Energy deposition control during cluster bombardment: A molecular dynamics view

Kathleen E. Ryan, Barbara J. Garrison

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Molecular dynamics simulations are performed to model C60 and Au3 bombardment of a molecular solid, benzene, in order to understand the energy deposition placement as a function of incident kinetic energy and incident angle. Full simulations are performed for 5 keV projectiles, and the yields are calculated. For higher energies, 20 and 40 keV, the mesoscale energy deposition footprint model is employed to predict trends in yield. The damage accumulation is discussed in relationship to the region where energy is deposited to the sample. The simulations show that the most favorable conditions for increasing the ejection yield and decreasing the damage accumulation are when most of the projectile energy is deposited in the near-surface region. For molecular organic solids, grazing angles are the best choice for achieving these conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5302-5306
Number of pages5
JournalAnalytical chemistry
Issue number14
StatePublished - Jul 15 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analytical Chemistry


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