Chemical composition and charge stability of highly crystalline pulsed-laser-deposited polytetrafluoroethylene films on metal substrates
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KrF excimer-laser ablation of sintered-powder polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) targets is used for the deposition of high-quality PTFE films on metallic microstructures and metal backplates for electroacoustic applications. The films are found to be highly crystalline, consisting of large spherulites with diameters up to 1 mm. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy of the films revealed the chemical similarity of press-sinter target pulsed-laser-deposited films with bulk PTFE. Negatively charged PTFE films on stainless steel backplates exhibit an exceptional charge stability with practically no decrease of the surface potential up to 225 °C in open-circuit thermally stimulated discharge.
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