Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Broad, intense, quiescent beam of singly charged metal ions obtained by extraction from self-sputtering plasma far above the runaway threshold
- Author(s): Anders, Andre
- et al.
Dense metal plasmas obtained by self-sputtering far above the runway threshold are well suited to generate intense quiescent ion beams. The dilemma of high current density and charge state purity can be solved when using target materials of low surface binding energy by utilizing non-resonant exchange reactions before ion extraction. Space-charge-limited quiescent beams of Cu+, Zn+, and Bi+ with ~;;10 mA/cm2 have been obtained through multi-aperture gridded ion extraction up to 45 kV from self-sputtering plasmas.