Production and characterisation of amorphic diamond films produced by pulsed laser ablation of graphite

SE Johnson*, MNR Ashfold, MP Knapper, RJ Lade, KN Rosser, NA Fox, WN Wang

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Amorphic diamond (a-D) films have been grown by pulsed laser deposition using an ArF excimer laser to ablate material from a dense, ultrapure graphite rod. Deposition rates have been investigated as a function of incident pulse energy and of time. The resulting films have been analysed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and by laser Raman spectroscopy, and their electron emission characteristics tested. We confirm the potential of a-D films for use as a cold cathode material. (C) 1997 Elsevier Science S.A.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)569-573
Number of pages5
JournalDiamond and Related Materials
Issue number5-7
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1997
Event7th European Conf on Diamond, Diamond-Like and Related Materials (Diamond Films 96) / 5th International Conf on the New Diamond Science and Technology (ICNDST-5) - TOURS, France
Duration: 8 Sep 199613 Sep 1996


  • diamond-like films
  • electrical properties
  • laser ablation
  • electron emission

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