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Optical Materials Express

  • Editor: David J. Hagan
  • Vol. 3, Iss. 8 — Aug. 1, 2013
  • pp: 1161–1166

Laser induced nanogratings beyond fused silica - periodic nanostructures in borosilicate glasses and ULE™

Sören Richter, Christopher Miese, Sven Döring, Felix Zimmermann, Michael J. Withford, Andreas Tünnermann, and Stefan Nolte  »View Author Affiliations

Optical Materials Express, Vol. 3, Issue 8, pp. 1161-1166 (2013)

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We report on the ultrashort pulse laser induced formation of birefringent structures in the volume of different glasses: Borofloat 33, BK7 and ULE™. Using polarization contrast and scanning electron microscopy we could prove that this birefringence is induced by nanogratings. We were able to identify the pulse duration as a crucial process parameter for the generation of nanogratings in these glasses. The achieved birefringence in ULE is comparable to fused silica, while borosilicate glasses show much less birefringence (only about 12%). Remarkably, the period of the nanogratings is also dependent on the type of the glass, being 250 nm for ULE and only 60 nm in case of Borofloat 33.

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OCIS Codes
(320.2250) Ultrafast optics : Femtosecond phenomena
(220.4241) Optical design and fabrication : Nanostructure fabrication

ToC Category:
Laser Materials Processing

Original Manuscript: May 23, 2013
Revised Manuscript: July 8, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: July 8, 2013
Published: July 25, 2013

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Sören Richter, Christopher Miese, Sven Döring, Felix Zimmermann, Michael J. Withford, Andreas Tünnermann, and Stefan Nolte, "Laser induced nanogratings beyond fused silica - periodic nanostructures in borosilicate glasses and ULE™," Opt. Mater. Express 3, 1161-1166 (2013)

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