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Materials 2018, 11(4), 530; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma11040530

Ridge Minimization of Ablated Morphologies on ITO Thin Films Using Squared Quasi-Flat Top Beam

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Department of Laser & Electron Beam Application, Korea Institute of Machinery & Material (KIMM), 171 Jang-dong, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-343, Korea
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Department of Nano-Mechatronics, Korea University of Science & Technology (UST), 176 Gajung-dong, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-343, Korea
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Received: 30 January 2018 / Revised: 19 March 2018 / Accepted: 28 March 2018 / Published: 30 March 2018
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In this study, we explore the improvements in pattern quality that was obtained with a femtosecond laser with quasi-flat top beam profiles at the ablated edge of indium tin oxide (ITO) thin films for the patterning of optoelectronic devices. To ablate the ITO thin films, a femtosecond laser is used that has a wavelength and pulse duration of 1030 nm and 190 fs, respectively. The squared quasi-flat top beam is obtained from a circular Gaussian beam using slits with varying x-y axes. Then, the patterned ITO thin films are measured using both scanning electron and atomic force microscopes. In the case of the Gaussian beam, the ridge height and width are approximately 39 nm and 1.1 μm, respectively, whereas, when the quasi-flat top beam is used, the ridge height and width are approximately 7 nm and 0.25 μm, respectively. View Full-Text
Keywords: femtosecond laser; ITO thin film; slit; ridge minimization; ablation femtosecond laser; ITO thin film; slit; ridge minimization; ablation
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Kim, H.-Y.; Jeon, J.-W.; Choi, W.; Shin, Y.-G.; Ji, S.-Y.; Cho, S.-H. Ridge Minimization of Ablated Morphologies on ITO Thin Films Using Squared Quasi-Flat Top Beam. Materials 2018, 11, 530.

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