Theory of ion scattering from single crystals

Barbara J. Garrison

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The scattering of He+, Ne+ and Ar+ ions at 600 eV from Ni(110) in the [11̄0] direction is modeled using classical dynamics. The distributions of final scattering angles of the primary ions are displayed as contour plots over the surface impact zone. From the contour plots the regions of the surface that give rise to scattering at specific angles can be isolated. The majority of the inplane scattering arises from collisions of the primary ion with second layer or "valley" atoms. However, to correctly reproduce the experimental energy distribution curves of Heiland and Taglauer (J. Vacuum Sci. Technol. 9 (1971) 620), we must include a simple collision time correction to account for neutralization of the ion beam. This analysis predicts that the ions which collide with second layer atoms of the solid are preferentially neutralized. The energy distributions due to first layer collisions agree well with experiment. We find that a full molecular three dimensional model is needed to describe all of the ion scattering events since for most of the collisions, the ion is simultaneously interacting with at least two atoms of the solid. However, in agreement with other workers we find only a single collision is responsible for the "binary" peak in the energy distribution. In addition the relative scattering intensity at different angles is dependent on having a three-dimensional solid.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)683-699
Number of pages17
JournalSurface Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2 1979

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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