Microscopic analysis of the laser-induced femtosecond graphitization of diamond

H. O. Jeschke, M. E. Garcia, K. H. Bennemann

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We present a theoretical study of ultrafast phase transitions induced by femtosecond laser pulses of arbitrary form. Molecular-dynamics simulations on time dependent potential-energy surfaces derived from a microscopic Hamiltonian are performed. Applying this method to diamond, we show that a nonequilibrium transition to graphite takes place for a wide range of laser pulse durations and intensities. This ultrafast transition (Formula presented) is driven by the suppression of the diamond minimum in the potential-energy surface of the laser excited system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)R3701-R3704
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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