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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 21 — Oct. 21, 2013
  • pp: 25333–25343

Dynamic modulation of spatially structured polarization fields for real-time control of ultrafast laser-material interactions

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

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 21, pp. 25333-25343 (2013)

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The polarization state of an ultrafast laser is dynamically controlled using two Spatial Light Modulators and additional waveplates. Consequently, four states of polarization, linear horizontal and vertical, radial and azimuthal, all with a ring intensity distribution, were dynamically switched at a frequency ν = 12.5Hz while synchronized with a motion control system. This technique, demonstrated here for the first time, enables a remarkable level of real-time control of the properties of light waves and applied to real-time surface patterning, shows that highly controlled nanostructuring is possible. Laser ablation of Induced Periodic Surface Structures is used to directly verify the state of polarization at the focal plane.

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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:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: August 26, 2013
Revised Manuscript: October 2, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: October 4, 2013
Published: October 16, 2013

Y. Jin, O. J. Allegre, W. Perrie, K. Abrams, J. Ouyang, E. Fearon, S. P. Edwardson, and G. Dearden, "Dynamic modulation of spatially structured polarization fields for real-time control of ultrafast laser-material interactions," Opt. Express 21, 25333-25343 (2013)

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