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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 20 — Oct. 15, 2013
  • pp: 4112–4115

Time-resolved microscopy with random lasers

Alexandre Mermillod-Blondin, Heiko Mentzel, and Arkadi Rosenfeld  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 20, pp. 4112-4115 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.38.004112


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Abstract

We demonstrate that random lasers provide an outstanding strobe light source for time-resolved microscopy. Utilizing a random laser to illuminate a commercially available microscope enables single exposure, speckle-free time-resolved imaging. Aside from conventional optical transmission microscopy, we also perform time-resolved investigations in phase contrast mode. We apply this method to the monitoring of fs-laser-induced microdot formation in bulk a-SIO2. Time-resolved investigations show that microdot formation lasts over several microseconds after laser excitation.

© 2013 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.3390) Lasers and laser optics : Laser materials processing
(180.0180) Microscopy : Microscopy
(110.2945) Imaging systems : Illumination design

ToC Category:
Microscopy

History
Original Manuscript: July 19, 2013
Revised Manuscript: September 3, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: September 4, 2013
Published: October 9, 2013

Citation
Alexandre Mermillod-Blondin, Heiko Mentzel, and Arkadi Rosenfeld, "Time-resolved microscopy with random lasers," Opt. Lett. 38, 4112-4115 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-38-20-4112

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