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.]
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy at Loughborough University.
Science Research Council and
United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (joint studentship).