Flash-frozen water solutions of 1% weight PEG (polyethylene glycol) at -50 degreesC were used as targets at a laser wavelength of 355 nm for polymer deposition with Matrix-Assisted Pulsed Laser Evaporation (MAPLE). For medium laser fluences the transfer of PEG material to the substrate was accompanied by a pronounced ion flow from the matrix target which increases with fluence F as F-12. At the highest fluence the ion flow was partly attenuated, presumably due to plume shielding. Below a threshold of 3.5 J/cm(2) the PEG was deposited without any measurable ion emission from the target. (C) 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Chemical Physics Letters, 2004, Vol 399, Issue 4-6, p. 368-372