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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 19 — Sep. 23, 2013
  • pp: 21823–21828

Picosecond pulsed laser induced optical dichroism in glass with embedded metallic nanoparticles

Mateusz A. Tyrk, W. Allan Gillespie, Gerhard Seifert, and Amin Abdolvand  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 19, pp. 21823-21828 (2013)

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Picosecond (~10 ps) pulsed laser irradiation at 532 nm led to the efficient and scalable fabrication of dichroic areas in glass with spherical silver nanoparticles of ~30 – 40 nm in diameter embedded in a surface layer of thickness ~20 μm. The observed dichroism is due to the uniform and permanent shape transformation of the nanoparticles - from spherical to spheroidal shapes - throughout the irradiated areas and along the laser polarization direction, paving the way for affordable manufacture of polarization-selective diffractive optical elements. The shape modification threshold and the dichroism as a result of Surface Plasmon Resonance band separation were identified. The process was then studied as a function of the laser polarization, repetition rate and the number of pulses fired per spot.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3390) Lasers and laser optics : Laser materials processing
(160.2750) Materials : Glass and other amorphous materials
(160.4670) Materials : Optical materials
(160.4236) Materials : Nanomaterials

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Original Manuscript: July 2, 2013
Revised Manuscript: August 7, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: August 14, 2013
Published: September 9, 2013

Mateusz A. Tyrk, W. Allan Gillespie, Gerhard Seifert, and Amin Abdolvand, "Picosecond pulsed laser induced optical dichroism in glass with embedded metallic nanoparticles," Opt. Express 21, 21823-21828 (2013)

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