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AES investigations of the iron surface composition after laser irradiation under atmospheric conditions

AES-Untersuchung zur Zusammensetzung der Oberfläche von Eisen nach Laserbestrahlung an Luft


Mikrochimica Acta 130 (1998), Nr.1/2, S.89-95
ISSN: 0026-3672
Fraunhofer IWS ()
AES; Eisen; iron; laser; nitrogen; oxygen; Sauerstoff; Stickstoff

The laser induced modification of iron surfaces with atmospheric species was investigated by means of Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). Different laser systems were used for irradiating iron samples in a wide range of the laser processing parameters up to small foci and ultra short pulses.A nitriding of iron connected with an oxidation of the near surface region was observed in the wavelength range between 193 nm and 10,6 5m using large foci (; 0,1 cm2) and short pulses (10 ... 1400 ns). In the case of small foci (; 7W10-6 cm2) with ns-pulses (50 ns) an enrichment of the iron melt with nitrogen and an advanced oxidation of the surrounding area of the laser spot were detected. When using shorter pulses (200 fs, 40 ps) no indications for a nitriding were found.