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Keywords:

  • surface metrology;
  • morphological parameters;
  • linear regression, principal component analysis;
  • laser ablation;
  • femtosecond laser;
  • polypropylène

Summary

We have investigated femtosecond (fs) laser (130 fs, 800 nm, 5 kHz) ablation of polypropylene (PP). The following laser process conditions were varied: power density and number of pulses. The morphological parameters' response (depth, ablation diameter, ablation volume) to the laser process conditions, measured by an optical profiler, was investigated by the statistical analysis technique to determine the relationship between them. For this, the simple linear regression and the multiple linear regressions are compared. The simple linear regression shows that the ablation volume follows a linear relationship with the product of the power and the number of pulse. SCANNING 36:209–217, 2014. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.