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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 14 — Jul. 2, 2012
  • pp: 15106–15113

Generation of copper nanoparticles induced by fs-laser irradiation in borosilicate glass

J. M. P. Almeida, L. De Boni, W. Avansi, C. Ribeiro, E. Longo, A. C. Hernandes, and C. R. Mendonca  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 14, pp. 15106-15113 (2012)

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Glasses containing metallic nanoparticles are promising materials for technological applications in optics and photonics. Although several methods are available to generate nanoparticles in glass, only femtosecond lasers allow controlling it three-dimensionally. In this direction, the present work investigates the generation of copper nanoparticles on the surface and in the bulk of a borosilicate glass by fs-laser irradiation. We verified the formation of copper nanoparticles, after heat treatment, by UV-Vis absorption, transmission electron microscopy and electron diffraction. A preferential growth of copper nanoparticles was observed in the bottom of the irradiated region, which was attributed to self-focusing in the glass.

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OCIS Codes
(160.2750) Materials : Glass and other amorphous materials
(190.4720) Nonlinear optics : Optical nonlinearities of condensed matter
(220.4000) Optical design and fabrication : Microstructure fabrication

ToC Category:
Laser Microfabrication

Original Manuscript: May 16, 2012
Revised Manuscript: June 8, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: June 9, 2012
Published: June 20, 2012

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J. M. P. Almeida, L. De Boni, W. Avansi, C. Ribeiro, E. Longo, A. C. Hernandes, and C. R. Mendonca, "Generation of copper nanoparticles induced by fs-laser irradiation in borosilicate glass," Opt. Express 20, 15106-15113 (2012)

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