Development of a spin-polarised positron beam

Paul G Coleman, Alexis Kallis

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The development stages of a system for variable-energy spin-polarised positron beam spectroscopy are described. Methods for achieving maximum practical beam polarisation include a Na-22 source configuration with a low-Z backing to reduce positron backscattering, and positioning a 250m beryllium foil in front of the source to absorb the slower and decelerate the faster beta positrons, the latter suffering significantly less depolarisation during moderation than the former. To switch the direction of spin polarisation of electrons in the target sample the direction of the positron guiding field was reversed, and strong rare earth magnets were placed behind the sample. Systematic problems associated with low beam intensity and electronic drifts are discussed. Results for single-crystal iron compare well with those expected from theory, but suggest a beam/target polarisation of 5% of that expected. Prospects for future beam development and application are outlined.
Original languageEnglish
Article number012016
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event12th International Workshop on Slow Positron Beam Techniques for Solids, Surfaces, Atoms and Molecules, SLOPOS12, August 1, 2010 - August 6, 2010 - Magnetic Island, QLD, Australia
Duration: 1 Jan 2011 → …


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