Phosphorus cluster production by laser ablation

A. V. Bulgakov, O. F. Bobrenok, I. Ozerov, W. Marine, S. Giorgio, A. Lassesson, E. E.B. Campbell

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Neutral and charged phosphorus clusters of a wide size range have been produced by pulsed laser ablation (PLA) in vacuum at 532, 337, and 193 nm ablating wavelengths and investigated by time-of-flight mass spectrometry. The neutral Pn clusters are even-numbered with local abundance maxima at n = 10 and 14, while the cationic and anionic clusters are preferentially odd-numbered with P7+, P21+, and P17- being the most abundant ions. The dominance of the magic clusters is more pronounced at 337-nm ablation that is explained by efficient direct ejection of their building blocks under these conditions. Nanocrystalline phosphorus films have been produced by PLA in ambient helium gas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1369-1372
Number of pages4
JournalApplied Physics A: Materials Science and Processing
Issue number4-6
StatePublished - 2004


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