Nanoparticles and nanotubes induced by femtosecond lasers
In this paper, we suggest the creation of a nanoparticles and nanotubes by using the interaction of a femtosecond laser with a solid target in a vacuum. A simple model is used to predict the optimal target and the laser parameters for the production of efficient nanoparticles. At the Soreq laboratory, experiments are performed with aluminium and carbon targets using a femtosecond laser. The irradiated targets are composed of either a thin layer of aluminium or of carbon, deposited on a transparent heat-insulating glass substrate. The nanoparticle debris is collected on a silicone wafer for X-ray diffraction (XRD), for scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and for atomic force microscopy (AFM). For transmission electron microscopy (TEM), the debris is caught on a copper grid covered on one side with a carbon membrane. Our experiments confirm the creation of crystal nanoparticles for aluminium and nanotubes for carbon experiments.(Received September 6 2004)
(Accepted October 29 2004)
Key Words: Femtosecond lasers; Nanoparticles; Nanotubes.
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