Molecular dynamics study of structural damage in amorphous silica induced by swift heavy-ion radiation

JS Zhen and Q Yang and YH Yan and XW Jiang and SA Yan and W Chen and XQ Guo, RADIATION EFFECTS AND DEFECTS IN SOLIDS, 171, 340-349 (2016).

DOI: 10.1080/10420150.2016.1194413

In this paper, the radiation defects induced by the swift heavy ions and the recoil atoms in amorphous SiO2 were studied. The energy of recoil atoms induced by the incident Au ions in SiO2 was calculated by using Monte Carlo method. Results show that the average energies of recoils reach the maximum (200 eV for Si and 130 eV for O, respectively) when the incident energy of Au ion is 100 MeV. Using Tersoff/zbl potential with the newly built parameters, the defects formation processes in SiO2 induced by the recoils were studied by using molecular dynamics method. The displacement threshold energies (E-d) for Si and O atoms are found to be 33.5 and 16.3 eV, respectively. Several types of under-and over- coordinated Si and O defects were analyzed. The results demonstrate that Si-3, Si-5, and O-1 are the mainly defects in SiO2 after radiation. Besides, the size of cylindrical damage region produced by a single recoil atom was calculated. The calculation shows that the depth and the radius are up to 2.0 and 1.4 nm when the energy of recoils is 200 eV. Finally, it is estimated that the Au ion would induce a defected track with a diameter of 4 nm in SiO2.

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