Vizualization by near-field microscopy of the impacts of swift heavy ions in amorphous metallic alloys

A. Audouard, R. Mamy, M. Toulemonde, G. Szenes, L. Thomé

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Abstract

The surface of amorphous metallic ribbons (Fe81B13.5Si3.5C2) irradiated with swift heavy ions is studied by atomic force microscopy (AFM). Ion impacts are materialized by the formation of hillocks for irradiations at 300 K with a high (dE/dx)e (above ∼55 keV nm-1). The height of the hillocks strongly decreases when the samples are aged during 1 year at room temperature. Conversely, irradiation at 80 K does not induce noticeable modifications of the surface of the ribbons. The results indicate that the formation of the hillocks, which are flattened by the sample growth, is essentially due to the damage created by electronic excitation in individual ion tracks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-221
Number of pages5
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
Volume146
Issue number1-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation

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