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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry Van Driel
  • Vol. 26, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 2009
  • pp: 2077–2083

Evolution of the linear and nonlinear optical properties of femtosecond laser exposed fused silica

Arnaud Royon, Clara Rivero-Baleine, Arnaud Zoubir, Lionel Canioni, Michel Couzi, Thierry Cardinal, Evelyne Fargin, Martin Richardson, and Kathleen Richardson  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 26, Issue 11, pp. 2077-2083 (2009)

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Three fused silica samples possessing different impurity levels and exposed to a near infrared femtosecond laser are investigated. The laser-induced defects are identified from absorption, luminescence, and Raman spectroscopy. Their linear and nonlinear optical properties are measured from Kramers–Krönig calculations and third-harmonic generation microscopy experiments. No conclusive correlation between the change in the optical properties, the initial impurity levels, and the photoinduced structures could be established based on the results obtained in this study. In addition, several hypotheses (densification and color center formation) have been rejected to explain why the linear and nonlinear optical properties of the photoinduced structures follow a contradicting evolution. This phenomenon is attributed to an experimental artifact on the measurement of the third-order susceptibility due to scattering of the photoinduced structures.

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OCIS Codes
(160.4760) Materials : Optical properties
(160.6030) Materials : Silica
(190.4720) Nonlinear optics : Optical nonlinearities of condensed matter
(320.2250) Ultrafast optics : Femtosecond phenomena
(350.3390) Other areas of optics : Laser materials processing

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Original Manuscript: May 13, 2009
Revised Manuscript: September 2, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: September 11, 2009
Published: October 16, 2009

Arnaud Royon, Clara Rivero-Baleine, Arnaud Zoubir, Lionel Canioni, Michel Couzi, Thierry Cardinal, Evelyne Fargin, Martin Richardson, and Kathleen Richardson, "Evolution of the linear and nonlinear optical properties of femtosecond laser exposed fused silica," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 26, 2077-2083 (2009)

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