The VI-th International Conference on Ion Implantation and other Applications of Ions and Electrons – ION 2006 will be held in Kazimierz Dolny, Poland, between 26-th and 29-th June 2006.

Kazimierz Dolny is a historic Renaissance town founded in the XV-th century by the Polish king, Kazimierz the Great. It is located on the hills with a magnificient view of the Vistula River.

The conference is organized on the biennial basis by the Institute of Physics, Maria Curie–Skłodowska University, Lublin in cooperation with the Wrocław University of Technology and Technical University of Lublin. The place of the conference i.e. "Dom Dziennikarza" hotel is ideally located within easy walking distance from the centre of Kazimierz Dolny.

As with previous conferences, ION 2006 will be focused mainly on ion implantation, a powerful tool for the modification of the subsurface layers of solid materials. Although the technique has been in use in the electronic industry for a few decades, there still remain many phenomena involved in the implantation process that are not well understood and are of considerable interest, for both fundamental science and also for new developments in applied materials science. One can highlight, in particular, mechanisms of ion energy loss in the bombarded material, creation of radiation defects, the formation of latent tracks, and many other phenomena that researchers are now intensively investigating. An improved understanding of such processes is essential for the effective application of analytical techniques like RBS, ERD, SIMS, PIPE and others.

The following topics will be of particular interest in the ION 2006 Conference:

  • ion implantation and sputtering,
  • fundamentals of ion and electron beam interactions with solids,
  • plasma processing of materials,
  • mass spectrometry and its applications
  • ion beam analysis,
  • unconventional applications of ion and electron beams,
  • new developments in ion beam equipment.

The last meeting in a series, the ION 2006 Symposium has attracted over 160 participants from 33 countries and consisted of 14 invited talks and 50 oral contributions, reviewing most of the actual topics. 150 contributions were presented as posters during two parallel sessions. The proceedings of the Symposium were published as a separate volume of Vacuum journal (see ION 2004 Vaccum Special Edition Vol. 78, Issues 2-4, Pages 113-697 (30 May 2005)).

The ION 2006 Conference will continue to present state-of-the-art ion and electron beam science and technology and its application in materials engineering. It has to be noted particularly that this now well-established series of biennial ION conferences has created a unique opportunity for scientists from Eastern and Western Europe together with their Polish colleagues, to discuss in a most agreeable environment, some of the fundamental questions in their field and develop new perspectives through the mutual exchange of ideas. We plan to publish in the Vacuum journal all the refereed and accepted contributions presented at the ION 2006 Symposium.

On behalf of the Scientific and Organising Committees of the ION 2006 Conference we cordially invite you to participate in this event.