Deuterium-induced chemical erosion of carbon-metal layers

M. Balden, E. De Juan Pardo, I. Quintana, B. Cieciwa, J. Roth

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Magnetron-sputtered layers consisting of carbon and metal (W, Ti, V) were produced with 0-20 at.% metal concentration. The mixed layers were characterised by RBS, SEM, XRD and XPS, and exposed to D3+ ions of 30 eV/D at temperatures between 77 and 1100 K. The chemical erosion yield was investigated by mass spectrometry and RBS. Above RT (∼300 K), the CD4 production yield for pure C layers exhibits a maximum around 750 K, which decreases with increasing metal concentration. For more than ∼3 at.% W, ∼6 at.% V and ∼7 at.% Ti, the maximum vanishes and the CD4 yield continuously diminishes with temperature. A decrease of the activation energy for ion-induced hydrogen release by adding dopants is responsible for the decrease. The CD 4 yield at RT increases depending on metal and concentration, because the distribution of the erosion products is changed. Enrichment of metal on the surface with ion fluence is observed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)980-984
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Nuclear Materials
Issue number1-3 SPEC. ISS.
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2005
Externally publishedYes


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