Gas bubble and blister nucleation in metals following low-energy ion irradiation
thesisposted on 26.10.2017 by R.J.K. Nicholson
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Plasma surface interactions play an important role in the operation of a fusion reactor. One phenomenon is that of radiation blistering, where gas-filled blisters are formed on the surface region of the irradiated solids. The mechanisms for bubble-formation have been extensively studied at higher energies (>10keV), although comparatively little work has been done on the effects of low-energy (5keV) ion irradiation. [Continues.]
Science Research Council and United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (joint studentship).