Sputtering of Langmuir-Blodgett multilayers by keV C60 projectiles as seen by computer simulations

R. Paruch, L. Rzeznik, B. Czerwinski, B. J. Garrison, N. Winograd, Z. Postawa

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Fundamental processes induced in a thick organic system composed of long, well-organized linear molecules by an impact of 5-20 keV C60 are investigated. The organic system is represented by Langmuir-Blodgett multilayers formed from bariated molecules of arachidic acid. The thickness of the system varies between 2 and 16 nm. Coarse-grained molecular dynamics computer simulations are applied to investigate the energy transfer pathways and sputtering yields as a function of the kinetic energy of the projectile and the thickness of the organic overlayer. The results indicate that an impact of keV C60 projectiles leads to significant ejection of organic material. The efficiency of desorption increases with the kinetic energy of the projectile for a given layer thickness. For a constant primary kinetic energy, the sputtering yield goes through a maximum and finally saturates as the LB layer becomes thicker. Such behaviour is caused by a competition between signal enhancement due to increasing number of organic molecules and signal decrease due to lowering of the amount of the primary energy being backreflected into the organic overlayer by the receding organic/metal interface as the layer is getting thicker. When the sample thickness becomes much larger than the penetration depth of the projectile, the sputtering yield is independent of thickness. The deposited energy is channelled by an open and ordered molecular structure, which leads to abnormally long projectile penetration and ion-induced damage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2740-2744
Number of pages5
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
Issue number16
StatePublished - Aug 15 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation


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