{sup 16} ions/cm{sup 2}. 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.

  8. Lifetime spectroscopy a method of defect characterization in silicon for photovoltaic applications

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    Rein, Stefan

    2005-01-01

    Lifetime spectroscopy is one of the most sensitive diagnostic tools for the identification and analysis of impurities in semiconductors. Since it is based on the recombination process, it provides insight into precisely those defects that are relevant to semiconductor devices such as solar cells. This book introduces a transparent modeling procedure that allows a detailed theoretical evaluation of the spectroscopic potential of the different lifetime spectroscopic techniques. The various theoretical predictions are verified experimentally with the context of a comprehensive study on different metal impurities. The quality and consistency of the spectroscopic results, as explained here, confirms the excellent performance of lifetime spectroscopy.

  9. Microstructural changes and effect of variation of lattice strain on positron annihilation lifetime parameters of zinc ferrite nanocomposites prepared by high enegy ball-milling

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    Abhijit Banerjee

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Zn-ferrite nanoparticles were synthesized at room temperature by mechanical alloying the stoichiometric (1:1 mol% mixture of ZnO and α-Fe2O3 powder under open air. Formation of both normal and inverse spinel ferrite phases was noticed after 30 minutes and 2.5 hours ball milling respectively and the content of inverse spinel phase increased with increasing milling time. The phase transformation kinetics towards formation of ferrite phases and microstructure characterization of ball milled ZnFe2O4 phases was primarily investigated by X-ray powder diffraction pattern analysis. The relative phase abundances of different phases, crystallite size, r.m.s. strain, lattice parameter change etc. were estimated from the Rietveld powder structure refinement analysis of XRD data. Positron annihilation lifetime spectra of all ball milled samples were deconvoluted with three lifetime parameters and their variation with milling time duration was explained with microstructural changes and formation of different phases with increase of milling time duration.

  10. Study on the Structure of Defects in a-Si:H Films by Positron Annihilation and Micro-Raman Spectroscopy

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    Gordo, P. M.; de Lima, A. P.; Ferreira Marques, M. F.; Kajcsos, Zs.

    2008-05-01

    Thin films of hydrogenated amorphous silicon deposited on glass and crystalline silicon substrates by rf plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition at different rf power were studied using slow positron beam and the Raman scattering spectroscopy in order to verify the influence of that deposition parameter on the film defect structure and on the degree of disorder. By positron annihilation spectroscopy, it was found that there are mainly two types of defects in the films: large vacancy clusters or voids and small vacancy type defects. By micro-Raman spectroscopy it was observed that the degree of structural disorder is lower for the film with large vacancy clusters and this finding was related to structural relaxation process. Light soaking induced changes attributed to major atomic rearrangements were also observed.

  11. Modification of the mesoscopic structure in neutron irradiated EPDM viewed through positron annihilation spectroscopy and dynamic mechanical analysis

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    Lambri, O.A., E-mail: olambri@fceia.unr.edu.a [Instituto de Fisica Rosario - CONICET, Avda. 27 de Febrero 210 bis, 2000 Rosario (Argentina); Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Ingenieria y Agrimensura, Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Laboratorio de Materiales, Escuela de Ingenieria Electrica, Avda. Pellegrini 250, 2000 Rosario (Argentina); Plazaola, F.; Axpe, E. [Elektrizitatea eta Elektronika Saila, Zientzia eta Teknologia Fakultatea, Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, P.K. 644, 48080 Bilbao (Spain); Mocellini, R.R.; Zelada-Lambri, G.I. [Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Ingenieria y Agrimensura, Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Laboratorio de Materiales, Escuela de Ingenieria Electrica, Avda. Pellegrini 250, 2000 Rosario (Argentina); Garcia, J.A. [Departamento de Fisica Aplicada II, Facultad de Ciencias y Tecnologia, Universidad del Pais Vasco, Apdo. 644, 48080 Bilbao, Pais Vasco (Spain); Matteo, C.L.; Sorichetti, P.A. [Departamento de Fisica, Facultad de Ingenieria, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Avda. Paseo Colon 850, 1063 Buenos Aires (Argentina)

    2011-02-01

    This article focuses on the study of the mesoscopic structure in neutron irradiated EPDM both from experimental and theoretical points of view. In this work we reveal completely the modification of the mesostructure of the EPDM due to neutron irradiation, resolving volume fraction, size and distribution of the crystalline zones as a function of the irradiation dose. Positron annihilation spectroscopy and dynamic mechanical analysis techniques are applied and the results are discussed by means of new theoretical results for describing the interaction process between the crystals and amorphous zones in EPDM.

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

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    Mahmoud, K.R. [Physics and Chemistry Department, Faculty of Education, Tanta University, Kafr El-Shaikh (Egypt)]. E-mail: kamalreyad@hotmail.com; Al-Sigeny, S. [Physics and Chemistry Department, Faculty of Education, Tanta University, Kafr El-Shaikh (Egypt); Sharshar, T. [Physics and Chemistry Department, Faculty of Education, Tanta University, Kafr El-Shaikh (Egypt); El-Hamshary, H. [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa 31982 (Saudi Arabia)

    2006-05-15

    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 {tau} {sub 1} 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.

  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. Positron annihilation spectroscopy (PALS) the effect of crosslinking on free volume size in poly-methyl-methacrylate

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    Atevikj, A

    2000-01-01

    Positron annihilation Spectroscopy (PALS) is used for analyzing the samples of polymethyl-methacrylate (PMMA) with different contents of crosslinks. The measurements are performed at room temperature. The times of life (tau sub 1 , tau sub 2 , tau sub 3) and the intensities (I sub I , I sub 2 , 1 sub 3) of para-positronium, the free positrons and the orto-positrons are calculated for each type of polymer, but only (tau sub 3) and (I sub 3) are of interest because we can calculate the size of free volume. It is shown that the radius of free volume is proportional to the crosslinking density. Defects of sizes in the range of 0.1 to 1 nm are detected with Positron Spectroscopy, while other techniques do not give results. (Original)

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

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    Pasang, T.; Ranganathaiah, C.

    2015-06-01

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

  16. Assessing the photoaging process at sun exposed and non-exposed skin using fluorescence lifetime spectroscopy

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    Saito Nogueira, Marcelo; Kurachi, Cristina

    2016-03-01

    Photoaging is the skin premature aging due to exposure to ultraviolet light, which damage the collagen, elastin and can induce alterations on the skin cells DNA, and, then, it may evolve to precancerous lesions, which are widely investigated by fluorescence spectroscopy and lifetime. The fluorescence spectra and fluorescence lifetime analysis has been presented as a technique of great potential for biological tissue characterization at optical diagnostics. The main targeted fluorophores are NADH (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) and FAD (flavin adenine dinucleotide), which have free and bound states, each one with different average lifetimes. The average lifetimes for free and bound NADH and FAD change according to tissue metabolic alterations and may contribute to a non-invasive clinical investigation of injuries such as skin lesions. These lesions and the possible areas where they may develop can be interrogated using fluorescence lifetime spectroscopy taking into account the variability of skin phototypes and the changes related to melanin, collagen and elastin, endogenous fluorophores which have emissions that spectrally overlap to the NADH and FAD emission. The objective of this study is to assess the variation on fluorescence lifetimes of normal skin at sun exposed and non-exposed areas and associate this variation to the photoaging process.

  17. Advances in Contactless Silicon Defect and Impurity Diagnostics Based on Lifetime Spectroscopy and Infrared Imaging

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    Jan Schmidt

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper gives a review of some recent developments in the field of contactless silicon wafer characterization techniques based on lifetime spectroscopy and infrared imaging. In the first part of the contribution, we outline the status of different lifetime spectroscopy approaches suitable for the identification of impurities in silicon and discuss—in more detail—the technique of temperature- and injection-dependent lifetime spectroscopy. The second part of the paper focuses on the application of infrared cameras to analyze spatial inhomogeneities in silicon wafers. By measuring the infrared signal absorbed or emitted from light-generated free excess carriers, high-resolution recombination lifetime mappings can be generated within seconds to minutes. In addition, mappings of non-recombination-active trapping centers can be deduced from injection-dependent infrared lifetime images. The trap density has been demonstrated to be an important additional parameter in the characterization and assessment of solar-grade multicrystalline silicon wafers, as areas of increased trap density tend to deteriorate during solar cell processing.

  18. Compensation models in chlorine doped CdTe based on positron annihilation and photoluminescence spectroscopy

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    Stadler, W.; Hofman, D.M.; Meyer, B.K. [Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Garching (Germany); Krause-Rehberg, R.; Polity, A.; Abgarjan, Th. [Martin-Luther Universitaet Halle-Wittenberg, FB Physik, Halle (Germany); Salk, M.; Benz, K.W. [Kristallographisches Institut, Universitaet Freiburg, Freiburg (Germany); Azoulay, M. [Soreq, Nuclear Research Centre, Yavne (Israel)

    1995-12-31

    In this investigation positron annihilation, photoluminescence and electron paramagnetic resonance techniques are employed to gain insight in the compensation of CdTe doped with the halogen Cl. We will demonstrate that the high resistivity of CdTe:Cl cannot be explain by the interaction between the shallow effective mass type donor Cl on Te site and the doping induced shallow acceptor complex, a Cd vacancy paired off with a nearest-neighbour Cl atom (A centre). From electron paramagnetic resonance investigations we conclude that the mid gap trap, often detected by electrical methods in CdTe, is not the isolated Cd vacancy. (author). 9 refs, 2 figs, 1 tab.

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

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    Kuznetsov, Pavel V., E-mail: kpv@ispms.tsc.ru [Institute of Strength Physics and Materials Science SB RAS, Tomsk, 634055, Russia and National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University, Tomsk, 634050 (Russian Federation); Mironov, Yuri P., E-mail: myp@ispms.tsc.ru, E-mail: tolmach@ispms.tsc.ru, E-mail: rakhmatulina.tanya@gmail.com; Tolmachev, Aleksey I., E-mail: myp@ispms.tsc.ru, E-mail: tolmach@ispms.tsc.ru, E-mail: rakhmatulina.tanya@gmail.com; Rakhmatulina, Tanzilya V., E-mail: myp@ispms.tsc.ru, E-mail: tolmach@ispms.tsc.ru, E-mail: rakhmatulina.tanya@gmail.com [Institute of Strength Physics and Materials Science SB RAS, Tomsk, 634055 (Russian Federation); Bordulev, Yuri S., E-mail: bordulev@gmail.com, E-mail: laptev.roman@gmail.com, E-mail: lider@tpu.ru; Laptev, Roman S., E-mail: bordulev@gmail.com, E-mail: laptev.roman@gmail.com, E-mail: lider@tpu.ru; Lider, Andrey M., E-mail: bordulev@gmail.com, E-mail: laptev.roman@gmail.com, E-mail: lider@tpu.ru; Mikhailov, Andrey A., E-mail: bordulev@gmail.com, E-mail: laptev.roman@gmail.com, E-mail: lider@tpu.ru [National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University, Tomsk, 634050 (Russian Federation); Korznikov, Alexander V., E-mail: korznikov@imsp.ru [Institute for Metals Superplasticity Problems RAS, Ufa, 450001 (Russian Federation)

    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.

  20. Post irradiated microstructural characterization of Zr–1Nb alloy by X-ray diffraction technique and positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    P S Chowdhury; P Mukherjee; N Gayathri; M Bhattacharya; A Chatterjee; P Barat; P M G Nambissan

    2011-06-01

    Zr–1Nb samples were irradiated with 116 MeV O5+ ions at different doses ranging from 5 × 1017 to 8 × 1018 O5+/m2. X-ray diffraction line profile analysis was performed to characterize the microstructural parameters of these samples. Average domain size, microstrain and dislocation density were estimated as a function of dose. An anomaly was observed in the values of these parameters at a dose of 2 × 1018 O5+/m2. Positron annihilation spectroscopy was used to determine the existence and nature of vacancy clusters in the samples. Isochronal annealing was carried out for a sample to study the evolution of defect clusters.

  1. Gamma-ray spectroscopy of Positron Annihilation in the Milky Way

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

    2015-01-01

    The annihilation of positrons in the Galaxy's interstellar medium produces characteristic gamma-rays with a line at 511 keV. This emission has been observed with the spectrometer SPI on INTEGRAL, confirming a puzzling morphology with bright emission from an extended bulge-like region, and faint disk emission. Most plausible sources of positrons are believed to be distributed throughout the disk of the Galaxy. We aim to constrain characteristic spectral shapes for different spatial components in the disk and bulge with the high-resolution gamma-ray spectrometer SPI, based on a new instrumental background method and detailed multi-component sky model fitting. We confirm the detection of the main extended components of characteristic annihilation gamma-ray signatures at 58$\\sigma$ significance in the line. The total Galactic line intensity amounts to $(2.7\\pm0.3)\\times10^{-3}~\\mathrm{ph~cm^{-2}~s^{-1}}$ for our assumed spatial model. We derive spectra for the bulge and disk, and a central point-like and at the p...

  2. Extraction of carrier lifetime in Ge waveguides using pump probe spectroscopy

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    Srinivasan, S. A.; Pantouvaki, M.; Verheyen, P.; Lepage, G.; Absil, P.; Van Campenhout, J.; Van Thourhout, D.

    2016-05-01

    Carrier lifetimes in Ge-on-Si waveguides are deduced using time-resolved infrared transmission pump-probe spectroscopy. Dynamics of pump-induced excess carriers generated in waveguides with varying Ge thickness and width is probed using a CW laser. The lifetimes of these excess carriers strongly depend on the thickness and width of the waveguide due to defect assisted surface recombination. Interface recombination velocities of 0.975 × 104 cm/s and 1.45 × 104 cm/s were extracted for the Ge/Si and the Ge/SiO2 interfaces, respectively.

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

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    Lee, C. Y. [Hannam University, Daejon (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-12-15

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

  4. A comparative study on ferromagnetic C/O-implanted GaN films by positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Xu, Juping [State Key Laboratory of Particle Detection and Electronics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026 (China); Li, Qiang [Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing 100049 (China); Dongguan Neutron Science Center, Dongguan 523803 (China); Liu, Jiandang [State Key Laboratory of Particle Detection and Electronics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026 (China); Ye, Bangjiao, E-mail: bjye@ustc.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Particle Detection and Electronics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026 (China)

    2016-05-15

    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 × 10{sup 16} and 2 × 10{sup 17} ions/cm{sup 2}. 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 μ{sub B} 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.

  5. Thermal desorption gas chromatography and positron annihilation spectroscopy, contribution to alpha decay studies in actinide-doped matrices

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    Roudil, D.; Jegou, C.; Vella, F.; Folch, B.; Broudic, V. [Commissariat a l' energie Atomique, Rhone Valley Research Center, 30200 Bagnols-sur-Ceze (France); Pik, R. [CNRS-CRPG, 54506 Vandoeuvre-les-Nancy (France); Barthe, M. F. [CNRS-CEMHTI, 45071 Orleans (France); Cuney, M. [Universite de Nancy, CNRS, CREGU, 54506 Vandoeuvre-les-Nancy (France); Pipon, Y. [IPNL CNRS, IN2P3 UMR 5822, 69622 Villeurbanne (France)

    2009-07-01

    A thermal desorption system coupled with a gas analyzer has been adapted and nuclearized to investigate He behavior in actinide-doped samples used to simulate alpha decay aging. This technique widely used in standard laboratories allows measurements of the helium balance and reduced diffusion coefficients, and a preliminary evaluation of helium locations (related to defects and thermal annealing). In our system implemented in a hot cell, small samples are annealed at up to 1100 C degrees in controlled atmosphere. They are inserted in a 10 to 20 cm{sup 3} vessel connected to a micro gas chromatography detector. Initial system calibration allowed concentration measurements within about 10%. Comparisons with the CNRS/CRPG rare gas analysis laboratory at Nancy (France) were applied on natural uranium oxides originating from Oklo (Gabon) and Mistamisk (Canada). The latest results obtained on Mistamisk samples are in good agreement, with a maximum relative deviation of 14%. The data were used to determine the activation energy of about 1 eV.at{sup -1}. On (U,Pu)O{sub 2} and PuO{sub 2} samples the experiments highlight the impact of defects (up to 100 dpa) on He mobility. The defect population must now be characterized to improve our knowledge of He/defect interactions and mechanisms. In addition and synergy to the macroscopic release measurements by gas chromatography, positron annihilation spectroscopy, an effective nondestructive technique for vacancy defect investigation, was also developed and nuclearized in our hot cell laboratory as part of a project supported by the NOMADE and MATINEX research groups. Specific protocols for doped sample analysis were also developed and validated with UO{sub 2} and (U,Pu)O{sub 2} samples. (authors)

  6. Positron annihilation spectroscopy characterize PDMS-MIL-101 hybridmembrane%用正电子湮没谱学技术表征一种有机-无机杂化膜

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    王胜; 杨静; 田丽霞; 于胜楠; 曹兴忠; 潘福生; 姜忠义; 于润升; 王宝义

    2015-01-01

    应用正电子湮没寿命谱(Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy,PALS)和正电子湮没符合多普勒展宽能谱(Coincidence Doppler broadening energy spectroscopy,CDBES)等正电子湮没谱学技术能从微观尺度上对聚合物-金属有机骨架材料杂化膜的微观结构进行表征.结果表明,随着金属有机骨架(Metal-Organic Frameworks,MOFs)添加量的增大,杂化膜中较小的和较大的自由体积的尺寸都减小了;杂化膜的正电子湮没符合多普勒展宽能谱显示,MIL-101 (Material Institute Lavoisier-l0l)亚纳米粒子的加入使得正电子在聚二甲基硅氧烷(Poly(dimethyl siloxane),PDMS)氧原子上的偏向湮没效应减弱,部分正电子与来自MIL-101亚纳米粒子中金属原子的电子发生湮没,表明MOFs加入改变了聚合物基体自由体积周围的化学环境.

  7. Lifetime-resolved photoacoustic (LPA) spectroscopy for monitoring oxygen change and photodynamic therapy (PDT)

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    Jo, Janggun; Lee, Chang Heon; Kopelman, Raoul; Wang, Xueding

    2016-03-01

    The Methylene Blue loaded Polyacrylamide Nanoparticles (MB-PAA NPs) are used for oxygen sensing and Photodynamic therapy (PDT), a promising therapeutic modality employed for various tumors, with distinct advantages of delivery of biomedical agents and protection from other bio-molecules overcoming inherent limitations of molecular dyes. Lifetime-resolved photoacoustic spectroscopy using quenched-phosphorescence method is applied with MB-PAA NPs so as to sense oxygen, while the same light source is used for PDT. The dye is excited by absorbing 650 nm wavelength light from a pump laser to reach triplet state. The probe laser at 810 nm wavelength is used to excite the first triplet state at certain delayed time to measure the dye lifetime which indicates oxygen concentration. The 9L cells (106 cells/ml) incubated with MB-PAA NP solution are used for monitoring oxygen level change during PDT in situ test. The oxygen level and PDT efficacy are confirmed with a commercial oximeter, and fluorescence microscope imaging and flow cytometry results. This technique with the MB-PAA NPs allowed us to demonstrate a potential non-invasive theragnostic operation, by monitoring oxygen depletion during PDT in situ, without the addition of secondary probes. Here, we demonstrate this theragnostic operation, in vitro, performing PDT while monitoring oxygen depletion. We also show the correlation between O2 depletion and cell death.

  8. Filler content influence on the positron annihilation response in an epoxy resin composite

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    Salgueiro, W. [IFIMAT-UNCentro, Tandil (Argentina); Somoza, A. [Comision de Investigaciones Cientificas de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, Tandil (Argentina); Goyanes, S. [Buenos Aires Univ. (Argentina). Dept. de Fisica; Dept. de Materiales, CNEA, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Rubiolo, G. [Buenos Aires Univ. (Argentina). Dept. de Fisica; Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Cientificas y Tecnicas (Argentina); Marzocca, A. [Buenos Aires Univ. (Argentina). Dept. de Fisica; Consolati, G. [Politecnico di Milano, Milan (Italy). Dipt. di Chimica Fisica Applicata

    2001-07-01

    Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy and mechanical properties tests were used to study the influence of the filler content on the epoxy resin DGEBA. Using a mechanical model recently developed by the authors of the present work, and the values of the long lifetime component it is possible to evaluate correctly the internal stresses introduced in the epoxy lattice for the filler. Additional information obtained from the analysis of the short-lived lifetime component is also presented. Specifically, in the case of the matrix charged with metallic particles, an interesting correlation between the associated intensity to this component and the filler volume fraction is shown. (orig.)

  9. Current-induced spin polarization on a Pt surface: A new approach using spin-polarized positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Kawasuso, A., E-mail: kawasuso.atsuo@jaea.go.jp [Advanced Science Research Center, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, 1233 Watanuki, Takasaki, Gunma 370-1292 (Japan); Fukaya, Y.; Maekawa, M.; Zhang, H. [Advanced Science Research Center, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, 1233 Watanuki, Takasaki, Gunma 370-1292 (Japan); Seki, T.; Yoshino, T.; Saitoh, E.; Takanashi, K. [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan)

    2013-09-15

    Transversely spin-polarized positrons were injected near Pt and Au surfaces under an applied electric current. The three-photon annihilation of spin-triplet positronium, which was emitted from the surfaces into vacuum, was observed. When the positron spin polarization was perpendicular to the current direction, the maximum asymmetry of the three-photon annihilation intensity was observed upon current reversal for the Pt surfaces, whereas it was significantly reduced for the Au surface. The experimental results suggest that electrons near the Pt surfaces were in-plane and transversely spin-polarized with respect to the direction of the electric current. The maximum electron spin polarization was estimated to be more than 0.01 (1%). - Highlights: • Annihilation probability of positronium emitted from the Pt surface into the vacuum under direct current exhibited asymmetry upon current reversal. • The maximum asymmetry appeared when positron spin polarization and the direct current were perpendicular to each other. • Electrons near the Pt surfaces were in-plane and transversely spin-polarized with respect to the direction of the electric current. • Spin-polarized positronium annihilation provides a unique tool for investigating spin polarization on metal surfaces.

  10. Radiative lifetime measurements of some Tm I and Tm II levels by time-resolved laser spectroscopy

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    Tian, Yanshan; Wang, Xinghao; Yu, Qi; Li, Yongfan; Gao, Yang; Dai, Zhenwen

    2016-04-01

    Radiative lifetimes of 88 levels of Tm I in the energy range 22 791.176-48 547.98 cm-1 and 29 levels of Tm II in the range 27 294.79-65 612.85 cm-1 were measured by time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy in laser-ablation plasma. The lifetime values obtained are in the range from 15.4 to 7900 ns for Tm I and from 36.5 to 1000 ns for Tm II. To the best of our knowledge, 77 lifetimes of Tm I and 22 lifetimes of Tm II are reported for the first time. Good agreements between the present results and the previous experimental values were achieved for both Tm I and Tm II.

  11. Multiphoton microscopy, fluorescence lifetime imaging and optical spectroscopy for the diagnosis of neoplasia

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    Skala, Melissa Caroline

    2007-12-01

    Cancer morbidity and mortality is greatly reduced when the disease is diagnosed and treated early in its development. Tissue biopsies are the gold standard for cancer diagnosis, and an accurate diagnosis requires a biopsy from the malignant portion of an organ. Light, guided through a fiber optic probe, could be used to inspect regions of interest and provide real-time feedback to determine the optimal tissue site for biopsy. This approach could increase the diagnostic accuracy of current biopsy procedures. The studies in this thesis have characterized changes in tissue optical signals with carcinogenesis, increasing our understanding of the sensitivity of optical techniques for cancer detection. All in vivo studies were conducted on the dimethylbenz[alpha]anthracene treated hamster cheek pouch model of epithelial carcinogenesis. Multiphoton microscopy studies in the near infrared wavelength region quantified changes in tissue morphology and fluorescence with carcinogenesis in vivo. Statistically significant morphological changes with precancer included increased epithelial thickness, loss of stratification in the epithelium, and increased nuclear diameter. Fluorescence changes included a statistically significant decrease in the epithelial fluorescence intensity per voxel at 780 nm excitation, a decrease in the fluorescence lifetime of protein-bound nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH, an electron donor in oxidative phosphorylation), and an increase in the fluorescence lifetime of protein-bound flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD, an electron acceptor in oxidative phosphorylation) with precancer. The redox ratio (fluorescence intensity of FAD/NADH, a measure of the cellular oxidation-reduction state) did not significantly change with precancer. Cell culture experiments (MCF10A cells) indicated that the decrease in protein-bound NADH with precancer could be due to increased levels of glycolysis. Point measurements of diffuse reflectance and fluorescence spectra in

  12. Characterization of zeolite Y pastilles for the ortho-positronium annihilation studies; Caracterizacion de pastillas de zeolita Y para estudios de aniquilacion de orto-positronio

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    Alvarado D, E.; Garcia S, I.; Cabral P, A. [ININ, Carretera Mexico-Toluca s/n, Ocoyoacac 52750, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)

    2008-07-01

    This paper presents the characterization of zeolite Y pastilles prior to their study by the Positronium Annihilation Lifetimes Spectroscopy. The characterization is the estimation of porosity, the determination of its purity and crystal size for X-ray diffraction, the determination of its morphology and particle size by scanning electron microscopy and its specific area by the Brunauer-Emmett-Teller method. Presenting the first lifetimes measurements of positronium in zeolites LTA and Y. (Author)

  13. The effects of vacuum annealing on the top-most layer of 6H-SiC measured by Positron annihilation induced Auger Spectroscopy

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    Mukherjee, S.; Nadesalingam, M.; Davis, B.; Brauer, G.; Weiss, A. H.

    2007-03-01

    Silicon Carbide (SiC) in monocrystalline, hexagonal polytype form is a very interesting material for a wide class of novel application in electronics. The wide range of the band gap offered by different polytype with very little lattice mismatch can be utilized to grow smooth heterojunctions. Till now it has not been achieved and hence the surface characterization of such crystals is critical. Positron Annihilation induced Auger Electron Spectroscopy (PAES) is an established tool to characterize the top most atomic surface layer of solids. Here, PAES has been used to study the surface of 6H- SiC after annealing under different thermal and ambient conditions. The PAES measurements indicate that top-most atomic layer becomes C rich after vacuum annealing at 800 C. In additional a large chemical shift in the Si peak of approximately -12 eV was observed with PAES.

  14. 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

  15. Time-Resolved Fluorescence Spectroscopy and Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Microscopy for Characterization of Dendritic Polymer Nanoparticles and Applications in Nanomedicine

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    Alexander Boreham

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available The emerging field of nanomedicine provides new approaches for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, for symptom relief and for monitoring of disease progression. One route of realizing this approach is through carefully constructed nanoparticles. Due to the small size inherent to the nanoparticles a proper characterization is not trivial. This review highlights the application of time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy and fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM for the analysis of nanoparticles, covering aspects ranging from molecular properties to particle detection in tissue samples. The latter technique is particularly important as FLIM allows for distinguishing of target molecules from the autofluorescent background and, due to the environmental sensitivity of the fluorescence lifetime, also offers insights into the local environment of the nanoparticle or its interactions with other biomolecules. Thus, these techniques offer highly suitable tools in the fields of particle development, such as organic chemistry, and in the fields of particle application, such as in experimental dermatology or pharmaceutical research.

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

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    2015-01-29

    Thermal effects on the precipitation stages in as-cast Al-0.70 at. pct Mn-0.15 at. pct Sc-0.05 at. pct Zr alloy were studied. The role of lattice defects was elucidated by positron annihilation spectroscopy (lifetime and coincidence Doppler broadening) enabling investigation of solutes clustering at the atomic scale. This technique has never been used in the Al-Sc- and/or Al-Zr-based alloys so far. Studies by positron annihilation were combined with resistometry, hardness measurements, and microstructure observations. Positrons trapped at defects are preferentially annihilated by Sc electrons. Lifetime of trapped positrons indicates that Sc atoms segregate at dislocations. Maximum fraction of positrons annihilated by Sc electrons occurring at 453 K (180 °C) suggests that clustering of Sc bound with vacancies takes place. It is followed by peak of this fraction at 573 K (300 °C). A rise of the contribution of trapped positrons annihilated by Zr electrons starting at 513 K (240 °C) and attaining maximum also at 573 K (300 °C) confirms that Zr participates in precipitation of the Al3Sc particles already at these temperatures. The pronounced hardening at 573 K (300 °C) has its nature in the precipitation of the Al3Sc particles with a Zr-rich shell. The contribution of trapped positrons annihilated by Mn electrons was found to be negligible. © 2015, The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society and ASM International.

  17. 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. [University of Tsukuba, Division of Applied Physics, Tsukuba, Ibaraki (Japan); Sivaji, K.; Janet Priscilla, S. [University of Madras, Department of Nuclear Physics, Chennai (India); Sivasankari, J. [Anna University, Department of Physics, Chennai (India); Selvalakshmi, T. [National Institute of Technology, Nanomaterials Laboratory, Department of Physics, Tiruchirappalli (India)

    2016-10-15

    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 F{sub 2} {sup 2+} and recombination of higher-order vacancy complexes. Further, annealing process is likely to dissociate F{sub 2} {sup 2+} to F{sup +} and this F{sup +} is converted into F centers at 416 nm. (orig.)

  18. Two-photon excited fluorescence lifetime imaging and spectroscopy of melanins in vitro and in vivo

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    Krasieva, Tatiana B.; Stringari, Chiara; Liu, Feng; Sun, Chung-Ho; Kong, Yu; Balu, Mihaela; Meyskens, Frank L.; Gratton, Enrico; Tromberg, Bruce J.

    2013-03-01

    Changes in the amounts of cellular eumelanin and pheomelanin have been associated with carcinogenesis. The goal of this work is to develop methods based on two-photon-excited-fluorescence (TPEF) for measuring relative concentrations of these compounds. We acquire TPEF emission spectra (λex=1000 nm) of melanin in vitro from melanoma cells, hair specimens, and in vivo from healthy volunteers. We find that the pheomelanin emission peaks at approximately 615 to 625 nm and eumelanin exhibits a broad maximum at 640 to 680 nm. Based on these data we define an optical melanin index (OMI) as the ratio of fluorescence intensities at 645 and 615 nm. The measured OMI for the MNT-1 melanoma cell line is 1.6±0.22 while the Mc1R gene knockdown lines MNT-46 and MNT-62 show substantially greater pheomelanin production (OMI=0.5±0.05 and 0.17±0.03, respectively). The measured values are in good agreement with chemistry-based melanin extraction methods. In order to better separate melanin fluorescence from other intrinsic fluorophores, we perform fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy of in vitro specimens. The relative concentrations of keratin, eumelanin, and pheomelanin components are resolved using a phasor approach for analyzing lifetime data. Our results suggest that a noninvasive TPEF index based on spectra and lifetime could potentially be used for rapid melanin ratio characterization both in vitro and in vivo.

  19. Recent development of positron annihilation methods

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    Doyama, M

    2002-01-01

    When positron comes into solid or liquid, it moves in the matter and emitted two gamma rays at the opposite direction, by pair annihilation with electron. Each gamma ray is about 511 keV. The experiments of positron annihilation has been developed by three methods such as angular correlation between two gamma rays, energy analysis of emission gamma ray and positron lifetime. The angular correlation between two gamma rays is determined by gamma ray position detector.The energy analysis was measured by S-W analysis and Coincidence Doppler Broadening (CDB) method. Positron lifetime are determined by gamma-gamma lifetime measurement method, beta sup + -gamma lifetime measurement method and other method using waveform of photomultiplier, and determination of time and frequency of gamma-ray. Positron beam is applied to positron scattering, positron diffraction, low energy positron diffraction (LEPD), PELS, LEPSD, PAES, positron re-emission imaging microscope (PRIM) and positron channeling. The example of CDB method...

  20. Intracellular distribution of fluorescent copper and zinc bis(thiosemicarbazonato) complexes measured with fluorescence lifetime spectroscopy.

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    Hickey, James L; James, Janine L; Henderson, Clare A; Price, Katherine A; Mot, Alexandra I; Buncic, Gojko; Crouch, Peter J; White, Jonathan M; White, Anthony R; Smith, Trevor A; Donnelly, Paul S

    2015-10-05

    The intracellular distribution of fluorescently labeled copper and zinc bis(thiosemicarbazonato) complexes was investigated in M17 neuroblastoma cells and primary cortical neurons with a view to providing insights into the neuroprotective activity of a copper bis(thiosemicarbazonato) complex known as Cu(II)(atsm). Time-resolved fluorescence measurements allowed the identification of the Cu(II) and Zn(II) complexes as well as the free ligand inside the cells by virtue of the distinct fluorescence lifetime of each species. Confocal fluorescent microscopy of cells treated with the fluorescent copper(II)bis(thiosemicarbazonato) complex revealed significant fluorescence associated with cytoplasmic puncta that were identified to be lysosomes in primary cortical neurons and both lipid droplets and lysosomes in M17 neuroblastoma cells. Fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy confirmed that the fluorescence signal emanating from the lipid droplets could be attributed to the copper(II) complex but also that some degree of loss of the metal ion led to diffuse cytosolic fluorescence that could be attributed to the metal-free ligand. The accumulation of the copper(II) complex in lipid droplets could be relevant to the neuroprotective activity of Cu(II)(atsm) in models of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and Parkinson's disease.

  1. Early stages of superplasticity and positron lifetime spectroscopy in an Al-Mg-Cu alloy

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    Ayciriex, M.D.; Romero, R.; Somoza, A. [Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires (Argentina). Instituto de Fisica de Materiales Tandil

    1996-07-01

    In the present paper, by using positron lifetime technique, a careful study is carried out to analyze the microstructural changes induced on samples of an Al-based commercial alloy (Al-Mg-Cu-Mn-Cr) by superplastic deformation in the early stages of superplastic behavior of the alloy (strain range from 0.2% to 100%). These results are compared with those obtained on specimens only heat treated at the same temperature and for a time equivalent to the elapsed time during each tensile test, in order to evaluate the thermal contribution to the microstructural changes induced during the superplastic deformation process. Moreover, the positron results were linked with the microstructural evolution of the samples followed by means of optical microscopy and Vickers microhardness technique.

  2. A positron annihilation study of hydrated DNA

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    Warman, J. M.; Eldrup, Morten Mostgaard

    1986-01-01

    Positron annihilation measurements are reported for hydrated DNA as a function of water content and as a function of temperature (20 to -180.degree. C) for samples containing 10 and 50% wt of water. The ortho-positronium mean lifetime and its intensity show distinct variations with the degree...

  3. Spectroscopy and lifetime measurements of states in $^{76}$Kr populated in $^{76}$Rb decay

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    Giannatiempo, A; Perego, A; Sona, P; Mach, H; Fogelberg, B; García-Borge, M J; Tengblad, O; Fraile-Prieto, L M; Aas, A J; Gulda, K; CERN. Geneva

    2005-01-01

    The properties of the excited states of $^{76}$Kr, populated in the decay of $^{76}$Rb produced at ISOLDE isotopic separator, have been investigated by using K-conversion electron, $\\gamma$-ray, and $\\gamma\\gamma$ coincidence measurements. The lifetimes of several levels have been measured by means of the Advanced Time-Delayed $\\beta\\gamma\\gamma (t)$ method. The identification of 19 new levels and 55 transitions and the information deduced on spin and/or parity of the observed states from K-conversion coefficients, log ft values and decay properties have led to an improved knowledge of the level scheme. In particular, six 1$^-$ states have been definitely identified and $J^{\\pi} =2^{-}$ has been assigned to the 2227 keV level, on which a band proposed to have negative-parity and even-spin had been previously observed. The strengths of the $E$0 and $E$2 transitions de-exciting the 0$^{+}_{2}$ and 0$^{+}_{3}$ states (the latter is here identified with the state at 1598 keV) have been measured. The experimental ...

  4. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy investigation on the clinical lifetime of ProTaper rotary file system.

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    Penta, Virgil; Pirvu, Cristian; Demetrescu, Ioana

    2014-01-01

    The main objective of the current paper is to show that electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) could be a method for evaluating and predicting of ProTaper rotary file system clinical lifespan. This particular aspect of everyday use of the endodontic files is of great importance in each dental practice and has profound clinical implications. The method used for quantification resides in the electrochemical impedance spectroscopy theory and has in its main focus the characteristics of the surface titanium oxide layer. This electrochemical technique has been adapted successfully to identify the quality of the Ni-Ti files oxide layer. The modification of this protective layer induces changes in corrosion behavior of the alloy modifying the impedance value of the file. In order to assess the method, 14 ProTaper sets utilized on different patients in a dental clinic have been submitted for testing using EIS. The information obtained in regard to the surface oxide layer has offered an indication of use and proves that the said layer evolves with each clinical application. The novelty of this research is related to an electrochemical technique successfully adapted for Ni-Ti file investigation and correlation with surface and clinical aspects.

  5. Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy Investigation on the Clinical Lifetime of ProTaper Rotary File System

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    Pirvu, Cristian; Demetrescu, Ioana

    2014-01-01

    The main objective of the current paper is to show that electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) could be a method for evaluating and predicting of ProTaper rotary file system clinical lifespan. This particular aspect of everyday use of the endodontic files is of great importance in each dental practice and has profound clinical implications. The method used for quantification resides in the electrochemical impedance spectroscopy theory and has in its main focus the characteristics of the surface titanium oxide layer. This electrochemical technique has been adapted successfully to identify the quality of the Ni-Ti files oxide layer. The modification of this protective layer induces changes in corrosion behavior of the alloy modifying the impedance value of the file. In order to assess the method, 14 ProTaper sets utilized on different patients in a dental clinic have been submitted for testing using EIS. The information obtained in regard to the surface oxide layer has offered an indication of use and proves that the said layer evolves with each clinical application. The novelty of this research is related to an electrochemical technique successfully adapted for Ni-Ti file investigation and correlation with surface and clinical aspects. PMID:24605336

  6. Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy Investigation on the Clinical Lifetime of ProTaper Rotary File System

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    Virgil Penta

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The main objective of the current paper is to show that electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS could be a method for evaluating and predicting of ProTaper rotary file system clinical lifespan. This particular aspect of everyday use of the endodontic files is of great importance in each dental practice and has profound clinical implications. The method used for quantification resides in the electrochemical impedance spectroscopy theory and has in its main focus the characteristics of the surface titanium oxide layer. This electrochemical technique has been adapted successfully to identify the quality of the Ni-Ti files oxide layer. The modification of this protective layer induces changes in corrosion behavior of the alloy modifying the impedance value of the file. In order to assess the method, 14 ProTaper sets utilized on different patients in a dental clinic have been submitted for testing using EIS. The information obtained in regard to the surface oxide layer has offered an indication of use and proves that the said layer evolves with each clinical application. The novelty of this research is related to an electrochemical technique successfully adapted for Ni-Ti file investigation and correlation with surface and clinical aspects.

  7. Mixed IR/Vis two-dimensional spectroscopy: chemical exchange beyond the vibrational lifetime and sub-ensemble selective photochemistry.

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    van Wilderen, Luuk J G W; Messmer, Andreas T; Bredenbeck, Jens

    2014-03-03

    Two-dimensional exchange spectroscopy (2D EXSY) is a powerful method to study the interconversion (chemical exchange) of molecular species in equilibrium. This method has recently been realized in femtosecond 2D-IR spectroscopy, dramatically increasing the time resolution. However, current implementations allow the EXSY signal (and therefore the chemical process of interest) only to be tracked during the lifetime (T1 ) of the observed spectroscopic transition. This is a severe limitation, as typical vibrational T1 are only a few ps. An IR/Vis pulse sequence is presented that overcomes this limit and makes the EXSY signal independent of T1 . The same pulse sequence allows to collect time-resolved IR spectra after electronic excitation of a particular chemical species in a mixture of species with strongly overlapping UV/Vis spectra. Different photoreaction pathways and dynamics of coexisting isomers or of species involved in different intermolecular interactions can thus be revealed, even if the species cannot be isolated because they are in rapid equilibrium.

  8. Positronium lifetime in polymers

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    Camacho, Abel

    2004-01-01

    A model describing the relationship between the ortho--positronium lifetime and the volume of a void, located in a synthetic zeolite, is analyzed. Our idea, which allows us to take into account the effects of temperature, comprises the introduction of a non--hermitian term in the Hamiltonian, which accounts for the annihilation of the ortho--positronium. The predictions of the present model are also confronted against an already known experimental result.

  9. Positron annihilation in cardo-based polymer membranes.

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

    2014-06-05

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

  10. Center for Fluorescence Spectroscopy: advanced studies of fluorescence dynamics, lifetime imaging, clinical sensing, two-photon excitation, and light quenching

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    Lakowicz, Joseph R.; Malak, Henryk M.; Gryczynski, Ignacy; Szmacinski, Henryk; Kusba, Jozef; Akkaya, Engin; Terpetschnig, Ewald A.; Johnson, Michael L.

    1994-08-01

    The Center for Fluorescence Spectroscopy (CFS) is a multi-user facility providing state of the art time-resolved fluorescence instrumentation and software for scientists, whose research can be enhanced by such experimental data. The CFS is a national center, supported by the National Center for Research Resources Division of the National Institutes of Health, and in part by the National Science Foundation. Both time-domain (TD) and frequency- domain (FD) measurements (10 MHz to 10 Ghz) are available, with a wide range of excitation and emission wavelengths (UV to NIR). The data can be used to recover distances and site-to-site diffusion in protein, interactions between macromolecules, accessibility of fluorophores to quenchers, and the dynamic properties of proteins, membranes and nucleic acids. Current software provides for analysis of multi-exponential intensity and anisotropy decays, lifetime distribution, distance distributions for independent observation of fluorescence donors and acceptors, transient effects in collisional quenching, phase-modulation spectra and time-resolved emission spectra. Most programs provide for global analysis of multiple data sets obtained under similar experimental conditions. Data can be analyzed on-site by connection with the CFS computers through the internet. During six years of operation we have established scientific collaborations with over 30 academic and industrial groups in the United States. These collaborations have resulted in 63 scientific papers.

  11. Supernovae and Positron Annihilation

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    Milne, P A; Kinzer, R L; Leising, M D

    2002-01-01

    Radioactive nuclei, especially those created in SN explosion, have long been suggested to be important contributors of galactic positrons. In this paper we describe the findings of three independent OSSE/SMM/TGRS studies of positron annihilation radiation, demonstrating that the three studies are largely in agreement as to the distribution of galactic annihilation radiation. We then assess the predicted yields and distributions of SN-synthesized radionuclei, determining that they are marginally compatible with the findings of the annihilation radiation studies.

  12. Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy Study of Neutron Irradiated High Temperature Superconductors YBa2Cu3O7-δ for Application in Fusion Facilities

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    Veterníková, J.; Chudý, M.; Slugeň, V.; Eisterer, M.; Weber, H. W.; Sojak, S.; Petriska, M.; Hinca, R.; Degmová, J.; Sabelová, V.

    2012-02-01

    This study focuses on the crystallographic defects introduced by neutron irradiation and the resulting changes of the superconducting properties in the high temperature superconductor YBa2Cu3O7-δ. This material is considered to be most promising for magnet systems in future fusion reactors. Two different bulk samples, pure non-doped YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) and multi-seed YBa2Cu3O7-δ doped by platinum (MS2F) were studied prior to and after irradiation in the TRIGA MARK II reactor in Vienna. Neutron irradiation is responsible for a significant enhancement of the critical current densities as well as for a reduction in critical temperature. The accumulation of small open volume defects (treatment.

  13. Positorn annihilation study on point defects in lead tungstate

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    2000-01-01

    A study on point defects in lead tungstate (PbWO4) by using positron annihilation lifetime method is presented. The measurement was carried out for the cases of untreated, vacuum-annealed, oxygen- annealed and La-doped PbWO4 crystals. It was found that the components T2, which reflect the positron annihilation in point defects, are different from each other for each case. Some tentative models for the defects are discussed.

  14. Direct Vpr-Vpr Interaction in Cells monitored by two Photon Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy and Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging

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    Mély Yves

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1 encodes several regulatory proteins, notably Vpr which influences the survival of the infected cells by causing a G2/M arrest and apoptosis. Such an important role of Vpr in HIV-1 disease progression has fuelled a large number of studies, from its 3D structure to the characterization of specific cellular partners. However, no direct imaging and quantification of Vpr-Vpr interaction in living cells has yet been reported. To address this issue, eGFP- and mCherry proteins were tagged by Vpr, expressed in HeLa cells and their interaction was studied by two photon fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy and fluorescence correlation spectroscopy. Results Results show that Vpr forms homo-oligomers at or close to the nuclear envelope. Moreover, Vpr dimers and trimers were found in the cytoplasm and in the nucleus. Point mutations in the three α helices of Vpr drastically impaired Vpr oligomerization and localization at the nuclear envelope while point mutations outside the helical regions had no effect. Theoretical structures of Vpr mutants reveal that mutations within the α-helices could perturb the leucine zipper like motifs. The ΔQ44 mutation has the most drastic effect since it likely disrupts the second helix. Finally, all Vpr point mutants caused cell apoptosis suggesting that Vpr-mediated apoptosis functions independently from Vpr oligomerization. Conclusion We report that Vpr oligomerization in HeLa cells relies on the hydrophobic core formed by the three α helices. This oligomerization is required for Vpr localization at the nuclear envelope but not for Vpr-mediated apoptosis.

  15. Positronium lifetime in porous VP-DVB copolymer

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    Zaleski, Radoslaw [Institute of Physics, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin (Poland); Goworek, Jacek; Maciejewska, Malgorzata [Faculty of Chemistry, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin (Poland)

    2009-11-15

    Porous 1-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone-divinylbenzene copolymer was studied using Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy. A set of spectra measured at various temperatures was analysed using two methods: model parameters fitting and quantified maximum entropy. Similarity of the results obtained by entirely different methods ensure that distortion of the results arisen from inappropriate data processing was minimized. Temperature dependence of the experimental ortho-positronium lifetimes was compared to predictions of the Extended Tao-Eldrup model. Very good agreement in whole temperature range was found for empirical parameter {delta}=0.15 nm. Basing on PALS data and the Extended Tao-Eldrup model the distribution of free volume sizes was derived. (copyright 2009 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  16. 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.

  17. Positron annihilation studies of some charge transfer molecular complexes

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    El-Sayed, A; Boraei, A A A

    2000-01-01

    Positron annihilation lifetimes were measured for some solid charge transfer (CT) molecular complexes of quinoline compounds (2,6-dimethylquinoline, 6-methoxyquinoline, quinoline, 6-methylquinoline, 3-bromoquinoline and 2-chloro-4-methylquinoline) as electron donor and picric acid as an electron acceptor. The infrared spectra (IR) of the solid complexes clearly indicated the formation of the hydrogen-bonding CT-complexes. The annihilation spectra were analyzed into two lifetime components using PATFIT program. The values of the average and bulk lifetimes divide the complexes into two groups according to the non-bonding ionization potential of the donor (electron donating power) and the molecular weight of the complexes. Also, it is found that the ionization potential of the donors and molecular weight of the complexes have a conspicuous effect on the average and bulk lifetime values. The bulk lifetime values of the complexes are consistent with the formation of stable hydrogen-bonding CT-complexes as inferred...

  18. Defects in Si-Rich SiO2 Films Prepared by Radio-Frequency Magnetron Co-sputtering Using Variable Energy Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy

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    HAO Xiao-Peng; ZHOU Chun-Lan; WANG Bao-Yi; WEI Long

    2009-01-01

    @@ Si-rich SiO2 films prepared by rf magnetron co-sputtering method are studied by slow positron beams. The nega-tively charge point defects (probably Pb centres or peroxy radicals) at the silicon nanocluster (nc-Si)/SiO2 interface are observed by Doppler broadening spectra. Coincidence Doppler-broadening spectra show that positrons have a higher annihilation probability with core electrons nearby oxygen atoms than silicon atoms. The formation of N-related bonds may be the reason for the prevention of the migration reaction of Si and O atoms, hence nc-Si formation is inhibited by annealing in nitrogen compared to in vacuum.

  19. A Position Annihilation Study of Defect Recovery in Electron-Irradiated alpha-Zr

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    Hood, G. M.; Eldrup, Morten Mostgaard; Mogensen, O. E.

    1977-01-01

    The presence of vacancy defects in α-Zr, irradiated at 320 > T > 290 K with 1.5 MeV electrons, has been indicated by positron annihilation measurements. It was found that positron lifetimes associated with annihilation in well-annealed α-Zr, fell in the range 173 to 181 psec, with no obvious depe...

  20. Radiative lifetime measurements of odd-parity highly-excited levels of Sn I by time-resolved laser spectroscopy

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    Xu Jia-Xin; Feng Yan-Yan; Sun Gui-Juan; Dai Zhen-Wen

    2009-01-01

    Natural radiative lifetimes of five higher-lying odd-parity levels 5pTs 3p1o,5p5d 1p1o,5p6d 3F2o,3D1o and 3F3o in neutral tin are measured by the time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence (TR-LIF) technique and the atomic beam method. All these lifetimes are not longer than 100 ns and they are found to be shorter than the lifetimes of evenparity levels in the same energy region. The results reported in this paper provide important transition parameters for highly-excited atomic Sn,which may be useful for theoretically calculating excited heavy atoms.

  1. 用Monte-Carlo方法计算正电子湮没寿命谱中的衬底效应%Application of Monte-Carlo method to calculate the substrate effectin the lifetime spectrum of positron annihilation

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    雷海乐; 应三丛; 张一云; 徐家云

    2000-01-01

    Monte-Carlo method was applied to calculate the annihilation probabilities of positrons from 22Na in Mylar and Ni films with different thickness. Results of substrate effects of Mylar films with different thickness for sample of Si, Fe, PE and PP were obtained. The results showed that the substrate effects for samples PE and PP were stronger than those for Si and Fe. Therefore it is feasible for using Monte-Carlo method to calculate substrate effect.%用Monte-Carlo方法模拟计算了22Na源的正电子在不同厚度Mylar膜、Ni膜衬底中的湮没几率,得出Si、Fe、PE、PP 4种样品在不同Mylar膜厚度下的衬底效应。结果显示,对PE、PP样品衬底效应较Si、Fe等样品强。表明用Monte-Carlo方法计算衬底效应是可行的。

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Positron annihilation studies on Amberlite XAD-4 adsorbed with nitrobenzene

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    Sudarshan, K.; Pujari, P. K.; Goswami, A.

    2006-11-01

    XAD-4 resin was loaded with various amounts of nitrobenzene which is known to be a strong chemical quencher of positronium. The positron annihilation lifetime studies showed a continuous decrease in the o-Ps intensity with increasing nitrobenzene loading. No appreciable change in the o-Ps lifetime was observed. This suggests that the nitrobenzene acts as inhibitor rather than quencher in the current case. Possible reasons for the manifestations of such powerful quencher as an inhibitor are discussed.

  5. Positron annihilation characterization of free volume in micro- and macro-modified Cu0.4Co0.4Ni0.4Mn1.8O4 ceramics

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    Klym, H.; Ingram, A.; Shpotyuk, O.; Hadzaman, I.; Solntsev, V.; Hotra, O.; Popov, A. I.

    2016-07-01

    Free volume and pore size distribution size in functional micro and macro-micro-modified Cu0.4Co0.4Ni0.4Mn1.8O4 ceramics are characterized by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy in comparison with Hg-porosimetry and scanning electron microscopy technique. Positron annihilation results are interpreted in terms of model implication positron trapping and ortho-positronium decaying. It is shown that free volume of positron traps are the same type for macro and micro modified Cu0.4Co0.4Ni0.4Mn1.8O4 ceramics. Classic Tao-Eldrup model in spherical approximation is used to calculation of the size of nanopores smaller than 2 nm using the ortho-positronium lifetime.

  6. Positron Annihilation in a Rubber Modified Epoxy Resin

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    Mogensen, O. E.; Jacobsen, F. M.; Pethrick, R. A.

    1979-01-01

    Positron annihilation data is reported on a rubber-modified epoxy resin. Studies of the temperature dependence of the o-positronium lifetime indicated the existence of three distinct regions; the associated transition temperatures by comparison with dilatometric data can be ascribed respectively...

  7. Lifetime effects for high-resolution gamma-ray spectroscopy at relativistic energies and their implications for the RISING spectrometer

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    Doornenbal, P., E-mail: pieter@ribf.riken.j [Institut fuer Kernphysik, Universitaet zu Koeln, 50937 Koeln (Germany); GSI Helmholtzzentrum fuer Schwerionenforschung GmbH, 64291 Darmstadt (Germany); Reiter, P. [Institut fuer Kernphysik, Universitaet zu Koeln, 50937 Koeln (Germany); Grawe, H.; Saito, T. [GSI Helmholtzzentrum fuer Schwerionenforschung GmbH, 64291 Darmstadt (Germany); Al-Khatib, A. [Helmholtz-Institut fuer Strahlen- und Kernphysik, Universitaet Bonn, 53115 Bonn (Germany); Banu, A.; Beck, T.; Becker, F. [GSI Helmholtzzentrum fuer Schwerionenforschung GmbH, 64291 Darmstadt (Germany); Bednarczyk, P. [GSI Helmholtzzentrum fuer Schwerionenforschung GmbH, 64291 Darmstadt (Germany); The Niewodniczanski Institute of Nuclear Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, 31-342 Krakow (Poland); Benzoni, G. [INFN Sezione di Milano, 20133 Milano (Italy); Bracco, A. [INFN Sezione di Milano, 20133 Milano (Italy); Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Milano, 20133 Milano (Italy); Buerger, A. [Helmholtz-Institut fuer Strahlen- und Kernphysik, Universitaet Bonn, 53115 Bonn (Germany); Caceres, L. [GSI Helmholtzzentrum fuer Schwerionenforschung GmbH, 64291 Darmstadt (Germany); Departamento de Fisica Teorica, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Camera, F. [INFN Sezione di Milano, 20133 Milano (Italy); Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Milano, 20133 Milano (Italy); Chmel, S. [Helmholtz-Institut fuer Strahlen- und Kernphysik, Universitaet Bonn, 53115 Bonn (Germany); Crespi, F.C.L. [INFN Sezione di Milano, 20133 Milano (Italy); Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Milano, 20133 Milano (Italy); Geissel, H.; Gerl, J.; Gorska, M. [GSI Helmholtzzentrum fuer Schwerionenforschung GmbH, 64291 Darmstadt (Germany); Grebosz, J. [GSI Helmholtzzentrum fuer Schwerionenforschung GmbH, 64291 Darmstadt (Germany); Niewodniczanski Institute of Nuclear Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, 31-342 Krakow (Poland)

    2010-02-01

    The lineshapes and peak position of Doppler corrected gamma-ray spectra from in-beam experiments at relativistic energies are investigated with respect to the intrinsic energy resolution of the employed detectors, the particles' velocities, and the photons' emission angle uncertainties at the moment of gamma-ray emission. The uncertainties in velocity and photon emission angle are dependent on the lifetime of the excited state. The impact of these two observables on the lineshape and energy resolution are studied for the RISING gamma-spectrometer by means of simulations and experimental results from a two-step fragmentation experiment at approx200MeV/u. Potential use of the distinct lineshape for lifetime determination is demonstrated for measured gamma-ray transitions.

  8. Antineutron-nucleus annihilation

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    Botta, E

    2001-01-01

    The n-nucleus annihilation process has been studied by the OBELIX experiment at the CERN Low Energy Antiproton Ring (LEAR) in the (50-400) MeV/c projectile momentum range on C, Al, Cu, Ag, Sn, and Pb nuclear targets. A systematic survey of the annihilation cross- section, sigma /sub alpha /(A, p/sub n/), has been performed, obtaining information on its dependence on the target mass number and on the incoming n momentum. For the first time the mass number dependence of the (inclusive) final state composition of the process has been analyzed. Production of the rho vector meson has also been examined. (13 refs).

  9. Multispecies pair annihilation reactions.

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    Deloubrière, Olivier; Hilhorst, Henk J; Täuber, Uwe C

    2002-12-16

    We consider diffusion-limited reactions A(i)+A(j)--> (12 and d> or =2, we argue that the asymptotic density decay for such mutual annihilation processes with equal rates and initial densities is the same as for single-species pair annihilation A+A-->. In d=1, however, particle segregation occurs for all q< infinity. The total density decays according to a q dependent power law, rho(t) approximately t(-alpha(q)). Within a simplified version of the model alpha(q)=(q-1)/2q can be determined exactly. Our findings are supported through Monte Carlo simulations.

  10. Probing electronic lifetimes and phonon anharmonicities in high-quality chemical vapor deposited graphene by magneto-Raman spectroscopy

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    Neumann, Christoph, E-mail: cneumann@physik.rwth-aachen.de; Stampfer, Christoph [JARA-FIT and 2nd Institute of Physics, RWTH Aachen University, 52074 Aachen (Germany); Peter Grünberg Institute (PGI-9), Forschungszentrum Jülich, 52425 Jülich (Germany); Halpaap, Donatus; Banszerus, Luca; Schmitz, Michael; Beschoten, Bernd [JARA-FIT and 2nd Institute of Physics, RWTH Aachen University, 52074 Aachen (Germany); Reichardt, Sven [JARA-FIT and 2nd Institute of Physics, RWTH Aachen University, 52074 Aachen (Germany); Physics and Materials Science Research Unit, Université du Luxembourg, 1511 Luxembourg (Luxembourg); Watanabe, Kenji; Taniguchi, Takashi [National Institute for Materials Science, 1-1 Namiki, Tsukuba 305-0044 (Japan)

    2015-12-07

    We present a magneto-Raman study on high-quality single-layer graphene grown by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) that is fully encapsulated in hexagonal boron nitride by a dry transfer technique. By analyzing the Raman D, G, and 2D peaks, we find that the structural quality of the samples is comparable with state-of-the-art exfoliated graphene flakes. From B-field dependent Raman measurements, we extract the broadening and associated lifetime of the G peak due to anharmonic effects. Furthermore, we determine the decay width and lifetime of Landau level (LL) transitions from magneto-phonon resonances as a function of laser power. At low laser power, we find a minimal decay width of 140 cm{sup −1} highlighting the high electronic quality of the CVD-grown graphene. At higher laser power, we observe an increase of the LL decay width leading to a saturation, with the corresponding lifetime saturating at a minimal value of 18 fs.

  11. Observation of a charge delocalization from Se vacancies in Bi2Se3 : A positron annihilation study of native defects

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    Unzueta, I.; Zabala, N.; Marín-Borrás, V.; Muñoz-Sanjosé, V.; García, J. A.; Plazaola, F.

    2016-07-01

    By means of positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy, we have investigated the native defects present in Bi2Se3 , which belongs to the family of topological insulators. We experimentally demonstrate that selenium vacancy defects (VSe1) are present in Bi2Se3 as-grown samples, and that their charge is delocalized as temperature increases. At least from 100 K up to room temperature both VSe10 and VSe1+ charge states coexist. The observed charge delocalization determines the contribution of VSe1 defects to the n -type conductivity of Bi2Se3 . These findings are supported by theoretical calculations, which show that vacancies of nonequivalent Se1 and Se2 selenium atoms are clearly differentiated by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy, enabling us to directly detect and quantify the most favorable type of selenium vacancy. In addition to open-volume defects, experimental data indicate the presence of defects that act as shallow traps, suggesting that more than one type of native defects coexist in Bi2Se3 . As will be discussed, the presence of a dislocation density around 1010cm-2 could be the source of the detected shallow traps. Understanding the one-dimensional defects and the origin of the charge delocalization that leads Bi2Se3 to be an n -type semiconductor will help in the development of high-quality topological insulators based on this material.

  12. Where Do Photogenerated Holes Go in Anatase:Rutile TiO2? A Transient Absorption Spectroscopy Study of Charge Transfer and Lifetime.

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    Kafizas, Andreas; Wang, Xiuli; Pendlebury, Stephanie R; Barnes, Piers; Ling, Min; Sotelo-Vazquez, Carlos; Quesada-Cabrera, Raul; Li, Can; Parkin, Ivan P; Durrant, James R

    2016-02-11

    Anatase:rutile TiO2 junctions are often shown to be more photocatalytically active than anatase or rutile alone, but the underlying cause of this improvement is not fully understood. Herein, we employ transient absorption spectroscopy to study hole transfer across the anatase:rutile heterojunction in films as a function of phase composition. By exploiting the different signatures in the photoinduced absorption of trapped charges in anatase and rutile, we were able to separately track the yield and lifetime of holes in anatase and rutile sites within phase composites. Photogenerated holes transfer from rutile to anatase on submicrosecond time scales. This hole transfer can significantly increase the anatase hole yield, with a 20:80 anatase:rutile composite showing a 5-fold increase in anatase holes observed from the microsecond. Hole transfer does not result in an increase in charge-carrier lifetime, where an intermediate recombination dynamic between that of pure anatase (t1/2 ≈ 0.5 ms) and rutile (t1/2 ≈ 20 ms) is found in the anatase:rutile junction (t1/2 ≈ 4 ms). Irrespective of what the formal band energy alignment may be, we demonstrate the importance of trap-state energetics for determining the direction of photogenerated charge separation across heterojunctions and how transient absorption spectroscopy, a method that can specifically track the migration of trapped charges, is a useful tool for understanding this behavior.

  13. Mesopore quality determines the lifetime of hierarchically structured zeolite catalysts

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    Milina, Maria; Mitchell, Sharon; Crivelli, Paolo; Cooke, David; Pérez-Ramírez, Javier

    2014-05-01

    Deactivation due to coking limits the lifetime of zeolite catalysts in the production of chemicals and fuels. Superior performance can be achieved through hierarchically structuring the zeolite porosity, yet no relation has been established between the mesopore architecture and the catalyst lifetime. Here we introduce a top-down demetallation strategy to locate mesopores in different regions of MFI-type crystals with identical bulk porous and acidic properties. In contrast, well-established bottom-up strategies as carbon templating and seed silanization fail to yield materials with matching characteristics. Advanced characterization tools capable of accurately discriminating the mesopore size, distribution and connectivity are applied to corroborate the concept of mesopore quality. Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy proves powerful to quantify the global connectivity of the intracrystalline pore network, which, as demonstrated in the conversions of methanol or of propanal to hydrocarbons, is closely linked to the lifetime of zeolite catalysts. The findings emphasize the need to aptly tailor hierarchical materials for maximal catalytic advantage.

  14. Characterization of defects in ZnO nanocrystals: Photoluminescence and positron annihilation spectroscopic studies

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    Mishra, A. K.; Chaudhuri, S. K.; Mukherjee, S.; Priyam, A.; Saha, A.; Das, D.

    2007-11-01

    Defects present in ZnO nanocrystals prepared by a wet chemical method have been characterized by photoluminescence (PL) and positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) techniques. The as-prepared sample was heat treated at different temperatures to obtain nanocrystals in the size range of 19-39nm. X ray diffractograms confirmed the single-phase wurtzite structure formation. Photoluminescence measurements showed a strong violet band at 434nm, which has been identified as due to electronic transitions from the zinc interstitial defect level to the top of the valence band. A marked decrease in the intensity of the violet emission with increasing heat-treatment temperature has been observed, which is attributed to recombination of zinc interstitials with zinc vacancies. Positron annihilation spectroscopy has been employed to understand the dynamics of the vacancy-type defects and their annealing behavior. The observed variation of the defect related lifetime components with heat-treatment temperature has been successfully explained by using a three-state trapping model. The results of PL and PAS studies in the present case are found to be complementary to each other.

  15. Antiproton Annihilation Propulsion

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    1985-09-01

    propulsion system, a nuclear thermal hydrogen propulsion system, and an antiproton annihilation propulsion system. Since hauling chemical fuel into low...greater. Section 8.4 and Appendix B contain a comparative cost study of a storable chemical fuel propulsion system, a liquid oxygen/liquid hydrogen

  16. Positron annihilation microprobe

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    Canter, K.F. [Brandeis Univ., Waltham, MA (United States)

    1997-03-01

    Advances in positron annihilation microprobe development are reviewed. The present resolution achievable is 3 {mu}m. The ultimate resolution is expected to be 0.1 {mu}m which will enable the positron microprobe to be a valuable tool in the development of 0.1 {mu}m scale electronic devices in the future. (author)

  17. Flavored Co-annihilations

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    Choudhury, Debtosh; Vempati, Sudhir K

    2011-01-01

    In minimal supergravity (mSUGRA) or CMSSM, one of the main co-annihilating partners of the neutralino is the right handed stau, $\\tilde{\\tau}_R$. In the presence of flavor violation in the right handed sector, the co-annihilating partner would be a flavor mixed state. The flavor effect is two fold: (a) It changes the mass of the $\\tilde{\\tau}_{1}$, thus modifying the parameter space of the co-annihilation and (b) flavor violating scatterings could now contribute to the cross-sections in the early universe. In fact, it is shown that for large enough $\\delta \\sim 0.2$, these processes would constitute the dominant channels in co-annihilation regions. The amount of flavor mixing permissible is constrained by flavor violating $\\tau \\to \\mu$ or $\\tau \\to e$ processes. For $\\Delta_{RR}$ mass insertions, the constraints from flavor violation are not strong enough in some regions of the parameter space due to partial cancellations in the amplitudes. In mSUGRA, the regions with cancelations within LFV amplitudes do no...

  18. 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.

  19. 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 .

  20. Characterisation of Ion Implantation-induced Defects in Certain Technologically Important Materials by Positron Annihilation (Review Paper

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    P.M.G. Nambissan

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available The application of positron annihilation spectroscopy for the studies of defects produced by different types of charged particles and ions in a variety of materials is discussed with specific examples. The ability to detect and quantify the information through the characteristic parameters of the annihilation radiation in a totally non-destructive method has made the fundamental process of electron-positron annihilation a powerful spectroscopic probe for investigating the structure and properties of materials. Ion implantation produces defects in the structure of solids and the latter can be recovered from the defects by annealing at high temperatures. Here the annealing is done in sequential steps so that the different stages of evolution of defects and their interaction with impurity atoms can be studied systematically. Defects produced by irradiation by particles like protons, alpha, boron and neon ions in materials ranging from simple metals to binary alloys are discussed.A detailed evaluation of the positron lifetimes in terms of the popular positron trapping models is also presented. Further as a special case, the method of extraction of values of several useful physical parameters of inert gas bubbles inside a metal matrix is explained with the help of a model analysis.Defence Science Journal, 2009, 59(4, pp.329-341, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.14429/dsj.59.1531

  1. 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.

  2. First-cycle defect evolution of Li1-xNi1/3Mn1/3Co1/3O2 lithium ion battery electrodes investigated by positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Seidlmayer, Stefan; Buchberger, Irmgard; Reiner, Markus; Gigl, Thomas; Gilles, Ralph; Gasteiger, Hubert A.; Hugenschmidt, Christoph

    2016-12-01

    In this study the structure and evolution of vacancy type defects in lithium ion batteries are investigated in respect of crystallographic properties. The relation between positron annihilation and electronic structure is discussed in terms of structural dynamics during the lithiation process. Samples of Li1-xNi1/3Mn1/3Co1/3O2 (NMC-111) electrodes with decreasing lithium content (x = 0-0.7) covering the whole range of state of charge were electrochemically prepared for the non-destructive analysis using positron coincidence Doppler broadening spectroscopy (CDBS). The positron measurements allowed us to observe the evolution of the defect structure caused by the delithiation process in the NMC-111 electrodes. The combination of CDBS with X-ray diffraction for the characterization of the lattice structures enabled the analysis of the well-known kinetic-hindrance-effect in the first charge-discharge cycle and possible implications of vacancy ordering. In particular, CDBS revealed the highest degree of relithiation after discharge to 3.0 V at 55 °C. For the first time, we report on the successful application of CDBS on NMC-111 electrodes yielding new insights in the important role of defects caused by the delithiation process and the kinetic hindrance effect.

  3. Recombination activity of light-activated copper defects in p-type silicon studied by injection- and temperature-dependent lifetime spectroscopy

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    Inglese, Alessandro; Lindroos, Jeanette; Vahlman, Henri; Savin, Hele

    2016-09-01

    The presence of copper contamination is known to cause strong light-induced degradation (Cu-LID) in silicon. In this paper, we parametrize the recombination activity of light-activated copper defects in terms of Shockley—Read—Hall recombination statistics through injection- and temperature dependent lifetime spectroscopy (TDLS) performed on deliberately contaminated float zone silicon wafers. We obtain an accurate fit of the experimental data via two non-interacting energy levels, i.e., a deep recombination center featuring an energy level at Ec-Et=0.48 -0.62 eV with a moderate donor-like capture asymmetry ( k =1.7 -2.6 ) and an additional shallow energy state located at Ec-Et=0.1 -0.2 eV , which mostly affects the carrier lifetime only at high-injection conditions. Besides confirming these defect parameters, TDLS measurements also indicate a power-law temperature dependence of the capture cross sections associated with the deep energy state. Eventually, we compare these results with the available literature data, and we find that the formation of copper precipitates is the probable root cause behind Cu-LID.

  4. Bubble chamber: antiproton annihilation

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    1971-01-01

    These images show real particle tracks from the annihilation of an antiproton in the 80 cm Saclay liquid hydrogen bubble chamber. A negative kaon and a neutral kaon are produced in this process, as well as a positive pion. The invention of bubble chambers in 1952 revolutionized the field of particle physics, allowing real tracks left by particles to be seen and photographed by expanding liquid that had been heated to boiling point.

  5. Radiation-induced defects in chalcogenide glasses characterized by combined optical spectroscopy, XPS and PALS methods

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    Shpotyuk, O. [Institute of Physics of Jan Dlugosz University, 13/15 al. Armii Krajowej, Czestochowa 42201 (Poland); Lehigh University, 5 East Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18015-3195 (United States); Lviv Institute of Materials of SRC ' ' Carat' ' , 202, Stryjska str., 79031 Lviv (Ukraine); Kovalskiy, A.; Jain, H. [Lehigh University, 5 East Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18015-3195 (United States); Golovchak, R. [Lehigh University, 5 East Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18015-3195 (United States); Lviv Institute of Materials of SRC ' ' Carat' ' , 202, Stryjska str., 79031 Lviv (Ukraine); Zurawska, A. [Opole University of Technology, 75, Ozimska str., Opole 45370 (Poland)

    2007-03-15

    Temperature-dependent optical absorption spectroscopy, high-resolution X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and positron annihilation lifetimes spectroscopy are utilized to understand radiation-induced changes in Ge-Sb-S chalcogenide glasses. Theoretically predicted topological scheme of {gamma}-induced coordination defect formation in stoichiometric Ge{sub 23.5}Sb{sub 11.8}S{sub 64.7} glass composition is supported by these measurements. (copyright 2007 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  6. STUDIES ON MICELLE BEHAVIORS OF STYRENE-BUTADIENE-STYRENE (SBS) TRIBLOCK COPOLYMERS IN METHYL ETHYL KETONE (MEK) BY POSITRON ANNIHILATION TECHNIQUE

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    YANG Rongjie; YE Meiling; SHI Lianghe; WANG Yunyu

    1992-01-01

    Positron annihilation technique was used to study the micelle behaviors of two SBS triblock copolymers in MEK solvent at different temperatures. Annihilation lifetime τ3 of ortho-positronium(o-Ps) exhibited an obvious transition from shorter lifetime to longer lifetime with temperature. It was attributed to the change of micelle behavior of SBS copolymer molecules in the solution. Experimental results of sedimentation velocity of ultracentrifuge were also reported.

  7. Annihilators of nilpotent elements

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    Abraham A. Klein

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Let x be a nilpotent element of an infinite ring R (not necessarily with 1. We prove that A(x—the two-sided annihilator of x—has a large intersection with any infinite ideal I of R in the sense that card(A(x∩I=cardI. In particular, cardA(x=cardR; and this is applied to prove that if N is the set of nilpotent elements of R and R≠N, then card(R\\N≥cardN.

  8. Biological Effectiveness of Antiproton Annihilation

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    Maggiore, C.; Agazaryan, N.; Bassler, N.;

    2004-01-01

    from the annihilation of antiprotons produce an increase in ‘‘biological dose’’ in the vicinity of the narrow Bragg peak for antiprotons compared to protons. This experiment is the first direct measurement of the biological effects of antiproton annihilation. The background, description, and status...

  9. Theoretical study on the positron annihilation in Rocksalt structured magnesium oxide

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    Liu Jian-Dang; Zhang Jie; Zhang Li-Juan; Hao Ying-Ping; Guo Wei-Feng; Cheng Bin; Ye Bang-Jiao

    2011-01-01

    Based on the atomic superposition approximation (ATSUP) and first-principles pseudopotential plane-wave methods, the bulk and Mg mono-vacancy positron lifetime of magnesium oxide were calculated using Arponen-Pajamme and Boro(n)ski-Nieminen positron-annihilation-rate interpolation formula respectively. The calculated values are in good agreement with experimental values and the first-principles method gives more convincing results. The positron annihilation density spectra analysis reveals that positrons mainly annihilate with valence electrons of oxygen atoms when the magnesium-vacancy appears within magnesium oxide.

  10. Advanced fitting algorithms for analysing positron annihilation lifetime spectra

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    Pascual-Izarra, Carlos [CSIRO Molecular and Health Technologies, Private Bag 10, Clayton, VIC 3169 (Australia)], E-mail: carlos.pascual@cells.es; Dong, Aurelia W. [CSIRO Molecular and Health Technologies, Private Bag 10, Clayton, VIC 3169 (Australia); Drug Delivery, Deposition and Dynamics, Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Monash University (Parkville Campus), 381 Royal Parade, Parkville, VIC 3052 (Australia)], E-mail: aurelia.dong@csiro.au; Pas, Steven J. [ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science, Department of Materials Engineering and School of Chemistry, Monash University, Clayton, VIC 3800 (Australia); CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering, Private Bag 33, Clayton, VIC 3169 (Australia)], E-mail: steven.pas@csiro.au; Hill, Anita J. [ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science, Department of Materials Engineering and School of Chemistry, Monash University, Clayton, VIC 3800 (Australia); CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering, Private Bag 33, Clayton, VIC 3169 (Australia)], E-mail: anita.hill@csiro.au; Boyd, Ben J. [Drug Delivery, Deposition and Dynamics, Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Monash University (Parkville Campus), 381 Royal Parade, Parkville, VIC 3052 (Australia)], E-mail: ben.boyd@vcp.monash.edu.au; Drummond, Calum J. [CSIRO Molecular and Health Technologies, Private Bag 10, Clayton, VIC 3169 (Australia); CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering, Private Bag 33, Clayton, VIC 3169(Australia)], E-mail: calum.drummond@csiro.au

    2009-05-21

    The most common way to analyse PALS spectra involves fitting a parameter-dependent model to the experimental data. Traditionally, this fit involves local non-linear optimisation routines that depend on a reasonable initial guess for the searched parameters. This, together with the fact that very different sets of parameters may yield indistinguishably good fits for a given experimental spectrum, gives rise to ambiguities in the data analysis in most but the simplest cases. In order to alleviate these difficulties, a computer program named PAScual was developed that incorporates 2 advanced algorithms to provide a robust fitting tool: on the one hand, it incorporates a global non-linear optimisation routine based on the Simulated Annealing algorithm and, on the other hand, it yields information on the reliability of the results by means of a Markov Chain Monte-Carlo Bayesian Inference method. In this work the methods used in PAScual are described and tested against both simulated and experimental spectra, comparing the results with those from the well-established program LTv9. The examples focus on the type of complex data that results from the study of self-assembled amphiphile materials containing co-existing aqueous and hydrocarbon regions.

  11. Positron annihilation in modified zeolites LTA and 13X

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    Cabral-Prieto, A.; Garcia-Sosa, I.; Jimenez-Becerril, J. [Departamento de Quimica, Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, Apartado Postal 18-1027, Col. Escandon, Del. M. Hidalgo, Mexico D. F., c. p. 11801 (Mexico); Lopez-Castanares, R.; Olea-Cardoso, O. [Facultad de Quimica, Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico, Paseo Tollocan esquina paseo Tollocan, esquina paseo Colon, Toluca, c. p. 50120, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)

    2007-07-01

    The pick-off annihilation lifetimes of o -Ps, {tau}{sub po}, in dehydrated Co{sup 2+} and Mn{sup 2+} exchanged zeolites LTA, in dehydrated Co{sup 2+} exchanged zeolite 13X, and in dehydrated Na{sup +} zeolites LTA and 13X, are estimated. Although {tau}{sub po} can be estimated from the lifetime spectra of the cation exchanged zeolites LTA and 13X, this lifetime can not be estimated from those spectra of Na{sup +} zeolite LTA unambiguously. The estimated pick-off lifetimes due to the annihilation of o-Ps in the internal walls of the zeolites are systematically lower than the average lifetime of p-Ps and o-Ps in vacuum {tau}{sub a}=0.5 ns. Since the pick-off process of o-Ps occurs particularly on the internal cavity walls of dehydrated zeolites, the replacement of {tau}{sub a} by {tau}{sub po} within the classical model of Tao-Eldrup to calculate cavity radius should provide more realistic cavity radii of these porous materials than when using {l_brace}{tau}{sub a}{r_brace}. This suggestion is supported by previous and present results. (copyright 2007 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  12. Photoinduced carrier annihilation in silicon pn junction

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    Sameshima, Toshiyuki; Motoki, Takayuki; Yasuda, Keisuke; Nakamura, Tomohiko; Hasumi, Masahiko; Mizuno, Toshihisa

    2015-08-01

    We report analysis of the photo-induced minority carrier effective lifetime (τeff) in a p+n junction formed on the top surfaces of a n-type silicon substrate by ion implantation of boron and phosphorus atoms at the top and bottom surfaces followed by activation by microwave heating. Bias voltages were applied to the p+ boron-doped surface with n+ phosphorus-doped surface kept at 0 V. The values of τeff were lower than 1 × 10-5 s under the reverse-bias condition. On the other hand, τeff markedly increased to 1.4 × 10-4 s as the forward-bias voltage increased to 0.7 V and then it leveled off when continuous-wave 635 nm light was illuminated at 0.74 mW/cm2 on the p+ surface. The carrier annihilation velocity S\\text{p + } at the p+ surface region was numerically estimated from the experimental τeff. S\\text{p + } ranged from 4000 to 7200 cm/s under the reverse-bias condition when the carrier annihilation velocity S\\text{n + } at the n+ surface region was assumed to be a constant value of 100 cm/s. S\\text{p + } markedly decreased to 265 cm/s as the forward-bias voltage increased to 0.7 V.

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

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    Chen, Hui; Tommasini, R. [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California 94551 (United States); Seely, J.; Szabo, C. I.; Feldman, U.; Pereira, N. [Artep Inc., Ellicott City, Maryland 21042 (United States); Gregori, G.; Falk, K.; Mithen, J.; Murphy, C. D. [Clarendon Laboratory, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3PU (United Kingdom)

    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.

  14. On the atomistic origin of radiation-structural relaxation in chalcogenide glasses: the results of positron annihilation study

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    Shpotyuk, Ya. [Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Faculty of Electronics, Lviv (Ukraine); Institute of Materials of Scientific Research Company ' ' Carat' ' , Lviv (Ukraine); Institute of Physics, Jan Dlugosz University, Czestochowa (Poland); Ingram, A. [Institute of Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry, Opole Technical University (Poland); Filipecki, J.; Hyla, M. [Institute of Physics, Jan Dlugosz University, Czestochowa (Poland)

    2011-11-15

    Instability effects caused by high-energy {gamma}-irradiation are studied in (As{sub 2}S{sub 3}){sub 1-x}(Sb{sub 2}S{sub 3}){sub x}glasses (x=0, 0.1, 0.2 and 0.3) using positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy, the results being treated within two-state trapping model in both normal and high-measurement statistics. The observed decrease in positron trapping rate of the glasses tested just after {gamma}-irradiation was explained due to renovation of destroyed covalent chemical bonds. This process was governed by monomolecular single-exponential relaxation kinetics agreed well with corresponding changes in the fundamental optical absorption edge. (copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  15. Investigation on photoluminescence, electrical and positron lifetime of Eu{sup 3+} activated Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} phosphors

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    Selvalakshmi, Thangaraj [Nanomaterials Laboratory, Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, 620015 (India); Sellaiyan, Selvakumar; Uedono, Akira [Division of Applied Physics, University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-8573 (Japan); Chandra Bose, Arumugam, E-mail: acbose@nitt.edu [Nanomaterials Laboratory, Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, 620015 (India)

    2015-09-15

    In the present study, red emitting Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} phosphors are prepared by citrate-based sol–gel process and the as-prepared samples are annealed at various annealing temperatures. The photoluminescence properties of Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} is explained from the excitation and emission spectra. The excitation spectra include peaks corresponding to charge transfer and 4f–4f transitions of Eu{sup 3+} and Gd{sup 3+}. The phosphors exhibit a weak energy transfer process from Gd{sup 3+} to Eu{sup 3+}. Under the excitation of 254 nm, a sharp red emission peak is observed at 611 nm and the emission intensity increases with the annealing temperature. The presence of defects in the phosphor is investigated by positron annihilation lifetime and Doppler broadening spectroscopy. The relation between visible emission and lattice defects of the phosphors is presented. The electrical and dielectric properties of the phosphor are also discussed in detail. Such red emitting phosphors pave the way towards the fabrication of light emitting diodes (LEDs). - Highlights: • Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy of Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+}. • Relation between positron lifetime and photoluminescence. • Conductivity and dielectric properties of Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+}.

  16. Monomer Migration and Annihilation Processes

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    KE Jian-Hong; LIN Zhen-Quan; ZHUANG You-Yi

    2005-01-01

    We propose a two-species monomer migration-annihilation model, in which monomer migration reactions occur between any two aggregates of the same species and monomer annihilation reactions occur between two different species. Based on the mean-field rate equations, we investigate the evolution behaviors of the processes. For the case with an annihilation rate kernel proportional to the sizes of the reactants, the aggregation size distribution of either species approaches the modified scaling form in the symmetrical initial case, while for the asymmetrical initial case the heavy species with a large initial data scales according to the conventional form and the light one does not scale. Moreover,at most one species can survive finally. For the case with aconstant annihilation rate kernel, both species may scale according to the conventional scaling law in the symmetrical case and survive together at the end.

  17. QSO Lifetimes

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    Martini, P

    2003-01-01

    The QSO lifetime t_Q is one of the most fundamental quantities for understanding black hole and QSO evolution, yet it remains uncertain by several orders of magnitude. If t_Q is long, then only a small fraction of galaxies went through a luminous QSO phase. In contrast, a short lifetime would require most galaxies today to have undergone a QSO phase in their youth. The current best estimates or constraints on t_Q from black hole demographics and the radiative properties of QSOs vary from at least 10^6 to 10^8 years. This broad range still allows both possibilities: that QSOs were either a rare or a common stage of galaxy evolution. These constraints also do not rule out the possibility that QSO activity is episodic, with individual active periods much shorter than the total active lifetime. In the next few years a variety of additional observational constraints on the lifetimes of QSOs will become available, including clustering measurements and the proximity effect. These new constraints can potentially dete...

  18. ATHENA: an actual antihydrogen annihilation

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    This is an image of an actual matter-antimatter annihilation due to an atom of antihydrogen in the ATHENA experiment, located on the Antiproton Decelerator (AD) at CERN since 2001. The antiproton produces four charged pions (yellow) whose positions are given by silicon microstrips (pink) before depositing energy in CsI crystals (yellow cubes). The positron also annihilates to produce back-to-back gamma rays (red).

  19. SEM and Positron Annihilation Technology Investigation on the Defect Change with Thermal Treatment Temperature in Gap①②

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    ZHANGFujia; QILi; 等

    1997-01-01

    Defects in S doped Gap Single crystal which is prepared by LEC method were observed using SEM and positron lifetime,and its change with thermal treatment temperature was measured using positron annihilation spectrometer.The relationship between positron lifetime and the combination state of defects was discussed.

  20. 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.

  1. Water-Vapor Sorption Processes in Nanoporous MgO-Al2O3 Ceramics: the PAL Spectroscopy Study.

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    Klym, Halyna; Ingram, Adam; Shpotyuk, Oleh; Hadzaman, Ivan; Solntsev, Viacheslav

    2016-12-01

    The water-vapor sorption processes in nanoporous MgO-Al2O3 ceramics are studied with positron annihilation lifetime (PAL) spectroscopy employing positron trapping and positronium (Ps)-decaying modes. It is demonstrated that the longest-lived components in the four-term reconstructed PAL spectra with characteristic lifetimes near 2 and 60-70 ns can be, respectively, attributed to ortho-positronium (o-Ps) traps in nanopores with 0.3- and 1.5-1.8-nm radii. The first o-Ps decaying process includes "pick-off" annihilation in the "bubbles" of liquid water, while the second is based on o-Ps interaction with physisorbed water molecules at the walls of the pores. In addition, the water vapor modifies structural defects located at the grain boundaries in a vicinity of pores, this process being accompanied by void fragmentation during water adsorption and agglomeration during water desorption after drying.

  2. Measurement of Charm Meson Lifetimes

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    Bonvicini, G.; Cinabro, D.; Greene, R.; Perera, L.P.; Zhou, G.J. [Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan 48202 (United States); Chan, S.; Eigen, G.; Lipeles, E.; Schmidtler, M.; Shapiro, A.; Sun, W.M.; Urheim, J.; Weinstein, A.J.; Wuerthwein, F. [California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California 91125 (United States); Jaffe, D.E.; Masek, G.; Paar, H.P.; Potter, E.M.; Prell, S.; Sharma, V. [University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California 92093 (United States); Asner, D.M.; Eppich, A.; Gronberg, J.; Hill, T.S.; Korte, C.M.; Lange, D.J.; Morrison, R.J.; Nelson, H.N.; Nelson, T.K.; Roberts, D.; Tajima, H. [University of California, Santa Barbara, California 93106 (United States); Behrens, B.H.; Ford, W.T.; Gritsan, A.; Krieg, H.; Roy, J.; Smith, J.G. [University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado 80309-0390 (United States); Alexander, J.P.; Baker, R.; Bebek, C.; Berger, B.E.; Berkelman, K.; Boisvert, V.; Cassel, D.G.; Crowcroft, D.S.; Dickson, M.; von Dombrowski, S.; Drell, P.S.; Dumas, D.J.; Ecklund, K.M.; Ehrlich, R.; Foland, A.D.; Gaidarev, P.; Gibbons, L.; Gittelman, B.; Gray, S.W.; Hartill, D.L.; Heltsley, B.K.; Henderson, S.; Hopman, P.I.; Katayama, N.; Kreinick, D.L.; Lee, T.; Liu, Y.; Meyer, T.O.; Mistry, N.B.; Ng, C.R.; Nordberg, E.; Ogg, M.; Patterson, J.R.; Peterson, D.; Riley, D.; Soffer, A.; Thayer, J.G.; Thies, P.G.; Valant-Spaight, B.; Warburton, A.; Ward, C. [Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853 (United States); Athanas, M.; Avery, P.; Jones, C.D.; Lohner, M.; Prescott, C.; Rubiera, A.I.; Yelton, J.; Zheng, J. [University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32611 (United States); Brandenburg, G.; Briere, R.A.; Ershov, A.; Gao, Y.S.; Kim, D.Y.; Wilson, R. [Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 (United States); Browder, T.E.; Li, Y.; Rodriguez, J.L.; Yamamoto, H. [University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii 96822 (United States); Bergfeld, T.; Eisenstein, B.I.; Ernst, J.; Gladding, G.E.; Gollin, G.D; and others

    1999-06-01

    We report measurements of the D{sup 0} , D{sup +} , and D{sup +}{sub s} meson lifetimes using 3.7 fb{sup {minus}1} of e{sup +}e{sup {minus}} annihilation data collected near the {Upsilon}(4S) resonance with the CLEO detector. The measured lifetimes of the D{sup 0} , D{sup +} , and D{sup +}{sub s} mesons are 408.5{plus_minus}4.1{sup +3.5}{sub {minus}3.4} fs , 1033.6{plus_minus}22.1{sup +9.9}{sub {minus}12.7} fs , and 486.3{plus_minus}15.0{sup +4.9}{sub {minus}5.1} fs . The precisions of these lifetimes are comparable to those of the best previous measurements, and the systematic errors are very different. In a single experiment we find that the ratio of the D{sup +}{sub s} and D{sup 0} lifetimes is 1.19{plus_minus}0.04 . {copyright} {ital 1999} {ital The American Physical Society}

  3. 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.

  4. Study on the effect of atmospheric gases adsorbed in MnFe2O4/MCM-41 nanocomposite on ortho-positronium annihilation

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    Wiertel Marek

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, results of positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS studies of MnFe2O4/MCM-41 nanocomposites in N2 and O2 atmosphere have been presented. In particular, the influence of manganese ferrite loading and gas filling on pick-off ortho-positronium (o-Ps annihilation processes in the investigated samples was a point of interest. Disappearance of the longest-lived o-Ps component with τ5 present in the PAL spectrum of initial MCM-41 mesoporous material in the PAL spectra of MnFe2O4-impregnated MCM-41 measured in vacuum is a result of either a strong chemical o-Ps quenching or the Ps inhibition effects. The intensity I4 of the medium-lived component initially increases, reaching a maximum value for the sample with minimum manganese ferrite content, and then decreases monotonically. Analogous dependence for the intensity I3 of the shortest-lived component shows a maximum at higher MnFe2O4 content. Filling of open pores present in the studied nanocomposites by N2 or O2 at ambient pressure causes partial reappearance of the τ4 and τ5 components, except a sample with maximum ferrite content. The lifetimes of these components measured in O2 are shortened in comparison to that observed in N2 because of paramagnetic quenching. Anti-inhibition and anti-quenching effects of atmospheric gases observed in the MnFe2O4/MCM-41 samples are a result of neutralization of some surface active centers acting as inhibitors and weakening of pick-off annihilation mechanism, respectively.

  5. Biological effectiveness of antiproton annihilation

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    Holzscheiter, Michael H.; Bassler, Niels; Beyer, Gerd; De Marco, John J.; Doser, Michael; Ichioka, Toshiyasu; Iwamoto, Keisuke S.; Knudsen, Helge V.; Landua, Rolf; Maggiore, Carl; McBride, William H.; Møller, Søren Pape; Petersen, Jorgen; Smathers, James B.; Skarsgard, Lloyd D.; Solberg, Timothy D.; Uggerhøj, Ulrik I.; Withers, H.Rodney; Vranjes, Sanja; Wong, Michelle; Wouters, Bradly G.

    2004-01-01

    We describe an experiment designed to determine whether or not the densely ionizing particles emanating from the annihilation of antiprotons produce an increase in “biological dose” in the vicinity of the narrow Bragg peak for antiprotons compared to protons. This experiment is the first direct measurement of the biological effects of antiproton annihilation. The experiment has been approved by the CERN Research Board for running at the CERN Antiproton Decelerator (AD) as AD-4/ACE (Antiproton Cell Experiment) and has begun data taking in June of 2003. The background, description and the current status of the experiment are given.

  6. Biological effectiveness of antiproton annihilation

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    Holzscheiter, M.H.; Agazaryan, N.; Bassler, Niels;

    2004-01-01

    We describe an experiment designed to determine whether or not the densely ionizing particles emanating from the annihilation of antiprotons produce an increase in ‘‘biological dose’’ in the vicinity of the narrow Bragg peak for antiprotons compared to protons. This experiment is the first direct...... measurement of the biological effects of antiproton annihilation. The experiment has been approved by the CERN Research Board for running at the CERN Antiproton Decelerator (AD) as AD-4/ACE (Antiproton Cell Experiment) and has begun data taking in June of 2003. The background, description and the current...

  7. Synchrotron VUV-UV and positron lifetime spectroscopy study of vacancy-type defects in reactor neutron-irradiated MgO·nAl2O3 (n = 2

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    Abu Zayed Mohammad Saliqur Rahman

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available We investigated neutron-irradiation-induced point defects in spinel single crystals using a synchrotron VUV-UV source and positron lifetime spectroscopy. Photoexcitation (PE spectra near 230 nm and their corresponding photoluminescence (PL spectra at 475 nm were attributed to F-centers. With increasing irradiation temperature and fluence, PE efficiency and PL intensity decreased dramatically. Positron lifetimes (PLT of neutron-irradiated and non-irradiated samples were measured to identify the cation vacancies. A PLT measurement of 250 ps was obtained in a neutron-irradiated (20 K sample which is tentatively attributed to an aluminum monovacancy. Decreasing PLT with higher irradiation indicates the formation of oxygen-vacancy complex centers.

  8. 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.

  9. Improved maximum entropy method for the analysis of fluorescence spectroscopy data: evaluating zero-time shift and assessing its effect on the determination of fluorescence lifetimes.

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    Esposito, Rosario; Mensitieri, Giuseppe; de Nicola, Sergio

    2015-12-21

    A new algorithm based on the Maximum Entropy Method (MEM) is proposed for recovering both the lifetime distribution and the zero-time shift from time-resolved fluorescence decay intensities. The developed algorithm allows the analysis of complex time decays through an iterative scheme based on entropy maximization and the Brent method to determine the minimum of the reduced chi-squared value as a function of the zero-time shift. The accuracy of this algorithm has been assessed through comparisons with simulated fluorescence decays both of multi-exponential and broad lifetime distributions for different values of the zero-time shift. The method is capable of recovering the zero-time shift with an accuracy greater than 0.2% over a time range of 2000 ps. The center and the width of the lifetime distributions are retrieved with relative discrepancies that are lower than 0.1% and 1% for the multi-exponential and continuous lifetime distributions, respectively. The MEM algorithm is experimentally validated by applying the method to fluorescence measurements of the time decays of the flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD).

  10. Spectroscopy

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    Hellman, Hal

    1968-01-01

    This booklet discusses spectroscopy, the study of absorption of radiation by matter, including X-ray, gamma-ray, microwave, mass spectroscopy, as well as others. Spectroscopy has produced more fundamental information to the study of the detailed structure of matter than any other tools.

  11. Interlaboratory comparison of positron and positronium lifetimes in polymers

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    Wastlund, C.; Eldrup, Morten Mostgaard; Maurer, F.H.J.

    1998-01-01

    A comparison of the results of a series of positron annihilation lifetime measurements performed in 12 laboratories is presented. The measurements were conducted on three different polymer samples, all prepared in one laboratory under standard conditions. The objective of the work was to gain...... insight into the variation in derived positron and positronium lifetimes and intensities measured in the different laboratories on identical specimens. Lifetime data were collected at room temperature by each laboratory following their own standard measurement and data evaluation procedures. The polymers...

  12. Spectroscopy

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    Walker, S

    1976-01-01

    The three volumes of Spectroscopy constitute the one comprehensive text available on the principles, practice and applications of spectroscopy. By giving full accounts of those spectroscopic techniques only recently introduced into student courses - such as Mössbauer spectroscopy and photoelectron spectroscopy - in addition to those techniques long recognised as being essential in chemistry teaching - sucha as e.s.r. and infrared spectroscopy - the book caters for the complete requirements of undergraduate students and at the same time provides a sound introduction to special topics for graduate students.

  13. Hyperfine structure and lifetime measurements in the 4s2nd 2D3/2 Rydberg sequence of Ga I by time-resolved laser spectroscopy

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    Liu, Chunqing; Tian, Yanshan; Yu, Qi; Bai, Wanshuang; Wang, Xinghao; Wang, Chong; Dai, Zhenwen

    2016-05-01

    The hyperfine structure (HFS) constants of the 4s2nd 2D3/2 (n=6-18) Rydberg sequence and the 4s26p 2P3/2 level for two isotopes of 69Ga and 71Ga atoms were measured by means of the time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence (TR-LIF) technique and the quantum beat method. The observed hyperfine quantum beat spectra were analyzed and the magnetic-dipole HFS constants A as well as the electric-quadrupole HFS constants B of these levels were obtained by Fourier transform and a program for multiple regression analysis. Also using TR-LIF method radiative lifetimes of the above sequence states were determined at room temperature. The measured lifetime values range from 69 to 2279 ns with uncertainties no more than 10%. To our knowledge, the HFS constants of this Rydberg sequence and the lifetimes of the 4s2nd 2D3/2 (n=10-18) levels are reported for the first time. Good agreement between our results and the previous is achieved.

  14. Positron Annihilation Study on Nickel and Iron Nano-Particles in Natural Rubber Composites

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    Emad H. Aly

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: The effect of Ni and Fe nano-particles as a filler on the free volume properties Of Natural Rubber (NR was studied using Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy (PALS. Approach: The PAL measurements revealed that the free volume properties are strongly affected by the amount and type of filler. Results: Particularly speaking, the free volume fraction dramatically decreased by increasing the filler content. Besides, the addition of nano-prticles created new positron trapping sites at filler-rubber interfaces. Furthermore, correlations were made between the free volume hole sizes (Vh and each of the mechanical and electrical properties successively. A negative correlation was observed between Vh and hardness in the Ni-rubber composites while a positive counterpart was found in the case of Fe-rubber composites. Finally, the polarity of the fillers, being higher than that of the rubber itself, leads to an increase in electrical parameters and an inhibition of o-Ps formation. Conclusion: These results indicate that the investigated composites are considered to be insulating materials as their conductivity values are in the order of an insulator range.

  15. Influence of small additions of Ag on the ageing kinetics of an Al-Zn-Mg alloy: a positron annihilation study

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    Macchi, C.E.; Somoza, A. [Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, Tandil (Argentina). IFIMAT; Dupasquier, A. [INFM and Dipt. di Fisica, Politecnico di Milano, Milano (Italy); Polmear, I.J. [Monash Univ., School of Physics and Materials Engineering, Melbourne (Australia)

    2002-07-01

    Microalloying additions of Ag are known to promote enhanced hardening in several aged aluminium alloys because this element may stimulate nucleation of new or existing precipitates. These effects are considered to originate from changes to solute-vacancy interactions, and positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) is now being used to gain a better understanding of these processes. In the present work, PALS has been applied to study the influence of 0.1 to 0.5 wt.% ({proportional_to}0.02 to 0.1 at.%) Ag on the alloy Al-4Zn-3Mg, which was solution treated, quenched and aged for different times at 20 C, or at 150 . PALS measurements were made at regular intervals during ageing at 20 C and revealed that positron lifetimes were sensitive to the presence of Ag. The general form of the PALS lifetime curves is complex and their behaviour is analysed in terms of particular solute-vacancy interactions. The experimental curves have also been fitted to Kohlrausch functions. (orig.)

  16. Spectroscopy

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    Berg, Rolf W.

    This introductory booklet covers the basics of molecular spectroscopy, infrared and Raman methods, instrumental considerations, symmetry analysis of molecules, group theory and selection rules, as well as assignments of fundamental vibrational modes in molecules.......This introductory booklet covers the basics of molecular spectroscopy, infrared and Raman methods, instrumental considerations, symmetry analysis of molecules, group theory and selection rules, as well as assignments of fundamental vibrational modes in molecules....

  17. Thermal treatment of the Fe{sub 78} Si{sub 9} B{sub 13} alloy and the analysis of it magnetic properties through Moessbauer spectroscopy and Positronium annihilation; Tratamiento termico de la aleacion Fe{sub 78} Si{sub 9} B{sub 13} y el analisis de sus propiedades magneticas mediante Espectroscopia de Moessbauer y Aniquilacion de positronio

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    Lopez M, A

    2005-07-01

    The present work is divided in five chapters. In the first one a general vision of the amorphous alloys is given from antecedents, structure, obtaining methods, properties and problems that at the moment, focusing us in a certain moment to the iron base alloys and the anomalous problem of hardness that it presents the alloy Fe{sub 78}Si{sub 9}B{sub 13} like previously mention us. The second chapter tries on the basic theory of the techniques of Moessbauer spectroscopy and Positron Annihilation spectroscopy, used for the characterization of our alloy as well as the complementary technique of X-ray diffraction (XRD) to observe that the amorphous phase was even studying. The third chapter describes the experimental conditions that were used to study the alloy Fe{sub 78}Si{sub 9}B{sub 13} in each one of their thermal treatments. In the fourth chapter the obtained results and their discussion are presented. In the fifth chapter the conclusions to which were arrived after analyzing the results are presented. (Author)

  18. P-wave Annihilating Dark Matter from a Decaying Predecessor and the Galactic Center Excess

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    Choquette, Jeremie; Cornell, Jonathan M

    2016-01-01

    Dark matter (DM) annihilations have been widely studied as a possible explanation of excess gamma rays from the galactic center seen by Fermi/LAT. However most such models are in conflict with constraints from dwarf spheroidals. Motivated by this tension, we show that p-wave annihilating dark matter can easily accommodate both sets of observations due to the lower DM velocity dispersion in dwarf galaxies. Explaining the DM relic abundance is then challenging. We outline a scenario in which the usual thermal abundance is obtained through s-wave annihilations of a metastable particle, that eventually decays into the p-wave annihilating DM of the present epoch. The couplings and lifetime of the decaying particle are constrained by big bang nucleosynthesis, the cosmic microwave background and direct detection, but significant regions of parameter space are viable. A sufficiently large p-wave cross section can be found by annihilation into light mediators, that also give rise to Sommerfeld enhancement. A predictio...

  19. Study of y-irradiated benzothiazole-doped polyvinyl chloride by positron annihilation

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    Misheva, M. [Faculty of Physics, Sofia Univ. (Bulgaria); Djourelov, N. [Inst. of Nuclear Research and Nuclear Energy, Sofia (Bulgaria); Sertova, N.; Petkov, I.; Deligeorgiev, T. [Faculty of Chemistry, Sofia Univ. (Bulgaria)

    2001-07-01

    Poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) films containing different (0 / 4) weight percentage of 2-aryl substituted benzothiazole (BT) are studied by positron lifetime and Doppler broadening of annihilation line measurements. The effects of gamma-irradiation dose and of BT contents on positron annihilation parameters are studied. The positron lifetimes and intensities depend on irradiation dose only for BT-doped films. The ortho-positronium intensities for pure and doped PVC decrease with dose increasing in a similar way. The influence of doping is significant only at first doping with 0.125 wt% BT and is weak afterwards. Some of the observed changes of the parameters are explained by the protonation of BT and its conversion into [BTH{sup +}.Cl{sup -}] complexes by the interaction with hydrogen chloride - a product of PVC photodegradation. (orig.)

  20. Studies of Phase Transformation in Molecular Crystals Using the Positron Annihilation Technique

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    Eldrup, Morten Mostgaard; Lightbody, David; Sherwood, John N.

    1980-01-01

    An examination has been made of the brittle/plastic phase transformation in the molecular crystals cyclohexane, DL-camphene and succinonitrile using the positron annihilation technique. In each material, the transition is characterized by a distinct increase in ortho-positronium lifetime. The inf......An examination has been made of the brittle/plastic phase transformation in the molecular crystals cyclohexane, DL-camphene and succinonitrile using the positron annihilation technique. In each material, the transition is characterized by a distinct increase in ortho-positronium lifetime....... The influence of impurities on the transition was examined for DL-camphene. Addition of the impurity tricylene in concentrations in the range 0.14-4.0 mol % resulted in a lowering of the transition temperature from 176 to 167 K and a broadening of the transition region....

  1. Distribution of Positron Annihilation Radiation

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    Milne, P A

    2006-01-01

    The SPI instrument on-board the ESA/INTEGRAL satellite is engaged in a mission-long study of positron annihilation radiation from the Galaxy. Early results suggest that the disk component is only weakly detected at 511 keV by SPI. We review CGRO/OSSE, TGRS and SMM studies of 511 keV line and positronium continuum emission from the Galaxy in light of the early INTEGRAL/SPI findings. We find that when similar spatial distributions are compared, combined fits to the OSSE/SMM/TGRS data-sets produce bulge and disk fluxes similar in total flux and in B/D ratio to the fits reported for SPI observations. We further find that the 511 keV line width reported by SPI is similar to the values reported by TGRS, particularly when spectral fits include both narrow-line and broad-line components. Collectively, the consistency between these four instruments suggests that all may be providing an accurate view of positron annihilation in the Galaxy.

  2. Antimatter annihilation detection with AEgIS

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    Gligorova, Angela

    2015-01-01

    AE ̄ gIS (Antimatter Experiment: Gravity, Interferometry, Spectroscopy) is an antimatter exper- iment based at CERN, whose primary goal is to carry out the first direct measurement of the Earth’s gravitational acceleration on antimatter. A precise measurement of antimatter gravity would be the first precision test of the Weak Equivalence Principle for antimatter. The principle of the experiment is based on the formation of antihydrogen through a charge exchange reaction between laser excited (Rydberg) positronium and ultra-cold antiprotons. The antihydrogen atoms will be accelerated by an inhomogeneous electric field (Stark acceleration) to form a pulsed cold beam. The free fall of the antihydrogen due to Earth’s gravity will be measured using a moiré de- flectometer and a hybrid position detector. This detector is foreseen to consist of an active silicon part, where the annihilation of antihydrogen takes place, followed by an emulsion part coupled to a fiber time-of-flight detector. This overview prese...

  3. Geant4 Simulation of Annihilation and excitation of Positronium

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    Gad, Andreas

    2016-01-01

    The purpose of this report is to document the work done during the summer of 2016 (18/6- 26/8) as a part of the CERN Summer Student Programme. The work has been done at the AEgIS (Antihydrogen Experiment: Gravity, Interferometry, Spectroscopy) collaboration under the supervision of Lillian Smestad and Michael Doser. The goal of the project was to create a Monte Carlo simulation in Geant4, of Positronium annihilation and excitation in the positron test chamber of the AEgIs experiment.

  4. Excited-state dynamics in diketopyrrolopyrrole-based copolymer for organic photovoltaics investigated by transient optical spectroscopy

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    Matsuzaki, Hiroyuki; Furube, Akihiro; Katoh, Ryuzi; Pratap Singh, Samarendra; Sonar, Prashant; Williams, Evan Laurence; Vijila, Chellappan; Sandhya Subramanian, Gomathy; Gorelik, Sergey; Hobley, Jonathan

    2014-01-01

    We investigate the photoexcited state dynamics in a donor-acceptor copolymer, poly{3,6-dithiophene-2-yl-2,5-di(2-octyldodecyl)-pyrrolo[3,4-c]pyrrole-1,4-dione-alt-naphthalene} (pDPP-TNT), by picosecond fluorescence and femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopies. Time-resolved fluorescence lifetime measurements of pDPP-TNT thin films reveal that the lifetime of the singlet excited state is 185 ± 5 ps and that singlet-singlet annihilation occurs at excitation photon densities above 6 × 1017 photons/cm3. From the results of singlet-singlet annihilation analysis, we estimate that the single-singlet annihilation rate constant is (6.0 ± 0.2) × 10-9 cm3 s-1 and the singlet diffusion length is ~7 nm. From the comparison of femtosecond transient absorption measurements and picosecond fluorescence measurements, it is found that the time profile of the photobleaching signal in the charge-transfer (CT) absorption band coincides with that of the fluorescence intensity and there is no indication of long-lived species, which clearly suggests that charged species, such as polaron pairs and triplet excitons, are not effectively photogenerated in the neat pDPP-TNT polymer.

  5. Positron annihilation and thermally stimulated current of electron beam irradiated polyetheretherketone

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    Fujita, Shigetaka; Shinyama, Katsuyoshi; Baba, Makoto [Hachinohe Inst. of Tech., Hachinohe, Aomori (Japan); Suzuki, Takenori

    1997-03-01

    Positron lifetime measurements were applied to electron beam irradiated poly(ether-ether-ketone). The lifetime, {tau}{sub 3}, of the ortho-positronium of unirradiated and 5 MGy irradiated specimen became rapidly longer above about 150degC. {tau}{sub 3} of 50 MGy and 100 MGy irradiated specimen was shorter than that of unirradiated one. Thermally stimulated current (TSC) decreased with increasing the dose before voltage application. In the case of voltage application, a TSC peak appeared and the peak value decreased with increased the dose. The correlation between the results of positron annihilation and TSC was investigated. (author)

  6. Laser Spectroscopy of Antiprotonic Helium Atoms

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    2002-01-01

    %PS205 %title\\\\ \\\\Following the discovery of metastable antiprotonic helium atoms ($\\overline{p}He^{+} $) at KEK in 1991, systematic studies of their properties were made at LEAR from 1991 to 1996. In the first two years the lifetime of $\\overline{p}He^{+}$ in liquid and gaseous helium at various temperatures and pressures was measured and the effect of foreign gases on the lifetime of these atoms was investigated. Effects were also discovered which gave the antiproton a 14\\% longer lifetime in $^4$He than in $^3$He, and resulted in important differences in the shape of the annihilation time spectra in the two isotopes.\\\\ \\\\Since 1993 laser spectroscopy of the metastable $\\overline{p}He^{+}$ atoms became the main focus of PS205. Transitions were stimulated between metastable and non-metastable states of the $\\overline{p}He^{+}$ atom by firing a pulsed dye laser beam into the helium target every time an identified metastable atom was present (Figure 1). If the laser frequency matched the transition energy, the...

  7. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research. Section B; Microstructural Characterization of Semi-Interpenetrating Polymer Networks by Positron Lifetime Spectroscopy

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

    1998-01-01

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

  8. Different emissive states in the bulk and at the surface of methylammonium lead bromide perovskite revealed by two-photon micro-spectroscopy and lifetime measurements

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    Khadga Jung Karki

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Two photon photoluminescence (2PPL from single crystals of methyl ammonium lead bromide (CH3NH3PbBr3, MAPbBr3 is studied. We observe two components in the 2PPL spectra, which we assign to the photoluminescence (PL from the carrier recombination at the band edge and the recombination due to self-trapping of excitons. The PL Stokes shift of self-trapped excitons is about 100 meV from the band-gap energy. Our measurements show that about 15% of the total PL from regions about 40 μm deep inside the crystal is due to the emission from self-trapped exciton. This contribution increases to about 20% in the PL from the regions close to the surface. Time resolved measurements of 2PPL show that the PL due to band-edge recombination has a life time of about 8 ns while the PL lifetime of self-trapped excitons is in the order of 100 ns. Quantification of self-trapped excitons in the materials used in photovoltaics is important as such excitons hinder charge separation. As our results also show that an appreciable fraction of photo-generated carriers get trapped, the results are important in rational design of photovoltaics. On the other hand, our results also show that the self-trapped excitons broaden the emission spectrum, which may be useful in designing broadband light emitting devices.

  9. On annihilators in BL-algebras

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    Zou Yu Xi

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available In the paper, we introduce the notion of annihilators in BL-algebras and investigate some related properties of them. We get that the ideal lattice (I(L, ⊆ is pseudo-complemented, and for any ideal I, its pseudo-complement is the annihilator I⊥ of I. Also, we define the An (L to be the set of all annihilators of L, then we have that (An(L; ⋂,∧An(L,⊥,{0}, L is a Boolean algebra. In addition, we introduce the annihilators of a nonempty subset X of L with respect to an ideal I and study some properties of them. As an application, we show that if I and J are ideals in a BL-algebra L, then JI⊥$J_I^ \\bot $ is the relative pseudo-complement of J with respect to I in the ideal lattice (I(L, ⊆. Moreover, we get some properties of the homomorphism image of annihilators, and also give the necessary and sufficient condition of the homomorphism image and the homomorphism pre-image of an annihilator to be an annihilator. Finally, we introduce the notion of α-ideal and give a notation E(I . We show that (E(I(L, ∧E, ∨E, E(0, E(L is a pseudo-complemented lattice, a complete Brouwerian lattice and an algebraic lattice, when L is a BL-chain or a finite product of BL-chains.

  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. 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. Probing dark matter decay and annihilation with Fermi LAT observations of nearby galaxy clusters

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    Huang, Xiaoyuan [Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing (China). National Astronomical Observatories; Max-Planck-Institut fuer Physik, Muenchen (Germany); Vertongen, Gilles [Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Hamburg (Germany); Institut d' Astrophysique de Paris, 75 - Paris (France); Weniger, Christoph [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Physik, Muenchen (Germany)

    2011-09-15

    Galaxy clusters are promising targets for indirect dark matter searches. Gamma-ray signatures from the decay or annihilation of dark matter particles inside these clusters could be observable with the Fermi Large Area Telescope (LAT). Based on three years of Fermi LAT gamma-ray data, we analyze the flux coming from eight nearby clusters individually as well as in a combined likelihood analysis. Concentrating mostly on signals from dark matter decay, we take into account uncertainties of the cluster masses as determined by X-ray observations and model the cluster emission with extended sources. We do not find significant emission from any of the considered clusters and present limits on the dark matter lifetime and annihilation cross-section. We compare our lifetime limits derived from cluster observations with the limits that can be obtained from the extragalactic gamma-ray background, and find that in case of hadronic decay the cluster limits become competitive at dark matter masses below a few hundred GeV. Finally, we show that in presence of dark matter substructures down to 10{sup -6} solar masses the limits on the dark matter annihilation cross-section could improve by a factor of a few hundred, possibly going down to the thermal cross-section of 3 x 10{sup -26} cm{sup 3}s{sup -1} for dark matter masses annihilation into b anti b. As a direct application of our results, we derive limits on the lifetime of gravitino dark matter in scenarios with R-parity violation. Implications of these limits for the possible observation of long-lived superparticles at the LHC are discussed. (orig.)

  13. Muon Fluxes From Dark Matter Annihilation

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    Erkoca, Arif Emre; Sarcevic, Ina

    2009-01-01

    We calculate the muon flux from annihilation of the dark matter in the core of the Sun, in the core of the Earth and from cosmic diffuse neutrinos produced in dark matter annihilation in the halos. We consider model-independent direct neutrino production and secondary neutrino production from the decay of taus produced in the annihilation of dark matter. We illustrate how muon energy distribution from dark matter annihilation has a very different shape than muon flux from atmospheric neutrinos. We consider both the upward muon flux, when muons are created in the rock below the detector, and the contained flux when muons are created in the (ice) detector. We contrast our results to the ones previously obtained in the literature, illustrating the importance of properly treating muon propagation and energy loss. We comment on neutrino flavor dependence and their detection.

  14. 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.

  15. Pair annihilation in superstrong magnetic fields

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    Daugherty, J. K.; Bussard, R. W.

    1980-01-01

    The kinematical and dynamical aspects of the annihilation processes in superstrong magnetic fields are studied. The feasibility and potential significance of detecting from magnetic neutron stars are discussed. The discussion proceeds from the derivation of the fully relativistic differential cross sections and annihilation rates for both one- and two-photon emission from a ground-state gas of electrons and positrons in a static, uniform magnetic field.

  16. Positron annihilation with core and valence electrons

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    Green, D G

    2015-01-01

    $\\gamma$-ray spectra for positron annihilation with the core and valence electrons of the noble gas atoms Ar, Kr and Xe is calculated within the framework of diagrammatic many-body theory. The effect of positron-atom and short-range positron-electron correlations on the annihilation process is examined in detail. Short-range correlations, which are described through non-local corrections to the vertex of the annihilation amplitude, are found to significantly enhance the spectra for annihilation on the core orbitals. For Ar, Kr and Xe, the core contributions to the annihilation rate are found to be 0.55\\%, 1.5\\% and 2.2\\% respectively, their small values reflecting the difficulty for the positron to probe distances close to the nucleus. Importantly however, the core subshells have a broad momentum distribution and markedly contribute to the annihilation spectra at Doppler energy shifts $\\gtrsim3$\\,keV, and even dominate the spectra of Kr and Xe at shifts $\\gtrsim5$\\,keV. Their inclusion brings the theoretical ...

  17. The Darkest Hour Before Dawn: Contributions to Cosmic Reionisation from Dark Matter Annihilation and Decay

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    Liu, Hongwan; Zavala, Jesús

    2016-01-01

    Dark matter annihilation or decay could have a significant impact on the ionisation 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 reionisation, via the production of electrons, positrons and photons. We map out the possible perturbations to the ionisation 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 reionisation 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...

  18. Heating of galactic gas by dark matter annihilation in ultracompact minihalos

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    Clark, Hamish A; Elahi, Pascal J; Lewis, Geraint F; Scott, Pat

    2016-01-01

    The existence of substructure in halos of annihilating dark matter would be expected to substantially boost the rate at which annihilation occurs. Ultracompact minihalos of dark matter (UCMHs) are one of the more extreme examples of this. The boosted annihilation can inject significant amounts of energy into the gas of a galaxy over its lifetime. Here we determine the impact of the boost factor from UCMH substructure on the heating of galactic gas in a Milky Way-type galaxy, by means of N-body simulation. If $1\\%$ of the dark matter exists as UCMHs, the corresponding boost factor can be of order $10^5$. For reasonable values of the relevant parameters (annihilation cross section $3\\times10^{-26} ~\\textrm{cm}^3~ \\textrm{s}^{-1}$, dark matter mass 100 GeV, 10% heating efficiency), we show that the presence of UCMHs at the 0.1% level would inject enough energy to eject significant amounts of gas from the halo, potentially preventing star formation within $\\sim$1 kpc of the halo centre.

  19. Positron Annihilation Techniques as Nondestructive Tool for Probing Nanosized Open-Volume Defects in Materials (abstract)

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    Mohsen, Mona

    2009-04-01

    Since 1950, positron annihilation techniques (PAT) have been well known as very sensitive and nondestructive tools for studying the defect structure in materials. A positron probe in matter loses its kinetic energy and reaches thermal equilibrium with its surroundings quickly compared with its lifetime. During diffusion, the positron is repelled by ion cores and is attracted sensitively to local regions of open-volume lattice defects such as vacancies and their agglomerates, dislocation lines and grain boundaries in metals, as well as free volume in polymers. In semiconductors, charged states of defects add a further aspect, not encountered in the case of metals, and only neutral or negatively charged defects are expected to be efficient positron traps. The ability of a positron to annihilate with an electron from a variety of specific ``free'' and ``bound'' states in solids will yield information on their corresponding electronic environment, as well as the characteristics of defects with atomic size (~3 A˚). The basic theoretical concepts for the application of the positron annihilation lifetime technique in materials characterization are illustrated in metals and polymers.

  20. On the peculiarities of positron annihilation features in silicalite-1 and Y-zeolites

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    Kajcsos, Z; Liszka, L; Billard, I; Bonnenfant, A; Azenma, E; Lázár, K; Pal-Borbely, G; Caullet, P; Patarin, J; Lohonyai, L

    2000-01-01

    Conditions that facilitate high Ps formation and interactions that modify the o-Ps lifetime were investigated by positron annihilation techniques in silicalite-1 and various Y-zeolites. Long lifetimes, up to 135 ns, and o-Ps fractions as high as 40% were found. The influence of heat treatment (in the range of 90-520 K), capillary condensation of N sub 2 (0.085 MPa) and correlation with water removal was examined in Y-zeolites and in silicalite-1, respectively. The latter matrix was also studied in the presence of liquids. In various samples unexpected features were found (peculiar changes in the 2 gamma/3 gamma ratio, inversion in the trend of lifetime variations, disappearance of specific components, etc.), denoting the complexity of the processes governing the fate of e sup sup + and Ps.

  1. 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.

  2. Structure of water + acetonitrile solutions from acoustic and positron annihilation measurements

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    Jerie, Kazimierz [Institute of Experimental Physics, University of WrocIaw, WrocIaw (Poland); Baranowski, Andrzej [Institute of Experimental Physics, University of WrocIaw, WrocIaw (Poland); Koziol, Stan [Waters Corp., 34 Maple St., Milford, MA 01757 (United States); Glinski, Jacek [Faculty of Chemistry, University of WrocIaw, WrocIaw (Poland)]. E-mail: glin@wchuwr.chem.uni.wroc.pl; Burakowski, Andrzej [Faculty of Chemistry, University of WrocIaw, WrocIaw (Poland)

    2005-03-14

    We report the results of acoustic and positron annihilation measurements in aqueous solutions of acetonitrile (CH{sub 3}CN). Hydrophobicity of the solute is discussed, as well as the possibility of describing the title system in terms of hydrophobic solvation. A new method of calculating the 'ideal' positronium lifetimes is proposed, based on the mean volume of cavities (holes) in liquid structure available for positronium pseudoatom. The results are almost identical with those obtained from molar volumes using the concept of Levay et al. On the other hand, the same calculations performed using the 'bubble' model of annihilation yield very different results. It seems that either acetonitrile forms with water clathrate-like hydrates of untypical architecture, or it is too weak hydrophobic agent to form clathrate-like hydrates at all. The former interpretation seems to be more probable.

  3. Structure of Aqueous Solutions of Acetonitrile Investigated by Acoustic and Positron Annihilation Measurements

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    Jerie, K.; Baranowski, A.; Koziol, S.; Burakowski, A.

    2005-05-01

    We report the results of acoustic and positron annihilation measurements in aqueous solutions of acetonitrile (CH3CN). Hydrophobicity of the solute is discussed, as well as the possibility of describing the title system in terms of hydrophobic solvation. The concept of Levay et al. of calculating the "ideal positronium lifetimes is applied, basing on the mean volume of cavities (holes) in liquid structure available for positronium pseudoatom. The same calculations performed using the Tao model of annihilation yield very different results. It can be concluded that either acetonitrile forms with water clathrate-like hydrates of untypical architecture, or it is too weak hydrophobic agent to form clathrate-like hydrates at all. The former interpretation seems to be more probable.

  4. Structure of water + acetonitrile solutions from acoustic and positron annihilation measurements

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    Jerie, Kazimierz; Baranowski, Andrzej; Koziol, Stan; Gliński, Jacek; Burakowski, Andrzej

    2005-03-01

    We report the results of acoustic and positron annihilation measurements in aqueous solutions of acetonitrile (CH 3CN). Hydrophobicity of the solute is discussed, as well as the possibility of describing the title system in terms of hydrophobic solvation. A new method of calculating the "ideal" positronium lifetimes is proposed, based on the mean volume of cavities (holes) in liquid structure available for positronium pseudoatom. The results are almost identical with those obtained from molar volumes using the concept of Levay et al. On the other hand, the same calculations performed using the "bubble" model of annihilation yield very different results. It seems that either acetonitrile forms with water clathrate-like hydrates of untypical architecture, or it is too weak hydrophobic agent to form clathrate-like hydrates at all. The former interpretation seems to be more probable.

  5. Computing Battery Lifetime Distributions

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    Cloth, Lucia; Jongerden, Marijn R.; Haverkort, Boudewijn R.

    2007-01-01

    The usage of mobile devices like cell phones, navigation systems, or laptop computers, is limited by the lifetime of the included batteries. This lifetime depends naturally on the rate at which energy is consumed, however, it also depends on the usage pattern of the battery. Continuous drawing of a

  6. Monopole annihilation at the electroweak scale

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    Terning, J

    1992-01-01

    We examine the issue of monopole annihilation at the electroweak scale induced by flux tube confinement, concentrating first on the simplest possibility---one which requires no new physics beyond the standard model. Monopoles existing at the time of the electroweak phase transition may trigger $W$ condensation which can confine magnetic flux into flux tubes. However we show on very general grounds, using several independent estimates, that such a mechanism is impotent. We then present several general dynamical arguments constraining the possibility of monopole annihilation through any confining phase near the electroweak scale.

  7. Radiative corrections to neutralino annihilation. Recent developments

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    Herrmann, Bjoern

    2010-11-15

    Evaluating the relic density of dark matter is an interesting possibility to constrain the parameter space of new physics models. However, this calculation is affected by several sources of uncertainty. On the particle physics side, considerable progress has been made in the recent years concerning the calculation of the annihilation cross-section of dark matter, which is needed in this context. In particular, within the Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model, the theoretical uncertainty has been reduced through the calculation of loop corrections. The present contribution gives an overview over the achievements that have been made in QCD corrections to neutralino pair annihilation. The numerical impact is illustrated for a few examples. (orig.)

  8. Positron annihilation study of yttria-stabilized zirconia nanopowders containing Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} additive

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    Prochazka, I; Cizek, J; Melikhova, O; Kuriplach, J [Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, V Holesovickach 2, CZ-180 00, Praha 8 (Czech Republic); Konstantinova, T E; Danilenko, I A, E-mail: ivan.prochazka@mff.cuni.cz [Galkin Donetsk Institute for Physics and Engineering, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Luxemburg Street 72, 83114 Donetsk (Ukraine)

    2011-01-10

    Yttria-stabilized zirconia compacted nanopowders, doped with trivalent chromium oxide, were studied by means of high-resolution positron lifetime and coincidence Doppler broadening techniques. The observed data suggest that positrons annihilate mainly in vacancylike defects at grain boundaries or in larger open volumes most likely located at triple points. The results also show that an addition of Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} leads to a decrease in grain size.

  9. 3D-AP and positron annihilation study of precipitation behavior in Cu-Cr-Zr alloy

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    Hatakeyama, M.; Toyama, T.; Yang, J.;

    2009-01-01

    Precipitation behavior in a Cu-0.78%Cr-0.13%Zr alloy during aging and reaging has been studied by laser-assisted local electrode three-dimensional atom probe (Laser-LEAP) and positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS). After the prime aging at 460 degrees C, Cr clusters enriched with Zr were observ...

  10. Lifetime of organic photovoltaics

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    Corazza, Michael; Krebs, Frederik C; Gevorgyan, Suren A.

    2015-01-01

    A comprehensive outdoor study of polymer solar cells and modules for duration of one year was conducted. Different sample geometries and encapsulations were employed in order to study the spread in the lifetimes. The study is a complimentary report to previous work that focused on indoor ageing...... tests. Comparison of the indoor and outdoor lifetimes was performed by means of the o-diagram, which constitutes the initial steps towards establishing a method for predicting the lifetime of an organic photovoltaic device under real operational conditions based on a selection of accelerated indoor...

  11. 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.

  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. Positron annihilation study of defects in GaAs irradiated by fission neutron

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    ZhuSheng-Yun; QianJia-Yu; 等

    1997-01-01

    The defects in Si-doped,N-type HB GaAs single crystal irradiated by En≥1 MeV fission neutrons(6.5×1015cm-2 and 1.4×1014cm-2)have been investigated using positron annihilation lifetime technique.The mono-and di-vacancies were created by irradiation and the tri-vacancies were formed during annealing.The concentration of defects is proportional to the irradiating neutron fluence.Three annealing stages were obsered at 250,450 and 650℃ for the mono-,di-and tri-vacancies,respectively.

  14. Stroboscopic fluorescence lifetime imaging.

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    Holton, Mark D; Silvestre, Oscar R; Errington, Rachel J; Smith, Paul J; Matthews, Daniel R; Rees, Paul; Summers, Huw D

    2009-03-30

    We report a fluorescence lifetime imaging technique that uses the time integrated response to a periodic optical excitation, eliminating the need for time resolution in detection. A Dirac pulse train of variable period is used to probe the frequency response of the total fluorescence per pulse leading to a frequency roll-off that is dependent on the relaxation rate of the fluorophores. The technique is validated by demonstrating wide-field, realtime, lifetime imaging of the endocytosis of inorganic quantum dots by a cancer cell line. Surface charging of the dots in the intra-cellular environment produces a switch in the fluorescence lifetime from approximately 40 ns to technique offers lifetime based imaging at video rates with standard CCD cameras and has application in probing millisecond cell dynamics and in high throughput imaging assays.

  15. Antihydrogen annihilation reconstruction with the ALPHA silicon detector

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    Andresen, G B; Bertsche, W; Bowe, P D; Butler, E; Cesar, C L; Chapman, S; Charlton, M; Deller, A; Eriksson, S; Fajans, J; Friesen, T; Fujiwara, M C; Gill, D.R; Gutierrez, A; Hangst, J S; Hardy, W N; Hayden, M E; Hayano, R S; Humphries, A J; Hydomako, R; Jonsell, S; Jorgensen, L V; Kurchaninov, L; Madsen, N; Menary, S; Nolan, P; Olchanski, K; Olin, A; Povilus, A; Pusa, P; Sarid, E; Seif el Nasr, S; Silveira, D M; So, C; Storey, J W; Thompson, R I; van der Werf, D P; Yamazaki, Y

    2012-01-01

    The ALPHA experiment has succeeded in trapping antihydrogen, a major milestone on the road to spectroscopic comparisons of antihydrogen with hydrogen. An annihilation vertex detector, which determines the time and position of antiproton annihilations, has been central to this achievement. This detector, an array of double-sided silicon microstrip detector modules arranged in three concentric cylindrical tiers, is sensitive to the passage of charged particles resulting from antiproton annihilation. This article describes the method used to reconstruct the annihilation location and to distinguish the annihilation signal from the cosmic ray background. Recent experimental results using this detector are outlined.

  16. Selective Sommerfeld Enhancement of p-wave Dark Matter Annihilation

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    Das, Anirban

    2016-01-01

    We point out a mechanism for selective Sommerfeld enhancement (suppression) of odd (even) partial waves of dark matter co/annihilation. Using this, the usually velocity-suppressed p-wave annihilation can dominate the annihilation signals in the present Universe. The selection mechanism is a manifestation of an exchange symmetry, and generic for DM with off-diagonal long-range interactions. As a consequence, the relic and late-time annihilation rates are parametrically different and a distinctive phenomenology, with large but strongly velocity-dependent annihilation rates, is predicted.

  17. Measuring Lifetime Poverty

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    Michael Hoy; Buhong Zheng

    2008-01-01

    This paper presents an axiomatic framework for measuring life time poverty over multiple periods. For an individual, we argue that lifetime poverty is influenced by both the snapshot poverty of each period and the poverty level of the "permanent" lifetime consumption; it is also influenced by how poverty spells are distributed over the life time. Two obvious candidates for aggregation are to aggregate over time and then across individuals, or vice versa. For a society, we consider a path-inde...

  18. Probing Sub-atomistic Free-Volume Imperfections in Dry-Milled Nanoarsenicals with PAL Spectroscopy.

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    Shpotyuk, Oleh; Ingram, Adam; Bujňáková, Zdenka; Baláž, Peter; Shpotyuk, Yaroslav

    2016-12-01

    Structural transformations caused by coarse-grained powdering and fine-grained mechanochemical milling in a dry mode were probed in high-temperature modification of tetra-arsenic tetra-sulfide known as β-As4S4. In respect to X-ray diffraction analysis, the characteristic sizes of β-As4S4 crystallites in these coarse- and fine-grained powdered pellets were 90 and 40 nm, respectively. Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy was employed to characterize transformations occurred in free-volume structure of these nanoarsenicals. Experimentally measured positron lifetime spectra were parameterized in respect to three- or two-term fitting procedures and respectively compared with those accumulated for single crystalline realgar α-As4S4 polymorph. The effect of coarse-grained powdering was found to result in generation of large amount of positron and positronium Ps trapping sites inside arsenicals in addition to existing ones. In fine-grained powdered β-As4S4 pellets, the positron trapping sites with characteristic free volumes close to bi- and tri-atomic vacancies were evidently dominated. These defects were supposed to originate from grain boundary regions and interfacial free volumes near aggregated β-As4S4 crystallites. Thus, the cumulative production of different positron traps with lifetimes close to defect-related lifetimes in realgar α-As4S4 polymorph was detected in fine-grained milled samples.

  19. Study of the ortho-positron annihilation process in zeolite Y; Estudio del proceso de aniquilacion de ortopositronio en zeolita Y

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    Alvarado D, M. E.

    2010-07-01

    For several years a great interest has existed for the study of the natural and synthetic zeolites due to its properties. The porosity, one of their main characteristics allows that these materials are used as molecular sieves, catalysts, gases drying, etc. In order to investigating the porosity and other zeolite properties one carries out the study of the process of positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (Pals). This is a technique that provides information about the size and the pores form since is highly sensitive to the free volume and the superficial area of those porous materials as the zeolites. The study began with the elaboration of zeolite Y tablets in a hydraulic press where different pressures (from 0 to 1.26 GPa) and masses (70, 80 and 100 mg) were proven to obtain the estimate porosity of each tablet. A graph was elaborated and the effect of the mass and pressure with regard to the zeolite porosity was analyzed. Later on, the powder and tablets of 70 mg were characterized by means of X-ray diffraction (the glass size, interplanar distance, length and the volume of the unitary cell); scanning electron microscopy (the particles size and morphology); thermo gravimetric analysis (dehydration temperature and the stability up to 700 C) and the Brunauer Emmett Teller method (specific area). After the zeolite Y tablets characterization was carried out the positron annihilation process by means of Pals where its free volume of zeolite Y was analyzed, which includes to the structural cavities and the interparticle volume. The powdered zeolite was analyzed to different experimental conditions (preparation of the sample and the Pals equipment) to obtain the optimal conditions (a window with a time of 400 ns and a enlarged energy window) of analysis. On the other hand, the tablets were analyzed under optimal conditions to obtain the four components of time and intensity ({tau}, {Iota}), result of the different ways of positrons annihilation in the zeolite

  20. Positron annihilation characteristics of ODS and non-ODS EUROFER isochronally annealed

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    Ortega, Y. [Departamento de Fisica, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, 28911 Leganes (Spain)], E-mail: yanicet@fis.ucm.es; Castro, V. de; Monge, M.A.; Munoz, A.; Leguey, T.; Pareja, R. [Departamento de Fisica, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, 28911 Leganes (Spain)

    2008-05-31

    Yttrium oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) and non-ODS EUROFER produced by mechanical alloying and hot isostatic pressing have been subjected to isochronal annealing up to 1523 K, and the evolution of the open-volume defects and their thermal stability have been investigated using positron lifetime and coincidence Doppler broadening (CDB) techniques. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observations have also been performed on the studied samples to verify the characteristics of the surviving defects after annealing at 1523 K. The CDB spectra of ODS EUROFER exhibit a characteristic signature that is attributed to positron annihilation in Ar-decorated cavities at the oxide particle/matrix interfaces. The variation of the positron annihilation parameters with the annealing temperature shows three stages: up to 623 K, between 823 and 1323 K, and above 1323 K. Three-dimensional vacancy clusters, or voids, are detected in either materials in as-HIPed condition and after annealing at T {<=} 623 K. In the temperature range 823-1323 K, these voids' growth and nucleation and the growth of other new species of voids take place. Above 1323 K, some unstable cavities start to anneal out, and cavities associated to oxide particles and other small precipitates survive to annealing at 1523 K. The TEM observations and the positron annihilation results indicate that these cavities should be decorated with Ar atoms absorbed during the mechanical alloying process.

  1. Search for Neutrinos from Annihilating Dark Matter in the Direction of the Galactic Center with the 40-String IceCube Neutrino Observatory

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    Abbasi, R; Ackermann, M; Adams, J; Aguilar, J A; Ahlers, M; Altmann, D; Andeen, K; Auffenberg, J; Bai, X; Baker, M; Barwick, S W; Baum, V; Bay, R; Beattie, K; Beatty, J J; Bechet, S; Tjus, J Becker; Becker, K -H; Bell, M; Benabderrahmane, M L; BenZvi, S; Berdermann, J; Berghaus, P; Berley, D; Bernardini, E; Bertrand, D; Besson, D Z; Bindig, D; Bissok, M; Blaufuss, E; Blumenthal, J; Boersma, D J; Bohm, C; Bose, D; Böser, S; Botner, O; Brayeur, L; Brown, A M; Bruijn, R; Brunner, J; Buitink, S; Carson, M; Casey, J; Casier, M; Chirkin, D; Christy, B; Clevermann, F; Cohen, S; Cowen, D F; Silva, A H Cruz; Danninger, M; Daughhetee, J; Davis, J C; De Clercq, C; Descamps, F; Desiati, P; Uiterweerd, G de Vries; DeYoung, T; Díaz-Vélez, J C; Dreyer, J; Dumm, J P; Dunkman, M; Eagan, R; Eisch, J; Ellsworth, R W; Engdegård, O; Euler, S; Evenson, P A; Fadiran, O; Fazely, A R; Fedynitch, A; Feintzeig, J; Feusels, T; Filimonov, K; Finley, C; Fischer-Wasels, T; Flis, S; Franckowiak, A; Franke, R; Frantzen, K; Fuchs, T; Gaisser, T K; Gallagher, J; Gerhardt, L; Gladstone, L; Glüsenkamp, T; Goldschmidt, A; Goodman, J A; Góra, D; Grant, D; Groß, A; Grullon, S; Gurtner, M; Ha, C; Ismail, A Haj; Hallgren, A; Halzen, F; Hanson, K; Heereman, D; Heimann, P; Heinen, D; Helbing, K; Hellauer, R; Hickford, S; Hill, G C; Hoffman, K D; Hoffmann, R; Homeier, A; Hoshina, K; Hülß, J -P; Huelsnitz, W; Hulth, P O; Hultqvist, K; Hussain, S; Ishihara, A; Jacobi, E; Jacobsen, J; Japaridze, G S; Jlelati, O; Kappes, A; Karg, T; Karle, A; Kiryluk, J; Kislat, F; Kläs, J; Klein, S R; Köhne, J -H; Kohnen, G; Kolanoski, H; Köpke, L; Kopper, C; Kopper, S; Koskinen, D J; Kowalski, M; Krasberg, M; Kroll, G; Kunnen, J; Kurahashi, N; Kuwabara, T; Labare, M; Laihem, K; Landsman, H; Larson, M J; Lauer, R; Lesiak-Bzdak, M; Lünemann, J; Madsen, J; Maruyama, R; Mase, K; Matis, H S; McNally, F; Meagher, K; Merck, M; Mészáros, P; Meures, T; Miarecki, S; Middell, E; Milke, N; Miller, J; Mohrmann, L; Montaruli, T; Morse, R; Movit, S M; Nahnhauer, R; Naumann, U; Nowicki, S C; Nygren, D R; Obertacke, A; Odrowski, S; Olivas, A; Olivo, M; O'Murchadha, A; Panknin, S; Paul, L; Pepper, J A; Heros, C Pérez de los; Pieloth, D; Pirk, N; Posselt, J; Price, P B; Przybylski, G T; Rädel, L; Rawlins, K; Redl, P; Resconi, E; Rhode, W; Ribordy, M; Richman, M; Riedel, B; Rodrigues, J P; Rothmaier, F; Rott, C; Ruhe, T; Ruzybayev, B; Ryckbosch, D; Saba, S M; Salameh, T; Sander, H -G; Santander, M; Sarkar, S; Schatto, K; Scheel, M; Scheriau, F; Schmidt, T; Schmitz, M; Schoenen, S; Schöneberg, S; Schönherr, L; Schönwald, A; Schukraft, A; Schulte, L; Schulz, O; Seckel, D; Seo, S H; Sestayo, Y; Seunarine, S; Smith, M W E; Soiron, M; Soldin, D; Spiczak, G M; Spiering, C; Stamatikos, M; Stanev, T; Stasik, A; Stezelberger, T; Stokstad, R G; Stößl, A; Strahler, E A; Ström, R; Sullivan, G W; Taavola, H; Taboada, I; Tamburro, A; Ter-Antonyan, S; Tilav, S; Toale, P A; Toscano, S; Usner, M; van der Drift, D; van Eijndhoven, N; Van Overloop, A; van Santen, J; Vehring, M; Voge, M; Walck, C; Waldenmaier, T; Wallraff, M; Walter, M; Wasserman, R; Weaver, Ch; Wendt, C; Westerhoff, S; Whitehorn, N; Wiebe, K; Wiebusch, C H; Williams, D R; Wissing, H; Wolf, M; Wood, T R; Woschnagg, K; Xu, C; Xu, D L; Xu, X W; Yanez, J P; Yodh, G; Yoshida, S; Zarzhitsky, P; Ziemann, J; Zilles, A; Zoll, M

    2012-01-01

    A search for muon neutrinos from dark matter annihilations in the Galactic Center region has been performed with the 40-string configuration of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory using data collected in 367 days of live-time starting in April 2008. The observed fluxes were consistent with the atmospheric background expectations. Upper limits on the self-annihilation cross-section are obtained for dark matter particle masses ranging from 100 GeV to 10 TeV. In the case of decaying dark matter, lower limits on the lifetime have been determined for masses between 200 GeV and 20 TeV.

  2. Determination of the 3\\gamma fraction from positron annihilation in mesoporous materials for symmetry violation experiment with J-PET scanner

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    Jasińska, B; Wiertel, M; Zaleski, R; Alfs, D; Bednarski, T; Białas, P; Czerwiński, E; Dulski, K; Gajos, A; Głowacz, B; Kamińska, D; Kapłon, Ł; Korcyl, G; Kowalski, P; Kozik, T; Krzemień, W; Kubicz, E; Mohammed, M; Niedźwiecki, Sz; Pałka, M; Raczyński, L; Rudy, Z; Rundel, O; Sharma, N G; Silarski, M; Słomski, A; Strzelecki, A; Wieczorek, A; Wiślicki, W; Zgardzińska, B; Zieliński, M; Moskal, P

    2016-01-01

    Various mesoporous materials were investigated to choose the best material for experiments requiring high yield of long-lived positronium. We found that the fraction of 3\\gamma annihilation determined using \\gamma-ray energy spectra and positron annihilation lifetime spectra (PAL) changed from 20% to 25%. The 3gamma fraction and o-Ps formation probability in the polymer XAD-4 is found to be the largest. Elemental analysis performed using scanning electron microscop (SEM) equipped with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscop EDS show high purity of the investigated materials.

  3. Three Dimensional Positron Annihilation Momentum Spectroscopy of Lithium Tetraborate Crystals

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    2013-03-21

    a motherboard with nine daughter boards. The inputs from each of the 72 separate input channels are distributed evenly across the daughter boards (8... motherboard has a 20 ns clock cycle, meaning that the shortest measureable timing window between events in multiple strips is 20 ns. The DSSDs

  4. Studies of defects and defect agglomerates by positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Eldrup, Morten Mostgaard; Singh, B.N.

    1997-01-01

    and with other experimental methods (in particular transmission electron microscopy) forms the basis for the use of PAS to quantitatively characterize defects and defect complexes, both visible and invisible is transmission electron microscopes: this is illustrated by some examples. Finally, the advantages...

  5. Corrosion Preventive Compounds Lifetime Testing

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    Hale, Stephanie M.; Kammerer, Catherine C.; Copp, Tracy L.

    2007-01-01

    Lifetime Testing of Corrosion Preventive Compounds (CPCs) was performed to quantify performance in the various environments to which the Space Shuttle Orbiter is exposed during a flight cycle. Three CPCs are approved for use on the Orbiter: RD Calcium Grease, Dinitrol AV-30, and Braycote 601 EF. These CPCs have been rigorously tested to prove that they mitigate corrosion in typical environments, but little information is available on how they perform in the unique combination of the coastal environment at the launch pad, the vacuum of low-earth orbit, and the extreme heat of reentry. Currently, there is no lifetime or reapplication schedule established for these compounds that is based on this combination of environmental conditions. Aluminum 2024 coupons were coated with the three CPCs and exposed to conditions that simulate the environments to which the Orbiter is exposed. Uncoated Aluminum 2024 coupons were exposed to the environmental conditions as a control. Visual inspection and Electro- Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) were performed on the samples in order to determine the effectiveness of the CPCs. The samples were processed through five mission life cycles or until the visual inspection revealed the initiation of corrosion and EIS indicated severe degradation of the coating.

  6. Symposium on atomic spectroscopy

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    1979-01-01

    Topics covered by the conference include: fast beam spectroscopy; astrophysical and other spectra; highly ionized spectroscopy; complex spectra; rydberg levels; fine structure, hyperfine structure and isotope shift; lineshapes; lifetimes, oscillator strengths and Einstein coefficients; and spectroscopy with lasers. Abstracts of the conference papers are presented. (GHT)

  7. Positron annihilation study of microvoids in centrifugally atomized 304 stainless steel

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    Kim, J. Y.; Byrne, J. G.

    1993-03-01

    Positron trapping in microvoids was studied by positron-lifetime and positron Doppler line-shape measurements of centrifugally atomized 304 stainless-steel powder, which was hot-isostatically-press consolidated. This material contained a concentration of several times 1023/m3 of 1.5-nm-diam microvoids. Positron annihilation was strongly influenced by the microvoids in that a very long lifetime component τ3 of about 600 ps resulted. The intensity of the τ3 component decreased with decreasing number density of 1.5 nm microvoids. The Doppler peak shape was found to be much more strongly influenced by microvoids than by any other defects such as precipitates or grain boundaries. In particular microvoids produced significant narrowing of the Doppler distribution shape.

  8. 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.

  9. Positron annihilation in neutron-irradiated germanium

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    Bartenev, G.M.; Bardyshev, I.I.; Erchak, D.P.; Stel' makh, V.F.; Tsyganov, A.D.

    1979-04-01

    The annealing of radiation defects in a germanium single crystal irradiated with 10/sup 18/ neutrons/cm/sup 2/ was studied by positron annihilation, ESR, and resistivity measurements. It was found that positrons are trapped by radiation defects. The intensity of the narrow component of the angular correlation of the annihilation radiation yielded the concentration of defect clusters in the irradiated sample n/sub d/approx. =3 x 10/sup 14/ cm/sup -3/. Three characteristic annealing stages were identified. At 160--200 /sup 0/C, point defects were annealed within the crystal. At 200--320 /sup 0/C, there was ''loosening'' of the clusters, and the charge state of the defects changed. At 320--550 /sup 0/C, the clusters were annealed.

  10. 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.

  11. Vector dark matter annihilation with internal bremsstrahlung

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    Gulab Bambhaniya

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available 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. Vector dark matter annihilation with internal bremsstrahlung

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    Bambhaniya, Gulab; Marfatia, Danny; Nayak, Alekha C; Tomar, Gaurav

    2016-01-01

    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.

  13. Dark Matter Annihilation Decay at The LHC

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    Tsai, Yuhsin; Zhao, Yue

    2015-01-01

    Collider experiments provide an opportunity to shed light on dark matter (DM) self-interactions. In this work, we study the possibility of generating DM bound states -- the Darkonium -- at the LHC and discuss how the annihilation decay of the Darkonium produces force carriers. We focus on two popular scenarios that contain large DM self-couplings: the Higgsinos in the $\\lambda$-SUSY model, and self-interacting DM (SIDM) framework. After forming bound states, the DM particles annihilate into force mediators, which decay into the standard model particles either through a prompt or displaced process. This generates interesting signals for the heavy resonance search. We calculate the production rate of bound states and study the projected future constraints from the existing heavy resonance searches.

  14. Annihilation of Antiprotons in Light Nuclei

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    M. A. Rana; E. U. Khan; M. I. Shahzad; I. E. Qureshi; F. Malik; G. Sher; S. Manzoor; H. A. Khan

    2006-01-01

    @@ CR-39 detectors have been exposed to a 5.9-MeV antiproton beam using the low energy antiproton ring (LEAR) facility at CERN. At this energy, tracks of antiprotons appear in a CR-39 detector after 135 min of etching in 6 M NaOH at 70℃ . Fluence of the antiproton beam has been determined using track density. We have also found tracks in the etched CR-39 detector at different depths (250-500μm). These tracks have resulted from the annihilation of antiprotons with the constituents (H, C and O) of the CR-39 detector. The goal of the experiment is to develop a simple and low-cost method to study properties of antiparticles and those formed after annihilation of these particles with the target matter.

  15. Dark matter annihilation near a naked singularity

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    Patil, Mandar

    2011-01-01

    We investigate here the dark matter annihilation near a Kerr naked singularity. We show that when dark matter particles collide and annihilate in vicinity of the singularity, the escape fraction to infinity of particles produced is much larger, at least 10^2 - 10^3 times the corresponding black hole values. As high energy collisions are generically possible near a naked singularity, this provides an excellent environment for efficient conversion of dark matter into ordinary standard model particles. If the center of galaxy harbored such a naked singularity, it follows that the observed emergent flux of particles with energy comparable to mass of the dark matter particles is much larger compared to the blackhole case, thus providing an intriguing observational test on the nature of the galactic center

  16. Shocking Signals of Dark Matter Annihilation

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    Davis, Jonathan H; Boehm, Celine; Kotera, Kumiko; Norman, Colin

    2015-01-01

    We examine whether charged particles injected by self-annihilating Dark Matter into regions undergoing Diffuse Shock Acceleration (DSA) can be accelerated to high energies. We consider three astrophysical sites where shock acceleration is supposed to occur, namely the Galactic Centre, galaxy clusters and Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN). For the Milky Way, we find that the acceleration of cosmic rays injected by dark matter could lead to a bump in the cosmic ray spectrum provided that the product of the efficiency of the acceleration mechanism and the concentration of DM particles is high enough. Among the various acceleration sources that we consider (namely supernova remnants (SNRs), Fermi bubbles and AGN jets), we find that the Fermi bubbles are a potentially more efficient accelerator than SNRs. However both could in principle accelerate electrons and protons injected by dark matter to very high energies. At the extragalactic level, the acceleration of dark matter annihilation products could be responsible fo...

  17. Annihilator Conditions on Formal Power Series

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    Gary F. Birkenmeier; Feng-Kuo Huang

    2002-01-01

    The main purpose of this paper is to extend the study of various annihilator conditions on polynomials to formal power series in which addition and substitution are used as operations. This process is not as routine as in the ring case because the substitution of one formal power series into another may not be well defined. Two approaches are introduced to solve this problem. A result of Armendariz on the polynomial extension of a reduced Baer ring is extended to the study of entire functions. It is shown that nearrings of entire functions satisfy certain annihilator conditions. Our results are applied to obtain connections between the multiplicative and substitution structures of various formal power series rings.

  18. Cosmological and astrophysical signatures of dark matter annihilations into pseudo-Goldstone bosons

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    Garcia-Cely, Camilo; Ibarra, Alejandro; Molinaro, Emiliano, E-mail: camilo.garcia@tum.de, E-mail: alejandro.ibarra@ph.tum.de, E-mail: emiliano.molinaro@tum.de [Physik-Department T30d, Technische Universität München, James-Franck-Straße, Garching, 85748 (Germany)

    2014-02-01

    We investigate a model where the dark matter particle is a chiral fermion field charged under a global U(1) symmetry which is assumed to be spontaneously broken, leading to a pseudo-Goldstone boson (PGB). We argue that the dark matter annihilation into PGBs determine the dark matter relic abundance. Besides, we also note that experimental searches for PGBs allow either for a very long lived PGB, with a lifetime much longer than the age of the Universe, or a relatively short lived PGB, with a lifetime shorter than one minute. Hence, two different scenarios arise, producing very different signatures. In the long lived PGB scenario, the PGB might contribute significantly to the radiation energy density of the Universe. On the other hand, in the short lived PGB scenario, and since the decay length is shorter than one parsec, the s-wave annihilation into a PGB and a CP even dark scalar in the Galactic center might lead to an intense box feature in the gamma-ray energy spectrum, provided the PGB decay branching ratio into two photons is sizable. We also analyze the constraints on these two scenarios from thermal production, the Higgs invisible decay width and direct dark matter searches.

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

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

    2016-09-30

    Highlights: • Effect of positron irradiation was studied using both positron lifetime and Doppler. • Positron source irradiation creates paramagnetic centers on the surface of alumina. • Paramagnetic centers induced spin conversion quenching of positronium. • Paramagnetic centers are unstable above 70 K and nearly vanish above 190 K. • Positronium is a sensitive probe for the surface defects in porous materials. - Abstract: Positron lifetime and Doppler broadening of positron annihilation radiation were measured as a function of time to study the irradiation effect by {sup 22}Na positron source in fine powdered alumina. The γ-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} samples were put in a vacuum chamber with a pressure of about 10{sup −6} Torr and were cooled down to 10 K by a closed-cycle helium gas refrigerator. The irradiation of γ-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} 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-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} 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

  20. Positron lifetime study of native vacancy-like defects in chalcogenide glasses

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    Filipecki, J.; Shpotyuk, O.I. E-mail: shpotyuk@novas.lviv.ua; Kozdras, A.; Kovalskiy, A.P

    2003-11-01

    Modified model for positron annihilation in vitreous chalcogenide semiconductors is developed to explain a number of previously obtained results on positron lifetime measurements in glassy As-Ge-S of stoichiometric As{sub 2}S{sub 3}-GeS{sub 2} and non-stoichiometric As{sub 2}S{sub 3}-Ge{sub 2}S{sub 3} cut-sections.

  1. Positronium formation in NaY-zeolites studied by lifetime, positron beam Doppler broadening and 3-gamma detection techniques

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    Schut, H; Kolar, Z I; Veen, A V; Clet, G

    2000-01-01

    Results of positron annihilation measurements on NaY pressed powders and deposited thin films using slow positron beam and conventional fast positron techniques are presented. In lifetime experiments using an external sup sup 2 sup sup 2 Na source an averaged long lifetime of 1.8 ns with a sum intensity of 27% was observed in pressed powders in the presence of air at room temperature (RT). In literature this lifetime is ascribed to positrons annihilating in water filled alpha or beta cages Habrowska, A.M., Popiel, E.S., 1987. Positron annihilation in zeolite 13X. J. Appl. Phys. 62, 2419. By means of isotopic exchange some of the Na was replaced by sup sup 2 sup sup 2 Na. These powders showed a long lifetime component of 7-8 ns with an intensity increasing from 1 to 12% when heated under normal atmosphere from RT to 200 deg. C. No significant increase of the shorter (1.5 ns) lifetime was observed, while its intensity dropped from 13.4 to 6.6%. Both effects are ascribed to the loss of water from alpha cages onl...

  2. Temperature variations of average o-Ps lifetime in porous media

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    Goworek, T; Jasinska, B; Wawryszczuk, J

    2000-01-01

    Modification of the Tao-Eldrup model is proposed in order to extend its usefulness to the case of porous media. The modification consists in the transition from spherical to capillary geometry and in inclusion of pick-off annihilation from the excited states of a particle in the well. Approximated equations for pick-off constant in these states are given. The model was tested by observing the temperature dependences of o-Ps lifetime in various media. In the case of silica gels and Vycor glass with narrow pores, the model seems to work well, while for larger pores in Vycor unexpectedly long lifetimes appear in the range of lowest temperatures.

  3. POSITRON ANNIHILATION AND CONDUCTIVITY MEASUREMENTS ON POLYANILINE

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    彭治林; 刘皓; 等

    1994-01-01

    The positron lifetime spectra and electrical conductivities have been measured for polyaniline as a function of protonation level ([H+] from 10-7-100.8 mol/L)。We observed that (1) the short lifetime τ1,which was related to electron density in bulk,decreased with the protonation level;(2) the intermediate lifetime τ2≈360ps,almost remaining constant,whereas its intensity I2 increased with increasing protonation level which was related to the conductivity of meaterial.These results are discussed in terms of conducting island model.

  4. 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, E-mail: kpv@ispms.tsc.ru [National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University, Tomsk, 634050 (Russian Federation); Institute of Strength Physics and Materials Science SB RAS, Tomsk, 634055 (Russian Federation); Cizek, Jacub, E-mail: jcizek@mbox.troja.mff.cuni.cz; Hruska, Petr [Charles University in Prague, Praha, CZ-18000 Czech Republic (Czech Republic); Anwad, Wolfgang [Institut für Strahlenphysik, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Dresden, D-01314 Germany (Germany); Bordulev, Yuri; Lider, Andrei; Laptev, Roman [National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University, Tomsk, 634050 (Russian Federation); Mironov, Yuri [Institute of Strength Physics and Materials Science SB RAS, Tomsk, 634055 (Russian Federation)

    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.

  5. Lifetime of heavy hypernuclei and its implications on the weak LAMBDA N interaction

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    Cassing, W; Kamys, B; Kulessa, P; Niewodniczanski, H; Ohm, H; Pysz, K; Rudy, Z; Schult, O W B; Ströher, H

    2003-01-01

    The lifetime of the LAMBDA-hyperon in heavy hypernuclei measured in proton-Au, -Bi and -U collisions by the COSY-13 Collaboration at COSY-Juelich has been analyzed to yield tau subLAMBDA=(145+-11) ps. This value for tau subLAMBDA is compatible with the lifetime extracted from antiproton annihilation on Bi and U targets, albeit much more accurate. Theoretical models based on the meson exchange picture and assuming the validity of the phenomenological DELTA I=1/2 rule predict the lifetime of heavy hypernuclei to be significantly larger (2-3 standard deviations). Such large differences indicate that at least one of the assumptions in these models is not fulfilled. A much better reproduction of the lifetimes of heavy hypernuclei is achieved in the phase space model, if the DELTA I=1/2 rule is discarded in the nonmesonic LAMBDA decay. (orig.)

  6. Dark Matter Annihilation at the Galactic Center

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    Linden, Timothy Ryan [Univ. of California, Santa Cruz, CA (United States)

    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

  7. On baryogenesis from dark matter annihilation

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    Bernal, Nicolás [ICTP South American Institute for Fundamental Research and Instituto de Física Teórica, Universidade Estadual Paulista, São Paulo, SP 01140-070 (Brazil); Colucci, Stefano; Ubaldi, Lorenzo [Bethe Center for Theoretical Physics and Physikalisches Institut, Universität Bonn, Nußallee 12, D-53115 Bonn (Germany); Josse-Michaux, François-Xavier [Centro de Física Teórica de Partículas CFTP, Instituto Superior Técnico, Technical University of Lisbon, 1049-001 Lisbon (Portugal); Racker, J., E-mail: nicolas@ift.unesp.br, E-mail: colucci@th.physik.uni-bonn.de, E-mail: fxjossemichaux@gmail.com, E-mail: racker@ific.uv.es, E-mail: ubaldi@th.physik.uni-bonn.de [Instituto de Física corpuscular (IFIC), Universidad de Valencia-CSIC Edificio de Institutos de Paterna, Apt. 22085, 46071 Valencia (Spain)

    2013-10-01

    We study in detail the conditions to generate the baryon asymmetry of the universe from the annihilation of dark matter. This scenario requires a low energy mechanism for thermal baryogenesis, hence we first discuss some of these mechanisms together with the specific constraints due to the connection with the dark matter sector. Then we show that, contrary to what stated in previous studies, it is possible to generate the cosmological asymmetry without adding a light sterile dark sector, both in models with violation and with conservation of B−L. In addition, one of the models we propose yields some connection to neutrino masses.

  8. Vector dark matter annihilation with internal bremsstrahlung

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

    2016-01-01

    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 st...

  9. Particle-antiparticle asymmetries from annihilations

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    Baldes, Iason; Petraki, Kalliopi; Volkas, Raymond R

    2014-01-01

    An extensively studied mechanism to create particle-antiparticle asymmetries is the out-of-equilibrium and CP violating decay of a heavy particle. Here 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.

  10. Decreasing luminescence lifetime of evaporating phosphorescent droplets

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    van der Voort, D. D.; Dam, N. J.; Sweep, A. M.; Kunnen, R. P. J.; van Heijst, G. J. F.; Clercx, H. J. H.; van de Water, W.

    2016-12-01

    Laser-induced phosphorescence has been used extensively to study spray dynamics. It is important to understand the influence of droplet evaporation in the interpretation of such measurements, as it increases luminescence quenching. By suspending a single evaporating n-heptane droplet in an acoustic levitator, the properties of lanthanide-complex europium-thenoyltrifluoroacetone-trioctylphosphine oxide (Eu-TTA-TOPO) phosphorescence are determined through high-speed imaging. A decrease was found in the measured phosphorescence decay coefficient (780 → 200 μs) with decreasing droplet volumes (10-9 → 10-11 m3) corresponding to increasing concentrations (10-4 → 10-2 M). This decrease continues up to the point of shell-formation at supersaturated concentrations. The diminished luminescence is shown not to be attributable to triplet-triplet annihilation, quenching between excited triplet-state molecules. Instead, the pure exponential decays found in the measurements show that a non-phosphorescent quencher, such as free TTA/TOPO, can be attributable to this decay. The concentration dependence of the phosphorescence lifetime can therefore be used as a diagnostic of evaporation in sprays.

  11. Separating annihilation and excitation energy transfer dynamics in light harvesting systems.

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    Vengris, Mikas; Larsen, Delmar S; Valkunas, Leonas; Kodis, Gerdenis; Herrero, Christian; Gust, Devens; Moore, Thomas; Moore, Ana; van Grondelle, Rienk

    2013-09-26

    The dependence of excitation energy transfer kinetics on the electronic state of the acceptor (ground vs excited) has been resolved with a novel multipulse prePump-Pump-Probe spectroscopy. The primary energy transfer and annihilation dynamics in two model light-harvesting systems were explored: an artificially synthesized carotenoid-zinc-phthalocyanine dyad and a naturally occurring light-harvesting peridinin-chlorophyll protein complex from Amphidinium carterae. Both systems use carotenoid as the primary excitation energy donor with porphyrin chromophores as the acceptor molecules. The prePump-Pump-Probe transient signals were analyzed with Monte Carlo modeling to explicitly address the underlying step-by-step kinetics involved in both excitation migration and annihilation processes. Both energy transfer and annihilation dynamics were demonstrated to occur with approximately the same rate in both systems, regardless of the excitation status of the acceptor pigments. The possible reasons for these observations are discussed in the framework of the Förster energy transfer model.

  12. The Sprint to Lifetime Sports

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    Ernst, Leonard

    1973-01-01

    Describes the trend in high school physical education programs toward lifetime sports, defined by the author as physical activities that will serve the interests of students for a lifetime. Included are a special report on program costs and a model of a performance-based lifetime sports program. (Author/DN)

  13. Impact of dark matter decays and annihilations on structure formation

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    Mapelli, M.; Ripamonti, E.

    2007-01-01

    Abstract: We derived the evolution of the energy deposition in the intergalactic medium (IGM) by different decaying (or annihilating) dark matter (DM) candidates. Heavy annihilating DM particles (with mass larger than a few GeV) have no influence on reionization and heating, even if we assume that a

  14. Three-photon annihilation of the electron-positron pairs

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    Frolov, A. M.

    2008-01-01

    Three-photon annihilation of the electron-positron pairs (= $(e^{-}, e^{+})-$pairs) is considered in the electron rest frame. The energy of the incident positron can be arbitrary. The analytical expression for the cross-section of three-photon annihilation of the $(e^{-},e^{+})-$pair has been derived and investigated.

  15. CMB constraint on dark matter annihilation after Planck 2015

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    Masahiro Kawasaki

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available We update the constraint on the dark matter annihilation cross section by using the recent measurements of the CMB anisotropy by the Planck satellite. We fully calculate the cascade of dark matter annihilation products and their effects on ionization, heating and excitation of the hydrogen, hence do not rely on any assumption on the energy fractions that cause these effects.

  16. A STUDY OF FINE PRECIPITATES IN ALLOYS BY POSITRON ANNIHILATION

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    王景成; 尤富强; 殷俊林; 高国华; 梁玲; 段勇

    2001-01-01

    Measurements were performed using the positron annihilation technique associated with physical metallurgical techniques for several engineering alloys containing fine precipitates. It is shown that positron annihilation is an effective method to detect fine precipitates, providing a sound basis for a further intense research of these.

  17. Detection of helium in irradiated Fe9Cr alloys by coincidence Doppler broadening of slow positron annihilation

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    Cao, Xingzhong; Zhu, Te; Jin, Shuoxue; Kuang, Peng; Zhang, Peng; Lu, Eryang; Gong, Yihao; Guo, Liping; Wang, Baoyi

    2017-03-01

    An element analysis method, coincidence Doppler broadening spectroscopy of slow positron annihilation, was employed to detect helium in ion-irradiated Fe9Cr alloys. Spectra with higher peak to background ratio were recorded using a two-HPGe detector coincidence measuring system. It means that information in the high-momentum area of the spectra can be used to identify helium in metals. This identification is not entirely dependent on the helium concentration in the specimens, but is related to the structure and microscopic arrangement of atoms surrounding the positron annihilation site. The results of Doppler broadening spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy show that vacancies and dislocations were formed in ion-irradiated specimens. Thermal helium desorption spectrometry was performed to obtain the types of He traps.

  18. Electroweak bremsstrahlung for wino-like Dark Matter annihilations

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    Ciafaloni, Paolo; De Simone, Andrea; Riotto, Antonio; Urbano, Alfredo

    2012-01-01

    If the Dark Matter is the neutral Majorana component of a multiplet which is charged under the electroweak interactions of the Standard Model, its main annihilation channel is into W+W-, while the annihilation into light fermions is helicity suppressed. As pointed out recently, the radiation of gauge bosons from the initial state of the annihilation lifts the suppression and opens up an s-wave contribution to the cross section. We perform the full tree-level calculation of Dark Matter annihilations, including electroweak bremsstrahlung, in the context of an explicit model corresponding to the supersymmetric wino. We find that the fermion channel can become as important as the di-boson one. This result has significant implications for the predictions of the fluxes of particles originating from Dark Matter annihilations.

  19. Searching for Dark Matter Annihilation in M87

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    Saxena, Sheetal; Rüger, Michael; Summa, Alexander; Mannheim, Karl

    2011-01-01

    Clusters of galaxies, such as the Virgo cluster, host enormous quantities of dark matter, making them prime targets for efforts in indirect dark matter detection via potential radiative signatures from annihilation of dark matter particles and subsequent radiative losses of annihilation products. However, a careful study of ubiquitous astrophysical backgrounds is mandatory to single out potential evidence for dark matter annihilation. Here, we construct a multiwavelength spectral energy distribution for the central radio galaxy in the Virgo cluster, M87, using a state-of-the-art numerical Synchrotron Self Compton approach. Fitting recent Chandra, Fermi-LAT and Cherenkov observations, we probe different dark matter annihilation scenarios including a full treatment of the inverse Compton losses from electrons and positrons produced in the annihilation. It is shown that such a template can substantially improve upon existing dark matter detection limits.

  20. Three-photon-annihilation contributions to positronium energies at order $m \\alpha^7$

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    Adkins, Gregory S; Parsons, Christian; Fell, Richard N

    2015-01-01

    Positronium spectroscopy (n=1 hyperfine splitting, n=2 fine structure, and the 1S-2S interval) has reached a precision of order 1 MHz. Vigorous ongoing efforts to improve the experimental results motivate the calculation of the positronium energy levels at order $m \\alpha^7$. In this work we present the result for a complete class of such contributions--those involving virtual annihilation of positronium to three photons in an intermediate state. We find an energy shift of $2.6216(11) m \\alpha^7/(n \\pi)^3$ for the spin-triplet S state with principal quantum number n.

  1. Lifetimes and HQE

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    Lenz, Alexander

    2014-01-01

    Kolya Uraltsev was one of the inventors of the Heavy Quark Expansion (HQE), that describes inclusive weak decays of hadrons containing heavy quarks and in particular lifetimes. Besides giving a pedagogic introduction to the subject, we review the development and the current status of the HQE, which just recently passed several non-trivial experimental tests with an unprecedented precision. In view of many new experimental results for lifetimes of heavy hadrons, we also update several theory predictions: $\\tau (B^+) / \\tau (B_d) = 1.04^{+0.05}_{-0.01} \\pm 0.02 \\pm 0.01$, $\\tau (B_s) / \\tau (B_d) = 1.001 \\pm 0.002$, $\\tau (\\Lambda_b)/ \\tau (B_d) = 0.935 \\pm 0.054$ and $\\bar {\\tau} (\\Xi_b^0) / \\bar{\\tau} (\\Xi_b^+) = 0.95 \\pm 0.06$. The theoretical precision is currently strongly limited by the unknown size of the non-perturbative matrix elements of four-quark operators, which could be determined with lattice simulations.

  2. High-dose neutron induced radiation swelling simulated by heavy ion irradiation and its microscopic study with positron annihilation technique

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    2000-01-01

    70 MeV-carbon-ion irradiation is used to simulate the radiation swelling induced by neutron irradiation of 3.2×1022 n·cm-2 in domestically-made 316 austenitic stainless steels modified by a 20%-cold-working and Ti-adding from room temperature to 802°C. The created swelling is microscopically examined by the positron annihilation lifetime technique. A radiation swelling peak is observed at 580°C and the corresponding void has an average diameter of 0.7nm which is hardly probed by macroscopic methods.

  3. Interaction of positronium atoms, with paramagnetic molecules, measured by perturbed angular distribution in 3{gamma} annihilation decay

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    Ivanov, Eugeniu [National Institute for Nuclear Physics and Engineering - Horia Hulubei, Bucharest-Magurele CP MG 06, Atomistilor Street 407 (Romania); Center for Advanced Studies in Physics of the Roumanian Academy, Casa Academiei Romane, Calea 13 Septembrie No: 13, Bucharest (Romania); Vata, Ion [National Institute for Nuclear Physics and Engineering - Horia Hulubei, Bucharest-Magurele CP MG 06, Atomistilor Street 407 (Romania)], E-mail: vata@ifin.nipne.ro; Teodorian, Stefan; Rusen, Ion; Stefan, Nitisor [National Institute for Nuclear Physics and Engineering - Horia Hulubei, Bucharest-Magurele CP MG 06, Atomistilor Street 407 (Romania)

    2009-01-15

    Positronium in the triplet spin state (S = 1) decays by 3{gamma} annihilation having a life time of about 140 ns in vacuum. Positronium annihilation is affected by magnetic fields which mix the M = 0 state of ortho-positronium with the M = 0 state of para-positronium. The mixing fraction depends on the magnetic field intensity and causes quantum beats in the time distribution of {gamma} annihilation decay. This effect was predicted by Barishevsky et al. [V.G. Barishevsky, O.N. Metelitsa, V.V. Tikhomirov, J. Phys. B Atom. Mol. Opt. Phys. 22 (1989) 2835]. The time differential perturbed angular correlation method (TDPAC), combined with long-lived positron life time spectroscopy (PLTS), has been used to observe these quantum beats. It is found that the characteristics of the annihilation time distribution are not influenced by the presence of diamagnetic species such as Ar, N{sub 2} and H{sub 2} but are affected by the presence of the paramagnetic O{sub 2} molecule. Our results are encouraging in developing a new method for investigating magnetic fields on an atomic scale.

  4. Holographic Vortex Pair Annihilation in Superfluid Turbulence

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    Du, Yiqiang; Tian, Yu; Zhang, Hongbao

    2014-01-01

    We make a first principles investigation of the dynamical evolution of vortex number in a two-dimensional (2D) turbulent superfluid by holography through numerically solving its highly non-trivial gravity dual. With the randomly placed vortices and antivortices prepared as initial states, we find that the temporal evolution of the vortex number can be well fit statistically by two-body decay due to the vortex pair annihilation featured relaxation process remarkably from a very early time on. In particular, subtracted by the universal offset, the power law fit indicates that our holographic turbulent superfluid exhibits an apparently different decay pattern from the superfluid recently experimented in highly oblate Bose-Einstein condensates.

  5. One-photon pair annihilation in magnetized relativistic plasmas

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    Harding, A. K.

    1986-01-01

    In supersonic magnetic fields, electron-positron pairs may annihilate into single photons producing spectral features above 1 MeV. The paper calculates the exact one-photon annihilation rate in the general case where pairs may annihilate from excited Landau states, extending the previous studies which were restricted to pairs in the ground state. Asymptotic expressions for annihilation spectra and rates in the limit of large pair quantum numbers are also derived. It is found that the rate of annihilation from excited states can exceed the rate from the ground state by orders of magnitude in fields less than about 2 x 10 to the 12th G. This allows one-photon annihilation to be competitive with the two-photon process at typical neutron star field strengths. Annihilation spectra from a Maxwellian pair plasma at transrelativistic temperatures show fine structure near threshold on a scale (h/2pi)omega sub B as the result of contributions from individual pair states, which blend into a smooth continuum at higher energies.

  6. Pair Production and Annihilation in Strong Magnetic Fields

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    Daugherty, J. K.; Harding, A. K.

    1983-01-01

    Electromagnetic phenomena occurring in the presence of strong magnetic fields are currently of great interest in high-energy astrophysics. In particular, the process of pair production by single photons in the presence of fields of order 10 to the 12th power Gauss is of importance in cascade models of pulsar gamma ray emission, and may also become significant in theories of other radiation phenomena whose sources may be neutron stars (e.g., gamma ray bursts). In addition to pair production, the inverse process of pair annihilation is greatly affected by the presence of superstrong magnetic fields. The most significant departures from annihilation processes in free space are a reduction in the total rate for annihilation into two photons, a broadening of the familiar 511-keV line for annihilation at rest, and the possibility for annihilation into a single photon (which dominates the two-photon annihilation for B ( 10 the 13th power Gauss). The physics of these pair conversion processes, which is reviewed briefly, can become quite complex in the teragauss regime, and can involve calculations which are technically difficult to incorporate into models of emission mechanisms in neutron star magnetospheres. However, theoretical work, especially the case of pair annihilation, also suggests potential techniques for more direct measurements of field strengths near the stellar surface.

  7. Antihyperon-hyperon production in antiproton-proton annihilations with PANDA at FAIR

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    Papenbrock, Michael [Department of Nuclear Physics and Astronomy, Uppsala University, Uppsala (Sweden); Collaboration: PANDA-Collaboration

    2015-07-01

    The production of antihyperon-hyperon pairs in antiproton-proton annihilations involves the annihilation of at least one light (u,d) quark-antiquark pair and the creation of a heavier (s,c,b) pair. Production of strange hyperons occur in an energy region in which QCD is difficult to predict. By studying hyperon production we learn about the strong interaction in this energy region, i.e. the confinement domain. It is an open question what the relevant degrees of freedom are: quarks and gluons, or hadrons. Spin observables is an excellent tool in order to better understand the physical processes. These are accessible via the weak, parity violating decay of the hyperon which results in an angular asymmetry of the decay products. The future PANDA experiment at FAIR is going to be ideally suited to study spin physics on hyperons with both high precision and high statistics. Since hyperons decay weakly and thus have long life-times, their decay vertices are displaced with respect to the production point. This sets high demands on precise track reconstruction. A pattern recognition algorithm is currently under development, with the ability to reconstruct tracks originating in displaced vertices. Simulation studies done by the Uppsala group as well as the status of the development will be presented and discussed.

  8. Constraints on dark matter annihilation to fermions and a photon

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    Chowdhury, Debtosh; Laha, Ranjan

    2016-01-01

    We consider Majorana dark matter annihilation to fermion - anti-fermion pair and a photon in the effective field theory paradigm, by introducing dimension 6 and dimension 8 operators in the Lagrangian. For a given value of the cut-off scale, the latter dominates the annihilation process for heavier dark matter masses. We find a cancellation in the dark matter annihilation to a fermion - anti-fermion pair when considering the interference of the dimension 6 and the dimension 8 operators. Constraints on the effective scale cut-off is derived while considering indirect detection experiments and the relic density requirements and then comparing them to the bound coming from collider experiments.

  9. FLUORESCENCE LIFETIME DISTRIBUTIONS IN PROTEINS

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    ALCALA, JR; Gratton, E; PRENDERGAST, FG

    1987-01-01

    The fluorescence lifetime value of tryptophan residues varies by more than a factor of 100 in different proteins and is determined by several factors, which include solvent exposure and interactions with other elements of the protein matrix. Because of the variety of different elements that can alter the lifetime value and the sensitivity to the particular environment of the tryptophan residue, it is likely that non-unique lifetime values result in protein systems. The emission decay of most ...

  10. Energy Savings Lifetimes and Persistence

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    Hoffman, Ian M. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Schiller, Steven R. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Todd, Annika [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Billingsley, Megan A. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Goldman, Charles A. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Schwartz, Lisa C. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)

    2016-02-01

    This technical brief explains the concepts of energy savings lifetimes and savings persistence and discusses how program administrators use these factors to calculate savings for efficiency measures, programs and portfolios. Savings lifetime is the length of time that one or more energy efficiency measures or activities save energy, and savings persistence is the change in savings throughout the functional life of a given efficiency measure or activity. Savings lifetimes are essential for assessing the lifecycle benefits and cost effectiveness of efficiency activities and for forecasting loads in resource planning. The brief also provides estimates of savings lifetimes derived from a national collection of costs and savings for electric efficiency programs and portfolios.

  11. Lifetime-weighted photoacoustic imaging

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    Forbrich, A.; Shao, P.; Shi, W.; Zemp, Roger J.

    2016-12-01

    Photoacoustic (PA) imaging has been utilized to quantify the lifetime profile of exogenous agents using a series of pump-probe pulses with a varying time delay; however, current techniques typically lead to long acquisition times which are sensitive to motion and cause absorption or photobleaching. We introduce a technique called lifetime-weighted imaging, which uses only three laser pulses to preferentially weight signals from chromophores with long lifetimes (including exogenous contrast agents with triplet excited states such as methylene blue and porphyrins) while nulling chromophores with short picosecond- to nanosecond-scale lifetimes (including hemoglobin). This technique detects the PA signal from a probe pulse either with or without a pump pulse. By subtracting the probe-only signal from the pump-present probe signal, we effectively eliminate signals from chromophores with short lifetimes while preserving PA signals from chromophores with long-lifetimes. We demonstrate the oxygen-dependent lifetime of both methylene blue and porphyrin-lipids and demonstrate both ground-state recovery and excited-state lifetime-weighted imaging. Lifetime-weighted PA imaging may have applications in many molecular imaging application including: photodynamic therapy dosimetry guidance and oxygen sensing.

  12. Copulas Between Wealth and Lifetime

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    YE Dongyan

    2009-01-01

    The life insurance industry is very interested in how a person's lifetime is related to his wealth with financial advisors interested in how even a person's portfolio choice affects his lifetime. This paper presents a statistical analysis combined with intuitive relationships between lifetime and wealth. Key properties of this relationship are given and then various copulas are analyzed to see whether they have these properties. Other advantages and disadvantages of these copulas for describing the dependence are stated. The results show that some copulas are not appropriate for relating lifetime and wealth, including the Gaussian family.

  13. Positron annihilation study of HVPE grown thick GaN layers

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    Misheva, M. [Department of Physics, Sofia University, Blvd. J. Boucher 5, 1164 Sofia (Bulgaria); Larsson, H.; Monemar, B. [Department of Physics and Measurement Technology, Linkoeping University, 58183 Linkoeping (Sweden); Gogova, D. [Department of Physics and Measurement Technology, Linkoeping University, 58183 Linkoeping (Sweden); Central Laboratory of Solar Energy and New Energy Sources at the Bulg. Acad. Sci., Blvd. Tzarigradsko shose 72, 1784 Sofia (Bulgaria)

    2005-04-01

    Single-crystalline GaN layers with a thickness up to 330 {mu}m were grown by hydride vapor phase epitaxy on basal plane sapphire at gallium stable conditions in a bottom-fed vertical reactor at atmospheric pressure. Positron annihilation spectroscopy experiments were implemented in order to identify native point defects in the as-grown non-intentionally doped n-type GaN. Comparatively low concentrations of Ga vacancy related defects in the order of 10{sup 16} to 10{sup 17} cm{sup -3} were extracted from the positron annihilation spectroscopy data. The Ga vacancy defect concentration was related to the intensity of the yellow photoluminescence band centered at 2.2 eV. The influence of the growth rate on the Ga vacancy related defect concentration was investigated. A trend of decreasing of the defect concentration with increasing of layer thickness is observed, which correlates with improving crystalline quality with the thickness. (copyright 2005 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  14. 钼(Mo)原子奇宇称能级自然辐射寿命的测量%Natural Radiative Lifetime Measurements of Atoms and Ions in Astronomic Spectroscopy

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    蒋红玫; 戴振文

    2012-01-01

    介绍了测量原子(离子)激发态自然辐射寿命的原理方法,并运用激光诱导荧光时间分辨光谱技术和激光烧蚀产生等离子体技术对钼(Mo)原子的5个奇宇称高激发态能级自然辐射寿命进行了测量.%The authors introduced the principles of lifertime measurement, and measured the natual radiative lifetime of Mo atom at 5 odd-parity highly-exited levels by means of the time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence and laser ablation techniques.

  15. PALSfit: A new program for the evaluation of positron lifetime spectra

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    Olsen, Jens V.; Kirkegaard, Peter; Pedersen, Niels Jørgen

    2007-01-01

    PALSfit is a new Windows program for the analysis of positron lifetime spectra. PALSfit combines into one interactive Windows program the features of our previous PATFIT program package, such as data input, least-squares fitting routines as well as graphical displays. A number of options are avai......PALSfit is a new Windows program for the analysis of positron lifetime spectra. PALSfit combines into one interactive Windows program the features of our previous PATFIT program package, such as data input, least-squares fitting routines as well as graphical displays. A number of options...... are available, including constraints on positron lifetimes, intensities, background and area, and corrections for annihilation in the positron source. In addition, a number of new features have been included. The Windows user-interface makes to a large extent the various features of the program self...

  16. Baryon production in $e^{+}e^{-}$-annihilation at PETRA

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    Bartel, Wulfrin; Dittmann, P; Eichler, R; Felst, R; Haidt, Dieter; Krehbiel, H; Meier, K; Naroska, Beate; O'Neill, L H; Steffen, P; Wenninger, Horst; Zhang, Y; Elsen, E E; Helm, M; Petersen, A; Warming, P; Weber, G; Bethke, Siegfried; Drumm, H; Heintze, J; Heinzelmann, G; Hellenbrand, K H; Heuer, R D; Von Krogh, J; Lennert, P; Kawabata, S; Matsumura, H; Nozaki, T; Olsson, J; Rieseberg, H; Wagner, A; Bell, A; Foster, F; Hughes, G; Wriedt, H; Allison, J; Ball, A H; Bamford, G; Barlow, R; Bowdery, C K; Duerdoth, I P; Hassard, J F; King, B T; Loebinger, F K; MacBeth, A A; McCann, H; Mills, H E; Murphy, P G; Prosper, H B; Stephens, K; Clarke, D; Goddard, M C; Marshall, R; Pearce, G F; Kobayashi, T; Komamiya, S; Koshiba, M; Minowa, M; Nozaki, M; Orito, S; Sato, A; Suda, T; Takeda, H; Totsuka, Y; Watanabe, Y; Yamada, S; Yanagisawa, C

    1981-01-01

    Data on p and Lambda production by e/sup +/e/sup -/-annihilation at CM energies between 30 and 36 GeV are presented. Indication for an angular anticorrelation in events with baryon-antibaryon pairs is seen.

  17. Positron-molecule interactions: resonant attachment, annihilation, and bound states

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    Gribakin, G F; Surko, C M; 10.1103/RevModPhys.82.2557

    2010-01-01

    This article presents an overview of current understanding of the interaction of low-energy positrons with molecules with emphasis on resonances, positron attachment and annihilation. Annihilation rates measured as a function of positron energy reveal the presence of vibrational Feshbach resonances (VFR) for many polyatomic molecules. These resonances lead to strong enhancement of the annihilation rates. They also provide evidence that positrons bind to many molecular species. A quantitative theory of VFR-mediated attachment to small molecules is presented. It is tested successfully for selected molecules (e.g., methyl halides and methanol) where all modes couple to the positron continuum. Combination and overtone resonances are observed and their role is elucidated. In larger molecules, annihilation rates from VFR far exceed those explicable on the basis of single-mode resonances. These enhancements increase rapidly with the number of vibrational degrees of freedom. While the details are as yet unclear, intr...

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

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

    2015-12-01

    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.

  19. Neutrinos from WIMP annihilations in the Sun including neutrino oscillations

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    Blennow, Mattias, E-mail: emb@kth.se [Department of Theoretical Physics, School of Engineering Sciences, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) - AlbaNova University Center, SE-106 91 Stockholm (Sweden); Edsjoe, Joakim, E-mail: edsjo@physto.se [Department of Physics, Stockholm University - AlbaNova University Center, SE-106 91 Stockholm (Sweden); Ohlsson, Tommy, E-mail: tommy@theophys.kth.se [Department of Theoretical Physics, School of Engineering Sciences, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) - AlbaNova University Center, SE-106 91 Stockholm (Sweden)

    2011-12-15

    The prospects to detect neutrinos from the Sun arising from dark matter annihilations in the core of the Sun are reviewed. Emphasis is placed on new work investigating the effects of neutrino oscillations on the expected neutrino fluxes.

  20. Semi-Annihilating Wino-Like Dark Matter

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    Spray, Andrew P

    2015-01-01

    Semi-annihilation is a generic feature of dark matter theories with symmetries larger than Z_2. We explore a model based on a Z_4-symmetric dark sector comprised of a scalar singlet and a "wino"-like fermion SU(2)_L triplet. This is the minimal example of semi-annihilation with a gauge-charged fermion. We study the interplay of the Sommerfeld effect in both annihilation and semi-annihilation channels. The modifications to the relic density allow otherwise-forbidden regions of parameter space and can substantially weaken indirect detection constraints. We perform a parameter scan and find that the entire region where the model comprises all the observed dark matter is accessible to current and planned direct and indirect searches.

  1. Alternative method for reconstruction of antihydrogen annihilation vertices

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    Amole, C; Andresen , G B; Baquero-Ruiz, M; Bertsche, W; Bowe, P D; Butler, E; Cesar, C L; Chapman, S; Charlton, M; Deller, A; Eriksson, S; Fajans, J; Friesen, T; Fujiwara, M C; Gill, D R; Gutierrez, A; Hangst, J S; Hardy, W N; Hayano, R S; Hayden, M E; Humphries, A J; Hydomako, R; Jonsell, S; Kurchaninov, L; Madsen, N; Menary, S; Nolan, P; Olchanski, K; Olin, A; Povilus, A; Pusa, P; Robicheaux, F; Sarid, E; Silveira, D M; So, C; Storey, J W; Thompson, R I; van der Werf, D P; Wurtele, J S; Yamazaki,Y

    2012-01-01

    The ALPHA experiment, located at CERN, aims to compare the properties of antihydrogen atoms with those of hydrogen atoms. The neutral antihydrogen atoms are trapped using an octupole magnetic trap. The trap region is surrounded by a three layered silicon detector used to reconstruct the antiproton annihilation vertices. This paper describes a method we have devised that can be used for reconstructing annihilation vertices with a good resolution and is more efficient than the standard method currently used for the same purpose.

  2. Initial State Radiation in Majorana Dark Matter Annihilations

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    Ciafaloni, Paolo; Comelli, Denis; De Simone, Andrea; Riotto, Antonio; Urbano, Alfredo

    2011-01-01

    The cross section for a Majorana Dark Matter particle annihilating into light fermions is helicity suppressed. We show that, if the Dark Matter is the neutral Majorana component of a multiplet which is charged under the electroweak interactions of the Standard Model, the emission of gauge bosons from the initial state lifts the suppression and allows an s-wave annihilation. The resulting energy spectra of stable Standard Model particles are importantly affected. This has an impact on indirect searches for Dark Matter.

  3. Significant gamma-ray lines from dark matter annihilation

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    Duerr, Michael [DESY, Notkestrasse 85, 22607 Hamburg (Germany); Fileviez Perez, Pavel; Smirnov, Juri [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Kernphysik, Saupfercheckweg 1, 69117 Heidelberg (Germany)

    2016-07-01

    Gamma-ray lines from dark matter annihilation are commonly seen as a ''smoking gun'' for the particle nature of dark matter. However, in many dark matter models the continuum background from tree-level annihilations makes such a line invisible. I present two simple extensions of the Standard Model where the continuum contributions are suppressed and the gamma-ray lines are easily visible over the continuum background.

  4. ZnO Luminescence and scintillation studied via photoexcitation, X-ray excitation, and gamma-induced positron spectroscopy.

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    Ji, J; Colosimo, A M; Anwand, W; Boatner, L A; Wagner, A; Stepanov, P S; Trinh, T T; Liedke, M O; Krause-Rehberg, R; Cowan, T E; Selim, F A

    2016-08-23

    The luminescence and scintillation properties of ZnO single crystals were studied by photoluminescence and X-ray-induced luminescence (XRIL) techniques. XRIL allowed a direct comparison to be made between the near-band emission (NBE) and trap emissions providing insight into the carrier recombination efficiency in the ZnO crystals. It also provided bulk luminescence measurements that were not affected by surface states. The origin of a green emission, the dominant trap emission in ZnO, was then investigated by gamma-induced positron spectroscopy (GIPS) - a unique defect spectroscopy method that enables positron lifetime measurements to be made for a sample without contributions from positron annihilation in the source materials. The measurements showed a single positron decay curve with a 175 ps lifetime component that was attributed to Zn vacancies passivated by hydrogen. Both oxygen vacancies and hydrogen-decorated Zn vacancies were suggested to contribute to the green emission. By combining scintillation measurements with XRIL, the fast scintillation in ZnO crystals was found to be strongly correlated with the ratio between the defect luminescence and NBE. This study reports the first application of GIPS to semiconductors, and it reveals the great benefits of the XRIL technique for the study of emission and scintillation properties of materials.

  5. ZnO Luminescence and scintillation studied via photoexcitation, X-ray excitation, and gamma-induced positron spectroscopy

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    Ji, J.; Colosimo, A. M.; Anwand, W.; Boatner, L. A.; Wagner, A.; Stepanov, P. S.; Trinh, T. T.; Liedke, M. O.; Krause-Rehberg, R.; Cowan, T. E.; Selim, F. A.

    2016-08-01

    The luminescence and scintillation properties of ZnO single crystals were studied by photoluminescence and X-ray-induced luminescence (XRIL) techniques. XRIL allowed a direct comparison to be made between the near-band emission (NBE) and trap emissions providing insight into the carrier recombination efficiency in the ZnO crystals. It also provided bulk luminescence measurements that were not affected by surface states. The origin of a green emission, the dominant trap emission in ZnO, was then investigated by gamma-induced positron spectroscopy (GIPS) - a unique defect spectroscopy method that enables positron lifetime measurements to be made for a sample without contributions from positron annihilation in the source materials. The measurements showed a single positron decay curve with a 175 ps lifetime component that was attributed to Zn vacancies passivated by hydrogen. Both oxygen vacancies and hydrogen-decorated Zn vacancies were suggested to contribute to the green emission. By combining scintillation measurements with XRIL, the fast scintillation in ZnO crystals was found to be strongly correlated with the ratio between the defect luminescence and NBE. This study reports the first application of GIPS to semiconductors, and it reveals the great benefits of the XRIL technique for the study of emission and scintillation properties of materials.

  6. Influence of deuteration on the KH2PO4 crystal micro-defects characterization by using p ositron annihilation sp ectroscopy%氘化对KH2PO4晶体微观缺陷影响的正电子湮没研究∗

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    张丽娟; 张传超; 廖威; 刘建党; 谷冰川; 袁晓东; 叶邦角

    2015-01-01

    Deuterated potassium dihydrogen phosphate (K(DxH1−x) 2PO4) crystals with different deuteration levels (x=0, 0.51, 0.85) were grown by conventional cooling method from deuterated solutions at Shandong University. Positron annihilation spectroscopy has been widely used to the study on micro-defects of semiconductors and other materials, which is very sensitive to the crystal structure, defect types, defect concentrations, and so on. In this paper, positron annihilation spectroscopies (positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy and Doppler broadening spectroscopy), combined with X-ray diffraction (XRD) are used to investigate micro-defects characterization in K(DxH1−x) 2PO4 crystals. Influences of deuteration degree on the crystal structure characteristics, defect types and concentrations are discussed. It can be concluded from XRD experiments that the lattice parameters of a and b increase with the increase in deuteration levels, while no obvious change occurs on the lattice parameter c. KH2PO4(KDP) crystals at low deuteration level and high deuteration level could be regarded as low deuterium-doped KDP crystal and low hydrogen-doped DKDP crystal respectively. It is indicated that the higher the replacement ratio in the crystals, the weaker the diffraction peak they show. Positron annihilation lifetimes increase clearly in the highly-deuterated KDP crystals. It is found that neutral interstitial defects and oxygen defects in the KDP crystal increase with increasing deuteration degree. And these types of defects can be attributed to lattice distortion effect. From positron annihilation lifetime results we can arrive at another conclusion that the compound defects will form and defects concentration is declined, when hydrogen vacancies, K vacancies and substitutional impurity defects continue to react by means of association reactions. These phenomena suggest that high deuteration plays a significant role in promoting association reaction of internal defects in

  7. Non-relativistic pair annihilation of nearly mass degenerate neutralinos and charginos I. General framework and S-wave annihilation

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    Beneke, M.; Hellmann, C.; Ruiz-Femenia, P.

    2012-01-01

    We compute analytically the tree-level annihilation rates of a collection of non-relativistic neutralino and chargino two-particle states in the general MSSM, including the previously unknown off-diagonal rates. The results are prerequisites to the calculation of the Sommerfeld enhancement in the MSSM, which will be presented in subsequent work. They can also be used to obtain concise analytic expressions for MSSM dark matter pair annihilation in the present Universe for a large number of exc...

  8. On the Annihilation Rate of WIMPs

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    Baumgart, Matthew; Vaidya, Varun

    2014-01-01

    We develop a formalism that allows one to systematically calculate the 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 the 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 calculating the tree level matching coefficient and determining the value of a local four fermion operator. We find that the effects of resummation can be as large as 100% for a 20 TeV WIMP. The generalization of the formalism to other types of WIMPs is discussed.

  9. Charmed Mesons Produced in e+e- Annihilation

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    Goldhaber, G.; Wiss, J. E.

    1980-12-01

    We shall begin our review by summarizing the first experimental indications for the existence of charm as obtained from experiments in e{sup +}e{sup -} annihilation. This will include a brief discussion of the role of charm in the understanding of the {psi} mesons, as well as the unraveling of the intricate structure present in the e{sup +} e{sup -} total hadronic cross section. Next we shall discuss the discovery of the D{sup 0}, and D{sup +}, and detail those properties crucial to their identification as charmed particles. Following will be a review of the properties of the D{sup 0} and D{sup +} learned through studies at the {psi}(3770) resonance, Compelling evidence will be summarized indicating that this state decays nearly exclusively into D{bar D}, thus making it particularly useful in establishing inclusive and exclusive D branching fractions. Our discussion of branching fractions will include two particularly important D decay modes, D{sup 0}{yields}{pi}{sup +}{pi}{sup -} and D{sup 0}{yields}K{sup +}{sup -}. These processes are suppressed relative to D{sup 0}{yields}K{sup -}{pi}{sup +} in the standard charm model, and thus serve as a critical test of that theory. This will be followed by a discussion of the D semileptonic decay modes which provide useful information on the D{sup 0} and D{sup +} lifetimes. Turning our attention to the data collected beyond the {psi}(3770) we will discuss the properties and production mechanisms of the excited charm mesons, the D*{sup 0} and the D*{sup +}. D production just above the {psi}(3770) appears to be dominated by the three quasi-two-body processes e{sup +} e{sup -} {yields} D{bar D}, D*{bar D} + {bar D}*D, and D*{bar D}*, in accordance with early theoretical predictions. The relative amounts of each process, on the other hand, is somewhat surprising, and has led to considerable theoretical speculation. Finally, we will summarize evidence for the existence of the F meson which is as yet not on as solid a footing as

  10. Dark Matter Velocity Spectroscopy

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    Speckhard, Eric G; Beacom, John F; Laha, Ranjan

    2016-01-01

    Dark matter decays or annihilations that produce line-like spectra may be smoking-gun signals. However, even such distinctive signatures can be mimicked by astrophysical or instrumental causes. We show that velocity spectroscopy-the measurement of energy shifts induced by relative motion of source and observer-can separate these three causes with minimal theoretical uncertainties. The principal obstacle has been energy resolution, but upcoming and proposed experiments will make significant improvements. As an example, we show that the imminent Astro-H mission can use Milky Way observations to separate possible causes of the 3.5-keV line. We discuss other applications.

  11. Dark Matter Velocity Spectroscopy.

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    Speckhard, Eric G; Ng, Kenny C Y; Beacom, John F; Laha, Ranjan

    2016-01-22

    Dark matter decays or annihilations that produce linelike spectra may be smoking-gun signals. However, even such distinctive signatures can be mimicked by astrophysical or instrumental causes. We show that velocity spectroscopy-the measurement of energy shifts induced by relative motion of source and observer-can separate these three causes with minimal theoretical uncertainties. The principal obstacle has been energy resolution, but upcoming experiments will have the precision needed. As an example, we show that the imminent Astro-H mission can use Milky Way observations to separate possible causes of the 3.5-keV line. We discuss other applications.

  12. Lifetime costs of cerebral palsy

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    Kruse, Marie; Michelsen, Susan Ishøy; Flachs, Esben Meulengracht;

    2009-01-01

    This study quantified the lifetime costs of cerebral palsy (CP) in a register-based setting. It was the first study outside the US to assess the lifetime costs of CP. The lifetime costs attributable to CP were divided into three categories: health care costs, productivity costs, and social costs....... The population analyzed was retrieved from the Danish Cerebral Palsy Register, which covers the eastern part of the country and has registered about half of the Danish population of individuals with CP since 1950. For this study we analyzed 2367 individuals with CP, who were born in 1930 to 2000 and were alive...

  13. Towards Antihydrogen Trapping and Spectroscopy at ALPHA

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    Butler, Eoin; Ashkezari, Mohammad D; Baquero-Ruiz, Marcelo; Bertsche, William; Bowe, Paul D; Bray, Crystal C; Cesar, Claudio L; Chapman, Steven; Charlton, Michael; Fajans, Joel; Friesen, Tim; Fujiwara, Makoto C; Gill, David R; Hangst, Jeffrey S; Hardy, Walter N; Hayano, Ruyugo S; Hayden, Michael E; Humphries, Andrew J; Hydomako, Richard; Jonsell, Svante; Kurchaninov, Leonid; Lambo, Ricardo; Madsen, Niels; Menary, Scott; Nolan, Paul; Olchanski, Konstantin; Olin, Art; Povilus, Alexander; Pusa, Petteri; Robicheaux, Francis; Sarid, Eli; Silveira, Daniel M; So, Chukman; Storey, James W; Thompson, Robert I; van der Werf, Dirk P; Wilding, Dean; Wurtele, Jonathan S; Yamazaki, Yasunori

    2011-01-01

    Spectroscopy of antihydrogen has the potential to yield high-precision tests of the CPT theorem and shed light on the matter-antimatter imbalance in the Universe. The ALPHA antihydrogen trap at CERN's Antiproton Decelerator aims to prepare a sample of antihydrogen atoms confined in an octupole-based Ioffe trap and to measure the frequency of several atomic transitions. We describe our techniques to directly measure the antiproton temperature and a new technique to cool them to below 10 K. We also show how our unique position-sensitive annihilation detector provides us with a highly sensitive method of identifying antiproton annihilations and effectively rejecting the cosmic-ray background.

  14. Radiative lifetimes of odd-parity levels in Nb I

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    Mukund, Sheo; Bhattacharyya, Soumen; Yarlagadda, Suresh; Nakhate, S. G.

    2015-11-01

    Radiative lifetimes are reported for 37 odd-parity energy levels of neutral niobium (Nb I), out of which 33 have been measured for the first time. The levels belong to electronic configurations 4d35s5p and 4d45p between 18,790 and 35,730 cm-1. The time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy technique was employed. The Nb atoms were generated in a free-jet by laser vaporization of niobium metal. Lifetime values reported in this work fall in the range 12-340 ns and are accurate to ±10%.

  15. CMB Constraints On The Thermal WIMP Annihilation Cross Section

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    Steigman, Gary

    2015-01-01

    A thermal relic, often referred to as a weakly interacting massive particle (WIMP),is a particle produced during the early evolution of the Universe whose relic abundance (e.g., at present) depends only on its mass and its thermally averaged annihilation cross section (annihilation rate factor) sigma*v_ann. Late time WIMP annihilation has the potential to affect the cosmic microwave background (CMB) power spectrum. Current observational constraints on the absence of such effects provide bounds on the mass and the annihilation cross section of relic particles that may, but need not be dark matter candidates. For a WIMP that is a dark matter candidate, the CMB constraint sets an upper bound to the annihilation cross section, leading to a lower bound to their mass that depends on whether or not the WIMP is its own antiparticle. For a self-conjugate WIMP, m_min = 50f GeV, where f is an electromagnetic energy efficiency factor. For a non self-conjugate WIMP, the minimum mass is a factor of two larger. For a WIMP t...

  16. The Isotropic Radio Background and Annihilating Dark Matter

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    Hooper, Dan [Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States); Belikov, Alexander V. [Institut d' Astrophysique (France); Jeltema, Tesla E. [Univ. of California, Santa Cruz, CA (United States); Linden, Tim [Univ. of California, Santa Cruz, CA (United States); Profumo, Stefano [Univ. of California, Santa Cruz, CA (United States); Slatyer, Tracy R. [Princeton Univ., Princeton, NJ (United States)

    2012-11-01

    Observations by ARCADE-2 and other telescopes sensitive to low frequency radiation have revealed the presence of an isotropic radio background with a hard spectral index. The intensity of this observed background is found to exceed the flux predicted from astrophysical sources by a factor of approximately 5-6. In this article, we consider the possibility that annihilating dark matter particles provide the primary contribution to the observed isotropic radio background through the emission of synchrotron radiation from electron and positron annihilation products. For reasonable estimates of the magnetic fields present in clusters and galaxies, we find that dark matter could potentially account for the observed radio excess, but only if it annihilates mostly to electrons and/or muons, and only if it possesses a mass in the range of approximately 5-50 GeV. For such models, the annihilation cross section required to normalize the synchrotron signal to the observed excess is sigma v ~ (0.4-30) x 10^-26 cm^3/s, similar to the value predicted for a simple thermal relic (sigma v ~ 3 x 10^-26 cm^3/s). We find that in any scenario in which dark matter annihilations are responsible for the observed excess radio emission, a significant fraction of the isotropic gamma ray background observed by Fermi must result from dark matter as well.

  17. The Effects of Dark Matter Annihilation on Cosmic Reionization

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    Kaurov, Alexander A. [Chicago U., Astron. Astrophys. Ctr.; Hooper, Dan [Chicago U., EFI; Gnedin, Nickolay Y. [Chicago U., KICP

    2015-12-01

    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 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. 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.

  18. Memory annihilation of structured maps in bidirectional associative memories.

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    Kumar, S

    2000-01-01

    Structured sets comprise Boolean vectors with equal pair-wise Hamming distances, h. An external vector, if it exists at an equidistance of h/2 from each vector of the structured set, is called the centroid of the set. A structured map is a one-one onto mapping between structured sets. It is a set of associations between Boolean vectors, where both domain and range vectors are drawn from structured sets. Associations between centroids are called centroidal associations. In this paper we show that when structured maps are encoded into bidirectional associative memories using outer-product correlation encoding, the memory of these associations annihilates under certain mild conditions. When annihilation occurs, the centroidal association emerges as a stable association, and we call it an alien attractor. For the special case of maps where h=2, self-annihilation can take place when either the domain or range dimensions are greater than five. In fact, we show that for dimensions greater than eight, as few as three associations suffice for self-annihilation. As an example shows, annihilation occurs even for the case of bipolar decoding which is well known for its improved error correction capability in such associative memory models.

  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. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. Consequences of dark matter self-annihilation for galaxy formation

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    Natarajan, Priyamvada; Bertone, Gianfranco

    2007-01-01

    Galaxy formation requires a process that continually heats gas and quenches star formation in order to reproduce the observed shape of the luminosity function of bright galaxies. To accomplish this, current models invoke heating from supernovae, and energy injection from active galactic nuclei. However, observations of radio-loud active galactic nuclei suggest that their feedback is likely to not be as efficient as required, signaling the need for additional heating processes. We propose the self-annihilation of weakly interacting massive particles that constitute dark matter as a steady source of heating. In this paper, we explore the circumstances under which this process may provide the required energy input. To do so, dark matter annihilations are incorporated into a galaxy formation model within the Millennium cosmological simulation. Energy input from self-annihilation can compensate for all the required gas cooling and reproduce the observed galaxy luminosity function only for what appear to be extreme...

  3. Generalized creation and annihilation operators via complex nonlinear Riccati equations

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    Schuch, Dieter; Castaños, Octavio; Rosas-Ortiz, Oscar

    2013-06-01

    Based on Gaussian wave packet solutions of the time-dependent Schrödinger equation, a generalization of the conventional creation and annihilation operators and the corresponding coherent states can be obtained. This generalization includes systems where also the width of the coherent states is time-dependent as they occur for harmonic oscillators with time-dependent frequency or systems in contact with a dissipative environment. The key point is the replacement of the frequency ω0 that occurs in the usual definition of the creation/annihilation operator by a complex time-dependent function that fulfils a nonlinear Riccati equation. This equation and its solutions depend on the system under consideration and on the (complex) initial conditions. Formal similarities also exist with supersymmetric quantum mechanics. The generalized creation and annihilation operators also allow to construct exact analytic solutions of the free motion Schrödinger equation in terms of Hermite polynomials with time-dependent variable.

  4. Dark matter annihilation with s-channel internal Higgsstrahlung

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    Kumar, Jason; Liao, Jiajun, E-mail: liaoj@hawaii.edu; Marfatia, Danny

    2016-08-10

    We study the scenario of fermionic dark matter that annihilates to standard model fermions through an s-channel axial vector mediator. We point out that the well-known chirality suppression of the annihilation cross section can be alleviated by s-channel internal Higgsstrahlung. The shapes of the cosmic ray spectra are identical to that of t-channel internal Higgsstrahlung in the limit of a heavy mediating particle. Unlike the general case of t-channel bremsstrahlung, s-channel Higgsstrahlung can be the dominant annihilation process even for Dirac dark matter. Since the s-channel mediator can be a standard model singlet, collider searches for the mediator are easily circumvented.

  5. Notes on symmetric and exterior depth and annihilator numbers

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    Gesa Kampf

    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available We survey and compare invariants of modules over the polynomial ring and the exterior algebra. In our considerations, we focus on the depth. The exterior analogue of depth was first introduced by Aramova, Avramov and Herzog. We state similarities between the two notion of depth and exhibit their relation in the case of squarefree modules. Work of Conca, Herzog and Hibi and Trung, respectively, shows that annihilator numbers are a meaningful generalization of depth over the polynomial ring. We introduce and study annihilator numbers over the exterior algebra. Despite some minor differences in the definition, those invariants show common behavior. In both situations a positive linear combination of the annihilator numbers can be used to bound the symmetric and exterior graded Betti numbers, respectively, from above.

  6. A Critical Reevaluation of Radio Constraints on Annihilating Dark Matter

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    Cholis, Ilias [Fermilab; Hooper, Dan [Fermilab; Linden, Tim [Chicago U., KICP

    2015-04-03

    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.

  7. Molecular model for annihilation rates in positron complexes

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    Assafrao, Denise [Laboratorio de Atomos e Moleculas Especiais, Departamento de Fisica, ICEx, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, P.O. Box 702, 30123-970 Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil); Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Queen' s University of Belfast, Belfast BT7 1NN, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom); Walters, H.R. James [Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Queen' s University of Belfast, Belfast BT7 1NN, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom); Mohallem, Jose R. [Laboratorio de Atomos e Moleculas Especiais, Departamento de Fisica, ICEx, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, P.O. Box 702, 30123-970 Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil); Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Queen' s University of Belfast, Belfast BT7 1NN, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom)], E-mail: rachid@fisica.ufmg.br

    2008-02-15

    The molecular approach for positron interaction with atoms is developed further. Potential energy curves for positron motion are obtained. Two procedures accounting for the nonadiabatic effective positron mass are introduced for calculating annihilation rate constants. The first one takes the bound-state energy eigenvalue as an input parameter. The second is a self-contained and self-consistent procedure. The methods are tested with quite different states of the small complexes HPs, e{sup +}He (electronic triplet) and e{sup +}Be (electronic singlet and triplet). For states yielding the positronium cluster, the annihilation rates are quite stable, irrespective of the accuracy in binding energies. For the e{sup +}Be states, annihilation rates are larger and more consistent with qualitative predictions than previously reported ones.

  8. Sensitivity of HAWC to high-mass dark matter annihilations

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    Abeysekara, A. U.; Alfaro, R.; Alvarez, C.; Álvarez, J. D.; Arceo, R.; Arteaga-Velázquez, J. C.; Ayala Solares, H. A.; Barber, A. S.; Baughman, B. M.; Bautista-Elivar, N.; Becerra Gonzalez, J.; Belmont, E.; BenZvi, S. Y.; Berley, D.; Bonilla Rosales, M.; Braun, J.; Caballero-Lopez, R. A.; Caballero-Mora, K. S.; Carramiñana, A.; Castillo, M.; Cotti, U.; Cotzomi, J.; de la Fuente, E.; De León, C.; DeYoung, T.; Diaz Hernandez, R.; Diaz-Cruz, L.; Díaz-Vélez, J. C.; Dingus, B. L.; DuVernois, M. A.; Ellsworth, R. W.; Fiorino, D. W.; Fraija, N.; Galindo, A.; Garfias, F.; González, M. M.; Goodman, J. A.; Grabski, V.; Gussert, M.; Hampel-Arias, Z.; Harding, J. P.; Hui, C. M.; Hüntemeyer, P.; Imran, A.; Iriarte, A.; Karn, P.; Kieda, D.; Kunde, G. J.; Lara, A.; Lauer, R. J.; Lee, W. H.; Lennarz, D.; León Vargas, H.; Linares, E. C.; Linnemann, J. T.; Longo, M.; Luna-Garcia, R.; Marinelli, A.; Martinez, H.; Martinez, O.; Martínez-Castro, J.; Matthews, J. A. J.; McEnery, J.; Mendoza Torres, E.; Miranda-Romagnoli, P.; Moreno, E.; Mostafá, M.; Nellen, L.; Newbold, M.; Noriega-Papaqui, R.; Oceguera-Becerra, T.; Patricelli, B.; Pelayo, R.; Pérez-Pérez, E. G.; Pretz, J.; Rivière, C.; Rosa-González, D.; Ryan, J.; Salazar, H.; Salesa, F.; Sanchez, F. E.; Sandoval, A.; Schneider, M.; Silich, S.; Sinnis, G.; Smith, A. J.; Sparks Woodle, K.; Springer, R. W.; Taboada, I.; Toale, P. A.; Tollefson, K.; Torres, I.; Ukwatta, T. N.; Villaseñor, L.; Weisgarber, T.; Westerhoff, S.; Wisher, I. G.; Wood, J.; Yodh, G. B.; Younk, P. W.; Zaborov, D.; Zepeda, A.; Zhou, H.; Abazajian, K. N.; Milagro Collaboration

    2014-12-01

    The High Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) observatory is a wide field-of-view detector sensitive to gamma rays of 100 GeV to a few hundred TeV. Located in central Mexico at 19° North latitude and 4100 m above sea level, HAWC will observe gamma rays and cosmic rays with an array of water Cherenkov detectors. The full HAWC array is scheduled to be operational in Spring 2015. In this paper, we study the HAWC sensitivity to the gamma-ray signatures of high-mass (multi-TeV) dark matter annihilation. The HAWC observatory will be sensitive to diverse searches for dark matter annihilation, including annihilation from extended dark matter sources, the diffuse gamma-ray emission from dark matter annihilation, and gamma-ray emission from nonluminous dark matter subhalos. Here we consider the HAWC sensitivity to a subset of these sources, including dwarf galaxies, the M31 galaxy, the Virgo cluster, and the Galactic center. We simulate the HAWC response to gamma rays from these sources in several well-motivated dark matter annihilation channels. If no gamma-ray excess is observed, we show the limits HAWC can place on the dark matter cross section from these sources. In particular, in the case of dark matter annihilation into gauge bosons, HAWC will be able to detect a narrow range of dark matter masses to cross sections below thermal. HAWC should also be sensitive to nonthermal cross sections for masses up to nearly 1000 TeV. The constraints placed by HAWC on the dark matter cross section from known sources should be competitive with current limits in the mass range where HAWC has similar sensitivity. HAWC can additionally explore higher dark matter masses than are currently constrained.

  9. Possible complex annihilation and B -> K pi direct CP asymmetry

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    Chay, Junegone; Mishima, Satoshi

    2007-01-01

    We point out that a sizable strong phase could be generated from the penguin annihilation in the soft-collinear effective theory for B meson decays. Keeping a small scale suppressed by O(Lambda/m_b), Lambda being a hadronic scale and m_b the b quark mass, in the denominators of internal particle propagators without expansion, the resultant strong phase can accommodate the data of the B^0 -> K^+- pi^+- direct CP asymmetry. Our study reconciles the opposite conclusions on the real or complex penguin annihilation amplitude drawn in the soft-collinear effective theory and in the perturbative QCD approach based on k_T factorization theorem.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. AMS-02 antiprotons from annihilating or decaying dark matter

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    Koichi Hamaguchi

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Recently the AMS-02 experiment reported an excess of cosmic ray antiprotons over the expected astrophysical background. We interpret the excess as a signal from annihilating or decaying dark matter and find that the observed spectrum is well fitted by adding contributions from the annihilation or decay of dark matter with mass of O(TeV or larger. Interestingly, Wino dark matter with mass of around 3 TeV, whose thermal relic abundance is consistent with present dark matter abundance, can explain the antiproton excess. We also discuss the implications for the decaying gravitino dark matter with R-parity violation.

  13. 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.

  14. Remote forcing annihilates barrier layer in southeastern Arabian Sea

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    Shenoi, S.S.C.; Shankar, D.; Shetye, S.R.

    thick barrier layer (BL) exists during March{April ow- ing to a surface layer of low-salinity waters advected earlier during December{January from the Bay of Bengal. The BL is almost annihilated by 7 April owing to upwelling. The relic BL that survives... is annihilated later in May by up- welling, and by the in ow of high-salinity waters from the north and by mixing due to stronger winds, which deepen the mixed layer. We present evidence from satellite data and arguments based on existing theories to show...

  15. On the effective operators for Dark Matter annihilations

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    Simone, Andrea De; Thamm, Andrea [CERN, Theory Division, CH-1211 Geneva 23 (Switzerland); Monin, Alexander [Institut de Théorie des Phénomènes Physiques, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, CH-1015 Lausanne (Switzerland); Urbano, Alfredo, E-mail: andrea.desimone@sissa.it, E-mail: alexander.monin@epfl.ch, E-mail: andrea.thamm@cern.ch, E-mail: alfredo.urbano@sissa.it [SISSA, via Bonomea 265, I-34136 Trieste (Italy)

    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.

  16. On the effective operators for Dark Matter annihilations

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    De Simone, Andrea; Thamm, Andrea; Urbano, Alfredo

    2013-01-01

    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.

  17. Bremsstrahlung signatures of dark matter annihilation in the Sun

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    Fukushima, Keita; Kumar, Jason; Marfatia, Danny

    2012-01-01

    The nonrelativistic annihilation of Majorana dark matter in the Sun to a pair of light fermions is chirality-suppressed. Annihilation to 3-body final states $\\ell^+f^-V$, where $V=W,Z,\\gamma$, and $\\ell$ and $f$ are light fermions (that may be the same), becomes dominant since bremsstrahlung relaxes the chirality suppression. We evaluate the neutrino spectra at the source, including spin and helicity dependent effects, and assess the detectability of each significant bremsstrahlung channel at IceCube/DeepCore. We also show how to combine the sensitivities to the dark matter-nucleon scattering cross section in individual channels, since typically several channels contribute in models.

  18. In vivo fluorescence lifetime tomography

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    Nothdurft, Ralph E.; Patwardhan, Sachin V.; Akers, Walter; Ye, Yunpeng; Achilefu, Samuel; Culver, Joseph P.

    2009-03-01

    Local molecular and physiological processes can be imaged in vivo through perturbations in the fluorescence lifetime (FLT) of optical imaging agents. In addition to providing functional information, FLT methods can quantify specific molecular events and multiplex diagnostic and prognostic information. We have developed a fluorescence lifetime diffuse optical tomography (DOT) system for in vivo preclinical imaging. Data is captured using a time-resolved intensified charge coupled device (ICCD) system to measure fluorescence excitation and emission in the time domain. Data is then converted to the frequency domain, and we simultaneously reconstruct images of yield and lifetime using an extension to the normalized Born approach. By using differential phase measurements, we demonstrate DOT imaging of short lifetimes (from 350 ps) with high precision (+/-5 ps). Furthermore, this system retains the efficiency, speed, and flexibility of transmission geometry DOT. We demonstrate feasibility of FLT-DOT through a progressive series of experiments. Lifetime range and repeatability are first measured in phantoms. Imaging of subcutaneous implants then verifies the FLT-DOT approach in vivo in the presence of inhomogeneous optical properties. Use in a common research scenario is ultimately demonstrated by imaging accumulation of a targeted near-infrared (NIR) fluorescent-labeled peptide probe (cypate-RGD) in a mouse with a subcutaneous tumor.

  19. Positron annihilation studies of fluorine-vacancy complexes in phosphorus- and fluorine-implanted germanium

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

    2014-03-01

    The formation of FnV2 complexes, with n = 5 ± 1, near the end-of-range damage region in germanium implanted with 30 keV phosphorus and 40 keV fluorine ions, after annealing to 400 °C, has been observed using variable-energy positron annihilation spectroscopy in conjunction with secondary ion mass spectrometry. Phosphorus ions were implanted at 6 × 1013 and 1015, F at 1015 cm-2. Complexes—at lower concentrations—have also been observed at shallower depths in samples implanted with P at 1015 cm-2. The complexes break up and their components diffuse away at 450 and 500 °C for the higher and lower P dose samples, respectively.

  20. Singlet-triplet annihilation limits exciton yield in poly(3-hexylthiophene)

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    Steiner, Florian; Lupton, John M

    2014-01-01

    Control of chain length and morphology in combination with single-molecule spectroscopy techniques provide a comprehensive photophysical picture of excited-state losses in the prototypical conjugated polymer poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT). A universal self-quenching mechanism is revealed, based on singlet-triplet exciton annihilation, which accounts for the dramatic loss in fluorescence quantum yield of a single P3HT chain between its solution (unfolded) and bulk-like (folded) state. Triplet excitons fundamentally limit the fluorescence of organic photovoltaic materials, which impacts on the conversion of singlet excitons to separated charge carriers, decreasing the efficiency of energy harvesting at high excitation densities. Interexcitonic interactions are so effective that a single P3HT chain of >100 kDa weight behaves like a two-level system, exhibiting perfect photon-antibunching.

  1. Segmented scintillation detectors with silicon photomultiplier readout for measuring antiproton annihilations

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    Sótér, A; Kobayashi, T; Barna, D; Horvath, D; Hori, M

    2014-01-01

    The Atomic Spectroscopy and Collisions Using Slow Antiprotons (ASACUSA) experiment at the Antiproton Decelerator (AD) facility of CERN constructed segmented scintillators to detect and track the charged pions which emerge from antiproton annihilations in a future superconducting radiofrequency Paul trap for antiprotons. A system of 541 cast and extruded scintillator bars were arranged in 11 detector modules which provided a spatial resolution of 17 mm. Green wavelength-shifting fibers were embedded in the scintillators, and read out by silicon photomultipliers which had a sensitive area of 1 x 1 mm^2. The photoelectron yields of various scintillator configurations were measured using a negative pion beam of momentum p ~ 1 GeV/c. Various fibers and silicon photomultipliers, fiber end terminations, and couplings between the fibers and scintillators were compared. The detectors were also tested using the antiproton beam of the AD. Nonlinear effects due to the saturation of the silicon photomultiplier were seen a...

  2. Effect of Voids on Angular Correlation of Positron Annihilation Photons in Molybdenum

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    Mogensen, O. E.; Petersen, K.; Cotterill, R. M. J.

    1972-01-01

    POSITRON annihilation investigations of defects in crystals have shown that for sufficiently high defect concentrations (typically above about 10−6) all positrons become trapped in the defects before annihilation, thus changing the characteristics of the annihilation process. For example, trappin...

  3. Annihilation amplitudes and factorization in B to phi Kstar

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    Epele, L N; Szynkman, A

    2003-01-01

    We study the decay $B^\\pm\\to \\phi K^{\\ast\\pm}$, followed by the decay of the outgoing vector mesons into two pseudoscalars. The analysis of angular distributions of the decay products is shown to provide useful information about the annihilation contributions and possible tests of factorization.

  4. The Isotropic Radio Background and Annihilating Dark Matter

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    Hooper, Dan; Jeltema, Tesla E; Linden, Tim; Profumo, Stefano; Slatyer, Tracy R

    2012-01-01

    Observations by ARCADE-2 and other telescopes sensitive to low frequency radiation have revealed the presence of an isotropic radio background with a hard spectral index. The intensity of this observed background is found to exceed the flux predicted from astrophysical sources by a factor of approximately 5-6. In this article, we consider the possibility that annihilating dark matter particles provide the primary contribution to the observed isotropic radio background through the emission of synchrotron radiation from electron and positron annihilation products. For reasonable estimates of the magnetic fields present in clusters and galaxies, we find that dark matter could potentially account for the observed radio excess, but only if it annihilates mostly to electrons and/or muons, and only if it possesses a mass in the range of approximately 5-50 GeV. For such models, the annihilation cross section required to normalize the synchrotron signal to the observed excess is sigma v ~ (0.4-30) x 10^-26 cm^3/s, sim...

  5. On the Direct Detection of Dark Matter Annihilation

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    Cherry, John F; Shoemaker, Ian M

    2015-01-01

    We investigate the direct detection phenomenology of a class of dark matter (DM) models in which DM does not directly interact with nuclei, {but rather} the products of its annihilation do. When these annihilation products are very light compared to the DM mass, the scattering in direct detection experiments is controlled by relativistic kinematics. This results in a distinctive recoil spectrum, a non-standard and or even {\\it absent} annual modulation, and the ability to probe DM masses as low as a $\\sim$10 MeV. We use current LUX data to show that experimental sensitivity to thermal relic annihilation cross sections has already been reached in a class of models. Moreover, the compatibility of dark matter direct detection experiments can be compared directly in $E_{min}$ space without making assumptions about DM astrophysics. Lastly, when DM has direct couplings to nuclei, the limit from annihilation to relativistic particles in the Sun can be stronger than that of conventional non-relativistic direct detect...

  6. Interference fragmentation functions in electron-positron annihilation

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    Boer, D; Jakob, R; Radici, M

    2003-01-01

    We study the process of electron-positron annihilation into back-to-back jets, where in each jet a pair of hadrons is detected. The orientation of these two pairs with respect to each other can be used to extract the interference fragmentation functions in a clean way: for instance, from BELLE or BA

  7. On the Direct Detection of Dark Matter Annihilation

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    Cherry, John F.; Frandsen, Mads T.; Shoemaker, Ian M.

    2015-01-01

    experiments is controlled by relativistic kinematics. This results in a distinctive recoil spectrum, a non-standard and or even absent annual modulation, and the ability to probe DM masses as low as a $\\sim$10 MeV. We use current LUX data to show that experimental sensitivity to thermal relic annihilation...

  8. New Limits on Thermally annihilating Dark Matter from Neutrino Telescopes

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    Lopes, José

    2016-01-01

    We used a consistent and robust solar model to obtain upper limits placed by neutrino telescopes, such as Ice- Cube and Super-Kamiokande, on the Dark Matter-nucleon scattering cross-section, for a general model of Dark Matter with a velocity dependent (p-wave) thermally averaged cross-section. In this picture, the Boltzmann equation for the Dark Matter abundance is numerically solved satisfying the Dark Matter density measured from the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB). We show that for lower cross-sections and higher masses, the Dark Matter annihilation rate drops sharply, resulting in upper bounds on the scattering cross-section one order of magnitude above those derived from a velocity independent (s-wave) annihilation cross-section. Our results show that upper limits on the scattering cross-section obtained from Dark Matter annihilating in the Sun are sensible to the uncertainty in current standard solar models, fluctuating a maximum of 20 % depending on the annihilation channel.

  9. Positron Annihilation Studies of VVER Type Reactor Steels

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    Brauer, G.

    1995-01-01

    A summary of recent positron annihilation work on Russian VVER type reactor steels is presented. Thereby, special attention is paid to the outline of basic processes that might help to understand the positron behaviour in this class of industrial material. The idea of positron trapping by irradiation-induced precipitates, which are probably carbides, is discussed in detail.

  10. New Limits on Thermally Annihilating Dark Matter from Neutrino Telescopes

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    Lopes, J.; Lopes, I.

    2016-08-01

    We used a consistent and robust solar model to obtain upper limits placed by neutrino telescopes, such as IceCube and Super-Kamiokande, on the dark matter-nucleon scattering cross-section, for a general model of dark matter with a velocity dependent (p-wave) thermally averaged cross-section. In this picture, the Boltzmann equation for the dark matter abundance is numerically solved, satisfying the dark matter density measured from the cosmic microwave background. We show that for lower cross-sections and higher masses, the dark matter annihilation rate drops sharply, resulting in upper bounds on the scattering cross-section that are one order of magnitude above those derived from a velocity independent (s-wave) annihilation cross-section. Our results show that upper limits on the scattering cross-section obtained from dark matter annihilating in the Sun are sensible to the uncertainty in current standard solar models, fluctuating by a maximum of 20% depending on the annihilation channel.

  11. Effect of Copper on the Carrier Lifetime in Black Silicon

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    Porte, Henrik; Turchinovich, Dmitry; Persheyev, Saydulla;

    2011-01-01

    Black silicon is produced by laser annealing of a-Si:H films. During annealing, silicon microstructures are formed on the surface. We use time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy to study the photoconductivity dynamics in black silicon. We find that when a copper film is deposited on top of the a-Si:......-Si:H layer prior to laser annealing, the carrier lifetime of black silicon is significantly reduced....

  12. Study of $ \\bar{p} $ and $ \\bar{n} $ annihilations at LEAR with OBELIX, a large acceptance and high resolution detector based on the Open Axial Field Spectrometer

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    2002-01-01

    % PS201 Study of $\\bar{p}$ and $\\bar{n}$ annihilations at LEAR with OBELIX, a large acceptance and high resolution detector based on the Open Axial Field Spectrometer \\\\ \\\\OBELIX is designed to study exclusive final states of antiproton and antineutron annihilations at low energies with protons and nuclei. \\\\ \\\\The physics motivations of the experiment are:\\\\ \\\\\\begin{itemize} \\item (gg, ggg), hybrids ($ q \\bar{q} g $), multiquarks ($ q q \\bar{q} \\bar{q} $) and light mesons ($ q \\bar{q} $) produced in $ N \\bar{N} $ annihilations and study of their spectroscopy and decays. Also broad structures will be searched for by comparing identical decay modes in exclusive final states of the same type occuring from initial states with different angular momentum or isospin. \\item Study of the dynamics of $ N \\bar{N} $ interactions and of the dependence of the final and intermediate resonant states of annihilation upon the quantum numbers of the initial $ N \\bar{N} $ state (angular momentum: S and P-wave in $\\bar{p}p $ at...

  13. Positron lifetime in polycrystalline gadolinium

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    Gomez, A.M.; Serna, J. (Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain). Dept. de Fisica del Estado Solido)

    1984-06-16

    Positron lifetimes are measured on polycrystalline gadolinium between 15 and 25 /sup 0/C taking into account the microstructure of the specimens, especially the grain sizes of untreated or annealed sheets. Results show the existence of a trapping effect of positrons in Gd due to different trapping centers such as point defects, dislocations, grain boundaries, and other defects.

  14. Contribution from S and P waves in pp annihilation at rest

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    Bendiscioli, G; Fontana, A; Montagna, P; Rotondi, A; Salvini, P; Bertin, A; Bruschi, M; Capponi, M; De Castro, S; Donà, R; Galli, D; Giacobbe, B; Marconi, U; Massa, I; Piccinini, M; Cesari, N S; Spighi, R; Vecchi, S; Vagnoni, V M; Villa, M; Vitale, A; Zoccoli, A; Bianconi, A; Bonomi, G; Lodi-Rizzini, E; Venturelli, L; Zenoni, A; Cicalò, C; De Falco, A; Masoni, A; Puddu, G; Serci, S; Usai, G L; Gorchakov, O E; Prakhov, S N; Rozhdestvensky, A M; Tretyak, V I; Poli, M; Gianotti, P; Guaraldo, C; Lanaro, A; Lucherini, V; Petrascu, C; Kudryavtsev, A E; Balestra, F; Bussa, M P; Busso, L; Cerello, P G; Denisov, O Yu; Ferrero, L; Grasso, A; Maggiora, A; Panzarasa, A; Panzieri, D; Tosello, F; Botta, E; Bressani, Tullio; Calvo, D; Costa, S; D'Isep, D; Feliciello, A; Filippi, A; Marcello, S; Mirfakhraee, N; Agnello, M; Iazzi, F; Minetti, B; Tessaro, S

    2001-01-01

    The annihilation frequencies of 19 pp annihilation reactions at rest obtained in different target densities are analysed in order to determine the values of the P-wave annihilation percentage at each target density and the average hadronic branching ratios from P- and S-states. Both the assumptions of linear dependence of the annihilation frequencies on the P-wave annihilation percentage of the protonium state and the approach with the enhancement factors of Batty (1989) are considered. Furthermore the cases of incompatible measurements are discussed. (55 refs).

  15. Synthesis, Growing Processes and Physical Properties of CdS Nanoclusters in Y-Zeolite Studied by Positron Annihilation

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    2000-01-01

    Direct synthesis of CdS nanoclusters within the pore structure of Y zeolite was made. The location of CdS nanoclusters inside Y zeolite hosts was confirmed by the blue-shifted reflection absorption spectra with respected to that of bulk CdS materials. In this paper, we conducted Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectrum (PALS) measurements on a series of CdS/Y zeolite samples and concluded that CdS clusters were not located in supercages but in smaller sodalite cages; as the CdS loading concentration increases to 5 wt%, the discrete CdS cubes begin to form bigger superclusters through interaction. The stability of CdS clusters inside the so- dalite units is due to the coordination of Cd atoms with the framework oxygen atoms of the double six-ring windows. Moreover, PALS reveals some important information of surface states existing on the interfacial layers between CdS clusters and Y zeolite.

  16. Thermally-induced crystallization behaviour of 80GeSe{sub 2}–20Ga{sub 2}Se{sub 3} glass as probed by combined X-ray diffraction and PAL spectroscopy

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    Shpotyuk, O., E-mail: shpotyuk@novas.lviv.ua [Scientific Research Company “Carat”, 202, Stryjska str., Lviv 79031 (Ukraine); Institute of Physics of Jan Dlugosz University, 13/15, al. Armii Krajowej, Czestochowa 42201 (Poland); Calvez, L.; Petracovschi, E. [Equipe Verres et Céramiques, UMR-CNRS 6226, Institute des Sciences chimiques de Rennes, Université de Rennes 1, 35042 Rennes Cedex (France); Klym, H. [Lviv polytechnic National University, 12 Bandera str., Lviv 79013 (Ukraine); Ingram, A. [Physics Faculty of Opole University of Technology, 75, Ozimska str., Opole 45370 (Poland); Demchenko, P. [Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, 6, Kyryla and Mefodiya Str., Lviv 79005 (Ukraine)

    2014-01-05

    Highlights: • Chalcogenide Ge–Ga–Se glasses were annealed at 380 °C for 10, 25 and 50 h. • Crystallization of glasses during annealing indicates formation of crystals. • Structural changes are described by two-state positron trapping model. • Modification leading to nucleation and fragmentation of free volume of glasses. • The Ge–Ga–Se systems cannot be classified as typical pseudo-binary system. -- Abstract: Crystallization behaviour of 80GeSe{sub 2}–20Ga{sub 2}Se{sub 3} glass caused by thermal annealing at 380 °C for 10, 25 and 50 h are studied using X-ray diffraction and positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy. It is shown that the structural changes caused by crystallization can be adequately described by positron trapping modes determined within two-state model. The observed changes in defect-related component in the fit of experimental positron lifetime spectra for annealed glasses testifies in a favour of structural fragmentation of larger free volume entities into smaller ones with preceding nucleation in the initial stage of thermal annealing. Because of strong deviation in defect-free bulk positron lifetime from corresponding additive values proper to boundary constituents, the studied glasses cannot be considered as typical representatives of pseudo-binary cut-section.

  17. Angular Distributions as Lifetime Probes

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    Dror, Jeff Asaf

    2013-01-01

    If new TeV scale particles are discovered, it will be important to determine their width. There is, however, a problematic region, where the width is too small to be determined directly, and too large to generate a secondary vertex. For a collection of colored, spin polarized particles, hadronization depolarizes the particles prior to their decay. The amount of depolarization can be used to probe the lifetime in the problematic region. In this paper we apply this method to a realistic scenario of a top-like particle that can be produced at the LHC. We study how depolarization affects the angular distributions of the decay products and derive an equation for the distributions that is sensitive to the lifetime.

  18. MIGRATION ENTHALPY OF THERMAL VACANCIES BY POSITRON SPECTROSCOPY

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    2005-01-01

    The trapping of positrons at vacancy site in some materials provide a new and sensitive method for the equilibrium determination of point defect migration enthalpy. Data are presented for commercial Al–Mg alloys and fitted to a model allowing presentation in the form of Arrhenius plots, hence the migration enthalpy $H_{iv}^m$ can be determined by positron annihilation lifetime technique (PALT). The results show that as the concentration of Mg increases the value of $H_{iv}^m$ increases too.

  19. Migration Enthalpy of Thermal Vacancies by Positron Spectroscopy

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    Emad A. Badawi

    2005-01-01

    @@ The trapping of positrons at vacancy site in some materials provide a new and sensitive method for the equilibrium determination of point defect migration enthalpy. Data are presented for commercial Al-Mg alloys and fitted to a model allowing presentation in the form of Arrhenius plots, hence the migration enthalpy H m iv can bedetermined by the positron annihilation lifetime technique. The results show that the value of Hm iv increases as the concentration of Mg increases.

  20. Lifetime of MCP-PMTs

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    Lehmann, A.; Britting, A.; Eyrich, W.; Pfaffinger, M.; Uhlig, F.; Belias, A.; Dzhygadlo, R.; Gerhardt, A.; Götzen, K.; Kalicy, G.; Krebs, M.; Lehmann, D.; Nerling, F.; Patsyuk, M.; Peters, K.; Schepers, G.; Schmitt, L.; Schwarz, C.; Schwiening, J.; Traxler, M.; Zühlsdorf, M.; Düren, M.; Etzelmüller, E.; Föhl, K.; Hayrapetyan, A.; Kröck, B.; Merle, O.; Rieke, J.; Schmidt, M.; Cowie, E.; Keri, T.; Achenbach, P.; Cardinali, M.; Hoek, M.; Lauth, W.; Schlimme, S.; Sfienti, C.; Thiel, M.

    2016-05-01

    The hadron identification in the PANDA experiment at FAIR will be done with DIRC detectors. Because of design and space reasons the sensors of the DIRCs have to be placed inside the strong magnetic field of the solenoid. As the favored photon sensors microchannel-plate photomultipliers (MCP-PMTs) were identified. However, these devices showed serious aging problems until very recently, which manifest themselves by a fast degrading quantum efficiency (QE) of the photo cathode (PC). This is mainly due to feedback ions from the residual gas. In this paper we discuss the recently accomplished huge improvements in the lifetime of MCP-PMTs. With innovative countermeasures applied to the MCP-PMTs in the attempt to reduce the aging effects the manufacturers were able to increase the lifetime of MCP-PMT prototypes by almost two orders of magnitude compared to the former commercially available devices. Our group has studied the aging of MCP-PMTs for more than four years by simultaneously illuminating different types of lifetime-enhanced MCP-PMTs at the same photon rate. Gain, dark count rate, and QE as a function of the wavelength and the PC surface were measured in regular time intervals and studied in dependence of the integrated anode charge. We observe that MCP-PMTs treated with an atomic layer deposition (ALD) technique are by far the best devices available now. A lifetime of up to 10 C/cm2 integrated anode charge was reached with these sensors. This is sufficient for both PANDA DIRCs.

  1. Singlet Exciton Lifetimes in Conjugated Polymer Films for Organic Solar Cells

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    Stoichko D. Dimitrov

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The lifetime of singlet excitons in conjugated polymer films is a key factor taken into account during organic solar cell device optimization. It determines the singlet exciton diffusion lengths in polymer films and has a direct impact on the photocurrent generation by organic solar cell devices. However, very little is known about the material properties controlling the lifetimes of singlet excitons, with most of our knowledge originating from studies of small organic molecules. Herein, we provide a brief summary of the nature of the excited states in conjugated polymer films and then present an analysis of the singlet exciton lifetimes of 16 semiconducting polymers. The exciton lifetimes of seven of the studied polymers were measured using ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopy and compared to the lifetimes of seven of the most common photoactive polymers found in the literature. A plot of the logarithm of the rate of exciton decay vs. the polymer optical bandgap reveals a medium correlation between lifetime and bandgap, thus suggesting that the Energy Gap Law may be valid for these systems. This therefore suggests that small bandgap polymers can suffer from short exciton lifetimes, which may limit their performance in organic solar cell devices. In addition, the impact of film crystallinity on the exciton lifetime was assessed for a small bandgap diketopyrrolopyrrole co-polymer. It is observed that the increase of polymer film crystallinity leads to reduction in exciton lifetime and optical bandgap again in agreement with the Energy Gap Law.

  2. Singlet Exciton Lifetimes in Conjugated Polymer Films for Organic Solar Cells

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    Dimitrov, Stoichko

    2016-01-13

    The lifetime of singlet excitons in conjugated polymer films is a key factor taken into account during organic solar cell device optimization. It determines the singlet exciton diffusion lengths in polymer films and has a direct impact on the photocurrent generation by organic solar cell devices. However, very little is known about the material properties controlling the lifetimes of singlet excitons, with most of our knowledge originating from studies of small organic molecules. Herein, we provide a brief summary of the nature of the excited states in conjugated polymer films and then present an analysis of the singlet exciton lifetimes of 16 semiconducting polymers. The exciton lifetimes of seven of the studied polymers were measured using ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopy and compared to the lifetimes of seven of the most common photoactive polymers found in the literature. A plot of the logarithm of the rate of exciton decay vs. the polymer optical bandgap reveals a medium correlation between lifetime and bandgap, thus suggesting that the Energy Gap Law may be valid for these systems. This therefore suggests that small bandgap polymers can suffer from short exciton lifetimes, which may limit their performance in organic solar cell devices. In addition, the impact of film crystallinity on the exciton lifetime was assessed for a small bandgap diketopyrrolopyrrole co-polymer. It is observed that the increase of polymer film crystallinity leads to reduction in exciton lifetime and optical bandgap again in agreement with the Energy Gap Law.

  3. Rapid evaluation of ion thruster lifetime using optical emission spectroscopy

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    Rock, B. A.; Parsons, M. L.; Mantenieks, M. A.

    1985-01-01

    A major life-limiting phenomenon of electric thrusters is the sputter erosion of discharge chamber components. Thrusters for space propulsion are required to operate for extended periods of time, usually in excess of 10,000 hr. Lengthy and very costly life-tests in high-vacuum facilities have been required in the past to determine the erosion rates of thruster components. Alternative methods for determining erosion rates which can be performed in relatively short periods of time at considerably lower costs are studied. An attempt to relate optical emission intensity from an ion bombarded surface (screen grid) to the sputtering rate of that surface is made. The model used a kinetic steady-state (KSS) approach, balancing the rates of population and depopulation of ten low-lying excited states of the sputtered molybdenum atom (MoI) with those of the ground state to relate the spectral intensities of the various transitions of the MoI to the population densities. Once this is accomplished, the population density can be related to the sputting rate of the target. Radiative and collisional modes of excitation and decay are considered. Since actual data has not been published for MoI excitation rate and decay constants, semiempirical equations are used. The calculated sputtering rate and intensity is compared to the measured intensity and sputtering rates of the 8 and 30 cm ion thrusters.

  4. Capillary condensation in porous alumina observed by positronium lifetime spectroscopy

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    Ivanov, Eugeniu [National Institute for Nuclear Physics and Engineering-Horia Hulubei, Atomistilor Street 407, CP MG 06, Magurele, Bucharest (Romania); Center for Advanced Studies in Physics of the Roumanian Academy, Casa Academiei Romane, Calea 13 Septembrie No. 13, Bucharest (Romania); Vata, Ion [National Institute for Nuclear Physics and Engineering-Horia Hulubei, Atomistilor Street 407, CP MG 06, Magurele, Bucharest (Romania)], E-mail: vata@ifin.nipne.ro; Toderian, Stefan; Dudu, Dorin; Rusen, Ion; Stefan, Nitisor [National Institute for Nuclear Physics and Engineering-Horia Hulubei, Atomistilor Street 407, CP MG 06, Magurele, Bucharest (Romania)

    2008-10-31

    The PALS method based on time distribution measurements has been used to study capillary condensation of different gases adsorbed in microporous alumina powder. The isotherms exhibit features which are associated with a shifted gas-liquid transition. The sorption and desorption processes are irreversible presenting a hysteresis effect. Suggestions on some new aspects of the capillary condensation dynamics are made.

  5. Precise atomic radiative lifetime via photoassociative spectroscopy of ultracold lithium

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    McAlexander, W.I.; Abraham, E.R.I.; Ritchie, N.W.M.; Williams, C.J.; Stoof, H.T.C.; Hulet, R.G.

    1995-01-01

    We have obtained spectra of the high-lying vibrational levels of the 13Σg+ state of 6Li2 via photoassociation of ultracold 6Li atoms confined in a magneto-optical trap. The 13Σg+ state of the diatomic molecule correlates to a 2S1/2 state atom plus a 2P1/2 state atom. The long-range part of the molec

  6. On thermal corrections to near-threshold co-annihilation

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    Kim, Seyong

    2016-01-01

    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 co-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 co-annihilation rate by a factor 4...80 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.

  7. The Dark Matter Annihilation Boost from Low-Temperature Reheating

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    Erickcek, Adrienne L

    2015-01-01

    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...

  8. Annihilating dark matter and the galactic positron excess

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    Maor, I

    2006-01-01

    The possibility that the Galactic dark matter is composed of neutralinos that are just above half the $Z^o$ mass is examined, in the context of the Galactic positron excess. In particular, we check if the anomalous bump in the cosmic ray positron to electron ratio at $10~GeV$ can be explained with the ``decay'' of virtual $Z^o$ bosons produced when the neutralinos annihilate. We find that the low energy behaviour of our prediction fits well the existing data. Assuming the neutralinos annihilate primarily in the distant density concentration in the Galaxy and allowing combination of older, diffused positrons with young free-streaming ones, produces a fit which is not satisfactory on its own but is significantly better than the one obtained with homogeneous injection.

  9. 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.

  10. Rapid thermal co-annihilation through bound states

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    Kim, Seyong

    2016-01-01

    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. We suggest that the additional enhancement originates from bound state formation and subsequent decay, omitted in previous estimates of thermal Sommerfeld factors, which were based on Boltzmann equations governing single-particle phase space distributions.

  11. Dark Stars and Boosted Dark Matter Annihilation Rates

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    Ilie, Cosmin; Spolyar, Douglas

    2010-01-01

    Dark Stars (DS) may constitute the first phase of stellar evolution, powered by dark matter (DM) annihilation. We will investigate here the properties of DS assuming the DM particle has the required properties to explain the excess positron and elec- tron signals in the cosmic rays detected by the PAMELA and FERMI satellites. Any possible DM interpretation of these signals requires exotic DM candidates, with an- nihilation cross sections a few orders of magnitude higher than the canonical value required for correct thermal relic abundance for Weakly Interacting Dark Matter can- didates; additionally in most models the annihilation must be preferentially to lep- tons. Secondly, we study the dependence of DS properties on the concentration pa- rameter of the initial DM density profile of the halos where the first stars are formed. We restrict our study to the DM in the star due to simple (vs. extended) adiabatic contraction and minimal (vs. extended) capture; this simple study is sufficient to illustrate depend...

  12. Neutrino pair annihilation near accreting, stellar-mass black holes

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    Birkl, R; Janka, H T; Müller, E

    2006-01-01

    We investigate the energy-momentum deposition due to neutrino-antineutrino annihilation in the vicinity of axisymmetric, accreting black holes (BHs) by numerically ray-tracing neutrino trajectories in a Kerr space-time. Hyperaccreting stellar-mass BHs are widely considered as energy sources that can drive ultrarelativistic outflows with the potential to produce gamma-ray bursts. In contrast to earlier works, we provide an extensive and detailed parameter study of the influence of general relativistic (GR) effects and of different neutrinosphere geometries. These include idealized thin disks, tori, and spheres, or are constructed as non-selfgravitating equilibrium matter distributions for varied BH rotation. Considering isothermal neutrinospheres with the same temperature and surface area, we confirm previous results that compared to Newtonian calculations, GR effects increase the annihilation rate measured by an observer at infinity by a factor of 2 when the neutrinosphere is a disk. However, in case of a tor...

  13. 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.

  14. Dark matter annihilation bound from the diffuse gamma ray flux

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    Kachelriess, M.; /Norwegian U. Sci. Tech.; Serpico, P.D.; /Fermilab

    2007-07-01

    An upper limit on the total annihilation rate of dark matter (DM) has been recently derived from the observed atmospheric neutrino background. It is a very conservative upper bound based on the sole hypothesis that the DM annihilation products are the least detectable final states in the Standard Model (SM), neutrinos. Any other decay channel into SM particles would lead to stronger constraints. We show that comparable bounds are obtained for DM masses around the TeV scale by observations of the diffuse gamma ray flux by EGRET, because electroweak bremsstrahlung leads to non-negligible electromagnetic branching ratios, even if DM particles only couple to neutrinos at tree level. A better mapping and the partial resolution of the diffuse gamma-ray background into astrophysical sources by the GLAST satellite will improve this bound in the near future.

  15. Antiprotons from dark matter annihilation in the Galaxy: astrophysical uncertainties

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    Evoli, Carmelo; Grasso, Dario; Maccione, Luca; Ullio, Piero

    2011-01-01

    The latest years have seen steady progresses in WIMP dark matter (DM) searches, with hints of possible signals suggested by both direct and indirect detection experiments. Antiprotons can play a key role validating those interpretations since they are copiously produced by WIMP annihilations in the Galactic halo, and the secondary antiproton background produced by Cosmic Ray (CR) interactions is predicted with fair accuracy and matches the observed spectrum very well. Using the publicly available numerical DRAGON code, we reconsider antiprotons as a tool to constrain DM models discussing its power and limitations. We provide updated constraints on a wide class of annihilating DM models by comparing our predictions against the most up-to-date ap measurements, taking also into account the latest spectral information on the p, He and other CR nuclei fluxes. Doing that, we probe carefully the uncertainties associated to both secondary and DM originated antiprotons, by using a variety of distinctively different as...

  16. Positron annihilation Doppler broadening study of Xe-implanted aluminum

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    Yu, R.S., E-mail: yursh@ihep.ac.cn [Key Laboratory of Nuclear Analysis Techniques, Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, No. 19 Yuquan Lu, Beijing 100049 (China); Maekawa, M.; Kawasuso, A. [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Advanced Science Research Center, Watanuki 1233, Takasaki, Gunma 370-1292 (Japan); Wang, B.Y.; Wei, L. [Key Laboratory of Nuclear Analysis Techniques, Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, No. 19 Yuquan Lu, Beijing 100049 (China)

    2013-10-01

    Positron annihilation Doppler broadening measurements were conducted to characterize information of defects in 380 keV Xe{sup +}-implanted aluminum upon thermal annealing at temperatures ranging from 100 to 600 °C. The results suggest a broad distribution in the depth of vacancy-type defects in all the as-implanted samples. Meanwhile, with an increase in implantation dose the defect-rich region shifts toward the sample surface. It was found that increasing the annealing temperature triggers surface-directed migration and coalescence of vacancy and Xe{sub n}V{sub m} clusters in samples with implantation doses of 1E15 and 1E16 Xe{sup +}cm{sup −2}. In the sample implanted with a high dose of 1E17 Xe{sup +}cm{sup −2}, positron annihilation revealed a decomposition and even elimination of such defects under post-implantation annealing treatment.

  17. 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)

  18. Precision Measurements in Electron-Positron Annihilation: Theory and Experiment

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    Chetyrkin, Konstantin

    2016-01-01

    Theory results on precision measurements in electron-positron annihilation at low and high energies are collected. These cover pure QCD calculations as well as mixed electroweak and QCD results, involving light and heavy quarks. The impact of QCD corrections on the $W$-boson mass is discussed and, last not least, the status and the perspectives for the Higgs boson decay rate into $b\\bar b$, $c\\bar c$ and into two gluons.

  19. Neutralino annihilation into massive quarks with supersymmetric QCD corrections

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    Herrmann, Björn; Klasen, Michael; Kovařík, Karol

    2009-03-01

    We compute the full O(αs) supersymmetric (SUSY)-QCD corrections for neutralino annihilation into massive quarks through gauge or Higgs bosons and squarks in the minimal supersymmetric standard model, including the known resummation of logarithmically enhanced terms. The numerical impact of the corrections on the extraction of SUSY mass parameters from cosmological data is analyzed for gravity-mediated SUSY-breaking scenarios and shown to be sizable, so that these corrections must be included in common analysis tools.

  20. Neutralino Annihilation into Massive Quarks with SUSY-QCD Corrections

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    Herrmann, Björn; Kovarik, Karol

    2009-01-01

    We compute the full O(alpha_s) supersymmetric (SUSY) QCD corrections for neutralino annihilation into massive quarks through gauge or Higgs bosons and squarks in the Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model (MSSM), including the known resummation of logarithmically enhanced terms. The numerical impact of the corrections on the extraction of SUSY mass parameters from cosmological data is analyzed for gravity-mediated SUSY breaking scenarios and shown to be sizable, so that these corrections must be included in common analysis tools.

  1. Antiproton-neon annihilation at 57 MeV/c

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    Bianconi, A; Bussa, M P; Lodi-Rizzini, E; Venturelli, L; Zenoni, A; Pontecorvo, G B; Guaraldo, C; Balestra, F; Busso, L; Colantoni, M L; Ferrero, A; Ferrero, L; Grasso, A; Maggiora, A; Maggiora, M G; Piragino, G; Tosello, F

    2000-01-01

    The pNe annihilation cross section is measured for the first time in the momentum interval (53/63) MeV/c. About 9000 pictures collected by the Streamer Chamber Collaboration (PS179) at LEAR-CERN have been scanned. Four events are found, corresponding to sigma /sub ann /=2210+or-1105 mb. The result is compared to the set of measurements presently available in the region of low p momentum. (18 refs).

  2. The three-jet rate in \\(e^{+}e^{-}\\) annihilation

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    Lovett-Turner, C N

    1994-01-01

    Abstract: Progress has been made on the calculation of \\(R_{3}\\), the three-jet rate in \\(e^{+}e^{-}\\) annihilation, in the \\(k_\\bot \\) (Durham) scheme. Using the coherent branching formalism \\cite{b,c,d}, an explicit expression for \\(R_{3}\\) 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.

  3. Generating X-ray lines from annihilating dark matter

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    Dudas, Emilian; Mambrini, Yann

    2014-01-01

    We propose different scenarios where a keV dark matter annihilates to produce a monochromatic signal. The process is generated through the exchange of a light scalar of mass of order 300 keV - 50 MeV coupling to photon through loops or higher dimensional operators. For natural values of the couplings and scales, the model can generate a gamma-ray line which can fit with the recently identified 3.5 keV X-ray line.

  4. 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 (pL0, 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.

  5. Minority carrier lifetime in indium phosphide

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    Jenkins, Phillip; Landis, Geoffrey A.; Weinberg, Irving; Kneisel, Keith

    1991-01-01

    Transient photoluminescence is used to measure the minority carrier lifetime on n-type and p-type InP wafers. The measurements show that unprocessed InP wafers have very high minority carrier lifetimes. Lifetimes of 200 ns and 700 ns were observed for lightly-doped p- and n-type material respectively. Lifetimes over 5 ns were found in heavily doped n-type material.

  6. Inequivalence of single-particle and population lifetimes in a cuprate superconductor

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    Yang, Shuolong [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States); Stanford Univ., Stanford, CA (United States); Sobota, J. A. [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States); Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Leuenberger, D. [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States); Stanford Univ., Stanford, CA (United States); He, Y. [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States); Stanford Univ., Stanford, CA (United States); Hashimoto, M. [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States); Lu, D. H. [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States); Eisaki, H. [National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Ibaraki (Japan); Kirchmann, P. S. [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States); Shen, Z. -X. [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States); Stanford Univ., Stanford, CA (United States)

    2015-06-15

    We study optimally doped Bi-2212 (Tc=96 K) using femtosecond time- and angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy. Energy-resolved population lifetimes are extracted and compared with single-particle lifetimes measured by equilibrium photoemission. The population lifetimes deviate from the single-particle lifetimes in the low excitation limit by 1–2 orders of magnitude. Fundamental considerations of electron scattering unveil that these two lifetimes are in general distinct, yet for systems with only electron-phonon scattering they should converge in the low-temperature, low-fluence limit. As a result, the qualitative disparity in our data, even in this limit, suggests that scattering channels beyond electron-phonon interactions play a significant role in the electron dynamics of cuprate superconductors.

  7. Inelastic quasiparticle lifetimes of the Shockley surface state band on Ni(111)

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    Braun, Kai-Felix [Ohio University, Nanoscale and Quantum Phenomena Institute, Physics and Astronomy Department, Athens, OH (United States); Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Braunschweig (Germany); Hla, Saw-Wai [Ohio University, Nanoscale and Quantum Phenomena Institute, Physics and Astronomy Department, Athens, OH (United States); Samango GmbH, Darmstadt (Germany)

    2010-03-15

    We present a study of the low-energy quasiparticle lifetimes of the Shockley surface state on the Ni(111) surface with scanning tunnelling spectroscopy. By measuring the coherence length of the decaying standing wave pattern at straight step edges electron and hole lifetimes have been determined. The values of the lifetime measured on this ferromagnetic surface show to be considerable smaller than the values obtained from noble metal surfaces. This is explained by differences in the electron density of states at the Fermi energy but has to include substantial spin-flip scattering. Furthermore hole lifetimes appear to be larger than electron lifetimes with the same excitation energy. Although only results for the majority spin component are presented, a spin-dependent selfenergy is expected. (orig.)

  8. Dynamical effects of annihilation in pair-dominated winds

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    Becker, Peter A.; Begelman, Mitchell C.

    1990-01-01

    The steady, spherically symmetric flow of an ideal fluid dominated by photons and ultrarelativistic electron-positron pairs is analyzed. A new wind equation and a set of critical point conditions are obtained which describe the relativistic flow of an annihilation gas in which the flow velocity exceeds the diffusion velocity of the photons. Numerical results are reported which suggest the possible existence of trapped, pure-pair winds driven by the combined pressure of the pairs and the photons. Most of the annihilation occurs below the critical radius in trapped flows, and a substantial fraction of the total energy of the injected pairs is converted into kinetic energy and radiation. Accurate numerical solutions for the flow velocity and the positron loss rate in optically thin, Newtonian winds are obtained, and a useful approximate analytic relation between the positron loss rate and the flow velocity is derived which suggests that a large number of pairs may survive the annihilation region, ultimately escaping the potential well.

  9. 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.

  10. Dark matter annihilation via Higgs and gamma-ray channels

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    Chan, Man Ho

    2016-09-01

    Recent studies show that the GeV gamma-ray excess signal from the Milky Way center can be best explained by ˜ 40 GeV dark matter annihilating via bbar{b} channel. However, the recent observations of the nearby Milky Way dwarf spheroidal satellite galaxies by Fermi-LAT and the radio observations of the Milky Way center and the M31 galaxy tend to rule out this proposal. In this article, we discuss the possibility of the dark matter interpretation of the GeV gamma-ray excess by proposing 130 GeV dark matter annihilating via both Higgs and gamma-ray channels. Recent analyses show that dark matter annihilating via Higgs channel can satisfactorily explain the Milky Way GeV gamma-ray excess observed. We show that this model can satisfy the upper limits of the gamma-ray constraint of the Milky Way dwarf spheroidal satellite galaxies and the constraint from the radio observations of the M31 galaxy.

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

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    Motz, H.; Asaoka, Y.; Torii, S.; Bhattacharyya, S.

    2015-12-01

    CALET (Calorimetric Electron Telescope), installed on the ISS in August 2015, directly measures the electron+positron cosmic rays flux up to 20 TeV. With its proton rejection capability of 1 : 105 and an aperture of 1200 cm2· sr, it will provide good statistics even well above one TeV, while also featuring an energy resolution of 2%, which allows it to detect fine structures in the spectrum. Such structures may originate from Dark Matter annihilation or decay, making indirect Dark Matter search one of CALET's main science objectives among others such as identification of signatures from nearby supernova remnants, study of the heavy nuclei spectra and gamma astronomy. The latest results from AMS-02 on positron fraction and total electron+positron flux can be fitted with a parametrization including a single pulsar as an extra power law source with exponential cut-off, which emits an equal amount of electrons and positrons. This single pulsar scenario for the positron excess is extrapolated into the TeV region and the expected CALET data for this case are simulated. Based on this prediction for CALET data, the sensitivity of CALET to Dark Matter annihilation in the galactic halo has been calculated. It is shown that CALET could significantly improve the limits compared to current data, especially for those Dark Matter candidates that feature a large fraction of annihilation directly into e+ + e-, such as the LKP (Lightest Kaluza-Klein particle).

  12. Cosmological constraints on dark matter annihilation and decay: Cross-correlation analysis of the extragalactic γ -ray background and cosmic shear

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    Shirasaki, Masato; Macias, Oscar; Horiuchi, Shunsaku; Shirai, Satoshi; Yoshida, Naoki

    2016-09-01

    We derive constraints on dark matter (DM) annihilation cross section and decay lifetime from cross-correlation analyses of the data from Fermi-LAT and weak lensing surveys that cover a wide area of ˜660 squared degrees in total. We improve upon our previous analyses by using an updated extragalactic γ -ray background data reprocessed with the Fermi Pass 8 pipeline, and by using well-calibrated shape measurements of about twelve million galaxies in the Canada-France-Hawaii Lensing Survey (CFHTLenS) and Red-Cluster-Sequence Lensing Survey (RCSLenS). We generate a large set of full-sky mock catalogs from cosmological N -body simulations and use them to estimate statistical errors accurately. The measured cross-correlation is consistent with null detection, which is then used to place strong cosmological constraints on annihilating and decaying DM. For leptophilic DM, the constraints are improved by a factor of ˜100 in the mass range of O (1 ) TeV when including contributions from secondary γ rays due to the inverse-Compton upscattering of background photons. Annihilation cross sections of ⟨σ v ⟩˜10-23 cm3/s are excluded for TeV-scale DM depending on channel. Lifetimes of ˜1 025 sec are also excluded for the decaying TeV-scale DM. Finally, we apply this analysis to wino DM and exclude the wino mass around 200 GeV. These constraints will be further tightened, and all the interesting wino DM parameter region can be tested, by using data from future wide-field cosmology surveys.

  13. Personality, IQ, and Lifetime Earnings

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    Gensowski, Miriam

    2014-01-01

    Talented individuals are seen as drivers of long-term growth, but how do they realize their full potential? In this paper, I show that lifetime earnings of high-IQ men and women are substantially influenced by their personality traits, in addition to intelligence and education. Personality traits......, as identified in a factor model, significantly affect earnings, but not for young workers. The effects are furthermore heterogeneous by educational attainment. For women, personality traits do not affect family earnings in the same way as own earnings. Personality and IQ also influence earnings indirectly...

  14. Estimation of luminescence lifetime in frequency domain

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    Zhang Fu-Jun; Xu Zheng; Zhao Su-Ling; Lou Zhi-Dong; Yang Sheng-Yi; Xu Xu-Rong

    2006-01-01

    Absorption is the origin of luminescence. But it must be noticed that the lifetime of luminescence might reversely influence the rate of absorption. In this paper, it is reported that the luminescence intensity of copper and manganese changes with the driving frequency at constant voltage. The variation of luminescent intensity depends only on the lifetime of luminescence but not on the type of quenching or other factors. Generally the rate of absorption is dominantly determined by the material property and the lifetime of luminescence centres, the absorption of shorter lifetime centre will be larger than that of the longer lifetime centre at the same excited condition.

  15. Quark Annihilation and Lepton Formation versus Pair Production and Neutrino Oscillation: The Fourth Generation of Leptons

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    Zhang T. X.

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available The emergence or formation of leptons from particles composed of quarks is still remained very poorly understood. In this paper, we propose that leptons are formed by quark-antiquark annihilations. There are two types of quark-antiquark annihilations. Type-I quark-antiquark annihilation annihilates only color charges, which is an incomplete annihilation and forms structureless and colorless but electrically charged leptons such as electron, muon, and tau particles. Type-II quark-antiquark annihilation annihilates both electric and color charges, which is a complete annihilation and forms structureless, colorless, and electrically neutral leptons such as electron, muon, and tau neutrinos. Analyzing these two types of annihilations between up and down quarks and antiquarks with an excited quantum state for each of them, we predict the fourth generation of leptons named lambda particle and neutrino. On the contrary quark-antiquark annihilation, a lepton particle or neutrino, when it collides, can be disintegrated into a quark-antiquark pair. The disintegrated quark-antiquark pair, if it is excited and/or changed in flavor during the collision, will annihilate into another type of lepton particle or neutrino. This quark-antiquark annihilation and pair production scenario provides unique understanding for the formation of leptons, predicts the fourth generation of leptons, and explains the oscillation of neutrinos without hurting the standard model of particle physics. With this scenario, we can understand the recent OPERA measurement of a tau particle in a muon neutrino beam as well as the early measurements of muon particles in electron neutrino beams.

  16. Carrier lifetimes in thin-film photovoltaics

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    Baek, Dohyun

    2015-09-01

    The carrier lifetimes in thin-film solar cells are reviewed and discussed. Shockley-Read-Hall recombination is dominant at low carrier density, Auger recombination is dominant under a high injection condition and high carrier density, and surface recombination is dominant under any conditions. Because the surface photovoltage technique is insensitive to the surface condition, it is useful for bulk lifetime measurements. The photoconductance decay technique measures the effective recombination lifetime. The time-resolved photoluminescence technique is very useful for measuring thin-film semiconductor or solar-cell materials lifetime, because the sample is thin, other techniques are not suitable for measuring the lifetime. Many papers have provided time-resolved photoluminescence (TRPL) lifetimes for copper-indium-gallium-selenide (CIGS) and CdTe thin-film solar cell. The TRPL lifetime strongly depends on open-circuit voltage and conversion efficiency; however, the TRPL life time is insensitive to the short-circuit current.

  17. Lifetime Measurement of 26O

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    Redpath, Thomas; MoNA Collaboration

    2017-01-01

    An interesting property of some neutron-unbound systems is true two-neutron emission where the neutrons are emitted simultaneously as opposed to a sequential decay through an intermediate state. Since neutrons are only affected by the angular momentum barrier, the timescale for this process is much shorter than for two proton emission which is dominated by the Coulomb barrier. One such case is 26O where a very low decay energy was measured and the two valence neutrons are expected to occupy d-wave orbitals. Also, the ground state of 25O is located 700 keV higher. In a first experiment, the MoNA collaboration extracted a lifetime of 4 .5-1 . 5 + 1 . 1 (stat) +/- 3(syst) ps with a confidence level of 82%. Recently, an experiment dedicated to measuring the 26O lifetime in order to improve the confidence level of the measurement was performed at NSCL. The experiment utilized a newly developed segmented target which increased the statistics without degrading the resolution. Preliminary results will be presented. NSF PHY-1002511, DOE-NNSA DE-NA0000979.

  18. Simulation of the annihilation emission of galactic positrons; Modelisation de l'emission d'annihilation des positrons Galactiques

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    Gillard, W

    2008-01-15

    Positrons annihilate in the central region of our Galaxy. This has been known since the detection of a strong emission line centered on an energy of 511 keV in the direction of the Galactic center. This gamma-ray line is emitted during the annihilation of positrons with electrons from the interstellar medium. The spectrometer SPI, onboard the INTEGRAL observatory, performed spatial and spectral analyses of the positron annihilation emission. This thesis presents a study of the Galactic positron annihilation emission based on models of the different interactions undergone by positrons in the interstellar medium. The models are relied on our present knowledge of the properties of the interstellar medium in the Galactic bulge, where most of the positrons annihilate, and of the physics of positrons (production, propagation and annihilation processes). In order to obtain constraints on the positrons sources and physical characteristics of the annihilation medium, we compared the results of the models to measurements provided by the SPI spectrometer. (author)

  19. Positron states in polyethylene and polytetrafluoroethylene: A positron lifetime and Doppler-broadening study

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    Dlubek, G.; Saarinen, K.; Fretwell, H. M.

    1998-06-01

    Simultaneous positron lifetime (LT) and Doppler-broadening (DB) measurements on semi-crystalline polyethylene (PE) and polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) polymers have been performed in the temperature range 80-300 K. The LT spectra are analysed assuming four exponential components. Two long-lived components are found and are attributed to ortho-positroniums (o-Ps) pick-off annihilation in crystalline regions ( τ3=0.9-1.2 ns), and in free-volume holes in the amorphous phase ( τ4=1.5-2.8 (PE); τ4=2.5-4.4 ns (PTFE)). The values of τ4 obtained correspond to an increase of the mean hole size from 0.053 (at 80 K) to 0.188 nm 3 (at 300 K) in PE, and from 0.152 to 0.372 nm 3 in PTFE. The DB curves were fitted with a sum of three Gaussians, the narrowest of which is assumed to represent self-annihilation of para-positroniums (p-Ps) localised at holes. The intensity of the narrow component, In, varies between 0% and 5% in a similar way to the LT intensity I4. From this and from the intensity ratio of the LT spectra, 3 I1/( I3 + I4) ≈ 1, we conclude that pick off is the only important Ps quenching reaction. Therefore, the variation in the LT and DB intensities is attributed exclusively to inhibition or anti-inhibition of Ps formation. The intensity ratio of the narrow DB component 3 In/ I4=0.55 to 0.9 is smaller than the anticipated value of 1. Possible reasons of this effect will be discussed. It is shown that the average positron lifetime is dominated by the o-Ps component, while the behaviour of the DB peak height is mainly affected by p-Ps annihilation. Further, the results of the four-component decomposition of LT spectra were compared with those obtained from a three-component analysis, and from the comparison it was concluded that a three-component analysis of the o-Ps lifetime in semi-crystalline polymers, has some, albeit limited, physical relevance.

  20. Hole size distributions in cardo-based polymer membranes deduced from the lifetimes of ortho-positronium

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    Kobayashi, Y.; Kinomura, A.; Kazama, S.; Inoue, K.; Toyama, T.; Nagai, Y.; Haraya, K.; Mohamed, H. F. M.; O'Rourke, B. E.; Oshima, N.; Suzuki, R.

    2016-01-01

    To clarify the free volume size distributions of the cardo-based polymer membranes, where ortho-positronium (o-Ps) undergoes pick-off annihilation, the o-Ps lifetime distributions were analyzed by the LT9 programme. It was found that the cardo-based polysulfone membrane has much narrower o-Ps lifetime/hole size distributions than the cardo-based polyimide membranes with the 2,2-bis(3,4-dicarboxyphenyl)hexafluoropropane dianhydride (6FDA) moiety. Further, the lifetime/hole size distributions of the cardo-based polymer membranes are appreciably broadened with increasing temperature. This suggests that in these membranes there are holes not only of different sizes but also of different thermal expansion coefficients. It is also shown that in a membrane with a wider hole size distribution the average o-Ps lifetime tends to be longer than would be expected from the correlation between the o-Ps lifetime and the total free volume for common polymers.

  1. Early annihilation and diffuse backgrounds in models of weakly interacting massive particles in which the cross section for pair annihilation is enhanced by 1/upsilon.

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    Kamionkowski, Marc; Profumo, Stefano

    2008-12-31

    Recent studies have considered modifications to the standard weakly interacting massive particle scenario in which the pair annihilation cross section (times relative velocity v) is enhanced by a factor 1/upsilon to approximately 10(-3) in the Galaxy, enough to explain several puzzling Galactic radiation signals. We show that in these scenarios a burst of weakly interacting massive particle annihilation occurs in the first collapsed dark-matter halos. We show that severe constraints to the annihilation cross section derive from measurements of the diffuse extragalactic radiation and from ionization and heating of the intergalactic medium.

  2. The Reasonable Explanation of Annihilation (fanā in Mysticism

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    Abulfazel Kiashemshaki

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstrak : Para mistikus melampaui tahap-tahap (derajat kesempurnaan mistik dan maqam spiritual dalam perjalanan mereka menuju Allah yang sulit dimengerti oleh non-mistikus. Karena itu, sebagian besar kalangan reflektif berusaha mengandalkan prinsip-prinsip intelektual dan teoritis mereka untuk memperoleh penjelasan atas pengalaman mistis dan ekstasi. Namun, keberhasilan penjelasannya sepenuhnya berada di bawah kuasa dan kekuatan dari prinsip-prinsip tersebut. (Fanā atau kesirnaan adalah salah satu tahap mistis atau keadaan yang sulit dimengerti oleh non-mistikus sehingga memunculkan berbagai teori yang berbeda untuk menjelaskannya. Pencapaian prestasi ilmiah dan filosofis merupakan penjelasan yang tepat atas fanā. Bagaimanapun upaya yang dilakukan dalam artikel ini membuktikan bahwa satu-satunya penjelasan yang sukses adalah penjelasan yang didasarkan pada prinsip-prinsip teosofi transendental dan mistisisme teoritis.Kata kunci : Fanā, Mistisisme, Penjelasan rasional, Mistisisme teoretis, Filsafat transendentalAbstract : Mystics are passing through stages (degrees of mystic perfection and esoteric abodes (spiritual stations in their spiritual journey to Allah which is difficult for unmystics to understand. Because of this, most of the reflective people are trying to rely on their intellectual and theoretical principles to obtain an understandable explanation of mystical experiences and ecstasy. However the success of such explanation completely lies in the power and strength of the above mentioned principles. (Fanā or annihilation is one of the mystical stages or states which unmystics find very difficult to reasonably understand, hence various and different theories have been provided for its explanation. Various scientific and philosophical achievements are appropriate explanations of annihilation (fanā which is valuable in its place; however effort had been made in this article to prove that the only successful explanation is an

  3. Neutrino Fluxes from NUHM LSP Annihilations in the Sun

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    Olive, Keith

    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.

  4. Measurement of the lifetimes of the neutral and charged D mesons

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    Gladney, L.D.

    1985-03-01

    Results are presented on the use of a high-resolution drift chamber in the Mark II Detector at PEP to measure the lifetimes of D/sup 0/ and D/sup + -/ mesons produced in e/sup +/e/sup -/ annihilations at 29 GeV. Based on a sample of 74 events for the D/sup 0/ mesons and 23 events for the D/sup + -/ mesons, the lifetimes are found to be tau/sub D/sup 0/ = 4.7/sub -0.8//sup +0.9/ +- 0.5 x 10/sup -13/ s; tau/sub D/sup + -// = 8.9/sub -2.7//sup +3.8/ +- 1.3 x 10/sup -13/ s. The ratio of these lifetimes, tau/sub D/sup 0///tau/sub D/sup + -// = 1.9/sub -0.7//sup +0.9/ +- 0.3, indicates that the decays of these mesons cannot be explained by the simple spectator model of charmed particle decay.

  5. Quark Annihilation and Lepton Formation versus Pair Production and Neutrino Oscillation: The Fourth Generation of Leptons

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    Zhang T. X.

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available The emergence or formation of leptons from particles composed of quarks is still re- mained very poorly understood. In this paper, we propose that leptons are formed by quark-antiquark annihilations. There are two types of quark-antiquark annihilations. Type-I quark-antiquark annihilation annihilates only color charges, which is an incom- plete annihilation and forms structureless and colorless but electrically charged leptons such as electron, muon, and tau particles. Type-II quark-antiquark annihilation an- nihilates both electric and color charges, which is a complete annihilation and forms structureless, colorless, and electrically neutral leptons such as electron, muon, and tau neutrinos. Analyzing these two types of annihilations between up and down quarks and antiquarks with an excited quantum state for each of them, we predict the fourth gener- ation of leptons named lambda particle and neutrino. On the contrary quark-antiquark annihilation, a lepton particle or neutrino, when it collides, can be disintegrated into a quark-antiquark pair. The disintegrated quark-antiquark pair, if it is excited and / or changed in flavor during the collision, will annihilate into another type of lepton par- ticle or neutrino. This quark-antiquark annihilation and pair production scenario pro- vides unique understanding for the formation of leptons, predicts the fourth generation of leptons, and explains the oscillation of neutrinos without hurting the standard model of particle physics. With this scenario, we can understand the recent OPERA measure- ment of a tau particle in a muon neutrino beam as well as the early measurements of muon particles in electron neutrino beams.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Improvements in determinations using the Cu-64 annihilation gamma rays.

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    Tomlin, Bryan E; Zeisler, Rolf

    2009-12-01

    The method of gammagamma coincidence counting has been applied to the determination of Cu via the (64)Cu annihilation gamma rays. Preliminary experiments show that at least an order of magnitude reduction in (24)Na interference may be obtained by employing the 511-511 keV coincidence peak rather than the singles 511-keV peak. The effect of the sample matrix on the yield of (24)Na pair-production events was investigated by a combination of experimental measurements and Monte Carlo calculations.

  9. e+ e- annihilation into J/psi + J/psi.

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    Bodwin, Geoffrey T; Lee, Jungil; Braaten, Eric

    2003-04-25

    Recent measurements by the Belle Collaboration of the exclusive production of two charmonia in e(+)e(-) annihilation differ substantially from theoretical predictions. We suggest that a significant part of the discrepancy can be explained by the process e(+)e(-)-->J/psi+J/psi. Because the J/psi+J/psi production process can proceed through fragmentation of two virtual photons into two cc pairs, its cross section may be larger than that for J/psi+eta(c) by about a factor of 3.7, in spite of a suppression factor alpha(2)/alpha(2)(s) that is associated with the QED and QCD coupling constants.

  10. Two-Photon Total Annihilation of Molecular Positronium

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    Pérez-Ríos, Jesús; Greene, Chris H

    2014-01-01

    The rate for complete two-photon annihilation of molecular positronium Ps$_{2}$ is reported. This decay channel involves a four-body collision among the fermions forming Ps$_{2}$, and two photons of 1.022 MeV, each, as the final state. The quantum electrodynamics result for the rate of this process is found to be $\\Gamma_{Ps_{2} \\rightarrow \\gamma\\gamma}$ = 9.0 $\\times 10^{-12}$ s$^{-1}$. This decay channel completes the most comprehensive decay chart for Ps$_{2}$ up to date.

  11. Signals in the Co-annihilation Region of Supersymmetry

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    Arnowitt, Richard; Aurisano, Adam; Dutta, Bhaskar; Kamon, Teruki; Simeon, Paul; Toback, David; Wagner, Peter; Kolev, Nikolay

    2006-04-01

    An unanswered problem in physics is the identity of the cold dark matter (CDM) in the universe. One of the leading candidates is a supersymmetric (SUSY) particle, the lightest neutralino. Recent cosmological measurements by the WMAP experiment have tightly constrained the SUSY parameter space in the mSUGRA model to the so called ``co-annihilation'' region in which the lightest supersymmetric tau lepton and the lightest neutralino are nearly degenerate in mass. We examine the prospects of using LHC detectors to measure this mass difference and present preliminary results.

  12. Upper Bounds on Asymmetric Dark Matter Self Annihilation Cross Sections

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    Ellwanger, Ulrich

    2012-01-01

    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.

  13. Search for rare quark-annihilation decays, B --> Ds(*) Phi

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    2006-01-01

    We report on searches for B- --> Ds- Phi and B- --> Ds*- Phi. In the context of the Standard Model, these decays are expected to be highly suppressed since they proceed through annihilation of the b and u-bar quarks in the B- meson. Our results are based on 234 million Upsilon(4S) --> B Bbar decays collected with the BABAR detector at SLAC. We find no evidence for these decays, and we set Bayesian 90% confidence level upper limits on the branching fractions BF(B- --> Ds- Phi) Ds*- Phi)<1.2x10^(-5). These results are consistent with Standard Model expectations.

  14. Positrons from dark matter annihilation in the galactic halo: uncertainties

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    Fornengo, N; Lineros, R; Donato, F; Salati, P

    2007-01-01

    Indirect detection signals from dark matter annihilation are studied in the positron channel. We discuss in detail the positron propagation inside the galactic medium: we present novel solutions of the diffusion and propagation equations and we focus on the determination of the astrophysical uncertainties which affect the positron dark matter signal. We show that, especially in the low energy tail of the positron spectra at Earth, the uncertainty is sizeable and we quantify the effect. Comparison of our predictions with current available and foreseen experimental data are derived.

  15. Search for Dark Matter Annihilation in Draco with STACEE

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

    2007-01-01

    For some time, the Draco dwarf spheroidal galaxy has garnered interest as a possible source for the indirect detection of dark matter. Its large mass-to-light ratio and relative proximity to the Earth provide favorable conditions for the production of detectable gamma rays from dark matter self-annihilation in its core. The Solar Tower Atmospheric Cherenkov Effect Experiment (STACEE) is an air-shower Cherenkov telescope located in Albuquerque, NM capable of detecting gamma rays at energies above 100 GeV. We present the results of the STACEE observations of Draco during the 2005-2006 observing season totaling 10 hours of livetime after cuts.

  16. Parity lifetime of bound states in a proximitized semiconductor nanowire

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    Higginbotham, Andrew Patrick; Albrecht, Sven Marian; Kirsanskas, Gediminas

    2015-01-01

    superconductors but remain relatively unexplored in semiconductor-superconductor structures, which are now being intensely pursued in the context of topological superconductivity. To this end, we introduce a new physical system comprised of a gate-confined semiconductor nanowire with an epitaxially grown...... superconductor layer, yielding an isolated, proximitized nanowire segment. We identify Andreev-like bound states in the semiconductor via bias spectroscopy, determine the characteristic temperatures and magnetic fields for quasiparticle excitations, and extract a parity lifetime (poisoning time) of the bound...... state in the semiconductor exceeding 10 ms....

  17. Inhomogeneous dephasing masks coherence lifetimes in ensemble measurements.

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    Pelzer, Kenley M; Griffin, Graham B; Gray, Stephen K; Engel, Gregory S

    2012-04-28

    An open question at the forefront of modern physical sciences is what role, if any, quantum effects may play in biological sensing and energy transport mechanisms. One area of such research concerns the possibility of coherent energy transport in photosynthetic systems. Spectroscopic evidence of long-lived quantum coherence in photosynthetic light-harvesting pigment protein complexes (PPCs), along with theoretical modeling of PPCs, has indicated that coherent energy transport might boost efficiency of energy transport in photosynthesis. Accurate assessment of coherence lifetimes is crucial for modeling the extent to which quantum effects participate in this energy transfer, because such quantum effects can only contribute to mechanisms proceeding on timescales over which the coherences persist. While spectroscopy is a useful way to measure coherence lifetimes, inhomogeneity in the transition energies across the measured ensemble may lead to underestimation of coherence lifetimes from spectroscopic experiments. Theoretical models of antenna complexes generally model a single system, and direct comparison of single system models to ensemble averaged experimental data may lead to systematic underestimation of coherence lifetimes, distorting much of the current discussion. In this study, we use simulations of the Fenna-Matthews-Olson complex to model single complexes as well as averaged ensembles to demonstrate and roughly quantify the effect of averaging over an inhomogeneous ensemble on measured coherence lifetimes. We choose to model the Fenna-Matthews-Olson complex because that system has been a focus for much of the recent discussion of quantum effects in biology, and use an early version of the well known environment-assisted quantum transport model to facilitate straightforward comparison between the current model and past work. Although ensemble inhomogeneity is known to lead to shorter lifetimes of observed oscillations (simply inhomogeneous spectral

  18. Computing lifetimes for battery-powered devices

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    Jongerden, Marijn; Haverkort, Boudewijn

    2010-01-01

    The battery lifetime of mobile devices depends on the usage pattern of the battery, next to the discharge rate and the battery capacity. Therefore, it is important to include the usage pattern in battery lifetime computations. We do this by combining a stochastic workload, modeled as a continuous-time Markov model, with a well-known battery model. For this combined model, we provide new algorithms to efficiently compute the expected lifetime and the distribution and expected value of the deli...

  19. Lifetime of Organic Photovoltaics: Status and Predictions

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    Gevorgyan, Suren; Madsen, Morten Vesterager; Roth, Bérenger;

    2016-01-01

    The results of a meta-analysis conducted on organic photovoltaics (OPV) lifetime data reported in the literature is presented through the compilation of an extensive OPV lifetime database based on a large number of articles, followed by analysis of the large body of data. We fully reveal the prog......The results of a meta-analysis conducted on organic photovoltaics (OPV) lifetime data reported in the literature is presented through the compilation of an extensive OPV lifetime database based on a large number of articles, followed by analysis of the large body of data. We fully reveal...

  20. Systems and methods for circuit lifetime evaluation

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    Heaps, Timothy L. (Inventor); Sheldon, Douglas J. (Inventor); Bowerman, Paul N. (Inventor); Everline, Chester J. (Inventor); Shalom, Eddy (Inventor); Rasmussen, Robert D. (Inventor)

    2013-01-01

    Systems and methods for estimating the lifetime of an electrical system in accordance with embodiments of the invention are disclosed. One embodiment of the invention includes iteratively performing Worst Case Analysis (WCA) on a system design with respect to different system lifetimes using a computer to determine the lifetime at which the worst case performance of the system indicates the system will pass with zero margin or fail within a predetermined margin for error given the environment experienced by the system during its lifetime. In addition, performing WCA on a system with respect to a specific system lifetime includes identifying subcircuits within the system, performing Extreme Value Analysis (EVA) with respect to each subcircuit to determine whether the subcircuit fails EVA for the specific system lifetime, when the subcircuit passes EVA, determining that the subcircuit does not fail WCA for the specified system lifetime, when a subcircuit fails EVA performing at least one additional WCA process that provides a tighter bound on the WCA than EVA to determine whether the subcircuit fails WCA for the specified system lifetime, determining that the system passes WCA with respect to the specific system lifetime when all subcircuits pass WCA, and determining that the system fails WCA when at least one subcircuit fails WCA.

  1. CMB bounds on dark matter annihilation: Nucleon energy losses after recombination

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    Weniger, C.; Serpico, P.D.; Iocco, F.; Bertone, G.

    2013-01-01

    We consider the propagation and energy losses of protons and antiprotons produced by dark matter annihilation at redshifts 100annihilations into quarks, gluons and weak gauge bosons, protons and antiprotons carry about 20% of the energy injected into e± and γ’s, b

  2. Measurement of the B^0 and B^+ meson lifetimes with fully reconstructed hadronic final states

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    Aubert, Bernard

    2001-01-01

    The B0 and B+ meson lifetimes have been measured in e+e- annihilation data collected in 1999 and 2000 with the BABAR detector at center-of-mass energies near the Upsilon(4S) resonance. Events are selected in which one B meson is fully reconstructed in a hadronic final state while the second B meson is reconstructed inclusively. A combined fit to the B0 and the B+ decay time difference distributions yields tau_{B0} = 1.546 +/- 0.032 (stat) +/- 0.022(syst) ps, tau_{B+} = 1.673 +/- 0.032 (stat) +/- 0.023 (syst) ps and tau_{B+} / tau_{B0} = 1.082 +/- 0.026 (stat) +/- 0.012 (syst).

  3. Measurement of the B(0) and B(+) meson lifetimes with fully reconstructed hadronic final states.

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    2001-11-12

    The B(0) and B(+) meson lifetimes have been measured in e(+)e(-) annihilation data collected in 1999 and 2000 with the BABAR detector at center-of-mass energies near the Upsilon(4S) resonance. Events are selected in which one B meson is fully reconstructed in a hadronic final state while the second B meson is reconstructed inclusively. A combined fit to the B(0) and the B(+) decay time difference distributions yields tau(B(0)) = 1.546+/-0.032(stat)+/-0.022(syst) ps, tau(B(+)) = 1.673+/-0.032(stat)+/-0.023(syst) ps, and tau(B(+))/tau(B(0)) = 1.082+/-0.026(stat)+/-0.012(syst).

  4. Relative Biological Effectiveness and Peripheral Damage of Antiproton Annihilation

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    Kavanagh, J N; Kaiser, F; Tegami, S; Schettino, G; Kovacevic, S; Hajdukovic, D; Welsch, C P; Currell, F J; Toelli, H T; Doser, M; Holzscheiter, M; Herrmann, R; Timson, D J; Alsner, J; Landua, R; Knudsen, H; Comor, J; Moller, S P; Beyer, G

    2002-01-01

    The use of ions to deliver radiation to a body for therapeutic purposes has the potential to be significant improvement over the use of low linear energy transfer (LET) radiation because of the improved energy deposition profile and the enhanced biological effects of ions relative to photons. Proton therapy centers exist and are being used to treat patients. In addition, the initial use of heavy ions such as carbon is promising to the point that new treatment facilities are planned. Just as with protons or heavy ions, antiprotons can be used to deliver radiation to the body in a controlled way; however antiprotons will exhibit additional energy deposition due to annihilation of the antiprotons within the body. The slowing down of antiprotons in matter is similar to that of protons except at the very end of the range beyond the Bragg peak. Gray and Kalogeropoulos estimated the additional energy deposited by heavy nuclear fragments within a few millimeters of the annihilation vertex to be approximately 30 MeV (...

  5. 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.

  6. Dense, Parsec-Scale Clumps near the Great Annihilator

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    Hodges-Kluck, E J; Harris, A I; Lamb, J W; Hodges, M W

    2009-01-01

    We report on Combined Array for Research in Millimeter-Wave Astronomy (CARMA) and James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT) observations toward the Einstein source 1E 1740.7-2942, a LMXB commonly known as the "Great Annihilator." The Great Annihilator is known to be near a small, bright molecular cloud on the sky in a region largely devoid of emission in 12-CO surveys of the Galactic Center. The region is of interest because it is interior to the dust lanes which may be the shock zones where atomic gas from HI nuclear disk is converted into molecular gas. We find that the region is populated with a number of dense (n ~ 10^5 cm^-3) regions of excited gas with small filling factors, and estimate that up to 1-3 x 10^5 solar masses of gas can be seen in our maps. The detection suggests that a significant amount of mass is transported from the shock zones to the GC star-forming regions in the form of small, dense bundles.

  7. Annihilation photon acollinearity in PET: volunteer and phantom FDG studies.

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    Shibuya, Kengo; Yoshida, Eiji; Nishikido, Fumihiko; Suzuki, Toshikazu; Tsuda, Tomoaki; Inadama, Naoko; Yamaya, Taiga; Murayama, Hideo

    2007-09-07

    Annihilation photon acollinearity is a fundamental but little investigated problem in positron emission tomography (PET). In this paper, the cause of the angular deviation from 180.00 degrees is described as well as how to evaluate it under conditions of a spatially distributed radiation source and a limited acquisition time for the human body. A relationship between the shape of the photopeak spectrum and the angular distribution is formulated using conservation laws of momentum and energy over the pair annihilation. Then the formula is used to evaluate the acollinearity for a pool phantom and the human body with FDG injected. The angular distribution for the pool phantom agrees well with that for pure water which had been directly measured by Colombino et al in 1965 (Nuovo Cimento 38 707-23), and also with that for the human body determined in this study. Pure water can be considered as a good approximation of the human body regarding the angular deviation. The blurring coefficient to be multiplied by the ring diameter in calculations of the PET spatial resolution is experimentally determined for the first time as 0.00243 +/- 0.00014; this is 10% larger than the value widely used by investigators.

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

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    Guo, Wan-Lei [Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences,P.O. Box 918, Beijing 100049 (China)

    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.

  9. High Statistics Study of $p\\bar$p Annihilation Physics at the EHS

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    2002-01-01

    We propose to perform an experiment to study antiproton-proton annihilations at 50 GeV/c, using the EHS facility.\\\\ \\\\ We will study in detail annihilation processes in terms of the underlying quark structure, and to compare our results with the predictions of the three principal models: quark fusion, fragmentation and recombination.\\\\ \\\\ These models achieved satisfactory results for pion and non-strange resonance production but failed for strange particle production. In fact a study of the production of strange particles could lead to valuable dues in understanding the annihilation mechanisms. A possible explanation of their production is that fast gluons materialize as strange quark pairs in the annihilation process. \\\\ \\\\ We expect to obtain 35 K, well identified, annihilation events.

  10. Positron life time and annihilation Doppler broadening measurements on transition metal complexes

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    Levay, B. (Eoetvoes Lorand Tudomanyegyetem, Budapest (Hungary). Fizikai Kemiai es Radiologiai Tanszek); Varhelyi, Cs. (Babes-Bolyai Univ., Cluj (Romania)); Burger, K. (Eoetvoes Lorand Tudomanyegyetem, Budapest (Hungary). Szervetlen es Analitikai Kemiai Intezet)

    1982-01-01

    Positron life time and annihilation Doppler broadening measurements have been carried out on 44 solid coordination compounds. Several correlations have been found between the annihilation life time (tau/sub 1/) and line shape parameters (L) and the chemical structure of the compounds. Halide ligands were the most active towards positrons. This fact supports the assumption on the possible formation of (e/sup +/X/sup -/) positron-halide bound state. The life time was decreasing and the annihilation energy spectra were broadening with the increasing negative character of the halides. The aromatic base ligands affected the positron-halide interaction according to their basicity and space requirement and thus they indirectly affected the annihilation parameters, too. In the planar and tetrahedral complexes the electron density on the central met--al ion affected directly the annihilation parameters, while in the octahedral mixed complexes it had only an ind--irect effect through the polarization of the halide ligands.

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

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

    2016-01-01

    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-$\\alpha$ pumping, we find that disentangling DM signatures from purely astrophysical effects, related to early-time s...

  12. Experimentally Measured Radiative Lifetimes and Oscillator Strengths in Neutral Vanadium

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    Holmes, C. E.; Pickering, J. C.; Ruffoni, M. P.; Blackwell-Whitehead, R.; Nilsson, H.; Engström, L.; Hartman, H.; Lundberg, H.; Belmonte, M. T.

    2016-06-01

    We report a new study of the V i atom using a combination of time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence and Fourier transform spectroscopy that contains newly measured radiative lifetimes for 25 levels between 24,648 cm-1 and 37,518 cm-1 and oscillator strengths for 208 lines between 3040 and 20000 Å from 39 upper energy levels. Thirteen of these oscillator strengths have not been reported previously. This work was conducted independently of the recent studies of neutral vanadium lifetimes and oscillator strengths carried out by Den Hartog et al. and Lawler et al., and thus serves as a means to verify those measurements. Where our data overlap with their data, we generally find extremely good agreement in both level lifetimes and oscillator strengths. However, we also find evidence that Lawler et al. have systematically underestimated oscillator strengths for lines in the region of 9000 ± 100 Å. We suggest a correction of 0.18 ± 0.03 dex for these values to bring them into agreement with our results and those of Whaling et al. We also report new measurements of hyperfine structure splitting factors for three odd levels of V i lying between 24,700 and 28,400 cm-1.

  13. Positron annihilation study on CuInSe{sub 2} solar cell thin films

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    Zhang, Lijuan [Department of Modern Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026 (China); Wang, Tao [Institute of Fluid Physics, CAEP, P.O. Box 919-106, Mianyang 621900 (China); Li, Ji [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026 (China); Hao, Yingping; Liu, Jiandang [Department of Modern Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026 (China); Zhang, Peng [Key Laboratory of Nuclear Analysis Techniques, Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, No. 19 Yuquan Lu, Beijing 100049 (China); Cheng, Bin [Department of Modern Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026 (China); Zhang, Zhongwei [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026 (China); Wang, Baoyi [Key Laboratory of Nuclear Analysis Techniques, Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, No. 19 Yuquan Lu, Beijing 100049 (China); Ye, Bangjiao, E-mail: bjye@ustc.edu.cn [Department of Modern Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026 (China)

    2012-12-15

    Positron annihilation spectroscopy has been used to investigate CuInSe{sub 2} solar cell thin films. The films were grown on Mo-coated soda lime glass substrates by the electrochemical deposition processing technique. As-grown samples are found to contain large concentration of vacancy defects. The selenium (Se) atmosphere and sulfur (S) atmosphere annealing of as-grown samples at 800 K can dramatically reduce the number of vacancy defects and the film becomes crystalline. In addition, a defect layer of about 50 nm thickness was observed at the surface of the CuInSe{sub 2} thin film. This layer results from the electrochemical deposition method, but the defect concentration in the defect layer can be greatly reduced by annealing in selenium atmosphere. The Doppler broadening line shape parameter correlation plot provided evidence that the positron trapping defect states where in three samples. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer As-grown CuInSe{sub 2} thin films contain large concentration of defects. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A defect layer of about 50 nm exists in the CuInSe{sub 2} thin film surface. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The defect concentration in the defect layer can be greatly reduced.

  14. Defect Characterization in SiGe/SOI Epitaxial Semiconductors by Positron Annihilation

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    Ferragut R

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The potential of positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS for defect characterization at the atomic scale in semiconductors has been demonstrated in thin multilayer structures of SiGe (50 nm grown on UTB (ultra-thin body SOI (silicon-on-insulator. A slow positron beam was used to probe the defect profile. The SiO2/Si interface in the UTB-SOI was well characterized, and a good estimation of its depth has been obtained. The chemical analysis indicates that the interface does not contain defects, but only strongly localized charged centers. In order to promote the relaxation, the samples have been submitted to a post-growth annealing treatment in vacuum. After this treatment, it was possible to observe the modifications of the defect structure of the relaxed film. Chemical analysis of the SiGe layers suggests a prevalent trapping site surrounded by germanium atoms, presumably Si vacancies associated with misfit dislocations and threading dislocations in the SiGe films.

  15. 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.

  16. Lifetime-Enhanced Transport in Silicon due to Spin and Valley Blockade

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    Lansbergen, G.P.; Rahman, R.; Verduijn, J.; Tettamanzi, G.C.; Collaert, N.; Biesemans, S.; Klimeck, G.; Hollenberg, L.C.L.; Rogge, S.

    2011-01-01

    We report the observation of lifetime-enhanced transport (LET) based on perpendicular valleys in silicon by transport spectroscopy measurements of a two-electron system in a silicon transistor. The LET is manifested as a peculiar current step in the stability diagram due to a forbidden transition be

  17. DLTS study of annihilation of oxidation induced deep-level defects in Ni/SiO2/-Si MOS structures

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    N Shashank; Sanjeev K Gupta; K V Madhu; J Akhtar; R Damle

    2011-12-01

    This paper describes the fabrication of MOS capacitor and DLTS study of annihilation of deeplevel defects upon thermal annealing. Ni/SiO2/-Si MOS structures fabricated on -type Si wafers were investigated for process-induced deep-level defects. The deep-level traps in Si substrates induced during the processing of Ni/SiO2/-Si have been investigated using deep-level transient spectroscopy (DLTS). A characteristic deep-level defect at C = 0.49 eV which was introduced during high-temperature thermal oxidation process was detected. The trap position was found to shift to different energy levels (C = 0.43, 0.46 and 0.34 eV) during thermal annealing process. The deep-level trap completely anneals at 350°C. Significant reduction in trap density with an increase in recombination life time and substrate doping concentration as a function of isochronal annealing were observed.

  18. Cosmology in Mr. Tompkins' Lifetime

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    Lindner, Rudi Paul

    2016-01-01

    Mr. Tompkins, the hero of George Gamow's most famous book, was born in the first decade of the twentieth century and lived until its end. A bank clerk by day, Mr. Tompkins had wide-ranging interests, and his curiosity led him to popular scientific presentations, and these in turn brought him a long and happy marriage to Maud, the daughter of a professor of physics. His lifetime offers an appropriate framework for a meditation on the history of cosmology during the century in which cosmology became a scientific enterprise. As it happens, Mr. Tompkins' first exposure to cosmology, in which he observed both the expansion and contraction of an oscillating universe in 1939, happened during the long night of relativity, the generation in which relativity specialists became few and, like the galaxies, far between. This talk will consider the heyday of early relativistic cosmology from 1917 to 1935, the causes and consequences of the "long night" from 1935 until 1963, and the renaissance of cosmology, which, occurring as it did upon the retirement of Mr. Tompkins, afforded him great pleasure in his later years.

  19. The Lifetime of Axion Stars

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    Eby, Joshua; Wijewardhana, L C R

    2015-01-01

    We investigate the decay of condensates of scalars in a field theory defined by $V({\\cal A})=m^2 f^2 [1-\\cos({\\cal A}/f)]$, where $m$ and $f$ are the mass and decay constant of the scalar field. An example of such a theory is that of the axion, in which case the condensates are called axion stars. The axion field, $\\cal A$, is self adjoint. As a result the axion number is not an absolutely conserved quantity. Therefore, axion stars are not stable and have finite lifetimes. Bound axions, localized on the volume of the star, have a coordinate uncertainty $\\Delta x \\sim R \\sim 1/(m_a \\Delta)$, where $R$ is the radius of the star and $\\Delta = \\sqrt{1-E_0^2/m_a^2}$. Here $m_a$ and $E_0$ are the mass and the ground state energy of the bound axion. Then the momentum distribution of axions has a width of $\\Delta p \\sim m_a\\Delta$. At strong binding, $\\Delta={\\cal O}(1)$, bound axions can easily transfer a sufficient amount of momentum to create and emit a free axion, leading to fast decay of the star with a transiti...

  20. Baselines for Lifetime of Organic Solar Cells

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    Gevorgyan, Suren; Espinosa Martinez, Nieves; Ciammaruchi, Laura

    2016-01-01

    The process of accurately gauging lifetime improvements in organic photovoltaics (OPVs) or other similar emerging technologies, such as perovskites solar cells is still a major challenge. The presented work is part of a larger effort of developing a worldwide database of lifetimes that can help e...

  1. Computing lifetimes for battery-powered devices

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    Jongerden, Marijn; Haverkort, Boudewijn

    2010-01-01

    The battery lifetime of mobile devices depends on the usage pattern of the battery, next to the discharge rate and the battery capacity. Therefore, it is important to include the usage pattern in battery lifetime computations. We do this by combining a stochastic workload, modeled as a continuous-ti

  2. Mean fluorescence lifetime and its error

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    Fiserova, Eva [Department of Mathematical Analysis and Applications of Mathematics, Faculty of Science, Palacky University in Olomouc, tr. 17. listopadu 12, CZE-77146 Olomouc (Czech Republic); Kubala, Martin, E-mail: mkubala@prfnw.upol.cz [Department of Biophysics, Faculty of Science, Palacky University in Olomouc, tr. 17. listopadu 12, CZE-77146 Olomouc (Czech Republic)

    2012-08-15

    Mean excited-state lifetime is one of the fundamental fluorescence characteristics and enters as an important parameter into numerous calculations characterizing molecular interactions, such as e.g. FRET or fluorescence quenching. Our experiments demonstrated that the intensity-weighted mean fluorescence lifetime is very robust characteristic, in contrast to the amplitude-weighted one, which value is dependent on the data quality and particularly on the used fitting model. For the first time, we also report the procedure for the error estimation for both the intensity- and amplitude-weighted mean fluorescence lifetimes. Furthermore, we present a method for estimation of the mean fluorescence lifetime directly from the fluorescence-decay curve recorded by TCSPC (Time-Correlated Single-Photon Counting) method. For its simplicity and low computational demands, it could be a useful tool in the high-throughput applications, such as FACS, FLIM-FRET or HPLC detectors. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Intensity-weighted mean fluorescence lifetime is very robust characteristic. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The amplitude-weighted mean lifetime depends on the selection of fitting model. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Rigorous procedure for estimation of confidence intervals for mean lifetime. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The mean lifetime can be estimated directly from the TCSPC histogram.

  3. Stochastic Analysis of Orbital Lifetimes of Spacecraft

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    Sasamoto, Washito; Goodliff, Kandyce; Cornelius, David

    2008-01-01

    A document discusses (1) a Monte-Carlo-based methodology for probabilistic prediction and analysis of orbital lifetimes of spacecraft and (2) Orbital Lifetime Monte Carlo (OLMC)--a Fortran computer program, consisting of a previously developed long-term orbit-propagator integrated with a Monte Carlo engine. OLMC enables modeling of variances of key physical parameters that affect orbital lifetimes through the use of probability distributions. These parameters include altitude, speed, and flight-path angle at insertion into orbit; solar flux; and launch delays. The products of OLMC are predicted lifetimes (durations above specified minimum altitudes) for the number of user-specified cases. Histograms generated from such predictions can be used to determine the probabilities that spacecraft will satisfy lifetime requirements. The document discusses uncertainties that affect modeling of orbital lifetimes. Issues of repeatability, smoothness of distributions, and code run time are considered for the purpose of establishing values of code-specific parameters and number of Monte Carlo runs. Results from test cases are interpreted as demonstrating that solar-flux predictions are primary sources of variations in predicted lifetimes. Therefore, it is concluded, multiple sets of predictions should be utilized to fully characterize the lifetime range of a spacecraft.

  4. Lifetime modelling of lead acid batteries

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    Bindner, H.; Cronin, T.; Lundsager, P.;

    2005-01-01

    The performance and lifetime of energy storage in batteries are an important part of many renewable based energy systems. Not only do batteries impact on the system performance but they are also a significant expenditure when considering the whole lifecycle costs. Poor prediction of lifetime can,...

  5. The lifetime cost of a magnetic refrigerator

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    Bjørk, Rasmus; Bahl, Christian R.H.; Nielsen, Kaspar Kirstein

    2016-01-01

    , the optimal magnetic field is about 1.4 T, the particle size is 0.23 mm, the length of the regenerator is 40-50 mm and the utilization is about 0.2, for all device lifetimes and material and magnet prices, while the operating frequency vary as function of device lifetime. The considered performance...

  6. The lifetime of axion stars

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    Eby, Joshua; Suranyi, Peter; Wijewardhana, L. C. R.

    2016-05-01

    We investigate the decay of condensates of scalars in a field theory defined by V (𝒜) = m2f2[1 -cos(𝒜/f)], where m and f are the mass and decay constant of the scalar field. An example of such a theory is that of the axion, in which case the condensates are called axion stars. The axion field, 𝒜, is self-adjoint. As a result, the axion number is not an absolutely conserved quantity. Therefore, axion stars are not stable and have finite lifetimes. Bound axions, localized on the volume of the star, have a coordinate uncertainty δx ˜ R ˜ 1/(maΔ), where R is the radius of the star and Δ = 1 - E0 2/ma 2. Here ma and E0 are the mass, and the ground state energy of the bound axion. Then the momentum distribution of axions has a width of δp ˜ maΔ. At strong binding, Δ = 𝒪(1), bound axions can easily transfer a sufficient amount of momentum to create and emit a free axion, leading to fast decay of the star with a transition rate Γ ˜ ma. However, when Δ ≪ 1, the momentum distribution is more restricted, and as shown in this paper, the transition rate for creating a free axion decreases as exp(-pδx) ˜exp(-Δ-1). Then sufficiently large, weakly bound axion stars, produced after the Big Bang, survive until the present time. We plot the region of their stability, limited by decay through axion loss and by gravitational instability, as a function of the mass of the axion and the mass of the star.

  7. Fluorescence spectroscopy of UV-MALDI matrices and implications of ionization mechanisms

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    Lin, Hou-Yu; Hsu, Hsu Chen; Lu, I-Chung; Lee, Yuan-Tseh; Ni, Chi-Kung [Institute of Atomic and Molecular Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taipei 10617, Taiwan (China); Hsu, Kuo-Tung; Liao, Chih-Yu; Lee, Yin-Yu [National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center, Hsinchu 30076, Taiwan (China); Tseng, Chien-Ming [Department of Applied Chemistry, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu 30010, Taiwan (China)

    2014-10-28

    Matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization (MALDI) has been widely used in the mass analysis of biomolecules; however, there are a lot of debates about the ionization mechanisms. Previous studies have indicated that S{sub 1}-S{sub 1} annihilation might be a key process in the generation of primary ions. This study investigates S{sub 1}-S{sub 1} annihilation by examining the time-resolved fluorescence spectra of 12 matrices. No S{sub 1}-S{sub 1} annihilation was observed in six of these matrices (3-hydroxy-picolinic acid, 6-aza-2-thiothymine, 2,4-dihydroxy-acetophenone, 2,6-dihydroxy-acetophenone, 2,4,6-trihydroxy-acetophenone, and ferulic acid). We observed two matrix molecules reacting in an electronically excited state (S{sub 1}) in five of these matrices (2,5-dihydroxybenzoic acid, α-cyano-4-hydroxycinnamic acid, 2,5-dihydroxy-acetophenone, 2,3-dihydroxybenzoic acid, and 2,6-dihydroxybenzoic acid), and S{sub 1}-S{sub 1} annihilation was a possible reaction. Among these five matrices, no S{sub 1}-S{sub 1} annihilation was observed for 2,3-dihydroxybenzoic acid in typical peak power region of nanosecond laser pulses in MALDI, but a very small value of reaction rate constant was observed only in the high peak power region. The excited-state lifetime of sinapinic acid was too short to determine whether the molecules reacted in an electronically excited state. No correlation was observed between the ion generation efficiency of MALDI and S{sub 1}-S{sub 1} annihilation. The results indicate that the proposal of S{sub 1}-S{sub 1} annihilation is unnecessary in MALDI and energy pooling model for MALDI ionization mechanism has to be modified.

  8. Neutrino flavor ratios as diagnostic of solar WIMP annihilation

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    Lehnert, Ralf

    2007-01-01

    We consider the neutrino (and antineutrino) flavors arriving at Earth for neutrinos produced in the annihilation of weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs) in the Sun's core. Solar-matter effects on the flavor propagation of the resulting $\\agt$ GeV neutrinos are studied analytically within a density-matrix formalism. Matter effects, including mass-state level-crossings, influence the flavor fluxes considerably. The exposition herein is somewhat pedagogical, in that it starts with adiabatic evolution of single flavors from the Sun's center, with $\\theta_{13}$ set to zero, and progresses to fully realistic processing of the flavor ratios expected in WIMP decay, from the Sun's core to the Earth. In the fully realistic calculation, non-adiabatic level-crossing is included, as are possible nonzero values for $\\theta_{13}$ and the CP-violating phase $\\delta$. Due to resonance enhancement in matter, nonzero values of $\\theta_{13}$ even smaller than a degree can noticeably affect flavor propagation. Both normal...

  9. Electronic Structure of Rare-Earth Metals. II. Positron Annihilation

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    Williams, R. W.; Mackintosh, Allan

    1968-01-01

    The angular correlation of the photons emitted when positrons annihilate with electrons has been studied in single crystals of the rare-earth metals Y, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, and Er, and in a single crystal of an equiatomic alloy of Ho and Er. A comparison of the results for Y with the calculations...... of Loucks shows that the independent-particle model gives a good first approximation to the angular distribution, although correlation effects probably smear out some of the structure. The angular distributions from the heavy rare-earth metals are very similar to that from Y and can be understood...... qualitatively in terms of the relativistic augmented-plane-wave calculations by Keeton and Loucks. The angular distributions in the c direction in the paramagnetic phases are characterized by a rapid drop at low angles followed by a hump, and these features are associated with rather flat regions of Fermi...

  10. Dynamics of annihilation. I. Linearized Boltzmann equation and hydrodynamics.

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    García de Soria, María Isabel; Maynar, Pablo; Schehr, Grégory; Barrat, Alain; Trizac, Emmanuel

    2008-05-01

    We study the nonequilibrium statistical mechanics of a system of freely moving particles, in which binary encounters lead either to an elastic collision or to the disappearance of the pair. Such a system of ballistic annihilation therefore constantly loses particles. The dynamics of perturbations around the free decay regime is investigated using the spectral properties of the linearized Boltzmann operator, which characterize linear excitations on all time scales. The linearized Boltzmann equation is solved in the hydrodynamic limit by a projection technique, which yields the evolution equations for the relevant coarse-grained fields and expressions for the transport coefficients. We finally present the results of molecular dynamics simulations that validate the theoretical predictions.

  11. Higgs shifts from electron-positron annihilations near neutron stars

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    Wegner, Gary A. [Dartmouth College, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Hanover, NH (United States); Onofrio, Roberto [Universita di Padova, Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia ' Galileo Galilei' , Padova (Italy); ITAMP, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA (United States)

    2015-07-15

    We discuss the potential for using neutron stars to determine bounds on the Higgs-Kretschmann coupling by looking at peculiar shifts in gamma-ray spectroscopic features. In particular, we reanalyze multiple lines observed in GRB781119 detected by two gamma-ray spectrometers, and derive an upper bound on the Higgs-Kretschmann coupling that is much more constraining than the one recently obtained from white dwarfs. This calls for targeted analyses of spectra of gamma-ray bursts from more recent observatories, dedicated searches for differential shifts on electron-positron and proton-antiproton annihilation spectra in proximity of compact sources, and signals of electron and proton cyclotron lines from the same neutron star. (orig.)

  12. Bose-Einstein correlations in pp annihilations at rest

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    Adler, R.; Alhalel, T.; Angelopoulos, A.; Apostolakis, A.; Aslanides, E.; Backenstoss, G.; Bee, C.P.; Behnke, O.; Bennet, J.; Bertin, V.; Bienlein, J.K.; Bloch, P.; Bula, C.; Carlson, P.; Carvalho, J.; Cawley, E.; Charalambous, S.; Chardalas, M.; Chardin, G.; Chertok, M.B.; Danielsson, M.; Cody, A.; Dedoussis, S.; Dejardin, M.; Derre, J.; Dodgson, M.; Dousse, J.C.; Duclos, J.; Ealet, A.; Eckart, B.; Eleftheriadis, C.; Evangelou, I.; Faravel, L.; Fassnacht, P.; Faure, J.L.; Felder, C.; Ferreira-Marques, R.; Fetscher, W.; Fidecaro, M.; Filipcic, A.; Francis, D.; Fry, J.; Fuglesang, C.; Gabathuler, E.; Gamet, R.; Garreta, D.; Geralis, T.; Gerber, H.J.; Go, A.; Gumplinger, P.; Guyot, C.; Harrison, P.F.; Haselden, A.; Hayman, P.J.; Henry-Couannier, F.; Heyes, W.G.; Hollander, R.W.; Jansson, K.; Johner, H.U.; Jon-And, K.; Kerek, A.; Kern, J.; Kettle, P.R.; Kochowski, C.; Kokkas, P.; Kreuger, R.; Lawry, T.; Gac, R. le; Liolios, A.; Machado, E.; Maley, P.; Mandic, I.; Manthos, N.; Marel, G.; M; CPLEAR Collaboration

    1994-09-01

    Two-charged-pion correlations were studied in pp ([yields] 2[pi][sup +]2[pi][sup -] n[pi][sup 0], n [>=] 0) annihilations at rest with the CPLEAR detector at the Low-Energy Antiproton Ring (LEAR). A strong enhancement was found in the production of pairs of like-sign pions with a small value of the relative four-momentum Q, with respect to pairs of unlike-sign pions. The observed enhancement was interpreted as a consequence of the Bose-Einstein symmetrization of the twopion wave function. The data are well represented by a correlation function parametrized as a double-Gaussian; an exponential parametrization is also statistically acceptable. The value of the correlation strength is found to be > 1. The high-quality large data samples together with the ability for K[sup [+-

  13. Study of ion beam induced depolymerization using positron annihilation techniques

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    Puglisi, O. E-mail: opuglisi@dipchi.unict.it; Fragala, M.E.; Lynn, K.G.; Petkov, M.; Weber, M.; Somoza, A.; Dupasquier, A.; Quasso, F

    2001-04-01

    Ion beam induced depolymerization of polymers is a special class of ion beam induced chemical reaction which gives rise to catastrophic 'unzipping' of macromolecules with production of large amounts of the monomer, of the order of many hundreds monomer molecules per each macromolecule. The possible modification of the density at microscopic level prompted us to undertake a study of this effect utilizing positron annihilation techniques in Poly(methylmethacrylate) (PMMA) before and after bombardment with He{sup +} 300 keV ions at 200 deg. C. Preliminary results shown here indicate that before bombardment there is a reproducible dependence of nano-hole distribution on the sample history. Moreover at 200 deg. C we do not detect formation of new cavities as a consequence of the strong depolymerization that occurs under the ion beam. The possible correlation of these findings with transport properties of PMMA at temperature higher than the glass transition temperature will be discussed.

  14. Semi-Inclusive Wino and Higgsino Annihilation to LL'

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    Baumgart, Matthew

    2015-01-01

    We systematically compute the annihilation rate for winos and higgsinos into the final state relevant for indirect detection experiments, gamma + X. The radiative corrections to this process receive enhancement from the large Bloch-Nordsieck-Violating Sudakov logarithm, log(2 M_chi/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.

  15. 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.

  16. Search for short strings in~$e^+e^-$-annihilation

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    Kozhevnikova, Marina; Teryaev, Oleg

    2016-01-01

    In this work the behavior of power corrections to Adler finction in operator product expansion (OPE) is studied, in particular the possible contribution of operator of dimension 2. The OPE terms of dimension 4 and 6 are taken into account. Various experimental data on reactions of $e^+e^-$-annihilation to pion channels ($\\pi^+\\pi^-$, $2\\pi^+2\\pi^-$, $\\pi^+\\pi^-2\\pi^0$, $3\\pi^+3\\pi^-$, $2\\pi^+2\\pi^-2\\pi^0$) are used. The high-precision fits of the experimental data are obtained and used. The method based on Borel transform of Adler function is applied. It is shown that the contribution of operator of dimension 2 is negative being compatible to zero at three standard deviations level. The strong (anti)corellation between short string and local gluon condensate is found.

  17. Dark matter annihilation through a lepton-specific Higgs

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    Logan, Heather E

    2010-01-01

    It was recently shown by Hooper and Goodenough [arXiv:1010.2752] that the excess gamma ray emission from within 1-2 degrees of the galactic center can be well-described by annihilation of ~8 GeV 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 sizable invisible branching fraction. Part of the favored region leads to invisible decays of both of the CP-even neutral Higgs states.

  18. 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.

  19. Pair production and annihilation in strong magnetic fields. [of neutron stars and pulsars

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    Daugherty, J. K.; Harding, A. K.

    1983-01-01

    Electromagnetic phenomena occurring in the presence of strong magnetic fields are currently of great interest in high-energy astrophysics. In particular, the process of pair production by single photons in the presence of fields of order 10 to the 12th power Gauss is of importance in cascade models of pulsar gamma ray emission, and may also become significant in theories of other radiation phenomena whose sources may be neutron stars (e.g., gamma ray bursts). In addition to pair production, the inverse process of pair annihilation is greatly affected by the presence of superstrong magnetic fields. The most significant departures from annihilation processes in free space are a reduction in the total rate for annihilation into two photons, a broadening of the familiar 511-keV line for annihilation at rest, and the possibility for annihilation into a single photon which dominates the two-photon annihilation for B (10 to 13th power Gauss) The physics of these pair conversion processes, which is reviewed briefly, can become quite complex in the teragauss regime, and can involve calculations which are technically difficult to incorporate into models of emission mechanisms in neutron star magnetospheres. However, theoretical work, especially the case of pair annihilation, also suggests potential techniques for more direct measurements of field strengths near the stellar surface.

  20. 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.

  1. Antiprotons from dark matter annihilation in the Galaxy. Astrophysical uncertainties

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    Evoli, Carmelo [Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing (China). National Astronomical Observatories; Cholis, Ilias; Ullio, Piero [SISSA, Sezione di Trieste (Italy); INFN, Sezione di Trieste (Italy); Grasso, Dario [INFN, Sezione di Pisa (Italy); Maccione, Luca [Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Hamburg (Germany)

    2011-08-15

    The latest years have seen steady progresses in WIMP dark matter (DM) searches, with hints of possible signals suggested by both direct and indirect detection experiments. Antiprotons can play a key role validating those interpretations since they are copiously produced by WIMP annihilations in the Galactic halo, and the secondary antiproton background produced by Cosmic Ray (CR) interactions is predicted with fair accuracy and matches the observed spectrum very well. Using the publicly available numerical DRAGON code, we reconsider antiprotons as a tool to constrain DM models discussing its power and limitations. We provide updated constraints on a wide class of annihilating DM models by comparing our predictions against the most up-to-date anti p measurements, taking also into account the latest spectral information on the p, He and other CR nuclei fluxes. Doing that, we probe carefully the uncertainties associated to both secondary and DM originated antiprotons, by using a variety of distinctively different assumptions for the propagation of CRs and for the DM distribution in the Galaxy. We find that the impact of the astrophysical uncertainties on constraining the DM properties can be much stronger, up to a factor of {proportional_to}50, than the one due to uncertainties on the DM distribution ({proportional_to}2-6). Remarkably, even reducing the uncertainties on the propagation parameters derived by local observables, non-local effects can still change DM model constraints even by 50%. Nevertheless, current anti p data place tight constraints on DM models, excluding some of those suggested in connection with indirect and direct searches. Finally we discuss the power of upcoming CR spectral data from the AMS-02 observatory to drastically reduce the uncertainties discussed in this paper and estimate the expected sensitivity of this instrument to some sets of DM models. (orig.)

  2. Nuclear Power Plant Lifetime Management Study (I)

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    Hong, Sung Yull; Jeong, Ill Seok; Jang, Chang Heui; Song, Taek Ho; Song, Woo Young [Korea Electric Power Research Institute, Taejon (Korea, Republic of); Jin, Tae Eun [Korea Power Engineering Company Consulting and Architecture Engineers, (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Woo Chul [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    1996-12-31

    As the operation-year of nuclear power plant increases and finding sites for new nuclear power plant becomes harder, a comprehensive and systematic nuclear plant lifetime management(PLIM) program including life extension has to be established for stable and safe supply of electricity. A feasibility study was conducted to systematically evaluate technical, economic and regulatory aspect of plant lifetime managements and plant life extension for Kori-1 nuclear power plant. For technical evaluation of nuclear power plant, 13 major components were selected for lifetime evaluation by screening system. structure, and components(SSCs) of the plant. It was found that except reactor pressure vessel, which needs detailed integrity analysis, and low pressure turbine, which is scheduled to be replaced, 11 out of 13 major components have sufficient service life, for more than 40 years. Because domestic rules and regulations related to license renewal has not yet been written, review on the regulatory aspect of life extensions was conducted using US NRC rules and regulations. A cooperative effort with nuclear regulatory body is needed for early completion of license renewal rules and regulations. For economic evaluation of plant lifetime extension, a computer program was developed and used. It was found that 10 to 20 year of extension operation of Kori-1 nuclear power plant was proved. Based on the results, next phase of plant lifetime management program for detailed lifetime evaluation and presenting detailed implementation schedule for plant refurbishment for lifetime extension should be followed. (author). 74 refs., figs.

  3. Cosmological constraints on dark matter annihilation and decay: Cross-correlation analysis of the extragalactic $\\gamma$-ray background and cosmic shear

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    Shirasaki, Masato; Horiuchi, Shunsaku; Shirai, Satoshi; Yoshida, Naoki

    2016-01-01

    We derive constraints on dark matter (DM) annihilation cross section and decay lifetime from cross-correlation analyses of the data from Fermi-LAT and weak lensing surveys that cover a wide area of $\\sim660$ squared degrees in total. We improve upon our previous analyses by using an updated extragalactic $\\gamma$-ray background data reprocessed with the Fermi Pass 8 pipeline, and by using well-calibrated shape measurements of about twelve million galaxies in the Canada-France-Hawaii Lensing Survey (CFHTLenS) and Red-Cluster-Sequence Lensing Survey (RCSLenS). We generate a large set of full-sky mock catalogs from cosmological $N$-body simulations and use them to estimate statistical errors accurately. The measured cross correlation is consistent with null detection, which is then used to place strong cosmological constraints on annihilating and decaying DM. For leptophilic DM, the constraints are improved by a factor of $\\sim100$ in the mass range of O(1) TeV when including contributions from secondary $\\gamma...

  4. Family of lifetime sensors for medical purposes

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    Lippitsch, Max E.; Draxler, Sonja

    1995-05-01

    A family of indicators has been developed for fluorescence lifetime-based measurement of oxygen, pH, carbon dioxide, and potassium, all the indicators being derivatives of the same chemical compound and having identical spectral and lifetime properties. The indicators show an absorption accessible to low- cast light sources, a large Stokes shift, and long fluorescence decay time. all indicators can be excited at the same excitation wavelength, monitored at the same emission wavelength, and measured within the same time range. This opens the possibility of building a compact lifetime-based instrument to simultaneously measure blood gases and cations.

  5. Statistical Models and Methods for Lifetime Data

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    Lawless, Jerald F

    2011-01-01

    Praise for the First Edition"An indispensable addition to any serious collection on lifetime data analysis and . . . a valuable contribution to the statistical literature. Highly recommended . . ."-Choice"This is an important book, which will appeal to statisticians working on survival analysis problems."-Biometrics"A thorough, unified treatment of statistical models and methods used in the analysis of lifetime data . . . this is a highly competent and agreeable statistical textbook."-Statistics in MedicineThe statistical analysis of lifetime or response time data is a key tool in engineering,

  6. Lifetimes and configuration mixing in 110Cd

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    Lobach, Yu. N.; Efimov, A. D.; Pasternak, A. A.

    Lifetimes of excited states in 110Cd have been measured by the Doppler shift attenuation method in the reaction (α,2nγ) at Eα= 25 MeV. Lifetime values for 8 states and lifetime limits for 3 states were obtained. The band structures of 110Cd have been interpreted in terms of a modified version of the interacting boson model (IBM + 2 q.p.). The calculations explain well the excitation energies and electromagnetic transition probabilities up to Jπ= 16+, except for the 10+1 state. The structural features are discussed in terms of collective and two quasiparticle excitations.

  7. Models for Battery Reliability and Lifetime

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    Smith, K.; Wood, E.; Santhanagopalan, S.; Kim, G. H.; Neubauer, J.; Pesaran, A.

    2014-03-01

    Models describing battery degradation physics are needed to more accurately understand how battery usage and next-generation battery designs can be optimized for performance and lifetime. Such lifetime models may also reduce the cost of battery aging experiments and shorten the time required to validate battery lifetime. Models for chemical degradation and mechanical stress are reviewed. Experimental analysis of aging data from a commercial iron-phosphate lithium-ion (Li-ion) cell elucidates the relative importance of several mechanical stress-induced degradation mechanisms.

  8. Sommerfeld enhancement of invisible dark matter annihilation in galaxies and galaxy clusters

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    Chan, Man Ho

    2016-01-01

    Recent observations indicate that core-like dark matter structures exist in many galaxies, while numerical simulations reveal a singular dark matter density profile at the center. In this article, I show that if the annihilation of dark matter particles gives invisible sterile neutrinos, the Sommerfeld enhancement of the annihilation cross-section can give a sufficiently large annihilation rate to solve the core-cusp problem. The resultant core density, core radius, and their scaling relation generally agree with recent empirical fits from observations. Also, this model predicts that the resultant core-like structures in dwarf galaxies can be easily observed, but not for large normal galaxies and galaxy clusters.

  9. Revisiting big-bang nucleosynthesis constraints on dark-matter annihilation

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    Masahiro Kawasaki

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available We study the effects of dark-matter annihilation during the epoch of big-bang nucleosynthesis on the primordial abundances of light elements. We improve the calculation of the light-element abundances by taking into account the effects of anti-nucleons emitted by the annihilation of dark matter and the interconversion reactions of neutron and proton at inelastic scatterings of energetic nucleons. Comparing the theoretical prediction of the primordial light-element abundances with the latest observational constraints, we derive upper bounds on the dark-matter pair-annihilation cross section. Implication to some of particle-physics models are also discussed.

  10. 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. [Institute of Physics of the ASCR, ELI-Beamlines, 18221 Prague (Czech Republic); Klimo, O. [Institute of Physics of the ASCR, ELI-Beamlines, 18221 Prague (Czech Republic); FNSPE, Czech Technical University in Prague, 11519 Prague (Czech Republic); Bulanov, S. V.; Esirkepov, T. Zh. [Kansai Photon Science Institute, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, 8-1-7 Umemidai, Kizugawa-shi, Kyoto 619-0215 (Japan)

    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.

  11. The role of CP violating annihilations in baryogenesis - case study of the neutron portal

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    Baldes, Iason; Millar, Alexander; Petraki, Kalliopi; Volkas, Raymond R

    2014-01-01

    Many baryogenesis scenarios invoke the charge parity (CP) violating out-of-equilibrium decay of a heavy particle in order to explain the baryon asymmetry. Such scenarios will in general also allow CP violating annihilations. We study the effect of these CP violating annihilations on the final asymmetry in a neutron portal scenario. We solve the Boltzmann equations governing the evolution of the baryon number numerically and show that the CP violating annihilations play a dominant role in a significant portion of the parameter space.

  12. Revisiting big-bang nucleosynthesis constraints on dark-matter annihilation

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    Kawasaki, Masahiro [Institute for Cosmic Ray Research, The University of Tokyo, Kashiwa 277-8582 (Japan); Kavli IPMU (WPI), UTIAS, The University of Tokyo, Kashiwa 277-8583 (Japan); Kohri, Kazunori [Theory Center, IPNS, KEK, Tsukuba 305-0801 (Japan); Sokendai, Tsukuba 305-0801 (Japan); Moroi, Takeo [Kavli IPMU (WPI), UTIAS, The University of Tokyo, Kashiwa 277-8583 (Japan); Department of Physics, University of Tokyo, Tokyo 113-0033 (Japan); Takaesu, Yoshitaro, E-mail: takaesu@hep-th.phys.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp [Department of Physics, University of Tokyo, Tokyo 113-0033 (Japan)

    2015-12-17

    We study the effects of dark-matter annihilation during the epoch of big-bang nucleosynthesis on the primordial abundances of light elements. We improve the calculation of the light-element abundances by taking into account the effects of anti-nucleons emitted by the annihilation of dark matter and the interconversion reactions of neutron and proton at inelastic scatterings of energetic nucleons. Comparing the theoretical prediction of the primordial light-element abundances with the latest observational constraints, we derive upper bounds on the dark-matter pair-annihilation cross section. Implication to some of particle-physics models are also discussed.

  13. Doppler broadening of in-flight positron annihilation radiation due to electron momentum.

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    Hunt, A W; Cassidy, D B; Sterne, P A; Cowan, T E; Howell, R H; Lynn, K G; Golevchenko, J A

    2001-06-11

    We report the first observation of electron momentum contributions to the Doppler broadening of radiation produced by in-flight two-photon annihilation in solids. In these experiments an approximately 2.5 MeV positron beam impinged on thin polyethylene, aluminum, and gold targets. Since energetic positrons easily penetrate the nuclear Coulomb potential and do not cause a strong charge polarization, the experimental annihilation line shapes agree well with calculations based on a simple independent-particle model. Moreover, annihilations with the deepest core electrons are greatly enhanced.

  14. Revisiting big-bang nucleosynthesis constraints on dark-matter annihilation

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    Kawasaki, Masahiro; Kohri, Kazunori; Moroi, Takeo; Takaesu, Yoshitaro

    2015-12-01

    We study the effects of dark-matter annihilation during the epoch of big-bang nucleosynthesis on the primordial abundances of light elements. We improve the calculation of the light-element abundances by taking into account the effects of anti-nucleons emitted by the annihilation of dark matter and the interconversion reactions of neutron and proton at inelastic scatterings of energetic nucleons. Comparing the theoretical prediction of the primordial light-element abundances with the latest observational constraints, we derive upper bounds on the dark-matter pair-annihilation cross section. Implication to some of particle-physics models are also discussed.

  15. Pure annihilation type $ D\\to PP(V)$ decays in the perturbative QCD approach

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    Zou, Zhi-Tian; Lü, Cai-Dian

    2013-01-01

    The annihilation type diagrams are difficult to calculate in any kind of models or method. Encouraged by the the successful calculation of pure annihilation type B decays in the perturbative QCD factorization approach, we calculate the pure annihilation type $D\\to PP(V)$ decays in the perturbative QCD approach based on the $k_T$ factorization. Although the expansion parameter $1/m_D$ is not very small, our leading order numerical results agree with the existing experiment data for most channels. We expect the more accurate observation from experiments, which can help us learn about the dynamics of $D$ meson weak decays.

  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. Defect evolution during annealing of deformed FeSi alloys studied by positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Mostafa, K.M.; González Cámara, F.; Petrov, R.; Rodriguez Calvillo, P.; De Grave, E.; Segers, D.; Houbaert, Y.

    2011-01-01

    High silicon steel is widely used in electrical appliances. Alloying iron with silicon improves its magnetic performance. A silicon content up to 6.5 wt. % gives excellent magnetic properties such as high saturation magnetization, near zero magnetostriction and low iron loss in high frequencies. The

  18. 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.

  19. Helium-Implantation-Induced Damage in NHS Steel Investigated by Slow-Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy

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    Li, Yuan-Fei; Shen, Tie-Long; Gao, Xing; Gao, Ning; Yao, Cun-Feng; Sun, Jian-Rong; Wei, Kong-Fang; Li, Bing-Sheng; Zhang, Peng; Cao, Xing-Zhong; Zhu, Ya-Bin; Pang, Li-Long; Cui, Ming-Huan; Chang, Hai-Long; Wang, Ji; Zhu, Hui-Ping; Wang, Dong; Song, Peng; Sheng, Yan-Bin; Zhang, Hong-Peng; Hu, Bi-Tao; Wang, Zhi-Guang

    2014-03-01

    Evolutions of defects and helium contained defects produced by atomic displacement and helium deposition with helium implantation at different temperatures in novel high silicon (NHS) steel are investigated by a slow positron beam. Differences of the defect information among samples implanted by helium to a fluence of 1 × 1017 ions/cm2 at room temperature, 300°C, 450°C and 750°C are discussed. It is found that the mobility of vacancies and vacancy clusters, a recombination of vacancy-type defects and the formation of the He-V complex lead to the occurrence of these differences. At high temperature irradiations, a change of the diffusion mechanism of He atoms/He bubbles might be one of the reasons for the change of the S-parameter.

  20. Remote UV Fluorescence Lifetime Spectrometer Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The goal of this project is to develop, demonstrate, and deliver to NASA an innovative, portable, and power efficient Remote UV Fluorescence Lifetime Spectrometer...

  1. Lifetime measurement in {sup 195}Po

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    Grahn, T.; Page, R.D. [University of Liverpool, Department of Physics, Oliver Lodge Laboratory, Liverpool (United Kingdom); Dewald, A.; Jolie, J.; Melon, B.; Pissulla, T. [Universitaet zu Koeln, Institut fuer Kernphysik, Koeln (Germany); Greenlees, P.T.; Jakobsson, U.; Jones, P.; Julin, R.; Juutinen, S.; Ketelhut, S.; Leino, M.; Nyman, M.; Peura, P.; Rahkila, P.; Saren, J.; Scholey, C.; Sorri, J.; Uusitalo, J. [University of Jyvaeskylae, Department of Physics, P.O. Box 35, Jyvaeskylae (Finland); Kroell, T.; Kruecken, R.; Maierbeck, P. [TU Muenchen, Physik-Department E12, Garching (Germany)

    2009-03-15

    The lifetime of the 17/2{sup +} yrast state in {sup 195}Po has been measured using the recoil distance Doppler-shift technique to be {tau}=43(11) ps. The lifetime was extracted from the singles {gamma}-ray spectra obtained by using the recoil-decay tagging method. The present work provides more information of the coupling schemes, shapes and configuration mixing in neutron-deficient odd-mass Po nuclei. (orig.)

  2. The total lifetime costs of smoking

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    Rasmussen, Gitte Susanne; Prescott, Eva; Sørensen, Thorkild I A;

    2004-01-01

    Net costs of smoking in a lifetime perspective and, hence, the economic interests in antismoking policies have been questioned. It has been proposed that the health-related costs of smoking are balanced by smaller expenditure due to shorter life expectancy.......Net costs of smoking in a lifetime perspective and, hence, the economic interests in antismoking policies have been questioned. It has been proposed that the health-related costs of smoking are balanced by smaller expenditure due to shorter life expectancy....

  3. Enhancement of Photoluminescence Lifetime of ZnO Nanorods Making Use of Thiourea

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    Erdal Sönmez

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We have investigated correlation of photoluminescence lifetime between zinc oxide (ZnO nanorods and thiourea-doped ZnO nanorods (tu: CH4N2S. Aqueous solutions of ZnO nanorods were deposited on glass substrate by using pneumatic spray pyrolysis technique. The as-prepared specimens were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, and time-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy (TRPL. The photoluminescence lifetime of ZnO nanorods and ZnO nanorods containing thiourea was determined as =1.56±0.05 ns (2=0.9 and =2.12±0.03 ns (2=1.0, respectively. The calculated lifetime values of ZnO nanorods revealed that the presence of thiourea in ZnO nanorods resulted in increasing the exciton lifetime. In addition to the optical quality of ZnO nanorods, their exciton lifetime is comparable to the longest lifetimes reported for ZnO nanorods. The structural improvement of ZnO nanorods, containing thiourea, was also elucidated by taking their SEM images which show the thinner and longer ZnO nanorods compared to those without thiourea.

  4. Enhancement of Photoluminescence Lifetime of ZnO Nanorods Making Use of Thiourea

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    Erdal Sönmez; Kadem Meral

    2012-01-01

    We have investigated correlation of photoluminescence lifetime between zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorods and thiourea-doped ZnO nanorods (tu: CH4N2S). Aqueous solutions of ZnO nanorods were deposited on glass substrate by using pneumatic spray pyrolysis technique. The as-prepared specimens were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and time-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy (TRPL). The photoluminescence lifetime of ZnO nanorods and ZnO nanorods containing...

  5. Kinetics of Schottky defect formation and annihilation in single crystal TlBr.

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    Bishop, Sean R; Tuller, Harry L; Kuhn, Melanie; Ciampi, Guido; Higgins, William; Shah, Kanai S

    2013-07-28

    The kinetics for Schottky defect (Tl and Br vacancy pair) formation and annihilation in ionically conducting TlBr are characterized through a temperature induced conductivity relaxation technique. Near room temperature, defect generation-annihilation was found to take on the order of hours before equilibrium was reached after a step change in temperature, and that mechanical damage imparted on the sample rapidly increases this rate. The rate limiting step to Schottky defect formation-annihilation is identified as being the migration of lower mobility Tl (versus Br), with an estimate for source-sink density derived from calculated diffusion lengths. This study represents one of the first investigations of Schottky defect generation-annihilation kinetics and demonstrates its utility in quantifying detrimental mechanical damage in radiation detector materials.

  6. Dark Matter annihilations in halos and the reionization of the universe

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    Poulin, Vivian; Lesgourgues, Julien

    2015-01-01

    It is well known that annihilations in the homogeneous fluid of dark matter (DM) can leave substantial imprints in the cosmic microwave background (CMB) anisotropy power spectrum. However, the relevance of DM annihilations in halos is still subject to debate, with previous works reaching different conclusions on this point. Furthermore, models of DM annihilations in halos have been invoked to solve the tension between WMAP measurement of the reionization optical depth and astrophysical Gunn-Peterson bound, requiring a significantly smaller value of the optical depth to reionization. This tension, although smaller, still exists in the new Planck data. In this work, we revisit these problems and aim at clarifying the situation, thanks to the most accurate treatment of DM annihilations in halos to this day. We find that the ionization fraction does exhibit a very particular (and potentially constraining) pattern, but the currently measurable reionization optical depth is left almost unchanged: For plausible halo...

  7. Kinetic behaviour of two-species-group aggregation process with complete annihilation

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    柯见洪; 林振权; 王向红

    2003-01-01

    We propose a two-species-group aggregation-annihilation model in which an irreversible aggregation reaction occurs between any two clusters of the same species, and an irreversible joint annihilation reaction occurs between two distinct species groups. Based on the mean-field theory, we have investigated the rate equations of the process with constant reaction rates to obtain the asymptotic descriptions of the cluster-mass distributions. The results indicate that for the symmetrical initial cases the kinetic behaviour of the system depends crucially on the ratio of the equivalent aggregation rate to the annihilation rate. The cluster-mass distribution of each species always obeys a conventional or modified scaling law in each individual case. Moreover, all the species cannot finally survive except for the cases in which at least one equivalent aggregation rate is less than twice the annihilation rate.

  8. Prospects of detecting gamma-ray emission from galaxy clusters: cosmic rays and dark matter annihilations

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    Pinzke, Anders; Bergstrom, Lars

    2011-01-01

    We study the possibility for detecting gamma-ray emission in galaxy clusters. We consider 1) cosmic ray (CR) induced pion decay which is thought to dominate the astrophysical signal from clusters, 2) different representative benchmark models of supersymmetric dark matter (DM), and 3) leptophilic models of DM annihilation that include a Sommerfeld enhancement (SFE). To model DM annihilation, we consider hadronization of annihilating neutralinos, internal bremsstrahlung, and inverse Compton emission from the cosmic microwave background as well as from a realistic spatial and spectral distribution of dust and stellar light. We predict the Virgo and Fornax clusters to be the brightest DM sources and find a particularly low CR induced background for Fornax. For a minimum substructure mass given by the DM free-streaming scale, we find a substructure boost factor of more than 1000. Since the annihilation flux of substructures is mostly contributed by the regions around the virial radius, the resulting surface bright...

  9. Effect of positron-atom interactions on the annihilation gamma spectra of molecules

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    Green, D G; Wang, F; Gribakin, G F; Surko, C M

    2012-01-01

    Calculations of gamma spectra for positron annihilation on a selection of molecules, including methane and its fluoro-substitutes, ethane, propane, butane and benzene are presented. The annihilation gamma spectra characterise the momentum distribution of the electron-positron pair at the instant of annihilation. The contribution to the gamma spectra from individual molecular orbitals is obtained from electron momentum densities calculated using modern computational quantum chemistry density functional theory tools. The calculation, in its simplest form, effectively treats the low-energy (thermalised, room-temperature) positron as a plane wave and gives annihilation gamma spectra that are about 40% broader than experiment, although the main chemical trends are reproduced. We show that this effective "narrowing" of the experimental spectra is due to the action of the molecular potential on the positron, chiefly, due to the positron repulsion from the nuclei. It leads to a suppression of the contribution of smal...

  10. Conservative upper limits on WIMP annihilation cross section from Fermi-LAT $\\gamma$-rays

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    Donato, F; De Romeri, V

    2011-01-01

    The spectrum of an isotropic extragalactic $\\gamma$-ray background (EGB) has been measured by the Fermi-LAT telescope at high latitudes. Two new models for the EGB are derived from the subtraction of unresolved point sources and extragalactic diffuse processes, which could explain from 30% to 70% of the Fermi-LAT EGB. Within the hypothesis that the two residual EGBs are entirely due to the annihilation of dark matter (DM) particles in the Galactic halo, we obtain $conservative$ upper limits on their annihilation cross section \\sigmav. Severe bounds on a possible Sommerfeld enhancement of the annihilation cross section are set as well. Finally, would {\\sigmav} be inversely proportional to the WIMP velocity, very severe limits are derived for the velocity-independent part of the annihilation cross section.

  11. Self-annihilating dark matter and the CMB: reionizing the Universe and constraining cross sections

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    Iocco, Fabio

    2009-01-01

    I summarize the recent advances in determining the effects of self-annihilating WIMP dark matter on the modification of the recombination history, at times earlier than the formation of astrophysical objects. Depending on mass and self-annihilation cross section, WIMP DM can reproduce sizable amounts of the total free electron abundance at z > 6; as known, this affects the CMB temperature and polarization correlation spectra, and can be used to place stringent bounds in the particle mass vs cross-section plane. WMAP5 data already strongly disfavor the region capable to explain the recent cosmic positron and electrons anomalies in terms of DM annihilation, whereas in principle the Planck mission has the potential to see a signal produced by a candidate laying in that region, or from WIMPs with thermal annihilation cross-sections =3e-26 cm3/s and masses below 50 GeV.

  12. Hyperaccreting Disks around Neutrons Stars and Magnetars for GRBs: Neutrino Annihilation and Strong Magnetic Fields

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    Zhang, Dong

    2010-01-01

    Hyperaccreting disks around neutron stars or magnetars cooled via neutrino emission can be the potential central engine of GRBs. The neutron-star disk can cool more efficiently, produce much higher neutrino luminosity and neutrino annihilation luminosity than its black hole counterpart with the same accretion rate. The neutron star surface boundary layer could increase the annihilation luminosity as well. An ultra relativistic jet via neutrino annihilation can be produced along the stellar poles. Moreover, we investigate the effects of strong fields on the disks around magnetars. In general, stronger fields give higher disk densities, pressures, temperatures and neutrino luminosity; the neutrino annihilation mechanism and the magnetically-driven pulsar wind which extracts the stellar rotational energy can work together to generate and feed an even stronger ultra-relativistic jet along the stellar magnetic poles.

  13. First experimental detection of antiproton in-flight annihilation on nuclei at 130 keV

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    Aghai-Khozani, H; 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

    2012-01-01

    The existing data of antinucleon-nucleon and antinucleon-nuclei annihilation cross-sections are confined to energies above about 1MeV. Experimental limitations have prevented till now the lower energies data to be achieved in spite of the interest they represent for theoretical models. One of the unresolved question concerns the antiproton annihilation cross-section measured at LEAR on light nuclei in the MeV region, which show a saturation with the mass number of the target nucleus against any naive expectation. With regard to fundamental cosmology, the knowledge of the annihilation cross-sections at energies below 1MeV can contribute to understand the matter-antimatter asymmetry in the Universe. We present here the experimental demonstration of the feasibility of the measurement of antiproton-nuclei annihilation cross-sections in the 100 keV region.

  14. Magnetic Field Effects on Triplet-Triplet Annihilation in Solutions: Modulation of Visible/NIR Luminescence.

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    Mani, Tomoyasu; Vinogradov, Sergei A

    2013-08-01

    Photon upconversion based on sensitized triplet-triplet annihilation (TTA) presents interest for such areas as photovoltaics and imaging. Usually energy upconversion is observed as p-type delayed fluorescence from molecules whose triplet states are populated via energy transfer from a suitable triplet donor, followed by TTA. Magnetic field effects (MFE) on delayed fluorescence in molecular crystals are well known; however, there exist only a few examples of MFE on TTA in solutions, and all of them are limited to UV-emitting materials. Here we present MFE on TTA-mediated visible and near infrared (NIR) emission, sensitized by far-red absorbing metalloporphyrins in solutions at room temperature. In addition to visible delayed fluorescence from annihilator, we also observed NIR emission from the sensitizer, occurring as a result of triplet-triplet energy transfer back from annihilator, termed "delayed phosphorescence". This emission also exhibits MFE, but opposite in sign to the annihilator fluorescence.

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

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    Ilderton, Anton; Johansson, Petter; Marklund, Mattias

    2011-01-01

    We discuss the theory and phenomenology of pair annihilation, within an ultra-short laser pulse, to a single photon. The signature of this process is the uni-directional 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 XFEL parameters admitting a much clearer signal than optical beams.

  16. Bubble detector measurements of a mixed radiation field from antiproton annihilation

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    Bassler, Niels; Møller, Søren Pape; Petersen, Jørgen B.; Rahbek, Dennis; Uggerhøj, Ulrik I.

    2006-01-01

    In the light of recent progress in the study of the biological potential of antiproton tumour treatment it is important to be able to characterize the neutron intensity arising from antiproton annihilation using simple, compact and reliable detectors. The intensity of fast neutrons from antiproton annihilation on polystyrene has been measured with bubble detectors and a multiplicity has been derived as well as an estimated neutron equivalent dose. Additionally the sensitivity of bubble detectors towards protons was measured.

  17. First measurement of the antiproton-nucleus annihilation cross section at 125 keV

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

    2015-01-01

    The first observation of in-flight antiproton-nucleus annihilation at ∼130 keV obtained with the ASACUSA detector has demonstrated that the measurement of the cross section of the process is feasible at such extremely low energies Aghai-Khozani, H., et al., Eur. Phys. J. Plus 127, 55 (2012). Here we present the results of the data analysis with the evaluations of the antiproton annihilation cross sections on carbon, palladium and platinum targets at 125 keV.

  18. How efficient is the Langacker-Pi mechanism of monopole annihilation?

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    Holman, R; Rey, S J; Rey, Soo-Jong

    1992-01-01

    We investigate the dynamics of monopole annihilation by the Langacker-Pi mechanism. We find taht considerations of causality, flux-tube energetics and the friction from Aharonov-Bohm scatteering suggest that the monopole annihilation is most efficient if electromagnetism is spontaneously broken at the lowest temperature ($T_{em} \\approx 10^6 GeV$) consistent with not having the monopoles dominate the energy density of the universe.

  19. High energy resolution and first time-dependent positron annihilation induced Auger electron spectroscopty

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    Mayer, Jakob

    2010-04-03

    It was the aim of this thesis to improve the existing positron annihilation induced Auger spectrometer at the highly intense positron source NEPOMUC (NEutron induced POsitron source MUniCh) in several ways: Firstly, the measurement time for a single spectrum should be reduced from typically 12 h to roughly 1 h or even less. Secondly, the energy resolution, which amounted to {delta}E/E{approx}10%, should be increased by at least one order of magnitude in order to make high resolution positron annihilation induced Auger spectroscopy (PAES)-measurements of Auger transitions possible and thus deliver more information about the nature of the Auger process. In order to achieve these objectives, the PAES spectrometer was equipped with a new electron energy analyzer. For its ideal operation all other components of the Auger analysis chamber had to be adapted. Particularly the sample manipulation and the positron beam guidance had to be renewed. Simulations with SIMION {sup registered} ensured the optimal positron lens parameters. After the adjustment of the new analyzer and its components, first measurements illustrated the improved performance of the PAES setup: Firstly, the measurement time for short overview measurements was reduced from 3 h to 420 s. The measurement time for more detailed Auger spectra was shortened from 12 h to 80 min. Secondly, even with the reduced measurement time, the signal to noise ratio was also enhanced by one order of magnitude. Finally, the energy resolution was improved to {delta}E/E < 1. The exceptional surface sensitivity and elemental selectivity of PAES was demonstrated in measurements of Pd and Fe, both coated with Cu layers of varying thickness. PAES showed that with 0.96 monolayer of Cu on Fe, more than 55% of the detected Auger electrons stem from Cu. In the case of the Cu coated Pd sample 0.96 monolayer of Cu resulted in a Cu Auger fraction of more than 30% with PAES and less than 5% with electron induced Auger spectroscopy

  20. Nonthermal synchrotron radiation and pair annihilation in gamma-ray bursts

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    Preece, Robert; Harding, Alice K.

    1989-01-01

    A self-consistent Monte Carlo simulation of quantized synchrotron emission, pair production, and pair annihilation in strong (2 x 10 to the 12th G or greater) magnetic fields is presented as a model of the production of annihilation lines in gamma-ray burst sources. The calculation determines the self-consistent photon spectrum and pair distribution functions resulting from a nonthermal injection of electrons into a region of homogeneous, strong magnetic field. The results indicate that the appearance of observable annihilation features in gamma-ray burst spectra requires isotropic or fan-beamed injection of electrons with energies of at least 5 MeV. The lines are narrow because higher energy electrons escape annihilation and do not contribute to Doppler-broadening. Injection beamed along the field did not produce observable annihilation lines in any of the cases studied. As a result, emission at energies much greater than 1 MeV produced through beaming seems to be incompatible with observable annihilation in this model. These results are discussed in relation to observed features in gamma-ray burst spectra.