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Title: Two-stage synergy of electronic energy loss with defects in LiTaO 3 under ion irradiation

Understanding energy dissipation in electronic and atomic subsystems and subsequent defect evolution is a scientific challenge. Separate and combined effects of electronic and nuclear energy deposition in z-cut LiTaO 3 have been investigated. Irradiation of pristine LiTaO 3 samples with 2 MeV Ta ions leads to amorphization due to atomic displacement damage, described by a disorder accumulation model. Here, while 21 MeV Si ions do not produce significant damage in pristine LiTaO 3, introduction of pre-existing defects sensitizes LiTaO 3 to the formation of ion tracks from the electronic energy loss by 21 MeV Si ions that induce a synergistic two-stage phase transition process.
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  1. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Materials Science & Technology Division
  2. Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering
  3. (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Materials Research Letters
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 6; Journal Issue: 6; Journal ID: ISSN 2166-3831
Taylor and Francis
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; LiTaO3; synergy; electronic energy loss; amorphization; ion tracks
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