The surprising fact that even very complex molecules can be ejected intact into the vapor phase when a material is electronically excited by incident particles provides a new probe of the behavior of condensed matter at high excitation densities. The physics of the conversion of the electronic excitation energy into mechanical and chemical energy links atomic physics in a solid at low excitation densities to nanometer‐scale continuum mechanics at high excitation densities
Electronic Sputtering: From Atomic Physics to Continuum Mechanics
Robert E. Johnson, Bo U. R. Sundqvist; Electronic Sputtering: From Atomic Physics to Continuum Mechanics. Physics Today 1 March 1992; 45 (3): 28–36. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.881332
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