Threshold Displacement Energies And Primary Radiation Damage In AlN From Molecular Dynamics Simulations
Aluminum nitride (AlN) is an attractive material for sensing application in radiation environments owing to its radiation resistance, optical wide-bandgap, and piezoelectric properties. Yet, the variations of its physical properties under exposure to energetic particle needs to be better understood. Here, we report the results of the molecular dynamics simulations of the structural changes in AlN under irradiation via the knock-on atom technique. By creating and evolving irradiation cascades due to energetic particle interactions with the atoms of the crystalline lattice, we determine the rate of defect production as a function of the deposited energy. Further, we determine the threshold displacement energy, a key characteristic that describes how efficient the defect production in the given material is. We find that displacement threshold is slightly greater than isostructural gallium nitride and is lower than metal oxides used in radiation environments.
S. Anderson et al., "Threshold Displacement Energies And Primary Radiation Damage In AlN From Molecular Dynamics Simulations," Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms, vol. 547, article no. 165228, Elsevier, Feb 2024.
The definitive version is available at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nimb.2023.165228
Keywords and Phrases
Aluminum nitride; Molecular dynamics; Radiation damage; Threshold displacement energy
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01 Feb 2024