Ionization Tracks

  • R. E. Johnson
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 306)


‘Tracks’ produced in response to the ionization energy deposited by energetic particles penetrating matter have a long history in physics. Initially identified in bubble chambers and as etchable tracks in dielectrics, 1 altered regions called ‘tracks’ have more recently been seen in semiconductors and metals when very fast heavy ions are incident.2,3 In addition to using etchable tracks to identify ions or to determine an ion’s energy, tracks seen in materials collected from space have proven useful, for instance, for identifying their solar flare exposure ages.4


Excitation Density Ionization Track Track Formation Etchable Track Unit Path Length 
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  1. 1.Engineering PhysicsMaterials Science and Engineering University of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA

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