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  1. Intense positron beams: linacs

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    Beams of monoenergetic positrons with energies of a few eV to many keV have been used in experiments in atomic physics, solid-state physics and materials science. The production of positron beams from a new source, an electron linac, is described. Intense, pulsed beams of low-energy positrons were produced by a high-energy beam from an electron linac. The production efficiency, moderator geometry, beam spot size and other positron beam parameters were determined for electrons with energies from 60 to 120 MeV. Low-energy positron beams produced with a high-energy electron linac can be of much higher intensity than those beams currently derived from radioactive sources. These higher intensity beams will make possible positron experiments previously infeasible. 10 references, 1 figure

  2. Beta spectra. II-Positron spectra

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    Using the Fermi theory of beta decay, the beta spectra for 30 positron emitters have been computed, introducing a correction factor for unique forbidden transitions. The spectra are ploted vs. energy, once normalised, and tabulated with the related Fermi functions. The average and median energies are calculated. (author)

  3. Intense positron beams: linacs - preworkshop copy

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    Beams of monoenergetic positrons with energies of a few eV to many keV have been used in experiments in atomic physics, solid-state physics and materials science. The production of positron beams from a new source, an electron linac, is described. Intense, pulsed beams of low-energy positrons have been produced by a high-energy beam from an electron linac. The production efficiency, moderator geometry, beam spot size and other positron beam parameters have been determined for electrons with energies from 60 to 120 MeV. Low-energy positron beams produced with a high-energy electron linac can be of much higher intensity than those beams currently derived from radioactive sources. These higher-intensity beams will make possible positron experiments previously infeasible

  4. Intense positron beams: linacs. Preworkshop copy

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    Beams of monoenergetic positrons with energies of a few eV to many keV have been used in experiments in atomic physics, solid state physics and materials science. The production of positron beams from a new source, an electron linac, is described. Intense, pulsed beams of low-energy positrons have been produced by a high-energy beam from an electron linac. The production efficiency, moderator geometry, beam spot size and other positron beam parameters have been determined for electrons with energies from 60 to 120 MeV. Low-energy positron beams produced with a high-energy electron linac can be of much higher intensity than those beams currently derived from radioactive sources. These higher intensity beams will make possible positron experiments previously infeasible

  5. Intense low energy positron beams

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    Lynn, K.G.; Jacobsen, F.M.

    1993-12-31

    Intense positron beams are under development or being considered at several laboratories. Already today a few accelerator based high intensity, low brightness e{sup +} beams exist producing of the order of 10{sup 8} {minus} 10{sup 9} e{sup +}/sec. Several laboratories are aiming at high intensity, high brightness e{sup +} beams with intensities greater than 10{sup 9} e{sup +}/sec and current densities of the order of 10{sup 13} {minus} 10{sup 14} e{sup +} sec{sup {minus}} {sup 1}cm{sup {minus}2}. Intense e{sup +} beams can be realized in two ways (or in a combination thereof) either through a development of more efficient B{sup +} moderators or by increasing the available activity of B{sup +} particles. In this review we shall mainly concentrate on the latter approach. In atomic physics the main trust for these developments is to be able to measure differential and high energy cross-sections in e{sup +} collisions with atoms and molecules. Within solid state physics high intensity, high brightness e{sup +} beams are in demand in areas such as the re-emission e{sup +} microscope, two dimensional angular correlation of annihilation radiation, low energy e{sup +} diffraction and other fields. Intense e{sup +} beams are also important for the development of positronium beams, as well as exotic experiments such as Bose condensation and Ps liquid studies.

  6. Slow positron beam at the JINR, Dubna

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    Horodek Paweł

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The Low Energy Positron Toroidal Accumulator (LEPTA at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR proposed for generation of positronium in flight has been adopted for positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS. The positron injector generates continuous slow positron beam with positron energy range between 50 eV and 35 keV. The radioactive 22Na isotope is used. In distinction to popular tungsten foil, here the solid neon is used as moderator. It allows to obtain the beam intensity of about 105 e+/s width energy spectrum characterized by full width at half maximum (FWHM of 3.4 eV and a tail to lower energies of about 30 eV. The paper covers the characteristic of variable energy positron beam at the LEPTA facility: parameters, the rule of moderation, scheme of injector, and transportation of positrons into the sample chamber. Recent status of the project and its development in the field of PAS is discussed. As an example, the measurement of the positron diffusion length in pure iron is demonstrated.

  7. Positron beam production with a deuteron accelerator

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    A graphite target was bombarded with 1.5 MeV deuterons, producing the isotope 13N, which is a positron emitter. Using the activated material a slow positron beam with an intensity of 0.7 (0.14)x105 s-1 was produced. A (saturated) 13N yield of 63 (11) MBq/μA was observed, with 1.5 MeV deuterons, which is consistent with previous calculations and experiments. Our results show that, with the method we outline, positron beams with an average intensity of up to 1x108 s-1 may be produced

  8. Polymeric membrane studied using slow positron beam

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    A radioisotope slow positron beam has been built at the Chung Yuan Christian University in Taiwan for the research and development in membrane science and technology. Doppler broadening energy spectra and positron annihilation lifetime have been measured as a function of positron energy up to 30 keV in a polyamide membrane prepared by the interfacial polymerization between triethylenetetraamine (TETA) and trimesoyl chloride (TMC) on modified porous polyacrylonitrile (PAN) asymmetric membrane. The multilayer structures and free-volume depth profile for this asymmetric membrane system are obtained. Positron annihilation spectroscopy coupled with a slow beam could provide new information about size selectivity of transporting molecules and guidance for molecular designs in polymeric membranes

  9. Literature in Focus Beta Beams: Neutrino Beams

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    2009-01-01

    By Mats Lindroos (CERN) and Mauro Mezzetto (INFN Padova, Italy) Imperial Press, 2009 The beta-beam concept for the generation of electron neutrino beams was first proposed by Piero Zucchelli in 2002. The idea created quite a stir, challenging the idea that intense neutrino beams only could be produced from the decay of pions or muons in classical neutrino beams facilities or in future neutrino factories. The concept initially struggled to make an impact but the hard work by many machine physicists, phenomenologists and theoreticians over the last five years has won the beta-beam a well-earned position as one of the frontrunners for a possible future world laboratory for high intensity neutrino oscillation physics. This is the first complete monograph on the beta-beam concept. The book describes both technical aspects and experimental aspects of the beta-beam, providing students and scientists with an insight into the possibilities o...

  10. Overview of slow positron beam based research in BARC

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    Energy distributed positrons emitted from the beta decay of radioisotopes provide averaged information about the bulk of the sample. With the advent of slow positron beams, it has become possible to monoenergize positrons emitted from the radioisotope sources and probe surfaces, buried interfaces and multilayer structures. The positron emitted from the source are made to thermalize and transported to the sample as a monochromatic beam with the help of electric and magnetic field assemblies to carry out depth dependent studies. The slow positron beam at Radiochemistry Division, BARC is currently being utilized for depth profile studies in organic semiconductor (OSC) thin films and defect structure in metallic samples. In addition, pore architecture in membranes referring to pore interconnectivities have been addressed. The present talk entails studies on nanoscale organics and touches upon the utility of positron beam technique to address pore architecture. Single and multilayer nanoscale films of metal phthalocyanines (MPc) have been studied to probe buried interfaces and nanostructural variations as a function of different growth parameters. The sensitivity of positron to defects helped in identifying structural disorder resulting due to the heteroepitaxy between different materials. The ability to control the depth of penetration has helped to probe buried interfaces in these organic heterostructures. The positron diffusion length is derived from the Doppler broadening profiles (S-E) arid compared with charge carrier mobility in OSCs. Effect of post deposition annealing temperature on the nanostructure of MPc thin films has also been studied. The S-E profile together with S-W correlation helped in identifying nanostructural inhomogeneities in the film. In another study, the defect structure at the interface of OSC and the dielectric substrate has been examined for the films grown on SiO2/Si substrates, unmodified and modified, as the case may be, using self

  11. Beta Beams Implementation at CERN

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    Hansen, Christian

    2011-01-01

    Beta Beam,the concept of generating a pure and intense (anti) neutrino beam by letting accelerated radioactive ions beta decay in a storage ring, called Decay Ring (DR), is the base of one of the proposed next generation neutrino oscillation facilities, necessary for a complete study of the neutrino oscillation parameter space. Sensitivities of the unknown neutrino oscillation parameters depend on the Decay Ring's ion intensity and of it's duty factor (the filled ratio of the ring). Therefore efficient ion production, stripping, bunching, acceleration and storing are crucial sub-projects under study and development within the Beta Beam collaboration. Specifically the feasibility of these tasks as parts of a Beta Beam implementation at CERN will be discussed in this report. The positive impact of the large {\\theta}13 indications from T2K on the Beta Beam performance will also be discussed.

  12. Unprecedented intensity of a low-energy positron beam

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    Hugenschmidt, C. [Technische Universitaet Muenchen, ZWEFRM II/E21, Lichtenbergstrasse 1, 85747 Garching (Germany)], E-mail: Christoph.Hugenschmidt@frm2.tum.de; Loewe, B.; Mayer, J.; Piochacz, C.; Pikart, P.; Repper, R.; Stadlbauer, M.; Schreckenbach, K. [Technische Universitaet Muenchen, ZWEFRM II/E21, Lichtenbergstrasse 1, 85747 Garching (Germany)

    2008-08-11

    A new in-pile {gamma}-converter and Pt-moderator was recently installed at the neutron induced positron source NEPOMUC. The intensity of the moderated positron beam is unprecedented and amounts to (9.0{+-}0.8)x10{sup 8} moderated positrons per second at an energy of 1 keV. Hence, the beam facility NEPOMUC provides the world highest intensity of a monoenergetic positron beam reported so far. Up to now, no degradation of the positron yield has been observed for several weeks of operation. Thus, the long-term stability of the positron beam enables experiments with high reliability.

  13. Development of slow, polarized positron beam

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    In Tokyo Metropolitan University, the precision verification of quantum electrodynamics has been carried out, paying attention to the experimental result of Michigan University. Based on the experience of a series of these positron experiments, the development of slow, polarized positron beam was begun in fiscal year 1994. It was found that the experiment on the formation of polarized positrons has been rarely performed, therefore, it was considered to advance the basic examination on the polarization of positrons and to construct the equipment that can measure accurately the degree of polarization. The polarized positron formation system which is being constructed at present is explained. The multiple scattering when positrons pass through an Al target and the change of spin direction by it were calculated, assuming no decrease of polarization in Al. The general simulation program POEM was made for treating spin motion. Zeeman effect and the instrument for measuring the degree of polarization 'POPAI' are described. The verification of the conservation law in lepton sector, the verification of biomolecule chirality and the elucidation of spin state at artificial multi-layer film interface are planned to be studied. (K.I.)

  14. PhytoBeta imager: a positron imager for plant biology

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    Several positron emitting radioisotopes such as 11C and 13N can be used in plant biology research. The 11CO2 tracer is used to facilitate plant biology research toward optimization of plant productivity, biofuel development and carbon sequestration in biomass. Positron emission tomography (PET) imaging has been used to study carbon transport in live plants using 11CO2. Because plants typically have very thin leaves, little medium is present for the emitted positrons to undergo an annihilation event. The emitted positrons from 11C (maximum energy 960 keV) could require up to approximately 4 mm of water equivalent material for positron annihilation. Thus many of the positrons do not annihilate inside the leaf, resulting in limited sensitivity for PET imaging. To address this problem we have developed a compact beta-positive, beta-minus particle imager (PhytoBeta imager) for 11CO2 leaf imaging. The detector is based on a Hamamatsu H8500 position sensitive photomultiplier tube optically coupled via optical grease to a 0.5 mm thick Eljen EJ-212 plastic scintillator. The detector is equipped with a flexible arm to allow its placement and orientation over or under the leaf to be studied while maintaining the leaf's original orientation. To test the utility of the system the detector was used to measure carbon translocation in a leaf of the spicebush (Lindera benzoin) under two transient light conditions. (paper)

  15. Development of a positron probe micro analyzer with a high intensity positron beam

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    A positron probe micro analyzer (PPMA) has been developed in AIST. When a positron microbeam is injected into a specimen, radiations including secondary electrons, back scattered positrons, and annihilation gamma-rays are emitted from the beam injected point. In the PPMA, these radiations are detected to characterize small area of specimens. We report on details of designs and specifications of the PPMA. (author)

  16. A device used in pulsed slow positron beam's stretching

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    A slow positron beam's stretching device has been designed and constructed on Beijing Slow Positron Beam, which based on a 1.3 GeV linac. Positron was storage and stretching use Penning-Trap technique. Measurements show that the positron storage time strongly depends on the vacuum level in Penning Trap tube. Two modes was used to release the positrons from storage part, lowering VC while VB kept constant and rising VB while VC kept constant. This technique makes the pulsed positron beam to a quasi-continuous beam. The energy spread of positrons depend on in release mode. In the latter mode, the authors observe that the energy spread was reduced to a value less than 1.0 eV. The time profile in user-defined waveform is more uniform. It is beneficial to reduce the probability of amplifier pileup especially in the case of measurement with high counting rate. (authors)

  17. Performance study of the Beijing intense slow positron beam

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    A slow positron beam based on the Beijing Electron-Positron Collider (BEPC) has been constructed and tested. In this paper, transmission efficiency and other performance parameters of the system are measured by a series of experiments on the pulsed slow positron beam. Results show that the transmission efficiency of the transfer system is above 98% and the size of pulsed slow positron beam's image got by the IP is less than 15 mm. At the same time, the energy spread of the pulsed slow positron beam is about 10 eV (FWHM). The pulsed beam intensity is about 106 slow positrons/s when BEPC is running under the short-pulse mode. It is also shown that the intensity would be reduced to half of initial value after storing 40 ms at 3 x 10-7 Pa vacuum level. (authors)

  18. Investigation and realization of a slow-positron beam

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    This research thesis first proposes a presentation of the GBAR project (Gravitational Behaviour of Anti-hydrogen at Rest) within which this research took place, and which aims at performing the first direct test of the Weak Equivalence Principle on anti-matter by studying the free fall of anti-hydrogen atoms in the Earth gravitational field. The author presents different aspects of this project: scientific objective, experiment principle and structure, detailed structure (positron beam, positron trap, positron/positronium conversion, anti-proton beam, trapping, slowing down and neutralisation of anti-hydrogen ions). The author then reports the design of the positron beam: study of source technology, studies related to the fast positron source, design of the low positron line (approach, functions, simulations, technology). The two last chapters report the construction and the characterization of the slow-positron line

  19. Generation of a high-brightness pulsed positron beam for the Munich scanning positron microscope

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    Piochacz, Christian

    2009-11-20

    Within the present work the prerequisites for the operation of the Munich scanning positron microscope (SPM) at the high intense neutron induced positron source Munich (NEPOMUC) were established. This was accomplished in two steps: Firstly, a re-moderation device was installed at the positron beam facility NEPOMUC, which enhances the brightness of the positron beam for all connected experiments. The second step was the design, set up and initial operation of the SPM interface for the high efficient conversion of the continuous beam into a bunched beam. The in-pile positron source NEPOMUC creates a positron beam with a diameter of typically 7 mm, a kinetic energy of 1 keV and an energy spread of 50 eV. The NEPOMUC re-moderator generates from this beam a low energy positron beam (20 - 200 eV) with a diameter of less than 2 mm and an energy spread well below 2.5 eV. This was achieved with an excellent total efficiency of 6.55{+-}0.25 %. The re-moderator was not only the rst step to implement the SPM at NEPOMUc, it enables also the operation of the pulsed low energy positron beam system (PLEPS). Within the present work, at this spectrometer rst positron lifetime measurements were performed, which revealed the defect types of an ion irradiated uranium molybdenum alloy. Moreover, the instruments which were already connected to the positron beam facility bene ts considerably of the high brightness enhancement. In the new SPM interface an additional re-moderation stage enhances the brightness of the beam even more and will enable positron lifetime measurements at the SPM with a lateral resolution below 1 {mu}m. The efficiency of the re-moderation process in this second stage was 24.5{+-}4.5 %. In order to convert high efficiently the continuous positron beam into a pulsed beam with a repetition rate of 50 MHz and a pulse duration of less than 50 ps, a sub-harmonic pre-bucher was combined with two sine wave bunchers. Furthermore, the additional re-moderation stage of the

  20. Generation of a high-brightness pulsed positron beam for the Munich scanning positron microscope

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    Within the present work the prerequisites for the operation of the Munich scanning positron microscope (SPM) at the high intense neutron induced positron source Munich (NEPOMUC) were established. This was accomplished in two steps: Firstly, a re-moderation device was installed at the positron beam facility NEPOMUC, which enhances the brightness of the positron beam for all connected experiments. The second step was the design, set up and initial operation of the SPM interface for the high efficient conversion of the continuous beam into a bunched beam. The in-pile positron source NEPOMUC creates a positron beam with a diameter of typically 7 mm, a kinetic energy of 1 keV and an energy spread of 50 eV. The NEPOMUC re-moderator generates from this beam a low energy positron beam (20 - 200 eV) with a diameter of less than 2 mm and an energy spread well below 2.5 eV. This was achieved with an excellent total efficiency of 6.55±0.25 %. The re-moderator was not only the rst step to implement the SPM at NEPOMUc, it enables also the operation of the pulsed low energy positron beam system (PLEPS). Within the present work, at this spectrometer rst positron lifetime measurements were performed, which revealed the defect types of an ion irradiated uranium molybdenum alloy. Moreover, the instruments which were already connected to the positron beam facility bene ts considerably of the high brightness enhancement. In the new SPM interface an additional re-moderation stage enhances the brightness of the beam even more and will enable positron lifetime measurements at the SPM with a lateral resolution below 1 μm. The efficiency of the re-moderation process in this second stage was 24.5±4.5 %. In order to convert high efficiently the continuous positron beam into a pulsed beam with a repetition rate of 50 MHz and a pulse duration of less than 50 ps, a sub-harmonic pre-bucher was combined with two sine wave bunchers. Furthermore, the additional re-moderation stage of the SPM

  1. Formation and transport of slow positron beam in magnetic field with {sup 22}Na

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    Yamamoto, Takayoshi; Fujita, Hirohumi; Yamada, Masaki; Nunogaki, Masanobu; Honda, Yoshihide; Isoyama, Goro [Osaka Univ., Ibaraki (Japan). Inst. of Scientific and Industrial Research

    1996-03-01

    The {beta}{sup +} particles emitted from {sup 22}Na have been formed to a slow positron beam by moderating them at the surface of a W-foil and then transported in a curved magnetic field to separate the beam from the {gamma}-rays. The curvature drift has been compensated by the E x B drift due to the auxidially electrodes inserted in that region. More than 1.1 x 10{sup 4} positrons/sec have been confirmed to be transported through the curved field without the drift motion. (author).

  2. Positron production in crossed beams of bare uranium nuclei

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    U. Müller; Reus, T.; Reinhardt, J.; Müller, B.; Greiner, Walter

    2006-01-01

    Positron creation in crossed-beam collisions of high-energy, fully stripped heavy ions is investigated within the coupled-channel formalism. In comparison with fixed-target collisions of highly stripped heavy-ion projectiles positron production probabilities are enhanced by more than one order of magnitude. The increase results from the possibility to excite electrons from the negative energy continuum into all bound states. The positron spectrum is shifted towards higher energies because of ...

  3. Positron and positronium annihilation in silica-based thin films studied by a pulsed positron beam

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    Suzuki, R. E-mail: r-suzuki@aist.go.jp; Ohdaira, T.; Kobayashi, Y.; Ito, K.; Shioya, Y.; Ishimaru, T

    2003-11-01

    Positron and positronium annihilation in silica-based thin films has been investigated by means of measurement techniques with a monoenergetic pulsed positron beam. The age-momentum correlation study revealed that positron annihilation in thermally grown SiO{sub 2} is basically the same as that in bulk amorphous SiO{sub 2} while o-Ps in the PECVD grown SiCOH film predominantly annihilate with electrons of C and H at the microvoid surfaces. We also discuss time-dependent three-gamma annihilation in porous low-k films by two-dimensional positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy.

  4. Construction of a pulsed MeV positron beam line

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    Masuno, Shin-ichi; Okada, Sohei; Kawasuso, Atsuo [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Takasaki, Gunma (Japan). Takasaki Radiation Chemistry Research Establishment

    1997-03-01

    To develop a fast (1 MeV) and short pulsed (100 ps) positron beam which enables defect behavior analysis of bulk states of materials even at high temperatures where a usual positron source would melt, we have been performing design study and construction of the beam line in a three-year program since 1994. This report describes the components, design study results and experimental results of the completed parts until now. (author)

  5. PEPPo: Using a Polarized Electron Beam to Produce Polarized Positrons

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    Adeyemi, Adeleke H. [Hampton Univ., Hampton, VA (United States); et al.

    2015-09-01

    Polarized positron beams have been identified as either an essential or a significant ingredient for the experimental program of both the present and next generation of lepton accelerators (JLab, Super KEK B, ILC, CLIC). An experiment demonstrating a new method for producing polarized positrons has been performed at the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility at Jefferson Lab. The PEPPo (Polarized Electrons for Polarized Positrons) concept relies on the production of polarized e⁻/e⁺ pairs from the bremsstrahlung radiation of a longitudinally polarized electron beam interacting within a high-Z conversion target. PEPPo demonstrated the effective transfer of spin-polarization of an 8.2 MeV/c polarized (P~85%) electron beam to positrons produced in varying thickness tungsten production targets, and collected and measured in the range of 3.1 to 6.2 MeV/c. In comparison to other methods this technique reveals a new pathway for producing either high-energy or thermal polarized positron beams using a relatively low polarized electron beam energy (~10MeV) .This presentation will describe the PEPPo concept, the motivations of the experiment and high positron polarization achieved.

  6. High intensity positron beam and angular correlation experiments at Livermore

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    A positron beam apparatus that produces a variable energy positron beam with sufficient intensity to perform new positron experiments in an ultrahigh vacuum environment has been installed at the Lawrence Livermore 100 MeV electron linac. We have installed two large area position sensitive gamma-ray detectors to measure angular correlations in two dimensions and a separate highly collimated detector to measure positronium energy distributions by time-of-flight velocity determination. Data from measurements on single crystals of Cu will be described

  7. Proposal for an intense slow positron beam facility at PSI

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    In the domain of condensed matter physics and materials sciences monoenergetic slow positrons in the form of highest intensity beams are demonstrated to be extreamly useful and considered to be highly needed. This conclusion has been reached and the scientific relevance of the positron probe has been highlighted at an international workshop in November 1989 at PSI, where the state of the art and the international situation on slow positron beams, the fields of application of intense beams and the technical possibilities at PSI for installing intense positron sources have been evaluated. The participants agreed that a high intensity beam as a large-scale user facility at PSI would serve fundamental and applied research. The analysis of responses given by numerous members of a widespread positron community has revealed a large research potential in the domain of solid-state physics, atomic physics and surface, thin-film and defect physics, for example. The excellent feature of slow positron beams to be a suitable probe also for lattice defects near surfaces or interfaces has attracted the interest not only of science but also of industry.In this report we propose the installation of an intense slow positron beam facility at PSI including various beam lines of different qualities and based on the Cyclotron production of β+ emitting source material and on a highest efficiency moderation scheme which exceeds standard moderation efficiencies by two orders of magnitude. In its proposed form, the project is estimated to be realizable in the nineties and costs will amount to between 15 and 20 MSFr. (author) 10 figs., 6 tabs., 78 refs

  8. Stable quasicrystals studied by means of the slow positron beam

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    We have analyzed the measured S-parameter versus the positron incident energy for the icosahedral quasicrystal (QC) Al71.5Pd20.3Mn8.2 by means of the structure of β-(AlPdMnSi) approximate phase. The positron-annihilation Doppler-broadening spectra by variable monoenergetic slow positron beam in the icosahedral QC Al62.5Cu25.0Fe12.5 were measured. This measurement indicates that the icosahedral QC AlCuFe contains a dense distribution of structural vacant sites such as vacant cluster centers

  9. Radio frequency elevator for a pulsed positron beam

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    Dickmann, Marcel; Mitteneder, Johannes; Kögel, Gottfried; Egger, Werner; Sperr, Peter; Ackermann, Ulrich; Piochacz, Christian; Dollinger, Günther

    2016-06-01

    An elevator increases the potential energy of a particle beam with respect to ground potential without any alteration of kinetic energy and other beam parameters. This elevator is necessary for the implementation of the Munich Scanning Positron Microscope (SPM) at the intense positron source NEPOMUC at the research reactor FRM II in Munich. The principles of the rf elevator for pure electrostatically guided positrons are described. Measurements of beam quality behind the elevator are reported, which confirm that after the implementation of elevator and SPM at NEPOMUC the SPM can be operated at a considerably improved resolution (~ 0.3 μm) and event rate (~3.7 kHz) compared to the laboratory based β+-source.

  10. Applications and advances of positron beam spectroscopy: appendix a

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    Howell, R. H., LLNL

    1997-11-05

    Over 50 scientists from DOE-DP, DOE-ER, the national laboratories, academia and industry attended a workshop held on November 5-7, 1997 at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory jointly sponsored by the DOE-Division of Materials Science, The Materials Research Institute at LLNL and the University of California Presidents Office. Workshop participants were charged to address two questions: Is there a need for a national center for materials analysis using positron techniques and can the capabilities at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory serve this need. To demonstrate the need for a national center the workshop participants discussed the technical advantages enabled by high positron currents and advanced measurement techniques, the role that these techniques will play in materials analysis and the demand for the data. There were general discussions lead by review talks on positron analysis techniques, and their applications to problems in semiconductors, polymers and composites, metals and engineering materials, surface analysis and advanced techniques. These were followed by focus sessions on positron analysis opportunities in these same areas. Livermore now leads the world in materials analysis capabilities by positrons due to developments in response to demands of science based stockpile stewardship. There was a detailed discussion of the LLNL capabilities and a tour of the facilities. The Livermore facilities now include the worlds highest current beam of keV positrons, a scanning pulsed positron microprobe under development capable of three dimensional maps of defect size and concentration, an MeV positron beam for defect analysis of large samples, and electron momentum spectroscopy by positrons. This document is a supplement to the written summary report. It contains a complete schedule, list of attendees and the vuegraphs for the presentations in the review and focus sessions.

  11. Beam dynamics studies in a tesla positron pre-accelerator

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    Moiseev, V A; Flöttmann, K

    2001-01-01

    The TESLA linear collider is based on superconducting accelerating cavities.Behind the positron production target normal conducting cavities have to be used in order to cope with high particle losses and with focusing solenoid surrounding the cavities.The main purpose of this pre-accelerator is to provide maximum capture efficiency for the useful part of the totally acceptable positron beam with technically reasonable parameters of the linac.The coupled optimization of the capture optics behind the target and pre-accelerator rf-operation has been carried out.The beam dynamics simulation results as well as the pre-accelerator peculiarities are presented.

  12. Positron spectroscopy of 2D materials using an advanced high intensity positron beam

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    McDonald, A.; Chirayath, V.; Lim, Z.; Gladen, R.; Chrysler, M.; Fairchild, A.; Koymen, A.; Weiss, A.

    An advanced high intensity variable energy positron beam(~1eV to 20keV) has been designed, tested and utilized for the first coincidence Doppler broadening (CDB) measurements on 6-8 layers graphene on polycrystalline Cu sample. The system is capable of simultaneous Positron annihilation induced Auger electron Spectroscopy (PAES) and CDB measurements giving it unparalleled sensitivity to chemical structure at external surfaces, interfaces and internal pore surfaces. The system has a 3m flight path up to a micro channel plate (MCP) for the Auger electrons emitted from the sample. This gives a superior energy resolution for PAES. A solid rare gas(Neon) moderator was used for the generation of the monoenergetic positron beam. The positrons were successfully transported to the sample chamber using axial magnetic field generated with a series of Helmholtz coils. We will discuss the PAES and coincidence Doppler broadening measurements on graphene -Cu sample and present an analysis of the gamma spectra which indicates that a fraction of the positrons implanted at energies 7-60eV can become trapped at the graphene/metal interface. This work was supported by NSF Grant No. DMR 1508719 and DMR 1338130.

  13. An Energy Filter for Slow Positron Beam Using Cosine Coils

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    R.S.Yu; B.Y.Wang; 等

    2001-01-01

    A novel charged-particle velocity filter for slow positron beam has been successfully built and tested.It is a pure magnetic system composed of three magnetic fields,two of them are pure dipole magnetic fields generated by two symmetrically put cosine coils.The physical principle and the performance of the cosine coils are reviewed.

  14. Beam Dump Experiment at Future Electron-Positron Colliders

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    Shinya Kanemura; Takeo Moroi; Tomohiko Tanabe

    2015-01-01

    We propose a new beam dump experiment at future colliders with electron ($e^-$) and positron ($e^+$) beams, BDee, which will provide a new possibility to search for hidden particles, like hidden photon. If a particle detector is installed behind the beam dump, it can detect the signal of in-flight decay of the hidden particles produced by the scatterings of $e^\\pm$ beams off materials for dumping. We show that, compared to past experiments, BDee (in particular BDee at $e^+e^-$ linear collider...

  15. Beam dump experiment at future electron-positron colliders

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    Kanemura, Shinya; Moroi, Takeo; Tanabe, Tomohiko

    2015-12-01

    We propose a new beam dump experiment at future colliders with electron (e-) and positron (e+) beams, BDee, which will provide a new possibility to search for hidden particles, like hidden photon. If a particle detector is installed behind the beam dump, it can detect the signal of in-flight decay of the hidden particles produced by the scatterings of e± beams off materials for dumping. We show that, compared to past experiments, BDee (in particular BDee at e+e- linear collider) significantly enlarges the parameter region where the signal of the hidden particle can be discovered.

  16. New fast beam profile monitor for electron-positron colliders.

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    Bogomyagkov, A V; Gurko, V F; Zhuravlev, A N; Zubarev, P V; Kiselev, V A; Meshkov, O I; Muchnoi, N Yu; Selivanov, A N; Smaluk, V V; Khilchenko, A D

    2007-04-01

    A new fast beam profile monitor has been developed at the Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics. This monitor is based on the Hamamatsu multianode photomultiplier with 16 anode strips and provides turn-by-turn measurement of the transverse beam profile. The device is equipped with an internal memory, which has enough capacity to store 131,072 samples of the beam profile. The dynamic range of the beam profile monitor allows us to study turn-by-turn beam dynamics within the bunch charge range from 1 pC up to 10 nC. Using this instrument, we have investigated at the VEPP-4M electron-positron collider a number of beam dynamics effects which cannot be observed by other beam diagnostics tools. PMID:17477653

  17. Progress of the intense positron beam project EPOS

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    EPOS (the ELBE POsitron Source) is a running project to build an intense, bunched positron beam for materials research. It makes use of the bunched electron beam of the ELBE radiation source (Electron Linac with high Brilliance and low Emittance) at the Research Centre Dresden-Rossendorf (40 MeV, 1 mA). ELBE has unique timing properties, the bunch length is <5 ps and the repetition time is 77 ns. In contrast to other Linacs made for Free Electron Lasers (e.g., TTF at DESY, Hamburg), ELBE can be operated in full cw-mode, i.e., with an uninterrupted sequence of bunches. The article continues an earlier publication. It concentrates on details of the timing system and describes issues of radiation protection

  18. Searching for a U-boson with a positron beam

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    Wojtsekhowski, B.

    2009-09-01

    A high sensitivity search for a light U-boson by means of a positron beam incident on a hydrogen target is proposed. We described a concept of the experiment and two possible realizations. The projected result of this experiment corresponds to an upper limit on the square of coupling constant |feU|2 = 3×10-9 with a signal to noise ratio of five.

  19. Production and application of pulsed slow-positron beam using an electron LINAC

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    Yamazaki, Tetsuo; Suzuki, Ryoichi; Ohdaira, Toshiyuki; Mikado, Tomohisa [Electrotechnical Lab., Tsukuba, Ibaraki (Japan); Kobayashi, Yoshinori

    1997-03-01

    Slow-positron beam is quite useful for non-destructive material research. At the Electrotechnical Laboratory (ETL), an intense slow positron beam line by exploiting an electron linac has been constructed in order to carry out various experiments on material analysis. The beam line can generates pulsed positron beams of variable energy and of variable pulse period. Many experiments have been carried out so far with the beam line. In this paper, various capability of the intense pulsed positron beam is presented, based on the experience at the ETL, and the prospect for the future is discussed. (author)

  20. TRISTAN, electron-positron colliding beam project

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    In this report e+e- colliding beam program which is now referred to as TRISTAN Project will be described. A brief chronology and outline of TRISTAN Project is given in Chapter 1. Chapter 2 of this article gives a discussion of physics objectives at TRISTAN. Chapter 3 treats the overall description of the accelerators. Chapter 4 describes design of each of the accelerator systems. In Chapter 5, detector facilities are discussed in some detail. A description of accelerator tunnels, experimental areas, and utilities are given in Chapter 6. In the Appendix, the publications on the TRISTAN Project are listed. (author)

  1. Tile HCAL Test Beam Analysis: Positron and Hadron Studies

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    Fabbri, Riccardo

    2009-01-01

    The CALICE collaboration has constructed a hadronic sandwich calorimeter prototype with 7608 scintillating plates, individually read out by multi-pixel silicon photomultipliers (SiPMs). For the first time ever the read out is performed using SiPMs on a large scale. Results of test beam operations with muon, positron and hadron beams at CERN are presented here, validating the feasibility of the novel SiPM technology. Results of the application of the particle flow approach in shower energy reconstruction are presented for the first time ever using real data.

  2. Beam-beam interaction in high energy linear electron-positron colliders

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    The interaction of high energy electron and positron beams in a linear collider has been investigated using a macroparticle Monte Carlo method based on a Cloud-In-Cells plasma simulation scheme. Density evolutions, luminosities, energy and angular distributions for electrons (positrons) and synchrotron photons are calculated. Beside beams with a symmetric transverse profile also flat beams are considered. A reasonably good agreement to alternative computer calculations as well as to an analytical approximation for the energy spectrum of synchrotron photons has been obtained. (author)

  3. Formation of ultra slow positron beam and upgrading of material evaluation by using it

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    Yamazaki, Tetsuo; Suzuki, Ryoichi; Odaira, Toshiyuki; Mikado, Tomohisa; Ogaki, Hideaki; Yamada, Kawakatsu; Kobayashi, Yoshinori; Hirata, Koichi [Electrotechnical Lab., Tsukuba, Ibaraki (Japan)

    1998-02-01

    The Electrotechnical Laboratory had developed a technique to form and control slow positron beam with high intensity by using high energy electron beam of an electron beam accelerator (LINIAC), succeeded in formation of positron ultra short pulse beam with the highest intensity in the world, developed measuring technique like positron annihilation excitation Auger electron spectroscopy by using positron life and flight time measurements and promoted some studies on their applications. For an aim at formation of ultra slow positron beam, in 1996 fiscal year, trial production of the positron ultra slow realization equipment and experiment of its application, experiment on high efficiency positron modulator, development of positron beam ultra short pulse making equipment for variable incident energy positron life measurement, and study on upgrading of flight time type high resolution positron annihilation excitation Auger electron spectrometer were conducted. As a result, it was confirmed to realize ultra slowness of positron as expected, but its efficiency was only about 20%. Then, a new positron converter modulator was designed and study on some modulator materials for this was conducted to select an optimum one. (G.K.)

  4. Operating instructions for ORELA [Oak Ridge Electron Linear Accelerator] positron beam line

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    This report will contain details of the construction and operation of the positron beam line. Special procedures which are performed on a less frequent basis will also be described. Appendices will contain operating instructions for experiments which make use of the positron beam and are connected to the beam line. Finally, a review of safety-related considerations will be presented

  5. Slow positron beam experiment using 2D-ACAR

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    We developed a γ-incident position detector using the position sensitive photomultiplier R3941. The equipment is set up five meters apart from the sample and used for the experiment by the continuous spectrum positron. If the sample with width 2 mm were measured, the resolving power became about 1.2 m rad and the average coincidence counter coefficiency about 50 cps by radiation source 1GBq 22Na. A positronium emission spectroscopy is explained as the experimental example of a combination of low-energy position beam and 2D-ACAR. (S.Y.)

  6. Simulation of the magnetic mirror effect on a beam of positrons

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    Boursette, Delphine

    2014-01-01

    I simulated a beam of positrons at the entrance of a 5 Tesla magnet for the Aegis experiment. The goal was to show how many positrons are lost because of the magnetic mirror effect. To do my simulation, I used Comsol to create the magnetic field map and Geant4 to draw the trajectories of the positrons in this field map.

  7. Relevance of slow positron beam research to astrophysical studies of positron interactions and annihilation in the interstellar medium

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    The processes undergone by positrons in the interstellar medium (ISM) from the moments of their birth to their annihilation are examined. Both the physics of the positron interactions with gases and solids (dust grains), and the physical conditions and characteristics of the environments where the processes of energy loss, positronium formation, and annihilation taking place, are reviewed. An explanation is given as to how all the relevant physical information are taken into account in order to calculate annihilation rates and spectra of the 511 keV emission for the various phases of the ISM; special attention is paid to positron interactions with dust and with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. An attempt is made to show to what extent the interactions between positrons and interstellar dust grains are similar to laboratory experiments in which beams of slow positrons impinge upon solids and surfaces. Sample results are shown for the effect of dust grains on positron annihilation spectra in some phases of the ISM which, together with high resolution spectra measured by satellites, can be used to infer useful knowledge about the environment where the annihilation is predominantly taking place and ultimately about the birth place and history of positrons in the Galaxy. The important complementarity between work done by the astrophysical and the solid-state positron communities is strongly emphasized and specific experimental work is suggested which could assist the modeling of the interaction and annihilation of positrons in the ISM

  8. Production of slow positron beam with small diameter using electron linac in Osaka University

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    Honda, Yoshihide; Sawada, Junichi; Yamada, Masaki; Maekawa, Masaki; Okuda, Shuichi; Yoshida, Yoichi; Isoyama, Goro; Tagawa, Seiichi [Osaka Univ., Ibaraki (Japan). Inst. of Scientific and Industrial Research; Yamamoto, Takayoshi

    1997-03-01

    A slow positron facility using an electron linac was designed and constructed. The specifications were mainly decided by numerical calculations. The slow positrons are transported along magnetic field line. The cross sectional size of slow positron beam is 1-2cm and the maximum conversion rate from electron to positron is about 1.5 x 10{sup -6}. This value is about 1/4 of ideal case in our system. Extraction of slow positron beam from magnetic field region was made and preliminary brightness enhancement experiment was also performed. (author)

  9. Design, simulation and performance of a slow positron beam with secondary electron tagging for positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy

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    Marinov, H. [Institute for Nuclear Research and Nuclear Energy, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 72 Tzarigradsko Chaussee Blvd, 1784 Sofia (Bulgaria); Djourelov, N., E-mail: nikdjour@inrne.bas.bg [Institute for Nuclear Research and Nuclear Energy, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 72 Tzarigradsko Chaussee Blvd, 1784 Sofia (Bulgaria); Nédélec, P. [Université de Lyon, Laboratoire IPNL, UCB Lyon 1, Bâtiment Paul Dirac, 4 rue Enrico Fermi, 69622 Villeurbanne Cedex (France); Petrov, L. [Institute for Nuclear Research and Nuclear Energy, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 72 Tzarigradsko Chaussee Blvd, 1784 Sofia (Bulgaria)

    2013-11-21

    A positron annihilation lifetime spectrometer using a magnetically guided continuous positron beam and the signal from secondary electrons (SE) emitted from the sample is presented. The positron and secondary electrons trajectories as well as the physics of SE were simulated using GEANT4 program. A special attention was paid to the consequences of positron backscattering, in particular on the shape of the lifetime spectrum. A very good agreement was obtained between simulation and measurements concerning the time resolution (∼300–400 ps FWHM) for the studied range of incident positron energies. Due to the complex shape of the resolution function, the present design of the spectrometer is not suited to study of short lifetimes, but can be used for depth profiling porosimetry of materials with Ps formation with the an excellent peak to background ratio of ∼10{sup 5}.

  10. A Conserved Vector Current test using low energy beta-beams

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    Balantekin, A. B.; de Jesus, J. H.; Lazauskas, R.; Volpe, C.

    2006-01-01

    We discuss the possibility of testing the weak currents and, in particular, the weak magnetism term through the measurement of the electron anti-neutrinos capture by protons at a low energy beta-beam facility. We analyze the sensitivity using both the total number of events and the angular distribution of the positrons emitted in a water Cerenkov detector. We show that the weak magnetism form factor might be determined with better than several percent accuracy using the angular distribution. ...

  11. Characterisation of beta(2)-adrenoceptors, using the agonist [C-11]formoterol and positron emission tomography

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    Visser, T.J; van Waarde, Aaren; Doze, P; Elsinga, P.H; van der Mark, Thomas W.; Kraan, Jan; Ensing, Kees; Vaalburg, W.

    1998-01-01

    The agonist radioligand N-[2-hydroxy-5-[1-hydroxy-2-[[2-(4-[C-11]-methoxyphenyl)-1-methylethyl]amino]ethyl]phenyl]formamide ([C-11]formoterol) was synthesised in order to test its ability to visualise pulmonary beta(2)-adrenoceptors in vivo, with positron emission tomography (PET). Formoterol was la

  12. Automatic sup sup 1 sup sup 8 F positron source supply system for a monoenergetic positron beam

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    Saito, F; Itoh, Y; Goto, A; Fujiwara, I; Kurihara, T; Iwata, R; Nagashima, Y; Hyodo, T

    2000-01-01

    A system which supplies an intense sup sup 1 sup sup 8 F (half life 110 min) positron source produced by an AVF cyclotron through sup sup 1 sup sup 8 O(p,n) sup sup 1 sup sup 8 F reaction has been constructed. Produced sup sup 1 sup sup 8 F is transferred to a low background experiment hall through a capillary. It is electro-deposited on a graphite rod and used for a source of a slow positron beam. In the meantime the next batch of target sup sup 1 sup sup 8 O water is loaded and proton irradiation proceeds. This system makes it possible to perform continuous positron beam experiments using the 18 F positron source.

  13. Generation of slow-positron beams and their applications to surface studies

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    Positron has various unique properties, e.g., positive charge, annihilation with electrons, emission of annihilation gamma ray, positronium formation, etc. These unique properties provides us with new information on surface and subsurface regions. In recent years, generation techniques of intense slow-positron beams have been developed and those beams have been applied to various surface studies. In this article, we briefly introduce slow-positron generation techniques and measurement techniques for surface studies. (author)

  14. Beta Beams for Precision Measurements of Neutrino Oscillation Parameters

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    Wildner, E; Hansen, C; De Melo Mendonca, T; Stora, T; Damjanovic, S; Payet, J; Chancé, A; Zorin, V; Izotov, I; Rasin, S; Sidorov, A; Skalyga, V; De Angelis, G; Prete, G; Cinausero, M; Kravchuk, V; Gramegna, F; Marchi, T; Collazuol, G; Mezzetto, M; Delbar, T; Loiselet, M; Keutgen, T; Mitrofanov, S; Burt, G; Dexter, A; Lamy, T; Latrasse, L; Marie-Jeanne, M; Sortais, P; Thuillier, T; Debray, F; Trophime, C; Hass, M; Hirsh, T; Berkovits, D; Stahl, A; Vardaci, E; Di Nitto, A; Brondi, A; La Rana, G; Moro, R; De Rosa, G; Palladino, V

    2012-01-01

    Neutrino oscillations have implications for the Standard Model of particle physics. The CERN Beta Beam has outstanding capabilities to contribute to precision measurements of the parameters governing neutrino oscillations. The FP7 collaboration EUROnu (2008-2012) is a design study that will review three facilities (Super-Beams, Beta Beams and Neutrino Factories) and perform a cost assessment that, coupled with the physics performance, will give means to the European research authorities to make decisions on future European neutrino oscillation facilities. ”Beta Beams” produce collimated pure electron (anti)neutrinos by accelerating beta active ions to high energies and having them decay in a storage ring. Using existing machines and infrastructure is an advantage for the cost evaluation; however, this choice is also constraining the Beta Beams. Recent work to make the Beta Beam facility a solid option will be described: production of Beta Beam isotopes, the 60 GHz pulsed ECR source development, integratio...

  15. Positron annihilation and speed of sound in the systems containing beta cyclodextrin

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    Positron annihilation measurements were performed in aqueous solutions of beta-cyclodextrin, as well as in solid mixtures of this sugar with a long-chained alcohol, n-nonanol. Additionally, acoustic (sound speed, density and compressibility) experiments were done in aqueous beta-cyclodextrin and tert-butanol systems and in a three-component water-beta-cyclodextrin-tert-butanol system. The results show that in aqueous solution cyclodextrin does not form inclusive complexes with alcohol, while solid sugar-alcohol mixtures undergo slow changes in time, most probably caused by exchange of guest between interior and exterior of the host molecule. (authors)

  16. Embedded design based virtual instrument program for positron beam automation

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    Jayapandian, J.; Gururaj, K.; Abhaya, S.; Parimala, J. [Material Science Division, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603102, TN (India); Amarendra, G. [Material Science Division, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603102, TN (India)], E-mail: amar@igcar.gov.in

    2008-10-31

    Automation of positron beam experiment with a single chip embedded design using a programmable system on chip (PSoC) which provides easy interfacing of the high-voltage DC power supply is reported. Virtual Instrument (VI) control program written in Visual Basic 6.0 ensures the following functions (i) adjusting of sample high voltage by interacting with the programmed PSoC hardware, (ii) control of personal computer (PC) based multi channel analyzer (MCA) card for energy spectroscopy, (iii) analysis of the obtained spectrum to extract the relevant line shape parameters, (iv) plotting of relevant parameters and (v) saving the file in the appropriate format. The present study highlights the hardware features of the PSoC hardware module as well as the control of MCA and other units through programming in Visual Basic.

  17. Embedded design based virtual instrument program for positron beam automation

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    Jayapandian, J.; Gururaj, K.; Abhaya, S.; Parimala, J.; Amarendra, G.

    2008-10-01

    Automation of positron beam experiment with a single chip embedded design using a programmable system on chip (PSoC) which provides easy interfacing of the high-voltage DC power supply is reported. Virtual Instrument (VI) control program written in Visual Basic 6.0 ensures the following functions (i) adjusting of sample high voltage by interacting with the programmed PSoC hardware, (ii) control of personal computer (PC) based multi channel analyzer (MCA) card for energy spectroscopy, (iii) analysis of the obtained spectrum to extract the relevant line shape parameters, (iv) plotting of relevant parameters and (v) saving the file in the appropriate format. The present study highlights the hardware features of the PSoC hardware module as well as the control of MCA and other units through programming in Visual Basic.

  18. Embedded design based virtual instrument program for positron beam automation

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    Automation of positron beam experiment with a single chip embedded design using a programmable system on chip (PSoC) which provides easy interfacing of the high-voltage DC power supply is reported. Virtual Instrument (VI) control program written in Visual Basic 6.0 ensures the following functions (i) adjusting of sample high voltage by interacting with the programmed PSoC hardware, (ii) control of personal computer (PC) based multi channel analyzer (MCA) card for energy spectroscopy, (iii) analysis of the obtained spectrum to extract the relevant line shape parameters, (iv) plotting of relevant parameters and (v) saving the file in the appropriate format. The present study highlights the hardware features of the PSoC hardware module as well as the control of MCA and other units through programming in Visual Basic

  19. PREFACE 12th International Workshop on Slow Positron Beam Techniques

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    Buckman, Stephen; Sullivan, James; White, Ronald

    2011-01-01

    Preface These proceedings arose from the 12th International Workshop on Slow Positron Beam Techniques (SLOPOS12), which was held on Magnetic Island, North Queensland, Australia, between 1-6th August 2010. Meetings in the SLOPOS series are held (roughly) every three years and have now been held on (almost) all continents, indicating the truly international nature of the field. SLOPOS12 marked the second time that the Workshop had been held in the southern hemisphere, and the first time in Australia. SLOPOS12 attracted 122 delegates from 16 countries. Most encouraging was the attendance of 28 student delegates, and that about half of the overall delegates were early career researchers - a good sign for the future of our field. We also enjoyed the company of more than a dozen partners and families of delegates. In a slight departure from previous SLOPOS meetings, the International Advisory Committee approved a broader scope of scientific topics for inclusion in the program for the 2010 Workshop. This broader scope was intended to capture the applications of positrons in atomic, molecular and biomedical areas and was encapsulated in the byeline for SLOPOS-12: The 12th International Workshop on Slow Positron Beam Techniques for Solids, Surfaces, Atoms and Molecules. The scientific and social program for the meeting ran over 6 days with delegates gathering on Sunday August 1st and departing on August 6th. The scientific program included plenary, invited, contributed and student lectures, the latter being the subject of a student prize. In all there were 53 oral presentations during the week. There were also two poster sessions, with 63 posters exhibited, and a prize was awarded for the best poster by a student delegate. The standard of the student presentations, both oral and posters, was outstanding, so much so that the judging panel recommended an additional number of prizes be awarded. Topics that were the focus of invited presentations and contributed papers at

  20. Construction of the spin-polarized slow positron beam with the RI source

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    Nakajyo, Terunobu; Tashiro, Mutsumi; Kanazawa, Ikuzo [Tokyo Gakugei Univ., Koganei (Japan); Komori, Fumio; Murata, Yoshimasa; Ito, Yasuo

    1997-03-01

    The electrostatic slow-positron beam is constructed by using {sup 22}Na source. We design the electrostatic lens, the system of the detector, and the Wien filter for the experiment`s system of the spin-polarized slow positron beam. The reemitted spin-polarized slow-positron spectroscopy is proposed for studying magnetic thin films and magnetic multilayers. We calculated the depolarized positron fractions in the Fe thin film Fe(10nm)/Cu(substrate) and the multilayers Cu(1nm)/Fe(10nm)/Cu(substrate). (author)

  1. Polarized Positrons at a Future Linear Collider and the Final Focus Test Beam

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    Having both the positron and electron beams polarized in a future linear e+e- collider is a decisive improvement for many physics studies at such a machine. The motivation for polarized positrons, and a demonstration experiment for the undulator-based production of polarized positrons are reviewed. This experiment (E-166) uses the 50 GeV Final Focus Test electron beam at SLAC with a 1 m-long helical undulator to make ∼ 10MeV polarized photons. These photons are then converted in a thin (∼ 0.5 radiation length) target into positrons (and electrons) with about 50% polarization

  2. A Method to Produce Intense Positron Beams via Electro Pair Production on Electrons

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    Schoch, Berthold

    2016-01-01

    Intense positron beams can be prepared via electro production with the reaction $e^{-} + e^{-} \\rightarrow e^{-}+e^{+}+e^{-}+e^{-}$ due to the availability of high current electron beams. Head on collisions inside of a magnetic field of a solenoid are used to produce unpolarized/polarized positrons via $e^{-}-e^{+}$ - pair production. A flux of unpolarized positrons, $N_{positron}=6.55 \\cdot 10^{11} s^{-1}$, has been obtained as a result of calculations for a special case of parameters with beam currents for both electron beams of $I_{e}$=10 mA and beam momenta of $p_{beam 1}$=0.63 MeV/c and $p_{beam 2}$=10.0 MeV/c. Intensities are an order of magnitude smaller in the case of polarized positrons due to a reduced current of one of the electron beams. Suitable cuts on momenta of the positrons allow to achieve a polarization transfer from electrons to positrons of $\\geq $ 85\\% reducing, however, the intensity to 27\\%

  3. Performance of a slow positron beam using a hybrid lens design

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    The University of Hong Kong positron beam employs conventional magnetic field transport to the target, but has a special hybrid lens design around the positron moderator that allows the beam to be focused to millimeter spot sizes at the target. The good focusing capabilities of the beam are made possible by extracting work-function positrons from the moderator in a magnetic field free region using a conventional Soa lens thus minimizing beam canonical angular momentum. An Einzel lens is used to focus the positrons into the magnetic funnel at the end of transportation magnetic field while at the same time bringing up the beam energy to the intermediate value of 7.5 keV. The beam is E x B filtered at this intermediate energy. The final beam energy is obtained by floating the Soa-Einzel system, E x B filter and flight tube, and accelerating the positrons just before the target. External beam steering saddle coils fine tune the position, and the magnetic field around the target chamber is adjusted so as to keep one of the beam foci always on the target. The system is fully computer controlled. Variable energy-Doppler broadened annihilation radiation (VEDBAR) data for a GaN sample are shown which demonstrate the performance of the positron beam system

  4. Design of the magnetic field system for Beijing intense slow positron beam transportation

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    A slow positron beam with intensity of 106 e+/s produced by the Beijing Electron-Positron Collider (BEPC) is transported by the 100 Gauss magnetic field system with the oscillation less that 10%. In this paper, the distributions of magnetic field at target chamber, sample chamber and Penning-Trap storage are calculated systematically, and the parameters of solenoidal coils and steering coils are calculated respectively. The correction coils are designed to compensate the affect induced by the geomagnetic field and the bent tube. Results of electron beam experiment show that the positron beams are transported to sample chamber with the beam spot size basically unchanged, and the magnetic field distributions satisfy to the requirement of the slow positron beam system

  5. Measurement of low energy longitudinal polarised positron beams via a Bhabha polarimeter

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    Alexander, G; Alexander, Gideon; Reinherz-Aronis, Erez

    2005-01-01

    The introduction of a longitudinal polarised positron beam in an $e^+e^-$ linear collider calls for its polarisation monitoring and measurement at low energies near its production location. Here it is shown that a relatively simple Bhabha scattering polarimeter allows, at energies below 5000 MeV, a more than adequate positron beam longitudinal polarisation measurement by using only the final state electrons. It is further shown that out of the three, 10, 250 or 5000 MeV positron beam energy locations, where the polarisationmeasurement in the TESLA linear collider can be performed, the 250 MeV site is best suited for this task.

  6. 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.

  7. A cryogenically cooled, ultra-high-energy-resolution, trap-based positron beam

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    A technique is described to produce a pulsed, magnetically guided positron beam with significantly improved beam characteristics over those available previously. A pulsed, room-temperature positron beam from a buffer gas trap is used as input to a trap that captures the positrons, compresses them both radially and axially, and cools them to 50 K on a cryogenic CO buffer gas before ejecting them as a pulsed beam. The total energy spread of the beam formed using this technique is 6.9 ± 0.7 meV FWHM, which is a factor of ∼5 better than the previous state-of-the-art, while simultaneously having sub-microsecond temporal resolution and millimeter spatial resolution. Possible further improvements in beam quality are discussed

  8. A cryogenically cooled, ultra-high-energy-resolution, trap-based positron beam

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    Natisin, M. R., E-mail: mnatisin@physics.ucsd.edu; Danielson, J. R.; Surko, C. M. [Department of Physics, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California 92093 (United States)

    2016-01-11

    A technique is described to produce a pulsed, magnetically guided positron beam with significantly improved beam characteristics over those available previously. A pulsed, room-temperature positron beam from a buffer gas trap is used as input to a trap that captures the positrons, compresses them both radially and axially, and cools them to 50 K on a cryogenic CO buffer gas before ejecting them as a pulsed beam. The total energy spread of the beam formed using this technique is 6.9 ± 0.7 meV FWHM, which is a factor of ∼5 better than the previous state-of-the-art, while simultaneously having sub-microsecond temporal resolution and millimeter spatial resolution. Possible further improvements in beam quality are discussed.

  9. Damage profile of ion-implanted polycarbonate studied using a variable-energy positron beam

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    Damage in polycarbonate (PC) irradiated with B+, C+, Si+, Cu+, and Au+ ions at energies between 0.19 and 2.4 MeV was studied using a variable-energy positron beam by measuring the Doppler broadening of positron annihilation γ-rays as a function of incident positron energy. Positron data were plotted, instead of incident positron energy E, as a function of average positron implantation depth normalized to average ion implantation depth. Such plots enable damage distributions produced by ions with different implantation ranges to be compared directly. We found that normalized damage distributions in ion-irradiated PC vary systematically with dimensionless reduced energy proposed by Lindhard et al. (K. Dan. Vidensk. Selsk. Mat.-Fys. Medd. 36 (1968) 10)

  10. Application of positron beams to the study of positronium-forming solids

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    Doppler broadening of annihilation radiation (DBAR) and positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) have been successfully applied to the study of positronium (Ps)-forming amorphous solids such as polymers and silicon oxide in the bulk. Implementing depth selectivity to DBAR and PALS by combining them with variable-energy positron beams considerably broadens their applicability. Variation of incident positron energy over a wide range enables depth-profiling, whereas tuning of the beam energy enables the studies of surfaces, interfaces and thin films. In this paper, we discuss fundamentals and applications of energy variable DBAR and PALS for Ps-forming polymers and silicon oxide

  11. Positron annihilation studies of mesoporous silica films using a slow positron beam

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    Positron annihilation lifetime spectra were measured for mesoporous silica films, which were synthesized using triblock copolymer (EO106PO70EO106) as a structure-directing agent. Different positron lifetime spectra for the deposited and calcined films indicated the formation of meso-structure after calcination, which was confirmed by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra and field emission-scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) observation. Open porosity or pore interconnectivity of a silica film might be evaluated by a two-dimensional positron annihilation lifetime spectrum of an uncapped film. Pore sizes and their distributions in the silica films were found to be affected by thermal treatments

  12. Calibration of an Advanced Photon Source linac beam position monitor used for positron position measurement of a beam containing both positrons and electrons

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    The Advanced Photon Source (APS) linac beam position monitors can be used to monitor the position of a positron beam also containing electrons. To accomplish this task, both the signal at the bunching frequency of 2856 MHz and the signal at 2 x 2856 MHz are acquired and processed for each stripline. The positron beam position is obtained by forming a linear combination of both 2856- and 5712-MHz signals for each stripline and then performing the standard difference over sum computation. The required linear combination of the 2856- and 5712-MHz signals depends on the electrical calibration of each stripline/cable combination. In this paper, the calibration constants for both 2856-MHz and 5712-MHz signals for each stripline are determined using a pure beam of electrons. The calibration constants are obtained by measuring the 2856- and 5712-MHz stripline signals at various electron beam currents and positions. Finally, the calibration constants measured using electrons are used to determine positron beam position for the mixed beam case

  13. Brightness enhanced intense slow positron beam produced using an electron linac

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    An intense pulsed slow positron beam was produced from a 100 MeV electron linac of the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute and was extracted using solenoid transport tubes. The intensity of the obtained slow positron beam was 2-3x107e+/s at 1/10 of the full power operation (at 10 μA average electron beam current). In order to use the beam for positron scattering, diffraction and microscope experiments, it was transferred from the solenoid magnetic field to a field-free region, and was then brightness-enhanced. The final beam size was reduced from 10 mm diameter in the solenoid magnetic field to 0.5 mm diameter after two stages of remoderation. (orig.)

  14. Ion-irradiated polymer studied by a slow positron beam

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    Poly (aryl-ether-ether ketone) (PEEK) films were irradiated with 1MeV and 2MeV 0+ ions and the positron annihilation Doppler broadening was measured as a function of the positron energy. The annihilation lines recorded at relatively low positron energies were found to become broader with increasing the irradiation dose, suggesting that positronium (Ps) formation may be inhibited in the damaged regions. A correlation was observed between the Doppler broadening and spin densities determined by electron spin resonance (ESR). (author)

  15. Optimization of In-Beam Positron Emission Tomography for Monitoring Heavy Ion Tumor Therapy

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    Vieira Crespo, Paulo Alexandre

    2010-01-01

    In-beam positron emission tomography (in-beam PET) is currently the only method for an in-situ monitoring of highly tumor-conformed charged hadron therapy. In such therapy, the clinical effect of deviations from treatment planning is highly minimized by implementing safety margins around the tumor and selecting proper beam portals. Nevertheless, in-beam PET is able to detect eventual, undesirable range deviations and anatomical modifications during fractionated irradiation, to verify the accu...

  16. Design of a neutrino source based on beta beams

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    Wildner, E.; Hansen, C.; Benedetto, E.; Jensen, E.; Stora, T.; Mendonca, T. Melo; Vlachoudis, V.; Bouquerel, E.; Marie-Jeanne, M.; Balint, P.; Fourel, C.; Giraud, J.; Jacob, J.; Lamy, T.; Latrasse, L.; Sortais, P.; Thuillier, T.; Mitrofanov, S.; Loiselet, M.; Keutgen, Th.; Delbar, Th.; Debray, F.; Trophime, C.; Veys, S.; Daversin, C.; Zorin, V.; Izotov, I.; Skalyga, V.; Chancé, A.; Payet, J.; Burt, G.; Dexter, A. C.; Kravchuk, V. L.; Marchi, T.; Cinausero, M.; Gramegna, F.; De Angelis, G.; Prete, G.; Collazuol, G.; Mezzetto, M.; Vardaci, E.; Di Nitto, A.; Brondi, A.; La Rana, G.; Moro, R.; Palladino, V.; Gelli, N.; Mazzocco, M.; Signorini, C.; Hirsh, T. Y.; Hass, M.; Berkovits, D.; Stahl, A.; Schaumann, M.; Wehner, J.

    2014-07-01

    "Beta beams" produce collimated pure electron (anti)neutrino beams by accelerating beta active ions to high energies and having them decay in a racetrack shaped storage ring of 7 km circumference, the decay ring. EUROnu beta beams are based on CERN infrastructures and existing machines. Using existing machines may be an advantage for the cost evaluation, but will also constrain the physics performance. The isotope pair of choice for the beta beam is He6 and Ne18. However, before the EUROnu studies one of the required isotopes, Ne18, could not be produced in rates that satisfy the needs for physics of the beta beam. Therefore, studies of alternative beta emitters, Li8 and B8, with properties interesting for a beta beam have been proposed and have been studied within EUROnu. These alternative isotopes could be produced by using a small storage ring, in which the beam traverses a target, creating the Li8 and B8 isotopes. This production ring, the injection linac and the target system have been evaluated. Measurements of the cross section of the reactions to produce the beta beam isotopes show interesting results. A device to collect the produced isotopes from the target has been developed and tested. However, the yields of Li8 and B8, using the production ring for production of Li8 and B8, is not yet, according to simulations, giving the rates of isotopes that would be needed. Therefore, a new method of producing the Ne18 isotope has been developed and tested giving good production rates. A 60 GHz ECRIS prototype, the first in the world, was developed and tested for ion production with contributions from EUROnu. The decay ring lattices for the Li8 and B8 have been developed and the lattice for He6 and Ne18 has been optimized to ensure the high intensity ion beam stability.

  17. Characterisation of beta(2)-adrenoceptors, using the agonist [C-11]formoterol and positron emission tomography

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    Visser, T J; van Waarde, Aaren; Doze, P; Elsinga, P.H.; van der Mark, Thomas W.; Kraan, Jan; Ensing, Kees; Vaalburg, W.

    1998-01-01

    The agonist radioligand N-[2-hydroxy-5-[1-hydroxy-2-[[2-(4-[C-11]-methoxyphenyl)-1-methylethyl]amino]ethyl]phenyl]formamide ([C-11]formoterol) was synthesised in order to test its ability to visualise pulmonary beta(2)-adrenoceptors in vivo, with positron emission tomography (PET). Formoterol was labelled via reaction of a dibenzyl-protected precursor with [C-11]CH3I. Subsequent deprotection with Pd/C and H-2 yielded [C-11]formoterol in 5-15% (corrected for decay) and the specific activity ra...

  18. 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...

  19. Production of positronium negative ions using a pulsed low-energy positron beam at the KEK-PF slow positron facility

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    A new apparatus for experimental studies on the positronium negative ions has been developed at the KEK-PF slow positron facility. The ions are emitted into vacuum from the Na deposited surface of a tungsten target bombarded with pulsed slow positrons. The apparatus will allow the study of the process of the Ps- photodetachment when it is combined with the use of an intense pulsed laser synchronized to the positron beam.

  20. Defects around self-organized InAs quantum dots measured by slow positron beam

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    Self-organized InAs quantum dots (QDs) have been fabricated by molecular beam epitaxy. The authors try to use a slow positron beam to detect defects in and around self-organized QDs, and point defects are observed in GaAs cap layer above QDs. For the self-organized InAs QDs without strain-reducing layer, it is free of defects. However, by introducing a strain-reducing layer, the density of point defects around larger sized InAs QDs increased. The above results suggest that low energy positron beam measurements may be a good approach to detect depth profiles of defects in QD materials

  1. Beam transport of PF (Positron Factory) 2.5-GeV linac

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    The beam transport is one of the most important problems in the linac to be used as the injector for the B-FACTORY accelerators. A basic problem of the beam transport is how to correct transport parameters immediately when a klystron becomes off. This is studied with the PF (Positron Factory) 2.5-GeV linac. (author)

  2. NEUTRINO FACTORY AND BETA BEAM EXPERIMENTS AND DEVELOPMENT.

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    ALBRIGHT, C.; BERG, J.S.; FERNOW, R.; GALLARDO, J.; KAHN, S.; KIRK, H.; ET AL.

    2004-09-21

    The long-term prospects for fully exploring three-flavor mixing in the neutrino sector depend upon an ongoing and increased investment in the appropriate accelerator R&D. Two new concepts have been proposed that would revolutionize neutrino experiments, namely the Neutrino Factory and the Beta Beam facility. These new facilities would dramatically improve our ability to test the three-flavor mixing framework, measure CP violation in the lepton sector, and perhaps determine the neutrino mass hierarchy, and, if necessary, probe extremely small values of the mixing angle {theta}{sub 13}. The stunning sensitivity that could be achieved with a Neutrino Factory is described, together with our present understanding of the corresponding sensitivity that might be achieved with a Beta Beam facility. In the Beta Beam case, additional study is required to better understand the optimum Beta Beam energy, and the achievable sensitivity. Neither a Neutrino Factory nor a Beta Beam facility could be built without significant R&D. An impressive Neutrino Factory R&D effort has been ongoing in the U.S. and elsewhere over the last few years and significant progress has been made towards optimizing the design, developing and testing the required accelerator components, and significantly reducing the cost. The recent progress is described here. There has been no corresponding activity in the U.S. on Beta Beam facility design and, given the very limited resources, there is little prospect of starting a significant U.S. Beta Beam R&D effort in the near future. However, the Beta Beam concept is interesting, and progress on its development in Europe should be followed. The Neutrino Factory R&D program has reached a critical stage in which support is required for two crucial international experiments and a third-generation international design study. If this support is forthcoming, a Neutrino Factory could be added to the Neutrino Community's road map in about a decade.

  3. Design of an efficient pulsing system for a slow-positron beam

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    Oshima, Nagayasu; Suzuki, Takenori [National Lab. for High Energy Physics, Tsukuba, Ibaraki (Japan); Kanazawa, Ikuzo; Ito, Yasuo

    1996-07-01

    In this paper, a new design of a pulsed slow positron system for PALS measurement is reported. By using this new system, it will be possible to obtain a short-pulsed slow-positron beam with high efficiency ({>=}50%) and a relatively low minimum energy ({approx}200 eV). This system is also easy to construct on the laboratory scale. (J.P.N.)

  4. Dependence of simulated positron emitter yields in ion beam cancer therapy on modeling nuclear fragmentation

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    Lühr, Armin; Priegnitz, Marlen; Fiedler, Fine;

    2014-01-01

    In ion beam cancer therapy, range verification in patients using positron emission tomography (PET) requires the comparison of measured with simulated positron emitter yields. We found that (1) changes in modeling nuclear interactions strongly affected the positron emitter yields and that (2) Monte...... Carlo simulations with SHIELD-HIT10A reasonably matched the most abundant PET isotopes 11C and 15O. We observed an ion-energy (i.e., depth) dependence of the agreement between SHIELD-HIT10A and measurement. Improved modeling requires more accurate measurements of cross-section values....

  5. Formation of ultra slow positron beam and upgrading of material evaluation by using it

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    Suzuki, Ryoichi; Ohdaira, Toshiyuki; Yamazaki, Tetsuo; Mikado, Tomohisa; Ohgaki, Hideaki; Yamada, Kawakatsu; Kobayashi, Yoshinori; Hirata, Koichi [Electrotechnical Lab., Tsukuba, Ibaraki (Japan)

    1999-02-01

    As slow positron beam can control its penetrating depth to a specimen by changing its incident energy, it can use for examining material performance such as microscopic structure at adjacent surface, electronic structure and others of various materials. In order to develop and realize measuring technology, a beam with not only high quantity but also high quality is necessary to use. As an aim to form such ultra slow positron beam, in 1997 fiscal year study on moderator for making ultra slow positron, development on life tester of incident energy variable positron, and study on up-grading of device for high resolution time of flight type positron annihilation excite Auger electron spectroscopy were conducted. As a result, it was found that tungsten moderator could be controlled reduction of moderation efficiency due to its oxygen treatment at high temperature, combination of incident energy variable positron life tester and computer network made more effective testing possible and improvement of tester made possible a spectrum measurement with high resolution and less background. (G.K.)

  6. Steering of multi-MeV positron beam by a curved crystal

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    Positron bending by a crystal lattice, presumably being guided by channeling phenomenon, deflecting the beam by about 10 milliradian over a length of 1 mm of silicon. This technique may be lead to the use of channeling effect for particle beams steering at energies below 1 GeV, for the purpose of producing beams of low emittance with stability for medical and biological applications

  7. Non-linear pressure rise with beam current in BEPC II positron ring

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    It was found that the pressure-current curves were linear in electron ring, while non-linear in positron ring, especially in arc sections of positron ring. It might be since that the synchrotron photoelectrons transversely kicked by the positron beam bunches hit the vacuum chamber surface and the hit produces secondary electrons, which cause beam-induced multipacting (BIM) and large outgassing under some conditions. To find these conditions, bunch filling patterns of positron beams were changed to derive the corresponding non-linear pressure-current curves. The result is consistent with that from KEK-B low energy ring, which shows the non-linearity exhibits a threshold behavior. The non-linearity will take place only when the single bunch current and the quantity of the successive bunch in one train are both sufficiently large. With the total current increasing, BEPC II positron beam should take certain bunch filling patterns of smaller single bunch current and larger bunch number to avoid BIM. (authors)

  8. Source of slow polarized positrons using the brilliant gamma beam at ELI-NP. Converter design and simulations

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    Djourelov, Nikolay; Oprisa, Andreea; Leca, Victor

    2016-01-01

    Simulations of slow positron (es+) source based on interaction of a circularly polarized gamma beam with a W converter were performed. The aim of the study was to propose a converter geometry and to determine the expected slow positron beam intensity and its spot size, and the degree of positron spin polarization, as well. The Monte Carlo simulations by means of GEANT4 were used to estimate the fast positron production and the moderation efficiency of the converter working as a self-moderator, as well. Finite element analysis by means of COMSOL Multiphysics was applied to calculate the fraction of extracted moderated positrons from the converter cells and the quality of the beam formation by focusing. Using the low energy (converter geometry and in case of 100% circular polarization of the gammas the degree of spin polarization of the slow positron beam is expected to be 33%.

  9. Online beam energy measurement of Beijing electron positron collider II linear accelerator

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    Wang, S.; Iqbal, M.; Liu, R.; Chi, Y.

    2016-02-01

    This paper describes online beam energy measurement of Beijing Electron Positron Collider upgraded version II linear accelerator (linac) adequately. It presents the calculation formula, gives the error analysis in detail, discusses the realization in practice, and makes some verification. The method mentioned here measures the beam energy by acquiring the horizontal beam position with three beam position monitors (BPMs), which eliminates the effect of orbit fluctuation, and is much better than the one using the single BPM. The error analysis indicates that this online measurement has further potential usage such as a part of beam energy feedback system. The reliability of this method is also discussed and demonstrated in this paper.

  10. Demonstration of a positron beam-driven hollow channel plasma wakefield accelerator.

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    Gessner, Spencer; Adli, Erik; Allen, James M; An, Weiming; Clarke, Christine I; Clayton, Chris E; Corde, Sebastien; Delahaye, J P; Frederico, Joel; Green, Selina Z; Hast, Carsten; Hogan, Mark J; Joshi, Chan; Lindstrøm, Carl A; Lipkowitz, Nate; Litos, Michael; Lu, Wei; Marsh, Kenneth A; Mori, Warren B; O'Shea, Brendan; Vafaei-Najafabadi, Navid; Walz, Dieter; Yakimenko, Vitaly; Yocky, Gerald

    2016-01-01

    Plasma wakefield accelerators have been used to accelerate electron and positron particle beams with gradients that are orders of magnitude larger than those achieved in conventional accelerators. In addition to being accelerated by the plasma wakefield, the beam particles also experience strong transverse forces that may disrupt the beam quality. Hollow plasma channels have been proposed as a technique for generating accelerating fields without transverse forces. Here we demonstrate a method for creating an extended hollow plasma channel and measure the wakefields created by an ultrarelativistic positron beam as it propagates through the channel. The plasma channel is created by directing a high-intensity laser pulse with a spatially modulated profile into lithium vapour, which results in an annular region of ionization. A peak decelerating field of 230 MeV m(-1) is inferred from changes in the beam energy spectrum, in good agreement with theory and particle-in-cell simulations. PMID:27250570

  11. Demonstration of a positron beam-driven hollow channel plasma wakefield accelerator

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    Gessner, Spencer; Adli, Erik; Allen, James M.; An, Weiming; Clarke, Christine I.; Clayton, Chris E.; Corde, Sebastien; Delahaye, J. P.; Frederico, Joel; Green, Selina Z.; Hast, Carsten; Hogan, Mark J.; Joshi, Chan; Lindstrøm, Carl A.; Lipkowitz, Nate; Litos, Michael; Lu, Wei; Marsh, Kenneth A.; Mori, Warren B.; O'Shea, Brendan; Vafaei-Najafabadi, Navid; Walz, Dieter; Yakimenko, Vitaly; Yocky, Gerald

    2016-06-01

    Plasma wakefield accelerators have been used to accelerate electron and positron particle beams with gradients that are orders of magnitude larger than those achieved in conventional accelerators. In addition to being accelerated by the plasma wakefield, the beam particles also experience strong transverse forces that may disrupt the beam quality. Hollow plasma channels have been proposed as a technique for generating accelerating fields without transverse forces. Here we demonstrate a method for creating an extended hollow plasma channel and measure the wakefields created by an ultrarelativistic positron beam as it propagates through the channel. The plasma channel is created by directing a high-intensity laser pulse with a spatially modulated profile into lithium vapour, which results in an annular region of ionization. A peak decelerating field of 230 MeV m-1 is inferred from changes in the beam energy spectrum, in good agreement with theory and particle-in-cell simulations.

  12. Laser Compton Cooling of Relativistic Electron and Positron Beams and Pair Plasmas

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    Liang, Edison; Dahlstrom, Erin

    2010-11-01

    With the advance of high energy intense lasers, it becomes conceivable to use photons to slow down relativistic electron and positron beams, or rapidly cool a relativistic electron-positron pair plasma. Here we present results from the Monte Carlo simulations of the Compton cooling of relativistic electrons and positrons using intense lasers of one micron wavelength. We find that several hundred kJ to a MJ of laser energy is sufficient to Compton cool multi-MeV electrons/positrons down to keV energies and below. We also explore the use of resonant Compton cooling in a strong magnetic field (100 MG and above). Preliminary results using Doppler shifted laser light look promising.

  13. The neutrino factory and beta beam experiments and development

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    Albright, C.; Barger, V.; Beacom, J.F.; Berg, J.S.; Black, E.; Blondel, A.; Bogacz, S.; Brice, S.; Caspi, S.; Chou, W.; Cummings, M.; Fernow, R.; Finley, D.; Gallardo,; Geer, S.; Gomez-Cadenas, J.J.; Goodman, M.; Harris, D.; Huber, Patrick; Jansson, A.; Johnstone, C.; /Fermilab /Wisconsin U., Madison /Brookhaven /IIT, Chicago /Geneva U.

    2004-11-01

    The long-term prospects for fully exploring three-flavor mixing in the neutrino sector depend upon an ongoing and increased investment in the appropriate accelerator R&D. Two new concepts have been proposed that would revolutionize neutrino experiments, namely the Neutrino Factory and the Beta Beam facility. These new facilities would dramatically improve our ability to test the three-flavor mixing framework, measure CP violation in the lepton sector, and perhaps determine the neutrino mass hierarchy, and, if necessary, probe extremely small values of the mixing angle {theta}{sub 13}. The stunning sensitivity that could be achieved with a Neutrino Factory is described, together with our present understanding of the corresponding sensitivity that might be achieved with a Beta Beam facility. In the Beta Beam case, additional study is required to better understand the optimum Beta Beam energy, and the achievable sensitivity. Neither a Neutrino Factory nor a Beta Beam facility could be built without significant R&D. An impressive Neutrino Factory R&D effort has been ongoing in the U.S. and elsewhere over the last few years and significant progress has been made towards optimizing the design, developing and testing the required accelerator components, and significantly reducing the cost. The recent progress is described here.

  14. Constraining sterile neutrinos with a low energy beta-beam

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    Agarwalla, Sanjib K.; Huber, Patrick; Link, Jonathan M.

    2009-01-01

    We show that a low energy beta-beam facility can be used to search for sterile neutrinos by measuring the disappearance of electron anti-neutrinos. This channel is particularly sensitive since it allows to use inverse beta decay as detection reaction; thus it is free from hadronic uncertainties, provided the neutrino energy is below the pion production threshold. This corresponds to a choice of the Lorentz gamma=30 for the 6He parent ion. Moreover, a disappearance measurement allows the const...

  15. Constraining sterile neutrinos with a low energy beta-beam

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    Agarwalla, Sanjib Kumar

    2010-01-01

    We study the possibility to use a low energy beta-beam facility to search for sterile neutrinos by measuring the disappearance of electron anti-neutrinos. This channel is particularly sensitive since it allows to use inverse beta decay as detection reaction; thus it is free from hadronic uncertainties, provided the neutrino energy is below the pion production threshold. This corresponds to a choice of the Lorentz gamma=30 for the 6He parent ion. Moreover, a disappearance measurement allows th...

  16. Experiments and FLUKA simulations of $^{12}C$ and $^{16}O$ beams for therapy monitoring by means of in-beam Positron Emission Tomography

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    Sommerer,; Ferrari, A

    2007-01-01

    Since 1997 at the experimental C-12 ion therapy facility at Gesellschaft fuer Schwerionenforschung (GSI), Darmstadt, Germany, more than 350 patients have been treated. The therapy is monitored with a dedicated positron emission tomograph, fully integrated into the treatment site. The measured beta+-activity arises from inelastic nuclear interactions between the beam particles an the nuclei of the patients tissue. Because the monitoring is done during the irradiation the method is called in-beam PET. The underlying principle of this monitoring is a comparison between the measured activity and a simulated one. The simulations are presently done by the PETSIM code which is dedicated to C-12 beams. In future ion therapy centers like the Heidelberger Ionenstrahl Therapiezentrum (HIT), Heidelberg, Germany, besides C-12 also proton, $^3$He and O-16 beams will be used for treatment and the therapy will be monitored by means of in-beam PET. Because PETSIM is not extendable to other ions in an easy way, a code capable ...

  17. Interaction of positron beams with thin silver foils and surfaces

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    Experimental investigations of positron interactions with solid silver and the necessary platform to analyse the data have been presented. The main objective was to study Ps formation at a Ag(100) surface. The different ingredients of the scenario, including thermalization and diffusion of positrons and emission of Ps, were analysed and quantified in whatever way appropriate. The scattering and possible thermalization were described. The parametrization of Monte-Carlo simulated implantation profiles for semi-infinite materials were presented and the applicability of such profiles to thin foils assessed. The latter was done in conjunction with an analysis of experimental data on thermalization and diffusion in 1900 Aa Ag(100) foils. The necessity for MC simulated rather than parametrized implantation profiles was argued. The velocity of thermally desorbed Ps from a Ag(100) surface at ∼800 K appeared to obey and one-dimensional Maxwell Boltzmann distribution multiplied by a velocity dependent factor. More experimental investigations are needed before firm conclusions can be made on the nature of the emission process. The velocity distribution, though, was found to be near-thermal and indicative of the sample temperature. It has been shown that positrons can be converted into Ps atoms in the transmission geometry of a thin 1900 Aa Ag(100) foil with a high efficiency. Furthermore, 61% of the emitted Ps will have a mean velocity of vz=1.2x105 m/sec and 39% will have a maximum kinetic energy of 1.5 eV (vz=5.1x105 m/sec) at a foil temperature of 800 K, all velocities that are suitable for producing a 'dense' Ps gas target. (EG) 12 refs

  18. PREFACE: 13th International Workshop on Slow Positron Beam Techniques and Applications (SLOPOS13)

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    2014-04-01

    These proceedings originate from the 13th International Workshop on Slow Positron Beam Techniques and Applications SLOPOS13 which was held at the campus of the Technische Universität München in Garching between 15th-20th September, 2013. This event is part of a series of triennial SLOPOS conferences. In total 123 delegates from 21 countries participated in the SLOPOS13. The excellent scientific program comprised 50 talks and 58 posters presented during two poster sessions. It was very impressive to learn about novel technical developments on positron beam facilities and the wide range of their applications all over the world. The workshop reflected the large variety of positron beam experiments covering fundamental studies, e.g., for efficient production of anti-hydrogen as well as applied research on defects in bulk materials, thin films, surfaces, and interfaces. The topics comprised: . Positron transport and beam technology . Pulsed beams and positron traps . Defect profiling in bulk and layered structures . Nanostructures, porous materials, thin films . Surfaces and interfaces . Positronium formation and emission . Positron interactions with atoms and molecules . Many positrons and anti-hydrogen . Novel experimental techniques The international advisory committee of SLOPOS awarded student prizes for the best presented scientific contributions to a team of students from Finland, France, and the NEPOMUC team at TUM. The conference was overshadowed by the sudden death of Professor Klaus Schreckenbach immediately before the workshop. In commemoration of him as a spiritus rectus of the neutron induced positron source a minutes' silence was hold. We are most grateful for the hard work of the Local Organising Committee, the help of the International Advisory Committee, and all the students for their friendly and efficient support during the meeting. The workshop could not have occurred without the generous support of the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (MLZ), Deutsche

  19. Collective Effect Studies of a Beta Beam Decay Ring

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    2011-01-01

    The Beta Beam, the concept of generating a pure and intense (anti) neutrino beam by letting accelerated radioactive ions beta decay in a storage ring called the Decay Ring (DR), is the basis of one of the proposed next generation neutrino oscillation facilities, necessary for a complete study of the neutrino oscillation parameter space. Sensitivities of the unknown neutrino oscillation parameters depend on the DR's ion intensity and of its duty factor (the filled ratio of the ring). Different methods, including analytical calculations and multiparticle tracking simulations, were used to estimate the DR's potential to contain enough ions in as small a part of the ring as needed for the sensitivities. Studies of transverse blow up of the beams due to resonance wake fields show that a very challenging upper limit of the transverse broadband impedance is required to avoid instabilities and beam loss.

  20. Collective Effect Studies of a Beta Beam Decay Ring

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    The Beta Beam, the concept of generating a pure and intense (anti) neutrino beam by letting accelerated radioactive ions beta decay in a storage ring called the Decay Ring (DR), is the basis of one of the proposed next generation neutrino oscillation facilities, necessary for a complete study of the neutrino oscillation parameter space. Sensitivities of the unknown neutrino oscillation parameters depend on the DR's ion intensity and of its duty factor (the filled ratio of the ring). Different methods, including analytical calculations and multiparticle tracking simulations, were used to estimate the DR's potential to contain enough ions in as small a part of the ring as needed for the sensitivities. Studies of transverse blow up of the beams due to resonance wake fields show that a very challenging upper limit of the transverse broadband impedance is required to avoid instabilities and beam loss.

  1. Design of an 18 MW Beam Dump for 500 GeV Electron/Positron Beams at an ILC

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    Amann, John; Seryi, Andrei; Walz, Dieter; Kulkarni, Kiran; Rai, Pravin; Satyamurthy, Polepalle; Tiwari, Vikar; Vincke, Heinz

    2010-01-01

    This article presents a report on the progress made in designing 18 MW water based Beam Dumps for electrons or positrons for an International Linear Collider (ILC). Multi-dimensional technology issues have to be addressed for the successful design of the Beam Dump. They include calculations of power deposition by the high energy electron/positron beam bunch trains, computational fluid dynamic analysis of turbulent water flow, mechanical design, process flow analysis, hydrogen/oxygen recombiners, handling of radioactive 7Be and 3H, design of auxiliary equipment, provisions for accident scenarios, remote window exchanger, radiation shielding, etc. The progress made to date is summarized, the current status, and also the issues still to be addressed

  2. A 0.5 to 3.0 MeV monoenergetic positron beam

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    An adjustable, 0.5--3 MeV monoenergetic positron beam has been constructed at Brookhaven. Currently a 22Na source with a W(100) foil transmission moderator produces a 1.1 mm FWHN beam with an intensity of 3/times/105 e+/sec at a target located downstream from the accelerator. The divergence of the beam is less than 0.1/degree/ at 2.2 MeV energy. A SOA gun with 2 lens transport system brings the beam to a focus at the entrance of an electrostatic 3 MeV Dynamitron accelerator. The post acceleration beam transport system comprises 3 focusing solenolds, 4 sets of steering magnets and a 90/degree/ double focusing bending magnet. The beam energy spread at the target is <1 keV FWHN deduced from the beam size. Below we describe the positron extraction optics and acceleration, the construction of the beamline and the beam diagnostic devices. The salient beam parameters are listed at the end of this paper. 2 refs., 3 figs., 1 tab

  3. Studies of micellar and microemulsion systems by positron annihilation technique and their relevance to emulsion counting of weak beta emitters

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    Positron annihilation technique was applied to the study of structural aspects in micellar and microemulsion systems. The formation of positronium is highly affected by the nature as well as the microproperties of the aggregates present in solution. In three-component (surfactant-co-surfactant-water) reversed micellar solutions and four-component (surfactant-co-surfactant-hydrocarbon-water) water-in-oil microemulsions, the formation of small aggregates, spherical micelles or elongated micelles is sensitively identified by positron annihilation technique. The correlation between the variations of the positronium formation probability on increasing water content and the nature of the different aggregates which are formed was used to determine the onset of association and the structural rearrangements occurring in many dispersion systems. Factors affecting the formation of microemulsions were investigated. Measurements in mixed normal micelles of short chain length alcohol and anionic surfactant demonstrate the potential of the technique to investigate small changes in the properties of such species. The greater sensitivity of positron annihilation technique when compared to conventional methods is also demonstrated. Measurement of both annihilation parameters and counting efficiency of tritium (weak beta emitter) in water-containing reversed micellar and microemulsion systems indicate that the fate of the beta particles (electrons), as measured in liquid scintillation counting, is similar to that of energetic positrons, as monitored by positron life-time measurements. Positronium formation process and the phenomenon responsible for the weak beta counting efficiency are explained on the basis of trapping of energetic positrons and electrons, by aggregates of sufficient polarity. Both processes provide very sensitive probe for the study of structural changes in micellar solutions and microemulsions

  4. Nanohole formation in TEOS-HMDSO hybrid CVD films elucidated by positron beams

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    Silicon-oxide-backboned hybrid thin films with thicknesses around 600 nm were fabricated through plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition from tetraethyl orthosilicate mixed with hexamethyldisiloxane as precursors, and their subnano-scaled holes, generated by annealing at 560 °C, were investigated by means of the positron lifetime technique with a pulsed, low-energy positron beam. The hole dimension was quantified from the ortho-positronium lifetime for the as-prepared and annealed films with different compositions. The effect of the heat treatment and the precursor composition on the subnano holes was discussed.

  5. New system for a pulsed slow-positron beam using a radioisotope

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    Hamada, E; Suzuki, T; Kobayashi, H; Kondo, K; Kanazawa, I; Ito, Y

    2000-01-01

    To analyze the surface of polymers using positron-annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS), a pulsed slow-positron beam system having both a high pulsing efficiency and a good time resolution is now under development. The time resolution, which is defined by the full width at half maximum (FWHM), and the pulsing efficiency of this system were achieved to be 0.54 ns and 50%, respectively. The lifetime of ortho-positronium (o-Ps) in low-density polyethylene (LDPE), obtained by PALS using our new pulsing system, agreed with that obtained by a conventional PALS.

  6. New system for a pulsed slow-positron beam using a radioisotope

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    To analyze the surface of polymers using positron-annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS), a pulsed slow-positron beam system having both a high pulsing efficiency and a good time resolution is now under development. The time resolution, which is defined by the full width at half maximum (FWHM), and the pulsing efficiency of this system were achieved to be 0.54 ns and 50%, respectively. The lifetime of ortho-positronium (o-Ps) in low-density polyethylene (LDPE), obtained by PALS using our new pulsing system, agreed with that obtained by a conventional PALS.

  7. The correlations of electrochromism and thermochromism of tungsten oxide films studied by slow positron beam

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    Electrochromic (EC) and thermochromic (TC) tungsten oxide (WO3) films, deposited by magnetron sputtering and vacuum thermal evaporation, were studied systematically by means of slow positron measurements. The S parameters of colored amorphous WO3 film and crystalline WO3 film behaved quite similarly in the processes of thermochromism and electrochromism, little influenced by the different deposition methods. It indicates that the coloration processes under various external conditions are correlated with each other. It also shows that the slow positron beam technique may play a particular role in the study of chromogenic materials. (orig.)

  8. 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)

  9. Applications of Beta Particle Detection for Synthesis and Usage of Radiotracers Developed for Positron Emission Tomography

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    Dooraghi, Alex Abreu

    Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is a noninvasive molecular imaging tool that requires the use of a radioactive compound or radiotracer which targets a molecular pathway of interest. We have developed and employed three beta particle radiation detection systems to advance PET. Specifically, the goals of these systems are to: 1. Automate dispensing of solutions containing a positron emitting isotope. 2. Monitor radioactivity on-chip during synthesis of a positron emitting radiotracer. 3. Assay cellular uptake on-chip of a positron emitting radiotracer. Automated protocols for measuring and dispensing solutions containing radioisotopes are essential not only for providing an optimum environment for radiation workers, but also to ensure a quantitatively accurate workflow. For the first project, we describe the development and performance of a system for automated radioactivity distribution of beta particle emitting radioisotopes such as fluorine-18 (F-18). Key to the system is a radiation detector in-line with a peristaltic pump. The system demonstrates volume accuracy within 5 % for volumes of 20 muL or greater. When considering volumes of 20 muL or greater, delivered radioactivity is in agreement with the requested radioactivity as measured with the dose calibrator. The integration of the detector and pump leads to a flexible system that can accurately dispense solutions containing F-18 in radioactivity concentrations directly produced from a cyclotron (~ 0.1-1 mCi/muL), to low activity concentrations intended for preclinical mouse scans (~ 1-10 muCi/muL), and anywhere in between. Electrowetting on dielectric (EWOD) is an attractive microfluidic platform for batch synthesis of PET radiotracers. Visualization of radioisotopes on-chip is critical for synthesis optimization and technological development. For the second project, we describe the development and performance of a Cerenkov/real-time imaging system for PET radiotracer synthesis on EWOD. We also investigate

  10. A trap-based pulsed positron beam optimised for positronium laser spectroscopy

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    Cooper, B. S., E-mail: ben.cooper.13@ucl.ac.uk; Alonso, A. M.; Deller, A.; Wall, T. E.; Cassidy, D. B. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT (United Kingdom)

    2015-10-15

    We describe a pulsed positron beam that is optimised for positronium (Ps) laser-spectroscopy experiments. The system is based on a two-stage Surko-type buffer gas trap that produces 4 ns wide pulses containing up to 5 × 10{sup 5} positrons at a rate of 0.5-10 Hz. By implanting positrons from the trap into a suitable target material, a dilute positronium gas with an initial density of the order of 10{sup 7} cm{sup −3} is created in vacuum. This is then probed with pulsed (ns) laser systems, where various Ps-laser interactions have been observed via changes in Ps annihilation rates using a fast gamma ray detector. We demonstrate the capabilities of the apparatus and detection methodology via the observation of Rydberg positronium atoms with principal quantum numbers ranging from 11 to 22 and the Stark broadening of the n = 2 → 11 transition in electric fields.

  11. 'Smart cut' silicon by proton implantation: lifetime studies with a pulsed positron beam

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    High dose implantation of hydrogen into silicon and subsequent annealing induce a splitting of silicon. The state of hydrogen and the implantation induced defects are of scientific and technological interest. Samples implanted with 1 . 1016 and 5 . 1016 H+/cm2 at an energy of 60 keV were investigated after different thermal annealing treatments with the pulsed positron beam as a function of the positron energy and the specimen temperature (80 K to 500 K). There is clear evidence of growth of defect clusters with increasing annealing temperature which correspond in depth with the mean projected range of the implanted hydrogen atoms. In addition to the large defect agglomerates, there are most likely shallow positron traps which are effective only when the specimens are measured at low temperature. (orig.)

  12. A field-assisted moderator for low-energy positron beams

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    Beling, C. D.; Simpson, R. I.; Charlton, M.; Jacobsen, F. M.; Griffith, T. C.; Moriarty, P.; Fung, S.

    1987-01-01

    A new positron field-assisted (FA) moderator based on the drift of positrons across a cooled silicon crystal is proposed. Using estimates for both the β + implantation profile and attainable drift velocities, the efficiency of drift to a slow e+ emitting surface is calculated using a diffusion equation which incorporates terms describing positron drift and annihilation. It is conjectured that efficiencies of up to 10% can be achieved. The use of epitaxially grown metallic suicide contacts to facilitate the application of the electric field is described and the consequences of using such contacts are fully discussed. Applications of the FA transmission mode moderator described here to produce timed brightness enhanced beams are briefly discussed.

  13. Simulation study of the filamentation of counter-streaming beams of the electrons and positrons in plasmas

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    Dieckmann, M E; Stenflo, L; 10.1088/0741-3335/51/6/065015

    2009-01-01

    The filamentation instability driven by two spatially uniform and counter-streaming beams of charged particles in plasmas is modelled by a particle-in-cell (PIC) simulation. Each beam consists of the electrons and positrons. The four species are equally dense and they have the same temperature. The one-dimensional simulation direction is orthogonal to the beam velocity vector. The magnetic field grows spontaneously and rearranges the particles in space, such that the distributions of the electrons of one beam and the positrons of the second beam match. The simulation demonstrates that as a result no electrostatic field is generated by the magnetic field through its magnetic pressure gradient prior to its saturation. This electrostatic field would be repulsive at the centres of the filaments and limit the maximum charge and current density. The filaments of electrons and positrons in this simulation reach higher charge and current densities than in one with no positrons. The oscillations of the magnetic field ...

  14. Status and Perspectives for a Slow Positron Beam Facility at the HH--NIPNE Bucharest

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    The development of a positron annihilation spectroscopy laboratory at the HH-NIPNE Bucharest-to be used for material studies and applications was started in the last 10 years. In the framework of a national research project extended over the last 3 years, was designed a low energy positron accelerator, as a high-vacuum dedicated beam line with two options: a 25 mCi 22NaCl source and in line with the NIPNE-cyclotron or a new intense compact cyclotron. The construction of the beam line was planned as a sequence of modules: source- moderator system; magnetical filter for fast positrons in order to select the positrons energies in the range 0.8-1 keV; a modular system for focusing, transport and acceleration of monoenergetic positrons in the energy range 0.8-50 keV and a CDBS analysis chamber. The moderator proposed--is tungsten as a foil of about 3 μm prepared at the Optoelectronics Institute were put into a thermal treatment vacuum chamber and bombarded with electrons from a 100 W electron gun After the treatment, they were tested for changes of elemental composition of the surface and structure at the Polytechnic University. The structure tests were performed on a DRON 3 M diffractometer, with a Co tube (λKα = 1.7903 A) - the angular regions studied were around 34 deg. (1 0 0) and 69 deg. (2 0 0). In the present time, the trajectories of the positron are going to be simulated with dedicated software (an ion and electron optics simulator). For the coincidence measurements (CDBS) set-up we used a home-made 22NaCl source, by separation without carrier from a metallic Mg target irradiated with 12 MeV protons and separated by columnar cation exchange. A home-made biparametric system for CDBS measurements will be reported, also.

  15. Status and Perspectives for a Slow Positron Beam Facility at the HH-NIPNE Bucharest

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    Straticiuc, Mihai; Craciun, Liviu Stefan; Constantinescu, Olimpiu; Ghita, Ionica Alina; Ionescu, Cristina; Racolta, Petru Mihai; Vasilescu, Angela; Braic, Viorel; Zoita, Catalin; Kiss, Adrian; Bojin, Dionezie

    2009-03-01

    The development of a positron annihilation spectroscopy laboratory at the HH-NIPNE Bucharest-to be used for material studies and applications was started in the last 10 years. In the framework of a national research project extended over the last 3 years, was designed a low energy positron accelerator, as a high-vacuum dedicated beam line with two options: a 25 mCi 22NaCl source and in line with the NIPNE-cyclotron or a new intense compact cyclotron. The construction of the beam line was planned as a sequence of modules: source- moderator system; magnetical filter for fast positrons in order to select the positrons energies in the range 0.8-1 keV; a modular system for focusing, transport and acceleration of monoenergetic positrons in the energy range 0.8-50 keV and a CDBS analysis chamber. The moderator proposed-is tungsten as a foil of about 3 μm prepared at the Optoelectronics Institute were put into a thermal treatment vacuum chamber and bombarded with electrons from a 100 W electron gun After the treatment, they were tested for changes of elemental composition of the surface and structure at the Polytechnic University. The structure tests were performed on a DRON 3 M diffractometer, with a Co tube (λKα = 1.7903 A)-the angular regions studied were around 34° (1 0 0) and 69° (2 0 0). In the present time, the trajectories of the positron are going to be simulated with dedicated software (an ion and electron optics simulator). For the coincidence measurements (CDBS) set-up we used a home-made 22NaCl source, by separation without carrier from a metallic Mg target irradiated with 12 MeV protons and separated by columnar cation exchange. A home- made biparametric system for CDBS measurements will be reported, also.

  16. Status and Perspectives for a Slow Positron Beam Facility at the HH—NIPNE Bucharest

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    Constantin, Florin; Craciun, Liviu Stefan; Constantinescu, Olimpiu; Ghita, Ionica Alina; Ionescu, Cristina; Racolta, Petru Mihai; Straticiuc, Mihai; Vasilescu, Angela; Braic, Viorel; Zoita, Catalin; Kiss, Adrian; Bojin, Dionezie

    2009-03-01

    The development of a positron annihilation spectroscopy laboratory at the HH-NIPNE Bucharest-to be used for material studies and applications was started in the last 10 years. In the framework of a national research project extended over the last 3 years, was designed a low energy positron accelerator, as a high-vacuum dedicated beam line with two options: a 25 mCi 22NaCl source and in line with the NIPNE-cyclotron or a new intense compact cyclotron. The construction of the beam line was planned as a sequence of modules: source- moderator system; magnetical filter for fast positrons in order to select the positrons energies in the range 0.8-1 keV; a modular system for focusing, transport and acceleration of monoenergetic positrons in the energy range 0.8-50 keV and a CDBS analysis chamber. The moderator proposed—is tungsten as a foil of about 3 μm prepared at the Optoelectronics Institute were put into a thermal treatment vacuum chamber and bombarded with electrons from a 100 W electron gun After the treatment, they were tested for changes of elemental composition of the surface and structure at the Polytechnic University. The structure tests were performed on a DRON 3 M diffractometer, with a Co tube (λKα = 1.7903 A)—the angular regions studied were around 34° (1 0 0) and 69° (2 0 0). In the present time, the trajectories of the positron are going to be simulated with dedicated software (an ion and electron optics simulator). For the coincidence measurements (CDBS) set-up we used a home-made 22NaCl source, by separation without carrier from a metallic Mg target irradiated with 12 MeV protons and separated by columnar cation exchange. A home- made biparametric system for CDBS measurements will be reported, also.

  17. Study of artificial lattice Hf/Ni multilayer film using slow positron beam

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    The controlled metal multilayer film has been studied by slow positron beam and TDPAC. Hf monolayer film and Hf/Ni multilayer film were prepared. When a positron injects the sample, it is radically thermolized through the inelastic scattering. If the distribution of positron under the above conditions is represented by the depth function, it is expected usually by Makhov function. But Ghosh and Aers have investigated the implantation profile P(z,E) using Monte Carlo simulation and recently they study various kinds of monolayer and multilayer film by use of the implantation profile in the consideration of the scattering effects of positron in the interface of films. Two methods, the usual and the new method, were compared with each other in this paper. In the case of Hf 500 nm and Ni 1000 nm, the theoretical and the experimental values were agreed. On multilayer film, both values were agreed using new P(z,E) in consideration of scattering effect, but not agreed by usual P(z,E) and new P(z,E) neglected the scattering effect. To analyze the multilayer film, the scattering effect has to be considered and, moreover, the effect of nonthermalized positron is necessary to take into account near surface. (M.N.)

  18. Electroweak interactions between intense neutrino beams and dense electron-positron magneto-plasmas

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    Tsintsadze, N L; Stenflo, L

    2003-01-01

    The electroweak coupling between intense neutrino beams and strongly degenerate relativistic dense electron-positron magneto-plasmas is considered. The intense neutrino bursts interact with the plasma due to the weak Fermi interaction force, and their dynamics is governed by a kinetic equation. Our objective here is to develop a kinetic equation for a degenerate neutrino gas and to use that equation to derive relativistic magnetohydrodynamic equations. The latter are useful for studying numerous collective processes when intense neutrino beams nonlinearly interact with degenerate, relativistic, dense electron-positron plasmas in strong magnetic fields. If the number densities of the plasma particles are of the order of 10 sup 3 sup 3 cm sup - sup 3 , the pair plasma becomes ultra-relativistic, which strongly affects the potential energy of the weak Fermi interaction. The new system of equations allows several neutrino-driven streaming instabilities involving new types of relativistic Alfven-like waves, The re...

  19. Annealing Behaviour of Helium Bubbles in Titanium Films by Thermal Desorption Spectroscopy and Positron Beam Analysis

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    LIU Chao-Zhuo; ZHOU Zhu-Ying; SHI Li-Qun; WANG Bao-Yi; HAO Xiao-Peng; ZHAO Guo-Qing

    2007-01-01

    @@ Helium-containing Ti films are prepared using magnetron sputtering in the helium-argon atmosphere. Isochronal annealing at different temperatures for an hour is employed to reveal the behaviour of helium bubble growth. Ion beam analysis is used to measure the retained helium content. Helium can release largely when annealing above 970 K. A thermal helium desorption spectroscopy system is constructed for assessment of the evolution of helium bubbles in the annealed samples by linear heating (0.4K/s) from room temperature to 1500K. Also, Doppler broadening measurements of positron annihilation radiation spectrum are performed by using changeable energy positron beam. Bubble coarsening evolves gradually below 680K, migration and coalescence of small bubbles dominates in the range of 680-970K, and the Ostwald ripening mechanism enlarges the bubbles with a massive release above 970K.

  20. Optimal positron-beam excited plasma wakefields in Hollow and Ion-Wake channels

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    Sahai, Aakash A

    2015-01-01

    A positron-beam interacting with the plasma electrons drives radial suck-in, in contrast to an electron-beam driven blow-out in the over-dense regime, $n_b>n_0$. In a homogeneous plasma, the electrons are radially sucked-in from all the different radii. The electrons collapsing from different radii do not simultaneously compress on-axis driving weak fields. A hollow-channel allows electrons from its channel-radius to collapse simultaneously exciting coherent fields. We analyze the optimal channel radius. Additionally, the low ion density in the hollow allows a larger region with focusing phase which we show is linearly focusing. We have shown the formation of an ion-wake channel behind a blow-out electron bubble-wake. Here we explore positron acceleration in the over-dense regime comparing an optimal hollow-plasma channel to the ion-wake channel. The condition for optimal hollow-channel radius is also compared. We also address the effects of a non-ideal ion-wake channel on positron-beam excited fields.

  1. Collective Modes in Neutrino `Beam' Electron-Positron Plasma Interactions

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    Elze, H T; Opher, R

    2001-01-01

    We derive semiclassical neutrino-electron transport equations in the collisionless (Vlasov) limit from the coupled Dirac equations, incorporating the charged and neutral weak current-current as well as electromagnetic interactions. A corresponding linear response theory is derived. In particular, we calculate the response functions for a variety of beam-plasma geometries, which are of interest in a supernova scenario. We apply this to the study of plasmons and to a new class of collective {\\it pharon} resonance modes, which are characterized by $\\omega < q$. We find that the growth rates of the unstable modes correspond to a strongly temperature ($\\propto T_\

  2. High performance hybrid slow positron beam and its user application spectrum

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    Waeber, W. B.; Shi, M.

    1997-05-01

    A true hybrid beam is operational at PSI. From a β+ radioisotope source and a premoderation of the positrons to medium energies in a high magnetic field confinement of Tesla order, a 3 keV wide spectrum of positrons is extracted and adiabatically guided to low fields of less than 100 G allowing extraction in a highly efficient and quasi-divergency-free way into field free space by increasing the positron's transverse energy spread by less than 20 eV. Double electrostatic focussing followed each time by W-remoderators (air lock anneal is possible) results in a beam diameter of μm dimensions. The microbeam is then transported through a cylindrical mirror beam switch device to five different user ports (one at a time, within minutes). The first target station is equipped with a retractable beam gun and a high precision sample manipulator with six movements for low (-200°C) and high (+950°C) temperatures (sample introduction by an air lock system). At the target chamber a UHV of 3.5 × 10 -11 mbar has been reached and the chamber can be equipped for surface physics experiments, for example to perform PAES. The sample is always at ground potential and the beam energy can be tuned between a few eV and 60 keV. The facility, initially equipped with a source of 500 mCi 58Co, produces a monoenergetic beam intensity (energy spread 10 10e+/ s, pulsing, repolarization) will be outlined.

  3. Measuring pion beta decay with high-energy pion beams

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    Improved measurements of the pion beta decay rate are possible with an intense high-energy pion beam. The rate for the decay π+ → π0e+vε is predicted by the Standard Model (SM) to be R(π+ → π0e+vε) = 0.3999±0.0005 s-1. The best experimental number, obtained using in-flight decays, is R(π+ → π0e+vε) = 0.394 ± 0.015 s-1. A precise measurement would test the SM by testing the unitarity of the Cabibbo-Kobayashi-Maskawa matrix for which one analysis of the nuclear beta decay data has shown a 0.4% discrepancy. Several nuclear correction factors, needed for nuclear decay, are not present for pion beta decay, so that an experiment at the 0.2% level would be a significant one. Detailed study of possible designs will be needed, as well as extensive testing of components. The reduction of systematic errors to the 0.1% level can only be done over a period of years with a highly stable apparatus and beam. At a minimum, three years of occupancy of a beam line, with 800 hours per year, would be required

  4. Dependence of simulated positron emitter yields in ion beam cancer therapy on modeling nuclear fragmentation

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    In ion beam cancer therapy, range verification in patients using positron emission tomography (PET) requires the comparison of measured with simulated positron emitter yields. We found that (1) changes in modeling nuclear interactions strongly affected the positron emitter yields and that (2) Monte Carlo simulations with SHIELD-HIT10A reasonably matched the most abundant PET isotopes 11C and 15O. We observed an ion-energy (i.e., depth) dependence of the agreement between SHIELD-HIT10A and measurement. Improved modeling requires more accurate measurements of cross-section values. - Highlights: ► Ion range verification using PET requires to compare measured with simulated yields. ► Changes in modeling nuclear interactions strongly affect the positron emitter yields. ► Monte Carlo simulations with SHIELD-HIT10A reasonably matched PET isotope experiments. ► None of the employed simulation codes was superior in reproducing all experiments. ► Improved modeling requires more accurate measurements of nuclear cross-sections

  5. FEASIBILITY OF POSITRON EMISSION TOMOGRAPHY OF DOSE DISTRIBUTION IN PROTON BEAM CANCER THERAPY.

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    BEEBE - WANG,J.J.; DILMANIAN,F.A.; PEGGS,S.G.; SCHLYEER,D.J.; VASKA,P.

    2002-06-03

    Proton therapy is a treatment modality of increasing utility in clinical radiation oncology mostly because its dose distribution conforms more tightly to the target volume than x-ray radiation therapy. One important feature of proton therapy is that it produces a small amount of positron-emitting isotopes along the beam-path through the non-elastic nuclear interaction of protons with target nuclei such as {sup 12}C, {sup 14}N, and {sup 16}O. These radioisotopes, mainly {sup 11}C, {sup 13}N and {sup 15}O, allow imaging the therapy dose distribution using positron emission tomography (PET). The resulting PET images provide a powerful tool for quality assurance of the treatment, especially when treating inhomogeneous organs such as the lungs or the head-and-neck, where the calculation of the dose distribution for treatment planning is more difficult. This paper uses Monte Carlo simulations to predict the yield of positron emitters produced by a 250 MeV proton beam, and to simulate the productions of the image in a clinical PET scanner.

  6. Investigation of nanopores in nanofiltration membranes using slow positron beam techniques

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    The pore distribution of the commercial nanofiltration membranes Desal 5DL, Desal 51HL, N30F, NTR 7450 and NF-PES-10 were analyzed by positron annihilation spectroscopy using slow positron beam analysis. From the depth selective 3γ/2γ analysis a dense nanoporous filtration layer could be determined. From the depth selective lifetime analysis the size and distribution of the nanopores could be extracted. The measurements indicate the presence of 2 pore sizes in the samples with a radius of 1.25-1.55 Aa and 3.2-3.95 Aa. These experimental values are compared with the molecular weight cut-off values of these membranes. (copyright 2007 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  7. Beam dynamic simulation and optimization of the CLIC positron source and the capture linac

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    Bayar, C.; Doebert, S.; Ciftci, A. K.

    2016-03-01

    The CLIC Positron Source is based on the hybrid target composed of a crystal and an amorphous target. Simulations have been performed from the exit of the amorphous target to the end of pre-injector linac which captures and accelerates the positrons to an energy of 200 MeV. Simulations are performed by the particle tracking code PARMELA. The magnetic field of the AMD is represented in PARMELA by simple coils. Two modes are applied in this study. The first one is accelerating mode based on acceleration after the AMD. The second one is decelerating mode based on deceleration in the first accelerating structure. It is shown that the decelerating mode gives a higher yield for the e+ beam in the end of the Pre-Injector Linac.

  8. A new experiment to investigate the origin of optical activity using a low energy positron beam of controlled helicity. [molecular biology

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    Gidley, D. W.; Rich, A.; Van House, J. C.; Zitzewitz, P. W.

    1981-01-01

    Previous experiments undertaken in search of a correlation between the origin of optical activity in biological molecules and the helicity of beta particles emitted in nuclear beta decay have not provided any useful results. A description is presented of an experiment in which a low energy polarized positron beam of controlled helicity interacts with an optically active material to form positronium in vacuum. Advantages of the current study compared to the previous experiments are mainly related to a much greater sensitivity. Initially, it will be possible to detect a helicity-dependent asymmetry in triplet positronium formation of 1 part in 10,000. Improvements to better than 1 part in 100,000 should be attainable.

  9. Positron source investigation by using CLIC drive beam for Linac-LHC based e+p collider

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    Arιkan, Ertan; Aksakal, Hüsnü

    2012-08-01

    Three different methods which are alternately conventional, Compton backscattering and Undulator based methods employed for the production of positrons. The positrons to be used for e+p collisions in a Linac-LHC (Large Hadron Collider) based collider have been studied. The number of produced positrons as a function of drive beam energy and optimum target thickness has been determined. Three different targets have been used as a source investigation which are W75-Ir25, W75-Ta25, and W75-Re25 for three methods. Estimated number of the positrons has been performed with FLUKA simulation code. Then, these produced positrons are used for following Adiabatic matching device (AMD) and capture efficiency is determined. Then e+p collider luminosity corresponding to the methods mentioned above have been calculated by CAIN code.

  10. Untangling supernova-neutrino oscillations with beta-beam data

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    Jachowicz, Natalie; McLaughlin, Gail; Volpe, Cristina

    2008-01-01

    Recently, we suggested that low-energy beta-beam neutrinos can be very useful for the study of supernova neutrino interactions. In this paper, we examine the use of a such experiment for the analysis of a supernova neutrino signal. Since supernova neutrinos are oscillating, it is very likely that the terrestrial spectrum of supernova neutrinos of a given flavor will not be the same as the energy distribution with which these neutrinos were first emitted. We demonstrate the efficacy of the pro...

  11. Probing lepton number violating interactions with beta-beams

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    We show that a detector placed near a beta-beam storage ring can probe lepton number violating interactions, as predicted by supersymmetric theories with R-parity non-conservation. In the presence of such interactions, ντ can be produced during β-decay leading to tau leptons through weak interactions. Alternatively, electron neutrinos from β-decay of radioactive ions can produce tau leptons in a nearby detector through these interactions. The muons from the decay of these tau leptons can be readily identified in a small iron calorimeter detector and will signal violation of R-parity

  12. Positron beam optics for the 2D-ACAR spectrometer at the NEPOMUC beamline

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    In the last year a conventional 2D-ACAR spectrometer has been set up and brought to operation at TUM. Once the NEPOMUC beamline is extended to the new experimental hall at the research reactor FRM-II the conventional 2D-ACAR spectrometer will be upgraded with a second sample chamber in order to be integrated to the NEPOMUC beamline facility. This spectrometer will add a complete new quality to 2D-ACAR experiments as it allows to track the evolution of the electronic structure from the surface to the bulk. We present the design features of the positron beam optics and the sample environment.

  13. Positron beam optics for the 2D-ACAR spectrometer at the NEPOMUC beamline

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    Ceeh, H.; Weber, J. A.; Hugenschmidt, C.; Leitner, M.; Boni, P.

    2014-04-01

    In the last year a conventional 2D-ACAR spectrometer has been set up and brought to operation at TUM. Once the NEPOMUC beamline is extended to the new experimental hall at the research reactor FRM-II the conventional 2D-ACAR spectrometer will be upgraded with a second sample chamber in order to be integrated to the NEPOMUC beamline facility. This spectrometer will add a complete new quality to 2D-ACAR experiments as it allows to track the evolution of the electronic structure from the surface to the bulk. We present the design features of the positron beam optics and the sample environment.

  14. Surfaces of electron-emitting glasses studied by a slow positron beam

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    Semi-conducting glasses used for electron multipliers and microchannel plate devices are obtained by surface modification of Pb or Bi-reach silicon-based glasses. The reduced layer extends down to 200-500 nm, much more than the effective depth of the electron-emitting layer. By the use of slow-positron beam we monitor the structural changes undergoing in near-to-surface layers after isothermal annealing. The measurements suggest a possible correlation between secondary-electron emission coefficient and the Doppler- broadening S-parameter. On these samples there were also performed atomic force microscopy, secondary electron emission, differential scanning calorimetry, and electric conductivity measurements. (author)

  15. Vacancy type defect formation in irradiated α-iron investigated by positron beam Doppler broadening technique

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    Vacancy type defects formations have been investigated in virgin and irradiated a-iron samples using slow positron beam Doppler broadening technique. Mono-vacancies and vacancy clusters are observed in 1.5 MeV 4He ions irradiated Fe samples at varying fluences from 1×1013 to 1×1017 cm−2. In the 1.2 MeV Yttrium ions implantation at low fluence 1×1014 cm−2 vacancy clusters with higher concentration and larger size are formed. In this sample, vacancy defects are detected deeper than predicted by SRIM calculation due to channelling.

  16. Slow positron beam and nanoindentation study of irradiation-related defects in reactor vessel steels

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    In order to understand the nature of the hardening after radiation in reactor vessel steels, China A508-3 steels were implanted by proton with an energy of 240 keV up to 2.5 × 1016, 5.5 × 1016, 1.1 × 1017, and 2.5 × 1017 ions cm−2, respectively. Vacancy type defects were detected by energy-variable positron beam Doppler broadening technique and then nanoindentation measurements were performed to investigate proton-induced hardening effects. The results showed that S-parameter increased as a function of positron incident energy after irradiation, and the increasing rate of the S-parameter near the surface was larger than that in the bulk due to radiation damage. The size of vacancy type defects increased with dose. Irradiation induced hardening was shown that the average hardness increased with dose. Moreover a direct correlation between positron annihilation parameter and hardness was found based on Kasada method

  17. Slow positron beam and nanoindentation study of irradiation-related defects in reactor vessel steels

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    Liu, Xiangbing; Wang, Rongshan; Jiang, Jing; Wu, Yichu; Zhang, Chonghong; Ren, Ai; Xu, Chaoliang; Qian, Wangjie

    2014-08-01

    In order to understand the nature of the hardening after radiation in reactor vessel steels, China A508-3 steels were implanted by proton with an energy of 240 keV up to 2.5 × 1016, 5.5 × 1016, 1.1 × 1017, and 2.5 × 1017 ions cm-2, respectively. Vacancy type defects were detected by energy-variable positron beam Doppler broadening technique and then nanoindentation measurements were performed to investigate proton-induced hardening effects. The results showed that S-parameter increased as a function of positron incident energy after irradiation, and the increasing rate of the S-parameter near the surface was larger than that in the bulk due to radiation damage. The size of vacancy type defects increased with dose. Irradiation induced hardening was shown that the average hardness increased with dose. Moreover a direct correlation between positron annihilation parameter and hardness was found based on Kasada method.

  18. Energy variable monoenergetic positron beam study of oxygen atoms in Czochralski grown Si

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    A monoenergetic positron beam has been used to investigate the state of interstitial oxygen in Czochralski-grown Si with the coverage of SiO2 (100 nm) and poly-Si (200 nm)/SiO2 (100 nm), respectively. It was found that (i) the growth of SiO2 gives rise to a strong Doppler broadening of positron annihilation radiations in the bulk of Si, (ii) such a broadening can be recovered to the original level by annealing at 450degC, by the removal of overlayers using chemical etching and long-term aging at room temperature, (iii) the film stress over the CZ-grown Si is responsible for the rearrangement of oxygen atoms in S and (iv) only tensile stress gives rise to the clustering of oxygen atoms. The observed broadening was assigned to arise from the positron trapping by oxygen interstitial clusters. It was concluded that film stress is responsible for the rearrangement of oxygen atoms in CZ-grown Si. (author)

  19. Characterizing metal-oxide semiconductor structures consisting of HfSiOx as gate dielectrics using monoenergetic positron beams

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    Metal-oxide-semiconductor structures consisting of HfSiOx as the gate dielectric were characterized by using monoenergetic positron beams. 200-nm-thick polycrystalline-Si (poly-Si) and 5-nm HfSiOx films were grown on Si substrates by chemical vapor deposition. Doppler broadening spectra of the annihilation radiation and the lifetime spectra of positrons were measured as a function of incident positron energy for ion-implanted and unimplanted samples. For the unimplanted sample after rapid thermal annealing (RTA: 1030degC, 10s), the lifetime of positrons in the HfSiOx film was 448±2 ps. Since the obtained lifetime was longer than the lifetime of positrons trapped by point defects in metal oxides, the positrons in HfSiOx films were considered to annihilate from the trapped state by open spaces which exist intrinsically in their amorphous structure. After P+, As+ and BF+-implantation into the poly-Si film and RTA, the lifetime of positrons was 420-430 ps. This decrease in the lifetime was attributed to the shrinkage of the open spaces in the HfSiOx film due to the accumulation of implanted impurities in the film during RTA. The diffusion length of positrons in Si substrates was found to depend on the implanted species of ions. This fact was attributed to the electric field introduced by charged defects in the HfSiOx films. (author)

  20. High-flux low-divergence positron beam generation from ultra-intense laser irradiated a tapered hollow target

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    Liu, Jian-Xun [College of Science, National University of Defense Technology, Changsha 410073 (China); College of Electronic Engineering, Wuhan 430019 (China); Ma, Yan-Yun, E-mail: yanyunma@126.com [College of Science, National University of Defense Technology, Changsha 410073 (China); IFSA Collaborative Innovation Center, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); Laser Fusion Research Center, China Academy of Engineering Physics, Mianyang 621000 (China); Zhao, Jun; Yu, Tong-Pu, E-mail: tongpu@nudt.edu.cn; Yang, Xiao-Hu; Gan, Long-Fei; Zhang, Guo-Bo; Yan, Jian-Feng; Zhuo, Hong-Bin; Liu, Jin-Jin; Zhao, Yuan [College of Science, National University of Defense Technology, Changsha 410073 (China); Kawata, Shigeo [Center for Optical Research and Education, Graduate School of Engineering, Utsunomiya University, 7-1-2 Yohtoh, Utsunomiya 321-8585 (Japan)

    2015-10-15

    By using two-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations, we demonstrate high-flux dense positrons generation by irradiating an ultra-intense laser pulse onto a tapered hollow target. By using a laser with an intensity of 4 × 10{sup 23 }W/cm{sup 2}, it is shown that the Breit-Wheeler process dominates the positron production during the laser-target interaction and a positron beam with a total number >10{sup 15} is obtained, which is increased by five orders of magnitude than in the previous work at the same laser intensity. Due to the focusing effect of the transverse electric fields formed in the hollow cone wall, the divergence angle of the positron beam effectively decreases to ∼15° with an effective temperature of ∼674 MeV. When the laser intensity is doubled, both the positron flux (>10{sup 16}) and temperature (963 MeV) increase, while the divergence angle gets smaller (∼13°). The obtained high-flux low-divergence positron beam may have diverse applications in science, medicine, and engineering.

  1. High-flux low-divergence positron beam generation from ultra-intense laser irradiated a tapered hollow target

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    By using two-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations, we demonstrate high-flux dense positrons generation by irradiating an ultra-intense laser pulse onto a tapered hollow target. By using a laser with an intensity of 4 × 1023 W/cm2, it is shown that the Breit-Wheeler process dominates the positron production during the laser-target interaction and a positron beam with a total number >1015 is obtained, which is increased by five orders of magnitude than in the previous work at the same laser intensity. Due to the focusing effect of the transverse electric fields formed in the hollow cone wall, the divergence angle of the positron beam effectively decreases to ∼15° with an effective temperature of ∼674 MeV. When the laser intensity is doubled, both the positron flux (>1016) and temperature (963 MeV) increase, while the divergence angle gets smaller (∼13°). The obtained high-flux low-divergence positron beam may have diverse applications in science, medicine, and engineering

  2. Study of the time and space distribution of {beta}{sup +} emitters from 80MeV/u carbon ion beam irradiation on PMMA

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    Agodi, C. [Laboratori Nazionali del Sud dell' INFN, Catania (Italy); Bellini, F. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Sapienza Universita di Roma, Roma (Italy); INFN Sezione di Roma, Roma (Italy); Cirrone, G.A.P. [Laboratori Nazionali del Sud dell' INFN, Catania (Italy); Collamati, F. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Sapienza Universita di Roma, Roma (Italy); INFN Sezione di Roma, Roma (Italy); Cuttone, G. [Laboratori Nazionali del Sud dell' INFN, Catania (Italy); De Lucia, E. [Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati dell' INFN, Frascati (Italy); De Napoli, M. [Laboratori Nazionali del Sud dell' INFN, Catania (Italy); Di Domenico, A.; Faccini, R.; Ferroni, F. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Sapienza Universita di Roma, Roma (Italy); INFN Sezione di Roma, Roma (Italy); Fiore, S. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Sapienza Universita di Roma, Roma (Italy); Gauzzi, P. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Sapienza Universita di Roma, Roma (Italy); INFN Sezione di Roma, Roma (Italy); Iarocci, E. [Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati dell' INFN, Frascati (Italy); Dipartimento di Scienze di Base e Applicate per l' Ingegneria, Sapienza Universita di Roma, Roma (Italy); Marafini, M., E-mail: michela.marafini@roma1.infn.it [Museo Storico della Fisica e Centro Studi e Ricerche ' E. Fermi' , Roma (Italy); Mattei, I. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Roma Tre Universita di Roma, Roma (Italy); Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati dell' INFN, Frascati (Italy); Paoloni, A. [Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati dell' INFN, Frascati (Italy); and others

    2012-07-15

    Proton and carbon ion therapy is an emerging technique used for the treatment of solid cancers. The monitoring of the dose delivered during such treatments and the on-line knowledge of the Bragg peak position is still a matter of research. A possible technique exploits the collinear 511keV photons produced by positrons annihilation from {beta}{sup +} emitters created by the beam. This paper reports rate measurements of the 511keV photons emitted after the interactions of a 80MeV/u fully stripped carbon ion beam at the Laboratori Nazionali del Sud (LNS) of INFN, with a poly-methyl methacrylate target. The time evolution of the {beta}{sup +} rate was parametrized and the dominance of {sup 11}C emitters over the other species ({sup 13}N, {sup 15}O, {sup 14}O) was observed, measuring the fraction of carbon ions activating {beta}{sup +} emitters to be (10.3{+-}0.7) Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -3}. The average depth in the PMMA of the positron annihilation from {beta}{sup +} emitters was also measured, D{sub {beta}{sup +}}=5.3{+-}1.1mm, to be compared to the expected Bragg peak depth D{sub Bragg}=11.0{+-}0.5mm obtained from simulations.

  3. Simulation study of the filamentation of counter-streaming beams of the electrons and positrons in plasmas

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    Dieckmann, Mark E.; Shukla, P. K.; Stenflo, Lennart

    2009-01-01

    The filamentation instability driven by two spatially uniform and counter-streaming beams of charged particles in plasmas is modelled by a particle-in-cell (PIC) simulation. Each beam consists of the electrons and positrons. The four species are equally dense and they have the same temperature. The one-dimensional simulation direction is orthogonal to the beam velocity vector. The magnetic field grows spontaneously and rearranges the particles in space, such that the distributions of the elec...

  4. Positron beam and RBS studies of thermally grown oxide films on stainless steel grade 304

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    Highlights: • Using slow positron beam the S parameter profiles for samples oxidized in different atmospheres and times are shown. • The multi-layered character of oxide films is confirmed. • Characterization of the kind of layers and time evolution are proposed. • The thicknesses of oxide films are found. • The time dependencies of thermally grown oxides are presented. - Abstract: The formation of oxide films on surfaces of stainless steel 304 AISI annealed at 800 °C in vacuum, air and in flow N2 atmospheres was studied using variable energy positron beam technique (VEP) and Rutherford backscattering/nuclear reaction (RBS/NR) methods. In frame of these studies, Doppler broadening of annihilation line (DB) measurements were performed. For a sample heated in vacuum the oxide film ca. 8 nm is observed. For specimens oxidized in air and N2 the multi-layered oxide films of about a few hundred nanometers are recognized. The RBS/NR measurements have shown that the sample annealed in vacuum contains a lower quantity of oxygen while for samples heated in the air and N2 non-linear and rather linear time-dependency are observed, respectively. The thicknesses of total oxide films obtained from RBS/NR tests are in good agreement with the VEP results. Time evolution of the oxide growing was studied as well

  5. Helium-Related Defect Evolution in Titanium Films by Slow Positron Beam Analysis

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    LI Yue; DENG Ai-Hong; ZHOU Yu-Lu; ZHOU Bing; WANG Kang; HOU Qing; SHI Li-Qun; QIN Xiu-Bo; WANG Bao-Yi

    2012-01-01

    Various helium-containing titanium films were deposited on Si substrates by magnetron sputtering under different helium/argon (He/Ar) ambiances.Helium concentrations and corresponding depth profiles in the Ti films are obtained by elastic recoil detection analysis (ERDA).X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements are carried out to evaluate the crystallization of the titanium films.Vacancy-type defects and their depth profiles were revealed by slow positron beam analysis (SPBA).It is found that the defect-characteristic parameter S rises with the increment of the He/Ar flow ratios.The variation of S indicates the formation and evolution of various Herelated defects,with uniform distribution into the depth around 400nm.%Various helium-containing titanium films were deposited on Si substrates by magnetron sputtering under different helium/argon (He/Ar) ambiances. Helium concentrations and corresponding depth profiles in the Ti films are obtained by elastic recoil detection analysis (ERDA). X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements are carried out to evaluate the crystallization of the titanium films. Vacancy-type defects and their depth profiles were revealed by slow positron beam analysis (SPBA). It is found that the defect-characteristic parameter S rises with the increment of the He/Ar flow ratios. The variation of S indicates the formation and evolution of various He-related defects, with uniform distribution into the depth around 400nm.

  6. Intraoperative beta probe: A device for detecting tissue labeled with positron or electron emitting isotopes during surgery

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    An intraoperative beta probe was designed, built, and tested for detection of radio-labeled malignant tissues that has the advantage of being selectively sensitive to beta while insensitive to gamma radiation. Since beta radiation (electrons or positrons) has a short range in tissue, this probe is ideal for detecting tracers in tumors at the surface of the surgical field. This probe contains a plastic scintillation detector sensitive to beta rays and to a lesser degree some background gamma rays. A second detector counts spurious gamma rays and allows for their subtraction from the activity measured by the first detector. Sensitivity of the dual probe for I-131 and F-18 was measured to be 108 counts/s/kBq (4000 counts/s/μCi). The dual-detector probe faithfully measured the 10:1 ''tumor'' to background ratio of radioactivity concentrations in a simulated environment of a tumor in the presence of intense background 511 keV photons. In another phantom experiment, simulating abdominal tumor deposits with various realistic I-131 radioactive concentrations, the probe was able to accurately identify tumors of approximately 50 mg with a tumor/normal radioactivity concentration of 3/1 in 10 s

  7. The intense slow positron beam facility at the PULSTAR reactor and applications in nano-materials study

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    An intense slow positron beam has been established at the PULSTAR nuclear research reactor of North Carolina State University. The slow positrons are generated by pair production in a tungsten moderator from gammarays produced in the reactor core and by neutron capture reactions in cadmium. The moderated positrons are electrostatically extracted and magnetically guided out of the region near the core. Subsequently, the positrons are used in two spectrometers that are capable of performing positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) and positron Doppler broadening spectroscopy (DBS) to probe the defect and free volume properties of materials. One of the spectrometers (e+-PALS) utilizes an rf buncher to produce a pulsed beam and has a timing resolution of 277 ps. The second spectrometer (Ps-PALS) uses a secondary electron timing technique and is dedicated to positronium lifetime measurements with an approximately 1 ns timing resolution. PALS measurements have been conducted in the e+-PALS spectrometer on a series of nano-materials including organic photovoltaic thin films, membranes for filtration, and polymeric fibers. These studies have resulted in understanding some critical issues related to the development of the examined nano-materials.

  8. Neutrino factory and beta beam: accelerator options for future neutrino experiments

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    Zisman, Michael S.

    2012-06-03

    Two accelerator options for producing intense neutrino beams a Neutrino Factory based on stored muon beams and a Beta Beam facility based on stored beams of beta unstable ions are described. Technical challenges for each are described and current R&D efforts aimed at mitigating these challenges are indicated. Progress is being made in the design of both types of facility, each of which would extend the state-of-the-art in accelerator science.

  9. Study of the time and space distribution of $\\beta^+$ emitters from $80\\ \\mega\\electronvolt/$u carbon ion beam irradiation on PMMA

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    Agodi, C; Cirrone, G A P; Collamati, F; Cuttone, G; De Lucia, E; De Napoli, M; Di Domenico, A; Faccini, R; Ferroni, F; Fiore, S; Gauzzi, P; Iarocci, E; Marafini, M; Mattei, I; Paoloni, A; Patera, V; Piersanti, L; Romano, F; Sarti, A; Sciubba, A; Voena, C

    2012-01-01

    Proton and carbon ion therapy is an emerging technique used for the treatment of solid cancers. The monitoring of the dose delivered during such treatments and the on-line knowledge of the Bragg peak position is still a matter of research. A possible technique exploits the collinear $511\\ \\kilo\\electronvolt$ photons produced by positrons annihilation from $\\beta^+$ emitters created by the beam. This paper reports rate measurements of the $511\\ \\kilo\\electronvolt$ photons emitted after the interactions of a $80\\ \\mega\\electronvolt / u$ fully stripped carbon ion beam at the Laboratori Nazionali del Sud (LNS) of INFN, with a Poly-methyl methacrylate target. The time evolution of the $\\beta^+$ rate was parametrized and the dominance of $^{11}C$ emitters over the other species ($^{13}N$, $^{15}O$, $^{14}O$) was observed, measuring the fraction of carbon ions activating $\\beta^+$ emitters $A_0=(10.3\\pm0.7)\\cdot10^{-3}$. The average depth in the PMMA of the positron annihilation from $\\beta^+$ emitters was also meas...

  10. The importance of electron–electron bremsstrahlung for terrestrial gamma-ray flashes, electron beams and electron–positron beams

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    Thunderstorms emit terrestrial gamma-ray flashes with photon energies of up to tens of MeV and electron-positron beams that are created by photons with energies above 1.022 MeV. These photons are produced through the bremsstrahlung process when energetic electrons collide with air molecules. However, presently used cross sections for bremsstrahlung treat only the interaction of the electrons with the nuclei of molecules while we here include their interaction with shell electrons. We simulate the production of energetic photons by a negative stepped lightning leader, and we find that electron–electron bremsstrahlung contributes significantly, although the direct photon emission is less than from electron–nucleus bremsstrahlung. However, electron–electron bremsstrahlung also ejects shell electrons and therefore feeds the electron population above 1 MeV significantly. We find that it hence dominates the photon spectrum of the stepped lightning leader at 10 MeV. (fast track communication)

  11. Amyloid-beta Positron Emission Tomography Imaging Probes : A Critical Review

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    Kepe, Vladimir; Moghbel, Mateen C.; Langstrom, Bengt; Zaidi, Habib; Vinters, Harry V.; Huang, Sung-Cheng; Satyamurthy, Nagichettiar; Doudet, Doris; Mishani, Eyal; Cohen, Robert M.; Hoilund-Carlsen, Poul F.; Alavi, Abass; Barrio, Jorge R.

    2013-01-01

    The rapidly rising prevalence and cost of Alzheimer's disease in recent decades has made the imaging of amyloid-beta deposits the focus of intense research. Several amyloid imaging probes with purported specificity for amyloid-beta plaques are currently at various stages of FDA approval. However, a

  12. Short-lived positron emitters in beam-on PET imaging during proton therapy

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    The only method for in vivo dose delivery verification in proton beam radiotherapy in clinical use today is positron emission tomography (PET) of the positron emitters produced in the patient during irradiation. PET imaging while the beam is on (so called beam-on PET) is an attractive option, providing the largest number of counts, the least biological washout and the fastest feedback. In this implementation, all nuclides, independent of their half-life, will contribute. As a first step towards assessing the relevance of short-lived nuclides (half-life shorter than that of 10C, T1/2  =  19 s) for in vivo dose delivery verification using beam-on PET, we measured their production in the stopping of 55 MeV protons in water, carbon, phosphorus and calcium The most copiously produced short-lived nuclides and their production rates relative to the relevant long-lived nuclides are: 12N (T1/2  =  11 ms) on carbon (9% of 11C), 29P (T1/2  =  4.1 s) on phosphorus (20% of 30P) and 38mK (T1/2  =  0.92 s) on calcium (113% of 38gK). No short-lived nuclides are produced on oxygen. The number of decays integrated from the start of an irradiation as a function of time during the irradiation of PMMA and 4 tissue materials has been determined. For (carbon-rich) adipose tissue, 12N dominates up to 70 s. On bone tissue, 12N dominates over 15O during the first 8–15 s (depending on carbon-to-oxygen ratio). The short-lived nuclides created on phosphorus and calcium provide 2.5 times more beam-on PET counts than the long-lived ones produced on these elements during a 70 s irradiation. From the estimated number of 12N PET counts, we conclude that, for any tissue, 12N PET imaging potentially provides equal to superior proton range information compared to prompt gamma imaging with an optimized knife-edge slit camera. The practical implementation of 12N PET imaging is discussed. (paper)

  13. Short-lived positron emitters in beam-on PET imaging during proton therapy

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    Dendooven, P.; Buitenhuis, H. J. T.; Diblen, F.; Heeres, P. N.; Biegun, A. K.; Fiedler, F.; van Goethem, M.-J.; van der Graaf, E. R.; Brandenburg, S.

    2015-12-01

    The only method for in vivo dose delivery verification in proton beam radiotherapy in clinical use today is positron emission tomography (PET) of the positron emitters produced in the patient during irradiation. PET imaging while the beam is on (so called beam-on PET) is an attractive option, providing the largest number of counts, the least biological washout and the fastest feedback. In this implementation, all nuclides, independent of their half-life, will contribute. As a first step towards assessing the relevance of short-lived nuclides (half-life shorter than that of 10C, T1/2  =  19 s) for in vivo dose delivery verification using beam-on PET, we measured their production in the stopping of 55 MeV protons in water, carbon, phosphorus and calcium The most copiously produced short-lived nuclides and their production rates relative to the relevant long-lived nuclides are: 12N (T1/2  =  11 ms) on carbon (9% of 11C), 29P (T1/2  =  4.1 s) on phosphorus (20% of 30P) and 38mK (T1/2  =  0.92 s) on calcium (113% of 38gK). No short-lived nuclides are produced on oxygen. The number of decays integrated from the start of an irradiation as a function of time during the irradiation of PMMA and 4 tissue materials has been determined. For (carbon-rich) adipose tissue, 12N dominates up to 70 s. On bone tissue, 12N dominates over 15O during the first 8-15 s (depending on carbon-to-oxygen ratio). The short-lived nuclides created on phosphorus and calcium provide 2.5 times more beam-on PET counts than the long-lived ones produced on these elements during a 70 s irradiation. From the estimated number of 12N PET counts, we conclude that, for any tissue, 12N PET imaging potentially provides equal to superior proton range information compared to prompt gamma imaging with an optimized knife-edge slit camera. The practical implementation of 12N PET imaging is discussed.

  14. Magnetic focusing of an intense slow positron beam for enhanced depth-resolved analysis of thin films and interfaces

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    Falub, C V; Mijnarends, P E; Schut, H; Veen, A V

    2002-01-01

    The intense reactor-based slow positron beam (POSH) at the Delft research reactor has been coupled to a Two-Dimensional Angular Correlation of Annihilation Radiation (2D-ACAR) setup. The design is discussed with a new target chamber for the 2D-ACAR setup based on Monte Carlo simulations of the positron trajectories, beam energy distribution and beam transmission in an increasing magnetic field gradient. Numerical simulations and experiment show that when the slow positron beam with a FWHM of 11.6 mm travels in an increasing axial magnetic field created by a strong NdFeB permanent magnet, the intensity loss is negligible above approx 6 keV and a focusing factor of 5 in diameter is achieved. Monte Carlo simulations and Doppler broadening experiments in the target region show that in this configuration the 2D-ACAR setup can be used to perform depth sensitive studies of defects in thin films with a high resolution. The positron implantation energy can be varied from 0 to 25 keV before entering the non-uniform mag...

  15. Engineering nanoporosity for Ti{sup +6} ion irradiated Mylar (PET) polymer by positron beam

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    Tripathi, Balram; Vijay, Y.K. [Department of Physics, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur 302004 (India)

    2010-06-15

    The interconnected, molecular sized pores of microporous materials as well as of nonporous materials are of great interest for absorption, separation and catalytic applications because of their large accessible surface area. Swift heavy ion (SHI) irradiation is a useful technique for the physical and chemical modifications of the polymers. To obtain calibrated pores in cylindrical shape the etching rate along the tracks should be essentially higher than the etching rate of undamaged polymer. Multiple pores, due to overlapping of the pores and inhomogeneous pore distribution, may arise due to high pore density and non-uniform target thickness. The shape of the pores in the polymers is affected by the conditions of chemical etching used for enlarging the latent track. It is well-established that pore size is the determining parameter for hydrogen storage as well as for nanofiltration. Slow positron beam in addition to Doppler Broadening Spectroscopy (DBS) is a useful technique to evaluate the nanoporosity of polymers. (author)

  16. Xe-implanted zirconium oxycarbide studied by variable energy positron beam

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    The effect of annealing on defects and the formation of Xe bubbles were investigated in zirconium oxycarbide implanted with 800-keV136Xe2+ ions at two fluences 1 x 1015 and 1 x 1016 Xe/cm2. Doppler broadening technique combined with slow positron beam was used. The analysis of the S depth profiles and S-W maps revealed that in the as-implanted samples at both fluences Xe bubbles are not formed. The post-implantation annealing of the samples implanted at 1 x 1016 Xe/cm2 caused formation of Xe bubbles. The response of the lower implantation dose samples to this post implantation annealing was found rather complicated and is discussed.

  17. Variable energy positron beam study of Xe-implanted uranium oxide

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    Doppler broadening of annihilation gamma-line combined with a slow positron beam was used to measure the momentum density distribution of annihilating pair in a set of sintered UO2 samples. The influence of surface polishing, of implantation with 800-keV 136Xe2+ at fluences of 1 × 1015 and 1 × 1016 Xe cm−2, and of annealing were studied by following the changes of the momentum distribution shape by means of S and W parameters. The program used for this purpose was VEPFIT. At the two fluences in the stoichiometric as-implanted UO2, formation of Xe bubbles was not detected. The post-implantation annealing and over-stoichiometry in the as-implanted sample caused Xe precipitation and formation of Xe bubbles.

  18. Xe-implanted zirconium oxycarbide studied by variable energy positron beam

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    Djourelov, N., E-mail: nikdjour@inrne.bas.bg [Institute for Nuclear Research and Nuclear Energy, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 72 Tzarigradsko Chaussee Blvd., BG-1784 Sofia (Bulgaria); Gutierrez, G. [Universite de Lyon, Laboratoire IPNL, UCB Lyon 1, Batiment Paul Dirac 4, rue Enrico Fermi, 69622 Villeurbanne Cedex (France); Marinov, H.; Popov, E. [Institute for Nuclear Research and Nuclear Energy, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 72 Tzarigradsko Chaussee Blvd., BG-1784 Sofia (Bulgaria); Toulhoat, N. [Universite de Lyon, Laboratoire IPNL, UCB Lyon 1, Batiment Paul Dirac 4, rue Enrico Fermi, 69622 Villeurbanne Cedex (France); Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique CEA/DEN, Centre de Saclay, 91191 Gif sur Yvette Cedex (France); Moncoffre, N. [Universite de Lyon, Laboratoire IPNL, UCB Lyon 1, Batiment Paul Dirac 4, rue Enrico Fermi, 69622 Villeurbanne Cedex (France); Pipon, Y. [Universite de Lyon, Laboratoire IPNL, UCB Lyon 1, Batiment Paul Dirac 4, rue Enrico Fermi, 69622 Villeurbanne Cedex (France); Institut Universitaire de Technologie (IUT), Universite Claude Bernard Lyon 1, 94 Bd. Niels Bohr, 69622 Villeurbanne Cedex (France); Nedelec, P. [Universite de Lyon, Laboratoire IPNL, UCB Lyon 1, Batiment Paul Dirac 4, rue Enrico Fermi, 69622 Villeurbanne Cedex (France)

    2011-12-01

    The effect of annealing on defects and the formation of Xe bubbles were investigated in zirconium oxycarbide implanted with 800-keV{sup 136}Xe{sup 2+} ions at two fluences 1 x 10{sup 15} and 1 x 10{sup 16} Xe/cm{sup 2}. Doppler broadening technique combined with slow positron beam was used. The analysis of the S depth profiles and S-W maps revealed that in the as-implanted samples at both fluences Xe bubbles are not formed. The post-implantation annealing of the samples implanted at 1 x 10{sup 16} Xe/cm{sup 2} caused formation of Xe bubbles. The response of the lower implantation dose samples to this post implantation annealing was found rather complicated and is discussed.

  19. Variable energy positron beam study of Xe-implanted uranium oxide

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    Djourelov, Nikolay, E-mail: nikdjour@inrne.bas.bg [Institute for Nuclear Research and Nuclear Energy, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 72 Tzarigradsko Chaussee Blvd., BG-1784 Sofia (Bulgaria); Marchand, Benoit [Universite de Lyon, Laboratoire IPNL, UCB Lyon 1, Batiment Paul Dirac 4, rue Enrico Fermi, 69622 Villeurbanne Cedex (France); AREVA, AREVA NP, 10 rue Juliette Recamier, 69 456 Lyon (France); Marinov, Hristo [Institute for Nuclear Research and Nuclear Energy, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 72 Tzarigradsko Chaussee Blvd., BG-1784 Sofia (Bulgaria); Moncoffre, Nathalie [Universite de Lyon, Laboratoire IPNL, UCB Lyon 1, Batiment Paul Dirac 4, rue Enrico Fermi, 69622 Villeurbanne Cedex (France); Pipon, Yves [Universite de Lyon, Laboratoire IPNL, UCB Lyon 1, Batiment Paul Dirac 4, rue Enrico Fermi, 69622 Villeurbanne Cedex (France); Institut Universitaire de Technologie (IUT), Universite Claude Bernard Lyon 1, 94 Bd. Niels Bohr, 69622 Villeurbanne Cedex (France); Nedelec, Patrick [Universite de Lyon, Laboratoire IPNL, UCB Lyon 1, Batiment Paul Dirac 4, rue Enrico Fermi, 69622 Villeurbanne Cedex (France); Toulhoat, Nelly [Universite de Lyon, Laboratoire IPNL, UCB Lyon 1, Batiment Paul Dirac 4, rue Enrico Fermi, 69622 Villeurbanne Cedex (France); Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique CEA/DEN, Centre de Saclay, 91191 Gif sur Yvette Cedex (France); Sillou, Daniel [LMOPS, University of Savoie, Batiment IUT, 73376 Le Bourget-du-lac Cedex (France)

    2013-01-15

    Doppler broadening of annihilation gamma-line combined with a slow positron beam was used to measure the momentum density distribution of annihilating pair in a set of sintered UO{sub 2} samples. The influence of surface polishing, of implantation with 800-keV {sup 136}Xe{sup 2+} at fluences of 1 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 15} and 1 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 16} Xe cm{sup -2}, and of annealing were studied by following the changes of the momentum distribution shape by means of S and W parameters. The program used for this purpose was VEPFIT. At the two fluences in the stoichiometric as-implanted UO{sub 2}, formation of Xe bubbles was not detected. The post-implantation annealing and over-stoichiometry in the as-implanted sample caused Xe precipitation and formation of Xe bubbles.

  20. Helium-Related Defect Evolution in Titanium Films by Slow Positron Beam Analysis

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    Various helium-containing titanium films were deposited on Si substrates by magnetron sputtering under different helium/argon (He/Ar) ambiances. Helium concentrations and corresponding depth profiles in the Ti films are obtained by elastic recoil detection analysis (ERDA). X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements are carried out to evaluate the crystallization of the titanium films. Vacancy-type defects and their depth profiles were revealed by slow positron beam analysis (SPBA). It is found that the defect-characteristic parameter S rises with the increment of the He/Ar flow ratios. The variation of S indicates the formation and evolution of various He-related defects, with uniform distribution into the depth around 400 nm. (condensed matter: electronic structure, electrical, magnetic, and optical properties)

  1. Efficient accumulation of antiprotons and positrons, production of slow mono-energetic beams, and their applications

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    Yamazaki, Yasunori

    2004-01-01

    Recent progress of ASACUSA (Atomic Spectroscopy And Collisions Using Slow Antiprotons) project, particularly the antiproton trapping and slow antiproton production, is discussed. An RFQD (Radio Frequency Quadrupole Decelerator) installed in the ASACUSA beam line has an excellent deceleration efficiency of 25% providing 10-130keV antiprotons, which improves the final accumulation efficiency at least one and half orders of magnitude. The decelerated antiprotons are then injected in a large volume multiring trap, stored, and electron-cooled. About 1 million antiprotons are successfully accumulated per one AD shot and 10-500eV antiprotons are extracted as a mono-energetic beam. A UHV compatible positron accumulation is newly developed combining electron plasma and an ion cloud, which yields an accumulation rate as high as 400e **+s/mCi, two and a half orders of magnitude higher than other UHV compatible schemes. A new scheme to synthesize a spin-polarized antihydrogen beam is also discussed, which will play a vit...

  2. Vacancy-type defects in Si-doped InN grown by plasma-assisted molecular-beam epitaxy probed using monoenergetic positron beams

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    High-quality InN layers grown on sapphire substrates by plasma-assisted molecular-beam epitaxy were characterized using monoenergetic positron beams. The carrier concentrations of the films were controlled by Si doping (2.1x1018 to 1.4x1019 cm-3), and the highest obtained Hall mobility was 1300 cm2 V-1 s-1. The Doppler broadening spectra of the annihilation radiation and the lifetime spectra of positrons were measured as a function of the incident positron energy for undoped and Si-doped InN films. The line-shape parameter S increased with increasing carrier concentration, suggesting the introduction of vacancy-type defects by a Fermi-level effect. The major defect species were varied with carrier concentration, and its species were identified as In vacancies (VIn) or their related defects

  3. Positron sources

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    A tentative survey of positron sources is given. Physical processes on which positron generation is based are indicated and analyzed. Explanation of the general features of electromagnetic interactions and nuclear β+ decay makes it possible to predict the yield and emittance for a given optical matching system between the positron source and the accelerator. Some kinds of matching systems commonly used - mainly working with solenoidal fields - are studied and the acceptance volume calculated. Such knowledge is helpful in comparing different matching systems. Since for large machines, a significant distance exists between the positron source and the experimental facility, positron emittance has to be preserved during beam transfer over large distances and methods used for that purpose are indicated. Comparison of existing positron sources leads to extrapolation to sources for future linear colliders

  4. Positron sources

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    A tentative survey of positron sources is given. Physical processes on which positron generation is based are indicated and analyzed. Explanation of the general features of electromagnetic interactions and nuclear β+ decay makes it possible to predict the yield and emittance for a given optical matching system between the positron source and the accelerator. Some kinds of matching systems commonly used - mainly working with solenoidal field - are studied and the acceptance volume calculated. Such knowledge is helpful in comparing different matching systems. Since for large machines, a significant distance exists between the positron source and the experimental facility, positron emittance has to be preserved during beam transfer over large distances and methods used for that purpose are indicated. Comparison of existing positron sources leads to extrapolation to sources for future linear colliders. Some new ideas associated with these sources are also presented. (orig.)

  5. Injectable silver nanosensors: in vivo dosimetry for external beam radiotherapy using positron emission tomography

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    Christensen, A. N.; Rydhög, J. S.; Søndergaard, R. V.; Andresen, T. L.; Holm, S.; Munck Af Rosenschöld, P.; Conradsen, K.; Jølck, R. I.

    2016-05-01

    Development of safe and efficient radiotherapy routines requires quantification of the delivered absorbed dose to the cancer tissue in individual patients. In vivo dosimetry can provide accurate information about the absorbed dose delivered during treatment. In the current study, a novel silver-nanosensor formulation based on poly(vinylpyrrolidinone)-coated silver nanoparticles formulated in a gelation matrix composed of sucrose acetate isobutyrate has been developed for use as an in vivo dosimeter for external beam radiotherapy. In situ photonuclear reactions trigger the formation of radioactive 106Ag, which enables post treatment verification of the delivered dose using positron emission tomography imaging. The silver-nanosensor was investigated in a tissue equivalent thorax phantom using clinical settings and workflow for both standard fractionated radiotherapy (2 Gy) and stereotactic radiotherapy (10- and 22 Gy) in a high-energy beam setting (18 MV). The developed silver-nanosensor provided high radiopacity on the planning CT-scans sufficient for patient positioning in image-guided radiotherapy and provided dosimetric information about the absorbed dose with a 10% and 8% standard deviation for the stereotactic regimens, 10 and 22 Gy, respectively.Development of safe and efficient radiotherapy routines requires quantification of the delivered absorbed dose to the cancer tissue in individual patients. In vivo dosimetry can provide accurate information about the absorbed dose delivered during treatment. In the current study, a novel silver-nanosensor formulation based on poly(vinylpyrrolidinone)-coated silver nanoparticles formulated in a gelation matrix composed of sucrose acetate isobutyrate has been developed for use as an in vivo dosimeter for external beam radiotherapy. In situ photonuclear reactions trigger the formation of radioactive 106Ag, which enables post treatment verification of the delivered dose using positron emission tomography imaging. The

  6. Measurements of beam-ion confinement during tangential beam-driven instabilities in PBX [Princeton Beta Experiment

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    During tangential injection of neutral beams into low density tokamak plasmas with β > 1% in the Princeton Beta Experiment (PBX), instabilities are observed that degrade the confinement of beam ions. Neutron, charge-exchange, and diamagnetic loop measurements are examined in order to identify the mechanism or mechanisms responsible for the beam-ion transport. The data suggest a resonant interaction between the instabilities and the parallel energetic beam ions. Evidence for some nonresonant transport also exists

  7. Effective source size, radial, angular and energy spread of therapeutic 11C positron emitter beams produced by 12C fragmentation

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    The use of positron emitter light ion beams in combination with PET (Positron Emission Tomography) and PET–CT (Computed Tomography) imaging could significantly improve treatment verification and dose delivery imaging during radiation therapy. The present study is dedicated to the analysis of the beam quality in terms of the effective source size, as well as radial, angular and energy spread of the 11C ion beam produced by projectile fragmentation of a primary point monodirectional and monoenergetic 12C ion beam in a dedicated range shifter of different materials. This study was performed combining analytical methods describing the transport of particles in matter and the Monte Carlo code SHIELD-HIT+. A high brilliance and production yield of 11C fragments with a small effective source size and emittance is best achieved with a decelerator made of two media: a first liquid hydrogen section of about 20 cm followed by a hydrogen rich section of variable length. The calculated intensity of the produced 11C ion beam ranges from about 5% to 8% of the primary 12C beam intensity depending on the exit energy and the acceptance of the beam transport system. The angular spread is lower than 1 degree for all the materials studied, but the brilliance of the beam is the highest with the proposed mixed decelerator

  8. Injectable silver nanosensors: in vivo dosimetry for external beam radiotherapy using positron emission tomography.

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    Christensen, A N; Rydhög, J S; Søndergaard, R V; Andresen, T L; Holm, S; Munck Af Rosenschöld, P; Conradsen, K; Jølck, R I

    2016-06-01

    Development of safe and efficient radiotherapy routines requires quantification of the delivered absorbed dose to the cancer tissue in individual patients. In vivo dosimetry can provide accurate information about the absorbed dose delivered during treatment. In the current study, a novel silver-nanosensor formulation based on poly(vinylpyrrolidinone)-coated silver nanoparticles formulated in a gelation matrix composed of sucrose acetate isobutyrate has been developed for use as an in vivo dosimeter for external beam radiotherapy. In situ photonuclear reactions trigger the formation of radioactive (106)Ag, which enables post treatment verification of the delivered dose using positron emission tomography imaging. The silver-nanosensor was investigated in a tissue equivalent thorax phantom using clinical settings and workflow for both standard fractionated radiotherapy (2 Gy) and stereotactic radiotherapy (10- and 22 Gy) in a high-energy beam setting (18 MV). The developed silver-nanosensor provided high radiopacity on the planning CT-scans sufficient for patient positioning in image-guided radiotherapy and provided dosimetric information about the absorbed dose with a 10% and 8% standard deviation for the stereotactic regimens, 10 and 22 Gy, respectively. PMID:27174233

  9. Overview of laser-driven generation of electron-positron beams

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    Sarri, G.; Dieckmann, M. E.; Kourakis, I.; di Piazza, A.; Reville, B.; Keitel, C. H.; Zepf, M.

    2015-08-01

    Electron-positron (e-p) plasmas are widely thought to be emitted, in the form of ultra-relativistic winds or collimated jets, by some of the most energetic or powerful objects in the Universe, such as black-holes, pulsars, and quasars. These phenomena represent an unmatched astrophysical laboratory to test physics at its limit and, given their immense distance from Earth (some even farther than several billion light years), they also provide a unique window on the very early stages of our Universe. However, due to such gigantic distances, their properties are only inferred from the indirect interpretation of their radiative signatures and from matching numerical models: their generation mechanism and dynamics still pose complicated enigmas to the scientific community. Small-scale reproductions in the laboratory would represent a fundamental step towards a deeper understanding of this exotic state of matter. Here we present recent experimental results concerning the laser-driven production of ultra-relativistic e-p beams. In particular, we focus on the possibility of generating beams that present charge neutrality and that allow for collective effects in their dynamics, necessary ingredients for the testing pair-plasma physics in the laboratory. A brief discussion of the analytical and numerical modelling of the dynamics of these plasmas is also presented in order to provide a summary of the novel plasma physics that can be accessed with these objects. Finally, general considerations on the scalability of laboratory plasmas up to astrophysical scenarios are given.

  10. Beta Beams: an accelerator based facility to explore Neutrino oscillation physics

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    Wildner, E; Hansen, C; De Melo Mendonca, T; Stora, T; Payet, J; Chance, A; Zorin, V; Izotov, I; Rasin, S; Sidorov, A; Skalyga, V; De Angelis, G; Prete, G; Cinausero, M; Kravchuk, VL; Gramegna, F; Marchi, T; Collazuol, G; De Rosa, G; Delbar, T; Loiselet, M; Keutgen, T; Mitrofanov, S; Lamy, T; Latrasse, L; Marie-Jeanne, M; Sortais, P; Thuillier, T; Debray, F; Trophime, C; Hass, M; Hirsh, T; Berkovits, D; Stahl, A

    2011-01-01

    The discovery that the neutrino changes flavor as it travels through space has implications for the Standard Model of particle physics (SM)[1]. To know the contribution of neutrinos to the SM, needs precise measurements of the parameters governing the neutrino oscillations. This will require a high intensity beam-based neutrino oscillation facility. The EURONu Design Study will review three currently accepted methods of realizing this facility (the so-called Super-Beams, Beta Beams and Neutrino Factories) and perform a cost assessment that, coupled with the physics performance, will give means to the European research authorities to make a decision on the layout and construction of the future European neutrino oscillation facility. ”Beta Beams” produce collimated pure electron neutrino and antineutrino beams by accelerating beta active ions to high energies and letting them decay in a race-track shaped storage ring. EURONu Beta Beams are based on CERNs infrastructure and the fact that some of the already ...

  11. Positron excess in the center of the Milky Way from short-lived $\\beta^+$ emitting isotopes

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    Pshirkov, Maxim S

    2016-01-01

    Observations of the INTEGRAL satellite revealed the presence of yet unexplained excess in the central region of the Galaxy at the energies around 511 keV. These gamma-rays are produced in the process of positron annihilation, the needed rate is around $10^{42}~\\mathrm{s^{-1}}$. In this short paper it is shown that \\pos -emitting isotopes that are formed in interactions of subrelativistic cosmic rays (CRs) with light nuclei (CNONe) can account for a considerable fraction -- up to several tens of percent -- of $e^{+}$ production rate in the central region.

  12. An ionization chamber for coincidence experiments in a search for double beta positron decay and electron positron conversion of 78Kr

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    A search for double positron decay and electron capture with positron emission in the transition 78Kr(0+gs)→78Se(0+gs) has been carried out by using a high pressure ionization chamber surrounded by a set of NaI detectors. Coincidences between the emitted positron(s) and the two (four) consequent annihilation gammas have been looked for as signature(s) of the process(es). The ionization chamber of krypton gas (enriched up to 94.08% in the 78 isotope) registers the positron energy, whereas the set of sodium iodide scintillators searches for the annihilation gamma rays. The features and performances of the experimental device are presented and the results obtained for the half-life limits of the processes investigated are reported. ((orig.))

  13. Vacancy-type defects in InxGa1-xN alloys probed using a monoenergetic positron beam

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    Native defects in InxGa1-xN grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy were probed by a monoenergetic positron beam. Doppler broadening spectra of the annihilation radiation were measured, and these were compared with results obtained using first-principles calculation. The defect concentration increased with increasing In composition x and reached the maximum at x = 0.44∼0.56. A clear correlation between the line-width of photoluminescence and the defect concentration was obtained. The major defect species detected by positron annihilation was identified as cation vacancies coupled with multiple nitrogen vacancies (VNs), and their introduction mechanism is discussed in terms of the strain energy due to bond-length/angle distortions and the suppression of the VN formation energy by neighboring In atoms.

  14. Electron beam and gamma irradiation effects on conducting polystyrene studied by positron annihilation technique

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    The effects of electron beam and gamma irradiation on microscopic structure of a conducting polystyrene (polystyrene + 15% carbon black) have been studied using positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy. X-ray diffraction profiles for non-irradiated and irradiated conducting polystyrene are performed to investigate the structural nature of the samples. The samples were irradiated at room temperature with doses ranging from 30 up to 1500 kGy. The observed lifetime spectra were resolved into three components and the ortho-positronium (o-Ps) lifetime component was associated with the pick-off annihilation of positronium trapped by the free volume. After gamma irradiation no detectable changes are observed in the o-Ps lifetime. In contrast, the intensity of the o-Ps component, I3, decreases with the dose, up to about 540 kGy, followed by a much smooth decrease up to 1200 kGy then it levels off up to 1500 kGy. Meanwhile, after electron irradiation, the intensity of the o-Ps lifetime component as the dose increases exhibits two different regions may be identified as a rapid drop, followed by a smooth increase, then, it levels off and remains constant. The back increase in the electron curve seems to be absent in the case of gamma irradiation. These results are discussed on the basis of the free volume model

  15. Deformed shell model studies of spectroscopic properties of 64Zn and 64Ni and the positron double beta decay of 64Zn

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    R Sahu; V K B Kota

    2014-04-01

    The spectroscopic properties of 64Zn and 64Ni are calculated within the framework of the deformed shell model (DSM) based on Hartree–Fock states. GXPF1A interaction in 1 $f_{7/2}$, 2$p_{3/2}$, 1$f_{5/2}$ and 2$p_{1/2}$ space with 40Ca as the core is employed. After ensuring that DSM gives good description of the spectroscopic properties of low-lying levels in these two nuclei considered, nuclear transition matrix elements (NTME) for the neutrinoless positron double beta decay (0 + and 0 +EC) of 64Zn are calculated. The two-neutrino positron double beta decay halflife is also calculated for this nucleus.

  16. Effect of the crab waist and of the micro-beta on the beam-beam instability

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    We calculate the luminosity and the strengths of the beam-beam resonances for colliders with large horizontal crossing angles. Achievable luminosities of such colliders can reach high values provided that the number of particles in colliding beams can be increased while the vertical β-function can be decreased till the mini-beta range. The crab waist option of the optics in the interaction region decreases (or, even vanishes) the strengths of two-dimensional betatron weak-strong beam-beam resonances and of their synchro-betatron satellites provided that β-functions at the interaction point can be decreased till the micro-beta range. This can help to increase the achievable value of the collider luminosity.

  17. Generation of high-energy electron-positron beams in the collision of a laser-accelerated electron beam and a multi-petawatt laser

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    Lobet, Mathieu; d'Humières, Emmanuel; Gremillet, Laurent

    2015-01-01

    Generation of antimatter via the multiphoton Breit-Wheeler process in an all-optical scheme will be made possible on forthcoming high-power laser facilities through the collision of wakefield-accelerated GeV electrons with a counter-propagating laser pulse with $10^{22}$-$10^{23}$ $\\mathrm{Wcm}^{-2}$ peak intensity. By means of integrated 3D particle-in-cell simulations, we show that the production of positron beams with 0.1-1 nC total charge, 100-400 MeV mean energy and 0.01-0.1 rad divergence is within the reach of soon-to-be-available laser systems. The variations of the positron beam's properties with respect to the laser parameters are also examined.

  18. Angular distribution of Bremsstrahlung photons and of positrons for calculations of terrestrial gamma-ray flashes and positron beams

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    Koehn, Christoph

    2012-01-01

    Within thunderstorms electrons can gain energies of up to hundred(s) of MeV. These electrons can create X-rays and gamma-rays as Bremsstrahlung when they collide with air molecules. Here we calculate the distribution of angles between incident electrons and emitted photons as a function of electron and photon energy. We derive these doubly differential cross-sections by integrating analytically over the triply differential cross-sections derived by Bethe and Heitler; this is appropriate for light atoms like nitrogen and oxygen and for electron energies between 1 keV and 1 GeV. We also discuss some simplifying limit cases, and we derive some simple approximation for the most probable scattering angle. We also provide cross sections for the production of electron positron pairs from energetic photons when they interact with air molecules. This process is related to the Bremsstrahlung process by some physical symmetry. Therefore the results above can be transferred to predictions on the angles between incident p...

  19. Addendum to a proposal to build a 14 GeV electron-positron colliding beam facility - EPIC

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    'A Proposal to Build a 14 GeV Electron-Positron Colliding Beam Facility - EPIC'; RL-74-100 was published in September 1974. Since that time, several important improvements have been made to the original concept. This Addendum to the Proposal describes the current EPIC design for electron-positron operation including those improvements. One striking change is that the main ring has be re-sited to encircle the present buildings of the Laboratory. A less obvious but nevertheless major change is an improved method of fitting positrons into the main ring. Where there were areas of uncertainty in the original calculations, a conservative approach was adopted in formulating the Proposal. In the light of further studies, it has proved possible to improve the performance of the machine at higher energies without increasing the installed RF power. With 4 MW of radio-frequency power installed, the machine is designed to reach 32 GeV centre-of-mass energy with the luminosity reaching a peak at 29.5 GeV. With the addition of a further 4 MW of power 42 GeV centre-of-mass energy is obtained. A larger vertical beam size can be accommodated without changing the original magnet aperture, allowing possible coupling effects to take place without beam loss. As in the Proposal, the machine is designed to allow the addition of a proton ring at a later date. The strong physics case for EPIC, outlined in the Proposal, is not repeated here. The arguments have been even further enhanced by the discovery of the new psi particles at Brookhaven and SLAC, - work which has received world-wide recognition as a major advance in physics, and which calls for future exploitation using a higher energy electron-positron storage ring. (author)

  20. Slow positron beam study of corrosion-related defects in pure iron

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    Corrosion-related defects of pure iron were investigated by measuring Doppler broadening energy spectra (DBES) of positron annihilation and positron annihilation lifetime (PAL). Defect profiles of the S-parameter from DBES as a function of positron incident energy up to 30 keV (i.e. ∼1 μm depth) were analyzed. The DBES data show that S-parameter increases as a function of positron incident energy (mean depth) after corrosion, and the increase in the S-parameter is larger near the surface than in the bulk due to corrosion. Furthermore, information on defect size from PAL data as a function of positron incident energy up to 10 keV (i.e. ∼0.2 μm depth) was analyzed. In the two-state trapping model, the lifetime τ 2 = 500 ps is ascribed to annihilation of positrons in voids with a size of the order of nanometer. τ 1, which decreases with depth from the surface to the bulk, is ascribed to the annihilation of positrons in dislocations and three-dimensional vacancy clusters. The corroded samples show a significant increase in τ 1 and the intensity I 2, and near the surface the corroded iron introduces both voids and large-size three-dimensional vacancy clusters. The size of vacancy clusters decreases with depth

  1. Characterization of ion-irradiated ODS Fe–Cr alloys by doppler broadening spectroscopy using a positron beam

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    Parente, P.; Leguey, T. [Departamento de Física and IAAB, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, 28911 Leganés (Spain); Castro, V. de, E-mail: vanessa.decastro@uc3m.es [Departamento de Física and IAAB, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, 28911 Leganés (Spain); Gigl, T.; Reiner, M.; Hugenschmidt, C. [FRM II and Physics Department, Technische Universität München, 85747 Garching (Germany); Pareja, R. [Departamento de Física and IAAB, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, 28911 Leganés (Spain)

    2015-09-15

    The damage profile of oxide dispersion strengthened steels after single-, or simultaneous triple-ion irradiation at different conditions has been characterized using a low energy positron beam in order to provide information on microstructural changes induced by irradiation. Doppler broadening and coincident Doppler broadening measurements of the positron annihilation line have been performed on different Fe–Cr–(W,Ti) alloys reinforced with Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}, to identify the nature and stability of irradiation-induced open-volume defects and their possible association with the oxide nanoparticles. It was found that irradiation induced vacancy clusters are associated with Cr atoms. The results are of highest interest for modeling the damage induced by 14 MeV neutrons in reduced activation Fe–Cr alloys relevant for fusion devices.

  2. A system of beam energy measurement based on the Compton backscattered laser photons for the VEPP-2000 electron-positron collider

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    Abakumova, E V; Berkaev, D E; Kaminsky, V V; Koop, I A; Korol, A A; Koshuba, S V; Krasnov, A A; Muchnoi, N Yu; Perevedentsev, E A; Pyata, E E; Shatunov, P Yu; Shatunov, Yu M; Shwartz, D B

    2013-01-01

    The beam energy measurement system for the VEPP-2000 electron-positron collider is described. The method of Compton backscattering of $CO$ laser photons on the electron beam is used. The relative systematic uncertainty of the beam energy determination is estimated as 6\\cdot10^{-5}. It was obtained through comparison of the results of the beam energy measurements using the Compton backscattering and resonance depolarization methods.

  3. A system of beam energy measurement based on the Compton backscattered laser photons for the VEPP-2000 electron-positron collider

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    Abakumova, E. V.; Achasov, M. N.; Berkaev, D. E.; Kaminsky, V. V.; Koop, I. A.; Korol, A. A.; Koshuba, S. V.; Krasnov, A. A.; Muchnoi, N. Yu.; Perevedentsev, E. A.; Pyata, E. E.; Shatunov, P. Yu.; Shatunov, Yu. M.; Shwartz, D. B.

    2014-04-01

    The beam energy measurement system for the VEPP-2000 electron-positron collider is described. The method of Compton backscattering of CO laser photons on the electron beam is used. The relative systematic uncertainty of the beam energy determination is estimated as 6×10-5. It was obtained through comparison of the results of the beam energy measurements using the Compton backscattering and resonance depolarization methods.

  4. Neutrinoless double positron decay and positron emitting electron capture in the interacting boson model

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    Barea, J.; Kotila, J.; Iachello, F.

    2015-01-01

    Neutrinoless double-$\\beta$ decay is of fundamental importance for determining the neutrino mass. Although double electron ($\\beta^-\\beta^-$) decay is the most promising mode, in very recent years interest in double positron ($\\beta^+\\beta^+$) decay, positron emitting electron capture ($EC\\beta^+$), and double electron capture ($ECEC$) has been renewed. We present here results of a calculation of nuclear matrix elements for neutrinoless double-$\\beta^+$ decay and positron emitting electron ca...

  5. A Monte-Carlo simulation of the equilibrium beam polarization in ultra-high energy electron (positron) storage rings

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    With the recently emerging global interest in building a next generation of circular electron-positron colliders to study the properties of the Higgs boson, and other important topics in particle physics at ultra-high beam energies, it is also important to pursue the possibility of implementing polarized beams at this energy scale. It is therefore necessary to set up simulation tools to evaluate the beam polarization at these ultra-high beam energies. In this paper, a Monte-Carlo simulation of the equilibrium beam polarization based on the Polymorphic Tracking Code(PTC) (Schmidt et al., 2002) is described. The simulations are for a model storage ring with parameters similar to those of proposed circular colliders in this energy range, and they are compared with the suggestion (Derbenev et al., 1978) that there are different regimes for the spin dynamics underlying the polarization of a beam in the presence of synchrotron radiation at ultra-high beam energies. In particular, it has been suggested that the so-called ''correlated'' crossing of spin resonances during synchrotron oscillations at current energies, evolves into ''uncorrelated'' crossing of spin resonances at ultra-high energies.

  6. VEPP-2M new electron-positron colliding beam facility of the Siberian Institute of Nuclear Physics

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    A description and results of constructing the 670 MeV VEPP-2M strong-focusing storage ring are given. The VEPP-2 is a booster where electron and positron beams are accumulated in succession and then extracted into the VEPP-2M. The VEPP-2M comprises light sections of a magentic system, four short gaps and four long ones. Three gaps, each of 650 mm long, are intended to conduct experiments on high energy physics. Present status of the VEPP-2M of 1972 is described and the program of experiments planned is presented

  7. Low-energy neutrinos at off-axis from a standard beta-beam

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    We discuss a scenario to extract up to 150 MeV neutrinos at a standard beta-beam facility. We show that the high-energy component of the neutrino fluxes can be subtracted through a specific combination of the response of two off-axis detectors. A systematic analysis of the neutrino fluxes using different detector geometries is presented, as well as a comparison with the expected fluxes at a low-energy beta-beam facility. The presented option could offer an alternative way to perform low-energy neutrino experiments. (authors)

  8. Prospects for Detecting a Neutrino Magnetic Moment with a Tritium Source and Beta-beams

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    McLaughlin, G. C.; Volpe, C.

    2003-01-01

    We compare the prospects for detecting a neutrino magnetic moment by the measurement of neutrinos from a tritium source, reactors and low-energy beta-beams. In all cases the neutrinos or antineutrinos are detected by scattering of electrons. We find that a large (20 MCurie) tritium source could improve the limit on the neutrino magnetic moment significantly, down to the level of a few $\\times 10^{-12}$ while low-energy beta-beams with sufficiently rapid production of ions could improve the li...

  9. A Beta Beam complex based on the machine upgrades of the LHC

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    Donini, A; Migliozzi, P; Rigolin, S; Lavina, L S; Tabarelli de Fatis, T; Terranova, F

    2006-01-01

    The Beta Beam CERN design is based on the present LHC injection complex and its physics reach is mainly limited by the maximum rigidity of the SPS. In fact, some of the scenarios for the machine upgrades of the LHC, particularly the construction of a fast cycling 1 TeV injector (``Super-SPS''), are very synergic with the construction of a higher $\\gamma$ Beta Beam. At the energies that can be reached by this machine, we demonstrate that dense calorimeters can already be used for the detection of $\

  10. Positron Facilities in Europe

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    Triftshäuser, W.

    1995-01-01

    Positron annihilation is a well established method in solid state physics and material science. The positron being a very sensitive probe, can give very precise information on the momentum distribution of electrons in metals and alloys as well as on lattice defects in crystals. Starting with the energy distribution of positrons from a radioactive decay, the current development is directed more to monoenergetic positrons of variable energy and of high intensity. Pulsed and continuous beams of ...

  11. Use of specific features of electron and positron interactions with monocrystals for the control of high-energy particle beam parameters

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    To study possibilities of using the effect of high energy positron and electron interactions with crystals in practice at the 2 GeV Kharkov lineac the effect of a light particle charge sign on the processes of bremsstrahlung, elastic scattering and revealing ''blocking effect'' in elastic scatterina has been investigated experimentally of 1 GeV electron (positron) beam is directed to a silicon crystal of 185 μkm thickness. Dependence of total bremsstrahlung flow on the angle between the beam direction and crystal axis has shown, that positron bremsstrahlung is minimum (positrons are channelling, but electron bremsstrahlung is maximum, when crystallographic axis direction coincides with particle direction. The process of positron annihilation in flight has been investigated in 300 μkm thick silicon monocrystal. Bremsstrahlung intensity for channeling positrons drops 4.4 times, and intensity of annihilation radiation - 1.6 times as compared to the case, when channeling regime is absent. Experimental data point out the possibility of using monocrystals for control of the parameters of high-energy particle control beams

  12. Slow positron beam facility for investigations of plastically deformed metals and surface crystallization of silica

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    Heußer, H.; Hugenschmidt, C.; Wider, T.; Maier, K.

    1999-08-01

    The simple slow positron facility at Bonn university and two recent experiments are presented. The following data briefly summarises the technical specifications of the instrument: overall size: 150×150×80 cm 3positron source: 22Na (10 mCi) moderator: Kr (solid)energy filter: magnetic solenoid at 150 eV transport energyvacuum: high vacuum (10 -6 hPa) spot size: 3 mmcount rate: 3000 s -1 in 511 keV photopeak with BGO detector in coincidence for background suppression energy range: 0.15 to 12 keV with the sample at ground potential A sapphire plate which has, at 40 K (close to the moderator temperature of 37 K), a thermal conductivity comparable to that of copper (!) ensures both the electrical isolation and the thermal contact between the positron source and the He cryostat. With the moderator directly frozen onto the 22Na source the instrument reaches an efficiency better than 10 -4. Slow positrons are extremely sensitive probes for investigations on microstructure and on the onset of surface crystallization of anorganic glasses. The formation of crystallization nuclei on the surface and the growth of the nuclei into the bulk material was investigated on amorphous SiO 2. To this end specimens of amorphous silica were isothermally tempered at a temperature of 1773 K. In another experiment the back diffusion of positrons as a function of penetration depth was studied on weakly tensile deformed aluminium polycrystals. The role of dislocations and their effect on the mobility of positrons is in the center of this investigation.

  13. The rapid cycling synchrotron of the Eurisol / Beta-Beam facility

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    In order to ask for physicians requests, some neutrinos facilities are under studies to produce pure, intense, well collimated neutrinos beams with a well determined energy spectrum. One of them, the Beta-Beam project, is based on neutrinos production by radioactive ion beams decay after acceleration. The thesis is focused on one step of the complex, namely the low energy ring required for accumulation and injection of ion beams between the post-acceleration linac of the EURISOL complex (dedicated complex for radioactive ion beam production) and the CERN PS. After the description of the EURISOL complex and the Beta-Beam complex, a description of charged particles beams transport formalism is given. Then, in the second part, studies on the definition and the optimisation of the ring are given, starting by optical structure then different simulations concerning beam dynamics, i.e. multiturn injection, synchronous acceleration with beam losses localization and intensity, fast extraction, chromaticity with eddy currents correction and space charge effects. Finally, a preliminary technical design of the RCS main magnets is proposed. (author)

  14. On the possibility of construction of super-high energy electron-positron colliding beam facility

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    A possibility for construction of an electron-positron linear collider (EPLC) is considered. A general scheme of the facility is described where 2x1 km long linear accelerators supplied by RF powerful sources placed at the distance of about 10 m from each other ''shoot'' towards each other by single bunches of electrons and positrons with the frequency of the order of 10 Hz. Problems dealing with electrodynamics of an accelerating structure and acceleration process are considered. Peculiar features of experiments on the EPLC are described. Approximate parameters of the EPLC at the energy of 2x100 and 2x3O0 GeV are given

  15. Generation of high-energy electron-positron beams in the collision of a laser-accelerated electron beam and a multi-petawatt laser

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    Lobet, Mathieu; Davoine, Xavier; d'Humières, Emmanuel; Gremillet, Laurent

    2015-01-01

    Generation of antimatter via the multiphoton Breit-Wheeler process in an all-optical scheme will be made possible on forthcoming high-power laser facilities through the collision of wakefield-accelerated GeV electrons with a counter-propagating laser pulse with $10^{22}$-$10^{23}$ $\\mathrm{Wcm}^{-2}$ peak intensity. By means of integrated 3D particle-in-cell simulations, we show that the production of positron beams with 0.1-1 nC total charge, 100-400 MeV mean energy and 0.01-0.1 rad divergen...

  16. Understanding Supernova Neutrino Physics using Low-Energy Beta-Beams

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    Jachowicz, N.; McLaughlin, G.C.

    2005-01-01

    We show that fitting linear combinations of low-energy beta-beam spectra to supernova-neutrino energy-distributions reconstructs the response of a nuclear target to a supernova flux in a very accurate way. This allows one to make direct predictions about the supernova-neutrino signal in a terrestrial neutrino detector.

  17. The Acceleration and Storage of Radioactive Ions for a Beta-Beam Facility

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    Lindroos, M; Napoly, O; Payet, J; Benedikt, Michael; Butler, P; Garoby, R; Hancock, S; Köster, U; Lindroos, M; Magistris, M; Nilsson, T; Wenander, F; Blondel, A; Gilardoni, S S; Boine-Frankenheim, O; Franzke, B; Höllinger, R; Steck, Markus; Spiller, P J; Weick, H; Burguet, J; Gómez-Cadenas, J J; Hernández, P; Laune, B; Müller, A; Sortais, P; Villari, A C C; Volpe, C; Facco, A; Mezzetto, Mauro; Palladino, V; Pisent, A; Zucchelli, P; Delbar, T; Ryckewaert, G; Chartier, M; Prior, C; Reistad, D; Baartman, R A; Jansson, A

    2004-01-01

    The term beta-beam has been coined for the production of a pure beam of electron neutrinos or their antiparticles through the decay of radioactive ions circulating in a storage ring. This concept requires radioactive ions to be accelerated to as high Lorentz  as 150. The neutrino source itself consists of a storage ring for this energy range, with long straight sections in line with the experiment(s). Such a decay ring does not exist at CERN today, nor does a high-intensity proton source for the production of the radioactive ions. Nevertheless, the existing CERN accelerator infrastructure could be used as this would still represent an important saving for a beta-beam facility.

  18. First design for the optics of the decay ring for the beta-beams

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    The aim of the beta-beams is to produce pure electronic neutrino and anti-neutrino highly energetic beams, coming from beta radioactive disintegration decay of the 18Ne10+ and 6He2+, directed to experiment situated in the Frejus tunnel. The high ion intensities are stored in a ring, until the ions decay. The losses due to the decay of the radioactive ions are compensated with regular injections. These should be done in presence of the circulating beam. The new ions are injected at a different energy from the stored beam energy, the design of the ring must enable this type of injection and accept the injected and stored beams. In this note, we will focus on the study of the design of such a ring at the first and second orders. We have reached the constraint on the dispersion in the injection section: a horizontal dispersion superior to 10 m with βx = 20 m. We have put sextupoles in the arcs to correct the chromaticity. In the same time, we have compensated the third order resonances to have a large enough dynamic aperture. So the decay ring accepts injected and stored beams. In a top-down approach, the high stored intensities impose to take into account the space charge effects. However, due to the merging, the beam blows up after each injection in the longitudinal space charge, which imposes to include a momentum collimation section in the decay ring

  19. The electric field of positron plasma wakefield accelerator driven by electron beam

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    Two electron bunches are focused on thin tantalum (73Ta) foil placed at the entrance of the plasma, the first bunch is able to excite plasma wake after Ta foil for accelerating and focusing positron and the second bunch generated positron to be accelerated. Electric field for accelerating, EZ, and focusing, EX, depend on characteristics of electron bunches such as: amplitude, duration and frequency. In this paper, electron pulse is approximated as Dirac delta function and three first orders of b-splines; electric field EZ and EX are calculated by PIC (Particle-In-Cell) algorithm. The calculated results show that the maximum electric field Emax is obtained at the electron pulse as Dirac delta function; however, we would like to replace by the first order b-splines function for electron pulse. (author)

  20. Laser generation of proton beams for the production of short-lived positron emitting radioisotopes

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    Protons of energies up to 37 MeV have been generated when ultra-intense lasers (up to 1020 W cm-2) interact with hydrogen containing solid targets. These protons can be used to induce nuclear reactions in secondary targets to produce β+-emitting nuclei of relevance to the nuclear medicine community, namely 11C and 13N via (p, n) and (p,α) reactions. Activities of the order of 200 kBq have been measured from a single laser pulse interacting with a thin solid target. The possibility of using ultra-intense lasers to produce commercial amounts of short-lived positron emitting sources for positron emission tomography (PET) is discussed

  1. Study of pore structure in grafted polymer membranes using slow positron beam and small-angle X-ray scattering techniques

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    Pore structure in polypropylene membranes has been investigated using slow positron beam and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) studies. The pore structure has been modified by chemically grafting methylmethacrylate in polypropylene. Depth-resolved Doppler lineshape S-parameter and positronium (Ps) fraction (3γ/2γ ratio) measurements have been carried out using a variable low energy positron beam. Lineshape S-parameter and Ps fraction are found to decrease with the extent of grafting. The deduced positron diffusion length is also seen to decrease with the extent of pore grafting. The power law dependence of SAXS intensity over a wide range of the wave vector transfer reveals the fractal nature of the pore-membrane surface and, the surface fractal dimensions are seen to increase with amount of pore grafting. The value of the negative exponent of the power law size distribution of the pores has been found to be increasing with increase in grafting revealing reduction in the pore size and narrower pore size distribution. The deduced pore size from SAXS measurements is correlated with positron diffusion length and S-parameter from the positron beam measurements

  2. Injectable silver nanosensors: in vivo dosimetry for external beam radiotherapy using positron emission tomography

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    Christensen, Anders Nymark; Rydhög, J. S.; Søndergaard, Rikke Vicki;

    2016-01-01

    Development of safe and efficient radiotherapy routines requires quantification of the delivered absorbed dose to the cancer tissue in individual patients. In vivo dosimetry can provide accurate information about the absorbed dose delivered during treatment. In the current study, a novel silver......, which enables post treatment verification of the delivered dose using positron emission tomography imaging. The silver-nanosensor was investigated in a tissue equivalent thorax phantom using clinical settings and workflow for both standard fractionated radiotherapy (2 Gy) and stereotactic radiotherapy...

  3. Trapping of positrons in a Penning Malmberg trap in the view of accumulating them with the use of a pulsed beam

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    The weak equivalence principle, a fundament of Einstein general relativity, states that gravitational mass and inertial mass are equal whatever the body. This equivalence principle has never been directly tested with antimatter. The GBAR (Gravitational Behaviour of Antimatter at Rest) experiment intends to test it by measuring the acceleration of ultra cold anti-hydrogens in free fall. The production of such anti-atoms requires a pulse of about 1010 positrons in a few tens of nanoseconds. This thesis focuses on the development of a new accumulation technique of positrons in a Penning-Malmberg trap in order to create this pulse. This new method is an improvement of the accumulation technique of Oshima et al.. This technique requires a non-neutral electron plasma to cool down positrons in the trap in order to confine them. A continuous beam delivers positrons and the trapping efficiency is about 0.4%. The new method needs a positron pulsed beam and the method efficiency is estimated at 80%. A part of this thesis was performed at Riken (Tokyo) on the trap of Oshima et al. to study the behavior of non-neutral plasmas in this type of trap and the first accumulation method. A theoretical model was developed to simulate the positron trapping efficiency. The description and the systematic study of the new accumulation technique with a pulsed positron beam are presented. They includes notably the optimization through simulation of the electromagnetic configuration of the trap and of the parameters of the used non-neutral plasmas. (author)

  4. Study of radiation detectors response in standard X, gamma and beta radiation standard beams

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    The response of 76 Geiger-Mueller detectors, 4 semiconductor detectors and 34 ionization chambers were studied. Many of them were calibrated with gamma radiation beams (37Cs and 60Co), and some of them were tested in beta radiation (90Sr+9'0Y e 204Tl) and X radiation (N-60, N-80, N-100, N-150) beams. For all three types of radiation, the calibration factors of the instruments were obtained, and the energy and angular dependences were studied. For beta and gamma radiation, the angular dependence was studied for incident radiation angles of 0 deg and +- 45 deg. The curves of the response of the instruments were obtained over an angle interval of 0 deg to +- 90 deg, for gamma, beta and X radiations. The calibration factors obtained for beta radiation were compared to those obtained for gamma radiation. For gamma radiation, 24 of the 66 tested Geiger-Mueller detectors presented results for the energy dependence according to international recommendation of ISO 4037-2 and 56 were in accordance with the Brazilian ABNT 10011 recommendation. The ionization chambers and semiconductors were in accordance to national and international recommendations. All instruments showed angular dependence less than 40%. For beta radiation, the instruments showed unsatisfactory results for the energy dependence and angular dependence. For X radiation, the ionization chambers presented results for energy dependence according to the national recommendation, and the angular dependence was less than 40%. (author)

  5. Physics Potential of SPS Upgrade in regard to Beta/EC Beams

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    Bernabeu, J; Bernabéu, José; Espinoza, Catalina

    2007-01-01

    The goal for future neutrino facilities is the determination of the $[U_{e3}]$ mixing and CP violation in neutrino oscillations. This will require precision experiments with a very intense neutrino source. With this objective the creation of neutrino beams from the radioactive decay of boosted ions by the SPS of CERN from either beta or electron capture transitions has been propossed. We discuss the capabilities of such facilities as a function of the energy of the boost and the baseline for the detector. We conclude that the SPS upgrade to 1000 GeV is crucial to have a better sensitivity to CP violation if it is accompanied by a longer baseline. We compare the physics potential for two different configurations. In the case of beta beams, with the same boost for both $\\beta^+$ (neutrinos) and $\\beta^-$ (antineutrinos), the two setups are: I) $\\gamma=120$, L=130 Km (Frejus); II) $\\gamma=330$, L=650 Km (Canfranc). In the case of monochromatic EC beams we exploit the energy dependence of neutrino oscillations to...

  6. Optimization of Neutrino Rates from the EURISOL Beta-beam Acclerator Complex

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    Wildner, E; Emelianenko, N; Fabich, A; Hancock, S; Lindroos, M

    The beta beam concept for the production of intense (anti-)neutrino beams is now well established. A baseline design has recently been published for a beta-beam facility at CERN. It has the virtue of respecting the known limitations of the CERN PS and SPS synchrotrons, but falls short of delivering the requestedannual rate of neutrinos. We report on a first analysis to increase the rate using the baseline ions of 6He and18 Ne. A powerful method to understand the functional dependence of the many parameters that influencethe figure of merit for a given facility is available with modern analytical calculation software. The methodrequires that a symbolic analytical description is produced of the full accelerator chain. Such a descriptionhas been made using Mathematica for the proposed beta beam facility at CERN. The direct access fromMathematica to an ORACLE database for reading basic design parameters and re-injecting derivedparameters for completion of the parameter list is both convenient and efficient.We ack...

  7. Methodological studies into the applicability of positron emission tomography (PET) in light-ion beam tumor therapy

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    For reconstruction of measured activity distributions, a multiplicative iteration scheme was used which, however, does not fulfill the clinical requirement of availability of reconstructed activity distributions within a few minutes after measuring. This disadvantage was set off by the development of an empirical algorithm for determination of the 3D-distribution of the intersection points of all possible coincidence line pairs. This algorithm was then applied for the reconstruction of the positron emitter distributions measured during range measurement of light ions. For the simple, compact source distributions and small number of measured coincidences in this case, the method of intersecting point computation is better than the iterative method in that it is significantly faster and yields images of comparable quality. On the basis of these results, a PET system was set up for clinical applications at the irradiation system for experimental light-ion beam therapy at GSI Darmstadt. (orig./DG)

  8. Surfaces of SiO2-Bi2O3 glasses studied by a slow positron beam

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    A slow positron beam with a Doppler broadening technique have been applied to study near-to-surface properties of the glasses used in channel electron multipliers. Measurements in SiO2-Bi2O3 glasses as-obtained show a monotonic fall of the S parameter from 0.515 at the surface to 0.49 in the bulk. In samples reduced in H2 atmosphere, showing good surface electric conductivity, a sharp maximum of the S-parameter within the first 100 nm is observed, followed by a higher ''bulk'' S-parameter. Atomic force microscopy, secondary electron emission, differential calorimetry and electric conductivity measurements were also performed on these samples. Existence of Bi-metallic phase on the surface and Bi-clusters in the bulk is deduced. (orig.)

  9. PREFACE: Advanced Science Research Symposium 2009 Positron, Muon and other exotic particle beams for materials and atomic/molecular sciences (ASR2009)

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    Higemoto, Wataru; Kawasuso, Atsuo

    2010-05-01

    It is our great pleasure to deliver the proceedings of ASR2009, the Advanced Science Research International Symposium 2009. ASR2009 is part of a series of symposia which is hosted by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Advanced Science Research Center (JAEA-ASRC), and held every year with different scientific topics. ASR2009 was held at Tokai in Japan from 10-12 November 2009. In total, 102 participants, including 29 overseas scientists, made 44 oral presentations and 64 poster presentations. In ASR2009 we have focused on material and atomic/molecular science research using positrons, muons and other exotic particle beams. The symposium covered all the fields of materials science which use such exotic particle beams. Positrons, muons and other beams have similar and different features. For example, although positrons and muons are both leptons having charge and spin, they give quite different information about materials. A muon mainly detects the local magnetic state of the solid, while a positron detects crystal imperfections and electron momenta in solids. Other exotic particle beams also provide useful information about materials which is not able to be obtained with muons or positrons. Therefore, the complementary use of particle beams, coupled with an understanding of their relative advantages, leads to greater excellence in materials research. This symposium crossed the fields of muon science, positron science, unstable-nuclei science, and other exotic particle-beam science. We therefore believe that ASR2009 became an especially important meeting for finding new science with exotic particle beams. Finally, we would like to extend our appreciation to all the participants, committee members, and support staff for their great efforts to make ASR2009 a fruitful symposium. ASR2009 Chairs Wataru Higemoto and Atsuo Kawasuso Advanced Science Research Center, Japan Atomic Energy Agency Organizing committee Y Hatano, JAEA (Director of ASRC) M Fujinami, Chiba Univ. R H

  10. Colliding. gamma. e- and. gamma gamma. -beams on the basis of electron-positron linear colliders

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    Ginzburg, I.F.; Kotkin, G.L.; Serbo, V.G.; Tel' nov, V.I.

    1983-08-01

    Main properties of the ..gamma..e and ..gamma gamma.. collisions are discussed in some detail with application to the generation of colliding ..gamma..e and ..gamma gamma.. beams basing on the designed linear accelerators with colliding e/sup +/e/sup -/ beams, VLEEP and SLC, as it was proposed in a previous work. Intensive ..gamma.. beams with the energy 50 GeV would be produced from scattering of the laser light focused to the electron beams of the accelerators. Laser radiation is focused to the electron beam in the conversion region at a distance of about 10 cm from the place of collision. After scattering on electrons high-energy photons move practically along the electron primary trajectories and are focused in the collision region. The electrons are deflected from the collision region by means of approximately 1 T magnetic field. Then the produced ..gamma..-beam collides with an electron beam or a similar ..gamma..-beam. In the case when the maximum luminosity (L) is attained, the luminosity distribution in the invariant mass of the ..gamma..e or ..gamma gamma.. systems is wide. A monochromatization of the collisions up to the level of 5-10% is possible. That will entail a decrease in the luminosity, the procedure is most effective if one uses the electrons and the laser photons with opposite helicities. Examples of physically interesting problems to be investigated with the proposed ..gamma..e and ..gamma gamma.. beams are suggested.

  11. Monitoring the irradiation field of 12C and 16O SOBP beams using positron emitters produced through projectile fragmentation reactions

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    In order to effectively utilize the prominent properties of heavy ions in radiotherapy, it is important to evaluate both the position of the field irradiated with incident ions and the absorbed dose distribution in a patient's body. One of the methods for this purpose is the utilization of the positron emitters produced through the projectile fragmentation reactions of stable heavy ions with target nuclei. In heavy-ion therapy, spread-out Bragg peak (SOBP) beams are used to achieve uniform biological dose distributions in the whole tumor volume. Therefore, in this study, we designed SOBP beams of 30 and 50 mm water-equivalent length (mmWEL) in width for 12C and 16O, and carried out irradiation experiments using them. Water, polyethylene and polymethyl methacrylate were selected as targets to simulate a human body. Pairs of annihilation gamma rays were detected by means of a limited-angle positron camera for 500 s, and annihilation gamma-ray distributions were obtained. The maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) method was applied to the detected distributions for evaluating the positions of the distal and proximal edges of the SOBP in a target. The differences between the positions evaluated with the MLE method and those derived from the measured dose distributions were less than 1.7 mm and 2.5 mm for the distal and the proximal edge, respectively, in all irradiation conditions. When the positions of both edges are determined with the MLE method, the most probable shape of the dose distribution in a target can be estimated simultaneously. The close agreement between the estimated and the measured distributions implied that the shape of the dose distribution in an irradiated target could be evaluated from the detected annihilation gamma-ray distribution

  12. Prospects for Detecting a Neutrino Magnetic Moment with a Tritium Source and Beta-beams

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    McLaughlin, G C

    2003-01-01

    We compare the prospects for detecting a neutrino magnetic moment by the measurement of neutrinos from a tritium source, reactors and low-energy beta-beams. In all cases the neutrinos or antineutrinos are detected by scattering of electrons. We find that a large (20 MCurie) tritium source could improve the limit on the neutrino magnetic moment significantly, down to the level of a few $\\times 10^{-12}$ while low-energy beta-beams with sufficiently rapid production of ions could improve the limits to the level of a few $\\times 10^{-11}$. The latter would require ion production at the rate of at least $10^{15}$ s$^{-1}$.

  13. Angular dependence of OSL commercial detectors in standard beta radiation beams

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    Full text: Optical stimulated luminescence (OSL) is a very successful dosimetry technique, in particular using the Al2O3:C crystals as dosimeter. This detector has become the main OSL material as a personal dosimeter. Commercial dosimeters of Al2O3:C have been developed and tested; however, most of the tests have been performed with gamma beams. Beta radiation dosimetry might be performed with Al2O3:C detectors, if the crystals are sufficient thin to avoid the radiation attenuation. The dosimeter thickness is also important to allow a satisfactory accuracy of the measured dose, despite the incidence radiation angle or the beta energy. Previous studies show that the Al2O3:C dosimeters present a very high energy dependence that can be minimized by using filters. This work aims to compare the angular dependence of commercial Al2O3:C dosimeters with and without the filters used to minimize the beta energy dependence of Al2O3:C, when the detectors were exposed to standard beta beams. The beta irradiations of the OSL detectors were performed using the beta secondary standard system of the Calibration Laboratory at IPEN, with 90Sr + 90Y, 85Kr and 147Pm sources, manufactured by Buchler GmbH and Co, Germany, calibrated by the primary standard laboratory Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Germany. The OSL measurements were evaluated using a microStar reader and software of Landauer. The angular dependence was determined by using a goniometer. The incident radiation angle was varied from 0 deg to 180 deg. The results show that that the angular dependence curves present similar behavior, despite the use of filters

  14. Noninvasive visualization and quantification of tumor {alpha}{sub V{beta}3} integrin expression using a novel positron emission tomography probe, {sup 64}Cu-cyclam-RAFT-c(-RGDfK-){sub 4}

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    Jin, Zhao-Hui [Molecular Imaging Center, National Institute of Radiological Sciences, Chiba 263-8555 (Japan); Furukawa, Takako, E-mail: tfuru@nirs.go.j [Molecular Imaging Center, National Institute of Radiological Sciences, Chiba 263-8555 (Japan); Biomedical Imaging Research Center, University of Fukui, Fukui 910-1193 (Japan); Galibert, Mathieu; Boturyn, Didier [Departement de Chimie Moleculaire, UMR 5250, CNRS-Universite Joseph Fourier, 38041 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); Coll, Jean-Luc [INSERM U823, Institut Albert Bonniot and Universite Joseph Fourier, 38706 La Tronche Cedex, Grenoble (France); Fukumura, Toshimitsu; Saga, Tsuneo [Molecular Imaging Center, National Institute of Radiological Sciences, Chiba 263-8555 (Japan); Dumy, Pascal [Departement de Chimie Moleculaire, UMR 5250, CNRS-Universite Joseph Fourier, 38041 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); Fujibayashi, Yasuhisa [Molecular Imaging Center, National Institute of Radiological Sciences, Chiba 263-8555 (Japan); Biomedical Imaging Research Center, University of Fukui, Fukui 910-1193 (Japan)

    2011-05-15

    Introduction: The {alpha}{sub V{beta}3} integrin is a well-known transmembrane receptor involved in tumor invasion, angiogenesis and metastasis. Our aim was to evaluate a novel positron emission tomography (PET) probe, {sup 64}Cu-cyclam-RAFT-c(-RGDfK-){sub 4}, for noninvasive visualization and quantification of {alpha}{sub V{beta}3} integrin expression. Methods: RAFT-c(-RGDfK-){sub 4}, a tetrameric cyclic Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD)-based peptide, was conjugated with a bifunctional chelator, 1,4,8,11-tetraazacyclotetradecane (cyclam), radiolabeled with the positron emitter {sup 64}Cu and evaluated in vitro by cell binding and competitive inhibition assays and in vivo by biodistribution and receptor blocking studies, and PET imaging. The following cell lines, human embryonic kidney HEK293({beta}{sub 1}) [{alpha}{sub V{beta}3}-negative] and HEK293({beta}{sub 3}) [{alpha}{sub V{beta}3}-overexpressing] and human glioblastoma U87MG [naturally expressing {alpha}{sub V{beta}3}], together with their subcutaneous xenografts in athymic nude mice, were used for the present study. The expression levels of {alpha}{sub V{beta}3} on these cell lines and tumor xenografts were analyzed by flow cytometry and sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis/autoradiography, respectively. Results: {sup 64}Cu-cyclam-RAFT-c(-RGDfK-){sub 4} demonstrated the in vitro and in vivo specificity for the {alpha}{sub V{beta}3} integrin and displayed rapid blood clearance, predominantly renal excretion and low uptake in nontumor tissues. Tumor uptake of {sup 64}Cu-cyclam-RAFT-c(-RGDfK-){sub 4} (3 h postinjection) in HEK293({beta}{sub 3}) (high levels of {alpha}{sub V{beta}3}), U87MG (moderate levels of {alpha}{sub V{beta}3}) and HEK293({beta}{sub 1}) (undetectable levels of {alpha}{sub V{beta}3}) tumors was 9.35%{+-}1.19%, 3.46%{+-}0.45% and 1.18%{+-}0.30% injected dose per gram, respectively, with a strong and positive correlation with the tumor {alpha}{sub V{beta}3} expression levels

  15. Defects in electroplated Cu and their impact on stress migration reliability studied using monoenergetic positron beams

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    Positron annihilation was used to probe vacancy-type defects in electroplated Cu fabricated using different electrolytes. Isochronal annealing experiments revealed that the agglomeration of vacancy-type defects in grains was observed below 200degC and that their concentration started to decrease above 300degC. The observed annealing stages of the defects agree with those for pure Cu irradiated with light particles such as electrons. The size and concentration of vacancies decreased with decreasing concentrations of residual impurities in Cu films. A decrease in the impurity concentration, however, increased the failure rate of Cu interconnects in a stress-induced voiding test. Thus, void formation related to stress-induced failure can be reduced through the introduction of vacancy clusters into grains. (author)

  16. Energy Variable Slow Positron Beam Study of Li+-Implantation-Induced Defects in ZnO

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    CHEN Zhi-Quan; M. Maekawa; A. Kawasuso

    2006-01-01

    @@ ZnO films grown on sapphire substrates are implanted with 100-keV Li ions up to a total dose of 1 × 1016 cm-2. Vacancy-type defects, mostly vacancy clusters, are observed by positron annihilation measurements after implan tation. Upon annealing, they first have an agglomeration process which leads to the growth in the vacancy size. After annealing at about 500° C, vacancy clusters grow into microvoids, which is indicated by the positronium formation. With annealing temperature increases to above 500° C, the microvoids begin to recover, and finally all the implantation-induced vacancy defects are removed at 1000°C. No Li nanoclusters can be observed after Li+ implantation.

  17. In-beam PET measurement of $^{7}Li^{3+}$ irradiation induced $\\beta^+}$-activity

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    Priegnitz, M; Parodi, K; Sommerer, F; Fiedler, F; Enghardt, W

    2008-01-01

    At present positron emission tomography (PET) is the only feasible method of an in situ and non-invasive monitoring of patient irradiation with ions. At the experimental carbon ion treatment facility of the Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung (GSI) Darmstadt an in-beam PET scanner has been integrated into the treatment site and lead to a considerable quality improvement of the therapy. Since ions other than carbon are expected to come into operation in future patient treatment facilities, it is highly desirable to extend in-beam PET also to other therapeutic relevant ions, e.g. 7Li. Therefore, by means of the in-beam PET scanner at GSI the β+-activity induced by 7Li3+ ions has been investigated for the first time. Targets of PMMA, water, graphite and polyethylene were irradiated with monoenergetic, pencil-like beams of 7Li3+ with energies between 129.1 A MeV and 205.3 A MeV and intensities ranging from 3.0 × 107 to 1.9 × 108 ions s−1. This paper presents the measured β+-activity profiles as well as d...

  18. Vacancy-type defects and their annealing processes in ion-implanted Si studied by a variable-energy positron beam

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    Vacancy-type defects in B+-, P+- and Si+-ion implanted SiO2(43 nm)/Si(100) and Si(100) were studied by a variable-energy positron beam. Depth distributions of vacancy-type defects were obtained from measurements of Doppler broadening profiles of the positron annihilation as a function of incident positron energy. For 200-keV P+-implanted specimen with a dose of 5 x 1013 P/cm2, the damaged layers induced by ion-implantation were found to extend far beyond the stopping range of P-atoms. For 80-keV B+-implanted SiO2(43 nm)/Si(100) specimens with different ion-currents, an increase of the ion-current introduced a homogeneous amorphous layer in the subsurface region. Dominant defect species in B+- and P+-implanted specimen were identified as vacancy clusters from their annealing behavior. (author)

  19. Positron emission tomography study on pancreatic somatostatin receptors in normal and diabetic rats with 68Ga-DOTA-octreotide: A potential PET tracer for beta cell mass measurement

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    Highlights: •PET images showed high uptake of 68Ga-DOTA-octreotide in the normal pancreas. •68Ga-DOTA-octreotide specifically binds to somatostatin receptors in the pancreas. •The pancreatic uptake of 68Ga-DOTA-octreotide was decreased in the diabetic rats. •68Ga-DOTA-octreotide could be a candidate PET probe to measure the beta cell mass. -- Abstract: Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a metabolic disorder characterized by hyperglycemia, and the loss or dysfunction of pancreatic beta cells has been reported before the appearance of clinical symptoms and hyperglycemia. To evaluate beta cell mass (BCM) for improving the detection and treatment of DM at earlier stages, we focused on somatostatin receptors that are highly expressed in the pancreatic beta cells, and developed a positron emission tomography (PET) probe derived from octreotide, a metabolically stable somatostatin analog. Octreotide was conjugated with 1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane-1,4,7,10-tetraacetic acid (DOTA), a chelating agent, and labeled with 68Gallium (68Ga). After intravenous injection of 68Ga-DOTA-octreotide, a 90-min emission scan of the abdomen was performed in normal and DM model rats. The PET studies showed that 68Ga-DOTA-octreotide radioactivity was highly accumulated in the pancreas of normal rats and that the pancreatic accumulation was significantly reduced in the rats administered with an excess amount of unlabeled octreotide or after treatment with streptozotocin, which was used for the chemical induction of DM in rats. These results were in good agreement with the ex vivo biodistribution data. These results indicated that the pancreatic accumulation of 68Ga-DOTA-octreotide represented specific binding to the somatostatin receptors and reflected BCM. Therefore, PET imaging with 68Ga-DOTA-octreotide could be a potential tool for evaluating BCM

  20. Positron and ion migrations and the attractive interactions between like ion pairs in the liquids: based on studies with slow positron beam

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    We have discussed positron and ion diffusions in liquids by using the gauge-invariant effective Lagrange density with the spontaneously broken density (the hedgehog-like density) with the internal non-linear gauge fields (Yang-Mills gauge fields), and have presented the relation to the Hubbard-Onsager theory.

  1. Point defects introduced by InN alloying into InxGa1−xN probed using a monoenergetic positron beam

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    Native defects in InxGa1−xN (x = 0.06-0.14) grown by metal organic chemical vapor deposition were studied using a monoenergetic positron beam. Measurements of Doppler broadening spectra of the annihilation radiation as a function of incident positron energy for InxGa1−xN showed that vacancy-type defects were introduced with increasing InN composition, and the major defect species was identified as complexes between a cation vacancy and a nitrogen vacancy. The concentration of the divacancy, however, was found to be suppressed by Mg doping. The momentum distribution of electrons at the InxGa1−xN/GaN interface was close to that in defect-free GaN or InxGa1−xN, which was attributed to localization of positrons at the interface due to the built-in electric field, and to suppression of positron trapping by vacancy-type defects. We have also shown that the diffusion property of positrons is sensitive to an electric field near the InxGa1−xN/GaN interface.

  2. Positron research at the University of Texas at Austin

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    The objective of the research presented in this dissertation is to advance the applications of positron annihilation research. An intense positron beam facility was designed and constructed, and a method was developed to better analyze the defect structure of solids. The Texas Reactor-based Intense Positron beam facility (TRIP) was designed to provide a monoenergetic/monodirectional beam of at least 108 e +/sec on a sample. This increase in beam intensity will enhance many positron research techniques both in atomic physics and materials science. The TRIP facility, the result of a collaboration between UT Austin and UT Arlington, is being developed around the concept of multiple scattering of positrons from solid krypton. A large area copper source will be irradiated in a beam port of the 1 MW TRIGA Mark-II research reactor at UT Austin. The source will form the bottom face of a cube with the remaining faces made of tungsten. All surfaces will be cooled down to 22 K and coated with krypton. The top face of the cube has a 1 cm diameter hole to allow for the passage of positrons. The fast beta particles emitted from the β+ decay of 64Cu will be moderated while passing through the krypton. The non- moderated positrons will lose their energy while interacting with the remaining walls. The positrons will be removed from the box by an electric field and electrostatically delivered to the sample. The work on the TRIP facility is ongoing. The results of early measurements at UT Arlington have shown that the facility will be able to achieve its goals. The method developed to better analyze the positron depth profiling (PDP) experiments uses the difference spectra of the measured Doppler broadened annihilation peaks. The difference spectra, which are obtained by subtracting the bulk peak shape from the peaks recorded for each incident positron energy, enhance the differences of the observed peaks, while removing the bulk annihilation term from the multi-state annihilation

  3. The production of neutral vector mesons by bremsstrahlung in electron-positron colliding beams

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    The authors study the bremsstrahlung production of the rho meson in the reaction e+e- → e+e-rho (→ e+e- π+π-). This reaction gives a C = -1 background which complicates the study of C = +1 two-photon processes at the new colliding-beam facilities. The cross section for the reaction rises from approximately 0.3 nb to 0.7 nb as the beam energy increases from 2 GeV to 15 GeV. From a study of the distributions of the final leptons and pions, one finds a suitable choice of cuts which will reduce the event rate down to a small fraction of R. It is not possible to attribute the three-prong events seen at DELCO and PLUTO to this particular production mechanism. (Auth.)

  4. $\\beta$-delayed fission, laser spectroscopy and shape-coexistence studies with radioactive At beams

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    We propose to study the $\\beta$-delayed fission, laser spectroscopy and radioactive decay of the newly available pure beams of neutron-deficient and neutron-rich astatine (Z=85) isotopes. The fission probability and the fission fragment distribution of the even-even isotopes $^{194,196}$Po following the $\\beta$-decay of the isotopes $^{194,196}$At will be studied with the Windmill setup. In-source laser spectroscopy will be performed on the entire astatine isotopic chain, using a combination of the Windmill setup, ISOLTRAP MR-ToF and ISOLDE Faraday. Radioactive decay data will be acquired at the Windmill setup throughout those studies and contribute to the global understanding of the phenomenon of shape coexistence in the neutron-deficient lead region.

  5. Decreased cerebral {alpha}4{beta}2* nicotinic acetylcholine receptor availability in patients with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease assessed with positron emission tomography

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    Kendziorra, Kai; Meyer, Philipp Mael; Barthel, Henryk; Hesse, Swen; Becker, Georg Alexander; Luthardt, Julia; Schildan, Andreas; Patt, Marianne; Sorger, Dietlind; Seese, Anita; Sabri, Osama [University of Leipzig, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Leipzig (Germany); Wolf, Henrike [University of Leipzig, Department of Psychiatry, Leipzig (Germany); University of Zurich, Department of Old Age Psychiatry and Psychiatry Research, Psychiatric University Hospital (PUK) Zurich, Zurich (Switzerland); Gertz, Herman-Josef [University of Leipzig, Department of Psychiatry, Leipzig (Germany)

    2011-03-15

    Postmortem studies indicate a loss of nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChRs) in Alzheimer's disease (AD). In order to establish whether these changes in the cholinergic system occur at an early stage of AD, we carried out positron emission tomography (PET) with a specific radioligand for the {alpha}4{beta}2* nicotinic acetylcholine receptor ({alpha}4{beta}2* nAChR) in patients with mild to moderate AD and in patients with amnestic mild cognitive impairment (MCI), who have a high risk to progress to AD. Nine patients with moderate AD, eight patients with MCI and seven age-matched healthy controls underwent 2-[{sup 18}F]fluoro-3-(2(S)-azetidinylmethoxy)pyridine (2-[{sup 18}F]FA-85380) PET. After coregistration with individual magnetic resonance imaging the binding potential (BP{sub ND}) of 2-[{sup 18}F]FA-85380 was calculated using either the corpus callosum or the cerebellum as reference regions. PET data were analysed by region of interest analysis and by voxel-based analysis. Both patients with AD and MCI showed a significant reduction in 2-[{sup 18}F]FA-85380 BP{sub ND} in typical AD-affected brain regions. Thereby, the corpus callosum was identified as the most suitable reference region. The 2-[{sup 18}F]FA-85380 BP{sub ND} correlated with the severity of cognitive impairment. Only MCI patients that converted to AD in the later course (n = 5) had a reduction in 2-[{sup 18}F]FA-85380 BP{sub ND}. 2-[{sup 18}F]FA-85380 PET appears to be a sensitive and feasible tool for the detection of a reduction in {alpha}4{beta}2* nAChRs which seems to be an early event in AD. In addition, 2-[{sup 18}F]FA-85380 PET might give prognostic information about a conversion from MCI to AD. (orig.)

  6. First year of Mark-J: physics with high energy electron-positron colliding beams. Report No. 107

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    This report reviews the experimental investigation of high energy e+e- interactions by the MARK J collaboration at PETRA, the electron-positron colliding beam accelerator at DESY in Hamburg, West Germany. The physics objectives include studies of several purely electromagnetic processes and hadronic final states, which further our knowledge of the nature of the fundamental constituents and of their strong, electromagnetic and weak interactions. Before discussing the physics results, the main features and the principal components of the MARK J detector are discussed in terms of design, function, and performance. Several aspects of the online data collection and the offline analysis are also outlined. Results are presented on tests of quantum electrodynamics using e+e- → e+e-, μ+μ- and tau+tau-, on the measurement of R, the ratio of the hadronic to the point-like muon pair cross section, on the search for new quark flavors, on the discovery of three jet events arising from the radiation of hard noncollinear gluons as predicted by quantum chromodynamics, and on the determination of the strong coupling constant α/sub s/

  7. Current-induced spin polarization in transition metals and Bi/Ag bilayers observed by spin-polarized positron beam

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    Zhang, Hongjun; Yamamoto, Shunya; Fukaya, Yuki; Maekawa, Masaki; Li, Hui; Kawasuso, Atsuo; Seki, Takeshi; Saitoh, Eiji; Takanashi, Koki; JAEA Team; Tohoku Team

    2015-03-01

    Current-induced spin polarization (CISP) on the outermost surfaces of Au, Cu, Pt, Pd, Ta, and W films were studied by spin-polarized positron beam (SPPB). The Au and Cu surfaces showed no significant CISP. In contrast, the Pt, Pd, Ta, and W films exhibited large CISP (3 ~ 15% per charge current of 105 A/cm2) and the CISP of Ta and W were opposite to those of Pt and Pd. The sign of the CISP obeys the same rule in spin Hall effect suggesting that the spin-orbit coupling is mainly responsible for the CISP. The outermost spin poalrization of Bi/Ag/Al2O3andAg/Bi/Al2O3 (charge currents directly connected to Ag layers) were probed by SPPB. The opposite outermost spin polarization of Bi/Ag/Al2O3andAg/Bi/Al2O3 clarified the charge-to-spin conversion in Bi/Ag bilayers. Nevertheless, the magnitudes of the outermost spin polarization of Bi(0.3 ~5)/Ag(25)/Al2O3 (numbers in parentheses denote thickness in nm) and Ag(25 ~500)/Bi(8)/Al2O3 decrease exponentially with increasing Bi thickness and Ag thickness, respectively. This provides probably the first direct evidence for spin diffusion mechanism. Financial support from JSPS Kakenhi Grant 24310072.

  8. First year of Mark-J: physics with high energy electron-positron colliding beams. Report No. 107

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    This report reviews the experimental investigation of high energy e/sup +/e/sup -/ interactions by the MARK J collaboration at PETRA, the electron-positron colliding beam accelerator at DESY in Hamburg, West Germany. The physics objectives include studies of several purely electromagnetic processes and hadronic final states, which further our knowledge of the nature of the fundamental constituents and of their strong, electromagnetic and weak interactions. Before discussing the physics results, the main features and the principal components of the MARK J detector are discussed in terms of design, function, and performance. Several aspects of the online data collection and the offline analysis are also outlined. Results are presented on tests of quantum electrodynamics using e/sup +/e/sup -/ ..-->.. e/sup +/e/sup -/, ..mu../sup +/..mu../sup -/ and tau/sup +/tau/sup -/, on the measurement of R, the ratio of the hadronic to the point-like muon pair cross section, on the search for new quark flavors, on the discovery of three jet events arising from the radiation of hard noncollinear gluons as predicted by quantum chromodynamics, and on the determination of the strong coupling constant ..cap alpha../sub s/.

  9. Enhanced damage buildup in C{sup +}-implanted GaN film studied by a monoenergetic positron beam

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    Li, X. F.; Chen, Z. Q., E-mail: chenzq@whu.edu.cn; Liu, C. [Department of Physics, Hubei Nuclear Solid Physics Key Laboratory, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China); Zhang, H. J.; Kawasuso, A. [Advanced Science Research Center, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, 1233 Watanuki, Takasaki, Gunma 370-1292 (Japan)

    2015-02-28

    Wurtzite GaN films grown by hydride vapor phase epitaxy were implanted with 280 keV C{sup +} ions to a dose of 6 × 10{sup 16 }cm{sup −2}. Vacancy-type defects in C{sup +}-implanted GaN were probed using a slow positron beam. The increase of Doppler broadening S parameter to a high value of 1.08–1.09 after implantation indicates introduction of very large vacancy clusters. Post-implantation annealing at temperatures up to 800 °C makes these vacancy clusters to agglomerate into microvoids. The vacancy clusters or microvoids show high thermal stability, and they are only partially removed after annealing up to 1000 °C. The other measurements such as X-ray diffraction, Raman scattering and Photoluminescence all indicate severe damage and even disordered structure induced by C{sup +}-implantation. The disordered lattice shows a partial recovery after annealing above 800 °C. Amorphous regions are observed by high resolution transmission electron microscopy measurement, which directly confirms that amorphization is induced by C{sup +}-implantation. The disordered GaN lattice is possibly due to special feature of carbon impurities, which enhance the damage buildup during implantation.

  10. Positron beam Doppler broadening spectra and nano-hardness study on helium and hydrogen irradiated RAFM steel

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    The reduced activation martensitic steel was irradiated with 250 keV He2+ to 3000 appm and 130 keV H+ to 15,000 appm alone and in sequence at 450 °C. The S–W curve obtained by the positron beam Doppler broadening spectra reveals that (He, H)–V complexes were induced by irradiation. The S parameters show that the H irradiation can decrease defects by forming H–V complexes. The He irradiation can form He–V complexes and the sequentially implanted H can accelerate the formation of (He, H)–V complexes. Hardening induced by He+H sequential irradiation is greater than that by He or H ion irradiation alone, suggesting synergistic effects of He and H on defects and hardening. - Highlights: • The main defects of low dose irradiated RAFM steels are (He, H)–V complexes. • H can decrease vacancy defects by forming H–V complexes. • H can accelerate the formation of (He, H)–V complexes. • Hardening induced by helium is obviously larger than that induced by hydrogen. • Hardening reveals the synergistic effects between He and H irradiation

  11. Positron spectroscopy and its applications

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    Positrons are the antiparticles of electrons, and their mass is m (the stationary mass of an electron) and their charge is e (the charge of an electron is -e). Accordingly, in principle only by reversing the polarity of measuring systems, the positron version of the analysis methods utilizing electrons becomes feasible, such as low energy positron diffraction (LEPD), reflection high energy positron diffraction (RHEPD) and transmission positron microscope (TPM), and except the problem of beam intensity, there are much merits than electrons. Positrons are the stable particles that do not have peculiar life similarly to electrons, but since matters are composed of electrons and atomic nuclei in this world, the pair annihilation with electrons occurs. At the time of pair annihilation, gamma-ray is emitted, and this gamma-ray transmits the information on the life of positrons. The individual character and possibility of positrons as a physical property probe, the interaction of positrons with matters, the sources of positrons, the analysis method utilizing positrons, the concrete examples of utilizing positron beam and the future perspective of positron utilization as probes are reported. (K.I.) 83 refs

  12. Experiments on electron-electron, positron-electron and proton-proton colliding beams in the SAN SSSR Insitute for Nuclear Physics

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    Results of development of a VEP-1 and VEPP-2 electron-electron, electron-positron and proton-proton storage rings and an air-core proton synchrotron are given. The VEP-1 comprises a B-2S heavy-current electron synchrotron, a coupled system of two high-vacuum magnetic tracks, and electron-optical channel for beam transport from the accelerator on the tracks and a single-turn output-input system. The VEPP-2 comprises a B-3M heavy-current electron synchrotron, high-vacuum magnetic track, a converter to convert an electron beam to a positron one, an electron-optical system for the beam transport and a system of single-turn beam extraction from the accelerator and input into the accumulation track. The air-core proton synchrotron with weak focusing and a balanced central busbar has the radius of the equilibrium orbit being equal to 2 m, h magnetic field - approximately to 200 kGs. First results on beam storage are given

  13. Positron emission tomography for the dose monitoring of intra-fractionally moving targets in ion beam therapy

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    Ion beam therapy (IBT) is a promising treatment option in radiotherapy. The characteristic physical and biological properties of light ion beams allow for the delivery of highly tumor conformal dose distributions. Related to the sparing of surrounding healthy tissue and nearby organs at risk, it is feasible to escalate the dose in the tumor volume to reach higher tumor control and survival rates. Remarkable clinical outcome was achieved with IBT for radio-resistant, deep-seated, static and well fixated tumor entities. Presumably, more patients could benefit from the advantages of IBT if it would be available for more frequent tumor sites. Those located in the thorax and upper abdominal region are commonly subjected to intra-fractional, respiration related motion. Different motion-compensated dose delivery techniques have been developed for active field shaping with scanned pencil beams and are at least available under experimental conditions at the GSI Helmholtzzentrum fuer Schwerionenforschung (GSI) in Darmstadt, Germany. Since minor unexpected anatomical changes e.g. related to patient mispositioning, tumour shrinkage or tissue swelling could already lead to remarkable deviations between planned and delivered dose distribution, a valuable dose monitoring system is desired for IBT. So far, positron emission tomography (PET) is the only in vivo, in situ and non-invasive qualitative dose monitoring method applied under clinical conditions. Conclusions about the delivered dose distribution can be drawn indirectly from a comparison between two β+-activity distributions: the measured one and an expected one generated by a Monte-Carlo simulation. Dedicated phantoms mainly made up of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and a motion table for regular one-dimensional (1D) motion patterns have been designed and manufactured for the experiments. Furthermore, the general applicability of the 4D MLEM algorithm for more complex motion patterns has been demonstrated by the

  14. Positron emission tomography imaging of adrenal masses: {sup 18}F-fluorodeoxyglucose and the 11{beta}-hydroxylase tracer {sup 11}C-metomidate

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    Zettinig, Georg; Becherer, Alexander; Pirich, Christian; Dudczak, Robert [Department of Nuclear Medicine, University of Vienna, Waehringer Guertel 18-20, 1090, Vienna (Austria); Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Nuclear Medicine, University of Vienna, Vienna (Austria); Mitterhauser, Markus [Department of Nuclear Medicine, University of Vienna, Waehringer Guertel 18-20, 1090, Vienna (Austria); Department of Pharmaceutic Technology and Biopharmaceutics, University of Vienna, Vienna (Austria); Wadsak, Wolfgang; Kletter, Kurt [Department of Nuclear Medicine, University of Vienna, Waehringer Guertel 18-20, 1090, Vienna (Austria); Vierhapper, Heinrich [Department of Internal Medicine III, University of Vienna, Vienna (Austria); Niederle, Bruno [Department of Surgery, University of Vienna, Vienna (Austria)

    2004-09-01

    {sup 11}C-metomidate (MTO), a marker of 11{beta}-hydroxylase, has been suggested as a novel positron emission tomography (PET) tracer for adrenocortical imaging. Up to now, experience with this very new tracer is limited. The aims of this study were (1) to evaluate this novel tracer, (2) to point out possible advantages in comparison with{sup 18}F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) and (3) to investigate in vivo the expression of 11{beta}-hydroxylase in patients with primary aldosteronism. Sixteen patients with adrenal masses were investigated using both MTO and FDG PET imaging. All patients except one were operated on. Five patients had non-functioning adrenal masses, while 11 had functioning tumours(Cushing's syndrome, n=4; Conn's syndrome, n=5; phaeochromocytoma, n=2). Thirteen patients had benign disease, whereas in three cases the adrenal mass was malignant (adrenocortical cancer, n=1; malignant phaeochromocytoma, n=1; adrenal metastasis of renal cancer, n=1). MTO imaging clearly distinguished cortical from non-cortical adrenal masses (median standardised uptake values of 18.6 and 1.9, respectively, p<0.01). MTO uptake was slightly lower in patients with Cushing's syndrome than in those with Conn's syndrome, but the difference did not reach statistical significance. The expression of 11{beta}-hydroxylase was not suppressed in the contralateral gland of patients with Conn's syndrome, whereas in Cushing's syndrome this was clearly the case. The single patient with adrenocortical carcinoma had MTO uptake in the lower range. MTO could not definitely distinguish between benign and malignant disease. FDG PET, however, identified clearly all three study patients with malignant adrenal lesions. We conclude: (1) MTO is an excellent imaging tool to distinguish adrenocortical and non-cortical lesions; (2) the in vivo expression of 11{beta}-hydroxylase is lower in Cushing's syndrome than in Conn's syndrome, and there is no suppression of the

  15. Positron emission tomography. Basic principles

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    The basic principles of positron emission tomography (PET) technique are reviewed. lt allows to obtain functional images from gamma rays produced by annihilation of a positron, a positive beta particle. This paper analyzes positron emitters production in a cyclotron, its general mechanisms, and the various detection systems. The most important clinical applications are also mentioned, related to oncological uses of fluor-l8-deoxyglucose

  16. Characterization of polyethylene terephthalate films coated with thin AlxSi1−xOy layers using monoenergetic positron beams

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    Open spaces in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) coated with aluminum silicate (AlxSi1−xOy) were probed using monoenergetic positron beams. The energy distributions of the annihilation γ rays and the positron lifetime spectra were measured for 60-nm-thick AlxSi1−xOy (x = 0–1) deposited on PET using electron-beam evaporation. A clear correlation was obtained between the line-shape S parameter of the annihilation γ rays, water vapor, and oxygen transmission rates. The results suggest that open spaces in the AlxSi1−xOy layers play an important role in water/oxygen diffusion in AlxSi1−xOy/PET, where the concentration/size of such spaces showed its minimum value at x = 0.2–0.3. The free volume fraction below the interface between AlxSi1−xOy and PET (region width = 100–400 nm) was decreased by the deposition of the coating layer, and this region was also considered to act as a barrier against penetrations of gasses and molecules. - Highlights: • Positron annihilation was used to detect open spaces in ceramic/polymer structures. • Free volumes in metal oxide coated polyethylene terephthalate were characterized. • The size of open spaces in metal oxides correlates with molecular penetrations. • Free volumes below the interface act as a barrier against molecular penetrations

  17. An experimental approach to improve the Monte Carlo modelling of offline PET/CT-imaging of positron emitters induced by scanned proton beams.

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    Bauer, J; Unholtz, D; Kurz, C; Parodi, K

    2013-08-01

    We report on the experimental campaign carried out at the Heidelberg Ion-Beam Therapy Center (HIT) to optimize the Monte Carlo (MC) modelling of proton-induced positron-emitter production. The presented experimental strategy constitutes a pragmatic inverse approach to overcome the known uncertainties in the modelling of positron-emitter production due to the lack of reliable cross-section data for the relevant therapeutic energy range. This work is motivated by the clinical implementation of offline PET/CT-based treatment verification at our facility. Here, the irradiation induced tissue activation in the patient is monitored shortly after the treatment delivery by means of a commercial PET/CT scanner and compared to a MC simulated activity expectation, derived under the assumption of a correct treatment delivery. At HIT, the MC particle transport and interaction code FLUKA is used for the simulation of the expected positron-emitter yield. For this particular application, the code is coupled to externally provided cross-section data of several proton-induced reactions. Studying experimentally the positron-emitting radionuclide yield in homogeneous phantoms provides access to the fundamental production channels. Therefore, five different materials have been irradiated by monoenergetic proton pencil beams at various energies and the induced β(+) activity subsequently acquired with a commercial full-ring PET/CT scanner. With the analysis of dynamically reconstructed PET images, we are able to determine separately the spatial distribution of different radionuclide concentrations at the starting time of the PET scan. The laterally integrated radionuclide yields in depth are used to tune the input cross-section data such that the impact of both the physical production and the imaging process on the various positron-emitter yields is reproduced. The resulting cross-section data sets allow to model the absolute level of measured β(+) activity induced in the investigated

  18. Nuclear cross sections in {sup 16}O for {beta} beam neutrinos at intermediate energies

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    Singh, S.K. [Department of Physics, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh 202002 (India) and Departamento de Fisica Teorica and IFIC, Centro Mixto Universidad de Valencia CSIC, Instituto de Investigacion de Paterna, Aptd. 22085, 46071 Valencia (Spain)]. E-mail: pht13sks@rediffmail.com; Sajjad Athar, M. [Department of Physics, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh 202002 (India)]. E-mail: sajathar@rediffmail.com; Ahmad, Shakeb [Department of Physics, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh 202002 (India)]. E-mail: lepp_s2001@rediffmail.com

    2006-10-05

    The nuclear cross sections for charged lepton production induced by {beta} beam neutrinos (antineutrinos) in {sup 16}O have been presented at intermediate energies corresponding to the Lorentz boost factor {gamma}<250(150). The calculations for quasielastic lepton production includes the effect of Pauli blocking, Fermi motion and renormalization of weak transition strengths in the nuclear medium. The calculations for the inelastic lepton production is done in the {delta} dominance model. The renormalization of {delta} properties in a nuclear medium and final state interactions of pions with the final nucleus are taken into account. The results may be useful in performing feasibility studies for the future CERN-FREJUS base line neutrino oscillation experiments.

  19. Atomic collisions involving pulsed positrons

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    Merrison, J. P.; Bluhme, H.; Field, D.;

    2000-01-01

    Conventional slow positron beams have been widely and profitably used to study atomic collisions and have been instrumental in understanding the dynamics of ionization. The next generation of positron atomic collision studies are possible with the use of charged particle traps. Not only can large...... instantaneous intensities be achieved with in-beam accumulation, but more importantly many orders of magnitude improvement in energy and spatial resolution can be achieved using positron cooling. Atomic collisions can be studied on a new energy scale with unprecedented precion and control. The use of...... accelerators for producing intense positron pulses will be discussed in the context of atomic physics experiments....

  20. Structural effects induced by 2.5 MeV proton beam on zeolite 4A: Positron annihilation and X-ray diffraction study

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    Structural changes induced by 2.5 MeV proton beam in zeolite 4A were studied at fluences of 1.1016, 8.1016 and 2.1017 ion/cm2. Positron lifetime (LT) measurements were performed in vacuum after a heat treatment to remove the water from samples. X-ray diffraction method (XRD) was also applied to determine the changes in the crystallinity of zeolite. Gradual transformation of the crystalline structure to amorphous one can be observed in dependence of the implanted doses. Combination of LT and XRD provides a consistent view on structural effects induced by H+ beam in zeolite 4A. - Highlights: • Structural effects of zeolite 4A induced by the proton beam depend on the implanted doses. • The amorphization dose for zeolite 4A is approximately 1010 Gy. • The effects of radiation on zeolite could be different for cage structures. • Positron annihilation can become a effective method for studying irradiated zeolites

  1. Behavior of the positron beam of the Super-ACO storage ring in response to a modification of the RF frequency for free-electron laser experiments

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    The macrotemporal structure of the Super-ACO Storage ring free-electron laser (FEL) can be either continuous, pulsed, or chaotic, and can present some rapid fluctuations. The temporal evolution of a storage ring FEL involves both the longitudinal motion of the positron beam (especially the synchrotron oscillations) and the FEL dynamics, as in a coupled system. Studies on the dynamics of the positron beam are performed here, in the goal to have a stable source for FEL applications, and to determine the conditions for a stable Q-switching experiment. The employed method is to study the influence of a controlled change of the radio frequency (RF) (modulation or frequency jump) on the beam. A simple theoretical model taking into account the perturbed RF system is presented to help the understanding of the experimental data. The different methods of measurement are described. Then, the results are given for several experimental conditions and the influence of different possible adjustments (synchrotron feedback, RF loop ...) is presented. Consequences are derived for the FEL

  2. New techniques of positron annihilation

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    Studies on new techniques of positron annihilation and its application to various fields are presented. First, production of slow positron and its characteristic features are described. The slow positron can be obtained from radioisotopes by using a positron moderator, proton beam bombardment on a boron target, and pair production by using an electron linear accelerator. Bright enhancement of the slow positron beam is studied. Polarized positron beam can be used for the study of the momentum distribution of an electron in ferromagnetic substances. Production of polarized positrons and measurements of polarization are discussed. Various phases of interaction between slow positrons and atoms (or molecules) are described. A comparative study of electron scavenging effects on luminescence and on positronium formation in cyclohexane is presented. The positron annihilation phenomena are applicable for the surface study. The microscopic information on the surface of porous material may be obtained. The slow positrons are also useful for the surface study. Production and application of slow muon (positive and negative) are presented in this report. (Kato, T.)

  3. Study of positronium in low-k dielectric films by means of 2D-angular correlation experiments at a high-intensity slow-positron beam

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    Depth-resolved measurements of two-dimensional angular correlation of annihilation radiation (2D-ACAR) were performed at the intense slow-positron beam at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The formation of positronium was studied in thin films of methylsilsesquioxane (MSSQ) spin-on glass containing large open-volume defects (voids). Two samples with different average void sizes were investigated and positronium formation could be found in both cases. The width of the angular correlation related to annihilation of para-positronium (p-Ps) increased with the void size consistent with the annihilation of nonthermalized p-Ps. (orig.)

  4. Presumption of the energy-spectrum of high-energy electron beam based on the beta-distribution model

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    The energy spectra of high-energy electron beams used in radiotherapy are the most important data for evaluating absorbed doses and/or dose distributions in the body of a patient. However, it is impossible to measure the actual spectra of a high-energy electron beam. In this study, we suggest a method to presume the spectra of high-energy electron beams by use of the beta distribution model. The procedure of this method is as follows: (1) the spectrum of the high-energy electron beam was assumed to have a maximum energy Emax, and α, β parameters of the beta probability density function. (2) The percentage depth dose (PDD) based on the assumed spectrum was calculated by a Monte Carlo simulation. (3) The best matching energy spectrum was searched in comparison with the experimental PDD curves. Finally, the optimal energy spectrum of the electron beam was estimated after reiterating the process from (1) to (3). With our method, the measured PDD curves were optimally simulated following the experimental data. It appeared that the assumed spectra approximated well to the actual spectra. However, the error between the assumed and experimental data was observed in the region under the incident surface. We believe this was due to the influence of low-energy electrons scattered at installed collimators, etc. In order to simulate PDDs in this region accurately, a further correction process is required for a spectrum based on the beta distribution model. (author)

  5. High-beta experiments with neutral-beam injection on PDX

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    Experimental investigations of high-beta plasmas produced in PDX with near-perpendicular neutral-beam injection are reported. Systematic power scans have been performed over a wide range of toroidal fields (νsub(T)q.7 T< Bsub(T)<2.2 T) and plasma currents (200 kA< Isub(p)<500 kA). At high toroidal fields, the change in total stored energy due to beam injection increases linearly with input power and also increases with plasma current. At lower toroidal fields and low injection power levels, the stored energy also increases with power and plasma current. However, at high power and low toroidal fields, a saturation in heating is observed. This result suggests the onset of a νsub(T) limit for circular cross-section tokamaks with near-perpendicular injection. Scaling experiments indicate that this νsub(T) limit increases with rising 1/q. Values of νsub(T)approx.=3% at qsub(PSI)=1.8 have been achieved. At high values of νsub(T)q, short bursts of MHD activity are observed, synchronized with sharply increased fluxes of perpendicular charge-exchange neutrals and rapid decreases in the rate of beam-driven neutron production. When strong bursts occur, there is a significant depletion of the fast-ion population. Estimates of the fast-ion loss indicate that it could explain the observed decrease in heating, although an additional reduction in thermal-plasma confinement cannot be ruled out. Numerical studies using measured pressure profiles predict that the equilibria obtained become unstable to the ideal n=1 internal mode, at about the same value of 0 where the new fluctuations are observed. (author)

  6. Imaging opiate receptors by positron tomography (PET): Evaluation by displacement of 3-Acetyl-6-Deoxy-6-Beta-/sup 18/F-flouronaltrexone with active and inactive naloxone

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    We recently reported the development of a new radiopharmaceutical for in vivo PET imaging of opiate receptors, 3-acetyl-6-deoxy-6-Beta-/sup 18/F-fluoronaltrexone: 3-acetylcyclofoxy, or /sup 18/F-ACF. These studies involved displacement of /sup 18/F-ACF from sites of uptake in the baboon sub-cortical gray matter, and provided strong proof of the opiate receptor specificity of the tracer. We now report on the anatomic localization of /sup 18/F-ACF in the sub-cortical grapy matter of baboon, and the kinetics of uptake and displacement of the tracer. /sup 18/F-ACF was prepared from the known 3-acetyl-6-alpha-naltrexol via the triflate, using /sup 18/F produced by neutron bombardment of /sup 6/Li/sub 2/CO/sub 3/. Anesthetized baboons were imaged after injection of /sup 18/F-ACF (sp.ac.=20Ci/mmol), using the NIH NEUROPET, a high resolution PET scanner. After bolus injection, the initial distribution to brain was rapid with peak uptake at 6 minutes post-injection. Clearance from opiate receptor rich regions of thalamus and basal ganglia was gradual, but after injection of active (but not after inactive), naloxone, clearance from these regions more than doubled. In non-opiate rich regions, (e.g. cerebellum), the predominant component of clearance was equally rapid with or without the active naloxone. Displacement studies of positron labelled ligands provide a powerful tool for non-invasive study of opiate receptor in living primates

  7. Characterization of silicon dioxide deposited by low-temperature CVD using TEOS and ozone by monoenergetic positron beams

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    Monoenergetic positrons were used as a nondestructive probe for SiO2 films deposited on Si substrates by atmospheric-pressure chemical vapor deposition using tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS, Si(OC2H5)4) and O3. The formation of positronium (Ps) in the SiO2 films was found from measurements of Doppler broadening profiles of the annihilation radiation and lifetime spectra of positrons. A clear correlation between the formation probability of Ps and the concentration of H2O in the SiO2 films was established. (orig.)

  8. Measurement of high-Q{sup 2} neutral current deep inelastic e{sup +}p scattering cross sections with a longitudinally polarised positron beam at HERA

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    Abramowicz, H. [Tel Aviv Univ. (Israel). School of Physics; Max Planck Institute for Physics, Munich (Germany); Abt, I. [Max Planck Institute for Physics, Munich (Germany); Adamczyk, L. [AGH-Univ. of Science and Technology, Krakow (Poland). Faculty of Physics and Applied Computer Science] [and others; Collaboration: ZEUS Collaboration

    2012-08-15

    Measurements of neutral current cross sections for deep inelastic scattering in e{sup +}p collisions at HERA with a longitudinally polarised positron beam are presented. The single-differential cross-sections d{sigma}/dQ{sup 2}, d{sigma}/dx and d{sigma}/dy and the reduced cross-section {sigma} were measured in the kinematic region Q{sup 2}>185 GeV{sup 2} and y<0.9, where Q{sup 2} is the four-momentum transfer squared, x the Bjorken scaling variable, and y the inelasticity of the interaction. The measurements were performed separately for positively and negatively polarised positron beams. The measurements are based on an integrated luminosity of 135.5 pb{sup -1} collected with the ZEUS detector in 2006 and 2007 at a centre-of-mass energy of 318 GeV. The structure functions F{sub 3} and F{sup {gamma}Z}{sub 3} were determined by combining the e{sup +}p results presented in this paper with previously published e{sup -}p neutral current results. The asymmetry parameter A{sup +} is used to demonstrate the parity violation predicted in electroweak interactions. The measurements are well described by the predictions of the Standard Model.

  9. Measurement of high-Q2 neutral current deep inelastic e+p scattering cross sections with a longitudinally polarised positron beam at HERA

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    Measurements of neutral current cross sections for deep inelastic scattering in e+p collisions at HERA with a longitudinally polarised positron beam are presented. The single-differential cross-sections dσ/dQ2, dσ/dx and dσ/dy and the reduced cross-section σ were measured in the kinematic region Q2>185 GeV2 and y2 is the four-momentum transfer squared, x the Bjorken scaling variable, and y the inelasticity of the interaction. The measurements were performed separately for positively and negatively polarised positron beams. The measurements are based on an integrated luminosity of 135.5 pb-1 collected with the ZEUS detector in 2006 and 2007 at a centre-of-mass energy of 318 GeV. The structure functions F3 and FγZ3 were determined by combining the e+p results presented in this paper with previously published e-p neutral current results. The asymmetry parameter A+ is used to demonstrate the parity violation predicted in electroweak interactions. The measurements are well described by the predictions of the Standard Model.

  10. Surface sealing using self-assembled monolayers and its effect on metal diffusion in porous low-k dielectrics studied using monoenergetic positron beams

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    Uedono, Akira; Armini, Silvia; Zhang, Yu; Kakizaki, Takeaki; Krause-Rehberg, Reinhard; Anwand, Wolfgang; Wagner, Andreas

    2016-04-01

    Surface sealing effects on the diffusion of metal atoms in porous organosilicate glass (OSG) films were studied by monoenergetic positron beams. For a Cu(5 nm)/MnN(3 nm)/OSG(130 nm) sample fabricated with pore stuffing, C4F8 plasma etch, unstuffing, and a self-assembled monolayer (SAM) sealing process, it was found that pores with cubic pore side lengths of 1.1 and 3.1 nm coexisted in the OSG film. For the sample without the SAM sealing process, metal (Cu and Mn) atoms diffused from the top Cu/MnN layer into the OSG film and were trapped by the pores. As a result, almost all pore interiors were covered with those metals. For the sample damaged by an Ar/C4F8 plasma etch treatment before the SAM sealing process, SAMs diffused into the OSG film, and they were preferentially trapped by larger pores. The cubic pore side length in these pores containing self-assembled molecules was estimated to be 0.7 nm. Through this work, we have demonstrated that monoenergetic positron beams are a powerful tool for characterizing capped porous films and the trapping of atoms and molecules by pores.

  11. Generation and application of slow positrons based on a electron LINAC

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    History of slow positron in Institute of Materials Structure Science High Energy Accelerator Research Organization is explained. The principle of generation and application of intense positron beam is mentioned. Two sources of intense positron are radioactive decay of radioactive isotopes emitting positron and electron-positron pair creation. The radioactive decay method uses 58Co, 64Cu, 11C, 13N, 15O and 18F. The electron-positron pair creation method uses nuclear reactor or electron linear accelerator (LINAC). The positron experimental facility in this organization consists of electron LINAC, slow positron beam source, positron transport and experimental station. The outline of this facility is started. The intense slow positron beam is applied to research positronium work function, electron structure of surface. New method such as combination of positron lifetime measurement and slow positron beam or Auger electron spectroscopy by positron annihilation excitation and positron reemission microscope are developed. (S.Y.)

  12. Construction report of the PF slow-positron source. 1

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    The slow positron source utilizing the electron beam of the 2.5 GeV electron beam accelerator which is the synchrotron radiation injector is being constructed. The outline of the project and the present state of construction are reported. As of November, 1993, by injecting the electron beam of about 10 W to the targets for producing positrons, the slow positrons of 4 x 104 e+/s has been obtained in the laboratory. Finally, with the electron beam of 30 kW, it is aimed at to obtain the slow positron beam of 2 x 109 e+/s. In the slow positron source, the electron beam from the 2.5 GeV linear accelerator is used as the primary beam. This beam is led to the target with electromagnets. Radiation shields were strengthened, and the electrostatic lens system was attached to efficiently extract and send out slow positrons. The conveying system for slow positrons is explained. Primary electron beam, target and moderator for producing slow positrons, the change to continuous current of pulsed slow positron beam and the heightening of luminance of slow positron beam, and the experiment on the utilization of slow positron beam, and the control system for positron conveyance path are reported. (K.I.)

  13. Beam Based Measurements of Field Multipoles in the RHIC Low Beta Insertions and Extrapolation of the Method to the LHC

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    Koutchouk, Jean-Pierre; Ptitsyn, V I

    2001-01-01

    The multipolar content of the dipoles and quadrupoles is known to limit the stability of the beam dynamics in super-conducting machines like RHIC and even more in LHC. The low-beta quadrupoles are thus equipped with correcting coils up to the dodecapole order. The correction is planned to rely on magnetic measurements. We show that a relatively simple method allows an accurate measurement of the multipolar field aberrations using the beam. The principle is to displace the beam in the non-linear fields by local closed orbit bumps and to measure the variation of sensitive beam observable. The resolution and robustness of the method are found appropriate. Experimentation at RHIC showed clearly the presence of normal and skew sextupolar field components in addition to a skew quadrupolar component in the interaction regions. Higher-order components up to decapole order appear as well.

  14. Investigation of vacancy-type defects in helium irradiated FeCrNi alloy by slow positron beam

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    Graphical abstract: The variation of S parameter-incident positron energy profile for He ion irradiated Fe16.7Cr14.5Ni model alloy with different helium irradiation fluences at room temperature (RT) and 573 K, respectively. - Highlights: • He ions implanted into FeCrNi alloys with different fluence and temperature. • Large amount of vacancy-type defects formed after He ion irradiation. • He-vacancy complexes formed as helium atoms deposited in the material. • The diffusion mechanism of helium atoms might be changed at 573 K irradiation. - Abstract: The evolution of microstruture for Fe16.7Cr14.5Ni model alloy and 316 stainless steel irradiated with 140 keV He ions were studied by Positron annihilation spectroscopy. The fluences were 1 × 1016 and 5 × 1016 He ions/cm2. The irradiation temperature was room temperature and 573 K, respectively. The variation of S parameter-incident positron energy profile indicated that large amount of vacancy-type defects formed after He ion irradiation. Meanwhile, helium atoms deposited in bulk and certain amount of He-vacancy complexes were formed. The vacancy-type defects could be the major defects in track region and He-vacancy complexes would be the main defects in cascade region. The vacancy-type defects could migrate and aggregate to form vacancy clusters and even microvoids at elevated temperature irradiation. The diffusion mechanism of helium atoms might be changed at different irradiation temperature

  15. Annihilation Of Fast Channeled Positrons

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    Hunt, A W

    2000-01-01

    Energetic positrons propagating along low index directions in a crystal interact strongly with the periodic array of atoms via a process known as channeling. These channeled positrons are focused into the interstices of a crystal by a series of highly correlated small angle scattering events, thereby suppressing close nuclear collision processes and increasing interactions with valence electrons. Moreover, the positron trajectories can be manipulated to sample different spatial regions in the crystal, simply by changing the direction of the incident positron beam. As this direction deviates from that of the low index crystal direction the positron momentum transverse to this crystal direction increases, and the trajectories penetrate closer to the atomic nuclei of the crystal's atoms. Thus when observing the angular yield of close encounter events with the atomic nuclei, like wide angle Rutherford scattering, a characteristic channeling dip is obtained for positive ions and positrons traversing thin crystals[...

  16. Study on low-energy positron polarimetry

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    A Schälicke; G Alexander; R Dollan; K Laihem; T Lohse; S Riemann; P Starovoitov; A Ushakov

    2007-12-01

    A polarised positron source has been proposed for the design of the international linear collider (ILC). In order to optimise the positron beam, a measurement of its degree of polarisation close to the positron creation point is desired. In this contribution, methods for determining the positron polarisation at low energies are reviewed. A newly developed polarisation extension to GEANT4 will provide the basis for further polarimeter investigations.

  17. Annealing properties of open volumes in HfSiOx and HfAlOx gate dielectrics studied using monoenergetic positron beams

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    Thin Hf0.6Si0.4Ox and Hf0.3Al0.7Ox films fabricated by metal-organic chemical-vapor deposition and atomic-layer-deposition techniques were characterized using monoenergetic positron beams. Measurements of the Doppler broadening spectra of annihilation radiation and the lifetime spectra of positions indicated that positrons annihilated from the trapped state by open volumes that exist intrinsically in amorphous structures of the films. For HfSiOx, the mean size of the open volumes and their size distribution decreased with increasing postdeposition annealing (PDA) temperature. For HfAlOx, although the overall behavior of the open volumes in response to annealing was similar to that for HfSiOx, PDA caused a separation of the mean size of the open volumes. When this separation occurred, the value of the line-shape parameter S increased, suggesting an oxygen deficiency in the amorphous matrix. This fragmentation of the amorphous matrix can be suppressed by decreasing the annealing time

  18. Preliminary studies of the quickly pulsed synchrotron involved in the Beta-Beam project; Etudes preliminaires du synchrotron rapidement pulse du projet Beta-Beam

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    Lachaize, A

    2007-07-01

    This study presents a quickly-pulsed synchrotron able to accelerate He{sup 6} and Ne{sup 18} beams from 100 MeV/u till 3.5 GeV (proton equivalent) The accelerator is made up of 48 bending dipoles and 42 focusing quadrupoles. The design of the HF accelerating system, the bunch injection and the correction of errors in beam dynamics are dealt with.

  19. Annealing behaviors of vacancy-type defects near interfaces between metal contacts and GaN probed using a monoenergetic positron beam

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    Vacancy-type defects near interfaces between metal contacts and GaN grown on Si substrates by metal organic chemical vapor deposition have been studied using a monoenergetic positron beam. Measurements of Doppler broadening spectra of the annihilation radiation for Ti-deposited GaN showed that optically active vacancy-type defects were introduced below the Ti/GaN interface after annealing at 800 °C. Charge transition of those defects due to electron capture was observed and was found to correlate with a yellow band in the photoluminescence spectrum. The major defect species was identified as vacancy clusters such as three to five Ga-vacancies coupled with multiple nitrogen-vacancies. The annealing behaviors of vacancy-type defects in Ti-, Ni-, and Pt-deposited GaN were also examined

  20. High intensity laser generation of proton beams for the production of β+ sources used in positron emission tomography

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    Protons of energies up to 37 MeV have been generated using ultra-intense laser-solid interactions. These protons can be used to induce nuclear reactions in materials to produce β+ emitting nuclei of relevance to the nuclear medicine community for Positron Emission Tomography, namely 11C and 13N via (p,n) and (p,α) reactions. Activities of the order of 100 kBq have been measured from a single laser pulse. The possibility of using ultraintense lasers as a substitute to cyclotrons for isotope production is discussed

  1. P-426 measurement of the $\\beta$-asymmetry parameter in $^{35}$Ar decay with a laser polarized beam.

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    With this proposal we request beam time for the first two phases of a project that aims at measuring the $\\beta$-asymmetry parameter of the mirror $\\beta$-decay branch in $^{35}$Ar using an optically polarized Ar atom beam. The final goal of the experiment is to measure this parameter to a precision of 0.5%. This will allow the most precise determination of the V$_{ud}$ quark mixing matrix element from all the mirror transitions with an absolute uncertainty of 0.0007. The proposal will be presented in phases and we ask here 11 shifts (7 on-line + 4 off-line) for phase 1 and 15 shifts (6 on-line and 9 off-line) for phase 2. Phase 1 aims at establishing the optimal laser polarization scheme as well as the best implantation host for maintaining the polarization. Phase 2 aims at enhancing the beam polarization by removing the unpolarized part of the beam using re-ionization.

  2. Al/GaSb Contact with Slow Positron Beam%Al/GaSb异质结的慢正电子研究

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    王海云; 翁惠民; C.C.Ling; 叶邦角; 周先意

    2006-01-01

    用单能慢正电子束和X射线衍射方法研究了Al/n-GaSb金属半导体异质结在不同温度退火的情况下的演变.采用三层模型既Al/界面/GaSb对S-E实验数据进行拟合.结果发现在未退火样品的Al和GaSb之间存在一个厚度大约5 nm的界面层.在经过400℃退火后,该界面厚度增加到约400 nm,且S参数下降.这可能是由于在退火过程中,界面区域的原子在界面处相互扩散所引起的.Al膜的SAl参数降低且有效扩散长度LAi增加,说明Al膜内的空位缺陷经过退火被消除且进行结构重整,晶格结构不断变好的结果.衬底GaSb的SB参数和有效扩散长度LB的演变表明,经过250℃退火后,原有的正电子捕获中心消失;但是经进一步400℃退火,又产生了新的正电子捕获中心.这可能来源于其他类型的与VGa相关缺陷的正电子捕获以及Gasb晶格反位引起的正电子浅捕获.X射线衍射的测量结果证实了正电子方法的结论.%Annealing study of the Al/GaSb system was performed by using a slow positron beam and the measurement of X-ray diffraction. The S parameter against positron energy data were fitted by a three layer model (Al/interface/GaSb). It was found there was a ~5 nm interfacial at the region between the Al layer and bulk in the sample of as-deposited. After the 400 ℃ annealing, this interfacial region extends to over 40 nm and S parameter dramatically drops. This is possibly due to a new phase formation induced by the atoms'inter-diffusion at the interface. The annealing out of the open volume defects in the Al layer was revealed by the decrease of the S parameter and the increase of the effective diffusion length of the Al layer. Annealing behaviors of Sb and Lb of the GaSb bulk showed the annealing out of positron traps at 250 ℃. However,further annealing at 400 ℃ induces formation of positron traps, which are possibly another kind of VGarelated defect and the positron shallow trap GaSb anti

  3. Characteristics of the positron annihilation process in the matter

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    In this report the positrons annihilation spectroscopy, as a method for the matter study is described. The interaction of positrons of high as well as thermal energies are discussed and different models of mentioned interactions are presented. Special attention is paid for positrons interaction with crystal lattice and its defects. The influence of positron beams characteristics on measured values are also discussed

  4. Measurement of Moments and Radii of Light Nuclei by Collinear Fast-Beam Laser Spectroscopy and $\\beta$-NMR Spectroscopy

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    Marinova, K P

    2002-01-01

    Nuclear Moments and radii of light unstable isotopes are investigated by applying different high-sensitivity and high-resolution techniques based on collinear fast-beam laser spectroscopy. A study of nuclear structure in the sd shell is performed on neon isotopes in the extended chain of $^{17-28}$Ne, in particular on the proton-halo candidate $^{17}$Ne. Measurements of hyperfine structure and isotope shift have become possible by introducing an ultra-sensitive non-optical detection method which is based on optical pumping, state-selective collisional ionization and $\\beta$-activity counting. The small effect of nuclear radii on the optical isotope shifts of light elements requires very accurate measurements. The errors are dominated by uncertainties of the Doppler shifts which are conventionally determined from precisely measured acceleration voltages. These uncertainties are removed by measuring the beam energy with simultaneous excitation of two optical lines in parallel / antiparallel beam configuration. ...

  5. KEK-IMSS Slow Positron Facility

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    Hyodo, T; Wada, K; Yagishita, A; Kosuge, T; Saito, Y; Kurihara, T; Kikuchi, T; Shirakawa, A; Sanami, T; Ikeda, M; Ohsawa, S; Kakihara, K; Shidara, T, E-mail: toshio.hyodo@kek.jp [High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK) 1-1 Oho, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-0801 (Japan)

    2011-12-01

    The Slow Positron Facility at the Institute of Material Structure Science (IMSS) of High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK) is a user dedicated facility with an energy tunable (0.1 - 35 keV) slow positron beam produced by a dedicated 55MeV linac. The present beam line branches have been used for the positronium time-of-flight (Ps-TOF) measurements, the transmission positron microscope (TPM) and the photo-detachment of Ps negative ions (Ps{sup -}). During the year 2010, a reflection high-energy positron diffraction (RHEPD) measurement station is going to be installed. The slow positron generator (converter/ moderator) system will be modified to get a higher slow positron intensity, and a new user-friendly beam line power-supply control and vacuum monitoring system is being developed. Another plan for this year is the transfer of a {sup 22}Na-based slow positron beam from RIKEN. This machine will be used for the continuous slow positron beam applications and for the orientation training of those who are interested in beginning researches with a slow positron beam.

  6. KEK-IMSS Slow Positron Facility

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    The Slow Positron Facility at the Institute of Material Structure Science (IMSS) of High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK) is a user dedicated facility with an energy tunable (0.1 - 35 keV) slow positron beam produced by a dedicated 55MeV linac. The present beam line branches have been used for the positronium time-of-flight (Ps-TOF) measurements, the transmission positron microscope (TPM) and the photo-detachment of Ps negative ions (Ps-). During the year 2010, a reflection high-energy positron diffraction (RHEPD) measurement station is going to be installed. The slow positron generator (converter/ moderator) system will be modified to get a higher slow positron intensity, and a new user-friendly beam line power-supply control and vacuum monitoring system is being developed. Another plan for this year is the transfer of a 22Na-based slow positron beam from RIKEN. This machine will be used for the continuous slow positron beam applications and for the orientation training of those who are interested in beginning researches with a slow positron beam.

  7. Future laser-accelerated proton beams at ELI-Beamlines as potential source of positron emitters for PET

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    The development of novel compact PET radionuclide production systems is of great interest to promote the diffusion of PET diagnostics, especially in view of the continuous development of novel, fast and efficient, radiopharmaceutical methods of labeling. We studied the feasibility to produce clinically-relevant amounts of PET isotopes by means of laser-accelerated proton sources expected at the ELI-Beamlines facility where a PW, 30 fs, 10 Hz laser system will be available. The production yields of several positron emitters were calculated through the TALYS software, by taking into account three possible scenarios of broad proton spectra expected, with maximum energies ranging from about 8 MeV to 100 MeV. With the hypothesized proton fluencies, clinically-relevant amounts of radionuclides can be obtained, suitable to prepare single doses of radiopharmaceuticals exploiting modern fast and efficient labeling systems

  8. Future laser-accelerated proton beams at ELI-Beamlines as potential source of positron emitters for PET

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    Amato, E.; Italiano, A.; Margarone, D.; Pagano, B.; Baldari, S.; Korn, G.

    2016-04-01

    The development of novel compact PET radionuclide production systems is of great interest to promote the diffusion of PET diagnostics, especially in view of the continuous development of novel, fast and efficient, radiopharmaceutical methods of labeling. We studied the feasibility to produce clinically-relevant amounts of PET isotopes by means of laser-accelerated proton sources expected at the ELI-Beamlines facility where a PW, 30 fs, 10 Hz laser system will be available. The production yields of several positron emitters were calculated through the TALYS software, by taking into account three possible scenarios of broad proton spectra expected, with maximum energies ranging from about 8 MeV to 100 MeV. With the hypothesized proton fluencies, clinically-relevant amounts of radionuclides can be obtained, suitable to prepare single doses of radiopharmaceuticals exploiting modern fast and efficient labeling systems.

  9. Neutrinoless double positron decay and positron emitting electron capture in the interacting boson model

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    Barea, J; Iachello, F

    2015-01-01

    Neutrinoless double-$\\beta$ decay is of fundamental importance for determining the neutrino mass. Although double electron ($\\beta^-\\beta^-$) decay is the most promising mode, in very recent years interest in double positron ($\\beta^+\\beta^+$) decay, positron emitting electron capture ($EC\\beta^+$), and double electron capture ($ECEC$) has been renewed. We present here results of a calculation of nuclear matrix elements for neutrinoless double-$\\beta^+$ decay and positron emitting electron capture within the framework of the microscopic interacting boson model (IBM-2) for $^{58}$Ni, $^{64}$Zn, $^{78}$Kr, $^{96}$Ru, $^{106}$Cd, $^{124}$Xe, $^{130}$Ba, and $^{136}$Ce decay. By combining these with a calculation of phase space factors we calculate expected half-lives.

  10. Evaluation of nigrostriatal damage and its change over weeks in a rat model of Parkinson's disease: small animal positron emission tomography studies with [{sup 11}C]{beta}-CFT

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    Liu Limin; Wang Yong; Li Bo; Jia Jun; Sun Zuoli [Department of Physiology, Key Laboratory for Neurodegenerative Disorders of the Ministry of Education, Capital Medical University, Beijing 100069 (China); Zhang Jinming; Tian Jiahe [Department of Nuclear Medicine, Chinese PLA General Hospital, Beijing 100853 (China); Wang Xiaomin [Department of Physiology, Key Laboratory for Neurodegenerative Disorders of the Ministry of Education, Capital Medical University, Beijing 100069 (China)], E-mail: xmwang@ccmu.edu.cn

    2009-11-15

    Introduction: The cardinal pathological feature of Parkinson's disease (PD) is progressive loss of dopaminergic neurons. Since dopamine transporter (DAT) is a protein located presynaptically on dopaminergic nerve terminals, radioligands that bind to these sites are promising radiopharmaceuticals for evaluation of the integrity of the dopamine system. This study using positron emission tomography (PET) tracers, [{sup 11}C]-2{beta}-carbomethoxy-3{beta}-(4-fluorophenyl)-tropane ([{sup 11}C]{beta}-CFT, radioligand for DAT), was aimed at evaluating the degree of nigrostriatal damage and its change over weeks in a rat model of PD. Methods: The brains of these rats were unilaterally lesioned by mechanical transection of the nigrostriatal dopamine pathway at the medial forebrain bundle (MFB). Behavioral studies were carried out by apomorphine (APO) challenge prior to and 1, 2 and 4 weeks after MFB axotomy. Small animal PET scans were performed 2 days after the behavioral test. Immunohistochemistry was conducted 4 days after the last PET scan. Results: Compared with the contralateral intact side, a progressively decreased [{sup 11}C]{beta}-CFT binding was observed on the lesioned side which correlated inversely with the APO-induced rotations. Postmortem immunohistochemical studies confirmed the loss of both striatal dopamine fibers and nigral neurons on the lesioned side. Conclusion: These findings not only demonstrate that the neuronal degeneration in this model is relatively slow, but also suggest [{sup 11}C]{beta}-CFT is a sensitive marker to monitor the degree of nigrostriatal damage and its change over weeks. This marker can be used prospectively to study the progression of the disease, thereby making detection of early phases of PD possible.

  11. Development of a transmission positron microscope

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    A practical transmission positron microscope (TPM) JEM-1011B has been developed to survey differences in the interaction of positron and electron beams with materials, and is installed in the Slow Positron Facility of High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK). The TPM can share positron and electron beams, and can also be used as a transmission electron microscope (TEM). Positron transmission images up to magnification 10,000x (resolution: 50 nm) and positron diffraction patterns up to 044 family were successfully obtained by the TPM comparing them with those of electrons. The differences in material transmittances for both beams have been measured, and can be explained by the calculated results of the Monte Carlo simulation code PENELOPE-2008.

  12. Development of a transmission positron microscope

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    Matsuya, M., E-mail: matsuya@jeol.co.jp [JEOL Ltd., 1-2 Musashino, 3-Chome, Akishima, Tokyo 196-8558 (Japan); Jinno, S. [Department of Applied Chemistry, Chiba University, Yayoi, Inage, Chiba, Chiba 263-8552 (Japan); Ootsuka, T.; Inoue, M. [JEOL Ltd., 1-2 Musashino, 3-Chome, Akishima, Tokyo 196-8558 (Japan); Kurihara, T. [High Energy Accelerator Research Organization, Oho, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0801 (Japan); Doyama, M.; Inoue, M. [Teikyo University of Science and Technology, Uenohara, Yamanashi 409-0913 (Japan); Fujinami, M. [Department of Applied Chemistry, Chiba University, Yayoi, Inage, Chiba, Chiba 263-8552 (Japan)

    2011-07-21

    A practical transmission positron microscope (TPM) JEM-1011B has been developed to survey differences in the interaction of positron and electron beams with materials, and is installed in the Slow Positron Facility of High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK). The TPM can share positron and electron beams, and can also be used as a transmission electron microscope (TEM). Positron transmission images up to magnification 10,000x (resolution: 50 nm) and positron diffraction patterns up to 044 family were successfully obtained by the TPM comparing them with those of electrons. The differences in material transmittances for both beams have been measured, and can be explained by the calculated results of the Monte Carlo simulation code PENELOPE-2008.

  13. Use of superconducting linacs for positron generation: the EPOS system at the Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (FZD)

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    Intense positron sources require the pair production process for the positron generation. In case a pulsed positron source shall be constructed, a superconducting LINAC-based accelerator allows generating the required final time structure for the electron beam. This simplifies the positron beam construction. The first such setup, the EPOS system (ELBE Positron Source) at the Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (FZD), is described.

  14. 151Tb positron decay

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    The positron and (K251-β+)-coincidence spectra produced in the 151Tb are studied decay. The positron spectrum was detected by means of toroidal beta-spectrometers. The content of the 152Tb isotope impurity in 151Tb monoisotope sources was not more than 0.3 per cent. The β+-spectrum components and the Fermi-Curie diagram are shown. The ratio of positron intensity of that of K-conversion electrons of the 287.2 keV transition has been found Isub(β+)/Isub(K287.2)=0.36+-0.02. The 151Tb positron decay intensity has been determined: Isub(β+)=0.92+-0.12%. A fragment of the 1+H51Cd excited state scheme is shown. The experimental lg ft values for β-transitions in the 151Tb decay into excited states of 151Cd with the energies of 838.3 2 and 395.2 keV, equal to 6.46+-0.10 and 7.9+-0.1, are consistent with the ground state spin of 1/2 found for 151Tb by other authors

  15. Toward a European Network of Positron Laboratories

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    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Some applications of controlled-energy positron beams in material studies are discussed. In porous organic polysilicates, measurements of 3γ annihilation by Doppler broadening (DB method at the Trento University allowed to trace pore closing and filling by water vapor. In silicon coimplanted by He+ and H+, DB data combined with positron lifetime measurements at the München pulsed positron beam allowed to explain Si blistering. Presently measured samples of W for applications in thermonuclear reactors, irradiated by W+ and electrons, show vast changes of positron lifetimes, indicating complex dynamics of defects.

  16. Long distance nu_e -> nu_mu transitions and CP-violation with high intensity beta-beams

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    Rubbia, Carlo

    2013-01-01

    The recent experimental determinations of a large theta_13 angle have opened the way to a determination of the mass hierarchy and of the CP-violating phase. Experiments based on horn produced (anti-)neutrino conventional beams are presently under development. The event rates are marginal for a definitive search, since they require very intense beams and extremely large detector masses. Zucchelli has proposed a method in which pure (anti-)nu_e beams are generated by the beta-decay of relativistic radio-nuclides stored in a high energy storage ring pointing towards a far away neutrino detector. Since they have a much smaller transverse momentum distribution, the neutrino flux will be much more narrowly concentrated than with a horn. The isomeric doublet Li-8 (anti-nu_e, tau_1/2=0.84s) and B-8 (nu_e, tau_1/2=0.77s) has been studied. Neutrino and antineutrino beams are produced with an average transverse momentum of about 6.5 MeV/c. Radioactive ions may be generated with a dedicated table-top storage ring to supp...

  17. Positron production within our atmosphere

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    Dwyer, Joseph

    2016-04-01

    Positrons are commonly produced within our atmosphere by cosmic rays and the decay radioactive isotopes. Energetic positrons are also produced by pair production from the gamma rays generated by relativistic runaway electrons. Indeed, such positrons have been detected in Terrestrial Electron Beams (TEBs) in the inner magnetosphere by Fermi/GBM. In addition, positrons play an important role in relativistic feedback discharges (also known as dark lightning). Relativistic feedback models suggest that these discharges may be responsible for Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes (TGFs) and some gamma-ray glows. When producing TGFs, relativistic feedback discharges may generate large, lightning-like currents with current moments reaching hundreds of kA-km. In addition, relativistic feedback discharges also may limit the electric field that is possible in our atmosphere, affecting other mechanisms for generating runaway electrons. It is interesting that positrons, often thought of as exotic particles, may play an important role in thunderstorm processes. In this presentation, the role of positrons in high-energy atmospheric physics will be discussed. The unusual observation of positron clouds inside a thunderstorm by the ADELE instrument on an NCAR/NSF Gulfstream V aircraft will also be described. These observations illustrate that we still have much to learn about positron production within our atmosphere.

  18. Characterization of OSL commercial dosimeters using a hand phantom, in standard beta radiation beams

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    In this study, a hand phantom was developed and tested with Al2O3:C detectors (nanodots, Landauer) and the optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) technique. This paper shows the results of a characterization study of Al2O3:C detectors at the hand phantom, to simulate operations at a nuclear medicine service. The OSL detectors were exposed to standard beta radiation beans of the beta secondary standard system of the Calibration Laboratory at IPEN, with 90Sr + 90Y, 85Kr and 147Pm sources. The detectors were optically treated prior each reutilization. The results obtained show that for monitoring of workers exposed to beta radiation, the technique and the material are useful, but the energy dependence of the OSL response of Al2O3: C has to be taken into consideration. (author)

  19. Proceedings of the PF slow-positron source workshop

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    The workshop was held on December 21 and 22, 1993, at the National Laboratory for High Energy Physics (KEK). In the PF of KEK, the construction of the slow positron source by utilizing the 2.5 GeV electron linear accelerator has been advance, and recently, slow positrons have become to be leadable to the laboratory, though at low intensity. At the workshop, lectures were given on synchrotron radiation injector, present state of the PF slow positron source, present state of the slow positron source in ETL, conveyance of slow positron beam, accumulation of positrons, experiment of slow positron utilization, surface electron spectroscopy by slow positrons, surface study using slow positrons, positronium emission from nonmetallic surfaces, formation of positronium beam, expectation to irradiation defect research using slow positrons, application of slow positron beam to SiO2/Si system, application to electron structure research, chemical utilization of positron beam, possibility of X-ray microscope in various energy regions, and application of positron beam to thin films and artificial lattice. (K.I.)

  20. Positron emission tomography study on pancreatic somatostatin receptors in normal and diabetic rats with {sup 68}Ga-DOTA-octreotide: A potential PET tracer for beta cell mass measurement

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    Sako, Takeo [Division of Bio-function Dynamics Imaging, RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies, 6-7-3 Minatojima-minamimachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo 650-0047 (Japan); Division of Molecular Imaging, Institute of Biomedical Research and Innovation, 2-2 Minatojima-minamimachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo 650-0047 (Japan); Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine, 7-5-1 Kusunoki-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo 650-0017 (Japan); Hasegawa, Koki; Nishimura, Mie; Kanayama, Yousuke; Wada, Yasuhiro; Hayashinaka, Emi; Cui, Yilong; Kataoka, Yosky [Division of Bio-function Dynamics Imaging, RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies, 6-7-3 Minatojima-minamimachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo 650-0047 (Japan); Senda, Michio [Division of Bio-function Dynamics Imaging, RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies, 6-7-3 Minatojima-minamimachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo 650-0047 (Japan); Division of Molecular Imaging, Institute of Biomedical Research and Innovation, 2-2 Minatojima-minamimachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo 650-0047 (Japan); Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine, 7-5-1 Kusunoki-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo 650-0017 (Japan); Watanabe, Yasuyoshi, E-mail: yywata@riken.jp [Division of Bio-function Dynamics Imaging, RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies, 6-7-3 Minatojima-minamimachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo 650-0047 (Japan)

    2013-12-06

    Highlights: •PET images showed high uptake of {sup 68}Ga-DOTA-octreotide in the normal pancreas. •{sup 68}Ga-DOTA-octreotide specifically binds to somatostatin receptors in the pancreas. •The pancreatic uptake of {sup 68}Ga-DOTA-octreotide was decreased in the diabetic rats. •{sup 68}Ga-DOTA-octreotide could be a candidate PET probe to measure the beta cell mass. -- Abstract: Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a metabolic disorder characterized by hyperglycemia, and the loss or dysfunction of pancreatic beta cells has been reported before the appearance of clinical symptoms and hyperglycemia. To evaluate beta cell mass (BCM) for improving the detection and treatment of DM at earlier stages, we focused on somatostatin receptors that are highly expressed in the pancreatic beta cells, and developed a positron emission tomography (PET) probe derived from octreotide, a metabolically stable somatostatin analog. Octreotide was conjugated with 1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane-1,4,7,10-tetraacetic acid (DOTA), a chelating agent, and labeled with {sup 68}Gallium ({sup 68}Ga). After intravenous injection of {sup 68}Ga-DOTA-octreotide, a 90-min emission scan of the abdomen was performed in normal and DM model rats. The PET studies showed that {sup 68}Ga-DOTA-octreotide radioactivity was highly accumulated in the pancreas of normal rats and that the pancreatic accumulation was significantly reduced in the rats administered with an excess amount of unlabeled octreotide or after treatment with streptozotocin, which was used for the chemical induction of DM in rats. These results were in good agreement with the ex vivo biodistribution data. These results indicated that the pancreatic accumulation of {sup 68}Ga-DOTA-octreotide represented specific binding to the somatostatin receptors and reflected BCM. Therefore, PET imaging with {sup 68}Ga-DOTA-octreotide could be a potential tool for evaluating BCM.

  1. Depolarization in the ILC Linac-To-Ring Positron beamline

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    Kovalenko, Valentyn; Ushakov, Andriy [Hamburg Univ. (Germany). 2. Inst. fuer Theoretische Physik; Moortgat-Pick, Gudrid [Hamburg Univ. (Germany). 2. Inst. fuer Theoretische Physik; Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Hamburg (Germany); Riemann, Sabine [Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Zeuthen (Germany)

    2012-02-15

    To achieve the physics goals of future Linear Colliders, it is important that electron and positron beams are polarized. The positron source planned for the International Linear Collider (ILC) is based on a helical undulator system and can deliver a polarised beam with vertical stroke Pe{sup +} vertical stroke {>=} 60%. To ensure that no significant polarization is lost during the transport of the electron and positron beams from the source to the interaction region, spin tracking has to be included in all transport elements which can contribute to a loss of polarization. These are the positron source, the damping ring, the spin rotators, the main linac and the beam delivery system. In particular, the dynamics of the polarized positron beam is required to be investigated. The results of positron spin tracking and depolarization study at the Positron-Linac-To-Ring (PLTR) beamline are presented. (orig.)

  2. The Galactic Positron Annihilation Radiation & The Propagation of Positrons in the Interstellar Medium

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

    2007-01-01

    We consider positron propagation in the interstellar medium and show that the positrons from the beta-plus decay chains of the radioactive nuclei Ni-56, Ti-44, and Al-26, produced in Galactic supernovae, can fully account for all the features of the diffuse Galactic 511 keV annihilation radiation observed by INTEGRAL/SPI. We also predict additional measurable features that can further test the origin of positrons and provide new information on the nature of the interstellar medium.

  3. CP-Violation in Neutrino Oscillations from EC/{beta}{sup +} decaying ion beams

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    Espinoza, Catalina [Centre for Theoretical Particle Physics, IST, Technical University of Lisbon, Av. Rovisco Pais 1, 1049-001 Lisboa (Portugal)

    2012-08-15

    We discuss the separation of unknown neutrino properties by means of the energy dependence of the oscillation probability and we consider an hybrid setup which combines the electron capture and the {beta}{sup +} decay from the same radioactive proton-rich ion with the same boost. We conclude that the combination of the two decay channels, with different neutrino energies, achieves remarkable results.

  4. Design of a transmission electron positron microscope

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    This paper reports the plans and design of positron-electron microscopes being built at KEK (High Energy Accelerator Research Organization), Tsukuba, Japan. A used electron microscope is altered. The kinetic energies of positrons produced by accelerators or by nuclear decays are not a unique value but show a spread over in a wide range. Positron beam is guided to a transmission electron microscope (JEM100SX). Positrons are moderated by a tungsten foil, are accelerated and are focused on a nickel sheet. The monochromatic focused beam is injected into an electron microscope. The focusing and aberration of positrons are the same as electrons in a magnetic system which are used in commercial electron microscopes. Imaging plates are used to record positron images for the transmission electron microscope. (author)

  5. Search for the electron-positron decay of an axionlike particle from a 590 MeV proton beam dump

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    A search was made for the decay of a light neutral particle into an e+e--pair behind the dump of the PSI (formerly SIN) 590 MeV proton beam. The detector consisted of two counter triggered optical spark chambers mounted two meters apart. A decay signal would have been detected within a cone of about 100 around the direction to the beam dump. For 300 coulomb of protons we found no excess of decay events over the background. Consequently we can exclude the existence of a standard axion for X-parameters between 13.6 and 300, equivalent to masses between 2me and 20 MeV. For the decay mode a0→e+e- the standard axion model predicts a decay rate Γee≅2x106 ma-1 MeV s-1 whereas our analysis yields a limit Γeea-1 MeV s-1 with 90% confidence. In the general case, e.g. for an axionlike boson χ0 we exclude values for the decay constant fχ4 GeV with 90% confidence for masses between 2 me and 20 MeV. (orig.)

  6. Prototyping of the ILC Baseline Positron Target

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    Gronberg, J; Brooksby, C; Piggott, T; Abbott, R; Javedani, J; Cook, E

    2012-02-29

    The ILC positron system uses novel helical undulators to create a powerful photon beam from the main electron beam. This beam is passed through a titanium target to convert it into electron-positron pairs. The target is constructed as a 1 m diameter wheel spinning at 2000 RPM to smear the 1 ms ILC pulse train over 10 cm. A pulsed flux concentrating magnet is used to increase the positron capture efficiency. It is cooled to liquid nitrogen temperatures to maximize the flatness of the magnetic field over the 1 ms ILC pulse train. We report on prototyping effort on this system.

  7. Computational methods for analyzing the transmission characteristics of a beta particle magnetic analysis system

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    Singh, J. J.

    1979-01-01

    Computational methods were developed to study the trajectories of beta particles (positrons) through a magnetic analysis system as a function of the spatial distribution of the radionuclides in the beta source, size and shape of the source collimator, and the strength of the analyzer magnetic field. On the basis of these methods, the particle flux, their energy spectrum, and source-to-target transit times have been calculated for Na-22 positrons as a function of the analyzer magnetic field and the size and location of the target. These data are in studies requiring parallel beams of positrons of uniform energy such as measurement of the moisture distribution in composite materials. Computer programs for obtaining various trajectories are included.

  8. A prototype of an extrapolation chamber for beta radiation beams of 90Sr+90Y

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    Extrapolation chamber is the only primary standard dosimeter for beta radiation. With the aim to test new configurations and materials using easily-available and low-cost materials and fulfill the need of a chamber for scientific metrological purposes, in this paper the prototype of an extrapolation chamber has been built and its performance has been investigated in the beta radiation field of 90Sr+90Y. The main differences between the chamber and commercially available chambers are the geometry, constituent material and configuration. The obtained results were compared with those of the calibration certificate of the source and an agreement within 4 % was verified. The depth-dose curve was also obtained and compared with the curve published in ISO 6980, showing a good agreement. Moreover, Monte Carlo simulation was undertaken using MCNP4C code and the relative difference of 0.3 % was observed compared to the experiment. All of the results proved the suitability of the chamber in the beta radiation field of 90Sr+90Y. (author)

  9. Nanometer cavities studied by positron annihilation

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    Positronium (Ps) is trapped in cavities in insulating solids, and the lifetime of ortho Ps is determined by the size of the cavity. The information on the properties of the cavities obtained by use of the standard slow positron beam and the 'normal' positron annihilation techniques is compared for several selected cases. (author)

  10. Beam patterns in an optical parametric oscillator set-up employing walk-off compensating beta barium borate crystals

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    This paper describes the investigation of an optical parametric oscillator (OPO) set-up based on two beta barium borate (BBO) crystals, where the interplay between the crystal orientations, cut angles and air dispersion substantially influenced the OPO performance, and especially the angular spectrum of the output beam. Theory suggests that if two BBO crystals are used in this type of design, they should be of different cuts. This paper aims to provide an experimental manifestation of this fact. Furthermore, it has been shown that air dispersion produces similar effects and should be taken into account. An x-ray crystallographic indexing of the crystals was performed as an independent test of the above conclusions. (paper)

  11. Beam patterns in an optical parametric oscillator set-up employing walk-off compensating beta barium borate crystals

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    Kaucikas, M.; Warren, M.; Michailovas, A.; Antanavicius, R.; van Thor, J. J.

    2013-02-01

    This paper describes the investigation of an optical parametric oscillator (OPO) set-up based on two beta barium borate (BBO) crystals, where the interplay between the crystal orientations, cut angles and air dispersion substantially influenced the OPO performance, and especially the angular spectrum of the output beam. Theory suggests that if two BBO crystals are used in this type of design, they should be of different cuts. This paper aims to provide an experimental manifestation of this fact. Furthermore, it has been shown that air dispersion produces similar effects and should be taken into account. An x-ray crystallographic indexing of the crystals was performed as an independent test of the above conclusions.

  12. Personnel exposure from positron emitters

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    Positron emitters may contribute considerably to the radiation from induced radioactivity in accelerator environments. In most cases of thick radiating objects (magnets, shielding walls) the dose rate from gamma emitters, including the 511 keV annihilation photons from positron emitters, dominates the radiation field. Direct positron interaction in skin tissue and in the lens of the eye may be an important contribution to absorbed dose in cases of thin targets and beam separating septa. Results of calculations and measurements show, however, that the dose to the lens of the eye is limited by limitations placed on whole-body doses. Irradiation from positron emitters gives rise to about the same absorbed doses as those experienced in the case of an electron exposure. (author)

  13. Study of radiation detectors response in standard X, gamma and beta radiation standard beams; Estudo da resposta de monitores de radioprotecao em feixes padronizados de radiacao X, gama e beta

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    Nonato, Fernanda Beatrice Conceicao

    2010-07-01

    The response of 76 Geiger-Mueller detectors, 4 semiconductor detectors and 34 ionization chambers were studied. Many of them were calibrated with gamma radiation beams ({sup 37}Cs and {sup 60}Co), and some of them were tested in beta radiation ({sup 90}Sr+{sup 9'}0Y e {sup 204}Tl) and X radiation (N-60, N-80, N-100, N-150) beams. For all three types of radiation, the calibration factors of the instruments were obtained, and the energy and angular dependences were studied. For beta and gamma radiation, the angular dependence was studied for incident radiation angles of 0 deg and +- 45 deg. The curves of the response of the instruments were obtained over an angle interval of 0 deg to +- 90 deg, for gamma, beta and X radiations. The calibration factors obtained for beta radiation were compared to those obtained for gamma radiation. For gamma radiation, 24 of the 66 tested Geiger-Mueller detectors presented results for the energy dependence according to international recommendation of ISO 4037-2 and 56 were in accordance with the Brazilian ABNT 10011 recommendation. The ionization chambers and semiconductors were in accordance to national and international recommendations. All instruments showed angular dependence less than 40%. For beta radiation, the instruments showed unsatisfactory results for the energy dependence and angular dependence. For X radiation, the ionization chambers presented results for energy dependence according to the national recommendation, and the angular dependence was less than 40%. (author)

  14. Production of highly-polarized positrons using polarized electrons at MeV energies

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    Abbott, D; Adeyemi, A; Aguilera, P; Ali, M; Areti, H; Baylac, M; Benesch, J; Bosson, G; Cade, B; Camsonne, A; Cardman, L S; Clark, J; Cole, P; Covert, S; Cuevas, C; Dadoun, O; Dale, D; Dong, H; Dumas, J; Fanchini, E; Forest, T; Forman, E; Freyberger, A; Froidefond, E; Golge, S; Grames, J; Guèye, P; Hansknecht, J; Harrell, P; Hoskins, J; Hyde, C; Josey, B; Kazimi, R; Kim, Y; Machie, D; Mahoney, K; Mammei, R; Marton, M; McCarter, J; McCaughan, M; McHugh, M; McNulty, D; Mesick, K E; Michaelides, T; Michaels, R; Moffit, B; Moser, D; Camacho, C Muñoz; Muraz, J -F; Opper, A; Poelker, M; Réal, J -S; Richardson, L; Setiniyaz, S; Stutzman, M; Suleiman, R; Tennant, C; Tsai, C; Turner, D; Ungaro, M; Variola, A; Voutier, E; Wang, Y; Zhang, Y

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    The Polarized Electrons for Polarized Positrons experiment at the injector of the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility has demonstrated for the first time the efficient transfer of polarization from electrons to positrons produced by the polarized bremsstrahlung radiation induced by a polarized electron beam in a high-$Z$ target. Positron polarization up to 82\\% have been measured for an initial electron beam momentum of 8.19~MeV/$c$, limited only by the electron beam polarization. This technique extends polarized positron capabilities from GeV to MeV electron beams, and opens access to polarized positron beam physics to a wide community.

  15. Detection and imaging of the oxygen deficiency in single crystalline YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ} thin films using a scanning positron beam

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    Reiner, M.; Gigl, T.; Hugenschmidt, C. [Lehrstuhl E21 at Physics Department and FRM II at Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (MLZ), Technische Universität München, James-Franck Straße, 85748 Garching (Germany); Jany, R.; Hammerl, G. [Experimental Physics VI, Center for Electronic Correlations and Magnetism, University of Augsburg, Universitätsstraße 1, 86135 Augsburg (Germany)

    2015-03-16

    Single crystalline YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ} (YBCO) thin films were grown by pulsed laser deposition in order to probe the oxygen deficiency δ using a mono-energetic positron beam. The sample set covered a large range of δ (0.191 < δ < 0.791) yielding a variation of the critical temperature T{sub c} between 25 and 90 K. We found a linear correlation between the Doppler broadening of the positron electron annihilation line and δ determined by X-ray diffraction. Ab-initio calculations have been performed in order to exclude the presence of Y vacancies and to ensure the negligible influence of potentially present Ba or Cu vacancies to the found correlation. Moreover, scanning with the positron beam allowed us to analyze the spatial variation of δ, which was found to fluctuate with a standard deviation of up to 0.079(5) within a single YBCO film.

  16. Measurement of e{sup +}p neutral current deep inelastic scattering with a longitudinally polarised positron beam and X-ray radiation damage for silicon sensors

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    Januschek, Friederike

    2012-05-15

    The cross sections for Neutral Current e{sup +}p Deep Inelastic Scattering (NC DIS) with longitudinally polarised positron beams were measured at a centre-of-mass energy {radical}(s)=318 GeV using the ZEUS detector at HERA. Single-differential cross sections as a function of the virtuality of the exchanged boson, Q{sup 2}, of the inelasticity, y, and of the Bjorken scaling variable, x, and reduced cross sections (as a function of x and Q{sup 2}) were measured in the phase space region defined as Q{sup 2}>185 GeV{sup 2}, y<0.9 and y(1-x){sup 2}>0.004. The results, based on data corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 135.5 pb{sup -1}, are given for zero polarisation for the whole sample, as well as for both positive and negative values of the longitudinal polarisation of the positron beam. The measured cross sections are compared to the predictions of the Standard Model. The proton structure function xF{sub 3} is measured and the interference term xF{sup {gamma}}{sup Z}{sub 3} is extracted as a function of x at Q{sup 2}=1500 GeV{sup 2} by extrapolating the measurements done at different Q{sup 2} values. The presented measurements of the polarised e{sup +}p NC DIS cross sections, the xF{sub 3} structure function and the xF{sup {gamma}}{sup Z}{sub 3} interference term exceed the precision of previous ZEUS measurements. The uncertainties of the Parton Density Functions (PDFs) for the gluon and the u-valence quark are expected to be reduced at high-x values when the presented results are included in the PDF fits of the proton. A study is presented to further reduce PDF uncertainties for the gluon at very high x (above 10{sup -1}) through the inclusion of DIS dijet cross sections in a ZEUS-JETS-like PDF fit. An irradiation facility to study the X-ray-induced radiation damage of silicon sensors for the European XFEL was set up at HASYLAB. Nine gate-controlled diodes were irradiated with doses from 1 kGy to 1 GGy in several irradiation steps and the surface current I

  17. Detection of Local, Regional, and Distant Recurrence in Patients With PSA Relapse After External-Beam Radiotherapy Using 11C-Choline Positron Emission Tomography

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    Purpose: An elevated serum prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level cannot distinguish between local-regional recurrences and the presence of distant metastases after treatment with curative intent for prostate cancer. With the advent of salvage treatment such as cryotherapy, it has become important to localize the site of recurrence (local or distant). In this study, the potential of 11C-choline positron emission tomography (PET) to identify site of recurrence was investigated in patients with rising PSA after external-beam radiotherapy (EBRT). Methods and Materials: Seventy patients with histologically proven prostate cancer treated with EBRT and showing biochemical recurrence as defined by American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology consensus statement and 10 patients without recurrence underwent a PET scan using 400 MBq 11C-choline intravenously. Biopsy-proven histology from the site of suspicion, findings with other imaging modalities, clinical follow-up and/or response to adjuvant therapy were used as comparative references. Results: None of the 10 patients without biochemical recurrence had a positive PET scan. Fifty-seven of 70 patients with biochemical recurrence (median PSA 9.1 ng/mL; mean PSA 12.3 ng/mL) showed an abnormal uptake pattern (sensitivity 81%). The site of recurrence was only local in 41 of 57 patients (mean PSA 11.1 ng/mL at scan), locoregionally and/or distant in 16 of 57 patients (mean PSA 17.7 ng/mL). Overall the positive predictive value and negative predictive value for 11C-choline PET scan were 1.0 and 0.44 respectively. Accuracy was 84%. Conclusions: 11C-choline PET scan is a sensitive technique to identify the site of recurrence in patients with PSA relapse after EBRT for prostate cancer.

  18. Kinetic effects on streaming instabilities in electron-positron-ion plasmas

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    Shan, S. Ali; Saleem, H.

    2009-02-01

    Streaming instabilities in electron-positron-ion plasmas are investigated using kinetic approach in several different limits. The effects of the variation of background temperatures of electrons Teo and positrons Tpo on the growth rates are also presented for the case of ion beam streaming into electron-positron plasmas and positrons beam streaming into electron-ion plasmas. It is noticed that the increase of number density of positrons gives a destabilizing trend to the electrostatic perturbations in the system.

  19. Usefulness of Positron Emission Tomography With Fluorine-18-Fluorodeoxyglucose in Predicting Treatment Response in Unresectable Hepatocellular Carcinoma Patients Treated With External Beam Radiotherapy

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    Purpose: To assess the significance of the ratio between standardized uptake values (SUV) of tumor and normal liver tissue obtained from positron emission tomography with fluorine-18-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG-PET) in predicting the response of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients treated with external beam radiotherapy (EBRT). Methods and Materials: We retrospectively analyzed 35 HCC patients who were treated with EBRT between January 2004 and June 2007. All patients underwent FDG-PET in which SUV values were obtained from tumor and normal liver tissues and were used to calculate the ratios (SUVTumor/SUVLiver). After FDG-PET, patients received liver treatment including concurrent chemoradiation, transarterial chemoembolization plus RT, or intraarterial chemotherapy plus RT. Using three-dimensional conformal RT, median dose of 45 Gy was delivered in conventional fractions. Patients underwent abdominal/pelvic CT 1 month after RT, and treatment responses were evaluated according to the Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors criteria. Results: Patients were divided into high-SUV ratio group (n = 20) and low-SUV ratio group (n = 15) according to SUV ratio at a cutoff value of 2.5. Objective responses consisting of either complete response (CR) or partial response (PR) were observed in 16 and 6 patients (46% vs. 17%, p = 0.015), respectively; median survivals after RT were 8 months and 5 months (p = 0.41) for the high-SUV ratio group and the low-SUV ratio group, respectively. Rates of intrahepatic metastases (9% vs. 11%, p = 0.39) and distant metastases (32% vs. 32%, p = 0.27) showed no significant difference between two groups. Conclusions: External beam RT for HCC patients with higher SUV ratios resulted in higher response rates than for patients with lower SUV ratios. Treatment of HCC with higher SUV ratios did not result in increased survival; high rates of intrahepatic and distant metastases in both SUV groups may have affected patient survival. SUV ratios

  20. Positron impact ionization of atomic hydrogen

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    Jones, G.O.; Charlton, M.; Slevin, J.; Laricchia, G.; Kover, A.; Poulsen, M.R.; Chormaic, S.N. (University Coll., London (United Kingdom). Dept. of Physics and Astronomy)

    1993-08-14

    Ionization cross sections for positrons impacting on atomic hydrogen have been measured for kinetic energies in the range 15-700 eV. This has been done in a crossed-beam geometry where a magnetically guided positron beam intersects a hydrogen gas jet emanating from a radio frequency discharge tube. Electron impact ionization cross sections were also measured with the same apparatus thus facilitating comparison with, and normalization to, published results. (author).

  1. Positron impact ionization of atomic hydrogen

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    Ionization cross sections for positrons impacting on atomic hydrogen have been measured for kinetic energies in the range 15-700 eV. This has been done in a crossed-beam geometry where a magnetically guided positron beam intersects a hydrogen gas jet emanating from a radio frequency discharge tube. Electron impact ionization cross sections were also measured with the same apparatus thus facilitating comparison with, and normalization to, published results. (author)

  2. The Buffer-Gas Positron Accumulator and Resonances in Positron-Molecule Interactions

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    Surko, C.M.

    2007-01-01

    This is a personal account of the development of our buffer-gas positron trap and the new generation of cold beams that these traps enabled. Dick Drachman provided much appreciated advice to us from the time we started the project. The physics underlying trap operation is related to resonances (or apparent resonances) in positron-molecule interactions. Amusingly, experiments enabled by the trap allowed us to understand these processes. The positron-resonance "box score" to date is one resounding "yes," namely vibrational Feshbach resonances in positron annihilation on hydrocarbons; a "probably" for positron-impact electronic excitation of CO and NZ;an d a "maybe" for vibrational excitation of selected molecules. Two of these processes enabled the efficient operation of the trap, and one almost killed it in infancy. We conclude with a brief overview of further applications of the trapping technology discussed here, such as "massive" positron storage and beams with meV energy resolution.

  3. A positron accumulator for antihydrogen synthesis

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    Jørgensen, L V; Fine, K S; Watson, T L; Van der Werf, D P; Charlton, M

    2001-01-01

    A positron accumulator based on the modified Penning-Malmberg design of Surko and co-workers at UCSD has been constructed and undergone testing in preparation for the ATHENA experiment now under way at CERN. This experiment aims to produce and characterize atomic anti- hydrogen. The positron accumulator utilises nitrogen buffer gas to cool and trap a continuous beam of positrons emanating from a /sup 22 /Na radioactive source. A solid neon moderator slows the positrons from the source down to epithermal energies of a few eV before being injected into the trap. It is estimated that around 10/sup 7/ positrons can be trapped and cooled to ambient temperature within a couple of minutes in this scheme using a 6 mCi source. Preliminary tests have so far demonstrated trapping of approximately 3*10/sup 6/ positrons and an efficiency of the Ne moderator of nearly 1%. (8 refs).

  4. Positron annihilation

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    The main work in the annihilation of positrons at Harwell (UK) has been the application of the technique of technological problems to do with the effects of radiation damage and mechanical phenomena, such as fatigue and creep, on the properties of materials. Three experimental techniques for studying positron annihilation in solids are documented in this article. Nuclear pulse counting methods are being used, also angular correlation and the Doppler method. The irradiation of metals and alloys with fast neutrons at high temperatures in a reactor can cause voids to develop in the material. Defects are also produced by the plastic deformation of metals and alloys. It opens up the possibility of using positron annihilation as a practical non-destructive tool to assess mechanical damage in materials. Harwell has also been able to make measurements on the inside surface of a hole in a metal sample and on variously-shaped notched and cracked test pieces, which means that it is possible to apply the technique to engineering components

  5. Irradiation of an IBL stave in a 10MeV beta beam

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    Bilbao de Mendizabal, J; The ATLAS collaboration; Nuiry, FX; Seez, W

    2013-01-01

    The new IBL detector (Insertable B-Layer), due to be integrated into the ATLAS detector as the closest Pixel layer to the beam pipe during the first LHC long-shutdown (2013), is composed of fourteen stave sub-assemblies. These staves have a triangular cross section carbon foam core, sandwiched between a triangular carbon fibre plate (omega) and a flat top plate (faceplate) onto which the silicon detector modules and services are glued. The assembly is strongly dependant on glue and thermal grease interfaces; high density amorphous materials prone to degradation under high radiation doses. In order to evaluate the mechanical stability and integrity of one of these staves it was decided to impose a very high radiation dose upon it, representative of the full dose IBL will receive in its life-cycle. Because of the lack of availability of proton beams - the closest approximation to the radiation received in operation - with a large enough sweep area and dose it was decided to undertake the experiment using an ind...

  6. Production of slow positrons using an electron linac

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    Intense pulsed slow-positron beams have been produced using electron linac beams of energy 25 MeV. Slow positorons were counted by complete separation from strong flashed signals produced directly by the primary electron pulsed beam. The yield of low-energy positrons was estimated as 2x106 slow positrons per second. The conversion efficiency of slow-positron production for 25 MeV electrons, epsilon, was 2.4x10-8, much lower than the value obtained by Howell et al. Several methods of overcoming the difficulties of practical application were attempted, and are discussed in the paper. (author)

  7. Positron recycling in high energy linear colliders

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    A positron recycling scheme is presented which is capable of recovering at least 90% of the disrupted positron beam for a 2x250 GeV linear collider. The beam is separated from the oncoming electron beam and radiation damped in a several kilometers long wiggler section. The beam is then ready to be reinjected into the positron damping ring. Energy spread due to beamstrahlung and beam disruption are considered on the basis of existing numerical as well as analytical studies. Chromatic effects in the separation and matching section are compensated by sextupole magnets. Secondary effects of the wigglers, as for instance transverse emittance growth due to quantum fluctuations and nonlinear field components, are estimated analytically. (orig.)

  8. Forty years of acting electron-positron colliders

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    Around forty years passed from the beginning of operation of the first electron-positron colliding beam facility VEPP-2 in Institute of Nuclear Physics (INP), Novosibirsk. Historical aspects of development of electron-positron colliding beam project in INP as well as advance of similar projects of the first generation at LAL, Orsay and at LNF, Frascati are considered

  9. Texas Intense Positron Source (TIPS)

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    O'Kelly, D.

    2003-03-01

    The Texas Intense Positron Source (TIPS) is a state of the art variable energy positron beam under construction at the Nuclear Engineering Teaching Laboratory (NETL). Projected intensities on the order of the order of 10^7 e+/second using ^64Cu as the positron source are expected. Owing to is short half-life (t1/2 12.8 hrs), plans are to produce the ^64Cu isotope on-site using beam port 1 of NETL TRIGA Mark II reactor. Following tungsten moderation, the positrons will be electrostatically focused and accelerated from few 10's of eV up to 30 keV. This intensity and energy range should allow routine performance of several analytical techniques of interest to surface scientists (PALS, PADB and perhaps PAES and LEPD.) The TIPS project is being developed in parallel phases. Phase I of the project entails construction of the vacuum system, source chamber, main beam line, electrostatic/magnetic focusing and transport system as well as moderator design. Initial construction, testing and characterization of moderator and beam transport elements are underway and will use a commercially available 10 mCi ^22Na radioisotope as a source of positrons. Phase II of the project is concerned primarily with the Cu source geometry and thermal properties as well as production and physical handling of the radioisotope. Additional instrument optimizing based upon experience gained during Phase I will be incorporated in the final design. Current progress of both phases will be presented along with motivations and future directions.

  10. BETA-S, Multi-Group Beta-Ray Spectra

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    1 - Description of program or function: BETA-S calculates beta-decay source terms and energy spectra in multigroup format for time-dependent radionuclide inventories of actinides, fission products, and activation products. Multigroup spectra may be calculated in any arbitrary energy-group structure. The code also calculates the total beta energy release rate from the sum of the average beta-ray energies as determined from the spectral distributions. BETA-S also provides users with an option to determine principal beta-decaying radionuclides contributing to each energy group. The CCC-545/SCALE 4.3 (or SCALE4.2) code system must be installed on the computer before installing BETA-S, which requires the SCALE subroutine library and nuclide-inventory generation from the ORIGEN-S code. 2 - Methods:Well-established models for beta-energy distributions are used to explicitly represent allowed, and 1., 2. - and 3. -forbidden transition types. Forbidden non-unique transitions are assumed to have a spectral shape of allowed transitions. The multigroup energy spectra are calculated by numerically integrating the energy distribution functions using an adaptive Simpson's Rule algorithm. Nuclide inventories are obtained from a binary interface produced by the ORIGEN-S code. BETA-S calculates the spectra for all isotopes on the binary interface that have associated beta-decay transition data in the ENSDF-95 library, developed for the BETA-S code. This library was generated from ENSDF data and contains 715 materials, representing approximately 8500 individual beta transition branches. 3 - Restrictions on the complexity of the problem: The algorithms do not treat positron decay transitions or internal conversion electrons. The neglect of positron transitions in inconsequential for most applications involving aggregate fission products, since most of the decay modes are via electrons. The neglect of internal conversion electrons may impact on the accuracy of the spectrum in the low

  11. Polarized positron source with a Compton multiple interaction point line

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    Chaikovska, I; Dadoun, O; Lepercq, P; Variola, A

    2014-01-01

    Positron sources are critical components of the future linear collider projects. This is essentially due to the high luminosity required, orders of magnitude higher than existing ones. In addition, polarization of the positron beam rather expands the physics research potential of the machine. In this framework, the Compton sources for polarized positron production are taken into account where the high energy gamma rays are produced by the Compton scattering and subsequently converted into the polarized electron-positron pairs in a target-converter. The Compton multiple Interaction Point (IP) line is proposed as one of the solutions to increase the number of the positrons produced. The gamma ray production with the Compton multiple IP line is simulated and used for polarized positron generation. Later, a capture section based on an adiabatic matching device (AMD) followed by a pre-injector linac is simulated to capture and accelerate the positron beam.

  12. Positron sources for electron-positron colliders application to the ILC and CLIC

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    2008-01-01

    The increased demanding qualities for positron sources dedicated to e+e- colliders pushed on investigations oriented on new kinds of e+ sources. The different kinds of positron sources polarized and no polarized are considered. Their main features (intensity, emittance) are described and analysed. Comparison between the different sources is worked out. The characteristics of the positron beam available in the collision point are greatly depending on the capture device and on the positron accelerator. Different kinds of capture systems are considered and their qualities, compared. Intense positron sources which are necessary for the colliders require intense incident beams (electrons or photons). The large number of pairs created in the targets leads to important energy deposition and so, thermal heating, which associated to temperature gradients provoke mechanical stresses often destructive. Moreover, the important Coulomb collisions, can affect the atomic structure in crystal targets and the radiation resist...

  13. Part I: $\\beta$-delayed fission, laser spectroscopy and shape-coexistence studies with astatine beams; Part II: Delineating the island of deformation in the light gold isotopes by means of laser spectroscopy

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    Andreyev, Andrei

    2013-01-01

    Part I: $\\beta$-delayed fission, laser spectroscopy and shape-coexistence studies with astatine beams; Part II: Delineating the island of deformation in the light gold isotopes by means of laser spectroscopy

  14. Method to generate a large number of slow positrons with a modular photon-positron converter

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    A simple method of producing an intense beam of slow positrons is proposed. X-rays radiating forward from a high Z target at the bombardment of pulsed e-beams penetrate many thin tungsten foil strips which are aligned parallel and assembled into a stack of modules with grids on one side. Stepwise electric potentials applied between the neighbouring modules produce the grid focussing field for collecting slow positrons emerging from the strip surfaces. The total wide surface area and the effective collection realize a high production rate of slow positrons above 1014s-1 during the pulse of a 35 MeV, 0.5 A LINAC. (author)

  15. Development of a low-energy and high-current pulsed neutral beam injector with a washer-gun plasma source for high-beta plasma experiments.

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    Ii, Toru; Gi, Keii; Umezawa, Toshiyuki; Asai, Tomohiko; Inomoto, Michiaki; Ono, Yasushi

    2012-08-01

    We have developed a novel and economical neutral-beam injection system by employing a washer-gun plasma source. It provides a low-cost and maintenance-free ion beam, thus eliminating the need for the filaments and water-cooling systems employed conventionally. In our primary experiments, the washer gun produced a source plasma with an electron temperature of approximately 5 eV and an electron density of 5 × 10(17) m(-3), i.e., conditions suitable for ion-beam extraction. The dependence of the extracted beam current on the acceleration voltage is consistent with space-charge current limitation, because the observed current density is almost proportional to the 3/2 power of the acceleration voltage below approximately 8 kV. By optimizing plasma formation, we successfully achieved beam extraction of up to 40 A at 15 kV and a pulse length in excess of 0.25 ms. Its low-voltage and high-current pulsed-beam properties enable us to apply this high-power neutral beam injection into a high-beta compact torus plasma characterized by a low magnetic field. PMID:22938291

  16. Defect Characterization of 6H-SiC Studied by Slow Positron Beam%6H-SiC缺陷的慢正电子研究

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    王海云; 翁惠民; 周先意

    2008-01-01

    The defect formation and annealing behavior in as-grown and electron-irradiated 6H-SiC wafers were investi-gated by variable-energy slow positron beam.For the n-type as-grown samples.it was found that annealing decreased the defect concentration due to recombination with interstitial.and when it was annealed at 1400℃ for 30 min in vacuum,a 20 nm thick Si layer was found on the top of SiC substrate.which is a direct proof of the Si atom diffusing to the surface when annealed at the high temperature stages.During the high temperature annealing stage,we found an obvious surface effect occurred that induced the higher S parameter close to the surface.This may be caused by the diflusion of the Si atoms to the surface during annealing.After 10 MeV electron irradiation of the n-type 6H-SiC,the positron effective diffusion length decreased from 86.2 nm to 39.1 nm.This shows that there are some defects created in n-type 6H-SiC.But in the p-type 6H-SiC irradiated by 10 MeV electrons,the change is very small.This may be because of the opposite charge of the vacancy defects.The same annealing behavior as that of as-grown 6H-SiC samples was also observed for the 1.8 MeV electron-irradiated 6H-SiC samples except that after being annealed at 300℃,its defect concentration increased.This may be explained 88 the generation of carbon vacancies.due to either the recombination between divacancies and silicon interstitial,or the charge of the charge states.%利用单能慢正电子束流,对原生的和经过电子辐照的6H-SiC内的缺陷形成及其退火行为进行研究.发现在n型6H-SiC中,经过退火后缺陷浓度降低.这主要是因为在退火过程中缺陷和间隙子的相互作用所引起.n型6H-Si经过1400℃、30 min真空退火后,在SiC表面形成一个大约20 nm的Si层,这是在高温退火过程中Si原子向表面逸出的有力证明.在高温退火中,在样品的近表面区域有一个明显的表面效应,既在这些区域的S参数整体较

  17. Modeling and analysis of all the positron emitters simulation steps generated during the treatment phase in proton-therapy - from the beam to the PET camera - for the follow-up of the irradiations

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    The proton-therapy is an innovative technique for cancer treatment in critical areas, such as the eye or the head. Even though the interaction of protons with human tissues is a well-known physical phenomenon which gives rise to the proton-therapy, there are uncertainties on the proton trajectory due to heterogeneities in the irradiated tissue, the calculation of the beam parameters in the planning treatment affects the theoretical benefits of the protons and the chosen dose delivery process. Thus, methods for irradiation quality control have been suggested. Most of them rely on utilizing the mapping of the positron emitters generated during the irradiation. They are detectable and quantifiable thanks to the use of the PET (positron emitter tomography), a medical imaging technique mainly used for the cancer expansion assessment. PET acquisitions were proposed and then realized on phantoms and patients after proton-therapy. The quality control relies on comparing the measured radioactive distribution to the simulated β+ distribution. The modeling of the positron activity generated by protons in the irradiated area can be divided into three steps: the simulation of the proton beam, the modeling of the proton interactions in the irradiated object and the modeling of the PET acquisition. Different ways of simulating these steps are possible. This PhD work suggests different ways of modeling the three steps and evaluates theirs benefits for the irradiation quality control. We have restrained our evaluation to the verification of the proton range and to the uncertainties related to the proton range. This research work utilizes on irradiations in homogenous and inhomogeneous areas in a head model. We have compared the uncertainties on the proton range measured thanks to the following β+ distributions: 1) A β+ distribution obtained by modeling the irradiation with a proton beam simulated analytically and simulated using the complete Monte Carlo method; 2) A Monte Carlo

  18. Validation of electro-thermal simulation with experimental data to prepare online operation of a molten salt target at ISOLDE for the Beta Beams

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    Cimmino, S; Marzari, S; Stora, T

    2013-01-01

    The main objective of the Beta Beams is to study oscillation property of pure electrons neutrinos. It produces high energy beams of pure electron neutrinos and anti-neutrinos for oscillation experiments by beta decay of He-6 and Ne-18 radioactive ion beams, stored in a decay ring at gamma = 100. The production of He-6 beam has already been accomplished using a thick beryllium oxide target. However, the production of the needed rate of Ne-18 has proven to be more challenging. In order to achieve the requested yield for Ne-18 a new high power target design based on a circulating molten salt loop has been proposed. To verify some elements of the design, a static molten salt target prototype has been developed at ISOLDE and operated successfully. This paper describes the electro-thermal study of the molten salt target taking into account the heat produced by Joule effect, radiative heat exchange, active water cooling due to forced convection and air passive cooling due to natural convection. The numerical results...

  19. Progress Towards a Positron Reaction Microscope

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    Williams, A. I.; Kover, A.; Murtagh, D. J.; Laricchia, G

    2010-01-01

    The progress toward the construction of a positron reaction microscope is outlined. The design principles of an electrostatic lens system used to focus and transport the positron beam with a similar to 1 mm diameter spot are briefly discussed. Also presented here are the results obtained from the characterisation of the supersonic gas jet assembly, an increased peaking factor of similar to 4 has been observed along with a centerline density of 10(12) cm(-3).

  20. Multi-beam second-harmonic generation in beta barium borate with a spatial light modulator and application to internal structuring in poly(methyl methacrylate)

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    Liu, D.; Perrie, W.; Kuang, Z.; Scully, P. J.; Baum, A.; Liang, S.; Edwardson, S. P.; Fearon, E.; Dearden, G.; Watkins, K. G.

    2012-06-01

    Parallel beam frequency doubling of 170 fs, NIR pulses is demonstrated by placing a thin beta barium borate (BBO) nonlinear crystal after a spatial light modulator. Computer-generated holograms applied to the spatial light modulator create 18 parallel diffracted beams at the fundamental wavelength λ=775 nm, then frequency doubled to λ=387 nm and focussed inside the poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) substrate for refractive index structuring. This procedure, demonstrated for the first time in PMMA, requires careful attention to phase matching of multiple beams and opens up dynamic parallel processing at UV wavelengths where nematic liquid crystal devices are more sensitive to optical damage. By overlapping filamentary modifications, an efficient, stable volume phase grating with dimensions 5×5×2.0 mm3 and pitch Λ=15 μm was fabricated in 18 minutes and reached a first-order diffraction efficiency of 70 % at the Bragg angle.

  1. Spin correlations in nonperturbative electron-positron pair creation by petawatt laser pulses colliding with a TeV proton beam

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    T. Müller; C. Müller

    2011-01-01

    The influence of the electron spin degree of freedom on nonperturbative electron-positron pair production by high-energy proton impact on an intense laser field of circular polarization is analyzed. Predictions from the Dirac and Klein-Gordon theories are compared and a spin-resolved calculation is performed. We show that the various spin configurations possess very different production probabilities and discuss the transfer of helicity in this highly nonlinear process. Our predictions could ...

  2. Positron acceleration in plasma bubble wakefield driven by an ultraintense laser

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    Hou, Ya-Juan; Wan, Feng; Sang, Hai-Bo; Xie, Bai-Song

    2016-01-01

    The dynamics of positrons accelerating in electron-positron-ion plasma bubble fields driven by an ultraintense laser is investigated. The bubble wakefield is obtained theoretically when laser pulses are propagating in the electron-positron-ion plasma. To restrict the positrons transversely, an electron beam is injected. Acceleration regions and non-acceleration ones of positrons are obtained by the numerical simulation. It is found that the ponderomotive force causes the fluctuation of the positrons momenta, which results in the trapping of them at a lower ion density. The energy gaining of the accelerated positrons is demonstrated, which is helpful for practical applications.

  3. Undulator-based production of polarized positrons

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    Alexander, G. [Tel-Aviv Univ. (Israel); Barley, J. [Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY (United States); Batygin, Y. [SLAC, Menlo Park, CA (US)] (and others)

    2009-05-15

    Full exploitation of the physics potential of a future International Linear Collider will require the use of polarized electron and positron beams. Experiment E166 at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) has demonstrated a scheme in which an electron beam passes through a helical undulator to generate photons (whose first-harmonic spectrum extended to 7.9 MeV) with circular polarization, which are then converted in a thin target to generate longitudinally polarized positrons and electrons. The experiment was carried out with a one-meter-long, 400-period, pulsed helical undulator in the Final Focus Test Beam (FFTB) operated at 46.6 GeV. Measurements of the positron polarization have been performed at five positron energies from 4.5 to 7.5 MeV. In addition, the electron polarization has been determined at 6.7MeV, and the effect of operating the undulator with a ferrofluid was also investigated. To compare the measurements with expectations, detailed simulations were made with an upgraded version of GEANT4 that includes the dominant polarization-dependent interactions of electrons, positrons, and photons with matter. The measurements agree with calculations, corresponding to 80% polarization for positrons near 6 MeV and 90% for electrons near 7 MeV. (orig.)

  4. Undulator-based production of polarized positrons

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    Full exploitation of the physics potential of a future International Linear Collider will require the use of polarized electron and positron beams. Experiment E166 at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) has demonstrated a scheme in which an electron beam passes through a helical undulator to generate photons (whose first-harmonic spectrum extended to 7.9 MeV) with circular polarization, which are then converted in a thin target to generate longitudinally polarized positrons and electrons. The experiment was carried out with a one-meter-long, 400-period, pulsed helical undulator in the Final Focus Test Beam (FFTB) operated at 46.6 GeV. Measurements of the positron polarization have been performed at five positron energies from 4.5 to 7.5 MeV. In addition, the electron polarization has been determined at 6.7MeV, and the effect of operating the undulator with a ferrofluid was also investigated. To compare the measurements with expectations, detailed simulations were made with an upgraded version of GEANT4 that includes the dominant polarization-dependent interactions of electrons, positrons, and photons with matter. The measurements agree with calculations, corresponding to 80% polarization for positrons near 6 MeV and 90% for electrons near 7 MeV. (orig.)

  5. Positron tomographs

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    Specifications of position emission tomographs used for examination of brain and internal organs of human beings are presented. The tomograph comprises a detecting system, devices for detector displacement, sighting, calibration, electronics units (discriminators-formers, coincidence circuits, coders, buffer memory), detectors for detecting system position, bed for patient. Spatial resolution of the tomograph is determined by sizes of the detectors and their dispositin relatively to the object of examination. Besides, it depends on positron path in the investigated medium, deflections of the angle of scatter of annihilation quanta from 180 deg, distribution of points of gamma-quantum interaction by depth of the detector, filter and algorithm of image reconstruction, motion of organs of a patient, motion of labelled pharm-preparation in the organism. Such factors as absorption of annihilation radiation by substance of an object, radiation scattering and registration of random coincidences essentially affect the quality of tomographic image. It is shown that use of asseblies of microchannel plates and a scintillator on the base of barium fluoride permits to produce a coordinate-sensitive detector for a tomograph complying with highest requirements

  6. Development of Texas intense positron source

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    Köymen, A. R.; Ünlü, K.; Jacobsen, F. M.; Göktepeli, S.; Wehring, B. W.

    1999-02-01

    The Texas Intense Positron Source (TIPS) is a reactor-based low-energy positron beam facility utilizing some novel techniques in positron beam production. This facility will be located at the University of Texas (UT) at Austin Nuclear Engineering Teaching Laboratory (NETL) and is being developed by UT Austin and UT Arlington researchers. TIPS will use a large area (total area of 900-1800 cm 2) 64Cu source to supply fast β + particles for subsequent moderation to form an intense monoenergetic positron beam in the energy range of 0-50 keV with an expected intensity of 10 8 e +/s. Natural copper will be neutron activated near the core of the NETL 1 MW TRIGA Mark II research reactor to produce the 64Cu isotope. The activated source will be transported to the moderator/remoderator assembly, outside the biological shield of the reactor. This assembly combines the primary moderation and posterior remoderation of the fast β + particles into one stage using solid Kr to produce a low-energy positron source of a few eV with a diameter of 8 mm. The low-energy positron beam is then extracted by an electrostatic modified SOA gun and after further acceleration to 5 keV, the beam is focused onto the object slit of a 90° bending magnet. After further focusing and another 90° bend, the beam enters the main accelerator/decelerator that transports the beam onto the target for experimentation. The components of TIPS have been manufactured and are currently being optimized. In this communication we present some of the details of the TIPS facility and furthermore briefly discuss its intended applications.

  7. Experimental Study of a Positron\\\\ Source Using Channeling

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    Gavrykov, V; Kulibaba, V; Baier, V; Beloborodov, K; Bojenok, A; Bukin, A; Burdin, S; Dimova, T; Druzhinin, V; Dubrovin, M; Seredniakov, S; Shary, V; Strakhovenko, V; Keppler, P; Major, J; Bogdanov, A V; Potylitsin, A; Vnoukov, I; Artru, X; Lautesse, P; Poizat, J-C; Remillieux, J

    2002-01-01

    Many simulations have predicted that the yield of positrons, resulting from the interaction of fast electrons in a solid target, increases if the target is a crystal oriented with a major axis parallel to the electron beam. Tests made at Orsay and Tokyo confirmed these expectations. The experiment WA 103 concerns the determination of the main characteristics (emittance, energy spread) of a crystal positron source which could replace advantageously the conventional positron converters foreseen in some linear collider projects. The main element of the set-up is a magnetic spectrometer, using a drift chamber, where the positron trajectories are reconstructed (see Figure 1) A first run has been operated in july 2000 and the first results showed, as expected, a significant enhancement in photon and positron generation along the $$ axis of the tungsten crystal. Indications about a significant increase in the number of soft photons and positrons were also gathered : this point is of importance for the positron colle...

  8. PREFACE: The International Workshop on Positron Studies of Defects 2014

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    Sugita, Kazuki; Shirai, Yasuharu

    2016-01-01

    The International Workshop on Positron Studies of Defects 2014 (PSD-14) was held in Kyoto, Japan from 14-19 September, 2014. The PSD Workshop brought together positron scientists interested in studying defects to an international platform for presenting and discussing recent results and achievements, including new experimental and theoretical methods in the field. The workshop topics can be characterized as follows: • Positron studies of defects in semiconductors and oxides • Positron studies of defects in metals • New experimental methods and equipment • Theoretical calculations and simulations of momentum distributions, positron lifetimes and other characteristics for defects • Positron studies of defects in combination with complementary methods • Positron beam studies of defects at surfaces, interfaces, in sub-surface regions and thin films • Nanostructures and amorphous materials

  9. Choice for optimal positron converter at low energies

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    The positron production rate is the factor determining limiting parameters of electron-positron colliders. The procedure for the search of the optimum form of positron converter at low energy of incident beam is suggested based on the preliminary selection of simulated events. The computer code for estimation of the conversion coefficient on IBM PC is described which uses the events preliminary prepared with the UNIMOD2 simulation routine. 9 refs

  10. Q-value for the positron decay of /sup 109/Sb and the level structure of /sup 109/Sn

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    Johnston, M G; Kirchner, R; Klepper, O; Misaelides, P; Nolan, P J; Peuser, P; Roeckl, E; Tidemand-Petersson, P

    1981-01-01

    The Q/sub EC/ value for the decay of /sup 109/Sb was determined to be 6380+or-16 keV from the analysis of mass-109 beta - gamma coincidence data accumulated using the on-line mass separator at GSI. Positron end-points were measured with a plastic scintillator telescope for the spectra in coincidence with gamma -transitions to the ground state of /sup 109/Sn. The decay scheme of /sup 109/Sb has been established, and additional information about the level structure of /sup 109/Sn obtained from in-beam measurements using the /sup 106/Cd( alpha , n) reaction. (10 refs).

  11. Theory, development, and applications of the scanning positron microbeam and positron reemission microscope

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    The theory, design, development, and applications of two new imaging instruments, the scanning positron microbeam (SPM) and positron reemission microscope (PRM), are discussed. The SPM consists of a sectored lens which focuses and rasters the positrons from the beam across the sample. The results of rastering the 10μm x 50μm beam across a test grid demonstrate the SPM's ability to scan a 500μm diameter region and to resolve features with ∼ 5μm resolution. The SPM was used to examine the location of defects in a Si-on-SiO2 sample. Possible applications to three dimensional defect spectroscopy and the observation of small samples are considered. In the PRM, the positrons from the brightness-enhanced beam are focused at 5keV to an 8/Am diameter spot (FWHM) onto a thin metal single crystal. An image of the opposing side of the film is formed by accelerating and focusing the reemitted thermalized positrons with a cathode lens objective and a projector lens. The final image (real) is a record of the thermal positron emission intensity versus position. Images of surface and subsurface defect structures, taken at magnifications up to 4400x and with a resolution up to 80nm, are presented and discussed. The ultimate resolution capabilities and possible applications of the PRM are examined. The implantation and diffusion process of positrons was studied with the PRM by examining the positron emission profile of 3-9keV positrons implanted into a 2200 angstrom thick Ni single crystal

  12. Electron-Positron Accumulator (EPA)

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    1986-01-01

    After acceleration in the low-current linac LIL-W, the electrons and positrons are accumulated in EPA to obtain a sufficient intensity and a suitable time-structure, before being passed on to the PS for further acceleration to 3.5 GeV. Electrons circulate from right to left, positrons in the other direction. Dipole bending magnets are red, focusing quadrupoles blue, sextupoles for chromaticity-control orange. The vertical tube at the left of the picture belongs to an optical transport system carrying the synchrotron radiation to detectors for beam size measurement. Construction of EPA was completed in spring 1986. LIL-W and EPA were conceived for an energy of 600 MeV, but operation was limited to 500 MeV.

  13. Positron Interactions with Biologically Relevant Molecules

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    Palihawadana, P.; Machacek, J. R.; Anderson, E.; Makochekanwa, C.; Sullivan, J. P.; Garcia, G.; Brunger, M. J.; Buckman, S. J.

    2011-05-01

    A series of measurements of positron interactions with biologically relevant molecules have been undertaken. We present both total scattering and differential scattering cross sections for Uracil (C4H4N2O2) , Tetrahydrofuran or THF (C4H8O), 3-hydroxy-THF(C4H8O2) and Pyrimidine (C4H4N2) . These measurements are absolute and include the positronium formation cross section which is important to investigations of positron transport in biological systems. The energy of the magnetically confined positron beam can be tuned between 1 and 200 eV, and the energy resolution of the beam is between 60 and 100 meV. We will discuss the experimental techniques, the sources of systematic errors which limit the current results, and prospects for the future. This work is supported by the Australian Research Council and the Australian Government's ISL Program.

  14. Defects in silicon after B+ implantation: A study using a positron-beam technique, Rutherford backscattering, secondary neutral mass spectroscopy, and infrared absorption spectroscopy

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    Eichler, S.; Gebauer, J.; Börner, F.; Polity, A.; Krause-Rehberg, R.; Wendler, E.; Weber, B.; Wesch, W.; Börner, H.

    1997-07-01

    The distribution of defects in Si (100), (110), and (111) after boron implantation and annealing processes was measured by means of different methods. Boron implantation was carried out at 300 K with three energies (50, 150, and 300 keV or 30, 90, and 180 keV) in multiple mode to obtain a homogeneously damaged layer. Ion fluences ranged from 1014 to 1016 B+ cm-2. The profile of vacancy-type defects was detected by variable-energy positron annihilation spectroscopy (VEPAS). The defect concentration increases proportionally to Φ, where Φ is the ion fluence. It was found that the line-shape parameter S of the positron-electron annihilation peak in the implanted layer increases with Φ. The divacancy (2v) concentration observed by infrared absorption spectroscopy (IRAS) was nearly constant in all samples (about 1.8×1019 cm-3). It can be concluded that divacancies are not the main vacancy-type defect and the increasing S parameter must be attributed to additional defects of larger open volume. A value Sdefect/Sbulk=1.048 was fitted for the dominating defect, where S2v/Sbulk=1.04. Rutherford backscattering (RBS) measurements were carried out to detect the distribution of displaced lattice atoms. The defect-production rate was proportional to Φ again. The concentration profiles of implanted ions were measured with sputtered neutral mass spectrometry (SNMS). In addition, Monte Carlo calculations were done with the TRIM code. The nearly homogenous defect distributions up to a depth of 1 μm found by VEPAS, TRIM, and RBS are in very good accordance. The samples were annealed up to 1150 K. It was found that the annealing behavior of vacancylike defects depends on the implantation dose and on the sample material under investigation. The divacancies are annealed at 470 K as measured by IRAS. An annealing stage of vacancy clusters at 725 K was observed in all samples by VEPAS. In Czochralski material, a decrease of the S parameter below the value of defect-free Si was

  15. Positron Source Simulations for ILC 1 TeV Upgrade

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    Ushakov, Andriy; Riemann, Sabine; Liu, Wanming; Gai, Wei

    2013-01-01

    The generation and capture of polarized positrons at a source with a superconducting helical undulator having 4.3 cm period and 500 GeV electron drive beam have been simulated. The positron polarization has been calculated for the different undulator K values (up to K = 2.5). Without applying a photon collimator, the maximal polarization of positrons is about 25% for 231 meters active magnet length of undulator with K = 0.7. Using an undulator with K = 2.5 and a collimator with an aperture radius of 0.9 mm results in increase of positron polarization to 54%. The energy deposition, temperature rise and stress induced by high intense photon beam in the rotated titanium-alloy target have been estimated. The maximal thermal stress in the target is about 224 MPa for the source with photon collimation to achieve a positron polarization of 54%.

  16. Liquid Xenon Detectors for Positron Emission Tomography

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    Miceli, A.; Amaudruz, P.; Benard, F.; Bryman, D. A.; Kurchaninov, L.; Martin, J. P.; Muennich, A.; Retiere, F.; Ruth, T J.; Sossi, V.; A.J. Stoessl

    2011-01-01

    PET is a functional imaging technique based on detection of annihilation photons following beta decay producing positrons. In this paper, we present the concept of a new PET system for preclinical applications consisting of a ring of twelve time projection chambers filled with liquid xenon viewed by avalanche photodiodes. Simultaneous measurement of ionization charge and scintillation light leads to a significant improvement to spatial resolution, image quality, and sensitivity. Simulated per...

  17. Positron emission tomography.

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    Hoffman, E J; Phelps, M E

    1979-01-01

    Conventional nuclear imaging techniques utilizing lead collimation rely on radioactive tracers with little role in human physiology. The principles of imaging based on coincidence detection of the annihilation radiation produced in positron decay indicate that this mode of detection is uniquely suited for use in emission computed tomography. The only gamma-ray-emitting isotopes of carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen are positron emitters, which yield energies too high for conventional imaging techniques. Thus development of positron emitters in nuclear medicine imaging would make possible the use of a new class of physiologically active, positron-emitting radiopharmaceuticals. The application of these principles is described in the use of a physiologically active compound labeled with a positron emitter and positron-emission computed tomography to measure the local cerebral metabolic rate in humans. PMID:440173

  18. Is it possible to obtain polarized positrons during multiple Compton backscattering process?

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    Potylitsin, A P

    2003-01-01

    If a beam of unpolarized positrons (which is considered as a sum of two fractions with opposite helicities) passes through an intense circular polarized laser radiation these fractions may be separated. For high laser flash intensity each positron will interact with $k_0\\gg$1 laser photons subsequently (linear multiple compton scattering process). Due to difference in the compton cross-section for positrons polarized in opposite directions the mean final energy of each fraction will be different. It allows to get a polarized positron beam using the momentum selection (with some intensity loss). Estimations show the possibility to obtain a positron beam with 35% longitudinal polarization and 25% intensity from the initial one for focussed laser flash with total energy 5J and positron beam with energy 5 GeV.

  19. PET monitoring of cancer therapy with He-3 and C-12 beams: a study with the GEANT4 toolkit

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    Pshenichnov, Igor; Mishustin, Igor; Greiner, Walter

    2007-01-01

    We study the spatial distributions of $\\beta^+$-activity produced by therapeutic beams of $^3$He and $^{12}$C ions in various tissue-like materials. The calculations were performed within a Monte Carlo model for Heavy-Ion Therapy (MCHIT) based on the GEANT4 toolkit. The contributions from $^{10,11}$C, $^{13}$N, $^{14,15}$O, $^{17,18}$F and $^{30}$P positron-emitting nuclei were calculated and compared with experimental data obtained during and after irradiation. Positron emitting nuclei are created by $^{12}$C beam in fragmentation reactions of projectile and target nuclei. This leads to a $\\beta^+$-activity profile characterised by a noticeable peak located close to the Bragg peak in the corresponding depth-dose distribution. On the contrary, as the most of positron-emitting nuclei are produced by $^3$He beam in target fragmentation reactions, the calculated total $\\beta^+$-activity during or soon after the irradiation period is evenly distributed within the projectile range. However, we predict also the pre...

  20. Undulator-Based Production of Polarized Positrons

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    Alexander, Gideon; Batygin, Yuri; Berridge, Steven; Bharadwaj, Vinod; Bower, Gary; Bugg, William; Decker, Franz-Josef; Dollan, Ralph; Efremenko, Yuri; Floettmann, Klaus; Gharibyan, Vahagn; Hast, Carsten; Iverson, Richard; Kolanoski, Hermann; Kovermann, Jan W; Laihem, Karim; Lohse, Thomas; McDonald, Kirk T; Mikhailichenko, Alexander A; Moortgat-Pick, Gudrid; Pahl, Philipp; Pitthan, Rainer; Poeschl, Roman; Reinherz-Aronis, Erez; Riemann, Sabine; Schaelicke, Andreas; Schueler, Klaus-Peter; Schweizer, Thomas; Scott, Duncan; Sheppard, John C; Stahl, Achim; Szalata, Zenon; Walz, Dieter R; Weidemann, Achim

    2009-01-01

    Full exploitation of the physics potential of a future International Linear Collider will require the use of polarized electron and positron beams. Experiment E166 at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) has demonstrated a scheme in which an electron beam passes through a helical undulator to generate photons (whose first-harmonic spectrum extended to 7.9MeV) with circular polarization, which are then converted in a thin target to generate longitudinally polarized positrons and electrons. The experiment was carried out with a one-meter-long, 400-period, pulsed helical undulator in the Final Focus Test Beam (FFTB) operated at 46.6GeV. Measurements of the positron polarization have been performed at five positron energies from 4.5 to 7.5MeV. In addition, the electron polarization has been determined at 6.7MeV, and the effect of operating the undulator with a ferrofluid was also investigated. To compare the measurements with expectations, detailed simulations were made with an upgraded version of Geant4...

  1. A mega watt electron positron conversion target

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    Intense sources of positrons are required to achieve in high energy electron-positron colliders the desired elevated luminosities. Positrons are produced by diverting part of the high energy electrons onto a target, from which low energy positrons are collected and re-injected into the e--e+ collider. Within the frame of a design study for a high luminosity beauty factory, ARES [1] presently under consideration at FRASCATI, a conceptual design has been worked out for the targeting of a 2 GeV- electron beam with an average current of 770 μA and an average power of 1.5 MW. In order to handle these extreme power densities, a rotating wheel is considered intercepting the beam at its periphery such that the beam power is spread around its circumference. The target concept has already been described earlier. In this paper the authors summarize the principle features, consider certain critical technical aspects and discusses in some detail the prevailing radiation problems

  2. Beta-delayed gamma decay of 26P: Possible evidence of a proton halo

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    Pérez-Loureiro, D; Bennett, M B; Liddick, S N; Bowe, A; Brown, B A; Chen, A A; Chipps, K A; Cooper, N; Irvine, D; McNeice, E; Montes, F; Naqvi, F; Ortez, R; Pain, S D; Pereira, J; Prokop, C J; Quaglia, J; Quinn, S J; Sakstrup, J; Santia, M; Schwartz, S B; Shanab, S; Simon, A; Spyrou, A; Thiagalingam, E

    2016-01-01

    Background: Measurements of $\\beta$ decay provide important nuclear structure information that can be used to probe isospin asymmetries and inform nuclear astrophysics studies. Purpose: To measure the $\\beta$-delayed $\\gamma$ decay of $^{26}$P and compare the results with previous experimental results and shell-model calculations. Method: A $^{26}$P fast beam produced using nuclear fragmentation was implanted into a planar germanium detector. Its $\\beta$-delayed $\\gamma$-ray emission was measured with an array of 16 high-purity germanium detectors. Positrons emitted in the decay were detected in coincidence to reduce the background. Results: The absolute intensities of $^{26}$P $\\beta$-delayed $\\gamma$-rays were determined. A total of six new $\\beta$-decay branches and 15 new $\\gamma$-ray lines have been observed for the first time in $^{26}$P $\\beta$-decay. A complete $\\beta$-decay scheme was built for the allowed transitions to bound excited states of $^{26}$Si. $ft$ values and Gamow-Teller strengths were a...

  3. Formation of a high intensity low energy positron string

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    Donets, E. D.; Donets, E. E.; Syresin, E. M.; Itahashi, T.; Dubinov, A. E.

    2004-05-01

    The possibility of a high intensity low energy positron beam production is discussed. The proposed Positron String Trap (PST) is based on the principles and technology of the Electron String Ion Source (ESIS) developed in JINR during the last decade. A linear version of ESIS has been used successfully for the production of intense highly charged ion beams of various elements. Now the Tubular Electron String Ion Source (TESIS) concept is under study and this opens really new promising possibilities in physics and technology. In this report, we discuss the application of the tubular-type trap for the storage of positrons cooled to the cryogenic temperatures of 0.05 meV. It is intended that the positron flux at the energy of 1-5 eV, produced by the external source, is injected into the Tubular Positron Trap which has a similar construction as the TESIS. Then the low energy positrons are captured in the PST Penning trap and are cooled down because of their synchrotron radiation in the strong (5-10 T) applied magnetic field. It is expected that the proposed PST should permit storing and cooling to cryogenic temperature of up to 5×109 positrons. The accumulated cooled positrons can be used further for various physics applications, for example, antihydrogen production.

  4. Solvated Positron Chemistry. II

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    Mogensen, O. E.

    1979-01-01

    The reaction of the hydrated positron, eaq+ with Cl−, Br−, and I− ions in aqueous solutions was studied by means of positron The measured angular correlation curves for [Cl−, e+], [Br−, e+, and [I−, e+] bound states were in good agreement with th Because of this agreement and the fact that the ca...

  5. 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)

  6. Positron separators in Superomega muon beamline at J-PARC

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    Ikedo, Y., E-mail: ikedo@post.kek.jp [Institute of Materials and Structure Science, High Energy Accelerator Research Organization, Tokai Campus, 230-1 Shirakata, Tokai, Ibaraki 319-1106 (Japan); Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex, 2-4 Shirakata-Shirane, Tokai, Ibaraki 319-1195 (Japan); Miyake, Y.; Shimomura, K.; Strasser, P.; Kawamura, N.; Nishiyama, K.; Makimura, S.; Fujimori, H.; Koda, A.; Nakamura, J.; Nagatomo, T.; Kobayashi, Y. [Institute of Materials and Structure Science, High Energy Accelerator Research Organization, Tokai Campus, 230-1 Shirakata, Tokai, Ibaraki 319-1106 (Japan); Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex, 2-4 Shirakata-Shirane, Tokai, Ibaraki 319-1195 (Japan); Adachi, T. [Faculty of Science, University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo, Tokyo 113-0501 (Japan); Pant, A.D. [Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Medicine and Engineering, Yamanashi University, 4-3-11 Takeda, Kofu 400-8511 (Japan); Ogitsu, T.; Nakamoto, T.; Sasaki, K.; Ohata, H.; Okada, R.; Yamamoto, A. [Cryogenics Science Center, High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK), 1-1 Oho, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0501 (Japan); Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex, 2-4 Shirakata-Shirane, Tokai, Ibaraki 319-1195 (Japan); and others

    2013-12-15

    Highlights: • Three stage positron separators was installed onto the U-line in the MLF/J-PARC. • The separators can be applied 400 kV to the both electrodes. • The separators were tested and were confirmed to successfully eliminate the positrons from the beam. -- Abstract: A positron separator is one of the essential components of a muon beamline to eliminate contamination in the beam, mainly positrons that have the same momentum as muons and are transported together with the beam. In order to eliminate positrons efficiently, we selected a Wien filter type three-stage positron separator for the new muon beamline, called Superomega, that is under construction in the Materials and Life Science Experimental Facility (MLF) of the Japan Accelerator Research Complex (J-PARC). The Superomega muon beamline is the second muon beamline at MLF/J-PARC, and started operation in October of 2012. Here, we report on the features and the test results of the positron separators installed in the Superomega muon beamline.

  7. Positron astrophysics and areas of relation to low-energy positron physics

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    I briefly review our general knowledge of positron astrophysics, focusing mostly on the theoretical and modelling aspects. The experimental/observational aspects of the topic have recently been reviewed elsewhere [E. Churazov et al., Mon. Nat. R. Astron. Soc. 411, 1727 (2011); N. Prantazos et al., Rev. Mod. Phys. 83, 1001 (2011)]. In particular, I highlight the interactions and cross sections of the reactions that the positrons undergo in various cosmic media. Indeed, these must be of high interest to both the positron astrophysics community and the low-energy positron physics community in trying to find common areas of potential collaboration for the future or areas of research that will help the astrophysics community make further progress on the problem. The processes undergone by positrons from the moments of their birth to their annihilation (in the interstellar medium or other locations) are thus examined. The physics of the positron interactions with gases and solids (dust grains) and the physical conditions and characteristics of the environments where the processes of energy loss, positronium formation, and annihilation take place, are briefly reviewed. An explanation is given about how all the relevant physical information is taken into account in order to calculate annihilation rates and spectra of the 511 keV emission in the ISM; special attention is paid to positron interactions with dust and with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. In particular, an attempt is made to show to what extent the interactions between positrons and interstellar dust grains are similar to laboratory experiments in which beams of low-energy positrons impinge upon solids and surfaces. Sample results are shown for the effect of dust grains on positron annihilation spectra in some phases of the ISM which, together with high resolution spectra measured by satellites, can be used to infer useful knowledge about the environment where the annihilation is predominantly taking place

  8. Relativistic Quasimonoenergetic Positron Jets from Intense Laser-Solid Interactions

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    Detailed angle and energy resolved measurements of positrons ejected from the back of a gold target that was irradiated with an intense picosecond duration laser pulse reveal that the positrons are ejected in a collimated relativistic jet. The laser-positron energy conversion efficiency is ∼2x10-4. The jets have ∼20 degree angular divergence and the energy distributions are quasimonoenergetic with energy of 4 to 20 MeV and a beam temperature of ∼1 MeV. The sheath electric field on the surface of the target is shown to determine the positron energy. The positron angular and energy distribution is controlled by varying the sheath field, through the laser conditions and target geometry.

  9. Puzzling positron peaks in heavy-ion collisions

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    Characteristic features of positron creation in collisions of very heavy ions are depicted. First continuum solutions of the two-centre Dirac equation are presented. Calculated e+-production probabilities are compared with experimental data. The observation of puzzling peak structures in positron spectra is illuminated. Their relationship with the spontaneous positron emission in overcritical fields and, especially, with the hypothesis of a ''new particle creation'' is investigated. The ability of δ-electrons and positrons to carry precise informations on the time-scale of nuclear reactions in deep-inelastic and intermediate-energy collisions is demonstrated. As an outlook we discuss positron production in crossed beams of bare uranium nuclei. (orig.)

  10. Travelling wave accelerating structure design for TESLA positron injector linac

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    Jin, K; Zhou, F; Flöttmann, K

    2000-01-01

    A modified cup-like TW accelerating structure for TESLA Positron Pre-Accelerator (PPA) is designed by optimizing the structure geometry and by changing the iris thickness cell by cell in a section . This structure has high shunt-impedance and a large iris radius to meet with the requirements of high gradient and large transverse acceptance. The beam dynamics in the structure with the optimum solenoid focus field are studied. A satisfactory positron beam transmission and the beam performance at the PPA output have been obtained. In this paper the accelerating structure design is described in detail and the results are presented.

  11. QCD and electroweak analysis and first measurement of neutral and charged current cross section with the polarised positron beam at HERA 2; Premiere mesure des sections efficaces de courant charge et neutre avec le faisceau de positrons polarise a HERA 2 et analyses QCD-electrofaibles

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    Portheault, B

    2005-03-15

    In 2003-2004 the HERA collider delivered e{sup +}p collisions with a longitudinally polarised positron beam. We prescribe the measurement of inclusive Neutral and Charged Current DIS (deep inelastic scattering) cross section using the H1 detector. The total Charged Current cross section for Q{sup 2} > 400 GeV{sup 2}, y < 0,9 is measured with a Right-handed (P = 0,33) sample of 15,3 pb{sup -1} and a Left-handed (P = -0,40) sample of 21,7 pb{sup -1} yielding {sigma}cc (P = +0,33) = 34,67 pb {+-} 1,94 pb (stat) {+-} 1,66 pb (sys) C.20) {sigma}cc(P = -0,40) = 13,80 pb {+-} 1,04 pb (stat) {+-} 0,94 pb (sys). C.21) This result is consistent with the proportionality of the cross section with respect to the polarisation, in good agreement with the Standard Model expectations. The second part of this work is devoted to QCD analysis of the proton structure. The H1 data alone are used to extract flavor separated parton densities. This analysis is further used as a basis to extract various electroweak parameters, such as the W boson mass and the quarks couplings to the Z. Then a global QCD analysis of DIS and Drell Yan data is realized, focusing on the strange sea asymmetry which is found to be small: {integral}{sub 0}{sup 1} x(s - s-bar)dx = (1,8 {+-} 3,8) x 10{sup -4}. The impact of new E866 data on high x partons densities is discussed and the extraction of the strong coupling is realized {alpha}s = 0,1197 {+-} (+0,0005 - 0,0007)(mod) {+-}0,006 (th). (author)

  12. Studies of the formation of slow positrons in MgO-coated moderators

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    Zitzewitz, P.W.

    1980-02-01

    Studies have been made of the production of slow (approx.1 eV) positrons by high-energy positrons from a radioactive source. Moderators consisting of thin metallic foils coated with MgO smoke were used in the transmission mode. The thinnest foils gave the largest fluxes of slow positrons. A double moderator, consisting of a MgO-coated grid following the MgO-coated thin foil, gave a flux almost double that of either the foil or grid alone. The positron beam machine used is described. It has electrostatic optics for the collection, analysis, and transmission of the slow positrons.

  13. Beta-induced Alfven-acousti Eigenmodes in NSTX and DIII-D Driven by Beam Ions

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    Gorelenkov, N. N.; Van Zeeland, M. A.; Berk, H. L.; Crocker, N. A.; Darrow, D.; Fredrickson, E.; Fu, G. Y.; Heidbrink, W. W.; Menard, J.; Nazikian, R.

    2009-03-06

    Kinetic theory and experimental observations of a special class of energetic particle driven instabilities called here Beta-induced Alfven-Acoustic Eigenmodes (BAAE) are reported confirming previous results [N.N. Gorelenkov H.L. Berk, N.A. Crocker et. al. Plasma Phys. Control. Fusion 49 B371 (2007)] The kinetic theory is based on the ballooning dispersion relation where the drift frequency effects are retained. BAAE gaps are recovered in kinetic theory. It is shown that the observed certain low-frequency instabilities on DIII-D [J.L. Luxon, Nucl. Fusion 42 614 (2002)] and National Spherical Torus Experiment [M. Ono, S.M. Kaye, Y.-K M. Peng et. al., Nucl. Fusion 40 3Y 557 (2000)] are consistent with their identification as BAAEs. BAAEs deteriorated the fast ion confinement in DIII-D and can have a similar effect in next-step fusion plasmas, especially if excited together with multiple global Toroidicity-induced shear Alfven Eigenmode (TAE) instabilities. BAAEs can also be used to diagnose safety factor profiles, a technique known as magnetohydrodynamic spectroscopy.

  14. Design of the Slow POsitron faciliTy (SPOT) in Israel

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    A slow positron beam is being built in the Hebrew University, the Slow POsitron faciliTy (SPOT). In Israel, the beam will introduce a new tool for both fundamental and applied research. Here we present the design process of the beam, where the leading goals are safety and high efficiency, with a flexible choice of the positron source. The challenges in the design of a moderator unit, based on frozen Neon, the pre-accelerator section and the full beam-line were addressed by simulation programs using various packages: COMSOL, SIMION and GEANT4. First measurements in SPOT are expected within a year.

  15. Positron-emission tomography

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    Positron-emission tomography (PET) combines early biochemical assessment of pathology achieved by nuclear medicine with the precise localization achieved by computerized image reconstruction. In this technique a chemical compound with the desired biological activity is labeled with a radioactive isotope that decays by emitting a positron, or positive electron. With suitable interpretation PET images can provide a noninvasive, regional assessment of many biochemical processes that are essential to the functioning of the organ that is being visualized

  16. Search for Physics Beyond the Standard Model via Positron Polarization Measurements with Polarized $ ^{17} $F.

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    Versyck, S

    2002-01-01

    This proposal aims at measuring the longitudinal polarization of positrons emitted from polarized $^{17} $F~nuclei. The experiment will have a comparable sensitivity to possible right-handed current contributions in the weak interaction as the experiment which was recently carried out with $ ^{107} $In in Louvain-la-Neuve, but will provide a more stringent limit due to the fact that, since $ ^{17} $F decays through a superallowed $\\beta$ -transition, the recoil-order corrections to the allowed approximation can be taken into account very precisely. Furthermore, because $ ^{17} $F decays via a mixed Fermi/Gamow-Teller $\\beta$ -transition, this experiment will also yield a new limit on possible scalar contributions to the weak interaction. While the $^{17}$F beam is being developed, part of the beamtime was used to perform a similar experiment with $^{118}$ Sb. As this isotope decays via a pure GT $\\beta$ -transition, this experiment will yield new limits on the possible presence of both right-handed and tensor...

  17. Design and multipacting study of a beta=1, frequency 1050 MHz RF superconducting elliptical cavity for proton beam linac

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    A prototype single cell elliptical cavity of β=1 at 1050 MHz frequency has been designed for proton beam linac. Cavity shape has been optimized using two dimensional cavity tuning program 'Ellfish' of the 'Poisson Superfish' code. For various dimensions of the cavity, peak electric (Epk) and magnetic fields (Bpk), power dissipation (Ps), Quality factor (Q), effective shunt impedance (ZT2) etc were calculated and compared. Once the design parameters of the cavity has been optimised and fixed the electromagnetic field of the cavity was calculated using a finite element based code 'FEMLAB' and 3D high frequency simulation code CST Microwave studio. The results obtained from different codes are compared. The multipacting analysis of the newly designed cavity has been done using an in-house finite element based code employing leap frog method. The multipacting analysis has been done for several field levels up to 40 MV/m. The new structure is found out to be not multipacting prone for all these levels. (author)

  18. Simulations of slow positron production using a low energy electron accelerator

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    O'Rourke, B E; Kinomura, A; Kuroda, R; Minehara, E; Ohdaira, T; Oshima, N; Suzuki, R

    2011-01-01

    Monte Carlo simulations of slow positron production via energetic electron interaction with a solid target have been performed. The aim of the simulations was to determine the expected slow positron beam intensity from a low energy, high current electron accelerator. By simulating (a) the fast positron production from a tantalum electron-positron converter and (b) the positron depth deposition profile in a tungsten moderator, the slow positron production probability per incident electron was estimated. Normalizing the calculated result to the measured slow positron yield at the present AIST LINAC the expected slow positron yield as a function of energy was determined. For an electron beam energy of 5 MeV (10 MeV) and current 240 $\\mu$A (30 $\\mu$A) production of a slow positron beam of intensity 5 $\\times$ 10$^{6}$ s$^{-1}$ is predicted. The simulation also calculates the average energy deposited in the converter per electron, allowing an estimate of the beam heating at a given electron energy and current. For...

  19. Status and Performance of New Silicon Stripixel Detector for the PHENIX Experiment at RHIC Beta Source, Cosmic-rays and Proton Beam at 120 GeV

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    Nouicer, Rachid

    2009-01-01

    We are constructing a Silicon Vertex Tracker detector (VTX) for the PHENIX experiment at RHIC. Our main motivation is to enable measurements of heavy flavor production (charm and beauty) in p+p, p+d and A+A collisions. Such data will illuminate the properties of the matter created in high-energy heavy-ion collisions. The measurements also will reveal the distribution of gluons in protons from p+p collisions. The VTX detector consists of four layers of barrel detectors and covers |eta|< 1.2, and almost a 2pi in azimuth. The inner two silicon barrels consist of silicon pixel sensors; their technology accords with that of the ALICE1LHCB sensor-readout hybrid. The outer two barrels are silicon stripixel detectors with a new "spiral" design, and a single-sided sensor with 2-dimensional (X, U) readout. In this paper, we describe the silicon stripixel detector and discuss its performance, including its response to electrons from a beta source (90Sr), muons from cosmic-rays, and a 120 GeV proton beam. The results ...

  20. DHCAL with Minimal Absorber: Measurements with Positrons

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    Freund, B; Repond, J; Schlereth, J; Xia, L; Dotti, A; Grefe, C; Ivantchenko, V; Antequera, J Berenguer; Alamillo, E Calvo; Fouz, M -C; Marin, J; Puerta-Pelayo, J; Verdugo, A; Brianne, E; Ebrahimi, A; Gadow, K; Göttlicher, P; Günter, C; Hartbrich, O; Hermberg, B; Irles, A; Krivan, F; Krüger, K; Kvasnicka, J; Lu, S; Lutz, B; Morgunov, V; Provenza, A; Reinecke, M; Sefkow, F; Schuwalow, S; Tran, H L; Garutti, E; Laurien, S; Matysek, M; Ramilli, M; Schroeder, S; Bilki, B; Norbeck, E; Northacker, D; Onel, Y; Cvach, J; Gallus, P; Havranek, M; Janata, M; Kovalcuk, M; Lednicky, D; Marcisovsky, M; Polak, I; Popule, J; Tomasek, L; Tomasek, M; Sicho, P; Smolik, J; Vrba, V; Zalesak, J; van Doren, B; Wilson, G W; Kawagoe, K; Miyazaki, Y; Sudo, Y; Suehara, T; Tomita, T; Ueno, H; Yoshioka, T; Bilokin, S; Bonis, J; Cornebise, P; Pöschl, R; Richard, F; Thiebault, A; Zerwas, D; Hostachy, J -Y; Morin, L; Besson, D; Chadeeva, M; Danilov, M; Markin, O; Popova, E; Gabriel, M; Goecke, P; Kiesling, C; van der Kolk, N; Simon, F; Szalay, M; Corriveau, F; Blazey, G C; Dyshkant, A; Francis, K; Zutshi, V; Kotera, K; Ono, H; Takeshita, T; Ieki, S; Kamiya, Y; Ootani, W; Shibata, N; Jeans, D; Komamiya, S; Nakanishi, H

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    In special tests, the active layers of the CALICE Digital Hadron Calorimeter prototype, the DHCAL, were exposed to low energy particle beams, without being interleaved by absorber plates. The thickness of each layer corresponded approximately to 0.29 radiation lengths or 0.034 nuclear interaction lengths, defined mostly by the copper and steel skins of the detector cassettes. This paper reports on measurements performed with this device in the Fermilab test beam with positrons in the energy range of 1 to 10 GeV. The measurements are compared to simulations based on GEANT4 and a standalone program to emulate the detailed response of the active elements.

  1. Beta Thalassemia

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    ... South Asian (Indian, Pakistani, etc.), Southeast Asian and Chinese descent. 1 Beta Thalassemia ßß Normal beta globin ... then there is a 25% chance with each pregnancy that their child will inherit two abnormal beta ...

  2. Formation of ultra slow position beam and upgrading of material evaluation using it

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    Mikado, Tomohisa; Suzuki, Ryoichi; Odaira, Toshiyuki; Ohgaki, Hideaki; Yamada, Kawakatsu; Yamazaki, Tetsuo; Kobayashi, Yoshinori; Hirata, Koichi [Electrotechnical Lab., Tsukuba, Ibaraki (Japan)

    2000-02-01

    The Electrotechnical Laboratory has carried out development on a technique to form and control high intensity and slow positron beam by using high energy electron beam of electron accelerator, success in generation of ultra short pulse beam of incident energy variable positron with the highest intensity in the world, development on testing techniques of positron life, spectroscopic flight time of positron annihilation excited Auger electron and so on, and their applications. The 1998 fiscal year was the last fiscal year of this researching project, and together with conducting reform of forming method of high intensity positron beam, energy analysis of ultra slow positron beam and upgrading of incident energy variable positron lifetime testing the testing technique of the positron annihilation excited Auger electron spectroscopy and positron lifetime developed by this study was applied to various samples and effectiveness of analysis and evaluation methods using the ultra slow positron beam was investigated. As a result, it was succeeded in to make high intensity of 1 eV plus/minus 0.5 eV in energy And, on the positron annihilation excited Auger electron spectroscopy, at lifetime measurement of about 40 eV short pulse beam and incident energy variable positron beam, 0.2 to 0.3 keV short pulse positron beam could be formed to realize a material evaluation method with high counting rate, low background and high resolution. (G.K.)

  3. Formation of ultra slow position beam and upgrading of material evaluation using it

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    The Electrotechnical Laboratory has carried out development on a technique to form and control high intensity and slow positron beam by using high energy electron beam of electron accelerator, success in generation of ultra short pulse beam of incident energy variable positron with the highest intensity in the world, development on testing techniques of positron life, spectroscopic flight time of positron annihilation excited Auger electron and so on, and their applications. The 1998 fiscal year was the last fiscal year of this researching project, and together with conducting reform of forming method of high intensity positron beam, energy analysis of ultra slow positron beam and upgrading of incident energy variable positron lifetime testing the testing technique of the positron annihilation excited Auger electron spectroscopy and positron lifetime developed by this study was applied to various samples and effectiveness of analysis and evaluation methods using the ultra slow positron beam was investigated. As a result, it was succeeded in to make high intensity of 1 eV plus/minus 0.5 eV in energy And, on the positron annihilation excited Auger electron spectroscopy, at lifetime measurement of about 40 eV short pulse beam and incident energy variable positron beam, 0.2 to 0.3 keV short pulse positron beam could be formed to realize a material evaluation method with high counting rate, low background and high resolution. (G.K.)

  4. 169Lu positron decay

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    The object of the investigation is the positron decay spectrum of 169Lu. The isotope under study was obtained by irradiating a tantalum target with 660 MeV protons. The spectra of positrons and conversion electrons were investigated by means of an air-core toroidal β spectrometer. When processing the spectra coefficients were introduced, which took into account the efficiency of β particle detection, backscattering of β particles in a source substrate, and the shape of spectrometer lines. The Fermi-Curie plot obtained as a result of processing the experimental spectrum of 169Lu is presented. The ratio of the intensities of positron components to that of the K conversion line of the 199 keV transition is determined. The relative intensity of the 169Lu positron decay is Isub(β)sup(+)=0.56+-0.07% of the total number of decays. The mass difference 169Lu-169Yt is equal to 2293+-3 keV. The 169Lu positron spectrum served to determine the matrix element for the β transition (log ft=8.0+-0.1) and the intensity of electron capture into the ground state of 169Yb (11.4+-1.6%)

  5. Conceptual design of a high-intensity positron source for the Advanced Neutron Source

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    The Advanced Neutron Source (ANS) is a planned new basic and applied research facility based on a powerful steady-state research reactor that provides neutrons for measurements and experiments in the fields of materials science and engineering, biology, chemistry, materials analysis, and nuclear science. The useful neutron flux will be at least five times more than is available in the world's best existing reactor facility. Construction of the ANS provides a unique opportunity to build a positron spectroscopy facility (PSF) with very-high-intensity beams based on the radioactive decay of a positron-generating isotope. The estimated maximum beam current is 1000 to 5000 times higher than that available at the world's best existing positron research facility. Such an improvement in beam capability, coupled with complementary detectors, will reduce experiment durations from months to less than one hour while simultaneously improving output resolution. This facility will remove the existing barriers to the routine use of positron-based analytical techniques and will be a giant step toward realization of the full potential of the application of positron spectroscopy to materials science. The ANS PSF is based on a batch cycle process using 64Cu isotope as the positron emitter and represents the status of the design at the end of last year. Recent work not included in this report, has led to a proposal for placing the laboratory space for the positron experiments outside the ANS containment; however, the design of the positron source is not changed by that relocation. Hydraulic and pneumatic flight tubes transport the source material between the reactor and the positron source where the beam is generated and conditioned. The beam is then transported through a beam pipe to one of several available detectors. The design presented here includes all systems necessary to support the positron source, but the beam pipe and detectors have not been addressed yet

  6. Conceptual design of a high-intensity positron source for the Advanced Neutron Source

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    Hulett, L.D.; Eberle, C.C.

    1994-12-01

    The Advanced Neutron Source (ANS) is a planned new basic and applied research facility based on a powerful steady-state research reactor that provides neutrons for measurements and experiments in the fields of materials science and engineering, biology, chemistry, materials analysis, and nuclear science. The useful neutron flux will be at least five times more than is available in the world`s best existing reactor facility. Construction of the ANS provides a unique opportunity to build a positron spectroscopy facility (PSF) with very-high-intensity beams based on the radioactive decay of a positron-generating isotope. The estimated maximum beam current is 1000 to 5000 times higher than that available at the world`s best existing positron research facility. Such an improvement in beam capability, coupled with complementary detectors, will reduce experiment durations from months to less than one hour while simultaneously improving output resolution. This facility will remove the existing barriers to the routine use of positron-based analytical techniques and will be a giant step toward realization of the full potential of the application of positron spectroscopy to materials science. The ANS PSF is based on a batch cycle process using {sup 64}Cu isotope as the positron emitter and represents the status of the design at the end of last year. Recent work not included in this report, has led to a proposal for placing the laboratory space for the positron experiments outside the ANS containment; however, the design of the positron source is not changed by that relocation. Hydraulic and pneumatic flight tubes transport the source material between the reactor and the positron source where the beam is generated and conditioned. The beam is then transported through a beam pipe to one of several available detectors. The design presented here includes all systems necessary to support the positron source, but the beam pipe and detectors have not been addressed yet.

  7. Liquid Xenon Detectors for Positron Emission Tomography

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    PET is a functional imaging technique based on detection of annihilation photons following beta decay producing positrons. In this paper, we present the concept of a new PET system for preclinical applications consisting of a ring of twelve time projection chambers filled with liquid xenon viewed by avalanche photodiodes. Simultaneous measurement of ionization charge and scintillation light leads to a significant improvement to spatial resolution, image quality, and sensitivity. Simulated performance shows that an energy resolution of < 10% (FWHM) and a sensitivity of 15% are achievable. First tests with a prototype TPC indicate position resolution < 1 mm (FWHM).

  8. Liquid Xenon Detectors for Positron Emission Tomography

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    Miceli, A; Benard, F; Bryman, D A; Kurchaninov, L; Martin, J P; Muennich, A; Retiere, F; Ruth, T J; Sossi, V; Stoessl, A J

    2011-01-01

    PET is a functional imaging technique based on detection of annihilation photons following beta decay producing positrons. In this paper, we present the concept of a new PET system for preclinical applications consisting of a ring of twelve time projection chambers filled with liquid xenon viewed by avalanche photodiodes. Simultaneous measurement of ionization charge and scintillation light leads to a significant improvement to spatial resolution, image quality, and sensitivity. Simulated performance shows that an energy resolution of <10% (FWHM) and a sensitivity of 15% are achievable. First tests with a prototype TPC indicate position resolution <1 mm (FWHM).

  9. Polarized positron sources for the future linear colliders

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    This thesis introduces the polarized positron source as one of the key element of the future Linear Collider (LC). In this context, the different schemes of the polarized positron source are described highlighting the main issues in this technology. In particular, the main focus is on the Compton based positron source adopted by the CLIC as a preferred option for the future positron source upgrade. In this case, the circularly polarized high energy gamma rays resulting from Compton scattering are directed to a production target where an electromagnetic cascade gives rise to the production of positrons by e+-e- pair conversion. To increase the efficiency of the gamma ray production stage, a multiple collision point line integrated in energy recovery linac is proposed. The simulations of the positron production, capture and primary acceleration allow to estimate the positron production efficiency and provide a simple parametrization of the Compton based polarized positron source in the view of the future LC requirements. The storage ring based Compton source option, so-called Compton ring, is also described. The main constraint of this scheme is given by the beam dynamics resulting in the large energy spread and increased bunch length affecting the gamma ray production rate. An original theoretical contribution is shown to calculate the energy spread induced by Compton scattering. Moreover, an experiment to test the gamma ray production by Compton scattering using a state-of-art laser system developed at LAL has been conducted in the framework of the 'Mighty Laser' project at the ATF, KEK. The experimental layout as well as the main results obtained are discussed in details. The studies carried out in this thesis show that the polarized positron source based on Compton scattering is a promising candidate for the future LC polarized positron source. (author)

  10. Positron-electron physics at TRISTAN

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    Physics of positron-electron colliding experiments which will be done at TRISTAN is described. High energy positron-electron colliding beam facilities provide the possibility of measuring weak interaction effects. The contribution of neutral current is expected to be comparable with the one photon exchange process at the kinematical region of TRISTAN. Test of Weinberg-Salam model can be made by measuring the forward-backward asymmetry. Types of neutrinos can be investigated by the positron-electron colliding experiment. Single photon process is appropriate to the search for new flavors and new heavy leptons. Mesurement of the rising ratio is the means for hunting new heavy leptons and quarks. The search of top quarks, the sixth quark, is one of the significant experiments. The mass spectra, the production cross section and the leptonic width, and the hadronic decay width and the OZI rule violation will give information concerning quarkonium. Search of new heavy leptons and Higgs bosons are also discussed in this paper. At high energy, the positron-electron annihilation is characterized by a two-jet structure in final states, and is a process useful to clarify the properties of a quark-jet and an antiquark-jet. In the TRISTAN energy region, the prediction of the perturbative QCD can be tested. The cross sections of single photon processes are proportional to S-1, while two photon processes have gentle energy dependence. Evaluation of the cross sections of two photon processes at the TRISTAN energy has been performed. (Kato, T.)

  11. Development of a transport system for the copper source of the Texas Intense Positron Source facility

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    Doron, O.; Biegalski, S. R.; O'Kelly, S.; Hurst, B. J.

    2006-01-01

    The transport system design and construction for The Texas Intense Positron Source (TIPS) facility has been completed. This facility is located on beam port 1 of The University of Texas at Austin TRIGA Mark II 1.1 MW research reactor. The TIPS will provide a high intensity, variable energy positron beam for use in material studies. The natural copper source is transported into beam port 1 of the reactor where it is irradiated at close proximity to the reactor core. The transport system is an L-shaped aluminum channel that utilizes pulleys to drive a source cart. The copper source is transported on the cart into and out of the beam port for irradiation. After removal from the beam port, the activated copper positron source will be placed into a vacuum chamber where the positrons are moderated with annealed tungsten foil and electrostatically extracted.

  12. Digital positron annihilation spectrometer

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    With the high speed development of digital signal process, the technique of the digitization and processing of signals was applied in the domain of a broad class of nuclear technique. The development of digital positron lifetime spectrometer (DPLS) is more promising than the conventional positron lifetime spectrometer equipped with nuclear instrument modules. And digital lifetime spectrometer has many advantages, such as low noise, long term stability, flexible online or offline digital processing, simple setup, low expense, easy to setting, and more physical information. Digital constant fraction discrimination is for timing. And a new method of optimizing energy windows setting for digital positron lifetime spectrometer is also developed employing the simulated annealing for the convenient use. The time resolution is 220ps and the count rate is 200cps. (authors)

  13. Production And Characterization Of Tungsten-Based Positron Moderators

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    Experiments of interest in Atomic Physics require production of well-defined low-energy positron beams through a moderation process of high-energy positrons, which can be produced by either the use of a radioactive source or by accelerator based pair production process. Tungsten is one of the most commonly used moderator materials because of its reasonable efficiency, high work function and relatively low cost. In this work we present different methods to produce tungsten-based candidate moderators in a variety of shapes. We also present results from characterizing these candidate moderators by ion beam analysis and microscopy techniques.

  14. Development of an electron gun for the KEK positron generator

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    In the KEK Positron Generator, a semi-long pulsed beam (∼40ns) has turned out to be suitable for effective positron injection into the PF storage ring. However, to use the semi-long pulsed beam, there was a problem concerning the cathode lifetime of the gun. Thus, a new gun has been developed with a dispenser cathode, Y-796(EIMAC); the characteristics of this gun have been investigated. This new gun has been used since October 1988 and has continued to produce constant current of about 12A without having to exchange its cathode. Thus, the cathode lifetime has been remarkably improved. (author) 6 refs., 7 figs

  15. Vertical Beam Size Measurement by Streak Camera under Colliding and Single Beam Conditions in KEKB

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    Ikeda, Hitomi; Fukuma, Hitoshi; Funakoshi, Yoshihiro; Hiramatsu, Shigenori; Mitsuhashi, Toshiyuki; Ohmi, Kazuhito; Uehara, Sadaharu

    2005-01-01

    Beam behavior of KEKB was studied by measurement of the beam size using a streak camera. Effect of the electron-cloud and the parasitic collision on the vertical beam size was examined in beam collision. We intentionally injected a test bunch of positrons after 2 rf buckets of a bunch to enhance the electron cloud effect and changed electron beam conditions to see the beam-beam effect. The beam size was also measured with a single positron beam and compared with that during collision. The result of the measurement is reported in this paper.

  16. Positron emission tomography

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    Paans, A M J

    2006-01-01

    Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is a method for measuring biochemical and physiological processes in vivo in a quantitative way by using radiopharmaceuticals labelled with positron emitting radionuclides such as 11C, 13N, 15O and 18F and by measuring the annihilation radiation using a coincidence technique. This includes also the measurement of the pharmacokinetics of labelled drugs and the measurement of the effects of drugs on metabolism. Also deviations of normal metabolism can be measured and insight into biological processes responsible for diseases can be obtained. At present the combined PET/CT scanner is the most frequently used scanner for whole-body scanning in the field of oncology.

  17. 50 years of positrons

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    This year marks the 50th anniversary of one of the major landmarks of modern physics - the discovery of the positron, the antimatter counterpart of the electron. This provided the first evidence for antimatter, and it was also unprecedented for the existence of a new particle to have been predicted by theory. The positron and the concepts behind it were to radically change our picture of Nature. It led to the rapid advancement or our understanding, culminating some fifteen years later with the formulation of quantum electrodynamics as we now know it. (orig./HSI).

  18. Electron-positron high efficiency converter

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    This work is concerned with new possible hardware to produce positrons in the upgraded CESR (Cornell University, USA) linac injector by the enhanced power capacity of the converter and improved focusing of the emerging positrons. The paper describes the design of the converter which can handle 200 MeV incident beams carrying 6 kW average power. In this work it is suggested to design the quarter wave transformer (QWT) from two Helmholtz coils. The electron-positron converter is placed in the median plane of the QWT which is located in the middle of the flat top of the magnetic field Bi (z) distribution. In addition it is suggested to increase Bi up to a level of ∼2.5 T and a solenoidal magnetic field Bf extending over the first e+-linac section up to the level of ∼0.5 T. Calculations have shown that the conversion efficiency about 1% can be achieved for an electron beam having r.m.s. diameter σr∼3 mm. An additional factor of about 2 may be obtained by decreasing σr to 1.5 mm. 15 refs., 6 figs., 4 tabs

  19. Positron annihilation spectroscopy applied to silicon-based materials

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    Taylor, J W

    2000-01-01

    deposition on silicon substrates has been examined. The systematic correlations observed between the nitrogen content of the films and both the fitted Doppler parameters and the positron diffusion lengths are discussed in detail. Profiling measurements of silicon nitride films deposited on silicon substrates and subsequently implanted with silicon ions at a range of fluences were also performed. For higher implantation doses, damage was seen to extend beyond the film layers and into the silicon substrates. Subsequent annealing of two of the samples was seen to have a significant influence on the nature of the films. Positron annihilation spectroscopy, in conjunction with a variable-energy positron beam, has been employed to probe non-destructively the surface and near-surface regions of a selection of technologically important silicon-based samples. By measuring the Doppler broadening of the 511 keV annihilation lineshape, information on the positrons' microenvironment prior to annihilation may be obtained. T...

  20. Development and testing of a positron accumulator for antihydrogen production

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    A positron accumulator based on a modified Penning-Malmberg trap has been constructed and undergone preliminary testing prior to being shipped to CERN in Geneva where it will be a part of an experiment to synthesize low-energy antihydrogen. It utilises nitrogen buffer gas to cool and trap a continuous beam of positrons emanating from a 22Na radioactive source. A solid neon moderator slows the positrons from the source down to epithermal energies of a few eV before being injected into the trap. It is estimated that around 108 positrons can be trapped and cooled to ambient temperature within 5 minutes in this scheme using a 10 mCi source

  1. Simulation of electron-positron convertor for SPring-8

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    In the SPring-8, we are planning to use positrons in order to increase the beam life time in a storage-ring. These positrons are producted at a electron-positron convertor in a linac. In this report, we presented simulations about conversion efficiency of the convertor with various magnetic fields of the convertor system. We constructed the test apparatus of convertor in Tokai establishment, JAERI. But in this report, we also simulated with the conditions which are not available in the apparatus, so as to cover the results of experiments. And we found the best constitution of magnetic fields for the convertor. The conversion efficiency is up to 0.27% with the best magnetic fields. The aim of this report is to help designing the positron-electron convertor of the SPring-8 linac. (author)

  2. Range of slow positrons in metal overlayers on Al

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    Nielsen, B.; Lynn, K.G.; Leung, T.C. (Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, New York 11973 (USA)); Van der Kolk, G.J.; Van Ijzendoorn, L.J. (Philips Research Laboratories, 5600 JA Eindhoven, (Netherlands))

    1990-02-19

    Polycrystalline Pd and amorphous PdTa films on Al substrates were studied by a variable energy positron beam and by Rutherford backscattering. Since positron diffusion in the overlayers is limited, the range follows directly from the Doppler broadening as a function of incident positron energy. To observe possible effects of positron backscattering, a sandwich of Al/Pd/Al was studied as well. It was found that the mean penetration depth is not described well by {bar {ital z}}({ital E})={ital A}({mu}g/cm{sup 2}){times}{ital E}{sup {ital n}({ital E})}, if {ital A} and {ital n} are assumed to be material and energy independent.

  3. Study and conception of the decay ring of a neutrino facility using the {beta} decays of the helium 6 and neon 18 nuclei produced by an intense beam of protons hitting various targets; Etude et conception de l'anneau de desintegration d'une usine a neutrinos utilisant les decroissances {beta} des noyaux helium 6 et neon 18 produits par un faisceau intense de protons frappant diverses cibles

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    Chance, A

    2007-09-15

    The study of the neutrino oscillation between its different flavours needs pure and very intense flux of energetic, well collimated neutrinos with a well determined energy spectrum. So, a dedicated machine seems necessary nowadays. Among the different concepts of neutrino facilities, the one which will be studied here, called Beta-Beams, lies on the neutrino production by beta decay of radioactive ions after their acceleration. More precisely, the thesis is focused on the study and the design of the race-track-shaped storage ring of the high energy ions. Its aim is to store the ions until decaying. After a brief description of the neutrino oscillation mechanism and a review of the different experiments, an introduction to the neutrino facility concept and more precisely to the Beta-Beams will be given. Then, the issues linked to the Beta-Beams will be presented. After a description of the beam transport formalism, a first design and the optical properties of the ring will be then given. The effects of the misalignment and of the field errors in the dipoles have been studied. The dynamic aperture optimization is then realized. Handling of the decay losses or the energy collimation scheme will be developed. The off-momentum injection needed in presence of a circulating beam will be explained. Finally, the specific radiofrequency program needed by the beam merging will be presented. (author)

  4. The PEP electron-positron ring

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    The first stage of the positron-electron-proton (PEP) colliding-beam system which has been under joint study by a Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory-Stanford Linear Accelerator Center team for the past two years, will be the electron-positron storage ring. The physics justification for the e+e/sup minus/ ring is summarized briefly and the proposed facility is described. The ring will have six arcs having gross radii of about 220 m and six interaction regions located at the centers of straight sections about 130 m long. The longitudinal distance left free for experimental apparatus at the intersection regions will be 20 m. The range of operating beam energies will be from 5 GeV to 15 GeV. The design luminosity at 15 GeV will be 1032cm/sup minus 2/s/sup minus 1/, and the luminosity will vary approximately as the square of the beam energy. Alternative methods under consideration for adjusting the beam cross-section are discussed. The designs of the storage ring subsystems and of the conventional facilities including the experimental halls at the interaction regions are described

  5. Positron clouds within thunderstorms

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    Dwyer, Joseph R; Hazelton, Bryna J; Grefenstette, Brian W; Kelley, Nicole A; Lowell, Alexander W; Schaal, Meagan M; Rassoul, Hamid K

    2015-01-01

    We report the observation of two isolated clouds of positrons inside an active thunderstorm. These observations were made by the Airborne Detector for Energetic Lightning Emissions (ADELE), an array of six gamma-ray detectors, which flew on a Gulfstream V jet aircraft through the top of an active thunderstorm in August 2009. ADELE recorded two 511 keV gamma-ray count rate enhancements, 35 seconds apart, each lasting approximately 0.2 seconds. The enhancements, which were about a factor of 12 above background, were both accompanied by electrical activity as measured by a flat-plate antenna on the underside of the aircraft. The energy spectra were consistent with a source mostly composed of positron annihilation gamma rays, with a prominent 511 keV line clearly visible in the data. Model fits to the data suggest that the aircraft was briefly immersed in clouds of positrons, more than a kilometer across. It is not clear how the positron clouds were created within the thunderstorm, but it is possible they were ca...

  6. Positron emission tomography

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    The aim of this project is to provide a simple summary of new trends in positron emission tomography and its basic physical principles. It provides thereby compendious introduction of the trends of the present development in diagnostics using PET systems. A review of available literature was performed. (author)

  7. Positron emission tomography

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    Positron emission tomography (PET) is a method for quantitative imaging of regional physiological and biochemical parameters. Positron emitting radioactive isotopes can be produced by a cyclotron, eg. the biologically important carbon (11C), oxygen (15O), and nitrogen (13N) elements. With the tomographic principles of the PET scanner the quantitative distribution of the administered isotopes can be determined and images can be provided as well as dynamic information on blood flow, metabolism and receptor function. In neurology PET has been used for investigations on numerous physiological processes in the brain: circulation, metabolism and receptor studies. In Parkinson's disease PET studies have been able to localize the pathology specifically, and in early stroke PET technique can outline focal areas with living but non-functioning cells, and this could make it possible to intervene in this early state. With positron emission tomography a quantitative evaluation of myocardial blood flow, glucose and fatty acid metabolism can be made as well as combined assessments of blood flow and metabolism. Combined studies of blood flow and metabolism can determine whether myocardial segments with abnormal motility consist of necrotic or viable tissue, thereby delineating effects of revascularisation. In the future it will probably be possible to characterize the myocardial receptor status in different cardiac diseases. The PET technique is used in oncology for clinical as well as more basic research on tumor perfusion and metabolism. Further, tumor uptake of positron labelled cytotoxic drugs might predict the clinical benefit of treatment. (au) (19 refs.)

  8. Positron generation using laser-wakefield electron sources

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    Positron generation, using wakefield-accelerated electrons driven into a converter target, was investigated experimentally and through Monte Carlo simulations. Using experimentally measured initial electron distributions from a 60 fs laser system, modeling shows that a collimated wakefield electron beam of moderate energy (50–200 MeV) produces a large number of positrons (∼107), which are emitted from the rear of a mm-scale, high-Z target with divergence angles between 50 and 150 mrad. The large perpendicular momentum of the positrons was found to be dominated by contributions from multiple small angle Coulomb scattering. Positrons were not observed above background noise for a range of targets where simulations indicate a 5–30× increase in the beam charge was necessary to exceed threshold detection. These results provide new understanding to the fundamental limitations of creating narrow-divergence, high-density positron beams from laser-wakefield platforms for use in future laboratory pair plasma experiments

  9. Positron transport and thermalization - the plasma-gas interface

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    Marler, Joan

    2008-11-01

    Low energy positrons are now used in many fields including atomic physics, material science and medicine [1]. Plasma physics is providing new tools for this research, including Penning-Malmberg buffer-gas traps to accumulate positrons and the use of rotating electric fields (the ``rotating wall'' technique) to compress positrons radially and create tailored beams [1]. These devices (now available commercially), which rely in key instances on positron-neutral interactions, are a convenient way to create plasmas and beams for a variety of applications. A deeper understanding of the relevant cooling and loss mechanisms is required to take full advantage of this technology. This talk focuses on a recent study of positrons in such a tenuous gaseous environment in the presence of an applied electric field [2]. Energy-resolved collision cross sections and a Monte Carlo code modified to include positrionium (Ps) formation are used to obtain transport coefficients and the thermalization and Ps-formation rates. A markedly different type of negative differential conductivity is observed (i.e., not seen in electron systems), due to the non-conservative nature of the Ps-formation process. It is particularly prominent in gases with large, highly energy dependent Ps-formation cross sections. The relevance of these calculations to other positron applications will also be discussed, including a currently planned study of positrons in gaseous water. It is hoped that these calculations will inspire a new generation of positron transport experiments.*Work done in collaboration with Z.Lj. Petrovi'c, A. Bankovi'c, M. Suvakov, G. Malovi'c, S. Dujko, S.J. Buckman. 1. C. M. Surko and R. G. Greaves, Phys. Plasmas 11, 2333-2348 (2004).2. A. Bankovi'c, J. P. Marler, M. Suvakov, G. Malovi'c, and Z. Lj. Petrovi'c, Nucl. Instrum. and Meth. in Phys. Res. B 266, 462-465 (2008).

  10. Low-beta structures

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    2012-01-01

    'Low-beta' radio-frequency accelerating structures are used in the sections of a linear accelerator where the velocity of the particle beam increases with energy. The requirement for space periodicity to match the increasing particle velocity led to the development of a large variety of structures, both normal and superconducting, which are described in this lecture.

  11. Beam Optics Studies in the Large Hadron Collider Observations on an Anomalous Octupolar Resonance Line in the LHC -- and -- Accuracy & Feasibility of the $\\beta^*$ Measurement for LHC and HL-LHC Using K-Modulation

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    Carlier, F S

    While linear LHC dynamics are mostly understood and under control, non-linear beam dynamics will play an increasingly important role in the challenging regimes of future LHC operation. In 2012, turn-by-turn measurements of large betatron excitations of LHC Beam 2 at injection energy were carried out. These measurements revealed an unexpectedly large spectral line in the horizontal motion with frequency $-Q_x-2Q_y$. Detailed analyses and simulations are presented to understand the nature of this spectral line. -- ABSTRACT II -- The future regimes of operation of the LHC will require improved control of $\\beta^*$ measurements to succesfully level the luminosities in the interaction points. The method of K-modulation has been widely used in other machines such as, LEP, HERA, Tevatron and ALBA to measure lattice beta functions. In the LHC, K-modulation of the last quadrupoles of the IP is the method to measure $\\beta^*$ in the IP. This paper highlights the challenge of high precision tune measurements (up to $10...

  12. Present status of KEK electron/positron Linac

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    The Electron/Positron Linac injects electron and positron beams into four different rings; KEKB High Energy Ring(electron 8GeV), KBKB Low Energy Ring(positron 3.45 GeV), PF(electron 2.5 GeV), PF-AR(electron 2.5 GeV). During the summer shutdown of 1999, many improvements such as upgrade of an SHB1 power supply, installation of a new SHB2 cavity with an improved cooling channel, introduction of a new workstation for feedback systems etc.. Stability of the linac has been improved and beam switching among these rings is performed in a short time. Operation time of the linac during FY 1999 was 7,296 hours. Statistics of linac operation and activities for obtaining high reliability of the linac are presented. (author)

  13. Atomic and molecular physics using positron accumulation techniques - Summary and a look to the future

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    An overview is presented of current techniques to accumulate and cool large numbers of positrons from a radioactive 22Na source and neon moderator, and the first operation of a new generation of positron accumulator is described. Experiments are discussed that use these techniques to study the interaction of positrons with atoms and molecules at low energies (i.e., below the threshold for positronium formation), including systematic studies of the dependence of positron annihilation on chemical composition. By measuring the Doppler-broadening of gamma-ray annihilation radiation, the quantum state of the annihilating electrons in atoms and molecules was identified. These experiments indicate that positrons annihilate with approximately equal probability on any valence electron. Annihilation with inner shell electrons is infrequent, but is measurable at the level of a few percent in heavier atoms. Measurements of annihilation rates in molecules as a function of positron temperature revealed a number of interesting trends that are briefly discussed. We have developed a new technique to make a cold, bright positron beam. This technique is now being used for a new generation of scattering experiments in the range of energies ≤1 eV. Other possible experiments to study aspects of atomic and molecular physics using positron accumulation techniques and this cold positron beam are briefly discussed

  14. Tomography by positrons emission

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    The tomography by positrons emission is a technology that allows to measure the concentration of positrons emission in a tri dimensional body through external measurements. Among the isotope emissions have carbon isotopes are (11C), of the oxygen (15O), of the nitrogen (13N) that are three the element that constitute the base of the organic chemistry. Theses have on of the PET's most important advantages, since many biological interesting organic molecules can be tracer with these isotopes for the metabolism studies 'in vivo' through PET, without using organic tracers that modify the metabolism. The mentioned isotopes, also possess the characteristic of having short lifetime, that constitute on of PET's advantages from the dosimetric point of view. Among 11C, 15O, and 13N, other isotopes that can be obtained of a generator as the 68Ga and 82Rb

  15. Positron scattering from tetrahydrofuran

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    Brunger, M. J.; Chiari, L.; Tattersall, W.; Anderson, E.; Machacek, J.; Makochekanwa, C.; Sullivan, J.; Buckman, S. J.

    2012-10-01

    We present recent experimental results for positron scattering from tetrahydrofuran. Being a model for the deoxyribose sugar rings in the nucleic acids backbone, tetrahydrofuran is of particular interest for investigating radiation damage in biomolecular systems. The measurements on this species were carried out using the atomic and molecular trap-based positron beamline at The Australian National University with an energy resolution of ˜60 meV. Total cross sections and integral cross sections for the positronium formation, elastic and inelastic (direct ionization and electronic excitation) scattering channels are presented over the energy range of 1-190 eV. Low-energy elastic differential cross sections are also presented at selected energies between 1 eV and 25 eV. A fairly good agreement is found with the total cross section results from the only existing previous experimental investigation on this target species by the Trento group.

  16. Photon-induced positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy using an S-band compact electron linac

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    A new photon-induced positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy approach has been developed using an S-band compact electron linac at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST). The high energy (5 photons pulse−1), and ultra-short pulse (3 ps pulse width) photon beam creates positrons throughout an entire sample via pair production. A positron lifetime spectrum can be obtained by measuring the time difference between the accelerator's RF frequency and the detection time of the annihilation gamma rays. The positron lifetimes for lead and yttria-stabilized zirconia samples have been successfully measured. - Highlights: ► Photon-induced positron annihilation lifetime spectrometer has been developed. ► Defect analysis for thick materials is possible by using our spectrometer. ► The positron lifetime for a lead and a YSZ has been successfully measured

  17. HI-positron production

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    New results concerning the spectrum of positrons produced in U-U, U-Pb and Pb-Pb collisions - the inherent experimental problems and the initiative taken in overcoming these - are presented. The production probabilities obtained so far follow an interesting exponential behavior. The characteristic parameters, time and energy, describing these can be derived from a simplified picture for the monopole pair production which follows the theory of Greiner et al. (orig.)

  18. 171Lu positron decay

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    The purpose of the investigation is experimental and theoretical study of the 171Lu positron decay. 171Lu sources were prepared by two methods: chemical and chromatographic ones. In all the measurements a one-component positron spectrum was observed. The Fermi-Curie plot is a straight line within experimental errors. The intensity of positrons Isub(βsup(+)) with respect to the conversion electron spectrum Isub(c) was measured. The mean value of Isub(βsup(+))/Isub(c739)=0.074+-0.006. The mass difference 171Lu-171Yb was estimated from the β+-decay of 171Lu: Qsub(βsup(+))=1479+-3 keV. Mass differences of 171Lu - 171Yb, known from other investigations, are given for comparison. In the 171Lu β+- decay (ground state 7/2+[404]) the 95.26 keV (7/2+[633]) excited level of 171Yb is populated. The value of log ft for this β transition was found to be 8+-1. Theoretical calculations of log ft and the form factors of this transition were also made. Very good or satisfactory agreement between the theoretical and experimental values of log ft was obtained. The degree of agreement depends on the choice of wave functions in calculations. The experimental value of log ft for the 171Lu→171Yb β transition agrees well with the experimental values of log ft for the same type of β transitions in other nuclei

  19. Is There a Dark Matter Signal in the Galactic Positron Annihilation Radiation?

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

    2009-01-01

    Assuming Galactic positrons do not go far before annhilating, a difference between the observed 511 keV annihilation flux distribution and that of positron production, expected from beta-plus decay in Galactic iron nucleosynthesis, was evoked as evidence of a new source and a signal of dark matter. We show, however, that the dark mater sources can not account for the observed positronium fraction without extensive propagation. Yet with such propagation, standard nucleosynthetic sources can fu...

  20. The muon-positron conversion in nuclei mediated by light Majorana neutrinos

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    Simkovic, Fedor; Domin, Pavol; Kovalenko, Sergey; Faessler, Amand

    2001-01-01

    We study the lepton number violating muon-positron conversion in nuclei mediated by the exchange of virtual light Majorana neutrinos. We found that a previously overlooked imaginary part of this amplitude plays an important role. The numerical calculation has been made for the experimentally interesting muon-positron conversion in Ti48 using realistic renormalized proton-neutron QRPA wave functions. We also discuss the very similar case of the neutrinoless double beta decay of Ca48 The ratio ...

  1. Determination of absolute defect concentrations for saturated positron trapping - deformed polycrystalline Ni as a case study

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    Positrons may be used in many cases to determine defect densities of vacancies and dislocations. In case of saturated positron trapping, i.e. all positrons are getting trapped, only a lower-limit estimation can be given. However, a combination of positron back-diffusion measurements using a monoenergetic positron beam in combination with conventional lifetime spectroscopy can be used to overcome the problem of saturated positron trapping. As a case study, this combination was used for the determination of dislocation densities in polycrystalline nickel samples of highly varying dislocation density. Saturated positron trapping into dislocations and small voids was observed. The total positron trapping rate was calculated from the positron diffusion length obtained by back-diffusion experiments. The trapping rates of the two defects were finally obtained using the decomposition of lifetime spectra. The results were found in good agreement with those determined by the analysis of synchrotron Bragg-diffraction profiles, measured on the same set of samples. From the comparison of both techniques, the positron trapping coefficient was found to be μ disl = 3.9 ± 0.3 cm2/s for a high density of dislocations in Ni

  2. LIL-W: Positron conversion target and solenoid (pictures 01 and 04).

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    1997-01-01

    In the direction of the beam, from right to left: a steering dipole (DHZ.25); the arm, at 45 deg, of a wire scanner which measures beam size; the conversion target, housed in the small tank with a window, where positrons are produced; immediately afterwards, invisible inside the vacuum chamber, is a pulsed solenoid to focus the emerging positrons; finally, a large solenoid, consisting of 3 pancakes, further focuses the positrons. Towards the left, the linac LIL-W, its accelerating structure hidden under a continuous outer solenoid mantle.

  3. The CLIC electron and positron polarized sources

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    Rinolfi, Louis; Bulyak, Eugene; Chehab, Robert; Dadoun, Olivier; Gai, Wei; Gladkikh, Peter; Kamitani, Takuya; Kuriki, Masao; Liu, Wanming; Maryuama, Takashi; Omori, Tsunehiko; Poelker, Matt; Sheppard, John; Urakawa, Junji; Variola, Alessandro; Vivoli, Alessandro; Yakimenko, Vitaly; Zhou, Feng; Zimmermann, Frank

    2010-01-01

    The CLIC polarized electron source is based on a DC gun where the photocathode is illuminated by a laser beam. Each micro-bunch has a charge of 6x109 e−, a width of 100 ps and a repetition rate of 2 GHz. A peak current of 10 A in the micro-bunch is a challenge for the surface charge limit of the photo-cathode. Two options are feasible to generate the 2 GHz e− bunch train: 100 ps micro-bunches can be extracted from the photo-cathode either by a 2 GHz laser system or by generating a macro-bunch using a ~200 ns laser pulse and a subsequent RF bunching system to produce the appropriate micro-bunch structure. Recent results obtained by SLAC, for the latter case, are presented. The polarized positron source is based on a positron production scheme in which polarized photons are produced by a laser Compton scattering process. The resulting circularly-polarized gamma photons are sent onto a target, producing pairs of longitudinally polarized electrons and positrons. The Compton backscattering process occurs eithe...

  4. Applications of positron depth profiling

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    In this thesis some contributions of the positron-depth profiling technique to materials science have been described. Following studies are carried out: Positron-annihilation measurements on neon-implanted steel; Void creation in silicon by helium implantation; Density of vacancy-type defects present in amorphous silicon prepared by ion implantation; Measurements of other types of amorphous silicon; Epitaxial cobalt disilicide prepared by cobalt outdiffusion. Positron-annihilation experiments on low-pressure CVD silicon-nitride films. (orig./MM)

  5. Applications of positron depth profiling

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    Hakvoort, R.A.

    1993-12-23

    In this thesis some contributions of the positron-depth profiling technique to materials science have been described. Following studies are carried out: Positron-annihilation measurements on neon-implanted steel; Void creation in silicon by helium implantation; Density of vacancy-type defects present in amorphous silicon prepared by ion implantation; Measurements of other types of amorphous silicon; Epitaxial cobalt disilicide prepared by cobalt outdiffusion. Positron-annihilation experiments on low-pressure CVD silicon-nitride films. (orig./MM).

  6. Ion-acoustic envelope excitations in electron-positron-ion plasma with nonthermal electrons

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    Gill, Tarsem Singh, E-mail: gillsema@yahoo.co.i [Department of Physics, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar 143005 (India); Bains, Amandeep Singh [Department of Physics, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar 143005 (India); Saini, Nareshpal Singh, E-mail: nssaini@yahoo.co [Department of Physics, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar 143005 (India); Center for Plasma Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Queen' s University Belfast, BT7 1NN (United Kingdom); Bedi, Chanchal [Department of Physics, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar 143005 (India)

    2010-07-12

    A theoretical investigation has been made for modulational instability of ion-acoustic waves in an electron-positron-ion plasma with nonthermal electrons. Employing reductive perturbation method (RPM), the nonlinear Schroedinger equation (NLSE) is derived. The dispersive and nonlinearity coefficients, P and Q, respectively, are the functions of nonthermal parameter ({beta}), ratio of positron to electron density (d), ratio of the electron to positron temperature ({delta}) and ratio of ion to electron temperature ({sigma}). It is observed that these parameters significantly modify the conditions of the modulational instability. The system supports both types of bright and dark envelope excitations.

  7. A fiber-optically coupled positron-sensitive surgical probe

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    Positron-emitting radiopharmaceuticals such as 18F-labeled 2-deoxy-D-glucose (FDG) have considerable utility in the noninvasive imaging of cancers due to their rapid and excellent tumor-localizing properties. In addition, the relatively short range of positrons in tissue facilitates the precise delineation of FDG-avid tumors. Therefore, FDG used in conjunction with a positron-sensitive probe may be capable of guiding surgical procedures. Many of the current probe systems, however, are sensitive to the intense flux of background photons produced by positron annihilation. The authors describe the design, manufacture and initial in vitro and in vivo testing of a probe well-suited to the detection of positron-emitting isotopes in a high-photon background. The device consists of a small piece of plastic scintillator coupled by fiber-optic cable to a photomultiplier tube. Measurements of resolution and detector sensitivity were obtained. In addition, the reduction in resolution caused by the effects of various levels of background photon flux was determined. These measurements indicate that resolution is degraded minimally (∼5% with a background-to-source ratio of 2:1) due to annihilation photon background. Sensitivity for positrons is good, detecting amounts of radioactivity as low as 10.2 nCi of FDG in vitro. In rats given FDG subcutaneously, lymph nodes containing as little as 11 nCi of FDG could be detected above the background activity levels present in normal surrounding tissues. A plastic scintillator probe system has been devised which may be highly suitable for intraoperative FDG-guided (or other positron or beta emitting-tracer) surgery. 29 refs., 7 figs

  8. A numerical study of the characteristics of the LEALE photon beam

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    At the LEALE laboratory a monochromatic photon beam with energy in the range 80/300 MeV is available. Photons are produced by positron annihilation on a liquid hydrogen target. The characteristics of the beam are calculated for various conditions (positron energy, photon collimator, target thickness), taking into account the effects contributing to the beam spreading (energy loss and multiple scattering of protons in the annihilation target, energy distribution and angular divergence of the positron beam). (author)

  9. Mining the bulk positron lifetime

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    Aourag, H.; Guittom, A. [Centre de Recherche Nucleaire d' Alger (CRNA), Alger Gare - Algiers (Algeria)

    2009-02-15

    We introduce a new approach to investigate the bulk positron lifetimes of new systems based on data-mining techniques. Through data mining of bulk positron lifetimes, we demonstrate the ability to predict the positron lifetimes of new semiconductors on the basis of available semiconductor data already studied. Informatics techniques have been applied to bulk positron lifetimes for different tetrahedrally bounded semiconductors in order to discover computational design rules. (copyright 2009 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  10. Mining the bulk positron lifetime

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    We introduce a new approach to investigate the bulk positron lifetimes of new systems based on data-mining techniques. Through data mining of bulk positron lifetimes, we demonstrate the ability to predict the positron lifetimes of new semiconductors on the basis of available semiconductor data already studied. Informatics techniques have been applied to bulk positron lifetimes for different tetrahedrally bounded semiconductors in order to discover computational design rules. (copyright 2009 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

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

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

  12. Electron-positron interactions

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    The experimental information available on e+e- interactions at the time of the Tbilisi Conference (Juli 1976) is reviewed. The topics of these lectures are: electron-positron storage rings, purely electromagnetic ee-interactions, phenomenology of hadron production, e+e- annihilation at low energies, nonresonant hadron production, the new particles psi-3105 and psi-3695, research for other vector states, radiative decays of psi-3105 and psi-3695, anti Q-Q model and predictions, the bound states of heavy quarks, data on new states with even charge conjugation, mesons with open charm, experimental evidence for charmed mesons and for a new lepton. (BJ)

  13. Positron scattering by potassium

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    Coupled-state calculations in a K(4s, 4p, 5s, 5p, 3d) + Ps(1s, 2s, 2p, 3s, 3p, 3d) approximation are reported for positron scattering by ground-state potassium in the energy range 0.5-60.0 eV. Comparison is made with the earlier work of Hewitt et al (1993, 1994) in a K(4s, 4p, 5s, 5p) + Ps(1s, 2s, 2p) approximation. For the first time cross sections for positronium formation in n = 3 states are obtained. (author)

  14. Positron Emission Tomography (PET)

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    Positron emission tomography (PET) assesses biochemical processes in the living subject, producing images of function rather than form. Using PET, physicians are able to obtain not the anatomical information provided by other medical imaging techniques, but pictures of physiological activity. In metaphoric terms, traditional imaging methods supply a map of the body's roadways, its, anatomy; PET shows the traffic along those paths, its biochemistry. This document discusses the principles of PET, the radiopharmaceuticals in PET, PET research, clinical applications of PET, the cost of PET, training of individuals for PET, the role of the United States Department of Energy in PET, and the futures of PET. 22 figs

  15. The E166 experiment: Development of an undulator-based polarized positron source for the international linear collider

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    J Kovermann; A Stahl; A A Mikhailichenko; D Scott; G A Moortgat-Pick; V Gharibyan; P Pahl; R Pöschl; K P Schüler; K Laihem; S Riemann; A Schälicke; R Dollan; H Kolanoski; T Lohse; T Schweizer; K T McDonald; Y Batygin; V Bharadwaj; G Bower; F-J Decker; C Hast; R Iverson; J C Sheppard; Z Szalata; D Walz; A Weidemann; G Alexander; E Reinherz-Aronis; S Berridge; W Bugg; Y Efrimenko

    2007-12-01

    A longitudinal polarized positron beam is foreseen for the international linear collider (ILC). A proof-of-principle experiment has been performed in the final focus test beam at SLAC to demonstrate the production of polarized positrons for implementation at the ILC. The E166 experiment uses a 1 m long helical undulator in a 46.6 GeV electron beam to produce a few MeV photons with a high degree of circular polarization. These photons are then converted in a thin target to generate longitudinally polarized + and -. The positron polarization is measured using a Compton transmission polarimeter. The data analysis has shown asymmetries in the expected vicinity of 3.4% and ∼ 1% for photons and positrons respectively and the expected positron longitudinal polarization is covering a range from 50% to 90%.

  16. Cyclotrons and positron emitting radiopharmaceuticals

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    Wolf, A.P.; Fowler, J.S.

    1984-01-01

    The state of the art of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) technology as related to cyclotron use and radiopharmaceutical production is reviewed. The paper discusses available small cyclotrons, the positron emitters which can be produced and the yields possible, target design, and radiopharmaceutical development and application. 97 refs., 12 tabs. (ACR)

  17. Cyclotrons and positron emitting radiopharmaceuticals

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    The state of the art of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) technology as related to cyclotron use and radiopharmaceutical production is reviewed. The paper discusses available small cyclotrons, the positron emitters which can be produced and the yields possible, target design, and radiopharmaceutical development and application. 97 refs., 12 tabs

  18. Positron driven plasma wakefields

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    Pinkerton, S.; Shi, Y.; Huang, C.; An, W.; Mori, W. B.; Muggli, P.

    2010-11-01

    The LHC is producing high-energy, high-charge proton bunches (1e11 protons at 1-7 TeV each) that could be used to accelerate ``witness'' electron bunches to TeV range eneregies via a plasma wakefield accelerator (PWFA). Simulations [1] suggest that a proton ``drive'' bunch is able to excite large wakefields if the bunch size is on the order of 100 μm; however, the LHC paramters are currently on the 1 cm scale. SLAC'S FACET is able to supply positorn bunchs with the ideal parameters for driving a PWFA. Although at lower energy (2e10 positrons at 23 GeV each), initial simiulations in QuickPIC show that the physics of a positron drive bunch is very similar to that of a proton drive bunch. Differences in the physics arise from the mass difference: slower dephasing but faster transverse bunch evolution. Other considerations include driver head erosion and purity of the wakefield ion column. The physics of positive drivers for PWFA and the viability of this scheme for future high-energy colliders will be investigated at SLAC's FACET.[4pt] [1] Caldwell, et al. Nature Physics 5, 363 (2009).[0pt] [2] C.H. Huang, et al., J. Comp. Phys., 217(2), 658, (2006).

  19. Development of an intense positron source using a crystal-amorphous hybrid target for linear colliders

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    Uesugi, Y., E-mail: uesg@huhep.org [Graduate School of Advanced Sciences of Matter, Hiroshima University, 1-3-1 Kagamiyama, Higashi-Hiroshima, Hiroshima 739-8530 (Japan); Akagi, T. [Graduate School of Advanced Sciences of Matter, Hiroshima University, 1-3-1 Kagamiyama, Higashi-Hiroshima, Hiroshima 739-8530 (Japan); Chehab, R. [Institut de Physique Nucléaire de Lyon (IPNL), Université Lyon 1, CNRS/IN2P3, Villeurbanne (France); Dadoun, O. [Laboratoire de l’accélérateur linéaire (LAL), Université Paris–Sud 11, Batiment 200, 91898 Orsay Cedex (France); Furukawa, K.; Kamitani, T. [Accelerator Laboratory, High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK), 1-1 Oho, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0801 (Japan); Kawada, S. [Graduate School of Advanced Sciences of Matter, Hiroshima University, 1-3-1 Kagamiyama, Higashi-Hiroshima, Hiroshima 739-8530 (Japan); Omori, T. [Institute of Particle and Nuclear Studies, High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK), 1-1 Oho, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0801 (Japan); Takahashi, T. [Graduate School of Advanced Sciences of Matter, Hiroshima University, 1-3-1 Kagamiyama, Higashi-Hiroshima, Hiroshima 739-8530 (Japan); Umemori, K.; Urakawa, J.; Satoh, M. [Accelerator Laboratory, High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK), 1-1 Oho, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0801 (Japan); Strakhovenko, V.; Suwada, T. [Accelerator Laboratory, High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK), 1-1 Oho, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0801 (Japan); Variola, A. [Laboratoire de l’accélérateur linéaire (LAL), Université Paris–Sud 11, Batiment 200, 91898 Orsay Cedex (France)

    2014-01-15

    In a conventional positron source driven by a few GeV electron beam, a high amount of heat is loaded into a positron converter target to generate intense positrons required by linear colliders, and which would eventually damage the converter target. A hybrid target, composed of a single crystal target as a radiator of intense gamma-rays, and an amorphous converter target placed downstream of the crystal, was proposed as a scheme which could overcome the problem. This paper describes the development of an intense positron source with the hybrid target. A series of experiments on positron generation with the hybrid target has been carried out with a 8-GeV electron beam at the KEKB linac. We observed that positron yield from the hybrid target increased when the incident electron beam was aligned to the crystal axis and exceeded the one from the conventional target with the converter target of the same thickness, when its thickness is less than about 2 radiation length. The measurements in the temperature rise of the amorphous converter target was successfully carried out by use of thermocouples. These results lead to establishment to the evaluation of the hybrid target as an intense positron source.

  20. Inelastic cross sections for positron scattering from atomic hydrogen

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    Positronium formation (Ps) cross sections for positrons impinging on atomic hydrogen were measured in the impact energy range from 13eV to 255eV at the High Intensity Positron (HIP) beam at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). The Ps-formation cross section was found to rise rapidly from the threshold at 6.8eV to a maximum value of (2.98 ± 0.18) x 10-16 cm2 for ∼ 15eV positrons. By 75eV it drops below the detection limit of 0.17 x 10-16 cm2 which is the present level of statistical uncertainty. The experiment was modified to enable the measurement of doubly differential scattering cross sections

  1. Inelastic cross sections for positron scattering from atomic hydrogen

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    Weber, M.; Hofmann, A.; Raith, W.; Sperber, W. [Bielefeld Univ. (Germany). Fakultaet fuer Physik; Jacobsen, F.; Lynn, K.G. [Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (United States)

    1994-12-31

    Positronium formation (Ps) cross sections for positrons impinging on atomic hydrogen were measured in the impact energy range from 13eV to 255eV at the High Intensity Positron (HIP) beam at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). The Ps-formation cross section was found to rise rapidly from the threshold at 6.8eV to a maximum value of (2.98 {plus_minus} 0.18) {times} 10{sup {minus}16} cm{sup 2} for {approx} 15eV positrons. By 75eV it drops below the detection limit of 0.17 {times} 10{sup {minus}16} cm{sup 2} which is the present level of statistical uncertainty. The experiment was modified to enable the measurement of doubly differential scattering cross sections.

  2. Full in-beam PET measurements of 62 MeV protons onto a PMMA target

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    Sportelli, G., E-mail: giancarlo.sportelli@pi.infn.it [Department of Physics “E. Fermi”, University of Pisa, Largo B. Pontecorvo 3, I-56127 Pisa (Italy); Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Pisa, Largo B. Pontecorvo 3, I-56127 Pisa (Italy); Straub, K.; Aiello, M.; Attanasi, F.; Belcari, N.; Camarlinghi, N. [Department of Physics “E. Fermi”, University of Pisa, Largo B. Pontecorvo 3, I-56127 Pisa (Italy); Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Pisa, Largo B. Pontecorvo 3, I-56127 Pisa (Italy); Cirrone, G.A.P.; Cuttone, G. [Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Laboratori Nazionali del Sud, Via S. Sofia 62, I-95125 Catania (Italy); Ferretti, S. [Department of Physics “E. Fermi”, University of Pisa, Largo B. Pontecorvo 3, I-56127 Pisa (Italy); Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Pisa, Largo B. Pontecorvo 3, I-56127 Pisa (Italy); Marino, N. [Department of Physics “E. Fermi”, University of Pisa, Largo B. Pontecorvo 3, I-56127 Pisa (Italy); Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Pisa, Largo B. Pontecorvo 3, I-56127 Pisa (Italy); Department of Information Engineering, University of Pisa, Via G. Caruso 16, I-56122 Pisa (Italy); Nicolosi, D. [Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Laboratori Nazionali del Sud, Via S. Sofia 62, I-95125 Catania (Italy); Romano, F. [Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Laboratori Nazionali del Sud, Via S. Sofia 62, I-95125 Catania (Italy); Museo Storico della Fisica e Centro Studi e Ricerche “E. Fermi”, I-00184 Roma Italy (Italy); and others

    2013-08-01

    Positron emission tomography (PET) is a valuable technique to monitor in situ and non-invasively the particle range in ion beam therapy exploiting the beta+ activity produced in nuclear interactions along the beam path within the target volume. Due to the high random rates and dead-time losses induced by the particle spills, as of to date data are usually acquired during beam pauses or after the irradiation. We have developed a new PET prototype with a faster photon discrimination component that reduces the front-end dead time, and a modularized acquisition system that parallelizes the sensitive detector area, so as to enable data acquisition also during therapeutic irradiation (full in-beam measurement). The PET system has been able to sustain the single photon count rates and acquire coincidences during the beam, in conditions of sub-clinical beam currents. A study on the paralyzation conditions and dead time losses under different beam currents is presented and the feasibility of a full in-beam PET scanner is discussed.

  3. High resolution positron Q-value measurements and nuclear structure studies far from the stability line. Progress report

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    Research progress in briefly described, and details are presented in the attached preprints and reprints: (1) precision mass differences in light rubidium and krypton isotopes utilizing beta endpoint measurements; (2) precision mass measurements utilizing beta endpoints; (3) Monte Carlo calculations predicting the response of intrinsic GE detectors to electrons and positrons; and (4) reactor antineutrino spectra and nuclear spectroscopy of isotopes far from beta stability

  4. Use of Radioactive Ion Beams for Biomedical Research 2. in-vivo dosimetry using positron emitting rare earth isotopes with the rotating prototype PET scanner at the Geneva Cantonal Hospital

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    2002-01-01

    % IS331 \\\\ \\\\ The use of radioactive metal ions (such as $^{90}$Y, $^{153}$Sm or $^{186}$Re) in cancer therapy has made some progress, but has been hampered by factors that could be addressed at CERN with a greater likelihood of success than at any other installation in the world. The present proposal seeks to use the unique advantage of CERN ISOLDE to get round these problems together with the PET scanners at the Cantonal Hospital Geneva (PET~=~positron emission tomography). Radioisotope production by spallation at ISOLDE makes available a complete range of isotopes having as complete a diversity of types and energy of radiation, of half-life, and of ionic properties as one would wish. Among these isotopes several positron-emitters having clinical relevance are available.\\\\ \\\\Some free rare earth chelatas are used presently in palliation of painful bone metastases. Curative effects are not able for the moment with this kind of radiopharmaceuticals. More and better data on the biokinetics and bio-distribution...

  5. Positron emission mammography imaging

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    Moses, William W.

    2003-10-02

    This paper examines current trends in Positron Emission Mammography (PEM) instrumentation and the performance tradeoffs inherent in them. The most common geometry is a pair of parallel planes of detector modules. They subtend a larger solid angle around the breast than conventional PET cameras, and so have both higher efficiency and lower cost. Extensions to this geometry include encircling the breast, measuring the depth of interaction (DOI), and dual-modality imaging (PEM and x-ray mammography, as well as PEM and x-ray guided biopsy). The ultimate utility of PEM may not be decided by instrument performance, but by biological and medical factors, such as the patient to patient variation in radiotracer uptake or the as yet undetermined role of PEM in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

  6. Positron mobility in perylene

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    Based on Doppler-shift measurements we have determined the positron drift velocity u in a high-purity monoclinic α-perylene single crystal as a function of applied electric field F and temperature. The electric field is applied as a triangular wave with a maximum field Fmax. At low fields the drift velocity displays a linear field dependence, while it assumes a sublinear field dependence above a characteristic velocity vs=50 km/s and finally tends to saturate at 110 km/s, presumably due to optical-phonon generation above a certain threshold kinetic energy. Unlike in the case of diamond, vs is much greater than the longitudinal sound velocity in the solid. By fitting the observed nonlinear electric-field dependence of u to a Shockley expression for acoustic deformation potential scattering of ''warm'' charge carriers we extract the zero-field limit of the positron mobility μ0 along the crystallographic c' axis (c'parallel axb). At 297 K μ0=(136±3±14) cm2 V-1 s-1, where the first error is statistical and the second is an estimated ±10% calibration uncertainty. Over the temperature range 100--350 K the mobility exhibits a Tn temperature dependence with n=-1.04±0.03, showing a clear departure from the T-3/2 dependence one might expect. Below 100 K μ0 still increases with decreasing temperature, but at a given temperature its value decreases as the maximum applied field Fmax increases, possibly indicating interference caused by the presence of a field-enhanced accumulation of trapped carriers that cause scattering at low temperatures

  7. Positron emitting pharmaceuticals

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    Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging of physiology at the molecular level bridges the gap between laboratory science and clinical medicine by providing the most specific and sensitive means for imaging molecular pathways and interactions in tissues of man. PET-imaging requires the use Positron Emitting Radiopharmaceuticals (PRPs), which are radioactively labeled 'true metabolites' i.e., sugars, amino acids, fatty acids etc., essentially made of H, C, N and O which the cells in the body can metabolize. The PET-isotopes: 11C, 15O, 13N and 18F (instead of H) are cyclotron produced and are short-lived, which places several constraints on the synthesis time for the PRPs, quality control and their clinical use as compared to the conventional 99mTc- and other SPECT-RPs widely used in nuclear medicine. There are large number of published reports showing the utility of several PRPs labeled with 18F (T1/2 = 110 min) and 11C (T1/2 = 20 min). A few PRPs have been labeled with 13N (T1/2 = 10 min). 15O (T1/2 = 2min) is used mostly as H215O, C15 or C15O2. 18F-radiopharmaceuticals can be made at a medical cyclotron facility and sent to PET -imaging centres, which can be reached in a couple of hours. The sensitivity of PET -imaging has encouraged R and D in several other PRPs, labeled with viz., 68Ga (generator produced, T1/2 68 min), 124I (cyclotron, T1/2 4.2 d), 82Rb (generator, T1/2 75s), 64Cu (cyclotron, T1/2 12h), and 94mTc (cyclotron, T1/2 52 min). Due to its relevance in several diseases, particularly cancer, PET-imaging has made major scientific contribution to drug development, particularly for neurological diseases and cancer treatment. (author)

  8. Fundamentals of positron emission tomography

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    Positron emission tomography is a modern radionuclide method of measuring physiological quantities or metabolic parameters in vivo. The methods is based on: (1) Radioactive labelling with positron emitters; (2) the coincidence technique for the measurement of the annihilation radiation following positron decay; (3) analysis of the data measured using biological models. The basic aspects and problems of the method are discussed. The main fields of future research are the synthesis of new labelled compounds and the development of mathematical models of the biological processes to be investigated. (orig.)

  9. [Fundamentals of positron emission tomography].

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    Ostertag, H

    1989-07-01

    Positron emission tomography is a modern radionuclide method of measuring physiological quantities or metabolic parameters in vivo. The method is based on: (1) radioactive labelling with positron emitters; (2) the coincidence technique for the measurement of the annihilation radiation following positron decay; (3) analysis of the data measured using biological models. The basic aspects and problems of the method are discussed. The main fields of future research are the synthesis of new labelled compounds and the development of mathematical models of the biological processes to be investigated. PMID:2667029

  10. Ultrarelativistic Electron-Positron Plasma

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    Thoma, Markus H

    2008-01-01

    Ultrarelativistic electron-positron plasmas can be produced in high-intensity laser fields and play a role in various astrophysical situations. Their properties can be calculated using QED at finite temperature. Here we will use perturbative QED at finite temperature for calculating various important properties, such as the equation of state, dispersion relations of collective plasma modes of photons and electrons, Debye screening, damping rates, mean free paths, collision times, transport coefficients, and particle production rates, of ultrarelativistic electron-positron plasmas. In particular, we will focus on electron-positron plasmas produced with ultra-strong lasers.

  11. 21 CFR 892.1110 - Positron camera.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Positron camera. 892.1110 Section 892.1110 Food... DEVICES RADIOLOGY DEVICES Diagnostic Devices § 892.1110 Positron camera. (a) Identification. A positron camera is a device intended to image the distribution of positron-emitting radionuclides in the...

  12. LEP beam separator at L3

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    1989-01-01

    During injection and acceleration, separators like this were used to keep the electron and positron beams apart while they travelled in the vacuum chamber. When the beams reached maximum energy the separators at the experiments were turned off, allowing the beams to collide. This one was located near the L3 experiment, whose huge red solenoid magnet can be seen in the background.

  13. On some corrections to beta spectra measured by toroidal inron-free beta spectrometer

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    In the investigations of the features of neutron-deficient isotopes to study low-intensity branches of positron decay ST-2 the iron-free beta spectrometer with toroidal magnetic field (light intensity approximately 20%, resolution ability approximately 1%) is used. The influence of the factors distorting β-spectra in case of the ST-2 spectrometer has been studied. In using the sources without the carriers the source thickness at Esub(β) > 100 keV doesn't distort the spectrum. The investigation of the dependence of 22Na positron counting at different energies on theckness of the substrate made it possible to determine the paremeters of backscattering. It was shown that the backgroud of the spectrometer in positron measuring regime at energies Esub(β) > 100 keV didn't depend on the energy. The measurements at the energies higher than maximum positron energy give directly the background value. According to experimental distribution of the lines of conversion electrons the analytical kind of response function of the spectrometer has been obtained. Spectral distribution of monochromatic electrons consists of the peak, described by Gauss distribution, and exponential ''tail'' in the direction of small energies. The investigations showed that with the help of the ST-2 beta spectrometer the decay positron btanches with the intensity up to 0.01% per decay may be determined with the accuracy 2-3 keV. There is principal possibility to study form factors of β-spectra

  14. Simulation of interactions of electrons and positrons with matter in MCU-PD code

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    The Monte Carlo method is used in the MCU code—an application package for solving equations of transport of neutrons, photons, electrons, and positrons. The code has a modular structure, and every working version of the code is formed from modules and submodules depending on the problem in question. The submodules BETA and BEG, included in the SOFIZM compound physical module of the MCU-PD code, are described: BETA submodule simulates interaction of electrons and positrons with matter and BEG submodule generates photons in the electron and positron reactions with matter. The library of constants which is involved in the MCUDB50 database and supports execution of the MCU-PD code is briefly characterized.

  15. Myocardial energy metabolism by positron emission tomography

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    Positron emission tomography (PET) permits quantitative measurement of myocardial blood flow and metabolism in vivo in the cardiovascular areas. F-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) and C-11 palmitate have been used for energy metabolism in the cardiac PET. In fasting condition, beta-oxydation of fatty acids is the major energy source in the normal myocardium, whereas glucose metabolism is enhanced in the ischemic myocardium. No metabolic substrate is used in the necrotic myocardium. Thus, quantitative measurement of substrate utilization enables differentiation of ischemic from normal or infarcted myocardium and precise assessment of tissue abnormalities in vivo. FDG is administrated in fasting condition in our institute in order to delineate ischemic myocardium as a hot spot with suppression of the FDG uptake in the normal myocardium. However, when compared to the postprandial condition, FDG uptake may be enhanced even in the infarcted tissue, and thus, may possibly overestimate the tissue viability. A certain quantification of FDG uptake may be warranted for an accurate evaluation of FDG uptake. We have been measured FDG uptake index as a fraction of injected dose (% dose/100g tissue). This index correlated well with myocardial metabolic rate of glucose by Phelps method in the fasting condition. Dynamic PET study after C-11 palmitate injection has been used for estimate of fatty acid utilization. The first component of the washout from the myocardium is considered as rate of beta-oxydation. However, the washout of this tracer seems to be strikingly different between the fasting and postprandial conditions. (J.P.N.)

  16. On the possible mixing of the electron capture and the positron emission channels in nuclear decay

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    Isakov, V. I.

    2009-01-01

    On the basis of the idea of mixing (interaction) between the electron capture and the positron emission channels in the \\beta^+ decay in the cases when both channels are energetically allowed, we attempt to explain oscillations of the K-capture rates that were possibly seen in the recent experiment.

  17. Amyloid and metabolic positron emission tomography imaging of cognitively normal adults with Alzheimer's parents

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    Mosconi, Lisa; Rinne, Juha O; Tsui, Wai H;

    2013-01-01

    This study examines the relationship between fibrillar beta-amyloid (Aβ) deposition and reduced glucose metabolism, a proxy for neuronal dysfunction, in cognitively normal (NL) individuals with a parent affected by late-onset Alzheimer's disease (AD). Forty-seven 40-80-year-old NL received positron...

  18. Deconvolution of Positrons' Lifetime spectra

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    In this paper, we explain the iterative method previously develop for the deconvolution of Doppler broadening spectra using the mathematical optimization theory. Also, we start the adaptation and application of this method to the deconvolution of positrons' lifetime annihilation spectra

  19. Parkinson disease and positron tomography

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    Physiopathologic investigations of Parkinson disease and parkinsonian syndrome using positron tomography are briefly reviewed: study of cerebral blood flow and metabolism; effects of L-DOPA; study of dopaminergic receptors and of 18F-Fluoro-L-DOPA incorporation

  20. Resolvability of positron decay channels

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    Many data analysis treatments of positron experiments attempt to resolve two or more positron decay or exist channels which may be open simultaneously. Examples of the need to employ such treatments of the experimental results can be found in the resolution of the constituents of a defect ensemble, or in the analysis of the complex spectra which arise from the interaction of slow positrons at or near the surfaces of solids. Experimental one- and two-dimensional angular correlation of annihilation radiation experiments in Al single crystals have shown that two defect species (mono- and divacancies) can be resolved under suitable conditions. Recent experiments at LLNL indicate that there are a variety of complex exit channels open to positrons interacting at surfaces, and ultimely these decay channels must also be suitably resolved from one another. 6 refs., 4 figs

  1. LEP : the Large Electron Positron Collider Conference MT17

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    2001-01-01

    LEP was CERN's flagship research facility from 1989 until 2000 when it stepped aside to make way for installation of the Laboratory's next major accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider, LHC. With a circumference of 27 kilometres, LEP was the largest circular particle collider in the world. Inside its beam pipe, about 100 metres underground, bunches of electrons and positrons raced around in opposite directions as they were accelerated to almost the speed of light. In its first phase of operation, LEP was designed to collide electrons and positrons at an energy of around 100 GeV. After some seven years of accumulating data at this energy to study the Z particle - electrically neutral carrier of the weak interaction - everything was done to boost the energy of LEP's beams as high as possible.

  2. Wakefields generated by collisional neutrinos in neutral-electron-positron-ion plasma

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    Tinakiche, Nouara [Faculty of Sciences, Department of Physics, University of Boumeredes U.M.B.B., Boumerdes 35000 (Algeria)

    2015-12-15

    A classical fluid description is adopted to investigate nonlinear interaction between an electron-type neutrino beam and a relativistic collisionless unmagnetized neutral-electron-positron-ion plasma. In this work, we consider the collisions of the neutrinos with neutrals in the plasma and study their effect on the generation of wakefields in presence of a fraction of ions in a neutral-electron-positron plasma. The results obtained in the present work are interpreted and compared with previous studies.

  3. Wakefields generated by collisional neutrinos in neutral-electron-positron-ion plasma

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    A classical fluid description is adopted to investigate nonlinear interaction between an electron-type neutrino beam and a relativistic collisionless unmagnetized neutral-electron-positron-ion plasma. In this work, we consider the collisions of the neutrinos with neutrals in the plasma and study their effect on the generation of wakefields in presence of a fraction of ions in a neutral-electron-positron plasma. The results obtained in the present work are interpreted and compared with previous studies

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

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

    2016-05-01

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

  5. Positron annihilation studies of Czochralski-grown silicon annealed under pressure

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    Two positron techniques have been applied to study dynamics of oxygen precipitation in Czochralski-grown silicon, annealed under high (up to 1,4 GPa) pressure. Lifetime measurements were performed with 180 ps resolution; Doppler broadening with variable-energy slow-positron beam. Different thermal treatings rise the mean lifetime of positrons from 222 ps in as-grown samples up to 227 ps. in samples with a high (up to 85%) amount of oxygen precipitated, an intermediate (550-800 ps) lifetime is observed. (author)

  6. Probing Positron Gravitation at HERA

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    Gharibyan, Vahagn

    2015-01-01

    An equality of particle and antiparticle gravitational interactions holds in general relativity and is supported by indirect observations. Here I develop a method based on high energy Compton scattering to measure the gravitational interaction of accelerated charged particles. Within that formalism the Compton spectra measured at HERA rule out the positron's anti-gravity and hint for a positron's 1.3(0.2)\\% weaker coupling to the gravitational field relative to an electron.

  7. Probing Positron Gravitation at HERA

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    Gharibyan, Vahagn

    2015-07-15

    An equality of particle and antiparticle gravitational interactions holds in general relativity and is supported by indirect observations. Here I develop a method based on high energy Compton scattering to measure the gravitational interaction of accelerated charged particles. Within that formalism the Compton spectra measured at HERA rule out the positron's anti-gravity and hint for a positron's 1.3(0.2)% weaker coupling to the gravitational field relative to an electron.

  8. Photon correlations in positron annihilation

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    Gauthier, Isabelle; Hawton, Margaret

    2010-01-01

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

  9. Positron Diffraction and Holography - A New Way of Looking at Surfaces

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    Tong, S. Y.

    1997-03-01

    Surface scientists have long searched for a dream probe to study surface crystallography. The particle of the dream probe should satisfy two criteria. First, the particle should have a shallow penetration in the solid. A shallow penetration ensures high surface sensitivity. Second, the particle should weakly scatter with atoms in a solid. Weak scattering produces diffraction spectra which are simple to analyze. A positron beam has attributes which satisfy the above two criteria. A positron has a small penetration distance in a solid because this distance is determined by plasmon generation. Plasmon generation is independent of the sign of the probe particle. Therefore, a positron satisfies the first criterion. Secondly, a positron scatters weakly inside a solid because the positive charge of the positron and that of the atomic ion cores repel each other. As a consequence, a positron never closely approaches the strongly scattering core region of an atom.(S.Y. Tong, H. Huang and X.Q. Guo, Phys. Rev. Lett.69, 3654 (1992).) In this talk, I shall present results of low energy positron diffraction on the Si(111) 2x1 surface. I shall show how the weak scattering of positrons in solids allows a more accurate interpretation of its diffraction spectra by simplified scattering methods and holographic wavefront reconstruction.

  10. Measurement of the positron polarization at an helical undulator based positron source for the international linear collider ILC. The E-166 experiment at SLAC

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    Karim, Laihem

    2008-06-05

    A helical undulator based polarized positron source is forseen at a future International Linear Collider (ILC). The E-166 experiment has tested this scheme using a one meter long, short-period, pulsed helical undulator installed in the Final Focus Test Beam (FFTB) at SLAC. A low-emittance 46.6 GeV electron beam passing through this undulator generated circularly polarized photons with energies up to about 8 MeV. The generated photons of several MeV with circular polarization are then converted in a relatively thin target to generate longitudinally polarized positrons. Measurements of the positron polarization have been performed at 5 different energies of the positrons. In addition electron polarization has been determined for one energy point. For a comparison of the measured asymmetries with the expectations detailed simulations were necessary. This required upgrading GEANT4 to include the dominant polarization dependent interactions of electrons, positrons and photons in matter. The measured polarization of the positrons agrees with the expectations and is for the energy point with the highest polarization at 6MeV about 80%. (orig.)

  11. Measurement of the positron polarization at an helical undulator based positron source for the international linear collider ILC. The E-166 experiment at SLAC

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    A helical undulator based polarized positron source is forseen at a future International Linear Collider (ILC). The E-166 experiment has tested this scheme using a one meter long, short-period, pulsed helical undulator installed in the Final Focus Test Beam (FFTB) at SLAC. A low-emittance 46.6 GeV electron beam passing through this undulator generated circularly polarized photons with energies up to about 8 MeV. The generated photons of several MeV with circular polarization are then converted in a relatively thin target to generate longitudinally polarized positrons. Measurements of the positron polarization have been performed at 5 different energies of the positrons. In addition electron polarization has been determined for one energy point. For a comparison of the measured asymmetries with the expectations detailed simulations were necessary. This required upgrading GEANT4 to include the dominant polarization dependent interactions of electrons, positrons and photons in matter. The measured polarization of the positrons agrees with the expectations and is for the energy point with the highest polarization at 6MeV about 80%. (orig.)

  12. Positron lifetime study of electron-irradiated epoxy resins

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    Two bisphenol-A type epoxy resins were irradiated by electron beam and studied afterwards by positron lifetime spectroscopy. An interesting result is that despite of the considerable amount of free-radicals, no inhibition of positronium formation was observed in the two epoxies. Nevertheless, several serious differences were detected between the studied polymers. The results suggest that the radiation-resistant properties of epoxies depend strongly on the amount of the curing agent. (author) 8 refs.; 2 figs

  13. Effect of positron wave function on positron annihilation rates and electron-positron momentum densities in solids

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    Rubaszek, A. [Polska Akademia Nauk, Wroclaw (Poland). Inst. Niskich Temperatur i Badan Strukturalnych; Szotek, Z.; Temmerman, W.M. [Daresbury Lab. (United Kingdom)

    2001-07-01

    To interpret positron annihilation data in solids in terms of the electron momentum density and electron charge distribution, both the electron-positron interaction and positron wave function have to be considered explicitly. In the present work we discuss the effect of the shape of the positron wave function on the calculated positron annihilation rates in a variety of solids, for different types of electrons (core, s, p, d, f). We show that the form of the positron distribution in the Wigner-Seitz cell has a crucial effect on the resulting core electron contribution to the positron annihilation characteristics. The same is observed for the localised d and f electrons in transition metals Finally we study the influence of the positron wave function on the electron-positron momentum density in elemental Si. (orig.)

  14. High temperature stability, interface bonding, and mechanical behavior in (beta)-NiAl and Ni3Al matrix composites with reinforcements modified by ion beam enhanced deposition

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    Grummon, D. S.

    1993-01-01

    Diffusion-bonded NiAl-Al2O3 and Ni3Al-Al2O3 couples were thermally fatigued at 900 C for 1500 and 3500 cycles. The fiber-matrix interface weakened after 3500 cycles for the Saphikon fibers, while the Altex, PRD-166, and FP fibers showed little, if any, degradation. Diffusion bonding of fibers to Nb matrix is being studied. Coating the fibers slightly increases the tensile strength and has a rule-of-mixtures effect on elastic modulus. Push-out tests on Sumitomo and FP fibers in Ni aluminide matrices were repeated. Al2O3 was evaporated directly from pure oxide rod onto acoustically levitated Si carbide particles, using a down-firing, rod-fed electron beam hearth; superior coatings were subsequently produced using concurrent irradiation with 200-eV argon ion-assist beam. The assist beam produced adherent films with reduced tensile stresses. In diffusion bonding in B-doped Ni3Al matrices subjected to compressive bonding at 40 MPa at 1100 C for 1 hr, the diffusion barriers failed to prevent catastrophic particle-matrix reaction, probably because of inadequate film quality. AlN coatings are currently being experimented with, produced by both reactive evaporation and by N(+)-ion enhanced deposition. A 3-kW rod-fed electron-beam-heated evaporation source has been brought into operation.

  15. Brilliant positron sources for CLIC and other collider projects

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    Rinolfi, Louis; Dadoun, Olivier; Kamitani, Takuya; Strakhovenko, Vladimir; Variola, Alessandro

    2013-01-01

    The CLIC (Compact Linear Collider), as future linear collider, requires an intense positron source. A brief history is given up to the present baseline configuration which assumes unpolarized beams. A conventional scheme, with a single tungsten target as source of e-e+ pairs, has been studied several years ago. But, in order to reduce the beam energy deposition on the e+ target converter, a double-target system has been studied and proposed as baseline for CLIC. With this ‘‘hybrid target’’, the positron production scheme is based on the channeling process. A 5 GeV electron beam impinges on a thin crystal tungsten target aligned along its axis, enhancing the photon production by channeling radiation. A large number of photons are sent to a thick amorphous tungsten target, generating large number of e-e+ pairs, while the charged particles are bent away, reducing the deposited energy and the PEDD (Peak Energy Deposition Density). The targets parameters are optimized for the positron production. Polarize...

  16. SLC positron damping ring optics design

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    The basic SLAC Linear Collider operation scheme assumes the use of two damping rings, one for the e-, one for the e+, in order to reduce the colliding beam normalized emittances to 30 π μradm hence raising the corresponding luminosity by a factor 170. The e- damping ring optics, designed by H. Wiedemann, has been extensively studied and modelled since it's completion at the end of 1982. The e+ damping ring being built will be based on the same design except for some modifications resulting from the studies on the e- damping ring which clearly pointed out two major weak points as far as the optics is concerned. The present paper describes the basic modifications of the ring lattice and main equipment positions in order to improve the situation in the Positron Damping Ring. 16 refs., 2 figs., 1 tab

  17. Polarized positrons for the ILC - update on simulations

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    Staufenbiel, F

    2012-01-01

    To achieve the extremely high luminosity for colliding electron-positron beams at the future International Linear Collider (ILC) an undulator-based source with about 230 meters helical undulator and a thin titanium-alloy target rim rotated with tangential velocity of about 100 meters per second are foreseen. The very high density of heat deposited in the target has to be analyzed carefully. The energy deposited by the photon beam in the target has been calculated in FLUKA. The resulting stress in the target material after one bunch train has been simulated in ANSYS.

  18. Transaxial positron emission tomograph

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    The computer-controlled tomograph has got a set of six detector assemblies arranged in a hexagonal pattern around the object to be examined. For detectors gamma cameras or cross-beam cameras may be used. The density distribution of a substance absorbed in a cross-sectional layer of the body can be displayed on a monitor. Opposite detector assemblies are connected by a coincidence circuit. (DG)

  19. Quadrupolar correlations and deformation effect on two neutrino $\\varepsilon \\beta ^{+}$ and $\\varepsilon \\varepsilon $ modes of $^{156}$Dy isotope

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    Rath, P. K.; R. Chandra; Singh, S; Raina, P. K.; Hirsch, J. G.

    2009-01-01

    The two-neutrino positron double-$\\beta $ decay modes of $^{156}$Dy isotope are studied in the Projected Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov framework for the $0^{+}\\to 0^{+}$ transition. Theoretically calculated half-lives of electron-positron conversion and double-electron capture modes are presented. The effect of the quadrupolar deformation on nuclear transition matrix element $M_{2\

  20. Positron emission tomography. Present status and Romanian perspectives

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    Basic principles of the positron emission tomography (PET) are summarised. The main PET methods using short-lived radioisotopes (i.e.11 C, 13 N, 15 O, 18 F) are briefly reviewed. Three types of particle accelerators for radioisotopes production and medical uses (including radiotherapy), corresponding to the proton energy (Ep p p < 200 MeV) are presented. PET imaging equipment and procedures are discussed. Main radiopharmaceuticals based on beta decay for PET studies and their role in medicine is also described. Finally, perspectives for a PET program in Romania (Cyclotron + Radiochemistry + Tomograph ) are discussed. (author)

  1. Low-Energy Positron Scattering from H2

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    Machacek, J. R.; Anderson, E.; Makochekanwa, C.; Mueller, D.; Sullivan, J. P.; Buckman, S. J.

    2012-06-01

    We present low-energy positron scattering measurements from molecular hydrogen. Our measurements were conducted at the high-resolution, low-energy positron beamline at the Australian National University [1]. The energy width of the positron beam was typically 60 meV. We present results for positron scattering from H2 from 1 to 200 eV for the total and positronium formation cross sections as well as total elastic and elastic differential cross sections. Comparison will be made with previous results, in particular recent results of the Trento group [2], along with a discussion of the experimental advantages and limitation of present techniques [3]. The greatest discrepancy between the available experimental and theoretical data sets lies at energies below the positronium formation threshold. A plausible explanation for these differences will be presented.[4pt] [1] J. P. Sullivan et al.,79, 113105 (2008)[0pt] [2] A. Zecca et al., Phys. Rev. A 80, 032702 (2009)[0pt] [3] J. P. Sullivan et al., J. Phys. B 44, 035201 (2010)

  2. Magnet development for the BRF positron emission tomography accelerator

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    A collaboration involving the Biomedical Research Foundation, Science Applications International Corporation, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and the University of Washington is developing an accelerator for producing isotopes for Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scans. The Medium Energy Beam Transport (MEBT) section of this accelerator takes a small beam from a first RFQ acceleration device and matches it into a small 3D-acceptance at a second RFQ section. The beam transport system was designed to prevent beam losses due to emittance growth. The system includes two bending dipoles and seven quadrupoles of three different types. This report contains a brief description of the MEBT magnets and their electric, magnetic and thermal properties. The magnet measurements show that each of the magnets meets the system requirements

  3. A test beam upgrade based on the BEPC-LINAC

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    A total of three beam lines, E1, E2 and E3 have based on the LINAC of BEPC. The E1 beam is to be used for intense slow-positron facility. The E2 is a primary positron or electron beam with an energy of 1.3-1.5 GeV. The E3 is a secondary electron or pion test beam with a momentum can be adjustable continuously. The position accuracy of a detected particle is 0.2-0.4 mm with an event rate of 3 - 4 Hz. This beam has been successfully used for some detectors beam test. (author)

  4. Positron emitter labeled enzyme inhibitors

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    This invention involves a new strategy for imagining and mapping enzyme activity in the living human and animal body using positron emitter-labeled suicide enzyme inactivators or inhibitors which become covalently bound to the enzyme as a result of enzymatic catalysis. Two such suicide inactivators for monoamine oxidase have been labeled with carbon-11 and used to map the enzyme subtypes in the living human and animal body using PET. By using positron emission tomography to image the distribution of radioactivity produced by the body penetrating radiation emitted by carbon-11, a map of functionally active monoamine oxidase activity is obtained. Clorgyline and L-deprenyl are suicide enzyme inhibitors and irreversibly inhibit monoamine oxidase. When these inhibitors are labeled with carbon-11 they provide selective probes for monoamine oxidase localization and reactivity in vivo using positron emission tomography

  5. Instrumentation in positron emission tomography

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    Positron emission tomography (PET) is a three-dimensional medical imaging technique that noninvasively measures the concentration of radiopharmaceuticals in the body that are labeled with positron emitters. With the proper compounds, PET can be used to measure metabolism, blood flow, or other physiological values in vivo. The technique is based on the physics of positron annihilation and detection and the mathematical formulations developed for x-ray computed tomography. Modern PET systems can provide three-dimensional images of the brain, the heart, and other internal organs with resolutions on the order of 4 to 6 mm. With the selectivity provided by a choice of injected compounds, PET has the power to provide unique diagnostic information that is not available with any other imaging modality. This is the first five reports on the nature and uses of PET that have been prepared for the American Medical Association's Council on Scientific Affairs by an authoritative panel

  6. Status and Performance of New Silicon Stripixel Detector for the PHENIX Experiment at RHIC: Beta Source, Cosmic-rays and Proton Beam at 120 GeV

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    We are constructing a Silicon Vertex Tracker detector (VTX) for the PHENIX experiment at RHIC. Our main motivation is to enable measurements of heavy flavor production (charm and beauty) in p+p, p+d and A+A collisions. Such data will illuminate the properties of the matter created in high-energy heavy-ion collisions. The measurements also will reveal the distribution of gluons in protons from p+p collisions. The VTX detector consists of four layers of barrel detectors and covers |η|90Sr), muons from cosmic-rays, and a 120 GeV proton beam. The results from the proton beam demonstrate that the principle of two-dimensional position sensitivity based on charge sharing works; the signal-to-noise value is 10.4, the position resolution is 33.6 μm for X-stripixel (35.2 μm for U-stripixel), and the tracking efficiencies in the X- and U-stripixels are, over 98.9±0.2%. The stripixel detector within the VTX project is in the pre-production phase.

  7. Positrons trapped in polyethylene: Electric field effect

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    The intensity of the iot2-component of positrons annihilated in polyethylene is found to increase with increasing electric field, while the formation probability of the positron state responsible for this component remains independent of the field. (orig.) 891 HPOE

  8. NMF on positron emission tomography

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    Bödvarsson, Bjarni; Hansen, Lars Kai; Svarer, Claus;

    2007-01-01

    In positron emission tomography, kinetic modelling of brain tracer uptake, metabolism or binding requires knowledge of the cerebral input function. Traditionally, this is achieved with arterial blood sampling in the arm or as shown in (Liptrot, M, et al., 2004) by non-invasive K-means clustering....... We propose another method to estimate time-activity curves (TAC) extracted directly from dynamic positron emission tomography (PET) scans by non-negative matrix factorization (NMF). Since the scaling of the basis curves is lost in the NMF the estimated TAC is scaled by a vector alpha which is...

  9. The Role of polarized positrons and electrons in revealing fundamental interactions at the linear collider

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    Moortgat-Pick, G.; /CERN /Durham U., IPPP; Abe, T.; Alexander, G.; Ananthanarayan, B.; Babich, A.A.; Bharadwaj, V.; Barber, D.; Bartl, A.; Brachmann, A.; Chen, S.; Clarke,; Clendenin, J.E.; Dainton, J.; Desch, K.; Diehl, M.; Dobos, B.; Dorland, T.; Eberl, H.; Ellis, John R.; Flottman, K.; Frass, H.; /CERN /Durham U., IPPP /Colorado U. /Tel-Aviv

    2005-07-01

    The proposed International Linear Collider (ILC) is well-suited for discovering physics beyond the Standard Model and for precisely unraveling the structure of the underlying physics. The physics return can be maximized by the use of polarized beams. This report shows the paramount role of polarized beams and summarizes the benefits obtained from polarizing the positron beam, as well as the electron beam. The physics case for this option is illustrated explicitly by analyzing reference reactions in different physics scenarios. The results show that positron polarization, combined with the clean experimental environment provided by the linear collider, allows to improve strongly the potential of searches for new particles and the identification of their dynamics, which opens the road to resolve shortcomings of the Standard Model. The report also presents an overview of possible designs for polarizing both beams at the ILC, as well as for measuring their polarization.

  10. Revealing Fundamental Interactions: the Role of Polarized Positrons and Electrons at the Linear Collider

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    Moortgat-Pick, G.; /CERN /Durham U., IPPP; Abe, T.; Alexander, G.; Ananthanarayan, B.; Babich, A.A.; Bharadwaj, V.; Barber, D.; Bartl, A.; Brachmann, A.; Chen, S.; Clarke,; Clendenin, J.E.; Dainton, J.; Desch, K.; Diehl, M.; Dobos, B.; Dorland, T.; Eberl, H.; Ellis, John R.; Flottman, K.; Frass, H.; /CERN /Durham U., IPPP /Colorado U. /Tel-Aviv

    2005-07-06

    The proposed International Linear Collider (ILC) is well-suited for discovering physics beyond the Standard Model and for precisely unraveling the structure of the underlying physics. The physics return can be maximized by the use of polarized beams. This report shows the paramount role of polarized beams and summarizes the benefits obtained from polarizing the positron beam, as well as the electron beam. The physics case for this option is illustrated explicitly by analyzing reference reactions in different physics scenarios. The results show that positron polarization, combined with the clean experimental environment provided by the linear collider, allows to improve strongly the potential of searches for new particles and the identification of their dynamics, which opens the road to resolve shortcomings of the Standard Model. The report also presents an overview of possible designs for polarizing both beams at the ILC, as well as for measuring their polarization.

  11. Electromagnetic cascade in high-energy electron, positron, and photon interactions with intense laser pulses

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    Bulanov, S. S.; Schroeder, C. B.; Esarey, E.; Leemans, W. P.

    2013-06-01

    The interaction of high-energy electrons, positrons, and photons with intense laser pulses is studied in head-on collision geometry. It is shown that electrons and/or positrons undergo a cascade-type process involving multiple emissions of photons. These photons can consequently convert into electron-positron pairs. As a result charged particles quickly lose their energy developing an exponentially decaying energy distribution, which suppresses the emission of high-energy photons, thus reducing the number of electron-positron pairs being generated. Therefore, this type of interaction suppresses the development of the electromagnetic avalanche-type discharge, i.e., the exponential growth of the number of electrons, positrons, and photons does not occur in the course of interaction. The suppression will occur when three-dimensional effects can be neglected in the transverse particle orbits, i.e., for sufficiently broad laser pulses with intensities that are not too extreme. The final distributions of electrons, positrons, and photons are calculated for the case of a high-energy e-beam interacting with a counterstreaming, short intense laser pulse. The energy loss of the e-beam, which requires a self-consistent quantum description, plays an important role in this process, as well as provides a clear experimental observable for the transition from the classical to quantum regime of interaction.

  12. Beam-Beam Effects

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    Herr, W; Pieloni, T.

    2016-01-01

    One of the most severe limitations in high-intensity particle colliders is the beam-beam interaction, i.e. the perturbation of the beams as they cross the opposing beams. This introduction to beam-beam effects concentrates on a description of the phenomena that are present in modern colliding beam facilities.

  13. Beam-Beam Effects

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    Herr, W

    2014-01-01

    One of the most severe limitations in high-intensity particle colliders is the beam-beam interaction, i.e. the perturbation of the beams as they cross the opposing beams. This introduction to beam-beam effects concentrates on a description of the phenomena that are present in modern colliding beam facilities.

  14. Suggested Intense Positron Source based on (micropole) undulator induced pair production

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    The construction of an Intense Positron Source (IPS) is suggested. The intensity of the produced positrons is to exceed that of any other existing source by orders of magnitude. The instantaneous intensity is to be 103 to 106 times higher yet. Fast positrons are to be produced in pulses of time duration ∼1 ns to 10 ps. Slow positron pulses of order +e-pairs will be produced by the generated gamma rays; 3) moderators to thermalize the produced positrons; and 4) a transport system through which the slow positrons will move. Spinoff benefits provided by the suggested device include the following: The equipment may be used to create (or destroy) nuclear isotopes in a controlled manner (i.e. without producing unwanted species); to produce (or destroy) in a controlled way chemical elements; to produce well collimated intense photon beams in the multi 100 MeV range for nuclear physics research, with intensities many orders of magnitude higher than can be achieved today; to generate intense bursts of neutrons; to supply fast positrons produced at high intensities (1016 to 1017 s-1) and within a small transverse phase space, to future high energy colliders, thereby perhaps even eliminating the need for damping rings. ((orig.))

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

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    Alexis, A; Martin, P; Ferriere, K

    2014-01-01

    We want to estimate whether the positrons produced by the beta plus decay of 26Al, 44Ti and 56Ni synthesised in massive stars and supernovae are sufficient to explain the 511 keV annihilation emission observed in our Galaxy. Such a possibility has often been put forward in the past. We developed a Monte Carlo Galactic propagation code for ~MeV positrons in which the Galactic interstellar medium, the Galactic magnetic field (GMF) and the propagation are finely described. This code allows us to simulate the spatial distribution of the 511 keV annihilation emission. We test several GMFs models and several positron escape fractions from type-Ia supernova for 56Ni positrons. We consider the collisional ballistic transport mode and then compare the simulated 511 keV intensity spatial distributions to the INTEGRAL/SPI data. Whatever the GMF configuration and the escape fraction chosen for 56Ni positrons, the 511 keV intensity distributions are very similar. The main reason is that ~MeV positrons do not propagate ver...

  16. Electromagnetic envelope solitons in ultrarelativistic inhomogeneous electron-positron-ion plasma

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    The nonlinear interaction of ultra-intense short laser beam and homogeneous/inhomogeneous electron-positron-ion (e-p-i) plasma is investigated. It is found that soliton solutions can exist in both homogeneous and inhomogeneous e-p-i plasma. The influence of the positron density, the phase velocity, the inhomogeneity nature, and the Hamiltonian of the system on the soliton structure is investigated. The evolution of envelope solitons in homogeneous e-p-i plasma is analyzed analytically by using a two-time-scale method and confirmed by numerical simulations. However, the soliton solutions can exist in inhomogeneous e-p-i plasma only when the positron density is high enough. Furthermore, the phase diagram for existing envelope soliton in positron density and phase velocity of the wave plane is obtained

  17. Simulation of ionization effects for high-density positron drivers in future plasma wakefield experiments

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    The plasma wakefield accelerator (PWFA) concept has been proposed as a potential energy doubler for present or future electron-positron colliders. Recent particle-in-cell (PIC) simulations have shown that the self-fields of the required electron beam driver can tunnel ionize neutral Li, leading to plasma wake dynamics differing significantly from that of a preionized plasma. It has also been shown, for the case of a preionized plasma, that the plasma wake of a positron driver differs strongly from that of an electron driver. We will present new PIC simulations, using the OOPIC code, showing the effects of tunneling ionization on the plasma wake generated by high-density positron drivers. The results will be compared to previous work on electron drivers with tunneling ionization and positron drivers without ionization. Parameters relevant to the energy doubler and the upcoming E-164x experiment at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center will be considered

  18. Facility for positron computed tomography

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    The positron computed tomography facility has got scintillator detector rings simultaneously recording more than one tomogrphic image of different cross-sections of the patient. The detectors in neighboring rings are staggered and can be rotated with respect to each other in order to increase the count rate without loss of efficiency. (DG)

  19. Clinical applications of positron scanning

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    There are only a few ways in which the radiopharmaceuticals carrying the positron-emitting isotope can be applied. a. intravenous bolus injection, b. continuous intravenous injection until equilibrium is reached, c. inhalation of a bolus of radioactive gases, d. continuous inhalation until equilibrium is reached. (orig./VJ)

  20. Slow positron production with a modular photon-positron converter attached to a high-current LINAC

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    A method of slow positron production was experimentally examined. X-rays radiating forward from a tantalum target upon the bombardment of linear accelerator (LINAC) electron beams (30 MeV, 0.4 A, 120 pps) penetrated fifty tungsten foil strips 25 μm thick, which were assembled into a heaped stack of five modules. Slow positrons emerging from the foil surfaces were extracted by applying stepwise electric potentials between neighbouring modules under the action of grid focussing. After the transport through a magnetic duct of 0.01 T and 9 m length, the obtained slow positron flow was 1.2 x 1011[e+/s] during the LINAC beam pulse. This rate corresponds to the time-averaged production rate at 120 pps of 4.4 x 107[e+/s] and the conversion efficiency of 4.9 x 10-8[e+/e-]. The production rate found by a Monte-Carlo simulation using the EGS4 code is compared with the experimental one. (author)

  1. The 6 MV pelletron at Stuttgart - an accelerator for ions, positrons and electrons

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    After a short introduction and a description of the accelerator facility the paper surveys the experiments which were performed with the ion and positron beams of this accelerator since its installation in Stuttgart. Selected examples are presented for either characteristic or novel applications in more detail. They comprise: (i) The ion beam analysis of solids by means of RBS (stoichiometry of high-Tc superconductors), NRA (trace analysis by a novel p-γ-coincidence technique), ion channeling (structure of quasicrystals), and high resolution RBS and ERDA of surfaces and near-surface layers with a recently set up electrostatic spectrometer for MeV ions (oxidation of metal surfaces, stoichiometry of multi-layers, high resolution ERDA of hydrogen). (ii) Measurement of the energy dependence of the elastic (Bhabha) scattering of positrons by electrons and of the annihilation-in-flight cross-section of positron-electron pairs (search for resonant neutral particle states), beam-based β+-γ-coincidence positron-lifetime measurements (high-temperature thermal-equilibrium studies on Ge in the solid and molten state and on Si up to the melting point), triple-coincidence β+γΔE Age - Momentum Correlation (AMOC) measurements (positronium formation in fused quartz, time-resolved observation of spin conversion of positronium in a paramagnetic solution (HTEMPO/methanol), trapping of positrons at defects in diamonds and at thermally generated vacancies in aluminium). (orig.)

  2. Positron-acoustic shock waves associated with cold viscous positron fluid in superthermal electron-positron-ion plasmas

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    Uddin, M. J., E-mail: josim.phys2007@gmail.com; Alam, M. S.; Mamun, A. A. [Department of Physics, Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka 1342 (Bangladesh)

    2015-06-15

    A theoretical investigation is made on the positron-acoustic (PA) shock waves (SHWs) in an unmagnetized electron-positron-ion plasma containing immobile positive ions, cold mobile positrons, and hot positrons and electrons following the kappa (κ) distribution. The cold positron kinematic viscosity is taken into account, and the reductive perturbation method is used to derive the Burgers equation. It is found that the viscous force acting on cold mobile positron fluid is a source of dissipation and is responsible for the formation of the PA SHWs. It is also observed that the fundamental properties of the PA SHWs are significantly modified by the effects of different parameters associated with superthermal (κ distributed) hot positrons and electrons.

  3. Radiation-damage study of a monocrystalline tungsten positron converter

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    Artru, X; Chehab, R; Johnson, B; Keppler, P; Major, J V; Rinolfi, Louis; Jejcic, A

    1998-01-01

    The exploitation of the enhancement of positron sources by channeling effects, in particular for Linear Colliders (LC), relies on the long term resistance of the crystal to radiation damage. Such dama ge has been tested on a 0.3 mm thick tungsten monocrystal exposed during 6 months to the 30 Gev incident electron beam of the SLAC Linear Collider (SLC). The crystal was placed in the converter region , orientated in a random direction and received an integrated flux of e- (fluence) of 2 x 10^18 e-/mm^2. The crystal was analyzed before and after irradiation by X and Gamma diffractometry. No damage was observed, the mosaic spread remained unchanged during irradiation (0.4 mrad FWHM). Implications for use of orientated crystal as converter for positron sources of future LCs are discussed.

  4. New Longitudinal Waves in Electron-Positron-Ion Quantum Plasmas

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    Tsintsadze, Nodar L; Rehman, A; Murtaza, G

    2010-01-01

    A general quantum dispersion equation for electron-positron(hole)-ion quantum plasmas is derived and studied for some interesting cases. In an electron-positron degenerate Fermi gas, with or without the Madelung term, a new type of zero sound waves are found. Whereas in an electron-hole plasmas a new longitudinal quantum waves are revealed, which have no analogies in quantum electron-ion plasmas. The excitation of these quantum waves by a low-density monoenergetic straight electron beam is examined. Furthermore, the KdV equation for novel quantum waves is derived and the contribution of the Madelung term in the formation of the KdV solitons is discussed.

  5. Bruno Touschek, from Betatrons to Electron-positron Colliders

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    Bernardini, Carlo; Pellegrini, Claudio

    2015-01-01

    Bruno Touschek's life as a physicist spanned the period from World War II to the 1970s. He was a key figure in the developments of electron-positron colliders, storage rings, and gave important contributions to theoretical high energy physics. Storage rings, initially developed for high energy physics, are being widely used in many countries as synchrotron radiation sources and are a tool for research in physics, chemistry, biology environmental sciences and cultural heritage studies. We describe Touschek's life in Austria, where he was born, Germany, where he participated to the construction of a betatron during WWII, and Italy, where he proposed and led to completion the first electron-positron storage ring in 1960, in Frascati. We highlight how his central European culture influenced his life style and work, and his main contributions to physics, such as the discovery of the Touschek effect and beam instabilities in the larger storage ring ADONE.

  6. Positron annihilation spectroscopy of proton irradiated single crystal BCC iron

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    Okuniewski, Maria A. [Department of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 103 S. Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801 (United States)]. E-mail: okuniews@uiuc.edu; Wells, Doug P. [Department of Physics, Idaho Accelerator Center, Idaho State University, Campus Box 8263, Pocatello, ID 83209 (United States); Selim, Farida A. [Department of Physics, Idaho Accelerator Center, Idaho State University, Campus Box 8263, Pocatello, ID 83209 (United States); Maloy, Stuart A. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, MST-8, P.O. Box 1663, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States); James, Michael R. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, D-5, P.O. Box 1663, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States); Stubbins, James F. [Department of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 103 S. Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801 (United States); Deo, Chaitanya S. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, MST-8, P.O. Box 1663, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States); Srivilliputhur, Srinivasan G. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, MST-8, P.O. Box 1663, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States); Baskes, Michael I. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, MST-8, P.O. Box 1663, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States)

    2006-06-01

    Positron annihilation spectroscopy was used to analyze the open-volume defects created in single crystal, body-centered cubic iron irradiated with 1.0 MeV protons. The effects of irradiation dose and temperature were investigated. A novel technique utilizing a Bremsstrahlung beam to activate and induce positron decay in the bulk specimens, followed by Doppler broadening spectroscopy, was employed. No open-volume defects were detected in the 0.03 dpa irradiated specimens. However, the 0.3 dpa specimens exhibited an increase in the S parameter when compared to the 0.03 dpa specimens at 723 K. The 0.3 dpa specimen at 723 K indicated an increase in open-volume defects, as the radiation temperature increased compared to the 573 K, 0.3 dpa specimen. This was thought to be a consequence of the void and dislocation loop density decreasing while the void and dislocation loop diameter was increasing.

  7. Positron annihilation spectroscopy of proton irradiated single crystal BCC iron

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    Positron annihilation spectroscopy was used to analyze the open-volume defects created in single crystal, body-centered cubic iron irradiated with 1.0 MeV protons. The effects of irradiation dose and temperature were investigated. A novel technique utilizing a Bremsstrahlung beam to activate and induce positron decay in the bulk specimens, followed by Doppler broadening spectroscopy, was employed. No open-volume defects were detected in the 0.03 dpa irradiated specimens. However, the 0.3 dpa specimens exhibited an increase in the S parameter when compared to the 0.03 dpa specimens at 723 K. The 0.3 dpa specimen at 723 K indicated an increase in open-volume defects, as the radiation temperature increased compared to the 573 K, 0.3 dpa specimen. This was thought to be a consequence of the void and dislocation loop density decreasing while the void and dislocation loop diameter was increasing

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

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

    2016-08-01

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

  9. The magnetic system using at LEALE for changing the proton-beam angle

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    At the LEALE laboratory a monochromatic photon beam with energy in the range 80-300 MeV is available. Photons are produced by positron annihilation on a liquid hydrogen target. The paper describes the apparatus used to change the angle of positrons on the annihilation target between 0/1.50 and then the angle of the photon beam. (author)

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

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    Kuznetsov, Pavel, 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.

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

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    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

  12. Development of positron detector for {mu}SR based on multi-pixel photon counter

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    Takeshita, Soshi [High Energy Accelerator Research Organization, Oho 1-1, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki 305-0801 (Japan)], E-mail: soshi@post.kek.jp; Hiraishi, Masatoshi; Miyazaki, Masanori [The Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Shonan Village, Hayama-cho, Miura-gun, Kanagawa 240-0193 (Japan); Koda, Akihiro; Kadono, Ryosuke [High Energy Accelerator Research Organization, Oho 1-1, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki 305-0801 (Japan); The Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Shonan Village, Hayama-cho, Miura-gun, Kanagawa 240-0193 (Japan); Suzuki, Soh Y.; Yasu, Yoshiji [High Energy Accelerator Research Organization, Oho 1-1, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki 305-0801 (Japan); Tanaka, Manobu [High Energy Accelerator Research Organization, Oho 1-1, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki 305-0801 (Japan); The Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Shonan Village, Hayama-cho, Miura-gun, Kanagawa 240-0193 (Japan); Matsuda, Yasuyuki; Ishida, Katsuhiko; Matsuzaki, Teiichiro [RIKEN, Hirosawa 2-1, Wako-shi, Saitama 351-0198 (Japan)

    2009-02-21

    In the pulsed muon facility (MUSE) being built as a part of J-PARC, muon beams with unprecedented intensity ({approx}10{sup 6} {mu}{sup +}/pulse) will be delivered at its full operation. Because of the extreme instantaneous {mu}-e decay positron rates ({approx}10{sup 4}-10{sup 5} e{sup +}/pulse), development of a highly segmented positron detection system is crucial for practical application of {mu}SR. To this end, we have designed a new positron detector based on a multi-pixel photon counter (MPPC). The advantages of MPPC over conventional phototubes are its small size, low operation voltage, functionality under a high magnetic field, and low cost. The result of test experiment for the detector using a pulsed muon beam is reported.

  13. Cyclotron, positrons and PET [positron emission tomography]. An overview

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    PET (positron emission tomography) is a powerful new scientific tool which is capable of revealing biochemical transformations while they are occurring in the brain and other organs in the living human body. The application of PET to problems in biology and medicine is dominated by the short half-life of the isotopes used to prepare the radiotracers. The most commonly used positron emitting isotopes are carbon-11, fluorine-18, nitrogen-13, and oxygen-15 which have half-lives of 20.4, 110, 10 and 2 minutes, respectively. Their incorporation into radiotracers having diverse chemical structures and biochemical specificities has allowed the study of blood flow, sugar metabolism, oxygen metabolism, neurotransmission, enzyme activity and binding sites for therapeutic drugs and substances of abuse. PET research is most commonly carried out at a Cyclotron-PET Center (cyclotron, positron emission tomography, chemistry laboratory) where the short-lived isotopes can be produced and used efficiently. The number of Cyclotron-PET Centers has grown from 4 in 1976 to several dozen in 1988 and the number is expected to double in the next five years attesting to the vitality of the field and the current and anticipated contributions to research in biology and medicine

  14. A new positron emission particle tracking facility at iThemba LABS

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    Positron emission particle tracking (PEPT) has become a powerful tool for in-situ characterisation and visualization of particulate flow within aggressive industrial environments, such as tumbling mills and powder mixers. PEPT is based on the tracking of a single tracer particle which has been labelled with a radionuclide that decays via beta-plus decay. The location of the particle is obtained by the triangulation of events associated with the detection of pairs of annihilation gamma rays in a modified 'positron camera.' One of the challenges facing PEPT is associated with labelling particles smaller than 100 μm which would allow studies in systems of finer particulate flow, such as flotation cells. The Positron Imaging Centre at the University of Birmingham is currently the only operational PEPT facility in the world. PEPT Cape Town will shortly become operational at iThemba LABS, South Africa. (author)

  15. Kinetic modeling of Fe-52/Mn-52m-citrate at the blood-brain barrier by positron emission tomography

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    Calonder, C; Wurtenberger, PI; Maguire, RP; Pellikka, R; Leenders, KL

    1999-01-01

    The kinetics of iron at the blood-brain barrier of the monkey were studied in vivo using positron emission tomography (PET) and the tracer Fe-52/Mn-52m-citrate. Mn-52m is the beta(+)-emitting daughter nuclide of Fe-52 and therefore contributes to the observed signal and background in the PET images

  16. The renormalized theory of beam-beam interaction

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    A new approach to calculate analytically the particle distribution in the presence of beam-beam interaction and synchrotron radiation effects for an electron-positron colliding beam storage ring is presented. The method is based on correct calculation of the Green's function which includes the full effect of the beam-beam force on the distortion of particle orbits, borrowing the renormalization technique of quantum field therory. By this way, the theory is applicable to any level of beam-beam interaction, no matter whether chaos ensues in phase space or not. This paper is devoted mostly to verificaiton of the theory by comparison with the results of computer simulations. Fairly good agreements are obtained. 5 refs., 3 figs

  17. Positron annihilation in transparent ceramics

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

    2016-01-01

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

  18. PEBS - Positron Electron Balloon Spectrometer

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    Von Doetinchem, P; Kirn, T; Yearwood, G R; Schael, S

    2007-01-01

    The best measurement of the cosmic ray positron flux available today was performed by the HEAT balloon experiment more than 10 years ago. Given the limitations in weight and power consumption for balloon experiments, a novel approach was needed to design a detector which could increase the existing data by more than a factor of 100. Using silicon photomultipliers for the readout of a scintillating fiber tracker and of an imaging electromagnetic calorimeter, the PEBS detector features a large geometrical acceptance of 2500 cm^2 sr for positrons, a total weight of 1500 kg and a power consumption of 600 W. The experiment is intended to measure cosmic ray particle spectra for a period of up to 20 days at an altitude of 40 km circulating the North or South Pole. A full Geant 4 simulation of the detector concept has been developed and key elements have been verified in a testbeam in October 2006 at CERN.

  19. On the feasibility of dose quantification with in-beam PET data in radiotherapy with {sup 12}C and proton beams

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    Parodi, K.

    2004-11-01

    The physical advantages of light ions in combination with technological advances like intensity controlled raster scanning offer a unique tool for high precision radiotherapy. This is particularly applied to delicate clinical situations of inoperable tumours growing in close proximity to critical organs. The potential benefit of such a high selectivity of ion beam therapy demands the complex and strictly conformal dose delivery to be monitored in-situ and non-invasively in three dimensions. In contrast to conventional photon radiation, light ions exhibit a well defined range which determines the position of the maximum dose delivery in the inhomogeneous tumour target. This requires a monitoring technology along the ion trajectory offering millimetre precision. Additionally, accurate control of the lateral position of the irradiation field within the patient can be a crucial issue for the frequent case of portals passing adjacent to organs at risk. At present, positron emission tomography (PET) represents the only feasible method fulfilling these requirements. For this purpose a dedicated in-beam positron camera has been completely integrated into the experimental heavy ion treatment site at the Gesellschaft fuer Schwerionenforschung (GSI) Darmstadt. This allows to measure the minor amount of {beta}{sup +}-activity produced in nuclear reactions between the projectiles and the target nuclei of the tissue simultaneously to the tumour irradiation. The emitted signal is correlated but not directly proportional to the spatial pattern of the delivered dose. Hence, therapy control is achieved by comparing the measured {beta}{sup +}-activity distribution with a prediction based on the treatment plan and the specific time course of the particular irradiation. (orig.)

  20. Recoil ion charge state distribution following the beta(sup +) decay of {sup 21}Na

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    Scielzo, Nicholas D.; Freedman, Stuart J.; Fujikawa, Brian K.; Vetter, Paul A.

    2003-01-03

    The charge state distribution following the positron decay of 21Na has been measured, with a larger than expected fraction of the daughter 21Ne in positive charge states. No dependence on either the positron or recoil nucleus energy is observed. The data is compared to a simple model based on the sudden approximation. Calculations suggest a small but important contribution from recoil ionization has important consequences for precision beta decay correlation experiments detecting recoil ions.