Carbon nanocrystals produced by pulsed laser ablation of carbon

A. Mangione*, L. Torrisi, A. Picciotto, F. Caridi, D. Margarone, E. Fazio, A. La Mantia, G. Di Marco

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Plasma laser ablation experiments were performed irradiating glassy-carbon targets placed in vacuum through a pulsed Nd:YAG laser operating at the second harmonic (532 nm), 9 ns pulse width and 10 9 W/cm 2 density power. Thin films of ablated carbon were deposited on silicon oxide substrates placed at different distances and angles with respect to the target. The analysis of the deposited material was carried out by using surface profiler, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) and Raman spectroscopy. Results show the evidence of carbon nanocrystals and nanostructures with dimension of the order of 100 nm deposited on the substrates together with a large amount of amorphous phase. The spectroscopic investigations and the SEM images indicate the formation of nanodiamond seeds as a nucleation process induced on the substrate surface. Nanostructures were investigated as a function of the laser intensity and angle distribution. Experimental results were compared with the literature data coming from nanodiamonds growth with different techniques. Experiments performed at Instituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare-Laboratori Nazionali del Sud (INFN-LNS) of Catania (Italy) and data analysis conducted at Dipartimento di Fisica and DFMTA of the Università of Messina (Italy), CNR-ITIS of Messina and ST-Microelectronics of Catania will be presented and discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)655-662
Number of pages8
JournalRadiation Effects and Defects in Solids
Issue number10-12
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2005
Externally publishedYes

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  • Diamond-like
  • IR spectroscopy
  • Laser ablation
  • Nanostructures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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