Plasmas induced by UV laser ablation have been studied and analysed using time-of-flight measurements. A KrF laser beam of 23 ns FWHM time duration was focused into Si and Nb targets with a moderate laser fluence of 2 J/cm 2. A suitable theoretical expressions were derived for fitting the recorded ion current under the assumption of a" shifted" Maxwell-Boltzmann velocity distribution. The deconvolution of time resolved ion current signals, taking into account a multi-mode velocity distribution has revealed that the contribution of the different charge states of ions in the plasma induces electric field which accelerate the expanding plasma along the target normal.
1 May 2010
Volume: 227 Issue: 1
Journal of Physics: Conference Series