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Excimer laser processing of silicone rubber: from understanding the process to applications
Author(s): Claudio Dicara; T. Robert; Konstantin Kolev; Catherine Dupas-Bruzek; Lucien Diego Laude
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Paper Abstract

We report for the first time on the excimer laser (λ=248 nm) irradiation of siloxane-based flexible silicone rubber. Samples are investigated before and after laser treatment using optical microscopy, profilometry, SEM and Raman spectroscopy. Photodecompsition of silicone results in volatile organic radicals, Si clusters and sub-stoichiometric silica foam that develop on a rather chaotic surface topography. This novel medium is further exploited inducing selective auto-catalyzed metalization of the once-irradiated sample surface.

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Date Published: 14 November 2003
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5147, ALT'02 International Conference on Advanced Laser Technologies, (14 November 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.537694
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Claudio Dicara, Univ. de Mons-Hainaut (Belgium)
T. Robert, Univ. de Mons-Hainaut (Belgium)
Konstantin Kolev, Univ. de Mons-Hainaut (Belgium)
Catherine Dupas-Bruzek, Univ. de Mons-Hainaut (Belgium)
Lucien Diego Laude, Univ. de Mons-Hainaut (Belgium)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5147:
ALT'02 International Conference on Advanced Laser Technologies
Heinz P. Weber; Vitali I. Konov; Thomas Graf, Editor(s)

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