Positron transport in water vapor

Petrovic, Zoran, Bankovic, Ana, Dujko, Sasa, Malovic, Gordana, Buckman, Stephen, Makochekanwa, Casten, Marler, Joan, and White, Ronald (2010) Positron transport in water vapor. In: Bulletin of the American Physical Society (55) X5.00007. p. 50. From: 41st Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, 25 - 29 May 2010, Houston, TX, USA.

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As a first step towards a better understanding of Positron emission Tomography we have undertaken a program to investigate the basic features of positron transport in gases and soft condensed matter. First, a set of cross sections for positron scattering on water molecules is presented. A compilation has been made using the best experimentally measured and theoretically calculated cross sections available in the literature. Second, this set of cross sections is applied to perform Monte Carlo calculations of the positron transport properties in water vapor. Basic trends in positron transport properties as a function of the reduced electric and magnetic fields are addressed using physical arguments. In addition, the thermalization time for different initial conditions of positron swarms is considered. The results presented in this work may be employed for a future optimization of medical diagnostics based on a detailed knowledge of positron interactions with matter.

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Bulletin of the American Physical Society Volume 55, Number 5

Date Deposited: 14 May 2011 12:56
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