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JJAP Conf. Proc. 7, 011003 (2018) doi:10.7567/JJAPCP.7.011003

Theoretical calculation of positron trapping by embedded nanoclusters

Wenfeng Pan, Bin Zhao, Renqi Zhang, Ning Qi, Bo Wang, Zhiquan Chen

  1. Hubei Nuclear Solid Physics Key Laboratory, Department of Physics, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, P. R. China
  • Received October 11, 2017
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The trapping and annihilation characteristics of positrons in nanosized solute atom clusters (Mg, Ag, Au) embedded in Al crystals were studied by theoretical calculations based on the atomic superposition model (ATSUP). The results confirm the effective confinement of the positron wavefunction inside clusters with a diameter less than 1 nm, which contain only a few atoms. With increasing nanocluster size, the trapping of positrons is gradually enhanced leading to an increased positron annihilation lifetime. Our results suggest that positron lifetime spectroscopy should be a sensitive probe for Ag, Au, and Mg nanoclusters in Al matrix.

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