Positrons in Solids

  • Pekka Hautojärvi

Part of the Topics in Current Physics book series (TCPHY, volume 12)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. P. Hautojärvi, A. Vehanen
    Pages 1-23
  3. R. M. Nieminen, M. J. Manninen
    Pages 145-195
  4. A. Dupasquier
    Pages 197-243
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 245-255

About this book


In condensed matter initially fast positrons annihilate after having reached equi­ librium with the surroundings. The interaction of positrons with matter is governed by the laws of ordinary quantum mechanics. Field theory and antiparticle properties enter only in the annihilation process leading to the emergence of energetic photons. The monitoring of annihilation radiation by nuclear spectroscopic methods provides valuable information on the electron-positron system which can directly be related to the electronic structure of the medium. Since the positron is a positive electron its behavior in matter is especially interesting to solid-state and atomic physi­ cists. The small mass quarantees that the positron is really a quantum mechanical particle and completely different from any other particles and atoms. Positron physics started about 25 years ago but discoveries of new features in its interac­ tion with matter have maintained continuous interest and increasing activity in the field. Nowadays it is becoming part of the "stock-in-trade" of experimental physics.


atoms density diffraction diffusion electron enthalpy field theory kinetics mechanics metals photon physics quantum mechanics radiation wave

Editors and affiliations

  • Pekka Hautojärvi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Technical PhysicsHelsinki University of TechnologyEspoo 15Finland

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1979
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-81318-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-81316-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0342-6793
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