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Simulation and analysis of ultrafast laser pulse induced plasma generation in dielectric materials
Author(s): Jeremy R. Gulley; Sebastian W. Winkler; William M. Dennis
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Paper Abstract

Recent experiments on optical damage by ultrashort laser pulses have demonstrated that the temporal pulseshape can dramatically influence plasma generation in fused silica and sapphire. In this work a modified 3+1D nonlinear Schroedinger equation for the pulse propagation coupled to a rate equation for the plasma density in the dielectric material is used to simulate pulse propagation and plasma formation in a range of dielectric materials. We use these simulations to analyze the influence of pulse-width, pulse-shape and beam geometry on the formation of the electron plasma and hence damage in the bulk material. In particular, when possible, we simulate the effect of pulses reconstructed from experimental data. It is expected that a better understanding of the dynamics of laser-induced plasma generation will enable the accurate simulation of optical damage in a variety of dielectrics, ultimately leading to an enhanced control of optical damage to real materials and optical devices.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 May 2007
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6572, Enabling Photonics Technologies for Defense, Security, and Aerospace Applications III, 65720R (7 May 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.719464
Show Author Affiliations
Jeremy R. Gulley, Univ. of Georgia (United States)
Sebastian W. Winkler, Univ. of Georgia (United States)
William M. Dennis, Univ. of Georgia (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6572:
Enabling Photonics Technologies for Defense, Security, and Aerospace Applications III
Michael J. Hayduk; Andrew R. Pirich; Peter J. Delfyett; Eric J. Donkor; John P. Barrios; Rebecca J. Bussjager; Michael L. Fanto; Robert L. Kaminski; Guifang Li; Hooman Mohseni; Edward W. Taylor, Editor(s)

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