Volume 65, Number 1, January 2004
|Page(s)||130 - 136|
|Section||Condensed matter: electronic structure, electrical, magnetic, and optical properties|
|Published online||01 December 2003|
Muon spin relaxation as a probe of potential carbon-based hydrogen absorbers
Physics Group, School of Science, Griffith University - Brisbane 4111, Australia
Corresponding author: E.Gray@griffith.edu.au
Accepted: 28 October 2003
Literature reports of hydrogen absorption by nanostructured carbons range from nothing to tens of weight percent. We studied pristine graphite and two potassium-graphite intercalation compounds (GICs) using muon spin relaxation (μSR), because the positive muon is expected to behave like a light hydrogen isotope. The graphite did not trap muons, but at low temperatures a component of the μSR spectrum from the two GICs could only be modelled by the Kubo-Toyabe function. This result demonstrates that muons were trapped by these samples and implies that atoms would also be localised in these traps, in qualitative agreement with accepted hydrogen absorption results. Thus μSR is confirmed to be a valuable probe of the relative ability of carbon-based samples to bind hydrogen atoms.
PACS: 76.75.+i – Muon spin rotation and relaxation / 81.05.Uw – Carbon, diamond, graphite / 82.75.-z – Molecular sieves, zeolites, clathrates, and other complex solids
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