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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 32, Iss. 19 — Oct. 1, 2007
  • pp: 2888–2890

Femtosecond laser erasing and rewriting of self-organized planar nanocracks in fused silica glass

R. S. Taylor, C. Hnatovsky, E. Simova, P. P. Rajeev, D. M. Rayner, and P. B. Corkum  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 32, Issue 19, pp. 2888-2890 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.32.002888


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Abstract

Tightly focused, linearly polarized, femtosecond laser radiation can produce highly birefringent nanograting structures inside fused silica glass. Here we report that when the polarization direction of the femtosecond light is changed, old nanogratings are erased and simultaneously replaced with new ones whose orientation is solely determined by the polarization of the rewrite beam. We also show that these volume nanogratings can be rewritten 1000 times with little degradation in their quality.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(160.6030) Materials : Silica
(220.4000) Optical design and fabrication : Microstructure fabrication
(230.3990) Optical devices : Micro-optical devices
(320.2250) Ultrafast optics : Femtosecond phenomena
(350.3390) Other areas of optics : Laser materials processing

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

History
Original Manuscript: July 10, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: August 24, 2007
Published: September 28, 2007

Citation
R. S. Taylor, C. Hnatovsky, E. Simova, P. P. Rajeev, D. M. Rayner, and P. B. Corkum, "Femtosecond laser erasing and rewriting of self-organized planar nanocracks in fused silica glass," Opt. Lett. 32, 2888-2890 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-32-19-2888

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