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  1. Particle analysis using laser ablation mass spectroscopy

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    Parker, Eric P.; Rosenthal, Stephen E.; Trahan, Michael W.; Wagner, John S.

    2003-09-09

    The present invention provides a method of quickly identifying bioaerosols by class, even if the subject bioaerosol has not been previously encountered. The method begins by collecting laser ablation mass spectra from known particles. The spectra are correlated with the known particles, including the species of particle and the classification (e.g., bacteria). The spectra can then be used to train a neural network, for example using genetic algorithm-based training, to recognize each spectra and to recognize characteristics of the classifications. The spectra can also be used in a multivariate patch algorithm. Laser ablation mass specta from unknown particles can be presented as inputs to the trained neural net for identification as to classification. The description below first describes suitable intelligent algorithms and multivariate patch algorithms, then presents an example of the present invention including results.

  2. Emission spectroscopy analysis during Nopal cladodes dethorning by laser ablation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Peña-Díaz, M.; Ponce, L.; Arronte, M.; Flores, T.

    2007-04-01

    Optical emission spectroscopy of the pulsed laser ablation of spines and glochids from Opuntia (Nopal) cladodes was performed. Nopal cladodes were irradiated with Nd:YAG free-running laser pulses on their body, glochids and spines. Emission spectroscopy analyses in the 350-1000 nm region of the laser induced plasma were made. Plasma plume evolution characterization, theoretical calculations of plasma plume temperature and experiments varying the processing atmosphere showed that the process is dominated by a thermally activated combustion reaction which increases the dethorning process efficiency. Therefore, appropriate laser pulse energy for minimal damage of cladodes body and in the area beneath glochids and spines can be obtained.

  3. Laser ablation mass spectroscopy of nineteenth century daguerreotypes

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    Hogan, Danel L.; Golovlev, Valerie V.; Gresalfi, Michael J.; Chaney, John A.; Feigerle, Charles S.; Miller, John C.; Romer, Grant; Messier, Paul

    1999-10-01

    Laser desorption mass spectroscopy has been used to characterize both modern and {approx}150-year-old daguerreotypes. Such investigations are a necessary prelude to attempts to clean them of tarnish and other contaminants by laser ablation of the surface layers. Both positive- and negative-ion time-of-flight spectra were obtained following YAG laser ablation/desorption at 1064, 532, and 355 nm. Major peaks obtained from several daguerreotypes reveal expected elements from the substrate (Ag, Cu) as well as the developing (Hg) and gilding (Au) processes. Silver clusters (Ag{sub n}) may reflect surface desorption of molecules or, alternatively, aggregates formed in the ejection process. Silver sulfide molecules observed from old daguerreotypes are the signature of the tarnishing process. (c) 2000 Society for Applied Spectroscopy.

  4. Time resolved imaging of laser induced ablation spectroscopy (LIAS) in TEXTOR and comparison with modeling

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Gierse, N.; Tokar, M. Z.; Brezinsek, S.; Giesen, T. F.; Hubeny, M.; Huber, A.; Philipps, V.; Pospieszczyk, A.; Sergienko, G.; Wegner, J.; Xiao, Q.; Samm, U.; Linsmeier, Ch; the TEXTOR team

    2016-02-01

    Laser based methods are investigated as in situ diagnostic for plasma facing materials (PFMs) in magnetic fusion research to study PFM composition and retention. In laser induced ablation spectroscopy (LIAS) the wall material is ablated by a laser beam. The released material enters the edge plasma region of a fusion experiment and the resulting optical emission is observed. To conclude from the observed photons to the number of ablated atoms, a detailed knowledge of the velocity distribution of the ablated material is required. In this work the LIAS emission in discharges at TEXTOR was studied using an Ametek Phantom v711 camera. In this paper a method is developed to conclude from the observed emission the velocity distribution of the ablated species. The obtained velocity distribution is used for our numerical LIAS model, demonstrating good agreement with our experimental observations. Implications are discussed.

  5. Laser ablation of powdered samples and analysis by means of laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ctvrtnickova, T.; Cabalin, L.; Laserna, J.; Kanicky, V.; Nicolas, G.

    2009-03-01

    The presented work proves the capacities of laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) as a fast, universal, and versatile technique for analysis of complex materials as ceramics. This paper reports on the analysis of ceramic raw materials (brick clays and kaolin) submitted to laser ablation in the form of pressed pellets. Spectrographic study was provided by standard single-pulse LIBS technique and orthogonal reheating double-pulse LIBS. It was found that both methods are comparable in terms of analytical performance, if adequate experimental parameters and signal detection systems are used.

  6. Laser Paint Interactions Studied by Optical Emission Spectroscopy and Pump and Probe Analysis of the Ablation Plume

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Rebollar, E.; Oujja, M.; Martín, M.; Castillejo, M.

    The ablation plumes resulting from the laser irradiation of pigments in the form of pellets and as tempera paints were studied by optical spectroscopic methods including optical emission spectroscopy (OES) and laser induced fluorescence (LIF), using a probe laser, delayed with respect to the ablation laser. The differences observed between emissions from pellets and from tempera paints of a given pigment, and between organic and inorganic pigments, serve to discuss the mechanisms operating in the laser irradiation of the paint systems.

  7. Laser-ablated active doping technique for visible spectroscopy measurements on Z.

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    Gomez, Matthew Robert

    2013-09-01

    Visible spectroscopy is a powerful diagnostic, allowing plasma parameters ranging from temperature and density to electric and magnetic fields to be measured. Spectroscopic dopants are commonly introduced to make these measurements. On Z, dopants are introduced passively (i.e. a salt deposited on a current-carrying surface); however, in some cases, passive doping can limit the times and locations at which measurements can be made. Active doping utilizes an auxiliary energy source to disperse the dopant independently from the rest of the experiment. The objective of this LDRD project was to explore laser ablation as a method of actively introducing spectroscopic dopants. Ideally, the laser energy would be delivered to the dopant via fiber optic, which would eliminate the need for time-intensive laser alignments in the Z chamber. Experiments conducted in a light lab to assess the feasibility of fibercoupled and open-beam laser-ablated doping are discussed.

  8. Reflection Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy of polymer targets for CO2 laser ablation

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    Sinko, John E.; Schlecht, Clifford A.

    2008-05-01

    One of the many challenges faced by laser propulsion is the long-term performance of the propellant. The chemical changes that can take place at the propellant surface during ablation can greatly modify the in-flight performance characteristics. For stable regimes for propulsion, such chemical action should be minimized. A TEA (Transverse Electrical discharge in gas at Atmospheric pressure) CO2 laser of 10.6 ?m wavelength, 300 ns pulse length, and up to 20 J pulse energy was used to ablate several types of polymer targets with a range of observable chemical changes at the surface following ablation. After 10 subsequent shots, the target samples were measured using Attenuated Total Reflectance Fourier Transform Infrared (ATR FTIR) spectroscopy then compared to unablated samples of the same polymer. An analysis of the results was made with an emphasis on laser propulsion applications, with a comparison of the propulsion performance of the targets, specifically regarding the ablated mass per spot area (?ma). Chemical reaction pathways for combustion and vaporization are discussed on the basis of the differences observed in the FTIR spectra, and the consequences for using such materials as laser propulsion propellants are explored.

  9. Laser ablation of concrete.

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    Savina, M.

    1998-10-05

    Laser ablation is effective both as an analytical tool and as a means of removing surface coatings. The elemental composition of surfaces can be determined by either mass spectrometry or atomic emission spectroscopy of the atomized effluent. Paint can be removed from aircraft without damage to the underlying aluminum substrate, and environmentally damaged buildings and sculptures can be restored by ablating away deposited grime. A recent application of laser ablation is the removal of radioactive contaminants from the surface and near-surface regions of concrete. We present the results of ablation tests on concrete samples using a high power pulsed Nd:YAG laser with fiber optic beam delivery. The laser-surface interaction was studied on various model systems consisting of Type I Portland cement with varying amounts of either fine silica or sand in an effort to understand the effect of substrate composition on ablation rates and mechanisms. A sample of non-contaminated concrete from a nuclear power plant was also studied. In addition, cement and concrete samples were doped with non-radioactive isotopes of elements representative of cooling waterspills, such as cesium and strontium, and analyzed by laser-resorption mass spectrometry to determine the contamination pathways. These samples were also ablated at high power to determine the efficiency with which surface contaminants are removed and captured. The results show that the neat cement matrix melts and vaporizes when little or no sand or aggregate is present. Surface flows of liquid material are readily apparent on the ablated surface and the captured aerosol takes the form of glassy beads up to a few tens of microns in diameter. The presence of sand and aggregate particles causes the material to disaggregate on ablation, with intact particles on the millimeter size scale leaving the surface. Laser resorption mass spectrometric analysis showed that cesium and potassium have similar chemical environments in the matrix, as do strontium and calcium.

  10. Progress of laser ablation for accelerator mass spectroscopy at ATLAS utilizing an ECRIS

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Scott, R.; Palchan, T.; Pardo, R.; Vondrasek, R.; Kondev, F.; Nusair, O.; Peters, C.; Paul, M.; Bauder, W.; Collon, P.

    2014-02-01

    Beams of ions from the laser ablation method of solid materials into an electron cyclotron resonance ion source (ECRIS) plasma have been used for the first time in experiments at ATLAS. Initial accelerator mass spectroscopy experiments using laser ablation for actinides and samarium have been performed. Initial results of coupling the laser system to the ECR source have guided us in making a number of changes to the original design. The point of laser impact has been moved off axis from the center of the ECR injection side. Motor control of the laser positioning mirror has been replaced with a faster and more reliable piezo-electric system, and different raster scan patterns have been tested. The use of the laser system in conjunction with a multi-sample changer has been implemented. Two major problems that are being confronted at this time are beam stability and total beam intensity. The status of the development will be presented and ideas for further improvements will be discussed.

  11. Progress of laser ablation for accelerator mass spectroscopy at ATLAS utilizing an ECRIS.

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    Scott, R; Palchan, T; Pardo, R; Vondrasek, R; Kondev, F; Nusair, O; Peters, C; Paul, M; Bauder, W; Collon, P

    2014-02-01

    Beams of ions from the laser ablation method of solid materials into an electron cyclotron resonance ion source (ECRIS) plasma have been used for the first time in experiments at ATLAS. Initial accelerator mass spectroscopy experiments using laser ablation for actinides and samarium have been performed. Initial results of coupling the laser system to the ECR source have guided us in making a number of changes to the original design. The point of laser impact has been moved off axis from the center of the ECR injection side. Motor control of the laser positioning mirror has been replaced with a faster and more reliable piezo-electric system, and different raster scan patterns have been tested. The use of the laser system in conjunction with a multi-sample changer has been implemented. Two major problems that are being confronted at this time are beam stability and total beam intensity. The status of the development will be presented and ideas for further improvements will be discussed. PMID:24593480

  12. Laser-induced nanopatterning, ablation, and plasma spectroscopy in the near-field of an optical fiber tip

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Heitz, Johannes; Yakunin, Sergey; Stehrer, Thomas; Wysocki, Gerard; Bäuerle, Dieter

    2008-10-01

    We combine laser processing and the technique of a scanning near-field optical microscope (SNOM) for realization of laser-patterning on a nanoscale, laser ablation near the fiber tip, and micro-analysis of solid surface samples by laserinduced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS). We describe an universal SNOM-like setup allowing to produce near-field laser patterns by laser heating and laser ablation, laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy, and atomic force microscope (AFM) topography investigation with the same optical fiber tip, which is used as near-field emitter or as probe. With solid Si and Al samples, three laser processing regimes were observed with increasing laser pulse energy: (1) cone formation (only for Si, smallest features with 500 nm width and 100 nm height), (2) formation of small craters (smallest features with 450 nm width and 250 nm depth), and (3) crater formation with a width of more than 2 ?m with emission of evaluable plasma emission line spectra.

  13. Hook spectroscopy as an atomic number density diagnostic applied to laser-ablated copper plasmas

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    Zerkle, D.K.; Sappey, A.D.; Gamble, T.K.

    1993-11-01

    Hook spectroscopy has been used to determine the absolute number density of ground state copper atoms in laser-ablated plasma plumes. An ablation laser power flux of {approximately} 1.5 GW/cm{sup 2} is applied to a solid copper target in a background gas, producing a plasma plume suitable for studying homogeneous copper vapor condensation. Density is measured at post-ablation time delays ranging from 10 {mu}s to 3 ms with 25 torr of argon as the background gas. Planar laser-induced fluorescence (PLEF) images containing relative density information are used in conjunction with the hook spectra to resolve spatially the absolute density within the plume. Copper atom densities thus measured ranged from 1.9 {times} 10{sup 15} cm{sup {minus}3} at a delay of 10 {mu}s to 2.7 {times} 10{sup 13} cm{sup {minus}3} at 3 ms delay in 25 torr of argon The decrease in density is due to the condensation of copper vapor to form fine particulate. As a combustion diagnostic, the hook method may prove extremely useful for the determination of metal impurity density in coal fired flames as well as a single -- shot OH density and temperature diagnostic.

  14. Two-tracer spectroscopy diagnostics of temperature profile in the conduction layer of a laser-ablated plastic foil

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    Zhang Jiyan; Yang Guohong; Hu Xin; Yang Jiamin; Ding Yaonan; Ding Yongkun; Zhang Baohan; Zheng Zhijian; Xu Yan; Yan Jun; Pei Wenbin

    2010-11-15

    A technique that combines the diagnostics of electron temperature history and the measurements of ablation velocity with two-tracer x-ray spectroscopy has been developed for diagnosing the temperature profiles in the thermal conduction layers of laser-ablated plastic foils. The electron temperature in the plastic ablator was diagnosed using the isoelectronic line ratios of Al Ly{alpha} line to Mg Ly{alpha} line, emitted from a tracer layer of Al/Mg mixture buried under the ablator. The ablation velocity was inferred from the time delay between the onset time of x-ray line emissions from Al and Mg tracer layers buried at two depths in the ablator, respectively. From the measured electron temperatures and ablation velocity, the electron temperature profile in the conduction layer was inferred. The measured temperature profile was compared with the simulated one and reasonable agreement was found.

  15. Laser-induced Breakdown Spectroscopy and ablation threshold analysis using a megahertz Yb fiber laser oscillator

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Parker, Gregory J.; Parker, Daniel E.; Nie, Bai; Lozovoy, Vadim; Dantus, Marcos

    2015-05-01

    A LIBS system is demonstrated using a 100 m cavity Yb fiber oscillator producing ~ 70 ps, 320 nJ clusters of 50-100 fs sub-pulses at 2 MHz. A new empirical model for femtosecond ablation is presented to explain the LIBS signal intensity's non-linear dependence on pulse fluence by accounting for the Gaussian beam's spatial distribution. This model is compared to experimental data and found to be superior to linear threshold fits. This model is then used to measure the ablation threshold of Cu using a typical amplified Ti:sapphire system, and found to reproduce previously reported values to within ~ 20%. The ablation threshold of Cu using the Yb fiber oscillator system was measured to be five times lower than on the amplified Ti:sapphire system. This effect is attributed to the formation of nanostructures on the surface, which have previously been shown to decrease the ablation threshold. The plasma lifetime is found to be ~ 1 ns, much shorter than that of nanosecond ablation, further indicating that the decreased threshold results from surface effects rather than laser-plasma interaction. The low threshold and high pulse energy of the Yb fiber oscillator allows the acquisition of LIBS spectra at megahertz repetition rates. This system could potentially be developed into a compact, fiber-based portable LIBS device taking advantage of the benefits of ultrafast pulses and high repetition rates.

  16. Effect of defocusing on laser ablation plume observed by laser-induced fluorescence imaging spectroscopy

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Oba, Masaki; Miyabe, Masabumi; Akaoka, Katsuaki; Wakaida, Ikuo

    2016-02-01

    We used laser-induced fluorescence imaging with a varying beam focal point to observe ablation plumes from metal and oxide samples of gadolinium. The plumes expand vertically when the focal point is far from the sample surface. In contrast, the plume becomes hemispherical when the focal point is on the sample surface. In addition, the internal plume structure and the composition of the ablated atomic and ionic particles also vary significantly. The fluorescence intensity of a plume from a metal sample is greater than that from an oxide sample, which suggests that the number of monatomic species produced in each plume differs. For both the metal and oxide samples, the most intense fluorescence from atomic (ionic) species is observed with the beam focal point at 3–4 mm (2 mm) from the sample surface.

  17. Detection and Classification of Individual Airborne Microparticles using Laser Ablation Mass Spectroscopy and Multivariate Analysis

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    Gieray, R.A.; Lazar, A.; Parker, E.P.; Ramsey, J. M.; Reilly, P.T.A.; Rosenthal, S.E.; Trahan, M.W.; Wagner, J.S.; Whitten, W.B.

    1999-04-27

    We are developing a method for the real-time analysis of airborne microparticles based on laser ablation mass spectroscopy. Airborne particles enter an ion trap mass spectrometer through a differentially-pumped inlet, are detected by light scattered from two CW laser beams, and sampled by a 10 ns excimer laser pulse at 308 nm as they pass through the center of the ion trap electrodes. After the laser pulse, the stored ions are separated by conventional ion trap methods. In this work thousands of positive and negative ion spectra were collected for eighteen different species: six bacteria, six pollen, and six particulate samples. The data were then averaged and analyzed using the Multivariate Patch Algorithm (MPA), a variant of traditional multivariate anal ysis. The MPA correctly identified all of the positive ion spectra and 17 of the 18 negative ion spectra. In addition, when the average positive and negative spectra were combined the MPA correctly identified all 18 species. Finally, the MPA is also able to identify the components of computer synthesized mixtures of the samples studied

  18. Calcium detection of human hair and nail by the nanosecond time-gated spectroscopy of laser-ablation plume

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Haruna, Masamitsu; Ohmi, Masato; Nakamura, Mitsuo; Morimoto, Shigeto

    2000-04-01

    We demonstrate the nanosecond time-gated spectroscopy of plume in laser ablation of biological tissue, which allows us to detect calcium (Ca) with high sensitivity by the use of either a UV or a near-IR laser pulse. Clear and sharp peaks of Ca+ appear in the luminescence spectrum of laser-ablation plume although the Ca content is only 0.1 percent in human hair and nail. Luminescence peaks of sodium atom (Na) and ionized carbon are also detectable. This specific spectroscopy is low invasive because a single low-energy laser pulse illuminates the tissue sample, and it does not require any poisonous sensititizers like fluorescence dye. This method, therefore, is a promising candidate for optical biopsy in the near future. In particular, Ca detection of human hair may lead to new diagnosis, including monitor of daily intake of Ca and a screening diagnosis of osteoporosis.

  19. Magnetic Carbon Cluster Formation Process: Optical Spectroscopy of Laser-Ablated Carbon Plume

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    Rode, A. V.; Madsen, N. R.; Christy, A. G.; Hermann, J.; Gamaly, E. G.; Luther-Davies, B.

    2005-09-01

    Cluster-assembled carbon nanofoam produced by high-repetition-rate laser ablation of graphite in Ar exhibits numerous unique properties including extremely low bulk density, large surface area and DC conductivity similar to that of amorphous diamond-like carbon films. In addition it exhibits para- and ferromagnetic behavior measurable up to 90 K. We present preliminary in-situ spectroscopic studies of the laser ablated plume during creation of the carbon nanofoam material.

  20. Multielemental analysis of prehistoric animal teeth by laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy and laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry

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    Galiova, Michaela; Kaiser, Jozef; Fortes, Francisco J.; Novotny, Karel; Malina, Radomir; Prokes, Lubomir; Hrdlicka, Ales; Vaculovic, Tomas; Nyvltova Fisakova, Miriam; Svoboda, Jiri; Kanicky, Viktor; Laserna, Javier J.

    2010-05-01

    Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) and laser ablation (LA) inductively coupled plasma (ICP) mass spectrometry (MS) were utilized for microspatial analyses of a prehistoric bear (Ursus arctos) tooth dentine. The distribution of selected trace elements (Sr, Ba, Fe) was measured on a 26 mmx15 mm large and 3 mm thick transverse cross section of a canine tooth. The Na and Mg content together with the distribution of matrix elements (Ca, P) was also monitored within this area. The depth of the LIBS craters was measured with an optical profilometer. As shown, both LIBS and LA-ICP-MS can be successfully used for the fast, spatially resolved analysis of prehistoric teeth samples. In addition to microchemical analysis, the sample hardness was calculated using LIBS plasma ionic-to-atomic line intensity ratios of Mg (or Ca). To validate the sample hardness calculations, the hardness was also measured with a Vickers microhardness tester.

  1. Laser-ablation processes

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    Dingus, R.S.

    1992-01-01

    The various mechanisms by which ablation of materials can be induced with lasers are discussed in this paper. The various ablation processes and potential applications are reviewed from the threshold for ablation up to fluxes of about 10{sup 13} W/cm{sup 2}, with emphasis on three particular processes; namely, front-surface spallation, two-dimensional blowoff, and contained vaporization.

  2. Time-of-flight spectroscopy characterization of the plasma plume from a laser-ablated potassium titanyl phosphate crystal

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ying, Minju; Wang, XiaoXiao; Cheng, Wei; Liao, Bin; Zhang, Xu

    2015-06-01

    Optical emission spectra of the plasma produced by 1.06-μm Nd:YAG laser irradiation of a potassium titanyl phosphate (KTP) crystal were recorded and analyzed in a time- and spatially resolved manner. The composition and evolution of the plasma plume were studied in low vacuum conditions. Emission lines associated with Ti(I), Ti(II) and K(I) were identified in the plasma. The delay times of emission peaks for the ablated species were investigated as a function of the observation distance from the target surface, and the velocities of these species were derived accordingly. Two emission peaks corresponding to a fast and a slow component of ablated Ti(I) were observed by optical time-of-flight spectroscopy. The origins of the two peaks and a possible mechanism for the laser ablation are discussed.

  3. Mapping of lead, magnesium and copper accumulation in plant tissues by laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy and laser-ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kaiser, J.; Galiová, M.; Novotný, K.; Červenka, R.; Reale, L.; Novotný, J.; Liška, M.; Samek, O.; Kanický, V.; Hrdlička, A.; Stejskal, K.; Adam, V.; Kizek, R.

    2009-01-01

    Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) and Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) were utilized for mapping the accumulation of Pb, Mg and Cu with a resolution up to 200 μm in a up to cm × cm area of sunflower ( Helianthus annuus L.) leaves. The results obtained by LIBS and LA-ICP-MS are compared with the outcomes from Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (AAS) and Thin-Layer Chromatography (TLC). It is shown that laser-ablation based analytical methods can substitute or supplement these techniques mainly in the cases when a fast multi-elemental mapping of a large sample area is needed.

  4. Characteristics of the ablation plume induced on glasses for analysis purposes with laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Tian, Ye; Sokolova, Ekaterina B.; Zheng, Ronger; Ma, Qianli; Chen, Yanping; Yu, Jin

    2015-12-01

    Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) has been demonstrated as an efficient tool for elemental analyses of transparent dielectric materials such as glasses or crystals for more than ten years. The induced plasma is however much less studied compared to that induced on the surface of a metal. The purpose of this work is therefore to characterize the plasma induced on the surface of a glass sample for analytical purpose as a function of the ablation laser wavelength, infrared (IR) or ultraviolet (UV), and the ambient gas, air or argon. The surface damage of the samples was also observed for ablation with IR or UV laser pulse when the sample was a float glass or a frosted one. Optimized ablation fluence was then determined. The morphology of the plasma was observed with time-resolved spectroscopic imaging, while the profiles of the electron density and temperature were extracted from time- and space-resolved emission spectroscopy. The analytical performance of the plasmas was then studied in terms of the signal-to-noise ratio for several emission lines from some minor elements, Al, Fe, contained in glasses, and of the behavior of self-absorption for another minor element, Ca, in the different ablation conditions.

  5. Representative sampling using single-pulse laser ablation withinductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy

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    Liu, Haichen; Mao, Xianglei; Russo, Richard E.

    2001-04-02

    Single pulse laser ablation sampling with inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) was assessed for accurate chemical analysis. Elemental fractionation (e.g. Pb/U), the quantity of ablated mass (crater volume), ICP-MS intensity and the particle contribution (spike signal) during single pulse ablation of NIST 610 glass were investigated. Pb/U fractionation significantly changed between the first and second laser pulse and showed strong irradiance dependence. The Pb/U ratio obtained by the first pulse was usually higher than that of the second pulse, with the average value close to the representative level. Segregation during laser ablation is proposed to explain the composition change between the first and second pulse. Crater volume measurements showed that the second pulse produced significantly more ablated mass. A roll-off of the crater depth occurred at {approx}750 GW/cm{sup 2}. The absolute ICP-MS intensity from the second pulse showed no correlation with crater depth. Particle induced spikes on the transit signal showed irradiance and elemental species dependence.

  6. Liquid sampling-atmospheric pressure glow discharge optical emission spectroscopy detection of laser ablation produced particles: A feasibility study

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    Quarles, C. Derrick, Jr.; Gonzalez, Jhanis; Choi, Inhee; Ruiz, Javier; Mao, Xianglei; Marcus, R. Kenneth; Russo, Richard E.

    2012-10-01

    The use of a liquid sampling-atmospheric pressure glow discharge (LS-APGD) microplasma source as an alternative to conventional inductively coupled plasma (ICP) detection of laser ablation (LA) produced particles using a Nd:YAG laser at 1064 nm is demonstrated. This configuration utilizes a 180° geometry, which is different from the 40° geometry that was used to ionize ablated particles followed by mass spectrometric detection. The use of a hollow counter electrode (nickel, 0.3 cm o.d., 0.1 cm i.d.) was implemented to introduce ablated particles directly into the APGD plasma with helium as a carrier gas. The LS-APGD source was optimized using ablated copper as the test sample (helium carrier gas flow rate (0.30 L min- 1 He), discharge current (60 mA), laser power (44 mJ), and solution electrode sheath gas (0.2 L min- 1 He) and solution flow rates (10 ?L min- 1 5% HNO3)). Standard brass samples having known Zn/Cu percentages were ablated and analyzed using the LS-APGD source. As a comparison, the established technique of laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) was used to analyze the same set of brass standards under similar ablation conditions to the LS-AGPD measurements, yielding comparable results. The Zn/Cu ratio results for the LS-APGD and LIBS measurements showed good similarity to previous measurements using ICP-MS detection. The performance of the LS-APGD-OES microplasma, comparable to well established methods, with lower capital and operational overhead expenses, suggests a great deal of promise as an analytical excitation source.

  7. Nanoparticle Enhanced Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy: Effect of nanoparticles deposited on sample surface on laser ablation and plasma emission

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    De Giacomo, A.; Gaudiuso, R.; Koral, C.; Dell'Aglio, M.; De Pascale, O.

    2014-08-01

    In this paper the use of metallic nanoparticles (NPs) for improving Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) is discussed. In the case of conductors an emission signal enhancement up to 1-2 orders of magnitude was obtained depositing NPs on the sample surface by drying a micro-drop of colloidal solution. The basic mechanisms of Nanoparticle Enhanced LIBS (NELIBS) were studied and the main causes of this significantly large enhancement were found to be related to the effect of NPs on the laser ablation process, in terms of a faster and more efficient production of seed electrons with respect to conventional LIBS. The characteristics of NELIBS-produced plasma were investigated by emission spectroscopy and spectrally resolved images. In spite of similar plasma parameters, the NELIBS plasma was found to have larger emission volume and longer persistence than the LIBS one. A method to determine NP concentration and size was also proposed, which involved depositing NPs on non-interacting substrates, and proved the feasibility of LIBS as a fast detection tool for a preliminary characterization of NPs.

  8. Emission spectroscopy of a carbon plasma formed by laser ablation of graphite. II. Ablation by a CO{sub 2} laser and also simultaneously by XeCl and CO{sub 2} lasers

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    Dem'yanenko, A V; Letokhov, V S; Puretskii, A A; Ryabov, Evgenii A

    1998-01-31

    The method of time-resolved emission spectroscopy was used to investigate the radiation emitted by a carbon plasma plume formed as a result of vacuum ablation of graphite by pulsed CO{sub 2} laser radiation. The spectrum of the radiation changed drastically in the course of emission from the plasma. The spectrum revealed successive appearance of various luminescence components contributed by C{sup +} ions, C{sub 2} radicals, and microparticles. This spectrum differed considerably from that observed for a plasma formed by ablation with an XeCl laser, mainly because of the difference between the laser radiation wavelengths. Under certain conditions it was found that additional heating with CO{sub 2} laser radiation of a plasma formed by ablation of graphite with XeCl laser radiation altered greatly the emission spectrum. The changes indicated a higher degree of particle atomisation and a higher proportion of ions in such a plasma, compared with the plasma produced by one laser. (interaction of laser radiation with matter. laser plasma)

  9. In situ deuterium inventory measurements of a-C:D layers on tungsten in TEXTOR by laser induced ablation spectroscopy

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Gierse, N.; Brezinsek, S.; Coenen, J. W.; Giesen, T. F.; Huber, A.; Laengner, M.; Möller, S.; Nonhoff, M.; Philipps, V.; Pospieszczyk, A.; Schweer, B.; Sergienko, G.; Xiao, Q.; Zlobinski, M.; Samm, U.; the TEXTOR Team

    2014-04-01

    Laser induced ablation spectroscopy (LIAS) is a diagnostic to provide temporally and spatially resolved in situ measurements of tritium retention and material migration in order to characterize the status of the first wall in future fusion devices. In LIAS, a ns-laser pulse ablates the first nanometres of the first wall plasma-facing components into the plasma edge. The resulting line radiation by plasma excitation is observed by spectroscopy. In the case of the full ionizing plasma and with knowledge of appropriate photon efficiencies for the corresponding line emission the amount of ablated material can be measured in situ. We present the photon efficiency for the deuterium Balmer α-line resulting from ablation in TEXTOR by performing LIAS on amorphous hydrocarbon (a-C:D) layers deposited on tungsten substrate of thicknesses between 0.1 and 1.1 μm. An experimental inverse photon efficiency of [ {\\frac{{D}}{{{XB}}}} ]_{{D}_\\alpha({EXP})}^{{a {- C:D}}\\mathop {\\mathop \\to \\limits_{{LIAS}} } D}= 75.9 +/- 23.4 was determined. This value is a factor 5 larger than predicted values from the ADAS database for atomic injection of deuterium under TEXTOR plasma edge conditions and about twice as high, assuming normal wall recycling and release of molecular deuterium and break-up of D2 via the molecular ion which is usually observed at the high temperature tokamak edge (Te > 30 eV).

  10. Modeling of plasma distortions by laser-induced ablation spectroscopy (LIAS) and implications for the interpretation of LIAS measurements

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    Tokar, M. Z.; Gierse, N.; Philipps, V.; Samm, U.

    2015-09-01

    For the interpretation of the line radiation observed from laser induced ablation spectroscopy (LIAS) such parameters as the density and temperature of electrons within very compact clouds of atoms and singly charged ions of ablated material have to be known. Compared to the local plasma conditions prior to the laser pulse, these can be strongly changed during LIAS since new electrons are generated by the ionisation of particles ejected from the irradiated target. Because of their transience and spatial inhomogeneity it is technically difficult to measure disturbances induced in the plasma by LIAS. To overcome this uncertainty a numerical model has been elaborated, providing a self-consistent description for the spreading of ablated particles and accompanying modifications in the plasma. The results of calculations for LIAS performed on carbon-containing targets in Ohmic and additionally heated discharges in the tokamak TEXTOR are presented. Due to the increase in the electron density the ‘ionisation per photon’ ratio, S/XB factor, is significantly enhanced compared to unperturbed plasma conditions. The impact of the amount of material ablated and of the plasma conditions before LIAS on the level of the S/XB-enhancement is investigated.

  11. Laser ablation studies of concrete

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    Savina, M.; Xu, Z.; Wang, Y.; Reed, C.; Pellin, M.

    1999-10-20

    Laser ablation was studied as a means of removing radioactive contaminants from the surface and near-surface regions of concrete. The authors present the results of ablation tests on cement and concrete samples using a 1.6 kW pulsed Nd:YAG laser with fiber optic beam delivery. The laser-surface interaction was studied using cement and high density concrete as targets. Ablation efficiency and material removal rates were determined as functions of irradiance and pulse overlap. Doped samples were also ablated to determine the efficiency with which surface contaminants were removed and captured in the effluent. The results show that the cement phase of the material melts and vaporizes, but the aggregate portion (sand and rock) fragments. The effluent consists of both micron-size aerosol particles and chunks of fragmented aggregate material. Laser-induced optical emission spectroscopy was used to analyze the surface during ablation. Analysis of the effluent showed that contaminants such as cesium and strontium were strongly segregated into different regions of the particle size distribution of the aerosol.

  12. Detection of heavy metals in waste polymers by laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy: a comparison of UV and IR lasers as ablation source

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    Huber, N.; Viskup, R.; Linsmeyer, T.; Scherndl, H.; Heitz, J.; Pedarnig, J. D.

    2010-04-01

    The use of laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) for the sorting of polymers containing heavy metal impurity is investigated. Our main attention is directed towards the detection of cadmium and lead in real-life waste materials and certified reference polymer materials. UV (193 nm ArF) and IR (1064 nm Nd:YAG) laser radiation is employed for ablation and plasma generation in air. The LIBS spectra are measured in the UV / VIS range by using an Echelle spectrometer equipped with an ICCD camera. Spectra are compared for the different lasers. Sorted polymer materials are investigated by reference analysis.

  13. Dynamics of laser-ablated MgB2 plasma expanding in argon probed by optical emission spectroscopy

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    Amoruso, Salvatore; Bruzzese, Riccardo; Spinelli, Nicola; Velotta, Raffaele; Vitiello, Marco; Wang, Xuan

    2003-06-01

    We have used time and space-resolved optical emission spectroscopy to study the expansion dynamics of the plasma generated by pulsed laser ablation of solid targets of the recently discovered superconducting MgB2 into a background Ar gas at different pressures. Our analysis clearly indicates that, above a fixed pressure, plasma propagation into Ar leads to both the formation of a shock wave, which causes a considerable increase of the fraction of excited Mg atoms, and the simultaneous reduction of the kinetic flux energy of the ablated atoms. These results have then been analyzed in the framework of a simplified gas dynamic approach for the description of free-plume self-similar expansion and of a point-blast-wave model to account for the interaction of the plume with the Ar ambient gas, thus obtaining full support and a sound physical interpretation of our experimental observations. Finally, we have related our conclusions to the general problem of the optimization of the thin-film deposition of laser-ablated materials, with particular emphasis given to the specific case of MgB2, which is of great, present interest.

  14. Laser ablation and spectroscopy of copper in liquid and solid {sup 4}He

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    Moroshkin, P.; Lebedev, V.; Weis, A.

    2011-11-15

    We present an experimental study of the laser-induced fluorescence spectra of Cu atoms in bulk liquid and solid helium matrices as well as in the dense plasma created by the laser ablation of copper in liquid helium. We observe transitions of the valence electron and of inner-shell electrons. The former produce structureless line shapes, a large broadening, and a blueshift. The latter practically are not shifted with respect to the free atom and possess a substructure consisting of a zero-phonon line and phonon wings. We suggest a qualitative interpretation of the observed spectra based on the atomic bubble model that takes the lifting of the |M{sub J}| degeneracy due to the bubble deformation and matrix-phonon interactions into account.

  15. Microwave Frequency Transitions Requiring Laser Ablated Uranium Metal Discovered Using Chirp-Pulse Fourier Transform Spectroscopy

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    Long, B. E.; Cooke, S. A.

    2014-06-01

    A rod of depleted uranium metal (mp = 1,132° C) has been ablated with the fundamental operating frequency of a Nd:YAG laser. The resulting ablation plume of uranium was then mixed with argon gas and expanded between the transmit/receive horn antennae of a chirp-pulse Fourier transform microwave spectrometer. The recorded spectra show nine strong transitions which are not present when the laser is not used in the experimental procedure. A series of experiments in which the backing gas conditions were altered provides evidence that the nine observed transitions are carried by the same species. Should the transitions be from one species it is most likely an asymmetric top. The transitions persist even when ultra-pure argon is used as the sole backing gas. The oxide coating of the uranium metal likely provides a source of oxygen and, presently, the ``top" candidate for the unknown molecule is UO_3, which is known to have C_2v symmetry. Double resonance experiments are planned to aid transition assignments. A plausible explanation for an elusive assignment to date is the presence of pseudo-rotation.

  16. Diagnostics of Carbon Nanotube Formation in a Laser Produced Plume: An Investigation of the Metal Catalyst by Laser Ablation Atomic Fluorescence Spectroscopy

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    deBoer, Gary; Scott, Carl

    2003-01-01

    Carbon nanotubes, elongated molecular tubes with diameters of nanometers and lengths in microns, hold great promise for material science. Hopes for super strong light-weight material to be used in spacecraft design is the driving force behind nanotube work at JSC. The molecular nature of these materials requires the appropriate tools for investigation of their structure, properties, and formation. The mechanism of nanotube formation is of particular interest because it may hold keys to controlling the formation of different types of nanotubes and allow them to be produced in much greater quantities at less cost than is currently available. This summer's work involved the interpretation of data taken last summer and analyzed over the academic year. The work involved diagnostic studies of carbon nanotube formation processes occurring in a laser-produced plume. Laser ablation of metal doped graphite to produce a plasma plume in which carbon nanotubes self assemble is one method of making carbon nanotube. The laser ablation method is amenable to applying the techniques of laser spectroscopy, a powerful tool for probing the energies and dynamics of atomic and molecular species. The experimental work performed last summer involved probing one of the metal catalysts, nickel, by laser induced fluorescence. The nickel atom was studied as a function of oven temperature, probe laser wavelength, time after ablation, and position in the laser produced plume. This data along with previously obtained data on carbon was analyzed over the academic year. Interpretations of the data were developed this summer along with discussions of future work. The temperature of the oven in which the target is ablated greatly influences the amount of material ablated and the propagation of the plume. The ablation conditions and the time scale of atomic and molecular lifetimes suggest that initial ablation of the metal doped carbon target results in atomic and small molecular species. The metal atoms survive for several milliseconds while the gaseous carbon atoms and small molecules nucleate more rapidly. Additional experiments and the development of in situ methods for carbon nanotube detection would allow these results to be interpreted from the perspective of carbon nanotube formation.

  17. Laser ablation plume thermalization dynamics in background gases: Combined imaging, optical absorption and emission spectroscopy, and ion probe measurements

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    Geohegan, D.B.; Puretzky, A.A. |

    1995-02-01

    Combined diagnostic measurements are employed to characterize the penetration of energetic ablation plumes through background gases during a key transitional regime in which the ion flux is observed to split into distinct fast and slowed components. This apparently general phenomenon occurs over a limited range of distances at ambient pressures typically used for PLD (pulsed laser deposition) and may be important to film growth by PLD because a ``fast`` component of ions can arrive at the probe (or substrate) with little or no delay compared to propagation in vacuum. At longer distances, this ``fast`` component is completely attenuated, and only slowed distributions of ions are observed. Interestingly, this ``fast`` component is easily overlooked in imaging studies because the bright plume luminescence occurs in the slowed distribution. Time- and spatially-resolved optical absorption and emission spectroscopy are applied to experimentally determine the composition of the ``fast`` and ``slow`` propagating plume components for a single-component target ablation (yttrium) into an inert gas (argon) for correlation with quantitative imaging and ion probe measurements. The yttrium/argon system was chosen because optical absorption spectroscopy of both Y and Y+ was simultaneously possible and the inert nature of argon. Experimental results for several other systems, including Si/Ar, Si/He, YBCO/O{sub 2} are presented to illustrate variations in scattering mechanisms.

  18. LASER ABLATION STUDIES OF CONCRETE

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    Laser ablation was studied as a means of removing radioactive contaminants from the surface and near-surface regions of concrete. We present the results of ablation tests on cement and concrete samples using a 1.6 kW pulsed Nd:YAG laser with fiber optic beam delivery. The laser-s...

  19. OCDR guided laser ablation device

    DOEpatents

    Dasilva, Luiz B. (Danville, CA); Colston, Jr., Bill W. (Livermore, CA); James, Dale L. (Tracy, CA)

    2002-01-01

    A guided laser ablation device. The device includes a mulitmode laser ablation fiber that is surrounded by one or more single mode optical fibers that are used to image in the vicinity of the laser ablation area to prevent tissue damage. The laser ablation device is combined with an optical coherence domain reflectometry (OCDR) unit and with a control unit which initializes the OCDR unit and a high power laser of the ablation device. Data from the OCDR unit is analyzed by the control unit and used to control the high power laser. The OCDR images up to about 3 mm ahead of the ablation surface to enable a user to see sensitive tissue such as a nerve or artery before damaging it by the laser.

  20. Optical spectroscopy diagnostics and thin film deposition of laser ablated rare earth-Ni 2B 2C plasma plumes

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    Wang, X.; Amoruso, S.; Bruzzese, R.; Spinelli, N.; Tortora, A.; Velotta, R.; Ferdeghini, C.; Grassano, G.; Ramadan, W.

    2002-02-01

    We describe optical spectroscopy diagnostics of UV laser ablated rare earth-Ni 2-B 2-C superconducting targets. In the light of this characterization, we have optimized the parameters for high-quality thin film deposition of borocarbide compounds. Our measurements have evidenced relevant differences in the flow velocity as well as in the spatial divergence of different plasma components. This is related to the influence of the different masses of the atoms of the multicomponent target during plume expansion. These results have led us to identify the target-to-substrate distance and substrate temperature as the critical parameters for the deposition of high-quality thin films, as clearly evidenced by residual resistivity ratio measurements.

  1. Investigation of heavy-metal accumulation in selected plant samples using laser induced breakdown spectroscopy and laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry

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    Galiová, M.; Kaiser, J.; Novotný, K.; Novotný, J.; Vaculovič, T.; Liška, M.; Malina, R.; Stejskal, K.; Adam, V.; Kizek, R.

    2008-12-01

    Single-pulse Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) and Laser-Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass-Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) were applied for mapping the silver and copper distribution in Helianthus Annuus L. samples treated with contaminant in controlled conditions. For Ag and Cu detection the 328.07 nm Ag(I) and 324.75 nm Cu(I) lines were used, respectively. The LIBS experimental conditions (mainly the laser energy and the observation window) were optimized in order to avoid self-absorption effect in the measured spectra. In the LA-ICP-MS analysis the Ag 107 and Cu 63 isotopes were detected. The capability of these two analytical techniques for high-resolution mapping of selected trace chemical elements was demonstrated.

  2. Forensic analysis of printing inks using tandem Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy and Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry

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    Subedi, Kiran; Trejos, Tatiana; Almirall, José

    2015-01-01

    Elemental analysis, using either LA-ICP-MS or LIBS, can be used for the chemical characterization of materials of forensic interest to discriminate between source materials originating from different sources and also for the association of materials known to originate from the same source. In this study, a tandem LIBS/LA-ICP-MS system that combines the benefits of both LIBS and LA-ICP-MS was evaluated for the characterization of samples of printing inks (toners, inkjets, intaglio and offset.). The performance of both laser sampling methods is presented. A subset of 9 black laser toners, 10 colored (CMYK) inkjet samples, 12 colored (CMYK) offset samples and 12 intaglio inks originating from different manufacturing sources were analyzed to evaluate the discrimination capability of the tandem method. These samples were selected because they presented a very similar elemental profile by LA-ICP-MS. Although typical discrimination between different ink sources is found to be > 99% for a variety of inks when only LA-ICP-MS was used for the analysis, additional discrimination was achieved by combining the elemental results from the LIBS analysis to the LA-ICP-MS analysis in the tandem technique, enhancing the overall discrimination capability of the individual laser ablation methods. The LIBS measurements of the Ca, Fe, K and Si signals, in particular, improved the discrimination for this specific set of different ink samples previously shown to exhibit very similar LA-ICP-MS elemental profiles. The combination of these two techniques in a single setup resulted in better discrimination of the printing inks with two distinct fingerprint spectra, providing information from atomic/ionic emissions and isotopic composition (m/z) for each ink sample.

  3. Fast diagnostics of laser ablation used for pulsed laser deposition

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    Geohegan, D B

    1993-02-01

    The mechanisms of the laser ablation process for pulsed laser deposition thin film growth will be discussed by describing results from several implementable in situ diagnostic techniques, including gated ICCD photography, optical emission and absorption spectroscopy, ion probes and gate photon counting.

  4. High spatial resolution mapping of deposition layers on plasma facing materials by laser ablation microprobe time-of-flight mass spectroscopy

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    Xiao, Qingmei; Li, Cong; Hai, Ran; Zhang, Lei; Feng, Chunlei; Ding, Hongbin; Zhou, Yan; Yan, Longwen; Duan, Xuru

    2014-05-15

    A laser ablation microprobe time-of-flight mass spectroscopy (LAM-TOF-MS) system with high spatial resolution, ∼20 nm in depth and ∼500 μm or better on the surface, is developed to analyze the composition distributions of deposition layers on the first wall materials or first mirrors in tokamak. The LAM-TOF-MS system consists of a laser ablation microprobe combined with a TOF-MS and a data acquisition system based on a LabVIEW program software package. Laser induced ablation combined with TOF-MS is an attractive method to analyze the depth profile of deposited layer with successive laser shots, therefore, it can provide information for composition reconstruction of the plasma wall interaction process. In this work, we demonstrate that the LAM-TOF-MS system is capable of characterizing the depth profile as well as mapping 2D composition of deposited film on the molybdenum first mirror retrieved from HL-2A tokamak, with particular emphasis on some of the species produced during the ablation process. The presented LAM-TOF-MS system provides not only the 3D characterization of deposition but also the removal efficiency of species of concern.

  5. High spatial resolution mapping of deposition layers on plasma facing materials by laser ablation microprobe time-of-flight mass spectroscopy.

    PubMed

    Xiao, Qingmei; Li, Cong; Hai, Ran; Zhang, Lei; Feng, Chunlei; Zhou, Yan; Yan, Longwen; Duan, Xuru; Ding, Hongbin

    2014-05-01

    A laser ablation microprobe time-of-flight mass spectroscopy (LAM-TOF-MS) system with high spatial resolution, ~20 nm in depth and ~500 ?m or better on the surface, is developed to analyze the composition distributions of deposition layers on the first wall materials or first mirrors in tokamak. The LAM-TOF-MS system consists of a laser ablation microprobe combined with a TOF-MS and a data acquisition system based on a LabVIEW program software package. Laser induced ablation combined with TOF-MS is an attractive method to analyze the depth profile of deposited layer with successive laser shots, therefore, it can provide information for composition reconstruction of the plasma wall interaction process. In this work, we demonstrate that the LAM-TOF-MS system is capable of characterizing the depth profile as well as mapping 2D composition of deposited film on the molybdenum first mirror retrieved from HL-2A tokamak, with particular emphasis on some of the species produced during the ablation process. The presented LAM-TOF-MS system provides not only the 3D characterization of deposition but also the removal efficiency of species of concern. PMID:24880373

  6. Femtosecond laser ablation of bovine cortical bone

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    Cangueiro, Liliana T.; Vilar, Rui; Botelho do Rego, Ana M.; Muralha, Vania S. F.

    2012-12-01

    We study the surface topographical, structural, and compositional modifications induced in bovine cortical bone by femtosecond laser ablation. The tests are performed in air, with a Yb:KYW chirped-pulse-regenerative amplification laser system (500 fs, 1030 nm) at fluences ranging from 0.55 to 2.24 J/cm2. The ablation process is monitored by acoustic emission measurements. The topography of the laser-treated surfaces is studied by scanning electron microscopy, and their constitution is characterized by glancing incidence x-ray diffraction, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and micro-Raman spectroscopy. The results show that femtosecond laser ablation allows removing bone without melting, carbonization, or cracking. The structure and composition of the remaining tissue are essentially preserved, the only constitutional changes observed being a reduction of the organic material content and a partial recrystallization of hydroxyapatite in the most superficial region of samples. The results suggest that, within this fluence range, ablation occurs by a combination of thermal and electrostatic mechanisms, with the first type of mechanism predominating at lower fluences. The associated thermal effects explain the constitutional changes observed. We show that femtosecond lasers are a promising tool for delicate orthopaedic surgeries, where small amounts of bone must be cut with negligible damage, thus minimizing surgical trauma.

  7. Laser ablation plume of FeSi2 alloy target studied by TOF mass and optical emission spectroscopies

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    Narazaki, Aiko; Sato, Tadatake; Kawaguchi, Yoshizo; Niino, Hiroyuki

    2003-02-01

    Time-of-flight (TOF) mass and optical emission spectroscopies have been performed on the ablation plume from ?-FeSi2 alloy target under KrF excimer laser irradiation at a fluence of 0.35-2.5J/cm2 to characterize the mass, kinetic energies and excited states of the ejected species. According to the TOF mass measurements in vacuum, the most prominent species were Si and Fe atoms and ions over the entire fluence range, in addition to Si dimer. At 0.4-0.7 J/cm2, only neutrals of Si, Fe and Si2 with the kinetic energy of around 0.2eV were observed. At the fluences above 0.7J/cm2, doubly and singly charged Si and Fe ions appeared abruptly increased their number density and kinetic energies from 6 eV at 0.7 J/cm2 to over 100 eV at 2.5 J/cm2. Consistent with the TOF mass spectra, the optical emission lines stemmed from the monatomic Si and Fe as well as Si dimer in the wavelength range of 240-800 nm in vacuum. On the other hand, we confirmed some luminescent lines appeared only in helium atmosphere of 10 Torr, suggesting the cluster formation such as FeSi.

  8. Femtosecond laser ablation of solid materials

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    Ye, Mengqi

    In this dissertation, femtosecond laser materials processing is studied. A time-of-flight mass spectrometer has been designed, constructed and utilized to measure the time-of-flight spectra of the ions ablated by femtosecond laser pulses. The velocities and kinetic energies of the ions are determined. Emission spectroscopy and imaging have been carried out to analyze the laser-induced plume. Craters ablated in vacuum and under ambient pressure are measured by a scanning electron microscope (SEM) and a light interferometric microscope. Numerical methods in microscale energy transfer are first reviewed. Subsequently, a numerical model based on the two-temperature concept is utilized to account for the non-equilibrium energy transfer processes dominating the ultrashort laser pulse excitation of materials. Time-of-flight measurements reveal the presence of extremely energetic ions in femtosecond laser-induced plumes, with kinetic energies more than one order of magnitude higher than those of nanosecond laser-induced ions. Two different ablation regimes, exhibiting different laser fluence dependence of the total ion yields, and the corresponding percentage of energetic ions and the crater depths, are discovered for femtosecond laser ablation of titanium. Numerical modeling shows that the laser fluences associated with the second ablation regime can raise the lattice system to the range of the thermodynamic critical point and hence may cause explosive evaporation leading to the observed higher ablation rates. The first regime, however, occurs at lower laser fluences, when the laser energy is mainly deposited in the shallow region defined by the optical penetration depth. The more localized energy deposition is believed to lead to higher percentage of energetic ions, albeit to less total ablation volume. Femtosecond laser-induced plumes have been found to be much smaller in spatial dimensions and weaker in intensity than those induced by nanosecond laser pulses. The ambient pressure is found to restrain the expansion of the plumes. The non-equilibrium microscopic energy transfer between the electron and lattice subsystems needs to be considered to model femtosecond laser materials processing. The two-temperature approach is capable of at least semi-quantitatively modeling real engineering problems. Due to the large temperature range encountered in typical laser ablation applications, the temperature dependence of the materials thermal properties is found to be very important for accurate modeling. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)

  9. Multiple target laser ablation system

    DOEpatents

    Mashburn, D.N.

    1996-01-09

    A laser ablation apparatus and method are provided in which multiple targets consisting of material to be ablated are mounted on a movable support. The material transfer rate is determined for each target material, and these rates are stored in a controller. A position detector determines which target material is in a position to be ablated, and then the controller controls the beam trigger timing and energy level to achieve a desired proportion of each constituent material in the resulting film. 3 figs.

  10. Multiple target laser ablation system

    DOEpatents

    Mashburn, Douglas N. (Knoxville, TN)

    1996-01-01

    A laser ablation apparatus and method are provided in which multiple targets consisting of material to be ablated are mounted on a movable support. The material transfer rate is determined for each target material, and these rates are stored in a controller. A position detector determines which target material is in a position to be ablated, and then the controller controls the beam trigger timing and energy level to achieve a desired proportion of each constituent material in the resulting film.

  11. Species-resolved imaging and gated photon counting spectroscopy of laser ablation plume dynamics during KrF- and ArF-laser PLD of amorphous diamond films

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    Geohegan, D.B.; Puretzky, A.A.

    1995-12-01

    Gated photon counting spectroscopy and species-resolved ICCD photography were used to study the weak plasma luminescence following the propagation of the initial ablation plume in vacuum and during the rebound of the plume with a substrate during pulsed laser deposition of amorphous diamond. These methods techniques were required in order to investigate notable differences between amorphous diamond-like carbon films formed by pulsed laser deposition from ArF (193 nm) and KrF (248 nm) irradiation of pyrolytic graphite in vacuum. Three principal regions of plume emission were found: (1) a bright luminescent ball (v {approximately}3--5 cm/{mu}s) displaying nearly entirely C{sup +} emission which appears to result from laser interaction with the initial ejecta, (2) a spherical ball of emission (v {approximately} 1 cm/{mu}s) displaying neutral carbon atomic emission lines and, at early times, jets of excited C{sub 2}, and (3) a well-defined region of broadband emission (v {approximately} 0.3 cm/{mu}s) near the target surface first containing emission bands from C{sub 2}, then weak, continuum emission thought to result from C{sub 3} and higher clusters and/or blackbody emission from hot clusters or nanoparticles.

  12. Diagnostics Techniques of Plasmas Produced by Laser Ablation

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    Villagran Muniz, M.; Sobral, H.; Sanchez Ake, C.; Sangines de Castro, R.; Sterling, E.; Bredice, F.

    2005-04-21

    Laser ablation in addition for thin film growing is also used for analytical techniques as Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy and for applications as simulation of natural lightning. In this work we present several diagnostic techniques such as probe beam deflection, shadowgraphy, interferometry, pulsed laser photoacoustic and the electrical perturbation induced by laser ablation plasmas that's gives essential information of the plasma, hot core air and shock wave expansion.

  13. Laser ablation based fuel ignition

    DOEpatents

    Early, J.W.; Lester, C.S.

    1998-06-23

    There is provided a method of fuel/oxidizer ignition comprising: (a) application of laser light to a material surface which is absorptive to the laser radiation; (b) heating of the material surface with the laser light to produce a high temperature ablation plume which emanates from the heated surface as an intensely hot cloud of vaporized surface material; and (c) contacting the fuel/oxidizer mixture with the hot ablation cloud at or near the surface of the material in order to heat the fuel to a temperature sufficient to initiate fuel ignition. 3 figs.

  14. Laser ablation based fuel ignition

    DOEpatents

    Early, James W. (Los Alamos, NM); Lester, Charles S. (San Juan Pueblo, NM)

    1998-01-01

    There is provided a method of fuel/oxidizer ignition comprising: (a) application of laser light to a material surface which is absorptive to the laser radiation; (b) heating of the material surface with the laser light to produce a high temperature ablation plume which emanates from the heated surface as an intensely hot cloud of vaporized surface material; and (c) contacting the fuel/oxidizer mixture with the hot ablation cloud at or near the surface of the material in order to heat the fuel to a temperature sufficient to initiate fuel ignition.

  15. Laser ablation in analytical chemistry.

    PubMed

    Russo, Richard E; Mao, Xianglei; Gonzalez, Jhanis J; Zorba, Vassilia; Yoo, Jong

    2013-07-01

    In 2002, we wrote an Analytical Chemistry feature article describing the Physics of Laser Ablation in Microchemical Analysis. In line with the theme of the 2002 article, this manuscript discusses current issues in fundamental research, applications based on detecting photons at the ablation site (LIBS and LAMIS) and by collecting particles for excitation in a secondary source (ICP), and directions for the technology. PMID:23614661

  16. Dynamical Study of Femtosecond-Laser-Ablated Liquid-Aluminum Nanoparticles Using Spatiotemporally Resolved X-Ray-Absorption Fine-Structure Spectroscopy

    SciTech Connect

    Oguri, Katsuya; Okano, Yasuaki; Nishikawa, Tadashi; Nakano, Hidetoshi

    2007-10-19

    We study the temperature evolution of aluminum nanoparticles generated by femtosecond laser ablation with spatiotemporally resolved x-ray-absorption fine-structure spectroscopy. We successfully identify the nanoparticles based on the L-edge absorption fine structure of the ablation plume in combination with the dependence of the edge structure on the irradiation intensity and the expansion velocity of the plume. In particular, we show that the lattice temperature of the nanoparticles is estimated from the L-edge slope, and that its spatial dependence reflects the cooling of the nanoparticles during plume expansion. The results reveal that the emitted nanoparticles travel in a vacuum as a condensed liquid phase with a lattice temperature of about 2500 to 4200 K in the early stage of plume expansion.

  17. LASER ABLATION-INDUCTIVELY COUPLED PLASMA-ATOMIC EMISSION SPECTROSCOPY STUDY AT THE 222-S LABORATORY USING HOT-CELL GLOVE BOX PROTOTYPE SYSTEM

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    SEIDEL CM; JAIN J; OWENS JW

    2009-02-23

    This report describes the installation, testing, and acceptance of the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) procured laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectroscopy (LA-ICP-AES) system for remotely analyzing high-level waste (HLW) samples in a hot cell environment. The work was completed by the Analytical Process Development (APD) group in accordance with Task Order 2005-003; ATS MP 1027, Management Plan for Waste Treatment Plant Project Work Performed by Analytical Technical Services. The APD group at the 222-S Laboratory demonstrated acceptable turnaround time (TAT) and provide sufficient data to assess sensitivity, accuracy, and precision of the LA-ICP-AES method.

  18. LASER ABLATION-INDUCTIVELY COUPLED PLASMA-ATOMIC EMISSION SPECTROSCOPY STUDY AT THE 222-S LABORATORY USING HOT-CELL GLOVE BOX PROTOTYPE SYSTEM

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    LOCKREM LL; OWENS JW; SEIDEL CM

    2009-03-26

    This report describes the installation, testing and acceptance of the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant procured laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectroscopy (LA-ICP-AES) system for remotely analyzing high-level waste samples in a hot cell environment. The 2005-003; ATS MP 1027, Management Plan for Waste Treatment Plant Project Work Performed by Analytical Technical Services. The APD group at the 222-S laboratory demonstrated acceptable turnaround time (TAT) and provide sufficient data to assess sensitivity, accuracy, and precision of the LA-ICP-AES method.

  19. UV laser ablation of parylene films from gold substrates

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    O. R. Musaev, P. Scott, J. M. Wrobel, and M. B. Kruger

    2009-11-19

    Parylene films, coating gold substrates, were removed by laser ablation using 248 nm light from an excimer laser. Each sample was processed by a different number of pulses in one of three different environments: air at atmospheric pressure, nitrogen at atmospheric pressure, and vacuum. The laser-induced craters were analyzed by optical microscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Multi-pulse ablation thresholds of gold and parylene were estimated.

  20. Analysis of aluminum alloys by resonance-enhanced laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy: How the beam profile of the ablation laser and the energy of the dye laser affect analytical performance

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    Yip, W. L.; Cheung, N. H.

    2009-04-01

    In resonance-enhanced laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy, the sample was ablated by a laser pulse and the expanding plume was photoresonantly rekindled by a dye laser pulse. By sampling aluminum alloys for Mg, Pb, Si, and Cu, we showed that for the ablation step, Gaussian beams gave 2 to 3× better signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) than non-uniform beams. For the rekindling step, if no further sample destruction was allowed, dye laser pulses that intercepted the plume transversely gave 6 to 12× higher SNR than the longitudinal case. By combining Gaussian beams and transverse rekindling, the mass limit-of-detection for Mg was about 100 amol while non-resonant analysis was 10× more destructive. Sub-monolayer of oxides grown on laser-cleaned aluminum surfaces was detected by monitoring the AlO emissions of rekindled plumes; without resonant enhancements, they were not detectable no matter how destructive was the analysis. Time resolved studies showed that the Gaussian beam produced less dispersed plumes and that a stronger dye laser beam directed transversely heated up a bigger plume mass without over-heating the plume core. The analyte emissions were sustained while the continuum background remained low.

  1. Synthesis of Ag@Silica Nanoparticles by Assisted Laser Ablation

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    González-Castillo, Jr.; Rodriguez, E.; Jimenez-Villar, E.; Rodríguez, D.; Salomon-García, I.; de Sá, Gilberto F.; García-Fernández, T.; Almeida, DB; Cesar, CL; Johnes, R.; Ibarra, Juana C.

    2015-10-01

    This paper reports the synthesis of silver nanoparticles coated with porous silica (Ag@Silica NPs) using an assisted laser ablation method. This method is a chemical synthesis where one of the reagents (the reducer agent) is introduced in nanometer form by laser ablation of a solid target submerged in an aqueous solution. In a first step, a silicon wafer immersed in water solution was laser ablated for several minutes. Subsequently, an AgNO3 aliquot was added to the aqueous solution. The redox reaction between the silver ions and ablation products leads to a colloidal suspension of core-shell Ag@Silica NPs. The influence of the laser pulse energy, laser wavelength, ablation time, and Ag+ concentration on the size and optical properties of the Ag@Silica NPs was investigated. Furthermore, the colloidal suspensions were studied by UV-VIS-NIR spectroscopy, X-Ray diffraction, and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM).

  2. Synthesis of Ag@Silica Nanoparticles by Assisted Laser Ablation.

    PubMed

    González-Castillo, J R; Rodriguez, E; Jimenez-Villar, E; Rodríguez, D; Salomon-García, I; de Sá, Gilberto F; García-Fernández, T; Almeida, D B; Cesar, C L; Johnes, R; Ibarra, Juana C

    2015-12-01

    This paper reports the synthesis of silver nanoparticles coated with porous silica (Ag@Silica NPs) using an assisted laser ablation method. This method is a chemical synthesis where one of the reagents (the reducer agent) is introduced in nanometer form by laser ablation of a solid target submerged in an aqueous solution. In a first step, a silicon wafer immersed in water solution was laser ablated for several minutes. Subsequently, an AgNO3 aliquot was added to the aqueous solution. The redox reaction between the silver ions and ablation products leads to a colloidal suspension of core-shell Ag@Silica NPs. The influence of the laser pulse energy, laser wavelength, ablation time, and Ag(+) concentration on the size and optical properties of the Ag@Silica NPs was investigated. Furthermore, the colloidal suspensions were studied by UV-VIS-NIR spectroscopy, X-Ray diffraction, and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). PMID:26464175

  3. Characterization of LaMnO 3 laser ablation in oxygen by ion probe and optical emission spectroscopy

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    Amoruso, S.; Bruzzese, R.; Velotta, R.; Spinelli, N.; Vitiello, M.; Wang, X.

    2005-07-01

    Combined measurements of ion probe and optical emission spectroscopy have been employed to investigate the propagation of LaMnO 3 ablation plasma in oxygen background gas. The expansion dynamics as a function of the background pressure shows a transition from a free-plume, at low pressures, to a shock-wave-like expansion, at larger pressures. Plume splitting is observed in a pressure range which depends on the distance from the target surface. The distance-related pressure dependencies for the different expansion regimes have been rationalized in the frame of a simple model of plume propagation into the background gas.

  4. Real-Time Analysis of Individual Airborne Microparticles Using Laser Ablation Mass Spectroscopy and Genetically Trained Neural Networks

    SciTech Connect

    Parker, E.P.; Rosenthal, S.E.; Trahan, M.W.; Wagner, J.S.

    1999-01-22

    We are developing a method for analysis of airborne microparticles based on laser ablation of individual molecules in an ion trap mass spectrometer. Airborne particles enter the spectrometer through a differentially-pumped inlet, are detected by light scattered from two CW laser beams, and sampled by a pulsed excimer laser as they pass through the center of the ion trap electrodes. After the laser pulse, the stored ions are separated by conventional ion trap methods. The mass spectra are then analyzed using genetically-trained neural networks (NNs). A number of mass spectra are averaged to obtain training cases which contain a recognizable spectral signature. Averaged spectra for a bacteria and a non-bacteria are shown to the NNs, the response evaluated, and the weights of the connections between neurodes adjusted by a Genetic Algorithm (GA) such that the output from the NN ranges from 0 for non-bacteria to 1 for bacteria. This process is iterated until the population of the GA converges or satisfies predetermined stopping criteria. Using this type of bipolar training we have obtained generalizing NNs able to distinguish five new bacteria from five new non-bacteria, none of which were used in training the NN.

  5. Deposition of amorphous fluoropolymers thin films by laser ablation

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    Blanchet, Graciela B.

    1993-02-01

    Thin films of the amorphous fluoropolymer, Teflon AF(r), were deposited by laser ablation using the 4th harmonic, at 266 nm, of a Nd-YAG laser. Infrared spectroscopy indicated that the composition of the ablated films were that of the starting materials and x-ray diffraction spectra corroborated the lack of crystallinity. The morphology of the films was controlled by the temperature of the substrate during film formation. We suggest pyrolitic decomposition and subsequent repolymerization as a possible mechanism to the formation of Teflon-AF(r) films by laser ablation.

  6. Superresolved femtosecond laser ablation

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    Merano, Michele; Boyer, Gilbert; Trisorio, Alexandre; Chériaux, Gilles; Mourou, Gérard

    2007-08-01

    The determinist behavior of the femtosecond ablation process allows morphing features well under the diffraction limit by utilizing the thresholding effect, down to the nanometer scale. Because there are a vast range of applications where scaling down the size of the features is a major concern, we investigate the use of superresolving pupil plane filters. As is well known, these filters redistribute the focused optical intensity for a narrower bright spot and, as a trade-off, increase the sidelobes. However, this drawback can be rendered insignificant if all the outer optical power is kept under the determinist threshold value. Two types of pure absorbing binary filter have been tried, giving credence to a size reduction of the ablations in fused silica.

  7. Heterodyne laser spectroscopy system

    DOEpatents

    Wyeth, Richard W. (Livermore, CA); Paisner, Jeffrey A. (San Ramon, CA); Story, Thomas (Antioch, CA)

    1989-01-01

    A heterodyne laser spectroscopy system utilizes laser heterodyne techniques for purposes of laser isotope separation spectroscopy, vapor diagnostics, processing of precise laser frequency offsets from a reference frequency and the like, and provides spectral analysis of a laser beam.

  8. Heterodyne laser spectroscopy system

    DOEpatents

    Wyeth, Richard W. (Livermore, CA); Paisner, Jeffrey A. (San Ramon, CA); Story, Thomas (Antioch, CA)

    1990-01-01

    A heterodyne laser spectroscopy system utilizes laser heterodyne techniques for purposes of laser isotope separation spectroscopy, vapor diagnostics, processing of precise laser frequency offsets from a reference frequency, and provides spectral analysis of a laser beam.

  9. Laser Spectroscopy

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Katori, H.; Yoneda, H.; Nakagawa, K.; Shimizu, F.

    2010-02-01

    Anderson localization of matter-waves in a controlled disorder: a quantum simulator? / A. Aspect ... [et al.] -- Squeezing and entanglement in a Bose-Einstein condensate / C. Gross ... [et al.] -- New physics in dipolar Bose-Einstein condensates / Y. Kawaguchi, H. Saito, and M. Ueda -- Observation of vacuum fluctuations in a spinor Bose-Einstein condensate / C. Klempt ... [et al.] -- Negative-index media for matter waves / F. Perales ... [et al.] -- Entanglement of two individual atoms using the Rydberg blockade / A. Browaeys ... [et al.] -- Array of mesoscopic ensembles on a magnetic atom chip / A. F. Tauschinsky ... [et al.] -- Stability of the proton-to-electron mass ratio tested with molecules using an optical link to primary clock / A. Amy-Klein ... [et al.] -- Metastable helium: lifetime measurements using cold atoms as a test of QED / K. G. H. Baldwin ... [et al.] -- Optical lattice clocks with single occupancy bosons and spin-polarized fermions toward 10[symbol] accuracy / M. Takamoto ... [et al.] -- Frequency measurements of Al[symbol] and Hg[symbol] optical standards / W. M. Itano ... [et al.] -- Switching of light with light using cold atoms inside a hollow optical fiber / M. Bajcsy ... [et al.] -- Room-temperature atomic ensembles for quantum memory and magnetometry / K. Jensen ... [et al.] -- Components for multi-photon non-classical state preparation and measurement / G. Puentes ... [et al.] -- Quantum field state measurement and reconstruction in a cavity by quantum nondemolition photon counting / M. Brune ... [et al.] -- XUV frequency comb spectroscopy / C. Gohle ... [et al.] -- Ultrahigh-repetition-rate pulse train with absolute-phase control produced by an adiabatic raman process / M. Katsuragawa ... [et al.] -- Strongly correlated bosons and fermions in optical lattices / S. Will ... [et al.] -- Bragg spectroscopy of ultracold bose gases in optical lattices / L. Fallani ... [et al.] -- Synthetic quantum many-body systems / C. Guerlin ... [et al.] -- Ultracold Ytterbium atoms in optical lattices / S. Sugawa ... [et al.] -- Ultracold polar molecules in the rovibrational ground state / J. Deiglmayr ... [et al.] -- Polar molecules near quantum degeneracy / J. Ye and D. S. Jin -- Production of a quantum gas of rovibronic ground-state molecules in an optical lattice / J. G. Danzl ... [et al.] -- Recent progress in x-ray nonlinear optics / K. Tamasaku, K. Sawada, and T. Ishikawa -- Gas in scattering media absorption spectroscopy - laser spectroscopy in unconventional environments / S. Svanberg -- Laser spectroscopy on relativistic ion beams / S. Reinhardt ... [et al.] -- Single frequency microcavity lasers and applications / L. Xu ... [et al.].

  10. Nanoparticle fabrication of hydroxyapatite by laser ablation in water

    SciTech Connect

    Musaev, O. R.; Wieliczka, D. M.; Wrobel, J. M.; Kruger, M. B.; Dusevich, V.

    2008-10-15

    Synthetic polycrystalline hydroxyapatite was ablated in water with 337 nm radiation from a UV nitrogen pulsed laser. According to transmission electron microscopy micrographs, the ablated particles were approximately spherical and had a size of {approx}80 nm. Raman spectroscopic analysis demonstrated that particles had the same structure as the original crystal. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy showed that the surface chemical composition was close to that of the original material. The characteristics of the ablated particles and estimations of the temperature rise of the hydroxyapatite surface under laser irradiation are consistent with the mechanism of explosive boiling being responsible for ablation. The experimental observations offer the basis for preparation of hydroxyapatite nanoparticles by laser ablation in water.

  11. Laser Ablation Propulsion A Study

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Irfan, Sayed A.; Ugalatad, Akshata C.

    Laser Ablation Propulsion (LAP) will serve as an alternative propulsion system for development of microthrusters. The principle of LAP is that when a laser (pulsed or continuous wave) with sufficient energy (more than the vaporization threshold energy of material) is incident on material, ablation or vaporization takes place which leads to the generation of plasma. The generated plasma has the property to move away from the material hence pressure is generated which leads to the generation of thrust. Nowadays nano satellites are very common in different space and defence applications. It is important to build micro thruster which are useful for orienting and re-positioning small aircraft (like nano satellites) above the atmosphere. modelling of LAP using MATLAB and Mathematica. Schematic is made for the suitable optical configuration of LAP. Practical experiments with shadowgraphy and self emission techniques and the results obtained are analysed taking poly (vinyl-chloride) (PVC) as propellant to study the

  12. Experimental investigation of the laser ablation process on wood surfaces

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Panzner, M.; Wiedemann, G.; Henneberg, K.; Fischer, R.; Wittke, Th.; Dietsch, R.

    1998-05-01

    Processing of wood by conventional mechanical tools like saws or planes leaves behind a layer of squeezed wood only slightly adhering to the solid wood surface. Laser ablation of this layer could improve the durability of coatings and glued joints. For technical applications, thorough knowledge about the laser ablation process is necessary. Results of ablation experiments by excimer lasers, Nd:YAG lasers, and TEA-CO 2 lasers on surfaces of different wood types and cut orientations are shown. The process of ablation was observed by a high-speed camera system and optical spectroscopy. The influence of the experimental parameters are demonstrated by SEM images and measurement of the ablation rate depending on energy density. Thermal effects like melting and also carbonizing of cellulose were found for IR- and also UV-laser wavelengths. Damage of the wood surface after laser ablation was weaker for excimer lasers and CO 2-TEA lasers. This can be explained by the high absorption of wood in the ultraviolet and middle infrared spectral range. As an additional result, this technique provides an easy way for preparing wood surfaces with excellently conserved cellular structure.

  13. Silver nanoparticles by laser ablation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yuan, Yong J.; Andrews, Mike K.; Marlow, Barry K.; Pyatenko, Alexander T.; Suzuki, Masaaki

    2005-02-01

    The fabrication of a designed arrangement of matter at the nano-scale level is a central goal of contemporary engineering endeavours. Silver nanoparticles synthesized by a laser ablation method in pure water are able to produce the aggregates, agglomerates and crystals due to condensed matter physics and chemistry. The stability of agglomerates and crystals is variable, depending on the composition of ensembles dominated by Ag2O and Ag respectively. The paper will present some fascinating nanostructures, such as films and vesicles.

  14. Laser Ablation in Pediatric Epilepsy.

    PubMed

    Buckley, Robert; Estronza-Ojeda, Samuel; Ojemann, Jeffrey G

    2016-01-01

    Laser ablation is an emerging, minimally invasive treatment for selected children with intractable focal epilepsy with improved procedural morbidity. Data for children lag similar studies in adults, but the hope is for near-equivalent seizure-control rates and improved neuropsychological outcome when compared with standard open surgical resection. The approach seems particularly beneficial when dealing with deep, focal lesions, such as hypothalamic hamartomas or hippocampal sclerosis. PMID:26615109

  15. Analysis of geological samples by atomic emission spectroscopy of plasmas induced by laser ablation at low pressures

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Pavlov, S.; Schröder, S.; Jessberger, E.; Hübers, H.

    2011-12-01

    Elemental analysis of geologic samples based on atomic emission spectroscopy is currently considered for several future space lander missions to planets, moons and asteroids in solar system. The spectroscopic techniques, called laser-induced plasma (breakdown) spectroscopy (LIBS), provides quantitatively the microscopic in-situ abundances of all major and many trace elements of surfaces of solar system bodies. Excitation and evolution of the plasmas induced by lasers depend on the properties of the investigated material and on environmental conditions. This study focuses on the feasibility of spectroscopy of plasmas induced by low-energy laser (below 1 mJ per pulse) for the exploration of solar system bodies with thin atmospheres (pressures below 1 mPa). At such low pressures the excited plasmas have small plumes and expand very rapidly, which limits both the LIBS signal intensity and the available acquisition time. This, in turn, requires usually relatively powerful laser sources to create a detectable LIBS plasma. The low pressure conditions are simulated in a dedicated chamber at the DLR-Berlin Institute of Planetary Research, that can hold the Martian-like atmosphere or high vacuum conditions. Two infrared Q-switched lasers are used for comparative investigation of atomic emission spectra: Firstly, a Nd:YAG laser (Inlite, Continuum) operating at 1064 nm and at 10 Hz, pulse energy up to 230 mJ at 8-10 ns pulse duration and, secondly, developed for future planetary missions Nd:YLF laser (NeoLASE) operating at 1053 nm and at 10-50 Hz, pulse energy up to 3 mJ at 3-5 ns pulse duration. The emitted light of the laser-induced plasma is analysed by an echelle spectrometer (LTB Aryelle Butterfly) covering the wavelength range of 280-900 nm with a spectral resolution of around 104. Identification of atomic transitions is performed using the LTB built-in spectrometer software by comparison with the NIST spectral database. Several basaltic rock and sediment standards were crushed to powder and pressed into pellets. Reduction of both pressure and laser excitation energy results in a significant decrease of the signal-to-noise ratio for most atomic lines (an exception are the widely broadened lines of H). However, the detection of atomic emission lines of elements with relative abundances above 10-3 (0.1 wt%) - Al, Ca, Cr, H, K, Mg, Mn, Na, Ni, O, Si, Ti, - is possible down to a laser excitation energy of 0.9 mJ (laser irradiance on the sample surface 46 MW/mm2). Additionally, the detection of carbon and sulphur, having strong atomic transitions in ultraviolet range, can be expected by extension of the spectral range of the LIBS spectrometer to 190 nm. Atomic doublet and triplet transitions, broadened by atomic collisions at ambient pressures (100 kPa), become spectrally resolved and are identified below 1 mPa. This demonstrates the feasibility of miniaturized laser-induced breakdown spectrometry for space missions to solar bodies with absent or thin atmospheres.

  16. Ultraviolet Laser Ablation of Fluorinated Polymers

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Blanchet, Graciela; Fincher, Curtis; Cotts, Patricia

    2000-03-01

    The ablation of polymers by intense laser radiation is well known and has been studied for over a decade. In spite of this well developed history there is still some confusion with respect to the prefer routes for polymer decomposition. This is in part due to multiple degradation channels upon UV irradiation with the dominant pathway being strongly dependent on photon fluence. We have studied the laser-induced decomposition of Teflon AF and copolymers of hexafluoropropylene and tetrafluoroethylene at 248 and 266 nm following the crossover above and below the threshold for significant material ejection. Data obtained by UV-visible spectroscopy as well as molecular weight determination and mass spectroscopy of the ejected species will be presented.

  17. Observation of femtosecond-laser-induced ablation plumes of aluminum using space- and time-resolved soft x-ray absorption spectroscopy

    SciTech Connect

    Okano, Yasuaki; Oguri, Katsuya; Nishikawa, Tadashi; Nakano, Hidetoshi

    2006-11-27

    The dynamics of the laser ablation plume expansion of aluminum was investigated by using space- and time-resolved soft x-ray absorption spectroscopy. Blueshifts of the Al L-shell photoabsorption edge indicating the state of aluminum were observed in the plumes, which were generated by irradiating an aluminum target with 120 fs near-infrared pulses at an intensity of 10{sup 14} W/cm{sup 2}. The spatiotemporal evolution of the plumes exhibited a multilayer structure consisting of vaporized aluminum and condensed aluminum particles, following the expansion of plasma, with expansion velocities of 10{sup 4} m/s for the atomic state and 10{sup 3} m/s for the condensed state.

  18. Advances in laser ablation of materials

    SciTech Connect

    Singh, R.K. ); Lowndes, D.H. ); Chrisey, D.B. ); Fogarassy, E. ); Narayan, J. )

    1998-01-01

    The symposium, Advances in Laser Ablation of Materials, was held at the 1998 MRS Spring Meeting in San Francisco, California. The papers in this symposium illustrate the advances in pulsed laser ablation for a wide variety of applications involving semiconductors, superconductors, metals, ceramics, and polymers. In particular, advances in the deposition of oxides and related materials are featured. Papers dealing with both fundamentals and the applications of laser ablation are presented. Topical areas include: fundamentals of ablation and growth; in situ diagnostics and nanoscale synthesis advances in laser ablation techniques; laser surface processing; pulsed laser deposition of ferroelectric, magnetic, superconducting and optoelectronic thin films; and pulsed laser deposition of carbon-based and polymeric materials. Sixty papers have been processed separately for inclusion on the data base.

  19. Excimer laser ablation rate and corneal hydration.

    PubMed

    Dougherty, P J; Wellish, K L; Maloney, R K

    1994-08-15

    During excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy, dehydration of the cornea begins as soon as the epithelium is removed. Corneal hydration might affect the excimer laser ablation rate, which could affect the accuracy of correction. We studied the effect of corneal hydration on the excimer laser ablation rate in bovine eyes. To control hydration, bovine corneoscleral rims were equilibrated in dextran solutions of varying concentrations. One button trephined from each rim underwent laser ablation. Hydrated tissue ablation rates (amount of collagen, ground substance, and water removed per pulse) and dry component ablation rates (amount of collagen and ground substance removed per pulse) were calculated from mass removed. The hydrated tissue ablation rate at physiologic hydration was 0.40 micron/pulse. As corneal hydration increased, the hydrated tissue ablation rate increased by 5.6 micrograms/cm2/pulse per increase in unit corneal hydration (simple linear regression analysis, P = .0001). The dry component ablation rate decreased linearly by 0.82 microgram/cm2/pulse per unit increase in corneal hydration (simple linear regression analysis, P = .0001). Both clinical data and theoretical arguments imply that dry component ablation rate determines refractive outcome after photorefractive keratectomy. Since the dry component ablation rate increases as the cornea dries, significant dehydration of the cornea before ablation might lead to relative overcorrections of myopia. Surgeons should use a technique that minimizes changes in hydration to maximize the predictability of excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy. PMID:8053462

  20. Endometrial ablation

    MedlinePLUS

    Hysteroscopy-endometrial ablation; Laser thermal ablation; Endometrial ablation-radiofrequency; Endometrial ablation-thermal balloon ablation; Rollerball ablation; Hydrothermal ablation; Novasure ablation

  1. Laser navigation for radiofrequency ablation.

    PubMed

    Varro, Zoltan; Locklin, Julia K; Wood, Bradford J

    2004-01-01

    A 45-year-old male with renal cell carcinoma secondary to von-Hippel Lindau (VHL) disease presented for radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of kidney tumors. Due to his prior history of several partial nephrectomies and limited renal reserve, RFA was chosen because of its relatively nephron-sparing nature. A laser guidance device was used to help guide probe placement in an attempt to reduce procedure time and improve targeting accuracy. The device was successful at guiding needle placement, as both tumors were located with a single pass. Follow-up CT scan confirmed accurate needle placement, showing an area of coagulation necrosis covering the previously seen tumor. PMID:15383857

  2. Laser Navigation for Radiofrequency Ablation

    SciTech Connect

    Varro, Zoltan; Locklin, Julia K. Wood, Bradford J.

    2004-09-15

    A 45-year-old male with renal cell carcinoma secondary to von-Hippel Lindau (VHL) disease presented for radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of kidney tumors. Due to his prior history of several partial nephrectomies and limited renal reserve, RFA was chosen because of its relatively nephron-sparing nature. A laser guidance device was used to help guide probe placement in an attempt to reduce procedure time and improve targeting accuracy. The device was successful at guiding needle placement, as both tumors were located with a single pass. Follow-up CT scan confirmed accurate needle placement, showing an area of coagulation necrosis covering the previously seen tumor.

  3. PULSED LASER ABLATION OF CEMENT AND CONCRETE

    EPA Science Inventory

    Laser ablation was investigated as a means of removing radioactive contaminants from the surface and near-surface regions of concrete from nuclear facilities. We present the results of ablation tests on cement and concrete samples using a pulsed Nd:YAG laser with fiber optic beam...

  4. Comparative study of pulsed laser ablated plasma plumes from single crystal graphite and amorphous carbon targets. Part I. Optical emission spectroscopy

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yamagata, Y.; Sharma, A.; Narayan, J.; Mayo, R. M.; Newman, J. W.; Ebihara, K.

    2000-12-01

    A comparative study of ablation plasma plumes originated from single crystal graphite (SCG) and amorphous carbon (a-C) targets during the preparation of diamond-like carbon (DLC) films by KrF excimer pulsed laser deposition (PLD) has been carried out by means of a monochromator equipped with an intensified optical multichannel analyzer. In high vacuum, the emission lines of carbon neutral C and ions of C+, C2+, and C3+ can be observed from both the SCG and a-C plasma plumes. The emission intensity from C atoms increases with laser energy density (EL) increase for both cases. The C2 emission intensity from the SCG plasma plume changes drastically with EL, while that from the a-C plasma plume is almost constant. The C2/C emission intensity ratio for the a-C case decreases with EL increase. As for the SCG case, the C2/C ratio decreases with EL increase up to 3.0 J/cm2, and increases slightly with further EL increase. Nanohardness of the deposited films decreases with the increase of the C2/C emission intensity ratio. It is suggested that for both the SCG and a-C target cases, the C2 molecule in the ablated plasma plume may not play an important role in producing high quality DLC films. It is further proposed that the threshold of laser fluence for the formation of diamond-like character film using KrF excimer PLD is 2.1 J/cm2(0.84×108W/cm2) for the a-C target and 3.0 J/cm2(1.2×108W/cm2) for the SCG target. The C2 vibrational temperature of the SCG and the a-C plasma plumes show different features on both the laser energy density and nitrogen pressure dependencies. Through optical emission spectroscopy and Langmuir probe measurements in vacuum and nitrogen background, it is concluded that there are many particles with higher mass in the SCG plasma plume, especially at relatively lower laser energy density below 3.0 J/cm2.

  5. Microporous polymer surfaces prepared by an excimer laser ablation technique.

    PubMed

    Nakayama, Y; Matsuda, T

    1994-01-01

    This paper presents an excimer laser microprocessing method to prepare microporous polymer surfaces. The irradiation of a KrF excimer laser (248 nm) was applied to several polymer films by passing a laser pulse through an optical microscope, resulting in ablative photodecomposition. The control unit was designed to control the fluence of the laser, pulse number, size of irradiated areas, and irradiation micropositioning. The ablation depth linearly increased with an increase in the accumulation of pulses. The chemical composition of the ablated surfaces did not vary with the accumulation of pulses, confirmed by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements. Excellent structuring quality of ablated micropores was obtained for polyurethane, polyimide, and polycarbonate films. As an application of the ablation technique, polyurethane films were micropored by the excimer laser ablation technique in conjunction with open-cell structured, small diameter grafts under development. In vitro cell ingrowth and compliance on the micropored polyurethane films were examined. Rapid ingrowth was observed on pore sizes of a few microns to several tenths of a micron in diameter. Higher density micropores provided enhanced elastomeric properties. PMID:8555583

  6. Characterization of toners and inkjets by laser ablation spectrochemical methods and Scanning Electron Microscopy-Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Trejos, Tatiana; Corzo, Ruthmara; Subedi, Kiran; Almirall, José

    2014-02-01

    Detection and sourcing of counterfeit currency, examination of counterfeit security documents and determination of authenticity of medical records are examples of common forensic document investigations. In these cases, the physical and chemical composition of the ink entries can provide important information for the assessment of the authenticity of the document or for making inferences about common source. Previous results reported by our group have demonstrated that elemental analysis, using either Laser Ablation-Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) or Laser Ablation Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS), provides an effective, practical and robust technique for the discrimination of document substrates and writing inks with minimal damage to the document. In this study, laser-based methods and Scanning Electron Microscopy-Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy (SEM-EDS) methods were developed, optimized and validated for the forensic analysis of more complex inks such as toners and inkjets, to determine if their elemental composition can differentiate documents printed from different sources and to associate documents that originated from the same printing source. Comparison of the performance of each of these methods is presented, including the analytical figures of merit, discrimination capability and error rates. Different calibration strategies resulting in semi-quantitative and qualitative analysis, comparison methods (match criteria) and data analysis and interpretation tools were also developed. A total of 27 black laser toners originating from different manufacturing sources and/or batches were examined to evaluate the discrimination capability of each method. The results suggest that SEM-EDS offers relatively poor discrimination capability for this set (~ 70.7% discrimination of all the possible comparison pairs or a 29.3% type II error rate). Nonetheless, SEM-EDS can still be used as a complementary method of analysis since it has the advantage of being non-destructive to the sample in addition to providing imaging capabilities to further characterize toner samples by their particle morphology. Laser sampling methods resulted in an improvement of the discrimination between different sources with LIBS producing 89% discrimination and LA-ICP-MS resulting in 100% discrimination. In addition, a set of 21 black inkjet samples was examined by each method. The results show that SEM-EDS is not appropriate for inkjet examinations since their elemental composition is typically below the detection capabilities with only sulfur detected in this set, providing only 47.4% discrimination between possible comparison pairs. Laser sampling methods were shown to provide discrimination greater than 94% for this same inkjet set with false exclusion and false inclusion rates lower than 4.1% and 5.7%, for LA-ICP-MS and LIBS respectively. Overall these results confirmed the utility of the examination of printed documents by laser-based micro-spectrochemical methods. SEM-EDS analysis of toners produced a limited utility for discrimination within sources but was not an effective tool for inkjet ink discrimination. Both LA-ICP-MS and LIBS can be used in forensic laboratories to chemically characterize inks on documents and to complement the information obtained by conventional methods and enhance their evidential value.

  7. Infrared laser ablation of hard tissue

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Serafetinides, Alexander A.; Makropoulou, Mersini I.; Tsikrikas, G. N.; Helidonis, Emmanuel S.; Kavvalos, George; Sobol, Emil N.

    1994-02-01

    The aim of this work is the experimental and theoretical investigation of the influence of variable laser parameters (wavelength, fluence, pulse repetition rate) and the optical and thermophysical properties of bone tissue (absorption coefficient, tissue inhomogeneity) on the ablation thresholds and the extent of thermally influenced zones. Ablation and perforation experiments were realized by using (1) a semiconductively preionized TEA CO2 laser (10.6 micrometers ) and (2) a sliding discharge TEA HF laser (2.9 micrometers ).

  8. Ultraviolet femtosecond and nanosecond laser ablation of silicon: Ablation efficiency and laser-induced plasma expansion

    SciTech Connect

    Zeng, Xianzhong; Mao, Xianglei; Greif, Ralph; Russo, Richard E.

    2004-03-23

    Femtosecond laser ablation of silicon in air was studied and compared with nanosecond laser ablation at ultraviolet wavelength (266 nm). Laser ablation efficiency was studied by measuring crater depth as a function of pulse number. For the same number of laser pulses, the fs-ablated crater was about two times deeper than the ns-crater. The temperature and electron number density of the pulsed laser-induced plasma were determined from spectroscopic measurements. The electron number density and temperature of fs-pulse plasmas decreased faster than ns-pulse plasmas due to different energy deposition mechanisms. Images of the laser-induced plasma were obtained with femtosecond time-resolved laser shadowgraph imaging. Plasma expansion in both the perpendicular and the lateral directions to the laser beam were compared for femtosecond and nanosecond laser ablation.

  9. CO2 Laser Ablation Propulsion Tractor Beams

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    Sinko, John E.; Schlecht, Clifford A.

    2010-05-01

    Manipulation of objects at a distance has already been achieved with no small measure of success in the realm of microscopic objects on the scale size of nanometers to micrometers in applications including laser trapping and laser tweezers. However, there has been relatively little effort to apply such remote control to macroscopic systems. A space tractor beam could be applied to a wide range of applications, including removal of orbital debris, facilitation of spacecraft docking, adjustment of satellite attitude or orbital position, etc. In this paper, an ablative laser propulsion tractor beam is demonstrated based on radiation from a CO2 laser. Cooperative, layered polymer targets were used for remote impulse generation using a CO2 laser. The use of a structured ablatant enabling switching between thrust directional parity (i.e., forward or reverse) and imparting torque to a remote target. Fluence-dependent results are presented in the context of polymer ablation modeling work and with consideration of confined ablation effects.

  10. Laser ablation in analytical chemistry - A review

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    Russo, Richard E.; Mao, Xianglei; Liu, Haichen; Gonzalez, Jhanis; Mao, Samuel S.

    2001-10-10

    Laser ablation is becoming a dominant technology for direct solid sampling in analytical chemistry. Laser ablation refers to the process in which an intense burst of energy delivered by a short laser pulse is used to sample (remove a portion of) a material. The advantages of laser ablation chemical analysis include direct characterization of solids, no chemical procedures for dissolution, reduced risk of contamination or sample loss, analysis of very small samples not separable for solution analysis, and determination of spatial distributions of elemental composition. This review describes recent research to understand and utilize laser ablation for direct solid sampling, with emphasis on sample introduction to an inductively coupled plasma (ICP). Current research related to contemporary experimental systems, calibration and optimization, and fractionation is discussed, with a summary of applications in several areas.

  11. Analytical procedure for characterization of medieval wall-paintings by X-ray fluorescence spectrometry, laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry and Raman spectroscopy

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    Syta, Olga; Rozum, Karol; Choi?ska, Marta; Zieli?ska, Dobrochna; ?ukowska, Gra?yna Zofia; Kijowska, Agnieszka; Wagner, Barbara

    2014-11-01

    Analytical procedure for the comprehensive chemical characterization of samples from medieval Nubian wall-paintings by means of portable X-ray fluorescence (pXRF), laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICPMS) and Raman spectroscopy (RS) was proposed in this work. The procedure was used for elemental and molecular investigations of samples from archeological excavations in Nubia (modern southern Egypt and northern Sudan). Numerous remains of churches with painted decorations dated back to the 7th-14th century were excavated in the region of medieval kingdoms of Nubia but many aspects of this art and its technology are still unknown. Samples from the selected archeological sites (Faras, Old Dongola and Banganarti) were analyzed in the form of transfers (n = 26), small fragments collected during the excavations (n = 35) and cross sections (n = 15). XRF was used to collect data about elemental composition, LA-ICPMS allowed mapping of selected elements, while RS was used to get the molecular information about the samples. The preliminary results indicated the usefulness of the proposed analytical procedure for distinguishing the substances, from both the surface and sub-surface domains of the wall-paintings. The possibility to identify raw materials from the wall-paintings will be used in the further systematic, archeometric studies devoted to the detailed comparison of various historic Nubian centers.

  12. Femtosecond laser ablation of dentin and enamel: relationship between laser fluence and ablation efficiency

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    Chen, Hu; Liu, Jing; Li, Hong; Ge, Wenqi; Sun, Yuchun; Wang, Yong; Lü, Peijun

    2015-02-01

    The objective was to study the relationship between laser fluence and ablation efficiency of a femtosecond laser with a Gaussian-shaped pulse used to ablate dentin and enamel for prosthodontic tooth preparation. A diode-pumped thin-disk femtosecond laser with wavelength of 1025 nm and pulse width of 400 fs was used for the ablation of dentin and enamel. The laser spot was guided in a line on the dentin and enamel surfaces to form a groove-shaped ablation zone under a series of laser pulse energies. The width and volume of the ablated line were measured under a three-dimensional confocal microscope to calculate the ablation efficiency. Ablation efficiency for dentin reached a maximum value of 0.020 mm3/J when the laser fluence was set at 6.51 J/cm2. For enamel, the maximum ablation efficiency was 0.009 mm3/J at a fluence of 7.59 J/cm2. Ablation efficiency of the femtosecond laser on dentin and enamel is closely related to the laser fluence and may reach a maximum when the laser fluence is set to an appropriate value.

  13. Femtosecond laser ablation of dentin and enamel: relationship between laser fluence and ablation efficiency.

    PubMed

    Chen, Hu; Liu, Jing; Li, Hong; Ge, Wenqi; Sun, Yuchun; Wang, Yong; Lü, Peijun

    2015-02-01

    The objective was to study the relationship between laser fluence and ablation efficiency of a femtosecond laser with a Gaussian-shaped pulse used to ablate dentin and enamel for prosthodontic tooth preparation. A diode-pumped thin-disk femtosecond laser with wavelength of 1025 nm and pulse width of 400 fs was used for the ablation of dentin and enamel. The laser spot was guided in a line on the dentin and enamel surfaces to form a groove-shaped ablation zone under a series of laser pulse energies. The width and volume of the ablated line were measured under a three-dimensional confocal microscope to calculate the ablation efficiency. Ablation efficiency for dentin reached a maximum value of 0.020 mm3∕J when the laser fluence was set at 6.51 J∕cm2. For enamel, the maximum ablation efficiency was 0.009 mm3∕J at a fluence of 7.59 J∕cm2.Ablation efficiency of the femtosecond laser on dentin and enamel is closely related to the laser fluence and may reach a maximum when the laser fluence is set to an appropriate value. PMID:25695161

  14. Femtosecond laser ablation of the stapes

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    McCaughey, Ryan G.; Sun, Hui; Rothholtz, Vanessa S.; Juhasz, Tibor; Wong, Brian J. F.

    2009-03-01

    A femtosecond laser, normally used for LASIK eye surgery, is used to perforate cadaveric human stapes. The thermal side effects of bone ablation are measured with a thermocouple in an inner ear model and are found to be within acceptable limits for inner ear surgery. Stress and acoustic events, recorded with piezoelectric film and a microphone, respectively, are found to be negligible. Optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and optical coherence tomography are used to confirm the precision of the ablation craters and lack of damage to the surrounding tissue. Ablation is compared to that from an Er:YAG laser, the current laser of choice for stapedotomy, and is found to be superior. Ultra-short-pulsed lasers offer a precise and efficient ablation of the stapes, with minimal thermal and negligible mechanical and acoustic damage. They are, therefore, ideal for stapedotomy operations.

  15. Modern physical principles of laser ablation

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    Krokhin, Oleg N.

    2000-08-01

    Physical principles of ablation, that is a phenomenon of fast superficial evaporation of the solid or liquid due to energy deposition into a thin layer near a surface of the specimen, are discussed. The opportunity of studying ablation at a laboratory is directly related to invention of a laser, which is very intensive source of radiation energy. For the first time, the laser ablation was demonstrated by Maiman in 1960 just by using his ruby laser for perforation of a razor blade. Since then there has been demonstrated, that the laser ablation has very complicated physics and can be used for a lot of applications. This fact results from a tremendous variety of laser parameters. Variations of laser intensity in time, radiation spectrum, geometry of specimen irradiation, its chemical composition, etc., result in unique possibility of changing physical parameters of ablation and, hence, its physical features, which allow us to use laser radiation both in science and technology beginning from laser material processing up to high-temperature plasma formation for laser fusion.

  16. Laser Ablation of Alumina in Water

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    Musaev, O.; Midgley, A; Wrobel, J; Kruger, M

    2010-01-01

    Bulk {alpha}-alumina immersed in distilled water was ablated by pulsed UV laser radiation. The resulting colloidal solution contained micron and submicron size particles. X-ray diffraction and Raman spectra of the ablated and original material are similar. Hence, most of the ablated material is {alpha}-alumina. From transmission electron microscope images, most of the submicron and all of the micron-sized particles have sharp edges and do not have spherical shapes, indicating that the dominant ablation mechanism is due to crack propagation. Some spherical particles of diameter less than 100 nm are observed, indicating that they were formed from the liquid state.

  17. Pulsed laser ablation of dental calculus in the near ultraviolet.

    PubMed

    Schoenly, Joshua E; Seka, Wolf; Rechmann, Peter

    2014-02-01

    Pulsed lasers emitting wavelengths near 400 nm can selectively ablate dental calculus without damaging underlying and surrounding sound dental hard tissue. Our results indicate that calculus ablation at this wavelength relies on the absorption of porphyrins endogenous to oral bacteria commonly found in calculus. Sub- and supragingival calculus on extracted human teeth, irradiated with 400-nm, 60-ns laser pulses at ?8??J/cm2, exhibits a photobleached surface layer. Blue-light microscopy indicates this layer highly scatters 400-nm photons, whereas fluorescence spectroscopy indicates that bacterial porphyrins are permanently photobleached. A modified blow-off model for ablation is proposed that is based upon these observations and also reproduces our calculus ablation rates measured from laser profilometry. Tissue scattering and a stratified layering of absorbers within the calculus medium explain the gradual decrease in ablation rate from successive pulses. Depending on the calculus thickness, ablation stalling may occur at <5??J/cm2 but has not been observed above this fluence. PMID:24549442

  18. Novel Laser Ablation Technology for Surface Decontamination

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    Cheng, Chung H.

    2004-06-01

    Laser ablation for surface cleaning has been pursued for the removal of paint on airplanes. It has also been pursued for the cleaning of semiconductor surfaces. However, all these approaches have been pursued by laser ablation in air. For highly contaminated surface, laser ablation in air can easily cause secondary contamination. Thus it is not suitable to apply to achieve surface decontamination for DOE facilities since many of these facilities have radioactive contaminants on the surface. Any secondary contamination will be a grave concern. The objective of this project is to develop a novel technology for laser ablation in liquid for surface decontamination. It aims to achieve more efficient surface decontamination without secondary contamination and to evaluate the economic feasibility for large scale surface decontamination with laser ablation in liquid. When laser ablation is pursued in the solution, all the desorbed contaminants will be confined in liquid. The contaminants can be precipitated and subsequently contained in a small volume for disposal. It can reduce the risk of the decontamination workers. It can also reduce the volume of contaminants dramatically.

  19. Laser Ablation of Silk Protein (Fibroin) Films

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    Tsuboi, Yasuyuki; Adachi, Hisanori; Yamada, Kazushi; Miyasaka, Hiroshi; Itaya, Akira

    2002-07-01

    Fibroin is the main protein component of silk and is expected to have functional applications in bioelectronics and medicine. We investigated nanosecond (ns) pulsed laser ablation of solid fibroin films with/without a dye as a photosensitizer. Laser lights at 248 nm and 532/355/351 nm excited the peptide bond of fibroin and the dye, respectively. The neat film irradiated at 248 nm was scarcely accessible to etching and swelling, and instead, a microscopic pattern (structure) was formed. In contrast, for ablation of the doped film at 532/355/351 nm, we found marked swelling (height ˜500 ?m) and deep etching (depth ˜10 ?m) on the irradiated surfaces. The dye-photosensitized ablation was brought about by a photothermal mechanism, whereas ablation of neat films may be induced by another process, such as a photochemical one. The ablation processes are discussed in terms of the properties of fibroin and the mode of excitation.

  20. Retained foreign body after laser ablation.

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    Ren, Shiyan; Liu, Peng; Wang, Wei; Yang, Yuguan

    2012-01-01

    Laser ablation for varicose veins is a common practice, and postoperative complications may happen. A retained foreign body could be left accidently in the treated leg. It is rarely reported in literature. We herein describe two cases of retained foreign body during the laser ablation for varicose veins. One patient with varicose veins received laser therapy 5 years earlier, and had experienced discomfort and pain. After investigation, an overlooked sheath fragment was removed surgically from the leg. Another patient with varicose veins had discomfort after laser ablation for 8 days, and has been asymptomatic after the removal of the retained foreign body in the leg. The essential preventive approach include to pinpoint the site of the tip of fiberoptic laser fiber and pull 1 to 2 cm of the sheath out of the patient, then withdrawal the fiberoptic fiber and sheath simultaneously. A white flash light in the trunk of the fiberoptic laser fiber is an important warning signal of an erroneous manipulation during the operation. The surgeon should routinely check the intact sheath and fiberoptic fiber after laser ablation. In conclusion, retained foreign body can be prevented by following some practical tips during laser ablation. PMID:23294067

  1. Nanosecond laser ablation of gold nanoparticle films

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    Ko, Seung H.; Choi, Yeonho; Hwang, David J.; Grigoropoulos, Costas P.; Chung, Jaewon; Poulikakos, Dimos

    2006-10-02

    Ablation of self-assembled monolayer protected gold nanoparticle films on polyimide was explored using a nanosecond laser. When the nanoparticle film was ablated and subsequently thermally sintered to a continuous film, the elevated rim structure by the expulsion of molten pool could be avoided and the ablation threshold fluence was reduced to a value at least ten times lower than the reported threshold for the gold film. This could be explained by the unusual properties of nanoparticle film such as low melting temperature, weak bonding between nanoparticles, efficient laser energy deposition, and reduced heat loss. Finally, submicron lines were demonstrated.

  2. Subpicosecond laser ablation of dental enamel

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    Rode, A. V.; Gamaly, E. G.; Luther-Davies, B.; Taylor, B. T.; Dawes, J.; Chan, A.; Lowe, R. M.; Hannaford, P.

    2002-08-01

    Laser ablation of dental enamel with subpicosecond laser pulses has been studied over the intensity range of (0.1-1.4) x1014 W/cm2 using 95 and 150 fs pulses at a pulse repetition rate of 1 kHz. The experimentally determined ablation threshold of 2.2plus-or-minus0.1 J/cm2 was in good agreement with theoretical predictions based on an electrostatic ablation model. The ablation rate increased linearly with the laser fluence for up to 15 times the ablation threshold. The absence of collateral damage was observed using optical and scanning electron microscopy. Pulpal temperature measurements showed an increase of about 10 degC during the 200 s course of ablation. However, air cooling at a rate of 5 l/min resulted in the intrapulpal temperature being maintained below the pulpal damage threshhold of 5.5 degC. The material removal rates for subpicosecond precision laser ablation of dental enamel are compared with other techniques.

  3. Effects of Laser Wavelength on Ablator Testing

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    White, Susan M.

    2014-01-01

    Wavelength-dependent or spectral radiation effects are potentially significant for thermal protection materials. NASA atmospheric entry simulations include trajectories with significant levels of shock layer radiation which is concentrated in narrow spectral lines. Tests using two different high powered lasers, the 10.6 micron LHMEL I CO2 laser and the near-infrared 1.07 micron fiber laser, on low density ablative thermal protection materials offer a unique opportunity to evaluate spectral effects. Test results indicated that the laser wavelength can impact the thermal response of an ablative material, in terms of bond-line temperatures, penetration times, mass losses, and char layer thicknesses.

  4. Dual beam optical system for pulsed laser ablation film deposition

    DOEpatents

    Mashburn, D.N.

    1996-09-24

    A laser ablation apparatus having a laser source outputting a laser ablation beam includes an ablation chamber having a sidewall, a beam divider for dividing the laser ablation beam into two substantially equal halves, and a pair of mirrors for converging the two halves on a surface of the target from complementary angles relative to the target surface normal, thereby generating a plume of ablated material emanating from the target. 3 figs.

  5. Dual beam optical system for pulsed laser ablation film deposition

    DOEpatents

    Mashburn, Douglas N. (Knoxville, TN)

    1996-01-01

    A laser ablation apparatus having a laser source outputting a laser ablation beam includes an ablation chamber having a sidewall, a beam divider for dividing the laser ablation beam into two substantially equal halves, and a pair of mirrors for converging the two halves on a surface of the target from complementary angles relative to the target surface normal, thereby generating a plume of ablated material emanating from the target.

  6. Laser ablation of GaAs in liquid: the role of laser pulse duration

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    De Bonis, Angela; Galasso, Agostino; Santagata, Antonio; Teghil, Roberto

    2016-01-01

    The synthesis of gallium arsenide (GaAs) nanoparticles has attracted wide scientific and technological interest due to the possibility of tuning the GaAs NP (nanoparticle) band gap across the visible spectrum and their consequent use in optoelectronic devices. In recent years, laser ablation in liquid (LAL) has been widely used for the preparation of colloidal solutions of semiconducting and metallic nanoparticles, thanks to its flexibility. With the aim of highlighting the key role played by laser pulse duration on the ablation mechanism and on the properties of the obtained materials, laser ablation of a gallium arsenide target in acetone was performed using laser sources operating in two different temporal regimes: Nd:glass laser (λ   =  527 nm, pulse duration of 250 fs and frequency repetition rate of 10 Hz) and Nd:YAG laser (λ   =  532 nm, pulse duration of 7 ns and frequency repetition rate of 10 Hz). The ablation process was studied following the dynamics of the laser induced shock waves (SWs) and cavitation bubbles (CBs) by fast shadowgraphy, showing that CB dimension and lifetime is related to the laser pulse length. A characterization of the obtained materials by TEM (transmission electron microscopy) and microRaman spectroscopy have shown that quite spherical gallium oxide/GaAs nanoparticles can be obtained by nanosecond laser ablation. On the other hand, pure polycrystalline GaAs nanoparticles can be produced by using an ultrashort laser source.

  7. Highspeed laser ablation cutting of metal

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    Ullmann, F.; Loeschner, U.; Hartwig, L.; Szczepanski, D.; Schille, J.; Gronau, S.; Knebel, T.; Drechsel, J.; Ebert, R.; Exner, H.

    2013-02-01

    In laser ablation cutting, irradiation of high-intense laser beams causes ejection of molten and evaporated material out of the cutting zone as a result of high pressure gradients, induced by expanding plasma plumes. This paper investigates highspeed laser ablation cutting of industrial grade metal sheets using high-brilliant continuous wave fiber lasers with output powers up to 5 kW. The laser beam was deflected with scan speeds up to 2700 m/min utilizing both a fast galvanometer scan system and a polygon scan system. By sharp laser beam focusing using different objectives with focal lengths ranging between 160 mm and 500 mm, small laser spot diameters between 16.5 ?m and 60 ?m were obtained, respectively. As a result high peak intensities between 3*108 W/cm² and 2.5*109 W/cm² were irradiated on the sample surface, and cutting kerfs with a maximum depth of 1.4 mm have been produced. In this study the impact of the processing parameters laser power, laser spot diameter, cutting speed, and number of scans on both the achievable cutting depth and the cutting edge quality was investigated. The ablation depths, the heights of the cutting burr, as well as the removed material volumes were evaluated by means of optical microscope images and cross section photographs. Finally highspeed laser ablation cutting was studied using an intensified ultra highspeed camera in order to get useful insights into the cutting process.

  8. Basic ablation phenomena during laser thrombolysis

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    Sathyam, Ujwal S.; Shearin, Alan; Prahl, Scott A.

    1997-05-01

    This paper presents studies of microsecond ablation phenomena that take place during laser thrombolysis. The main goals were to optimize laser parameters for efficient ablation, and to investigate the ablation mechanism. Gelatin containing an absorbing dye was used as the clot model. A parametric study was performed to identify the optimal wavelength, spot size, pulse energies, and repetition rate for maximum material removal. The minimum radiant exposures to achieve ablation at any wavelength were measured. The results suggest that most visible wavelengths were equally efficient at removing material at radiant exposures above threshold. Ablation was initiated at surface temperatures just above 100 degrees Celsius. A vapor bubble was formed during ablation. Less than 5% of the total pulse energy is coupled into the bubble energy. A large part of the delivered energy is unaccounted for and is likely released partly as acoustic transients from the vapor expansion and partly wasted as heat. The current laser and delivery systems may not be able to completely remove large clot burden that is sometimes encountered in heart attacks. However, laser thrombolysis may emerge as a favored treatment for strokes where the occlusion is generally smaller and rapid recanalization is of paramount importance. A final hypothesis is that laser thrombolysis should be done at radiant exposures close to threshold to minimize any damaging effects of the bubble dynamics on the vessel wall.

  9. Femtosecond laser ablation of gold interdigitated electrodes for electronic tongues

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    Manzoli, Alexandra; de Almeida, Gustavo F. B.; Filho, José A.; Mattoso, Luiz H. C.; Riul, Antonio; Mendonca, Cleber R.; Correa, Daniel S.

    2015-06-01

    Electronic tongue (e-tongue) sensors based on impedance spectroscopy have emerged as a potential technology to evaluate the quality and chemical composition of food, beverages, and pharmaceuticals. E-tongues usually employ transducers based on metal interdigitated electrodes (IDEs) coated with a thin layer of an active material, which is capable of interacting chemically with several types of analytes. IDEs are usually produced by photolithographic methods, which are time-consuming and costly, therefore, new fabrication technologies are required to make it more affordable. Here, we employed femtosecond laser ablation with pulse duration of 50 fs to microfabricate gold IDEs having finger width from 2.3 ?m up to 3.2 ?m. The parameters used in the laser ablation technique, such as light intensity, scan speed and beam spot size have been optimized to achieve uniform IDEs, which were characterized by optical and scanning electron microscopy. The electrical properties of gold IDEs fabricated by laser ablation were evaluated by impedance spectroscopy, and compared to those produced by conventional photolithography. The results show that femtosecond laser ablation is a promising alternative to conventional photolithography for fabricating metal IDEs for e-tongue systems.

  10. Optical properties of tin oxide nanoparticles prepared by laser ablation in water: Influence of laser ablation time duration and laser fluence

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    Desarkar, Himadri Sankar; Kumbhakar, P. Mitra, A.K.

    2012-11-15

    Colloidal tin oxide nanoparticles are prepared by laser (having a wavelength of 1064 nm) ablation of tin metallic target immersed in pure deionized water. The influences of laser ablation time and laser fluence on the size and optical properties of the synthesized nanoparticles are studied. Prepared tin oxide nanoparticles are characterized by transmission electron microscope, selected area electron diffraction and UV-Visible absorption spectroscopy. The morphology of prepared tin oxide nanoparticles is found to be mostly spherical and with sizes in the nanometric range (mean radius of 3.2 to 7.3 nm). The measured UV-Visible absorption spectra show the presence of absorption peaks in the ultraviolet region. The band gap energy of samples prepared with different laser ablation time duration is calculated and is found to be increased with decrease in size (radius) of the prepared nanoparticles. Photoluminescence emission measurements at room temperature show that all the samples exhibit photoluminescence in the visible region. The peak photoluminescence emission intensity in the sample prepared with 50 min of laser ablation time is 3.5 times larger than that obtained in the sample prepared with 10 min of laser ablation time. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer SnO{sub 2} nanoparticles (6.4-14.6 nm) are prepared by laser ablation in liquid technique. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The influences of laser ablation time and laser fluence are studied. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Samples are characterized by TEM and UV-Visible absorption spectroscopy. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer UV-Visible absorption spectra exhibit quantum confinement effect. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Samples exhibit enhanced photoluminescence emissions in the visible region.

  11. TOPICAL REVIEW: Characterization of laser-ablation plasmas

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    Amoruso, S.; Bruzzese, R.; Spinelli, N.; Velotta, R.

    1999-07-01

    We discuss the generation of high-density and high-temperature plasmas by focusing high peak power laser radiation onto a solid target. Emphasis will be put on the process of laser ablation and on its basic, physical mechanisms. A survey will be given of the main experimental techniques, namely optical emission and absorption spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, time-of-flight and charge collection measurements, devised to characterize laser-produced plasmas. The fundamental theoretical and numerical approaches developed to analyse laser-target interaction, plasma formation, as well as its expansion will also be reviewed, and their predictions compared with the experimental findings. Although the main emphasis of the review will be on metal target ablation, reference and comparison to results on multicomponent targets will also be frequently given.

  12. Improved laser ablation model for asteroid deflection

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    Vasile, Massimiliano; Gibbings, Alison; Watson, Ian; Hopkins, John-Mark

    2014-10-01

    This paper presents an improved laser ablation model and compares the performance - momentum coupling and deflection system mass - of laser ablation against contactless deflection methods based on ion-propulsion. The deflection of an asteroid through laser ablation is achieved by illuminating the surface of the asteroid with high intensity laser light. The absorbed energy induces the sublimation of the surface material and the generation of a plume of gas and ejecta. Similar to a rocket engine, the flow of expelled material produces a continuous and controllable thrust that could be used to modify the trajectory and tumbling motion of the asteroid. Recent results gained from a series of laser ablation experiments were used to improve the sublimation and deflection models. In each experiment a terrestrial olivine sample was ablated, under vacuum, with a 90 W continuous wave laser. The paper presents a model that better fits the outcomes of the experimental campaign, in particular in terms of mass flow rate and spot temperature.

  13. Femtosecond laser ablation induced plasma characteristics from submicron craters in thin metal film

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    Hwang, David J.; Jeon, Hojeong; Grigoropoulos, Costas P.; Yoo, Jong; Russo, Richard E.

    2007-12-17

    The ablation-induced plasma physics at reduced ablation crater dimensions is experimentally investigated. Frequency doubled femtosecond laser pulses are tightly focused through objective lenses onto a Cr thin film coated on quartz wafer in order to obtain ablation craters of submicron lateral dimensions. Side-view time-resolved emission images and the corresponding spectra depict the detailed plasma evolution at the fluence range near the ablation threshold. Collected emission spectra at the laser fluence level of around two to three times of ablation threshold display characteristic atomic transition peaks of the ablated Cr material from submicron ablation craters. This finding confirms that improved spatial resolution for laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy can be achieved.

  14. Optical modeling of laser ablated microstructures

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    Gower, M. C.; Davies, E.; Holmes, A. S.

    2012-11-01

    From only an a priori knowledge of the optical parameters of a laser beam, the delivery system together with a substrate's material properties, a ray-tracing model capable of predicting the 3-D topology of micro/nanostructures machined by pulsed laser ablation has been developed. The model includes secondary illumination effects produced by the microstructure created by successive pulses (wall reflections, refraction, wave guiding, shadowing, etc.) as well as the complete optical properties of the beam delivery system. We have used material ablation by pulsed excimer lasers and associated beam delivery systems to demonstrate some of the capabilities of the model. Good agreement is obtained between computations and experimental results in terms of the predicted ablation depth per pulse and the wall taper angle of channels and holes. The model can predict ablated profiles of holes and indicate the most efficient drilling strategy in terms of material removal rates. The model also shows diffraction effects are not required to explain the tapering vertical walls observed when ablating microstructures. Finally, the model has been used to demonstrate aberrations in an optical imaging system limiting the creation of submicron features in an ablated microstructure. Provided photons are absorbed linearly in a substrate according to Beer's law with negligible thermal diffusion effects, the model is equally applicable to using other types of pulsed laser sources and systems with imaged or focused beams.

  15. Ablative Laser Propulsion: An Update, Part II

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    Pakhomov, Andrew V.; Lin Jun; Thompson, M. Shane

    2004-03-30

    This paper presents an updated review of studies on Ablative Laser Propulsion conducted by the Laser Propulsion Group (LPG) at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. In particular, we describe the experimental technique developed for determination of specific impulses from plasma plume imaging with an intensified CCD camera.

  16. Laser ablation-induced spectral plasma characteristics in optical far- and near fields

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    Hwang, David J.; Jeon, Hojeong; Grigoropoulos, Costas P.; Yoo, Jong; Russo, Richard E

    2008-07-01

    The aim of this work is to elucidate the ablation-induced plasma physics for chemical species analysis by laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy at higher spatial resolution. To accomplish this, the effect of the laser spot size on the laser ablation-induced plasma characteristics is experimentally investigated, both in optical far-field and near-field ablation configurations, utilizing a Cr thin film of {approx}200 nm thickness on quartz substrate as a target. The far-field ablation is affected under tight focusing conditions, wherein nanosecond laser pulses of 532 nm wavelength are focused to laser focal spot diameters of {approx}7 and 1.5 {mu}m. The measured results show that the ablation-induced plasma from sub-10 {mu}m ablation craters exhibits complex three-dimensional behavior, leading to greatly reduced laser-plasma interaction and an order of magnitude shorter plasma lifetime. Nanosecond laser pulses of 532 nm wavelength are also coupled to a pulled fiber based near-field scanning optical microscopy probe. Due to the sharp tip presence in close proximity of the ablation craters, entirely different plasma evolution behavior is observed, highlighted by orders of magnitude shorter plasma lifetime and strongly directional material ejection. The ablation-induced plasma from reduced lateral crater dimensions both in far- and near-field shows improved contrast of atomic transition signals with respect to the wide-spectrum background, hence confirming the potential for laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy with high spatial resolution.

  17. Rapid tooling using controlled laser ablation

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    Geiger, Manfred; Schubart, Doris; Kauf, Michael

    1996-08-01

    Laser based rapid tooling techniques enable the completion of tools within a minimized period of time. Especially the controlled laser ablation process of metals or ceramics allows precise manufacturing along with a high surface accuracy of the parts. The reactive ablation mechanism of ferrous materials in oxygen atmosphere -- the chip removal - is described, as well as the optimization of the process parameters by systematical procedures. The processing results are limited with given radius of the interaction zone between the laser beam and the workpiece surface. Essential process-parameter is therefore the focus radius. This parameter, effectively being controlled by an adaptive optical mirror, strongly influences the process and thus the workpiece result. The laser ablation process characteristically offers a high flexibility concerning workpiece materials and geometries. In combination with the ability of processing even hardened steels without any tool wear laser ablation is predestined for the rapid tooling of metal forming tools like hot forging dies. Obtaining high workpiece accuracy along with short manufacturing times recommends the optimized ablation process not only for prototyping but for serial manufacturing as well.

  18. Resonant laser ablation: mechanisms and applications

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    Anderson, J.E.; Allen, T.M.; Garrett, A.W.; Gill, C.G.; Hemberger, P.H.; Kelly, P.B.; Nogar, N.S.

    1996-10-01

    We report on aspects of resonant laser ablation (RLA) behavior for a number of sample types: metals, alloys, thin films, zeolites and soil. The versatility of RLA is demonstrated, with results on a variety of samples and in several mass spectrometers. In addition, the application to depth profiling of thin films is described; absolute removal rates and detection limits are also displayed. A discussion of possible mechanisms for low-power ablation is presented.

  19. Resonant laser ablation: Mechanisms and applications

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    Anderson, J. E.; Allen, T. M.; Garrett, A. W.; Gill, C. G.; Hemberger, P. H.; Kelly, P. B.; Nogar, N. S.

    1997-01-01

    We will report on aspects of resonant laser ablation (RLA) behavior for a number of sample types: metals, alloys, thin films, zeolites and soil. The versatility of RLA is demonstrated, with results on a variety of samples and in several mass spectrometers. In addition, the application to depth profiling of thin films is described; absolute removal rates and detection limits are also displayed. A discussion of possible mechanisms for low-power ablation are presented.

  20. Investigation of Ta nanoparticles characteristics produced by laser ablation method

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Azadi Kenari, F.; Sari, A. H.; Ghoranneviss, M.; Hantehzadeh, M. R.

    2015-10-01

    In this paper the characteristics of Tantalum nanoparticles produced by laser ablation method is investigated experimentally with a first harmonic of a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser of 1064 nm wavelengths at 6 ns pulse. Spherical nanoparticles of Ta and tantalum oxide have been produced successfully by using a Ta target in ethanol. The fluency of laser was 0.9 J/cm2. The samples were characterized by using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), photo luminescence (PL), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and absorption spectroscopy analyses. The size of produced nanoparticles is mainly in the range between 10-20 nm, structural and phase compositional of produced Ta nanoparticles.

  1. Laser ablated hard coating for microtools

    DOEpatents

    McLean, W. II; Balooch, M.; Siekhaus, W.J.

    1998-05-05

    Wear-resistant coatings composed of laser ablated hard carbon films, are deposited by pulsed laser ablation using visible light, on instruments such as microscope tips and micro-surgical tools. Hard carbon, known as diamond-like carbon (DLC), films produced by pulsed laser ablation using visible light enhances the abrasion resistance, wear characteristics, and lifetimes of small tools or instruments, such as small, sharp silicon tips used in atomic probe microscopy without significantly affecting the sharpness or size of these devices. For example, a 10--20 nm layer of diamond-like carbon on a standard silicon atomic force microscope (AFM) tip, enables the useful operating life of the tip to be increased by at least twofold. Moreover, the low inherent friction coefficient of the DLC coating leads to higher resolution for AFM tips operating in the contact mode. 12 figs.

  2. Laser ablated hard coating for microtools

    DOEpatents

    McLean, II, William (Oakland, CA); Balooch, Mehdi (Berkeley, CA); Siekhaus, Wigbert J. (Berkeley, CA)

    1998-05-05

    Wear-resistant coatings composed of laser ablated hard carbon films, are deposited by pulsed laser ablation using visible light, on instruments such as microscope tips and micro-surgical tools. Hard carbon, known as diamond-like carbon (DLC), films produced by pulsed laser ablation using visible light enhances the abrasion resistance, wear characteristics, and lifetimes of small tools or instruments, such as small, sharp silicon tips used in atomic probe microscopy without significantly affecting the sharpness or size of these devices. For example, a 10-20 nm layer of diamond-like carbon on a standard silicon atomic force microscope (AFM) tip, enables the useful operating life of the tip to be increased by at least twofold. Moreover, the low inherent friction coefficient of the DLC coating leads to higher resolution for AFM tips operating in the contact mode.

  3. Laser ablation studies in southern Africa

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    McKenzie, Edric; Forbes, A.; Turner, G. R.; Michaelis, Max M.

    2000-08-01

    With the launch of the South African National Laser Centre, new programs will need to be defined. Medical, environmental and industrial laser applications must obviously take top priority -- as opposed to the uranium isotope separation and military applications of the past. We argue however, that a small effort in laser ablation for space propulsion is justifiable, since a few very large CO2 lasers are available and since two tentative propulsion experiments have already been conducted in South Africa. We attempt to give LISP (Laser Impulse Space Propulsion) an equatorial and a Southern dimension.

  4. Plasma luminescence feedback control system for precise ultrashort pulse laser tissue ablation

    SciTech Connect

    Kim, B.M.; Feit, M.D.; Rubenchick, A.M.; Gold, D.M.; Darrown, C.B.; Da Silva, L.B.

    1998-01-01

    Plasma luminescence spectroscopy was used for precise ablation of bone tissue without damaging nearby soft tissue using ultrashort pulse laser (USPL). Strong contrast of the luminescence spectra between bone marrow and spinal cord provided the real time feedback control so that only bone tissue can be selectively ablated while preserving the spinal cord.

  5. Laser ablation of otic capsule tissue

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    McCaughey, Ryan G.; Wong, Brian J. F.; Tafoya, Jason; Sun, Yingzhi; Jain, Ravi

    2008-02-01

    The Er:YAG laser has been shown to be a effective and safe tool for middle ear surgery, due to its wavelength of 2.94 μm matching a peak in the absorption spectrum of tissue. The development of a compact laser provides similar optical properties with the additional advantage of being a smaller and more flexible system. The laser-tissue interaction of the laser with porcine otic capsule bone, including photoacoustic effects and ablation characteristics are presented here and compared to those of an Er:YAG laser, to show its suitable for middle ear surgery. Photoacoustic effects were recorded using a piezo-electric film. Ablation rates were determined by mass loss per pulse and etch depth per pulse.

  6. Lanthanide oxide cluster ions produced by laser ablation

    SciTech Connect

    Gibson, J.K.

    1995-12-31

    Positive ions produced by XeCl excimer laser ablation of inorganic solids were studied by reflectron time-of-flight mass spectrometry to elucidate chemical speciation and the physical processes comprising ablation. The results are relevant to developing enhanced techniques for pulsed laser deposition of thin films and laser ablation sampling for materials analyses.

  7. Laser Ablation for Small Hepatocellular Carcinoma

    PubMed Central

    Pacella, Claudio Maurizio; Francica, Giampiero; Di Costanzo, Giovanni Giuseppe

    2011-01-01

    Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most common malignancies worldwide and is increasingly detected at small size (<5?cm) owing to surveillance programmes in high-risk patients. For these cases, curative therapies such as resection, liver transplantation, or percutaneous ablation have been proposed. When surgical options are precluded, image-guided tumor ablation is recommended as the most appropriate therapeutic choice in terms of tumor local control, safety, and improvement in survival. Laser ablation (LA) represents one of currently available loco-ablative techniques: light is delivered via flexible quartz fibers of diameter from 300 to 600??m inserted into tumor lesion through either fine needles (21g Chiba needles) or large-bore catheters. The thermal destruction of tissue is achieved through conversion of absorbed light (usually infrared) into heat. A range of different imaging modalities have been used to guide percutaneous laser ablation, but ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging are most widely employed, according to local experience and resource availability. Available clinical data suggest that LA is highly effective in terms of tumoricidal capability with an excellent safety profile; the best results in terms of long-term survival are obtained in early HCC so that LA can be proposed not only in unresectable cases but, not differently from radiofrequency ablation, also as the first-line treatment. PMID:22191028

  8. Multidiagnostic analysis of ultrafast laser ablation of metals with pulse pair irradiation

    SciTech Connect

    Amoruso, S.; Bruzzese, R.; Wang, X.; O'Connell, G.; Lunney, J. G.

    2010-12-01

    Copper targets are irradiated in the ablation regime by pairs of equal, time-delayed collinear laser pulses separated on a timescale going from {approx_equal}2 ps to {approx_equal}2 ns. The ablation plume is characterized by ion probe diagnostic, fast imaging, and temporally and spatially resolved optical emission spectroscopy. The variation in the ablation efficiency with the delay between the pulses is analyzed by measuring the ablation crater profile with a contact profilometer. The second laser pulse modifies the characteristics of the plasma plume produced by the first pulse and the ablation efficiency. The different mechanisms involved in double pulse ultrafast laser ablation are identified and discussed. The experimental findings are interpreted in the frame of a simple model of the interaction of the second pulse with the nascent ablation plume produced by the first pulse. This model yields consistent and quantitative agreement with the experimental findings predicting the observed experimental trends of the ablation depth reduction and ion yield increase with the delay between the pulses, as well as the characteristic timescale of the observed changes. The possibility of controlling the characteristics of the plumes produced during ultrafast laser ablation via an efficient coupling of the energy of the second pulse to the various ablation components produced by the first pulse is of particular interest in ultrafast pulsed laser deposition and microprobe analyses of materials.

  9. Advances in laser spectroscopy

    SciTech Connect

    Arecchi, F.T.; Strumia, F.; Walther, H.

    1983-01-01

    This book presents the lectures and seminars given at the NATO Study Institute on ''Advances in Laser Spectroscopy'' held in Italy in 1981. Topics include experimental and theoretical techniques (e.g., Rydberg atoms in magnetic and electric fields; progress in tunable lasers; UV-generation in CW dye lasers); applications of laser spectroscopy (e.g., new phenomena in coherent optical transients); and recent results and trends (e.g., the search for parity non-conservation in atoms; a possible new approach to free-electron lasers). Recommended for young researchers and advanced students engaged in the area of quantum electronics.

  10. Laser ablation threshold of cultural heritage metals

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lorusso, A.; Nassisi, V.; Buccolieri, A.; Buccolieri, G.; Castellano, A.; Leo, L. S.; di Giulio, M.; Torrisi, L.; Caridi, F.; Borrielli, A.

    The present work has the purpose to evaluate experimentally the ablation threshold fluences of copper, silver, and their alloys in order to induce a safety laser cleaning of the metal artifacts avoiding damages to the bulkE We used two different pulsed lasers: a KrF excimer laser operating at 248 nm, 23 ns pulse duration and a Nd:YAG laser operating at 532 nm (second harmonic), 3 ns pulse. Preliminary experimental results about the laser cleaning of bronze coins will be reported. The laser cleaning consists on the reduction of the chlorine concentration from the surface of the coins. The laser cleaning, carried out by the KrF laser, provides a safe way of removing the chlorine concentration as the Energy Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence analyses will demonstrate.

  11. Excimer laser ablation of the cornea

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Pettit, George H.; Ediger, Marwood N.; Weiblinger, Richard P.

    1995-03-01

    Pulsed ultraviolet laser ablation is being extensively investigated clinically to reshape the optical surface of the eye and correct vision defects. Current knowledge of the laser/tissue interaction and the present state of the clinical evaluation are reviewed. In addition, the principal findings of internal Food and Drug Administration research are described in some detail, including a risk assessment of the laser-induced-fluorescence and measurement of the nonlinear optical properties of cornea during the intense UV irradiation. Finally, a survey is presented of the alternative laser technologies being explored for this ophthalmic application.

  12. Time-resolved diagnostics of excimer laser-generated ablation plasmas used for pulsed laser deposition

    SciTech Connect

    Geohegan, D.B.

    1994-09-01

    Characteristics of laser plasmas used for pulsed laser deposition (PLD) of thin films are examined with four in situ diagnostic techniques: Optical emission spectroscopy, optical absorption spectroscopy, ion probe studies, and gated ICCD (intensified charge-coupled-device array) fast photography. These four techniques are complementary and permit simultaneous views of the transport of ions, excited states, ground state neutrals and ions, and hot particulates following KrF laser ablation of YBCO, BN, graphite and Si in vacuum and background gases. The implementation and advantages of the four techniques are first described in order to introduce the key features of laser plasmas for pulsed laser deposition. Aspects of the interaction of the ablation plume with background gases (i.e., thermalization, attenuation, shock formation) and the collision of the plasma plume with the substrate heater are then summarized. The techniques of fast ICCD photography and gated photon counting are then applied to investigate the temperature, velocity, and spatial distribution of hot particles generated during KrF ablation of YBCO, BN, Si and graphite. Finally, key features of fast imaging of the laser ablation of graphite into high pressure rare gases are presented in order to elucidate internal reflected shocks within the plume, redeposition of material on a surface, and formation of hot nanoparticles within the plume.

  13. NOVEL LASER ABLATION TECHNOLOGY FOR SURFACE DECONTAMINATION

    EPA Science Inventory

    The objective of this project is to develop a novel Laser Ablation Decontamination in Liquid (LADIL) technology for surface decontamination and safe removal of radioactive and/or toxic contaminants. It aims to achieve more efficient surface decontamination without secondary conta...

  14. Laser ablation mechanism of transparent dielectrics with picosecond laser pulses

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sun, Mingying; Eppelt, Urs; Russ, Simone; Hartmann, Claudia; Siebert, Christof; Zhu, Jianqiang; Schulz, Wolfgang

    2012-11-01

    Thin glass sheets (thickness <1 mm) have a great potential in OLED and LCD displays. While the conventional manufacturing methods, such as mechanical scribing and breaking, result in poor edge strength, ultra-short-pulsed laser processing could be a promising solution, offering high-quality cutting edges. However laser precision glass cutting suffers from unwanted material modification and even severe damage (e.g. cracks and chipping). Therefore it is essential to have a deep understanding of the ultra-short-pulsed laser ablation mechanism of transparent dielectrics in order to remedy those drawbacks. In this work, the ablation mechanism of transparent dielectrics irradiated by picosecond laser pulses has been studied. Ultrafast dynamics of free-electrons is analyzed using a rate equation for free-electron density including multi-photon ionization, avalanche ionization and loss terms. Two maps of free-electron density in parameter space are given to discuss the dependence of ablation threshold intensity/fluence on pulse duration. The laser ablation model describing laser beam propagation and energy deposition in transparent dielectrics is presented. Based on our model, simulations and experiments have been performed to study the ablation dynamics. Both simulation and experimental results show good agreement, offering great potential for optimization of laser processing in transparent dielectrics. The effects of recombination coefficient and electron-collision time on our model are investigated.

  15. Shock wave generated during laser ablation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Stauter, Christian; Gerard, Philippe; Fontaine, Joel

    1998-09-01

    In this paper, we present a theoretical and experimental study of pulse laser ablation of metals and ceramics. We develop a model to calculate the energy deposited in the generated shock wave. This model is limited to the regime of low irradiance in which the vapor remains transparent to the laser light. Calculations are based on classical models of vaporization and lead to the evaluation of the mass of ablated material and vapor kinetic energy. Experimental investigation of the generated shock wave has been made using KrF excimer and Q- switched Nd:YAG lasers. We show that it is possible to use an opto-acoustical deflection technique of a probe laser beam to obtain shock wave energy. For the 2 classes of irradiated samples, the same profile for the dependence of shock wave energy versus laser irradiance is observed. A good correlation between calculated values and experimental data is obtained for shock wave energy and ablation rate variation with laser irradiance.

  16. Picosecond laser ablation of porcine sclera

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Góra, Wojciech S.; Harvey, Eleanor M.; Dhillon, Baljean; Parson, Simon H.; Maier, Robert R. J.; Hand, Duncan P.; Shephard, Jonathan D.

    2013-03-01

    Lasers have been shown to be successful in certain medical procedures and they have been identified as potentially making a major contribution to the development of minimally invasive procedures. However, the uptake is not as widespread and there is scope for many other applications where laser devices may offer a significant advantage in comparison to the traditional surgical tools. The purpose of this research is to assess the potential of using a picosecond laser for minimally invasive laser sclerostomy. Experiments were carried out on porcine scleral samples due to the comparable properties to human tissue. Samples were prepared with a 5mm diameter trephine and were stored in lactated Ringer's solution. After laser machining, the samples were fixed in 3% glutaraldehyde, then dried and investigated under SEM. The laser used in the experiments is an industrial picosecond TRUMPF TruMicro laser operating at a wavelength of 1030nm, pulse length of 6ps, repetition rate of 1 kHz and a focused spot diameter of 30?m. The laser beam was scanned across the samples with the use of a galvanometer scan head and various ablation patterns were investigated. Processing parameters (pulse energy, spot and line separation) which allow for the most efficient laser ablation of scleral tissue without introducing any collateral damage were investigated. The potential to create various shapes, such as linear incisions, square cavities and circular cavities was demonstrated.

  17. Spectroscopic studies of laser ablation plumes of artwork materials

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Oujja, M.; Rebollar, E.; Castillejo, M.

    2003-04-01

    Studies on the plasma plume created during KrF laser (248 nm) ablation of dosimeter tempera samples in vacuum have been carried out to investigate the basic interactions of the laser with paint materials. Time resolved optical emission spectroscopy (OES) was used to measure the translational velocity of electronically excited transients in the plasma plume. Laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) studies using a probe dye laser, allowed to determine the velocities of non-emitting species. The propagation velocities of C 2 in the a 3? u and d 3? g electronic states and of excited atomic species are indicative of a high translational temperature. Differences between the velocities of organic and inorganic species and between emissions from the tempera systems and from the pigments as pellets allow to discuss the participation of photochemical mechanisms in the laser irradiation of the paint systems.

  18. A Review of Laser Ablation Propulsion

    SciTech Connect

    Phipps, Claude; Bohn, Willy; Lippert, Thomas; Sasoh, Akihiro; Schall, Wolfgang; Sinko, John

    2010-10-08

    Laser Ablation Propulsion is a broad field with a wide range of applications. We review the 30-year history of laser ablation propulsion from the transition from earlier pure photon propulsion concepts of Oberth and Saenger through Kantrowitz's original laser ablation propulsion idea to the development of air-breathing 'Lightcraft' and advanced spacecraft propulsion engines. The polymers POM and GAP have played an important role in experiments and liquid ablation fuels show great promise. Some applications use a laser system which is distant from the propelled object, for example, on another spacecraft, the Earth or a planet. Others use a laser that is part of the spacecraft propulsion system on the spacecraft. Propulsion is produced when an intense laser beam strikes a condensed matter surface and produces a vapor or plasma jet. The advantages of this idea are that exhaust velocity of the propulsion engine covers a broader range than is available from chemistry, that it can be varied to meet the instantaneous demands of the particular mission, and that practical realizations give lower mass and greater simplicity for a payload delivery system. We review the underlying theory, buttressed by extensive experimental data. The primary problem in laser space propulsion theory has been the absence of a way to predict thrust and specific impulse over the transition from the vapor to the plasma regimes. We briefly discuss a method for combining two new vapor regime treatments with plasma regime theory, giving a smooth transition from one regime to the other. We conclude with a section on future directions.

  19. A Review of Laser Ablation Propulsion

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Phipps, Claude; Bohn, Willy; Lippert, Thomas; Sasoh, Akihiro; Schall, Wolfgang; Sinko, John

    2010-10-01

    Laser Ablation Propulsion is a broad field with a wide range of applications. We review the 30-year history of laser ablation propulsion from the transition from earlier pure photon propulsion concepts of Oberth and Sänger through Kantrowitz's original laser ablation propulsion idea to the development of air-breathing "Lightcraft" and advanced spacecraft propulsion engines. The polymers POM and GAP have played an important rôle in experiments and liquid ablation fuels show great promise. Some applications use a laser system which is distant from the propelled object, for example, on another spacecraft, the Earth or a planet. Others use a laser that is part of the spacecraft propulsion system on the spacecraft. Propulsion is produced when an intense laser beam strikes a condensed matter surface and produces a vapor or plasma jet. The advantages of this idea are that exhaust velocity of the propulsion engine covers a broader range than is available from chemistry, that it can be varied to meet the instantaneous demands of the particular mission, and that practical realizations give lower mass and greater simplicity for a payload delivery system. We review the underlying theory, buttressed by extensive experimental data. The primary problem in laser space propulsion theory has been the absence of a way to predict thrust and specific impulse over the transition from the vapor to the plasma regimes. We briefly discuss a method for combining two new vapor regime treatments with plasma regime theory, giving a smooth transition from one regime to the other. We conclude with a section on future directions.

  20. Femtosecond filament-laser ablation molecular isotopic spectrometry

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hou, Huaming; Chan, George C.-Y.; Mao, Xianglei; Zheng, Ronger; Zorba, Vassilia; Russo, Richard E.

    2015-11-01

    A new remote sensing technology for real-time isotopic analysis is introduced: Femtosecond Filament-Induced Laser Ablation Molecular Isotopic Spectrometry (F2-LAMIS). The technique combines femtosecond (fs) laser filamentation and ablation-based molecular isotopic spectroscopy, thereby enabling isotopic analysis of samples at a distance, in ambient air and at ambient pressure conditions. Isotopic analysis of zirconium (Zr) samples by F2-LAMIS is demonstrated, and the molecular and atomic emission intensity, and properties of the filament-induced plasma generated at different filament propagation distances were investigated. Spectral fitting of F2-LAMIS spectra enabled semi-quantitative isotopic analysis without the use of calibration standards, which was independent of the filament propagation distance for the studied range. This technology provides new capabilities for direct isotopic ratio measurements at remote distances.

  1. Ablation laser femtoseconde pour le dépôt de DLC

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Loir, A.-S.; Garrelie, F.; Donnet, C.; Goutaland, F.; Belin, M.; Subtil, J.-L.; Le Harzic, R.; Rogemond, F.; Ouerdane, Y.; Laporte, P.

    2003-06-01

    Des films de Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) ont été déposés, sous vide poussé, par ablation d'une cible de graphite avec un laser Ti : saphir (durée d'impulsion 150 fs, fréquence de répétition 1 kHz, énergie par impulsion 1,5 mJ, longueur d'onde 800 nm) sur substrat standard. Les propriétés de ces couches (structure, adhérence, propriétés nanomécaniques) ont été caractérisées, en fonction des conditions d'élaboration. La caractérisation par spectroscopie Raman de la structure des dépôts obtenus a révélé la présence de diamant nanocristallin au sein d'une matrice amorphe. Le taux d'hybridation sp^3 des couches, déterminé à partir des spectres obtenus par XANES (X-ray Absorption Near Edge Speciroscopy), est voisin de 70 %. Ces différents résultats sont corrélés avec la caractérisation par imagerie résolue en temps du panache plasma créé par ablation laser femtoseconde.

  2. Laser ablation ICPMS analysis of real world samples

    SciTech Connect

    Kahr, M.S.; Brink, C.; Figg, D.

    1995-12-31

    There is a need to develop a rugged, rapid, accurate in-situ technique to provide elemental data for solid radioactive (hot) samples. Laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA/ICPMS) is an attractive method for application to this problem. LA/ICPMS provides rapid analyses without the need for sample preparation or digestion. LA/ICPMS is also capable of providing in-situ analysis with spatial information for elemental composition. Laser ablated material can be introduced remotely via tubing into an inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (ICP/MS) system. This allows the mass spectrometer and operator to sit away from the actual sample, which is ideal for hot sample analysis. Mass spectrometric detection allows positive identification for elements with less spectral interferences than for atomic emission spectroscopy (AES).

  3. Stereotactic Laser Ablation for Hypothalamic Hamartoma.

    PubMed

    Rolston, John D; Chang, Edward F

    2016-01-01

    Stereotactic laser ablation (SLA) is a minimally invasive approach to the treatment of medication-resistant epilepsy that accomplishes ablation of the seizure focus with real-time magnetic resonance thermal mapping. Rates of seizure freedom in early series suggest that SLA approaches and perhaps surpasses the effectiveness of open resection. SLA minimizes the neurocognitive and endocrine adverse effects of open surgery. Secondary benefits of SLA include decreased length of stay, elimination of intensive care unit stay, reduced procedure-related discomfort, and improved access to surgical treatment for patients less likely to consider an open resective procedure. PMID:26615108

  4. Printable Nanophotonic Devices via Holographic Laser Ablation.

    PubMed

    Zhao, Qiancheng; Yetisen, Ali K; Sabouri, Aydin; Yun, Seok Hyun; Butt, Haider

    2015-09-22

    Holography plays a significant role in applications such as data storage, light trapping, security, and biosensors. However, conventional fabrication methods remain time-consuming, costly, and complex, limiting the fabrication of holograms and their extensive use. Here, we demonstrate a single-pulse laser ablation technique to write parallel surface gratings and Fresnel zone plates. We utilized a 6 ns high-energy green laser pulse to form interference patterns to record a surface grating with 820 nm periodicity and asymmetric zone plate holograms on 4.5 nm gold-coated substrates. The holographic recording process was completed within seconds. The optical characteristics of the interference patterns have been computationally modeled, and well-ordered polychromatic diffraction was observed from the fabricated holograms. The zone plate showed a significant diffraction angle of 32° from the normal incident for the focal point. The nanosecond laser interference ablation for rapid hologram fabrication holds great potential in a vast range of optical devices. PMID:26301907

  5. Nanoparticle Generation During Laser Ablation and Laser-Induced Liquefaction

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Haustrup, N.; O'Connor, G. M.

    Recently short-pulse laser sources have been investigated as a potential method for nanoparticle synthesis. Deposited aluminium, nickel and gold nanoparticles generated during nano- and femto-second laser ablation were analyzed using SEM and AFM. As the environment in which laser ablation takes place is known to influence the size of generated nanoparticles, a novel gas ambient that generates a transient liquid phase was investigated. This ambient offers favorable properties to overcome some issues typically encountered with ablation in gases or liquids alone. The Laser-Induced Liquefaction (LIL) process most notably lead to a reduced mean radius of aluminium nanoparticles from 36.8 nm in air to 12.7 nm.

  6. Excimer Laser Ablation of Egg Tempera Paints and Varnishes

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Morais, P. J.; Bordalo, R.; Santos, L. dos; Marques, S. F.; Salgueiredo, E.; Gouveia, H.

    In this work a series of egg tempera paint and varnish systems have been prepared, artificially aged and irradiated with KrF excimer laser at a wavelength of 248 nm. The samples were prepared with pure pigments and selected mixtures. It was found that, for some pigments, the colour changed upon laser irradiation even at low energy densities, below the ablation threshold while for other inorganic pigmented egg temperas the degree of discoloration is very small at moderate fluence of ˜0.30 J cm?2. The varnish systems did not present signs of discoloration. The thickness, superficial roughness and magnitude of the colour changes of the samples were measured. X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy and UV/visible spectroscopy were used in order to investigate the changes induced by the KrF excimer laser radiation.

  7. Ultrafast femtosecond laser ablation of graphite

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ionin, Andrey A.; Kudryashov, Sergey I.; Makarov, Sergey V.; Mel'nik, N. N.; Saltuganov, Pavel N.; Seleznev, Leonid V.; Sinitsyn, Dmitry V.

    2015-06-01

    Fluence dependences of IR and UV reflectivity of femtosecond laser pulses on a HOPG surface demonstrate their saturation in a certain fluence range, starting from 0.2?J?cm-2, where single-shot non-linear plasma emission is detected by electric probe measurements. This correlation between prompt solid-state optical/electronic dynamics and electron-ion plasma emission indicates prompt ‘freezing’ of surface electronic dynamics via its plasma-emission cooling and simultaneous ultrafast shallow laser ablation of the surface. Strong HOPG disordering is observed in Raman spectra for laser fluences, exceeding the plasma emission threshold.

  8. Laser ablation comparison by picosecond pulses train and nanosecond pulse

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lednev, V. N.; Filippov, M. N.; Bunkin, A. F.; Pershin, S. M.

    2015-12-01

    A comparison of laser ablation by a train of picosecond pulses and nanosecond pulses revealed a difference in laser craters, ablation thresholds, plasma sizes and spectral line intensities. Laser ablation with a train of picosecond pulses resulted in improved crater quality while ablated mass decreased up to 30%. A reduction in laser plasma dimensions for picosecond train ablation was observed while the intensity of atomic/ionic lines in the plasma spectra was greater by a factor of 2–4 indicating an improved excitation and atomization in the plasma.

  9. Time-resolved monitoring of ZnO plume by ArF laser ablation: influence of surrounding gas

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kawaguchi, Yoshizo; Narazaki, Aiko; Sato, Tadatake; Niino, Hiroyuki

    2003-02-01

    We have investigated dynamics of ablated species in ZnO plume under ArF excimer laser irradiation with emission imaging and spectroscopy, and discussed the effect of a surrounding inert gas. Surrounding He or Ar gas strongly cools down the plume and encourages aggregation of ablated species, which is visualized by second laser irradiation to the plume.

  10. A novel method for the identification of inorganic and organic gunshot residue particles of lead-free ammunitions from the hands of shooters using scanning laser ablation-ICPMS and Raman micro-spectroscopy.

    PubMed

    Abrego, Zuriñe; Grijalba, Nagore; Unceta, Nora; Maguregui, Maite; Sanchez, Alicia; Fernández-Isla, Alberto; Goicolea, M Aranzazu; Barrio, Ramón J

    2014-12-01

    A method based on scanning laser ablation and inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (SLA-ICPMS) and Raman micro-spectroscopy for the detection and identification of compounds consistent with gunshot residue particles (GSR) has been developed. The method has been applied to the characterization of particles resulting from the discharge of firearms using lead-free ammunition. Modified tape lifts were used to collect the inorganic and organic residues from skin surfaces in a single sample. Using SLA-ICPMS, aggregates related to the composition of the ammunition, such as Cu-Zn-Sn, Zr-Sr, Cu-Zn, Al-Ti, or Al-Sr-Zr were detected, but this composition is only consistent with GSR from lead-free ammunitions. Additional evidence was provided by micro-Raman spectroscopy, which identified the characteristic organic groups of the particles as centralite, diphenylamine or their nitrated derivatives, which are indicative of GSR. PMID:25303642

  11. Simulation of Double-Pulse Laser Ablation

    SciTech Connect

    Povarnitsyn, Mikhail E.; Khishchenko, Konstantin V.; Levashov, Pavel R.; Itina, Tatian E.

    2010-10-08

    We investigate the physical reasons of a strange decrease in the ablation depth observed in femtosecond double-pulse experiments with increasing delay between the pulses. Two ultrashort pulses of the same energy produce the crater which is less than that created by a single pulse. Hydrodynamic simulation shows that the ablation mechanism is suppressed when the delay between the pulses exceeds the electron-ion relaxation time. In this case, the interaction of the second laser pulse with the expanding target material leads to the formation of the second shock wave suppressing the rarefaction wave created by the first pulse. The modeling of the double-pulse ablation for different delays between pulses confirms this explanation.

  12. Specific Impulse Definition for Ablative Laser Propulsion

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Herren, Kenneth A.; Gregory, Don A.

    2004-01-01

    The term "specific impulse" is so ingrained in the field of rocket propulsion that it is unlikely that any fundamental argument would be taken seriously for its removal. It is not an ideal measure but it does give an indication of the amount of mass flow (mass loss/time), as in fuel rate, required to produce a measured thrust over some time period This investigation explores the implications of being able to accurately measure the ablation rate and how the language used to describe the specific impulse results may have to change slightly, and recasts the specific impulse as something that is not a time average. It is not currently possible to measure the ablation rate accurately in real time so it is generally just assumed that a constant amount of material will be removed for each laser pulse delivered The specific impulse dependence on the ablation rate is determined here as a correction to the classical textbook definition.

  13. Status of the Ablative Laser Propulsion Studies

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Herren, Kenneth A.; Lin, Jun; Cohen, Tinothy; Pakhomov, Andrew V.; Thompson, M. Shane

    2004-01-01

    We present a short review of our laser-propulsion research as well as some of the current results of the Ablative Laser Propulsion (ALP) studies currently underway at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. It has been shown that direct surface ablation of a solid material produces high specific impulse (Isp) at relatively high energy conversion efficiency (20 - 40%). We detail measurements of specific impulse, thrust and coupling coefficients for elemental target materials both with single and with double pulse laser shots. We also present measurements taken using three independent methods for determination of Isp. The three methods produce consistent values from ion time-of-flight technique, impulse measurements and imaging of the expansion front of plasma plume. We present a demonstration of our ALP lightcraft, a small free-flying micro-vehicle that is propelled by ablation. For ALP lightcraft we use a subscale thin shell of nickel replicated over a diamond turned mandrel that produces a highly polished self-focusing, truncated at the focus parabolic mirror. The mass of the lightcraft is 54 mg and it is driven by 100-ps wide, 35-mJ laser pulses at 532 nm wavelength. This is an ongoing research. We also present the latest work on laserdriven micro-thrusters and detail some the near term goals of our program.

  14. Plume dynamics and shielding by the ablation plume during Er:YAG laser ablation.

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    Nahen, Kester; Vogel, Alfred

    2002-04-01

    Free-running Er:YAG lasers are used for precise tissue ablation in various clinical applications. The ablated material is ejected into the direction perpendicular to the tissue surface. We investigated the influence of shielding by the ablation plume on the energy deposition into an irradiated sample because it influences the ablation dynamics and the amount of material ablated. The investigations were performed using an Er:YAG laser with a pulse duration of 200 micros for the ablation of gelatin with different water contents, skin, and water. Laser flash photography combined with a dark field Schlieren technique was used to visualize gaseous and particulate ablation products, and to measure the distance traveled by the ablating laser beam through the ablation plume at various times after the beginning of the laser pulse. The temporal evolution of the transmission through the ablation plume was probed using a second free running Er:YAG laser beam directed parallel to the sample's surface. The ablation dynamics was found to consist of a vaporization phase followed by material ejection. The observation of droplet ejection during water ablation provided evidence that a phase explosion is the driving mechanism for material ejection. The laser light transmission was only slightly reduced by the vapor plume, but decreased by 25%-50% when the ejected material passed the probe beam. At radiant exposures approximately 10 times above the ablation threshold, the laser energy deposited into the sample amounted to only 61% of the incident energy for gelatin samples with 90% water content and to 86% for skin samples. For free-running Er:YAG laser pulses shielding must therefore be considered in modeling the ablation dynamics and determining the dosage for clinical applications. PMID:11966301

  15. Subcellular analysis by laser ablation electrospray ionization mass spectrometry

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    Vertes, Akos; Stolee, Jessica A; Shrestha, Bindesh

    2014-12-02

    In various embodiments, a method of laser ablation electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (LAESI-MS) may generally comprise micro-dissecting a cell comprising at least one of a cell wall and a cell membrane to expose at least one subcellular component therein, ablating the at least one subcellular component by an infrared laser pulse to form an ablation plume, intercepting the ablation plume by an electrospray plume to form ions, and detecting the ions by mass spectrometry.

  16. Modeling CO{sub 2} Laser Ablative Impulse with Polymers

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    Sinko, John E.; Phipps, Claude R.; Sasoh, Akihiro

    2010-10-08

    Laser ablation vaporization models have usually ignored the spatial dependence of the laser beam. Here, we consider effects from modeling using a Gaussian beam for both photochemical and photothermal conditions. The modeling results are compared to experimental and literature data for CO{sub 2} laser ablation of the polymer polyoxymethylene under vacuum, and discussed in terms of the ablated mass areal density and momentum coupling coefficient. Extending the scope of discussion, laser ablative impulse generation research has lacked a cohesive strategy for linking the vaporization and plasma regimes. Existing models, mostly formulated for ultraviolet laser systems or metal targets, appear to be inappropriate or impractical for applications requiring CO{sub 2} laser ablation of polymers. A recently proposed method for linking the vaporization and plasma regimes for analytical modeling is addressed here along with the implications of its use. Key control parameters are considered, along with the major propulsion parameters needed for laser ablation propulsion modeling.

  17. Nanochemical effects in femtosecond laser ablation of metals

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    Vorobyev, A. Y.; Guo, Chunlei

    2013-02-18

    We study chemical energy released from the oxidation of aluminum in multipulse femtosecond laser ablation in air and oxygen. Our study shows that the released chemical energy amounts to about 13% of the incident laser energy, and about 50% of the ablated material is oxidized. The ablated material mass per laser pulse is measured to be on the nanogram scale. Our study indicates that femtosecond laser ablation is capable of inducing nanochemical reactions since the femtosecond laser pulse can controllably produce nanoparticles, clusters, and atoms from a solid target.

  18. Nanochemical effects in femtosecond laser ablation of metals

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    Vorobyev, A. Y.; Guo, Chunlei

    2013-02-01

    We study chemical energy released from the oxidation of aluminum in multipulse femtosecond laser ablation in air and oxygen. Our study shows that the released chemical energy amounts to about 13% of the incident laser energy, and about 50% of the ablated material is oxidized. The ablated material mass per laser pulse is measured to be on the nanogram scale. Our study indicates that femtosecond laser ablation is capable of inducing nanochemical reactions since the femtosecond laser pulse can controllably produce nanoparticles, clusters, and atoms from a solid target.

  19. Viscous liquid expulsion in nanosecond UV laser ablation: From ``clean'' ablation to nanostructures

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    Tokarev, V. N.

    2006-09-01

    This paper reviews recent results on modeling UV nanosecond laser ablation. Particular attention is given to a viscous liquid flow driven by ablation pressure. Based on the analysis of the Navier-Stokes equation, various strongly different manifestations of this phenomenon are explained. These are (i) a “clean” laser ablation, when the laser spot has a clean sharp spot border free of resolidified melt dross; (ii) a new form of material removal in laser ablation, expulsion on a poly(methyl methacrylate) target of long (up to 1 mm) nanofibers with a radius about 150-200 nm to the exterior of the spot under the action of a single pulse of a KrF excimer laser; and (iii) a new method of laser surface nanostructuring, the formation of a surface foam having a structure of micropores interconnected by nanofilaments with diameters of about 100 nm as a result of single-pulse KrF laser ablation of biopolymer films.

  20. Solar cell contact formation using laser ablation

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    Harley, Gabriel; Smith, David; Cousins, Peter

    2012-12-04

    The formation of solar cell contacts using a laser is described. A method of fabricating a back-contact solar cell includes forming a poly-crystalline material layer above a single-crystalline substrate. The method also includes forming a dielectric material stack above the poly-crystalline material layer. The method also includes forming, by laser ablation, a plurality of contacts holes in the dielectric material stack, each of the contact holes exposing a portion of the poly-crystalline material layer; and forming conductive contacts in the plurality of contact holes.

  1. Solar cell contact formation using laser ablation

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    Harley, Gabriel; Smith, David D.; Cousins, Peter John

    2015-07-21

    The formation of solar cell contacts using a laser is described. A method of fabricating a back-contact solar cell includes forming a poly-crystalline material layer above a single-crystalline substrate. The method also includes forming a dielectric material stack above the poly-crystalline material layer. The method also includes forming, by laser ablation, a plurality of contacts holes in the dielectric material stack, each of the contact holes exposing a portion of the poly-crystalline material layer; and forming conductive contacts in the plurality of contact holes.

  2. Solar cell contact formation using laser ablation

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    Harley, Gabriel; Smith, David D.; Cousins, Peter John

    2014-07-22

    The formation of solar cell contacts using a laser is described. A method of fabricating a back-contact solar cell includes forming a poly-crystalline material layer above a single-crystalline substrate. The method also includes forming a dielectric material stack above the poly-crystalline material layer. The method also includes forming, by laser ablation, a plurality of contacts holes in the dielectric material stack, each of the contact holes exposing a portion of the poly-crystalline materiat layer; and forming conductive contacts in the plurality of contact holes.

  3. Inertial effects in laser-driven ablation

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    Harrach, R.J.; Szeoke, A.; Howard, W.M.

    1983-07-15

    The gasdynamic partial differential equations (PDE's) governing the motion of an ablatively accelerated target (rocket) contain an inertial force term that arises from acceleration of the reference frame in which the PDE's are written. We give a simple, intuitive description of this effect, and estimate its magnitude and parametric dependences by means of approximate analytical formulas inferred from our computer hydrocode calculations. Often this inertial term is negligible, but for problems in the areas of laser fusion and laser equation of state studies we find that it can substantially reduce the attainable hydrodynamic efficiency of acceleration and implosion.

  4. CO2 Laser Absorption in Ablation Plasmas

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    Eckel, Hans-Albert; Tegel, Jochen; Schall, Wolfgang O.

    2006-05-02

    The impulse formation by laser ablation is limited by the premature absorption of the incident laser radiation in the initially produced cloud of ablation products. The power fraction of a CO2 laser pulse transmitted through a small hole in a POM sample for pulse energies of 35 to 150 J focused on a spot of 2 cm2 has been compared with the incident power. The plasma formation in vacuum and in air of 3500 Pa and the spread of the shock wave with velocities of 1.6 to 2.4 km/s in the low pressure air was observed by Schlieren photography. A sharp edged dark zone with a maximum extension of 10 to 12 mm away from the target surface develops within 5 {mu}s independently of the pressure and is assumed to be a plasma. In order to find out, if this is also the zone where the majority of the incident laser radiation is absorbed, a CO2 probe laser beam was directed through the expansion cloud parallel to and at various distances from the sample surface. The time behavior of the absorption signal of the probe beam has been measured and an absorption wave could be observed.

  5. The optical strength of the glass nanocomposites at laser ablation

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    Shemanin, V. G.; Mkrtychev, O. V.

    2015-11-01

    The results of theoretical and experimental study of the nanocomposites laser ablation have been used to predict its optical strength dynamics under laser irradiation. A practical application of statistical regularities observed in the laser ablation destruction of materials using Weibull-Gnedenko three-parameter statistics has been proposed.

  6. Double-peak distribution of electron and ion emission profile during femtosecond laser ablation of metals

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    Amoruso, S.; Wang, X.; Altucci, C.; de Lisio, C.; Armenante, M.; Bruzzese, R.; Spinelli, N.; Velotta, R.

    2002-01-01

    Femtosecond laser ablation of metals with a Ti:sapphire laser system has been investigated by a time-of-flight mass spectroscopy technique. Ion mass spectra show a double-peak distribution, evidencing the presence of a high-energy component (up to few keV), even at moderate laser intensities (10 12-10 13 W cm -2). Two different ablation regimes were identified for the less energetic component, and explained in the framework of the two-temperature modeling of ultrashort laser pulse-solid target interactions. Ambipolar diffusion has been identified as the probable mechanism giving rise to the observed high-energy plasma plume component.

  7. Laser induced unzipping: A thermal route to polymer ablation

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    Blanchet, Graciela B.; Fincher, C. R., Jr.

    1994-09-01

    The data presented here show that polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) and polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) can be ablated by the evaporation of solid polymer targets with a pulsed ultraviolet laser. In situ measurements of the plume composition show that the products emitted under laser irradiation are primarily monomer and other species resulting from energetic collisions within the plasma. The similarities between the ablative and pyrolisis mass spectra suggest that ablation of PTFE and PMMA occur through a laser induced pyrolitic decomposition.

  8. Novel method for Ag colloidal cluster formation by laser ablation at the air-liquid interface

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    Nishi, Teppei; Akimoto, Yusuke; Takahashi, Naoko; Kitazumi, Kosuke; Kajiya, Shuji; Watanabe, Yoshihide

    2015-09-01

    We report a novel method for formation of sub-nanoclusters by laser ablation at the air-liquid interface. The density of plasma induced by laser ablation at the air-liquid interface should be lower than that produced by laser ablation in liquid. In the lower density plasma, the produced clusters rarely grow or aggregate into larger clusters because the collision probability is low, resulting in the formation of small clusters. Ag sub-nanoclusters were observed by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). These results show that low-density plasma can be applied to small-cluster formation and that laser ablation at the air-liquid interface produces a good reactive field for the formation of sub-nanoclusters. Our results highlight the importance of low-density plasma induced at the air-liquid interface for sub-nanocluster formation.

  9. Ablation dynamics in laser sclerotomy ab externo

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    Brinkmann, Ralf; Droege, Gerit; Mohrenstecher, Dirk; Scheu, M.; Birngruber, Reginald

    1996-01-01

    Laser sclerostomy ab externo with flashlamp excited mid-IR laser systems emitting in the 2-3 micrometer spectral range is in phase II clinical trials. Although acutely high success rates were achieved, the restenosis rate after several months is about 40%. Laser pulses of several hundreds of microseconds, known to induce thermo-mechanical explosive evaporation were used for this procedure. We investigated the ablation dynamics in tissue and the cavitation bubble dynamics in water by means of an Er:YAG laser system to estimate the extent of mechanical damage zones in the sclera and in the anterior chamber, which may contribute to the clinical failure. We found substantial mechanical tissue deformation during the ablation process caused by the cavitation effects. Stress waves up to several bar generated by explosive evaporization were measured. The fast mechanical stretching and collapsing of the scleral tissue induced by cavitation resulted in tissue dissection as could be proved by flash photography and histology. The observed high restenosis might be a result of a subsequent enhanced wound healing process. Early fistula occlusions due to iris adherences, observed in about 20% of the clinical cases may be attributed to intraocular trauma induced by vapor bubble expansion through the anterior chamber after scleral perforation. An automatic feedback system minimizing adverse effects by steering and terminating the laser process during scleral fistulization is demonstrated. Moreover, a new approach in laser sclerostomy ab externo is presented using a cw-IR laser diode system emitting at the 1.94 micrometer mid-IR water absorption peak. This system was used in vitro and showed smaller damage zones compared to the pulsed laser radiation.

  10. Underwater excimer laser ablation of polymers

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    Elaboudi, I.; Lazare, S.; Belin, C.; Talaga, D.; Labrugère, C.

    2008-09-01

    In this paper, we study the photoablation kinetic of poly (ethylene terephthalate) (PET), polycarbonate (PC), polyimide (PI) and polystyrene (PS) in both air and water. Compared to the results obtained in air, we highlight the decrease of the ablation threshold (AT) of polyesters in contact with water as a function of polymer chemical structure. In order to check the expected hydrolytic reaction of polyesters near the ablation threshold, the chemical modification of the polymer surfaces, as well the composition of the ablation products, were investigated after irradiation near the fluence of ablation threshold in air (air- F t ) by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and confocal Raman microspectroscopy. The morphology of polymers obtained by underwater irradiation and near the air- F t was also examined using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). To understand the process and its dynamics in contact with water, we consider the model of temperature at the polymer-water interface based on the semi-analytical solution of the transit heat-diffusion equation.

  11. Calcified lesion modeling for excimer laser ablation

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    Scott, Holly A.; Archuleta, Andrew; Splinter, Robert

    2009-06-01

    Objective: Develop a representative calcium target model to evaluate penetration of calcified plaque lesions during atherectomy procedures using 308 nm Excimer laser ablation. Materials and Methods: An in-vitro model representing human calcified plaque was analyzed using Plaster-of-Paris and cement based composite materials as well as a fibrinogen model. The materials were tested for mechanical consistency. The most likely candidate(s) resulting from initial mechanical and chemical screening was submitted for ablation testing. The penetration rate of specific multi-fiber catheter designs and a single fiber probe was obtained and compared to that in human cadaver calcified plaque. The effects of lasing parameters and catheter tip design on penetration speed in a representative calcified model were verified against the results in human cadaver specimens. Results: In Plaster of Paris, the best penetration was obtained using the single fiber tip configuration operating at 100 Fluence, 120 Hz. Calcified human lesions are twice as hard, twice as elastic as and much more complex than Plaster of Paris. Penetration of human calcified specimens was highly inconsistent and varied significantly from specimen to specimen and within individual specimens. Conclusions: Although Plaster of Paris demonstrated predictable increases in penetration with higher energy density and repetition rate, it can not be considered a totally representative laser ablation model for calcified lesions. This is in part due to the more heterogeneous nature and higher density composition of cadaver intravascular human calcified occlusions. Further testing will require a more representative model of human calcified lesions.

  12. Laser ablation cell sorting in scanning cytometry

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    Shen, Feimo; Price, Jeffrey H.

    2001-05-01

    Flow cytometry has been an important tool for automated cells sorting. However, the lack of good sensitivity prevents it from being used for rare events sorting; furthermore, fragile cells, anchorage-dependent cells, and clump forming cells cannot be sorted this way. A fully automated, high-speed scanning cytometer with autofocus and image segmentation is capable of accurately locating contaminant cells in a monolayer cell population. A laser ablation system was incorporated into the cytometer to negatively sort out the unwanted cells by applying a focused, ultra-short laser pulse (sub-micron diameter, pulse duration = 4 nsec, wavelength - 500 nm) to each targeted cell. Due to the high power density (approximately 1010 W/cm2) that was present at the focal point, disruptive mechanical forces were generated and were responsible for the kill. Fluorescently stained NIH-3T3 fibroblast cells were used as a model contaminant target ells in an unstained NIH-3T3 population to determine the identification-kill effectiveness. The contaminant cells were stained with the fluorochrome CellTracker Blue CMAC, whereas the background cells were left intact. Ablation pulses were applied in frame-by-frame increment batches to the cell culture on the microscope. The negative sorting effectiveness was analyzed by automatically re-scanning the post-ablation cell culture in phase contrast and propidium iodide stained epi fluorescent fields to verify cell death.

  13. Laser Ablation as Focal Therapy for Prostate Cancer

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    Wenger, Hannah; Yousuf, Ambereen; Oto, Aytekin; Eggener, Scott

    2014-01-01

    Purpose of Review Focal laser ablation is an emerging treatment paradigm for prostate cancer that aims to successfully eradicate disease while also reducing the risk of side effects compared to whole-gland therapies. Recent Findings Preclinical and phase I clinical trials for low-risk prostate cancer have shown that focal laser ablation produces accurate, predictable, and reproducible ablation zones with negligible injury to surrounding tissues. Because focal laser ablation is magnetic resonance-compatible, the procedure can be monitored with real-time feedback to optimize targeted treatment of cancerous foci and minimize quality-of-life side effects. The oncologic efficacy of magnetic resonance imaging-guided focal laser ablation is currently being evaluated in ongoing phase II clinical trials. Summary Focal laser ablation is a safe and feasible therapy for low-risk prostate cancer, and the oncologic efficacy of this treatment modality is currently under investigation in phase II clinical trials at several institutions. PMID:24625427

  14. Preparation of nanofluids using laser ablation in liquid technique

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    Tran, P.X.; Soong, Yee

    2007-06-01

    In this work we report some results on thermal and transport properties of Ag-di water and Al-di water nanofluids that were prepared using Nd:yag laser to ablate Ag and Al in deionized water. The produced nanofluids were characterized using UV-VIS spectroscopy and TEM analysis. Our results on the UV-VIS spectra of the generated nanofluids demonstrated that using laser ablation in liquid we could generate stable colloids containing well-dispersed nanosized particles without use of any dispersants or surface reactive reagents. For Ag-di water nanofluids, the particles were spherical and the majority of the particles were in the 9 – 21 nm range with some big ones 23 - 26nm in size. The results on Al showed that the amplitude of the UV-VIS absorption spectra of Al-di water changed with time indicating that the ablated Al species reacts with water to yield an amorphous gel that transforms to the crystallized aluminum hydroxides with different shapes and sizes. The shapes were fibrous, triangular, rectangular, spherical shapes and joining of two pieces of triangles. In fact, these triangular and rectangular shapes were indeed pyramidal structures and hexagonal prisms, respectively.

  15. Subsurface ablation of atherosclerotic plaque using ultrafast laser pulses

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    Lanvin, Thomas; Conkey, Donald B.; Frobert, Aurelien; Valentin, Jeremy; Goy, Jean-Jacques; Cook, Stéphane; Giraud, Marie-Noelle; Psaltis, Demetri

    2015-01-01

    We perform subsurface ablation of atherosclerotic plaque using ultrafast pulses. Excised mouse aortas containing atherosclerotic plaque were ablated with ultrafast near-infrared (NIR) laser pulses. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) was used to observe the ablation result, while the physical damage was inspected in histological sections. We characterize the effects of incident pulse energy on surface damage, ablation hole size, and filament propagation. We find that it is possible to ablate plaque just below the surface without causing surface damage, which motivates further investigation of ultrafast ablation for subsurface atherosclerotic plaque removal. PMID:26203381

  16. Deflection of uncooperative targets using laser ablation

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    Thiry, Nicolas; Vasile, Massimiliano

    2015-09-01

    Owing to their ability to move a target in space without requiring propellant, laser-based deflection methods have gained attention among the research community in the recent years. With laser ablation, the vaporized material is used to push the target itself allowing for a significant reduction in the mass requirement for a space mission. Specifically, this paper addresses two important issues which are thought to limit seriously the potential efficiency of a laser-deflection method: the impact of the tumbling motion of the target as well as the impact of the finite thickness of the material ablated in the case of a space debris. In this paper, we developed a steady-state analytical model based on energetic considerations in order to predict the efficiency range theoretically allowed by a laser deflection system in absence of the two aforementioned issues. A numerical model was then implemented to solve the transient heat equation in presence of vaporization and melting and account for the tumbling rate of the target. This model was also translated to the case where the target is a space debris by considering material properties of an aluminium 6061-T6 alloy and adapting at every time-step the size of the computational domain along with the recession speed of the interface in order to account for the finite thickness of the debris component. The comparison between the numerical results and the analytical predictions allow us to draw interesting conclusions regarding the momentum coupling achievable by a given laser deflection system both for asteroids and space debris in function of the flux, the rotation rate of the target and its material properties. In the last section of this paper, we show how a reasonably small spacecraft could deflect a 56m asteroid with a laser system requiring less than 5kW of input power.

  17. Langmuir probe characterization of laser ablation plasmas

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    Doggett, Brendan; Lunney, James G.

    2009-02-01

    For laser ablation plumes that are significantly ionized, Langmuir probes have proved to be a useful tool for measuring the plume shape, ion energy distribution, and electron temperature. Typically in laser ablation plasmas the flow velocity is supersonic, which complicates the interpretation of the current-voltage probe characteristic. In this paper we describe some recent developments on the application of Langmuir probes for laser ablation plume diagnosis. We have investigated the behavior of the probe when it is orientated perpendicular, and parallel, to the plasma flow, and show how an analytical model developed for plasma immersion ion implantation, can quantitatively describe the variation of the ion current with probe bias for the case when the plasma flow is along the probe surface. The ion signal recorded by a probe in the parallel position is proportional to the ion density and the square root of the bias voltage. It is shown that the current varies as m{sub i}{sup -1/2} so that by comparing the ion signals from the parallel and perpendicular positions it is possible to estimate the mass of the ions detected. We have also determined the temporal variation of electron temperature. A planar probe oriented parallel to the plasma flow, where the ion current due to the plasma flow is eliminated, gives a more reliable measurement of T{sub e} (<0.6 eV). The measured T{sub e} is consistent with the measured ion current, which is dependent on T{sub e} when the time taken for an element of plasma to traverse the probe is longer than the time taken for the matrix ion sheath extraction phase.

  18. Possible evidence of Coulomb explosion in the femtosecond laser ablation of metal at low laser fluence

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    Li, Shuchang; Li, Suyu; Zhang, Fangjian; Tian, Dan; Li, He; Liu, Dunli; Jiang, Yuanfei; Chen, Anmin; Jin, Mingxing

    2015-11-01

    We use a computational model to study the ablation mechanism of metal target irradiated by femtosecond pulse laser. It is confirmed that the Coulomb explosion can occur during femtosecond laser ablation of metal. The influence of thermal ablation and Coulomb explosion on the ablation depth is respectively investigated. Comparing the calculated results with the experimental ones, we find that the theoretical results which consider the thermal ablation only agree well with the experimental ones at high laser fluence, and those which take the Coulomb explosion into account fit well with the experimental ones at lower laser fluence, which exactly explains the ablation mechanism. In contrast with the previous theoretical results which only consider the thermal ablation, our theoretical simulation describes the ablation mechanism straightforward by making comparison of ablation depth, and provides a more reasonable explanation that fits with the actual ablation process.

  19. Er:YAG laser ablation of tissue: measurement of ablation rates.

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    Walsh, J T; Deutsch, T F

    1989-01-01

    The ablation of both soft and hard tissue using the normal-spiking-mode Er:YAG laser has been quantified by measuring the number of pulses needed to perforate a measured thickness of tissue. Bone is readily ablated by 2.94 microns radiation; however, at per pulse fluences greater than 20 J/cm2, plasma formation decreases ablation efficiency. At low fluence, desiccation can prevent efficient ablation of bone. The ablation efficiency for aorta and skin is higher than for bone. The ablation efficiency, 540 micrograms/J, and the ablation depth per pulse, greater than 400 microns, for skin are too high to be readily explained by simple models of ablation and thus provide evidence for a more complex explosive removal process. PMID:2761328

  20. Numerical study on propulsion properties of laser ablated polymer target

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    Li, Nanlei; Hong, Yanji; Wu, Jie; Zhou, Weijing; Ye, Jifei

    2013-05-01

    Laser propulsion as a new concept propulsion technology, it is paid more and more extensive concern. Laser ablation micro thruster is one of the focus with its high specific impulse, wide dynamic range of impulse, small minimum impulse bit, low power etc, laser ablation micro thruster has wide application prospects on high-precision task of satellite attitudeadjustment, orbit maintain and networking formation control. Due to low thermal conduction, low ablation threshold, polymer material was easily ablated to generate thrust. A computational model of laser ablated polymer was established to simulated the micro-thruster working in vacuum environment. The polymer don't have fixed fusion point, so build the ablation criterion based on threshold energy, which has observed in many experiments. Put forward the polymer ablation criterion in the numerical model, the target ablation phenomenon happens when inner deposited energy achieve the threshold value. Established the energy distribution equation to describes the ablation process of temperature rise, phase change and the influence of chemical exothermic process. When ablation phenomenon happened the ablation products would ejected, and the target gained recoil impulse from ejection process. According to energy distribution equations we can get the ejection energy, and then get the recoil momentum of target based on momentum conservation law. The propulsion properties of laser ablated polymer was studied through the numerical analysis model. Revealed the relationship between the propulsion capability and laser parameters. Analyzed influence of different propellants to propulsion performance. The numerical analysis model can reflect the propulsion capability of different polymer propellant, revealed the law of propulsion parameters in laser ablation process.

  1. Effect of ambient air on femtosecond laser ablation of highly oriented pyrolytic graphite.

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    Feng, Peipei; Zhang, Nan; Wu, Han; Zhu, Xiaonong

    2015-01-01

    Highly oriented pyrolytic graphite is ablated by femtosecond laser in air and vacuum, respectively. The morphologies and material components of the ablated target surface are examined by scanning electron microscopy and micro-Raman spectroscopy. For laser fluence no less than 0.5??J/cm(2), the laser-induced periodic surface grooves formed in air are found to be much less clearer than those formed in vacuum; beneath the amorphous carbon debris, the surface ablated in air is composed of nanocrystalline graphite, but in vacuum it retains the ordered graphite structure. The thermal relaxation of the ablated target induced by air-assisted heat transfer is considered to be the main reason for the differences. The transportation of air molecules along the surface, the classical size effect of heat conduction and high solid-air heat transfer coefficient in nanoscale enhance the air-assisted heat transfer. PMID:25531597

  2. Elemental analysis of soils using laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) and laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) with multivariate discrimination: tape mounting as an alternative to pellets for small forensic transfer specimens.

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    Jantzi, Sarah C; Almirall, José R

    2014-01-01

    Elemental analysis of soil is a useful application of both laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) and laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) in geological, agricultural, environmental, archeological, planetary, and forensic sciences. In forensic science, the question to be answered is often whether soil specimens found on objects (e.g., shoes, tires, or tools) originated from the crime scene or other location of interest. Elemental analysis of the soil from the object and the locations of interest results in a characteristic elemental profile of each specimen, consisting of the amount of each element present. Because multiple elements are measured, multivariate statistics can be used to compare the elemental profiles in order to determine whether the specimen from the object is similar to one of the locations of interest. Previous work involved milling and pressing 0.5 g of soil into pellets before analysis using LA-ICP-MS and LIBS. However, forensic examiners prefer techniques that require smaller samples, are less time consuming, and are less destructive, allowing for future analysis by other techniques. An alternative sample introduction method was developed to meet these needs while still providing quantitative results suitable for multivariate comparisons. The tape-mounting method involved deposition of a thin layer of soil onto double-sided adhesive tape. A comparison of tape-mounting and pellet method performance is reported for both LA-ICP-MS and LIBS. Calibration standards and reference materials, prepared using the tape method, were analyzed by LA-ICP-MS and LIBS. As with the pellet method, linear calibration curves were achieved with the tape method, as well as good precision and low bias. Soil specimens from Miami-Dade County were prepared by both the pellet and tape methods and analyzed by LA-ICP-MS and LIBS. Principal components analysis and linear discriminant analysis were applied to the multivariate data. Results from both the tape method and the pellet method were nearly identical, with clear groupings and correct classification rates of >94%. PMID:25226250

  3. Determination of femtosecond ablation thresholds by using laser ablation induced photoacoustics (LAIP)

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    Orzi, Daniel J. O.; Alvira, Fernando C.; Bilmes, Gabriel M.

    2013-03-01

    Femtosecond laser material processing as micromachining and nanoparticles fabrication require a careful control of the fluences deposited on the samples. In many cases, best results are obtained by using fluences slightly above the Laser Ablation Threshold (LAT), therefore its accurate determination is an important requirement. LAT can be obtained by measuring the intensity of the acoustic signal generated during the ablation process as a function of the laser fluence. In this work femtosecond laser ablation thresholds of commercially polished stainless steel plates, white high impact polystyrene, frosted glass, antique rag papers and silicon oxynitride thin films were determined by using laser ablation induced photoacoustics (LAIP). Results were compared with similar data previously obtained by using a nanosecond Nd:YAG laser.

  4. Mechanism study of skin tissue ablation by nanosecond laser pulses

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    Fang, Qiyin

    Understanding the fundamental mechanisms in laser tissue ablation is essential to improve clinical laser applications by reducing collateral damage and laser pulse energy requirement. The motive of this dissertation is to study skin tissue ablation by nanosecond laser pulses in a wide spectral region from near-infrared to ultraviolet for a clear understanding of the mechanism that can be used to improve future design of the pulsed lasers for dermatology and plastic surgery. Multiple laser and optical configurations have been constructed to generate 9 to 12ns laser pulses with similar profiles at 1064. 532, 266 and 213nm for this study of skin tissue ablation. Through measurements of ablation depth as a function cf laser pulse energy, the 589nm spectral line in the secondary radiation from ablated skin tissue samples was identified as the signature of the occurrence of ablation. Subsequently, this spectral signature has been used to investigate the probabilistic process of the ablation near the threshold at the four wavelengths. Measurements of the ablation probability were conducted as a function of the electrical field strength of the laser pulse and the ablation thresholds in a wide spectral range from 1064nm to 213nm were determined. Histology analysis and an optical transmission method were applied in assessing of the ablation depth per pulse to study the ablation process at irradiance levels higher than threshold. Because more than 70% of the wet weight of the skin tissue is water, optical breakdown and backscattering in water was also investigated along with a nonlinear refraction index measurement using a z-scan technique. Preliminary studies on ablation of a gelatin based tissue phantom are also reported. The current theoretical models describing ablation of soft tissue ablation by short laser pulses were critically reviewed. Since none of the existing models was found capable of explaining the experimental results, a new plasma-mediated model was developed. A laser-induced and localized thermal ionization pathway has been investigated and it was found to have significant influence on the initial free electron density during plasma formation due to the combination of strong light absorption by chromophores and confined temperature rise in the chromophores. Good agreements have been found between the new plasma-mediated ablation model and experimental results. The implications of this dissertation research to the future improvement of laser systems in dermatology and plastic surgery are discussed.

  5. Carbon nanocrystals produced by pulsed laser ablation of carbon

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    Mangione, A.; Torrisi, L.; Picciotto, A.; Caridi, F.; Margarone, D.; Fazio, E.; La Mantia, A.; di Marco, G.

    2005-10-01

    Plasma laser ablation experiments were performed irradiating glassy-carbon targets placed in vacuum through a pulsed Nd:YAG laser operating at the second harmonic (532 nm), 9 ns pulse width and 10(9) W/cm(2) density power. Thin films of ablated carbon were deposited on silicon oxide substrates placed at different distances and angles with respect to the target. The analysis of the deposited material was carried out by using surface profiler, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) and Raman spectroscopy. Results show the evidence of carbon nanocrystals and nanostructures with dimension of the order of 100 nm deposited on the substrates together with a large amount of amorphous phase. The spectroscopic investigations and the SEM images indicate the formation of nanodiamond seeds as a nucleation process induced on the substrate surface. Nanostructures were investigated as a function of the laser intensity and angle distribution. Experimental results were compared with the literature data coming from nanodiamonds growth with different techniques. Experiments performed at Instituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare-Laboratori Nazionali del Sud (INFN-LNS) of Catania (Italy) and data analysis conducted at Dipartimento di Fisica and DFMTA of the Universita of Messina (Italy), CNR-ITIS of Messina and ST-Microelectronics of Catania will be presented and discussed.

  6. Advantages of dual-laser ablation in the growth of multicomponent thin films

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    Mukherjee, Devajyoti; Hyde, Robert; Mukherjee, Pritish; Witanachchi, Sarath

    2012-07-01

    We report the use of a dual-laser deposition process to grow stoichiometric films of the piezoelectric material PbZr0.52Ti0.48O3 (PZT) and the thermoelectric material Ba8Ga16Ge30. High volatility of Pb and Ba in these materials leads to non-stoichiometric growth in conventional PLD processes. Dual-laser ablation process preserves the Pb and Ba stoichiometry while significantly reducing the thickness variation and particulate density on the deposited films. This lead to the growth of smooth uniform films with enhanced ferroelectric and electrical properties. The dual-laser ablation combines the pulses of a KrF excimer laser (248 nm wavelength, 30 ns pulse width) and a CO2 laser (10.6 ?m wavelength, 250 ns pulse width) where the beams are spatially overlapped on the ablation target and temporally delayed. At an optimum delay that is dependent on the physical properties of the material, CO2 pulse energy is coupled into the plume, generating a high temperature plasma (>25,000K). Laser-target interaction studies have shown the evaporation to be stoichiometric. Emission spectroscopy studies have shown ten-fold increase in emission intensities in dual-laser ablation while time-gated 2D ICCD imaging studies revealed the plume expansion to be stoichiometric over a large cone-angle of the plume under these conditions. Time-of-flight investigations in concert with hydrodynamic modeling provided a clear understanding of the mechanism of dual-laser ablation. Furthermore, plasma generated in the process is highly ionized (>75%) leading to films with high density and crystallinity. This paper will show the enhancement in properties attainable by the dual-laser ablation process in comparison to the single laser ablation.

  7. Hydrogen alpha laser ablation plasma diagnostics.

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    Parigger, C G; Surmick, D M; Gautam, G; El Sherbini, A M

    2015-08-01

    Spectral measurements of the H(?) Balmer series line and the continuum radiation are applied to draw inferences of electron density, temperature, and the level of self-absorption in laser ablation of a solid ice target in ambient air. Electron densities of 17 to 3.2×10(24) m(-3) are determined from absolute calibrated emission coefficients for time delays of 100-650 ns after generation of laser plasma using Q-switched Nd:YAG radiation. The corresponding temperatures of 4.5-0.95 eV were evaluated from the absolute spectral radiance of the continuum at the longer wavelengths. The redshifted, Stark-broadened hydrogen alpha line emerges from the continuum radiation after a time delay of 300 ns. The electron densities inferred from power law formulas agree with the values obtained from the plasma emission coefficients. PMID:26258326

  8. Laser ablation plume dynamics in nanoparticle synthesis

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    Osipov, V V; Platonov, V V; Lisenkov, V V

    2009-06-30

    The dynamics of the plume ejected from the surface of solid targets (YSZ, Nd:YAG and graphite) by a CO{sub 2} laser pulse with a duration of {approx}500 {mu}s (at the 0.03 level), energy of 1.0-1.3 J and peak power of 6-7 kW have been studied using high-speed photography of the plume luminescence and shadow. The targets were used to produce nanopowders by laser evaporation. About 200 {mu}s after termination of the pulse, shadowgraph images of the plumes above the YSZ and Nd:YAG targets showed dark straight tracks produced by large particles. The formation of large ({approx}10 {mu}m) particles is tentatively attributed to cracking of the solidified melt at the bottom of the ablation crater. This is supported by the fact that no large particles are ejected from graphite, which sublimes without melting. Further support to this hypothesis is provided by numerical 3D modelling of melt cooling in craters produced by laser pulses of different shapes. (interaction of laser radiation with matter. laser plasma)

  9. [Laser ablation of intervertebral disc: animal experiment].

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    Qi, Q; Dang, G D; Cai, Q L

    1994-03-01

    The lumbar intervertebral discs (L3-6) were ablated through a transperitoneal approach in 12 adult dogs by using Nd: YAG laser (1.06 microns) with a 600 microns quartz fiber. The status of limbs motion and sphincter (bladder, bowel) was observed for evaluating the safety of laser irradiation. After irradiation, the animals were sacrificed at prescribed intervals of up to 40 weeks (2, 4, 8, 12 and 40 weeks after operation). The lumbar intervertebral discs were harvested and subjected to light microscopic observation. No dog had suffered from neurogenic dysfunction of limb motion and sphincter. Histological findings immediately after the irradiation showed the disc was vaporized and a cavity was made. After 2 and 4 weeks, fibrous tissues began to proliferate, but cartilaginous tissues replaced the fibrous tissues 12 weeks after the laser irradiation. No new bone formation was found within 40 weeks after operation. On the basis of this study and our previous cadaveric study, percutaneous laser disc decompression (PLDD) was applied in clinical practice in march of 1993. 10 patients underwent PLDD utilizing the same laser equipment. The average follow-up was 3 months. According to the Macnab's criteria, there was an excellent response in 7 patients and a good response in 3. PMID:7842915

  10. Femtosecond laser ablation of brass in air and liquid media

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    Shaheen, M. E.; Gagnon, J. E.; Fryer, B. J.

    2013-06-01

    Laser ablation of brass in air, water, and ethanol was investigated using a femtosecond laser system operating at a wavelength of 785 nm and a pulse width less than 130 fs. Scanning electron and optical microscopy were used to study the efficiency and quality of laser ablation in the three ablation media at two different ablation modes. With a liquid layer thickness of 3 mm above the target, ablation rate was found to be higher in water and ethanol than in air. Ablation under water and ethanol showed cleaner surfaces and less debris re-deposition compared to ablation in air. In addition to spherical particles that are normally formed from re-solidified molten material, micro-scale particles with varying morphologies were observed scattered in the ablated structures (craters and grooves) when ablation was conducted under water. The presence of such particles indicates the presence of a non-thermal ablation mechanism that becomes more apparent when ablation is conducted under water.

  11. Femtosecond laser ablation of brass in air and liquid media

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    Shaheen, M. E.; Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences, Tanta University, Tanta ; Gagnon, J. E.; Fryer, B. J.; Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario N9B 3P4

    2013-06-07

    Laser ablation of brass in air, water, and ethanol was investigated using a femtosecond laser system operating at a wavelength of 785 nm and a pulse width less than 130 fs. Scanning electron and optical microscopy were used to study the efficiency and quality of laser ablation in the three ablation media at two different ablation modes. With a liquid layer thickness of 3 mm above the target, ablation rate was found to be higher in water and ethanol than in air. Ablation under water and ethanol showed cleaner surfaces and less debris re-deposition compared to ablation in air. In addition to spherical particles that are normally formed from re-solidified molten material, micro-scale particles with varying morphologies were observed scattered in the ablated structures (craters and grooves) when ablation was conducted under water. The presence of such particles indicates the presence of a non-thermal ablation mechanism that becomes more apparent when ablation is conducted under water.

  12. Photomechanical basis of laser ablation of biological tissue.

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    Albagli, D; Dark, M; Perelman, L T; von Rosenberg, C; Itzkan, I; Feld, M S

    1994-11-01

    The photomechanical model of laser ablation of biological tissue asserts that ablation is initiated when the laser-induced tensile stress exceeds the ultimate tensile strength of the target. We show that, unlike the one-dimensional thermoelastic model of laser-induced stress generation that has appeared in the literature, the full three-dimensional solution predicts the development of significant tensile stresses on the surface of the target, precisely where ablation is observed to occur. An interferometric technique has been developed to measure the time-dependent thermoelastic expansion, and the results for subthreshold laser fluences are in precise agreement with the predictions of the three-dimensional model. PMID:19855621

  13. Laser ablated copper plasmas in liquid and gas ambient

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    Kumar, Bhupesh; Thareja, Raj K.

    2013-05-15

    The dynamics of copper ablated plasma plumes generated using laser ablation of copper targets in both liquid (de-ionized water) and gas (air) ambients is reported. Using time and space resolved visible emission spectroscopy (450-650 nm), the plasma plumes parameters are investigated. The electron density (n{sub e}) determined using Stark broadening of the Cu I (3d{sup 10}4d{sup 1} {sup 2}D{sub 3/2}-3d{sup 10}4p{sup 1} {sup 2}P{sub 3/2} at 521.8 nm) line is estimated and compared for both plasma plumes. The electron temperature (T{sub e}) was estimated using the relative line emission intensities of the neutral copper transitions. Field emission scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive x-ray spectral analysis of the ablated copper surface indicated abundance of spherical nanoparticles in liquid while those in air are amalgamates of irregular shapes. The nanoparticles suspended in the confining liquid form aggregates and exhibit a surface plasmon resonance at ?590 nm.

  14. Plume collimation for laser ablation electrospray ionization mass spectrometry

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    Vertes, Akos; Stolee, Jessica A.

    2014-09-09

    In various embodiments, a device may generally comprise a capillary having a first end and a second end; a laser to emit energy at a sample in the capillary to ablate the sample and generate an ablation plume in the capillary; an electrospray apparatus to generate an electrospray plume to intercept the ablation plume to produce ions; and a mass spectrometer having an ion transfer inlet to capture the ions. The ablation plume may comprise a collimated ablation plume. The device may comprise a flow cytometer. Methods of making and using the same are also described.

  15. Revisiting the interplay between ablation, collisional, and radiative processes during ns-laser ablation

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    Autrique, D.; Department of Chemistry, University of Antwerp, 2610 Wilrijk ; Gornushkin, I.; Alexiades, V.; Chen, Z.; Bogaerts, A.; Rethfeld, B.

    2013-10-21

    A study of ns-laser ablation is presented, which focuses on the transient behavior of the physical processes that act in and above a copper sample. A dimensionless multiphase collisional radiative model describes the interplay between the ablation, collisional, and radiative mechanisms. Calculations are done for a 6 ns-Nd:YAG laser pulse operating at 532 nm and fluences up to 15 J/cm{sup 2}. Temporal intensity profiles as well as transmissivities are in good agreement with experimental results. It is found that volumetric ablation mechanisms and photo-processes both play an essential role in the onset of ns-laser induced breakdown.

  16. Metal particles produced by laser ablation for ICP-MSmeasurements

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    Gonzalez, Jhanis J.; Liu, Chunyi; Wen, Sy-Bor; Mao, Xianglei; Russo, Richard E.

    2007-06-01

    Pulsed laser ablation (266nm) was used to generate metal particles of Zn and Al alloys using femtosecond (150 fs) and nanosecond (4 ns) laser pulses with identical fluences of 50 J cm{sup -2}. Characterization of particles and correlation with Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS) performance was investigated. Particles produced by nanosecond laser ablation were mainly primary particles with irregular shape and hard agglomerates (without internal voids). Particles produced by femtosecond laser ablation consisted of spherical primary particles and soft agglomerates formed from numerous small particles. Examination of the craters by white light interferometric microscopy showed that there is a rim of material surrounding the craters formed after nanosecond laser ablation. The determination of the crater volume by white light interferometric microscopy, considering the rim of material surrounding ablation craters, revealed that the volume ratio (fs/ns) of the craters on the selected samples was approximately 9 (Zn), 7 (NIST627 alloy) and 5 (NIST1711 alloy) times more ablated mass with femtosecond pulsed ablation compared to nanosecond pulsed ablation. In addition, an increase of Al concentration from 0 to 5% in Zn base alloys caused a large increase in the diameter of the particles, up to 65% while using nanosecond laser pulses. When the ablated particles were carried in argon into an ICP-MS, the Zn and Al signals intensities were greater by factors of {approx} 50 and {approx} 12 for fs vs. ns ablation. Femtosecond pulsed ablation also reduced temporal fluctuations in the {sup 66}Zn transient signal by a factor of ten compared to nanosecond laser pulses.

  17. CO2 TEA Laser-Enhanced Laser Ablation Molecular Isotopic Spectrometry (TELLAMIS)

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    Brown, Staci R.; Akpovo, Charlemagne A.; Ford, Alan; Herbert, Kenley; Johnson, Lewis

    2014-03-01

    Recently, it has been shown that the relative abundance of isotopes in enriched materials can be determined via laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) in a technique known as laser-ablation molecular isotopic spectroscopy (LAMIS). The original LAMIS work has focused on single-pulse (SP) LIBS for the excitation. However, dual-pulse (DP) LIBS reduces shot-to-shot variation and can lower detection limits of an element by about an order of magnitude or more. It also has the potential to improve the accuracy of the determination of the relative abundances of isotopes in LAMIS by minimizing the signal-to-noise ratio. In this work, a DP-LIBS technique for improving LAMIS relative-abundance information from a sample is presented. The new technique, called (TEA) Transverse-Excited breakdown in Atmosphere Laser-Enhanced Laser Ablation Molecular Isotopic Spectrometry (TELLAMIS), uses a carbon dioxide (CO2) laser to increase the breakdown emission from LIBS in the LAMIS method. This technique is demonstrated on a collection of relative abundance isotopes of boron- 10 and boron-11 in varying concentrations in boric acid. Least-squares fitting to theoretical models are used to deduce plasma parameters and understand reproducibility of results. DTRA.

  18. The role of laser wavelength on plasma generation and expansion of ablation plumes in air

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    Hussein, A. E.; Diwakar, P. K.; Harilal, S. S.; Hassanein, A.

    2013-04-14

    We investigated the role of excitation laser wavelength on plasma generation and the expansion and confinement of ablation plumes at early times (0-500 ns) in the presence of atmospheric pressure. Fundamental, second, and fourth harmonic radiation from Nd:YAG laser was focused on Al target to produce plasma. Shadowgraphy, fast photography, and optical emission spectroscopy were employed to analyze the plasma plumes, and white light interferometry was used to characterize the laser ablation craters. Our results indicated that excitation wavelength plays a crucial role in laser-target and laser-plasma coupling, which in turn affects plasma plume morphology and radiation emission. Fast photography and shadowgraphy images showed that plasmas generated by 1064 nm are more cylindrical compared to plasmas generated by shorter wavelengths, indicating the role of inverse bremsstrahlung absorption at longer laser wavelength excitation. Electron density estimates using Stark broadening showed higher densities for shorter wavelength laser generated plasmas, demonstrating the significance of absorption caused by photoionization. Crater depth analysis showed that ablated mass is significantly higher for UV wavelengths compared to IR laser radiation. In this experimental study, the use of multiple diagnostic tools provided a comprehensive picture of the differing roles of laser absorption mechanisms during ablation.

  19. The role of laser wavelength on plasma generation and expansion of ablation plumes in air

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    Hussein, A. E.; Diwakar, P. K.; Harilal, S. S.; Hassanein, A.

    2013-04-01

    We investigated the role of excitation laser wavelength on plasma generation and the expansion and confinement of ablation plumes at early times (0-500 ns) in the presence of atmospheric pressure. Fundamental, second, and fourth harmonic radiation from Nd:YAG laser was focused on Al target to produce plasma. Shadowgraphy, fast photography, and optical emission spectroscopy were employed to analyze the plasma plumes, and white light interferometry was used to characterize the laser ablation craters. Our results indicated that excitation wavelength plays a crucial role in laser-target and laser-plasma coupling, which in turn affects plasma plume morphology and radiation emission. Fast photography and shadowgraphy images showed that plasmas generated by 1064 nm are more cylindrical compared to plasmas generated by shorter wavelengths, indicating the role of inverse bremsstrahlung absorption at longer laser wavelength excitation. Electron density estimates using Stark broadening showed higher densities for shorter wavelength laser generated plasmas, demonstrating the significance of absorption caused by photoionization. Crater depth analysis showed that ablated mass is significantly higher for UV wavelengths compared to IR laser radiation. In this experimental study, the use of multiple diagnostic tools provided a comprehensive picture of the differing roles of laser absorption mechanisms during ablation.

  20. Quantitative Measurements Of Pulsed Infrared Laser Tissue Ablation

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    Walsh, Joseph T.

    1989-08-01

    Several new lasers that emit infrared laser radiation are being considered for surgical applications. In order to understand the irradiation and tissue parameters that control the infrared laser ablation process, three different, yet related, experiments were conducted. Ablation of guinea pig skin and bovine aorta, myocardium and liver using a TEA CO2 laser with a pulse duration of 2 ?s was quantified by measuring the mass of tissue removed as a function of incident fluence per pulse. For per pulse fluences greater than 5 J/cm2 the ablation rate data are strongly dependent upon the mechanical strength of the tissue thus indicating a potential inadequacy of ablation models that do not consider tissue strength. The ablation of both soft and hard tissues using the normal-spiking-mode Er:YAG laser was quantified by measuring the number of pulses needed to perforate a measured thickness of tissue. The ablation of aorta and skin was more efficient than bone ablation. The ablation craters formed in skin and bone were the same shape as the incident laser beam, i.e. circular. In aorta, elliptical craters were formed at high fluence pulses; the long axis of the ellipse was always oriented perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the aorta. Again, tissue mechanical properties were shown to be important. Er:YAG laser ablation dynamics were studied using flash photography and optical pump-probe techniques. The velocity of the plume front was found to be approximately Mach 4. It was also shown that each spike in the normal-spiking-mode pulse train was capable of ablating and rapidly ejecting tissue. The combined results of the three experiments indicate that removal of tissue by infrared laser radiation is an explosive process, the speed of which is determined in part by the mechanical strength of the tissue.

  1. Application of Laser Ablation Processing in Electric Power System Industries

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    Konagai, Chikara; Sano, Yuji; Nittoh, Koichi; Kuwako, Akira

    The present status of laser ablation processing applied in electric power system industries is reviewed. High average power LD-pumped Nd:YAG lasers with Q-switch have been developed and currently introduced into various applications. Optical fiber based laser beam delivery systems for Q-switched pulse laser are also being developed these years. Based on such laser and beam delivery technology, laser ablation processes are gradually introduced in maintenance of nuclear power plant, thermal power plant and electrical power distribution system. Cost effectiveness, robustness and reliability of the process is highly required for wide utilization in these fields.

  2. The impact of laser ablation on optical soft tissue differentiation for tissue specific laser surgery-an experimental ex vivo study

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    2012-01-01

    Background Optical diffuse reflectance can remotely differentiate various bio tissues. To implement this technique in an optical feedback system to guide laser surgery in a tissue-specific way, the alteration of optical tissue properties by laser ablation has to be taken into account. It was the aim of this study to evaluate the general feasibility of optical soft tissue differentiation by diffuse reflectance spectroscopy under the influence of laser ablation, comparing the tissue differentiation results before and after laser intervention. Methods A total of 70 ex vivo tissue samples (5 tissue types) were taken from 14 bisected pig heads. Diffuse reflectance spectra were recorded before and after Er:YAG-laser ablation. The spectra were analyzed and differentiated using principal component analysis (PCA), followed by linear discriminant analysis (LDA). To assess the potential of tissue differentiation, area under the curve (AUC), sensitivity and specificity was computed for each pair of tissue types before and after laser ablation, and compared to each other. Results Optical tissue differentiation showed good results before laser exposure (total classification error 13.51%). However, the tissue pair nerve and fat yielded lower AUC results of only 0.75. After laser ablation slightly reduced differentiation results were found with a total classification error of 16.83%. The tissue pair nerve and fat showed enhanced differentiation (AUC: 0.85). Laser ablation reduced the sensitivity in 50% and specificity in 80% of the cases of tissue pair comparison. The sensitivity of nerve–fat differentiation was enhanced by 35%. Conclusions The observed results show the general feasibility of tissue differentiation by diffuse reflectance spectroscopy even under conditions of tissue alteration by laser ablation. The contrast enhancement for the differentiation between nerve and fat tissue after ablation is assumed to be due to laser removal of the surrounding lipid-rich nerve sheath. The results create the basis for a guidance system to control laser ablation in a tissue-specific way. PMID:22704127

  3. Laser ablation system, and method of decontaminating surfaces

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    Ferguson, Russell L.; Edelson, Martin C.; Pang, Ho-ming

    1998-07-14

    A laser ablation system comprising a laser head providing a laser output; a flexible fiber optic cable optically coupled to the laser output and transmitting laser light; an output optics assembly including a nozzle through which laser light passes; an exhaust tube in communication with the nozzle; and a blower generating a vacuum on the exhaust tube. A method of decontaminating a surface comprising the following steps: providing an acousto-optic, Q-switched Nd:YAG laser light ablation system having a fiber optically coupled output optics assembly; and operating the laser light ablation system to produce an irradiance greater than 1.times.10.sup.7 W/cm.sup.2, and a pulse width between 80 and 170 ns.

  4. [Research on cells ablation characters by laser plasma].

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    Han, Jing-hua; Zhang, Xin-gang; Cai, Xiao-tang; Duan, Tao; Feng, Guo-ying; Yang, Li-ming; Zhang, Ya-jun; Wang, Shao-peng; Li, Shi-wen

    2012-08-01

    The study on the mechanism of laser ablated cells is of importance to laser surgery and killing harmful cells. Three radiation modes were researched on the ablation characteristics of onion epidermal cells under: laser direct irradiation, focused irradiation and the laser plasma radiation. Based on the thermodynamic properties of the laser irradiation, the cell temperature rise and phase change have been analyzed. The experiments show that the cells damage under direct irradiation is not obvious at all, but the focused irradiation can cause cells to split and moisture removal. The removal shape is circular with larger area and rough fracture edges. The theoretical analysis found out that the laser plasma effects play a key role in the laser ablation. The thermal effects, radiation ionization and shock waves can increase the deposition of laser pulses energy and impact peeling of the cells, which will greatly increase the scope and efficiency of cell killing and is suitable for the cell destruction. PMID:23156745

  5. Ablation of crystalline oxides by infrared femtosecond laser pulses

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    Watanabe, Fumiya; Cahill, David G.; Gundrum, Bryan; Averback, R. S.

    2006-10-15

    We use focused laser pulses with duration of 180 fs and wavelength of 800 nm to study the interactions of high power near-infrared light with the surfaces of single-crystal transparent oxides (sapphire, LaAlO{sub 3}, SrTiO{sub 3}, yttria-stabilized ZrO{sub 2}, and MgO); the morphologies of the ablation craters are studied by atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. With the exception of LaAlO{sub 3}, the high temperature annealing of these oxide crystals produces atomically flat starting surfaces that enable studies of the morphology of ablation craters with subnanometer precision. The threshold fluence for ablation is determined directly from atomic-force microscopy images and increases approximately linearly with the band gap of the oxide. For all oxides except sapphire, the depth of the ablation crater increases approximately as the square root of the difference between the peak laser fluence and the threshold fluence for ablation. Sapphire shows unique behavior: (i) at laser fluences within 1 J/cm{sup 2} of the threshold for ablation, the depth of the ablation crater increases gradually instead of abruptly with laser fluence, and (ii) the rms roughness of the ablation crater shows a pronounced minimum of <0.2 nm at a laser fluence of 1 J/cm{sup 2} above the threshold.

  6. Investigations on laser hard tissue ablation under various environments

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    Kang, H. W.; Oh, J.; Welch, A. J.

    2008-06-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of liquid environments upon laser bone ablation. A long-pulsed Er,Cr:YSGG laser was employed to ablate bovine bone tibia at various radiant exposures under dry, wet (using water or perfluorocarbon) and spray environmental conditions. Energy loss by the application of liquid during laser irradiation was evaluated, and ablation performance for all conditions was quantitatively measured by optical coherence tomography (OCT). Microscope images were also used to estimate thermal side effects in tissue after multiple-pulse ablation. Wet using water and spray conditions equally attenuated the 2.79 µm wavelength laser beam. Higher transmission efficiency was obtained utilizing a layer of perfluorocarbon. Dry ablation exhibited severe carbonization due to excessive heat accumulation. Wet condition using water resulted in similar ablation volume to the dry case without carbonization. The perfluorocarbon layer produced the largest ablation volume but some carbonization due to the poor thermal conductivity. Spray induced clean cutting with slightly reduced efficiency. Liquid-assisted ablation provided significant beneficial effects such as augmented material removal and cooling/cleaning effects during laser osteotomy.

  7. Detection of early caries by laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy

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    Sasazawa, Shuhei; Kakino, Satoko; Matsuura, Yuji

    2015-07-01

    To improve sensitivity of dental caries detection by laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) analysis, it is proposed to utilize emission peaks in the ultraviolet. We newly focused on zinc whose emission peaks exist in ultraviolet because zinc exists at high concentration in the outer layer of enamel. It was shown that by using ratios between heights of an emission peak of Zn and that of Ca, the detection sensitivity and stability are largely improved. It was also shown that early caries are differentiated from healthy part by properly setting a threshold in the detected ratios. The proposed caries detection system can be applied to dental laser systems such as ones based on Er:YAG-lasers. When ablating early caries part by laser light, the system notices the dentist that the ablation of caries part is finished. We also show the intensity of emission peaks of zinc decreased with ablation with Er:YAG laser light.

  8. Influence of laser-induced air breakdown on femtosecond laser ablation of aluminum.

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    Zhang, Hang; Zhang, Fangteng; Du, Xi; Dong, Guoping; Qiu, Jianrong

    2015-01-26

    We investigated the influence of laser-induced air breakdown on the femtosecond laser ablation of aluminum target using time-resolved pump-probe shadowgraphic imaging method. The early-stage plasma expanding dynamics and subsequent expanding behaviors of shockwaves and material ejection plume were analyzed through shadowgraphs recorded at different time delays. The dominated mechanisms were clarified at different stages during femtosecond laser pulses ablating aluminum, which provide very valuable information for ultrashort laser ablation of metals. PMID:25835895

  9. Laser-Ablation Rates Measured Using X-Ray Laser Transmission

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    Edwards, M. H.; Whittaker, D. S.; Tallents, G. J.; Mistry, P.; Pert, G. J.; Rus, B.; Mocek, T.; Kozlova, M.; Polan, J.; Praeg, A.; Stupka, M.; Homer, P.

    2007-11-09

    The rate of laser ablation at irradiances of {approx}2x10{sup 14} W cm{sup -2} of solid iron has been measured using the transmission of a neonlike zinc x-ray laser at 21.2 nm through thin iron targets. Ablated iron becomes transparent to the x-ray laser flux, enabling the thickness of unablated material and hence the rate of ablation to be measured from time resolved x-ray laser transmission.

  10. Carbon nanofoam formed by laser ablation.

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    Kohno, Hideo; Tatsutani, Kentaro; Ichikawa, Satoshi

    2012-03-01

    Foam-like carbon (carbon nanofoam, CNF) which belongs to the porous carbon family is formed by pulsed laser ablation of graphite in liquid nitrogen. Each bubble is about 3-10 nm in size and has a layered structure with typically one to four graphene layers. The CNF forms nanoparticles of about 100 nm in size. CNF encapsulating platinum nanoparticles (Pt@CNF) is formed when a mixture of graphite, platinum, and hexadecanoic acid is used as a target. Each bubble encapsulating a platinum nanoparticle is approximately 15 +/- 4 nm in diameter and contains typically 6 +/- 3 graphene walls. The platinum nanoparticles in the CNF are 9 +/- 4 nm in diameter. The annealing of the Pt@CNF at 300 degrees C for a week in vacuum reveals that the CNF effectively prevents the platinum nanoparticles from aggregating. PMID:22755133

  11. Formation of tribological structures by laser ablation

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    Schilling, Niels; Paschke, Mike; Hendow, Sami T.; Klotzbach, Udo

    2012-03-01

    Many technical applications can benefit from the use of tribological structures in minimizing abrasive material wear and energy consumption without the integration of additional materials in a working assembly. Especially in lubricated friction systems, the tribological character can be significantly improved through the addition of oriented and repetitive microstructure. In this study, experimental tests are discussed for a small range of structure dimensions to verify the effect of optimizing the tribological contact performance. A nanosecond pulsed fiber laser is used to create various test structures with different sizes and form. The quality of the fabricated surface pattern, particularly form correctness, feathering and material modification effects of the ablated area is characterized and optimized. The influence of pulse duration, pulse energy and pulse delay using normal pulsing is presented and compared to various burst modes.

  12. Laser ablation in analytical chemistry-a review.

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    Russo, Richard E; Mao, Xianglei; Liu, Haichen; Gonzalez, Jhanis; Mao, Samuel S

    2002-05-24

    Laser ablation is becoming a dominant technology for direct solid sampling in analytical chemistry. Laser ablation refers to the process in which an intense burst of energy delivered by a short laser pulse is used to sample (remove a portion of) a material. The advantages of laser ablation chemical analysis include direct characterization of solids, no chemical procedures for dissolution, reduced risk of contamination or sample loss, analysis of very small samples not separable for solution analysis, and determination of spatial distributions of elemental composition. This review describes recent research to understand and utilize laser ablation for direct solid sampling, with emphasis on sample introduction to an inductively coupled plasma (ICP). Current research related to contemporary experimental systems, calibration and optimization, and fractionation is discussed, with a summary of applications in several areas. PMID:18968642

  13. Amalgam ablation with the Er:YAG laser

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    Wigdor, Harvey A.; Visuri, Steven R.; Walsh, Joseph T., Jr.

    1995-04-01

    Any laser that will be used by dentist to replace the dental drill (handpiece) must remove dental hard tissues safely. These lasers must also have the ability to ablate the restorative dental materials which are present in the teeth being treated. Prior to any laser being used to treat humans a thorough knowledge of the effects of the laser treatment on dental materials must be understood. Cores of dental amalgam were created and sliced into thin wafers for this experiment. Ablation efficiency and thermal changes were evaluated with and without water. It appears as if the Er:YAG laser can effectively ablate amalgam dental material with and without water. The water prevents the temperature from increasing much above baseline and does not reduce efficiency of ablation.

  14. Ablation process induced by femtosecond laser in transparent dielectrics

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    Li, Xiaoxi; Jia, Tianqin; Feng, Donghai; Xu, Zhizhan

    2003-11-01

    The ablation process in sapphire and fused silica are studied with laser at 800 nm and 400 nm respectively. Comparing with the features of the ablated craters induced by different laser, we find that lasers with short wavelength and pulse duration can produce more exquisite ablation crater with small area and steep gradient. By means of determining the Fth with detection of the scattered light, the developments of the threshold fluence of dielectrics as a function of pulse duration are presented. While interpreting our results with existent model of optical breakdown, we discuss the excitation mechanism of conduction band electrons (CBE) in transparent dielectrics.

  15. Tailored ablation processing of advanced biomedical hydroxyapatite by femtosecond laser pulses

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    Ozono, K.; Obara, M.

    The micromachining of hydroxyapatite (HAp) is highly important for orthopedics and dentistry, since human bone and teeth consist mainly of HAp. We demonstrate ultrashort Ti:sapphire laser ablation of HAp, using pulse-widths of 50 fs, 500 fs, and 2 ps at a wavelength of 820 nm and at 1 kpps. The crucial medical issue is to preserve the chemical properties of the machined (ablated) surface. If the chemical properties of HAp change, the human bone or tooth cannot re-grow after laser processing. Using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, we observe chemical properties of HAp ablated in air. The HAp is ablated at laser fluences of 3.2 J/cm2 (6.4×1013 W/cm2 at 50 fs), 3.3 J/cm2 (6.6×1012 W/cm2 at 500 fs), and 9.6 J/cm2 (4.8×1012 W/cm2 at 2 ps), respectively. As a result it is found that the ablated surface is unchanged after laser ablation over the pulse-width range used in this experiment.

  16. UV laser ablation synthesis of copper oxide, alumina, and aluminum nitride ultrafine powders

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    Pan, Q.; Cheung, N.H.; Chen, S.C.

    1996-12-31

    A pulsed XeCl laser was used to ablate copper and aluminum samples in vacuum or in ambient atmosphere (e.g., oxygen and nitrogen). The space- and time-resolved emission spectroscopy of the ablated plasma plume was studied. The structure and composition of the synthesized products, copper oxide, alumina and aluminum nitride ultrafine powders were analyzed by x-ray diffraction and x-ray induced photoelectron spectroscopy. The morphology and size distribution were investigated using transmission electron microscope and particle size analyzer. Preliminary results are presented and discussed.

  17. Selective photothermal ablation of tissue with a fiber-delivered Er:YAG laser

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    Pierce, Mark C.; Dickinson, Mark R.; Devlin, Hugh

    1999-06-01

    The feasibility of using laser-induced photoemission signals to distinguish between hard and soft biological tissues during photothermal ablation with a pulsed Er:YAG laser has been investigated. Time-resolved emission spectroscopy indicated a threshold fluence of approximately 35 J/cm2 to regularly initiate photoemission from dental enamel, while no emission was detected from porcine muscle tissue with incident laser fluences of up to approximately 140 J/cm2. The delay time of an emission signal with respect to the incident, ablative Er:YAG laser pulse was found to decrease from approximately 150 microseconds near the emission threshold fluence to approximately 60 microseconds at the highest fluence level used. Optical multichannel analyzer spectroscopy of Er:YAG irradiated enamel demonstrated that photoemissions typically consisted of a broad, continuous background in the visible region, with superimposed peaks arising from the presence of elements including calcium, characteristic of plasma emission either from the sample surface or emission plume.

  18. Solid state laser ablation effect on laser-proof composite coating applied in aerospace material

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    Li, Jing; Zheng, Yi; Luo, Jing; Liu, Zhichao; Chen, Songlin; Zhang, Yuzhong; Wang, Zhiyong

    2014-02-01

    This paper concentrates on the measurement and analysis of laser ablation effect of particularly prepared aerospace material, polycarbosilane (PCS). Laser ablation experiment setup is designed and built, based on a continuous-wave high-power solid-state laser (CWHPSSL). Steel samples with composite PCS coating are prepared. After that, a group of laser ablation experiment is performed. The samples are shot by laser beam with thousands W/cm2 fluence. The results, including the ablation morphology and temperature data, is shown and discussed. Temperature data gives a good demonstration of thermal protection effect of composite coating, and in the meanwhile the morphological features in the ablated region reveal the principle of PCS laser-proof effect. Theoretical investigation has also been carried out. The temperature field is simulated based on Fourier equation of heat conduction, and the simulation result provides a good demonstration on thermal-proof effect of PCS coating layer during laser ablation process.

  19. Enhancement of pulsed laser ablation in environmentally friendly liquid.

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    Luo, Fangfang; Guan, Yingchun; Ong, Weili; Du, Zheren; Ho, Ghimwei; Li, Fengping; Sun, Shufeng; Lim, Gniancher; Hong, Minghui

    2014-10-01

    Enhancement of pulsed laser ablation can be achieved in acetic acid as an environmentally friendly liquid. This paper evaluates microholes and textured features induced by a nanosecond pulsed laser under different processing circumstances. The microholes are fabricated by laser drilling in acetic acid and found to be 100% deeper than in air. The textured features achieved in the liquid demonstrate a higher content of Copper and a lower content of Oxygen. The improvement of laser ablation efficiency in the liquid is attributed to the strong confinement of plasma plume accompanying with shockwave and cavitation bubbles. Meanwhile, the laser enhanced chemical etching by the weak acid plays a critical role. PMID:25321965

  20. Plasma-assisted laser ablation of tungsten: Reduction in ablation power threshold due to bursting of holes/bubbles

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    Kajita, Shin; Ohno, Noriyasu; Takamura, Shuichi; Sakaguchi, Wataru; Nishijima, Dai

    2007-12-24

    Nanosecond laser ablation of tungsten (W) exposed to helium plasma is investigated using optical emission spectroscopy. Submicrometer-sized holes/bubbles are formed on the surface of W when it was exposed to the helium plasma at a sufficiently high temperature (> or approx. 1500-1600 K). The emissions from a virgin W (before the helium plasma irradiation) cannot be detected when the fluence is <1 J/cm{sup 2}; however, the threshold fluence for the detection of neutral W emission after it was exposed to the helium plasma is {approx}0.2 J/cm{sup 2}. The physical mechanism of laser-induced bursting of holes/bubbles is proposed for achieving a significant reduction in ablation power threshold.

  1. [Moist ablation of the corneal surface with the Er:YAG laser. Results of optimizing ablation].

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    Bende, T; Jean, B; Matallana, M; Seiler, T; Steiner, R

    1994-10-01

    The Er:YAG laser, emitting light at 2.94 microns, may be an alternative to the 193 nm excimer laser for photorefractive keratectomy. Compared to the excimer laser, the ablation rate is very high. Surface roughness is also more pronounced than for the excimer laser. Using a precorneal liquid film, these two factors can be reduced, as shown in ablation experiments performed on porcine corneas. Thermal damage of the remaining corneal tissue is another side effect. There is no significant decrease in the amount of thermal damage with this new technique,--not even when the pulse length is reduced. PMID:7812099

  2. Synthesis of Nickel Nanomaterial by Pulsed Laser Ablation in Liquid Medium and its Characterization

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    Gopal, R.; Singh, S. C.; Swarnkar, R. K.; Singh, M. K.; Agarwal, A.

    2009-06-29

    Laser ablation of nickel nanoparticles suspended in double deionized water has been studied using Nd:YAG laser (355 nm) with energy 30 mJ/pulse. Produced nanoparticles are analyzed by UV-visible absorption spectroscopy at certain interval (0, 20, 40, 60 minute). The particles are characterized by Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), and X-ray Diffraction (XRD). TEM image shows that particles have crystal like structure and these particles are in the range of 20 nm to 50 nm.

  3. Hydrocarbon level detection with nanosecond laser ablation

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    Bidin, Noriah; Hosseinian S, Raheleh; Nugroho, Waskito; Mohd Marsin, Faridah; Zainal, Jasman

    2013-12-01

    Nanosecond laser induced breakdown in liquid is used as a technique to detect hydrocarbon levels in water. A Q-switched Nd:YAG laser was focused to generate optical breakdown associated with shock wave generation. The shock wave was propagated at the speed of sound in the medium after travelling 1 μs outward from the center of optical breakdown. Different amplitudes of sound were traced with the aid of an ultrasonic probe. The optical properties of the hydrocarbon solution were quantified via fundamental refractive index measurement (the Snell law). A continuous mode diode pumped solid state laser with second harmonic generation was used as the illumination light source. A CCD video camera with Matrox version 4.2 software was utilized to analyze the recording image. Option line analysis was performed to analyze the intensity of optical breakdown at different input energies. Gray level analysis was also conducted on the scattering light after passing through the hydrocarbon solution at different concentrations. The hydrocarbon solution comprised impurities or particles that varied according to the concentration. The average of the gray level is assumed to present the size of the particle. Inherently, as the acoustic wave propagates outward, it transports the mass (particles or impurities) and impacts on the ultrasonic probe. As a result a higher concentration of hydrocarbons reveals a larger amplitude of sound waves. This phenomenon is identified as a finger print for hydrocarbon levels between 100 and 1000 ppm. The transient detection, without complicated sampling preparation and no hazardous chemical involvement, makes laser ablation a promising technique to detect in situ hydrocarbon levels in water.

  4. Fullerene-reduced graphene oxide composites obtained by ultrashort laser ablation of fullerite in water

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    De Bonis, A.; Curcio, M.; Santagata, A.; Rau, J. V.; Galasso, A.; Teghil, R.

    2015-05-01

    The laser ablation in liquid of carbon-based solid targets is of particular interest thanks to the possibility of obtaining different carbon allotropes by varying the experimental parameters employed. The ablation of a fullerite target in water using a frequency-doubled Nd:glass laser source with a pulse duration of 250 fs and a frequency repetition rate of 10 Hz is presented. The obtained products have been characterized by transmission electron and atomic force microscopies and by X-ray photoelectron and micro-Raman spectroscopies. During the femtosecond laser ablation, the collapse of fullerene cages has been considered with the consequent formation of graphene oxide (GO) and its successive hydrogenation. The process of self-assembling in microtube structures of the formed reduced graphene oxide-fullerene composites has then been reported.

  5. Carbon molecules for intense high-order harmonics from laser-ablated graphite plume

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    Fareed, M. A.; Mondal, S.; Pertot, Y.; Ozaki, T.

    2016-02-01

    We present the simultaneous study of laser-induced plasma emission spectroscopy and high-order harmonic generation (HHG) from laser-ablated graphite plume. Time resolved evolution of carbon species in the ablation plume is investigated, revealing a clear abundance of C2 molecules under conditions optimal for graphite HHG. We also compare the high-order harmonic spectra with the photoionization cross-section of C2 molecules, which shows good agreement between the two. Our observations provide strong evidence that C2 molecules contribute to intense graphite HHG. Furthermore, properties of C2 molecules are investigated at different time periods of plasma evolution, and we identify the laser-ablation conditions for optimum harmonics yield.

  6. Production of silver nanoparticles by laser ablation in open air

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    Boutinguiza, M.; Comesaña, R.; Lusquiños, F.; Riveiro, A.; del Val, J.; Pou, J.

    2015-05-01

    Silver nanoparticles have attracted much attention as a subject of investigation due to their well-known properties, such as good conductivity, antibacterial and catalytic effects, etc. They are used in many different areas, such as medicine, industrial applications, scientific investigation, etc. There are different techniques for producing Ag nanoparticles, chemical, electrochemical, sonochemical, etc. These methods often lead to impurities together with nanoparticles or colloidal solutions. In this work, laser ablation of solids in open air conditions (LASOA) is used to produce silver nanoparticles and collect them on glass substrates. Production and deposition of silver nanoparticles are integrated in the same step to reduce the process. The obtained particles are analysed and the nanoparticles formation mechanism is discussed. The obtained nanoparticles were characterized by means of transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and UV/VIS absorption spectroscopy. The obtained nanoparticles consisted of Ag nanoparticles showing rounded shape with diameters ranging from few to 50 nm

  7. Ablation characteristics of quantum square pulse mode dental erbium laser

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    Lukač, Nejc; Suhovršnik, Tomaž; Lukač, Matjaž; Jezeršek, Matija

    2016-01-01

    Erbium lasers are by now an accepted tool for performing ablative medical procedures, especially when minimal invasiveness is desired. Ideally, a minimally invasive laser cutting procedure should be fast and precise, and with minimal pain and thermal side effects. All these characteristics are significantly influenced by laser pulse duration, albeit not in the same manner. For example, high cutting efficacy and low heat deposition are characteristics of short pulses, while vibrations and ejected debris screening are less pronounced at longer pulse durations. We report on a study of ablation characteristics on dental enamel and cementum, of a chopped-pulse Er:YAG [quantum square pulse (QSP)] mode, which was designed to reduce debris screening during an ablation process. It is shown that in comparison to other studied standard Er:YAG and Er,Cr:YSGG laser pulse duration modes, the QSP mode exhibits the highest ablation drilling efficacy with lowest heat deposition and reduced vibrations, demonstrating that debris screening has a considerable influence on the ablation process. By measuring single-pulse ablation depths, we also show that tissue desiccation during the consecutive delivery of laser pulses leads to a significant reduction of the intrinsic ablation efficacy that cannot be fully restored under clinical settings by rehydrating the tooth using an external water spray.

  8. Laser tattoo removal with preceding ablative fractional treatment

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    Cenci?, Boris; Možina, Janez; Jezeršek, Matija

    2013-06-01

    A combined laser tattoo removal treatment, first the ablative fractional resurfacing (AFR) with an Er:YAG laser and then the q-switched (QSW) Nd:YAG laser treatment, was studied. Experiments show that significantly higher fluences can be used for the same tissue damage levels.

  9. Imaging of excimer laser vascular tissue ablation by ultrafast photography

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    Nyga, Ralf; Neu, Walter; Preisack, M.; Haase, Karl K.; Karsch, Karl R.

    1991-11-01

    Ablation and tissue removal of normal and atherosclerotic arterial tissue by UV excimer-laser radiation were probed by taking photographs with a dye laser as a flash light-source. The ablating pulses were transmitted through a fused silica fiber into a cuvette with the samples exposed to saline solution. The delay time of the probing dye-laser pulse with respect to the ablating excimer-laser pulse was varied in the nanosecond range up to several hundred microseconds. The ablation process and the resulting plume above the tissue surface were recorded with a CCD camera attached to a PC-based image processing system. All samples under investigation were fresh human cadaver aortic and femoral artery specimens which had been shock-frozen for less than 48 hours. The arterial segments showed different types of lipid-rich and calcified plaques. Big cavitation bubbles and small tissue particles emerging from the irradiated area have been recorded.

  10. Double-pulse nanosecond laser ablation of silicon in water

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    Momeni, A.; Mahdieh, M. H.

    2015-07-01

    This work was conducted experimentally to investigate the material removal rate and its mechanisms during the single-pulse and double-pulse nanosecond laser ablation of a silicon wafer in distilled water. The laser ablation processes were performed under the same experimental conditions with the same total pulse energy (E single pulse = E double pulse). The amount of ablated material was estimated for all of the processes based on measuring the dimensions (depths and widths) and volumes of the laser-induced craters on the silicon wafer. The results indicate that double-pulsed laser processing can result in a higher material removal rate compared to the more common single-pulse process, when the inter-pulse delay time is less than the pulse duration. The higher ablation yield in the double-pulse process can be due to the higher coupling efficiency of the second laser pulse with the melted target induced by the laser pre-pulse, leading to the more efficient laser energy absorption and deposition within the irradiated region. The double-pulse nanosecond laser processing with delay time of ~5 ns not only results in a higher material removal rate, but also leads to preparation of silicon nanoparticles with a greater mean particle size compared to that of the more common single-pulse laser ablation process.

  11. Molecular signatures in femtosecond laser-induced organic plasmas: comparison with nanosecond laser ablation.

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    Serrano, Jorge; Moros, Javier; Javier Laserna, J

    2016-01-20

    During the last few years, laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) has evolved significantly in the molecular sensing area through the optical monitoring of emissions from organic plasmas. Large efforts have been made to study the formation pathways of diatomic radicals as well as their connections with the bonding framework of molecular solids. Together with the structural and chemical-physical properties of molecules, laser ablation parameters seem to be closely tied to the observed spectral signatures. This research focuses on evaluating the impact of laser pulse duration on the production of diatomic species that populate plasmas of organic materials. Differences in relative intensities of spectral signatures from the plasmas of several organic molecules induced in femtosecond (fs) and nanosecond (ns) ablation regimes have been studied. Beyond the abundance and origin of diatomic radicals that seed the plasma, findings reveal the crucial role of the ablation regime in the breakage pattern of the molecule. The laser pulse duration dictates the fragments and atoms resulting from the vaporized molecules, promoting some formation routes at the expense of other paths. The larger amount of fragments formed by fs pulses advocates a direct release of native bonds and a subsequent seeding of the plasma with diatomic species. In contrast, in the ns ablation regime, the atomic recombinations and single displacement processes dominate the contribution to diatomic radicals, as long as atomization of molecules prevails over their progressive decomposition. Consequently, fs-LIBS better reflects correlations between strengths of emissions from diatomic species and molecular structure as compared to ns-LIBS. These new results entail a further step towards the specificity in the analysis of molecular solids by fs-LIBS. PMID:26695078

  12. Momentum Transfer by Laser Ablation of Irregularly Shaped Space Debris

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    Liedahl, Duane A.; Libby, Stephen B.; Rubenchik, Alexander

    2010-10-01

    Proposals for ground-based laser remediation of space debris rely on the creation of appropriately directed ablation-driven impulses to either divert the fragment or drive it into an orbit with a perigee allowing atmospheric capture. For a spherical fragment, the ablation impulse is a function of the orbital parameters and the laser engagement angle. If, however, the target is irregularly shaped and arbitrarily oriented, new impulse effects come into play. Here we present an analysis of some of these effects.

  13. Momentum Transfer by Laser Ablation of Irregularly Shaped Space Debris

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    Liedahl, Duane A.; Libby, Stephen B.; Rubenchik, Alexander

    2010-10-08

    Proposals for ground-based laser remediation of space debris rely on the creation of appropriately directed ablation-driven impulses to either divert the fragment or drive it into an orbit with a perigee allowing atmospheric capture. For a spherical fragment, the ablation impulse is a function of the orbital parameters and the laser engagement angle. If, however, the target is irregularly shaped and arbitrarily oriented, new impulse effects come into play. Here we present an analysis of some of these effects.

  14. Momentum Transfer by Laser Ablation of Irregularly Shaped Space Debris

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    Liedahl, D A; Libby, S B; Rubenchik, A

    2010-02-04

    Proposals for ground-based laser remediation of space debris rely on the creation of appropriately directed ablation-driven impulses to either divert the fragment or drive it into an orbit with a perigee allowing atmospheric capture. For a spherical fragment, the ablation impulse is a function of the orbital parameters and the laser engagement angle. If, however, the target is irregularly shaped and arbitrarily oriented, new impulse effects come into play. Here we present an analysis of some of these effects.

  15. Laser ablation of iron: A comparison between femtosecond and picosecond laser pulses

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    Shaheen, M. E.; Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences, Tanta University, Tanta ; Gagnon, J. E.; Fryer, B. J.; Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario N9B 3P4

    2013-08-28

    In this study, a comparison between femtosecond (fs) and picosecond (ps) laser ablation of electrolytic iron was carried out in ambient air. Experiments were conducted using a Ti:sapphire laser that emits radiation at 785 nm and at pulse widths of 110 ps and 130 fs, before and after pulse compression, respectively. Ablation rates were calculated from the depth of craters produced by multiple laser pulses incident normally to the target surface. Optical and scanning electron microscopy showed that picosecond laser pulses create craters that are deeper than those created by the same number of femtosecond laser pulses at the same fluence. Most of the ablated material was ejected from the ablation site in the form of large particles (few microns in size) in the case of picosecond laser ablation, while small particles (few hundred nanometers) were produced in femtosecond laser ablation. Thermal effects were apparent at high fluence in both femtosecond and picosecond laser ablation, but were less prevalent at low fluence, closer to the ablation threshold of the material. The quality of craters produced by femtosecond laser ablation at low fluence is better than those created at high fluence or using picosecond laser pulses.

  16. Laser ablation for the synthesis of carbon nanotubes

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    Holloway, Brian C. (Inventor); Eklund, Peter C. (Inventor); Smith, Michael W. (Inventor); Jordan, Kevin C. (Inventor); Shinn, Michelle (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    Single walled carbon nanotubes are produced in a novel apparatus by the laser-induced ablation of moving carbon target. The laser used is of high average power and ultra-fast pulsing. According to various preferred embodiments, the laser produces an output above about 50 watts/cm.sup.2 at a repetition rate above about 15 MHz and exhibits a pulse duration below about 10 picoseconds. The carbon, carbon/catalyst target and the laser beam are moved relative to one another and a focused flow of side pumped, preheated inert gas is introduced near the point of ablation to minimize or eliminate interference by the ablated plume by removal of the plume and introduction of new target area for incidence with the laser beam. When the target is moved relative to the laser beam, rotational or translational movement may be imparted thereto, but rotation of the target is preferred.

  17. Preparation of platinum nanoparticles in liquids by laser ablation method

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    Binh Nguyen, The; Dinh Nguyen, Thanh; Nguyen, Quang Dong; Trinh Nguyen, Thi

    2014-09-01

    Platinum (Pt) nanoparticles were prepared in solutions of ethanol and TSC (trisodium citrate—Na3C6H5O7.nH2O) in water by laser ablation method using Nd:YAG laser. The role of laser fluence, laser wavelength and concentration of surfactant liquids in laser ablation process were investigated. The morphology, size distribution and optical properties of the Pt nanoparticles (NPs) were observed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV-vis spectrometer and x-ray diffraction measurements. The average diameter of Pt NPs prepared in ethanol and TSC solutions ranges around 7-9 nm and 10-12 nm, respectively. The results showed advantages of the laser ablation method.

  18. Laser ablation for the synthesis of carbon nanotubes

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    Holloway, Brian C. (Inventor); Eklund, Peter C. (Inventor); Smith, Michael W. (Inventor); Jordan, Kevin C. (Inventor); Shinn, Michelle (Inventor)

    2012-01-01

    Single walled carbon nanotubes are produced in a novel apparatus by the laser-induced ablation of moving carbon target. The laser used is of high average power and ultra-fast pulsing. According to various preferred embodiments, the laser produces and output above about 50 watts/cm.sup.2 at a repetition rate above about 15 MHz and exhibits a pulse duration below about 10 picoseconds. The carbon, carbon/catalyst target and the laser beam are moved relative to one another and a focused flow of "side pumped", preheated inert gas is introduced near the point of ablation to minimize or eliminate interference by the ablated plume by removal of the plume and introduction of new target area for incidence with the laser beam. When the target is moved relative to the laser beam, rotational or translational movement may be imparted thereto, but rotation of the target is preferred.

  19. Laser ablation for the synthesis of carbon nanotubes

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    Holloway, Brian C; Eklund, Peter C; Smith, Michael W; Jordan, Kevin C; Shinn, Michelle

    2012-11-27

    Single walled carbon nanotubes are produced in a novel apparatus by the laser-induced ablation of moving carbon target. The laser used is of high average power and ultra-fast pulsing. According to various preferred embodiments, the laser produces and output above about 50 watts/cm.sup.2 at a repetition rate above about 15 MHz and exhibits a pulse duration below about 10 picoseconds. The carbon, carbon/catalyst target and the laser beam are moved relative to one another and a focused flow of "side pumped", preheated inert gas is introduced near the point of ablation to minimize or eliminate interference by the ablated plume by removal of the plume and introduction of new target area for incidence with the laser beam. When the target is moved relative to the laser beam, rotational or translational movement may be imparted thereto, but rotation of the target is preferred.

  20. Laser ablation for the synthesis of carbon nanotubes

    DOEpatents

    Holloway, Brian C.; Eklund, Peter C.; Smith, Michael W.; Jordan, Kevin C.; Shinn, Michelle

    2010-04-06

    Single walled carbon nanotubes are produced in a novel apparatus by the laser-induced ablation of moving carbon target. The laser used is of high average power and ultra-fast pulsing. According to various preferred embodiments, the laser produces an output above about 50 watts/cm.sup.2 at a repetition rate above about 15 MHz and exhibits a pulse duration below about 10 picoseconds. The carbon, carbon/catalyst target and the laser beam are moved relative to one another and a focused flow of "side pumped", preheated inert gas is introduced near the point of ablation to minimize or eliminate interference by the ablated plume by removal of the plume and introduction of new target area for incidence with the laser beam. When the target is moved relative to the laser beam, rotational or translational movement may be imparted thereto, but rotation of the target is preferred.

  1. Photoactive dye enhanced tissue ablation for endoscopic laser prostatectomy

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    Ahn, Minwoo; Nguyen, Trung Hau; Nguyen, Van Phuc; Oh, Junghwan; Kang, Hyun Wook

    2015-02-01

    Laser light has been widely used as a surgical tool to treat benign prostate hyperplasia with high laser power. The purpose of this study was to validate the feasibility of photoactive dye injection to enhance light absorption and eventually to facilitate tissue ablation with low laser power. The experiment was implemented on chicken breast due to minimal optical absorption Amaranth (AR), black dye (BD), hemoglobin powder (HP), and endoscopic marker (EM), were selected and tested in vitro with a customized 532-nm laser system with radiant exposure ranging from 0.9 to 3.9 J/cm2. Light absorbance and ablation threshold were measured with UV-VIS spectrometer and Probit analysis, respectively, and compared to feature the function of the injected dyes. Ablation performance with dye-injection was evaluated in light of radiant exposure, dye concentration, and number of injection. Higher light absorption by injected dyes led to lower ablation threshold as well as more efficient tissue removal in the order of AR, BD, HP, and EM. Regardless of the injected dyes, ablation efficiency principally increased with input parameter. Among the dyes, AR created the highest ablation rate of 44.2+/-0.2 μm/pulse due to higher absorbance and lower ablation threshold. Preliminary tests on canine prostate with a hydraulic injection system demonstrated that 80 W with dye injection yielded comparable ablation efficiency to 120 W with no injection, indicating 33 % reduced laser power with almost equivalent performance. In-depth comprehension on photoactive dye-enhanced tissue ablation can help accomplish efficient and safe laser treatment for BPH with low power application.

  2. Fabrication of CVD graphene-based devices via laser ablation for wafer-scale characterization

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    Mackenzie, David M. A.; Buron, Jonas D.; Whelan, Patrick R.; Jessen, Bjarke S.; Silajd?i?, Adnan; Pesquera, Amaia; Centeno, Alba; Zurutuza, Amaia; Bøggild, Peter; Petersen, Dirch H.

    2015-12-01

    Selective laser ablation of a wafer-scale graphene film is shown to provide flexible, high speed (1 wafer/hour) device fabrication while avoiding the degradation of electrical properties associated with traditional lithographic methods. Picosecond laser pulses with single pulse peak fluences of 140 mJ cm?2 for 1064 nm, 40 mJ cm?2 for 532 nm, and 30 mJ cm?2 for 355 nm are sufficient to ablate the graphene film, while the ablation onset for Si/SiO2 (thicknesses 500 ?m/302 nm) did not occur until 240 mJ cm?2, 150 mJ cm?2, and 135 mJ cm?2, respectively, allowing all wavelengths to be used for graphene ablation without detectable substrate damage. Optical microscopy and Raman Spectroscopy were used to assess the ablation of graphene, while stylus profilometery indicated that the SiO2 substrate was undamaged. CVD graphene devices were electrically characterized and showed comparable field-effect mobility, doping level, on–off ratio, and conductance minimum before and after laser ablation fabrication.

  3. Laser Ablation Increases PEM/Catalyst Interfacial Area

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    Whitacre, Jay; Yalisove, Steve

    2009-01-01

    An investigational method of improving the performance of a fuel cell that contains a polymer-electrolyte membrane (PEM) is based on the concept of roughening the surface of the PEM, prior to deposition of a thin layer of catalyst, in order to increase the PEM/catalyst interfacial area and thereby increase the degree of utilization of the catalyst. The roughening is done by means of laser ablation under carefully controlled conditions. Next, the roughened membrane surface is coated with the thin layer of catalyst (which is typically platinum), then sandwiched between two electrode/catalyst structures to form a membrane/ele c t - rode assembly. The feasibility of the roughening technique was demonstrated in experiments in which proton-conducting membranes made of a perfluorosulfonic acid-based hydrophilic, protonconducting polymer were ablated by use of femtosecond laser pulses. It was found that when proper combinations of the pulse intensity, pulse-repetition rate, and number of repetitions was chosen, the initially flat, smooth membrane surfaces became roughened to such an extent as to be converted to networks of nodules interconnected by filaments (see Figure 1). In further experiments, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) was performed on a pristine (smooth) membrane and on two laser-roughened membranes after the membranes were coated with platinum on both sides. Some preliminary EIS data were interpreted as showing that notwithstanding the potential for laser-induced damage, the bulk conductivities of the membranes were not diminished in the roughening process. Other preliminary EIS data (see Figure 2) were interpreted as signifying that the surface areas of the laser-roughened membranes were significantly greater than those of the smooth membrane. Moreover, elemental analyses showed that the sulfur-containing molecular groups necessary for proton conduction remained intact, even near the laser-roughened surfaces. These preliminary results can be taken as indications that laser-roughened PEMs should function well in fuel cells and, in particular, should exhibit current and power densities greater than those attainable by use of smooth membranes.

  4. Reflection of femtosecond laser light in multipulse ablation of metals

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    Vorobyev, A. Y.; Guo Chunlei

    2011-08-15

    The shot-to-shot reflectance of high-intensity laser light is studied as a function of both the number of laser shots and laser fluence in multipulse ablation of a metal when the irradiated surface undergoes structural changes from an initially smooth surface to a deep crater. Our study shows that the reflectance of the irradiated surface significantly decreases due to the high intensity of laser pulses and the laser-induced surface structures in ablation regimes typically used for femtosecond laser processing of materials. The high-intensity effect dominates in the reflection reduction at low numbers of laser shots when laser-induced surface structures do not cause the reflectance to decrease noticeably. With increasing the number of laser shots, the structural effect comes into play, and both high-intensity and structural effects quickly reduce the reflectance of the sample to a low value.

  5. Laser ablation of a turbid medium: Modeling and experimental results

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    Brygo, F.; Semerok, A.; Weulersse, J.-M.; Thro, P.-Y.; Oltra, R.

    2006-08-01

    Q-switched Nd:YAG laser ablation of a turbid medium (paint) is studied. The optical properties (absorption coefficient, scattering coefficient, and its anisotropy) of a paint are determined with a multiple scattering model (three-flux model), and from measurements of reflection-transmission of light through thin layers. The energy deposition profiles are calculated at wavelengths of 532 nm and 1.064 {mu}m. They are different from those described by a Lambert-Beer law. In particular, the energy deposition of the laser beam is not maximum on the surface but at some depth inside the medium. The ablated rate was measured for the two wavelengths and compared with the energy deposition profile predicted by the model. This allows us to understand the evolution of the ablated depth with the wavelength: the more the scattering coefficient is higher, the more the ablated depth and the threshold fluence of ablation decrease.

  6. Far-ultraviolet laser ablation of the cornea: photoacoustic studies

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    Srinivasan, R.; Dyer, P.E.; Braren, B.

    1987-01-01

    Wide bandwidth piezoelectric transducers made of thin (9 microns) polyvinylidene fluoride film have been used to make time-resolved measurements of the stress-wave generated by far-ultraviolet (193 nm) laser ablation in corneal tissue in vitro. At high fluence (approximately 250 mJ/cm2), ablation commences within 10 ns (+/- 5 ns) of the laser pulse and generates short acoustic impulses (approximately 30 ns). The time profile of the ablation, when coupled to the energy requirements for ablation from earlier work, allows the estimation of a temperature and a half-life for the thermal decomposition of the collagen in cornea. These values do not support a photothermal mechanism for the ablation under the experimental conditions.

  7. Collinear double pulse laser ablation in water for the production of silver nanoparticles.

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    Dell'Aglio, Marcella; Gaudiuso, Rosalba; ElRashedy, Remah; De Pascale, Olga; Palazzo, Gerardo; De Giacomo, Alessandro

    2013-12-28

    Experiments of collinear Double Pulse Laser Ablation in Liquid (DP-LAL) were carried out for studying the production mechanisms of nanoparticles (NPs) in water, which revealed the fundamental role of the cavitation bubble dynamics in the formation of aqueous colloidal dispersions. In this work, DP-LAL was used to generate silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) from a silver target submerged in water at atmospheric pressure and room temperature, by using the second harmonic (532 nm) of two Nd:YAG lasers. The second laser pulse was shot at different delay times (i.e. interpulse delay) during the bubble temporal evolution of the first laser induced bubble. Optical Emission Spectroscopy, Shadowgraph Images, Surface Plasmon Resonance absorption spectroscopy and Dynamic Light Scattering were carried out to study the behaviour of laser-induced plasma and cavitation bubbles during the laser ablation in liquid, to monitor the generation of AgNPs under different conditions, and for characterization of NPs. The results of DP-LAL were always compared with the corresponding ones obtained with Single Pulse Laser Ablation in Liquid (SP-LAL), so as to highlight the peculiarities of the two different techniques. PMID:24196485

  8. Charged-species characterization in laser ablation of borocarbide targets

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    Amoruso, S.; Armenante, M.; Bruzzese, R.; Spinelli, N.; Velotta, R.; Wang, X.

    We report the experimental characterization of the charged species produced in excimer laser ablation of a superconducting intermetallic compound (YNi2B2C). By using energy-selective time-of-flight mass spectrometry, we have obtained direct measurements of both mass spectra and kinetic energy distributions of ions. The investigation has been carried out in the laser fluence range 1-5 Jcm-2, which is typical of laser ablation thin film deposition. High kinetic energies of the charged component (up to 0.4 keV) have been observed even at moderate laser fluences.

  9. Histological analysis of a cornea following experimental femtosecond laser ablation.

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    Sumioka, Takayoshi; Miyamoto, Takeshi; Takatsuki, Reiko; Okada, Yuka; Yamanaka, Osamu; Saika, Shizuya

    2014-11-01

    Corneal photorefractive surgery is currently performed by ablation of corneal stroma under the stromal flap. A stromal flap is created using a femtosecond (FS) laser or mechanical microkeratome, although the FS laser procedure is considered safer and more accurate. This review assesses and compares the use of FS laser versus mechanical microkeratome ablation for corneal stromal characteristics mainly examined by histology and cellular biological responses. Supporting data from our studies, using corneas of enucleated porcine eye globes, are included in this review. Histological analysis and experimental studies of cellular/tissue responses to FS laser irradiation should be further investigated, and the equipment used to perform these techniques should be improved. PMID:25289720

  10. Mechanisms of Carbon Nanotube Production by Laser Ablation Process

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    Scott, Carl D.; Arepalli, Sivaram; Nikolaev, Pavel; Smalley, Richard E.; Nocholson, Leonard S. (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    We will present possible mechanisms for nanotube production by laser oven process. Spectral emission of excited species during laser ablation of a composite graphite target is compared with that of laser irradiated C60 vapor. The similarities in the transient and spectral data suggest that fullerenes are intermediate precursors for nanotube formation. The confinement of the ablation products by means of a 25-mm diameter tube placed upstream of the target seems to improve the production and purity of nanotubes. Repeated laser pulses vaporize the amorphous/graphitic carbon and possibly catalyst particles, and dissociate fullerenes yielding additional feedstock for SWNT growth.

  11. The effect of laser environment on the characteristics of ZnO nanoparticles by laser ablation

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    Farahani, Sahar Varvani; Mahmoodi, Azam; Goranneviss, Mahmood

    2015-11-01

    In this paper, zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles were prepared by laser ablation of Zinc (purity of 99/99 %) target. The effect of solvents, methanol and distilled water on the characterization of ZnO has been investigated. The beam of a Q-switched Nd: Yag laser with the length wave of 1064 nm and pulse duration of 6 ns was used. ZnO nanoparticles which were produced in distilled water and methanol were characterized by transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and the optical absorption spectroscopy-ultraviolet (UV-VIS-IR). The XRD results showed that the ZnO nanoparticles have a hexagonal crystal structure. Different size of ZnO nanoparticles were formed because of different environment of laser pulse generated.

  12. Polarization-selective alignment of a carbon nanotube film by using femtosecond laser ablation

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    Choi, S. B.; Byeon, C. C.; Park, D. J.; Jeong, M. S.

    2016-01-01

    We report on a considerable alignment of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) in randomly oriented bundles, by using a simple drop-and-dry method and irradiation with high-intensity femtosecond laser pulses. A remarkable third-harmonic generation was observed after irradiation with the laser pulses, whereas a narrow-band white-light continuum was generated in the as-prepared films. This observation, combined with scanning electron microscopy images, confirmed the high degree of alignment of the SWCNTs. In contrast to the pulsed irradiation of carbon soot, the powerdependent laser irradiation of a highly-purified SWCNT film show polarization-dependent ablation of individual nanotubes caused by polarization-dependent absorption. Raman spectroscopy results confirmed the presence of fractured nanotubes caused by the ablation processes. Polarizationresolved absorption spectroscopy results revealed that the aligned SWCNT film had potential usage in optical polarizers.

  13. Laser cutting of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) by UV pulsed laser ablation

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    Niino, Hiroyuki; Kurosaki, Ryozo

    2011-03-01

    In this paper, we report on a micro-cutting of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) by nanosecond-pulsed laser ablation with a diode-pumped solid state UV laser (DPSS UV laser, λ= 355nm). A well-defined cutting of CFRP which were free of debris and thermal-damages around the grooves, were performed by the laser ablation with a multiple-scanpass irradiation method. CFRP is a high strength composite material with a lightweight, and is increasingly being used various applications. UV pulsed laser ablation is suitable for laser cutting process of CFRP materials, which drastically reduces a thermal damage at cut regions.

  14. Combination of erbium and holmium laser radiation for tissue ablation

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    Pratisto, Hans S.; Frenz, Martin; Koenz, Flurin; Altermatt, Hans J.; Weber, Heinz P.

    1996-05-01

    Erbium lasers emitting at 2.94 micrometers and holmium lasers emitting at 2.1 micrometers are interesting tools for cutting, drilling, smoothing and welding of water containing tissues. The high absorption coefficient of water at these wavelengths leads to their good ablation efficiency with controlled thermally altered zones around the ablation sites. Combination of pulses with both wavelengths transmitted through one fiber were used to perform incisions in soft tissue and impacts in bone disks. Histological results and scanning electron microscope evaluations reveal the strong influence of the absorption coefficient on tissue effects, especially on the ablation efficiency and the zone of thermally damaged tissue. It is demonstrated that the combination of high ablation rates and deep coagulation zones can be achieved. The results indicate that this laser system can be considered as a first step towards a multi-functional medical instrument.

  15. Laser ablation for protein crystal nucleation and seeding.

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    Yoshikawa, Hiroshi Y; Murai, Ryota; Adachi, Hiroaki; Sugiyama, Shigeru; Maruyama, Mihoko; Takahashi, Yoshinori; Takano, Kazufumi; Matsumura, Hiroyoshi; Inoue, Tsuyoshi; Murakami, Satoshi; Masuhara, Hiroshi; Mori, Yusuke

    2014-04-01

    With the recent development in pulsed lasers with ultrashort pulse widths or wavelengths, spatially precise, low-damage processing by femtosecond or deep-UV laser ablation has shown promise for the production of protein single crystals suitable for X-ray crystallography. Femtosecond laser processing of supersaturated solutions can shorten the protein nucleation period or can induce nucleation at low supersaturation, which improves the crystal quality of various proteins including membrane proteins and supra-complexes. In addition to nucleation, processing of protein crystals by femtosecond or deep-UV laser ablation can produce single crystalline micro- or macro-seeds without deterioration of crystal quality. This tutorial review gives an overview of the successful application of laser ablation techniques to nucleation and seeding for the production of protein single crystals, and also describes the advantages from a physico-chemical perspective. PMID:24252936

  16. Ablation enhancement of silicon by ultrashort double-pulse laser ablation

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    Zhao, Xin; Shin, Yung C.

    2014-09-15

    In this study, the ultrashort double-pulse ablation of silicon is investigated. An atomistic simulation model is developed to analyze the underlying physics. It is revealed that the double-pulse ablation could significantly increase the ablation rate of silicon, compared with the single pulse ablation with the same total pulse energy, which is totally different from the case of metals. In the long pulse delay range (over 1?ps), the enhancement is caused by the metallic transition of melted silicon with the corresponding absorption efficiency. At ultrashort pulse delay (below 1?ps), the enhancement is due to the electron excitation by the first pulse. The enhancement only occurs at low and moderate laser fluence. The ablation is suppressed at high fluence due to the strong plasma shielding effect.

  17. Successive laser ablation ignition of premixed methane/air mixtures.

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    Bak, Moon Soo; Cappelli, Mark A

    2015-06-01

    Laser ablation has been used to study successive ignition in premixed methane/air mixtures under conditions in which the flow speed leads to flame blow-out. A range of laser pulse frequencies is experimentally mimicked by varying the time interval between two closely spaced laser pulses. Emission intensities from the laser ablation kernels are measured to qualitatively estimate laser energy coupling, and flame CH* chemiluminescence is recorded in a time-resolved manner to capture the flame evolution and propagation. A comparison of the measurements is made between the two successive breakdown ignition events. It is found that the formation of the subsequent ablation kernel is almost independent of the previous one, however, for the successive breakdowns, the first breakdown and its ensuing combustion created temporal regions of no energy coupling as they heat the gas and lower the density. Flame imaging shows that the second ablation event successfully produces another flame kernel and is capable of holding the flame-base even at pulse intervals where the second laser pulse cannot form a breakdown. This study demonstrates that successive ablation ignition can allow for the use of higher laser frequencies and enhanced flame stabilization than successive breakdown ignition. PMID:26072866

  18. Application of erbium: YAG laser in ocular ablation.

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    Tsubota, K

    1990-01-01

    Recent developments in lasers have provided us the possibility of laser ocular surgery. The xenon, argon, neodymium:YAG and dye lasers have been successfully used in out-patient clinics. The excimer laser has been attracting researchers' interest in the new application of laser to cornea and lens. The erbium:YAG laser emits a 2.94-microns beam that can ablate the transparent ocular tissues such as lenses and corneas. The author has applied this laser to the cornea, lens, vitreous and other ocular tissues. The erbium:YAG laser beam was directed through a 1.5-meter-long, 200-microns-diameter fiberoptic guide. The radiant energy measured about 50 mJ at the end of the probe. The laser was emitted as a 400-microsecond pulse. Freshly enucleated rabbit eyes were used in this study. Laser burns were applied to the tissue surface at various energy settings. At minimal power, the tissues were coagulated by the erbium:YAG laser application. At a power of more than 636-954 mJ/mm2, tissue began to evaporate; the tissue loss was observed under a surgical light microscope. Corneal photoablation, lens ablation, iridotomy, trabeculotomy, cutting of the vitreous and retinal ablation were easily performed. Like the excimer laser, the erbium:YAG laser is a potential tool for ocular surgery. PMID:2345625

  19. Ultraviolet versus infrared: Effects of ablation laser wavelength on the expansion of laser-induced plasma into one-atmosphere argon gas

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    Ma Qianli; Motto-Ros, Vincent; Laye, Fabrice; Yu Jin; Lei Wenqi; Bai Xueshi; Zheng Lijuan; Zeng Heping

    2012-03-01

    Laser-induced plasma from an aluminum target in one-atmosphere argon background has been investigated with ablation using nanosecond ultraviolet (UV: 355 nm) or infrared (IR: 1064 nm) laser pulses. Time- and space-resolved emission spectroscopy was used as a diagnostics tool to have access to the plasma parameters during its propagation into the background, such as optical emission intensity, electron density, and temperature. The specific feature of nanosecond laser ablation is that the pulse duration is significantly longer than the initiation time of the plasma. Laser-supported absorption wave due to post-ablation absorption of the laser radiation by the vapor plume and the shocked background gas plays a dominant role in the propagation and subsequently the behavior of the plasma. We demonstrate that the difference in absorption rate between UV and IR radiations leads to different propagation behaviors of the plasma produced with these radiations. The consequence is that higher electron density and temperature are observed for UV ablation. While for IR ablation, the plasma is found with lower electron density and temperature in a larger and more homogenous axial profile. The difference is also that for UV ablation, the background gas is principally evacuated by the expansion of the vapor plume as predicted by the standard piston model. While for IR ablation, the background gas is effectively mixed to the ejected vapor at least hundreds of nanoseconds after the initiation of the plasma. Our observations suggest a description by laser-supported combustion wave for the propagation of the plasma produced by UV laser, while that by laser-supported detonation wave for the propagation of the plasma produced by IR laser. Finally, practical consequences of specific expansion behavior for UV or IR ablation are discussed in terms of analytical performance promised by corresponding plasmas for application with laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy.

  20. YSGG 2790-nm superficial ablative and fractional ablative laser treatment.

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    Smith, Kevin C; Schachter, G Daniel

    2011-05-01

    The 2790-nm wavelength YSGG laser was introduced for aesthetic purposes under the trade name Pearl by Cutera in 2007. In clinical use, the Pearl superficial resurfacing laser has proved effective and well tolerated for the correction of superficial brown epidermal dyschromia and superficial fine lines and scars, and the Pearl Fractional laser produces excellent improvement in both dyschromia and improvement of deeper lines and moderately deep acne scarring. The two laser treatments can be combined in a single treatment session on different parts of the face or on the entire face, depending on patient needs and priorities. PMID:21763987

  1. Efficient space propulsion engines based on laser ablation

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    Phipps, C.R.

    1993-08-01

    Recent results have shown laser momentum transfer coefficients C{sub m} as large as 700 dynes/J from visible and near-infrared laser pulses with heterogeneous targets. Using inexpensive target materials, it is now possible to deliver a 1-tonne satellite from LEO to GEO in 21 days using a 10-kW onboard laser ablation engine, or to maintain several 1-tonne GEO satellites on station from Earth indefinitely using a laser with 100-W average power.

  2. Laser ablation of polymethylmethacrylate and polystyrene at 308 nm: Demonstrtion of thermal and photothermal mechanisms by a time-of-flight mass spectroscopic study

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    Tsunekawa, Makoto; Nishio, Satoru; Sato, Hiroyasu

    1994-11-01

    Laser ablation of polymethylmethacrylate and polystyrene films by an excimer laser at 308 nm was studied by detecting the fragments by time-of-flight mass spectroscopy after multiphoton ionization. Neutral fragments ablating from the polymer surface were predominantly monomer and dimer methylmethacrylate and monomer strene, as deduced from the mass spectra. Thus, `unzipping' of these polymers occurs. The dependence of fragment yields on ablating laser fluence and kinetic energy distributions of ablating species demonstrates thermal and photothermal dissociation of these polymers under the experimental conditions.

  3. Ultrafast laser ablation for targeted atherosclerotic plaque removal

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    Lanvin, Thomas; Conkey, Donald B.; Descloux, Laurent; Frobert, Aurelien; Valentin, Jeremy; Goy, Jean-Jacques; Cook, Stéphane; Giraud, Marie-Noelle; Psaltis, Demetri

    2015-07-01

    Coronary artery disease, the main cause of heart disease, develops as immune cells and lipids accumulate into plaques within the coronary arterial wall. As a plaque grows, the tissue layer (fibrous cap) separating it from the blood flow becomes thinner and increasingly susceptible to rupturing and causing a potentially lethal thrombosis. The stabilization and/or treatment of atherosclerotic plaque is required to prevent rupturing and remains an unsolved medical problem. Here we show for the first time targeted, subsurface ablation of atherosclerotic plaque using ultrafast laser pulses. Excised atherosclerotic mouse aortas were ablated with ultrafast near-infrared (NIR) laser pulses. The physical damage was characterized with histological sections of the ablated atherosclerotic arteries from six different mice. The ultrafast ablation system was integrated with optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging for plaque-specific targeting and monitoring of the resulting ablation volume. We find that ultrafast ablation of plaque just below the surface is possible without causing damage to the fibrous cap, which indicates the potential use of ultrafast ablation for subsurface atherosclerotic plaque removal. We further demonstrate ex vivo subsurface ablation of a plaque volume through a catheter device with the high-energy ultrafast pulse delivered via hollow-core photonic crystal fiber.

  4. Influence of Processing Gas on the Ablation Quality at ns-Laser Beam Ablation

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    Reg, Yvonne; Leitz, Karl-Heinz; Schmidt, Michael

    In this paper laser beam micro ablation and drilling of metals, especially stainless steel and aluminum, with nanosecond (ns) pulses under the influence of gas are studied experimentally. Different gases are compared regarding the ablated volume, the redeposition of ablated material and the resulting accuracy of the drilled hole. With optimizing different process parameters like the scanning velocity and the scanning strategy, different holes with varying inclination angles are produced. As a result suitable process parameters for generating different hole-geometries for stainless steel and aluminum at economic costs are proposed.

  5. Time Resolved Diagnostic of Dual-Pulsed Laser Ablation on Graphite Targets

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    Sangines de Castro, R.; Sanchez Ake, C.; Sobral, H.; Villagran-Muniz, M.

    2006-12-04

    Plasma emission produced by Dual Pulsed Laser Ablation (DPLA) on two perpendicular graphite targets, separated 3 mm, was analyzed. Ablation was carried out in vacuum (10-6 Torr) by an excimer (248 nm) and a Nd: YAG (1064 nm) lasers, delayed up to 20 {mu}s. Spatial and temporal measurements were performed by time resolved optical emission spectroscopy, fast photography and two color interferometry. Time of flight was studied in order to determine the kinetic energies from the carbon species (C I, C II and C III). Comparison between dual-laser and single excimer laser ablation reveals that, ion energy distribution can be controlled by changing pulse delay between lasers. Results show that the highest reduction in the second pulse species velocities occurs at temporal delay between lasers from 1 to 5 {mu}s. Under these experimental conditions, the temporal evolution of temperature, electron and neutral densities was determined. Two colors interferometry allows study the plasma only up to 1.5 mm from the surface target. Thus no changes on the density values in single and dual pulse experiments were observed. On the other hand, time resolved optical emission spectroscopy shows an increase in temperature and electron density in dual pulse configuration at a distance of 10 mm from the target.

  6. Time progression of ultrashort laser ablation in a transparent material

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    Nicolodelli, G.; Lizarelli, R. F. Z.; Costa, M. M.; Bagnato, V. S.

    2011-08-01

    Laser ablation on the ultra-short-pulses regime (femtosecond), has an impact on materials processing and micromachining in a quite profound ways. The investigation of the time progression of the laser ablation process within the material can produce much information and it is not conventionally used. The implementation of such study is the main aim of this paper. The temporal dependence of the diameter and depth of micro-drilling in the sample was verified, beyond the simple understanding of the mechanism for plasma generated during the ablation. From the monitoring of the time progression of the ablation, the time dependence for the velocity of ablation had been determined. In most cases, fume attenuation of the incoming laser beam and fume escape paths, produce dominant influence the characteristics of the region ablated. The method here employed is simple and can be carried out in real time without interruption of the process. In the implemented method light scattered from an auxiliary source allow visualization and record of the ablated geometry as it progress.

  7. Optical nerve identification in head and neck surgery after Er:YAG laser ablation.

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    Stelzle, Florian; Knipfer, Christian; Bergauer, Bastian; Rohde, Maximilian; Adler, Werner; Tangermann-Gerk, Katja; Nkenke, Emeka; Schmidt, Michael

    2014-09-01

    Facial nerve function may be hampered by iatrogenic damage during head and neck laser surgery procedures. Optical techniques can serve as a basis for feedback-controlled tissue-specific laser surgery on the jaw bone and the parotid gland. In order to preserve nerve tissue during laser surgery, the alteration of optical tissue properties through laser-tissue interactions have to be taken into account. It was the aim of this study to evaluate the viability of optical tissue differentiation through diffuse reflectance spectroscopy after exposure to laser light as a basis for a feedback system for tissue-specific laser surgery. Spectra of diffuse reflectance (wavelength, 350-650 nm) of nerves, salivary glands, and cortical and cancellous bone of the midfacial region (ex vivo domestic pig heads) were acquired before/after Er:YAG laser (wavelength, 2.94 μm) ablation (each 16,800 spectra). Principal component analysis was computed followed by quadratic discriminant analysis. The tissue classification performance as well as area under the curve (AUC) sensitivity and specificity for tissue differentiation was assessed before and after laser-tissue exposure. A high classification performance was observed before laser ablation (total error, 7.74%). Nerve tissue was differentiated from bone and salivary glands with results greater than 0.96 in AUC, sensitivity and specificity. After laser exposure, a total classification error of 18.61% was observed. The differentiation of nerve tissue was reduced with an AUC of >0.94, sensitivity of >0.95, and specificity >0.87. Er:YAG laser ablation only slightly reduces the differentiation performance through diffuse reflectance in the investigated tissue types. The results show the general viability of diffuse reflectance spectroscopy in identifying neural structures in the vicinity of salivary glands and bone as a basis for nerve preservation during feedback-controlled laser surgery. PMID:24696381

  8. Production of microscale particles from fish bone by gas flow assisted laser ablation

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    Boutinguiza, M.; Lusquiños, F.; Comesaña, R.; Riveiro, A.; Quintero, F.; Pou, J.

    2007-12-01

    Recycled wastes from fish and seafood can constitute a source of precursor material for different applications in the biomedical field such as bone fillers or precursor material for bioceramic coatings to improve the osteointegration of metallic implants. In this work, fish bones have been used directly as target in a laser ablation system. A pulsed Nd:YAG laser was used to ablate the fish bone material and a transverse air flow was used to extract the ablated material out of the interaction zone. The particles collected at a filter were in the micro and nanoscale range. The morphology as well as the composition of the obtained particles were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The results reveal that the composition of the analyzed particles is similar to that of the inorganic part of the fish bone.

  9. Enhancement of optical emission signal in double-pulse laser ablation of titanium in vacuum

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    Krstulović, Nikša; Bišćan, Marijan; Milošević, Slobodan

    2015-04-01

    Laser plasma of Ti produced in vacuum was studied by optical emission spectroscopy. The plasma was produced in a single-pulse and a double-pulse mode of ablation in a collinear configuration of laser beams. It was shown that there is a significant enhancement in emission intensity in double-pulse mode. Moreover, depending on the delay time between laser pulses in double-pulse mode signal enhancement (up to 18-fold) was further optimized. Measurement of emission from neutral and ionized Ti atoms showed that there is an optimal delay time for which emission enhancement is maximal, for both ions and neutrals. It was shown that using double-pulse laser ablation the enhancement is mostly pronounced when emission from plasma near the target surface is taken into account. This increases the limit of detection and the signal/background ratio.

  10. Femtosecond laser ablation of polytetrafluoroethylene (Teflon) in ambient air

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    Wang, Z. B.; Hong, M. H.; Lu, Y. F.; Wu, D. J.; Lan, B.; Chong, T. C.

    2003-05-01

    Teflon, polytetrafluorethylene (PTFE), is an important material in bioscience and medical application due to its special characteristics (bio-compatible, nonflammable, antiadhesive, and heat resistant). The advantages of ultrashort laser processing of Teflon include a minimal thermal penetration region and low processing temperatures, precision removal of material, and good-quality feature definition. In this paper, laser processing of PTFE in ambient air by a Ti:sapphire femtosecond laser (780 nm, 110 fs) is investigated. It is found that the pulse number on each irradiated surface area must be large enough for a clear edge definition and the ablated depth increases with the pulse number. The air ionization effect at high laser fluences not only degrades the ablated structures quality but also reduces the ablation efficiency. High quality microstructures are demonstrated with controlling laser fluence below a critical fluence to exclude the air ionization effect. The ablated microstructures show strong adhesion property to liquids and clear edges that are suitable for bio-implantation applications. Theoretical calculation is used to analyze the evolution of the ablated width and depth at various laser fluences.

  11. Plasma mediated ablation of biological tissues with ultrashort laser pulses

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    Oraevsky, A.A. |; DaSilva, L.B.; Feit, M.D.

    1995-03-08

    Plasma mediated ablation of collagen gels and porcine cornea was studied at various laser pulse durations in the range from 350 fs to 1 ns at 1,053 nm wavelength. A time resolved stress detection technique was employed to measure transient stress profiles and amplitudes. Optical microscopy was used to characterize ablation craters qualitatively, while a wide band acoustic transducer helped to quantify tissue mechanical response and the ablation threshold. The ablation threshold was measured as a function of laser pulse duration and linear absorption coefficient. For nanosecond pulses the ablation threshold was found to have a strong dependence on the linear absorption coefficient of the material. As the pulse length decreased into the subpicosecond regime the ablation threshold became insensitive to the linear absorption coefficient. The ablation efficiency was found to be insensitive to both the laser pulse duration and the linear absorption coefficient. High quality ablation craters with no thermal or mechanical damage to surrounding material were obtained with 350 fs laser pulses. The mechanism of optical breakdown at the tissue surface was theoretically investigated. In the nanosecond regime, optical breakdown proceeds as an electron collisional avalanche ionization initiated by thermal seed electrons. These seed electrons are created by heating of the tissue by linear absorption. In the ultrashort pulse range, optical breakdown is initiated by the multiphoton ionization of the irradiated medium (6 photons in case of tissue irradiated at 1,053 nm wavelength), and becomes less sensitive to the linear absorption coefficient. The energy deposition profile is insensitive to both the laser pulse duration and the linear absorption coefficient.

  12. Absorption-Ablation-Excitation Mechanism of Laser-Cluster Interactions in a Nanoaerosol System

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    Ren, Yihua; Li, Shuiqing; Zhang, Yiyang; Tse, Stephen D.; Long, Marshall B.

    2015-03-01

    The absorption-ablation-excitation mechanism in laser-cluster interactions is investigated by measuring Rayleigh scattering of aerosol clusters along with atomic emission from phase-selective laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy. For 532 nm excitation, as the laser intensity increases beyond 0.16 GW /cm2 , the scattering cross section of TiO2 clusters begins to decrease, concurrent with the onset of atomic emission of Ti, indicating a scattering-to-ablation transition and the formation of nanoplasmas. With 1064 nm laser excitation, the atomic emissions are more than one order of magnitude weaker than that at 532 nm, indicating that the thermal effect is not the main mechanism. To better clarify the process, time-resolved measurements of scattering signals are examined for different excitation laser intensities. For increasing laser intensity, the cross section of clusters decreases during a single pulse, evincing the shorter ablation delay time and larger ratios of ablation clusters. Assessment of the electron energy distribution during the ablation process is conducted by nondimensionalizing the Fokker-Planck equation, with analogous Strouhal SlE , Peclet PeE , and Damköhler DaE numbers defined to characterize the laser-induced aerothermochemical environment. For conditions where SlE?1 , PeE?1 , and DaE?1 , the electrons are excited to the conduction band by two-photon absorption, then relax to the bottom of the conduction band by electron energy loss to the lattice, and finally serve as the energy transfer media between laser field and lattice. The relationship between delay time and excitation intensity is well correlated by this simplified model with quasisteady assumption.

  13. Absorption-ablation-excitation mechanism of laser-cluster interactions in a nanoaerosol system.

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    Ren, Yihua; Li, Shuiqing; Zhang, Yiyang; Tse, Stephen D; Long, Marshall B

    2015-03-01

    The absorption-ablation-excitation mechanism in laser-cluster interactions is investigated by measuring Rayleigh scattering of aerosol clusters along with atomic emission from phase-selective laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy. For 532 nm excitation, as the laser intensity increases beyond 0.16??GW/cm^{2}, the scattering cross section of TiO_{2} clusters begins to decrease, concurrent with the onset of atomic emission of Ti, indicating a scattering-to-ablation transition and the formation of nanoplasmas. With 1064 nm laser excitation, the atomic emissions are more than one order of magnitude weaker than that at 532 nm, indicating that the thermal effect is not the main mechanism. To better clarify the process, time-resolved measurements of scattering signals are examined for different excitation laser intensities. For increasing laser intensity, the cross section of clusters decreases during a single pulse, evincing the shorter ablation delay time and larger ratios of ablation clusters. Assessment of the electron energy distribution during the ablation process is conducted by nondimensionalizing the Fokker-Planck equation, with analogous Strouhal Sl_{E}, Peclet Pe_{E}, and Damköhler Da_{E} numbers defined to characterize the laser-induced aerothermochemical environment. For conditions where Sl_{E}?1, Pe_{E}?1, and Da_{E}?1, the electrons are excited to the conduction band by two-photon absorption, then relax to the bottom of the conduction band by electron energy loss to the lattice, and finally serve as the energy transfer media between laser field and lattice. The relationship between delay time and excitation intensity is well correlated by this simplified model with quasisteady assumption. PMID:25793812

  14. Novel CO2 laser system for hard tissue ablation

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    Krapchev, Vladimir B.; Rabii, Christopher D.; Harrington, James A.

    1994-09-01

    A line-tunable and variable pulselength CO2 laser system for ablation of dental and bone tissues has been tested. To avoid the undesirable effects of plasma formation, acoustic shock waves and collateral thermal damage to the tissues, we have found an optimum laser pulselength in the 10 - 20 microseconds range. At a fluence of 30 J/cm2 and laser wavelength of 10.6 micrometers the ablation depths in enamel (dentin) were 12(18) micrometers and no significant noise was observed. Without water cooling enamel showed no visible color change, while some minimal carbonization of dentin was present even at low pulse repetition frequencies.

  15. Parallel femtosecond laser ablation with individually controlled intensity.

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    Silvennoinen, Martti; Kaakkunen, Jarno; Paivasaari, Kimmo; Vahimaa, Pasi

    2014-02-10

    The use of computer generated holograms together with spatial light modulator (SLM) enable highly parallel laser micromachining. Usually SLM is used for splitting the original laser beam to desired number of beams with equal intensity. However, this technique also enables that the intensity of every beam can be controlled individually. Example of the hologram designing procedure for separation of the original beam to 400 beams with individually controlled intensity is presented. The proposed technique is demonstrated by femtosecond laser ablation of grayscale pictures so that grey scale of the pixel is addressed with corresponding beam intensity in the ablated picture. PMID:24663553

  16. Laser ablation-based methods for nanostructuring of materials

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    Kabashin, A. V.

    2009-05-01

    An overview of laser-ablation-based methods for nanofabrication developed by our research group is presented. All methods imply laser-related ablation of material from a solid target and the production of nanoclusters, which are then either deposited on a substrate to form a nanostructured thin film or released to a liquid to form a colloidal nanoparticle solution. Particular attention is given on the absence or presence of the plasmarelated absorption of laser radiation, which provides different nano fabrication regimes. The methods lead to the production of nanomaterials, which are of importance for photonics and biosensing applications.

  17. Ablation behaviors of carbon reinforced polymer composites by laser of different operation modes

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    Wu, Chen-Wu; Wu, Xian-Qian; Huang, Chen-Guang

    2015-10-01

    Laser ablation mechanism of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) composite is of critical meaning for the laser machining process. The ablation behaviors are investigated on the CFRP laminates subject to continuous wave, long duration pulsed wave and short duration pulsed wave lasers. Distinctive ablation phenomena have been observed and the effects of laser operation modes are discussed. The typical temperature patterns resulted from laser irradiation are computed by finite element analysis and thereby the different ablation mechanisms are interpreted.

  18. Formation of nanostructures under femtosecond laser ablation of metals

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    Ashitkov, S. I.; Romashevskii, S. A.; Komarov, P. S.; Burmistrov, A. A.; Zhakhovskii, V. V.; Inogamov, N. A.; Agranat, M. B.

    2015-06-01

    We present the results of studying the morphology of the modified surface of aluminium, nickel and tantalum after ablation of the surface layer by a femtosecond laser pulse. The sizes of characteristic elements of a cellular nanostructure are found to correlate with thermo-physical properties of the material and the intensity of laser radiation.

  19. UV solid state laser ablation of intraocular lenses

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    Apostolopoulos, A.; Lagiou, D. P.; Evangelatos, Ch.; Spyratou, E.; Bacharis, C.; Makropoulou, M.; Serafetinides, A. A.

    2013-06-01

    Commercially available intraocular lenses (IOLs) are manufactured from silicone and acrylic, both rigid (e.g. PMMA) and foldable (hydrophobic or hydrophilic acrylic biomaterials), behaving different mechanical and optical properties. Recently, the use of apodizing technology to design new diffractive-refractive multifocals improved the refractive outcome of these intraocular lenses, providing good distant and near vision. There is also a major ongoing effort to refine laser refractive surgery to correct other defects besides conventional refractive errors. Using phakic IOLs to treat high myopia potentially provides better predictability and optical quality than corneal-based refractive surgery. The aim of this work was to investigate the effect of laser ablation on IOL surface shaping, by drilling circular arrays of holes, with a homemade motorized rotation stage, and scattered holes on the polymer surface. In material science, the most popular lasers used for polymer machining are the UV lasers, and, therefore, we tried in this work the 3rd and the 5th harmonic of a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser (λ=355 nm and λ=213 nm respectively). The morphology of the ablated IOL surface was examined with a scanning electron microscope (SEM, Fei - Innova Nanoscope) at various laser parameters. Quantitative measurements were performed with a contact profilometer (Dektak-150), in which a mechanical stylus scanned across the surface of gold-coated IOLs (after SEM imaging) to measure variations in surface height and, finally, the ablation rates were also mathematically simulated for depicting the possible laser ablation mechanism(s). The experimental results and the theoretical modelling of UV laser interaction with polymeric IOLs are discussed in relation with the physical (optical, mechanical and thermal) properties of the material, in addition to laser radiation parameters (laser energy fluence, number of pulses). The qualitative aspects of laser ablation at λ=213 nm reveal a smooth optical surface on the intraocular lens with no irregularities, observed with other wavelengths.

  20. Laser Ablation Surface Preparation of Ti-6A1-4V for Adhesive Bonding

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    Palmieri, Frank L.; Watson, Kent A.; Morales, Guillermo; Williams, Thomas; Hicks, Robert; Wohl, Christopher J.; Hopkins, John W.; Connell, John W.

    2012-01-01

    Adhesive bonding offers many advantages over mechanical fastening, but requires certification before it can be incorporated in primary structures for commercial aviation without disbond-arrestment features or redundant load paths. Surface preparation is widely recognized as the key step to producing robust and predictable bonds. Laser ablation imparts both topographical and chemical changes to a surface which can lead to increased bond durability. A laser based process provides an alternative to chemical-dip, manual abrasion and grit blast treatments which are expensive, hazardous, polluting, and less precise. This report documents preliminary testing of a surface preparation technique using laser ablation as a replacement for the chemical etch and abrasive processes currently applied to Ti-6Al-4V alloy adherends. Failure mode, surface roughness, and chemical makeup were analyzed using fluorescence enhanced visualization, microscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, respectively. Single lap shear tests were conducted on bonded and aged specimens to observe bond strength retention and failure mode. Some promising results showed increasing strength and durability of lap shear specimens as laser ablation coverage area and beam intensity increased. Chemical analyses showed trends for surface chemical species which correlated with improved bond strength and durability. Combined, these results suggest that laser ablation is a viable process for inclusion with or/and replacement of one or more currently used titanium surface treatments. On-going work will focus on additional mechanical tests to further demonstrate improved bond durability.

  1. Optical properties of petal-like aggregated nanocrystalline zinc oxide synthesized by laser ablation

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    Jafarkhani, P.; Chehrghani, A.; Torkamany, M.J.

    2012-03-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Petal like ZnO nanocrystals are synthesized by high frequency laser ablation in water. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Optical band gap of ZnO nanocrystals was tunable by changing the laser pulse energy. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Nonlinear optical properties and limiting threshold were obtained by Z-scan technique. -- Abstract: The results of the investigations carried out on the third-order nonlinearity in zinc oxide (ZnO) nanocrystals (NCs) by Z-scan technique are included in this paper. ZnO NCs show negative nonlinearity and good nonlinear absorption behavior at 532 nm. The third-order optical susceptibility {chi}(3) increases with enlargement of NCs due to the size dependent enhancement of exciton oscillator strength. The synthesis of ZnO NCs was performed by laser ablation from a high-purity metallic target of Zn in distilled water medium. For the ablation process, a high frequency pulsed Nd:YAG laser was employed operating at 532 nm with 100 ns pulse duration. UV-vis absorption spectroscopy illustrated the enhancement of the size of ZnO NCs upon increasing the laser pulse energy applied in ablation process. Accordingly the corresponding optical band gap (E{sub g}) decrease by increasing the size of NCs. X-ray diffraction (XRD) associated with transmission electron microscopy (TEM) was utilized to characterize the crystalline phase and also for determining the ZnO NCs morphology.

  2. Pulsed laser ablation and deposition of bioactive glass as coating material for biomedical applications

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    D'Alessio, L.; Teghil, R.; Zaccagnino, M.; Zaccardo, I.; Ferro, D.; Marotta, V.

    1999-01-01

    A study of the laser ablation and deposition, on Ti-Al substrates, of a biologically active glass (Bioglass®) suitable for bone implants is reported. The analysis of the gaseous phase by emission spectroscopy and the characterisation of the films from a compositional and morphological point of view have been carried out. The mean chemical composition of the deposits obtained from Bioglass ablation is very close to the target composition and the morphology indicates that different mechanisms of material ejection are present.

  3. Thermal ablation of liver metastases from colorectal cancer: radiofrequency, microwave and laser ablation therapies.

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    Vogl, Thomas J; Farshid, Parviz; Naguib, Nagy N N; Darvishi, Abbas; Bazrafshan, Babak; Mbalisike, Emmanuel; Burkhard, Thorsten; Zangos, Stephan

    2014-07-01

    Surgery is currently considered the treatment of choice for patients with colorectal cancer liver metastases (CRLM) when resectable. The majority of these patients can also benefit from systemic chemotherapy. Recently, local or regional therapies such as thermal ablations have been used with acceptable outcomes. We searched the medical literature to identify studies and reviews relevant to radiofrequency (RF) ablation, microwave (MW) ablation and laser-induced thermotherapy (LITT) in terms of local progression, survival indexes and major complications in patients with CRLM. Reviewed literature showed a local progression rate between 2.8 and 29.7 % of RF-ablated liver lesions at 12-49 months follow-up, 2.7-12.5 % of MW ablated lesions at 5-19 months follow-up and 5.2 % of lesions treated with LITT at 6-month follow-up. Major complications were observed in 4-33 % of patients treated with RF ablation, 0-19 % of patients treated with MW ablation and 0.1-3.5 % of lesions treated with LITT. Although not significantly different, the mean of 1-, 3- and 5-year survival rates for RF-, MW- and laser ablated lesions was (92.6, 44.7, 31.1 %), (79, 38.6, 21 %) and (94.2, 61.5, 29.2 %), respectively. The median survival in these methods was 33.2, 29.5 and 33.7 months, respectively. Thermal ablation may be an appropriate alternative in patients with CRLM who have inoperable liver lesions or have operable lesions as an adjunct to resection. However, further competitive evaluation should clarify the efficacy and priority of these therapies in patients with colorectal cancer liver metastases. PMID:24894923

  4. Laser ablation of polymeric materials at 157 nm

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    Costela, A.; García-Moreno, I.; Florido, F.; Figuera, J. M.; Sastre, R.; Hooker, S. M.; Cashmore, J. S.; Webb, C. E.

    1995-03-01

    Results are presented on the ablation by 157 nm laser radiation of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), polyimide, polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB), poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), and poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) with 1% of ethylene glycol dimethacrylate as a crosslinking monomer. Direct photoetching of PHB and undoped PTFE is demonstrated for laser fluences ranging from 0.05 to 0.8 J/cm2. The dependence of the ablation process on the polymer structure is analyzed, and insight into the ablation mechanism is gained from an analysis of the data using Beer-Lambert's law and the kinetic model of the moving interface. Consideration of the absorbed energy density required to initiate significant ablation suggests that the photoetching mechanism is similar for all the polymers studied.

  5. Optical properties measurement of the laser-ablated tissues for the combined laser ablation with photodynamic therapy

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    Honda, Norihiro; Ishii, Katsunori; Awazu, Kunio

    2012-03-01

    Laser ablation therapy combined with photodynamic therapy (PDT) is studied for treatment of advanced cancers. The clinical outcome of PDT may be improved by the accurate knowledge about the light distribution within tissue. Optical properties [absorption coefficient (?a), scattering coefficient (?s), anisotropy factor (g), refractive index, etc.] of tissues help us realizing a light propagation through the tissue. It is important to understand of the effect of laser coagulation formed by laser ablation to PDT. The aim of this study is to estimate of influence of coagulated region to PDT for effective PDT combined laser ablation therapy. We evaluated the optical property of mouse tumor tissue in native and coagulated state using a double integrating sphere system and an inverse Monte Carlo method in the wavelength range from 350 to 1000 nm. After laser ablation, the ?a and reduced scattering coefficient spectra of coagulated tissues were increased in the wavelength range from 350 to 1000 nm. The optical penetration depth of coagulated tissues is 1.2-2.9 times lower than the native state in the wavelength range from 350 to 1000 nm. The intensity of the light energy inside the coagulated tissue falls to about 60% of its original value at the end of coagulated layer. The evaluation of light energy distribution by the determination of the tissues optical properties could be useful for optimization of the treatment procedure in combined laser ablation with PDT.

  6. Laser ablation sample transfer for mass spectrometry imaging.

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    Park, Sung-Gun; Murray, Kermit K

    2015-01-01

    Infrared laser ablation sample transfer (IR-LAST) is a novel ambient sampling technique for mass spectrometry. In this technique, a pulsed mid-IR laser is used to ablate materials that are collected for mass spectrometry analysis; the material can be a solid sample or deposited on a sample target. After collection, the sample can be further separated or analyzed directly by mass spectrometry. For IR-LAST sample transfer tissue imaging using MALDI mass spectrometry, a tissue section is placed on a sample slide and material transferred to a target slide by scanning the tissue sample under a focused laser beam using transmission-mode (back side) IR laser ablation. After transfer, the target slide is analyzed using MALDI imaging. The spatial resolution is approximately 400 ?m and limited by the spread of the laser desorption plume. IR-LAST for MALDI imaging provides several new capabilities including ambient sampling, area to spot concentration of ablated material, multiple ablation and analysis from a single section, and direct deposition on matrix-free nanostructured targets. PMID:25361673

  7. Corneal sensitivity and nerve regeneration after excimer laser ablation.

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    Ishikawa, T; del Cerro, M; Liang, F Q; Loya, N; Aquavella, J V

    1994-05-01

    We studied the recovery of corneal sensitivity and corneal regeneration after excimer laser and manual epithelial debridement. The corneal epithelia of right eyes of New Zealand white rabbits (n = 21) were manually debrided and the corneal epithelia of the left eyes were ablated with the excimer laser (47 mm depth, 5 Hz, and 160 mJ/cm2). The relative density of innervation on the intraepithelial layer was measured using gold chloride staining and light microscopy. Wound healing and corneal sensitivity also were observed. Laser-ablated corneal sensitivity increased rapidly to a normal level by day 5, then increased gradually and reached a maximum at day 42. It remained elevated until 126 days, then returned to normal at 210 days. There were significant differences in the recovery of sensitivity after excimer ablation and manual epithelial removal. At day 35, relative density of innervation in the intraepithelial layer treated with excimer laser ablation was significantly higher than that treated with manual debridement. We observed a correlation between increased sensitivity and increased nerve density after excimer ablation. Compared with manual debridement, laser treatment resulted in an increase in networks of axons with terminal endings. This may not be the only factor correlating directly with hypersensitivity after corneal debridement, but it may indicate a quicker recovery route by using a presurgical manual debridement technique. PMID:8033572

  8. Molecular dynamics simulation of cluster formation in femtosecond laser ablation

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    Hatomi, Daiki; Ohnishi, Naofumi; Nishikino, Masaharu

    2013-09-01

    Short-period laser ablation of a platinum solid target was investigated through three-dimensional classical molecular dynamics simulations using the embedded atom method potential. The platinum target was ablated by an ultrashort-pulse laser with three different fluences near the ablation threshold and single 100-fs pulse. Although each laser fluence causes melting and evaporation of the target surface, ablation processes are morphologically different. When the laser fluence is just above the ablation threshold, the surface layer of the solid target breaks away, and so-called spallation occurs. With the moderate laser fluence, homogeneous nucleation of nano-sized clusters takes place in the liquidized layer at the surface, resulting in the homogenization in the emitted cluster size, while the surface layer fragments and vaporizes with the higher fluence. Moreover, in the spallation regime, the recreated surface has nano-sized roughness and is formed after the surface oscillates with a rv20-ns period. This inherent roughness formation may be a seed of the nano-sized regular structure observed by past experiments with repetitive pulses.

  9. Laser Ablation of Biological Tissue Using Pulsed CO{sub 2} Laser

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    Hashishin, Yuichi; Sano, Shu; Nakayama, Takeyoshi

    2010-10-13

    Laser scalpels are currently used as a form of laser treatment. However, their ablation mechanism has not been clarified because laser excision of biological tissue occurs over a short time scale. Biological tissue ablation generates sound (laser-induced sound). This study seeks to clarify the ablation mechanism. The state of the gelatin ablation was determined using a high-speed video camera and the power reduction of a He-Ne laser beam. The aim of this study was to clarify the laser ablation mechanism by observing laser excision using the high-speed video camera and monitoring the power reduction of the He-Ne laser beam. We simulated laser excision of a biological tissue by irradiating gelatin (10 wt%) with radiation from a pulsed CO{sub 2} laser (wavelength: 10.6 {mu}m; pulse width: 80 ns). In addition, a microphone was used to measure the laser-induced sound. The first pulse caused ablation particles to be emitted in all directions; these particles were subsequently damped so that they formed a mushroom cloud. Furthermore, water was initially evaporated by laser irradiation and then tissue was ejected.

  10. Resonant holographic measurements of laser ablation plume expansion in vacuum and argon gas backgrounds

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    Lindley, R.A.

    1993-10-01

    This thesis discusses the following on resonant holographic measurements of laser ablation plume expansion: Introduction to laser ablation; applications of laser ablation; The study of plume expansion; holographic interferometry; resonant holographic interferometry; accounting for finite laser bandwidth; The solution for doppler broadening and finite bandwidth; the main optical table; the lumonics laser spot shape; developing and reconstructing the holograms; plume expansion in RF/Plasma Environments; Determining {lambda}{sub o}; resonant refraction effects; fringe shift interpretation; shot-to-shot consistency; laser ablation in vacuum and low pressure, inert, background gas; theoretically modeling plume expansion in vacuum and low pressure, inert, background gas; and laser ablation in higher pressure, inert, background gas.

  11. Generation of low work function, stable compound thin films by laser ablation

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    Dinh, Long N. (Concord, CA); McLean, II, William (Oakland, CA); Balooch, Mehdi (Berkeley, CA); Fehring, Jr., Edward J. (Dublin, CA); Schildbach, Marcus A. (Livermore, CA)

    2001-01-01

    Generation of low work function, stable compound thin films by laser ablation. Compound thin films with low work function can be synthesized by simultaneously laser ablating silicon, for example, and thermal evaporating an alkali metal into an oxygen environment. For example, the compound thin film may be composed of Si/Cs/O. The work functions of the thin films can be varied by changing the silicon/alkali metal/oxygen ratio. Low work functions of the compound thin films deposited on silicon substrates were confirmed by ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS). The compound thin films are stable up to 500.degree. C. as measured by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Tests have established that for certain chemical compositions and annealing temperatures of the compound thin films, negative electron affinity (NEA) was detected. The low work function, stable compound thin films can be utilized in solar cells, field emission flat panel displays, electron guns, and cold cathode electron guns.

  12. Optical, structural and morphological properties of zirconia nanoparticles prepared by laser ablation in liquids

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    Borodina, T I; Val'yano, G E; Gololobova, O A; Karpukhin, V T; Malikov, M M; Strikanov, D A

    2014-09-30

    Absorption, fluorescence and Raman spectra, the structural composition and morphology of zirconia nanoparticles synthesised via the laser ablation of a metal in water and aqueous solutions of the sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS) surfactant have been studied using absorption spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. The results demonstrate that, exposing zirconium to intense nanosecond laser pulses at a high repetition rate in these liquids, one can obtain stable cubic, tetragonal and monoclinic crystalline phases of nanozirconia with a particle size in the range 40 – 100 nm and a Zr – SDS organic – inorganic composite. The absorption and fluorescence of the synthesised zirconia strongly depend on the SDS concentration in the starting solution. The gas – vapour bubbles forming during ablation are shown to serve as templates for the formation of hollow nanoand microstructures. (nanostructures)

  13. Microwave ablation versus laser ablation in occluding lateral veins in goats.

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    Wang, Xu-Hong; Wang, Xiao-Ping; Su, Wen-Juan; Yuan, Yuan

    2016-02-01

    Increasing number of endovenous techniques are available for the treatment of saphenous vein reflux and endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) is a frequently used method. A newly developed alternative, based on thermal therapy, is endovenous microwave ablation (EMA). This study evaluated the effect of the two procedures, in terms of coagulation and histological changes, in occluding lateral veins in goats. Twelve animals were randomized into two group, with 6 treated with EMA (EMA group), and the rest 6 with EVLA (EVLA group). Results of coagulation, including coagulation, fibrinolysis and platelet activation, were assessed at three or four different time points: before, immediately after, 24 h (and 48 h) after ablation. The diameter change, a measure of efficacy, was ultrasonographically measured before and 1 month after the ablation. Histological changes were grossly and microscopically evaluated immediately, 1 and 3 month(s) after the ablation. The length of the ablated vein and preoperative average diameter were comparable between the two groups. In both EMA and EVLA groups, several coagulation parameters, fibrinolysis and platelet activation parameters only underwent slight changes. Ultrasound imaging displayed that the diameter reduction of the veins treated by EMA was significantly larger than by EVLA, in consistent with the results of macroscopic examination. Microscopic examination revealed necrosis and thickening of the vein wall, and occlusion of the lumen within 3 months after ablation in both EMA and EVLA groups. It is concluded that EMA is a minimally invasive therapy, which appears to be safe and effective for treatment of lateral veins in goats. PMID:26838749

  14. Synthesis of silver nanoparticles by laser ablation in pure water

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    Pyatenko, A.; Shimokawa, K.; Yamaguchi, M.; Nishimura, O.; Suzuki, M.

    We have successfully produced silver nanoparticles by irradiating an Ag target with a 532-nm laser beam in pure water. By working with high laser power and small spot sizes, we were able to synthesize very small spherical particles with a typical size of 2-5 nm. The influence of the beam spot size, the laser power, and the ablation time were studied, and the possible mechanisms of particle formation are discussed.

  15. Ablative Laser Propulsion Using Multi-Layered Material Systems

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    Nehls, Mary; Edwards, David; Gray, Perry; Schneider, T.

    2002-01-01

    Experimental investigations are ongoing to study the force imparted to materials when subjected to laser ablation. When a laser pulse of sufficient energy density impacts a material, a small amount of the material is ablated. A torsion balance is used to measure the momentum produced by the ablation process. The balance consists of a thin metal wire with a rotating pendulum suspended in the middle. The wire is fixed at both ends. Recently, multi-layered material systems were investigated. These multi-layered materials were composed of a transparent front surface and opaque sub surface. The laser pulse penetrates the transparent outer surface with minimum photon loss and vaporizes the underlying opaque layer.

  16. Near-field mapping by laser ablation of PMMA coatings

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    Fiutowski, J.; Maibohm, C.; Kostiucenko, O.; Kjelstrup-Hansen, J.; Rubahn, H.-G.

    2011-10-01

    The optical near-field of lithography-defined gold nanostructures, arranged into regular arrays on a gold film, is characterized via ablation of a polymer coating by laser illumination. The method utilizes femto-second laser pulses from a laser scanning microscope which induces electrical field enhancements on and around the gold nanostructures. At the positions of the enhancements, the ablation threshold of the polymer coating is significantly lowered creating subdiffractional topographic modifications on the surface which are quantified via scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. The obtained experimental results for different polymer coating thicknesses and nanostructure geometries are in good agreement with theoretical calculations of the near field distribution for corresponding enhancement mechanisms. The developed method and its tunable experimental parameters show that the different stages in the ablation process can be controlled and characterized making the technique suitable for characterizing optical near-fields of metal nanostructures.

  17. Nanostructures synthesis by femtosecond laser ablation of glasses

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    Vipparty, D.; Tan, B.; Venkatakrishnan, K.

    2012-10-01

    In this article, we investigate the variations in ablation dynamics that result in diverse nanostructures on SiO2 based glass samples. A three-dimensional fibrous nanoparticle agglomerate was observed on sodalime glass when exposed to femtosecond laser irradiation. The fused nanoparticles have diameters ranging from 30 nm to 70 nm. Long continuous nanofibers of extremely high aspect ratio (certain fibers up to 100 000:1) were obtained by exposing silica glass surface to femtosecond laser irradiation at MHz repetition rate in air. A nanostructure assembly comprising of nanofiber and nanoparticle agglomerates was also observed by ablating silica glass. From our experimental analysis, it was determined that variation in bandgap and material composition alters ablation dynamics and dictates the response of glass to femtosecond laser irradiation, ultimately leading to the formation of structures with varying morphology on silica and sodalime glass. The possible underlying mechanisms that produce such nanostructures on glass specimens have also been explored.

  18. Nanosecond and femtosecond laser spectroscopy of molecules of biological interest

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    Villani, P.; Orlando, S.; Santagata, A.; De Bonis, A.; Veronesi, S.; Giardini, A.

    2007-07-01

    This paper mainly concerns on nanosecond and femtosecond laser spectroscopy of aromatic organic compounds as neurotransmitters, and plume diagnostics of the ablated species, in order to characterize the plasma dynamics, i.e. the temporal and spatial evolution of the plume. Optical emission spectroscopy has been applied to characterize the transient species produced in the femtosecond (fs) and nanosecond (ns) regimes. The laser sources employed for optical emission spectroscopy are a frequency-doubled Nd:YAG Handy ( ? = 532 nm, ? = 5 ns) and a frequency-doubled Nd:glass ( ? = 527 nm, ? = 250 fs). These studies aim to detect and give information on the photoexcitation and photodissociation of these biological molecules and to compare the plasma characteristics in the two ablation regimes.

  19. Effect of optical pulse duration on the XeCl laser ablation of polymers and biological tissue

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    Taylor, R. S.; Singleton, D. L.; Paraskevopoulos, G.

    1987-06-01

    Photoacoustic spectroscopy was used to measure the pulse duration dependence of the XeCl laser ablation of polyimide, polyethylene terephthalate, and post-mortem human aorta. It was observed that the ablation threshold exhibited only a weak dependence on pulse duration. Photoablation etch depth measurements of polyimide as a function of XeCl laser fluence indicated that over a practical etch depth range of 0.1 to 1 ?m per laser pulse the etch depth was independent of the pulse duration.

  20. Visual servoing of a laser ablation based cochleostomy

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    Kahrs, Lüder A.; Raczkowsky, Jörg; Werner, Martin; Knapp, Felix B.; Mehrwald, Markus; Hering, Peter; Schipper, Jörg; Klenzner, Thomas; Wörn, Heinz

    2008-03-01

    The aim of this study is a defined, visually based and camera controlled bone removal by a navigated CO II laser on the promontory of the inner ear. A precise and minimally traumatic opening procedure of the cochlea for the implantation of a cochlear implant electrode (so-called cochleostomy) is intended. Harming the membrane linings of the inner ear can result in damage of remaining organ functions (e.g. complete deafness or vertigo). A precise tissue removal by a laser-based bone ablation system is investigated. Inside the borehole the pulsed laser beam is guided automatically over the bone by using a two mirror galvanometric scanner. The ablation process is controlled by visual servoing. For the detection of the boundary layers of the inner ear the ablation area is monitored by a color camera. The acquired pictures are analyzed by image processing. The results of this analysis are used to control the process of laser ablation. This publication describes the complete system including image processing algorithms and the concept for the resulting distribution of single laser pulses. The system has been tested on human cochleae in ex-vivo studies. Further developments could lead to safe intraoperative openings of the cochlea by a robot based surgical laser instrument.

  1. Glass particles produced by laser ablation for ICP-MSmeasurements

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    Gonzalez, J.; Liu, C.; Wen, S.; Mao, X.; Russo, R.E.

    2007-06-01

    Pulsed laser ablation (266nm) was used to generate glass particles from two sets of standard reference materials using femtosecond (150fs) and nanosecond (4ns) laser pulses with identical fluences of 50 J cm{sup -2}. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images of the collected particles revealed that there are more and larger agglomerations of particles produced by nanosecond laser ablation. In contrast to the earlier findings for metal alloy samples, no correlation between the concentration of major elements and the median particle size was found. When the current data on glass were compared with the metal alloy data, there were clear differences in terms of particle size, crater depth, heat affected zone, and ICP-MS response. For example, glass particles were larger than metal alloy particles, the craters in glass were less deep than craters in metal alloys, and damage to the sample was less pronounced in glass compared to metal alloys samples. The femtosecond laser generated more intense ICP-MS signals compared to nanosecond laser ablation for both types of samples, although glass sample behavior was more similar between ns and fs-laser ablation than for metals alloys.

  2. Ultrathin sectioning with DUV-pulsed laser ablation: development of a laser ablation nano tome.

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    Kanemaru, Takaaki; Oki, Yuji

    2015-08-01

    The electrically automated ultrathin sectioning apparatus, which has been developed in recent years, can produce consecutive ultrathin sections with a diamond knife and a gallium ion beam. These newly developed apparatuses, however, have several shortcomings, such as the limited block cutting area, thermal damage to the sample by the focused ion beam and a sample electronic charge. To overcome these faults and for easier scanning electron microscopy three-dimensional fine structural reconstruction, we have developed a new cutting method using a deep ultraviolet laser, which we have named the 'LANTome (Light Ablation Nanotome)'. Using this method, we confirmed the widening of sectioning areas, shortening of the sectioning time, automatic smoothing of rough surfaces, no sample electronic charge and minimal heat effects on the sample tissue, such as thermal denaturation. PMID:25888714

  3. Development and fundamental investigation of Laser Ablation Glow Discharge Time-Of-Flight Mass Spectrometry (LA-GD-TOFMS)

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    Tarik, Mohamed; Lotito, Giovanni; Whitby, James A.; Koch, Joachim; Fuhrer, Katrin; Gonin, Marc; Michler, Johann; Bolli, Jean-Luc; Günther, Detlef

    2009-03-01

    Glow Discharge (GD) spectroscopy is a well known and accepted technique for the bulk and surface composition analysis, while laser ablation (LA) provides analysis with high spatial-resolution analysis in LIBS (laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy) or when coupled to inductively coupled plasma spectrometry (ICP-OES or ICP-MS). This work concerns the construction of a Laser Ablation Glow Discharge Time-Of-Flight Mass Spectrometry (LA-GD-TOFMS) instrument to study the analytical capabilities resulting from the interaction of a laser-generated sample plume with a pulsed glow discharge. Two ablation configurations were studied in detail. In a first approach, the laser-generated plume was introduced directly into the GD, while the second approach generated the plume inside the GD. The ablated material was introduced at different times with respect to the discharge pulse in order to exploit the efficient ionization in the GD plasma. For both LA-GD configurations, direct ablation into the afterglow of the pulsed glow discharge leads to an ion signal enhancement of up to a factor of 7, as compared to the ablation process alone under the same experimental conditions. The LA-GD enhancement was found to occur exclusively in the GD afterglow, with a maximum ablation S/N occurring in a few hundred microseconds after the termination of the glow discharge. The duration of the enhanced signal is about two milliseconds. Both the laser pulse energy and the position of the ablation plume (with respect to the sampling orifice) were found to affect the amount of mass entering the afterglow region and consequently, the enhancement factor of ionization.

  4. Cleaning and characterization of objects of cultural value by laser ablation

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    Bilmes, Gabriel M.; Freisztav, Cesar; Schinca, Daniel; Orsetti, Alberto

    2005-06-01

    Surface ablation with nanosecond laser pulses was applied to preservation, cleaning and compositional identification of objects of cultural value. On one hand, treatments of fabrics, coins, bones, and other archeological objects are shown, as well as applications to the preservation of covers, front of books and old manuscripts made in rag paper. Damage fluence thresholds for 17 different XIXth century types of papers, made by processing textiles, were determined. On the other hand, we use the spectroscopic analysis of the plasma generated as a result of laser ablation (LIBS- laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy-) for the determination of the elementary composition of unique pieces in anthropology and archaeology. In particular, we show applications to the identification of trace elements in Hominide teeth, of interest concerning the analysis of eating habits. We also apply LIBS to the determination of the composition of acheological objects belonging to different pre-Columbian cultures.

  5. Optical time of flight studies of lithium plasma in double pulse laser ablation: Evidence of inverse Bremsstrahlung absorption

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    Sivakumaran, V.; Joshi, H. C.; Singh, R. K.; Kumar, Ajai

    2014-06-15

    The early stage of formation of lithium plasma in a collinear—double pulse laser ablation mode has been studied using optical time of flight (OTOF) spectroscopy as a function of inter-pulse delay time, the distance from the target surface and the fluence of the ablation lasers. The experimental TOF measurements were carried out for lithium neutral (670.8 nm and 610.3 nm), and ionic (548.4 nm and 478.8 nm) lines. These experimental observations have been compared with that for single pulse laser ablation mode. It is found that depending on the fluence and laser pulse shape of the first pre-ablation laser and the second main ablation laser, the plasma plume formation and its characteristic features can be described in terms of plume-plume or laser-plume interaction processes. Moreover, the enhancement in the intensity of Li neutral and ionic lines is observed when the laser-plume interaction is the dominant process. Here, we see the evidence of the role of inverse Bremsstrahlung absorption process in the initial stage of formation of lithium plasma in this case.

  6. Laser spectroscopy at storage rings

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    Nörtershäuser, Wilfried; Sánchez, Rodolfo

    2015-11-01

    We provide a brief overview on the infrastructure required for laser spectroscopic experiments at magnetic storage rings and summarize some recent results on laser spectroscopy at the ESR. New opportunities at the high-energy storage ring at FAIR are also highlighted.

  7. Fundamental Mechanisms of Pulsed Laser Ablation of Biological Tissue

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    Albagli, Douglas

    The ability to cut and remove biological tissue with short pulsed laser light, a process called laser ablation, has the potential to revolutionize many surgical procedures. Ablation procedures using short pulsed lasers are currently being developed or used in many fields of medicine, including cardiology, ophthalmology, dermatology, dentistry, orthopedics, and urology. Despite this, the underlying physics of the ablation process is not well understood. In fact, there is wide disagreement over whether the fundamental mechanism is primarily photothermal, photomechanical, or photochemical. In this thesis, both experimental and theoretical techniques are developed to explore this issue. The photothermal model postulates that ablation proceeds through vaporization of the target material. The photomechanical model asserts that ablation is initiated when the laser-induced tensile stress exceeds the ultimate tensile strength of the target. I have developed a three dimensional model of the thermoelastic response of tissue to short pulsed laser irradiation which allows the time dependent stress distribution to be calculated given the optical, thermal and mechanical properties of the target. A complimentary experimental technique has been developed to verify this model, measure the needed physical properties of the tissue, and record the thermoelastic response of the tissue at the onset of ablation. The results of this work have been widely disseminated to the international research community and have led to significant findings which support the photomechanical model of ablation of tissue. First, the energy deposited in tissue is an order of magnitude less than that required for vaporization. Second, unlike the one-dimensional thermoelastic model of laser-induced stress generation that has appeared in the literature, the full three-dimensional model predicts the development of significant tensile stresses on the surface of the target, precisely where ablation is observed to occur. Third, although the laser-induced temperature rise is modest, the magnitude of the stresses is sufficient to initiate mechanically destructive phenomenon. In hard materials, including bone, a gradual weakening of material with each successive laser pulse is observed and correlated with the formation of permanent microcracks within the material. In meniscus, a representative soft tissue, the growth and collapse of mechanically destructive cavitation bubbles is observed. (Copies available exclusively from MIT Libraries, Rm. 14-0551, Cambridge, MA 02139-4307. Ph. 617 -253-5668; Fax 617-253-1690.).

  8. Below-Band-Gap Laser Ablation Of Diamond For TEM

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    George, Thomas; Foote, Marc C.; Vasquez, Richard P.; Fortier, Edward P.; Posthill, John B.

    1995-01-01

    Thin, electron-transparent layers of diamond for examination in transmission electron microscope (TEM) fabricated from thicker diamond substrates by using laser beam to ablate surface of substrate. Involves use of photon energy below band gap. Growing interest in use of diamond as bulk substrate and as coating material in variety of applications has given rise to increasing need for TEM for characterization of diamond-based materials. Below-band-gap laser ablation method helps to satisfy this need. Also applied in general to cutting and etching of diamonds.

  9. Aerospace Laser Ignition/Ablation Variable High Precision Thruster

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    Campbell, Jonathan W. (Inventor); Edwards, David L. (Inventor); Campbell, Jason J. (Inventor)

    2015-01-01

    A laser ignition/ablation propulsion system that captures the advantages of both liquid and solid propulsion. A reel system is used to move a propellant tape containing a plurality of propellant material targets through an ignition chamber. When a propellant target is in the ignition chamber, a laser beam from a laser positioned above the ignition chamber strikes the propellant target, igniting the propellant material and resulting in a thrust impulse. The propellant tape is advanced, carrying another propellant target into the ignition chamber. The propellant tape and ignition chamber are designed to ensure that each ignition event is isolated from the remaining propellant targets. Thrust and specific impulse may by precisely controlled by varying the synchronized propellant tape/laser speed. The laser ignition/ablation propulsion system may be scaled for use in small and large applications.

  10. Vibration testing based on impulse response excited by laser ablation

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    Kajiwara, Itsuro; Hosoya, Naoki

    2011-10-01

    This paper proposes an innovative vibration testing method based on impulse response excited by laser ablation. In conventional vibration testing using an impulse hammer, high-frequency elements of over tens of kilohertz are barely present in the excitation force. A pulsed high-power YAG laser is used in this study for producing an ideal impulse force on a structural surface. Illuminating a point on a metal with the well-focused YAG laser, laser ablation is caused by generation of plasma on the metal. As a result, an ideal impulse excitation force generated by laser ablation is applied to the point on the structure. Therefore, it is possible to measure high-frequency FRFs due to the laser excitation. A water droplet overlay on the metal is used to adjust the force magnitude of laser excitation. An aluminum block that has nine natural frequencies below 40 kHz is employed as a test piece. The validity of the proposed method is verified by comparing the FRFs of the block obtained by the laser excitation, impulse hammer, and finite element analysis. Furthermore, the relationship between accuracy of FRF measurements and sensitivity of sensors is investigated.

  11. Thermal melting and ablation of silicon by femtosecond laser radiation

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    Ionin, A. A.; Kudryashov, S. I.; Seleznev, L. V.; Sinitsyn, D. V.; Bunkin, A. F.; Lednev, V. N.; Pershin, S. M.

    2013-03-01

    The space-time dynamics of thermal melting, subsurface cavitation, spallative ablation, and fragmentation ablation of the silicon surface excited by single IR femtosecond laser pulses is studied by timeresolved optical reflection microscopy. This dynamics is revealed by monitoring picosecond and (sub)nanosecond oscillations of probe pulse reflection, which is modulated by picosecond acoustic reverberations in the dynamically growing surface melt subjected to ablation and having another acoustic impedance, and by optical interference between the probe pulse replicas reflected by the spalled layer surface and the layer retained on the target surface. The acoustic reverberation periods change during the growth and ablation of the surface melt film, which makes it possible to quantitatively estimate the contributions of these processes to the thermal dynamics of the material surface. The results on the thermal dynamics of laser excitation are supported by dynamic measurements of the ablation parameters using noncontact ultrasonic diagnostics, scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, and optical interference microscopy of the modified regions appearing on the silicon surface after ablation.

  12. Thermal melting and ablation of silicon by femtosecond laser radiation

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    Ionin, A. A.; Kudryashov, S. I. Seleznev, L. V.; Sinitsyn, D. V.; Bunkin, A. F.; Lednev, V. N.; Pershin, S. M.

    2013-03-15

    The space-time dynamics of thermal melting, subsurface cavitation, spallative ablation, and fragmentation ablation of the silicon surface excited by single IR femtosecond laser pulses is studied by timeresolved optical reflection microscopy. This dynamics is revealed by monitoring picosecond and (sub)nanosecond oscillations of probe pulse reflection, which is modulated by picosecond acoustic reverberations in the dynamically growing surface melt subjected to ablation and having another acoustic impedance, and by optical interference between the probe pulse replicas reflected by the spalled layer surface and the layer retained on the target surface. The acoustic reverberation periods change during the growth and ablation of the surface melt film, which makes it possible to quantitatively estimate the contributions of these processes to the thermal dynamics of the material surface. The results on the thermal dynamics of laser excitation are supported by dynamic measurements of the ablation parameters using noncontact ultrasonic diagnostics, scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, and optical interference microscopy of the modified regions appearing on the silicon surface after ablation.

  13. Plume dynamics of cross-beam pulsed-laser ablation of graphite

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    Sanchez Ake, C.; Sangines de Castro, R.; Sobral, H.; Villagran-Muniz, M.

    2006-09-01

    The dynamics of the interaction between two plasmas induced by cross-beam pulsed-laser ablation was analyzed by time resolved optical emission spectroscopy and fast photography. The plasmas were created in vacuum by irradiating two perpendicular graphite targets with an excimer (248 nm) and a Nd:yttrium-aluminum-garnet (1064 nm) laser. In this configuration, a laser is focused onto a target generating a highly directed plume; subsequently, an additional laser produces a second plasma from the perpendicular target which expands through the first plume. Collisional processes cause a reduction of the kinetic energy of the second plume species as compared to the single pulse experiment. For a fixed delay between lasers of 2 {mu}s, the second plume was divided in two perpendicular directions. The dynamics of this plasma has been compared with laser-induced plume propagation through a background gas in terms of the drag model.

  14. Formation and characterization of nanoparticles via laser ablation in solution

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    Golightly, Justin Samuel

    The work presented in this thesis encompassed laser ablation of various transition metals within a liquid environment. Through an improved understanding of the ablation process, control over the properties of the resultant nanoparticles can be obtained, and thusly nanoparticles can be tailored with specific properties. Creation of nanoparticles via laser ablation in solution is a relatively youngtechnique for nanoparticle synthesis, and the work presented should prove useful in guiding further exploration in ablation processes in liquids for nanomaterial production. When a laser is focused onto a target under a liquid environment, the target material and its surrounding liquid are vaporized. The concoction of vapor is ejected normal to the surface as a bubble. The bubble has a temperature reaching the boiling point of the metal, and has a gradient to the boiling point of the solvent. The bubble expands until it reaches a critical volume, and then subsequently collapses. It is within this bubble that nanoparticle formation occurs. As the bubble expands, the vapor cools and nanoparticle growth transpires. During the bubble collapse, pressures reaching GigaPascals have been reported, and a secondary nanoparticle formation occurs as a result of these high pressures. Chapter 1 delves a little more into the nanoparticle formation mechanisms, as well as an introduction to the analytical techniques used for characterization. Ablation of titanium took place in isopropanol, ethanol, water, and n-hexane, under various fluences, with a 532 nm Nd:YAG operating at 10 Hz. It was found that a myriad of nanoparticles could be made with vastly different compositions that were both solvent and fluence dependent. Nanoparticles were made that incorporated carbon and oxygen from the solvent, showing how solvent choice is an important factor in nanoparticle creation. Chapter 3 discusses the results of the titanium work in great detail and demonstrates carbide production with ablation in isopropyl alcohol. Ablation in n-hexane also showed diffraction patterns correlating with carbides, and water showed oxygen incorporation. These results showed the ability to utilize the solvent in tailoring nanoparticles to achieve desired properties. Zirconium and nickel were ablated with the Nd:YAG at 532 nm. These studies utilized a stainless steel chamber designed and built to improve control over the experimental variables. The nickel study showcased the new chamber's ability for reproducibility in a size dependence study based upon laser fluence. The results of ablation with the Nd:YAG were compared to femtosecond ablation experiments performed with a titanium:sapphire femtosecond laser system. The Ti:sapphire femtosecond laser operated at 10 Hz, produced femtosecond pulses centered at ˜795 nm. The pulse duration was varied from 100 fs to 390 fs, the nanoparticles created from each condition were characterized, and the results are presented in chapters 5 and 6. Aluminum nanoparticles were made using both nanosecond and femtosecond laser ablation techniques. Aluminum nanoparticles have a great deal of potential for use as fuel additives as well as in paints and coatings. The nanosecond ablation process rendered large nanoparticles (over 200 nm) and the results are briefly shown in Appendix A. The femtosecond system produced a much smaller distribution of nanoparticles, with nanoparticles remaining in suspension for over a month's time, as evidenced by their unique UV-Vis absorbance. These nanoparticles were produced in isopropyl alcohol, and were stabilized by the solvent, as TEM analysis showed nanoparticles with very little oxygen incorporation. The solvent is bound to the nanoparticles as a result of the formation process and as a result forms a protective coating, which prevents further oxidation over time. The remarkable stability of these aluminum nanoparticles is a testament of employing the high energy scheme of the laser ablation process in a manner to tailor the production of novel nanomaterials. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)

  15. Ultra-low threshold laser ablation investigated by time-resolved microscopy

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    Dlott, Dana D.

    2002-09-01

    Laser ablation materials are described that can be exposed using inexpensive near-IR lasers such as laser diodes. These materials were designed to act as printing plates in offset lithographic printing presses. Studies of the fundamental mechanisms of laser ablation were conducted using pulse-duration-dependent time-resolved optical microscopy. A knowledge of these mechanisms was used to engineer advanced ablation materials. Addition of an energetic polymer underneath the ablation layer, and the use of stress-assisted ablation were two strategies employed to achieve ultra-low ablation thresholds of a few tens of mJ/cm 2.

  16. An improved model for nanosecond pulsed laser ablation of metals

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    Lutey, Adrian H. A.

    2013-08-01

    A model is presented for the ablation of metals by nanosecond laser pulses, based on one-dimensional heat flow with temperature dependent material properties. A numerical optical calculation is introduced to account for laser beam absorption in the target, utilizing established matrix methods for electromagnetic plane wave propagation in multi-layered media. By including the effects of reflection from the dielectric-metal interface, the fall in reflectivity of aluminum during nanosecond laser pulses above the phase explosion threshold is found to be approximately twice that calculated in previous works. A simulated shielding coefficient is introduced to account for reflection and absorption of the incident laser beam by the ablation products. With these additions to foregoing models, good agreement between calculated and published experimental ablation data is attained for aluminum, both in terms of ablation threshold and depth. An investigation is subsequently carried out into the effects of laser wavelength, pulse duration and target thickness on the phase explosion threshold of aluminum.

  17. CO{sub 2} Laser Ablation Propulsion Tractor Beams

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    Sinko, John E.; Schlecht, Clifford A.

    2010-05-06

    Manipulation of objects at a distance has already been achieved with no small measure of success in the realm of microscopic objects on the scale size of nanometers to micrometers in applications including laser trapping and laser tweezers. However, there has been relatively little effort to apply such remote control to macroscopic systems. A space tractor beam could be applied to a wide range of applications, including removal of orbital debris, facilitation of spacecraft docking, adjustment of satellite attitude or orbital position, etc. In this paper, an ablative laser propulsion tractor beam is demonstrated based on radiation from a CO{sub 2} laser. Cooperative, layered polymer targets were used for remote impulse generation using a CO{sub 2} laser. The use of a structured ablatant enabling switching between thrust directional parity (i.e., forward or reverse) and imparting torque to a remote target. Fluence-dependent results are presented in the context of polymer ablation modeling work and with consideration of confined ablation effects.

  18. Endometrial laser ablation in rabbits: A comparative study of three laser types

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    Rosenberg, C.; Tadir, Y.; Braslavsky, D.; Fisch, B.; Karni, Z.; Ovadia, J. )

    1990-01-01

    Endometrial laser ablation is one of the alternatives to hysterectomy in cases of intractable uterine bleeding. It is currently performed using the Nd:YAG laser at 1.06 microns. The aim of this study was to compare the tissue effect of three types of laser irradiation (Nd:YAG laser at 1.06 and 1.32 microns and holmium laser at 2.12 microns) on the rabbit endometrium. Crater formation, coagulation necrosis, and muscle necrosis were evaluated at the time of ablation, as well as at 1 week and 4 weeks postablation. The results were assessed by determining the depth and width of the affected portion in the uterine wall (lumen to serosa). It was shown that Nd:YAG laser at 1.32 microns caused more generalized and extended effects as compared with the other laser types examined. Endometrial regeneration was faster after ablation by the Nd:YAG laser at 1.06 microns and the holmium laser than by the Nd:YAG laser at 1.32 microns. The widest range of ablation energy (defined as that causing ablation without muscle damage) was achieved by applying the holmium laser. Further evaluation of the holmium laser for this indication is recommended.

  19. Combined optical tweezers and laser dissector for controlled ablation of functional connections in neural networks

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    Difato, Francesco; Dal Maschio, Marco; Marconi, Emanuele; Ronzitti, Giuseppe; Maccione, Alessandro; Fellin, Tommasso; Berdondini, Luca; Chieregatti, Evelina; Benfenati, Fabio; Blau, Axel

    2011-05-01

    Regeneration of functional connectivity within a neural network after different degrees of lesion is of utmost clinical importance. To test pharmacological approaches aimed at recovering from a total or partial damage of neuronal connections within a circuit, it is necessary to develop a precise method for controlled ablation of neuronal processes. We combined a UV laser microdissector to ablate neural processes in vitro at single neuron and neural network level with infrared holographic optical tweezers to carry out force spectroscopy measurements. Simultaneous force spectroscopy, down to the sub-pico-Newton range, was performed during laser dissection to quantify the tension release in a partially ablated neurite. Therefore, we could control and measure the damage inflicted to an individual neuronal process. To characterize the effect of the inflicted injury on network level, changes in activity of neural subpopulations were monitored with subcellular resolution and overall network activity with high temporal resolution by concurrent calcium imaging and microelectrode array recording. Neuronal connections have been sequentially ablated and the correlated changes in network activity traced and mapped. With this unique combination of electrophysiological and optical tools, neural activity can be studied and quantified in response to controlled injury at the subcellular, cellular, and network level.

  20. Cluster Generation Under Pulsed Laser Ablation Of Compound Semiconductors

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    Bulgakov, Alexander V.; Evtushenko, Anton B.; Shukhov, Yuri G.; Ozerov, Igor; Marine, Wladimir

    2010-10-08

    A comparative experimental study of pulsed laser ablation in vacuum of two binary semiconductors, zinc oxide and indium phosphide, has been performed using IR- and visible laser pulses with particular attention to cluster generation. Neutral and cationic Zn{sub n}O{sub m} and In{sub n}P{sub m} particles of various stoichiometry have been produced and investigated by time-of-flight mass spectrometry. At ZnO ablation, large cationic (n>9) and all neutral clusters are mainly stoichiometric in the ablation plume. In contrast, indium phosphide clusters are strongly indium-rich with In{sub 4}P being a magic cluster. Analysis of the plume composition upon laser exposure has revealed congruent vaporization of ZnO and a disproportionate loss of phosphorus by the irradiated InP surface. Plume expansion conditions under ZnO ablation are shown to be favorable for stoichiometric cluster formation. A delayed vaporization of phosphorus under InP ablation has been observed that results in generation of off-stoichiometric clusters.

  1. Stereotactic laser ablation of the splenium for intractable epilepsy.

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    Ho, Allen L; Miller, Kai J; Cartmell, Sam; Inoyama, Katherine; Fisher, Robert S; Halpern, Casey H

    2016-01-01

    Partial or complete corpus callosotomies have been applied, traditionally via open surgical or radiosurgical approaches, for the treatment of epilepsy in patients with multifocal tonic, atonic, or myoclonic seizures. Minimally invasive methods, such as MRI-guided laser interstitial thermal ablation (MTLA), are being employed to functionally remove or ablate seizure foci in the treatment of epilepsy. This therapy can achieve effectiveness similar to that of traditional resection, but with reduced morbidity compared with open surgery. Here, we present a patient with a history of prior partial corpus callosotomy who continued to suffer from medically refractory epilepsy with bisynchronous onset. We report on the utilization of laser ablation of the splenium in this patient to achieve full corpus callosotomy. Adequate ablation of the splenial remnant was confirmed by postoperative MRI imaging, and at four-month follow-up, the patient's seizure frequency had dropped more than 50%. This is the first reported instance of laser ablation of the splenium to achieve full corpus callosotomy following a previous unsuccessful anterior callosotomy in a patient with intractable generalized epilepsy. PMID:26955518

  2. Stereotactic laser ablation of the splenium for intractable epilepsy☆

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    Ho, Allen L.; Miller, Kai J.; Cartmell, Sam; Inoyama, Katherine; Fisher, Robert S.; Halpern, Casey H.

    2016-01-01

    Partial or complete corpus callosotomies have been applied, traditionally via open surgical or radiosurgical approaches, for the treatment of epilepsy in patients with multifocal tonic, atonic, or myoclonic seizures. Minimally invasive methods, such as MRI-guided laser interstitial thermal ablation (MTLA), are being employed to functionally remove or ablate seizure foci in the treatment of epilepsy. This therapy can achieve effectiveness similar to that of traditional resection, but with reduced morbidity compared with open surgery. Here, we present a patient with a history of prior partial corpus callosotomy who continued to suffer from medically refractory epilepsy with bisynchronous onset. We report on the utilization of laser ablation of the splenium in this patient to achieve full corpus callosotomy. Adequate ablation of the splenial remnant was confirmed by postoperative MRI imaging, and at four-month follow-up, the patient's seizure frequency had dropped more than 50%. This is the first reported instance of laser ablation of the splenium to achieve full corpus callosotomy following a previous unsuccessful anterior callosotomy in a patient with intractable generalized epilepsy. PMID:26955518

  3. Wavelength-Dependent Conformational Changes in Collagen after Mid-Infrared Laser Ablation of Cornea

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    Xiao, Yaowu; Guo, Mingsheng; Zhang, Peng; Shanmugam, Ganesh; Polavarapu, Prasad L.; Hutson, M. Shane

    2008-01-01

    We ablated porcine corneas with a free electron laser tuned to either 2.77 or 6.45 μm, two matched wavelengths that predominantly target water and protein, respectively. The ejected nonvolatile debris and the crater left behind were examined by circular dichroism, Raman spectroscopy, and scanning electron microscopy to characterize the postablation conformation of collagen proteins. We found near-complete unfolding of collagen secondary and tertiary structure at either ablating wavelength. On the other hand, we found excess fibril swelling and evidence for excess cis-hydroxyproline in the 6.45-μm debris. These results support the hypothesis that the favorable ablative properties of protein-targeting wavelengths rest on selective heating of tissue proteins. PMID:17933877

  4. Dye-enhanced ablation of enamel by pulsed lasers.

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    Jennett, E; Motamedi, M; Rastegar, S; Frederickson, C; Arcoria, C; Powers, J M

    1994-12-01

    Laser removal of dental hard tissue has been proposed as a replacement for or augmented approach to the dental handpiece. The main limitation for widespread usage of lasers in dentistry has been inefficient ablation of dental hard tissue, accompanied by potential laser-induced damage to the surrounding tissue. The research focuses on a novel approach for enhancement of tissue ablation and confinement of laser interaction to a small tissue volume by controlled placement of an exogenous dye on the enamel surface. Studies were done with both pulsed alexandrite and pulsed Nd:YAG lasers, with indocyanine green and India ink, respectively, used as photo-absorbers. These dye-enhanced laser processes demonstrated the feasibility of this technique for cavity preparation. While control studies produced little or no appreciable crater, average preparation depth for the dye-enhanced ablation was from 1 to 1.5 mm, with a diameter of approximately 0.6 mm. Knoop hardness measurements show that, surrounding the crater, there is small annular region slightly softened by the laser action. SEM studies of the interior structure of the tooth did not show significant damage to the surrounding tissue. Temperature measurement studies indicated that the pulsed nature of the laser, combined with the photo-absorbing dye, effectively prevented significant temperature rise at the pulp. The remarkable effectiveness of this technique in creating cavity preparations and the absence of any notable collateral damage to the surrounding tissue suggest that dye-enhanced pulsed-laser ablation could be used as an alternative to the dental handpiece in selected procedures. PMID:7814756

  5. High resolution selective multilayer laser processing by nanosecond laser ablation of metal nanoparticle films

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    Ko, Seung H.; Pan Heng; Hwang, David J.; Chung, Jaewon; Ryu, Sangil; Grigoropoulos, Costas P.; Poulikakos, Dimos

    2007-11-01

    Ablation of gold nanoparticle films on polymer was explored using a nanosecond pulsed laser, with the goal to achieve feature size reduction and functionality not amenable with inkjet printing. The ablation threshold fluence for the unsintered nanoparticle deposit was at least ten times lower than the reported threshold for the bulk film. This could be explained by the combined effects of melting temperature depression, lower conductive heat transfer loss, strong absorption of the incident laser beam, and the relatively weak bonding between nanoparticles. The ablation physics were verified by the nanoparticle sintering characterization, ablation threshold measurement, time resolved ablation plume shadowgraphs, analysis of ablation ejecta, and the measurement and calculation of optical properties. High resolution and clean feature fabrication with small energy and selective multilayer processing are demonstrated.

  6. Dual-pulse laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy with combinations of femtosecond and nanosecond laser pulses.

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    Scaffidi, Jon; Pender, Jack; Pearman, William; Goode, Scott R; Colston, Bill W; Carter, J Chance; Angel, S Michael

    2003-10-20

    Nanosecond and femtosecond laser pulses were combined in an orthogonal preablation spark dual-pulse laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) configuration. Even without full optimization of interpulse alignment, ablation focus, large signal, signal-to-noise ratio, and signal-to-background ratio enhancements were observed for both copper and aluminum targets. Despite the preliminary nature of this study, these results have significant implications in the attempt to explain the sources of dual-pulse LIBS enhancements. PMID:14594072

  7. Ultrafast laser induced breakdown spectroscopy for high spatial resolution chemical analysis

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    Zorba, Vassilia; Mao, Xianglei; Russo, Richard E.

    2011-02-01

    Femtosecond laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) was used to identify the spatial resolution limitations and assess the minimal detectable mass restrictions in laser-ablation based chemical analysis. The atomic emission of sodium (Na) and potassium (K) dopants in transparent dielectric Mica matrices was studied, to find that both these elements could be detected from 450 nm diameter ablation craters, full-width-at-half-maximum (FWHM). Under optimal conditions, mass as low as 220 ag was measured, demonstrating the feasibility of using laser-ablation based chemical analysis to achieve high spatial resolution elemental analysis in real-time and at atmospheric pressure conditions.

  8. Two-photon ablation with 1278 nm laser radiation

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    Fischer, Pascal; McWilliam, Alan; Paterson, Lynn; Brown, Christian T. A.; Sibbett, Wilson; Dholakia, Kishan; MacDonald, Michael P.

    2007-06-01

    We report on precise two-photon ablation with 110 fs laser pulses at 1278 nm, emitted from a Cr:forsterite laser. Selective two-photon ablation of Muntjac deer chromosomes is demonstrated. The two-photon absorption at 639 nm was enhanced by using Methylene blue dye as a photosensitizer. This stain has a strong absorption in the region around 650 nm but 100% transmission around 1300 nm, allowing increased specificity: material that has absorbed the dye is ablated but undyed material is left unaffected. The low group velocity dispersion in glass at 1278 nm led to negligible pulse broadening in the focusing objective where the 100 fs pulses stretched to 110 fs. This contrasts to the 100 fs pulses at 780 nm that were measured to stretch to 300 fs under the same conditions.

  9. Laser ablation of nitrogen-solid films by UV ps-laser irradiation: surface modification of materials by fragments in laser ablation plume

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    Niino, Hiroyuki; Sato, Tadatake; Narazaki, Aiko; Kawaguchi, Yoshizo; Yabe, Akira

    2002-06-01

    Laser ablation of nitrogen solid film deposited on a copper plate at 10 K was investigated by the irradiation of a picosecond UV laser at 263 nm in vacuum. Photo-dissociation of nitrogen molecule in the solid film was confirmed by the optical emissions, which were ascribed to atomic nitrogen, during the laser irradiation at the fluence of 5 J cm-2 pulse-1. This photolysis was discussed by the comparison with laser-induced breakdown of nitrogen gas. At the fluence over ca. 10 J cm-2 pulse-1, the ablation of the frozen nitrogen film was observed. Employing the ablation plume including a reactive species such as nitrogen atoms, the surface reaction of a graphite oriented pyrolytic graphite plate and silicon wafer was studied. XPS analysis indicated that nitrides were formed on the surfaces by the treatment. The ps-laser ablation of nitrogen solid film provides a novel technique for surface modification of materials.

  10. CO2 Laser Ablation Propulsion Area Scaling With Polyoxymethylene Propellant

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    Sinko, John E.; Ichihashi, Katsuhiro; Tsukiyama, Yosuke; Ogita, Naoya; Sakai, Takeharu; Umehara, Noritsugu; Sasoh, Akihiro

    2010-05-01

    The topic of area scaling is of great importance in the laser propulsion field, including applications to removal of space debris and to selection of size ranges for laser propulsion craft in air or vacuum conditions. To address this issue experimentally, a CO2 laser operating at up to 10 J was used to irradiate targets. Experiments were conducted in air and vacuum conditions over a range of areas from about 0.05-5 cm2 to ablate flat polyoxymethylene targets at several fluences. Theoretical effects affecting area scaling, such as rarefaction waves, thermal diffusion, and diffraction, are discussed in terms of the experimental results. Surface profilometry was used to characterize the ablation samples. A CFD model is used to facilitate analysis, and key results are compared between experimental and model considerations. The dependence of key laser propulsion parameters, including the momentum coupling coefficient and specific impulse, are calculated based on experimental data, and results are compared to existing literature data.

  11. Micro-ablation with high power pulsed copper vapor lasers.

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    Knowles, M

    2000-07-17

    Visible and UV lasers with nanosecond pulse durations, diffraction-limited beam quality and high pulse repetition rates have demonstrated micro-ablation in a wide variety of materials with sub-micron precision and sub-micron-sized heat-affected zones. The copper vapour laser (CVL) is one of the important industrial lasers for micro-ablation applications. Manufacturing applications for the CVL include orifice drilling in fuel injection components and inkjet printers, micro-milling of micromoulds, via hole drilling in printed circuit boards and silicon machining. Recent advances in higher power (100W visible, 5W UV), diffraction-limited, compact CVLs are opening new possibilities for manufacturing with this class of nanosecond laser. PMID:19404369

  12. Laser ablation in a liquid-confined environment using a nanosecond laser pulse

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    Kang, Hyun Wook; Lee, Ho; Welch, Ashley J.

    2008-04-15

    Laser ablation of aluminum metal with 1 ns, 800 nm pulse at low radiant exposures was investigated in air (dry) and water (wet) environments. Compared to dry ablation, an approximately eight times increase in material removal rate was associated with wet ablation. Based on optical reflectance and scanning electron microscope images, bubble formation/collapse was responsible for augmented acoustic pressure and ablation performance. Numerically simulated temperature distributions during wet ablation were consistent with the occurrence of explosive water vaporization near the critical temperature of water. Strong pressure emission during liquid vaporization and jet formation can account for enhanced ablation process. Radial expansion of bubbles minimized the redeposition of debris, leading to improvements in energy coupling to the target and ablation performance.

  13. Production of nanoparticles from natural hydroxylapatite by laser ablation.

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    Boutinguiza, Mohamed; Comesaña, Rafael; Lusquiños, Fernando; Riveiro, Antonio; Pou, Juan

    2011-01-01

    Laser ablation of solids in liquids technique has been used to obtain colloidal nanoparticles from biological hydroxylapatite using pulsed as well as a continuous wave (CW) laser. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) measurements revealed the formation of spherical particles with size distribution ranging from few nanometers to hundred nanometers and irregular submicronic particles. High resolution TEM showed that particles obtained by the use of pulsed laser were crystalline, while those obtained by the use of CW laser were amorphous. The shape and size of particles are consistent with the explosive ejection as formation mechanism. PMID:21711800

  14. Production of nanoparticles from natural hydroxylapatite by laser ablation

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    2011-01-01

    Laser ablation of solids in liquids technique has been used to obtain colloidal nanoparticles from biological hydroxylapatite using pulsed as well as a continuous wave (CW) laser. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) measurements revealed the formation of spherical particles with size distribution ranging from few nanometers to hundred nanometers and irregular submicronic particles. High resolution TEM showed that particles obtained by the use of pulsed laser were crystalline, while those obtained by the use of CW laser were amorphous. The shape and size of particles are consistent with the explosive ejection as formation mechanism. PMID:21711800

  15. Diagnostics and Impulse Performance of Laser-Ablative Propulsion

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    Sasoh, Akihiro; Mori, Koichi; Anju, Kohei; Suzuki, Koji; Shimono, Masaya; Sawada, Keisuke

    2008-04-28

    Pressure time variations and associated flows induced by pulsed laser ablation were experimentally studied using the Velocity Interferometer System for Any Reflector (VISAR) and framing Schlieren visualization. The combination of either aluminum or polyacetal target and TEA CO{sub 2} laser pulse were examined. The VISAR measurement resolved that the pressure modulated from the laser power variation in the impulse generation processes. Integrated impulse induced by repetative CO{sub 2} laser pulses was measured using a torsion-type impulse balance. The effect of the ambient pressure was significant. The measured impulse characteristics were closely associated with target surface morphology and fluid dynamics.

  16. Laser induced modification and ablation of InAs nanowires

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    He Jiayu; Chen Pingping; Lu Wei; Dai Ning; Zhu Daming

    2012-05-01

    InAs nanowires were irradiated locally under an ambient condition using a focused laser beam, which led to laser ablation and thinning of the nanowires. We show that the laser beam can induce a reduction of the local As concentration in an InAs nanowire; the change leads to a significant decrease of local melting temperature of InAs, which results in the thinning and eventually breaking of the nanowire. The results indicate that chemical and mechanical modifications of an InAs nanowire can be accomplished by using a confocal laser beam, which may prove to be a convenient approach in fabricating nanostructural materials and nanodevices.

  17. Laser ablative surface treatment for enhanced bonding of Ti-6Al-4V alloy.

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    Palmieri, Frank L; Watson, Kent A; Morales, Guillermo; Williams, Thomas; Hicks, Robert; Wohl, Christopher J; Hopkins, John W; Connell, John W

    2013-02-01

    Adhesive bonding offers many advantages over mechanical fastening, but requires certification before it can be incorporated in primary structures for commercial aviation without disbond-arrestment features or redundant load paths. Surface preparation is widely recognized as the key step to producing robust and predictable adhesive bonds. Surface preparation by laser ablation provides an alternative to the expensive, hazardous, polluting, and less precise practices used currently such as chemical-dip, manual abrasion and grit blast. This report documents preliminary testing of a surface preparation technique using laser ablation as a replacement for the chemical etch and abrasive processes currently applied to Ti-6Al-4V alloy adherends. Surface roughness and surface chemical composition were characterized using interference microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, respectively. A technique for fluorescence visualization was developed which allowed for quantitative failure mode analysis. Wedge crack extension testing in a hot, humid environment indicated the relative effectiveness of various surface treatments. Increasing ablation duty cycle reduced crack propagation and adhesive failure. Single lap shear testing showed an increase in strength and durability as laser ablation duty cycle and power were increased. Chemical analyses showed trends for surface chemical species, which correlated with improved bond strength and durability. PMID:23317556

  18. Spin-offs from laser ablation in art conservation

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    Asmus, J.; Elford, J.; Parfenov, V.

    2013-05-01

    In 1973 The Center for Art Conservation Studies (CASS) was established at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). This was in response to demonstrations that were conducted during January-March 1972 in Venice for UNESCO, Venice in Peril, International Fund for Monuments, and the Italian Petroleum Institute (ENI). The feasibility investigation explored in-situ pulsed holography, holographic interferometry, and laser ablation divestment for applications in art conservation practice. During subsequent decades scores of UCSD graduate and undergraduate students as well as conservators, conservation scientists, academics, and engineers who resided in CASS as "Visiting Scholars" contributed to advancing the understanding and performance of radiation technologies in the arts. Several technologies in addition to those involving optical wavelengths were also investigated to aid in art conservation and conservation science. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) were employed to detect and map moisture within masonry. Lead isotopic analyses revealed authenticity and provenance of Benin bronzes. Inside-out x-ray radiography facilitated the detection of defects in stone. Ultrasonic imaging was introduced for the mapping of fresco strata. Photoacoustic Spectroscopy (PAS) was used to characterize varnish layers on paintings. Digital image processing was introduced in order to detect and visualize pentimenti within paintings as well as to perform virtual restoration and provide interactive museum displays. Holographic images were employed as imaginary theater sets. In the years that followed the graduation of students and the visits of professional collaborators, numerous other applications of radiation ablation began appearing in a wide variety of other fields such as aircraft maintenance, ship maintenance, toxic chemical remediation, biological sterilization, food processing, industrial fabrication, industrial maintenance, nuclear decontamination, dermatology, nuclear weapons effects simulation, and graffiti control. It was readily apparent that the customary diffusion of advanced technologies from science and industry into the art conservation field had been reversed. In this paper we trace the migration and adaptation of radiation divestment developments in art conservation to numerous applications in science, industry, and consumer products. Examples described include the robotized hybrid "Flashjet" aircraft paint stripping system, the "Novotronic" anthrax remediation installation in the Pentagon Building, the InTa automated graffiti removal system employing a carbon dioxide TEA laser, the Bellalite body hair removal product incorporating flashlamp technology, and the Foodco line of optical radiation products for the sterilization of food products. The Foodco products are also applied to the sterilization and/or pasteurization of beverages and beverage containers. A similar device has been adapted to seafood irradiation in order to increase shelf life, as well as for the ablative removal of skin and scales. The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, to etch logos and identification information into the sidewalls of pneumatic tires, also developed a flashlamp-based ablation technology. The founders of the CYMER Corporation applied UV irradiation technology to the manufacture of high-performance integrated circuits (viz., memory chips, etc.) In several instances former CASS students and Visiting Fellows consciously adapted the above-learned art conservation methodologies to still other purposes. Thus, these examples of technology transfer may be termed: "Art in the service of Science." Alternatively, it is evident that many associated innovations developed from independent activities, unconnected serendipity, or through the normal diffusion of information and knowledge across disciplines.

  19. Diagnostics for femtosecond and nanosecond laser-ablation discharge plasmas as used in thin film growth

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    Zhang, Zhiyu; VanRompay, Paul A.; Nees, John A.; Stewart, C. A.; Pan, Xiaoqing; Gary, G. A.; Pronko, Peter P.

    2000-03-01

    Pulsed-laser deposition has proved to be a promising method for producing complex inorganic thin films. One of its major advantages, relative to other methods, is the capability of controlling many process parameters, such as laser pulse width, energy, and wavelength along with background reactive gas pressure and substrate bias. Adjusting these parameters provides a pre-tuning of the laser plasma thereby allowing for optimum process conditions in a particular thin film deposition. Understanding and fully characterizing such highly-dynamic and rapidly-streaming plasmas requires multiple techniques for monitoring the plasmas at different stages. By combining different diagnostic methods, it is possible to analyze the broad time window over which these ablation plasmas develop and to understand the related processes that occur. We present in this work new results involving correlation of time-resolved Langmuir probe data, optical emission spectroscopy, and electrostatic energy analysis to characterize the laser-induced plasmas generated from targets of titanium, tin-dioxide and aluminum. Two laser sources, an 80 fs Ti:Sapphire laser (780 nm) and a 6 ns Nd:YAG laser (1.06 micrometer), were used in this work. Examples of very high quality, epitaxial tin-dioxide films grown on sapphire by femtosecond-laser MBE are presented. These films are evaluated by high-resolution, cross-sectional TEM and x-ray diffraction. Film quality is considered in relation to the ablation plasma parameters, wherein femtosecond and nanosecond plasmas are compared.

  20. A laser ablation ion source for gas cell studies

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    Davies, D. A.; Morrissey, D. J.; Bollen, G.; Lofy, P. A.; Schwarz, S.; Ottarson, J.

    2006-12-01

    A high-power laser ablation ion source has been developed, characterized and implemented as part of the Low Energy Beam and Ion Trap (LEBIT) experiment at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory. LEBIT was developed to make precision measurements of rare isotopes, including mass measurements with a Penning trap. A key component of LEBIT is a gas stopping station that thermalizes nuclear reaction products in a helium-filled cell, followed by ion extraction using electrostatic ion-manipulation and differential pumping. Atomic ions and clusters needed to test the LEBIT system and to further understand properties of the gas cell were created using a new laser ablation system under various conditions, including atmospheric pressure. Laser ablation studies of carbon performed in the gas cell with the second harmonic, 532 nm, from a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser are reported here. The extraction time and the ion mobility for ions traveling through the gas cell were measured, and the chemical evolution of the molecular ions created during the ablation was observed.

  1. Aluminum nanoparticles production by laser ablation in liquids

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    Damian, V.; Udrea, C.; Bojan, M.; Luculescu, C.; Armaselu, A.; Apostol, I.

    2011-05-01

    Aluminium nanoparticles were produced by pulsed laser ablation of a sample of pure aluminium situated in distilled water. This technique provides the possibility to generate a large variety of nanoparticles that are free of both surfaceactive substances and counter-ions The sample was irradiated by the focused output of the third harmonics of pulsed nanosecond Nd : YAG laser operating at 10 Hz frequency. The typical thickness of the liquid above the target was 10 mm. In order to select the most efficient material removal conditions the irradiation print on the ablated surface was analyzed as a function of the irradiation parameters (incident laser fluence, irradiation pulses number or irradiation time) with optical microscopy and white light interferometry. The presence of the ablated aluminium nanoparticles in the liquid was evidenced by SEM. For SEM measurement, one drop of solution containing Al nanoparticles was placed on a gold coated silicon substrate and dried. The minimum diameter of nanoparticles estimated by SEM was under 100 nm. The SEM results show also clusters of spherical particles together with well-defined singles. In order to improve the quantity of the ablated material the irradiation cell was mounted on a computer-driven X-Y stage and translated during laser exposure.

  2. Laser Ablation of Materials for Propulsion of Spacecraft

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    Edwards, David L.; Carruth, Ralph; Campbell, Jonathan; Gray, Perry

    2004-01-01

    A report describes experiments performed as part of a continuing investigation of the feasibility of laser ablation of materials as a means of propulsion for small spacecraft. In each experiment, a specimen of ablative material was mounted on a torsion pendulum and irradiated with a laser pulse having an energy of 5 J. The amplitude of the resulting rotation of the torsion pendulum was taken to be an indication of the momentum transferred from the laser beam. Of the ablative materials tested, aluminum foils yielded the smallest rotation amplitudes of the order of 10 degrees. Black coating materials yielded rotation amplitudes of the order of 90 degrees. Samples of silver coated with a fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP) copolymer yielded the largest rotation amplitudes 6 to 8 full revolutions. The report presents a theory involving heating of a confined plasma followed by escape of the plasma to explain the superior momentum transfer performance of the FEP specimens. It briefly discusses some concepts for optimizing designs of spacecraft engines to maximize the thrust obtainable by exploiting the physical mechanisms of the theory. Also discussed is the use of laser-ablation engines with other types of spacecraft engines.

  3. Laser ablation assisted adhesive bonding of automotive structural composites

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    Boeman, R.G.; Paulauskas, F.L.; Warren, C.D.

    1999-07-03

    Laser ablation has been evaluated as a surface pretreatment prior to adhesive bonding. In prior experimental work, it was observed that when adhesively bonded, composite, single lap shear samples fail, the fracture often occurs at either the adhesive/adherend interface or in the resin rich surface layer of the composite. These two areas represent the weakest portion of the joint. Laser ablation pretreatment generates areas where the resin on the composite surface is selectively removed leaving behind exposed reinforcing fibers which are the major load bearing members of the composite. In a subsequent adhesive bonding operation, this allows portions of the fibers to be encapsulated in the adhesive while other portions of the fiber remain in the composite resin. This type of pretreatment permits fibers to bridge and reinforce the interface between adhesive and adherend. A secondary benefit is the removal of surface contaminantes by pyrolysis. Microscopic observation of laser ablated surfaces indicates a prominent, fiber rich area. Results of the mechanical evaluation indicated that the lap shear strength for laser ablated samples was significantly higher than specimens with no pretreatment or with solvent cleaning only, but were slightly lower than specimens that were mechanically roughened and cleaned with solvents prior to bonding.

  4. Comparative study on laser tissue ablation between PV and HPS lasers

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    Kang, Hyun Wook; Jebens, David; Mitchell, Gerald; Koullick, Ed

    2008-02-01

    Laser therapy for obstructive benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) has gained broad adoption due to effective tissue removal, immediate hemostasis, and minor complications. The aim of this study is to quantitatively compare ablation characteristics of PV (Photoselective Vaporization) and the newly introduced HPS (High Performance System) 532 nm lasers. Bovine prostatic tissues were ablated in vitro, using a custom-made scanning system. Laser-induced volume produced by two lasers was quantified as a function of applied power, fiber working distance (WD), and treatment speed. Given the same power of 80 W and speed of 4 mm/s, HPS created up to 50 % higher tissue ablation volume than PV did. PV induced a rapid decrease of ablation volume when WD increased from 0.5 mm to 3 mm while HPS yielded almost constant tissue removal up to 3 mm for both 80 W and 120 W. As the treatment speed increased, both lasers reached saturation in tissue ablation volume. Lastly, both PV and HPS lasers exhibited approximately 1 mm thick heat affected zone (HAZ) in this study although HPS created twice deeper ablation channels with a depth of up to 4 mm. Due to a smaller beam size and a higher output power, HPS maximized tissue ablation rate with minimal thermal effects to the adjacent tissue. Furthermore, more collimated beam characteristics provides more spatial flexibility and may even help to decrease the rate of fiber degradation associated with thermal damage from debris reattachment to the tip.

  5. Femtosecond laser ablation of aluminum in vacuum and air at high laser intensity

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    Zhao, Xin; Shin, Yung C.

    2013-10-01

    In this study, the ablation of aluminum by a near-infrared femtosecond laser pulse (800 nm, 100 fs) at different intensity is investigated by a two-dimensional hydrodynamic model. The ablation rates are compared between the cases in vacuum and in air over a wide range of laser power density. It has been reported before that at low (<1013 W/cm2) and moderate laser intensity (1013-1014 W/cm2), two different ablation regimes exist, and the ablation depth per pulse is dependent on the optical penetration depth and electron heat penetration depth, respectively. By considering both collisional and collisionless absorptions, the model in this study predicts the third ablation regime with a much higher ablation rate increase with respect to laser intensity in the high intensity range (>1014 W/cm2) in vacuum, which shows good agreement with the experimental data. This phenomenon is attributed to the change of dominant absorption mechanism from collisional to collisionless absorption. For the case in air, the ablation depth increases slowly with the laser intensity in the high intensity regime, and is much smaller than that in vacuum. It is revealed that this is due to the strong early plasma-laser interaction in air.

  6. Picosecond and femtosecond laser ablation of hard tissues

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    Serafetinides, Alexander A.; Makropoulou, Mersini I.; Kar, Ajoy K.; Khabbaz, Marouan

    1996-12-01

    In this study, the interaction of picosecond and femtosecond pulsed laser radiation with human dental tissue was investigated experimentally, as this unexplored field is expected to be a potential alternative in powerful laser processing of biomedical structures. Dentin ablation rate experiments were performed by using teeth sections of different thickness. Dental tissue samples were irradiated in air with i) a regenerative amplifier laser at 1064 nm, pulse duration 110 ps, ii) the second harmonic laser at 532 nm, pulse duration 100 ps, and iii) a picosecond tunable dye amplifier at 595 nm, pulse width 800 fs. In all the experiments the pulse repetition rate was 10 Hz. The ablation rate per pulse at different energy fluence settings was calculated by measuring the time needed for the perforation of the whole dental sample thickness. Short laser pulses can confine thermal energy within the optical zone, which maximizes photothermal and photomechanical mechanisms of interaction. Tissue ablation rates were found to be comparable to or better than other nanosecond lasers, and left smooth surfaces, free of thermal damage.

  7. Resonant laser ablation - thin film and multilayer analysis

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    Allen, T.M.; Kelly, P.B.; Gill, C.G.

    1995-12-31

    While most laser ablation mass spectrometry has been performed with fixed frequency lasers operated at high fluxes, there has been recent interest in the use of tunable lasers to enhance the ionization yield of selected components in an analytical sample. Resonant laser ablation (RLA) uses a single tuned to a one- or two-photon resonant transition in the analyte of interest, and performs simultaneous ablation and ionization with modest intensity laser pulses for monitoring specific elements of interest. Recently, Ledingham`s group and this group have begun systematic study of the RLA process on a variety of materials. Advantages of RLA, in addition to the use of a single laser, include: (1) simplification of mass spectra by enhancement of the signal of the analyte of interest, (2) improvement in the absolute detection limits resulting from the enhanced ionization efficiency over non-resonant ionization and (3) improvement in the relative sensitivity as a result of the decrease in the ion signal obtained from other components with the sample.

  8. Modeling of multi-burst mode pico-second laser ablation for improved material removal rate

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    Hu, Wenqian; Shin, Yung C.; King, Galen

    2010-02-01

    This paper deals with the unique phenomena occurring during the multi-burst mode picosecond (ps) laser ablation of metals through modeling and experimental studies. The two-temperature model (TTM) is used and expanded to calculate the ablation depth in the multi-burst mode. A nonlinear increment of ablation volume is found during the multi-burst laser ablation. The deactivation of ablated material and the application of temperature-dependent electron-phonon coupling are demonstrated to be important to provide reliable results. The simulation results based on this expanded laser ablation model are experimentally validated. A significant increase of ablation rate is found in the multi-burst mode, compared with the single-pulse mode under the same total fluence. This numerical model provides a physical perspective into the energy transport process during multi-burst laser ablation and can be used to study the pulse-to-pulse separation time effect on the ablation rate.

  9. Bubble formation during pulsed laser ablation: mechanism and implications

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    van Leeuwen, Ton G. J. M.; Jansen, E. Duco; Motamedi, Massoud; Welch, Ashley J.; Borst, Cornelius

    1993-07-01

    Holmium ((lambda) equals 2.09 micrometers ) and excimer ((lambda) equals 308 nm) lasers are used for ablation of tissue. In a previous study it was demonstrated that both excimer and holmium laser pulses produce fast expanding and collapsing vapor bubbles. To investigate whether the excimer induced bubble is caused by vaporization of water, the threshold fluence for bubble formation at a bare fiber tip in water was compared between the excimer laser (pulse length 115 ns) and the Q-switched and free-running holmium lasers (pulse length 1 microsecond(s) to 250 microsecond(s) , respectively). To induce bubble formation by excimer laser light in water, the absorber oxybuprocaine-hydrochloride (OBP-HCl) was added to the water. Fast flash photography was used to measure the threshold fluence as a function of the water temperature (6 - 90 degree(s)C) at environmental pressure. The ultraviolet excimer laser light is strongly absorbed by blood. Therefore, to document the implications of bubble formation at fluences above the tissue ablation threshold, excimer laser pulses were delivered in vitro in hemoglobin solution and in vivo in the femoral artery of the rabbit. We conclude that the principal content of the fast bubble induced by a 308 nm excimer laser pulse is water vapor. Therefore, delivery of excimer laser pulses in a water or blood environment will cause fast expanding water vapor bubbles, which may induce mechanical damage to adjacent tissue.

  10. Recent advances in laser ablation modelling for asteroid deflection methods

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    Thiry, Nicolas; Vasile, Massimiliano

    2014-09-01

    Over the past few years, a series of studies have demonstrated the theoretical benefits of using laser ablation in order to mitigate the threat of a potential asteroid on a collision course with earth. Compared to other slow-push mitigation strategies, laser ablation allows for a significant reduction in fuel consumption since the ablated material is used as propellant. A precise modelling of the ablation process is however difficult due to the high variability in the physical parameters encountered among the different asteroids as well as the scarcity of experimental studies available in the literature. In this paper, we derive a new thermal model to simulate the efficiency of a laser-based detector. The useful material properties are first derived from thermochemical tables and equilibrium thermodynamic considerations. These properties are then injected in a 3D axisymetrical thermal model developed in Matlab. A temperature-dependent conduction flux is imposed on the exterior boundary condition that takes into account the balance between the incident power and the power losses due to the vaporization process across the Knudsen layer and the radiations respectively. A non-linear solver is finally used and the solution integrated over the ablation front to reconstruct the net thrust and the global mass flow. Compared to an initial 1D model, this new approach shows the importance of the parietal radiation losses in the case of a CW laser. Despite the low energy conversion efficiency, this new model still demonstrates the theoretical benefit of using lasers over more conventional low-thrust strategies.

  11. Stereotactic laser ablation of epileptogenic periventricular nodular heterotopia.

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    Esquenazi, Yoshua; Kalamangalam, Giridhar P; Slater, Jeremy D; Knowlton, Robert C; Friedman, Elliott; Morris, Saint-Aaron; Shetty, Anil; Gowda, Ashok; Tandon, Nitin

    2014-03-01

    Periventricular nodular heterotopia (PVNH) is a neuronal migrational disorder often associated with pharmacoresistant epilepsy (PRE). Resective surgery for PVNH is limited by its deep location, and the overlying eloquent cortex or white matter. Stereotactic MR guided laser interstitial thermal therapy (MRgLITT) has recently become available for controlled focal ablation, enabling us to target these lesions. We here demonstrate the novel application and techniques for the use of MRgLITT in the management of PVNH epilepsy. Comprehensive presurgical evaluation, including intracranial EEG monitoring in two patients revealed the PVNH to be crucially involved in their PRE. We used MRgLITT to maximally ablate the PVNH in both cases. In the first case, seizure medication adjustment coupled with PVNH ablation, and in the second, PVNH ablation in addition to temporal lobectomy rendered the patient seizure free. A transient visual deficit occurred following ablation in the second patient. MRgLITT is a promising minimally invasive technique for ablation of epileptogenic PVNH, a disease not generally viewed as surgically treatable epilepsy. We also show here the feasibility of applying this technique through multiple trajectories and to create lesions of complex shapes. The broad applicability and long term efficacy of MRgLITT need to be elaborated further. PMID:24518890

  12. Ablation by ultrashort laser pulses: Atomistic and thermodynamic analysis of the processes at the ablation threshold

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    Upadhyay, Arun K.; Inogamov, Nail A.; Rethfeld, Baerbel; Urbassek, Herbert M.

    2008-07-15

    Ultrafast laser irradiation of solids may ablate material off the surface. We study this process for thin films using molecular-dynamics simulation and thermodynamic analysis. Both metals and Lennard-Jones (LJ) materials are studied. We find that despite the large difference in thermodynamical properties between these two classes of materials--e.g., for aluminum versus LJ the ratio T{sub c}/T{sub tr} of critical to triple-point temperature differs by more than a factor of 4--the values of the ablation threshold energy E{sub abl} normalized to the cohesion energy, {epsilon}{sub abl}=E{sub abl}/E{sub coh}, are surprisingly universal: all are near 0.3 with {+-}30% scattering. The difference in the ratio T{sub c}/T{sub tr} means that for metals the melting threshold {epsilon}{sub m} is low, {epsilon}{sub m}<{epsilon}{sub abl}, while for LJ it is high, {epsilon}{sub m}>{epsilon}{sub abl}. This thermodynamical consideration gives a simple explanation for the difference between metals and LJ. It explains why despite the universality in {epsilon}{sub abl}, metals thermomechanically ablate always from the liquid state. This is opposite to LJ materials, which (near threshold) ablate from the solid state. Furthermore, we find that immediately below the ablation threshold, the formation of large voids (cavitation) in the irradiated material leads to a strong temporary expansion on a very slow time scale. This feature is easily distinguished from the acoustic oscillations governing the material response at smaller intensities, on the one hand, and the ablation occurring at larger intensities, on the other hand. This finding allows us to explain the puzzle of huge surface excursions found in experiments at near-threshold laser irradiation.

  13. Ultrasensitive Laser Spectroscopy.

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    Kliger, David S.

    1985-01-01

    Examines techniques used to make ultrasensitive spectroscopic measurements. They include excitation, thermal lens, photo acoustic, and ionization spectroscopies. Guidelines and methods are provided for each technique; common uses and applications are explained. (DH)

  14. Comparison of ablation stake measurements and Airborne Laser Scanning results

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    Rieg, Lorenzo; Galos, Stephan; Klug, Christoph; Sailer, Rudolf

    2014-05-01

    Ablation measurements using ablation stakes are a well-established method in glaciology, which sees a lot of use. However, ablation stakes cannot always be installed and read at a sufficient number of points on a glacier or on multiple glaciers, due to limited personnel and financial capacities or because of inaccessible areas due to dangerous zones (crevasses, rock falls, avalanches) or remote terrain. Furthermore, ablation stakes only enable measurements of surface melt, whereas basal or internal melt processes as well as surface change related to glacier dynamics cannot be measured. Multi temporal Airborne laser scanning (ALS) can provide high resolution and very accurate topographic information for the whole glacier area, which allows the calculation of the difference in surface height and therefore - if the density profile is known or can be estimated - the determination of the local mass balance, including processes like basal melt at least to a certain degree. To gain a better understanding of the differences between ablation stake readings and differential ALS data at the stake locations, the results of both methods have been compared in detail. At Langenferner, a glacier in the Italian Eastern Alps, where mass balance measurements have been carried out since 2004, three ALS campaigns have been conducted at the end of the hydrological year in 2005, 2010 and 2013. There are about 30 ablation stakes installed at the glacier, which have been read during or very close to the time of the flight campaigns. The ablation measurements are then compared to the surface differences calculated from ALS data at the locations of the ablation stakes. To take the movement of the stakes due to glacier dyanmics into account, the position of the stakes has been measured with a differential GPS.

  15. Direct laser/materials interaction: Laser ablation of superconductor materials and laser welding

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    Cremers, D.A.; Dixon, R.D.; Estler, R.C.; Lewis, G.K.; Lyman, J.L.; Muenchausen, R.E.; Nogar, N.S.; Pitch, M.

    1989-01-01

    This paper considers two applications of direct laser/materials interaction, laser ablation of superconductor materials and Nd-YAG laser welding. The laser ablation experiments with 355 nm, 10 ns pulses have demonstrated uniform, thin superconductor films. The film uniformity was improved significantly be rotating both the laser target and the film support, and by vertically dithering the laser focus. The film stoichiometry does vary with laser fluence, but it is within 10% of the target material at high fluence. Annealing of the thallium-containing films restores lost oxygen. For the welding application we have investigated the conditions that influence the melt depth. High speed photography has shown the plume to consist of a series of regenerated pulses that move in a direction normal to the surface. The time for plume initiation and the laser power threshold for plume formation are dependent on the substrate material. The plume temperatures depended on the welding atmosphere. Temperatures and melt depths are higher for the reactive gases, air, O/sub 2/, and Sf/sub 6/, than for the nonreactive gases, He, Ar, and N/sub 2/. 18 refs., 13 figs.

  16. Pulsed laser ablation plasmas generated in CO{sub 2} under high-pressure conditions up to supercritical fluid

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    Kato, Toru; Stauss, Sven; Kato, Satoshi; Urabe, Keiichiro; Terashima, Kazuo; Baba, Motoyoshi; Suemoto, Tohru

    2012-11-26

    Pulsed laser ablation of solids in supercritical media has a large potential for nanomaterials fabrication. We investigated plasmas generated by pulsed laser ablation of Ni targets in CO{sub 2} at pressures ranging from 0.1 to 16 MPa at 304.5 K. Plasma species were characterized by optical emission spectroscopy, and the evolution of cavitation bubbles and shockwaves were observed by time-resolved shadowgraph imaging. Ni and O atomic emissions decreased with increasing gas pressure; however, near the critical point the intensities reached local maxima, probably due to the enhancement of the plasma excitation and effective quenching resulting from the large density fluctuation.

  17. Epitaxial growth of RbTiOPO4 films on KTiOPO4 substrates by excimer laser ablation technique

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    Liu, Z. G.; Liu, J. M.; Ming, N. B.; Wang, J. Y.; Liu, Y. G.; Jiang, M. H.

    1994-12-01

    Transparent single-phase rubidium titanyl phosphate (RTP) films having excellent crystalline properties have been deposited by excimer laser ablation method on (001)- and (010)-oriented potassium titanyl phosphate (KTP) substrates, respectively. X-ray theta-2 theta scans and pole figures showed that the laser-ablated RTP films grew epitaxially on, and had exactly the same orientations of, the underlying KTP substrates. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis revealed that the RTP films prepared with this method are nearly stoichiometric. It appears to be possible to use these films as waveguides having sharp waveguide/substrate interfaces.

  18. Ablation of Submicrometer Holes Using an Extreme-Ultraviolet Laser

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    Rossall, Andrew K.; Aslanyan, Valentin; Tallents, Greg J.; Kuznetsov, Ilya; Rocca, Jorge J.; Menoni, Carmen S.

    2015-06-01

    Simulations and experiments are used to study extreme-ultraviolet (EUV) laser drilling of submicrometer holes. The ablation process is studied with a 2D Eulerian hydrodynamic code that includes bound-free absorption processes relevant to the interaction of EUV lasers with a solid material. Good agreement is observed between the simulated and measured ablated depths for on-target irradiances of up to 1×10 10 W cm-2 . An increase in the irradiance to 1×10 12 W cm-2 is predicted to ablate material to a depth of 3.8 ? m from a single pulse with a hole diameter 3 to 4 times larger than the focal spot size. The model allows for the simulation of the interaction of a laser pulse with the crater created by a previous shot. Multiple-pulse lower-fluence irradiation configurations under optimized focusing conditions, i.e., approaching the diffraction limit, are shown to be advantageous for applications requiring mesoscale [(100 nm )- (1 ? m ) ] features and a high level of control over the ablation profile.

  19. Explosive onset of continuous wave laser tissue ablation.

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    Verdaasdonk, R M; Borst, C; van Gemert, M J

    1990-08-01

    The phenomena at the onset of and during tissue ablation using continuous wave lasers were studied. Aortic and myocardial bovine tissues were exposed in air and in water to Nd-YAG (10 to 60 W) and argon (3.5 W) laser light. The transmitted light was measured, the surface of the tissue was filmed and the tissue was processed for histology. Three distinct phases were observed. Phase A was tissue denaturation. Phase B started with explosive vaporisation ('popcorn') in conjunction with a drop of about 50% in light transmission due to enhanced reflection and scattering. The 'popcorn' is possibly associated with a layered structure of the tissue. Phase C started with carbonisation of the tissue beginning in the centre and expanding in a cyclic fashion while the tissue was vaporised leaving a crater. Forward light transmission did not decrease. Thin layers of carbon (20 microns) and vacuoles (30 microns) suggested a large temperature gradient along the tissue ablation front. The ablation velocity was constant (r greater than 0.92) and tissue dependent. Reported models on laser tissue ablation need to be extended to include explosive vaporisation ('popcorn') at the onset and cyclic carbonisation during steady-state crater formation. PMID:2217538

  20. Femtosecond laser induced breakdown spectroscopy of Cu at the micron/sub-micron scale

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    Zorba, Vassilia; Mao, Xianglei; Russo, Richard E.

    2015-11-01

    While femtosecond Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy has been studied in the macro-scale (i.e. ablation crater sizes of tens to hundreds of micrometers), the spectral emission mechanisms at the micron/sub-micron scale remain largely unknown, mainly because of the challenges associated with spectral emission acquisition from the limited amounts of ablated mass at these small lengthscales. In this work we study the limits of detection, the laser-induced plasma properties and spectral emission efficiency of Cu at the micron/submicron scale. Although the corresponding number electron densities and temperatures are similar to those reported for macroscale laser ablation, our findings suggest less efficient luminous spectral emission per ablated volume as we scale down in laser energy and crater sizes. These results provide a first insight into fs laser-induced plasma properties at the micron/sub-micron scale regime.

  1. Preliminary characterization of hard dental tissue ablation with femtosecond lasers

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    Neev, Joseph; Squier, Jeffrey A.

    1998-05-01

    Because of low operating speed and excessive collateral damage, lasers have not succeeded in replacing conventional tools in many surgical and dental applications. Recent developments now allow the new generation of amplified ultrashort pulse lasers to operate at high repetition rates and high single pulse energies. A Titanium:sapphire Chirped Pulse Regenerative Amplifier system operating at 1 KHz and 50 fs pulse duration, was used to demonstrate ultrashort pulse ablation of hard and soft tissue. Maximum ablation rates for enamel and dentin were approximately 0.650 micrometers /pulse and 1.2 micrometers /pulse respectively. Temperature measurements at both front and rear surface of a 1 mm dentin and enamel slices showed minimal increases. Scanning electron micrographs clearly show that little thermal damage is generate by the laser system. If an effective delivery system is developed, ultrashort pulse system may offer a viable alternative as a safe, low noise dental tool.

  2. Frequency mixing in boron carbide laser ablation plasmas

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    Oujja, M.; Benítez-Cañete, A.; Sanz, M.; Lopez-Quintas, I.; Martín, M.; de Nalda, R.; Castillejo, M.

    2015-05-01

    Nonlinear frequency mixing induced by a bichromatic field (1064 nm + 532 nm obtained from a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser) in a boron carbide (B4C) plasma generated through laser ablation under vacuum is explored. A UV beam at the frequency of the fourth harmonic of the fundamental frequency (266 nm) was generated. The dependence of the efficiency of the process as function of the intensities of the driving lasers differs from the expected behavior for four-wave mixing, and point toward a six-wave mixing process. The frequency mixing process was strongly favored for parallel polarizations of the two driving beams. Through spatiotemporal mapping, the conditions for maximum efficiency were found for a significant delay from the ablation event (200 ns), when the medium is expected to be a low-ionized plasma. No late components of the harmonic signal were detected, indicating a largely atomized medium.

  3. Thrust Measurements in Ballistic Pendulum Ablative Laser Propulsion Experiments

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    Brazolin, H.; Rodrigues, N. A. S.; Minucci, M. A. S.

    2008-04-28

    This paper describes a setup for thrust measurement in ablative laser propulsion experiments, based on a simple ballistic pendulum associated to an imaging system, which is being assembled at IEAv. A light aluminium pendulum holding samples is placed inside a 100 liters vacuum chamber with two optical windows: the first (in ZnSe) for the laser beam and the second (in fused quartz) for the pendulum visualization. A TEA-CO{sub 2} laser beam is focused to the samples providing ablation and transferring linear moment to the pendulum as a whole. A CCD video camera captures the oscillatory movement of the pendulum and the its trajectory is obtained by image processing. By fitting the trajectory of the pendulum to a dumped sinusoidal curve is possible to obtain the amplitude of the movement which is directly related to the momentum transfered to the sample.

  4. Trace contaminant determination in fish scale by laser ablation technique

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    Lee, I.; Coutant, C.C.; Arakawa, E.T.

    1993-06-01

    Laser ablation on rings of fish scale has been used to analyze the historical accumulation of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) in striped bass in the Watts Bar Reservoir. Rings on a fish scale grow in a pattern that forms a record of the fish`s chemical intake. In conjunction with the migration patterns of fish monitored by ecologists, relative PCB concentrations in the seasonal rings of fish scale can be used to study the PCB distribution in the reservoir. In this study, a tightly-focused laser beam from a XeCl excimer laser was used to ablate and ionize a small portion of a fish scale placed in a vacuum chamber. The ions were identified and quantified by a time-of-flight mass spectrometer. Studies of this type can provide valuable information for the Department of Energy`s (DOE) off-site clean-up efforts as well as identifying the impacts of other sources to local aquatic populations.

  5. Numerical analysis of laser ablation and damage in glass with multiple picosecond laser pulses.

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    Sun, Mingying; Eppelt, Urs; Russ, Simone; Hartmann, Claudia; Siebert, Christof; Zhu, Jianqiang; Schulz, Wolfgang

    2013-04-01

    This study presents a novel numerical model for laser ablation and laser damage in glass including beam propagation and nonlinear absorption of multiple incident ultrashort laser pulses. The laser ablation and damage in the glass cutting process with a picosecond pulsed laser was studied. The numerical results were in good agreement with our experimental observations, thereby revealing the damage mechanism induced by laser ablation. Beam propagation effects such as interference, diffraction and refraction, play a major role in the evolution of the crater structure and the damage region. There are three different damage regions, a thin layer and two different kinds of spikes. Moreover, the electronic damage mechanism was verified and distinguished from heat modification using the experimental results with different pulse spatial overlaps. PMID:23571876

  6. Angular distribution of laser ablation plasma

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    Kondo, K.; Kanesue, T.; Dabrowski, R.; Okamura, M.

    2010-05-23

    An expansion of a laser induced plasma is fundamental and important phenomena in a laser ion source. To understand the expanding direction, an array of Langmuir probes were employed. The chosen ion for the experiment was Ag{sup 1+} which was created by a second harmonics of a Nd-YAG laser. The obtained angular distribution was about {+-}10 degree. This result also indicates a proper positioning of a solenoid magnet which enhances ion beam current.

  7. Modeling of dynamical processes in laser ablation

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    Leboeuf, J.N.; Chen, K.R.; Donato, J.M.; Geohegan, D.B.; Liu, C.L.; Puretzky, A.A.; Wood, R.F.

    1995-12-31

    Various physics and computational approaches have been developed to globally characterize phenomena important for film growth by pulsed-laser deposition of materials. These include thermal models of laser-solid target interactions that initiate the vapor plume, plume ionization and heating through laser absorption beyond local thermodynamic equilibrium mechanisms, hydrodynamic and collisional descriptions of plume transport, and molecular dynamics models of the interaction of plume particles with the deposition substrate.

  8. Planar laser-driven ablation model for nonlocalized absorption

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    Dahmani, F.; Kerdja, T. )

    1991-05-01

    A model for planar laser-driven ablation is presented. Nonlocalized inverse bremsstrahlung absorption of laser energy at a density {ital n}{sub 1}{lt}{ital n}{sub {ital c}} is assumed. A steady-state solution in the conduction zone is joined to a rarefaction wave in the underdense plasma. The calculations relate all steady-state fluid quantities to only the material, absorbed intensity, and laser wavelength. The theory agrees well with results from a computer hydrodynamics code MEDUSA (Comput. Phys. Commun. {bold 7}, 271 (1974)) and experiments.

  9. Next generation Er:YAG fractional ablative laser

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    Heinrich, A.; Vizhanyo, A.; Krammer, P.; Summer, S.; Gross, S.; Bragagna, T.; Böhler, C.

    2011-03-01

    Pantec Biosolutions AG presents a portable fractional ablative laser system based on a miniaturized diode pumped Er:YAG laser. The system can operate at repetition rates up to 500 Hz and has an incorporated beam deflection unit. It is smaller, lighter and cost efficient compared to systems based on lamp pumped Er:YAG lasers and incorporates a skin layer detection to guarantee precise control of the microporation process. The pulse parameters enable a variety of applications in dermatology and in general medicine, as demonstrated by first results on transdermal drug delivery of FSH (follicle stimulating hormone).

  10. Thermal-mechanical modeling of laser ablation hybrid machining

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    Matin, Mohammad Kaiser

    2001-08-01

    Hard, brittle and wear-resistant materials like ceramics pose a problem when being machined using conventional machining processes. Machining ceramics even with a diamond cutting tool is very difficult and costly. Near net-shape processes, like laser evaporation, produce micro-cracks that require extra finishing. Thus it is anticipated that ceramic machining will have to continue to be explored with new-sprung techniques before ceramic materials become commonplace. This numerical investigation results from the numerical simulations of the thermal and mechanical modeling of simultaneous material removal from hard-to-machine materials using both laser ablation and conventional tool cutting utilizing the finite element method. The model is formulated using a two dimensional, planar, computational domain. The process simulation acronymed, LAHM (Laser Ablation Hybrid Machining), uses laser energy for two purposes. The first purpose is to remove the material by ablation. The second purpose is to heat the unremoved material that lies below the ablated material in order to ``soften'' it. The softened material is then simultaneously removed by conventional machining processes. The complete solution determines the temperature distribution and stress contours within the material and tracks the moving boundary that occurs due to material ablation. The temperature distribution is used to determine the distance below the phase change surface where sufficient ``softening'' has occurred, so that a cutting tool may be used to remove additional material. The model incorporated for tracking the ablative surface does not assume an isothermal melt phase (e.g. Stefan problem) for laser ablation. Both surface absorption and volume absorption of laser energy as function of depth have been considered in the models. LAHM, from the thermal and mechanical point of view is a complex machining process involving large deformations at high strain rates, thermal effects of the laser, removal of materials and contact between workpiece and tool. The theoretical formulation associated with LAHM for solving the thermal-mechanical problem using the finite element method is presented. The thermal formulation is incorporated in the user defined subroutines called by ABAQUS/Standard. The mechanical portion is modeled using ABAQUS/Explicit's general capabilities of modeling interactions involving contact and separation. The results obtained from the FEA simulations showed that the cutting force decrease considerably in both LAEM Surface Absorption (LARM-SA) and LAHM volume absorption (LAHM-VA) models relative to LAM model. It was observed that the HAZ can be expanded or narrowed depending on the laser speed and power. The cutting force is minimal at the last extent of the HAZ. In both the models the laser ablates material thus reducing material stiffness as well as relaxing the thermal stress. The stress values obtained showed compressive yield stress just below the ablated surface and chip. The failure occurs by conventional cutting where tensile stress exceeds the tensile strength of the material at that temperature. In this hybrid machining process the advantages of both the individual machining processes were realized.

  11. Higher Order Chemistry Models in the CFD Simulation of Laser-Ablated Carbon Plumes

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    Greendyke, R. B.; Creel, J. R.; Payne, B. T.; Scott, C. D.

    2005-01-01

    Production of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNT) has taken place for a number of years and by a variety of methods such as laser ablation, chemical vapor deposition, and arc-jet ablation. Yet, little is actually understood about the exact chemical kinetics and processes that occur in SWNT formation. In recent time, NASA Johnson Space Center has devoted a considerable effort to the experimental evaluation of the laser ablation production process for SWNT originally developed at Rice University. To fully understand the nature of the laser ablation process it is necessary to understand the development of the carbon plume dynamics within the laser ablation oven. The present work is a continuation of previous studies into the efforts to model plume dynamics using computational fluid dynamics (CFD). The ultimate goal of the work is to improve understanding of the laser ablation process, and through that improved understanding, refine the laser ablation production of SWNT.

  12. PREFACE AND CONFERENCE INFORMATION: Eighth International Conference on Laser Ablation

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    Hess, Wayne P.; Herman, Peter R.; Bäuerle, Dieter; Koinuma, Hideomi

    2007-04-01

    Laser ablation encompasses a wide range of delicate to extreme light interactions with matter that present considerably challenging problems for scientists to study and understand. At the same time, laser ablation also represents a basic process of significant commercial importance in laser material processing—defining a multi-billion dollar industry today. These topics were widely addressed at the 8th International Conference on Laser Ablation (COLA), held in Banff, Canada on 11-16 September 2005. The meeting took place amongst the majestic and natural beauty of the Canadian Rocky Mountains at The Banff Centre, where delegates enjoyed many inspiring presentations and discussions in a unique campus learning environment. The conference brought together world leading scientists, students and industry representatives to examine the basic science of laser ablation and improve our understanding of the many physical, chemical and/or biological processes driven by the laser. The multi-disciplinary research presented at the meeting underlies some of our most important trends at the forefront of science and technology today that are represented in the papers collected in this volume. Here you will find new processes that are producing novel types of nanostructures and nano-materials with unusual and promising properties. Laser processes are described for delicately manipulating living cells or modifying their internal structure with unprecedented degrees of control and precision. Learn about short-pulse lasers that are driving extreme physical processes on record-fast time scales and opening new directions from material processing applications. The conference papers further highlight forefront application areas in pulsed laser deposition, nanoscience, analytical methods, materials, and microprocessing applications. Laser ablation continues to grow and evolve, touching forefront areas in science and driving new technological trends in laser processing applications. Please enjoy the collection of papers in this proceeding. Also, please join us for COLA 2007, to be held in the Canary Islands, Spain (http://www.io.csic.es/cola07/index.php). Conference on Laser Ablation (COLA'05) September 11-16, 2005 Banff, Canada Supported by University of Toronto, Canada (UT) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) Sponsors Sponsorship from the following companies is gratefully acknowledged and appreciated AMBP Tech Corporation GSI Lumonics Amplitude Systèmes IMRA America, Inc. Andor Technologies Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics North Canadian Institute for Photonic Innovations LUMERA LASER GmbH Clark-MXR, Inc. Pascal Coherent, Lamdbda Physik, TuiLaser PVD Products, Inc. Continuum Staib Instruments, Inc. Cyber Laser Inc. Surface GAM LASER, Inc. International Steering Committee C. Afonso (Spain)W. Husinsky (Austria) D. Bäuerle (Austria)W. Kautek (Germany) I.W. Boyd (UK) H. Koinuma (Japan) E.B. Campbell (Sweden) H.U. Krebs (Germany) J.T. Dickinson (USA) D.H. Lowndes (USA) M. Dinescu (Romania) J.G. Lunney (Ireland) J.J. Dubowski (Canada) W. Marine (France) E. Fogarassy (France) K. Murakami (Japan) C. Fotakis (Greece) T. Okada (Japan) D. Geohegan (USA) R.E. Russo (USA) M. Gower (UK) J. Schou (Denmark) R.H. Haglund Jr. (USA) M. Stuke (Germany) R.R. Herman (Canada) K. Sugioka (Japan) W.P. Hess (USA) F. Traeger (Germany) J.S Horwitz (USA) A. Yabe (Japan) Local Organizing Committee Nikki Avery Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Ken Beck Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Jan J. Dubowski University of Alberta Robert Fedosejevs Université de Sherbrooke Alan Joly Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Michel Meunier École Polytechnique de Montréal Suwas Nikumb National Research Council Canada Ying Tsui University of Alberta Conference photograph.

  13. Femtosecond laser ablation of copper at high laser fluence: Modeling and experimental comparison

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    Cheng, C. W.; Wang, S. Y.; Chang, K. P.; Chen, J. K.

    2016-01-01

    Thermal ablation of a copper foil surface by a single femtosecond laser pulse of duration 120 fs and wavelength 800 nm was investigated herein both theoretically and experimentally. A 1D two-temperature model with temperature-dependent material properties was considered, including the extended Drude model for dynamic optical properties. The rapid phase change and phase explosion models were incorporated to simulate the material ablation process. The simulated ablation depths agree well with the experimental measurements for the high laser fluence regime ranging from 6.1 to 63.4 J/cm2.

  14. Femtosecond laser for cavity preparation in enamel and dentin: ablation efficiency related factors

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    Chen, H.; Li, H.; Sun, YC.; Wang, Y.; Lü, PJ.

    2016-01-01

    To study the effects of laser fluence (laser energy density), scanning line spacing and ablation depth on the efficiency of a femtosecond laser for three-dimensional ablation of enamel and dentin. A diode-pumped, thin-disk femtosecond laser (wavelength 1025 nm, pulse width 400 fs) was used for the ablation of enamel and dentin. The laser spot was guided in a series of overlapping parallel lines on enamel and dentin surfaces to form a three-dimensional cavity. The depth and volume of the ablated cavity was then measured under a 3D measurement microscope to determine the ablation efficiency. Different values of fluence, scanning line spacing and ablation depth were used to assess the effects of each variable on ablation efficiency. Ablation efficiencies for enamel and dentin were maximized at different laser fluences and number of scanning lines and decreased with increases in laser fluence or with increases in scanning line spacing beyond spot diameter or with increases in ablation depth. Laser fluence, scanning line spacing and ablation depth all significantly affected femtosecond laser ablation efficiency. Use of a reasonable control for each of these parameters will improve future clinical application. PMID:26864679

  15. Femtosecond laser for cavity preparation in enamel and dentin: ablation efficiency related factors

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    Chen, H.; Li, H.; Sun, Yc.; Wang, Y.; Lü, Pj.

    2016-02-01

    To study the effects of laser fluence (laser energy density), scanning line spacing and ablation depth on the efficiency of a femtosecond laser for three-dimensional ablation of enamel and dentin. A diode-pumped, thin-disk femtosecond laser (wavelength 1025 nm, pulse width 400 fs) was used for the ablation of enamel and dentin. The laser spot was guided in a series of overlapping parallel lines on enamel and dentin surfaces to form a three-dimensional cavity. The depth and volume of the ablated cavity was then measured under a 3D measurement microscope to determine the ablation efficiency. Different values of fluence, scanning line spacing and ablation depth were used to assess the effects of each variable on ablation efficiency. Ablation efficiencies for enamel and dentin were maximized at different laser fluences and number of scanning lines and decreased with increases in laser fluence or with increases in scanning line spacing beyond spot diameter or with increases in ablation depth. Laser fluence, scanning line spacing and ablation depth all significantly affected femtosecond laser ablation efficiency. Use of a reasonable control for each of these parameters will improve future clinical application.

  16. Analytical model for CO(2) laser ablation of fused quartz.

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    Nowak, Krzysztof M; Baker, Howard J; Hall, Denis R

    2015-10-10

    This paper reports the development of an analytical model, with supporting experimental data, which quite accurately describes the key features of CO2 laser ablation of fused silica glass. The quantitative model of nonexplosive, evaporative material removal is shown to match the experimental data very well, to the extent that it can be used as a tool for ablative measurements of absorption coefficient and vaporization energy. The experimental results indicated that a minimum of 12??MJ?kg-1 is required to fully vaporize fused quartz initially held at room temperature, which is in good agreement with the prediction of the model supplied with input data available in the literature. An optimal window for the machining of fused quartz was revealed in terms of pulse duration 20-80 ?s and CO2 laser wavelength optimized for maximum absorption coefficient. Material removal rates of 0.33 ?m per J?cm-2 allow for a high-precision depth control with modest laser stability. The model may also be used as a parameter selection guide for CO2 laser ablation of fused silica or other materials of similar thermophysical properties. PMID:26479800

  17. Particle size measurement from infrared laser ablation of tissue.

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    Cao, Fan; Donnarumma, Fabrizio; Murray, Kermit K

    2016-01-01

    The concentration and size distribution were measured for particles ablated from tissue sections using an infrared optical parametric oscillator laser system. A scanning mobility particle sizer and light scattering particle sizer were used in parallel to realize a particle sizing range from 10 nm to 20 ?m. Tissue sections from rat brain and lung ranging in thickness between 10 and 50 ?m were mounted on microscope slides and irradiated with nanosecond laser pulses at 3 ?m wavelength and fluences between 7 and 21 kJ m(-2) in reflection geometry. The particle size distributions were characterized by a bimodal distribution with a large number of particles 100 nm in diameter and below and a large mass contribution from particles greater than 1 ?m in diameter. The large particle contribution dominated the ablated particle mass at high laser fluence. The tissue type, thickness, and water content did not have a significant effect on the particle size distributions. The implications of these results for laser ablation sampling and mass spectrometry imaging under ambient conditions are discussed. PMID:26630332

  18. Stable isotope laser spectroscopy

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    Becker, J. F.; Yaldaei, Ramil; McKay, Christopher P.

    1989-03-01

    Recent advances in semiconductor laser technology have produced a reliable lightweight device ideally suited for a spacecraft high resolution molecular spectrometer. Lead-salt tunable diode lasers (TDL) emit in several spectral modes, each with a very narrow linewidth of -0.0003/cm. This spectral resolution is much narrower than typical Doppler broadened molecular linewidths in the mid-IR range. Thus it is possible to detect individual rotational lines within the vibrational band and measure their intensity, which can be used to determine gas concentration. The narrow spectral lines of any impurity gas tend to lie between the narrow lines of the gas of interest. This represents a major advantage over the accepted gas chromatograph mass spectrometer (GCMS) technique for measuring gas concentrations and isotope ratios. The careful and extensive gas purification procedures required to remove impurities for reliable GCMS measurements will not be required for an IR laser gas analysis. The infrared laser gas analysis technique is being developed to measure stable isotopic ratios of gases such as CO2, CH4, N2O, and NH3. This will eventually lead to development of instruments capable of in situ istopic measurements on planets such as Mars. The carbon (C-12, C-13) isotope ratio is indicative of the type of carbon fixation mechanisms (e.g., photosynthesis, respiration) in operation on a planet, while the nitrogen (N-14, N-15) isotope ratio can probably be used to date nitrogen-bearing Martian samples. The absorbance ratio of two adjacent lines of CO2 in the 2300/cm (4.3 micron) region of the spectrum was measured. The precision of the measurement is presently better than 1 percent and significant improvement is anticipated as rapid sweep-integration techniques and computer controlled data acquistion capabilities are incorporated.

  19. Stable isotope laser spectroscopy

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    Becker, J. F.; Yaldaei, Ramil; Mckay, Christopher P.

    1989-01-01

    Recent advances in semiconductor laser technology have produced a reliable lightweight device ideally suited for a spacecraft high resolution molecular spectrometer. Lead-salt tunable diode lasers (TDL) emit in several spectral modes, each with a very narrow linewidth of -0.0003/cm. This spectral resolution is much narrower than typical Doppler broadened molecular linewidths in the mid-IR range. Thus it is possible to detect individual rotational lines within the vibrational band and measure their intensity, which can be used to determine gas concentration. The narrow spectral lines of any impurity gas tend to lie between the narrow lines of the gas of interest. This represents a major advantage over the accepted gas chromatograph mass spectrometer (GCMS) technique for measuring gas concentrations and isotope ratios. The careful and extensive gas purification procedures required to remove impurities for reliable GCMS measurements will not be required for an IR laser gas analysis. The infrared laser gas analysis technique is being developed to measure stable isotopic ratios of gases such as CO2, CH4, N2O, and NH3. This will eventually lead to development of instruments capable of in situ istopic measurements on planets such as Mars. The carbon (C-12, C-13) isotope ratio is indicative of the type of carbon fixation mechanisms (e.g., photosynthesis, respiration) in operation on a planet, while the nitrogen (N-14, N-15) isotope ratio can probably be used to date nitrogen-bearing Martian samples. The absorbance ratio of two adjacent lines of CO2 in the 2300/cm (4.3 micron) region of the spectrum was measured. The precision of the measurement is presently better than 1 percent and significant improvement is anticipated as rapid sweep-integration techniques and computer controlled data acquistion capabilities are incorporated.

  20. Temperature profiles of 980- and 1,470-nm endovenous laser ablation, endovenous radiofrequency ablation and endovenous steam ablation.

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    Malskat, W S J; Stokbroekx, M A L; van der Geld, C W M; Nijsten, T E C; van den Bos, R R

    2014-03-01

    Endovenous thermal ablation (EVTA) techniques are very effective for the treatment of varicose veins, but their exact working mechanism is still not well documented. The lack of knowledge of mechanistic properties has led to a variety of EVTA protocols and a commercially driven dissemination of new or modified techniques without robust scientific evidence. The aim of this study is to compare temperature profiles of 980-and 1,470-nm endovenous laser ablation (EVLA), segmental radiofrequency ablation (RFA), and endovenous steam ablation (EVSA). In an experimental setting, temperature measurements were performed using thermocouples; raw potato was used to mimic a vein wall. Two laser wavelengths (980 and 1,470 nm) were used with tulip-tip fibers and 1,470 nm also with a radial-emitting fiber. Different powers and pullback speeds were used to achieve fluences of 30, 60, and 90 J/cm. For segmental RFA, 1 cycle of 20 s was analyzed. EVSA was performed with two and three pulses of steam per centimeter. Maximum temperature increase, time span of relevant temperature increase, and area under the curve of the time of relevant temperature increase were measured. In all EVLA settings, temperatures increased and decreased rapidly. High fluence is associated with significantly higher temperatures and increased time span of temperature rise. Temperature profiles of 980- and 1,470-nm EVLA with tulip-tip fibers did not differ significantly. Radial EVLA showed significantly higher maximum temperatures than tulip-tip EVLA. EVSA resulted in mild peak temperatures for longer durations than EVLA. Maximum temperatures with three pulses per centimeter were significantly higher than with two pulses. RFA temperature rises were relatively mild, resulting in a plateau-shaped temperature profile, similar to EVSA. Temperature increase during EVLA is fast with a high-peak temperature for a short time, where EVSA and RFA have longer plateau phases and lower maximum temperatures. PMID:24292197

  1. Femtosecond pulsed laser ablation to enhance drug delivery across the skin.

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    Garvie-Cook, Hazel; Stone, James M; Yu, Fei; Guy, Richard H; Gordeev, Sergey N

    2016-01-01

    Laser poration of the skin locally removes its outermost, barrier layer, and thereby provides a route for the diffusion of topically applied drugs. Ideally, no thermal damage would surround the pores created in the skin, as tissue coagulation would be expected to limit drug diffusion. Here, a femtosecond pulsed fiber laser is used to porate mammalian skin ex vivo. This first application of a hollow core negative curvature fiber (HC-NCF) to convey a femtosecond pulsed, visible laser beam results in reproducible skin poration. The effect of applying ink to the skin surface, prior to ultra-short pulsed ablation, has been examined and Raman spectroscopy reveals that the least, collateral thermal damage occurs in inked skin. Pre-application of ink reduces the laser power threshold for poration, an effect attributed to the initiation of plasma formation by thermionic electron emission from the dye in the ink. Poration under these conditions significantly increases the percutaneous permeation of caffeine in vitro. Dye-enhanced, plasma-mediated ablation of the skin is therefore a potentially advantageous approach to enhance topical/transdermal drug absorption. The combination of a fiber laser and a HC-NCF, capable of emitting and delivering femtosecond pulsed, visible light, may permit a compact poration device to be developed. Using a femtosecond pulsed, visible laser beam to create an array of micropores in dyed mammalian skin, with little collateral, thermal damage, leads to an enhancement in the percutaneous permeation of caffeine in vitro. PMID:26449289

  2. The Potential Use of Laser Ablation for Selective Cleaning of Indiana Limestone

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    Normandin, K. C.; Powers, L.; Slaton, D.; Scheffler, M. J.

    The aim of this investigation and conservation study was to examine and evaluate the laser ablation method as a practical technique for cleaning of Indiana limestone, a calcite-cemented stone widely used in historic structures throughout the United States. To this goal, a thorough petrographic characterization of the samples was performed prior to and following laser cleaning tests by Q-switched and short free running Nd:YAG lasers. The main optimization problem was the amber-gray appearance associated with the laser ablation by Q-switching lasers. Following the evaluation of such a cleaning result, two practicable solutions based on suitable pulse duration or wavelength selections were successfully demonstrated and then compared with different intervention protocols proposed. This chapter will show that through this case study, an understanding of effective uses of cleaning highly weathered Indiana limestone through the use of three types of Q-switched and short free running Nd:YAG lasers can be most effective in the removal from limestone of surface soiling and thick built-up carbon deposits ranging from 0.5 to 1mm in thickness. Case study evaluation methods included petrographic examination of composition, texture, and microstructure using optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy performed on thin and polished sections of limestone sampled from six areas before and after cleaning. The microscopy studies were supplemented with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy to characterize crystalline phases and track changes in chemistry.

  3. Mathematical Modeling of Laser Ablation in Liquids with Applications to Laser Ultrasonics

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    Conant, R. J.; Telschow, Kenneth Louis; Walter, John Bradley

    2002-12-01

    The use of laser ablation as a means of generating ultrasonic waves in liquid metals is studied in this paper. A mathematical model for predicting the onset of ablation is developed, as is a model of the ablation process based on steady state, one-dimensional gas dynamics in which the vapor phase is treated as an ideal gas. The results of this model are then used in a quasi-two-dimensional model of laser ablation that accounts for the spatial distribution of intensity in the laser beam. Model predictions are compared with experiments conducted on liquid mercury and excellent agreement is obtained. Based on these results, a simplified model is developed that shows excellent agreement with both the theory and the experiments.

  4. Mathematical modeling of laser ablation in liquids with application to laser ultrasonics.

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    Conant, R J; Telschow, K L; Walter, J B

    2002-12-01

    The use of laser ablation as a means of generating ultrasonic waves in liquid metals is studied in this paper. A mathematical model for predicting the onset of ablation is developed, as is a model of the ablation process based on steady state, one-dimensional gas dynamics in which the vapor phase is treated as an ideal gas. The results of this model are then used in a quasi-two-dimensional model of laser ablation that accounts for the spatial distribution of intensity in the laser beam. Model predictions are compared with experiments conducted on liquid mercury and excellent agreement is obtained. Based on these results, a simplified model is developed that shows excellent agreement with both the theory and the experiments. PMID:12441183

  5. Laser-Ablation (U-Th)/He Geochronology

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    Hodges, K.; Boyce, J.

    2003-12-01

    Over the past decade, ultraviolet laser microprobes have revolutionized the field of 40Ar/39Ar geochronology. They provide unprecedented information about Ar isotopic zoning in natural crystals, permit high-resolution characterization of Ar diffusion profiles produced during laboratory experiments, and enable targeted dating of multiple generations of minerals in thin section. We have modified the analytical protocols used for 40Ar/39Ar laser microanalysis for use in (U-Th)/He geochronologic studies. Part of the success of the 40Ar/39Ar laser microprobe stems from fact that measurements of Ar isotopic ratios alone are sufficient for the calculation of a date. In contrast, the (U-Th)/He method requires separate analysis of U+Th and 4He. Our method employs two separate laser microprobes for this process. A target mineral grain is placed in an ultrahigh vacuum chamber fitted with a window of appropriate composition to transmit ultraviolet radiation. A focused ArF (193 nm) excimer laser is used to ablate tapered cylindrical pits on the surface of the target. The liberated material is scrubbed with a series of getters in a fashion similar to that used for 40Ar/39Ar geochronology, and the 4He abundance is determined using a quadrupole mass spectrometer with well-calibrated sensitivity. A key requirement for calculation of the 4He abundance in the target is a precise knowledge of the volume of the ablation pit. This is the principal reason why we employ the ArF excimer for 4He analysis rather than a less-expensive frequency-multiplied Nd-YAG laser; the excimer creates tapered cylindrical pits with extremely reproducible and easily characterized geometry. After 4He analysis, U and Th are measured on the same sample surface using the more familiar technique of laser-ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICPMS). Our early experiments have been done using a frequency-quintupled Nd-YAG microprobe (213nm), While the need to analyze U+Th and He in separate ablation experiments results in considerably worse spatial resolution than that typically possible for 40Ar/39Ar laser microprobe dating, it is possible to site the LA-ICPMS ablation pit within a few microns of the pit used for He extraction, or to simply re-occupy and enlarge the original ablation pit. The potential effective spatial resolution of the technique is thus on the order of a few tens to roughly 100 microns. As a proof-of-concept exercise, we have applied this technique to fluorapatite from Cerro de Mercado, Durango, Mexico, which has a generally accepted (U-Th)/He age of 32.1 +/- 3.4 Ma (2 sigma) based on single-crystal fusion analyses reported by House et al. (2000, EPSL). Using the approach described above, we made 48 separate age measurements on a 12 mm polished section cut through a single crystal of Durango fluorapatite perpendicular to its c axis. The measured dates yield a mean of 34.9 +/- 5.1 Ma (2 sigma), with a total dispersion of dates comparable to that reported by House et al. Much of the apparent age variation observed in both studies is due to documented U+Th heterogeneities in single crystals of the Durango fluorapatite. Nevertheless, the consistency of the laser ablation and conventional results for this material is striking. Compared to conventional laser and furnace methods of (U-Th)/He geochronology, the laser microprobe approach offers substantially improved spatial resolution, and the ability to avoid (or at least minimize) alpha-ejection corrections. In addition, the method affords improved sample throughput, such that age estimates for homogeneous materials can be made with considerably higher precision based on a larger number of analyses.

  6. A comparison of the characteristics of excimer and femtosecond laser ablation of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS)

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    See, Tian Long; Liu, Zhu; Li, Lin; Zhong, Xiang Li

    2016-02-01

    This paper presents an investigation on the ablation characteristics of excimer laser (λ = 248 nm, τ = 15 ns) and femtosecond laser (λ = 800 nm, τ = 100 fs) on ABS polymer sheets. The laser-material interaction parameters (ablation threshold, optical penetration depth and incubation factor) and the changes in material chemical properties were evaluated and compared between the two lasers. The work shows that the ablation threshold and effective optical penetration depth values are dependent on the wavelength of laser beam (photon energy) and the pulse width. The ablation threshold value is lower for the excimer laser ablation of ABS (Fth = 0.087 J/cm2) than that for the femtosecond laser ablation of ABS (Fth = 1.576 J/cm2), demonstrating a more dominating role of laser wavelength than the pulse width in influencing the ablation threshold. The ablation depth versus the logarithmic scale of laser fluence shows two linear regions for the fs laser ablation, not previously known for polymers. The effective optical penetration depth value is lower for excimer laser ablation (α-1 = 223 nm) than that for femtosecond laser ablation (α-1 = 2917 nm). The ablation threshold decreases with increasing number of pulses (NOP) due to the chain scission process that shortens the polymeric chains, resulting in a weaker polymeric configuration and the dependency is governed by the incubation factor. Excimer laser treatment of ABS eliminates the Cdbnd C bond completely through the chain scission process whereas Cdbnd C bond is partially eliminated through the femtosecond laser treatment due to the difference in photon energy of the two laser beams. A reduction in the Cdbnd C bond through the chain scission process creates free radical carbons which then form crosslinks with each other or react with oxygen, nitrogen and water in air producing oxygen-rich (Csbnd O and Cdbnd O bond) and nitrogen-rich (Csbnd N) functional groups.

  7. Ablation and cleaning of wafer surface by excimer laser

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    Kim, Yong-Kee; Kim, Dae-Jin; Ryu, Je-Kil; Pak, Sung-Sik

    2001-06-01

    The importance of surface cleaning is an essential factor in VLSI technology, flat panel display, and data storage devices. The results of laser cleaning technology were studied using KrF excimer laser (248 nm) irradiation in cleanroom environment. The applied energy density was 200 - 800 mJ/cm2 at a repetition rate of 10 - 40 Hz with various focused beam widths. Results of photoresist stripping were made before and after laser irradiation with PR covered wafers and comparison of laser cleaning results were investigated as well with bare wafers. The atomic force microscopy (AFM) images of laser cleaning results were also presented and compared before and after laser irradiation. The surface roughness of AFM image of contaminated wafer surface before laser irradiation was 192 angstrom and that of after laser irradiation was 16.2 angstrom. The mechanism of laser cleaning and ablation is rapid thermal expansion of substrate surface induced by an instantaneous temperature rising due to laser irradiation. It is found that the temperature rising of the substrate surface was about 297 degree(s)C with a fluence of 400 mJ/cm2 at 300K. Laser dry cleaning technology easily removed fingerprints, submicron Al2O3 and SiO2 particulates intentionally contaminated on the top of the wafer surface without aids of toxic chemicals and deionized water.

  8. Laser ablation of optically thin absorbing liquid layer predeposited onto a transparent solid substrate

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    Kudryashov, S. I.; Lyon, K.; Shukla, S.; Murry, D.; Allen, S. D.

    2006-09-01

    Ablation of optically thin liquid 2-propanol layers of variable thickness on IR-transparent solid Si substrate by a nanosecond CO{sub 2} laser has been experimentally studied using time-resolved optical interferometric and microscopy techniques. Basic ablation parameters - threshold fluences for surface vaporization and explosive homogeneous boiling of the superheated liquid, ablation depths, vaporization (ablation) rates, and characteristic ablation times versus laser fluence - were measured as a function of alcohol layer thickness. The underlying ablation mechanisms, their thermodynamics, and microscopic details are discussed.

  9. Laser ablation of optically thin absorbing liquid layer predeposited onto a transparent solid substrate

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    Kudryashov, S. I.; Lyon, K.; Shukla, S.; Murry, D.; Allen, S. D.

    2006-09-01

    Ablation of optically thin liquid 2-propanol layers of variable thickness on IR-transparent solid Si substrate by a nanosecond CO2 laser has been experimentally studied using time-resolved optical interferometric and microscopy techniques. Basic ablation parameters—threshold fluences for surface vaporization and explosive homogeneous boiling of the superheated liquid, ablation depths, vaporization (ablation) rates, and characteristic ablation times versus laser fluence—were measured as a function of alcohol layer thickness. The underlying ablation mechanisms, their thermodynamics, and microscopic details are discussed.

  10. Surface nanotexturing of tantalum by laser ablation in water

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    Barmina, E V; Simakin, Aleksandr V; Shafeev, Georgii A; Barberoglu, M; Zorba, V; Stratakis, E; Fotakis, K

    2009-01-31

    Surface nanotexturing of tantalum by ablation with short laser pulses in water has been studied experimentally using three ablation sources: a neodymium laser with a pulse duration of 350 ps, an excimer laser (248 nm) with a pulse duration of 5 ps and a Ti:sapphire laser with a pulse duration of 180 fs. The morphology of the nanotextured surfaces has been examined using a nanoprofilometer and field emission scanning electron microscope. The results demonstrate that the average size of the hillocks produced on the target surface depends on the laser energy density and is {approx}200 nm at an energy density approaching the laser-melting threshold of tantalum and a pulse duration of 350 ps. Their surface density reaches 10{sup 6} cm{sup -2}. At a pulse duration of 5 ps, the average hillock size is 60-70 nm. Nanotexturing is accompanied by changes in the absorption spectrum of the tantalum surface in the UV and visible spectral regions. The possible mechanisms of surface nanotexturing and potential applications of this effect are discussed. (nanostructures)

  11. Pre-ignition laser ablation of nanocomposite energetic materials

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    Stacy, S. C.; Massad, R. A.; Pantoya, M. L.

    2013-06-01

    Laser ignition of energetic material composites was studied for initiation with heating rates from 9.5 × 104 to 1.7 × 107 K/s. This is a unique heating rate regime for laser ignition studies because most studies employ either continuous wave CO2 lasers to provide thermal ignition or pulsed Nd:YAG lasers to provide shock ignition. In this study, aluminum (Al) and molybdenum trioxide (MoO3) nanoparticle powders were pressed into consolidated pellets and ignited using a Nd:YAG laser (1064 nm wavelength) with varied pulse energy. Results show reduced ignition delay times corresponding to laser powers at the ablation threshold for the sample. Heating rate and absorption coefficient were determined from an axisymmetric heat transfer model. The model estimates absorption coefficients from 0.1 to 0.15 for consolidated pellets of Al + MoO3 at 1064 nm wavelength. Ablation resulted from fracturing caused by a rapid increase in thermal stress and slowed ignition of the pellet.

  12. Optoacoustic monitoring of cutting and heating processes during laser ablation

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    Bay, Erwin; Douplik, Alexandre; Razansky, Daniel

    2013-03-01

    Laser-tissue interaction during laser surgery can be classified into two biophysical processes: tissue removal in the focal zone of the laser beam and heating in the surrounding tissue. In order to ensure a precise cut and minimal collateral thermal damage, the surgeon has to control several parameters, such as power, repetition rate and fiber movement velocity. In this study we propose utilizing optoacoustics for providing the necessary real-time feedback of cutting and heating processes. A single Q-switched Nd-YAG laser (532nm, 4 KHz, 18 W, pulse duration 7.6ns) was used for ablation and generation of optoacoustic signals in fresh bovine tissue samples. Both shockwaves, generated due to tissue removal, as well as normal optoacoustic responses from the surrounding tissue were detected using a single 10MHz piezoelectric transducer. It has been observed that rapid reduction in the shockwave amplitude occurs as more material is being removed from the focal zone, indicating decrease in cutting efficiency of the laser beam, whereas gradual decrease in the optoacoustic signal likely corresponds to coagulation around the ablation crater. Further heating of surrounding tissue leads to carbonization accompanied by a significant shift of spectral components of the optoacoustic signal. Our results hold promise for real-time monitoring of cutting efficiency and collateral thermal damage during laser surgery.

  13. Pre-ignition laser ablation of nanocomposite energetic materials

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    Stacy, S. C.; Massad, R. A.; Pantoya, M. L.

    2013-06-07

    Laser ignition of energetic material composites was studied for initiation with heating rates from 9.5 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 4} to 1.7 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 7} K/s. This is a unique heating rate regime for laser ignition studies because most studies employ either continuous wave CO{sub 2} lasers to provide thermal ignition or pulsed Nd:YAG lasers to provide shock ignition. In this study, aluminum (Al) and molybdenum trioxide (MoO{sub 3}) nanoparticle powders were pressed into consolidated pellets and ignited using a Nd:YAG laser (1064 nm wavelength) with varied pulse energy. Results show reduced ignition delay times corresponding to laser powers at the ablation threshold for the sample. Heating rate and absorption coefficient were determined from an axisymmetric heat transfer model. The model estimates absorption coefficients from 0.1 to 0.15 for consolidated pellets of Al + MoO{sub 3} at 1064 nm wavelength. Ablation resulted from fracturing caused by a rapid increase in thermal stress and slowed ignition of the pellet.

  14. Silver Nanoparticle Fabrication by Laser Ablation in Polyvinyl Alcohol Solutions

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    Halimah Mohamed., K.; Mahmoud Goodarz, Naseri; Amir, Reza Sadrolhosseini; Arash, Dehzangi; Ahmad, Kamalianfar; Elias, B. Saion; Reza, Zamiri; Hossein Abastabar, Ahangar; Burhanuddin, Y. Majlis

    2014-07-01

    A laser ablation technique is applied for synthesis of silver nanoparticles in different concentrations of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) aqueous solution. The ablation of high pure silver plate in the solution is carried out by a nanosecond Q-switched Nd:YAG pulsed laser. X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy are implemented to explore the particles sizes. The effects of PVA concentrations on the absorbance of the silver nanoparticles are studied as well, by using a UV-vis spectrophotometer. The preparation process is carried out for deionized water as a reference sample. The comparison of the obtained results with the reference sample shows that the formation efficiency of nanoparticles in PVA is much higher and the sizes of particles are also smaller.

  15. Hydrodynamic simulation of ultrashort pulse laser ablation of gold film

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    Yu, Dong; Jiang, Lan; Wang, Feng; Shi, Xuesong; Qu, Liangti; Lu, Yongfeng

    2015-06-01

    The electron collision frequency in a hydrodynamic model was improved to match the laser energy absorbed with experimental data. The model calculation was used to investigate the ablation depth and the dependence of the threshold fluence of gold film on pulse width and wavelength. Two methods for estimating the ablation depth are introduced here with their respective scope of application. The dependence of the threshold fluence of gold film on the pulse width of the laser with a 1053 nm center wavelength agreed well with the experimental data. It was also observed that for pulses shorter than ~200 ps, the threshold fluence showed linear dependence on the logarithm of pulse width and increased with the wavelength, which was different from previous results.

  16. Ablation and nanostructuring of metals by femtosecond laser pulses

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    Ashitkov, S I; Komarov, P S; Ovchinnikov, A V; Struleva, E V; Agranat, M B; Zhakhovskii, V V; Inogamov, N A

    2014-06-30

    Using an interferometric continuous monitoring technique, we have investigated the motion of the surface of an aluminium target in the case of femtosecond laser ablation at picosecond time delays relative to the instant of laser exposure. Measurements of the temporal target dispersion dynamics, molecular dynamics simulation results and the morphology of the ablation crater have demonstrated a thermomechanical (spall) nature of the disruption of the condensed phase due to the cavitation-driven formation and growth of vapour phase nuclei upon melt expansion, followed by the formation of surface nanostructures upon melt solidification. The tensile strength of heated aluminium in a condensed state has been determined experimentally at an expansion rate of ∼10{sup 9} s{sup -1}. (extreme light fields and their applications)

  17. CdTe nanoparticles synthesized by laser ablation

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    Semaltianos, N. G.; Logothetidis, S.; Perrie, W.; Romani, S.; Potter, R. J.; Dearden, G.; Watkins, K. G.; Sharp, M.

    2009-07-20

    Nanoparticle generation by laser ablation of a solid target in a liquid environment is an easy, fast, and 'green' method for a large scale production of nanomaterials with tailored properties. In this letter we report the synthesis of CdTe nanoparticles by femtosecond laser [387 nm, 180 fs, 1 kHz, pulse energy=6 {mu}J (fluence=1.7 J/cm{sup 2})] ablation of the target material. Nanoparticles with diameters from {approx}2 up to {approx}25 nm were observed to be formed in the colloidal solution. Their size distribution follows the log-normal function with a statistical median diameter of {approx_equal}7.1 nm. Their crystal structure is the same as that of the bulk material (cubic zincblende) and they are slightly Cd-rich (Cd:Te percentage ratio {approx}1:0.9). Photoluminescence emission from the produced nanoparticles was detected in the deep red ({approx}652 nm)

  18. Laser-ablation-assisted microparticle acceleration for drug delivery

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    Menezes, V.; Takayama, K.; Ohki, T.; Gopalan, J.

    2005-10-01

    Localized drug delivery with minimal tissue damage is desired in some of the clinical procedures such as gene therapy, treatment of cancer cells, treatment of thrombosis, etc. We present an effective method for delivering drug-coated microparticles using laser ablation on a thin metal foil containing particles. A thin metal foil, with a deposition of a layer of microparticles is subjected to laser ablation on its backface such that a shock wave propagates through the foil. Due to shock wave loading, the surface of the foil containing microparticles is accelerated to very high speeds, ejecting the deposited particles at hypersonic speeds. The ejected particles have sufficient momentum to penetrate soft body tissues, and the penetration depth observed is sufficient for most of the pharmacological treatments. We have tried delivering 1?m tungsten particles into gelatin models that represent soft tissues, and liver tissues of an experimental rat. Sufficient penetration depths have been observed in these experiments with minimum target damage.

  19. Laser ablation mass spectrometry of sodium penetrated petroleum cokes

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    Willett, G.D.; Hopwood, F.G.; Fisher, K.J.

    1995-12-31

    Potassium and sodium modification of metallurgical cokes and carbon anodes and cathodes is of considerable interest to the aluminum industry as it can ultimately lead to the destruction of these materials. The authors have undertaken a laser ablation Fourier transform mass spectrometry study of a variety of carbon based materials including graphite, thermal black, carbon fibre, pitch coke, petroleum coke and glassy carbons in an effort to obtain information concerning the mechanism of sodium modification of these materials. A systematic analysis of a series petroleum cokes and sodium penetrated petroleum cokes which have been graphitised to different extents over the temperature range 800-2100{degrees}C have revealed noticeable differences in their respective negative-ion laser ablation FT-mass spectra.

  20. Asymmetric femtosecond laser ablation of silicon surface governed by the evolution of surface nanostructures.

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    Zhang, Cheng-Yun; Yao, Jian-Wu; Li, Chang-Qing; Dai, Qiao-Feng; Lan, Sheng; Trofimov, Vyacheslav A; Lysak, Tatiana M

    2013-02-25

    The femtosecond laser ablation of silicon surface near the ablation threshold was investigated and the preferential ablation along different directions was observed in different stages. It was found that the ripples formed in the initial stage facilitate the ablation along the direction perpendicular to the ripples, leading to the formation of an elliptical ablation area. With increasing length and depth of the ripples, however, nanohole arrays formed in the ripples will modify the distribution of electric field which benefits the ablation along the direction parallel to the ripples. Consequently, the ablation area is gradually changed to a circular one after irradiating sufficient number of pulses. PMID:23481977

  1. Analysis of fabric materials cut using ultraviolet laser ablation

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    Tsai, Hsin-Yi; Yang, Chih-Chung; Hsiao, Wen-Tse; Huang, Kuo-Cheng; Andrew Yeh, J.

    2016-04-01

    Laser ablation technology has widely been applied in the clothing industry in recent years. However, the laser mechanism would affect the quality of fabric contours and its components. Hence, this study examined carbonization and oxidation conditions and contour variation in nonwoven, cotton, and composite leather fabrics cut by using an ultraviolet laser at a wavelength of 355 nm. Processing parameters such as laser power, pulse frequency, scanning speed, and number of pulses per spot were adjusted to investigate component variation of the materials and to determine suitable cutting parameters for the fabrics. The experimental results showed that the weights of the component changed substantially by pulse frequency but slightly by laser power, so pulse frequency of 100 kHz and laser power of 14 W were the approximate parameters for three fabrics for the smaller carbonization and a sufficient energy for rapidly cutting, which the pulse duration of laser system was fixed at 300 μs and laser irradiance was 0.98 J/mm2 simultaneously. In addition, the etiolate phenomenon of nonwoven was reduced, and the component weight of cotton and composite leather was closed to the value of knife-cut fabric as the scanning speed increased. The approximate scanning speed for nonwoven and composite leather was 200 mm/s, and one for cotton was 150 mm/s, respectively. The sharper and firmer edge is obtained by laser ablation mechanism in comparison with traditional knife cutting. Experimental results can serve as the reference for laser cutting in the clothing industry, for rapidly providing smoother patterns with lower carbonization and oxidation edge in the fashion industry.

  2. Real time assessment of RF cardiac tissue ablation with optical spectroscopy

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    Demos, S G; Sharareh, S

    2008-03-20

    An optical spectroscopy approach is demonstrated allowing for critical parameters during RF ablation of cardiac tissue to be evaluated in real time. The method is based on incorporating in a typical ablation catheter transmitting and receiving fibers that terminate at the tip of the catheter. By analyzing the spectral characteristics of the NIR diffusely reflected light, information is obtained on such parameters as, catheter-tissue proximity, lesion formation, depth of penetration of the lesion, formation of char during the ablation, formation of coagulum around the ablation site, differentiation of ablated from healthy tissue, and recognition of micro-bubble formation in the tissue.

  3. Synthesis of higher diamondoids by pulsed laser ablation plasmas in supercritical CO{sub 2}

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    Nakahara, Sho; Stauss, Sven; Kato, Toru; Terashima, Kazuo; Sasaki, Takehiko

    2011-06-15

    Pulsed laser ablation (wavelength 532 nm; fluence 18 J/cm{sup 2}; pulse width 7 ns; repetition rate 10 Hz) of highly oriented pyrolytic graphite was conducted in adamantane-dissolved supercritical CO{sub 2} with and without cyclohexane as a cosolvent. Micro-Raman spectroscopy of the products revealed the presence of hydrocarbons possessing sp{sup 3}-hybridized carbons similar to diamond structures. The synthesis of diamantane and other possible diamondoids consisting of up to 12 cages was confirmed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Furthermore, gas chromatography-mass spectrometry measurements of samples before and after pyrolysis treatment indicate the synthesis of the most compact decamantane, namely, superadamantane. It is thought that oxidant species originating from CO{sub 2} during pulsed laser ablation might lead to the selective dissociation of C-H bonds, enabling the synthesis of low H/C ratio molecules. Therefore, laser ablation in supercritical CO{sub 2} is proposed as a practical method for synthesizing diamondoids.

  4. Particle size dependent chemistry from laser ablation of brass.

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    Liu, Chunyi; Mao, Xianglei; Mao, Sam S; Greif, Ralph; Russo, Richard E

    2005-10-15

    The proportion of zinc and copper in particles formed by laser ablation of brass was found to vary with the particle diameter. Energy-dispersive X-ray analysis showed that smaller particles were zinc enhanced while larger particles were composed mostly of copper. A model based on condensation of vapor onto large droplets ejected from a melted liquid layer is proposed to describe the change in particle composition versus size. PMID:16223257

  5. Optical feedback signal for ultrashort laser pulse ablation of tissue

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    Kim, B.-M.; Feit, M.D.; Rubenchik, A.M.; Mammini, B.M.; Da Silva, L.B.

    1997-07-01

    An optical feedback system for controlled precise tissue ablation is discussed. Our setup includes an ultrashort pulse laser (USPL), and a diagnostic system using analysis of either tissue fluorescence or plasma emission luminescence. Current research is focused on discriminating hard and soft tissues such as bone and spinal cord during surgery using either technique. Our experimental observations exhibit considerable spectroscopic contrast between hard and soft tissue, and both techniques offer promise for a practical diagnostic system.

  6. Comparison of kinetic theory models of laser ablation of carbon

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    Shusser, Michael

    2010-05-01

    The paper compares the predictions of three-dimensional kinetic theory models of laser ablation of carbon. All the models are based on the moment solution of the Boltzmann equation for arbitrary strong evaporation but use different approximations. Comparison of the model predictions demonstrated that the choice of the particular model has very little influence on the results. The influence of the heat conduction from the gas to the solid phase was also found to be negligible in this problem.

  7. Pulsed-laser ablation vs. pulsed ion beam evaporation for applications to materials science

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    Yatsui, Kiyoshi; Hirai, Makoto; Kitajima, K.; Suzuki, Takanori; Jiang, Weihua

    2001-06-01

    Applications of ablation plasma to materials science have been carried out using pulsed laser ablation and pulsed ion beam evaporation. Although basic idea is similar each other, the energy absorption mechanism of the two processes differs a lot, yielding big difference such as in the preparation of thin films. Compared with the pulsed laser ablation, the pulsed ion beam ablation has an advantage of higher plasma density inherent to huge energy density on targets. Two examples will be shown for the preparation of hard films, for example films by pulsed laser ablation and B4C films by pulsed ion beam evaporation.

  8. Comparison of soft and hard tissue ablation with sub-ps and ns pulse lasers

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    Da Silva, L.B.; Stuart, B.C.; Celliers, P.M.; Feit, M.D.; Glinsky, M.E.; Heredia, N.J.; Herman, S.; Lane, S.M.; London, R.A.; Matthews, D.L.; Perry, M.D.; Rubenchik, A.M.; Chang, T.D.; Neev, J.

    1996-05-01

    Tissue ablation with ultrashort laser pulses offers several unique advantages. The nonlinear energy deposition is insensitive to tissue type, allowing this tool to be used for soft and hard tissue ablation. The localized energy deposition lead to precise ablation depth and minimal collateral damage. This paper reports on efforts to study and demonstrate tissue ablation using an ultrashort pulse laser. Ablation efficiency and extent of collateral damage for 0.3 ps and 1000 ps duration laser pulses are compared. Temperature measurements of the rear surface of a tooth section is also presented.

  9. FINAL REPORT. PARTICLE GENERATION BY LASER ABLATION IN SUPPORT OF CHEMICAL ANALYSIS OF HIGH LEVEL MIXED WASTE FROM PLUTONIUM PRODUCTION OPERATIONS

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    We investigate particles produced by laser irradiation and their analysis by Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectroscopy (LA/ICP-MS), with a view towards optimizing particle production for analysis of high level waste materials and waste glass. LA/ICP-MS has consi...

  10. Microscopic and macroscopic modeling of femtosecond laser ablation of metals

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    Povarnitsyn, Mikhail E.; Fokin, Vladimir B.; Levashov, Pavel R.

    2015-12-01

    Simulation of femtosecond laser ablation of a bulk aluminum target is performed using two complementary approaches. The first method is single-fluid two-temperature hydrodynamics (HD) completed with a two-temperature equation of state (EOS). The second approach is a combination of classical molecular dynamics (MD) and a continuum model of a free electron subsystem. In both methods, an identical and accurate description of optical and transport properties of the electron subsystem is based on wide-range models reproducing effects of electron heat wave propagation, electron-phonon/ion coupling and laser energy absorption on a time-dependent profile of the dielectric function. For simulation of homogeneous nucleation in a metastable liquid phase, a kinetic model of nucleation is implemented in the HD approach. The phase diagrams of the EOS and MD potential are in good agreement that gives opportunity to compare the dynamics of laser ablation obtained by both methods directly. Results of simulation are presented in the range of incident fluences 0.1-20 J/cm2 and match well with experimental findings for an ablation crater depth. The MD accurately reproduces nonequilibrium phase transitions and takes into account surface effects on nanoscale. The HD approach demonstrates good qualitative agreement with the MD method in the dynamics of phase explosion and spallation. Other advantages and disadvantages of both approaches are examined and discussed.

  11. Interferometric diagnostic suite for ultrafast laser ablation of metals

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    Clarke, Steven A.; Rodriguez, George; Taylor, Antoinette J.; Forsman, Andrew

    2004-09-01

    We report on the development of a suite of novel techniques to measure important characteristics in intense ultrashort laser solid target experiments such as critical surface displacement, ablation depth, and plasma characteristics. Measurement of these important characteristics on an ultrafast (~50 fs) time scale is important in understanding the primary event mechanisms in laser ablation of metal targets. Unlike traditional methods that infer these characteristics from spectral power shifts, phase shifts in frequency domain interferometry (FDI) or laser breakthrough studies of multiple shots on bulk materials, these techniques directly measure these characteristics from a single ultrafast heating pulse. These techniques are based on absolute displacement interferometry and nanotopographic applications of wavefront sensors. By applying all these femtosecond time-resolved techniques to a range of materials (Al, Au, and Au on plastic) over a range of pulse energies (1011 to 1016 W/cm2) and pulse durations (50 to 700 fs), greater insight into the ablation mechanism and its pulse parameter dependencies can be determined. Comparison of these results with hydrocode software programs also reveals the applicability of hydrocode models.

  12. Holmium laser ablation of cartilage: effects of cavitation bubbles

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    Asshauer, Thomas; Jansen, Thomas; Oberthur, Thorsten; Delacretaz, Guy P.; Gerber, Bruno E.

    1995-05-01

    The ablation of fresh harvested porcine femur patellar groove cartilage by a 2.12 micrometers Cr:Tm:Ho:YAG laser in clinically used irradiation conditions was studied. Laser pulses were delivered via a 600 micrometers diameter fiber in isotonic saline. Ablation was investigated as a function of the angle of incidence of the delivery fiber with respect to the cartilage surface (0-90 degrees) and of radiant exposure. Laser pulses with energies of 0.5, 1.0 and 1.5 J and a duration of 250 microseconds were used. A constant fiber tip-tissue distance of 1 mm was maintained for all experiments. The dynamics of the induced vapor bubble and of the ablation process was monitored by time resolved flash videography with a 1 microseconds illumination. Acoustic transients were measured with a piezoelectric PVDF needle probe hydrophone. Bubble attachment to the cartilage surface during the collapse phase, leading to the direct exposition of the cartilage surface to the maximal pressure generated, was observed in all investigated irradiation conditions. Maximal pressure transients of up to 200 bars (at 1 mm distance from the collapse center) were measured at the bubble collapse at irradiation angles >= 60 degrees. No significant pressure variation was observed in perpendicular irradiation conditions as a function of radiant exposure. A significant reduction of the induced pressure for irradiation angles

  13. Single-walled carbon nanotubes synthesis: a direct comparison of laser ablation and carbon arc routes.

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    Bystrzejewski, M; Rümmeli, M H; Lange, H; Huczko, A; Baranowski, P; Gemming, T; Pichler, T

    2008-11-01

    Carbon arc and chemical vapor deposition are at present the most efficient methods for mass production of single-walled carbon nanotubes. However, laser ablation is renowned for high quality nanotubes with narrow diameter distributions and hence is also of great interest. The aim of this work was to compare both the carbon arc and laser ablation techniques with respect to the quality--and relative yield of the produced SWCNTs. For this comparative study we used Fe as the catalyst, which is known not to be very active in laser ablation. However, we show this is not the case when H2 is included in the reaction. The reactions for both synthesis routes were carried out in a N2-H2 (95-5% vol.) atmosphere. The same homogenous carbon rods with different iron contents, between 1 and 5 at.% were used as the carbon feedstock and catalyst supply in both synthesis routes. Additionally, two types of carbon rods containing 1 at.% Fe with different graphitization degrees were also investigated. In the arc-discharge case, the low-graphitized electrode produced a web-like product rich in SWCNTs, while the high-graphitized carbon rods yielded soot containing carbon-encapsulated iron nanocrystallites, amorphous carbon nanoparticles, and surprisingly a small fraction of SWCNTs. With laser ablation synthesis, the Fe content and the reactor temperature significantly influenced the SWCNTs yield. Carbon arc plasma diagnostics were also performed. By using optical emission and Absorption spectroscopy the plasma temperature, C2 and CN radical content in the arc zone were determined. PMID:19198361

  14. Synthesis of nanoparticles in laser ablation of aluminum in liquid

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    Kumar, Bhupesh; Thareja, Raj K.

    2010-09-01

    We report the synthesis of aluminum nanoparticles using pulsed laser ablation in water confined plasma. Nanoparticles have spherical shape and size distribution depends on laser fluence. Strong blue photoluminescence peaks at 405 nm (3.06 eV) and 430 nm (2.89 eV) due to oxygen deficient defects (F, F+, and F++ centers) is reported with different UV excitations. A comparative study of plasma in deionized water and air ambient reveals enhanced line broadening and higher electron density in water confined plasma compared to that in air, in agreement with radiative recombination model. The temporal dependence of spectral radiant energy density of plasma is also discussed.

  15. Update On CO{sub 2} Laser Ablation Of Polyoxymethylene At 101 kPa

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    Sinko, John E.; Scharring, Stefan; Eckel, Hans-Albert; Ogita, Naoya; Sasoh, Akihiro; Roeser, Hans-Peter

    2010-10-08

    Recent work has brought about a renewed interest in CO{sub 2} laser ablation studies of polyoxymethylene, due to its potential as a test target for enhancing modern understanding of the laser ablation process. In this paper, new results taken in air at atmosphere pressure are reported, including data measured at institutions in Germany and Japan, which increase the body of literature data on CO{sub 2} laser ablation of polyoxymethylene. The results are discussed in terms of aerospace parameters such as the momentum coupling coefficient and specific impulse, and are compared to a previous literature study. The threshold fluence is specified for ablation of polyoxymethylene by CO{sub 2} laser radiation. Fluences higher (and lower) than previously tested for CO{sub 2} laser ablation were studied herein, and record specific impulse values for CO{sub 2} laser ablation of flat polyoxymethylene are also reported here.

  16. Characteristics of Droplets Ejected from Liquid Propellants Ablated by Laser Pulses in Laser Plasma Propulsion

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    Zheng, Zhiyuan; Gao, Hua; Fan, Zhenjun; Xing, Jie

    2014-03-01

    The angular distribution and pressure force of droplets ejected from liquid water and glycerol ablated by nanosecond laser pulses are investigated under different viscosities in laser plasma propulsion. It is shown that with increasing viscosity, the distribution angles present a decrease tendency for two liquids, and the angular distribution of glycerol is smaller than that of water. A smaller distribution leads to a higher pressure force generation. The results indicate that ablation can be controlled by varying the viscosity of liquid propellant in laser plasma propulsion.

  17. Transient pressure induced by laser ablation of toluene, a highly laser-absorbing liquid

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    Kawaguchi, Y.; Ding, X.; Narazaki, A.; Sato, T.; Niino, H.

    2005-02-01

    Transient processes of laser ablation of a highly laser-absorbing liquid, toluene, were investigated by directly measuring (by using a fast-response pressure gauge) the transient pressure caused by toluene ablation under KrF laser irradiation . The results were compared with time-resolved images . The peak pressure P due to a shock wave decreased slowly with increasing distance d for d=100 1000 ?m:P?d-0.33. By extrapolating P to d=8.9 ?m, the optical penetration depth of toluene at ?=248 nm, the estimated initial pressure due to toluene ablation was 65 MPa at 1.0 J cm-2 pulse-1. The estimated initial pressure increased linearly with the fluence. These results help clarify the mechanism of laser-induced backside wet etching.

  18. The effects of laser repetition rate on femtosecond laser ablation of dry bone: a thermal and LIBS study.

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    Gill, Ruby K; Smith, Zachary J; Lee, Changwon; Wachsmann-Hogiu, Sebastian

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this study is to understand the effect of varying laser repetition rate on thermal energy accumulation and dissipation as well as femtosecond Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (fsLIBS) signals, which may help create the framework for clinical translation of femtosecond lasers for surgical procedures. We study the effect of repetition rates on ablation widths, sample temperature, and LIBS signal of bone. SEM images were acquired to quantify the morphology of the ablated volume and fsLIBS was performed to characterize changes in signal intensity and background. We also report for the first time experimentally measured temperature distributions of bone irradiated with femtosecond lasers at repetition rates below and above carbonization conditions. While high repetition rates would allow for faster cutting, heat accumulation exceeds heat dissipation and results in carbonization of the sample. At repetition rates where carbonization occurs, the sample temperature increases to a level that is well above the threshold for irreversible cellular damage. These results highlight the importance of the need for careful selection of the repetition rate for a femtosecond laser surgery procedure to minimize the extent of thermal damage to surrounding tissues and prevent misclassification of tissue by fsLIBS analysis. PMID:26260774

  19. Experimental and computational study of complex shockwave dynamics in laser ablation plumes in argon atmosphere

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    Harilal, S. S.; Miloshevsky, G. V.; Diwakar, P. K.; LaHaye, N. L.; Hassanein, A.

    2012-08-15

    We investigated spatio-temporal evolution of ns laser ablation plumes at atmospheric pressure, a favored condition for laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy and laser-ablation inductively coupled plasma mass-spectrometry. The 1064 nm, 6 ns pulses from a Nd:YAG laser were focused on to an Al target and the generated plasma was allowed to expand in 1 atm Ar. The hydrodynamic expansion features were studied using focused shadowgraphy and gated 2 ns self-emission visible imaging. Shadowgram images showed material ejection and generation of shock fronts. A secondary shock is observed behind the primary shock during the time window of 100-500 ns with instabilities near the laser cone angle. By comparing the self-emission images obtained using fast photography, it is concluded that the secondary shocks observed in the shadowgraphy were generated by fast moving target material. The plume front estimates using fast photography exhibited reasonable agreement with data obtained from shadowgraphy at early times {<=}400 ns. However, at later times, fast photography images showed plume confinement while the shadowgraphic images showed propagation of the plume front even at greater times. The structure and dynamics of the plume obtained from optical diagnostic tools were compared to numerical simulations. We have shown that the main features of plume expansion in ambient Ar observed in the experiments can be reproduced using a continuum hydrodynamics model which provided valuable insight into the expansion dynamics and shock structure of the plasma plume.

  20. Experimental and computational study of complex shockwave dynamics in laser ablation plumes in argon atmosphere

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    Harilal, S. S.; Miloshevsky, G. V.; Diwakar, P. K.; LaHaye, N. L.; Hassanein, A.

    2012-08-01

    We investigated spatio-temporal evolution of ns laser ablation plumes at atmospheric pressure, a favored condition for laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy and laser-ablation inductively coupled plasma mass-spectrometry. The 1064 nm, 6 ns pulses from a Nd:YAG laser were focused on to an Al target and the generated plasma was allowed to expand in 1 atm Ar. The hydrodynamic expansion features were studied using focused shadowgraphy and gated 2 ns self-emission visible imaging. Shadowgram images showed material ejection and generation of shock fronts. A secondary shock is observed behind the primary shock during the time window of 100-500 ns with instabilities near the laser cone angle. By comparing the self-emission images obtained using fast photography, it is concluded that the secondary shocks observed in the shadowgraphy were generated by fast moving target material. The plume front estimates using fast photography exhibited reasonable agreement with data obtained from shadowgraphy at early times ?400 ns. However, at later times, fast photography images showed plume confinement while the shadowgraphic images showed propagation of the plume front even at greater times. The structure and dynamics of the plume obtained from optical diagnostic tools were compared to numerical simulations. We have shown that the main features of plume expansion in ambient Ar observed in the experiments can be reproduced using a continuum hydrodynamics model which provided valuable insight into the expansion dynamics and shock structure of the plasma plume.

  1. Surface wettability of silicon substrates enhanced by laser ablation

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    Tseng, Shih-Feng; Hsiao, Wen-Tse; Chen, Ming-Fei; Huang, Kuo-Cheng; Hsiao, Sheng-Yi; Lin, Yung-Sheng; Chou, Chang-Pin

    2010-11-01

    Laser-ablation techniques have been widely applied for removing material from a solid surface using a laser-beam irradiating apparatus. This paper presents a surface-texturing technique to create rough patterns on a silicon substrate using a pulsed Nd:YAG laser system. The different degrees of microstructure and surface roughness were adjusted by the laser fluence and laser pulse duration. A scanning electron microscope (SEM) and a 3D confocal laser-scanning microscope are used to measure the surface micrograph and roughness of the patterns, respectively. The contact angle variations between droplets on the textured surface were measured using an FTA 188 video contact angle analyzer. The results indicate that increasing the values of laser fluence and laser pulse duration pushes more molten slag piled around these patterns to create micro-sized craters and leads to an increase in the crater height and surface roughness. A typical example of a droplet on a laser-textured surface shows that the droplet spreads very quickly and almost disappears within 0.5167 s, compared to a contact angle of 47.9° on an untextured surface. This processing technique can also be applied to fabricating Si solar panels to increase the absorption efficiency of light.

  2. Properties of zirconia thin films deposited by laser ablation

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    Cancea, V. N.; Filipescu, M.; Colceag, D.; Dinescu, M.; Mustaciosu, C.

    2013-11-13

    Zirconia thin films have been deposited by laser ablation of a ceramic ZrO{sub 2} target in vacuum or in oxygen background at 0.01 mbar. The laser beam generated by an ArF laser (?=193 nm, ?=40 Hz) has been focalized on the target through a spherical lens at an incident angle of 45°. The laser fluence has been established to a value from 2.0 to 3.4 Jcm{sup ?2}. A silicon (100) substrate has been placed parallel to the target, at a distance of 4 cm, and subsequently has been heated to temperatures ranging between 300 °C and 600 °C. Thin films morphology has been characterized by atomic force microscopy and secondary ion mass spectrometry. Biocompatibility of these thin films has been assessed by studying the cell attachment of L929 mouse fibroblasts.

  3. Ablation of biological tissues by radiation of strontium vapor laser

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    Soldatov, A. N.; Vasilieva, A. V.

    2015-11-01

    A two-stage laser system consisting of a master oscillator and a power amplifier based on sources of self- contained transitions in pairs SrI and SrII has been developed. The radiation spectrum contains 8 laser lines generating in the range of 1 - 6.45 ?m, with a generation pulse length of 50 - 150 ns, and pulse energy of ˜ 2.5 mJ. The divergence of the output beam was close to the diffraction and did not exceed 0.5 mrad. The control range of the laser pulse repetition rate varied from 10 to 15 000 Hz. The given laser system has allowed to perform ablation of bone tissue samples without visible thermal damage.

  4. Nanostructuring of ITO thin films through femtosecond laser ablation

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    Sahin, Ramazan; Kabacelik, Ismail

    2016-04-01

    Due to reduced thermal effects, tightly focused femtosecond laser beams can yield submicron resolution with minimal side effects. In laser direct writing applications, diffraction-free nature of the Bessel beams relaxes alignment of the sample and shortens the production time. Micron-sized central spots and long depth of focused beams can be simultaneously produced. We apply fs Bessel beam single-pulse ablation method to transparent conductive oxide films. We use laser of 1030 nm wavelength and two different axicons (base angles are 25° and 40°). Fabricated structures are characterized by optical microscope, atomic force microscope and scanning electron microscope. Laser beam shaping and virtues of non-diffracted Bessel beams provide periodic structures for scribing in the solar cells or high-resolution displays and reduce the process time.

  5. Micropatterning and characterization of electrospun poly(?-caprolactone)/gelatin nanofiber tissue scaffolds by femtosecond laser ablation for tissue engineering applications.

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    Lim, Yong Chae; Johnson, Jed; Fei, Zhengzheng; Wu, Yun; Farson, Dave F; Lannutti, John J; Choi, Hae Woon; Lee, L James

    2011-01-01

    Experimental investigations aimed at assessing the effectiveness of femtosecond (FS) laser ablation for creating microscale features on electrospun poly(?-caprolactone) (PCL)/gelatin nanofiber tissue scaffold capable of controlling cell distribution are described. Statistical comparisons of the fiber diameter and surface porosity on laser-machined and as-spun surface were made and results showed that laser ablation did not change the fiber surface morphology. The minimum feature size that could be created on electrospun nanofiber surfaces by direct-write ablation was measured over a range of laser pulse energies. The minimum feature size that could be created was limited only by the pore size of the scaffold surface. The chemical states of PCL/gelatin nanofiber surfaces were measured before and after FS laser machining by attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and showed that laser machining produced no changes in the chemistry of the surface. In vitro, mouse embryonic stem cells (mES cells) were cultured on as-spun surfaces and in laser-machined microwells. Cell densities were found to be statistically indistinguishable after 1 and 2 days of growth. Additionally, confocal microscope imaging confirmed that spreading of mES cells cultured within laser-machined microwells was constrained by the cavity walls, the expected and desired function of these cavities. The geometric constraint caused statistically significant smaller density of cells in microwells after 3 days of growth. It was concluded that FS laser ablation is an effective process for microscale structuring of these electrospun nanofiber tissue scaffold surfaces. PMID:20812254

  6. Femtosecond laser bone ablation with a high repetition rate fiber laser source.

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    Mortensen, Luke J; Alt, Clemens; Turcotte, Raphaël; Masek, Marissa; Liu, Tzu-Ming; Côté, Daniel C; Xu, Chris; Intini, Giuseppe; Lin, Charles P

    2015-01-01

    Femtosecond laser pulses can be used to perform very precise cutting of material, including biological samples from subcellular organelles to large areas of bone, through plasma-mediated ablation. The use of a kilohertz regenerative amplifier is usually needed to obtain the pulse energy required for ablation. This work investigates a 5 megahertz compact fiber laser for near-video rate imaging and ablation in bone. After optimization of ablation efficiency and reduction in autofluorescence, the system is demonstrated for the in vivo study of bone regeneration. Image-guided creation of a bone defect and longitudinal evaluation of cellular injury response in the defect provides insight into the bone regeneration process. PMID:25657872

  7. Femtosecond laser bone ablation with a high repetition rate fiber laser source

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    Mortensen, Luke J.; Alt, Clemens; Turcotte, Raphaël; Masek, Marissa; Liu, Tzu-Ming; Côté, Daniel C.; Xu, Chris; Intini, Giuseppe; Lin, Charles P.

    2014-01-01

    Femtosecond laser pulses can be used to perform very precise cutting of material, including biological samples from subcellular organelles to large areas of bone, through plasma-mediated ablation. The use of a kilohertz regenerative amplifier is usually needed to obtain the pulse energy required for ablation. This work investigates a 5 megahertz compact fiber laser for near-video rate imaging and ablation in bone. After optimization of ablation efficiency and reduction in autofluorescence, the system is demonstrated for the in vivo study of bone regeneration. Image-guided creation of a bone defect and longitudinal evaluation of cellular injury response in the defect provides insight into the bone regeneration process. PMID:25657872

  8. Spectroscopic evidence of positive clusters in Ag colloids obtained by laser ablation in aqueous solutions

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    Giorgetti, E.; Marsili, P.; Muniz-Miranda, M.; Gellini, C.; Giammanco, F.

    2014-10-01

    We have found evidence of positive cluster formation during the laser ablation process of a silver target in aqueous solutions. In particular, by employing in situ shot-by-shot UV-vis spectroscopy in the early stages of the ablation, we observed a weak and unstable absorption band around 266 nm and a more stable one around 290 nm, which could be assigned to charged clusters like Ag{3/2+} and Ag{4/2+}, respectively. Surface-enhanced Raman scattering experiments performed with a test molecule adsorbed on a silver colloid obtained in pure water were compatible with the presence of Ag{4/2+} active sites on the surface of the Ag nanoparticles.

  9. Biomedical applications of laser spectroscopy

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    Svanberg, Sune

    1999-07-01

    Very soon after the invention of the laser, the use of the thermal effects of the radiation was introduced. Such techniques have been refined and the laser is now routinely used for treatment in many specialities. Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a non-thermal modality employing the combination of a tumor-seeking agent and activating laser light. During the last 15 years laser spectroscopic techniques have also been developed providing powerful means for non-intrusive medical diagnostics of tissue in real time. At the beginning only few groups were involved in exploratory work, but successively the field has developed now to occupy a large number of research teams, which meet at large specialized conferences. We will here consider three aspects of laser diagnostics: fluorescence, Raman and near-IR, and elastic scattering spectroscopy, and we will also briefly discuss PDT. The activity in the field is very extensive, and rather than trying to give a full overview, illustrations from work performed at the Lund University Medical Laser Center will be given.

  10. Laser ablation of cutaneous leg veins.

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    Almeida, Jose I; Raines, Jeffrey K

    2008-12-01

    Patients presenting with lower-extremity telangiectasias, commonly known as spider veins, are a frequent presentation for vascular surgeons. The use of lasers in the treatment of lower-extremity spider veins has gained increased popularity during the past 5 years. This technology, driven by consumer demand, has been effective in treating vessels that are refractory to sclerotherapy treatment, vessels that arise from telangiectatic matting, and in patients who experience a phobia to needles. One laser wavelength per machine limits what the practitioner can do. That is, each type of vein responds best to a specific wavelength. Light skin is more forgiving to complications than dark skin. The devices are a complement to good sclerotherapy, not a substitute. PMID:19028771

  11. Plume dynamics and cluster formation in laser-ablated copper plasma in a magnetic field

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    Pandey, Pramod K.; Thareja, R. K.

    2011-04-01

    Laser-ablated copper plasma plume expanding in a nonuniform magnetic field and ambient gas is investigated to understand plume dynamics using optical emission spectroscopy and fast imaging of the plume. A peculiar oscillatory behavior of the plume observed in magnetic field is discussed. The appearance and enhancement of Cu{sub 2} (A-X) band in ambient gas and in the presence of magnetic field is reported. The presence of magnetic field favors the formation of copper clusters in the expanding plumes.

  12. Corneal ablation using the pulse stretched free electron laser

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    Mackanos, Mark A.; Joos, Karen M.; Kozub, John A.; Jansen, E. D.

    2005-04-01

    The Mark-III Free Electron Laser (FEL), tuned to ?=6.45 ?m has been demonstrated to provide for efficient ablation in ocular and neural tissues with minimal collateral damage. To date, the role of the FEL pulse structure on the mechanism of ablation has not been determined. In an effort to study the role of the FEL micropulse on the ablation of corneal tissue, the native pulse structure of the FEL, a 2.85 gigahertz repetition of picosecond pulses within a five microsecond macropulse envelope, was changed using a a pulse stretcher. This device changes the duration of the micropulse from 1 picosecond to 30-200 picoseconds in length, thus reducing the peak intensity of the micropulse by as much as 200x the original intensity, while the macropulse energy remains unchanged. Two basic metrics were studied: the ablation threshold on water and the ablation crater depth on gelatin. These metrics were employed at ?=6.45 and 6.1 ?m for 1, 100, and 200 picoseconds in micropulse duration. The results showed a very slight difference between the 1, 100, and 200 picosecond micropulse duration, given a 200 fold decrease in peak energy for both the threshold and crater depth measurements. Brightfield imaging was also performed to probe the ablation dynamics and showed no difference between the 1 and 200 ps micropulses. The effect of changing the micropulse duration was studied on the ablation of canine cornea. Craters (500 micron diameter) were created with 25 pulses at three times the ablation threshold as determined for water on freshly enucleated corneas within 12 hours of removal. Three rows of seven craters were created on the center of each cornea. The native one picosecond micropulse and 200 picosecond stretched micropulse were compared at ?=6.1 and 6.45 ?m. Histological data shows that less thermal damage is present at 6.1 ?m compared with 6.45 ?m however, there is no significant difference between the native and stretched pulses with respect to thermal damage.

  13. Pulsed laser ablation of borax target in vacuum and hydrogen DC glow discharges

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    Kale, A. N.; Miotello, A.; Mosaner, P.

    2006-09-01

    The aim of our experiment was to produce a material with B sbnd H bonds for applications in hydrogen storage and generation. By using KrF excimer laser ( ? = 248 nm) ablation of borax (Na 2B 4O 7) target, thin films were deposited on KBr and silicon substrates. Ablation was performed both in vacuum and in hydrogen atmosphere. DC glow discharge technique was utilized to enhance hydrogen gas ionization. Experiments were performed using laser fluence from 5 to 20 J/cm 2. Films were deposited under gas pressure of 1 × 10 -5 to 5 × 10 -2 mbar and substrate temperatures of 130-450 °C. Scanning electron microscopy analysis of films showed presence of circular particulates. Film thickness, roughness and particulates number increased with increase in laser fluence. Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy analysis shows that sodium content in the particulates is higher than in the target. This effect is discussed in terms of atomic arrangements (both at surface and bulk) in systems where ionic and covalent bonds are present and by looking at the increased surface/bulk ratio of the particulates with respect to the deposited films. The Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy measurements showed presence of B sbnd O stretching and B sbnd O sbnd B bending bonds. Possible reasons for absence of B sbnd H bonds are attributed to binding enthalpy of the competing molecules.

  14. Matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization of infrared laser ablated particles

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    Huang, Fan; Fan, Xing; Murray, Kermit K.

    2008-07-01

    An infrared (IR) laser was used to ablate particles that were subsequently ionized by matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization (MALDI). Infrared light from a pulsed optical parametric oscillator (OPO) laser system was directed at a solid sample under vacuum containing a 2,5-dihydroxybenzoic acid (DHB) matrix and peptide or protein analyte. A pulsed 351 nm ultraviolet (UV) excimer laser that was directed 1.4 mm above and parallel to the sample surface was used to irradiate the ablated material in the desorption plume. Ions created by post-ablation ionization were detected with a linear time-of-flight (TOF) mass spectrometer. Mass spectra of the peptide bradykinin and proteins bovine insulin and cytochrome c, were recorded. Under these conditions, two simultaneous mass spectra were generated: an IR-MALDI mass spectrum from the OPO and a UV post-ablation spectrum generated by irradiating material in the plume. Factors affecting the two-laser ion yield were studied, including the delay time between the laser pulses and the fluence of the IR and UV laser.

  15. Calibration free laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy of oxide materials

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    Praher, B.; Palleschi, V.; Viskup, R.; Heitz, J.; Pedarnig, J. D.

    2010-08-01

    The quantitative determination of oxide concentration by laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy is relevant in various fields of applications (e.g.: analysis of ores, concrete, slag). Calibration free laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy and the multivariate calibration are among the methods employed for quantitative concentration analysis of complex materials. We measured the intensity of neutral and ionized atomic emission lines of oxide materials by laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy and we modified the calibration free laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy method to increase the accuracy. The concentration of oxides was obtained by using stoichiometric relations. Sample materials were prepared from oxide powder (Fe 2O 3, MgO, CaO) by mixing and pressing. The concentration was 9.8-33.3 wt.% Fe 2O 3, 7.6-33.3 wt.% MgO and 33.3-81.2 wt.% CaO for different samples. Nd:YAG laser (wavelength 1064 nm, pulse duration ? 6 ns) ablation was performed in air. The laser-induced plasma emission was measured by an Echelle spectrometer equipped with a sensitivity calibrated ICCD camera. The numerical calibration free laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy algorithm included the fast deconvolution of instrumental function, and the correction of self-absorption effects. The oxide concentration CCF calculated from calibration free laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy results and the nominal concentration CN were very close for all samples investigated. The relative error in concentration, | CCF- CN|/ CN, was < 10%, < 20%, and < 5% for Fe 2O 3, MgO, and CaO, respectively. The results indicate that this method can be employed for the analysis of major elements in multi-component technical materials.

  16. Simulation of laser interaction with ablative plasma and hydrodynamic behavior of laser supported plasma

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    Tong Huifeng; Yuan Hong; Tang Zhiping

    2013-01-28

    When an intense laser beam irradiates on a solid target, ambient air ionizes and becomes plasma, while part of the target rises in temperature, melts, vaporizes, ionizes, and yet becomes plasma. A general Godunov finite difference scheme WENO (Weighted Essentially Non-Oscillatory Scheme) with fifth-order accuracy is used to simulate 2-dimensional axis symmetrical laser-supported plasma flow field in the process of laser ablation. The model of the calculation of ionization degree of plasma and the interaction between laser beam and plasma are considered in the simulation. The numerical simulations obtain the profiles of temperature, density, and velocity at different times which show the evolvement of the ablative plasma. The simulated results show that the laser energy is strongly absorbed by plasma on target surface and that the velocity of laser supported detonation (LSD) wave is half of the ideal LSD value derived from Chapman-Jouguet detonation theory.

  17. Simulation of laser interaction with ablative plasma and hydrodynamic behavior of laser supported plasma

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    Tong, Huifeng; Yuan, Hong; Tang, Zhiping

    2013-01-01

    When an intense laser beam irradiates on a solid target, ambient air ionizes and becomes plasma, while part of the target rises in temperature, melts, vaporizes, ionizes, and yet becomes plasma. A general Godunov finite difference scheme WENO (Weighted Essentially Non-Oscillatory Scheme) with fifth-order accuracy is used to simulate 2-dimensional axis symmetrical laser-supported plasma flow field in the process of laser ablation. The model of the calculation of ionization degree of plasma and the interaction between laser beam and plasma are considered in the simulation. The numerical simulations obtain the profiles of temperature, density, and velocity at different times which show the evolvement of the ablative plasma. The simulated results show that the laser energy is strongly absorbed by plasma on target surface and that the velocity of laser supported detonation (LSD) wave is half of the ideal LSD value derived from Chapman-Jouguet detonation theory.

  18. Production of nanoparticles by laser-induced ablation of metals in liquids

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    Bozon-Verduraz, F; Brayner, R; Voronov, Valerii V; Kirichenko, N A; Simakin, Aleksandr V; Shafeev, Georgii A

    2003-08-31

    The production of noble metal (Ag and Au) nanoparticles upon the ablation of metal targets in liquids (H{sub 2}O, C{sub 2}H{sub 5}OH, etc.) caused by irradiation by a copper vapour laser is studied. The nanoparticles emerging in a liquid are investigated using X-ray diffractometry, optical absorption spectroscopy, and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The colloidal nanoparticle solutions exhibits a distinct plasmon resonance at 520 and 400 nm for Au and Ag, respectively. It is shown that the proximity of laser wavelength to the resonance makes it possible to decrease the dimension of nanoparticles by irradiating the colloidal solution. The size distribution function of nanoparticles is simulated taking into account the production, coagulation, and splitting of nanopartiles in the laser beam. (special issue devoted to the memory of academician a m prokhorov)

  19. Laser ablation in a running hall effect thruster for space propulsion

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    Balika, L.; Focsa, C.; Gurlui, S.; Pellerin, S.; Pellerin, N.; Pagnon, D.; Dudeck, M.

    2013-07-01

    Hall Effect Thrusters (HETs) are promising electric propulsion devices for the station-keeping of geostationary satellites (more than 120 in orbit to date). Moreover, they can offer a cost-effective solution for interplanetary journey, as proved by the recent ESA SMART-1 mission to the Moon. The main limiting factor of the HETs lifetime is the erosion of the annular channel ceramics walls. In order to provide a better understanding of the energy deposition on the insulated walls, a laser irradiation study has been carried out on a PPS100-ML thruster during its run in the PIVOINE-2G ground test facility (CNRS Orléans, France). Two distinct approaches have been followed: continuous wave fiber laser irradiation (generation of thermal defects) and nanosecond pulsed laser ablation (generation of topological defects). The irradiated zones have been monitored in situ by IR thermography and optical emission spectroscopy and further investigated ex situ by scanning electron microscopy and profilometry.

  20. Thermal nonlinear optical properties of TiO2 nanocrystals prepared through pulsed laser ablation

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    Moslehirad, F.; Majles Ara, M. H.; Torkamany, M. J.; Afsary, M.; Ghorannevis, M.; Sabbaghzadeh, J.

    2013-05-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized using the pulsed laser ablation method by irradiating a titanium target immersed in distilled water with 1064 nm, Nd:YAG (yttrium aluminum garnet) laser pulses. The indirect band gap of the NPs was estimated with the aid of ultraviolet/visible spectroscopy. Transmission electron microscopy showed the NPs to be spherical in shape and to vary from 5 to 50 nm. The average size of the NPs and their crystalline phases were determined by means of x-ray diffraction analysis. The thermal conductivity of the nano-TiO2 colloids was measured at a temperature of 25?°C. The single-beam z-scan technique was employed to obtain the nonlinear index of refraction (n2) and the nonlinear absorption coefficient (?) under continuous wave He-Ne laser excitation at different input powers. Thermo-optical coefficients of the NPs were calculated using the z-scan results.

  1. A study of particle generation during laser ablation withapplications

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    Liu, Chunyi

    2005-08-12

    A study has been made of the generation of particles during laser ablation and has included size distribution measurements and observation of the formation processes. The particle size distribution with respect to different laser parameters was obtained in-line using a differential mobility analyzer (DMA) and a particle counter. The experimental results show that the particle size varies with laser energy, laser pulsewidth, ambient gas flow rate and sample properties. The results serve as a basis for controlling the size of nanoparticles generated by laser ablation. Laser shadowgraph imaging was used to study mass ejection processes and mechanisms. At higher laser irradiance, some particles were ejected in the liquid and even in the solid phase. Time-resolved images show the propagation of the shockwaves: external shockwaves propagate outward and decelerate, and internal shockwaves reflect back and forth between the gas contact surface and the sample surface. The internal shockwave is proposed to cause the ejection of liquid particles when the internal shockwave strikes the liquid molten layer. A simulation based on vapor plume expansion was carried out and provides satisfactory agreement with experimental results. Different material properties result in different particle ejection behavior:particle ejection for most materials including metals result in a conically shaped envelope for the ejected material while ejection for silicon resembles a liquid jet. The difference in density change when the materials melt was proposed to be an important factor in the different ejection behavior. The characteristics of particles generated by laser ablation have a strong influence on the chemical analysis of the irradiated sample. Large particles are more difficult to completely vaporize and ionize, and induced preferential vaporization causes fractionation (i.e. a detected chemical composition that differs from the sample material). Large particles also result in spikes in measurements using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) which result in errors. Three different methods were employed to study the effects of particle size on chemical analysis: generating smaller particles utilizing a fs laser, filtering out larger particles with a cascade impactor and altering the size distribution by using a second pulse to fracture particles generated from the first pulse. It was found that the chemical composition of the particles varies with particle size. The variation of the composition with respect to particle size was analyzed and it was proposed that it was related to the vapor formed particles condensing on larger ejected liquid droplets.

  2. Femtosecond laser plasma plume characteristics in the nanojoule ablation regime

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    Banerjee, S. P.; Chen, Zhijiang; Fedosejevs, R.

    2013-05-14

    Laser ablation of chromium with nanojoule energy UV femtosecond pulses under background pressure conditions between 0.3 Torr and 700 Torr is studied and the corresponding plasma plume images at different times after irradiation are measured. The ablation focal spot is less than or the order of a micron when 170 nJ of laser pulse energy is used. This low pulse energy leads to short lifetimes of the plasma of the order of tens of nanoseconds. The plume shape changes with ambient pressure due to the collision with background gas. An axially stretched plume changes to a more circular plume as the pressure increases. In addition, a separation of the ionic and atomic components is observed at lower pressure. These two components move at significantly different velocities as well. The plasma plume expands at almost constant velocity at very low pressure but exhibits significant deceleration at higher pressure reaching an asymptotic stopping distance. Plume images are also obtained near the ablation threshold pulse energy. The plume characteristics are compared to different models of plume expansion.

  3. Ablation and plasma emission produced by dual femtosecond laser pulses

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    Singha, Sima; Gordon, Robert J.; Hu Zhan

    2008-12-01

    Pairs of 80 fs, 800 nm laser pulses were used to ablate Si, Cu, and CaF{sub 2} in air. The spectrally resolved plasma emission was measured as a function of laser fluence and pulse delay. After an initial dip, the fluorescence was found to increase monotonically with pulse delay, reaching a plateau after some tens of picoseconds, depending on the material and fluence. The enhancement ratio (defined as the ratio of the fluorescence produced by the pulse pair to that produced by a single pulse of the same total fluence) reaches a maximum value of 6 and 11 at a fluence of {approx}6 J/cm{sup 2} for Si and Cu, respectively, and declines to a value below 2 at higher fluences. In contrast, the enhancement for CaF{sub 2} increases slowly from zero near threshold to a broad maximum value of 2 near 50 J/cm{sup 2}. Using reflectivity and atomic force microscopy measurements as diagnostics, we interpret the Si and Cu behavior in terms of a two phase mechanism, in which the first pulse melts the surface of the crystal and the second pulse ablates the resulting liquid film. A qualitatively different mechanism initiated by multiphoton absorption is involved in CaF{sub 2} ablation.

  4. Identification of pharmaceutical glasses by laser ablation ICP-MS.

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    Schmidt, T; Surmann, J P; Stephanowitz, H; Hoffmann, E

    2001-11-01

    The chemical composition of pharmaceutical glasses (ampoules, infusion bottles, plunger) has been determined by laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS). A Nd:YAG laser with 10 Hz repetition rate in the Q-switch mode at its fundamental wavelength (1064 nm) was used to identify common types of pharmaceutical glasses. The following isotopes were used for measurements: 7Li, 11B, 23Na, 24Mg, 27Al, 28Si, 29Si, 30Si, 39K, 42Ca, 47Ti, 57Fe, 90Zr, 121Sb, 137Ba. Each analysis included the measurement of 12 craters. Relative standard deviations between 1.8% and 8.0% of the quantitative results were obtained. 29Si was used as internal standard. Standard reference materials (soda-lime-, lead- and borosilicate glasses) were used for external calibration of laser sampling. Linear calibration functions for each isotope were found. All samples and standard materials were digested in a two-step-procedure by nitric/fluoric acid, then measured and externally calibrated by ICP-MS with multi-elemental standard solutions using 45Sc as internal standard. Digestion and laser ablation results agree within 8% (confidential interval 95%) with the certified values. Intensity ratios of most isotopes also agree sufficiently with the corresponding theoretical values (+/- 18%). The developed method allows to distinguish different types of pharmaceutical glasses. PMID:11817168

  5. Ablation of selected conducting layers by fiber laser

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    Pawlak, Ryszard; Tomczyk, Mariusz; Walczak, Maria

    2014-08-01

    Laser Direct Writing (LDW) are used in the manufacture of electronic circuits, pads, and paths in sub millimeter scale. They can also be used in the sensors systems. Ablative laser writing in a thin functional layer of material deposited on the dielectric substrate is one of the LDW methods. Nowadays functional conductive layers are composed from graphene paint or nanosilver paint, indium tin oxide (ITO), AgHTTM and layers containing carbon nanotubes. Creating conducting structures in transparent layers (ITO, AgHT and carbon nanotubes layers) may have special importance e.g. for flexi electronics. The paper presents research on the fabrication of systems of paths and appropriate pattern systems of paths and selected electronic circuits in AgHTTM and ITO layers deposited on glass and polymer substrates. An influence of parameters of ablative fiber laser treatment in nanosecond regime as well as an influence of scanning mode of laser beam on the pattern fidelity and on electrical parameters of a generated circuit was investigated.

  6. Testing of concrete by laser ablation

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    Flesher, Dann J. (Benton City, WA); Becker, David L. (Kennewick, WA); Beem, William L. (Kennewick, WA); Berry, Tommy C. (Kennewick, WA); Cannon, N. Scott (Kennewick, WA)

    1997-01-01

    A method of testing concrete in a structure in situ, by: directing a succession of pulses of laser radiation at a point on the structure so that each pulse effects removal of a quantity of concrete and transfers energy to the concrete; detecting a characteristic of energy which has been transferred to the concrete; determining, separately from the detecting step, the total quantity of concrete removed by the succession of pulses; and calculating a property of the concrete on the basis of the detected energy characteristic and the determined total quantity of concrete removed.

  7. Testing of concrete by laser ablation

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    Flesher, D.J.; Becker, D.L.; Beem, W.L.; Berry, T.C.; Cannon, N.S.

    1997-01-07

    A method is disclosed for testing concrete in a structure in situ, by: directing a succession of pulses of laser radiation at a point on the structure so that each pulse effects removal of a quantity of concrete and transfers energy to the concrete; detecting a characteristic of energy which has been transferred to the concrete; determining, separately from the detecting step, the total quantity of concrete removed by the succession of pulses; and calculating a property of the concrete on the basis of the detected energy characteristic and the determined total quantity of concrete removed. 1 fig.

  8. Laser ablative synthesis of carbon nanotubes

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    Smith, Michael W.; Jordan, Kevin; Park, Cheol

    2010-03-02

    An improved method for the production of single walled carbon nanotubes that utilizes an RF-induction heated side-pumped synthesis chamber for the production of such. Such a method, while capable of producing large volumes of carbon nanotubes, concurrently permits the use of a simplified apparatus that allows for greatly reduced heat up and cool down times and flexible flowpaths that can be readily modified for production efficiency optimization. The method of the present invention utilizes a free electron laser operating at high average and peak fluence to illuminate a rotating and translating graphite/catalyst target to obtain high yields of SWNTs without the use of a vacuum chamber.

  9. Effect of liquid properties on laser ablation of aluminum and titanium alloys

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    Ouyang, Peixuan; Li, Peijie; Leksina, E. G.; Michurin, S. V.; He, Liangju

    2016-01-01

    In order to study the effect of liquid properties on laser ablation in liquids, aluminum 5A06 and titanium TB5 targets were irradiated by single-pulse infrared laser in isopropanol, distilled water, glycerin and as a comparison, in air, respectively. Craters induced by laser ablation were characterized using scanning electron and white-light interferometric microscopies. The results show that for liquid-mediated ablation, craters with porous surface structures were formed in aluminum target through phase explosion, while no micro-cavities were formed in titanium target owing to high critical temperature of titanium. In addition, ablation rates of aluminum and titanium targets vary with types of ambient media in accordance with such sequence: air < isopropanol < water < glycerin. Further, the influence of liquid properties on material-removal mechanisms for laser ablation in liquid is discussed. It is concluded that the density, thermal conductivity and acoustical impedance of liquid play a dominant role in laser ablation efficiency.

  10. Heat accumulation in microdrilled glass from ultraviolet laser ablation

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    Hidai, Hirofumi; Matsusaka, Souta; Chiba, Akira; Morita, Noboru

    2015-07-01

    We present numerical and experimental studies of heat accumulation during high-aspect-ratio ultraviolet laser microdrilling of glass. The dependence on pulse repetition rate of the ablation threshold was studied. The rate determines the amount of heat accumulation and temperature variation across the illuminated area. No change in the glass was observed for pulse energies below 1 µJ at 1 kHz; melting occurred at 0.3 µJ, with ablation at 0.7 µJ at 20 kHz. Also, the hole depth doubled when the pulse repetition rate was increased from 1 to 20 kHz. Moreover, the fluence of ~4 J/cm2 that passed through drilled holes at 1 kHz decreased to ~1 J/cm2 at 20 kHz.

  11. Onset of laser ablation in CaF2 crystal under excimer laser irradiation

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    Kawaguchi, Yoshizo; Narazaki, Aiko; Sato, Tadatake; Niino, Hiroyuki; Yabe, Akira

    2002-06-01

    With the widespread application of excimer lasers for micro- processing, optically transparent materials in the UV region have become more important as optical components. The transparent materials currently available commercially are silica glass and fluoride crystals, CaF2 and MgF2. The resistance of these materials against cumulative irradiation of excimer lasers is required from the viewpoint of application, and it is important to clarify the mechanisms of the optical damage on these materials. In this paper, we report the onset of laser ablation, that is, the initiation of optical breakdown and plume formation, in CaF2 crystal under cumulative irradiation of an ArF excimer laser. When the laser fluence is below the ablation threshold, a blue luminescence due to self-trapped exciton is observed from the whole laser-irradiated region. When the fluence ins increased near the threshold, successive irradiation finally cause a bright, localized luminescence due to the initiation of laser ablation. SEM images of the laser-damaged region show two features: (1) a small bump with pits of the order of 0.1 micrometers formed by UV laser absorption and following local heating, (2) small cracks with triangular fragments caused by mechanisms stress under local heating.

  12. Synchronized videography of plasma plume expansion during femtosecond laser ablation

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    Paolasini, Steven; Kietzig, Anne

    2014-03-01

    Femtosecond lasers are gaining industrial interest for surface patterning and structuring because of the reduced heat effects to the surrounding material, resulting in a good quality product with a high aspect ratio. Analysis of the plasma plume generated during ablation can provide useful information about the laser-material interactions and thereby the quality of the resulting surface patterns. As a low-cost alternative to rather complicated ICCD camera setups, presented here is an approach based on filming the laser machining process with a high speed camera and tuning the frame rate of the camera to slightly lower than the laser pulse frequency. The delay in frequency between the laser and camera results in frames taken from sequential pulses. Each frame represents a later phase of plume expansion although taken from different pulses. Assuming equal plume evolution processes from pulse to pulse, the sequence of images obtained completes a plume expansion video. To test the assumption of homogeneity between sequential plumes, the camera can be tuned to the frequency of the laser, as to capture consecutive plumes at the same phase in their evolution. This approach enables a relatively low-cost, high resolution visualization of plasma plume evolution suitable for industrial micromachining applications with femtosecond lasers. Using this approach we illustrate differences in plume expansion at the example of machining homogeneous surface patterns in different liquid and gaseous processing environments.

  13. Suppression of melt flows in laser ablation: application to clean laser processing

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    Tokarev, Vladimir N.; Kaplan, Alexander F. H.

    1999-07-01

    It is shown that in laser ablation of materials with large Prandtl numbers (mainly ceramics and polymers) a motion of the melt along the surface caused by the vapour plume pressure is essentially retarded for thin enough melt layers due to the onset of viscous friction. For polymers in nanosecond laser ablation this melt displacement can be obtained to be less than the ablation depth per pulse (which is typically 0.2-1 µm for nanosecond irradiation), when the absorption coefficient, icons/Journals/Common/alpha" ALT="alpha" ALIGN="TOP"/>, and the kinematic viscosity, icons/Journals/Common/nu" ALT="nu" ALIGN="TOP"/>, satisfy the condition icons/Journals/Common/alpha" ALT="alpha" ALIGN="TOP"/>2icons/Journals/Common/nu" ALT="nu" ALIGN="TOP"/>>108 s-1. Thus, clean precise laser ablation for such polymers can be explained simply in terms of the thermal mechanism, without invoking the concept of photochemical decomposition, in terms of absorption coefficient, melt viscosity and pressure of the ablation plume on the irradiated surface. From this point of view, several factors facilitating clean laser ablation in multipulse irradiation are discussed. However, for metals (usually having a very small Prandtl number) the viscous friction has no significant effect on the retardation lateral melt flow to the periphery. The quality of the laser spot border can still be improved by using laser pulses shorter than 1 ps. In this case, in a shallow spot, the alternative (explosive) melt expulsion mechanism becomes predominant, producing material removal mainly transverse to the spot surface. Thus, the lateral (along the surface) component of melt expulsion appears to be strongly suppressed, having no chance to spoil the border of the spot.

  14. Infrared laser ablation sample transfer for on-line liquid chromatography electrospray ionization mass spectrometry.

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    Park, Sung-Gun; Murray, Kermit K

    2012-10-01

    We have demonstrated an on-line laser ablation sampling system and coupling of the system to liquid chromatography (LC) using an infrared (IR) laser to ablate and transfer materials into a flowing solvent stream. With this approach, samples are deposited on a microscope slide mounted on a translation stage and ablated in transmission geometry using a pulsed mid-IR laser. The ablated material is captured in an exposed flowing solvent stream that carries the ablated material to the electrospray source. Post-ablation separation is accomplished using a capillary column downstream of the capture zone. The performance of the system was assessed using peptide and protein mixtures ablated from the target and analyzed with and without LC separation. PMID:23019163

  15. Nanosecond and femtosecond laser ablation of brass: Particulate and ICPMS measurements

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    Liu, C.; Mao, X.L.; Mao, S.; Zeng, X.; Greif, R.; Russo, R.E.

    2003-11-01

    Femtosecond and nanosecond lasers were compared for ablating brass alloys. All operating parameters from both lasers were equal except for the pulse duration. The ablated aerosol vapor was collected on silicon substrates for particle size measurements or sent into an inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer. The diameters and size distribution of particulates were measured from scanning electron microscope (SEM) images of the collected ablated aerosol. SEM measurements showed that particles ablated using nanosecond pulses were single spherical entities ranging in diameter from several micrometers to several hundred nanometers. Primary particles ablated using femtosecond ablation were {approx}100 nm in diameter but formed large agglomerates. ICPMS showed enhanced signal intensity and stability using femtosecond compared to nanosecond laser ablation.

  16. Evaluation of the analytical capability of NIR femtosecond laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry.

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    Hirata, Takafumi; Kon, Yoshiaki

    2008-03-01

    A laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometric (LA-ICPMS) technique utilizing a titanium-sapphire (TiS) femtosecond laser (fs-laser) has been developed for elemental and isotopic analysis. The signal intensity profile, depth of the ablation pit and level of elemental fractionation were investigated in order to evaluate the analytical capability of the present fs-laser ablation-ICPMS technique. The signal intensity profile of (57)Fe, obtained from iron sulfide (FeS(2)), demonstrated that the resulting signal intensity of (57)Fe achieved by the fs-laser ablation was almost 4-times higher than that obtained by ArF excimer laser ablation under a similar energy fluence (5 J/cm(2)). In fs-laser ablation, there is no significant difference in a depth of the ablation pit between glass and zircon material, while in ArF laser ablation, the resulting crater depth on the zircon crystal was almost half the level than that obtained for glass material. Both the thermal-induced and particle size-related elemental fractionations, which have been thought to be main sources of analytical error in the LA-ICPMS analysis, were measured on a Harvard 91500 zircon crystal. The resulting fractionation indexes on the (206)Pb/(238)U (f(Pb/U)) and (238)U/(232)Th (f(U/Th)) ratios obtained by the present fs-laser ablation system were significantly smaller than those obtained by a conventional ArF excimer laser ablation system, demonstrative of smaller elemental fractionation. Using the present fs-laser ablation technique, the time profile of the signal intensity of (56)Fe and the isotopic ratios ((57)Fe/(54)Fe and (56)Fe/(54)Fe) have been measured on a natural pyrite (FeS(2)) sample. Repeatability in signal intensity of (56)Fe achieved by the fs-laser ablation system was significantly better than that obtained by ArF excimer laser ablation. Moreover, the resulting precision in (57)Fe/(54)Fe and (56)Fe/(54)Fe ratio measurements could be improved by the fs-laser ablation system. The data obtained here clearly demonstrate that, even with the fundamental wavelength (NIR operating at 780 nm), the fs-laser ablation system has the potential to become a significant tool for in-situ elemental and isotopic analysis of geochemical samples including heavy minerals and metallic materials. PMID:18332541

  17. Mechanism of dye-enhanced enamel ablation by Alexandrite laser radiation

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    Esenaliev, Rinat O.; Oraevsky, Alexander A.; Motamedi, Massoud; Rastegar, Sohi; Tittel, Frank K.

    1995-05-01

    Insufficient light absorption in hard dental tissues makes laser ablation in near UV, visible or near IR spectral ranges very inefficient to be employed for tooth cavity preparations. We used deposition of a liquid absorber, indocyanine green (ICG) dye, to overcome this problem. Experiments employed Alexandrite laser anticipating that future near IR diode laser technology will replace existing medical lasers. Ablation kinetics and mechanisms for both free-running and Q-switched modes of Alexandrite laser were studied with the aim to determine optimal parameters of laser irradiation and optimal volume of the dye. Four experimental parameters were monitored during each ablation event: (1) incident laser fluence, (2) temporal profile of the laser pulse, (3) temporal profile and magnitude of laser-induced stress transients, (4) temporal profile and spectrum of plasma emission. We also examined kinetics of plume by probing ablation products with CW He-Ne laser beam. Results depicted ablation process as a complex multistage phenomenon. Two distinct stages associated with the tooth ablation are revealed in the free-running mode: (1) ablation of a dye droplet from a tooth surface by the first laser micropulse of a 250-microsecond(s) macropulse, (2) plasma mediated ablation of a melted layer of enamel produced by thermal explosion of the dye. Plasma jet formation was delayed 10-100 microsecond(s) against the beginning of free-running pulse. Ablation stages and their efficiency are defined by laser irradiation parameters, dye concentration and its total volume. In contrast, Q-switched (nanosecond) laser ablation occurs as a one stage process, and, therefore, less efficient. In addition, Q-switched mode irradiation induces shock waves amplitudes that are about an order of magnitude higher compared with that induced by the free-running irradiation. Experimental comparison of Q-switched and free-running modes of irradiation is evident in favor of free-running mode that produces a nice smooth crater without noticeable thermomechanical damage to surrounding tissues.

  18. Pulsed laser ablation of complex oxides: The role of congruent ablation and preferential scattering for the film stoichiometry

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    Wicklein, S.; Koehl, A.; Dittmann, R.; Sambri, A.; Amoruso, S.; Wang, X.; Bruzzese, R.

    2012-09-24

    By combining structural and chemical thin film analysis with detailed plume diagnostics and modeling of the laser plume dynamics, we are able to elucidate the different physical mechanisms determining the stoichiometry of the complex oxides model material SrTiO{sub 3} during pulsed laser deposition. Deviations between thin film and target stoichiometry are basically a result of two effects, namely, incongruent ablation and preferential scattering of lighter ablated species during their motion towards the substrate in the O{sub 2} background gas. On the one hand, a progressive preferential ablation of the Ti species with increasing laser fluence leads to a regime of Ti-rich thin film growth at larger fluences. On the other hand, in the low laser fluence regime, a more effective scattering of the lighter Ti plume species results in Sr rich films.

  19. Ablation processing of biomedical materials by ultrashort laser pulse ranging from 50 fs through 2 ps

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    Ozono, Kazue; Obara, Minoru; Sakuma, Jun

    2003-06-01

    In recent years, femtosecond laser processing of human hard/soft tissues has been studied. Here, we have demonstrated ablation etching of hydroxyapatite. Hydroxyapatite (Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2) is a key component of human tooth and human bone. The human bone is mainly made of hydroxyapatite oriented along the collagen. The micromachining of hydroxyapatite is highly required for orthopedics and dentistry. The important issue is to preserve the chemical property of the ablated surface. If chemical properties of hydroxyapatite change once, the human bone or tooth cannot grow again after laser processing. As for nanosecond laser ablation (for example excimer laser ablation), the relative content of calcium and phosphorus in (Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2) is found to change after laser ablation. We used here pulsewidth tunable output from 50 fs through 2 ps at 820 nm and 1 kpps. We measured calcium spectrum and phosphorus spectrum of the ablated surface of hydroxyapatite by XPS. As a result, the chemical content of calcium and phosphorus is kept unchanged before and after 50-fs - 2-ps laser ablation. We also demonstrated ablation processing of human tooth with Ti:sapphire laser, and precise ablation processing and microstructure fabrication are realized.

  20. Photothermal spectroscopy of laser materials

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    Roger, J. P.; Charbonnier, F.; Fournier, D.; Boccara, A. C.; Robert, P.

    The principles of the photothermal deflection (mirage) spectroscopy are outlined together with the major detection schemes, with particular attention given to the use of multilayered coatings, made of stacks of low- and high-refractive-index dielectric layers deposited on silica, as mirrors and antireflective coatings. Two experimental set-ups are described, which were developed to perform reliable low-absorption measurements in coatings and bulky materials at two different laser wavelengths (633 nm and 1.0-6 microns). These experimental systems make it possible to measure, for a coating deposited on silica, absorption losses as low as 10 to the -6th.

  1. Endovenous Laser Ablation of Incompetent Perforator Veins: A New Technique in Treatment of Chronic Venous Disease

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    Ozkan, Ugur

    2009-09-15

    The aim of this study was to assess the feasibility of endovenous laser ablation of incompetent perforator veins in a patient with incompetency of the small saphenous vein and multiple perforator veins. Two different methods were used to ablate seven perforator veins with a laser giving 50-60 J/cm energy. Total occlusion was observed in six perforators, and partial ablation in one perforator, at 1-month follow-up. To our knowledge, endovenous laser ablation of incompetent perforator veins is easy and a good therapeutic method.

  2. Femtosecond laser ablation of polypropylene: A statistical approach of morphological data.

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    Belaud, V; Valette, S; Stremsdoerfer, G; Beaugiraud, B; Audouard, E; Benayoun, S

    2014-01-01

    We have investigated femtosecond (fs) laser (130?fs, 800?nm, 5?kHz) ablation of polypropylene (PP). The following laser process conditions were varied: power density and number of pulses. The morphological parameters' response (depth, ablation diameter, ablation volume) to the laser process conditions, measured by an optical profiler, was investigated by the statistical analysis technique to determine the relationship between them. For this, the simple linear regression and the multiple linear regressions are compared. The simple linear regression shows that the ablation volume follows a linear relationship with the product of the power and the number of pulse. PMID:23580341

  3. XeCl laser ablation of biocompatible PTFE studied by photothermal beam deflection.

    PubMed

    Skordoulis, C D; Makropoulou, M I; Bolovinos, A L; Serafetinides, A A

    1997-12-01

    Laser beam deflection is a useful tool for studying the dynamics of the pulsed laser ablation mechanism, and has the advantage of being used as an in situ laser damage monitoring technique for both bulk and thin film polymeric and biological tissue samples. This work employs the photothermal deflection technique to study possible photo-acoustic phenomena during the excimer laser ablation of biocompatible polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) and to examine the crater surface quality by video microscopy.Although photo-acoustic phenomena are detected in the laser fluence threshold region, ablation is mainly the result of the photothermal process. PMID:20803270

  4. Mass spectroscopic studies on outgrowth precipitates in laser ablated films

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    Fukushima, Kensuke; Kanke, Yukio; Badaye, Massoud; Morishita, Tadataka

    1994-12-01

    We have observed the velocity distribution of ionic species in the plume by a mass spectrometer during laser ablation of Y 1Ba 2Cu 3O x target. The velocity distribution of Cu + ions is strongly influenced by ambient oxygen pressure. As an oxygen pressure is raised, thevelocity distribution of Cu + ions becomes narrows up to 2x10 -2 Torr, and then becomes broad again at higher pressures. This change in the velocity distribution reflects the conversion of the supersonic expansion into the thermal equilibrium flow of the ejected species in the plume. The surface morphology of films is crucially dependent on the velocity distributions.

  5. Production of warm aluminum cluster anions by femtosecond laser ablation

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    Kobayashi, T.; Matsuo, Y.

    2015-06-01

    We report on the production of warm aluminum cluster anions, Al{/n -} (1 ? n ? 26), after femtosecond laser ablation of an aluminum nitride substrate. Large cluster anions of n ? 8 suffer metastable dissociation after their production, which indicates the internal energy of the cluster anions is high enough for the dissociation of an Al atom. We find that the efficiency of metastable dissociation is dependent on the size of cluster anions and the dependence can be rationalized by the dissociation energy of an Al atom from the cluster anions calculated with thermochemical data of the clusters.

  6. Laser Ablation Plume Expansion In The Presence Of Charged Impurities

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    Djebli, M.

    2008-09-23

    The expansion of plasma created by laser ablation is investigated using the fluid model. At the first stage of the expansion, electrons are considered in thermal equilibrium. The presence of highly charged impurities is considered through Poisson's equation. The set of nonlinear differential equations is solved using a moving boundary and taken into account the charge separation effect. The uniformly distributed impurities can accelerate or decelerate the ion motion depending on their charge and concentration. It is also found that the separation of the charge is valid for a specific time which depends on the impurities parameters.

  7. Laser ablative cutting of ceramics for electronics applications

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    Warner, B. E., LLNL

    1996-03-01

    Pulsed, high-beam quality lasers offer unique materials processing characteristics. In processing metals, copper vapor and pulsed Nd:YAG lasers have produced micron-scale cuts and holes with submicron heat-affected zones. Since the cost of laser photons is high and average material removal rates can be slow with ablation, high value-added applications are necessary to justify processing costs. Ceramics present a special challenge for manufacturing because of their high hardness, relatively low thermal conductivity, and brittle nature. Surface damage typically limits the strength of a ceramic part to a small fraction of its bulk strength. This work investigates the use of copper vapor and pulsed diode-pumped Nd:YAG lasers to cut precision features in ceramic substrates. Variations in laser wavelength and power, processing speed, ceramic type, and assist gas were investigated with the goal of producing <100-{mu}m wide by 600-{mu}m deep cuts through silicon-carbide and alumina/titanium-carbide substrates for potential use in electronics. Silicon-carbide bars 250-{mu}m wide by 600-{mu}m high by 2.5-cm long were laser cut from substrates without fracture.

  8. Matrix Effects on Boron Containing Materials due to Laser Ablation Molecular Isotopic Spectrometry (LAMIS)

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    Brown, Staci R.; Akpovo, Charlemagne A.; Martinez, Jorge; Ford, Alan; Herbert, Kenley; Johnson, Lewis

    2014-03-01

    Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) is a spectroscopic technique that is used for the qualitative and quantitative analysis of materials in the liquid, solid, or gas phase. LIBS can also be used for the detection of isotopic shifts in atomic and diatomic species via Laser-Ablation Molecular Isotopic Spectroscopy (LAMIS). However, any additional elements that are entrained into the plasma other than the element of interest, can affect the extent of ablation and quality of spectra and hence, potentially obscure or aid in the relative abundance assessment for a given element. To address the importance of matrix effects, the isotopic analysis of boron obtained from boron oxide (BO) emission originating from different boron-containing compounds, such as boron nitride (BN), boric acid (H3BO3) , and borax (Na2B4O710H2O), via LIBS has been performed here. Each of these materials has different physical properties and elemental composition in order to illustrate possible challenges for the LAMIS method. A calibration-free model similar to that for the original LAMIS work is used to determine properties of the plasma as the matrix is changed. DTRA

  9. Ultra-fast movies of thin-film laser ablation

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    Domke, Matthias; Rapp, Stephan; Schmidt, Michael; Huber, Heinz P.

    2012-11-01

    Ultra-short-pulse laser irradiation of thin molybdenum films from the glass substrate side initiates an intact Mo disk lift off free from thermal effects. For the investigation of the underlying physical effects, ultra-fast pump-probe microscopy is used to produce stop-motion movies of the single-pulse ablation process, initiated by a 660-fs laser pulse. The ultra-fast dynamics in the femtosecond and picosecond ranges are captured by stroboscopic illumination of the sample with an optically delayed probe pulse of 510-fs duration. The nanosecond and microsecond delay ranges of the probe pulse are covered by an electronically triggered 600-ps laser. Thus, the setup enables an observation of general laser ablation processes from the femtosecond delay range up to the final state. A comparison of time- and space-resolved observations of film and glass substrate side irradiation of a 470-nm molybdenum layer reveals the driving mechanisms of the Mo disk lift off initiated by glass-side irradiation. Observations suggest that a phase explosion generates a liquid-gas mixture in the molybdenum/glass interface about 10 ps after the impact of the pump laser pulse. Then, a shock wave and gas expansion cause the molybdenum layer to bulge, while the enclosed liquid-gas mixture cools and condenses at delay times in the 100-ps range. The bulging continues for approximately 20 ns, when an intact Mo disk shears and lifts off at a velocity of above 70 m/s. As a result, the remaining hole is free from thermal effects.

  10. FINAL REPORT. WASTE VOLUME REDUCTION USING SURFACE CHARACTERIZATION AND DECONTAMINATION BY LASER ABLATION

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    Laser ablation was studied as a method for removing contaminated surface layers from concrete. The objectives of this research were to determine the mechanism and efficacy of laser ablation, to understand the chemistry of contaminated concrete surfaces, and to chemically and phys...

  11. Process and structures for fabrication of solar cells with laser ablation steps to form contact holes

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    Harley, Gabriel; Smith, David D; Dennis, Tim; Waldhauer, Ann; Kim, Taeseok; Cousins, Peter John

    2013-11-19

    Contact holes of solar cells are formed by laser ablation to accomodate various solar cell designs. Use of a laser to form the contact holes is facilitated by replacing films formed on the diffusion regions with a film that has substantially uniform thickness. Contact holes may be formed to deep diffusion regions to increase the laser ablation process margins. The laser configuration may be tailored to form contact holes through dielectric films of varying thickness.

  12. Study of pulse width and magnetic field effect on laser ablated copper plasma in air

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    Pandey, Pramod K.; Gupta, Shyam L.; Thareja, Raj K.

    2015-07-01

    We report the comparative study of the effect of interaction of nano-second and pico-second laser pulse incident on the solid copper target placed in ambient of air and magnetic field. Larger ablation depth ˜ 67 ? m with clean crater profile is observed in the case of ps-laser pulses compared to ˜ 31 ? m of ablation depth using ns-laser pulses. However, the mass ablation rate found using ps-laser pulse is ˜ 3.25 × 10 - 9 g / s , roughly half of that using ns-laser pulse ˜ 6.0 × 10 - 9 g / s . The observed electron density at very early stage in the case of ps-laser pulse ablation ( 5.32 × 10 17 cm - 3 ) is 1.5 times higher than that of ns-laser ( 3.45 × 10 17 cm - 3 ) pulse ablation in absence of magnetic field. The observed electron temperature and density fluctuations at later time of ps-laser ablated plasma show a direct evidence of comparatively prominent magnetic Joule heating due to threading and expulsion of the magnetic field lines through the plasma plume. Ionic lines Cu II at 451.6 nm, 459.69 nm, 466.13 nm, 468.19 nm, and Cu III at 438.64 nm emission is more for ps-laser pulse than the ns-pulse, whereas magnetic quenching suppresses ionic and atomic line emission in ps-laser ablated plasma.

  13. Picosecond laser ablation of poly-L-lactide: Effect of crystallinity on the material response

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    Ortiz, Rocio; Quintana, Iban; Etxarri, Jon; Lejardi, Ainhoa; Sarasua, Jose-Ramon

    2011-11-01

    The picosecond laser ablation of poly-L-lactide (PLLA) as a function of laser fluence and degree of crystallinity was examined. The ablation parameters and the surface modifications were analyzed under various irradiation conditions using laser wavelengths ranging from the ultraviolet through the visible. When processing the amorphous PLLA, both energy threshold and topography varied considerably depending on laser wavelength. Laser irradiation showed a reduction in the energy ablation threshold as the degree of crystallinity increased, probably related to photomechanical effects involved in laser ablation with ultra-short pulses and the lower stress accommodation behavior of semicrystalline polymers. In particular, cooperative chain motions are impeded by the higher degree of crystallinity, showing fragile mechanical behavior and lower energy dissipation. The experimental results on ablation rate versus laser energy showed that UV laser ablation on semicrystalline PLLA was more efficient than the visible ablation, i.e., it exhibits higher etch rates over a wide range of pulse energy conditions. These results were interpreted in terms of photo-thermal and photo-chemical response of polymers as a function of material micro-structure and incident laser wavelength. High quality micro-grooves were produced in amorphous PLLA, reveling the potential of ultra-fast laser processing technique in the field of micro-structuring biocompatible and biodegradable polymers for biomedical applications.

  14. Improved analytical characterization of solid waste-forms by fundamental development of laser ablation technology. 1998 annual progress report

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    Russo, R.E.

    1998-06-01

    'This EMSP research endeavors to understand fundamental laser-ablation sampling processes and to determine the influence of these processes on analytical characterization of EM waste-site samples. The issues germane to the EMSP are sensitivity and accuracy of analysis. These issues are researched by studying fractionation, sample transport, mass loading, and analytical system optimization. Inductively coupled plasma-mass spectroscopy (ICP-MS) is emphasized in this research because of its use throughout the DOE labs and sites. This report summarizes research performed over the first half of this three-year program. Four issues were emphasized to improve analytical sensitivity and accuracy, including the time dependent laser removal of mass from a solid sample, fractionation, particle generation and transport, and optimization of the ICP-MS for laser ablation sampling. This research has led to six journal publications.'

  15. Free-running and Q:Switched LIBS measurements during the laser ablation of Prickle Pears spines

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    Flores, T.; Ponce, L.; Arronte, M.; de Posada, E.

    2009-05-01

    The pulse laser ablation (PLA) as a new method for spines elimination of Prickle Pear fruit is presented. The new technique works thanks to the use of the pulsed light that is absorbed in a selective way, specifically in the spines. An optical characterization of both spine and cactus cortex allows to find the most convenient pulse energy for selective absorption. By using laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) in Q:Switch and free-running regimes, it is possible to control the process in real time and to check the cleaning results online. The feasibility of performing the laser ablation of spines without visible damages to the substrate was proved by the optical microscopy observation.

  16. Characterization of binary silver based alloys by nanosecond-infrared-laser-ablation-inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectrometer

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    Márquez, Ciro; Sobral, Hugo

    2013-11-01

    A nanosecond infrared laser ablation (LA) system was examined to determine the composition of several silver-copper alloys through an inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectrometer (ICP-OES). Samples with different concentrations were prepared and analyzed by atomic absorption, and ICP-OES after sample digestion, and compared with an energy-dispersive x-ray spectrometer-scanning electron microscopy (EDX-SEM). Elemental fractionation during the ablation process and within the ICP was investigated for different laser frequencies and fluences. Samples were used for optimizing and calibrating the coupling between LA to the ICP-OES system. Results obtained from the samples analysis were in agreement with those obtained by atomic absorption spectroscopy, ICP-OES and EDX-SEM, showing that fractionation was not significant for laser fluences higher than 55 J cm-2.

  17. Investigation of the particle size distribution of the ejected material generated during the single femtosecond laser pulse ablation of aluminium

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    Wu, Han; Zhang, Nan; Zhu, Xiaonong

    2014-10-01

    Single femtosecond laser pulses are employed to ablate an aluminium target in vacuum, and the particle size distribution of the ablated material deposited on a mica substrate is examined with atomic force microscopy (AFM). The recorded AFM images show that these particles have a mean radius of several tens of nanometres. It is also determined that the mean radius of these deposited nanoparticles increases when the laser fluence at the aluminium target increases from 0.44 J/cm2 to 0.63 J/cm2. The mechanism of the laser-induced nanoparticle generation is thought to be photomechanical tensile stress relaxation. Raman spectroscopy measurements confirm that the nanoparticles thus produced have the same structure as the bulk aluminium.

  18. Ablation experiment and threshold calculation of titanium alloy irradiated by ultra-fast pulse laser

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    Zheng, Buxiang; Jiang, Gedong; Wang, Wenjun Wang, Kedian; Mei, Xuesong; State Key Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an 710054

    2014-03-15

    The interaction between an ultra-fast pulse laser and a material's surface has become a research hotspot in recent years. Micromachining of titanium alloy with an ultra-fast pulse laser is a very important research direction, and it has very important theoretical significance and application value in investigating the ablation threshold of titanium alloy irradiated by ultra-fast pulse lasers. Irradiated by a picosecond pulse laser with wavelengths of 1064 nm and 532 nm, the surface morphology and feature sizes, including ablation crater width (i.e. diameter), ablation depth, ablation area, ablation volume, single pulse ablation rate, and so forth, of the titanium alloy were studied, and their ablation distributions were obtained. The experimental results show that titanium alloy irradiated by a picosecond pulse infrared laser with a 1064 nm wavelength has better ablation morphology than that of the green picosecond pulse laser with a 532 nm wavelength. The feature sizes are approximately linearly dependent on the laser pulse energy density at low energy density and the monotonic increase in laser pulse energy density. With the increase in energy density, the ablation feature sizes are increased. The rate of increase in the feature sizes slows down gradually once the energy density reaches a certain value, and gradually saturated trends occur at a relatively high energy density. Based on the linear relation between the laser pulse energy density and the crater area of the titanium alloy surface, and the Gaussian distribution of the laser intensity on the cross section, the ablation threshold of titanium alloy irradiated by an ultra-fast pulse laser was calculated to be about 0.109 J/cm{sup 2}.

  19. An observation of ablation effect of soft biotissue by pulsed Er:YAG laser

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    Zhang, Xianzeng; Xie, Shusen; Ye, Qing; Zhan, Zhenlin

    2007-02-01

    Because of the unique properties with regard to the absorption in organic tissue, pulsed Er:YAG laser has found most interest for various application in medicine, such as dermatology, dentistry, and cosmetic surgery. However, consensus regarding the optimal parameters for clinical use of this tool has not been reached. In this paper, the laser ablation characteristics of soft tissue by Er:YAG laser irradiation was studied. Porcine skin tissue in vitro was used in the experiment. Laser fluences ranged from 25mJ/mm2 to 200mJ/mm2, repetition rates was 5Hz, spot sizes on the tissue surface was 2mm. The ablation effects were assessed by the means of optical microscope, ablation diameters and depths were measured with reading microscope. It was shown that the ablation of soft biotissue by pulsed Er:YAG laser was a threshold process. With appropriate choice of irradiation parameters, high quality ablation with clean, sharp cuts following closely the spatial contour of the incident beam can be achieved. The curves of ablation crater diameter and depth versus laser fluence were obtained, then the ablation threshold and ablation yield were calculated subsequently, and the influence of the number of pulses fired into a crater on ablation crater depth was also discussed.

  20. Pulsed-laser ablation of co-deposits on JT-60 graphite tile

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    Sakawa, Youichi; Watanabe, Daisuke; Shibahara, Takahiro; Sugiyama, Kazuyoshi; Tanabe, Tetsuo

    2007-08-01

    Pulsed laser ablation of the co-deposits on a JT-60 open-divertor tile using the fourth harmonic of a 20 ps-Nd: YAG laser has been investigated. With increasing the laser intensity, three regions, non-ablation region (NAR), weak-ablation region (WAR), and strong-ablation region (SAR) were distinguished. Transition from NAR to WAR and WAR to SAR occurred at the threshold laser intensity for laser ablation and that for strong ionization of carbon atoms, respectively. The ablation accompanied desorption of H 2 and C 2H 2, with minor contribution of other hydrocarbons, while production of H 2O was small. In NAR and WAR the number of the hydrogen desorbed by the laser irradiation was less than that of hydrogen retained in the ablated volume, while in SAR it was much larger, owing to thermal desorption of hydrogen gas from the region surrounding the ablated volume. For the ablative removal of hydrogen isotopes, SAR is more desirable because of higher removal efficiency and less production of hydrocarbons.

  1. Near-IR imaging of erbium laser ablation with a water spray

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    Darling, Cynthia L.; Maffei, Marie E.; Fried, William A.; Fried, Daniel

    2008-02-01

    Near-IR (NIR) imaging can be used to view the formation of ablation craters during laser ablation since the enamel of the tooth is almost completely transparent near 1310-nm1. Laser ablation craters can be monitored under varying irradiation conditions to assess peripheral thermal and transient-stress induced damage, measure the rate and efficiency of ablation and provide insight into the ablation mechanism. There are fundamental differences in the mechanism of enamel ablation using erbium lasers versus carbon dioxide laser systems due to the nature of the primary absorber and it is necessary to have water present on the tooth surface for efficient ablation at erbium laser wavelengths. In this study, sound human tooth sections of approximately 2-3-mm thickness were irradiated by free running and Q-switched Er:YAG & Er:YSGG lasers under varying conditions with and without a water spray. The incision area in the interior of each sample was imaged using a tungsten-halogen lamp with a band-pass filter centered at 1310-nm combined with an InGaAs area camera with a NIR zoom microscope. Obvious differences in the crater evolution were observed between CO2 and erbium lasers. Ablation stalled after a few laser pulses without a water spray as anticipated. Efficient ablation was re-initiated by resuming the water spray. Micro-fractures were continuously produced apparently driven along prism lines during multi-pulse ablation. These fractures or fissures appeared to merge together as the crater evolved to form the leading edge of the ablation crater. These observations support the proposed thermo-mechanical mechanisms of erbium laser involving the strong mechanical forces generated by selective absorption by water.

  2. [Development and evaluation of a spectroscopy system for classification of laser-induced arterial fluorescence spectra].

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    Morguet, A J; Andreas, S; Gabriel, R E; Nyga, R; Kreuzer, H

    1997-06-01

    The present study evaluated the potential of fluorescence guidance of laser angioplasty without using a second laser for fluorescence excitation. A prototype spectroscopy system with a grating spectrograph, microchannel plate, CCD array and digital image processor on a personal computer was developed and coupled to a clinical XeCl excimer laser. Using multifibre catheters, specimens of human aorta were ablated in physiological saline and blood. The spectra thus generated were recorded and validated histologically. Five types of spectra could be differentiated. Based on a training set, classification algorithms were developed using multiple linear regression and linear discriminant analysis with intensity ratios as predictor variables. Discriminant analysis yielded prospective classification of the remaining validation spectra with high sensitivity and specificity for each type. These data demonstrate that fluorescence spectroscopy during excimer laser ablation at 308 nm does not require a diagnostic laser. Principal types of atherosclerotic lesions and the media can be differentiated spectroscopically in physiological saline and blood. PMID:9312308

  3. Photoluminescence from gas-suspended nanoparticles synthesized by laser ablation: A pathway to optimized nanomaterials

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    Geohegan, D.B.; Puretzky, A.A.; Duscher, G.; Pennycook, S.J.

    1998-02-01

    Laser ablation of solids into background gases is a proven cluster-assembly method. It was used to synthesize the first carbon fullerenes in 1985.(1) In this technique, a solid material is vaporized by a high-powered laser pulse to form a partially-ionized plasma containing atoms and small molecules. The hot plasma plume quickly expands to collisionless conditions unless confined by a background gas. In this case, the plume atoms become trapped together and can form clusters as small as a few atoms, or larger clusters of 1--10 nm diameter (25--26,000 atoms for silicon). However, until now very little was known of the temporal and spatial scales for nanoparticle formation in background gases, or how the nanoparticles are transported and deposited after their formation. It is often unclear whether nanoparticles found on substrates were grown in the gas phase or from nuclei formed on the substrate surface. Here, the formation and transport of silicon nanoparticles in laser ablation plumes is revealed by a comparison of Rayleigh-scattering and the first photoluminescence measurements of nanoparticles suspended in background gases. Combined with Z-contrast transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and high resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (HREELS) analysis of individual nanoparticles, the authors investigate their fundamental light absorption and emission properties without the influence of neighboring nanoparticles or surrounding solid or liquid hosts. Such understanding is critical for the deposition of optimized films.

  4. Structure, configuration, and sizing of Ni nanoparticles generated by ultrafast laser ablation in different media

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    Muñetón Arboleda, D.; Santillán, J. M. J.; Mendoza Herrera, L. J.; Fernández van Raap, M. B.; Muraca, D.; Schinca, D. C.; Scaffardi, L. B.

    2015-08-01

    In recent years, nickel nanoparticles (NPs) have increased scientific interest because of their extensive prospects in catalysts, information storage, large-scale batteries and biomedicine. Several works on Ni NPs generation by laser ablation have appeared in the literature in the last years, using different pulsed laser regimes and different media have been published recently. In this work we analyze the characteristics of species, structure (bare core or core-shell), configuration and size distribution of NPs generated by fs pulse laser ablation over a Ni solid target in n-heptane and water. We explore the presence of NiO-Ni core-shell and hollow Ni (or air-Ni) NPs in the colloids obtained. These were experimentally characterized using AFM and TEM microscopy, as well as Optical Extinction Spectroscopy (OES). Extinction spectra were modeled using Mie theory through an appropriate modification of the complex experimental dielectric function, taking into account a size-dependent corrective term for each free and bound electron contribution. Experimental UVvisible- NIR spectra were reproduced considering a size distribution of bare core, hollow and core-shell structures NPs. In both media, Ni NPs shape and size distribution agrees with that derived from TEM and AFM analysis.

  5. Effects of Laser Irradiation on Artwork Pigments Studied by Laser Ablation and Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry

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    Torres, R.; Jadraque, M.; Castillejo, M.; Martín, M.

    Laser ablation and time-of-flight mass spectrometric analysis of the ablation plume is used to study the different response of several inorganic pigments to laser irradiation. Lead white and lead chromate in pellets and in a binding media are studied. Lead white is compared to azurite, of similar stoichiometry. For lead white the plume composition is rather independent on laser ablation wavelength and does not show important changes after repeated laser beam exposure opposite to that observed for azurite. Ablation of lead white pellets leads to ionized and neutral Pb and PbnOmHx clusters. Much less extent of aggregation in the plume is observed for lead chromate pellets and for the lead pigments in tempera. Similarities can be found between plume composition of ablated lead white and PbO, suggesting that laser/pigment interaction involves formation of PbO, therefore providing indications of the participation of a thermal decomposition mechanism.

  6. Laser Direct Ablation of Indium Tin Oxide Films on Both Sides of Various Substrates.

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    Oh, Gi Taek; Kwon, Sang Jik; Han, Jae-Hee; Cho, Eou Sik

    2015-03-01

    We demonstrate ablation of indium tin oxide (ITO) films onto both glass and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrates, using a Q-switched diode-pumped neodymium-doped yttrium vanadate laser (Nd:YVO4, λ = 1064 nm) incident on both the front and back sides of the substrate. From scanning electron microscope (SEM) images and depth profile data, ITO patterns that were laser-ablated onto glass from the back side showed a larger abrupt change in the ablated line width than those ablated from the front. However, there were only slight differences in ablated line widths due to the direction of the incident laser beam. We provide a possible explanation in terms of several factors: dispersion of laser beam energy through the substrate, overlapping of each laser beam spot due to scanning speed, and the thickness of glass and PET substrates. PMID:26413678

  7. Laser Ablation of Dental Calculus Around 400 nm Using a Ti:Sapphire Laser

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    Schoenly, J.; Seka, W.; Rechmann, P.

    2009-10-19

    A Nd:YAG laser-pumped, frequency-doubled Ti:sapphire laser is used for selective ablation of calculus. The laser provides ?25 mJ at 400 nm (60-ns pulse width, 10-Hz repetition rate). The laser is coupled into an optical multimode fiber coiled around a 4-in.-diam drum to generate a top-hat output intensity profile. With coaxial water cooling, this is ideal for efficient, selective calculus removal. This is in stark contrast with tightly focused Gaussian beams that are energetically inefficient and lead to irreproducible results. Calculus is well ablated at high fluences ?2 J/cm^2; stalling occurs below this fluence because of photobleaching. Healthy hard tissue is not removed at fluences ?3 J/cm^2.

  8. Ablation processing of advanced materials by tailored femtosecond laser pulse

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    Obara, Minoru; Atanasov, Peter A.

    2003-11-01

    We have developed an automatic pulsewidth tunable femtosecond Ti:sapphire laser system that can generate an output of 50fs - 1ps and sub-mJ/pulse at a repetition rate of 1 kpps. The automatic pulse compressor enables one to control the pulsewidth in the range of 50fs - 1ps by use of a personal computer (PC). We describe our recent results of tailored ablation processing of advanced functional materials such as GaN, BN, and hydroxyapatite. By use of the femtosecond laser pulse tailored for a specific material, we have demonstrate precise material procesing without chemical composition change and heat affected zone. The fabrication of optical waveguide in fused silica is also described.

  9. Acoustic transient generation in pulsed holmium laser ablation under water

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    Asshauer, Thomas; Rink, Klaus; Delacretaz, Guy P.; Salathe, Rene-Paul; Gerber, Bruno E.; Frenz, Martin; Pratisto, Hans; Ith, Michael; Romano, Valerio; Weber, Heinz P.

    1994-08-01

    In this study the role of acoustical transients during pulsed holmium laser ablation is addressed. For this the collapse of cavitation bubbles generated by 2.12 micrometers Cr:Tm:Ho:YAG laser pulses delivered via a fiber in water is investigated. Multiple consecutive collapses of a single bubble generating acoustic transients are documented. Pulse durations are varied from 130 - 230 microsecond(s) and pulse energies from 20 - 800 mJ. Fiber diameters of 400 and 600 micrometers are used. The bubble collapse behavior is observed by time resolved fast flash photography with 1 microsecond(s) strobe lamp or 5 ns 1064 nm Nd:YAG laser illumination. A PVDF needle probe transducer is used to observe acoustic transients and measure their pressure amplitudes. Under certain conditions, at the end of the collapse phase the bubbles emit spherical acoustic transients of up to several hundred bars amplitude. After the first collapse up to two rebounds leading to further acoustic transient emissions are observed. Bubbles generated near a solid surface under water are attracted towards the surface during their development. The final phase of the collapse generating the acoustic transients takes place directly on the surface, exposing it to maximum pressure amplitudes. Our results indicate a possible mechanism of unwanted tissue damage during holmium laser application in a liquid environment as in arthroscopy or angioplasty that may set limits to the choice of laser pulse duration and energies.

  10. Antibacterial activity of magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles synthesized by laser ablation in liquid.

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    Ismail, Raid A; Sulaiman, Ghassan M; Abdulrahman, Safa A; Marzoog, Thorria R

    2015-08-01

    In this study, (50-110 nm) magnetic iron oxide (α-Fe2O3) nanoparticles were synthesized by pulsed laser ablation of iron target in dimethylformamide (DMF) and sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) solutions. The structural properties of the synthesized nanoparticles were investigated by using Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, UV-VIS absorption, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The effect of laser fluence on the characteristics of these nanoparticles was studied. Antibacterial activities of iron oxide nanoparticles were tested against Gram-positive; Staphylococcus aureus and Gram-negative; Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Serratia marcescens. The results showed a noteworthy inhibition on both bacterial strains. The preparation conditions were found to affect significantly the antibacterial activity of these nanoparticles. The synthesized magnetic nanoparticles were used to capture rapidly S. aureus bacteria under the magnetic field effect. PMID:26042717

  11. Below band-gap laser ablation of diamond for transmission electron microscopy

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    George, T.; Foote, M. C.; Vasquez, R. P.; Fortier, E. P.; Posthill, J. B.

    1993-01-01

    A 248 nm excimer laser was used to thin naturally occurring type 1a diamond substrates at normal and glancing (22 deg) incidence. Perforation of a 250-micron-thick substrate was achieved in about 15 min at normal incidence. While the substrate thinned at glancing incidence was found to have large electron-transparent areas, that thinned at normal incidence required additional argon-ion milling to achieve electron transparency. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy of the back surface of the diamond failed to detect any graphite or glassy carbon, confirming that damage due to laser ablation occurs only at the incident surface. Samples prepared using this technique imaged in the transmission electron microscope were observed to have retained the nitrogen platelets characteristic of such type 1a diamonds.

  12. Colloidal nanoparticles produced from Cu metal in water by laser ablation and their agglomeration

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    Im, Hee-Jung; Jung, Euo Chang

    2016-01-01

    Colloidal nanoparticles were prepared from Cu metal in water without any surfactant using a simple one-step laser ablation process with 532 nm Nd-YAG beam irradiation. A surface plasmon band of Cu nanoparticles near 580 nm was not observed; instead, oxidation of the Cu colloidal nanoparticles was noticed. This seems to be due to the partially oxidized copper oxides through the route Cu→Cu2O→CuO. Around 10-nm sized colloidal nanoparticles were agglomerated as a result of oxidation according to the time elapsed, and their sizes were increased to near 200 nm. The agglomeration was confirmed by not only images from transmission electron microscopy but also the long-term observation of the particle size distribution using photon correlation spectroscopy, laser-induced breakdown detection, and field flow fractionation.

  13. Micropillar fabrication on bovine cortical bone by direct-write femtosecond laser ablation

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    Lim, Yong C.; Altman, Katrina J.; Farson, Dave F.; Flores, Katharine M.

    2009-11-01

    We investigated fabrication of cylindrical micropillars on bovine cortical bone using direct-write femtosecond laser ablation. The ablation threshold of the material was measured by single-pulse ablation tests, and the incubation coefficient was measured from linear scanned ablation tests. A motion system was programmed to apply multiple layers of concentric rings of pulses to machine pillars of various diameters and heights. The diameter of the top surface of the pillar was found to steadily decrease due to incubation of damage from successive layers of pulses during the machining process. Pillar top diameter was predicted based on a paraxial beam fluence approximation and single-pulse ablation threshold and incubation coefficient measurements. Pillar diameters predicted as successive layers of pulses were applied were well-matched to experiments, confirming that femtosecond laser ablation of the cortical bone was well-modeled by single-pulse ablation threshold measurements and an incubation coefficient.

  14. Absence of amorphous phase in high power femtosecond laser-ablated silicon

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    Rogers, Matthew S.; Grigoropoulos, Costas P.; Minor, Andrew M.; Mao, Samuel S.

    2009-01-05

    As femtosecond lasers emerge as viable tools for advanced microscale materials processing, it becomes increasingly important to understand the characteristics of materials resulting from femtosecond laser microablation or micromachining. We conducted transmission electron microscopy experiments to investigate crater structures in silicon produced by repetitive high power femtosecond laser ablation. Comparable experiments of nanosecond laser ablation of silicon were also performed. We found that an amorphous silicon layer that is typically produced in nanosecond laser ablation is absent when the material is irradiated by high power femtosecond laser pulses. Instead, only a defective single crystalline layer was observed in the high power femtosecond laser-ablated silicon crater. Possible mechanisms underlying the formation of the defective single crystalline phase are discussed.

  15. Investigation of ultrashort pulse laser ablation of the cornea and hydrogels for eye microsurgery

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    Girard, Guillaume; Zhou, Sheng; Bigaouette, Nicolas; Brunette, Isabelle; Chaker, Mohamed; Germain, Lucie; Lavertu, Pierre-Luc; Martin, François; Olivié, Gilles; Ozaki, Tsuneyuki; Parent, Mireille; Vidal, François; Kieffer, Jean-Claude

    2004-10-01

    The Femtosecond laser is a very promising tool for performing accurate dissection in various cornea layers. Clearly, the development of this application requires basic knowledge about laser-tissue interaction. One of the most significant parameter in laser applications is the ablation threshold, defined as the minimal laser energy per unit surface required for ablation. This paper investigates the ablation threshold as a function of the laser pulse duration for two corneal layers (endothelium and epithelium) as well as for hydrogel with different hydration degrees. The measured ablation thresholds prove to behave very differently as a function of the pulse duration for the various materials investigated, although the values obtained for the shortest laser pulses are quite similar. Our experimental results are fitted with a simple model for laser-matter interaction in order to determine some intrinsic physical parameters characterizing each target.

  16. Neutral atomic jet generation by laser ablation of copper targets

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    Matos, J. B. de; Rodrigues, N. A. S.

    2014-08-15

    This work aimed the obtainment of a neutral atomic jet departing from a plume generated by laser ablation of copper targets. A pair of electrodes together with a transducer pressure sensor was used to study the ablated plume charge composition and also to measure the ion extraction from the plasma plume. The neutral beam was produced with this setup and the relative abundance of neutrals in the plasma was measured, it decreases from 30% to 8% when the laser fluence is varied from 20 J/cm{sup 2} to 32 J/cm{sup 2}. The necessary voltage to completely remove the ions from the plume varied from 10 V to 230 V in the same fluence range. TOF analysis resulted in center of mass velocities between 3.4 and 4.6 km/s, longitudinal temperature in the range from 1 × 10{sup 4} K to 2.4 × 10{sup 4} K and a Mach number of M = 2.36, calculated using purely hydrodynamic expansion approximation.

  17. Laser ablation molecular isotopic spectrometry of carbon isotopes

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    Bol'shakov, Alexander A.; Jain, Jinesh; Russo, Richard E.; McIntyre, Dustin; Mao, Xianglei

    2015-08-28

    Quantitative determination of carbon isotopes using Laser Ablation Molecular Isotopic Spectrometry (LAMIS) is described. Optical emission of diatomic molecules CN and C2 is used in these measurements. Two quantification approaches are presented:empirical calibration of spectra using a set of reference standards and numerical fitting of a simulated spectrum to the experimental one. Formation mechanisms of C2 and CN in laser ablation plasma are briefly reviewed to provide insights for implementation of LAMIS measurements. A simulated spectrum of the 12C2 Swan system was synthesized using four constituents within 473.5–476.5 nm. Simulation included three branches of 12C2 (1-0), branches R(0-0) and R(1-1), and branch P(9-8) of 12C2. Spectral positions of the tail lines in R(0-0) and R(1-1) were experimentally measured, since they were not accurately known before. The Swan band (1-0) of the isotopologue 13C12C was also simulated. Fitting to the experimental spectrumyielded the ratio 13C/12C = 1.08% in a good agreement with measurements by isotope ratio mass spectrometry. LAMIS promises to be useful in coal, oil and shale exploration, carbon sequestration monitoring, and agronomy studies

  18. Laser ablation molecular isotopic spectrometry of carbon isotopes

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    Bol?shakov, Alexander A.; Mao, Xianglei; Jain, Jinesh; McIntyre, Dustin L.; Russo, Richard E.

    2015-11-01

    Quantitative determination of carbon isotopes using Laser Ablation Molecular Isotopic Spectrometry (LAMIS) is described. Optical emission of diatomic molecules CN and C2 is used in these measurements. Two quantification approaches are presented: empirical calibration of spectra using a set of reference standards and numerical fitting of a simulated spectrum to the experimental one. Formation mechanisms of C2 and CN in laser ablation plasma are briefly reviewed to provide insights for implementation of LAMIS measurements. A simulated spectrum of the 12C2 Swan system was synthesized using four constituents within 473.5-476.5 nm. Simulation included three branches of 12C2 (1-0), branches R(0-0) and R(1-1), and branch P(9-8) of 12C2. Spectral positions of the tail lines in R(0-0) and R(1-1) were experimentally measured, since they were not accurately known before. The Swan band (1-0) of the isotopologue 13C12C was also simulated. Fitting to the experimental spectrum yielded the ratio 13C/12C = 1.08% in a good agreement with measurements by isotope ratio mass spectrometry. LAMIS promises to be useful in coal, oil and shale exploration, carbon sequestration monitoring, and agronomy studies.

  19. Laser ablation and high precision patterning of biomaterials and intraocular lenses

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    Serafetinides, A. A.; Spyratou, E.; Makropoulou, M.

    2010-10-01

    The use of intraocular lenses (IOL) is the most promising method for restoring excellent vision in cataract surgery. In addition, multifocal intraocular lenses for good distant and near vision are investigated. Several new materials, techniques and patterns are studied for the formation and etching of intraocular lenses in order to improve their optical properties and reduce the diffractive aberrations. As pulsed laser ablation is well established as a universal tool for surface processing of organic polymer materials, this study was focused in using laser ablation with short and ultra short laser pulses for surface modification of PMMA and intraocular lenses, instead of using other conventional techniques. The main advantage of using very short laser pulses, e.g. of ns, ps or fs duration, is that heat diffusion into the polymer material is negligible. As a result high precision patterning of the sample, without thermal damage of the surroundings, becomes possible. In this study, laser ablation was performed using commercially available hydrophobic acrylic IOLs, hydrophilic acrylic IOLs, and PMMA IOLs, with various diopters. We investigated the ablation efficiency and the phenomenology of the etched patterns by testing the ablation rate, versus laser energy fluence, at several wavelengths and the surface modification with atomic force microscopy (AFM), or scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The irradiated polymers have different optical properties, at the applied wavelengths, and therefore, present different ablation behaviour and morphology of the laser ablated crater walls and surrounding surfaces. The experimental results, some theoretical assumptions for mathematical modeling of the relevant ablation mechanisms are discussed.

  20. Ablation algorithms and corneal asphericity in myopic correction with excimer lasers

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    Iroshnikov, Nikita G.; Larichev, Andrey V.; Yablokov, Michail G.

    2007-06-01

    The purpose of this work is studying a corneal asphericity change after a myopic refractive correction by mean of excimer lasers. As the ablation profile shape plays a key role in the post-op corneal asphericity, ablation profiles of recent lasers should be studied. The other task of this research was to analyze operation (LASIK) outcomes of one of the lasers with generic spherical ablation profile and to compare an asphericity change with theoretical predictions. The several correction methods, like custom generated aspherical profiles, may be utilized for mitigation of unwanted effects of asphericity change. Here we also present preliminary results of such correction for one of the excimer lasers.