Twin peak distribution of electron emission profile and impact ionization of ambient molecules during laser ablation of silver target

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Twin peak distribution of electron emission profile and impact ionization of ambient molecules during laser ablation of silver target

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Title: Twin peak distribution of electron emission profile and impact ionization of ambient molecules during laser ablation of silver target
Author: Riju C, Issac; Pramod, Gopinath; Geetha K, Varier; Nampoori, V P N; Vallabhan, C P G
Abstract: Laser-induced plasma generated from a silver target under partial vacuum conditions using the fundamental output of nanosecond duration from a pulsed Nd:yttrium aluminum garnet laser is studied using a Langmuir probe. The time of flight measurements show a clear twin peak distribution in the temporal profile of electron emission. The first peak has almost the same duration as the laser pulse while the second lasts for several microseconds. The prompt electrons are energetic enough ('60 eV) to ionize the ambient gas molecules or atoms. The use of prompt electron pulses as sources for electron impact excitation is demonstrated by taking nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and argon as ambient gases.
URI: http://dyuthi.cusat.ac.in/purl/2393
Date: 1998-07-13


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