Volume 83, Number 6, September 2008
Article Number 68005
Number of page(s) 5
Section Interdisciplinary Physics and Related Areas of Science and Technology
Published online 12 September 2008
EPL, 83 (2008) 68005
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/83/68005

Morphology and growth mechanism of WOx films prepared by laser ablation of W in different atmospheres

P. M. Ossi1, A. Bailini1, O. Geszti2 and G. Radnóczi2

1   Dipartmento di Chimica, Materiali e Ingegneria Chimica “Giulio Natta”, Politecnico di Milano - Milano, Italy, EU
2   Research Institute for Technical Physics and Materials Science - Budapest, Hungary, EU

received 5 June 2008; accepted in final form 8 August 2008; published September 2008
published online 12 September 2008

Nanostructured tungsten oxide, WOx films were prepared by ablating a metallic target in helium, argon and dry air as buffer gases at fixed pressure, laser fluence and target-substrate distance. The obtained samples were observed by transmission and high-resolution electron microscopy. The morphologies and structures of the films are discussed and compared to the predictions of a model that interprets cluster growth in an expanding ablation plume as a function of process parameters.

81.07.-b - Nanoscale materials and structures: fabrication and characterization.
52.38.Mf - Laser ablation.
68.37.Og - High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM).

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