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Laser-induced jet formation and droplet ejection from thin metal films



An experimental study of femtosecond laser-induced jet formation and droplet ejection from thin metal films is presented. These processes are compared to liquid jet formation during laser-induced forward transfer of viscous liquids. As a result of this comparison, a mechanism explaining the main features of laser processing of thin metal films is proposed. According to this mechanism, laser-induced generation of a molten bump and its collapse are similar to the collapse of cavitation bubbles on a liquid–air interface. Material criteria required for realization of the jetting process are discussed and supported by experimental observations.



Applied Physics A: Materials Science ProcessingSpringer Journals

Published: Mar 1, 2012

DOI: 10.1007/s00339-011-6747-8

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