On the origin of negative target currents during laser ablation of polyethylene
Dipartimento di Matematica e Fisica “E. De Giorgi”, Universitá del Salento - Lecce, Italy
2 Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Lecce - Lecce, Italy
3 Institute of Physics, ASCR - Praha 8, Czech Republic
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Published online: 9 January 2018
The exposure of a target to a focused laser beam results in the occurrence of a time-varying current between the target itself and the grounded vacuum chamber. This current is composed by three distinct phases, namely the ignition phase, in which the laser pulse drives the electron emission, while electrons coming from the ground through the target holder balance the positive charge generated on the target. The active phase appears at post-pulse times and it is characterized by the presence of peaked structures in the time-resolved current, representing characteristics of the target composition. Lastly, the afterglow phase is determined by a current of electrons flowing from the target to the ground. During the active phase of the target current resulting from polymers ablation with an UV KrF laser, negative target current peaks are observed, whose origin is still unknown. We investigate the dependence of these current structures on the dimensions of the target, using ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene disks of different thickness.
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