Applied Physics A

, Volume 94, Issue 3, pp 531–536

Laser transfer of diamond nanopowder induced by metal film blistering


    • General Physics Institute
  • P. Alloncle
    • LP3 Université Aix-Marseille II
  • V. I. Konov
    • General Physics Institute
  • M. Sentis
    • LP3 Université Aix-Marseille II
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DOI: 10.1007/s00339-008-4972-6

Cite this article as:
Kononenko, T.V., Alloncle, P., Konov, V.I. et al. Appl. Phys. A (2009) 94: 531. doi:10.1007/s00339-008-4972-6


Blister-based laser induced forward transfer (BB-LIFT) is a promising technique to produce surface microstructures of various advanced materials including inorganic and organic micro/nanopowders, suspensions and biological micro-objects embedded in life sustaining medium. The transferred material is spread over a thin metal film irradiated from the far side by single laser pulses through a transparent support. Interaction of the laser pulse with the metal–support interface under optimized conditions causes formation of a quickly expanding blister. Fast movement of the free metal surface provides efficient material transfer, which has been investigated for the case of diamond nanopowder and diamond-containing suspension. The unique features of the given technique are universality, simplicity and efficient isolation of the transferred material from the ablation products and laser heating.



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