An overview of recent achievements in the field of femtosecond laser writing in transparent materials is presented. Thanks to the unique properties of light–matter interaction on the ultrashort time scale, this direct writing technique has led to observation of unique phenomena, including nonreciprocal writing and anisotropic photosensitivity, in transparent materials and allowed engineering of novel photonic devices.
© 2014 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: February 12, 2014
Revised Manuscript: July 16, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: July 17, 2014
Published: August 15, 2014
(2014) Advances in Optics and Photonics
Martynas Beresna, Mindaugas Gecevičius, and Peter G. Kazansky, "Ultrafast laser direct writing and nanostructuring in transparent materials," Adv. Opt. Photon. 6, 293-339 (2014)