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Micromachining of bulk transparent materials using nanojoule femtosecond laser pulses (Abstract Only)
Author(s): Chris B. Schaffer; Tyson N. Kim; Jose F. Garcia; Eric Mazur; Alexander Groisman; David Kleinfeld
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Paper Abstract

Femtosecond lasers are very effective tools for three-dimensional micromachining of transparent materials. Nonlinear absorption of tightly focused femtosecond laser pulses allows energy to be deposited in a micrometer-sized volume in the bulk of the sample. If enough energy is deposited, localized changes in the material are produced (a change in refractive index, for example). These localized changes are the building blocks from which three-dimensional structures can be produced. With sufficiently tight focusing, the threshold for producing these changes can be achieved with pulse energies that are available directly from laser oscillators, offering greatly increased machining speeds and simpler, cheaper technology compared to using amplified lasers. In addition, the inter-pulse spacing from a laser oscillator is much shorter than the time required for energy deposited by one pulse to diffuse out of the focal volume. As a result, irradiation with multiple pluses on one spot in the sample leads to an accumulation of heat around the focal region. This localized heating provides another mechanism by which material properties can be altered. We demonstrate the three-dimensional fabrication of optical waveguides and microfluidic channels using pulse energies of only a few nanojoules to tens of nanojoules.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 June 2004
PDF: 3 pages
Proc. SPIE 5273, Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 2003, (10 June 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.525443
Show Author Affiliations
Chris B. Schaffer, Univ. of California/San Diego (United States)
Tyson N. Kim, Univ. of California/San Diego (United States)
Jose F. Garcia, Harvard Univ. (United States)
Eric Mazur, Harvard Univ. (United States)
Alexander Groisman, Univ. of California/San Diego (United States)
David Kleinfeld, Univ. of California/San Diego (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5273:
Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 2003
Gregory J. Exarhos; Arthur H. Guenther; Norbert Kaiser; Keith L. Lewis; M. J. Soileau; Christopher J. Stolz, Editor(s)

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