Positronium bubble formation in room temperature ionic liquids

T. Hirade, T. Oka

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Positron annihilation age-momentum correlation (AMOC) measurements were performed for a room temperature ionic liquid (IL) to investigate positronium (Ps) bubble formation process. The Ps just after the formation must be squeezed Ps that has larger probability of annihilation with core electrons in liquids. However, it has been believed that the bubble formation in liquids is very fast and difficult to observe the squeezed Ps experimentally. When the bubble formation is slow, it can give broader energy distribution of annihilation gamma-rays at young age region. There have been several experimental results showing young age broadening and some of them are interpreted as the delayed Ps formation. However, if the bubble formation is slow, it also can be a reason of the young age broadening. If the squeezed Ps and the free positron give different momentum distributions by annihilation with core electrons on different atoms, it is possible to detect the annihilation from squeezed Ps at the young age, i.e. the bubble formation can be observed. We found larger high momentum distribution at young age in IL and it might be caused by the delayed bubble formation in IL. Positron annihilation methods can be a tool to investigate the IL molecular dynamics at the time range of pico-nano second and in the scale of sub-nano to nano meter.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012060
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event16th International Conference on Positron Annihilation, ICPA 2012 - Bristol, United Kingdom
Duration: 2012 Aug 192012 Aug 24

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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