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  1. Effect of Xe ion irradiation on photocatalytic performance of oblique TiO2 nanowire arrays

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    Li, Zhengcao; Teng, Yi; Chen, Chienhua; Lv, Shasha; Wang, Guojing; Zhang, Zhengjun

    2015-02-01

    In this work oblique TiO2 nanowire arrays (NWs) were prepared by magnetron sputtering method and irradiated by 200 keV Xe ion with different doses. The photocatalytic activity of TiO2 was studied by degrading methyl orange dye (MO) under ultraviolet (UV) light, which indicates that the photocatalytic performance of as-deposited and irradiated TiO2 NWs. It was found that when the dose was relatively low, the Ti3+ content on the surface was increased upon irradiation, dominating the enhancement of the photocatalytic property of the TiO2 NWs. By this means, an optimization of Xe ion dose can largely improve the photocatalytic performance of TiO2 NWs.

  2. Teflon impregnated anatase TiO2 nanoparticles irradiated by 80 keV Xe+ ions

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    Khanam, Rizwin; Paul, Nibedita; Kumar, P.; Kanjilal, D.; Ahmed, Gazi A.; Mohanta, Dambarudhar

    2014-10-01

    We report the effect of 80 keV Xe+ ion irradiation on the morphological and optical responses of TiO2 nanoparticles spread over commercially available polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE, Teflon). These nanoparticles were synthesized via a convenient, sol-gel approach with titanium isopropoxide as the main precursor. From X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies we found that, the nanoparticles crystallize in anatase phase and with a preferential orientation of crystallites along (1 0 1) plane. Upon irradiation at a fluence of 1.25 × 1017 ions/cm2, the nanoparticle dimension was found to increase from a value of ∼9 nm to ∼20-30 nm. Essentially, particle growth is predicted as a consequence of swelling behavior accompanied by the formation of Xe van der Waal crystals in isolated regions of nano-titania. Evidence of nanoripples was also witnessed on the surface of the irradiated nano-titania. The morphological evolution was assessed both by atomic force and transmission electron microscopies (AFM and TEM) independently. From the UV-Vis optical absorption studies, the estimated optical band gap was found to drop with increasing fluence, while refractive index exhibited a remarkable improvement. Photoluminescence (PL) studies have revealed that, the band edge emission and those due to the self trapped excitons (STE) and other oxygen vacancy related ones were manifested considerably as a result of Xe ion irradiation.

  3. Effect of Xe ion (167 MeV) irradiation on polycrystalline SiC implanted with Kr and Xe at room temperature

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    Hlatshwayo, T. T.; O'Connell, J. H.; Skuratov, V. A.; Msimanga, M.; Kuhudzai, R. J.; Njoroge, E. G.; Malherbe, J. B.

    2015-11-01

    The effect of swift heavy ion (Xe 167 MeV) irradiation on polycrystalline SiC individually implanted with 360 keV Kr and Xe ions at room temperature to fluences of 2  ×  1016 cm-2 and 1  ×  1016 cm-2 respectively, was investigated using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Raman spectroscopy and Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS). Implanted specimens were each irradiated with 167 MeV Xe+26 ions to a fluence of 8.3  ×  1014 cm-2 at room temperature. It was observed that implantation of 360 keV Kr and Xe ions individually at room temperature amorphized the SiC from the surface up to a depth of 186 and 219 nm respectively. Swift heavy ion (SHI) irradiation reduced the amorphous layer by about 27 nm and 30 nm for the Kr and Xe samples respectively. Interestingly, the reduction in the amorphous layer was accompanied by the appearance of randomly oriented nanocrystals in the former amorphous layers after SHI irradiation in both samples. Previously, no similar nanocrystals were observed after SHI irradiations at electron stopping powers of 33 keV nm-1 and 20 keV nm-1 to fluences below 1014 cm-2. Therefore, our results suggest a fluence threshold for the formation of nanocrystals in the initial amorphous SiC after SHI irradiation. Raman results also indicated some annealing of radiation damage after swift heavy ion irradiation and the subsequent formation of small SiC crystals in the amorphous layers. No diffusion of implanted Kr and Xe was observed after swift heavy ion irradiation.

  4. Characterization of high energy Xe ion irradiation effects in single crystal molybdenum with depth-resolved synchrotron microbeam diffraction

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    Yun, Di; Miao, Yinbin; Xu, Ruqing; Mei, Zhigang; Mo, Kun; Mohamed, Walid; Ye, Bei; Pellin, Michael J.; Yacout, Abdellatif M.

    2016-04-01

    Microbeam X-ray diffraction experiments were conducted at beam line 34-ID of the Advanced Photon Source (APS) on fission fragment energy Xe heavy ion irradiated single crystal Molybdenum (Mo). Lattice strain measurements were obtained with a depth resolution of 0.7 μm, which is critical in resolving the peculiar heterogeneity of irradiation damage associated with heavy ion irradiation. Q-space diffraction peak shift measurements were correlated with lattice strain induced by the ion irradiations. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) characterizations were performed on the as-irradiated materials as well. Nanometer sized Xe bubble microstructures were observed via TEM. Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations were performed to help interpret the lattice strain measurement results from the experiment. This study showed that the irradiation effects by fission fragment energy Xe ion irradiations can be collaboratively understood with the depth resolved X-ray diffraction and TEM measurements under the assistance of MD simulations.

  5. EFFECTS OF XE ION IRRADIATION AND SUBSEQUENT ANNEALING ON THE PROPERTIES OF MAGNESIUM-ALUMINATE SPINEL

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    I. AFANASYEV; ET AL

    2000-04-01

    Single crystals of magnesium-aluminate spinel MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} were irradiated with 340 keV Xe{sup 2} ions at {minus}173 C ({approximately} 100 K). A fluence of 1 x 10{sup 20} Xe/m{sup 2} created an amorphous layer at the surface of the samples. The samples were annealed for 1 h at different temperatures ranging from 130 C to 880 C. Recrystallization took place in the temperature interval between 610 C and 855 C. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images show two distinct layers near the surface: (1) a polycrystalline layer with columnar grain structure; and (2) a buried damaged layer epitaxial with the substrate. After annealing at 1100 C for 52 days, the profile of implanted Xe ions did not change, which means that Xe ions are not mobile in the spinel structure up to 1100 C. The thickness of the buried damaged layer decreased significantly in the 1100 C annealed sample comparing to the sample annealed for 1 h at 855 C.

  6. Anisotropic deformation of Au nanoparticles by highly charged ion Xe21+ irradiation

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    Liu, Xueliang; Xu, Zhongfeng; Zhao, Yongtao; Liu, Lili; Wang, Yuyu; Chen, Liang; Li, Dehui; Zeng, Lixia; Zhao, Di; Xiao, Guoqing

    2013-09-01

    We present a detailed study of the deformation of Au nanoparticles (NPs) caused by the irradiation of highly charged ions (HCIs). When spherical Au NPs with a diameter of 19.8 nm were irradiated by 1 MeV Xe21+ ions with a fluence of 2 × 1014 cm-2, their anisotropic deformation was observed by atomic force microscopy. The results show that spherical Au NPs expand perpendicular to the ion beam changing their shape to oblate ellipsoidal. The size aspect ratio (major over minor axis) of the observed deformed Au NPs is about 1.23. The deformation process is described by a viscoelastic thermal spike model. The HCI beam deformation technique provides a unique method to tailor the shape of noble metal NPs.

  7. Quasi-two-dimensional Ag nanoparticle formation in silica by Xe ion irradiation and subsequent Ag ion implantation

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    Wang, Jun; Jia, Guangyi; Mu, Xiaoyu; Liu, Changlong; Tianjin Key Laboratory of Low Dimensional Materials Physics and Preparing Technology, Institute of Advanced Materials Physics Faculty of Science, Tianjin 300072

    2013-04-01

    Ag nanoparticles were fabricated in silica by Xe ion irradiation and subsequent Ag ion implantation, which distributed in a depth range from 4.8 to 14.3 nm, rather than dispersed from surface to a depth of 24.7 nm when no irradiation was made in advance. In addition, the suppression of Ag implants' sputtering loss was also evidenced by a greatly increased Ag content in the prepared sample. These results are mainly due to the defect-enhanced in-beam particle growth. Further, formation of polycrystalline Ag nanoparticles was revealed, whose effect on optical absorption was discussed according to the electron mean-free-path mode.

  8. Investigation of hardening behavior in Xe ion-irradiated Zr-1Nb

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    Yan, Chunguang; Wang, Rongshan; Dai, Xianyuan; Wang, Yanli; Wang, Xitao; Bai, Guanghai; Zhang, Yanwei

    2016-05-01

    Irradiation hardening behavior of Zr-1Nb was examined by nanoindentation, slow positron annihilation technique, transmission electron microscopy and coplanar extremely asymmetric X-ray diffraction technique. Samples were irradiated at a dose rate of 2.78 × 10-4 dpa/s to peak doses of 0.15, 0.5, 1.5 and 2.5 dpa with 6.37 MeV Xe26+ ion beam at room temperature. The increase in hardness as a function of dose followed a power law expression with the exponent of 0.46. With increasing irradiation dose, more mono-, di- and trivacancies were induced, but their concentration remained constant once formed due to the equilibrium between the formation and recombination of vacancy type clusters during irradiation. Meanwhile, the dislocation loops were also introduced and their linear density increased with dose. The dislocation loops played an important role in the irradiation hardening behavior. But the exact contribution of each microstructural components to the overall hardness still needs further study.

  9. Radiation damage induced in Al2O3 single crystal sequentially irradiated with reactor neutrons and 90 MeV Xe ions

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    Zirour, H.; Izerrouken, M.; Sari, A.

    2016-06-01

    The present investigation reports the effect of 90 MeV Xe ion irradiation on neutron irradiated Al2O3 single crystals. Three irradiation experiments were performed, with neutrons only, 90 MeV Xe ions only and with neutrons followed by 90 MeV Xe ions. Neutron and 90 MeV Xe ion irradiations were performed at NUR research reactor, Algiers, Algeria and at GANIL accelerator, Caen, France respectively. After irradiation, the radiation damage was investigated by Raman spectroscopy, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), optical absorption measurements, and X-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques. Raman technique revealed that the concentration of the defects formed in Al2O3 samples subsequently irradiated with neutrons and 90 MeV Xe ions is lower than that formed in Al2O3 samples which were irradiated only with neutrons. This reveals the occurrence of ionization-induced recovery of the neutron damage. Furthermore, as revealed by XRD analysis, a new peak is appeared at about 2θ = 38.03° after irradiation at high fluence (>3 × 1013 Xe/cm2). It can be assigned to the formation of new lattice plane.

  10. Effects of Xe ion irradiation and subsequent annealing on the structural properties of magnesium-aluminate spinel

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    Afanasyev-Charkin, Ivan V.; Dickerson, Robert M.; Wayne Cooke, D.; Bennett, Bryan L.; Gritsyna, Vasily T.; Sickafus, Kurt E.

    2001-02-01

    Single crystals of magnesium-aluminate spinel MgAl 2O 4 were irradiated with 340 keV Xe ++ ions at -173°C (˜100 K). A fluence of 1×10 20 Xe/m 2 created an amorphous layer at the surface of the samples. The samples were annealed for 1 h at different temperatures ranging from 130°C to 880°C. Recrystallization took place in the temperature interval between 610°C and 855°C. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images show two distinct layers near the surface: (1) a polycrystalline layer with columnar grain structure; and (2) a buried damaged layer epitaxial with the substrate. After annealing at 1100°C for 52 days, the profile of implanted Xe ions did not change, which means that Xe ions are not mobile in the spinel structure up to 1100°C. The thickness of the buried damaged layer decreased significantly in the 1100°C annealed sample comparing to the sample annealed for 1 h at 855°C.

  11. Peculiarities of latent track etching in SiO2/Si structures irradiated with Ar, Kr and Xe ions

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    Al'zhanova, A.; Dauletbekova, A.; Komarov, F.; Vlasukova, L.; Yuvchenko, V.; Akilbekov, A.; Zdorovets, M.

    2016-05-01

    The process of latent track etching in SiO2/Si structures irradiated with 40Ar (38 MeV), 84Kr (59 MeV) and 132Xe (133 and 200 MeV) ions has been investigated. The experimental results of SiO2 etching in a hydrofluoric acid solution have been compared with the results of computer simulation based on the thermal spike model. It has been confirmed that the formation of a molten region along the swift ion trajectory with minimum radius of 3 nm can serve as a theoretical criterion for the reproducible latent track etching tracks in SiO2.

  12. Electrically Active Defects In Solar Cells Based On Amorphous Silicon/Crystalline Silicon Heterojunction After Irradiation By Heavy Xe Ions

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    Harmatha, Ladislav; Mikolášek, Miroslav; Stuchlíková, L'ubica; Kósa, Arpád; Žiška, Milan; Hrubčín, Ladislav; Skuratov, Vladimir A.

    2015-11-01

    The contribution is focused on the diagnostics of structures with a heterojunction between amorphous and crystalline silicon prepared by HIT (Heterojunction with an Intrinsic Thin layer) technology. The samples were irradiated by Xe ions with energy 167 MeV and doses from 5 × 108 cm-2 to 5 × 1010 cm-2. Radiation defects induced in the bulk of Si and at the hydrogenated amorphous silicon and crystalline silicon (a-Si:H/c-Si) interface were identified by Deep Level Transient Spectroscopy (DLTS). Radiation induced A-centre traps, boron vacancy traps and different types of divacancies with a high value of activation energy were observed. With an increased fluence of heavy ions the nature and density of the radiation induced defects was changed.

  13. Energy loss effect on color center creation in LiF crystals under irradiation with 12C, 14N, 40Ar, 84Kr, and 130Xe ions

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    Dauletbekova, A.; Schwartz, K.; Sorokin, M. V.; Baizhumanov, M.; Akilbekov, A.; Zdorovets, M.

    2015-09-01

    Color center creation in LiF crystals irradiated with 12C, 14N, 40Ar, 84Kr, and 130Xe MeV ions were studied as a function of the absorbed energy (fluence). For light ions (12C, 14N) the saturation of single F centers takes place at higher absorbed energy (5 × 1023 eV/cm3) than that for 40Ar, 84Kr and 130Xe ions (∼1023 eV/cm3). The saturation concentration of F centers for 12C and 14N (2 × 1019 cm-3) is twice of that for the heavier ions. Further irradiation with light ions decreases concentration of F centers, presumably due to aggregation, whereas for heavy ions the saturation concentration remains approximately the same that can be explained by much stronger recombination losses within single tracks.

  14. Damage Accumulation in MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} and Yttria-Stabilized ZrO{sub 2} by Xe-Ion Irradiation

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    Afanasyev-Charkin, I.V.; Gritsyna, V.T.; Cooke, D.W.; Bennett, B.L.; Sickafus, K.E.

    1999-04-25

    Magnesium-aluminate spinel (MAS) and yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) are being considered for use as ceramic matrices in proliferation resistant fuels and radioactive storage systems, and may be used either as individual entities or as constituents in multicomponent ceramic systems. It is worthwhile, therefore, to compare radiation damage in these two potentially important materials when subjected to similar irradiation conditions, e.g., ion beam irradiation. To compare radiation damage properties of these two materials, single crystals of spinel and zirconia were irradiated with 340 keV Xe{sup ++} ions at 120 K, and subsequently investigated by Rutherford backscattering and ion channeling (RBS/C), and optical absorption spectroscopy. Results indicate that damage accumulation in both spinel and zirconia follow a three stage process: (1) very slow damage accumulation over a wide range of dose; (2) rapid changes in damage over a range of doses from about 0.25 to 25 displacements per atom (DPA); (3) slower damage accumulation at very high doses and possibly saturation. Optical absorption results indicate that F-centers form in Xe ion-irradiated spinel and that the concentration of these centers saturates at high dose. Absorption bands are also formed in both spinel and zirconia that are due to point defect complexes formed upon irradiation. These bands increase in intensity with increasing Xe dose, and, in the case of zirconia, without saturation. Finally the rate of change in intensity of these bands with increasing Xe dose, mimic the changes in damage observed by RBS/C with increasing dose.

  15. Effect of Xe26+ ion irradiation on the microstructural evolution and mechanical properties of Zr-1Nb at room and high temperature

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    Yan, Chunguang; Wang, Rongshan; Wang, Yanli; Wang, Xitao; Bai, Guanghai; Zhang, Yanwei; Lu, Eryang; Wang, Baoyi

    2015-06-01

    Zr-1Nb samples were irradiated with 6.37 MeV Xe26+ ions to 5 dpa at room and high temperature and the microstructural evolution and mechanical properties were investigated. After irradiation, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and slow positron annihilation technique (SPAT) were used to study the microstructure and the results demonstrated that the microstrain, domain size, dislocation density and vacancy-type defects increased. The less increases in these microstructural parameters are due to the annihilation of defects at high temperature irradiation. The presence of the defects are responsible for the enhanced hardness of irradiation at room or high temperature and activation energy of irradiation at room temperature. The reason of the lowest activation energy of irradiation at high temperature still needs further clarification.

  16. XRD study of yttria stabilized zirconia irradiated with 7.3 MeV Fe, 10 MeV I, 16 MeV Au, 200 MeV Xe and 2.2 GeV Au ions

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    Nakano, K.; Yoshizaki, H.; Saitoh, Y.; Ishikawa, N.; Iwase, A.

    2016-03-01

    To simulate energetic neutron irradiation effects, yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) which is one of the major materials for electrical corrosion potential sensors (ECP sensors) was irradiated with heavy ions at energies ranging from 7.3 MeV to 2.2 GeV. Ion irradiation effects on the lattice structure were analyzed using the X-ray diffraction (XRD). The increase in lattice constant was induced by the ion irradiation. It was dominated by the elastic collision process and not by the electronic excitation process. The lattice disordering which was observed as a broadening of XRD peaks was also induced by the irradiation especially for 200 MeV Xe ion irradiation. The present result suggests that the expansion and/or the disordering of YSZ lattice induced by energetic neutrons may affect the durability of a joint interface between a metal housing and YSZ membrane for the usage of ECP sensors in nuclear power reactors.

  17. The studies of irradiation assisted stress corrosion cracking on reactor internals stainless steel under Xe irradiation

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    Wang, Rong-shan; Xu, Chao-liang; Liu, Xiang-bing; Huang, Ping; Chen, Yu

    2015-02-01

    Specimens of Chinese domestic reactor internals stainless steel were irradiated with 6 MeV Xe ions for three peak displacement damage of 2, 7 and 15 dpa at room temperature. The slow strain rate tests (SSRT), grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD) and nano-indentation tests were carried out to study the IASCC properties, phase transition and nano-hardness variations. The SSRT results indicate that the IASCC susceptibility increases with irradiation damage. Ion irradiation accelerates the stress corrosion cracking (SCC). A new ferrite phase diffraction peak of ?(1 1 0) after irradiated to 7 dpa and another two ? phase of ?(2 0 0) and ?(2 1 1) after irradiated to 15 dpa were observed by GIXRD, which may be due to localized deformation. A similar trend of irradiation hardening and IASCC susceptibility was observed, which suggests an essential connection between them.

  18. Defect studies of zirconia implanted by high energy Xe ions

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    Melikhova, O.; Čížek, J.; Procházka, I.; Hruška, P.; Skuratov, V. A.; Konstantinova, T. E.; Danilenko, I. A.

    2016-01-01

    In the present work positron lifetime spectroscopy was employed for characterization of radiation-induced defects in yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) implanted by 167 MeV Xe ions. Positron lifetime data were interpreted with aid of ab-initio theoretical modelling of defects in YSZ lattice. Damage caused by Xe implantation was investigated in two YSZ samples with different microstructure: (i) single crystal and (ii) sintered ceramic. The virgin YSZ single crystal exhibits single component spectrum with lifetime of ≈ 180 ps. Similar lifetime component was found also in the virgin sample of sintered YSZ ceramic. Since this lifetime is significantly higher than the YSZ bulk lifetime the virgin YSZ crystal and the sintered ceramic both contain vacancy-like defects. Xe implantation leads to appearance of additional defect component with longer lifetime ≈ 370 ps which comes obviously from vacancy clusters fonned by agglomeration of irradiation induced vacancies. A broad absorption band with peak absorption at ≈ 518 nm was found in Xe-implanted crystal by optical measurements.

  19. Sputtering of Au induced by single Xe ion impacts

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    Birtcher, R. C.; Donnelly, S. E.

    1999-12-06

    Sputtering of Au thin films has been determined for Xe ions with energies between 50 and 600 keV. In-situ transmission electron microscopy was used to observe sputtered Au during deposition on a carbon foil near the specimen. Total reflection and transmission sputtering yields for a 62 nm thick Au thin film were determined by ex-situ measurement of the total amount of Au on the carbon foils. In situ observations show that individual Xe ions eject Au nanoparticles as large as 7 nm in diameter with an average diameter of approximately 3 nm. Particle emission correlates with crater formation due to single ion impacts. Nanoparticle emission contributes significantly to the total sputtering yield for Xe ions in this energy range in either reflection or transmission geometry.

  20. Irradiation behavior study of U-Mo/Al dispersion fuel with high energy Xe

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    Ye, B.; Bhattacharya, S.; Mo, K.; Yun, D.; Mohamed, W.; Pellin, M.; Fortner, J.; Kim, Y. S.; Hofman, G. L.; Yacout, A. M.; Wiencek, T.; Van den Berghe, S.; Leenaers, A.

    2015-09-01

    Irradiation responses of U-Mo/Al dispersion fuel have been investigated by irradiation with 84 MeV Xe26+ ions. Dispersion fuels fabricated with uncoated and ZrN-coated fuel particles were irradiated to various doses at ∼350 °C. The highest dose achieved was 2.9 × 1017 ions/cm2 (∼1200 displacement per atom (dpa)). Following the irradiation, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) experiments were carried out to characterize the microstructures of the irradiated samples. The post irradiation examinations (PIE) revealed that: (1) crystalline interdiffusion product (UMo)Alx developed at locations where no coating or compromised coating layer is present; (2) intact ZrN coating layers effectively blocked the interdiffusion between U-Mo and Al; (3) SEM-observable Xe bubbles distributed along grain/cell boundaries in U-Mo; and (4) gas bubble interlinkage was observed at a dose of 2.9 × 1017 ions/cm2.

  1. Xe irradiation of graphene on Ir(111): From trapping to blistering

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    Herbig, Charlotte; Ã hlgren, E. Harriet; Schröder, Ulrike A.; Martínez-Galera, Antonio J.; Arman, Mohammad A.; Kotakoski, Jani; Knudsen, Jan; Krasheninnikov, Arkady V.; Michely, Thomas

    2015-08-01

    Using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, thermal desorption spectroscopy, and scanning tunneling microscopy, we show that upon keV Xe+ irradiation of graphene on Ir(111), Xe atoms are trapped under the graphene. Upon annealing, aggregation of Xe leads to graphene bulges and blisters. The efficient trapping is an unexpected and remarkable phenomenon given the absence of chemical binding of Xe to Ir and to graphene, the weak interaction of a perfect graphene layer with Ir(111), as well as the substantial damage to graphene due to irradiation. By combining molecular dynamics simulations and density functional theory calculations with our experiments, we uncover the mechanism of trapping. We describe ways to avoid blister formation during graphene growth, and also demonstrate how ion implantation can be used to intentionally create blisters without introducing damage to the graphene layer. Our approach may provide a pathway to synthesize new materials at a substrate—2D material interface or to enable confined reactions at high pressures and temperatures.

  2. Surface damage and mechanical properties degradation of Cr/W multilayer films irradiated by Xe20+

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    Chen, Feida; Tang, Xiaobin; Huang, Hai; Liu, Jian; Li, Huan; Qiu, Yunlong; Chen, Da

    2015-12-01

    3 MeV Xe20+ ion irradiation experiments were performed on the Cr/W multilayer films to investigate the evolution of surface morphology and mechanical properties. Results showed that the W layer in the as-deposited pure W and Cr/W multilayer films are simple cubic structure, but it is not stable under ions irradiation. After exposure to 2.14 × 1018 m-2 Xe ions irradiation, the W layer has completely transformed into the bcc structure. For surface morphology characterization, serious swelling effects were observed in the pure W films. Compared with the pure W films, the Cr/W multilayer films showed much better resistance against the irradiation-induced swelling. Meanwhile, the decrease of hardness and Young's modulus of the Cr/W multilayer films was also less than the pure W films. Results of surface morphology and mechanical tests suggested that radiation tolerance of the Cr/W multilayer films is significantly better than the pure W films.

  3. Xe-bearing hydrocarbon ions: Observation of Xe.acetylene+rad and Xe.benzene+rad radical cations and calculations of their ground state structures

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    Cui, Zhong-hua; Attah, Isaac K.; Platt, Sean P.; Aziz, Saadullah G.; Kertesz, Miklos; El-Shall, M. S.

    2016-04-01

    This work reports evidence for novel types of Xe-bearing hydrocarbon radical cations. The Xe.acetylene+rad radical cation adduct is observed at nearly room temperature using the mass-selected drift cell technique. The irreversible addition of the Xe atom and the lack of back dissociation to HCCH+rad + Xe is consistent with the calculated binding energy of 0.85 eV to be contrasted with the metastable nature of the neutral Xe.acetylene adduct. The observed Xe.benzene+rad radical cation appears to be a weakly bound complex stabilized mainly by ion-induced dipole interaction consistent with a calculated binding energy in the range of 0.14-0.17 eV.

  4. Molecular dynamic studies on anisotropic explosion of laser irradiated Xe cluster

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    Mishra, Gaurav; Gupta, N. K.

    2012-09-15

    A three dimensional molecular dynamic model is used to investigate the dynamics of Xe clusters of various radii irradiated by laser of moderate intensities ({approx}10{sup 14}-10{sup 16}W/cm{sup 2}). The FWHM pulse duration of the laser is varied from few laser cycles to hundreds of femtosecond. For cluster of radius 50 A irradiated by a laser of 170 fs pulse duration, it is observed that ion yield is more along the direction of laser polarization than perpendicular to it. This trend reverses (more ions are emitted along the direction perpendicular to laser polarization than parallel to it) when laser pulses of few cycles are used. This reversal of anisotropy is explained on the basis of spatial shielding of ions due to the oscillating inner electron cloud along direction of laser electric field. The nature of anisotropy remains same with variations in laser intensity and cluster size.

  5. Sputtering yields exceeding 1000 by 80 keV Xe irradiation of Au nanorods

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    Ilinov, A.; Kuronen, A.; Nordlund, K.; Greaves, G.; Hinks, J. A.; Busby, P.; Mellors, N. J.; Donnelly, S. E.

    2014-12-01

    Using experiments and computer simulations, we find that 80 keV Xe ion irradiation of Au nanorods can produce sputtering yields exceeding 1000, which to our knowledge are the highest yields reported for sputtering by single ions in the nuclear collision regime. This value is enhanced by more than an order of magnitude compared to the same irradiation of flat Au surfaces. Using MD simulations, we show that the very high yield can be understood as a combination of enhanced yields due to low incoming angles at the sides of the nanowire, as well as the high surface-to-volume ratio causing enhanced explosive sputtering from heat spikes. We also find, both in experiments and simulations, that channeling has a strong effect on the sputtering yield: if the incoming beam happens to be aligned with a crystal axis of the nanorod, the yield can decrease to about 100.

  6. Microstructure evolution in Xe-irradiated UO2 at room temperature

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    L.F. He; J. Pakarinen; M.A. Kirk; J. Gan; A.T. Nelson; X.-M. Bai; A. El-Azab; T.R. Allen

    2014-07-01

    In situ Transmission Electron Microscopy was conducted for single crystal UO2 to understand the microstructure evolution during 300 keV Xe irradiation at room temperature. The dislocation microstructure evolution was shown to occur as nucleation and growth of dislocation loops at low irradiation doses, followed by transformation to extended dislocation segments and tangles at higher doses. Xe bubbles with dimensions of 1-2 nm were observed after room-temperature irradiation. Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy indicated that UO2 remained stoichiometric under room temperature Xe irradiation.

  7. Energy levels and radiative rates for transitions in B-like to F-like Xe ions (Xe L-XLVI)

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    Aggarwal, K.M. Keenan, F.P.; Lawson, K.D.

    2010-03-15

    Energy levels, radiative rates, oscillator strengths, line strengths, and lifetimes have been calculated for transitions in B-like to F-like Xe ions, Xe L-XLVI. For the calculations, a fully relativistic GRASP code has been adopted, and results are reported for all electric dipole, electric quadrupole, magnetic dipole, and magnetic quadrupole transitions among the lowest 125, 236, 272, 226, and 113 levels of Xe L, Xe XLIX, Xe XLVIII, Xe XLVII, and Xe XLVI, respectively, belonging to the n {<=} 3 configurations.

  8. Angle Control on the Optima HE/XE Ion Implanter

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    Bell, Edward; Satoh, Shu

    2008-11-03

    The Optima HE/XE is the latest generation of high energy ion implanter from Axcelis, combining proven RF linear accelerator technology with new single wafer processing. The architecture of the implanter is designed to provide a parallel beam at the wafer plane over the full range of implant energies and beam currents. One of the advantages of this system is the ability to control both the horizontal and vertical implant angles for each implant. Included in the design is the ability to perform in situ measurements of the horizontal and vertical angles of the beam in real time. The method of the horizontal and vertical angle measurements is described in this paper.

  9. Microstructure and nanoindentation of the CLAM steel with nanocrystalline grains under Xe irradiation

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    Chang, Yongqin; Zhang, Jing; Li, Xiaolin; Guo, Qiang; Wan, Farong; Long, Yi

    2014-12-01

    This work presents an early look at irradiation effects on China low activation martensitic (CLAM) steel with nanocrystalline grains (NC-CLAM steels) under 500 keV Xe-ion bombardment at room temperature to doses up to 5.3 displacements per atom (dpa). The microstructure in the topmost region of the steel is composed of nanocrystalline grains with an average diameter of 13 nm. As the samples were implanted at low dose, the nanocrystalline grains had martensite lath structure, and many dislocations and high density bubbles were introduced into the NC-CLAM steels. As the irradiation dose up to 5.3 dpa, a tangled dislocation network exists in the lath region, and the size of the bubbles increases. X-ray diffraction results show that the crystal quality decreases after irradiation, although the nanocrystals obviously coarsen. Grain growth under irradiation may be ascribed to the direct impact of the thermal spike on grain boundaries in the NC-CLAM steels. In irradiated samples, a compressive stress exists in the surface layer because of grain growth and irradiation-introduced defects, while the irradiation introduced grain-size coarsening and defects gradients from the surface to matrix result in a tensile stress in the irradiated NC-CLAM steels. Nanoindentation was used to estimate changes in mechanical properties during irradiation, and the results show that the hardness of the NC-CLAM steels increases with increasing irradiation dose, which was ascribed to the competition between the grain boundaries and the irradiation-introduced defects.

  10. Patterning of silica MCM-41 high-order material on a glass surface by XeCl laser irradiation

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    Panahibakhsh, Somayeh; Hadi Maleki, Mohammad; Jelvani, Saeid

    2015-08-01

    Silica glass samples (with the compositions of SiO2 96.66, Na2O 0.62, MgO 0.80, Al2O3 1.66 and CaO 0.26 in wt%) were irradiated with 5 pulses of a nanosecond XeCl excimer laser at a fluence of 300mJ/cm2 and 1Hz repetition rate. Scanning electron microscopy images of the irradiated area showed that micro and nanostructures were developed on the glass surface by the XeCl laser irradiation. It is found from energy dispersive X-ray analysis, X-ray diffraction analysis and micro-Raman spectroscopy that the structures are fine crystalline patterns of silica MCM-41 materials. It is supposed that crystallization of the glass is induced through the absorption of 308nm wavelength XeCl laser irradiation by silicon ions. Therefore, it is proposed that this method of spatially selective crystallization of glass could be applicable to other glass materials for potential optics and photonics applications.

  11. Ion acceleration in Ar-Xe and Ar-He plasmas. II. Ion velocity distribution functions

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    Biloiu, Ioana A.; Scime, Earl E.

    2010-11-15

    Ion velocity distribution functions (ivdfs) are investigated by laser induced fluorescence in Ar-Xe and Ar-He expanding helicon plasmas as a function of gas composition. In the case of Ar-Xe plasma, it was found that in the helicon source, both the Ar{sup +} and Xe{sup +} vdfs are unimodal. Their parallel speeds are subsonic and unaffected by changes in gas composition. At the end of the source, the argon ivdf shows a bimodal structure indicative of an electric double layer upstream of the measurement location. The fast argon ion component parallel velocity increases with Xe fraction from 6.7 to 8 km/s as the Xe fraction increases from 0% to 4%. In the expansion region, the bimodal character of Ar ivdf is maintained with a supersonic fast component reaching parallel speeds of 10.5 km/s. For all the studied plasma conditions and different spatial locations, the Xe{sup +} vdf exhibits a unimodal structure with a maximum parallel flow velocity of 2.2 km/s at the end of the source. For Ar-He plasma, the Ar ivdf is bimodal with the fast ion component parallel velocity increasing from 5.2 to 7.8 km/s as the He fraction increases from 0% to 30%. For the same He fraction range, the slow argon ion population distribution changes from a single Gaussian to a wide distribution extending all the way from the speed of the fast population to 0 m/s.

  12. Calculation of Ion Charge State Distributions After Inner-Shell Ionization in Xe Atom

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    Mohammedein, Adel M.; Ghoneim, Adel A.; Kandil, Kandil M.; Kadad, Ibrahim M.

    2010-01-05

    The vacancy cascades following initial inner-shell vacancies in single and multi-ionized atoms often lead to highly charged residual ions. The inner-shell vacancy produced by ionization processes may decay by either a radiative or non-radiative transition. In addition to the vacancy filling processes, there is an electron shake off process due to the change of core potential of the atom. In the calculation of vacancy cascades, the radiative (x-ray) and non-radiative (Auger and Coster-Kronig) branching ratios give valuable information on the de-excitation dynamics of an atom with inner-shell vacancy. The production of multi-charged ions yield by the Auger cascades following inner shell ionization of an atom has been studied both experimentally and theoretically. Multi-charged Xe ions following de-excitation of K-, L{sub 1}-, L{sub 2,3}-, M{sub 1}-, M{sub 2,3}- and M{sub 4,5} subshell vacancies are calculated using Monte-Carlo algorithm to simulate the vacancy cascade development. Fluorescence yield (radiative) and Auger, Coster- Kronig yield (non- radiative) are evaluated. The decay of K hole state through radiative transitions is found to be more probable than non-radiative transitions in the first step of de-excitation. On the other hand, the decay of L, M vacancies through non-radiative transitions are more probable. The K shell ionization in Xe atom mainly yields Xe{sup 7+}, Xe{sup 8+}, Xe{sup 9+} and Xe{sup 10+} ions, and the charged X{sup 8+} ions are the highest. The main product from the L{sub 1}- shell ionization is found to be Xe{sup 8+}, Xe{sup 9+} ions, while the charged Xe{sup 8+} ions predominate at L{sub 2,3} hole states. The charged Xe{sup 6+}, Xe{sup 7+} and Xe{sup 8+} ions mainly yield from 3s{sub 1/2} and 3p{sub 1/2,3/2} ionization, while Xe in 3d{sub 3/2,5/2} hole states mainly turns into Xe{sup 4+} and Xe{sup 5+} ions. The present results are found to agree well with the experimental data.

  13. I-Xe dating - Intercomparisons of neutron irradiations and reproducibility of the Bjurbole standard

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    Hohenberg, C. M.; Kennedy, B. M.

    1981-01-01

    Previously unpublished data from the stepwise heating analysis of the Valecitos 1 (V1) Bjurbole standard are presented together with the results of an isotopic dilution measurement of a KI monitor included in the V1 irradiation package. The results of these analyses are compared with the values observed in other irradiations. Apparent I-Xe 'formation' ages are reproducible for three different samples of Bjurbole, suggesting isotopic homogeneity for initial iodine in the bulk material. The systematics of neutron capture in Xe-135 (produced from U-235 neutron fission) are examined and verified in irradiated BCR-1.

  14. Influence of Xe{sub 2}{sup +} ions on the micro-hollow cathode discharge driven by thermionic emission

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    Levko, D.; Bliokh, Y. P.; Krasik, Ya. E.

    2014-04-15

    The influence of Xe{sub 2}{sup +} dimer ions and excited Xe* atoms on the hollow cathode discharge driven by electron thermionic emission is studied using two-dimensional Particle-in-Cell Monte Carlo Collisions modeling. A comparison with the results of two-component (electrons and Xe{sup +} ions) plasma modeling showed that the presence of the Xe{sub 2}{sup +} dimer ions and excited Xe* atoms in the plasma affects the plasma parameters (density, potential, and ion fluxes toward the cathode). The influence of Xe{sub 2}{sup +} ions and Xe* atoms on the plasma sheath parameters, such as thickness and the ion velocity at the sheath edge, is analyzed.

  15. Observation of Hyperfine Mixing in Measurements of a Magnetic OctupoleDecay in Isotopically Pure Nickel-Like {sup 129}Xe and {sup 132}Xe Ions

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    Traebert, E.; Beiersdorfer, P.; Brown, G. V.

    2007-06-29

    We present measurements of high statistical significance of the rate ofthe magnetic octupole (M3) decay in nickel-like ions of isotopically pure {sup 129}Xe and {sup 132}Xe. On {sup 132}Xe, an isotopewith zero nuclear spin and therefore without hyperfine structure, the lifetimeof the metastable level was established as (15.06{+-}0.24) ms. On {sup 129}Xe, an additionalfast (2.7{+-}0.1 ms) decay component was established that representshyperfine mixing with a level that decays by electric quadrupole (E2) radiation.

  16. Observation of hyperfine mixing in measurements of a magnetic octupole decay in isotopically pure nickel-like 129Xe and 132Xe ions

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    Trabert, E; Beiersdorfer, P; Brown, G V

    2006-12-21

    We present measurements of high statistical significance of the rate of the magnetic octupole (M3) decay in nickel-like ions of isotopically pure {sup 129}Xe and {sup 132}Xe. On {sup 132}Xe, an isotope with zero nuclear spin and therefore without hyperfine structure, the lifetime of the metastable level was established as (15.06 {+-} 0.24) ms. On {sup 129}Xe, an additional fast (2.7 {+-} 0.1 ms) decay component was established that represents hyperfine mixing with a level that decays by electric quadrupole (E2) radiation.

  17. Magnetic relaxation and activation energies of Xe irradiated DyBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ single crystals

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    Becker, Th.; Theuss, H.; Schuster, Th.; Kronmüller, H.; Kraus, M.; Saemann-Ischenko, G.

    1995-02-01

    Magnetic-relaxation measurements M(t, T) have been carried out on DyBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ single crystals before and after irradiation with 340 MeV Xe ions. The data are analyzed within the framework of first-order kinetics assuming a distribution of activation energies. The results are in good agreement with the assumption, that the most important pinning mechanism is given by the core interaction of pancake vortices or short sections of a flux line with defects. The irradiation-induced enhancement of the average activation energies of just about 70% can be explained by the broadening of the flux-line core if the flux line is located in the amorphous channels with radius R > ξ caused by irradiation damage.

  18. Modifications in structure and optical property of Cu nanoparticles in SiO2 by post heavy ion irradiation

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    Liu, Changlong; Wang, Nana; Wang, Jun; Liu, Huixian; Jia, Guangyi; Mu, Xiaoyu

    2014-05-01

    The implantation-synthesized Cu nanoparticles (NPs) in silica were irradiated with 500 keV Xe and Ar ions, respectively. After Xe ion irradiation at a fluence of 2 × 1016/cm2, the average diameter of Cu NPs was increased from 7.3 to 8.5 nm, and especially, Cu NPs with a diameter of 11-14 nm were formed beyond the projected range of Cu ions and nearly aligned at the same depth, which presented a higher volume fraction. As a result, the Cu surface plasmon resonance (SPR) absorption peak was enhanced. However, if Xe ion fluence was less than 1 × 1016/cm2, no clear variation of the Cu SPR absorption peak could be found. Further, it was also revealed that Xe ion irradiation caused the Cu SPR absorption peak to more drastically change than Ar ion irradiation at the same ion fluence. The underlying processes for the above findings were discussed and tentatively proposed.

  19. Effect of inelastic and elastic energy losses of Xe ions on the evolution of hydrogen blisters in silicon

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    Reutov, V. F.; Dmitriev, S. N.; Sokhatskii, A. S.; Zaluzhnyi, A. G.

    2016-01-01

    We analyze the effect of irradiation by heavy ions on the formation of blisters on the silicon surface preliminarily ion-doped with hydrogen. An attempt is made at differentiating inelastic and elastic processes of interaction between ions and Si atoms using bombardment of the sample with high-energy charged particles through a bent absorbing filter by varying the radiation doses and the energy of bombarding Xe ions. It is found that irrespective of specific ionization energy losses of heavy ions, the blister formation is completely suppressed in the zone of the inelastic interaction during postradiation annealing. Conversely, stimulated development of hydrogen porosity takes place at the same time in the zone of elastic interaction, which is manifested in the form of blisters and flaking.

  20. Optima XE Single Wafer High Energy Ion Implanter

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    Satoh, Shu; Ferrara, Joseph; Bell, Edward; Patel, Shital; Sieradzki, Manny

    2008-11-03

    The Optima XE is the first production worthy single wafer high energy implanter. The new system combines a state-of-art single wafer endstation capable of throughputs in excess of 400 wafers/hour with a production-proven RF linear accelerator technology. Axcelis has been evolving and refining RF Linac technology since the introduction of the NV1000 in 1986. The Optima XE provides production worthy beam currents up to energies of 1.2 MeV for P{sup +}, 2.9 MeV for P{sup ++}, and 1.5 MeV for B{sup +}. Energies as low as 10 keV and tilt angles as high as 45 degrees are also available., allowing the implanter to be used for a wide variety of traditional medium current implants to ensure high equipment utilization. The single wafer endstation provides precise implant angle control across wafer and wafer to wafer. In addition, Optima XE's unique dose control system allows compensation of photoresist outgassing effects without relying on traditional pressure-based methods. We describe the specific features, angle control and dosimetry of the Optima XE and their applications in addressing the ever-tightening demands for more precise process controls and higher productivity.

  1. Radiolysis and sputtering of carbon dioxide ice induced by swift Ti, Ni, and Xe ions

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    Mejía, C.; Bender, M.; Severin, D.; Trautmann, C.; Boduch, Ph.; Bordalo, V.; Domaracka, A.; Lv, X. Y.; Martinez, R.; Rothard, H.

    2015-12-01

    Solid carbon dioxide (CO2) is found in several bodies of the solar system, the interstellar medium (ISM) and young stellar objects, where it is exposed to cosmic and stellar wind radiation. Here, the chemical and physical modifications induced by heavy ion irradiation of pure solid CO2 at low temperature (T = 15-30 K) are analyzed. The experiments were performed with Ti (550 MeV) and Xe (630 MeV) ions at the UNILAC of GSI/Darmstadt and with Ni ions (46 and 52 MeV) at IRRSUD of GANIL/Caen. The evolution of the thin CO2 ice films (deposited on a CsI window) was monitored by mid-infrared absorption spectroscopy (FTIR). The dissociation rate of CO2, determined from the fluence dependence of the IR absorption peak intensity, is found to be proportional to the electronic stopping power Se. We also confirm that the sputtering yield shows a quadric increase with electronic stopping power. Furthermore, the production rates of daughter molecules such as CO, CO3 and O3 were found to be linear in Se.

  2. Response of GaN to energetic ion irradiation: conditions for ion track formation

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    Karlušić, M.; Kozubek, R.; Lebius, H.; Ban-d'Etat, B.; Wilhelm, R. A.; Buljan, M.; Siketić, Z.; Scholz, F.; Meisch, T.; Jakšić, M.; Bernstorff, S.; Schleberger, M.; Šantić, B.

    2015-08-01

    We investigated the response of wurzite GaN thin films to energetic ion irradiation. Both swift heavy ions (92 MeV Xe23+, 23 MeV I6+) and highly charged ions (100 keV Xe40+) were used. After irradiation, the samples were investigated using atomic force microscopy, grazing incidence small angle x-ray scattering, Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy in channelling orientation and time of flight elastic recoil detection analysis. Only grazing incidence swift heavy ion irradiation induced changes on the surface of the GaN, when the appearance of nanoholes is accompanied by a notable loss of nitrogen. The results are discussed in the framework of the thermal spike model.

  3. Ion acceleration in Ar-Xe and Ar-He plasmas. I. Electron energy distribution functions and ion composition

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    Biloiu, Ioana A.; Scime, Earl E.

    2010-11-15

    Electron energy distribution functions (eedf), ion production, and ion composition are studied in Ar-Xe and Ar-He expanding helicon plasmas. It was found that under the conditions of constant total flow rate, Xe, in addition to Ar, changes the eedf from Maxwellian-like to Druyvesteyn-like with a shortening of the high energy tail at {approx}15 eV. The electron temperature exponentially decreases from {approx}7 eV in pure Ar plasma to {approx}4 eV in pure Xe plasma. Xenon ions dominate the ion population for Xe filling fractions greater than 10%. The plasma density increases by {approx}15% with increasing Xe fraction. For an Ar-He plasma, increasing the helium fraction increases the electron temperature from {approx}7 eV in pure Ar plasma to {approx}14 eV for a He filling fraction of 80%. The plasma density drops by more than three orders of magnitude from 1.14x10{sup 11} cm{sup -3} to 6.5x10{sup 7} cm{sup -3}. However, the inferred ion densities indicate that even at a helium fraction of 80%, argon ions significantly outnumber helium ions.

  4. Ion acceleration in Ar-Xe and Ar-He plasmas. I. Electron energy distribution functions and ion composition

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    Biloiu, Ioana A.; Scime, Earl E.

    2010-11-01

    Electron energy distribution functions (eedf), ion production, and ion composition are studied in Ar-Xe and Ar-He expanding helicon plasmas. It was found that under the conditions of constant total flow rate, Xe, in addition to Ar, changes the eedf from Maxwellian-like to Druyvesteyn-like with a shortening of the high energy tail at ˜15 eV. The electron temperature exponentially decreases from ˜7 eV in pure Ar plasma to ˜4 eV in pure Xe plasma. Xenon ions dominate the ion population for Xe filling fractions greater than 10%. The plasma density increases by ˜15% with increasing Xe fraction. For an Ar-He plasma, increasing the helium fraction increases the electron temperature from ˜7 eV in pure Ar plasma to ˜14 eV for a He filling fraction of 80%. The plasma density drops by more than three orders of magnitude from 1.14×1011 cm-3 to 6.5×107 cm-3. However, the inferred ion densities indicate that even at a helium fraction of 80%, argon ions significantly outnumber helium ions.

  5. TiO2 films photocatalytic activity improvements by swift heavy ions irradiation

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    Rafik, Hazem; Mahmoud, Izerrouken; Mohamed, Trari; Abdenacer, Benyagoub

    2014-08-01

    TiO2 thin films synthesized by sol-gel on glass substrates are irradiated by 90 MeV Xe ions at various fluences and room temperature under normal incidence. The structural, electrical, optical and surface topography properties before and after Xe ions irradiation are investigated. X-ray diffraction (XRD) reveals that the crystallinity is gradually destroyed, and the films become amorphous above 5×1012 ions/cm2. The band gap is not affected by Xe ions irradiation as evidenced from the optical measurements. By contrast, the conductivity increases with raising Xe fluence. The energy band diagram established from the electrochemical characterization shows the feasibility of TiO2 films for the photo-electrochemical chromate reduction. Xe ion irradiation results in enhanced photocatalytic activity in aquatic medium, evaluated by the reduction of Cr(VI) into trivalent state. TiO2 films irradiated at 1013 Xe/cm2 exhibit the highest photoactivity; 69% of chromate (10 ppm) is reduced at pH ~3 after 4 h of exposure to sunlight (1120 mW cm-2) with a quantum yield of 0.06%.

  6. Effect of XeCl laser irradiation on the defect structure of Nd:YAG crystals

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    Panahibakhsh, S.; Jelvani, S.; Maleki, M. H.; Mollabashi, M.; Abolhosseini, S.

    2014-09-01

    This paper presents the effect of XeCl laser irradiation on Nd:YAG single crystal samples with various number of pulses at different repetition rates and laser fluences. Effects of the irradiation on the optical and structural properties of the crystal are analyzed by UV-vis-NIR spectroscopy. Annihilation of some point defects of the crystal structure is observed following laser irradiation at a fluence of 100 mJ cm-2 with 100 and 500 pulses. Increasing the laser fluence and pulse numbers leads to saturation and new defects are found to be formed in the crystal. Additional absorption spectra of the irradiated samples show that oxygen vacancies in the Nd:YAG crystals are removed during the low-dose irradiation. The laser irradiation is compared to the thermal annealing process for Nd:YAG crystal modification. Additional absorption spectrum of an annealed sample reveals that induced negative absorption band at 236 nm is correlated with the annihilation of the oxygen vacancy center. Our results also demonstrate that XeCl laser treatment has several advantages upon annealing at high temperatures in the Nd:YAG crystal quality improvement. Thus, the present work can give a new approach to modify Nd:YAG crystals to be used in a wide variety of solid-state laser engineering.

  7. Zirconium oxidation under high-energy heavy-ion irradiation

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    Bérerd, N.; Chevarier, A.; Moncoffre, N.; Jaffrézic, H.; Balanzat, E.; Catalette, H.

    2005-04-01

    This paper concerns the study of zirconium oxidation under irradiation with high energetic Xe ions. The irradiations were performed on the IRRadiation SUD (IRRSUD) beam line at Grand Accélérateur National d'Ions Lourds of Caen. The oxygen partial pressure was fixed at 10-3Pa and two temperature conditions were used, either 480°C reached by Joule effect heating or 280°C due to Xe energy deposition. Zirconia was fully characterized by Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, scanning electron microscopy, and grazing angle x-ray diffraction. Apparent diffusion coefficients of oxygen in ZrO2 were determined from these experiments by using a model which takes into account a surface exchange between oxygen gas and the ZrO2 surface. These results are compared with thermal oxidation data.

  8. Observation and mechanism of local oxygen reordering induced by high-energy heavy-ion (U{sup +}, Au{sup +}, Xe{sup +}) irradiation in the high-T{sub c} superconductor YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}}

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    Yan, Y.; Kirk, M.A.

    1998-03-01

    Transmission electron microscopy study reveals that high-energy ({gt}1GeV) heavy-ion (U{sup +}, Au{sup +}, Xe{sup +}) irradiation in the c-axis direction of high-T{sub c} superconductor YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} leads to the formation of aligned columnar defects, which are usually amorphous, and the associated volume expansion causes strain in surrounding matrix. Lobed {open_quotes}bow-tie{close_quotes} contrast is observed in both the [001] zone axis bright field and the high-resolution images of the regions surrounding the amorphous columns, the direction of which is rotated 90{degree} across a typical pre-existing twin boundary in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}}. Our study shows that this contrast is caused by local oxygen reordering in the ab planes that gives a 90{degree} reorientation of the orthorhombic unit cell in the affected area. The mechanism of resulting oxygen reordering in the ab planes for this area is reported here. A qualitative result on the form, the position, and the size of the oxygen reordering region distributed around an isolated track and between two or more tracks, is related to the orientation of the Cu-O chain direction of matrix and the energy of incident ions. {copyright} {ital 1998} {ital The American Physical Society}

  9. Secondary ion emission from arachidic acid LB-layers under Ar +, Xe +, Ga + and SF 5+ primary ion bombardment

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    Stapel, D.; Brox, O.; Benninghoven, A.

    1999-02-01

    The influence of primary ion energy, mass and composition on sputtering and secondary ion emission of arachidic acid Langmuir-Blodgett mono- and multilayers, deposited on gold substrates, has been investigated. Ga +, Ar +, 129Xe+ and SF 5+ in the energy range 5-25 keV were used as primary ions. Yields Y, damage cross-sections ?, and ion formation efficiencies E have been determined for selected secondary ions, characterizing the molecular overlayer, the overlayer substrate interface and the substrate. We found a strong influence of layer thickness and of primary ion energy, mass and composition on Y, ? and E. Information depth increases with increasing ion energy and decreasing mass of primary ions, being higher for SF 5+ than for Xe +. Y, ? and E increase with increasing primary ion mass. They are considerably higher for a molecular (SF 5+) than for atomic ions of comparable mass ( 129Xe+). The experimental results supply information on the extension of impact cascades, generated in different substrate materials by different primary ion species and different energies. They demonstrate that in analytical SIMS application information depths can be minimized and yields and ion formation efficiencies can be maximized by the use of molecular primary ions.

  10. Simultaneous imaging electron- and ion-feature Thomson scattering measurements of radiatively heated Xe

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    Pollock, B. B.; Meinecke, J.; Kuschel, S.; Ross, J. S.; Divol, L.; Glenzer, S. H.; Shaw, J. L.; Stoafer, C.; Tynan, G. R.

    2012-10-15

    Uniform density and temperature Xe plasmas have been produced over >4 mm scale-lengths using x-rays generated in a cylindrical Pb cavity. The cavity is 750 {mu}m in depth and diameter, and is heated by a 300 J, 2 ns square, 1054 nm laser pulse focused to a spot size of 200 {mu}m at the cavity entrance. The plasma is characterized by simultaneous imaging Thomson scattering measurements from both the electron and ion scattering features. The electron feature measurement determines the spatial electron density and temperature profile, and using these parameters as constraints in the ion feature analysis allows an accurate determination of the charge state of the Xe ions. The Thomson scattering probe beam is 40 J, 200 ps, and 527 nm, and is focused to a 100 {mu}m spot size at the entrance of the Pb cavity. Each system has a spatial resolution of 25 {mu}m, a temporal resolution of 200 ps (as determined by the probe duration), and a spectral resolution of 2 nm for the electron feature system and 0.025 nm for the ion feature system. The experiment is performed in a Xe filled target chamber at a neutral pressure of 3-10 Torr, and the x-rays produced in the Pb ionize and heat the Xe to a charge state of 20{+-}4 at up to 200 eV electron temperatures.

  11. Simultaneous imaging electron- and ion-feature Thomson scattering measurements of radiatively heated Xe.

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    Pollock, B B; Meinecke, J; Kuschel, S; Ross, J S; Shaw, J L; Stoafer, C; Divol, L; Tynan, G R; Glenzer, S H

    2012-10-01

    Uniform density and temperature Xe plasmas have been produced over >4 mm scale-lengths using x-rays generated in a cylindrical Pb cavity. The cavity is 750 μm in depth and diameter, and is heated by a 300 J, 2 ns square, 1054 nm laser pulse focused to a spot size of 200 μm at the cavity entrance. The plasma is characterized by simultaneous imaging Thomson scattering measurements from both the electron and ion scattering features. The electron feature measurement determines the spatial electron density and temperature profile, and using these parameters as constraints in the ion feature analysis allows an accurate determination of the charge state of the Xe ions. The Thomson scattering probe beam is 40 J, 200 ps, and 527 nm, and is focused to a 100 μm spot size at the entrance of the Pb cavity. Each system has a spatial resolution of 25 μm, a temporal resolution of 200 ps (as determined by the probe duration), and a spectral resolution of 2 nm for the electron feature system and 0.025 nm for the ion feature system. The experiment is performed in a Xe filled target chamber at a neutral pressure of 3-10 Torr, and the x-rays produced in the Pb ionize and heat the Xe to a charge state of 20±4 at up to 200 eV electron temperatures. PMID:23127005

  12. Radiation damage induced in Al2O3 single crystal by 90 MeV Xe ions

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    Zirour, H.; Izerrouken, M.; Sari, A.

    2015-12-01

    Radiation damage induced in Al2O3 single crystal by 90 MeV Xe ions were investigated by optical absorption measurements, Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques. The irradiations were performed at the GANIL accelerator in Caen, France for the fluence in the range from 1012 to 6 × 1013 cm-2 at room temperature under normal incidence. The F+ and F22+ centers kinetic as a function of fluence deduced from the optical measurements explains that the single defects (F and F+) aggregate to F center clusters (F2 , F2+, F22+) during irradiation at high fluence (>1013 cm-2). Raman and XRD analysis reveal a partial disorder of 40% of Al2O3 in the studied fluence range in accordance with Kabir et al. (2008) study. The result suggests that this is due to the stress relaxation process which occurs at high fluence (>1013 cm-2).

  13. Irradiation hardening of ODS ferritic steels under helium implantation and heavy-ion irradiation

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    Zhang, Hengqing; Zhang, Chonghong; Yang, Yitao; Meng, Yancheng; Jang, Jinsung; Kimura, Akihiko

    2014-12-01

    Irradiation hardening of ODS ferritic steels after multi-energy He-ion implantation, or after irradiation with energetic heavy ions including Xe and Bi-ions was investigated with nano-indentation technique. Three kinds of high-Cr ODS ferritic steels including the commercial MA956 (19Cr-3.5Al), the 16Cr-0.1Ti and the 16Cr-3.5Al-0.1Zr were used. Data of nano-hardness were analyzed with an approach based on Nix-Gao model. The depth profiles of nano-hardness can be understood by the indentation size effect (ISE) in specimens of MA956 implanted with multi-energy He-ions or irradiated with 328 MeV Xe ions, which produced a plateau damage profile in the near-surface region. However, the damage gradient overlaps the ISE in the specimens irradiated with 9.45 Bi ions. The dose dependence of the nano-hardness shows a rapid increase at low doses and a slowdown at higher doses. An 1/2-power law dependence on dpa level is obtained. The discrepancy in nano-hardness between the helium implantation and Xe-ion irradiation can be understood by using the average damage level instead of the peak dpa level. Helium-implantation to a high dose (7400 appm/0.5 dpa) causes an additional hardening, which is possibly attributed to the impediment of motion dislocations by helium bubbles formed in high concentration in specimens.

  14. Ion irradiation induced disappearance of dislocations in a nickel-based alloy

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    Chen, H. C.; Li, D. H.; Lui, R. D.; Huang, H. F.; Li, J. J.; Lei, G. H.; Huang, Q.; Bao, L. M.; Yan, L.; Zhou, X. T.; Zhu, Z. Y.

    2016-06-01

    Under Xe ion irradiation, the microstructural evolution of a nickel based alloy, Hastelloy N (US N10003), was studied. The intrinsic dislocations are decorated with irradiation induced interstitial loops and/or clusters. Moreover, the intrinsic dislocations density reduces as the irradiation damage increases. The disappearance of the intrinsic dislocations is ascribed to the dislocations climb to the free surface by the absorption of interstitials under the ion irradiation. Moreover, the in situ annealing experiment reveals that the small interstitial loops and/or clusters induced by the ion irradiation are stable below 600 °C.

  15. Generation of strongly coupled Xe cluster nanoplasmas by low intensive soft x-ray laser irradiation

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    Namba, S.; Hasegawa, N.; Kishimoto, M.; Nishikino, M.; Kawachi, T.

    2012-07-01

    A seeding gas jet including Xe clusters was irradiated with a laser-driven plasma soft x-ray laser pulse (λ=13.9 nm, ˜7 ps, ≤5×109 W/cm2), where the laser photon energy is high enough to ionize 4d core electrons. In order to clarify how the innershell ionization followed by the Auger electron emission is affected under the intense laser irradiation, the electron energy distribution was measured. Photoelectron spectra showed that the peak position attributed to 4d hole shifted to lower energy and the spectral width was broadened with increasing cluster size. Moreover, the energy distribution exhibited that a strongly coupled cluster nanoplasma with several eV was generated.

  16. Generation of strongly coupled Xe cluster nanoplasmas by low intensive soft x-ray laser irradiation

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    Namba, S.; Hasegawa, N.; Kishimoto, M.; Nishikino, M.; Kawachi, T.

    2012-07-11

    A seeding gas jet including Xe clusters was irradiated with a laser-driven plasma soft x-ray laser pulse ({lambda}=13.9 nm, {approx}7 ps, {<=}5 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 9} W/cm{sup 2}), where the laser photon energy is high enough to ionize 4d core electrons. In order to clarify how the innershell ionization followed by the Auger electron emission is affected under the intense laser irradiation, the electron energy distribution was measured. Photoelectron spectra showed that the peak position attributed to 4d hole shifted to lower energy and the spectral width was broadened with increasing cluster size. Moreover, the energy distribution exhibited that a strongly coupled cluster nanoplasma with several eV was generated.

  17. Ion energy distributions, electron temperatures, and electron densities in Ar, Kr, and Xe pulsed discharges

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    Shin, Hyungjoo; Zhu Weiye; Economou, Demetre J.; Donnelly, Vincent M.

    2012-05-15

    Ion energy distributions (IEDs) were measured near the edge of Faraday-shielded, inductively coupled pulsed plasmas in Ar, Kr, or Xe gas, while applying a synchronous dc bias on a boundary electrode, late in the afterglow. The magnitudes of the full width at half maximum of the IEDs were Xe > Kr > Ar, following the order of the corresponding electron temperatures in the afterglow, T{sub e}(Xe) > T{sub e}(Kr) > T{sub e}(Ar). The measured decays of T{sub e} with time in the afterglow were in excellent agreement with predictions from a global model. Measured time-resolved electron and positive ion densities near the plasma edge did not decay appreciably, even in the 80 {mu}s long afterglow. This was attributed to transport of ions and electrons from the higher density central region of the plasma to the edge region, balancing the loss of plasma due to diffusion. This provides a convenient means of maintaining a relatively constant plasma density in the afterglow during processing using pulsed plasmas.

  18. Ion irradiation enhanced crystal nucleation in amorphous Si thin films

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    Im, J. S.; Atwater, Harry A.

    1990-10-01

    The nucleation kinetics of the amorphous-to-crystal transition of Si films under 1.5 MeV Xe+ irradiation have been investigated by means of in situ transmission electron microscopy in the temperature range T=500-580 C. After an incubation period during which negligible nucleation occurs, a constant nucleation rate was observed in steady state, suggesting that homogeneous nucleation occurred. Compared to thermal crystallization, a significant enhancement in the nucleation rate during high-energy ion irradiation (five to seven orders of magnitude) was observed with an apparent activation energy of 3.90.75 eV.

  19. Kr II and Xe II axial velocity distribution functions in a cross-field ion source

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    Lejeune, A.; Bourgeois, G.; Mazouffre, S.

    2012-07-15

    Laser induced fluorescence measurements were carried out in a cross-field ion source to examine the behaviour of the axial ion velocity distribution functions (VDFs) in the expanding plasma. In the present paper, we focus on the axial VDFs of Kr II and Xe II ions. We examine the contourplots in a 1D-phase space (x,v{sub x}) representation in front of the exhaust channel and along the centerline of the ion source. The main ion beam, whose momentum corresponds to the ions that are accelerated through the whole potential drop, is observed. A secondary structure reveals the ions coming from the opposite side of the channel. We show that the formation of the neutralized ion flow is governed by the annular geometry. The assumption of a collisionless shock or a double layer due to supersonic beam interaction is not necessary. A non-negligible fraction of slow ions originates in local ionization or charge-exchange collision events between ions of the expanding plasma and atoms of the background residual gas. Slow ions that are produced near the centerline in the vicinity of the exit plane are accelerated toward the source body with a negative velocity leading to a high sputtering of front face. On the contrary, the ions that are produced in the vicinity of the channel exit plane are partially accelerated by the extended electric field.

  20. Radiative Lifetimes of Excited Levels in the Homologous Ions Ar II, Kr II and Xe II

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    Ward, L.; Wännström, A.; Arnesen, A.; Hallin, R.; Vogel, O.

    1985-02-01

    Radiative lifetimes of nine of the levels np 4P5/20, np 4D7/2,5/20 and np 2D5/20 in the homologous ions Ar II (n = 4), Kr II (n = 5) and Xe II (n = 6) have been measured with the beam-laser method. The measured lifetimes are compared with lifetime values from other experimental and theoretical works and a thorough discussion of the discrepancies between the results obtained with different techniques is made. Older measurements of transition probabilities are put on an accurate scale using the new lifetime values. The f-values of some strong transitions from levels in the np configuration in Ar II, Kr II and Xe II are compared and are found to be approximately equal.

  1. An attempt to reproduce high burn-up structure by ion irradiation of SIMFUEL

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    Baranov, V. G.; Lunev, A. V.; Reutov, V. F.; Tenishev, A. V.; Isaenkova, M. G.; Khlunov, A. V.

    2014-09-01

    Experiments in IC-100 and U-400 cyclotrons were conducted with SIMFUEL pellets (11.47 wt.% of fission products simulators) to reproduce some aspects of the long-term irradiation conditions in epithermal reactors. Pellets were irradiated with Xe16+, Xe24+ and He+ at energies ranging from 20 keV (He+) to 320 keV (Xe16+) and 1-90 MeV (Xe24+). Some samples were subsequently annealed to obtain larger grain sizes and to study defects recovery. The major microstructural changes consisted in grain sub-division observed on SEM and AFM images and change in composition registered by EPMA (pellets irradiated with 1-90 MeV Xe24+ ions at fluence of 5 × 1015 cm-2). Lattice distortion and increase in dislocation density is also noted according to X-ray data. At low energies and high fluences formation of bubbles (20 keV He+ at 5.5 × 1017 cm-2) was observed. Grain sub-division exhibits full coverage of the grain body and preservation of former grain boundaries. The size of sub-grains depends on local dislocation density and changes from 200 nm to 400 nm along the irradiated surface. Beneath it the size ranges from 150 to 600 nm. Sub-grains are not observed in samples irradiated by low-energy ions even at high dislocation densities.

  2. Magnetoimpedance studies on ion irradiated Co33Fe33Ni7Si7B20 ribbons

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    Kotagiri, Ganesh; Markandeyulu, G.; Thulasiram, K. V.; Fernandes, W. A.; Misra, D.; Tribedi, L. C.

    2016-04-01

    Magnetoimpedance (MI) effect was studied on amorphous Co33Fe33Ni7Si7B20 ribbons that were irradiated with N+1, Ar+2 and Xe+5 ions, at energy of 75 keV. The (MI)m [maximum MI in each case] values are 9.4% and 11%, 9.9% and 6.5%, the largest, for the as-quenched and N+1, Ar+2 and Xe+5 ion irradiated ribbons respectively, at 2 MHz. The (MI)m value of the N+1 ion irradiated ribbon was observed to be the highest, due to an induced in-plane transverse magnetic anisotropy. The saturation magnetizations of the ion-irradiated ribbons are not seen to change with respect to that of the as-quenched ribbon; a small increase in the Ms was observed only upon irradiation with Xe5+ ions. The interaction between the large number of domains, with large uniaxial anisotropy led to large (MI)m values, at frequencies above 8 MHz in the Ar+2 ion irradiated ribbon.

  3. A guided-ion beam study of the reactions of Xe{sup +} and Xe{sup 2+} with NH{sub 3} at hyperthermal collision energies

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    Levandier, Dale J.; Chiu, Yu-Hui

    2010-10-21

    We have measured the absolute cross sections for reactions of Xe{sup +} and Xe{sup 2+} with NH{sub 3} at collision energies in the range from near-thermal to {approx}34 and {approx}69 eV, respectively. For Xe{sup +}, the cross section for charge transfer, the only exothermic channel, decreases from {approx}200 A{sup 2} below 0.1 eV to {approx}12 A{sup 2} at the highest energies studied. The production of NH{sub 3}{sup +} is the only channel observed below 5 eV, above which a small amount of NH{sub 2}{sup +} is also formed. In Xe{sup 2+} reactions, the main products observed are NH{sub 3}{sup +} and NH{sub 2}{sup +}. The charge transfer cross section decreases monotonically from {approx}80 to {approx}6 A{sup 2} over the studied energy range. The NH{sub 2}{sup +} cross section is similar to the charge transfer cross section at the lowest energies, and exhibits a second component above 0.4 eV, with a maximum of 65 A{sup 2} at 0.7 eV, above which the cross section decreases to {approx}30 A{sup 2} at the highest energies studied. At energies above 10 eV, a small amount of NH{sup +} is also observed in Xe{sup 2+} collisions. Product recoil velocity distributions were determined at selected collision energies, using guided-ion beam time-of-flight methods.

  4. Energy Levels and Transition Rates for GA-Like Ions (Xe XXIV-Pr XXIX)

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    El-Sayed, F.

    2015-07-01

    Energy levels, wavelengths, transition probabilities, oscillator strengths, and line strengths have been calculated for allowed electric dipole 4s 2 4p-4s4p 2 and 4s 2 4p-4s 2 4d transitions of Gallium-like ions from Z = 54 to 59, Xe XXIV, Cs XXV, Ba XXVI, La XXVII, Ce XXVIII, and Pr XXIX. The fully relativistic multiconfiguration Dirac-Fock method, taking into account both correlations within the n = 4 complex and the quantum electrodynamic effects, has been used in the calculations. The results have been compared with the available experimental and other theoretical results.

  5. 1 MeV electron irradiation of solid Xe nanoclusters in Al : an in-situ HRTEM study.

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    Donnelly, S. E.; Furuya, K.; Song, M.; Birtcher, R. C.; Allen, C. W.

    1997-12-05

    Thin film samples of a simple embedded nanocluster system consisting of solid Xe precipitates in Al have been subjected to 1 MeV electron irradiation in a high-voltage electron microscope. High-resolution images have been recorded on videotape in order to monitor the changes to the system resulting from the passage of electrons through the film. Inspection of the video recordings (in some cases frame-by-frame) reveals that complex, rapid processes occur under the electron beam. These include, movement of small clusters, coalescence of neighboring clusters, shape changes, the apparent melting and resolidification of the Xe, and the creation and annealing of extended defects within the Xe lattice. A tentative interpretation of some of the observations is presented in terms of the electron-induced displacement processes at the surface of the clusters.

  6. Theoretical investigation of HNgNH3(+) ions (Ng = He, Ne, Ar, Kr, and Xe).

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    Gao, Kunqi; Sheng, Li

    2015-04-14

    The equilibrium geometries, harmonic frequencies, and dissociation energies of HNgNH3(+) ions (Ng = He, Ne, Ar, Kr, and Xe) were investigated using the following method: Becke-3-parameter-Lee-Yang-Parr (B3LYP), Boese-Matrin for Kinetics (BMK), second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory (MP2), and coupled-cluster with single and double excitations as well as perturbative inclusion of triples (CCSD(T)). The results indicate that HHeNH3(+), HArNH3(+), HKrNH3(+), and HXeNH3(+) ions are metastable species that are protected from decomposition by high energy barriers, whereas the HNeNH3(+) ion is unstable because of its relatively small energy barrier for decomposition. The bonding nature of noble-gas atoms in HNgNH3(+) was also analyzed using the atoms in molecules approach, natural energy decomposition analysis, and natural bond orbital analysis. PMID:25877572

  7. Theoretical investigation of HNgNH3+ ions (Ng = He, Ne, Ar, Kr, and Xe)

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    Gao, Kunqi; Sheng, Li

    2015-04-01

    The equilibrium geometries, harmonic frequencies, and dissociation energies of HNgNH3+ ions (Ng = He, Ne, Ar, Kr, and Xe) were investigated using the following method: Becke-3-parameter-Lee-Yang-Parr (B3LYP), Boese-Matrin for Kinetics (BMK), second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory (MP2), and coupled-cluster with single and double excitations as well as perturbative inclusion of triples (CCSD(T)). The results indicate that HHeNH3+, HArNH3+, HKrNH3+, and HXeNH3+ ions are metastable species that are protected from decomposition by high energy barriers, whereas the HNeNH3+ ion is unstable because of its relatively small energy barrier for decomposition. The bonding nature of noble-gas atoms in HNgNH3+ was also analyzed using the atoms in molecules approach, natural energy decomposition analysis, and natural bond orbital analysis.

  8. An apparatus to manipulate and identify individual Ba ions from bulk liquid Xe.

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    Twelker, K; Kravitz, S; Montero Díez, M; Gratta, G; Fairbank, W; Albert, J B; Auty, D J; Barbeau, P S; Beck, D; Benitez-Medina, C; Breidenbach, M; Brunner, T; Cao, G F; Chambers, C; Cleveland, B; Coon, M; Craycraft, A; Daniels, T; Daugherty, S J; Davis, C G; DeVoe, R; Delaquis, S; Didberidze, T; Dilling, J; Dolinski, M J; Dunford, M; Fabris, L; Farine, J; Feldmeier, W; Fierlinger, P; Fudenberg, D; Giroux, G; Gornea, R; Graham, K; Hall, C; Heffner, M; Herrin, S; Hughes, M; Jiang, X S; Johnson, T N; Johnston, S; Karelin, A; Kaufman, L J; Killick, R; Koffas, T; Krücken, R; Kuchenkov, A; Kumar, K S; Leonard, D S; Leonard, F; Licciardi, C; Lin, Y H; MacLellan, R; Marino, M G; Mong, B; Moore, D; Odian, A; Ostrovskiy, I; Ouellet, C; Piepke, A; Pocar, A; Retiere, F; Rowson, P C; Rozo, M P; Schubert, A; Sinclair, D; Smith, E; Stekhanov, V; Tarka, M; Tolba, T; Tosi, D; Vuilleumier, J-L; Walton, J; Walton, T; Weber, M; Wen, L J; Wichoski, U; Yang, L; Yen, Y-R; Zhao, Y B

    2014-09-01

    We describe a system to transport and identify barium ions produced in liquid xenon, as part of R&D towards the second phase of a double beta decay experiment, nEXO. The goal is to identify the Ba ion resulting from an extremely rare nuclear decay of the isotope (136)Xe, hence providing a confirmation of the occurrence of the decay. This is achieved through Resonance Ionization Spectroscopy (RIS). In the test setup described here, Ba ions can be produced in liquid xenon or vacuum and collected on a clean substrate. This substrate is then removed to an analysis chamber under vacuum, where laser-induced thermal desorption and RIS are used with time-of-flight mass spectroscopy for positive identification of the barium decay product. PMID:25273779

  9. Valence-shell photoionization of Ag-like Xe7+ ions: experiment and theory

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    Müller, A.; Schippers, S.; Esteves-Macaluso, D.; Habibi, M.; Aguilar, A.; Kilcoyne, A. L. D.; Phaneuf, R. A.; Ballance, C. P.; McLaughlin, B. M.

    2014-11-01

    We report on experimental and theoretical results for the photoionization of Ag-like xenon ions, Xe7+, in the photon energy range 95-145 eV. The measurements were carried out at the Advanced Light Source at an energy resolution of ΔE = 65 meV with additional measurements made at ΔE = 28 meV and 39 meV. Small resonance features below the ground-state ionization threshold, at about 106 eV, are due to the presence of metastable Xe7+(4{{d}10}4f{{ }2}f5/2,7/2{^\\circ }) ions in the ion beam. On the basis of the accompanying theoretical calculations using the Dirac atomic R-matrix codes (DARC), an admixture of only a few percent of metastable ions in the parent ion beam is inferred, with almost 100% of the parent ions in the (4{{d}10}5s{{ }2}{{s}1/2}) ground level. The cross section is dominated by a very strong resonance associated with 4d\\to 5f excitation and subsequent autoionization. This prominent feature in the measured spectrum is the 4{{d}9}5s5{{f} 2}{{P}{^\\circ }} resonance located at (122.139 ± 0.01) eV. An absolute peak cross section of 1.2 Gigabarns was measured at 38 meV energy resolution. The experimental natural width Γ = 76 ± 3 meV of this resonance compares well with the theoretical estimate of 88 meV obtained from the DARC calculation with 249 target states. Given the complexity of the system, overall satisfactory agreement between theory and experiment is obtained for the photon energy region investigated.

  10. Ionization of He, Ne, Ar, Kr, and Xe by impact of He{sup +} ions

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    Miraglia, J. E.; Gravielle, M. S.

    2010-04-15

    In this article we report ionization cross sections of neutral He, Ne, Ar, Kr, and Xe by impact of He{sup +} ions with energies ranging from 25 to 1000 keV/amu. A general theory to deal with dressed projectiles is developed in the context of the Continuum-Distorted-Wave Eikonal-Initial-State approximation. The strategy is based on the use of an effective charge defined in terms of the momentum transfer extracted from the first Born approximation and extensively used in the local plasma approximation to deal with ions in solids. The difference between the actual potential of the projectile and the Coulombic effective one used in the distorted wave functions is treated in first perturbative order. Our results show that the proposed approach gives a very good account of available experiments.

  11. Dose Control System in the Optima XE Single Wafer High Energy Ion Implanter

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    Satoh, Shu; Yoon, Jongyoon; David, Jonathan

    2011-01-07

    Photoresist outgassing can significantly compromise accurate dosimetry of high energy implants. High energy implant even at a modest beam current produces high beam powers which create significantly worse outgassing than low and medium energy implants and the outgassing continues throughout the implant due to the low dose in typical high energy implant recipes. In the previous generation of high energy implanters, dose correction by monitoring of process chamber pressure during photoresist outgassing has been used. However, as applications diversify and requirements change, the need arises for a more versatile photoresist correction system to match the versatility of a single wafer high energy ion implanter. We have successfully developed a new dosimetry system for the Optima XE single wafer high energy ion implanter which does not require any form of compensation due to the implant conditions. This paper describes the principles and performance of this new dose system.

  12. Ion charge-resolved branching in decay of inner shell holes in Xe up to 1200 eV

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    Eland, J. H. D.; Slater, C.; Zagorodskikh, S.; Singh, R.; Andersson, J.; Hult-Roos, A.; Lauer, A.; Squibb, R. J.; Feifel, R.

    2015-10-01

    Using a new multi-electron multi-ion coincidence apparatus and soft x-ray synchrotron radiation we have determined branching ratios to final Xe n+ states with 2 < n < 9 from the 4d-1, 4p-1, 4s-1, 3d-1 and 3p-1 Xe+ hole states. The coincident electron spectra give information on the Auger cascade pathways. We show that by judicious choice of coincident electrons, almost pure single charge states of the final ions can be selected.

  13. Relativistic Many-body Moller-Plesset Perturbation Theory Calculations of the Energy Levels and Transition Probabilities in Na- to P-like Xe Ions

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    Vilkas, M J; Ishikawa, Y; Trabert, E

    2007-03-27

    Relativistic multireference many-body perturbation theory calculations have been performed on Xe{sup 43+}-Xe{sup 39+} ions, resulting in energy levels, electric dipole transition probabilities, and level lifetimes. The second-order many-body perturbation theory calculation of energy levels included mass shifts, frequency-dependent Breit correction and Lamb shifts. The calculated transition energies and E1 transition rates are used to present synthetic spectra in the extreme ultraviolet range for some of the Xe ions.

  14. Effect of swift heavy ion irradiation on the short range order in novel electrodeposited ternary amorphous alloys

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    Stichleutner, S.; Kuzmann, E.; Lak, G. B.; El-Sharif, M.; Chisholm, C. U.; Havancsák, K.; Skuratov, V. A.; Sziráki, L.; Homonnay, Z.; Vértes, A.

    2013-10-01

    The effect of swift heavy ion irradiation in novel electrodeposited ternary amorphous alloys was studied by 57Fe and 119Sn conversion electron Mössbauer spectroscopy. Irradiation of Sn3Co3Fe with 246 MeV Kr ions induces partial segregation and rearrangement of the constituent elements from the amorphous state toward an ordered state. The Sn3Ni3Fe irradiated with 600 MeV Xe ions exhibits transformation from the as-deposited amorphous toward a slightly more disordered state due to the swift heavy ion irradiation.

  15. Theoretical prediction of XRgCO(+) ions (X = F, Cl, and Rg = Ar, Kr, Xe).

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    Manna, Debashree; Ghosh, Ayan; Ghanty, Tapan K

    2013-12-27

    In this work we have predicted novel rare gas containing cationic molecules, XRgCO(+) (X = F, Cl and Rg = Ar, Kr, Xe) using ab initio quantum chemical methods. Detail structural, stability, vibrational frequency, and charge distribution values are reported using density functional theory, second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory, and coupled-cluster theory based methods. These ions are found to be metastable in nature and exhibit a linear geometry with C∞v symmetry in their minima energy structures, and the nonlinear transition state geometries are associated with Cs symmetry. Except for the two-body dissociation channel (Rg + XCO(+)), these ions are stable with respect to all other dissociation channels. However, the connecting transition states between the above-mentioned two-body dissociation channel products and the predicted ions are associated with sufficient energy barriers, which restricts the metastable species to transform into the global minimum products. Thus, it may be possible to detect and characterize these metastable ions using an electron bombardment technique under cryogenic conditions. PMID:24295279

  16. Single- and double-electron processes in collisions of Xe{sup 23+} ions with helium

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    Ding Baowei; Wan Chengliang; Chen Shangwen; Yu Deyang; Ruan Fangfang; Lu Rongchun; Cai Xiaohong; Shao Caojie

    2010-09-15

    We report the measurements of relative cross sections for single capture (SC), double capture (DC), single ionization (SI), double ionization (DI), and transfer ionization (TI) in collisions of Xe{sup 23+} ions with helium atoms in the velocity range of 0.65-1.32 a.u. The relative cross sections show a weak velocity dependence. The cross-section ratio of double- (DE) to single-electron (SE) removal from He, {sigma}{sub DE}/{sigma}{sub SE}, is about 0.45. Single capture is the dominant reaction channel which is followed by transfer ionization, while only very small probabilities are found for pure ionization and double capture. The present experimental data are in satisfactory agreement with the estimations by the extended classical over-barrier (ECB) model.

  17. Multifragmentation in intermediate energy {sup 129}Xe-induced heavy-ion reactions

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    Tso, Kin

    1996-05-01

    The {sup 129}Xe-induced reactions on {sup nat}Cu, {sup 89}Y, {sup 165}Ho, and {sup 197}Au at bombarding energies of E/A = 40 & 60 MeV have been studied theoretically and experimentally in order to establish the underlying mechanism of multifragmentation at intermediate energy heavy-Ion collisions. Nuclear disks formed in central heavy-ion collisions, as simulated by means of Boltzmann-like kinetic equations, break up into several fragments due to a new kind of Rayleigh-like surface instability. A sheet of liquid, stable in the limit of non-interacting surfaces, is shown to become unstable due to surface-surface interactions. The onset of this instability is determined analytically. A thin bubble behaves like a sheet and is susceptible to the surface instability through the crispation mode. The Coulomb effects associated with the depletion of charges in the central cavity of nuclear bubbles are investigated. The onset of Coulomb instability is demonstrated for perturbations of the radial mode. Experimental intermediate-mass-fragment multiplicity distributions for the {sup 129}Xe-induced reactions are shown to be binomial at each transverse energy. From these distributions, independent of the specific target, an elementary binary decay probability p can be extracted that has a thermal dependence. Thus it is inferred that multifragmentation is reducible to a combination of nearly independent emission processes. If sequential decay is assumed, the increase of p with transverse energy implies a contraction of the emission time scale. The sensitivity of p to the lower Z threshold in the definition of intermediate-mass-fragments points to a physical Poisson simulations of the particle multiplicities show that the weak auto-correlation between the fragment multiplicity and the transverse energy does not distort a Poisson distribution into a binomial distribution. The effect of device efficiency on the experimental results has also been studied.

  18. Kinetic energy distribution of multiply charged ions in Coulomb explosion of Xe clusters.

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    Heidenreich, Andreas; Jortner, Joshua

    2011-02-21

    We report on the calculations of kinetic energy distribution (KED) functions of multiply charged, high-energy ions in Coulomb explosion (CE) of an assembly of elemental Xe(n) clusters (average size (n) = 200-2171) driven by ultra-intense, near-infrared, Gaussian laser fields (peak intensities 10(15) - 4 × 10(16) W cm(-2), pulse lengths 65-230 fs). In this cluster size and pulse parameter domain, outer ionization is incomplete∕vertical, incomplete∕nonvertical, or complete∕nonvertical, with CE occurring in the presence of nanoplasma electrons. The KEDs were obtained from double averaging of single-trajectory molecular dynamics simulation ion kinetic energies. The KEDs were doubly averaged over a log-normal cluster size distribution and over the laser intensity distribution of a spatial Gaussian beam, which constitutes either a two-dimensional (2D) or a three-dimensional (3D) profile, with the 3D profile (when the cluster beam radius is larger than the Rayleigh length) usually being experimentally realized. The general features of the doubly averaged KEDs manifest the smearing out of the structure corresponding to the distribution of ion charges, a marked increase of the KEDs at very low energies due to the contribution from the persistent nanoplasma, a distortion of the KEDs and of the average energies toward lower energy values, and the appearance of long low-intensity high-energy tails caused by the admixture of contributions from large clusters by size averaging. The doubly averaged simulation results account reasonably well (within 30%) for the experimental data for the cluster-size dependence of the CE energetics and for its dependence on the laser pulse parameters, as well as for the anisotropy in the angular distribution of the energies of the Xe(q+) ions. Possible applications of this computational study include a control of the ion kinetic energies by the choice of the laser intensity profile (2D∕3D) in the laser-cluster interaction volume. PMID:21341852

  19. Zn nanoparticles irradiated with swift heavy ions at low fluences: Optically-detected shape elongation induced by nonoverlapping ion tracks

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    Amekura, H.; Mitsuishi, K.; Nakayama, Y.; Kishimoto, N.; Ishikawa, N.; Okubo, N.; Ridgway, M. C.; Giulian, R.; Buchal, Ch.; Mantl, S.

    2011-05-15

    Elongation of metal nanoparticles (NPs) embedded in silica (SiO{sub 2}) induced by swift heavy-ion (SHI) irradiation, from spheres to spheroids, has been evaluated mainly by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) at high fluences, where tens to thousands of ion tracks were overlapped each other. It is important to clarify whether the high fluences, i.e., track overlaps, are essential for the elongation. In this study the elongation of metal NPs was evaluated at low fluences by linearly polarized optical absorption spectroscopy. Zn NPs embedded in silica were irradiated with 200-MeV Xe{sup 14+} ions with an incident angle of 45 deg. The fluence ranged from 1.0x10{sup 11} to 5.0x10{sup 13} Xe/cm{sup 2}, which corresponds to the track coverage ratio (CR) of 0.050 to 25 by ion tracks. A small but certain dichroism was observed down to 5.0x10{sup 11} Xe/cm{sup 2} (CR = 0.25). The comparison with numerical simulation suggested that the elongation of Zn NPs was induced by nonoverlapping ion tracks. After further irradiation each NP experienced multiple SHI impacts, which resulted in further elongation. TEM observation showed the elongated NPs whose aspect ratio (AR) ranged from 1.2 to 1.7 at 5.0x10{sup 13} Xe/cm{sup 2}. Under almost the same irradiation conditions, Co NPs with the same initial mean radius showed more prominent elongation with AR of {approx}4 at the same fluence, while the melting point (m.p.) of Co is much higher than that of Zn. Less efficient elongation of Zn NPs while lower m.p. is discussed.

  20. Study on ion-irradiation-induced ferromagnetism in FeRh intermetallic compound by means of magnetic Compton scattering

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    Kosugi, S.; Matsui, T.; Aikoh, K.; Shimizu, K.; Tahara, Y.; Hori, F.; Iwase, A.; Ishikawa, N.; Itou, M.; Sakurai, Y.

    2011-04-01

    The magnetic Compton profiles of Fe-50 at. % Rh intermetallic compound were measured to study the ferromagnetism induced by 200 MeV Xe ion irradiation. The magnetic effect at 50 K increases with increasing the ion-fluence. The analysis of the experimental result revealed that the values of spin moment induced by the irradiation were close to the values of magnetization obtained by a superconducting quantum interference device magnetometer, suggesting that the ion irradiation mainly induces the spin magnetic moment. The difference in magnetic Compton profiles between the irradiation-induced ferromagnetism and the intrinsic ferromagnetism in pure Fe is also discussed.

  1. Projectile energy dependence of L x-ray emission from fast, highly charged Xe ions traveling in solids

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    Horvat, V.; Watson, R.L.; Blackadar, J.M.

    1997-09-01

    L x-ray emission from Xe ions incident on a variety of solid targets at energies ranging from 6 to 15 MeV/u has been investigated using a curved crystal spectrometer of moderate resolution. Analysis of the spectra provided estimates of the average charges and (in some cases) the charge distributions of those ions emitting L x rays inside the targets. Calculations employing theoretical electron capture and loss cross sections were used to examine the dependence on depth within the target of contributions to the spectra from Xe ions having different average numbers of L and M electrons. Average charges and charge distributions deduced from the x-ray spectra were found to agree quite well with those predicted by the model calculations. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  2. Collision-induced dissociation of transition metal-oxide ions: dynamics of VO+ collision with Xe.

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    Ree, J; Kim, Y H; Shin, H K

    2006-02-21

    The collision-induced dissociation of VO(+) by Xe has been studied by the use of classical dynamics procedures on London-Eyring-Polanyi-Sato potential-energy surfaces in the collision energy range of 5.0-30 eV. The dissociation threshold behavior and the dependence of reaction cross sections on the collision energy closely follow the observed data with the threshold energy of 6.00 eV. The principal reaction pathway is VO(+) + Xe --> V(+)+ O + Xe and the minor pathway is VO(+) + Xe--> VXe(+) + O. At higher collision energies (E > 8.0 eV), the former reaction preferentially occurs near the O-V(+)...Xe collinear and perpendicular alignments, but the latter only occurs near the perpendicular alignment. At lower energies close to the threshold, the reactions are found to occur near the collinear configuration. No reaction occurs in the collinear alignment V(+)-O...Xe. The high and low energy-transfer efficiencies of the collinear alignments O-V(+)...Xe and V(+)-O...Xe are attributed to the effects of mass distribution. The activation of the VO(+) bond toward the dissociation threshold occurs through a translation-to-vibration energy transfer in a strong collision on a time scale of about 50 fs. PMID:16497036

  3. Fragmentation of DNA components by hyperthermal heavy ion (Ar+ and Xe+) impact in the condensed phase

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    Sarabipour, Sarvenaz; Sarvenaz Sarabipour, Ms; Michaud, Marc; Deng, Zongwu; Huels, Michael A.

    The overriding environmental factor that presently limits human endeavors in space is exposure to heavy ion radiation. While knowledge of its damage to living tissue is essential for radiation protection and risk estimates for astronauts, very little data exists at the molecular level regarding the nascent DNA damage by the primary particle track, or by secondary species during subsequent reaction cascades. This persistent lack of a basic understanding of nascent damage induced by such low dose, high LET radiation, introduces unacceptable errors in radiation risk estimates (based mainly on extrapolation from high dose, low LET radiation), particularly for long term exposure. Mutagenic effects induced by heavy ion radiation to cells are largely due to DNA damage by secondary transient species, i.e. secondary ballistic ions, electrons and radicals generated along the ion tracks; the secondary ions have hyperthermal energies up to several 100 eV, which they will deposit within a few nm in the surrounding medium; thus their LET is very high, and yields lethal clustered DNA lesions. We present measurements of molecular damage induced in films of DNA components by ions with precisely such low energies (1-100 eV) and compare results to conventional electron impact measurements. Experiments are conducted in UHV using a mass selected low energy ion source, and a high-resolution quadrupole MS to monitor ion yields desorbing from molecular films. Among the major fragments, NH4 + is identified in the desorption mass spectra of irradiated films of Adenine, Guanine, Cytosine, indicating efficient deamination; in cells this results in pre-mutagenic lesions. Experiments with 5-amino-Uracil, and comparison to previous results on uracil and thymine show that deamination is a key step in the NH4 + fragment formation. For Adenine, we also observe formation of amine aducts in the films, viz. amination of Adenine, and global fragmentation in all ion impact mass spectra, attributed mainly to kinetic & potential ion scattering.[Funded by NSERC and the Canadian Space Agency].

  4. Smart detection of toxic metal ions, Pb2+ and Cd2+, using a 129Xe NMR-based sensor.

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    Tassali, Nawal; Kotera, Naoko; Boutin, Céline; Léonce, Estelle; Boulard, Yves; Rousseau, Bernard; Dubost, Emmanuelle; Taran, Frédéric; Brotin, Thierry; Dutasta, Jean-Pierre; Berthault, Patrick

    2014-02-01

    An approach for sensitive magnetic resonance detection of metal cations is proposed. Combining the use of hyperpolarized (129)Xe NMR and of a cage-molecule functionalized by a ligand able to chelate different cations, we show that simultaneous detection of lead, zinc, and cadmium ions at nanomolar concentration is possible in short time, thanks to fast MRI sequences based on the HyperCEST scheme. PMID:24432871

  5. Radioluminescence Investigation Of Ion-irradiated Phosphors

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    Jacobsohn, Luiz; Muenchausen, Ross; Bennett, Bryan

    2008-01-01

    Phosphors are materials that emit light under the excitation of incoming radiation. This property is used, among other applications, in radiation detection. Efficient energy transfer from the ionization track to the luminescent centers must occur to yield significant light output. Besides, the investigation of the effects of ion irradiation on the luminescence of phosphors is comparatively unexplored. In this work, we review radioluminescence (RL) investigation of ion-irradiated oxides and oxide phosphors, and present preliminary data on the effects of ion irradiation on the luminescence of intrinsic phosphor Bi{sub 4}Ge{sub 3}0{sub 12} (BGO). Commercial crystals were irradiated, and the irradiation effects characterized by means of RL measurements as a function of temperature, from 10K to room temperature (RT), and optical absorption measurements. Overall, surface modification induced by ion irradiation leads to higher luminescence output.

  6. Radioluminescence Investigation of Ion-Irradiated Phosphors

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    Jacobsohn, L. G.; Bennett, B. L.; Muenchausen, R. E.; Martin, M. S.; Shao, L.

    2009-03-10

    Phosphors are materials that emit light under the excitation of incoming radiation. This property is used, among other applications, in radiation detection. Efficient energy transfer from the ionization track to the luminescent centers must occur to yield significant light output. Besides, the investigation of the effects of ion irradiation on the luminescence of phosphors is comparatively unexplored. In this work, we review radioluminescence (RL) investigation of ion-irradiated oxides and oxide phosphors, and present preliminary data on the effects of ion irradiation on the luminescence of intrinsic phosphor Bi{sub 4}Ge{sub 3}O{sub 12}(BGO). Commercial crystals were irradiated, and the irradiation effects characterized by means of RL measurements as a function of temperature, from 10 K to room temperature (RT), and optical absorption measurements. Overall, surface modification induced by ion irradiation leads to higher luminescence output.

  7. Tracing electron-ion recombination in nanoplasmas produced by extreme-ultraviolet irradiation of rare-gas clusters.

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    Schütte, B; Campi, F; Arbeiter, M; Fennel, Th; Vrakking, M J J; Rouzée, A

    2014-06-27

    We investigate electron-ion recombination in nanoplasmas produced by the ionization of rare-gas clusters with intense femtosecond extreme-ultraviolet (XUV) pulses. The relaxation dynamics following XUV irradiation is studied using time-delayed 790-nm pulses, revealing the generation of a large number of excited atoms resulting from electron-ion recombination. In medium-sized Ar-Xe clusters, these atoms are preferentially created in the Xe core within 10 ps after the cluster ionization. The ionization of excited atoms serves as a sensitive probe for monitoring the cluster expansion dynamics up to the ns time scale. PMID:25014813

  8. Tracing Electron-Ion Recombination in Nanoplasmas Produced by Extreme-Ultraviolet Irradiation of Rare-Gas Clusters

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    Schütte, B.; Campi, F.; Arbeiter, M.; Fennel, Th.; Vrakking, M. J. J.; Rouzée, A.

    2014-06-01

    We investigate electron-ion recombination in nanoplasmas produced by the ionization of rare-gas clusters with intense femtosecond extreme-ultraviolet (XUV) pulses. The relaxation dynamics following XUV irradiation is studied using time-delayed 790-nm pulses, revealing the generation of a large number of excited atoms resulting from electron-ion recombination. In medium-sized Ar-Xe clusters, these atoms are preferentially created in the Xe core within 10 ps after the cluster ionization. The ionization of excited atoms serves as a sensitive probe for monitoring the cluster expansion dynamics up to the ns time scale.

  9. Photoelectron Spectroscopy of Ions: Study of the Auger Decay of the 4d→nf (n=4,5) Resonances in Xe^{5+} Ion.

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    Bizau, J-M; Cubaynes, D; Guilbaud, S; Penent, F; Lablanquie, P; Andric, L; Palaudoux, J; Al Shorman, M M; Blancard, C

    2016-03-11

    We have studied, for the first time by electron spectroscopy, the Auger decay of the 4d→nf (n=4,5) resonances in Xe^{5+} ion. By detecting in coincidence the Auger electrons with the resulting Xe^{6+} ions, we unravel the contribution of the different final ionic states to the total cross section measured by ion spectroscopy. A strong intensity of 5s5p satellite lines has been observed, up to 4 times stronger than the 5s^{2} main lines. This unexpected behavior is confirmed by multiconfiguration Dirac-Fock calculations. This technique provides the most stringent test for theoretical models and allows us to disentangle the contribution of ions in the ground and metastable states in the target beam. PMID:27015477

  10. Photoelectron Spectroscopy of Ions: Study of the Auger Decay of the 4 d →n f (n =4 ,5 ) Resonances in Xe5 + Ion

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    Bizau, J.-M.; Cubaynes, D.; Guilbaud, S.; Penent, F.; Lablanquie, P.; Andric, L.; Palaudoux, J.; Al Shorman, M. M.; Blancard, C.

    2016-03-01

    We have studied, for the first time by electron spectroscopy, the Auger decay of the 4 d →n f (n =4 ,5 ) resonances in Xe5 + ion. By detecting in coincidence the Auger electrons with the resulting Xe6 + ions, we unravel the contribution of the different final ionic states to the total cross section measured by ion spectroscopy. A strong intensity of 5 s 5 p satellite lines has been observed, up to 4 times stronger than the 5 s2 main lines. This unexpected behavior is confirmed by multiconfiguration Dirac-Fock calculations. This technique provides the most stringent test for theoretical models and allows us to disentangle the contribution of ions in the ground and metastable states in the target beam.

  11. Relativistic many-body Moller-Plesset perturbation theory calculations of the energy levels and transition rates in Na-like to P-like Xe ions

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    Vilkas, Marius J.; Ishikawa, Yasuyuki; Traebert, Elmar

    2008-09-15

    Relativistic multireference many-body perturbation theory calculations have been performed for Xe{sup 43+} to Xe{sup 39+} ions, resulting in energy levels, electric dipole transition rates, and level lifetimes. The second-order many-body perturbation theory calculation of energy levels included mass shifts, the frequency-dependent Breit correction, and Lamb shifts. The calculated transition energies and E1 transition rates are used to present synthetic spectra in the extreme ultraviolet range for some of the Xe ions.

  12. Swift heavy ion irradiation reduces porous silicon thermal conductivity

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    Massoud, M.; Canut, B.; Newby, P.; Frechette, L.; Chapuis, P. O.; Bluet, J. M.

    2014-12-01

    While the electrical conductivity of semiconductors can be easily changed over order of magnitudes (8 in silicon) by playing on the doping, the thermal conductivity (TC) control is a challenging issue. Nevertheless, numerous applications require TC control in Si down to 1 W m-1 K-1. Among them, there are thermal insulation requirements in MEMS, thermal management issues in 3D packaging or TC reduction for thermoelectric applications. Towards this end, the formation of nanoporous Si by electrochemical anodisation is efficient. Nevertheless, in this case the material is too fragile for MEMS application or even to withstand CMOS technological processes. In this work, we show that ion irradiation in the electronic regime is efficient for reducing TC in meso-porous Si (PSi), which is more mechanically robust than the nanoporous PSi. We have studied three different mass to energy ratios (238U at 110 MeV and 130Xe at 91 MeV and 29 MeV) with fluences ranging from 1012 cm-2 to 7 × 1013 cm-2. The sample properties, after irradiation, have been measured by infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The TC has been measured using scanning thermal microscopy. Although, bulk Si is insensitive to ion interaction in the electronic regime, we have observed the amorphisation of the PSi resulting in a TC reduction even for the low dose and energy. For the highest irradiation dose a very important reduction factor of four was obtained.

  13. A photoionization study of the charge transfer reactions - Xe/+/ + O2 yields O2/+/ + Xe and O2/+/ + Xe yields Xe/+/ + O2

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    Ajello, J. M.; Laudenslager, J. B.

    1976-01-01

    The charge transfer reactions: Xe(+) + O2 yields O2(+) + Xe and O2(+) + Xe yields Xe(+) + O2 were studied using photoionization mass spectroscopy. It is shown that the reaction of Xe(+)(2P-3/2) ions with O2 molecules is much more efficient than the reaction of Xe(+)(2P-1/2) ions with O2 molecules. The charge transfer reaction of O2(+) ions with Xe atoms was detected for O2(+) ions in the a 4Pi-u state.

  14. Repulsive interactions of closed-shell ions with Ar, Kr, and Xe atoms: Comparison of beam and transport measurements

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    Viehland, L.A.; Mason, E.A.

    1984-07-15

    Measurements of repulsive interactions of closed-shell alkali and halogen ions with Ar, Kr, and Xe atoms by ion-beam scattering are compared with measurements of ion mobility and diffusion in drift tubes at high electric field strengths. Both measurements probe the repulsive interaction and have a region of overlap which can be tested for consistency. The transport data are generally consistent with the ion-beam measurements, but the latter should probably not be analyzed as a single exponential repulsion, which ignores the effects of attraction at larger separations. As a by-product, generalized Einstein relations for calculating ion diffusion coefficients from measured mobilities are found to give good agreement with direct measurements.

  15. Heavy Ion Irradiated Ferromagnetic Films: The Cases of Cobalt and Iron

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    Lieb, K. P.; Zhang, K.; Müller, G. A.; Gupta, R.; Schaaf, P.

    2005-01-01

    Polycrystalline, e-gun deposited Co, Fe and Co/Fe films, tens of nanometers thick, have been irradiated with Ne, Kr, Xe and/or Fe ions to fluences of up to 5 × 1016 ions/cm2. Changes in the magnetic texture induced by the implanted ions have been measured by means of hyperfine methods, such as Magnetic Orientation Mössbauer Spectroscopy (Fe), and by Magneto-Optical Kerr Effect and Vibrating Sample Magnetometry. In Co and CoFe an hcp → fcc phase transition has been observed under the influence of Xe-ion implantation. For 1016 Xe-ions/cm2, ion beam mixing in the Co/Fe system produces a soft magnetic material with uniaxial anisotropy. The effects have been correlated with changes in the microstructure as determined via X-ray diffraction. The influences of internal and external strain fields, an external magnetic field and pre-magnetization have been studied. A comprehensive understanding of the various effects and underlying physical reasons for the modifications appears to emerge from these investigations.

  16. TEM, XRD and nanoindentation characterization of Xenon ion irradiation damage in austenitic stainless steels

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    Huang, H. F.; Li, J. J.; Li, D. H.; Liu, R. D.; Lei, G. H.; Huang, Q.; Yan, L.

    2014-11-01

    Cross-sectional and bulk specimens of a 20% cold-worked 316 austenitic stainless steel (CW 316 SS) has been characterized by TEM, XRD and nanoindentation to determine the microstructural evolution and mechanical property changes of 316 SS after irradiation with 7 MeV Xe26+ ions. TEM results reveal the presence of dislocation loops with a number density of approximately 3 × 1022 m-3 and sizes between 3 to 10 nm due to the collapse of vacancy rich cores inside displacement cascades. Peak broadening observed in XRD diffraction patters reveal systematic changes to lattice parameters due to irradiation. The calculated indentation values in irradiated 316 SS were found to be much higher in comparison to the unirradiated specimen, indicating the dose dependent effect of irradiation on hardness. The relationship between irradiation induced microstructural evolution and the changes to the mechanical properties of CW 316 SS are discussed in the context of fluence and irradiation temperature.

  17. Nonplanar ion-acoustic solitons collision in Xe+-F-- SF6- and Ar+-F-- SF6- plasmas

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    El-Tantawy, S. A.; Carbonaro, P.

    2016-04-01

    The solitons collision in nonplanar (cylindrical and spherical) plasmas consisting of positive ions, two different negative ions, and isothermal electrons is studied. For this purpose, the Poincaré-Lighthill-Kuo (PLK) method is used to obtain two-coupled nonplanar Korteweg-de Vries (nKdV) equations. Also, the nonplanar phase shifts are calculated. The physical parameters of two plasma experiments; namely Xe+-F-- SF6- and Ar+-F-- SF6- are used to examine the properties of the localized pulses and their phase shifts after collision. It is found that the present model gives rise to the propagation of positive and negative pulses. The effects of the total negative ions concentration, the density ratio of the second-negative ions, the temperature ratio, and the geometrical effects on the behavior of solitons collisions and their phase shifts are investigated. Furthermore, it is found that the phase shifts in the case of the Ar+-F-- SF6- plasma are much larger than those of the Xe+-F-- SF6- plasma. Also, for fixed plasma parameters, the solitons collision received the largest phase shift in spherical geometry, followed by the cylindrical and planar geometries.

  18. Swift heavy ion irradiation of ZnO nanoparticles embedded in silica: Radiation-induced deoxidation and shape elongation

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    Amekura, H.; Okubo, N.; Ishikawa, N.; Tsuya, D.; Mitsuishi, K.; Nakayama, Y.; Singh, U. B.; Khan, S. A.; Mohapatra, S.; Avasthi, D. K.

    2013-11-01

    ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) embedded in amorphous SiO2 were irradiated with 200 MeV Xe14+ swift heavy ions (SHIs) to a fluence of 5.0 × 1013 ions/cm2. Optical linear dichroism was induced in the samples by the irradiation, indicating shape transformation of the NPs from spheres to anisotropic ones. Transmission electron microscopy observations revealed that some NPs were elongated to prolate shapes; the elongated NPs consisted not of ZnO but of Zn metal. The SHI irradiation induced deoxidation of small ZnO NPs and successive shape elongation of the deoxidized metal NPs.

  19. Swift heavy ion irradiation of ZnO nanoparticles embedded in silica: Radiation-induced deoxidation and shape elongation

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    Amekura, H.; Tsuya, D.; Mitsuishi, K.; Nakayama, Y.; Okubo, N.; Ishikawa, N.; Singh, U. B.; Khan, S. A.; Avasthi, D. K.; Mohapatra, S.

    2013-11-11

    ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) embedded in amorphous SiO{sub 2} were irradiated with 200 MeV Xe{sup 14+} swift heavy ions (SHIs) to a fluence of 5.0 × 10{sup 13} ions/cm{sup 2}. Optical linear dichroism was induced in the samples by the irradiation, indicating shape transformation of the NPs from spheres to anisotropic ones. Transmission electron microscopy observations revealed that some NPs were elongated to prolate shapes; the elongated NPs consisted not of ZnO but of Zn metal. The SHI irradiation induced deoxidation of small ZnO NPs and successive shape elongation of the deoxidized metal NPs.

  20. Ion irradiation-induced diffusion in bixbyite-fluorite related oxides: Dislocations and phase transformation

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    Rolly, Gaboriaud; Fabien, Paumier; Bertrand, Lacroix

    2014-05-01

    Ion-irradiation induced diffusion and the phase transformation of a bixbyite-fluorite related rare earth oxide thin films are studied. This work is focused on yttrium sesquioxide, Y2O3, thin films deposited on Si (1 0 0) substrates using the ion beam sputtering technique (IBS). As-deposited samples were annealed ant then irradiated at cryogenic temperature (80 K) with 260 keV Xe2+ at different fluences. The irradiated thin oxide films are characterized by X-ray diffraction. A cubic to monoclinic phase transformation was observed. Analysis of this phenomenon is done in terms of residual stresses. Stress measurements as a function of irradiation fluences were realised using the XRD-sin2ψ method. Stress evolution and kinetic of the phase transformation are compared and leads to the role-played by the nucleation of point and extended defects.

  1. Electron-ion collision rates in noble gas clusters irradiated by femtosecond laser pulse

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    Dey, R.; Roy, A. C.

    2012-05-01

    We report a theoretical analysis of electron-ion collision rates in xenon gas clusters irradiated by femtosecond laser pulses. The present analysis is based on the eikonal approximation (EA), the first Born approximation (FBA) and the classical (CL) methods. The calculations are performed using the plasma-screened Rogers potential introduced by Moll et al. [J. Phys. B. 43, 135103 (2010)] as well as the Debye potential for a wide range of experimental parameters. We find that the magnitudes of electron-ion collision frequency obtained in the EA do not fall as rapidly with the kinetic energy of electrons as in the FBA and CL methods for higher charge states of xenon ion (Xe8+ and Xe14+). Furthermore, EA shows that the effect of the inner structure of ion is most dominant for the lowest charge state of xenon ion (Xe1+). In the case of the present effective potential, FBA overestimates the CL results for all three different charge states of xenon, whereas for the Debye potential, both the FBA and CL methods predict collision frequencies which are nearly close to each other.

  2. Observation of sputtering of yttrium from Y2O3 ceramics by low-energy Ar, Kr, and Xe ion bombardment in microwave-excited plasma

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    Goto, Tetsuya; Sugawa, Shigetoshi

    2015-12-01

    Y2O3 ceramics were immersed in microwave-excited Ar, Kr, and Xe plasmas, and the sputtering of yttrium atoms from Y2O3 ceramics as a result of low-energy (range of approximately 10 eV) Ar, Kr, and Xe ion bombardment was observed. The amount of sputtered yttrium atoms well correlated with the ion bombardment energy estimated by Langmuir probe measurement. The estimated sputtering yield was 10-5 or less for such a low ion bombardment condition.

  3. Fast luminescence in vacuum ultraviolet region in heavy-ion-irradiated α-Al2O3

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    Koshimizu, Masanori; Kimura, Kazuie; Fujimoto, Yutaka; Asai, Keisuke

    2015-12-01

    We analyzed the time-resolved luminescence properties of α-Al2O3 under heavy ion irradiations in the vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) wavelength region. A luminescence band at approximately 170 nm, at which a luminescence band was observed under VUV irradiation and was ascribed to self-shrunk excitons. The decay rate increased with the linear energy transfer (LET). The luminescence efficiency of the band increased sharply with the LET for the case of Xe irradiation, whose LET was estimated to be higher than the threshold LET for track formation. The fast decay rate and high luminescence intensity for Xe irradiation was explained according to the enhanced radiative rate caused by close interactions among excited states.

  4. A new method of chlorophenols decomposition based on UV-irradiation by XeBr-excilamp and their subsequent biodegradation

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    Sosnin, E. A.; Matafonova, G. G.; Batoev, V. B.; Christofi, N.

    2008-01-01

    The combined decomposition method of chlorophenols (CP) is offered. The method is based on photolysis of CP through XeBr-excilamp UV irradiation at 283 nm in a flow photoreactor with subsequent treatment of photolysis products by microorganism-destructor B. cereus isolated from an aeration pond of Baikal pulp-and-paper mill. At initial concentration of CP of 20 mg/l the polluted solutions can be utilized directly by means of biological treatment using B. cereus under aerobic conditions. However, if the initial CP concentration is higher than 20 mg/l, the polluted solutions are low biodegradable. It is shown, that the combined treatment is most effective method in this case. At initial CP concentration of 50 mg/l and higher it is suggested to use the deep preliminary UV-treatment with the purpose of removal 80-90 % of initial CP. It is revealed, that 4-CP is relatively persistent compound for B. cereus, easily decomposed by UV-radiation of XeBr-excilamp. As a result of subsequent biological treatment during 10 days the utilization of basic CP photoproducts is obtained. Experimentally, the preliminary UV-processing time was essentially less than that found earlier by E. Tamer, Z. Hamid, Aly A. (Chemosphere, 2006), where the half-life periods of initial CP were from 2.2 to 54 hours at the same value of initial concentration of CP. Correspondingly, the total CP decomposition process was accompanied by high power inputs. It is suggested to use mentioned above method for effective CP decomposition at high concentration values.

  5. Ion irradiation effects on metallic nanocrystals

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    Kluth, P.; Johannessen, B.; Giulian, R.; Schnohr, C.S.; Foran, G.J.; Cookson, D.J.; Byrne, A.P.; Ridgway, M.C.

    2008-04-02

    We have investigated structural and morphological properties of metallic nanocrystals (NCs) exposed to ion irradiation. NCs were characterized by transmission electron microscopy in combination with advanced synchrotron-based analytical techniques, in particular X-ray absorption spectroscopy and small-angle X-ray scattering. A number of different effects were observed depending on the irradiation conditions. At energies where nuclear stopping is predominant, structural disorder/amorphization followed by inverse Ostwald ripening/dissolution due to ion beam mixing was observed for Au and Cu NCs embedded in SiO{sub 2}. The ion-irradiation-induced crystalline to amorphous transition in the NCs, which cannot be achieved in the corresponding bulk metals, was attributed to their initially higher structural energy as compared to bulk material and possibly preferential nucleation of the amorphous phase at the NC/SiO{sub 2} interface. At very high irradiation energies (swift heavy ion irradiation), where the energy loss is nearly entirely due to electronic stopping, a size-dependent shape transformation of the NCs from spheres to rod like shapes was apparent in Au NCs. Our preliminary results are in good agreement with considerations on melting of the NCs in the ion track as one mechanism involved in the shape transformation.

  6. Cantilever beam stress measurements during ion irradiation

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    Sambeek, A.I. Van; Averback, R.S.

    1996-12-31

    In-situ stress measurements on single crystal MgO and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} have been performed during ion irradiation. A cantilevered beam sample arrangement was used, with the stress in the implanted layer determined form the deflection of the sample as measured by the change in capacitance between the free end of the sample and a reference electrode. Point defect concentrations are obtained by dividing the volume strain by the defect relaxation volume, with saturation values of 0.8 to 1.2% obtained for 1.0 MeV Ne, Ar and Kr irradiations. Defect production is sublinear with dose, with an efficiency of less than 25% compared to Kinchin-Pease predictions. Ionization induced annealing is evaluated with 1.0 MeV He and 1.0 MeV H irradiations following heavy ion irradiation.

  7. Vibrational spectroscopy of ion-irradiated pentacene

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    Cannia, R.; Strazzulla, G.; Compagnini, G.; Baratta, G. A.

    1994-10-01

    In this paper we present a study of the evolution of the IR and Raman spectrum of pentacene before, during and after irradiation with energetic ion beams, demonstrating the complex chemistry induced by incoming ions. The formation of a "new" aromatic network has been evidenced. Dehydrogenation occurs and the evolution towards what we call an Ion Produced Hydrogenated Amorphous Carbon is a function of the ion dose as well. The results my have noteworthy relevance in astrophysics in view of the presently believed widespread presence of PAHs and their compounds in ours as well as other galaxies.

  8. In situ ion irradiation of zirconium carbide

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    Ulmer, Christopher J.; Motta, Arthur T.; Kirk, Mark A.

    2015-11-01

    Zirconium carbide (ZrC) is a candidate material for use in one of the layers of TRISO coated fuel particles to be used in the Generation IV high-temperature, gas-cooled reactor, and thus it is necessary to study the effects of radiation damage on its structure. The microstructural evolution of ZrCx under irradiation was studied in situ using the Intermediate Voltage Electron Microscope (IVEM) at Argonne National Laboratory. Samples of nominal stoichiometries ZrC0.8 and ZrC0.9 were irradiated in situ using 1 MeV Kr2+ ions at various irradiation temperatures (T = 20 K-1073 K). In situ experiments made it possible to continuously follow the evolution of the microstructure during irradiation using diffraction contrast imaging. Images and diffraction patterns were systematically recorded at selected dose points. After a threshold dose during irradiations conducted at room temperature and below, black-dot defects were observed which accumulated until saturation. Once created, the defect clusters did not move or get destroyed during irradiation so that at the final dose the low temperature microstructure consisted only of a saturation density of small defect clusters. No long-range migration of the visible defects or dynamic defect creation and elimination were observed during irradiation, but some coarsening of the microstructure with the formation of dislocation loops was observed at higher temperatures. The irradiated microstructure was found to be only weakly dependent on the stoichiometry.

  9. Deformation behavior of ion-irradiated polyimide

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    Kucheyev, S.O.; Felter, T.E.; Anthamatten, M.; Bradby, J.E.

    2004-08-02

    We study nanoindentation hardness, Young's modulus, and tensile strength of polyimide (Kapton H) films bombarded with MeV light ions in the predominantly electronic stopping power regime. Results show that, for all the ion irradiation conditions studied, bombardment increases the hardness and Young's modulus and decreases the tensile strength. These changes depend close to linearly on ion fluence and superlinearly (with a power-law exponent factor of {approx}1.5) on electronic energy loss. Physical mechanisms of radiation-induced changes to mechanical properties of polyimide are discussed.

  10. Slow ion irradiation of sugar: astrobiological implications

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    Tuleta, M.; Gabla, L.; Wickramasinghe, N. C.

    2009-10-01

    As a result of irradiation by slow hydrogen and argon ions of saccharose, humic films having a fractal nature were produced. The use of hydrogen ions simulated roughly the interaction of low-energy solar wind protons with interplanetary dust grains which, in addition to organic and mineral dust, may include clumps of viable bacteria. The type of film generated by this experimental procedure could play a role in shielding the interior of micron-sized clumps from damaging ultraviolet and low-energy cosmic ray irradiation. We argue that such films may have played a role in processes that led to the initial origin of life, and following the emergence of life the same types of films (as, for instance, in biofilms surrounding cells) may have been modified by irradiation to offer protection to viable cells in the interior.

  11. Unexpected transverse velocity component of Xe{sup +} ions near the exit plane of a Hall thruster

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    Bourgeois, G.; Mazouffre, S.; Sadeghi, N.

    2010-11-15

    The velocity component of singly charged xenon ions in a plane perpendicular to the thrust axis of the 1 kW-class PPS100-ML Hall effect thruster is deduced from laser induced fluorescence measurements on the 5d {sup 2}F{sub 7/2}{yields}6p {sup 2}D{sub 5/2}{sup 0} electronic transition at 834.72 nm. Measurements are carried out at several locations in the near field of the channel exhaust. Thruster operating parameters, such as magnetic field strength, discharge voltage, and xenon mass flow rate, are varied over a wide range. The initial aim of this work was to measure the azimuthal velocity of the ions due to their weak magnetic deflection. Surprisingly, experimental results cannot be explained by the one and only Lorentz force acting on Xe{sup +} ions. A realistic picture of the ion trajectory in the ExB drift plane is obtained when adding a velocity component directed toward the external cathode.

  12. Cadmium Nanowire Formation Induced by Ion Irradiation

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    Jiang, Weilin; Weber, William J.; Wang, Chong M.; Young, James S.; Boatner, Lynn A.; Lian, Jie; Wang, Lumin; Ewing, Rodney C.

    2005-07-04

    One-dimensional nanostructures, such as nanowires, of semiconductors and metals are of great technological interest due to their potential for many advanced technology applications. Utilization of these materials versus their bulk counterparts will not only allow for device miniaturisation, but also may improve device performance or create new functions. Here we report a novel method for the synthesis of crystalline Cd-nanowires without involving either templates or a “seeded” structure. Ion irradiation at low temperatures (≤ 295 K) has been used to induce material decomposition and phase segregation in a cadmium niobate pyrochlore (Cd2Nb2O7) wafer. During the formation and rupture of the gas-filled blisters in the material, soft metallic Cd is extruded/extracted as nanowires through pores in the exfoliated layer. The entire process may be readily controlled by changing the ion irradiation conditions (e.g., ion species, dose and energy) with minimal thermal constraints.

  13. Effect of swift heavy ion irradiation on single- and multiwalled carbon nanotubes

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    Olejniczak, Andrzej; Skuratov, Vladimir A.

    2014-05-01

    The effect of irradiation with swift heavy ions on the structure and properties of carbon nanotubes was investigated by Raman spectroscopy. It was found that disordering of the system occurred mainly at the surface. No ordering phenomena have been observed over a whole range of both fluences and electronic stopping powers studied. The disorder parameter (i.e., the ratio of the D and G band intensities (ID/IG)) increases non-linearly with the irradiation dose, showing a tendency to saturate at high fluences. The increase in the disorder parameter upon irradiation was proportional to the square root of the ion fluence. The radiation stability of the few-walled nanotubes was ca. 1.6 higher than that of the single-walled ones. The irradiation with both the Xe and Kr ions leads to essentially the same increase in the ID/IG ratio with respect to the deposited electronic energy density. In the case of the Ar ion irradiation, the observed increase in the ID/IG ratio is much lower, suggesting that the electronic stopping power threshold for defects creation in carbon nanotubes is lower than that for graphite.

  14. Irradiation of nuclear track emulsions with thermal neutrons, heavy ions, and muons

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    Artemenkov, D. A. Bradnova, V.; Zaitsev, A. A.; Zarubin, P. I.; Zarubina, I. G.; Kattabekov, R. R.; Mamatkulov, K. Z.; Rusakova, V. V.

    2015-07-15

    Exposures of test samples of nuclear track emulsion were analyzed. Angular and energy correlations of products originating from the thermal-neutron-induced reaction n{sub th} +{sup 10} B → {sup 7} Li + (γ)+ α were studied in nuclear track emulsions enriched in boron. Nuclear track emulsions were also irradiated with {sup 86}Kr{sup +17} and {sup 124}Xe{sup +26} ions of energy about 1.2 MeV per nucleon. Measurements of ranges of heavy ions in nuclear track emulsionsmade it possible to determine their energies on the basis of the SRIM model. The formation of high-multiplicity nuclear stars was observed upon irradiating nuclear track emulsions with ultrarelativistic muons. Kinematical features studied in this exposure of nuclear track emulsions for events of the muon-induced splitting of carbon nuclei to three alpha particles are indicative of the nucleardiffraction interaction mechanism.

  15. Irradiation of nuclear track emulsions with thermal neutrons, heavy ions, and muons

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    Artemenkov, D. A.; Bradnova, V.; Zaitsev, A. A.; Zarubin, P. I.; Zarubina, I. G.; Kattabekov, R. R.; Mamatkulov, K. Z.; Rusakova, V. V.

    2015-07-01

    Exposures of test samples of nuclear track emulsion were analyzed. Angular and energy correlations of products originating from the thermal-neutron-induced reaction n th +10 B → 7 Li + (γ)+ α were studied in nuclear track emulsions enriched in boron. Nuclear track emulsions were also irradiated with 86Kr+17 and 124Xe+26 ions of energy about 1.2 MeV per nucleon. Measurements of ranges of heavy ions in nuclear track emulsionsmade it possible to determine their energies on the basis of the SRIM model. The formation of high-multiplicity nuclear stars was observed upon irradiating nuclear track emulsions with ultrarelativistic muons. Kinematical features studied in this exposure of nuclear track emulsions for events of the muon-induced splitting of carbon nuclei to three alpha particles are indicative of the nucleardiffraction interaction mechanism.

  16. Amorphization of Al 2SiO 5 polymorphs under ion beam irradiation

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    Wang, S. X.; Wang, L. M.; Ewing, R. C.

    1997-05-01

    The three polymorphs of Al 2SiO 5 (kyanite, andalusite and sillimanite) were irradiated with 1.5 MeV Xe + using the HVEM-Tandem Facility at Argonne National Laboratory. Irradiations were completed over a temperature range of 300 to 973 K. In situ TEM, followed by HREM, was used to characterize the effects of the ion beam damage. All three Al 2SiO 5 polymorphs became amorphous after doses of 0.3 dpa at room temperature. However, the high temperature behavior of the three phases was different. The thermodynamic stabilities of the three phases were found not to have a direct relation to susceptibility to amorphization. Irradiation-induced amorphization is discussed in terms of a cascade quenching model.

  17. Theoretical investigation of HNgNH{sub 3}{sup +} ions (Ng = He, Ne, Ar, Kr, and Xe)

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    Gao, Kunqi; Sheng, Li

    2015-04-14

    The equilibrium geometries, harmonic frequencies, and dissociation energies of HNgNH{sub 3}{sup +} ions (Ng = He, Ne, Ar, Kr, and Xe) were investigated using the following method: Becke-3-parameter-Lee-Yang-Parr (B3LYP), Boese-Matrin for Kinetics (BMK), second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory (MP2), and coupled-cluster with single and double excitations as well as perturbative inclusion of triples (CCSD(T)). The results indicate that HHeNH{sub 3}{sup +}, HArNH{sub 3}{sup +}, HKrNH{sub 3}{sup +}, and HXeNH{sub 3}{sup +} ions are metastable species that are protected from decomposition by high energy barriers, whereas the HNeNH{sub 3}{sup +} ion is unstable because of its relatively small energy barrier for decomposition. The bonding nature of noble-gas atoms in HNgNH{sub 3}{sup +} was also analyzed using the atoms in molecules approach, natural energy decomposition analysis, and natural bond orbital analysis.

  18. Chromosomal instability induced by heavy ion irradiation

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    Limoli, C. L.; Ponnaiya, B.; Corcoran, J. J.; Giedzinski, E.; Morgan, W. F.

    2000-01-01

    PURPOSE: To establish the dose-response relationship for the induction of chromosomal instability in GM10115 cells exposed to high-energy iron ions (1 GeV/nucleon, mean LET 146 keV/microm) and gold ions (11 GeV/nucleon, mean LET 1450 keV/microm). Past work has established that sparsely ionizing X-rays can induce a long-lived destabilization of chromosomes in a dose-dependent manner at an incidence of approximately 3% per gray. The present investigation assesses the capacity of High-Z and High-energy (HZE) particles to elicit this same endpoint. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Clonal populations derived from single progenitor cells surviving heavy-ion irradiation were analyzed cytogenetically to identify those clones showing a persistent destablization of chromosomes. RESULTS: Dose-response data, with a particular emphasis at low dose (< 1.0 Gy), indicate a frequency of approximately 4% per gray for the induction of chromosomal instability in clones derived from single progenitor cells surviving exposure to iron ions. The induction of chromosomal instability by gold ions was, however, less responsive to applied dose, as the observed incidence of this phenotype varied from 0 to 10% over 1-8 Gy. Both iron and gold ions gave dose-dependent increases in the yield of chromosomal aberrations (both chromosome- and chromatid-type) measured at the first mitosis following irradiation, as well as shoulderless survival curves having D0=0.87 and 1.1 Gy respectively. CONCLUSIONS: Based on the present dose-response data, the relative biological effectiveness of iron ions is 1.3 for the induction of chromosomal instability, and this indicates that heavy ions are only slightly more efficient than X-rays at eliciting this delayed phenotype.

  19. Electron irradiation effect on bubble formation and growth in a sodium borosilicate glass

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    Chen, X.; Birtcher, R. C.; Donnelly, S. E.

    2000-02-08

    In this study, the authors studied simultaneous and intermittent electron irradiation effects on bubble growth in a simple sodium borosilicate glass during Xe ion implantation at 200 C. Simultaneous electron irradiation increases the average bubble size in the glass. This enhanced diffusion is also shown by the migration of Xe from bubbles into the matrix when the sample is irradiated by an electron beam after the Xe implantation.

  20. On-line Raman spectroscopy of calcite and malachite during irradiation with swift heavy ions

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    Dedera, Sebastian; Burchard, Michael; Glasmacher, Ulrich A.; Schöppner, Nicole; Trautmann, Christina; Severin, Daniel; Romanenko, Anton; Hubert, Christian

    2015-12-01

    A new on-line Raman System, which was installed at the M3-beamline at the UNILAC, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung Darmstadt was used for first "in situ" spectroscopic measurements. Calcite and malachite samples were irradiated in steps between 1 × 109 and 1 × 1012 ions/cm2 with Au ions (calcite) and Xe ions (malachite) at an energy of 4.8 MeV/u. After irradiation, calcite revealed a new Raman band at 437 cm-1 and change of the full width at half maximum for the 1087 cm-1 Raman band. The Raman bands of malachite change significantly with increasing fluence. Up to a fluence of 7 × 1010 ions/cm2, all existing bands decrease in intensity. Between 8 × 1010 and 1 × 1011 ions/cm2 a broad Cu2O band between 110 and 220 cm-1 occurs, which superimposes the pre-existing Raman bands. Additionally, a new broad band between 1000 and 1750 cm-1 is formed, which is interpreted as a carbon coating. In contrast to the Cu2O band, the carbon band vanished when further irradiating the sample. The installations as well as first in situ measurements at room temperature are presented.

  1. Microstructure of Swift Heavy Ion Irradiated MgAl(Sub 2)O(Sub 4) Spinel

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    Matzke, H.; Skuratov, V.A.; Zinkle, S.J.

    1998-11-30

    Plan view and cross-section transmission electron microscopy was used to investigate the microstructure of magnesium aluminate spinel (MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}) following room temperature irradiation with either 430 MeV Kr, 614 MeV Xe, or 72 MeV I ions. The fluences ranged from 1 x 10{sup 16}/m{sup 2} (single track regime) to 1 x 10{sup 20}/m{sup 2}. Destruction of the ordered spinel crystal structure on both the anion and cation sublattices was observed in the ion tracks at low fluences. At intermediate fluences, the overlapping ion tracks induced the formation of a new metastable crystalline phase. Amorphization with a volumetric expansion of {approximately}35% was observed in spinel irradiated with swift heavy ions (electronic stopping powers >7 keV/nm) at fluences above 1 x 10{sup 19}/m{sup 2}. These results demonstrate that swift heavy ion radiation can induce microstructural changes not achievable with conventional elastic collision irradiation at comparable temperatures.

  2. Electron-emission processes in highly charged Ar and Xe ions impinging on highly ordered pyrolytic graphite at energies just above the kinetic threshold

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    Bodewits, E.; Hoekstra, R.; Dobes, K.; Aumayr, F.

    2014-11-01

    At keV energies, many electronic processes contribute to the emission of secondary electrons in the interaction of highly charged ions on surfaces. To unravel contributions resulting from isolated hollow atoms in front of the surface or embedded in the electron gas of the target, heavy highly charged Ar and Xe ions are collided on highly ordered pyrolytic graphite (HOPG). A light target material as HOPG assures straight-line trajectories in the subsurface range. By a systematic change of incidence angle and energy of low-charged Ar and Xe ions, the kinetic electron emission component is determined. Separating out the kinetic energy contribution for the highly charged ions yields pure potential-energy-driven secondary-electron yields. From these yields it is concluded that in contrast to metallic targets, only a small fraction of the secondary electrons stem from above the surface. The lack of above-surface emission is likely due to the semimetallic electronic structure of HOPG. The subsurface emission is found to scale with the increase in binding energy of the inner-shell hole when incrementing the charge state of the projectile Ar or Xe ions.

  3. Local brain heavy ion irradiation induced Immunosuppression

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    Lei, Runhong; Deng, Yulin; Huiyang Zhu, Bitlife.; Zhao, Tuo; Wang, Hailong; Yu, Yingqi; Ma, Hong; Wang, Xiao; Zhuang, Fengyuan; Qing, Hong

    Purpose: To investigate the long term effect of acute local brain heavy ion irradiation on the peripheral immune system in rat model. Methodology: Only the brain of adult male Wistar rats were radiated by heavy ions at the dose of 15 Gy. One, two and three months after irradiation, thymus and spleen were analyzed by four ways. Tunel assay was performed to evaluate the percentage of apoptotic cells in thymus and spleen, level of Inflammatory cytokines (IL-2, IL-6, SSAO, and TNF-α) was detected by ELISA assay, the differentiation of thymus T lymphocyte subsets were measured by flow cytometry and the relative expression levels of genes related to thymus immune cell development were measured by using quantitative real-time PCR. Results: Thymus and spleen showed significant atrophy from one month to three months after irradiation. A high level of apoptosis in thymus and spleen were obtained and the latter was more vulnerable, also, high level of inflammatory cytokines were found. Genes (c-kit, Rag1, Rag2 and Sca1) related to thymus lymphocytes’ development were down-regulated. Conclusion: Local area radiation in the rat brain would cause the immunosuppression, especially, the losing of cell-mediated immune functions. In this model, radiation caused inflammation and then induced apoptosis of cells in the immune organs, which contributed to immunosuppression.

  4. Kinetic energy distribution of multiply charged ions in Coulomb explosion of Xe clusters

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    Heidenreich, Andreas; Jortner, Joshua

    2011-02-01

    We report on the calculations of kinetic energy distribution (KED) functions of multiply charged, high-energy ions in Coulomb explosion (CE) of an assembly of elemental Xen clusters (average size = 200-2171) driven by ultra-intense, near-infrared, Gaussian laser fields (peak intensities 1015 - 4 × 1016 W cm-2, pulse lengths 65-230 fs). In this cluster size and pulse parameter domain, outer ionization is incomplete/vertical, incomplete/nonvertical, or complete/nonvertical, with CE occurring in the presence of nanoplasma electrons. The KEDs were obtained from double averaging of single-trajectory molecular dynamics simulation ion kinetic energies. The KEDs were doubly averaged over a log-normal cluster size distribution and over the laser intensity distribution of a spatial Gaussian beam, which constitutes either a two-dimensional (2D) or a three-dimensional (3D) profile, with the 3D profile (when the cluster beam radius is larger than the Rayleigh length) usually being experimentally realized. The general features of the doubly averaged KEDs manifest the smearing out of the structure corresponding to the distribution of ion charges, a marked increase of the KEDs at very low energies due to the contribution from the persistent nanoplasma, a distortion of the KEDs and of the average energies toward lower energy values, and the appearance of long low-intensity high-energy tails caused by the admixture of contributions from large clusters by size averaging. The doubly averaged simulation results account reasonably well (within 30%) for the experimental data for the cluster-size dependence of the CE energetics and for its dependence on the laser pulse parameters, as well as for the anisotropy in the angular distribution of the energies of the Xeq+ ions. Possible applications of this computational study include a control of the ion kinetic energies by the choice of the laser intensity profile (2D/3D) in the laser-cluster interaction volume.

  5. Irradiation of 4H-SiC UV detectors with heavy ions

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    Kalinina, E. V. Lebedev, A. A.; Bogdanova, E.; Berenquier, B.; Ottaviani, L.; Violina, G. N.; Skuratov, V. A.

    2015-04-15

    Ultraviolet (UV) photodetectors based on Schottky barriers to 4H-SiC are formed on lightly doped n-type epitaxial layers grown by the chemical vapor deposition method on commercial substrates. The diode structures are irradiated at 25°C by 167-MeV Xe ions with a mass of 131 amu at a fluence of 6 × 10{sup 9} cm{sup −2}. Comparative studies of the optical and electrical properties of as-grown and irradiated structures with Schottky barriers are carried out in the temperature range 23–180°C. The specific features of changes in the photosensitivity and electrical characteristics of the detector structures are accounted for by the capture of photogenerated carriers into traps formed due to fluctuations of the conduction-band bottom and valence-band top, with subsequent thermal dissociation.

  6. Amorphization and dynamic annealing of hexagonal SiC upon heavy-ion irradiation: Effects on swelling and mechanical properties

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    Kerbiriou, Xavier; Costantini, Jean-Marc; Sauzay, Maxime; Sorieul, Stephanie; Thome, Lionel

    2009-04-01

    Structural, mechanical, and dimensional evolutions of silicon carbide (SiC) induced by heavy-ion irradiations are studied by means of Rutherford backscattering spectrometry and channeling (RBS/C), nanoindentation, and surface profilometry measurements. 4H- and 6H-SiC single crystals were irradiated with 4 MeV Au{sup 2+} and 4 MeV Xe{sup +} ions at room temperature (RT) or 400 deg. C. Using a Monte Carlo program to simulate the RBS/C spectra (MCCHASY code), we find that Au ion irradiation at RT induces a total silicon sublattice disorder related to full amorphization at a dose of about 0.4 displacement per atom (dpa). A two-step damage process is found on the basis of the disordered fractions deduced from RBS/C data. Complete amorphization cannot be reached upon both Au and Xe ion irradiations at 400 deg. C up to about 26 dpa because of the dynamic annealing of defects. When complete amorphization is reached at RT, the Young's modulus and Berkovich hardness of irradiated 6H-SiC samples are lower by, respectively, 40% and 45% than those of the virgin crystals. The out-of-plane expansion measured by surface profilometry increases versus irradiation dose and the saturation value measured in the completely amorphous layer (normalized to the ion projected range) is close to 25%. We show that the modifications of the macroscopic properties are mainly due to the amorphization of the material. The macroscopic elasticity constants and dimensional properties are predicted for a composite material made of crystalline matrix containing dispersed amorphous inclusions using simple analytical homogenization models. Voigt's model seems to give the best approximation for disordered fractions larger than 20% in the second step of the damage process.

  7. Amorphization and dynamic annealing of hexagonal SiC upon heavy-ion irradiation: Effects on swelling and mechanical properties

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    Kerbiriou, Xavier; Costantini, Jean-Marc; Sauzay, Maxime; Sorieul, Stéphanie; Thomé, Lionel; Jagielski, Jacek; Grob, Jean-Jacques

    2009-04-01

    Structural, mechanical, and dimensional evolutions of silicon carbide (SiC) induced by heavy-ion irradiations are studied by means of Rutherford backscattering spectrometry and channeling (RBS/C), nanoindentation, and surface profilometry measurements. 4H- and 6H-SiC single crystals were irradiated with 4 MeV Au2+ and 4 MeV Xe+ ions at room temperature (RT) or 400 °C. Using a Monte Carlo program to simulate the RBS/C spectra (MCCHASY code), we find that Au ion irradiation at RT induces a total silicon sublattice disorder related to full amorphization at a dose of about 0.4 displacement per atom (dpa). A two-step damage process is found on the basis of the disordered fractions deduced from RBS/C data. Complete amorphization cannot be reached upon both Au and Xe ion irradiations at 400 °C up to about 26 dpa because of the dynamic annealing of defects. When complete amorphization is reached at RT, the Young's modulus and Berkovich hardness of irradiated 6H-SiC samples are lower by, respectively, 40% and 45% than those of the virgin crystals. The out-of-plane expansion measured by surface profilometry increases versus irradiation dose and the saturation value measured in the completely amorphous layer (normalized to the ion projected range) is close to 25%. We show that the modifications of the macroscopic properties are mainly due to the amorphization of the material. The macroscopic elasticity constants and dimensional properties are predicted for a composite material made of crystalline matrix containing dispersed amorphous inclusions using simple analytical homogenization models. Voigt's model seems to give the best approximation for disordered fractions larger than 20% in the second step of the damage process.

  8. Enhanced adhesion from high energy ion irradiation

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    Werner, B. T.; Vreeland, T., Jr.; Mendenhall, M. H.; Qui, Y.; Tombrello, T. A.

    1983-01-01

    It has been found that the adhesion of thin metal films on insulators, semiconductors, and metals could be improved by subjecting the material to a high-energy ion bombardment. Griffith et al. (1982) have first suggested a use of this technique with insulators. The present investigation has the objective to determine the mechanism for the adhesion enhancement. A description is presented of a preliminary transmission electron microscopy (TEM) study of thinned bonded samples of silver on silicon using electron diffraction. It is found that irradiation of a variety of thin film-substrate combinations by heavy ion beams will provide a remarkable improvement in the adherence of the film. The evidence for the mechanism involved in the enhancement of adhesion is discussed.

  9. Microstructure and atomic disordering of magnesium aluminate spinel irradiated with swift heavy ions

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    Yamamoto, T.; Shimada, M.; Yasuda, K.; Matsumura, S.; Chimi, Y.; Ishikawa, N.

    2006-04-01

    We have investigated the microstructure and atomic disordering of nearly stoichiometric magnesium aluminate spinel (MgO · 1.1Al2O3), irradiated with 200 MeV Xe14+ ions (Se = 25 keV/nm). Transmission electron microscopy techniques of bright-field (BF) and high-resolution (HR) imaging, as well as high angular resolution electron channeling X-ray spectroscopy (HARECXS) were employed for quantitative analysis of radiation-induced structural change. BF images of ion tracks show columnar dark contrast of ∼4 nm in diameter accompanying distinct black or white dots at the incident surface. Clear lattice fringes are observed in HR images even inside the ion tracks, indicating that the spinel crystals are not amorphized but partially disordered along the ion tracks. HARECXS analysis showed that cation disordering progresses successively with ion fluence, and the disordered regions are found to extend over 12.8 ± 0.9 nm in diameter for Al ions and 9.6 ± 0.6 nm for Mg ions along the ion tracks. This chemically disordered region is much larger than the strained volume detected by BF and HR images.

  10. Collision induced dissociation of CsI and Cs/sub 2/I/sub 2/ to ion pairs by Kr, Xe, and SF/sub 6/

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    Parks, E.K.; Inoue, M.; Wexler, S.

    1982-02-01

    Absolute cross sections as functions of collision energy have been determined for collision induced dissociation of cesium iodide monomer and dimer to ion pairs. In these studies a beam of accelerated Xe, Kr, or SF/sub 6/ projectiles was crossed with a thermal beam of cesium iodide. The partial cross sections for each product-ion channel were determined by time-of-flight mass spectrometry. For the rare gas-monomer collisions, the dependence of each partial cross section on the internal temperature of the CsI was also obtained. Collisions of Xe with CsI produced three-body dissociation as well as the formation of the molecular ions CsXe/sup +/ and IXe/sup -/. The formation of both the positive and negative molecular ions is primarily a reflection of the similar masses of Cs/sup +/ and I/sup -/, and was not observed in previously studied systems. For the same reason, Cs/sub 2/I/sup +/ and CsI/sup -//sub 2/ resulting from collisions of Xe with Cs/sub 2/I/sub 2/ were formed with comparable intensities. At energies well above threshold, the total dissociation cross section for the rare gases colliding with CsI or Cs/sub 2/I/sub 2/ is large (>10 A/sup 2/). Those for SF/sub 6/ are approximately a factor of 5 smaller for the monomer, but only slightly smaller for the dimer. No ions containing SF/sub 6/ were observed. The cross sections for three-body dissociation as well as molecular ion formation are relatively small in the region of the thermodynamic threshold (decreasing in the series Xe, Kr, and Ar). Analysis of the experimental results indicates that dissociation in this region only occurs for CsI molecules having considerable internal excitation, an effect related almost entirely to the projectile-target relative masses. A model which takes into account the coupling of internal motion with relative translational motion is shown to give an excellent description of the dissociation in the threshold region. Collinear trajectory calculations of the rare gases colliding with CsI were also performed.

  11. Heavy and light ion irradiation damage effects in δ-phase Sc4Hf3O12

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    Wen, J.; Li, Y. H.; Tang, M.; Valdez, J. A.; Wang, Y. Q.; Patel, M. K.; Sickafus, K. E.

    2015-12-01

    Polycrystalline δ-phase Sc4Hf3O12 was irradiated with light and heavy ions to study the radiation stability of this compound. In order to explore the ion species spectrum effect, the irradiations were performed with 400 keV Ne2+ ions to fluences ranging from 1 × 1014 to 1 × 1015 ions/cm2, 600 keV Kr3+ ions to fluences ranging from 5 × 1014 to 5 × 1015 ions/cm2, and 6 MeV Xe26+ ions to fluences ranging from 2 × 1013 to 1 × 1015 ions/cm2. Irradiated samples were characterized by various techniques including grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). A complete phase transformation from ordered rhombohedral to disordered fluorite was observed by a fluence of 1 × 1015 ions/cm2 with 400 keV Ne2+ ions, equivalent to a peak ballistic damage dose of ∼0.33 displacements per atom (dpa). Meanwhile, the same transformation was also observed by 600 keV Kr3+ ions at the same fluence of 1 × 1015 ions/cm2, which however corresponds to a peak ballistic damage dose of ∼2.2 dpa. Only a partial O-D transformation was observed for 6 MeV Xe26+ ions in the fluence range used. Experimental results indicated that the O-D transformation is observed under both electronic and nuclear stopping dominant irradiation regimes. It was also observed that light ions are more efficient than heavy ions in producing the retained defects that are presumably responsible for the O-D phase transformation. The O-D transformation mechanism is discussed in the context of anion oxygen Frenkel defects and cation antisite defects. We concluded that the irradiation induced O-D transformation is easier to occur in δ-phase compounds with partial order of cations than in that with fully disordered cation structures.

  12. Hydrogen retention in ion irradiated steels

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    Hunn, J.D.; Lewis, M.B.; Lee, E.H.

    1998-11-01

    In the future 1--5 MW Spallation Neutron Source, target radiation damage will be accompanied by high levels of hydrogen and helium transmutation products. The authors have recently carried out investigations using simultaneous Fe/He,H multiple-ion implantations into 316 LN stainless steel between 50 and 350 C to simulate the type of radiation damage expected in spallation neutron sources. Hydrogen and helium were injected at appropriate energy and rate, while displacement damage was introduced by nuclear stopping of 3.5 MeV Fe{sup +}, 1 {micro}m below the surface. Nanoindentation measurements showed a cumulative increase in hardness as a result of hydrogen and helium injection over and above the hardness increase due to the displacement damage alone. TEM investigation indicated the presence of small bubbles of the injected gases in the irradiated area. In the current experiment, the retention of hydrogen in irradiated steel was studied in order to better understand its contribution to the observed hardening. To achieve this, the deuterium isotope ({sup 2}H) was injected in place of natural hydrogen ({sup 1}H) during the implantation. Trapped deuterium was then profiled, at room temperature, using the high cross-section nuclear resonance reaction with {sup 3}He. Results showed a surprisingly high concentration of deuterium to be retained in the irradiated steel at low temperature, especially in the presence of helium. There is indication that hydrogen retention at spallation neutron source relevant target temperatures may reach as high as 10%.

  13. New material for low-dose brachytherapy seeds: Xe-doped amorphous carbon films with post-growth neutron activated 125I.

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    Gonçalves, R G F; Pinheiro, M V B; Lacerda, R G; Ferlauto, A S; Ladeira, L O; Krambrock, K; Leal, A S; Viana, G A; Marques, F C

    2011-01-01

    We report a novel material for use in (125)I brachytherapy that consists of amorphous carbon films grown by ion-beam-assisted deposition and doped with Xe (5 at%) by implantation. Samples of these films grown on Si substrates were irradiated with neutrons in a TRIGA-I nuclear reactor for the production (125)Xe, and latter characterized by gamma spectroscopy. The results indicate that the (124)Xe was efficiently converted into (125)Xe, the precursor of (125)I, and support the activity calculations for a model brachytherapy seed. PMID:20729094

  14. Surface Modification of Polymer Substrates by Oxygen Ion Irradiation

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    Takaoka, G. H.; Ryuto, H.; Araki, R.; Yakushiji, T.

    2008-11-03

    Oxygen cluster ions and/or monomer ions were used for the sputtering and the surface modification of polymers such as polycarbonate (PC) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET). For the case of oxygen cluster ion irradiation, the sputtered depth increased with increase of the acceleration voltage, and the sputtering yield was much larger than that by the monomer ion irradiation. The sputtered particles represented the polymer structure, which indicated that the bond scission by the cluster ion irradiation resulted in an ejection of monomer molecule through the intermolecular collision. On the other hand, for the oxygen monomer ion irradiation, the implanted depth increased with increase of the acceleration voltage, and the bond scission occurred at the deep region through the binary collision with the high energetic ions. Therefore, the sputtering yield for the polymer surfaces decreased, and the sputtering effect became very small. Furthermore, the simultaneous use of oxygen cluster and monomer ions was more effective for oxidation of the PET surfaces rather than the monomer ion irradiation or the cluster ion irradiation. As a result, the contact angle measurement showed that the wettability of the PET surfaces irradiated by the simultaneous use of oxygen cluster and monomer ions was much enhanced.

  15. Raman Scattering in Natural Diamond Crystals Implanted with High-Energy Ions and Irradiated with Fast Neutrons

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    Poklonskaya, O. N.; Vyrko, S. A.; Khomich, A. A.; Averin, A. A.; Khomich, A. V.; Khmelnitsky, R. A.; Poklonskia, N. A.

    2015-01-01

    Raman scattering is studied in natural diamond crystals with radiation-induced defects produced by implantation of high energy Xe and Kr ions (ion kinetic energy >1 MeV/amu) and by irradiation with fast reactor neutrons (kinetic energy >100 keV). Confocal measurements of the Raman spectra along the surface of an oblique section of the ionimplanted diamonds are used to study the radiation damage profile. The evolution of the Raman scattering spectra with depth of the damaged layer in the ion-implanted diamonds, and as a function of annealing temperature of the neutron-irradiated diamond, is determined by spatial localization of phonons in the radiation disordered crystal lattice and by the formation of associations of intrinsic defects in the lattice.

  16. Chemical reactivity and ion beam irradiation behaviour of perovskite- and zirconolite-nuclear ceramics type

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    Larguem, H.; Trocellier, P.; Tarrida, M.; Madon, M.; Poissonnet, S.; Gosset, D.; Leseigneur, O.; Martin, H.; Bonnaillie, P.; Beck, L.; Vaubaillon, S.; Miro, S.

    2006-08-01

    Oxide ceramics of two neighboring families: perovskite A(II)B(IV)O3 and zirconolite A(II)B(IV)C(IV)2O7 have been synthesized by a classical solid route. Substitution of divalent cation (Ca) by trivalent cation (Nd) was tested on zirconolite compositions. Then, the ceramic pellets were submitted to aqueous leaching tests at 90 C in deionized water. Some of them were previously ion irradiated with 150 keV Xe+ within a fluence range 5 1013-1 1015 cm-2 in order to study the effect of ion damaging on their intrinsic chemical reactivity. X-ray diffraction (XRD), electron microprobe analysis (EMA), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and ion beam analysis (IBA) methods were used to characterize the evolution of the crystallinity level and the surface chemical composition of the ceramics after each step (synthesis, irradiation, leaching). The alteration mechanism of unirradiated titanate ceramics appears to be not uniform at the sample surface. Chemical durability of zirconolite is shown to be dependent both on the pH of the aqueous solution and the ceramic composition. Surface hydration only concerns a very thin layer, typically 200 nm and the hydrogen content does not go beyond 1-2 at.%. No differences have been detected in the leaching behaviour of unirradiated or irradiated perovskite samples.

  17. Ion and neutral energy flux distributions to the cathode in glow discharges in Ar/Ne and Xe/Ne mixtures

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    Capdeville, H.; Pédoussat, C.; Pitchford, L. C.

    2002-02-01

    The work presented in the article is a study of the heavy particle (ion and neutral) energy flux distributions to the cathode in conditions typical of discharges used for luminous signs for advertising ("neon" signs). The purpose of this work is to evaluate the effect of the gas mixture on the sputtering of the cathode. We have combined two models for this study: a hybrid model of the electrical properties of the cathode region of a glow discharge and a Monte Carlo simulation of the heavy particle trajectories. Using known sputtering yields for Ne, Ar, and Xe on iron cathodes, we estimate the sputtered atom flux for mixtures of Ar/Ne and Xe/Ne as a function of the percent neon in the mixture.

  18. Inner-shell photoionization and core-hole decay of Xe and XeF2.

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    Southworth, Stephen H; Wehlitz, Ralf; Picón, Antonio; Lehmann, C Stefan; Cheng, Lan; Stanton, John F

    2015-06-14

    Photoionization cross sections and partial ion yields of Xe and XeF2 from Xe 3d(5/2), Xe 3d(3/2), and F 1s subshells in the 660-740 eV range are compared to explore effects of the F ligands. The Xe 3d-ϵf continuum shape resonances dominate the photoionization cross sections of both the atom and molecule, but prominent resonances appear in the XeF2 cross section due to nominal excitation of Xe 3d and F 1s electrons to the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO), a delocalized anti-bonding MO. Comparisons of the ion products from the atom and molecule following Xe 3d photoionization show that the charge-state distribution of Xe ions is shifted to lower charge states in the molecule along with production of energetic F(+) and F(2+) ions. This suggests that, in decay of a Xe 3d core hole, charge is redistributed to the F ligands and the system dissociates due to Coulomb repulsion. The ion products from excitation of the F 1s-LUMO resonance are different and show strong increases in the yields of Xe(+) and F(+) ions. The subshell ionization thresholds, the LUMO resonance energies, and their oscillator strengths are calculated by relativistic coupled-cluster methods and agree well with measurements. PMID:26071705

  19. Optical birefringence of Zn nanoparticles embedded in silica induced by swift heavy-ion irradiation.

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    Amekura, H; Okubo, N; Ishikawa, N

    2014-12-01

    Zn nanoparticles (NPs) embedded in a silica matrix subjected to irradiation with swift heavy ions of 200 MeV Xe¹⁴⁺ have been found to undergo shape elongation from spheres to prolate-spheroids while maintaining the major axes of the NPs in parallel alignment. The directionally-aligned Zn spheroids enable acquisition of optical properties, such as linear dichroism and birefringence. In this paper, the birefringence of the Zn spheroids was evaluated by the crossed-Nicols (XN) transmittance, where a sample was inserted between a pair of optical polarizers that were set in an orthogonal configuration. Linearly-polarized light aligned by the first polarizer was transformed to an elliptic polarization by the birefringence of the Zn spheroids. The existence of the birefringence was confirmed by the non-zero transmittance of the second polarizer in the orthogonal configuration. The sample irradiated with a fluence of 5.0 × 10¹³ ions/cm² exhibited a maximum XN transmittance of 2.1% at a photon energy of ~4 eV. The XN transmission was observed down to a fluence of 1.0 × 10¹² ions/cm², but reduced below the detection limit at a fluence of 1.0 × 10¹¹ ions/cm². The possible application of the elongated Zn NPs as a polarizer with nanometric thickness working in the near- and mid-ultraviolet region is discussed. PMID:25606918

  20. Energy dependence of nanopillars formation on InSb semiconductor surfaces under gallium FIB and noble gas ions beam irradiation

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    Jany, B. R.; Szajna, K.; Nikiel, M.; Wrana, D.; Trynkiewicz, E.; Pedrys, R.; Krok, F.

    2015-02-01

    We have studied the formation and evolution of ion beam-induced pillars growth on InSb(0 0 1) surface through a comparison of irradiation with Ga (Focused Ion Beam) and noble gas ion (Ar, Kr, Xe) beams. Room temperature, normal incidence ion irradiation was carried out with the ion beam energy of 1-3 keV for noble gas and 3-30 keV for FIB Ga ions. The surface morphology of the developed structures and their chemical composition were investigated by means of scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM/TEM). We have examined the evolution from the initial flat InSb surface, through clusters formation, at initial stages of irradiation (ion beam fluence of 5 × 1016 ions/cm2), to the pillar structure formation at higher ion fluences (2.8 × 1017 ions/cm2), for both kinds of projectiles. The projectile ion energy dependence of the pillar size, height and density was studied for both kinds of ion species for the first time. It has been found that the pillar sizes and heights exhibit the power-law dependence on projectile energy with the same exponent for both kinds of the ion species. The TEM measurements uncovered crystalline InSb core of the pillar and In/Ga enriched amorphous tip and shell structure. We confirmed a universal mechanism of pillars formation based on redeposition of the sputtered sample material for both ion species i.e. noble gas ions and Ga FIB.

  1. Graphitization of polymer surfaces by scanning ion irradiation

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    Koval, Yuri

    2014-10-20

    Graphitization of polymer surfaces was performed by low-energy Ar{sup +} and He{sup +} ion irradiation. A method of scanning irradiation was implemented. It was found that by scanning ion irradiation, a significantly higher electrical conductivity in the graphitized layers can be achieved in comparison with a conventional broad-beam irradiation. The enhancement of the conductance becomes more pronounced for narrower and better collimated ion beams. In order to analyze these results in more detail, the temperature dependence of conductance of the irradiated samples was investigated. The results of measurements are discussed in terms of weak localization corrections to conductance in disordered metals. The observed effects can be explained by enlargement of graphitic patches, which was achieved with the scanning ion irradiation method.

  2. Spectroscopic characterization of ion-irradiated multi-layer graphenes

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    Tsukagoshi, Akira; Honda, Shin-ichi; Osugi, Ryo; Okada, Hiraku; Niibe, Masahito; Terasawa, Mititaka; Hirase, Ryuji; Izumi, Hirokazu; Yoshioka, Hideki; Niwase, Keisuke; Taguchi, Eiji; Lee, Kuei-Yi; Oura, Masaki

    2013-11-01

    Low-energy Ar ions (0.5-2 keV) were irradiated to multi-layer graphenes and the damage process, the local electronic states, and the degree of alignment of the basal plane, and the oxidation process upon ion irradiation were investigated by Raman spectroscopy, soft X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and in situ X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). By Raman spectroscopy, we observed two stages similar to the case of irradiated graphite, which should relate to the accumulations of vacancies and turbulence of the basal plane, respectively. XAS analysis indicated that the number of sp2-hybridized carbon (sp2-C) atoms decreased after ion irradiation. Angle-resolved XAS revealed that the orientation parameter (OP) decreased with increasing ion energy and fluence, reflecting the turbulence of the basal plane under irradiation. In situ XPS shows the oxidation of the irradiated multi-layer graphenes after air exposure.

  3. Carbon nanowires generated by ion irradiation of hydrocarbon ices

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    Puglisi, O.; Compagnini, G.; D'Urso, L.; Baratta, G. A.; Palumbo, M. E.; Strazzulla, G.

    2014-05-01

    In this paper we present the formation of carbon nanowires (polyynes and polycumulenes) in the solid state by ion irradiation of frozen hydrocarbons (C6H6 and C2H2). Irradiations have been performed using H+ ions in the 100's keV energy regime using fluences up to 5 × 1014 ions/cm2. Beyond the intrinsic significance of these results in the field of material science, this work has been motivated by the fact that ion beam irradiation of hydrocarbon ices is one of the most important process thought to happen in several extraterrestrial environments where many spectroscopic features of polyyne molecules have been identified.

  4. Concurrent in situ ion irradiation transmission electron microscope

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    Hattar, K.; Bufford, D. C.; Buller, D. L.

    2014-08-29

    An in situ ion irradiation transmission electron microscope has been developed and is operational at Sandia National Laboratories. This facility permits high spatial resolution, real time observation of electron transparent samples under ion irradiation, implantation, mechanical loading, corrosive environments, and combinations thereof. This includes the simultaneous implantation of low-energy gas ions (0.8–30 keV) during high-energy heavy ion irradiation (0.8–48 MeV). In addition, initial results in polycrystalline gold foils are provided to demonstrate the range of capabilities.

  5. Emulation of reactor irradiation damage using ion beams

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    Was, G. S.; Jiao, Z.; Getto, E.; Sun, K.; Monterrosa, A. M.; Maloy, S. A.; Anderoglu, O.; Sencer, B. H.; Hackett, M.

    2014-06-14

    The continued operation of existing light water nuclear reactors and the development of advanced nuclear reactor depend heavily on understanding how damage by radiation to levels degrades materials that serve as the structural components in reactor cores. The first high dose ion irradiation experiments on a ferritic-martensitic steel showing that ion irradiation closely emulates the full radiation damage microstructure created in-reactor are described. Ferritic-martensitic alloy HT9 (heat 84425) in the form of a hexagonal fuel bundle duct (ACO-3) accumulated 155 dpa at an average temperature of 443°C in the Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF). Using invariance theory as a guide, irradiation of the same heat was conducted using self-ions (Fe++) at 5 MeV at a temperature of 460°C and to a dose of 188 displacements per atom. The void swelling was nearly identical between the two irradiation and the size and density of precipitates and loops following ion irradiation are within a factor of two of those for neutron irradiation. The level of agreement across all of the principal microstructure changes between ion and reactor irradiation establishes the capability of tailoring ion irradiation to emulate the reactor-irradiated microstructure.

  6. Emulation of reactor irradiation damage using ion beams

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    Was, G. S.; Jiao, Z.; Getto, E.; Sun, K.; Monterrosa, A. M.; Maloy, S. A.; Anderoglu, O.; Sencer, B. H.; Hackett, M.

    2014-06-14

    The continued operation of existing light water nuclear reactors and the development of advanced nuclear reactor depend heavily on understanding how damage by radiation to levels degrades materials that serve as the structural components in reactor cores. The first high dose ion irradiation experiments on a ferritic-martensitic steel showing that ion irradiation closely emulates the full radiation damage microstructure created in-reactor are described. Ferritic-martensitic alloy HT9 (heat 84425) in the form of a hexagonal fuel bundle duct (ACO-3) accumulated 155 dpa at an average temperature of 443°C in the Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF). Using invariance theory as a guide,more » irradiation of the same heat was conducted using self-ions (Fe++) at 5 MeV at a temperature of 460°C and to a dose of 188 displacements per atom. The void swelling was nearly identical between the two irradiation and the size and density of precipitates and loops following ion irradiation are within a factor of two of those for neutron irradiation. The level of agreement across all of the principal microstructure changes between ion and reactor irradiation establishes the capability of tailoring ion irradiation to emulate the reactor-irradiated microstructure.« less

  7. Temperature effects on ion irradiation damage in MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel single crystals

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    Yu, N.; Sickafus, K.E.; Nastasi, M.

    1995-09-01

    The search for radiation resistant materials, particularly ceramics, for the applications in radiation environments has been an active area of research for the past few decades. Among the most well studied ceramics, stoichiometric magnesium aluminate spinel (MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}) has been found to be one of the most radiation resistant ceramics. Here, single crystalline samples of (MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}), <100> oriented, were irradiated at 100K and 670K with 370--400 keV Xe ions to doses of (1--2){times}10{sup 16} Xe/cm{sup 2}. The microstructures of irradiated samples were subsequently examined by cross-sectional transmission electron microscope. A uniform layer of amorphous phase was observed on the surface of spinel irradiated at 100K. At the end of the damage range underlying the amorphous layer, a disordered transition layer resided on the undamaged substrate. Both high resolution electron microscopy and microdiffraction revealed that the transition layer retained single crystallinity with epitaxial relationship to the underlying substrate. However, the intensity of <220> reflections in the transition layer was significantly weaker than that of the undamaged spinel. No evidence of amorphization was found in the spinel sample irradiated at 670K to a dose of 2{times}10{sup 16} Xe/cm{sup 2}. The <220> reflections exhibit only limited diminution in the heavily damaged region. The observation of reduced intensity of <220> reflections or absent reflections suggests that spinel experiences a structural transition from its original cubic phase (a=0.808 nm) to a new cubic phase (a=0.404 nm). A transition sequence from the original phase to a metastable phase and then to an amorphous phase has been observed. The temperature dependence of metastable and amorphous phase formation has revealed that the accumulation efficiency of cation disorder decreases with increasing irradiation temperature due to the enhancement of interstitial-vacancy recombination.

  8. Influence of irradiation with swift heavy ions on multilayer Si/SiO{sub 2} heterostructures

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    Kachurin, G. A. Cherkova, S. G.; Marin, D. V.; Volodin, V. A.; Cherkov, A. G.; Antonenko, A. Kh.; Kamaev, G. N.; Skuratov, V. A.

    2013-03-15

    The influence of Xe ions with an energy of 167 MeV and a dose in the range 10{sup 12}-3 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 13} cm{sup -2} on heterostructures consisting of six pairs of Si/SiO{sub 2} layers with the thicknesses {approx}8 and {approx}10 nm, correspondingly, is studied. As follows from electron microscopy data, the irradiation breaks down the integrity of the layers. At the same time, Raman studies give evidence for the enhancement of scattering in amorphous silicon. In addition, a yellow-orange band inherent to small-size Si clusters released from SiO{sub 2} appears in the photoluminescence spectra. Annealing at 800 Degree-Sign C recovers the SiO{sub 2} network, whereas annealing at 1100 Degree-Sign C brings about the appearance of a more intense photoluminescence peak at {approx}780 nm typical of Si nanocrystals. The 780-nm-peak intensity increases, as the irradiation dose is increased. It is thought that irradiation produces nuclei, which promote Si-nanocrystal formation upon subsequent annealing. The processes occur within the tracks due to strong heating because of ionization losses of the ions.

  9. Damage of M-type baryum hexaferrites induced by GeV-heavy ion irradiations

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    Costantini, J. M.; Brisard, F.; Meftah, A.; Toulemonde, M.; Studer, F.

    1995-12-01

    The damage induced in single crystals of M-type baryum hexaferrites (BaFe 12O 19 and BaFe 12- x-yCo xTi yO 19 with x ˜- 1.4; y ˜- 1.5) by 3.8 GeV 129Xe and 6.0 GeV 208Pb ion irradiations has been monitored with room temperature (RT) 57Fe Mössbauer spectrometry. The damage cross sections deduced from the former data are compared with our previous results on polycrystalline samples. The effects of amorphous track formation on the RT ac magnetic permeability and Mössbauer spectra are studied. Comparison is also made with our previous results on another (ferri) magnetic insulator, namely Y 3Fe 5O 12, regarding the effects of disorder and track-induced strain field on the magnetic properties.

  10. Scaling law of single ion-atom impact ionization cross sections of noble gases from He to Xe at strong perturbative energies

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    Ren, Ping-Yuan; Zou, Xian-Rong; Shao, Jian-Xiong; Wang, Shi-Yao; Zhou, Man; Zhou, Wang; Yang, Ai-Xiang; Yan, Peng-Xun; Chen, Xi-Meng

    2015-06-01

    We extend our previous work of a classical over-barrier ionization (COBI) model to calculate the single ionization cross sections of noble gases ranging from He to Xe at strong perturbative energies. The calculation results are in good agreement with extensive experimental data. The scaling law of single ion-atom impact ionization cross sections of noble gases on projectile charge q and energy E, also on target ionization energy I is drawn from the model. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grants Nos. 11174116, and 11175075).

  11. A laser spectroscopic study on Xe{sup +} ion transport phenomena in the ExB discharge of a Hall effect thruster

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    Mazouffre, S.; Gawron, D.; Kulaev, V.; Luna, J. Perez; Sadeghi, N.

    2008-03-19

    The Velocity Distribution Function (VDF) of metastable Xe{sup +} ions was measured along the channel axis of the 5 kW-class PPS registered X000 Hall effect thruster by means of Laser Induced Fluorescence spectroscopy at 834.72 nm for various voltages, magnetic fields and mass flow rates. Axial velocity and dispersion profiles are compared to on-axis profiles obtained with the 1.5 kW-class PPS100 thruster. Outcomes of the comparison are threefold. (i) The broadening of the FDV across the region of strong magnetic field is a general feature for Hall thrusters. It originates in the overlap between ionization and acceleration layers. The velocity dispersion increases with the discharge voltage; it reaches up to 200 eV in unit of kinetic energy at 700 V. (ii) Most of the acceleration potential ({approx_equal}70%) is localized outside the thruster channel whatever the thruster size and operating conditions. The electric field moves upstream when the applied voltage is ramped up; in other words the fraction of potential inside the channel increases with the voltage; (iii) A non negligible amount of very slow and very fast (kinetic energy higher than the applied potential) Xe{sup +} ions are always observed. Such ions may find their origin in space and temporal oscillations of the electric field as suggested by numerical simulations carried out with a hybrid model.

  12. Kinetic and thermodynamic enhancement of crystal nucleation and growth rates in amorphous Si film during ion irradiation

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    Im, J. S.; Atwater, Harry A.

    1991-07-01

    The effect of 1.5 MeV Xe + irradiation at elevated substrate temperatures on the crystal nucleation rate and on the subsequent crystal growth rate in amorphous Si has been investigated. The analysis of apparent activation energies obtained for the nucleation rate, growth rate, and incubation time suggests that the interfacial rearrangement kinetics of subcritical nuclei and large crystals may be similarly affected by the incident ions. The observed rates of crystal growth show excellent agreement with a recently proposed defect model for ion-induced crystallization in the ion flux and temperature regime where both the ion-generated and thermally generated defects contribute significantly to the total crystal growth rate. The nucleation rate is found to be more dramatically enhanced by ion irradiation than either the growth rate or the incubation time. This suggests enhancement in the total nucleation rate under irradiation that is of a thermodynamic origin due to transient unrelaxation within a defect-rich cascade created by the incident ion.

  13. Differential cross-section measurements of multiply charged xenon ions produced in 10-28-keV e{sup -}-Xe collisions

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    Mondal, S.; Shanker, R.

    2005-11-15

    Partial single-differential ionization cross sections (PSDICSs) of a multiply ionized xenon atom (Xe{sup n+}, n=1-7) are measured for impact of 10-28 keV electrons with xenon by performing coincidences between the produced recoil ions and the electrons of indiscriminated energies detected at 90 deg. with respect to the incident electron beam direction. Values of relative PSDICSs for doubly charged ions are found to be about 25% larger than those for singly charged ions in the considered impact energy range. The examination of charge-state fractions and relative cross-section fractions of multiply charged ions as a function of incident electron energy suggests that the multiply charged ions are produced via creation of an inner-shell vacancy followed by Auger and shakeoff processes. The mean charge state of the ions produced in the collisions is found to be independent of the impact energy and reaches a constant value close to 2.6. The Fano-Bethe plots of the PSDICSs suggest that higher charge states of the ions are weakly produced via optical transitions; moreover, the latter process becomes a dominant channel for producing the doubly charged ions that are correlated with the electrons detected at 90 deg.

  14. Hopping magnetoresistance in ion irradiated monolayer graphene

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    Shlimak, I.; Zion, E.; Butenko, A. V.; Wolfson, L.; Richter, V.; Kaganovskii, Yu.; Sharoni, A.; Haran, A.; Naveh, D.; Kogan, E.; Kaveh, M.

    2016-02-01

    Magnetoresistance (MR) of ion irradiated monolayer graphene samples with a variable-range hopping (VRH) mechanism of conductivity was measured at temperatures down to T=1.8 K in magnetic fields up to B=8 T. It was observed that in perpendicular magnetic fields, hopping resistivity R decreases, which corresponds to negative MR (NMR), while parallel magnetic field results in positive MR (PMR) at low temperatures. NMR is explained on the basis of the "orbital" model in which perpendicular magnetic field suppresses the destructive interference of many paths through the intermediate sites in the total probability of the long-distance tunneling in the VRH regime. At low fields, a quadratic dependence (| ΔR / R | ∼ B2) of NMR is observed, while at B > B*, the quadratic dependence is replaced by the linear one. It was found that all NMR curves for different samples and different temperatures could be merged into common dependence when plotted as a function of B/B*. It is shown that B* ∼ T1/2 in agreement with predictions of the "orbital" model. The obtained values of B* also allowed us to estimate the localization radius ξ of charge carriers for samples with a different degree of disorder. PMR in parallel magnetic fields is explained by suppression of hopping transitions via double occupied states due to alignment of electron spins.

  15. Annealing of ion irradiation damage in nuclear graphite

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    Lasithiotakis, Michael; Marsden, Barry J.; James Marrow, T.

    2013-03-01

    Changes in Raman spectra of polished and ion-irradiated Gilsocarbon and Highly Orientated Pyrolytic Graphite (HOPG) during annealing have been investigated and compared with changes reported during stored energy release in fast neutron irradiated graphite. It is postulated that the change in the Raman spectra of polished, ion-irradiated and neutron irradiated graphite can be attributed to crystalline structural changes due to the annealing of lattice defects. This is illustrated in this work by changes in the kinetic parameters, in terms of the decrease of the Raman ID/IG ratio, during the thermal annealing of polished and ion-irradiated Gilsocarbon and HOPG graphite. Several kinetic models are investigated in terms of activation energy and order of reaction. The most suitable model to explain Raman annealing kinetics was found to be, a two reaction model for polished Gilsocarbon graphite, and a two and possibly three reaction model for ion-irradiated Gilsocarbon graphite and ion-irradiated HOPG. The kinetics parameters obtained using both the two and three reaction models reveal similarities with kinetic models obtained for neutron irradiated graphite. The assumption that the Raman intensity ratio ID/IG is proportional to the square root of the defect quantity provided a better fit than the assumption of direct proportionality.

  16. Effect of ion irradiation on tribological properties of composite coatings

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    Platonova, E. S.; Guchenko, S. A.; Syzdykova, A. Sh; Laurinas, V. Ch; Yurov, V. M.; Lysenko, E. N.; Mylnikova, T. S.

    2015-04-01

    The paper discusses the results of the research in the effect of ion irradiation on tribological properties of multiphase ion-plasma coatings. It is shown that all the investigated coatings behave differently under ion irradiation: the Zn-Al, Fe-Al, Zn-Cu-Al coating is radiation-resistant and the friction coefficient does not virtually change; the Cr-Mn-Si-Cu-Fe- Al coating exhibits twofold increase in the friction coefficient, and that for Mn-Fe-Cu-Al coating decreases threefold. These changes are related to changes which occur in the coating surface under ion bombardment.

  17. Ion irradiation of ternary pyrochlore oxides.

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    Lumpkin, G. R.; Smith, K. L.; Blackford, M. G.; Whittle, K. R.; Harvey, E. J.; Redfern, S. A. T.; Zaluzec, N. J.; Materials Science Division; Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation; Univ. of Cambridge

    2009-05-01

    Polycrystalline synthetic samples of Y{sub 2}Ti{sub 2-x}Sn{sub x}O{sub 7} with x = 0.4, 0.8, 1.2, and 1.6, together with Nd{sub 2}Zr{sub 2}O{sub 7}, Nd{sub 2}Zr{sub 1.2}Ti{sub 0.8}O{sub 7}, and La{sub 1.6}Y{sub 0.4}Hf{sub 2}O{sub 7}, were irradiated in situ in the intermediate voltage electron microscope (IVEM)-Tandem Facility at Argonne National Laboratory using 1.0 MeV Kr ions at temperatures of 50 to 650 K. Determination of the critical amorphization fluence (F{sub c}) as a function of temperature has revealed a dramatic increase in radiation tolerance with increasing Sn content on the pyrochlore B site. Nonlinear least-squares analysis of the fluence-temperature curves gave critical temperatures (T{sub c}) of 666 {+-} 4, 335 {+-} 12, and 251 {+-} 51 K for the Y{sub 2}Ti{sub 2-x}Sn{sub x}O{sub 7} samples with x = 0.4, 0.8, and 1.2, respectively. The sample with x = 1.6 appears to disorder to a defect fluorite structure at a fluence below 1.25 x 10{sup 15} ions cm{sup -2} and remains crystalline to 5 x 10{sup 15} ions cm{sup -2} at 50 K. Additionally, the critical fluence-temperature response curves were determined for Nd{sub 2}Zr{sub 1.2}Ti{sub 0.8}O{sub 7} and La{sub 1.6}Y{sub 0.4}Hf{sub 2}O{sub 7}, and we obtained T{sub c} values of 685 {+-} 53 K and 473 {+-} 52 K, respectively, for these pyrochlores. Nd{sub 2}Zr{sub 2}O{sub 7} did not become amorphous after a fluence of 2.5 x 10{sup 15} ions cm{sup -2} at 50 K, but there is evidence that it may amorphize at a higher fluence, with an estimated T{sub c} of 135 K. The observed T{sub c} results are discussed with respect to the predicted T{sub c} values based upon a previously published empirical model (Lumpkin, G. R.; Pruneda, M.; Rios, S.; Smith, K. L.; Trachenko, K.; Whittle, K. R.; Zaluzec, N. J. J. Solid State Chem. 2007, 180, 1512). In the Y{sub 2}Ti{sub 2-x}Sn{sub x}O{sub 7} pyrochlores, T{sub c} appears to be linear with respect to composition, and is linear with respect to r{sub A}/r{sub B} and x(48f) for all samples investigated herein.

  18. Ion irradiation testing of Improved Accident Tolerant Cladding Materials

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    Anderoglu, Osman; Tesmer, Joseph R.; Maloy, Stuart A.

    2014-01-14

    This report summarizes the results of ion irradiations conducted on two FeCrAl alloys (named as ORNL A&B) for improving the accident tolerance of LWR nuclear fuel cladding. After irradiation with 1.5 MeV protons to ~0.5 to ~1 dpa and 300°C nanoindentations were performed on the cross-sections along the ion range. An increase in hardness was observed in both alloys. Microstructural analysis shows radiation induced defects.

  19. Persistent photoconductivity study of ion irradiated carbon films

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    Bhattacharyya, S.; Subramanyam, S.V.; Kanjilal, D.

    1996-12-31

    Conducting carbon films are irradiated by high energy ion beam and persistent photoconductivity has been found from the irradiated samples. A complex distribution of traps created mostly by random displacement of carbon atoms by energetic ion beam from its polymeric matrix showed a persistent photoconductivity at low temperatures down to 50 K. From the photo decay constants and the magnitude of photocurrent the density of traps and the corresponding activation energies have been calculated.

  20. Absolute photoionization cross sections along the Xe isonuclear sequence: Xe{sup 3+} to Xe{sup 6+}

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    Bizau, J. M.; Cubaynes, D.; Wuilleumier, F. J.; Blancard, C.; Champeaux, J. P.; Folkmann, F.; Lemaire, J. L.

    2006-02-15

    Absolute photoionization cross sections of Xe{sup 3+} to Xe{sup 6+} ions have been measured over an extended photon energy range from the first ionization threshold to 160 eV. Single and double photoionization cross sections have been obtained. In the case of Xe{sup 3+} and Xe{sup 6+} ions, two completely independent setups, both based on the merged beam technique, have been used. Multiconfiguration Dirac-Fock calculations were performed to interpret the spectra in the region of 4d electron excitations. The partition of the oscillator strength between the discrete photoexcitation and the direct photoionization channels in the 4d subshell has allowed us to follow precisely the collapse of the 4f wave function for these ions of the isonuclear series of Xe.

  1. Heavy-ion irradiation induced diamond formation in carbonaceous materials.

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    Daulton, T. L.

    1999-01-08

    The basic mechanisms of metastable phase formation produced under highly non-equilibrium thermodynamic conditions within high-energy particle tracks are investigated. In particular, the possible formation of diamond by heavy-ion irradiation of graphite at ambient temperature is examined. This work was motivated, in part, by earlier studies which discovered nanometer-grain polycrystalline diamond aggregates of submicron-size in uranium-rich carbonaceous mineral assemblages of Precambrian age. It was proposed that the radioactive decay of uranium formed diamond in the fission particle tracks produced in the carbonaceous minerals. To test the hypothesis that nanodiamonds can form by ion irradiation, fine-grain polycrystalline graphite sheets were irradiated with 400 MeV Kr ions. The ion irradiated graphite (and unirradiated graphite control) were then subjected to acid dissolution treatments to remove the graphite and isolate any diamonds that were produced. The acid residues were then characterized by analytical and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The acid residues of the ion-irradiated graphite were found to contain ppm concentrations of nanodiamonds, suggesting that ion irradiation of bulk graphite at ambient temperature can produce diamond.

  2. Light-emitting Si nanostructures formed in SiO{sub 2} on irradiation with swift heavy ions

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    Kachurin, G. A. Cherkova, S. G.; Skuratov, V. A.; Marin, D. V.; Cherkov, A. G.

    2010-04-15

    SiO{sub 2} layers containing implanted excess Si are irradiated with Xe ions with an energy of 130 MeV and doses of 3 x 10{sup 12}-10{sup 14} cm{sup -2}. In the samples irradiated with a dose of 3 x 10{sup 12} cm{sup -2}, {approx}10{sup 12} cm{sup -2} segregated clusters 3-4 nm in dimension are detected by transmission electron microscopy. With increasing dose, the dimensions and number of these clusters increase. In the photoluminescence spectrum, a 660- to 680-nm band is observed, with the intensity dependent on the dose. After passivation of the sample with hydrogen at 500 deg. C, the band disappears, but a new {approx}780-nm band typical of Si nanocrystals becomes evident. On the basis of the entire set of data, it is concluded that the 660- to 680-nm band is associated with imperfect Si nanocrystals grown in the tracks of Xe ions due to high ionization losses. The nonmonotonic dependence of the photoluminescence intensity on the dose is attributed to the difference between the diameters of tracks and the diameters of the displacements' cascades responsible for defect formation.

  3. Radiative recombination and photoionization cross sections for heavy element impurities in plasmas: II. Ions of Si, Cl, Ar, Ti, Cr, Kr, and Xe

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    Trzhaskovskaya, M.B. Nikulin, V.K.; Clark, R.E.H.

    2009-11-15

    Total cross sections for radiative recombination with an electron for 36 ions of Si, Cl, Ar, Ti, Cr, Kr, and Xe as well as subshell photoionization cross sections are presented. The electron kinetic energy is {<=}50 keV. The calculations were performed using the relativistic Dirac-Fock method and the results have been included in a database of radiative recombination and photoionization cross sections for the heavy element impurity ions occurring in plasmas. The data are required for modelling fusion and astrophysical plasmas. To obtain the total radiative recombination cross section, calculations have been carried out for ground and all excited electron states up to states with the principal quantum number n = 20. The subshell photoionization cross sections for all states with n {<=} 12 and orbital momenta l {<=} 6 have been fitted by an analytical expression with five fit parameters which are tabulated.

  4. The effects of swift heavy-ion irradiation on helium-ion-implanted silicon

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    Li, B. S.; Du, Y. Y.; Wang, Z. G.; Shen, T. L.; Li, Y. F.; Yao, C. F.; Sun, J. R.; Cui, M. H.; Wei, K. F.; Zhang, H. P.; Shen, Y. B.; Zhu, Y. B.; Pang, L. L.

    2014-10-01

    Cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy (XTEM) was used to study the effects of irradiation with swift heavy ions on helium-implanted silicon. <1 0 0>-oriented silicon wafers were implanted with 30 keV helium to a dose of 3 × 1016 He+/cm2 at 600 K. Subsequently, the helium-implanted Si wafers were irradiated with 792 MeV argon ions. The He bubbles and extended defects in the wafers were examined via XTEM analysis. The results reveal that the mean diameter of the He bubbles increases upon Ar-ion irradiation, while the number density of the He bubbles decreases. The microstructure of the He bubbles observed after Ar-ion irradiation is comparable to that observed after annealing at 1073 K for 30 min. Similarly, the mean size of the extended defects, i.e., Frank loops, increases after Ar-ion irradiation. Possible mechanisms are discussed.

  5. Ion irradiation tolerance of graphene as studied by atomistic simulations

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    Ahlgren, E. H.; Lehtinen, O.; Kotakoski, J.; Krasheninnikov, A. V.

    2012-06-04

    As impermeable to gas molecules and at the same time transparent to high-energy ions, graphene has been suggested as a window material for separating a high-vacuum ion beam system from targets kept at ambient conditions. However, accumulation of irradiation-induced damage in the graphene membrane may give rise to its mechanical failure. Using atomistic simulations, we demonstrate that irradiated graphene even with a high vacancy concentration does not show signs of such instability, indicating a considerable robustness of graphene windows. We further show that upper and lower estimates for the irradiation damage in graphene can be set using a simple model.

  6. Latent tracks and associated strain in Al2O3 irradiated with swift heavy ions

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    O'Connell, J. H.; Rymzhanov, R. A.; Skuratov, V. A.; Volkov, A. E.; Kirilkin, N. S.

    2016-05-01

    The morphology of latent ion tracks induced by high energy heavy ions in Al2O3 was investigated using a combination of high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), exit wave reconstruction, geometric phase analysis and numerical simulations. Single crystal α-Al2O3 crystals were irradiated with 167 MeV Xe ions along the c-axis to fluences between 1 × 1010 and 1 × 1013 cm-2. Planar TEM lamella were prepared by focused ion beam (FIB) and geometrical phase analysis was performed on the phase image of the reconstructed complex electron wave at the specimen exit surface in order to estimate the latent strain around individual track cores. In addition to the experimental data, the material excitation in a SHI track was numerically simulated by combining Monte-Carlo code, describing the excitation of the electronic subsystem, with classical molecular dynamics of the lattice atoms. Experimental and simulation data both showed that the relaxation of the excess lattice energy results in the formation of a cylinder-like disordered region of about 4 nm in diameter consisting of an underdense core surrounded by an overdense shell. Modeling of the passage of a second ion in the vicinity of this disordered region revealed that this damaged area can be restored to a near damage free state. The estimation of a maximal effective distance of recrystallization between the ion trajectories yields values of about 6-6.5 nm which are of the same order of magnitude as those estimated from the saturation density of latent ion tracks detected by TEM.

  7. Neurite outgrowth on fluorinated polyimide film micropatterned by ion irradiation

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    Okuyama, Y.; Sato, M.; Nagaoka, S.; Kawakami, H.; Suzuki, Y.; Iwaki, M.

    2003-05-01

    In this study, we investigated neurite outgrowth on a fluorinated polyimide film micropatterned by ion irradiation. We used the fluorinated polyimide because of its excellent thermal and mechanical properties and biocompatibility. Rattus norvegicus chromaphin (PC12) cells were used for in vitro studies. The polyimide films were irradiated with He +, Ne + or Kr + at 1 × 10 14 ions/cm 2 using an ion-beam mask. The lines in the mask were 120 and 160 μm wide and 120-160 μm apart. PC12 cells were selectively adhered on the polyimide film micropatterned by Kr +-irradiation. However, the neurite length on the film irradiated by Kr + was shorter than that determined in the film irradiated by He +. On the other hand, neurite outgrowth on the polyimide film micropatterned by He +-irradiation was at least 100 μm in length. This initial study indicated the enhanced outgrowth of PC12 cells on the fluorinated polyimide film micropatterned by ion irradiation.

  8. Edge-on ion irradiation of electron microscope specimens

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    Otero, M.P. |; Allen, C.W.

    1992-07-01

    A special technique is described for in situ transmission electron microscope (TEM) experiments involving simultaneous ion irradiation, in which the resultant phenomena are observed as in a cross-section TEM specimen. That is, instead of ion-irradiating the film or foil specimen normal to the major surfaces and observing in plan view (i.e., in the same direction), the specimen is irradiated edge-on (i.e., parallel to the major surfaces) and is observed normal to the depth direction with respect to the irradiation. The results of amorphization of Si, irradiated in this orientation by 1 or 1.5 MeV Kr, are presented and briefly compared with the usual plan view observations. The limitations of the technique are discussed and several experiments which might profitably employ this technique are suggested.

  9. Edge-on ion irradiation of electron microscope specimens

    SciTech Connect

    Otero, M.P. Fundacao de Tecnologia Industrial , Lorena, SP ); Allen, C.W. )

    1992-01-01

    A special technique is described for in situ transmission electron microscope (TEM) experiments involving simultaneous ion irradiation, in which the resultant phenomena are observed as in a cross-section TEM specimen. That is, instead of ion-irradiating the film or foil specimen normal to the major surfaces and observing in plan view (i.e., in the same direction), the specimen is irradiated edge-on (i.e., parallel to the major surfaces) and is observed normal to the depth direction with respect to the irradiation. The results of amorphization of Si, irradiated in this orientation by 1 or 1.5 MeV Kr, are presented and briefly compared with the usual plan view observations. The limitations of the technique are discussed and several experiments which might profitably employ this technique are suggested.

  10. Anomalous Plastic Deformation and Sputtering of Ion Irradiated Silicon Nanowires

    PubMed Central

    2015-01-01

    Silicon nanowires of various diameters were irradiated with 100 keV and 300 keV Ar+ ions on a rotatable and heatable stage. Irradiation at elevated temperatures above 300 °C retains the geometry of the nanostructure and sputtering can be gauged accurately. The diameter dependence of the sputtering shows a maximum if the ion range matches the nanowire diameter, which is in good agreement with Monte Carlo simulations based on binary collisions. Nanowires irradiated at room temperature, however, amorphize and deform plastically. So far, plastic deformation has not been observed in bulk silicon at such low ion energies. The magnitude and direction of the deformation is independent of the ion-beam direction and cannot be explained with mass-transport in a binary collision cascade but only by collective movement of atoms in the collision cascade with the given boundary conditions of a high surface to volume ratio. PMID:25951108

  11. Characterization of swift heavy ion irradiation damage in ceria

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    Yablinsky, Clarissa; Devanathan, Ram; Pakarinen, Janne; Gan, Jian; Severin, Daniel; Trautmann, Christina; Allen, T. R.

    2015-05-14

    We have examined microstructural evolution in irradiated ceria (CeO2) using swift heavy ion irradiation, electron microscopy, and atomistic simulation. CeO2, a UO2 fuel surrogate, was irradiated with gold ions at an energy of 1 GeV to fluences up to 1x1014 ions/cm2. Transmission electron microscopy accompanied by electron energy loss spectroscopy showed that the ion tracks were of similar size at all fluences, and that there was no chemical change in the ion track core. Classical molecular dynamics simulations of thermal spikes in CeO2 with energy deposition of 12 and 36 keV/nm show damage consisting of isolated point defects at the lower energy and defect clusters at 36 keV/nm, with no amorphization at either energy. Inferences are drawn from modeling about density changes in the ion track and the formation of interstitial loops that shed light on features observed by electron microscopy of swift heavy ion irradiated ceria.

  12. University of Wisconsin Ion Beam Laboratory: A facility for irradiated materials and ion beam analysis

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Field, K. G.; Wetteland, C. J.; Cao, G.; Maier, B. R.; Dickerson, C.; Gerczak, T. J.; Field, C. R.; Kriewaldt, K.; Sridharan, K.; Allen, T. R.

    2013-04-01

    The University of Wisconsin Ion Beam Laboratory (UW-IBL) has recently undergone significant infrastructure upgrades to facilitate graduate level research in irradiated materials phenomena and ion beam analysis. A National Electrostatics Corp. (NEC) Torodial Volume Ion Source (TORVIS), the keystone upgrade for the facility, can produce currents of hydrogen ions and helium ions up to ˜200 μA and ˜5 μA, respectively. Recent upgrades also include RBS analysis packages, end station developments for irradiation of relevant material systems, and the development of an in-house touch screen based graphical user interface for ion beam monitoring. Key research facilitated by these upgrades includes irradiation of nuclear fuels, studies of interfacial phenomena under irradiation, and clustering dynamics of irradiated oxide dispersion strengthened steels. The UW-IBL has also partnered with the Advanced Test Reactor National Scientific User Facility (ATR-NSUF) to provide access to the irradiation facilities housed at the UW-IBL as well as access to post irradiation facilities housed at the UW Characterization Laboratory for Irradiated Materials (CLIM) and other ATR-NSUF partner facilities. Partnering allows for rapid turnaround from proposed research to finalized results through the ATR-NSUF rapid turnaround proposal system. An overview of the UW-IBL including CLIM and relevant research is summarized.

  13. Development of dual-beam system using an electrostatic accelerator for in-situ observation of swift heavy ion irradiation effects on materials

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    Matsuda, M.; Asozu, T.; Sataka, M.; Iwase, A.

    2013-11-01

    We have developed the dual beam system which accelerates two kinds of ion beams simultaneously especially for real-time ion beam analysis. We have also developed the alternating beam system which can efficiently change beam species in a short time in order to realize efficient ion beam analysis in a limited beam time. The acceleration of the dual beam is performed by the 20 UR Pelletron™ tandem accelerator in which an ECR ion source is mounted at the high voltage terminal [1,2]. The multi-charged ions of two or more elements can be simultaneously generated from the ECR ion source, so dual-beam irradiation is achieved by accelerating ions with the same charge to mass ratio (for example, 132Xe11+ and 12C+). It enables us to make a real-time beam analysis such as Rutherford Back Scattering (RBS) method, while a target is irradiated with swift heavy ions. For the quick change of the accelerating ion beam, the program of automatic setting of the optical parameter of the accelerator has been developed. The switchover time for changing the ion beam is about 5 min. These developments have been applied to the study on the ion beam mixing caused by high-density electronic excitation induced by swift heavy ions.

  14. Dislocation loop evolution under ion irradiation in austenitic stainless steels

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    Etienne, A.; Hernández-Mayoral, M.; Genevois, C.; Radiguet, B.; Pareige, P.

    2010-05-01

    A solution annealed 304 and a cold worked 316 austenitic stainless steels were irradiated from 0.36 to 5 dpa at 350 °C using 160 keV Fe ions. Irradiated microstructures were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Observations after irradiation revealed the presence of a high number density of Frank loops. Size and number density of Frank loops have been measured. Results are in good agreement with those observed in the literature and show that ion irradiation is able to simulate dislocation loop microstructure obtained after neutron irradiation. Experimental results and data from literature were compared with predictions from the cluster dynamic model, MFVIC (Mean Field Vacancy and Interstitial Clustering). It is able to reproduce dislocation loop population for neutron irradiation. Effects of dose rate and temperature on the loop number density are simulated by the model. Calculations for ion irradiations show that simulation results are consistent with experimental observations. However, results also show the model limitations due to the lack of accurate parameters.

  15. Charge-state dependence of inner-shell processes in collisions between highly charged Xe ions and solids at intermediate energies

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    Ren, Jieru; Zhao, Yongtao; Zhou, Xianming; Wang, Xing; Lei, Yu; Xu, Ge; Cheng, Rui; Wang, Yuyu; Liu, Shidong; Sun, Yuanbo; Xiao, Guoqing

    2015-12-01

    The x-ray emission during the penetration of 2-6 MeV Xeq + (q =20 ,22 ,26 ,30 ) ions into thick solid targets of iron and nickel has been measured. An obvious charge-state and incident-energy dependence of the target-to-projectile vacancy-production cross-section ratios was found for the iron target but not for the nickel target. The results are supported by the vacancy-sharing model and direct ionization theory and imply the great importance of level matching for the inner-shell process. The charge equilibration time of Xe30 + in solid iron was derived to be around 9 fs from the measured x-ray yields.

  16. Raman measurements in silica glasses irradiated with energetic ions

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    Saavedra, R. Martin, P.; Vila, R.; León, M.; Jiménez-Rey, D.; Girard, S.; Boukenter, A.; Ouerdane, Y.

    2014-10-21

    Ion irradiation with energetic He{sup +} (2.5 MeV), O{sup 4+} (13.5 MeV), Si{sup 4+} (24.4 MeV) and Cu{sup 7+} (32.6 MeV) species at several fluences (from 5 × 10{sup 12} to 1.65 × 10{sup 15} ion/cm{sup 2}) were performed in three types of SiO{sub 2} glasses with different OH content (KU1, KS-4V and Infrasil 301). After ion implantation the Raman spectra were measured and compared with the spectra of unirradiated samples. Irradiated samples of the three fused silica grades exhibit changes in the broad and asymmetric R-band (ω{sub 1} around 445 cm{sup −1}), in D{sub 1} (490 cm−1) and D{sub 2} (605 cm{sup −1}) bands associated to small-membered rings. The D{sub 2} band shows an increase with increasing fluences for different ions, indicating structural changes. Raman spectra of ion-irradiated samples were compared with the spectra of neutron irradiated samples at fluences 10{sup 17} n/cm{sup 2} and 1018 n/cm{sup 2}. Macroscopic surface cracking was detected, mainly at fluences corresponding to deposited energies between 10{sup 23} eV/cm{sup 3} and 10{sup 24} eV/cm{sup 3} (after ion beam shutdown)

  17. Inner-shell photoionization and core-hole decay of Xe and XeF{sub 2}

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    Southworth, Stephen H.; Picón, Antonio; Lehmann, C. Stefan; Wehlitz, Ralf; Cheng, Lan; Stanton, John F.

    2015-06-14

    Photoionization cross sections and partial ion yields of Xe and XeF{sub 2} from Xe 3d{sub 5/2}, Xe 3d{sub 3/2}, and F 1s subshells in the 660–740 eV range are compared to explore effects of the F ligands. The Xe 3d-ϵf continuum shape resonances dominate the photoionization cross sections of both the atom and molecule, but prominent resonances appear in the XeF{sub 2} cross section due to nominal excitation of Xe 3d and F 1s electrons to the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO), a delocalized anti-bonding MO. Comparisons of the ion products from the atom and molecule following Xe 3d photoionization show that the charge-state distribution of Xe ions is shifted to lower charge states in the molecule along with production of energetic F{sup +} and F{sup 2+} ions. This suggests that, in decay of a Xe 3d core hole, charge is redistributed to the F ligands and the system dissociates due to Coulomb repulsion. The ion products from excitation of the F 1s-LUMO resonance are different and show strong increases in the yields of Xe{sup +} and F{sup +} ions. The subshell ionization thresholds, the LUMO resonance energies, and their oscillator strengths are calculated by relativistic coupled-cluster methods and agree well with measurements.

  18. In situ luminescence measurement of irradiation defects in ternary lithium ceramics under ion beam irradiation

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    Moritani, Kimikazu; Moriyama, Hirotake

    1997-09-01

    For the performance assessment of fusion reactor solid breeder materials, the production behavior of irradiation defects in some candidate materials of Li 2TiO 3, Li 2ZrO 3 and Li 2SnO 3 was studied by an in situ luminescence measurement technique under ion beam irradiation. The luminescence was observed to be composed of multiple luminescence bands and the temperature dependence of the luminescence intensity was measured under He + or H + ion beam irradiation. The production mechanism of irradiation defects was discussed by comparing the present results with those previously obtained for Li 2O. The effects of irradiation defects on tritium recovery kinetics and material stability were pointed out.

  19. Directional ion emission from thin films under femtosecond laser irradiation

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    Williams, Gareth O.; Favre, Sebastian; O'Connor, Gerard M.

    2009-03-09

    Thin films of nickel have been irradiated using femtosecond laser pulses in vacuum. Subsequent emission of plasma ions is diagnosed using an ion probe. Angular distributions of the emitted ions are presented for a range of target film thicknesses. Data are compared to the Anisimov model of plasma expansion [S. I. Anisimov, D. Bauerle, and B. S. Luk'yanchuk, Phys. Rev. B 48, 12076 (1993)]. The tendency of the ions to be ejected at small angles to the normal of the target surface is explained in terms of the initial conditions of the plume. Results are explained in terms of the initial shape and adiabatic index of the plasma.

  20. Site-selective local fluorination of graphene induced by focused ion beam irradiation

    PubMed Central

    Li, Hu; Daukiya, Lakshya; Haldar, Soumyajyoti; Lindblad, Andreas; Sanyal, Biplab; Eriksson, Olle; Aubel, Dominique; Hajjar-Garreau, Samar; Simon, Laurent; Leifer, Klaus

    2016-01-01

    The functionalization of graphene remains an important challenge for numerous applications expected by this fascinating material. To keep advantageous properties of graphene after modification or functionalization of its structure, local approaches are a promising road. A novel technique is reported here that allows precise site-selective fluorination of graphene. The basic idea of this approach consists in the local radicalization of graphene by focused ion beam (FIB) irradiation and simultaneous introduction of XeF2 gas. A systematic series of experiments were carried out to outline the relation between inserted defect creation and the fluorination process. Based on a subsequent X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis, a 6-fold increase of the fluorine concentration on graphene under simultaneous irradiation was observed when compared to fluorination under normal conditions. The fluorine atoms are predominately localized at the defects as indicated from scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). The experimental findings are confirmed by density functional theory which predicts a strong increase of the binding energy of fluorine atoms when bound to the defect sites. The developed technique allows for local fluorination of graphene without using resists and has potential to be a general enabler of site-selective functionalization of graphene using a wide range of gases. PMID:26822900

  1. Site-selective local fluorination of graphene induced by focused ion beam irradiation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Li, Hu; Daukiya, Lakshya; Haldar, Soumyajyoti; Lindblad, Andreas; Sanyal, Biplab; Eriksson, Olle; Aubel, Dominique; Hajjar-Garreau, Samar; Simon, Laurent; Leifer, Klaus

    2016-01-01

    The functionalization of graphene remains an important challenge for numerous applications expected by this fascinating material. To keep advantageous properties of graphene after modification or functionalization of its structure, local approaches are a promising road. A novel technique is reported here that allows precise site-selective fluorination of graphene. The basic idea of this approach consists in the local radicalization of graphene by focused ion beam (FIB) irradiation and simultaneous introduction of XeF2 gas. A systematic series of experiments were carried out to outline the relation between inserted defect creation and the fluorination process. Based on a subsequent X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis, a 6-fold increase of the fluorine concentration on graphene under simultaneous irradiation was observed when compared to fluorination under normal conditions. The fluorine atoms are predominately localized at the defects as indicated from scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). The experimental findings are confirmed by density functional theory which predicts a strong increase of the binding energy of fluorine atoms when bound to the defect sites. The developed technique allows for local fluorination of graphene without using resists and has potential to be a general enabler of site-selective functionalization of graphene using a wide range of gases.

  2. Site-selective local fluorination of graphene induced by focused ion beam irradiation.

    PubMed

    Li, Hu; Daukiya, Lakshya; Haldar, Soumyajyoti; Lindblad, Andreas; Sanyal, Biplab; Eriksson, Olle; Aubel, Dominique; Hajjar-Garreau, Samar; Simon, Laurent; Leifer, Klaus

    2016-01-01

    The functionalization of graphene remains an important challenge for numerous applications expected by this fascinating material. To keep advantageous properties of graphene after modification or functionalization of its structure, local approaches are a promising road. A novel technique is reported here that allows precise site-selective fluorination of graphene. The basic idea of this approach consists in the local radicalization of graphene by focused ion beam (FIB) irradiation and simultaneous introduction of XeF2 gas. A systematic series of experiments were carried out to outline the relation between inserted defect creation and the fluorination process. Based on a subsequent X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis, a 6-fold increase of the fluorine concentration on graphene under simultaneous irradiation was observed when compared to fluorination under normal conditions. The fluorine atoms are predominately localized at the defects as indicated from scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). The experimental findings are confirmed by density functional theory which predicts a strong increase of the binding energy of fluorine atoms when bound to the defect sites. The developed technique allows for local fluorination of graphene without using resists and has potential to be a general enabler of site-selective functionalization of graphene using a wide range of gases. PMID:26822900

  3. Penetration controlled irradiation with ion beams for biological study

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    Tanaka, Atsushi; Watanabe, Hiroshi; Shimizu, Takashi; Inoue, Masayoshi; Kikuchi, Masahiro; Kobayashi, Yasuhiko; Tano, Shigemitsu

    1997-06-01

    To investigate the effect of local irradiation on biological systems, an apparatus for penetration controlled irradiation with ion beams was set up. By comparison of ranges of 1.5 MeV/u He 2+ between the theoretically calculated ranges and the practical ranges using chemical and biological materials, it was demonstrated that the range of an ion beam in a biological material could be controlled linearly by changing the distance from the beam window in the atmosphere to a target, although the fluence decreased at the range-end of the ion beams. In addition, the penetration controlled irradiation of tobacco pollen increased the frequency of leaky pollen. The increased frequency of the leaky pollen suggested that damage in the pollen envelope was induced at the range-end.

  4. Raman spectrum study of graphite irradiated by swift heavy ions

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    Zhai, Peng-Fei; Liu, Jie; Zeng, Jian; Yao, Hui-Jun; Duan, Jing-Lai; Hou, Ming-Dong; Sun, You-Mei; Ewing, Rodney Charles

    2014-12-01

    Highly oriented pyrolytic graphites are irradiated with 40.5-MeV and 67.7-MeV 112Sn-ions in a wide range of fluences: 1 × 1011 ions/cm2-1 × 1014 ions/cm2. Raman spectra in the region between 1200 cm-1 and 3500 cm-1 show that the disorder induced by Sn-ions increases with ion fluence increasing. However, for the same fluence, the amount of disorder is greater for 40.5-MeV Sn-ions than that observed for 67.7-MeV Sn-ions, even though the latter has a slightly higher value for electronic energy loss. This is explained by the ion velocity effect. Importantly, ~ 3-cm-1 frequency shift toward lower wavenumber for the D band and ~ 6-cm-1 shift toward lower wavenumber for the 2D band are observed at a fluence of 1 × 1014 ions/cm2, which is consistent with the scenario of radiation-induced strain. The strain formation is interpreted in the context of inelastic thermal spike model, and the change of the 2D band shape at high ion fluence is explained by the accumulation of stacking faults of the graphene layers activated by radiation-induced strain around ion tracks. Moreover, the hexagonal structure around the ion tracks is observed by scanning tunneling microscopy, which confirms that the strains near the ion tracks locally cause electronic decoupling of neighboring graphene layers.

  5. High energy XeBr electric discharge laser

    DOEpatents

    Sze, R.C.; Scott, P.B.

    A high energy XeBr laser for producing coherent radiation at 282 nm is disclosed. The XeBr laser utilizes an electric discharge as the excitation source to minimize formation of molecular ions thereby minimizing absorption of laser radiation by the active medium. Additionally, HBr, is used as the halogen donor which undergoes harpooning reactions with Xe/sub M/ to form XeBr.

  6. High energy XeBr electric discharge laser

    DOEpatents

    Sze, Robert C.; Scott, Peter B.

    1981-01-01

    A high energy XeBr laser for producing coherent radiation at 282 nm. The XeBr laser utilizes an electric discharge as the excitation source to minimize formation of molecular ions thereby minimizing absorption of laser radiation by the active medium. Additionally, HBr is used as the halogen donor which undergoes harpooning reactions with Xe.sub.M * to form XeBr*.

  7. Response of Strontium Titanate to Ion and Electron Irradiation

    SciTech Connect

    Zhang, Yanwen; Lian, Jie; Zhu, Zihua; Bennett, Wendy D.; Saraf, Laxmikant V.; Rausch, Julie L.; Hendricks, Catherine A.; Ewing, R. C.; Weber, William J.

    2009-04-20

    Response of strontium titanate (SrTiO3) to ion and electron irradiation is studied at room temperature. For an accurate energy to depth conversion and a better determination of ion-induced disorder profile from Rutherford backscattering spectrometry measurement, a detailed iterative procedure is described and applied to ion channeling spectra to determine the dechanneling yield and the disorder profiles for the Sr and Ti sublattices. The result shows a large underestimation in disorder depth, ~ 40% at the damage peak, which indicates a large overestimation of the electronic stopping power for 1.0 MeV Au ions in SrTiO3 predicted by the SRIM (Stopping and Range of Ions in Matter) code. Overestimation of heavy ion stopping power may lead to an overestimation of the critical dose for amorphization. The current study also demonstrates possible ionization effects in SrTiO3 under ion and electron irradiation. Pre-amorphized SrTiO3 exhibits strong ionization-induced epitaxial recovery at the amorphous/crystalline interface under electron irradiation.

  8. MeV per nucleon ion irradiation of nuclear materials with high energy synchrotron X-ray characterization

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Pellin, M. J.; Yacout, Abdellatif M.; Mo, Kun; Almer, Jonathan; Bhattacharya, S.; Mohamed, Walid; Seidman, D.; Ye, Bei; Yun, D.; Xu, Ruqing; Zhu, Shaofei

    2016-04-01

    The combination of MeV/Nucleon ion irradiation (e.g. 133 MeV Xe) and high energy synchrotron x-ray characterization (e.g. at the Argonne Advanced Photon Source, APS) provides a powerful characterization method to understand radiation effects and to rapidly screen materials for the nuclear reactor environment. Ions in this energy range penetrate ∼10 μm into materials. Over this range, the physical interactions vary (electronic stopping, nuclear stopping and added interstitials). Spatially specific x-ray (and TEM and nanoindentation) analysis allow individual quantification of these various effects. Hard x-rays provide the penetration depth needed to analyze even nuclear fuels. Here, this combination of synchrotron x-ray and MeV/Nucleon ion irradiation is demonstrated on U-Mo fuels. A preliminary look at HT-9 steels is also presented. We suggest that a hard x-ray facility with in situ MeV/nucleon irradiation capability would substantially accelerate the rate of discovery for extreme materials.

  9. Structural evolution of zirconium carbide under ion irradiation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Gosset, D.; Doll, M.; Simeone, D.; Baldinozzi, G.; Thom, L.

    2008-02-01

    Zirconium carbide is one of the candidate materials to be used for some fuel components of the high temperature nuclear reactors planned in the frame of the Gen-IV project. Few data exist regarding its behaviour under irradiation. We have irradiated ZrC samples at room temperature with slow heavy ions (4 MeV Au, fluence from 10 11 to 5 10 15 cm -2) in order to simulate neutron irradiations. Grazing incidence X-Ray diffraction (GIXRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis have been performed in order to study the microstructural evolution of the material versus ion fluence. A high sensitivity to oxidation is observed with the formation of zirconia precipitates during the ion irradiations. Three damage stages are observed. At low fluence (<10 12 cm -2), low modifications are observed. At intermediate fluence, high micro-strains appear together with small faulted dislocation loops. At the highest fluence (>10 14 cm -2), the micro-strains saturate and the loops coalesce to form a dense dislocation network. No other structural modification is observed. The material shows a moderate cell parameter increase, corresponding to a 0.6 vol.% swelling, which saturates around 10 14 ions/cm 2, i.e., a few Zr dpa. As a result, in spite of a strong covalent bonding component, ZrC seems to have a behaviour under irradiation close to cubic metals.

  10. Crystalline nanostructures on Ge surfaces induced by ion irradiation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ou, Xin; Facsko, Stefan

    2014-12-01

    Besides conventional low efficiency lithographic techniques broad ion beam irradiation is a simple and potentially mass productive technique to fabricate nanoscale patterns on various semiconductor surfaces. The main drawback of this method is that the irradiated semiconductor surfaces are amorphized, which strongly limits the potential application of these nanostructures in electronic and optoelectronic devices. In this work we report that high-quality crystalline nanostructure patterns are formed on Ge surfaces via Ar+ irradiation at elevated temperatures. This pattern formation process resembles the pattern formation in homoepitaxy. Therefore, the process is discussed based on a 'reverse epitaxy' mechanism.

  11. Surface modification of multilayer graphene using Ga ion irradiation

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    Wang, Quan; Shao, Ying; Ge, Daohan; Ren, Naifei; Yang, Qizhi

    2015-04-28

    The effect of Ga ion irradiation intensity on the surface of multilayer graphene was examined. Using Raman spectroscopy, we determined that the irradiation caused defects in the crystal structure of graphene. The density of defects increased with the increase in dwell times. Furthermore, the strain induced by the irradiation changed the crystallite size and the distance between defects. These defects had the effect of doping the multilayer graphene and increasing its work function. The increase in work function was determined using contact potential difference measurements. The surface morphology of the multilayer graphene changed following irradiation as determined by atomic force microscopy. Additionally, the adhesion between the atomic force microscopy tip and sample increased further indicating that the irradiation had caused surface modification, important for devices that incorporate graphene.

  12. Depth-independent hardness improvements in ion irradiated polystyrene

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    Rao, G.R.; Riester, L.; Lee, E.H.

    1994-12-31

    Polystyrene (PS) was irradiated with 2 MeV He{sup +} ions to a fluence of 3.3 {times} 10{sup 9} ions/m{sup 2}. A cross-section of the irradiated layer was subjected to hardness measurements across the section using a nanoindentation technique. Results showed that hardness increased as a function of irradiation depth and showed a maximum value of 12 GPa at a depth of approximately 6.5 {mu}m, for a total ion penetration range of 9 {mu}m, as compared to a hardness of 0.45 GPa for unirradiated PS. The hardness variation with depth followed the trend for Linear Energy Transfer (LET) for ionization from the energetic ions to substrate atoms. This investigation showed for the first time how hardness varies as a function of depth for ion-irradiated polymers; this variation approximately follows the ionization LET profile, suggesting that cross-linking in the polymers could be proportional to ionization.

  13. Charge transfer reactions in Xe plasma expansion

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    Jiao, C. Q.; Garscadden, A.; Ganguly, B. N.

    2007-04-15

    Charge transfer reactions of fast Xe ions with hydrocarbons including methane (CH{sub 4}), ethene (C{sub 2}H{sub 4}), and propane (C{sub 3}H{sub 8}) are studied by adding these hydrocarbon gases into a cross flowing Xe plasma expansion. Branching ratios and relative reaction rates for the charge transfers of fast Xe{sup +} with each of the three hydrocarbon gases are measured under different rf powers of the inductively coupled Xe discharge. For CH{sub 4}/Xe system, we find that fast Xe{sup +} reacts readily with CH{sub 4} generating CH{sub 4}{sup +} and CH{sub 3}{sup +} in a ratio of 1:0.56, with an estimated rate coefficient of (2.3{+-}0.3)x10{sup -10} cm{sup 3}/s at 75 W rf power which slowly increases to (2.9{+-}0.3)x10{sup -10} cm{sup 3}/s at 250 W (error bars reflect only the uncertainties due to the unknown extent of the ion recombination that follows the charge transfer reaction). These observed charge transfer reactions are made possible by the kinetically excited Xe ions produced by free expansion of the plasma. For the C{sub 2}H{sub 4}/Xe system product ions C{sub 2}H{sub 4}{sup +} and C{sub 2}H{sub 2}{sup +} are observed, and for C{sub 3}H{sub 8}/Xe, C{sub 2}H{sub 4}{sup +} and C{sub 2}H{sub 5}{sup +} and minor product ions including C{sub 2}H{sub 2}{sup +} and C{sub 3}H{sub 7}{sup +} are observed.

  14. Amorphous carbon nitride films irradiated with argon ions

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    Wang, Jianjun; Rangel, Elidiane C.; da Cruz, Nilson C.; Swart, Jacobus W.; de Moraes, Mario A. B.

    2000-05-01

    Hard, electrical-conductive and corrosion-resistant coatings can be obtained by energetic ion irradiation of amorphous carbonaceous materials such as organic polymers and hydrogenated amorphous carbon films. In this work, amorphous carbon nitride films (a-C:N) containing hydrogen and oxygen were deposited in glow discharges of C2H2, N2 and O2 mixtures and then irradiated with 150 keV Ar+ ions at fluences ranging from 1018 to 1020 m-2. The molecular structure and elemental composition of the as-deposited and irradiated films were studied using infrared reflectance spectrophotometry (IRS) and Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS). A significant change in the composition and structure of the films, produced by ion irradiation, was revealed by the IRS spectra. Increasing the ion fluence, Φ, the concentration of unsaturated CC bonds increased while that of N-H, C-H and CO bonds decreased. From the RBS data it was concluded that the O/C and N/C atomic ratios decreased with ion irradiation. Modifications of the electronic structure were manifested by changes in the optical gap, EG, and in the electrical conductivity, σ. Ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy was used to determine EG while σ was obtained using a two-point probe. While EG decreased, σ increased with increasing Φ. The dependence of EG and σ on the structural modifications is discussed. Comparison of the electrical conductivity measurements of this work with those reported for irradiated amorphous diamond like carbon (DLC) films revealed that even at high fluences - when the content of both the a-C:N and the DLC films are nearly 100% carbon - the electronic structures of these materials are different.

  15. Evaporation of ion-irradiated disks

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    Dullemond, C. P.; Spruit, H. C.

    2005-05-01

    We calculate the evaporation of a cool accretion disk around a black hole due to the ion-bombardment by an ion supported accretion flow (here ISAF, or optically thin ADAF). As first suggested by Spruit & Deufel (2002), this evaporation takes place in two stages: ion bombardment of the cool disk (Shakura-Sunyaev disk: SSD) produces an intermediate-temperature layer on top of the disk (“warm layer”) which constitutes an independent accretion flow on both sides of the SSD. As this warm material accretes inward of the inner radius of the SSD, it becomes thermally unstable by lack of cooling of photons, and evaporates into the ISAF, thereby feeding the latter. Angular momentum conservation forces a certain fraction of the ISAF material to move outward, where it can bombard the SSD with its hot ions. The flow geometry is derived by computing stationary solutions of the continuity- and angular momentum equations for the three components (ISAF, warm flow and SSD). The overall radiative output is dominated by hard X-rays. They are produced mostly from the warm component, rather than the ISAF. The expected time dependence and stability of the flow, not computed here, is discussed briefly.

  16. Absolute photoionization cross sections for Xe{sup 4+}, Xe{sup 5+}, and Xe{sup 6+} near 13.5 nm: Experiment and theory

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    Aguilar, A.; Gillaspy, J. D.; Gribakin, G. F.; Phaneuf, R. A.; Gharaibeh, M. F.; Kozlov, M. G.; Bozek, J. D.; Kilcoyne, A. L. D.

    2006-03-15

    Absolute photoionization cross-section measurements for a mixture of ground and metastable states of Xe{sup 4+}, Xe{sup 5+}, and Xe{sup 6+} are reported in the photon energy range of 4d{yields}nf transitions, which occur within or adjacent to the 13.5 nm window for extreme ultraviolet lithography light source development. The reported values allow the quantification of opacity effects in xenon plasmas due to these 4d{yields}nf autoionizing states. The oscillator strengths for the 4d{yields}4f and 4d{yields}5f transitions in Xe{sup q+} (q=1-6) ions are calculated using nonrelativistic Hartree-Fock and random phase approximations. These are compared with published experimental values for Xe{sup +} to Xe{sup 3+} and with the values obtained from the present experimental cross-section measurements for Xe{sup 4+} to Xe{sup 6+}. The calculations assisted in the determination of the metastable content in the ion beams for Xe{sup 5+} and Xe{sup 6+}. The experiments were performed by merging a synchrotron photon beam generated by an undulator beamline of the Advanced Light Source with an ion beam produced by an electron cyclotron resonance ion source.

  17. Diamond structure recovery during ion irradiation at elevated temperatures

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    Deslandes, Alec; Guenette, Mathew C.; Belay, Kidane; Elliman, Robert G.; Karatchevtseva, Inna; Thomsen, Lars; Riley, Daniel P.; Lumpkin, Gregory R.

    2015-12-01

    CVD diamond is irradiated by 5 MeV carbon ions, with each sample held at a different temperature (300-873 K) during irradiations. The defect structures resulting from the irradiations are evident as vacancy, interstitial and amorphous carbon signals in Raman spectra. The observed variation of the full width at half maximum (FWHM) and peak position of the diamond peak suggests that disorder in the diamond lattice is reduced for high temperature irradiations. The dumbbell interstitial signal is reduced for irradiations at 873 K, which suggests this defect is unstable at these temperatures and that interstitials have migrated to crystal surfaces. Near edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy results indicate that damage to the diamond structure at the surface has occurred for room temperature irradiations, however, this structure is at least partially recovered for irradiations performed at 473 K and above. The results suggest that, in a high temperature irradiation environment such as a nuclear fusion device, in situ annealing of radiation-created defects can maintain the diamond structure and prolong the lifetime of diamond components.

  18. Defects and critical current in REBCO films by ion irradiation

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    Li, Qiang; Ozaki, Toshinori; Zhang, Cheng; Brookhaven National Lab Team

    2015-03-01

    We will present our recent studies on the defects and critical current density (Jc) in superconducting ReBa2Cu3O7 films (Re = Y, or rare earth element) irradiated by several types of ions at energy level between hundreds of KeV and tens of MeV. We observed remarkable enhancement of Jc in some of the irradiated films at low temperature and at high magnetic fields up to 35 T. We examined the ion irradiation induced defects by using advanced transmission electron microscopy. It was found that the ion irradiation at this kinetic energy range produces defects that are rather small (~ a few nanometers) in physical size. However, these defects were found to create a substantially large strain field in the vicinity that depresses the pair potential and produce effective flux pinning at low temperatures. As the temperature approaching Tc, the irradiation induced pinning was found less effective, presumably due to the softening of vortex line. A correlation between the nano-structures of the defects and critical current will be discussed.

  19. Tailoring the properties of copper nanowires by ion beam irradiation

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    Kumar, Narinder; Kumar, Rajesh; Kumar, Sushil; Chakarvarti, S. K.

    2016-02-01

    In the present paper, we investigated the change in the properties of copper nanowires under the irradiance of 80 MeV Si7+ ion beam. The nanowires were electrodeposited in the cylindrical pores of the track-etched polycarbonate membranes. The phase, morphology and optical absorbance of the fabricated nanowires were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and UV-visible spectroscopy, respectively. The XRD study showed a face centered cubic crystal structure of copper nanowires. Further measurements with FESEM revealed that nanowires were continuous, aligned with uniform diameter having high aspect ratio. The XRD spectra of irradiated nanowires indicated an improved crystalinity at low ion fluences while it declines at higher ion fluences. The optical absorbance properties of the irradiated copper nanowires were also examined. The absorption spectra exhibited a peak at 568 nm which was attributed to the surface plasmon resonance. A significant increase in absorbance after irradiation accounts for the possibility of defects formation. The electrical properties measured from I-V characteristics showed an increase in resistivity of irradiated nanowires.

  20. One and two-electron investigation of electronic structure for Ba(+)Xe and BaXe van der Waals molecules in a pseudopotential approach.

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    Abdessalem, Kawther; Mejrissi, Leila; Issaoui, Noureddine; Oujia, Brahim; Gada, Florent Xavier

    2013-09-12

    The potential energy curves, vibrational energy levels, spectroscopic constants, and dipole moment curves for the ground and excited states of BaXe and its ion Ba(+)Xe molecules are calculated with an ab initio method using pseudopotential techniques and core polarization potentials. The molecules are treated as two (BaXe) or one (Ba(+)Xe) active electrons systems taking benefit of the zero pseudopotential approach for Xe. The vibrational levels and their energy spacing have been also determined for ?(+), ?, and ? states. The permanent and transition dipole moment curves are investigated for the (1,3)?(+) states of the BaXe neutral molecule and (2)?(+) states of the Ba(+)Xe ion. The analysis of these numerous results shows interesting behavior in potential energy curves imprinted by the strong repulsive interactions between electron and Xe and also indicates an intense transition dipole moment for both Ba(+)Xe and BaXe. PMID:23987477

  1. Effects of Ga ion-beam irradiation on monolayer graphene

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    Wang, Quan; Mao, Wei; Zhang, Yanmin; Shao, Ying; Ren, Naifei; Ge, Daohan; State Key Laboratory of Transducer Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200050

    2013-08-12

    The effects of Ga ion on the single layer graphene (SLG) have been studied by Raman spectroscopy (RS), SEM, and field-effect characterization. Under vacuum conditions, Ga ion-irradiation can induce disorders and cause red shift of 2D band of RS, rather than lattice damage in high quality SLG. The compressive strain induced by Ga ion decreases the crystalline size in SLG, which is responsible for the variation of Raman scattering and electrical properties. Nonlinear out-put characteristic and resistance increased are also found in the I-V measurement. The results have important implications during CVD graphene characterization and related device fabrication.

  2. Magnetization and susceptibility of ion irradiated granular magnetite films

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    Jiang, Weilin; McCloy, John S.; Lea, Alan S.; Sundararajan, J. A.; Yao, Qi; Qiang, Y.

    2011-04-26

    Superparamagnetic granular magnetite (Fe3O4) films with an average grain size of 3 nm have been found to be magnetized following 5.5 MeV Si2+ ion irradiation to a fluence of 1.0E16 ions/cm2 near room temperature. The film underwent a phase transition to ferromagnetism after the irradiation. X-ray diffraction study shows that the average grain size increased to 23 nm. There is a dramatic change in the microstructure, featuring particle aggregation and material condensation. Magnetic domains in the irradiated film are observed in the size range of tens to several hundreds of nanometers. The change in the magnetic properties is attributed to irradiation induced grain growth and structural modifications that lead to occurrence of magnetic anisotropy. There are dipolar interactions between the nanoparticles in both the unirradiated and irradiated films. Data fits for the in-phase alternating current magnetic susceptibility of the unirradiated film indicate that the blocking temperature is ~150 K, depending on frequency. A gradual Verwey transition for the irradiated film occurs at ~75 K, above which the susceptibility exhibits unusual behavior: a linear decrease with decreasing temperature. There are irreversible processes of magnetic domains during cooling and warming up between 10 and 300 K.

  3. Vibrational study of hydrogen bonding to ion irradiated diamond surfaces

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    Bertin, M.; Lafosse, A.; Azria, R.; Michaelson, Sh.; Ternyak, O.; Hoffman, A.

    2007-02-05

    High resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy has been used to probe hydrogenated diamond film surfaces exposed to 1 keV Ar{sup +} ions at a dose of {approx}10{sup 15} cm{sup -2} and thermal annealing. The defects induced on the upper atomic layers were identified with regard to the different hydrogenated species hybridization states as well as their thermal stability. Ion irradiation resulted in the coexistence of a partially hydrogenated disordered near surface region including CH species bonded in sp, sp{sup 2}, and sp{sup 3} bonding configurations and CC dimers. Thermal annealing of the ion beam irradiated hydrogenated surface leads to complete hydrogen desorption at {approx}650 deg. C. This temperature is significantly lower compared to a well defined diamond surface for which an annealing temperature above 900 deg. C is needed.

  4. Effects on focused ion beam irradiation on MOS transistors

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    Campbell, A.N.; Peterson, K.A.; Fleetwood, D.M.; Soden, J.M.

    1997-04-01

    The effects of irradiation from a focused ion beam (FIB) system on MOS transistors are reported systematically for the first time. Three MOS transistor technologies, with 0.5, 1, and 3 {mu}m minimum feature sizes and with gate oxide thicknesses ranging from 11 to 50 nm, were analyzed. Significant shifts in transistor parameters (such as threshold voltage, transconductance, and mobility) were observed following irradiation with a 30 keV Ga{sup +} focused ion beam with ion doses varying by over 5 orders of magnitude. The apparent damage mechanism (which involved the creation of interface traps, oxide trapped charge, or both) and extent of damage were different for each of the three technologies investigated.

  5. Conductivity behavior of ion-irradiated percolating gold films

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    Dumpich, G.; Friedrichowski, St.; Plewnia, A.; Ziemann, P.

    1993-11-01

    Thin gold films (t<10 nm) are prepared in an UHV system simultaneously onto quartz substrates for resistance measurements and onto NaCl crystals for electron-microscopic investigation. Both samples are irradiated by Ar+ ions with various fluences. The temperature dependence of the resistance and the magnetoresistance (B<5 T) is measured for the nonirradiated samples as well as for the irradiated samples. Accordingly, each pair of samples is investigated by TEM to examine the influence of irradiation on the film topography. From this it is possible to explain the variation of the conductivity behavior for the irradiated and nonirradiated gold films. By magnetoresistance measurements we find a gradual shift from normal to anomalous electron diffusion due to the topographical changes in the Au films.

  6. Net sputtering rate due to hot ions in a Ne-Xe discharge gas bombarding an MgO layer

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    Ho, S.; Tamakoshi, T.; Ikeda, M.; Mikami, Y.; Suzuki, K.

    2011-04-15

    An analytical method is developed for determining net sputtering rate for an MgO layer under hot ions with low energy (<100 eV) in a neon-xenon discharge gas at near-atmospheric pressure. The primary sputtering rate is analyzed according to spatial and energy distributions of the hot ions with average energy, E{sup h}{sub i}, above a threshold energy of sputtering, E{sub th,i}, multiplied by a yield coefficient. The threshold energy of sputtering is determined from dissociation energy required to remove an atom from MgO surface multiplied by an energy-transfer coefficient. The re-deposition rate of the sputtered atoms is calculated by a diffusion simulation using a hybridized probabilistic and analytical method. These calculation methods are combined to analyze the net sputtering rate. Maximum net sputtering rate due to the hot neon ions increases above the partial pressure of 4% xenon as E{sup h}{sub Ne} becomes higher and decreases near the partial pressure of 20% xenon as ion flux of neon decreases. The dependence due to the hot neon ions on partial pressure and applied voltage agrees well with experimental results, but the dependence due to the hot xenon ions deviates considerably. This result shows that the net sputtering rate is dominated by the hot neon ions. Maximum E{sup h}{sub Ne} (E{sup h}{sub Ne,max} = 5.3 - 10.3 eV) is lower than E{sub th,Ne} (19.5 eV) for the MgO layer; therefore, weak sputtering due to the hot neon ions takes place. One hot neon ion sputters each magnesium and each oxygen atom on the surface and distorts around a vacancy. The ratio of the maximum net sputtering rate is approximately determined by number of the ions at E{sup h}{sub i,max} multiplied by an exponential factor of -E{sub th,i}/E{sup h}{sub i,max}.

  7. Enhancement of Secondary Hydrocarbon Ion Emission Yield from Graphite Irradiated with Energetic Carbon Cluster Ion Beams

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    Shibata, Hiromi; Saitoh, Yuichi; Chiba, Atsuya; Narumi, Kazumasa

    When radiations, such as UV lights, X-rays, gamma-rays, and energetic electrons and ions, irradiate interstellar grains, excitation and ionization of the atoms and molecules around the surface of the grains occur, and chemical reactions are induced. Thus many kinds of organic and inorganic molecules are produced on the interstellar grains. We have observed the yield enhancement of secondary hydrocarbon cluster ion emission from graphite irradiated by energetic cluster ions. As energetic cluster ions can bombard a very small (atomic size) area of a solid surface with many atoms simultaneously and release large kinetic energy in a very short time (from femto-to pico-second region), nonlinear effects or synergetic effects are caused. This effect enhances the secondary ion emission yields. Energetic cluster ion beams used for the study of secondary ion emission processes were pro-duced by the TIARA tandem accelerator at Takasaki Advanced Radiation Research Institute, JAEA. A time of flight (TOF) mass spectrometer combined with a pulsed cluster ion beam was used for a secondary ion measurement. In this report we present some results of positive and negative secondary ion emission from a highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) target bombarded with 0.5 MeV/atom (˜ 42 keV/amu) C1+ ˜ C8+ ions. The total secondary ion yields except for yields of hydrogen ions (H+, H2+, H3+ or H-) from a HOPG target bombarded with carbon cluster ions are presented. The yields of negative secondary ions for all incident cluster ions Cn+ are about twice of positive ion yields and the super-linear relation can be seen. We will discuss about this enhancement of the yield of secondary emission.

  8. Ion irradiation experiments relevant to the physics of comets

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    Baratta, G. A.; Castorina, A. C.; Leto, G.; Palumbo, M. E.; Spinella, F.; Strazzulla, G.

    1994-09-01

    We present the results of new experiments on some physical-chemical effects induced by fast ion colliding with solids of relevance for the physics of comets. In particular we have studied the transition from crystalline to amorphous water ice induced by keV ion irradiation at temperatures between 10 and 100 K. After ion-induced amorphization occurred, at low T, the samples have been heated and their crystallization at around 150 K has been studied. Our results are compared with those recently reported in the literature (Hudson and Moore, 1992). The production of molecular solids, polymer-like materials and amorphous carbon by irradiation of simple carbon-containing ices is discussed as well as some preliminary results on the changes in the sublimation rates of irridiated CO-ices. We also report on a set of experimental results obtained irradiating methanol and water-methanol mixtures. As a consequence of bombardment, different species form. Among these, the formation of CO, CH4 and CO2 is evident. The production of formaldehyde questionable is; upper limits are given. The ratios among different molecules have been evaluated as a function of the deposited energy. The results are compared with those obtained by UV irradiation of the same mixtures (Allamandola et al., 1988). The experimental results are finally discussed in the light of their relevance to cometary physics.

  9. Group III impurities Si interstitials interaction caused by ion irradiation

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    Romano, L.; Piro, A. M.; De Bastiani, R.; Grimaldi, M. G.; Rimini, E.

    2006-01-01

    The off-lattice displacement of substitutional impurities (B, Ga) in Si caused by irradiation with energetic light ion beams has been investigated. Samples have been prepared by solid phase epitaxy (SPE) of pre-amorphized Si subsequently implanted with B and Ga at a concentration of about 1 × 1020 at/cm3 confined in a 300 nm thick surface region. The off-lattice displacement of the impurities was induced at room temperature (RT) by irradiation with high energy (>600 keV) light ion beams (H, He) and detected by the channelling technique along different axes, using the 11B(p,α)8Be reaction and standard RBS, for B and Ga, respectively. The normalized channelling yield χ of the impurity signal increases with the ion fluence, indicating a progressive off-lattice displacement of the dopant during irradiation, until it saturates at χF < 1 suggesting a non-random displacement of the dopant. Although the precise value of χF depends on the channelling direction and dopant species, the off-lattice displacement rate, deduced from the χ versus interstitial fluence curve, only depends on the excess of Si self-interstitials (SiI) generated by the irradiating beam through a parameter σ that can be interpreted as an effective cross-section for the impurity-SiI interaction.

  10. Characterization of swift heavy ion irradiation damage in ceria

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    Yablinsky, Clarissa A.; Devanathan, Ram; Pakarinen, Janne; Gan, Jian; Severin, Daniel; Trautmann, Christina; Allen, Todd R.

    2015-03-04

    Swift heavy ion induced radiation damage is investigated for ceria (CeO2), which serves as a UO2 fuel surrogate. Microstructural changes resulting from an irradiation with 940 MeV gold ions of 42 keV/nm electronic energy loss are investigated by means of electron microscopy accompanied by electron energy loss spectroscopy showing that there exists a small density reduction in the ion track core. While chemical changes in the ion track are not precluded, evidence of them was not observed. Classical molecular dynamics simulations of thermal spikes in CeO2 with an energy deposition of 12 and 36 keV/nm show damage consisting of isolated point defects at 12 keV/nm, and defect clusters at 36 keV/nm, with no amorphization at either energy. Inferences are drawn from modeling about density changes in the ion track and the formation of interstitial loops that shed light on features observed by electron microscopy of swift heavy ion irradiated ceria.

  11. Characterization of swift heavy ion irradiation damage in ceria

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    Yablinsky, Clarissa A.; Devanathan, Ram; Pakarinen, Janne; Gan, Jian; Severin, Daniel; Trautmann, Christina; Allen, Todd R.

    2015-03-04

    Swift heavy ion induced radiation damage is investigated for ceria (CeO2), which serves as a UO2 fuel surrogate. Microstructural changes resulting from an irradiation with 940 MeV gold ions of 42 keV/nm electronic energy loss are investigated by means of electron microscopy accompanied by electron energy loss spectroscopy showing that there exists a small density reduction in the ion track core. While chemical changes in the ion track are not precluded, evidence of them was not observed. Classical molecular dynamics simulations of thermal spikes in CeO2 with an energy deposition of 12 and 36 keV/nm show damage consisting of isolatedmore » point defects at 12 keV/nm, and defect clusters at 36 keV/nm, with no amorphization at either energy. Furthermore, inferences are drawn from modeling about density changes in the ion track and the formation of interstitial loops that shed light on features observed by electron microscopy of swift heavy ion irradiated ceria.« less

  12. Characterization of swift heavy ion irradiation damage in ceria

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    Yablinsky, Clarissa A.; Devanathan, Ram; Pakarinen, Janne; Gan, Jian; Severin, Daniel; Trautmann, Christina; Allen, Todd R.

    2015-03-04

    Swift heavy ion induced radiation damage is investigated for ceria (CeO2), which serves as a UO2 fuel surrogate. Microstructural changes resulting from an irradiation with 940 MeV gold ions of 42 keV/nm electronic energy loss are investigated by means of electron microscopy accompanied by electron energy loss spectroscopy showing that there exists a small density reduction in the ion track core. While chemical changes in the ion track are not precluded, evidence of them was not observed. Classical molecular dynamics simulations of thermal spikes in CeO2 with an energy deposition of 12 and 36 keV/nm show damage consisting of isolated point defects at 12 keV/nm, and defect clusters at 36 keV/nm, with no amorphization at either energy. Furthermore, inferences are drawn from modeling about density changes in the ion track and the formation of interstitial loops that shed light on features observed by electron microscopy of swift heavy ion irradiated ceria.

  13. Sputtering of amorphous silicon nitride irradiated with energetic C60 ions: Preferential sputtering and synergy effect between electronic and collisional sputtering

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    Kitayama, T.; Morita, Y.; Nakajima, K.; Narumi, K.; Saitoh, Y.; Matsuda, M.; Sataka, M.; Toulemonde, M.; Kimura, K.

    2015-12-01

    Amorphous silicon nitride films (thickness 30 nm) deposited on Si(0 0 1) were irradiated with 30-1080 keV C60 and 100 MeV Xe ions to fluences ranging from 2 × 1011 to 1 × 1014 ions/cm2. The composition depth profiles of the irradiated samples were measured using high-resolution Rutherford backscattering spectrometry. The sputtering yields were estimated from the derived composition profiles. Pronounced preferential sputtering of nitrogen was observed in the electronic energy loss regime. In addition, a large synergy effect between the electronic and collisional sputtering was also observed. The sputtering yields were calculated using the unified thermal spike model to understand the observed results. Although the calculated results reproduced the observed total sputtering yields with a lowered sublimation energy, the observed preferential sputtering of nitrogen could not be explained. The present results suggest an additional sputtering mechanism related to the electronic energy loss.

  14. Micromechanical tests of ion irradiated materials: Atomistic simulations and experiments

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    Shin, C.; Jin, H. H.; Kwon, J.

    2012-07-01

    We investigated irradiation effects on Fe-Cr binary alloys by using a nano-indentation combined with a continuous stiffness measurement (CSM) technique. We modeled the nano-indentation test by using a finite element method. We could extract the intrinsic hardness and the yield stress of an irradiation hardened region by using a so-called inverse method. SiC micro-pillars of various sizes were fabricated by mask and inductively coupled plasma etching technique and compressed by using flat punch nano-indentation. Compressive fracture strength showed a clear specimen size effect. Brittle-to-Ductile transition at room temperature was observed as the specimen size decreases. The effect of irradiation on the fracture strength of SiC micro-pillars was evaluated by performing ion irradiation with Si ions. We have performed molecular dynamics simulations of nano-indentation and nano-pillar compression tests. Radiation effect was observed which is found to be due to the interaction of dislocations nucleated by spherical indenter with pre-existing radiation defects (voids). These atomistic simulations are expected to significantly contribute to the investigation of the fundamental deformation mechanism of small scale irradiated materials. (authors)

  15. An infrared study of pure and ion irradiated frozen formamide

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    Brucato, J. R.; Baratta, G. A.; Strazzulla, G.

    2006-08-01

    Context.The chemical evolution of formamide (HCONH2), a molecule of astrobiological interest that has been tentatively identified in interstellar ices and in cometary coma, has been studied in laboratory under simulated astrophysical conditions such as ion irradiation at low temperature.Aims.To evaluate the abundances of formamide observed in space or in laboratory, the integrated absorbances for all the principal IR features of frozen amorphous pure formamide deposited at 20 K were measured. Further evidence that energetic processing of ices occurring in space is extremely relevant both to astrochemistry and to astrobiology has been found, showing that new molecular species are synthesized by ion irradiation at a low temperature.Methods.Pure formamide were deposited at 20 K and IR transmission spectra measured for different ice thicknesses. The ice thickness was derived by looking at the interference pattern (intensity versus time) of a He-Ne laser beam reflected at an angle of 45 deg by the vacuum-film and film-substrate interfaces. Samples of formamide ice were irradiated with 200 keV H+ ions and IR spectra recorded at different ion fluences.Results.New molecules were synthesized among which are CO, CO2, N2O, isocyanic acid (HNCO), and ammonium cyanate (NH4^+OCN^-). Some of these species remain stable after warming up to room temperature.

  16. Late degeneration in rabbit tissues after irradiation by heavy ions

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    Lett, J. T.; Cox, A. B.; Keng, P. C.; Lee, A. C.; Su, C. M.; Bergtold, D. S.

    1980-01-01

    Results are presented for investigations of the late effects of heavy-ion irradiation on rabbit tissues which were undertaken to assess the hazards associated with the long-term exposure of humans to heavy ions in space during such activities as the construction of solar power stations or voyages to Mars. White rabbits approximately six weeks old were exposed to various doses of collimated beams of 400-MeV/n Ne ions, 570 MeV/n Ar ions and Co-60 gamma rays directed through both eyes, and the responses of the various tissues (hair follicles, skin, cornea, lens, retina, Harderian glands, bone and forebrain) were examined. Proliferating tissues are found to exhibit high damage levels in the early and late periods following irradiation, while terminally differentiating tissues repond to radiation most intensely in the late period, years after irradiation, with no intermediate recovery. The results obtained from rabbits are used to predict the occurrence of late tissue degeneration in the central nervous system, terminally differentiating systems and stem cells of humans one or more decades following exposure to radiation levels anticipated during long-duration space flights. The studies also indicate that tissues may be prematurely aged in the sense that tissue life spans may be shortened without the development of malignancies.

  17. Comparison of Deuterium Retention for Ion-irradiated and Neutron-irradiated Tungsten

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    Yasuhisa Oya; Masashi Shimada; Makoto Kobayashi; Takuji Oda; Masanori Hara; Hideo Watanabe; Yuji Hatano; Pattrick Calderoni; Kenji Okuno

    2011-12-01

    The behavior of D retention for Fe{sup 2+}-irradiated tungsten with a damage of 0.025-3 dpa was compared with that for neutron-irradiated tungsten with 0.025 dpa. The D{sub 2} thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS) spectra for Fe{sup 2+}-irradiated tungsten consisted of two desorption stages at 450 and 550 K, while that for neutron-irradiated tungsten was composed of three stages and an addition desorption stage was found at 750 K. The desorption rate of the major desorption stage at 550K increased as the displacement damage increased due to Fe{sup 2+} irradiation increasing. In addition, the first desorption stage at 450K was found only for damaged samples. Therefore, the second stage would be based on intrinsic defects or vacancy produced by Fe{sup 2+} irradiation, and the first stage should be the accumulation of D in mono-vacancy and the activation energy would be relatively reduced, where the dislocation loop and vacancy is produced. The third one was found only for neutron irradiation, showing the D trapping by a void or vacancy cluster, and the diffusion effect is also contributed to by the high full-width at half-maximum of the TDS spectrum. Therefore, it can be said that the D{sub 2} TDS spectra for Fe{sup 2+}-irradiated tungsten cannot represent that for the neutron-irradiated one, indicating that the deuterium trapping and desorption mechanism for neutron-irradiated tungsten is different from that for the ion-irradiated one.

  18. In-situ observation of atomic self-organization processes in Xe nanocrystals embedded in Al.

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    Mitsuishi, K.; Song, M.; Furuya, K.; Birtcher, R. C.; Allen, C. W.; Donnelly, S. E.

    1998-03-10

    Self-organization processes in Xe nanocrystals embedded in Al are observed with in-situ high-resolution electron microscopy. Under electron irradiation, stacking fault type defects are produced in Xe nanocrystals. The defects recover in a layer by layer manner. Detailed analysis of the video reveals that the displacement of Xe atoms in the stacking fault was rather small for the Xe atoms at boundary between Xe and Al, suggesting the possibility of the stacking fault in Xe precipitate originating inside of precipitate, not at the Al/Xe interface.

  19. Magnetic properties of graphite irradiated with MeV ions

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    Ramos, M. A.; Munoz-Martin, A.; Climent-Font, A.; Barzola-Quiquia, J.; Esquinazi, P.; Garcia-Hernandez, M.

    2010-06-01

    We have studied the change in the magnetic properties produced on highly oriented pyrolytic graphite samples by irradiation of H, C, and N ions in the mega-electron-volt energy range. The use of specially made sample holders for the magnetic measurements provided high reproducibility allowing us to obtain directly the irradiation effects without any corrections or subtractions. Our results show that three magnetic phenomena are triggered by the defects produced by the irradiation, namely, Curie-type paramagnetism, ferromagnetism and an anomalous paramagnetic state that appears as precursor of the magnetic ordered state. Using SRIM simulations to estimate the amount of vacancies produced by the irradiation, the Curie-type paramagnetic response indicates an effective Bohr magneton number per nominally produced vacancy p=0.27+-0.02mu{sub B}. Direct measurements of the surface sample temperature during irradiation and the decrease in the (as-received) paramagnetic as well as ferromagnetic contributions after irradiation indicate that self-heating is one of the causes for small yield of ferromagnetism. Taking into account the hydrogen distribution in the virgin samples, the obtained results indicate that the induced ferromagnetism appears when the average vacancy distance is {approx}2 nm in the near surface region.

  20. Magnetization and susceptibility of ion-irradiated granular magnetite films

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    Jiang, W.; McCloy, J. S.; Lea, A. S.; Sundararajan, J. A.; Yao, Q.; Qiang, Y.

    2011-04-01

    Porous granular films of magnetite (Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}) with grains of {approx}3 nm in size were prepared using a state-of-the-art nanocluster deposition system. The films are initially superparamagnetic but become magnetized following Si{sup 2+} ion irradiation. A significant increase in the grain size and a dramatic change in the microstructure are observed. There are dipolar interactions between the nanoparticles in both the unirradiated and irradiated films. The in-phase alternating current magnetic susceptibility of the unirradiated film shows a blocking temperature of {approx}150 K, depending on frequency. A broadened Verwey transition for the irradiated film occurs at {approx}75 K, above which the susceptibility exhibits unusual behavior: a nearly linear decrease with decreasing temperature. There are irreversible domain rotations in the irradiated film during zero-field cooling and warming cycles between 10 and 300 K. The observed behavior of the irradiated granular films is quite distinct from that of metallic nanostructures after irradiation, and is due to the dramatic change in microstructures.

  1. Metastable hydronium ions in UV-irradiated ice

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    Moon, Eui-Seong; Kang, Heon

    2012-11-28

    We show that the irradiation of UV light (10-11 eV) onto an ice film produces metastable hydronium (H{sub 3}O{sup +}) ions in the ice at low temperatures (53-140 K). Evidence of the presence of metastable hydronium ions was obtained by experiments involving adsorption of methylamine onto UV-irradiated ice films and hydrogen-deuterium (H/D) isotopic exchange reaction. The methylamine adsorption experiments showed that photogenerated H{sub 3}O{sup +} species transferred a proton to the methylamine arriving at the ice surface, thus producing the methyl ammonium ion, which was detected by low energy sputtering method. The H{sub 3}O{sup +} species induced the H/D exchange of water, which was monitored through the detection of water isotopomers on the surface by using the Cs{sup +} reactive ion scattering method. Thermal and temporal stabilities of H{sub 3}O{sup +} and its proton migration activity were examined. The lifetime of the hydronium ions in the amorphized ice was greater than 1 h at {approx}53 K and decreased to {approx}5 min at 140 K. Interestingly, a small portion of hydronium ions survived for an extraordinarily long time in the ice, even at 140 K. The average migration distance of protons released from H{sub 3}O{sup +} in the ice was estimated to be about two water molecules at {approx}54 K and about six molecules at 100 K. These results indicate that UV-generated hydronium ions can be efficiently stabilized in low-temperature ice. Such metastable hydronium ions may play a significant role in the acid-base chemistry of ice particles in interstellar clouds.

  2. Temperature measurements during high flux ion beam irradiations

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    Crespillo, M. L.; Graham, J. T.; Zhang, Y.; Weber, W. J.

    2016-02-01

    A systematic study of the ion beam heating effect was performed in a temperature range of -170 to 900 °C using a 10 MeV Au3+ ion beam and a Yttria stabilized Zirconia (YSZ) sample at a flux of 5.5 × 1012 cm-2 s-1. Different geometric configurations of beam, sample, thermocouple positioning, and sample holder were compared to understand the heat/charge transport mechanisms responsible for the observed temperature increase. The beam heating exhibited a strong dependence on the background (initial) sample temperature with the largest temperature increases occurring at cryogenic temperatures and decreasing with increasing temperature. Comparison with numerical calculations suggests that the observed heating effect is, in reality, a predominantly electronic effect and the true temperature rise is small. A simple model was developed to explain this electronic effect in terms of an electrostatic potential that forms during ion irradiation. Such an artificial beam heating effect is potentially problematic in thermostated ion irradiation and ion beam analysis apparatus, as the operation of temperature feedback systems can be significantly distorted by this effect.

  3. Temperature measurements during high flux ion beam irradiations.

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    Crespillo, M L; Graham, J T; Zhang, Y; Weber, W J

    2016-02-01

    A systematic study of the ion beam heating effect was performed in a temperature range of -170 to 900 °C using a 10 MeV Au(3+) ion beam and a Yttria stabilized Zirconia (YSZ) sample at a flux of 5.5 × 10(12) cm(-2) s(-1). Different geometric configurations of beam, sample, thermocouple positioning, and sample holder were compared to understand the heat/charge transport mechanisms responsible for the observed temperature increase. The beam heating exhibited a strong dependence on the background (initial) sample temperature with the largest temperature increases occurring at cryogenic temperatures and decreasing with increasing temperature. Comparison with numerical calculations suggests that the observed heating effect is, in reality, a predominantly electronic effect and the true temperature rise is small. A simple model was developed to explain this electronic effect in terms of an electrostatic potential that forms during ion irradiation. Such an artificial beam heating effect is potentially problematic in thermostated ion irradiation and ion beam analysis apparatus, as the operation of temperature feedback systems can be significantly distorted by this effect. PMID:26931879

  4. Mutagenic effects of heavy ion irradiation on rice seeds

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    Xu, Xue; Liu, Binmei; Zhang, Lili; Wu, Yuejin

    2012-11-01

    Three varieties of rice seeds were subjected to irradiation using low-energy and medium-energy ions. The damage and mutations induced by the ions were examined. In addition, genetic analysis and gene mapping of spotted leaf (spl) mutants were performed. Low-energy ions had no significant influence on germination, survival or seedling height, except for the survival of Nipponbare. Medium-energy ions had a significant influence on germination and survival but had no significant effect on seedling height. In the low-energy group, among 60,000 M2 plants, 2823 putative morphological mutants were found, and the mutation frequency was approximately 4.71%. In the medium-energy group, 3132 putative morphological mutants were found, and the mutation frequency was approximately 5.22%. Five spl mutants (spl29-spl33) were obtained by ion irradiation, and the heredity of the spl mutants was stable. The characteristics of the spl mutants were found, by genetic analysis and preliminary mapping, to be controlled by a single recessive gene, and spl30 and spl33 were found to be new lesion-mimic mutants.

  5. Ultrafast reconstruction of graphite by irradiating with highly charged ions

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    Miyamoto, Yoshiyuki

    2007-09-01

    Irradiating with highly charged Ar ions (Ar8+) causes an unanticipated structural reconstruction of graphite [T. Meguro et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 79, 3866 (2001)] with a particular incidence energy of 400eV. To analyze this result, it is necessary to take into account charge transfer dynamics and ion dynamics simultaneously, which is not included in conventional first-principles scheme. An application of the time-dependent density functional theory coupled with molecular dynamics showed a variety of reconstructions (single vacancies, interlayer bridges, and sp3-like bonds) depending on Ar8+ incidence energies and should stimulate further research over a wide range of the incident energies.

  6. Structure alterations in microporous (Mg,Fe){sub 2}Al{sub 4}Si{sub 5}O{sub 18} crystals induced by energetic heavy-ion irradiation

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    Miletich, Ronald; Diego Gatta, G.; Redhammer, Guenther J.; Burchard, Michael; Meyer, Hans-Peter; Weikusat, Christian; Rotiroti, Nicola; Glasmacher, Ulrich A.; Trautmann, Christina; Neumann, Reinhard

    2010-10-15

    The microporous framework structure of (Mg{sub 1-x}Fe{sub x}){sub 2}Al{sub 4}Si{sub 5}O{sub 18} (=cordierite) has been subject to a comparative study on the effect of structural alterations originating from exposure to high-energy heavy ions. Oriented samples (with x=0.061, 0.122, and 0.170) were irradiated with swift {sup 124}Xe, {sup 197}Au and {sup 96}Ru ions with 11.1 MeV per nucleon energy and fluences of 1x10{sup 12} and 1x10{sup 13} ions/cm{sup 2}. Irradiated and non-irradiated samples were investigated by means of X-ray diffraction, Moessbauer spectroscopy and optical absorption spectroscopy. Structural investigations reveal an essentially unchanged Al,Si ordering, which appears to be unaffected by irradiation. The most remarkable macroscopic change is the ion-beam induced colouration, which could be assigned to electronic charge transfer transitions involving the Fe cations. Moessbauer spectra indicate an increased amount of {sup [4]}Fe{sup 3+} for the irradiated sample. The most noticeable structural alteration concerns irradiation-induced dehydration of extra-framework H{sub 2}O, which is accompanied by a reduction in the molar volume by {approx}0.2 vol%. - Graphical abstract: Cordierite single-crystal specimen showing the color change from pale blue (unirradiated) to a yellowish brown layer (irradiated) after exposure to relativistic {sup 124}Xe ions at a fluence of 1x10{sup 12} ions per cm{sup 2}.

  7. He ion irradiation damage to Al/Nb multilayers

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    Misra, Amit; Li, Nan; Martin, M S; Anderoglu, Osman; Shao, L; Wang, H; Zhang, X

    2009-01-01

    We investigated the evolution of microstructure and mechanical properties of sputter-deposited Al/Nb multilayers with individual layer thickness, h, of 1-200 nm, subjected to helium ion irradiations: 100 keV He{sup +} ions with a dose of 6 x 10{sup 16}/cm{sup 2}. Helium bubbles, 1-2 nm in diameter, were observed. When h is greater than 25 nm, hardnesses of irradiated multilayers barely change, whereas radiation hardening is more significant at smaller h. Transmission electron microscopy and scanning transmission electron microscopy studies reveal the formation of a thin layer of Nb{sub 3}Al intermetallic along the Al/Nb interface as a consequence of radiation induced intermixing. The dependence of radiation hardening on h is interpreted by using a composite model considering the formation of the hard Nb{sub 3}Al intermetallic layer.

  8. Tunable nanometer electrode gaps by MeV ion irradiation

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    Cheang-Wong, J.-C.; Narumi, K.; Schuermann, G. M.; Aziz, M. J.; Golovchenko, J. A.

    2012-04-09

    We report the use of MeV ion-irradiation-induced plastic deformation of amorphous materials to fabricate electrodes with nanometer-sized gaps. Plastic deformation of the amorphous metal Pd{sub 80}Si{sub 20} is induced by 4.64 MeV O{sup 2+} ion irradiation, allowing the complete closing of a sub-micrometer gap. We measure the evolving gap size in situ by monitoring the field emission current-voltage (I-V) characteristics between electrodes. The I-V behavior is consistent with Fowler-Nordheim tunneling. We show that using feedback control on this signal permits gap size fabrication with atomic-scale precision. We expect this approach to nanogap fabrication will enable the practical realization of single molecule controlled devices and sensors.

  9. He ion irradiation damage in Al /Nb multilayers

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    Li, Nan; Martin, M. S.; Anderoglu, O.; Misra, A.; Shao, L.; Wang, H.; Zhang, X.

    2009-06-01

    We investigate the evolution of microstructure and mechanical properties of sputter-deposited Al /Nb multilayers with miscible fcc/bcc type interface and individual layer thickness, h, of 1-200nm, subjected to helium ion irradiations: 100keV He+ ions and a fluence of 6×1016/cm2. Helium bubbles, 1-2nm in diameter, are observed. When h is greater than 25nm, hardnesses of irradiated multilayers barely change, whereas radiation hardening is more significant at smaller h. Transmission electron microscopy and scanning transmission electron microscopy studies reveal the formation of a thin layer of Nb3Al intermetallic phase along the Al /Nb interface as a consequence of radiation induced intermixing. The dependence of radiation hardening on h is interpreted by using a composite model considering the formation of the hard Nb3Al intermetallic layer.

  10. Ion irradiation induced structural and electrical transition in graphene

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    Zhou Yangbo; Wang Yifan; Xu Jun; Fu Qiang; Wu Xiaosong; Yu Dapeng; Liao Zhimin; Duesberg, Georg S.

    2010-12-21

    The relationship between the electrical properties and structure evolution of single layer graphene was studied by gradually introducing the gallium ion irradiation. Raman spectrums show a structural transition from nano-crystalline graphene to amorphous carbon as escalating the degree of disorder of the graphene sample, which is in correspondence with the electrical transition from a Boltzmann diffusion transport to a carrier hopping transport. The results show a controllable method to tune the properties of graphene.

  11. Development of an ion beam alignment system for real-time scanning tunneling microscope observation of dopant-ion irradiation

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    Kamioka, Takefumi; Sato, Kou; Kazama, Yutaka; Watanabe, Takanobu; Ohdomari, Iwao

    2008-07-15

    An ion beam alignment system has been developed in order to realize real-time scanning tunneling microscope (STM) observation of 'dopant-ion' irradiation that has been difficult due to the low emission intensity of the liquid-metal-ion-source (LMIS) containing dopant atoms. The alignment system is installed in our original ion gun and STM combined system (IG/STM) which is used for in situ STM observation during ion irradiation. By using an absorbed electron image unit and a dummy sample, ion beam alignment operation is drastically simplified and accurized. We demonstrate that sequential STM images during phosphorus-ion irradiation are successfully obtained for sample surfaces of Si(111)-7x7 at room temperature and a high temperature of 500 deg. C. The LMIS-IG/STM equipped with the developed ion beam alignment system would be a powerful tool for microscopic investigation of the dynamic processes of ion irradiation.

  12. Manipulation of the graphene surface potential by ion irradiation

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    Ochedowski, O.; Kleine Bussmann, B.; Schleberger, M.; Ban d'Etat, B.; Lebius, H.

    2013-04-15

    We show that the work function of exfoliated single layer graphene can be modified by irradiation with swift (E{sub kin}=92 MeV) heavy ions under glancing angles of incidence. Upon ion impact individual surface tracks are created in graphene on silicon carbide. Due to the very localized energy deposition characteristic for ions in this energy range, the surface area which is structurally altered is limited to Almost-Equal-To 0.01 {mu}m{sup 2} per track. Kelvin probe force microscopy reveals that those surface tracks consist of electronically modified material and that a few tracks suffice to shift the surface potential of the whole single layer flake by Almost-Equal-To 400 meV. Thus, the irradiation turns the initially n-doped graphene into p-doped graphene with a hole density of 8.5 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 12} holes/cm{sup 2}. This doping effect persists even after heating the irradiated samples to 500 Degree-Sign C. Therefore, this charge transfer is not due to adsorbates but must instead be attributed to implanted atoms. The method presented here opens up a way to efficiently manipulate the charge carrier concentration of graphene.

  13. A Raman study of ion irradiated icy mixtures

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    Ferini, G.; Baratta, G. A.; Palumbo, M. E.

    2004-02-01

    In this paper we present a Raman study of pure CH4, H2O:CH4:N2 and CH3OH:N2 frozen films before and after ion irradiation at 12 K, 100 K and 300 K. By means of Raman spectroscopy, we monitor the structural evolution of each film, whose chemical and physical properties are deeply modified by the interaction with the ion beam. For the two methane containing samples, Raman spectra show that the initial ice is partially converted into a refractory residue, which under further irradiation evolves towards an amorphous carbon (AC) with a band near 1560 cm-1 (G line) and a shoulder at about 1360 cm-1 (D line). No evidence of the AC Raman band is seen in the spectra of the methanol-containing mixture. By means of Lorentzian fits, we have determined the specific parameters of the AC band (G and D line peak positions, widths and relative intensities) in our spectra after ion irradiation and we have compared them with the corresponding parameters of the band as observed in the spectra of 11 IDPs (Interplanetary Dust Particles). Here we present the experimental results and discuss their contribution to our knowledge of the origin and evolution of IDPs.

  14. A Raman study of ion irradiated icy mixtures

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    Baratta, G. A.; Ferini, G.; Palumbo, M. E.

    2003-04-01

    We present a Raman study of pure CH_4, H_2O:CH_4:N_2 and CH_3OH:N_2 frozen films before and after ion irradiation at low (12 K) and high (100 K or 300 K) temperature. By means of Raman spectroscopy, we monitor the structural evolution of each film, whose optical properties are deeply modified by the interaction with the ion beam. Raman spectra show that the sample is partially converted into a refractory residue, which under further irradiation evolves towards an amorphous carbon with a band near 1560 cm-1 (G line) and a shoulder at about 1360 cm-1 (D line). The specific parameters of this 'double-peaked' feature (peaks position, widths and relative intensities) can be used as diagnostic to classify different carbonaceous materials and infer information about their degree of order. We have compared these parameters for our samples (ion irradiated frozen films and residues), for different kinds of hydrogenated carbon grains and for some IDPs. We have found that IDPs have in general a narrower G line, which peaks at higher wavenumbers, than most of the laboratory samples here discussed. This implies that IDPs have a structure with a higher degree of order than that of our samples. Here we present the experimenal results and discuss their relevance to the study of the origin and evolution of IDPs.

  15. Light ion irradiation for unfavorable soft tissue sarcoma

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    Linstadt, D.; Castro, J.R.; Phillips, T.L.; Petti, P.L.; Collier, J.M.; Daftari, I.; Schoethaler, R.; Rayner, A.

    1990-09-01

    Between 1978 and 1989, 32 patients with unfavorable soft tissue sarcoma underwent light ion (helium, neon) irradiation with curative intent at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. The tumors were located in the trunk in 22 patients and head and neck in 10. Macroscopic tumor was present in 22 at the time of irradiation. Two patients had tumors apparently induced by previous therapeutic irradiation. Follow-up times for surviving patients ranged from 4 to 121 months (median 27 months). The overall 3-year actuarial local control rate was 62%; the corresponding survival rate was 50%. The 3-year actuarial control rate for patients irradiated with macroscopic tumors was 48%, while none of the patients with microscopic disease developed local recurrence (100%). The corresponding 3-year actuarial survival rates were 40% (macroscopic) and 78% (microscopic). Patients with retroperitoneal sarcoma did notably well; the local control rate and survival rate were 64% and 62%, respectively. Complications were acceptable; there were no radiation related deaths, while two patients (6%) required operations to correct significant radiation-related injuries. These results appear promising compared to those achieved by low -LET irradiation, and suggest that this technique merits further investigation.

  16. Characterization of polymeric films subjected to lithium ion beam irradiation

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    Groenewold, Gary S.; Cannon, W. Roger; Lessing, Paul A.; Avci, Recep; Deliorman, Muhammedin; Wolfenden, Mark; Akers, Doug W.; Jewell, J. Keith; Zuck, Larry D.

    2013-02-01

    Two different polymeric materials that are candidate materials for use as binders for mixed uranium-plutonium oxide nuclear fuel pellets were subjected to Li ion beam irradiation, in order to simulate intense alpha irradiation. The materials (a polyethylene glycol 8000 and a microcrystalline wax) were then analyzed using a combination of mass spectrometry (MS) approaches and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Samples of the irradiated PEG materials were dissolved in H2O and then analyzed using electrospray ionization-MS, which showed the formation of a series of small oligomers in addition to intact large PEG oligomers. The small oligomers were likely formed by radiation-induced homolytic scissions of the C-O and C-C bonds, which furnish radical intermediates that react by radical recombination with Hrad and OHrad . Surface analysis using SIMS revealed a heterogeneous surface that contained not only PEG-derived polymers, but also hydrocarbon-based entities that are likely surface contaminants. XPS of the irradiated PEG samples indicated the emergence of different carbon species, with peak shifts suggesting the presence of sp2 carbon atoms. Analysis of the paraffinic film using XPS showed the emergence of oxygen on the surface of the sample, and also a broadening and shifting of the C1s peak, demonstrating a change in the chemistry on the surface. The paraffinic film did not dissolve in either H2O or a H2O-methanol solution, and hence the bulk of the material could not be analyzed using electrospray. However a series of oligomers was leached from the bulk material that produced ion series in the ESI-MS analyses that were identified octylphenyl ethoxylate oligomers. Upon Li ion bombardment, these shifted to a lower average molecular weight, but more importantly showed the emergence of three new ion series that are being formed as a result of radiation damage. Surface analysis of the paraffinic polymers using SIMS produced spectra that were wholly dominated by hydrocarbon ion series, and no difference was observed between unirradiated and irradiated samples. The studies demonstrate that for the PEG-based polymers, direct evidence for radiolytic scission can be observed using ESI-MS, and suggests that both radiolytic pathways and efficiencies as a function of dose should be measurable by calibrating instrument response to the small oligomeric degradation products.

  17. Characterization of polymeric films subjected to lithium ion beam irradiation

    SciTech Connect

    Gary S. Groenewold; W. Roger Cannon; Paul A. Lessing; Recep Avci; Muhammedin Deliorman; Mark Wolfenden; Doug W. Akers; J. Keith Jewell

    2013-02-01

    Two different polymeric materials that are candidate materials for use as binders for mixed uranium–plutonium oxide nuclear fuel pellets were subjected to Li ion beam irradiation, in order to simulate intense alpha irradiation. The materials (a polyethylene glycol 8000 and a microcrystalline wax) were then analyzed using a combination of mass spectrometry (MS) approaches and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Samples of the irradiated PEG materials were dissolved in H2O and then analyzed using electrospray ionization-MS, which showed the formation of a series of small oligomers in addition to intact large PEG oligomers. The small oligomers were likely formed by radiation-induced homolytic scissions of the C–O and C–C bonds, which furnish radical intermediates that react by radical recombination with Hradical dot and OHradical dot. Surface analysis using SIMS revealed a heterogeneous surface that contained not only PEG-derived polymers, but also hydrocarbon-based entities that are likely surface contaminants. XPS of the irradiated PEG samples indicated the emergence of different carbon species, with peak shifts suggesting the presence of sp2 carbon atoms. Analysis of the paraffinic film using XPS showed the emergence of oxygen on the surface of the sample, and also a broadening and shifting of the C1s peak, demonstrating a change in the chemistry on the surface. The paraffinic film did not dissolve in either H2O or a H2O–methanol solution, and hence the bulk of the material could not be analyzed using electrospray. However a series of oligomers was leached from the bulk material that produced ion series in the ESI-MS analyses that were identified octylphenyl ethoxylate oligomers. Upon Li ion bombardment, these shifted to a lower average molecular weight, but more importantly showed the emergence of three new ion series that are being formed as a result of radiation damage. Surface analysis of the paraffinic polymers using SIMS produced spectra that were wholly dominated by hydrocarbon ion series, and no difference was observed between unirradiated and irradiated samples. The studies demonstrate that for the PEG-based polymers, direct evidence for radiolytic scission can be observed using ESI-MS, and suggests that both radiolytic pathways and efficiencies as a function of dose should be measurable by calibrating instrument response to the small oligomeric degradation products.

  18. Confinement resonances in photoionization of Xe@C₆₀+.

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    Kilcoyne, A L D; Aguilar, A; Müller, A; Schippers, S; Cisneros, C; Alna'washi, G; Aryal, N B; Baral, K K; Esteves, D A; Thomas, C M; Phaneuf, R A

    2010-11-19

    Experimental evidence is presented for confinement resonances associated with photoabsorption by a Xe atom in a C60 cage. The giant 4d resonance in photoionization of Xe is predicted to be redistributed into four components due to multipath interference of photoelectron waves reflected by the cage. The measurements were made in the photon energy range 60-150 eV by merging a beam of synchrotron radiation with a mass/charge selected Xe@C₆₀+ ion beam. The phenomenon was observed in the Xe@C(58)(3+) product ion channel. [corrected] PMID:21231297

  19. Ion irradiation damage in ilmenite at 100 K

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    Mitchell, J.N.; Yu, N.; Devanathan, R.; Sickafus, K.E.; Nastasi, M.A.; Nord, G.L., Jr.

    1997-01-01

    A natural single crystal of ilmenite (FeTiO3) was irradiated at 100 K with 200 keV Ar2+. Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy and ion channeling with 2 MeV He+ ions were used to monitor damage accumulation in the surface region of the implanted crystal. At an irradiation fluence of 1 ?? 1015 Ar2+/cm2, considerable near-surface He+ ion dechanneling was observed, to the extent that ion yield from a portion of the aligned crystal spectrum reached the yield level of a random spectrum. This observation suggests that the near-surface region of the crystal was amorphized by the implantation. Cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy and electron diffraction on this sample confirmed the presence of a 150 nm thick amorphous layer. These results are compared to similar investigations on geikielite (MgTiO3) and spinel (MgAl2O4) to explore factors that may influence radiation damage response in oxides.

  20. Reflection properties of hydrogen ions at helium irradiated tungsten surfaces

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    Doi, K.; Tawada, Y.; Lee, H. T.; Kato, S.; Tanaka, N.; Sasao, M.; Kisaki, M.; Nishiura, M.; Matsumoto, Y.; Kenmotsu, T.; Wada, M.; Ueda, Y.; Yamaoka, H.

    2016-02-01

    Nanostructured W surfaces prepared by He bombardment exhibit characteristic angular distributions of hydrogen ion reflection upon injection of 1 keV H+ beam. A magnetic momentum analyzer that can move in the vacuum chamber has measured the angular dependence of the intensity and the energy of reflected ions. Broader angular distributions were observed for He-irradiated tungsten samples compared with that of the intrinsic polycrystalline W. Both intensity and energy of reflected ions decreased in the following order: the polycrystalline W, the He-bubble containing W, and the fuzz W. Classical trajectory Monte Carlo simulations based on Atomic Collision in Amorphous Target code suggests that lower atom density near the surface can make the reflection coefficients lower due to increasing number of collisions.

  1. Study of ion-irradiated tungsten in deuterium plasma

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    Khripunov, B. I.; Gureev, V. M.; Koidan, V. S.; Kornienko, S. N.; Latushkin, S. T.; Petrov, V. B.; Ryazanov, A. I.; Semenov, E. V.; Stolyarova, V. G.; Danelyan, L. S.; Kulikauskas, V. S.; Zatekin, V. V.; Unezhev, V. N.

    2013-07-01

    Experimental study aimed at investigation of neutron induced damage influence on fusion reactor plasma facing materials is reported. Displacement damage was produced in tungsten by high-energy helium and carbon ions at 3-10 MeV. The reached level of displacement damage ranged from several dpa to 600 dpa. The properties of the irradiated tungsten were studied in steady-state deuterium plasma on the LENTA linear divertor simulator. Plasma exposures were made at 250 eV of ion energy to fluence 1021-1022 ion/сm2. Erosion dynamics of the damaged layer and deuterium retention were observed. Surface microstructure modifications and important damage of the 5 μm layer shown. Deuterium retention in helium-damaged tungsten (ERD) showed its complex behavior (increase or decrease) depending on implanted helium quantity and the structure of the surface layer.

  2. The Irradiation Performance and Microstructural Evolution in 9Cr-2W Steel Under Ion Irradiation

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    Alsagabi, Sultan; Charit, Indrajit; Pasebani, Somayeh

    2016-02-01

    Grade 92 steel (9Cr-2W) is a ferritic-martensitic steel with good mechanical and thermal properties. It is being considered for structural applications in Generation IV reactors. Still, the irradiation performance of this alloy needs more investigation as a result of the limited available data. The irradiation performance investigation of Grade 92 steel would contribute to the understanding of engineering aspects including feasibility of application, economy, and maintenance. In this study, Grade 92 steel was irradiated by iron ion beam to 10, 50, and 100 dpa at 30 and 500 °C. In general, the samples exhibited good radiation damage resistance at these testing parameters. The radiation-induced hardening was higher at 30 °C with higher dislocation density; however, the dislocation density was less pronounced at higher temperature. Moreover, the irradiated samples at 30 °C had defect clusters and their density increased at higher doses. On the other hand, dislocation loops were found in the irradiated sample at 50 dpa and 500 °C. Further, the irradiated samples did not show any bubble or void.

  3. Origins of ion irradiation-induced Ga nanoparticle motion on GaAs surfaces

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    Kang, M.; Wu, J. H.; Sofferman, D. L.; Beskin, I.; Chen, H. Y.; Thornton, K.; Goldman, R. S.

    2013-08-01

    We have examined the origins of ion irradiation-induced nanoparticle (NP) motion. Focused-ion-beam irradiation of GaAs surfaces induces random walks of Ga NPs, which are biased in the direction opposite to that of ion beam scanning. Although the instantaneous NP velocities are constant, the NP drift velocities are dependent on the off-normal irradiation angle, likely due to a difference in surface non-stoichiometry induced by the irradiation angle dependence of the sputtering yield. It is hypothesized that the random walks are initiated by ion irradiation-induced thermal fluctuations, with biasing driven by anisotropic mass transport.

  4. Origins of ion irradiation-induced Ga nanoparticle motion on GaAs surfaces

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    Kang, M.; Wu, J. H.; Chen, H. Y.; Thornton, K.; Goldman, R. S.; Sofferman, D. L.; Department of Physics, Adelphi University, Garden City, New York 11530-0701 ; Beskin, I.

    2013-08-12

    We have examined the origins of ion irradiation-induced nanoparticle (NP) motion. Focused-ion-beam irradiation of GaAs surfaces induces random walks of Ga NPs, which are biased in the direction opposite to that of ion beam scanning. Although the instantaneous NP velocities are constant, the NP drift velocities are dependent on the off-normal irradiation angle, likely due to a difference in surface non-stoichiometry induced by the irradiation angle dependence of the sputtering yield. It is hypothesized that the random walks are initiated by ion irradiation-induced thermal fluctuations, with biasing driven by anisotropic mass transport.

  5. Microstructure of RERTR DU-Alloys Irradiated with Krypton Ions

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    J. Gan; D. Keiser; D. Wachs; B. Miller; T. Allen; M. Kirk; J. Rest

    2009-11-01

    Fuel development for reduced enrichment research and test reactor (RERTR) program is tasked with the development of new low enrichment uranium fuels that can be employed to replace existing high enrichment uranium fuels currently used in many research and test reactors worldwide. Radiation stability of the interaction product formed at fuel-matrix interface has a strong impact on fuel performance. Three depleted uranium alloys are cast that consist of the following 5 phases of interest to be investigated: U(Si,Al)3, (U,Mo)(Si,Al)3, UMo2Al20, U6Mo4Al43 and UAl4. Irradiation of TEM disc samples with 500 keV Kr ions at 200?C to high doses up to ~100 dpa were conducted using an intermediate voltage electron microscope equipped with an ion accelerator. The irradiated microstructure of the 5 phases is characterized using transmission electron microscopy. The results will be presented and the implication of the observed irradiated microstructure on the fuel performance will be discussed.

  6. Swift heavy ion irradiation of Pt nanocrystals: I. shape transformation and dissolution

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    Giulian, R.; Araujo, L.L.; Kluth, P.; Sprouster, D.J.; Schnohr, C.S.; Byrne, A.P.; Ridgway, M.C.

    2014-09-24

    We report on the effects of swift heavy ion irradiation of embedded Pt nanocrystals (NCs), which change from spheres to prolate spheroids to rods upon irradiation. Using a broad range of ion irradiation energies and NC mean sizes we demonstrate that the elongation and dissolution processes are energy and size dependent, attaining comparable levels of shape transformation and dissolution upon a given energy density deposited in the matrix. The NC shape transformation remains operative despite discontinuous ion tracks in the matrix and exhibits a constant threshold size for elongation. In contrast, for ion irradiations in which the ion tracks are continuous, the threshold size for elongation is clearly energy dependent.

  7. Ion mixing in film-substrate systems under polyenergetic Ar{sup +} ion beam irradiation

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    Kalin, B.A.; Volkov, N.V.; Gladkov, B.P.; Sabo, S.E.; Atalikova, I.H.; Altuhov, A.A.

    1996-12-31

    The results of alloying Al, Fe, and Mo surfaces by Be, Al, Ni, Sn under polyenergetic Ar{sup +} ion beam irradiation with a mean energy of 10 keV have been presented. It has been shown that along with film and substrate materials sputtering there takes place the penetration of film atoms into substrate materials at depth which is significantly greater (by a factor of 3...10) than the projective range of ions in the given materials. The analysis of possible alloying depths with regard to different models (pure radiation range for monoenergetic ion beams; when the decrease of concentration is approximated by the exponential dependence; when the internal forcing out stresses are taken into account) for equal irradiation dose shows that the model, in which the migration of implanted atoms in the fields of forcing out stresses are considered, gives most close agreement between the calculated data and experimental ones.

  8. Surface ripple evolution by argon ion irradiation in polymers

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    Goyal, Meetika; Aggarwal, Sanjeev; Sharma, Annu

    2016-03-01

    In this report, an attempt has been made to investigate the morphological evolution of nanoscale surface ripples on aliphatic (polypropylene, PP) and aromatic (polyethylene terephthalate, PET) polymeric substrates irradiated with 50 keV Ar+ ions. The specimens were sputtered at off normal incidence of 30° with 5 × 1016 Ar+ cm-2. The topographical features and structural behavior of the specimens were studied using Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and UV-Visible spectroscopy techniques, respectively. The Stopping and Range of Ions in Matter simulations were performed to calculate sputtering yield of irradiated PP and PET polymers. Sputtering yield of carbon atoms has been found to be smaller for PP (0.40) as compared to PET (0.73), which is attributed to the different structures of two polymers. AFM analysis demonstrates the evolution of ripple like features with amplitude (2.50 nm) and wavelength (690 nm) on PET while that of lower amplitude (1.50 nm) and higher wavelength (980 nm) on PP specimen. The disorder parameter (Urbach energy) has been found to increase significantly from 0.30 eV to 1.67 eV in case of PP as compared to a lesser increase from 0.35 eV to 0.72 eV in case of PET as revealed by UV-Visible characterization. A mutual correlation between ion beam sputtering induced topographical variations with that of enhancement in the disorder parameter of the specimens has been discussed.

  9. Dose response of alanine detectors irradiated with carbon ion beams

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    Herrmann, Rochus; Jaekel, Oliver; Palmans, Hugo; Sharpe, Peter; Bassler, Niels

    2011-04-15

    Purpose: The dose response of the alanine detector shows a dependence on particle energy and type when irradiated with ion beams. The purpose of this study is to investigate the response behavior of the alanine detector in clinical carbon ion beams and compare the results to model predictions. Methods: Alanine detectors have been irradiated with carbon ions with an energy range of 89-400 MeV/u. The relative effectiveness of alanine has been measured in this regime. Pristine and spread out Bragg peak depth-dose curves have been measured with alanine dosimeters. The track structure based alanine response model developed by Hansen and Olsen has been implemented in the Monte Carlo code FLUKA and calculations were compared to experimental results. Results: Calculations of the relative effectiveness deviate less than 5% from the measured values for monoenergetic beams. Measured depth-dose curves deviate from predictions in the peak region, most pronounced at the distal edge of the peak. Conclusions: The used model and its implementation show a good overall agreement for quasimonoenergetic measurements. Deviations in depth-dose measurements are mainly attributed to uncertainties of the detector geometry implemented in the Monte Carlo simulations.

  10. Self-aligned nanostructures created by swift heavy ion irradiation

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    Gehrke, Hans-Gregor; Nix, Anne-Katrin; Hofsaess, Hans; Krauser, Johann; Trautmann, Christina; Weidinger, Alois

    2010-05-15

    In tetrahedral amorphous carbon (ta-C) swift heavy ions create conducting tracks of about 8 nm in diameter. To apply these nanowires and implement them into nanodevices, they have to be contacted and gated. In the present work, we demonstrate the fabrication of conducting vertical nanostructures in ta-C together with self-aligned gate electrodes. A multilayer assembly is irradiated with GeV heavy ions and subsequently exposed to several selective etching processes. The samples consist of a Si wafer as substrate covered by a thin ta-C layer. On top is deposited a SiN{sub x} film for insulation, a Cr layer as electrode, and finally a polycarbonate film as ion track template. Chemical track etching opens nanochannels in the polymer which are self-aligned with the conducting tracks in ta-C because they are produced by the same ions. Through the pores in the polymer template, the Cr and SiN{sub x} layers are opened by ion beam sputtering and plasma etching, respectively. The resulting structure consists of nanowires embedded in the insulating carbon matrix with a built in gate electrode and has potential application as gated field emission cathode.

  11. Radiation stability of iron nanoparticles irradiated with accelerated iron ions

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    Uglov, V. V.; Remnev, G. E.; Kvasov, N. T.; Safronov, I. V.; Shymanski, V. I.

    2015-07-01

    In the present work the dynamic processes occurring in a nanoscale iron particle exposed to irradiation with iron ions of different energies are studied in detailed. It is shown that the elastic and thermoelastic crystal lattice responses to irradiation form force factors affecting the evolution of defect-impurity system, which, in turn, leads to a decrease in the number of structural defects. Quantitative estimations of the spatial distribution of defects resulting in their migration to the surface were obtained. Such self-organization of nanoparticles exposed to ionizing radiation can be used as a basis for the production of radiation-resistant nanostructured materials capable of sustaining a long-term radiation influence.

  12. Ion mass dependence of irradiation-induced local creation of ferromagnetism in Fe{sub 60}Al{sub 40} alloys

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    Fassbender, J.; Liedke, M. O.; Strache, T.; Moeller, W.; Menendez, E.; Sort, J.; Rao, K. V.; Deevi, S. C.; Nogues, J.

    2008-05-01

    Ion irradiation of Fe{sub 60}Al{sub 40} alloys results in the phase transformation from the paramagnetic, chemically ordered B2 phase to the ferromagnetic, chemically disordered A2 phase. The magnetic phase transformation is related to the number of displacements per atom (dpa) during the irradiation. For heavy ions (Ar{sup +}, Kr{sup +}, and Xe{sup +}), a universal curve is observed with a steep increase in the fraction of the ferromagnetic phase that reaches saturation, i.e., a complete phase transformation, at about 0.5 dpa. This proves the purely ballistic nature of the disordering process. If light ions are used (He{sup +} and Ne{sup +}), a pronounced deviation from the universal curve is observed. This is attributed to bulk vacancy diffusion from the dilute collision cascades, which leads to a partial recovery of the thermodynamically favored B2 phase. Comparing different noble gas ion irradiation experiments allows us to assess the corresponding counteracting contributions. In addition, the potential to create local ferromagnetic areas embedded in a paramagnetic matrix is demonstrated.

  13. QUB Low Energy Ion-Ices Irradiation Experiment

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    Muntean, A.; Field, T.; Hunniford, A.; McCullough, B.; Konanoff, J.; Millar, T.

    2011-05-01

    Ion processing plays an important role in the chemical and physical modification of ice surfaces in astrophysical environments. This experimental project supported by the LASSIE ITN, led by Dr Tom Field, will investigate irradiation of astrophysical ice analogues by singly and multiply charged ion analogues of cosmic rays. Singly or multiply charged ions of either gaseous or solid elements are produced by a compact permanent magnet Electron Cyclotron Resonance (ECR) ion source attached to a ''floating beamline'' accelerator. Charge (q) to mass analysed ion beams in the energy range from a few 100 eV to 5xq keV are directed into a dedicated experimental chamber containing a temperature controlled (6K - 300K) cryostatically cooled sample of an astrophysical ice analogue. Current diagnostics include a differentially pumped, high resolution, quadrupole mass spectrometer mounted in ''line of sight'' of the ion impact area of the ice sample In a preliminary collaborative experiment with the groups of Prof Nigel Mason (Open University, UK) and Prof Elisabetta Palumbo (INAF-Osservatorio Astrofisico di Catania. Italy) and using a cryostat and FTIR spectrometer provided by Prof Nigel Mason we studied the interaction of 4 keV C+ and C2+ ions with H2O ices at 30K AND 90K. The most significant species formed in these interactions was 13CO2, the yield of which, with singly charged ions, could be explained by the competition between a formation and a destruction mechanism. In the case of doubly charged ions, explanation of the CO2 yield required additional formation and destruction mechanisms which were considered to be a result of the additional potential energy possessed by the projectile ions. These results also showed the influence of sample temperature and morphology. It is clear that for both singly and doubly charged projectile ions, the yield of 13CO2 was greater at 30K than at 90K. This effect has been observed elsewhere and has been assigned to the greater porosity of the 30K ice which leads to increased surface area on which reactions may occur.

  14. High-energy ion tracks in polyimide: I. Properties of polyimide irradiated with high-energy ions

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    Vilenskii, A.I.; Oleinikov, V.A.; Mchedlishvili, B.V.

    1994-07-01

    Properties of polyimide irradiated with high-energy Ar and Kr ions (energies 40 and 210 Mev, respectively) are discussed. Irradiation resulted in the degradation of imide rings followed by the formation of amido groups and crosslinks. Circular dichroism of the polyimide IR absorption bands and the dependence of the chemical stability of the polymer on ion fluences were studied.

  15. Scaling laws for the atomic Xe laser in Ne/Ar/Xe and He/Ar/Xe gas mixtures

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    Vogel, M.S.; Jong, W.; Kushner, S.

    1992-12-01

    The atomic Xe laser oscillates on 6 transitions (1.73 {mu}m - 3.7 {mu}m) between the 5d and 6p manifolds. Ar/Xe gas mixtures usually produce the highest laser efficiencies at 1.73 {mu}m, however gas heating from energy loading can reduce or terminate laser output due to an increase in the electron density. One is therefore motivated to increase the gas pressure by adding a lighter rare gas (He or Ne). The scaling of the atomic Xe laser using Ne/Ar/Xe and He/Ar/Xe gas mixtures have been investigated using a computer model. Addition of Ne significantly alters the kinetic pathways leading to increased pumping of the 6p manifold by dissociative recombination of Xe{sub 2}{sup +} thereby decreasing laser power. Increasing the heat capacity of the mixture by adding Ne can regain some of this loss at high energy loading. He addition is less disruptive with respect to the ion chemistry, but preferential quenching of the lower laser levels causes osciallation to be dominantly at 2.03 {mu}m.

  16. The influence of carbon ion irradiation on sweet sorghum seeds

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    Dong, X. C.; Li, W. J.; Liu, Q. F.; He, J. Y.; Yu, L. X.; Zhou, L. B.; Qu, Y.; Xie, H. M.

    2008-01-01

    The aim of this study is to investigate the effects of different doses of 100 MeV/u carbon ions on sweet sorghum seeds in order to improve crop yields and their sugar content. After irradiation, seeds were germinated and grown to 30 days, and others were sown in the field. At the end of harvesting season all planted seeds were picked separately and M2 generations obtained. The differences among the treatments were examined using the RAPD procedure. In the study done by using 38 primers; according to the amplification results, the differences among the various doses treatment were shown.

  17. Systematic Ion Irradiation Experiments to Olivine: Comparison with Space Weathered Rims of Itokawa Regolith Particles

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    Matsumoto, T.; Tsuchiyama, A.; Watanabe, N.; Yasuda, K.; Miyake, A.; Nakauchi, Y.; Okada, T.; Abe, M.; Yada, T.; Uesugi, M.; Karouji, Y.; Nakato, A.; Hashiguschi, M.; Kumagai, K.

    2015-11-01

    We performed H and He ion irradiation experiments using olivine fragments, in order to reveal formation time-scales of space weathered rims and formation processes of blisters by solar wind irradiation.

  18. Defect recovery and damage reduction in borosilicate glasses under double ion beam irradiation

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    Mir, A. H.; Peuget, S.; Toulemonde, M.; Bulot, P.; Jegou, C.; Miro, S.; Bouffard, S.

    2015-11-01

    A sodium borosilicate glass was irradiated sequentially and simultaneously with alpha particles and gold ions. Alpha particles induced partial recovery of the network damage and mechanical properties in the gold pre-irradiated glass, while no such recovery effect was observed during gold irradiation of the alpha pre-irradiated glass. The damage capacity of the gold ions was significantly reduced during simultaneous irradiation with alpha particles and gold ions. These results highlight that the irradiation sequence of the ions plays an important role in controlling the final damage level; and if properly employed, irradiation can be employed to induce defect recovery. Such results are of paramount importance to understand the radiation damage in nuclear reactor components and in nuclear waste glass matrices which are subjected to multiple particle irradiations.

  19. Anderson localization of graphene by helium ion irradiation

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    Naitou, Y.; Ogawa, S.

    2016-04-01

    Irradiation of a single-layer graphene (SLG) with accelerated helium ions (He+) controllably generates defect distributions, which create a charge carrier scattering source within the SLG. We report direct experimental observation of metal-insulator transition in SLG on SiO2/Si substrates induced by Anderson localization. This transition was investigated using scanning capacitance microscopy by monitoring the He+ dose conditions on the SLG. The experimental data show that a defect density of more than ˜1.2% induced Anderson localization. We also investigated the localization length by determining patterned placement of the defects and estimated the length to be several dozen nanometers. These findings provide valuable insight for patterning and designing graphene-based nanostructures using helium ion microscopy.

  20. Neovascular glaucoma after helium ion irradiation for uveal melanoma

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    Kim, M.K.; Char, D.H.; Castro, J.L.; Saunders, W.M.; Chen, G.T.; Stone, R.D.

    1986-02-01

    Neovascular glaucoma developed in 22 of 169 uveal melanoma patients treated with helium ion irradiation. Most patients had large melanomas; no eyes containing small melanomas developed anterior segment neovascularization. The mean onset of glaucoma was 14.1 months (range, 7-31 months). The incidence of anterior segment neovascularization increased with radiation dosage; there was an approximately three-fold increase at 80 GyE versus 60 GyE of helium ion radiation (23% vs. 8.5%) (P less than 0.05). Neovascular glaucoma occurred more commonly in larger tumors; the incidence was not affected by tumor location, presence of subretinal fluid, nor rate of tumor regression. Fifty-three percent of patients had some response with intraocular pressures of 21 mmHg or less to a combination of antiglaucoma treatments.

  1. Large conductivity changes in ion beam irradiated organic thin films

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    Forrest, S. R.; Kaplan, M. L.; Schmidt, P. H.; Venkatesan, T.; Lovinger, A. J.

    1982-10-01

    Using 2-MeV Ar+ ion beam irradiation, we have generated conducting patterns in otherwise high resistivity, organic thin films of 3,4,9,10-perylenetetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCDA), 1,4,5,8-napthalenetetracarboxylic dianhydride (NTCDA), and Ni phthalocyanine (NiPc). The room-temperature resistivity of the films changes by 14 orders of magnitude from its as-deposited value of ρ≳1010 Ω cm to ρ≅5×10-4 Ω cm at ion doses of 1017 cm-2. The temperature (T) dependence of the resistivity follows ρ(T)∝exp[+(T0/T)1/2] over a wide range of dose and temperature. The characteristic temperature T0 is found to be a function of dose. The exp(T0/T)1/2 behavior of ρ(T) is consistent with charge transport due to hopping between isolated, conducting islands.

  2. Application of ion scattering spectroscopy to measurement of surface potential of MgO thin film under ion irradiation

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    Nagatomi, T.; Kuwayama, T.; Takai, Y.; Yoshino, K.; Morita, Y.; Kitagawa, M.; Nishitani, M.

    2008-02-25

    An experimental approach was proposed for the measurement of the surface potential (SP) induced on an insulator surface during ion irradiation by ion scattering spectroscopy (ISS). The resultant ISS spectra obtained for a MgO thin film of 600 nm thickness on a Si substrate under 950 eV He{sup +} irradiation revealed that the surface is positively charged by approximately 230 V. In addition, the onset energy of a secondary ion peak indicated a SP of approximately 205 V. The present results confirmed that ISS is an effective technique for measuring the SP during ion irradiation.

  3. The change of microstructure and thermal properties in ion irradiated carbon nanotube mats as a function of ion penetration depth

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    Aitkaliyeva, A.; Shao, L.; Department of Nuclear Engineering, Texas A and M University, College Station, Texas 77843

    2013-02-11

    A stack of three carbon nanotube (CNT) mats was irradiated with 3 MeV He ions. The change in structural and thermal properties of individual mats as a function of ion penetration depth was characterized using electron microscopy and laser flash techniques. Ion irradiation can enhance thermal conductivity of the mats by introducing inter-tube displacements, which improve phonon transport across adjacent nanotubes. The enhancement, however, is reduced at higher damage levels due to the increasing phonon-defect scattering within the tubes. This study demonstrates the feasibility of using ion irradiation to manipulate thermal transport in carbon nanotubes.

  4. Formation of long-range ordered quantum dots arrays in amorphous matrix by ion beam irradiation

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    Buljan, M.; Bogdanovic-Radovic, I.; Karlusic, M.; Desnica, U. V.; Radic, N.; Dubcek, P.; Drazic, G.; Salamon, K.; Bernstorff, S.; Holy, V.

    2009-08-10

    We demonstrate the production of a well ordered three-dimensional array of Ge quantum dots in amorphous silica matrix. The ordering is achieved by ion beam irradiation and annealing of a multilayer film. Structural analysis shows that quantum dots nucleate along the direction of the ion beam used for irradiation, while the mutual distance of the quantum dots is determined by the diffusion properties of the multilayer material rather than the distances between traces of ions that are used for irradiation.

  5. Simulations of Xe and U diffusion in UO2

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    Andersson, Anders D.; Vyas, Shyam; Tonks, Michael R.; Casillas, Luis; Uberuaga, Blas P.; Millett, Paul

    2012-09-10

    Diffusion of xenon (Xe) and uranium (U) in UO{sub 2} is controlled by vacancy mechanisms and under irradiation the formation of mobile vacancy clusters is important. Based on the vacancy and cluster diffusion mechanisms established from density functional theory (DFT) calculations, we derive continuum thermodynamic and diffusion models for Xe and U in UO{sub 2}. In order to capture the effects of irradiation, vacancies (Va) are explicitly coupled to the Xe and U dynamics. Segregation of defects to grain boundaries in UO{sub 2} is described by combining the bulk diffusion model with models of the interaction between Xe atoms and vacancies with grain boundaries, which were derived from atomistic calculations. The diffusion and segregation models were implemented in the MOOSE-Bison-Marmot (MBM) finite element (FEM) framework and the Xe/U redistribution was simulated for a few simple microstructures.

  6. The discrepancies in multistep damage evolution of yttria-stabilized zirconia irradiated with different ions

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    Yang, Tengfei; Taylor, Caitlin A.; Kong, Shuyan; Wang, Chenxu; Zhang, Yanwen; Huang, Xuejun; Xue, Jianming; Yan, Sha; Wang, Yugang

    2013-01-01

    This paper reports a comprehensive investigation of structural damage in yttria-stabilized zirconia irradiated with different ions over a wide fluence range. A similar multistep damage accumulation exists for the irradiations of different ions, but the critical doses for occurrence of second damage step, characterized by a faster increase in damage fraction, and the maximum elastic strain at the first damage step are varied and depend on ion mass. For irradiations of heavier ions, the second damage step occurs at a higher dose with a lower critical elastic strain. Furthermore, larger extended defects were observed in the irradiations of heavy ions at the second damage step. Associated with other experiment results and multistep damage accumulation model, the distinct discrepancies in the damage buildup under irradiations of different ions were interpreted by the effects of electronic excitation, energy of primary knock-on atom and chemistry contributions of deposited ions.

  7. Simulation of alpha decay of actinides in iron phosphate glasses by ion irradiation

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    Dube, Charu L.; Stennett, Martin C.; Gandy, Amy S.; Hyatt, Neil C.

    2016-03-01

    A surrogate approach of ion beam irradiation is employed to simulate alpha decay of actinides in iron phosphate nuclear waste glasses. Bismuth and helium ions of different energies have been selected for simulating glass matrix modification owing to radiolysis and ballistic damage due to recoil atoms. Structural modification and change in coordination number of network former were probed by employing Reflectance Fourier-Transform Infrared (FT-IR), and Raman spectroscopies as a consequence of ion irradiation. Depolymerisation is observed in glass sample irradiated at intermediate energy of 2 MeV. Helium blisters of micron size are seen in glass sample irradiated at low helium ion energy of 30 keV.

  8. Electronic spectroscopy of I2-Xe complexes in solid Krypton

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    Hulkko, Eero; Ahokas, Jussi; Lindgren, Johan; Myllyperkiö, Pasi; Pettersson, Mika

    2012-05-01

    In the present work, we have studied ion-pair states of matrix-isolated I2 with vacuum-UV absorption and UV-vis-NIR emission, where the matrix environment is systematically changed by mixing Kr with Xe, from pure Kr to a more polarizable Xe host. Particular emphasis is put on low doping levels of Xe that yield a binary complex I2-Xe, as verified by coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) measurements. Associated with interaction of I2 with Xe we can observe strong new absorption in vacuum-UV, redshifted 2400 cm-1 from the X → D transition of I2. Observed redshift can be explained by symmetry breaking of ion-pair states within the I2-Xe complex. Systematic Xe doping of Kr matrices shows that at low doping levels, positions of I2 ion-pair emissions are not significantly affected by complexation with Xe, but simultaneous increase of emissions from doubly spin-excited states indicates non-radiative relaxation to valence states. At intermediate doping levels ion-pair emissions shift systematically to red due to change in the average polarizability of the environment. We have conducted spectrally resolved ultrafast pump-probe ion-pair emission studies with pure and Xe doped Kr matrices, in order to reveal the influence of Xe to I2 dynamics in solid Kr. Strikingly, relaxed emission from the ion-pair states shows no indication of complex presence. It further indicates that the complex escapes detection due to a non-radiative relaxation.

  9. In vitro degradation properties of ion-beam irradiated poly(lactide-co-glycolic acid) mesh

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    Tanaka, Toshiyuki; Tsuchiya, Koji; Yajima, Hirofumi; Suzuki, Yoshiaki; Fukutome, Akira

    2011-10-01

    Scaffolds for tissue regeneration must be biocompatible and biodegradable. Ion-beam irradiation is useful for making polymers biocompatible, but the process by which the irradiated polymers biodegradable is not yet well understood. We investigated this phenomenon by Kr +-irradiated poly(lactide-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) mesh substrate at an acceleration energy of 50 keV with fluences of 1 × 10 13 and 1 × 10 14 ions/cm 2. We then measured the electronic states of the constituent elements on the irradiated surface by X-ray photoelectron microscopy (XPS) and evaluated the hydrolytic degradation properties (weight loss, media pH, and tensile strength) of the mesh in phosphate buffer solution. New functional groups and carbonization were induced on the irradiated surface. Degradation rate and tensile strength remain unchanged by ion-beam irradiation. Ion-beam irradiation should, thus, be a promising modification technique for tissue engineering scaffolds.

  10. Irradiation effect of different heavy ions and track section on the silkworm Bombyx mori

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    Tu, Zhen-Li; Kobayashi, Yasuhiko; Kiguchi, Kenji; Watanabe, Hiroshi

    2003-05-01

    In order to compare the irradiation effects of different ions, wandering larvae were whole-body exposed or locally irradiated with 50-MeV 4He 2+, 220-MeV 12C 5+, and 350-MeV 20Ne 8+ ions, respectively. For the whole-body-exposed individuals, the survival rates at the cocooning, pupation, and emergence stages all decreased as dose increased, and a range-dependent difference was clearly observed. For local irradiation of ovaries, irradiation effects depend very strongly on the projectile range. In the case of local irradiation of dermal cells by different track sections of heavy ions, the closer the target was to the high-LET section of the track, the more pronounced were the radiation effects. These results indicated that by selectively using ion species and adjusting the irradiation depth to the target, heavy-ion radiosurgery on particular tissues or organs of small experimental animals can be performed more accurately.

  11. Determination of ion track radii in amorphous matrices via formation of nano-clusters by ion-beam irradiation

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    Buljan, M.; Karlusic, M.; Bogdanovic-Radovic, I.; Jaksic, M.; Radic, N.; Salamon, K.; Bernstorff, S.

    2012-09-03

    We report on a method for the determination of ion track radii, formed in amorphous materials by ion-beam irradiation. The method is based on the addition to an amorphous matrix of a small amount of foreign atoms, which easily diffuse and form clusters when the temperature is sufficiently increased. The irradiation causes clustering of these atoms, and the final separations of the formed clusters are dependent on the parameters of the ion-beam. Comparison of the separations between the clusters that are formed by ions with different properties in the same type of material enables the determination of ion-track radii.

  12. Characterisation of dual ion beam irradiated yttria-stabilised zirconia by specific analytical techniques

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    Zhang, Yanwen; Wang, Xu; Liu, Shiyi; Tang, Meixiong; Zhao, Ziqiang

    2015-01-01

    The combined effect of dual ion beam irradiated yttria-stabilized zirconia was investigated through Rutherford backscattering spectrometry/channeling (RBS/C), high resolution X-ray diffraction (HRXRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Compared with other experimental results of single ion beam irradiation, a multistep damage accumulation model can also explain the irradiation effects of dual ion beam. Irradiation damage created by Ar + He ions are simply additive and no synergy effect has been observed. The variation trends of step height and displacement damage are similar. The synergic effects of displacement damage between heavy recoil atoms and α-particle in nuclear waste matrices will not cause more serious damage than the sum of two kinds of ions. The two experimental damage peaks are consistent with those calculated using stopping and range of ions in matter (SRIM). Phase stability and irradiation resistance is further confirmed by high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM).

  13. Crystal-amorphous-silicon interface kinetics under ion beam irradiation

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    Priolo, F.; La Ferla, A.; Spinella, C.; Rimini, E.; Campisano, S. U.; Ferla, G.

    1990-01-01

    Our recent work on ion-beam-assisted epitaxial growth of amorphous Si layers on single crystal substrates is reviewed. The crystallization was induced by a 600 keV Kr2+ beam at a dose rate of 1×1012/cm2 · s. During irradiations the samples were mounted on a resistively heated copper block whose temperature was maintained constant in the range 250-450°C. The planar motion of the crystal-amorphous interface was monitored in situ by dynamic reflectivity measurements. This technique allows the ion-induced growth rate to be measured with a very high precision. We have observed that this growth rate scales linearly with the energy deposited into elastic collisions at the crystal-amorphous interface by the impinging ions. Moreover, the rate shows an Arrhenius temperature dependence with a well defined activation energy of 0.32±0.05 eV. The dependence of this process on substrate orientation and on impurities either dissolved in the amorphous layer or present at very high concentration at the crystal-amorphous interface is also discussed.

  14. Crystal-amorphous-silicon interface kinetics under ion beam irradiation

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    Priolo, F.; La Ferla, A.; Spinella, C.; Rimini, E.; Campisano, S. U.; Ferla, G.

    1989-11-01

    Our recent work on ion-beam-assisted epitaxial growth of amorphous Si layers on single crystal substrates is reviewed. The crystallization was induced by a 600 keV Kr 2+ beam at a dose rate of 1×10 12/cm 2 · s. During irradiations the samples were mounted on a resistively heated copper block whose temperature was maintained constant in the range 250-450°C. The planar motion of the crystal-amorphous interface was monitored in situ by dynamic reflectivity measurements. This technique allows the ion-induced growth rate to be measured with a very high precision. We have observed that this growth rate scales linearly with the energy deposited into elastic collisions at the crystal-amorphous interface by the impinging ions. Moreover, the rate shows an Arrhenius temperature dependence with a well defined activation energy of 0.32±0.05 eV. The dependence of this process on substrate orientation and on impurities either dissolved in the amorphous layer or present at very high concentration at the crystal-amorphous interface is also discussed.

  15. Application of heavy-ion microbeam system at Kyoto University: Energy response for imaging plate by single ion irradiation

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    Tosaki, M.; Nakamura, M.; Hirose, M.; Matsumoto, H.

    2011-12-01

    A heavy-ion microbeam system for cell irradiation has been developed using an accelerator at Kyoto University. We have successfully developed proton-, carbon-, fluorine- and silicon-beams in order to irradiate a micro-meter sized area with ion counting, especially single ion irradiation. In the heavy-ion microbeam system, an imaging plate (IP) was utilized for beam diagnostics on the irradiation. The IP is widely used for radiography studies in biology. However, there are a few studies on the low linear energy transfer (LET) by single ions, i.e., low-intensity exposure. Thus we have investigated the energy response for the IP, which can be utilized for microbeam diagnostics.

  16. Chemi-luminescence measurements of hyperthermal Xe+/Xe2+ + NH3 reactions.

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    Prince, Benjamin D; Steiner, Colby P; Chiu, Yu-Hui

    2012-04-14

    Luminescence spectra are recorded for the reactions of Xe(+) + NH(3) and Xe(2+) + NH(3) at energies ranging from 11.5 to 206 eV in the center-of-mass (E(cm)) frame. Intense features of the luminescence spectra are attributed to the NH (A (3)Π(i)-X (3)Σ(-)), hydrogen Balmer series, and Xe I emission observable for both primary ions. Evidence for charge transfer products is only found through Xe I emission for both primary ions and NH(+) emission for Xe(2+) primary ions. For both primary ions, the absolute NH (A-X) cross section increases with collision energy before leveling off at a constant value, approximately 9 × 10(-18) cm(2), at about 50 eV while H-α emission increases linearly with collision energy. The nascent NH (A) populations derived from the spectral analysis are found to be independent of collision energy and have a constant rotational temperature of 4200 K. PMID:22502525

  17. Competition between two-photon-resonant three-photon ionization and four-wave mixing in Xe

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    Nagai, Hidekazu; Nakanaga, Taisuke

    2011-12-15

    Competitive inhibition of a resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization process by a resonant four-wave mixing has been observed in Xe atoms. When an intense IR (1064 nm) laser was applied to a sample of Xe which was also being irradiated by a UV laser tuned to the two-photon absorption line of Xe, the two-photon-resonant three-photon ionization signals decreased with increasing IR laser power. This phenomenon is dependent on the resonant states of Xe and the polarization of the two laser beams. Three 6s excited states [5/2]{sub 2}, [3/2]{sub 2}, and [1/2]{sub 0} were examined. At the [1/2]{sub 0} resonant state, the ion signals were not decreased but slightly increased with the increase of the IR laser power. No suppression of the ion signal was observed at the [5/2]{sub 2} resonant state, when the polarization directions of the lasers were perpendicular to each other. The result of the polarization dependence reflects the selection rules of four-wave mixing. A simple rate equation analysis including the contribution of two-photon ionization from the [1/2]{sub 0} state by the IR laser well represents the IR laser-power dependence of the ion signal.

  18. Shallow BF2 implants in Xe-bombardment-preamorphized Si: The interaction between Xe and F

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    Werner, M.; van den Berg, J. A.; Armour, D. G.; Carter, G.; Feudel, T.; Herden, M.; Bersani, M.; Giubertoni, D.; Ottaviano, L.; Bongiorno, C.; Mannino, G.; Bailey, P.; Noakes, T. C. Q.

    2005-04-01

    Si(100) samples, preamorphized to a depth of ˜30nm using 20 keV Xe ions to a nominal fluence of 2×1014cm-2 were implanted with 1 and 3 keV BF2 ions to fluences of 7×1014cm-2. Following annealing over a range of temperatures (from 600 to 1130 °C) and times the implant redistribution was investigated using medium-energy ion scattering (MEIS), secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), and energy filtered transmission electron microscopy (EFTEM). MEIS studies showed that for all annealing conditions leading to solid phase epitaxial regrowth, approximately half of the Xe had accumulated at depths of 7 nm for the 1 keV and at 13 nm for the 3 keV BF2 implant. These depths correspond to the end of range of the B and F within the amorphous Si. SIMS showed that in the preamorphized samples, approximately 10% of the F migrates into the bulk and is trapped at the same depths in a ˜1:1 ratio to Xe. These observations indicate an interaction between the Xe and F implants and a damage structure that becomes a trapping site. A small fraction of the implanted B is also trapped at this depth. EXTEM micrographs suggest the development of Xe agglomerates at the depths determined by MEIS. The effect is interpreted in terms of the formation of a volume defect structure within the amorphized Si, leading to F stabilized Xe agglomerates or XeF precipitates.

  19. Energetic Ion and Electron Irradiation of the Icy Galilean Satellites

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    Cooper, John F.; Johnson, Robert E.; Mauk, Barry H.; Garrett, Henry B.; Gehrels, Neil

    2001-01-01

    Galileo Orbiter measurements of energetic ions (20 keV to 100 MeV) and electrons (20-700 keV) in Jupiter's magnetosphere are used, in conjunction with the JPL electron model (less than 40 MeV), to compute irradiation effects in the surface layers of Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto. Significant elemental modifications are produced on unshielded surfaces to approximately centimeter depths in times of less than or equal to 10(exp 6) years, whereas micrometer depths on Europa are fully processed in approximately 10 years. Most observations of surface composition are limited to optical depths of approximately 1 mm, which are indirect contact with the space environment. Incident flux modeling includes Stormer deflection by the Ganymede dipole magnetic field, likely variable over that satellite's irradiation history. Delivered energy flux of approximately 8 x 10(exp 10) keV/square cm-s at Europa is comparable to total internal heat flux in the same units from tidal and radiogenic sources, while exceeding that for solar UV energies (greater than 6 eV) relevant to ice chemistry. Particle energy fluxes to Ganymede's equator and Callisto are similar at approximately 2-3 x 10(exp 8) keV/square cm-s with 5 x 10(exp 9) at Ganymede's polar cap, the latter being comparable to radiogenic energy input. Rates of change in optical reflectance and molecular composition on Europa, and on Ganymede's polar cap, are strongly driven by energy from irradiation, even in relatively young regions. Irradiation of nonice materials can produce SO2 and CO2, detected on Callisto and Europa, and simple to complex hydrocarbons. Iogenic neutral atoms and meteoroids deliver negligible energy approximately 10(exp 4-5) keV/square cm-s but impacts of the latter are important for burial or removal of irradiation products. Downward transport of radiation produced oxidants and hydrocarbons could deliver significant chemical energy into the satellite interiors for astrobiological evolution in putative sub-surface oceans.

  20. Effect of aging on surface chemical bonds of PTFE irradiated by low energy Ti ion

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    Zhang, Jizhong; Zhang, Xiaoji; Zhou, Hongyu

    2003-01-01

    Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) was irradiated by low energy titanium ion in a metal vapor vacuum arc (MEVVA) implanter. The samples were irradiated with 80 keV Ti ion with fluences from 5×10 15 to 5×10 17 Ti/cm 2, respectively. Transportation of Ion in Matters (TRIM) code was employed to simulate Ti ion irradiation. The as-irradiated samples were investigated by ESCA, SEM and wettability. As increasing ion fluence, various chemical bonds and irradiation-damaged surfaces were observed. The water droplet contact angel of PTFE samples increased gradually with ion fluence. All the as-irradiated PTFE samples were aged in air for 1 year. After aging the surface-restructuring behavior was observed on the surfaces of the samples irradiated with ion fluence equal to or less than 5×10 16 Ti/cm 2, which resulted in decrease of the droplet contact angle of these samples. The surface roughness change of the aged samples, which were measured by atomic force microscopy (AFM), was consistent with the droplet contact angle change. The experimental results revealed that Ti ion fluence closely affected the surface chemical bond, morphology and wettability, as well as the aging stability of the as-irradiated PTFE samples.

  1. Sympathetic ophthalmia complicating helium ion irradiation of a choroidal melanoma

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    Fries, P.D.; Char, D.H.; Crawford, J.B.; Waterhouse, W.

    1987-11-01

    Sympathetic ophthalmia was diagnosed 49 months after helium ion irradiation of a left choroidal melanoma. The patient maintained good vision until 18 months after therapy, when she developed neovascular glaucoma. This complication required multiple therapeutic procedures, including topical anti-inflammatory and antiglaucomatous drops, 360 degrees peripheral panretinal cryoblation, and a single 180 degrees application of inferior cyclocryotherapy over a 2 1/2-year period. Four weeks after the cyclocryotherapy, inflammation was noted in both eyes, and, one month later, enucleation of the left sympathogenic eye was performed. Serial histopathologic sections showed a full-thickness, fibrovascular, scleral scar and tantalum marker ring suture without uveal incarceration. Penetrating surgical trauma, a uveal melanoma, and multiple nonpenetrating treatments resulted in the development of sympathetic ophthalmia.

  2. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis of organic materials irradiated with gas cluster ion beam

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    Nakagiri, Motohiro; Toyoda, Noriaki; Yamada, Isao

    2011-01-07

    Irradiation effect of gas cluster ion beams (GCIB) on organic materials were studied with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy by comparison to that with Ar-monomer ions. In the case of polyimide, the intensity of both N-C = O and -C-O- bond decreased with 500 eV Ar monomer ion irradiation. On the other hand, there was no significant change in the XPS spectra after Ar-GCIB irradiation. From the size-selected GCIB irradiation study, the damages in polyimide decreased with increasing the cluster size owing to the reduction of energy per atoms.

  3. Morphological change of multiwalled carbon nanotubes through high-energy (MeV) ion irradiation

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    Kim, H. M.; Kim, H. S.; Park, S. K.; Joo, J.; Lee, T. J.; Lee, C. J.

    2005-01-01

    Multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) were expanded by 2.5 times in diameter through high-energy (MeV) ion irradiation. Pristine MWCNTs were synthesized onto SiO2 substrate by chemical vapor deposition. The 4MeV Cl2+ ions with a dose of 3×1016ions /cm2 were irradiated on MWCNTs. From high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM) images, the average diameter of the high-energy-ion-irradiated MWCNTs was ˜180nm, while that of the pristine MWCNTs was ˜70nm. The wall thickness of the pristine and the high-energy-ion-irradiated MWCNT samples was ˜20nm and 40-50nm, respectively. We observed the clear formation of nanocompartments with bamboolike structure inside the tubes after ion irradiation. The amorphous carbon structure in the ion-irradiated MWCNT shells was observed from Raman spectra. Based on the results of HR-TEM and Raman spectra, the expansion of the systems represents morphological transition from crystalline graphite structure to amorphous carbon or finite sized graphite structure due to the ion impact. We suggest that high-energy ion irradiation can be useful for the modification of MWCNT structures.

  4. MeV single-ion beam irradiation of mammalian cells using the Surrey vertical nanobeam, compared with broad proton beam and X-ray irradiations

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    Prakrajang, K.; Jeynes, J. C. G.; Merchant, M. J.; Kirkby, K.; Kirkby, N.; Thopan, P.; Yu, L. D.

    2013-07-01

    As a part of a systematic study on mechanisms involved in physical cancer therapies, this work investigated response of mammalian cells to ultra-low-dose ion beam irradiation. The ion beam irradiation was performed using the recently completed nanobeam facility at the Surrey Ion Beam Centre. A scanning focused vertical ion nano-beam was applied to irradiate Chinese hamster V79 cells. The V79 cells were irradiated in two different beam modes, namely, focused single ion beam and defocused scanning broad ion beam of 3.8-MeV protons. The single ion beam was capable of irradiating a single cell with a precisely controlled number of the ions to extremely low doses. After irradiation and cell incubation, the number of surviving colonies as a function of the number of the irradiating ions was measured for the cell survival fraction curve. A lower survival for the single ion beam irradiation than that of the broad beam case implied the hypersensitivity and bystander effect. The ion-beam-induced cell survival curves were compared with that from 300-kV X-ray irradiation. Theoretical studies indicated that the cell death in single ion irradiation mainly occurred in the cell cycle phases of cell division and intervals between the cell division and the DNA replication. The success in the experiment demonstrated the Surrey vertical nanobeam successfully completed.

  5. Effect of ion irradiation on the properties multi-element plasma coatings

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    Eremin, E. N.; Syzdykova, A. S.; Guchenko, S. A.; Yurov, V. M.; Gyngazova, M. S.

    2016-02-01

    The paper presents the results of the study of ion irradiation on the properties of multi-element plasma coatings. The coatings were bombarded by argon ions using heavy current ion source with a hollow cathode. After ion irradiation, the structure and physical properties of the coatings change, however, the nature of the changes is different for different coatings. To predict the behavior of the coating exposed to irradiation is virtually impossible. Therefore, structural studies and investigation of physical properties of the coatings to determine their functional characteristics are to be conducted.

  6. Concurrent in situ ion irradiation transmission electron microscope

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    Hattar, K.; Bufford, D. C.; Buller, D. L.

    2014-08-29

    An in situ ion irradiation transmission electron microscope has been developed and is operational at Sandia National Laboratories. This facility permits high spatial resolution, real time observation of electron transparent samples under ion irradiation, implantation, mechanical loading, corrosive environments, and combinations thereof. This includes the simultaneous implantation of low-energy gas ions (0.8–30 keV) during high-energy heavy ion irradiation (0.8–48 MeV). In addition, initial results in polycrystalline gold foils are provided to demonstrate the range of capabilities.

  7. Secondary particle tracks generated by ion beam irradiation

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    García, Gustavo

    2015-05-01

    The Low Energy Particle Track Simulation (LEPTS) procedure is a powerful complementary tool to include the effect of low energy electrons and positrons in medical applications of radiation. In particular, for ion-beam cancer treatments provides a detailed description of the role of the secondary electrons abundantly generated around the Bragg peak as well as the possibility of using transmuted positron emitters (C11, O15) as a complement for ion-beam dosimetry. In this study we present interaction probability data derived from IAM-SCAR corrective factors for liquid environments. Using these data, single electron and positron tracks in liquid water and pyrimidine have been simulated providing information about energy deposition as well as the number and type of interactions taking place in any selected ``nanovolume'' of the irradiated area. In collaboration with Francisco Blanco, Universidad Complutense de Madrid; Antonio Mu noz, Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas Medioambientales y Tecnológicas and Diogo Almeida, Filipe Ferreira da Silva, Paulo Lim ao-Vieira, Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Supported by the Spanish and Portuguese governments.

  8. Heavy ion and X-ray irradiation alter the cytoskeleton and cytomechanics of cortical neurons.

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    Du, Yuting; Zhang, Jie; Zheng, Qian; Li, Mingxin; Liu, Yang; Zhang, Baoping; Liu, Bin; Zhang, Hong; Miao, Guoying

    2014-06-01

    Heavy ion beams with high linear energy transfer exhibit more beneficial physical and biological performance than conventional X-rays, thus improving the potential of this type of radiotherapy in the treatment of cancer. However, these two radiotherapy modalities both cause inevitable brain injury. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of heavy ion and X-ray irradiation on the cytoskeleton and cytomechanical properties of rat cortical neurons, as well as to determine the potential mechanism of neuronal injury after irradiation. Cortical neurons from 30 new-born mice were irradiated with heavy ion beams at a single dose of 2 Gy and X-rays at a single dose of 4 Gy; subsequent evaluation of their effects were carried out at 24 hours after irradiation. An immunofluorescence assay showed that after irradiation with both the heavy ion beam and X-rays, the number of primary neurons was significantly decreased, and there was evidence of apoptosis. Radiation-induced neuronal injury was more apparent after X-irradiation. Under atomic force microscopy, the neuronal membrane appeared rough and neuronal rigidity had increased. These cell changes were more apparent following exposure to X-rays. Our findings indicated that damage caused by heavy ion and X-ray irradiation resulted in the structural distortion and rearrangement of the cytoskeleton, and affected the cytomechanical properties of the cortical neurons. Moreover, this radiation injury to normal neurons was much severer after irradiation with X-rays than after heavy ion beam irradiation. PMID:25206772

  9. Formation of TiO{sub 2} nanorods by ion irradiation

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    Zheng, X. D.; Ren, F. Cai, G. X.; Hong, M. Q.; Xiao, X. H.; Wu, W.; Liu, Y. C.; Li, W. Q.; Ying, J. J.; Jiang, C. Z.

    2014-05-14

    Ion beam irradiation is a powerful method to fabricate and tailor the nanostructured surface of materials. Nanorods on the surface of single crystal rutile TiO{sub 2} were formed by N{sup +} ion irradiation. The dependence of nanorod morphology on ion fluence and energy was elaborated. With increasing ion fluence, nanopores grow in one direction perpendicular to the surface and burst finally to form nanorods. The length of nanorods increases with increasing ion energy under same fluence. The development of the nanorod structure is originated from the formation of the nanopores while N{sub 2} bubbles and aggregation of vacancies were responsible for the formation of nanopores and nanorods. Combining C{sup +} ion irradiation and post-irradiation annealing experiments, two qualitative models are proposed to explain the formation mechanism of these nanorods.

  10. Detection of high-energy heavy ions using piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate

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    Takechi, Seiji; Morinaga, Shin-ya; Kurozumi, Atsuma; Miyachi, Takashi; Fujii, Masayuki; Hasebe, Nobuyuki; Shibata, Hiromi; Murakami, Takeshi; Uchihori, Yukio; Okada, Nagaya

    2009-04-15

    The characteristics of a radiation detector fabricated with stacks of piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate (PZT) elements were studied by irradiating it with a 400 MeV/n xenon (Xe) beam for various beam pulse durations. This detector is referred to as the multilayered detector (MD). To understand the production mechanism behind the output voltage obtained from the MD, measurement of the spatial distribution of the output signals generated in the MD was attempted. It was found that the amplitude observed was dependent on the number of Xe ions per unit time and the amount of ionization loss energy of Xe ions in PZT.

  11. Ion irradiation-induced decomposition of Al + 4 wt. % Cu supersaturated solid solution

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    Gushchina, N. V.; Ovchinnikov, V. V.; Mücklich, A.

    2016-02-01

    The decomposition process of the model precipitation-hardening Al + 4 wt. % Cu supersaturated solid solution induced by Ar+ ions irradiation. Using X-ray diffraction, high- resolution electron microscopy methods and microhardness measurements, it was established, that, already at low temperatures (T < 60 °C), ion irradiation causes accelerated decomposition of solid solution, with precipitation of 9' and 9-phase particles at a depth greatly exceeding the Ar+ ions projected range.

  12. Superlattice-like stacking fault array in ion-irradiated GaN

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    Ishimaru, Dr. Manabu; Usov, Igor Olegovich; Zhang, Yanwen; Weber, William J

    2012-01-01

    Controlling defects in crystalline solids is of technological importance for realizing desirable materials properties. Irradiation with energetic particles is useful for designing the spatial distribution and concentration of defects in materials. Here, we performed ion irradiation into hexagonal GaN with the wurtzite structure and demonstrated the spontaneous formation of superlattice-like stacking fault arrays. It was found that the modulation period can be controlled by irradiation conditions and post-irradiation heat treatments.

  13. Behaviour of P, Si, Ni impurities and Cr in self ion irradiated Fe-Cr alloys - Comparison to neutron irradiation

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    Pareige, C.; Kuksenko, V.; Pareige, P.

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents an atom probe tomography study of phase transformation and solute segregation in Fe-Cr alloys of low purity under self-ion irradiation. Fe-9%Cr and Fe-12%Cr were irradiated at 100 °C, 300 °C and 420 °C at a dose of 0.5 dpa. Homogeneously distributed clusters enriched in Cr, P, Si and Ni are shown to form at 300 °C and 420 °C but not at 100 °C. Study of the evolution of the segregation intensities of Cr, Si and P in the clusters with temperature under ion irradiation indicates that they form by a radiation induced mechanism. No α‧ clusters were observed whatever the irradiation temperature whereas they were observed in the same alloys after neutron irradiation at 300 °C at 0.6 dpa. Comparison of the solute cluster composition after ion irradiation and neutron irradiation, suggests that P atoms could play an important role in the appearance of the solute clusters by stabilizing point defect clusters that could later be enriched in Ni, Si and Cr.

  14. Formation of ion-irradiation-induced atomic-scale defects on walls of carbon nanotubes

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    Krasheninnikov, A. V.; Nordlund, K.; Sirviö, M.; Salonen, E.; Keinonen, J.

    2001-06-01

    Recent experiments on irradiated carbon nanotubes provide evidence that ion bombardment gives rise to nanotube amorphization and dramatic dimensional changes. Using an empirical potential along with molecular dynamics, we study structure and formation probabilities of atomic-scale defects produced by low-dose irradiation of nanotubes with Ar ions. For this, we simulate impact events over a wide energy range of incident ions. We show that the maximum damage production occurs for a bombarding ion energy of about 600 eV, and that the most common defects produced at all energies are vacancies, which at low temperatures are metastable but long-lived defects. Employing the tight-binding Green's function technique, we also calculate scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) images of irradiated nanotubes. We demonstrate that irradiation-induced defects may be detected by STM and that isolated vacancies may look like bright spots in atomically resolved STM images of irradiated nanotubes.

  15. Surface Hardness Improvement of PMMA by Low Energy Ion Irradiation and Electron Irradiation

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    Sakurabayashi, Yuya; Masaki, Takahiro; Iwao, Toru; Yumoto, Motoshige

    Surface modification of PMMA(polymethylmethacrylate) was carried out by irradiation of low energy ion and/or electron, which is expected to improve the surface hardness by introduction of a thin modified layer. Surface hardness was measured by using the nanoindentation test. To clarify the structure and the properties of the modified layer, depth profiles of composition and chemical bonds were analyzed using XPS(X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy). Forming cross-linking structure that contributed to the surface hardness was analyzed using dyeing method. From these results, it was confirmed that surface hardness increased and existence of cross-linking structure. It was suggested that the existence of the structure brought about the increase of surface hardness, and showed the utility of the dyeing method.

  16. Investigation of O7+ swift heavy ion irradiation on molybdenum doped indium oxide thin films

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    Gokulakrishnan, V.; Parthiban, S.; Elangovan, E.; Jeganathan, K.; Kanjilal, D.; Asokan, K.; Martins, R.; Fortunato, E.; Ramamurthi, K.

    2012-06-01

    Molybdenum (0.5 at%) doped indium oxide thin films deposited by spray pyrolysis technique were irradiated by 100 MeV O7+ ions with different fluences of 5×1011, 1×1012 and 1×1013 ions/cm2. Intensity of (222) peak of the pristine film was decreased with increase in the ion fluence. Films irradiated with the maximum ion fluence of 1×1013 ions/cm2 showed a fraction of amorphous nature. The surface microstructures on the surface of the film showed that increase in ion fluence decreases the grain size. Mobility of the pristine molybdenum doped indium oxide films was decreased from ˜122 to 48 cm2/V s with increasing ion fluence. Among the irradiated films the film irradiated with the ion fluence of 5×1011 ions/cm2 showed relatively low resistivity of 6.7×10-4 Ω cm with the mobility of 75 cm2/V s. The average transmittance of the as-deposited IMO film is decreased from 89% to 81% due to irradiation with the fluence of 5×1011 ions/cm2.

  17. The potential application of ultra-nanocrystalline diamond films for heavy ion irradiation detection

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    Chen, Huang-Chin; Chen, Shih-Show; Wang, Wei-Cheng; Lin, I-Nan; Chang, Ching-Lin; Lee, Chi-Young; Guo, Jinghua

    2013-06-15

    The potential of utilizing the ultra-nanocrystalline (UNCD) films for detecting the Au-ion irradiation was investigated. When the fluence for Au-ion irradiation is lower than the critical value (f{sub c}= 5.0 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 12} ions/cm{sup 2}) the turn-on field for electron field emission (EFE) process of the UNCD films decreased systematically with the increase in fluence that is correlated with the increase in sp{sup 2}-bonded phase ({pi}{sup *}-band in EELS) due to the Au-ion irradiation. The EFE properties changed irregularly, when the fluence for Au-ion irradiation exceeds this critical value. The transmission electron microscopic microstructural examinations, in conjunction with EELS spectroscopic studies, reveal that the structural change preferentially occurred in the diamond-to-Si interface for the samples experienced over critical fluence of Au-ion irradiation, viz. the crystalline SiC phase was induced in the interfacial region and the thickness of the interface decreased. These observations implied that the UNCD films could be used as irradiation detectors when the fluence for Au-ion irradiation does not exceed such a critical value.

  18. Nanohole pattern formation on germanium induced by focused ion beam and broad beam Ga{sup +} irradiation

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    Fritzsche, Monika; Muecklich, Arndt; Facsko, Stefan

    2012-05-28

    Hexagonally ordered nanohole patterns were produced on Ge(100) surfaces by focused Ga{sup +} ion beam and broad Ga{sup +} ion beam irradiations with 5 keV energy under normal incidence. Identical patterns were obtained by irradiations with a scanning focused ion beam under different irradiation conditions and with a broad Ga{sup +} beam without scanning and five orders of magnitude smaller ion flux. Thus, we could demonstrate that nanohole pattern formation is independent of ion flux over several orders of magnitude and scanning of a focused ion beam under appropriate conditions is identical to broad ion beam irradiation.

  19. Deuterium ion irradiation induced precipitation in Fe-Cr alloy: Characterization and effects on irradiation behavior

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    Liu, P. P.; Yu, R.; Zhu, Y. M.; Zhao, M. Z.; Bai, J. W.; Wan, F. R.; Zhan, Q.

    2015-04-01

    A new phase was found to precipitate in a Fe-Cr model alloy after 58 keV deuterium ion irradiation at 773 K. The nanoscale radiation-induced precipitate was studied systematically using high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), image simulation and in-situ ultrahigh voltage transmission electron microscopy (HVEM). B2 structure is proposed for the new Cr-rich phase, which adopts a cube-on-cube orientation relationship with regard to the Fe matrix. Geometric phase analysis (GPA) was employed to measure the strain fields around the precipitate and this was used to explain its characteristic 1-dimensional elongation along the <1 0 0> Fe direction. The precipitate was stable under subsequent electron irradiation at different temperatures. We suggest that the precipitate with a high interface-to-volume ratio enhances the radiation resistance of the material. The reason for this is the presence of a large number of interfaces between the precipitate and the matrix, which may greatly reduce the concentration of point defects around the dislocation loops. This leads to a significant decrease in the growth rate.

  20. Hydride Ions, HCO+ and Ionizing Irradiation in Star Forming Region

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    Benz, Arnold O.; Bruderer, Simon; van Dishoeck, Ewine

    2016-06-01

    Hydrides are fundamental precursor molecules in cosmic chemistry and many hydride ions have become observable in high quality for the first time thanks to the Herschel Space Observatory. Ionized hydrides, such as CH+ and OH+ and also HCO+ affect the chemistry of molecules such as water. They also provide complementary information on irradiation by far UV (FUV) or X-rays and gas temperature.We explore hydrides of the most abundant heavier elements in an observational survey covering star forming regions with different mass and evolutionary state. Twelve YSOs were observed with HIFI on Herschel in 6 spectral settings providing fully velocity-resolved line profiles. The YSOs include objects of low (Class 0 and I), intermediate, and high mass, with luminosities ranging from 4 Ls to 2 105 Ls.The targeted lines of CH+, OH+, H2O+, and C+ are detected mostly in blue-shifted absorption. H3O+ and SH+ are detected in emission and only toward some high-mass objects. For the low-mass YSOs the column density ratios of CH+/OH+ can be reproduced by simple chemical models implying an FUV flux of 2 – 400 times the ISRF at the location of the molecules. In two high-mass objects, the UV flux is 20 – 200 times the ISRF derived from absorption lines, and 300 – 600 ISRF using emission lines. Upper limits for the X-ray luminosity can be derived from H3O+ observations for some low-mass objects.If the FUV flux required for low-mass objects originates at the central protostar, a substantial FUV luminosity, up to 1.5 Ls, is required. For high-mass regions, the FUV flux required to produce the observed molecular ratios is smaller than the unattenuated flux expected from the central object(s) at the Herschel beam radius. This is consistent with an FUV flux reduced by circumstellar extinction or by bloating of the protostar.The ion molecules are proposed to form in FUV irradiated cavity walls that are shocked by the disk wind. The shock region is turbulent, broadening the lines to some 1 – 12 km/s. It is driven by the outward motion of the wind to blue shifts of 0 to -10 km/s. The blue-shifted H2O emission line (Kristensen et al. 2013) may be related but not coincident with the CH+ and OH+ emitting region.

  1. First multicharged ion irradiation results from the CUEBIT facility at Clemson University

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    Shyam, R.; Kulkarni, D. D.; Field, D. A.; Srinadhu, E. S.; Harriss, J. E.; Cutshall, D. B.; Harrell, W. R.; Sosolik, C. E.

    2015-01-09

    A new electron beam ion trap (EBIT) based ion source and beamline were recently commissioned at Clemson University to produce decelerated beams of multi- to highly-charged ions for surface and materials physics research. This user facility is the first installation of a DREEBIT-designed superconducting trap and ion source (EBIS-SC) in the U.S. and includes custom-designed target preparation and irradiation setups. An overview of the source, beamline, and other facilities as well as results from first measurements on irradiated targets are discussed here. Results include extracted charge state distributions and first data on a series of irradiated metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) device targets. For the MOS devices, we show that voltage-dependent capacitance can serve as a record of the electronic component of ion stopping power for an irradiated, encapsulated oxide target.

  2. First multicharged ion irradiation results from the CUEBIT facility at Clemson University

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    Shyam, R.; Kulkarni, D. D.; Field, D. A.; Srinadhu, E. S.; Cutshall, D. B.; Harrell, W. R.; Harriss, J. E.; Sosolik, C. E.

    2015-01-01

    A new electron beam ion trap (EBIT) based ion source and beamline were recently commissioned at Clemson University to produce decelerated beams of multi- to highly-charged ions for surface and materials physics research. This user facility is the first installation of a DREEBIT-designed superconducting trap and ion source (EBIS-SC) in the U.S. and includes custom-designed target preparation and irradiation setups. An overview of the source, beamline, and other facilities as well as results from first measurements on irradiated targets are discussed here. Results include extracted charge state distributions and first data on a series of irradiated metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) device targets. For the MOS devices, we show that voltage-dependent capacitance can serve as a record of the electronic component of ion stopping power for an irradiated, encapsulated oxide target.

  3. Ultraviolet photolysis studies on XeO4 in noble-gas and F2 matrices and the formation and characterization of a new Xe(VIII) oxide, (η(2) -O2 )XeO3.

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    Vent-Schmidt, Thomas; Goettel, James T; Schrobilgen, Gary J; Riedel, Sebastian

    2015-07-27

    The photolytic behavior of the thermochemically unstable xenon(VIII) oxide XeO4 was investigated by UV irradiation in noble-gas and F2 matrices. Photolysis of Xe(16) O4 or Xe(18) O4 in noble-gas matrices at 365 nm yielded XeO3 and a new xenon(VIII) oxide, namely, (η(2) -O2 )XeO3 , which, along with XeO4 , was characterized by matrix-isolation IR spectroscopy and quantum-chemical calculations. Calculations of the UV spectrum showed that the photodecomposition is induced by an n→σ* transition, but the nature of the excitation differs when different light sources are used. There is strong evidence for the formation of mobile (1) D excited O atoms in the case of excitation at 365 nm, which led to the formation of (η(2) -O2 )XeO3 by reaction with XeO4 . Matrix-isolation IR spectroscopy in Ne and Ar matrices afforded the natural-abundance xenon isotopic pattern for the ν3 (T2 ) stretching mode of Xe(16) O4 , and (18) O enrichment provided the (16) O/(18) O isotopic shifts of XeO4 and (η(2) -O2 )XeO3 . PMID:26095795

  4. Fabrication of a TEM sample of ion-irradiated material using focused ion beam microprocessing and low-energy Ar ion milling.

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    Jin, Hyung-Ha; Shin, Chansun; Kwon, Junhyun

    2010-01-01

    Cross-section-view TEM samples of ion-irradiated material are successfully fabricated using a focused ion beam (FIB) system and low-energy Ar ion milling. Ga ion-induced damages in FIB processing are reduced remarkably by the means of low-energy Ar ion milling. There are optimized ion milling conditions for the reduction and removal of the secondary artifacts such as defects and ripples. Incident angles and accelerated voltages are especially more important factors on the preservation of a clean surface far from secondary defects and surface roughing due to Ga and Ar ion bombardment. PMID:20484144

  5. Heterogeneous amorphization of Si during ion irradiation: dependence of amorphous Si nucleation kinetics on defect energy and structure

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    Atwater, H. A.; Im, J. S.; Brown, W. L.

    1991-07-01

    During irradiation of polycrystalline Si thin films by 1.5 MeV Xe + ions, amorphous Si is nucleated heterogeneously at internal interfaces, such as grain boundaries and stacking faults in the temperature range of 150-225C. The heterogeneous nucleation kinetics of amorphous Si are strongly dependent on grain boundary structure and energy. Nucleation kinetics of amorphous Si and grain boundary structure have been characterized experimentally using high-resolution electron microscopy. The strong dependence of the heterogeneous nucleation rate of amorphous Si on defect structure suggests that diffusive kinetic processes after the "prompt" part of the cascade are important in determining the rate of amorphization. Comparison of the heterogeneous nucleation kinetics of amorphous Si with tight binding, semiempirical and continuum theory estimates of grain boundary energies for particular boundary structures suggests that gram boundary-mediated amorphization is a thermodynamically limited process, and is analogous to grain boundary melting of the solid at the equilibrium temperature than to mechanical deformation.

  6. Structure evolution of mesoporous silica SBA-15 and MCM-41 under swift heavy ion irradiation

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    Lou, Y.; Toquer, G.; Dourdain, S.; Rey, C.; Grygiel, C.; Simeone, D.; Deschanels, X.

    2015-12-01

    Two types of mesoporous silica pellets, SBA-15 and MCM-41, were prepared and irradiated by 20Ne 278 MeV (max. fluence = 2.5 × 1014 ion/cm2) and 36Ar 493 MeV beams (max. fluence = 1 × 1013 ion/cm2). Irradiated and non-irradiated samples were characterized by nitrogen adsorption/desorption analysis, small angle X-ray scattering, and infrared spectrometry. The different behaviours of the two materials under different conditions are observed and discussed. We point out that SBA-15 is more robust than MCM-41 under irradiation.

  7. In-situ observation and atomic resolution imaging of the ion irradiation induced amorphisation of graphene

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    Pan, C.-T.; Hinks, J. A.; Ramasse, Q. M.; Greaves, G.; Bangert, U.; Donnelly, S. E.; Haigh, S. J.

    2014-01-01

    Ion irradiation has been observed to induce a macroscopic flattening and in-plane shrinkage of graphene sheets without a complete loss of crystallinity. Electron diffraction studies performed during simultaneous in-situ ion irradiation have allowed identification of the fluence at which the graphene sheet loses long-range order. This approach has facilitated complementary ex-situ investigations, allowing the first atomic resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy images of ion-irradiation induced graphene defect structures together with quantitative analysis of defect densities using Raman spectroscopy. PMID:25284688

  8. Effect of ion irradiation on the surface, structural and mechanical properties of brass

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    Ahmad, Shahbaz; Bashir, Shazia; Ali, Nisar; Umm-i-Kalsoom; Yousaf, Daniel; Faizan-ul-Haq; Naeem, Athar; Ahmad, Riaz; Khlaeeq-ur-Rahman, M.

    2014-04-01

    Modifications to the surface, structural and mechanical properties of brass after ion irradiation have been investigated. Brass targets were bombarded by carbon ions of 2 MeV energy from a Pelletron linear accelerator for various fluences ranging from 56 1012 to 26 1013 ions/cm2. A scanning electron microscope and X-ray diffractometer were utilized to analyze the surface morphology and crystallographic structure respectively. To explore the mechanical properties e.g., yield stress, ultimate tensile strength and microhardness of irradiated brass, an universal tensile testing machine and Vickers microhardness tester were used. Scanning electron microscopy results revealed an irregular and randomly distributed sputter morphology for a lower ion fluence. With increasing ion fluence, the incoherently shaped structures were transformed into dendritic structures. Nano/micro sized craters and voids, along with the appearance of pits, were observed at the maximum ion fluence. From X-ray diffraction results, no new phases were observed to be formed in the brass upon irradiation. However, a change in the peak intensity and higher and lower angle shifting were observed, which represents the generation of ion-induced defects and stresses. Analyses confirmed modifications in the mechanical properties of irradiated brass. The yield stress, ultimate tensile strength and hardness initially decreased and then increased with increasing ion fluence. The changes in the mechanical properties of irradiated brass are well correlated with surface and crystallographic modifications and are attributed to the generation, augmentation, recombination and annihilation of the ion-induced defects.

  9. The effect of electron beam irradiation on silver-sodium ion exchange in silicate glasses

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    Sidorov, Alexander I.; Prosnikov, Mikhail A.

    2016-04-01

    It is shown experimentally that electron irradiation of sodium-silicate glasses makes possible the control of the subsequent ion exchange Ag+ ↔ Na+ process in a salt melt. The reason of this effect is the negatively charged regions formation in a glass volume during electron irradiation. The electric field, produced by these regions in glass volume, results in positive Na+ ions field migration into them. The spatial redistribution of Na+ ions results in the decrease of the ion exchange efficiency, or the ion exchange can be even blocked. This led to the decrease of the luminescence intensity of neutral silver molecular clusters in the irradiated zone, and effect on the silver nanoparticles formation during the subsequent thermal treatment. The observed effects can be used for the control of ion exchange processes during integrated optics devices fabrication, and for the electron-beam recording of optical information.

  10. Microstructural evolution in nickel alloy C-276 after Ar-ion irradiation at elevated temperature

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    Jin, Shuoxue; He, Xinfu; Li, Tiecheng; Ma, Shuli; Tang, Rui; Guo, Liping

    2012-10-15

    In present work, the irradiation damage in nickel-base alloy C-276 irradiated with Ar-ions was studied. Specimens of C-276 alloy were subjected to an irradiation of Ar-ions (with 120 keV) to dose levels of 6 and 10 dpa at 300 and 550 Degree-Sign C, respectively. The size distributions and densities of dislocation loops caused by irradiation were investigated with transmission electron microscopy. Irradiation hardening due to the formation of the loops was calculated using the dispersed barrier-hardening model, showing that irradiation hardening was greatest at 300 Degree-Sign C/6 dpa. The microstructure evolution induced by Ar-ion irradiation (0-10 dpa) in nickel-base alloy C-276 has been studied using a multi-scale modeling code Radieff constructed based on rate theory, and the size of dislocation loops simulated by Radieff was in good agreement with the experiment. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer High density of dislocation loops appeared after Ar ions irradiation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Irradiation hardening due to the formation of loops was calculated by the DBH model. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Size of loops simulated by Radieff was in good agreement with the experiment.

  11. Dielectric and transport properties of magnetic insulators irradiated with GeV heavy ions

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    Costantini, J.M.; Salvetat, J.P.; Brisard, F.

    1997-11-01

    The dielectric and ac/dc transport properties of single crystals of yttrium iron garnet (Y{sub 3}Fe{sub 5}O{sub 12} and Y{sub 3}Fe{sub 5}O{sub 12}:Si), and barium hexaferrite (BaFe{sub 12}O{sub 19} and BaFe{sub 12}O{sub 1 9}:Co,Ti) were investigated after irradiations with Xe and Pb ions in the GeV range. In the virgin n-type samples (Y{sub 3}Fe{sub 5}O{sub 12}:Si and BaFe{sub 12}O{sub 19}:Co,Ti), the strong dielectric relaxation below 100 kHz is found to correspond to a space-charge polarization at the blocking metal/insulator contacts yielding a nonohmic dc conductivity. The relaxation frequency decreases with increasing amorphization yield in relation to the decrease of the insulators bulk dc conductivity which becomes ohmic in the amorphous phases. The ac conductivity data of both crystalline and amorphous Y{sub 3}Fe{sub 5}O{sub 12}:Si above 100 kHz and for 100K{lt}T{lt}300K exhibit two contributions: (i) that of carrier transport in a disordered or inhomogeneous medium varying as {nu}{sup s}, with s{approx_equal}0.8, (ii) and that of a two-site polaron hopping process of charge transfer between Fe{sup 2+} and Fe{sup 3+} with an activation energy of 0.29 eV for T{gt}180K. The dc conductivity data of crystalline Y{sub 3}Fe{sub 5}O{sub 12}:Si for 80K{lt}T{lt}300K are discussed on the basis of a small polaron hopping conduction mechanism between Fe{sup 2+} and Fe{sup 3+} with an activation energy around 0.28 eV for T{gt}125K, in agreement with the activation energy around 0.28 eV of the space-charge dielectric relaxation frequency for T{gt}180K. All amorphous phases data are consistent with the picture of hopping conduction between gap states in a disordered medium with (i) an {nu}{sup s} dependence for the ac conductivity above a critical frequency proportional to the dc conductivity, (ii) and an exp({minus}T{sup {minus}1/4}) law for the dc conductivity. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  12. Potential energy curves of diatomic molecular ions from high-resolution photoelectron spectra. II. The first six electronic states of Xe2 +.

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    Rupper, P; Zehnder, O; Merkt, F

    2004-11-01

    The pulsed-field-ionization zero-kinetic-energy photoelectron spectrum of Xe(2) has been measured between 90 000 and 109 000 cm(-1) following single-photon excitation from the ground neutral state. Transitions to five of the six low-lying electronic states of Xe(2) (+) could be observed. Whereas extensive vibrational progressions were observed for the X0(g) (+)-->I(1/2u), I(3/2g), and II(1/2u) photoelectron transitions, only the lowest vibrational levels of the I(3/2u) and II(1/2g) states could be detected. Unambiguous assignments of the vibrational quantum numbers were derived from the analysis of the isotopic shifts of the vibrational bands and of the intensity distribution and from the modeling of the potential energy curves. Analytical potential energy curves of spectroscopic accuracy (i.e., approximately 1 meV) were determined for all six low-lying electronic states using a global model, which includes the first (charge-induced dipole, proportional to 1/R(4)) member of the long-range interaction series and treats the spin-orbit interaction explicitly. The assumption of an R-independent spin-orbit coupling constant was tested and found to be an excellent approximation. PMID:15511148

  13. Investigation of the effect of low energy ion beam irradiation on mono-layer graphene

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    Xu, Yijun; II. Physikalisches Institut, Universität Göttingen, Friedrich- Hund- Platz 1, 37077 Göttingen; State Key Laboratory of Functional Materials for Informatics, Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 865 Changning Road, Shanghai 200050 ; Zhang, Kun; Brüsewitz, Christoph; Hofsäss, Hans Christian; Wu, Xuemei; State Key Laboratory of Functional Materials for Informatics, Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 865 Changning Road, Shanghai 200050

    2013-07-15

    In this paper, the effect of low energy irradiation on mono-layer graphene was studied. Mono-layer graphene films were irradiated with B, N and F ions at different energy and fluence. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy indicates that foreign ions implanted at ion energies below 35 eV could dope into the graphene lattice and form new chemical bonds with carbon atoms. The results of Raman measurement indicate that ion beam irradiation causes defects and disorder to the graphene crystal structure, and the level of defects increases with increasing of ion energy and fluence. Surface morphology images also prove that ion beam irradiation creates damages to graphene film. The experiment results suggest that low-energy irradiation with energies of about 30 eV and fluences up to 5·10{sup 14} cm{sup −2} could realize small amount of doping, while introducing weak damage to graphene. Low energy ion beam irradiation, provides a promising approach for controlled doping of graphene.

  14. Investigations of structural, dielectric and optical properties on silicon ion irradiated glycine monophosphate single crystals

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    Kanagasekaran, T.; Mythili, P.; Bhagavannarayana, G.; Kanjilal, D.; Gopalakrishnan, R.

    2009-08-01

    The 50 MeV silicon ion irradiation induced modifications on structural, optical and dielectric properties of solution grown glycine monophosphate (GMP) crystals were studied. The high-resolution X-ray diffraction study shows the unaltered value of integrated intensity on irradiation. The dielectric constant as a function of frequency and temperature was studied. UV-visible studies reveal the decrease in bandgap values on irradiation and presence of F-centers. The fluorescence spectrum shows the existence of some energy levels, which remains unaffected after irradiation. The scanning electron micrographs reveal the defects formed on irradiation.

  15. Spectroscopic study of energetic helium-ion irradiation effects on nuclear graphite tiles

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    Kim, Do Wan; Lee, K. W.; Choi, D. M.; Noh, S. J.; Kim, H. S.; Lee, Cheol Eui

    2016-02-01

    Helium ion-irradiation effects on the nuclear graphite tiles were studied in order to understand the structural modifications and damages that can be produced by fusion reaction in tokamaks. The surface morphological changes due to increasing dose of the irradiation were examined by the field-effect scanning electron microscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy elucidated the changes in the shallow surface bonding configurations caused by the energetic irradiation. Raman spectroscopy revealed the structural defects and diamond-like carbon sites that increased with increasing irradiation dose, and the average inter-defect distance was found from the Raman peak intensities as a function of the irradiation dose.

  16. Study of swift (100 MeV) Fe 9+ ion irradiated gallium antimonide

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    Jadhav, Vidya; Dubey, S. K.; Dubey, R. L.; Tripathi, S.; Yadav, A. D.; Gupta, S. J.; Gundu Rao, T. K.; Kanjilal, D.

    2008-04-01

    The effect of 100 MeV irradiation of iron ions in p-type gallium antimonide for ion fluences varying from 1 × 1011 to 5 × 1013 cm-2 was investigated using Raman scattering, Fourier transform infrared and X-ray diffraction measurements. Raman spectra showed a strong peak at 232.82 cm-1 (LO) and a weak peak at 223.79 cm-1 (TO). The peaks were shifted towards higher wave number compared to non-irradiated sample indicating the presence of stress in the irradiated samples. The increase of optical absorbance of samples irradiated with different fluences indicates the increase in the amount of disorder and defect concentrations with fluence. The intensity of the XRD peak (2θ = 61.07 degree) of the irradiated samples for (4 0 0) reflections was found to decrease with ion fluence.

  17. Effect of 100MeV oxygen ion irradiation on silicon NPN power transistor

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    Kumar, M. Vinay; Krishnakumar, K. S.; Dinesh, C. M.; Krishnaveni, S.; Ramani

    2012-06-05

    The radiation response of npn Bipolar junction transistor (BJT) has been examined for 100 MeV O{sup 7+} ion. Key electrical properties like Gummel characteristics, dc current gain and capacitance-voltage of 100MeV O{sup 7+} ion irradiated transistor were studied before and after irradiation. The device was decapped and the electrical characterizations were performed at room temperature. Base current is observed to be more sensitive than collector current and gain appears to be degraded with ion fluence, also considerable degradation in C-V characteristics is observed and doping concentration is found to be increased along with the increase in ion fluence.

  18. Nano-porosity in GaSb induced by swift heavy ion irradiation

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    Kluth, P. Schnohr, C. S.; Giulian, R.; Araujo, L. L.; Lei, W.; Rodriguez, M. D.; Afra, B.; Bierschenk, T.; Ridgway, M. C.; Sullivan, J.; Weed, R.; Li, W.; Ewing, R. C.

    2014-01-13

    Nano-porous structures form in GaSb after ion irradiation with 185 MeV Au ions. The porous layer formation is governed by the dominant electronic energy loss at this energy regime. The porous layer morphology differs significantly from that previously reported for low-energy, ion-irradiated GaSb. Prior to the onset of porosity, positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy indicates the formation of small vacancy clusters in single ion impacts, while transmission electron microscopy reveals fragmentation of the GaSb into nanocrystallites embedded in an amorphous matrix. Following this fragmentation process, macroscopic porosity forms, presumably within the amorphous phase.

  19. Effect of Swift Heavy Ion Irradiation on Lithium Zinc Silicate Glasses: A Photoluminescence Study

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    Jogad, M. S.; Jogad, R. M.; Sudarsan, V.; Krishna, P. S. R.; Kothiyal, G. P.

    2011-07-15

    Lithium zinc silicate glasses with and without copper were prepared by melt-quench method and their luminescence characteristics after swift heavy ion irradiation has been investigated. Based on these studies it is established that both these glasses contain colour centres and the luminescence from such centres get significantly quenched once these samples get irradiated with 100 MeV swift heavy Ag{sup +} ions with a fluence of 10{sup 13} ions/cm{sup 2} at room temperature. Trapping of the charge carriers by the increased defect concentration brought about by irradiation is responsible for the decrease in the luminescence intensity from the irradiated samples. Copper in these glasses mainly exists as Cu{sup +} ions as revealed by the broad emission around 500 nm.

  20. Investigation of Current Spike Phenomena During Heavy Ion Irradiation of NAND Flash Memories

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    Oldham, Timothy R.; Berg, Melanie; Friendlich, Mark; Wilcox, Ted; Seidleck, Christina; LaBel, Kenneth A.; Irom, Farokh; Buchner, Steven P.; McMorrow, Dale; Mavis, David G.; Eaton, Paul H.; Castillo, James

    2011-01-01

    A series of heavy ion and laser irradiations were performed to investigate previously reported current spikes in flash memories. High current events were observed, however, none matches the previously reported spikes. Plausible mechanisms are discussed.

  1. Influence of noble-gas ion irradiation on alumina barrier of magnetic tunnel junctions

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    Sacher, M.D.; Sauerwald, J.; Schmalhorst, J.; Reiss, G.

    2005-11-15

    The transport properties of Co/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Co magnetic tunnel junctions with ion-irradiated tunneling barrier are reported. The irradiation by He{sup +} and Ar{sup +} with energies ranging from 15 to 105 eV takes place in situ after oxidation of the 1.4-nm-thick Al layer. For both ion species the area resistance of the junctions increases strongly with ion energy, simultaneously the tunneling magnetoresistance is reduced. But the energy dependence of both properties is different for He{sup +} and Ar{sup +} irradiations. Additionally the bias voltage dependence of the tunneling magnetoresistance is deteriorated with increasing ion energy especially for Ar{sup +} irradiation. These experimental results are discussed with respect to the energy-dependent penetration depth of He{sup +} and Ar{sup +} and their energy loss in the barrier.

  2. Oxide shell reduction and magnetic property changes in core-shell Fe nanoclusters under ion irradiation

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    Sundararajan, Jennifer A.; Kaur, Maninder; Qiang, You; Jiang, Weilin; McCloy, John S.

    2014-05-07

    Ion irradiation effects are studied on the Fe-based core-shell nanocluster (NC) films with core as Fe and shell as Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/Fe{sub 3}N. These NC films were deposited on Si substrates to thickness of ∼0.5 μm using a NC deposition system. The films were irradiated at room temperature with 5.5 MeV Si{sup 2+} ions to ion fluences of 10{sup 15} and 10{sup 16} ions/cm{sup 2}. It is found that the irradiation induces grain growth, Fe valence reduction in the shell, and crystallization or growth of Fe{sub 3}N. The film retained its Fe-core and its ferromagnetic properties after irradiation. The nature and mechanism of oxide shell reduction and composition dependence after irradiation were studied by synthesizing additional NC films of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} and FeO + Fe{sub 3}N and irradiating them under the same conditions. The presence of nanocrystalline Fe is found to be a major factor for the oxide shell reduction. The surface morphologies of these films show dramatic changes in the microstructures due to cluster growth and agglomeration as a result of ion irradiation.

  3. The change in the surface topography of magnesium under high-flux C ion irradiation

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    Potyomkin, G. V.; Ligachev, A. E.; Zhidkov, M. V.; Kolobov, Y. R.; Remnev, G. E.; Y Gazizova, M.; Bozhko, S. A.; Pavlov, S. K.

    2015-11-01

    The topography of the surface of the magnesium sample after irradiation by the high-intensity pulsed ion beam of a TEMP-4M accelerator was studied. The irradiation causes the formation of a regular comb structure and the creation of craters, their depth reaches 1-1.5 μm.

  4. Tailoring the spring constant of Si nanorod structures using swift heavy ion irradiation

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    Nagar, Rupali; Kanjilal, D.; Mehta, B. R.; Singh, J. P.

    2009-12-01

    This study reports a post-deposition technique of engineering the mechanical properties of cantilever-like silicon nanorods by using swift heavy ion irradiation. Slanted silicon nanorods grown by glancing angle deposition technique on a patterned Si(1 0 0) substrate are irradiated by 100 MeV Ag +8 ions at a fluence of 10 14 ions cm -2. The average spring constant ( k) of the nanorods determined by force-distance spectroscopy reduces to 65.6 ± 20.8 Nm -1 post-irradiation as compared to 174.2 ± 26.5 Nm -1 for pristine nanorods. Scanning electron micrographs show bending of the Si nanorods after irradiation. Micro-Raman and high-resolution transmission electron microscope studies on pristine and irradiated Si nanorods confirm the transformation of nanocrystalline regions present in pristine nanorods to amorphous phase on irradiation. This structural transformation and bending of the nanorods are responsible for the observed changes in the mechanical properties post-irradiation. The technique offers a simpler possibility of tailoring mechanical properties of nanostructures post-deposition by ion irradiation.

  5. Electrical properties of irradiated PVA film by using ion/electron beam

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    Abdelrahman, M. M.; Osman, M.; Hashhash, A.

    2016-02-01

    Ion/electron beam bombardment has shown great potential for improving the surface properties of polymers. Low-energy charged (ion/electron) beam irradiation of polymers is a good technique to modify properties such as electrical conductivity, structural behavior, and their mechanical properties. This paper reports on the effect of nitrogen and electron beam irradiation on the electrical properties of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) films. PVA films of 4 mm were exposed to a charged (ion/electron) beam for different treatment times (15, 30, and 60 minutes); the beam was produced from a dual beam source using nitrogen gas with the other ion/electron source parameters optimized. The dielectric loss tangent tan δ , electrical conductivity σ , and dielectric constant \\varepsilon ^' } in the frequency range 100 Hz-100 kHz were measured at room temperature. The variation of dielectric constant and loss tangent as a function of frequency was also studied at room temperature. The dielectric constant was found to be strongly dependent on frequency for both ion and electron beam irradiation doses. The real (\\varepsilon ^' }) and imaginary (\\varepsilon ^' ' }) parts of the dielectric constant decreased with frequency for all irradiated and non-irradiated samples. The AC conductivity showed an increase with frequency for all samples under the influence of both ion and electron irradiation for different times. Photoluminescence (PL) spectral changes were also studied. The formation of clusters and defects (which serve as non-radiative centers on the polymer surface) is confirmed by the decrease in the PL intensity.

  6. Fabrication and Characterization of APT Specimens from High Dose Heavy Ion Irradiated Materials

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    Miller, Michael K; Zhang, Yanwen

    2011-01-01

    The next generations of advanced energy systems will require materials that can withstand high doses of irradiation at elevated temperatures. Therefore, a methodology has been developed for the fabrication of high-dose ion-irradiated atom probe tomography specimens at a specific dose with the use of a focused ion beam milling system. The method also enables the precise ion dose of the atom probe tomography specimen to be estimated from the local concentration of the implanted ions. The method has been successfully applied to the characterization of the distribution of nanoclusters in a radiation-tolerant 14YWT nanostructured ferritic steel under ion irradiation to doses up to 400 displacements per atom.

  7. Dielectric response of polyethersulphone (PES) polymer irradiated with 145 MeV Ne6+ ions

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    Ali, S. Asad; Kumar, Rajesh; Khan, Wasi; Naqvi, A. H.; Prasad, R.

    2013-02-01

    Heavy ion irradiation produces modifications in polymers and adapts their electrical, chemical and optical properties in the form of rearrangement of bonding, cross-linking, chain scission and formation of carbon rich clusters. Modification depends on the ion, its energy and fluence and the polymeric material. In the present work, a study of the dielectric response of pristine and heavy ion irradiated Polyethersulphone (PES) polymer film is carried out. 250 μm thick PES films were irradiated to the fluences of 1012 and 1013 ions/cm2 with Ne6+ ions of 145 MeV energy from Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, Kolkata On irradiation with heavy ions dielectric constant (ɛ') decreases at higher frequencies and increases with fluences. Variation of loss factor (tan δ) with frequency for pristine and irradiated with Si ions reveals that tan δ increases as the frequency increases. The tanδ also increases with fluence. Tan δ has positive values indicating the dominance of inductive behavior.

  8. Enhancement of band gap and photoconductivity in gamma indium selenide due to swift heavy ion irradiation

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    Sreekumar, R.; Jayakrishnan, R.; Sudha Kartha, C.; Vijayakumar, K. P.; Khan, S. A.; Avasthi, D. K.

    2008-01-15

    {gamma}-In{sub 2}Se{sub 3} thin films prepared at different annealing temperatures ranging from 100 to 400 deg. C were irradiated using 90 MeV Si ions with a fluence of 2x10{sup 13} ions/cm{sup 2}. X-ray diffraction analysis proved that there is no considerable variation in structural properties of the films due to the swift heavy ion irradiation. However, photosensitivity and sheet resistance of the samples increased due to irradiation. It was observed that the sample, which had negative photoconductivity, exhibited positive photoconductivity, after irradiation. The negative photoconductivity was due to the combined effect of trapping of photoexcited electrons, at traps 1.42 and 1.26 eV, above the valence band along with destruction of the minority carriers, created during illumination, through recombination. Photoluminescence study revealed that the emission was due to the transition to a recombination center, which was 180 meV above the valence band. Optical absorption study proved that the defects present at 1.42 and 1.26 eV were annealed out by the ion beam irradiation. This allowed photoexcited carriers to reach conduction band, which resulted in positive photoconductivity. Optical absorption study also revealed that the band gap of the material could be increased by ion beam irradiation. The sample prepared at 400 deg. C had a band gap of 2 eV and this increased to 2.8 eV, after irradiation. The increase in optical band gap was attributed to the annihilation of localized defect bands, near the conduction and valence band edges, on irradiation. Thus, by ion beam irradiation, one could enhance photosensitivity as well as the optical band gap of {gamma}-In{sub 2}Se{sub 3}, making the material suitable for applications such as window layer in solar cells.

  9. Micro-Raman spectroscopy characterization of silicon with different structures irradiated with energetic Bi-ions

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    Zhu, Yabin; Yao, Cunfeng; Wang, Ji; Zhu, Huiping; Shen, Tielong; Gao, Xing; Sun, Jianrong; Wei, Kongfang; Wang, Dong; Sheng, Yanbin; Wang, Zhiguang

    2015-12-01

    Researches of irradiation effects on silicon possess not only fundamental interests but also potential application prospects. Comparison studies about structural modification of silicon materials with different structures under identical irradiation conditions can reveal the irradiation mechanisms for amorphous and crystalline phases of silicon. For this purpose, amorphous silicon (a-Si) and nano-crystalline silicon (nc-Si) films as well as mono-crystalline silicon (c-Si) samples were irradiated with 6.0 MeV Bi-ions at room temperature. The ion fluences are 1.0 × 1013, 5.0 × 1013 and 1.0 × 1014 ions/cm2. All samples were analyzed by using a Raman spectrometer. The obtained results show that the crystalline fraction of c-Si and nc-Si decrease with increasing fluence, which indicates that the irradiation induces the amorphization of nc-Si and c-Si samples. In addition, the variation in Raman frequency of crystalline peak after irradiation reveals that the irradiation also results in the increased stress in crystalline phase of c-Si and nc-Si samples. As the fluence increases, the bond angle deviation and the ratio of TA to TO mode of amorphous network of a-Si and nc-Si films initially increase and then decrease by a diminishing degree, while the bond angle deviation and the ratio of TA to TO mode of amorphous network of c-Si samples increase continuously. This gives the dependence of short-range structural order of amorphous network of a-Si, nc-Si and c-Si samples on the ion fluence, which is related with the irradiation induced variation of local free energy. It is considered that the irradiation induced structural modification of silicon samples is mainly attributed to the nuclear energy loss. The irradiation effects of energetic heavy-ions on crystalline and amorphous phases of silicon have been discussed, respectively.

  10. Creation of surface nanostructures in Al2O3 by slow highly charged ions

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    El-Said, A. S.; Wilhelm, R. A.; Heller, R.; Akhmadaliev, Sh.; Facsko, S.

    2013-12-01

    Al2O3 single crystals were irradiated with slow highly charged Xe ions of various charge states from an EBIT (Electron Beam Ion Trap) source at the Dresden two source facility. The irradiations were performed at room temperature and under normal incidence. Scanning force microscopy (SFM) was utilized to investigate the topography of the irradiated surfaces. The measurements showed that above a potential energy threshold, each ion creates a nanohillock protruding from the surface. These structures are compared to those created by swift heavy ions (SHI). The results are discussed in terms of potential energy deposition of highly charged ions (HCI) and electronic energy loss of SHI.

  11. Ion dose dependence of the sputtering yield: Ar{sup +}, Ne{sup +}, and Xe{sup +} bombardment of Ru(0001) and Al(111)

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    Burnett, J.W.; Pellin, M.J.; Whitten, J.E.; Gruen, D.M.; Yates, J.T. Jr.

    1994-04-01

    The sputtering yield from clean metal surfaces has long been considered to be insensitive to primary ion dose at moderate ion fluences (< 10{sup 18} ions/cm{sup 2}). Using carefully cleaned and well-characterized targets, the ion dose dependence of the sputtering yield of Ru(0001) and Al(111) has been investigated. The sputtering yield of Ru(0001) is found to decrease substantially following primary ion bombardment at low fluences, while the sputtering yield of Al(111) exhibits no fluence dependence at low primary ion dose. Using secondary neutral mass spectrometry (SNMS), the sputtering yield of ruthenium was observed to decrease following ion bombardment by argon, xenon, and neon. High-detection-efficiency time-of-flight mass spectrometry was coupled with nonresonant laser ionization to allow real-time sputtering yield measurements and to minimize target damage during data collection. The experiments show that the sputtering yield of Ru(0001) decreases by 50%, following a primary ion fluence of, less than 10{sup 16} ions/cm{sup 2} for sputtering by either argon or neon ions and by 25%, following primary ion fluences of less than 10{sup 14} ions/cm{sup 2} for sputtering by xenon. The small size of the experimentally determined damage cross section suggests that microscopic changes in the surface structure cause the observed sputtering yield depression. In contrast to the ruthenium results, the sputtering yield of Al(111) appears to be insensitive to primary ion fluence at low fluences. Calculations using the TRansport of Ions in Matter (TRIM) Monte Carlo sputtering simulation were carried out to investigate the effect of primary ion implantation upon the sputtering yield of ruthenium as well as the effect of a reduced surface binding energy of ruthenium surface atoms. The TRIM results indicate that neither of these mechanisms can explain the experimentally observed fluence dependence of the sputtering yield of ruthenium.

  12. n-Selective Single Capture Following Xe{sup 18+} And Xe{sup 54+} Impact On Na(3s) And Na*(3p)

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    Otranto, S.; Olson, R. E.; Hasan, V. G.; Hoekstra, R.

    2011-06-01

    State selective single charge exchange n-level cross sections are calculated for collisions of Xe18+ and Xe54+ ions with Na(3s) and Na*(3p) over the energy range of 0.1 to 10.0 keV/amu. The CTMC method is used which includes all two-body interactions. Experimental state-selective cross sections and their corresponding transverse momentum spectra for Xe18+ are found to be in reasonable accord with the calculations.

  13. Intense XUV radiation driven explosions of Xe clusters

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    Murphy, B.; Hoffmann, K.; Belolipetski, A.; Bernstein, A.; Keto, J.; Ditmire, T.; Artyukov, I.

    2008-04-01

    We have investigated the explosions of large xenon clusters subject to irradiation by high intensity extreme ultraviolet (XUV) light with wavelength near 38 nm. To do this we generated high order harmonics by focusing the output of the 20 TW, 40 fs, 800nm wavelength THOR laser into a jet of argon gas. To select a single harmonic we then employed a Sc/Si short focal length multilayer mirror optimized for the 21st harmonic at 38.1 nm at near normal incidence. This harmonic is focused onto a jet of xenon gas. We characterized the XUV focal spot by scanning a knife edge across an XUV photodiode and determined that our peak XUV intensity was 2x10^10 Wcm-2. Fast ion time-of-flight spectra reveal high ion charge states well above single photon ionization thresholds. These ions exhibit low kinetic energies consistent with hydrodynamic cluster expansion rather than Coulomb explosion. We also measured the electron spectra from these Xe cluster explosions and have observed moderate energy electrons ejected from the clusters.

  14. Ordered arrangement of irradiation-induced defects of polycrystalline tungsten irradiated with low-energy hydrogen ions

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    Ni, Weiyuan; Yang, Qi; Fan, Hongyu; Liu, Lu; Berthold, Tobias; Benstetter, Günther; Liu, Dongping

    2015-09-01

    Low-energy (20-520 eV) hydrogen ion irradiations were performed at W surface temperature of 373-1073 K and a fluence ranging from 5.0 × 1023 to 1.0 × 1025/m2. Conductive atomic force microscopy (CAFM) as a nondestructive analytical technique was successfully used to detect irradiation-induced defects in polycrystalline W. The size and density of these nanometer-sized defects were strongly dependent on the fluence of hydrogen ions. Both ion energy (E) and temperature (T) play a crucial role in determining the ordering of nanometer-sized defects. Ordered arrangements were formed at relatively high E and T. This can be attributed to the stress-driven ripple effect of defect growth at crystal grains, resulting in the movement of W lattice along one certain crystal planes.

  15. Silver ion beam irradiation effects on poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA)/clay nanocomposites

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    Kaur, Manpreet; Singh, Surinder; Mehta, Rajeev

    2014-12-01

    Swift heavy ions induced modification of thin films of blends of poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) (50:50) with organically modified nanoclay (Cloisite® 30B) has been studied, using optical, structural and surface morphological analysis. Presence of nanoclay is found to enhance the properties of this degradable copolymer by reducing the rate of degradation even at high irradiation fluence. Optical and structural analysis of the polymer nanocomposites suggests that both the cross-linking and chain scission phenomenon are caused by swift heavy ion irradiation. XRD measurements show intercalation of PLGA in the clay galleries. Surface morphology of a nanocomposite indicates significant changes after irradiation at various fluences.

  16. Hydrogen transport through oxide metal surface under atom and ion irradiation

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    Begrambekov, L.; Dvoychenkova, O.; Evsin, A.; Kaplevsky, A.; Sadovskiy, Ya; Schitov, N.; Vergasov, S.; Yurkov, D.

    2014-11-01

    Both the latest and earlier achieved results on gas exchange processes on metal surfaces (including stainless steel, titanium, zirconium, tungsten with deposited aluminum oxide coating) under hydrogen atom or plasma irradiation with occasional oxygen impurity are presented in the paper. Mechanisms and regularities of these processes are discussed. It is demonstrated that surface oxide layer properties as a diffusion barrier strongly depend on external influence on the surface. In particular, it is revealed that low energy hydrogen ion irradiation could slow down hydrogen desorption from metals. Hydrogen atom or ion irradiation combined with simultaneous oxygen admixture accelerates hydrogen desorption from metals.

  17. Evolution of precipitate in nickel-base alloy 718 irradiated with argon ions at elevated temperature

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    Jin, Shuoxue; Luo, Fengfeng; Ma, Shuli; Chen, Jihong; Li, Tiecheng; Tang, Rui; Guo, Liping

    2013-07-01

    Alloy 718 is a nickel-base superalloy whose strength derives from γ'(Ni3(Al,Ti)) and γ″(Ni3Nb) precipitates. The evolution of the precipitates in alloy 718 irradiated with argon ions at elevated temperature were examined via transmission electron microscopy. Selected-area electron diffraction indicated superlattice spots disappeared after argon ion irradiation, which showing that the ordered structure of the γ' and γ″ precipitates became disordered. The size of the precipitates became smaller with the irradiation dose increasing at 290 °C.

  18. Magnetic patterning using ion irradiation for highly ordered CoPt alloys with perpendicular anisotropy

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    Abes, M.; Venuat, J.; Muller, D.; Carvalho, A.; Schmerber, G.; Beaurepaire, E.; Dinia, A.; Pierron-Bohnes, V.

    2004-12-15

    We used a combination of ion irradiation and e-beam lithography to magnetically pattern an ordered CoPt alloy with strong perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. Ion irradiation disorders the alloy and strongly reduces the magnetic anisotropy. Magnetic force microscopy showed a regular array of 1 {mu}m{sup 2} square dots with perpendicular anisotropy separated by 1 {mu}m large ranges with in-plane anisotropy. This is further confirmed by magnetic measurements, which showed that arrays protected by a 200 nm Pt layer present the same coercive field and the same perpendicular anisotropy as before irradiation. This is promising for applications in magnetic recording technologies.

  19. Controlled optical and magnetic properties of ZnO nanorods by Ar ion irradiation

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    Panigrahy, Bharati; Bahadur, D.; Aslam, M.

    2011-05-02

    Herein we report a controlled defect-related emission and magnetization properties of zinc oxide nanorods using low energy (2-5 keV) Ar ion irradiation. The ratio of the defect related emission to the excitonic emission decreases by an order magnitude due to the ion bombardment. The hysteresis loops of pristine and irradiated nanorods show ferromagnetic behavior at room temperature. A sharp decrease in the value of magnetization is due to an enhancement of irradiation time and energy. Combining with x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results, a direct link between the magnetization and defect-emission of ZnO nanorods is established.

  20. Irradiation influence on Mylar and Makrofol induced by argon ions in a plasma immersion ion implantation system

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    Hassan, A.; El-Saftawy, A. A.; Aal, S. A. Abd El; Ghazaly, M. El

    2015-08-01

    Mylar and Makrofol polycarbonate polymers were irradiated by Ar ions in a plasma immersion ion implantation (PIII) system. The surface wettability of both polymers was investigated by employing the contact angle method. The measured contact angles were found to depend on the surface layer properties. Good wetting surfaces were found to depend not only on surface roughness but also on its chemistry that analyzed by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. Surfaces topography and roughness was investigated and correlated to their surface energy which studied with the aid of acid-base model for evaluating the improvement of surface wettability after irradiation. PIII improves polymers surface properties efficiently in a controllable way.

  1. Dislocation loops in spinel crystals irradiated successively with deep and shallow ion implants

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    Ai, R.X.; Cooper, E.A.; Sickafus, K.E.; Nastasi, M.; Bordes, N.; Ewing, R.C.

    1993-12-31

    This study examines the influence of microstructural defects on irradiation damage accumulation in the oxide spinel. Single crystals of the compound MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} with surface normal [111] were irradiated under cryogenic temperature (100K) either with 50 keV Ne ions (fluence 5.0 {times} 10{sup 12}/cm{sup 2}), 400 keV Ne ions (fluence 6.7 {times} 10{sup 13}/cm{sup 2}) or successively with 400 keV Ne ions followed by 50 keV Ne ions. The projected range of 50 keV Ne ions in spinel is {approximately}50 mn (``shallow``) while the projected range of 400 keV Ne ions is {approximately}500 mn (``deep``). Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) was used to examine dislocation loops/defect clusters formed by the implantation process. Measurements of the dislocation loop size were made using weak-beam imaging technique on cross-sectional TEM ion-implanted specimens. Defect clusters were observed in both deep and shallow implanted specimens, while dislocation loops were observed in the shallow implanted sample that was previously irradiated by 400 keV Ne ions. Cluster size was seen to increase for shallow implants in crystals irradiated with a deep implant (size {approximately}8.5 nm) as compared to crystals treated only to a shallow implant (size {approximately}3.1 nm).

  2. Ion irradiation induced defect evolution in Ni and Ni-based FCC equiatomic binary alloys

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    Jin, Ke; Zhang, Yanwen; Bei, Hongbin

    2016-01-01

    In order to explore the chemical effects on radiation response of alloys with multi-principal elements, defect evolution under Au ion irradiation was investigated in the elemental Ni, equiatomic NiCo and NiFe alloys. Single crystals were successfully grown in an optical floating zone furnace and their (100) surfaces were irradiated with 3 MeV Au ions at fluences ranging from 1 × 1013 to 5 × 1015 ions cm–2 at room temperature. The irradiation-induced defect evolution was analyzed by using ion channeling technique. Experiment shows that NiFe is more irradiation-resistant than NiCo and pure Ni at low fluences. With continuously increasing the ion fluences, damage level is eventually saturated for all materials but at different dose levels. The saturation level in pure Ni appears at relatively lower irradiation fluence than the alloys, suggesting that damage accumulation slows down in the alloys. Here, under high-fluence irradiations, pure Ni has wider damage ranges than the alloys, indicating that defects in pure Ni have high mobility.

  3. Ion irradiation induced defect evolution in Ni and Ni-based FCC equiatomic binary alloys

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    Jin, Ke; Zhang, Yanwen; Bei, Hongbin

    2016-01-01

    In order to explore the chemical effects on radiation response of alloys with multi-principal elements, defect evolution under Au ion irradiation was investigated in the elemental Ni, equiatomic NiCo and NiFe alloys. Single crystals were successfully grown in an optical floating zone furnace and their (100) surfaces were irradiated with 3 MeV Au ions at fluences ranging from 1 × 1013 to 5 × 1015 ions cm–2 at room temperature. The irradiation-induced defect evolution was analyzed by using ion channeling technique. Experiment shows that NiFe is more irradiation-resistant than NiCo and pure Ni at low fluences. With continuously increasing themore » ion fluences, damage level is eventually saturated for all materials but at different dose levels. The saturation level in pure Ni appears at relatively lower irradiation fluence than the alloys, suggesting that damage accumulation slows down in the alloys. Here, under high-fluence irradiations, pure Ni has wider damage ranges than the alloys, indicating that defects in pure Ni have high mobility.« less

  4. Oxide Shell Reduction and Magnetic Property Changes in Core-Shell Fe Nanoclusters under Ion Irradiation

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    Sundararajan, Jennifer A.; Kaur, Maninder; Jiang, Weilin; McCloy, John S.; Qiang, You

    2014-02-12

    Ion irradiation effects are studied on the Fe-based core-shell nanocluster (NC) films with core as Fe and shell as Fe3O4/FeO. These NC films were were deposited on Si substrates to thickness of ~0.5 micrometers using a NC deposition system. The films were irradiated at room temperature with 5.5 MeV Si2+ ions to ion fluences of 1015 and 1016 ions/cm2. It is found that the irradiation induces grain growth, Fe valence reduction in the shell, and crystallization of Fe3N. The nature and mechanism of oxide shell reduction and composition dependence after irradiation were studied by synthesizing additional NC films of Fe3O4 and FeO+Fe3N and irradiating them under the same conditions. The presence of nanocrystalline Fe is found to be a major factor for the oxide shell reduction. The surface morphologies of these films show dramatic changes in the microstructures due to cluster growth and agglomeration as a result of ion irradiation.

  5. Study of thickness dependent sputtering in gold thin films by swift heavy ion irradiation

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    Dash, P.; Sahoo, P. K.; Solanki, V.; Singh, U. B.; Avasthi, D. K.; Mishra, N. C.

    2015-12-01

    Gold thin films of varying thickness (10-100 nm) grown on silica substrates by e-beam evaporation method were irradiated by 120 MeV Au ions at 3 × 1012 and 1 × 1013 ions cm-2 fluences. Irradiation induced modifications of these films were probed by glancing angle X-ray diffraction (GAXRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS) and surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). Irradiation didn't affect the structure, the lattice parameter or the crystallite size, but modified the texturing of grains from [1 1 1] to [2 2 0]. RBS indicated thickness dependent sputtering on irradiation. The sputtering yield was found to decrease with increasing thickness. AFM indicated increase of roughness with increasing irradiation fluence for films of all thickness. In agreement with the AFM observation, the gold nanostructures on the surface of 20 nm thick film were found to increase the SERS signal of acridine orange dye attached to these structures. The SERS peaks were amplified by many fold with increasing ion fluence. The effect of 120 MeV Au ion irradiation on the grain texture, surface morphology and SERS activity in addition to the thickness dependent sputtering in gold thin films are explained by the thermal spike model of ion-matter interaction.

  6. Influence of irradiation spectrum and implanted ions on the amorphization of ceramics

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    Zinkle, S.J.; Snead, L.L.

    1995-12-31

    Polycrystalline Al2O3, magnesium aluminate spinel (MgAl2O4), MgO, Si3N4, and SiC were irradiated with various ions at 200-450 K, and microstructures were examined following irradiation using cross-section TEM. Amorphization was not observed in any of the irradiated oxide ceramics, despsite damage energy densities up to {similar_to}7 keV/atom (70 displacements per atom). On the other hand, SiC readily amorphized after damage levels of {similar_to}0.4 dpa at room temperature (RT). Si3N4 exhibited intermediate behavior; irradiation with Fe{sup 2+} ions at RT produced amorphization in the implanted ion region after damage levels of {similar_to}1 dpa. However, irradiated regions outside the implanted ion region did not amorphize even after damage levels > 5 dpa. The amorphous layer in the Fe-implanted region of Si3N4 did not appear if the specimen was simultaneoulsy irradiated with 1-MeV He{sup +} ions at RT. By comparison with published results, it is concluded that the implantation of certain chemical species has a pronounced effect on the amorphization threshold dose of all five materials. Intense ionizing radiation inhibits amorphization in Si3N4, but does not appear to significantly influence the amorphization of SiC.

  7. Ion irradiation induced defect evolution in Ni and Ni-based FCC equiatomic binary alloys

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    Jin, K.; Bei, H.; Zhang, Y.

    2016-04-01

    In order to explore the chemical effects on radiation response of alloys with multi-principal elements, defect evolution under Au ion irradiation was investigated in the elemental Ni, equiatomic NiCo and NiFe alloys. Single crystals were successfully grown in an optical floating zone furnace and their (100) surfaces were irradiated with 3 MeV Au ions at fluences ranging from 1 × 1013 to 5 × 1015 ions cm-2 at room temperature. The irradiation-induced defect evolution was analyzed by using ion channeling technique. Experiment shows that NiFe is more irradiation-resistant than NiCo and pure Ni at low fluences. With continuously increasing the ion fluences, damage level is eventually saturated for all materials but at different dose levels. The saturation level in pure Ni appears at relatively lower irradiation fluence than the alloys, suggesting that damage accumulation slows down in the alloys. Under high-fluence irradiations, pure Ni has wider damage ranges than the alloys, indicating that defects in pure Ni have high mobility.

  8. Tailoring nonlinear optical properties of Bi2Se3 through ion irradiation.

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    Tan, Yang; Guo, Zhinan; Shang, Zhen; Liu, Fang; Böttger, Roman; Zhou, Shengqiang; Shao, Jundong; Yu, Xuefeng; Zhang, Han; Chen, Feng

    2016-01-01

    The nonlinear optical property of topological insulator bismuth selenide (Bi2Se3) is found to be well-tailored through ion irradiation by intentionally introducing defects. The increase of the optical modulation depth sensitively depends on the careful selection of the irradiation condition. By implementing the ion irradiated Bi2Se3 film as an optical saturable absorber device for the Q-switched wave-guide laser, an enhanced laser performance has been obtained including narrower pulse duration and higher peak power. Our work provides a new approach of tailoring the nonlinear optical properties of materials through ion irradiation, a well-developed chip-technology, which could find wider applicability to other layered two-dimensional materials beyond topological insulators, such as graphene, MoS2, black phosphours etc. PMID:26888223

  9. Tailoring nonlinear optical properties of Bi2Se3 through ion irradiation

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    Tan, Yang; Guo, Zhinan; Shang, Zhen; Liu, Fang; Böttger, Roman; Zhou, Shengqiang; Shao, Jundong; Yu, Xuefeng; Zhang, Han; Chen, Feng

    2016-02-01

    The nonlinear optical property of topological insulator bismuth selenide (Bi2Se3) is found to be well-tailored through ion irradiation by intentionally introducing defects. The increase of the optical modulation depth sensitively depends on the careful selection of the irradiation condition. By implementing the ion irradiated Bi2Se3 film as an optical saturable absorber device for the Q-switched wave-guide laser, an enhanced laser performance has been obtained including narrower pulse duration and higher peak power. Our work provides a new approach of tailoring the nonlinear optical properties of materials through ion irradiation, a well-developed chip-technology, which could find wider applicability to other layered two-dimensional materials beyond topological insulators, such as graphene, MoS2, black phosphours etc.

  10. Tailoring nonlinear optical properties of Bi2Se3 through ion irradiation

    PubMed Central

    Tan, Yang; Guo, Zhinan; Shang, Zhen; Liu, Fang; Böttger, Roman; Zhou, Shengqiang; Shao, Jundong; Yu, Xuefeng; Zhang, Han; Chen, Feng

    2016-01-01

    The nonlinear optical property of topological insulator bismuth selenide (Bi2Se3) is found to be well-tailored through ion irradiation by intentionally introducing defects. The increase of the optical modulation depth sensitively depends on the careful selection of the irradiation condition. By implementing the ion irradiated Bi2Se3 film as an optical saturable absorber device for the Q-switched wave-guide laser, an enhanced laser performance has been obtained including narrower pulse duration and higher peak power. Our work provides a new approach of tailoring the nonlinear optical properties of materials through ion irradiation, a well-developed chip-technology, which could find wider applicability to other layered two-dimensional materials beyond topological insulators, such as graphene, MoS2, black phosphours etc. PMID:26888223

  11. Ion irradiation effects on conduction in single-wall carbon nanotube networks

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    Skákalová, V.; Kaiser, A. B.; Osváth, Z.; Vértesy, G.; Biró, L. P.; Roth, S.

    2008-03-01

    We have measured how irradiation by Ar+ and N+ ions modifies electronic conduction in single-wall carbon nanotube (SWNT) networks, finding dramatically different effects for different thicknesses. For very thin transparent networks, ion irradiation increases localization of charge carriers and reduces the variable-range hopping conductivity, especially at low temperatures. However, for thick networks (SWNT paper) showing metallic conductivity, we find a relatively sharp peak in conductivity as a function of irradiation dose. Our investigation of this peak reveals the important role of thermal annealing extending beyond the range of the irradiating ions, and shows the dependence on the morphology of the samples. We propose a simple model that accounts for the temperature-dependent conductivity.

  12. Fabrication of Pt nanoparticle incorporated polymer nanowires by high energy ion and electron beam irradiation

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    Tsukuda, Satoshi; Takahasi, Ryouta; Seki, Shu; Sugimoto, Masaki; Idesaki, Akira; Yoshikawa, Masahito; Tanaka, Shun-Ichiro

    2016-01-01

    Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP)-Pt nanoparticles (NPs) hybrid nanowires were fabricated by high energy ion beam irradiation to PVP thin films including H2PtCl6. Single ion hitting caused crosslinking reactions of PVP and reduction of Pt ions within local cylindrical area along an ion trajectory (ion track); therefore, the PVP nanowires including Pt NPs were formed and isolated on Si substrate after wet-development procedure. The number of Pt NPs was easily controlled by the mixed ratio of PVP and H2PtCl6. However, increasing the amount of H2PtCl6 led to decreasing the radial size and separation of the hybrid nanowires during the wet-development. Additional electron beam irradiation after ion beam improved separation of the nanowires and controlled radial sizes due to an increase in the density of crosslinking points inner the nanowires.

  13. Optical and structural properties of 100 MeV Fe9+ ion irradiated InP

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    Dubey, R. L.; Dubey, S. K.; Bodhane, S. P.; Kanjilal, D.

    2016-05-01

    Single crystal InP samples were irradiated with 100 MeV Fe9+ ions for ion fluences 1x1012 and 1x1013 cm-2. Optical properties of irradiated InP was investigated by Spectroscopic Ellipsometry and UV-VIS-NIR spectroscopy. The optical parameters like, refractive index, extinction coefficient, absorption coefficient is found to be fluence dependent near the surface as well as near the projected range. Small change in the optical parameters near the surface region as investigated by Spectroscopic Ellipsometry indicatesthat the surfaces of irradiated InP are similar to non-irradiated InP. This is also supported by RBS/C measurements. The UV-VIS-NIR study revealed the decrease in the band gap and increase in the defect concentration in the irradiated sample as a result of nuclear energy loss.

  14. Mechanism of the defect formation in supported graphene by energetic heavy ion irradiation: the substrate effect.

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    Li, Weisen; Wang, Xinwei; Zhang, Xitong; Zhao, Shijun; Duan, Huiling; Xue, Jianming

    2015-01-01

    Although ion beam technology has frequently been used for introducing defects in graphene, the associated key mechanism of the defect formation under ion irradiation is still largely unclear. We report a systematic study of the ion irradiation experiments on SiO2-supported graphene, and quantitatively compare the experimental results with molecular dynamic simulations. We find that the substrate is, in fact, of great importance in the defect formation process, as the defects in graphene are mostly generated through an indirect process by the sputtered atoms from the substrate. PMID:25927476

  15. Mechanism of the Defect Formation in Supported Graphene by Energetic Heavy Ion Irradiation: the Substrate Effect

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    Li, Weisen; Wang, Xinwei; Zhang, Xitong; Zhao, Shijun; Duan, Huiling; Xue, Jianming

    2015-01-01

    Although ion beam technology has frequently been used for introducing defects in graphene, the associated key mechanism of the defect formation under ion irradiation is still largely unclear. We report a systematic study of the ion irradiation experiments on SiO2-supported graphene, and quantitatively compare the experimental results with molecular dynamic simulations. We find that the substrate is, in fact, of great importance in the defect formation process, as the defects in graphene are mostly generated through an indirect process by the sputtered atoms from the substrate. PMID:25927476

  16. Optimal ion acceleration from ultrathin foils irradiated by a profiled laser pulse of relativistic intensity

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    Andreev, A. A.; Steinke, S.; Sokollik, T.; Schnuerer, M.; Nickles, P. V.; Avetsiyan, S. Ter; Platonov, K. Yu.

    2009-01-15

    Recent investigations of relativistic laser plasmas have shown that the energy transfer from the laser field to the kinetic ion energy and therefore the attainable maximum energy of the ions increases when ultrathin targets are irradiated by laser pulse without prepulse. In this paper, the influence of the target thickness and laser pulse contrast on the energy of the accelerated ions has been studied theoretically as well as experimentally. An optimum target was searched if a real laser pulse with a certain prepulse irradiates the target.

  17. Enhancement of impact-induced mechanoluminescence by swift heavy ion irradiation

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    Zhan, T. Z.; Terasawa, Y.; Xu, C. N.; Yamada, H.; Zhang, L.; Iwase, H.; Kawai, M.

    2012-01-02

    In this Letter, we report a strategy using swift heavy ion (SHI) irradiation to enhance the impact-induced mechanoluminescence (ML) in ML materials. The impact-induced ML intensity of CaSrAl{sub 2}Si{sub 2}O{sub 8}:Eu{sup 2+} was enhanced by about one order of magnitude by using SHI irradiation. Furthermore, the enhancement was found to depend on electronic stopping power and irradiation fluence. The density of traps of a type suitable for impact-induced ML is considered to be increased by the SHI irradiation, resulting in the impact-induced ML enhancement.

  18. New ion beam materials laboratory for materials modification and irradiation effects research

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    Zhang, Y.; Crespillo, M. L.; Xue, H.; Jin, K.; Chen, C. H.; Fontana, C. L.; Graham, J. T.; Weber, W. J.

    2014-11-01

    A new multifunctional ion beam materials laboratory (IBML) has been established at the University of Tennessee, in partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The IBML is currently equipped with two ion sources, a 3 MV tandem accelerator, three beamlines and three endstations. The IBML is primarily dedicated to fundamental research on ion-solid interaction, ion beam analysis, ion beam modification, and other basic and applied research on irradiation effects in a wide range of materials. An overview of the IBML facility is provided, and experimental results are reported to demonstrate the specific capabilities.

  19. New Ion Beam Materials Laboratory for Materials Modification and Irradiation Effects Research

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    Zhang, Yanwen; Crespillo, Miguel L; Xue, Haizhou; Jin, Ke; Chen, Chien-Hung; Fontana, Cristiano L; Graham, Dr. Joseph T.; Weber, William J

    2014-11-01

    A new multifunctional ion beam materials laboratory (IBML) has been established at the University of Tennessee, in partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The IBML is currently equipped with two ion sources, a 3 MV tandem accelerator, three beamlines and three endstations. The IBML is primarily dedicated to fundamental research on ion-solid interaction, ion beam analysis, ion beam modification, and other basic and applied research on irradiation effects in a wide range of materials. An overview of the IBML facility is provided, and experimental results are reported to demonstrate the specific capabilities.

  20. Temperature dependence of ion irradiation induced amorphization of zirconolite

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    Smith, K. L.; Blackford, M. G.; Lumpkin, G. R.; Zaluzec, N. J.

    1999-12-22

    Zirconolite is one of the major host phases for actinides in various wasteforms for immobilizing high level radioactive waste (HLW). Over time, zirconolite's crystalline matrix is damaged by {alpha}-particles and energetic recoil nuclei recoil resulting from {alpha}-decay events. The cumulative damage caused by these particles results in amorphization. Data from natural zirconolites suggest that radiation damage anneals over geologic time and is dependant on the thermal history of the material. Proposed HLW containment strategies rely on both a suitable wasteform and geologic isolation. Depending on the waste loading, depth of burial, and the repository-specific geothermal gradient, burial could result in a wasteform being exposed to temperatures of between 100--450 C. Consequently, it is important to assess the effect of temperature on radiation damage in synthetic zirconolite. Zirconolite containing wasteforms are likely to be hot pressed at or below 1,473 K (1,200 C) and/or sintered at or below 1,623 K (1,350 C). Zirconolite fabricated at temperatures below 1,523 K (1,250 C) contains many stacking faults. As there have been various attempts to link radiation resistance to structure, the authors decided it was also pertinent to assess the role of stacking faults in radiation resistance. In this study, they simulate {alpha}-decay damage in two zirconolite samples by irradiating them with 1.5 MeV Kr{sup +} ions using the High Voltage Electron Microscope-Tandem User Facility (HTUF) at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) and measure the critical dose for amorphization (D{sub c}) at several temperatures between 20 and 773 K. One of the samples has a high degree of crystallographic perfection, the other contains many stacking faults on the unit cell scale. Previous authors proposed a model for estimating the activation energy of self annealing in zirconolite and for predicting the critical dose for amorphization at any temperature. The authors discuss their results and earlier published data in relation to that model.

  1. Strain-dependent Damage in Mouse Lung After Carbon Ion Irradiation

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    Moritake, Takashi; Proton Medical Research Center, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba ; Fujita, Hidetoshi; Yanagisawa, Mitsuru; Nakawatari, Miyako; Imadome, Kaori; Nakamura, Etsuko; Iwakawa, Mayumi; Imai, Takashi

    2012-09-01

    Purpose: To examine whether inherent factors produce differences in lung morbidity in response to carbon ion (C-ion) irradiation, and to identify the molecules that have a key role in strain-dependent adverse effects in the lung. Methods and Materials: Three strains of female mice (C3H/He Slc, C57BL/6J Jms Slc, and A/J Jms Slc) were locally irradiated in the thorax with either C-ion beams (290 MeV/n, in 6 cm spread-out Bragg peak) or with {sup 137}Cs {gamma}-rays as a reference beam. We performed survival assays and histologic examination of the lung with hematoxylin-eosin and Masson's trichrome staining. In addition, we performed immunohistochemical staining for hyaluronic acid (HA), CD44, and Mac3 and assayed for gene expression. Results: The survival data in mice showed a between-strain variance after C-ion irradiation with 10 Gy. The median survival time of C3H/He was significantly shortened after C-ion irradiation at the higher dose of 12.5 Gy. Histologic examination revealed early-phase hemorrhagic pneumonitis in C3H/He and late-phase focal fibrotic lesions in C57BL/6J after C-ion irradiation with 10 Gy. Pleural effusion was apparent in C57BL/6J and A/J mice, 168 days after C-ion irradiation with 10 Gy. Microarray analysis of irradiated lung tissue in the three mouse strains identified differential expression changes in growth differentiation factor 15 (Gdf15), which regulates macrophage function, and hyaluronan synthase 1 (Has1), which plays a role in HA metabolism. Immunohistochemistry showed that the number of CD44-positive cells, a surrogate marker for HA accumulation, and Mac3-positive cells, a marker for macrophage infiltration in irradiated lung, varied significantly among the three mouse strains during the early phase. Conclusions: This study demonstrated a strain-dependent differential response in mice to C-ion thoracic irradiation. Our findings identified candidate molecules that could be implicated in the between-strain variance to early hemorrhagic pneumonitis after C-ion irradiation.

  2. Temperature-Ramped 129Xe Spin-Exchange Optical Pumping

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    2015-01-01

    We describe temperature-ramped spin-exchange optical pumping (TR-SEOP) in an automated high-throughput batch-mode 129Xe hyperpolarizer utilizing three key temperature regimes: (i) “hot”—where the 129Xe hyperpolarization rate is maximal, (ii) “warm”—where the 129Xe hyperpolarization approaches unity, and (iii) “cool”—where hyperpolarized 129Xe gas is transferred into a Tedlar bag with low Rb content (<5 ng per ∼1 L dose) suitable for human imaging applications. Unlike with the conventional approach of batch-mode SEOP, here all three temperature regimes may be operated under continuous high-power (170 W) laser irradiation, and hyperpolarized 129Xe gas is delivered without the need for a cryocollection step. The variable-temperature approach increased the SEOP rate by more than 2-fold compared to the constant-temperature polarization rate (e.g., giving effective values for the exponential buildup constant γSEOP of 62.5 ± 3.7 × 10–3 min–1 vs 29.9 ± 1.2 × 10–3 min–1) while achieving nearly the same maximum %PXe value (88.0 ± 0.8% vs 90.1% ± 0.8%, for a 500 Torr (67 kPa) Xe cell loading—corresponding to nuclear magnetic resonance/magnetic resonance imaging (NMR/MRI) enhancements of ∼3.1 × 105 and ∼2.32 × 108 at the relevant fields for clinical imaging and HP 129Xe production of 3 T and 4 mT, respectively); moreover, the intercycle “dead” time was also significantly decreased. The higher-throughput TR-SEOP approach can be implemented without sacrificing the level of 129Xe hyperpolarization or the experimental stability for automation—making this approach beneficial for improving the overall 129Xe production rate in clinical settings. PMID:25008290

  3. Structural, Chemical, and Theoretical Evidence for the Electrophilicity of the [C(6)F(5)Xe](+) Cation in [C(6)F(5)Xe][AsF(6)].

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    Frohn, Hermann-J.; Klose, Angela; Schroer, Thorsten; Henkel, Gerald; Buss, Volker; Opitz, Daniel; Vahrenhorst, Rainer

    1998-09-21

    [C(6)F(5)Xe][AsF(6)] was prepared by metathesis from [C(6)F(5)Xe][(C(6)F(5))(2)BF(2)]. The thermal stability of the melt (Xe][AsF(6)] crystallizes in the triclinic system, space group P&onemacr;, with four molecules in the unit cell. Of these, two are symmetry independent with Xe-C distances of 2.079(6) and 2.082(5) Å, Xe-F distances (cation-anion contacts) of 2.714(5) and 2.672(5) Å, and C-Xe-F angles of 170.5(3) and 174.2(3) degrees, respectively. The relation between cations and anions is best described as an asymmetric hypervalent (3c-4e) bond. Temperature dependent (19)F NMR measurements reveal the occurrence of separated ions in solution, with [C(6)F(5)Xe](+) coordinated by a basic solvent molecule. Minimum energy geometries and charge distributions were calculated for [C(6)F(5)Xe](+), [C(6)H(5)Xe](+), [C(6)F(5)](+), [C(6)H(5)](+), [CF(3)Xe](+), [CH(3)Xe](+), [C(6)F(5)Ng](+) (Ng = Kr, Ar, Ne, He), and [C(6)F(5)Xe][AsF(6)] at the ab initio RHF/LANL2DZ level. According to these calculations, C-Ng cations with short C-Ng distances are stable when the natural charge of the noble gas carries the main part of the positive net-charge and the ipso-C atom is not positive. In [C(6)F(5)Xe](+), for example, 89% of the positive charge is concentrated on Xe. PMID:11670653

  4. Enhancement of SPHK1 in vitro by carbon ion irradiation in oral squamous cell carcinoma

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    Higo, Morihiro; Uzawa, Katsuhiro . E-mail: uzawak@faculty.chiba-u.jp; Kawata, Tetsuya; Kato, Yoshikuni; Kouzu, Yukinao; Yamamoto, Nobuharu; Shibahara, Takahiko; Mizoe, Jun-etsu; Ito, Hisao; Tsujii, Hirohiko; Tanzawa, Hideki

    2006-07-01

    Purpose The purpose of this study was to assess the gene expression changes in oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) cells after carbon ion irradiation. Methods and Materials Three OSCC cell lines (HSC2, Ca9-22, and HSC3) were irradiated with accelerated carbon ion beams or X-rays using three different doses. The cellular sensitivities were determined by clonogenic survival assay. To identify genes the expression of which is influenced by carbon ion irradiation in a dose-dependent manner, we performed Affymetrix GeneChip analysis with HG-U133 plus 2.0 arrays containing 54,675 probe sets. The identified genes were analyzed using the Ingenuity Pathway Analysis Tool to investigate the functional network and gene ontology. Changes in mRNA expression in the genes were assessed by real-time reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction. Results We identified 98 genes with expression levels that were altered significantly at least twofold in each of the three carbon-irradiated OSCC cell lines at all dose points compared with nonirradiated control cells. Among these, SPHK1, the expression of which was significantly upregulated by carbon ion irradiation, was modulated little by X-rays. The function of SPHK1 related to cellular growth and proliferation had the highest p value (p = 9.25e-7 to 2.19e-2). Real-time reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction analysis showed significantly elevated SPHK1 expression levels after carbon ion irradiation (p < 0.05), consistent with microarray data. Clonogenic survival assay indicated that carbon ion irradiation could induce cell death in Ca9-22 cells more effectively than X-rays. Conclusions Our findings suggest that SPHK1 helps to elucidate the molecular mechanisms and processes underlying the biologic response to carbon ion beams in OSCC.

  5. Ion irradiation of graphene on Ir(111): From trapping to blistering

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    Herbig, Charlotte; Åhlgren, E. Harriet; Valerius, Philipp; Schröder, Ulrike A.; Martínez-Galera, Antonio J.; Arman, Mohammad A.; Kotakoski, Jani; Knudsen, Jan; Krasheninnikov, Arkady V.; Michely, Thomas

    Graphene grown epitaxially on Ir(111) is irradiated with low energy noble gas ions and the processes induced by atomic collision and subsequent annealing are analyzed using scanning tunneling microscopy, low energy electron diffraction, X-ray photoelectron diffraction and thermal desorption spectroscopy. Upon room temperature ion irradiation graphene amorphizes and recovers its crystalline structure during annealing. The energetic noble gas projectiles are trapped with surprisingly high efficiency under the graphene cover up to extremely high temperatures beyond 1300K. The energy, angle, and ion species dependence of trapping are quantified. At elevated temperatures the trapped gas forms well developed and highly pressurized blisters under the graphene cover. We use molecular dynamics simulations and ab initio calculations to elucidate the trapping mechanism and its thermal robustness. Similar trapping and blistering are observed after ion irradiation of a single layer of hexagonal boron nitride on Ir(111) and we speculate on the generality of the observed phenomena.

  6. Depth-dependent phase change in Gd2O3 epitaxial layers under ion irradiation

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    Mejai, N.; Debelle, A.; Thom, L.; Sattonnay, G.; Gosset, D.; Boulle, A.; Dargis, R.; Clark, A.

    2015-09-01

    Epitaxial Gd2O3 thin layers with the cubic structure were irradiated with 4-MeV Au2+ ions in the 1013-1015 cm-2 fluence range. X-ray diffraction indicates that ion irradiation induces a cubic to monoclinic phase change. Strikingly, although the energy-deposition profile of the Au2+ ions is constant over the layer thickness, this phase transformation is depth-dependent, as revealed by a combined X-ray diffraction and ion channeling analysis. In fact, the transition initiates very close to the surface and propagates inwards, which can be explained by an assisted migration process of irradiation-induced defects. This result is promising for developing a method to control the thickness of the rare-earth oxide crystalline phases.

  7. Pattern-induced magnetic anisotropy in FePt thin films by ion irradiation

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    Jaafar, M.; Sanz, R.; McCord, J.; Jensen, J.; Schaefer, R.; Vazquez, M.; Asenjo, A.

    2011-03-01

    The magnetic properties of FePt thin films have been modified by exposing the samples to irradiation of 4 MeV Cl{sup 2+} ions. Patterned magnetic films, without modified topographical profile, were fabricated by irradiating the films through a shadowing micrometric mask. The structural changes, ascribed to the ion-beam-induced amorphization of the thin films, promote the modification of the magnetic anisotropy. In particular, the out-of-plane component of the magnetization decreases simultaneously with an enhancement of in-plane anisotropy by increasing ion fluence. Moreover, the nonirradiated regions present unexpected anisotropic behavior owing to the stray field of the irradiated regions. The control of this effect, which can have unwished consequences for the patterning of magnetic properties by ion bombardment, needs to be suitably addressed.

  8. Physical and chemical response of 70 MeV carbon ion irradiated polyether sulphone polymer

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    Kumar, Rajesh; De, Udayan; Prasad, Rajendra

    2006-08-01

    Polyether sulphone (PES) foils were irradiated under vacuum with 70 MeV C 5+ ions to the fluences of 9.3 × 10 11, 9.3 × 10 12 and 1.2 × 10 13 ions cm -2. Ion induced optical, chemical and structural modifications were studied by ultraviolet, visible (UV-Vis) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and X-ray diffractometer. PES suffers degradation under irradiation, UV-Vis data show the increase of optical absorbance and the shift of absorption edge from the UV towards visible with the increase of the fluences, attributing to the formation of conjugated system of bonds. The intensity of the infrared bands, characteristics of different chemical functional groups is found to decrease with swift heavy ion (SHI) irradiation. Significant loss of crystallinity was observed at higher fluences.

  9. Influence of 100 MeV oxygen ion irradiation on Ni/n-Si (100) Schottky barrier characteristics

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    Kumar, Sandeep; Katharria, Y. S.; Kanjilal, D.

    2008-02-15

    The influences of high energy ion irradiation on the Ni/n-Si Schottky barrier are discussed as a function of irradiation fluence. The variations in Schottky diode parameters are studied by using in situ current-voltage characterization in a fluence range between 1x10{sup 9} and 1x10{sup 13} ions/cm{sup 2}. The ion irradiation results in an increase of Schottky barrier height from a value of 0.59 eV for unirradiated diode to 0.68 eV after irradiation at a fluence of 1x10{sup 13} ions/cm{sup 2}. A decrease of the leakage current by about two orders of magnitude was observed after ion irradiation. These results are interpreted in terms of the ion irradiation induced defects inside the materials.

  10. MeV Au Ion Irradiation in Silicon and Nanocrystalline Zirconia Film Deposited on Silicon Substrate

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    Chang, Yongqin; Zhang, Yanwen; Zhu, Zihua; Edmondson, Dr. Philip; Weber, William J

    2012-01-01

    Nanocrystalline zirconia (ZrO2) film with thickness of 305 nm deposited on a silicon substrate was irradiated with 2 MeV Au ions to different fluences at different temperatures. The implanted ion profiles were measured by time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) and simulated using the stopping and range of ions in matter (SRIM) code, respectively. The experimental results show that a large fraction of the incident Au ions penetrates through the ZrO2 film and are deposited into the Si substrate. At the interface of ZrO2 and Si, a sudden decrease of Au concentration is observed due to the much larger scattering cross section of Au in ZrO2 than in Si. The depth profile of the Au ions is measured in both the ZrO2 films and the Si substrates, and the results show that the Au distribution profiles do not exhibit a dependence on irradiation temperature. The local Au concentration increases proportionally with the irradiation fluence, suggesting that no thermal or irradiation-induced redistribution of the implanted Au ions. However, the Au concentration in the ZrO2 films, as determined by SIMS, is considerably lower than that predicted by the SRIM results, and the penetration depth from the SIMS measurements is much deeper than that from the SRIM predictions. These observations can be explained by an overestimation of the electronic stopping power, used in the SRIM program, for heavy incident ions in light targets. Overestimation of the heavy-ion electronic stopping power may lead to errors in local dose calculation and underestimation of the projected range of slow heavy ions in targets that contain light elements. A quick estimate based on a reduced target density may be used to compensate the overestimation of the electronic stopping power in the SRIM program to provide better ion profile prediction.

  11. MeV Au Ion Irradiation in Silicon and Nanocrystalline Zirconia Film Deposited on Silicon Substrate

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    Chang, Yongqin; Zhang, Yanwen; Zhu, Zihua; Edmondson, Philip D.; Weber, William J.

    2012-09-01

    Nanocrystalline zirconia (ZrO2) film with thickness of 305 nm deposited on a silicon substrate was irradiated with 2 MeV Au ions to different fluences at different temperatures. The implanted ion profiles were measured by time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) and simulated using the stopping and range of ions inmatter (SRIM) code, respectively. The experimental results show that a large fraction of the incident Au ions penetrates through the ZrO2 film and are deposited into the Si substrate. At the interface of ZrO2 and Si, a sudden decrease of Au concentration is observed due to the much larger scattering cross section of Au in ZrO2 than in Si. The depth profile of the Au ions is measured in both the ZrO2 films and the Si substrates, and the results show that the Au distribution profiles do not exhibit a dependence on irradiation temperature. The local Au concentration increases proportionally with the irradiation fluence, suggesting that no thermal or irradiation-induced redistribution of the implanted Au ions. However, the Au concentration in the ZrO2 films, as determined by SIMS, is considerably lower than that predicted by the SRIM results, and the penetration depth from the SIMS measurements is much deeper than that from the SRIM predictions. These observations can be explained by an overestimation of the electronic stopping power, used in the SRIM program, for heavy incident ions in light targets. Over-estimation of the heavy-ion electronic stopping power may lead to errors in local dose calculation and underestimation of the projected range of slow heavy ions in targets that contain light elements. A quick estimate based on a reduced target density may be used to compensate the overestimation of the electronic stopping power in the SRIM program to provide better ion profile prediction.

  12. Microstructural evolution of RPV steels under proton and ion irradiation studied by positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Jiang, J.; Wu, Y. C.; Liu, X. B.; Wang, R. S.; Nagai, Y.; Inoue, K.; Shimizu, Y.; Toyama, T.

    2015-03-01

    The microstructural evolution of reactor pressure vessel (RPV) steels induced by proton and heavy ion irradiation at low temperature (∼373 K) has been investigated using positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS), atom probe tomography (APT), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and nanoindentation. The PAS results indicated that both proton and heavy ion irradiation produce a large number of matrix defects, which contain small-size defects such as vacancies, vacancy-solute complexes, dislocation loops, and large-size vacancy clusters. In proton irradiated RPV steels, the size and number density of vacancy cluster defects increased rapidly with increasing dose due to the migration and agglomeration of vacancies. In contrast, for Fe ion irradiated steels, high density, larger size vacancy clusters can be easily induced at low dose, showing saturation in PAS response with increasing dose. No clear precipitates, solute-enriched clusters or other forms of solute segregation were observed by APT. Furthermore, dislocation loops were observed by TEM after 1.0 dpa, 240 keV proton irradiation, and an increase of the average nanoindentation hardness was found. It is suggested that ion irradiation produces many point defects and vacancy cluster defects, which induce the formation of dislocation loops and the increase of nanoindentation hardness.

  13. Biodamage via shock waves initiated by irradiation with ions

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    Surdutovich, Eugene; Yakubovich, Alexander V.; Solov'yov, Andrey V.

    2013-01-01

    Radiation damage following the ionising radiation of tissue has different scenarios and mechanisms depending on the projectiles or radiation modality. We investigate the radiation damage effects due to shock waves produced by ions. We analyse the strength of the shock wave capable of directly producing DNA strand breaks and, depending on the ion's linear energy transfer, estimate the radius from the ion's path, within which DNA damage by the shock wave mechanism is dominant. At much smaller values of linear energy transfer, the shock waves turn out to be instrumental in propagating reactive species formed close to the ion's path to large distances, successfully competing with diffusion. PMID:23411473

  14. Morphological and biochemical responses of Oryza sativa L. (cultivar MR219) to ion beam irradiation*

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    Ling, Anna Pick Kiong; Ung, Ying Chian; Hussein, Sobri; Harun, Abdul Rahim; Tanaka, Atsushi; Yoshihiro, Hase

    2013-01-01

    Objective: Heavy ion beam, which has emerged as a new mutagen in the mutation breeding of crops and ornamental plants, is expected to result in the induction of novel mutations. This study investigates the morphological and biochemical responses of Oryza sativa toward different doses of carbon ion beam irradiation. Methods: In this study, the dry seeds of O. sativa were irradiated at 0, 20, 40, 60, 80, 100, and 120 Gy, followed by in-vitro germination under controlled conditions. Morphological and biochemical studies were conducted to investigate the morphological and physiological responses of O. sativa towards ion beam irradiation. Results: The study demonstrated that low doses (10 Gy) of ion beam have a stimulating effect on the height, root length, and fresh weight of the plantlets but not on the number of leaves. Meanwhile, doses higher than 10 Gy caused reductions in all the morphological parameters studied as compared to the control samples. The highest total soluble protein content [(2.11±0.47) mg/g FW] was observed in plantlets irradiated at 20 Gy. All irradiated plantlets were found to have 0.85% to 58.32% higher specific activity of peroxidase as compared to the control samples. The present study also revealed that low doses of ion beam (10 and 20 Gy) had negligible effect on the total chlorophyll content of O. sativa plantlets while 40 Gy had a stimulating effect on the chlorophyll content. Plantlets irradiated between 40 to 120 Gy were shown to be 0.38% to 9.98% higher in total soluble nitrogen content which, however, was not significantly different from the control samples. Conclusions: Carbon ion beam irradiation administered at low to moderate doses of 10 to 40 Gy may induce O. sativa mutants with superior characteristics. PMID:24302713

  15. Grain Growth and Phase Stability of Nanocrystalline Cubic Zirconia under Ion Irradiation

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    Zhang, Yanwen; Jiang, Weilin; Wang, Chongmin; Namavar, Fereydoon; Edmondson, Philip D.; Zhu, Zihua; Gao, Fei; Lian, Jie; Weber, William J

    2010-01-01

    Grain growth, oxygen stoichiometry and phase stability of nanostructurally-stabilized cubic zirconia (NSZ) are investigated under 2 MeV Au ion bombardment at 160 and 400 K to doses up to 35 displacements per atom (dpa). The NSZ films are produced by ion-beam-assisted deposition technique at room temperature with an average grain size of 7.7 nm. The grain size increases with dose, and follows a power law (n=6) to a saturation value of ~30 nm that decreases with temperature. Slower grain growth is observed under 400 K irradiations, as compared to 160 K irradiations, indicating that the grain growth is not thermally activated and irradiation-induced grain growth is the dominating mechanism. While the cubic structure is retained and no new phases are identified after the high-dose irradiations, oxygen reduction in the irradiated NSZ films is detected. The ratio of O to Zr decreases from ~2.0 for the as-deposited films to ~1.65 after irradiation to ~35 dpa. The loss of oxygen suggests a significant increase of oxygen vacancies in nanocrystalline zirconia under ion irradiation. The oxygen deficiency may be essential in stabilizing the cubic phase to larger grain sizes.

  16. Physical and biological properties of the ion beam irradiated PMMA-based composite films

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    Shanthini, G. M.; Martin, Catherine Ann; Sakthivel, N.; Veerla, Sarath Chandra; Elayaraja, K.; Lakshmi, B. S.; Asokan, K.; Kanjilal, D.; Kalkura, S. Narayana

    2015-02-01

    Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and PMMA-hydroxyapatite (PMMA-HAp) composite films, prepared by the solvent evaporation method were irradiated with 100 MeV Si7+ ions. Crystallographic, morphological and the functional groups of the pristine and irradiated samples were studied using glancing incident X-ray diffraction (GIXRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy-attenuated total reflectance (FTIR-ATR) respectively. SEM reveals the creation of pores, along with an increase in porosity and cluster size on irradiation. Decrease in crystalline nature and crystallite size with an increase in ion fluence was observed from GIXRD patterns. The surface roughness and the wettability of the material were also enhanced, which could favour the cell-material interaction. The irradiated samples adsorbed significantly greater amount of proteins than pristine. Also, irradiation does not produce any toxic byproducts or leachants, and maintains the viability of 3T3 cells. The response of the irradiated samples towards biomedical applications was demonstrated by the improved antimicrobial activity, haemocompatibility and cytocompatibility. Swift heavy ion irradiation (SHI) could be an effective tool to modify and engineer the surface properties of the polymers to enhance the biocompatibility.

  17. Modeling injected interstitial effects on void swelling in self-ion irradiation experiments

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    Short, M. P.; Gaston, D. R.; Jin, M.; Shao, L.; Garner, F. A.

    2016-04-01

    Heavy ion irradiations at high dose rates are often used to simulate slow and expensive neutron irradiation experiments. However, many differences in the resultant modes of damage arise due to unique aspects of heavy ion irradiation. One such difference was recently shown in pure iron to manifest itself as a double peak in void swelling, with both peaks located away from the region of highest displacement damage. In other cases involving a variety of ferritic alloys there is often only a single peak in swelling vs. depth that is located very near the ion-incident surface. We show that these behaviors arise due to a combination of two separate effects: 1) suppression of void swelling due to injected interstitials, and 2) preferential sinking of interstitials to the ion-incident surface, which are very sensitive to the irradiation temperature and displacement rate. Care should therefore be used in collection and interpretation of data from the depth range outside the Bragg peak of ion irradiation experiments, as it is shown to be more complex than previously envisioned.

  18. Effects of high energy ion irradiation on crystallization of amorphous germanium films deposited on calcium fluoride substrates

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    Nakao, Setsuo; Saitoh, Kazuo; Ikeyama, Masami; Niwa, Hiroaki; Tanemura, Seita; Miyagawa, Yoshiko; Miyagawa, Soji

    1996-12-31

    Amorphous (a-) Ge films were deposited on air-cleaved CaF{sub 2} (111) substrates at different deposition temperatures (Td). The films were irradiated with 0.9 MeV Ge or Si ions at low ion current intensity (Ic) 100 nA/cm{sup 2}. Their structural changes were studied by Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS)-channeling technique and thin film x-ray diffraction (XRD) measurement. It was found that films were epitaxially crystallized by Ge and Si ion irradiation although they included randomly oriented grains. Ge ion irradiation was more effective for the crystallization than Si ion irradiation. However, the amount of the randomly oriented grains was slightly higher when using Ge ions. On the other hand, ion irradiation to the films prepared at high Td also exhibited higher incidence of randomly oriented grains.

  19. Damages in ceramics for nuclear waste transmutation by irradiation with swift heavy ions

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    Beauvy, Michel; Dalmasso, Chrystelle; Thiriet-Dodane, Catherine; Simeone, David; Gosset, Dominique

    2006-01-01

    Inert matrices are proposed for advanced nuclear fuels or for the transmutation of the actinides that is an effective solution for the nuclear waste management. The behaviour of inert matrix ceramics like MgO, MgAl2O4 and cubic ZrO2 oxides under irradiation is presented in this study. The alumina Al2O3 has been also studied as a reference for the ceramic materials. These oxides have been irradiated with swift heavy ions at CIRIL/GANIL to simulate the fragment fission effects. The irradiations with the different heavy ions (from S to Pb) with energy between 91 and 820 MeV, have been realised at room temperature or 500 C. The fluencies were between 5 1010 and 5 1015 ions/cm2. The polished faces of sintered polycrystalline disks or single crystal slices have been characterized before and after irradiation by X-ray diffraction and optical spectroscopy. The apparent swelling evaluated from surface profile measurements after irradiation is very important for spinel and zirconia, comparatively with those of magnesia or alumina. The amorphisation seems to be at the origin of this swelling, and the electronic stopping power of the ions is the most influent parameter for the irradiation damages. The point defects characterized by optical spectroscopy show a significant amount of damage on the oxygen sub-lattice in the irradiated oxides. F+ centres are present in all irradiated oxides. However, new absorption bands are observed and cation clusters cannot be excluded in magnesia and spinel after irradiation.

  20. Modeling of the LIFE minichamber Xe theta pinch experiment

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    Kane, Jave; Rhodes, Mark; Loosmore, Gwendolen; Latkowski, Jeffery; Koning, Joseph; Patel, Mehul; Zimmerman, George; Demuth, James; Moses, Gregory

    2010-11-01

    The LIFE minichamber experiment is being designed to investigate cooling of the Xe buffer gas protecting the LIFE chamber wall. A magnetically driven theta pinch configuration will be used to inductively heat a few-cm long cylinder of Xe at ion density 2e16/cc to several eV. Thomson scattering will be used to determine the electron temperature and ionization state of the strongly radiating, cooling Xe. The experiment is being modeled using the magnetohydrodynamic code HYDRA with an external circuit mode and inductive feedback from the plasma to the external circuit. Designing the experiment is challenging due to the current paucity of opacity and conductivity data for Xe in the buffer gas regime of temperature and density. Results of the modeling will be presented.

  1. Space Plasma Ion Processing of Ilmenite in the Lunar Soil: Insights from In-Situ TEM Ion Irradiation Experiments

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    Christoffersen, R.; Keller, L. P.

    2007-01-01

    Space weathering on the moon and asteroids results largely from the alteration of the outer surfaces of regolith grains by the combined effects of solar ion irradiation and other processes that include deposition of impact or sputter-derived vapors. Although no longer considered the sole driver of space weathering, solar ion irradiation remains a key part of the space weathering puzzle, and quantitative data on its effects on regolith minerals are still in short supply. For the lunar regolith, previous transmission electron microscope (TEM) studies performed by ourselves and others have uncovered altered rims on ilmenite (FeTiO3) grains that point to this phase as a unique "witness plate" for unraveling nanoscale space weathering processes. Most notably, the radiation processed portions of these ilmenite rims consistently have a crystalline structure, in contrast to radiation damaged rims on regolith silicates that are characteristically amorphous. While this has tended to support informal designation of ilmenite as a "radiation resistant" regolith mineral, there are to date no experimental data that directly and quantitatively compare ilmenite s response to ion radiation relative to lunar silicates. Such data are needed because the radiation processed rims on ilmenite grains, although crystalline, are microstructurally and chemically complex, and exhibit changes linked to the formation of nanophase Fe metal, a key space weathering process. We report here the first ion radiation processing study of ilmenite performed by in-situ means using the Intermediate Voltage Electron Microscope- Tandem Irradiation facility (IVEM-Tandem) at Argonne National Laboratory. The capability of this facility for performing real time TEM observations of samples concurrent with ion irradiation makes it uniquely suited for studying the dose-dependence of amorphization and other changes in irradiated samples.

  2. Diamond light emitting diode activated with Xe optical centers

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    Zaitsev, A. M.; Bergman, A. A.; Gorokhovsky, A. A.; Huang, Mengbing

    2006-02-01

    A diamond light emitting diode (LED) activated with Xe-related optical centres is reported. The device was made on a high quality single crystal CVD diamond substrate using B+ and Li+ ion implantation, subsequent implantation by Xe+ ions and vacuum annealing to 1400 °C. A diode behaviour with the rectification ratio of 105 at 100 V was achieved. The electroluminescence (EL) of the device was found to concentrate at the B+ ion doped p-type area likely as a result of dominating injection of holes. The room temperature EL spectrum in the range 450 to 850 nm was presented by a narrow band emission of the zero phonon lines 812.5 nm and 794 nm of the Xe centre on a low emission background of the 575 nm nitrogen-related centre.

  3. Xe isotopic fractionation in a cathodeless glow discharge. [for carbonaceous meteoritic composition studies

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    Bernatowicz, T. J.; Fahey, A. J.

    1986-01-01

    Results are reported on the isotopic composition of Xe processed in cathodeless glow discharges in rarefied air at pressures of 20-40 microns Hg, in the presence of activated charcoal and in empty pyrex containers. Residual gas phase Xe and trapped Xe were found to be fractionated, with the trapped Xe fractionated up to 1 percent per amu. A model is presented for the fractionating process in which Xe ions are simultaneously implanted and sputtered from substrate material, with a mass dependence favoring retention of the heavy isotopes in the substrate. Results of the investigation show that plasma synthesis of carbonaceous material is unnecessary for producing Xe fractionations, and that the fractionations observed in previous synthesis experiments are probably due to implantation of ions into the synthesized material.

  4. Measurement of ion species in high current ECR H(+)/D(+) ion source for IFMIF (International Fusion Materials Irradiation Facility).

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    Shinto, K; Senée, F; Ayala, J-M; Bolzon, B; Chauvin, N; Gobin, R; Ichimiya, R; Ihara, A; Ikeda, Y; Kasugai, A; Kitano, T; Kondo, K; Marqueta, A; Okumura, Y; Takahashi, H; Valette, M

    2016-02-01

    Ion species ratio of high current positive hydrogen/deuterium ion beams extracted from an electron-cyclotron-resonance ion source for International Fusion Materials Irradiation Facility accelerator was measured by the Doppler shift Balmer-α line spectroscopy. The proton (H(+)) ratio at the middle of the low energy beam transport reached 80% at the hydrogen ion beam extraction of 100 keV/160 mA and the deuteron (D(+)) ratio reached 75% at the deuterium ion beam extraction of 100 keV/113 mA. It is found that the H(+) ratio measured by the spectroscopy gives lower than that derived from the phase-space diagram measured by an Allison scanner type emittance monitor. The H(+)/D(+) ratio estimated by the emittance monitor was more than 90% at those extraction currents. PMID:26931945

  5. Measurement of ion species in high current ECR H+/D+ ion source for IFMIF (International Fusion Materials Irradiation Facility)

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    Shinto, K.; Senée, F.; Ayala, J.-M.; Bolzon, B.; Chauvin, N.; Gobin, R.; Ichimiya, R.; Ihara, A.; Ikeda, Y.; Kasugai, A.; Kitano, T.; Kondo, K.; Marqueta, A.; Okumura, Y.; Takahashi, H.; Valette, M.

    2016-02-01

    Ion species ratio of high current positive hydrogen/deuterium ion beams extracted from an electron-cyclotron-resonance ion source for International Fusion Materials Irradiation Facility accelerator was measured by the Doppler shift Balmer-α line spectroscopy. The proton (H+) ratio at the middle of the low energy beam transport reached 80% at the hydrogen ion beam extraction of 100 keV/160 mA and the deuteron (D+) ratio reached 75% at the deuterium ion beam extraction of 100 keV/113 mA. It is found that the H+ ratio measured by the spectroscopy gives lower than that derived from the phase-space diagram measured by an Allison scanner type emittance monitor. The H+/D+ ratio estimated by the emittance monitor was more than 90% at those extraction currents.

  6. A review of colour center and nanostructure creation in LiF under heavy ion irradiation

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    Schwartz, K.; Maniks, J.; Manika, I.

    2015-09-01

    A study of radiation damage in LiF crystals under irradiation with MeV-GeV energy ions, from 12C to 238U, at temperatures varying from 8 to 300 K, depending on the ion energy, energy loss and irradiation temperature, is presented. For light ions (12C, 14N) at low fluences, it is mainly color centers that are created. Increasing the fluence leads to the overlapping of tracks and the creation of more complex color centers, defect aggregates and dislocations. For ions with an energy loss above a threshold value (dE/dx = 10 keV nm-1) the tracks exhibit a central core damage region with a radius of 1-2 nm, surrounded by an extended halo which mainly contains single color centers. In this case, ion-induced nanostructuring is observed. Novel effects of radiation damage creation under ion irradiation at 8 K are observed. The role of energy loss and irradiation temperature in damage creation is discussed.

  7. Mechanical response to swift ion irradiation-induced nano-tracks in silica

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    Páramo, Ángel R.; Sordo, F.; Garoz, D.; Peña-Rodríguez, O.; Prada, A.; Olivares, J.; Crespillo, M. L.; Perlado, J. M.; Rivera, A.

    2015-06-01

    Ion irradiation on dielectric materials produces several processes, such ionization and defect formation followed by a decay governed by thermal processes such as heat diffusion and atomic rearrangement. Finally in the irradiated region the mechanical properties are altered, strain and stress fields appear, a densification takes places and other properties such as the refractive index are affected. In order to simulate the mechanical response of silica to swift ion irradiation we use a methodology based on molecular dynamics (MD) and finite element methods (FEM). We use information from MD to obtain the local densification generated by an incoming swift ion. Finally we calculate the densification in the ion track using FEM. This method provides information on the strain and stress field along the material as a function of ion irradiation fluence. For this work an experimental campaign using Br ions from 5 to 50 MeV has been done at CMAM accelerator (Madrid). We measured the refractive index and we observe that for high fluences the refractive index decreases. The effect of the strain field on the density could explain the decrease in the refractive index. We check this hypothesis using our methodology coupling MD and FEM.

  8. Response of nanostructured ferritic alloys to high-dose heavy ion irradiation

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    Parish, Chad M.; White, Ryan M.; LeBeau, James M.; Miller, Michael K.

    2014-02-01

    A latest-generation aberration-corrected scanning/transmission electron microscope (STEM) is used to study heavy-ion-irradiated nanostructured ferritic alloys (NFAs). Results are presented for STEM X-ray mapping of NFA 14YWT irradiated with 10 MeV Pt to 16 or 160 dpa at -100°C and 750°C, as well as pre-irradiation reference material. Irradiation at -100°C results in ballistic destruction of the beneficial microstructural features present in the pre-irradiated reference material, such as Ti-Y-O nanoclusters (NCs) and grain boundary (GB) segregation. Irradiation at 750°C retains these beneficial features, but indicates some coarsening of the NCs, diffusion of Al to the NCs, and a reduction of the Cr-W GB segregation (or solute excess) content. Ion irradiation combined with the latest-generation STEM hardware allows for rapid screening of fusion candidate materials and improved understanding of irradiation-induced microstructural changes in NFAs.

  9. Heavy ion irradiation induced dislocation loops in AREVA's M5® alloy

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    Hengstler-Eger, R. M.; Baldo, P.; Beck, L.; Dorner, J.; Ertl, K.; Hoffmann, P. B.; Hugenschmidt, C.; Kirk, M. A.; Petry, W.; Pikart, P.; Rempel, A.

    2012-04-01

    Pressurized water reactor (PWR) Zr-based alloy structural materials show creep and growth under neutron irradiation as a consequence of the irradiation induced microstructural changes in the alloy. A better scientific understanding of these microstructural processes can improve simulation programs for structural component deformation and simplify the development of advanced deformation resistant alloys. As in-pile irradiation leads to high material activation and requires long irradiation times, the objective of this work was to study whether ion irradiation is an applicable method to simulate typical PWR neutron damage in Zr-based alloys, with AREVA's M5® alloy as reference material. The irradiated specimens were studied by electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), positron Doppler broadening spectroscopy (DBS) and in situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM) at different dose levels and temperatures. The irradiation induced microstructure consisted of - and -type dislocation loops with their characteristics corresponding to typical neutron damage in Zr-based alloys; it can thus be concluded that heavy ion irradiation under the chosen conditions is an excellent method to simulate PWR neutron damage.

  10. Dynamical response of helium bubble motion to irradiation with high-energy self-ions in aluminum at high temperature.

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    Ono, K.; Miyamoto, M.; Arakawa, K.; Birtcher, R. C.; Materials Science Division; Shimane Univ.; Osaka Univ.

    2009-02-21

    Brownian-type motion of helium bubbles in aluminum and its dynamical response to irradiation with 100-keV Al{sup +} ions at high temperatures has been studied using in situ irradiation and transmission electron microscopy. It is found that, for most bubbles, the Brownian-type motion is retarded under irradiation, while the mobility returns when the irradiation is stopped. In contrast, under irradiation, a small number of bubbles display exceptionally rapid motion associated with the change in bubble size. These effects are discussed in terms of the dynamical interaction of helium bubbles with cascade damage formed by the high-energy self-ion irradiation.

  11. Chemi-luminescence measurements of hyperthermal Xe{sup +}/Xe{sup 2+}+ NH{sub 3} reactions

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    Prince, Benjamin D.; Steiner, Colby P.; Chiu, Yu-Hui

    2012-04-14

    Luminescence spectra are recorded for the reactions of Xe{sup +}+ NH{sub 3} and Xe{sup 2+}+ NH{sub 3} at energies ranging from 11.5 to 206 eV in the center-of-mass (E{sub cm}) frame. Intense features of the luminescence spectra are attributed to the NH (A {sup 3}{Pi}{sub i}-X {sup 3}{Sigma}{sup -}), hydrogen Balmer series, and Xe I emission observable for both primary ions. Evidence for charge transfer products is only found through Xe I emission for both primary ions and NH{sup +} emission for Xe{sup 2+} primary ions. For both primary ions, the absolute NH (A-X) cross section increases with collision energy before leveling off at a constant value, approximately 9 x 10{sup -18} cm{sup 2}, at about 50 eV while H-{alpha} emission increases linearly with collision energy. The nascent NH (A) populations derived from the spectral analysis are found to be independent of collision energy and have a constant rotational temperature of 4200 K.

  12. Mutation induction in bacteria after heavy ion irradiation

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    Horneck, G.; Kozubek, S.

    1994-01-01

    From a compilation of experimental data on the mutagenic effects of heavy ions in bacteria, main conclusions have been drawn as follows: (1) The mutagenic efficacy of heavy ions in bacteria depends on physical and biological variables. Physical variables are the radiation dose, energy and charge of the ion; the biological variables are the bacterial strain, the repair genotype of bacteria, and the endpoint investigated (type of mutation, induction of enzymes related to mutagenesis); (2) The responses on dose or fluence are mainly linear or linear quadratic. The quadratic component, if found for low LET radiation, is gradually reduced with increasing LET; (3) At low values of Z and LET the cross section of mutation induction sigma m (as well as SOS response, sigma sos. and lambda phage induction, sigma lambda versus LET curves can be quite consistently described by a common function which increases up to approximately 100 keV/mu m. For higher LET values, the sigma(m) versus LET curves show the so-called 'hooks' observed also for other endpoints; (4) For light ions (Z is less than or equal to 4), the cross sections mostly decrease with increasing ion energy, which is probably related to the decrease of the specific energy departed by the ion inside the sensitive volume (cell). For ions in the range of Z = 10, sigma(m) is nearly independent on the ion energy. For heavier ions (Z is greater than or equal to 16), sigma(m) increases with the energy up to a maximum or saturation around 10 MeV/u. The increment becomes steeper with increasing atomic number of the ion. It correlates with the increasing track radius of the heavy ion; (5) The mutagenic efficiency per lethal event changes slightly with ion energy, if Z is small indicating a rough correlation between cellular lethality and mutation induction, only. For ions of higher Z this relation increases with energy, indicating a change in the 'mode' of radiation action from 'killing-prone' to 'mutation-prone'; and (6) Repair genotype substantially influences the radiation induced mutagenesis. Different mechanisms of mutation induction and/or different types of biologically significant lesions in wild type cells compared to repair deficient strains are a likely explanation.

  13. Characterization of biodegradable polymers irradiated with swift heavy ions

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    Salguero, N. G.; del Grosso, M. F.; Durán, H.; Peruzzo, P. J.; Amalvy, J. I.; Arbeitman, C. R.; García Bermúdez, G.

    2012-02-01

    In view of their application as biomaterials, there is an increasing interest in developing new methods to induce controlled cell adhesion onto polymeric materials. The critical step in all these methods involves the modification of polymer surfaces, to induce cell adhesion, without changing theirs degradation and biocompatibility properties. In this work two biodegradable polymers, polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) and poly- L-lactide acid (PLLA) were irradiated using carbon and sulfur beams with different energies and fluences. Pristine and irradiated samples were degradated by immersion in a phosphate buffer at pH 7.0 and then characterized. The analysis after irradiation and degradation showed a decrease in the contact angle values and changes in their crystallinity properties.

  14. Corrosion behavior of Ni/sup +/-ion irradiated NiTi alloys

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    Wang, R.; Brimhall, J.L.

    1983-11-01

    Corrosion behavior of Ni/sup +/-irradiated NiTi alloys was studied in chloride solutions, together with unirradiated NiTi material with different surface conditions. Ion irradiation with either 2.5 or 5 MeV Ni/sup +/ ions transformed the NiTi surface into an amorphous layer up to 1.5 micrometers thick. Studies of corrosion potential vs time and polarization behavior indicated a small enhancement of the passivation for the Ni/sup +/-irradiated NiTi over the unirradiated NiTi. The unirradiated NiTi with a mechanically polished, course surface was susceptible to pitting and crevice corrosion attack in 1 N HCl solution. The homogeneous amorphous structure in the irradiated alloy retarded this type of localized corrosion.

  15. Surface reformation and electro-optical characteristics of liquid crystal alignment layers using ion beam irradiation

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    Oh, Byeong-Yun; Lee, Kang-Min; Kim, Byoung-Yong; Kim, Young-Hwan; Han, Jin-Woo; Han, Jeong-Min; Lee, Sang-Keuk; Seo, Dae-Shik

    2008-09-15

    The surface modification characteristics of liquid crystal (LC) alignment layers irradiated with various argon (Ar) ion beam (IB) energies were investigated as a substitute for rubbing technology. Various pretilt angles were created on the IB-irradiated polyimide (PI) surfaces after IB irradiation, but the Ar ions did not alter the morphology on the PI surface, indicating that the pretilt angle was not due to microgrooves. The chemical bonding states of the IB-irradiated PI surfaces were analyzed in detail by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy to verify the compositional behavior for the LC alignment. Chemical structure analysis showed that the alignment ability of LCs was due to the preferential reorientation of the carbon network due to the breaking of C=O double bonds in the imide ring parallel to the incident IB direction. The potential of applying nonrubbing technology to display devices was further supported by the superior electro-optical characteristics compared to rubbed PI.

  16. Drastic structure changes in pre-damaged GaAs crystals irradiated with swift heavy ions

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    Komarov, F.; Uglov, V.; Vlasukova, L.; Didyk, A.; Zlotski, S.; Yuvchenko, V.

    2015-10-01

    We have studied structural transformations in pre-damaged GaAs crystals irradiated with high-energy Bi ions (710 MeV, 4.3 × 1012 cm-2). The pre-damage has been created via irradiation with swift electrons (4 MeV, 4 × 1017 cm-2). A structural disorder in irradiated samples has been investigated by means of selective chemical etching (SCE) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) in combination with the material layer-by-layer removal. Character of lattice deformation in the double-irradiated sample gives an evidence of subsurface region's swelling. Strong lattice distortion has been found in the region of Bi ion ranges at the depth of about 30 μm. The nature of this effect is discussed.

  17. Pulsed laser irradiation-induced microstructures in the Mn ion implanted Si

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    Naito, Muneyuki; Yamada, Ryo; Machida, Nobuya; Koshiba, Yusuke; Sugimura, Akira; Aoki, Tamao; Umezu, Ikurou

    2015-12-01

    We have examined microstructures induced by pulsed-laser-melting for the Mn ion implanted Si using transmission electron microscopy. Single crystalline Si(0 0 1) wafers were irradiated with 65 keV and 120 keV Mn ions to a fluence of 1.0 1016/cm2 at room temperature. The ion beam-induced amorphous layers in the as-implanted samples were melted and resolidified by pulsed YAG laser irradiation. After laser irradiation with appropriate laser fluence, the surface amorphous layers recrystallize into the single crystalline Si. The Mn concentration becomes higher in the near-surface region with increasing the number of laser shots. The migrated Mn atoms react with Si atoms and form the amorphous Mn-Si in the Si matrix.

  18. Manipulation of transport hysteresis on graphene field effect transistors with Ga ion irradiation

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    Wang, Quan; Liu, Shuai; Ren, Naifei

    2014-09-29

    We have studied the effect of Ga ion irradiation on the controllable hysteretic behavior of graphene field effect transistors fabricated on Si/SO{sub 2} substrates. The various densities of defects in graphene were monitored by Raman spectrum. It was found that the Dirac point shifted to the positive gate voltage constantly, while the hysteretic behavior was enhanced first and then weakened, with the dose of ion irradiation increasing. By contrasting the trap charges density induced by dopant and the total density of effective trap charges, it demonstrated that adsorbate doping was not the decisive factor that induced the hysteretic behavior. The tunneling between the defect sites induced by ion irradiation was also an important cause for the hysteresis.

  19. Impact of the laser wavelength on the dynamics of Xe cluster plasma produced by an intense ultrashort laser pulse

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    Petrov, G.M.; Davis, J.

    2006-03-15

    The dynamics of Xe clusters irradiated by a high intensity subpicosecond laser pulse is investigated through a relativistic time-dependent three-dimensional particle simulation model. In order to explore the effect of transition from underdense to overdense plasma, we performed calculations for laser wavelengths between 100 and 800 nm. The ionization of clusters and charge accumulation was found to be independent of the laser wavelength, while the removal rate of electrons from the cluster into the intercluster space, mean electron and ion energies, and energy absorption increase with the wavelength.

  20. Effects of O 7+ swift heavy ion irradiation on indium oxide thin films

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    Gokulakrishnan, V.; Parthiban, S.; Elangovan, E.; Ramamurthi, K.; Jeganathan, K.; Kanjilal, D.; Asokan, K.; Martins, R.; Fortunato, E.

    2011-08-01

    Indium oxide thin films deposited by spray pyrolysis were irradiated by 100 MeV O 7+ ions with different fluences of 5 × 10 11, 1 × 10 12 and 1 × 10 13 ions/cm 2. X-ray diffraction analysis confirmed the structure of indium oxide with cubic bixbyite. The strongest (2 2 2) orientation observed from the as-deposited films was shifted to (4 0 0) after irradiation. Furthermore, the intensity of the (4 0 0) orientation was decreased with increasing fluence together with an increase in (2 2 2) intensity. Films irradiated with maximum fluence exhibited an amorphous component. The mobility of the as-deposited indium oxide films was decreased from ˜78.9 to 43.0 cm 2/V s, following irradiation. Films irradiated with a fluence of 5 × 10 11 ions/cm 2 showed a better combination of electrical properties, with a resistivity of 4.57 × 10 -3 Ω cm, carrier concentration of 2.2 × 10 19 cm -3 and mobility of 61.0 cm 2/V s. The average transmittance obtained from the as-deposited films decreased from ˜81% to 72%, when irradiated with a fluence of 5 × 10 11 ions/cm 2. The surface microstructures confirmed that the irregularly shaped grains seen on the surface of the as-deposited films is modified as "radish-like" morphology when irradiated with a fluence of 5 × 10 11 ions/cm 2.

  1. Swift heavy ion irradiation and fish tail magnetization in NBCO films - the cause and effect

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    Khatua, Sanghamitra; Mishra, P. K.; Kulkarni, D. G.; Kumar, Ravi; John, J.; Sahni, V. C.; Pinto, R.

    2000-03-01

    NBCO films, prepared by pulsed laser ablation, were irradiated by 200 MeV Au ions. The magnetization curve shows a shoulder/fish tail peak effect (FTPE) in the irradiated film while the pristine or as-grown film does not have any such signature. The absence of FTPE in the preirradiated film and its appearance in the postirradiated film are explained in the context of compositional variation of spatial density of defects and the concomitant vortex mobility .

  2. Comprehensive identification of mutations induced by heavy-ion beam irradiation in Arabidopsis thaliana.

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    Hirano, Tomonari; Kazama, Yusuke; Ishii, Kotaro; Ohbu, Sumie; Shirakawa, Yuki; Abe, Tomoko

    2015-04-01

    Heavy-ion beams are widely used for mutation breeding and molecular biology. Although the mutagenic effects of heavy-ion beam irradiation have been characterized by sequence analysis of some restricted chromosomal regions or loci, there have been no evaluations at the whole-genome level or of the detailed genomic rearrangements in the mutant genomes. In this study, using array comparative genomic hybridization (array-CGH) and resequencing, we comprehensively characterized the mutations in Arabidopsis thaliana genomes irradiated with Ar or Fe ions. We subsequently used this information to investigate the mutagenic effects of the heavy-ion beams. Array-CGH demonstrated that the average number of deleted areas per genome were 1.9 and 3.7 following Ar-ion and Fe-ion irradiation, respectively, with deletion sizes ranging from 149 to 602,180 bp; 81% of the deletions were accompanied by genomic rearrangements. To provide a further detailed analysis, the genomes of the mutants induced by Ar-ion beam irradiation were resequenced, and total mutations, including base substitutions, duplications, in/dels, inversions, and translocations, were detected using three algorithms. All three resequenced mutants had genomic rearrangements. Of the 22 DNA fragments that contributed to the rearrangements, 19 fragments were responsible for the intrachromosomal rearrangements, and multiple rearrangements were formed in the localized regions of the chromosomes. The interchromosomal rearrangements were detected in the multiply rearranged regions. These results indicate that the heavy-ion beams led to clustered DNA damage in the chromosome, and that they have great potential to induce complicated intrachromosomal rearrangements. Heavy-ion beams will prove useful as unique mutagens for plant breeding and the establishment of mutant lines. PMID:25690092

  3. Large scale silver nanowires network fabricated by MeV hydrogen (H+) ion beam irradiation

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    Honey, S.; Naseem, S.; Ishaq, A.; Maaza, M.; Bhatti, M. T.; Wan, D.

    2016-04-01

    A random two-dimensional large scale nano-network of silver nanowires (Ag-NWs) is fabricated by MeV hydrogen (H+) ion beam irradiation. Ag-NWs are irradiated under H+ ion beam at different ion fluences at room temperature. The Ag-NW network is fabricated by H+ ion beam-induced welding of Ag-NWs at intersecting positions. H+ ion beam induced welding is confirmed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Moreover, the structure of Ag NWs remains stable under H+ ion beam, and networks are optically transparent. Morphology also remains stable under H+ ion beam irradiation. No slicings or cuttings of Ag-NWs are observed under MeV H+ ion beam irradiation. The results exhibit that the formation of Ag-NW network proceeds through three steps: ion beam induced thermal spikes lead to the local heating of Ag-NWs, the formation of simple junctions on small scale, and the formation of a large scale network. This observation is useful for using Ag-NWs based devices in upper space where protons are abandoned in an energy range from MeV to GeV. This high-quality Ag-NW network can also be used as a transparent electrode for optoelectronics devices. Project supported by the National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF), the French Centre National pour la Recherche Scientifique, iThemba-LABS, the UNESCO-UNISA Africa Chair in Nanosciences & Nanotechnology, the Third World Academy of Science (TWAS), Organization of Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSDW), the Abdus Salam ICTP via the Nanosciences African Network (NANOAFNET), and the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan.

  4. Monte Carlo study of molecular weight distribution changes induced by degradation of ion beam irradiated polymers

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    Chappa, V. C.; Pastorino, C.; del Grosso, M. F.; Arbeitman, C. R.; Müller, M.; García Bermúdez, G.

    2010-10-01

    In this work we study a polymeric material that degrades upon irradiation due to the energy inhomogeneously deposited by heavy ion beams. Ion beam irradiation of polymers generates rather different effects than those induced by "classical" low ionizing particles such as electrons or gamma rays. This is due to the high electronic stopping power and the inhomogeneous distribution of deposited energy. This energy is transferred to the material within a small volume along the ion path forming the so called "nuclear track" or "latent track". The track size primarily depends on the ion velocity, and it is determined by the secondary electrons (delta rays) generated along the ion trajectory. By means of Monte Carlo simulations we first obtained equilibrated polymer configurations using a coarse-grained model, and then investigated the spatially inhomogeneous chain scission process due to the passage of the ions. The number average molecular weight, weight average molecular weight and the polydispersity were calculated as a function of track radius, scission probability within the ion track and irradiation fluence. Finally we compared our results with a numerical implementation of a model for random homogeneous degradation.

  5. Damage and helium migration induced in fluorapatite sinters by swift heavy ion irradiations

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    Miro, S.; Costantini, J. M.; Haussy, J.; Chateigner, D.; Balanzat, E.

    2012-04-01

    We have studied the damage induced in fluorapatite (Ca10(PO4)6F2) sinters after 70-MeV Kr, 120 MeV I and 163-MeV Au ion irradiations at room temperature. On the basis of X-ray powder diffraction data we conclude that fluorapatite is not completely amorphized due to ion-induced recrystallization. This recrystallization of the amorphous phase is greatly enhanced for Au ions with a high electronic stopping power. We also have used the 3He(d, p) 4He nuclear reaction to study the migration of implanted 3-MeV 3He ions after swift heavy ion irradiations. The proton yield curves versus deuteron energy for irradiated samples exhibit two bumps for high fluences. These excitation curves are deconvoluted by using a computer code based on a two-diffusion equation model of helium atoms in two accumulation zones. Optimizations of the model parameters give access to the diffusion coefficients and helium depth profiles in the two zones. This yields two broad peaks in the helium depth profiles, the first one is near the end-of-range region and the second one is shifted at about half way between the surface and the first peak. This shift is interpreted as a Radiation-Enhanced Diffusion (RED) effect which is found to increase with fluence for Kr ions, and with electronic stopping power from Kr to Au ions.

  6. Silicon Carbide Power Device Performance Under Heavy-Ion Irradiation

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    Lauenstein, Jean-Marie; Casey, Megan; Topper, Alyson; Wilcox, Edward; Phan, Anthony; Ikpe, Stanley; LaBel, Ken

    2015-01-01

    Heavy-ion induced degradation and catastrophic failure data for SiC power MOSFETs and Schottky diodes are examined to provide insight into the challenge of single-event effect hardening of SiC power devices.

  7. Phase stability in thermally-aged CASS CF8 under heavy ion irradiation

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    Li, Meimei; Miller, Michael K.; Chen, Wei-Ying

    2015-07-01

    The stability of the microstructure of a cast austenitic stainless steel (CASS), before and after heavy ion irradiation, was investigated by atom probe tomography (APT). A CF8 ferrite-austenite duplex alloy was thermally aged at 400 °C for 10,000 h. After this treatment, APT revealed nanometer-sized G-phase precipitates and Fe-rich α and Cr-enriched α‧ phase separated regions in the ferrite. The thermally-aged CF8 specimen was irradiated with 1 MeV Kr ions to a fluence of 1.88 × 1019 ions/m2 at 400 °C. After irradiation, APT analysis revealed a strong spatial/dose dependence of the G-phase precipitates and the α-α‧ spinodal decomposition in the ferrite. For the G-phase precipitates, the number density increased and the mean size decreased with increasing dose, and the particle size distribution changed considerably under irradiation. The inverse coarsening process can be described by recoil resolution. The amplitude of the α-α‧ spinodal decomposition in the ferrite was apparently reduced after heavy ion irradiation.

  8. Effect of swift heavy ion irradiation on bare and coated ZnS quantum dots

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    Chowdhury, S. Hussain, A.M.P.; Ahmed, G.A.; Singh, F.; Avasthi, D.K.; Choudhury, A.

    2008-12-01

    The present study compares structural and optical modifications of bare and silica (SiO{sub 2}) coated ZnS quantum dots under swift heavy ion (SHI) irradiation. Bare and silica coated ZnS quantum dots were prepared following an inexpensive chemical route using polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) as the dielectric host matrix. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) study of the samples show the formation of almost spherical ZnS quantum dots. The UV-Vis absorption spectra reveal blue shift relative to bulk material in absorption energy while photoluminescence (PL) spectra suggests that surface state and near band edge emissions are dominating in case of bare and coated samples, respectively. Swift heavy ion irradiation of the samples was carried out with 160 MeV Ni{sup 12+} ion beam with fluences 10{sup 12} to 10{sup 13} ions/cm{sup 2}. Size enhancement of bare quantum dots after irradiation has been indicated in XRD and TEM analysis of the samples which has also been supported by optical absorption spectra. However similar investigations on irradiated coated quantum dots revealed little change in quantum dot size and emission. The present study thus shows that the coated ZnS quantum dots are stable upon SHI irradiation compared to the bare one.

  9. Cation disordering in magnesium aluminate spinel crystals induced by electron or ion irradiation

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    Soeda, Takeshi; Matsumura, Syo; Kinoshita, Chiken; Zaluzec, Nestor J.

    2000-12-01

    Structural changes in magnesium aluminate spinel (MgO · nAl 2O 3) single crystals, which were irradiated with 900 keV electrons or 1 MeV Ne + ions at 873 K, were examined by electron channeling enhanced X-ray microanalysis. Unirradiated MgO · Al 2O 3 has a tendency to form the normal spinel configuration, where Mg 2+ ions and Al 3+ ions occupy mainly the tetrahedral and the octahedral sites, respectively. Electron irradiation induces simple cation disordering between the tetrahedral sites and the octahedral sites in MgO · Al 2O 3. In addition to cation disordering, slight evacuation of cations from the tetrahedral sites to the octahedral sites occurs in a peak-damaged area in MgO · Al 2O 3 irradiated with Ne + ions. In contrast, cation disordering is suppressed in MgO · 2.4Al 2O 3 irradiated with electrons. The structural vacancies, present in the non-stoichiometric compound, appear to be effective in promoting irradiation damage recovery through interstitial-vacancy recombination.

  10. Evaluation of radiation hardening in ion-irradiated Fe based alloys by nanoindentation

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    Liu, Xiangbing; Wang, Rongshan; Ren, Ai; Jiang, Jing; Xu, Chaoliang; Huang, Ping; Qian, Wangjie; Wu, Yichu; Zhang, Chonghong

    2014-01-01

    Nanoindentation in combination with ion irradiation offers the possibility to quantify irradiation hardening due to radiation damage. Irradiation experiments for Fe-1.0wt.%Cu alloys, China A508-3 steels, and 16MND5 steels were carried out at about 100 °C by proton and Fe-ions with the energy of 240 keV, 3 MeV respectively. The constant stiffness measurement (CSM) with a diamond Berkovich indenter was used to obtain the depth profile of hardness. The results showed that under 240 keV proton irradiation (peak damage up to 0.5 dpa), Fe-1.0wt.%Cu alloys exhibited the largest hardening (∼55%), 16MND5 steels resided in medium hardening (∼46%), and China A508-3(2) steels had the least hardening (∼10%). Under 3 MeV Fe ions irradiation (peak damage up to 1.37 dpa), both China A508-3(1) and 16MND5 steels showed the same hardening (∼26%). The sequence of irradiation tolerance for these materials is China A508-3(2) > 16MND5 ≈ China A508-3(1) > Fe-1.0wt.%Cu. Based on the determination of the transition depth, the nominal hardness H0irr was also calculated by Kasada method.

  11. Grain growth and phase stability of nanocrystalline cubic zirconia under ion irradiation

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    Zhang, Yanwen; Jiang, Weilin; Wang, Chong M.; Namavar, Fereydoon; Edmondson, Philip D.; Zhu, Zihua; Gao, Fei; Lian, Jie; Weber, William J.

    2010-11-10

    Grain growth, oxygen stoichiometry and phase stability of nanostructurally-stabilized zirconia (NSZ) in pure cubic phase are investigated under 2 MeV Au ion bombardment at 160 and 400 K to doses up to 35 displacements per atom (dpa). The NSZ films are produced by ion-beam-assisted deposition technique at room temperature with an average grain size of 7.7 nm. The grain size increases with dose, and follows a power law (n=6) to a saturation value of ~30 nm that decreases with temperature. Slower grain growth is observed under 400 K irradiations, as compared to 160 K irradiations, indicating that thermal grain growth is not activated and defect-stimulated grain growth is the dominating mechanism. While cubic phase is perfectly retained and no new phases are identified after the high-dose irradiations, reduction of oxygen in the irradiated NSZ films is detected. The ratio of O to Zr decreases from ~2.0 for the as-deposited films to ~1.65 after irradiation to ~35 dpa. Significant increase of oxygen vacancies in nanocrystalline zirconia suggests substantially enhanced oxygen diffusion under ion irradiation, a materials behavior far from equilibrium. The oxygen deficiency may be essential in stabilizing cubic phase to larger grain sizes.

  12. Thermal stability of embedded metal nanoparticles elongated by swift heavy ion irradiation: Zn nanoparticles in a molten state but preserving elongated shapes.

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    Amekura, Hiro; Sele, Marta Lill; Ishikawa, Norito; Okubo, Nariaki

    2012-03-01

    Solid Zn and V nanoparticles (NPs) embedded in silica were elongated by swift heavy ion (SHI) irradiation with 200 MeV Xe(14+) ions to a fluence of 5.0 × 10(13) ions cm(-2). Isochronal annealing was carried out in a vacuum from 200 to 1000 °C in steps of 100 °C for 10 min each. The degree of shape elongation was evaluated at room temperature (RT) by two different optical methods: linear dichroism spectroscopy and birefringence spectroscopy. In the as-irradiated state, the samples showed an absorption band at 5 eV due to radiation-induced defects in the silica in addition to the anisotropic absorption due to the elongated metal NPs. After annealing at 400 °C the defect band had completely disappeared, while the degree of shape elongation was almost unchanged or rather slightly increased in both the Zn and V NPs. The elongation of the Zn NPs slightly decreased but maintained a certain value after annealing at 500 °C, which is much higher than the melting point (MP) of Zn NPs (~420 °C). This observation indicates that shape elongation is mostly maintained even if the Zn NPs are in the molten state to some extent during annealing. The elongation of the Zn NPs was almost eliminated after annealing at 600 °C. In the case of the V NPs, elongation was maintained up to 800 °C but mostly eliminated at 900 °C. Since the recovery temperature of 900 °C from the elongated to the spherical shape is much lower than the MP of bulk V (1890 °C), we consider that the elongation is eliminated without melting of V NPs, i.e. via solid state mass transportation. The melting of NPs is not the key factor for the recovery to the spherical shape. PMID:22322542

  13. Nitric oxide-mediated bystander signal transduction induced by heavy-ion microbeam irradiation.

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    Tomita, Masanori; Matsumoto, Hideki; Funayama, Tomoo; Yokota, Yuichiro; Otsuka, Kensuke; Maeda, Munetoshi; Kobayashi, Yasuhiko

    2015-07-01

    In general, a radiation-induced bystander response is known to be a cellular response induced in non-irradiated cells after receiving bystander signaling factors released from directly irradiated cells within a cell population. Bystander responses induced by high-linear energy transfer (LET) heavy ions at low fluence are an important health problem for astronauts in space. Bystander responses are mediated via physical cell-cell contact, such as gap-junction intercellular communication (GJIC) and/or diffusive factors released into the medium in cell culture conditions. Nitric oxide (NO) is a well-known major initiator/mediator of intercellular signaling within culture medium during bystander responses. In this study, we investigated the NO-mediated bystander signal transduction induced by high-LET argon (Ar)-ion microbeam irradiation of normal human fibroblasts. Foci formation by DNA double-strand break repair proteins was induced in non-irradiated cells, which were co-cultured with those irradiated by high-LET Ar-ion microbeams in the same culture plate. Foci formation was suppressed significantly by pretreatment with an NO scavenger. Furthermore, NO-mediated reproductive cell death was also induced in bystander cells. Phosphorylation of NF-κB and Akt were induced during NO-mediated bystander signaling in the irradiated and bystander cells. However, the activation of these proteins depended on the incubation time after irradiation. The accumulation of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), a downstream target of NO and NF-κB, was observed in the bystander cells 6 h after irradiation but not in the directly irradiated cells. Our findings suggest that Akt- and NF-κB-dependent signaling pathways involving COX-2 play important roles in NO-mediated high-LET heavy-ion-induced bystander responses. In addition, COX-2 may be used as a molecular marker of high-LET heavy-ion-induced bystander cells to distinguish them from directly irradiated cells, although this may depend on the time after irradiation. PMID:26256626

  14. Energy dependence of Ge amorphization by Ne, Ar or Kr ion irradiation

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    Birtcher, R.C.

    1994-10-01

    Ge has been irradiated at RT by Ne, Ar, or Kr ions of different energies, and the doses required for complete amorphization determined by in situ TEM and electron diffraction. Onset of amorphization was detected after the lowest ion doses reflecting amorphization by individual ions. The ion dose required for complete amorphization increased nearly linearly with ion energy over the range 0.5 to 3.5 MeV for all ions. Amorphization cross sections have been determined for all ions and energies used. The displacements per atom required for complete amorphization decreased with ion energy or mass, owing to decrease in radiation annealing of amorphous volumes as a result of a decrease in fraction of low energy transfers to Ge atoms. Increasing the relative fraction low energy transfers to Ge atoms by simultaneous 1 MeV electron irradiation increased the Kr ion dose required for complete amorphization by as much as a factor of 2.5. The effect is believed to be due to an increase in the fraction of freely migrating defects produced by low energy transfers to Ge atoms.

  15. Interaction of deuterium with vacancies induced by ion irradiation in W

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    Xu, Q.; Sato, K.; Cao, X. Z.; Zhang, P.; Wang, B. Y.; Yoshiie, T.; Watanabe, H.; Yoshida, N.

    2013-11-01

    The tritium inventory in plasma-facing materials (PFMs) is an important issue in fusion reactors. Tungsten (W), which is a candidate PFM, has a very low solubility for hydrogen isotopes, but intrinsic and radiation-induced defects can retain a significant amount of hydrogen. A positron annihilation technique was used to investigate the interactions between deuterium (D) and vacancies in W irradiated by Cu ions. The results indicated that vacancies were formed in W after Cu ion irradiation, and that D atoms were trapped by these vacancies.

  16. Evaluation of Surface Damage of Organic Films due to Irradiation with Energetic Ion Beams

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    Hada, Masaki; Hontani, Yusaku; Ichiki, Kazuya; Seki, Toshio; Ibuki, Sachi; Ninomiya, Satoshi; Matsuo, Jiro; Aoki, Takaaki

    2011-01-07

    The surface of L-leucine films irradiated with an Ar{sub 5000} cluster ion beam (5 keV) was characterized by using the X-ray reflective (XRR) measurement method, atomic force microscopy (AFM) and ellipsometry. No significant damage was detected on the surface of the L-leucine films irradiated with the Ar cluster ion beam. Therefore, the large cluster-low-energy (about 1 eV/atom) beam would be suitable for low-damage etching of organic materials.

  17. Combined High Pressure and Heavy-Ion Irradiation: a Novel Approach

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    Lang, M.; Zhang, F; Lian, J; Trautmann, C; Neumann, R; Ewing, R

    2009-01-01

    Swift heavy-ion irradiations of a wide variety of materials have been used to modify and manipulate the properties of solids at the nanoscale. Recently, these high-energy irradiations have been successfully combined with high-pressure experiments. Based on results obtained for zircon (ZrSiO{sub 4}), this paper introduces this new experimental approach involving diamond anvil cells and large ion-accelerator facilities. This technique provides a wide spectrum of geoscience applications from nanoscale simulations of fission-track formation under crustal conditions to phase transitions of radiation-damaged minerals resulting from meteorite impact.

  18. Optical waveguides in Yb:SBN crystals fabricated by swift C3+ ion irradiation

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    Liu, Guiyuan; Dong, Ningning; Wang, Jun; Akhmadaliev, Shavkat; Zhou, Shengqiang; Chen, Feng

    2016-01-01

    We report on the fabrication of optical planar waveguides supporting both the TE and TM confinements in Yb:SBN crystal by swift C3+ ions irradiation. A combination of the micro-photoluminescence and micro-Raman investigations have evidenced the presence of lattice distortion, damage and disordering of the SBN network along the ion irradiation path, with these effects being at the basis of the refractive index modification. The enhanced micro-photoluminescence and micro-Raman intensity in the waveguide volumes show the potential application of the obtained waveguides as active laser gain media.

  19. Efficient modification of floral traits by heavy-ion beam irradiation on transgenic Torenia.

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    Ohtsubo, Norihiro; Sasaki, Katsutomo; Aida, Ryutaro; Ryuto, Hiromichi; Ichida, Hiroyuki; Hayashi, Yoriko; Abe, Tomoko

    2012-01-01

    While heavy-ion beam irradiation is becoming popular technology for mutation breeding in Japan, the combination with genetic manipulation makes it more convenient to create greater variation in plant phenotypes. We have succeeded in producing over 200 varieties of transgenic torenia (Torenia fournieri Lind.) from over 2,400 regenerated plants by this procedure in only 2 years. Mutant phenotypes were observed mainly in flowers and showed wide variation in colour and shape. Higher mutation rates in the transgenics compared to those in wild type indicate the synergistic effect of genetic manipulation and heavy-ion beam irradiation, which might be advantageous to create greater variation in floral traits. PMID:22351017

  20. Hardness enhancement and crosslinking mechanisms in polystyrene irradiated with high energy ion-beams

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    Lee, E.H.; Rao, G.R.; Mansur, L.K.

    1996-12-31

    Surface hardness values several times larger than steel were produced using high energy ion beams at several hundred keV to MeV. High LET is important for crosslinking. Crosslinking is studied by analyzing hardness variations in response to irradiation parameter such as ion species, energy, and fluence. Effective crosslinking radii at hardness saturation are derived base on experimental data for 350 keV H{sup +} and 1 MeV Ar{sup +} irradiation of polystyrene. Saturation value for surface hardness is about 20 GPa.

  1. Incorporation of the effect of the composite electric fields of molecular ions as a simulation tool for biological damage due to heavy ion irradiation II

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    Moribayashi, Kengo

    2012-07-01

    This paper presents a theoretical study of the DNA damage due to the effect of the composite electric fields of H2O+ ions produced from the irradiation of a heavy ion onto a cell. It is found that a much larger number of electrons, which are produced from electron impact ionization, is trapped near the track of an incident ion in the case of C6+ ion irradiation with the energy of 3 MeV/u than that of proton irradiation. Therefore, the irradiation of carbon ions may produce a larger number of cluster DNA damage than that in the irradiation of protons. This may lead to the understanding of relative biological effectiveness (RBE).

  2. Incorporation of the effect of the composite electric fields of molecular ions as a simulation tool for biological damage due to heavy ion irradiation II

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    Moribayashi, Kengo

    2012-07-11

    This paper presents a theoretical study of the DNA damage due to the effect of the composite electric fields of H{sub 2}O{sup +} ions produced from the irradiation of a heavy ion onto a cell. It is found that a much larger number of electrons, which are produced from electron impact ionization, is trapped near the track of an incident ion in the case of C{sup 6+} ion irradiation with the energy of 3 MeV/u than that of proton irradiation. Therefore, the irradiation of carbon ions may produce a larger number of cluster DNA damage than that in the irradiation of protons. This may lead to the understanding of relative biological effectiveness (RBE).

  3. Photoinduced currents in pristine and ion irradiated kapton-H polyimide

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    Sharma, Anu Sridharbabu, Y. Quamara, J. K.

    2014-10-15

    The photoinduced currents in pristine and ion irradiated kapton-H polyimide have been investigated for different applied electric fields at 200°C. Particularly the effect of illumination intensity on the maximum current obtained as a result of photoinduced polarization has been studied. Samples were irradiated by using PELLETRON facility, IUAC, New Delhi. The photo-carrier charge generation depends directly on intensity of illumination. The samples irradiated at higher fluence show a decrease in the peak current with intensity of illumination. The secondary radiation induced crystallinity (SRIC) is responsible for the increase in maximum photoinduced currents generated with intensity of illumination.

  4. Hyperpolarized 131Xe NMR spectroscopy

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    Stupic, Karl F.; Cleveland, Zackary I.; Pavlovskaya, Galina E.; Meersmann, Thomas

    2011-01-01

    Hyperpolarized (hp) 131Xe with up to 2.2% spin polarization (i.e., 5000-fold signal enhancement at 9.4 T) was obtained after separation from the rubidium vapor of the spin-exchange optical pumping (SEOP) process. The SEOP was applied for several minutes in a stopped-flow mode, and the fast, quadrupolar-driven T1 relaxation of this spin I = 3/2 noble gas isotope required a rapid subsequent rubidium removal and swift transfer into the high magnetic field region for NMR detection. Because of the xenon density dependent 131Xe quadrupolar relaxation in the gas phase, the SEOP polarization build-up exhibits an even more pronounced dependence on xenon partial pressure than that observed in 129Xe SEOP. 131Xe is the only stable noble gas isotope with a positive gyromagnetic ratio and shows therefore a different relative phase between hp signal and thermal signal compared to all other noble gases. The gas phase 131Xe NMR spectrum displays a surface and magnetic field dependent quadrupolar splitting that was found to have additional gas pressure and gas composition dependence. The splitting was reduced by the presence of water vapor that presumably influences xenon-surface interactions. The hp 131Xe spectrum shows differential line broadening, suggesting the presence of strong adsorption sites. Beyond hp 131Xe NMR spectroscopy studies, a general equation for the high temperature, thermal spin polarization, P, for spin I⩾1/2 nuclei is presented. PMID:21051249

  5. Charge-exchange EUV spectroscopy in collisions of Xe{sup q+} (q=7-9) with rare gases

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    Tanuma, H.; Ohashi, H.; Yamamoto, N.; Kato, D.; Murakami, I.; Fujioka, S.; Nishimura, H.; Nishihara, K.

    2011-10-15

    Extreme ultraviolet (EUV) emission spectra have been measured in charge exchange collisions between Xe{sup q+} (q=7--9) and rare gases at an energy of 20 q keV. We have observed 4, 22, and 39 lines in collisions of Xe{sup 7+}, Xe{sup 8+}, and Xe{sup 9+}. Of these emission lines, four lines of Xe vii, eight lines of Xe viii, and nine lines of Xe ix correspond to newly observed transitions. The identification procedure is described in detail. The aim of this work is to obtain spectroscopic data for multiply charged Xe ions. In addition, the electron capture mechanism is also discussed using the crude classical over-the-barrier model to understand the target dependence of the emission spectra.

  6. Microstructural stability of a self-ion irradiated lanthana-bearing nanostructured ferritic steel

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    Pasebani, Somayeh; Charit, Indrajit; Burns, Jatuporn; Alsagabi, Sultan; Butt, Darryl P.; Cole, James I.; Price, Lloyd M.; Shao, Lin

    2015-07-01

    Thermally stable nanofeatures with high number density are expected to impart excellent high temperature strength and irradiation stability in nanostructured ferritic steels (NFSs) which have potential applications in advanced nuclear reactors. A lanthana-bearing NFS (14LMT) developed via mechanical alloying and spark plasma sintering was used in this study. The sintered samples were irradiated by Fe2+ ions to 10, 50 and 100 dpa at 30 °C and 500 °C. Microstructural and mechanical characteristics of the irradiated samples were studied using different microscopy techniques and nanoindentation, respectively. Overall morphology and number density of the nanofeatures remained unchanged after irradiation. Average radius of nanofeatures in the irradiated sample (100 dpa at 500 °C) was slightly reduced. A notable level of irradiation hardening and enhanced dislocation activity occurred after ion irradiation except at 30 °C and ⩾50 dpa. Other microstructural features like grain boundaries and high density of dislocations also provided defect sinks to assist in defect removal.

  7. Microstructural stability of a self-ion irradiated lanthana-bearing nanostructured ferritic steel

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    Pasebani, Somayeh; Charit, Indrajit; Burns, Jatuporn; Alsagabi, Sultan; Butt, Darryl P.; Cole, James I.; Price, Lloyd M.; Shao, Lin

    2015-07-01

    Thermally stable nanofeatures with high number density are expected to impart excellent high temperature strength and irradiation stability in nanostructured ferritic steels (NFSs) which have potential applications in advanced nuclear reactors. A lanthana-bearing NFS (14LMT) developed via mechanical alloying and spark plasma sintering was used in this study. The sintered samples were irradiated by Fe2+ ions to 10, 50 and 100 dpa at 30 °C and 500 °C. Microstructural and mechanical characteristics of the irradiated samples were studied using different microscopy techniques and nanoindentation, respectively. Overall morphology and number density of the nanofeatures remained unchanged after irradiation. Average radius of nanofeatures in the irradiated sample (100 dpa at 500 °C) was slightly reduced. A notable level of irradiation hardening and enhanced dislocation activity occurred after ion irradiation except at 30 °C and ≥50 dpa. Other microstructural features like grain boundaries and high density of dislocations also provided defect sinks to assist in defect removal.

  8. Shape manipulation of ion irradiated Ag nanoparticles embedded in lithium niobate

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    Wolf, Steffen; Rensberg, Jura; Johannes, Andreas; Thomae, Rainer; Smit, Frederick; Neveling, Retief; Moodley, Mathew; Bierschenk, Thomas; Rodriguez, Matias; Afra, Boshra; Hasan, Shakeeb Bin; Rockstuhl, Carsten; Ridgway, Mark; Bharuth-Ram, Krish; Ronning, Carsten

    2016-04-01

    Spherical silver nanoparticles were prepared by means of ion beam synthesis in lithium niobate. The embedded nanoparticles were then irradiated with energetic 84Kr and 197Au ions, resulting in different electronic energy losses between 8.1 and 27.5 keV nm-1 in the top layer of the samples. Due to the high electronic energy losses of the irradiating ions, molten ion tracks are formed inside the lithium niobate in which the elongated Ag nanoparticles are formed. This process is strongly dependent on the initial particle size and leads to a broad aspect ratio distribution. Extinction spectra of the samples feature the extinction maximum with shoulders on either side. While the maximum is caused by numerous remaining spherical nanoparticles, the shoulders can be attributed to elongated particles. The latter could be verified by COMSOL simulations. The extinction spectra are thus a superposition of the spectra of all individual particles.

  9. Shape manipulation of ion irradiated Ag nanoparticles embedded in lithium niobate.

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    Wolf, Steffen; Rensberg, Jura; Johannes, Andreas; Thomae, Rainer; Smit, Frederick; Neveling, Retief; Moodley, Mathew; Bierschenk, Thomas; Rodriguez, Matias; Afra, Boshra; Hasan, Shakeeb Bin; Rockstuhl, Carsten; Ridgway, Mark; Bharuth-Ram, Krish; Ronning, Carsten

    2016-04-01

    Spherical silver nanoparticles were prepared by means of ion beam synthesis in lithium niobate. The embedded nanoparticles were then irradiated with energetic (84)Kr and (197)Au ions, resulting in different electronic energy losses between 8.1 and 27.5 keV nm(-1) in the top layer of the samples. Due to the high electronic energy losses of the irradiating ions, molten ion tracks are formed inside the lithium niobate in which the elongated Ag nanoparticles are formed. This process is strongly dependent on the initial particle size and leads to a broad aspect ratio distribution. Extinction spectra of the samples feature the extinction maximum with shoulders on either side. While the maximum is caused by numerous remaining spherical nanoparticles, the shoulders can be attributed to elongated particles. The latter could be verified by COMSOL simulations. The extinction spectra are thus a superposition of the spectra of all individual particles. PMID:26902734

  10. I-Xe studies of the Acapulco meteorite: Absolute I-Xe ages of individual phosphate grains and the Bjurböle standard

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    Nichols, Robert H., Jr.; Hohenberg, Charles M.; Kehm, Karl; Kim, Yoosook; Marti, Kurt

    1994-06-01

    We have measured Kr and Xe by laser volatilization of seventeen individual neutron-irradiated phosphate grains (nine apatite and eight merrillite) separated from the (reclassified) A-chondrite Acapulco. Radiogenic 129Xe from now-extinct 129I is only observed in the apatites, which all formed simultaneously (8.1 ± 1.2 Ma) after Xe closure in the Bjurböle (L4) standard. This relative closure time, when coupled with the Pb-Pb age of Acapulco phosphates (4.557 ± 0.002 Ga) provides an absolute I-Xe age for these apatites, for Bjurböle and for all samples previously referenced to the Bjurböle standard, subject to the assumptions implicit in I-Xe dating. We have also measured Kr and Xe by stepwise heating of irradiated and unirradiated whole-rock samples of Acapulco and of unirradiated phosphate concentrates. Iodine-derived xenon in the irradiated whole-rock sample does not yield an I-Xe isochron, consistent with the presence of multiple iodine host phases previously observed. Xenon from the spontaneous fission of now-extinct 244Pu is observed in the single phosphate grains and the inferred initial ( 244Pu/ 238U) 0 ratios reflect fractionation of the actinides favoring plutonium in the merrillites and uranium in the apatites.

  11. Study on microstructure and mechanical properties of He and H ion irradiated 6H-SiC

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    Bai, Q.; Li, L.; Cheng, F. F.; Bin, R.; Fa, T.; Fu, E.; Yao, S. D.

    2015-12-01

    6H-SiC single crystal wafers were irradiated by 200 keV He ions, 100 keV H ions, and 200 keV He ions followed by 100 keV H ions, with the radiation fluences in the range of 1016 ions cm-2, respectively. After ion irradiation, the samples were annealed at 1273 K in N2 atmosphere. XRD, RBS/C, and nano-indentation measurements were carried out to evaluate the damage of the irradiated samples. XRD results show that new diffraction peaks from radiation damage appear at lower angles next to the main diffraction peaks, which indicates that radiation process caused the increase of lattice parameter in the damage region. RBS/C results show that complete amorphization does not occur even under 6 1016 cm-2 He ions followed by 8 1016 cm-2 H ions irradiation indicated by ?min = 17.63%. Damage produced by He ion irradiation at a fluence of 6 1016 ions cm-2 is greater than that produced by 3 1016 cm-2 He ions and followed by 4 1016 cm-2 H ions irradiation, which implied that He ions irradiation effect plays a dominant role in the process of damage producing. The nano-indentation measurements show that hardness variation depends on the irradiation fluences: high fluence radiation leads to the decrease of the hardness while low fluence radiation leads to the increase of the hardness. After annealing, the hardness of all the irradiated samples increases. Possible mechanisms are discussed for explaining these phenomena.

  12. Irradiation effects of graphene and thin layer graphite induced by swift heavy ions

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    Zeng, Jian; Liu, Jie; Zhang, Sheng-Xia; Zhai, Peng-Fei; Yao, Hui-Jun; Duan, Jing-Lai; Guo, Hang; Hou, Ming-Dong; Sun, You-Mei

    2015-08-01

    Graphene and thin graphite films deposited on SiO2/Si are irradiated by swift heavy ions (209Bi, 9.5 MeV/u) with the fluences in a range of 1011 ions/cm2-1012 ions/cm2 at room temperature. Both pristine and irradiated samples are investigated by Raman spectroscopy. For pristine graphite films, the “blue shift” of 2D bond and the “red shift” of G bond with the decrease of thickness are found in the Raman spectra. For both irradiated graphene and thin graphite films, the disorder-induced D peak and D‧ peak are detected at the fluence above a threshold Φth. The thinner the film, the lower the Φth is. In this work, the graphite films thicker than 60 nm reveal defect free via the absence of a D bond signal under the swift heavy ion irradiation till the fluence of 2.6 × 1012 ions/cm2. For graphite films thinner than 6 nm, the area ratios between D peak and G peak increase sharply with reducing film thickness. It concludes that it is much easier to induce defects in thinner films than in thicker ones by swift heavy ions. The intensities of the D peak and D‧ peak increase with increasing ion fluence, which predicts the continuous impacting of swift heavy ions can lead to the increasing of defects in samples. Different defect types are detected in graphite films of different thickness values. The main defect types are discussed via the various intensity ratios between the D peak and D‧ peak (HD/HD‧). Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11179003, 10975164, 10805062, 11005134, and 11275237).

  13. Simulation of neutron-induced damage in tungsten by irradiation with energetic self-ions

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    Ogorodnikova, O. V.; Gann, V.

    2015-05-01

    A direct comparison of the deuterium (D) decoration of radiation-induced damage in polycrystalline tungsten irradiated with self-ions [present work] and neutrons in the high-flux isotope reactor (HFIR) (Hatano et al., 2013) shows a reasonably good agreement at least up to 0.3 displacement per atom indicating that MeV heavy ions can be a good proxy to simulate neutron-produced damage at room temperature and low dpa. The coefficient of similarity between two kinds of irradiation was obtained experimentally to be Kexp ∼ 0.65 ± 0.1 in the case of the deuterium decoration of both kinds of radiation-induced defects with low and high de-trapping energies for deuterium. We introduced the theoretical estimation for coefficient of similarity between neutron- and self-ion-irradiations, which is a fraction of common area under the curves of two overlapping damage energy spectra of primary knock-on atom (PKA) produced in tungsten by these two types of irradiation. In other words, Ksim is a part of displaced atoms produced in the similar conditions under two different types of irradiation. The theoretical values of Ksim = 0.34 and Ksim = 0.29 were obtained for tungsten target irradiated with 20 MeV self-ions in comparison to irradiation with neutrons in HFIR reactor (>0.1 MeV) and 14 MeV neutrons, respectively. The theoretical value of Ksim = 0.34 is about two times less than the experimental value of Kexp = 0.65. It means that high energy PKAs can play more important role in the production of similar damage structure by irradiation with self-ions and neutrons which is responsible for deuterium retention. The model assuming that all cascades with an energy higher than Tc = 150 keV split into identical sub-cascades gives the value of Ksim = 0.64 ± 0.01 for the coefficient of similarity between HFIR-neutron and 20 MeV self-ion irradiations that is in an agreement with experimental value of Kexp = 0.65 ± 0.1. Consequently, splitting of high-energy part of cascades might take place in W that results in a reduction of the effective PKA spectrum and a change of types and density of post-radiation defects.

  14. Ion Irradiation of Asphaltite: Optical Effects and Implications for Trans-Neptunian Objects and Centaurs

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    Moroz, L. V.; Baratta, G.; Distefano, E.; Strazzulla, G.; Starukhina, L. V.; Dotto, E.; Barucci, M. A.

    2003-06-01

    Trans-Neptunian Objects (TNOs) and Centaurs show remarkable colour variations in the visual and near-infrared spectral regions. Surface alteration processes such as space weathering (e.g., bombardment with ions) and impact resurfacing may play an important role in the colour diversity of such bodies. Ion irradiation of hydrocarbon ices and their mixtures with water ice transforms neutral (grey) surface colours of ices to red and further to grey. Along with the ices, TNOs and Centaurs probably contain complex carbonaceous compounds, in particular, complex hydrocarbons. Unlike ices, such refractory organic materials have originally low visual albedos and red colours in the visible and near-infrared ranges. Here we present the first results of ion irradiation experiments on asphaltite. Asphaltite is a natural complex hydrocarbon material. The reflectance spectra of asphaltite in the 0.4-0.8 μm range have been recorded before irradiation and after each irradiation step. We demonstrate that irradiation of this red dark material with 30 keV H+ and 15 keV N+ ions gradually transforms its colour from red to grey as a result of carbonization. A moderate increase in the visual albedo has been observed. These results may imply that the surfaces of primitive red objects optically dominated by complex refractory organics may show a similar space weathering trend. Our laboratory results were compared with published colours of TNOs and Centaurs. A broad variety of spectral colours observed for TNOs and Centaurs may be reproduced by various spectra of irradiated organics corresponding to different ion fluences. However, such objects probably also contain ices and silicate components which show different space weathering trends. This fact, together with a lack of information about albedos, may explain difficulties to reveal correlations between surface colours within TNO and Centaur populations and their other properties, such as absolute magnitudes and orbital parameters.

  15. Recrystallization of ion-irradiated germanium due to intense electronic excitation

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    Som, T.; Ghatak, J.; Sivakumar, R.; Sinha, O. P.; Kanjilal, D.

    2008-06-15

    Germanium single crystals were irradiated at room temperature by 1.5 MeV energy germanium ions and high energy silver ions of 100 MeV. Based on the transmission and high-resolution electron microscopic investigations, we present the experimental evidence of complete recrystallization of the amorphized germanium layer, formed by the self-ion-implantation, due to intense electronic excitations generated by the swift Ag ions. This phenomenon is observed at room temperature--far below the solid phase epitaxial growth temperature and that at which low energy ion beam induced epitaxial crystallization takes place. The results are explained in the light of local transient melting due to a high rate of energy deposition by the silver ions and its subsequent cooling. Based on the calculations on thermal spike concept in combination with the nonequilibrium thermodynamics, we obtain a reasonably good estimate for the experimental observation.

  16. Polymer surfaces graphitization by low-energy He+ ions irradiation

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    Geworski, A.; Lazareva, I.; Gieb, K.; Koval, Y.; Mller, P.

    2014-08-01

    The electrical and optical properties of surfaces of polyimide and AZ5214e graphitized by low-energy (1 keV) He+ irradiation at different polymer temperatures were investigated. The conductivity of the graphitized layers can be controlled with the irradiation temperature within a broad range and can reach values up to 1000 S/cm. We show that the electrical transport in low-conducting samples is governed by thermally activated hopping, while the samples with a high conductivity show a typical semimetallic behavior. The transition from thermally activated to semimetallic conductance governed by the irradiation temperature could also be observed in optical measurements. The semimetallic samples show an unusually high for graphitic materials carrier concentration, which results in a high extinction coefficient in the visible light range. By analyzing the temperature dependence of the conductance of the semimetallic samples, we conclude that the scattering of charge carriers is dominated by Coulomb interactions and can be described by a weak localization model. The transition from a three to two dimensional transport mechanism at low temperatures consistently explains the change in the temperature dependence of the conductance by cooling, observed in experiments.

  17. Effect of low energy oxygen ion beam irradiation on ionic conductivity of solid polymer electrolyte

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    Manjunatha, H.; Kumaraswamy, G. N.; Damle, R.

    2014-04-01

    Over the past three decades, solid polymer electrolytes (SPEs) have drawn significant attention of researchers due to their prospective commercial applications in high energy-density batteries, electrochemical sensors and super-capacitors. The optimum conductivity required for such applications is about 10-2 - 10-4 S/cm, which is hard to achieve in these systems. It is known that the increase in the concentration of salt in the host polymer results in a continuous increase in the ionic conductivity. However, there is a critical concentration of the salt beyond which the conductivity decreases due to formation of ion pairs with no net charge. In the present study, an attempt is made to identify the concentration at which ion pair formation occurs in PEO: RbBr. We have attempted to modify microstructure of the host polymer matrix by low energy ion (Oxygen ion, O+1 with energy 100 keV) irradiation. Ionic conductivity measurements in these systems were carried out using Impedance Spectroscopy before and after irradiation to different fluencies of the oxygen ion. It is observed that the conductivity increases by one order in magnitude. The increase in ionic conductivity may be attributed to the enhanced segmental motion of the polymer chains. The study reveals the importance of ion irradiation as an effective tool to enhance conductivity in SPEs.

  18. Effect of low energy oxygen ion beam irradiation on ionic conductivity of solid polymer electrolyte

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    Manjunatha, H. Kumaraswamy, G. N.; Damle, R.

    2014-04-24

    Over the past three decades, solid polymer electrolytes (SPEs) have drawn significant attention of researchers due to their prospective commercial applications in high energy-density batteries, electrochemical sensors and super-capacitors. The optimum conductivity required for such applications is about 10{sup −2} – 10{sup −4} S/cm, which is hard to achieve in these systems. It is known that the increase in the concentration of salt in the host polymer results in a continuous increase in the ionic conductivity. However, there is a critical concentration of the salt beyond which the conductivity decreases due to formation of ion pairs with no net charge. In the present study, an attempt is made to identify the concentration at which ion pair formation occurs in PEO: RbBr. We have attempted to modify microstructure of the host polymer matrix by low energy ion (Oxygen ion, O{sup +1} with energy 100 keV) irradiation. Ionic conductivity measurements in these systems were carried out using Impedance Spectroscopy before and after irradiation to different fluencies of the oxygen ion. It is observed that the conductivity increases by one order in magnitude. The increase in ionic conductivity may be attributed to the enhanced segmental motion of the polymer chains. The study reveals the importance of ion irradiation as an effective tool to enhance conductivity in SPEs.

  19. The first narrow-band XeCl-excilamp application for complex psoriasis curing

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    Dmitruck, Vadim S.; Sosnin, Edward A.; Obgol'tz, Irina A.

    2006-05-01

    Clinical efficiency estimation of XeCl-excilamp application for psoriasis curing in comparison with other methods of phototherapy for has been carried out for the first time. Curing psoriasis by XeCl-excilamp assistance is shown to be an effective and present-date method. Such a phototherapy advantages suggested are the good tolerance, and absence of intact skin irradiation. The use of chemicals is no longer relevant, and the total doze of irradiation happens to be rather low.

  20. Microstructural evolution of CANDU spacer material Inconel X-750 under in situ ion irradiation

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    Zhang, He Ken; Yao, Zhongwen; Judge, Colin; Griffiths, Malcolm

    2013-11-01

    Work on Inconel®Inconel® is a registered trademark of Special Metals Corporation that refers to a family of austenitic nickel-chromium-based superalloys.1 X-750 spacers removed from CANDU®CANDU® is a registered trademark of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited standing for ''CANada Deuterium Uranium''.2 reactors has shown that they become embrittled and there is development of many small cavities within the metal matrix and along grain boundaries. In order to emulate the neutron irradiation induced microstructural changes, heavy ion irradiations (1 MeV Kr2+ ions) were performed while observing the damage evolution using an intermediate voltage electron microscope (IVEM) operating at 200 kV. The irradiations were carried out at various temperatures 60-400 °C. The principal strengthening phase, γ‧, was disordered at low doses (˜0.06 dpa) during the irradiation. M23C6 carbides were found to be stable up to 5.4 dpa. Lattice defects consisted mostly of stacking fault tetrahedras (SFTs), 1/2<1 1 0> perfect loops and small 1/3<1 1 1> faulted Frank loops. The ratio of SFT number density to loop number density for each irradiation condition was found to be neither temperature nor dose dependent. Under the operation of the ion beam the SFT production was very rapid, with no evidence for further growth once formed, indicating that they probably formed as a result of cascade collapse in a single cascade. The number density of the defects was found to saturate at low dose (˜0.68 dpa). No cavities were observed regardless of the irradiation temperature between 60 °C and 400 °C for doses up to 5.4 dpa. In contrast, cavities have been observed after neutron irradiation in the same material at similar doses and temperatures indicating that helium, produce during neutron irradiation, may be essential for the nucleation and growth of cavities.

  1. Effect of heavy-ion and electron irradiation on properties of Fe-based superconductors

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    Konczykowski, Marcin

    2013-03-01

    The introduction of defects by particle irradiation is used to reveal the role of disorder in matter, which is unavoidable in all crystalline solids. In superconductors defects introduce flux pinning, controlling critical current, Jc; as well as pair-breaking scattering, limiting the critical temperature, Tc. To elucidate defect related properties of Fe-based superconductors (FBS) we precede in two types of irradiation: heavy ion (6GeV Pb) to create disorder in the form of amorphous tracks and low temperature electron irradiation (2.5MeV at 20K) to create point like defects. Substantial increase of irreversible magnetization and an upward shift of the irreversibility line are observed after heavy ion irradiation of all FBS investigated to date. In BaK 122 , signatures of a Bose-glass vortex state; angular dependence and variable-range hopping flux creep are revealed. Remarkably, heavy ion irradiation does not depress Tc, however, point-like disorder introduced by electron irradiation does substantially. In isovalently substituted Ba(FeAs1 - xPx) 2 and Ba(Fe1 - x Rux As) 2 crystals, Tc decreases linearly with dose. Suppression to 40 % of initial value of Tc was achieved in Ba(FeAs1 - xPx) 2 . An increase of normal state resistivity is observed and correlated to depression of Tc. Change of superconducting gap structure with disorder was determined from penetration depth measurements, λ (T) dependence, at various stages of irradiation. Linear in T variation of pristine samples, indicative of the presence of nodes in gap, turned at low irradiation dose to exponential T variation, indicative of a fully gaped state. T2 variation of λ is observed at higher doses. This behaviour is incompatible with symmetry-imposed nodes of d-wave pairing but consistent with S + / - , S + / + mechanisms. This is the first observation of the impurity-induced node lifting expected in anisotropic s-wave superconductors

  2. Ion irradiation of the Murchison meteorite: Visible to mid-infrared spectroscopic results

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    Lantz, C.; Brunetto, R.; Barucci, M. A.; Dartois, E.; Duprat, J.; Engrand, C.; Godard, M.; Ledu, D.; Quirico, E.

    2015-05-01

    Aims: The goal of this study is to simulate space weathering processes on primitive bodies. We use ion implantation as a simulation of solar wind irradiation, which has been suggested by several authors to be the major component of space weathering on main belt asteroids. The laboratory analogs we irradiate and analyze are carbonaceous chondrites; we started the study with the Allende CV meteorite and in this companion paper we present results on the Murchison CM meteorite. Methods: We performed irradiations on pressed pellets of Murchison with 40 keV He+ and Ar+ ions using fluences up to 3 × 1016 ions/cm2. Reflectance spectra were acquired ex situ before and after irradiation in the visible to mid-infrared range (0.4-16 μm). A Raman analysis was also performed to investigate the modifications of the aromatic carbonaceous component. Results: Our results indicate that spectral variations after irradiation within the visible range are smaller than spectral variations due to sample grain size or viewing geometry of the Murchison meteorite. The aqueous alteration band profile near 3 μm changes after irradiation, as adsorbed water is removed, and phyllosilicates are affected. Raman spectroscopy highlights the insoluble organic matter (IOM) modification under irradiation. We observe a shift of the silicates band at 9.9 μm, probably due to a preferential loss of Mg (compared to Fe, the lighter Mg is more easily sputtered backward) and/or amorphization of Mg-rich materials. We compare our results to previous experiments on organic-rich materials (like asphaltite or carbonaceous chondrites), and on ordinary chondrites and olivine grains. We find that the reddening/darkening trend observed on silicate-rich surfaces is not valid for all carbonaceous chondrites, and that the spectral modifications after irradiation are a function of the initial albedo.

  3. Metastable phases in Zr-Excel alloy and their stability under heavy ion (Kr2+) irradiation

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    Yu, Hongbing; Zhang, Ken; Yao, Zhongwen; Kirk, Mark A.; Long, Fei; Daymond, Mark R.

    2016-02-01

    Zr-Excel alloy (Zr-3.5Sn-0.8Nb-0.8Mo, wt.%) has been proposed as a candidate material of pressure tubes in the CANDU-SCWR design. It is a dual-phase alloy containing primary hcp α-Zr and metastable bcc β-Zr. Metastable hexagonal ω-Zr phase could form in β-Zr as a result of aging during the processing of the tube. A synchrotron X-ray study was employed to study the lattice properties of the metastable phases in as-received Zr-Excel pressure tube material. In situ heavy ion (1 MeV Kr2+) irradiations were carried out at 200 °C and 450 °C to emulate the stability of the metastable phase under a reactor environment. Quantitative Chemi-STEM EDS analysis was conducted on both un-irradiated and irradiated samples to investigate alloying element redistribution induced by heavy ion irradiation. It was found that no decomposition of β-Zr was observed under irradiation at both 200 °C and 450 °C. However, ω-Zr particles experienced shape changes and shrinkage associated with enrichment of Fe at the β/ω interface during 200 °C irradiation but not at 450 °C. There is a noticeable increase in the level of Fe in the α matrix after irradiation at both 200 °C and 450 °C. The concentrations of Nb, Mo and Fe are increased in the ω phase but decreased in the β phase at 200 °C. The stability of metastable phases under heavy ion irradiation associated with elemental redistribution is discussed.

  4. Surface patterning of GaAs under irradiation with very heavy polyatomic Au ions

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    Bischoff, L.; Böttger, R.; Heinig, K.-H.; Facsko, S.; Pilz, W.

    2014-08-01

    Self-organization of surface patterns on GaAs under irradiation with heavy polyatomic Au ions has been observed. The patterns depend on the ion mass, and the substrate temperature as well as the incidence angle of the ions. At room temperature, under normal incidence the surface remains flat, whereas above 200 °C nanodroplets of Ga appear after irradiation with monatomic, biatomic as well as triatomic Au ions of kinetic energies in the range of 10-30 keV per atom. In the intermediate temperature range of 100-200 °C meander- and dot-like patterns form, which are not related to Ga excess. Under oblique ion incidence up to 45° from the surface normal, at room temperature the surface remains flat for mon- and polyatomic Au ions. For bi- and triatomic ions in the range of 60° ≤ α ≤ 70° ripple patterns have been found, which become shingle-like for α ≥ 80°, whereas the surface remains flat for monatomic ions.

  5. Dual ion beam irradiation of polymeric materials for the modification of optical properties with improved adhesion

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    Park, Jae-Won; Lee, Eal H.; Lee, Jae-Sang; Lee, Byung-hoon; Kim, Min-kyu; Lee, Chan-Young; Kim, Hyung-jin; Choi, Byung-Ho

    2012-06-01

    Metallic (chromium) coating has often been applied on the surface of polymeric components, mainly to improve their appearance with a metallic luster and to protect from degradation under UV and visible light. However, the toxic nature of hexavalent chromium and delamination problems are an increasing concern in the plating industry. A similar metallic luster and the UV-visible light protection can be achieved by treating the surface of polymers by ion beams. However, a degradation by weathering including cracks, loss of glossiness, blistering, and eventual delamination have been problematic for ion beam processed polymers, particularly with a single ion beam irradiation. The main cause of adhesion failure is the abrupt change in material properties at the interface between coating and polymer or ion beam treated surface and the underlying untreated bulk polymer. In this work, therefore, a method is developed that improves adhesion by producing a graded interface by employing a dual ion beam processing. For demonstration purposes in this work, polycarbonate/acrylonitrile butadiene styrene blends were irradiated first with nitrogen ions followed by helium ions, achieving the desired metallic luster with improved adhesion. The experimental findings are explained in light of the stopping range of ions in materials and their interaction mechanisms with polymeric materials.

  6. Binding of an electron by He and Xe

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    Nicolaides, Cleanthes A.; Aspromallis, George

    1991-08-01

    A recent theoretical paper [Guo, Wrinn, and Whitehead, Phys. Rev. A 40, 6685 (1989)] predicted the existence of ground-state bound negative ions of all the noble gases. In addition, experimental observations [Haberland, Kolar, and Reiners, Phys. Rev. Lett. 63, 1219 (1989)] suggest the existence of long-lived Xe-. We have examined the cases of He- and Xe-. For He-, we employed Levinson's theorem in conjunction with published and reliable theoretical e-He elastic-scattering phase-shift results. For Xe-, we employed electron-correlation theory in conjunction with multiconfigurational Hartree-Fock and variational bound-state calculations of total energies. We conclude that these ions do not exist in a ground configuration.

  7. Evolution of Crystallinity and Texturing on 120 MeV Au Ion Irradiation on NiO Thin Films

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    Mallick, P.; Rath, Chandana; Agarwal, D. C.; Avasthi, D. K.; Kanjilal, D.; Biswal, R.; Mishra, N. C.; Behera, D.; Satyam, P. V.

    2008-10-23

    NiO thin films grown on Si(100) substrate by electron beam evaporation and sintered at 500 deg. C and 700 deg. C were irradiated with 120 MeV {sup 197}Au{sup 9+} ions. The FCC structure of the sintered films was retained up to the highest fluence (3 x l0{sup 13} ions.cm{sup -2}) of irradiation. As against the expected amorphization due to ion irradiation when electronic energy loss exceeds certain threshold value, we observe an improvement of crystallinity and grain orientation at certain fluences of irradiation.

  8. Helium ion irradiation behavior of Ni-1wt.%SiCNP composite and the effect of ion flux

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    Zhou, X. L.; Huang, H. F.; Xie, R.; Thorogood, G. J.; Yang, C.; Li, Z. J.; Xu, H. J.

    2015-12-01

    Silicon carbide nanoparticle-reinforced nickel metal (Ni-SiCNP composite) samples were bombarded by helium ions with fluences of 1 × 1016 and 3 × 1016 ions/cm2 at two different fluxes. The microstructural and mechanical changes were characterized via TEM and nanoindentation. Nano-scaled helium bubbles in the shape of spheres were observed in the samples irradiated at high flux and polygons at low flux. The number of helium bubbles increased with the fluence, whereas their mean size remained unaffected. In addition, the nanohardness of the damage layer also increased as the fluence increased. In addition this study suggests that a higher flux results in a higher number of smaller helium bubbles, while showing no obvious effect on the irradiation-induced hardening of the materials.

  9. A comparison of lower and higher LET heavy ion irradiation effects on silicon NPN rf power transistors

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    Bharathi, M. N.; Pushpa, N.; Vinayakprasanna, N. H.; Prakash, A. P. Gnana

    2016-06-01

    The Silicon NPN rf power transistors were irradiated with 180 MeV Au14+ and 150 MeV Ag12+ ions in the dose range of 1 Mrad to 100 Mrad. The SRIM simulation was used to understand the energy loss and range of these ions in the transistor structure. The different electrical parameters such as Gummel characteristics, excess base current (∆IB), dc current gain (hFE), transconductance (gm), displacement damage factor (K) and output characteristics were studied systematically before and after irradiation. These results were compared with lower linear energy transfer (LET) ions such as 50 MeV Li3+, 95 MeV O7+, 100 MeV F8+, 140 MeV Si10+ and 175 MeV Ni13+ ions in the same dose range. The degradation for 180 MeV Au14+ and 150 MeV Ag12+ ion irradiated transistors was significantly more when compared to lower LET ions, indicating that the transistors are vulnerable to higher LET ion irradiations. Isochronal annealing study was conducted on the irradiated transistors to analyze the recovery in different electrical parameters. After isochronal annealing, the recovery in hFE and other electrical parameters was around 67% for Ag12+ ion irradiated transistors and 60% for Au14+ ion irradiated transistors.

  10. Mass and Double-Beta-Decay Q Value of {sup 136}Xe

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    Redshaw, Matthew; Wingfield, Elizabeth; McDaniel, Joseph; Myers, Edmund G.

    2007-02-02

    The atomic mass of {sup 136}Xe has been measured by comparing cyclotron frequencies of single ions in a Penning trap. The result, with 1 standard deviation uncertainty, is M({sup 136}Xe)=135.907 214 484 (11) u. Combined with previous results for the mass of {sup 136}Ba [Audi, Wapstra, and Thibault, Nucl. Phys. A 729, 337 (2003)], this gives a Q value (M[{sup 136}Xe]-M[{sup 136}Ba])c{sup 2}=2457.83(37) keV, sufficiently precise for ongoing searches for the neutrinoless double-beta decay of {sup 136}Xe.

  11. Atomistic modeling of nanoscale patterning of L1{sub 2} order induced by ion irradiation

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    Ye Jia; Li Youhong; Averback, Robert; Zuo Jianmin; Bellon, Pascal

    2010-09-15

    Theoretical predictions indicate that ordered alloys can spontaneously develop a steady-state nanoscale microstructure when irradiated with energetic particles. This behavior derives from a dynamical competition between disordering in cascades and thermally activated reordering, which leads to self-organization of the chemical order parameter. We test this possibility by combining molecular dynamics (MD) and kinetic Monte Carlo (KMC) simulations. We first generate realistic distributions of disordered zones for Ni{sub 3}Al irradiated with 70 keV He and 1 MeV Kr ions using MD and then input this data into KMC to obtain predictions of steady state microstructures as a function of the irradiation flux. Nanoscale patterning is observed for Kr ion irradiations but not for He ion irradiations. We illustrate, moreover, using image simulations of these KMC microstructures, that high-resolution transmission electron microscopy can be employed to identify nanoscale patterning. Finally, we indicate how this method could be used to synthesize functional thin films, with potential for magnetic applications.

  12. Structural behavior of β-thorium phosphate diphosphate (β-TPD) irradiated with ion beams

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    Tamain, C.; Garrido, F.; Thomé, L.; Dacheux, N.; Özgümüs, A.

    2008-02-01

    β-thorium phosphate diphosphate ceramic (β-TPD), β-Th 4(PO 4) 4P 2O 7, was proposed as a potential actinide-bearing phase for nuclear waste storage. Self-irradiation by α-decays, due to the actinide loading, could affect the good intrinsic performances of this material. The evaluation of irradiation effects on the chemical durability of the ceramic is a crucial issue. Radiation effects were simulated by external ion beam irradiations. Under high-energy ion irradiation, amorphization was achieved above a critical threshold for electronic energy loss ( Se = 5 MeV μm -1). Thermal annealing enables to fully recover the initial crystalline structure after heating for 15 h above 973 K. Amorphization appears thus completely reversible. The activation energy of annealing is equal to 2.8 eV. Ion beam induced amorphization and recrystallization by thermal annealing were found to be isotropic processes. Irradiations in the nuclear stopping regime lead to a complete amorphization of β-TPD at a critical dose of 0.2 dpa.

  13. Microstructure and Cs Behavior of Ba-Doped Aluminosilicate Pollucite Irradiated with F+ Ions

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    Jiang, Weilin; Kovarik, Libor; Zhu, Zihua; Varga, Tamas; Engelhard, Mark H.; Bowden, Mark E.; Nenoff, Tina M.; Garino, Terry

    2014-06-24

    Radionuclide 137Cs is one of the major fission products that dominate heat generation in spent fuels over the first 300 hundred years. A durable waste form for 137Cs that decays to 137Ba is needed to minimize its environmental impact. Aluminosilicate pollucite CsAlSi2O6 is selected as a model waste form to study the decay-induced structural effects. While Ba-containing precipitates are not present in charge-balanced Cs0.9Ba0.05AlSi2O6, they are found in Cs0.9Ba0.1AlSi2O6 and identified as monoclinic Ba2Si3O8. Pollucite is susceptible to electron irradiation induced amorphization. The threshold density of the electronic energy deposition for amorphization is determined to be ~235 keV/nm3. Pollucite can be readily amorphized under F+ ion irradiation at 673 K. A significant amount of Cs diffusion and release from the amorphized pollucite is observed during the irradiation. However, cesium is immobile in the crystalline structure under He+ ion irradiation at room temperature. The critical temperature for amorphization is not higher than 873 K under F+ ion irradiation. If kept at or above 873 K all the time, the pollucite structure is unlikely to be amorphized; Cs diffusion and release are improbable. A general discussion regarding pollucite as a potential waste form is provided in this report.

  14. The effect of Argon ion irradiation on the thickness and structure of ultrathin amorphous carbon films

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    Xie, J.; Komvopoulos, K.

    2016-03-01

    Carbon films synthesized by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) and filtered cathodic vacuum arc (FCVA) exhibit a layered structure consisting of a bottom (interface) and a top (surface) layer rich in sp2 atomic carbon bonding and a middle (bulk) layer of much higher sp3 content. Because of significant differences in the composition, structure, and thickness of these layers, decreasing the film thickness may negatively affect its properties. In this study, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) were used to examine the effect of Ar+ ion irradiation on the structure and thickness of ultrathin films of hydrogenated amorphous carbon (a-C:H) and hydrogen-free amorphous carbon (a-C) deposited by PECVD and FCVA, respectively. The TEM and EELS results show that 2-min ion irradiation decreases the film thickness without markedly changing the film structure and composition, whereas 4-min ion irradiation results in significant film thinning and a moderate decrease of the sp3 content of the bulk layer. This study demonstrates that Ar+ ion irradiation is an effective post-deposition process for reducing the thickness and tuning the structure of ultrathin carbon films. This capability has direct implications in the synthesis of ultrathin protective carbon overcoats for extremely high-density magnetic recording applications.

  15. In-situ Study of Nanostructure and Electrical Resistance of Nanocluster Films Irradiated with Ion Beams

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    Jiang, Weilin; Sundararajan, Jennifer A.; Varga, Tamas; Bowden, Mark E.; Qiang, You; McCloy, John S.; Henager, Charles H.; Montgomery, Robert O.

    2014-08-11

    An in-situ study is reported on the structural evolution in nanocluster films under He+ ion irradiation using an advanced helium ion microscope. The films consist of loosely interconnected nanoclusters of magnetite or iron-magnetite (Fe-Fe3O4) core-shells. The nanostructure is observed to undergo dramatic changes under ion-beam irradiation, featuring grain growth, phase transition, particle aggregation, and formation of nanowire-like network and nano-pores. Studies based on ion irradiation, thermal annealing and election irradiation have indicated that the major structural evolution is activated by elastic nuclear collisions, while both electronic and thermal processes can play a significant role once the evolution starts. The electrical resistance of the Fe-Fe3O4 films measured in situ exhibits a super-exponential decay with dose. The behavior suggests that the nanocluster films possess an intrinsic merit for development of an advanced online monitor for neutron radiation with both high detection sensitivity and long-term applicability, which can enhance safety measures in many nuclear operations.

  16. Carbon Ion Irradiation Inhibits Glioma Cell Migration Through Downregulation of Integrin Expression

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    Rieken, Stefan; Habermehl, Daniel; Wuerth, Lena; Brons, Stephan; Mohr, Angela; Lindel, Katja; Weber, Klaus; Haberer, Thomas; Debus, Juergen; Combs, Stephanie E.

    2012-05-01

    Purpose: To investigate the effect of carbon ion irradiation on glioma cell migration. Methods and Materials: U87 and Ln229 glioma cells were irradiated with photons and carbon ions. Migration was analyzed 24 h after irradiation. Fluorescence-activated cell sorting analysis was performed in order to quantify surface expression of integrins. Results: Single photon doses of 2 Gy and 10 Gy enhanced {alpha}{sub {nu}}{beta}{sub 3} and {alpha}{sub {nu}}{beta}{sub 5} integrin expression and caused tumor cell hypermigration on both vitronectin (Vn) and fibronectin (Fn). Compared to integrin expression in unirradiated cells, carbon ion irradiation caused decreased integrin expression and inhibited cell migration on both Vn and Fn. Conclusion: Photon radiotherapy (RT) enhances the risk of tumor cell migration and subsequently promotes locoregional spread via photon induction of integrin expression. In contrast to photon RT, carbon ion RT causes decreased integrin expression and suppresses glioma cell migration on both Vn and Fn, thus promising improved local control.

  17. Improved atomic masses of Kr84,86 and Xe129,132

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    Redshaw, Matthew; Mount, Brianna J.; Myers, Edmund G.

    2009-01-01

    Using single ions in a cryogenic Penning trap we have remeasured the atomic masses of Kr84,86 and Xe129,132 with the results M[Kr84]=83.911 497 731(8) u, M[Kr86]=85.910 610 628(8) u, M[Xe129]=128.904 780 859(11) u, and M[Xe132]=131.904 155 086(10) u. These results supersede those previously reported by Shi, Redshaw, and Myers [Phys. Rev A 72, 022510 (2005)], which suffered from systematic error associated with the comparison of heavy multicharged ions with singly charged reference ions.

  18. Titanium nitride formation at low energy Ar ion bombardment and UV-light irradiation during deposition

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    Gerlach, J.W.; Wengenmair, H.; Stritzker, B.; Rauschenbach, B.

    1996-12-31

    Titanium nitride films were produced by a newly developed photon and ion beam assisted deposition system (PHIBAD system). With an electron beam evaporator titanium was deposited on silicon substrates in a controlled nitrogen environment. The growing {delta}-TiN films were bombarded with argon ions and illuminated with UV-light. The results demonstrate that the impurity content, the nitrogen to titanium ratio of the films, the microstructure and the crystal alignment are changed using UV-light irradiation during ion assisted deposition.

  19. Microstructural changes in welded joints of 316 SS by dual-ion irradiation

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    Kohyama, A.; Kohno, Y.; Baba, K.; Katoh, Y.; Hishinuma, A.

    1992-09-01

    As a part of the activity to establish joining methods to fabricate in-vessel components and to evaluate their performance under fusion environment, microstructural evolution was studied by means of the dual-ion irradiation method. The base material used in this study was solution annealed 316 stainless steel. Welded joints were made by the tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding method and electron beam (EB) welding method. For the prospective improvement of swelling in welded joints, modified TIG or EB welding procedures utilizing titanium or nickel foil insertions were investigated. TEM disk specimens from various positions of welded joints were irradiated to 25 dpa at 673, 773 and 873 K. He/dpa ratio in Ni/He dual-ion irradiation was 15 appm He/dpa. The present results indicate some concern about the microstructures which result in the fusion zone and heat affected zones.

  20. Effect of swift heavy ion irradiation on optical absorption properties of SWCNTs

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    Vishalli, Raina, K. K.; Avasthi, D. K.; Srivastava, Alok; Dharamvir, Keya

    2016-05-01

    In the present work, experimental investigations on the optical absorption properties of swift heavy ion irradiated single walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) have been carried out. The uniform thin films of SWCNTs have been deposited on quartz substrate by Langmuir Blodgett (LB) method in a layer by layer manner. The irradiation of thin films is carried out by nickel ion beam of energy 60 MeV at different fluences. The variation in the S11, S22, and M11 band in optical spectra of SWCNTs has been studied before and after irradiation. The decrease in intensity/area of the bands corresponding to both semiconducting and metallic SWCNTs has been observed with increasing fluence.

  1. Effects of heavy-ion irradiations in K-doped BaFe2As2

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    Ohtake, F.; Taen, T.; Pyon, S.; Tamegai, T.; Okayasu, S.; Kambara, T.; Kitamura, H.

    2015-11-01

    We report the effects of heavy-ion irradiation in (Ba0.6K0.4)Fe2As2 single crystals including its dose dependence. We found that the suppression of Tc is weak up to a certain dose of irradiation. Critical current density (Jc) under self-field is strongly enhanced up to 15 MA cm-2 at 2 K by the introduction of defects through irradiations with different energies and ion species. This upper limit is in agreement with the previous report for that in cuprate superconductors. The dose dependence of Jc follows BΦ1/2, which can be explained by the simple scenario on the interaction between a driven vortex and discontinuous columnar defects.

  2. Influence of an electric field on the microstructure evolution of ion-irradiated alumina

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    Yasuda, K.; Tanaka, K.; Shimada, M.; Yamamoto, T.; Matsumura, S.; Kinoshita, C.

    2004-08-01

    Radiation-induced defects in α-alumina were investigated through transmission electron microscopy for specimens irradiated with 100 keV He + ions at 760 K with an electric field of 100 kV/m. Ion-irradiation with an electric field induces characteristic defect clusters, such as bundles of long-shaped defect clusters, aluminum colloid and γ-alumina precipitates, and interstitial type-dislocation loops, though only dislocation loops were formed when the material is irradiated without an electric field. Electron microscopy analysis has revealed the lattice displacement vector of long-shaped defects, and the crystallographic relationship among α-alumina matrix, aluminum colloid and γ-alumina.

  3. TEM investigation on the microstructural evolution of Hastelloy N induced by Ar⁺ ion irradiation.

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    Liu, Min; Lu, Yanling; Liu, Renduo; Zhou, Xingtai

    2014-02-01

    Hastelloy N alloy has been selected as the primary structure material for molten salt reactor. In this article, Hastelloy N alloy samples were irradiated to different doses at room temperature using 300 keV Ar(+) ions. The microstructural evolution was investigated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). Black dot defects emerged in sample irradiated at low dose (0.4 displacement per atom (dpa)), and they grew up with irradiation doses (0.4-2 dpa). A high density of small dislocation loops (nano meters in size) were observed in the sample irradiated to 4 dpa. When the ion dose increased to 12 dpa, complicated structures with defects (including dislocation lines, larger loops and smaller black dots) were observed. Dislocation networks were detected from high-angle annular dark field (HAADF) images. Larger dislocation loops (size: 30-80 nm) were visible in the sample irradiated to 40 dpa. Irradiation with dose of 120 dpa led to the formation of face-centered cubic nanocrystallites with preferred orientations. PMID:24285574

  4. Kr implantation into heavy ion irradiated monolithic U-Mo/Al systems: SIMS and SEM investigations

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    Zweifel, T.; Valle, N.; Grygiel, C.; Monnet, I.; Beck, L.; Petry, W.

    2016-03-01

    Worldwide, high performance research and material test reactors are aiming to convert their fuel from high enriched uranium towards low enriched ones. High density U-Mo/Al based nuclear fuels are considered as a promising candidate for this conversion. However, during in-pile test irradiations, the formation of an interdiffusion layer (IDL) between the U-Mo and the Al matrix is observed, caused by irradiation enhanced U-Al interdiffusion processes. This IDL accumulates fission gases at the IDL/matrix interfaces. Together, these two effects strongly reduce the performance of this new fuel type. Recently, the out-of-pile technique of heavy ion irradiation (127I) on U-Mo/Al layer systems proved to be an alternative to time-consuming in-pile test irradiations for certain fuel behaviour aspects. Here we present SIMS and SEM investigations of non-conventional 82Kr implantation into previously heavy ion irradiated U-Mo/Al layer systems. It is shown that Kr accumulates inside μm large porosities at the IDL/matrix interfaces. This critical accumulation of μm-sized large gas bubbles is directly related to the presence of the irradiation induced IDL. Without IDL no critical accumulation of fission gas bubbles occurs.

  5. In situ MeV ion beam analysis of ceramic surfaces modified by 100-400 keV ion irradiation

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    Weber, W.J.; Yu, N.; Sickafus, K.E.

    1995-05-01

    This paper describes use of the in situ ion beam analysis facility developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory for the study of irradiation effects in ceramic materials. In this facility, an analytical beamline of 3 MV tandem accelerator and an irradiation bean-dine of 200 kV ion implanter are connected at 60{degrees} to a common target chamber. This facility provides a fast, efficient, and quantitative measurement tool to monitor changes of composition and crystallinity of materials irradiated by 100-400 keV ions, through sequential measurement of backscattering events of MeV ions combined with ion channeling techniques. We will describe the details of the in situ ion beam analysis and ion irradiation and discuss some of the important issues and their solutions associated with the in situ experiment. These issues include (1) the selection of axial ion channeling direction for the measurement of radiation damage; (2) surface charging and charge collection for data acquisition; (3) surface sputtering during ion irradiation; (4) the effects of MeV analytical beam on the materials; and (5) the sample heating effect on ion beam analysis.

  6. Iron ion irradiation increases promotes adhesion of monocytic cells to arterial vascular endothelium

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    Kucik, Dennis; Khaled, Saman; Gupta, Kiran; Wu, Xing; Yu, Tao; Chang, Polly; Kabarowski, Janusz

    Radiation causes inflammation, and chronic, low-level vascular inflammation is a risk factor for atherosclerosis. Consistent with this, exposure to radiation from a variety of sources is associated with increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Part of the inflammatory response to radiation is a change in the adhesiveness of the endothelial cells that line the blood vessels, triggering inappropriate accumulation of leukocytes, leading to later, damaging effects of inflammation. Although some studies have been done on the effects of gamma irradiation on vascular endothelium, the response of endothelium to heavy ion radiation likely to be encountered in prolonged space flight has not been determined. We investigated how irradiation of aortic endothelial cells with iron ions affects adhesiveness of cultured aortic endothelial cells for monocytic cells and the consequences of this for development of atherosclerosis. Aortic endothelial cells were irradiated with 600 MeV iron ions at Brookhaven National Laboratory and adhesion-related changes were measured. Cells remained viable for at least 72 hours, and were even able to repair acute damage to cell junctions. We found that iron ion irradiation altered expression levels of specific endothelial cell adhesion molecules. Further, these changes had functional consequences. Using a flow chamber adhesion assay to measure adhesion of monocytic cells to endothelial cells under physiological shear stress, we found that adhesivity of vascular endothelium was enhanced in as little as 24 hours after irradiation. Further, the radiation dose dependence was not monotonic, suggesting that it was not simply the result of endothelial cell damage. We also irradiated aortic arches and carotid arteries of Apolipoprotein-E-deficient mice. Histologic analysis of these mice will be conducted to determine whether effects of radiation on endothelial adhesiveness result in consequences for development of atherosclerosis. (Supported by NSBRI: NCC-9-58-162)

  7. Morphological change of self-organized protrusions of fluoropolymer surface by ion beam irradiation

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    Kitamura (Ogawa), Akane; Kobayashi, Tomohiro; Satoh, Takahiro; Koka, Masashi; Kamiya, Tomihiro; Suzuki, Akihiro; Terai, Takayuki

    2013-07-01

    Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) and fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP) are typical fluoropolymers displaying several desirable technological properties such as electrical insulation and high chemical resistance. When their surfaces are irradiated with ion beams, dense micro-protrusions formed after the emergence and spread of micropores across the entire irradiated area, allowing culture cells to spread on the top of the protrusions. In this study, we investigate the morphological changes introduced in the fluoropolymer surfaces by ion beams as the energy of the beams is increased. When an FEP sample was irradiated with a nitrogen ion beam with an energy of less than 350 keV at 1.0 μA/cm2, protrusions were formed with a density between 2 × 107/cm2 and 2 × 108/cm2. However, at energies higher than 350 keV, the protrusions became sparse, and the density dropped to 5 × 102/cm2. Protrusions appeared sporadically during irradiation at high energies, and the top of the protrusions appeared as spots inside the sample, which were difficult to etch and became elongated as the erosion of the surface progressed. Erosion was caused by sputtering of FEP molecules and evaporation at notably elevated temperatures on the surface. Analysis based on attenuated total reflectance/Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy showed the presence of Cdbnd C bonds as well as -COOH, -Cdbnd O, and -OH bonds on all irradiated samples. Their concentration on the surface densely covered with micro-protrusions was higher than that on the surface with sparse protrusions after irradiation at energies exceeding 350 keV. Thus, we determined a suitable range for the ion energy for creating FEP surfaces densely covered with protrusions.

  8. Tailoring molybdenum nanostructure evolution by low-energy He+ ion irradiation

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    Tripathi, J. K.; Novakowski, T. J.; Hassanein, A.

    2015-10-01

    Mirror-finished polished molybdenum (Mo) samples were irradiated with 100 eV He+ ions as a function of ion fluence (using a constant flux of 7.2 × 1020 ions m-2 s-1) at normal incidence and at 923 K. Mo surface deterioration and nanoscopic fiber-form filament ("Mo fuzz") growth evolution were monitored by using field emission (FE) scanning electron (SEM) and atomic force (AFM) microscopy studies. Those studies confirm a reasonably clean and flat surface, up to several micrometer scales along with a few mechanical-polishing-induced scratches. However, He+ ion irradiation deteriorates the surface significantly even at 2.1 × 1023 ions m-2 fluence (about 5 min. irradiation time) and leads to evolution of homogeneously populated ∼75-nm-long Mo nanograins having ∼8 nm intergrain width. The primary stages of Mo fuzz growth, i.e., elongated half-cylindrical ∼70 nm nanoplatelets, and encapsulated bubbles of 20-45 nm in diameter and preferably within the grain boundaries of sub-micron-sized grains, were observed after 1.3 × 1024 ions m-2 fluence irradiation. Additionally, a sequential enhancement in the sharpness, density, and protrusions of Mo fuzz at the surface with ion fluence was also observed. Fluence- and flux-dependent studies have also been performed at 1223 K target temperature (beyond the temperature window for Mo fuzz formation). At a constant fluence of 2.6 × 1024 ions m-2, 7.2 × 1020 ions m-2 s-1 flux generates a homogeneous layered and stacked nanodiscs of ∼70 nm diameter. On the other hand, 1.2 × 1021 ions m-2 s-1 flux generates a combination of randomly patched netlike nanomatrix networked structure, mostly with ∼105 nm nanostructure wall width, various-shaped pores, and self-organized nano arrays. While the observed netlike nanomatrix network structures for 8.6 × 1024 ions m-2 fluence (at a constant flux of 1.2 × 1021 ions m-2 s-1) is quite similar to those for 2.6 × 1024 ions m-2 fluence, the nanostructure wall width extends up to ∼45 nm more and has a quite different nanostructured surface. Ex-situ X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy studies show a sequential reduction in at.% of Mo 3d doublets with fluence, leading to the complete depletion of 2.6 × 1024 ions m-2 at 973 K. For 2.6 × 1024 ions m-2 fluence irradiation at 973 K, only MoO3 3d doublets were observed. However, the Mo 3d doublets reappear at 1273 K irradiation, where a variety of nanostructures were observed with relatively much lower density than that of Mo fuzz. As in the microscopy studies, the reflectivity measurements also show a sequential reduction with ion fluence, leading to almost zero reflectivity value for fully grown fuzzy structures. The study is significant in the understanding of fuzz formation on high-Z refractory metals for fusion applications; in addition, the observed MoO3 fuzz has potential application in solar power concentration technology and in water splitting for hydrogen production.

  9. The morphology and structure of one-dimensional carbon-carbon composite under high-fluence ion irradiation

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    Andrianova, N. N.; Borisov, A. M.; Mashkova, E. S.; Virgiliev, Yu. S.

    2009-08-01

    The temperature dependences of the ion-induced electron emission yield γ( T), the crystal structure, and the morphology of a surface layer of the one-dimensional carbon fiber composite KUP-VM (1D) under high-fluence (10 18-10 19 ion/cm 2) irradiation with 30 keV N2+ ions at normal incidence both perpendicular and parallel to the fiber directions have been studied. The target temperature has been varied during continuous irradiation from T = -180 to 400 °C. The surface analysis has been performed by the RHEED, SEM and RBS techniques. The surface microgeometry was studied using laser goniophotometry (LGP). It has been found that ion irradiation results in a loss of anisotropy of the surface layer structure because of amorphization at room temperature or recrystallization at a temperature higher than the ion-induced annealing temperature. The fiber morphology anisotropy remains under ion irradiation.

  10. Volatile evolution from polymer materials induced by irradiation with He ++ ions and comparative pyrolysis experiments

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    Murphy, J. J.; Patel, M.; Skinner, A. R.; Horn, I. M.; Powell, S. J.; Smith, P. F.

    2004-02-01

    Irradiation of polymer samples using an accelerated beam of He ++ ions passed through a 10 μm thick window of Havar foil has been performed. Such an irradiation simulates the effects of large α radiation doses on a vastly reduced time-scale. The experimental set up was designed so that the irradiated materials were contained within a small sample chamber. This chamber was isolated from the main vacuum chamber of the ion beam by means of the Havar foil window. A mass spectrometer linked directly to the sample chamber was used to analyse gaseous products evolved from the materials under irradiation. Samples of a material in which the polymer phase was an ethylenevinylacetate/polyvinylalcohol composite material indicated increased CO 2 and CO evolution upon irradiation. This material, however, evolved a considerable amount of volatiles even without irradiation and so a detailed mechanistic interpretation of the results is not possible. A foamed poly(siloxane) material evolved a number of volatile species upon irradiation and possible chemical degradation mechanisms are commented upon. The sample was extremely resistant to radiation induced degradation as measured by volatile evolution though, so again a detailed mechanistic analysis is not possible. Samples of a polyester based polyurethane evolved CO 2, CO and a number of high mass volatile species. Assignment of chemical structures to the main molecular ions allows deductions about the chemistry underlying radiation induced change to be made. Furthermore, identification of trends in volatile production allows information about potential degradation mechanisms to be deduced. To assess the contribution of sample heating on volatile evolution a series of pyrolysis experiments were performed. These indicate no evolution of volatiles below 100 °C and evolution of volatiles possessing masses of greater than 50 amu only at temperature of above 300 °C.

  11. Swift heavy ion irradiation induced enhancement in the antioxidant activity and biocompatibility of polyaniline nanofibers.

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    Kumar, A; Banerjee, Somik; Saikia, Jyoti P; Konwar, B K

    2010-04-30

    Polyaniline (PAni) nanofibers doped with HCl and CSA have been irradiated with 90 MeV O(7+) ions with fluence of 3 x 10(10), 3 x 10(11) and 1 x 10(12) ions cm(-2). TEM micrographs show a decrease in the fiber diameter with increasing irradiation fluence, which has been explained on the basis of the Coulomb explosion model. XRD analysis reveals a decrease in the crystalline domain length and an increase in the strain. The increase in d-spacing for the (100) reflection with increasing irradiation fluence is ascribed to the increase in the tilt angle of the polymer chain, which is also evident from micro-Raman spectra. UV-vis spectra of the PAni nanofibers exhibit blue-shift in the absorption bands attributed to pi-pi* band transitions indicating a reduction in particle size after SHI irradiation; as also observed in TEM micrographs. Micro-Raman spectra also reveal a transition from the benzenoid to quinoid structures in the PAni chain as the fluence is increased. Although the quinoid unit has no hydrogen for DPPH scavenging, the antioxidant activity of PAni nanofibers is found to increase with increasing fluence. This has been attributed to the availability of more reaction sites as a result of fragmentation of the PAni nanofibers which compensates for the benzenoid to quinoid transition after irradiation. The biocompatibility of the PAni nanofibers is also found to increase with increasing irradiation fluence, indicating the possibility of employing swift heavy ion irradiation as an effective technique in order to modify conducting polymer nanostructures for biomedical applications. PMID:20357408

  12. Atomistic structures of metastable and amorphous phases in ion-irradiated magnesium aluminate spinel

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    Ishimaru, Manabu; Hirotsu, Yoshihiko; Afanasyev-Charkin, Ivan V.; Sickafus, Kurt E.

    2002-02-01

    Ion-beam-induced microstructures in magnesium aluminate (MgAl2O4) spinel have been examined using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Irradiations were performed at cryogenic temperature (~120 K) on MgAl2O4 spinel single-crystal surfaces with (111) orientation, using 180 keV neon (Ne+) ions to ion fluences ranging from 1016 to 1017 Ne+ cm-2. Cross-sectional TEM observations indicated that the MgAl2O4 spinel transforms first into a metastable crystalline phase and then into an amorphous phase under these irradiation conditions. On the basis of selected-area electron diffraction and high-resolution TEM, we concluded that Ne-ion-beam irradiation induces an ordered spinel-to-disordered rock-salt-like structural phase transformation. Atomistic structures of amorphous MgAl2O4 were also examined on the basis of atomic pair distribution functions. We compared the experimentally obtained results with previous theoretically calculated results for the metastable and amorphous phases of MgAl2O4, and discussed the validity of the proposed ion-beam-induced structural changes in MgAl2O4 spinel.

  13. Planar patterned media fabricated by ion irradiation into CrPt{sub 3} ordered alloy films

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    Kato, T.; Iwata, S.; Yamauchi, Y.; Tsunashima, S.; Matsumoto, K.; Morikawa, T.; Ozaki, K.

    2009-04-01

    Planar patterned media using CrPt{sub 3} ordered alloy films were fabricated by Ar{sup +} or Kr{sup +} ion irradiation through nanoimprinted or electron beam lithography made masks. CrPt{sub 3} ordered alloy film on fused quartz substrate exhibits a large perpendicular anisotropy of 5x10{sup 6} erg/cc and a large coercivity of 12 kOe, and we found that its magnetic order (magnetization) was completely suppressed by a quite low Ar{sup +} or Kr{sup +} ion dose of about 1-2x10{sup 14} ions/cm{sup 2}. Magnetic force microscope image of the ion-beam patterned CrPt{sub 3} with a bit size of 90x90 nm showed clear magnetic contrast in nonirradiated regions, while no magnetic contrast in irradiated regions. The read-back waveform taken from an ion-beam patterned CrPt{sub 3} disk with 600 nm patterning pitch showed sharp signal transition between irradiated and nonirradiated regions, which indicates the possibility of high-density planar patterned media using CrPt{sub 3} ordered alloy.

  14. Amorphization and recrystallization of single-crystalline hydrogen titanate nanowires by N{sup +} ion irradiation

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    Behera, Akshaya K.; Bandyopadyay, Malay K.; Chatterjee, Shyamal; Facsko, Stefan; Das, Siddhartha

    2014-06-21

    We report on the phase transformation of hydrogen titanate (H{sub 2}Ti{sub 3}O{sub 7}) nanowires induced by 50 keV N{sup +} ion irradiation at room temperature with fluences of 1 × 10{sup 15} ions/cm{sup 2} and 1 × 10{sup 16} ions/cm{sup 2}, respectively. Using transmission electron microscopy, the internal structure of the ion irradiated nanowires is analyzed. At low fluence, a transformation from crystalline H{sub 2}Ti{sub 3}O{sub 7} to amorphous TiO{sub 2} is observed. However, at higher fluence, a remarkable crystalline-amorphous TiO{sub 2} core-shell structure is formed. At this higher fluence, the recrystallization occurs in the core of the nanowire and the outer layer remains amorphous. The phase transformation and formation of core-shell structure are explained using the thermal spike model, radiation enhanced diffusion, and classical theory of nucleation and growth under non-equilibrium thermodynamics. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Raman scattering reveal further insight into the structure of the nanowires before and after ion irradiation.

  15. Oxygen diffusion and oxide phase formation in iron under swift heavy ion irradiation

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    Roller, Tobias; Bolse, Wolfgang

    2007-02-01

    While irradiating thin iron films deposited on silicon wafers with swift heavy ions in the energy range of a few MeV/amu, we have observed that the iron surface oxidizes due to the residual oxygen in the irradiation chamber, induced by the energy deposition by the ion. We have investigated these processes in detail using Rutherford backscattering spectrometry and conversion electron Moessbauer spectroscopy. We found that two different types of oxidation processes were active, depending on the electronic energy loss of the incident ions. Irradiations above the track formation threshold S{sub ec}{sup Fe} of iron resulted in diffusion-controlled dissolution of oxygen in the iron bulk. Below S{sub ec}{sup Fe}, but above the track formation threshold of iron oxide, chemical reaction and homogeneous oxide phase formation took place in a surface layer, while almost no oxygen diffusion into the iron bulk could be observed anymore. These phenomena are discussed in terms of the oxygen mobility in the excited ion tracks in iron and iron oxide. The effective diffusion constant estimated for swift heavy ion induced oxygen diffusion in iron is larger by a factor of 100-1000 than the one reported for thermally activated oxygen diffusion in molten iron.

  16. Magnetic stability of He+ ion irradiated FeO+Fe3N granular films

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    Sundararajan, J. A.; Zhang, Dongtao; Qiang, You; Jiang, Weilin; McCloy, John S.

    2011-04-01

    Ion irradiation effects on the magnetic properties of FeO/Fe3N (Iron oxide/Iron Nitride) nanoparticles are investigated in this study. The FeO/Fe3N nanoparticles were prepared using a nanocluster deposition system. The x-ray diffraction data confirms the presence of FeO and Fe3N compounds in the prepared nanoparticles. The saturation magnetization (30 emu/g), coercivity (87.9 Oe) and remanence (3.2 emu/g) of these nanoparticles remain unaltered after irradiation with 2 MeV He+ ions to a fluence of 3E15 ions/cm2 at room temperature, indicating that the magnetic properties of these nanoparticles are not affected in a highly radioactive environment. This unique property of the magnetic stability may provide promising applications for advanced data storage.

  17. Influence of dispersion of ion irradiation D + on distribution of deuterium in titanium

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    Raspopova, G. A.; Arbuzov, V. L.

    2016-02-01

    In single crystals of titanium was studied deuterium segregation induced by ion irradiation. Segregation created at room temperature deuterium ion implantation energy of 700 keV and analyzed by the nuclear reaction D (d, p) T. During the experiment changed the duration of continuous exposure and the duration of stops. It was found that with increasing radiation dose continuous average concentration of the implant in the irradiated volume gradually increases. It has been found that a long interruption of ion bombardment leads to an abrupt increase of the concentration. Analysis of the depth distribution of deuterium showed that during stopping the accumulation of radiation near the surface of the implant due to the redistribution of the target volume. The obtained results are discussed in terms of the evolution of the defect structure of the target in the course of continuous exposure and stop time of implantation.

  18. Effects of ion beam irradiation on the crystallization of copper films

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    Hishita, Shunichi; Oyoshi, Keiji; Suehara, Shigeru; Aizawa, Takashi

    1996-12-31

    Radiation effects of 2 MeV Ar{sup +} ions on the crystallization of copper films were investigated with or without oxygen adsorption. Metal copper films of 1--5 nm thickness deposited on SrTiO{sub 3} (100) at 300 K by evaporation consisted of fine crystals with random orientation. The crystals were grown without epitaxial relationship to the substrate by ion irradiation. The epitaxial growth of copper crystals was achieved by the combined use of oxygen adsorption and ion irradiation. The epitaxial relationship between the film and the substrate was determined Cu (100){parallel}SrTiO{sub 3} (100) and Cu [001]{parallel}SrTiO{sub 3} [001].

  19. Positive ion emission from oxidized aluminum during ultraviolet excimer laser irradiation

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    Khan, Enamul; Langford, S. C.; Dickinson, J. T.

    2011-07-15

    We report quadrupole mass-selected time-of-flight measurements of positive ions from oxidized aluminum metal (and for comparison, single-crystal sapphire) during pulsed excimer laser irradiation at 193 and 248 nm. This work focuses on laser fluences well below onset of rapid etching or optical breakdown. By far the most intense emissions are due to Al{sup +}. On previously unexposed material, the ion kinetic energies are initially well above the photon energy, consistent with the ejection of Al{sup +} sorbed at surface electron traps. During prolonged irradiation, the emission intensities and kinetic energies gradually fall. Emission from patches of oxide would account for previous reports of laser-induced Al{sup +} emission from metallic aluminum surfaces cleaned by ion etching if patches of thin oxide were to survive the etching treatment.

  20. RAPD analysis of mutants obtained by ion beam irradiation to hinoki cypress shoot primordia

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    Ishii, K.; Yamada, Y.; Hase, Y.; Shikazono, N.; Tanaka, A.

    2003-05-01

    Mutants were induced by irradiation of the shoot primordia of Hinoki cypress with 50 MeV 4He 2+ heavy ion beam. Fresh shoot primordia on the CD medium in the plastic Petri dish (35 × 10 mm) were irradiated. Xanta mutants were induced from 38 to 266 Gy irradiation. Waxy mutants were induced from 76 to 266 Gy irradiation. Xanta, waxy and control type of regenerated Hinoki cypress in vitro were checked for their DNA level difference using RAPD analysis. Among 81 primers used, 23 primers produced the 68 bands. Among them stable 44 bands produced by 15 primers were compared between mutants and control plant. So far, there is no variation among the RAPD analysis band patterns of those mutants. Bigger test size may detect the gene variation specific for mutants.

  1. Effect of noble gas ion pre-irradiation on deuterium retention in tungsten

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    Cheng, L.; Zhao, Z. H.; De Temmerman, G.; Yuan, Y.; Morgan, T. W.; Guo, L. P.; Wang, B.; Zhang, Y.; Wang, B. Y.; Zhang, P.; Cao, X. Z.; Lu, G. H.

    2016-02-01

    Impurity seeding of noble gases is an effective way of decreasing the heat loads onto the divertor targets in fusion devices. To investigate the effect of noble gases on deuterium retention, tungsten targets have been implanted by different noble gas ions and subsequently exposed to deuterium plasma. Irradiation induced defects and deuterium retention in tungsten targets have been characterized by positron annihilation Doppler broadening and thermal desorption spectroscopy. Similar defect distributions are observed in tungsten irradiated by neon and argon, while it is comparatively low in the case of helium. The influence of helium pre-irradiation on deuterium trapping is found to be small based on the desorption spectrum compared with that of the pristine one. Neon and argon pre-irradiation leads to an enhancement of deuterium trapping during plasma exposure. The influence on deuterium retention is found to be argon > neon > helium when comparing at a similar crystal damage level.

  2. In situ creep measurements on micropillar samples during heavy ion irradiation

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    Özerinç, Sezer; Averback, Robert S.; King, William P.

    2014-08-01

    We report on the development of an in situ micropillar compression apparatus capable of measuring creep under heavy ion beam irradiation. The apparatus has a force resolution of 1 μN and a displacement resolution of 1 nm. The experimental setup consists of a nanopositioner, a laser displacement sensor, and a microfabricated doubly clamped silicon-beam transducer. The system was tested by measuring the creep rate of amorphous Cu56Ti38Ag6 micropillars as a function of applied stress during room temperature irradiation with 2.1 MeV Ne+. Measured values of the irradiation induced fluidity are in the range 0.5-3 dpa-1 GPa-1, and in good agreement with values obtained by stress relaxation experiments on other metallic glasses, and with predictions of molecular dynamics simulations. The in situ apparatus provides a practical approach for accelerated evaluation of irradiation induced creep in promising nuclear materials.

  3. Ion beam irradiation of embedded nanoparticles: Toward an in situ control of size and spatial distribution

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    Rizza, G.; Cheverry, H.; Gacoin, T.; Lamasson, A.; Henry, S.

    2007-01-01

    Irradiation of chemically synthesized Au nanoparticles embedded in a dielectric matrix promotes the formation of a halo of satellites around the original cluster. We show that the complete dissolution of the nanoparticles (NC) results in the formation of a narrow size distribution of small precipitates with a mean size of 2 nm and a standard deviation of 0.4 nm. By combining the chemical synthesis of the nanoparticles and the irradiation to induce their dissolution and precipitation, we give a guideline method for overcoming the difficulty of controlling the size and spatial distribution of the embedded NC associated with ion implantation technique. In particular, we showed that the irradiation can be used to tailor the size of the already formed NC. Moreover, we establish that the satellites cluster evolution under irradiation can be described by a two step process. These two steps are discussed in terms of classical and inverse Ostwald ripening mechanisms.

  4. Inactivation, DNA double strand break induction and their rejoining in bacterial cells irradiated with heavy ions

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    Schaefer, M.; Zimmermann, H.; Schmitz, C.

    1994-12-31

    Besides inactivation one of the major interests in the authors experiments is to study the primary damage in the DNA double strand breaks (DSB) after heavy ion irradiation. These damages lead not only to cell death but also under repair activities to mutations. In further experiments they have investigated the inactivation with two different strains of Deinococcus radiodurans (R1, Rec 30) and the induction of DSB as well as the rejoining of DSB in stationary cells of E. coli (strain B/r) irradiated with radiations of different quality. In the latter case irradiations were done so that the cell survival was roughly at the same level. The authors measured the DSB using the pulse field gelelectrophoresis which allows to separate between intact (circular) and damaged (linear) DNA. The irradiated cells were transferred to NB medium and incubated for different times to allow rejoining.

  5. Inactivation, DNA double strand break induction and their rejoining in bacterial cells irradiated with heavy ions

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    Schaefer, M.; Zimmermann, H.; Schmitz, C.

    1994-01-01

    Besides inactivation one of the major interests in our experiments is to study the primary damage in the DNA double strand breaks (DSB) after heavy ion irradiation. These damages lead not only to cell death but also under repair activities to mutations. In further experiments we have investigated the inactivation with two different strains of Deinococcus radiodurans (R1, Rec 30) and the induction of DSB as well as the rejoining of DSB in stationary cells of E. coli (strain B/r) irradiated with radiations of different quality. In the latter case irradiations were done so that the cell survival was roughly at the same level. We measured the DSB using the pulse field gelelectrophoresis which allows to separate between intact (circular) and damaged (linear) DNA. The irradiated cells were transferred to NB medium and incubated for different times to allow rejoining.

  6. Temporal evolution of nanoporous layer in off-normally ion irradiated GaSb

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    Datta, D. P.; Garg, S. K.; Som, T.; Kanjilal, A.; Sahoo, P. K.; Kanjilal, D.

    2014-03-28

    Room temperature irradiation of GaSb by 60 keV Ar{sup +}-ions at an oblique incidence of 60° leads to simultaneous formation of a nanoporous layer and undulations at the interface with the underlying substrate. Interestingly, with increasing ion fluence, a gradual embedding of the dense nanoporous layer takes place below ridge-like structures (up to the fluence of 1 × 10{sup 17} ions cm{sup −2}), which get extended to form a continuous layer (at fluences ≥4 × 10{sup 17} ions cm{sup −2}). Systematic compositional analyses reveal the co-existence of Ga{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Sb{sub 2}O{sub 3} in the surface layer. The results are discussed in terms of a competition between ion-induced defect accumulation and re-deposition of sputtered atoms on the surface.

  7. Thermal properties of carbon ion beam-irradiated polycarbonate/polystyrene composite films

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    Rathore, Bhupendra Singh; Gaur, M. S.; Singh, K. S.

    2013-06-01

    The polycarbonate-polystyrene (PC-PS) composite films were prepared by solvent casting method and these composite films were irradiated by 55 MeV Carbon ions beam at fluences ranging from 1×1011 to 1×1013 ions/cm2. The effect of carbon ions beam on thermal properties of PC-PS composite has been investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermally stimulated discharge current (TSDC) techniques. DSC and TSDC show that glass transition temperature decreases with increase in the ions fluences. TSDC is also show that the α and β-relaxation peaks shifted to lower temperature sides while activation energy, released charge and charge carrier mobility decrease while relaxation time and peak current increases with ion fluences.

  8. Imaging Thomson scattering measurements of radiatively heated Xe

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    Pollock, B; Meinecke, J; Kuschel, S; Ross, J S; Divol, L; Glenzer, S H; Tynan, G R

    2012-05-01

    Uniform density and temperature Xe plasmas have been produced over >4 mm scale-lengths using x-rays generated in a cylindrical Pb cavity. The cavity is 750 {micro}m in depth and diameter, and is heated by a 300 J, 2 ns square, 1054 nm laser pulse focused to a spot size of 200 {micro}m at the cavity entrance. The plasma is characterized by simultaneous imaging Thomson scattering measurements from both the electron and ion scattering features. The electron feature measurement determines the spatial electron density and temperature profile, and using these parameters as constraints in the ion feature analysis allows an accurate determination of the charge state of the Xe ions. The Thomson scattering probe beam is 40 J, 200 ps, and 527 nm, and is focused to a 100 {micro}m spot size at the entrance of the Pb cavity. Each system has a spatial resolution of 25 {micro}m, a temporal resolution of 200 ps (as determined by the probe duration), and a spectral resolution of 2 nm for the electron feature system and 0.025 nm for the ion feature system. The experiment is performed in a Xe filled target chamber at a neutral pressure of 3-10 Torr, and the x-rays produced in the Pb ionize and heat the Xe to a charge state of 20 {+-} 4 at up to 200 eV electron temperatures.

  9. Photosynthetic Effect in Selenastrum capricornutum Progeny after Carbon-Ion Irradiation

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    Wang, Jie; Li, Xin; Lu, Dong; Du, Yan; Ma, Liang; Li, Wenjian; Chen, Jihong; Li, Fuli; Fan, Yong; Hu, Guangrong; Wang, Jufang

    2016-01-01

    A large proportion of mutants with altered pigment features have been obtained via exposure to heavy-ion beams, a technique that is efficient for trait improvement in the breeding of plants and algae. However, little is known about the underlying mechanisms by which the photosynthetic pigments are altered by heavy-ion irradiation. In our study, the photosynthetic characteristics of progenies from carbon-ion irradiated Selenastrum capricornutum were investigated. Five progenies deficient in chlorophyll a were isolated after carbon-ion exposure. Photosynthetic characteristics, photoprotection capacity and gene expression of the light-harvesting complex in these progenies were further characterized by the measurement of chlorophyll fluorescence parameters (Fv/Fm, ФPSII, NPQ, ETR), the de-epoxidation state of the xanthophyll cycle, the amount of lutein and quantitative real-time PCR. High maximum quantum yield of photosystem II at day 10 and high thermal dissipation ability were observed in progenies #23 and #37 under normal culture condition. Progenies #18, #19 and #20 showed stronger resistance against high levels of light steps than the control group (612–1077 μmol photons m -2 s -1, p< 0.05). The progenies #20 and #23 exhibited strong photoprotection by thermal dissipation and quenching of 3Chl* after 24 h of high light treatment. The mRNA levels of Lhcb5, Lhcbm5 and Lhcbm1 of the light-harvesting complex revealed markedly differential expression in the five progenies irradiated by carbon-ion beams. This work indicates that photosynthetic efficiency, photoprotection ability and the expression of light-harvesting antennae in unicellular green algae can be markedly influenced by irradiation. To our knowledge, this is the first report on changes in the photosynthetic pigments of green algae after treatment with carbon-ion beams. PMID:26919351

  10. Photosynthetic Effect in Selenastrum capricornutum Progeny after Carbon-Ion Irradiation.

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    Wang, Jie; Li, Xin; Lu, Dong; Du, Yan; Ma, Liang; Li, Wenjian; Chen, Jihong; Li, Fuli; Fan, Yong; Hu, Guangrong; Wang, Jufang

    2016-01-01

    A large proportion of mutants with altered pigment features have been obtained via exposure to heavy-ion beams, a technique that is efficient for trait improvement in the breeding of plants and algae. However, little is known about the underlying mechanisms by which the photosynthetic pigments are altered by heavy-ion irradiation. In our study, the photosynthetic characteristics of progenies from carbon-ion irradiated Selenastrum capricornutum were investigated. Five progenies deficient in chlorophyll a were isolated after carbon-ion exposure. Photosynthetic characteristics, photoprotection capacity and gene expression of the light-harvesting complex in these progenies were further characterized by the measurement of chlorophyll fluorescence parameters (Fv/Fm, ФPSII, NPQ, ETR), the de-epoxidation state of the xanthophyll cycle, the amount of lutein and quantitative real-time PCR. High maximum quantum yield of photosystem II at day 10 and high thermal dissipation ability were observed in progenies #23 and #37 under normal culture condition. Progenies #18, #19 and #20 showed stronger resistance against high levels of light steps than the control group (612-1077 μmol photons m -2 s -1, p< 0.05). The progenies #20 and #23 exhibited strong photoprotection by thermal dissipation and quenching of 3Chl* after 24 h of high light treatment. The mRNA levels of Lhcb5, Lhcbm5 and Lhcbm1 of the light-harvesting complex revealed markedly differential expression in the five progenies irradiated by carbon-ion beams. This work indicates that photosynthetic efficiency, photoprotection ability and the expression of light-harvesting antennae in unicellular green algae can be markedly influenced by irradiation. To our knowledge, this is the first report on changes in the photosynthetic pigments of green algae after treatment with carbon-ion beams. PMID:26919351

  11. A reorbiter for large GEO debris objects using ion beam irradiation

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    Kitamura, Shoji; Hayakawa, Yukio; Kawamoto, Satomi

    2014-02-01

    In recent years, space debris problems have become very serious. The worst case occurs in the low Earth orbit (LEO) region, where debris-to-debris collisions generate new debris. The situation in the geostationary orbit (GEO) region is not as bad as that in the LEO. The debris problem in the GEO region, however, should not be left as it is because the GEO is unique and has few debris-cleansing modes. Thus, we proposed a concept for a reorbiter to reorbit large GEO debris objects such as satellites and rocket upper stages left in orbit after the ends of their missions. This concept is based on the idea of thrusting a debris object by irradiating it with an ion beam. The reorbiter, equipped with two ion engines, approaches a debris object, and the ion beam exhausted from one of the ion engines irradiates and thrusts it to change its orbit. The other engine on the opposite side is operated so that the reorbiter follows the debris object. Their orbits are raised in a spiral to a disposal orbit approximately 300 km higher. After that, the reorbiter returns to GEO to approach another debris object. This system can operate without catching debris objects; thus, it can be applied to a wide range of debris objects without regard to their shapes or rotations. A mission scenario was made to conduct efficient maneuvers. In the GEO region, a number of debris objects are distributed on orbit planes close to each other, and they can be reorbited one after another using a single reorbiter. For a typical model mission, the mission time and the total impulse of the ion engines were calculated. The results show that six debris objects can be reorbited in 170 days. The reorbiter has a targeted launch mass of 2500 kg and 6.9 kW of total power. The ion beam convergence, the effects of ion beam irradiation, and non-cooperative rendezvous were recognized as the critical issues of this system. A highly converged beam is required to make efficient debris irradiation. Numerical calculations and basic experiments gave a feasibility of the required irradiation efficiency of over 25%. The irradiation of debris objects may cause sputtering of their surfaces and depositions of the back-sputtered materials on the reorbiter surface. The data were obtained experimentally to evaluate the effects of the depositions, especially on solar cells. The results indicated no serious contamination problems. Preliminary studies were conducted on the approach to an uncollaborative object and the maintenance of the separation distance.

  12. Phase transformations in Ln2O3 materials irradiated with swift heavy ions

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    Tracy, Cameron L.; Lang, Maik; Zhang, Fuxiang; Trautmann, Christina; Ewing, Rodney C.

    2015-11-01

    Phase transformations induced in the cubic C-type lanthanide sesquioxides, Ln2O3 (Ln = Sm, Gd, Ho, Tm, and Lu), by dense electronic excitation are investigated. The structural modifications resulting from exposure to beams of 185 MeV Xe and 2246 MeV Au ions are characterized using synchrotron x-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. The formation of a B-type polymorph, an X-type nonequilibrium phase, and an amorphous phase are observed. The specific phase formed and the transformation rate show dependence on the material composition, as well as the ion beam mass and energy. Atomistic mechanisms for these transformations are determined, indicating that formation of the B-type phase results from the production of anti-Frenkel defects and the aggregation of anion vacancies into planar clusters, whereas formation of the X-type and amorphous phases requires extensive displacement of both anions and cations. The observed variations in phase behavior with changing lanthanide ionic radius and deposited electronic energy density are related to the energetics of these transformation mechanisms.

  13. Glass carbon surface modified by the fluorine ion irradiation

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    Teranishi, Yoshikazu; Ishizuka, Masanori; Kobayashi, Tomohiro; Nakamura, Isao; Uematu, Takahiko; Yasuda, Takeshi; Mitsuo, Atsushi; Morikawa, Kazuo

    2012-02-01

    Application of nano and micro fabrication techniques in industry requires solution to some crucial problems. One of the significant problems is the sticking interface between mold surface and imprinted polymer. In this study, we report a solution to the sticking interface problem by modification of nano imprinting mold using fluorine ion implantation. After the fluorine implantation, anti sticking layer appeared on the nano imprinting mold surface. After the implantation, a mold made from glass like carbon was patterned by focused ion beam lithography. The pattern was made up of word "TIRI". The line width was varied with 300 nm, 500 nm, and 1 μm. The line depth was about 200 ˜ 300 nm. The average depth of implanted fluorine was approximately 90 nm. After imprinting, the resin was removed from the mold by mechanical lift-off process. Transferred pattern was observed and confirmed by a scanning electron microscope (SEM) and an atomic force microscope (AFM). The pattern transferred from mold to resin was found to be successful.

  14. Hardening and microstructural evolution of A533b steels irradiated with Fe ions and electrons

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    Watanabe, H.; Arase, S.; Yamamoto, T.; Wells, P.; Onishi, T.; Odette, G. R.

    2016-04-01

    Radiation hardening and embrittlement of A533B steels is heavily dependent on the Cu content. In this study, to investigate the effect of copper on the microstructural evolution of these materials, A533B steels with different Cu levels were irradiated with 2.4 MeV Fe ions and 1.0 MeV electrons. Ion irradiation was performed from room temperature (RT) to 350 °C with doses up to 1 dpa. At RT and 290 °C, low dose (<0.1 dpa) hardening trend corresponded with ΔH ∝ (dpa)n, with n initially approximately 0.5 and consistent with a barrier hardening mechanism, but saturating at ≈0.1 dpa. At higher dose levels, the radiation-induced hardening exhibited a strong Cu content dependence at 290 °C, but not at 350 °C. Electron irradiation using high-voltage electron microscopy revealed the growth of interstitial-type dislocation loops and enrichment of Ni, Mn, and Si in the vicinities of pre-existing dislocations at doses for which the radiation-induced hardness due to ion irradiation was prominent.

  15. Magnetic modification at sub-surface of FeRh bulk by energetic ion beam irradiation

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    Koide, T.; Iwase, A.; Uno, H.; Sakane, H.; Sakamaki, M.; Amemiya, K.; Matsui, T.

    2015-05-07

    Ferromagnetic layered structure has been made at sub-surface of the antiferromagnetic FeRh bulk samples by high energy He ion beam irradiation. In accordance with the Transport of Ions in Matter simulation, such ion beam can effectively deposit the elastic collision energy in several μm regions in the depth from the surface. Measurement with a superconducting quantum interference device reveals the irradiated samples to be ferromagnetic. Assuming that only the part the energy deposited can be modified to be ferromagnetic, the corresponding irradiation induced magnetization is consistent with the data that we previously reported. On the other hand, the X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) spectra for the irradiated samples are totally unchanged as those for the unirradiated samples. Since XMCD signal in total emission yield method is considered to be surface sensitive with a typical probing depth of several nm, the surface magnetic state is maintained to be antiferromagnetic. By utilizing these phenomena, three-dimensional magnetic patterning of FeRh can be realized, which may potentially be used for future magnetic exchange device application such as nano-scale sensors and memories.

  16. Radiation damage effects in cubic-stabilized zirconia irradiated with 72 MeV I + ions

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    Sickafus, Kurt E.; Matzke, Hansjoachim; Yasuda, Kazuhiro; Chodak, Paul, III; Verrall, Richard A.; Lucuta, Petru G.; Andrews, H. Robert; Turos, Andrzej; Fromknecht, Rainer; Baker, Neil P.

    1998-05-01

    Cubic-stabilized zirconia single crystals were irradiated using 72 MeV I + ions in the TASSC accelerator facility at Chalk River Laboratory (to simulate a typical U or Pu fission fragment). Irradiations were performed over the fluence range 1 10 18-5 10 19 ions/m 2, at temperatures of 300, 770, and 1170 K. Damage accumulation was monitored using Rutherford Backscattering Spectroscopy and ion-channeling (RBS/C) techniques. At ambient temperature and at the highest I + fluence used in these experiments (5 10 19 I +/m 2), RBS/C measurements revealed a rather high degree of lattice disorder. Specifically, the dechanneling parameter ?min varied from 80% to greater than 90% over the depth probed by RBS/C (1 ?m). Nano-indentation measurements on the same sample indicated decreases in elastic modulus, E, and hardness, H (both by about 9%). These results suggest that an alteration in structure beyond simple defect accumulation occurs under these irradiation conditions. However, transmission electronmicroscopy (TEM) observations and in particular microdiffraction measurements failed to reveal any structural transformations in the irradiated material.

  17. The electrical conductivity of the surface layers of oxide polycrystalline semiconductors irradiated by accelerated ions

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    Frangulyan, T. S.; Ghyngazov, S. A.; Kaz, S. M.

    2015-04-01

    The effect of ion irradiation on the electrical conductivity of low resistance and high resistance subsurface layers of polycrystalline Li-Ti ferrites is studied. Irradiation was carried out with accelerated Ar+ ions with energy E=150 keV and the fluence F = 1016 ions/cm2. It is found that exposure of high-resistance ferrites significantly decreases the activation energy Eσ and considerably increases the electrical conductivity of the surface layers. The effect of the ion beam on the stated low-resistance characteristics of the samples is much weaker. The observed decrease in the numerical values of Eσ is due to the decrease in the values of the intergranular potential barrier caused by the exposure. The decrease in the potential barrier difference is due to the decreased degree of the grain boundary oxidation which is caused by preferential desorption of oxygen under the action of the ion beam. The thermal stability of the electrical characteristics of the investigated ferrites subjected to ion radiation-induced modification is determined.

  18. Structural Modification of Single Wall and Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes under Carbon, Nickel and Gold Ion Beam Irradiation

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    Jeet, Kiran; Jindal, V. K.; Dharamvir, Keya; Bharadwaj, L. M.

    2011-12-12

    Thin film samples of carbon nanotubes were irradiated with ion beam of carbon, nickel and gold. The irradiation results were characterized using Raman Spectroscopy. Modifications of the disorder mode (D mode) and the tangential mode (G mode) under different irradiation fluences were studied in detail. Raman results of carbon ion beam indicate the interesting phenomenon of ordering of the system under irradiation. Under the effect of nickel and gold ion irradiation, the structural evolution of CNTs occurs in three different stages. At lower fluences the process of healing occurs; at intermediate fluences damages on the surface of CNTs occurs and finally at very high fluences of the order of 1x10{sup 14} ions/cm{sup 2} the system gets amorphised.

  19. Heats of Formation of XeF₃⁺, XeF₃⁻, XeF₅⁺, XeF₇⁺, XeF₇⁻,and XeF₈ from High Level Electronic Structure Calculations

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    Grant, Daniel J.; Wang, Tsang-Hsiu; Dixon, David A.; Christe, Karl O.

    2010-01-04

    Atomization energies at 0 K and heats of formation at 0 and 298 K are predicted for XeF₃⁺, XeF₃⁻, XeF₅⁺, XeF₇⁻, and XeF₈ from coupled cluster theory (CCSD(T)) calculations with effective core potential correlation-consistent basis sets for Xe and including correlation of the nearest core electrons. Additional corrections are included to achieve near chemical accuracy of ±1 kcal/mol. Vibrational zero point energies were computed at the MP2 level of theory. Unlike the other neutral xenon fluorides, XeF₈ is predicted to be thermodynamically unstable with respect to loss of F₂ with the reaction calculated to be exothermic by 22.3 kcal/mol at 0 K. XeF₇⁺ is also predicted to be thermodynamically unstable with respect to the loss of F₂ by 24.1 kcal/mol at 0 K. For XeF₃⁺, XeF₅⁺, XeF₃⁻, XeF₅⁻ and XeF₇⁻, the reactions for loss of F₂ are endothermic by 14.8, 37.8, 38.2, 59.6, and 31.9 kcal/mol at 0 K, respectively. The F⁻ affinities of Xe, XeF₂, XeF₄, and XeF₆ are predicted to be 165.1, 155.3, 172.7, and 132.5 kcal/mol, and the corresponding F⁻ affinities are 6.3, 19.9, 59.1, and 75.0 kcal/mol at 0 K, respectively.

  20. Mechanical response of UO2 single crystals submitted to low-energy ion irradiation

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    Nguyen, Tien-Hien; Debelle, Aurélien; Boulle, Alexandre; Garrido, Frédérico; Thomé, Lionel; Demange, Valérie

    2015-12-01

    {111}- and {100}-oriented UO2 single crystals were irradiated with 500-keV Ce3+ ions in the 1014-9 × 1014 cm-2 fluence range. The irradiation-induced strain was monitored using high-resolution X-ray diffraction. A mechanical modelling dedicated to thin irradiated layers was applied to account for the reaction of the unirradiated part of the crystals. The elastic strain, which is confined along the surface normal of the samples, increases with ion fluence until it is dramatically relieved. This behaviour is observed for both orientations. While the measured elastic strain depends on the crystallographic direction, the strain due to irradiation defects only is found to be equal for both directions, with a maximum value of ˜0.5%. Strain relaxation takes place at the damage peak, but the in-plane lattice parameter of the irradiated layer remains unchanged and equal to that of the pristine material. Meanwhile, the strain at the damaged/pristine interface continues to increase.