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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 47, Iss. 28 — Oct. 1, 2008
  • pp: 5082–5086

Nanoscale topography of dynamic surfaces with ultrafast time resolution

Anthony R. Valenzuela, Steven A. Clarke, and George Rodriguez  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 47, Issue 28, pp. 5082-5086 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.47.005082


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Abstract

We describe an optical system for detecting the movement of a surface with subnanosecond temporal and nanometer vertical displacement resolution. The system is fielded on an experiment to determine the distortion of a laser-ablated metal layer and compare the results with hydrodynamic simulations. We also discuss errors that can arise and potential means to mitigate them. The resultant data show one can examine dynamic changes to a reflective surface with accuracy down to tens of nanometers at hundreds of picoseconds time resolution.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(320.7100) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast measurements
(240.6648) Optics at surfaces : Surface dynamics
(110.7348) Imaging systems : Wavefront encoding

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

History
Original Manuscript: May 22, 2008
Revised Manuscript: August 20, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: August 22, 2008
Published: September 23, 2008

Citation
Anthony R. Valenzuela, Steven A. Clarke, and George Rodriguez, "Nanoscale topography of dynamic surfaces with ultrafast time resolution," Appl. Opt. 47, 5082-5086 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-47-28-5082


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