Morphology of femtosecond-laser-ablated borosilicate glass surfaces


A. Ben-Yakar, R. L. Byer, A. Harkin, J. Ashmore, H.A. Stone, M. Shen, and E. Mazur. 2003. “Morphology of femtosecond-laser-ablated borosilicate glass surfaces.” Appl. Phys. Lett., 83, Pp. 3030–3032. Publisher's Version


We study the morphology of borosilicate glass surface machined by femtosecond laser pulses. Our observations show that a thin rim is formed around ablated craters after a single laser pulse. When multiple laser pulses are overlapped, the crater rims also overlap and produce a surface roughness. The rim appears to be a resolidified splash from a molten layer generated during the ablation process. We estimate that this molten layer is a few micrometers thick and exists for a few microseconds. During this melt lifetime, forces acting on the molten layer move it from the center to the edge of the crater.
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