Ion Track Technology

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Reimar Spohr

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Etching of nanopores in polycarbonate irradiated with swift heavy ions at 15K. Apel, P.Yu.; Akimenko, A.P.; Blonskaya, I.V.; Cornelius, T.; Neumann, R.; Schwartz, K.; Spohr, R.; Trautmann, C. . Nuclear Inst. and Methods in Physics Research, B 245, n 1, April 2006, p 284-7.

Temperature effects on the formation of ion tracks in polycarbonate at different energy losses have been investigated. Samples of polycarbonate foils Makrofol were irradiated at 298K and 15K with Ni and U ions of initial energy 11.1MeV/u. The conductometric method was applied to monitor the etching process. The etching curves clearly reveal different zones of damage around the ion path. Both the diameters of the track core and the halo increased with increasing energy loss dE/dx. The size of the track core was independent of temperature, whereas the diameter of the track halo was considerably smaller for samples irradiated at 15K. This observation gives evidence that heat-activated secondary processes play a significant role during the formation of the track halo. Irradiation at low temperatures confines the radiation damage within a smaller volume which is of interest for nanotechnological applications because it may help to reduce the minimum size of etched pores.