INVESTIGATION OF DEFECTS IN ICE USING POSITRON ANNIHILATION (PROJECT PAN).
CORNELL AERONAUTICAL LAB INC BUFFALO N Y
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Water substance, at temperatures below and just above its melting point, is not a pure liquid or solid as classical approaches would suggest. Rather, it is evident that at temperatures just above the melting point the liquid phase contains molecular groupings which, because of temporary bonding, have more ice-like than liquid-like characteristics. Similarly, at temperatures colder than zero degrees Celsius liquid-like clusters of molecules exist on a statistical basis. Indeed, a three-component behavior is adduced, the relative importances of the three as controlling phenomena being different as temperature is altered. Because electronic bonds in hydrogen are involved in these interior changes of state, the phenomenon is amenable to study by the method of positron annihilation. In such an investigation, the existence of temporarily broken electron bonds defects is statistically assessable because the defect electrons are more likely than bound ones to combine with positrons in the annihilation process. This report provides a theoretical background and outlines and experimental attack on the problem of this defect structure in liquid water and ice. Author
- Snow, Ice and Permafrost
- Solid State Physics