Magneto-absorption effects in magnetic-field assisted laser ablation of silicon by UV nanosecond pulses
Zheng, Hong Yu
Rawat, R. S.
Date of Issue2016
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology
Machining Technology Group
A constant magnetic field can significantly improve the quality and speed of ablation by nanosecond laser pulses. These improvements are usually attributed to the confinement of laser-produced plasma by the magnetic field and specific propagation effects in the magnetized plasma. Here we report a strong influence of constant axial magnetic field on the ablation of silicon by 20-ns laser pulses at wavelength 355 nm, which results in an increase of ablation depth by a factor of 1.3 to 69 depending on laser parameters and magnitude of the magnetic field. The traditional plasma effects do not explain this result, and magneto-absorption of silicon is proposed as one of the major mechanisms of the significant enhancement of ablation.
Applied Physics Letters
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