An undergraduate laboratory study of the polarisation of annihilation photons using Compton scattering

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An experiment for the advanced undergraduate laboratory which allows students to study the effect of photon polarisation in Compton scattering and to explore quantum entanglement is described. The quantum entangled photons are produced through electron-positron annihilation in the S-state, and their polarisations are analysed using the Compton scattering cross-section dependence on the photon
polarisation. The experiment was equipped with off-the-shelf detectors and electronic units. Finite geometry effects are discussed and investigated with the use of a Geant4-based simulation.


Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Journal of Physics
Early online date1 Mar 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Mar 2018