Oxidized nanochannel in silicon have been demonstrated to be suitable for positronium (Ps) formation and cooling also at low sample temperature. To investigate the Ps yield and to clarify the Ps formation mechanism we studied, by Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy (PAS), nanochanneled Si p-type samples in the 150-430 K temperature range. Ps yield was found to be constant in the 150-300 K temperature range, then it increases up to similar to 50% of its value from 350-400 K. This effect is associated to a decrease of the fraction of positrons annihilating in Si and in the SiO2 layer on the nanochannels surface. This finding is compatible with the thermal decrease of the positive charge distribution at the Si/SiO2 interface limiting e(+) reaching the SiO2 layer and to a charge rearrangement at the SiO2 surfaces.

Study of Positronium formation in nano-channelled silicon as a function of sample temperature

Mariazzi, Sebastiano;Di Noto, Lea;Ravelli, Luca;Brusa, Roberto Sennen
2013

Abstract

Oxidized nanochannel in silicon have been demonstrated to be suitable for positronium (Ps) formation and cooling also at low sample temperature. To investigate the Ps yield and to clarify the Ps formation mechanism we studied, by Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy (PAS), nanochanneled Si p-type samples in the 150-430 K temperature range. Ps yield was found to be constant in the 150-300 K temperature range, then it increases up to similar to 50% of its value from 350-400 K. This effect is associated to a decrease of the fraction of positrons annihilating in Si and in the SiO2 layer on the nanochannels surface. This finding is compatible with the thermal decrease of the positive charge distribution at the Si/SiO2 interface limiting e(+) reaching the SiO2 layer and to a charge rearrangement at the SiO2 surfaces.
Journal of Physics: Conference Series
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Mariazzi, Sebastiano; Di Noto, Lea; Ravelli, Luca; W., Egger; Brusa, Roberto Sennen
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