Sub-micron structuring/texturing of diamond-like carbon coated replication masters with a femtosecond laser

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Authors

  • Aleksandra Michalek
  • Afif Batal
  • Tian Long See

Colleges, School and Institutes

External organisations

  • The Manufacturing Technology Centre Ltd

Abstract

Diamond-like carbon (DLC) coatings have very attractive mechanical and tribological properties, i.e. high hardness, low friction and high wear resistance. Therefore, DLC is often used as a solid lubricant in moulds for injection moulding. Laser processing of DLC with ultrashort lasers, i.e. femtosecond lasers, can be performed both at micron and sub-micron scales, namely by producing laser-induced periodic surface structures (LIPSS). In this research, the effects of laser structuring/texturing on DLC properties are investigated. First, the laser-processing parameters were optimised to produce uniform LIPSS without damaging a thin DLC film and then the properties of the textured DLC-coated substrates were studied. It was determined that the tribological properties of the processed surfaces remained unchanged, but the hardness of the structured/textured DLC layers was reduced significantly. Although GAXRD and Raman spectroscopy did not show any significant crystallisation of the DLC coating after the laser irradiation, the analysis indicated that a thin graphitised layer had been formed on the surface as a result of the femtosecond laser processing.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Article number144
Number of pages12
JournalApplied Physics A
Volume126
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2020

Keywords

  • LIPSS, Diamond-like carbon (DLC), Femtosecond laser, Laser microprocessing