Applied Physics A

, Volume 110, Issue 1, pp 227–233 | Cite as

Time-resolved study of back side ablated molybdenum thin films by ultrashort laser pulses

  • Dominik BartlEmail author
  • Andreas Michalowski
  • Margit Hafner
  • Andreas Letsch
  • Stefan Nolte
  • Andreas Tünnermann


Ultrashort laser pulses are used to ablate a thin molybdenum layer from glass by irradiating the metal film through the transparent substrate. The trajectories of ablated molybdenum fragments are recorded using a shadowgraphic setup with a time resolution in the nanosecond range. In addition, the shape of collected molybdenum fragments is examined as a function of applied fluence. It is confirmed that in a fluence regime close to the ablation threshold one single disc is ablated as a whole and its velocity is determined in the order of 50 ms−1. In a second fluence regime, partial melting at the center of the disc is found and small melt droplets are recorded on their flight. Mo fragments ablated in this regime feature a ring-like structure with a brittle fracture at the outer and a molten appearance at the inner edge.


Ultrashort Laser Pulse Soda Lime Glass Threshold Fluence ICCD Camera Soda Lime Glass Substrate 
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We acknowledge financial support by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) under contract Nos. 13N11783 and 13N11788 (“Tailored for next PV, T4nPV”).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dominik Bartl
    • 1
    Email author
  • Andreas Michalowski
    • 1
  • Margit Hafner
    • 2
  • Andreas Letsch
    • 1
  • Stefan Nolte
    • 3
  • Andreas Tünnermann
    • 3
  1. 1.Robert Bosch GmbHStuttgartGermany
  2. 2.Institut für StrahlwerkzeugeUniversity StuttgartStuttgartGermany
  3. 3.Institute of Applied PhysicsFriedrich-Schiller-UniversityJenaGermany

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