Amorphous track formation is analyzed in SiO2 α-quartz according to a thermal spike model. As predicted by the model, for tracks with Re > 4.5 nm R2e ∼ Se (Re - the effective track radius, Se - the electronic stopping power) fulfils for α-SiO2. The efficiency of energy deposition is g = 0.36 for low velocity ion bombardment in excellent agreement with that in yttrium iron garnet and lithium niobate. The high efficiency is the consequence of the effect of the ion velocity on the damage cross section. Tracks with Re < 4.5 nm exhibit an ambiguity that can be resolved only by new experiments. The consequences of the variation of the spatial width of the electron energy distribution with the ion velocity are discussed.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 1997|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics