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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 18 — Aug. 29, 2011
  • pp: 17780–17789

Observation of laser-induced stress waves and mechanism of structural changes inside rock-salt crystals

Masaaki Sakakura, Takaya Tochio, Masaaki Eida, Yasuhiko Shimotsuma, Shingo Kanehira, Masayuki Nishi, Kiyotaka Miura, and Kazuyuki Hirao  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 18, pp. 17780-17789 (2011)

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The structural changes inside rock-salt crystals after femtosecond (fs) laser irradiation are investigated using a microscopic pump-probe technique and an elastic simulation. The pump-probe imaging shows that a squircle-shaped stress wave is generated after the fs laser irradiation as a result of the relaxation of thermal stress in the photoexcited region. Pump-probe crossed-Nicols imaging and elastic simulation elucidate that shear stresses and tensile stresses are concentrated in specific regions during the propagation of the stress wave. The shear stresses and tensile stresses observed in this study can explain the characteristic laser-induced structural changes inside rock-salt crystals.

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OCIS Codes
(320.5390) Ultrafast optics : Picosecond phenomena
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers
(350.3390) Other areas of optics : Laser materials processing
(100.0118) Image processing : Imaging ultrafast phenomena

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: July 5, 2011
Revised Manuscript: August 8, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: August 8, 2011
Published: August 25, 2011

Masaaki Sakakura, Takaya Tochio, Masaaki Eida, Yasuhiko Shimotsuma, Shingo Kanehira, Masayuki Nishi, Kiyotaka Miura, and Kazuyuki Hirao, "Observation of laser-induced stress waves and mechanism of structural changes inside rock-salt crystals," Opt. Express 19, 17780-17789 (2011)

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