Relation between plasmons and the valence-band density of states in polymethylmethacrylate: Influence of ion irradiation on damage selectivity

J. P. Moliton, C. Jussiaux, T. Trigaud, R. Lazzaroni, O. Lhost, Jean-Luc Bredas, Y. Kihn, J. Sevely

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Abstract

A physical model is presented that aims at rationalizing the selectivity of bond breakage observed when polymethylmethacrylate is irradiated by ions in the 10–500 Kev energy range. This model, previously proposed by Brandt and Ritchie, is based on electronic collective effects. The coupling between the pure plasma oscillation at ωp and the oscillation of free electrons at (ω2k0)½ makes the whole electronic population resonant at the frequency ωrp = (ω2p+ (ω2k0))½. By computing the valence-band density of states, we are able to calculate (ω2k0) and then to deduce the theoretical value of ωrp. On the other hand, we provide an experimental measurement of ωrp and study its dependence on ion fluence by electron-energy-loss spectroscopy. The validity of the model of Brandt and Ritchie is then discussed in the light of both theoretical and experimental data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)763-778
Number of pages16
JournalPhilosophical Magazine B: Physics of Condensed Matter; Statistical Mechanics, Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Properties
Volume73
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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