Defect production mechanisms during keV ion irradiation: results of computer simulations

R. S. Averback, Mai Ghaly, Huilong Zhu

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MD simulations have been employed to investigate damage processes during keV bombardment of metal targets. For self-ion irradiations of Au, Cu, and Pt in the range of 5-20 keV, we have found that both the amount and the character of the damage created in the surface depends sensitively on the details of the energy deposition along individual ion trajectories. In all of these cases, significantly more damage is produced and more atomic mixing takes place relative to corresponding recoil events in the crystal interior. In some cases, enormous craters are formed in an explosive event, while in others a convective flow of atoms to the surface leaves dislocations behind. The results of these simulations will be summarized and their significance for damage studies of ion irradiated materials, discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-13
Number of pages11
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
StatePublished - 1995
EventProceedings of the 1994 MRS Fall Meeting - Boston, MA, USA
Duration: Nov 28 1994Nov 30 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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