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Heavy-ion induced damage and reduction of dislocation mobility in LiF single crystals
Author(s): Ilze Manika; Janis Maniks; Kurt Schwartz
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Paper Abstract

Ion-induced reduction of dislocation mobility in LiF crystals irradiated with swift heavy (U) and light (Ni) ions of a specific energy of 11 MeV per nucleon at fluences between 106 and 1011 ions/cm2 was studied. The arm length of dislocation rosettes produced by indentation on (100) irradiated surface was measured. It has been found that in the case of heavy ions the threshold fluence (106 ions/cm2) for impeding of dislocation arms is about 3 orders of magnitude lower than that for light ions. The results indicate that ion-induced defect aggregates play the dominating role in the impeding of dislocations. Heavy ions, which produce defect aggregates in the track core, cause also a stronger effect of dislocation impeding and surface hardening. In the case of light ions, the reduction of dislocation mobility is observed at higher fluences (>109 ions/cm2) where the defect aggregates are created in the halo by neighbour track overlapping. The results show that fast heavy ions are suitable for nanoscale structuring and surface modification of materials.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 January 2007
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 6596, Advanced Optical Materials, Technologies, and Devices, 65961F (25 January 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.726516
Show Author Affiliations
Ilze Manika, Univ. of Latvia (Latvia)
Janis Maniks, Univ. of Latvia (Latvia)
Kurt Schwartz, GSI (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6596:
Advanced Optical Materials, Technologies, and Devices

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