Nano-sized surface modifications induced by the impact of slow highly charged ions - A first review

F. Aumayr, Ayman El-Said, W. Meissl

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Abstract

Irradiation of crystalline solid targets with swift heavy ions can lead to the formation of latent tracks in the solid and the creation of (mostly-hillock type) nanostructures on the surface. Recently similar surface modifications with nanometer dimensions have been demonstrated for the impact of individual, very slow but highly charged ions on various surfaces. We will review the current state of this new field of research. In particular we will discuss the circumstances and conditions under which nano-sized features (hillocks or craters) on different surfaces due to impact of slow highly charged ions can be produced. The use of slow highly charged ions instead of swift heavy ions might be of considerable interest for some practical applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2729-2735
Number of pages7
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
Volume266
Issue number12-13
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • CaF
  • Highly charged ions
  • Ion-surface interaction
  • Nanostructuring of surfaces

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