ESR investigation of hydrogen and deuterium atoms in impurity-helium solids Academic Article uri icon


  • Impurity-helium solids (Im-He solids) are porous solids created by injecting a beam of mixed helium and impurity gases into superfluid 4He. In this work we use electron spin resonance (ESR) techniques to investigate Im-He solids containing atoms and molecules of hydrogen and/or deuterium. We have performed studies of low temperature (T∼1.35 K) tunnelling chemical reactions in which deuterium atoms replace the hydrogen atoms bound in H2 or HD molecules to produce large (up to 7.5×1017 cm-3) and relatively stable concentrations of free hydrogen atoms. The time dependence of H and D atom concentrations has been investigated for Im-He samples with different initial ratios of hydrogen and deuterium ranging from 1:20 to 1:1. The satellite ESR lines associated with the dipolar coupling of electron spins of H and D atoms to the nuclear moments of the hydrogen nuclei found in neighboring molecules have been observed in Im-He solids. The forbidden hyperfine transition of atomic hydrogen involving the mutual spin flips of electrons and protons has also been observed. © 2003 American Institute of Physics.

author list (cited authors)

  • Kiselev, S. I., Khmelenko, V. V., Bernard, E. P., & Lee, D. M.

citation count

  • 14

publication date

  • June 2003