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3 May 2013 Mechanisms of structural changes induced by electronic excitations in solids
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An overview is presented on various structural changes in non-metallic materials induced by electronic excitations from the viewpoints of energy transfer, relaxation, and symmetry breaking. Photonic irradiation to solids excites valence and/or core electrons, which creates imbalance in atomic forces. The key mechanism of extrinsic self-trapping is introduced to understand strong carrier localization and symmetry-breaking structural instability in connection with the Jahn-Teller effect. Structural changes induced by intense photonic irradiation are discussed including desorption, phase transition, laser annealing, and nonthermal melting.
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Yuzo Shinozuka "Mechanisms of structural changes induced by electronic excitations in solids", Proc. SPIE 8777, Damage to VUV, EUV, and X-ray Optics IV; and EUV and X-ray Optics: Synergy between Laboratory and Space III, 87770D (3 May 2013);

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