To know and to control experimental parameters that play a role in laser ablation is vital to define film properties. Among the others, laser fluence is commonly used. Yet, when plasma expansion dynamics takes place through an ambient gas, the relation between the ablated mass per pulse and gas mass is critical and till now it was poorly investigated. While the gas mass is fixed by the pressure in the deposition chamber, the ablated mass is not unequivocally determined by the laser fluence. For a given fluence value the ablated mass changes as a function of the irradiated target area. Here, we show that nanostructured silver thin films deposited keeping unaltered the laser fluence, while changing in a controlled way the irradiated area and hence the ablated mass per pulse, display markedly differentiated morphological and optical properties, as evidenced by electron microscopy and UV–Vis and Raman spectroscopies.
On the influence of the mass ablated by a laser pulse on thin film morphology and optical properties / Spadaro, M; Fazio, E; Neri, F; Ossi, P M; Trusso, S. - In: APPLIED PHYSICS. A, MATERIALS SCIENCE & PROCESSING. - ISSN 1432-0630. - ELETTRONICO. - 117:(2014), pp. 137-142. [10.1007/s00339-014-8304-8]