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Ultraviolet laser-induced submicron spatially resolved super-hydrophilicity on single crystal lithium niobate surfaces

By A.C. Muir, S. Mailis and R.W. Eason


Lithium niobate crystal surfaces become super-hydrophilic after ultraviolet laser irradiation. The crystal surface hydrophilicity, which was assessed by the contact angle of a sessile drop of de-ionised water, was found to undergo a transition from mildly hydrophobic (contact angle, theta[E] < 50°) to a super-hydrophilic state ( theta[E] < 5° ). Patterning of the hydrophilicity at the micron and sub-micron range has been achieved by spatially modulating the illuminating laser beam

Topics: QC, TK
Year: 2007
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