Analysis of the evolution of latent tracks in polyvinylidene fluoride

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Latent tracks induced by swift heavy ions in polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) are analyzed using the experimental results from publications on small angle X-ray scattering, X-ray diffraction and piezoelectricity. The thermal spike model provides a correct analytical description of the track evolution above a threshold electronic stopping power Set and Set = 3.75 keV/nm is deduced from the fits. Estimates are made for Set and for the rate of track evolution versus Se using the density, specific heat and melting point of PVDF and good agreement with the experiments is obtained. Strong temperature dependence of track evolution is predicted for Se > 3.75 keV/nm.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-307
Number of pages7
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - aug. 1 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation

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