Annealing a foil of a dilute Au: Er alloy at 400 C produced a near-surface layer approximately 0.5 m thick, with properties different from those of the bulk. These results were obtained using the electron-paramagnetic-resonance (EPR) technique. A theory for the EPR line shape was developed which showed that the AB ratio of a paramagnetic impurity in a metal can vary when a near-surface layer exists. The theoretical results may explain anomalous AB ratios observed in EPR experiments on other dilute metal alloys.
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- General Physics and Astronomy