Dielectric description of wakes and stopping powers in solids

Isabel Abril, Rafael Garcia-Molina, Cristian D. Denton, F. Javier Pérez-Pérez, Néstor R. Arista
1998 Physical Review A. Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics  
The dielectric description of the dynamical potential induced by swift protons in solids and the related stopping power is analyzed, using a combination of Mermin-type dielectric functions, which are fitted to available experimental data, to describe the optical properties of various materials. We apply this method to represent the energy loss functions of aluminum, silicon, amorphous carbon, and copper on a wide range of energy and momentum transfers. Using these functions we calculate the
more » ... e calculate the shape of the wake potential induced by swift protons; significant differences are obtained in the cases of carbon and copper, with respect to the results derived from simplified dielectric models. The energy loss functions are also applied to calculate the proton stopping power of each element, which are compared with experimental values.
doi:10.1103/physreva.58.357 fatcat:ng222o344jb5nlfwght5a4drge