Surface sink action during irradiation for Pt- on Pt(111) by LEEM

M. Rajappan, W. Swiech, M. Ondrejcek, C. P. Flynn

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A beam of negative Pt- self-ions was employed on Pt(111) at 1050-1150 K, for various impact energies in the range 60-2500 eV, to observe the way lattice sites are added to the crystal by the ion beam. The measurements were made in situ, in a low-energy electron microscope, by direct observation of surface sink (i.e. step edge) motion. The results lie in the regime in which the surface responds linearly to the ion beam intensity. An absolute calibration of the surface sputter yield is made by comparison with recent molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. Within this comparison, the results show that current MD simulations afford a good description of ion beam impacts on crystalline surfaces, and reproduce the observed neutral energy of 245 eV for Pt(111), at which sputtering balances the self-ion input. The net flow of surface steps exhibits the energy dependence expected of combined epitaxial growth and ion beam erosion processes, with bulk and surface lattice sites otherwise conserved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4501-4518
Number of pages18
JournalPhilosophical Magazine
Issue number29
StatePublished - Oct 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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