Dr. Stefan Facsko
Head Ion Induced Nanostructures
Phone: +49 351 260 - 2987
Fax: 12987, 2879

Highly Charged Ions Facilities

Two-source facility


Highly charged ions

Highly charged ions (HCI) carry besides their kinetic energy a large amount of potential energy, which is defined as the sum of the binding energies of all missing electrons. For slow HCI the potential energy may exceed the kinetic energy by far. Upon impact of a HCI on a solid surface the ion attracts electrons from the surface, which leads to its neutralization and the deposition of the potential energy in the surface (Fig. 1). 

During this short period of time (typically a few femtoseconds (10-15s)) and the small impact area of a few nm2 power densities of up to 1014W/cm2 are reached. The formation of a large variety of surface nano-structures is expected due to these high power densities. In comparison to conventional types of ions, i.e. single charge ions or swift heavy ions (SHI) highly charged ions deposit their potential energy only in a shallow surface layer (Fig. 2).

Our research focuses on


COB Modell Energiedichte durch Ionenbeschuss

Fig. 1: Schematic view of the interaction of a highly charged ion with a surface: "Classical Over the Barrier Model" (from HP. Winter, F. Aumayr and J. Burgdörfer).

Fig. 2: The energy deposition of HCI is confined to a shallow surface region, in contrast to other types of ions.

Recent publications:

  • R.A. Wilhelm, A.S. El-Said, F. Krok, R. Heller, E. Gruber, F. Aumayr, and S. Facsko,

     Highly charged ion induced nanostructures at surfaces by strong electronic excitations 

     Prog. Surf. Sci. 90, 377 (2015) [doi:10.1016/j.progsurf.2015.06.001]

  • R.A. Wilhelm, E. Gruber, R. Ritter, R. Heller, A. Beyer, A. Turchanin, N. Klingner, R. Hübner, M. Stöger-Pollach, H. Vieker, G. Hlawacek, A. Gölzhäuser, S. Facsko, and F. Aumayr 

     Threshold and efficiency for perforation of 1 nm thick carbon nanomembranes with slow highly charged ions 

     2D Mater. 2, 1 (2015) [doi:10.1088/2053-1583/2/3/035009].

  • R.A. Wilhelm, E. Gruber, R. Ritter, R. Heller, S. Facsko, and F. Aumayr 

     Charge Exchange and Energy Loss of Slow Highly Charged Ions in 1 nm Thick Carbon Nanomembranes 

     Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 153201 (2014) [doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.112.153201].

  • A.S. El-Said, R. Heller, R.A. Wilhelm, S. Facsko, and F. Aumayr 

      Surface modifications of BaF2 and CaF2 single crystals by slow highly charged ions 

      Appl. Surf. Sci. 310, 169 (2014) [doi:10.1016/j.apsusc.2014.03.083].

  • Ritter, R., Wilhelm, R.A., Stöger-Pollach, M., Heller, R., Mücklich, A., Werner, U., Vieker, H., Beyer, A., Facsko, S., Gölzhäuser, A., Aumayr, F.

      Fabrication of nanopores in 1nm thick carbon nanomembranes with slow highly charged ions

      Applied Physics Letters102, 063112, 2013 [doi:10.1063/1.4792511]