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  • Editor: David J. Hagan
  • Vol. 3, Iss. 10 — Oct. 1, 2013
  • pp: 1616–1624

Mid-Infrared Volume Phase Gratings Manufactured using Ultrafast Laser Inscription

David G. MacLachlan, Robert R. Thomson, Colin R. Cunningham, and David Lee  »View Author Affiliations

Optical Materials Express, Vol. 3, Issue 10, pp. 1616-1624 (2013)

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We report on the ultrafast laser inscription (ULI) of volume phase gratings inside gallium lanthanum sulphide (GLS) chalcogenide glass substrates. The effect of laser pulse energy and grating thickness on the dispersive properties of the gratings is investigated, with the aim of improving the performance of the gratings in the mid-infrared. The grating with the optimum performance in the mid-infrared exhibited a 1st order absolute diffraction efficiency of 61% at 1300 nm and 24% at 2640 nm. Based on the work reported here, we conclude that ULI is promising for the fabrication of mid-infrared volume phase gratings, with potential applications including astronomical instrumentation and remote sensing.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(050.7330) Diffraction and gratings : Volume gratings
(140.3390) Lasers and laser optics : Laser materials processing
(230.1950) Optical devices : Diffraction gratings

ToC Category:
Laser Materials Processing

Original Manuscript: June 17, 2013
Revised Manuscript: August 21, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: August 29, 2013
Published: September 6, 2013

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David G. MacLachlan, Robert R. Thomson, Colin R. Cunningham, and David Lee, "Mid-Infrared Volume Phase Gratings Manufactured using Ultrafast Laser Inscription," Opt. Mater. Express 3, 1616-1624 (2013)

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