Single crystal ferrite has been etched by focused Ar+ laser irradiation in a CCl4 gas atmosphere. The etched groove showed cracks due to thermal stresses when samples were etched by a laser vaporization process in a vacuum, while in a CCl4 atmosphere, such cracks were not observed. An etching rate of 68 μ/s obtained for a thermochemical process by laser irradiation was four orders of magnitude higher than that for a wet chemical etching process. A high aspect (depth-to-width) ratio of up to 10 was obtained for etched grooves. Under specific conditions, bending of the groove and orientation dependence in etching rate were observed.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)