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  • Vol. 38, Iss. 27 — Sep. 20, 1999
  • pp: 5789–5794

Third-harmonic generation imaging of laser-induced breakdown in glass

Jeff A. Squier and Michiel Müller  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 38, Issue 27, pp. 5789-5794 (1999)

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We present the results of three-dimensional third-harmonic generation imaging of laser-induced breakdown in glass by focused microjoule femtosecond near-IR pulses. This technique has the potential to resolve three dimensionally microstructures that result from laser-induced breakdown. As a potential optical data storage approach it is shown that the same IR laser beam can be used for writing and, at a lower power, for reading. The induced microdamage is shown to be three dimensionally confined and to depend on the write power.

© 1999 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(180.6900) Microscopy : Three-dimensional microscopy
(190.4180) Nonlinear optics : Multiphoton processes
(210.0210) Optical data storage : Optical data storage

Original Manuscript: December 7, 1998
Revised Manuscript: February 22, 1999
Published: September 20, 1999

Jeff A. Squier and Michiel Müller, "Third-harmonic generation imaging of laser-induced breakdown in glass," Appl. Opt. 38, 5789-5794 (1999)

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