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Laser‐induced sub‐half‐micrometer periodic structure on polymer surfaces

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2 Author(s)
Hiraoka, Hiroyuki ; The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry, Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong, Japan ; Sendova, Mariana

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Periodic structures of sub‐half‐micrometer size are produced on the surface of different polymers [poly(ethylene terephthalate)], polyimide‐type Kapton (DuPont), and polyimide‐type XU 293 (Ciba‐Geigy)] by Nd:YAG laser irradiation at 266 nm wavelength. The obtained relief is observed by scanning electron microscopy characterized by x‐ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and an atomic force microscopy. A phenomenological explanation for the ripple formation in terms of generating waveguide modes on the polymer surface is proposed.

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Applied Physics Letters  (Volume:64 ,  Issue: 5 )

Date of Publication:

Jan 1994

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