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A molecular radical model for hydrogen and muonium in graphite

Cox, SFJ, Cottrell, SP, Charlton, M, Donnelly, PA, Ewels, C, Heggie, M and Hourahine, B (2001) A molecular radical model for hydrogen and muonium in graphite Journal of Physics Condensed Matter, 13 (10). pp. 2169-2175.

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Detection of muon spin relaxation in graphite above room temperature, together with reports of a temperature-dependent muon Knight shift, suggest that the muon state in graphite is not electronically diamagnetic, as previously supposed. The involvement of a molecular radical formed by the chemical reaction and bonding of interstitial muonium is proposed. These considerations should, with due regard for isotope effects, apply similarly to hydrogen and are supported by simulations of hydrogen addition to a graphene fragment. Density functional calculations provide hyperfine parameters as well as a visualization of the singly occupied molecular orbital. This allows interpretation of the data in terms of the temperature-dependent occupancy of this orbital and its rate of exchange with conduction electrons.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors :
Cox, SFJ
Cottrell, SP
Charlton, M
Donnelly, PA
Ewels, C
Hourahine, B
Date : 12 March 2001
DOI : 10.1088/0953-8984/13/10/312
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 12:42
Last Modified : 24 Jan 2020 22:43

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