Black silicon: changing structure and properties with light

Presentation Date: 

Monday, March 1, 2004


Physics Colloquium, Haverford College (Haverford, PA)

Presentation Slides: 

Shining intense, ultrashort laser pulses on the surface of a crystalline silicon wafer changes its structure and properties dramatically: the formerly smooth, highly reflective surface becomes covered with a forest of sharp microspikes. This microstructured surface is highly absorbing even at wavelengths to which the original wafer is transparent. This talk will describe the properties of this microstructured surface and discuss why the microspikes form and what is responsible for the change in optical properties.