Selective area laser-induced deposition of rare earth hexaborides from solution

Z. C. Zhong, P. A. Dowben, D. J. Sellmyer

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We have developed a novel technique for the selective area deposition of rare earth hexaborides: laser-induced solution deposition (LISD). This technique is both simple and efficient and combines many advantages of both chemical vapor deposition and electrolyses deposition. We show that the deposition of polycrystalline thin films of rare earth hexaborides and sub-borides such as GdB6, GdB4, and GdB2 is possible through the light initiated chemical reaction of nido-decaborane (B10H14) and gadolinium chloride in solution. These films grow with a strong texture axis and a morphology that is dependent both on the choice of solvents and wavelengths used in LISD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)320-324
Number of pages5
JournalMaterials Letters
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1998


  • Laser-induced deposition from solution
  • Rare earth hexaborides
  • Selective-area deposition
  • Thermionic emitters
  • Thin films

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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