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Calculation of electronic stopping power along glancing swift heavy ion tracks in perovskites using ab initio electron density data

Abstract : In recent experiments the irradiation of insulators of perovskite type with swift (E ~ 100 MeV) heavy ions under glancing incidence has been shown to provide a unique means to generate periodically arranged nanodots at the surface. The physical origin of these patterns has been suggested as stemming from a highly anisotropic electron density distribution within the bulk. In order to show the relevance of the electron density distribution of the target we present a model calculation for the system Xe23+ →SrTiO3 that is known to produce the aforementioned surface modifications. On the basis of the Lindhard model of electronic stopping, we employ highly-resolved ab initio electron density data to describe the conversion of kinetic energy into excitation energy along the ion track. The primary particle dynamics are obtained via integration of the Newtonian equations of motion that are governed by a space- and time-dependent frictional force originating from Lindhard stopping. The analysis of the local electronic stopping power along the ion track reveals a pronounced periodic structure. The periodicity length varies strongly with the particular choice of the polar angle of incidence and is directly correlated to the experimentally observed formation of periodic nanodots at insulator surfaces. (Some figures in this article are in colour only in the electronic version)
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O. Osmani, A. Duvenbeck, E. Akcoltekin, R. Meyer, Henning Lebius, et al.. Calculation of electronic stopping power along glancing swift heavy ion tracks in perovskites using ab initio electron density data. Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, IOP Publishing, 2008, 20, pp.31 5001. ⟨cea-00305740⟩

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