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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 22 — Oct. 27, 2008
  • pp: 18354–18361

Non reciprocal writing and chirality in femtosecond laser irradiated silica

B. Poumellec, M. Lancry, J.-C. Poulin, and S. Ani-Joseph  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 22, pp. 18354-18361 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.16.018354


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Abstract

We ascertain by measuring the surface topography of a cleaved sample in which damage lines have been written in volume by scanning with a femtosecond laser, that matter shearing occur along the laser track with alternating sign (scissor or chiral effect). We note that the shearing in the head of the laser tracks change its sign with the change in scanning direction (pen effect or non reciprocal writing). We also show that nano-structures in the head are nano-shearing, with all the same sign whatever the direction of writing may be. We suggest that symmetries revealed by the shearing mimic the laser induced electron plasma density structures and inform on their unusual symmetries induced by the laser beam structures.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(160.6030) Materials : Silica
(190.4720) Nonlinear optics : Optical nonlinearities of condensed matter
(320.2250) Ultrafast optics : Femtosecond phenomena
(350.3450) Other areas of optics : Laser-induced chemistry

ToC Category:
Materials

History
Original Manuscript: March 19, 2008
Revised Manuscript: May 8, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: May 8, 2008
Published: October 24, 2008

Citation
B. Poumellec, M. Lancry, J.-C. Poulin, and S. Ani-Joseph, "Non reciprocal writing and chirality in femtosecond laser irradiated silica," Opt. Express 16, 18354-18361 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-16-22-18354


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