Investigation of carbon nano-particles converted from a polymer by UV pulsed laser irradiation

Su Mei Huang, Yong Feng Lu, Ming Hui Hong, Zhuo Sun, Siew It Pang, Jian Ping Wang

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Diamond-like polymer, poly(phenylcarbyne), films were irradiated by pulsed UV laser (λ = 248 nm) at an atmospheric pressure of nitrogen. The morphologies of the resulting samples were examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The structures of the resulting films were investigated by Raman spectra and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The electron field emission properties of the films were investigated The results indicate that the polymer is converted into nano-particle carbon films by pulsed laser irradiation. The converted carbon film shows good field emission properties, such as low turn-on threshold emission field, high emission current density and high emission light spot density. Field emission images from the converted carbon films have been demonstrated. The mechanisms of both carbon cluster conversion from the polymer and field emission of the converted carbon film have been discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)146-149
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes
EventSecond International Symposium on Laser Precision Microfabrication - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: May 16 2001May 18 2001


  • Field emission
  • Nano-particle carbon
  • Polymer precursor
  • Pulsed laser

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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