Residual polarization of negative muons implanted in C60 and K3C60

F. N. Gygax, A. Amato, M. Pinkpank, A. Schenck, I. D. Reid, K. Prassides, K. Vavekis, A. Lappas

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Negative muons captured by atoms with zero nuclear spin usually retain about 1/6 of their initial spin polarization P0 after cascading down to their lowest Bohr orbital. This is particularly observed for μ- implanted into graphite and diamond. However, μ- implanted into a powder of the fullerene C60 are found to show essentially zero residual polarization. A residual polarization of ∼ P0/6 is again seen in metallic K3C60. We speculate that these results are to be explained on the basis of hyperfine effects after completion of the muonic cascade.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-216
Number of pages6
JournalHyperfine Interactions
Issue number1-4
Publication statusPublished - 1997 Dec 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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