Molecular dynamics simulation of fullerene cluster ion impact

Takaaki Aoki, Toshio Seki, Masahiro Tanomura, Jiro Matsuo, Zinetulla Insepov, Isao Yamada

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In order to interpret the projection range and to reveal the mechanism of damage formation by cluster ion impact, molecular dynamics simulations of a fullerene carbon cluster (C60) impacting on diamond (001) surfaces were performed. When the kinetic energy of C60 is as low as 200 eV/atom, C60 implants into the substrate deeper than a monomer ion with the same energy per atom because of the clearing-way effect. The kinetic energy of the cluster disperses isotropically because of the multiple-collision effect, and then a large hemispherical damage region is formed. When the energy of the cluster is as high as 2 keV/atom, the cluster dissociates in the substrate, and then cascade damage is formed like in a case of a monomer ion impact. The projection range of incident atoms becomes similar to that of the monomer with the same energy per atom. However, the number of displacements of C60 is larger than the summation of 60 monomer carbons. The displacement yield of fullerene is 4 to 7 times higher than that of monomer carbon. This result agrees with the measurement of the displacements made on sapphire substrates with C60 and C2 irradiation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-86
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1999
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1997 MRS Fall Symposium - Boston, MA, USA
Duration: Dec 1 1997Dec 2 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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