Mechanistic analysis from molecular-dynamics simulations: KeV-particle-induced desorption from Si{001}

D. E. Sanders, K. B.S. Prasad, J. S. Burnham, B. J. Garrison

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We have developed a method for interpreting and classifying mechanisms from molecular-dynamics simulations. The reason for this effort is that molecular-dynamics simulations contain a wealth of information regarding the microscopic details of atomic motions. It is at best tedious, however, to extract all of the essential information in very complex processes. In particular, we are interested in particle ejection due to the keV-particle bombardment. Our method isolates the motion of the last two collisions, which we depict in a single frame showing the time sequence of the positions of the three atoms involved. The remainder of the atoms are shown at their initial positions. These atoms give the perspective of the entire system but small or irrelevant displacements do not distract from the key motions. This method is utilized to elucidate the structure-sensitive mechanisms of keV-particle bombardment of the {001} face of diamond-lattice crystals. We have observed that two mechanisms are responsible for the major features of the angular distributions, namely, the Δ1 and the Δ3 mechanisms. The two mechanisms are characterized by the difference in the number of layers of the atoms involved in the final momentum transfer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5358-5369
Number of pages12
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1994

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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