Functional organic molecules have been manipulated into fluorescent features as small as 450 nm on a polymer film using a method derived from laser ablation and laser implantation. The technique utilizes a piezodriver to position a pipette, having a 100 nm aperture and doped at the tip with organic molecules, tens of nanometers above a polymer film. The pipette is subsequently irradiated using 3 ns (full width at half maximum) laser pulses guided down to the tip by a fiber optic. This method of ablation confinement gives fine spatial control for placing functional organic molecules in a designated region and will have applications in optoelectronics. It could also be applied to drug delivery or biotechnology, because in principle, different molecules of diverse function can be manipulated in the same way for various purposes.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy(all)