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Materials Science with Ion Beams

  • Harry Bernas


  • Deals with materials modifications by ion irradiation

  • Covers a wide range of applications: ion-beam modifications of semiconductors (the main application field), ion-induced amorphization, surface patterning and roughening, nanocluster formation, implementation into magnetic geological and biological materials, and nanocluster formation

  • Both a reference work for researchers and a study text for graduate students


Part of the Topics in Applied Physics book series (TAP, volume 116)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. R. S. Averback, P. Bellon
    Pages 1-28
  3. Eric Chason, Wai Lun Chan
    Pages 53-71
  4. J. S. Williams, G. de M. Azevedo, H. Bernas, F. Fortuna
    Pages 73-111
  5. J. S. Williams, J. Wong-Leung
    Pages 113-146
  6. Sebania Libertino, Antonino La Magna
    Pages 147-212
  7. T. Devolder, H. Bernas
    Pages 227-254
  8. A. Meldrum, R. Lopez, R. H. Magruder, L. A. Boatner, C. W. White
    Pages 255-285
  9. Giovanni Mattei, Paolo Mazzoldi, Harry Bernas
    Pages 287-316
  10. A. Meldrum, D. J. Cherniak
    Pages 317-343
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 371-376

About this book


This book introduces materials scientists and designers, physicists and chemists to the properties of materials that can be modified by ion irradiation or implantation. These techniques can help design new materials or to test modified properties; novel applications already show that ion-beam techniques are complementary to others, yielding previously unattainable properties. Also, ion-beam interactions modify materials at the nanoscale, avoiding the often detrimental results of lithographic or chemical techniques. Here, the effects are related to better-known quasi-equilibrium thermodynamics, and the consequences to materials are discussed with concepts that are familiar to materials science. Examples addressed concern semiconductor physics, crystal and nanocluster growth, optics, magnetism, and applications to geology and biology.


Semiconductor alloy crystal nanoparticle optics polymer thermodynamics

Editors and affiliations

  • Harry Bernas
    • 1
  1. 1.CSNSM-CNRSUniversité Paris-Sud 11OrsayFrance

About the editors

Harry Bernas is Research Director at the French National Research Center (CNRS). He has held various positions related to interdisciplinary research in CNRS, and was founding coordinator of the European COST program on Plasma- and Ion- Surface Engineering. He has authored over 200 papers in international journals and holds several patents. His main research interests are the study and control of materials nonequilibrium properties in metallic and oxide glasses, metal hydrides, semiconductors and metals under irradiation. In recent years, he has concentrated on the control via ion irradiation of magnetic properties in metallic nanostructures, and on the beam-controlled synthesis and optical properties of semiconductor and metal nanoclusters in glasses. He can be reached at

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