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Competition of terrace and step-edge sputtering under oblique-incidence ion impact on a stepped Pt(111) surface
Rosandi, Yudi [> >]
Redinger, Alex mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication (FSTC) > Physics and Materials Science Research Unit]
Michely, Thomas [> >]
M., Urbassek Herbert [> >]
Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research. Section B, Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
[en] Using molecular-dynamics simulation, we study the sputtering of a Pt(111) surface under oblique and glancing incidence 5 keV Ar ions. For incidence angles larger than a critical angle theta(c), the projectile is reflected off the surface and the sputter yield is zero. We discuss the azimuth dependence of the critical angle theta(c) with the help of the surface corrugation felt by the impinging ion. If a step exists on the surface, sputtering occurs also for glancing incidence theta > theta(c). We demonstrate that for realistic step densities, the total sputtering of a stepped surface may be sizable even at glancing incidence. (C) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
23rd International Conference on Atomic Collisions in Solids Phalaborwa, SOUTH AFRICA, AUG 17-22, 2008

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