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Applied Physics A

, Volume 110, Issue 3, pp 547–551 | Cite as

Sub-100-nm laser-induced periodic surface structures upon irradiation of titanium by Ti:sapphire femtosecond laser pulses in air

  • J. Bonse
  • S. Höhm
  • A. Rosenfeld
  • J. Krüger
Article

Abstract

The formation of laser-induced periodic surface structures (LIPSS) on titanium upon irradiation with linearly polarized femtosecond (fs) laser pulses (τ=30 fs, λ=790 nm) in an air environment is studied experimentally and theoretically. In the experiments, the dependence on the laser fluence and the number of laser pulses per irradiation spot has been analyzed. For a moderate number of laser pulses (N<1000) and at fluences between ∼0.09 and ∼0.35 J/cm2, predominantly low-spatial-frequency-LIPSS with periods between 400 nm and 800 nm are observed perpendicular to the polarization. In a narrow fluence range between 0.05 and 0.09 J/cm2, high-spatial-frequency-LIPSS with sub-100-nm spatial periods (∼λ/10) can be generated with an orientation parallel to the polarization (N=50). These experimental results are complemented by calculations based on a theoretical LIPSS model and compared to the present literature.

Keywords

Surface Plasmon Polaritons Titanium Surface Spatial Period Incident Laser Beam Laser Beam Polarization 
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Notes

Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank B. Strauß (BAM 6.8) for the SEM characterizations and R. Koter (BAM 6.4) for his help during the fs-laser irradiation experiments. This work was supported by the German Science Foundation (DFG) under grants no. RO 2074/7-1 and KR 3638/1-1.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.BAM Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfungBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Max-Born-Institut für Nichtlineare Optik und Kurzzeitspektroskopie (MBI)BerlinGermany

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