Muon spin relaxation as a probe of potential carbon-based hydrogen absorbers

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Blach, TP
Gray, EM
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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 (哒), 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 哒 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 H atoms would also be localised in these traps, in qualitative agreement with accepted hydrogen absorption results. Thus 哒 is confirmed to be a valuable probe of the relative ability of carbon-based samples to bind hydrogen atoms.

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Europhysics Letters
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65
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© 2004 EDP Sciences. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. This journal is available online - use hypertext links.
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