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Animation of sputtering

Molecular-dynamics simulations for 1 keV Ar+ → Cu(111) by Gerhard Betz; Animation by Michael Schmid. The simulation shows one arbitrary event with three ejected Cu atoms (one single atom, one dimer). Other Ar+ impact events can result in ejection of zero to many more Cu atoms, with an average (sputter yield) around 2–3.

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