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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 24 — Nov. 22, 2010
  • pp: 24673–24678

Spatio-temporally focused femtosecond laser pulses for nonreciprocal writing in optically transparent materials

Dawn N. Vitek, Erica Block, Yves Bellouard, Daniel E. Adams, Sterling Backus, David Kleinfeld, Charles G. Durfee, and Jeffrey A. Squier  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 24, pp. 24673-24678 (2010)

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Simultaneous spatial and temporal focusing (SSTF) provides precise control of the pulse front tilt (PFT) necessary to achieve nonreciprocal writing in glass wherein the material modification depends on the sample scanning direction with respect to the PFT. The PFT may be adjusted over several orders of magnitude. Using SSTF nonreciprocal writing is observed for a large range of axial focal positions within the sample, and nonreciprocal ablation patterns on the surface of the sample are revealed. Further, the lower numerical aperture (0.03 NA) utilized with SSTF increases the rate of writing.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3390) Lasers and laser optics : Laser materials processing
(190.4360) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, devices
(230.4000) Optical devices : Microstructure fabrication
(050.2555) Diffraction and gratings : Form birefringence
(050.6624) Diffraction and gratings : Subwavelength structures
(050.6875) Diffraction and gratings : Three-dimensional fabrication

ToC Category:
Laser Microfabrication

Original Manuscript: September 22, 2010
Revised Manuscript: October 27, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: October 28, 2010
Published: November 10, 2010

Dawn N. Vitek, Erica Block, Yves Bellouard, Daniel E. Adams, Sterling Backus, David Kleinfeld, Charles G. Durfee, and Jeffrey A. Squier, "Spatio-temporally focused femtosecond laser pulses for nonreciprocal writing in optically transparent materials," Opt. Express 18, 24673-24678 (2010)

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