Theoretical approach to the laser-induced melting of graphite under different pressure conditions

Martin E. Garcia, Harald O. Jeschke

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We present a theoretical study of the laser-induced femtosecond melting of (1) graphite under high external pressure and (2) ultrathin graphite films under normal conditions. Our approach consists of molecular dynamic simulations performed on the basis of a time-dependent, many-body potential energy surface derived from a tight-binding Hamiltonian. Our results show that the laser-induced melting process occurs in two steps: (i) destruction of the graphite sheets via bond breaking, and (ii) merging of the melted layers. The separation of the two steps is more evident for graphite under pressure (10 GPa), but is also present in graphite films at normal pressure. The melting product is a low-density carbon phase, which remains stable under high pressure, but is unstable with an ultrashort life-time under normal pressure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-70
Number of pages10
JournalApplied Surface Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 15 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Graphite
  • Laser-induced melting
  • Molecular dynamic simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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