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Mechanical deformations in polymers by UV laser ablation
Author(s): Laura Antonucci; Vivi Tornari; Antonia Bonarou; Savas K. Georgiou; Costas Fotakis; Lorenzo Scalise; Enrico Esposito
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Paper Abstract

Sequential double exposure holographic interferometry is employed for examining the mechanical effects induced in the UV ablation of polymers. Deformations, evidenced by changes in the refractive index of the substrate, are observed to develop at unexpectedly long distances (approximately equals 2 - 5 cm) from the irradiation area. The morphology of the induced effects depends on the substrate properties, with the major types observed being tentatively ascribed to delaminations and local fractures. For accounting for the highly delocalized spatial spread of the effects, laser doppler vibrometry was used for monitoring the propagation of the stresses generated by the ablation process. The examination confirms the development of intense vibrations far from the ablation point. The present results suggest that in UV laser processing of molecular substrates, the photomechanical effects can be significant and special attention should be paid in their characterization and their minimization.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 May 2000
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4072, Fourth International Conference on Vibration Measurements by Laser Techniques: Advances and Applications, (22 May 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.386768
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Laura Antonucci, FORTH-Hellas (Greece)
Vivi Tornari, FORTH-Hellas (Greece)
Antonia Bonarou, FORTH-Hellas (Greece)
Savas K. Georgiou, FORTH-Hellas (Greece)
Costas Fotakis, FORTH-Hellas (Greece)
Lorenzo Scalise, Univ. degli Studi di Ancona (Italy)
Enrico Esposito, Univ. degli Studi di Ancona (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4072:
Fourth International Conference on Vibration Measurements by Laser Techniques: Advances and Applications
Enrico Primo Tomasini, Editor(s)

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