Laser manipulation of nanodiamonds

Aldo H. Romero, Harald O. Jeschke, Martin E. Garcia

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We present atomistic simulations of laser induced structural modifications in nanodiamonds. The method used is based on a microscopic approach for the interaction between femtosecond laser pulses and nanostructured materials. It allows us to describe the ultrafast change of bonding type produced in diamond-like nanostructures as a consequence of the laser excitation. In contrast to a thermal processing of nanodiamonds, an ultrashort laser pulse can eliminate all sp3 bonds in the system on a sub-picosecond time scale, opening the possibility for the production of graphitic nanostructures and the creation of nanocontacts between carbon nanoclusters and other nanostructures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-182
Number of pages4
JournalComputational Materials Science
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Clusters and nanostructures
  • Molecular dynamics simulations
  • Nonequilibrium structural changes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Computational Mathematics


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