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  • Editor: Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 20 — Sep. 29, 2008
  • pp: 16265–16271

Origin of periodicity in nanostructuring on thin film surfaces ablated with femtosecond laser pulses

Godai Miyaji and Kenzo Miyazaki  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 20, pp. 16265-16271 (2008)

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We report physical processes responsible for the periodic nanostructure formation in femtosecond-laser ablation of thin film surfaces. It has been found that an initial random distribution of nanoscale ablation traces is periodically structured with an increase in superimposed laser pulses or fluence on diamond-like carbon film used as the target. The results show that the formation of periodicity can be attributed to the excitation of surface plasmon polaritons to induce the periodic enhancement of local fields in the surface layer. The estimated field period is in good agreement with the observed size of nanostructures.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3390) Lasers and laser optics : Laser materials processing
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers
(310.6628) Thin films : Subwavelength structures, nanostructures
(260.7120) Physical optics : Ultrafast phenomena

ToC Category:
Thin Films

Original Manuscript: August 22, 2008
Revised Manuscript: September 24, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: September 24, 2008
Published: September 26, 2008

Godai Miyaji and Kenzo Miyazaki, "Origin of periodicity in nanostructuring on thin film surfaces ablated with femtosecond laser pulses," Opt. Express 16, 16265-16271 (2008)

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