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Formation of self-organized regular nanostructures upon femtosecond laser ablation
Author(s): Juergen Reif; Florenta A. Costache; Sebastian Eckert; Simona Kouteva-Arguirova; Michael Bestehorn; Ionut Georgescu; Alexandre F. Semerok; Philippe Martin; Olivier Gobert; Winfried Seifert
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Paper Abstract

At the bottom of ablation craters produced in many materials, e.g. dielectric and silicon crystals, by the impact of femtosecond laser radiation, regular periodic structures are observed with a feature size at the order of a few 100 nanometers, much smaller than the incident wavelength. Their orientation depends strongly on the laser polarization but not on any intrinsic crystalline parameters. An increasing number of shots results in higher contrast, better developed structures, indicating a positive feedback. The region around the impact is shown, by micro Raman spectroscopy, to undergo phase transformations like under high pressure. The structure spacing appears to depend crucially on the depth of the perturbed volume, i.e. the incident (and absorbed) energy. All observations suggest that the structures form by self-organization from instabilities induced in the material by the laser input. A general picture suggests that the irradiation results in a rapid, non-equilibrium destabilization of the crystal structure, which should not be confused with melting as a classical thermodynamic process (i.e. temperatures defined as equilibrium properties). Relaxation from this instability results in the self-assembly of the observed structures. Theoretical simulations demonstrate the feasibility of this model, which also is corroborated by comparison to other unstable situations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 October 2004
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 5662, Fifth International Symposium on Laser Precision Microfabrication, (8 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.596765
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Juergen Reif, Brandenburgische Technische Univ. Cottbus (Germany)
IHP/BTU Jointlab (Germany)
Florenta A. Costache, Brandenburgische Technische Univ. Cottbus (Germany)
IHP/BTU Jointlab (Germany)
Sebastian Eckert, Brandenburgische Technische Univ. Cottbus (Germany)
Simona Kouteva-Arguirova, Brandenburgische Technische Univ. Cottbus (Germany)
IHP/BTU Jointlab (Germany)
Michael Bestehorn, Brandenburgische Technische Univ. Cottbus (Germany)
Ionut Georgescu, Max-Planck Institut fuer Physik komplexer Systeme (Germany)
Alexandre F. Semerok, CEA Saclay (France)
Philippe Martin, CEA Saclay (France)
Olivier Gobert, CEA Saclay (France)
Winfried Seifert, IHP/BTU Jointlab (Germany)
Innovations for High Performance Microelectronics (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5662:
Fifth International Symposium on Laser Precision Microfabrication

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