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Signals of strong electronic correlation in ion scattering processes
F. BONETTO; E. C. GOLDBERG
Taller; ? VIII Taller de Colisiones Inelásticas en la Materia; 2016
Signals of strong electronic correlation in ion scattering processes.F. Bonetto1,2 and E. C. Goldberg1,21Instituto de Física del Litoral (CONICET-UNL), Güemes 3450, S3000GLN Santa Fe, Argentina.2Departamento Ing. Materiales, Facultad de Ing. Química, Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Santiago del Estero 2829, S3000AOM Santa Fe, Argentina.AbstractPrevious measurements of neutral atom fractions for Sr+ scattered by goldpolycrystalline surfaces show a singular dependence with the targettemperature. There is still no a theoretical model that can properly describe the magnitude and the temperature dependence of the neutralization probabilities found.Here we applied a first-principles quantum mechanical theoretical formalism to describe the time dependent scattering process. Three different electronic correlation approaches consistent with the system analyzed are used: i- Spinless approach, where two charge channels are considered (Sr0 and Sr+) and the spin degeneration is neglected, ii- infinite-U approach, with the same charge channels (Sr0 and Sr+) but considering the spin degeneration, and iii- finite-U approach, where the first ionization and second ionization energy levels are considered very but finitely separated. Neutral fractions magnitudes andtemperature dependence are better described by the finite-Uapproach indicating that e-correlation plays a significant role on charge transfer processes. However, none of them are able to explain the non-monotonous temperature dependence experimentally obtained. Here, we suggest that small changes in the surface work function introduced by thetarget heating, and possibly not detected by experimental standard methods, could be responsible of that singular behavior. Additionally, we apply the same theoretical model using the infinite-U approximation to the Mg-Au system, obtaining an excellent description of the experimental neutral fractions measured.