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Analysis of the plasma generated in a laser ion source
Author(s): Vincenzo Nassisi; A. Pedone; D. Doria; A. Rainò
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We present the experimental results concerning the study and the development of a Laser Ion Source (LIS). By means of an excimer laser we irradiated a metal target at high power density, realizing an efficient source of multiple charged ions. The analysis of the generated plasma plume was performed for three different laser spot sizes determining the threshold conditions of the ablation process. A diagnostic system with a Faraday cup was developed in order to detect the ion current along the propagation tube. Time-of-flight measurements were performed, also inserting in front of the cup an adjustable voltage electrostatic barrier in order to get quantitative information about the ion flux and the kinetic energy of the produced ions. To study the plasma characteristics we evaluated the total etched material per pulse, 0.25 μg, and the fractional ionization, 12%. A modified Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution was applied to provide a consistent description of the velocity distributions in the plume. The ablated material was spatially monitored by optical transmission analysis of a deposited film. Applying the high voltage to the LIS extraction gap, an ion beam containing Cu+1 (0.44mA), Cu+2 (0.34mA), Cu+3(0.99mA), and Cu+4(0.01mA) ions was obtained.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 November 2003
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 5147, ALT'02 International Conference on Advanced Laser Technologies, (14 November 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.537501
Show Author Affiliations
Vincenzo Nassisi, Univ. degli Studi di Lecce (Italy)
A. Pedone, Univ. degli Studi di Lecce (Italy)
D. Doria, Univ. degli Studi di Lecce (Italy)
A. Rainò, Univ. degli Studi di Lecce (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5147:
ALT'02 International Conference on Advanced Laser Technologies
Heinz P. Weber; Vitali I. Konov; Thomas Graf, Editor(s)

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