Lift-Off Ablation of Metal Thin Films for Micropatterning Using Ultrashort Laser Pulses

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Laser ablation of metal thin films draws attention as a fast means of clean micropatterning. In this study, we attempt to remove only the metal thin film layer selectively without leaving thermal damage on the underneath substrate. Specifically, our single-pulse ablation experiment followed by two-temperature analysis explains that selective ablation can be achieved for gold (Au) films of 50-100 nm thickness by the lift-off process induced as a result of vaporization of the titanium (Ti) interlayer with a strong electron-phonon coupling. With increasing the film thickness comparable to the mean free path of electrons (100 nm), the pulse duration has to be taken shorter than 10 ps, as high-temperature electrons generated by the ultrashort pulses transfer heat to the Ti interlayer. We verify the lift-off ablation by implementing millimeters-scale micropatterning of optoelectronic devices without degradation of optical properties.</p>
Publisher
MDPI
Issue Date
2021-10
Language
English
Article Type
Article
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METALS, v.11, no.10

ISSN
2075-4701
DOI
10.3390/met11101586
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10203/289374
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ME-Journal Papers(저널논문)
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