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Laser ablation of Si in water and ambient air
Author(s): Sha Zhu; Minghui Hong; M. L. Koh; Yongfeng Lu
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Paper Abstract

Laser ablation of Si in ambient air and under water is investigated. It is found that the laser ablation rate of Si varies with the thickness of the water layer above the Si substrates. The laser ablation rate is the most highly enhanced with the water layer of 1.1 mm. It is assumed that the plasma generated in water confinement regime (WCR) with an optimal water layer thickness induces the strongest pressure. This high-pressure, high-temperature plasma results in the high ablation rate. It is found that the first peak-to-peak amplitude of the acoustic wave is the strongest when the water layer thickness is 1.1 mm above the substrate. By proper calibration, acoustic wave detection can be used as a real-time monitoring of the laser ablation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 February 2002
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 4426, Second International Symposium on Laser Precision Microfabrication, (25 February 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.456836
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Sha Zhu, Data Storage Institute (Singapore)
Minghui Hong, Data Storage Institute (Singapore)
M. L. Koh, Data Storage Institute (Singapore)
Yongfeng Lu, Data Storage Institute (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4426:
Second International Symposium on Laser Precision Microfabrication

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