A case study with a novel geometry for pulsed laser deposition

I. Weaver, Ciaran Lewis

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Aluminium thin films were deposited by a laser ablation technique from solid cylindrical targets rotated on a lead screw. Both smooth-surfaced targets and targets with screw threads cut into the area to he irradiated were used. The targets were irradiated with a focused circular spot size of 2.5 mm in diameter, at a power density equal to 5.4 +/- 0.2 x 10(8) W cm(-2). The polar distribution of the ablated atomic material was found to vary as a function of the target screw thread pitch, with the exponent n, in the polar distribution f(theta) = cos(n) theta, varying from 13.5 +/- 1.3 for no pitch to a minimum of 5 +/- 0.7 for a screw thread pitch of 0.2 mm. The use of such novel target geometries forms a possible basis for increasing thickness uniformity during the pulsed laser deposition of thin films.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-179
Number of pages5
JournalJournal Of Physics D-applied Physics
Publication statusPublished - 2000


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