Ion and Plasma Surface Interactions Group
The aim of the Group is to provide a forum where research workers concerned with the interaction of energetic particles with solids can discuss new investigations, ideas, concepts, data and applications in this field of physical study and technological development.
The Group has interests in all topics relating to the interaction of a charged or neutral particle with a solid. This includes the fabrication of materials and devices by plasma, ion and atom beam methods, the equipment for producing these species, and the diagnostics for controlling the processes. Other topics include energy-loss process and ranges, radiation damage, sputtering, ion-induced electron emission, ion channelling, investigation of solids and surface probing by use of ion beams including, for example, atom location, the principles and use of ion implantation for doping of solids.
One-day meetings organized by the Group are held several times each year, and usually each meeting is devoted to one specific aspect the Group's interests. If possible the meeting venue is a centre where relevant research is being carried out, so that part of the day may be occupied in touring laboratories. The Group also contributes to the Institute Annual Congress and has been the organizing body for the 'Low Energy Ion Beams' conference series, which latterly became known as "Techniques and Applications of Ion Beams".
The Group has strong continuing links with industrial and academic laboratories, with the Institute's Surface Science and Technology, and Condensed Matter and Materials Physics Divisions and also with the International Atomic Collisions in Solids Conferences. The Group also works closely with other Institute Groups, notably the Plasma Physics, Thin Films and Surfaces, and Vacuum Groups. It is the Group's practice for its committee always to comprise personnel from both industrial and academic organizations.