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  1. Micromachining using femtosecond lasers

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    Toenshoff, Hans K.; Ostendorf, Andreas; Nolte, Stefan; Korte, Frank; Bauer, Thorsten

    2000-11-01

    Femtosecond laser systems have been proved to be effective tools for high precision micro-machining. Almost all solid materials can be processed with high precision. The dependence on material properties like thermal conductivity, transparency, heat- or shock sensitivity is strongly reduced and no significant influence on the remaining bulk material is observed after ablation using femtosecond laser pulses. In contrast to conventional laser processing, where the achievable precision is reduced due to a formed liquid phase causing burr formation, the achievable precision using femtosecond pulses is only limited by the diffraction of the used optics. Potential applications of this technique, aincluding the structuring of biodegradable polymers for cardiovascular implants, so-called stents, as well as high precision machining of transparent materials are presented.

  2. Femtosecond laser materials processing

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    Stuart, B. C., LLNL

    1998-06-02

    Femtosecond lasers enable materials processing of most any material with extremely high precision and negligible shock or thermal loading to the surrounding area Applications ranging from drilling teeth to cutting explosives to making high-aspect ratio cuts in metals with no heat-affected zone are made possible by this technology For material removal at reasonable rates, we developed a fully computer-controlled 15-Watt average power, 100-fs laser machining system.

  3. Femtosecond laser materials processing

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    Stuart, B

    1998-08-05

    Femtosecond lasers enable materials processing of most any material with extremely high precision and negligible shock or thermal loading to the surrounding area. Applications ranging from drilling teeth to cutting explosives to precision cuts in composites are possible by using this technology. For material removal at reasonable rates, we have developed a fully computer-controlled 15-Watt average power, 100-fs laser machining system.

  4. Femtosecond laser materials processing

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    Banks, Paul S.; Stuart, Brent C.; Komashko, Aleksey M.; Feit, Michael D.; Rubenchik, Alexander M.; Perry, Michael D.

    2000-05-01

    The use of femtosecond lasers allows materials processing of practically any material with extremely high precision and minimal collateral damage. Advantages over conventional laser machining (using pulses longer than a few tens of picoseconds) are realized by depositing the laser energy into the electrons of the material on a time scale short compared to the transfer time of this energy to the bulk of the material, resulting in increased ablation efficiency and negligible shock or thermal stress. The improvement in the morphology by using femtosecond pulses rather than nanosecond pulses has been studied in numerous materials from biological materials to dielectrics to metals. During the drilling process, we have observed the onset of small channels which drill faster than the surrounding material.

  5. Femtosecond Laser Materials Processing

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    Banks, P.S.; Stuart, B.C.; Komashko, A.M.; Feit, M.D.; Rubenchik, A.M.; Perry, M.D.

    2000-03-06

    The use of femtosecond lasers allows materials processing of practically any material with extremely high precision and minimal collateral damage. Advantages over conventional laser machining (using pulses longer than a few tens of picoseconds) are realized by depositing the laser energy into the electrons of the material on a time scale short compared to the transfer time of this energy to the bulk of the material, resulting in increased ablation efficiency and negligible shock or thermal stress. The improvement in the morphology by using femtosecond pulses rather than nanosecond pulses has been studied in numerous materials from biologic materials to dielectrics to metals. During the drilling process, we have observed the onset of small channels which drill faster than the surrounding material.

  6. Surgical applications of femtosecond lasers.

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    Chung, Samuel H; Mazur, Eric

    2009-10-01

    Femtosecond laser ablation permits non-invasive surgeries in the bulk of a sample with submicrometer resolution. We briefly review the history of optical surgery techniques and the experimental background of femtosecond laser ablation. Next, we present several clinical applications, including dental surgery and eye surgery. We then summarize research applications, encompassing cell and tissue studies, research on C. elegans, and studies in zebrafish. We conclude by discussing future trends of femtosecond laser systems and some possible application directions.

  7. Femtosecond laser in laser in situ keratomileusis

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    Salomão, Marcella Q.; Wilson, Steven E.

    2014-01-01

    Flap creation is a critical step in laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK). Efforts to improve the safety and predictability of the lamellar incision have fostered the development of femtosecond lasers. Several advantages of the femtosecond laser over mechanical microkeratomes have been reported in LASIK surgery. In this article, we review common considerations in management and complications of this step in femtosecond laser–LASIK and concentrate primarily on the IntraLase laser because most published studies relate to this instrument. PMID:20494777

  8. Advances in femtosecond laser technology

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    Callou, Thais Pinheiro; Garcia, Renato; Mukai, Adriana; Giacomin, Natalia T; de Souza, Rodrigo Guimarães; Bechara, Samir J

    2016-01-01

    Femtosecond laser technology has become widely adopted by ophthalmic surgeons. The purpose of this study is to discuss applications and advantages of femtosecond lasers over traditional manual techniques, and related unique complications in cataract surgery and corneal refractive surgical procedures, including: LASIK flap creation, intracorneal ring segment implantation, presbyopic treatments, keratoplasty, astigmatic keratotomy, and intrastromal lenticule procedures. PMID:27143847

  9. Femtosecond laser corneal refractive surgery

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    Kurtz, Ron M.; Spooner, Greg J. R.; Sletten, Karin R.; Yen, Kimberly G.; Sayegh, Samir I.; Loesel, Frieder H.; Horvath, Christopher; Liu, HsiaoHua; Elner, Victor; Cabrera, Delia; Muenier, Marie-Helene; Sacks, Zachary S.; Juhasz, Tibor

    1999-06-01

    We evaluated the efficacy, safety, and stability of femtosecond laser intrastromal refractive procedures in ex vivo and in vivo models. When compared with longer pulsewidth nanosecond or picosecond laser pulses, femtosecond laser-tissue interactions are characterized by significantly smaller and more deterministic photodisruptive energy thresholds, as well as reduced shock waves and smaller cavitation bubbles. We utilized a highly reliable, all-solid-state femtosecond laser system for all studies to demonstrate clinical practicality. Contiguous tissue effects were achieved by scanning a 5 μm focused laser spot below the corneal surface at pulse energies of approximately 2 - 4 microjoules. A variety of scanning patterns was used to perform three prototype procedures in animal eyes; corneal flap cutting, keratomileusis, and intrastromal vision correction. Superior dissection and surface quality results were obtained for lamellar procedures (corneal flap cutting and keratomileusis). Preliminary in vivo evaluation of intrastromal vision correction in a rabbit model revealed consistent and stable pachymetry changes, without significant inflammation or loss of corneal transparency. We conclude that femtosecond laser technology may be able to perform a variety of corneal refractive procedures with high precision, offering advantages over current mechanical and laser devices and techniques.

  10. Ophthalmic applications of femtosecond lasers

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    Kurtz, Ron M.; Spooner, Greg J. R.; Sletten, Karin R.; Yen, Kimberly G.; Sayegh, Samir I.; Loesel, Frieder H.; Horvath, Christopher; Liu, HsiaoHua; Elner, Victor; Cabrera, Delia; Muenier, Marie-Helene; Sacks, Zachary S.; Juhasz, Tibor; Miller, Doug L.; Williams, A. R.

    1999-06-01

    We investigated three potential femtosecond laser ophthalmic procedures: intrastromal refractive surgery, transcleral photodisruptive glaucoma surgery and photodisruptive ultrasonic lens surgery. A highly reliable, all-solid-state system was used to investigate tissue effects and demonstrate clinical practicality. Compared with longer duration pulses, femtosecond laser-tissue interactions are characterized by smaller and more deterministic photodisruptive energy thresholds, smaller shock wave and cavitation bubble sizes. Scanning a 5 (mu) spot below the target tissue surface produced contiguous tissue effects. Various scanning patterns were used to evaluate the efficacy, safety, and stability of three intrastromal refractive procedures in animal eyes: corneal flap cutting, keratomileusis, and intrastromal vision correction (IVC). Superior dissection and surface quality results were obtained for the lamellar procedures. IVC in rabbits revealed consistent, stable pachymetric changes, without significant inflammation or corneal transparency degradation. Transcleral photodisruption was evaluated as a noninvasive method for creating partial thickness scleral channels to reduce elevated intraocular pressure associated with glaucoma. Photodisruption at the internal scleral surface was demonstrated by focusing through tissue in vitro without collateral damage. Femtosecond photodisruptions nucleated ultrasonically driven cavitation to demonstrate non-invasive destruction of in vitro lens tissue. We conclude that femtosecond lasers may enable practical novel ophthalmic procedures, offering advantages over current techniques.

  11. Holographic vector-wave femtosecond laser processing

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    Hayasaki, Yoshio; Hasegawa, Satoshi

    2016-03-01

    Arbitrary and variable beam shaping of femtosecond pulses by a computer-generated hologram (CGH) displayed on a spatial light modulator (SLM) have been applied to femtosecond laser processing. The holographic femtosecond laser processing has been widely used in many applications such as two-photon polymerization, optical waveguide fabrication, fabrication of volume phase gratings in polymers, and surface nanostructuring. A vector wave that has a spatial distribution of polarization states control of femtosecond pulses gives good performances for the femtosecond laser processing. In this paper, an in- system optimization of a CGH for massively-parallel femtosecond laser processing, a dynamic control of spatial spectral dispersion to improve the focal spot shape, and the holographic vector-wave femtosecond laser processing are demonstrated.

  12. 2 micron femtosecond fiber laser

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    Liu, Jian; Wan, Peng; Yang, Lihmei

    2014-07-29

    Methods and systems for generating femtosecond fiber laser pulses are disclose, including generating a signal laser pulse from a seed laser oscillator; using a first amplifier stage comprising an input and an output, wherein the signal laser pulse is coupled into the input of the first stage amplifier and the output of the first amplifier stage emits an amplified and stretched signal laser pulse; using an amplifier chain comprising an input and an output, wherein the amplified and stretched signal laser pulse from the output of the first amplifier stage is coupled into the input of the amplifier chain and the output of the amplifier chain emits a further amplified, stretched signal laser pulse. Other embodiments are described and claimed.

  13. Cataract surgery with femtosecond lasers.

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    Alió, Jorge L

    2011-07-01

    Cataract surgery with femtosecond lasers is approaching its practical application in ophthalmology. These lasers, working in the near infrared wavelength (1030 nm) can penetrate the transparent and even opaque tissues of the anterior segment of the eye, with limitations related to vessels and mineral opacities. Femtosecond lasers, guided by image systems can precisely outline the anatomy of the anterior segment of the eye, acting in a very precise way, performing corneal incisions, capsulorhexis, softening and breaking of the nucleus, which are essential steps in cataract surgery. In this article we summarize the four technologies available and approaching commercial application in the coming future. The main differences between the systems are based on the diagnostic imaging techniques, which might either be based on optical coherence tomography or the Scheimpflug principles. One model (the Technolas Femtec 520 F custom lens, 20/10 Perfect Vision), offers the possibility of combined use in corneal and intraocular surgery. While clinical studies are being performed with all of them, and most probably becoming available on the market during 2011 and 2012, the main problem of this emerging technology is its practical application as the increase in costs will affect their availability in the market of cataract surgery. Research is needed to confirm the practicality and the advantages of femtosecond laser cataract surgery over conventional surgery. Meanwhile, a new path for the future of cataract surgery is opening.

  14. Femtosecond laser ablation of copper

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    Goh, Yeow-Whatt; Lu, Yong-Feng; Hong, Ming-Hui; Chong, Tow Chong

    2003-02-01

    In recent years, femtosecond (fs) laser ablation has attracted much interest in both basic and applied physics, mainly because of its potential application in micromachining and pulsed laser deposition. Ultrashort laser ablation have the capability to ablate materials precisely with little or no collateral damage, even with materials that are impervious to laser energy from conventional pulsed lasers. The extreme intensities and short timescale at which ultrashort pulsed lasers operate differentiate them from other lasers such as nanosecond laser. In this work, we investigate the expansion dynamics of Cu (copper) plasma generated by ultrashort laser ablation of pure copper targets by optically examining the plasma plume. Time-integrated optical emission spectroscopy measurements by using intensified charged couple detector array (ICCD) imaging were used to detect the species present in the plasma and to study the laser-generated plasma formation and evolution. Temporal emission profiles are measured. Our interest in the dynamics of laser-generated copper plasma arises from the fact that copper has been considered as a substitute for Aluminum (Al) interconnects/metallization in ULSI devices (for future technology). It is important to know the composition and behavior of copper plasma species for the understanding of the mechanisms involved and optimizing the micro-machining processes and deposition conditions.

  15. Micromachining of Silicon Carbide using femtosecond lasers

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    Farsari, M.; Filippidis, G.; Zoppel, S.; Reider, G. A.; Fotakis, C.

    2007-04-01

    We have demonstrated micromachining of bulk 3C silicon carbide (3C- SiC) wafers by employing 1028nm wavelength femtosecond laser pulses of energy less than 10 nJ directly from a femtosecond laser oscillator, thus eliminating the need for an amplified system and increasing the micromachining speed by more than four orders of magnitude.

  16. Femtosecond Lasers and Corneal Surgical Procedures.

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    Marino, Gustavo K; Santhiago, Marcony R; Wilson, Steven E

    2017-01-01

    Our purpose is to present a broad review about the principles, early history, evolution, applications, and complications of femtosecond lasers used in refractive and nonrefractive corneal surgical procedures. Femtosecond laser technology added not only safety, precision, and reproducibility to established corneal surgical procedures such as laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) and astigmatic keratotomy, but it also introduced new promising concepts such as the intrastromal lenticule procedures with refractive lenticule extraction (ReLEx). Over time, the refinements in laser optics and the overall design of femtosecond laser platforms led to it becoming an essential tool for corneal surgeons. In conclusion, femtosecond laser is a heavily utilized tool in refractive and nonrefractive corneal surgical procedures, and further technological advances are likely to expand its applications. Copyright 2017 Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology.

  17. Photoemission using femtosecond laser pulses

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    Srinivasan-Rao, T.; Tsang, T.; Fischer, J.

    1991-10-01

    Successful operation of short wavelength FEL requires an electron bunch of current >100 A and normalized emittance < 1 mm-mrad. Recent experiments show that RF guns with photocathodes as the electron source may be the ideal candidate for achieving these parameters. To reduce the emittance growth due to space charge and RF dynamics effects, the gun may have to operate at high field gradient (hence at high RF frequency) and a spot size small compared to the aperture. This may necessitate the laser pulse duration to be in the subpicosecond regime to reduce the energy spread. We will present the behavior of metal photocathodes upon irradiation with femtosecond laser beams, comparison of linear and nonlinear photoemission, and scalability to high currents. Theoretical estimate of the intrinsic emittance at the photocathode in the presence of the anomalous heating of the electrons, and the tolerance on the surface roughness of the cathode material will be discussed.

  18. REVIEW: Optical frequency standards and femtosecond lasers

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    Baklanov, E. V.; Pokasov, P. V.

    2003-05-01

    A review is presented of the state of the art in a new direction in quantum electronics based on the use of femtosecond lasers for precision frequency measurements and the development of optical frequency and time standards.

  19. Chemical aerosol detection using femtosecond laser pulses

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    Alexander, Dennis R.; Rohlfs, Mark L.; Stauffer, John C.

    1997-07-01

    Many chemical warfare agents are dispersed as small aerosol particles. In the past, most electro-optical excitation and detection schemes have used continuous or pulsed lasers with pulse lengths ranging from nanoseconds to microseconds. In this paper, we present interesting ongoing new results on femtosecond imaging and on the time dependent solutions to the scattering problem of a femtosecond laser pulse interacting with a single small aerosol particle. Results are presented for various incident pulse lengths. Experimental imaging results using femtosecond pulses indicate that the diffraction rings present when using nanosecond laser pulses for imaging are greatly reduced when femtosecond laser pulses are used. Results are presented in terms of the internal fields as a function of time and the optical size parameter.

  20. Femtosecond laser ablation of enamel

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    Le, Quang-Tri; Bertrand, Caroline; Vilar, Rui

    2016-06-01

    The surface topographical, compositional, and structural modifications induced in human enamel by femtosecond laser ablation is studied. The laser treatments were performed using a Yb:KYW chirped-pulse-regenerative amplification laser system (560 fs and 1030 nm) and fluences up to 14 J/cm2. The ablation surfaces were studied by scanning electron microscopy, grazing incidence x-ray diffraction, and micro-Raman spectroscopy. Regardless of the fluence, the ablation surfaces were covered by a layer of resolidified material, indicating that ablation is accompanied by melting of hydroxyapatite. This layer presented pores and exploded gas bubbles, created by the release of gaseous decomposition products of hydroxyapatite (CO2 and H2O) within the liquid phase. In the specimen treated with 1-kHz repetition frequency and 14 J/cm2, thickness of the resolidified material is in the range of 300 to 900 nm. The micro-Raman analysis revealed that the resolidified material contains amorphous calcium phosphate, while grazing incidence x-ray diffraction analysis allowed detecting traces of a calcium phosphate other than hydroxyapatite, probably β-tricalcium phosphate Ca3), at the surface of this specimen. The present results show that the ablation of enamel involves melting of enamel's hydroxyapatite, but the thickness of the altered layer is very small and thermal damage of the remaining material is negligible.

  1. Progress in Cherenkov femtosecond fiber lasers.

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    Liu, Xiaomin; Svane, Ask S; Lægsgaard, Jesper; Tu, Haohua; Boppart, Stephen A; Turchinovich, Dmitry

    2016-01-20

    We review the recent developments in the field of ultrafast Cherenkov fiber lasers. Two essential properties of such laser systems - broad wavelength tunability and high efficiency of Cherenkov radiation wavelength conversion are discussed. The exceptional performance of the Cherenkov fiber laser systems are highlighted - dependent on the realization scheme, the Cherenkov lasers can generate the femtosecond output tunable across the entire visible and even the UV range, and for certain designs more than 40 % conversion efficiency from the pump to Cherenkov signal can be achieved. The femtosecond Cherenkov laser with all-fiber architecture is presented and discussed. Operating in the visible range, it delivers 100-200 fs wavelength-tunable pulses with multimilliwatt output power and exceptionally low noise figure an order of magnitude lower than the traditional wavelength tunable supercontinuum-based femtosecond sources. The applications for Cherenkov laser systems in practical biophotonics and biomedical applications, such as bio-imaging and microscopy, are discussed.

  2. Progress in Cherenkov femtosecond fiber lasers

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    Liu, Xiaomin; Svane, Ask S.; Lægsgaard, Jesper; Tu, Haohua; Boppart, Stephen A.; Turchinovich, Dmitry

    2016-01-01

    We review the recent developments in the field of ultrafast Cherenkov fiber lasers. Two essential properties of such laser systems—broad wavelength tunability and high efficiency of Cherenkov radiation wavelength conversion are discussed. The exceptional performance of the Cherenkov fiber laser systems are highlighted—dependent on the realization scheme, the Cherenkov lasers can generate the femtosecond output tunable across the entire visible and even the UV range, and for certain designs more than 40% conversion efficiency from the pump to Cherenkov signal can be achieved. The femtosecond Cherenkov laser with all-fiber architecture is presented and discussed. Operating in the visible range, it delivers 100-200 fs wavelength-tunable pulses with multimilliwatt output power and exceptionally low noise figure an order of magnitude lower than the traditional wavelength tunable supercontinuum-based femtosecond sources. The applications for Cherenkov laser systems in practical biophotonics and biomedical applications, such as bio-imaging and microscopy, are discussed.

  3. Progress in Cherenkov femtosecond fiber lasers

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    Liu, Xiaomin; Svane, Ask S.; Lægsgaard, Jesper; Tu, Haohua; Boppart, Stephen A.; Turchinovich, Dmitry

    2016-01-01

    We review the recent developments in the field of ultrafast Cherenkov fiber lasers. Two essential properties of such laser systems – broad wavelength tunability and high efficiency of Cherenkov radiation wavelength conversion are discussed. The exceptional performance of the Cherenkov fiber laser systems are highlighted - dependent on the realization scheme, the Cherenkov lasers can generate the femtosecond output tunable across the entire visible and even the UV range, and for certain designs more than 40 % conversion efficiency from the pump to Cherenkov signal can be achieved. The femtosecond Cherenkov laser with all-fiber architecture is presented and discussed. Operating in the visible range, it delivers 100–200 fs wavelength-tunable pulses with multimilliwatt output power and exceptionally low noise figure an order of magnitude lower than the traditional wavelength tunable supercontinuum-based femtosecond sources. The applications for Cherenkov laser systems in practical biophotonics and biomedical applications, such as bio-imaging and microscopy, are discussed. PMID:27110037

  4. Construction of a femtosecond laser microsurgery system

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    Steinmeyer, Joseph D; Gilleland, Cody L; Pardo-Martin, Carlos; Angel, Matthew; Rohde, Christopher B; Scott, Mark A; Yanik, Mehmet Fatih

    2014-01-01

    Femtosecond laser microsurgery is a powerful method for studying cellular function, neural circuits, neuronal injury and neuronal regeneration because of its capability to selectively ablate sub-micron targets in vitro and in vivo with minimal damage to the surrounding tissue. Here, we present a step-by-step protocol for constructing a femtosecond laser microsurgery setup for use with a widely available compound fluorescence microscope. The protocol begins with the assembly and alignment of beam-conditioning optics at the output of a femtosecond laser. Then a dichroic mount is assembled and installed to direct the laser beam into the objective lens of a standard inverted microscope. Finally, the laser is focused on the image plane of the microscope to allow simultaneous surgery and fluorescence imaging. We illustrate the use of this setup by presenting axotomy in Caenorhabditis elegans as an example. This protocol can be completed in 2 d. PMID:20203659

  5. A feasibility study on femtosecond laser thrombolysis.

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    Bidinger, Johannes; Ackermann, Roland; Cattaneo, Giorgio; Kammel, Robert; Nolte, Stefan

    2014-01-01

    In this feasibility study, we investigate possible femtosecond laser thrombolysis. Because of low pulse energies, femtosecond laser surgery inherently minimizes side effects on the surrounding tissue. Moreover, current femtosecond laser sources as well as fiber technology allow consideration of catheter-based treatments. Two femtosecond laser systems (λ=800 nm, λ=1030 nm) along with a three dimensional (3D) scanner system (NA ~0.1) were used in this study. In vitro experiments were performed on porcine thrombi and blood vessels. Ablation thresholds were determined in air, by determining the pulse energy at which single shot ablation was visible under the optical microscope. Ablation rates were determined in physiological saline. Additionally, ablation of thrombi and blood vessels was monitored by means of a fiber spectrometer. Depending upon the scan velocity, typical ablation rates for thrombi were ~0.04 mm(3)/sec. Ablation thresholds of thrombi and blood vessels differ by factors of 3 and 1.5 at laser wavelengths of 800 and 1030 nm, respectively. At a distance of 5 mm above the surface, second harmonic generation was observed in blood vessels, but not within thrombi. The results show that a typical thrombus volume can be destroyed within a reasonable time frame. Because of the higher threshold difference of thrombi and blood vessels, the use of a laser wavelength of 800 nm is preferable. Furthermore, the detection of the second harmonic could provide a feedback mechanism to protect the vascular wall from mechanical and laser damage.

  6. Femtosecond lasers for microsurgery of cornea

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    Vartapetov, Sergei K; Khudyakov, D V; Lapshin, Konstantin E; Obidin, Aleksei Z; Shcherbakov, Ivan A

    2012-03-31

    The review of femtosecond laser installations for medical applications is given and a new femtosecond ophthalmologic system for creation of a flap of corneal tissue during the LASIK operation is described. An all-fibre femtosecond laser emitting {approx}400-fs pulses at 1067 nm is used. The pulse repetition rate can vary from 200 kHz up to 1 MHz. The output energy of the femtosecond system does not exceed 1 {mu}J. A specially developed objective with small spherical and chromatic aberrations is applied to focus laser radiation to an area of an eye cornea. The size of the focusing spot does not exceed 3 {mu}m. To process the required area, scanning by a laser beam is applied with a speed no less than 5 m s{sup -1}. At a stage of preliminary tests of the system, the {Kappa}8 glass, organic PMMA glass and specially prepared agarose gels are used as a phantom of an eye. The femtosecond system is successfully clinically tested on a plenty of eyes of a pig and on several human eyes. The duration of the procedure of creation of a corneal flap does not exceed 20 s.

  7. Femtosecond lasers for microsurgery of cornea

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    Vartapetov, Sergei K.; Khudyakov, D. V.; Lapshin, Konstantin E.; Obidin, Aleksei Z.; Shcherbakov, Ivan A.

    2012-03-01

    The review of femtosecond laser installations for medical applications is given and a new femtosecond ophthalmologic system for creation of a flap of corneal tissue during the LASIK operation is described. An all-fibre femtosecond laser emitting ~400-fs pulses at 1067 nm is used. The pulse repetition rate can vary from 200 kHz up to 1 MHz. The output energy of the femtosecond system does not exceed 1 μJ. A specially developed objective with small spherical and chromatic aberrations is applied to focus laser radiation to an area of an eye cornea. The size of the focusing spot does not exceed 3 μm. To process the required area, scanning by a laser beam is applied with a speed no less than 5 m s-1. At a stage of preliminary tests of the system, the Κ8 glass, organic PMMA glass and specially prepared agarose gels are used as a phantom of an eye. The femtosecond system is successfully clinically tested on a plenty of eyes of a pig and on several human eyes. The duration of the procedure of creation of a corneal flap does not exceed 20 s.

  8. Femtosecond Laser Filamentation for Atmospheric Sensing

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    Xu, Huai Liang; Chin, See Leang

    2011-01-01

    Powerful femtosecond laser pulses propagating in transparent materials result in the formation of self-guided structures called filaments. Such filamentation in air can be controlled to occur at a distance as far as a few kilometers, making it ideally suited for remote sensing of pollutants in the atmosphere. On the one hand, the high intensity inside the filaments can induce the fragmentation of all matters in the path of filaments, resulting in the emission of characteristic fluorescence spectra (fingerprints) from the excited fragments, which can be used for the identification of various substances including chemical and biological species. On the other hand, along with the femtosecond laser filamentation, white-light supercontinuum emission in the infrared to UV range is generated, which can be used as an ideal light source for absorption Lidar. In this paper, we present an overview of recent progress concerning remote sensing of the atmosphere using femtosecond laser filamentation. PMID:22346566

  9. Femtosecond laser controlled wettability of solid surfaces.

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    Yong, Jiale; Chen, Feng; Yang, Qing; Hou, Xun

    2015-12-14

    Femtosecond laser microfabrication is emerging as a hot tool for controlling the wettability of solid surfaces. This paper introduces four typical aspects of femtosecond laser induced special wettability: superhydrophobicity, underwater superoleophobicity, anisotropic wettability, and smart wettability. The static properties are characterized by the contact angle measurement, while the dynamic features are investigated by the sliding behavior of a liquid droplet. Using different materials and machining methods results in different rough microstructures, patterns, and even chemistry on the solid substrates. So, various beautiful wettabilities can be realized because wettability is mainly dependent on the surface topography and chemical composition. The distinctions of the underlying formation mechanism of these wettabilities are also described in detail.

  10. Photostimulation of astrocytes with femtosecond laser pulses.

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    Zhao, Yuan; Zhang, Yuan; Liu, Xiuli; Lv, Xiaohua; Zhou, Wei; Luo, Qingming; Zeng, Shaoqun

    2009-02-02

    The involvement of astrocytes in brain functions rather than support has been identified and widely concerned. However the lack of an effective stimulation of astrocytes hampers our understanding of their essential roles. Here, we employed 800-nm near infrared (NIR) femtosecond laser to induce Ca2+ wave in astrocytes. It was demonstrated that photostimulation of astrocytes with femtosecond laser pulses is efficient with the advantages of non-contact, non-disruptiveness, reproducibility, and high spatiotemporal precision. Photostimulation of astrocytes would facilitate investigations on information processing in neuronal circuits by providing effective way to excite astrocytes.

  11. Application of femtosecond lasers for subcellular nanosurgery

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    Maxwell, Iva

    This dissertation offers a study of femtosecond laser disruption in single cells. Cells and tissues do not ordinarily absorb light in the near-IR wavelength range of femtosecond lasers. However, the peak intensity of a femtosecond laser pulse is very high and material disruption is possible through nonlinear absorption and plasma generation. Because the pulse duration is very short, it is possible to reach the intensity of optical breakdown at only nanojoules of energy per pulse. The low energy deposition and the high spatial localization of the nonlinear absorption, make femtosecond laser pulses an ideal tool for minimally disruptive subcellular nanosurgery. We show definitively that there can be bulk ablation within a single cell by studying the disrupted region under a transmission electron microscope. The width of the ablated area can be as small as 250 nm in diameter at energies near the ablation threshold. We also studied the effect of the laser repetition rate on the subcellular disruption threshold. We compared the pulse energies for kHz and MHz pulse trains, and found that in the MHz regime heat accumulation in the focal volume needs to be accounted for. For this repetition rate the minimum pulse energy necessary for disruption depends on the laser irradiation time. We used femtosecond laser nanosurgery to probe tension in actin stress fibers in living endothelial cells. By severing an individual stress fiber and visualizing its retraction, we showed that actin carries prestress in adherent, non-contractile cells. By plating the cells on softer, more compliant substrates, we measured the deflection of the substrate and extrapolated the force contribution of a stress filament on total amount of force exerted by the cell.

  12. Superresolved femtosecond laser nanosurgery of cells

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    Pospiech, Matthias; Emons, Moritz; Kuetemeyer, Kai; Heisterkamp, Alexander; Morgner, Uwe

    2011-01-01

    We report on femtosecond nanosurgery of fluorescently labeled structures in cells with a spatially superresolved laser beam. The focal spot width is reduced using phase filtering applied with a programmable phase modulator. A comprehensive statistical analysis of the resulting cuts demonstrates an achievable average resolution enhancement of 30 %. PMID:21339872

  13. Laser-Induced Damage with Femtosecond Pulses

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    Kafka, Kyle R. P.

    The strong electric fields of focused femtosecond laser pulses lead to non-equilibrium dynamics in materials, which, beyond a threshold intensity, causes laser-induced damage (LID). Such a strongly non-linear and non-perturbative process renders important LID observables like fluence and intensity thresholds and damage morphology (crater) extremely difficult to predict quantitatively. However, femtosecond LID carries a high degree of precision, which has been exploited in various micro/nano-machining and surface engineering applications, such as human eye surgery and super-hydrophobic surfaces. This dissertation presents an array of experimental studies which have measured the damage behavior of various materials under femtosecond irradiation. Precision experiments were performed to produce extreme spatio-temporal confinement of the femtosecond laser-solid damage interaction on monocrystalline Cu, which made possible the first successful direct-benchmarking of LID simulation with realistic damage craters. A technique was developed to produce laser-induced periodic surface structures (LIPSS) in a single pulse (typically a multi-pulse phenomenon), and was used to perform a pump-probe study which revealed asynchronous LIPSS formation on copper. Combined with 1-D calculations, this new experimental result suggests more drastic electron heating than expected. Few-cycle pulses were used to study the LID performance and morphology of commercial ultra-broadband optics, which had not been systematically studied before. With extensive surface analysis, various morphologies were observed, including LIPSS, swelling (blisters), simple craters, and even ring-shaped structures, which varied depending on the coating design, number of pulses, and air/vacuum test environment. Mechanisms leading to these morphologies are discussed, many of which are ultrafast in nature. The applied damage behavior of multi-layer dielectric mirrors was measured and compared between long pulse (150 ps

  14. Femtosecond Laser Interaction with Energetic Materials

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    Roos, E; Benterou, J; Lee, R; Roeske, F; Stuart, B

    2002-03-25

    Femtosecond laser ablation shows promise in machining energetic materials into desired shapes with minimal thermal and mechanical effects to the remaining material. We will discuss the physical effects associated with machining energetic materials and assemblies containing energetic materials, based on experimental results. Interaction of ultra-short laser pulses with matter will produce high temperature plasma at high-pressure which results in the ablation of material. In the case of energetic material, which includes high explosives, propellants and pyrotechnics, this ablation process must be accomplished without coupling energy into the energetic material. Experiments were conducted in order to characterize and better understand the phenomena of femtosecond laser pulse ablation on a variety of explosives and propellants. Experimental data will be presented for laser fluence thresholds, machining rates, cutting depths and surface quality of the cuts.

  15. Femtosecond laser interaction with energetic materials

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    Roos, Edward V.; Benterou, Jerry J.; Lee, Ronald S.; Roseke, Frank; Stuart, Brent C.

    2002-09-01

    Femtosecond laser ablation shows promise in machining energetic materials into desired shapes with minimal thermal and mechanical effects to the remaining material. We will discuss the physical effects associated with machining energetic materials and assemblies containing energetic materials, based on experimental results. Interaction of ultra-short laser pulses with matter will produce high temperature plasma at high-pressure which results in the ablation of material. In the case of energetic material, which includes high explosives, propellants and pyrotechnics, this ablation process must be accomplished without coupling energy into the energetic material. Experiments were conducted in order to characterize and better understand the phenomena of femtosecond laser pulse ablation on a variety of explosives and propellants. Experimental data will be presented for laser fluence thresholds, machining rates, cutting depths and surface quality of the cuts.

  16. Femtosecond laser additive manufacturing of YSZ

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    Liu, Jian; Bai, Shuang

    2017-04-01

    Laser additive manufacturing (LAM) of Yttria-Stabilized Zirconia (YSZ) is investigated using femtosecond (fs) fiber lasers. Various processing conditions are studied, which leads to desired characteristics in terms of morphology, porosity, hardness, microstructural and mechanical properties of the processed components. High-density (>99%) YSZ part with refined grain and increased hardness was obtained. Microstructure features of fabricated specimens were studied with SEM, EDX, the measured micro hardness is achieved as high as 18.84 GPa.

  17. Femtosecond fiber laser additive manufacturing of tungsten

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    Bai, Shuang; Liu, Jian; Yang, Pei; Zhai, Meiyu; Huang, Huan; Yang, Lih-Mei

    2016-04-01

    Additive manufacturing (AM) is promising to produce complex shaped components, including metals and alloys, to meet requirements from different industries such as aerospace, defense and biomedicines. Current laser AM uses CW lasers and very few publications have been reported for using pulsed lasers (esp. ultrafast lasers). In this paper, additive manufacturing of Tungsten materials is investigated by using femtosecond (fs) fiber lasers. Various processing conditions are studied, which leads to desired characteristics in terms of morphology, porosity, hardness, microstructural and mechanical properties of the processed components. Fully dense Tungsten part with refined grain and increased hardness was obtained and compared with parts made with different pulse widths and CW laser. The results are evidenced that the fs laser based AM provides more dimensions to modify mechanical properties with controlled heating, rapid melting and cooling rates compared with a CW or long pulsed laser. This can greatly benefit to the make of complicated structures and materials that could not be achieved before.

  18. Femtosecond laser processing and spatial light modulator

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    Paivasaari, Kimmo; Silvennoinen, Martti; Kaakkunen, Jarno; Vahimaa, Pasi

    2014-03-01

    The use of the femtosecond laser enables generation of small spot sizes and ablation features. Ablation of the small features usually requires only a small amount of laser power to be delivered to the ablation spot. When using only a one beam for the ablation of the small features this process is bound to be time consuming. The spatial light modulator (SLM) together with the computer generated holograms (CGH) can be used for manipulating and shaping of the laser beam in various applications. In laser micromachining, when using laser with relatively high power, the original beam can be divided up to hundreds beams and still have the energy of the individual beam above the ablation threshold of the material. This parallel laser processing enables more efficient use of the laser power regardless of the machining task.

  19. Femtosecond-laser assisted cell reprogramming

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    Breunig, Hans Georg; Uchugonova, Aisada; Batista, Ana; König, Karsten

    2017-02-01

    Femtosecond-laser pulses can assist to transfect cells by creating transient holes in the cell membrane, thus making them temporarily permeable for extraneous genetic material. This procedure offers the advantage of being completely "virus free" since no viruses are used for the delivery and integration of gene factors into the host genome and, thereby, avoiding serious side effects which so far prevent clinical application. Unfortunately, focusing of the laser radiation onto individual cell membranes is quite elaborate and time consuming. Regarding these obstacles, we briefly review two optical setups for fast, efficient and high throughput laser-assisted cell transfection based on femtosecond laser pulse excitation. The first setup aims at assisting the transfection of adherent cells. It comprises of a modified laser-scanning microscope with beamshaping optics as well as home-made software to automate the detection, targeting and laser-irradiation process. The second setup aims at laser-assisted transfection of non-adherent cells in suspension which move in a continuous flow through the laser focus region. The setup allows to address a large number of cells, however, with much lower transfection efficiency than the individual-cell targeting approach.

  20. Femtosecond compressed-nitrogen Raman laser

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    Konyashchenko, A. V.; Kostryukov, P. V.; Losev, L. L.; Pazyuk, V. S.

    2017-01-01

    We have estimated the minimum laser pulse duration at which stimulated Raman scattering in gases is possible. Femtosecond Ti : sapphire laser pulses have been converted to the first Stokes in compressed nitrogen using double-pulse pumping of a gas-filled capillary tube by orthogonally polarised chirped pulses. We have obtained 980-nm Stokes pulses of 51 fs duration. The energy conversion efficiency was 12% at a pulse repetition rate of 1 kHz and average laser output power of 2 W.

  1. Femtosecond laser-assisted inverted mushroom keratoplasty.

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    Cheng, Yanny Y Y; Tahzib, Nayyirih G; van Rij, Gabriel; van Cleynenbreugel, Hugo; Pels, Elisabeth; Hendrikse, Fred; Nuijts, Rudy

    2008-07-01

    To evaluate best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA), refractive outcome, corneal topography, optical coherence tomography, and endothelial cell density 12 months after femtosecond laser-assisted inverted mushroom keratoplasty. We performed a prospective study of a surgical case series of 5 patients undergoing femtosecond laser-assisted inverted mushroom keratoplasty for pseudophakic bullous keratopathy or pre-Descemet X-linked ichthyosis. The femtosecond laser was used to create a top-hat configuration in the donor cornea and recipient cornea. Laser parameters were as follows: energy, 4.0 (anterior inner vertical side cut and horizontal lamellar cut) and 7.0 microJ (posterior outer vertical side cut); spiral pattern with a firing rate of 15 kHz. The size of the anterior inner diameter was 7.4 mm in the donor cornea and 7.0 mm in the recipient cornea. The posterior outer diameter was 9.0 mm in all eyes. At 6 and 12 months after surgery, all corneal grafts were clear and showed an excellent adaptation of the lamellar donor and recipient wound surfaces. At 12 months postoperatively, BCVA averaged 20/32 (range, 20/60-20/20), refractive cylinder averaged -3.20 +/- 2.0 D, topographical cylinder averaged 3.26 +/- 2.1 D, and the mean endothelial cell density was 1793 +/- 491 cells/mm2 (range, 954-2237 cells/mm2). The mean central corneal thickness and thickness of the posterior shelf was 517 +/- 3 and 175 +/- 8 microm, respectively. The femtosecond laser-assisted inverted mushroom keratoplasty shows good promise in surgical treatment of corneal diseases. The multiplanar fit between the donor and recipient cornea allows early suture removal and visual rehabilitation.

  2. Femtosecond laser application in biotechnology and medicine

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    Koenig, Karsten

    2004-10-01

    Near-infrared (NIR) 80 MHz nanojoule femtosecond laser pulses of low sub-nanojoule and nJ pulse energies in combination with focusing optics of high numerical aperture can be used as versatile multiphoton tools in nanobiotechnology and nano/micro-medicine. Novel diagnostic applications include gene imaging by multiphoton multicolor FISH (MM-FISH) and high-resolution multiphoton tomography of skin as well as tissue engineered cardiovascular structures based on two-photon autofluorescence excitation and second harmonic generation (SHG) of endogenous biomolecules. Using high-intense (1011 - 1012 W/cm2) 80 MHz femtosecond laser beams, non-invasive targeted transfection of mammalian cells with DNA can be realized by creation of highly localized membrane perforations. Nanosurgery can be performed by optical knocking out of intracellular and intratissue structures. Potential applications include gene and cancer therapy, eye and brain surgery as well as optical engineering of single DNA molecules as key elements in bionanotechnology.

  3. Femtosecond laser-electron x-ray source

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    Hartemann, Frederic V.; Baldis, Hector A.; Barty, Chris P.; Gibson, David J.; Rupp, Bernhard

    2004-04-20

    A femtosecond laser-electron X-ray source. A high-brightness relativistic electron injector produces an electron beam pulse train. A system accelerates the electron beam pulse train. The femtosecond laser-electron X-ray source includes a high intra-cavity power, mode-locked laser and an x-ray optics system.

  4. Corneal trephination with the femtosecond laser.

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    Meltendorf, Christian; Schroeter, Jan; Bug, Reinhold; Kohnen, Thomas; Deller, Thomas

    2006-10-01

    To evaluate the feasibility and cut quality of corneal trephination in human donor corneal tissue with the femtosecond laser. Twelve human corneoscleral discs were inserted in an artificial anterior chamber. After corneal thickness measurement and tonometry, the cornea was mounted on a femtosecond laser (FEMTEC; 20/10 Perfect Vision, Heidelberg, Germany) through a contact lens (patient interface). Trephination was performed with diameters of 7.0, 7.5, 8.0, and 8.5 mm in 3 corneas each. The corneal button was removed from the corneoscleral disc in 2 of the 3 corneas in each case. The cut was not manipulated in the remaining corneas to enable histologic detection of possible tissue bridges. The cut edges were macroscopically and light-microscopically examined for quality. Corneal buttons and corneoscleral discs could be separated by blunt dissection in all cases. Tissue bridges were more common in thicker edematous corneas than in thinner ones. Both the macro- and microscopic examination disclosed smooth rectilinear cut margins with a perpendicular cut edge. This feasibility study shows that the femtosecond laser enables sufficient trephination of human donor corneas.

  5. Femtosecond Laser-Induced Damage of Dielectrics

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    Lenzner, M.

    Optical damage in non-metals (dielectrics) may severely affect the performance of high-power laser systems as well as the efficiency of optical systems based on nonlinear processes and has therefore been subject to extensive research for some 30 years. The current knowledge of laser-induced optical damage in these materials is reviewed. Emphasis is placed on the recent extension of available experimental data into the femtosecond range. Recent results are presented achieved with a sub-10 fs laser system which explores the limits of time resolution as well as the limit of intensities that a solid can sustain without irreversible damage. It is concluded that sub-10fs laser pulses open up the way to reversible nonperturbative nonlinear optics at intensities greater than 1014 W/cm2 (slightly below damage threshold) and to nanometer-precision laser ablation (slightly above threshold) in dielectric materials.

  6. Producing ORMOSIL scaffolds by femtosecond laser polymerization

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    Matei, A.; Zamfirescu, M.; Radu, C.; Buruiana, E. C.; Buruiana, T.; Mustaciosu, C.; Petcu, I.; Radu, M.; Dinescu, M.

    2012-07-01

    Structures with different geometries and sizes were built via direct femtosecond laser writing, starting from new organic/inorganic hybrid monomers based on hybrid methacrylate containing triethoxysilane, in addition to urethane and urea groups. Multifunctional oligomer of urethane dimethacrylate type was chosen as comonomer in polymerization experiments because dimethacrylates give rise to the formation of a polymer network, having a number of favorable properties including biocompatibility and surface nanostructuring. Free standing polymeric structures were designed and created in order to be tested in fibroblast cells culture. Investigations of the cellular adhesion, proliferation, and viability of L929 mouse fibroblasts on free-standing laser processed scaffolds were performed for different scaffold designs.

  7. Femtosecond laser crystallization of amorphous Ge

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    Salihoglu, Omer; Kürüm, Ulaş; Yaglioglu, H. Gul; Elmali, Ayhan; Aydinli, Atilla

    2011-06-01

    Ultrafast crystallization of amorphous germanium (a-Ge) in ambient has been studied. Plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition grown a-Ge was irradiated with single femtosecond laser pulses of various durations with a range of fluences from below melting to above ablation threshold. Extensive use of Raman scattering has been employed to determine post solidification features aided by scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy measurements. Linewidth of the Ge optic phonon at 300 cm-1 as a function of laser fluence provides a signature for the crystallization of a-Ge. Various crystallization regimes including nanostructures in the form of nanospheres have been identified.

  8. Femtosecond laser crystallization of amorphous Ge

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    Salihoglu, Omer; Aydinli, Atilla; Kueruem, Ulas; Gul Yaglioglu, H.; Elmali, Ayhan

    2011-06-15

    Ultrafast crystallization of amorphous germanium (a-Ge) in ambient has been studied. Plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition grown a-Ge was irradiated with single femtosecond laser pulses of various durations with a range of fluences from below melting to above ablation threshold. Extensive use of Raman scattering has been employed to determine post solidification features aided by scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy measurements. Linewidth of the Ge optic phonon at 300 cm{sup -1} as a function of laser fluence provides a signature for the crystallization of a-Ge. Various crystallization regimes including nanostructures in the form of nanospheres have been identified.

  9. Femtosecond laser ablation of the stapes

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    McCaughey, Ryan G.; Sun, Hui; Rothholtz, Vanessa S.; Juhasz, Tibor; Wong, Brian J. F.

    2014-01-01

    A femtosecond laser, normally used for LASIK eye surgery, is used to perforate cadaveric human stapes. The thermal side effects of bone ablation are measured with a thermocouple in an inner ear model and are found to be within acceptable limits for inner ear surgery. Stress and acoustic events, recorded with piezoelectric film and a microphone, respectively, are found to be negligible. Optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and optical coherence tomography are used to confirm the precision of the ablation craters and lack of damage to the surrounding tissue. Ablation is compared to that from an Er:YAG laser, the current laser of choice for stapedotomy, and is found to be superior. Ultra-short-pulsed lasers offer a precise and efficient ablation of the stapes, with minimal thermal and negligible mechanical and acoustic damage. They are, therefore, ideal for stapedotomy operations. PMID:19405768

  10. Femtosecond Lasers in Ophthalmology: Surgery and Imaging

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    Bille, J. F.

    Ophthalmology has traditionally been the field with prevalent laser applications in medicine. The human eye is one of the most accessible human organs and its transparency for visible and near-infrared light allows optical techniques for diagnosis and treatment of almost any ocular structure. Laser vision correction (LVC) was introduced in the late 1980s. Today, the procedural ease, success rate, and lack of disturbing side-effects in laser assisted in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK) have made it the most frequently performed refractive surgical procedure (keratomileusis(greek): cornea-flap-cutting). Recently, it has been demonstrated that specific aspects of LVC can take advantage of unique light-matter interaction processes that occur with femtosecond laser pulses.

  11. Femtosecond lasers in ophthalmology: clinical applications in anterior segment surgery

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    Juhasz, Tibor; Nagy, Zoltan; Sarayba, Melvin; Kurtz, Ronald M.

    2010-02-01

    The human eye is a favored target for laser surgery due to its accessibility via the optically transparent ocular tissue. Femtosecond lasers with confined tissue effects and minimized collateral tissue damage are primary candidates for high precision intraocular surgery. The advent of compact diode-pumped femtosecond lasers, coupled with computer controlled beam delivery devices, enabled the development of high precision femtosecond laser for ophthalmic surgery. In this article, anterior segment femtosecond laser applications currently in clinical practice and investigation are reviewed. Corneal procedures evolved first and remain dominant due to easy targeting referenced from a contact surface, such as applanation lenses placed on the eye. Adding a high precision imaging technique, such as optical coherence tomography (OCT), can enable accurate targeting of tissue beyond the cornea, such as the crystalline lens. Initial clinical results of femtosecond laser cataract surgery are discussed in detail in the latter portion part of the article.

  12. Nanochemical effects in femtosecond laser ablation of metals

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    Vorobyev, A. Y.; Guo, Chunlei

    2013-02-18

    We study chemical energy released from the oxidation of aluminum in multipulse femtosecond laser ablation in air and oxygen. Our study shows that the released chemical energy amounts to about 13% of the incident laser energy, and about 50% of the ablated material is oxidized. The ablated material mass per laser pulse is measured to be on the nanogram scale. Our study indicates that femtosecond laser ablation is capable of inducing nanochemical reactions since the femtosecond laser pulse can controllably produce nanoparticles, clusters, and atoms from a solid target.

  13. Thin Film Femtosecond Laser Damage Competition

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    Stolz, C J; Ristau, D; Turowski, M; Blaschke, H

    2009-11-14

    In order to determine the current status of thin film laser resistance within the private, academic, and government sectors, a damage competition was started at the 2008 Boulder Damage Symposium. This damage competition allows a direct comparison of the current state of the art of high laser resistance coatings since they are tested using the same damage test setup and the same protocol. In 2009 a high reflector coating was selected at a wavelength of 786 nm at normal incidence at a pulse length of 180 femtoseconds. A double blind test assured sample and submitter anonymity so only a summary of the results are presented here. In addition to the laser resistance results, details of deposition processes, coating materials and layer count, and spectral results will also be shared.

  14. Optical gene transfer by femtosecond laser pulses

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    Konig, Karsten; Riemann, Iris; Tirlapur, Uday K.

    2003-07-01

    Targeted transfection of cells is an important technique for gene therapy and related biomedical applications. We delineate how high-intensity (1012 W/cm2) near-infrared (NIR) 80 MHz nanojoule femtosecond laser pulses can create highly localised membrane perforations within a minute focal volume, enabling non-invasive direct transfection of mammalian cells with DNA. We suspended Chinese hamster ovarian (CHO), rat kangaroo kidney epithelial (PtK2) and rat fibroblast cells in 0.5 ml culture medium in a sterile miniaturized cell chamber (JenLab GmbH, Jena, Germany) containing 0.2 μg plasmid DNA vector pEGFP-N1 (4.7 kb), which codes for green fluorescent protein (GFP). The NIR laser beam was introduced into a femtosecond laser scanning microscope (JenLab GmbH, Jena, Germany; focussed on the edge of the cell membrane of a target cell for 16 ms. The integration and expression efficiency of EGFP were assessed in situ by two-photon fluorescence-lifetime imaging using time-correlated single photon counting. The unique capability to transfer foreign DNA safely and efficiently into specific cell types (including stem cells), circumventing mechanical, electrical or chemical means, will have many applications, such as targeted gene therapy and DNA vaccination.

  15. Colorizing metals with femtosecond laser pulses

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    Vorobyev, A. Y.; Guo, Chunlei

    2008-01-01

    For centuries, it had been the dream of alchemists to turn inexpensive metals into gold. Certainly, it is not enough from an alchemist's point of view to transfer only the appearance of a metal to gold. However, the possibility of rendering a certain metal to a completely different color without coating can be very interesting in its own right. In this work, we demonstrate a femtosecond laser processing technique that allows us to create a variety of colors on a metal that ultimately leads us to control its optical properties from UV to terahertz.

  16. Colorizing metals with femtosecond laser pulses

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    Vorobyev, A. Y.; Guo Chunlei

    2008-01-28

    For centuries, it had been the dream of alchemists to turn inexpensive metals into gold. Certainly, it is not enough from an alchemist's point of view to transfer only the appearance of a metal to gold. However, the possibility of rendering a certain metal to a completely different color without coating can be very interesting in its own right. In this work, we demonstrate a femtosecond laser processing technique that allows us to create a variety of colors on a metal that ultimately leads us to control its optical properties from UV to terahertz.

  17. Femtosecond laser studies of ultrafast intramolecular processes

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    Hayden, C.

    1993-12-01

    The goal of this research is to better understand the detailed mechanisms of chemical reactions by observing, directly in time, the dynamics of fundamental chemical processes. In this work femtosecond laser pulses are used to initiate chemical processes and follow the progress of these processes in time. The authors are currently studying ultrafast internal conversion and subsequent intramolecular relaxation in unsaturated hydrocarbons. In addition, the authors are developing nonlinear optical techniques to prepare and monitor the time evolution of specific vibrational motions in ground electronic state molecules.

  18. Metallic Clusters in Strong Femtosecond Laser Pulses

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    Suraud, Eric; Reinhard, P.-G.; Ullrich, Carsten A.

    1998-03-01

    We present a theoretical study of the electron response of a Na_9^+ cluster excited by strong femtosecond laser pulses.(C. A. Ullrich, P.-G. Reinhard, and E. Suraud, J. Phys. B 30), 5043 (1997) Our approach is based on time-dependent density functional theory within the adiabatic local density approximation, including a recently developed self-interaction correction scheme. We investigate numerically the full electronic dipolar response and multiphoton ionization of the cluster and discuss the ionization mechanism. A strong correlation between induced electronic dipole oscillations and electron emission is observed, leading to a pronounced resonant enhancement of ionization at the frequency of the Mie plasmon.

  19. Cornea surgery with nanojoule femtosecond laser pulses

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    Koenig, Karsten; Wang, Bagui; Riemann, Iris; Kobow, Jens

    2005-04-01

    We report on a novel optical method for (i) flap-generation in LASIK procedures as well as (ii) for flap-free intrastromal refractive surgery based on nanojoule femtosecond laser pulses. The near infrared 200 fs pulses for multiphoton ablation have been provided by ultracompact turn-key MHz laser resonators. LASIK flaps and intracorneal cavities have been realized with high precision within living New Zealand rabbits using the system FemtoCutO (JenLab GmbH, Jena, Germany) at 800 nm laser wavelength. Using low-energy sub-2 nJ laser pulses, collateral damage due to photodisruptive and self-focusing effects was avoided. The laser ablation system consists of fast galvoscanners, focusing optics of high numerical aperture as well as a sensitive imaging system and provides also the possibility of 3D multiphoton imaging of fluorescent cellular organelles and SHG signals from collagen. Multiphoton tomography of the cornea was used to determine the exact intratissue beam position and to visualize intraocular post-laser effects. The wound healing process has been investigated up to 90 days after instrastromal laser ablation by histological analysis. Regeneration of damaged collagen structures and the migration of inflammation cells have been detected.

  20. Portable Diode Pumped Femtosecond Lasers

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2007-03-01

    Troshin, V. G. Shcherbitsky, N. V. Kuleshov, V. N. Matrosov , T. A. Matrosava, M. I. Kupchenko, F. Brunner, R. Paschotta, F. Morier-Genoud, and U. Keller...Tolstik, V. G. Shcherbitsky, N. V. Kuleshov, V. N. Matrosov , T. A. Matrosava, and M. I. Kupchenko. “Spectroscopy and continuous-wave diode-pumped laser...Denisov, A. E. Troshin, K. V. Yumashev, N. V. Kuleshov, V. N. Matrosov , T. A. Matrosova, and M. I. Kupchenko. “Yb3+-doped YVO4 crystal for efficient

  1. Femtosecond laser cataract surgery: technology and clinical practice.

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    Roberts, Timothy V; Lawless, Michael; Chan, Colin Ck; Jacobs, Mark; Ng, David; Bali, Shveta J; Hodge, Chris; Sutton, Gerard

    2013-03-01

    The recent introduction of femtosecond lasers to cataract surgery has generated much interest among ophthalmologists around the world. Laser cataract surgery integrates high-resolution anterior segment imaging systems with a femtosecond laser, allowing key steps of the procedure, including the primary and side-port corneal incisions, the anterior capsulotomy and fragmentation of the lens nucleus, to be performed with computer-guided laser precision. There is emerging evidence of reduced phacoemulsification time, better wound architecture and a more stable refractive result with femtosecond cataract surgery, as well as reports documenting an initial learning curve. This article will review the current state of technology and discuss our clinical experience.

  2. Treating capsule contraction syndrome with a femtosecond laser.

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    Gerten, Georg; Schultz, Michael; Oberheide, Uwe

    2016-09-01

    We describe a technique that uses a femtosecond laser (femtosecond laser pseudophakic capsulotomy) to treat capsule contraction syndrome (capsule phimosis) that may occur after cataract surgery and intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Enlarging the capsulotomy with a femtosecond laser may offer advantages over the existing treatment methods, neodymium:YAG laser capsulotomy and manual extension of the capsulorhexis. None of the authors has a financial or proprietary interest in any material or method mentioned. Copyright © 2016 ASCRS and ESCRS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Monolithic optofluidic ring resonator lasers created by femtosecond laser nanofabrication.

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    Chandrahalim, Hengky; Chen, Qiushu; Said, Ali A; Dugan, Mark; Fan, Xudong

    2015-05-21

    We designed, fabricated, and characterized a monolithically integrated optofluidic ring resonator laser that is mechanically, thermally, and chemically robust. The entire device, including the ring resonator channel and sample delivery microfluidics, was created in a block of fused-silica glass using a 3-dimensional femtosecond laser writing process. The gain medium, composed of Rhodamine 6G (R6G) dissolved in quinoline, was flowed through the ring resonator. Lasing was achieved at a pump threshold of approximately 15 μJ mm(-2). Detailed analysis shows that the Q-factor of the optofluidic ring resonator is 3.3 × 10(4), which is limited by both solvent absorption and scattering loss. In particular, a Q-factor resulting from the scattering loss can be as high as 4.2 × 10(4), suggesting the feasibility of using a femtosecond laser to create high quality optical cavities.

  4. Femtosecond laser polishing of optical materials

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    Taylor, Lauren L.; Qiao, Jun; Qiao, Jie

    2015-10-01

    Technologies including magnetorheological finishing and CNC polishing are commonly used to finish optical elements, but these methods are often expensive, generate waste through the use of fluids or abrasives, and may not be suited for specific freeform substrates due to the size and shape of finishing tools. Pulsed laser polishing has been demonstrated as a technique capable of achieving nanoscale roughness while offering waste-free fabrication, material-specific processing through direct tuning of laser radiation, and access to freeform shapes using refined beam delivery and focusing techniques. Nanosecond and microsecond pulse duration radiation has been used to perform successful melting-based polishing of a variety of different materials, but this approach leads to extensive heat accumulation resulting in subsurface damage. We have experimentally investigated the ability of femtosecond laser radiation to ablate silicon carbide and silicon. By substituting ultrafast laser radiation, polishing can be performed by direct evaporation of unwanted surface asperities with minimal heating and melting, potentially offering damage-free finishing of materials. Under unoptimized laser processing conditions, thermal effects can occur leading to material oxidation. To investigate these thermal effects, simulation of the heat accumulation mechanism in ultrafast laser ablation was performed. Simulations have been extended to investigate the optimum scanning speed and pulse energy required for processing various substrates. Modeling methodologies and simulation results will be presented.

  5. Nanodot formation induced by femtosecond laser irradiation

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    Abere, M. J.; Kang, M.; Goldman, R. S.; Yalisove, S. M.; Chen, C.; Rittman, D. R.; Phillips, J. D.; Torralva, B.

    2014-10-20

    The femtosecond laser generation of ZnSe nanoscale features on ZnSe surfaces was studied. Irradiation with multiple exposures produces 10–100 nm agglomerations of nanocrystalline ZnSe while retaining the original single crystal structure of the underlying material. The structure of these nanodots was verified using a combination of scanning transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy. The nanodots continue to grow hours after irradiation through a combination of bulk and surface diffusion. We suggest that in nanodot formation the result of ultrafast laser induced point defect formation is more than an order of magnitude below the ZnSe ultrafast melt threshold fluence. This unique mechanism of point defect injection will be discussed.

  6. Optical reprogramming with ultrashort femtosecond laser pulses

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    Uchugonova, Aisada; Breunig, Hans G.; Batista, Ana; König, Karsten

    2015-03-01

    The use of sub-15 femtosecond laser pulses in stem cell research is explored with particular emphasis on the optical reprogramming of somatic cells. The reprogramming of somatic cells into induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells can be evoked through the ectopic expression of defined transcription factors. Conventional approaches utilize retro/lenti-viruses to deliver genes/transcription factors as well as to facilitate the integration of transcription factors into that of the host genome. However, the use of viruses may result in insertional mutations caused by the random integration of genes and as a result, this may limit the use within clinical applications due to the risk of the formation of cancer. In this study, a new approach is demonstrated in realizing non-viral reprogramming through the use of ultrashort laser pulses, to introduce transcription factors into the cell so as to generate iPS cells.

  7. Femtosecond fiber laser welding of dissimilar metals.

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    Huang, Huan; Yang, Lih-Mei; Bai, Shuang; Liu, Jian

    2014-10-01

    In this paper, welding of dissimilar metals was demonstrated for the first time, to the best of our knowledge, by using a high-energy high-repetition-rate femtosecond fiber laser. Metallurgical and mechanical properties were investigated and analyzed under various processing parameters (pulse energy, repetition rate, and welding speed). Results showed that the formation of intermetallic brittle phases and welding defects could be effectively reduced. Strong welding quality with more than 210 MPa tensile strength for stainless steel-aluminum and 175 MPa tensile strength for stainless steel-magnesium has been demonstrated. A minimal heat affected zone and uniform and homogenous phase transformation in the welding region have been demonstrated. This laser-welding technique can be extended for various applications in semiconductor, automobile, aerospace, and biomedical industries.

  8. Femtosecond laser induced breakdown for combustion diagnostics

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    Kotzagianni, M.; Couris, S.

    2012-06-25

    The focused beam of a 100 fs, 800 nm laser is used to induce a spark in some laminar premixed air-methane flames operating with variable fuel content (equivalence ratio). The analysis of the light escaping from the plasma revealed that the Balmer hydrogen lines, H{sub {alpha}} and H{sub {beta}}, and some molecular origin emissions were the most prominent spectral features, while the CN ({Beta}{sup 2}{Sigma}{sup +}-{Chi}{sup 2}{Sigma}{sup +}) band intensity was found to depend linearly with methane content, suggesting that femtosecond laser induced breakdown spectroscopy can be a useful tool for the in-situ determination and local mapping of fuel content in hydrocarbon-air combustible mixtures.

  9. Femtosecond laser refractive surgery: small-incision lenticule extraction vs. femtosecond laser-assisted LASIK.

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    Lee, Jimmy K; Chuck, Roy S; Park, Choul Yong

    2015-07-01

    Small-incision lenticule extraction (SMILE) is a novel technique devised to correct refractive errors. SMILE circumvents excimer laser photoablation of cornea, as the stromal lenticule cut by femtosecond laser is removed manually. Smaller incisions and preservation of anterior corneal biomechanical strength have been suggested as some of the advantages of SMILE over femtosecond laser-assisted LASIK (FS-LASIK). In this review, we compared previous published results of SMILE and FS-LASIK. The advantage, efficacy and safety of SMILE are compared with FS-LASIK. SMILE achieved similar efficacy, predictability and safety as FS-LASIK. Greater preservations of corneal biomechanical strength and corneal nerves were observed in SMILE when compared with LASIK or PRK. Additionally, the incidence of postoperative dry eye syndrome was found to be less problematic in SMILE than in FS-LASIK. SMILE is a promising new surgery for refractive error correction. Prospective and retrospective studies of SMILE have shown that results of SMILE are similar to FS-LASIK. With advances in femtosecond laser technology, SMILE may gain greater acceptance in the future.

  10. Comparative shock wave analysis during corneal ablation with an excimer laser, picosecond laser, and femtosecond laser

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    Krueger, Ronald R.; Juhasz, Tibor

    1995-05-01

    With the event of topographic steep central islands following excimer laser surgery and the potential damage to the corneal endothelium, shock waves are playing an increasingly important role in laser refractive surgery. With this in mind, we performed a comparative shock wave analysis in corneal tissue using an excimer laser, picosecond laser, and femtosecond laser. We used a Lambda Physik excimer laser at 308 nm wavelength, a Nd:YLF picosecond laser at 1053 nm wavelength and a synchronously pumped linear cavity femtosecond laser at 630 nm wavelength. The pulse widths of the corresponding lasers were 8 ns, 18 ps, 150 fs, respectively. The energy density of irradiation was 2.5 to 8 times the threshold level being 2 J/cm2 (excimer laser), 86 J/cm2 (picosecond laser) and 10.3 J/cm2 (femtosecond laser). Shock wave dynamics were analyzed using time-resolved photography on a nanosecond time scale using the picosecond laser in corneal tissue, water and air. Shock wave dynamics using the femtosecond laser were studied in water only while the excimer laser induced shock wave during corneal ablation was studied in air only. We found the dynamics of shock waves to be similar in water and corneal tissue indicating that water is a good model to investigate shock wave effects in the cornea. The magnitude of the shock wave velocity and pressure decays over time to that of a sound wave. The distance over which it decays is 3 mm in air with the excimer laser and 600 - 700 micrometers in air with the picosecond laser. In water, the picosecond laser shock wave decays over a distance of 150 micrometers compared to the femtosecond laser shock wave which decays over a distance of 30 micrometers . Overall the excimer laser shock wave propagates 5 times further than that of the picosecond laser and the picosecond laser shock wave propagates 5 times further than that of the femtosecond laser. In this preliminary comparison, the time and distance for shock wave decay appears to be directly

  11. VERITAS Distant Laser Calibration and Atmospheric Monitoring

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    Hui, C. M.

    2008-12-24

    As a calibrated laser pulse propagates through the atmosphere, the intensity of the Rayleigh scattered light arriving at the VERITAS telescopes can be calculated precisely. This allows for absolute calibration of imaging atmospheric Cherenkov telescopes (IACT) to be simple and straightforward. In these proceedings, we present the comparison between laser data and simulation to estimate the light collection efficiencies of the VERITAS telescopes, and the analysis of multiple laser data sets taken in different months for atmospheric monitoring purpose.

  12. Femtosecond-laser-assisted Descemet's stripping endothelial keratoplasty.

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    Cheng, Yanny Y Y; Pels, Elisabeth; Nuijts, Rudy M M A

    2007-01-01

    To our knowledge, we describe the first patient with pseudophakic bullous keratoplasty treated with femtosecond-laser-assisted endothelial keratoplasty. A 5.5 mm corneoscleral tunnel incision was made; after Descemet's membrane was stripped, an 8.0 mm posterior lamellar corneal disk prepared with a femtosecond laser was inserted into the anterior chamber against the recipient cornea without the use of corneal sutures. Four months postoperatively, the posterior corneal disk was clear and the induced astigmatism was 2.1 diopters, demonstrating a functional corneal endothelial layer. The femtosecond laser offers a new surgical approach for minimally invasive endothelial keratoplasty in corneal endothelial disorders.

  13. Polarization effects in femtosecond laser induced amorphization of monocrystalline silicon

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    Bai, Feng; Li, Hong-Jin; Huang, Yuan-Yuan; Fan, Wen-Zhong; Pan, Huai-Hai; Wang, Zhuo; Wang, Cheng-Wei; Qian, Jing; Li, Yang-Bo; Zhao, Quan-Zhong

    2016-10-01

    We have used femtosecond laser pulses to ablate monocrystalline silicon wafer. Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction analysis of ablation surface indicates horizontally polarized laser beam shows an enhancement in amorphization efficiency by a factor of 1.6-1.7 over the circularly polarized laser ablation. This demonstrates that one can tune the amorphization efficiency through the polarization of irradiation laser.

  14. Directly Written DFB Waveguide Lasers Using Femtosecond Laser Pulses

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    Ams, Martin; Dekker, Peter; Marshall, Graham D.; Little, Douglas J.; Withford, Michael J.

    2010-10-01

    There is still significant speculation regarding the nature of femtosecond laser induced index change in bulk glasses with colour centre formation and densification the main candidates. In the work presented here, we fabricated waveguide Bragg gratings in doped and undoped phosphate glasses and use these as a diagnostic for monitoring subtle changes in the induced refractive index during photo- and thermal annealing experiments. Reductions in grating strengths during such experiments were attributed to the annihilation of colour centres.

  15. Femtosecond Laser-Induced Coulomb Explosion Imaging

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    Karimi, Reza; Liu, Wing-Ki; Sanderson, Joseph

    2016-07-01

    We review recent progress in the field of Coulomb imaging using femtosecond laser pulses of variable length, referred to as Femtosecond Multiple Pulse Length Spectroscopy (FEMPULS). This method introduces a multi-dimensional approach to the study of the molecular dynamics of the multiply ionized triatomic molecules: CO2, OCS, and N2O. We describe the experimental setup used and the approaches needed to optimize the multi-particle detection, coincidence technique. The results show the degree of high resolution imaging which can be achieved with few cycle pulses, and how the onset of charge resonance enhanced ionization (CREI) can be observed as pulse length is increased. By coupling pulse length variation with Dalitz and Newton plotting techniques, stepwise processes can be identified for all three molecules, giving insight into the dynamics, particularly on the 3+ state, which has been revealed as the doorway state to CREI. Finally, in the case of OCS, pulse length variation is shown to have the potential as a control mechanism, as it modulates the ratio of stepwise to concerted processes.

  16. LASER APPLICATIONS AND OTHER TOPICS IN QUANTUM ELECTRONICS: Electron beam deflection, focusing, and collimation by a femtosecond laser lens

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    Minogin, V. G.

    2009-11-01

    This work examines spatial separation of femtosecond electron bunches using the ponderomotive potential created by femtosecond laser pulses. It is shown that ponderomotive optical potentials are capable of effectively deflecting, focusing, and collimating narrow femtosecond electron bunches.

  17. Hybrid high power femtosecond laser system

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    Trunov, V. I.; Petrov, V. V.; Pestryakov, E. V.; Kirpichnikov, A. V.

    2006-01-01

    Design of a high-power femtosecond laser system based on hybrid chirped pulse amplification (CPA) technique developed by us is presented. The goal of the hybrid principle is the use of the parametric and laser amplification methods in chirped pulse amplifiers. It makes it possible to amplify the low-cycle pulses with a duration of <= fs to terawatt power with a high contrast and high conversion efficiency of the pump radiation. In a created system the Ti:Sapphire laser with 10 fs pulses at 810 nm and output energy about 1-3 nJ will be used like seed source. The oscillator pulses were stretched to duration of about 500 ps by an all-reflective grating stretcher. Then the stretched pulses are injected into a nondegenerate noncollinear optical parametric amplifier (NOPA) on the two BBO crystals. After amplification in NOPA the residual pump was used in a bow-tie four pass amplifier with hybrid active medium (based on Al II0 3:Ti 3+ and BeAl IIO 4:Ti 3+ crystals). The final stage of the amplification system consists of two channels, namely NIR (820 nm) and short-VIS (410 nm). Numerical simulation has shown that the terawatt level of output power can be achieved also in a short-VIS channel at the pumping of the double-crystal BBO NOPA by the radiation of the fourth harmonic of the Nd:YAG laser at 266 nm. Experimentally parametric amplification in BBO crystals of 30-50 fs pulses were investigated and optimized using SPIDER technique and single-shot autocomelator for the realization of shortest duration 40 fs.

  18. High power femtosecond lasers at ELI-NP

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    Dabu, Razvan

    2015-02-24

    Specifications of the high power laser system (HPLS) designed for nuclear physics experiments are presented. Configuration of the 2 × 10 PW femtosecond laser system is described. In order to reach the required laser beam parameters, advanced laser techniques are proposed for the HPLS: parametric amplification and cross-polarized wave generation for the intensity contrast improvement and spectral broadening, acousto-optic programmable filters to compensate for spectral phase dispersion, optical filters for spectrum management, combined methods for transversal laser suppression.

  19. High-resolution spectroscopy with a femtosecond laser frequency comb.

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    Gerginov, V; Tanner, C E; Diddams, S A; Bartels, A; Hollberg, L

    2005-07-01

    The output of a mode-locked femtosecond laser is used for precision single-photon spectroscopy of 133Cs in an atomic beam. By changing the laser's repetition rate, the cesium D1 (6s 2S(1/2)-->6p 2P(1/2)) and D2 (6s 2S(1/2)-->6p 2P(3/2)) transitions are detected and the optical frequencies are measured with accuracy similar to that obtained with a cw laser. Control of the femtosecond laser repetition rate by use of the atomic fluorescence is also implemented, thus realizing a simple cesium optical clock.

  20. Photochemical reduction of graphene oxide (GO) by femtosecond laser irradiation

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    Muttaqin; Nakamura, Takahiro; Sato, Shunichi

    2016-03-01

    In this study, we demonstrated a facile method for the reduction of graphene oxide (GO) by applying femtosecond laser pulse irradiation in aqueous colloidal solution. Utilization of femtosecond (fs) laser pulse irradiation enabled us to control GO reduction by adjusting laser fluence and irradiation time. The formation of reduced graphene oxide (rGO) was induced by solvated electrons generated through laser irradiation of colloidal GO solution, which was confirmed by means of UV-visible and Raman spectroscopy, XPS and XRD. By applying an optimum femtosecond laser condition, the interplanar spacing between carbon layers decreased significantly from 9.81 Å to 3.52Å indicating the effective removal of oxygen-containing groups from the basal plane of GO. Furthermore, the sheet resistivity of the fabricated rGO in disk form was 1,200 times lower than GO.

  1. Femtosecond Laser Microstructuring and Chalcogen Inclusion in Silicon

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    2011-02-12

    laser pulses. We introduce the dopant into the microstructuring process as a powder spread on the surface of a silicon wafer . Using a powder allows us...silicon wafers with femtosecond laser pulses and then coating the surfaces with a layer of fluoroalkylsilane molecules. The laser irradiation creates...tosecond laser pulses.22-25 For the experiments described here, we used n-doped Si(100) wafers (F ) 1 Ω/m). Each silicon wafer was cleaned with a 15-min

  2. Response of graphene to femtosecond high-intensity laser irradiation

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    Roberts, Adam; Cormode, Daniel; Reynolds, Collin; Newhouse-Illige, Ty; LeRoy, Brian J.; Sandhu, Arvinder S.

    2011-08-01

    We study the response of graphene to high-intensity, 50-femtosecond laser pulse excitation. We establish that graphene has a high ({approx}3 x 10{sup 12} Wcm{sup -2}) single-shot damage threshold. Above this threshold, a single laser pulse cleanly ablates graphene, leaving microscopically defined edges. Below this threshold, we observe laser-induced defect formation leading to degradation of the lattice over multiple exposures. We identify the lattice modification processes through in-situ Raman microscopy. The effective lifetime of chemical vapor deposition grown graphene under femtosecond near-infrared irradiation and its dependence on laser intensity is determined. These results also define the limits of non-linear applications of graphene in femtosecond high-intensity regime.

  3. Nonlinear broadband photoluminescence of graphene induced by femtosecond laser irradiation

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    Liu, Wei-Tao; Wu, S.W.; Schuck, P.J.; Salmeron, Miquel; Shen, Y.R.; Wang, F.

    2010-07-01

    Upon femtosecond laser irradiation, a bright, broadband photoluminescence is observed from graphene at frequencies well above the excitation frequency. Analyses show that it arises from radiative recombination of a broad distribution of nonequilibrium electrons and holes, generated by rapid scattering between photoexcited carriers within tens of femtoseconds after the optical excitation. Its highly unusual characteristics come from the unique electronic and structural properties of graphene.

  4. Optical breakdown of air triggered by femtosecond laser filaments

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    Polynkin, Pavel; Moloney, Jerome V.

    2011-10-01

    We report experiments on the generation of dense plasma channels in ambient air using a dual laser pulse excitation scheme. The dilute plasma produced through the filamentation of an ultraintense femtosecond laser pulse is densified via avalanche ionization driven by a co-propagating multi-Joule nanosecond pulse.

  5. Formation of nanostructures under femtosecond laser ablation of metals

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    Ashitkov, S I; Romashevskii, S A; Komarov, P S; Burmistrov, A A; Agranat, M B; Zhakhovskii, V V; Inogamov, N A

    2015-06-30

    We present the results of studying the morphology of the modified surface of aluminium, nickel and tantalum after ablation of the surface layer by a femtosecond laser pulse. The sizes of characteristic elements of a cellular nanostructure are found to correlate with thermo-physical properties of the material and the intensity of laser radiation. (superstrong light fields)

  6. Robust authentication through stochastic femtosecond laser filament induced scattering surfaces

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    Zhang, Haisu; Tzortzakis, Stelios

    2016-05-01

    We demonstrate a reliable authentication method by femtosecond laser filament induced scattering surfaces. The stochastic nonlinear laser fabrication nature results in unique authentication robust properties. This work provides a simple and viable solution for practical applications in product authentication, while also opens the way for incorporating such elements in transparent media and coupling those in integrated optical circuits.

  7. Silver nanoprisms/silicone hybrid rubber materials and their optical limiting property to femtosecond laser

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    Li, Chunfang; Liu, Miao; Jiang, Nengkai; Wang, Chunlei; Lin, Weihong; Li, Dongxiang

    2017-08-01

    Optical limiters against femtosecond laser are essential for eye and sensor protection in optical processing system with femtosecond laser as light source. Anisotropic Ag nanoparticles are expected to develop into optical limiting materials for femtosecond laser pulses. Herein, silver nanoprisms are prepared and coated by silica layer, which are then doped into silicone rubber to obtain hybrid rubber sheets. The silver nanoprisms/silicone hybrid rubber sheets exhibit good optical limiting property to femtosecond laser mainly due to nonlinear optical absorption.

  8. Femtosecond Laser Fabrication of Monolithically Integrated Microfluidic Sensors in Glass

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    He, Fei; Liao, Yang; Lin, Jintian; Song, Jiangxin; Qiao, Lingling; Cheng, Ya; Sugioka, Koji

    2014-01-01

    Femtosecond lasers have revolutionized the processing of materials, since their ultrashort pulse width and extremely high peak intensity allows high-quality micro- and nanofabrication of three-dimensional (3D) structures. This unique capability opens up a new route for fabrication of microfluidic sensors for biochemical applications. The present paper presents a comprehensive review of recent advancements in femtosecond laser processing of glass for a variety of microfluidic sensor applications. These include 3D integration of micro-/nanofluidic, optofluidic, electrofluidic, surface-enhanced Raman-scattering devices, in addition to fabrication of devices for microfluidic bioassays and lab-on-fiber sensors. This paper describes the unique characteristics of femtosecond laser processing and the basic concepts involved in femtosecond laser direct writing. Advanced spatiotemporal beam shaping methods are also discussed. Typical examples of microfluidic sensors fabricated using femtosecond lasers are then highlighted, and their applications in chemical and biological sensing are described. Finally, a summary of the technology is given and the outlook for further developments in this field is considered. PMID:25330047

  9. Femtosecond laser fabrication of monolithically integrated microfluidic sensors in glass.

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    He, Fei; Liao, Yang; Lin, Jintian; Song, Jiangxin; Qiao, Lingling; Cheng, Ya; Sugioka, Koji

    2014-10-17

    Femtosecond lasers have revolutionized the processing of materials, since their ultrashort pulse width and extremely high peak intensity allows high-quality micro- and nanofabrication of three-dimensional (3D) structures. This unique capability opens up a new route for fabrication of microfluidic sensors for biochemical applications. The present paper presents a comprehensive review of recent advancements in femtosecond laser processing of glass for a variety of microfluidic sensor applications. These include 3D integration of micro-/nanofluidic, optofluidic, electrofluidic, surface-enhanced Raman-scattering devices, in addition to fabrication of devices for microfluidic bioassays and lab-on-fiber sensors. This paper describes the unique characteristics of femtosecond laser processing and the basic concepts involved in femtosecond laser direct writing. Advanced spatiotemporal beam shaping methods are also discussed. Typical examples of microfluidic sensors fabricated using femtosecond lasers are then highlighted, and their applications in chemical and biological sensing are described. Finally, a summary of the technology is given and the outlook for further developments in this field is considered.

  10. CONTROLLING THE CHARACTERISTICS OF LASER LIGHT: Possibility of generating femtosecond laser pulses by a deflection method

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    Isaakyan, A. R.; Kolchin, K. V.; Makshantsev, B. I.

    1993-05-01

    The transmission of a laser beam through a multiple-prism traveling-wave deflector is examined theoretically. Femtosecond laser pulses can be generated through the use of such a deflector. Possibilities for using a deflector to measure the shape of pulses with a femtosecond time resolution are discussed.

  11. Femtosecond Fiber Lasers Based on Dissipative Processes for Nonlinear Microscopy.

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    Wise, Frank W

    2012-01-01

    Recent progress in the development of femtosecond-pulse fiber lasers with parameters appropriate for nonlinear microscopy is reviewed. Pulse-shaping in lasers with only normal-dispersion components is briefly described, and the performance of the resulting lasers is summarized. Fiber lasers based on the formation of dissipative solitons now offer performance competitive with that of solid-state lasers, but with the benefits of the fiber medium. Lasers based on self-similar pulse evolution in the gain section of a laser also offer a combination of short pulse duration and high pulse energy that will be attractive for applications in nonlinear bioimaging.

  12. Femtosecond Fiber Lasers Based on Dissipative Processes for Nonlinear Microscopy

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    Wise, Frank W.

    2012-01-01

    Recent progress in the development of femtosecond-pulse fiber lasers with parameters appropriate for nonlinear microscopy is reviewed. Pulse-shaping in lasers with only normal-dispersion components is briefly described, and the performance of the resulting lasers is summarized. Fiber lasers based on the formation of dissipative solitons now offer performance competitive with that of solid-state lasers, but with the benefits of the fiber medium. Lasers based on self-similar pulse evolution in the gain section of a laser also offer a combination of short pulse duration and high pulse energy that will be attractive for applications in nonlinear bioimaging. PMID:23869163

  13. High power, high contrast hybrid femtosecond laser systems

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    Dabu, Razvan

    2017-06-01

    For many research applications a very high laser intensity of more than 1022 W/cm2 in the focused beam is required. If a laser intensity of about 1011W/cm2 is reached on the target before the main laser pulse, the generated pre-plasma disturbs the experiment. High power femtosecond lasers must be tightly focused to get high intensity and in the same time must have a high enough intensity contrast of the temporally compressed amplified pulses. Reaching an intensity contrast in the range of 1012 represents a challenging task for a Ti:sapphire CPA laser. Hybrid femtosecond lasers combine optical parametric chirped pulsed amplification (OPCPA) in nonlinear crystals with the chirped pulse amplification (CPA) in laser active media. OPCPA provides large amplification spectral bandwidth and improves the intensity contrast of the amplified pulses. A key feature of these systems consists in the adaptation of the parametric amplification phase-matching bandwidth of nonlinear crystals to the spectral gain bandwidth of laser amplifying Ti:sapphire crystals. OPCPA in BBO crystals up to mJ energy level in the laser Front-End, followed by CPA up to ten/hundred Joules in large aperture Ti:sapphire crystals, represents a suitable solution for PW-class femtosecond lasers. The configuration and expected output beam characteristics of the hybrid amplification 2 × 10 PW ELI-NP laser are described.

  14. Femtosecond Pulse Generation in Solid-State Lasers.

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    Paye, Malini

    Femtosecond laser technology has seen rapid advances over the last five years due to the emergence of reliable, broad-band solid-state laser media in particular the Ti:sapphire gain medium. This thesis deals with various aspects of femtosecond pulse generation in solid-state lasers, with particular emphasis on the Ti:sapphire laser system. A novel passive modelocking technique called Microdot mirror modelocking was implemented. It is a passive, all -solid-state, intracavity modelocking mechanism based on self-focussing due to the Kerr nonlinearity. This technique was applied to the modelocking of a medium power, laser -pumped Ti:sapphire system, to produce 190fs pulses. It was also extended to a higher power, arc-lamp-pumped Nd:YLF laser system to produce 2.3 ps pulses. A numerical procedure for modeling the nonlinear behaviour of resonators was implemented. This iterative procedure solves for self-consistent nonlinear resonator modes using a description of self-focussing as a nonlinear scaling of the Gaussian beam q parameter. It was used to provide an exemplary, intuitive understanding of nonlinear effects in a simple resonator closely related to the high -repetition rate femtosecond source that was subsequently implemented. A novel, compact, femtosecond, Kerr Lens Modelocked laser geometry was designed and implemented. 111 fs pulses were produced from a Ti:sapphire oscillator at a repetition rate of 1 GHz and 54 fs pulses at a repetition rate of 385 MHz. To realize this source, a novel method for dispersion compensation was conceived, analyzed and implemented. Negative dispersion was shown to be achievable using resonator geometries that enforce the spatial separation of propagation axes corresponding to monochromatic Gaussian modes that compose the total broad-band beam in a femtosecond oscillator. This work serves to demonstrate the scalability of Kerr lens modelocking techniques to very high repetition rates. The compact, high-repetition rate source has

  15. Femtosecond Laser Processing of Wide Bandgap Semiconductors and Their Applications

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    Phillips, Katherine Collett Furr

    This thesis explores the production, characterization, and water oxidation efficiency of wide bandgap semiconductors made through femtosecond-laser irradiation of various materials. Our investigation focuses on three main aspects: 1) producing titanium dioxide (TiO2) from titanium metal, 2) using our laser-made materials in a photoelectrochemical cell for water oxidation, and 3) utilizing the femtosecond laser to create a variety of other mixed metal oxides for further water oxidation studies and biological applications. We first discuss producing TiO2 and titanium nitride. We report that there is chemical selectivity at play in the femtosecond laser doping process so not all dopants in the surrounding atmosphere will necessarily be incorporated. We then show that the material made from laser-irradiation of titanium metal, when annealed, has a three-fold enhancement in overall water oxidation when irradiated with UV light. We attribute this enhancement through various material characterization methods to the creation of a more pure form of rutile TiO2 with less defects. We then present a variety of studies done with doping both TiO2 and other oxides with broadband photoelectrochemistry and offer that the dopant incorporation hurts the overall water oxidation rate. Lastly, we use the laser-treated titanium to test cell adhesion and viability. Our results demonstrate an ability to femtosecond-laser process semiconductors to produce materials that no one has made previously and study their properties using collaborations across chemistry and biology, yielding true interdisciplinary research.

  16. Monitoring femtosecond laser microscopic photothermolysis with multimodal microscopy (Conference Presentation)

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    Huang, Yimei; Lui, Harvey; Zhao, Jianhua; McLean, David I.; Zeng, Haishan

    2016-02-01

    Photothermolysis induced by femtosecond (fs) lasers may be a promising modality in dermatology because of its advantages of high precision due to multiphoton absorption and deeper penetration due to the use of near infrared wavelengths. Although multiphoton absorption nonlinear effects are capable of precision targeting, the femtosecond laser photothermolysis could still have effects beyond the targeted area if a sufficiently high dose of laser light is used. Such unintended effects could be minimized by real time monitoring photothermolysis during the treatment. Targeted photothermolytic treatment of ex vivo mouse skin dermis was performed with tightly focused fs laser beams. Images of reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM), second harmonic generation (SHG), and two-photon fluorescence (TPF) of the mouse skins were obtained with integrated multimodal microscopy before, during, and after the laser treatment. The RCM, SHG, and TPF signal intensities of the treatment areas changed after high power femtosecond laser irradiation. The intensities of the RCM and SHG signals decreased when the tissue was damaged, while the intensity of the TPF signal increased when the photothermolysis was achieved. Moreover, the TPF signal was more susceptible to the degree of the photothermolysis than the RCM and SHG signals. The results suggested that multimodal microscopy is a potentially useful tool to monitor and assess the femtosecond laser treatment of the skin to achieve microscopic photothermolysis with high precision.

  17. [Femtosecond laser: a micromachining system for corneal surgery].

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    Donate, D; Albert, O; Colliac, J-P; Tubelis, P; Sabatier, P; Mourou, G; Burillon, C; Pouliquen, Y; Legeais, J-M

    2004-09-01

    The authors present the diode-pumped, all-solid state, neodymium:glass femtosecond laser from the Laboratory of Ocular Biotechnology, Hotel-Dieu Hospital. We worked with a 1,065-nm wavelength infrared laser. This laser is composed of an oscillator and amplification glass matrix mixed with neodymium. Its stretching and compression system is capable of producing pulses lasting a few hundred femtoseconds. The repetition rate is adjustable, ranging from 1 to 10 kHz, and can reach energies up to 60 microJ. The delivery system was set up on an optical table, with human corneal samples fixed to an anterior chamber system, which can be moved over the X-Y-Z axis by a computer-guided translation motor with micrometric precision. We analyzed the biological effects of laser impacts in human corneal tissue, obtained from the French Eye Bank. The femtosecond laser provides automated corneal cutting with a high level of precision, which can be verified on the corneal surface regularity by scanning electron microscopy analysis. Silicon samples can also be cut and can be used for calibration testing of the laser. The set-up composed of the femtosecond laser and the described delivery system enable precise corneal cutting and offer the opportunity to study its characteristics.

  18. Femtosecond lasers as novel tool in dental surgery

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    Serbin, J.; Bauer, T.; Fallnich, C.; Kasenbacher, A.; Arnold, W. H.

    2002-09-01

    There is a proven potential of femtosecond lasers for medical applications like cornea shaping [1], ear surgery or dental surgery [2]. Minimal invasive treatment of carious tissue has become an increasingly important aspect in modern dentistry. State of the art methods like grinding using turbine-driven drills or ablation by Er:YAG lasers [3] generate mechanical and thermal stress, thus generating micro cracks of several tens of microns in the enamel [4]. These cracks are starting points for new carious attacks and have to be avoided for long term success of the dental treatment. By using femtosecond lasers (1 fs=10 -15 s) for ablating dental tissue, these drawbacks can be overcome. We have demonstrated that femtosecond laser ablation offers a tool for crack-free generation of cavities in dental tissue. Furthermore, spectral analysis of the laser induced plasma has been used to indicate carious oral tissue. Our latest results on femtosecond laser dentistry will be presented, demonstrating the great potential of this kind of laser technology in medicine.

  19. Nanostructures synthesis by femtosecond laser ablation of glasses

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    Vipparty, D.; Tan, B.; Venkatakrishnan, K.

    2012-10-01

    In this article, we investigate the variations in ablation dynamics that result in diverse nanostructures on SiO2 based glass samples. A three-dimensional fibrous nanoparticle agglomerate was observed on sodalime glass when exposed to femtosecond laser irradiation. The fused nanoparticles have diameters ranging from 30 nm to 70 nm. Long continuous nanofibers of extremely high aspect ratio (certain fibers up to 100 000:1) were obtained by exposing silica glass surface to femtosecond laser irradiation at MHz repetition rate in air. A nanostructure assembly comprising of nanofiber and nanoparticle agglomerates was also observed by ablating silica glass. From our experimental analysis, it was determined that variation in bandgap and material composition alters ablation dynamics and dictates the response of glass to femtosecond laser irradiation, ultimately leading to the formation of structures with varying morphology on silica and sodalime glass. The possible underlying mechanisms that produce such nanostructures on glass specimens have also been explored.

  20. Evidence of femtosecond-laser pulse induced cell membrane nanosurgery

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    Katchinskiy, Nir; Godbout, Roseline; Elezzabi, Abdulhakem Y.

    2017-02-01

    The mechanism of femtosecond laser nanosurgical attachment is investigated in the following article. Using sub-10 femtosecond laser pulses with 800 nm central wavelength were used to attach retinoblastoma cells. During the attachment process the cell membrane phospholipid bilayers hemifuse into one shared phospholipid bilayer, at the location of attachment. Transmission electron microscopy was used in order to verify the above hypothesis. Based on the imaging results, it was concluded that the two cell membrane coalesce to form one single shared membrane. The technique of cell-cell attachment via femtosecond laser pulses could potentially serve as a platform for precise cell membrane manipulation. Manipulation of the cellular membrane is valuable for studying diseases such as cancer; where the expression level of plasma proteins on the cell membrane is altered.

  1. Surface treatment of CFRP composites using femtosecond laser radiation

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    Oliveira, V.; Sharma, S. P.; de Moura, M. F. S. F.; Moreira, R. D. F.; Vilar, R.

    2017-07-01

    In the present work, we investigate the surface treatment of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) composites by laser ablation with femtosecond laser radiation. For this purpose, unidirectional carbon fiber-reinforced epoxy matrix composites were treated with femtosecond laser pulses of 1024 nm wavelength and 550 fs duration. Laser tracks were inscribed on the material surface using pulse energies and scanning speeds in the range 0.1-0.5 mJ and 0.1-5 mm/s, respectively. The morphology of the laser treated surfaces was investigated by field emission scanning electron microscopy. We show that, by using the appropriate processing parameters, a selective removal of the epoxy resin can be achieved, leaving the carbon fibers exposed. In addition, sub-micron laser induced periodic surface structures (LIPSS) are created on the carbon fibers surface, which may be potentially beneficial for the improvement of the fiber to matrix adhesion in adhesive bonds between CFRP parts.

  2. Femtosecond laser three-dimensional micro- and nanofabrication

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    Sugioka, Koji; Cheng, Ya

    2014-12-01

    The rapid development of the femtosecond laser has revolutionized materials processing due to its unique characteristics of ultrashort pulse width and extremely high peak intensity. The short pulse width suppresses the formation of a heat-affected zone, which is vital for ultrahigh precision fabrication, whereas the high peak intensity allows nonlinear interactions such as multiphoton absorption and tunneling ionization to be induced in transparent materials, which provides versatility in terms of the materials that can be processed. More interestingly, irradiation with tightly focused femtosecond laser pulses inside transparent materials makes three-dimensional (3D) micro- and nanofabrication available due to efficient confinement of the nonlinear interactions within the focal volume. Additive manufacturing (stereolithography) based on multiphoton absorption (two-photon polymerization) enables the fabrication of 3D polymer micro- and nanostructures for photonic devices, micro- and nanomachines, and microfluidic devices, and has applications for biomedical and tissue engineering. Subtractive manufacturing based on internal modification and fabrication can realize the direct fabrication of 3D microfluidics, micromechanics, microelectronics, and photonic microcomponents in glass. These microcomponents can be easily integrated in a single glass microchip by a simple procedure using a femtosecond laser to realize more functional microdevices, such as optofluidics and integrated photonic microdevices. The highly localized multiphoton absorption of a tightly focused femtosecond laser in glass can also induce strong absorption only at the interface of two closely stacked glass substrates. Consequently, glass bonding can be performed based on fusion welding with femtosecond laser irradiation, which provides the potential for applications in electronics, optics, microelectromechanical systems, medical devices, microfluidic devices, and small satellites. This review paper

  3. Femtosecond laser three-dimensional micro- and nanofabrication

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    Sugioka, Koji; Cheng, Ya

    2014-12-15

    The rapid development of the femtosecond laser has revolutionized materials processing due to its unique characteristics of ultrashort pulse width and extremely high peak intensity. The short pulse width suppresses the formation of a heat-affected zone, which is vital for ultrahigh precision fabrication, whereas the high peak intensity allows nonlinear interactions such as multiphoton absorption and tunneling ionization to be induced in transparent materials, which provides versatility in terms of the materials that can be processed. More interestingly, irradiation with tightly focused femtosecond laser pulses inside transparent materials makes three-dimensional (3D) micro- and nanofabrication available due to efficient confinement of the nonlinear interactions within the focal volume. Additive manufacturing (stereolithography) based on multiphoton absorption (two-photon polymerization) enables the fabrication of 3D polymer micro- and nanostructures for photonic devices, micro- and nanomachines, and microfluidic devices, and has applications for biomedical and tissue engineering. Subtractive manufacturing based on internal modification and fabrication can realize the direct fabrication of 3D microfluidics, micromechanics, microelectronics, and photonic microcomponents in glass. These microcomponents can be easily integrated in a single glass microchip by a simple procedure using a femtosecond laser to realize more functional microdevices, such as optofluidics and integrated photonic microdevices. The highly localized multiphoton absorption of a tightly focused femtosecond laser in glass can also induce strong absorption only at the interface of two closely stacked glass substrates. Consequently, glass bonding can be performed based on fusion welding with femtosecond laser irradiation, which provides the potential for applications in electronics, optics, microelectromechanical systems, medical devices, microfluidic devices, and small satellites. This review paper

  4. Programmable femtosecond laser pulses in the ultraviolet

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    Hacker, M.; Feurer, T.; Sauerbrey, R.; Lucza, T.; Szabo, G.

    2001-06-01

    Using a combination of a zero-dispersion compressor and spectrally compensated sum-frequency generation, we have produced amplitude-modulated femtosecond pulses in the UV at 200 nm. {copyright} 2001 Optical Society of America

  5. Analysis of chirality by femtosecond laser ionization mass spectrometry.

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    Horsch, Philipp; Urbasch, Gunter; Weitzel, Karl-Michael

    2012-09-01

    Recent progress in the field of chirality analysis employing laser ionization mass spectrometry is reviewed. Emphasis is given to femtosecond (fs) laser ionization work from the author's group. We begin by reviewing fundamental aspects of determining circular dichroism (CD) in fs-laser ionization mass spectrometry (fs-LIMS) discussing an example from the literature (resonant fs-LIMS of 3-methylcyclopentanone). Second, we present new data indicating CD in non-resonant fs-LIMS of propylene oxide.

  6. Femtosecond Synchronization of Laser Systems for the LCLS

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    Byrd, John; Doolittle, Lawrence; Huang, Gang; Staples, John; Wilcox, Russell; Arthur, John; Frisch, Josef; White, William; /SLAC

    2012-08-24

    The scientific potential of femtosecond x-ray pulses at linac-driven free-electron lasers such as the Linac Coherent Light Source is tremendous. Time-resolved pump-probe experiments require a measure of the relative arrival time of each x-ray pulse with respect to the experimental pump laser. An optical timing system based on stabilized fiber links has been developed for the LCLS to provide this synchronization. Preliminary results show synchronization of the installed stabilized links at the sub-20-femtosecond level. We present details of the implementation at LCLS and potential for future development.

  7. Analysis on volume grating induced by femtosecond laser pulses.

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    Zhou, Keya; Guo, Zhongyi; Ding, Weiqiang; Liu, Shutian

    2010-06-21

    We report on a kind of self-assembled volume grating in silica glass induced by tightly focused femtosecond laser pulses. The formation of the volume grating is attributed to the multiple microexplosion in the transparent materials induced by the femtosecond pulses. The first order diffractive efficiency is in dependence on the energy of the pulses and the scanning velocity of the laser greatly, and reaches as high as 30%. The diffraction pattern of the fabricated grating is numerically simulated and analyzed by a two dimensional FDTD method and the Fresnel Diffraction Integral. The numerical results proved our prediction on the formation of the volume grating, which agrees well with our experiment results.

  8. Femtosecond fiber-laser-based, laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy

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    Huang, Huan; Yang, Lih-Mei; Liu, Jian

    2012-06-01

    This paper reports the LIBS studies on elemental composition detection and identification by employing a femtosecond (fs) fiber laser. High quality LIBS spectra were obtained in air using near-infrared fs fiber laser coupled with a broadband high sensitivity spectrometer without gating control. Specific ion and neutral emission lines of different materials have been characterized by line scanning, including metals, glasses and even explosive materials. Different laser parameters including pulse energy, repetition rate, scanning speed and integration times have been investigated to optimize the sensitivity. Results show that faster scanning speed and higher pulse energies can greatly enhance the signal level and reduce the integration time. The LIBS spectra are highly reproducible at different repetition rates up to 1 MHz. Furthermore, detection of explosive materials was also achieved and both the constituent elemental emission and the CN and C2 molecules emission were collected. Compared with conventional LIBS, fs fiber laser based LIBS system have advantages of less sample heating and damage, better spatial resolution and signal to background ratio, compact, reliable and cost-effective. This shows a potential portable LIBS system for versatile and rapid analysis of chemical and special explosive materials.

  9. In vivo femtosecond laser subsurface scleral treatment in rabbit eyes.

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    Chai, Dongyul; Chaudhary, Gautam; Mikula, Eric; Sun, Hui; Kurtz, Ron; Juhasz, Tibor

    2010-09-01

    The progression of glaucoma can be reduced or delayed by reducing intraocular pressure (IOP). The properties of femtosecond laser surgery, such as markedly reduced collateral tissue damage, coupled with the ability to achieve isolated subsurface surgical effects in the sclera, make this technology a promising candidate in glaucoma management. In this pilot study we demonstrate the in vivo creation of partial thickness subsurface drainage channels with the femtosecond laser in the sclera of rabbit eyes in order to increase aqueous humor (AH) outflow. A femtosecond laser beam tuned to a 1.7 microm wavelength was scanned along a rectangular raster pattern to create the partial thickness subsurface drainage channels in the sclera of one eye of each of the four rabbits included in this pilot study. IOP was measured before and 20 minutes after the laser treatment to evaluate the acute effect of the procedure. OCT images verified the creation of the partial thickness subsurface scleral channels in the eyes of the in vivo rabbits. Comparison of pre- and postoperative IOP measurements in treated and control eyes revealed a reduction in the intraocular pressure due to the increased rate of AH outflow resulted in by the presence of the partial thickness scleral channels. The creation of partial thickness subsurface drainage channels was demonstrated in the sclera of in vivo rabbit eyes with a 1.7 microm wavelength femtosecond laser. Reduction in IOP achieved by the partial thickness channels suggests potential utility in the treatment of elevated IOP. 2010 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  10. Silicon precipitation via photoinduced reaction using femtosecond laser.

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    Nishimura, Masakazu; Kanehira, Shingo; Sakakura, Masaaki; Shimotsuma, Yasuhiko; Miura, Kiyotaka; Hirao, Kazuyuki

    2011-11-01

    Silicon precipitation inside a glass is an important technique for silicon photonics. We successfully precipitated silicon inside silicate glasses containing an Al metal film using femtosecond laser irradiation. First, the Al-inserted sandwiched glass was fabricated by the direct bonding method. The results of a tensile test indicated that the adhesive strength of the sandwich structure reached approximately 4 MPa. Next, femtosecond laser pulses were focused at the Al/glass interface in the sandwich structure. A transmission electron microscopy photograph at the focus of the laser showed that the Al particles were dispersed into the glass substrate to a depth of approximately 2 microm from the initial Al layer. In addition, Raman spectra indicated that silicon had formed at the interface between the glass and Al film after the laser irradiation. The morphology or the particle size of the precipitated silicon was successfully modified by changing the repetition rate or the pulse energy of the laser.

  11. Wavelength Effects In Femtosecond Pulsed Laser Ablation And Deposition

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    Castillejo, Marta; Nalda, Rebeca de; Oujja, Mohamed; Sanz, Mikel

    2010-10-08

    Ultrafast pulsed laser irradiation of solid materials is highly attractive for the micro-and nanostructuring of substrates and for the fabrication of nanostructured deposits. Femtosecond laser pulses promote efficient material removal with reduced heat transfer and high deposition rates of nanometer scale particles free of microscopic particulates. Most of the studies to date have been performed with light pulses centered around the peak wavelength of the Titanium:Sapphire laser, around 800 nm. Analysis of the process over a broader range of wavelengths can provide important information about the processes involved and serve as experimental tests for advanced theoretical models. We report on our current investigations on the effect that laser wavelength of femtosecond pulses has on the superficial nanostructuring induced on biopolymer substrates, and on the characteristics of nanostructured deposits grown by pulsed laser deposition from semiconductor targets.

  12. Femtosecond laser-induced electronic plasma at metal surface

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    Chen Zhaoyang; Mao, Samuel S.

    2008-08-04

    We develop a theoretical analysis to model plasma initiation at the early stage of femtosecond laser irradiation of metal surfaces. The calculation reveals that there is a threshold intensity for the formation of a microscale electronic plasma at the laser-irradidated metal surface. As the full width at half maximum of a laser pulse increases from 15 to 200 fs, the plasma formation threshold decreases by merely about 20%. The dependence of the threshold intensity on laser pulse width can be attributed to laser-induced surface electron emission, in particular due to the effect of photoelectric effect.

  13. Comparison of laser in situ keratomileusis flaps created by 2 femtosecond lasers.

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    Zheng, Yan; Zhou, Yuehua; Zhang, Jing; Liu, Qian; Zhai, Changbin; Wang, Yonghua

    2015-03-01

    To compare flap morphology created by the WaveLight FS200 femtosecond laser and the VisuMax femtosecond laser, assessing the uniformity, accuracy, and predictability of flap creation. A total of 400 eyes had corneal flaps created with the WaveLight FS200 femtosecond laser (200 eyes) or the VisuMax femtosecond laser (200 eyes). The desired flap thickness was 110 μm. At 1 week postoperatively, all eyes were evaluated with RTVue Fourier-domain optical coherence tomography. Dimensions of the flaps were tested for their regularity, uniformity, accuracy, and predictability comparison. One week after surgery, the central flap thickness and the mean flap thickness of the FS200 group were 105.4 ± 3.4 μm and 105.7 ± 2.6 μm, respectively. They were both thinner than those of the VisuMax group, which were 110.8 ± 3.9 μm and 111.3 ± 2.3 μm, respectively. The mean deviation between the achieved and attempted flap thickness of the FS200 group (5.2 ± 1.9 μm) was greater than that of the VisuMax group (3.2 ± 1.8 μm). Flap thickness measurements at 36 points in both groups were close to the intended thickness. Morphology of the flaps in the 0-, 45-, 90-, and 135-degree lines created by the FS200 femtosecond laser and VisuMax femtosecond laser were uniform and regular. Flap dimensions created by the WaveLight FS200 femtosecond laser and VisuMax femtosecond laser were uniform and regular. Although the flap thickness created by the FS200 was less than that created by the VisuMax, measurements of both femtosecond lasers were close to the intended thickness.

  14. Density variation in fused silica exposed to femtosecond laser

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    Champion, Audrey; Bellouard, Yves

    2012-01-01

    Fused silica (a-SiO2) exposure to low-energy femtosecond laser pulses leads to interesting effects such as a local increase of etching rate and/or a local increase of refractive index. Up to now the exact modifications occurring in the glass matrix after exposure remains elusive and various hypotheses among which the formation of color centers or of densified zones have been proposed. In the densification model, shorter SiO2 rings form in the glass matrix leading to an enhanced etching rate. In this paper, we investigate quantitatively the amount of volume variation occurring in well-defined laser exposed areas. Our method is based on the deflection of glass cantilevers and hypotheses from classical beam theory. Specifically, 20-mm long cantilevers are fabricated using low-energy femtosecond laser pulses. After chemical etching, the cantilevers are exposed a second time to the same femtosecond laser but only in their upper-half thickness and this time, without a subsequent etching step. We observe micron-scale displacements at the cantilever tips that we use to estimate the volume variation in laser affected zones. Our results not only show that in the regime where nanogratings form (so called type II structures), laser affected zones expand but also provide a quantitative method to estimate the amount of stress as a function of the laser exposure parameters.

  15. Application of femtosecond laser pulses for microfabrication of transparent media

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    Juodkazis, S.; Matsuo, S.; Misawa, H.; Mizeikis, V.; Marcinkevicius, A.; Sun, H.-B.; Tokuda, Y.; Takahashi, M.; Yoko, T.; Nishii, J.

    2002-09-01

    Femtosecond laser microfabrication of 3D optical memories and photonic crystal (PhC) structures in solid glasses and liquid resins are demonstrated. The optical memories can be read out from both transmission and emission images. The PhC structures reveal clear signatures of photonic bandgap (PBG) and microcavity formation.

  16. Diffractive variable attenuator for femtosecond laser radiation control.

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    Poleshchuk, Alexander G; Nasyrov, Ruslan K; Cherkashin, Vadim V; Dubov, Mykhaylo V; Mezentsev, Vladimir M; Bennion, Ian

    2009-02-01

    We present a diffractive phase variable attenuator for femtosecond laser radiation control. It allows the control of beam power up to 0.75.10(13) W/cm(2) without introducing serious distortions in spectra and beam shape while it operates in zero order diffraction. The attenuator can operate with wavelengths from DUV to IR.

  17. CONTROLLING THE CHARACTERISTICS OF LASER LIGHT: Stimulated-Raman pulse peaker for terawatt femtosecond laser systems

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    Losev, Leonid L.; Lutsenko, Andrei P.

    1993-04-01

    An optical layout for shortening the rise time of femtosecond light pulses is proposed. A stimulated-Raman converter operating on rotational levels of orthohydrogen is placed between amplifier stages of a wide-band, terawatt, femtosecond titanium-sapphire laser system. Light in the first Stokes component is extracted by a polarization technique and then amplified.

  18. Femtosecond laser etching of dental enamel for bracket bonding.

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    Kabas, Ayse Sena; Ersoy, Tansu; Gülsoy, Murat; Akturk, Selcuk

    2013-09-01

    The aim is to investigate femtosecond laser ablation as an alternative method for enamel etching used before bonding orthodontic brackets. A focused laser beam is scanned over enamel within the area of bonding in a saw tooth pattern with a varying number of lines. After patterning, ceramic brackets are bonded and bonding quality of the proposed technique is measured by a universal testing machine. The results are compared to the conventional acid etching method. Results show that bonding strength is a function of laser average power and the density of the ablated lines. Intrapulpal temperature changes are also recorded and observed minimal effects are observed. Enamel surface of the samples is investigated microscopically and no signs of damage or cracking are observed. In conclusion, femtosecond laser exposure on enamel surface yields controllable patterns that provide efficient bonding strength with less removal of dental tissue than conventional acid-etching technique.

  19. Enhanced operation of femtosecond lasers and applications in cell transfection.

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    Brown, Christian T A; Stevenson, David J; Tsampoula, Xanthi; McDougall, Craig; Lagatsky, Alexander A; Sibbett, Wilson; Gunn-Moore, Frank J; Dholakia, Kishan

    2008-08-01

    In this work we present a review and discussion on the enhancement of femtosecond (fs) lasers for use within biophotonics with a particular focus on their use in optical transfection techniques. We describe the broad range of source options now available for the generation of femtosecond pulses before briefly reviewing the application of fs laser in optical transfection studies. We show that major performance enhancements may be obtained by optimising the spatial and temporal performance of the laser source before considering possible future directions in this field. In relation to optical transfection we describe how such laser sources initiate a multiphoton process to permeate the cell membrane in a transient fashion. We look at aspects of this technique including the ability to combine transfection with optical trapping. For future implementation of such transfection we explore the role of new sources and "nondiffracting" light fields.

  20. Direct femtosecond laser waveguide writing inside zinc phosphate glass.

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    Fletcher, Luke B; Witcher, Jon J; Troy, Neil; Reis, Signo T; Brow, Richard K; Krol, Denise M

    2011-04-25

    We report the relationship between the initial glass composition and the resulting microstructural changes after direct femtosecond laser waveguide writing with a 1 kHz repetition rate Ti:sapphire laser system. A zinc polyphosphate glass composition with an oxygen to phosphorus ratio of 3.25 has demonstrated positive refractive index changes induced inside the focal volume of a focusing microscope objective for laser pulse energies that can achieve intensities above the modification threshold. The permanent photo-induced changes can be used for direct fabrication of optical waveguides using single scan writing techniques. Changes to the localized glass network structure that produce positive changes in the refractive index of zinc phosphate glasses upon femtosecond laser irradiation have been studied using scanning confocal micro-Raman and fluorescence spectroscopy.

  1. Universal threshold for femtosecond laser ablation with oblique illumination

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    Liu, Xiao-Long; Cheng, Weibo; Petrarca, Massimo; Polynkin, Pavel

    2016-10-01

    We quantify the dependence of the single-shot ablation threshold on the angle of incidence and polarization of a femtosecond laser beam, for three dissimilar solid-state materials: a metal, a dielectric, and a semiconductor. Using the constant, linear value of the index of refraction, we calculate the laser fluence transmitted through the air-material interface at the point of ablation threshold. We show that, in spite of the highly nonlinear ionization dynamics involved in the ablation process, the so defined transmitted threshold fluence is universally independent of the angle of incidence and polarization of the laser beam for all three material types. We suggest that angular dependence of ablation threshold can be utilized for profiling fluence distributions in ultra-intense femtosecond laser beams.

  2. Range extension in laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy using femtosecond-nanosecond dual-beam laser system

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    Chu, Wei; Zeng, Bin; Li, Ziting; Yao, Jinping; Xie, Hongqiang; Li, Guihua; Wang, Zhanshan; Cheng, Ya

    2017-06-01

    We extend the detection range of laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy by combining high-intensity femtosecond laser pulses with high-energy nanosecond CO2 laser pulses. The femtosecond laser pulses ionize the molecules and generate filament in air. The free electrons generated in the self-confined plasma channel by the femtosecond laser serve as the seed electrons which cause efficient avalanche ionization in the nanosecond CO2 laser field. We show that the detection distance has been extended by three times with the assistance of femtosecond laser filamentation.

  3. Femtosecond laser-drilling-induced HgCdTe photodiodes.

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    Zha, F-X; Li, M S; Shao, J; Yin, W T; Zhou, S M; Lu, X; Guo, Q T; Ye, Z H; Li, T X; Ma, H L; Zhang, B; Shen, X C

    2010-04-01

    Femtosecond-laser drilling may induce holes in HgCdTe with morphology similar to that induced by ion-milling in loophole technique. So-formed hole structures are proven to be pn junction diodes by the laser beam induced current characterization as well as the conductivity measurement. Transmission and photoluminescence spectral measurements on a n-type dominated hole-array structure give rise to different results from those of an ion-milled sample.

  4. Bilateral macular injury caused by a femtosecond laser.

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    de Juan-Marcos, L; Cañete-Campos, C; Cruz-González, F; López-Corral, A; Hernández-Galilea, E

    2014-11-01

    We describe the case of a 35-year-old man who arrived in the Emergency Department with bilateral macular injury caused by accidental exposure to an industrial femtosecond laser. Workers operating industrial lasers must protect their eyes properly when handling these devices. Otherwise, retina damage may occur which usually is recoverable. However, sometimes this damage causes permanent visual loss. Copyright © 2011 Sociedad Española de Oftalmología. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.

  5. Platinum nanostructures formed by femtosecond laser irradiation in water

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    Huo Haibin; Shen Mengyan

    2012-11-15

    Platinum nanostructures with various morphologies, such as spike-like, ripple-like and array-like structures, have been fabricated by 400 nm and 800 nm femtosecond laser irradiation in water. Different structures can be formed on the surfaces as a function of the laser wavelength, the fluence and scan methods. The reflectance measurements of these structures show much larger absorption on the irradiated surfaces than untreated platinum surfaces.

  6. Simulation of femtosecond pulsed laser ablation of metals

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    Davydov, R. V.; Antonov, V. I.

    2016-11-01

    In this paper a mathematical model for femtosecond laser ablation of metals is proposed, based on standard two-temperature model connected with 1D hydrodynamic equations. Wide-range equation of state has been developed. The simulation results are compared with experimental data for aluminium and copper. A good agreement for both metals with numerical results and experiment shows that this model can be employed for choosing laser parameters to better accuracy in nanoparticles production by ablation of metals.

  7. Femtosecond laser inscription of Bragg grating waveguides in bulk diamond

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    Bharadwaj, V.; Courvoisier, A.; Fernandez, T. T.; Ramponi, R.; Galzerano, G.; Nunn, J.; Booth, M. J.; Osellame, R.; Eaton, S. M.; Salter, P. S.

    2017-09-01

    Femtosecond laser writing is applied to form Bragg grating waveguides in the diamond bulk. Type II waveguides are integrated with a single pulse point-by-point periodic laser modification positioned towards the edge of the waveguide core. These photonic devices, operating in the telecommunications band, allow for simultaneous optical waveguiding and narrowband reflection from a 4th order grating. This fabrication technology opens the way towards advanced 3D photonic networks in diamond for a range of applications.

  8. Molecular dynamics investigation of mechanisms of femtosecond laser ablation

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    Cheng, Changrui

    Laser micro-machining has been widely applied for material processing in many industries. A phenomenon called "laser ablation" is usually involved in the laser micro-machining process. Laser ablation is the process of material removal after the irradiation of a laser beam onto the material. It is commonly characterized by small temporal and spatial scales, extremely high material temperature and pressure, and strong non-equilibrium thermodynamic state. In this work, molecular dynamics (MD) simulation is conducted to study the femtosecond laser ablation of metals (nickel and copper) and dielectrics (fused silica, or glass). The laser heating and the ablation processes are numerically modeled, and the computation is accelerated by parallel processing technique. Both the pair-wise Morse potential and the many-body EAM (Embedded-Atom Method) potential are employed for metals. In the simulation of fused silica, the BKS (van Beest, Kramer and van Santen) potential is used, and the generation of free electrons, the energy transport from laser beam to free electrons and energy coupling between electrons and the lattice are considered. The main goal of this work is to illustrate the detailed processes of femtosecond laser ablation and to study its mechanisms. From the MD results, it is found that the mechanism of femtosecond laser ablation is strongly dependent on the laser fluences. For metals, low fluence laser ablation is mainly through phase explosion (homogeneous gas bubble nucleation), while spinodal decomposition is responsible for high fluence ablation. Ablation mechanism is determined by whether or not the material (liquid) temperature exceeds the critical temperature. For fused silica, the generation and existence of free electrons are found to affect ablation significantly, especially at low fluence, where Coulomb explosion is found to play an important role in material separation.

  9. Formation of aggregated nanoparticle spheres through femtosecond laser surface processing

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    Tsubaki, Alfred T.; Koten, Mark A.; Lucis, Michael J.; Zuhlke, Craig; Ianno, Natale; Shield, Jeffrey E.; Alexander, Dennis R.

    2017-10-01

    A detailed structural and chemical analysis of a class of self-organized surface structures, termed aggregated nanoparticle spheres (AN-spheres), created using femtosecond laser surface processing (FLSP) on silicon, silicon carbide, and aluminum is reported in this paper. AN-spheres are spherical microstructures that are 20-100 μm in diameter and are composed entirely of nanoparticles produced during femtosecond laser ablation of material. AN-spheres have an onion-like layered morphology resulting from the build-up of nanoparticle layers over multiple passes of the laser beam. The material properties and chemical composition of the AN-spheres are presented in this paper based on scanning electron microscopy (SEM), focused ion beam (FIB) milling, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDX) analysis. There is a distinct difference in the density of nanoparticles between concentric rings of the onion-like morphology of the AN-sphere. Layers of high-density form when the laser sinters nanoparticles together and low-density layers form when nanoparticles redeposit while the laser ablates areas surrounding the AN-sphere. The dynamic nature of femtosecond laser ablation creates a variety of nanoparticles that make-up the AN-spheres including Si/C core-shell, nanoparticles that directly fragmented from the base material, nanoparticles with carbon shells that retarded oxidation, and amorphous, fully oxidized nanoparticles.

  10. Histologic and ultrastructural characterization of corneal femtosecond laser trephination.

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    Nuzzo, Valeria; Aptel, Florent; Savoldelli, Michèle; Plamann, Karsten; Peyrot, Donald; Deloison, Florent; Donate, David; Legeais, Jean-Marc

    2009-09-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the quality of femtosecond laser corneal trephination in eye bank eyes by histologic and ultrastructural investigation. We performed Z-shaped, tophat-shaped, and mushroom-shaped trephinations of swelled corneas from eye bank eyes using an Intralase FS60 system. The corneoscleral discs were fixed immediately after the laser procedure without removing the buttons. Thin and ultrathin tissue sections were examined by light and transmission electron microscopy. Optical micrographs of the corneal tissue revealed that the femtosecond laser was efficient in producing Z-shaped, tophat-shaped, and mushroom-shaped dissections with reproducible high cut regularity. Investigations by transmission electron microscopy demonstrated that cut edges were of good quality devoid of thermal or mechanical damage of the adjacent tissues. However, cellular and collagenous nanometric debris was created by the laser. In the anterior stroma, they formed a layer of several microns in thickness residing on the terminated disrupted collagen fibers, whereas in the posterior stroma, they formed a thinner pseudomembrane running along the edges of the incision. Corneal trephination performed by the femtosecond laser preserves the ultrastructure of the disrupted collagen fibers. In edematous corneas, a layer of cellular and collagenic debris thicker in the anterior stroma and thinner in the posterior stroma runs along the edges of the incision obtained at a constant laser energy density.

  11. Ocular safety limits for 1030nm femtosecond laser cataract surgery

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    Wang, Jenny; Sramek, Christopher; Paulus, Yannis M.; Lavinsky, Daniel; Schuele, Georg; Anderson, Dan; Dewey, David; Palanker, Daniel V.

    2013-03-01

    Application of femtosecond lasers to cataract surgery has added unprecedented precision and reproducibility but ocular safety limits for the procedure are not well-quantified. We present an analysis of safety during laser cataract surgery considering scanned patterns, reduced blood perfusion, and light scattering on residual bubbles formed during laser cutting. Experimental results for continuous-wave 1030 nm irradiation of the retina in rabbits are used to calibrate damage threshold temperatures and perfusion rate for our computational model of ocular heating. Using conservative estimates for each safety factor, we compute the limits of the laser settings for cataract surgery that optimize procedure speed within the limits of retinal safety.

  12. Investigation on femtosecond laser-assisted microfabrication in silica glasses

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    Liu, Hewei; Chen, Feng; Yang, Qing; Si, Jinhai; Hou, Xun

    2010-11-01

    Fabrication of microstructures embedded in silica glasses using a femtosecond (fs)-laser-assisted chemical etching technique is systematically studied in this work. By scanning the laser pulses inside samples followed by the treatment of 5%-diluted hydrofluoric (HF) acid, groups of straight channels are fabricated and the relationship between the etching rate and processing parameters, including laser power, scanning speed, scanning time and laser polarization, is demonstrated. Based on the optimization of these parameters, complicated microstructures such as channels, cavities and their combinations are manufactured. The work has great potential applications in microelectromechanical systems, biomedical detection and chemical analysis.

  13. High-power synchronously pumped femtosecond Raman fiber laser.

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    Churin, D; Olson, J; Norwood, R A; Peyghambarian, N; Kieu, K

    2015-06-01

    We report a high-power synchronously pumped femtosecond Raman fiber laser operating in the normal dispersion regime. The Raman laser is pumped by a picosecond Yb(3+)-doped fiber laser. It produces highly chirped pulses with energy up to 18 nJ, average power of 0.76 W and 88% efficiency. The pulse duration is measured to be 147 fs after external compression. We observed two different regimes of operation of the laser: coherent and noise-like regime. Both regimes were experimentally characterized. Numerical simulations are in a good agreement with experimental results.

  14. Materials processing with a tightly focused femtosecond laser vortex pulse.

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    Hnatovsky, Cyril; Shvedov, Vladlen G; Krolikowski, Wieslaw; Rode, Andrei V

    2010-10-15

    In this Letter we present the first (to our knowledge) demonstration of material modification using tightly focused single femtosecond laser vortex pulses. Double-charge femtosecond vortices were synthesized with a polarization-singularity beam converter based on light propagation in a uniaxial anisotropic medium and then focused using moderate- and high-NA optics (viz., NA=0.45 and 0.9) to ablate fused silica and soda-lime glass. By controlling the pulse energy, we consistently machine micrometer-size ring-shaped structures with <100nm uniform groove thickness.

  15. Production and Characterization of High Repetition Rate Terahertz Radiation in Femtosecond-Laser-Induced Air Plasma

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    2009-03-01

    20 3.1 Verdi -Pumped Femtosecond Laser System...current which then produces the observed THz pulse [9]. 20 III. EQUIPMENT 3.1 VERDI -PUMPED FEMTOSECOND LASER SYSTEM The laser used in...this research is a Coherent fs pulsed laser system as shown schematically in figure 4. The 18 W Verdi beam pumps the 76 MHz MIRA, which produces 50

  16. Laser ablation of iron: A comparison between femtosecond and picosecond laser pulses

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    Shaheen, M. E.; Gagnon, J. E.; Fryer, B. J.

    2013-08-28

    In this study, a comparison between femtosecond (fs) and picosecond (ps) laser ablation of electrolytic iron was carried out in ambient air. Experiments were conducted using a Ti:sapphire laser that emits radiation at 785 nm and at pulse widths of 110 ps and 130 fs, before and after pulse compression, respectively. Ablation rates were calculated from the depth of craters produced by multiple laser pulses incident normally to the target surface. Optical and scanning electron microscopy showed that picosecond laser pulses create craters that are deeper than those created by the same number of femtosecond laser pulses at the same fluence. Most of the ablated material was ejected from the ablation site in the form of large particles (few microns in size) in the case of picosecond laser ablation, while small particles (few hundred nanometers) were produced in femtosecond laser ablation. Thermal effects were apparent at high fluence in both femtosecond and picosecond laser ablation, but were less prevalent at low fluence, closer to the ablation threshold of the material. The quality of craters produced by femtosecond laser ablation at low fluence is better than those created at high fluence or using picosecond laser pulses.

  17. Precise femtosecond laser ablation of dental hard tissue: preliminary investigation on adequate laser parameters

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    Hikov, Todor; Pecheva, Emilia; Montgomery, Paul; Antoni, Frederic; Leong-Hoi, Audrey; Petrov, Todor

    2017-01-01

    This work aims at evaluating the possibility of introducing state-of-the-art commercial femtosecond laser system in restorative dentistry by maintaining well-known benefits of lasers for caries removal, but also in overcoming disadvantages such as thermal damage of irradiated substrate. Femtosecond ablation of dental hard tissue is investigated by changing the irradiation parameters (pulsed laser energy, scanning speed and pulse repetition rate), assessed for enamel and dentin. The femtosecond laser system used in this work may be suitable for cavity preparation in dentin and enamel, due to the expected effective ablation and low temperature increase when using ultra short laser pulses. If adequate laser parameters are selected, this system seems to be promising for promoting a laser-assisted, minimally invasive approach in restorative dentistry.

  18. Material measurement method based on femtosecond laser plasma shock wave

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    Zhong, Dong; Li, Zhongming

    2017-03-01

    The acoustic emission signal of laser plasma shock wave, which comes into being when femtosecond laser ablates pure Cu, Fe, and Al target material, has been detected by using the fiber Fabry-Perot (F-P) acoustic emission sensing probe. The spectrum characters of the acoustic emission signals for three kinds of materials have been analyzed and studied by using Fourier transform. The results show that the frequencies of the acoustic emission signals detected from the three kinds of materials are different. Meanwhile, the frequencies are almost identical for the same materials under different ablation energies and detection ranges. Certainly, the amplitudes of the spectral character of the three materials show a fixed pattern. The experimental results and methods suggest a potential application of the plasma shock wave on-line measurement based on the femtosecond laser ablating target by using the fiber F-P acoustic emission sensor probe.

  19. Testing of a femtosecond pulse laser in outer space.

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    Lee, Joohyung; Lee, Keunwoo; Jang, Yoon-Soo; Jang, Heesuk; Han, Seongheum; Lee, Sang-Hyun; Kang, Kyung-In; Lim, Chul-Woo; Kim, Young-Jin; Kim, Seung-Woo

    2014-05-30

    We report a test operation of an Er-doped fibre femtosecond laser which was conducted for the first time in outer space. The fibre-based ultrashort pulse laser payload was designed to meet space-use requirements, undergone through ground qualification tests and finally launched into a low-earth orbit early in 2013. Test results obtained during a one-year mission lifetime confirmed stable mode-locking all the way through although the radiation induced attenuation (RIA) in the Er-doped gain fibre caused an 8.6% reduction in the output power. This successful test operation would help facilitate diverse scientific and technological applications of femtosecond lasers in space and earth atmosphere in the near future.

  20. Testing of a femtosecond pulse laser in outer space

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    Lee, Joohyung; Lee, Keunwoo; Jang, Yoon-Soo; Jang, Heesuk; Han, Seongheum; Lee, Sang-Hyun; Kang, Kyung-In; Lim, Chul-Woo; Kim, Young-Jin; Kim, Seung-Woo

    2014-01-01

    We report a test operation of an Er-doped fibre femtosecond laser which was conducted for the first time in outer space. The fibre-based ultrashort pulse laser payload was designed to meet space-use requirements, undergone through ground qualification tests and finally launched into a low-earth orbit early in 2013. Test results obtained during a one-year mission lifetime confirmed stable mode-locking all the way through although the radiation induced attenuation (RIA) in the Er-doped gain fibre caused an 8.6% reduction in the output power. This successful test operation would help facilitate diverse scientific and technological applications of femtosecond lasers in space and earth atmosphere in the near future. PMID:24875665

  1. In vivo manipulation of biological systems with femtosecond laser pulses

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    Nishimura, Nozomi; Schaffer, Chris B.; Kleinfeld, David

    2006-05-01

    Femtosecond laser pulses have the unique ability to deposit energy into a microscopic volume in the bulk of a material that is transparent to the laser wavelength without affecting the surface of the material. Here we review the use of this capability to disrupt specifically targeted structures in live cells and animals with the goal of elucidating function and modeling disease states. Particular attention will be paid to recent work that uses femtosecond laser disruption to injure cerebral blood vessels that lie below the brain surface in a live, anesthetized rat. By varying the degree of injury, the vessel can be made to leak blood plasma, to rupture, or to clot. This technique thus provides a versatile model of cerebrovascular disorders such as small-scale stroke.

  2. Testing of a femtosecond pulse laser in outer space

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    Lee, Joohyung; Lee, Keunwoo; Jang, Yoon-Soo; Jang, Heesuk; Han, Seongheum; Lee, Sang-Hyun; Kang, Kyung-In; Lim, Chul-Woo; Kim, Young-Jin; Kim, Seung-Woo

    2014-05-01

    We report a test operation of an Er-doped fibre femtosecond laser which was conducted for the first time in outer space. The fibre-based ultrashort pulse laser payload was designed to meet space-use requirements, undergone through ground qualification tests and finally launched into a low-earth orbit early in 2013. Test results obtained during a one-year mission lifetime confirmed stable mode-locking all the way through although the radiation induced attenuation (RIA) in the Er-doped gain fibre caused an 8.6% reduction in the output power. This successful test operation would help facilitate diverse scientific and technological applications of femtosecond lasers in space and earth atmosphere in the near future.

  3. Application of femtosecond-laser induced nanostructures in optical memory.

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    Shimotsuma, Yasuhiko; Sakakura, Masaaki; Miura, Kiyotaka; Qiu, Jiarong; Kazansky, Peter G; Fujita, Koji; Hirao, Kazuyuki

    2007-01-01

    The femtosecond laser induced micro- and nanostructures for the application to the three-dimensional optical data storage are investigated. We have observed the increase of refractive index due to local densification and atomic defect generation, and demonstrated the real time observation of photothermal effect after the femtosecond laser irradiation inside a glass by the transient lens (TrL) method. The TrL signal showed a damped oscillation with about an 800 ps period. The essential feature of the oscillation can be reproduced by the pressure wave creation and propagation to the outward direction from the irradiated region. The simulation based on elastodynamics has shown that a large thermoelastic stress is relaxed by the generation of the pressure wave. In the case of soda-lime glass, the velocity of the pressure wave is almost same as the longitudinal sound velocity at room temperature (5.8 microm/ns). We have also observed the localized photo-reduction of Sm3+ to Sm2+ inside a transparent and colorless Sm(3+)-doped borate glass. Photoluminescence spectra showed that some the Sm3+ ions in the focal spot within the glass sample were reduced to Sm2+ ions after femtosecond laser irradiation. A photo-reduction bit of 200 nm in three-dimensions can be recorded with a femtosecond laser and readout clearly by detecting the fluorescence excited by Ar+ laser (lambda = 488 nm). A photo-reduction bit can be also erased by photo-oxidation with a cw Ar+ laser (lambda = 514.5 nm). Since photo-reduction bits can be spaced 150 nm apart in a layer within glass, a memory capacity of as high as 1 Tbit can be achieved in a glass piece with dimensions of 10 mm x 10 mm x 1 mm. We have also demonstrated the first observation of the polarization-dependent periodic nanostructure formation by the interference between femtosecond laser light and electron acoustic waves. The observed nanostructures are the smallest embedded structures ever created by light. The period of self

  4. Non-infrared femtosecond lasers: status and prospects

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    Kahmann, Max; Gebs, Raphael; Fleischhaker, Robert; Zawischa, Ivo; Kleinbauer, Jochen; Russ, Simone; Bauer, Lara; Keller, Uwe; Faisst, Birgit; Budnicki, Aleksander; Sutter, Dirk

    2016-03-01

    The unique properties of ultrafast laser pulses pave the way to numerous novel applications. Particularly lasers in the sub-pico second regime, i.e. femtosecond lasers, in the last decade arrived at a level of reliability suitable for the industrial environment and now gain an increasing recognition since these pulse durations combine the advantages of precise ablation with higher efficiency especially in the case of processing metallic materials. However, for some micro processing applications the infrared wavelength of these lasers is still a limiting factor. Thus, to further broaden the range of possible applications, industrial femtosecond lasers should combine the advantages of femtosecond pulses and shorter wavelengths. To that extend, we present results obtained with a frequency doubled TruMicro 5000 FemtoEdition. We show that depending on the processed material, the higher photon energy as well as tighter focusing options of the shorter wavelength can open up a new regime of processing parameters. This regime is not accessible by infrared light, leading to a wider range of possible applications.

  5. Consequences of Femtosecond Laser Filament Generation Conditions in Standoff Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy

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    Harilal, Sivanandan S.; Yeak, J.; Brumfield, Brian E.; Phillips, Mark C.

    2016-08-08

    We investigate the role of femtosecond laser focusing conditions on ablation properties and its implications on analytical merits and standoff detection applications. Femtosecond laser pulses can be used for ablation either by tightly focusing or by using filaments generated during its propagation. We evaluated the persistence of atomic, and molecular emission features as well as time evolution of the fundamental properties (temperature and density) of ablation plumes generated using different methods.

  6. Intraocular Lens Fragmentation Using Femtosecond Laser: An In Vitro Study

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    Bala, Chandra; Shi, Jeffrey; Meades, Kerrie

    2015-01-01

    Purpose: To transect intraocular lenses (IOLs) using a femtosecond laser in cadaveric human eyes. To determine the optimal in vitro settings, to detect and characterize gasses or particles generated during this process. Methods: A femtosecond laser was used to transect hydrophobic and hydrophilic acrylic lenses. The settings required to enable easy separation of the lens fragment were determined. The gasses and particles generated were analysed using gas chromatography mass spectrometer (GC-MS) and total organic carbon analyzer (TOC), respectively. Results: In vitro the IOL fragments easily separated at the lowest commercially available energy setting of 1 μJ, 8-μm spot, and 2-μm line separation. No particles were detected in the 0.5- to 900-μm range. No significant gasses or other organic breakdown by products were detected at this setting. At much higher energy levels 12 μJ (4 × 6 μm spot and line separation) significant pyrolytic products were detected, which could be harmful to the eye. In cadaveric explanted IOL capsule complex the laser pulses could be applied through the capsule to the IOL and successfully fragment the IOL. Conclusion: IOL transection is feasible with femtosecond lasers. Further in vivo animal studies are required to confirm safety. Translational Relevance: In clinical practice there are a number of large intraocular lenses that can be difficult to explant. This in-vitro study examines the possibility of transecting the lasers quickly using femtosecond lasers. If in-vivo studies are successful, then this innovation could help ophthalmic surgeons in IOL explantation. PMID:26101721

  7. Porcine cadaver iris model for iris heating during corneal surgery with a femtosecond laser

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    Sun, Hui; Fan, Zhongwei; Wang, Jiang; Yan, Ying; Juhasz, Tibor; Kurtz, Ron

    2015-03-01

    Multiple femtosecond lasers have now been cleared for use for ophthalmic surgery, including for creation of corneal flaps in LASIK surgery. Preliminary study indicated that during typical surgical use, laser energy may pass beyond the cornea with potential effects on the iris. As a model for laser exposure of the iris during femtosecond corneal surgery, we simulated the temperature rise in porcine cadaver iris during direct illumination by the femtosecond laser. Additionally, ex-vivo iris heating due to femtosecond laser irradiation was measured with an infrared thermal camera (Fluke corp. Everett, WA) as a validation of the simulation.

  8. Nanosecond component in a femtosecond laser pulse

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    Shneider, M. N.; Semak, V. V.; Zhang Zhili

    2012-11-15

    Experimental and computational results show that the coherent microwave scattering from a laser-induced plasma can be used for measuring the quality of a fs laser pulse. The temporal dynamics of the microwave scattered signal from the fs-laser induced plasma can be related to the effect of nanosecond tail of the fs laser pulse.

  9. Measurements of Intense Femtosecond Laser Pulse Propagation in Air

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    Ting, Antonio

    2004-11-01

    Intense femtosecond pulses generated from chirped pulse amplification (CPA) lasers can deliver laser powers many times above the critical power for self-focusing in air. Catastrophic collapse of the laser pulse is usually prevented by the defocusing of the plasma column formed when the laser intensity gets above the threshold for multiphoton ionization. The resultant laser/plasma filament can extend many meters as the laser pulse propagates in the atmosphere. We have carried out a series of experiments both for understanding the formation mechanisms of the filaments and the nonlinear effects such as white light and harmonics generation associated with them. Many applications of these filaments such as remote atmospheric breakdown, laser induced electrical discharge and femtosecond laser material interactions require direct measurements of their characteristics. Direct measurements of these filaments had been difficult because the high laser intensity ( ˜10^13 W/cm^2) can damage practically any optical diagnostics. A novel technique was invented to obtain the first absolute measurements of laser energy, transverse profile, fluence and spectral content of the filaments. We are investigating a ``remote atmospheric breakdown'' concept of remotely sensing chemical and biological compounds. A short intense laser pulse can be generated at a remote position by using the group velocity dispersion (GVD) of the air to compress an initially long, frequency negatively chirped laser pulse to generate the air breakdown and filaments. We have observed that nonlinear contributions to the laser spectrum through self-phase modulation can lead to modification of the linear GVD compression. We have also observed the generation of ultraviolet (UV) radiations from these filaments in air and the induced fluorescence by the UV radiation of a surrogate biological agent. These and other results such as laser induced electrical discharges will be presented.

  10. Polymer hydrophilicity and hydrophobicity induced by femtosecond laser direct irradiation

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    Wang, Z. K.; Zheng, H. Y.; Lim, C. P.; Lam, Y. C.

    2009-09-01

    Controlled modification of surface wettability of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) was achieved by irradiation of PMMA surface with femtosecond laser pulses at various laser fluences and focus distances. Fluences from 0.40 to 2.1 J/cm2 produced a hydrophobic surface and 2.1 to 52.7 J/cm2 (maximum investigated) produced a hydrophilic surface. Fluences less than 0.31 J/cm2 had no effect on the wettability of the raw PMMA. This change in wettability was caused dominantly by laser induced chemical structure modification and not by a change in surface roughness.

  11. Wavelength optimization in femtosecond laser corneal surgery: experimental results

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    Crotti, C.; Deloison, F.; Peyrot, D. A.; Savoldelli, M.; Legeais, J.-M.; Roger, F.; Plamann, K.

    2009-07-01

    Femtosecond laser surgery in the volume of corneal tissue is difficult in the case of oedematous or pathological corneas: in those corneas, the propagation of the laser beam is perturbed by the optical scattering. This phenomenon can be greatly reduced by using a better suited laser wavelength. A series of ex vivo surgical experiments has been conducted at wavelengths around 1600 nm. The results have been compared to experiments performed at 800 nm and 1000 nm. We have compared penetration depth and incision quality as a function of wavelength and energy.

  12. Femtosecond laser surface texturing of a nickel-based superalloy

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    Semaltianos, N. G.; Perrie, W.; French, P.; Sharp, M.; Dearden, G.; Watkins, K. G.

    2008-12-01

    Femtosecond laser (180 fs, 775 nm, 1 kHz) surface modification of the nickel-based superalloy C263 is investigated. The laser beam was scanned onto areas on the substrate with macroscopic dimensions using different fluences ( F = 0.28-30 J/cm 2), speeds ( υ = 1-10 mm/s) and number of overscans (5-90). The evolution of surface morphology, roughness, ablation depth and volume ablation rate with laser micromachining parameters were determined. The surface morphology is characterized by ripples for low average powers while for high average powers the surface becomes porous.

  13. Femtosecond laser direct writing of monocrystalline hexagonal silver prisms

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    Vora, Kevin; Kang, SeungYeon; Moebius, Michael; Mazur, Eric

    2014-10-06

    Bottom-up growth methods and top-down patterning techniques are both used to fabricate metal nanostructures, each with a distinct advantage: One creates crystalline structures and the other offers precise positioning. Here, we present a technique that localizes the growth of metal crystals to the focal volume of a laser beam, combining advantages from both approaches. We report the fabrication of silver nanoprisms—hexagonal nanoscale silver crystals—through irradiation with focused femtosecond laser pulses. The growth of these nanoprisms is due to a nonlinear optical interaction between femtosecond laser pulses and a polyvinylpyrrolidone film doped with silver nitrate. The hexagonal nanoprisms have bases hundreds of nanometers in size and the crystal growth occurs over exposure times of less than 1 ms (8 orders of magnitude faster than traditional chemical techniques). Electron backscatter diffraction analysis shows that the hexagonal nanoprisms are monocrystalline. The fabrication method combines advantages from both wet chemistry and femtosecond laser direct-writing to grow silver crystals in targeted locations. The results presented in this letter offer an approach to directly positioning and growing silver crystals on a substrate, which can be used for plasmonic devices.

  14. Femtosecond laser direct writing of monocrystalline hexagonal silver prisms

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    Vora, Kevin; Kang, SeungYeon; Moebius, Michael; Mazur, Eric

    2014-10-01

    Bottom-up growth methods and top-down patterning techniques are both used to fabricate metal nanostructures, each with a distinct advantage: One creates crystalline structures and the other offers precise positioning. Here, we present a technique that localizes the growth of metal crystals to the focal volume of a laser beam, combining advantages from both approaches. We report the fabrication of silver nanoprisms—hexagonal nanoscale silver crystals—through irradiation with focused femtosecond laser pulses. The growth of these nanoprisms is due to a nonlinear optical interaction between femtosecond laser pulses and a polyvinylpyrrolidone film doped with silver nitrate. The hexagonal nanoprisms have bases hundreds of nanometers in size and the crystal growth occurs over exposure times of less than 1 ms (8 orders of magnitude faster than traditional chemical techniques). Electron backscatter diffraction analysis shows that the hexagonal nanoprisms are monocrystalline. The fabrication method combines advantages from both wet chemistry and femtosecond laser direct-writing to grow silver crystals in targeted locations. The results presented in this letter offer an approach to directly positioning and growing silver crystals on a substrate, which can be used for plasmonic devices.

  15. Femtosecond laser-assisted LASIK improves quality of life.

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    Meidani, Alexandra; Tzavara, Chara; Dimitrakaki, Christina; Pesudovs, Konrad; Tountas, Yannis

    2012-05-01

    To investigate the quality of life (QOL) outcomes of femtosecond laser-assisted LASIK using the Quality of Life Impact of Refractive Correction (QIRC) questionnaire. Translation of the QIRC questionnaire from English to Greek followed standard international protocols. The questionnaire was completed by 190 individuals, aged 18 to 39 years with myopia (range: -0.75 to -8.50 diopters) and corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA) of logMAR 0.2 or better (Snellen equivalent 20/32) in the worse eye. Half of this sample underwent LASIK with femtosecond laser flap creation and ablation with the Visx Star S4 IR excimer laser (Abbott Medical Optics). The questionnaire was scored with Rasch analysis. Validity was tested by internal consistency reliability (Cronbach's α) and repeatability by intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) and Bland-Altman limits of agreement, convergent validity was examined with inter-item correlations, and construct validity was evaluated by known groups comparison analysis. The total QIRC score improved with femtosecond laser-assisted LASIK from mean 38.9±5.7 preoperatively to 53.7±5.1 postoperatively (P<.001). Among the pre-treatment and control groups, QIRC score was greater for those wearing contact lenses than those wearing spectacles (P<.01). The Greek version of the QIRC had good internal consistency reliability. Inter-item correlations were all significant (P<.001), ranging from 0.32 to 0.79. Repeatability was high (Bland-Altman limits of agreement were -6.72 to +5.41 and ICC for the total score was 0.98). Femtosecond laser-assisted LASIK leads to marked improvements in refractive error-related quality of life. This study also provides evidence for the reliability and validity of the Greek version of the QIRC questionnaire. Copyright 2012, SLACK Incorporated.

  16. Laser surface and subsurface modification of sapphire using femtosecond pulses

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    Eberle, G.; Schmidt, M.; Pude, F.; Wegener, K.

    2016-08-01

    Two methods to process sapphire using femtosecond laser pulses are demonstrated, namely ablation (surface), and in-volume laser modification followed by wet etching (subsurface). Firstly, the single and multipulse ablation threshold is determined and compared with previous literature results. A unique application of ablation is demonstrated by modifying the entrance aperture of water jet orifices. Laser ablation exhibits advantages in terms of geometric flexibility and resolution, however, defects in the form of edge outbreaks and poor surface quality are evident. Secondly, the role of material transformation, polarisation state and formation of multi-focus structures after in-volume laser modification is investigated in order to explain their influence during the wet etching process. Laser scanning and electron microscopy as well as electron backscatter diffraction measurements supported by ion beam polishing are used to better understand quality and laser-material interactions of the two demonstrated methods of processing.

  17. Fabrication of mitigation pits for improving laser damage resistance in dielectric mirrors by femtosecond laser machining

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    Wolfe, Justin E.; Qiu, S. Roger; Stolz, Christopher J.

    2011-03-20

    Femtosecond laser machining is used to create mitigation pits to stabilize nanosecond laser-induced damage in multilayer dielectric mirror coatings on BK7 substrates. In this paper, we characterize features and the artifacts associated with mitigation pits and further investigate the impact of pulse energy and pulse duration on pit quality and damage resistance. Our results show that these mitigation features can double the fluence-handling capability of large-aperture optical multilayer mirror coatings and further demonstrate that femtosecond laser macromachining is a promising means for fabricating mitigation geometry in multilayer coatings to increase mirror performance under high-power laser irradiation.

  18. Optical cell cleaning with NIR femtosecond laser pulses

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    Uchugonova, Aisada; Breunig, Hans Georg; Batista, Ana; König, Karsten

    2015-03-01

    Femtosecond laser microscopes have been used as both micro and nanosurgery tools. The optical knock-out of undesired cells in multiplex cell clusters shall be further reported on in this study. Femtosecond laser-induced cell death is beneficial due to the reduced collateral side effects and therefore can be used to selectively destroy target cells within monolayers, as well as within 3D tissues, all the while preserving cells of interest. This is an important characteristic for the application in stem cell research and cancer treatment. Non-precise damage compromises the viability of neighboring cells by inducing side effects such as stress to the cells surrounding the target due to the changes in the microenvironment, resulting from both the laser and laser-exposed cells. In this study, optimum laser parameters for optical cleaning by isolating single cells and cell colonies are exploited through the use of automated software control. Physiological equilibrium and cellular responses to the laser induced damages are also investigated. Cell death dependence on laser focus, determination and selectivity of intensity/dosage, controllable damage and cell recovery mechanisms are discussed.

  19. Single step channeling in glass interior by femtosecond laser

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    Kongsuwan, Panjawat; Wang Hongliang; Lawrence Yao, Y.

    2012-07-15

    Channeling inside a transparent material, glass, by femtosecond laser was performed by using a single step process rather than hybrid processes that combine the laser irradiation with an additional tool or step to remove the material. Tightly focusing of a single femtosecond laser pulse using proper optical and laser processing parameters could induce the micro-explosion and could create voids inside transparent materials, and the effects of these parameters on the resultant feature geometry and channel length were studied. Understanding of the channel length variation at different locations from the specimen surface could enhance prediction capability. Taking into account of the laser, material, and lens properties, numerical models were developed to predict the absorption volume shape and size at different focusing depths below the surface of a specimen. These models will also be validated with the variation in feature and channel lengths inside the specimen obtained from the experiments. Spacing between adjacent laser pulses and laser parameters was varied to investigate effects of channel overlapping and its influence on long channel formation.

  20. Efficient femtosecond laser micromachining of bulk 3C-SiC

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    Farsari, M.; Filippidis, G.; Zoppel, S.; Reider, G. A.; Fotakis, C.

    2005-09-01

    We demonstrate surface micromachining of bulk 3C silicon carbide (3C-SiC) wafers by employing tightly focused infrared femtosecond laser pulses of energy less than 10 nJ directly from a femtosecond laser oscillator, thus eliminating the need for an amplified system and increasing the micromachining speed by more than four orders of magnitude. In addition, we show that high aspect ratio through-tapered vias can be drilled in 400 µm thick wafers using an amplified femtosecond laser.

  1. Rapid microfabrication of transparent materials using filamented femtosecond laser pulses

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    Butkus, S.; Gaižauskas, E.; Paipulas, D.; Viburys, Ž.; Kaškelyė, D.; Barkauskas, M.; Alesenkov, A.; Sirutkaitis, V.

    2014-01-01

    Microfabrication of transparent materials using femtosecond laser pulses has showed good potential towards industrial application. Maintaining pulse energies exceeding the critical self-focusing threshold by more than 100-fold produced filaments that were used for micromachining purposes. This article demonstrates two different micromachining techniques using femtosecond filaments generated in different transparent media (water and glass). The stated micromachining techniques are cutting and welding of transparent samples. In addition, cutting and drilling experiments were backed by theoretical modelling giving a deeper insight into the whole process. We demonstrate cut-out holes in soda-lime glass having thickness up to 1 mm and aspect ratios close to 20, moreover, the fabrication time is of the order of tens of seconds, in addition, grooves and holes were fabricated in hardened 1.1 mm thick glass (Corning Gorilla glass). Glass welding was made possible and welded samples were achieved after several seconds of laser fabrication.

  2. Ultrahigh-Resolution Optical Coherence Tomography Using Femtosecond Lasers

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    Fujimoto, J. G.; Aguirre, A. D.; Chen, Y.; Herz, P. R.; Hsiung, P.-L.; Ko, T. H.; Nishizawa, N.; Kärtner, F. X.

    Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is an emerging optical imaging modality for biomedical research and clinical medicine. OCT can perform high resolution, cross-sectional tomographic imaging in materials and biological systems by measuring the echo time delay and magnitude of backreflected or backscattered light [1]. In medical applications, OCT has the advantage that imaging can be performed in situ and in real time, without the need to remove and process specimens as in conventional excisional biopsy and histopathology. OCT can achieve axial image resolutions of 1 to 15 μm; one to two orders of magnitude higher than standard ultrasound imaging. The image resolution in OCT is determined by the coherence length of the light source and is inversely proportional to its bandwidth. Femtosecond lasers can generate extremely broad bandwidths and have enabled major advances in ultrahigh-resolution OCT imaging. This chapter provides an overview of OCT technology and ultrahigh-resolution OCT imaging using femtosecond lasers.

  3. High stability breakdown of noble gases with femtosecond laser pulses.

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    Heins, A M; Guo, Chunlei

    2012-02-15

    In the past, laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) signals have been reported to have a stability independent of the pulse length in solids. In this Letter, we perform the first stability study of femtosecond LIBS in gases (to our best knowledge) and show a significant improvement in signal stability over those achieved with longer pulses. Our study shows that ultrashort-pulse LIBS has an intrinsically higher stability in gas compared to nanosecond-pulse LIBS because of a deterministic ionization process at work in the femtosecond pulse. Relative standard deviations below 1% are demonstrated and are likely only limited by our laser output fluctuations. This enhanced emission stability may open up possibilities for a range of applications, from monitoring rapid gas dynamics to high-quality broadband light sources.

  4. Beam wandering of femtosecond laser filament in air.

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    Yang, Jing; Zeng, Tao; Lin, Lie; Liu, Weiwei

    2015-10-05

    The spatial wandering of a femtosecond laser filament caused by the filament heating effect in air has been studied. An empirical formula has also been derived from the classical Karman turbulence model, which determines quantitatively the displacement of the beam center as a function of the propagation distance and the effective turbulence structure constant. After fitting the experimental data with this formula, the effective turbulence structure constant has been estimated for a single filament generated in laboratory environment. With this result, one may be able to estimate quantitatively the displacement of a filament over long distance propagation and interpret the practical performance of the experiments assisted by femtosecond laser filamentation, such as remote air lasing, pulse compression, high order harmonic generation (HHG), etc.

  5. Application of femtosecond laser range finder in space debris monitoring

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    Yuan, Jiang; Ji, Rongyi; Zhou, Weihu

    2016-11-01

    The space-based long-distance ranging of space debris will help to avoid collision. Compared with radar and telescope, the infrared binocular monitoring system can track and range space debris quickly. Because the measurement range is related to the baseline length, two cameras are placed on different satellites. Due to the lack of rigid connection between satellites, femtosecond laser ranging is used to measure the attitude of the camera.

  6. A femtosecond laser inscribed biochip for stem cell therapeutic applications

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    Choudhury, D.; Ramsay, W. T.; Brown, G.; Psaila, N. D.; Beecher, S.; Thomson, R. R.; Kiss, R.; Pells, S.; Willoughby, N. A.; Paterson, L.; Kar, A. K.

    2011-02-01

    A continuous flow microfluidic cell separation platform has been designed and fabricated using femtosecond laser inscription. The device is a scalable and non-invasive cell separation mechanism aimed at separating human embryonic stem cells from differentiated cells based on the dissimilarities in their cytoskeletal elasticity. Successful demonstration of the device has been achieved using human leukemia cells the elasticity of which is similar to that of human embryonic stem cells.

  7. Resident surgeon efficiency in femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery

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    Pittner, Andrew C; Sullivan, Brian R

    2017-01-01

    Purpose Comparison of resident surgeon performance efficiencies in femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS) versus conventional phacoemulsification. Patients and methods A retrospective cohort study was conducted on consecutive patients undergoing phacoemulsification cataract surgery performed by senior ophthalmology residents under the supervision of 1 attending physician during a 9-month period in a large Veterans Affairs medical center. Medical records were reviewed for demographic information, preoperative nucleus grade, femtosecond laser pretreatment, operative procedure times, total operating room times, and surgical complications. Review of digital video records provided quantitative interval measurements of core steps of the procedures, including completion of incisions, anterior capsulotomy, nucleus removal, cortical removal, and intraocular lens implantation. Results Total room time, operation time, and corneal incision completion time were found to be significantly longer in the femtosecond laser group versus the traditional phacoemulsification group (each P<0.05). Mean duration for manual completion of anterior capsulotomy was shorter in the laser group (P<0.001). There were no statistically significant differences in the individual steps of nucleus removal, cortical removal, or intraocular lens placement. Surgical complication rates were not significantly different between the groups. Conclusion In early cases, resident completion of femtosecond cataract surgery is generally less efficient when trainees have more experience with traditional phacoemulsification. FLACS was found to have a significant advantage in completion of capsulotomy, but subsequent surgical steps were not shorter or longer. Resident learning curve for the FLACS technology may partially explain the disparities of performance. Educators should be cognizant of a potential for lower procedural efficiency when introducing FLACS into resident training. PMID:28203055

  8. Fiber inline Michelson interferometer fabricated by a femtosecond laser.

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    Yuan, Lei; Wei, Tao; Han, Qun; Wang, Hanzheng; Huang, Jie; Jiang, Lan; Xiao, Hai

    2012-11-01

    A fiber inline Michelson interferometer was fabricated by micromachining a step structure at the tip of a single-mode optical fiber using a femtosecond laser. The step structure splits the fiber core into two reflection paths and produces an interference signal. A fringe visibility of 18 dB was achieved. Temperature sensing up to 1000°C was demonstrated using the fabricated assembly-free device.

  9. Optimally enhanced optical emission in laser-induced air plasma by femtosecond double-pulse

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    Chen, Anmin; Li, Suyu; Li, Shuchang; Jiang, Yuanfei; Ding, Dajun; Shao, Junfeng; Wang, Tingfeng; Huang, Xuri; Jin, Mingxing

    2013-10-15

    In laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy, a femtosecond double-pulse laser was used to induce air plasma. The plasma spectroscopy was observed to lead to significant increase of the intensity and reproducibility of the optical emission signal compared to femtosecond single-pulse laser. In particular, the optical emission intensity can be optimized by adjusting the delay time of femtosecond double-pulse. An appropriate pulse-to-pulse delay was selected, that was typically about 50 ps. This effect can be especially advantageous in the context of femtosecond laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy, plasma channel, and so on.

  10. Experimental femtosecond laser photodisruption of rabbit sclera for minimally invasive laser sclerostomy: An in vitro study

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    Yang, Xiaobo; Dai, Nengli; Long, Hua; Lu, Peixiang; Li, Wan; Jiang, Fagang

    2010-07-01

    Femtosecond laser technology, used as a minimally invasive tool in intrastromal refractive surgery, may also have potential as a useful instrument for glaucoma filtration surgery. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the feasibility of minimally invasive laser sclerostomy by femtosecond laser photodisruption and seek the appropriate patterns of laser ablation and relevant laser parameters. A femtosecond laser (800 nm/50 fs/1 kHz), focused by a 0.1 numerical aperture (NA) objective lens, with different pulse energies and exposure times was applied to ablate hydrated rabbit sclera in vitro. The irradiated samples were examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). By moving a three-dimensional, computer-controlled translation stage to which the sample was attached, the femtosecond laser could produce three types of ablation patterns, including linear ablation, cylindrical aperture and rectangular cavity. With pulse energies ranging from 37.5 to 150 μJ, the linear lesions were consistently observed at the inner surface of sclera, whereas it failed to make any photodisruption if pulse energy was below the threshold value of 31.25 μJ, with the corresponding threshold intensity of 4.06×10 14 W/cm 2. The depths of the linear lesions increased linearly with both pulse energy (37.5-150 μJ) and exposure time (0.1-0.4 s). Histological examination showed the incisions produced by femtosecond laser photodisruption had precise geometry and the edges were sharp and smooth, with no evidence of collateral damage to the surrounding tissue. Our results predict the potential application of femtosecond laser pulses in minimally invasive laser sclerostomy for glaucoma treatment.

  11. Femtosecond pulsed laser ablation of thin gold film

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    Venkatakrishnan, K.; Tan, B.; Ngoi, B. K. A.

    2002-04-01

    Laser micromachining on 1000 nm-thick gold film using femtosecond laser has been studied. The laser pulses that are used for this study are 400 nm in central wavelength, 150 fs in pulse duration, and the repetition rate is 1 kHz. Plano-concave lens with a focal length of 19 mm focuses the laser beam into a spot of 3 μm (1/ e2 diameter). The sample was translated at a linear speed of 400 μm/ s during machining. Grooves were cut on gold thin film with laser pulses of various energies. The ablation depths were measured and plotted. There are two ablation regimes. In the first regime, the cutting is very shallow and the edges are free of molten material. While in the second regime, molten material appears and the cutting edges are contaminated. The results suggest that clean and precise microstructuring can be achieved with femtosecond pulsed laser by controlling the pulse energy in the first ablation regime.

  12. Femtosecond laser-induced modification at aluminum/diamond interface

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    Okada, Tatsuya; Tomita, Takuro; Ueki, Tomoyuki; Masai, Yuki; Bando, Yota; Tanaka, Yasuhiro

    2017-02-01

    We investigated femtosecond-laser-induced modification at an Al/diamond interface. The interface was irradiated from the backside through the diamond substrate, which is transparent to the laser beam. Extremely high pulse energies, i.e., 200 and 100 µJ/pulse, were used to irradiate the interface. The cross-section of the laser-irradiated line was observed with conventional and high-voltage transmission electron microscopy. The modification of the laser-irradiated interface was characterized by the formation of an amorphous phase sandwiched between the deformed Al film and the diamond substrate. The major chemical component of the amorphous phase was identified as carbon, blown from the diamond substrate. The newly formed interface between the amorphous phase and the diamond substrate was concave. In addition, a fine ripple structure with an average spacing one-quarter the wavelength of the laser light was formed only in the sample irradiated by the higher-energy pulses.

  13. Non reciprocal writing and chirality in femtosecond laser irradiated silica.

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    Poumellec, B; Lancry, M; Poulin, J-C; Ani-Joseph, S

    2008-10-27

    We ascertain by measuring the surface topography of a cleaved sample in which damage lines have been written in volume by scanning with a femtosecond laser, that matter shearing occur along the laser track with alternating sign (scissor or chiral effect). We note that the shearing in the head of the laser tracks change its sign with the change in scanning direction (pen effect or non reciprocal writing). We also show that nanostructures in the head are nano-shearing, with all the same sign whatever the direction of writing may be. We suggest that symmetries revealed by the shearing mimic the laser induced electron plasma density structures and inform on their unusual symmetries induced by the laser beam structures.

  14. Microwave guiding in air along single femtosecond laser filament

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    Ren Yu; Alshershby, Mostafa; Qin Jiang; Hao Zuoqiang; Lin Jingquan

    2013-03-07

    Microwave guiding along single plasma filament generated through the propagation of femtosecond (fs) laser pulses in air has been demonstrated over a distance of about 6.5 cm, corresponding to a microwave signal intensity enhancement of more than 3-fold over free space propagation. The current propagation distance along the fs laser filament is in agreement with the calculations and limited by the relatively high resistance of the single plasma filament. Using a single fs laser filament to channel microwave radiation considerably alleviate requirements to the power of fs laser pulses compared to the case of the circular filaments waveguide. In addition, it can be used as a simple and non-intrusive method to obtain the basic parameters of laser-generated plasma filament.

  15. Dry eye after laser in situ keratomileusis with femtosecond laser and mechanical keratome.

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    Golas, Liliya; Manche, Edward E

    2011-08-01

    To prospectively compare dry-eye symptoms after laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) with mechanical keratome-created flaps and femtosecond laser keratome-created flaps. Department of Ophthalmology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California, USA. Randomized clinical trial. Fellow eyes were prospectively randomized to the mechanical keratome group and femtosecond laser keratome group. Patients had wavefront-guided LASIK using a mechanical keratome in 1 eye and a femtosecond laser keratome in the fellow eye. They completed dry-eye questionnaires preoperatively and 1, 3, 6, and 12 months postoperatively. The effect of laser ablation depth, sex, age, and flap thickness on dry-eye symptoms was also analyzed. The study enrolled 51 patients. There was no statistically significant change in dry-eye symptoms except in the femtosecond group 1 month postoperatively (mean increase 1.08) (P=.03). There were no significant differences in symptoms between the 2 groups (P=.7). The dry-eye score was 1.3 points lower in women than in men (P=.01). Central ablation depth, flap thickness, and age did not significantly affect the reported dryness. There appeared to be no statistically significant difference in self-reported dry-eye symptoms between the mechanical keratome group and the femtosecond laser keratome group. Copyright © 2011 ASCRS and ESCRS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Femtosecond laser surface structuring of molybdenum thin films

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    Kotsedi, L.; Mthunzi, P.; Nuru, Z. Y.; Eaton, S. M.; Sechoghela, P.; Mongwaketsi, N.; Ramponi, R.; Maaza, M.

    2015-10-01

    This contribution reports on the femtosecond surface structuring of molybdenum thin coatings deposited by electron beam evaporation onto Corning glass substrates. The 1-D type periodic grating lines created by such an ablation showed that the widths of the shallow grooves followed a logarithmic dependence with the laser energy incident on the molybdenum film. The electronic valence "x" of the created oxide surface layer MoOx was found to be incident laser power dependent via Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction investigations. Such a photo-induced MoOx-Mo nanocomposite exhibited effective selective solar absorption in the UV-vis-IR spectral range.

  17. Patterning of silica microsphere monolayers with focused femtosecond laser pulses

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    Cai Wenjian; Piestun, Rafael

    2006-03-13

    We demonstrate the patterning of monolayer silica microsphere lattices with tightly focused femtosecond laser pulses. We selectively removed microspheres from a lattice and characterized the effect on the lattice and the substrate. The proposed physical mechanism for the patterning process is laser-induced breakdown followed by ablation of material. We show that a microsphere focuses radiation in its interior and in the near field. This effect plays an important role in the patterning process by enhancing resolution and accuracy and by reducing the pulse energy threshold for damage. Microsphere patterning could create controlled defects within self-assembled opal photonic crystals.

  18. 1-kHz-repetition-rate femtosecond Raman laser

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    Didenko, N. V.; Konyashchenko, A. V.; Kostryukov, P. V.; Losev, L. L.; Pazyuk, V. S.; Tenyakov, S. Yu

    2016-07-01

    A femtosecond Raman laser utilising compressed hydrogen is experimentally investigated under pumping by radiation from a 1-kHz-repetition-rate Ti : sapphire laser. In the regime of double-pulse pumping, the conditions are determined, which correspond to the minimal energy dispersion of Stokes pulses. The optical scheme is realised, which is capable of ensuring the long-term stability of the average power of the first Stokes component with a variation of less than 2%. The Stokes pulses are produced with a pulse duration of 60 fs and energy of 0.26 mJ at a conversion efficiency of 14%.

  19. Nonresonant femtosecond laser vaporization of aqueous protein preserves folded structure

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    Brady, John J.; Judge, Elizabeth J.; Levis, Robert J.

    2011-01-01

    Femtosecond laser vaporization-based mass spectrometry can be used to measure protein conformation in vitro at atmospheric pressure. Cytochrome c and lysozyme are vaporized from the condensed phase into the gas phase intact when exposed to an intense (1013 W/cm2), nonresonant (800 nm), ultrafast (75 fs) laser pulse. Electrospray postionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry reveals that the vaporized protein maintains the solution-phase conformation through measurement of the charge-state distribution and the collision-induced dissociation channels. PMID:21746908

  20. A new approach to fabricate pdms structures using femtosecond laser

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    Selvaraj, Hamsapriya

    Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) is commonly used to prototype micro and nano featured components due to its beneficial properties. PDMS based devices have been used for diverse applications such as cell culturing, cell sorting and sensors. Motivated by such diverse applications possible through pure PDMS and reinforced PDMS, numerous efforts have been directed towards developing novel fabrication techniques. Prototyping 2D and 3D pure and reinforced PDMS microdevices normally require a long curing time and must go through multiple steps. This research explores the possibility of fabricating microscale and nanoscale structures directly from PDMS resin using femtosecond laser processing. This study offers an alternative fabrication route that potentially lead to a new way for prototyping of pure and reinforced PDMS devices, and the generation of hybrid nanomaterials. In depth investigation of femtosecond laser irradiation of PDMS resin reveals that the process is highly intensity-dependent. At low to intermediate intensity regime, femtosecond laser beam is able to rapidly cure the resin and create micron-sized structures directly from PDMS resin. At higher intensity regime, a total break-down of the resin material occurs and leads to the formation of PDMS nanoparticles. This work demonstrates a new way of rapid curing of PDMS resin on a microsecond timescale using femtosecond laser irradiation. The proposed technique permits maskless singlestep curing and is capable of fabricating 2D and 3D structures in micro-scale. Reinforced PDMS microstructures also have been fabricated through this method. The proposed technique permits both reinforcement and rapid curing and is ideal for fabricating reinforced structures in microscale. The strength of the nanofiber reinforced PDMS microstructures has been investigated by means of Nanoindentation test. The results showed significant improvement in strength of the material. Hybrid PDMS-Si and hybrid PDMS-Al nanoparticle aggregate

  1. Femtosecond laser collagen cross-linking without traditional photosensitizers

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    Guo, Yizang; Wang, Chao; Celi, Nicola; Vukelic, Sinisa

    2015-03-01

    Collagen cross-linking in cornea has the capability of enhancing its mechanical properties and thereby providing an alternative treatment for eye diseases such as keratoconus. Currently, riboflavin assisted UVA light irradiation is a method of choice for cross-link induction in eyes. However, ultrafast pulsed laser interactions may be a powerful alternative enabling in-depth treatment while simultaneously diminishing harmful side effects such as, keratocyte apoptosis. In this study, femtosecond laser is utilized for treatment of bovine cornea slices. It is hypothesized that nonlinear absorption of femtosecond laser pulses plays a major role in the maturation of immature cross-links and the promotion of their growth. Targeted irradiation with tightly focused laser pulses allows for the absence of a photosensitizing agent. Inflation test was conducted on half treated porcine cornea to identify the changes of mechanical properties due to laser treatment. Raman spectroscopy was utilized to study subtle changes in the chemical composition of treated cornea. The effects of treatment are analyzed by observing shifts in Amide I and Amide III bands, which suggest deformation of the collagen structure in cornea due to presence of newly formed cross-links.

  2. Control of multiphoton molecular excitation with shaped femtosecond laser pulses

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    Xu, Bingwei

    The work presented in this dissertation describes the use of shaped femtosecond laser pulses to control the outcome of nonlinear optical process and thus to achieve the selectivity for multiphoton molecular transitions. This research could lead to applications in various fields including nonlinear optical spectroscopy, chemical identification, biological imaging, communications, photodynamic therapy, etc. In order to realize accurate pulse shaping of the femtosecond laser pulses, it is essential to measure and correct the spectral phase distortion of such pulses. A method called multiphoton intrapulse interference phase scan is used to do so throughout this dissertation. This method is highly accurate and reproducible, and has been proved in this work to be compatible with any femtosecond pulses regardless of bandwidth, intensity and repetition rate of the laser. The phase control of several quasi-octave laser sources is demonstrated in this dissertation, with the generation of 4.3 fs and 5.9 fs pulses that reach the theoretically predicted transform-limited pulse duration. The excellent phase control achieved also guarantees the reproducibility for selective multiphoton excitations by accurate phase and/or amplitude shaping. Selective two-photon excitation, stimulated Raman scattering and coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering with a single broadband laser source are demonstrated in this dissertation. Pulse shaping is used to achieve a fast and robust approach to measure the two-photon excitation spectrum from fluorescent molecules, which provide important information for two-photon biological imaging. The selective excitation concept is also applied in the field of remote chemical identification. Detection of characteristic Raman lines for several chemicals using a single beam coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering spectroscopy from a 12 meter standoff distance is shown, providing a promising approach to standoff detection of chemicals, hazardous contaminations

  3. PbTe quantum dots grown by femtosecond laser ablation

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    Rodriguez, E.; Biggemann, D.; Moya, L.; Pippo, W. A.; Moreira, R. S.; Silva, D.; Cesar, C. L.; Barbosa, L. C.; Schrank, A.; Souza Filho, C. R.; de Oliveira, E. P.

    2008-02-01

    Laser ablation (LA) is a thin film fabrication technique which has generated a lot of interest in the past few years as one of the simplest and most versatile methods for the deposition of a wide variety of materials. With the rapid development experienced in the generation of ultra short laser pulses, new possibilities were opened for the laser ablation technique, using femtosecond lasers as ablation source. It is commonly believed that when the temporal length of the laser pulse became shorter than the several picoseconds required to couple the electronic energy to the lattice of the material, thermal effects could not play a significant role. Since the pulse width is too short for thermal effects to take place, with each laser pulse a few atom layers of material are direct vaporized away from the target surface and a better control in the quantum dots (QDs) fabrication could be achieved. In this work we report the fabrication of PbTe QDs by femtosecond laser ablation of a PbTe target in argon atmosphere. Experiments were carried out using a typical LA configuration comprising a deposition chamber and an ultra short pulsed laser (100 fs; 30 mJ) at a central wavelength of 800 nm. PbTe was chosen because its QDs absorption band can be controlled by its size to fall in the spectral window of interest for optical communications (1.3-1.5 μm). This, together with the QD high optical nonlinearity, makes this material an excellent candidate for development of photonic devices. It was investigated the influence of the number of laser pulses in the formation of the nanoparticles. The structural parameters and the surface density of the nanoparticles were studied by high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM).

  4. Spectral narrowing in gases using femtosecond laser pulses

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    Karpate, Tanvi; Dharmadhikari, A. K.; Dharmadhikari, J. A.; Mathur, D.

    2017-05-01

    Filamentation in gases due to high power femtosecond pulses results from the combined action of the optical Kerr effect (giving rise to self-focusing) and plasma formation (giving rise to defocusing) that confines optical energy in a small region over a distance longer than the Rayleigh range. Since the discovery of N2 as a potential gain medium, which subsequently led to the formation of nitrogen lasers, it has held a keen interest due to its potential in achieving lasing by remote excitation. Recently, Yamanouchi and coworkers demonstrated lasing action in N2 in the forward as well the backward directions along the femtosecond pulse propagation. In the present work, we have focused on excitation of N2 + (corresponding to the 391nm spectral feature) and have measured spectral narrowing. We have investigated the influence exerted by the incident pulse power and gas pressure for incident pulses of durations 40 fs and 10 fs in forward and backward detection modes. Spectral narrowing that occurs for N2 gas at 391 nm shows a dependence on the incident pulse duration. Pressure threshold for different incident powers for lasing has been established. Increase in the signal intensity on varying the incident power is ascribed to amplified spontaneous emission (ASE). White-light-seeded lasing in N2 + is generated by a Ti:sapphire femtosecond laser for different focusing. The lasing lines peak over the trail of the incident broadband spectra.

  5. Single-pulse perforation of thin transparent dielectrics by femtosecond lasers

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    Ganin, Daniil; Lapshin, Konstantin; Obidin, Alexey; Vartapetov, Sergey

    2017-05-01

    The methods of elongation of the effective interaction area (>100 microns) of single femtosecond pulses with transparent dielectrics when focusing in the bulk of material are given. Principal diagrams of transparent materials perforation with single femtosecond laser pulses are proposed. Capability to form cylindrical holes in the transparent dielectrics as a result of material photodegradation subjected to single femtosecond laser pulses was successfully demonstrated. The diameter of through holes made in the polypropylene 50 microns thick film at the energy of femtosecond laser pulses of 5 µJ was 5 µm.

  6. Oxygen assisted interconnection of silver nanoparticles with femtosecond laser radiation

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    Huang, H.; Zhou, Y.; Duley, W. W.

    2015-12-14

    Ablation of silver (Ag) nanoparticles in the direction of laser polarization is achieved by utilizing femtosecond laser irradiation in air at laser fluence ranging from ∼2 mJ/cm{sup 2} to ∼14 mJ/cm{sup 2}. This directional ablation is attributed to localized surface plasmon induced localized electric field enhancement. Scanning electron microscopy observations of the irradiated particles in different gases and at different pressures indicate that the ablation is further enhanced by oxygen in the air. This may be due to the external heating via the reactions of its dissociation product, atomic oxygen, with the surface of Ag particles, while the ablated Ag is not oxidized. Further experimental observations show that the ablated material re-deposits near the irradiated particles and results in the extension of the particles in laser polarization direction, facilitating the interconnection of two well-separated nanoparticles.

  7. Microstructuring of Steel and Hard Metal using Femtosecond Laser Pulses

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    Pfeiffer, Manuel; Engel, Andy; Weißmantel, Steffen; Scholze, Stefan; Reisse, Guenter

    New results on three-dimensional micro-structuring of tungsten carbide hard metal and steel using femtosecond laser pulses will be presented. For the investigations, a largely automated high-precision fs-laser micromachining station was used. The fs-laser beam is focused onto the sample surface using different objectives. The investigations of the ablation behaviour of the various materials in dependence of the laser processing parameters will be presented. In the second part, complex 3D microstructures with a variety of geometries and resolutions down to a few micrometers will be presented. On of the Goal of these investigations was to create defined microstructures in tooling equipments such as cutting inserts.

  8. Femtosecond laser generated gold nanoparticles and their plasmonic properties

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    Das, Rupali; Navas M., P.; Soni, R. K.

    2016-05-01

    The pulsed laser ablation in liquid medium is now commonly used to generate stable colloidal nanoparticles (NPs) in absence of any chemical additives or stabilizer with diverse applications. In this paper, we report generation of gold NPs (Au NPs) by ultra-short laser pulses. Femtosecond (fs) laser radiation (λ = 800 nm) has been used to ablate a gold target in pure de-ionized water to produce gold colloids with smallsize distribution. The average size of the particles can be further controlled by subjecting to laser-induced post-irradiation providing a versatile physical method of size-selected gold nanoparticles. The optical extinction and morphological dimensions were investigated with UV-Vis spectroscopy and Transmission Electron Microscopy measurements, respectively. Finite difference time domain (FDTD) method is employed to calculate localized surface plasmon (LSPR) wavelength and the near-field generated by Au NPs and their hybrids.

  9. Femtosecond laser generated gold nanoparticles and their plasmonic properties

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    Das, Rupali Navas, M. P.; Soni, R. K.

    2016-05-06

    The pulsed laser ablation in liquid medium is now commonly used to generate stable colloidal nanoparticles (NPs) in absence of any chemical additives or stabilizer with diverse applications. In this paper, we report generation of gold NPs (Au NPs) by ultra-short laser pulses. Femtosecond (fs) laser radiation (λ = 800 nm) has been used to ablate a gold target in pure de-ionized water to produce gold colloids with smallsize distribution. The average size of the particles can be further controlled by subjecting to laser-induced post-irradiation providing a versatile physical method of size-selected gold nanoparticles. The optical extinction and morphological dimensions were investigated with UV-Vis spectroscopy and Transmission Electron Microscopy measurements, respectively. Finite difference time domain (FDTD) method is employed to calculate localized surface plasmon (LSPR) wavelength and the near-field generated by Au NPs and their hybrids.

  10. Femtosecond laser micromachining for the realization of fully integrated photonic and microfluidic devices

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    Eaton, S. M.; Osellame, R.; Ramponi, R.

    2015-02-01

    Femtosecond laser microprocessing is a direct, maskless fabrication technique that has attracted much attention in the past 10 years due to its unprecedented versatility in the 3D patterning of transparent materials. Two common modalities of femtosecond laser microfabrication include buried optical waveguide writing and surface laser ablation, which have been applied to a wide range of transparent substrates including glasses, polymers and crystals. In two photon polymerization, a third modality of femtosecond laser fabrication, focused femtosecond laser pulses drive photopolymerization in photoresists, enabling the writing of complex 3D structures with submicrometer resolution. In this paper, we discuss several microdevices realized by these diverse modalities of femtosecond laser microfabrication, for applications in microfluidics, sensing and quantum information.

  11. Correlation between anterior chamber characteristics and laser flare photometry immediately after femtosecond laser treatment before phacoemulsification.

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    Pahlitzsch, M; Torun, N; Pahlitzsch, M L; Klamann, M K J; Gonnermann, J; Bertelmann, E; Pahlitzsch, T

    2016-08-01

    PurposeTo assess the anterior chamber (AC) characteristics and its correlation to laser flare photometry immediately after femtosecond laser-assisted capsulotomy and photodisruption.Patients and methodsThe study included 97 cataract eyes (n=97, mean age 68.6 years) undergoing femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS). Three cohorts were analysed relating to the flare photometry directly post femtosecond laser treatment (flare <100 n=28, 69.6±7 years; flare 100-249 n=47, 67.7±8 years; flare >249 photon counts per ms cohort n=22, 68.5±10 years). Flare photometry (KOWA FM-700), corneal topography (Oculus Pentacam, Germany: AC depth, volume, angle, pachymetry), axial length, pupil diameter, and endothelial cells were assessed before FLACS, immediately after femtosecond laser treatment and 1 day postoperative (LenSx Alcon, USA). Statistical data were analysed by SPSS v19.0, Inc.ResultsThe AC depth, AC volume, AC angle, central and thinnest corneal thickness showed a significant difference between flare <100 vs flare 100-249 10 min post femtosecond laser procedure (P=0.002, P=0.023, P=0.007, P=0.003, P=0.011, respectively). The AC depth, AC volume, and AC angle were significantly larger (P=0.001, P=0.007, P=0.003, respectively) in the flare <100 vs flare >249 cohort 10 min post femtosecond laser treatment.ConclusionsA flat AC, low AC volume, and a narrow AC angle were parameters associated with higher intraocular inflammation. These criteria could be used for patient selection in FLACS to reduce postoperative intraocular inflammation.

  12. Correlation between anterior chamber characteristics and laser flare photometry immediately after femtosecond laser treatment before phacoemulsification

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    Pahlitzsch, M; Torun, N; Pahlitzsch, M L; Klamann, M K J; Gonnermann, J; Bertelmann, E; Pahlitzsch, T

    2016-01-01

    Purpose To assess the anterior chamber (AC) characteristics and its correlation to laser flare photometry immediately after femtosecond laser-assisted capsulotomy and photodisruption. Patients and methods The study included 97 cataract eyes (n=97, mean age 68.6 years) undergoing femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS). Three cohorts were analysed relating to the flare photometry directly post femtosecond laser treatment (flare <100 n=28, 69.6±7 years; flare 100–249 n=47, 67.7±8 years; flare >249 photon counts per ms cohort n=22, 68.5±10 years). Flare photometry (KOWA FM-700), corneal topography (Oculus Pentacam, Germany: AC depth, volume, angle, pachymetry), axial length, pupil diameter, and endothelial cells were assessed before FLACS, immediately after femtosecond laser treatment and 1 day postoperative (LenSx Alcon, USA). Statistical data were analysed by SPSS v19.0, Inc. Results The AC depth, AC volume, AC angle, central and thinnest corneal thickness showed a significant difference between flare <100 vs flare 100–249 10 min post femtosecond laser procedure (P=0.002, P=0.023, P=0.007, P=0.003, P=0.011, respectively). The AC depth, AC volume, and AC angle were significantly larger (P=0.001, P=0.007, P=0.003, respectively) in the flare <100 vs flare >249 cohort 10 min post femtosecond laser treatment. Conclusions A flat AC, low AC volume, and a narrow AC angle were parameters associated with higher intraocular inflammation. These criteria could be used for patient selection in FLACS to reduce postoperative intraocular inflammation. PMID:27229702

  13. Femtosecond laser ablation of gold interdigitated electrodes for electronic tongues

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    Manzoli, Alexandra; de Almeida, Gustavo F. B.; Filho, José A.; Mattoso, Luiz H. C.; Riul, Antonio; Mendonca, Cleber R.; Correa, Daniel S.

    2015-06-01

    Electronic tongue (e-tongue) sensors based on impedance spectroscopy have emerged as a potential technology to evaluate the quality and chemical composition of food, beverages, and pharmaceuticals. E-tongues usually employ transducers based on metal interdigitated electrodes (IDEs) coated with a thin layer of an active material, which is capable of interacting chemically with several types of analytes. IDEs are usually produced by photolithographic methods, which are time-consuming and costly, therefore, new fabrication technologies are required to make it more affordable. Here, we employed femtosecond laser ablation with pulse duration of 50 fs to microfabricate gold IDEs having finger width from 2.3 μm up to 3.2 μm. The parameters used in the laser ablation technique, such as light intensity, scan speed and beam spot size have been optimized to achieve uniform IDEs, which were characterized by optical and scanning electron microscopy. The electrical properties of gold IDEs fabricated by laser ablation were evaluated by impedance spectroscopy, and compared to those produced by conventional photolithography. The results show that femtosecond laser ablation is a promising alternative to conventional photolithography for fabricating metal IDEs for e-tongue systems.

  14. Femtosecond laser processing of optical fibres for novel sensor development

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    Kalli, Kyriacos; Theodosiou, Antreas; Ioannou, Andreas; Lacraz, Amedee

    2017-04-01

    We present results of recent research where we have utilized a femtosecond laser to micro-structure silica and polymer optical fibres in order to realize versatile optical components such as diffractive optical elements on the fibre end face, the inscription of integrated waveguide circuits in the fibre cladding and novel optical fibre sensors designs based on Bragg gratings in the core. A major hurdle in tailoring or modifying the properties of optical fibres is the development of an inscription method that can prove to be a flexible and reliable process that is generally applicable to all optical fibre types; this requires careful matching of the laser parameters and optics in order to examine the spatial limits of direct laser writing, whether the application is structuring at the surface of the optical fibre or inscription in the core and cladding of the fibre. We demonstrate a variety of optical components such as two-dimensional grating structures, Bessel, Airy and vortex beam generators; moreover, optical bridging waveguides inscribed in the cladding of single-mode fibre as a means to selectively couple light from single-core to multi-core optical fibres, and demonstrate a grating based sensor; finally, we have developed a novel femtosecond laser inscription method for the precise inscription of tailored Bragg grating sensors in silica and polymer optical fibres. We also show that this novel fibre Bragg grating inscription technique can be used to modify and add versatility to an existing, encapsulated optical fibre pressure sensor.

  15. Fabrication of optical cavities with femtosecond laser pulses

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    Lin, Jintian; Song, Jiangxin; Tang, Jialei; Fang, Wei; Sugioka, Koji; Cheng, Ya

    2014-03-01

    We report on fabrication of three-dimensional (3D) high-quality (Q) whispering-gallery-mode microcavities by femtosecond laser micromachining. The main fabrication procedures include the formation of on-chip freestanding microdisk through selective material removal by femtosecond laser pulses, followed by surface smoothing processes (CO2 laser reflow for amorphous glass and focused ion beam (FIB) sidewall milling for crystalline materials) to improve the Q factors. Fused silica microcavities with 3D geometries are demonstrated with Q factors exceeding 106. A microcavity laser based on Nd:glass has been fabricated, showing a threshold as low as 69μW via free space continuous-wave optical excitation at the room temperature. CaF2 crystalline microcavities with Q factor of ~4.2×104 have also been demonstrated. This technique allows us to fabricate 3D high-Q microcavities in various transparent materials such as glass and crystals, which will benefit a broad spectrum of applications such as nonlinear optics, quantum optics, and bio-sensing.

  16. Keck Laser Illuminates AGN in the Distant Universe.

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    Melbourne, J.; Wright, S.; Le Mignant, D.; Barczys, M.; Larkin, J.; Max, C.; Koo, D.

    2004-12-01

    The Center for Adaptive Optics Treasury Survey (CATS) aims to combine deep HST images in the optical with deep Keck adaptive optics (AO) data in the near-infrared (NIR) to study distant galaxies, AGN, and supernovae. We recently achieved an important new milestone by securing the first high quality Keck laser guide star (LGS) AO image of faint galaxies. Six galaxies with redshifts ranging from 0.3-1.0 were targeted in one pointing in the GOODS-S field. Two are Chandra sources with complex morphologies suggestive of recent merger activity. Substructures seen in the NIR AO image, including the double nucleus of one Chandra source and multiple tight knots in another, are confirmed in the optical HST images (both about 0.1" FWHM) but are undetected in very deep, ground-based NIR images from ESO with seeing about 0.5" FWHM. We will present results on the stellar populations of the substructures as derived from photometry of the galaxy subcomponents using the NIR AO data and the optical HST data taken with four ACS filters.

  17. Nonlinear femtosecond laser induced scanning tunneling microscopy.

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    Dey, Shirshendu; Mirell, Daniel; Perez, Alejandro Rodriguez; Lee, Joonhee; Apkarian, V Ara

    2013-04-21

    We demonstrate ultrafast laser driven nonlinear scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), under ambient conditions. The design is an adaptation of the recently introduced cross-polarized double beat method, whereby z-polarized phase modulated fields are tightly focused at a tunneling junction consisting of a sharp tungsten tip and an optically transparent gold film as substrate. We demonstrate the prerequisites for ultrafast time-resolved STM through an operative mechanism of nonlinear laser field-driven tunneling. The spatial resolution of the nonlinear laser driven STM is determined by the local field intensity. Resolution of 0.3 nm-10 nm is demonstrated for the intensity dependent, exponential tunneling range. The demonstration is carried out on a junction consisting of tungsten tip and gold substrate. Nano-structured gold is used for imaging purposes, to highlight junction plasmon controlled tunneling in the conductivity limit.

  18. Update and clinical utility of the LenSx femtosecond laser in cataract surgery

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    Roberts, Timothy V; Lawless, Michael; Sutton, Gerard; Hodge, Chris

    2016-01-01

    The introduction of femtosecond lasers to cataract surgery has been the major disruptive technology introduced into ophthalmic surgery in the last decade. Femtosecond laser cataract surgery (FLACS) integrates high-resolution anterior segment imaging with a femtosecond laser allowing key steps of cataract surgery to be performed with computer-guided laser accuracy, precision, and reproducibility. Since the introduction of FLACS, there have been significant advances in laser software and hardware as well as surgeon experience, with over 250 articles published in the peer-reviewed literature. This review examines the published evidence relating to the LenSx platform and discusses surgical techniques, indications, safety, and clinical results. PMID:27799728

  19. Femtosecond laser heat affected zones profiled in Co/Si multilayer thin films

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    Picard, Yoosuf N.; Yalisove, Steven M.

    2008-01-07

    In this letter, we describe an approach for assessing collateral thermal damage resulting from high intensity, femtosecond laser irradiation. Polycrystalline Co thin films deposited on Si (100) substrates and buried under an amorphous Si film were prepared for plan-view transmission electron microscopy (TEM) prior to laser irradiation by femtosecond laser pulses. A heat affected zone (HAZ) resulting from single pulse irradiation at a fluence of 0.9 J/cm{sup 2} was determined by TEM imaging and point-wise selected area diffraction. The spatially Gaussian laser pulse generated a HAZ extending up to 3 {mu}m radially from the femtosecond laser irradiated region.

  20. Femtosecond laser processing of photovoltaic and transparent materials

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    Ahn, Sanghoon

    The photovoltaic semiconducting and transparent dielectric materials are of high interest in current industry. Femtosecond laser processing can be an effective technique to fabricate such materials since non-linear photochemical mechanisms predominantly occur. In this series of studies, femtosecond (fs) laser processing techniques that include laser drilling on Si wafer, laser scribing on CIGS thin film, laser ablation on Lithium Niobate (LN) crystal, and fabrication of 3D structures in fused silica were studied. The fs laser drilling on Si wafer was performed to fabricate via holes for wrap-through PV devices. For reduction of the number of shots in fs laser drilling process, self-action of laser light in the air was initiated. To understand physical phenomena during laser drilling, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), emission, and shadowgraph images were studied. The result indicated the presence of two mechanisms that include fabrication by self-guided beam and wall-guided beam. Based on our study, we could fabricate ~16 micrometer circular-shaped via holes with ~200 laser pulses on 160-170 micrometer thick c- and mc-Si wafer. For the fs laser scribing on ink jet printed CIGS thin film solar cell, the effect of various parameters that include pulse accumulation, wavelength, pulse energy, and overlapping were elucidated. In our processing regime, the effect of wavelength could be diminished due to compensation between beam size, pulse accumulation, energy fluence, and the absorption coefficient. On the other hand, for high PRF fs laser processing, pulse accumulation effect cannot be ignored, while it can be negligible in low PRF fs laser processing. The result indicated the presence of a critical energy fluence for initiating delamination of CIGS layer. To avoid delamination and fabricate fine isolation lines, the overlapping method can be applied. With this method, ~1 micrometer width isolation lines were fabricated. The fs laser ablation on LN wafer was studied

  1. Femtosecond Laser Patterning of the Biopolymer Chitosan for Biofilm Formation

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    Estevam-Alves, Regina; Ferreira, Paulo Henrique Dias; Coatrini, Andrey C.; Oliveira, Osvaldo N.; Fontana, Carla Raquel; Mendonca, Cleber Renato

    2016-01-01

    Controlling microbial growth is crucial for many biomedical, pharmaceutical and food industry applications. In this paper, we used a femtosecond laser to microstructure the surface of chitosan, a biocompatible polymer that has been explored for applications ranging from antimicrobial action to drug delivery. The influence of energy density on the features produced on chitosan was investigated by optical and atomic force microscopies. An increase in the hydrophilic character of the chitosan surface was attained upon laser micromachining. Patterned chitosan films were used to observe Staphylococcus aureus (ATCC 25923) biofilm formation, revealing an increase in the biofilm formation in the structured regions. Our results indicate that fs-laser micromachining is an attractive option to pattern biocompatible surfaces, and to investigate basic aspects of the relationship between surface topography and bacterial adhesion. PMID:27548153

  2. Measurement of acceleration in femtosecond laser-plasmas

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    Haessner, R.; Theobald, W.; Niedermeier, S.; Michelmann, K.; Feurer, T.; Schillinger, H.; Sauerbrey, R.

    1998-02-20

    Accelerations up to 4x10{sup 19} m/s{sup 2} are measured in femtosecond laser-produced plasmas at intensities of 10{sup 18} W/cm{sup 2} using the Frequency Resolved Optical Gating (FROG) technique. A high density plasma is formed by focusing an ultrashort unchirped laser pulse on a plane carbon target and part of the reflected pulse is eventually detected by a FROG autocorrelator. Radiation pressure and thermal pressure accelerate the plasma which causes a chirp in the reflected laser pulse. The retrieved phase and amplitude information reveal that the plasma motion is dominated by the large light pressure which pushes the plasma into the target. This is supported by theoretical estimates and by the results of independently measured time integrated spectra of the reflected pulse.

  3. Femtosecond laser pulse induced desorption: A molecular dynamics simulation

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    Lončarić, Ivor; Alducin, Maite; Saalfrank, Peter; Juaristi, J. Iñaki

    2016-09-01

    In recent simulations of femtosecond laser induced desorption of molecular oxygen from the Ag(110) surface, it has been shown that depending on the properties (depth and electronic environment) of the well in which O2 is adsorbed, the desorption can be either induced dominantly by hot electrons or via excitations of phonons. In this work we explore whether the ratios between the desorption yields from different adsorption wells can be tuned by changing initial surface temperature and laser pulse properties. We show that the initial surface temperature is an important parameter, and that by using low initial surface temperatures the electronically mediated process can be favored. In contrast, laser properties seem to have only a modest influence on the results.

  4. Femtosecond laser micromachining of aluminum surfaces under controlled gas atmospheres

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    Robinson, G. M.; Jackson, M. J.

    2006-04-01

    The interaction of 180 femtosecond (fs), 775 nm laser pulses with the surface of aluminum under controlled gas atmospheres at ambient pressure has been investigated to study material redeposition, residual surface roughness, and ablation rate. The effect of using various gases to protect the surface of the material appears to interfere with the effects of the plasma and can change the resulting microstructure of the machined surface. By varying the combinations of fluence and laser-scanning speed during ultrafast ablation at high repetition rates, an optimum micromachining condition can be reached, depending on the type of gas used during machining. The debris produced under certain laser-machining conditions tends to produce pure aluminum nanoparticles that are deposited very close to the machined feature by the gas used to protect the surface of the aluminum.

  5. Nanoscale patterning of graphene through femtosecond laser ablation

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    Sahin, R.; Akturk, S.; Simsek, E.

    2014-02-03

    We report on nanometer-scale patterning of single layer graphene on SiO{sub 2}/Si substrate through femtosecond laser ablation. The pulse fluence is adjusted around the single-pulse ablation threshold of graphene. It is shown that, even though both SiO{sub 2} and Si have more absorption in the linear regime compared to graphene, the substrate can be kept intact during the process. This is achieved by scanning the sample under laser illumination at speeds yielding a few numbers of overlapping pulses at a certain point, thereby effectively shielding the substrate. By adjusting laser fluence and translation speed, 400 nm wide ablation channels could be achieved over 100 μm length. Raster scanning of the sample yields well-ordered periodic structures, provided that sufficient gap is left between channels. Nanoscale patterning of graphene without substrate damage is verified with Scanning Electron Microscope and Raman studies.

  6. Femtosecond pulsed laser deposition of biological and biocompatible thin layers

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    Hopp, B.; Smausz, T.; Kecskeméti, G.; Klini, A.; Bor, Zs.

    2007-07-01

    In our study we investigate and report the femtosecond pulsed laser deposition of biological and biocompatible materials. Teflon, polyhydroxybutyrate, polyglycolic-acid, pepsin and tooth in the form of pressed pellets were used as target materials. Thin layers were deposited using pulses from a femtosecond KrF excimer laser system (FWHM = 450 fs, λ = 248 nm, f = 10 Hz) at different fluences: 0.6, 0.9, 1.6, 2.2, 2.8 and 3.5 J/cm 2, respectively. Potassium bromide were used as substrates for diagnostic measurements of the films on a FTIR spectrometer. The pressure in the PLD chamber was 1 × 10 -3 Pa, and in the case of tooth and Teflon the substrates were heated at 250 °C. Under the optimized conditions the chemical structure of the deposited materials seemed to be largely preserved as evidenced by the corresponding IR spectra. The polyglycolic-acid films showed new spectral features indicating considerable morphological changes during PLD. Surface structure and thickness of the layers deposited on Si substrates were examined by an atomic force microscopy (AFM) and a surface profilometer. An empirical model has been elaborated for the description of the femtosecond PLD process. According to this the laser photons are absorbed in the surface layer of target resulting in chemical dissociation of molecules. The fast decomposition causes explosion-like gas expansion generating recoil forces which can tear off and accelerate solid particles. These grains containing target molecules without any chemical damages are ejected from the target and deposited onto the substrate forming a thin layer.

  7. Femtosecond laser processing of protein crystals grown in agarose gel

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    Hasenaka, Hitoshi; Sugiyama, Shigeru; Hirose, Mika; Shimizu, Noriko; Kitatani, Tomoya; Takahashi, Yoshinori; Adachi, Hiroaki; Takano, Kazufumi; Murakami, Satoshi; Inoue, Tsuyoshi; Mori, Yusuke; Matsumura, Hiroyoshi

    2009-12-01

    Manual manipulation of protein crystals is often required in order to obtain X-ray diffraction (XRD) data, but the success of the manual operation depends on the experience and fortuity of the operators. Here, we demonstrated the processing of protein crystals grown in semi-solid agarose gel using a femtosecond laser. This high-precision, reproducible processing could be achieved without unsealing the crystallization trays by using a focused femtosecond laser. We confirmed that the gel-immobilized crystals of hen egg white lysozyme, glucose isomerase and thaumatin could be processed by this technique. In contrast, the processing of protein crystals grown in non-gelled solution triggered polycrystallization or was unsuccessful. The processed gel-grown lysozyme crystal was subsequently captured by a nylon loop without difficulty and mounted onto the goniometer head of the XRD equipment for XRD data collection. The statistics of the obtained XRD data indicated that laser irradiation has little influence on crystallinity, suggesting that the processed protein crystals are virtually suitable for X-ray analysis. This approach provides a reliable method of processing protein crystals and may lead to an automated system for protein crystal processing.

  8. Two wavelength femtosecond laser induced DNA-protein crosslinking.

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    Russmann, C; Stollhof, J; Weiss, C; Beigang, R; Beato, M

    1998-01-01

    Nucleic acid-protein interactions are essential for storage, reproduction and expression of genetic information. Biochemical methods, such as dimethyl sulfate genomic footprinting, have been developed to study stable protein-DNA interactions in vivo and chemical crosslinking has been used for less stable interactions, but the chemical agents are slow, damage cells and perturb native equilibria. To avoid these perturbations, UV laser crosslinking offers an alternative, although the energies required for significant crosslinking cause extensive DNA damage. We find that a combination of femtosecond laser pulses at two different wavelengths, in the UV and the visible range, increases the crosslinking efficiency while minimizing DNA damage. This technique also allowed us to directly measure the singlet S1lifetime of native DNA (tauS1 = 3.2 +/- 0.2 ps), which is mainly determined by the lifetime of thymine [tauS1 = 2.8 +/- 0.4 ps for (dT)16], the photochemically most reactive base. Our results suggest that two wavelength femtosecond laser pulses are well suited for the identification of transcription factors interacting with defined sequences and for studying the kinetics of protein-nucleic acid interactions in intact cells. PMID:9705506

  9. Influence of SOD on THG for femtosecond laser pulse

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    Trofimov, Vyacheslav A.; Sidorov, Pavel S.

    2017-02-01

    THG is used nowadays in many practical applications such as a substance diagnostics, and biological objects imaging, and etc. Therefore, THG features understanding are urgent problem and this problem attracts an attention of many researchers. In this paper we analyze THG efficiency of a femtosecond laser pulse. Consideration is based on computer simulation of the laser pulse propagation with taking into account a selfand cross- modulation of the interacting waves, and their SOD, and phase mismatching. Moreover, we analyze an influence of the non-homogeneous phase mismatching along laser pulse propagation coordinate. In this case, a phase matching occurs only in narrow area of longitudinal coordinate. Due to strong self- and crossmodulation of interacting waves it is possible to manage effective THG. Using the frame-work of long pulse duration approximation and plane wave approximation as well as an original approach we write the explicit solution of Schrödinger equations describing the frequency tripling of femtosecond pulse. It should be stressed, that the main feature of our approach consists in conservation laws using corresponding to wave interaction process.

  10. Femtosecond laser precipitation of non-centrosymmetric crystals in glasses

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    Liebig, C. M.; Goldstein, J.; McDaniel, S. A.; Glaze, E.; Krein, D.; Cook, G.

    2016-09-01

    Optical processes that rely on second-order nonlinear optical effects such as second harmonic generation and optical parametric amplification require the use of non-centrosymmetric crystals (NCCs). Recently it has been reported that femtosecond lasers can be used to precipitate NCCs within supersaturated glasses, forming waveguide structures [1]. During laser writing, a combination of thermal gradients together with the laser polarization, cause the alignment of the polar axis of the NCC along the writing direction. Femtosecond precipitation of NCCs in glass has the potential to be a lower-cost alternative to other methods of achieving NCC waveguiding structures. In this study a widely used ferroelectric NCC, Lithium Niobate, was precipitated in 33LiO2-33Nb2O5-34SiO2 (mol%) (LNS) glass, forming crystalline aligned channels within the amorphous glassy matrix. The precipitated lithium niobate was characterized and the structural orientation determined. The waveguiding characteristics were measured for several conditions to determine optimal power and writing speed. This procedure was then modified to optimize the precipitated 1-D structures for photonic and holographic applications.

  11. Microfabrication of transparent materials using filamented femtosecond laser beams

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    Butkus, S.; Paipulas, D.; Gaižauskas, Eugenijus; KaškelytÄ--, D.; Sirutkaitis, V.

    2014-05-01

    Glass drilling realized with the help of femtosecond lasers attract industrial attention, however, desired tasks may require systems employing high numerical aperture (NA) focusing conditions, low repetition rate lasers and complex fast motion translation stages. Due to the sensitivity of such systems, slight instabilities in parameter values can lead to crack formations, severe fabrication rate decrement and poor quality overall results. A microfabrication system lacking the stated disadvantages was constructed and demonstrated in this report. An f-theta lens was used in combination with a galvanometric scanner, in addition, a water pumping system that enables formation of water films of variable thickness in real time on the samples. Water acts as a medium for filament formation, which in turn decreases the focal spot diameter and increases fluence and axial focal length. This article demonstrates the application of a femtosecond (280fs) laser towards rapid cutting of different transparent materials. Filament formation in water gives rise to strong ablation at the surface of the sample, moreover, the water, surrounding the ablated area, adds increased cooling and protection from cracking. The constructed microfabrication system is capable of drilling holes in thick soda-lime, hardened glasses and sapphire. The fabrication time varies depending on the diameter of the hole and spans from a few to several hundred seconds. Moreover, complex-shape fabrication was demonstrated.

  12. Penetrating Keratoplasty for Keratoconus - Excimer Versus Femtosecond Laser Trephination.

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    Seitz, Berthold; Langenbucher, Achim; Hager, Tobias; Janunts, Edgar; El-Husseiny, Moatasem; Szentmáry, Nora

    2017-01-01

    In case of keratoconus, rigid gas-permeable contact lenses as the correction method of first choice allow for a good visual acuity for quite some time. In a severe stage of the disease with major cone-shaped protrusion of the cornea, even specially designed keratoconus contact lenses are no more tolerated. In case of existing contraindications for intrastromal ring segments, corneal transplantation typically has a very good prognosis. In case of advanced keratoconus - especially after corneal hydrops due to rupture of Descemet's membrane - penetrating keratoplasty (PKP) still is the surgical method of first choice. Noncontact excimer laser trephination seems to be especially beneficial for eyes with iatrogenic keratectasia after LASIK and those with repeat grafts in case of "keratoconus recurrences" due to small grafts with thin host cornea. For donor trephination from the epithelial side, an artificial chamber is used. Wound closure is achieved with a double running cross-stitch suture according to Hoffmann. Graft size is adapted individually depending on corneal size ("as large as possible - as small as necessary"). Limbal centration will be preferred intraoperatively due to optical displacement of the pupil. During the last 10 years femtosecond laser trephination has been introduced from the USA as a potentially advantageous approach. Prospective clinical studies have shown that the technique of non-contact excimer laser PKP improves donor and recipient centration, reduces "vertical tilt" and "horizontal torsion" of the graft in the recipient bed, thus resulting in significantly less "all-sutures-out" keratometric astigmatism (2.8 vs. 5.7 D), higher regularity of the topography (SRI 0.80 vs. 0.98) and better visual acuity (0.80 vs. 0.63) in contrast to the motor trephine. The stage of the disease does not influence functional outcome after excimer laser PKP. Refractive outcomes of femtosecond laser keratoplasty, however, resemble that of the motor trephine. In

  13. Penetrating Keratoplasty for Keratoconus – Excimer Versus Femtosecond Laser Trephination

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    Seitz, Berthold; Langenbucher, Achim; Hager, Tobias; Janunts, Edgar; El-Husseiny, Moatasem; Szentmáry, Nora

    2017-01-01

    Background: In case of keratoconus, rigid gas-permeable contact lenses as the correction method of first choice allow for a good visual acuity for quite some time. In a severe stage of the disease with major cone-shaped protrusion of the cornea, even specially designed keratoconus contact lenses are no more tolerated. In case of existing contraindications for intrastromal ring segments, corneal transplantation typically has a very good prognosis. Methods: In case of advanced keratoconus – especially after corneal hydrops due to rupture of Descemet’s membrane – penetrating keratoplasty (PKP) still is the surgical method of first choice. Noncontact excimer laser trephination seems to be especially beneficial for eyes with iatrogenic keratectasia after LASIK and those with repeat grafts in case of “keratoconus recurrences” due to small grafts with thin host cornea. For donor trephination from the epithelial side, an artificial chamber is used. Wound closure is achieved with a double running cross-stitch suture according to Hoffmann. Graft size is adapted individually depending on corneal size („as large as possible – as small as necessary“). Limbal centration will be preferred intraoperatively due to optical displacement of the pupil. During the last 10 years femtosecond laser trephination has been introduced from the USA as a potentially advantageous approach. Results: Prospective clinical studies have shown that the technique of non-contact excimer laser PKP improves donor and recipient centration, reduces “vertical tilt” and “horizontal torsion” of the graft in the recipient bed, thus resulting in significantly less “all-sutures-out” keratometric astigmatism (2.8 vs. 5.7 D), higher regularity of the topography (SRI 0.80 vs. 0.98) and better visual acuity (0.80 vs. 0.63) in contrast to the motor trephine. The stage of the disease does not influence functional outcome after excimer laser PKP. Refractive outcomes of femtosecond laser

  14. Femtosecond laser fabrication of nanostructures in silica glass.

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    Taylor, R S; Hnatovsky, C; Simova, E; Rayner, D M; Bhardwaj, V R; Corkum, P B

    2003-06-15

    A femtosecond laser beam focused inside fused silica and other glasses can modify the refractive index of the glass. Chemical etching and atomic-force microscope studies show that the modified region can have a sharp-tipped cone-shaped structure with a tip diameter as small as 100 nm. Placing the structure near the bottom surface of a silica glass sample and applying a selective chemical etch to the bottom surface produces clean, circular, submicrometer-diameter holes. Holes spaced as close to one another as 1.4 microm are demonstrated.

  15. Precision spectroscopy of hydrogen and femtosecond laser frequency combs.

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    Hänsch, T W; Alnis, J; Fendel, P; Fischer, M; Gohle, C; Herrmann, M; Holzwarth, R; Kolachevsky, N; Udem, Th; Zimmermann, M

    2005-09-15

    Precision spectroscopy of the simple hydrogen atom has inspired dramatic advances in optical frequency metrology: femtosecond laser optical frequency comb synthesizers have revolutionized the precise measurement of optical frequencies, and they provide a reliable clock mechanism for optical atomic clocks. Precision spectroscopy of the hydrogen 1S-2S two-photon resonance has reached an accuracy of 1.4 parts in 10(14), and considerable future improvements are envisioned. Such laboratory experiments are setting new limits for possible slow variations of the fine structure constant alpha and the magnetic moment of the caesium nucleus mu(Cs) in units of the Bohr magneton mu(B).

  16. Femtosecond Laser Processing by Using Patterned Vector Optical Fields

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    Lou, Kai; Qian, Sheng-Xia; Ren, Zhi-Cheng; Tu, Chenghou; Li, Yongnan; Wang, Hui-Tian

    2013-01-01

    We present and demonstrate an approach for femtosecond laser processing by using patterned vector optical fields (PVOFs) composed of multiple individual vector optical fields. The PVOFs can be flexibly engineered due to the diversity of individual vector optical fields in spatial arrangement and distribution of states of polarization, and it is easily created with the aid of a spatial light modulator. The focused PVOFs will certainly result in various interference patterns, which are then used to fabricate multi-microholes with various patterns on silicon. The present approach can be expanded to fabricate three-dimensional microstructures based on two-photon polymerization. PMID:23884360

  17. Thermal poling induced second-order nonlinearity in femtosecond- laser-modified fused silica

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    An Honglin; Fleming, Simon; McMillen, Benjamin W.; Chen, Kevin P.; Snoke, David

    2008-08-11

    Thermal poling was utilized to induce second-order nonlinearity in regions of fused silica modified by 771 nm femtosecond laser pulses. With second-harmonic microscopy, it was found that the nonlinearity in the laser-modified region was much lower than that in nonmodified regions. This is attributed to a more rigid glass network after irradiation by the femtosecond laser pulses and/or lack of mobile alkali ions. Measurement of the distribution of chemical elements in the femtosecond-laser-modified region in a soda lime glass revealed a lower level of sodium ions.

  18. Femtosecond-laser-induced shockwaves in water generated at an air-water interface.

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    Strycker, B D; Springer, M M; Traverso, A J; Kolomenskii, A A; Kattawar, G W; Sokolov, A V

    2013-10-07

    We report generation of femtosecond-laser-induced shockwaves at an air-water interface by millijoule femtosecond laser pulses. We document and discuss the main processes accompanying this phenomenon, including light emission, development of the ablation plume in the air, formation of an ablation cavity, and, subsequently, a bubble developing in water. We also discuss the possibility of remotely controlling the characteristics of laser-induced sound waves in water through linear acoustic superposition of sound waves that results from millijoule femtosecond laser-pulse interaction with an air-water interface, thus opening up the possibility of remote acoustic applications in oceanic and riverine environments.

  19. Femtosecond Laser Micro- and Nanopatterning of the Fused Silica Tube to Enhance Capillary Effect

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    Kim, Youngseop; Sohn, Ik-Bu; Noh, Young-Chul

    2012-10-01

    Femtosecond lasers have considerable advantages over conventional lasers for micromachining of transparent materials, and here we use these advantages to fabricate a new type of glass capillary tube with micro- and nanopatterns on the inner surface of the tube. In terms of femtosecond laser patterning, we focused on the polarization state of the femtosecond laser and found that the variation of polarization affected the performance of capillary tubes, especially capillary rise and contact angle. We subsequently confirmed that the number of micropatterns and the direction of nanoripples most greatly affected the capillary rise.

  20. Femtosecond laser nano-fabrication and its biomedical applications

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    Tavangar, Amirhossein

    This dissertation aims to develop a new technique for fabrication of three-dimensional (3-D) interwoven nanofibrous platforms using femtosecond laser ablation of solids in ambient conditions. In the first part, the mechanism of ablation of solids by multiple femtosecond laser pulses in ambient air is described in an explicit analytical form. The formulas for evaporation rates and the number of ablated particles for laser ablation by multiple pulses as a function of laser parameters, background gas, and material properties are predicted and compared to experimental results. Later, the formation mechanism of the nanofibrous structures during laser ablation of targets in the presence of air is discussed. The results indicate that femtosecond laser ablation of solids at air background yields crystalline nanostructures. It's also shown that this technique allows synthesis of 3-D nanostructures on a wide range of materials including synthetic and natural materials. Later, potential practice of the proposed technique for integration of nanostructures on transparent platforms as well as inside microstructures toward device fabrication is investigated. Presented studies show that integrated nanostructure inside microchannels can be fabricated in one single step using this technique. Finally, to address the potential use of the nanostructures for biomedical application, several studies are performed to evaluate the bioactivity and biocompatibility of the nanostructures. The fabricated nanostructures incorporate the functions of 3-D nano-scaled topography and modified chemical properties to improve osseointegration, while at the same time leaving space for delivering other functional agents. In vitro experiments reveal that the titania nanofibrous platforms possess an excellent bioactivity and can induce rapid, uniform, and controllable bone-like apatite precipitation once immersed in simulated body fluid (SBF). Furthermore, the influence of synthesized titanium platforms on

  1. Effects of femtosecond and excimer lasers on implanted KAMRA corneal inlay in animal models.

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    Sammouh, F K; Baban, T A; Dandan, W N; Warrak, E L

    2017-05-01

    To evaluate the effect of femtosecond laser and excimer laser on an intracorneal inlay (KAMRA(®)) implanted in animal models. Femtosecond laser was used to create corneal intrastromal pockets at 250μm depth in five porcine eyes. Four intact KAMRA inlays, examined by slit-lamp biomicroscopy and light microscopy, were implanted in the pocket of four eyes. A standard LASIK flap was created above each implanted inlay in the four eyes using a femtosecond laser with flap thicknesses of 150μm, 130μm, 110μm and 90μm. In the fifth porcine eye, a LASIK flap was created using femtosecond laser at 110μm depth, and a fifth inlay was then implanted in the 250μm pocket. Excimer laser ablation was performed under the flap targeting a -3.00 refraction. The inlay was then explanted, examined and reimplanted in the same pocket followed by a second similar excimer laser ablation. Significant burn, shrinkage and distortion of microholes were noted in all the first four inlays following the femtosecond laser flap creation at all the various flap thicknesses. The damage was noted to be more prominent as the distance between the flap and inlay decreased. No apparent effect was noted on the fifth inlay following repeated excimer laser ablations. Unlike excimer laser, femtosecond laser appears to be hazardous and damaging to the intracorneal KAMRA inlay when applied above it. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  2. Dry eye associated with laser in situ keratomileusis: Mechanical microkeratome versus femtosecond laser.

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    Salomão, Marcella Q; Ambrósio, Renato; Wilson, Steven E

    2009-10-01

    To compare the incidence of laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK)-associated dry eye and the need for postoperative cyclosporine A treatment after flap creation with a femtosecond laser and a mechanical microkeratome. Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Eyes were randomized to flap creation with an IntraLase femtosecond laser (30 or 60 kHz) or a Hansatome microkeratome. No patient had signs, symptoms, or treatment of dry eye preoperatively. Flap thickness was determined by intraoperative ultrasonic pachymetry. Slitlamp assessments of the cornea and need for postoperative dry-eye treatment were evaluated preoperatively and 1 month postoperatively. The flap was created with the femtosecond laser in 113 eyes and with the microkeratome in 70 eyes. The difference in mean central flap thickness between the femtosecond group (111 mum +/- 14 [SD]) and the microkeratome group (131 +/- 25 mum) was statistically significant (P<.001). The incidence of LASIK-associated dry eye was statistically significantly higher in the microkeratome group (46%) than in the femtosecond group (8%) (P<.0001), as was the need for postoperative cyclosporine A treatment (24% and 7%, respectively) (P<.01). In the microkeratome group, there was no correlation between thick flaps and a higher incidence of LASIK-induced dry eye. Eyes with femtosecond flaps had a lower incidence of LASIK-associated dry eye and required less treatment for the disorder. In addition to neurotrophic effects from corneal nerve cutting, other factors may be important because no correlation was found between flap thickness (or ablation depth) and the incidence of LASIK-induced dry eye.

  3. Determination of the temporal structure of femtosecond laser pulses by means of laser-induced air plasma

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    Zhang, Nan; Bao, Wen-Xia; Yang, Jing-Hui; Zhu, Xiao-Nong

    2013-05-01

    A new approach is presented to reveal the temporal structure of femtosecond laser pulses by recording the corresponding time-resolved shadowgraphs of the laser-induced air plasma. It is shown that the temporal structures of femtosecond laser pulses, normally not observable by the ordinary intensity autocorrelator, can be detected through intuitively analyzing the ultrafast evolution process of the air plasma induced by the femtosecond laser pulses under examination. With this method, existence of pre- and post-pulses has been clearly unveiled within the time window of ±150 fs in reference with the main 50-fs laser pulses output from a commercial 1-kHz femtosecond laser amplifier. The unique advantage of the proposed method is that it can directly provide valuable information about the pulse temporal structures' effect on the laser-induced ionization or material ablation.

  4. Direct synthesis of nanodiamonds by femtosecond laser irradiation of ethanol

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    Nee, Chen-Hon; Yap, Seong-Ling; Tou, Teck-Yong; Chang, Huan-Cheng; Yap, Seong- Shan

    2016-01-01

    Carbon nanomaterials exhibit novel characteristics including enhanced thermal, electrical, mechanical, and biological properties. Nanodiamonds; first discovered in meteorites are found to be biocompatible, non-toxic and have distinct optical properties. Here we show that nanodiamonds with the size of <5 nm are formed directly from ethanol via 1025 nm femtosecond laser irradiation. The absorption of laser energy by ethanol increased non-linearly above 100 μJ accompanied by a white light continuum arises from fs laser filamentation. At laser energy higher than 300 μJ, emission spectra of C, O and H in the plasma were detected, indicating the dissociation of C2H5OH. Nucleation of the carbon species in the confined plasma within the laser filaments leads to the formation of nanodiamonds. The energy dependence and the roles of the nonlinear phenomenon to the formation of homogeneous nanodiamonds are discussed. This work brings new possibility for bottom-up nanomaterials synthesis based on nano and ultrafast laser physics. PMID:27659184

  5. Femtosecond laser ablation of polytetrafluoroethylene (Teflon) in ambient air

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    Wang, Z. B.; Hong, M. H.; Lu, Y. F.; Wu, D. J.; Lan, B.; Chong, T. C.

    2003-05-01

    Teflon, polytetrafluorethylene (PTFE), is an important material in bioscience and medical application due to its special characteristics (bio-compatible, nonflammable, antiadhesive, and heat resistant). The advantages of ultrashort laser processing of Teflon include a minimal thermal penetration region and low processing temperatures, precision removal of material, and good-quality feature definition. In this paper, laser processing of PTFE in ambient air by a Ti:sapphire femtosecond laser (780 nm, 110 fs) is investigated. It is found that the pulse number on each irradiated surface area must be large enough for a clear edge definition and the ablated depth increases with the pulse number. The air ionization effect at high laser fluences not only degrades the ablated structures quality but also reduces the ablation efficiency. High quality microstructures are demonstrated with controlling laser fluence below a critical fluence to exclude the air ionization effect. The ablated microstructures show strong adhesion property to liquids and clear edges that are suitable for bio-implantation applications. Theoretical calculation is used to analyze the evolution of the ablated width and depth at various laser fluences.

  6. Direct synthesis of nanodiamonds by femtosecond laser irradiation of ethanol

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    Nee, Chen-Hon; Yap, Seong-Ling; Tou, Teck-Yong; Chang, Huan-Cheng; Yap, Seong-Shan

    2016-09-01

    Carbon nanomaterials exhibit novel characteristics including enhanced thermal, electrical, mechanical, and biological properties. Nanodiamonds; first discovered in meteorites are found to be biocompatible, non-toxic and have distinct optical properties. Here we show that nanodiamonds with the size of <5 nm are formed directly from ethanol via 1025 nm femtosecond laser irradiation. The absorption of laser energy by ethanol increased non-linearly above 100 μJ accompanied by a white light continuum arises from fs laser filamentation. At laser energy higher than 300 μJ, emission spectra of C, O and H in the plasma were detected, indicating the dissociation of C2H5OH. Nucleation of the carbon species in the confined plasma within the laser filaments leads to the formation of nanodiamonds. The energy dependence and the roles of the nonlinear phenomenon to the formation of homogeneous nanodiamonds are discussed. This work brings new possibility for bottom-up nanomaterials synthesis based on nano and ultrafast laser physics.

  7. Direct synthesis of nanodiamonds by femtosecond laser irradiation of ethanol.

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    Nee, Chen-Hon; Yap, Seong-Ling; Tou, Teck-Yong; Chang, Huan-Cheng; Yap, Seong-Shan

    2016-09-23

    Carbon nanomaterials exhibit novel characteristics including enhanced thermal, electrical, mechanical, and biological properties. Nanodiamonds; first discovered in meteorites are found to be biocompatible, non-toxic and have distinct optical properties. Here we show that nanodiamonds with the size of <5 nm are formed directly from ethanol via 1025 nm femtosecond laser irradiation. The absorption of laser energy by ethanol increased non-linearly above 100 μJ accompanied by a white light continuum arises from fs laser filamentation. At laser energy higher than 300 μJ, emission spectra of C, O and H in the plasma were detected, indicating the dissociation of C2H5OH. Nucleation of the carbon species in the confined plasma within the laser filaments leads to the formation of nanodiamonds. The energy dependence and the roles of the nonlinear phenomenon to the formation of homogeneous nanodiamonds are discussed. This work brings new possibility for bottom-up nanomaterials synthesis based on nano and ultrafast laser physics.

  8. Picosecond and femtosecond laser ablation of hard tissues

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    Serafetinides, Alexander A.; Makropoulou, Mersini I.; Kar, Ajoy K.; Khabbaz, Marouan

    1996-12-01

    In this study, the interaction of picosecond and femtosecond pulsed laser radiation with human dental tissue was investigated experimentally, as this unexplored field is expected to be a potential alternative in powerful laser processing of biomedical structures. Dentin ablation rate experiments were performed by using teeth sections of different thickness. Dental tissue samples were irradiated in air with i) a regenerative amplifier laser at 1064 nm, pulse duration 110 ps, ii) the second harmonic laser at 532 nm, pulse duration 100 ps, and iii) a picosecond tunable dye amplifier at 595 nm, pulse width 800 fs. In all the experiments the pulse repetition rate was 10 Hz. The ablation rate per pulse at different energy fluence settings was calculated by measuring the time needed for the perforation of the whole dental sample thickness. Short laser pulses can confine thermal energy within the optical zone, which maximizes photothermal and photomechanical mechanisms of interaction. Tissue ablation rates were found to be comparable to or better than other nanosecond lasers, and left smooth surfaces, free of thermal damage.

  9. Femtosecond laser-induced surface wettability modification of polystyrene surface

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    Wang, Bing; Wang, XinCai; Zheng, HongYu; Lam, YeeCheong

    2016-12-01

    In this paper, we demonstrated a simple method to create either a hydrophilic or hydrophobic surface. With femtosecond laser irradiation at different laser parameters, the water contact angle (WCA) on polystyrene's surface can be modified to either 12.7° or 156.2° from its original WCA of 88.2°. With properly spaced micro-pits created, the surface became hydrophilic probably due to the spread of the water droplets into the micro-pits. While with properly spaced micro-grooves created, the surface became rough and more hydrophobic. We investigated the effect of laser parameters on WCAs and analyzed the laser-treated surface roughness, profiles and chemical bonds by surface profilometer, scanning electron microscope (SEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). For the laser-treated surface with low roughness, the polar (such as C—O, C=O, and O—C=O bonds) and non-polar (such as C—C or C—H bonds) groups were found to be responsible for the wettability changes. While for a rough surface, the surface roughness or the surface topography structure played a more significant role in the changes of the surface WCA. The mechanisms involved in the laser surface wettability modification process were discussed.

  10. Improvement of aluminum drilling efficiency and precision by shaped femtosecond laser

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    Qi, Ying; Qi, Hongxia; Chen, Anmin; Hu, Zhan

    2014-10-01

    Shaped femtosecond laser pulses with the plain phase (transform-limited pulse) and sine phase (A = 1.2566, T = 30, T = 10, and T = 5) were used to drill Al sheet in vacuum. Using different phase, the number of pulses required to drill through the sheet was different. With lower laser pulse energy, the ablation rate was the highest when plain phase (corresponding to transform limited pulse) was used. With higher laser energy, the optimized ablation rate can be achieved by increasing the time separation between the subpulses of pulse train produced from the sine phase function. And, with the shaped femtosecond laser, the diameter of ablation holes produced was smaller, the ablation precision was also improved. The results showed that shaped femtosecond laser pulse has great advantages in the context of femtosecond laser drilling.

  11. Wavefront autocorrelation of femtosecond laser beams

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    Grunwald, Ruediger; Neumann, Uwe J.; Griebner, Uwe; Reimann, Klaus; Steinmeyer, Guenter; Kebbel, Volker

    2004-06-01

    Spatially resolved wavefront sensing and time-resolved autocorrelation measurement of ultrashort pulses are usually separated procedures. For few-cycle pulses with significant spatial inhomogeneities and poor beam quality, a fully spatio-temporal beam characterization is necessary. Here we report on a new concept for a joint two-dimensional mapping of local temporal coherence and local wavefront tilt based on the combination of collinear autocorrelation and Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensing. Essentially for this "wavefront autocorrelation" is a splitting of the beam into a matrix of Bessel-like sub-beams by an array of thin-film microaxicons. The sub-beams are further processed by a two-dimensional collinear autocorrelation setup. The second harmonic distribution of sub-beams at a defined distance is imaged onto a CCD camera. The nondiffractive sub-beams ensure an extended depth of focus and a low sensitivity towards angular misalignment or axial displacement. With low-dispersion small-angle refractive-reflective shapers, wavefront-sensing of Ti:sapphire laser wavepackets was demonstrated experimentally for the first time.

  12. Micro-hole drilling and cutting using femtosecond fiber laser

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    Huang, Huan; Yang, Lih-Mei; Liu, Jian

    2014-05-01

    Micro-hole drilling and cutting in ambient air are presented by using a femtosecond fiber laser. At first, the micro-hole drilling was investigated in both transparent (glasses) and nontransparent (metals and tissues) materials. The shape and morphology of the holes were characterized and evaluated with optical and scanning electron microscopy. Debris-free micro-holes with good roundness and no thermal damage were demonstrated with the aspect ratio of 8∶1. Micro-hole drilling in hard and soft tissues with no crack or collateral thermal damage is also demonstrated. Then, trench micromachining and cutting were studied for different materials and the effect of the laser parameters on the trench properties was investigated. Straight and clean trench edges were obtained with no thermal damage.

  13. Ion acceleration by femtosecond laser pulses in small multispecies targets

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    Psikal, J.; Tikhonchuk, V. T.; Limpouch, J.; Andreev, A. A.; Brantov, A. V.

    2008-05-01

    Ion acceleration by ultrashort intense femtosecond laser pulses (˜4×1019W/cm2, ˜30fs) in small targets of uniform chemical composition of two ion species (protons and carbon C4+ ions) is studied theoretically via a particle-in-cell code with two spatial and three velocity components. Energy spectra of accelerated ions, the number and divergence of fast protons, are compared for various target shapes (cylinder, flat foil, curved foil) and density profiles. Dips and peaks are observed in proton energy spectra due to mutual interaction between two ion species. The simulations demonstrate that maximum energy of fast protons depends on the efficiency of laser absorption and the cross section of the hot electron cloud behind the target. A rear-side plasma density ramp can substantially decrease the energy of fast ions and simultaneously enhance their number. These results are compared with analytical estimates and with previously published experiments.

  14. Ablation and nanostructuring of metals by femtosecond laser pulses

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    Ashitkov, S I; Komarov, P S; Ovchinnikov, A V; Struleva, E V; Agranat, M B; Zhakhovskii, V V; Inogamov, N A

    2014-06-30

    Using an interferometric continuous monitoring technique, we have investigated the motion of the surface of an aluminium target in the case of femtosecond laser ablation at picosecond time delays relative to the instant of laser exposure. Measurements of the temporal target dispersion dynamics, molecular dynamics simulation results and the morphology of the ablation crater have demonstrated a thermomechanical (spall) nature of the disruption of the condensed phase due to the cavitation-driven formation and growth of vapour phase nuclei upon melt expansion, followed by the formation of surface nanostructures upon melt solidification. The tensile strength of heated aluminium in a condensed state has been determined experimentally at an expansion rate of ∼10{sup 9} s{sup -1}. (extreme light fields and their applications)

  15. Self assembled nanoparticle aggregates from line focused femtosecond laser ablation.

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    Zuhlke, Craig A; Alexander, Dennis R; Bruce, John C; Ianno, Natale J; Kamler, Chad A; Yang, Weiqing

    2010-03-01

    In this paper we present the use of a line focused femtosecond laser beam that is rastered across a 2024 T3 aluminum surface to produce nanoparticles that self assemble into 5-60 micron diameter domed and in some cases sphere-shaped aggregate structures. Each time the laser is rastered over initial aggregates their diameter increases as new layers of nanoparticles self assemble on the surface. The aggregates are thus composed of layers of particles forming discrete layered shells inside of them. When micron size aggregates are removed, using an ultrasonic bath, rings are revealed that have been permanently formed in the sample surface. These rings appear underneath, and extend beyond the physical boundary of the aggregates. The surface is blackened by the formation of these structures and exhibits high light absorption.

  16. Diamond photonics platform enabled by femtosecond laser writing

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    Sotillo, Belén; Bharadwaj, Vibhav; Hadden, J. P.; Sakakura, Masaaki; Chiappini, Andrea; Fernandez, Toney Teddy; Longhi, Stefano; Jedrkiewicz, Ottavia; Shimotsuma, Yasuhiko; Criante, Luigino; Osellame, Roberto; Galzerano, Gianluca; Ferrari, Maurizio; Miura, Kiyotaka; Ramponi, Roberta; Barclay, Paul E.; Eaton, Shane Michael

    2016-01-01

    Diamond is a promising platform for sensing and quantum processing owing to the remarkable properties of the nitrogen-vacancy (NV) impurity. The electrons of the NV center, largely localized at the vacancy site, combine to form a spin triplet, which can be polarized with 532 nm laser light, even at room temperature. The NV’s states are isolated from environmental perturbations making their spin coherence comparable to trapped ions. An important breakthrough would be in connecting, using waveguides, multiple diamond NVs together optically. However, still lacking is an efficient photonic fabrication method for diamond akin to the photolithographic methods that have revolutionized silicon photonics. Here, we report the first demonstration of three dimensional buried optical waveguides in diamond, inscribed by focused femtosecond high repetition rate laser pulses. Within the waveguides, high quality NV properties are observed, making them promising for integrated magnetometer or quantum information systems on a diamond chip. PMID:27748428

  17. Measuring the Frequency of Light with Femtosecond Laser Pulses

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    Udem, Thomas

    2001-04-01

    We have shown that the modes of a femtosecond mode-locked laser are distributed uniformly in frequency space and can be used like a ruler to measure large optical frequency differences. To measure absolute optical frequencies we created a frequency comb that contained a full optical octave to measure the gap that is spanned by this octave. Unlike the complex harmonic frequency chains used in the past this new approach uses only one laser sources and is nevertheless capable of measuring almost any optical frequency with the same set up. We applied the new technique to determine the absolute frequencies of the cesium D1, of several components in Iodine around 563 THz, a sharp "clock" transition in a single trapped Indium ion and the hydrogen 1S-2S transition. We also tested its performance by comparing two similar set-ups.

  18. Diamond photonics platform enabled by femtosecond laser writing.

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    Sotillo, Belén; Bharadwaj, Vibhav; Hadden, J P; Sakakura, Masaaki; Chiappini, Andrea; Fernandez, Toney Teddy; Longhi, Stefano; Jedrkiewicz, Ottavia; Shimotsuma, Yasuhiko; Criante, Luigino; Osellame, Roberto; Galzerano, Gianluca; Ferrari, Maurizio; Miura, Kiyotaka; Ramponi, Roberta; Barclay, Paul E; Eaton, Shane Michael

    2016-10-17

    Diamond is a promising platform for sensing and quantum processing owing to the remarkable properties of the nitrogen-vacancy (NV) impurity. The electrons of the NV center, largely localized at the vacancy site, combine to form a spin triplet, which can be polarized with 532 nm laser light, even at room temperature. The NV's states are isolated from environmental perturbations making their spin coherence comparable to trapped ions. An important breakthrough would be in connecting, using waveguides, multiple diamond NVs together optically. However, still lacking is an efficient photonic fabrication method for diamond akin to the photolithographic methods that have revolutionized silicon photonics. Here, we report the first demonstration of three dimensional buried optical waveguides in diamond, inscribed by focused femtosecond high repetition rate laser pulses. Within the waveguides, high quality NV properties are observed, making them promising for integrated magnetometer or quantum information systems on a diamond chip.

  19. Dynamics of femtosecond laser produced tungsten nanoparticle plumes

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    Harilal, S. S.; Hassanein, A.; Farid, N.; Kozhevin, V. M.

    2013-11-28

    We investigated the expansion features of femtosecond laser generated tungsten nanoparticle plumes in vacuum. Fast gated images showed distinct two components expansion features, viz., plasma and nanoparticle plumes, separated by time of appearance. The persistence of plasma and nanoparticle plumes are ∼500 ns and ∼100 μs, respectively, and propagating with velocities differed by 25 times. The estimated temperature of the nanoparticles showed a decreasing trend with increasing time and space. Compared to low-Z materials (e.g., Si), ultrafast laser ablation of high-Z materials like W provides significantly higher nanoparticle yield. A comparison between the nanoparticle plumes generated by W and Si is also discussed along with other metals.

  20. Diamond photonics platform enabled by femtosecond laser writing

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    Sotillo, Belén; Bharadwaj, Vibhav; Hadden, J. P.; Sakakura, Masaaki; Chiappini, Andrea; Fernandez, Toney Teddy; Longhi, Stefano; Jedrkiewicz, Ottavia; Shimotsuma, Yasuhiko; Criante, Luigino; Osellame, Roberto; Galzerano, Gianluca; Ferrari, Maurizio; Miura, Kiyotaka; Ramponi, Roberta; Barclay, Paul E.; Eaton, Shane Michael

    2016-10-01

    Diamond is a promising platform for sensing and quantum processing owing to the remarkable properties of the nitrogen-vacancy (NV) impurity. The electrons of the NV center, largely localized at the vacancy site, combine to form a spin triplet, which can be polarized with 532 nm laser light, even at room temperature. The NV’s states are isolated from environmental perturbations making their spin coherence comparable to trapped ions. An important breakthrough would be in connecting, using waveguides, multiple diamond NVs together optically. However, still lacking is an efficient photonic fabrication method for diamond akin to the photolithographic methods that have revolutionized silicon photonics. Here, we report the first demonstration of three dimensional buried optical waveguides in diamond, inscribed by focused femtosecond high repetition rate laser pulses. Within the waveguides, high quality NV properties are observed, making them promising for integrated magnetometer or quantum information systems on a diamond chip.

  1. Selective cell adhesion on femtosecond laser-microstructured polydimethylsiloxane.

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    Alshehri, A M; Hadjiantoniou, S; Hickey, R J; Al-Rekabi, Z; Harden, J L; Pelling, A E; Bhardwaj, V R

    2016-02-19

    We show that femtosecond laser irradiation of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) enables selective and patterned cell growth by altering the wetting properties of the surface associated with chemical and/or topographical changes. In the low pulse energy regime, the surface becomes less hydrophobic and exhibits a low water contact angle compared to the pristine material. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) also reveals an increased oxygen content in the irradiated regions, to which the C2C12 cells and rabbit anti-mouse protein were found to attach preferentially. In the high pulse energy regime, the laser-modified regions exhibit superhydrophobicity and were found to inhibit cell adhesion, whereas cells were found to attach to the surrounding regions due to the presence of nanoscale debris generated by the ablation process.

  2. Laser optoacoustic tomography for the study of femtosecond laser filaments in air

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    Bychkov, A. S.; Cherepetskaya, E. B.; Karabutov, A. A.; Makarov, V. A.

    2016-08-01

    We propose to use optoacoustic tomography to study the characteristics of femtosecond laser filamentation in air and condensed matter. The high spatial resolution of the proposed system, which consists of an array of broadband megahertz piezoelectric elements, ensures its effectiveness, despite the attenuation of ultrasonic waves in air.

  3. Permanent computer-generated holograms embedded in silica glass by femtosecond laser pulses.

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    Li, Yan; Dou, Yanping; An, Ran; Yang, Hong; Gong, Qihuang

    2005-04-04

    We present a novel technique to directly fabricate permanent computer-generated holograms inside silica glass with femtosecond laser pulses. The Fourier transform of an object is performed using a computer and the complex amplitude distribution is encoded by the detour phase method. The resulted cell-oriented hologram is directly written inside a bulk of silica glass by femtosecond laser-induced microexplosion. The image is then reconstructed with a collimated He-Ne laser beam.

  4. Channel waveguide lasers in Nd:GGG crystals fabricated by femtosecond laser inscription.

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    Zhang, Chao; Dong, Ningning; Yang, Jin; Chen, Feng; Vázquez de Aldana, Javier R; Lu, Qingming

    2011-06-20

    Buried channel waveguides have been fabricated in Nd:GGG crystals by using the femtosecond laser inscription. The waveguides are confined between two filaments with propagation losses of 2.0 dB/cm. Stable continuous wave laser oscillation at ~1061 nm has been demonstrated at room temperature. Under 808 nm optical excitation, a pump threshold of 29 mW and a slope efficiency of 25% have been obtained.

  5. Space-selective laser joining of dissimilar transparent materials using femtosecond laser pulses

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    Watanabe, Wataru; Onda, Satoshi; Tamaki, Takayuki; Itoh, Kazuyoshi; Nishii, Junji

    2006-07-10

    We report on the joining of dissimilar transparent materials based on localized melting and resolidification of the materials only around the focal volume due to nonlinear absorption of focused femtosecond laser pulses. We demonstrate the joining of borosilicate glass and fused silica, whose coefficients of thermal expansion are different. The joint strength and the transmittance through joint volume were investigated by varying the translation velocity of the sample and the pulse energy of the irradiated laser pulses.

  6. Atmospheric detection applying Laguerre optics to femtosecond lasers

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    Diaz Garcia, C.

    Development of new femtosecond lasers has revolutionized the active remote sensing systems Detection techniques based on light detection and ranging LIDAR have significantly improved thanks to this laser features All instruments based on LIDAR use a laser that transmits light out to a target This light interacts with and is reflected or scattered back to the instrument where it is analyzed Changes in the properties of the light enable to determine some characteristics of the target Different kinds of lasers are used depending on what is intended to measure A very important field of application has been found in the atmosphere The worrying levels of pollution and aerosol have made necessary the study of ozone profile atmospheric ozone solar radiation terrestrial radiation etc The presence of elements in the atmosphere such as ozone O3 oxygen O2 O4 nitrogen dioxide NO2 sulphur dioxide SO2 chlorine monoxide ClO or chlorine dioxide ClO2 can be detected using light in the infrared spectrum from 700 nm to 350um Each component has a different response to wavelength what allows determining if it appears and in what concentration At the same time the development of lasers specially those that generate ultrashort pulses obtains higher power levels higher spatial resolution and less distortion on the measurement producing better results They allow dynamic analysis in real time of chemical reactions and studies of ultrashort physics processes something not possible until now The purpose of this paper is not only for making a

  7. Femtosecond laser micromachining of dielectric materials for biomedical applications

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    Farson, Dave F.; Choi, Hae Woon; Zimmerman, Burr; Steach, Jeremy K.; Chalmers, Jeffery J.; Olesik, Susan V.; Lee, L. James

    2008-03-01

    Techniques for microfluidic channel fabrication in soda-lime glass and fused quartz using femtosecond laser ablation and ablation in conjunction with polymer coating for surface roughness improvement were tested. Systematic experiments were done to characterize how process variables (laser fluence, scanning speed and focus spot overlap, and material properties) affect the machining feature size and quality. Laser fluence and focus spot overlap showed the strongest influence on channel depth and roughness. At high fluence, the surface roughness was measured to be between 395 nm and 731 nm RMS. At low fluence, roughness decreased to 100 nm-350 nm RMS and showed a greater dependence on overlap. The surface roughness of laser ablation was also dependent on the material properties. For the same laser ablation parameters, soda-lime glass surfaces were smoother than fused quartz. For some applications, especially those using quartz, smoother channels are desired. A hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) polymer coating was applied and the roughness of the coated channels was improved to 10-50 nm RMS.

  8. The fluence threshold of femtosecond laser blackening of metals: The effect of laser-induced ripples

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    Ou, Zhigui; Huang, Min; Zhao, Fuli

    2016-05-01

    With the primary controlling factor of the laser fluence, we have investigated femtosecond laser blackening of stainless steel, brass, and aluminum in visible light range. In general, low reflectance about 5% can be achieved in appropriate ranges of laser fluences for all the treated metal surfaces. Significantly, towards stainless steel and brass a fluence threshold of blackening emerges unusually: a dramatic reflectance decline occurs in a specific, narrow fluence range. In contrast, towards aluminum the reflectance declines steadily over a wide fluence range instead of the threshold-like behavior from steel and brass. The morphological characteristics and corresponding reflectance spectra of the treated surfaces indicates that the blackening threshold of stainless steel and brass corresponds to the fluence threshold of laser-induced subwavelength ripples. Such periodic ripples growing rapidly near ablation threshold absorb visible light efficiently through grating coupling and cavity trapping promoted by surface plasmon polaritons. Whereas, for aluminum, with fluence increasing the looming ripples are greatly suppressed by re-deposited nanoparticle aggregates that present intrinsic colors other than black, and until the formation of large scale "ravines" provided with strong light-trapping, sufficient blackening is achieved. In short, there are different fluence dependencies for femtosecond laser blackening of metals, and the specific blackening fluence threshold for certain metals in the visible range originates in the definite fluence threshold of femtosecond laser-induced ripples.

  9. Laser damage resistant pits in dielectric coatings created by femtosecond laser machining

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    Wolfe, J; Roger Qiu, ,; Stolz, C; Thomas, M; Martinez, C; Ozkan, A

    2009-11-03

    Replacing growing damage sites with benign, laser damage resistant features in multilayer dielectric films may enable large mirrors to be operated at significantly higher fluences. Laser damage resistant features have been created in high reflecting coatings on glass substrates using femtosecond laser machining. These prototype features have been damage tested to over 40 J/cm{sup 2} (1064nm, 3ns pulselength) and have been shown not to damage upon repeated irradiation at 40J/cm{sup 2}. Further work to optimize feature shape and laser machining parameters is ongoing.

  10. Elongation of plasma channel generated by temporally shaped femtosecond laser pulse

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    Chen, Anmin; Li, Suyu; Qi, Hongxia; Jiang, Yuanfei; Hu, Zhan; Huang, Xuri; Jin, Mingxing

    2017-01-01

    Temporally shaped femtosecond laser pulse is used to generate the air plasma channel. The length of plasma channel is optimized by a genetic algorithm. Compared with the transform-limited pulse, the temporally shaped femtosecond laser produced by the spatial light modulator with the genetic algorithm can lead to a significant increase in length and brightness of plasma channel in atmosphere. In particular, the length of the plasma channel produced by the optimized shaped pulse can be extended by 50%. This method can be especially advantageous in the context of femtosecond laser-induced plasma channel.

  11. Measurement of ablation threshold of oxide-film-coated aluminium nanoparticles irradiated by femtosecond laser pulses

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    Chefonov, O. V.; Ovchinnikov, A. V.; Il'ina, I. V.; Agranat, M. B.

    2016-03-01

    We report the results of experiments on estimation of femtosecond laser threshold intensity at which nanoparticles are removed from the substrate surface. The studies are performed with nanoparticles obtained by femtosecond laser ablation of pure aluminium in distilled water. The attenuation (or extinction, i.e. absorption and scattering) spectra of nanoparticles are measured at room temperature in the UV and optical wavelength ranges. The size of nanoparticles is determined using atomic force microscopy. A new method of scanning photoluminescence is proposed to evaluate the threshold of nanoparticle removal from the surface of a glass substrate exposed to IR femtosecond laser pulses with intensities 1011 - 1013 W cm-2.

  12. Excitation of silicon microspheres resonances with femtosecond laser fabricated glass waveguides

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    Ćirkinoǧlu, Hüseyin Ozan; Gökay, Ulaş Sabahattin; Serpengüzel, Ali; Sotillo, Belén.; Bharadwaj, Vibhav; Eaton, Shane M.; Ramponi, Roberta

    2016-09-01

    Optical waveguides were fabricated with femtosecond pulsed lasers on glass and characterized by transmission measurements. Glass waveguides were later used for excitation of the whispering gallery modes in a silicon microsphere. The coupling between the silicon microsphere and the femtosecond laser inscribed optical waveguide was simulated in both 90° elastic scattering and 0° transmission spectra. The silicon microsphere whispering gallery modes are available for both in the transverse electric and transverse magnetic polarizations with a spectral mode spacing of 0.25 nm. Optical resonances on silicon microsphere integrated with femtosecond laser written optical waveguides may lead to future quantum optical communication devices.

  13. CO2 laser polishing of microfluidic channels fabricated by femtosecond laser assisted carving

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    Serhatlioglu, Murat; Ortaç, Bülend; Elbuken, Caglar; Biyikli, Necmi; Solmaz, Mehmet E.

    2016-11-01

    In this study, we investigate the effects of CO2 laser polishing on microscopic structures fabricated by femtosecond laser assisted carving (FLAC). FLAC is the peripheral laser irradiation of 2.5D structures suitable for low repetition rate lasers and is first used to define the microwell structures in fused silica followed by chemical etching. Subsequently, the bottom surface of patterned microwells is irradiated with a pulsed CO2 laser. The surfaces were characterized using an atomic force microscope (AFM) and scanning electron microscope (SEM) in terms of roughness and high quality optical imaging before and after the CO2 laser treatment. The AFM measurements show that the surface roughness improves more than threefold after CO2 laser polishing, which promises good channel quality for applications that require optical imaging. In order to demonstrate the ability of this method to produce low surface roughness systems, we have fabricated a microfluidic channel. The channel is filled with polystyrene bead-laden fluid and imaged with transmission mode microscopy. The high quality optical images prove CO2 laser processing as a practical method to reduce the surface roughness of microfluidic channels fabricated by femtosecond laser irradiation. We further compared the traditional and laser-based glass micromachining approaches, which includes FLAC followed by the CO2 polishing technique.

  14. Investigation of interaction femtosecond laser pulses with skin and eyes mathematical model

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    Rogov, P. U.; Smirnov, S. V.; Semenova, V. A.; Melnik, M. V.; Bespalov, V. G.

    2016-08-01

    We present a mathematical model of linear and nonlinear processes that takes place under the action of femtosecond laser radiation on the cutaneous covering. The study is carried out and the analytical solution of the set of equations describing the dynamics of the electron and atomic subsystems and investigated the processes of linear and nonlinear interaction of femtosecond laser pulses in the vitreous of the human eye, revealed the dependence of the pulse duration on the retina of the duration of the input pulse and found the value of the radiation power density, in which there is a self-focusing is obtained. The results of the work can be used to determine the maximum acceptable energy, generated by femtosecond laser systems, and to develop Russian laser safety standards for femtosecond laser systems.

  15. Regular subwavelength surface structures induced by femtosecond laser pulses on stainless steel.

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    Qi, Litao; Nishii, Kazuhiro; Namba, Yoshiharu

    2009-06-15

    In this research, we studied the formation of laser-induced periodic surface structures on the stainless steel surface using femtosecond laser pulses. A 780 nm wavelength femtosecond laser, through a 0.2 mm pinhole aperture for truncating fluence distribution, was focused onto the stainless steel surface. Under different experimental condition, low-spatial-frequency laser-induced periodic surface structures with a period of 526 nm and high-spatial-frequency laser-induced periodic surface structures with a period of 310 nm were obtained. The mechanism of the formation of laser-induced periodic surface structures on the stainless steel surface is discussed.

  16. Combining femtosecond laser ablation and diode laser welding in lamellar and endothelial corneal transplants

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    Pini, Roberto; Rossi, Francesca; Matteini, Paolo; Ratto, Fulvio; Menabuoni, Luca; Lenzetti, Ivo; Yoo, Sonia H.; Parel, Jean-Marie

    2008-02-01

    Based on our previous clinical experiences in minimally invasive diode laser-induced welding of corneal tissue in penetrating keratoplasty (PK), i.e. full-thickness transplant of the cornea, we combined this technique with the use of a femtosecond laser for applications in lamellar (LK) and endothelial (EK) keratoplasty. In LK, the femtosecond laser was used to prepare donor button and recipient corneal bed; the wound edges were stained with a water solution of Indocyanine Green (ICG) and then irradiated with a diode laser emitting in CW mode to induce stromal welding. Intraoperatory observations and follow-up results up to 6 months indicated the formation of a smooth stromal interface, total absence of edema as well as inflammation, and reduction of post-operative astigmatism, as compared with conventional suturing procedures. In EK the femtosecond laser was used for the preparation of a 100 μm thick, 8.5mm diameter donor corneal endothelium flap. The flap stromal side was stained with ICG. After stripping the recipient Descemet's membrane and endothelium, the donor flap was positioned in the anterior chamber on the inner face of the cornea by an air bubble and secured to the recipient cornea by diode laser pulses delivered by means of a fiberoptic contact probe introduced in the anterior chamber, which produced welding spots of 200 μm diameter. Femtosecond laser sculpturing of the donor cornea provided lamellar and endothelial flaps of preset and constant thickness. Diode laserinduced welding showed a unique potential to permanently secure the donor flap in place, avoiding postoperative displacement and inflammation reaction.

  17. Femtosecond laser-induced microstructures in glasses and applications in micro-optics.

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    Qiu, Jianrong

    2004-01-01

    Femtosecond laser has been widely used in microscopic modifications to materials due to its ultra-short laser pulse and ultrahigh light intensity. When a transparent material e.g. glass is irradiated by a tightly focused femtosecond laser, the photo-induced reaction is expected to occur only near the focused part of the laser beam inside the glass due to the multiphoton processes. We observed various induced structures e.g. color center defects, refractive index change, micro-void and micro-crack, in glasses after the femtosecond laser irradiation. In this paper, we review the femtosecond laser induced phenomena and discuss the mechanisms of the observed phenomena. We also introduce the fabrication of various micro-optical components, e.g. optical waveguide, micro-grating, micro-lens, fiber attenuator, 3-dimensional optical memory by using the femtosecond laser-induced structures. The femtosecond laser will open new possibilities in the fabrication of micro-optical components with various optical functions. Copyright 2004 The Japan Chemical Journal Forum and Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Chem Rec 4: 50-58; 2004: Published online in Wiley InterScience (www.interscience.wiley.com ) DOI 10.1002/tcr.20006

  18. Robust Non-Wetting PTFE Surfaces by Femtosecond Laser Machining

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    Liang, Fang; Lehr, Jorge; Danielczak, Lisa; Leask, Richard; Kietzig, Anne-Marie

    2014-01-01

    Nature shows many examples of surfaces with extraordinary wettability, which can often be associated with particular air-trapping surface patterns. Here, robust non-wetting surfaces have been created by femtosecond laser ablation of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). The laser-created surface structure resembles a forest of entangled fibers, which support structural superhydrophobicity even when the surface chemistry is changed by gold coating. SEM analysis showed that the degree of entanglement of hairs and the depth of the forest pattern correlates positively with accumulated laser fluence and can thus be influenced by altering various laser process parameters. The resulting fibrous surfaces exhibit a tremendous decrease in wettability compared to smooth PTFE surfaces; droplets impacting the virgin or gold coated PTFE forest do not wet the surface but bounce off. Exploratory bioadhesion experiments showed that the surfaces are truly air-trapping and do not support cell adhesion. Therewith, the created surfaces successfully mimic biological surfaces such as insect wings with robust anti-wetting behavior and potential for antiadhesive applications. In addition, the fabrication can be carried out in one process step, and our results clearly show the insensitivity of the resulting non-wetting behavior to variations in the process parameters, both of which make it a strong candidate for industrial applications. PMID:25110862

  19. Optical spectroscopy using gas-phase femtosecond laser filamentation.

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    Odhner, Johanan; Levis, Robert

    2014-01-01

    Femtosecond laser filamentation occurs as a dynamic balance between the self-focusing and plasma defocusing of a laser pulse to produce ultrashort radiation as brief as a few optical cycles. This unique source has many properties that make it attractive as a nonlinear optical tool for spectroscopy, such as propagation at high intensities over extended distances, self-shortening, white-light generation, and the formation of an underdense plasma. The plasma channel that constitutes a single filament and whose position in space can be controlled by its input parameters can span meters-long distances, whereas multifilamentation of a laser beam can be sustained up to hundreds of meters in the atmosphere. In this review, we briefly summarize the current understanding and use of laser filaments for spectroscopic investigations of molecules. A theoretical framework of filamentation is presented, along with recent experimental evidence supporting the established understanding of filamentation. Investigations carried out on vibrational and rotational spectroscopy, filament-induced breakdown, fluorescence spectroscopy, and backward lasing are discussed.

  20. Robust non-wetting PTFE surfaces by femtosecond laser machining.

    PubMed

    Liang, Fang; Lehr, Jorge; Danielczak, Lisa; Leask, Richard; Kietzig, Anne-Marie

    2014-08-08

    Nature shows many examples of surfaces with extraordinary wettability,which can often be associated with particular air-trapping surface patterns. Here,robust non-wetting surfaces have been created by femtosecond laser ablation of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). The laser-created surface structure resembles a forest of entangled fibers, which support structural superhydrophobicity even when the surface chemistry is changed by gold coating. SEM analysis showed that the degree of entanglement of hairs and the depth of the forest pattern correlates positively with accumulated laser fluence and can thus be influenced by altering various laser process parameters. The resulting fibrous surfaces exhibit a tremendous decrease in wettability compared to smooth PTFE surfaces; droplets impacting the virgin or gold coated PTFE forest do not wet the surface but bounce off. Exploratory bioadhesion experiments showed that the surfaces are truly air-trapping and do not support cell adhesion. Therewith, the created surfaces successfully mimic biological surfaces such as insect wings with robust anti-wetting behavior and potential for antiadhesive applications. In addition, the fabrication can be carried out in one process step, and our results clearly show the insensitivity of the resulting non-wetting behavior to variations in the process parameters,both of which make it a strong candidate for industrial applications.

  1. Using femtosecond lasers to modify sizes of gold nanoparticles

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    da Silva Cordeiro, Thiago; Almeida de Matos, Ricardo; Silva, Flávia Rodrigues de Oliveira; Vieira, Nilson D.; Courrol, Lilia C.; Samad, Ricardo E.

    2016-04-01

    Metallic nanoparticles are important on several scientific, medical and industrial areas. The control of nanoparticles characteristics has fundamental importance to increase the efficiency on the processes and applications in which they are employed. The metallic nanoparticles present specific surface plasmon resonances (SPR). These resonances are related with the collective oscillations of the electrons presents on the metallic nanoparticle. The SPR is determined by the potential defined by the nanoparticle size and geometry. There are several methods of producing gold nanoparticles, including the use of toxic chemical polymers. We already reported the use of natural polymers, as for example, the agar-agar, to produce metallic nanoparticles under xenon lamp irradiation. This technique is characterized as a "green" synthesis because the natural polymers are inoffensive to the environment. We report a technique to produce metallic nanoparticles and change its geometrical and dimensional characteristics using a femtosecond laser. The 1 ml initial solution was irradiate using a laser beam with 380 mW, 1 kHz and 40 nm of bandwidth centered at 800 nm. The setup uses an Acousto-optic modulator, Dazzler, to change the pulses spectral profiles by introduction of several orders of phase, resulting in different temporal energy distributions. The use of Dazzler has the objective of change the gold nanoparticles average size by the changing of temporal energy distributions of the laser pulses incident in the sample. After the laser irradiation, the gold nanoparticles average diameter were less than 15 nm.

  2. A 1 μm laser output based on an Er-doped fiber femtosecond laser

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    Liu, H.; Cao, S.; Wang, W.; Lin, B.; Lu, W.; Fang, Z.

    2017-08-01

    The spectral intensity near 1 μm in a supercontinuum (SC) generated from an Er-doped fiber femtosecond optical frequency comb is enhanced effectively by cascading an Yb-doped fiber amplifier after spectral broadening. A 1 μm laser output with a dechirped pulse width of 72 fs and a spectral width of 25 nm is achieved. Through further power amplification, the output power of 1 μm laser can be up to 750 mW and the pulse width after compression is 85 fs. The spectral enhancement technology provides an effective optical source for a 1 μm optical frequency comb based on an Er-doped fiber femtosecond laser.

  3. CONTROL OF LASER RADIATION PARAMETERS: Synchronisation of a femtosecond laser and a Q-switched laser to within 50 ps

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    Katin, E. V.; Lozhkarev, V. V.; Palashov, O. V.; Khazanov, E. A.

    2003-09-01

    A Nd:YLF laser emitting 2-ns pulses synchronised with a femtosecond Cr:forsterite laser is built. The pulse duration and synchronisation are ensured by two Pockels cells, in which voltage pulses are synchronised with the femtosecond laser by fast emitter-coupled logic elements. One of the Pockels cells ensures Q-switching, while the other cuts a short pulse from a 15-ns Q-switched pulse. The experimental results show that the two-step scheme proposed for synchronisation of a Q-switched laser and a passively mode-locked laser provides quite simple and reliable synchronisation of these lasers with a jitter of a few tens of picoseconds.

  4. Theoretical modeling and experiments on a DBR waveguide laser fabricated by the femtosecond laser direct-write technique.

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    Duan, Yuwen; McKay, Aaron; Jovanovic, Nemanja; Ams, Martin; Marshall, Graham D; Steel, M J; Withford, Michael J

    2013-07-29

    We present a model for a Yb-doped distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) waveguide laser fabricated in phosphate glass using the femtosecond laser direct-write technique. The model gives emphasis to transverse integrals to investigate the energy distribution in a homogenously doped glass, which is an important feature of femtosecond laser inscribed waveguide lasers (WGLs). The model was validated with experiments comparing a DBR WGL and a fiber laser, and then used to study the influence of distributed rare earth dopants on the performance of such lasers. Approximately 15% of the pump power was absorbed by the doped "cladding" in the femtosecond laser inscribed Yb doped WGL case with the length of 9.8 mm. Finally, we used the model to determine the parameters that optimize the laser output such as the waveguide length, output coupler reflectivity and refractive index contrast.

  5. Femtosecond versus nanosecond laser machining: comparison of induced stresses and structural changes in silicon wafers

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    Amer, M. S.; El-Ashry, M. A.; Dosser, L. R.; Hix, K. E.; Maguire, J. F.; Irwin, Bryan

    2005-03-01

    Laser micromachining has proven to be a very successful tool for precision machining and microfabrication with applications in microelectronics, MEMS, medical device, aerospace, biomedical, and defense applications. Femtosecond (FS) laser micromachining is usually thought to be of minimal heat-affected zone (HAZ) local to the micromachined feature. The assumption of reduced HAZ is attributed to the absence of direct coupling of the laser energy into the thermal modes of the material during irradiation. However, a substantial HAZ is thought to exist when machining with lasers having pulse durations in the nanosecond (NS) regime. In this paper, we compare the results of micromachining a single crystal silicon wafer using a 150-femtosecond and a 30-nanosecond lasers. Induced stress and amorphization of the silicon single crystal were monitored using micro-Raman spectroscopy as a function of the fluence and pulse duration of the incident laser. The onset of average induced stress occurs at lower fluence when machining with the femtosecond pulse laser. Induced stresses were found to maximize at fluence of 44 J cm -2 and 8 J cm -2 for nanosecond and femtosecond pulsed lasers, respectively. In both laser pulse regimes, a maximum induced stress is observed at which point the induced stress begins to decrease as the fluence is increased. The maximum induced stress was comparable at 2.0 GPa and 1.5 GPa for the two lasers. For the nanosecond pulse laser, the induced amorphization reached a plateau of approximately 20% for fluence exceeding 22 J cm -2. For the femtosecond pulse laser, however, induced amorphization was approximately 17% independent of the laser fluence within the experimental range. These two values can be considered nominally the same within experimental error. For femtosecond laser machining, some effect of the laser polarization on the amount of induced stress and amorphization was also observed.

  6. Fabrication of pillared PLGA microvessel scaffold using femtosecond laser ablation

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    Wang, Hsiao-Wei; Cheng, Chung-Wei; Li, Ching-Wen; Chang, Han-Wei; Wu, Ping-Han; Wang, Gou-Jen

    2012-01-01

    One of the persistent challenges confronting tissue engineering is the lack of intrinsic microvessels for the transportation of nutrients and metabolites. An artificial microvascular system could be a feasible solution to this problem. In this study, the femtosecond laser ablation technique was implemented for the fabrication of pillared microvessel scaffolds of polylactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA). This novel scaffold facilitates implementation of the conventional cell seeding process. The progress of cell growth can be observed in vitro by optical microscopy. The problems of becoming milky or completely opaque with the conventional PLGA scaffold after cell seeding can be resolved. In this study, PLGA microvessel scaffolds consisting of 47 μm × 80 μm pillared branches were produced. Results of cell culturing of bovine endothelial cells demonstrate that the cells adhere well and grow to surround each branch of the proposed pillared microvessel networks. PMID:22605935

  7. Composition analysis by scanning femtosecond laser ultraprobing (CASFLU).

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    Ishikawa, Muriel Y.; Wood, Lowell L.; Campbell, E. Michael; Stuart, Brent C.; Perry, Michael D.

    2002-01-01

    The composition analysis by scanning femtosecond ultraprobing (CASFLU) technology scans a focused train of extremely short-duration, very intense laser pulses across a sample. The partially-ionized plasma ablated by each pulse is spectrometrically analyzed in real time, determining the ablated material's composition. The steering of the scanned beam thus is computer directed to either continue ablative material-removal at the same site or to successively remove nearby material for the same type of composition analysis. This invention has utility in high-speed chemical-elemental, molecular-fragment and isotopic analyses of the microstructure composition of complex objects, e.g., the oxygen isotopic compositions of large populations of single osteons in bone.

  8. Mimicking subsecond neurotransmitter dynamics with femtosecond laser stimulated nanosystems

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    Nakano, Takashi; Chin, Catherine; Myint, David Mo Aung; Tan, Eng Wui; Hale, Peter John; Krishna M., Bala Murali; Reynolds, John N. J.; Wickens, Jeff; Dani, Keshav M.

    2014-06-01

    Existing nanoscale chemical delivery systems target diseased cells over long, sustained periods of time, typically through one-time, destructive triggering. Future directions lie in the development of fast and robust techniques capable of reproducing the pulsatile chemical activity of living organisms, thereby allowing us to mimic biofunctionality. Here, we demonstrate that by applying programmed femtosecond laser pulses to robust, nanoscale liposome structures containing dopamine, we achieve sub-second, controlled release of dopamine - a key neurotransmitter of the central nervous system - thereby replicating its release profile in the brain. The fast delivery system provides a powerful new interface with neural circuits, and to the larger range of biological functions that operate on this short timescale.

  9. Bistable mode of THG for femtosecond laser pulse

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    Trofimov, Vyacheslav A.; Sidorov, Pavel S.; Kuchik, Igor E.

    2016-09-01

    We develop an analytical solution for the THG problem with taking into account self- and cross- modulation of interacting waves. Consideration is made in the framework of long pulse duration approximation and plane wave approximation. Using the original approach, we obtain the explicit solution of Schrödinger equations describing the THG in the framework under consideration both for zero-value amplitude of a wave with triple frequency and for its non-zero value. It should be stressed that the main feature of our approach consists in conservation laws using, which correspond to wave interaction process. We found various regimes of frequency trebling and showed that the THG process possesses a bistable feature under certain condition. We found out also the THG mode, at which the intensities of interacting waves do not change along their propagation coordinate. This leads to existence of soliton solution for THG of femtosecond laser pulses.

  10. Optofluidic integrated cell sorter fabricated by femtosecond lasers.

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    Bragheri, F; Minzioni, P; Martinez Vazquez, R; Bellini, N; Paiè, P; Mondello, C; Ramponi, R; Cristiani, I; Osellame, R

    2012-10-07

    The main trend in optofluidics is currently towards full integration of the devices, thus improving automation, compactness and portability. In this respect femtosecond laser microfabrication is a very powerful technology given its capability of producing both optical waveguides and microfluidic channels. The current challenge in biology is the possibility to perform bioassays at the single cell level to unravel the hidden complexity in nominally homogeneous populations. Here we report on a new device implementing a fully integrated fluorescence-activated cell sorter. This non-invasive device is specifically designed to operate with a limited amount of cells but with a very high selectivity in the sorting process. Characterization of the device with beads and validation with human cells are presented.

  11. Polarization maintaining linear cavity Er-doped fiber femtosecond laser

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    Jang, Heesuk; Jang, Yoon-Soo; Kim, Seungman; Lee, Keunwoo; Han, Seongheum; Kim, Young-Jin; Kim, Seung-Woo

    2015-10-01

    We present a polarization-maintaining (PM) type of Er-doped fiber linear oscillator designed to produce femtosecond laser pulses with high operational stability. Mode locking is activated using a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM) attached to one end of the linear PM oscillator. To avoid heat damage, the SESAM is mounted on a copper-silicon-layered heat sink and connected to the linear oscillator through a fiber buffer dissipating the residual pump power. A long-term stability test is performed to prove that the proposed oscillator design maintains a soliton-mode single-pulse operation without breakdown of mode locking over a week period. With addition of an Er-doped fiber amplifier, the output power is raised to 180 mW with 60 fs pulse duration, from which an octave-spanning supercontinuum is produced.

  12. Computer-generated volume holograms fabricated by femtosecond laser micromachining.

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    Cai, Wenjian; Reber, Theodore J; Piestun, Rafael

    2006-06-15

    We define computer-generated volume holograms (CGVHs) as arbitrary 3D refractive index modulations designed to perform optical functions based on diffraction, scattering, and interference phenomena. CGVHs can differ dramatically from classical volume holograms in terms of coding possibilities, and from thin computer-generated holograms in terms of efficiency and selectivity. We propose an encoding technique for designing such holograms and demonstrate the concept by scanning focused femtosecond laser pulses to produce localized refractive index modifications in glass. These CGVHs show a significant increase in efficiency with thickness. Consequently, they are attractive for photonic integration with free-space and guided-wave devices, as well as for encoding spatial and temporal information.

  13. Femtosecond laser fabrication of microfluidic channels for organic photonic devices.

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    Chaitanya Vishnubhatla, Krishna; Clark, Jenny; Lanzani, Guglielmo; Ramponi, Roberta; Osellame, Roberto; Virgili, Tersilla

    2009-11-01

    We report on innovative application of microchannels with access holes fabricated by femtosecond laser irradiation followed by chemical etching. This technique allows us to demonstrate a novel approach to the achievement of organic photonic devices in which the properties of a conjugated polymer in solution are exploited in a microfluidic configuration to produce an easy-to-integrate photonic device. Filling the microchannel with a diluted polyfluorene solution, we exploit the unique properties of isolated polymeric chains such as ultrafast gain switching (switching response time of 150 fs) with a 100% on-off ratio. In addition, by dispersing nanoparticles in the polymeric solution we are able to achieve random lasing in the microchannel.

  14. Femtosecond laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy of sea water

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    Ilyin, Alexey A.; Golik, Sergey S.

    2013-09-01

    The composition of the line and band spectra of the plasma induced by a femtosecond laser pulse on the surface of sea water is determined. The temporal behaviors of the intensity of the continuum and the Ca II, Mg II and Na I lines are investigated. It is shown that the time dependence of the intensity of the Na I line is described by a monoexponential function. The characteristic decay times of the line intensities of Mg II and Na I were used to estimate the three-body recombination times. Using these values, we estimate the electron number density and the feasibility of Local Thermodynamic Equilibrium (LTE) criterion. A method involving excitation rate constants is proposed for the comparison of detection limits. For a plasma generated on a liquid surface, the following relation among detection limits will be obtained: LOD(Na) < LOD(K) < LOD(Ca) < LOD(Al) < LOD(Mg) < LOD(Zn).

  15. Nonlinear Raman-Nath diffraction of femtosecond laser pulses.

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    Vyunishev, A M; Slabko, V V; Baturin, I S; Akhmatkhanov, A R; Shur, V Ya

    2014-07-15

    We study the nonlinear Raman-Nath diffraction (NRND) of femtosecond laser pulses in a 1D periodic nonlinear photonic structure. The calculated second-harmonic spectra represent frequency combs for different orders of transverse phase matching. These frequency combs are in close analogy with the well-known spectral Maker fringes observed in single crystals. The spectral intensity of the second harmonic experiences a redshift with a propagation angle, which is opposite the case of Čerenkov nonlinear diffraction. We analyze how NRND is affected by the group-velocity mismatch between fundamental and second-harmonic pulses and by the parameters of the structure. Our experimental results prove the theoretical predictions.

  16. Human cadaver retina model for retinal heating during corneal surgery with a femtosecond laser

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    Sun, Hui; Fan, Zhongwei; Yun, Jin; Zhao, Tianzhuo; Yan, Ying; Kurtz, Ron M.; Juhasz, Tibor

    2014-02-01

    Femtosecond lasers are widely used in everyday clinical procedures to perform minimally invasive corneal refractive surgery. The intralase femtosecond laser (AMO Corp. Santa Ana, CA) is a common example of such a laser. In the present study a numerical simulation was developed to quantify the temperature rise in the retina during femtosecond intracorneal surgery. Also, ex-vivo retinal heating due to laser irradiation was measured with an infrared thermal camera (Fluke Corp. Everett, WA) as a validation of the simulation. A computer simulation was developed using Comsol Multiphysics to calculate the temperature rise in the cadaver retina during femtosecond laser corneal surgery. The simulation showed a temperature rise of less than 0.3 degrees for realistic pulse energies for the various repetition rates. Human cadaver retinas were irradiated with a 150 kHz Intralase femtosecond laser and the temperature rise was measured withan infrared thermal camera. Thermal camera measurements are in agreement with the simulation. During routine femtosecond laser corneal surgery with normal clinical parameters, the temperature rise is well beneath the threshold for retina damage. The simulation predictions are in agreement with thermal measurements providing a level of experimental validation.

  17. Fast femtosecond laser ablation for efficient cutting of sintered alumina substrates

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    Oosterbeek, Reece N.; Ward, Thomas; Ashforth, Simon; Bodley, Owen; Rodda, Andrew E.; Simpson, M. Cather

    2016-09-01

    Fast, accurate cutting of technical ceramics is a significant technological challenge because of these materials' typical high mechanical strength and thermal resistance. Femtosecond pulsed lasers offer significant promise for meeting this challenge. Femtosecond pulses can machine nearly any material with small kerf and little to no collateral damage to the surrounding material. The main drawback to femtosecond laser machining of ceramics is slow processing speed. In this work we report on the improvement of femtosecond laser cutting of sintered alumina substrates through optimisation of laser processing parameters. The femtosecond laser ablation thresholds for sintered alumina were measured using the diagonal scan method. Incubation effects were found to fit a defect accumulation model, with Fth,1=6.0 J/cm2 (±0.3) and Fth,∞=2.5 J/cm2 (±0.2). The focal length and depth, laser power, number of passes, and material translation speed were optimised for ablation speed and high quality. Optimal conditions of 500 mW power, 100 mm focal length, 2000 μm/s material translation speed, with 14 passes, produced complete cutting of the alumina substrate at an overall processing speed of 143 μm/s - more than 4 times faster than the maximum reported overall processing speed previously achieved by Wang et al. [1]. This process significantly increases processing speeds of alumina substrates, thereby reducing costs, making femtosecond laser machining a more viable option for industrial users.

  18. Optical microdevices fabricated using femtosecond laser processing (Conference Presentation)

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    Otuka, Adriano J. G.; Tomázio, Nathália B.; Tribuzi, Vinicius; Ferreira, Paulo Henrique D.; De Boni, Leonardo; Mendonça, Cleber R.

    2017-02-01

    Femtosecond laser processing techniques have been widely employed to produce micro or nanodevices with special features. These devices can be selectively doped with organic dyes, biological agents, nanoparticles or carbon nanotubes, increasing the range of applications. Acrylate polymers can be easily doped with various compounds, and therefore, they are interesting materials for laser fabrication techniques. In this work, we use multiphoton absorption polymerization (MAP) and laser ablation to fabricate polymeric microdevices for optical applications. The polymeric sample used in this work is composed in equal proportions of two three-acrylate monomers; while tris(2-hydroxyethyl)isocyanurate triacrylate gives hardness to the structure, the ethoxylated(6) trimethyl-lolpropane triacrylate reduces the shrinkage tensions upon polymerization. These monomers are mixed with a photoinitiator, the 2,4,6-trimetilbenzoiletoxifenil phosphine oxide, enabling the sample polymerization after laser irradiation. Using MAP, we fabricate three-dimensional structures doped with fluorescent dyes. These structures can be used in several optical applications, such as, RGB fluorescent microdevices or microresonators. Using azo compounds like dopant in the host resin, we can apply these structures in optical data storage devices. Using laser ablation technique, we can fabricate periodic microstructures inside polymeric bulks doped with xanthene dyes and single-walled carbon nanotubes, aiming applications in random laser experiments. In structured bulks we observed multi-narrow emission peaks over the xanthene fluorescence emission. Furthermore, in comparison with non-structured bulks, we observed that the periodic structure decreased the degree of randomness, reducing the number of peaks, but defining their position.

  19. Nanosurgery with near-infrared 12-femtosecond and picosecond laser pulses

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    Uchugonova, Aisada; Zhang, Huijing; Lemke, Cornelius; König, Karsten

    2011-03-01

    Laser-assisted surgery based on multiphoton absorption of NIR laser light has great potential for high precision surgery at various depths within the cells and tissues. Clinical applications include refractive surgery (fs-LASIK). The non-contact laser method also supports contamination-free cell nanosurgery. Here we apply femtosecond laser scanning microscopes for sub-100 nm surgery of human cells and metaphase chromosomes. A mode-locked 85 MHz Ti:Sapphire laser with an M-shaped ultrabroad band spectrum (maxima: 770 nm/830 nm) with an in situ pulse duration at the target ranging from 12 femtoseconds up to 3 picoseconds was employed. The effects of laser nanoprocessing in cells and chromosomes have been quantified by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and electron microscopy. These studies demonstrate the potential of extreme ultrashort femtosecond laser pulses at low mean milliwatt powers for sub-100 nm surgery.

  20. Electrofluidics fabricated by space-selective metallization in glass microfluidic structures using femtosecond laser direct writing.

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    Xu, Jian; Wu, Dong; Hanada, Yasutaka; Chen, Chi; Wu, Sizhu; Cheng, Ya; Sugioka, Koji; Midorikawa, Katsumi

    2013-12-07

    Space-selective metallization of the inside of glass microfluidic structures using femtosecond laser direct-write ablation followed by electroless plating is demonstrated. Femtosecond laser direct writing followed by thermal treatment and successive chemical etching allows us to fabricate three-dimensional microfluidic structures inside photosensitive glass. Then, femtosecond laser ablation followed by electroless metal plating enables flexible deposition of patterned metal films on desired locations of not only the top and bottom walls but also the sidewalls of fabricated microfluidic structures. A volume writing scheme for femtosecond laser irradiation inducing homogeneous ablation on the sidewalls of microfluidic structures is proposed for sidewall metallization. The developed technique is used to fabricate electrofluidics in which microelectric components are integrated into glass microchannels. The fabricated electrofluidics are applied to control the temperature of liquid samples in the microchannels for the enhancement of chemical reactions and to manipulate the movement of biological samples in the microscale space.

  1. Femtosecond laser fabrication of linear graphitized microstructures in a bulk of polycarbonate samples

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    Ganin, D. V.; Lapshin, K. E.; Obidin, A. Z.; Vartapetov, S. K.

    2016-08-01

    We have fabricated high aspect ratio straight and curved graphitized lines inside of polycarbonate samples by using a femtosecond laser. Use of a spherical lens with high NA to focusing femtosecond pulse in the bulk of material leads to self-diffraction of laser beam and formation a filamentary structure. We fabricated two kinds of graphitized lines. The first type is a straight line extended in the direction of the laser beam. This type of lines was created by femtosecond laser scanning without pulse overlapping. The second type of graphitized lines is curved lines, which was created by scanning with a significant overlapping of focal spot. We determined conditions of the formation of straight graphitized lines by one femtosecond pulse with diameter about 2 pm and length greater than 1 mm in polycarbonate samples. Mechanism of formation and potential applications of these structures are also discussed.

  2. Optical emission of silicon plasma induced by femtosecond double-pulse laser

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    Chen, Anmin; Wang, Xiaowei; Zhang, Dan; Wang, Ying; Li, Suyu; Jiang, Yuanfei; Jin, Mingxing

    2017-05-01

    In this paper, we present a study on the influence of interpulse delay in laser-induced silicon plasma with femtosecond double-pulse, and two subpulses have different laser energies. The meansured optical emission line collected by a lens is the Si (I) at 390.55 nm. The range of double-pulse interpulse delay is from -150 ps to 150 ps. Unlike the femtosecond double pulses with two same energies, the combination of low + high energies can enhance the spectral emission intensity, while the combination of high + low energies probably reduces the spectral line intensity compared with single-pulse femtosecond laser. The results indicate that the interpulse delay is very important for laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy with femtosecond double-pulse to improve the optical emission intensity.

  3. Continuous intracorneal ring implantation for keratoconus using a femtosecond laser.

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    Jabbarvand, Mahmoud; Salamatrad, Ahmad; Hashemian, Hesam; Mazloumi, Mehdi; Khodaparast, Mehdi

    2013-07-01

    To assess the clinical outcomes after continuous intracorneal ring (ICR) implantation for the management of keratoconus using femtosecond laser technology. Farabi Eye Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. Prospective nonrandomized consecutive case series. All patients presented with reduced visual acuity, contact lens intolerance, and a central corneal thickness of more than 360 μm. A Myoring ICR was inserted in an intrastromal pocket created by a femtosecond laser. The visual, refractive, aberrometric, and corneal biomechanical outcomes were measured preoperatively as well as 1, 3, and 6 months and 1 year postoperatively. The study comprised 98 keratoconic eyes of 98 patients with a mean age of 30.7 years ± 9.01 (SD). Fifteen eyes (15.3%) had grade I keratoconus, 37 eyes (37.7%) had grade II keratoconus, 24 eyes (24.5%) had grade III keratoconus, and 22 eyes (22.4%) had grade IV keratoconus. The uncorrected and corrected distance visual acuities and spherical and cylindrical errors improved 1 month after surgery (P<.001); however, no changes were detected thereafter (P>.05). The mean keratometry and corneal astigmatism decreased 1 month after surgery (P<.001); however, no significant change was observed at the 3-month or 1-year visits compared with the 1-month values (P>.05). Primary coma decreased significantly (P=.03), and spherical aberrations increased significantly (P<.001) postoperatively. Continuous ICR implantation in keratoconus appears to be an acceptable substitute for keratoplasty in advanced keratoconus. No author has a financial or proprietary interest in any material or method mentioned. Copyright © 2013 ASCRS and ESCRS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Femtosecond pulses generated from a synchronously pumped chromium-doped forsterite laser

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    Seas, A.; Petricevic, V.; Alfano, R. R.

    1993-01-01

    Kerr lens mode-locking (KLM) has become a standard method to produce femtosecond pulses from tunable solid state lasers. High power inside the laser resonator propagating through the laser-medium with nonlinear index of refraction, coupled with the stability conditions of the laser modes in the resonator, result in a passive amplitude modulation which explains the mechanism for pulse shortening. Recently, chromium doped forsterite was shown to exhibit similar pulse behavior. A successful attempt to generate femtosecond pulses from a synchronously pumped chromium-doped forsterite laser with intracavity dispersion compensation is reported. Stable, transform limited pulses with duration of 105 fs were routinely generated, tunable between 1240 to 1270 nm.

  5. Whispering-gallery-mode microdisk lasers produced by femtosecond laser direct writing.

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    Ku, Jin-Feng; Chen, Qi-Dai; Zhang, Ran; Sun, Hong-Bo

    2011-08-01

    We report in this Letter fabrication of whispering-gallery-mode microdisk lasers by femtosecond laser direct writing of dye-doped resins. Not only is well-defined disk shape upheld on an inverted cone-shaped supporter, but the disk also exhibits significant lasing actions characteristic of an abrupt increase of light output and the significant narrowing of the spectral lines when the threshold is approached. This work shows that the laser micronanofabrication technology is not only applicable to passive micro-optical components, but also it may play an important role in fabrication of active optoelectronic devices and their integrated photonic circuits.

  6. Impulsive rotational Raman scattering of N2 by a remote "air laser" in femtosecond laser filament.

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    Ni, Jielei; Chu, Wei; Zhang, Haisu; Zeng, Bin; Yao, Jinping; Qiao, Lingling; Li, Guihua; Jing, Chenrui; Xie, Hongqiang; Xu, Huailiang; Cheng, Ya; Xu, Zhizhan

    2014-04-15

    We report on experimental realization of impulsive rotational Raman scattering from neutral nitrogen molecules in a femtosecond laser filament using an intense self-induced white-light seeding "air laser" generated during the filamentation of an 800 nm Ti:sapphire laser in nitrogen gas. The impulsive rotational Raman fingerprint signals are observed with a maximum conversion efficiency of ∼0.8%. Our observation provides a promising way of remote identification and location of chemical species in the atmosphere by a rotational Raman scattering of molecules.

  7. Nondestructive thickness measurement system for multiple layers of paint based on femtosecond fiber laser technologies

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    Sudo, Masaaki; Takayanagi, Jun; Ohtake, Hideyuki

    2016-11-01

    Because optical fiber-based optical systems are generally robust against external interference, they can be used as reliable systems in industrial applications in various fields. This paper describes fiber lasers generating femtosecond pulses that use optical fibers as gain media and optical paths. Additionally, the nondestructive paint multilayer thickness measurement of automotive parts using terahertz waves generated and detected by femtosecond fiber laser systems was conducted.

  8. Direct synthesis of sp-bonded carbon chains on graphite surface by femtosecond laser irradiation

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    Hu, A.; Rybachuk, M.; Lu, Q.-B.; Duley, W. W.

    2007-09-24

    Microscopic phase transformation from graphite to sp-bonded carbon chains (carbyne) and nanodiamond has been induced by femtosecond laser pulses on graphite surface. UV/surface enhanced Raman scattering spectra and x-ray photoelectron spectra displayed the local synthesis of carbyne in the melt zone while nanocrystalline diamond and trans-polyacetylene chains form in the edge area of gentle ablation. These results evidence possible direct 'writing' of variable chemical bonded carbons by femtosecond laser pulses for carbon-based applications.

  9. Comparative study of femtosecond and nanosecond laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy of depleted uranium

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    Emmert, Luke A.; Chinni, Rosemarie C.; Cremers, David A.; Jones, C. Randy; Rudolph, Wolfgang

    2011-01-20

    We present spectra of depleted uranium metal from laser plasmas generated by nanosecond Nd:YAG (1064 nm) and femtosecond Ti:sapphire (800 nm) laser pulses. The latter pulses produce short-lived and relatively cool plasmas in comparison to the longer pulses, and the spectra of neutral uranium atoms appear immediately after excitation. Evidence for nonequilibrium excitation with femtosecond pulses is found in the dependence of spectral line intensities on the pulse chirp.

  10. An alternative approach for femtosecond laser induced black silicon in ambient air

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    Ma, Yuncan; Ren, Hai; Si, Jinhai; Sun, Xuehui; Shi, Haitao; Chen, Tao; Chen, Feng; Hou, Xun

    2012-11-01

    An alternative approach for femtosecond laser induced black silicon in ambient air is proposed, in which, black silicon is fabricated on a tellurium coated silicon substrate via femtosecond laser irradiation in ambient air, and selectively etching with hydrofluoric acid is employed to remove the incorporated oxygen. Results of energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy analysis and absorption measurement show that oxygen is effectively eliminated via etching, and the optical absorption of the black silicon is enhanced.

  11. Ultrasound measurements of cavitation bubble radius for femtosecond laser-induced breakdown in water.

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    Aglyamov, Salavat R; Karpiouk, Andrei B; Bourgeois, Frederic; Ben-Yakar, Adela; Emelianov, Stanislav Y

    2008-06-15

    A recently developed ultrasound technique is evaluated by measuring the behavior of a cavitation bubble that is induced in water by a femtosecond laser pulse. The passive acoustic emission during optical breakdown is used to estimate the location of the cavitation bubble's origin. In turn, the position of the bubble wall is defined based on the active ultrasonic pulse-echo signal. The results suggest that the developed ultrasound technique can be used for quantitative measurements of femtosecond laser-induced microbubbles.

  12. Biomimetic surface structuring using cylindrical vector femtosecond laser beams

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    Skoulas, Evangelos; Manousaki, Alexandra; Fotakis, Costas; Stratakis, Emmanuel

    2017-03-01

    We report on a new, single-step and scalable method to fabricate highly ordered, multi-directional and complex surface structures that mimic the unique morphological features of certain species found in nature. Biomimetic surface structuring was realized by exploiting the unique and versatile angular profile and the electric field symmetry of cylindrical vector (CV) femtosecond (fs) laser beams. It is shown that, highly controllable, periodic structures exhibiting sizes at nano-, micro- and dual- micro/nano scales can be directly written on Ni upon line and large area scanning with radial and azimuthal polarization beams. Depending on the irradiation conditions, new complex multi-directional nanostructures, inspired by the Shark’s skin morphology, as well as superhydrophobic dual-scale structures mimicking the Lotus’ leaf water repellent properties can be attained. It is concluded that the versatility and features variations of structures formed is by far superior to those obtained via laser processing with linearly polarized beams. More important, by exploiting the capabilities offered by fs CV fields, the present technique can be further extended to fabricate even more complex and unconventional structures. We believe that our approach provides a new concept in laser materials processing, which can be further exploited for expanding the breadth and novelty of applications.

  13. Femtosecond laser ablation of brass in air and liquid media

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    Shaheen, M. E.; Gagnon, J. E.; Fryer, B. J.

    2013-06-07

    Laser ablation of brass in air, water, and ethanol was investigated using a femtosecond laser system operating at a wavelength of 785 nm and a pulse width less than 130 fs. Scanning electron and optical microscopy were used to study the efficiency and quality of laser ablation in the three ablation media at two different ablation modes. With a liquid layer thickness of 3 mm above the target, ablation rate was found to be higher in water and ethanol than in air. Ablation under water and ethanol showed cleaner surfaces and less debris re-deposition compared to ablation in air. In addition to spherical particles that are normally formed from re-solidified molten material, micro-scale particles with varying morphologies were observed scattered in the ablated structures (craters and grooves) when ablation was conducted under water. The presence of such particles indicates the presence of a non-thermal ablation mechanism that becomes more apparent when ablation is conducted under water.

  14. Biomimetic surface structuring using cylindrical vector femtosecond laser beams

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    Skoulas, Evangelos; Manousaki, Alexandra; Fotakis, Costas; Stratakis, Emmanuel

    2017-01-01

    We report on a new, single-step and scalable method to fabricate highly ordered, multi-directional and complex surface structures that mimic the unique morphological features of certain species found in nature. Biomimetic surface structuring was realized by exploiting the unique and versatile angular profile and the electric field symmetry of cylindrical vector (CV) femtosecond (fs) laser beams. It is shown that, highly controllable, periodic structures exhibiting sizes at nano-, micro- and dual- micro/nano scales can be directly written on Ni upon line and large area scanning with radial and azimuthal polarization beams. Depending on the irradiation conditions, new complex multi-directional nanostructures, inspired by the Shark’s skin morphology, as well as superhydrophobic dual-scale structures mimicking the Lotus’ leaf water repellent properties can be attained. It is concluded that the versatility and features variations of structures formed is by far superior to those obtained via laser processing with linearly polarized beams. More important, by exploiting the capabilities offered by fs CV fields, the present technique can be further extended to fabricate even more complex and unconventional structures. We believe that our approach provides a new concept in laser materials processing, which can be further exploited for expanding the breadth and novelty of applications. PMID:28327611

  15. Diffusion-assisted high-resolution direct femtosecond laser writing.

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    Sakellari, Ioanna; Kabouraki, Elmina; Gray, David; Purlys, Vytautas; Fotakis, Costas; Pikulin, Alexander; Bityurin, Nikita; Vamvakaki, Maria; Farsari, Maria

    2012-03-27

    We present a new method for increasing the resolution of direct femtosecond laser writing by multiphoton polymerization, based on quencher diffusion. This method relies on the combination of a mobile quenching molecule with a slow laser scanning speed, allowing the diffusion of the quencher in the scanned area and the depletion of the multiphoton-generated radicals. The material we use is an organic-inorganic hybrid, while the quencher is a photopolymerizable amine-based monomer which is bound on the polymer backbone upon fabrication of the structures. We use this method to fabricate woodpile structures with a 400 nm intralayer period. This is comparable to the results produced by direct laser writing based on stimulated-emission-depletion microscopy, the method considered today as state-of-the-art in 3D structure fabrication. We optically characterize these woodpiles to show that they exhibit well-ordered diffraction patterns and stopgaps down to near-infrared wavelengths. Finally, we model the quencher diffusion, and we show that radical inhibition is responsible for the increased resolution. © 2012 American Chemical Society

  16. Biomimetic surface structuring using cylindrical vector femtosecond laser beams.

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    Skoulas, Evangelos; Manousaki, Alexandra; Fotakis, Costas; Stratakis, Emmanuel

    2017-03-22

    We report on a new, single-step and scalable method to fabricate highly ordered, multi-directional and complex surface structures that mimic the unique morphological features of certain species found in nature. Biomimetic surface structuring was realized by exploiting the unique and versatile angular profile and the electric field symmetry of cylindrical vector (CV) femtosecond (fs) laser beams. It is shown that, highly controllable, periodic structures exhibiting sizes at nano-, micro- and dual- micro/nano scales can be directly written on Ni upon line and large area scanning with radial and azimuthal polarization beams. Depending on the irradiation conditions, new complex multi-directional nanostructures, inspired by the Shark's skin morphology, as well as superhydrophobic dual-scale structures mimicking the Lotus' leaf water repellent properties can be attained. It is concluded that the versatility and features variations of structures formed is by far superior to those obtained via laser processing with linearly polarized beams. More important, by exploiting the capabilities offered by fs CV fields, the present technique can be further extended to fabricate even more complex and unconventional structures. We believe that our approach provides a new concept in laser materials processing, which can be further exploited for expanding the breadth and novelty of applications.

  17. Microscopic and macroscopic modeling of femtosecond laser ablation of metals

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    Povarnitsyn, Mikhail E.; Fokin, Vladimir B.; Levashov, Pavel R.

    2015-12-01

    Simulation of femtosecond laser ablation of a bulk aluminum target is performed using two complementary approaches. The first method is single-fluid two-temperature hydrodynamics (HD) completed with a two-temperature equation of state (EOS). The second approach is a combination of classical molecular dynamics (MD) and a continuum model of a free electron subsystem. In both methods, an identical and accurate description of optical and transport properties of the electron subsystem is based on wide-range models reproducing effects of electron heat wave propagation, electron-phonon/ion coupling and laser energy absorption on a time-dependent profile of the dielectric function. For simulation of homogeneous nucleation in a metastable liquid phase, a kinetic model of nucleation is implemented in the HD approach. The phase diagrams of the EOS and MD potential are in good agreement that gives opportunity to compare the dynamics of laser ablation obtained by both methods directly. Results of simulation are presented in the range of incident fluences 0.1-20 J/cm2 and match well with experimental findings for an ablation crater depth. The MD accurately reproduces nonequilibrium phase transitions and takes into account surface effects on nanoscale. The HD approach demonstrates good qualitative agreement with the MD method in the dynamics of phase explosion and spallation. Other advantages and disadvantages of both approaches are examined and discussed.

  18. Femtosecond laser induced nanostructuring for surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy

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    Messaoudi, H.; Das, S. K.; Lange, J.; Heinrich, F.; Schrader, S.; Frohme, M.; Grunwald, R.

    2014-03-01

    The formation of periodical nanostructures with femtosecond laser pulses was used to create highly efficient substrates for surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). We report about the structuring of silver and copper substrates and their application to the SERS of DNA (herring sperm) and protein molecules (egg albumen). The maximum enhancement factors were found on Ag substrates processed with the second harmonic generation (SHG) of a 1-kHz Ti:sapphire laser and structure periods near the SHG wavelength. In the case of copper, however, the highest enhancement was obtained with long-period ripples induced with at fundamental wavelength. This is explained by an additional significant influence of nanoparticles on the surface. Nanostructured areas in the range of 1.25 mm2 were obtained in 10 s. The surfaces were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, Fast Fourier Transform and Raman spectroscopy. Moreover, the role of the chemical modification of the metal structures is addressed. Thin oxide layers resulting from working in atmosphere which improve the biocompatibility were indicated by vibration spectra. It is expected that the detailed study of the mechanisms of laser-induced nanostructure formation will stimulate further applications of functionalized surfaces like photocatalysis, selective chemistry and nano-biology.

  19. Nonlinear femtosecond near infrared laser structuring in oxide glasses

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    Royon, Arnaud

    Three-dimensional femtosecond laser structuring has a growing interest because of its ease of implementation and the numerous possible applications in the domain of photonic components. Structures such as waveguides, diffraction gratings, optical memories or photonic crystals can be fabricated thanks to this technique. Its use with oxide glasses is promising because of several advantages; they are resistant to flux and ageing, their chemical composition can easily be changed to fit the well-defined requirements of an application. They can already be found in Raman amplifiers, optical fibers, fiber lasers, and other devices. This thesis is based on two axes. The first axis consists in characterizing the linear and nonlinear optical properties of bulk vitreous materials in order to optimize their composition with a particular application in view. Within this context, the nonlinear optical properties, their physical origins (electronic and nuclear) as well as their characteristic response times (from a few femtoseconds to a few hundreds of picoseconds) are described within the Born-Oppenheimer approximation. Fused silica and several sodium-borophosphate glasses containing different concentrations in niobium oxide have been studied. Results show that the nonlinear optical properties of fused silica are mainly from electronic origin, whereas in the sodium-borophosphate glasses, the contribution from nuclear origin becomes predominant when the concentration of niobium oxide exceeds 30%. The second axis is based on the structuring of materials. Three commercially available fused silica samples presenting different fabrication conditions (therefore distinct impurity levels) and irradiated with a near infrared femtosecond laser have been studied. The laser induced defects have been identified by means of several spectroscopic techniques. They show the formation of color centers as well as a densification inside the irradiated area. Their linear refractive index and

  20. Simultaneous picosecond and femtosecond solitons delivered from a nanotube-mode-locked all-fiber laser.

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    Han, D D; Liu, X M; Cui, Y D; Wang, G X; Zeng, C; Yun, L

    2014-03-15

    We propose a compact nanotube-mode-locked all-fiber laser that can simultaneously generate picosecond and femtosecond solitons at different wavelengths. The pulse durations of picosecond and femtosecond solitons are measured to be ∼10.6  ps and ∼466  fs, respectively. Numerical results agree well with the experimental observations and clearly reveal that the dynamic evolutions of the picosecond and femtosecond solitons are qualitatively distinct in the intracavity. Our study presents a simple, stable, low-cost, and dual-scale ultrafast-pulsed laser source suitable for practical applications in optical communications.

  1. Controlling the femtosecond laser-driven transformation of dicyclopentadiene into cyclopentadiene

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    Goswami, Tapas; Das, Dipak K.; Goswami, Debabrata

    2013-01-01

    Dynamics of the chemical transformation of dicyclopentadiene into cyclopentadiene in a supersonic molecular beam is elucidated using femtosecond time-resolved degenerate pump–probe mass spectrometry. Control of this ultrafast chemical reaction is achieved by using linearly chirped frequency modulated pulses. We show that negatively chirped femtosecond laser pulses enhance the cyclopentadiene photoproduct yield by an order of magnitude as compared to that of the unmodulated or the positively chirped pulses. This demonstrates that the phase structure of femtosecond laser pulse plays an important role in determining the outcome of a chemical reaction. PMID:24098059

  2. Control of femtosecond laser interference ejection with angle and polarisation

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    Roper, David M.; Ho, Stephen; Haque, Moez; Herman, Peter R.

    2017-03-01

    The nonlinear interactions of femtosecond lasers are driving multiple new application directions for nanopatterning and structuring of thin transparent dielectric films that serve in range of technological fields. Fresnel reflections generated by film interfaces were recently shown to confine strong nonlinear interactions at the Fabry-Perot fringe maxima to generate thin nanoscale plasma disks of 20 to 40 nm thickness stacked on half wavelength spacing, λ/2nfilm, inside a film (refractive index, nfilm). The following phase-explosion and ablation dynamics have resulted in a novel means for intrafilm processing that includes `quantized' half-wavelength machining steps and formation of blisters with embedded nanocavities. This paper presents an extension in the control of interferometric laser processing around our past study of Si3N4 and SiOx thin films at 515 nm, 800 nm, and 1044 nm laser wavelengths. The role of laser polarization and incident angle is explored on fringe visibility and improving interferometric processing inside the film to dominate over interface and / or surface ablation. SiOx thin films of 1 μm thickness on silicon substrates were irradiated with a 515 nm wavelength, 280 fs duration laser pulses at 0° to 65° incident angles. A significant transition in ablation region from complete film removal to structured quantized ejection is reported for p- and s-polarised light that is promising to improve control and expand the versatility of the technique to a wider range of applications and materials. The research is aimed at creating novel bio-engineered surfaces for cell culture, bacterial studies and regenerative medicine, and nanofluidic structures that underpin lab-in-a-film. Similarly, the formation of intrafilm blisters and nanocavities offers new opportunities in structuring existing thin film devices, such as CMOS microelectronics, LED, lab-on-chips, and MEMS.

  3. Ambient femtosecond laser vaporization and nanosecond laser desorption electrospray ionization mass spectrometry.

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    Flanigan, Paul; Levis, Robert

    2014-01-01

    Recent investigations of ambient laser-based transfer of molecules into the gas phase for subsequent mass spectral analysis have undergone a renaissance resulting from the separation of vaporization and ionization events. Here, we seek to provide a snapshot of recent femtosecond (fs) duration laser vaporization and nanosecond (ns) duration laser desorption electrospray ionization mass spectrometry experiments. The former employs pulse durations of <100 fs to enable matrix-free laser vaporization with little or no fragmentation. When coupled to electrospray ionization, femtosecond laser vaporization provides a universal, rapid mass spectral analysis method requiring no sample workup. Remarkably, laser pulses with intensities exceeding 10(13) W cm(-2) desorb intact macromolecules, such as proteins, and even preserve the condensed phase of folded or unfolded protein structures according to the mass spectral charge state distribution, as demonstrated for cytochrome c and lysozyme. Because of the ability to vaporize and ionize multiple components from complex mixtures for subsequent analysis, near perfect classification of explosive formulations, plant tissue phenotypes, and even the identity of the manufacturer of smokeless powders can be determined by multivariate statistics. We also review the more mature field of nanosecond laser desorption for ambient mass spectrometry, covering the wide range of systems analyzed, the need for resonant absorption, and the spatial imaging of complex systems like tissue samples.

  4. Ambient Femtosecond Laser Vaporization and Nanosecond Laser Desorption Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry

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    Flanigan, Paul; Levis, Robert

    2014-06-01

    Recent investigations of ambient laser-based transfer of molecules into the gas phase for subsequent mass spectral analysis have undergone a renaissance resulting from the separation of vaporization and ionization events. Here, we seek to provide a snapshot of recent femtosecond (fs) duration laser vaporization and nanosecond (ns) duration laser desorption electrospray ionization mass spectrometry experiments. The former employs pulse durations of <100 fs to enable matrix-free laser vaporization with little or no fragmentation. When coupled to electrospray ionization, femtosecond laser vaporization provides a universal, rapid mass spectral analysis method requiring no sample workup. Remarkably, laser pulses with intensities exceeding 1013 W cm-2 desorb intact macromolecules, such as proteins, and even preserve the condensed phase of folded or unfolded protein structures according to the mass spectral charge state distribution, as demonstrated for cytochrome c and lysozyme. Because of the ability to vaporize and ionize multiple components from complex mixtures for subsequent analysis, near perfect classification of explosive formulations, plant tissue phenotypes, and even the identity of the manufacturer of smokeless powders can be determined by multivariate statistics. We also review the more mature field of nanosecond laser desorption for ambient mass spectrometry, covering the wide range of systems analyzed, the need for resonant absorption, and the spatial imaging of complex systems like tissue samples.

  5. Mode coupling enhancement by astigmatism compensation in a femtosecond laser cavity

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    Castro-Olvera, Gustavo; Garduño-Mejía, Jesus; Rosete-Aguilar, Martha; Roman-Moreno, Carlos J.

    2016-09-01

    In this work we present a numerical analysis of the mode coupling between the pump-beam and the laser-beam in a Ti:Sapphire crystal used as a gain medium of a femtosecond laser. Using the Matrix ABCD and propagation gaussian beam models, we obtained an optimal configuration for compensate the astigmatism in the output beam laser. Also we analysed pump-beam propagation and got the settings to fix the astigmatism in the crystal. Furthermore we apply this configuration to a homemade femtosecond laser, accomplishing an overall efficiency of laser to 20% in continuum wave (CW) and 16% in mode looking (ML) operation. The femtosecond laser have 30 nm bandwidth to FWHM at 810 nm corresponding 30fs.

  6. Fabrication of 3D embedded hollow structures inside polymer dielectric PMMA with femtosecond laser

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    Zheng, Chong; Chen, Tao; Hu, Anming; Liu, Shibing; Li, Junwei

    2016-11-01

    Recent progresses in femtosecond laser (fs) manufacturing have already proved that fs laser is a powerful tool in three dimensional internal structure fabrications. However, most studies are mainly focused on realize such structures in inorganic transparent dielectric, such as photosensitive glass and fused silica, etc. In this study, we present two methods to fabricate embedded internal 3D structures in a polymer dielectric material polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA). Both continuous hollow structure such as microfluidic channels and discrete hollow structures such as single microcavities are successfully fabricated with the help of femtosecond lasers. Among them, complicated 3D microchannel with a total length longer than 10mm and diameters around 80μm to 200μm are fabricated with a low repetition rate Ti: sapphire femtosecond laser by direct laser writing at a speed ranging from 25μm/s to 2000μm/s microcavities which function as concave microball lenses (CMBLs) and can be applied in super-wide-angle imaging are fabricated with a high repetition rate femtosecond fiber laser due to the distinct heat accumulation effect after 5s irradiation with the tightly focused fs laser beam. These new approaches proved that femtosecond laser direct writing technology has great application potential in 3D integrated devices manufacturing in the future.

  7. Dynamics of Molecular Emission Features from Nanosecond, Femtosecond Laser and Filament Ablation Plasmas

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    Harilal, Sivanandan S.; Yeak, J.; Brumfield, Brian E.; Suter, Jonathan D.; Phillips, Mark C.

    2016-06-15

    The evolutionary paths of molecular species and nanoparticles in laser ablation plumes are not well understood due to the complexity of numerous physical processes that occur simultaneously in a transient laser-plasma system. It is well known that the emission features of ions, atoms, molecules and nanoparticles in a laser ablation plume strongly depend on the laser irradiation conditions. In this letter we report the temporal emission features of AlO molecules in plasmas generated using a nanosecond laser, a femtosecond laser and filaments generated from a femtosecond laser. Our results show that, at a fixed laser energy, the persistence of AlO is found to be highest and lowest in ns and filament laser plasmas respectively while molecular species are formed at early times for both ultrashort pulse (fs and filament) generated plasmas. Analysis of the AlO emission band features show that the vibrational temperature of AlO decays rapidly in filament assisted laser ablation plumes.

  8. Transverse writing of three-dimensional tubular optical waveguides in glass with a slit-shaped femtosecond laser beam

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    Liao, Yang; Qi, Jia; Wang, Peng; Chu, Wei; Wang, Zhaohui; Qiao, Lingling; Cheng, Ya

    2016-01-01

    We report on fabrication of tubular optical waveguides buried in ZBLAN glass based on transverse femtosecond laser direct writing. Irradiation in ZBLAN with focused femtosecond laser pulses leads to decrease of refractive index in the modified region. Tubular optical waveguides of variable mode areas are fabricated by forming the four sides of the cladding with slit-shaped femtosecond laser pulses, ensuring single mode waveguiding with a mode field dimension as small as ~4 μm. PMID:27346285

  9. Quasi-steady-state air plasma channel produced by a femtosecond laser pulse sequence

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    Lu, Xin; Chen, Shi-You; Ma, Jing-Long; Hou, Lei; Liao, Guo-Qian; Wang, Jin-Guang; Han, Yu-Jing; Liu, Xiao-Long; Teng, Hao; Han, Hai-Nian; Li, Yu-Tong; Chen, Li-Ming; Wei, Zhi-Yi; Zhang, Jie

    2015-01-01

    A long air plasma channel can be formed by filamentation of intense femtosecond laser pulses. However, the lifetime of the plasma channel produced by a single femtosecond laser pulse is too short (only a few nanoseconds) for many potential applications based on the conductivity of the plasma channel. Therefore, prolonging the lifetime of the plasma channel is one of the key challenges in the research of femtosecond laser filamentation. In this study, a unique femtosecond laser source was developed to produce a high-quality femtosecond laser pulse sequence with an interval of 2.9 ns and a uniformly distributed single-pulse energy. The metre scale quasi-steady-state plasma channel with a 60–80 ns lifetime was formed by such pulse sequences in air. The simulation study for filamentation of dual femtosecond pulses indicated that the plasma channel left by the previous pulse was weakly affected the filamentation of the next pulse in sequence under our experimental conditions. PMID:26493279

  10. Understanding Femtosecond-Pulse Laser Damage through Fundamental Physics Simulations

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    Mitchell, Robert A., III

    It did not take long after the invention of the laser for the field of laser damage to appear. For several decades researchers have been studying how lasers damage materials, both for the basic scientific understanding of highly nonequilibrium processes as well as for industrial applications. Femtosecond pulse lasers create little collateral damage and a readily reproducible damage pattern. They are easily tailored to desired specifications and are particularly powerful and versatile tools, contributing even more industrial interest in the field. As with most long-standing fields of research, many theoretical tools have been developed to model the laser damage process, covering a wide range of complexities and regimes of applicability. However, most of the modeling methods developed are either too limited in spatial extent to model the full morphology of the damage crater, or incorporate only a small subset of the important physics and require numerous fitting parameters and assumptions in order to match values interpolated from experimental data. Demonstrated in this work is the first simulation method capable of fundamentally modeling the full laser damage process, from the laser interaction all the way through to the resolidification of the target, on a large enough scale that can capture the full morphology of the laser damage crater so as to be compared directly to experimental measurements instead of extrapolated values, and all without any fitting parameters. The design, implementation, and testing of this simulation technique, based on a modified version of the particle-in-cell (PIC) method, is presented. For a 60 fs, 1 mum wavelength laser pulse with fluences of 0.5 J/cm 2, 1.0 J/cm2, and 2.0 J/cm2 the resulting laser damage craters in copper are shown and, using the same technique applied to experimental crater morphologies, a laser damage fluence threshold is calculated of 0.15 J/cm2, consistent with current experiments performed under conditions similar

  11. Semiconductors Investigated by Time Resolved Raman Absorption and Photoluminescence Spectroscopy Using Femtosecond and Picosecond Laser Techniques.

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    1983-05-05

    if necessary and identify by block number) Picosecond Lasers, Femtosecond Lasers, Ring Cavity, Mode Locked Dye and Glass Lasers, Time-resolved...conductor processes. In addition, we have improved the stabil ity and shortened the pulse duration emitted from a mode - locked glass laser by at...pulse duration emitted from a mode -locked glass laser by at least a factor of two, by using heptamethine pyrylium #5 - a new saturable absorber. In the

  12. Serial time-resolved crystallography of photosystem II using a femtosecond X-ray laser.

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    Kupitz, Christopher; Basu, Shibom; Grotjohann, Ingo; Fromme, Raimund; Zatsepin, Nadia A; Rendek, Kimberly N; Hunter, Mark S; Shoeman, Robert L; White, Thomas A; Wang, Dingjie; James, Daniel; Yang, Jay-How; Cobb, Danielle E; Reeder, Brenda; Sierra, Raymond G; Liu, Haiguang; Barty, Anton; Aquila, Andrew L; Deponte, Daniel; Kirian, Richard A; Bari, Sadia; Bergkamp, Jesse J; Beyerlein, Kenneth R; Bogan, Michael J; Caleman, Carl; Chao, Tzu-Chiao; Conrad, Chelsie E; Davis, Katherine M; Fleckenstein, Holger; Galli, Lorenzo; Hau-Riege, Stefan P; Kassemeyer, Stephan; Laksmono, Hartawan; Liang, Mengning; Lomb, Lukas; Marchesini, Stefano; Martin, Andrew V; Messerschmidt, Marc; Milathianaki, Despina; Nass, Karol; Ros, Alexandra; Roy-Chowdhury, Shatabdi; Schmidt, Kevin; Seibert, Marvin; Steinbrener, Jan; Stellato, Francesco; Yan, Lifen; Yoon, Chunhong; Moore, Thomas A; Moore, Ana L; Pushkar, Yulia; Williams, Garth J; Boutet, Sébastien; Doak, R Bruce; Weierstall, Uwe; Frank, Matthias; Chapman, Henry N; Spence, John C H; Fromme, Petra

    2014-09-11

    Photosynthesis, a process catalysed by plants, algae and cyanobacteria converts sunlight to energy thus sustaining all higher life on Earth. Two large membrane protein complexes, photosystem I and II (PSI and PSII), act in series to catalyse the light-driven reactions in photosynthesis. PSII catalyses the light-driven water splitting process, which maintains the Earth's oxygenic atmosphere. In this process, the oxygen-evolving complex (OEC) of PSII cycles through five states, S0 to S4, in which four electrons are sequentially extracted from the OEC in four light-driven charge-separation events. Here we describe time resolved experiments on PSII nano/microcrystals from Thermosynechococcus elongatus performed with the recently developed technique of serial femtosecond crystallography. Structures have been determined from PSII in the dark S1 state and after double laser excitation (putative S3 state) at 5 and 5.5 Å resolution, respectively. The results provide evidence that PSII undergoes significant conformational changes at the electron acceptor side and at the Mn4CaO5 core of the OEC. These include an elongation of the metal cluster, accompanied by changes in the protein environment, which could allow for binding of the second substrate water molecule between the more distant protruding Mn (referred to as the 'dangler' Mn) and the Mn3CaOx cubane in the S2 to S3 transition, as predicted by spectroscopic and computational studies. This work shows the great potential for time-resolved serial femtosecond crystallography for investigation of catalytic processes in biomolecules.

  13. Serial time-resolved crystallography of photosystem II using a femtosecond X-ray laser

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    Kupitz, Christopher; Basu, Shibom; Grotjohann, Ingo; Fromme, Raimund; Zatsepin, Nadia A.; Rendek, Kimberly N.; Hunter, Mark S.; Shoeman, Robert L.; White, Thomas A.; Wang, Dingjie; James, Daniel; Yang, Jay-How; Cobb, Danielle E.; Reeder, Brenda; Sierra, Raymond G.; Liu, Haiguang; Barty, Anton; Aquila, Andrew L.; Deponte, Daniel; Kirian, Richard A.; Bari, Sadia; Bergkamp, Jesse J.; Beyerlein, Kenneth R.; Bogan, Michael J.; Caleman, Carl; Chao, Tzu-Chiao; Conrad, Chelsie E.; Davis, Katherine M.; Fleckenstein, Holger; Galli, Lorenzo; Hau-Riege, Stefan P.; Kassemeyer, Stephan; Laksmono, Hartawan; Liang, Mengning; Lomb, Lukas; Marchesini, Stefano; Martin, Andrew V.; Messerschmidt, Marc; Milathianaki, Despina; Nass, Karol; Ros, Alexandra; Roy-Chowdhury, Shatabdi; Schmidt, Kevin; Seibert, Marvin; Steinbrener, Jan; Stellato, Francesco; Yan, Lifen; Yoon, Chunhong; Moore, Thomas A.; Moore, Ana L.; Pushkar, Yulia; Williams, Garth J.; Boutet, Sébastien; Doak, R. Bruce; Weierstall, Uwe; Frank, Matthias; Chapman, Henry N.; Spence, John C. H.; Fromme, Petra

    2015-01-01

    Photosynthesis, a process catalysed by plants, algae and cyanobacteria converts sunlight to energy thus sustaining all higher life on Earth. Two large membrane protein complexes, photosystem I and II (PSI and PSII), act in series to catalyse the light-driven reactions in photosynthesis. PSII catalyses the light-driven water splitting process, which maintains the Earth’s oxygenic atmosphere1. In this process, the oxygen-evolving complex (OEC) of PSII cycles through five states, S0 to S4, in which four electrons are sequentially extracted from the OEC in four light-driven charge-separation events. Here we describe time resolved experiments on PSII nano/microcrystals from Thermosynechococcus elongatus performed with the recently developed2 technique of serial femtosecond crystallography. Structures have been determined from PSII in the dark S1 state and after double laser excitation (putative S3 state) at 5 and 5.5 Å resolution, respectively. The results provide evidence that PSII undergoes significant conformational changes at the electron acceptor side and at the Mn4CaO5 core of the OEC. These include an elongation of the metal cluster, accompanied by changes in the protein environment, which could allow for binding of the second substrate water molecule between the more distant protruding Mn (referred to as the ‘dangler’ Mn) and the Mn3CaOx cubane in the S2 to S3 transition, as predicted by spectroscopic and computational studies3,4. This work shows the great potential for time-resolved serial femtosecond crystallography for investigation of catalytic processes in biomolecules. PMID:25043005

  14. Efficacy of femtosecond lasers for application of acupuncture therapy.

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    Ohta, Mika; Hosokawa, Yoichiroh; Hatano, Naoya; Sugano, Aki; Ito, Akihiko; Takaoka, Yutaka

    2016-12-10

    Acupuncture treatment utilizes the stimulation of metal acupuncture needles that are manually inserted into a living body. In the last decades, laser light has been used as an alternative to needles to stimulate acupuncture points. We previously reported suppression of myostatin (Mstn) gene expression in skeletal muscle by means of femtosecond laser (FL) irradiation, after electroacupuncture, in which acupuncture needles are stimulated with a low-frequency microcurrent. The purpose of the study here was to investigate the efficacy of FL irradiation in mouse skeletal muscle with regard to protein synthesis. After irradiation of the hindlimbs, we first analyzed Mstn gene expression and Mstn protein level in the skeletal muscle. We then evaluated phosphorylation of the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) and its downstream target 70-kDa ribosomal protein S6 kinase (p70S6K). The results showed that FL irradiation significantly reduced the amount of Mstn protein and enhanced the phosphorylation of p70S6K in of the mTOR/S6K signaling pathway. We suggest that FL irradiation activated the protein synthetic pathway in the skeletal muscle. In conclusion, we determined that FL irradiation can serve as an alternative for acupuncture needles and has the potential of being a new non-invasive acupuncture treatment of skeletal muscle.

  15. Angular resolved photoionization of C60 by femtosecond laser pulses

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    Li, Hui; Wang, Zhenhua; Suessmann, Frederik; Zherebtsov, Sergey; Skruszewicz, Slawomir; Tiggesbaeumker, Josef; Fennel, Thomas; Meiwes-Broer, Karl-Heinz; Cocke, C.; Kling, Matthias; JRM laboratory, Kansas State University Team; University of Rostock Collaboration; Max-Planck InstitutQuantumoptik Collaboration

    2013-03-01

    Neutral C60 molecules are ionized by intense femtosecond laser pulses around the wavelength of 800 nm with pulse durations 4 fs and 30 fs. We measure photoelectrons utilizing velocity-map imaging (VMI) and analyze the photoelectron angular distributions. For particular photoelectron energies, these distributions might reflect the excitation and ionization of superatomic molecular orbitals (SAMOs) which have been theoretically predicted and only recently experimentally observed. SAMOs arise from the hollow core spherical structures of the C60 molecules and differ from Rydberg states of C60 by their potential to exhibit electron density within the C60 cage. We have recorded the carrier envelope phase (CEP) dependence of the electron emission for 4 fs pulses using single shot CEP-tagging. The CEP-dependent asymmetry in the electron emission is observed to strongly depend on the laser polarization. Furthermore, the amplitudes and phases of the CEP-dependent electron emission are analyzed and show that thermal electron emission can be avoided enabling a more direct comparison to theory.

  16. High intensity 30 femtosecond laser pulse interaction with thin foils

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    Giulietti, A.; Barbini, A.; Gizzi, L. A.; Chessa, P.; Giulietti, D.; Teychenne, D.

    1998-02-20

    An experimental investigation on the interaction of 30 femtosecond laser pulses with 0.1 and 1.0 {mu}m thick plastic foils has been performed at intensities from 5x10{sup 16} to 5x10{sup 18} W/cm{sup 2}. The interaction physics was found to be definitely different whether the nanosecond low intensity prepulses led to an early plasma formation or not. In the first case high reflectivity and very low transmittivity were observed, together with second and three-half harmonic generation. In absence of precursor plasma, with increasing intensity, reflectivity dropped to low values, while transmittivity increased up to an almost complete transparency. No harmonic generation was observed in this latter condition, while ultra-fast ionisation was inferred by the blue-shift of the transmitted pulse. Finally, intense hard X-ray emission was detected at the maximum laser intensity level. Current theories or numerical simulations cannot explain the observed transparency. A new model of magnetically induced optical transparency (MIOT) is briefly introduced.

  17. Live cell opto-injection by femtosecond laser pulses

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    Baumgart, J.; Bintig, W.; Ngezahayo, A.; Ertmer, W.; Lubatschowski, H.; Heisterkamp, A.

    2007-02-01

    Fluorescence imaging of cells and cell organelles requires labeling by fluorophores. The labeling of living cells is often done by transfection of fluorescent proteins. Viral vectors are transferring the DNA into the cell. To avoid the use of viruses, it is possible to perforate the cell membrane for example by electro-shocks, the so called electroporation, so that the fluorescent proteins can diffuse into the cell. This method causes cell death in up to 50% of the treated cells because the damage of the outer membrane is too large. A less lethal perforation of the cell membrane with high efficiency can be realized by femtosecond (fs) laser pulses. Transient pores are created by focusing the laser beam for some milliseconds on the membrane. Through this pore, the proteins can enter into the cell. This was demonstrated in a proof of principle experiment for a few cells, but it is essential to develop an opto-perforation system for large numbers of cells in order to obtain statistically significant samples for biological experiments. The relationship between pulse energy, irradiation time, repetition rate and efficacy of the transfer of a chromophor into the cells as well as the viability of the cells was analysed. The cell viability was observed up to 90 minutes after manipulation.

  18. Femtosecond laser electronic excitation tagging for aerodynamic and thermodynamic measurements

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    Calvert, Nathan David

    This thesis presents applications of Femtosecond Laser Electronic Excitation Tagging (FLEET) to a variety of aerodynamic and thermodynamic measurements. FLEET tagged line characteristics such as intensity, width and spectral features are investigated in various flow conditions (pressure, temperature, velocity, steadiness, etc.) and environments (gas composition) for both temporally and spatially instantaneous and averaged data. Special attention is drawn to the nature of first and second positive systems of molecular nitrogen and the ramifications on FLEET measurements. Existing laser-based diagnostic techniques are summarized and FLEET is directly compared with Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) in various low speed flows. Multidimensional velocity, acceleration, vorticity and other flow parameters are extracted in supersonic free jets and within an enclosed in-draft tunnel test section. Probability distribution functions of the mean and standard deviation of critical flow parameters are unveiled by utilizing a Bayesian statistical framework wherein likelihood functions are established from prior and posterior distributions. Advanced image processing techniques based on fuzzy logic are applied to single-shot FLEET images with low signal-to-noise ratio to improve image quality and reduce uncertainty in data processing algorithms. Lastly, FLEET second positive and first negative emission are considered at a wide range of pressures to correct for changes in select rovibrational peak magnitude and shape due to density from which bulk gas temperature may be extracted.

  19. Pulse energy dependence of subcellular dissection by femtosecond laser pulses

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    Heisterkamp, A.; Maxwell, I. Z.; Mazur, E.; Underwood, J. M.; Nickerson, J. A.; Kumar, S.; Ingber, D. E.

    2005-01-01

    Precise dissection of cells with ultrashort laser pulses requires a clear understanding of how the onset and extent of ablation (i.e., the removal of material) depends on pulse energy. We carried out a systematic study of the energy dependence of the plasma-mediated ablation of fluorescently-labeled subcellular structures in the cytoskeleton and nuclei of fixed endothelial cells using femtosecond, near-infrared laser pulses focused through a high-numerical aperture objective lens (1.4 NA). We find that the energy threshold for photobleaching lies between 0.9 and 1.7 nJ. By comparing the changes in fluorescence with the actual material loss determined by electron microscopy, we find that the threshold for true material ablation is about 20% higher than the photobleaching threshold. This information makes it possible to use the fluorescence to determine the onset of true material ablation without resorting to electron microscopy. We confirm the precision of this technique by severing a single microtubule without disrupting the neighboring microtubules, less than 1 micrometer away. c2005 Optical Society of America.

  20. Analytical application of femtosecond laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy

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    Melikechi, Noureddine; Markushin, Yuri

    2015-05-01

    We report on significant advantages provided by femtosecond laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) for analytical applications in fields as diverse as protein characterization and material science. We compare the results of a femto- and nanosecond-laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy analysis of dual-elemental pellets in terms of the shot-to-shot variations of the neutral/ionic emission line intensities. This study is complemented by a numerical model based on two-dimensional random close packing of disks in an enclosed geometry. In addition, we show that LIBS can be used to obtain quantitative identification of the hydrogen composition of bio-macromolecules in a heavy water solution. Finally, we show that simultaneous multi-elemental particle assay analysis combined with LIBS can significantly improve macromolecule detectability up to near single molecule per particle efficiency. Research was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (0630388), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NX09AU90A). Our gratitude to Dr. D. Connolly, Fox Chase Cancer Center.

  1. Thermal melting and ablation of silicon by femtosecond laser radiation

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    Ionin, A. A.; Kudryashov, S. I. Seleznev, L. V.; Sinitsyn, D. V.; Bunkin, A. F.; Lednev, V. N.; Pershin, S. M.

    2013-03-15

    The space-time dynamics of thermal melting, subsurface cavitation, spallative ablation, and fragmentation ablation of the silicon surface excited by single IR femtosecond laser pulses is studied by timeresolved optical reflection microscopy. This dynamics is revealed by monitoring picosecond and (sub)nanosecond oscillations of probe pulse reflection, which is modulated by picosecond acoustic reverberations in the dynamically growing surface melt subjected to ablation and having another acoustic impedance, and by optical interference between the probe pulse replicas reflected by the spalled layer surface and the layer retained on the target surface. The acoustic reverberation periods change during the growth and ablation of the surface melt film, which makes it possible to quantitatively estimate the contributions of these processes to the thermal dynamics of the material surface. The results on the thermal dynamics of laser excitation are supported by dynamic measurements of the ablation parameters using noncontact ultrasonic diagnostics, scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, and optical interference microscopy of the modified regions appearing on the silicon surface after ablation.

  2. Influence of substrate heating on hole geometry and spatter area in femtosecond laser drilling of silicon

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    Jiao, L. S.; Moon, S. K.; Ng, E. Y. K.; Zheng, H. Y.; Son, H. S.

    2014-05-01

    The objective of this research is to evaluate the effects of the hole geometry and the spatter area around the drilled hole by femtosecond laser deep drilling on silicon with various temperatures. Deep through holes were produced on single crystal silicon wafer femtosecond laser at elevated temperatures ranging from 300 K to 873 K in a step of 100 K. The laser drilling efficiency is increased by 56% when the temperature is elevated from 300 K to 873 K. The spatter area is found to continuously decrease with increasing substrate temperature. The reason for such changes is discussed based on the enhanced laser energy absorption at the elevated temperature.

  3. FAST TRACK COMMUNICATION: Inactivation of viruses with a very low power visible femtosecond laser

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    Tsen, K. T.; Tsen, Shaw-Wei D.; Chang, Chih-Long; Hung, Chien-Fu; Wu, T.-C.; Kiang, Juliann G.

    2007-08-01

    We demonstrate for the first time that, by using a visible femtosecond laser, it is effective to inactivate viruses such as bacteriophage M13 through impulsive stimulated Raman scattering. By using a very low power visible femtosecond laser having a wavelength of 425 nm and a pulse width of 100 fs, we show that M13 phages were inactivated when the laser power density was greater than or equal to 50 MW cm-2. The inactivation of M13 phages was determined by plaque counts and depended on the pulse width as well as power density of the excitation laser.

  4. Fabrication of High-effective Silicon Diffractive Optics for the Terahertz Range by Femtosecond Laser Ablation

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    Pavelyev, V. S.; Komlenok, M. S.; Volodkin, B. O.; Knyazev, B. A.; Kononenko, T. V.; Konov, V. I.; Soifer, V. A.; Choporova, Yu. Yu.

    Comparison of the two laser sources (UV nanosecond and IR femtosecond) used for the formation of micro-relief at the silicon surface showed the advantage of the second one. A four-level silicon diffractive THz Fresnel lens has been fabricated by laser ablation at high repetition rate (f = 200 kHz) of femtosecond Yb:YAG laser. Features of the lens were investigated in the beam of the Novosibirsk free electron laser at the wavelength of 141 μm. Detailed results of investigation of fabricated lens micro-relief are presented. The measured diffractive efficiency of the lens is in good agreement with the theoretical prediction.

  5. Modeling crater formation in femtosecond-pulse laser damage from basic principles.

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    Mitchell, Robert A; Schumacher, Douglass W; Chowdhury, Enam A

    2015-05-15

    We present the first fundamental simulation method for the determination of crater morphology due to femtosecond-pulse laser damage. To this end we have adapted the particle-in-cell (PIC) method commonly used in plasma physics for use in the study of laser damage and developed the first implementation of a pair potential for PIC codes. We find that the PIC method is a complementary approach to modeling laser damage, bridging the gap between fully ab-initio molecular dynamics approaches and empirical models. We demonstrate our method by modeling a femtosecond-pulse laser incident on a flat copper slab for a range of intensities.

  6. Photofragmentation of colloidal solutions of gold nanoparticles under femtosecond laser pulses in IR and visible ranges

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    Danilov, P A; Zayarnyi, D A; Ionin, A A; Kudryashov, S I; Makarov, S V; Rudenko, A A; Saraeva, I N; Yurovskikh, V I; Lednev, V N; Pershin, S M

    2015-05-31

    The specific features of photofragmentation of sols of gold nanoparticles under focused femtosecond laser pulses in IR (1030 nm) and visible (515 nm) ranges is experimentally investigated. A high photofragmentation efficiency of nanoparticles in the waist of a pulsed laser beam in the visible range (at moderate radiation scattering) is demonstrated; this efficiency is related to the excitation of plasmon resonance in nanoparticles on the blue shoulder of its spectrum, in contrast to the regime of very weak photofragmentation in an IR-laser field of comparable intensity. Possible mechanisms of femtosecond laser photofragmentation of gold nanoparticles are discussed. (extreme light fields and their applications)

  7. Depressed cladding, buried waveguide laser formed in a YAG:Nd3+ crystal by femtosecond laser writing.

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    Okhrimchuk, A G; Shestakov, A V; Khrushchev, I; Mitchell, J

    2005-09-01

    Depressed cladding waveguides have been formed in laser crystals by a tightly focused beam of a femtosecond laser. A laser based on a depressed cladding waveguide in a neodymium-doped YAG crystal has been demonstrated for what is believed to be the first time.

  8. Selection and amplification of modes of an optical frequency comb using a femtosecond laser injection-locking technique

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    Moon, H. S.; Kim, E. B.; Park, S. E.; Park, C. Y.

    2006-10-30

    The authors have demonstrated the selection and the amplification of the components of an optical frequency comb using a femtosecond laser injectionlocking technique. The author used a mode-locked femtosecond Ti:sapphire laser as the master laser and a single-mode diode laser as the slave laser. The femtosecond laser injection-locking technique was applied to a filter for mode selection of the optical frequency comb and an amplifier for amplification of the selected mode. The authors could obtain the laser source selected only the desired mode of the optical frequency comb and amplified the power of the selected modes several thousand times.

  9. Elemental fractionation in 785 nm picosecond and femtosecond laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry

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    Shaheen, M. E.; Gagnon, J. E.; Fryer, B. J.

    2015-05-01

    Elemental fractionation and ICP-MS signal response were investigated for two different pulse width laser beams originating from the same laser system. Femtosecond and picosecond laser beams at pulse widths of 130 fs and 110 ps, respectively, and wavelength of 785 nm were used to ablate NIST 610 synthetic glass and SRM 1107 Naval Brass B at the same spot for 800 to 1000 laser pulses at different repetition rates (5 to 50 Hz). Elemental fractionation was found to depend on repetition rate and showed a trend with femtosecond laser ablation that is opposite to that observed in picosecond laser ablation for most measured isotopes. ICP-MS signal intensity was higher in femtosecond than picosecond LA-ICP-MS in both NIST 610 and naval brass when ablation was conducted under the same fluence and repetition rate. The differences in signal intensity were partly related to differences in particle size distribution between particles generated by femtosecond and picosecond laser pulses and the consequent differences in transport and ionization efficiencies. The main reason for the higher signal intensity resulting from femtosecond laser pulses was related to the larger crater sizes compared to those created during picosecond laser ablation. Elemental ratios measured using 66Zn/63Cu, 208Pb/238U, 232Th/238U, 66Zn/232Th and 66Zn/208Pb were found to change with the number of laser pulses with data points being more scattered in picosecond than femtosecond laser pulses. Reproducibility of replicate measurements of signal intensities, fractionation and elemental ratios was better for fs-LA-ICP-MS (RSD ~ 3 to 6%) than ps-LA-ICP-MS (RSD ~ 7 to 11%).

  10. Control of laser induced molecular fragmentation of n-propyl benzene using chirped femtosecond laser pulses

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    Goswami, Tapas; Karthick Kumar, S. K.; Dutta, Aveek; Goswami, Debabrata

    2009-06-01

    We present the effect of chirping a femtosecond laser pulse on the fragmentation of n-propyl benzene. An enhancement of an order of magnitude for the relative yields of C3H 3 + and C5H 5 + in the case of negatively chirped pulses and C6H 5 + in the case of positively chirped pulses with respect to the transform-limited pulse indicates that in some fragmentation channel, coherence of the laser field plays an important role. For the relative yield of all other heavier fragment ions, resulting from the interaction of the intense laser field with the molecule, there is no such enhancement effect with the sign of chirp, within experimental errors. The importance of the laser phase is further reinforced through a direct comparison of the fragmentation results with the second harmonic of the chirped laser pulse with identical bandwidth.

  11. Control of laser induced molecular fragmentation of n-propyl benzene using chirped femtosecond laser pulses.

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    Goswami, Tapas; Karthick Kumar, S K; Dutta, Aveek; Goswami, Debabrata

    2009-06-12

    We present the effect of chirping a femtosecond laser pulse on the fragmentation of n-propyl benzene. An enhancement of an order of magnitude for the relative yields of C3H3+ and C5H5+ in the case of negatively chirped pulses and C6H5+ in the case of positively chirped pulses with respect to the transform-limited pulse indicates that in some fragmentation channel, coherence of the laser field plays an important role. For the relative yield of all other heavier fragment ions, resulting from the interaction of the intense laser field with the molecule, there is no such enhancement effect with the sign of chirp, within experimental errors. The importance of the laser phase is further reinforced through a direct comparison of the fragmentation results with the second harmonic of the chirped laser pulse with identical bandwidth.

  12. Diffraction efficiency enhancement of femtosecond laser-engraved diffraction gratings due to CO2 laser polishing

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    Choi, Hun-Kook; Jung, Deok; Sohn, Ik-Bu; Noh, Young-Chul; Lee, Yong-Tak; Kim, Jin-Tae; Ahsan, Md. Shamim

    2014-11-01

    This research demonstrates laser-assisted fabrication of high-efficiency diffraction gratings in fused-silica glass samples. Initially, femtosecond laser pulses are used to engrave diffraction gratings on the glass surfaces. Then, these micro-patterned glass samples undergo CO2 laser polishing process. unpolished diffraction gratings encoded in the glass samples show an overall diffraction efficiency of 18.1%. diffraction gratings imprinted on the glass samples and then polished four times by using a CO2 laser beam attain a diffraction efficiency of 32.7%. We also investigate the diffraction patterns of the diffraction gratings encoded on fused-silica glass surfaces. The proposed CO2 laser polishing technique shows great potential in patterning high-efficiency diffraction gratings on the surfaces of various transparent materials.

  13. Femtosecond and excimer laser-assisted endothelial keratoplasty (FELEK): a new technique of endothelial transplantation.

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    Trinh, L; Saubaméa, B; Auclin, F; Denoyer, A; Lai-Kuen, R; El Hamdaoui, M; Labbé, A; Despiau, M-C; Brignole-Baudouin, F; Baudouin, C

    2014-03-01

    To describe a new technique of endothelial keratoplasty (EK) that improves the quality of lamellar dissection of donor cornea. We compared four techniques of donor cornea preparation for lamellar dissection on 8 donor corneas: mechanical dissection with a microkeratome, a single femtosecond laser lamellar cut, a double femtosecond laser lamellar cut and combined femtosecond laser lamellar dissection with excimer laser surface photoablation. The quality of the donor cornea interface was assessed and compared using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and the most satisfactory technique was employed for EK on three patients. The postoperative anatomic results were analyzed with anterior segment spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) and in vivo confocal microscopy (IVCM). The smoothest stromal interface was observed on SEM with the combined use of femtosecond laser dissection and excimer photoablation. The surgical procedures performed with donor cornea prepared by a combination of femtosecond and excimer lasers resulted in clear corneas after 1 month. SD-OCT showed good attachment of the endothelial graft and a hyperreflective interface. On IVCM, subepithelial haze, honeycomb-like activated keratocytes and needle-shaped particles were visible in the recipient corneal stroma as well as numerous hyperreflective particles on the donor-recipient interface. A new technique, femtosecond and excimer laser-assisted endothelial keratoplasty (FELEK), which refines the current limitations observed in Descemet-stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK), is described. Femtosecond laser dissection provides a thin and reproducible endothelial graft cut with a high level of safety and accuracy, while excimer photoablation yields a smooth, high-quality interface. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  14. Nanoscale helium ion microscopic analysis of collagen fibrillar changes following femtosecond laser dissection of human cornea.

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    Riau, Andri K; Poh, Rebekah; Pickard, Daniel S; Park, Chris H J; Chaurasia, Shyam S; Mehta, Jodhbir S

    2014-08-01

    Over the last decade, femtosecond lasers have emerged as an important tool to perform accurate and fine dissections with minimal collateral damage in biological tissue. The most common surgical procedure in medicine utilizing femtosecond laser is LASIK. During the femtosecond laser dissection process, the corneal collagen fibers inevitably undergo biomechanical and thermal changes on a sub-micro- or even a nanoscale level, which can potentially lead to post-surgical complications. In this study, we utilized helium ion microscopy, complemented with transmission electron microscopy to examine the femtosecond laser-induced collagen fibrillar damage in ex vivo human corneas. We found that the biomechanical damage induced by laser etching, generation of tissue bridges, and expansion of cavitation bubble and its subsequent collapse, created distortion to the surrounding collagen lamellae. Femtosecond laser-induced thermal damage was characterized by collapsed collagen lamellae, loss of collagen banding, collagen coiling, and presence of spherical debris. Our findings have shown the ability of helium ion microscopy to provide high resolution images with unprecedented detail of nanoscale fibrillar morphological changes in order to assess a tissue damage, which could not be resolved by conventional scanning electron microscopy previously. This imaging technology has also given us a better understanding of the tissue-laser interactions in a nano-structural manner and their possible effects on post-operative wound recovery.

  15. INTERACTION OF LASER RADIATION WITH MATTER. LASER PLASMA: Implantation of high-energy ions produced by femtosecond laser pulses

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    Volkov, Roman V.; Golishnikov, D. M.; Gordienko, Vyacheslav M.; Savel'ev, Andrei B.; Chernysh, V. S.

    2005-01-01

    Germanium ions of an expanding plasma were implanted in a silicon collector. The plasma was produced by a femtosecond laser pulse with an intensity of ~1015 W cm-2 at the surface of the solid-state target. A technique was proposed for determining the energy characteristics of the ion component of the laser plasma from the density profile of the ions implanted in the substrate.

  16. Photomechanical ablation of biological tissue induced by focused femtosecond laser and its application for acupuncture

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    Hosokawa, Yoichiroh; Ohta, Mika; Ito, Akihiko; Takaoka, Yutaka

    2013-03-01

    Photomechanical laser ablation due to focused femtosecond laser irradiation was induced on the hind legs of living mice, and its clinical influence on muscle cell proliferation was investigated via histological examination and reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) analysis to examine the expression of the gene encoding myostatin, which is a growth repressor in muscle satellite cells. The histological examination suggested that damage of the tissue due to the femtosecond laser irradiation was localized on epidermis and dermis and hardly induced in the muscle tissue below. On the other hand, gene expression of the myostatin of muscle tissue after laser irradiation was suppressed. The suppression of myostatin expression facilitates the proliferation of muscle cells, because myostatin is a growth repressor in muscle satellite cells. On the basis of these results, we recognize the potential of the femtosecond laser as a tool for noncontact, high-throughput acupuncture in the treatment of muscle disease.

  17. On-chip three-dimensional high-Q microcavities fabricated by femtosecond laser direct writing.

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    Lin, Jintian; Yu, Shangjie; Ma, Yaoguang; Fang, Wei; He, Fei; Qiao, Lingling; Tong, Limin; Cheng, Ya; Xu, Zhizhan

    2012-04-23

    We report on the fabrication of three-dimensional (3D) high-Q whispering gallery microcavities on a fused silica chip by femtosecond laser microfabriction, enabled by the 3D nature of femtosecond laser direct writing. The processing mainly consists of formation of freestanding microdisks by femtosecond laser direct writing and subsequent wet chemical etching. CO(2) laser annealing is followed to smooth the microcavity surface. Microcavities with arbitrary tilting angle, lateral and vertical positioning are demonstrated, and the quality (Q)-factor of a typical microcavity is measured to be up to 1.07 × 10(6), which is currently limited by the low spatial resolution of the motion stage used during the laser patterning and can be improved with motion stages of higher resolutions.

  18. Characterization of femtosecond laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (fsLIBS) and applications for biological samples.

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    Gill, Ruby K; Knorr, Florian; Smith, Zachary J; Kahraman, Mehmet; Madsen, Dorte; Larsen, Delmar S; Wachsmann-Hogiu, Sebastian

    2014-01-01

    We characterize the femtosecond laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (fsLIBS) signal for biological tissues as a function of different excitation parameters with femtosecond laser systems. These parameters include laser energy, depth of focus, and number of pulses per focal volume. We used femtosecond laser pulses of 800 nm and energy between 25 and 123 μJ to generate LIBS signals in biological tissues. As expected, we observed a linear increase in the fsLIBS intensity as a function of the laser energy. In addition, we show that moving the beam out of focus and the presence of overlapping pulses on the same focal area leads to a decrease in fsLIBS intensity due to changes in focal spot size. We also demonstrate that fsLIBS can distinguish between different biological tissue samples.

  19. Femtosecond laser bone ablation with a high repetition rate fiber laser source.

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    Mortensen, Luke J; Alt, Clemens; Turcotte, Raphaël; Masek, Marissa; Liu, Tzu-Ming; Côté, Daniel C; Xu, Chris; Intini, Giuseppe; Lin, Charles P

    2015-01-01

    Femtosecond laser pulses can be used to perform very precise cutting of material, including biological samples from subcellular organelles to large areas of bone, through plasma-mediated ablation. The use of a kilohertz regenerative amplifier is usually needed to obtain the pulse energy required for ablation. This work investigates a 5 megahertz compact fiber laser for near-video rate imaging and ablation in bone. After optimization of ablation efficiency and reduction in autofluorescence, the system is demonstrated for the in vivo study of bone regeneration. Image-guided creation of a bone defect and longitudinal evaluation of cellular injury response in the defect provides insight into the bone regeneration process.

  20. Femtosecond laser micromachined ridge waveguide lasers in Nd:YAG ceramics

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    Jia, Yuechen; Vázquez de Aldana, Javier R.; Akhmadaliev, Shavkat; Zhou, Shengqiang; Chen, Feng

    2013-12-01

    We report on the fabrication of ridge waveguides in Nd:YAG ceramic by using femtosecond laser micromachining of the surface of a He ion implanted planar waveguide. Under optical pump of 808 nm light, continuous wave waveguide lasers have been realized at 1.06 μm at room temperature in the Nd:YAG ceramic ridge waveguide system, reaching a maximum output power of 46 mW. The lasing threshold of ˜64.9 mW and the slope efficiency of 42.5% are obtained for the ridge waveguide system, which shows superior lasing performance to the Nd:YAG ceramic planar waveguide.

  1. Absorption of laser radiation by femtosecond laser-induced plasma of air and its emission characteristics

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    Ilyin, A. A.; Golik, S. S.; Shmirko, K. A.

    2015-11-01

    The energy absorbed by femtosecond laser plasma has nonlinear dependence on incident laser energy. The threshold power for plasma formation is 5.2 GW. Emission of nitrogen molecule, nitrogen molecule ion, atomic oxygen (unresolved triplet O I 777 nm) and nitrogen (triplet N I 742.4, 744.3 and 746.8 nm) lines is detected. Molecular emission consists of second positive and firs negative systems of nitrogen. Time-resolved spectroscopy of plasmas shows short molecular line emission (up to 1 ns) and long atomic line emission (up to 150 ns).

  2. Mid-infrared laser emission from Cr:ZnS channel waveguide fabricated by femtosecond laser helical writing

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    Peng, Ya-Pei; Zou, Xiao; Bai, Zhengyuan; Leng, Yuxin; Jiang, Benxue; Jiang, Xiongwei; Zhang, Long

    2015-01-01

    The operation of a mid-infrared laser at 2244 nm in a Cr:ZnS polycrystalline channel waveguide fabricated using direct femtosecond laser writing with a helical movement technique is demonstrated. A maximum power output of 78 mW and an optical-to-optical slope efficiency of 8.6% are achieved. The compact waveguide structure with 2 mm length was obtained through direct femtosecond laser writing, which was moved on a helical trajectory along the laser medium axis and parallel to the writing direction. PMID:26692268

  3. Graphene for improved femtosecond laser based pluripotent stem cell transfection.

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    Mthunzi, Patience; He, Kuang; Ngcobo, Sandile; Khanyile, Thulile; Warner, Jamie H

    2014-05-01

    Pluripotent stem cells are hugely attractive in the tissue engineering research field as they can self-renew and be selectively differentiated into various cell types. For stem cell and tissue engineering research it is important to develop new, biocompatible scaffold materials and graphene has emerged as a promising material in this area as it does not compromise cell proliferation and accelerates specific cell differentiation. Previous studies have shown a non-invasive optical technique for mouse embryonic stem (mES) cell differentiation and transfection using femtosecond (fs) laser pulses. To investigate cellular responses to the influence of graphene and laser irradiation, here we present for the first time a study of mES cell fs laser transfection on graphene coated substrates. First we studied the impact of graphene on Chinese Hamster Ovary (CHO-K1) cell viability and cell cytotoxicity in the absence of laser exposure. These were tested via evaluating the mitochondrial activity through adenosine triphosphates (ATP) luminescence and breakages on the cell plasma membrane assessed using cytosolic lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) screening. Secondly, the effects of fs laser irradiation on cell viability and cytotoxicity at 1064 and 532 nm for cells plated and grown on graphene and pure glass were assessed. Finally, optical transfection of CHO-K1 and mES cells was performed on graphene coated versus plain glass substrates. Our results show graphene stimulated cell viability whilst triggering a mild release of intracellular LDH. We also observed that compared to pure glass substrates; laser irradiation at 1064 nm on graphene plates was less cytotoxic. Finally, in mES cells efficient optical transfection at 1064 (82%) and 532 (25%) nm was obtained due to the presence of a graphene support as compared to pristine glass. Here we hypothesize an up-regulation of cell adhesion promoting peptides or laminin-related receptors of the extracellular matrix (ECM) in cell samples

  4. Tissue Imaging and Multidimensional Spectroscopy Using Shaped Femtosecond Laser Pulses

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    Warren, Warren

    2007-03-01

    We use rapidly updatable, femtosecond pulse shaping and multidimensional spectroscopy to make new targets accessible by nonlinear optical imaging. For example, we observe two-photon absorption (TPA), sum frequency absorption (SFA) and self phase modulation (SPM)). Detection of TPA and related effects, such as the local quantum yield (fluorescence/absorption) permits direct observation of important endogenous molecular markers which are invisible in multiphoton fluorescence microscopy; it also permits excitation in the long-wavelength water windows which have significantly reduced scattering, but little endogenous two-photon fluorescence. The fundamental problem is that at the powers one might reasonably apply to tissue (e.g. 5 mW from a modelocked laser) typically 10-6of the light is removed by TPA, with the rest lost to scattering and linear absorption; and SPM does not broaden the spectrum in the dramatic way associated with (for example) continuum generation. A variety of solutions to these problems using femtosecond pulse shaping will be presented. The simplest solution, which uses amplitude modulation of a fs pulse train, has led to high quality microscopic images of the melanin distribution in melanotic lesions, and has led to discrimination between the different types of melanin in melanosomes. Shaping individual pulses instead of the envelope permits high sensitivity detection of both SPM and TPA via spectral hole refilling combined with heterodyne detection. We manufacture laser pulses with a narrow (ca. 3 nm) spectral hole, which can only be refilled by nonlinear processes; TPA causes refilling 180 degrees out of phase with the wings of the pulse, SPM is 90 degrees out of phase. By inserting a phase-coherent pedestal in the hole, then repeating the experiment with a different phase on a timescale rapid compared to any physiological processes, we can extract the phase of the refilling, hence the relative contributions of SPM and TPA. This method can

  5. All-laser bladeless cataract surgery, combining femtosecond and nanosecond lasers: a novel surgical technique

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    Kanellopoulos, Anastasios John

    2013-01-01

    Purpose To report the safety and efficacy of a novel surgical technique using two lasers in cataract surgery. Methods In this contralateral eye report, a 57-year-old female underwent cataract extraction. Two laser devices and a standard phacoemulsification, platform were used to conduct the procedures. First, a femtosecond laser was used to perform the corneal incision, capsulorhexis, and initial lens fragmentation in each eye. Following this, a nanosecond laser was used to enter the 2.8 mm incision, uni-axially, and complete the viscoelastic-divided nucleus fragment emulsification and removal in one eye. Standard phacoemulsification was used in the completion of the other eye. Posterior chamber foldable acrylic intraocular lenses were implanted in both cases. We evaluated perioperative acuity, refraction, keratometry, Scheimpflug tomography, intraocular pressure, endothelial cell counts, and total energy used with each laser in each case. Results Corrected distance visual acuity improved from preoperative 20/60 and 20/70 to postoperative 20/20 in both eyes, with 6-month follow-up. In the right eye, the total intraocular energy used was 2 J by the femtosecond laser and 6 J by the phacoemulsification device. In the left eye, the nanosecond laser utilized the same energy of 2 J and the nanosecond laser 2.4 J (80 pulses of 30 mJ each). There were no other differences noted in intraocular pressure or endothelial cell counts. Conclusion In this report, we introduce a bladeless all-laser cataract surgery extraction alternative technique, with several potential novel advantages: enhanced incision and capsulorhexis reproducibility, reduction in intraocular energy used, and elimination of the potential of thermal corneal injury. PMID:24049439

  6. All-laser bladeless cataract surgery, combining femtosecond and nanosecond lasers: a novel surgical technique.

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    Kanellopoulos, Anastasios John

    2013-01-01

    To report the safety and efficacy of a novel surgical technique using two lasers in cataract surgery. In this contralateral eye report, a 57-year-old female underwent cataract extraction. Two laser devices and a standard phacoemulsification, platform were used to conduct the procedures. First, a femtosecond laser was used to perform the corneal incision, capsulorhexis, and initial lens fragmentation in each eye. Following this, a nanosecond laser was used to enter the 2.8 mm incision, uni-axially, and complete the viscoelastic-divided nucleus fragment emulsification and removal in one eye. Standard phacoemulsification was used in the completion of the other eye. Posterior chamber foldable acrylic intraocular lenses were implanted in both cases. We evaluated perioperative acuity, refraction, keratometry, Scheimpflug tomography, intraocular pressure, endothelial cell counts, and total energy used with each laser in each case. Corrected distance visual acuity improved from preoperative 20/60 and 20/70 to postoperative 20/20 in both eyes, with 6-month follow-up. In the right eye, the total intraocular energy used was 2 J by the femtosecond laser and 6 J by the phacoemulsification device. In the left eye, the nanosecond laser utilized the same energy of 2 J and the nanosecond laser 2.4 J (80 pulses of 30 mJ each). There were no other differences noted in intraocular pressure or endothelial cell counts. In this report, we introduce a bladeless all-laser cataract surgery extraction alternative technique, with several potential novel advantages: enhanced incision and capsulorhexis reproducibility, reduction in intraocular energy used, and elimination of the potential of thermal corneal injury.

  7. Inhibition of Escherichia coli respiratory enzymes by short visible femtosecond laser irradiation

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    Lu, Chieh-Han; Lin, Kung-Hsuan; Hsu, Yung-Yuan; Tsen, Kong-Thon; Kuan, Yung-Shu

    2014-08-01

    A visible femtosecond laser is shown to be capable of selectively inactivating a wide spectrum of microorganisms in a wavelength and pulse width dependent manner. However, the mechanism of how a visible femtosecond laser affects the viability of different microorganisms is still elusive. In this paper, the cellular surface properties, membrane integrity and metabolic rate of Escherichia coli (E. coli) irradiated by a visible femtosecond laser (λ = 415 nm, pulse width = 100 fs) with different exposure times were investigated. Our results showed that femtosecond laser treatment for 60 min led to cytoplasmic leakage, protein aggregation and alternation of the physical properties of the E. coli cell membrane. In comparison, a 10 min exposure of bacteria to femtosecond laser irradiation induced an immediate reduction of 75% in the glucose-dependent respiratory rate, while the cytoplasmic leakage was not detected. Results from enzymatic assays showed that oxidases and dehydrogenases involved in the E. coli respiratory chain exhibited divergent susceptibility after laser irradiation. This early commencement of respiratory inhibition after a short irradiation is presumed to have a dominant effect on the early stage of bacteria inactivation.

  8. Femtosecond laser inscribed cladding waveguides in Nd:YAG ceramics: fabrication, fluorescence imaging and laser performance.

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    Liu, Hongliang; Jia, Yuechen; Vázquez de Aldana, Javier Rodríguez; Jaque, Daniel; Chen, Feng

    2012-08-13

    We report on the fabrication of depressed cladding waveguide lasers in Nd:YAG (neodymium doped yttrium aluminum garnet, Nd:Y3Al5O12) ceramics microstructured by femtosecond laser pulses. Full control over the confined light spatial distribution is demonstrated by the fabrication of high contrast waveguides with hexagonal, circular and trapezoidal configurations. The confocal fluorescence measurements of the waveguides reveal that the original luminescence features of Nd3+ ions are well-preserved in the waveguide regions. Under optical pump at 808 nm, cladding waveguides showed continuous wave efficient laser oscillation. The maximum output power obtained at 1064.5 nm is ~181 mW with a slope efficiency as high as 44%, which suggests that the fabricated Nd:YAG ceramic waveguides are promising candidates for efficient integrated laser sources.

  9. Fabrication of a multilevel THz Fresnel lens by femtosecond laser ablation

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    Komlenok, M S; Kononenko, T V; Kononenko, V V; Konov, V I; Volodkin, B O; Tukmakov, K N; Knyazev, B A; Choporova, Yu Yu; Soifer, V A; Pavel'ev, V S

    2015-10-31

    The possibility of fabricating a silicon diffractive fourlevel THz Fresnel lens by laser ablation is studied. For a microrelief to be formed on the sample surface, use is made of a femtosecond Yb : YAG laser with a high pulse repetition rate (f = 200 kHz). Characteristics of the diffractive optical element are investigated in the beam of a 141-mm free-electron laser. The measured diffraction efficiency of the lens is in good agreement with the theoretical estimate. (laser technologies)

  10. Femtosecond laser field induced modifications of electron-transfer processes in Ne{sup +}-He collisions

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    Lu Zhenzhong; Chen Deying; Fan Rongwei; Xia Yuanqin

    2012-01-02

    We demonstrate the presence of femtosecond laser induced charge transfer in Ne{sup +}-He collisions. Electron transfer in ion-atom collisions is considerably modified when the collision is embedded in a strong laser field with the laser intensity of {approx}10{sup 15} W/cm{sup 2}. The observed anisotropy of the He{sup +} angular distribution confirms the prediction of early work that the capture probability varies significantly with the laser polarization angle.

  11. Plasma channels during filamentation of a femtosecond laser pulse with wavefront astigmatism in air

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    Dergachev, A A; Kandidov, V P; Shlenov, S A; Ionin, A A; Mokrousova, D V; Seleznev, L V; Sinitsyn, D V; Sunchugasheva, E S; Shustikova, A P

    2014-12-31

    We have demonstrated experimentally and numerically the possibility of controlling parameters of plasma channels formed during filamentation of a femtosecond laser pulse by introducing astigmatism in the laser beam wavefront. It is found that weak astigmatism increases the length of the plasma channel in comparison with the case of aberration-free focusing and that strong astigmatism can cause splitting of the plasma channel into two channels located one after another on the filament axis. (interaction of laser radiation with matter. laser plasma)

  12. A Comparison of Different Operating Systems for Femtosecond Lasers in Cataract Surgery

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    Wu, B. M.; Williams, G. P.; Tan, A.; Mehta, J. S.

    2015-01-01

    The introduction of femtosecond lasers is potentially a major shift in the way we approach cataract surgery. The development of increasingly sophisticated intraocular lenses (IOLs), coupled with heightened patient expectation of high quality postsurgical visual outcomes, has generated the need for a more precise, highly reproducible and standardized method to carry out cataract operations. As femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS) becomes more commonplace in surgical centers, further evaluation of the potential risks and benefits needs to be established, particularly in the medium/long term effects. Healthcare administrators will also have to weigh and balance out the financial costs of these lasers relative to the advantages they put forth. In this review, we provide an operational overview of three of five femtosecond laser platforms that are currently commercially available: the Catalys (USA), the Victus (USA), and the LDV Z8 (Switzerland). PMID:26483973

  13. Mechanical Strains Induced in Osteoblasts by Use of Point Femtosecond Laser Targeting

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    Bomzon, Ze'ev; Day, Daniel; Gu, Min; Cartmell, Sarah

    2006-01-01

    A study demonstrating how ultrafast laser radiation stimulates osteoblasts is presented. The study employed a custom made optical system that allowed for simultaneous confocal cell imaging and targeted femtosecond pulse laser irradiation. When femtosecond laser light was focused onto a single cell, a rise in intracellular Ca2+ levels was observed followed by contraction of the targeted cell. This contraction caused deformation of neighbouring cells leading to a heterogeneous strain field throughout the monolayer. Quantification of the strain fields in the monolayer using digital image correlation revealed local strains much higher than threshold values typically reported to stimulate extracellular bone matrix production in vitro. This use of point targeting with femtosecond pulse lasers could provide a new method for stimulating cell activity in orthopaedic tissue engineering. PMID:23165014

  14. A Comparison of Different Operating Systems for Femtosecond Lasers in Cataract Surgery.

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    Wu, B M; Williams, G P; Tan, A; Mehta, J S

    2015-01-01

    The introduction of femtosecond lasers is potentially a major shift in the way we approach cataract surgery. The development of increasingly sophisticated intraocular lenses (IOLs), coupled with heightened patient expectation of high quality postsurgical visual outcomes, has generated the need for a more precise, highly reproducible and standardized method to carry out cataract operations. As femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS) becomes more commonplace in surgical centers, further evaluation of the potential risks and benefits needs to be established, particularly in the medium/long term effects. Healthcare administrators will also have to weigh and balance out the financial costs of these lasers relative to the advantages they put forth. In this review, we provide an operational overview of three of five femtosecond laser platforms that are currently commercially available: the Catalys (USA), the Victus (USA), and the LDV Z8 (Switzerland).

  15. Observation of voids and optical seizing of voids in silica glass with infrared femtosecond laser pulses

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    Watanabe, Wataru; Toma, Tadamasa; Yamada, Kazuhiro; Nishii, Junji; Hayashi, Ken-ichi; Itoh, Kazuyoshi

    2000-11-01

    Many researchers have investigated the interaction of femtosecond laser pulses with a wide variety of materials. The structural modifications both on the surface and inside the bulk of transparent materials have been demonstrated. When femtosecond laser pulses are focused into glasses with a high numerical-aperture objective, voids are formed. We demonstrate that one can seize and move voids formed by femtosecond laser pulses inside silica glass and also merge two voids into one. We also present clear evidence that a void is a cavity by showing a scanning-electron-microscope image of cleft voids: we clove through the glass along a plane that includes the laser-ablated thin line on the surface and the voids formed inside. The optical seizing and merging of voids are important basic techniques for fabricate micro-optical dynamic devices, such as the rewritable 3-D optical storage.

  16. Measurement of ablation threshold of oxide-film-coated aluminium nanoparticles irradiated by femtosecond laser pulses

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    Chefonov, O V; Ovchinnikov, A V; Il'ina, I V; Agranat, M B

    2016-03-31

    We report the results of experiments on estimation of femtosecond laser threshold intensity at which nanoparticles are removed from the substrate surface. The studies are performed with nanoparticles obtained by femtosecond laser ablation of pure aluminium in distilled water. The attenuation (or extinction, i.e. absorption and scattering) spectra of nanoparticles are measured at room temperature in the UV and optical wavelength ranges. The size of nanoparticles is determined using atomic force microscopy. A new method of scanning photoluminescence is proposed to evaluate the threshold of nanoparticle removal from the surface of a glass substrate exposed to IR femtosecond laser pulses with intensities 10{sup 11} – 10{sup 13} W cm{sup -2}. (interaction of laser radiation with matter)

  17. A theoretical model of the femtosecond laser ablation of semiconductors considering inverse bremsstrahlung absorption

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    Xiaohui, Lin; Chibin, Zhang; Weisong, Ren; Shuyun, Jiang; Quanhui, Ouyang

    2012-04-01

    The mechanism of the femtosecond laser ablation of semiconductors is investigated. The collision process of free electrons in a conduction band is depicted by the test particle method, and a theoretical model of nonequilibrium electron transport on the femtosecond timescale is proposed based on the Fokker—Planck equation. This model considers the impact of inverse bremsstrahlung on the laser absorption coefficient, and gives the expressions of electron drift and diffusion coefficients in the presence of screened Coulomb potential. Numerical simulations are conducted to obtain the nonequilibrium distribution function of the electrons. The femtosecond laser ablation thresholds are then calculated accordingly, and the results are in good agreement with the experimental results. This is followed by a discussion on the impact of laser parameters on the ablation of semiconductors.

  18. Femtosecond Laser--Pumped Source of Entangled Photons for Quantum Cryptography Applications

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    Pan, D.; Donaldson, W.; Sobolewski, R.

    2007-07-31

    We present an experimental setup for generation of entangled-photon pairs via spontaneous parametric down-conversion, based on the femtosecond-pulsed laser. Our entangled-photon source utilizes a 76-MHz-repetition-rate, 100-fs-pulse-width, mode-locked, ultrafast femtosecond laser, which can produce, on average, more photon pairs than a cw laser of an equal pump power. The resulting entangled pairs are counted by a pair of high-quantum-efficiency, single-photon, silicon avalanche photodiodes. Our apparatus is intended as an efficient source/receiver system for the quantum communications and quantum cryptography applications.

  19. Controlling the coulomb explosion of silver clusters by femtosecond dual-pulse laser excitation.

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    Döppner, T; Fennel, Th; Diederich, Th; Tiggesbäumker, J; Meiwes-Broer, K H

    2005-01-14

    Silver clusters grown in helium nanodroplets are excited by intense femtosecond laser pulses resulting in the formation of a hot electron plasma far from equilibrium. The ultrafast dynamics is studied by applying optically delayed dual pulses, which allows us to pursue and control the coupling of the laser field to the clusters on a femtosecond time scale. A distinct influence of the optical delay on the ionization efficiency gives strong evidence that a significant contribution of collective dipolar electron motion is present, which is verified by corresponding Vlasov dynamics simulations on a model system. The microscopic approach demonstrates the outstanding role of giant resonances in clusters also in intense laser fields.

  20. Study of femtosecond laser spectrally resolved interferometry distance measurement based on excess fraction method

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    Ji, Rongyi; Hu, Kun; Li, Yao; Gao, Shuyuan; Zhou, Weihu

    2017-02-01

    Spectrally resolved interferometry (SRI) technology is a high precision laser interferometry technology, whose short non-ambiguity range (NAR) increases the precision requirement of pre-measurement in absolute distance measurement. In order to improve NAR of femtosecond laser SRI, the factors affecting NAR are studied in measurement system, and synthetic NAR method is presented based on excess fraction method to solve this question. A theoretical analysis is implemented and two Fabry-Perot Etalons with different free spectral range are selected to carry out digital simulation experiments. The experiment shows that NAR can be improved using synthetic NAR method and the precision is the same with that of fundamental femtosecond laser SRI.

  1. High strength fused silica flexures manufactured by femtosecond laser

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    Bellouard, Yves; Said, Ali A.; Dugan, Mark; Bado, Philippe

    2009-02-01

    Flexures are mechanical elements used in micro- and precision-engineering to precisely guide the motion of micro-parts. They consist of slender bodies that deform elastically upon the application of a force. Although counter-intuitive at first, fused silica is an attractive material for flexure. Pending that the machining process does not introduce surface flaws that would lead to catastrophic failure, the material has a theoretically high ultimate tensile strength of several GPa. We report on high-aspect ratio fused silica flexures manufactured by femtosecond laser combined with chemical etching. Notch-hinges with thickness as small as twenty microns and aspect ratios comparable to aspect ratios obtained by Deep- Reactive-Ion-Etching (DRIE) were fabricated and tested under different loading conditions. Multiple fracture tests were performed for various loading conditions and the cracks morphologies were analyzed using Scanning Electron Microscopy. The manufactured elements show outstanding mechanical properties with flexural strengths largely exceeding those obtained with other technologies and materials. Fused silica flexures offer a mean to combine integrated optics with micro-mechanics in a single monolithic substrate. Waveguides and mechanical elements can be combined in a monolithic devices opening new opportunities for integrated opto-mechatronics devices.

  2. Analysis of THG modes for femtosecond laser pulse

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    Trofimov, Vyacheslav A.; Sidorov, Pavel S.

    2017-05-01

    THG is used nowadays in many practical applications such as a substance diagnostics, and biological objects imaging, and etc. With developing of new materials and technology (for example, photonic crystal) an attention to THG process analysis grow. Therefore, THG features understanding are a modern problem. Early we have developed new analytical approach based on using the problem invariant for analytical solution construction of the THG process. It should be stressed that we did not use a basic wave non-depletion approximation. Nevertheless, a long pulse duration approximation and plane wave approximation has applied. The analytical solution demonstrates, in particular, an optical bistability property (and may other regimes of frequency tripling) for the third harmonic generation process. But, obviously, this approach does not reflect an influence of a medium dispersion on the frequency tripling. Therefore, in this paper we analyze THG efficiency of a femtosecond laser pulse taking into account a second order dispersion affect as well as self- and crossmodulation of the interacting waves affect on the frequency conversion process. Analysis is made using a computer simulation on the base of Schrödinger equations describing the process under consideration.

  3. Hyperspectral imaging with stimulated Raman scattering by chirped femtosecond lasers.

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    Fu, Dan; Holtom, Gary; Freudiger, Christian; Zhang, Xu; Xie, Xiaoliang Sunney

    2013-04-25

    Raman microscopy is a quantitative, label-free, and noninvasive optical imaging technique for studying inhomogeneous systems. However, the feebleness of Raman scattering significantly limits the use of Raman microscopy to low time resolutions and primarily static samples. Recent developments in narrowband stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) microscopy have significantly increased the acquisition speed of Raman based label-free imaging by a few orders of magnitude, at the expense of reduced spectroscopic information. On the basis of a spectral focusing approach, we present a fast SRS hyperspectral imaging system using chirped femtosecond lasers to achieve rapid Raman spectra acquisition while retaining the full speed and image quality of narrowband SRS imaging. We demonstrate that quantitative concentration determination of cholesterol in the presence of interfering chemical species can be achieved with sensitivity down to 4 mM. For imaging purposes, hyperspectral imaging data in the C-H stretching region is obtained within a minute. We show that mammalian cell SRS hyperspectral imaging reveals the spatially inhomogeneous distribution of saturated lipids, unsaturated lipids, cholesterol, and protein. The combination of fast spectroscopy and label-free chemical imaging will enable new applications in studying biological systems and material systems.

  4. Fusion of blastomeres in mouse embryos under the action of femtosecond laser radiation. Efficiency of blastocyst formation and embryo development

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    Osychenko, A. A.; Zalesskii, A. D.; Krivokharchenko, A. S.; Zhakhbazyan, A. K.; Ryabova, A. V.; Nadtochenko, V. A.

    2015-05-01

    Using the method of femtosecond laser surgery we study the fusion of two-cell mouse embryos under the action of tightly focused femtosecond laser radiation with the fusion efficiency reaching 60%. The detailed statistical analysis of the efficiency of blastomere fusion and development of the embryo up to the blastocyst stage after exposure of the embryos from different mice to a femtosecond pulse is presented. It is shown that the efficiency of blastocyst formation essentially depends on the biological characteristics of the embryo, namely, the strain and age of the donor mouse. The possibility of obtaining hexaploid embryonal cells using the methods of femtosecond laser surgery is demonstrated.

  5. How Plasmonic excitation influences the LIPSS formation on diamond during multipulse femtosecond laser irradiation ?

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    Abdelmalek, Ahmed; Bedrane, Zeyneb; Amara, El-Hachemi; Eaton, Shane M.; Ramponi, Roberta

    2017-03-01

    A generalized plasmonic model is proposed to calculate the nanostructure period induced by multipulse laser femtosecond on diamond at 800 nm wavelengths. We follow the evolution of LIPSS formation by changing diamond optical parameters in function of electron plasma excitation during laser irradiation. Our calculations shows that the ordered nanostructures can be observed only in the range of surface plasmon polariton excitation.

  6. Compact 180-kV Marx generator triggered in atmospheric air by femtosecond laser filaments

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    Arantchouk, L. Larour, J.; Point, G.; Brelet, Y.; Carbonnel, J.; André, Y.-B.; Mysyrowicz, A.; Houard, A.

    2014-03-10

    We developed a compact Marx generator triggered in atmospheric air by a single femtosecond laser beam undergoing filamentation. Voltage pulses of 180 kV could be generated with a subnanosecond jitter. The same laser beam was also used to initiate simultaneously guided discharges up to 21 cm long at the output of the generator.

  7. Measuring the shift of a femtosecond laser frequency comb by the interference method

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    Basnak, Dmitriy V; Bikmukhametov, K A; Dmitriev, Aleksandr K; Dychkov, Aleksandr S; Kuznetsov, Sergei A; Lugovoy, A A; Mitsziti, P

    2012-01-31

    We have demonstrated the possibility of measuring the femtosecond laser frequency comb shift by the position of a Fabry - Perot interferometer's transmission bands with a statistical error of 10{sup -2} and a systematic shift of 10{sup -1}. (control of laser radiation parameters)

  8. Compact 180-kV Marx generator triggered in atmospheric air by femtosecond laser filaments

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    Arantchouk, L.; Point, G.; Brelet, Y.; Larour, J.; Carbonnel, J.; André, Y.-B.; Mysyrowicz, A.; Houard, A.

    2014-03-01

    We developed a compact Marx generator triggered in atmospheric air by a single femtosecond laser beam undergoing filamentation. Voltage pulses of 180 kV could be generated with a subnanosecond jitter. The same laser beam was also used to initiate simultaneously guided discharges up to 21 cm long at the output of the generator.

  9. Preliminary Results of Femtosecond Laser-assisted Cataract Surgery in a Private Clinic in Iran

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    Nejat, Farhad; Sarahati, Sara; Nobari, Sahar Mojaled; Jadidi, Khosrow; Naderi, Mostafa; Nejat, Mohammad Amin

    2017-01-01

    Purpose: To report the preliminary results of femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery in Iranian patients. Methods: This prospective case series included 21 eyes of 21 patients with cataract. Mean patient age was 66.7 ± 10 years. The patients underwent femtosecond-laser assisted cataract surgery (VICTUS Femtosecond Laser Platform: Bausch + Lomb) and intraocular lens (IOL) implementation in Bina Eye Hospital, Tehran, Iran between May and October, 2014. Visual outcomes, intraocular pressure (IOP), and complications were evaluated three months after surgery. Results: Mean preoperative best-spectacle corrected visual acuity (BSCVA) was 0.40 ± 0.21 logMAR which significantly improved to 0.02 ± 0.03 logMAR three months postoperatively (P < 0.001). Mean preoperative IOP was 17.88 ± 2.70 mmHg which significantly decreased to 12.5 ± 1.51 mmHg three months after operation (P < 0.001). Mean duration of operation for these patients was 29.30 ± 8 minutes and mean femtosecond laser process time was 4.20 ± 2 minutes. In terms of complications, 9 patients developed fine subconjunctival hemorrhage and eye redness and 2 patients had mild corneal edema which all subsided within less than 7 days. Serious complications such as anterior or posterior capsule tears were not encountered. Conclusion: Femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery is a relatively new method of cataract PMID:28299005

  10. Profitability analysis of a femtosecond laser system for cataract surgery using a fuzzy logic approach

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    Trigueros, José Antonio; Piñero, David P; Ismail, Mahmoud M

    2016-01-01

    AIM To define the financial and management conditions required to introduce a femtosecond laser system for cataract surgery in a clinic using a fuzzy logic approach. METHODS In the simulation performed in the current study, the costs associated to the acquisition and use of a commercially available femtosecond laser platform for cataract surgery (VICTUS, TECHNOLAS Perfect Vision GmbH, Bausch & Lomb, Munich, Germany) during a period of 5y were considered. A sensitivity analysis was performed considering such costs and the countable amortization of the system during this 5y period. Furthermore, a fuzzy logic analysis was used to obtain an estimation of the money income associated to each femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (G). RESULTS According to the sensitivity analysis, the femtosecond laser system under evaluation can be profitable if 1400 cataract surgeries are performed per year and if each surgery can be invoiced more than $500. In contrast, the fuzzy logic analysis confirmed that the patient had to pay more per surgery, between $661.8 and $667.4 per surgery, without considering the cost of the intraocular lens (IOL). CONCLUSION A profitability of femtosecond laser systems for cataract surgery can be obtained after a detailed financial analysis, especially in those centers with large volumes of patients. The cost of the surgery for patients should be adapted to the real flow of patients with the ability of paying a reasonable range of cost. PMID:27500115

  11. Holographic femtosecond laser processing and its application to biological materials (Conference Presentation)

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    Hayasaki, Yoshio

    2017-02-01

    Femtosecond laser processing is a promising tool for fabricating novel and useful structures on the surfaces of and inside materials. An enormous number of pulse irradiation points will be required for fabricating actual structures with millimeter scale, and therefore, the throughput of femtosecond laser processing must be improved for practical adoption of this technique. One promising method to improve throughput is parallel pulse generation based on a computer-generated hologram (CGH) displayed on a spatial light modulator (SLM), a technique called holographic femtosecond laser processing. The holographic method has the advantages such as high throughput, high light use efficiency, and variable, instantaneous, and 3D patterning. Furthermore, the use of an SLM gives an ability to correct unknown imperfections of the optical system and inhomogeneity in a sample using in-system optimization of the CGH. Furthermore, the CGH can adaptively compensate in response to dynamic unpredictable mechanical movements, air and liquid disturbances, a shape variation and deformation of the target sample, as well as adaptive wavefront control for environmental changes. Therefore, it is a powerful tool for the fabrication of biological cells and tissues, because they have free form, variable, and deformable structures. In this paper, we present the principle and the experimental setup of holographic femtosecond laser processing, and the effective way for processing the biological sample. We demonstrate the femtosecond laser processing of biological materials and the processing properties.

  12. Profitability analysis of a femtosecond laser system for cataract surgery using a fuzzy logic approach.

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    Trigueros, José Antonio; Piñero, David P; Ismail, Mahmoud M

    2016-01-01

    To define the financial and management conditions required to introduce a femtosecond laser system for cataract surgery in a clinic using a fuzzy logic approach. In the simulation performed in the current study, the costs associated to the acquisition and use of a commercially available femtosecond laser platform for cataract surgery (VICTUS, TECHNOLAS Perfect Vision GmbH, Bausch & Lomb, Munich, Germany) during a period of 5y were considered. A sensitivity analysis was performed considering such costs and the countable amortization of the system during this 5y period. Furthermore, a fuzzy logic analysis was used to obtain an estimation of the money income associated to each femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (G). According to the sensitivity analysis, the femtosecond laser system under evaluation can be profitable if 1400 cataract surgeries are performed per year and if each surgery can be invoiced more than $500. In contrast, the fuzzy logic analysis confirmed that the patient had to pay more per surgery, between $661.8 and $667.4 per surgery, without considering the cost of the intraocular lens (IOL). A profitability of femtosecond laser systems for cataract surgery can be obtained after a detailed financial analysis, especially in those centers with large volumes of patients. The cost of the surgery for patients should be adapted to the real flow of patients with the ability of paying a reasonable range of cost.

  13. A comparison of the characteristics of excimer and femtosecond laser ablation of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS)

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    See, Tian Long; Liu, Zhu; Li, Lin; Zhong, Xiang Li

    2016-02-01

    This paper presents an investigation on the ablation characteristics of excimer laser (λ = 248 nm, τ = 15 ns) and femtosecond laser (λ = 800 nm, τ = 100 fs) on ABS polymer sheets. The laser-material interaction parameters (ablation threshold, optical penetration depth and incubation factor) and the changes in material chemical properties were evaluated and compared between the two lasers. The work shows that the ablation threshold and effective optical penetration depth values are dependent on the wavelength of laser beam (photon energy) and the pulse width. The ablation threshold value is lower for the excimer laser ablation of ABS (Fth = 0.087 J/cm2) than that for the femtosecond laser ablation of ABS (Fth = 1.576 J/cm2), demonstrating a more dominating role of laser wavelength than the pulse width in influencing the ablation threshold. The ablation depth versus the logarithmic scale of laser fluence shows two linear regions for the fs laser ablation, not previously known for polymers. The effective optical penetration depth value is lower for excimer laser ablation (α-1 = 223 nm) than that for femtosecond laser ablation (α-1 = 2917 nm). The ablation threshold decreases with increasing number of pulses (NOP) due to the chain scission process that shortens the polymeric chains, resulting in a weaker polymeric configuration and the dependency is governed by the incubation factor. Excimer laser treatment of ABS eliminates the Cdbnd C bond completely through the chain scission process whereas Cdbnd C bond is partially eliminated through the femtosecond laser treatment due to the difference in photon energy of the two laser beams. A reduction in the Cdbnd C bond through the chain scission process creates free radical carbons which then form crosslinks with each other or react with oxygen, nitrogen and water in air producing oxygen-rich (Csbnd O and Cdbnd O bond) and nitrogen-rich (Csbnd N) functional groups.

  14. Image feature analysis of plasma spot produced from femtosecond laser ablation for silicon wafer

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    Wang, Fu-bin; Zhao, Li-hong; Tu, Paul; Liu, Yang; Chen, Jian-xiong

    2017-04-01

    When using a femtosecond laser to machine a single-crystal silicon wafer, it is accompanied with a diffraction spot of plasma. The existing literature reports that the brightness of the image of plasma can be used as an indicator to online measure the depth of the machined groove on a micrometer scale. Because the plasma spot is influenced by eruption and partial occlusion of ablated material, this method, which simply relies on the spot image brightness as a feedback parameter, is not reliable or accurate. The pixel area, perimeter, and brightness characteristics of the plasma spot image need to be comprehensively analyzed to provide a reliable and accurate feedback to establish close-loop micromachining technology. Therefore, we first analyze the chirped amplification principle of generating a femtosecond laser and the application of the diffraction spot of plasma during the micromachining processing using the femtosecond laser. Second, we experiment using femtosecond laser ablation with a piece of 10×10 mm and thickness of 650±10 μm single-crystal silicon wafer to obtain the corresponding relational data among parameters of laser processing power, processing speed, and laser spot image of plasma. Third, aiming at the characteristic of dim target of the laser spot image, the two-dimensional Otsu (maximum class square error method) is used to segment the laser spot image to improve the segmentation accuracy of the laser spot image. Finally, we analyze the relationship among area, perimeter of the laser spot image, and laser energy; the relationship among area, perimeter of the laser spot image, and the machined depth of groove; the relationship between brightness of the laser spot image and laser output power; and the relationship between brightness of laser spot image and machining speed.

  15. External sclerostomy with the femtosecond laser versus a surgical knife in rabbits

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    Shi, Yao; Yang, Xiao-Bo; Dai, Neng-Li; Long, Hua; Lu, Pei-Xiang; Jin, Ling; Jiang, Fa-Gang

    2012-01-01

    AIM To experimentally compare the external sclerostomy produced using a femtosecond laser with that made by a surgical knife and to evaluate the healing patterns, efficacy and technical advantages of femtosecond laser sclerostomy. METHODS In a prospective randomized, controlled, masked-observer study, 10 pigmented rabbits underwent external sclerostomy with a femtosecond laser in the right eye; 10 additional rabbits underwent sclerostomy with a surgical superblade in the right eye. Clinical characteristics, which included bleb morphology and intraocular pressure, were recorded for 1 month after surgery. Six additional rabbits underwent external femtosecond laser sclerostomy in the right eye and mechanical sclerostomy in the left eye and were killed at day 14 after surgery. Histologic staining, immunohistochemistry and scanning electron microscopy were subsequently performed to assess the morphology of the filtering fistula. The titanium-sapphire femtosecond laboratory laser was operating at a repetition rate of 1 kHz, 0.4 mJ pulse energy, a central wavelength of 800nm and a pulse duration of 50 femtoseconds. Mann-Whitney and Kaplan-Meier tests were used for statistical analysis. RESULTS Successful complete sclerostomy was achieved in each laser-treated eye which was hit only once by the laser. The laser treated time was approximately 15s-16s. In the laser-treated group (n=16), 2 eyes (12%) developed mild hyphema at the site of entry and 8 eyes (50%) showed transient edema in the corneal periphery adjacent to the laser impact zone. The differences between the groups in duration of function blebs and pressure reduction were statistically significant (P=0.025 and 0.016, respectively). The success rate of the laser-treated group was significantly higher than the knife group (P=0.005). Histologically, the subconjunctival connective tissue was loosely arranged with partially patent sclerostomy in the laser-treated eyes at postoperative day 14. This contrasted with the

  16. Nanosurgery of cells and chromosomes using near-infrared twelve-femtosecond laser pulses

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    Uchugonova, Aisada; Lessel, Matthias; Nietzsche, Sander; Zeitz, Christian; Jacobs, Karin; Lemke, Cornelius; König, Karsten

    2012-10-01

    Laser-assisted surgery based on multiphoton absorption of near-infrared laser light has great potential for high precision surgery at various depths within the cells and tissues. Clinical applications include refractive surgery (fs-LASIK). The non-contact laser method also supports contamination-free cell nanosurgery. In this paper we describe usage of an ultrashort femtosecond laser scanning microscope for sub-100 nm surgery of human cells and metaphase chromosomes. A mode-locked 85 MHz Ti:Sapphire laser with an M-shaped ultrabroad band spectrum (maxima: 770 nm/830 nm) and an in situ pulse duration at the target ranging from 12 fs up to 3 ps was employed. The effects of laser nanoprocessing in cells and chromosomes have been quantified by atomic force microscopy. These studies demonstrate the potential of extreme ultrashort femtosecond laser pulses at low mean milliwatt powers for sub-100 nm surgery of cells and cellular organelles.

  17. Transient light-sensitivity syndrome after laser in situ keratomileusis with the femtosecond laser Incidence and prevention.

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    Muñoz, Gonzalo; Albarrán-Diego, César; Sakla, Hani F; Javaloy, Jaime; Alió, Jorge L

    2006-12-01

    To describe the incidence of transient light-sensitivity syndrome (TLSS) after laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) with the femtosecond laser and to identify preventive strategies. Hospital NISA Virgen del Consuelo, Valencia, Spain. The first 765 eyes operated on with the 15 KHz femtosecond laser were prospectively analyzed for subjective complaints and clinical findings compatible with TLSS. Intraoperative settings, postoperative treatment, and development of complications were analyzed. Overall, TLSS developed in 10 eyes (incidence 1.3%). However, the incidence decreased from 2.8% to 0.4% when aggressive topical steroids were used during the first 3 postoperative days. Postoperative interface inflammation and postoperative use of a low-dose topical steroid regimen were associated with a higher incidence of TLSS. Transient light-sensitivity syndrome is a relatively uncommon complication related to the use of the femtosecond laser. Postoperative interface inflammation may increase the probability of developing TLSS, whereas an aggressive postoperative steroid regimen seemed to provide protection against it.

  18. [Alternatives to femtosecond laser technology: subnanosecond UV pulse and ring foci for creation of LASIK flaps].

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    Vogel, A; Freidank, S; Linz, N

    2014-06-01

    In refractive corneal surgery femtosecond (fs) lasers are used for creating LASIK flaps, dissecting lenticules and for astigmatism correction by limbal incisions. Femtosecond laser systems are complex and expensive and cutting precision is compromised by the large focal length associated with the commonly used infrared (IR) wavelengths. Based on investigations of the cutting dynamics, novel approaches for corneal dissection using ultraviolet A (UVA) picosecond (ps) pulses and ring foci from vortex beams are presented. Laser-induced bubble formation in corneal stroma was investigated by high-speed photography at 1-50 million frames/s. Using Gaussian and vortex beams of UVA pulses with durations between 200 and 850 ps the laser energy needed for easy removal of flaps created in porcine corneas was determined and the quality of the cuts by scanning electron microscopy was documented. Cutting parameters for 850 ps are reported also for rabbit eyes. The UV-induced and mechanical stress were evaluated for Gaussian and vortex beams. The results show that UVA picosecond lasers provide better cutting precision than IR femtosecond lasers, with similar processing times. Cutting energy decreases by >50 % when the laser pulse duration is reduced to 200 ps. Vortex beams produce a short, donut-shaped focus allowing efficient and precise dissection along the corneal lamellae which results in a dramatic reduction of the absorbed energy needed for cutting and of mechanical side effects as well as in less bubble formation in the cutting plane. A combination of novel approaches for corneal dissection provides the option to replace femtosecond lasers by compact UVA microchip laser technology. Ring foci are also of interest for femtosecond laser surgery, especially for improved lenticule excision.

  19. Time-resolved photoelectron imaging using a femtosecond UV laser and a VUV free-electron laser

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    Liu, S. Y.; Nishizawa, K.; Ogi, Y.; Fuji, T.; Mizuno, T.; Horio, T.; Kohguchi, H.; Nagasono, M.; Tono, K.; Yabashi, M.; Ishikawa, T.; Togashi, T.; Ohashi, H.; Kimura, H.; Senba, Y.; Suzuki, T.

    2010-03-15

    A time-resolved photoelectron imaging using a femtosecond ultraviolet (UV) laser and a vacuum UV free-electron laser is presented. Ultrafast internal conversion and intersystem crossing in pyrazine in a supersonic molecular beam were clearly observed in the time profiles of photoioinzation intensity and time-dependent photoelectron images.

  20. Femtosecond Laser-Induced Upconversion Luminescence in Rare-Earth Ions by Nonresonant Multiphoton Absorption.

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    Yao, Yunhua; Xu, Cheng; Zheng, Ye; Yang, Chengshuai; Liu, Pei; Jia, Tianqing; Qiu, Jianrong; Sun, Zhenrong; Zhang, Shian

    2016-07-21

    The upconversion luminescence of rare-earth ions has attracted considerable interest because of its important applications in photoelectric conversion, color display, laser device, multiplexed biolabeling, and security printing. Previous studies mainly explored the upconversion luminescence generation through excited state absorption, energy transfer upconversion, and photon avalanche under the continuous wave laser excitation. Here, we focus on the upconversion luminescence generation through a nonresonant multiphoton absorption by using the intense femtosecond pulsed laser excitation and study the upconversion luminescence intensity control by varying the femtosecond laser phase and polarization. We show that the upconversion luminescence of rare-earth ions under the intense femtosecond laser field excitation is easy to be obtained due to the nonresonant multiphoton absorption through the nonlinear interaction between light and matter, which is not available by the continuous wave laser excitation in previous works. We also show that the upconversion luminescence intensity can be effectively controlled by varying the femtosecond pulsed laser phase and polarization, which can open a new technological opportunity to generate and control the upconversion luminescence of rare-earth ions and also can be further extended to the relevant application areas.

  1. Femtosecond laser enhanced current in a thermionic diode with barium vapor

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    Makdisi, Y.; Kokaj, J.; Afrousheh, K.; Mathew, J.; Nair, R.; Pichler, G.

    2014-11-01

    We studied the signal from a thermionic diode when a femtosecond laser beam was spatially overlapped by an excimer pumped dye laser beam. The nanosecond dye laser was scanned from 435 to 438 nm in order to excite the autoionizing levels of barium by two photon absorption. The broadband ultrashort laser light was centered at 427 nm, which is also above the first ionization limit of barium. The bias voltage between the cell body and the tungsten rod (set at either 9 or 0 V) was used to collect electrons after the barium ions had been created by multiphoton (auto) ionization. The overall background of the thermionic signal was appreciably elevated due to the two photon ionization by the broadband femtosecond laser. We measured the thermionic signal with and without femtosecond laser overlap, and with a biasless and biased thermionic diode. The effect of the femtosecond laser was appreciable enhancement of the background ionization continuum. This was especially visible in the presence of noble gases at pressure of 50 mbar. Argon produced the largest and helium produced the smallest enhancement in the background continuum. In addition, we observed a few broad spectral features of a presumably collision induced nature.

  2. Temperature increase in porcine cadaver iris during direct illumination by femtosecond laser pulses.

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    Sun, Hui; Kurtz, Ronald M; Mikula, Eric R; Juhasz, Tibor

    2011-02-01

    To measure the temperature rise in porcine cadaver iris during direct illumination by the femtosecond laser as a model for laser exposure of the iris during femtosecond laser corneal surgery. Department of Ophthalmology, University of California-Irvine, Irvine, California, USA. Experimental study. The temperature increase induced by a 60 kHz commercial femtosecond laser in porcine cadaver iris was measured in situ using an infrared thermal imaging camera at pulse energy levels ranging from 1 to 2 μJ (corresponding approximately to surgical energies of 2 to 4 μJ per laser pulse). Temperature increases up to 2.3 °C (corresponding to 2 μJ and 24-second illumination) were observed in the porcine cadaver iris with little variation in temperature profiles between specimens for the same laser energy illumination. The 60 kHz commercial femtosecond laser operating with pulse energies at approximately the lower limit of the range evaluated in this study would be expected to result in a 1.2 °C temperature increase and therefore does not present a safety hazard to the iris. Copyright © 2011 ASCRS and ESCRS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Soda-lime glass microlens arrays fabricated by laser: Comparison between a nanosecond and a femtosecond IR pulsed laser

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    Delgado, Tamara; Nieto, Daniel; Flores-Arias, María Teresa

    2016-11-01

    We present the manufacturing of microlens arrays on soda-lime glass substrates by using two different IR pulsed lasers: a nanosecond Nd:YVO4 laser (1064 nm) and a femtosecond laser based on Ytterbium crystal technology (1030 nm). In both cases, the fabrication technique consists of the combination of a direct-write laser process, followed by a post-thermal treatment assisted by a CO2 laser. Through the analysis of the morphological characteristics of the generated microlenses, the different physical mechanisms involved in the glass ablation process with a nanosecond and a femtosecond laser are studied. In addition, by analyzing the optical features of the microlenses, a better result in terms of the homogeneity and quality of the spot focuses are observed for those microlenses fabricated with the Nd:YVO4 nanosecond laser. Microlens arrays with a diameter of 80 and 90 μm were fabricated.

  4. Femtosecond laser-written lithium niobate waveguide laser operating at 1085 nm

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    Tan, Yang; de Aldana, Javier R. Vázquez; Chen, Feng

    2014-10-01

    We report on the channel waveguide lasers at 1085 nm in femtosecond laser written Type II waveguides in an Nd:MgO:LiNbO3 crystal. The waveguide was constructed in a typical dual-line approach. In the geometry, we found that four vicinal regions of the track pair could guide light propagation. In addition, these guiding cores support polarization-dependent-guided modes. The propagation losses of the waveguides were measured to be as low as 1 dB/cm. Under an optical pump at 808 nm, the continuous-wave waveguide lasing at 1085 nm was generated, reaching a slope efficiency of 27% and maximum output power of 8 mW. The lasing threshold was 71 mW. Our results show that with the femtosecond laser written Nd:MgO:LiNbO3 waveguide as the miniature light source, it was possible to construct all-LiNbO3-based integrated devices for diverse photonic applications.

  5. Threshold for permanent refractive index change in crystalline silicon by femtosecond laser irradiation

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    Bachman, D.; Chen, Z.; Fedosejevs, R.; Tsui, Y. Y.; Van, V.

    2016-08-01

    An optical damage threshold for crystalline silicon from single femtosecond laser pulses was determined by detecting a permanent change in the refractive index of the material. This index change could be detected with unprecedented sensitivity by measuring the resonant wavelength shift of silicon integrated optics microring resonators irradiated with femtosecond laser pulses at 400 nm and 800 nm wavelengths. The threshold for permanent index change at 400 nm wavelength was determined to be 0.053 ± 0.007 J/cm2, which agrees with previously reported threshold values for femtosecond laser modification of crystalline silicon. However, the threshold for index change at 800 nm wavelength was found to be 0.044 ± 0.005 J/cm2, which is five times lower than the previously reported threshold values for visual change on the silicon surface. The discrepancy is attributed to possible modification of the crystallinity of silicon below the melting temperature that has not been detected before.

  6. Postfabrication Phase Error Correction of Silicon Photonic Circuits by Single Femtosecond Laser Pulses

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    Bachman, Daniel; Chen, Zhijiang; Wang, Christopher; Fedosejevs, Robert; Tsui, Ying Y.; Van, Vien

    2016-11-29

    Phase errors caused by fabrication variations in silicon photonic integrated circuits are an important problem, which negatively impacts device yield and performance. This study reports our recent progress in the development of a method for permanent, postfabrication phase error correction of silicon photonic circuits based on femtosecond laser irradiation. Using beam shaping technique, we achieve a 14-fold enhancement in the phase tuning resolution of the method with a Gaussian-shaped beam compared to a top-hat beam. The large improvement in the tuning resolution makes the femtosecond laser method potentially useful for very fine phase trimming of silicon photonic circuits. Finally, we also show that femtosecond laser pulses can directly modify silicon photonic devices through a SiO2 cladding layer, making it the only permanent post-fabrication method that can tune silicon photonic circuits protected by an oxide cladding.

  7. Postfabrication Phase Error Correction of Silicon Photonic Circuits by Single Femtosecond Laser Pulses

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    Bachman, Daniel; Chen, Zhijiang; Wang, Christopher; ...

    2016-11-29

    Phase errors caused by fabrication variations in silicon photonic integrated circuits are an important problem, which negatively impacts device yield and performance. This study reports our recent progress in the development of a method for permanent, postfabrication phase error correction of silicon photonic circuits based on femtosecond laser irradiation. Using beam shaping technique, we achieve a 14-fold enhancement in the phase tuning resolution of the method with a Gaussian-shaped beam compared to a top-hat beam. The large improvement in the tuning resolution makes the femtosecond laser method potentially useful for very fine phase trimming of silicon photonic circuits. Finally, wemore » also show that femtosecond laser pulses can directly modify silicon photonic devices through a SiO2 cladding layer, making it the only permanent post-fabrication method that can tune silicon photonic circuits protected by an oxide cladding.« less

  8. Promotion of protein crystal growth by actively switching crystal growth mode via femtosecond laser ablation

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    Tominaga, Yusuke; Maruyama, Mihoko; Yoshimura, Masashi; Koizumi, Haruhiko; Tachibana, Masaru; Sugiyama, Shigeru; Adachi, Hiroaki; Tsukamoto, Katsuo; Matsumura, Hiroyoshi; Takano, Kazufumi; Murakami, Satoshi; Inoue, Tsuyoshi; Yoshikawa, Hiroshi Y.; Mori, Yusuke

    2016-11-01

    Large single crystals with desirable shapes are essential for various scientific and industrial fields, such as X-ray/neutron crystallography and crystalline devices. However, in the case of proteins the production of such crystals is particularly challenging, despite the efforts devoted to optimization of the environmental, chemical and physical parameters. Here we report an innovative approach for promoting the growth of protein crystals by directly modifying the local crystal structure via femtosecond laser ablation. We demonstrate that protein crystals with surfaces that are locally etched (several micrometers in diameter) by femtosecond laser ablation show enhanced growth rates without losing crystal quality. Optical phase-sensitive microscopy and X-ray topography imaging techniques reveal that the local etching induces spiral growth, which is energetically advantageous compared with the spontaneous two-dimensional nucleation growth mode. These findings prove that femtosecond laser ablation can actively switch the crystal growth mode, offering flexible control over the size and shape of protein crystals.

  9. Progress in fabrication of waveguide spatial light modulators via femtosecond laser micromachining

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    Savidis, Nickolaos; Jolly, Sundeep; Datta, Bianca; Moebius, Michael; Karydis, Thrasyvoulos; Mazur, Eric; Gershenfeld, Neil; Bove, V. Michael

    2017-02-01

    We have previously introduced a femtosecond laser micromachining-based scheme for the fabrication of anisotropic waveguides in lithium niobate for use in a guided-wave acousto-optic spatial light modulator. This spatial light modulation scheme is extensible to off-plane waveguide holography via the integration of a Bragg reflection grating. In this paper, we present femtosecond laser-based direct-write approaches for the fabrication of (1) waveguide in-coupling gratings and (2) volume Bragg reflection gratings via permanent refractive index changes within the lithium niobate substrate. In combination with metal surface-acoustic-wave transducers, these direct-write approaches allow for complete fabrication of a functional spatial light modulator via femtosecond laser direct writing.

  10. Vibration measurement based on the optical cross-correlation technique with femtosecond pulsed laser

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    Han, Jibo; Wu, Tengfei; Zhao, Chunbo; Li, Shuyi

    2016-10-01

    Two vibration measurement methods with femtosecond pulsed laser based on the optical cross-correlation technique are presented independently in this paper. The balanced optical cross-correlation technique can reflect the time jitter between the reference pluses and measurement pluses by detecting second harmonic signals using type II phase-matched nonlinear crystal and balanced amplified photo-detectors. In the first method, with the purpose of attaining the vibration displacement, the time difference of the reference pulses relative to the measurement pluses can be measured using single femtosecond pulsed laser. In the second method, there are a couple of femtosecond pulsed lasers with high pulse repetition frequency. Vibration displacement associated with cavity length can be calculated by means of precisely measuring the pulse repetition frequency. The results show that the range of measurement attains ±150μm for a 500fs pulse. These methods will be suited for vibration displacement measurement, including laboratory use, field testing and industrial application.

  11. Femtosecond laser ablated durable superhydrophobic PTFE sheet for oil/water separation

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    Li, Wentao; Yang, Qing; Chen, Feng; Yong, Jiale; Fang, Yao; Huo, Jinglan

    2017-02-01

    Femtosecond laser microfabrication has been attracting increasing interest of researchers in recent years, and been applied on interface science to control the wettability of solid surfaces. Herein, we fabricate a kind of rough microstructures on polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) sheet by femtosecond laser. The femtosecond laser ablated surfaces show durable superhydrophobicity and ultralow water adhesion even after storing in a harsh environment for a long time, including strong acid, strong alkali, and high temperature. A penetrating microholes array was further generated on the rough superhydrophobic PTFE sheet by a subsequent mechanical drilling process. The as-prepared material was successfully applied in the field of oil/water separation due to the inverse superhydrophobicity and superoleophilicity.

  12. Femtosecond laser 3D micromachining and its applications to biochip fabrication

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    Sugioka, Koji

    2014-03-01

    Femtosecond lasers have opened up new avenues in materials processing due to their unique characteristics of ultra-short pulse widths and extremely high peak intensities that induce strong absorption in even transparent materials due to nonlinear multiphoton absorption. Then, the femtosecond laser can directly fabricate three-dimensional microfluidic, micromechanic, microelectronic, and micro-optical components in glass. These microcomponents can be easily integrated in a single glass microchip, which enable us to fabricate functional biochips quickly screening large number of biological analytes. In this talk, the detailed fabrication procedure of biochips using the femtosecond laser and applications of the fabricated biochips to material synthesis, analysis of biochemical samples, and determination of functions of microorganisms are introduced.

  13. Dynamic near-field nanofocusing by V-shaped metal groove via a femtosecond laser excitation

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    Du, Guangqing; Yang, Qing; Chen, Feng; Lu, Yu; Ou, Yan; Yong, Jiale; Hou, Xun

    2016-03-01

    The ultrafast dynamics of plasmonic near-field nanofocusing by a V-shaped groove milled on Au film via a femtosecond laser excitation is theoretically studied based on finite element method. The spatiotemporal evolution of the focused e-fields around the V-groove geometry is obtained. It is revealed that the strong nanofocusing at the V-shaped groove occurs at the moderate electron temperature of 3000 K in the electron-phonon uncoupled state via a femtosecond laser pulse excitation. The phenomenon is explained as the electron thermal dynamics manipulation of plasmon resonances due to femtosecond laser fluence modifications. This study provides basic understanding of ultrafast dynamics of near-field nanofocusing in V-shaped geometry for wide applications in the fields such as super-resolution imaging, SERS, and photothermal therapy.

  14. Evaluation of human sclera after femtosecond laser ablation using two photon and confocal microscopy

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    Sun, Hui; Kurtz, Ronald; Juhasz, Tibor

    2012-08-01

    Glaucoma is the second-leading cause of blindness worldwide and is often associated with elevated intraocular pressure (IOP). Partial thickness intrascleral channels can be created with a femtosecond laser operating at a wavelength of 1700 nm. Such channels have the potential to increase outflow facility and reduce elevated IOP. Analysis of the dimensions and location of these channels is important in understanding their effects. We describe the application of two-photon microscopy and confocal microscopy for noninvasive imaging of the femtosecond laser created partial-thickness scleral channels in human cadaver eyes. High-resolution images, hundreds of microns deep in the sclera, were obtained to allow determination of the shape and dimension of such channels. This demonstrates that concept of integrating femtosecond laser surgery, and two-photon and confocal imaging has the future potential for image-guided high-precision surgery in transparent and translucent tissue.

  15. Investigation of the micro-mechanical properties of femtosecond laser-induced phases in amorphous silica

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    Athanasiou, Christos-Edward; Bellouard, Yves

    2016-03-01

    Femtosecond pulses used in the regime where self-organized patterns are found have two noticeable effects in amorphous silica's (a-SiO2) optical and chemical properties: The decrease of the material's refractive index as well as an enhanced etching selectivity. However, the effect on the material mechanical properties is unexplored. In this paper, we present elastic modulus measurements of fused silica exposed to femtosecond laser pulses in the regime where nanogratings are found. The measurement principle is based on the use of femtosecond laser fabricated displacement amplification mechanism combined with a discrete stiffness model. In this laser exposure regime, a significant decrease of the elastic modulus is observed. Our findings are consistent with the existence of a porous structure found within nanogratings lamellas.

  16. [PKP for Keratoconus - From Hand/Motor Trephine to Excimer Laser and Back to Femtosecond Laser].

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    Seitz, B; Szentmáry, N; Langenbucher, A; Hager, T; Viestenz, A; Janunts, E; El-Husseiny, M

    2016-06-01

    For patients with keratoconus, rigid gas-permeable contact lenses are the first line correction method and allow good visual acuity for quite some time. In severe stages of the disease with major cone-shaped protrusion of the cornea, even specially designed keratoconus contact lenses are no longer tolerated. If there are contraindications for intrastromal ring segments, corneal transplantation typically has a very good prognosis. In patients with advanced keratoconus - especially after corneal hydrops due to rupture of Descemet's membrane - penetrating keratoplasty (PKP) is still the first line surgical method. Non-contact excimer laser trephination seems to be especially beneficial for eyes with iatrogenic keratectasia after LASIK and for patients with repeat grafts due to "keratoconus recurrences" due to small grafts with thin host cornea. For donor trephination from the epithelial side, an artificial chamber is used. Wound closure is achieved with a double running cross-stitch suture according to Hoffmann. Graft size is adapted individually, depending on corneal size ("as large as possible - as small as necessary"). Limbal centration is preferred intraoperatively, due to optical displacement of the pupil. During the last 10 years, femtosecond laser trephination has been introduced from the USA as a potentially advantageous approach. Prospective clinical studies have shown that the technique of non-contact excimer laser PKP improves donor and recipient centration, reduces "vertical tilt" and "horizontal torsion" of the graft in the recipient bed, and thus results in significantly less "all-sutures-out" keratometric astigmatism (2.8 vs. 5.7 D), more regular topography (surface regularity index [SRI] 0.80 vs. 1.0) and better visual acuity (0.80 vs. 0.60), in comparison to the motor trephine. The stage of the disease does not influence functional outcome after excimer laser PKP. However, the refractive outcome of femtosecond laser keratoplasty resembles that with

  17. Determination of femtosecond ablation thresholds by using laser ablation induced photoacoustics (LAIP)

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    Orzi, Daniel J. O.; Alvira, Fernando C.; Bilmes, Gabriel M.

    2013-03-01

    Femtosecond laser material processing as micromachining and nanoparticles fabrication require a careful control of the fluences deposited on the samples. In many cases, best results are obtained by using fluences slightly above the Laser Ablation Threshold (LAT), therefore its accurate determination is an important requirement. LAT can be obtained by measuring the intensity of the acoustic signal generated during the ablation process as a function of the laser fluence. In this work femtosecond laser ablation thresholds of commercially polished stainless steel plates, white high impact polystyrene, frosted glass, antique rag papers and silicon oxynitride thin films were determined by using laser ablation induced photoacoustics (LAIP). Results were compared with similar data previously obtained by using a nanosecond Nd:YAG laser.

  18. Nitrogen-vacancy defects in diamond produced by femtosecond laser nanoablation technique

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    Kononenko, Vitali V.; Vlasov, Igor I.; Gololobov, Viktor M.; Kononenko, Taras V.; Semenov, Timur A.; Khomich, Andrej A.; Shershulin, Vladimir A.; Krivobok, Vladimir S.; Konov, Vitaly I.

    2017-08-01

    A strategy for nitrogen-vacancy (NV) center production in diamond under its irradiation by 266-nm femtosecond laser pulses is suggested: NV centers can be effectively and controllably created in the regime of nanoablation of a diamond surface. The NV concentration was found to increase logarithmically with the laser pulse number in the nanoablation regime, which is realized at a laser fluence of <0.6 J/cm2, whereas the NV formation rate was proportional to the sixth power of laser fluence. These dependencies could be explained by the photolytic mechanism of vacancy formation on the diamond surface and their subsequent laser-stimulated diffusion in the bulk. The femtosecond laser nanoablation of the diamond surface was demonstrated to be a promising tool to produce the requisite number of vacancies near the diamond surface and, hence, to manage the formation of NV complexes.

  19. The TriBeam system: Femtosecond laser ablation in situ SEM

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    Echlin, McLean P.; Straw, Marcus; Randolph, Steven; Filevich, Jorge; Pollock, Tresa M.

    2015-02-15

    Femtosecond laser ablation offers the unique ability to remove material at rates that are orders of magnitude faster than existing ion beam technologies with little or no associated damage. By combining ultrafast lasers with state-of-the-art electron microscopy equipment, we have developed a TriBeam system capable of targeted, in-situ tomography providing chemical, structural, and topographical information in three dimensions of near mm{sup 3} sized volumes. The origins, development, physics, current uses, and future potential for the TriBeam system are described in this tutorial review. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • An emerging tool, the TriBeam, for in situ femtosecond (fs) laser ablation is presented. • Fs laser ablation aided tomography at the mm{sup 3}-scale is demonstrated. • Fs laser induced deposition of Pt is demonstrated at sub-diffraction limit resolution. • Fs laser surface structuring is reviewed as well as micromachining applications.

  20. Development of a nomogram for femtosecond laser astigmatic keratotomy for astigmatism after keratoplasty.

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    St Clair, Ryan M; Sharma, Anushree; Huang, David; Yu, Fei; Goldich, Yakov; Rootman, David; Yoo, Sonia; Cabot, Florence; Jun, Jason; Zhang, Lijun; Aldave, Anthony J

    2016-04-01

    To develop a nomogram for femtosecond laser astigmatic keratotomy (AK) to treat post-keratoplasty astigmatism. Three academic medical centers. Retrospective interventional case series. A review of post-keratoplasty femtosecond laser AK was performed. Uncorrected (UDVA) and corrected (CDVA) distance visual acuities, manifest refraction, and keratometry were recorded preoperatively and 1, 3, 6, and 12 months postoperatively. The location, length, depth, and diameter of the AK incisions were recorded, and the surgically induced astigmatic correction was related to these variables using regression analysis. One hundred forty femtosecond laser AK procedures were performed after penetrating keratoplasty (PKP) (n = 129) or deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK) (n =11), with 89 procedures (80 PKP, 9 DALK) included in the analysis. The mean CDVA improved from 20/59 (0.47 logMAR ± 0.38 [SD]) preoperatively to 20/45 (0.35 ± 0.31 logMAR) postoperatively (P = .013) (n = 46). The mean keratometric astigmatism decreased from 8.26 ± 2.90 diopters (D) preoperatively to 3.62 ± 2.59 D postoperatively (P < .0001) (n = 89). The mean refractive cylinder decreased from 6.77 ± 2.80 D preoperatively to 2.85 ± 2.57 D postoperatively (P < .0001) (n = 69). A nomogram for femtosecond laser AK to treat post-keratoplasty astigmatism was generated using regression analysis. Femtosecond laser AK significantly improved UDVA and CDVA and significantly reduced keratometric astigmatism and refractive cylinder after keratoplasty. The nomogram generated should improve the accuracy of post-keratoplasty femtosecond laser AK. None of the authors has a financial or proprietary interest in any material or method mentioned. Copyright © 2016 ASCRS and ESCRS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. Experimental research on laser shock forming metal foils with femtosecond laser

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    Ye, Y. X.; Feng, Y. Y.; Hua, X. J.; Lian, Z. C.

    2013-11-01

    Laser shock forming metal foils with femtosecond (fs) laser has been investigated experimentally in this article. A new transparent material was used as confining layer. Two destroying mechanisms of the confining layer have been observed and analyzed. With appropriate processing parameters, we have validated that macro plastic deformations (micro dents) can be formed on metal foils through fs laser-induced shock wave. Surface morphologies and 3D profiles of dents were measured. Results show that there exists a relatively optimum pulse range for obtaining better shock effects. Too short pulse duration will induce serious nonlinear absorption of confining layer, while too large pulse duration will decrease light intensities. Both are detrimental for improving laser shock effect. One abnormal phenomenon about the influence of impact times on dent depths has been found. Through analysis and experiments, we analyzed that loose constraint condition of samples led to flattening effect on deeper dents and then decrease the dent depths. Confining layer can significantly enhance laser shock effect and improve plastic deformation, which is same as ns laser. The new confining layer has been proved to be suitable for fs laser shock forming.

  2. New technology update: femtosecond laser in cataract surgery

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    Nagy, Zoltan Z

    2014-01-01

    Femtosecond lasers represent a new frontier in cataract surgery. Since their introduction and first human treatment in 2008, a lot of new developments have been achieved. In this review article, the physical principle of femtolasers is discussed, together with the indications and side effects of the method in cataract surgery. The most important clinical results are also presented regarding capsulotomy, fragmentation of the crystalline lens, corneal wound creation, and refractive results. Safety issues such as endothelial and macular changes are also discussed. The most important advantage of femtolaser cataract technology at present is that all the important surgical steps of cataract surgery can be planned and customized, delivering unparalleled accuracy, repeatability, and consistency in surgical results. The advantages of premium lenses can be maximally used in visual and presbyopia restoration as well. The advantages of premium lenses can be maximally used, not only in visual, but in presbyopia restoration as well. Quality of vision can be improved with less posterior chamber lens (PCL) tilt, more centralized position of the PCL, possibly less endothelial damage, less macular edema, and less posterior capsule opacification (PCO) formation. This technological achievement should be followed by other technical developments in the lens industry. Hopefully this review article will help us to understand the technology and the results to demonstrate the differences between the use of femtolasers and phacoemulsification-based cataract surgery. The most important data of the literature are summarized to show ophthalmologists the benefits of the technology in order to provide the best refractive results to the patient. PMID:24970994

  3. Comparison of femtosecond and excimer laser platforms available for corneal refractive surgery.

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    Chen, Lisa Y; Manche, Edward E

    2016-07-01

    The evolution of laser technology has left today's refractive surgeon with a choice between multiple laser platforms. The purpose of this review is to compare currently available femtosecond and excimer laser platforms, providing a summary of current evidence. Femtosecond lasers create LASIK flaps with better accuracy, uniformity, and predictability than mechanical microkeratomes. Newer higher-frequency femtosecond platforms elicit less inflammation, producing better visual outcomes. SMILE achieved similar safety, efficacy, and predictability as LASIK with greater preservation of corneal nerves and biomechanical strength. The emergence of wavefront technology has resulted in improved excimer laser treatments. Comparisons of wavefront-guided and wavefront-optimized treatments suggest that there is an advantage to using wavefront-guided platforms in terms of visual acuity and quality of vision. Topography-guided ablations are another well tolerated and effective option, especially in eyes with highly irregular corneas. Advances in femtosecond and excimer laser technology have not only improved the safety and efficacy of refractive procedures, but have also led to the development of promising new treatment modalities, such as SMILE and the use of wavefront-guided and topography-guided ablation. Future studies and continued technological progress will help to better define the optimal use of these treatment platforms.

  4. Simulation of the temperature increase in porcine cadaver iris during direct illumination by femtosecond laser pulses

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    Sun, Hui; Kurtz, Ronald M.; Juhasz, Tibor

    2012-03-01

    As a model for laser exposure of the iris during femtosecond corneal surgery, we simulated the temperature rise in porcine cadaver iris during direct illumination by the femtosecond laser. The temperature increase induced by a 60 kHz iFS Advanced Femtosecond Laser (AMO Inc., Santa Ana, CA) in porcine cadaver iris was simulated using COMSOL (Comsol Inc., Burlington, MA) finite element software. Temperature increases up to 2.45 °C (corresponding to 2 μJ laser pulse energy and 24 second illumination) were observed in the porcine cadaver iris from the simulation with little variation in temperature profiles compared with specimens for the same laser energy illumination in experiment. : The commercial iFS Advanced Femtosecond Laser operating with pulse energies at approximately the lower limit of the range evaluated in this study would be expected to result in a 1.23 °C temperature increase and, therefore, does not present a safety hazard to the iris.

  5. Inactivation of viruses by coherent excitations with a low power visible femtosecond laser

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    Tsen, KT; Tsen, Shaw-Wei D; Chang, Chih-Long; Hung, Chien-Fu; Wu, T-C; Kiang, Juliann G

    2007-01-01

    Background Resonant microwave absorption has been proposed in the literature to excite the vibrational states of microorganisms in an attempt to destroy them. But it is extremely difficult to transfer microwave excitation energy to the vibrational energy of microorganisms due to severe absorption of water in this spectral range. We demonstrate for the first time that, by using a visible femtosecond laser, it is effective to inactivate viruses such as bacteriophage M13 through impulsive stimulated Raman scattering. Results and discussion By using a very low power (as low as 0.5 nj/pulse) visible femtosecond laser having a wavelength of 425 nm and a pulse width of 100 fs, we show that M13 phages were inactivated when the laser power density was greater than or equal to 50 MW/cm2. The inactivation of M13 phages was determined by plaque counts and had been found to depend on the pulse width as well as power density of the excitation laser. Conclusion Our experimental findings lay down the foundation for an innovative new strategy of using a very low power visible femtosecond laser to selectively inactivate viruses and other microorganisms while leaving sensitive materials unharmed by manipulating and controlling with the femtosecond laser system. PMID:17550590

  6. Fabrication of a multilevel THz Fresnel lens by femtosecond laser ablation

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    Komlenok, M. S.; Volodkin, B. O.; Knyazev, B. A.; Kononenko, T. V.; Kononenko, V. V.; Konov, V. I.; Soifer, V. A.; Pavel'ev, V. S.; Tukmakov, K. N.; Choporova, Yu Yu

    2015-10-01

    The possibility of fabricating a silicon diffractive fourlevel THz Fresnel lens by laser ablation is studied. For a microrelief to be formed on the sample surface, use is made of a femtosecond Yb : YAG laser with a high pulse repetition rate (f = 200 kHz). Characteristics of the diffractive optical element are investigated in the beam of a 141-mm free-electron laser. The measured diffraction efficiency of the lens is in good agreement with the theoretical estimate.

  7. Micro-processing of polymers and biological materials using high repetition rate femtosecond laser pulses

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    Ding, Li

    High repetition rate femtosecond laser micro-processing has been applied to ophthalmological hydrogel polymers and ocular tissues to create novel refractive and diffractive structures. Through the optimization of laser irradiation conditions and material properties, this technology has become feasible for future industrial applications and clinical practices. A femtosecond laser micro-processing workstation has been designed and developed. Different experimental parameters of the workstation such as laser pulse duration, focusing lens, and translational stages have been described and discussed. Diffractive gratings and three-dimensional waveguides have been fabricated and characterized in hydrogel polymers, and refractive index modifications as large as + 0.06 have been observed within the laser-irradiated region. Raman spectroscopic studies have shown that our femtosecond laser micro-processing induces significant thermal accumulation, resulting in a densification of the polymer network and increasing the localized refractive index of polymers within the laser irradiated region. Different kinds of dye chromophores have been doped in hydrogel polymers to enhance the two-photon absorption during femtosecond laser micro-processing. As the result, laser scanning speed can be greatly increased while the large refractive index modifications remain. Femtosecond laser wavelength and pulse energy as well as water and dye concentration of the hydrogels are optimized. Lightly fixed ocular tissues such as corneas and lenses have been micro-processed by focused femtosecond laser pulses, and refractive index modifications without any tissue-breakdown are observed within the stromal layer of the corneas and the cortex of the lenses. Living corneas are doped with Sodium Fluorescein to increase the two-photon absorption during the laser micro-processing, and laser scanning speed can be greatly increased while inducing large refractive index modifications. No evidence of cell death

  8. Real-space observation of molecular motion induced by femtosecond laser pulses.

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    Bartels, Ludwig; Wang, Feng; Möller, Dietmar; Knoesel, Ernst; Heinz, Tony F

    2004-07-30

    Femtosecond laser irradiation is used to excite adsorbed CO molecules on a Cu110 surface; the ensuing motion of individual molecules across the surface is characterized on a site-to-site basis by in situ scanning tunneling microscopy. Adsorbate motion both along and perpendicular to the rows of the Cu110 surface occurs readily, in marked contrast to the behavior seen for equilibrium diffusion processes. The experimental findings for the probability and direction of the molecular motion can be understood as a manifestation of strong coupling between the adsorbates' lateral degrees of freedom and the substrate electronic excitation produced by the femtosecond laser radiation.

  9. Efficient femtosecond mode-locked Nd,Y:SrF2 laser

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    Wei, Long; Han, Hainian; Tian, Wenlong; Liu, Jiaxing; Wang, Zhaohua; Zhu, Zheng; Jia, Yulei; Su, Liangbi; Xu, Jun; Wei, Zhiyi

    2014-09-01

    An efficient femtosecond mode-locked laser using Nd and Y-codoped SrF2 crystal as the gain medium is presented in this letter. A 332 fs pulse centered at 1057 nm with a repetition rate of 89.8 MHz, a spectral width of 4.3 nm, and a mode-locked output power of up to 395 mW has been obtained under 1 W pump power, corresponding to an optical-to-optical efficiency of 39.5% and a slope efficiency of 69%. To the best of our knowledge, this is the highest optical efficiency in femtosecond Nd-doped crystal lasers.

  10. Femtosecond laser surface structuring technique for making human enamel and dentin surfaces superwetting

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    Vorobyev, A. Y.; Guo, Chunlei

    2013-12-01

    It is known that good wettability of enamel and dentin surfaces is a key factor in enhancing adhesion of restorative materials in dentistry. Here, we report on a femtosecond laser surface texturing approach that makes both the enamel and dentine surfaces superwetting. In contrast to the traditional chemical etching that yields random surface structures, this new approach produces engineered surface structures. The surface structure engineered and tested here is an array of femtosecond laser-produced parallel microgrooves that generates a strong capillary force. Due to the powerful capillary action, water is rapidly sucked into this engineered surface structure and spreads even on a vertical surface.

  11. Graphene oxide mode-locked Yb:GAGG bulk laser operating in the femtosecond regime

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    Cui, Liang; Lou, Fei; Li, Yan-bin; Hou, Jia; He, Jing-Liang; Jia, Zhi-Tai; Liu, Jing-Quan; Zhang, Bai-Tao; Yang, Ke-Jian; Wang, Zhao-Wei; Tao, Xu-Tang

    2015-04-01

    High-quality graphene oxide saturable absorber (SA) is successfully fabricated with 1-2 layer graphene oxide. By employing this SA, we have demonstrated femtosecond pulse generation from a graphene oxide passively mode locked bulk laser for the first time to our best knowledge. With two Gires-Tournois interferometer mirrors for dispersion compensation, pulses as short as 493 fs with an average power of 500 mW are obtained at the central wavelength of 1035.5 nm. These results presented here indicate the great potential of GO for generating femtosecond mode-locked pulses in the bulk laser.

  12. Efficient Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering substrates from femtosecond laser based fabrication

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    Parmar, Vinod; Kanaujia, Pawan K.; Bommali, Ravi Kumar; Vijaya Prakash, G.

    2017-10-01

    A fast and simple femtosecond laser based methodology for efficient Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) substrate fabrication has been proposed. Both nano scaffold silicon (black silicon) and gold nanoparticles (Au-NP) are fabricated by femtosecond laser based technique for mass production. Nano rough silicon scaffold enables large electromagnetic fields for the localized surface plasmons from decorated metallic nanoparticles. Thus giant enhancement (approximately in the order of 104) of Raman signal arises from the mixed effects of electron-photon-phonon coupling, even at nanomolar concentrations of test organic species (Rhodamine 6G). Proposed process demonstrates the low-cost and label-less application ability from these large-area SERS substrates.

  13. UV waveguides light fabricated in fluoropolymer CYTOP by femtosecond laser direct writing.

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    Hanada, Yasutaka; Sugioka, Koji; Midorikawa, Katsumi

    2010-01-18

    We have fabricated optical waveguides inside the UV-transparent polymer, CYTOP, by femtosecond laser direct writing for propagating UV light in biochip applications. Femtosecond laser irradiation is estimated to increase the refractive index of CYTOP by 1.7 x 10(-3) due to partial bond breaking in CYTOP. The waveguide in CYTOP has propagation losses of 0.49, 0.77, and 0.91 dB/cm at wavelengths of 632.8, 355, and 266 nm, respectively.

  14. Fragmentation of colloidal nanoparticles by femtosecond laser-induced supercontinuum generation

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    Besner, S.; Kabashin, A. V.; Meunier, M.

    2006-12-04

    A femtosecond laser-based method to control the size characteristics of gold colloidal nanoparticles is reported. The method uses the supercontinuum generation produced through a strong nonlinear-optical interaction of the femtosecond radiation with a liquid to fragment relatively large colloids and reduce their agglomeration. The fragmented species then recoalesce to form smaller, less dispersed, and much more stable nanoparticles in the solution. The size of the nanoparticles after the treatment is independent of the initial characteristics of colloids, but depends strongly on laser parameters and on the presence of chemically active species in the solution.

  15. Neutrophils of the patients with cervical cancer after femtosecond laser radiation in vitro

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    Abakumova, Tatyana; Sysoliatin, Alexey; Antoneeva, Inna; Svetukhin, Vyacheslav; Arslanova, Dinara; Gening, Snezhanna

    2012-03-01

    The cytochemical analysis of the aerobic and anaerobic bactericidal, phagocytic activity, phagocytosis completeness, as well as membrane topology and rigidity has been performed with the Scanning probe microscopy (Solver Pro, NT-MDT, Russia) in neutrophils of the patients with cervical carcinoma treated with the Erbium laser radiation at different intensity. The obtained data reveal a significant effect of the femtosecond laser radiation on neutrophil morphofunctional state in patients with cervical cancer. The efficiency of the femtosecond radiation depends on its intensity and clinical stage of the cervical cancer.

  16. Enhancement of femtosecond laser-induced nucleation of protein in a gel solution

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    Murai, Ryota; Yoshikawa, Hiroshi Y.; Takahashi, Yoshinori; Maruyama, Mihoko; Sugiyama, Shigeru; Sazaki, Gen; Adachi, Hiroaki; Takano, Kazufumi; Matsumura, Hiroyoshi; Murakami, Satoshi; Inoue, Tsuyoshi; Mori, Yusuke

    2010-01-01

    We found that the use of a gel solution with agarose enhanced femtosecond laser-induced nucleation and produced hen egg white lysozyme crystals at three to five times lower supersaturation than those by the femtosecond laser or agarose alone. The fast fluorescence imaging of the protein in the gel solution revealed that cavitation bubbles created high-concentration regions at the focal point, which could be the trigger for protein nucleation. The lower diffusions of protein molecules in agarose gel retained the high-concentration regions for a longer time, and facilitated the nucleation.

  17. Two-color photoemission produced by femtosecond laser pulses on copper

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    Muggli, P.; Brogle, R.; Joshi, C.

    1995-04-01

    Single-color illumination of a copper surface by a red or an ultraviolet femtosecond laser pulse yields a three-photon (red) or a two-photon (UV) photoemission process. A multicolor, multiphoton process is generated when the red and the UV pulses overlap both in space and in time on the photocathode. It is shown that this emission process results from the absorption by an electron of one red and one UV photon. It provides a means to correlate ultrashort laser pulses of different wavelengths. femtosecond phenomena, beams, electron, correlation

  18. Stressed waveguides with tubular depressed-cladding inscribed in phosphate glasses by femtosecond hollow laser beams.

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    Long, Xuewen; Bai, Jing; Zhao, Wei; Stoian, Razvan; Hui, Rongqing; Cheng, Guanghua

    2012-08-01

    We report on the single-step fabrication of stressed optical waveguides with tubular depressed-refractive-index cladding in phosphate glasses by the use of focused femtosecond hollow laser beams. Tubelike low index regions appear under direct exposure due to material rarefaction following expansion. Strained compacted zones emerged in domains neighboring the tubular track of lower refractive index, and waveguiding occurs mainly within the tube core fabricated by the engineered femtosecond laser beam. The refractive index profile of the optical waveguide was reconstructed from the measured transmitted near-field intensity.

  19. Fabrication of high-Q lithium niobate microresonators using femtosecond laser micromachining

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    Lin, Jintian; Xu, Yingxin; Fang, Zhiwei; Wang, Min; Song, Jiangxin; Wang, Nengwen; Qiao, Lingling; Fang, Wei; Cheng, Ya

    2015-01-01

    We report on fabrication of high-Q lithium niobate (LN) whispering-gallery-mode (WGM) microresonators suspended on silica pedestals by femtosecond laser direct writing followed by focused ion beam (FIB) milling. The micrometer-scale (diameter ~82 μm) LN resonator possesses a Q factor of ~2.5 × 105 around 1550 nm wavelength. The combination of femtosecond laser direct writing with FIB enables high-efficiency, high-precision nanofabrication of high-Q crystalline microresonators. PMID:25627294

  20. Femtosecond laser-induced breakdown in distilled water for fabricating the helical microchannels array.

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    Li, Yan; Qu, Shiliang

    2011-11-01

    We have fabricated complex helical microchannel arrays with uniform diameter in silica glass using femtosecond laser-induced breakdown in distilled water. The generated high-speed jet and shockwave cause cavitation damage in silica glass. Distilled water injected into microchannels through a rubber hose is used for effectively ejecting the debris. The low concentration of debris in the ablated area ensure continuously femtosecond laser-induced breakdown. The distribution, coil number, coil diameter and pitch of the helical microchannel arrays can be controlled.

  1. Astrocyte-to-neuron signaling in response to photostimulation with a femtosecond laser

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    Zhao, Yuan; Liu, Xiuli; Zhou, Wei; Zeng, Shaoqun

    2010-08-01

    Conventional stimulation techniques used in studies of astrocyte-to-neuron signaling are invasive or dependent on additional electrical devices or chemicals. Here, we applied photostimulation with a femtosecond laser to selectively stimulate astrocytes in the hippocampal neural network, and the neuronal responses were examined. The results showed that, after photostimulation, cell-specific astrocyte-to-neuron signaling was triggered; sometimes the neuronal responses were even synchronous. Since photostimulation with a femtosecond laser is noninvasive, agent-free, and highly precise, this method has been proved to be efficient in activating astrocytes for investigations of astrocytic functions in neural networks.

  2. Femtosecond laser microfabrication in polymers towards memory devices and microfluidic applications

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    Deepak, K. L. N.; Venugopal Rao, S.; Narayana Rao, D.

    2011-12-01

    We have investigated femtosecond laser induced microstructures, gratings, and craters in four different polymers: poly methyl methacrylate (PMMA), poly dimethyl siloxane (PDMS), polystyrene (PS) and poly vinyl alcohol (PVA) using Ti:sapphire laser delivering 800 nm, 100 femtosecond (fs) pulses at 1 kHz repetition rate with a maximum pulse energy of 1 mJ. Local chemical modifications leading to the formation of optical centers and peroxide radicals which were studied using UV-Visible absorption and emission, confocal micro-Raman and Electron Spin Resonance (ESR) spectroscopic techniques.

  3. Femtosecond laser for cavity preparation in enamel and dentin: ablation efficiency related factors

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    Chen, H.; Li, H.; Sun, YC.; Wang, Y.; Lü, PJ.

    2016-01-01

    To study the effects of laser fluence (laser energy density), scanning line spacing and ablation depth on the efficiency of a femtosecond laser for three-dimensional ablation of enamel and dentin. A diode-pumped, thin-disk femtosecond laser (wavelength 1025 nm, pulse width 400 fs) was used for the ablation of enamel and dentin. The laser spot was guided in a series of overlapping parallel lines on enamel and dentin surfaces to form a three-dimensional cavity. The depth and volume of the ablated cavity was then measured under a 3D measurement microscope to determine the ablation efficiency. Different values of fluence, scanning line spacing and ablation depth were used to assess the effects of each variable on ablation efficiency. Ablation efficiencies for enamel and dentin were maximized at different laser fluences and number of scanning lines and decreased with increases in laser fluence or with increases in scanning line spacing beyond spot diameter or with increases in ablation depth. Laser fluence, scanning line spacing and ablation depth all significantly affected femtosecond laser ablation efficiency. Use of a reasonable control for each of these parameters will improve future clinical application. PMID:26864679

  4. Femtosecond laser for cavity preparation in enamel and dentin: ablation efficiency related factors

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    Chen, H.; Li, H.; Sun, Yc.; Wang, Y.; Lü, Pj.

    2016-02-01

    To study the effects of laser fluence (laser energy density), scanning line spacing and ablation depth on the efficiency of a femtosecond laser for three-dimensional ablation of enamel and dentin. A diode-pumped, thin-disk femtosecond laser (wavelength 1025 nm, pulse width 400 fs) was used for the ablation of enamel and dentin. The laser spot was guided in a series of overlapping parallel lines on enamel and dentin surfaces to form a three-dimensional cavity. The depth and volume of the ablated cavity was then measured under a 3D measurement microscope to determine the ablation efficiency. Different values of fluence, scanning line spacing and ablation depth were used to assess the effects of each variable on ablation efficiency. Ablation efficiencies for enamel and dentin were maximized at different laser fluences and number of scanning lines and decreased with increases in laser fluence or with increases in scanning line spacing beyond spot diameter or with increases in ablation depth. Laser fluence, scanning line spacing and ablation depth all significantly affected femtosecond laser ablation efficiency. Use of a reasonable control for each of these parameters will improve future clinical application.

  5. Noncontact microsurgery and micromanipulation of living cells with combined system femtosecond laser scalpel-optical tweezers

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    Il'ina, Inna V.; Sitnikov, Dmitry S.; Ovchinnikov, Andrey V.; Agranat, Mikhail B.; Khramova, Yulia V.; Semenova, Maria L.

    2012-06-01

    We report on the results of using self-developed combined laser system consisting of a femtosecond laser scalpel (Cr:Forsterite seed oscillator and a regenerative amplifier, 620 nm, 100 fs, 10 Hz) and optical tweezers (cw laser, 1064 nm) for performing noncontact laser-mediated polar body (PB) and trophectoderm (TE) biopsy of early mammalian embryos. To perform PB biopsy the femtosecond laser scalpel was initially used to drill an opening in the zona pellucida, and then the PB was extracted out of the zygote with the optical tweezers. Unlike PB biopsy, TE biopsy allows diagnosing maternally-derived as well as paternally-derived defects. Moreover, as multiple TE cells can be taken from the embryo, more reliable diagnosis can be done. TE biopsy was performed by applying laser pulses to dissect the desired amount of TE cells that had just left the zona pellucida during the hatching. Optical tweezers were then used to trap and move the dissected TE cells in a prescribed way. Laser power in optical tweezers and energy of femtosecond laser pulses were thoroughly optimized to prevent cell damage and obtain high viability rates. In conclusion, the proposed techniques of laser-based embryo biopsy enable accurate, contamination-free, simple and quick microprocessing of living cells.

  6. Laser emission from diode-pumped Nd:YAG ceramic waveguide lasers realized by direct femtosecond-laser writing technique.

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    Salamu, Gabriela; Jipa, Florin; Zamfirescu, Marian; Pavel, Nicolaie

    2014-03-10

    We report on realization of buried waveguides in Nd:YAG ceramic media by direct femtosecond-laser writing technique and investigate the waveguides laser emission characteristics under the pump with fiber-coupled diode lasers. Laser pulses at 1.06 μm with energy of 2.8 mJ for the pump with pulses of 13.1-mJ energy and continuous-wave output power of 0.49 W with overall optical efficiency of 0.13 were obtained from a 100-μm diameter circular cladding waveguide realized in a 0.7-at.% Nd:YAG ceramic. A circular waveguide of 50-μm diameter yielded laser pulses at 1.3 μm with 1.2-mJ energy.

  7. Femtosecond Cr:LiSAF and Cr:LiCAF lasers pumped by tapered diode lasers.

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    Demirbas, Umit; Schmalz, Michael; Sumpf, Bernd; Erbert, Götz; Petrich, Gale S; Kolodziejski, Leslie A; Fujimoto, James G; Kärtner, Franz X; Leitenstorfer, Alfred

    2011-10-10

    We report compact, low-cost and efficient Cr:Colquiriite lasers that are pumped by high brightness tapered laser diodes. The tapered laser diodes provided 1 to 1.2 W of output power around 675 nm, at an electrical-to-optical conversion efficiency of about 30%. Using a single tapered diode laser as the pump source, we have demonstrated output powers of 500 mW and 410 mW together with slope efficiencies of 47% and 41% from continuous wave (cw) Cr:LiSAF and Cr:LiCAF lasers, respectively. In cw mode-locked operation, sub-100-fs pulse trains with average power between 200 mW and 250 mW were obtained at repetition rates around 100 MHz. Upon pumping the Cr:Colquiriite lasers with two tapered laser diodes (one from each side of the crystal), we have observed scaling of cw powers to 850 mW in Cr:LiSAF and to 650 mW in Cr:LiCAF. From the double side pumped Cr:LiCAF laser, we have also obtained ~220 fs long pulses with 5.4 nJ of pulse energy at 77 MHz repetition rate. These are the highest energy levels reported from Cr:Colquiriite so far at these repetition rates. Our findings indicate that tapered diodes in the red spectral region are likely to become the standard pump source for Cr:Colquiriite lasers in the near future. Moreover, the simplified pumping scheme might facilitate efficient commercialization of Cr:Colquiriite systems, bearing the potential to significantly boost applications of cw and femtosecond lasers in this spectral region (750-1000 nm).

  8. Fabrication of high-aspect-ratio grooves in silicon using femtosecond laser irradiation and oxygen-dependent acid etching.

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    Pan, An; Si, Jinhai; Chen, Tao; Ma, Yuncan; Chen, Feng; Hou, Xun

    2013-07-15

    We demonstrated a new method to fabricate micron-sized grooves with high aspect ratios in silicon wafers by combining femtosecond laser irradiation and oxygen-dependent acid etching. Femtosecond laser was employed to induce structure changes and incorporate oxygen into silicon, and then materials in oxygen-containing regions were etched by hydrofluoric acid (HF) solution to form grooves. The etching could be attributed to the reaction between HF and silicon oxides formed by femtosecond laser irradiation. The dependences of the aspect ratios of grooves on the laser fluence and the scanning velocity were also investigated.

  9. Femtosecond lasers for laser in situ keratomileusis: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

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    Huhtala, Anne; Pietilä, Juhani; Mäkinen, Petri; Uusitalo, Hannu

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this study was to review and meta-analyze whether there are differences between reported femtosecond (FS) lasers for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) in terms of efficacy, predictability, and safety as primary outcomes and corneal flap thickness measurements and pre- and postoperative complications as secondary outcomes. A comprehensive literature search of PubMed, Science Direct, Scopus, and Cochrane CENTRAL Trials Library databases was conducted to identify the relevant prospective randomized controlled trials of FS lasers for LASIK. Thirty-one articles describing a total of 5,404 eyes were included. Based on efficacy, IntraLase FS 10 and 30 kHz gave the best results. Based on predictability and safety, there were no differences between various FS lasers. FEMTO LDV and IntraLase FS 60 kHz produced the most accurate flap thicknesses. IntraLase and Wavelight SF200 had the fewest intraoperative complications. IntraLase, Visumax, and Wavelight FS200 had the most seldom postoperative complications. There were dissimilarities between different FS lasers based on efficacy and intraoperative and postoperative complications. All FS lasers were predictable and safe for making corneal flaps in LASIK.

  10. Femtosecond lasers for laser in situ keratomileusis: a systematic review and meta-analysis

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    Huhtala, Anne; Pietilä, Juhani; Mäkinen, Petri; Uusitalo, Hannu

    2016-01-01

    Purpose The aim of this study was to review and meta-analyze whether there are differences between reported femtosecond (FS) lasers for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) in terms of efficacy, predictability, and safety as primary outcomes and corneal flap thickness measurements and pre- and postoperative complications as secondary outcomes. Methods A comprehensive literature search of PubMed, Science Direct, Scopus, and Cochrane CENTRAL Trials Library databases was conducted to identify the relevant prospective randomized controlled trials of FS lasers for LASIK. Thirty-one articles describing a total of 5,404 eyes were included. Results Based on efficacy, IntraLase FS 10 and 30 kHz gave the best results. Based on predictability and safety, there were no differences between various FS lasers. FEMTO LDV and IntraLase FS 60 kHz produced the most accurate flap thicknesses. IntraLase and Wavelight SF200 had the fewest intraoperative complications. IntraLase, Visumax, and Wavelight FS200 had the most seldom postoperative complications. Conclusion There were dissimilarities between different FS lasers based on efficacy and intraoperative and postoperative complications. All FS lasers were predictable and safe for making corneal flaps in LASIK. PMID:27022236

  11. Continuous wave channel waveguide lasers in Nd:LuVO4 fabricated by direct femtosecond laser writing.

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    Ren, Yingying; Dong, Ningning; Macdonald, John; Chen, Feng; Zhang, Huaijin; Kar, Ajoy K

    2012-01-30

    Buried channel waveguides in Nd:LuVO<4 were fabricated by femtosecond laser writing with the double-line technique. The photoluminescence properties of the bulk materials were found to be well preserved within the waveguide core region. Continuous-wave laser oscillation at 1066.4 nm was observed from the waveguide under ~809 nm optical excitation, with the absorbed pump power at threshold and laser slope efficiency of 98 mW and 14%, respectively.

  12. Laser alchemy: direct writing of multifunctional components in a glass chip with femtosecond laser pulses

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    Liao, Yang; Lin, Jintian; Cheng, Ya

    2013-12-01

    Recently, hybrid integration of multifunctional micro-components for creating complex, intelligent micro/nano systems has attracted significant attention. These micro-/nano-systems have important applications in a variety of areas, such as healthcare, environment, communication, national security, and so on. However, fabrication of micro/nano systems incorporated with different functions is still a challenging task, which generally requires fabrication of discrete microcomponents beforehand followed by assembly and packaging procedures. Furthermore, current micro-/nano-fabrication techniques are mainly based on the well-established planar lithographic approach, which suffer from severe issues in producing three dimensional (3D) structures with complex geometries and arbitrary configurations. In recent years, the rapid development of femtosecond laser machining technology has enabled 3D direct fabrication and integration of multifunctional components, such as microfluidics, microoptics, micromechanics, microelectronics, etc., into single substrates. In this invited talk, we present our recent progress in this active area. Particularly, we focus on fabrication of 3D micro- and nanofluidic devices and 3D high-Q microcavities in glass substrates by femtosecond laser direct writing.

  13. Quenching Plasma Waves in Two Dimensional Electron Gas by a Femtosecond Laser Pulse

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    Shur, Michael; Rudin, Sergey; Greg Rupper Collaboration; Andrey Muraviev Collaboration

    Plasmonic detectors of terahertz (THz) radiation using the plasma wave excitation in 2D electron gas are capable of detecting ultra short THz pulses. To study the plasma wave propagation and decay, we used femtosecond laser pulses to quench the plasma waves excited by a short THz pulse. The femtosecond laser pulse generates a large concentration of the electron-hole pairs effectively shorting the 2D electron gas channel and dramatically increasing the channel conductance. Immediately after the application of the femtosecond laser pulse, the equivalent circuit of the device reduces to the source and drain contact resistances connected by a short. The total response charge is equal to the integral of the current induced by the THz pulse from the moment of the THz pulse application to the moment of the femtosecond laser pulse application. This current is determined by the plasma wave rectification. Registering the charge as a function of the time delay between the THz and laser pulses allowed us to follow the plasmonic wave decay. We observed the decaying oscillations in a sample with a partially gated channel. The decay depends on the gate bias and reflects the interplay between the gated and ungated plasmons in the device channel. Army Research Office.

  14. Optical far- and near-field femtosecond laser ablation of Si for nanoscale chemical analysis

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    Zormpa, Vasileia; Mao, Xianglei; Russo, Richard E.

    2010-02-02

    Extending spatial resolution in laser-based chemical analysis to the nanoscale becomes increasingly important as nanoscience and nanotechnology develop. Implementation of femtosecond laser pulses arises as a basic strategy for increasing resolution since it is associated with spatially localized material damage. In this work we study femtosecond laser far- and near-field processing of silicon (Si) at two distinct wavelengths (400 and 800 nm), for nanoscale chemical analysis. By tightly focusing femtosecond laser beams in the far-field we were able to produce sub-micrometer craters. In order to further reduce the crater size, similar experiments were performed in the near-field through sub-wavelength apertures, resulting to the formation of sub-30 nm craters. Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) was used for chemical analysis with a goal to identify the minimum crater size from which spectral emission could be measured. Emission from sub-micrometer craters (full-with-at-half-maximum) was possible, which are among the smallest ever reported for femtosecond LIBS.

  15. Synchronized femtosecond laser pulse switching system based nano-patterning technology

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    Sohn, Ik-Bu; Choi, Hun-Kook; Yoo, Dongyoon; Noh, Young-Chul; Sung, Jae-Hee; Lee, Seong-Ku; Ahsan, Md. Shamim; Lee, Ho

    2017-07-01

    This paper demonstrates the design and development of a synchronized femtosecond laser pulse switching system and its applications in nano-patterning of transparent materials. Due to synchronization, we are able to control the location of each irradiated laser pulse in any kind of substrate. The control over the scanning speed and scanning step of the laser beam enables us to pattern periodic micro/nano-metric holes, voids, and/or lines in various materials. Using the synchronized laser system, we pattern synchronized nano-holes on the surface of and inside various transparent materials including fused silica glass and polymethyl methacrylate to replicate any image or pattern on the surface of or inside (transparent) materials. We also investigate the application areas of the proposed synchronized femtosecond laser pulse switching system in a diverse field of science and technology, especially in optical memory, color marking, and synchronized micro/nano-scale patterning of materials.

  16. Femtosecond all-optical synchronization of an X-ray free-electron laser

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    Schulz, S.; Grguraš, I.; Behrens, C.; ...

    2015-01-20

    Many advanced applications of X-ray free-electron lasers require pulse durations and time resolutions of only a few femtoseconds. To generate these pulses and to apply them in time-resolved experiments, synchronization techniques that can simultaneously lock all independent components, including all accelerator modules and all external optical lasers, to better than the delivered free-electron laser pulse duration, are needed. Here we achieve all-optical synchronization at the soft X-ray free-electron laser FLASH and demonstrate facility-wide timing to better than 30 fs r.m.s. for 90 fs X-ray photon pulses. Crucially, our analysis indicates that the performance of this optical synchronization is limited primarilymore » by the free-electron laser pulse duration, and should naturally scale to the sub-10 femtosecond level with shorter X-ray pulses.« less

  17. Surface nanostructuring of Ni/Cu foils by femtosecond laser pulses

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    Korol'kov, V P; Ionin, Andrei A; Kudryashov, Sergei I; Seleznev, L V; Sinitsyn, D V; Samsonov, R V; Maslii, A I; Medvedev, A Zh; Gol'denberg, B G

    2011-04-30

    This work examines the effect of high-power femtosecond laser pulses on Ni/Cu bilayer foils produced by electrodeposition. We consider nanostructures formed at different laser beam parameters and under different ambient conditions. The surface nanostructures obtained in air and water have mostly the form of quasi-periodic ripples with a characteristic period of 400 - 450 and 370 - 390 nm, respectively, at a laser wavelength of 744 nm, whereas the nanostructures produced in ethanol and benzine have the form of spikes, typically spaced 400 - 700 nm apart. Femtosecond laser nanostructuring of metals is for the first time proposed, and experimentally tested, as a viable approach to producing anti-reflective coatings on the surface of polymer replicas. (laser nanotechnologies)

  18. Narrow titanium oxide nanowires induced by femtosecond laser pulses on a titanium surface

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    Li, Hui; Li, Xian-Feng; Zhang, Cheng-Yun; Tie, Shao-Long; Lan, Sheng

    2017-02-01

    The evolution of the nanostructure induced on a titanium (Ti) surface with increasing irradiation pulse number by using a 400-nm femtosecond laser was examined by using scanning electron microscopy. High spatial frequency periodic structures of TiO2 parallel to the laser polarization were initially observed because of the laser-induced oxidation of the Ti surface and the larger efficacy factor of TiO2 in this direction. Periodically aligned TiO2 nanowires with featured width as small as 20 nm were obtained. With increasing pulse number, however, low spatial frequency periodic structures of Ti perpendicular to the laser polarization became dominant because Ti possesses a larger efficacy factor in this direction. The competition between the high- and low-spatial frequency periodic structures is in good agreement with the prediction of the efficacy factor theory and it should also be observed in the femtosecond laser ablation of other metals which are easily oxidized in air.

  19. Multiphoton tomography, transfection, and nanosurgery with <2-nJ, 80-MHz femtosecond laser pulses

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    Koenig, Karsten

    2004-06-01

    Biomedical applications of low-energy (< 2nJ) near infrared (NIR) femtosecond laser pulses provided by compact, turn-key Ti:sapphire lasers are presented in this review. Applications include (i) ultrahigh resolution optical diagnostics ("optical biopsies"), (ii) gene therapy by optical targeted transfection of cells, and (iii) ultraprecise laser therapy ("nanosurgery"). The novel femtosecond laser system DermaInspec (JenLab GmbH) enables for the first time in vivo deep tissue imaging of intracellular compartments with submicron spatial and picosecond temporal resolution in patients with dermatological disorders. Using the system FemtOcut, intracellular surgery, optical gene transfer, and intraocular refractive surgery can be performed. The major process behind the diagnostical and therapeutical laser effects is non-resonant multiphoton absorption which results in two-photon autofluorescence and second harmonic generation at transient intensities of GW/cm2 as well as multiphoton ionization and plasma formation at TW/cm2 intensities, respectively.

  20. Keratin film ablation for the fabrication of brick and mortar skin structure using femtosecond laser pulses

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    Haq, Bibi Safia; Khan, Hidayat Ullah; Dou, Yuehua; Alam, Khan; Attaullah, Shehnaz; Zari, Islam

    2015-09-01

    The patterning of thin keratin films has been explored to manufacture model skin surfaces based on the "bricks and mortar" view of the relationship between keratin and lipids. It has been demonstrated that laser light is capable of preparing keratin-based "bricks and mortar" wall structure as in epidermis, the outermost layer of the human skin. "Bricks and mortar" pattern in keratin films has been fabricated using an ArF excimer laser (193 nm wavelength) and femtosecond laser (800 and 400 nm wavelength). Due to the very low ablation threshold of keratin, femtosecond laser systems are practical for laser processing of proteins. These model skin structures are fabricated for the first time that will help to produce potentially effective moisturizing products for the protection of skin from dryness, diseases and wrinkles.

  1. Femtosecond all-optical synchronization of an X-ray free-electron laser

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    Schulz, S.; Grguraš, I.; Behrens, C.; Bromberger, H.; Costello, J. T.; Czwalinna, M. K.; Felber, M.; Hoffmann, M. C.; Ilchen, M.; Liu, H. Y.; Mazza, T.; Meyer, M.; Pfeiffer, S.; Prędki, P.; Schefer, S.; Schmidt, C.; Wegner, U.; Schlarb, H.; Cavalieri, A. L.

    2015-01-20

    Many advanced applications of X-ray free-electron lasers require pulse durations and time resolutions of only a few femtoseconds. To generate these pulses and to apply them in time-resolved experiments, synchronization techniques that can simultaneously lock all independent components, including all accelerator modules and all external optical lasers, to better than the delivered free-electron laser pulse duration, are needed. Here we achieve all-optical synchronization at the soft X-ray free-electron laser FLASH and demonstrate facility-wide timing to better than 30 fs r.m.s. for 90 fs X-ray photon pulses. Crucially, our analysis indicates that the performance of this optical synchronization is limited primarily by the free-electron laser pulse duration, and should naturally scale to the sub-10 femtosecond level with shorter X-ray pulses.

  2. Femtosecond all-optical synchronization of an X-ray free-electron laser

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    Schulz, S.; Grguraš, I.; Behrens, C.; Bromberger, H.; Costello, J. T.; Czwalinna, M. K.; Felber, M.; Hoffmann, M. C.; Ilchen, M.; Liu, H. Y.; Mazza, T.; Meyer, M.; Pfeiffer, S.; Prędki, P.; Schefer, S.; Schmidt, C.; Wegner, U.; Schlarb, H.; Cavalieri, A. L.

    2015-01-01

    Many advanced applications of X-ray free-electron lasers require pulse durations and time resolutions of only a few femtoseconds. To generate these pulses and to apply them in time-resolved experiments, synchronization techniques that can simultaneously lock all independent components, including all accelerator modules and all external optical lasers, to better than the delivered free-electron laser pulse duration, are needed. Here we achieve all-optical synchronization at the soft X-ray free-electron laser FLASH and demonstrate facility-wide timing to better than 30 fs r.m.s. for 90 fs X-ray photon pulses. Crucially, our analysis indicates that the performance of this optical synchronization is limited primarily by the free-electron laser pulse duration, and should naturally scale to the sub-10 femtosecond level with shorter X-ray pulses. PMID:25600823

  3. Femtosecond all-optical synchronization of an X-ray free-electron laser.

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    Schulz, S; Grguraš, I; Behrens, C; Bromberger, H; Costello, J T; Czwalinna, M K; Felber, M; Hoffmann, M C; Ilchen, M; Liu, H Y; Mazza, T; Meyer, M; Pfeiffer, S; Prędki, P; Schefer, S; Schmidt, C; Wegner, U; Schlarb, H; Cavalieri, A L

    2015-01-20

    Many advanced applications of X-ray free-electron lasers require pulse durations and time resolutions of only a few femtoseconds. To generate these pulses and to apply them in time-resolved experiments, synchronization techniques that can simultaneously lock all independent components, including all accelerator modules and all external optical lasers, to better than the delivered free-electron laser pulse duration, are needed. Here we achieve all-optical synchronization at the soft X-ray free-electron laser FLASH and demonstrate facility-wide timing to better than 30 fs r.m.s. for 90 fs X-ray photon pulses. Crucially, our analysis indicates that the performance of this optical synchronization is limited primarily by the free-electron laser pulse duration, and should naturally scale to the sub-10 femtosecond level with shorter X-ray pulses.

  4. Femtosecond laser bone ablation with a high repetition rate fiber laser source

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    Mortensen, Luke J.; Alt, Clemens; Turcotte, Raphaël; Masek, Marissa; Liu, Tzu-Ming; Côté, Daniel C.; Xu, Chris; Intini, Giuseppe; Lin, Charles P.

    2014-01-01

    Femtosecond laser pulses can be used to perform very precise cutting of material, including biological samples from subcellular organelles to large areas of bone, through plasma-mediated ablation. The use of a kilohertz regenerative amplifier is usually needed to obtain the pulse energy required for ablation. This work investigates a 5 megahertz compact fiber laser for near-video rate imaging and ablation in bone. After optimization of ablation efficiency and reduction in autofluorescence, the system is demonstrated for the in vivo study of bone regeneration. Image-guided creation of a bone defect and longitudinal evaluation of cellular injury response in the defect provides insight into the bone regeneration process. PMID:25657872

  5. Impact of the Femtosecond Laser in Line with the Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery (FLACS) on the Anterior Chamber Characteristics in Comparison to the Manual Phacoemulsification.

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    Pahlitzsch, Milena; Torun, Necip; Pahlitzsch, Marie Luise; Klamann, Matthias K J; Gonnermann, Johannes; Bertelmann, Eckart; Pahlitzsch, Thomas

    2017-01-01

    To assess the alterations of the anterior chamber conditions including laser flare photometry after femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS) compared to the manual phacoemulsification. Data of n=70 FLACS (mean age 67.2 ± 8.9 years) and n=40 manual phacoemulsification (mean age 69.5 ± 9.6 years) were analyzed. The procedures were performed by LenSx Alcon, USA, and Alcon Infiniti Vision System, USA. The following parameters were recorded: laser flare photometry (Kowa FM 700, Japan), anterior chamber (AC) depth, AC volume, AC angle (Pentacam, Oculus Inc., Germany), lens density, pupil diameter, endothelial cell count and pachymetry. The analysis was performed preoperatively, immediately after femtosecond laser procedure and one day postoperatively. Between FLACS and the phaco control group, there was a significant difference in the AC depth (p=0.023, 3.77 mm vs. 4.05 mm) one day postoperatively. The AC angle (p=0.016) showed a significant difference immediately after the femto laser treatment. The central and thinnest pachymetry and endothelial cell count did not show a significant difference between the two study cohorts (p=0.165, p=0.291, p=0.979). The phaco cohort (n=40) demonstrated a non-statistically significant difference in the flare photometry of 15.80 photons/ms one postoperative day compared to the FLACS group 26.62 photons/ms (p=0.322). In this study population, no evidence for an additive damage caused by the use of the femtosecond laser was demonstrated. Furthermore, no increase in the central and thinnest corneal thickness and no increased endothelial cell loss was demonstrated by the laser energy.

  6. Obtaining Cross-Sections of Paint Layers in Cultural Artifacts Using Femtosecond Pulsed Lasers.

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    Harada, Takaaki; Spence, Stephanie; Margiolakis, Athanasios; Deckoff-Jones, Skylar; Ploeger, Rebecca; Shugar, Aaron N; Hamm, James F; Dani, Keshav M; Dani, Anya R

    2017-01-26

    Recently, ultrafast lasers exhibiting high peak powers and extremely short pulse durations have created a new paradigm in materials processing. The precision and minimal thermal damage provided by ultrafast lasers in the machining of metals and dielectrics also suggests a novel application in obtaining precise cross-sections of fragile, combustible paint layers in artwork and cultural heritage property. Cross-sections of paint and other decorative layers on artwork provide critical information into its history and authenticity. However, the current methodology which uses a scalpel to obtain a cross-section can cause further damage, including crumbling, delamination, and paint compression. Here, we demonstrate the ability to make controlled cross-sections of paint layers with a femtosecond pulsed laser, with minimal damage to the surrounding artwork. The femtosecond laser cutting overcomes challenges such as fragile paint disintegrating under scalpel pressure, or oxidation by the continuous-wave (CW) laser. Variations in laser power and translational speed of the laser while cutting exhibit different benefits for cross-section sampling. The use of femtosecond lasers in studying artwork also presents new possibilities in analyzing, sampling, and cleaning of artwork with minimal destructive effects.

  7. Application of femtosecond ultrashort pulse laser to photodynamic therapy mediated by indocyanine green

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    Sawa, M; Awazu, K; Takahashi, T; Sakaguchi, H; Horiike, H; Ohji, M; Tano, Y

    2004-01-01

    Backgrounds/aims: To evaluate treatment with high peak power pulse energy by femtosecond ultrashort pulse laser (titanium sapphire laser) delivered at an 800 nm wavelength for corneal neovascularisation using photodynamic therapy (PDT) mediated by indocyanine green (ICG). Methods: Using a gelatin solid as an in vitro corneal model, the safety of laser power was studied to determine if it degenerated gelatin with or without ICG. The authors then induced corneal neovascularisation in rabbit eyes by an intracorneal suturing technique. Fluorescein angiography was used to evaluate occlusion before PDT and 0, 1, 3, and 10 days after PDT. The authors performed light microscopy with haematoxylin eosin staining and transmission electron microscopy to determine thrombosis formation in the neovascular regions. Results: The threshold of peak laser power density ranged from 39 to 53 W/cm2. Laser irradiation was started 30 seconds after a 10 mg/kg ICG injection, and all irradiated segments were occluded at 0, 1, 3, and 10 days at 3.8 J/cm2. Light and electron microscopy documented thrombosis formation in the neovascular region. Conclusion: Femtosecond pulse laser enhanced by ICG can be used for PDT. Because of effective closure of corneal neovascularisation at a low energy level, the high peak power pulse energy of the femtosecond pulse laser might be more efficacious than continuous wave laser for use with PDT. PMID:15148220

  8. Obtaining Cross-Sections of Paint Layers in Cultural Artifacts Using Femtosecond Pulsed Lasers

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    Harada, Takaaki; Spence, Stephanie; Margiolakis, Athanasios; Deckoff-Jones, Skylar; Ploeger, Rebecca; Shugar, Aaron N.; Hamm, James F.; Dani, Keshav M.; Dani, Anya R.

    2017-01-01

    Recently, ultrafast lasers exhibiting high peak powers and extremely short pulse durations have created a new paradigm in materials processing. The precision and minimal thermal damage provided by ultrafast lasers in the machining of metals and dielectrics also suggests a novel application in obtaining precise cross-sections of fragile, combustible paint layers in artwork and cultural heritage property. Cross-sections of paint and other decorative layers on artwork provide critical information into its history and authenticity. However, the current methodology which uses a scalpel to obtain a cross-section can cause further damage, including crumbling, delamination, and paint compression. Here, we demonstrate the ability to make controlled cross-sections of paint layers with a femtosecond pulsed laser, with minimal damage to the surrounding artwork. The femtosecond laser cutting overcomes challenges such as fragile paint disintegrating under scalpel pressure, or oxidation by the continuous-wave (CW) laser. Variations in laser power and translational speed of the laser while cutting exhibit different benefits for cross-section sampling. The use of femtosecond lasers in studying artwork also presents new possibilities in analyzing, sampling, and cleaning of artwork with minimal destructive effects. PMID:28772468

  9. Electron Bunch Timing with Femtosecond Precision in a Superconducting Free-Electron Laser

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    Loehl, F.; Arsov, V.; Felber, M.; Hacker, K.; Lorbeer, B.; Ludwig, F.; Matthiesen, K.-H.; Schlarb, H.; Schmidt, B.; Winter, A.; Jalmuzna, W.; Schmueser, P.; Schulz, S.; Zemella, J.; Szewinski, J.

    2010-04-09

    High-gain free-electron lasers (FELs) are capable of generating femtosecond x-ray pulses with peak brilliances many orders of magnitude higher than at other existing x-ray sources. In order to fully exploit the opportunities offered by these femtosecond light pulses in time-resolved experiments, an unprecedented synchronization accuracy is required. In this Letter, we distributed the pulse train of a mode-locked fiber laser with femtosecond stability to different locations in the linear accelerator of the soft x-ray FEL FLASH. A novel electro-optic detection scheme was applied to measure the electron bunch arrival time with an as yet unrivaled precision of 6 fs (rms). With two beam-based feedback systems we succeeded in stabilizing both the arrival time and the electron bunch compression process within two magnetic chicanes, yielding a significant reduction of the FEL pulse energy jitter.

  10. Optical diagnostic and therapy applications of femtosecond laser radiation using lens-axicon focusing.

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    Parigger, Christian G; Johnson, Jacqueline A; Splinter, Robert

    2013-01-01

    Diagnostic modalities by means of optical and/or near infrared femtosecond radiation through biological media can in principle be adapted to therapeutic applications. Of specific interest are soft tissue diagnostics and subsequent therapy through hard tissue such as bone. Femto-second laser pulses are delivered to hydroxyapatite representing bone, and photo-acoustic spectroscopy is presented in order to identify the location of optical anomalies in an otherwise homogeneous medium. Imaging through bone is being considered for diagnostic, and potentially therapeutic, applications related to brain tumors. The use of mesomeric optics such as lens-axicon combinations is of interest to achieve the favorable distribution of focused radiation. Direct therapy by increasing local temperature to induce hyperthermia is one mode of brain tumor therapy. This can be enhanced by seeding the tumor with nanoparticles. Opto-acoustic imaging using femtosecond laser radiation is a further opportunity for diagnosis.

  11. Micromachining of bulk glass with bursts of femtosecond laser pulses at variable repetition rates.

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    Gattass, Rafael R; Cerami, Loren R; Mazur, Eric

    2006-06-12

    Oscillator-only femtosecond laser micromachining enables the manufacturing of integrated optical components with circular transverse profiles in transparent materials. The circular profile is due to diffusion of heat accumulating at the focus. We control the heat diffusion by focusing bursts of femtosecond laser pulses at various repetition rates into sodalime glass. We investigate the effect the repetition rate and number of pulses on the size of the resulting structures. We identify the combinations of burst repetition rate and number of pulses within a burst for which accumulation of heat occurs. The threshold for heat accumulation depends on the number of pulses within a burst. The burst repetition rate and the number of pulses within a burst provide convenient control of the morphology of structures generated with high repetition rate femtosecond micromachining.

  12. Electron bunch timing with femtosecond precision in a superconducting free-electron laser.

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    Löhl, F; Arsov, V; Felber, M; Hacker, K; Jalmuzna, W; Lorbeer, B; Ludwig, F; Matthiesen, K-H; Schlarb, H; Schmidt, B; Schmüser, P; Schulz, S; Szewinski, J; Winter, A; Zemella, J

    2010-04-09

    High-gain free-electron lasers (FELs) are capable of generating femtosecond x-ray pulses with peak brilliances many orders of magnitude higher than at other existing x-ray sources. In order to fully exploit the opportunities offered by these femtosecond light pulses in time-resolved experiments, an unprecedented synchronization accuracy is required. In this Letter, we distributed the pulse train of a mode-locked fiber laser with femtosecond stability to different locations in the linear accelerator of the soft x-ray FEL FLASH. A novel electro-optic detection scheme was applied to measure the electron bunch arrival time with an as yet unrivaled precision of 6 fs (rms). With two beam-based feedback systems we succeeded in stabilizing both the arrival time and the electron bunch compression process within two magnetic chicanes, yielding a significant reduction of the FEL pulse energy jitter.

  13. Time resolved digital-holographic analysis of femtosecond laser-induced photodisruption

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    Saerchen, Emanuel; Wenzel, Johannes; Antonopoulos, Georgios; Krueger, Alexander; Lubatschowski, Holger; Ripken, Tammo

    2016-03-01

    Femtosecond laser oscillator systems with low pulse energy (< 1 μJ) and high repetition rate (MHz) are increasingly used for precise, fast and safe eye surgery. Therefore, the laser tissue interaction process is of great interest to optimize and improve established and future surgical protocols. Besides, using faster laser systems leads to unintended self-induced interaction effects, where a femtosecond laser pulse modifies the vicinity in the material in such a way that the focus of following laser pulses is changed. We used a femtosecond oscillator laser system with high repetition rate and 66 nJ pulse energy to produce photodisruption in water. Water was used as phantom material for ocular tissue, because tissue mainly consists of water. A custom made digital-holographic system was used to measure the temporal material modification from picoseconds until seconds after occurrence of the photodisruption. For illumination of the sample we used either a continuously light source or the femtosecond laser pulse itself in a pump-probe configuration. The holographic system provides quantitative data of phase difference Δφ for the full field of view of several tenth of micrometers. Phase difference is equivalent to the laser induced change in the material's refractive index which can alter focusing conditions of following laser pulses and might impair surgical outcome. We obtained the largest change in Δφ during the first picoseconds, followed by a slow relaxation of Δφ within some milliseconds. The results of time resolved measurements of the laser induced material modification will help to optimize scanning schemes in ocular surgery.

  14. Inactivation of encephalomyocarditis virus and salmonella typhimurium by using a visible femtosecond laser

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    Tsen, Shaw-Wei D.; Tsen, K. T.

    2011-03-01

    We report inactivation of encephalomyocarditis virus and salmonella typhimurium by a visible femtosecond laser. Our results show that inactivation of virus and bacterium by an ultrashort pulsed laser light might involve completely different mechanisms. Inactivation of viruses by an ultrashort pulsed laser might involve disruption of their protein coat through laser-induced excitation of large-amplitude acoustic vibrations. On the other hand, inactivation of bacteria is most likely related to the disruption of their metabolism by the DNA relaxation process caused by irradiation of ultrashort pulsed lasers.

  15. Polarization dependent ripples induced by femtosecond laser on dense flint (ZF6) glass.

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    Han, Yanhua; Zhao, Xiuli; Qu, Shiliang

    2011-09-26

    We report on the formation of polarization dependent ripples on ZF(6) glass by femtosecond laser irradiation. Two kinds of polarization dependent ripples are formed on the laser modified region. The ripples with direction parallel to laser polarization distribute in a pit in the center of laser modified region, the period of the ripples increases with the increasing pulse number. The ripples with direction perpendicular to laser polarization spread around the pit, the period of the ripples (~750 nm) almost keeps constant with the increasing pulse number.

  16. Cavitation dynamics and directional microbubble ejection induced by intense femtosecond laser pulses in liquids.

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    Faccio, D; Tamošauskas, G; Rubino, E; Darginavičius, J; Papazoglou, D G; Tzortzakis, S; Couairon, A; Dubietis, A

    2012-09-01

    We study cavitation dynamics when focusing ring-shaped femtosecond laser beams in water. This focusing geometry reduces detrimental nonlinear beam distortions and enhances energy deposition within the medium, localized at the focal spot. We observe remarkable postcollapse dynamics of elongated cavitation bubbles with high-speed ejection of microbubbles out of the laser focal region. Bubbles are ejected along the laser axis in both directions (away and towards the laser). The initial shape of the cavitation bubble is also seen to either enhance or completely suppress jet formation during collapse. In the absence of jetting, microbubble ejection occurs orthogonal to the laser propagation axis.

  17. 395-nm and 790-nm femtosecond laser ablation of aluminum-doped zinc oxide

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    Okoshi, Masayuki; Higashikawa, Kouji; Hanabusa, Mitsugu

    2000-11-01

    We used 395-nm and 790-nm femtosecond laser pulses to deposit aluminum-doped zinc oxide films by pulsed laser deposition. Electrical resistivity of the films was lowered (5.6 x 104(Omega) cm) at 200 degree(s)C for the 395-nm laser pulses, while maintaining the optical transparency. In addition, the deposition rate increased six times. Optical emission was measured to compare the plumes generated by 395-nm and 790-nm laser pulses. We found that the emission from ions was suppressed relative to neutral atoms. Also the kinetic energy of ejected species was nearly doubled for the 395-nm laser pulses.

  18. Microsized structures assisted nanostructure formation on ZnSe wafer by femtosecond laser irradiation

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    Wang, Shutong; Feng, Guoying E-mail: zhoush@scu.edu.cn

    2014-12-22

    Micro/nano patterning of ZnSe wafer is demonstrated by femtosecond laser irradiation through a diffracting pinhole. The irradiation results obtained at fluences above the ablation threshold are characterized by scanning electron microscopy. The microsized structure with low spatial frequency has a good agreement with Fresnel diffraction theory. Laser induced periodic surface structures and laser-induced periodic curvelet surface structures with high spatial frequency have been found on the surfaces of microsized structures, such as spikes and valleys. We interpret its formation in terms of the interference between the reflected laser field on the surface of the valley and the incident laser pulse.

  19. Formation of laser-induced periodic surface structures on niobium by femtosecond laser irradiation

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    Pan, A.; Dias, A.; Gomez-Aranzadi, M.; Olaizola, S. M.; Rodriguez, A.

    2014-05-07

    The surface morphology of a Niobium sample, irradiated in air by a femtosecond laser with a wavelength of 800 nm and pulse duration of 100 fs, was examined. The period of the micro/nanostructures, parallel and perpendicularly oriented to the linearly polarized fs-laser beam, was studied by means of 2D Fast Fourier Transform analysis. The observed Laser-Induced Periodic Surface Structures (LIPSS) were classified as Low Spatial Frequency LIPSS (periods about 600 nm) and High Spatial Frequency LIPSS, showing a periodicity around 300 nm, both of them perpendicularly oriented to the polarization of the incident laser wave. Moreover, parallel high spatial frequency LIPSS were observed with periods around 100 nm located at the peripheral areas of the laser fingerprint and overwritten on the perpendicular periodic gratings. The results indicate that this method of micro/nanostructuring allows controlling the Niobium grating period by the number of pulses applied, so the scan speed and not the fluence is the key parameter of control. A discussion on the mechanism of the surface topology evolution was also introduced.

  20. The effect of laser contrast on generation of highly charged Fe ions by ultra-intense femtosecond laser pulses

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    Faenov, Anatoly Ya.; Alkhimova, Maria A.; Pikuz, Tatiana A.; Skobelev, Igor Yu.; Nishiuchi, Mamiko; Sakaki, Hironao; Pirozhkov, Alexander S.; Sagisaka, Akito; Dover, Nicholas P.; Kondo, Kotaro; Ogura, Koichi; Fukuda, Yuji; Kiriyama, Hiromitsu; Andreev, Alexander; Nishitani, Keita; Miyahara, Takumi; Watanabe, Yukinobu; Pikuz, Sergey A.; Kando, Masaki; Kodama, Ruosuke; Kondo, Kiminori

    2017-07-01

    Experimental studies on the formation of highly charged ions of medium-Z elements using femtosecond laser pulses with different contrast levels were carried out. Multiply charged Fe ions were generated by laser pulses with 35 fs duration and an intensity exceeding 1021 W/cm2. Using high-resolution X-ray spectroscopic methods, bulk electron temperature of the generated plasma has been identified. It is shown that the presence of a laser pre-pulse at a contrast level of 105-106 with respect to the main pulse drastically decreases the degree of Fe ionization. We conclude that an effective source of energetic, multiply charged moderate and high- Z ions based on femtosecond laser-plasma interactions can be created only using laser pulses of ultra-high contrast.

  1. Improved optical efficiency of bulk laser amplifiers with femtosecond written waveguides

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    Bukharin, Mikhail A.; Lyashedko, Andrey; Skryabin, Nikolay N.; Khudyakov, Dmitriy V.; Vartapetov, Sergey K.

    2016-04-01

    In the paper we proposed improved technique of three-dimensional waveguides writing with direct femtosecond laser inscription technology. The technique allows, for the first time of our knowledge, production of waveguides with mode field diameter larger than 200 μm. This result broadens field of application of femtosecond writing technology into bulk laser schemes and creates an opportunity to develop novel amplifiers with increased efficiency. We proposed a novel architecture of laser amplifier that combines free-space propagation of signal beam with low divergence and propagation of pump irradiation inside femtosecond written waveguide with large mode field diameter due to total internal reflection effect. Such scheme provides constant tight confinement of pump irradiation over the full length of active laser element (3-10 cm). The novel amplifier architecture was investigated numerically and experimentally in Nd:phosphate glass. Waveguides with 200 μm mode field diameter were written with high frequency femtosecond oscillator. Proposed technique of three-dimensional waveguides writing based on decreasing and compensation of spherical aberration effect due to writing in heat cumulative regime and dynamic pulse energy adjustment at different depths of writing. It was shown, that written waveguides could increase optical efficiency of amplifier up to 4 times compared with corresponding usual free-space schemes. Novelty of the results consists in technique of femtosecond writing of waveguides with large mode field diameter. Actuality of the results consists in originally proposed architecture allows to improve up to 4 times optical efficiency of conventional bulk laser schemes and especially ultrafast pulse laser amplifiers.

  2. Femtosecond laser induced periodic nanostructures on titanium dioxide film for improving biocompatibility

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    Shinonaga, T.; Horiguchi, N.; Tsukamoto, M.; Nagai, A.; Yamashita, K.; Hanawa, T.; Matsushita, N.; Guoqiang, X.; Abe, N.

    2013-03-01

    Periodic nanostructures formation on Titanium dioxide (TiO2) film by scanning of femtosecond laser beam spot at fundamental and second harmonic wave is reported. Titanium (Ti) is one of the most widely used for biomaterials, because of its excellent anti-corrosion and high mechanical properties. However, Ti implant is typically artificial materials and has no biofunction. Hence, it is necessary for improving the bioactivity of Ti. Recently, coating of TiO2 film on Ti plate surface is useful methods to improve biocompatibility of Ti plate. Then, if periodic nanostructures were formed on the film surface, cell spreading might be controlled at one direction. We propose periodic nanostructures formation on TiO2 film by femtosecond laser irradiation. Cell spread could be controlled along the grooves of periodic nanostructures. In the experiments, the film was formed on Ti plate with an aerosol beam. A commercial femtosecond Ti : sapphire laser system was employed in our experiments. Periodic nanostructures, lying perpendicular to the laser electric field polarization vector, were formed on the film at fundamental and second harmonic wave. Periodic nanostructures were also produced on Ti plate with femtosecond laser. The period of periodic nanostructures on the film was much shorter than that on Ti plate. By cell test, there was a region of cell spreading along the grooves of periodic nanostructures on the film formed with femtosecond laser at fundamental wave. On bare film surface, cell spreading was observed at all direction. These results suggest that direction of cell spread could be controlled by periodic nanostructures formation on the film.

  3. Propagation and absorption of high-intensity femtosecond laser radiation in diamond

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    Kononenko, V V; Konov, V I; Gololobov, V M; Zavedeev, E V

    2014-12-31

    Femtosecond interferometry has been used to experimentally study the photoexcitation of the electron subsystem of diamond exposed to femtosecond laser pulses of intensity 10{sup 11} to 10{sup 14} W cm{sup -2}. The carrier concentration has been determined as a function of incident intensity for three harmonics of a Ti : sapphire laser (800, 400 and 266 nm). The results demonstrate that, in a wide range of laser fluences (up to those resulting in surface and bulk graphitisation), a well-defined multiphoton absorption prevails. We have estimated nonlinear absorption coefficients for pulsed radiation at λ = 800 nm (four-photon transition) and at 400 and 266 nm (indirect and direct two-photon transitions, respectively). It has also been shown that, at any considerable path length of a femtosecond pulse in diamond (tens of microns or longer), the laser beam experiences a severe nonlinear transformation, determining the amount of energy absorbed by the lattice, which is important for the development of technology for diamond photostructuring by ultrashort pulses. The competition between wave packet self-focusing and the plasma defocusing effect is examined as a major mechanism governing the propagation of intense laser pulses in diamond. (interaction of laser radiation with matter. laser plasma)

  4. Diamond x-ray refractive lenses produced by femto-second laser ablation

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    Polikarpov, M.; Kononenko, T. V.; Ralchenko, V. G.; Ashkinazi, E. E.; Konov, V. I.; Ershov, P.; Kuznetsov, S.; Yunkin, V.; Snigireva, I.; Polikarpov, V. M.; Snigirev, A.

    2016-09-01

    Femto-second laser processing of polycrystalline CVD diamond was applied to manufacturing of X-ray planar refractive lenses. Surface morphology and material quality were analyzed with optical and scanning electron microscopy and X-ray radiography. Lenses were tested in a focusing mode at the IIIrd generation synchrotron radiation source (ESRF).

  5. Volumetric integration of photorefractive micromodifications in lithium niobate with femtosecond laser pulses

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    Paipulas, D.; Mizeikis, V.; Purlys, V.; ČerkauskaitÄ--, A.; Juodkazis, S.

    2015-03-01

    After the discovery that focused laser pulse is capable to locally change material's refractive index it became possible to integrate various photonic devices or data directly into the volume of transparent material, usually with conventional Direct Laser Writing (DLW) techniques. Many different photonic devices, passive or active, integrated in different materials were demonstrated. In majority of cased the change in refractive index comes from rearrangement (damage) of materials' lattice and are permanent. Metastable (reversible) modification can be beneficial for some applications and these could be realized in photorefractive crystals such as lithium niobate. While photorefractive data recording is a well studied process in holographic applications, the photorefractive induction via femtosecond laser pulses is scarcely investigated. in this work we demonstrate the possibility to form discrete regions for homogeneously-altered refractive index in bulk of pure and iron doped lithium niobate crystals using femtosecond DLW technique. We shoe that non-linear free charge generation and charge separation caused by the bulk photovoltaic effect are the main contributing factors to the change in refractive index. Moreover, femtosecond pulse induced refractive index change can be by an order of magnitude higher than values reached with longer laser pulses. Femtosecond DLW opens opportunities for precise control of topological charge separation in lithium niobate crystals in volume and in micrometer scale. Various examples as well as strategies to control and manipulate refractive index change is presented and discussed.

  6. Noncontact microsurgery and delivery of substances into stem cells by means of femtosecond laser pulses

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    Il'ina, I V; Ovchinnikov, A V; Sitnikov, D S; Chefonov, O V; Agranat, M B

    2014-06-30

    We have studied the efficiency of microsurgery of a cell membrane in mesenchymal stem cells and the posterior cell viability under the localised short-time action of femtosecond IR laser pulses aimed at noncontact delivery of specified substances into the cells. (extreme light fields and their applications)

  7. Filamentation of arbitrary polarized femtosecond laser pulses in case of high-order Kerr effect.

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    Panov, Nikolay A; Makarov, Vladimir A; Fedorov, Vladimir Y; Kosareva, Olga G

    2013-02-15

    We developed a model of femtosecond filamentation which includes high-order Kerr effect and an arbitrary polarization of a laser pulse. We show that a circularly polarized pulse has maximum filament intensity. Also, we show that, independently of the initial pulse polarization, the value of a maximum filament intensity tends to the maximum intensity of either linearly or circularly polarized pulse.

  8. Generation of terahertz radiation by focusing femtosecond bichromatic laser pulses in a gas or plasma

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    Chizhov, P A; Volkov, Roman V; Bukin, V V; Ushakov, A A; Garnov, Sergei V; Savel'ev-Trofimov, Andrei B

    2013-04-30

    The generation of terahertz radiation by focusing two-frequency femtosecond laser pulses is studied. Focusing is carried out both in an undisturbed gas and in a pre-formed plasma. The energy of the terahertz radiation pulses is shown to reduce significantly in the case of focusing in a plasma. (extreme light fields and their applications)

  9. Laser optoacoustic diagnostics of femtosecond filaments in air using wideband piezoelectric transducers

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    Uryupina, D. S.; Bychkov, A. S.; Pushkarev, D. V.; Mitina, E. V.; Savel'ev, A. B.; Kosareva, O. G.; Panov, N. A.; Karabutov, A. A.; Cherepetskaya, E. B.

    2016-09-01

    New opportunities in ultrasound diagnostics of femtosecond laser filaments with wideband piezoelectric transducers are considered. Transverse spatial resolution better than 100 microns is demonstrated in the single and regular multiple filamentation regime making path toward 3D filament tomography. The simple analytical model of the cylindrical acoustic source fitted well with the experimental data.

  10. Femtosecond laser written optical waveguide amplifier in phospho-tellurite glass.

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    Fernandez, T Toney; Eaton, S M; Della Valle, G; Vazquez, R Martinez; Irannejad, M; Jose, G; Jha, A; Cerullo, G; Osellame, R; Laporta, P

    2010-09-13

    We report on the first demonstration of an optical waveguide amplifier in phospho-tellurite glass providing net gain at 1.5 μm. The device was fabricated using a high repetition rate femtosecond laser and exhibited internal gain across 100-nm bandwidth covering the entire C + L telecom bands.

  11. Synthesis of fluorescent nanocarbons by femtosecond laser induced plasma in liquid

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    Agatsuma, Naoki; Fujimatsu, Yusei; Shimotsuma, Yasuhiko; Sakakura, Masaaki; Miura, Kiyotaka

    2016-07-01

    Fluorescent Carbon nanoparticles (CNPs) with tunable emission are successfully synthesized from the water suspension of graphene oxide by the femtosecond laser irradiation. The luminescence properties were controllable by doping nitrogen into CNPs in the presence of an ammonia molecule. We have also confirmed that CNPs with diamond structure were directly precipitated from the solvent molecules such as cyclohexane.

  12. Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Tuck-In Penetrating Keratoplasty for Advanced Keratoglobus With Endothelial Damage.

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    Alió Del Barrio, Jorge L; Al-Shymali, Olena; Alió, Jorge L

    2017-09-01

    To describe the outcomes of femtosecond laser-assisted tuck-in penetrating keratoplasty as a single-step surgical procedure for visual and anatomical rehabilitation of patients with severe keratoglobus (KTG) and endothelial damage. Two eyes of a 7-year-old patient with bilateral severe KTG and previous corneal hydrops were operated. Assisted by the femtosecond laser, both donor and recipient corneas were prepared. An 8.5-mm full-thickness donor tissue with a peripheral partial-thickness rim of 1.25 mm was sutured into an 8.5-mm recipient bed with a previously dissected intralamellar peripheral pocket up to the limbus. The graft was secured with 16 interrupted 10-0 nylon sutures and the peripheral donor rim tucked into the host stromal pocket. Six months after surgery, both grafts remained healthy and clear. One eye developed mild postoperative ocular hypertension. No intraoperative or other postoperative complications were observed. Corrected distance visual acuity was 20/50 in both eyes, with complete functional rehabilitation of the patient. Restoration of the peripheral corneal thickness was observed in the pachymetric map. Femtosecond laser-assisted tuck-in penetrating keratoplasty can provide excellent anatomical and functional rehabilitation of patients with severe KTG and endothelial damage, through a single-step surgical procedure and a single donor cornea per eye. The femtosecond laser permits accurate dissection of these already thin corneas without inadvertent perforation risk.

  13. Investigating the ocular temperature rise during femtosecond laser lens fragmentation: an in vitro study.

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    Mencucci, Rita; Matteoli, Sara; Corvi, Andrea; Terracciano, Luca; Favuzza, Eleonora; Gherardini, Stefano; Caruso, Filippo; Bellucci, Roberto

    2015-12-01

    To investigate the trend of temperature variation during lens fragmentation simulated by a femtosecond laser on an in vitro eye model. In our experimental study, a convex cylinder of gelatinous material, usually employed in femtosecond laser calibration, was used to simulate both an anterior segment and a crystalline lens during fragmentation performed with the Victus femtosecond laser (Technolas Perfect Vision GmbH, Germany; Bausch + Lomb Incorporated, USA). Two radiated energies (7000 nJ and 9000 nJ) and three cutting patterns (crosses, circles and cross + circle) were applied. Trends of temperature variation as a function of time were obtained using a T-type thermocouple. The maximum value of temperature rise during lens fragmentation ranged from 3.53 to 5.13 °C; the rise was directly proportional to the intensity of the radiated energy (7000 nJ or 9000 nJ) and the cutting pattern performed. This behavior was experimentally represented by an asymmetric function with a characteristic bell curve shape, whereas it was mathematically described by a transport diffusive model. Since the temperature rise at the fragmentation volume base resulted to be around 5 °C in our in vitro study, lens fragmentation performed using the Victus femtosecond laser might be considered safe form a thermal point of view.

  14. Optically transparent glass micro-actuator fabricated by femtosecond laser exposure and chemical etching

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    Lenssen, Bo; Bellouard, Yves

    2012-09-01

    Femtosecond laser manufacturing combined with chemical etching has recently emerged as a flexible platform for fabricating three-dimensional devices and integrated optical elements in glass substrates. Here, we demonstrate an optically transparent micro-actuator fabricated out of a single piece of fused silica. This work paves the road for further functional integration in glass substrate and optically transparent microsystems.

  15. Local field enhancement on metallic periodic surface structures produced by femtosecond laser pulses

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    Ionin, Andrei A; Kudryashov, Sergei I; Ligachev, A E; Makarov, Sergei V; Mel'nik, N N; Rudenko, A A; Seleznev, L V; Sinitsyn, D V; Khmelnitskii, R A

    2013-04-30

    Periodic surface structures on aluminium are produced by femtosecond laser pulses for efficient excitation of surface electromagnetic waves using a strong objective (NA = 0.5). The local electromagnetic field enhancement on the structures is measured using the technique of surface-enhanced Raman scattering from pyridine molecules. (extreme light fields and their applications)

  16. Nanostructured Ag surface fabricated by femtosecond laser for surface-enhanced Raman scattering.

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    Chang, Han-Wei; Tsai, Yu-Chen; Cheng, Chung-Wei; Lin, Cen-Ying; Lin, Yen-Wen; Wu, Tzong-Ming

    2011-08-01

    Femtosecond laser was employed to fabricate nanostructured Ag surface for surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) application. The prepared nanostructured Ag surface was characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The FESEM images demonstrate the formation of nanostructure-covered femtosecond laser-induced periodic surface structure, also termed as ripples, on the Ag surface. The AFM images indicate that the surface roughness of the produced nanostructured Ag substrate is larger than the untreated Ag substrate. The XRD and XPS of the nanostructured Ag surface fabricated by femtosecond laser show a face centered cubic phase of metallic Ag and no impurities of Ag oxide species. The application of the produced nanostructured Ag surface in SERS was investigated by using rhodamine 6G (R6G) as a reference chemical. The SERS intensity of R6G in aqueous solution at the prepared nanostructured Ag surface is 15 times greater than that of an untreated Ag substrate. The Raman intensities vary linearly with the concentrations of R6G in the range of 10(-8)-10(-4)M. The present methodology demonstrates that the nanostructured Ag surface fabricated by femtosecond laser is potential for qualification and quantification of low concentration molecules.

  17. Optical investigation of femtosecond laser induced microstress in neodymium doped lithium niobate crystals

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    Rodenas, A.; Sanz Garcia, J. A.; Jaque, D.; Torchia, G. A.; Mendez, C.; Arias, I.; Roso, L.; Agullo-Rueda, F.

    2006-08-01

    The depth-resolved micromodification of single-crystalline femtosecond laser irradiated Nd{sup 3+} doped MgO:LiNbO{sub 3} crystals is investigated by means of micro-Raman and microluminescence experiments. We have found that a permanent tensile stress of the order of 2 GPa is induced in the vicinity of ablated volume as a consequence of the pressure-wave propagation due to the thermoelastic relaxation of the laser irradiated material. Microluminescence experiments have revealed that, as a consequence of the permanent laser induced microstress, a localized redshift of the {sup 4}F{sub 3/2}{yields}{sup 4}I{sub 9/2} luminescence band of Nd{sup 3+} ions also takes place due to a crystal field modification. The analysis of Raman and fluorescence bandwidths indicates that a slight lattice disorder and densification is induced by femtosecond laser irradiation.

  18. Femtosecond laser induced micromodifications in Nd:SBN crystals: Amorphization and luminescence inhibition

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    Rodenas, A.; Jaque, D.; Torchia, G. A.; Mendez, C.; Arias, I.; Roso, L.; Moreno, P.; Agullo-Rueda, F.

    2006-12-01

    We report on femtosecond laser modification of Nd:SBN crystals. Basic properties such as the ablation threshold have been obtained from the analysis of the ablation depths at different laser fluences. The induced micromodifications have been investigated by optical microscopy as well as by microphotoluminescence and micro-Raman experiments. We have found that in the vicinity of the ablated volume material amorphization can be induced along different directions. Furthermore, we have found that this material amorphization is accompanied by a strong inhibition of the Nd{sup 3+} luminescence. The analysis of the spatial extension of the luminescence inhibition as a function of the laser fluence has been used to elucidate the origin of the femtosecond laser induced material amorphization.

  19. Beam-shaping via femtosecond laser-modified optical fibre end faces

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    Ioannou, A.; Polis, M.; Lacraz, A.; Theodosiou, A.; Kalli, K.

    2016-04-01

    We present the results of investigations regarding laser micro-structuring of single mode optical fibres by direct access of the fibre end face and compare this with inscription in planar samples. We combine a high numerical aperture objective and femtosecond laser radiation at visible wavelengths to examine the spatial limits of direct writing and structuring at the surface of the optical fibre. We realise a number of interesting devices from one- and two-dimensional grating structures, to Bessel, Airy and vortex beam generators. We show the versatility of this simple but effective inscription method, where we demonstrate classic multiple slit diffraction patterns and patterns for non-diffracting beams, confirming that the flexible direct write method using femtosecond lasers can be to produce binary masks that can lead to beam shaping using a method that is applicable to all types of planar samples and through fine control of laser parameters to multi-mode and singlemode optical fibres.

  20. Targeted transfection of stem cells with sub-20 femtosecond laser pulses.

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    Uchugonova, Aisada; König, Karsten; Bueckle, Rainer; Isemann, Andreas; Tempea, Gabriel

    2008-06-23

    Multiphoton microscopes have become important tools for non-contact sub-wavelength three-dimensional nanoprocessing of living biological specimens based on multiphoton ionization and plasma formation. Ultrashort laser pulses are required, however, dispersive effects limit the shortest pulse duration achievable at the focal plane. We report on a compact nonlinear laser scanning microscope with sub-20 femtosecond 75 MHz near infrared laser pulses for nanosurgery of human stem cells and two-photon high-resolution imaging. Single point illumination of the cell membrane was performed to induce a transient nanopore for the delivery of extracellular green fluorescent protein plasmids. Mean powers of less than 7 mW (<93 pJ) and low millisecond exposure times were found to be sufficient to transfect human pancreatic and salivary gland stem cells in these preliminary studies. Ultracompact sub-20 femtosecond laser microscopes may become optical tools for nanobiotechnology and nanomedicine including optical stem cell manipulation.

  1. Crystallization of amorphous Si nanoclusters in SiO(x) films using femtosecond laser pulse annealings.

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    Korchagina, T T; Gutakovsky, A K; Fedina, L I; Neklyudova, M A; Volodin, V A

    2012-11-01

    The SiO(x) films of various stoichiometries deposited on Si substrates with the use of the co-sputtering from two separate Si and SiO2 targets were annealed by femtosecond laser pulses. Femtosecond laser treatments were applied for crystallization of amorphous silicon nanoclusters in the silicon-rich oxide films. The treatments were carried out with the use of Ti-Sapphire laser with wavelength 800 nm and pulse duration about 30 fs. Regimes of crystallization of amorphous Si nanoclusters in the initial films were found. Ablation thresholds for SiO(x) films of various stoichiometries were discovered. The effect of laser assisted formation of a-Si nanoclusters in the non-stoichiometric dielectric films with relatively low concentration of additional Si atoms was also observed. This approach is applicable for the creation of dielectric films with semiconductor nanoclusters on non-refractory substrates.

  2. Research on ultrasonic vibration aided femtosecond laser machining process of transparent materials

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    Dai, Yutang; Liu, Bin; Yin, Guanglin; Li, Tao; Karanja, Joseph M.

    2015-08-01

    A new process of femtosecond laser micromachining with ultrasonic vibration aided is proposed. An ultrasonic aided device has been designed, and the laser micromachining experiments of transparent materials have been carried out. The effects of the ultrasonic vibration with different power on surface quality and the drilling depth have been investigated, and the mechanism of the ultrasonic vibration aided laser machining has been analyzed. After introducing the ultrasonic vibration device, the residue debris on surface of the ablated trench is significantly reduced, and the drilling depth is increased. These results show that, ultrasonic vibration can effectively improve the surface quality of material processing, increase the depth of the drilling hole and promote the processing efficiency of the femtosecond laser.

  3. Silica Nanowire Growth on Photonic Crystal Fiber by Pulsed Femtosecond Laser Deposition

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    Langellier, Nicholas; Li, Chih-Hao; Furesz, Gabor; Glenday, Alex; Phillips, David; Zhang, Huiliang; Noah Chang, Guoqing; Kaertner, Franz; Szentgyorgyi, Andrew; Walsworth, Ronald

    2012-06-01

    We present a new method of nanowire fabrication using pulsed laser deposition. An 800 mW 1 GHz femtosecond Ti:Sapphire laser is guided into a polarization-maintaining photonic crystal fiber (PCF). The PCF, with a core tapered to 1.7 micron diameter, converts femtosecond laser pulses centered at 800 nm into green light with a spectrum down to 500 nm. The PCF is enclosed in a cylindrical tube with glass windows, sealed in a class 100 clean room with silicone-based RTV adhesive. The high power of each laser pulse in a silica-rich environment leads to growth of a silica nanowire at the output end of the PCF. SEM analysis shows that the nanowire is 720 nm in diameter and grows at a rate of about 0.6 um/s. Details of nanowire performance along with potential applications will be presented.

  4. Waveguides fabricated by femtosecond laser exploiting both depressed cladding and stress-induced guiding core.

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    Dong, Ming-Ming; Wang, Cheng-Wei; Wu, Zheng-Xiang; Zhang, Yang; Pan, Huai-Hai; Zhao, Quan-Zhong

    2013-07-01

    We report on the fabrication of stress-induced optical channel waveguides and waveguide splitters with laser-depressed cladding by femtosecond laser. The laser beam was focused into neodymium doped phosphate glass by an objective producing a destructive filament. By moving the sample along an enclosed routine in the horizontal plane followed by a minor descent less than the filament length in the vertical direction, a cylinder with rarified periphery and densified center region was fabricated. Lining up the segments in partially overlapping sequence enabled waveguiding therein. The refractive-index contrast, near- and far-field mode distribution and confocal microscope fluorescence image of the waveguide were obtained. 1-to-2, 1-to-3 and 1-to-4 splitters were also machined with adjustable splitting ratio. Compared with traditional femtosecond laser writing methods, waveguides prepared by this approach showed controllable mode conduction, strong field confinement, large numerical aperture, low propagation loss and intact core region.

  5. Precise Spatially Selective Photothermolysis Using Modulated Femtosecond Lasers and Real-time Multimodal Microscopy Monitoring

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    Huang, Yimei; Lui, Harvey; Zhao, Jianhua; Wu, Zhenguo; Zeng, Haishan

    2017-01-01

    The successful application of lasers in the treatment of skin diseases and cosmetic surgery is largely based on the principle of conventional selective photothermolysis which relies strongly on the difference in the absorption between the therapeutic target and its surroundings. However, when the differentiation in absorption is not sufficient, collateral damage would occur due to indiscriminate and nonspecific tissue heating. To deal with such cases, we introduce a novel spatially selective photothermolysis method based on multiphoton absorption in which the radiant energy of a tightly focused near-infrared femtosecond laser beam can be directed spatially by aiming the laser focal point to the target of interest. We construct a multimodal optical microscope to perform and monitor the spatially selective photothermolysis. We demonstrate that precise alteration of the targeted tissue is achieved while leaving surrounding tissue intact by choosing appropriate femtosecond laser exposure with multimodal optical microscopy monitoring in real time. PMID:28255346

  6. Study on high coupling efficiency Er-doped fiber laser for femtosecond optical frequency comb

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    Pang, Lihui; Liu, Wenjun; Han, Hainian; Wei, Zhiyi

    2016-09-01

    The femtosecond laser is crucial to the operation of the femtosecond optical frequency comb. In this paper, a passively mode-locked erbium-doped fiber laser is presented with 91.4 fs pulse width and 100.8 MHz repetition rate, making use of the nonlinear polarized evolution effect. Using a 976 nm pump laser diode, the average output power is 16 mW from the coupler and 27 mW from the polarization beam splitter at the pump power of 700 mW. The proposed fiber laser can offer excellent temporal purity in generated pulses with high power, and provide a robust source for fiber-based frequency combs and supercontinuum generation well suited for industrial applications.

  7. Biomedical and biotechnology applications of noncontact femtosecond laser microsurgery of living cells

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    Ilina, Inna V.; Rakityanskiy, Mikhail M.; Sitnikov, Dmitry S.; Ovchinnikov, Andrey V.; Agranat, Mikhail B.; Khramova, Yulia V.; Semenova, Maria L.

    2012-07-01

    We employed femtosecond (fs) laser pulses to solve important biomedical and biotechnology problems, embryo biopsy and cell fusion respectively. We report on the results of fully contactless laser-mediated polar body (PB) and trophectoderm (TE) biopsy of early mammalian embryos. In the former case the fs laser scalpel (Cr:Forsterite seed oscillator and a regenerative amplifier, 100 fs, 10 Hz) was initially used to drill an opening in the outer covering of the embryo, and then the PB was extracted out of the zygote by means of optical tweezers (cw fiber laser, 1064 nm). In the latter case the laser scalpel was employed to dissect 5-7 TE cells that had just left the zona pellucida (ZP) during the hatching. The energy of laser pulses was thoroughly optimized to prevent cell damage and provide high viability of treated cells. Morphological and fluorescent analysis showed that femtosecond laser-based embryo biopsy did not compromise further in vitro embryo development. We also demonstrated the possibilities of using fs laser pulses for cell fusion. The contact border of the blastomeres of two-cell mouse embryos was perforated by a single fs-laser pulse with energy of 30-50 nJ. The blastomeres fusion process was usually complete within ˜60 min. In conclusion, the proposed techniques of laser microprocessing of living cells enable accurate, contamination-free, simple and quick performance of the procedures, and thus show a great potential for using fs lasers as a microsurgical tool.

  8. Pulse propagation near zero group-velocity dispersion in a femtosecond dye laser.

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    Salin, F; Grangier, P; Georges, P; Brun, A

    1990-12-01

    The propagation of femtosecond pulses in a colliding-pulse mode-locked dye laser near zero group-velocity dispersion is studied. The pulse spectrum is shown to exhibit a double-peak structure. This structure and its dependence on the intracavity dispersion can be explained by nonlinear pulse propagation near zero dispersion. A value for the third-order dispersion of the laser cavity is deduced and is found to be predominant for pulses shorter than 50 fsec.

  9. High (1 GHz) repetition rate compact femtosecond laser: A powerful multiphoton tool for nanomedicine and nanobiotechnology

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    Ehlers, A.; Riemann, I.; Martin, S.; Le Harzic, R.; Bartels, A.; Janke, C.; König, K.

    2007-07-01

    Multiphoton tomography of human skin and nanosurgery of human chromosomes have been performed with a 1GHz repetition rate laser by the use of the commercially available femtosecond multiphoton laser tomograph DermaInspect as well as a compact galvoscanning microscope. We performed the autofluorescence tomography up to 100μm in the depth of human skin. Submicron cutting lines and hole drillings have been conducted on labeled human chromosomes.

  10. Microscopy with femtosecond laser pulses: applications in engineering, physics and biomedicine

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    Rudolph, W.; Dorn, P.; Liu, X.; Vretenar, N.; Stock, R.

    2003-03-01

    The combination of microscopy and femtosecond laser illumination turns out to be very attractive and useful for imaging in engineering, physics and biomedicine. The high laser intensity and low average power allow for the generation of nonlinear imaging signals that contain information complementary to classical imaging modes. The current state-of-the-art is reviewed and nonlinear current imaging and imaging of ballistic electron transport in Au-films is discussed in detail.

  11. High-temperature fiber-optic Fabry-Perot interferometric pressure sensor fabricated by femtosecond laser.

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    Zhang, Yinan; Yuan, Lei; Lan, Xinwei; Kaur, Amardeep; Huang, Jie; Xiao, Hai

    2013-11-15

    In this Letter, we report on a fiber-optic Fabry-Perot interferometric pressure sensor with its external diaphragm surface thinned and roughened by a femtosecond laser. The laser-roughened surface helps to eliminate outer reflections from the external diaphragm surface and makes the sensor immune to variations in the ambient refractive index. The sensor is demonstrated to measure pressure in a high-temperature environment with low-temperature dependence.

  12. Noncontact microsurgery of cell membranes using femtosecond laser pulses for optoinjection of specified substances into cells

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    Il'ina, I V; Ovchinnikov, A V; Chefonov, O V; Sitnikov, D S; Agranat, Mikhail B; Mikaelyan, A S

    2013-04-30

    IR femtosecond laser pulses were used for microsurgery of a cell membrane aimed at local and short-duration change in its permeability and injection of specified extracellular substances into the cells. The possibility of noncontact laser delivery of the propidium iodide fluorescent dye and the pEGFP plasmid, encoding the green fluorescent protein, into the cells with preservation of the cell viability was demonstrated. (extreme light fields and their applications)

  13. Effect of electron emission on solids heating by femtosecond laser pulse

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    Svirina, V. V.; Sergaeva, O. N.; Yakovlev, E. B.

    2011-02-01

    Ultrashort laser pulse interaction with material involves a number of specialities as compared to longer irradiations. We study laser heating of metal by femtosecond pulse with taking into account electron photo- and thermionic emission leading to accumulation of a high positive charge on the target surface and, thus, to the generation of the electric field which causes Coulomb explosion (an electronic mechanism of ablation). Also emission slightly influences the thermal and optical properties of solids.

  14. Effect of electron emission on solids heating by femtosecond laser pulse

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    Svirina, V. V.; Sergaeva, O. N.; Yakovlev, E. B.

    2010-07-01

    Ultrashort laser pulse interaction with material involves a number of specialities as compared to longer irradiations. We study laser heating of metal by femtosecond pulse with taking into account electron photo- and thermionic emission leading to accumulation of a high positive charge on the target surface and, thus, to the generation of the electric field which causes Coulomb explosion (an electronic mechanism of ablation). Also emission slightly influences the thermal and optical properties of solids.

  15. Temperature increase in human cadaver retina during direct illumination by femtosecond laser pulses.

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    Sun, Hui; Mikula, Eric; Kurtz, Ronald M; Juhasz, Tibor

    2010-04-01

    Femtosecond lasers have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for ophthalmic surgery, including use in creating corneal flaps in LASIK surgery. During normal operation, approximately 50% to 60% of laser energy may pass beyond the cornea, with potential effects on the retina. As a model for retinal laser exposure during femtosecond corneal surgery, we measured the temperature rise in human cadaver retinas during direct illumination by the laser. The temperature increase induced by a 150-kHz iFS Advanced Femtosecond Laser (Abbott Medical Optics) in human cadaver retinas was measured in situ using an infrared thermal imaging camera. To model the geometry of the eye during the surgery, an approximate 11x11-mm excised section of human cadaver retina was placed 17 mm behind the focus of the laser beam. The temperature field was observed in 10 cadaver retina samples at energy levels ranging from 0.4 to 1.6 microJ (corresponding approximately to surgical energies of 0.8 to 3.2 microJ per pulse). Maximal temperature increases up to 1.15 degrees C (corresponding to 3.2 microJ and 52-second illumination) were observed in the cadaver retina sections with little variation in temperature profiles between specimens for the same laser energy illumination. The commercial iFS Advanced Femtosecond Laser operating with pulse energies at approximately the lower limit of the range evaluated in this study would be expected to result in a 0.2 degrees C temperature increase and do not therefore present a safety hazard to the retina. Copyright 2010, SLACK Incorporated.

  16. Nitinol laser cutting: microstructure and functional properties of femtosecond and continuous wave laser processing

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    Biffi, C. A.; Tuissi, A.

    2017-03-01

    Thermal processing can affect the properties of smart materials, and the correct selection of the best manufacturing technology is fundamental for producing high tech smart devices, containing embedded functional properties. In this work cutting of thin superelastic Nitinol plates using a femtosecond (fs) and continuous wave (CW) laser was studied. Diamond shaped elements were cut to characterize the kerf qualitative features; microstructural analysis of the cross sections allowed identification of thermal damage characteristics introduced into the material during the laser processes. A thermally undamaged microstructure was observed for fs laser cutting, while CW was seen to be characterized by a large heat-affected zone. Functional properties were investigated by differential scanning calorimetry and tensile testing of laser cut microelements and of the reference material. It was seen that the martensitic transformation behavior of Nitinol is not affected by fs regime, while cw cutting provokes an effect equivalent to a high temperature thermal treatment in the material surrounding the cutting kerf, degradating the material properties. Finally, tensile testing indicated that superelastic performances were guaranteed by fs regime, while strong reduction of the recoverable strain was detected in the CW processed sample.

  17. Influence of laser parameters and staining on femtosecond laser-based intracellular nanosurgery

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    Kuetemeyer, K.; Rezgui, R.; Lubatschowski, H.; Heisterkamp, A.

    2010-01-01

    Femtosecond (fs) laser-based intracellular nanosurgery has become an important tool in cell biology, albeit the mechanisms in the so-called low-density plasma regime are largely unknown. Previous calculations of free-electron densities for intracellular surgery used water as a model substance for biological media and neglected the presence of dye and biomolecules. In addition, it is still unclear on which time scales free-electron and free-radical induced chemical effects take place in a cellular environment. Here, we present our experimental study on the influence of laser parameters and staining on the intracellular ablation threshold in the low-density plasma regime. We found that the ablation effect of fs laser pulse trains resulted from the accumulation of single-shot multiphoton-induced photochemical effects finished within a few nanoseconds. At the threshold, the number of applied pulses was inversely proportional to a higher order of the irradiance, depending on the laser repetition rate and wavelength. Furthermore, fluorescence staining of subcellular structures before surgery significantly decreased the ablation threshold. Based on our findings, we propose that dye molecules are the major source for providing seed electrons for the ionization cascade. Consequently, future calculations of free-electron densities for intracellular nanosurgery have to take them into account, especially in the calculations of multiphoton ionization rates. PMID:21258492

  18. Femtosecond laser machining for characterization of local mechanical properties of biomaterials: a case study on wood.

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    Jakob, Severin; Pfeifenberger, Manuel J; Hohenwarter, Anton; Pippan, Reinhard

    2017-01-01

    The standard preparation technique for micro-sized samples is focused ion beam milling, most frequently using Ga(+) ions. The main drawbacks are the required processing time and the possibility and risks of ion implantation. In contrast, ultrashort pulsed laser ablation can process any type of material with ideally negligible damage to the surrounding volume and provides 4 to 6 orders of magnitude higher ablation rates than the ion beam technique. In this work, a femtosecond laser was used to prepare wood samples from spruce for mechanical testing at the micrometre level. After optimization of the different laser parameters, tensile and compressive specimens were produced from microtomed radial-tangential and longitudinal-tangential sections. Additionally, laser-processed samples were exposed to an electron beam prior to testing to study possible beam damage. The specimens originating from these different preparation conditions were mechanically tested. Advantages and limitations of the femtosecond laser preparation technique and the deformation and fracture behaviour of the samples are discussed. The results prove that femtosecond laser processing is a fast and precise preparation technique, which enables the fabrication of pristine biological samples with dimensions at the microscale.

  19. Effects of Yb:KYW thin-disk femtosecond laser ablation on enamel surface roughness

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    Liu, Jing; Sun, Yuchun; Wang, Yong; Lü, Peijun

    2014-07-01

    This study aimed to quantitatively evaluate the surface roughness of enamel following ablation with a Yb:KYW thin-disk femtosecond pulsed laser at different fluences (F), scanning speeds and scanning line spacings. Thirty human extracted teeth were sectioned into crowns and roots along the cementum-enamel junction, and then the crowns were cut longitudinally into sheets about 1.5 mm thick. The samples were randomly divided into ten groups (n=3). Samples of groups 1-8 were irradiated with a femtosecond pulsed laser. These enamel samples were fixed on a stage at focus plane, and a laser beam irradiated onto the samples through a galvanometric scanning system, with which rectangular movement could be achieved. Samples of groups 9 and 10 were prepared with grinding instruments. Following ablation and preparation, the samples were examined for surface roughness with a three-dimensional laser profile measurement microscope. The results showed that scanning speed and scanning line spacing had little influence on the surface roughness of femtosecond pulsed laser-ablated enamel, except when F=4 J/cm2. When a lower fluence was used, the enamel surface roughness was higher, and vice versa. This study showed that various laser fluences, scanning speeds and scanning line spacings can affect and alter enamel surface roughness. Therefore, adequate parameters should be chosen to achieve the proper therapeutic benefits.

  20. An amplified femtosecond laser system for material micro-/nanostructuring with an integrated Raman microscope.

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    Zalloum, Othman H Y; Parrish, Matthew; Terekhov, Alexander; Hofmeister, William

    2010-05-01

    In order to obtain new insights into laser-induced chemical material modifications, we introduce a novel combined approach of femtosecond pulsed laser-direct writing and in situ Raman microscopy within a single experimental apparatus. A newly developed scanning microscope, the first of its kind, provides a powerful tool for micro-/nanomachining and characterization of material properties and allows us to relate materials' functionality with composition. We address the issues of light delivery to the photomodification site and show the versatility of the system using tight focusing. Amplified femtosecond pulses are generated by a Ti:sapphire laser oscillator and a chirped-pulse regenerative amplifier, both pumped by a diode-pumped frequency doubled neodymium-doped yttrium orthovanadate (Nd:YVO(4)) laser operating at 532 nm. Results of Raman spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy images of femtosecond laser micro-/nanomachining on the surface and in the bulk of single-crystal diamond obtained from first trials of this instrument are also presented. This effective combination could help to shed light on the influence of the local structure fluctuations on controllability of the laser processing and the role of the irradiation in the ablation processes ruling out possible imprecisions coming from the use of the two independent techniques.