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Ion beam modification of dielectric materials in the electronic excitation regime: Cumulative and exciton models

AuthorsAgulló-López, F.; Climent-Font, A.; Muñoz-Martín, Á.; Olivares Villegas, José ; Zucchiatti, A.
KeywordsElectronic excitation processes
Excitonic models
Ion tracks
Irradiation damage
Materials modification
Ion beams
Issue Date8-Sep-2015
PublisherPergamon Press
CitationProgress in Materials Science 76: 1-58 (2016)
Abstract© 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Main experimental evidences and theoretical models, currently used to describe the modification of dielectric materials by swift-heavy ion (SHI) beams, operating in the electronic stopping regime, are reviewed. The emphasis is on the interplay and synergy between point defects and amorphous tracks. This implies a change of focus from purely thermal approaches to those based on the generation and accumulation of irradiation-induced defects followed by some type of lattice collapse and structural change. To that end special attention has been paid to experiments performed at electronic stopping powers around the threshold value for track formation. In particular, approaches based on the non-radiative decay of self-trapped excitons (STEs) have been more extensively discussed. The discussion is illustrated by dealing in some detail a few specific materials such as alkali halides (NaCl), SiO<inf>2</inf> and LiNbO<inf>3</inf> where STEs are, or very likely, ascertained. The review stresses the connection between the SHI-induced effects and those caused by femtosecond laser pulse irradiations. Moreover, electronic effects on SiO<inf>2</inf> materials are discussed due to their technological relevance and because they offer an example of the interplay between thermal and excitonic effects. Finally, the potential of SHI irradiation for various technologies, with particular emphasis on photonics, is discussed.
Description58 págs.; 34 figs.
Publisher version (URL)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmatsci.2015.06.002
Identifiersdoi: 10.1016/j.pmatsci.2015.06.002
issn: 0079-6425
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