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Sputtering of lithium and lithium compound films under deuterium and helium ion bombardment

Author(s): Buzi, L; Nelson, AO; Yang, Y; Kaita, Robert; Krstić, PS; et al

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Abstract: Conditioning of plasma facing components (PFCs) using lithium (Li) evaporation has shown to improve plasma performance in fusion devices by imposing low recycling boundary conditions. It is important to understand the retention and sputtering dynamics of deuterium (D) in Li and Li compound (Li[sbnd]O and Li[sbnd]C[sbnd]O) films to most efficiently make predictions on plasma performance. Energetic D 2 + incident on thin Li films is shown to readily form LiD leading to a lower Li sputtering yield than the sputtering yield of pure Li. Measured sputtering yields for thin LiD films agree with previous simulations and bulk erosion measurements. The He + sputtering yield of pure Li was 2–3 times higher than the sputtering yield of D 2 + on LiD. Incident 1000–1200 eV/D 2 + sputtered Li[sbnd]O films at a slower rate than D 2 + on LiD and Li[sbnd]C[sbnd]O films.
Publication Date: 2019
Electronic Publication Date: 2019
Citation: Buzi, L, Nelson, AO, Yang, Y, Kaita, R, Krstić, PS, Koel, BE. (2019). Sputtering of lithium and lithium compound films under deuterium and helium ion bombardment. Nuclear Materials and Energy, 19 (411 - 415). doi:10.1016/j.nme.2019.02.037
DOI: doi:10.1016/j.nme.2019.02.037
Pages: 411 - 415
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Nuclear Materials and Energy
Version: Final published version. This is an open access article.

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