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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 8 — Apr. 14, 2008
  • pp: 5481–5492

Ultrafast laser writing of homogeneous longitudinal waveguides in glasses using dynamic wavefront correction

C. Mauclair, A. Mermillod-Blondin, N. Huot, E. Audouard, and R. Stoian  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 8, pp. 5481-5492 (2008)

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Laser writing of longitudinal waveguides in bulk transparent materials degrades with the focusing depth due to wavefront distortions generated at the air-dielectric interface. Using adaptive spatial tailoring of ultrashort laser pulses, we show that spherical aberrations can be dynamically compensated in optical glasses, in synchronization with the writing procedure. Aberration-free structures can thus be induced at different depths, showing higher flexibility for 3D processing. This enables optimal writing of homogeneous longitudinal waveguides over more significant lengths. The corrective process becomes increasingly important when laser energy has to be transported without losses at arbitrary depths, with the purpose of triggering mechanisms of positive refractive index change.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1080) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Active or adaptive optics
(140.3390) Lasers and laser optics : Laser materials processing
(220.1000) Optical design and fabrication : Aberration compensation
(320.2250) Ultrafast optics : Femtosecond phenomena

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: November 26, 2007
Revised Manuscript: January 23, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: February 19, 2008
Published: April 4, 2008

C. Mauclair, A. Mermillod-Blondin, N. Huot, E. Audouard, and R. Stoian, "Ultrafast laser writing of homogeneous longitudinal waveguides in glasses using dynamic wavefront correction," Opt. Express 16, 5481-5492 (2008)

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