Following up on the 1994 book Pulsed Laser Deposition of Thin Films, this current version summarizes the state of the technology in pulsed laser deposition (PLD) techniques, new materials that have been grown, and their applications. Unlike the 1994 book, which focused on technique, the primary focus here is on the recent explosive growth of applications, including optical devices, electronic materials, sensors and actuators, and biomaterials.
Each one of the chapters has been written by one or more leading experts. Collectively, the editor and authors represent some of the most important innovators in the field.
The book is divided into five logical sections:
- Section 1 introduces the technique of PLD of complex materials, focusing on the latest advances that are helping this technology make the bridge from R&D to commercial applications.
- Section 2 discusses the use of PLD in non–standard or unconventional formats, including resonant infrared laser–induced PLD and matrix–assisted growth techniques for deposition of polymers or other fragile species. The final chapter in this section addresses industrial scale–up, a critical issue in making PLD technology fully commercial.
- Section 3 demonstrates the unique capability of PLD for a diverse range of materials and discipline–specific applications, including coating powders for drug delivery systems.
- Section 4 examines a range of application areas, focusing on broad classes of materials and devices, including waveguide materials and biomaterials.
- Section 5 presents two of the most recent and promising areas of exploration: laser ablative synthesis of single–wall carbon nanotubes and thin film growth of quasicrystals.
For researchers in thin films, this is an essential reference that brings them fully up to date with all the most recent findings and applications that are taking PLD from the laboratory to full commercial fabrication.
1. Pulsed Laser Deposition of Complex Materials: Progress Towards Applications (D. Norton).
2. Resonant Infrared Pulsed Laser Ablation and Deposition of Thin Polymer Films (D. Bubb & R. Haglund).
3. Deposition of Polymers and Biomaterials Using the Matrix Assisted Pulsed Laser Eveporation (MAPLE) Process (A. Piqué).
4. In situ Diagnostics by High Pressure RHEED during PLD (G. Rijnders & D. Blank).
5. Ultra–fast laser Ablation and Film Deposition (E. Gamaly, et al.).
6. Cross–beam PLD: Metastable Film Structures from Intersecting Plumes (A. Gorbunoff).
7. Combinatorial Pulsed Laser Deposition (I. Takeuchi).
8. Growth Kinetics During Pulsed Laser Deposition (G. Rijnders & D. Blank).
9. Large Area Commercial Pulsed Laser Deposition (J. Greer).
10. Coating Powders for Drug Delivery Systems Using Pulsed Laser Deposition (J. Talton, et al.).
11. Transparent Conducting Oxide Films (H. Kim).
12. ZnO and ZnO–related Compounds (J. Perriére, et al.).
13. Group III Nitride Growth (D. O′Mahony & J. Lunney).
14. Pulsed Laser Deposition of High–Temperature Superconducting Thin Films and Their Applications (B. Schey).
15. DLC: Medical and Mechanical Applications (R. Narayan).
16. Pulsed Laser Deposition of Metals (H. Krebs).
17. Optical Waveguide Growth and Applications (R. Eason, et al.).
18. Biomaterials: New issues and Breakthroughs for Biomedical Applications (V. Nelea, et al.).
19. Thermoelectric Materials (A. Dauscher & B. Lenoir).
20. Piezoelectrics (F. Cracium & M. Dinescu).
21. Ferroelectric Thin Films for Microwave Device Applications (C. Chen & J. Horwitz).
22. Films for Electrochemical Applications (M. Montenegro & T. Lippert).
23. Pulsed Laser Deposition of Tribological Coatings (A. Voevodin, et al.).
24. Laser Ablation Synthesis of Single–wall Carbon Nanotubes: The SLS Model (A. Gorbunoff & O. Jost).
25. Quasicrystalline Thin Films (P. Willmott).