Competing processes during the production of metal nanoparticles by pulsed laser deposition

Gonzalo, J, Perea, A, Babonneau, D, Afonso, N, Beer, N, Barnes, J P, Petford-Long, A K, Hole, D E and Townsend, Peter (2005) Competing processes during the production of metal nanoparticles by pulsed laser deposition. Physical Review B, 71 (12). 125420.1-125420.8. ISSN 1098-0121

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Abstract

In this work we report on the competition between growth, implantation, and sputtering effects during the production of metal nanoparticles (NPs) by pulsed laser deposition. The production sequence involves first the deposition of an amorphous (a−)Al2O3 layer onto which gold NPs are produced. They are subsequently covered by a−Al2O3 and this sequence is repeated five times. The resulting nanocomposite films have metal contents per layer in a broad range: 1–9×1015atcm−2. The results clearly show the formation of two NP layers per layer of gold deposited, the deepest one consisting of NPs produced by metal implanted into the a−Al2O3 layer, which is acting as a substrate, and the other one consisting of NPs grown on the a−Al2O3 surface. The high kinetic energy of a significant fraction of the Au species present in the plasma and the high fluxes (1016–1018atcm−2s−1) at the substrate plays an essential role in the nucleation and growth of the NPs. The competition between surface growth and sputtering at high fluence induces a self-regulation of the NP dimensions that narrows the size distributions.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Engineering and Design
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:35
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2019 15:36
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/26831
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