Laser-Induced Periodic Surface Structures (LIPSS) on Polymers Processed with Picosecond Laser Pulses

Marek Mezera (Corresponding Author), Martin van Drongelen, G.R.B.E. Römer

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    Based on a literature review, it was concluded that Laser-induced Periodic Surface Structures (LIPSS) on polymers are produced when applying laser sources operating either in the ultraviolet wavelength and nanosecond pulse duration, or radiation of wavelengths ranging from 265nm to 1045nm and pulse durations in the femtosecond regime. LIPSS were not reported when using picosecond laser sources. The purpose of this paper is to study whether (and if so which) LIPSS form on polymers when picosecond pulsed laser source is applied. Low Spatial Frequency LIPSS (LSFL) and High Spatial Frequency LIPSS (HSFL) have been obtained on polycarbonate and on polystyrene when applying picosecond laser pulses at a wavelength of 343nm on single spots and on processed lines. When using a wavelength of 515nm, LSFL and HSFL have been produced only on polycarbonate, but also led to porosity of the structured area.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)105-116
    Number of pages12
    JournalJournal of laser micro nanoengineering
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2018


    • Laser-induced Periodic Surface Structures (LIPSS)
    • Low Spatial Frequency LIPSS (LSFL)
    • High spatial frequency LIPSS (HSFL)
    • Polycarbonate (PC)
    • Polystyrene (PS)
    • picosecond laser source


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