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  • Holmstrom, E.; Kotakoski, J.; Lechner, L.; Kaiser, U.; Nordlund, K. (2012)
  • Granberg, F.; Litnovsky, A.; Nordlund, K. (2020)
    Surfaces of materials subject to irradiation will be affected by sputtering, which can be a beneficial effect, like in the coating industry where a material is sputtered and redeposited on to another material to coat it. However, in most cases sputtering is an unwanted side-effect, for instance in nuclear fusion reactors, where the wall material will be degraded. This effect needs to be understood in order to be able to predict its consequences. To understand the sputtering, on an atomistic level, we have thoroughly investigated molybdenum surface sputtering by computational means. Molybdenum was chosen as detailed experimental studies have been carried out on it and it is one candidate material for the diagnostic mirrors in ITER, facing the plasma. In this study, we thoroughly investigate the molybdenum samples of different surface orientations, and their response to low energy argon plasma irradiation, by molecular dynamics simulations. We find both a surface orientation and ion energy specific sputtering yield of the samples, and a very good agreement with the experiments available in the literature. A few different setups were investigated to observe differences as well as to understand the key features affecting the sputtering events. The different simulation setups revealed the optimal one to represent the experimental conditions as well as the mechanisms behind the observed discrepancies between different modelling setups. (C) 2020 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (
  • Liu, Jian; Muinos, Henrique Vazquez; Nordlund, Kai; Djurabekova, Flyura (2020)
    As a promising material used in accelerators and in space in the future, it is important to study the property and structural changes of graphene and diamond-like carbon on the surface as a protective layer before and after swift heavy ion irradiation, although this layer could have a loose structure due to the intrinsic sp(2) surrounding environment of graphene during its deposition period. In this study, by utilizing inelastic thermal spike model and molecular dynamics, we simulated swift heavy ion irradiation and examined the track radius in the vertical direction, as well as temperature, density, and sp(3) fraction distribution along the radius from the irradiation center at different time after irradiation. The temperature in the irradiation center can reach over 11000 K at the beginning of irradiation while there would be a low density and sp(3) fraction area left in the central region after 100 ps. Ring analysis also demonstrated a more chaotic cylindrical region in the center after irradiation. After comprehensive consideration, diamond-like carbon deposited by 70 eV carbon bombardment provided the best protection.
  • Erb, Denise; de Schultz, Ricardo; Ilinov, Andrey; Nordlund, Kai; Bradley, R. Mark; Facsko, Stefan (2020)
    Intricate topographical patterns can form on the surface of crystalline Ge(001) subject to low-energy ion irradiation in the reverse epitaxy regime, i.e., at elevated temperatures which enable dynamic recrystallization. We compare such nanoscale patterns produced by irradiation from varied polar and azimuthal ion incidence angles with corresponding calculated surface topographies. To this end, we propose a continuum equation including both anisotropic erosive and anisotropic diffusive effects. Molecular dynamics simulations provide the coefficients of angle-dependent sputter erosion for the calculations. By merely changing these coefficients accordingly, the experimentally observed surface morphologies can be reproduced, except for extreme ion incidence angles. Angle-dependent sputter erosion is thereby identified as a dominant mechanism in ion-induced pattern formation on crystalline surfaces under irradiation from off-normal incidence angles.
  • Mota-Santiago, P.; Vazquez, H.; Bierschenk, T.; Kremer, F.; Nadzri, A.; Schauries, D.; Djurabekova, F.; Nordlund, K.; Trautmann, C.; Mudie, S.; Ridgway, M. C.; Kluth, P. (2018)
    The cylindrical nanoscale density variations resulting from the interaction of 185 MeV and 2.2 GeV Au ions with 1.0 mu m thick amorphous SiNx:H and SiOx:H layers are determined using small angle x-ray scattering measurements. The resulting density profiles resembles an under-dense core surrounded by an over-dense shell with a smooth transition between the two regions, consistent with molecular-dynamics simulations. For amorphous SiNx:H, the density variations show a radius of 4.2 nm with a relative density change three times larger than the value determined for amorphous SiOx:H, with a radius of 5.5 nm. Complementary infrared spectroscopy measurements exhibit a damage cross-section comparable to the core dimensions. The morphology of the density variations results from freezing in the local viscous flow arising from the non-uniform temperature profile in the radial direction of the ion path. The concomitant drop in viscosity mediated by the thermal conductivity appears to be the main driving force rather than the presence of a density anomaly.
  • Litnovsky, A.; Peng, J.; Kreter, A.; Krasikov, Yu; Rasinski, M.; Nordlund, K.; Granberg, F.; Jussila, J.; Breuer, U.; Linsmeier, Ch (2019)
    Diagnostic mirrors are planned to be used in all optical diagnostics in ITER. Degradation of mirrors due to e.g. deposition of plasma impurities will hamper the entire performance of affected diagnostics. in situ mirror cleaning by plasma sputtering is presently envisaged for the recovery of contaminated mirrors. There are observations showing a signature of sputtering dependence on crystal orientation. Should such a dependence exist, the sputtering of single crystal mirrors could be minimized, thus prolonging a mirror lifetime. Four single crystal molybdenum mirrors with different orientations were produced to study the effect of crystal orientation on sputtering. Mirrors were exposed to argon plasma under identical plasma conditions relevant to those expected in the mirror cleaning systems of ITER. The energy of impinging ions was about 60 eV. The amount of sputtered material corresponded to about a hundred mirror cleaning cycles in argon. Plasma exposures did not affect the mirror reflectivity. The maximum decrease of specular reflectivity did not exceed 5% at 250 nm. The mirrors with orientations [110]/[101] demonstrated up to 42% less sputtering than the mirrors with other crystal orientations. These findings outline the advantage of a favorable crystal orientation for a cleaning of heavy contaminants from ITER mirrors.
  • Lopez-Cazalilla, A.; Chowdhury, D.; Ilinov, A.; Mondal, S.; Barman, P.; Bhattacharyya, S. R.; Ghose, D.; Djurabekova, F.; Nordlund, K.; Norris, S. (2018)
    The effect of low energy irradiation, where the sputtering is imperceptible, has not been deeply studied in the pattern formation. In this work, we want to address this question by analyzing the nanoscale topography formation on a Si surface, which is irradiated at room temperature by Arthorn ions near the displacement threshold energy, for incidence angles ranging from 0 degrees to 85 degrees. The transition from the smooth to ripple patterned surface, i.e., the stability/instability bifurcation angle is observed at 55 degrees, whereas the ripples with their wave-vector is parallel to the ion beam projection in the angular window of 60 degrees-70 degrees, and with 90 degrees rotation with respect to the ion beam projection at the grazing angles of incidence. A similar irradiation setup has been simulated by means of molecular dynamics, which made it possible, first, to quantify the effect of the irradiation in terms of erosion and redistribution using sequential irradiation and, second, to evaluate the ripple wavelength using the crater function formalism. The ripple formation results can be solely attributed to the mass redistribution based mechanism, as erosion due to ion sputtering near or above the threshold energy is practically negligible. Published by AIP Publishing.
  • Karaseov, P. A.; Karabeshkin, K. V.; Titov, A. I.; Ullah, Mohammad W.; Kuronen, A.; Djurabekova, F.; Nordlund, K.; Ermolaeva, G. M.; Shilov, V. B. (2017)
    An investigation of mechanisms of enhancement of irradiation-induced damage formation in GaN under molecular in comparison to monatomic ion bombardment is presented. Ion-implantation-induced effects in wurtzite GaN bombarded with 0.6 keV amu(-1) F, P, PF2, PF4, and Ag ions at room temperature are studied experimentally and by cumulative MD simulation in the correct irradiation conditions. In the low dose regime, damage formation is correlated with a reduction in photoluminescence decay time, whereas in the high dose regime, it is associated with the thickness of the amorphous/disordered layer formed at the sample surface. In all the cases studied, a shift to molecular ion irradiation from bombardment by its monatomic constituents enhances the damage accumulation rate. Implantation of a heavy Ag ion, having approximately the same mass as the PF4 molecule, is less effective in surface damage formation, but leads to noticeably higher damage accumulation in the bulk. The cumulative MD simulations do not reveal any significant difference in the total amount of both point defects and small defect clusters produced by light monatomic and molecular ions. On the other hand, increased production of large defect clusters by molecular PF4 ions is clearly seen in the vicinity of the surface. Ag ions produce almost the same number of small, but more large defect clusters compared to the others. These findings show that the higher probability of formation of large defect clusters is important mechanism of the enhancement of stable damage formation in GaN under molecular, as well as under heavy monatomic ion irradiation.
  • Nazarov, Anton V.; Chernysh, Vladimir S.; Zavilgelsky, Andrey D.; Shemukhin, Andrey A.; Lopez-Cazalilla, Alvaro; Djurabekova, Flyura; Nordlund, Kai (2021)
    The effect of noble gas cluster species on the cluster interaction with solid surfaces was investigated. Processes of Ar, Kr and Xe clusters interaction with Cu and Mo surfaces were studied using molecular dynamics simulations. It is shown that lighter cluster front atoms undergo more backscattering from surface atoms, causing more intense multiple collisions between cluster atoms. This affects cluster penetration, energy exchange between the cluster and surface atoms, and cluster thermalization. The influence of energy per cluster atom on these effects is discussed.