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Mechanism for the Amorphisation of Diamond

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The breakdown of the diamond lattice is explored by ion implantation and molecular dynamics simulations. We show that lattice breakdown is strain-driven, rather than damage-driven, and that the lattice persists until 16% of the atoms have been removed from their lattice sites. The figure shows the transition between amorphous carbon and diamond, with the interfaces highlighted with dashed lines.

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