Positron annihilation in pivalic acid. Temperature dependence of angular correlation curves

P. C. Jain, Morten Mostgaard Eldrup, Niels Jørgen Pedersen, J. N. Sherwood

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    Positron annihilation angular correlation curves have been measured as a function of temperature for trimethylacetic (pivalic) acid in both the brittle and plastic phases. A simple fitting of the data to a sum of three gaussians shows the presence of a narrow component due to para-positronium (p-Ps) annihilation. In the brittle phase the intensity of the narrow component is inconsistent with previous positron lifetime data. A more detailed analysis, requiring consistency with the lifetime data, results in the determination of the shapes of the angular correlation components for free positron-, pick-off-, and p-Ps intrinsic annihilation. The p-Ps component has a width (fwhm) of 3.75 mrad in the brittle phase, probably due to Ps self-trapping or trapping in defects smaller than molecular vacancies. In the plastic phase the width (fwhm) is 3.25 mrad which is ascribed to Ps localization in vacancies and divacancies in accordance with positron lifetime data.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalChemical Physics
    Issue number2
    Pages (from-to)303-313
    Publication statusPublished - 1986


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