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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 32, Iss. 24 — Dec. 15, 2007
  • pp: 3474–3476

Solid phase formation of silicon nanocrystals by bulk ultrafast laser–matter interaction

Amir H. Nejadmalayeri, Philip Scrutton, Jacky Mak, Amr S. Helmy, Peter R. Herman, Jonas Burghoff, Stefan Nolte, Andreas Tünnermann, and Jörg Kaspar  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 32, Issue 24, pp. 3474-3476 (2007)

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Ultrashort pulse laser interaction with silica–silicon interfaces is presented as a means for all-solid-phase formation of high-purity silicon nanoparticles in the absence of ablation plumes or any substrate intermixing with surfaces in ambient air. Transmission electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy provide definitive evidence for creation of nanocrystals in the silica host, while compressive stress in the silicon substrate corroborates the formation of optical waveguides parallel to the tracks.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3330) Lasers and laser optics : Laser damage
(300.6450) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, Raman
(320.7120) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast phenomena
(320.7160) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast technology
(350.3390) Other areas of optics : Laser materials processing
(160.4236) Materials : Nanomaterials

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: July 5, 2007
Revised Manuscript: October 22, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: November 5, 2007
Published: December 3, 2007

Amir H. Nejadmalayeri, Philip Scrutton, Jacky Mak, Amr S. Helmy, Peter R. Herman, Jonas Burghoff, Stefan Nolte, Andreas Tünnermann, and Jörg Kaspar, "Solid phase formation of silicon nanocrystals by bulk ultrafast laser-matter interaction," Opt. Lett. 32, 3474-3476 (2007)

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