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  • Editor: David J. Hagan
  • Vol. 1, Iss. 5 — Sep. 1, 2011
  • pp: 816–831

On the bending strength of fused silica flexures fabricated by ultrafast lasers [Invited]

Yves Bellouard  »View Author Affiliations

Optical Materials Express, Vol. 1, Issue 5, pp. 816-831 (2011)

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This paper reports on the mechanical properties of fused silica flexures manufactured by a two-step process combining femtosecond lasers exposure below the ablation threshold and chemical etching. Flexural strengths as high as 2.7 GPa were measured, demonstrating that femtosecond lasers can be efficiently used to produce arbitrarily shaped high-strength mechanical devices, opening new opportunities for the design of monolithically integrated optomechanical devices.

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OCIS Codes
(160.2750) Materials : Glass and other amorphous materials
(220.4000) Optical design and fabrication : Microstructure fabrication
(220.4880) Optical design and fabrication : Optomechanics
(230.1150) Optical devices : All-optical devices
(320.7130) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast processes in condensed matter, including semiconductors

ToC Category:
Artificially Engineered Structures

Original Manuscript: July 13, 2011
Revised Manuscript: July 28, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: July 29, 2011
Published: August 3, 2011

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