PACS: 61.80.Ba; 81.40.Wx
Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Production Engineering, Mining and Metallurgy, Traffic Engineering, Precision Mechanics
Abstract. Laser-induced surface damage introduces a dramatic change in the photoelectric properties of metallic and semiconductor substrates. Hence, by varying the applied laser intensity, ultra-short- pulsed laser-induced photoemission (in the mono- or multiphotonic regime according to the applied wavelength) can be used to monitor in situ surface structural changes. Results for a model system (thin diamond-like carbon (DLC) layer on an Si carrier) are presented, where, after ablation of the DLC layer, we observed a rapid increase in the photoelectric contribution from the underlying substrate. High-sensitivity measurements are presented for Au and W substrates where due to laser- induced damage within the escape depth of electrons and because of the apparition of ionized species upon ablation, the measured charge can indicate the onset of surface damage. Results are presented for various wavelengths (213 nm, 266 nm and 532 nm) and discussed in the light of previous results of threshold measurements obtained by optical methods.
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