Laser-Induced Desorption

  • E. Matthias
  • T. A. Green
Part of the Springer Series in Surface Sciences book series (SSSUR, volume 19)


The present understanding of laser-induced emission of neutrals and ions from surfaces of transparent dielectric crystals at prebreakdown laser intensities is reviewed. Differences in the desorption characteristics following bulk or surface absorption of the light are pointed out, and the influence of temperature and crystalline structure on the desorption yield is examined. Emphasis is placed on the resonance enhancement of multiphoton transitions by electronic states in the band gap, which could originate from either structural defects and impurities, or as the result of electronic processes following upon the absorption of the laser light.


Color Center Transient Defect Resonance Enhancement Multiphoton Absorption Resonant Enhancement 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Matthias
    • 1
  • T. A. Green
    • 2
  1. 1.Fachbereich PhysikFreie Universität BerlinBerlin 33Germany
  2. 2.Sandia National LaboratoriesAlbuquerqueUSA

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