Modeling of high-fluence irradiation of amorphous Si and crystalline Al by linearly focused Ar ions

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review


Long time ion irradiation of surfaces under tilted incidence causes formation of regular nanostructures known as surface ripples. The nature of mechanisms leading to ripples is still not clear, this is why computational methods can shed the light on such a complex phenomenon and help to understand which surface processes are mainly responsible for it. In this work, we analyse the surface response of two materials, a semiconductor (silicon) and a metal (aluminium) under irradiation with the 250 eV and 1000 eV Ar ions focused at 70° from the normal to the surface. We simulate consecutive ion impacts by the means of molecular dynamics to investigate the effect on ripple formation. We find that the redistribution mechanism seems to be the main creator of ripples in amorphous materials, while the erosion mechanism is the leading origin for the pattern formation in crystalline metals.
Original languageEnglish
Article number075302
JournalJournal of Physics. Condensed Matter
Issue number7
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 20 Feb 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • nanostructuring
  • redistribution
  • erosion
  • surface
  • ripple formation
  • 114 Physical sciences

Cite this