Nanoparticle formation by the debris produced by femtosecond laser ablation of silicon in ambient air

N. G. Semaltianos, W. Perrie, V. Vishnyakov, R. Murray, C. J. Williams, S. P. Edwardson, G. Dearden, P. French, M. Sharp, S. Logothetidis, K. G. Watkins

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Abstract

The debris produced by femtosecond laser ablation (180 fs, 775 nm, 1 kHz) of Si in ambient air is deposited around the ablated craters in a circular zone with diameters between ~ 40 and 300 μm for laser fluences (F) in the region F = 0.2-8 J/cm2. The debris consists of nanoparticles. The mean height of the nanoparticles increases with laser fluence (from ~ 70 to 500 nm for fluences in the range F = 0.25-4.38 J/cm2) but at high fluences (F = 8 J/cm2) becomes equal to ~ 170 nm. The average horizontal dimension of the nanoparticles increases with laser fluence. Their average vertical dimension increases in proportion to their average horizontal dimension, but at high fluences becomes much smaller than their corresponding average horizontal dimension. The nanoparticles were found to be single crystals with d spacing of 1.71 ± 0.08 Å (corresponding to {311}).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2165-2170
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Letters
Volume62
Issue number14
Early online date3 Dec 2007
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2008
Externally publishedYes

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    Semaltianos, N. G., Perrie, W., Vishnyakov, V., Murray, R., Williams, C. J., Edwardson, S. P., ... Watkins, K. G. (2008). Nanoparticle formation by the debris produced by femtosecond laser ablation of silicon in ambient air. Materials Letters, 62(14), 2165-2170. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.matlet.2007.11.087