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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 7 — Mar. 29, 2010
  • pp: 6455–6460

Laser turns silicon superwicking

A. Y. Vorobyev and Chunlei Guo  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 7, pp. 6455-6460 (2010)

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Using high-intensity femtosecond laser pulses, we create a novel surface pattern that transforms regular silicon to superwicking. Due to the created surface structure, water sprints vertically uphill in a gravity defying way. Our study of the liquid motion shows that the fast self-propelling motion of water is due to a supercapillary effect from the surface structures we created. The wicking dynamics in the produced surface structure is found to follow the classical square root of time dependence.

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OCIS Codes
(000.2690) General : General physics
(140.3390) Lasers and laser optics : Laser materials processing
(160.0160) Materials : Materials
(160.6000) Materials : Semiconductor materials
(230.4000) Optical devices : Microstructure fabrication
(220.4241) Optical design and fabrication : Nanostructure fabrication

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Original Manuscript: December 17, 2009
Revised Manuscript: February 5, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: February 11, 2010
Published: March 15, 2010

A. Y. Vorobyev and Chunlei Guo, "Laser turns silicon superwicking," Opt. Express 18, 6455-6460 (2010)

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