Kinetic and potential sputtering of an anorthite-like glassy thin film

1H. Hijazi,1M. E. Bannister,2H. M. Meyer III,3C. M. Rouleau,1F. W. Meyer
Journal of Geophysical Research Planets (in Press) Link to Article [DOI: 10.1002/2017JE005300]
1Physics Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, USA
2Materials Science and Technology Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, USA
3Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, USA
Published by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons

In this paper, we present measurements of He+ and He+2 ion-induced sputtering of an anorthite-like thin film at a fixed solar-wind-relevant impact energy of ~0.5 keV/amu using a quartz crystal microbalance approach (QCM) for determination of total absolute sputtering yields. He+2 ions are the most abundant multicharged ions in the solar wind and increased sputtering by these ions in comparison to equi-velocity He+ ions is expected to have the biggest effect on the overall sputtering efficiency of solar wind impact on the moon. Our measurements indicate an almost doubling of the sputtering yield for doubly charged incident He ions compared to same velocity He+ impact. Using a selective sputtering model, the new QCM results presented here, together with previously published results for Ar+q ions and SRIM results for the relevant kinetic sputtering yields, the effect due to multicharged solar-wind ion impact on local near-surface modification of lunar anorthite-like soil is explored. It is shown that the multicharged solar wind component leads to a more pronounced and significant differentiation of depleted and enriched surface elements as well as a shortening of the timescale over which such surface compositional modifications might occur in astrophysical settings. In addition, to validate previous and future determinations of multicharged-ion-induced sputtering enhancement for those cases where the QCM approach can’t be used, relative quadrupole-mass-spectrometry (QMS) based measurements are presented for the same anorthite-like thin film as were investigated by QCM, and their suitability and limitations for charge-state-enhanced yield measurements are discussed.

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