Results are reported on the Zintl phase material, K4In4Sb6, with respect to laser ablation and subsequent laser ionization/removal processes. A 308 nm laser pulse is used to ablate the Zintl compound, while a second laser ionizes ejected species within the extraction region of a time-of-flight mass spectrometer. With the second laser operating at 248 nm, selective ionization and removal of the potassium is clearly demonstrated. Such a strategy takes advantage of the different ionization potentials of K, In, and Sb, and implications for possible applications of this research to film growth are discussed.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)