Laser-assisted growth of molybdenum rods

K. L. Björklund, P. Heszler, M. Boman

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In this paper, we report for the first time the laser-assisted growth of molybdenum rods via the H2 reduction of MoF6 with a focused Ar+ laser beam as the heat source. By varying the gas composition, total pressure, and laser power rods with different morphologies were deposited on a tungsten wire. At low H2/MoF6 molar ratios crystal-like rods were obtained and at higher molar ratios the rods became dendrite-like. The activation energy for the process was determined to be 77 ±7 kJmol-1 in the temperature range 705-840 K. The reaction order showed to be nearly 3 with respect to the hydrogen partial pressure and zero order with respect to the molybdenum hexafluoride partial pressure. Compositional and morphological characterisation were performed with scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersed X-ray spectroscopy and Auger electron spectroscopy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-183
Number of pages5
JournalApplied Surface Science
Issue number1-4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 28 2002


  • Laser-assisted CVD
  • MEMS
  • Molybdenum rods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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