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The sputtering source

Alkali atoms in a very wide velocity range are produced by a sputtering source. The sputtering is produced by bombardment of an alkali target (2) with an Ar+ beam from a unoplasmatron (1) ion source [This was first described shown in an earlier article]. Under working conditions a current of 1.5mA at 13keV is focussed in a rectangle of 1 x 10mm2. The spot is out of the centre of the target which is rotated to get uniform sputtering. The energy of the atoms obtained in this way ranges from thermal up to several tens of eV.

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Restrictions

We probably have observed collisional ionization between these dimers and the target molecules as was shown by [This was first shown in an earlier article].

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