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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 18 — Sep. 9, 2013
  • pp: 21198–21207

Complete wavefront and polarization control for ultrashort-pulse laser microprocessing

O J Allegre, Y Jin, W Perrie, J Ouyang, E Fearon, S P Edwardson, and G Dearden  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 18, pp. 21198-21207 (2013)

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We report on new developments in wavefront and polarization control for ultrashort-pulse laser microprocessing. We use two Spatial Light Modulators in combination to structure the optical fields of a picosecond-pulse laser beam, producing vortex wavefronts and radial or azimuthal polarization states. We also carry out the first demonstration of multiple first-order beams with vortex wavefronts and radial or azimuthal polarization states, produced using Computer Generated Holograms. The beams produced are used to nano-structure a highly polished metal surface. Laser Induced Periodic Surface Structures are observed and used to directly verify the state of polarization in the focal plane and help to characterize the optical properties of the setup.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3300) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam shaping
(140.3390) Lasers and laser optics : Laser materials processing
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers
(230.6120) Optical devices : Spatial light modulators
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(080.4865) Geometric optics : Optical vortices

ToC Category:
Laser Microfabrication

Original Manuscript: July 22, 2013
Revised Manuscript: August 8, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: August 9, 2013
Published: September 3, 2013

O J Allegre, Y Jin, W Perrie, J Ouyang, E Fearon, S P Edwardson, and G Dearden, "Complete wavefront and polarization control for ultrashort-pulse laser microprocessing," Opt. Express 21, 21198-21207 (2013)

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