Positronium formation from porous silica in backscattering and transmission geometries*
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus
University, Ny Munkegade
Received: 5 December 2013
Received in final form: 15 March 2014
Published online: 15 May 2014
The Aarhus positron beam line is utilised to measure the positronium formation fraction from porous silica thin films created by the Glancing Angle Deposition technique. The highest formation fraction found from these studies in a backscattering geometry is (57.7 ± 1.0)% in good agreement with other measurements. In transmission mode, the maximum positronium output is found to be (12.5 ± 0.5)%. These are the first measurements of positronium formation in transmission of a porous silica thin film, a starting point for future attempts to optimise the positronium formation in transmission.
© EDP Sciences, Società Italiana di Fisica, Springer-Verlag 2014