, Volume 110, Issue 4, pp 823-827
Date: 25 Aug 2012

Nanoscale laser-induced forward transfer through patterned Cr films

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Abstract

The resolution enhancement of laser-induced forward transfer (LIFT) is investigated through the pre-patterning of Cr on the donor substrate. 85 nm dots are first patterned on a microscope slide, and an 800 nm wavelength and 130 fs pulse laser with a beam waist of ∼9 μm is used to transfer the Cr dots to an acceptor substrate. The threshold fluence is found to be ∼0.15 the threshold fluence of a similar continuous film, which is thought to be due to the fact that no force is needed to tear away Cr from the film itself, unlike in a continuous film experiment. Since the volume of the material limits the transfer feature sizes instead of the laser parameters, as in a continuous film system, minimum transferable feature diameters are significantly lower compared to the continuous film case. Also, the transferred feature diameters are not dependent on the laser parameters, so the diameters are consistent across a wide range of fluences. The force per unit area generated by the laser at threshold fluence is estimated to be ∼3 GPa, which is consistent with previous results in the literature. The simplified model that our pre-patterned Cr LIFT experiment represents would make it an ideal case for benchmarking molecular dynamics simulations of femtosecond laser ablation.