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2 September 2003 Laser-induced structure transformations of diamonds
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Proceedings Volume 5121, Laser Processing of Advanced Materials and Laser Microtechnologies; (2003)
Event: Laser Processing of Advanced Materials and Laser Microtechnologies, 2002, Moscow, Russian Federation
Results are reported on the study of phase transformations in diamonds induced by nano- and picosecond pulses of KrF excimer laser (λ=248 nm) and second harmonic of a YAP:Nd laser (λ=539 nm). Main attention in the research was paid to i) laser-induced graphitization of high-quality CVD diamond plates and ii) laser-induced structure transitions in ion-implanted diamond single crystals. For CVD diamond, the thickness of the laser-graphitized surface layers was measured and the accumulation period for graphitization to occur was found to be longer for lower laser fluences. In the experiments with ion-implanted diamonds, multipulse laser irradiation at fluences lower than the graphitization thresholds resulted in progressive annealing, i.e., in an increase of the optical transmission and surface contraction. Under certain low-intensity irradiation conditions, it was also found that, competing with the annealing process, laser etching of the ion-implanted diamond occurred at extremely low rates of 10-4-10-3 nm/pulse. A correlation between the defect concentration distribution and graphitization thresholds in partially annealed ion-implanted diamonds is discussed.
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V. V. Kononenko, T. V. Kononenko, S. M. Pimenov, Vitali I. Konov, P. Fischer, V. Romano, H. P. Weber, A. V. Khomich, R. A. Khmelnitskiy, and V. N. Strekalov "Laser-induced structure transformations of diamonds", Proc. SPIE 5121, Laser Processing of Advanced Materials and Laser Microtechnologies, (2 September 2003);

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