Observation of residual disorder in the centre of amorphous solid water films after pore collapse at 125K

S. Townrow, P. G. Coleman

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Abstract

The rapid structural re-organisation of porous amorphous solid water, grown to thicknesses in the range 2.5-70 µm by vapour deposition on a copper substrate at 75K, after heating to 125K has been found to leave a µm-wide band of residual disorder – for example, nm-sized closed pores - in the centre of the film. This layer was revealed by thinning the film by sublimation and continuously measuring the fraction of 1.5 keV positrons implanted into the film which forms ortho-positronium in the top 150nm and decay into three gamma photons.
Original languageEnglish
Article number475007
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Physics: Condensed Matter
Volume27
Issue number47
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2015

Keywords

  • positronium, water ice, defects

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