Journal of Applied Physics
85901 (10 pg.)
Aluminum multicharged ion generation from femtosecond laser ablation is studied. A Ti:sapphire laser (wavelength 800 nm, pulse width ∼100 fs, and maximum laser fluence of 7.6 J/cm2) is used. Ion yield and energy distribution of each charge state are measured. A linear relationship between the ion charge state and the equivalent acceleration energy of the individual ion species is observed and is attributed to the presence of an electric field within the plasma-vacuum boundary that accelerates the ions. The ion energy distribution follows a shifted Coulomb-Boltzmann distribution. For Al1+ and Al2+, the ion energy distributions have two components; the faster one can be attributed to multiphoton laser ionization, while the slower one is possibly due to collisional processes. Ion extraction from the plasma is increased with an applied external electric field, which is interpreted to be due to the retrograde motion of the plasma edge as a result of the external electric field. Multicharged ion generation by femtosecond laser ablation is compared to previously reported ion generation with nanosecond laser ablation and is shown to require significantly lower laser fluence and generates higher charge states and more energetic ions. © 2017 Author(s).
Original Publication Citation
Shaim, M. H. A., Wilson, F. G., & Elsayed-Ali, H. E. (2017). Aluminum multicharged ion generation from femtosecond laser plasma. Journal of Applied Physics, 121(18), 85901. doi:10.1063/1.4983008
Shaim, Md. Haider A.; Wilson, Frederick Guy; and Elsayed-Ali, Hani E., "Aluminum Multicharged Ion Generation from Femtosecond Laser Plasma" (2017). Electrical & Computer Engineering Faculty Publications. 135.