Wettability characteristics of carbon steel modified with CO2, Nd:YAG, excimer and high power diode lasers

J. Lawrence, Lin Li

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Interaction of CO2, Nd:YAG, excimer and high power diode laser (HPDL) radiation with the surface of a common mild steel (EN8) was found to effect changes in the wettability characteristics of the steel, namely changes in the measured contact angle. These modifications are related to changes in the surface roughness, changes in the surface oxygen content and changes in the surface energy of the mild steel. The wettability characteristics of the selected mild steel could be controlled and/or modified by laser surface treatment. A correlation between the change of the wetting properties of the mild steel and the laser wavelength was found.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)664-669
Number of pages6
JournalApplied Surface Science
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2000
Externally publishedYes
EventThe Symposium A on Photo-Excited Processes, Diagnostics and Applications of the 1999 E-MRS Spring Conference (ICPEPA-3) - Strasbourg, France
Duration: 1 Jun 19994 Jun 1999


  • Laser
  • HPDL
  • Wettability
  • Surface roughness
  • Contact angle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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