Atomic scale calculations of tungsten surface binding energy and beryllium-induced tungsten sputtering

X Yang and A Hassanein, APPLIED SURFACE SCIENCE, 293, 187-190 (2014).

DOI: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2013.12.129

Tungsten surface binding energy is calculated using classical molecular dynamic simulations with three many-body potentials. We present the consistency in tungsten sputtering yield by beryllium bombardment between molecular dynamic LAMMPS code and binary collision approximation ITMC code using the new surface binding energy (11.75 eV). The commonly used heat of sublimation value (8.68 eV) could lead to overestimated sputtering yield results. The analysis of the sputtered tungsten angular distributions show that molecular dynamic accurately reproduced the 1 1 1 most prominent preferential ejection directions in bcc tungsten, while the distinct shapes by typical MC codes such as ITMC code is caused by the treatment of amorphous target. The ITMC calculated emitted tungsten energy profile matches the Thompson energy spectrum, while the molecular dynamic results generally follow the Falcone energy spectrum. Published by Elsevier B.V.

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