Velocity distributions of molecules ejected in laser ablation

Leonid V. Zhigilei, Barbara J. Garrison

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Based on the results of molecular dynamics simulations, we propose an analytical expression for the velocity distributions of molecules ejected in laser ablation. The Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution on a stream velocity, commonly used to describe the measured velocity distributions, is modified to account for a range of stream velocities in the ejected plume. The proposed distribution function provides a consistent description of the axial and radial velocity distributions. The function has two parameters that are independent of the desorption angle and have clear physical meaning, namely, the temperature of the plume and the maximum stream velocity or velocity of the plume propagation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)551-553
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 28 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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