The angular distribution of intact organic molecules desorbed by energetic C60 primary ions was probed both experimentally and with molecular dynamics computer simulations. For benzo[a]pyrene, the angular distribution of intact molecules is observed to peak at off-normal angles. Molecular dynamics computer simulations on a similar system show the mechanism of desorption involves fast deposition of energy followed by fluid-flow and effusive-type emission of intact molecules. The off-normal peak in the angular distribution is shown to arise from emission of intact molecules from the rim of a crater formed during the cluster impact. This signature is unique for molecules because fragmentation processes remove molecules that would otherwise eject at directions near-normal to the surface.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry