Reduction of light elements loss in polymer foils during MeV-proton irradiation by application of an aluminum coating

M. Saito, F. Nishiyama, K. Kobayashi, Shinji Nagata, K. Takahiro

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Abstract

Backscattering and forward-scattering spectrometry with 2.2 MeV-protons have been applied to detect light elements including H, C, N and O in polymer foils of aromatic polyimide (PI), polyethylene telephthalate (PET) and polyethylene naphthalate (PEN). In the case of PI, no significant loss of H, C, N and O was observed during proton irradiation. In the case of PET and PEN, on the other hand, all the light elements gradually decreased as irradiation fluence increased and the contents of 15%-H, 14%-C, 47%-O in PET and 7%-H, 5%-C 31%-O in PEN were eventually released up to a fluence of 2.1 × 10 16 protons/cm2. An aluminum thin film (thickness ∼0.1 μm) was sputter-deposited on the upper surface of 4 μm thick PET and PEN foils to prevent the release of light elements. In Al coated PEN foil, for example, the losses of H, C and O were 2%, 0.5% and 22% of the starting contents, respectively, considerably smaller than those found for uncoated PEN. Thus the Al coating was found to be an effective method to suppress the loss of constituent elements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2918-2922
Number of pages5
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
Volume268
Issue number19
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Oct 1

Keywords

  • Aluminum coating
  • Ion beam analysis
  • Irradiation
  • Polyethylene naphthalate
  • Polyethylene telephthalate
  • Polyimide
  • Proton

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation

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