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Chin. Phys. B, 2022, Vol. 31(8): 086102    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/ac5c34

Radiation effects of electrons on multilayer FePS3 studied with laser plasma accelerator

Meng Peng(彭猛)1, Jun-Bo Yang(杨俊波)1,†, Hao Chen(陈浩)2, Bo-Yuan Li(李博源)3, Xu-Lei Ge(葛绪雷)3, Xiao-Hu Yang(杨晓虎)1, Guo-Bo Zhang(张国博)1, and Yan-Yun Ma(马燕云)4,‡
1 Department of Physics, National University of Defense Technology, Changsha 410072, China;
2 College of Physics and Optoelectronic Engineering, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518000, China;
3 Key Laboratory for Laser Plasmas(MoE), School of Physics and Astronomy, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240, China;
4 College of Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies, National University of Defense Technology, Changsha 410073, China
Abstract  Space radiation with inherently broadband spectral flux poses a huge danger to astronauts and electronics on aircraft, but it is hard to simulate such feature with conventional radiation sources. Using a tabletop laser-plasma accelerator, we can reproduce exponential energy particle beams as similar as possible to these in space radiation. We used such an electron beam to study the electron radiation effects on the surface structure and performance of two-dimensional material (FePS3). Energetic electron beam led to bulk sample cleavage and damage between areas of uneven thickness. For the FePS3 sheet sample, electron radiation transformed it from crystalline state to amorphous state, causing the sample surface to rough. The full widths at the half maximum of characteristic Raman peaks became larger, and the intensities of characteristic Raman peaks became weak or even disappeared dramatically under electron radiation. This trend became more obvious for thinner samples, and this phenomenon was attributed to the cleavage of P-P and P-S bonds, destabilizing the bipyramid structure of [P2S6]4- unit. The results are of great significance for testing the maximum allowable radiation dose for the two-dimensional material, implying that FePS3 cannot withstand such energetic electron radiation without an essential shield.
Keywords:  space radiation      laser-plasma interaction      two-dimensional material      Raman spectroscopy  
Received:  04 November 2021      Revised:  12 February 2022      Accepted manuscript online:  10 March 2022
PACS:  61.48.De (Structure of carbon nanotubes, boron nanotubes, and other related systems)  
  68.65.-k (Low-dimensional, mesoscopic, nanoscale and other related systems: structure and nonelectronic properties)  
  72.90.+y (Other topics in electronic transport in condensed matter)  
Fund: Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11975308), the Strategic Priority Research Program of Chinese Academy of Sciences (Grant No. XDA25050200), and Science Challenge Project (Grant No. TZ2018001).
Corresponding Authors:  Jun-Bo Yang, Yan-Yun Ma     E-mail:;

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Meng Peng(彭猛), Jun-Bo Yang(杨俊波), Hao Chen(陈浩), Bo-Yuan Li(李博源), Xu-Lei Ge(葛绪雷), Xiao-Hu Yang(杨晓虎), Guo-Bo Zhang(张国博), and Yan-Yun Ma(马燕云) Radiation effects of electrons on multilayer FePS3 studied with laser plasma accelerator 2022 Chin. Phys. B 31 086102

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