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The sputtering of hydrogenated or deuterated amorphous carbon layers (a-C:H) by argon ions (500-1700 eV) was investigated by means of laser induced fluorescence, which was used to detect atomic carbon, hydrogen and deuterium in front of the target. In order to keep the total amount of sputtered particles low, the ion source was pulsed with a 30-100 microsec duration and a 4 Hz repetition rate. A comparison between a-C:H layers and graphite showed that the sputtering yield and the velocity distribution of the C-atoms are equal within the experimental errors (+/-15%). During the bombardment of an a-C:H layer, atomic hydrogen was also detected. A Thompson distribution with a surface energy of about 1 eV could be fitted to the velocity profiles of both atomic hydrogen and deuterium. For the D-atoms, a strong transient effect of the sputtering yield was observed. For H-atoms, this effect was reduced, probably by absorption of residual water vapour.

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Authors: PASCH E, Universität Gesamthochschule Essen, Institut für Laser- und Plasmaphysik, Essen (DE);BOGEN P, Institut für Plasmaphysik, Kernforschungsanlage Jülich GmbH, Jülich (DE);MERTENS P, Institut für Plasmaphysik, Kernforschungsanlage Jülich GmbH, Jülich (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Journal of Nuclear Materials, Vol. 176 & 177 (1990) pp. 455-460
Record Number: 199110877 / Last updated on: 1994-12-02
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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