Inelastic energy loss of medium energy H and He ions in Au and Pt: Deviations from velocity proportionality
2012 (English)In: Physical Review B. Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, ISSN 1098-0121, E-ISSN 1550-235X, Vol. 86, no 9, 094102- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Electronic energy loss of light ions in nm films of Au and Pt has been studied at keV ion energies. For H the electronic stopping power S is found to exhibit the expected velocity proportionality at low ion velocities, which confirms the anticipated excitation mechanisms responsible for the energy transfer between ions and the electrons in the solid. In contrast, for He, S shows a clear deviation from velocity proportionality for both materials at ion velocities below 0.8 atomic units, i.e., 64 keV. This result indicates a change in the interaction mechanisms active at the investigated ion velocities, which cannot exclusively be interpreted from the density of states of the target. Instead, the more complex electronic structure of the He ion enables an additional energy loss channel due to charge exchange by atomic level promotion. Associated energy losses together with a changed equilibrium charge state permit an explanation of the observed phenomenon.
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2012. Vol. 86, no 9, 094102- p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-183220DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.86.094102ISI: 000308287300002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-183220DiVA: diva2:562706