Sputtering of water ice induced by C 60 bombardment: Onset of plume formation

I. A. Wojciechowski, B. J. Garrison

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The interaction of a 5 keV C 60 projectile with amorphous water ice is studied using molecular dynamics computer simulations. The energetic C 60 molecule causes large-scale collisional events in the subsurface region, involving more than 10 4 water molecules in a time of less than 3 ps. The energy deposited in the sample is sufficiently large to turn the ice into a superheated and superdense gas. The gas is expelled into the vacuum, leading to the formation of a flow that manifests itself in the angular and velocity distributions of emitted water molecules.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1389-1392
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry A
Issue number4
StatePublished - Feb 2 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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