physica status solidi (a)

Cover image for Vol. 214 Issue 1

Editor: Stefan Hildebrandt (Editor-in-Chief), Sabine Bahrs (Deputy Editor)

Online ISSN: 1862-6319

Associated Title(s): physica status solidi (b), physica status solidi (c), physica status solidi (RRL) - Rapid Research Letters

206_06/2009Cover Picture: Phys. Status Solidi A 206/6

The structural damage induced by ion irradiation on dielectric materials and associated device degradation has been, so far, explained on the basis of collisional processes mostly ignoring the electronic excitation. However, recent works, mainly focused on lithium niobate and reviewed in the Feature Article spotlighted on the front cover (Antonio Rivera et al., pp. 1109–1116), offer conclusive evidence that at high ion energy and moderate mass (A > 15) electronic excitation may induce a giant enhancement over the damage rate due to nuclear collisions. These results are expected to have a deep impact on many technologies including storage of radioactive waste, radiation-resistant materials for fusion reactors, lifetime of components and devices in space missions, nano-patterning in electronics and photonics, and possibly heavy-ion therapy in medicine (© 2009 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

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