Here we demonstrate that indium tin oxide (ITO) films deposited on glass can be directly patterned by a spatially -modulated pulsed Nd-YAG laser beam (wavelength = 1064 nm, pulse width = 6 ns) incident onto the film. This method utilizes a pulsed laser-induced thermo-elastic force exerting on the film which plays a role to detach it from the substrate. Sharp-edged clean patterns with feature size as small as 4 μm could be obtained. The threshold pulse energy density for patterning was estimated to be ∼0.8 J/cm 2 for 150 nm-thick ITO film, making it possible to pattern over one square centimeter by a single pulse with energy of 850 mJ. Not only being free from photoresist and chemical etching steps, the presented method can also provide much higher throughput than the tradition photoablation process utilizing a tightly focused beam.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Physics and Astronomy(all)
- Surfaces and Interfaces
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films