Scientific Results

A new class of photo-induced phenomena in siloxane films

Year: 2001

Authors: Marinelli C., Nasyrov K.A., Bocci S., Pieragnoli B., Burchianti A., Biancalana V., Mariotti E., Atutov S.N, Moi L.

Autors Affiliation: INFM-UdR Siena, Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Siena, via Banchi di Sotto 55, 53100 Siena, Italy

Abstract: The light induced atomic desorption effect, known as LIAD, is observed whenever Pyrex cells, coated with siloxane films and containing alkali atoms, are illuminated. LIAD is a non-thermal phenomenon and it can be observed even with very weak light intensities. We show that the simultaneous contribution to the photo-emission of atoms adsorbed both at the film surface and within the film must be taken into account in order to fit the experimental data. We demonstrate that both the desorption efficiency and the diffusion coefficient of the alkali atoms embedded in the dielectric film depend on the desorbing light intensity. These features characterize a new class of photo-induced phenomena whose analysis gives new insights in the comprehension of the atom-surface interaction and of the atom-bulk diffusion and opens interesting perspectives for applications.


Volume: 13 (2)      Pages from: 231  to: 235

KeyWords: Atomic photodesoption, Organic Coatings
DOI: 10.1007/s100530170271

Citations: 34
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