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  1. Pulsed laser deposition: Prospects for commercial deposition of epitaxial films

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    Muenchausen, R.E.

    1999-03-01

    Pulsed laser deposition (PLD) is a physical vapor deposition (PVD) technique for the deposition of thin films. The vapor source is induced by the flash evaporation that occurs when a laser pulse of sufficient intensity (about 100 MW/cm{sup 2}) is absorbed by a target. In this paper the author briefly defines pulsed laser deposition, current applications, research directed at gaining a better understanding of the pulsed laser deposition process, and suggests some future directions to enable commercial applications.

  2. Feedback control of pulsed laser deposition processes

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    Laube, S. J. P.; Stark, E. F.

    1993-10-01

    Implementation of closed loop feedback on PLD (pulsed laser deposition) requires actuators and sensors. Improvements in quality and reproducibility of material depositions are achieved by actuating the process towards desired operating regions. Empirical relationships are experimentally determined for describing the complex dynamical interactions of laser parameters. Feedback control based on this description can then be implemented to reduce process disorder.

  3. Nonequilibrium Interlayer Transport in Pulsed Laser Deposition

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    Tischler, Jonathan Zachary; Eres, Gyula; Larson, Ben C; Rouleau, Christopher M; Zschack, P.; Lowndes, Douglas H

    2006-01-01

    We use time-resolved surface x-ray diffraction measurements with microsecond range resolution to study the growth kinetics of pulsed laser deposited SrTiO3. Time-dependent surface coverages corresponding to single laser shots were determined directly from crystal truncation rod intensity transients. Analysis of surface coverage evolution shows that extremely fast nonequilibrium interlayer transport, which occurs concurrently with the arrival of the laser plume, dominates the deposition process. A much smaller fraction of material, which is governed by the dwell time between successive laser shots, is transferred by slow, thermally driven interlayer transport processes.

  4. Ultrashort pulse laser deposition of thin films

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    Perry, Michael D.; Banks, Paul S.; Stuart, Brent C.

    2002-01-01

    Short pulse PLD is a viable technique of producing high quality films with properties very close to that of crystalline diamond. The plasma generated using femtosecond lasers is composed of single atom ions with no clusters producing films with high Sp.sup.3 /Sp.sup.2 ratios. Using a high average power femtosecond laser system, the present invention dramatically increases deposition rates to up to 25 .mu.m/hr (which exceeds many CVD processes) while growing particulate-free films. In the present invention, deposition rates is a function of laser wavelength, laser fluence, laser spot size, and target/substrate separation. The relevant laser parameters are shown to ensure particulate-free growth, and characterizations of the films grown are made using several diagnostic techniques including electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) and Raman spectroscopy.

  5. Mirrorlike pulsed laser deposited tungsten thin film

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    Mostako, A. T. T.; Khare, Alika; Rao, C. V. S.

    2011-01-15

    Mirrorlike tungsten thin films on stainless steel substrate deposited via pulsed laser deposition technique in vacuum (10{sup -5} Torr) is reported, which may find direct application as first mirror in fusion devices. The crystal structure of tungsten film is analyzed using x-ray diffraction pattern, surface morphology of the tungsten films is studied with scanning electron microscope and atomic force microscope. The film composition is identified using energy dispersive x-ray. The specular and diffuse reflectivities with respect to stainless steel substrate of the tungsten films are recorded with FTIR spectra. The thickness and the optical quality of pulsed laser deposition deposited films are tested via interferometric technique. The reflectivity is approaching about that of the bulk for the tungsten film of thickness {approx}782 nm.

  6. Mirrorlike pulsed laser deposited tungsten thin film.

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    Mostako, A T T; Rao, C V S; Khare, Alika

    2011-01-01

    Mirrorlike tungsten thin films on stainless steel substrate deposited via pulsed laser deposition technique in vacuum (10(-5) Torr) is reported, which may find direct application as first mirror in fusion devices. The crystal structure of tungsten film is analyzed using x-ray diffraction pattern, surface morphology of the tungsten films is studied with scanning electron microscope and atomic force microscope. The film composition is identified using energy dispersive x-ray. The specular and diffuse reflectivities with respect to stainless steel substrate of the tungsten films are recorded with FTIR spectra. The thickness and the optical quality of pulsed laser deposition deposited films are tested via interferometric technique. The reflectivity is approaching about that of the bulk for the tungsten film of thickness ∼782 nm. PMID:21280810

  7. Pulsed laser deposition of pseudowollastonite coatings.

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    Fernández-Pradas, J M; Serra, P; Morenza, J L; De Aza, P N

    2002-05-01

    Pseudowollastonite (alpha-CaSiO3) is a bioactive ceramic material that induces direct bone growth. A process to obtain pseudowollastonite coatings that may be applied to implants is described and evaluated in this work. The coatings were first deposited on titanium alloy by laser ablation with a pulsed Nd:YAG laser tripled in frequency. After deposition, they were submitted to a soft laser treatment with a continuous wave Nd:YAG infrared laser. Coatings were characterised by X-ray diffractometry, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy before and after the laser treatment. As-deposited coatings are composed of pseudowollastonite and amorphous material. They have a porous structure of gathered grains and poor cohesion. After the laser treatment the coatings crystallinity and cohesion are improved. The laser treatment also makes the coatings dense and well adhered to the substrate. Therefore, this two-step process has been demonstrated as a valuable method to coat titanium implants with pseudowollastonite. PMID:11996047

  8. Ferroelectric thin films deposited by pulsed laser deposition

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    Dinu, Raluca; Vrejoiu, I.; Verardi, P.; Craciun, F.; Dinescu, Maria

    2001-06-01

    Influence of substrate and electrode on the properties of PbZr0.53Ti0.47O3 (PZT) thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition technique (1060 nm wavelength Nd:YAG laser light, 10 ns pulse duration, 10 Hz repetition rate, 0.35 J/pulse, 25 J/cm2 laser fluence, deposition rate about 1 angstrom/pulse) was studied. The substrate temperatures were in the range 380 degree(s)C-400 degree(s)C. Oriented crystalline PZT layers with 1-3 micrometers thickness were deposited on glass substrates plated with Au/Pt/NiCr electrodes, from a PZT commercial target in oxygen reactive atmosphere. The deposited PZT films with perovskite structure were preferentially oriented along the (111) direction as revealed from XRD spectra. Piezoelectric d33 coefficients up to 30 pC/N were obtained on as deposited films. Ferroelectric hysteresis loops at 100 Hz revealed a remanent polarization of 15 (mu) C/cm2 and a coercive field of 100 kV/cm. A comparison with properties of PZT films deposited using a KrF laser and with SrBi2Ta2O9 (SBT) films is reported.

  9. Pulsed laser deposition of zeolitic membranes

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    Peachey, N.M.; Dye, R.C.; Ries, P.D.

    1995-02-01

    The pulsed laser deposition of zeolites to form zeolitic thin films is described. Films were grown using both mordenite and faujasite targets and were deposited on various substrates. The optimal films were obtained when the target and substrate were separated by 5 cm. These films are comprised of small crystallites embedded in an amorphous matrix. Transmission electron microscopy reveals that the amorphous material is largely porous and that the pores appear to be close to the same size as the parent zeolite. Zeolotic thin films are of interest for sensor, gas separation, and catalytic applications.

  10. Pulsed laser deposition of pepsin thin films

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    Kecskeméti, G.; Kresz, N.; Smausz, T.; Hopp, B.; Nógrádi, A.

    2005-07-01

    Pulsed laser deposition (PLD) of organic and biological thin films has been extensively studied due to its importance in medical applications among others. Our investigations and results on PLD of a digestion catalyzing enzyme, pepsin, are presented. Targets pressed from pepsin powder were ablated with pulses of an ArF excimer laser ( λ = 193 nm, FWHM = 30 ns), the applied fluence was varied between 0.24 and 5.1 J/cm 2. The pressure in the PLD chamber was 2.7 × 10 -3 Pa. The thin layers were deposited onto glass and KBr substrates. Our IR spectroscopic measurements proved that the chemical composition of deposited thin films is similar to that of the target material deposited at 0.5 and 1.3 J/cm 2. The protein digesting capacity of the transferred pepsin was tested by adapting a modified "protein cube" method. Dissolution of the ovalbumin sections proved that the deposited layers consisted of catalytically active pepsin.

  11. A new pulsed laser deposition technique: scanning multi-component pulsed laser deposition method.

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    Fischer, D; de la Fuente, G F; Jansen, M

    2012-04-01

    The scanning multi-component pulsed laser deposition (PLD) method realizes uniform depositions of desired coatings by a modified pulsed laser deposition process, preferably with a femto-second laser-system. Multi-component coatings (single or multilayered) are thus deposited onto substrates via laser induced ablation of segmented targets. This is achieved via horizontal line-scanning of a focused laser beam over a uniformly moving target's surface. This process allows to deposit the desired composition of the coating simultaneously, starting from the different segments of the target and adjusting the scan line as a function of target geometry. The sequence and thickness of multilayers can easily be adjusted by target architecture and motion, enabling inter/intra layer concentration gradients and thus functional gradient coatings. This new, simple PLD method enables the achievement of uniform, large-area coatings. Case studies were performed with segmented targets containing aluminum, titanium, and niobium. Under the laser irradiation conditions applied, all three metals were uniformly ablated. The elemental composition within the rough coatings obtained was fixed by the scanned area to Ti-Al-Nb = 1:1:1. Crystalline aluminum, titanium, and niobium were found to coexist side by side at room temperature within the substrate, without alloy formation up to 600 °C. PMID:22559543

  12. A new pulsed laser deposition technique: Scanning multi-component pulsed laser deposition method

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    Fischer, D.; Jansen, M.; Fuente, G. F. de la

    2012-04-15

    The scanning multi-component pulsed laser deposition (PLD) method realizes uniform depositions of desired coatings by a modified pulsed laser deposition process, preferably with a femto-second laser-system. Multi-component coatings (single or multilayered) are thus deposited onto substrates via laser induced ablation of segmented targets. This is achieved via horizontal line-scanning of a focused laser beam over a uniformly moving target's surface. This process allows to deposit the desired composition of the coating simultaneously, starting from the different segments of the target and adjusting the scan line as a function of target geometry. The sequence and thickness of multilayers can easily be adjusted by target architecture and motion, enabling inter/intra layer concentration gradients and thus functional gradient coatings. This new, simple PLD method enables the achievement of uniform, large-area coatings. Case studies were performed with segmented targets containing aluminum, titanium, and niobium. Under the laser irradiation conditions applied, all three metals were uniformly ablated. The elemental composition within the rough coatings obtained was fixed by the scanned area to Ti-Al-Nb = 1:1:1. Crystalline aluminum, titanium, and niobium were found to coexist side by side at room temperature within the substrate, without alloy formation up to 600 deg. C.

  13. 25 years of pulsed laser deposition

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    Lorenz, Michael; Ramachandra Rao, M. S.

    2014-01-01

    It is our pleasure to introduce this special issue appearing on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of pulsed laser deposition (PLD), which is today one of the most versatile growth techniques for oxide thin films and nanostructures. Ever since its invention, PLD has revolutionized the research on advanced functional oxides due to its ability to yield high-quality thin films, multilayers and heterostructures of a variety of multi-element material systems with rather simple technical means. We appreciate that the use of lasers to deposit films via ablation (now termed PLD) has been known since the 1960s after the invention of the first ruby laser. However, in the first two decades, PLD was something of a 'sleeping beauty' with only a few publications per year, as shown below. This state of hibernation ended abruptly with the advent of high T c superconductor research when scientists needed to grow high-quality thin films of multi-component high T c oxide systems. When most of the conventional growth techniques failed, the invention of PLD by T (Venky) Venkatesan clearly demonstrated that the newly discovered high-T c superconductor, YBa2Cu3O7-δ , could be stoichiometrically deposited as a high-quality nm-thin film with PLD [1]. As a remarkable highlight of this special issue, Venkatesan gives us his very personal reminiscence on these particularly innovative years of PLD beginning in 1986 [2]. After Venky's first paper [1], the importance of this invention was realized worldwide and the number of publications on PLD increased exponentially, as shown in figure 1. Figure 1. Figure 1. Published items per year with title or topic PLD. Data from Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge in September 2013. After publication of Venky's famous paper in 1987 [1], the story of PLD's success began with a sudden jump in the number of publications, about 25 years ago. A first PLD textbook covering its basic understanding was soon published, in 1994, by Chrisey and Hubler [3]. Within a

  14. Hemocompatible, pulsed laser deposited coatings on polymers.

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    Lackner, Juergen M; Waldhauser, Wolfgang; Major, Roman; Major, Boguslaw; Bruckert, Franz

    2010-02-01

    State-of-the-art non-thrombogenic blood contacting surfaces are based on heparin and struggle with the problem of bleeding. However, appropriate blood flow characteristics are essential for clinical application. Thus, there is increasing demand to develop new coating materials for improved human body acceptance. Materials deposited by vacuum coating techniques would be an excellent alternative if the coating temperatures can be kept low because of the applied substrate materials of low temperature resistance (polymers). Most of the recently used plasma-based deposition techniques cannot fulfill this demand. However, adequate film structure and high adhesion can be reached by the pulsed laser deposition at room temperature, which was developed to an industrial-scaled process at Laser Center Leoben. Here, this process is described in detail and the resulting structural film properties are shown for titanium, titanium nitride, titanium carbonitride, and diamond-like carbon on polyurethane, titanium and silicon substrates. Additionally, we present the biological response of blood cells and the kinetic mechanism of eukaryote cell attachment. In conclusion, high biological acceptance and distinct differences for the critical delamination shear stress were found for the coatings, indicating higher adhesion at higher carbon contents. PMID:20128746

  15. Pulsed Laser Deposition of Oxide Thin Films

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    Brodoceanu, D.; Scarisoreanu, N. D.; Filipescu, M. (Morar); Epurescu, G. N.; Matei, D. G.; Verardi, P.; Craciun, F.; Dinescu, M.

    2004-10-01

    Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) emerged as an attractive technique for growth of thin films with different properties as metals, semiconductors, ferroelectrics, biocompatibles, polymers, etc., due to its important advantages: (i) the stoichiometric transfer of a complex composition from target to film and film crystallization at lower substrate temperature respect to other techniques (due to the high energy of species in the laser plasma); (ii) single step process, synthesis and deposition; (iii) creation in plasma of species impossible to be obtained by other processes; (iv) possibility of "in situ" heterostructure deposition using a multi-target system, etc. Simple or complex oxides are between the materials widely studied for their applications. PMN is the most known relaxor ferroelectric material: it exhibits a high dielectric constant value around the (diffuse) maximum phase transition temperature, of more than 35 000 in bulk form. Other oxides as lead zirconate titanate, Pb(ZrxTi1-x)O3 simple or La doped exhibit exceptional properties as large remanent polarization, high dielectric permittivity, high piezoelectric coefficient. SrBi2Ta2O9 (SBT) is characterized by a high "fatigue resistance" (constant remanent polarization until 1012 switching cycles), low imprint, and low leakage current. The physical properties of zirconium oxide (or zirconia) -- high strength, stability at high temperatures -- make it useful for applications involving gas sensors, corrosion or heat resistant mechanical parts, high refractive index optical coatings. Of particular interest is its use as an alternative gate dielectric in metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) devices or capacitor in dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chips. All these oxides have been deposited by laser ablation in oxygen reactive atmosphere and some of their properties will be presented in this paper.

  16. Nanosecond laser ablation for pulsed laser deposition of yttria

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    Sinha, Sucharita

    2013-09-01

    A thermal model to describe high-power nanosecond pulsed laser ablation of yttria (Y2O3) has been developed. This model simulates ablation of material occurring primarily through vaporization and also accounts for attenuation of the incident laser beam in the evolving vapor plume. Theoretical estimates of process features such as time evolution of target temperature distribution, melt depth and ablation rate and their dependence on laser parameters particularly for laser fluences in the range of 6 to 30 J/cm2 are investigated. Calculated maximum surface temperatures when compared with the estimated critical temperature for yttria indicate absence of explosive boiling at typical laser fluxes of 10 to 30 J/cm2. Material ejection in large fragments associated with explosive boiling of the target needs to be avoided when depositing thin films via the pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique as it leads to coatings with high residual porosity and poor compaction restricting the protective quality of such corrosion-resistant yttria coatings. Our model calculations facilitate proper selection of laser parameters to be employed for deposition of PLD yttria corrosion-resistive coatings. Such coatings have been found to be highly effective in handling and containment of liquid uranium.

  17. 25 years of pulsed laser deposition

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    Lorenz, Michael; Ramachandra Rao, M. S.

    2014-01-01

    It is our pleasure to introduce this special issue appearing on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of pulsed laser deposition (PLD), which is today one of the most versatile growth techniques for oxide thin films and nanostructures. Ever since its invention, PLD has revolutionized the research on advanced functional oxides due to its ability to yield high-quality thin films, multilayers and heterostructures of a variety of multi-element material systems with rather simple technical means. We appreciate that the use of lasers to deposit films via ablation (now termed PLD) has been known since the 1960s after the invention of the first ruby laser. However, in the first two decades, PLD was something of a 'sleeping beauty' with only a few publications per year, as shown below. This state of hibernation ended abruptly with the advent of high T c superconductor research when scientists needed to grow high-quality thin films of multi-component high T c oxide systems. When most of the conventional growth techniques failed, the invention of PLD by T (Venky) Venkatesan clearly demonstrated that the newly discovered high-T c superconductor, YBa2Cu3O7-δ , could be stoichiometrically deposited as a high-quality nm-thin film with PLD [1]. As a remarkable highlight of this special issue, Venkatesan gives us his very personal reminiscence on these particularly innovative years of PLD beginning in 1986 [2]. After Venky's first paper [1], the importance of this invention was realized worldwide and the number of publications on PLD increased exponentially, as shown in figure 1. Figure 1. Figure 1. Published items per year with title or topic PLD. Data from Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge in September 2013. After publication of Venky's famous paper in 1987 [1], the story of PLD's success began with a sudden jump in the number of publications, about 25 years ago. A first PLD textbook covering its basic understanding was soon published, in 1994, by Chrisey and Hubler [3]. Within a

  18. Wavelength Effects In Femtosecond Pulsed Laser Ablation And Deposition

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    Castillejo, Marta; Nalda, Rebeca de; Oujja, Mohamed; Sanz, Mikel

    2010-10-08

    Ultrafast pulsed laser irradiation of solid materials is highly attractive for the micro-and nanostructuring of substrates and for the fabrication of nanostructured deposits. Femtosecond laser pulses promote efficient material removal with reduced heat transfer and high deposition rates of nanometer scale particles free of microscopic particulates. Most of the studies to date have been performed with light pulses centered around the peak wavelength of the Titanium:Sapphire laser, around 800 nm. Analysis of the process over a broader range of wavelengths can provide important information about the processes involved and serve as experimental tests for advanced theoretical models. We report on our current investigations on the effect that laser wavelength of femtosecond pulses has on the superficial nanostructuring induced on biopolymer substrates, and on the characteristics of nanostructured deposits grown by pulsed laser deposition from semiconductor targets.

  19. Pulsed laser ablation and deposition of niobium carbide

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

    2016-06-01

    NbC crystalline films have been deposited in vacuum by ultra-short pulsed laser deposition technique. The films have been characterized by transmission and scanning electron microscopies and by X-ray diffraction. To clarify the ablation-deposition mechanism, the plasma produced by the ablation process has been characterized by optical emission spectroscopy and fast imaging. A comparison of the results with those obtained by ns pulsed deposition of the same target has been carried out.

  20. Self-directed control of pulsed laser deposition

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    Stark, E. F.; Laube, S. J. P.

    1993-10-01

    Implementation of self-directed control of pulsed laser deposition (PLD) requires actuators, sensors, and a materials and processing knowledge base. Improvements in quality and reproducibility of material deposits are achieved by driving the process toward desired operating regions. Empirical relationships are determined experimentally to describe the complex dynamical interactions of laser parameters. Feedback control based on this description can then be implemented to reduce process disorder and effectively produce consistent coatings with desired properties.

  1. Nanosecond laser-induced phase transitions in pulsed laser deposition-deposited GeTe films

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    Sun, Xinxing Thelander, Erik; Lorenz, Pierre; Gerlach, Jürgen W.; Decker, Ulrich; Rauschenbach, Bernd

    2014-10-07

    Phase transformations between amorphous and crystalline states induced by irradiation of pulsed laser deposition grown GeTe thin films with nanosecond laser pulses at 248 nm and pulse duration of 20 ns are studied. Structural and optical properties of the Ge-Te phase-change films were studied by X-ray diffraction and optical reflectivity measurements as a function of the number of laser pulses between 0 and 30 pulses and of the laser fluence up to 195 mJ/cm². A reversible phase transition by using pulse numbers ≥ 5 at a fluence above the threshold fluence between 11 and 14 mJ/cm² for crystallization and single pulses at a fluence between 162 and 182 mJ/cm² for amorphization could be proved. For laser fluences from 36 up to 130 mJ/cm², a high optical contrast of 14.7% between the amorphous and crystalline state is measured. A simple model is used that allows the discussion on the distribution of temperature in dependency on the laser fluence.

  2. Pulsed laser deposition: the road to hybrid nanocomposites coatings and novel pulsed laser adaptive technique.

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    Serbezov, Valery

    2013-01-01

    The applications of Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) for producing nanoparticles, nanostructures and nanocomposites coatings based on recently developed laser ablating techniques and their convergence are being reviewed. The problems of in situ synthesis of hybrid inorganic-organic nanocomposites coatings by these techniques are being discussed. The novel modification of PLD called Pulsed Laser Adaptive Deposition (PLAD) technique is presented. The in situ synthesized inorganic/organic nanocomposites coatings from Magnesium (Mg) alloy/Rhodamine B and Mg alloy/ Desoximetasone by PLAD are described. The trends, applications and future development of discussed patented methods based on the laser ablating technologies for producing hybrid nanocomposite coatings have also been discussed in this review. PMID:22747717

  3. Pulsed laser deposition of anatase thin films on textile substrates

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    Krämer, André; Kunz, Clemens; Gräf, Stephan; Müller, Frank A.

    2015-10-01

    Pulsed laser deposition (PLD) is a highly versatile tool to prepare functional thin film coatings. In our study we utilised a Q-switched CO2 laser with a pulse duration τ ≈ 300 ns, a laser wavelength λ = 10.59 μm, a repetition frequency frep = 800 Hz and a peak power Ppeak = 15 kW to deposit crystalline anatase thin films on carbon fibre fabrics. For this purpose, preparatory experiments were performed on silicon substrates to optimise the anatase deposition conditions including the influence of different substrate temperatures and oxygen partial pressures. Processing parameters were then transferred to deposit anatase on carbon fibres. Scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction analyses, Raman spectroscopy and tactile profilometry were used to characterise the samples and to reveal the formation of phase pure anatase without the occurrence of a secondary rutile phase. Methanol conversion test were used to prove the photocatalytic activity of the coated carbon fibres.

  4. Fabrication of alkali halide UV photocathodes by pulsed laser deposition

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    Brendel', V M; Bukin, V V; Garnov, Sergei V; Bagdasarov, V Kh; Denisov, N N; Garanin, Sergey G; Terekhin, V A; Trutnev, Yurii A

    2012-12-31

    A technique has been proposed for the fabrication of atmospheric corrosion resistant alkali halide UV photocathodes by pulsed laser deposition. We produced photocathodes with a highly homogeneous photoemissive layer well-adherent to the substrate. The photocathodes were mounted in a vacuum photodiode, and a tungsten grid was used as an anode. Using pulsed UV lasers, we carried out experiments aimed at evaluating the quantum efficiency of the photocathodes. With a dc voltage applied between the photocathode and anode grid, we measured a shunt signal proportional to the total charge emitted by the cathode exposed to UV laser light. The proposed deposition technique enables one to produce photocathodes with photoemissive layers highly uniform in quantum efficiency, which is its main advantage over thin film growth by resistive evaporation. (laser technologies)

  5. Stabilizing laser energy density on a target during pulsed laser deposition of thin films

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    Dowden, Paul C.; Jia, Quanxi

    2016-05-31

    A process for stabilizing laser energy density on a target surface during pulsed laser deposition of thin films controls the focused laser spot on the target. The process involves imaging an image-aperture positioned in the beamline. This eliminates changes in the beam dimensions of the laser. A continuously variable attenuator located in between the output of the laser and the imaged image-aperture adjusts the energy to a desired level by running the laser in a "constant voltage" mode. The process provides reproducibility and controllability for deposition of electronic thin films by pulsed laser deposition.

  6. Resonant infrared pulsed laser deposition of cyclic olefin copolymer films

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    Singaravelu, S.; Klopf, J. M.; Schriver, K. E.; Park, H. K.; Kelley, M. J.; Haglund, R. F.

    2014-03-01

    Barrier materials on thin-film organic optoelectronic devices inhibit the uptake of water, oxygen, or environmental contaminants, and fabricating them is a major challenge. By definition, these barrier layers must be insoluble, so the usual routes to polymer- or organic-film deposition by spin coating are not problematic. In this paper, we report comparative studies of pulsed laser deposition of cyclic olefin copolymer (COC), an excellent moisture barrier and a model system for a larger class of protective materials that are potentially useful in organic electronic devices, such as organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). Thin films of COC were deposited by resonant and nonresonant infrared pulsed laser ablation of solid COC targets, using a free-electron laser tuned to the 3.43 μm C-H stretch of the COC, and a high-intensity nanosecond Q-switched laser operated at 1064 nm. The ablation craters and deposited films were characterized by scanning-electron microscopy, Fourier-transform infrared spectrometry, atomic-force microscopy, high-resolution optical microscopy, and surface profilometry. Thermal-diffusion calculations were performed to determine the temperature rise induced in the film at the C-H resonant wavelength. The results show that resonant infrared pulsed laser deposition (RIR-PLD) is an effective, low-temperature thin-film deposition technique that leads to evaporation and deposition of intact molecules in homogeneous, smooth films. Nonresonant PLD, on the other hand, leads to photothermal damage, degradation of the COC polymers, and to the deposition only of particulates.

  7. Resonant infrared pulsed laser deposition of cyclic olefin copolymer films

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    Singaravelu, Senthil R.; Klopf, John M.; Schriver, Kenneth E.; Park, HyeKyoung; Kelley, Michael J.; Haglund, Jr., Richard F.

    2013-08-01

    Barrier materials on thin-film organic optoelectronic devices inhibit the uptake of water, oxygen, or environmental contaminants, and fabricating them is a major challenge. By definition, these barrier layers must be insoluble, so the usual routes to polymer- or organic-film deposition by spin coating are not problematic. In this paper, we report comparative studies of pulsed laser deposition of cyclic olefin copolymer (COC), an excellent moisture barrier and a model system for a larger class of protective materials that are potentially useful in organic electronic devices, such as organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). Thin films of COC were deposited by resonant and nonresonant infrared pulsed laser ablation of solid COC targets, using a free-electron laser tuned to the 3.43 μm C–H stretch of the COC, and a high-intensity nanosecond Q-switched laser operated at 1064 nm. The ablation craters and deposited films were characterized by scanning-electron microscopy, Fourier-transform infrared spectrometry, atomic-force microscopy, high-resolution optical microscopy, and surface profilometry. Thermal-diffusion calculations were performed to determine the temperature rise induced in the film at the C–H resonant wavelength. The results show that resonant infrared pulsed laser deposition (RIR-PLD) is an effective, low-temperature thin-film deposition technique that leads to evaporation and deposition of intact molecules in homogeneous, smooth films. Nonresonant PLD, on the other hand, leads to photothermal damage, degradation of the COC polymers, and to the deposition only of particulates.

  8. Pulsed laser deposition of niobium nitride thin films

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    Farha, Ashraf Hassan Elsayed-Ali, Hani E.; Ufuktepe, Yüksel; Myneni, Ganapati

    2015-12-04

    Niobium nitride (NbN{sub x}) films were grown on Nb and Si(100) substrates using pulsed laser deposition. NbN{sub x} films were deposited on Nb substrates using PLD with a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser (λ = 1064 nm, ∼40 ns pulse width, and 10 Hz repetition rate) at different laser fluences, nitrogen background pressures and deposition substrate temperatures. When all the fabrication parameters are fixed, except for the laser fluence, the surface roughness, nitrogen content, and grain size increase with increasing laser fluence. Increasing nitrogen background pressure leads to a change in the phase structure of the NbN{sub x} films from mixed β-Nb{sub 2}N and cubic δ-NbN phases to single hexagonal β-Nb{sub 2}N. The substrate temperature affects the preferred orientation of the crystal structure. The structural and electronic, properties of NbN{sub x} deposited on Si(100) were also investigated. The NbN{sub x} films exhibited a cubic δ-NbN with a strong (111) orientation. A correlation between surface morphology, electronic, and superconducting properties was found. The observations establish guidelines for adjusting the deposition parameters to achieve the desired NbN{sub x} film morphology and phase.

  9. Lipase biofilm deposited by Matrix Assisted Pulsed Laser Evaporation technique

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    Aronne, Antonio; Bloisi, Francesco; Calabria, Raffaela; Califano, Valeria; Depero, Laura E.; Fanelli, Esther; Federici, Stefania; Massoli, Patrizio; Vicari, Luciano R. M.

    2015-05-01

    Lipase is an enzyme that finds application in biodiesel production and for detection of esters and triglycerides in biosensors. Matrix Assisted Pulsed Laser Evaporation (MAPLE), a technique derived from Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) for deposition of undamaged biomolecules or polymers, is characterized by the use of a frozen target obtained from a solution/suspension of the guest material (to be deposited) in a volatile matrix (solvent). The presence of the solvent avoids or at least reduces the potential damage of guest molecules by laser radiation but only the guest material reaches the substrate in an essentially solvent-free deposition. MAPLE can be used for enzymes immobilization, essential for industrial application, allowing the development of continuous processes, an easier separation of products, the reuse of the catalyst and, in some cases, enhancing enzyme properties (pH, temperature stability, etc.) and catalytic activity in non-aqueous media. Here we show that MAPLE technique can be used to deposit undamaged lipase and that the complex structure (due to droplets generated during extraction from target) of the deposited material can be controlled by changing the laser beam fluence.

  10. Pulsed Laser Deposition of High Temperature Protonic Films

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    Dynys, Fred W.; Berger, M. H.; Sayir, Ali

    2006-01-01

    Pulsed laser deposition has been used to fabricate nanostructured BaCe(0.85)Y(0.15)O3- sigma) films. Protonic conduction of fabricated BaCe(0.85)Y(0.15)O(3-sigma) films was compared to sintered BaCe(0.85)Y(0.15)O(3-sigma). Sintered samples and laser targets were prepared by sintering BaCe(0.85)Y(0.15)O(3-sigma) powders derived by solid state synthesis. Films 1 to 8 micron thick were deposited by KrF excimer laser on porous Al2O3 substrates. Thin films were fabricated at deposition temperatures of 700 to 950 C at O2 pressures up to 200 mTorr using laser pulse energies of 0.45 - 0.95 J. Fabricated films were characterized by X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy and electrical impedance spectroscopy. Single phase BaCe(0.85)Y(0.15)O(3-sigma) films with a columnar growth morphology are observed with preferred crystal growth along the [100] or [001] direction. Results indicate [100] growth dependence upon laser pulse energy. Electrical conductivity of bulk samples produced by solid state sintering and thin film samples were measured over a temperature range of 100 C to 900 C. Electrical conduction behavior was dependent upon film deposition temperature. Maximum conductivity occurs at deposition temperature of 900 oC; the electrical conductivity exceeds the sintered specimen. All other deposited films exhibit a lower electrical conductivity than the sintered specimen. Activation energy for electrical conduction showed dependence upon deposition temperature, it varied

  11. Fabrication of alkali halide UV photocathodes by pulsed laser deposition

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    Brendel', V. M.; Bukin, V. V.; Garnov, Sergei V.; Bagdasarov, V. Kh; Denisov, N. N.; Garanin, Sergey G.; Terekhin, V. A.; Trutnev, Yurii A.

    2012-12-01

    A technique has been proposed for the fabrication of atmospheric corrosion resistant alkali halide UV photocathodes by pulsed laser deposition. We produced photocathodes with a highly homogeneous photoemissive layer well-adherent to the substrate. The photocathodes were mounted in a vacuum photodiode, and a tungsten grid was used as an anode. Using pulsed UV lasers, we carried out experiments aimed at evaluating the quantum efficiency of the photocathodes. With a dc voltage applied between the photocathode and anode grid, we measured a shunt signal proportional to the total charge emitted by the cathode exposed to UV laser light. The proposed deposition technique enables one to produce photocathodes with photoemissive layers highly uniform in quantum efficiency, which is its main advantage over thin film growth by resistive evaporation.

  12. History and current status of commercial pulsed laser deposition equipment

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    Greer, James A.

    2014-01-01

    This paper will review the history of the scale-up of the pulsed laser deposition (PLD) process from small areas ∼1 cm2 up to 10 m2 starting in about 1987. It also documents the history of commercialization of PLD as various companies become involved in selling fully integrated laser deposition tools starting in 1989. The paper will highlight the current state of the art of commercial PLD equipment for R&D that is available on the market today from mainstream vendors as well as production-oriented applications directed at piezo-electric materials for microelectromechanical systems and high-temperature superconductors for coated-conductor applications. The paper clearly demonstrates that considerable improvements have been made to scaling this unique physical vapour deposition process to useful substrate sizes, and that commercial deposition equipment is readily available from a variety of vendors to address a wide variety of technologically important thin-film applications.

  13. Pulsed laser deposition and characterization of cellulase thin films

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    Cicco, N.; Morone, A.; Verrastro, M.; Viggiano, V.

    2013-08-01

    Thin films of cellulase were obtained by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) on an appropriate substrate. Glycoside hydrolase cellulase has received our attention because it emerges among the antifouling enzymes (enzymes being able to remove and prevent the formation of micro-organism biofilms) used in industry and medicine field. Pressed cellulase pellets, used as target material, were ablated with pulses of a Nd-YAG laser working at wavelength of 532 nm. In this work, we evaluated the impact of PLD technique both on molecular structure and hydrolytic activity of cellulase. Characteristic chemical bonds and morphology of deposited layers were investigated by FTIR spectroscopy and SEM respectively. The hydrolytic activity of cellulase thin films was detected by a colorimetric assay.

  14. Formation of ultrasmooth thin silver films by pulsed laser deposition

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    Kuznetsov, I. A.; Garaeva, M. Ya.; Mamichev, D. A. Grishchenko, Yu. V.; Zanaveskin, M. L.

    2013-09-15

    Ultrasmooth thin silver films have been formed on a quartz substrate with a buffer yttrium oxide layer by pulsed laser deposition. The dependence of the surface morphology of the film on the gas (N{sub 2}) pressure in the working chamber and laser pulse energy is investigated. It is found that the conditions of film growth are optimal at a gas pressure of 10{sup -2} Torr and lowest pulse energy. The silver films formed under these conditions on a quartz substrate with an initial surface roughness of 0.3 nm had a surface roughness of 0.36 nm. These films can be used as a basis for various optoelectronics and nanoplasmonics elements.

  15. [INVITED] Control of femtosecond pulsed laser ablation and deposition by temporal pulse shaping

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    Garrelie, Florence; Bourquard, Florent; Loir, Anne--Sophie; Donnet, Christophe; Colombier, Jean-Philippe

    2016-04-01

    This study explores the effects of temporal laser pulse shaping on femtosecond pulsed laser deposition (PLD). The potential of laser pulses temporally tailored on ultrafast time scales is used to control the expansion and the excitation degree of ablation products including atomic species and nanoparticles. The ablation plume generated by temporally shaped femtosecond pulsed laser ablation of aluminum and graphite targets is studied by in situ optical diagnostic methods. Taking advantage of automated pulse shaping techniques, an adaptive procedure based on spectroscopic feedback regulates the irradiance for the enhancement of typical plasma features. Thin films elaborated by unshaped femtosecond laser pulses and by optimized sequence indicate that the nanoparticles generation efficiency is strongly influenced by the temporal shaping of the laser irradiation. The ablation processes leading either to the generation of the nanoparticles either to the formation of plasma can be favored by using a temporal shaping of the laser pulse. Insights are given on the possibility to control the quantity of the nanoparticles. The temporal laser pulse shaping is shown also to strongly modify the laser-induced plasma contents and kinetics for graphite ablation. Temporal pulse shaping proves its capability to reduce the number of slow radicals while increasing the proportion of monomers, with the addition of ionized species in front of the plume. This modification of the composition and kinetics of plumes in graphite ablation using temporal laser pulse shaping is discussed in terms of modification of the structural properties of deposited Diamond-Like Carbon films (DLC). This gives rise to a better understanding of the growth processes involved in femtosecond-PLD and picosecond-PLD of DLC suggesting the importance of neutral C atoms, which are responsible for the subplantation process.

  16. Pulsed laser deposition and characterization of ZnO nanopores

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    Ghosh, Poulami; Sharma, Ashwini K.

    2016-04-01

    We report on the deposition and characterization of ZnO nanopore structures by pulsed laser deposition technique at a fixed substrate temperature and at different deposition times on a silicon (100) substrate. X-ray diffraction shows that ZnO nanopore structures are highly oriented along c-axis. Morphological analysis of the nanostructures studied by FESEM and AFM confirms the pores nature of the structures. The morphological evolution of the nanostructures as a function of deposition time is discussed on the basis of Stranski-Krastanov growth model. Optical properties of the nanostructures studied by photoluminescence spectra indicate that the observed transitions are from near band edge as well as from defect-related states.

  17. Chromium carbide thin films deposited by ultra-short pulse laser deposition

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    Teghil, R.; Santagata, A.; De Bonis, A.; Galasso, A.; Villani, P.

    2009-06-01

    Pulsed laser deposition performed by a laser with a pulse duration of 250 fs has been used to deposit films from a Cr 3C 2 target. Due to the different processes involved in the laser ablation when it is performed by an ultra-short pulse source instead of a conventional short pulse one, it has been possible to obtain in vacuum films containing only one type of carbide, Cr 3C 2, as shown by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. On the other hand, Cr 3C 2 is not the only component of the films, since a large amount of amorphous carbon is also present. The films, deposited at room temperature, are amorphous and seem to be formed by the coalescence of a large number of particles with nanometric size. The film composition can be explained in terms of thermal evaporation from particles ejected from the target.

  18. Infrared Pulsed Laser Deposition: Applications in Photonics and Biomedical Technologies

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    Haglund, Richard

    2006-04-01

    Resonant infrared pulsed-laser deposition (RIR-PLD) shows significant promise for synthesizing thin films of small organic molecules, thermoplastic and thermosetting polymers and biopolymers, without compromising structure or functionality. This contrasts with most attempts at UV-PLD of organic materials, which have often been accompanied by severe photochemical or photothermal degradation of the ablated material. Representative recent successes in RIR-PLD include deposition of: polymers for light emission and hole transport; functionalized polymers and nanoparticles for chemical and biological sensing; and biocompatible polymers suitable for coating medical devices or drug-delivery vehicles. Plume imaging and various other optical- and mass-spectroscopy experiments appear to confirm that polymers or organic molecules ablated by resonant infrared laser irradiation experience a high spatial and temporal density of vibrational excitation, but tend to remain in the electronic ground state. The mechanism of RIR-PLD is observed to depend on the anharmonicity of the mid-infrared absorption modes, their finite relaxation time, mode-specific nonlinear absorption, and rapid changes in polymer viscosity as a function of temperature. Many of the RIR-PLD experiments to date were carried out using a tunable, mid-infrared, picosecond free-electron laser. However, if RIR-PLD is to become a practical tool for making organic thin films, it will be necessary to develop more conventional lasers that can achieve a similar combination of high pulse intensity, low pulse energy, high pulse-repetition frequency and moderate average power. In conclusion, the prospects for developing precisely such table-top RIR-PLD systems will be discussed.

  19. Drastic deviations from stoichiometry transfer during pulsed laser deposition

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    Dittrich, Arne; Eberl, Christian; Schlenkrich, Susanne; Schlenkrich, Felix; Döring, Florian; Krebs, Hans-Ulrich

    2016-04-01

    In common, one of the most characteristic properties of pulsed laser deposition is the stoichiometry transfer between target and substrate, which has been used heavily for many complex systems. In this paper we show that it is yet possible to obtain drastic deviations from stoichiometry transfer in a binary system by just varying the fluence during laser deposition. In the W-Cu system, the W concentration of films grown from a composite W60Cu40 target (60 wt% W) was indeed continuously changed over an unprecedented large range of 0-70 wt% W. Close to the deposition threshold, pure Cu films are formed due to the much higher vapor pressure of Cu. At higher laser fluences, more and more W-rich W-Cu alloy samples are obtained, since ion implantation and intermixing processes occur. These alloys can reach W contents even higher than that of the target because of enhanced resputtering and reflection of the lighter Cu atoms at the film surface. Stoichiometric films with 60 wt% of W are only obtained at laser fluences around 2.7 J/cm2, when the strong Cu evaporation from the target and reflection and resputtering effects of Cu at the film surface are in balance.

  20. Femtosecond pulsed laser deposition of biological and biocompatible thin layers

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    Hopp, B.; Smausz, T.; Kecskeméti, G.; Klini, A.; Bor, Zs.

    2007-07-01

    In our study we investigate and report the femtosecond pulsed laser deposition of biological and biocompatible materials. Teflon, polyhydroxybutyrate, polyglycolic-acid, pepsin and tooth in the form of pressed pellets were used as target materials. Thin layers were deposited using pulses from a femtosecond KrF excimer laser system (FWHM = 450 fs, λ = 248 nm, f = 10 Hz) at different fluences: 0.6, 0.9, 1.6, 2.2, 2.8 and 3.5 J/cm 2, respectively. Potassium bromide were used as substrates for diagnostic measurements of the films on a FTIR spectrometer. The pressure in the PLD chamber was 1 × 10 -3 Pa, and in the case of tooth and Teflon the substrates were heated at 250 °C. Under the optimized conditions the chemical structure of the deposited materials seemed to be largely preserved as evidenced by the corresponding IR spectra. The polyglycolic-acid films showed new spectral features indicating considerable morphological changes during PLD. Surface structure and thickness of the layers deposited on Si substrates were examined by an atomic force microscopy (AFM) and a surface profilometer. An empirical model has been elaborated for the description of the femtosecond PLD process. According to this the laser photons are absorbed in the surface layer of target resulting in chemical dissociation of molecules. The fast decomposition causes explosion-like gas expansion generating recoil forces which can tear off and accelerate solid particles. These grains containing target molecules without any chemical damages are ejected from the target and deposited onto the substrate forming a thin layer.

  1. Soft X-Ray Optics by Pulsed Laser Deposition

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    Fernandez, Felix E.

    1996-01-01

    Mo/Si and C/Co multilayers for soft x-ray optics were designed for spectral regions of interest in possible applications. Fabrication was effected by Pulsed Laser Deposition using Nd:YAG (355 nm) or excimer (248 nm) lasers in order to evaluate the suitability of this technique. Results for Mo/Si structures were not considered satisfactory due mainly to problems with particulate production and target surface modification during Si ablation. These problems may be alleviated by a two-wavelength approach, using separate lasers for each target. Results for C/Co multilayers are much more encouraging, since indication of good layering was observed for extremely thin layers. We expect to continue investigating this possibility. In order to compete with traditional PVD techniques, it is necessary to achieve film coverage uniformity over large enough areas. It was shown that this is feasible, and novel means of achieving it were devised.

  2. Thermochromic VO2 on Zinnwaldite Mica by pulsed laser deposition

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    Mathevula, L.; Ngom, B. D.; Kotsedi, L.; Sechogela, P.; Doyle, T. B.; Ghouti, M.; Maaza, M.

    2014-09-01

    VO2 thin films have been deposited by pulsed laser deposition on Zinnwaldite Mica substrates. The crystal structure, chemical composition, morphology were determined and the semiconductor/metal transition (SMT) properties of the deposited films were investigated. Without any post annealing, the films exhibit a textured nature with a VO2 (0 1 1) preferred crystallographic orientation and an elevated thermal variation of the electric resistance ratio RS/RM through the SMT at T ≈ 68 °C of the order of 104 and a narrow ∼7 °C hysteresis. In addition, the growth of the VO2 crystallites seem to be governed likely by a Volmer-Weber or Stranski-Krastanov mechanisms and certainly not a Frank-van Der Merwe process.

  3. Defects in zinc oxide grown by pulsed laser deposition

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    Ling, Francis C. C.; Wang, Zilan; Ping Ho, Lok; Younas, M.; Anwand, W.; Wagner, A.; Su, S. C.; Shan, C. X.

    2016-01-01

    ZnO films are grown on c-plane sapphire using the pulsed laser deposition method. Systematic studies on the effects of annealing are performed to understand the thermal evolutions of the defects in the films. Particular attention is paid to the discussions of the ZnO/sapphire interface thermal stability, the Zn-vacancy related defects having different microstructures, the origins of the green luminescence (∼2.4-2.5 eV) and the near band edge (NBE) emission at 3.23 eV.

  4. Pulsed laser deposition of ITO thin films and their characteristics

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    Zuev, D. A. Lotin, A. A.; Novodvorsky, O. A.; Lebedev, F. V.; Khramova, O. D.; Petuhov, I. A.; Putilin, Ph. N.; Shatohin, A. N.; Rumyanzeva, M. N.; Gaskov, A. M.

    2012-03-15

    The indium tin oxide (ITO) thin films are grown on quartz glass substrates by the pulsed laser deposition method. The structural, electrical, and optical properties of ITO films are studied as a function of the substrate temperature, the oxygen pressure in the vacuum chamber, and the Sn concentration in the target. The transmittance of grown ITO films in the visible spectral region exceeds 85%. The minimum value of resistivity 1.79 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -4} {Omega} cm has been achieved in the ITO films with content of Sn 5 at %.

  5. Soft x ray optics by pulsed laser deposition

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    Fernandez, Felix E.

    1994-01-01

    A series of molybdenum thin film depositions by PLD (Pulsed Laser Deposition) have been carried out, seeking appropriate conditions for multilayer fabrication. Green (532 nm) and UV (355 nm) light pulses, in a wide range of fluences, were used. Relatively large fluences (in comparison with Si) are required to cause evaporation of molybdenum. The optical penetration depths and reflectivities for Mo at these two wavelengths are comparable, which means that results should be, and do appear to be similar for equal fluences. For all fluences above threshold used, a large number of incandescent particles is ejected by the target (either a standard Mo sputtering target or a Mo sheet were tried), together with the plasma plume. Most of these particles are clearly seen to bounce off the substrate. The films were observed with light microscopy using Nomarski and darkfield techniques. There is no evidence of large debris. Smooth films plus micron-sized droplets are usually seen. The concentration of these droplets embedded in the film appears not to vary strongly with the laser fluence employed. Additional characterization with SEM and XRD is under way.

  6. Infrared antireflection DLC films by femtosecond pulsed laser deposition

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    Wang, Shuyun; Guo, Yanlong; Wang, Xiaobing; Cheng, Yong; Wang, Huisheng; Liu, Xu

    2009-05-01

    Diamond-like Carbon(DLC) films are deposited by Ti:Sapphire femtosecond pulsed laser(800nm, 120fs-2ps, 3.3W, 1-1000Hz) at room temperature. The substrate is n-type Si(100), and the target is 99.999%-purity graphite. After a great lot of experiments, optimal technical parameters, which are 1000Hz repetition frequency, 120fs pulse-width, 5cm-distance between target and underlay and 1014W/cm2 power-density, were used to deposite 443nm thick DLC film. Raman spectrum measurement shows a broad peak with a center at 1550 cm-1 for all films, similar to those of typical diamond-like carbon films prepared using other methods. And sp3-bond content reaches 67% analyzed by XPS. There is no nick on the film when scraped 105 times by a RS-5600 friction test machine under the pressure of 9.8N. The infrared transmittance increases along with the oxygen pressure when between 0.03 Pa and 2 Pa. The result shows that oxygen is effective in etching sp2-bond content. The extreme infrared transmittance of Si slice deposited DLC film on single surface is higher than 64% at 3-5μm, superior to 53% when being uncoated.

  7. State-of-the-art Pb photocathodes deposited by pulsed laser deposition

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    Gontad, F.; Perrone, A.

    2014-05-01

    In this article we present and discuss the current status of thin film Pb photocathodes deposited by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) with different laser parameters, such as laser fluence, wavelength or pulse duration. The PLD technique appears very efficient for the fabrication of pure Pb photocathodes, providing good adherence and respectable quantum efficiency. The films deposited on the picosecond and subpicosecond regimes are practically free of big droplets and fragments, whereas in the nanosecond regime their presence cannot be neglected. All the films present a granular structure and polycrystalline character with preferential orientation along the (111) crystalline planes, irrespective of the laser pulse duration or wavelength. The main results obtained from the photoemission performance of Pb thin films deposited by PLD demonstrate their chemical stability under vacuum conditions and respectable quantum efficiency with a maximum of 7.3×10-5 for films deposited on the subpicosecond regime. The photoemission properties confirm that Pb thin films deposited by PLD are a notable alternative for the fabrication of photocathodes for superconductive radio-frequency electron guns.

  8. Hardening of smooth pulsed laser deposited PMMA films by heating

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    Fuchs, Britta; Schlenkrich, Felix; Seyffarth, Susanne; Meschede, Andreas; Rotzoll, Robert; Vana, Philipp; Großmann, Peter; Mann, Klaus; Krebs, Hans-Ulrich

    2010-03-01

    Smooth poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) films without any droplets were pulsed laser deposited at a wavelength of 248 nm and a laser fluence of 125 mJ/cm2. After deposition at room temperature, the films possess low universal hardness of only 3 N/mm2. Thermal treatments up to 200°C, either during deposition or afterwards, lead to film hardening up to values of 200 N/mm2. Using a combination of complementary methods, two main mechanisms could be made responsible for this temperature induced hardening effect well above the glass transition temperature of 102°C. The first process is induced by the evaporation of chain fragments and low molecular mass material, which are present in the film due to the ablation process, leading to an increase of the average molecular mass and thus to hardening. The second mechanism can be seen in partial cross-linking of the polymer film as soon as chain scission occurs at higher temperatures and the mobility and reactivity of the polymer material is high enough.

  9. Nanostructuring and texturing of pulsed laser deposited hydroxyapatite thin films

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    Kim, Hyunbin; Catledge, Shane; Vohra, Yogesh; Camata, Renato; Lacefield, William

    2003-03-01

    Hydroxyapatite (HA) [Ca_10(PO_4)_6(OH)_2] is commonly deposited onto orthopedic and dental metallic implants to speed up bone formation around devices, allowing earlier stabilization in a patient. Pulsed laser deposition (PLD) is a suitable means of placing thin HA films on these implants because of its control over stoichiometry, crystallinity, and nanostructure. These characteristics determine the mechanical properties of the films that must be optimized to improve the performance of load-bearing implants and other devices that undergo bone insertion. We have used PLD to produce nanostructured and preferentially oriented HA films and evaluated their mechanical properties. Pure, highly crystalline HA films on Ti-6Al-4V substrates were obtained using a KrF excimer laser (248nm) with energy density of 4-8 J/cm^2 and deposition temperature of 500-700^rcC. Scanning electron and atomic force microscopies reveal that our careful manipulation of energy density and substrate temperature has led to films made up of HA grains in the nanometer scale. Broadening of x-ray diffraction peaks as a function of deposition temperature suggests it may be possible to control the film nanostructure to a great extent. X-ray diffraction also shows that as the laser energy density is increased in the 4-8 J/cm^2 range, the hexagonal HA films become preferentially oriented along the c-axis perpendicular to the substrate. Texture, nanostructure, and phase make-up all significantly influence the mechanical properties. We will discuss how each of these factors affects hardness and Young's modulus of the HA films as measured by nanoindentation.

  10. Resonant Infrared Pulsed-Laser Deposition of Polymers Using a Free-Electron Laser

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    Johnson, Stephen; Bellmont, Ron; Bubb, Daniel; Haglund, Richard; Schriver, Ken

    2004-11-01

    Thin films of polyethylene glycol and polystyrene have been produced using resonant infrared pulsed-laser deposition (RIR-PLD). The laser used for the experiments was a tunable, high pulse-repetition rate free-electron laser operating in the mid-IR (2.9 - 3.5 im). Transfer of polymers with molecular weights up to 13,000 was accomplished at resonant vibrational frequencies without concomitant fragmentation or other photochemical degradation, in contrast to PLD techniques using ultraviolet lasers. Potential applications for this technique include drug delivery coatings and chemical and biological sensor construction.

  11. Recent progress in pulsed laser deposition of iron based superconductors

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    Haindl, Silvia; Molatta, Sebastian; Hiramatsu, Hidenori; Hosono, Hideo

    2016-09-01

    Pulsed laser deposition (PLD) is the most commonly used deposition technique for Fe-based superconductor thin films today. The number of grown compounds using PLD is still quite limited to so-called 11 compounds (FeTe x S y , FeSe1‑x Te x ) and 122 compounds (primarily Co- and P-substituted BaFe2As2). Especially in the growth of Fe-chalcogenides, PLD is challenged by the strong volatility of the elements and their non-negligible vapour pressure. In addition, in situ PLD of the high-temperature superconducting F-doped iron oxypnictides seemed to be feasible only under reactive deposition and stayed disregarded for some time. Here, we summarise the progress that was recently made in the growth of Fe-based superconducting thin films towards an improved control of thin film stoichiometry and the in situ growth of F-doped iron oxypnictides. The presented new ideas deviate from the standard approach of an adjustment of target composition. We first focus on the growth of FeSe1‑x Te x films, where the introduction of a buffer layer of same composition decreased surface roughness and allowed epitaxial film growth at reduced deposition temperatures with enhanced reproducibility. Second, we illustrate how F-doping in iron oxypnictide thin films can be obtained during in situ PLD using a diffusive reaction between substrate and the growing film.

  12. Magnetotransport in Pulsed Laser Deposited Manganese Doped Lead Sulfide Films

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    Rimal, Gaurab; Sapkota, Keshab; Maksymov, Artur; Spinu, Leonard; Wang, Wenyong; Tang, Jinke

    Diluted magnetic semiconductors (DMS) have been proposed as promising candidates for spintronic applications. Most research in this field has been confined to III-V and II-VI semiconductor system. There are reports on IV-VI semiconductors, however reports on lead sulfide (PbS) based DMS is limited. We study the transport, magnetic and structural properties of manganese doped lead sulfide (Mn:PbS) films produced by pulsed laser deposition (PLD). The films are found to show hopping transport at low tempeature. Low temperature magnetoresistance (MR) studies show that the sign of MR can be changed by application of gate voltage. The magnetic properties of the films were also studied which showed ferromagnetic behavior at room temperature.

  13. Thin nanocrystalline zirconia films prepared by pulsed laser deposition

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    Dikovska, A. Og; Atanasova, G. B.; Avdeev, G. V.; Strijkova, V. Y.

    2016-03-01

    In the present work, thin zirconia films were prepared by pulsed laser deposition at different substrate temperatures and oxygen partial pressures. The substrate temperature was varied from 400 °C to 600 °C, and the oxygen pressure, from 0.01 to 0.05 mbar. The effect was investigated of the substrate temperature and oxygen pressure on the formation of m-zirconia and t-zirconia phases.The formation of a cubic phase of ZrO2 by using targets doped with 3 and 8 mol % content Y2O3 was also investigated. The variation in the optical properties was studied and discussed in relation with the zirconia films' microstructure.

  14. Heteroepitaxial Growth of NSMO on Silicon by Pulsed Laser Deposition

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    Kolagani, R; Friedrich, S

    2008-06-25

    The following is the optimized pulsed laser deposition (PLD) procedure by which we prepared the final samples that were sent to LLNL. These samples are epitaxial multilayer structures of Si/YSZ/CeO/NSMO, where the abbreviations are explained in the following table. In this heterostructure, YSZ serves as a buffer layer to prevent deleterious chemical reactions, and also serves to de-oxygenate the amorphous SiO{sub 2} layer to generate a crystalline template for epitaxy. CeO and BTO serve as template layers to minimize the effects of thermal and lattice mismatch strains, respectively. More details on the buffer and template layer scheme are included in the manuscript [Yong et al., 2008] attached to this report.

  15. Pulsed laser deposition of amorphous carbon/silver nanocomposites

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    Matenoglou, G.; Evangelakis, G. A.; Kosmidis, C.; Foulias, S.; Papadimitriou, D.; Patsalas, P.

    2007-07-01

    Metal/amorphous carbon (a-C:M) composite films are emerging as a category of very important engineering materials for surface protection. We implement pulsed laser deposition (PLD) to grow pure a-C and a-C:Ag nanocomposites. Our PLD process is assisted by a static electric field. We investigate the structural features of the a-C:Ag nanocomposites and the bonding configuration of the a-C matrix with respect to the electric field and the composition of the PLD target. For this study we use Auger electron spectroscopy (AES), electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). We show that the Ag mean grain size and the sp 2 content of the a-C matrix are increasing with increasing Ag content in the films.

  16. Epitaxial Electronic Oxides on Semiconductors Using Pulsed-Laser Deposition

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    Norton, D.P.; Budai, J.D.; Chisholm, M.F.

    1999-12-01

    We describe the growth and properties of epitaxial (OO1) CeO{sub 2} on a (001) Ge surface using a hydrogen-assisted pulsed-laser deposition method. Hydrogen gas is introduced during film growth to eliminate the presence of the GeOs from the semiconductor surface during the initial nucleation of the metal oxide film. The hydrogen partial pressure and substrate temperature are selected to be sufficiently high such that the germanium native oxides are thermodynamically unstable. The Gibbs free energy of CeO{sub 2} is larger in magnitude than that of the Ge native oxides, making it more favorable for the metal oxide to reside at the interface in comparison to the native Ge oxides. By satisfying these criteria. the metal oxide/semiconductor interface is shown to be atomically abrupt with no native oxide present. Preliminary structural and electrical properties are reported.

  17. Pulsed laser deposition of nanostructured indium-tin-oxide film

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    Yong, Thian Kok; Nee, Chen Hon; Yap, Seong Shan; Siew, Wee Ong; Sáfran, György; Yap, Yoke Kin; Tou, Teck Yong

    2010-08-01

    Effects of O2, N2, Ar and He on the formation of micro- and nanostructured indium tin oxide (ITO) thin films were investigated in pulsed Nd:YAG laser deposition on glass substrate. For O2 and Ar, ITO resistivity of <= 4 × 10-4 Ωcm and optical transmittance of > 90% were obtained with substrate temperature of 250 °C. For N2 and He, low ITO resisitivity could be obtained but with poor optical transmittance. SEM images show nano-structured ITO thin films for all gases, where dense, larger and highly oriented, microcrystalline structures were obtained for deposition in O2 and He, as revealed from the XRD lines. EDX results indicated the inclusion of Ar and N2 at the expense of reduced tin (Sn) content. When the ITO films were applied for fabrication of organic light emitting devices (OLED), only those deposited in Ar and O2 produced comparable performance to single-layer OLED fabricated on the commercial ITO.

  18. Electrochromic lithium nickel oxide by pulsed laser deposition and sputtering

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    Rubin, M.; Wen, S.J.; Richardson, T.; Kerr, J.; Rottkay, K. von; Slack, J.

    1996-09-01

    Thin films of lithium nickel oxide were deposited by sputtering and pulsed laser deposition (PLD) from targets of pressed LiNiO{sub 2} powder. The composition and structure of these films were analyzed using a variety of techniques, such as nuclear-reaction analysis, Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS), x-ray diffraction, infrared spectroscopy, and atomic force microscopy. Crystalline structure, surface morphology and chemical composition of Li{sub x}Ni{sub 1{minus}x}O thin films depend strongly on deposition oxygen pressure, temperature as well as substrate-target distance. The films produced at temperatures lower than 600 C spontaneously absorb CO{sub 2} and H{sub 2}O at their surface once they are exposed to the air. The films deposited at 600 C proved to be stable in air over a long period. Even at room temperature the PLD films are denser and more stable than sputtered films. RBS determined the composition of the best films to be Li{sub 0.5}Ni{sub 0.5}O deposited by PLD at 60 mTorr O{sub 2} pressure. Electrochemical tests show that the films exhibit excellent reversibility in the range 1.0 V to 3.4 V versus lithium. Electrochemical formatting which is used to develop electrochromism in other films is not needed for the stoichiometric films. The optical transmission range is almost 70% at 550 nm for 150-nm thick films. Devices made from these films were analyzed using novel reference electrodes and by disassembly after cycling.

  19. Properties of pulsed laser deposited fluorinated hydroxyapatite films on titanium

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    Rau, J.V.; Smirnov, V.V.; Laureti, S.; Generosi, A.; Varvaro, G.; Fosca, M.; Ferro, D.; Cesaro, S. Nunziante; Albertini, V. Rossi; Barinov, S.M.

    2010-09-15

    Fluorinated hydroxyapatite coated titanium was investigated for application as implant coating for bone substitute materials in orthopaedics and dentistry. Pulsed laser deposition technique was used for films preparation. Fluorinated hydroxyapatite target composition, Ca{sub 10}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}F{sub 1.37}(OH){sub 0.63}, was maintained at 2 J/cm{sup 2} of laser fluence and 500-600 {sup o}C of the substrate temperature. Prepared films had a compact microstructure, composed of spherical micrometric-size aggregates. The average surface roughness resulted to be of 3 nm for the film grown at 500 {sup o}C and of 10 nm for that grown at 600 {sup o}C, showing that the temperature increase did not favour the growth of a more fine granulated surface. The films were polycrystalline with no preferential growth orientation. The films grown at 500-600 {sup o}C were about 8 {mu}m thick and possessed a hardness of 12-13 GPa. Lower or higher substrate temperature provides the possibility to obtain coatings with different fine texture and roughness, thus tayloring them for various applications.

  20. Novel doped hydroxyapatite thin films obtained by pulsed laser deposition

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    Duta, L.; Oktar, F. N.; Stan, G. E.; Popescu-Pelin, G.; Serban, N.; Luculescu, C.; Mihailescu, I. N.

    2013-01-01

    We report on the synthesis of novel ovine and bovine derived hydroxyapatite thin films on titanium substrates by pulsed laser deposition for a new generation of implants. The calcination treatment applied to produce the hydroxyapatite powders from ovine/bovine bones was intended to induce crystallization and to prohibit the transmission of diseases. The deposited films were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. Pull-off adherence and profilometry measurements were also carried out. X-ray diffraction ascertained the polycrystalline hydroxyapatite nature of the powders and films. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy evidenced the vibrational bands characteristic to a hydroxyapatite material slightly carbonated. The micrographs of the films showed a uniform distribution of spheroidal particulates with a mean diameter of ∼2 μm. Pull-off measurements demonstrated excellent bonding strength values between the hydroxyapatite films and the titanium substrates. Because of their physical-chemical properties and low cost fabrication from renewable resources, we think that these new coating materials could be considered as a prospective competitor to synthetic hydroxyapatite used for implantology applications.

  1. Pulsed laser deposition of polymer-metal nanocomposites

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    Schlenkrich, Felix; Seyffarth, Susanne; Fuchs, Britta; Krebs, Hans-Ulrich

    2011-04-01

    Different polymer-metal nanocomposites, metal clusters on a polymer surface and for the first time also polymer/metal multilayers, were pulsed laser deposited at a wavelength of 248 nm. Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and Bisphenol A dimeth-acrylate (BisDMA), which strongly differ in their hardness of 3 and 180 N/mm 2, respectively, were taken as polymer components. Metals Ag and Cu were chosen because of their different reactivity to polymers. When depositing Ag on PMMA, spherical clusters are formed due to high diffusion and total coalescence. For Cu, much smaller grains with partially elongated shapes occur because of lower diffusivity and incomplete coalescence. Compared to the results on the soft PMMA, the clusters formed on the harder BisDMA are much larger due to higher diffusivity on this underlayer. In PMMA/Cu multilayers, wavy layered structures and buckling is observed due to relaxation of compressive stress in the Cu layers. Smooth Cu layers with higher thicknesses can only be obtained, when the hardness of the polymer is sufficiently high, as in the case of BisDMA/Cu multilayers.

  2. Understanding the deposition mechanism of pulsed laser deposited B-C films using dual-targets

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    Zhang, Song; He, Zhiqiang; Wang, Chuanbin; Shen, Qiang; Zhang, Lianmeng; Ji, Xiaoli; Lu, Wenzhong

    2014-04-21

    Boron carbide thin films with stoichiometry (boron-carbon atomic ratio) range of 0.1 ∼ 8.9 were fabricated via pulsed laser deposition by using boron-carbon dual-targets. However, this experimental data on stoichiometry were smaller than the computer simulation values. The discrepancy was investigated by studies on composition and microstructure of the thin films and targets by scanning electron microscopy, excitation laser Raman spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The results indicate that the boron liquid droplets were formed by phase explosion after laser irradiation on boron sector. Part of the boron droplets would be lost via ejection in the direction of laser beam, which is tilted 45° to the surface of substrate.

  3. Matrix shaped pulsed laser deposition: New approach to large area and homogeneous deposition

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    Akkan, C. K.; May, A.; Hammadeh, M.; Abdul-Khaliq, H.; Aktas, O. C.

    2014-05-01

    Pulsed laser deposition (PLD) is one of the well-established physical vapor deposition methods used for synthesis of ultra-thin layers. Especially PLD is suitable for the preparation of thin films of complex alloys and ceramics where the conservation of the stoichiometry is critical. Beside several advantages of PLD, inhomogeneity in thickness limits use of PLD in some applications. There are several approaches such as rotation of the substrate or scanning of the laser beam over the target to achieve homogenous layers. On the other hand movement and transition create further complexity in process parameters. Here we present a new approach which we call Matrix Shaped PLD to control the thickness and homogeneity of deposited layers precisely. This new approach is based on shaping of the incoming laser beam by a microlens array and a Fourier lens. The beam is split into much smaller multi-beam array over the target and this leads to a homogenous plasma formation. The uniform intensity distribution over the target yields a very uniform deposit on the substrate. This approach is used to deposit carbide and oxide thin films for biomedical applications. As a case study coating of a stent which has a complex geometry is presented briefly.

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

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    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.

  5. Vitroceramic interface deposited on titanium substrate by pulsed laser deposition method.

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    Voicu, Georgeta; Miu, Dana; Dogaru, Ionut; Jinga, Sorin Ion; Busuioc, Cristina

    2016-08-30

    Pulsed laser deposition (PLD) method was used to obtain biovitroceramic thin film coatings on titanium substrates. The composition of the targets was selected from SiO2-CaO-P2O5-(CaF2) systems and the corresponding masses were prepared using the sol-gel method. The depositions were performed in oxygen atmosphere (100mTorr), while the substrates were heated at 400°C. The PLD deposited films were analysed through different experimental techniques: X-ray diffraction, scanning (SEM, EDX) and transmission (HRTEM, SAED) electron microscopy and infra-red spectroscopy coupled with optical microscopy. They were also biologically tested by in vitro cell culture and the contact angle was determined. The bioevaluation results indicate a high biocompatibilty of the obtained materials, demonstrating their potential use for biomedical applications. PMID:26546909

  6. Pulsed laser deposition of oxide films by multi-kilowatt CO 2 lasers

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    Schultrich, B.; Lenk, A.; Witke, Th.; Borchardt, G.; Fritze, H.

    1997-02-01

    For realizing a high rate pulsed laser deposition (PLD) a pulsed 6 kW-CO2 laser conventionally used for laser machining was adapted by a suitable beam forming system. It allows intensities between 107 and 108 W/cm2 at a minimum pulse length of 100 μs. The targets consist of various compositions in the Al2O3-SiO2 system including the mullite phase. The deposition has been carried out in high vacuum. Even the average power of 200 W of the available 6 kW mostly used in these experiments due to the small sizes of the specially prepared targets yields mean deposition rates up to 100 nm/s. In-situ measurement of mass loss and momentum transfer on the target reveals that most of the material is ablated as microparticle, not as vapour. This corresponds with the cobblestone appearance of the films. Notwithstanding their rather coarse topography, they are dense without any kind of open porosity. This was also proved by mass loss investigations in oxidation experiments and by diffusion of 18O isotopes in combination with SNMS determination of the concentration profiles.

  7. Pulsed-Laser Deposition of Electronic Oxides: Superconductor and Semiconductor Applications

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    Norton, D.P.; Park, C.; Lee, Y.E.; Budai, J.D.; Chisholm, M.F.; Verebelyi, D.T.; Christen, D.K.; Kroeger, D.M.

    2000-01-24

    Over the past decade, pulsed-laser deposition (PLD) has proven to be one of the most versatile and effective methods for obtaining high-quality electronic oxide thin-film materials. Much of this success can be attributed to its initial use in depositing high temperature superconducting materials. However, pulsed-laser deposition is now a leading research tool in the development of various electronic oxide thin-film technologies, In this paper, recent progress in the deposition of oxide materials on dissimilar materials for both superconductor and semiconductor applications is discussed. Recent developments in the synthesis of superconducting wires via epitaxial growth of superconducting oxides on biaxially textured metal tapes is described. In addition, efforts to integrate high-k dielectric oxides on semiconductor surfaces using pulsed-laser deposition are highlighted.

  8. Influence of pulse width and target density on pulsed laser deposition of thin YBaCuO film.

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    Vikram, S.

    1999-01-20

    We have studied the effects of temporal pulse width and target density on the deposition of thin films of YBaCuO. A 248nm excimer laser and an 825nm Ti-sapphire laser were used to conduct the experiments with pulse widths of 27 ns, 16 ns, and 150 fs, and target densities of 80% and 90%. Scanning electron microscope photomicrographs and profilometer traces show a striking difference between nanosecond and femtosecond laser irradiation. Shortening the pulse width reduced particulate formation, provided stoichiometry, and improved the film properties. Decreasing the target density raised the ablation rate, produced thicker but nonuniform films, and reduced particulate formation.

  9. Pulsed laser deposition of polyhydroxybutyrate biodegradable polymer thin films using ArF excimer laser

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    Kecskemeti, G.; Smausz, T.; Kresz, N.; Tóth, Zs.; Hopp, B.; Chrisey, D.; Berkesi, O.

    2006-11-01

    We demonstrated the pulsed laser deposition (PLD) of high quality films of a biodegradable polymer, the polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB). Thin films of PHB were deposited on KBr substrates and fused silica plates using an ArF ( λ = 193 nm, FWHM = 30 ns) excimer laser with fluences between 0.05 and 1.5 J cm -2. FTIR spectroscopic measurements proved that at the appropriate fluence (0.05, 0.09 and 0.12 J cm -2), the films exhibited similar functional groups with no significant laser-produced modifications present. Optical microscopic images showed that the layers were contiguous with embedded micrometer-sized grains. Ellipsometric results determined the wavelength dependence ( λ ˜ 245-1000 nm) of the refractive index and absorption coefficient which were new information about the material and were not published in the scientific literature. We believe that our deposited PHB thin films would have more possible applications. For example to our supposal the thin layers would be applicable in laser induced forward transfer (LIFT) of biological materials using them as absorbing thin films.

  10. Method for controlling energy density for reliable pulsed laser deposition of thin films

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    Dowden, P. C. E-mail: qxjia@lanl.gov; Bi, Z.; Jia, Q. X. E-mail: qxjia@lanl.gov

    2014-02-15

    We have established a methodology to stabilize the laser energy density on a target surface in pulsed laser deposition of thin films. To control the focused laser spot on a target, we have imaged a defined aperture in the beamline (so called image-focus) instead of focusing the beam on a target based on a simple “lens-focus.” To control the laser energy density on a target, we have introduced a continuously variable attenuator between the output of the laser and the imaged aperture to manipulate the energy to a desired level by running the laser in a “constant voltage” mode to eliminate changes in the lasers’ beam dimensions. This methodology leads to much better controllability/reproducibility for reliable pulsed laser deposition of high performance electronic thin films.

  11. Direct deposition of YBCO on polished Ag substrates by pulsed laser deposition.

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    Ma, B.; Li, M.; Koritala, R. E.; Fisher, B. L.; Dorris, S. E.; Maroni, V. A.; Miller, D. J.; Balachandran, U.

    2002-09-15

    YBCO thin films were directly deposited on mechanically polished nontextured silver (Ag) substrates at elevated temperature by pulsed laser deposition with various inclination angles of 35, 55, and 72. Strong fiber texture, with the c-axis parallel to the substrate normal was detected by X-ray diffraction pole figure analysis. Atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy images revealed that a few a-axis-oriented grains were dispersed on the top surface of the YBCO films. Transmission electron microscopy revealed dense amorphous layer at the interface between the YBCO film and the Ag substrate. Energy dispersive spectrum analysis indicates that the YBCO film deposited on the Ag substrate is slightly Cu-deficient. A YBCO film deposited at 755 C and an inclination angle of 55 exhibited {Tc} = 90 K. Transport critical current density measured by the four-probe method at 77 K in self-field was 2.7 x 10{sup 5}A/cm2. This work demonstrated a simple and inexpensive method to fabricate YBCO-coated conductors with high critical current density.

  12. Laser-induced metal plasmas for pulsed laser deposition of metal-oxide thin films

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    Wagenaars, Erik; Colgan, James; Rajendiran, Sudha; Rossall, Andrew

    2015-09-01

    Metal and metal-oxide thin films, e.g. ZnO, MgO, Al2O3 and TiO2, are widely used in e.g. microelectronics, catalysts, photonics and displays. Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) is a plasma-based thin-film deposition technique that is highly versatile and fast, however it suffers from limitations in control of film quality due to a lack of fundamental understanding of the underlying physical processes. We present experimental and modelling studies of the initial phases of PLD: laser ablation and plume expansion. A 2D hydrodynamic code, POLLUX, is used to model the laser-solid interaction of a Zn ablation with a Nd:YAG laser. In this early phase of PLD, the plasma plume has temperatures of about 10 eV, is highly ionized, and travels with a velocity of about 10-100 km/sec away from the target. Subsequently, the plasma enters the plume expansion phase in which the plasma cools down and collision chemistry changes the composition of the plume. Time-integrated optical emission spectroscopy shows that Zn I and Zn II emission lines dominate the visible range of the light emission. Comparison with the Los Alamos plasma kinetics code ATOMIC shows an average temperature around 1 eV, indicating a significant drop in plasma temperature during the expansion phase. We acknowledge support from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Grant EP/K018388/1.

  13. Electrical and optical properties of vanadium dioxide containing gold nanoparticles deposited by pulsed laser deposition

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    Orlianges, J.-C.; Leroy, J.; Crunteanu, A.; Mayet, R.; Carles, P.; Champeaux, C.

    2012-09-01

    Nanostructured vanadium dioxide is one of the most interesting and studied member of the vanadates family performing a reversible transition from an insulating state to a metallic state associated with a structural transition when heated above a temperature of 68 °C. On the other hand, noble metal nanoparticles (NPs) support localized surface plasmon resonance which causes selective absorption bands in the visible and near-IR regions. The purpose of this letter is to study structural, optical, and electrical properties of vanadium dioxide thin films containing gold nanoparticles synthetized using pulsed laser deposition process. Thus, we have performed x-ray diffraction, optical transmission, and four point probe electrical measurements to investigate the nanocomposite properties versus its temperature. Interestingly, we have observed switching behavior for VO2 film containing gold NPs with a resistivity contrast of four orders of magnitude and a decrease of its transition temperature.

  14. Impact of laser power density on tribological properties of Pulsed Laser Deposited DLC films

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    Gayathri, S.; Sridharan, M. E-mail: m.sridharan@ece.sastra.edu; Kumar, N.; Krishnan, R. E-mail: m.sridharan@ece.sastra.edu; AmirthaPandian, S.; Ravindran, T. R.; Dash, S.; Tyagi, A. K.

    2013-12-15

    Fabrication of wear resistant and low friction carbon films on the engineered substrates is considered as a challenging task for expanding the applications of diamond-like carbon (DLC) films. In this paper, pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique is used to deposit DLC films on two different types of technologically important class of substrates such as silicon and AISI 304 stainless steel. Laser power density is one of the important parameter used to tailor the fraction of sp{sup 2} bonded amorphous carbon (a-C) and tetrahedral amorphous carbon (ta-C) made by sp{sup 3} domain in the DLC film. The I(D)/I(G) ratio decreases with the increasing laser power density which is associated with decrease in fraction of a-C/ta-C ratio. The fraction of these chemical components is quantitatively analyzed by EELS which is well supported to the data obtained from the Raman spectroscopy. Tribological properties of the DLC are associated with chemical structure of the film. However, the super low value of friction coefficient 0.003 is obtained when the film is predominantly constituted by a-C and sp{sup 2} fraction which is embedded within the clusters of ta-C. Such a particular film with super low friction coefficient is measured while it was deposited on steel at low laser power density of 2 GW/cm{sup 2}. The super low friction mechanism is explained by low sliding resistance of a-C/sp{sup 2} and ta-C clusters. Combination of excellent physical and mechanical properties of wear resistance and super low friction coefficient of DLC films is desirable for engineering applications. Moreover, the high friction coefficient of DLC films deposited at 9GW/cm{sup 2} is related to widening of the intergrain distance caused by transformation from sp{sup 2} to sp{sup 3} hybridized structure.

  15. Impact of laser power density on tribological properties of Pulsed Laser Deposited DLC films

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    Gayathri, S.; Kumar, N.; Krishnan, R.; AmirthaPandian, S.; Ravindran, T. R.; Dash, S.; Tyagi, A. K.; Sridharan, M.

    2013-12-01

    Fabrication of wear resistant and low friction carbon films on the engineered substrates is considered as a challenging task for expanding the applications of diamond-like carbon (DLC) films. In this paper, pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique is used to deposit DLC films on two different types of technologically important class of substrates such as silicon and AISI 304 stainless steel. Laser power density is one of the important parameter used to tailor the fraction of sp2 bonded amorphous carbon (a-C) and tetrahedral amorphous carbon (ta-C) made by sp3 domain in the DLC film. The I(D)/I(G) ratio decreases with the increasing laser power density which is associated with decrease in fraction of a-C/ta-C ratio. The fraction of these chemical components is quantitatively analyzed by EELS which is well supported to the data obtained from the Raman spectroscopy. Tribological properties of the DLC are associated with chemical structure of the film. However, the super low value of friction coefficient 0.003 is obtained when the film is predominantly constituted by a-C and sp2 fraction which is embedded within the clusters of ta-C. Such a particular film with super low friction coefficient is measured while it was deposited on steel at low laser power density of 2 GW/cm2. The super low friction mechanism is explained by low sliding resistance of a-C/sp2 and ta-C clusters. Combination of excellent physical and mechanical properties of wear resistance and super low friction coefficient of DLC films is desirable for engineering applications. Moreover, the high friction coefficient of DLC films deposited at 9GW/cm2 is related to widening of the intergrain distance caused by transformation from sp2 to sp3 hybridized structure.

  16. Laser crystallisation during pulsed laser deposition of barium titanate thin films at low temperatures

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    Gottmann, J.; Vosseler, B.; Kreutz, E. W.

    2002-09-01

    Using a high dielectric material as substitute for SiO xN y in dielectric film capacitors of dynamic memories (DRAM) allows a significantly higher integration density and a reduction of the die size, even with planar capacitors. BaTiO 3 is such a material. A dielectric constant of ɛr>1000 has been achieved in thin films, made by pulsed laser deposition (PLD). For applications in microelectronic memories it is necessary to produce crystalline, defect-free and oriented BaTiO 3 thin films at substrate temperatures, TS<450 °C. Sintered targets of BaTiO 3 are ablated by KrF excimer laser radiation. The processing gas atmosphere consists of O 2 at pressures of 0.1-50 Pa. The substrate is resitively heated to 360-440 °C and annealed after or during PLD on Pt/Ti/Si multilayer substrates using KrF excimer laser radiation with fluences up to 120 mJ/cm 2. The temperature distribution in the BaTiO 3/Pt/Ti/Si multilayers during laser annealing is dynamically modelled and related to the resulting crystal quality and the dielectric properties of the films. With PLD a minimum substrate temperature of 500 °C is necessary to deposit crystalline BaTiO 3 films. Using in situ laser crystallisation crystalline BaTiO 3 films can be deposited at substrate temperatures of TS=360-440 °C showing a dielectric constant of up to ɛr=1200. The ferroelectric and dielectric properties of the films are determined by C- V and P- V impedance measurements and correlated to the chemical and structural properties, as determined by X-ray photoemission spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, micro Raman spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy.

  17. Composition variations in pulsed-laser-deposited Y-Ba-Cu-O thin films as a function of deposition parameters

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    Foote, M. C.; Jones, B. B.; Hunt, B. D.; Barner, J. B.; Vasquez, R. P.; Bajuk, L. J.

    1992-01-01

    The composition of pulsed-ultraviolet-laser-deposited Y-Ba-Cu-O films was examined as a function of position across the substrate, laser fluence, laser spot size, substrate temperature, target conditioning, oxygen pressure and target-substrate distance. Laser fluence, laser spot size, and substrate temperature were found to have little effect on composition within the range investigated. Ablation from a fresh target surface results in films enriched in copper and barium, both of which decrease in concentration until a steady state condition is achieved. Oxygen pressure and target-substrate distance have a significant effect on film composition. In vacuum, copper and barium are slightly concentrated at the center of deposition. With the introduction of an oxygen background pressure, scattering results in copper and barium depletion in the deposition center, an effect which increases with increasing target-substrate distance. A balancing of these two effects results in stoichiometric deposition.

  18. Zinc oxide epitaxial thin film deposited over carbon on various substrate by pulsed laser deposition technique.

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    Manikandan, E; Moodley, M K; Sinha Ray, S; Panigrahi, B K; Krishnan, R; Padhy, N; Nair, K G M; Tyagi, A K

    2010-09-01

    Zinc Oxide (ZnO) is a promising candidate material for optical and electronic devices due to its direct wide band gap (3.37 eV) and high exciton binding energy (60 meV). For applications in various fields such as light emitting diode (LED) and laser diodes, growth of p-type ZnO is a prerequisite. ZnO is an intrinsically n-type semiconductor. In this paper we report on the synthesis of Zinc Oxide-Carbon (ZnO:C) thin films using pulsed laser deposition technique (PLD). The deposition parameters were optimized to obtain high quality epitaxial ZnO films over a carbon layer. The structural and optical properties were studied by glazing index X-ray diffraction (GIXRD), photoluminescence (PL), optical absorption (OA), and Raman spectroscopy. Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS), scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive spectroscopy (SEMEDS) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) were employed to determine the composition and surface morphology of these thin films. The GIXRD pattern of the synthesized films exhibited hexagonal wurtzite crystal structure with a preferred (002) orientation. PL spectroscopy results showed that the emission intensity was maximum at -380 nm at a deposition temperature of 573 K. In the Raman spectra, the E2 phonon frequency around at 438 cm(-1) is a characteristic peak of the wurtzite lattice and could be seen in all samples. Furthermore, the optical direct band gap of ZnO films was found to be in the visible region. The growth of the epitaxial layer is discussed in the light of carbon atoms from the buffer layer. Our work demonstrates that the carbon is a novel dopant in the group of doped ZnO semiconductor materials. The introduction of carbon impurities enhanced the visible emission of red-green luminescence. It is concluded that the carbon impurities promote the zinc related native defect in ZnO. PMID:21133080

  19. Frequency modulation in shock wave-boundary layer interaction by repetitive-pulse laser energy deposition

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    Tamba, T.; Pham, H. S.; Shoda, T.; Iwakawa, A.; Sasoh, A.

    2015-09-01

    Modulation of shock foot oscillation due to energy deposition by repetitive laser pulses in shock wave-boundary layer interaction over an axisymmetric nose-cylinder-flare model in Mach 1.92 flow was experimentally studied. From a series of 256 schlieren images, density oscillation spectra at each pixel were obtained. When laser pulses of approximately 7 mJ were deposited with a repetition frequency, fe, of 30 kHz or lower, the flare shock oscillation had a peak spectrum equivalent to the value of fe. However, with fe of 40 kHz-60 kHz, it experienced frequency modulation down to lower than 20 kHz.

  20. Characterization of calcium phosphate coatings doped with Mg, deposited by pulsed laser deposition technique using ArF excimer laser.

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    Mróz, W; Jedyński, M; Prokopiuk, A; Slósarczyk, A; Paszkiewicz, Z

    2009-01-01

    Calcium phosphate layers were deposited on Ti6Al4V substrates with TiN buffer layers by use of pulsed laser deposition method. With this technique three pressed pellets consisted of tricalcium phosphate (TCP, Ca(3)(PO(4))(2)), hydroxyapatite (HA, Ca(10)(PO(4))(6)(OH)(2)) and hydroxyapatite-doped with magnesium (HA with 4% of Mg and trace amount of (Ca,Mg)(3)(PO(4))(2)) were ablated using ArF excimer laser (lambda=193 nm). The using of different targets enabled to determine the influence of target composition on the nature of deposited layers. The obtained deposits were characterized by means of Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and X-ray diffraction method (XRD). The obtained Fourier spectras revealed differences in terms of intensity of spectral bands of different layers. The analysis from XRD showed that Mg-doped HA layer has crystalline structure and TCP and HA layers composition is characterized by amorphous nature. PMID:18407507

  1. Biomolecular papain thin films grown by matrix assisted and conventional pulsed laser deposition: A comparative study

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    György, E.; Pérez del Pino, A.; Sauthier, G.; Figueras, A.

    2009-12-01

    Biomolecular papain thin films were grown both by matrix assisted pulsed laser evaporation (MAPLE) and conventional pulsed laser deposition (PLD) techniques with the aid of an UV KrF∗ (λ =248 nm, τFWHM≅20 ns) excimer laser source. For the MAPLE experiments the targets submitted to laser radiation consisted on frozen composites obtained by dissolving the biomaterial powder in distilled water at 10 wt % concentration. Conventional pressed biomaterial powder targets were used in the PLD experiments. The surface morphology of the obtained thin films was studied by atomic force microscopy and their structure and composition were investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The possible physical mechanisms implied in the ablation processes of the two techniques, under comparable experimental conditions were identified. The results showed that the growth mode, surface morphology as well as structure of the deposited biomaterial thin films are determined both by the incident laser fluence value as well as target preparation procedure.

  2. Role of deposition time on the properties of ZnO:Tb(3+) thin films prepared by pulsed laser deposition.

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    Kumar, Vinod; Ntwaeaborwa, O M; Coetsee, E; Swart, H C

    2016-07-15

    Terbium (Tb(3+)) doped zinc oxide (ZnO:Tb(3+)) thin films were grown on silicon (100) substrates by the pulsed laser deposition technique at different deposition times that varied from 15 to 55min. The effects of deposition time on the structural and optical properties of the ZnO:Tb(3+) films were investigated by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and photoluminescence spectroscopy. As expected, the thickness of the ZnO:Tb(3+) film has increased with an increase in the deposition time. The photoluminescence intensity of the band to band emission has also increased with deposition time, while the deep level defect emission has decreased. The blue emission was observed from all the ZnO:Tb(3+) thin films deposited at the different deposition times excited by 325nm He-Cd laser, while a green emission was observed when excited by 228nm. PMID:27124806

  3. Pyramidal growth of ceria nanostructures by pulsed laser deposition

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    Bârcă, E. S.; Filipescu, M.; Luculescu, C.; Birjega, R.; Ion, V.; Dumitru, M.; Nistor, L. C.; Stanciu, G.; Abrudeanu, M.; Munteanu, C.; Dinescu, M.

    2016-02-01

    We report in this paper on the deposition and characterization of CeO2 nanostructured thin films with hierarchical morphology. Micro-sized ceria powder (CeO2, 99.9% purity) was pressed to obtain a ceramic target. An ArF laser working at 193 nm irradiated the target in controlled oxygen gas flow at constant pressure (0.1 mbar). Silicon wafers used as substrates for thin films were heated at different temperatures, up to 773 K. The influence of substrate temperature on the structure and surface morphology of ceria thin films was studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Raman spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The refractive indices and information about roughness and thickness were revealed by spectroellipsometry. Crystalline cubic ceria thin films exhibiting a hierarchical structure that combines columnar and dendritic growth were obtained at temperatures above 473 K. For the samples obtained at 773 K, columns ending in pyramidal formations with sharp edges and sizes of hundreds of nanometers were observed, indicating a high crystallinity of the layer. XRD analysis reveals a consistent increase of the X-ray coherence length/crystallite size along the [111] direction with increasing temperature. Using a semi-empirical formula, Raman crystallites sizes were calculated and it was found that size increases with the temperature increasing. The spectroellipsometry investigations evidenced the increasing of refractive index with the substrate temperature increase. High surface roughness and pyramidal structures were noticed from the atomic force microscopy images for layers deposited at substrate temperature above 473 K.

  4. Pulsed laser deposition of polytetrafluoroethylene-gold composite layers

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    Kecskeméti, Gabriella; Smausz, Tomi; Berta, Zsófia; Hopp, Béla; Szabó, Gábor

    2014-11-01

    PTFE-metal composites are promising candidates for use as sensor materials. In present study PTFE-Au composite layers were deposited by alternated ablation of pressed Teflon pellets and gold plates with focused beam of an ArF excimer laser at 6 J/cm2 fluence, while keeping the substrate at 150 °C temperature. The morphology and chemical composition of the ~3-4 μm average thickness layers was studied by electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The layers were mainly formed of PTFE gains and clusters which are covered by a conductive Au film. For testing the applicability of such layers as sensing electrodes, composite layers were prepared on one of the two neighbouring electrode of a printed circuit board. Cholesterol and glucose solutions were prepared using 0.1M NaOH solvent containing 10% Triton X-100 surfactant. The electrodes were immersed in the solutions and voltage between the electrodes was measured while a constant current was drawn through the sample. The influence of the analyte concentration on the power spectral density of the voltage fluctuation was studied.

  5. Pulsed laser deposition to synthesize the bridge structure of artificial nacre: Comparison of nano- and femtosecond lasers

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    Melaibari, Ammar A.; Molian, Pal

    2012-11-01

    Nature offers inspiration to new adaptive technologies that allow us to build amazing shapes and structures such as nacre using synthetic materials. Consequently, we have designed a pulsed laser ablation manufacturing process involving thin film deposition and micro-machining to create hard/soft layered "brick-bridge-mortar" nacre of AlMgB14 (hard phase) with Ti (soft phase). In this paper, we report pulsed laser deposition (PLD) to mimic brick and bridge structures of natural nacre in AlMgB14. Particulate formation inherent in PLD is exploited to develop the bridge structure. Mechanical behavior analysis of the AlMgB14/Ti system revealed that the brick is to be 250 nm thick, 9 μm lateral dimensions while the bridge (particle) is to have a diameter of 500 nm for a performance equivalent to natural nacre. Both nanosecond (ns) and femtosecond (fs) pulsed lasers were employed for PLD in an iterative approach that involves varying pulse energy, pulse repetition rate, and target-to-substrate distance to achieve the desired brick and bridge characteristics. Scanning electron microscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and optical profilometer were used to evaluate the film thickness, particle size and density, stoichiometry, and surface roughness of thin films. Results indicated that both ns-pulsed and fs-pulsed lasers produce the desired nacre features. However, each laser may be chosen for different reasons: fs-pulsed laser is preferred for much shorter deposition time, better stoichiometry, uniform-sized particles, and uniform film thickness, while ns-pulsed laser is favored for industrial acceptance, reliability, ease of handling, and low cost.

  6. Pulsed laser deposition to synthesize the bridge structure of artificial nacre: Comparison of nano- and femtosecond lasers

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    Melaibari, Ammar A.; Molian, Pal

    2012-11-15

    Nature offers inspiration to new adaptive technologies that allow us to build amazing shapes and structures such as nacre using synthetic materials. Consequently, we have designed a pulsed laser ablation manufacturing process involving thin film deposition and micro-machining to create hard/soft layered 'brick-bridge-mortar' nacre of AlMgB{sub 14} (hard phase) with Ti (soft phase). In this paper, we report pulsed laser deposition (PLD) to mimic brick and bridge structures of natural nacre in AlMgB{sub 14}. Particulate formation inherent in PLD is exploited to develop the bridge structure. Mechanical behavior analysis of the AlMgB{sub 14}/Ti system revealed that the brick is to be 250 nm thick, 9 {mu}m lateral dimensions while the bridge (particle) is to have a diameter of 500 nm for a performance equivalent to natural nacre. Both nanosecond (ns) and femtosecond (fs) pulsed lasers were employed for PLD in an iterative approach that involves varying pulse energy, pulse repetition rate, and target-to-substrate distance to achieve the desired brick and bridge characteristics. Scanning electron microscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and optical profilometer were used to evaluate the film thickness, particle size and density, stoichiometry, and surface roughness of thin films. Results indicated that both ns-pulsed and fs-pulsed lasers produce the desired nacre features. However, each laser may be chosen for different reasons: fs-pulsed laser is preferred for much shorter deposition time, better stoichiometry, uniform-sized particles, and uniform film thickness, while ns-pulsed laser is favored for industrial acceptance, reliability, ease of handling, and low cost.

  7. Optical switching of vanadium dioxide thin films deposited by reactive pulsed laser deposition

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    Soltani, M.; Chaker, M.; Haddad, E.; Kruzelecky, R. V.; Nikanpour, D.

    2004-05-01

    The parameters of reactive pulsed laser deposition were successfully optimized for fabrication of vanadium dioxide thin films. It is observed that the O2 concentration in Ar gas and the total deposition pressure are critical in stabilizing the single VO2 phase. Thermochromic VO2 and V1-xWxO2 (x=0.014) thin films were synthesized on various substrates (silicon, quartz, and sapphire) at 5% of O2/Ar ratio gas and total pressure of 90 mTorr. The structural properties of the deposited films were analyzed by x-ray diffraction, while their semiconductor-to-metal phase transitions were studied by electrical resistivity using the four-point technique and infrared transmittance from room temperature up to 100 °C. The observed transition temperature was about 36 °C for W-doped VO2 compared to 68 °C for VO2 films. This transition temperature was then lowered by about 22.85 °C per 1 at. % of W added. The temperature coefficient of resistance was about 1.78%/°C for VO2 and about 1.90%/°C for W-doped VO2. Using the pump-probe experiment, the application of these thermochromic films as optical switches was demonstrated at the wavelength of 1.55 μm. The transmission switching was about 25 dB for VO2 and 28 dB for W-doped VO2. In addition, application of VO2 on optical fiber components was demonstrated by direct VO2 coating on the end faces of cleaved single mode optical fibers and optical fiber connectors. .

  8. Chromium Carbide Thin Films Synthesized by Pulsed Nd:YAG Laser Deposition

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    Suda, Yoshiaki; Kawasaki, Hiroharu; Terajima, Ryou; Emura, Masanari

    1999-06-01

    Chromium carbide thin films are synthesized on Si(100)substrates by a pulsed Nd:YAG laser deposition method at differentsubstrate temperatures. Glancing-angle X-ray diffraction shows that acrystalline chromium carbide film can be prepared at the substratetemperature of 700°C. Grain size of the films, examined witha field-emission secondary electron microscope, increases withincreasing substrate temperature.

  9. Wettability of oxide thin films prepared by pulsed laser deposition: New insights

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    Prakash, Saurav

    The objective of the thesis is to investigate the wettability of good quality oxide thin films prepared by pulsed laser deposition (PLD). In this work, many shortfalls in the water contact angle measurement of thin films of oxides, responsible for the wide scatter in the values reported in literature, have been addressed. (Abstract shortened by UMI.).

  10. Improved passivation of the ZnO/Si interface by pulsed laser deposition

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    Gluba, M. A.; Nickel, N. H.; Rappich, J.; Hinrichs, K.

    2013-01-28

    Zinc oxide thin-films were grown on crystalline silicon employing magnetron sputtering and pulsed laser deposition. Bulk and interface properties were investigated using scanning electron microscopy, Raman backscattering, photoluminescence, and infrared spectroscopic ellipsometry. Sputter deposited ZnO samples reveal a large degree of disorder and an interface defect density of Almost-Equal-To 10{sup 12} cm{sup -2}. A significant improvement of the structural quality is observed in samples grown by pulsed laser deposition. The bulk defect density is further reduced, when introducing monatomic oxygen during deposition. Simultaneously, the defect density at the ZnO/Si interface decreases by about a factor of five. Implications for devices containing ZnO/Si interfaces are discussed.

  11. Silica Nanowire Growth on Photonic Crystal Fiber by Pulsed Femtosecond Laser Deposition

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    Langellier, Nicholas; Li, Chih-Hao; Furesz, Gabor; Glenday, Alex; Phillips, David; Zhang, Huiliang; Noah Chang, Guoqing; Kaertner, Franz; Szentgyorgyi, Andrew; Walsworth, Ronald

    2012-06-01

    We present a new method of nanowire fabrication using pulsed laser deposition. An 800 mW 1 GHz femtosecond Ti:Sapphire laser is guided into a polarization-maintaining photonic crystal fiber (PCF). The PCF, with a core tapered to 1.7 micron diameter, converts femtosecond laser pulses centered at 800 nm into green light with a spectrum down to 500 nm. The PCF is enclosed in a cylindrical tube with glass windows, sealed in a class 100 clean room with silicone-based RTV adhesive. The high power of each laser pulse in a silica-rich environment leads to growth of a silica nanowire at the output end of the PCF. SEM analysis shows that the nanowire is 720 nm in diameter and grows at a rate of about 0.6 um/s. Details of nanowire performance along with potential applications will be presented.

  12. PULSED LASER DEPOSITION OF MAGNETIC MULTILAYERS FOR THE GRANT ENTITLED LASER PROCESSING OF ADVANCED MAGNETIC MATERIALS

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    Monica Sorescu

    2003-10-11

    Nanostructured magnetite/T multilayers, with T = Ni, Co, Cr, have been prepared by pulsed laser deposition. The thickness of individual magnetite and metal layers takes values in the range of 5-40 nm with a total multilayer thickness of 100-120 nm. X-ray diffraction has been used to study the phase characteristics as a function of thermal treatment up to 550 C. Small amounts of maghemite and hematite were identified together with prevailing magnetite phase after treatments at different temperatures. The mean grain size of magnetite phase increases with temperature from 12 nm at room temperature to 54 nm at 550 C. The thermal behavior of magnetite in multilayers in comparison with powder magnetite is discussed. These findings were published in peer-reviewed conference proceedings after presentation at an international materials conference.

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

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    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.

  14. Electrical and optical characterization of multilayered thin film based on pulsed laser deposition of metal oxides

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    Marotta, V.; Orlando, S.; Parisi, G. P.; Giardini, A.; Perna, G.; Santoro, A. M.; Capozzi, V.

    2000-12-01

    Thin films of semiconducting oxides such as In2O3, SnO2, and multilayers of these two compounds have been deposited by reactive pulsed laser ablation, with the aim to produce toxic gas sensors. Deposition of these thin films has been carried out by a frequency doubled Nd-YAG laser (λ=532 nm) on silicon (1 0 0) substrates. A comparison, among indium oxide, tin oxide, and multilayers of indium and tin oxides, has been performed. The influence of physical parameters such as substrate temperature, laser fluence and oxygen pressure in the deposition chamber has been investigated. The deposited films have been characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), optical and electric resistance measurements.

  15. Grain growth of Ni-based superalloy IN718 coating fabricated by pulsed laser deposition

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    Zhang, Yaocheng; Yang, Li; Dai, Jun; Huang, Zedong; Meng, Tao

    2016-06-01

    The pulsed laser deposited Ni-based superalloy coating was fabricated with successive 12 layers using single tracks. The microstructure of the deposited coating was observed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The grain growth and the grain boundary misorientation were investigated by electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), the precipitation phase was determined by transmission electron microscope (TEM). The results showed that the dendrites were the most common microstructure in the coating, and the dendritic growth orientation was paralleled to the direction of the laser deposition. The dendrite got coarser and its space was increased with increasing laser deposited layers. Most grains grew along the preferential grain orientation <001> and formed anisotropy with grain boundaries misorientation angle about 2° in the pulsed laser deposited coating. The grain size along the texture orientation was 3-10 times larger than that in the transverse orientation. The cross section microhardness of the coating ranged between 240-280 HV, and decreased along the depositional direction due to the reasons of the variation of eutectic morphology, grain size distribution, grain misorientation and a small amounts of strengthening phase precipitation.

  16. Pulsed Laser Deposition of Photoresponsive Two-Dimensional GaSe Nanosheet Networks

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    Mahjouri-Samani, Masoud; Gresback, Ryan G; Tian, Mengkun; Puretzky, Alexander A; Rouleau, Christopher M; Eres, Gyula; Ivanov, Ilia N; Xiao, Kai; McGuire, Michael A; Duscher, Gerd; Geohegan, David B

    2014-01-01

    Here we explore pulsed laser deposition (PLD), a well known and versatile synthesis method principally used for epitaxial oxide thin film growth, for the synthesis of functional metal chalcogenide (GaSe) nanosheet networks by stoichiometric transfer of laser vaporized material from bulk GaSe targets in Ar background gas. Uniform coverage of interconnected, crystalline, few-layer, photoresponsive GaSe nanosheets in both in-plane and out-of-plane orientations were achieved under different ablation plume conditions over ~1.5 cm2 areas. Plume propagation was characterized by in situ ICCD-imaging. High (1 Torr) Ar background gas pressures were found to be crucial for the stoichiometric growth of GaSe nanosheet networks. Individual 1-3 layer GaSe triangular nanosheets of ~ 200 nm domain size were formed within 30 laser pulses, coalescing to form nanosheet networks in as few as 100 laser pulses. The thickness of the deposited networks increased linearly with pulse number, adding layers in a two-dimensional (2D) growth mode while maintaining a surface roughness of 2 GaSe layers for increasing overall thickness. Field effect transistors using these interconnected crystalline GaSe networks showed p-type semiconducting characteristics with mobilities reaching as high as 0.1 cm2V-1s-1. Spectrally-resolved photoresponsivities and external quantum efficiencies ranged from 0.4 AW-1 and 100% at 700 nm, to 1.4 AW-1 and 600 % at 240 nm, respectively. Pulsed laser deposition under these conditions appears to provide a versatile and rapid approach to stoichiometrically transfer and deposit photoresponsive networks of 2D nanosheets with digital thickness control and substrate-scale uniformity for a variety of applications.

  17. Crystallization kinetics of GeTe phase-change thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition

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    Sun, Xinxing; Thelander, Erik; Gerlach, Jürgen W.; Decker, Ulrich; Rauschenbach, Bernd

    2015-07-01

    Pulsed laser deposition was employed to the growth of GeTe thin films on Silicon substrates. X-ray diffraction measurements reveal that the critical crystallization temperature lies between 220 and 240 °C. Differential scanning calorimetry was used to investigate the crystallization kinetics of the as-deposited films, determining the activation energy to be 3.14 eV. Optical reflectivity and in situ resistance measurements exhibited a high reflectivity contrast of ~21% and 3-4 orders of magnitude drop in resistivity of the films upon crystallization. The results show that pulsed laser deposited GeTe films can be a promising candidate for phase-change applications.

  18. Bismuth Oxide Thin Films Deposited on Silicon Through Pulsed Laser Ablation, for Infrared Detectors

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    Condurache-Bota, Simona; Constantinescu, Catalin; Tigau, Nicolae; Praisler, Mirela

    2016-12-01

    Infrared detectors are used in many human activities, from industry to military, telecommunications, environmental studies and even medicine. Bismuth oxide thin films have proved their potential for optoelectronic applications, but their uses as infrared sensors have not been thoroughly studied so far. In this paper, pulsed laser ablation of pure bismuth targets within a controlled oxygen atmosphere is proposed for the deposition of bismuth oxide films on Si (100) substrates. Crystalline films were obtained, whose uniformity depends on the deposition conditions (number of laser pulses and the use of a radio-frequency (RF) discharge of the oxygen inside the deposition chamber). The optical analysis proved that the refractive index of the films is higher than 3 and that their optical bandgap is around 1eV, recommending them for infrared applications.

  19. Pulsed laser deposition of AlMgB14 thin films

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    Britson, Jason Curtis

    2008-11-18

    Hard, wear-resistant coatings of thin film borides based on AlMgB14 have the potential to be applied industrially to improve the tool life of cutting tools and pump vanes and may account for several million dollars in savings as a result of reduced wear on these parts. Past work with this material has shown that it can have a hardness of up to 45GPa and be fabricated into thin films with a similar hardness using pulsed laser deposition. These films have already been shown to be promising for industrial applications. Cutting tools coated with AlMgB14 used to mill titanium alloys have been shown to substantially reduce the wear on the cutting tool and extend its cutting life. However, little research into the thin film fabrication process using pulsed laser deposition to make AlMgB14 has been conducted. In this work, research was conducted into methods to optimize the deposition parameters for the AlMgB14 films. Processing methods to eliminate large particles on the surface of the AlMgB14 films, produce films that were at least 1m thick, reduce the surface roughness of the films, and improve the adhesion of the thin films were investigated. Use of a femtosecond laser source rather than a nanosecond laser source was found to be effective in eliminating large particles considered detrimental to wear reduction properties from the films. Films produced with the femtosecond laser were also found to be deposited at a rate 100 times faster than those produced with the nanosecond laser. However, films produced with the femtosecond laser developed a relatively high RMS surface roughness around 55nm. Attempts to decrease the surface roughness were largely unsuccessful. Neither increasing the surface temperature of the substrate during deposition nor using a double pulse to ablate the material was found to be extremely successful to reduce the surface roughness. Finally, the adhesion of the thin films to M2 tool steel

  20. Tunable stoichiometry of SiOx-BaTiOy-BOz fabricated by multitarget pulsed laser deposition

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    Jones, John G.; Goldstein, Jonathan T.; Smith, Steven R.; Landis, Gerald R.; Grazulis, Lawrence; Sun, Lirong; Murphy, Neil R.; Kozlowski, Gregory; Jakubiak, Rachel; Stutz, Charles E.

    2015-01-01

    Oxide materials of desired stoichiometry are challenging to make in small quantities. Nanostructured thin films of multiple oxide materials were obtained by using pulsed laser deposition and multiple independent targets consisting of Si, BaTiO3, and B. Programmable stoichiometry of nanostructured thin films was achieved by synchronizing a 248-nm krypton fluoride excimer laser at an energy of 300 mJ/pulse, a galvanometer mirror system, and the three independent target materials with a background pressure of oxygen. Island growth occurred on a per pulse basis; some 500 pulses are required to deposit 1 nm of material. The number of pulses on each target was programmed with a high degree of precision. Trends in material properties were systematically identified by varying the stoichiometry of multiple nanostructured thin films and comparing the resulting properties measured using in situ spectroscopic ellipsometry, capacitance measurements including relative permittivity and loss, and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). Films were deposited ˜150 to 907 nm thickness, and in situ ellipsometry data were modeled to calculate thickness n and k. A representative atomic force microscopy measurement was also collected. EDS, ellipsometry, and capacitance measurements were all performed on each of the samples, with one sample having a calculated permittivity greater than 20,000 at 1 kHz.

  1. Photoemission Studies of Metallic Photocathodes Prepared by Pulsed Laser Ablation Deposition Technique

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    Fasano, V.; Lorusso, A.; Perrone, A.; De Rosa, H.; Cultrera, L.

    2010-11-10

    We present the results of our investigation on metallic films as suitable photocathodes for the production of intense electron beams in RF photoinjector guns. Pulsed laser ablation deposition technique was used for growing Mg and Y thin films onto Si and Cu substrates in high vacuum and at room temperature.Different diagnostic methods were used to characterize the thin films deposited on Si with the aim to optimize the deposition process. Photoelectron performances were investigated on samples deposited on Cu substrate in an ultra high vacuum photodiode chamber at 10{sup -7} Pa. Relatively high quantum efficiencies have been obtained for the deposited films, comparable to those of corresponding bulks. Samples could stay for several months in humid open air before being tested in a photodiode cell. The deposition process and the role of the photocathode surface contamination and its influence on the photoelectron performances are presented and discussed.

  2. Mechanical and physicochemical properties of AlN thin films obtained by pulsed laser deposition

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    Cibert, C.; Tétard, F.; Djemia, P.; Champeaux, C.; Catherinot, A.; Tétard, D.

    2004-10-01

    AlN thin films have been deposited on Si(100) substrates by a pulsed laser deposition method. The deposition parameters (pressure, temperature, purity of target) play an important role in the mechanical and physicochemical properties. The films have been characterized using X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, Brillouin light scattering, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and wettability testing. With a high purity target of AlN and a temperature deposition of 750 ∘C, the measured Rayleigh wave velocity is close to the one previously determined for AlN films grown at high temperature by metal-organic chemical vapour deposition. Growth of nanocrystalline AlN at low temperature and of AlN film with good crystallinity for samples deposited at higher temperature is confirmed by infrared spectroscopy, as it was by atomic force microscopy, in agreement with X-ray diffraction results. A high hydrophobicity has been measured with zero polar contribution for the surface energy. These results confirm that films made by pulsed laser deposition of pure AlN at relatively low temperature have good prospects for microelectromechanical systems applications.

  3. Fabricating functionally graded films with designed gradient profiles using pulsed laser deposition

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    Won, Yoo Jai; Ki, Hyungson

    2013-05-07

    A novel picosecond-laser pulsed laser deposition method has been developed for fabricating functionally graded films with pre-designed gradient profiles. Theoretically, the developed method is capable of precisely fabricating films with any thicknesses and any gradient profiles by controlling the laser beam powers for the two different targets based on the film composition profiles. As an implementation example, we have successfully constructed functionally graded diamond-like carbon films with six different gradient profiles: linear, quadratic, cubic, square root, cubic root, and sinusoidal. Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy is employed for investigating the chemical composition along the thickness of the film, and the deposition profile and thickness errors are found to be less than 3% and 1.04%, respectively. To the best of the authors' knowledge, this is the first method for fabricating films with designed gradient profiles and has huge potential in many areas of coatings and films, including multifunctional optical films. We believe that this method is not only limited to the example considered in this study, but also can be applied to all material combinations as long as they can be deposited using the pulsed laser deposition technique.

  4. Characterization of Environmental Stability of Pulsed Laser Deposited Oxide Ceramic Coatings

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    ADAMS, THADM

    2004-03-02

    A systematic investigation of candidate hydrogen permeation materials applied to a substrate using Pulsed Laser Deposition has been performed. The investigation focused on application of leading permeation-resistant materials types (oxide, carbides, and metals) on a stainless steel substrate. and evaluation of the stability of the applied coatings. Type 304L stainless steel substrates were coated with aluminum oxide, chromium oxide, and aluminum. Characterization of the coating-substrate system adhesion was performed using scratch adhesion testing and microindentation. Coating stability and environmental susceptibility were evaluated for two conditions-air at 350 degrees Celsius and Ar-H2 at 350 degrees Celsius for up to 100 hours. Results from this study have shown the pulsed laser deposition process to be an extremely versatile technology that is capable of producing a sound coating/substrate system for a wide variety of coating materials.

  5. Isotopically Enriched Films and Nanostructures by Ultrafast Pulsed Laser Deposition

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    Peter Pronko

    2004-12-13

    This project involved a systematic study to apply newly discovered isotopic enrichment effects in laser ablation plumes to the fabrication of isotopically engineered thin films, superlattices, and nanostructures. The approach to this program involved using ultrafast lasers as a method for generating ablated plasmas that have preferentially structured isotopic content in the body of the ablation plasma plumes. In examining these results we have attempted to interpret the observations in terms of a plasma centrifuge process that is driven by the internal electro-magnetic fields of the plasma itself. The research plan involved studying the following phenomena in regard to the ablation plume and the isotopic mass distribution within it: (1) Test basic equations of steady state centrifugal motion in the ablation plasma. (2) Investigate angular distribution of ions in the ablation plasmas. (3) Examine interactions of plasma ions with self-generated magnetic fields. (3) Investigate ion to neutral ratios in the ablation plasmas. (5) Test concepts of plasma pumping. (6) Fabricate isotopically enriched nanostructures.

  6. Surface modification of biomaterials by pulsed laser ablation deposition and plasma/gamma polymerization

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    Rau, Kaustubh R.

    Surface modification of stainless-steel was carried out by two different methods: pulsed laser ablation deposition (PLAD) and a combined plasma/gamma process. A potential application was the surface modification of endovascular stents, to enhance biocompatibility. The pulsed laser ablation deposition process, had not been previously reported for modifying stents and represented a unique and potentially important method for surface modification of biomaterials. Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) elatomer was studied using the PLAD technique. Cross- linked PDMS was deemed important because of its general use for biomedical implants and devices as well as in other fields. Furthermore, PDMS deposition using PLAD had not been previously studied and any information gained on its ablation characteristics could be important scientifically and technologically. The studies reported here showed that the deposited silicone film properties had a dependence on the laser energy density incident on the target. Smooth, hydrophobic, silicone-like films were deposited at low energy densities (100-150 mJ/cm2). At high energy densities (>200 mJ/cm2), the films had an higher oxygen content than PDMS, were hydrophilic and tended to show a more particulate morphology. It was also determined that (1)the deposited films were stable and extremely adherent to the substrate, (2)silicone deposition exhibited an `incubation effect' which led to the film properties changing with laser pulse number and (3)films deposited under high vacuum were similar to films deposited at low vacuum levels. The mechanical properties of the PLAD films were determined by nanomechanical measurements which are based on the Atomic Force Microscope (AFM). From these measurements, it was possible to determine the modulus of the films and also study their scratch resistance. Such measurement techniques represent a significant advance over current state-of-the-art thin film characterization methods. An empirical model for

  7. Enhanced localized superconductivity in Sr2RuO4 thin film by pulsed laser deposition

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    Cao, J.; Massarotti, D.; Vickers, M. E.; Kursumovic, A.; Di Bernardo, A.; Robinson, J. W. A.; Tafuri, F.; MacManus-Driscoll, J. L.; Blamire, M. G.

    2016-09-01

    Superconducting c-axis-oriented Sr2RuO4 thin film has been fabricated using pulsed laser deposition. Although the superconductivity is localized, the onset critical temperature is enhanced over the bulk value. X-ray microstructural analysis of Sr2RuO4 superconducting and non-superconducting thin films suggests the existence of the localized stacking faults and an overall c-axis lattice expansion which may account for the locally enhanced superconductivity.

  8. Method for continuous control of composition and doping of pulsed laser deposited films

    DOEpatents

    Lowndes, Douglas H.; McCamy, James W.

    1995-01-01

    A method for growing a deposit upon a substrate of semiconductor material involves the utilization of pulsed laser deposition techniques within a low-pressure gas environment. The substrate and a target of a first material are positioned within a deposition chamber and a low-pressure gas atmosphere is developed within the chamber. The substrate is then heated, and the target is irradiated, so that atoms of the target material are ablated from the remainder of the target, while atoms of the gas simultaneously are adsorbed on the substrate/film surface. The ablated atoms build up upon the substrate, together with the adsorbed gas atoms to form the thin-film deposit on the substrate. By controlling the pressure of the gas of the chamber atmosphere, the composition of the formed deposit can be controlled, and films of continuously variable composition or doping can be grown from a single target of fixed composition.

  9. Method for continuous control of composition and doping of pulsed laser deposited films by pressure control

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    Lowndes, Douglas H.; McCamy, James W.

    1996-01-01

    A method for growing a deposit upon a substrate of semiconductor material involves the utilization of pulsed laser deposition techniques within a low-pressure gas environment. The substrate and a target of a first material are positioned within a deposition chamber and a low-pressure gas atmosphere is developed within the chamber. The substrate is then heated, and the target is irradiated, so that atoms of the target material are ablated from the remainder of the target, while atoms of the gas simultaneously are adsorbed on the substrate/film surface. The ablated atoms build up upon the substrate, together with the adsorbed gas atoms to form the thin-film deposit on the substrate. By controlling the pressure of the gas of the chamber atmosphere, the composition of the formed deposit can be controlled, and films of continuously variable composition or doping can be grown from a single target of fixed composition.

  10. thin films by an hybrid deposition configuration: pulsed laser deposition and thermal evaporation

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    Escobar-Alarcón, L.; Solís-Casados, D. A.; Perez-Alvarez, J.; Romero, S.; Morales-Mendez, J. G.; Haro-Poniatowski, E.

    2014-10-01

    The aim of this work was to report the application of an hybrid deposition configuration to deposit Titanium dioxide (TiO2) thin films modified with different amounts of bismuth (Bi:TiO2). The samples were synthesized combining a TiO2 laser ablation plasma with a flux of vapor of bismuth produced by thermal evaporation. By varying the deposition rate of Bi it was possible to control the amount of Bi incorporated in the film and consequently the film properties. A detailed compositional, structural, and optical characterization by XPS, RBS, Raman spectroscopy, and UV-Vis spectrometry techniques is discussed. Photocatalytic response of the deposited thin films was studied through the degradation of a malachite green solution.

  11. Cubic AlN thin film formation on quartz substrate by pulse laser deposition

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    Biju, Zheng; Wen, Hu

    2016-06-01

    Cubic AlN thin films were obtained on quartz substrate by pulse laser deposition in a nitrogen reactive atmosphere. A Nd-YAG laser with a wavelength of 1064 nm was used as the laser source. In order to study the influence of the process parameters on the deposited AlN film, the experiments were performed at various technique parameters of laser energy density from 70 to 260 J/cm2, substrate temperature from room temperature to 800 °C and nitrogen pressure from 0.1 to 50 Pa. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy were applied to characterize the structure and surface morphology of the deposited AlN films. It was found that the structure of AlN films deposited in a vacuum is rocksalt under the condition of substrate temperature 600-800 °C, nitrogen pressure 10-0.1 Pa and a moderate laser energy density (190 J/cm2). The high quality AlN film exhibited good optical property. Project supported by the Yunnan Provincial Natural of Science Foundation of China (No. KKSY201251089).

  12. Characterization Of Fe{sub 1-x}Co{sub x}Si Thin Films Deposited Via Pulsed Laser Deposition

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    Manyala, N.; Ngom, Balla; Kana-Kana, J. B.; Bucher, Remy; Maaza, M.; Di Tusa, J. F.

    2008-09-23

    We report on the structural and morphological characterization of B20 cubic structure Fe{sub 1-x}Co{sub x}Si thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition for the concentration range 0{<=}x{<=}0.3 deposited on Si (111) substrate. The x-ray diffraction, Rutherford back scattering (RBS), Scanning Electron microscopy (SEM) and Atomic force microscopy (AFM) of the films show that all the films are single phase B20 cubic structure with concentrations close to expected values, very smooth and dense with surface roughness less than 0.8 nm.

  13. Phase-selective vanadium dioxide (VO2) nanostructured thin films by pulsed laser deposition

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    Masina, B. N.; Lafane, S.; Wu, L.; Akande, A. A.; Mwakikunga, B.; Abdelli-Messaci, S.; Kerdja, T.; Forbes, A.

    2015-10-01

    Thin films of monoclinic nanostructured vanadium dioxide are notoriously difficult to produce in a selective manner. To date, post-annealing, after pulsed laser deposition (PLD), has been used to revert the crystal phase or to remove impurities, and non-glass substrates have been employed, thus reducing the efficacy of the transparency switching. Here, we overcome these limitations in PLD by optimizing a laser-ablation and deposition process through optical imaging of the laser-induced plasma. We report high quality monoclinic rutile-type vanadium dioxide (VO2) (M1) nanoparticles without post-annealing, and on a glass substrate. Our samples demonstrate a reversible metal-to-insulator transition at ˜43 °C, without any doping, paving the way to switchable transparency in optical materials at room temperature.

  14. Phase-selective vanadium dioxide (VO{sub 2}) nanostructured thin films by pulsed laser deposition

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    Masina, B. N. E-mail: slafane@cdta.dz; Lafane, S. E-mail: slafane@cdta.dz; Abdelli-Messaci, S.; Kerdja, T.; Wu, L.; Akande, A. A.; Mwakikunga, B.

    2015-10-28

    Thin films of monoclinic nanostructured vanadium dioxide are notoriously difficult to produce in a selective manner. To date, post-annealing, after pulsed laser deposition (PLD), has been used to revert the crystal phase or to remove impurities, and non-glass substrates have been employed, thus reducing the efficacy of the transparency switching. Here, we overcome these limitations in PLD by optimizing a laser-ablation and deposition process through optical imaging of the laser-induced plasma. We report high quality monoclinic rutile-type vanadium dioxide (VO{sub 2}) (M1) nanoparticles without post-annealing, and on a glass substrate. Our samples demonstrate a reversible metal-to-insulator transition at ∼43 °C, without any doping, paving the way to switchable transparency in optical materials at room temperature.

  15. Optical and mechanical properties of nanocrystalline ZrC thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition.

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    Craciun, D.; Socol, G.; Lambers, E.; McCumiskey, E. J.; Taylor, C. R.; Martin, C.; Argibay, Nicolas; Craciun, V.; Tanner, D. B.

    2015-01-17

    Thin ZrC films (<500 nm) were grown on (100) Si substrates at a substrate temperature of 500 °C by the pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique using a KrF excimer laser under different CH4 pressures. Glancing incidence X-ray diffraction showed that films were nanocrystalline, while X-ray reflectivity studies found out films were very dense and exhibited a smooth surface morphology. Optical spectroscopy data shows that the films have high reflectivity (>90%) in the infrared region, characteristic of metallic behavior. Nanoindentation results indicated that films deposited under lower CH4 pressures exhibited slightly higher nanohardness and Young modulus values than films deposited under higher pressures. As a result, tribological characterization revealed that these films exhibited relatively high wear resistance and steady-state friction coefficients on the order of μ = 0.4.

  16. Optical and mechanical properties of nanocrystalline ZrC thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition.

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    Craciun, D.; Socol, G.; Lambers, E.; McCumiskey, E. J.; Taylor, C. R.; Martin, C.; Argibay, Nicolas; Craciun, V.; Tanner, D. B.

    2015-01-17

    Thin ZrC films (<500 nm) were grown on (100) Si substrates at a substrate temperature of 500 °C by the pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique using a KrF excimer laser under different CH4 pressures. Glancing incidence X-ray diffraction showed that films were nanocrystalline, while X-ray reflectivity studies found out films were very dense and exhibited a smooth surface morphology. Optical spectroscopy data shows that the films have high reflectivity (>90%) in the infrared region, characteristic of metallic behavior. Nanoindentation results indicated that films deposited under lower CH4 pressures exhibited slightly higher nanohardness and Young modulus values than films deposited undermore » higher pressures. As a result, tribological characterization revealed that these films exhibited relatively high wear resistance and steady-state friction coefficients on the order of μ = 0.4.« less

  17. X-ray absorption study of pulsed laser deposited boron nitride films

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    Chaiken, A.; Terminello, L.J.; Wong, J.; Doll, G.L.; Sato, T.

    1994-02-02

    B and N K-edge x-ray absorption spectroscopy measurements have been performed on three BN thin films grown on Si substrates using ion- assisted pulsed laser deposition. Comparison of the films` spectra to those of several single-phase BN powder standards shows that the films consist primarily of sp{sup 2} bonds. Other features in the films`s spectra suggest the presence of secondary phases, possibly cubic or rhombohedral BN. Films grown at higher deposition rates and higher ion-beam voltages are found to be more disordered, in agreement with previous work.

  18. Preparation and characterization of YBCO coating on metallic RABiT substrates by pulsed laser deposition

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    Gonal, M. R.; Prajapat, C. L.; Igalwar, P. S.; Maji, B. C.; Singh, M. R.; Krishnan, M.

    2016-05-01

    Superconducting YBCO films are coated on metallic Rolling Assisted Bi-axially Textured Substrates (RABiTS) Ni-5wt % W (NiW) (002) substrate using pulsed laser deposition (PLD) system. Targets of YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) and buffer layers of Ceria and 8 mole % Yttria Stabilized Zirconia (YSZ) of high density are synthesized. At each stage of deposition coatings are characterized by XRD. Transport studies show superconducting nature of YBCO only when two successive buffer layers of YSZ and CeO2 are used.

  19. Preparation and analysis of chemically gradient functional bioceramic coating formed by pulsed laser deposition.

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    Rajesh, P; Muraleedharan, C V; Sureshbabu, S; Komath, Manoj; Varma, Harikrishna

    2012-02-01

    Bioactive ceramic coatings based on calcium phosphates yield better functionality in the human body for a variety of metallic implant devices including orthopaedic and dental prostheses. In the present study chemically and hence functionally gradient bioceramic coating was obtained by pulsed laser deposition method. Calcium phosphate bioactive ceramic coatings based on hydroxyapatite (HA) and tricalcium phosphate (TCP) were deposited over titanium substrate to produce gradation in physico-chemical characteristics and in vitro dissolution behaviour. Sintered targets of HA and α-TCP were deposited in a multi target laser deposition system. The obtained deposits were characterized by X-ray diffraction, fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray analysis. Inductively coupled plasma spectroscopy was used to estimate the in vitro dissolution behaviour of coatings. The variation in mechanical property of the gradient layer was evaluated through scratch test and micro-indentation hardness. The bioactivity was examined in vitro with respect to the ability of HA layer to form on the surface as a result of contact with simulated body fluid. It could be inferred that chemically gradient functional bioceramic coating can be produced by laser deposition of multiple sintered targets with variable chemical composition. PMID:22105226

  20. Optical properties of zinc phthalocyanine thin films prepared by pulsed laser deposition

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    Novotny, M.; Bulir, J.; Bensalah-Ledoux, A.; Guy, S.; Fitl, P.; Vrnata, M.; Lancok, J.; Moine, B.

    2014-10-01

    ZnPc thin films were prepared by pulsed laser deposition (KrF laser, λ = 248 nm, τ = 5 ns, f = 50 Hz) on suprasil substrates in vacuum. Optical properties in UV-Vis spectral region were analyzed as functions of laser fluence from 40 to 100 mJ/cm2 by spectrophotometric and spectral ellipsometry measurements. The spectral ellipsometry data were treated using a three-layer model (substrate, film, roughness). The best results of data fitting were obtained when Q band was characterized by two Lorentz oscillators, while two Gaussian oscillators were used for B and C band fitting. We derived the band gap using Tauc plot considering ZnPc a direct band gap semiconductor. The band gap values were found decreasing from 3.13 to 3.09 eV with increasing laser fluence, which might be related with formation of trapping sites at higher fluence.

  1. Effects of Laser Wavelength and Fluence in Pulsed Laser Deposition of Ge Films

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    Yap, Seong Shan; Reenaas, Turid Worren; Siew, Wee Ong; Tou, Teck Yong; Ladam, Cecile

    2011-03-30

    Nanosecond lasers with ultra-violet, visible and infrared wavelengths: KrF (248 nm, 25 ns) and Nd:YAG (1064 nm, 532 nm, 355 nm, 5 ns) were used to ablate polycrystalline Ge target and deposit Ge films in vacuum (<10-6 Torr). Time-integrated optical emission spectra were obtained for laser fluence from 0.5-10 J/cm{sup 2}. Neutrals and ionized Ge species in the plasma plume were detected by optical emission spectroscopy. Ge neutrals dominated the plasma plume at low laser fluence while Ge{sup +} ions above some threshold fluence. The deposited amorphous thin-film samples consisted of particulates of size from nano to micron. The relation of the film properties and plume species at different laser fluence and wavelengths were discussed.

  2. Detection of defects in laser powder deposition (LPD) components by pulsed laser transient thermography

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    Santospirito, S. P.; Słyk, Kamil; Luo, Bin; Łopatka, Rafał; Gilmour, Oliver; Rudlin, John

    2013-05-01

    Detection of defects in Laser Powder Deposition (LPD) produced components has been achieved by laser thermography. An automatic in-process NDT defect detection software system has been developed for the analysis of laser thermography to automatically detect, reliably measure and then sentence defects in individual beads of LPD components. A deposition path profile definition has been introduced so all laser powder deposition beads can be modeled, and the inspection system has been developed to automatically generate an optimized inspection plan in which sampling images follow the deposition track, and automatically control and communicate with robot-arms, the source laser and cameras to implement image acquisition. Algorithms were developed so that the defect sizes can be correctly evaluated and these have been confirmed using test samples. Individual inspection images can also be stitched together for a single bead, a layer of beads or multiple layers of beads so that defects can be mapped through the additive process. A mathematical model was built up to analyze and evaluate the movement of heat throughout the inspection bead. Inspection processes were developed and positional and temporal gradient algorithms have been used to measure the flaw sizes. Defect analysis is then performed to determine if the defect(s) can be further classified (crack, lack of fusion, porosity) and the sentencing engine then compares the most significant defect or group of defects against the acceptance criteria - independent of human decisions. Testing on manufactured defects from the EC funded INTRAPID project has successful detected and correctly sentenced all samples.

  3. Au nanoparticle arrays produced by Pulsed Laser Deposition for Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy

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    Agarwal, N. R.; Neri, F.; Trusso, S.; Lucotti, A.; Ossi, P. M.

    2012-09-01

    Using UV pulses from KrF excimer laser, Au targets were ablated in varying pressures of argon to deposit Au nanoparticle (NP) arrays. The morphology of these films from island structures to isolated NPs, observed by SEM and TEM, depends on the gas pressure (10-100 Pa) and pulse number keeping other deposition parameters constant. By fast imaging of the plasma with an iCCD camera at different time delays with respect to the arrival of the laser pulse, we study the plasma propagation regime and we measured its initial velocity. These data and the measured average ablated mass per pulse were introduced to the mixed propagation model to calculate the average asymptotic size of clusters grown in the plume which were compared with NP sizes from TEM measurements. UV-visible Spectroscopy revealed changes of surface plasmon resonance with respect to NP size and spatial density and distribution on the surface. Suitable wavelength to excite the localized surface plasmon was chosen to detect ultra-low concentrations of Rhodamine and Apomorphine as an application to biomedical sensors, using Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS). A comparison of SERS spectra taken under identical conditions from commercial substrates and from PLD substrates show that the latter have superior performances.

  4. SERS activity of silver and gold nanostructured thin films deposited by pulsed laser ablation

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    Agarwal, N. R.; Tommasini, M.; Fazio, E.; Neri, F.; Ponterio, R. C.; Trusso, S.; Ossi, P. M.

    2014-10-01

    Nanostructured Au and Ag thin films were obtained by nanosecond pulsed laser ablation in presence of a controlled Ar atmosphere. Keeping constant other deposition parameters such as target-to-substrate distance, incidence angle, laser wavelength and laser fluence, the film morphology, revealed by SEM, ranges from isolated NPs to island structures and sensibly depends on gas pressure (10-100 Pa) and on the laser pulse number (500-3 × 10). The control of these two parameters allows tailoring the morphology and correspondingly the optical properties of the films. The position and width of the surface plasmon resonance peak, in fact, can be varied with continuity. The films showed remarkable surface-enhanced Raman activity (SERS) that depends on the adopted deposition conditions. Raman maps were acquired on micrometer-sized areas of both silver and gold substrates selected among those with the strongest SERS activity. Organic dyes of interest in cultural heritage studies (alizarin, purpurin) have been also considered for bench marking the substrates produced in this work. Also the ability to detect the presence of biomolecules was tested using lysozyme in a label free configuration.

  5. Synthesis and characterization of boron antimonide films by pulsed laser deposition technique

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    Das, S.; Bhunia, R.; Hussain, S.; Bhar, R.; Chakraborty, B. R.; Pal, A. K.

    2015-10-01

    Boron antimonide films (BSb) were successfully deposited by pulsed laser deposition technique on glass, fused silica and silicon substrates by using a target prepared by admixing boron and antimony powders in appropriate proportions. Nd-YAG laser was used to ablate the target. Films deposited at substrate temperatures of 673 K and above showed zinc blende structure. Grain growth in the films was observed in films deposited at higher temperatures. Films deposited on Si(1 0 0) substrates at higher deposition temperatures indicated lower residual strain. SIMS studies indicated very uniform distribution of B and Sb in the whole bulk of the films. XPS spectra indicated characteristic peaks at ∼34.87 eV for Sb4d, ∼188.1 eV for B1s, ∼765.5 eV for Sb3p3/2, ∼539 eV for Sb3d3/2 and ∼812.8 eV for Sb3p1/2. Raman peaks for BSb were located at ∼64 cm-1, 152 cm-1, 595 cm-1 and 821 cm-1.

  6. Substrate dependent structural and magnetic properties of pulsed laser deposited Fe3O4 thin films.

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    Goyal, Rajendra N; Kaur, Davinder; Pandey, Ashish K

    2010-12-01

    Nanocrystalline iron oxide thin films have been deposited on various substrates such as quartz, MgO(100), and Si(100) by pulsed laser deposition technique using excimer KrF laser (248 nm). The orientations, crystallite size and lattice parameters were studied using X-ray diffraction. The XRD results show that the films deposited on MgO and Si substrates are highly oriented and show only (400) and (311) reflections respectively. On the other hand, the orientation of the films deposited on quarts substrate changed from (311) to (400) with an increase in the substrate temperature from 400 degrees C to 600 degrees C, indicating thereby that the film growth direction is highly affected with nature of substrate and substrate temperature. The surface morphology of the deposited films was studied using Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and spherical ball like regular features of nanometer size grains were obtained. The magnetic properties were studied by Superconducting Quantum Interference Device (SQUID) magnetometer in the magnetic field +/- 6 Tesla. The magnetic field dependent magnetization (M-H) curves of all the Fe3O4 thin films measured at 5 K and 300 K show the ferrimagnetic nature. The electrochemical sensing of dopamine studied for these films shows that the film deposited on MgO substrate can be used as a sensing electrode. PMID:21121292

  7. Combinatorial pulsed laser deposition of Fe/MgO granular multilayers

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    García-García, A.; Pardo, J. A.; Navarro, E.; Štrichovanec, P.; Vovk, A.; Morellón, L.; Algarabel, P. A.; Ibarra, M. R.

    2012-06-01

    Combinatorial pulsed laser deposition (PLD) makes use of the angular spread of laser-ablated material to prepare thin films with lateral compositional gradient. In this paper we have used combinatorial PLD to grow discontinuous Fe/MgO multilayers by alternate ablation from two separate Fe and MgO targets. Films of composition [Fe( t Fe)/MgO( t MgO)]15 were deposited on glass substrates. The thickness of Fe and MgO were varied in the vicinity of critical values determined in previous studies to maximize the tunneling magnetoresistance (TMR) in the current-in-plane configuration. Optimized multilayers show a substantial improvement of both TMR and field sensitivity at room temperature.

  8. ZnSe and ZnO film growth by pulsed-laser deposition

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    Ryu, Y. R.; Zhu, S.; Han, S. W.; White, H. W.; Miceli, P. F.; Chandrasekhar, H. R.

    1998-05-01

    ZnSe and ZnO films have been deposited on (001) GaAs substrates under different pressures by pulsed-laser deposition (PLD) with a 193 nm laser beam. The ambient pressures were changed from 8×10 -6 to 5×10 -2 Torr with high-purity argon gas for ZnSe and oxygen gas for ZnO. X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurement was performed on these samples. The FWHM's of X-ray theta-rocking curves for the (004) peaks of ZnSe films were less than 0.5°. X-ray data show that high-quality ZnO films can be also synthesized by PLD.

  9. Superlattice CoCrPt/Ru/CoFe structure fabricated by pulsed laser deposition

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    Hu, X. F.; Liang, Q.; Li, H. Q.; He, X. X.; Wang, Xiaoru; Zhang, W.

    2006-04-01

    The synthetic antiferromagnets (SAF) have been used in spin-valve sensor in data storage industry [1]. We report a new hard/Ru/soft sandwich structure (SHBL) fabricated by pulsed lased deposition to replace current single layer structure for information recording application. SHBL consists of two magnetic layers separated by thin nonmagnetic layers, typically with Ru layers of 0.7-1.2 nm, through which antiferromagnetic coupling is induced. Varying the relative thickness of the magnetic layers, the spacer layers, and the type of magnetic materials can alter magnetic properties of CoCrPt/Ru/CoFe superlattice. The coercivity Hc and grain size of magnetic layer is also dependent on the laser fluence. High laser fluence results in both small grain size and high Hc. The observed phenomena are related to high quenching and deposition rates during PLD at high fluence, resulting in more pronounced phase segregation.

  10. Test-Photostability of pulsed laser deposited amorphous thin films from Ge-As-Te system

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    Hawlová, P.; Verger, F.; Nazabal, V.; Boidin, R.; Němec, P.

    2015-03-01

    Amorphous thin films from Ge-As-Te system were prepared by pulsed laser deposition to study their intrinsic photostability, morphology, chemical composition, structure and optical properties. Photostability of fabricated layers was studied by spectroscopic ellipsometry within as-deposited as well as relaxed (annealed) layers. For irradiation, laser sources operating at three wavelengths in band gap region of the studied materials were employed. The results show that lowest values of photorefraction accompanied with lowest changes of band gap values were exhibited by Ge20As20Te60 thin films, which are therefore considered as the layers with highest photostability in relaxed state. The structure of the films is discussed based on Raman scattering spectroscopy data.

  11. Test-photostability of pulsed laser deposited amorphous thin films from Ge-As-Te system.

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    Hawlová, P; Verger, F; Nazabal, V; Boidin, R; Němec, P

    2015-01-01

    Amorphous thin films from Ge-As-Te system were prepared by pulsed laser deposition to study their intrinsic photostability, morphology, chemical composition, structure and optical properties. Photostability of fabricated layers was studied by spectroscopic ellipsometry within as-deposited as well as relaxed (annealed) layers. For irradiation, laser sources operating at three wavelengths in band gap region of the studied materials were employed. The results show that lowest values of photorefraction accompanied with lowest changes of band gap values were exhibited by Ge20As20Te60 thin films, which are therefore considered as the layers with highest photostability in relaxed state. The structure of the films is discussed based on Raman scattering spectroscopy data. PMID:25797340

  12. Test-Photostability of pulsed laser deposited amorphous thin films from Ge-As-Te system

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    Hawlová, P.; Verger, F.; Nazabal, V.; Boidin, R.; Němec, P.

    2015-01-01

    Amorphous thin films from Ge-As-Te system were prepared by pulsed laser deposition to study their intrinsic photostability, morphology, chemical composition, structure and optical properties. Photostability of fabricated layers was studied by spectroscopic ellipsometry within as-deposited as well as relaxed (annealed) layers. For irradiation, laser sources operating at three wavelengths in band gap region of the studied materials were employed. The results show that lowest values of photorefraction accompanied with lowest changes of band gap values were exhibited by Ge20As20Te60 thin films, which are therefore considered as the layers with highest photostability in relaxed state. The structure of the films is discussed based on Raman scattering spectroscopy data. PMID:25797340

  13. Development of a high magnetic field assisted pulsed laser deposition system

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    Zhang, Kejun; Dai, Jianming; Wu, Wenbin; Zhang, Peng; Zuo, Xuzhong; Zhou, Shu; Zhu, Xuebin; Sheng, Zhigao; Liang, Changhao; Sun, Yuping

    2015-09-01

    A high magnetic field assisted pulsed laser deposition (HMF-PLD) system has been developed to in situ grow thin films in a high magnetic field up to 10 T. In this system, a specially designed PLD cylindrical vacuum chamber is horizontally located in the bore configuration of a superconducting magnet with a bore diameter of 200 mm. To adjust the focused pulsed laser into the target in such a narrow PLD vacuum chamber, an ingeniously built-in laser leading-in chamber is employed, including a laser mirror with a reflection angle of 65° and a damage threshold up to 3.4 J/cm2. A laser alignment system consisting of a built-in video-unit leading-in chamber and a low-energy alignment laser is applied to monitor and align the pulsed laser propagation in the PLD vacuum chamber. We have grown La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 (LSMO) thin films on (LaAlO3)0.3(Sr2AlTaO6)0.7 (001) [LSAT (001)] substrates by HMF-PLD. The results show that the nanostructures of the LSMO films can be tuned from an epitaxially continuous film structure without field to a vertically aligned nanorod structure with an applied high magnetic field above 5 T, and the dimension size of the nanorods can be tuned by the strength of the magnetic field. The associated magnetic anisotropy is found to be highly dependent on the nanorod structures. We show how the HMF-PLD provides an effective route toward tuning the nanostructures and the physical properties of functional thin films, giving it an important role in development of nanodevices and their application.

  14. Development of a high magnetic field assisted pulsed laser deposition system.

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    Zhang, Kejun; Dai, Jianming; Wu, Wenbin; Zhang, Peng; Zuo, Xuzhong; Zhou, Shu; Zhu, Xuebin; Sheng, Zhigao; Liang, Changhao; Sun, Yuping

    2015-09-01

    A high magnetic field assisted pulsed laser deposition (HMF-PLD) system has been developed to in situ grow thin films in a high magnetic field up to 10 T. In this system, a specially designed PLD cylindrical vacuum chamber is horizontally located in the bore configuration of a superconducting magnet with a bore diameter of 200 mm. To adjust the focused pulsed laser into the target in such a narrow PLD vacuum chamber, an ingeniously built-in laser leading-in chamber is employed, including a laser mirror with a reflection angle of 65° and a damage threshold up to 3.4 J/cm(2). A laser alignment system consisting of a built-in video-unit leading-in chamber and a low-energy alignment laser is applied to monitor and align the pulsed laser propagation in the PLD vacuum chamber. We have grown La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 (LSMO) thin films on (LaAlO3)0.3(Sr2AlTaO6)0.7 (001) [LSAT (001)] substrates by HMF-PLD. The results show that the nanostructures of the LSMO films can be tuned from an epitaxially continuous film structure without field to a vertically aligned nanorod structure with an applied high magnetic field above 5 T, and the dimension size of the nanorods can be tuned by the strength of the magnetic field. The associated magnetic anisotropy is found to be highly dependent on the nanorod structures. We show how the HMF-PLD provides an effective route toward tuning the nanostructures and the physical properties of functional thin films, giving it an important role in development of nanodevices and their application. PMID:26429478

  15. Engineering of pulsed laser deposited calcium phosphate biomaterials in controlled atmospheres

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    Drukteinis, Saulius E.

    Synthetic calcium phosphates (CAP) such as hydroxyapatite (HA) have been used as regenerative bone graft materials and also as thin films to improve the integration of biomedical implant devices within skeletal tissue. Pulsed laser deposition (PLD) can deposit crystalline HA with significant adhesion on titanium biomaterials. However, there are PLD processing constraints due to the complex physical and chemical interactions occurring simultaneously during PLD, which influence ablation plume formation and development. In this investigation PLD CAP films were engineered with a focus on novel decoupling of partial pressure of H2O (g) ( PH2O ) from total background pressure, in combination with substrate heat treatment and laser energy density control. Characterization of these films was performed with X-ray Diffraction, Scanning Electron Microscopy, Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, and Optical Profilometry. In vitro cellular adhesion testing was also performed using osteoblast (MC3T3) cell lines to evaluate adhesion of bone-forming cells on processed PLD CAP samples. Preferred a-axis orientation films were deposited in H2O (g) saturated atmospheres with reduced laser fluence (< 4 J/cm2). Crystalline HA/tetracalcium phosphate (TTCP) films were deposited in H2O ( g)-deficient atmospheres with higher laser fluence (> 3 J/cm 2). Varied PH2O resulted in control of biphasic HA/TTCP composition with increasing TTCP at lower PH2O . These were dense continuous films composed of micron-scale particles. Cellular adhesion assays did not demonstrate a significant difference between osteoblast adhesion density on HA films compared with biphasic HA/TTCP films. Room temperature PLD at varied PH2O combined with furnace heat treatment resulted in controlled variation in surface amplitude parameters including surface roughness (S a), root mean square (Sq), peak to valley height (St), and ten-point height ( Sz). These discontinuous films were

  16. Optoelectronic Characterization of Ta-Doped ZnO Thin Films by Pulsed Laser Deposition.

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    Koo, Horng-Show; Peng, Jo-Chi; Chen, Mi; Chin, Hung-I; Chen, Jaw-Yeh; Wu, Maw-Kuen

    2015-11-01

    Transparent conductive oxide of Ta-doped ZnO (TZO) film with doping amount of 3.0 wt% have been deposited on glass substrates (Corning Eagle XG) at substrate temperatures of 100 to 500 degrees C by the pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique. The effect of substrate temperature on the structural, optical and electronic characteristics of Ta-doped ZnO (TZO) films with 3.0 wt% dopant of tantalum oxide (Ta2O5) was measured and demonstrated in terms of X-ray diffraction (XRD), ultraviolet-visible spectrometer (UV-Vis), four-probe and Hall-effect measurements. X-ray diffraction pattern shows that TZO films grow in hexagonal crystal structure of wurtzite phase with a preferred orientation of the crystallites along (002) direction and exhibits better physical characteristics of optical transmittance, electrical conductivity, carrier concentration and mobility for the application of window layer in the optoelectronic devices of solar cells, OLEDs and LEDs. The lowest electrical resistivity (ρ) and the highest carrier concentration of the as-deposited film deposited at 300 degrees C are measured as 2.6 x 10(-3) Ω-cm and 3.87 x 10(-20) cm(-3), respectively. The highest optical transmittance of the as-deposited film deposited at 500 degrees C is shown to be 93%, compared with another films deposited below 300 degrees C. It is found that electrical and optical properties of the as-deposited TZO film are greatly dependent on substrate temperature during laser ablation deposition. PMID:26726672

  17. Osteoblast behavior on various ultra short pulsed laser deposited surface coatings.

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    Qu, Chengjuan; Myllymaa, Sami; Prittinen, Juha; Koistinen, Arto P; Lappalainen, Reijo; Lammi, Mikko J

    2013-04-01

    Ultra short pulsed laser deposition technique was utilized to create amorphous diamond, alumina and carbon nitride, and two different titania coatings on silicon wafers, thus producing five different surface deposited films with variable physico-chemical properties. The surface characterizations, including the roughness, the contact angle and the zeta potential measurements were performed before we tested the growth properties of human osteoblast-like Saos-2 cells on these surfaces (three separate experiments). The average roughness and hydrophobicity were the highest on titania-deposited surfaces, while carbon nitride was the most hydrophilic one. Osteoblasts on all surfaces showed a flattened, spread-out morphology, although on amorphous diamond the cell shape appeared more elongated than on the other surfaces. On rough titania, the area covered by the osteoblasts was smaller than on the other ones. Cell proliferation assay did not show any statistically significant differences. PMID:23827623

  18. Atomic Oxygen Sensors Based on Nanograin ZnO Films Prepared by Pulse Laser Deposition

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    Wang Yunfei; Chen Xuekang; Li Zhonghua; Zheng Kuohai; Wang Lanxi; Feng Zhanzu; Yang Shengsheng

    2009-01-05

    High-quality nanograin ZnO thin films were deposited on c-plane sapphire (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) substrates by pulse laser deposition (PLD). Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and x-ray diffraction (XRD) were used to characterize the samples. The structural and morphological properties of ZnO films under different deposition temperature have been investigated before and after atomic oxygen (AO) treatment. XRD has shown that the intensity of the (0 0 2) peak increases and its FWHM value decreases after AO treatment. The AO sensing characteristics of nano ZnO film also has been investigated in a ground-based atomic oxygen simulation facility. The results show that the electrical conductivity of nanograin ZnO films decreases with increasing AO fluence and that the conductivity of the films can be recovered by heating.

  19. Research Update: Stoichiometry controlled oxide thin film growth by pulsed laser deposition

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    Groenen, Rik; Smit, Jasper; Orsel, Kasper; Vailionis, Arturas; Bastiaens, Bert; Huijben, Mark; Boller, Klaus; Rijnders, Guus; Koster, Gertjan

    2015-07-01

    The oxidation of species in the plasma plume during pulsed laser deposition controls both the stoichiometry as well as the growth kinetics of the deposited SrTiO{sub 3} thin films, instead of the commonly assumed mass distribution in the plasma plume and the kinetic energy of the arriving species. It was observed by X-ray diffraction that SrTiO{sub 3} stoichiometry depends on the composition of the background gas during deposition, where in a relative small pressure range between 10{sup −2} mbars and 10{sup −1} mbars oxygen partial pressure, the resulting film becomes fully stoichiometric. Furthermore, upon increasing the oxygen (partial) pressure, the growth mode changes from 3D island growth to a 2D layer-by-layer growth mode as observed by reflection high energy electron diffraction.

  20. Nd-doped YVO{sub 4} waveguide films prepared by pulsed laser deposition

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    Li Hongxia Wu Xin; Song Renguo

    2008-08-15

    Nd:YVO{sub 4} thin films have been grown on silica glass substrates by using pulsed laser deposition technique. X-ray diffraction results show that the as-deposited Nd:YVO{sub 4} film is basically oriented polycrystalline and strong (200) peak was revealed. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements show that valence state of elements of prepared films is consistent with that of bulk target material. Prism coupling technique measurement shows that both TE and TM mode reveal sharp drops at some angular positions, indicating favorable light confinements within the Nd:YVO{sub 4} waveguide layer. The surface morphology of the deposited Nd:YVO{sub 4} films was also observed by using atomic force microscopy.

  1. The growth of nanostructured Cu2ZnSnS4 films by pulsed laser deposition

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    Che Sulaiman, Nurul Suhada; Nee, Chen Hon; Yap, Seong Ling; Lee, Yen Sian; Tou, Teck Yong; Yap, Seong Shan

    2015-11-01

    In this work, we investigated on the growth of Cu2ZnSnS4 films by using pulsed Nd:YAG laser (355 nm) ablation of a quaternary Cu2ZnSnS4 target. Depositions were performed at laser fluence from 0.5 to 4 J cm-2. The films were grown at substrate temperature from 27 °C to 300 °C onto glass and silicon substrates. The dependence of the film morphology, composition, and optical properties are studied and discussed with respect to laser fluence and substrate temperature. Composition analysis from energy dispersive X-ray spectral results show that CZTS films with composition near stoichiometric were obtained at an optimized fluence at 2 J cm-2 by 355 nm laser where the absorption coefficient is >104 cm-1, and optical band gap from a Tauc plot was ∼1.9 eV. At high fluence, Cu and Sn rich droplets were detected which affect the overall quality of the films. The presence of the droplets was associated to the high degree of preferential and subsurface melting on the target during high fluence laser ablation. Crystallinity and optical band gap (1.5 eV) were improved when deposition was performed at substrate temperature of 100 °C.

  2. Pulsed-laser deposition of particulate-free TiC coatings for tribological applications

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    Radhakrishnan, G.; Adams, P. M.

    Hybrid bearings comprising ceramic or ceramic-coated steel balls and steel raceways can provide good fatigue life and resistance to wear. One of the coating materials that has received serious consideration in hybrid systems is titanium carbide (TiC). At present, the commercially available process for the deposition of TiC involves the heating of steel substrates to fairly high temperatures (>900 °C). The high-temperature process involves considerable costs and complexities that are associated with the post-deposition heat treatment and repolishing of the coated steels for bearing applications. Pulsed-laser deposition (PLD) is ideally suited to deposit TiC coatings on bearing steels at room temperature. However, it is well known that codeposition of particulates has been one of the most challenging problems of PLD. This is especially of concern when dealing with hard coatings for tribological applications. Here we describe a novel and extremely simple method of depositing high-quality, particulate-free TiC coatings on bearing steel surfaces that uses PLD. The method relies on a new non-line-of-sight deposition that uses a permanent magnet and prevents particulates from arriving at the substrate. The surface roughness of TiC films deposited on steels by way of this technique has an extremely low root mean square value of 1.6 nm. The TiC films have been extensively characterized for their morphology, chemical composition, and mechanical properties with scanning electron and atomic force microscopy, X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and nanoindentation. Time-resolved emission has been used for the in situ characterization of the laser-ablated TiC plume and has resulted in the identification of various plume species as a function of laser parameters. The spectroscopic results are correlated to film growth and to our modified PLD method.

  3. Pulsed laser deposition of hydroxyapatite on titanium substrate with titania interlayer.

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    Rajesh, P; Muraleedharan, C V; Komath, Manoj; Varma, Harikrishna

    2011-03-01

    Pulsed laser deposition (PLD) has been used to deposit hydroxyapatite (HA) ceramic over titanium substrate with an interlayer of titania. PLD has been identified as a potential candidate for bioceramic coatings over metallic substrates to be used as orthopedic and dental implants because of better process control and preservation of phase identity of the coating component. However, direct deposition of hydroxyapatite on titanium at elevated temperature results in the formation of natural oxide layer along with some perovskites like calcium titanate at the interface. This leads to easy debonding of ceramic layer from the metal and thereby affecting the adhesion strength. In the present study, adherent and stable HA coating over Ti6Al4V was achieved with the help of an interlayer of titania. The interlayer was made to a submicron level and HA was deposited consecutively to a thickness of around one micron by exposing to laser ablation at a substrate temperature of 400°C. The deposited phase was identified to be phase pure HA by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray analysis, and inductively coupled plasma spectrometry. The mechanical behavior of coating evaluated by scratch test indicates that the adhesion strength of HA coating was improved with the presence of titania interlayer. PMID:21234791

  4. Real-time measurement of temperature variation during nanosecond pulsed-laser-induced contamination deposition.

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    Kokkinos, Dimitrios; Gailly, Patrick; Georges, Marc P; Tzeremes, Georgios; Rochus, Pierre; Fleury-Frenette, Karl

    2015-12-20

    In this paper, a study of heat generation during UV laser-induced contamination (LIC) and potentially resulting subsequent thermal damage are presented. This becomes increasingly interesting when optics with delicate coatings are involved. During LIC, radiation can interact with outgassing molecules, both in the gas phase and at the surface, thus triggering chemical and photo-fixation reactions. This is a major hazard, in particular for laser units operating under vacuum conditions such as in space applications. The intense photon flux not only affects the contaminant deposition rate but also alters their chemical structure, which can increase their absorption coefficient. Over cumulative irradiation shots, these molecules formed deposits that increasingly absorb photons and produce heat as a by-product of de-excitation, eventually leading to thermal damage. One could better assess the risk of the latter with the knowledge of temperature during the contamination process. For this purpose, a thermoreflectance technique is used here to estimate the temperature variation from pulse to pulse during contamination deposition through the analysis of a temperature-dependent surface reflectance signal. PMID:26837020

  5. Multi-stage pulsed laser deposition of aluminum nitride at different temperatures

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    Duta, L.; Stan, G. E.; Stroescu, H.; Gartner, M.; Anastasescu, M.; Fogarassy, Zs.; Mihailescu, N.; Szekeres, A.; Bakalova, S.; Mihailescu, I. N.

    2016-06-01

    We report on multi-stage pulsed laser deposition of aluminum nitride (AlN) on Si (1 0 0) wafers, at different temperatures. The first stage of deposition was carried out at 800 °C, the optimum temperature for AlN crystallization. In the second stage, the deposition was conducted at lower temperatures (room temperature, 350 °C or 450 °C), in ambient Nitrogen, at 0.1 Pa. The synthesized structures were analyzed by grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atomic force microscopy and spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE). GIXRD measurements indicated that the two-stage deposited AlN samples exhibited a randomly oriented wurtzite structure with nanosized crystallites. The peaks were shifted to larger angles, indicative for smaller inter-planar distances. Remarkably, TEM images demonstrated that the high-temperature AlN "seed" layers (800 °C) promoted the growth of poly-crystalline AlN structures at lower deposition temperatures. When increasing the deposition temperature, the surface roughness of the samples exhibited values in the range of 0.4-2.3 nm. SE analyses showed structures which yield band gap values within the range of 4.0-5.7 eV. A correlation between the results of single- and multi-stage AlN depositions was observed.

  6. Fabrication of multiferroic GdMnO3 thin film by pulsed laser deposition technique

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    Negi, Puneet; Agrawal, H. M.; Srivastava, R. C.; Asokan, K.

    2012-06-01

    Here, we report the fabrication of GdMnO3 multiferroic thin film on SrTiO3 (110) substrate by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique. The target sample was synthesized using modified solgel route. The thickness of the film observed by Talystep profilometer, is about 200 nm. X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopic techniques were used to investigate the structure of the target as well as of the film. The surface topography of the film was investigated by atomic force microscopy.

  7. George E. Pake Prize Lecture: Pulsed Laser Deposition and the Oxide Electronics Revolution

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    Venkatesan, T.

    2012-02-01

    The discovery of the Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) Process at Bellcore was followed by a stream of advances in the epitaxial growth of oxides and a variety of heterostructures and interfaces. Today Oxide Electronics is a fascinating field with a great deal of new Science and potential for applications. Following a discussion of these events, my talk will focus on the adventure involved in creating a new company, Neocera, and, at the same time, pushing ahead in the evolving field of oxide electronics. There, electron spin, pairing, and alignment to create superconductivity and magnetism have opened up new frontiers for research and materials development.

  8. Growth of epitaxial bismuth and gallium substituted lutetium iron garnet films by pulsed laser deposition

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    Leitenmeier, Stephan; Heinrich, Andreas; Lindner, Joerg K. N.; Stritzker, Bernd

    2006-04-15

    Epitaxial bismuth and gallium substituted lutetium iron garnet thin films have been grown on (100) oriented gadolinium gallium garnet Gd{sub 3}Ga{sub 5}O{sub 12} substrates by pulsed laser deposition. The films have been studied using x-ray diffraction, high resolution x-ray diffraction, Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and electron diffraction. We obtained smooth films with thicknesses between 0.3 and 1.0 {mu}m showing good crystalline quality and epitaxial growth.

  9. Pulsed laser deposition and investigation of antimony-doped ZnO films

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    Puzikov, A. S.; Lyanguzov, N. V.; Kaidashev, E. M.

    2014-10-01

    We have investigated the influence of oxygen partial pressure, temperature of synthesis and annealing conditions on nanocsrystallineSb-doped thin films, grown by pulsed laser deposition. It is shown that the minimum resistivity (~8·10-3Ω·cm) and the maximum carriers density (~ 2·1019 cm-3) corresponds to the pressure range 5·10-3-7·10-3 mbar, to the temperature 550 ° C and in situ annealing at 700 °C.Also we show the features of the crystal lattice's dynamics, which are found in the Raman research.

  10. Si nanostructures grown by picosecond high repetition rate pulsed laser deposition

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    Pervolaraki, M.; Komninou, Ph.; Kioseoglou, J.; Athanasopoulos, G. I.; Giapintzakis, J.

    2013-08-01

    One-step growth of n-doped Si nanostructures by picosecond ultra fast pulsed laser deposition at 1064 nm is reported for the first time. The structure and morphology of the Si nanostructures were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. Transmission electron microscopy studies revealed that the shape of the Si nanostructures depends on the ambient argon pressure. Fibrous networks, cauliflower formations and Si rectangular crystals grew when argon pressure of 300 Pa, 30 Pa and vacuum (10-3 Pa) conditions were used, respectively. In addition, the electrical resistance of the vacuum made material was investigated.

  11. Behavior of pulsed laser deposited hydroxyapatite thin films under simulated biological conditions

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    Grigorescu, S.; Sima, F.; Axente, E.; Feugeas, F.; Mihailescu, I. N.

    2007-03-01

    In the present paper, a study concerning the in-vitro behaviour of Hydroxyapatite films obtained by Pulsed Laser Deposition technique on titanium under different conditions was performed. The structures were immersed in Hank's Solution for 21 days in accurately controlled environment conditions. Both film and immersion solution changes were analyzed by means of XRD, SEM, EDX and X-Ray fluorescence respectively. The obtained results point to an excellent behaviour of the obtained films as bioactive structures, recommending this type of covering for further analysis in view of its use in orthopedic and dental implantology.

  12. Third order nonlinearity in pulsed laser deposited LiNbO3 thin films

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    Tumuluri, Anil; Rapolu, Mounika; Rao, S. Venugopal; Raju, K. C. James

    2016-05-01

    Lithium niobate (LiNbO3) thin films were prepared using pulsed laser deposition technique. Structural properties of the same were examined from XRD and optical band gap of the thin films were measured from transmittance spectra recorded using UV-Visible spectrophotometer. Nonlinear optical properties of the thin films were recorded using Z-Scan technique. The films were exhibiting third order nonlinearity and their corresponding two photon absorption, nonlinear refractive index, real and imaginary part of nonlinear susceptibility were calculated from open aperture and closed aperture transmission curves. From these studies, it suggests that these films have potential applications in nonlinear optical devices.

  13. Combinatorial pulsed laser deposition of doped yttrium iron garnet films on yttrium aluminium garnet

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    Sposito, A. Eason, R. W.; Gregory, S. A.; Groot, P. A. J. de

    2014-02-07

    We investigate the crystalline growth of yttrium iron garnet (YIG) films doped with bismuth (Bi) and cerium (Ce) by combinatorial pulsed laser deposition, co-ablating a YIG target and either a Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} or a CeO{sub 2} target, for applications in microwave and optical communications. Substrate temperature is critical for crystalline growth of YIG with simultaneous inclusion of Bi in the garnet lattice, whereas Ce is not incorporated in the garnet structure, but forms a separate CeO{sub 2} phase.

  14. Structure and optical properties of TiO2 thin films prepared by pulsed laser deposition

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    Białous, Anna; Gazda, Maria; Śliwiński, Gerard

    2013-03-01

    Thin TiO2 films prepared by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) in the O2 gas ambient using the bulk metal Ti or pressed TiO2 powder targets were characterized using spectroscopic methods. Films were deposited on SiO2 (001) and SiO2 glass substrates heated up to 300 °C. The deposition process was investigated at laser fluencies from the range of 1 - 3 J/cm2 and at oxygen pressure of 0.1 - 3.2 Pa. The μ-Raman and X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectra of the TiO2 films revealed consistently both the anatase and rutile crystalline phases and a strong dependence of the phase content ratio on target material and deposition conditions. The range of crystallite size determined from XRD bandwidths was between (2-30) nm and (6-14) nm for anatase and rutile, respectively. The film thickness values between 0.74 and 1.65 μm depending on the deposition time were obtained from the transmittance and ellipsometric measurements. Values of the band gap of 3.5-4.1 eV derived from absorption spectra were higher than that of 3.2 eV corresponding to anatase and this difference was ascribed to the relatively small size of the anatase crystallites and presence of rutile, too. The SEM images of films produced under similar conditions from Ti and TiO2 targets revealed porous structures. The highest anatase content was observed for films deposited by ablation of the TiO2 target at moderate laser fluencies below 2 J/cm2 and at oxygen pressure around 1.9 Pa.

  15. Purification of Nanoscale Electron-Beam-Induced Platinum Deposits via a Pulsed Laser-Induced Oxidation Reaction

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    Stanford, Michael G.; Lewis, Brett B.; Noh, Joo Hyon; Fowlkes, Jason Davidson; Roberts, Nicholas A.; Plank, Harald; Rack, Philip D.

    2014-11-05

    Platinum–carbon deposits made via electron-beam-induced deposition were purified in this study via a pulsed laser-induced oxidation reaction and erosion of the amorphous carbon to form pure platinum. Purification proceeds from the top down and is likely catalytically facilitated via the evolving platinum layer. Thermal simulations suggest a temperature threshold of ~485 K, and the purification rate is a function of the PtC5 thickness (80–360 nm) and laser pulse width (1–100 μs) in the ranges studied. The thickness dependence is attributed to the ~235 nm penetration depth of the PtC5 composite at the laser wavelength, and the pulse-width dependence is attributedmore » to the increased temperatures achieved at longer pulse widths. Finally, remarkably fast purification is realized at cumulative laser exposure times of less than 1 s.« less

  16. Purification of Nanoscale Electron-Beam-Induced Platinum Deposits via a Pulsed Laser-Induced Oxidation Reaction

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    Stanford, Michael G.; Lewis, Brett B.; Noh, Joo Hyon; Fowlkes, Jason Davidson; Roberts, Nicholas A.; Plank, Harald; Rack, Philip D.

    2014-11-05

    Platinum–carbon deposits made via electron-beam-induced deposition were purified in this study via a pulsed laser-induced oxidation reaction and erosion of the amorphous carbon to form pure platinum. Purification proceeds from the top down and is likely catalytically facilitated via the evolving platinum layer. Thermal simulations suggest a temperature threshold of ~485 K, and the purification rate is a function of the PtC5 thickness (80–360 nm) and laser pulse width (1–100 μs) in the ranges studied. The thickness dependence is attributed to the ~235 nm penetration depth of the PtC5 composite at the laser wavelength, and the pulse-width dependence is attributed to the increased temperatures achieved at longer pulse widths. Finally, remarkably fast purification is realized at cumulative laser exposure times of less than 1 s.

  17. Picosecond pulsed laser deposition of metal-oxide sensing layers with controllable porosity for gas sensor applications

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    Kekkonen, Ville; Chaudhuri, Saumyadip; Clarke, Fergus; Kaisto, Juho; Liimatainen, Jari; Pandian, Santhosh Kumar; Piirto, Jarkko; Siltanen, Mikael; Zolotukhin, Aleksey

    2016-03-01

    Recent results of properties and performance of {WO}_3 gas sensing layers produced by industrial picosecond pulsed laser deposition process developed by Picodeon Ltd Oy are presented in this paper. {WO}_3 layers with controllable porosity and nanostructure were successfully deposited on commercial sensor platforms, and basic measurements to characterize their performance as gas sensors gave promising results.

  18. Enhancement of thickness uniformity of thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition

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    Fernandez, Felix E.

    1995-01-01

    A peculiarity of the pulsed laser deposition technique of thin-film growth which limits its applicability is the very rapid drop of resulting film thickness as a function of distance from the deposition axis. This is due to the narrow forward peaking of the emission plume characteristic of the laser ablation process. The plume is usually modeled by a cos(sup n) theta function with n greater, and in some cases, much higher, than 1. Based on this behavior, a method is presented to substantially enhance coverage uniformity in substrate zones of the order of the target-substrate distance h, and to within a specified thickness tolerance. Essentially, target irradiation is caused to form an annular emission source instead of the usual spot. By calculating the resulting thickness profiles, an optimum radius s is found for the annular source, corresponding to a given power in the emission characteristic and a given value of h. The radius of this annulus scales with h. Calculated numerical results for optimal s/h ratios corresponding to a wide range of values for n are provided for the case of +/- 1% tolerance in deviation from the thickness at deposition axis. Manners of producing annular illumination of the target by means of conic optics are presented for the case of a laser beam with radially symmetric profile. The region of uniform coverage at the substrate can be further augmented by extension of the method to multiple concentric annular sources. By using a conic optic of novel design, it is shown also how a single-laser beam can be focused onto a target in the required manner. Applicability of the method would be limited in practice by the available laser power. On the other hand, the effective emitting area can be large, which favors extremely high growth rates, and since growth can occur uniformly over the whole substrate for each laser pulse, single-shot depositions with substantial thicknesses are possible. In addition, the simultaneity of growth over the

  19. Pulsed Laser Deposited Ferromagnetic Chromium Dioxide thin Films for Applications in Spintronics

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    Dwivedi, S.; Jadhav, J.; Sharma, H.; Biswas, S.

    Stable rutile type tetragonal chromium dioxide (CrO2) thin films have been deposited on lattice-matched layers of TiO2 by KrF excimer laser based pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique using Cr2O3 target. The TiO2 seed layer was deposited on oxidized Si substrates by the same PLD process followed by annealing at 1100 °C for 4 h. The lattice-matched interfacial layer is required for the stabilization of Cr (IV) phase in CrO2, since CrO2 behaves as a metastable compound under ambient conditions and readily converts into its stable phase of Cr (III) oxide, Cr2O3. Analyses with X-ray diffraction (XRD), Glancing-angle XRD (GIXRD), Raman spectroscopy and grazing-angle Fourier transform infra-red (FTIR) spectroscopy confirm the presence of tetragonal CrO2 phase in the as-deposited films. Microstructure and surface morphology in the films were studied with field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM) and atomic force microscope (AFM). Electrical and magnetic characterizations of the films were performed at room temperature. Such type of stable half-metallic CrO2 thin films with low field magnetoresistive switching behaviour are in demand for applications as diverse as spin-FETs, magnetic sensors, and magneto-optical devices.

  20. Epitaxial composition-graded perovskite films grown by a dual-beam pulsed laser deposition method

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    Sakai, Joe; Autret-Lambert, Cécile; Sauvage, Thierry; Courtois, Blandine; Wolfman, Jérôme; Gervais, François

    2013-10-01

    We prepared SrTiO3 (STO) to Ba0.6Sr0.4TiO3 (BST06) out-of-plane composition-graded films on STO (100) substrates by means of a dual-beam dual-target pulsed laser deposition technique. In the deposition system, a sliding mirror divides one KrF excimer laser beam into two, realizing the dual-beam of controlled intensity ratio. X-ray diffraction reciprocal space mapping has revealed that the graded films deposited under oxygen pressure at or lower than 1×10-3 mbar were coherently strained with the same in-plane lattice parameter as the substrate. Their composition gradient along the growth direction was confirmed by Rutherford backscattering analysis to be uniform. We deposited BST06 top layers of various thickness on epitaxial composition-graded (ECG) buffer layers and examined their coherency and crystallinity. In comparison with the cases of STO homoepitaxial buffer layers, ECG buffer layers achieved better crystallinity of top BST06 layers, suggesting that the crystallinity of a heteroepitaxially-grown film is affected not only by the in-plane lattice matching but also by the out-of-plane lattice continuity with the substrate. ECG films that bridge compositions of substrate and top layer materials can be useful buffer layers for epitaxial growth of lattice-mismatched oxide films.

  1. Micrometric rods grown by nanosecond pulsed laser deposition of boron carbide

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    Lopez-Quintas, Ignacio; Oujja, Mohamed; Sanz, Mikel; Benitez-Cañete, Antonio; Chater, Richard J.; Cañamares, Maria Vega; Marco, José F.; Castillejo, Marta

    2015-02-01

    Micrometric size rods have been fabricated via pulsed laser deposition in vacuum from boron carbide targets using nanosecond pulses of 1064 and 266 nm and room temperature Si (1 0 0) substrates. Morphological, structural and chemical characterization of the microrods was made by applying scanning electron microscopy, focussed ion beam microscopy coupled to secondary ion mass spectrometry, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and micro-Raman spectroscopy. Ablation at 1064 nm favours the formation of microrods with high aspect ratio, sharp edges and pyramidal tips, typically 10 μm long with a cross section of around 2 μm × 2 μm. Differently, at 266 nm the microrods are of smaller size and present a more globular aspect. The analyses of the microrods provide information about their crystalline nature and composition, based on a mixture which includes boron, boron oxide and boron carbide, and allows discussion of the wavelength dependent growth mechanisms involved.

  2. Optical Response in Amorphous GaAs Thin Films Prepared by Pulsed Laser Deposition

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    Kiwa, Toshihiko; Kawashima, Ichiro; Nashima, Shigeki; Hangyo, Masanori; Tonouchi, Masayoshi

    2000-11-01

    Femtosecond optical response in GaAs thin films has been studied. We prepared GaAs thin films on MgO substrates and on YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) thin films using pulsed laser deposition (PLD) at temperatures below 250^\\circC@. A photocarrier lifetime of less than 1 ps is measured for the prepared GaAs thin films using femtosecond time-domain reflectivity change measurements. Pulsed electromagnetic wave [terahertz (THz) radiaiton] containing a frequency component of up to 1 THz is emitted from fabricated photoconductive switches using the prepared thin films. We also evaluated the THz radiation properties emitted from the photoswitches on the YBCO thin films.

  3. High quality ZnS/Au/ZnS transparent conductive tri-layer films deposited by pulsed laser deposition

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    Wang, Caifeng; Li, Qingshan; Wang, Jisuo; Zhang, Lichun; Zhao, Fengzhou; Dong, Fangying

    2016-07-01

    ZnS/Au/ZnS tri-layer films were deposited on quartz glass substrates by pulsed laser deposition. The influence of Au layer thickness on optical and electrical properties of the tri-layer ZnS/Au/ZnS was studied. X-ray diffractometer (XRD) and scanning electron microscope were employed to characterize the crystalline structure and surface morphology of the tri-layer films. Hall measurements, ultraviolet and visible spectrophotometer, four-point probe were used to explore the optoelectronic properties of the ZnS/Au/ZnS. The increase of Au layer thickness resulted in the decreased resistivity, the increased carrier concentration, and the declined transmittance in the visible light region.

  4. Thermochromic properties of Sn, W co-doped VO2 nanostructured thin film deposited by pulsed laser deposition.

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    Hur, M G; Masaki, T; Yoon, D H

    2014-12-01

    Tin (Sn) and tungsten (W) co-doped vanadium dioxide (VO2) nanostructured thin films with 50-nm thickness were deposited by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) to reduce the transition temperature and improve the IR transmittance. The crystal structure of the nanostructured thin films and the presence of elements were evaluated by XRD and XPS analysis. The transition temperature (T(c)) of 1 at% Sn-1 at% W co-doped VO2 nanostructured thin film was decreased to about 22 degrees C (from 70.3 to 48.5 degrees C) compared with the undoped VO2 nanostructured thin film. The transmittance width in the IR range of the co-doped nanostructured thin film decreased from 37.5% to 27% compared with the undoped VO2 nanostructured thin film. Also, the width of hysteresis was narrowed by Sn doping. PMID:25970986

  5. Characterization of hydroxyapatite coating by pulse laser deposition technique on stainless steel 316 L by varying laser energy

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    Khandelwal, Himanshu; Singh, Gurbhinder; Agrawal, Khelendra; Prakash, Satya; Agarwal, R. D.

    2013-01-01

    Hydroxyapatite is an attractive biomaterial mainly used in bone and tooth implants because it closely resembles human tooth and bone mineral and has proven to be biologically compatible with these tissues. In spite of this advantage of hydroxyapatite it has also certain limitation like inferior mechanical properties which do not make it suitable for long term load bearing applications; hence a lot of research is going on in the development of hydroxyapatite coating over various metallic implants. These metallic implants have good biocompatibility and mechanical properties. The aim of the present work is to deposit hydroxyapatite coating over stainless steel grade 316 L by pulse laser deposition technique by varying laser energy. To know the effect of this variation, the coatings were than characterized in detail by X-ray diffraction, finite emission-scanning electron microscope, atomic force microscope and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy.

  6. Pulsed laser deposition of bioactive glass films in ammonia and disilane atmospheres

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    Borrajo, J. P.; González, P.; Liste, S.; Serra, J.; Chiussi, S.; León, B.; Pérez-Amor, M.

    2005-07-01

    The effect of two reactive gases on the properties of bioactive glass thin films produced by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) was studied. The ablation of a bioactive silica-based glass was carried out by an ArF excimer laser ( λ = 193 nm, Φ = 4.2 J cm -2, τ = 25 ns, f = 10 Hz) at various pressures of Si 2H 6/Ar and NH 3/Ar reactive mixtures. The bonding configuration and chemical environment of the resulting coatings were followed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). The composition and bond arrangement of bioactive glass films were tuned by varying the chamber atmosphere. The results show how to adjust film characteristics for osteointegration of implants.

  7. Pulse Laser Deposition Fabricating Gold Nanoclusters on a Glassy Carbon Surface for Nonenzymatic Glucose Sensing.

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    Shu, Honghui; Chang, Gang; Wang, Zhiqiang; Li, Pai; Zhang, Yuting; He, Yunbin

    2015-01-01

    A One-step technique for depositing gold nanoclusters (GNCs) onto the surface of a glassy carbon (GC) plate was developed by using pulse laser deposition (PLD) with appropriate process parameters. The method is simple and clean without using any templates, surfactants, or stabilizers. The experimental factors (pulse laser number and the pressure of inert gas (Ar)) that affect the morphology and structure of GNCs, and thus affect the electrocatalytic oxidation performance towards glucose were systematically investigated by means of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and electrochemical methods (cyclic voltammograms (CV) and chronoamperometry methods). The GC electrode modified by GNCs exhibited a rapid response time (about 2 s), a broad linear range (0.1 to 20 mM), and good stability. The sensitivity was estimated to be 31.18 μA cm(-2) mM(-1) (vs. geometric area), which is higher than that of the Au bulk electrode. It has a good resistance to the common interfering species, such as ascorbic acid (AA), uric acid (UA) and 4-acetaminophen (AP). Therefore, this work has demonstrated a simple and effective sensing platform for the nonenzymatic detection of glucose, and can be used as a new material for a novel non-enzymatic glucose sensor. PMID:26165282

  8. Towards new binary compounds: Synthesis of amorphous phosphorus carbide by pulsed laser deposition

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    Hart, Judy N.; May, Paul W.; Allan, Neil L.; Hallam, Keith R.; Claeyssens, Frederik; Fuge, Gareth M.; Ruda, Michelle; Heard, Peter J.

    2013-02-15

    We have recently undertaken comprehensive computational studies predicting possible crystal structures of the as yet unknown phosphorus carbide as a function of composition. In this work, we report the synthesis of amorphous phosphorus-carbon films by pulsed laser deposition. The local bonding environments of carbon and phosphorus in the synthesised materials have been analysed by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy; we have found strong evidence for the formation of direct P-C bonding and hence phosphorus carbide. There is a good agreement between the bonding environments found in this phosphorus carbide material and those predicted in the computational work. In particular, the local bonding environments are consistent with those found in the {beta}-InS-like structures that we predict to be low in energy for phosphorus:carbon ratios between 0.25 and 1. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We have synthesised amorphous phosphorus-carbon films by pulsed laser deposition. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results indicate formation of direct P-C bonds and hence phosphorus carbide. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Local bonding environments are consistent with those in predicted structures.

  9. Pulsed Laser Deposition Processing of Improved Titanium Nitride Coatings for Implant Applications

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    Haywood, Talisha M.

    Recently surface coating technology has attracted considerable attention of researchers to develop novel coatings with enhanced functional properties such as hardness, biocompatibility, wear and corrosion resistance for medical devices and surgical tools. The materials currently being used for surgical implants include predominantly stainless steel (316L), cobalt chromium (Co-Cr), titanium and its alloys. Some of the limitations of these implants include improper mechanical properties, corrosion resistance, cytotoxicity and bonding with bone. One of the ways to improve the performance and biocompatibility of these implants is to coat their surfaces with biocompatible materials. Among the various coating materials, titanium nitride (TiN) shows excellent mechanical properties, corrosion resistance and low cytotoxicity. In the present work, a systematic study of pulsed laser ablation processing of TiN coatings was conducted. TiN thin film coatings were grown on commercially pure titanium (Ti) and stainless steel (316L) substrates at different substrate temperatures and different nitrogen partial pressures using the pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique. Microstructural, surface, mechanical, chemical, corrosion and biological analysis techniques were applied to characterize the TiN thin film coatings. The PLD processed TiN thin film coatings showed improvements in mechanical strength, corrosion resistance and biocompatibility when compared to the bare substrates. The enhanced performance properties of the TiN thin film coatings were a result of the changing and varying of the deposition parameters.

  10. Compositional and structural properties of pulsed laser-deposited ZnS:Cr films

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    Nematollahi, Mohammadreza; Yang, Xiaodong; Seim, Eivind; Vullum, Per Erik; Holmestad, Randi; Gibson, Ursula J.; Reenaas, Turid W.

    2016-02-01

    We present the properties of Cr-doped zinc sulfide (ZnS:Cr) films deposited on Si(100) by pulsed laser deposition. The films are studied for solar cell applications, and to obtain a high absorption, a high Cr content (2.0-5.0 at.%) is used. It is determined by energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy that Cr is relatively uniformly distributed, and that local Cr increases correspond to Zn decreases. The results indicate that most Cr atoms substitute Zn sites. Consistently, electron energy loss and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy showed that the films contain mainly Cr2+ ions. Structural analysis showed that the films are polycrystalline and textured. The films with ~4 % Cr are mainly grown along the hexagonal [001] direction in wurtzite phase. The average lateral grain size decreases with increasing Cr content, and at a given Cr content, increases with increasing growth temperature.

  11. Structural and morphological properties of metallic thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition for photocathode application

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    Lorusso, A.; Gontad, F.; Caricato, A. P.; Chiadroni, E.; Broitman, E.; Perrone, A.

    2016-03-01

    In this work yttrium and lead thin films have been deposited by pulsed laser deposition technique and characterized by ex situ different diagnostic methods. All the films were adherent to the substrates and revealed a polycrystalline structure. Y films were uniform with a very low roughness and droplet density, while Pb thin films were characterized by a grain morphology with a relatively high roughness and droplet density. Such metallic materials are studied because they are proposed as a good alternative to copper and niobium photocathodes which are generally used in radiofrequency and superconducting radiofrequency guns, respectively. The photoemission performances of the photocathodes based on Y and Pb thin films have been also studied and discussed.

  12. Pulsed laser deposition of silicon substituted hydroxyapatite coatings from synthetical and biological sources

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    Solla, E. L.; González, P.; Serra, J.; Chiussi, S.; León, B.; López, J. García

    2007-12-01

    Silicon substituted hydroxyapatite (Si-HA) is a new material with an enhanced bioactibity and it can be produced by chemical synthesis. Nevertheless, the coating of metallic substrates with a bioactive material is a common method nowadays to improve its integration with the receptor bone. Si-HA films were deposited by pulsed laser deposition (PLD), using targets composed of mixtures of HA with different Si containing sources such as SiO 2 and diatomaceous earth. The Si-HA films were characterized in terms of structure and chemical composition by spectroscopic techniques (FTIR, XPS), and several ion beam techniques (RBS, PIXE). The analysis revealed that the Si is successfully incorporated into the HA structure, as well as traces of other elements such as Na, Fe or K.

  13. Nanoforest Nb2O5 Photoanodes for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells by Pulsed Laser Deposition

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    Ghosh, Rudresh; Brennaman, Kyle M.; Uher, Tim; Ok, Myoung-Ryul; Samulski, Edward T.; McNeil, L. E.; Meyer, Thomas J.; Lopez, Rene

    2011-10-26

    Vertically aligned bundles of Nb₂O₅ nanocrystals were fabricated by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) and tested as a photoanode material in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC). They were characterized using scanning and transmission electron microscopies, optical absorption spectroscopy (UV–vis), and incident-photon-to-current efficiency (IPCE) experiments. The background gas composition and the thickness of the films were varied to determine the influence of those parameters in the photoanode behavior. An optimal background pressure of oxygen during deposition was found to produce a photoanode structure that both achieves high dye loading and enhanced photoelectrochemical performance. For optimal structures, IPCE values up to 40% and APCE values around 90% were obtained with the N₃ dye and I₃{sup –}/I{sup –} couple in acetonitrile with open circuit voltage of 0.71 V and 2.41% power conversion efficiency.

  14. Inverted fractal analysis of TiOx thin layers grown by inverse pulsed laser deposition

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    Égerházi, L.; Smausz, T.; Bari, F.

    2013-08-01

    Inverted fractal analysis (IFA), a method developed for fractal analysis of scanning electron microscopy images of cauliflower-like thin films is presented through the example of layers grown by inverse pulsed laser deposition (IPLD). IFA uses the integrated fractal analysis module (FracLac) of the image processing software ImageJ, and an objective thresholding routine that preserves the characteristic features of the images, independently of their brightness and contrast. IFA revealed fD = 1.83 ± 0.01 for TiOx layers grown at 5-50 Pa background pressures. For a series of images, this result was verified by evaluating the scaling of the number of still resolved features on the film, counted manually. The value of fD not only confirms the fractal structure of TiOx IPLD thin films, but also suggests that the aggregation of plasma species in the gas atmosphere may have only limited contribution to the deposition.

  15. Apparatus and method for pulsed laser deposition of materials on wires and pipes

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    Fernandez, Felix E. (Inventor)

    2003-01-01

    Methods and apparatuses are disclosed which allow uniform coatings to be applied by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) on inner and outer surfaces of cylindrical objects, such as rods, pipes, tubes, and wires. The use of PLD makes this technique particularly suitable for complex multicomponent materials, such as superconducting ceramics. Rigid objects of any length, i.e., pipes up to a few meters, and with diameters from less than 1 centimeter to over 10 centimeters can be coated using this technique. Further, deposition is effected simultaneously onto an annular region of the pipe wall. This particular arrangement simplifies the apparatus, reduces film uniformity control difficulties, and can result in faster operation cycles. In addition, flexible wires of any length can be continuously coated using the disclosed invention.

  16. Investigation on two magnon scattering processes in pulsed laser deposited epitaxial nickel zinc ferrite thin film

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    Roy, Debangsu; Sakshath, S.; Singh, Geetanjali; Joshi, Rajeev; Bhat, S. V.; Kumar, P. S. Anil

    2015-04-01

    Ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) measurements are employed to evaluate the presence of the two magnon scattering contribution in the magnetic relaxation processes of the epitaxial nickel zinc ferrite thin films deposited using pulsed laser deposition (PLD) on the (0 0 1) MgAl2O4 substrate. Furthermore, the reciprocal space mapping reveals the presence of microstructural defects which acts as an origin for the two magnon scattering process in this thin film. The relevance of this scattering process is further discussed for understanding the higher FMR linewidth in the in-plane configuration compared to the out-of-plane configuration. FMR measurements also reveal the presence of competing uniaxial and cubic anisotropy in the studied films.

  17. Li-rich Thin Film Cathode Prepared by Pulsed Laser Deposition

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    Yan, Binggong; Liu, Jichang; Song, Bohang; Xiao, Pengfei; Lu, Li

    2013-01-01

    Li-rich layer-structured cathode thin films are prepared by pulsed laser deposition. X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and electrochemical testing in half battery cells are used to characterize crystal structure, surface morphology, chemical valence states and electrochemical performance of these thin films, respectively. It is observed that partial layer to spinel transformation takes place during post annealing, and the layered structure further gradually transforms to spinel during electrochemical cycling based on the analysis of dQ/dV. Electrochemical measurement shows that the thin film electrode deposited at 350 mTorr and post-annealed at 800°C possesses the best performance. PMID:24276678

  18. Studies on Pulsed Laser Deposited YbBa_2Cu_3O_7-x Thin Films

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    Srinivas, S.; Ramachandra Rao, M. S.; Pinto, R.; Bhatnagar, Anil K.

    1998-03-01

    We have deposited high quality YbBa_2Cu_3O_7-x thin films on LaAlO_3<100> substrates using pulsed laser deposition(PLD) method. Films are characterized by XRD, Resistivity, SQUID measurements and surface morphology using Atomic Force Microscopy. We have noticed spiral like growth in a film by AFM. The critical T_co around 88 K and critical current density at zero field is 2x10^6 A/cm^2 at 77 K and SQUID measurement calculations have shown critical current densities as high as 10^7 A/cm^2 at 77K. ( One of the Authors would like to thank UGC-CSIR for financial assistance and is grateful to CSIR for the research support)

  19. Structural, optical, and electrical properties of pulsed laser deposition CIGSS thin films

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    Xu, Yan-Bin; Kang, Y. Zhen-Feng; Fan, Yue; Xiao, Ling-ling; Bo, Qing-Rui; Ding, Tie-Zhu

    2015-12-01

    High-quality CuIn0.75Ga0.25(Se0.75S0.25)2 (CIGSS) thin films were synthesized on the soda-lime glass (SLG) substrates by pulsed laser deposition. The structural and optical properties of CIGSS thin films were studied by experiments and theoretical calculations. XRD result reveals that the films are of chalcopyrite structure. The experiments and theory show that CIGSS is a semiconductor with a direct band gap. The direct band gap energy of the deposited CIGSS thin films are in the solar energy range. The band structure and density of states of the CIGSS crystals were studied by the first principles density functional theory. The experimental data and theoretical data have demonstrated good agreement.

  20. Optical characteristics of pulsed laser deposited Ge-Sb-Te thin films studied by spectroscopic ellipsometry

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    Nemec, P.; Prikryl, J.; Frumar, M.; Nazabal, V.

    2011-04-01

    Pulsed laser deposition technique was used for the fabrication of (GeTe){sub 1-x}(Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3}){sub x} (x = 0, 0.33, 0.50, 0.66, and 1) amorphous thin films. Scanning electron microscopy with energy-dispersive x-ray analysis, x-ray diffraction, optical reflectivity, and sheet resistance temperature dependences as well as variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometry measurements were used to characterize as-deposited (amorphous) and annealed (rocksaltlike) layers. In order to extract optical functions of the films, the Cody-Lorentz model was applied for the analysis of ellipsometric data. Fitted sets of Cody-Lorentz model parameters are discussed in relation with chemical composition and the structure of the layers. The GeTe component content was found to be responsible for the huge optical functions and thickness changes upon amorphous-to-fcc phase transition.

  1. Mechanical properties of pulsed laser deposited nanocrystalline SiC films

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    Craciun, D.; Socol, G.; Cristea, D. V.; Stoicanescu, M.; Olah, N.; Balazs, K.; Stefan, N.; Lambers, E.; Craciun, V.

    2015-05-01

    The mechanical properties of nanocrystalline SiC thin films grown on (100) Si at a substrate temperature of 1000 °C under a CH4 atmosphere using the pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique were investigated. Nanoindentation results showed that films exhibited hardness values around 36 GPa and Young modulus values around 250 GPa. Scratch tests found that films were adherent to the substrate, with critical load values similar to those recorded for other hard coatings deposited on significantly softer Si substrates. Wear tests performed at a temperature of 900 °C showed that films exhibited friction coefficients and wear rates very similar to those measured at room temperature, due to the presence of C-C bonds as evidenced by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy investigations. These results recommend such coatings for demanding high temperature applications such as nuclear fuel encapsulation.

  2. Pulsed-laser-deposited coatings for stiction and wear reduction in MEMS devices

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    Pelt, Jamey S.; Ramsey, M. E.; Magana, R., Jr.; Poindexter, E., Jr.; de Boer, Maarten P.; LaVan, David A.; Dugger, Michael T.; Smith, James H.; Durbin, Steven M.

    1999-08-01

    A wide variety of thin layer coatings have been reported for inhibiting the occurrence of post-release stiction in MEMS. Hydrophobic coatings such as self-assembled monolayers perform this function very well, but have a limited lifetime due to eventual generation of wear-induced damage. On the other hand, metallic oxides with superior wear resistance are hydrophilic in character, making them prone to stiction in humid environments. This paper describes the investigation of several dielectric materials as potential candidates for hydrophobic coatings with good wear resistant properties. Films were grown using a combination of vacuum deposition techniques, including enhanced variations of pulsed laser deposition. Contact angle and hardness measurements were performed on flat single crystal wafers for evaluation of film properties, and initial trials on a lateral friction test structure developed at Sandia National Laboratories were performed.

  3. Raman spectroscopy of ZnMnO thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition

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    Orozco, S.; Riascos, H.; Duque, S.

    2016-02-01

    ZnMnO thin films were grown by Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) technique onto Silicon (100) substrates at different growth conditions. Thin films were deposited varying Mn concentration, substrate temperature and oxygen pressure. ZnMnO samples were analysed by using Raman Spectroscopy that shows a red shift for all vibration modes. Raman spectra revealed that nanostructure of thin films was the same of ZnO bulk, wurzite hexagonal structure. The structural disorder was manifested in the line width and shape variations of E2(high) and E2(low) modes located in 99 and 434cm-1 respectively, which may be due to the incorporation of Mn ions inside the ZnO crystal lattice. Around 570cm-1 was found a peak associated to E1(LO) vibration mode of ZnO. 272cm-1 suggest intrinsic host lattice defects. Additional mode centred at about 520cm-1 can be overlap of Si and Mn modes.

  4. Nanoindentation study of niobium nitride thin films on niobium fabricated by reactive pulsed laser deposition

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    Mamun, Md Abdullah Al; Farha, Ashraf Hassan; Ufuktepe, Yüksel; Elsayed-Ali, Hani E.; Elmustafa, Abdelmageed A.

    2015-03-01

    Nanomechanical and structural properties of NbNx films deposited on single crystal Nb using pulsed laser deposition for different substrate temperature were previously investigated as a function of film/substrate crystal structure (Mamun et al. (2012) [30]). In this study we focus on the effect of laser fluences and background nitrogen pressure on the nanomechanical and structural properties of NbNx films. The crystal structure and surface morphology of the thin films were tested by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy. Using nanoindentation, the investigation of the nanomechanical properties revealed that the hardness of the NbNx films was directly influenced by the laser fluence for low background nitrogen pressure, whereas the nanomechanical hardness showed no apparent correlation with laser fluence at high background nitrogen pressure. The NbNx film hardness measured at 30% film thickness increased from 14.0 ± 1.3 to 18.9 ± 2.4 GPa when the laser fluence was increased from 15 to 25 J/cm2 at 10.7 Pa N2 pressure. X-ray diffraction showed NbNx films with peaks that correspond to δ-NbN cubic and β-Nb2N hexagonal phases in addition to the δ'-NbN hexagonal phase. Finally, increasing the laser fluence resulted in NbNx films with larger grain sizes.

  5. Ion implantation induced phase transformation and enhanced crystallinity of as deposited copper oxide thin films by pulsed laser deposition

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    Bind, Umesh Chandra; Dutta, Raj Kumar; Sekhon, Gurpreet Kaur; Yadav, Kanhaiya Lal; Krishna, J. B. M.; Menon, Ranjini; Nabhiraj, P. Y.

    2015-08-01

    Copper oxide thin film of about 260-280 nm thickness was deposited using pulsed laser deposition (PLD) on glass substrate at 350 °C and post depositional sample treatment was performed by ion implantation with 50 keV N5+ ion beam with varying particle fluence. Amorphous copper oxide thin film deposited at 80 mTorr partial pressure of oxygen was transformed to cubic Cu2O phase (20.2 nm) when implanted at 1 × 1016 particles/cm2. While mixed Cu2O and CuO phases in the thin film deposited at 100 mTorr oxygen pressure was transformed to single phase of Cu2O (23.5 nm), with enhanced crystallinity when implanted with 2.5 × 1015 particles/cm2. The phase transformation and improved crystallinity is attributed to thermal effect owing to stopping of incident ion beam. Implantation with higher particle fluence led to transformation to CuO phase with reduced crystallite sized and the increased electrical conductivity.

  6. Multi-beam pulsed laser deposition: new method of making nanocomposite coatings

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    Darwish, Abdalla M.; Wilson, Simeon; Blackwell, Ashely; Taylor, Keylantra; Sarkisov, Sergey; Patel, Darayas; Mele, Paolo; Koplitz, Brent

    2015-08-01

    Huge number of new photonic devices, including light emitters, chemical sensors, and energy harvesters, etc. can be made of the nanocomposite coatings produced by the new multi-beam pulsed laser deposition (MB-PLD) process. We provide a short review of the conventional single-beam PLD method and explain why it is poorly suitable for making nanocomposite coatings. Then we describe the new MB-PLD process and system, particularly the multiple-beam matrix assisted pulsed laser evaporation (MB-MAPLE) version with laser beam scanning and plume direction control. The latter one is particularly designed to make organic (polymer) - inorganic functionalized nanocomposite coatings. Polymer film serves as a host for inorganic nanoparticles that add a specific functionality to the film. We analyze the properties of such coatings using the examples of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) films impregnated with the nanoparticles of rare-earth (RE) upconversion phosphors. They demonstrated the preservation of microcrystalline structure and bright upconversion emission in visible region of the phosphor nanoparticles after they were transferred in the polymer matrix during the MB-MAPLE process. The proposed technology has thus proven to serve its purpose: to make functionalized polymer nanocomposite coatings for a various potential applications.

  7. Note: Large area deposition of Rh single and Rh/W/Cu multilayer thin films on stainless steel substrate by pulsed laser deposition technique

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    Mostako, A. T. T.; Khare, Alika

    2014-04-15

    Mirror like thin films of single layer Rh and multilayer Rh/W/Cu are deposited on highly polished 50 mm diameter stainless steel substrate by Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) technique for first mirror application in fusion reactors. For this, the conventional PLD technique has been modified by incorporating substrate rastering stage for large area deposition via PLD. Process optimization to achieve uniformity of deposition as estimated from fringe visibility and thickness is also discussed.

  8. Note: large area deposition of Rh single and Rh/W/Cu multilayer thin films on stainless steel substrate by pulsed laser deposition technique.

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    Mostako, A T T; Khare, Alika

    2014-04-01

    Mirror like thin films of single layer Rh and multilayer Rh/W/Cu are deposited on highly polished 50 mm diameter stainless steel substrate by Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) technique for first mirror application in fusion reactors. For this, the conventional PLD technique has been modified by incorporating substrate rastering stage for large area deposition via PLD. Process optimization to achieve uniformity of deposition as estimated from fringe visibility and thickness is also discussed. PMID:24784679

  9. Pulsed laser deposited iron fluoride thin films for lithium-ion batteries

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    Makimura, Yoshinari; Rougier, Aline; Tarascon, Jean-Marie

    2006-04-01

    Iron fluoride thin films were successfully grown by Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD), and their physico-chemical properties and electrochemical behaviours were examined by adjusting the deposition conditions, such as the target nature (FeF 2 or FeF 3), the substrate temperature ( Ts ≤ 600 °C), the gas pressure (under vacuum or in oxygen atmosphere) and the repetition rates (2 and 10 Hz). Irrespective of the FeF 2 or FeF 3 target nature, iron fluoride thin films, deposited at 600 °C under vacuum, showed X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns corresponding to the FeF 2 phase. On the other hand, iron fluoride thin films deposited at room temperature (RT) from FeF 2 target were amorphous, whereas the thin films deposited from FeF 3 target consisted of a two-phase mixture of FeF 3 and FeF 2 showing sharp and broad diffraction peaks by XRD, respectively. Their electrochemical behaviour in rechargeable lithium cells was investigated in the 0.05-3.60 V voltage window. Despite a large irreversible capacity on the first discharge, good cycling life was observed up to 30 cycles. Finally, their electrochemical properties were compared to the ones of iron oxide thin films.

  10. One-pot synthesis and transfer of PMMA/Ag photonic nanocomposites by pulsed laser deposition

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    Karoutsos, V.; Koutselas, I.; Orfanou, P.; Mpatzaka, Th.; Vasileiadis, M.; Vassilakopoulou, A.; Vainos, N. A.; Perrone, A.

    2015-08-01

    Nanocomposite films comprising metallic nanoparticles in polymer matrices find increasing use in emerging photonic, electronic and microsystem applications owing to their tailored advanced functionalities. The versatile development of such films based on poly-methyl-methacrylate (PMMA) matrix having embedded Ag nanoparticles is addressed here. Two low-cost one-pot chemical methods for the synthesis of bulk target nanocomposite materials are demonstrated. These nanocomposites are subsequently transferred via pulsed laser deposition using 193 nm ArF excimer laser radiation, producing films maintaining the structural and functional properties. Both target- and laser-deposited materials have been thoroughly characterized using microscopic, spectroscopic and thermal analysis methods. Infrared spectra demonstrated the close molecular PMMA chain similarity for both target and film materials, though structural alterations identified by thermal analysis proved the enhanced characteristics of films grown. High-resolution electron microscopy proved the transfer of Ag nanoparticles sized 10-50 nm. Visible absorption peaked in the spectral range of 430-440 nm and attributed to the Ag nanocomposite plasmonic response verifying the transfer of the functional performance from target to film.

  11. Experimental Study of Direct Laser Deposition of Ti-6Al-4V and Inconel 718 by Using Pulsed Parameters

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    Shah, Kamran; Haq, Izhar Ul; Shah, Shaukat Ali; Khan, Farid Ullah; Khan, Sikander

    2014-01-01

    Laser direct metal deposition (LDMD) has developed from a prototyping to a single metal manufacturing tool. Its potential for creating multimaterial and functionally graded structures is now beginning to be explored. This work is a first part of a study in which a single layer of Inconel 718 is deposited on Ti-6Al-4V substrate. Single layer tracks were built at a range of powder mass flow rates using a coaxial nozzle and 1.5 kW diode laser operating in both continuous and pulsed beam modes. This part of the study focused on the experimental findings during the deposition of Inconel 718 powder on Ti-6Al-4V substrate. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction analysis were performed for characterization and phase identification. Residual stress measurement had been carried out to ascertain the effects of laser pulse parameters on the crack development during the deposition process. PMID:24592190

  12. Growth of monocrystalline Cu(1 1 1) films on MgO(1 1 1) by pulsed laser deposition

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    Aweke, F.; Antoni, F.; Hulik, J.; Morvan, G.; Speisser, C.; Veis, P.; Le Normand, F.

    2015-05-01

    Copper (Cu) films with a minimal thickness of 300 nm were grown on MgO(1 1 1) substrates in high vacuum by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) at various temperatures to achieve a single crystal Cu film with flat terraces without grain boundaries. We investigated the effect of the substrate temperature, the pulse repetition rate, the deposition time and the laser fluence. A temperature threshold is observed above which the growth mode is changed from a uniform flat mode to a three dimensional mode. A combined process involving a germination step at moderate temperature followed by a growth step at higher temperature yields a 450 nm almost continuous film.

  13. Atomically-Smooth MgO films grown on Epitaxial Graphene by Pulsed Laser Deposition

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    Stuart, Sean; Sandin, Andreas; Rowe, Jack; Dougherty, Dan; Ulrich, Marc

    2013-03-01

    The growth of high quality insulating films on graphene is a crucial materials science task for graphene electronic and spintronic applications. It has been demonstrated that direct spin injection from a magnetic electrode to graphene is possible using MgO tunnel barriers of sufficient quality. We have used pulsed laser deposition (PLD) to grow thin magnesium oxide films directly on epitaxial graphene on SiC(0001). We observe very smooth film morphologies (typical rms roughness of ~ 0.4 nm) that are nearly independent of film thickness and conform to the substrate surface which had ~ 0.2 nm rms roughness. Surface roughness of 0.04 nm have been recorded for ~ 1nm films with no pinholes seen by AFM. XPS and XRD data show non crystalline, hydroxylated MgO films with uniform coverage. This work shows that PLD is a good technique to produce graphene-oxide interfaces without pre-deposition of an adhesion layer or graphene functionalization. The details and kinetics of the deposition process will be described with comparisons being made to other dielectric-on-graphene deposition approaches. Funded by ARO Staff Research Contract # W911NF.

  14. Growth process of nanosized aluminum thin films by pulsed laser deposition for fluorescence enhancement.

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    Abdellaoui, N; Pillonnet, A; Berndt, J; Boulmer-Leborgne, C; Kovacevic, E; Moine, B; Penuelas, J; Pereira, A

    2015-03-20

    Pulsed laser deposition was used to deposit aluminum thin films of various thicknesses (tAl) ranging from 5 to 40 nm and to investigate their growth process when they are deposited onto SiO2 and Y2O3. Atomic force microscopy and x-ray reflectivity measurements show that the structure of the Al films are related to the wettability properties of the underlaying layer. Onto SiO2, ultra-smooth layers of aluminum are obtained, due to a perfect wetting of SiO2 by Al. In contrast when deposited onto Y2O3, percolated Al layers are observed with apparent pore size decreasing from 200 to 82 nm as t(Al) is increased from 5 to 40 nm, respectively. This particular morphology is related to partial dewetting of Al on Y2O3. These two different growth mechanisms of aluminum depend therefore on the surface properties of SiO2 and Y2O3. The plasmon resonance of such Al nanostructures in the UV region was then analyzed by studying the coupling between Eu(3+) rare earth emitters and Al. PMID:25712708

  15. Utilizing pulsed laser deposition lateral inhomogeneity as a tool in combinatorial material science.

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    Keller, David A; Ginsburg, Adam; Barad, Hannah-Noa; Shimanovich, Klimentiy; Bouhadana, Yaniv; Rosh-Hodesh, Eli; Takeuchi, Ichiro; Aviv, Hagit; Tischler, Yaakov R; Anderson, Assaf Y; Zaban, Arie

    2015-04-13

    Pulsed laser deposition (PLD) is widely used in combinatorial material science, as it enables rapid fabrication of different composite materials. Nevertheless, this method was usually limited to small substrates, since PLD deposition on large substrate areas results in severe lateral inhomogeneity. A few technical solutions for this problem have been suggested, including the use of different designs of masks, which were meant to prevent inhomogeneity in the thickness, density, and oxidation state of a layer, while only the composition is allowed to be changed. In this study, a possible way to take advantage of the large scale deposition inhomogeneity is demonstrated, choosing an iron oxide PLD-deposited library with continuous compositional spread (CCS) as a model system. An Fe₂O₃-Nb₂O₅ library was fabricated using PLD, without any mask between the targets and the substrate. The library was measured using high-throughput scanners for electrical, structural, and optical properties. A decrease in electrical resistivity that is several orders of magnitude lower than pure α-Fe₂O₃ was achieved at ∼20% Nb-O (measured at 47 and 267 °C) but only at points that are distanced from the center of the PLD plasma plume. Using hierarchical clustering analysis, we show that the PLD inhomogeneity can be used as an additional degree of freedom, helping, in this case, to achieve iron oxide with much lower resistivity. PMID:25798538

  16. Pulsed laser deposition of YBCO thin films on IBAD-YSZ substrates

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    Li, M.; Ma, B.; Koritala, R. E.; Fisher, B. L.; Venkataraman, K.; Balachandran, U.

    2003-01-01

    High-quality YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) films were fabricated on yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ)-buffered Hastelloy C276 substrates by pulsed laser deposition. YSZ was grown by ion-beam-assisted deposition. A thin (approx10 nm) CeO2 layer was deposited before the deposition of YBCO. The crystalline structure and biaxial texture of the YBCO film and the buffer layer were examined by x-ray diffraction 2theta-scan, phi-scan and pole-figure analysis. Epitaxial growth of the YBCO film on the buffer layer was observed. Full width at half maximum (FWHM) value of 7.4° was measured from the phi-scan of YBCO(103). Raman spectroscopy showed compositional uniformity and phase integrity in the YBCO films. Surface morphologies of the YBCO films were examined by scanning electron microscopy. Comparative studies indicated that the CeO2 buffer layer significantly improves the structural alignment and superconducting properties of YBCO films. Tc = 90 K, with sharp transition, and transport Jc = 2.2 × 106 A cm-2 at 77 K in zero-external field were obtained on the 0.5 mum thick YBCO films. The dependence of Jc on the FWHM of the YBCO(103) phi-scan indicated that high Jc is associated with low FWHM.

  17. Growth of nanolaminate structure of tetragonal zirconia by pulsed laser deposition

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    2013-01-01

    Alumina/zirconia (Al2O3/ZrO2) multilayer thin films were deposited on Si (100) substrates at an optimized oxygen partial pressure of 3 Pa at room temperature by pulsed laser deposition. The Al2O3/ZrO2 multilayers of 10:10, 5:10, 5:5, and 4:4 nm with 40 bilayers were deposited alternately in order to stabilize a high-temperature phase of zirconia at room temperature. All these films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy (XTEM), and atomic force microscopy. The XRD studies of all the multilayer films showed only a tetragonal structure of zirconia and amorphous alumina. The high-temperature XRD studies of a typical 5:5-nm film indicated the formation of tetragonal zirconia at room temperature and high thermal stability. It was found that the critical layer thickness of zirconia is ≤10 nm, below which tetragonal zirconia is formed at room temperature. The XTEM studies on the as-deposited (Al2O3/ZrO2) 5:10-nm multilayer film showed distinct formation of multilayers with sharp interface and consists of mainly tetragonal phase and amorphous alumina, whereas the annealed film (5:10 nm) showed the inter-diffusion of layers at the interface. PMID:23413942

  18. Application of pulsed-uv laser Raman spectroscopy to chemical vapor deposition

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    Hargis, P.J. Jr.

    1981-01-01

    Raman detection limits obtained with a KrF laser excitation source were comparable to those obtained by laser-induced fluorescence and photofragment emission spectroscopy under chemical vapor deposition conditions.

  19. Effect of oxidation dynamics on the film characteristics of Ce:YIG thin films deposited by pulsed-laser deposition

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    Nakata, Yoshiki; Okada, Tatsuo; Maeda, Mitsuo; Higuchi, Sadao; Ueda, Kiyotaka

    2006-02-01

    Thin films with different compositions of Ce-substituted yttrium iron garnet (Ce:YIG (Y 2CeFe 5O 12)), Ga-doped Ce:YIG (Ce:Ga:YIG (Y 2CeFe 4.25Ga 0.75O 12)), and Gd-doped Ce:YIG (Ce:Gd:YIG (Y 1.6CeGd 0.4Fe 5O 12)) were deposited on gadolinium gallium garnet (GGG (Gd 3Ga 5O 12)) substrates in O 2 or Ar background gas by pulsed-laser deposition (PLD) technique. Crystalline films were obtained at a lower O 2 gas pressure of 20 mTorr or at higher Ar gas pressures of more than 100 mTorr. In addition, the behavior of YO molecules was visualized by two-dimensional laser-induced fluorescence (2D-LIF), in order to investigate the oxidation dynamics in the ablation plume. The oxidation dynamics and the crystallinity had close correlation.

  20. Growth of III-V nitrides and buffer layer investigation by pulsed laser deposition

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    Huang, Tzu-Fang

    1999-11-01

    III-V nitrides have been investigated intensively due to the enormous interest in optoelectronic device applications in the green, blue, violet, and near-ultraviolet regions. Advances in III-V nitride materials for short wavelength light sources will lead to both a revolution in optical disk storage, as higher densities can be achieved with short wavelengths, and a major impact on imaging and graphic technology as high quality red, green, and blue light-emitting diodes (LED) and lasers become available. High quality GaN films have mostly been prepared by metal-organic vapor phase epitaxy (MOCVD), molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) and vapor phase epitaxy (VPE). Compared to these techniques, pulsed laser deposition (PLD) is a relatively new growth technique used widely for the growth of oxide thin films. However, several advantages of PLD make it worthy of study as a method of growing nitrides. The congruent ablation achieved with short UV-laser pulses allows deposition of a multicomponent material by employing a single target and the ability for depositing a wide variety of materials. This advantage makes PLD very suitable for growing multilayer structures sequentially in the same chamber and investigating the effect of buffer layers. Moreover, the strong nonequilibrium growth conditions of PLD may lead to different nucleation and growth processes. In this work, GaN and (Al,Ga)N films have been epitaxially grown on (0001) sapphire substrate by PLD, which has been successfully applied to controlling the lattice constant and band gap of (Al,Ga)N. Room-temperature photoluminescence of PLD-GaN exhibits a strong band edge emission at 3.4eV. The threading dislocations of GaN are predominantly screw dislocations with Burgers vector of <0001> while edge dislocations with Burgers vector of 1/3<11-20> are the dominant ones in GaN grown by MBE, MOCVD and VPE. This variation observed in defect characteristics may come from the difference in nucleation and growth kinetics between PLD

  1. Pulsed-Laser Deposited Amorphous Diamond and Related Materials: Synthesis, Characterization, and Field Emission Properties

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    Baylor, L.R.; Geohegan, D.B.; Jellison, G.E., Jr.; Lowndes, D.H.; Merkulov, V.I.; Puretzky, A.A.

    1999-01-23

    Amorphous carbon films with variable sp{sup 3} content were produced by ArF (193nm) pulsed laser deposition. An in-situ ion probe was used to measure kinetic energy of C{sup +} ions. In contrast to measurements made as a function of laser fluence, ion probe measurements of kinetic energy are a convenient as well as more accurate and fundamental method for monitoring deposition conditions, with the advantage of being readily transferable for inter-laboratory comparisons. Electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) and spectroscopic ellipsometry measurements reveal that tetrahedral amorphous carbon (ta-C) films with the most diamond-like properties are obtained at the C ion kinetic energy of {approximately}90 eV. Film properties are uniform within a 12-15{degree} angle from the plume centerline. Tapping-mode atomic force microscope measurements show that films deposited at near-optimum kinetic energy are extremely smooth, with rms roughness of only {approximately} 1 {angstrom} over distances of several hundred nm. Field emission (FE) measurements show that ta-C does not appear to be a good electron emitter. After conditioning of ta-C films deposited on n-type Si a rather high turn-on voltage of {approximately}50 V/{micro}m was required to draw current of {approximately}1 nA to the probe. The emission was unstable and typically ceased after a few minutes of operation. The FE tests of ta-C and other materials strongly suggest that surface morphology plays a dominant role in the FE process, in agreement with conventional Fowler-Nordheim theory.

  2. Pulsed Laser Deposition of Thin YBCO Films on Faceted YSZ Single Crystal Fibers

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    Snigirev, O.; Chukharkin, M.; Porokhov, N.; Rusanov, S. Y.; Kashin, V. V.; Tsvetkov, V. B.; Kalabukhov, A.; Winkler, D.

    2014-05-01

    Flexible rods of single crystals of 9% Y2O3-stabilized ZrO2 (YSZ) were used as substrates for deposition of high-critical temperature superconducting (HTS) thin films. YSZ fibers were prepared by mini-pedestal method with laser heating and had average diameter of 300 micrometers and 30 mm length. X-ray diffraction analysis demonstrated high crystalline quality of obtained fibers and also indicated the presence of 15° deviation of the fiber axis from the [001] YSZ direction. Thin YBa2Cu3O7-x films were grown by pulsed laser deposition on YSZ rods using CeO2 buffer layer. Films have shown high critical temperature of 90 K with sharp superconducting transition. Critical current density was estimated to about 3×104 A/cm2 at 80 K. Temperature dependence of critical current density suggests granular structure of films with grain size about several microns. Our results demonstrate feasibility of flexible YSZ fibers coated by HTS thin films for practical use.

  3. Pr–Fe–B+α-Fe nanocomposite film magnets prepared by pulsed laser deposition method

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    Yamashita, Akihiro; Nakano, Masaki; Oshima, Shuichi; Yanai, Takeshi; Fukunaga, Hirotoshi

    2016-07-01

    An increase in the remanence of an isotropic film magnet is indispensable to improve the properties of miniaturized devices. We, therefore, tried to prepare Pr–Fe–B/α-Fe multilayered nanocomposite thick-film magnets by a pulsed laser deposition (PLD) method. Namely, a rotated target composed of a Pr x Fe14B (x = 2.2 or 2.4) target together with an α-Fe segment was ablated. We also took account of a small spot size of the laser beam in order to suppress the emission of droplets (large particles) from each target. An optimization on the area of the α-Fe segment in each Pr x Fe14B target was carried out, and the remanence of an annealed film reached approximately 1.1 T. Moreover, a transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observation of the above-mentioned sample revealed that the microstructure varied from a multilayered structure (as-deposited) to a dispersed one through the annealing process. Resultantly, the annealed film had a dispersed nanocomposite structure with good exchange coupling.

  4. Laser assisted deposition

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    Dutta, S.

    1983-01-01

    Applications of laser-based processing techniques to solar cell metallization are discussed. Laser-assisted thermal or photolytic maskless deposition from organometallic vapors or solutions may provide a viable alternative to photovoltaic metallization systems currently in use. High power, defocused excimer lasers may be used in conjunction with masks as an alternative to direct laser writing to provide higher throughput. Repeated pulsing with excimer lasers may eliminate the need for secondary plating techniques for metal film buildup. A comparison between the thermal and photochemical deposition processes is made.

  5. Modeling of thermal, electronic, hydrodynamic, and dynamic deposition processes for pulsed-laser deposition of thin films

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    Liu, C.L.; LeBoeuf, J.N.; Wood, R.F.; Geohegan, D.B.; Donato, J.M.; Chen, K.R.; Puretzky, A.A.

    1994-11-01

    Various physical processes during laser ablation of solids for pulsed-laser deposition (PLD) are studied using a variety of computational techniques. In the course of the authors combined theoretical and experimental effort, they have been trying to work on as many aspects of PLD processes as possible, but with special focus on the following areas: (a) the effects of collisional interactions between the particles in the plume and in the background on the evolving flow field and on thin film growth, (b) interactions between the energetic particles and the growing thin films and their effects on film quality, (c) rapid phase transformations through the liquid and vapor phases under possibly nonequilibrium thermodynamic conditions induced by laser-solid interactions, (d) breakdown of the vapor into a plasma in the early stages of ablation through both electronic and photoionization processes, (c) hydrodynamic behavior of the vapor/plasma during and after ablation. The computational techniques used include finite difference (FD) methods, particle-in-cell model, and atomistic simulations using molecular dynamics (MD) techniques.

  6. Preparation of strontium hexaferrite film by pulsed laser deposition with in situ heating and post annealing

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    Masoudpanah, S. M.; Seyyed Ebrahimi, S. A.; Ong, C. K.

    2012-09-01

    Strontium hexaferrite (SrFe12O19) films have been fabricated by pulsed laser deposition on Si(1 0 0) substrate with Pt(1 1 1) underlayer through in situ and post annealing heat treatments. C-axis perpendicular oriented SrFe12O19 films have been confirmed by X-ray diffraction patterns for both of the in situ heated and post annealed films. The cluster-like single domain structures are recognized by magnetic force microscopy. Higher coercivity in perpendicular direction than that for the in-plane direction shows that the films have perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. High perpendicular coercivity, around 3.8 kOe, has been achieved after post annealing at 500 °C. Higher coercivity of the post annealed SrFe12O19 films was found to be related to nanosized grain of about 50-80 nm.

  7. Magnetic properties of strontium hexaferrite films prepared by pulsed laser deposition

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    Masoudpanah, S. M.; Seyyed Ebrahimi, S. A.; Ong, C. K.

    2012-08-01

    The magnetic properties of strontium hexaferrite (SrFe12O19) films fabricated by pulsed laser deposition on the Si(100) substrate with Pt(111) underlayer have been studied as a function of film thickness (50-700 nm). X-ray diffraction patterns confirm that the films have c-axis perpendicular orientation. The coercivities in perpendicular direction are higher than those for in-plane direction which indicates the films have perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. The coercivity was found to decrease with increasing of thickness, due to the increasing of the grain size and relaxation in lattice strain. The 200 nm thick film exhibits hexagonal shape grains of 150 nm and optimum magnetic properties of Ms=298 emu/cm3 and Hc=2540 Oe.

  8. Pulsed laser deposition of air-sensitive hydride epitaxial thin films: LiH

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    Oguchi, Hiroyuki; Isobe, Shigehito; Kuwano, Hiroki; Shiraki, Susumu; Hitosugi, Taro; Orimo, Shin-ichi

    2015-09-01

    We report on the epitaxial thin film growth of an air-sensitive hydride, lithium hydride (LiH), using pulsed laser deposition (PLD). We first synthesized a dense LiH target, which is key for PLD growth of high-quality hydride films. Then, we obtained epitaxial thin films of [100]-oriented LiH on a MgO(100) substrate at 250 °C under a hydrogen pressure of 1.3 × 10{sup −2} Pa. Atomic force microscopy revealed that the film demonstrates a Stranski-Krastanov growth mode and that the film with a thickness of ∼10 nm has a good surface flatness, with root-mean-square roughness R{sub RMS} of ∼0.4 nm.

  9. Pulsed laser deposition of high-quality thin films of the insulating ferromagnet EuS

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    Yang, Qi I.; Zhao, Jinfeng; Risbud, Subhash H.; Zhang, Li; Dolev, Merav; Fried, Alexander D.; Marshall, Ann F.; Kapitulnik, Aharon

    2014-02-24

    High-quality thin films of the ferromagnetic insulator europium(II) sulfide (EuS) were fabricated by pulsed laser deposition on Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} (0001) and Si (100) substrates. A single orientation was obtained with the [100] planes parallel to the substrates, with atomic-scale smoothness indicates a near-ideal surface topography. The films exhibit uniform ferromagnetism below 15.9 K, with a substantial component of the magnetization perpendicular to the plane of the films. Optimization of the growth condition also yielded truly insulating films with immeasurably large resistance. This combination of magnetic and electric properties opens the gate for future devices that require a true ferromagnetic insulator.

  10. Mechanical and electrical properties of epitaxial Si nanowires grown by pulsed laser deposition

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    Obi, D.; Nechache, R.; Harnagea, C.; Rosei, F.

    2012-11-01

    We report on the elastic and piezoresistive properties of individual epitaxial Si-NWs grown on n-doped Si(111) by pulsed laser deposition. Using scanning probe microscopy, we obtained a Young’s modulus between 82 and 900 GPa for the nanowires, unaffected by the nanowire shape. A relative resistivity change is observed in the prestrained (curved) Si-NWs, which we attribute to a large piezoresistance coefficient in the NW along its axis. Assuming that for the bent NWs the effect of longitudinal stress on resistivity is compensated, the piezoresistance coefficient originating in the shear strain alone, we found a piezoresistance gauge factor (GF) of 600, which is close to the values reported in literature for Si-NWs.

  11. Fabrication of organic-inorganic perovskite thin films for planar solar cells via pulsed laser deposition

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    Liang, Yangang; Yao, Yangyi; Zhang, Xiaohang; Hsu, Wei-Lun; Gong, Yunhui; Shin, Jongmoon; Wachsman, Eric D.; Dagenais, Mario; Takeuchi, Ichiro

    2016-01-01

    We report on fabrication of organic-inorganic perovskite thin films using a hybrid method consisting of pulsed laser deposition (PLD) of lead iodide and spin-coating of methylammonium iodide. Smooth and highly crystalline CH3NH3PbI3 thin films have been fabricated on silicon and glass coated substrates with fluorine doped tin oxide using this PLD-based hybrid method. Planar perovskite solar cells with an inverted structure have been successfully fabricated using the perovskite films. Because of its versatility, the PLD-based hybrid fabrication method not only provides an easy and precise control of the thickness of the perovskite thin films, but also offers a straightforward platform for studying the potential feasibility in using other metal halides and organic salts for formation of the organic-inorganic perovskite structure.

  12. Photonic bandgap amorphous chalcogenide thin films with multilayered structure grown by pulsed laser deposition method

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    Zhang, Shao-qian; Němec, Petre; Nazabal, Virginie; Jin, Yu-qi

    2016-05-01

    Amorphous chalcogenide thin films were fabricated by the pulsed laser deposition technique. Thereafter, the stacks of multilayered thin films for reflectors and microcavity were designed for telecommunication wavelength. The prepared multilayered thin films for reflectors show good compatibility. The microcavity structure consists of Ge25Ga5Sb10S65 (doped with Er3+) spacer layer surrounded by two 5-layer As40Se60/Ge25Sb5S70 reflectors. Scanning/transmission electron microscopy results show good periodicity, great adherence and smooth interfaces between the alternating dielectric layers, which confirms a suitable compatibility between different materials. The results demonstrate that the chalcogenides can be used for preparing vertical Bragg reflectors and microcavity with high quality.

  13. Red photoluminescence in praseodymium-doped titanate perovskite films epitaxially grown by pulsed laser deposition

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    Takashima, Hiroshi; Ueda, Kazushige; Itoh, Mitsuru

    2006-12-01

    Intense red photoluminescence (PL) under ultraviolet (UV) excitation was observed in epitaxially grown Pr-doped Ca0.6Sr0.4TiO3 perovskite films. The films were grown on SrTiO3 (100) substrates by pulsed laser deposition, and their epitaxial growth was confirmed by x-ray diffraction and reflected high-energy electron diffraction. The observed sharp PL peak centered at 610nm was assigned to the transition of Pr3+ ions from the D21 state to the H43 state. The PL intensity was markedly enhanced by postannealing treatments at 1000°C, above the film-growth temperature of 600 or 800°C. Because the excitation and absorption spectra are similar to each other, it was suggested that the UV energy absorbed by the host lattice was transferred to the Pr ions, resulting in the red luminescence.

  14. Electrochemical and electrochromic properties of niobium oxide thin films fabricated by pulsed laser deposition

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    Fu, Z.W.; Kong, J.J.; Qin, Q.Z.

    1999-10-01

    Niobium oxide thin films have been successfully fabricated on the indium-tin oxide coated glasses by pulsed laser deposition in an O{sub 3}/O{sub 2} gas mixture. Films are characterized by X-ray diffraction and Raman spectrometry. Electrochemical and electrochromic properties of Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} films are examined by cyclic voltammogram and potential step coupled with an in situ charge-coupled device spectrophotometer. The unique characteristics of absorption spectra of Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} films are observed for the first time, and the optical absorption from the trapped electrons in the surface states plays an important role in the electrochromic phenomenon.

  15. Photoresponse in thin films of WO{sub 3} grown by pulsed laser deposition

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    Roy Moulik, Samik; Samanta, Sudeshna; Ghosh, Barnali

    2014-06-09

    We report, the photoresponse behaviour of Tungsten trioxide (WO{sub 3}) films of different surface morphology, grown by using pulsed laser deposition (PLD). The Growth parameters for PLD were changed for two substrates SiO{sub 2}/Si (SO) and SrTiO{sub 3} (STO), such a way which, result nanocrystalline film on SO and needle like structured film on STO. The photoresponse is greatly modified in these two films because of two different surface morphologies. The nanocrystalline film (film on SO) shows distinct photocurrent (PC) ON/OFF states when light was turned on/off, the enhancement of PC is ∼27%. Whereas, the film with needle like structure (film on STO) exhibits significantly enhanced persistent photocurrent even in light off condition, in this case, the enhancement of PC ∼ 50% at room temperature at lowest wavelength (λ = 360 nm) at a nominal bias voltage of 0.1 V.

  16. Proton Transport and Microstructure Properties in Superlattice Thin Films Fabricated by Pulsed Laser Deposition

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    Kuwata, Naoaki; Sata, Noriko; Tsurui, Takao; Yugami, Hiroo

    2005-12-01

    Superlattice thin films of the perovskite-type oxide proton conductor SrZr0.95Y0.05O3/SrTiO3 was fabricated by pulsed laser deposition. Their structural and proton transport properties were reported. X-ray diffraction analysis and selected area electron diffraction revealed that the thin films were epitaxially grown on MgO(001) substrate. High-density edge dislocations and a columnar structure were observed in the films by high-resolution electron microscopy. The in-plane electrical conductivity of the thin films was determined by impedance spectroscopy. The contribution of proton transport to the total conductivity of the films was confirmed by H2O/D2O exchange measurement. The conductivity of superlattice films was increased by introducing heterointerfaces. The high activation energy (Ea=1.0 eV) was explained by the grain-boundary effect of the columnar structure in the films.

  17. Amorphous indium gallium zinc oxide thin film grown by pulse laser deposition technique

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    Mistry, Bhaumik V.; Joshi, U. S.

    2016-05-01

    Highly electrically conducting and transparent in visible light IGZO thin film were grown on glass substrate at substrate temperature of 400 C by a pulse laser deposition techniques. Structural, surface, electrical, and optical properties of IGZO thin films were investigated at room temperature. Smooth surface morphology and amorphous nature of the film has been confirmed from the AFM and GIXRD analysis. A resistivity down to 7.7×10-3 V cm was reproducibly obtained while maintaining optical transmission exceeding 70% at wavelengths from 340 to 780 nm. The carrier densities of the film was obtain to the value 1.9×1018 cm3, while the Hall mobility of the IGZO thin film was 16 cm2 V-1S-1.

  18. Pulsed laser deposition of Mn doped CdSe quantum dots for improved solar cell performance

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    Dai, Qilin; Wang, Wenyong E-mail: jtang2@uwyo.edu; Tang, Jinke E-mail: jtang2@uwyo.edu; Sabio, Erwin M.

    2014-05-05

    In this work, we demonstrate (1) a facile method to prepare Mn doped CdSe quantum dots (QDs) on Zn{sub 2}SnO{sub 4} photoanodes by pulsed laser deposition and (2) improved device performance of quantum dot sensitized solar cells of the Mn doped QDs (CdSe:Mn) compared to the undoped QDs (CdSe). The band diagram of photoanode Zn{sub 2}SnO{sub 4} and sensitizer CdSe:Mn QD is proposed based on the incident-photon-to-electron conversion efficiency (IPCE) data. Mn-modified band structure leads to absorption at longer wavelengths than the undoped CdSe QDs, which is due to the exchange splitting of the CdSe:Mn conduction band by the Mn dopant. Three-fold increase in the IPCE efficiency has also been observed for the Mn doped samples.

  19. Structural analysis of infinite layer superlattices grown by pulsed laser deposition

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    Del Vecchio, A.; Tapfer, L.; Aruta, C.; Balestrino, G.; Petrocelli, G.

    1996-07-01

    In this work we investigate the structural properties of SrCuO2/CaCuO2 infinite layer superlattices by high-resolution x-ray diffraction and x-ray specular reflectivity measurements. The infinite layer superlattices are grown by pulsed laser deposition on slightly misoriented (001) SrTiO3 substrates. We demonstrate that good quality superlattices with few monolayers thick constituent SrCuO2 and CaCuO2 layers can be grown having an interface roughness of less than 3-4 Å. A strain analysis of the epitaxial film shows that the SrCuO2 layers are completely relaxed with respect to the substrate. However, the CaCuO2 layers are elastically strained with respect to the SrCuO2 layer. The Poisson ratio of the CaCuO2 is estimated to be 0.40±0.08.

  20. Mechanical and electrical properties of epitaxial Si nanowires grown by pulsed laser deposition.

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    Obi, D; Nechache, R; Harnagea, C; Rosei, F

    2012-11-01

    We report on the elastic and piezoresistive properties of individual epitaxial Si-NWs grown on n-doped Si(111) by pulsed laser deposition. Using scanning probe microscopy, we obtained a Young's modulus between 82 and 900 GPa for the nanowires, unaffected by the nanowire shape. A relative resistivity change is observed in the prestrained (curved) Si-NWs, which we attribute to a large piezoresistance coefficient in the NW along its axis. Assuming that for the bent NWs the effect of longitudinal stress on resistivity is compensated, the piezoresistance coefficient originating in the shear strain alone, we found a piezoresistance gauge factor (GF) of 600, which is close to the values reported in literature for Si-NWs. PMID:23033061

  1. Hydroxyapatite thin films synthesized by Pulsed Laser Deposition onto titanium mesh implants for cranioplasty applications

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    Duta, L.; Stan, G. E.; Popescu, A. C.; Socol, G.; Miroiu, F. M.; Mihailescu, I. N.; Ianculescu, A.; Poeata, I.; Chiriac, A.

    2013-06-01

    We report on the synthesis of advanced nanostructured hydroxyapatite thin films onto 3D titanium (Ti) mesh substrates by Pulsed Laser Deposition method. Morphological and structural investigations as well as pull-out tests proved the stoichiometric transfer of crystalline hydroxyapatite (HA) films along with their good adherence. In vivo tests were performed on 12 patients (six with simple Ti mesh, six with Ti mesh biofunctionalized with HA). The tomodensitometry analysis of the cranial control scans evidenced the process of osseogenesis. For four patients with implanted HA/Ti mesh structures, the modification of the value obtained on Hounsfield scale was observed at the level of implant, proving the progress of osseointegration. We conclude that the structures exhibit excellent bonding strength and functionality, and are suitable for neurosurgical applications.

  2. Highly crystalline MoS{sub 2} thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition

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    Serrao, Claudy R.; You, Long; Gadgil, Sushant; Hu, Chenming; Salahuddin, Sayeef; Diamond, Anthony M.; Hsu, Shang-Lin; Clarkson, James; Carraro, Carlo; Maboudian, Roya

    2015-02-02

    Highly crystalline thin films of MoS{sub 2} were prepared over large area by pulsed laser deposition down to a single monolayer on Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} (0001), GaN (0001), and SiC-6H (0001) substrates. X-ray diffraction and selected area electron diffraction studies show that the films are quasi-epitaxial with good out-of-plane texture. In addition, the thin films were observed to be highly crystalline with rocking curve full width half maxima of 0.01°, smooth with a RMS roughness of 0.27 nm, and uniform in thickness based on Raman spectroscopy. From transport measurements, the as-grown films were found to be p-type.

  3. Fabrication of p-type Li-doped ZnO films by pulsed laser deposition

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    Xiao, Bin; Ye, Zhizhen; Zhang, Yinzhu; Zeng, Yujia; Zhu, Liping; Zhao, Binghui

    2006-11-01

    p-Type ZnO thin films have been realized via doping Li as acceptor by using pulsed laser deposition. In our experiment, Li 2CO 3 was used as Li precursor, and the growth temperature was varied from 400 to 600 °C in pure O 2 ambient. The Li-doped ZnO film prepared at 450 °C possessed the lowest resistivity of 34 Ω cm with a Hall mobility of 0.134 cm 2 V -1 s -1 and hole concentration of 1.37 × 10 18 cm -3. X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements showed that the Li-doped ZnO films grown at different substrate temperatures were of completely (0 0 2)-preferred orientation.

  4. Plasma-Enhanced Pulsed Laser Deposition of Wide Bandgap Nitrides for Space Power Applications

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    Triplett, G. E., Jr.; Durbin, S. M.

    2004-01-01

    The need for a reliable, inexpensive technology for small-scale space power applications where photovoltaic or chemical battery approaches are not feasible has prompted renewed interest in radioisotope-based energy conversion devices. Although a number of devices have been developed using a variety of semiconductors, the single most limiting factor remains the overall lifetime of the radioisotope battery. Recent advances in growth techniques for ultra-wide bandgap III-nitride semiconductors provide the means to explore a new group of materials with the promise of significant radiation resistance. Additional benefits resulting from the use of ultra-wide bandgap materials include a reduction in leakage current and higher operating voltage without a loss of energy transfer efficiency. This paper describes the development of a novel plasma-enhanced pulsed laser deposition system for the growth of cubic boron nitride semiconducting thin films, which will be used to construct pn junction devices for alphavoltaic applications.

  5. Mechanism of critical catalyst size effect on MgO nanowire growth by pulsed laser deposition

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    Yanagida, Takeshi; Nagashima, Kazuki; Tanaka, Hidekazu; Kawai, Tomoji

    2008-07-01

    The size controllability of oxide nanowires formed via vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) mechanism is desired for the oxide nanowire-based device applications. However, the complex nature of oxide nanowire VLS growth has held back such size controllability. Here we demonstrate the critical size effect of a Au catalyst on MgO nanowire VLS growth by pulsed laser deposition. The presence of a critical catalyst size was found. Above such critical size, an oxide nanowire VLS growth is no longer feasible. Interestingly, such critical size increased with increasing growth temperature. The mechanism of the critical phenomenon is interpreted in terms of the catalyst size dependence on the amount of adatoms diffused from surroundings into the catalyst.

  6. Epitaxial growth of Ge-Sb-Te films on KCl by high deposition rate pulsed laser deposition

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    Thelander, E.; Gerlach, J. W.; Ross, U.; Frost, F.; Rauschenbach, B.

    2014-06-01

    Pulsed laser deposition was employed to deposit epitaxial Ge2Sb2Te5-layers (GST) on (100) oriented KCl-substrates. XRD-measurements show a process temperature window for epitaxial growth of the cubic phase between 200 and 300 °C. Below 250 °C (111) oriented GST dominates the growth process and above 250 °C the (100) orientation is the dominating one. Pole figure measurements confirm these results and additionally reveal that the (111) orientation consists of 4 domains with 90° azimuthal separation with an initial 15° rotation with the substrate lattice, i.e., [2-1-1]GST || [100]KCl. The (100) orientation grows cube-on-cube with KCl. A systematic variation of the deposition rate showed that it is possible to obtain epitaxial films in the range between 2.5 and 250 nm/min with no significant deterioration of crystal quality. A smooth topography of (111) oriented films was found, whereas the (100) dominated films in general show higher surface roughness as evidenced from atomic force microscopy investigations.

  7. Formation and properties of novel artificially-layered cuprate superconductors using pulsed-laser deposition

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    Norton, D.P.; Chakoumakos, B.C.; Budai, J.D.

    1996-03-01

    Pulsed-laser deposition and epitaxial stabilization have been effectively used to engineer artificially-layered thin-film materials. Novel cuprate compounds have been synthesized using the constraint of epitaxy to stabilize (Ca,Sr)CuO{sub 2}/(Ba,Ca,Sr)CuO{sub 2} superconducting superlattices in the infinite layer structure. Superlattice chemical modulation can be observed from the x-ray diffraction patterns for structures with SrCuO{sub 2} and (Ca, Sr)CuO{sub 2} layers as thin as a single unit cell ({approximately}3. 4 {angstrom}). X-ray diffraction intensity oscillations, due to the finite thickness of the film, indicate that (Ca,Sr)CuO{sub 2} films grown by pulsed-laser deposition are extremely flat with a thickness variation of only {approximately}20 {angstrom} over a length scale of several thousand angstroms. This enables the unit-cell control of (Ca, Sr)CuO{sub 2} film growth in an oxygen pressure regime in which in situ surface analysis using electron diffraction is not possible. With the incorporation of BaCuO{sub 2} layers, superlattice structures have been synthesized which superconduct at temperatures as high as 70 K. Dc transport measurements indicate that (Ca, Sr)CuO{sub 2}/BaCuO{sub 2} superlattices are two dimensional superconductors with the superconducting transition primarily associated with the BaCuO{sub 2} layers. Superconductivity is observed only for structures with BaCuO{sub 2} layers at least two unit cells thick with {Tc} decreasing as the (Ca,Sr)CuO{sub 2} layer thickness increases. Normalized resistance in the superconducting region collapse to the Ginzburg-Landau Coulomb gas universal resistance curve consistent with the two-dimensional vortex fluctuation model.

  8. Si-doped carbon nanostructured films by pulsed laser deposition from a liquid target

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    Csákó, T.; Berkesi, O.; Kovács, I.; Radnóczi, G.; Szörényi, T.

    2009-10-01

    Ablation of a silicone oil, Dow Corning's DC-705 with laser pulses of sub-ps duration in high vacuum is a novel approach to fabrication of Si-doped carbon nanocomposite films. Gently focused, temporally clean 700 fs pulses @ 248 nm of a hybrid dye/excimer laser system produce power densities of the order of 10 11-10 12 W cm -2 on the target surface. The evolution of the chemical structure of film material is followed by comparing Fourier Transformed Infrared and X-ray Photoelectron spectra of films deposited at temperatures between room temperature and 250 °C. Despite the low thermal budget technique, in the spectrum of films deposited at room temperature the fingerprint of the silicone oil can clearly be identified. With increasing substrate temperature the contribution of the features characteristic of the oil gradually diminishes, but does not completely disappear even at 250 °C. This result is intriguing since the chance of oil droplets to survive in their original liquid form on the hot surface should be minimal. The results of the X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy suggest that the chemical structure of the film material resembles that of the oil. Both reflection mode optical microscopy and low magnification Scanning Electron Microscopy reveal that the films are inhomogeneous: areas of lateral dimensions ranging from a few to tens of micrometers, characterized by different contrasts can be identified. On the other hand, surface mapping by Scanning Electron and Atomic Force Microscopy unambiguously proves that all films possess a solid surface consisting of nanoparticles of less than 100 nm dimension, without the presence of any drop of oil. Possible explanations of the puzzling results can be that the films are polymers consisting mainly of the molecules of the target material, or composites of solid C:Si nanoparticles and oil residues.

  9. Fabrication of Nano-engineered Transparent Conducting Oxides by Pulsed Laser Deposition

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    Gondoni, Paolo; Ghidelli, Matteo; Di Fonzo, Fabio; Li Bassi, Andrea; Casari, Carlo S.

    2013-01-01

    Nanosecond Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) in the presence of a background gas allows the deposition of metal oxides with tunable morphology, structure, density and stoichiometry by a proper control of the plasma plume expansion dynamics. Such versatility can be exploited to produce nanostructured films from compact and dense to nanoporous characterized by a hierarchical assembly of nano-sized clusters. In particular we describe the detailed methodology to fabricate two types of Al-doped ZnO (AZO) films as transparent electrodes in photovoltaic devices: 1) at low O2 pressure, compact films with electrical conductivity and optical transparency close to the state of the art transparent conducting oxides (TCO) can be deposited at room temperature, to be compatible with thermally sensitive materials such as polymers used in organic photovoltaics (OPVs); 2) highly light scattering hierarchical structures resembling a forest of nano-trees are produced at higher pressures. Such structures show high Haze factor (>80%) and may be exploited to enhance the light trapping capability. The method here described for AZO films can be applied to other metal oxides relevant for technological applications such as TiO2, Al2O3, WO3 and Ag4O4. PMID:23486076

  10. Angular Distribution of Tungsten Material and Ion Flux during Nanosecond Pulsed Laser Deposition

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    Hussain, M. S.; Dogar, A. H.; Qayyum, A.; Abbasi, S. A.

    2016-01-01

    Tungsten thin films were prepared by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique on glass substrates placed at the angles of 0∘ to 70∘ with respect to the target surface normal. Rutherford backscattering Spectrometry (RBS) analysis of the films indicated that about 90% of tungsten material flux is distributed in a cone of 40∘ solid angle while about 54% of it lies even in a narrower cone of 10∘ solid angle. Significant diffusion of tungsten in glass substrate has been observed in the films deposited at smaller angles with respect to target surface normal. Time-of-flight (TOF) measurements performed using Langmuir probe indicated that the most probable ion energy decreases from about 600 to 91eV for variation of θ from 0∘ to 70∘. In general ion energy spread is quite large at all angles investigated here. The enhanced tungsten diffusion in glass substrate observed at smaller angles is most probably due to the higher ion energy and ion assisted recoil implantation of already deposited tungsten.

  11. Pulsed laser deposited GeTe-rich GeTe-Sb2Te3 thin films

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    Bouška, M.; Pechev, S.; Simon, Q.; Boidin, R.; Nazabal, V.; Gutwirth, J.; Baudet, E.; Němec, P.

    2016-01-01

    Pulsed laser deposition technique was used for the fabrication of Ge-Te rich GeTe-Sb2Te3 (Ge6Sb2Te9, Ge8Sb2Te11, Ge10Sb2Te13, and Ge12Sb2Te15) amorphous thin films. To evaluate the influence of GeTe content in the deposited films on physico-chemical properties of the GST materials, scanning electron microscopy with energy-dispersive X-ray analysis, X-ray diffraction and reflectometry, atomic force microscopy, Raman scattering spectroscopy, optical reflectivity, and sheet resistance temperature dependences as well as variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometry measurements were used to characterize as-deposited (amorphous) and annealed (crystalline) layers. Upon crystallization, optical functions and electrical resistance of the films change drastically, leading to large optical and electrical contrast between amorphous and crystalline phases. Large changes of optical/electrical properties are accompanied by the variations of thickness, density, and roughness of the films due to crystallization. Reflectivity contrast as high as ~0.21 at 405 nm was calculated for Ge8Sb2Te11, Ge10Sb2Te13, and Ge12Sb2Te15 layers. PMID:27199107

  12. Interface control by homoepitaxial growth in pulsed laser deposited iron chalcogenide thin films

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    Molatta, Sebastian; Haindl, Silvia; Trommler, Sascha; Schulze, Michael; Wurmehl, Sabine; Hühne, Ruben

    2015-01-01

    Thin film growth of iron chalcogenides by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) is still a delicate issue in terms of simultaneous control of stoichiometry, texture, substrate/film interface properties, and superconducting properties. The high volatility of the constituents sharply limits optimal deposition temperatures to a narrow window and mainly challenges reproducibility for vacuum based methods. In this work we demonstrate the beneficial introduction of a semiconducting FeSe1−xTex seed layer for subsequent homoepitaxial growth of superconducting FeSe1−xTex thin film on MgO substrates. MgO is one of the most favorable substrates used in superconducting thin film applications, but the controlled growth of iron chalcogenide thin films on MgO has not yet been optimized and is the least understood. The large mismatch between the lattice constants of MgO and FeSe1−xTex of about 11% results in thin films with a mixed texture, that prevents further accurate investigations of a correlation between structural and electrical properties of FeSe1−xTex. Here we present an effective way to significantly improve epitaxial growth of superconducting FeSe1−xTex thin films with reproducible high critical temperatures (≥17 K) at reduced deposition temperatures (200 °C–320 °C) on MgO using PLD. This offers a broad scope of various applications. PMID:26548645

  13. Mechanical properties of high strength aluminum alloys formed by pulsed laser deposition

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    Knapp, J.A.; Follstaedt, D.M.

    1995-12-31

    Very high-strength alloys of A1(O) have been formed using a pulsed laser deposition (PLD) system to deposit from alternating targets of A1 and A1{sub 2}O{sub 3}. Ion beam analysis and transmission electron microscopy show that the deposited material is uniform in composition with up to 33 at. % O and has a highly refined microstructure consisting of a fine, uniform dispersion of {approximately}1 nm diameter {gamma}-A1{sub 2}O{sub 3} precipitates. Ultra-low-load indentation testing combined with finite-element modeling is used to determine the mechanical properties of the layers. Yield stresses as high as 5.1 GPa have been measured in these materials, greatly exceeding the strengths of aerospace Al alloys (-0.5 GPa) and even high strength steels. The key to the properties of these materials is the dispersion of small, hard precipitates spaced only a few Burgers vectors apart; dislocations are apparently unable to cut through and must bow around them.

  14. Pulsed laser deposited GeTe-rich GeTe-Sb2Te3 thin films

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    Bouška, M.; Pechev, S.; Simon, Q.; Boidin, R.; Nazabal, V.; Gutwirth, J.; Baudet, E.; Němec, P.

    2016-05-01

    Pulsed laser deposition technique was used for the fabrication of Ge-Te rich GeTe-Sb2Te3 (Ge6Sb2Te9, Ge8Sb2Te11, Ge10Sb2Te13, and Ge12Sb2Te15) amorphous thin films. To evaluate the influence of GeTe content in the deposited films on physico-chemical properties of the GST materials, scanning electron microscopy with energy-dispersive X-ray analysis, X-ray diffraction and reflectometry, atomic force microscopy, Raman scattering spectroscopy, optical reflectivity, and sheet resistance temperature dependences as well as variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometry measurements were used to characterize as-deposited (amorphous) and annealed (crystalline) layers. Upon crystallization, optical functions and electrical resistance of the films change drastically, leading to large optical and electrical contrast between amorphous and crystalline phases. Large changes of optical/electrical properties are accompanied by the variations of thickness, density, and roughness of the films due to crystallization. Reflectivity contrast as high as ~0.21 at 405 nm was calculated for Ge8Sb2Te11, Ge10Sb2Te13, and Ge12Sb2Te15 layers.

  15. Antibacterial copper-nickel bilayers and multilayer coatings by pulsed laser deposition on titanium.

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    Vishwakarma, Vinita; Josephine, J; George, R P; Krishnan, R; Dash, S; Kamruddin, M; Kalavathi, S; Manoharan, N; Tyagi, A K; Dayal, R K

    2009-11-01

    Biofouling, especially microfouling, is a major concern with the use of titanium (Ti) in the marine environment as a condenser material in cooling water systems. Earlier, copper-nickel (Cu/Ni) alloys were extensively used in marine environments due to their high corrosion and biofouling resistance. However, the choice of condenser material for the new fast breeder reactor in Kalpakkam is Ti to avoid steam side corrosion problems, which may pose a threat to steam generator parts having sodium as the secondary coolant. This study evaluates the surface modification of Ti using nano films of copper (Cu) and nickel (Ni) to utilize the antibacterial property of copper ions in reducing microfouling. The surface modification of Ti was carried out by the deposition of a Cu/Ni bilayer and (Cu/Ni)(10) multilayer films using a pulsed laser deposition technique. Various surface characterization studies revealed that the deposited Cu/Ni films were thin and nanocrystalline in nature. The antibacterial properties were evaluated using total viable count and epifluorescence microscopic techniques. The results showed an apparent decrease in bacterial attachment on multilayered and bilayered Cu/Ni thin films on Ti surfaces. Comparative studies between the two types of films showed a bigger reduction in numbers of microorganisms on the multilayers. PMID:20183129

  16. Pulsed laser deposited GeTe-rich GeTe-Sb2Te3 thin films.

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    Bouška, M; Pechev, S; Simon, Q; Boidin, R; Nazabal, V; Gutwirth, J; Baudet, E; Němec, P

    2016-01-01

    Pulsed laser deposition technique was used for the fabrication of Ge-Te rich GeTe-Sb2Te3 (Ge6Sb2Te9, Ge8Sb2Te11, Ge10Sb2Te13, and Ge12Sb2Te15) amorphous thin films. To evaluate the influence of GeTe content in the deposited films on physico-chemical properties of the GST materials, scanning electron microscopy with energy-dispersive X-ray analysis, X-ray diffraction and reflectometry, atomic force microscopy, Raman scattering spectroscopy, optical reflectivity, and sheet resistance temperature dependences as well as variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometry measurements were used to characterize as-deposited (amorphous) and annealed (crystalline) layers. Upon crystallization, optical functions and electrical resistance of the films change drastically, leading to large optical and electrical contrast between amorphous and crystalline phases. Large changes of optical/electrical properties are accompanied by the variations of thickness, density, and roughness of the films due to crystallization. Reflectivity contrast as high as ~0.21 at 405 nm was calculated for Ge8Sb2Te11, Ge10Sb2Te13, and Ge12Sb2Te15 layers. PMID:27199107

  17. Super growth of vertically aligned carbon nanotubes on pulsed laser deposited catalytic thin films

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    Fejes, D.; Pápa, Z.; Kecsenovity, E.; Réti, B.; Toth, Z.; Hernadi, K.

    2015-03-01

    Efficient and reproducible growth of vertically aligned carbon nanotube (CNT) forests by catalytic chemical vapor deposition (CVD) requires precise setting of the properties of the catalyst thin films and CVD conditions. In this work, super growth of vertically aligned CNTs onto Al2O3 support and Fe-Co catalyst layer system is presented. The layers were grown by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) onto silicon wafer pieces. Their thickness and optical properties were controlled by spectroscopic ellipsometry. The effect of heat treatment at 750 °C in nitrogen and in hydrogen of these PLD layers was compared. High-resolution electron microscopic images showed that treatment of catalyst layers in H2 resulted in finer and denser catalytic particles. As a result, well-aligned, dense and few-walled CNT forests with 1-1.5 mm height were deposited by water-vapor-assisted CVD on the hydrogen-treated films, while without hydrogen treatment defected CNT structures were grown. According to these observations, Raman spectroscopy showed a higher degree of crystallinity in case of CNT-s, where reduction by hydrogen influenced the oxidation state of the metallic catalytic particles in a beneficial way.

  18. Optimisation study of the synthesis of vanadium oxide nanostructures using pulsed laser deposition

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    Masina, B. N.; Lafane, S.; Wu, L.; Abdelli-Messaci, S.; Kerdja, T.; Forbes, A.

    2014-02-01

    Fast imaging plasma plume study have been carried out on vanadium-oxygen plasma generated using 248 nm, 25 ns pulses from an excimer KrF laser under oxygen atmosphere. The plume expansion dynamics of an ablated VO2 target was investigated using a fast-imaging technique. The free expansion, splitting, sharpening and stopping of the plume were observed during these oxygen pressures, 0.01, 0.05, 0.10 and 0.20 mbar. The influence of the plume dynamics study on the properties of the obtained vanadium oxide thin films were examined using X-Ray Diffraction method. A vanadium dioxide phases were deposited at 0.05 mbar oxygen pressure for target-substrate distance of 40 mm and 50 mm. Mixed phases of vanadium oxide were deposited at 0.01, 0.10 and 0.20 mbar oxygen pressure for target-substrate distance of 40 mm. Transition temperatures of around 60.9oC have been measured from sample deposited at 0.05 mbar oxygen pressure for target-substrate distance of 50 mm. We observe mixed nanostructures for thin film prepared at 0.05 mbar for target-substrate distance of 40 mm, while the thin film prepared at 0.05 mbar for target-substrate of 50 mm shows an uniform nanostructure film.

  19. Mobility enhancement in graphene transistors on low temperature pulsed laser deposited boron nitride

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    Uddin, Md Ahsan E-mail: gkoley@clemson.edu; Koley, Goutam E-mail: gkoley@clemson.edu; Glavin, Nicholas; Singh, Amol; Naguy, Rachel; Jespersen, Michael; Voevodin, Andrey

    2015-11-16

    Low temperature pulsed laser deposited (PLD) ultrathin boron nitride (BN) on SiO{sub 2} was investigated as a dielectric for graphene electronics, and a significant enhancement in electrical transport properties of graphene/PLD BN compared to graphene/SiO{sub 2} has been observed. Graphene synthesized by chemical vapor deposition and transferred on PLD deposited and annealed BN exhibited up to three times higher field effect mobility compared to graphene on the SiO{sub 2} substrate. Graphene field effect transistor devices fabricated on 5 nm BN/SiO{sub 2} (300 nm) yielded maximum hole and electron mobility of 4980 and 4200 cm{sup 2}/V s, respectively. In addition, significant improvement in carrier homogeneity and reduction in extrinsic doping in graphene on BN has been observed. An average Dirac point of 3.5 V and residual carrier concentration of 7.65 × 10{sup 11 }cm{sup −2} was observed for graphene transferred on 5 nm BN at ambient condition. The overall performance improvement on PLD BN can be attributed to dielectric screening of charged impurities, similar crystal structure and phonon modes, and reduced substrate induced doping.

  20. Perpendicularly oriented barium ferrite thin films with low microwave loss, prepared by pulsed laser deposition

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    Da-Ming, Chen; Yuan-Xun, Li; Li-Kun, Han; Chao, Long; Huai-Wu, Zhang

    2016-06-01

    Barium ferrite (BaM) thin films are deposited on platinum coated silicon wafers by pulsed laser deposition (PLD). The effects of deposition substrate temperature on the microstructure, magnetic and microwave properties of BaM thin films are investigated in detail. It is found that microstructure, magnetic and microwave properties of BaM thin film are very sensitive to deposition substrate temperature, and excellent BaM thin film is obtained when deposition temperature is 910 °C and oxygen pressure is 300 mTorr (1 Torr = 1.3332 × 102 Pa). X-ray diffraction patterns and atomic force microscopy images show that the best thin film has perpendicular orientation and hexagonal morphology, and the crystallographic alignment degree can be calculated to be 0.94. Hysteresis loops reveal that the squareness ratio (M r/M s) is as high as 0.93, the saturated magnetization is 4004 Gs (1 Gs = 104 T), and the anisotropy field is 16.5 kOe (1 Oe = 79.5775 A·m‑1). Ferromagnetic resonance measurements reveal that the gyromagnetic ratio is 2.8 GHz/kOe, and the ferromagnetic resonance linewith is 108 Oe at 50 GHz, which means that this thin film has low microwave loss. These properties make the BaM thin films have potential applications in microwave devices. Project supported by the Open Foundation of State Key Laboratory of Electronic Thin Films and Integrated Devices (Grant No. KFJJ201506), the Scientific Research Starting Foundation of Hainan University (Grant No. kyqd1539), and the Natural Science Foundation of Hainan Province (Grant No. 20165187).

  1. Hydroxyapatite thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition and radio-frequency magnetron sputtering: comparative study

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    Nelea, V.; Morosanu, C.; Iliescu, M.; Mihailescu, I. N.

    2004-04-01

    Hydroxyapatite (HA) thin films for applications in the biomedical field were grown by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) and radio-frequency magnetron sputtering (RF-MS) techniques. The depositions were performed from pure hydroxyapatite targets on Ti-5Al-2.5Fe (TiAlFe) alloys substrates. In order to prevent the HA film penetration by Ti atoms or ions diffused from the Ti-based alloy during and after deposition, the substrates were pre-coated with a thin buffer layer of TiN. In both cases, TiN was introduced by reactive PLD from TiN targets in low-pressure N 2. The PLD films were grown in vacuum onto room temperature substrates. The RF-MS films were deposited in low-pressure argon on substrates heated at 550 °C. The initially amorphous PLD thin films were annealed at 550 °C for 1 h in ambient air in order to restore the initial crystalline structure of HA target. The thickness of the PLD and RF-MS films were ˜1 μm and ˜350 nm, respectively. All films were structurally studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD), energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDS) and white light confocal microscopy (WLCM). The mechanical properties of the films were tested by Berkovich nano-indentation. Both PLD and RF-MS films mostly contain HA phase and exhibit good mechanical characteristics. Peaks of CaO were noticed as secondary phase in the GIXRD patterns only for RF-MS films. By its turn, the sputtered films were smoother as compared to the ones deposited by PLD (50 nm versus 250 nm average roughness). The RF-MS films were harder, more mechanically resistant and have a higher Young modulus.

  2. Pulsed laser deposited cobalt-doped ZnO thin film

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    Wang, Li; Su, Xue-qiong; Lu, Yi; Chen, Jiang-bo

    2013-09-01

    To realize the room-temperature ferromagnetism (RTFM) in diluted magnetic semiconductors (DMS), we prepared a series of Cobalt-doped ZnO thin films using pulsed laser deposition (PLD) at deposition temperatures 500°C under oxygen pressure from 2.5×10-4 Pa to 15 Pa. To elucidate the physical origin of RTFM, Co 2p spectra of cobalt-doped ZnO thin films was measured by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The magnetic properties of films were measured by an alternating gradient magnetometer (AGM), and the electrical properties were detected by a Hall Effect instrument using the Van der Pauw method. XPS analysis shows that the Co2+ exists and Co clusters and elemental content change greatly in samples under various deposition oxygen pressures. Not only the valence state and elemental content but also the electrical and magnetic properties were changed. In the case of oxygen pressure 10 Pa, an improvement of saturation magnetic moment about one order of magnitude over other oxygen pressure experiments, and the film exhibits ferromagnetism with a curie temperature above room temperature. It was found that the value of carrier concentration in the Co-doped ZnO film under oxygen pressure 10Pa increases about one order of magnitude than the values of other samples under different oxygen pressure. Combining XPS with AGM measurements, we found that the ferromagnetic signals in cobalt-doped ZnO thin film deposited at 500 °C under oxygen pressure 10 Pa only appear with the detectable Co2+ spectra from incompletely oxidized Co metal or Co cluster. So oxygen pressure 10 Pa can be thought the best condition to obtain room-temperature dilute magnetic semiconductor about cobalt-doped ZnO thin films.

  3. Enhancement of coercivity with reduced grain size in CoCrPt film grown by pulsed laser deposition

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    Liang, Q.; Hu, X. F.; Li, H. Q.; He, X. X.; Wang, Xiaoru; Zhang, W.

    2006-04-01

    We report a pulsed laser deposition (PLD) growth of VMn/CoCrPt bilayer with a magnetic coercivity ( Hc) of 2.2 kOe and a grain size of 12 nm. The effects of VMn underlayer on magnetic properties of CoCrPt layer were studied. The coercivity, Hc, and squareness, S, of VMn/CoCrPt bilayer, is dependent on the thickness of VMn. The grain size of the CoCrPt film can also be modified by laser parameters. High laser fluence used for CoCrPt deposition produces a smaller grain size. Enhanced Hc and reduced grain size in VMn/CoCrPt is explained by more pronounced surface phase segregation during deposition at high laser fluence.

  4. Characterization of strontium barium niobate optical thin film grown by pulsed laser deposition

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    Liu, H.; Li, S.; Fernandez, F. E.; Jia, W.; Liu, G.

    1999-12-01

    Optical quality thin films of strontium barium niobate SrxBa1-xNb2O6 either undoped or Eu3+-doped has been successfully grown on fused quartz substrates using pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique. The optical properties were characterized in either time domain or in frequency domain. Undoped SBN thin films show a broad-band emission at UV, extending to the visible, which attributes to the exciton luminescence of the SBN host in the film. High-resolution nonlinear optical response in the picosecond region, as well as the third-order susceptibility were characterized by degenerate four-wave-mixing (DFWM) measurements. A considerable enhancement, by 2 orders of magnitude, of the third order nonlinear susceptibility χ(3) in transverse alignment was observed with respect to the bulk values. Eu3+-doped SBN films show a significant change in optical properties with annealing process. The fine structure of 5D0 to 7F multiplet emission was well resolved in the annealed sample. In a hole-burning experiment, a hole of width 100 MHz with depth as high as 30% was burnt using laser pumping at 5774 Å. It is suggested that Eu3+ ions may substitute Nb, occupying 6-fold sites.

  5. Characterization of strontium barium niobate optical thin film grown by pulsed laser deposition

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    Liu, H.; Fernandez, F. E.; Jia, W.; Li, S.; Liu, G.

    1999-12-02

    Optical quality thin films of strontium barium niobate Sr{sub x}Ba{sub 1-x}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 6} either undoped or Eu{sup 3+}-doped has been successfully grown on fused quartz substrates using pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique. The optical properties were characterized in either time domain or in frequency domain. Undoped SBN thin films show a broad-band emission at UV, extending to the visible, which attributes to the exciton luminescence of the SBN host in the film. High-resolution nonlinear optical response in the picosecond region, as well as the third-order susceptibility were characterized by degenerate four-wave-mixing (DFWM) measurements. A considerable enhancement, by 2 orders of magnitude, of the third order nonlinear susceptibility {chi}{sup (3)} in transverse alignment was observed with respect to the bulk values. Eu{sup 3+}-doped SBN films show a significant change in optical properties with annealing process. The fine structure of {sup 5}D{sub 0} to {sup 7}F multiplet emission was well resolved in the annealed sample. In a hole-burning experiment, a hole of width 100 MHz with depth as high as 30% was burnt using laser pumping at 5774 A. It is suggested that Eu{sup 3+} ions may substitute Nb, occupying 6-fold sites.

  6. Stoichiometry control of complex oxides by sequential pulsed-laser deposition from binary-oxide targets

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    Herklotz, A.; Dörr, K.; Ward, T. Z.; Eres, G.; Christen, H. M.; Biegalski, M. D.

    2015-03-30

    To have precise atomic layer control over interfaces, we examine the growth of complex oxides through the sequential deposition from binary targets by pulsed laser deposition. In situ reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED) is used to control the growth and achieve films with excellent structural quality. The growth from binary oxide targets is fundamentally different from single target growth modes and shows more similarities to shuttered growth by molecular beam epitaxy. The RHEED intensity oscillations of non-stoichiometric growth are consistent with a model of island growth and accumulation of excess material on the surface that can be utilized to determine the correct stoichiometry for growth. Correct monolayer doses can be determined through an envelope frequency in the RHEED intensity oscillations. In order to demonstrate the ability of this growth technique to create complex heterostructures, the artificial n = 2 and 3 Sr{sub n+1}Ti{sub n}O{sub 3n+1} Ruddlesden-Popper phases are grown with good long-range order. This method enables the precise unit-cell level control over the structure of perovskite-type oxides, and thus the growth of complex materials with improved structural quality and electronic functionality.

  7. Microstructures and properties of titanium nitride films prepared by pulsed laser deposition at different substrate temperatures

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    Guo, Hongjian; Chen, Wenyuan; Shan, Yu; Wang, Wenzhen; Zhang, Zhenyu; Jia, Junhong

    2015-12-01

    The nanostructured titanium nitride (TiN) films were fabricated by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique at different substrate temperatures under residual vacuum, and the influence of substrate temperatures on the microstructure, mechanical and tribological properties of TiN films was investigated and discussed. The results shown that the consistent stoichiometric TiN films were obtained and the grain size increased from 10.5 to 38.7 nm with the increasing of substrate temperature. The hardness of films decreased with the substrate temperatures increasing, the highest hardness reached to 30.6 GPa at the substrate temperature of 25 °C, and the critical load increased first and decreased at 500 °C, the highest critical load was 23.8 N at the substrate temperature of 300 °C. The film deposited at the substrate temperature of 25 °C registered the lowest friction coefficient of 0.088 and wear rate of 7.8 × 10-7 mm3/(N m). The excellent tribological performance of the films was attributed to the small grain size, high hardness and smooth surface of the film.

  8. Stoichiometry control of complex oxides by sequential pulsed-laser deposition from binary-oxide targets

    SciTech Connect

    Herklotz, A.; Dörr, Kathrin; Ward, T. Z.; Eres, G.; Christen, H. M.; Biegalski, Michael D.

    2015-04-03

    In this paper, to have precise atomic layer control over interfaces, we examine the growth of complex oxides through the sequential deposition from binary targets by pulsed laser deposition. In situ reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED) is used to control the growth and achieve films with excellent structural quality. The growth from binary oxide targets is fundamentally different from single target growth modes and shows more similarities to shuttered growth by molecular beam epitaxy. The RHEED intensity oscillations of non-stoichiometric growth are consistent with a model of island growth and accumulation of excess material on the surface that can be utilized to determine the correct stoichiometry for growth. Correct monolayer doses can be determined through an envelope frequency in the RHEED intensity oscillations. In order to demonstrate the ability of this growth technique to create complex heterostructures, the artificial n = 2 and 3 Sr n +1Ti n O3 n +1 Ruddlesden-Popper phases are grown with good long-range order. Finally, this method enables the precise unit-cell level control over the structure of perovskite-type oxides, and thus the growth of complex materials with improved structural quality and electronic functionality.

  9. Stoichiometry control of complex oxides by sequential pulsed-laser deposition from binary-oxide targets

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    Herklotz, A.; Dörr, Kathrin; Ward, T. Z.; Eres, G.; Christen, H. M.; Biegalski, Michael D.

    2015-04-03

    In this paper, to have precise atomic layer control over interfaces, we examine the growth of complex oxides through the sequential deposition from binary targets by pulsed laser deposition. In situ reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED) is used to control the growth and achieve films with excellent structural quality. The growth from binary oxide targets is fundamentally different from single target growth modes and shows more similarities to shuttered growth by molecular beam epitaxy. The RHEED intensity oscillations of non-stoichiometric growth are consistent with a model of island growth and accumulation of excess material on the surface that can bemore » utilized to determine the correct stoichiometry for growth. Correct monolayer doses can be determined through an envelope frequency in the RHEED intensity oscillations. In order to demonstrate the ability of this growth technique to create complex heterostructures, the artificial n = 2 and 3 Sr n +1Ti n O3 n +1 Ruddlesden-Popper phases are grown with good long-range order. Finally, this method enables the precise unit-cell level control over the structure of perovskite-type oxides, and thus the growth of complex materials with improved structural quality and electronic functionality.« less

  10. Pulsed laser-deposited VO2 thin films on Pt layers

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sakai, Joe; Zaghrioui, Mustapha; Ta Phuoc, Vinh; Roger, Sylvain; Autret-Lambert, Cécile; Okimura, Kunio

    2013-03-01

    VO2 films were deposited on Pt (111)/TiO2/SiO2/Si (001) substrates by means of a pulsed laser deposition technique. An x-ray diffraction peak at 2θ = 39.9° was deconvoluted into two pseudo-Voigt profiles of Pt (111) and VOx-originated components. The VOx diffraction peak was more obvious in a VOx/Pt (111)/Al2O3 (0001) sample, having a narrower width compared with a VO2/Al2O3 (0001) sample. Temperature-controlled Raman spectroscopy for the VOx/Pt/TiO2/SiO2/Si sample has revealed the monoclinic VO2 phase at low temperature and the structural phase transition at about 72 °C in a heating process. The electronic conductive nature at the high temperature phase was confirmed by near normal incidence infrared reflectivity measurements. Out-of-plane current-voltage characteristics showed an electric field-induced resistance switching at a voltage as low as 0.2 V for a 50 nm-thick film. A survey of present and previous results suggests an experimental law that the transition voltage of VO2 is proportional to the square root of the electrodes distance.