Montana State University

Ion Beams Group












Physics Dept



Montana State University


Department of Physics
104 EPS Building
Montana State University,
Bozeman, MT 59717


  Email to Dick Smith



What is the Ion Beams Group?


    The Ion Beams group at Montana State University is comprised of motivated individuals who are doing research in the field of Condensed Matter Physics.  The group routinely uses electron and ion beams to study the composition and structure of solid surfaces and solid/solid interfaces in advanced materials.  Using energetic beams of ions from a Van De Graaff accelerator , combined with surface sensitive analytical techniques, gives us a unique combination of probes to characterize simultaneously the surface and bulk properties of solids.

         Problems of current interest include controlling the structure of thin metal films during growth, and developing advanced materials for solid oxide fuel cells.  Techniques unique to the Van De Graaf accelerator include the use of nuclear reactions and Rutherford backscattering for quantitative analysis of film film thickness and composition.


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