Three measurement protocols were performed to investigate the temperature dependence of positron lifetime spectra for polystyrene over the temperature range ¹ 70 to 180°C. The polystyrene samples were first subjected to a heating schedule in sequential 10°C increments. This was followed by a cooling schedule, again in 10°C increments. The third schedule involved rejuvenation of the specimen above T g between each measurement. The measured lifetime spectra were resolved into three components. We observed a minimum in the temperature dependence of the o-Ps intensity I 3 at ⬃20°C for polystyrene specimens subjected to the heating and cooling schedules, but not for the rejuvenated samples. The influence of the duration of e þ-irradiation on the lifetime and intensity of o-Ps annihilation was investigated under isothermal conditions. A decrease in o-Ps intensity I 3 with duration of exposure to e þ-irradiation was found whose rate was maximal at 23°C. The results suggest that the time dependence of the o-Ps intensity in the glass can be interpreted within the framework of the spur-model. Specifically, the variation of I 3 is ascribed to the formation at low temperature of free radicals with small electron affinities. After correcting for the e þ-irradiation effect, no significant aging effect in the glassy state was detected in the o-Ps intensity and lifetime.
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Temperature and time dependence of orthopositronium formation in polystyrene / Z.L. Peng, B.G. Olson, J.D. McGervey, A.M. Jamieson // Polymer. – 1999. – N 40. – P. 3033–3040.