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Size distribution and characterization of tungsten nanoparticles generated by laser-assisted chemical vapor deposition and pulsed laser ablation
Author(s): Lars Landstrom; Mats Boman; Peter Heszler
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Paper Abstract

Two different laser techniques for producing tungsten-based nanoparticles have been compared in this investigation. The particles were produced by Laser assisted Chemical Vapor Deposition (LCVD) from WF6/H2/Ar gas mixtures, and by Pulsed Laser Ablation (PLA) of a solid W target in N2 atmosphere, respectively. An ArF excimer laser (λ = 193 nm) was used as the light source for both methods. The ablation was performed at atmospheric pressure which allowed for direct size-distribution determination by a Differential Mobility Analyzer (DMA), and a subsequent deposition of size-selected monodisperse particles. The deposits were characterized by using TEM, SEM, XRD, and XPS techniques. Optical emission spectroscopy was capable of monitoring the temperature of the particles by measuring the emitted thermal radiation from the laser-excited nanoparticles during LCVD. Strong evaporation, due to high temperature of the particles, affects the size-distribution as the laser fluence is increased. Coagulation widens and alters the size-distribution as the partial pressure of WF6 is increased; according to TEM analysis of the deposits. Lognormal distribution was found at low WF6 partial pressures. However, laser ablation at fluences below the ablation threshold yielded a non-lognormal size-distribution with a continuous decreasing occurrence as the particle diameter increased in the observed size-window (7-133 nm in diameter). Crystalline (β-phase) particles could be formed by LCVD, but only amorphous WNx (x~0.3) particles were obtained by PLA in a N2 ambient. The differences in size-distributions and crystallinity for LCVD- and PLA-produced particles are discussed on a basis that diverse mechanisms lead to particle formation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 October 2002
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4810, Properties of Metal Nanostructures, (4 October 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.451578
Show Author Affiliations
Lars Landstrom, Uppsala Univ. (Sweden)
Mats Boman, Uppsala Univ. (Sweden)
Peter Heszler, Uppsala Univ. (Sweden)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4810:
Properties of Metal Nanostructures
Naomi J. Halas, Editor(s)

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