Positron Scattering from the Group IIB Metals Zinc and Cadmium: Recommended Cross Sections and Transport Simulations

P. W. Stokes, R. D. White, R. P. McEachran, F. Blanco, G. García, M. J. Brunger

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Results from the application of our optical potential and relativistic optical potential models to positron scattering from gas-phase zinc (Zn) and cadmium (Cd) are presented. In particular, integral cross sections (ICSs) for elastic scattering, positronium formation, summed discrete electronic-state excitation, and ionization scattering processes are reported for both species and over an extended incident positron energy range. From those ICSs, the total cross section is subsequently constructed by taking their sum. We note that there are currently no experimental data available for any of these scattering processes for either species, with earlier computational results being limited to the elastic channel and restricted to relatively narrow incident positron energy regimes. Nonetheless, we construct recommended positron cross section datasets for both zinc and cadmium over the incident positron energy range of 0-10 000 eV. The recommended positron cross section data are subsequently employed in a multi-term Boltzmann equation analysis to simulate the transport of positrons, under the influence of an applied (external) electric field, through the background Zn and Cd gases. Qualitatively similar behavior in the calculated transport coefficients was observed between both species. Finally, for the case of zinc, the present positron transport coefficients are compared against corresponding results from electron transport with some significant differences now being observed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number023101
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Physical and Chemical Reference Data
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021


  • cadmium
  • positron scattering cross sections
  • positron transport
  • recommended cross sections
  • zinc


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