Nuclear instruments and methods in physics research section B : beam interactions with materials and atoms

Wang, Y.X., Pan, Z.Y., Ho, Y.K., Xu, Y., & Du, A.J. (2001) Nuclear instruments and methods in physics research section B : beam interactions with materials and atoms. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B, 180(1-4), pp. 251-256.

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Abstract

The impact-induced deposition of Al13 clusters with icosahedral structure on Ni(0 0 1) surface was studied by molecular dynamics (MD) simulation using Finnis–Sinclair potentials. The incident kinetic energy (Ein) ranged from 0.01 to 30 eV per atom. The structural and dynamical properties of Al clusters on Ni surfaces were found to be strongly dependent on the impact energy. At much lower energy, the Al cluster deposited on the surface as a bulk molecule. However, the original icosahedral structure was transformed to the fcc-like one due to the interaction and the structure mismatch between the Al cluster and Ni surface. With increasing the impinging energy, the cluster was deformed severely when it contacted the substrate, and then broken up due to dense collision cascade. The cluster atoms spread on the surface at last. When the impact energy was higher than 11 eV, the defects, such as Al substitutions and Ni ejections, were observed. The simulation indicated that there exists an optimum energy range, which is suitable for Al epitaxial growth in layer by layer. In addition, at higher impinging energy, the atomic exchange between Al and Ni atoms will be favourable to surface alloying.

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ID Code: 61177
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1016/S0168-583X(01)00425-6
ISSN: 0168-583X
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 08 Jul 2013 01:40
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2013 01:40

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