Ion beam modification of the structure and properties of hexagonal boron nitride: An infrared and X-ray diffraction study

E. Aradi, S. R. Naidoo, D. G. Billing, D. Wamwangi, I. Motochi, T. E. Derry

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The vibrational mode for the cubic symmetry of boron nitride (BN) has been produced by boron ion implantation of hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN). The optimum fluence at 150 keV was found to be 5 × 1014 ions/cm2. The presence of the c-BN phase was inferred using glancing incidence XRD (GIXRD) and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR). After implantation, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy indicated a peak at 1092 cm-1 which corresponds to the vibrational mode for nanocrystalline BN (nc-BN). The glancing angle XRD pattern after implantation exhibited c-BN diffraction peaks relative to the implantation depth of 0.4 μm.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)140-143
Number of pages4
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
Early online date11 Mar 2014
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2014
Externally publishedYes


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