Erosion of Ag surface by continuous irradiation with slow, large Ar clusters

Lukasz Rzeznik, Robert Paruch, Barbara J. Garrison, Zbigniew Postawa

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Molecular dynamics computer simulations are employed to probe processes taking place during continuous irradiation of Ag(1 1 1) surface by keV Ar 872 projectiles. Surface modification, the total sputtering yield, and the angular distributions of ejected species are calculated at fluences ranging from 0 up to ∼6 × 1013 impacts/cm2. It has been shown that two trends can be identified in the development of surface roughness. At the beginning surface roughness increases fast. This fast increase terminates around 1 × 1013 impacts/cm2 and is followed by a slow increase that finally saturates. The effect of the surface roughness on the sputtering yield depends on the impact angle. At normal incidence the sputtering yield is rather insensitive to the development of the surface topography. Modification of the surface morphology has, however, a significant influence on the total sputtering yield at large impact angles. Both the shape of the sputtering yield dependence on the impact angle and the angular spectra of ejected particles are sensitive to the surface roughness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1586-1590
Number of pages5
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
Issue number14
StatePublished - Jul 15 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation


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