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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 21 — Oct. 10, 2011
  • pp: 20657–20664

Photosensitivity control of an isotropic medium through polarization of light pulses with tilted intensity front

Peter G. Kazansky, Yasuhiko Shimotsuma, Masaaki Sakakura, Martynas Beresna, Mindaugas Gecevičius, Yuri Svirko, Selcuk Akturk, Jianrong Qiu, Kiyotaka Miura, and Kazuyuki Hirao  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 21, pp. 20657-20664 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.020657


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Abstract

We present the first experimental evidence of anisotropic photosensitivity of an isotropic homogeneous medium under uniform illumination. Our experiments reveal fundamentally new type of light induced anisotropy originated from the hidden asymmetry of pulsed light beam with a finite tilt of intensity front. We anticipate that the observed phenomenon, which enables employing mutual orientation of a light polarization plane and pulse front tilt to control interaction of matter with ultrashort light pulses, will open new opportunities in material processing.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3390) Lasers and laser optics : Laser materials processing
(260.0260) Physical optics : Physical optics
(320.0320) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast optics

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

History
Original Manuscript: June 15, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: July 3, 2011
Published: October 3, 2011

Citation
Peter G. Kazansky, Yasuhiko Shimotsuma, Masaaki Sakakura, Martynas Beresna, Mindaugas Gecevičius, Yuri Svirko, Selcuk Akturk, Jianrong Qiu, Kiyotaka Miura, and Kazuyuki Hirao, "Photosensitivity control of an isotropic medium through polarization of light pulses with tilted intensity front," Opt. Express 19, 20657-20664 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-21-20657


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