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Energy transfer between electrons and ions in collision cascades in solids

Stoneham, AM; (1990) Energy transfer between electrons and ions in collision cascades in solids. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms , 48 (1-4) 389 - 398. 10.1016/0168-583X(90)90147-M. Green open access

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This paper attempts an overview of the mechanisms, rates, and characteristics of the several processes by which electronic and ionic energy exchange can occur. This energy exchange raises questions about widely accepted assumptions, and the circumstances in which those assumptions must be questioned. The situations where the problems are most easily seen concern low energies, and especially topics such as whether there is a threshold associated with a band gap or situations where structural or chemical features can be affected by the energy transfer. Yet there are other cases in which ion/electron energy transfer could be important, such as in the highly excited centre of a cascade. In such situations, the observable consequences may be harder to relate to the energy exchange. The issue is therefore one of the final state achieved (and hence affected by annealling of defects and various thermal processes) as opposed to the higher-energy phenomena themselves. I discuss the role of the electronic system in metals as an energy sink and a means of energy transport, drawing analogies with the better-understood insulators. There are strong hints of electronic effects in collision cascades, but their status is still not clear.

Type: Article
Title: Energy transfer between electrons and ions in collision cascades in solids
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/0168-583X(90)90147-M
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0168-583X(90)90147-M
Language: English
Additional information: Text made available to UCL Discovery by kind permission of Elsevier B.V., 2012. Section VI. Collision cascades, radiation damage and ranges. This volume of Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms contains the Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Atomic Collisions in Solids (ICACS) which took place at the Institute of Physics, University of Aarhus, Denmark, August 7-11, 1989.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > London Centre for Nanotechnology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1322662
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