Positron annihilation in solid krypton and xenon
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A computation of the life time of positrons as well as the angular distribution of the resulting gamma pair for polycrystalline krypton and xenon has been made. The calculations are based on the technique employed by Salvadori and Carbotte for the case of solid argon. The field seen by the positrons is constructed from the charge densities derived from Herman-Skillman wave functions. The positron wave functions are obtained using the Wigner-Seitz approximation. For electrons Herman-Skillman wave functions have been used. The computed distributions, when the effects of correlation are ignored, are wider than the experimental ones. The calculated values for the mean lives of positrons for krypton and xenon are 2.2×10−9 sec and 2.7×10−9 sec, respectively, and that for xenon is, as usual, longer than the measured value of 0.43×10−9 sec. Effects of electronpositron correlations on the angular distribution and the life time have been calculated for the case of krypton. When these corrections are taken into account, the life time of positrons in krypton is reduced by a factor of about eight and the angular distribution shows a slight narrowing.
KeywordsXenon Angular Distribution Krypton Positron Annihilation Annihilation Rate
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