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Proton momentum distribution and anomalous scattering intensities in a pseudo-spherical ammonium ion: a neutron Compton scattering study of (NH(4))(2)PdCl(6) and (NH(4))(2)TeCl(6)



Proton momentum distribution and anomalous scattering intensities in a pseudo-spherical ammonium ion: a neutron Compton scattering study of (NH(4))(2)PdCl(6) and (NH(4))(2)TeCl(6)



Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter 21(7): 075502



Neutron Compton scattering (NCS) measurements on ammonium hexachloropalladate and hexachlorotellurate were performed at room temperature. Proton scattering intensities and momentum distributions, as measured in the NCS experiment, have been compared with results expected from the impulse approximation (IA) for both systems. The measurement shows that scattering intensity from protons is anomalous even though their momentum distribution has a second moment that agrees very well with the ab initio calculation for an isolated pseudo-spherical NH(4)(+) ion in the ground vibrational state. Detailed data analysis shows that there is no extra (beyond the IA expected value) broadening or peak shift of proton momentum distribution due to ultra-fast kinetics of the Compton scattering process leading to anomalous scattering intensities. This is most probably due to highly symmetric local potential in the NH(4)(+). Presented results have interesting implications for further theoretical work in the field.

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DOI: 10.1088/0953-8984/21/7/075502


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