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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 1 — Jan. 7, 2008
  • pp: 200–206

Femtosecond laser waveguide micromachining of PMMA films with azoaromatic chromophores

C. R. Mendonca, L. R. Cerami, T. Shih, R. W. Tilghman, T. Baldacchini, and E. Mazur  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 1, pp. 200-206 (2008)

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We report on the femtosecond-laser micromachining of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) films doped with nonlinear azoaromatic chromophores: Disperse Red 1, Disperse Red 13 and Disperse Orange 3. We study the conditions for controlling chromophore degradation during the micromachining of PMMA doped with each chromophore. Furthermore, we successfully used fs-micromachining to fabricate optical waveguides within a bulk sample of PMMA doped with these azochromophores.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(160.4890) Materials : Organic materials
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers
(350.3390) Other areas of optics : Laser materials processing
(130.5460) Integrated optics : Polymer waveguides

ToC Category:
Laser Micromachining

Original Manuscript: November 1, 2007
Revised Manuscript: November 26, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: December 10, 2007
Published: January 2, 2008

C. R. Mendonca, L. R. Cerami, T. Shih, R. W. Tilghman, T. Baldacchini, and E. Mazur, "Femtosecond laser waveguide micromachining of PMMA films with azoaromatic chromophores," Opt. Express 16, 200-206 (2008)

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