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Title: Changes in metal nanoparticle shape and size induced by swift heavy-ion irradiation.
Authors: Ridgway, MC
Kluth, P
Giulian, R
Sprouster, DJ
Araujo, LL
Schnohr, CS
Llewellyn, DJ
Byrne, AP
Foran, GJ
Cookson, DJ
Keywords: Synchrotron Radiation
Irradiation
Heavy Ions
Transmission Electron Microscopy
Small Angle Scattering
Annealing
Issue Date: Mar-2009
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Ridgway, M. C., Kluth, P., Giulian, R., Sprouster, D. J., Araujo, L. L., Schnohr, C. S., et al. (2009). Changes in metal nanoparticle shape and size induced by swift heavy-ion irradiation. Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research Section b-Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms, 267(6), 931-935.
Abstract: Changes in the shape and size of Co, Pt and An nanoparticles induced by swift heavy-ion irradiation (SHII) have been characterized using a combination of transmission electron microscopy, small-angle X-ray scattering and X-ray absorption near-edge Structure. Elemental nanoparticles of diameters 2-15 nm were first formed in amorphous SiO2 by ion implantation and thermal annealing and then irradiated at room temperature with 27-185 MeV Au ions as a function of fluence. Spherical nanoparticles below a minimum diameter (4-7 nm) remained spherical under SHII but progressively decreased in size as a result of dissolution into the SiO2 matrix. Spherical nanoparticles above the minimum diameter threshold were transformed to elongated rods aligned with the ion beamdirection. The nanorod width saturated at an electronic energy deposition dependent value, progressively increasing from 4-6 to 7-10nm (at 518 keV/nm, respectively) while the nanorod length exhibited a broad distribution consistent with that of the unirradiated spherical nanoparticles. The threshold diameter for spherical nanoparticle elongation was comparable to the saturation value of nanorod width. We correlate this saturation value with the diameter of the molten track induced in amorphous SiO2 by SHII. In summary, changes in nanoparticle shape and size are governed to a large extent by the ion irradiation parameters. © 2009, Elsevier Ltd.
URI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nimb.2009.02.025
http://apo.ansto.gov.au/dspace/handle/10238/1442
ISSN: 0168-583X
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