On the validity of a thermal spike mixing model for low-Z metals

P. Børgesen, D. A. Lilienfeld, H. H. Johnson, Terry Alford, R. E. Wistrom

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Low temperature ion beam mixing rates for Cu-Ti, Ni-Ti, and Fe-Ti layers have been found to be significantly lower than predicted by a popular semi-empirical thermal spike model. It has been proposed that the unavoidable hydrogen contamination of the as-deposited Ti films may have reduced the mixing rates, but the measurement of even lower mixing rates for Fe-V and Fe-Co bilayers shows the discrepancy to be more fundamental. Still, a systematic dependence on heat of mixing suggests that some sort of diffusional (thermal spike?) mechanism is involved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1364-1366
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes


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Børgesen, P., Lilienfeld, D. A., Johnson, H. H., Alford, T., & Wistrom, R. E. (1990). On the validity of a thermal spike mixing model for low-Z metals. Journal of Applied Physics, 68(3), 1364-1366. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.346685