A comparison between laser ablation of nickel in vacuum by using 532-and 1064-nm Nd:YAG (Yttrium Aluminium Garnet) laser wavelengths, with an intensity of 5 × 109 W/cm2, is reported. Nanosecond pulsed ablation produces high nonisotropic emission of neutrals and ionic species. For 532-nm laser irradiation, mass quadrupole spectrometry, coupled to electrostatic ion deflection and time-of-flight measurements, allows estimation of the energy distributions of the emitted species from plasma. For 1064-nm laser ablation, a cylindrical electrostatic ion analyzer permits one to measure the yield and the charge state of the emitted ions and reconstruct the ion energy and charge state distributions. Neutrals show typical Boltzmann-like distributions, while ions show Coulomb-Boltzmann-shifted distributions depending on their charge state. Surface profiles of the ablated craters permitted study of the ablation threshold and yields of nickel in vacuum versus the laser fluence. The plasma temperature was evaluated using experimental data. Special regard is given to the ion acceleration process occurring inside the plasma due to the high electrical field generated at nonequilibrium plasma conditions and the angular distribution of the emitted species.
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ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)