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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

Journal of the Optical Society of America B

| OPTICAL PHYSICS

  • Vol. 13, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 1996
  • pp: 216–222

Breakdown threshold and plasma formation in femtosecond laser–solid interaction

D. von der Linde and H. Schüler  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 13, Issue 1, pp. 216-222 (1996)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.13.000216


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Abstract

Combining femtosecond pump–probe techniques with optical microscopy, we have studied laser-induced optical breakdown in optically transparent solids with high temporal and spatial resolution. The threshold of plasma formation has been determined from measurements of the changes of the optical reflectivity associated with the developing plasma. It is shown that plasma generation occurs at the surface. We have observed a remarkable resistance to optical breakdown and material damage in the interaction of femtosecond laser pulses with bulk optical materials.

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D. von der Linde and H. Schüler, "Breakdown threshold and plasma formation in femtosecond laser–solid interaction," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 13, 216-222 (1996)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-13-1-216

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