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Optical Materials Express

  • Editor: David J. Hagan
  • Vol. 2, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 2012
  • pp: 1562–1570

Nanograting Bragg responses of femtosecond laser written optical waveguides in fused silica glass

Jianzhao Li, Stephen Ho, Moez Haque, and Peter R. Herman  »View Author Affiliations

Optical Materials Express, Vol. 2, Issue 11, pp. 1562-1570 (2012)

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Multiple Bragg nanograting stop bands are reported for the first time in single and multi-mode optical waveguides generated by femtosecond laser direct writing in bulk fused silica glass. The stop bands observed in the guided broadband light spectra originated with the orthogonal alignment of volume nanogratings co-generated with the waveguides. Rapid shifting of stop bands across the near UV and visible spectrum was sensitively controlled by laser exposure and sample scanning direction. Bragg periods anticipated from the observed stop bands concurred with the nanograting structural pitches revealed by scanning electron microscopy. The spectroscopic characterization of nanogratings along macroscopic-scale (12.5 mm long) waveguide sections constitutes a non-destructive, convenient and sensitive approach to examine long-range order and uniformity of the self-organized periodic structures that may assist to unravel the laser-glass interaction physics of nanograting formation.

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OCIS Codes
(160.2750) Materials : Glass and other amorphous materials
(300.0300) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy
(320.2250) Ultrafast optics : Femtosecond phenomena
(350.3390) Other areas of optics : Laser materials processing
(130.2755) Integrated optics : Glass waveguides
(220.4241) Optical design and fabrication : Nanostructure fabrication

ToC Category:
Laser Materials Processing

Original Manuscript: July 5, 2012
Revised Manuscript: September 25, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: September 25, 2012
Published: October 5, 2012

Jianzhao Li, Stephen Ho, Moez Haque, and Peter R. Herman, "Nanograting Bragg responses of femtosecond laser written optical waveguides in fused silica glass," Opt. Mater. Express 2, 1562-1570 (2012)

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