Abstract

The physics of the laser ablation process is currently being re-explored due to tire success of pulsed laser deposition (PLD) as a film growth technique not only for high-Tc. super-conductors but also for a wide variety of materials. Much about the laser-target interaction and foe mechanisms of film growth are currently being discovered. Gas phase in situ diagnostics provide much of what is known of the laser-target interaction and serve as a necessary starting point to understand the mechanisms of film growth.

© 1993 Optical Society of America

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