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Void-nanograting transition by ultrashort laser pulse irradiation in silica glass

Void-nanograting transition by ultrashort laser pulse irradiation in silica glass
Void-nanograting transition by ultrashort laser pulse irradiation in silica glass
The structural evolution from void modification to self-assembled nanogratings in fused silica is observed for moderate (NA > 0.4) focusing conditions. Void formation, appears before the geometrical focus after the initial few pulses and after subsequent irradiation, nanogratings gradually occur at the top of the induced structures. Nonlinear Schrödinger equation based simulations are conducted to simulate the laser fluence, intensity and electron density in the regions of modification. Comparing the experiment with simulations, the voids form due to cavitation in the regions where electron density exceeds 1020 cm-3 but is below critical. In this scenario, the energy absorption is insufficient to reach the critical electron density that was once assumed to occur in the regime of void formation and nanogratings, shedding light on the potential formation mechanism of nanogratings.
1094-4087
19344-19353
Dai, Ye
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Patel, Aabid
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Song, Juan
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Beresna, Martynas
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Kazansky, Peter G.
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Dai, Ye
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Patel, Aabid
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Song, Juan
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Beresna, Martynas
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Kazansky, Peter G.
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Dai, Ye, Patel, Aabid, Song, Juan, Beresna, Martynas and Kazansky, Peter G. (2016) Void-nanograting transition by ultrashort laser pulse irradiation in silica glass. Optics Express, 24 (17), 19344-19353. (doi:10.1364/OE.24.019344).

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Abstract

The structural evolution from void modification to self-assembled nanogratings in fused silica is observed for moderate (NA > 0.4) focusing conditions. Void formation, appears before the geometrical focus after the initial few pulses and after subsequent irradiation, nanogratings gradually occur at the top of the induced structures. Nonlinear Schrödinger equation based simulations are conducted to simulate the laser fluence, intensity and electron density in the regions of modification. Comparing the experiment with simulations, the voids form due to cavitation in the regions where electron density exceeds 1020 cm-3 but is below critical. In this scenario, the energy absorption is insufficient to reach the critical electron density that was once assumed to occur in the regime of void formation and nanogratings, shedding light on the potential formation mechanism of nanogratings.

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Accepted/In Press date: 4 August 2016
e-pub ahead of print date: 11 August 2016
Published date: 11 August 2016
Organisations: Optoelectronics Research Centre

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Local EPrints ID: 399255
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/399255
ISSN: 1094-4087
PURE UUID: 7afdcbbd-b6ca-46da-9922-dd6a3e22468c
ORCID for Aabid Patel: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9902-5192

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Date deposited: 15 Aug 2016 07:52
Last modified: 16 Dec 2019 19:46

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