Share Email Print

Proceedings Paper

Thresholds for femtosecond laser-induced breakdown in bulk transparent solids and water
Format Member Price Non-Member Price
PDF $17.00 $21.00

Paper Abstract

We present thresholds for optical breakdown in bulk transparent solids and water with 10-fs laser pulses. In solids, we used microscopy and scattering techniques to determine thresholds for plasma formation and permanent damage in a wide variety of materials. Transmission measurements show that damage occurs at energies where there is little absorption of the laser pulse. In water, we used scattering and acoustic techniques to measure the breakdown threshold for 100-fs pulses. In contrast to solids, transmission measurements in water indicate that there is no plasma or bubble formation unless there is significant absorption. For comparison, we also measured breakdown thresholds for 200-ps pulses.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 December 1998
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3451, Time Structure of X-Ray Sources and Its Applications, (1 December 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.331836
Show Author Affiliations
Christopher B. Schaffer, Harvard Univ. (United States)
Nozomi Nishimura, Harvard Univ. (United States)
Eric Mazur, Harvard Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3451:
Time Structure of X-Ray Sources and Its Applications
Andreas K. Freund; Henry P. Freund; Malcolm R. Howells, Editor(s)

© SPIE. Terms of Use
Back to Top
Sign in to read the full article
Create a free SPIE account to get access to
premium articles and original research
Forgot your username?