Positron annihilation studies of solids and surfaces

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    [Truncated abstract] This thesis describes the first positron annihilation studies undertaken in the Atomic, Molecular and Surface Physics group in the School of Physics at the University of Western Australia (UWA). We have studied a range of systems with differing positron annihilation characteristics with the aim of characterising their defect properties, and in the process have gained insight into the interactions of positrons and positronium with materials. The project started with establishing a positron annihilation laboratory. This entailed developing procedures to produce and safely handle sealed 22Na sources, and testing positron annihilation instrumentation and experimental methods. The project evolved through collaboration with physicists, engineers, chemists, materials scientists, metallurgists and medical scientists and through a number of interesting experimental explorations of the physical phenomena affecting positron annihilation. An overview of these investigations and a thesis synopsis is given below. Chapter 1 is an introduction to positron annihilation techniques, concentrating on the interactions of positrons (and positronium) with materials, and on the spectroscopies that exploit the annihilation processes for the purpose of studying condensed matter systems. Chapter 2 describes the testing and optimisation of the positron annihilation lifetime spectrometer and Doppler broadening spectrometer.
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Publication statusUnpublished - 2011

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