Eur. Phys. J. Appl. Phys.
Volume 64, Number 1, October 2013
|Number of page(s)||7|
|Section||Nanomaterials and Nanotechnologies|
|Published online||03 October 2013|
Collision dynamics of energetic carbon ions impinging on single-walled carbon nanotubes
The Key Laboratory of Beam Technology and Material Modification of Ministry of Education, College of Nuclear Science and Technology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, P.R. China
2 Beijing Radiation Center, Beijing 100875, P.R. China
3 Center of Theoretical Nuclear Physics, National Laboratory of Heavy Ion Accelerator of Lanzhou, Lanzhou 730000, P.R. China
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Revised: 20 May 2013
Accepted: 2 September 2013
Published online: 3 October 2013
By employing atomistic simulations based on an empirical potential, we study the collision dynamics of low-energy carbon ions impinging on single-walled carbon nanotubes. We investigate the energy transferred from the incident carbon ions to the target atoms in the nanotubes. We find that the lowest incident energy needed for the primary knock-on atom to be permanently displaced from its original location is 18 eV, and for the secondary knock-on atom to escape out of the nanotube is estimated to be 28 eV. Moreover, we find that the incident threshold energy strongly depends on the diameter of the nanotube and its chirality, and saturates towards the corresponding value in graphene as the tube diameter increases. Furthermore, a single vacancy and an adatom defects are obtained after optimization using the ab-initio calculations.
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