Aggregation and fractal formation of Au and TiO2nanostructures obtained by fs-pulsed laser deposition: experiment and simulation

Emanuele Cavaliere, Gabriele Ferrini, Luca Gavioli, Giulio Benetti, Pasqualantonio Pingue

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Abstract

In the synthesis of nanostructures by pulsed laser deposition (PLD), a crucial role is played by the environmental deposition pressure and the substrate temperature. Due to the high temperature of nanoparticles (NPs) at landing, other factors may determine the structure of the resulting aggregates. Here, Au and TiO2nanostructures are obtained by non-thermal fs-PLD in ambient conditions. On Si(100), only TiO2 NPs form fractals with areas up to ~ 1 x10^6 nm^2, while on quartz Au NPs also form fractals with areas up to ~ 5 x10^3 nm^2, a much smaller size with respect to the TiO2 case. The aggregation is described by a simple diffusive model, taking into account isotropic diffusion of the NPs, allowing quantitative simulations of the NPs and fractal area. The results highlight the key role of substrate thermal conductivity in determining the formation of fractals. [Figure not available: see fulltext.].
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)311-317
Numero di pagine7
RivistaJournal of Nanoparticle Research
DOI
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2017

Keywords

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry (all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Diffusion model
  • Femtosecond lasers
  • Fractals
  • Gold
  • Materials Science (all)
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Monte Carlo simulations
  • Nanoparticles
  • Titanium oxide

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