A pulsed laser deposition system with rapid beam deflection (RBD-PLD) by a galvanometer mirror scanner has been developed for alternating ablation of multiple targets with a single laser instrument. In this system, the alternating deposition of different target materials is carried out by scanning the laser beam between the positionally fixed targets with a galvanometer mirror instead of mechanically switching the target positions on a fixed optical path of the laser beam as is done in conventional pulsed laser deposition (PLD) systems. Thus, the "wait" time required for switching target materials to be deposited, which typically takes several seconds in a conventional system, can be made as short as a few milliseconds. We demonstrate some of the advantages of this PLD system in several technologically important aspects of thin film synthesis: (1) fast fabrication of binary alloy films, (2) preparation of natural composition spread libraries, (3) effect of the target switching time on the deposition of volatile compounds, (4) control of the degree of mixing of two different materials in a film, and (5) efficient growth of compositionally graded thin films.
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