Erosion of nanostructured tungsten by laser ablation, sputtering and arcing

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Mass loss of nanostructured tungsten, which was formed by helium plasma irradiation, due to laser ablation, sputtering, and arcing was investigated. Below the helium sputtering energy threshold (<117 eV), sputtering by impurity gases such as nitrogen and oxygen was dominant. Sputtering yield became closer to theoretical value with increasing the incident ion energy, and sputtering by helium ions became the major contribution when the energy was >200 eV. Reduction in sputtering on nanostructured surface was observed. Arcing was initiated using laser pulses, and the erosion rate by arcing was measured. The erosion rate increased with arc current, while the erosion per Coulomb was not affected by arc current.

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Hwangbo, D., Kawaguchi, S., Kajita, S., & Ohno, N. (2017). Erosion of nanostructured tungsten by laser ablation, sputtering and arcing. Nuclear Materials and Energy, 12, 386–391. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nme.2017.03.004

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