Titanium alloy surface modification by excimer laser irradiation
AuthorsMilovanović, Dubravka S.
Shulepov, Mikhail A.
Tarasenko, Victor F.
Miljanic, Scepan S.
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The main effects of the interaction of UV emitting KrCl (at 222 nm) and XeCl (at 308 nm) excimer lasers with titanium alloy Ti6Al4V are presented. Single-pulse and multi-pulse irradiations were used, with varying laser beam fluences. The resulting interactions with the surface show thermal character, and produce: (i) damages in the form of craters at higher pulse counts and fluences of 7 J cm(-2) and 7.2 J cm(-2), which are far above the damage threshold; (ii) melt pools with visible wave-like structures at periphery; (iii) resolidified droplets and cracks at periphery (at higher pulse count), (iv) increasing content of oxygen, with a domination of TiO2. (C) 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.