An unexpected effect of laser soaking was observed on the properties of annealed a-C:H films. The photoluminescence (PL) intensity was increased up to six times and, the spectrum was blue shifted in samples exposed to an unfocused Ar+ laser beam. The time dependence of the PL intensity increase was found to be exponential up to saturation with characteristic times around 103 s. The observed changes were influenced by illumination intensity and sample properties. These results are corroborated by a PL mechanism when excitation and recombination take place on π-bonded clusters.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)