Electronic stopping cross sections for protons in Al2O3: an experimental and theoretical study

  • M. Behar
  • R.C. Fadanelli
  • L.C.C.M. Nagamine
  • E.D. Cantero
  • G.H. Lantschner
  • J.C. Eckardt
  • N.R. Arista
  • R. Garcia-Molina
  • I. Abril
Regular Article


The electronic stopping cross section (SCS) of Al2O3 for proton beams is studied both experimentally and theoretically. The measurements are made for proton energies from 40 keV up to 1 MeV, which cover the maximum stopping region, using two experimental methods, the transmission technique at low energies (~40–175 keV) and the Rutherford backscattering at high energies (≈190–1000 keV). These new data reveal an increment of 16% in the SCS around the maximum stopping with respect to older measurements. The theoretical study includes electronic stopping power calculations based on the dielectric formalism and on the transport cross section (TCS) model to describe the electron excitations of Al2O3. The non-linear TCS calculations of the SCS for valence electrons together with the generalized oscillator strengths (GOS) model for the core electrons compare well with the experimental data in the whole range of energies considered.


Atomic and Molecular Collisions 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Behar
    • 1
  • R.C. Fadanelli
    • 1
  • L.C.C.M. Nagamine
    • 2
  • E.D. Cantero
    • 3
  • G.H. Lantschner
    • 3
  • J.C. Eckardt
    • 3
  • N.R. Arista
    • 3
  • R. Garcia-Molina
    • 4
  • I. Abril
    • 5
  1. 1.Instituto de Fisica, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do SulPorto AlegreBrazil
  2. 2.Instituto de Fisica, Universidade de São PauloSão PauloBrazil
  3. 3.Centro Atómico Bariloche and Instituto Balseiro, Comisión Nacional de Energía AtómicaSan Carlos de BarilocheArgentina
  4. 4.Departamento de Física – Centro de Investigación en Óptica y NanofísicaUniversidad de MurciaMurciaSpain
  5. 5.Departament de Física AplicadaUniversitat d’AlacantAlacantSpain

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