Thursday, July 4, 2013

1307.0979 (E. L. Gurevich et al.)

Laser Induced Preiodic Surface Structures Induced by Surface Plasmons
Coupled via Roughness

E. L. Gurevich, S. V. Gurevich
In this paper the formation mechanisms of the femtosecond laser-induced periodic surface structures (LIPSS) are discussed. One of the most frequently-used theories explains the structures by interference between the incident laser beam and surface plasmon-polariton waves. The latter is most commonly attributed to the coupling of the incident laser light to the surface roughness. We demonstrate that this excitation mechanism of surface plasmons contradicts to the results of laser-ablation experiments. As an alternative approach to the excitation of LIPSS we analyse development of hydrodynamic instabilities in the melt layer.
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