Photoacoustic monitoring of the mass removed in pulsed laser ablation

Yue Cai, Nai Ho CHEUNG*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The mass Δm removed per pulse in laser ablation was shown to correlate with the acoustic signal A and the beam diameter Φ. The functional forms of δm(A, Φ) were deduced for aluminum and polyvinyl chloride, for fluence ranging from 1.5 through 88Jcm-2 Δm so computed agreed with empirical values within experimental error. For samples whose mass is sensitive to environmental factors, off-line measurement of Δm was shown to be unreliable and real-time measurements such as acoustic monitoring became essential.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-112
Number of pages4
JournalMicrochemical Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy

User-Defined Keywords

  • Mass removed
  • Photoacoustic signal
  • Pulsed laser ablation


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