Steam-assisted laser ablation metal substrate

M. L. Koh, M. H. Hong, S. Zhu, Yongfeng Lu

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Abstract

Excimer laser irradiation has been shown to produce novel effects when used to process metallic surfaces. The effect of a thin film of steam on copper specimens has been investigated, and the results are a vast improvement in comparison to ablation in ambient air or liquid. This can be observed from the acoustic waveform detection during the ablation process. A pulsed excimer laser was used to ablate copper samples with fluence levels ranging from (2.5 J/cm2) to (3.8 J/cm2). The peak-to-peak signals detected in steam are about twice the amplitude of those obtained in air. Ablated specimens have been characterized using alpha-step scans for ablation profiles. Results show that the ablation rates with steam are higher than those done in ambient air or liquid. Discussions will focus on the assessment of factors influencing the production of sxuch features, including laser fluence, laser pulse counts, and also the ambient processing environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-50
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume4426
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002

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Keywords

  • Ablation profiles
  • Acoustic waveform
  • Laser ablation
  • Laser fluence
  • Laser pulse counts and ambient processing environment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Steam-assisted laser ablation metal substrate. / Koh, M. L.; Hong, M. H.; Zhu, S.; Lu, Yongfeng.

In: Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, Vol. 4426, 01.01.2002, p. 47-50.

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