Production of bimetallic clusters by a dual-target dual-laser vaporization source

Wim Bouwen, Peter Thoen, Frederik Vanhoutte, Steven Bouckaert, Florin Despa, Horst Weidele, Roger E. Silverans, Peter Lievens

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A new dual-target dual-laser vaporization source for the production of binary metallic clusters is presented. Clusters of the type AunXm (X=Al, Fe, Co, Ni) were produced. Excellent control over the mixing process was achieved by varying the delay time between the firing of the two lasers and their energy densities. Having identified these critical parameters, their influence over the production process is shown in detail for the Aun,Alm system. The production of bimetallic clusters in this source is due to the spatial and temporal overlap of the two laser vaporized materials in the source.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-58
Number of pages5
JournalReview of Scientific Instruments
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation


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