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Optical Materials Express

  • Editor: David J. Hagan
  • Vol. 3, Iss. 8 — Aug. 1, 2013
  • pp: 1026–1038

Challenges of CW laser-induced crystallization in a chalcogenide glass

Dmytro Savytskii, Brian Knorr, Volkmar Dierolf, and Himanshu Jain  »View Author Affiliations

Optical Materials Express, Vol. 3, Issue 8, pp. 1026-1038 (2013)

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We report laser-induced modification of SbSI glass as a proof-of-concept of fabricating ferroelectric architectures in chalcogenide glasses. We observe structural (crystallization), chemical (evaporation of SbI3 and oxidation) and volume (contraction as well as expansion) changes under irradiation with a super-bandgap CW Ar+ laser due to the thermal runaway and photoexpansion effects. The crystalline grains grow, but in a very narrow range of applied laser power density (P) from 0.25 to 0.32 mW/μm2. At P>0.4 mW/μm2 SbI3 evaporation dominates and produces strong surface erosion. For P<0.2 mW/μm2 and long exposure times (1-10 min), only laser-induced expansion is observed.

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OCIS Codes
(130.3130) Integrated optics : Integrated optics materials
(140.3390) Lasers and laser optics : Laser materials processing
(160.2750) Materials : Glass and other amorphous materials

ToC Category:
Laser Materials Processing

Original Manuscript: May 2, 2013
Revised Manuscript: June 28, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: July 1, 2013
Published: July 3, 2013

Dmytro Savytskii, Brian Knorr, Volkmar Dierolf, and Himanshu Jain, "Challenges of CW laser-induced crystallization in a chalcogenide glass," Opt. Mater. Express 3, 1026-1038 (2013)

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