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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 36, Iss. 21 — Nov. 1, 2011
  • pp: 4236–4238

Femtosecond laser-induced breakdown in distilled water for fabricating the helical microchannels array

Yan Li and Shiliang Qu  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 21, pp. 4236-4238 (2011)

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We have fabricated complex helical microchannel arrays with uniform diameter in silica glass using femto second laser-induced breakdown in distilled water. The generated high-speed jet and shockwave cause cavitation damage in silica glass. Distilled water injected into microchannels through a rubber hose is used for effectively ejecting the debris. The low concentration of debris in the ablated area ensure continuously femtosecond laser- induced breakdown. The distribution, coil number, coil diameter and pitch of the helical microchannel arrays can be controlled.

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OCIS Codes
(230.4000) Optical devices : Microstructure fabrication
(270.4180) Quantum optics : Multiphoton processes
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers
(350.3850) Other areas of optics : Materials processing

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: September 8, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: September 19, 2011
Published: October 27, 2011

Yan Li and Shiliang Qu, "Femtosecond laser-induced breakdown in distilled water for fabricating the helical microchannels array," Opt. Lett. 36, 4236-4238 (2011)

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