Journal of Russian Laser Research

, Volume 40, Issue 6, pp 571–580 | Cite as

Raman Spectroscopy Investigation of Polytetrafluoroethylene in Different Zones of Impact of Continuous CO2 Laser Radiation

  • Sadulla R. Allyarov
  • Ivan A. Frolov
  • Evgenii M. Tolstopyatov
  • David A. DixonEmail author
  • Monica Vasiliu
  • Leonid F. Ivanov
  • Petr N. Grakovich
  • Sergei V. Demidov


The surface of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) irradiated with an IR laser was investigated by Raman spectroscopy. The degree of change in the surface depends on the fluence of the radiation and on the impact zones around the center spot of the laser beam. New absorption bands detected in the spectrum of the irradiated polymer indicate the formation of CF3 groups as a result of the destruction of the polymer chain. Polymer chain carbonization is also observed under laser irradiation. The process of structural changes in laser irradiated PTFE is refined on the basis of obtained microphotographs of the supramolecular structure. Density functional theory calculations are used to help in interpreting the Raman spectra.


polytetrafluoroethylene supramolecular structure CO2 laser ablation Raman spectroscopy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sadulla R. Allyarov
    • 1
  • Ivan A. Frolov
    • 1
  • Evgenii M. Tolstopyatov
    • 2
  • David A. Dixon
    • 3
    Email author
  • Monica Vasiliu
    • 3
  • Leonid F. Ivanov
    • 2
  • Petr N. Grakovich
    • 2
  • Sergei V. Demidov
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Problems of Chemical Physics, Russian Academy of SciencesChernogolovkaRussia
  2. 2.V. A. Belyi Metal-Polymer Research Institute, National Academy of Sciences of BelarusGomelBelarus
  3. 3.Department of Chemistry and BiochemistryThe University of AlabamaTuscaloosaUSA

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