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  1. Spatiotemporal control of degenerate multiphoton fluorescence microscopy with delay-tunable femtosecond pulse pairs

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    Das, Dhiman; Bhattacharyya, Indrajit; Goswami, Debabrata

    2016-07-01

    Selective excitation of a particular fluorophore in an ensemble of different fluorophores with overlapping fluorescence spectra is shown to be dependent on the time delay of femtosecond pulse pairs in multiphoton fluorescence microscopy. In particular, the two-photon fluorescence behavior of the Texas Red and DAPI dye pair inside Bovine Pulmonary Artery Endothelial (BPAE) cells depends strongly on the center wavelength of the laser, as well as the delay between two identical laser pulses in one-color femtosecond pulse-pair excitation scheme. Thus, we present a novel design concept using pairs of femtosecond pulses at different central wavelengths and tunable pulse separations for controlling the image contrast between two spatially and spectrally overlapping fluorophores. This femtosecond pulse-pair technique is unique in utilizing the variation of dye dynamics inside biological cells as a contrast mode in microscopy of different fluorophores.

  2. Photoacoustic signal enhancements from gold nano-colloidal suspensions excited by a pair of time-delayed femtosecond pulses

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    Masim, Frances Camille P.; Hsu, Wei-Hung; Liu, Hao-Li; Yonezawa, Tetsu; Balčytis, Armandas; Juodkazis, Saulius; Hatanaka, Koji

    2017-08-01

    Photoacoustic signal enhancements were observed with a pair of time-delayed femtosecond pulses upon excitation of gold nanosphere colloidal suspension. A systematic experimental investigation of photoacoustic intensity within the delay time, t = 0 to 15 ns, was carried out. The results revealed a significant enhancement factor of ~2 when the pre-pulse energy is 20-30% of the total energy. Pre-pulse and main pulse energy ratios, E(1)p-pol. :E(2)s-pol. were varied to determine the optimal ratio that yields to maximum photoacoustic signal enhancement. This enhancement was ascribed to the initial stage of thermalization and bubble generation in the nanosecond time scale. Pre-pulse scattering intensity measurements and numerical finite-difference time-domain calculations were performed to reveal dynamics and light field enchancement, respectively.

  3. Comparison of Manual, Femtosecond Laser, and Precision Pulse Capsulotomy Edge Tear Strength in Paired Human Cadaver Eyes.

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    Thompson, Vance M; Berdahl, John P; Solano, Joel M; Chang, David F

    2016-02-01

    To compare the anterior lens capsulotomy edge tear strength created by manual continuous curvilinear capsulorhexis (CCC), femtosecond laser capsulotomy (FSLC), and a new automated precision pulse capsulotomy (PPC) device. A 3-arm study in paired human cadaver eyes. A total of 44 eye specimens from 22 donors in the United States. Capsulotomy was performed in all eye specimens using manual CCC, a femtosecond laser (LenSx, Alcon, Fort Worth, TX), or an automated PPC device (Zepto, Mynosys Inc., Fremont, CA). The first study arm consisted of 8 pairs of eyes in which 1 eye received PPC and the fellow eye received FSLC. The second study arm consisted of 8 pairs of eyes, with 1 eye receiving PPC and the fellow eye receiving manual CCC. The third study arm consisted of 6 pairs of eyes, with 1 eye receiving a manual CCC and the fellow eye receiving FSLC. After phacoemulsification, 2 capsulotomy edge retractors attached to force transducers were used to stretch the capsulotomy edge of each eye and to measure the resisting force until the capsulotomy edge was torn. Capsulotomy edge tear strength in millinewtons. The PPC edge tear strength was greater than that of FSLC for all 8 pairs of eyes by an average factor of 3.1-fold (PPC mean 73.3±24.9 mN vs. femtosecond laser mean 26.1±6.8 mN; P = 0.012, Wilcoxon matched-pairs, signed-ranks test). The PPC tear strength was greater than that of manual CCC for all 8 pairs of eyes by an average factor of 4.1-fold (PPC mean 95±35.2 mN vs. manual CCC mean 29.1±23.1 mN; P = 0.012, Wilcoxon matched-pairs signed-ranks test). There was no significant difference in the tear strength of capsulotomies produced by manual CCC (mean 21.3±4.9 mN) and FSLC (mean 24.5±11.4 mN) (P = 0.75, Wilcoxon matched-pairs signed-ranks test). The strength of the PPC capsulotomy edge was significantly stronger than that produced by femtosecond laser or manual CCC. Copyright © 2016 American Academy of Ophthalmology. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights

  4. Femtosecond optical pulse amplification

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    Knox, Wayne H.

    1988-02-01

    A number of techniques have been developed for amplification of optical pulses of approximately 100-fs duration. These amplifiers span a wide range of operating parameters from kilowatt to gigawatt peak powers and from 10 Hz to megahertz repetition rates. Amplification of femtosecond pulses has also been demonstrated at several wavelengths including visible, near-infrared, and ultraviolet regions. Several problems arise when amplifying short optical pulses to very high intensities. The problems are discussed and the state of the art of femtosecond optical pulse amplification is reviewed.

  5. Pulse compression in plasma: Generation of femtosecond pulses without CPA

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    G. Shvets; N. J. Fisch; A. Pukhov; J. Meyer-ter-Vehn

    2000-07-20

    Laser pulses can be efficiently compressed to femtosecond duration when a smaller-frequency short pulse collides with high frequency long pulse in rare plasma, absorbing most of its energy. The mechanism of short pulse amplification is nonlinear superradiance.

  6. Femtosecond-Pulsed Plasmonic Nanotweezers

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    Roxworthy, Brian J.; Toussaint, Kimani C.

    2012-01-01

    We demonstrate for the first time plasmonic nanotweezers based on Au bowtie nanoantenna arrays (BNAs) that utilize a femtosecond-pulsed input source to enhance trapping of both Rayleigh and Mie particles. Using ultra-low input power densities, we demonstrate that the high-peak powers associated with a femtosecond source augment the trap stiffness to 2x that of nanotweezers employing a continuous-wave source, and 5x that of conventional tweezers using a femtosecond source. We show that for trapped fluorescent microparticles the two-photon response is enhanced by 2x in comparison to the response without nanoantennas. We also demonstrate tweezing of 80-nm diameter Ag nanoparticles, and observe an enhancement of the second-harmonic signal of ~3.5x for the combined nanoparticle-BNA system compared to the bare BNAs. Finally, under select illumination conditions, fusing of Ag nanoparticles to the BNAs is observed which holds potential for in situ fabrication of three-dimensional, bimetallic nanoantennas. PMID:22993686

  7. High energy femtosecond pulse compression

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    Lassonde, Philippe; Mironov, Sergey; Fourmaux, Sylvain; Payeur, Stéphane; Khazanov, Efim; Sergeev, Alexander; Kieffer, Jean-Claude; Mourou, Gerard

    2016-07-01

    An original method for retrieving the Kerr nonlinear index was proposed and implemented for TF12 heavy flint glass. Then, a defocusing lens made of this highly nonlinear glass was used to generate an almost constant spectral broadening across a Gaussian beam profile. The lens was designed with spherical curvatures chosen in order to match the laser beam profile, such that the product of the thickness with intensity is constant. This solid-state optics in combination with chirped mirrors was used to decrease the pulse duration at the output of a terawatt-class femtosecond laser. We demonstrated compression of a 33 fs pulse to 16 fs with 170 mJ energy.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Generation of Femtosecond Electron Pulses

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    Jinamoon, V.; Kusoljariyakul, K.; Rimjaem, S.; Saisut, J.; Thongbai, C.; Vilaithong, T.; Rhodes, M.W.; Wichaisirimongkol, P.; Chumphongphan, S.; Wiedemann, H.; /SLAC, SSRL

    2005-05-09

    At the Fast Neutron Research Facility (FNRF), Chiang Mai University (Thailand), the SURIYA project has been established aiming to produce femtosecond electron pulses utilizing a combination of an S-band thermionic rf gun and a magnetic bunch compressor ({alpha}-magnet). A specially designed rf-gun has been constructed to obtain optimum beam characteristics for the best bunch compression. Simulation results show that bunch lengths as short as about 50 fs rms can be expected at the experimental station. The electron bunch lengths will be determined using autocorrelation of coherent transition radiation (TR) through a Michelson interferometer. The paper discusses beam dynamics studies, design, fabrication and cold tests of the rf-gun as well as presents the project current status and forth-coming experiments.

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. Synthesis of picosecond pulses by spectral compression and shaping of femtosecond pulses in engineered quadratic nonlinear media.

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    Marangoni, M; Brida, D; Conforti, M; Capobianco, A D; Manzoni, C; Baronio, F; Nalesso, G F; De Angelis, C; Ramponi, R; Cerullo, G

    2009-02-01

    Narrow-bandwidth picosecond pulses of predetermined spectral and temporal shapes are generated with high efficiency by frequency conversion of femtosecond pulses in lithium tantalate crystals with engineered quasi-phase-matching structures. We give examples of the synthesis of Gaussian and super-Gaussian picosecond pulses and also of a pair of synchronized phase-coherent picosecond pulses with a predetermined carrier-frequency difference.

  15. 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.

  16. Chirped femtosecond pulse scattering by spherical particles

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    Kim, Dal-Woo; Xiao, Gang-Yao; Lee, Tong-Nyong

    1996-05-01

    Generalized Lorentz-Mie formulas are used to study the scattering characteristics when a chirped femtosecond pulse illuminates a spherical particle. For a linear chirped Gaussian pulse with the envelope function g( tau ) = exp[- pi (1 + ib) tau 2], dimensionless parameter b is defined as a chirp. The calculation illustrated that even for pulses with a constant carrier wavelength ( lambda 0 = 0.5 mu m) and pulse-filling coefficient (l0 = 1.98), the efficiencies for extinction and scattering differ very much between the carrier wave and the different chirped pulses. The slowly varying background of the extinction and the scattering curves is damped by the chirp. When the pulse is deeply chirped, the maxima and minima of the background curves reduce to the point where they disappear, and the efficiency curves illustrate a steplike dependence on the sphere size. Another feature is that the only on the amount of chirp (|b|), regardless of upchirp (b greater than 0) or downchirp (b less than 0).

  17. 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.

  18. Novel ultrasensitive plasmonic detector of terahertz pulses enhanced by femtosecond optical pulses

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    Shur, M.; Rudin, S.; Rupper, G.; Muraviev, A.

    2016-09-01

    Plasmonic Field Effect Transistor detectors (first proposed in 1996) have emerged as superior room temperature terahertz (THz) detectors. Recent theoretical and experimental results showed that such detectors are capable of subpicosecond resolution. Their sensitivity can be greatly enhanced by applying the DC drain-to-source current that increases the responsivity due to the enhanced non-linearity of the device but also adds 1/f noise. We now propose, and demonstrate a dramatic responsivity enhancement of these plasmonic THz pulse detectors by applying a femtosecond optical laser pulse superimposed on the THz pulse. The proposed physical mechanism links the enhanced detection to the superposition of the THz pulse field and the rectified optical field. A femtosecond pulse generates a large concentration of the electron-hole pairs shorting the drain and source contacts and, therefore, determining the moment of time when the THz induced charge starts discharging into the transmission line connecting the FET to an oscilloscope. This allows for scanning the THz pulse with the strongly enhanced sensitivity and/or for scanning the response waveform after the THz pulse is over. The experimental results obtained using AlGaAs/InGaAs deep submicron HEMTs are in good agreement with this mechanism. This new technique could find numerous imaging, sensing, and quality control applications.

  19. Phenomenology of transionospheric pulse pairs

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    Massey, R. S.; Holden, D. N.

    1995-09-01

    Recent observations of transient radio impulses by an Earth-orbiting satellite appear to be quite unlike any previously reported. They appear as pairs of brief (a few microseconds), noiselike bursts, separated by a few tens of microseconds, and are dispersed in a way that implies subionospheric origin. Over 300 of these events have now been observed. These "transionospheric pulse pairs" (TIPPs) have not yet been associated with any known source, although thunderstorms are suspected. The observations, made by the Blackbeard instrument on the ALEXIS satellite, are digitized records of the electric field in a passband from about 25 to 100 MHz. Ground-based observations of lightning in this band appear quite different, even accounting for ionospheric dispersion: bursts of short pulses last hundreds of microseconds and have much lower power (when propagated to the satellite) than TIPP events. Signals that resemble the ground-based data have been observed by Blackbeard but, being much weaker, are much less likely to trigger the instrument than are the strong pulse pair events. In this paper we analyze 97 of the early TIPP observations. We compute several parameters that describe the events: the location of the satellite at the time of reception, the energy in each pulse, the separation between pulses, the duration of each pulse, and the dispersion of each pulse. The statistical distributions of these parameters provide clues to and constraints on possible source mechanisms. The possibility that the pulses might be the direct and reflected signals from a high-altitude source is considered and cannot be rejected by the data.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. Kilohertz generation of high contrast polarization states for visible femtosecond pulses via phase-locked acousto-optic pulse shapers

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    Seiler, Hélène; Walsh, Brenna; Palato, Samuel; Kambhampati, Patanjali; Thai, Alexandre; Forget, Nicolas; Crozatier, Vincent

    2015-09-14

    We present a detailed analysis of a setup capable of arbitrary amplitude, phase, and polarization shaping of broadband visible femtosecond pulses at 1 kHz via a pair of actively phase stabilized acousto-optic programmable dispersive filters arranged in a Mach-Zehnder interferometer geometry. The setup features phase stability values around λ/225 at 580 nm as well as degrees of polarization of at least 0.9 for any polarization state. Both numbers are important metrics to evaluate a setup's potential for applications based on polarization-shaped femtosecond pulses, such as fully coherent multi-dimensional electronic spectroscopy.

  3. 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.

  4. Intense femtosecond pulse propagation with applications

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    Moloney, J. V.

    2006-05-01

    will be on the relatively low intensity regime where critical self-focusing collapse in air or water can lead to very strong non-paraxial ultra-broadband excitations. One reason for this restriction is that we do not yet have computationally feasible robust physical models for ultra-broadband excitation of materials where nonlinear dispersion and absorption become dominant. The propagation of terawatt femtosecond duration pulses in the atmosphere can be qualitatively captured by physical models that include reliable linear dispersion/absorption while treating the nonlinear terms as spectrally local. We will review some recent experimental results by the German-Franco Teramobile team on atmospheric propagation, penetration through obscurants and remote laser induced breakdown spectroscopy. As a second application example will address the issue of strongly non-paraxial spectral superbroadening of femtosecond pulses while propagating in water - these latter nonlinear interactions generate so-called nonlinear X- and O-waves depending on the optical carrier wavelength of the initial pulse.

  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. Origin of transionospheric pulse pairs

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    Wu, H.-C.

    2017-03-01

    Transionospheric pulse pairs, associated with lightning, are the most powerful natural radio signals on Earth. Although they were discovered over two decades ago by satellites, their origin remains elusive. Here we attribute these radio signals to relativistic electrons generated by cloud-to-ground lightning. When these electrons strike the ground, radio bursts are emitted toward space within a narrow cone. This model naturally explains the interval, duration, polarization, coherence, and bimodal feature of the pulse pairs. Based on electron parameters inferred from X-ray observations of lightning, we find that the calculated signal intensity agrees with satellite measurements. Our results can be applied to the development of a global warning system for storms and hurricanes using GPS satellites.

  7. Stimulated Raman amplification of femtosecond pulses in hydrogen gas

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    Krylov, V.; Rebane, A.; Erni, D.; Ollikainen, O.; Wild, Urs P.; Bespalov, V.; Staselko, D.

    1996-12-01

    We report efficient amplification of weak femtosecond supercontinuum pulses by a stimulated Raman scattering process in pressurized H2 gas excited with 350-fs-duration frequency-doubled pulses from a regenerative-amplified Ti:sapphire laser. An amplification factor of 109 is obtained at the wavelength of 465 nm for seed pulses produced by supercontinuum generation in glass.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Femtosecond spectroscopy with vacuum ultraviolet pulse pairs

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    Allison, Tom; Wright, Travis; Stooke, Adam; Khurmi, Champak; van Tilborg, Jeroen; Liu, Yanwei; Falcone, Roger; Belkacem, Ali

    2011-06-17

    We combine different wavelengths from an intense high-order harmonics source with variable delay at the focus of a split-mirror interferometer to conduct pump-probe experiments on gas-phase molecules. We report measurements of the time resolution (< 44fs) and spatial profiles (4 {micro}m x 12 {micro}m) at the focus of the apparatus. We demonstrate the utility of this two-color, high-order-harmonic technique by time resolving molecular hydrogen elimination from C{sub 2} H{sub 4} excited into its absorption band at 161nm.

  11. Nonlinear femtosecond pulse compression in cholesteric liquid crystals (Conference Presentation)

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    Liu, Yikun; Zhou, Jianying; Lin, Tsung-Hsien; Khoo, Iam-Choon

    2016-09-01

    Liquid crystals materials have the advantage of having a large nonlinear coefficient, but the response time is slow, normally up to several minisecond. This makes it is hard to apply in ultra fast optical devices. Recently, fentosecond (fs) nonlinear effect in choleteric liquid crystals is reported, nonlinear coefficient in the scale of 10-12 cm2/W is achieved. Base on this effect, in this work, fentosecond pulse compression technique in a miniature choleteric liquid crystal is demonstrated1,2. Cholesteric liquid crystals (CLC) is a kind of 1-dimensional phontonic structure with helical periodic. In a 10 μm thick CLC, femtosecond pulse with 100 fs is compressed to about 50 fs. CLC sample in planar texture with 500μm thick cell gap is further fabricated. In this sample, femtosecond pulse with 847 fs can be compressed to 286 fs. Due to the strong dispersion at the edge of photonic band gap, femtosecond pulse stretching and compensation can be achieve. In this experiment, laser pulse with duration 90 fs is stretched to above 2 picosecond in the first CLC sample and re-compressed to 120 fs in the second sample. Such technique might be applied in chirp pulse amplification. In conclusion, we report ultra fast nonlinear effect in cholesteric liquid crystals. Due to the strong dispersion and nonlinearity of CLC, femtosecond pulse manipulating devices can be achieved in the scale of micrometer.

  12. Filamentational instability of partially coherent femtosecond optical pulses in air.

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    Marklund, M; Shukla, P K

    2006-06-15

    The filamentational instability of spatially broadband femtosecond optical pulses in air is investigated by means of a kinetic wave equation for spatially incoherent photons. An explicit expression for the spatial amplification rate is derived and analyzed. It is found that the spatial spectral broadening of the pulse can lead to stabilization of the filamentation instability. Thus optical smoothing techniques could optimize current applications of ultrashort laser pulses, such as atmospheric remote sensing.

  13. Femtosecond pulse spectral synthesis in coherently-spectrally combined multi-channel fiber chirped pulse amplifiers.

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    Chang, Wei-zung; Zhou, Tong; Siiman, Leo A; Galvanauskas, Almantas

    2013-02-11

    We demonstrate coherent spectral beam combining and femtosecond pulse spectral synthesis using three parallel fiber chirped pulse amplifiers, each amplifying different ultrashort-pulse spectra. This proof-of-concept experiment opens a path to simultaneously overcome individual-amplifier energy and power limitations, as well as limitations on amplified pulse spectra due to the gain narrowing in a single fiber amplifier.

  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. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Suppression of Ablation in Femtosecond Double-Pulse Experiments

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    Povarnitsyn, M. E.; Itina, T. E.; Khishchenko, K. V.; Levashov, P. R.

    2009-11-01

    We report the physical reasons of a curious decrease in the crater depth observed for long delays in experiments with two successive femtosecond pulses. Detailed hydrodynamic modeling demonstrates that the ablation mechanism is dumped when the delay between the pulses exceeds the electron-ion relaxation time. In this case, the interaction of the second laser pulse with the expanding target material leads to the formation of the second shock wave suppressing the rarefaction wave created by the first pulse. The evidence of this effect follows from the pressure and density profiles obtained at different delays after the first laser pulse.

  19. Suppression of ablation in femtosecond double-pulse experiments.

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    Povarnitsyn, M E; Itina, T E; Khishchenko, K V; Levashov, P R

    2009-11-06

    We report the physical reasons of a curious decrease in the crater depth observed for long delays in experiments with two successive femtosecond pulses. Detailed hydrodynamic modeling demonstrates that the ablation mechanism is dumped when the delay between the pulses exceeds the electron-ion relaxation time. In this case, the interaction of the second laser pulse with the expanding target material leads to the formation of the second shock wave suppressing the rarefaction wave created by the first pulse. The evidence of this effect follows from the pressure and density profiles obtained at different delays after the first laser pulse.

  20. SRS generation and amplification of femtosecond pulses in compressed gases

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    Bespalov, Victor G.; Efimov, Yuri N.; Staselko, Dmitry I.; Krylov, Vitaly N.; Ollikainen, Olavi; Wild, Urs P.; Rebane, Aleksander

    2000-02-01

    We present the review of femtosecond SRS generation and amplification in compressed gases. the aim of our work is to study SRS spectral and temporal structures in compressed gases with femtosecond light pulses and to optimize conditions of excitation in order to obtain pulses with the desired spectral, temporal, and energy properties. In what follows, we present the result of our studies of SRS amplification in compressed hydrogen pumped by femtosecond pluses of the second harmonic of radiation of a titanium- doped sapphire laser. Our aim was to estimate the feasibility of increasing efficiency of SRS conversion and the potentialities of using transient SRS for spectral-time selection and amplification of weak signals.

  1. 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.

  2. REVIEWS OF TOPICAL PROBLEMS: Femtosecond pulses in nanophotonics

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    Ivanov, Anatoliy A.; Alfimov, Mikhail V.; Zheltikov, Aleksei M.

    2004-07-01

    We give an overview of the physical fundamentals of femtosecond nanophotonics — the basic physical phenomena behind the interaction of ultrashort laser pulses with nanoscale objects, nanocomposite materials, supramolecular structures, and molecular aggregates. Femtosecond laser pulses pave a way to achieving high intensities of electromagnetic radiation without irreversible damage to materials, making it possible to observe unique regimes of interaction of the light field with nanostructures and molecular aggregates. Dielectric and electron confinement, as well as resonances due to quantum size effects and collective phenomena in supramolecular and aggregate structures, radically enhance nonlinear-optical interactions of ultrashort pulses. These phenomena offer interesting solutions for a high-sensitivity nonlinear-optical metrology of nanostructured materials, including the analysis of their composition, structure, and morphology, suggesting new attractive strategies for the control, switching, and transformation of ultrashort pulses.

  3. Efficient Generation of Visible Femtosecond Pulses by Frequency Doubling

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    Wang, Guo (Gary) Yao

    In principle, second harmonic generation (SHG) can convert near-infrared femtosecond mode-locked pulses into visible and UV regions. However, the finite phase matching bandwidth makes it difficult to simultaneously phase match the entire pulse spectrum. Effects such as peak power saturation and pulse broadening arise as the length of a frequency-doubling crystal increases. To avoid these problems, very thin crystals have to be used, which results in low conversion efficiency unless the laser intensity is very high. Two new approaches based on quasi-phase match and traditional Cerenkov SHG are proposed in this thesis. In the former scheme, proper design provides the requisite delay of the fundamental pulses, resulting in simultaneous phase and group velocity matches. The latter scheme makes use of the auto-phase matching property of Cerenkov SHG to phase match the whole pulse spectrum. The stretched output pulses are compressed by a dispersion element, such as a prism or a grating. Pulse width preservation and high efficiency are thus expected from low pump power. Experiments to conform the latter proposal were conducted. Proton-exchanged MgO doped LiNbO_3 Cerenkov waveguides were used to double the frequency of a femtosecond Ti:sapphire laser. 25 mW blue harmonic pulses were generated from only 50 mW input. A diffraction grating compressed the stretched 2 psec pulses back to 300 fsec. The device is easy to make and to use. The concept presented can be extended to femtosecond pulses in any three-photon process in any waveguide material and any modelocked source.

  4. Pulsed homodyne measurements of femtosecond squeezed pulses generated by single-pass parametric deamplification.

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    Wenger, Jérôme; Tualle-Brouri, Rosa; Grangier, Philippe

    2004-06-01

    A new scheme is described for the generation of pulsed squeezed light by use of femtosecond pulses that have been parametrically deamplified through a single pass in a thin (100-microm) potassium niobate crystal with a significant deamplification of approximately -3 dB. The quantum noise of each pulse is registered in the time domain by single-shot homodyne detection operated with femtosecond pulses; the best squeezed quadrature variance was 1.87 dB below the shot-noise level. Such a scheme provides a basic resource for time-resolved quantum communication protocols.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 115 W, 10 GHz, femtosecond pulses from a very-large-mode-area Er-doped fiber amplifier

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    Nicholson, J. W.; Ahmad, R.; DeSantolo, A.; Várallyay, Z.

    2017-02-01

    We demonstrate high average power, high peak power amplification of 10 GHz, picosecond and femtosecond pulses in a Very-Large-Mode Area (VLMA), Er-doped fiber with an effective area of 1050 μm2. A high power, singlemode Raman fiber laser with up to 183 W of power at 1480 nm served as a pump source. 130 femtosecond pulses with an average power of 115 W, peak power of 88 kW, and M2 of 1.18 were achieved. Simulations that take into account pair-induced quenching give excellent agreement with measurements.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. High-intensive femtosecond singular pulses in Kerr dielectrics.

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    Khasanov, Oleg; Smirnova, Tatyana; Fedotova, Olga; Rusetsky, Grigory; Romanov, Oleg

    2012-04-01

    The nonlinear dynamics of a high-power femtosecond singular pulse in Kerr media are analyzed numerically upon optically induced ionization. We examine the plasma inertia impact to stable propagation of optical vortices. Multifoci behavior of vortices in medium are revealed. Next we numerically demonstrate that inertial character of plasma formation provides a quasi-soliton regime of vortex propagation resistant to symmetry-breaking perturbation.

  14. Energy deposition dynamics of femtosecond pulses in water

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    Minardi, Stefano Pertsch, Thomas; Milián, Carles; Couairon, Arnaud; Majus, Donatas; Tamošauskas, Gintaras; Dubietis, Audrius; Gopal, Amrutha

    2014-12-01

    We exploit inverse Raman scattering and solvated electron absorption to perform a quantitative characterization of the energy loss and ionization dynamics in water with tightly focused near-infrared femtosecond pulses. A comparison between experimental data and numerical simulations suggests that the ionization energy of water is 8 eV, rather than the commonly used value of 6.5 eV. We also introduce an equation for the Raman gain valid for ultra-short pulses that validates our experimental procedure.

  15. Alexandrite-pumped alexandrite regenerative amplifier for femtosecond pulse amplification

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    Hariharan, A.; Fermann, M.E.; Stock, M.L.; Harter, D.J.; Squier, J.

    1996-01-01

    We demonstrate a regenerative amplifier incorporating alexandrite as the gain medium that is pumped by an alexandrite laser. Temperature-altered gain permitted the 728-nm alexandrite pump laser, operating at room temperature, to pump a 780{endash}800-nm alexandrite laser that was maintained at elevated temperatures. 200-fs pulses from a Ti:sapphire oscillator were amplified to the millijoule level. This system also amplified femtosecond pulses from a frequency-doubled Er-doped fiber laser. {copyright} {ital 1996 Optical Society of America.}

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Electro-optic time lens model for femtosecond pulses

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    Marinho, Francisco J.; Bernardo, Luís M.

    2008-04-01

    We propose an electro-optic time-lens (EOTL) model based on the coupled-mode theory. The model describes the propagation of a femtosecond pulse in an electro-optical crystal with parabolic refractive index modulation by a microwave. The proposed model integrates the second order dispersion approximation (β II ≠ 0) and takes into consideration the possible mismatch between the microwave phase velocity and the pulse group velocity. The coupled-mode theory uses the Hermite-Gaussian functions which are the modes of an ideal electro-optic time-lens. The model characterizes completely the performances of EOTL, including the aberrations, and it establishes the maximum velocity mismatch for which the pulse profile propagates through the crystal without significant distortion. The theoretical model is numerically implement considering the propagation of a short pulse in a Litium Niobate time-lens.

  1. Optimally shaped narrowband picosecond pulses for femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy.

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    Hoffman, David P; Valley, David; Ellis, Scott R; Creelman, Mark; Mathies, Richard A

    2013-09-09

    A comparison between a Fabry-Pérot etalon filter and a conventional grating filter for producing the picosecond (ps) Raman pump pulses for femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy (FSRS) is presented. It is shown that for pulses of equal energy the etalon filter produces Raman signals twice as large as that of the grating filter while suppressing the electronically resonant background signal. The time asymmetric profile of the etalon-generated pulse is shown to be responsible for both of these observations. A theoretical discussion is presented which quantitatively supports this hypothesis. It is concluded that etalons are the ideal method for the generation of narrowband ps pulses for FSRS because of the optical simplicity, efficiency, improved FSRS intensity and reduced backgrounds.

  2. Polarization dependent nanostructuring of silicon with femtosecond vortex pulse

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    Rahimian, M. G.; Bouchard, F.; Al-Khazraji, H.; Karimi, E.; Corkum, P. B.; Bhardwaj, V. R.

    2017-08-01

    We fabricated conical nanostructures on silicon with a tip dimension of ˜ 70 nm using a single twisted femtosecond light pulse carrying orbital angular momentum (ℓ =±1 ). The height of the nano-cone, encircled by a smooth rim, increased from ˜ 350 nm to ˜ 1 μ m with the pulse energy and number of pulses, whereas the apex angle remained constant. The nano-cone height was independent of the helicity of the twisted light; however, it is reduced for linear polarization compared to circular at higher pulse energies. Fluid dynamics simulations show nano-cones formation when compressive forces arising from the radial inward motion of the molten material push it perpendicular to the surface and undergo re-solidification. Simultaneously, the radial outward motion of the molten material re-solidifies after reaching the cold boundary to form a rim. Overlapping of two irradiated spots conforms to the fluid dynamics model.

  3. Fibonacci-like photonic structure for femtosecond pulse compression.

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    Makarava, L N; Nazarov, M M; Ozheredov, I A; Shkurinov, A P; Smirnov, A G; Zhukovsky, S V

    2007-03-01

    The compression of femtosecond laser pulses by linear quasiperiodic and periodic photonic multilayer structures is studied both experimentally and theoretically. We compare the compression performance of a Fibonacci and a periodic structure with similar total thickness and the same number of layers, and find the performance to be higher in the Fibonacci case, as predicted by numerical simulation. This compression enhancement takes place due to the larger group velocity dispersion at a defect resonance of the transmission spectrum of the Fibonacci structure. We demonstrate that the Fibonacci structure with the thickness of only 2.8 microm can compress a phase-modulated laser pulse by up to 30%. The possibility for compression of laser pulses with different characteristics in a single multilayer is explored. The operation of the compressor in the reflection regime has been modeled, and we show numerically that the reflected laser pulse is subjected to real compression: not only does its duration decrease but also its amplitude rises.

  4. Pulsed digital holography system recording ultrafast process of the femtosecond order

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    Wang, Xiaolei; Zhai, Hongchen; Mu, Guoguang

    2006-06-01

    We report, for the first time to our knowledge, a pulsed digital microholographic system with spatial angular multiplexing for recording the ultrafast process of the femtosecond order. The optimized design of the two sets of subpulse-train generators in this system makes it possible to implement a digital holographic recording with spatial angular multiplexing of a frame interval of the femtosecond order, while keeping the incident angle of the object beams unchanged. Three pairs of amplitude and phase images from the same view angle digitally reconstructed by the system demonstrated the ultrafast dynamic process of laser-induced ionization of ambient air at a wavelength of 800 nm, with a time resolution of 50 fs and a frame interval of 300 fs.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. Terahertz beam steering using interference of femtosecond optical pulses.

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    Uematsu, Koji; Maki, Ken-ichiro; Otani, Chiko

    2012-09-24

    A terahertz (THz) beam steering method is demonstrated by applying the characteristic of grating lobe (GL) radiation from a linear array antenna and the interference of femtosecond optical pulses. A photoconductive device is illuminated by two femtosecond laser beams combined at an angle of less than 0.5°. Considering the interference pattern as a THz point source array, THz GL radiation is generated through the superposition of radiation emitted from all point sources and steered by varying the interval of the interference pattern. The THz beam direction could be changed by 20° at 0.93THz by varying the relative incidence angle of the pump beams by 0.033°.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Ablation of carbide materials with femtosecond pulses

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    Dumitru, Gabriel; Romano, Valerio; Weber, Heinz P.; Sentis, Marc; Marine, Wladimir

    2003-01-01

    The response of cemented tungsten carbide and of titanium carbonitride was investigated with respect to damage and ablation properties, under interaction with ultrashort laser pulses. These carbide materials present high microhardness and are of significant interest for tribological applications. The experiments were carried out in air with a commercial Ti:sapphire laser at energy densities on the target up to 6.5 J/cm 2. The irradiated target surfaces were analyzed with optical, SEM and AFM techniques and the damage and ablation threshold values were determined using the measured spot diameters and the calculated incident energy density distributions.

  11. Intermodal four-wave mixing from femtosecond pulse-pumped photonic crystal fiber.

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    Tu, H; Jiang, Z; Marks, D L; Boppart, S A

    2009-03-09

    Large Stokes-shift ( approximately 4700 cm(-1)) four-wave mixing is generated in a deeply normal dispersion regime from a 20 cm commercial large-mode-area photonic crystal fiber pumped by amplified approximately 800 nm femtosecond pulses. The phase-matching condition is realized through an intermodal scheme involving two pump photons in the fundamental fiber mode and a pair of Stokesanti-Stokes photons in a higher-order fiber mode. Over 7% conversion efficiency from the pump input to 586 nm anti-Stokes signal has been attained.

  12. Direct spectrotemporal characterization of femtosecond extreme-ultraviolet pulses

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    Gauthier, David; Mahieu, Benoît; De Ninno, Giovanni

    2013-09-01

    We propose a method for straightforward characterization of the temporal shape of femtosecond pulses in the extreme-ultraviolet and soft x-ray spectral region. The approach is based on the presence of a significant linear frequency chirp in the pulse. This allows us to establish an homothetic relation between the pulse spectrum and its temporal profile. The theoretical approach is reminiscent of the one employed by Fraunhofer for describing far-field diffraction. As an application, we consider the case of a seeded free-electron laser (FEL). The theory is successfully benchmarked with numerical simulations and with experimental data collected on the FERMI@Elettra FEL. The proposed method provides FEL users with an online, shot-to-shot spectrotemporal diagnostic for time-resolved experiments.

  13. 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.

  14. A versatile femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy setup with tunable pulses in the visible to near infrared

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    Zhu, Liangdong; Liu, Weimin; Fang, Chong

    2014-07-28

    We demonstrate a versatile and efficient setup to perform femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy (FSRS). Technical innovations are implemented to achieve the wavelength tunability for both the picosecond narrowband Raman pump pulse and femtosecond broadband Raman probe pulse. Using a simplified one-grating scheme in a home-built second harmonic bandwidth compressor followed by a two-stage noncollinear optical parametric amplifier, we tune the Raman pump pulse from ca. 480 to 750 nm. To generate the suitable Raman probe pulse in tandem, we rely on our recently demonstrated broadband up-converted multicolor array technique that readily provides tunable broadband laser sidebands across the visible to near-infrared range. This unique setup has unparalleled flexibility for conducting FSRS. We measure the ground-state Raman spectra of a cyclohexane standard using tunable pump-probe pairs at various wavelengths across the visible region. The best spectral resolution is ∼12 cm{sup −1}. By tuning the pump wavelength closer to the electronic absorption band of a photoacid pyranine in water, we observe the pre-resonantly enhanced Raman signal. The stimulated Raman gain of the 1627 cm{sup −1} mode is increased by over 15 times.

  15. 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.

  16. Analysis of femtosecond quantum control mechanisms with colored double pulses

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    Vogt, Gerhard; Nuernberger, Patrick; Selle, Reimer; Dimler, Frank; Brixner, Tobias; Gerber, Gustav

    2006-09-15

    Fitness landscapes based on a limited number of laser pulse shape parameters can elucidate reaction pathways and can help to find the underlying control mechanism of optimal pulses determined by adaptive femtosecond quantum control. In a first experiment, we employ colored double pulses and systematically scan both the temporal subpulse separation and the relative amplitude of the two subpulses to acquire fitness landscapes. Comparison with results obtained from a closed-loop experiment demonstrates the capability of fitness landscapes for the revelation of possible control mechanisms. In a second experiment, using transient absorption spectroscopy, we investigate and compare the dependence of the excitation efficiency of the solvated dye molecule 5,5{sup '}-dichloro-11-diphenylamino-3,3{sup '}-diethyl-10,12-ethylene thiatricarbocyanine perchlorate (IR140) on selected pulse shapes in two parametrizations. The results show that very different pulse profiles can be equivalently adequate to maximize a given control objective. Fitness landscapes thus provide valuable information about different pathways along which a molecular system can be controlled with shaped laser pulses.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Behavioral studies of the auditory discrimination of paired pulses with identical pulse spacings by a dolphin

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    Sukhoruchenko, M. N.

    2008-11-01

    For a bottlenose dolphin, the thresholds of discrimination of paired pulses with pulse spacings of 50 1000 μs and different peak values of the second pulse in the test pair are investigated. It is shown that the pair discrimination thresholds depend on both the absolute level of pulses and the ratio between the pulse levels in the standard pair. As the pulse delay in a pair increases, the thresholds monotonically decrease. A possibility of the paired pulse discrimination by the total energy of pulses in a pair is considered for the case of pulse delays both within the critical interval (300 μs) and beyond it.

  1. Generation of individually modulated femtosecond pulse string by multilayer volume holographic gratings.

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    Yan, Xiaona; Gao, Lirun; Yang, Xihua; Dai, Ye; Chen, Yuanyuan; Ma, Guohong

    2014-10-20

    A scheme to generate individually modulated femtosecond pulse string by multilayer volume holographic grating (MVHG) is proposed. Based on Kogelnik's coupled-wave theory and matrix optics, temporal and spectral expressions of diffracted field are given when a femtosecond pulse is diffracted by a MVHG. It is shown that the number of diffracted sub-pulses in the pulse string equals to the number of grating layers of the MVHG, peak intensity and duration of each diffracted sub-pulse depend on thickness of the corresponding grating layer, whereas pulse interval between adjacent sub-pulses is related to thickness of the corresponding buffer layer. Thus by modulating parameters of the MVHG, individually modulated femtosecond pulse string can be acquired. Based on Bragg selectivity of the volume grating and phase shift provided by the buffer layers, we give an explanation on these phenomena. The result is useful to design MVHG-based devices employed in optical communications, pulse shaping and processing.

  2. Excitation of an electronic subsystem of YAG crystal with femtosecond laser pulses

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    Kononenko, V. V.; Zavedeev, E. V.; Okhrimchuk, A. G.; Konov, V. I.

    2017-06-01

    The temporal dynamics of refractive index change induced by intense femtosecond 800 nm laser radiation in a yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) crystal was explored using pump-probe interferometry. Beyond the Kerr effect, only a positive laser-induced rise of permittivity was detected ( Δ n˜ +{{10}-3} ), whereas most of the material demonstrates a remarkable transient response opposite in sign to that assigned usually to free carrier generation. Observed dynamics of n indicates that (i) the possible formation of free electron-hole (e-h) pairs is totally masked and (ii) the formation of tightly bound electronic states (transient defects) takes time approximately equal to a pulse duration. We discuss whether the latter could be a direct light-induced process or still a result of the ultrafast decay of radiatively generated electron-hole pairs.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Ferroelectric domain engineering by focused infrared femtosecond pulses

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    Chen, Xin; Shvedov, Vladlen; Sheng, Yan; Karpinski, Pawel; Koynov, Kaloian; Wang, Bingxia; Trull, Jose; Cojocaru, Crina; Krolikowski, Wieslaw

    2015-10-05

    We demonstrate infrared femtosecond laser-induced inversion of ferroelectric domains. This process can be realised solely by using tightly focused laser pulses without application of any electric field prior to, in conjunction with, or subsequent to the laser irradiation. As most ferroelectric crystals like LiNbO{sub 3}, LiTaO{sub 3}, and KTiOPO{sub 4} are transparent in the infrared, this optical poling method allows one to form ferroelectric domain patterns much deeper inside a ferroelectric crystal than by using ultraviolet light and hence can be used to fabricate practical devices. We also propose in situ diagnostics of the ferroelectric domain inversion process by monitoring the Čerenkov second harmonic signal, which is sensitive to the appearance of ferroelectric domain walls.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Pulse reshaping in nearly resonant interaction of femtosecond pulses with dense rubidium vapor

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    Vdović, Silvije; Skenderović, Hrvoje; Pichler, Goran

    2016-07-01

    Propagation of intense femtosecond pulses resonant with the atomic rubidium vapor results in phenomenon known as conical emission. The origin of this phenomenon is connected with self-phase modulation in time domain accompanied with spatial self-focusing for blue-detuned pulses. When the laser central wavelength is red-detuned the self-defocusing occurs. Using frequency-resolved optical gating measurements and simple modeling of pulse propagation within the linear dispersion theory it is shown that the retrieved phase of the propagated pulse, and the associated instantaneous frequency, shows evidence of both linear dispersion and self-phase modulation. These results are consistent with the theory of the intensity dependent nonlinear refraction index in medium where linear dispersion contributes significantly to pulse reshaping.

  13. 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.

  14. Dependence of the molecular iodine B-state predissociation induced by a femtosecond laser pulse on pulse phase modulation

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    Kostyukevich, Yu I; Umanskii, Stanislav Ya

    2011-12-31

    The processes of pumping and laser-induced predissociation of B-states of the I{sub 2} molecule under the action of femtosecond laser pulses are considered theoretically. An analytical formula is derived, which describes the dependence of the predissociation on such parameters of femtosecond pulses as spectral chirp, spectral width and delay time between pulses. The formula is used to calculate numerically the dependence of the predissociation yield on the parameters of the phase modulation of the pump pulse and coupling pulse.

  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. Femtosecond pulse damage thresholds of dielectric coatings in vacuum

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    Michelle D. Shinn, Duy N. Nguyen, Luke A. Emmert ,Paul Schwoebel, Dinesh Patel, Carmen S. Menoni, Wolfgang Rudolph

    2011-03-01

    At 10-7 Torr, the multiple femtosecond pulse damage threshold, F(?), is about 10% of the single pulse damage fluence F(1) for hafnia and silica films compared to about 65% and 50%, respectively, at 630 Torr. In contrast, the single-pulse damage threshold is pressure independent. The decrease of F(?) with decreasing air pressure correlates with the water vapor and oxygen content of the ambient gas with the former having the greater effect. The decrease in F(?) is likely associated with an accumulation of defects derived from oxygen deficiency, for example vacancies. From atmospheric air pressure to pressures of {approx}3 x 10{sup -6} Torr, the damage 'crater' starts deterministically at the center of the beam and grows in diameter as the fluence increases. At pressure below 3x10-6 Torr, damage is initiated at random 'sites' within the exposed area in hafnia films, while the damage morphology remains deterministic in silica films. A possible explanation is that absorbing centers are created at predisposed sample sites in hafnia, for example at boundaries between crystallites, or crystalline and amorphous phases.

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. Nanodissection of human chromosomes with near-infrared femtosecond laser pulses.

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    König, K; Riemann, I; Fritzsche, W

    2001-06-01

    Near-infrared laser pulses of a compact 80-MHz femtosecond laser source at 800 nm, a mean power of 15-100 mW, 170-fs pulse width, and millisecond beam dwell times at the target have been used for multiphoton-mediated nanoprocessing of human chromosomes. By focusing of the laser beam with high-numerical-aperture objectives of a scanning microscope to diffraction-limited spots and with light intensities of terawatts per cubic centimeter, precise submicrometer holes and cuts in human chromosomes have been processed by single-point exposure and line scans. A minimum FWHM cut size of ~100 nm during a partial dissection of chromosome 1, which is below the diffraction-limited spot size, and a minimum material removal of ~0.003mum (3) were determined by a scanning-force microscope. The plasma-induced ablated material corresponds to ~1/400 of the chromosome 1 volume and to ~65x10(3) base pairs of chromosomal DNA. A complete dissection could be performed with FWHM cut sizes below 200 nm. High-repetition-frequency femtosecond lasers at low mean power in combination with high-numerical-aperture focusing optics appear therefore as appropriate noncontact tools for nanoprocessing of bulk and (or) surfaces of transparent materials such as chromosomes. In particular, the noninvasive inactivation of certain genomic regions on single chromosomes within living cells becomes possible.

  20. Femtosecond optical spectroscopy and microscopy with phase coherent pulses

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    Li, Chunqiang

    This dissertation focuses on femtosecond optical spectroscopy and microscopy by using ultrashort laser pulse shaping technology. Collinear phase coherent two-dimensional spectroscopy on the organic dye Coumarin 102 was performed. The collinear phase coherent three-pulse sequences in the near infrared wavelength (800 nm) were generated by an acousto-optic pulse shaper. Coumarin 102 has a broad absorption band of around 400 nm. Two-photon absorption of the 800 nm light in Coumarin 102 is essential to perform the experiment. For comparison another set of experiments with the light frequency doubled to 400 nm was also performed. The results obtained show similar features with different details. The energy level information, e.g. linewidth, can be retrieved from the two-dimensional spectral peaks. With pulse shaping technology the possibility to perform ultrafast laser microscopy aiming at potential biomedical application was also explored. The information utilized to differentiate chemicals is two-photon absorption and the structural information can also be retrieved from self-phase modulation. The nonlinear signal from these experiments is very small compared with input laser power. A heterodyne detection method was performed by creating a spectral hole in the laser spectrum with the pulse shaper. The signal generated is mixed with the local oscillator. The results from Rhodamine 6G, oxyHemoglobin and pheomelanin show the difference and imply promising further development with this method. The last part of this dissertation is a previous work on a novel structure wavelength tunable semiconductor laser based on asymmetric twin waveguide technology. To integrate several optoelectronic devices together, several schemes are available. Asymmetric twin waveguide technology is the only integration platform which does not require material regrowth and quantum well intermixing. The tunable laser based on this technology can be used as a local oscillator in a coherent optical

  1. Analysis of laser damage tests on coatings designed for broad bandwidth high reflection of femtosecond pulses

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    Bellum, John Curtis; Winstone, Trevor; Lamaignere, Laurent; Sozet, Martin; Kimmel, Mark W.; Rambo, Patrick K.; Field, Ella Suzanne; Kletecka, Damon E.

    2016-08-25

    We designed an optical coating based on TiO2/SiO2 layer pairs for broad bandwidth high reflection (BBHR) at 45-deg angle of incidence (AOI), P polarization of femtosecond (fs) laser pulses of 900-nm center wavelength, and produced the coatings in Sandia’s large optics coater by reactive, ion-assisted e-beam evaporation. This paper reports on laser-induced damage threshold (LIDT) tests of these coatings. The broad HR bands of BBHR coatings pose challenges to LIDT tests. An ideal test would be in a vacuum environment appropriate to a high energy, fs-pulse, petawatt-class laser, with pulses identical to its fs pulses. Short of this would be tests over portions of the HR band using nanosecond or sub-picosecond pulses produced by tunable lasers. Such tests could, e.g., sample 10-nm-wide wavelength intervals with center wavelengths tunable over the broad HR band. Alternatively, the coating’s HR band could be adjusted by means of wavelength shifts due to changing the AOI of the LIDT tests or due to the coating absorbing moisture under ambient conditions. In conclusion, we had LIDT tests performed on the BBHR coatings at selected AOIs to gain insight into their laser damage properties and analyze how the results of the different LIDT tests compare.

  2. Analysis of laser damage tests on coatings designed for broad bandwidth high reflection of femtosecond pulses

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    2016-08-25

    We designed an optical coating based on TiO2/SiO2 layer pairs for broad bandwidth high reflection (BBHR) at 45-deg angle of incidence (AOI), P polarization of femtosecond (fs) laser pulses of 900-nm center wavelength, and produced the coatings in Sandia’s large optics coater by reactive, ion-assisted e-beam evaporation. This paper reports on laser-induced damage threshold (LIDT) tests of these coatings. The broad HR bands of BBHR coatings pose challenges to LIDT tests. An ideal test would be in a vacuum environment appropriate to a high energy, fs-pulse, petawatt-class laser, with pulses identical to its fs pulses. Short of this would bemore » tests over portions of the HR band using nanosecond or sub-picosecond pulses produced by tunable lasers. Such tests could, e.g., sample 10-nm-wide wavelength intervals with center wavelengths tunable over the broad HR band. Alternatively, the coating’s HR band could be adjusted by means of wavelength shifts due to changing the AOI of the LIDT tests or due to the coating absorbing moisture under ambient conditions. In conclusion, we had LIDT tests performed on the BBHR coatings at selected AOIs to gain insight into their laser damage properties and analyze how the results of the different LIDT tests compare.« less

  3. Analysis of laser damage tests on coatings designed for broad bandwidth high reflection of femtosecond pulses

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    Bellum, John; Winstone, Trevor; Lamaignere, Laurent; Sozet, Martin; Kimmel, Mark; Rambo, Patrick; Field, Ella; Kletecka, Damon

    2017-01-01

    We designed an optical coating based on TiO2/SiO2 layer pairs for broad bandwidth high reflection (BBHR) at 45-deg angle of incidence (AOI), P polarization of femtosecond (fs) laser pulses of 900-nm center wavelength, and produced the coatings in Sandia's large optics coater by reactive, ion-assisted e-beam evaporation. This paper reports on laser-induced damage threshold (LIDT) tests of these coatings. The broad HR bands of BBHR coatings pose challenges to LIDT tests. An ideal test would be in a vacuum environment appropriate to a high energy, fs-pulse, petawatt-class laser, with pulses identical to its fs pulses. Short of this would be tests over portions of the HR band using nanosecond or sub-picosecond pulses produced by tunable lasers. Such tests could, e.g., sample 10-nm-wide wavelength intervals with center wavelengths tunable over the broad HR band. Alternatively, the coating's HR band could be adjusted by means of wavelength shifts due to changing the AOI of the LIDT tests or due to the coating absorbing moisture under ambient conditions. We had LIDT tests performed on the BBHR coatings at selected AOIs to gain insight into their laser damage properties and analyze how the results of the different LIDT tests compare.

  4. Phenomenology of transionospheric pulse pairs: Further observations

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    Massey, Robert S.; Holden, Daniel N.; Shao, Xuan-Min

    1998-11-01

    We report on further observations of transionospheric pulse pairs (TIPPs), which are the most powerful transient radio signals observed by the Blackbeard broadband digital radio receiver on the ALEXIS satellite. The source of these signals is unknown but appears to be associated with thunderstorm activity. The signals do not resemble those reported for known lightning processes. We have previously reported observations of these events in the frequency band 28-95 MHz. In this paper we report observations of TIPPs in the 117- to 166-MHz band, with the subsatellite point situated over the contiguous United States. The main results are that the measured pulse parameter statistics are nearly the same as reported for the low-frequency events, with the exception that the pulse separation distribution is biased toward smaller values in the high-frequency observations. The radiated power does not drop off appreciably even at 166 MHz, which further constrains the possible size and timescale of the source(s). We also report results of experiments designed to measure the apparent reflectivity of dry, flat ground at frequencies around 100 MHz. We find that the apparent reflectivity can exceed 90%. This result helps to explain how the second pulse in a TIPP can have so much energy relative to the first.

  5. Phenomenology of transionospheric pulse pairs: Further observations

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    Massey, R.S.; Holden, D.N.; Shao, X.

    1998-11-01

    We report on further observations of transionospheric pulse pairs (TIPPs), which are the most powerful transient radio signals observed by the Blackbeard broadband digital radio receiver on the ALEXIS satellite. The source of these signals is unknown but appears to be associated with thunderstorm activity. The signals do not resemble those reported for known lightning processes. We have previously reported observations of these events in the frequency band 28{endash}95 MHz. In this paper we report observations of TIPPs in the 117- to 166-MHz band, with the subsatellite point situated over the contiguous United States. The main results are that the measured pulse parameter statistics are nearly the same as reported for the low-frequency events, with the exception that the pulse separation distribution is biased toward smaller values in the high-frequency observations. The radiated power does not drop off appreciably even at 166 MHz, which further constrains the possible size and timescale of the source(s). We also report results of experiments designed to measure the apparent reflectivity of dry, flat ground at frequencies around 100 MHz. We find that the apparent reflectivity can exceed 90{percent}. This result helps to explain how the second pulse in a TIPP can have so much energy relative to the first. {copyright} 1998 American Geophysical Union

  6. 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.

  7. Satellite observations of transionospheric pulse pairs

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    Holden, D. N.; Munson, C. P.; Devenport, J. C.

    1995-04-01

    The BLACKBEARD payload aboard the ALEXIS satellite has been making broadband observations in the VHF band of the radio spectrum. Since November of 1993 several hundred unusual signals have been recorded. The peculiar nature of these bursts of radio noise is that they have a duration of approximately 10 microseconds, are typically 20 to 40 dB brighter than the average background, and occur in pairs separated by approximately 50 microseconds. We have dubbed these emissions TransIonospheric Pulse Pairs, or TIPP events. We do not know what the source of these emissions is, but the dispersion of these signals is consistent with an origin at or near the earth's surface. The satellite field of view and time of day when TIPP events are generally detected are consistent with regions of thunderstorm activity such as south-central Africa or Indonesia.

  8. Satellite observations of transionospheric pulse pairs

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    Holden, D.N.; Munson, C.P.; Devenport, J.C.

    1995-04-15

    The BLACKBEARD payload aboard the ALEXIS satellite has been making broadband observations in the VHF band of the radio spectrum. Since November of 1993 several hundred unusual signals have been recorded. The peculiar nature of these bursts of radio noise is that they have a duration of approximately 10 {mu}sec, are typically 20 to 40 dB brighter than the average background, and occur in pairs separated by approximately 50 {mu}sec. The authors have dubbed these emissions TransIonospheric Pulse Pairs, or TIPP events. They do not know what the source of these emissions is, but the dispersion of these signals is consistent with an origin at or near the earth`s surface. The satellite field of view and time of day when TIPP events are generally detected are consistent with regions of thunderstorm activity such as south-central Africa or Indonesia. 4 refs., 5 figs.

  9. 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.

  10. Two-photon fluorescence excitation spectroscopy by pulse shaping ultrabroad-bandwidth femtosecond laser pulses

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    Xu Bingwei; Coello, Yves; Lozovoy, Vadim V.; Dantus, Marcos

    2010-11-10

    A fast and automated approach to measuring two-photon fluorescence excitation (TPE) spectra of fluorophores with high resolution ({approx}2 nm ) by pulse shaping ultrabroad-bandwidth femtosecond laser pulses is demonstrated. Selective excitation in the range of 675-990 nm was achieved by imposing a series of specially designed phase and amplitude masks on the excitation pulses using a pulse shaper. The method eliminates the need for laser tuning and is, thus, suitable for non-laser-expert use. The TPE spectrum of Fluorescein was compared with independent measurements and the spectra of the pH-sensitive dye 8-hydroxypyrene-1,3,6-trisulfonic acid (HPTS) in acidic and basic environments were measured for the first time using this approach.

  11. Photoassociation and coherent transient dynamics in the interaction of ultracold rubidium atoms with shaped femtosecond pulses. I. Experiment

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    Mullins, Terry; Salzmann, Wenzel; Goetz, Simone; Albert, Magnus; Eng, Judith; Wester, Roland; Weidemueller, Matthias; Weise, Fabian; Merli, Andrea; Weber, Stefan M.; Sauer, Franziska; Woeste, Ludger; Lindinger, Albrecht

    2009-12-15

    We experimentally investigate various processes present in the photoassociative interaction of an ultracold atomic sample with shaped femtosecond laser pulses as an detailed extension of previous work [W. Salzmann et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 233003 (2008)]. We demonstrate the photoassociation of pairs of rubidium atoms into electronically excited, bound molecular states using spectrally cut femtosecond laser pulses tuned below the rubidium D{sub 1} or D{sub 2} asymptote. Time-resolved pump-probe spectra reveal oscillations of the molecular formation rate, which are due to coherent transient dynamics in the electronic excitation. The oscillation frequency corresponds to the detuning of the spectral cut position to the asymptotic transition frequency of the rubidium D{sub 1} or D{sub 2} lines, respectively. Measurements of the molecular photoassociation signal as a function of the pulse energy reveal a nonlinear dependence and indicate a nonperturbative excitation process. Chirping the association laser pulse allowed us to change the phase of the coherent transients. Furthermore, a signature for molecules in the electronic ground state is found, which is attributed to molecule formation by femtosecond photoassociation followed by spontaneous decay. In a subsequent article [A. Merli et al., Phys. Rev. A 80, 063417 (2009)] quantum mechanical calculations are presented, which compare well with the experimental data and reveal further details about the observed coherent transient dynamics.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Generation of femtosecond optical vortex pulse in fiber based on an acoustically induced fiber grating.

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    Zhang, Wending; Wei, Keyan; Mao, Dong; Wang, Heng; Gao, Feng; Huang, Ligang; Mei, Ting; Zhao, Jianlin

    2017-02-01

    We proposed a method for generation of a femtosecond optical vortex pulse in a two-mode fiber based on an acoustically induced fiber grating (AIFG) driven by a radio frequency source. Theoretical analysis and experimental results demonstrated that the left- and right-handed circular polarization fundamental modes of the femtosecond optical pulse could be converted to the linearly polarized ±1-order optical vortex modes through the AIFG with the mode conversion efficiency of ∼95%. The off-axial interference experiment and the polarization angle-dependent intensity examination were performed to verify the topological charge and the polarization state of the femtosecond optical vortex, respectively.

  16. Femtosecond-pulse inscription of fiber Bragg gratings in multimode graded index fiber

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    Dostovalov, Alexandr V.; Wolf, Alexey A.; Zlobina, Ekaterina A.; Kablukov, Sergey I.; Babin, Sergey A.

    2017-02-01

    Femtosecond-pulse modification of the refractive index in transparent materials enables the inscription of fiber Bragg gratings with new features and extended capabilities. In this study we present the results of fiber Bragg gratings inscription in Corning 62.5/125 multimode graded index fiber with IR femtosecond laser pulses. The specifics of point-by-point inscription including single and multiple Bragg grating inscription in limited fiber segment as well as different transverse modes excitation/suppression is discussed. Multimode fiber Bragg gratings inscribed with femtosecond radiation are investigated for the first time directly in the Raman fiber laser cavity.

  17. Paired Pulse Voltammetry for differentiating complex analytes

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    Jang, Dong Pyo; Kim, Inyong; Chang, Su-Youne; Min, Hoon Ki; Arora, Kanika; Marsh, Michale P.; Hwang, Sun-Chul; Kimble, Christopher J.; Bennet, Kevin E.

    2012-01-01

    Although fast-scan cyclic voltammetry (FSCV) has contributed to important advances in neuroscience research, the technique is encumbered by significant analytical challenges. Confounding factors such as pH change and transient effects at the microelectrode surface make it difficult to discern the analytes represented by complex voltammograms. Here we introduce paired-pulse voltammetry (PPV), that mitigates the confounding factors and simplifies the analytical task. PPV consists of a selected binary waveform with a specific time gap between each of its two comprising pulses, such that each binary wave is repeated, while holding the electrode at a negative potential between the waves. This allows two simultaneous yet very different voltammograms (primary and secondary) to be obtained, each corresponding to the two pulses in the binary waveform. PPV was evaluated in the flow cell to characterize three different analytes, (dopamine, adenosine, and pH changes). The peak oxidation current decreased by approximately 50%, 80%, and 4% for dopamine, adenosine, and pH, in the secondary voltammogram compared with primary voltammogram, respectively. Thus, the influence of pH changes could be virtually eliminated using the difference between the primary and secondary voltammograms in the PPV technique, which discriminates analytes on the basis of their adsorption characteristics to the carbon fiber electrode. These results demonstrate that PPV can be effectively used for differentiating complex analytes. PMID:22299131

  18. 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.

  19. Spectrally tailored narrowband pulses for femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy in the range 330-750 nm.

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    Pontecorvo, E; Ferrante, C; Elles, C G; Scopigno, T

    2013-03-25

    Spectral compression of femtosecond pulses by second harmonic generation in the presence of substantial group velocity dispersion provides a convenient source of narrowband Raman pump pulses for femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy (FSRS). We discuss here a simple and efficient modification that dramatically increases the versatility of the second harmonic spectral compression technique. Adding a spectral filter following second harmonic generation produces narrowband pulses with a superior temporal profile. This simple modification i) increases the Raman gain for a given pulse energy, ii) improves the spectral resolution, iii) suppresses coherent oscillations associated with slowly dephasing vibrations, and iv) extends the useful tunable range to at least 330-750 nm.

  20. 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.

  1. High precision laser ranging by time-of-flight measurement of femtosecond pulses

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    Lee, Joohyung; Lee, Keunwoo; Lee, Sanghyun; Kim, Seung-Woo; Kim, Young-Jin

    2012-06-01

    Time-of-flight (TOF) measurement of femtosecond light pulses was investigated for laser ranging of long distances with sub-micrometer precision in the air. The bandwidth limitation of the photo-detection electronics used in timing femtosecond pulses was overcome by adopting a type-II nonlinear second-harmonic crystal that permits the production of a balanced optical cross-correlation signal between two overlapping light pulses. This method offered a sub-femtosecond timing resolution in determining the temporal offset between two pulses through lock-in control of the pulse repetition rate with reference to the atomic clock. The exceptional ranging capability was verified by measuring various distances of 1.5, 60 and 700 m. This method is found well suited for future space missions based on formation-flying satellites as well as large-scale industrial applications for land surveying, aircraft manufacturing and shipbuilding.

  2. Laser ranging by time-of-flight measurement of femtosecond light pulses

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    Kim, Young-Jin

    2014-04-01

    Time-of-flight (TOF) measurement of femtosecond light pulses was investigated for laser ranging of long distances with sub-micrometer precision in the air. The bandwidth limitation of the photo-detection electronics used in timing femtosecond pulses was overcome by adopting a type-II nonlinear second-harmonic crystal that permits producing the balanced optical cross-correlation signal between two overlapped light pulses. This method offered a sub-femtosecond timing resolution in determining the temporal offset between two pulses through lock-in control of the pulse repetition rate with reference to the atomic clock. The exceptional ranging capability was verified by measuring various distances from 1.5 m to 700 m. This method is found suited for terrestrial land surveying and space missions of formation-flying satellites.

  3. 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.

  4. Phase and intensity characterization of femtosecond pulses from a chirped-pulse amplifier by frequency-resolved optical gating

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    Kohler, B.; Yakovlev, V.V.; Wilson, K.R.; Squier, J.; DeLong, K.W.; Trebino, R.

    1995-03-01

    Frequency-resolved optical gating (FROG) measurements were made to characterize pulses from a Ti:sapphire chirped-pulse amplified laser system. By characterizing both the pulse intensity and the phase, the FROG data provided the first direct observation to our knowledge of residual phase distortion in a chirped-pulse amplifier. The FROG technique was also used to measure the regenerative amplifier dispersion and to characterize an amplitude-shaped pulse. The data provide an experimental demonstration of the value of FROG for characterizing complex pulses, including tailored femtosecond pulses for quantum control.

  5. 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.

  6. Observation of Optical Pulse and Material Dynamics on the Femtosecond Time-Scale

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    Omenetto, F.; Luce, B.; Siders, C.W.; Taylor, A.J.

    1999-09-13

    The widespread availability of lasers that generate pulses on the femtosecond scale has opened new realms of investigation in the basic and applied sciences, rendering available excitations delivering intensities well in excess of 10{sup 21} W/cm{sup 2}, and furnishing probes capable of resolving molecular relaxation timescales. As a consequence and a necessity, sophisticated techniques to examine the pulse behavior on the femtosecond scale have been developed and are of crucial importance to gain insight on the behavior of physical systems. These techniques will be discussed with specific application to guided pulse propagation and ionization dynamics of noble gases.

  7. 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

  8. Self-compression of a femtosecond pulse due to Raman coherence of molecular rotations

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    Zaitsu, Shin-ichi; Kida, Yuichiro; Imasaka, Totaro

    2004-09-01

    We have observed self-modulation and self-compression of a femtosecond laser pulse after passing the beam through a Raman-active medium of hydrogen. Femtosecond pulses produce Stokes emissions of ortho-hydrogen and para-hydrogen, depending on the input beam conditions. The shape of the output pulses drastically changed as a function of the intensity of the Stokes emissions and the total width of the spectrum. This is attributed to nonlinear modulation of the wave form induced by coherent rotational motions of hydrogen molecules in the time domain.

  9. Visible-pulse generation in gain crystal of near-infrared femtosecond optical parametric oscillator.

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    Jeong, Tae-Young; Kim, Seung-Hyun; Kim, Geon-Hee; Yee, Ki-Ju

    2015-10-05

    An optical parametric oscillator (OPO) based on magnesium-oxide-doped periodically poled lithium niobate (MgO:PPLN) is demonstrated to deliver visible femtosecond pulses, which were created through the intra-cavity nonlinear interactions within the PPLN itself. The signal from the OPO produces femtosecond pulses in the near-infrared region tunable from 1050 to 1600 nm. Visible femtosecond pulses in the range of 522-800 nm and those of 455-540 nm, respectively, were generated via second-harmonic generation (SHG) of signal photons and through sum-frequency generation (SFG) of pump and signal photons. Maximum output efficiencies of 9.2% at 614 nm and 8.0% at 522 nm for the SHG and SFG are attained, respectively, where the efficient visible pulse generation relies on the quasi-phase matching with the aid of the higher-order grating momentum.

  10. 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)

  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. 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.

  13. Continuum Generation of the Third-Harmonic Pulse Generated by an Intense Femtosecond IR Laser Pulse in Air

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    2003-06-06

    c.m. bowden3 Continuum generation of the third-harmonic pulse generated by an intense femtosecond IR laser pulse in air 1 Time Domain Corporation...picosecond high-peak-power laser pulses are propagated in air. The supercontinuum generated during the filamentation process has been used for time ...collection of information is estimated to average 1 hour per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources

  14. First-principles electron dynamics control simulation of diamond under femtosecond laser pulse train irradiation.

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    Wang, Cong; Jiang, Lan; Wang, Feng; Li, Xin; Yuan, Yanping; Xiao, Hai; Tsai, Hai-Lung; Lu, Yongfeng

    2012-07-11

    A real-time and real-space time-dependent density functional is applied to simulate the nonlinear electron-photon interactions during shaped femtosecond laser pulse train ablation of diamond. Effects of the key pulse train parameters such as the pulse separation, spatial/temporal pulse energy distribution and pulse number per train on the electron excitation and energy absorption are discussed. The calculations show that photon-electron interactions and transient localized electron dynamics can be controlled including photon absorption, electron excitation, electron density, and free electron distribution by the ultrafast laser pulse train.

  15. High repetition rate tunable femtosecond pulses and broadband amplification from fiber laser pumped parametric amplifier.

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    Andersen, T V; Schmidt, O; Bruchmann, C; Limpert, J; Aguergaray, C; Cormier, E; Tünnermann, A

    2006-05-29

    We report on the generation of high energy femtosecond pulses at 1 MHz repetition rate from a fiber laser pumped optical parametric amplifier (OPA). Nonlinear bandwidth enhancement in fibers provides the intrinsically synchronized signal for the parametric amplifier. We demonstrate large tunability extending from 700 nm to 1500 nm of femtosecond pulses with pulse energies as high as 1.2 muJ when the OPA is seeded by a supercontinuum generated in a photonic crystal fiber. Broadband amplification over more than 85 nm is achieved at a fixed wavelength. Subsequent compression in a prism sequence resulted in 46 fs pulses. With an average power of 0.5 W these pulses have a peak-power above 10 MW. In particular, the average power and pulse energy scalability of both involved concepts, the fiber laser and the parametric amplifier, will enable easy up-scaling to higher powers.

  16. Realizing up-conversion fluorescence tuning in lanthanide-doped nanocrystals by femtosecond pulse shaping method

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    Zhang, Shian; Yao, Yunhua; Shuwu, Xu; Liu, Pei; Ding, Jingxin; Jia, Tianqing; Qiu, Jianrong; Sun, Zhenrong

    2015-01-01

    The ability to tune color output of nanomaterials is very important for their applications in laser, optoelectronic device, color display and multiplexed biolabeling. Here we first propose a femtosecond pulse shaping technique to realize the up-conversion fluorescence tuning in lanthanide-doped nanocrystals dispersed in the glass. The multiple subpulse formation by a square phase modulation can create different excitation pathways for various up-conversion fluorescence generations. By properly controlling these excitation pathways, the multicolor up-conversion fluorescence can be finely tuned. This color tuning by the femtosecond pulse shaping technique is realized in single material by single-color laser field, which is highly desirable for further applications of the lanthanide-doped nanocrystals. This femtosecond pulse shaping technique opens an opportunity to tune the color output in the lanthanide-doped nanocrystals, which may bring a new revolution in the control of luminescence properties of nanomaterials. PMID:26290391

  17. 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.

  18. Fraunhofer type diffraction of phase-modulated broad-band femtosecond pulses

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    Dakova, A. M.; Kovachev, L. M.; Kovachev, K. L.; Y Dakova, D.

    2015-03-01

    Attosecond optical pulses with one-two cycles under the envelope diffract in nonparaxial regime on several diffraction lengths. Their intensity profile takes a form similar to Fraunhofer distribution. An analytical theory was developed, where was pointed, that such type of diffraction depends on the spectral width of the optical pulse. In this paper is shown that even for a broad-band phase-modulated femtosecond pulses the diffraction is also of Fraunhofer type.

  19. Coherent transient phenomena in quantum systems by spatially shaping femtosecond optical pulses

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    El Gawhary, Omar; Pereira, Silvania F.; Urbach, H. Paul

    2011-03-15

    Providing a femtosecond optical pulse with a proper transverse spatial profile represents a fast and relatively simple method to force a quantum system to follow a prescribed temporal evolution. In the present work, we show that the quantum system presents a surprisingly high sensitivity with respect to the spatial shape of the pulse. We discuss an explicit example where differences on the order of a few nanometers in the initial pulse's spot size induce completely different responses in the system under study.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. UV-induced photodarkening and photobleaching in UV-femtosecond-pulse-written fibre Bragg gratings

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    Fiebrandt, Julia; Jetschke, Sylvia; Leich, Martin; Rothhardt, Manfred; Bartelt, Hartmut

    2013-08-01

    Photodarkening and photobleaching effects in the case of UV femtosecond-pulse exposure of optical fibres are investigated. We evaluate the existence of loss equilibrium states in Yb-doped and Yb-free fibres. Supposing that parasitic VIS to NIR losses induced by fibre Bragg grating (FBG) inscription can also be addressed by a photobleaching treatment, we find grating absorption remarkably reduced by a post-exposure treatment. We also present photobleaching applied directly after FBG inscription with UV femtosecond pulses to improve the wavelength and power stability of a monolithic FBG-based fibre laser as a noteworthy alternative to subsequent thermal treatment.

  3. 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)

  4. Separating pairing from quantum phase coherence dynamics above the superconducting transition by femtosecond spectroscopy.

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    Madan, I; Kurosawa, T; Toda, Y; Oda, M; Mertelj, T; Kusar, P; Mihailovic, D

    2014-07-11

    In classical superconductors an energy gap and phase coherence appear simultaneously with pairing at the transition to the superconducting state. In high-temperature superconductors, the possibility that pairing and phase coherence are distinct and independent processes has led to intense experimental search of their separate manifestations. Using femtosecond spectroscopy methods we now show that it is possible to clearly separate fluctuation dynamics of the superconducting pairing amplitude from the phase relaxation above the critical transition temperature. Empirically establishing a close correspondence between the superfluid density measured by THz spectroscopy and superconducting optical pump-probe response over a wide region of temperature, we find that in differently doped Bi(2)Sr(2)CaCu(2)O(8+δ) crystals the pairing gap amplitude monotonically extends well beyond Tc, while the phase coherence shows a pronounced power-law divergence as T → T(c), thus showing that phase coherence and gap formation are distinct processes which occur on different timescales.

  5. Separating pairing from quantum phase coherence dynamics above the superconducting transition by femtosecond spectroscopy

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    Madan, I.; Kurosawa, T.; Toda, Y.; Oda, M.; Mertelj, T.; Kusar, P.; Mihailovic, D.

    2014-01-01

    In classical superconductors an energy gap and phase coherence appear simultaneously with pairing at the transition to the superconducting state. In high-temperature superconductors, the possibility that pairing and phase coherence are distinct and independent processes has led to intense experimental search of their separate manifestations. Using femtosecond spectroscopy methods we now show that it is possible to clearly separate fluctuation dynamics of the superconducting pairing amplitude from the phase relaxation above the critical transition temperature. Empirically establishing a close correspondence between the superfluid density measured by THz spectroscopy and superconducting optical pump-probe response over a wide region of temperature, we find that in differently doped Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ crystals the pairing gap amplitude monotonically extends well beyond Tc, while the phase coherence shows a pronounced power-law divergence as T → Tc, thus showing that phase coherence and gap formation are distinct processes which occur on different timescales. PMID:25014162

  6. Optimization of femtosecond Yb-doped fiber amplifiers for high-quality pulse compression.

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    Chen, Hung-Wen; Lim, JinKang; Huang, Shu-Wei; Schimpf, Damian N; Kärtner, Franz X; Chang, Guoqing

    2012-12-17

    We both theoretically and experimentally investigate the optimization of femtosecond Yb-doped fiber amplifiers (YDFAs) to achieve high-quality, high-power, compressed pulses. Ultrashort pulses amplified inside YDFAs are modeled by the generalized nonlinear Schrödinger equation coupled to the steady-state propagation-rate equations. We use this model to study the dependence of compressed-pulse quality on the YDFA parameters, such as the gain fiber's doping concentration and length, and input pulse pre-chirp, duration, and power. The modeling results confirmed by experiments show that an optimum negative pre-chirp for the input pulse exists to achieve the best compression.

  7. Construction and characterization of ultraviolet acousto-optic based femtosecond pulse shapers

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    Mcgrane, Shawn D; Moore, David S; Greenfield, Margo T

    2008-01-01

    We present all the information necessary for construction and characterization of acousto optic pulse shapers, with a focus on ultraviolet wavelengths, Various radio-frequency drive configurations are presented to allow optimization via knowledgeable trade-off of design features. Detailed performance characteristics of a 267 nm acousto-optic modulator (AOM) based pulse shaper are presented, Practical considerations for AOM based pulse shaping of ultra-broad bandwidth (sub-10 fs) amplified femtosecond pulse shaping are described, with particular attention paid to the effects of the RF frequency bandwidth and optical frequency bandwidth on the spatial dispersion of the output laser pulses.

  8. Synthesis of Optical Frequencies and Ultrastable Femtosecond Pulse Trains from an Optical Reference Oscillator

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    Bartels, A.; Ramond, T. M.; Diddams, S. A.; Hollberg, L.

    Recently, atomic clocks based on optical frequency standards have been demonstrated [1,2]. A key element in these clocks is a femtosecond laser that downconverts the petahertz oscillation rate into countable ticks at 1 GHz. When compared to current microwave standards, these new optical clocks are expected to yield an improvement in stability and accuracy by roughly a factor of 1000. Furthermore, it is possible that the lowest noise microwave sources will soon be based on atomically-stabilized optical oscillators that have their frequency converted to the microwave domain via a femtosecond laser. Here, we present tests of the ability of femtosecond lasers to transfer stability from an optical oscillator to their repetition rates as well as to the associated broadband frequency comb. In a first experiment, we phase-lock two lasers to a stabilized laser diode and find that the relative timing jitter in their pulse trains can be on the order of 1 femtosecond in a 100 kHz bandwidth. It is important to distinguish this technique from previous work where a femtosecond laser has been stabilized to a microwave standard [3,4] or another femtosecond laser [5]. Furthermore, we extract highly stable microwave signals with a fractional frequency instability of 2×10-14 in 1 s by photodetection of the laser pulse trains. In a second experiment, we similarly phase-lock the femtosecond laser to an optical oscillator with linewidth less than 1 Hz [6]. The precision with which we can make the femtosecond frequency comb track this reference oscillator is then tested by a heterodyne measurement between a second stable optical oscillator and a mode of the frequency comb that is displaced 76 THz from the 1 Hz-wide reference. From this heterodyne signal we place an upper limit of 150 Hz on the linewidth of the elements of the frequency comb, limited by the noise in the measurement itself.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Reflection of a probe pulse and thermal emission of electrons produced by an aluminum film heated by a femtosecond laser pulse

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    Bezhanov, S. G.; Ionin, A. A.; Kanavin, A. P.; Kudryashov, S. I.; Makarov, S. V.; Seleznev, L. V.; Sinitsyn, D. V.; Uryupin, S. A.

    2015-06-15

    It is shown that an experimental decrease in the reflection of a probe femtosecond pulse from an aluminum film heated by a higher-power femtosecond pulse can be quantitatively described taking into account the inhomogeneous distribution of the laser pulse field in the film and the evolution of the electron and lattice temperature during absorption of the heating inhomogeneous field. Analysis of the electron temperature evolution on the heated film surface combined with modern concepts about the influence of a surface volume charge on thermal emission gave the relation between the amount of emitted electrons and experimental data on the heating of the aluminum film by the femtosecond pulse.

  13. 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.

  14. Diffraction characteristics of spatial and temporal Gaussian-shaped femtosecond laser pulse by rectangle reflection grating.

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    Liu, Guohua; Xu, Rongrong; Yu, Wenbing; Wu, Hanping

    2011-02-20

    The exact intensity distribution expression for the spatial and temporal Gaussian-shaped femtosecond laser pulse diffracted by a rectangle reflection grating is derived. The spatial and temporal diffraction characteristics are theoretically investigated in detail, and a criterion for judging whether or not the diffraction pulse is just split into two independent pulses in the temporal domain is obtained. The results show that the diffraction intensity in the temporal domain consists of three parts: the intensity diffracted by the upper reflection surface of the grating, the intensity diffracted by the nether reflection surface, and their temporal coherent intensity. The temporal coherent intensity becomes weaker, even is zero, for the higher height from the nether surface to the upper surface of the grating. The principal maximum becomes more sharply bright for the bigger waist width of the femtosecond laser pulse in the spatial domain.

  15. Flat-top temporal and spatial profiles femtosecond pulse beam generated by phase only modulating

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    Nie, Yong-ming; Liu, Jun-hui; Huang, Pu-hua; Tang, Ji-zhen; Yang, Xuehua; Ma, Hao-tong; Li, Xiu-jian

    2013-09-01

    The method for generating temporal flat-top waveform and spatial flat-top profile femtosecond pulse beam by phase and polarization controlling is proposed and demonstrated. Based on direct wave front phase modulating, flat-top spatial intensity distribution can be obtained. Combining a folded 4f zero-dispersion system with a polarization controlling setup, the temporal flat-top waveform is generated. Experimental results indicate that for the input both temporal and spatial Gaussian pulse beam with 363 fs temporal width and 1.5 mm beam waist, the temporal width of the output shaped pulse beam is 1.2 ps and 1.9mm beam waist, and the rms variation is about 9.2%, which prove that the temporal flat-top and spatial flat-top femtosecond pulse beam can be generated effectively.

  16. High degree of molecular orientation by a combination of THz and femtosecond laser pulses

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    Kitano, Kenta; Ishii, Nobuhisa; Itatani, Jiro

    2011-11-15

    We propose a method for achieving molecular orientation by two-step excitation with intense femtosecond laser and terahertz (THz) pulses. First, the femtosecond laser pulse induces off-resonant impulsive Raman excitation to create rotational wave packets. Next, a delayed intense THz pulse effectively induces resonant dipole transition between neighboring rotational states. By controlling the intensities of both the pulses and the time delay, we can create rotational wave packets consisting of states with different parities in order to achieve a high degree of molecular orientation under a field-free condition. We numerically demonstrate that the highest degree of orientation of >0.8 in HBr molecules is feasible under experimentally available conditions.

  17. Propagation of femtosecond pulses in a hollow-core revolver fibre

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    Yatsenko, Yu P.; Krylov, A. A.; Pryamikov, A. D.; Kosolapov, A. F.; Kolyadin, A. N.; Gladyshev, A. V.; Bufetov, I. A.

    2016-07-01

    We have studied for the first time the propagation of femtosecond pulses through an optical fibre with an air-filled hollow core and a cladding in the form of one ring of noncontacting cylindrical capillaries for high-power radiation transmission in the 1.55-μm telecom range. Numerical analysis results demonstrate that the parameters of the fibre enable radiation transmission in the form of megawatt-power Raman solitons through up to a 25-m length of the fibre and tuning of the emission wavelength over 130 nm. We have experimentally demonstrated femtosecond pulse transmission through fibres up to 5 m in length in the linear propagation regime, without distortions of the pulse spectrum, with a dispersion-induced temporal pulse broadening within 20%.

  18. 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.

  19. 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)

  20. Femtosecond Yb-fiber chirped-pulse-amplification system based on chirped-volume Bragg gratings.

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    Chang, Guoqing; Rever, Matthew; Smirnov, Vadim; Glebov, Leonid; Galvanauskas, Almantas

    2009-10-01

    A 100 W amplified (75 W compressed) femtosecond (650 fs) Yb-fiber chirped-pulse-amplification system is demonstrated using broadband chirped-volume Bragg gratings (CVBGs) for the stretcher and compressor. With a 75% compression efficiency, the CVBG-based compressor exhibits an excellent average power handling capability and indicates the potential for further power scaling with this compact and robust technology.

  1. 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)

  2. Investigation of temporal contrast effects in femtosecond pulse laser micromachining of metals.

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    Campbell, Benjamin (Pennsylvania State University, Freeport, PA); Palmer, Jeremy Andrew

    2006-06-01

    Femtosecond pulse laser drilling has evolved to become a preferred process for selective (maskless) micromachining in a variety of materials, including metals, polymers, semiconductors, ceramics, and living tissue. Manufacturers of state-of-the-art femtosecond laser systems advertise the inherent advantage of micromachining with ultra short pulses: the absence of a heat affected zone. In the ideal case, this leads to micro and nano scale features without distortion due to melt or recast. However, recent studies have shown that this is limited to the low fluence regime in many cases. High dynamic range autocorrelation studies were performed on two commercial Ti:sapphire femtosecond laser systems to investigate the possible presence of a nanosecond pedestal in the femtosecond pulse produced by chirped pulse amplification. If confirmed, nanosecond temporal phenomena may explain many of the thermal effects witnessed in high fluence micromachining. The material removal rate was measured in addition to feature morphology observations for percussion micro drilling of metal substrates in vacuum and ambient environments. Trials were repeated with proposed corrective optics installed, including a variable aperture and a nonlinear frequency doubling crystal. Results were compared. Although the investigation of nanosecond temporal phenomena is ongoing, early results have confirmed published accounts of higher removal rates in a vacuum environment.

  3. All-optical tunable group-velocity control of femtosecond pulse by quadratic nonlinear cascading interactions.

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    Lu, Wenjie; Chen, Yuping; Miu, Lihong; Chen, Xianfeng; Xia, Yuxing; Zeng, Xianglong

    2008-01-07

    Based on cascading nonlinear interactions of second harmonic generation (SHG) and difference frequency generation (DFG), we present a novel scheme to control the group velocity of femtosecond pulse in MgO doped periodically poled lithium niobate crystal. Group velocity of tunable signal pulse can be controlled by another pump beam within a wide bandwidth of 180nm. Fractional advancement of 2.4 and fractional delay of 4 are obtained in our simulations.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Irreversible modification of magnetic properties of Pt/Co/Pt ultrathin films by femtosecond laser pulses

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    Kisielewski, J.; Dobrogowski, W.; Kurant, Z.; Stupakiewicz, A.; Tekielak, M.; Maziewski, A.; Kirilyuk, A.; Kimel, A.; Rasing, Th.; Baczewski, L. T.; Wawro, A.

    2014-02-07

    Annealing ultrathin Pt/Co/Pt films with single femtosecond laser pulses leads to irreversible spin-reorientation transitions and an amplification of the magneto-optical Kerr rotation. The effect was studied as a function of the Co thickness and the pulse fluence, revealing two-dimensional diagrams of magnetic properties. While increasing the fluence, the creation of two branches of the out-of-plane magnetization state was found.

  7. Filamentation of femtosecond Gaussian pulses with close-to-linear or -circular elliptical polarisation

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    Panov, N A; Kosyreva, O G; Savel'ev-Trofimov, Andrei B; Uryupina, D S; Perezhogin, I A; Makarov, Vladimir A

    2011-02-28

    A numerical investigation was made of the formation and development of filaments in the propagation of high-power femtosecond Gaussian laser pulses in argon, whose polarisation is close to the linear or circular one. Filaments produced by close-to-circularly polarised pulses were found to be more uniform, greater in diameter, and higher in intensity than the filaments produced by close-to-linearly polarised pulses. For incident pulses with a close-to-linear (circular) polarisation, the degree of ellipticity of the radiation on the axis of the resultant filament becomes equal to zero (unity) at the instant of the peak of the local intensity. (nonlinear optical phenomena)

  8. Envelope and phase evolution of femtosecond pulses in hollow photonic-crystal fibres

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    Konorov, Stanislav O; Fedotov, Andrei B; Zheltikov, Aleksei M; Beloglazov, V I; Skibina, N B; Shcherbakov, Andrei V

    2004-01-31

    Changes in the envelope and the evolution of the spectral phase and chirp of femtosecond pulses propagating through hollow fibres with a photonic-crystal cladding are experimentally studied. Envelope and phase distortions of ultrashort pulses transmitted through such fibres are shown to be controlled by the detuning of the carrier frequency of laser pulses from the central frequency of the passband in the transmission of the fibre. Near the passband edges, which map the edges of photonic band gaps of the fibre cladding, ultrashort pulses transmitted through the fibre display considerable envelope distortions, as well as frequency- and time-dependent phase shifts. (optical fibres)

  9. Dependence of Two-Photon eGFP Bleaching on Femtosecond Pulse Spectral Amplitude and Phase

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    Tseng, Shu-Fen; Hsieh, Jer-Tsong; Chen, David J.; Alexandrakis, George

    2015-01-01

    Photobleaching is a key limitation in two-photon imaging of fluorescent proteins with femtosecond pulsed excitation. We present measurements of the dependence of eGFP photobleaching on the spectral amplitude and phase of the pulses used. A strong dependence on the excitation wavelength was confirmed and measured over a 800–950 nm range. A fiber continuum light source and pulse shaping techniques were used to investigate photobleaching with broadband, 15 fs transform limited, pulses with differing spectral amplitude and phase. Narrow band pulses, >150 fs transform limited, typical of femtosecond laser sources used in two-photon imaging applications, were also investigated for their photobleaching dependence on pulse dispersion and bandwidth. The bleach rate for broadband pulses was found to be primarily determined by the second harmonic spectrum of the excitation light. On the other hand, for narrow band excitation pulses with similar center wavelengths improvement in bleach rate was found to be mostly dependent on reducing the pulse length. A simple model to predict the relative bleach rates for broadband pulses is presented and compared to the experimental data. PMID:26411799

  10. Generation of dark hollow femtosecond pulsed beam by phase-only liquid crystal spatial light modulator.

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    Nie, Yongming; Ma, Haotong; Li, Xiujian; Hu, Wenhua; Yang, Jiankun

    2011-07-20

    Based on the refractive laser beam shaping system, the dark hollow femtosecond pulse beam shaping technique with a phase-only liquid crystal spatial light modulator (LC-SLM) is demonstrated. The phase distribution of the LC-SLM is derived by the energy conservation and constant optical path principle. The effects of the shaping system on the temporal properties, including spectral phase distribution and bandwidth of the femtosecond pulse, are analyzed in detail. Experimental results show that the hollow intensity distribution of the output pulsed beam can be maintained much at more than 1200 mm. The spectral phase of the pulse is changed, and the pulse width is expanded from 199 to 230 fs, which is caused by the spatial-temporal coupling effect. The coupling effect mainly depends on the phase-only LC-SLM itself, not on its loaded phase distribution. The experimental results indicate that the proposed shaping setup can generate a dark hollow femtosecond pulsed beam effectively, because the temporal Gaussian waveform is unchanged.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Control of grating-coupled ultrafast surface plasmon pulse and its nonlinear emission by shaping femtosecond laser pulse

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    Toma, Kazunori; Masaki, Yuta; Kusaba, Miyuki; Hirosawa, Kenichi; Kannari, Fumihiko

    2015-09-01

    Spatiotemporal nanofocusing of ultrafast surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) coupled on a metal Au tapered tip with a curvature radius of a few tens of nanometers is deterministically controlled based on the measured plasmon response function. We control the SPP pulse shape and the second harmonic generation at the apex of the Au tapered tip by shaping the excitation femtosecond laser pulses based on the response function. We also adapted a similar control scheme for coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) and achieved selective CARS excitation of a single Raman mode of carbon nanotubes with only a single excitation laser pulse at the apex of the tip.

  15. Tuning etch selectivity of fused silica irradiated by femtosecond laser pulses by controlling polarization of the writing pulses

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    Yu, Xiaoming; Liao, Yang; He, Fei; Zeng, Bin; Cheng, Ya; Xu, Zhizhan; Sugioka, Koji; Midorikawa, Katsumi

    2011-03-01

    We report on experimental study on chemical etch selectivity of fused silica irradiated by femtosecond laser with either linear or circular polarization in a wide range of pulse energies. The relationships between the etch rates and pulse energies are obtained for different polarization states, which can be divided into three different regions. A drop of the etch rate for high pulse energy region is observed and the underlying mechanism is discussed. The advantage of using circularly polarized laser is justified owing to its unique capability of providing a 3D isotropic etch rate.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Generation of femtosecond UV pulses by intracavity frequency doubling in a modelocked dye laser

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    Laermer, F.; Dobler, J.; Elsaesser, T.

    1988-06-01

    A colliding pulse modelocked (CPM) dye laser is presented, which contains a nonlinear KDP crystal for frequency conversion inside the ring resonator. The laser system emits femtosecond light pulses simultaneously at wavelenghts of 628 nm and 314 nm with a repetition rate of 80 MHz. The output power at 628 nm and 314 nm amounts to 4 mW and 1 mW, respectively. The duration of the red and the uv pulses has a value of approximately 120 fs. The light source is used in femtosecond pump-and-probe investigations. The kinetics of excited state adsorption and ground state bleaching of laser dyes is measured. The temporal resolution of the experiments is better than 40 fs.

  19. 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.

  20. Optimizing single-nanoparticle two-photon microscopy by in situ adaptive control of femtosecond pulses

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    Li, Donghai; Deng, Yongkai; Chu, Saisai; Jiang, Hongbing; Wang, Shufeng; Gong, Qihuang

    2016-07-11

    Single-nanoparticle two-photon microscopy shows great application potential in super-resolution cell imaging. Here, we report in situ adaptive optimization of single-nanoparticle two-photon luminescence signals by phase and polarization modulations of broadband laser pulses. For polarization-independent quantum dots, phase-only optimization was carried out to compensate the phase dispersion at the focus of the objective. Enhancement of the two-photon excitation fluorescence intensity under dispersion-compensated femtosecond pulses was achieved. For polarization-dependent single gold nanorod, in situ polarization optimization resulted in further enhancement of two-photon photoluminescence intensity than phase-only optimization. The application of in situ adaptive control of femtosecond pulse provides a way for object-oriented optimization of single-nanoparticle two-photon microscopy for its future applications.

  1. Surface nanostructuring by bichromatic femtosecond laser pulses through a colloidal particle array

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    Bityurin, N M; Afanasiev, A V; Bredikhin, V I; Pikulin, A V; Ilyakov, I E; Shishkin, B V; Akhmedzhanov, R A; Gorshkova, E N

    2014-06-30

    This paper considers the surface nanostructuring of polymers and glasses by femtosecond laser pulses using an array of colloidal particles as a focusing system. We demonstrate that partial conversion of the femtosecond laser pulse energy into the second harmonic considerably reduces the surface modification threshold and the size of the resulting structural elements. At intensities above 10{sup 12} W cm{sup -2}, surface modification (ablation and swelling) occurs through free carrier generation. In this process, the second harmonic is more efficient in multiphoton ionisation, whereas the fundamental is more efficient in impact ionisation. The second harmonic is better focused by colloidal particle arrays than is the fundamental. As a result, the use of bichromatic pulses ensures a decrease in both the surface modification threshold and the size of the resulting structural elements. We discuss the optical properties of colloidal particle arrays and the ways of producing such arrays on dielectric substrates. (extreme light fields and their applications)

  2. 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.

  3. Peculiarities of the inverse Faraday effect induced in iron garnet films by femtosecond laser pulses

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    Kozhaev, M. A.; Chernov, A. I.; Savochkin, I. V.; Kuz'michev, A. N.; Zvezdin, A. K.; Belotelov, V. I.

    2016-12-01

    The inverse Faraday effect in iron garnet films subjected to femtosecond laser pulses is experimentally investigated. It is found that the magnitude of the observed effect depends nonlinearly on the energy of the optical pump pulses, which is in contradiction with the notion that the inverse Faraday effect is linear with respect to the pump energy. Thus, for pump pulses with a central wavelength of 650 nm and an energy density of 1 mJ/cm2, the deviation from a linear dependence is as large as 50%. Analysis of the experimental data demonstrates that the observed behavior is explained by the fact that the optically induced normal component of the magnetization is determined, apart from the field resulting from the inverse Faraday effect, by a decrease in the magnitude of the precessing magnetization under the influence of the femtosecond electromagnetic field.

  4. Investigating radiation induced damage processes with femtosecond x-ray pulses (Conference Presentation)

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    Song, Changyong

    2017-05-01

    Interest in high-resolution structure investigation has been zealous, especially with the advent of X-ray free electron lasers (XFELs). The intense and ultra-short X-ray laser pulses ( 10 GW) pave new routes to explore structures and dynamics of single macromolecules, functional nanomaterials and complex electronic materials. In the last several years, we have developed XFEL single-shot diffraction imaging by probing ultrafast phase changes directly. Pump-probe single-shot imaging was realized by synchronizing femtosecond (<10 fs in FWHM) X-ray laser (probe) with femtosecond (50 fs) IR laser (pump) at better than 1 ps resolution. Nanoparticles under intense fs-laser pulses were investigated with fs XFEL pulses to provide insight into the irreversible particle damage processes with nanoscale resolution. Research effort, introduced, aims to extend the current spatio-temporal resolution beyond the present limit. We expect this single-shot dynamic imaging to open new science opportunity with XFELs.

  5. Femtosecond pulses and dynamics of molecular photoexcitation: RbCs example

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    Londoño, B. E.; Derevianko, A.; Mahecha, J. E.; Crubellier, A.; Luc-Koenig, E.

    2012-03-01

    We investigate the dynamics of molecular photoexcitation by unchirped femtosecond laser pulses using RbCs as a model system. This study is motivated by a goal of optimizing a two-color scheme of transferring vibrationally excited ultracold molecules to their absolute ground state. In this scheme the molecules are initially produced by photoassociation or magnetoassociation in bound vibrational levels close to the first dissociation threshold. We analyze here the first step of the two-color path as a function of pulse intensity from the low-field to the high-field regime. We use two different approaches, a global one, the “wave-packet” method, and a restricted one, the “level-by-level” method, where the number of vibrational levels is limited to a small subset. The comparison between the results of the two approaches allows one to gain qualitative insights into the complex dynamics of the high-field regime. In particular, we emphasize the nontrivial and important role of far-from-resonance levels which are adiabatically excited through “vertical” transitions with a large Franck-Condon factor. We also point out the spectacular excitation blockade due to the presence of a quasidegenerate level in the lower electronic state. We conclude that selective transfer with femtosecond pulses is possible in the low-field regime only. Finally, we extend our single-pulse analysis and examine population transfer induced by coherent trains of low-intensity femtosecond pulses.

  6. 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

  7. Simultaneous phase, amplitude, and polarization control of femtosecond laser pulses

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    Lindinger, A.; Weber, S. M.; Plewicki, M.; Weise, F.

    2012-12-01

    We present a serial pulse shaper design which allows us to shape the phase, amplitude, and polarization of fs laser pulses independently and simultaneously. The capabilities of this setup are demonstrated by implementing a method for generating parametrically tailored laser pulses. This method is applied on the ionization of NaK molecules by feedback loop optimization, employing a temporal sub pulse encoding. Moreover, we introduce and characterize a further development of this common path pulse shaper scheme for full control of all light field parameters.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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)

  11. High pulse energy 2 µm femtosecond fiber laser.

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    Wan, Peng; Yang, Lih-Mei; Liu, Jian

    2013-01-28

    In the paper, a 2 µm high energy fs fiber laser and amplification system is presented based on Tm doped fibers. The seed laser was designed to generate pulse train at 2024 nm at a repetition rate of 2.5 MHz. An AOM was used as a pulse picker to further lower the repetition rate down to 100 kHz. Two-stage fiber pre-amplifiers and a high energy large mode area (LMA) fiber amplifier were used to boost pulse energy up to 54 µJ before pulse compressor with chirped pulse amplification technique. After compressor, pulse energy of 36.7µJ and pulse duration of 910 fs and were obtained.

  12. Ultrabroad femtosecond pulses for coherent anti-stokes Raman scattering spectroscopy

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    Wrzesinski, Paul J.

    This dissertation focus on the use of sub-ten femtosecond pulses applied to coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering spectroscopy. The use of such a broadbandwidth pulse coupled with adaptive pulse shaping has provided a method to impulsively excite all vibrational modes within the bandwidth of the pulse. Furthermore, this method using only a single beam eliminates many of the experimental difficulties associated with the typical multi-beam CARS methods. The generation of supercontinuum has allowed for high energy, amplified pulses to reach the same time duration/bandwidth as lower energy femtosecond oscillators. This significant increase in pulse energy has allowed the single-beam CARS method to be extended beyond microspectrocopy, which requires the tight focusing conditions afforded by a microscope objective in order to reach the necessary pulse energy. This extension has opened single-beam CARS to fields such as remote sensing and combustion diagnostics. This dissertation presents the evolution of single-beam CARS in the context of these fields. Remote sensing is demonstrated at distances of 12 m for solids, liquids, and gases in a retro reflective set-up with signal to noise levels high enough for molecular identification. Single shot measurements are also made, along with direct backscatter measurements. CARS gas phase measurements are made on several atmospheric gases, as well as mixtures of gases. Mode-selective CARS excitation is used to excite a single Raman mode, creating a contrast mechanism that allows for direct visualization of a CO2 jet. Several gases were also measured in various pressure regimes to determine the number density relationship. Lastly, the group velocity dispersion of several combustion gases was measured to illustrate the temporal broadening that occurs when femtosecond pulses propagate in combustion environments. The ability to manipulate the axial resolution of a nonlinear optical process when using adaptive pulse shaping is also

  13. Long distance measurement with femtosecond pulses using a dispersive interferometer.

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    Cui, M; Zeitouny, M G; Bhattacharya, N; van den Berg, S A; Urbach, H P

    2011-03-28

    We experimentally demonstrate long distance measurements with a femtosecond frequency comb laser using dispersive interferometry. The distance is derived from the unwrapped spectral phase of the dispersed interferometer output and the repetition frequency of the laser. For an interferometer length of 50 m this approach has been compared to an independent phase counting laser interferometer. The obtained mutual agreement is better than 1.5 μm (3×10(-8)), with a statistical averaging of less than 200 nm. Our experiments demonstrate that dispersive interferometry with a frequency comb laser is a powerful method for accurate and non-incremental measurement of long distances.

  14. Femtosecond laser processing of fused silica and aluminum based on electron dynamics control by shaping pulse trains

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    Leng, Ni; Jiang, Lan; Li, Xin; Xu, Chuancai; Liu, Pengjun; Lu, Yongfeng

    2012-11-01

    The pulse train effects on femtosecond laser material processing are investigated from the viewpoint of electron dynamics on dielectrics with fused silica as a case study and metals with Al as a case study in air and water. During femtosecond laser (800 nm, 35 fs) pulse train (double pulses per train) processing of fused silica, a non-monotonic relationship between ablation size and pulse separation is observed with an abrupt rise in the range of 150-275 fs. It is assumed that this is due to the enhancement of photon-electron coupling efficiency and transition of the phase-change mechanism by adjusting the free electron density during pulse train ablation. Surface quality in Al is improved with less recast by designing the pulse energy distribution to adjust the electron/lattice temperature distribution. Furthermore, the positive effects on ablation quality by femtosecond pulse train technology are more significant in water than those in air.

  15. Programmable phase control of femtosecond pulses by use of a nonpixelated spatial light modulator.

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    Dorrer, C; Salin, F; Verluise, F; Huignard, J P

    1998-01-01

    Programmable spectral phase modulation of femtosecond pulses by use of a nonpixelated spatial light modulator is reported. This light valve, based on the optical addressing of a continuous layer of liquid crystal, allows the operation of spectral phase modulation when optical frequency components are spatially dispersed within a grating-and-lenses pulse-shaping apparatus. Characterization and feedback control of this device were determined by use of spectral interferometry. Demonstrations of the capabilities of this device are given in the spectral and the temporal domains, and recompression of chirped pulses was performed.

  16. Forced rotation of nanograting in glass by pulse-front tilted femtosecond laser direct writing.

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    Dai, Ye; Ye, Junyi; Gong, Min; Ye, Xiuyi; Yan, Xiaona; Ma, Guohong; Qiu, Jianrong

    2014-11-17

    Femtosecond pulse laser with tilted intensity front demonstrates the capability of rotating the writing of nanograting in glass in 3D space. Other than the light polarization, this phenomenon is also associated with the quill-writing effect, which depends on the correlation between the sample movement and the pulse front tilt. This is because a pondermotive force, perpendicular to the tilted intensity plane, can push the excited electron plasma forward towards the pulse front. This behavior further tilts the electrical field plane and eventually result in a forced rotation of nanograting in 3D space.

  17. Optical waveguide writing in photochromic material: photoinduced optical properties by femtosecond laser pulses

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    Gutiérrez, J. M.; Camacho-López, S.; Cano-Lara, M.; Rodríguez, A.; Balderas-Navarro, R. E.; Elizalde, L. E.; Ledezma, R.

    2011-09-01

    We report on the interaction of high repetition rate (MHz) Ti: sapphire laser pulses with a spiropyran polymer (MIC1). Such a polymer is photochromic, wich has potential applications in integrated optical devices. A thin film of polymer deposited on a glass substrate is irradiated with ultrashort pulses (66 fs) from a Ti: sapphire laser. We demonstrate that it is possible to induce an absorption band in the visible by the use of femtosecond pulses via a two-photon excitation process; this might be useful to accomplish waveguide-like structures formation with photochromic response.

  18. ICAN as a new laser paradigm for high energy, high average power femtosecond pulses

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    Brocklesby, W. S.; Nilsson, J.; Schreiber, T.; Limpert, J.; Brignon, A.; Bourderionnet, J.; Lombard, L.; Michau, V.; Hanna, M.; Zaouter, Y.; Tajima, T.; Mourou, Gérard

    2014-05-01

    The application of petawatt lasers to scientific and technological problems is advancing rapidly. The usefulness of these applications will depend on being able to produce petawatt pulses at much higher repetition rates than is presently possible. The International Coherent Amplification Network (ICAN) consortium seeks to design high repetition rate petawatt lasers using large scale coherent beam combination of femtosecond pulse amplifiers built from optical fibres. This combination of technologies has the potential to overcome many of the hurdles to high energy, high average power pulsed lasers, opening up applications and meeting societal challenges.

  19. 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.

  20. Ablation of work hardening layers against stress corrosion cracking of stainless steel by repetitive femtosecond laser pulses

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    Nishimura, Akihiko; Minehara, Eisuke J.; Tsukada, Takashi; Kikuchi, Masahiko; Nakano, Junichi

    2004-10-01

    Femtosecond laser pulses successfully ablated the work hardening layers on SUS316L used in boiling water reactors. The measurement of hardness inside the material clarified this new technique to reduce the risk of Stress Corrosion Cracking.

  1. Characteristics of micro air plasma produced by double femtosecond laser pulses.

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    Zhang, Nan; Wu, Zehua; Xu, Kuanhong; Zhu, Xiaonong

    2012-01-30

    Dynamic characteristics of air plasma generated by focused double collinear femtosecond laser pulses with a time interval of 10 ns are experimentally investigated. The air plasma emission changes significantly when altering the energy ratio between the two laser pulses. Time-resolved shadowgraphic measurements reveal that a small volume of transient vacuum is formed inside the air shock wave produced by the first laser pulse, which causes the second laser pulse induced ionization zone to present as two separate sections in space. Also recorded is strong scattering of the second laser pulse by the ionized air just behind the ionization front of the first laser pulse produced shock wave. Due to the high intensity of the scattered light, coherent Thomson scattering enhanced by plasma instabilities is believed to be the main scattering mechanism in this case.

  2. In-vivo laser-induced bubbles in the primate eye with femtosecond pulses

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    Cain, Clarence P.; DiCarlo, Cheryl D.; Noojin, Gary D.; Amnotte, Rodney E.; Rockwell, Benjamin A.; Roach, William P.

    1996-05-01

    Threshold measurements for laser-induced breakdown (LIB) and bubble generation for femtosecond laser pulsewidths have been made in vivo for rhesus monkey eyes. These LIB thresholds are compared with model-predicted thresholds for water and minimum visible lesion thresholds in Dutch Belted rabbit and rhesus monkey eyes. LIB thresholds in biological materials including vitreous, normal saline, tap water, and ultrapure water have been measured and reported using an artificial eye. We have recorded on video the first LIB causing bubble formation in any eye in vivo using albino rabbit eyes, pigmented rabbit eyes, and rhesus monkey eyes. External optics were used to focus the image within the vitreous and the bubbles generated were clearly formed anterior to the retina within the vitreous humor. The length of time that the bubbles are visible depends on the pulse energy delivered and may last for several seconds. However, for pulse energies near thresholds, the bubbles have a very short lifetime and may be seen on the video for only one frame. The plasma formation at the breakdown site acts as a limiting mechanism for energy transmission and may explain why high-energy femtosecond pulses at energies up to 100 microjoules sometimes do not cause severe damage to the retina. This fact may also explain why it is so difficult to product hemmorrhagic lesions in either the rabbit or primate eye with 100-femtosecond laser pulses.

  3. New intrastromal corneal reshaping procedure using high-intensity femtosecond laser pulses.

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    Han, Taehee; Li, Deng; Hersh, Peter S; Suckewer, Szymon

    2015-06-01

    A minimally invasive keratorefractive procedure using high-intensity, low-energy femtosecond laser pulses to perform intrastromal ablation is described. Because of the low pulse energy and the ultrashort duration, tissue in the corneal stroma can be ablated with almost no heat or shockwave generation. This technique obviates the need for the laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) flap but retains the advantages of the LASIK procedure. In the technique, a series of femtosecond laser pulses create temporary microchannels in the stroma, oriented perpendicular to the eye's optical axis. After the microchannels are created, a second series of femtosecond pulses directly ablate the desired amount of stromal tissue in a controlled fashion. The ablated material is ejected from the microchannels so the surface layer above the ablated regions collapses, with a consequent change in the refractive power of the cornea. No author has a financial or proprietary interest in any material or method mentioned. Copyright © 2015 ASCRS and ESCRS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. [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.

  5. 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.

  6. Prepulse effect on intense femtosecond laser pulse propagation in gas

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    Giulietti, Antonio; Tomassini, Paolo; Galimberti, Marco; Giulietti, Danilo; Gizzi, Leonida A.; Koester, Petra; Labate, Luca; Ceccotti, Tiberio; D'Oliveira, Pascal; Auguste, Thierry; Monot, Pascal; Martin, Philippe

    2006-09-15

    The propagation of an ultrashort laser pulse can be affected by the light reaching the medium before the pulse. This can cause a serious drawback to possible applications. The propagation in He of an intense 60-fs pulse delivered by a Ti:sapphire laser in the chirped pulse amplification (CPA) mode has been investigated in conditions of interest for laser-plasma acceleration of electrons. The effects of both nanosecond amplified spontaneous emission and picosecond pedestals have been clearly identified. There is evidence that such effects are basically of refractive nature and that they are not detrimental for the propagation of a CPA pulse focused to moderately relativistic intensity. The observations are fully consistent with numerical simulations and can contribute to the search of a stable regime for laser acceleration.

  7. 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)

  8. 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.

  9. Analysis of strained surface layers of ZnO single crystals after irradiation with intense femtosecond laser pulses

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    Schneider, Andreas; Sebald, Kathrin; Voss, Tobias; Wolverson, Daniel; Hodges, Chris; Kuball, Martin

    2013-05-27

    Structural modifications of ZnO single crystals that were created by the irradiation with femtosecond laser pulses at fluences far above the ablation threshold were investigated with micro-Raman spectroscopy. After light-matter interaction on the femtosecond time scale, rapid cooling and the pronounced thermal expansion anisotropy of ZnO are likely to cause residual strains of up to 1.8% and also result in the formation of surface cracks. This process relaxes the strain only partially and a strained surface layer remains. Our findings demonstrate the significant role of thermoelastic effects for the irradiation of solids with intense femtosecond laser pulses.

  10. Femtosecond pulsed laser ablation of polyimide at oblique angles for medical applications.

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    Haq, Bibi Safia; Khan, Hidayat Ullah; Alam, Khan; Mateenullah, Mian; Attaullah, Shehnaz; Zari, Islam

    2015-08-20

    We report the ablation results for surface modification of polyimide Kapton HN foils using ultrashort femtosecond laser pulses. The modification threshold fluences for 75 μm thick films of polyimide were determined at different incident angles (0°, 20°, 30°, 45°, and 50°) for vertical and horizontal diameters. Ablation at oblique angles was investigated as such interactions are found during laser procedures with the eye that require scanning of the beam and are very important to know for the treatment of various eye diseases. Polyimide, in this study, was considered as a model for corneal sculpting. Use of ultrashort femtosecond laser pulses for high-precision patterning of the sample, without thermal damage to the surroundings, has been investigated. The relationship between the incidence angle with ablation threshold fluence, threshold energy, and beam radius are described. Also, threshold energies and threshold fluences for different thicknesses of polyimide were investigated.

  11. Nanopillar arrays with nanoparticles fabricated by a femtosecond laser pulse train for highly sensitive SERRS.

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    Yang, Qianqian; Li, Xin; Jiang, Lan; Zhang, Ning; Zhang, Guangming; Shi, Xuesong; Zhang, Kaihu; Hu, Jie; Lu, Yongfeng

    2015-05-01

    This work presents a novel method for fabricating repeatable, uniform, large-area, highly sensitive, surface-enhanced resonance Raman scattering (SERRS) substrates combined with silicon nanopillar arrays and silver nanoparticles. The proposed method consists of two steps: (1) induce periodic ripples in deionized water using a linearly polarized femtosecond laser; and (2) generate dense 80-nm-diameter nanopillar arrays with silver nanoparticles in silver nitrate solution with a 90° rotated polarization, femtosecond double-pulse train. As the pulse delay increases from 0 to 1000 fs, the mean size of the silver nanoparticles reduces, and the average number of nanoparticles increases, which, in turn, increases the enhancement factor of SERRS signals up to 1.1×10(9). Furthermore, melamine (down to 125 ppb) was detected by the fabricated SERRS substrates.

  12. FAST TRACK COMMUNICATION: Selective inactivation of micro-organisms with near-infrared femtosecond laser pulses

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    Tsen, K. T.; Tsen, Shaw-Wei D.; Sankey, Otto F.; Kiang, Juliann G.

    2007-11-01

    We demonstrate an unconventional and revolutionary method for selective inactivation of micro-organisms by using near-infrared femtosecond laser pulses. We show that if the wavelength and pulse width of the excitation femtosecond laser are appropriately selected, there exists a window in power density that enables us to achieve selective inactivation of target viruses and bacteria without causing cytotoxicity in mammalian cells. This strategy targets the mechanical (vibrational) properties of micro-organisms, and thus its antimicrobial efficacy is likely unaffected by genetic mutation in the micro-organisms. Such a method may be effective against a wide variety of drug resistant micro-organisms and has broad implications in disinfection as well as in the development of novel treatments for viral and bacterial pathogens.

  13. 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.

  14. Webcam autofocus mechanism used as a delay line for the characterization of femtosecond pulses

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    Castro-Marín, Pablo; Kapellmann-Zafra, Gabriel; Garduño-Mejía, Jesús Rosete-Aguilar, Martha; Román-Moreno, Carlos J.

    2015-08-15

    In this work, we present an electromagnetic focusing mechanism (EFM), from a commercial webcam, implemented as a delay line of a femtosecond laser pulse characterization system. The characterization system consists on a second order autocorrelator based on a two-photon-absorption detection. The results presented here were performed for two different home-made femtosecond oscillators: Ti:sapph @ 820 nm and highly chirped pulses generated with an Erbium Doped Fiber @ 1550 nm. The EFM applied as a delay line represents an excellent alternative due its performance in terms of stability, resolution, and long scan range up to 3 ps. Due its low power consumption, the device can be connected through the Universal Serial Bus (USB) port. Details of components, schematics of electronic controls, and detection systems are presented.

  15. Femtosecond X-ray Pulse Temporal Characterization in Free-Electron Lasers Using a Transverse Deflector

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    Ding, Y.; Behrens, C.; Emma, P.; Frisch, J.; Huang, Z.; Loos, H.; Krejcik, P.; Wang, M-H.; /SLAC

    2011-12-13

    We propose a novel method to characterize the temporal duration and shape of femtosecond x-ray pulses in a free-electron laser (FEL) by measuring the time-resolved electron-beam energy loss and energy spread induced by the FEL process, with a transverse radio-frequency deflector located after the undulator. Its merits are simplicity, high resolution, wide diagnostic range, and non-invasive to user operation. When the system is applied to the Linac Coherent Light Source, the first hard x-ray free-electron laser in the world, it can provide single-shot measurements on the electron beam and x-ray pulses with a resolution on the order of 1-2 femtoseconds rms.

  16. Femtosecond Pulse Characterization as Applied to One-Dimensional Photonic Band Edge Structures

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    Fork, Richard L.; Gamble, Lisa J.; Diffey, William M.

    1999-01-01

    The ability to control the group velocity and phase of an optical pulse is important to many current active areas of research. Electronically addressable one-dimensional photonic crystals are an attractive candidate to achieve this control. This report details work done toward the characterization of photonic crystals and improvement of the characterization technique. As part of the work, the spectral dependence of the group delay imparted by a GaAs/AlAs photonic crystal was characterized. Also, a first generation an electrically addressable photonic crystal was tested for the ability to electronically control the group delay. The measurement technique, using 100 femtosecond continuum pulses was improved to yield high spectral resolution (1.7 nanometers) and concurrently with high temporal resolution (tens of femtoseconds). Conclusions and recommendations based upon the work done are also presented.

  17. Analytical expression for femtosecond-pulsed Z scans on instantaneous nonlinearity.

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    Gu, Bing; Ji, Wei; Huang, Xiao-Qin

    2008-03-20

    By employing the Gaussian decomposition method, the analytical formulas of the Gaussian-beam Z-scan traces have been derived for an optically thin material exhibiting both refractive and absorptive parts of third-order nonlinearity, with Gaussian or hyperbolic secant squared laser pulses of femtosecond duration. The formulas have been verified experimentally with femtosecond-pulsed Z scans on a carbon disulfide and acetone solution of a chalcone derivative (0.95C(18)H(17)ClO(4) . 0.05C(17)H(14)Cl(2)O(3)). An efficient yet accurate analytical technique has been demonstrated for extracting both the nonlinear refraction coefficient and the nonlinear absorption coefficient from a single closed-aperture Z-scan trace.

  18. Formation of color centers and light scattering structures by femtosecond laser pulses in sodium fluoride

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    Bryukvina, L. I.; Pestryakov, E. V.; Kirpichnikov, A. V.; Martynovich, E. F.

    2014-11-01

    Modification of sodium fluoride crystal lattice by means of femtosecond laser pulses with λmax=800 nm, energy 0.5 mJ, duration 30 fs and repetition rate 1 kHz has been considered in the paper. Effective formation of simple and complex aggregate color centers and light scattering nanodefects in the channel of a laser beam in NaF crystal have been shown for the first time. Dependences of color centers concentration on the distance between the channel center and its periphery and along the channel have been presented. Influence of external focusing on color centers creation has been revealed. Explanations of the observed phenomena have been presented on the basis of nonlinear processes taking place under the effect of high-intensity femtosecond pulses.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. Webcam autofocus mechanism used as a delay line for the characterization of femtosecond pulses

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    Castro-Marín, Pablo; Kapellmann-Zafra, Gabriel; Garduño-Mejía, Jesús; Rosete-Aguilar, Martha; Román-Moreno, Carlos J.

    2015-08-01

    In this work, we present an electromagnetic focusing mechanism (EFM), from a commercial webcam, implemented as a delay line of a femtosecond laser pulse characterization system. The characterization system consists on a second order autocorrelator based on a two-photon-absorption detection. The results presented here were performed for two different home-made femtosecond oscillators: Ti:sapph @ 820 nm and highly chirped pulses generated with an Erbium Doped Fiber @ 1550 nm. The EFM applied as a delay line represents an excellent alternative due its performance in terms of stability, resolution, and long scan range up to 3 ps. Due its low power consumption, the device can be connected through the Universal Serial Bus (USB) port. Details of components, schematics of electronic controls, and detection systems are presented.

  2. Auditory detection of paired pulses by a dolphin in the presence of a pulse jam

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    Sukhoruchenko, M. N.

    2004-07-01

    From behavioral studies of a bottlenose dolphin ( Tursiops truncatus), the audibility thresholds were measured for a single pair of equal-amplitude pulses, i.e., clicks, presented to the dolphin in combination with a pulse jam. The pulse jam consisted of pairs of identical pulses with a pulse spacing τj within the pairs and a pair repetition rate f j. Series of pulses were interrupted by a pause R>1/ f j, within which the pulse jam was absent while a pair of test pulses was supplied to one of the two channels at random. Each series had a duration T, and the total stimulation cycle was J= T+ R. The dependence of the test pair detection threshold on the pulse spacing τj was studied at different fixed values of the pulse spacing in the test pair: τt=50, 100, 200, and 500 µs. Preliminary measurements performed with τj=τt=100 µs were used to adjust the parameters of the pulse jam. The threshold shift at τj=τt=100 µs reached 35 dB above the audibility threshold of the test pair in the absence of the pulse jam. On both sides of the point τj=τt=100 µs the thresholds decreased with varying τj to approximately 20 dB above the detection threshold of the test pair in the absence of the jam. However, in the course of training, the threshold curves gradually shifted downwards approaching the detection level of the test pair in the absence of the jam and becoming progressively flatter (the selectivity with respect to the pulse jam vanished). A decrease in the pause duration R restored the dependence of the test pair detection threshold on τj. In this case, a statistically significant maximum was obtained at τj=τt for τj within the critical interval (for τt<500 µs). Beyond the critical interval (for τt>500 µs), even with the smallest pause duration ( R=15 ms), no dependence of the test pair detection thresholds on τj could be observed.

  3. Schwinger vacuum pair production in chirped laser pulses

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    Dumlu, Cesim K.

    2010-08-15

    The recent developments of high intensity ultrashort laser pulses have raised the hopes of observing Schwinger vacuum pair production which is one of the important nonperturbative phenomena in QED. The quantitative analysis of realistic high intensity laser pulses is vital for understanding the effect of the field parameters on the momentum spectrum of the produced particles. In this study, we analyze chirped laser pulses with a subcycle structure, and investigate the effects of the chirp parameter on the momentum spectrum of the produced particles. The combined effect of the chirp and carrier phase of the laser pulse is also analyzed. These effects are qualitatively explained by investigating the turning-point structure of the potential within the framework of the complex WKB scattering approach to pair production.

  4. Spatial splitting of femtosecond laser pulse induced by infrared plasma grating

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    Liu, Zuoye; Hu, Bitao

    2014-04-01

    Spatial splitting of a probe femtosecond filament induced by plasma grating is observed in air. The refractive index is redistributed by the leading part of the probe pulse, inducing the defocusing of the trailing part with slight modification of its propagation direction. After undergoing a few cycles of total reflection between two plasma walls, the trailing part is refocused at the trailing part of the plasma grating and escapes.

  5. Spectral-temporal encoding and decoding of the femtosecond pulses sequences with a THz repetition rate

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    Tcypkin, A. N.; Putilin, S. E.

    2017-01-01

    Experimental and numerical modeling techniques demonstrated the possibilities of the spectral-time encoding and decoding for time division multiplexing sequence of femtosecond subpulses with a repetition rate of up to 6.4 THz. The sequence was formed as a result of the interference of two phase-modulated pulses. We report the limits of the application of the developed method of controlling formed sequence at the spectral-temporal coding.

  6. Embedded birefringent computer-generated holograms fabricated by femtosecond laser pulses.

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    Papazoglou, Dimitris G; Loulakis, Michael J

    2006-05-15

    Birefringent computer-generated holograms are fabricated in bulk fused silica by tight focusing of infrared femtosecond laser pulses. The polarization properties of the elliptically polarized diffracted light are in excellent agreement with the theoretical model. We experimentally demonstrate that for such birefringent structures the signal-to-noise ratio increases by approximately 9 dB when polarization filtering is used to suppress the undiffracted beam.

  7. 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)

  8. 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)

  9. Optical field emission from resonant gold nanorods driven by femtosecond mid-infrared pulses

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    Kusa, F.; Echternkamp, K. E.; Herink, G.; Ropers, C.; Ashihara, S.

    2015-07-15

    We demonstrate strong-field photoelectron emission from gold nanorods driven by femtosecond mid-infrared optical pulses. The maximum photoelectron yield is reached at the localized surface plasmon resonance, indicating that the photoemission is governed by the resonantly-enhanced optical near-field. The wavelength- and field-dependent photoemission yield allows for a noninvasive determination of local field enhancements, and we obtain intensity enhancement factors close to 1300, in good agreement with finite-difference time domain computations.

  10. Phase-cycling coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering using shaped femtosecond laser pulses.

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    Li, Baolei; Warren, Warren S; Fischer, Martin C

    2010-12-06

    We demonstrate a homodyne coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) technique based on femtosecond laser pulse shaping. This technique utilizes fast phase cycling to extract nonlinear Raman signatures with a self-generated reference signal acting as a local oscillator. The local oscillator is generated at the focus and is intrinsically stable relative to the Raman signal even in highly scattering samples. We can therefore retrieve phase information from the Raman signal and can suppress the ubiquitous non-resonant background.

  11. FUNDAMENTAL AREAS OF PHENOMENOLOGY (INCLUDING APPLICATIONS): Conical Double Frequency Emission by Femtosecond Laser Pulses from DKDP

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    Zhang, Xi-Peng; Jiang, Hong-Bing; Tang, Shan-Chun; Gong, Qi-Huang

    2009-07-01

    Conical double frequency emission is investigated by femtosecond laser pulses at a wavelength of 800 nm in a DKDP crystal. It is demonstrated that the sum frequency of incident wave and its scattering wave accounts for the conical double frequency emission. The gaps on the conical rings are observed and they are very sensitive to the propagation direction, and thus could be used to detect the small angle deviation of surface direction.

  12. Study of ambient air ionization with femtosecond laser pulses

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    Wang, Yi; Wang, Xiaolei; Zhang, Nan; Zhai, Hongchen; Zhu, Xiaonong

    2005-01-01

    The laser induced ionization of ambient air is studied experimentally with laser pulses whose durations range from 50 fs up to 10 ps at 800 nm. It is found that the minimum pulse energy for detectable air ionization follows the scaling law of ɛth varies direct as tpx, with 0.23 < x < 0.5, and x tends to rise for longer pulses within the range of 50 fs - 500 fs. For laser pulses from 0.7 ps to 10 ps, however, x is approximately equal to 0.8. The dependence of the critical intensity for air ionization on the beam spot size is also examined with a variety of focused laser beam spot sizes in the experiments.

  13. Microstructuring of fused silica using femtosecond laser pulses of various wavelengths

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    Pfeiffer, Manuel; Engel, Andy; Reisse, Guenter; Weissmantel, Steffen

    2015-11-01

    Experimental results on ablation and microstructuring of fused silica (Corning 7980 HPFS Standard Grade) using femtosecond laser pulses will be presented. In particular, the ablation behavior of the material at the laser wavelengths of 775, 387 and 258 nm was investigated. The qualities of selected microstructures produced at the different wavelengths are compared with respect to roughness, crack formation and exactness. The investigations were carried out using an automated microstructuring system equipped with a femtosecond laser Clark-MXR CPA 2010 (1 mJ maximum pulse energy, 1 kHz repetition rate and 150 fs pulse duration). Layer-by-layer ablation is realized for producing 3D microstructures, where the layer thickness depends on the ablated depth per laser pulse. Those ablation depths depend on the material and the laser parameters and were determined for the three wavelengths in preparatory investigations. Therefore, the laser fluence and the pulse-to-pulse distance were varied independently. We will present the results of our fundamental studies on fs-laser ablation at the three wavelengths and show several structures, such as pyramids, half spheres and cones. Best results were obtained at 258 nm wavelength. There, the exactness was highest and the roughness of the surfaces of the structures was lowest. In addition, absolutely no crack formation occurred.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Magnetic phases in Pt/Co/Pt films induced by single and multiple femtosecond laser pulses

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    Kisielewski, J. Kurant, Z.; Sveklo, I.; Tekielak, M.; Maziewski, A.; Wawro, A.

    2016-05-21

    Ultrathin Pt/Co/Pt trilayers with initial in-plane magnetization were irradiated with femtosecond laser pulses. In this way, an irreversible structural modification was introduced, which resulted in the creation of numerous pulse fluence-dependent magnetic phases. This was particularly true with the out-of-plane magnetization state, which exhibited a submicrometer domain structure. This effect was studied in a broad range of pulse fluences up to the point of ablation of the metallic films. In addition to this single-pulse experiment, multiple exposure spots were also investigated, which exhibited an extended area of out-of-plane magnetization phases and a decreased damage threshold. Using a double exposure with partially overlapped spots, a two-dimensional diagram of the magnetic phases as a function of the two energy densities was built, which showed a strong inequality between the first and second incoming pulses.

  17. Rotational excitation of molecules with long sequences of intense femtosecond pulses

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    Bitter, M.; Milner, V.

    2016-01-01

    We investigate the prospects of creating broad rotational wave packets by means of molecular interaction with long sequences of intense femtosecond pulses. Using state-resolved rotational Raman spectroscopy of oxygen, subject to a sequence of more than 20 laser pulses with peak intensities exceeding 1013W /cm2 per pulse, we show that the centrifugal distortion is the main obstacle on the way to reaching high rotational states. We demonstrate that the timing of the pulses can be optimized to partially mitigate the centrifugal limit. The cumulative effect of a long pulse sequence results in a high degree of rotational coherence, which is shown to cause an efficient spectral broadening of probe light via cascaded Raman transitions.

  18. Two-photon lithography and nanoprocessing with picojoule extreme ultrashort 12 femtosecond laser pulses

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    König, Karsten; Uchugonova, Aisada; Schug, Michael; Zhang, Huijing; Saremi, Sumarie; Feili, Dara; Seidel, Helmut

    2010-02-01

    A compact ultra-broadband femtosecond laser scanning microscope with 12 femtoseconds pulse width at the focal plane of a high NA objective has been employed in material nanoprocessing. The laser works at 85 MHz with an M-shaped emission spectrum with maxima at 770 nm and 827 nm. Different motorized setups based on the introduction of chirped mirrors, flint glass wedges, and glass blocks have been realized to vary the in situ pulse length from 12 femtoseconds up to 3 picoseconds. Nanoprocessing was performed in silica, photoresists, glass, polymers, and biological structures. Mean powers as low as 2 mW were sufficient to realize plasma-mediated cutting effects in human chromosomes with sub-80 nm cut width. Using a mean power of 7-9 mW, transient nanoholes were "drilled" in the cellular membrane for targeted transfection of stem cells and the introduction of μRNA probes. Region of interest (ROI) scanning have been used for optical cleaning of human adult stem cell populations and blood cell suspensions. 3D two-photon nanolithography based on the ultrabroad band laser pulses was realized with the photoresist SU-8. Multiphoton sub-20fs microscopes may become novel non-invasive 3D tools for highly precise nanoprocessing of inorganic and organic targets.

  19. Reversible permeabilization using high-intensity femtosecond laser pulses: applications to biopreservation.

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    Kohli, Vikram; Acker, Jason P; Elezzabi, Abdulhakem Y

    2005-12-30

    Non-invasive manipulation of live cells is important for cell-based therapeutics. Herein we report on the uniqueness of using high-intensity femtosecond laser pulses for reversibly permeabilizing mammalian cells for biopreservation applications. When mammalian cells were suspended in a impermeable hyperosmotic cryoprotectant sucrose solution, femtosecond laser pulses were used to transiently permeabilize cells for cytoplasmic solute uptake. The kinetics of cells exposed to 0.2, 0.3, 0.4, and 0.5 M sucrose, following permeabilization, were measured using video microscopy, and post-permeabilization survival was determined by a dual fluorescence membrane integrity assay. Using appropriate laser parameters, we observed the highest cell survival for 0.2 M sucrose solution (>90%), with a progressive decline in cell survival towards higher concentrations. Using diffusion equations describing the transport of solutes, the intracellular osmolarity at the inner surface of the membrane (x = 10 nm) and to a diffusive length of x = 10 microm was estimated, and a high loading efficiency (>98% for x = 10 nm and >70% for x = 10 microm) was calculated for cells suspended in 0.2 M sucrose. This is the first report of using femtosecond laser pulses for permeabilizing cells in the presence of cryoprotectants for biopreservation applications. Copyright 2005 Wiley Periodicals, Inc

  20. Two-step femtosecond laser pulse train fabrication of nanostructured substrates for highly surface-enhanced Raman scattering.

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    Jiang, Lan; Ying, Dawei; Li, Xin; Lu, Yongfeng

    2012-09-01

    A simple and repeatable method using femtosecond laser pulse train to fabricate nanostructured substrates with silver nanoparticles over a large area for surface-enhanced Raman scattering is reported. The method involves two steps: (1) femtosecond laser pulse train micromachining and roughening and (2) femtosecond laser processing of the substrates in a silver nitrate solution. Surface modification is investigated experimentally by varying the time delay of the double femtosecond laser pulse train. With time delay ranging from 200 to 600 fs, the different enhancement factors were observed. This study demonstrates that a maximum enhancement factor of 6.8×10(6), measured by 10(-6)  M Rhodamine 6G solution, can be achieved at the time delay of 400 fs.

  1. Ultra-broadband Superradiant Pulses from Femtosecond Laser Pumped InP based Quantum Well Laser Diode

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    Liu, Jingjing

    Laser techniques, such as gain / Q switching, mode-locking, have successfully overcome the energy restriction of gain clamping in the stead-state operated lasers, and allowed the generation of giant pulses with short pulse durations. However, gain saturation further limits the amount of stored energy in a gain medium, and therefore limits the possible maximum pulse energy obtained by laser techniques. Here we circumvent both gain clamping and the capacity limitation of energy storage by operating the double-quantum-well laser diode chips on ultrafast gain-switching model using femtosecond (fs) laser pulses as the optical pump. The advantage of our pumping approach is that the fs pulse can instantly produce a very large number of carriers, and therefore enable the formation of non-equilibrium coherent e-h BCS-like condensate state in a large energy region from the lowest QW subband edges to the highest subband and then obtain the ultra-broadband superradiant pulses. Superradiance (SR) or the coherent spontaneous emission is not a new quantum optics phenomenon, which has been proposed in 1954 by R. Dicke, even earlier than the invention of laser. It is famous as by its ultrashort duration, high peak power, high coherence and high timing jitter. Recently, femtosecond SR pulses have been generated from semiconductors. This investigation has revived both theoretical and experimental studies of SR emission. In this thesis, we have demonstrated the generation of intense, delayed SR pulses from the InP based double quantum well laser diode at room temperature. The 1040 nm femtosecond laser was applied as the optical pumping source, and when the pump power is high enough, the cooperative recombination of e-h pairs from higher order quantum energy levels can occur to generate SR bursts earlier than the cooperative emission from the lower quantum energy levels. Then, ultra-broadband TM polarized SR pulses have been firstly generated at room temperature. Our experiments also

  2. Protons acceleration in thin CH foils by ultra-intense femtosecond laser pulses

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    Kosarev, I. N.

    2015-03-15

    Interaction of femtosecond laser pulses with the intensities 10{sup 21}, 10{sup 22 }W/cm{sup 2} with CH plastic foils is studied in the framework of kinetic theory of laser plasma based on the construction of propagators (in classical limit) for electron and ion distribution functions in plasmas. The calculations have been performed for real densities and charges of plasma ions. Protons are accelerated both in the direction of laser pulse (up to 1 GeV) and in the opposite direction (more than 5 GeV). The mechanisms of forward acceleration are different for various intensities.

  3. Demonstration of acceleration of relativistic electrons at a dielectric microstructure using femtosecond laser pulses

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    Wootton, Kent P.; Wu, Ziran; Cowan, Benjamin M.; Hanuka, Adi; Makasyuk, Igor V.; Peralta, Edgar A.; Soong, Ken; Byer, Robert L.; England, R. Joel

    2016-06-02

    Acceleration of electrons using laser-driven dielectric microstructures is a promising technology for the miniaturization of particle accelerators. Achieving the desired GV m–1 accelerating gradients is possible only with laser pulse durations shorter than ~1 ps. In this Letter, we present, to the best of our knowledge, the first demonstration of acceleration of relativistic electrons at a dielectric microstructure driven by femtosecond duration laser pulses. Furthermore, using this technique, an electron accelerating gradient of 690±100 MV m–1 was measured—a record for dielectric laser accelerators.

  4. Demonstration of acceleration of relativistic electrons at a dielectric microstructure using femtosecond laser pulses

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    Wootton, Kent P.; Wu, Ziran; Cowan, Benjamin M.; ...

    2016-06-02

    Acceleration of electrons using laser-driven dielectric microstructures is a promising technology for the miniaturization of particle accelerators. Achieving the desired GV m–1 accelerating gradients is possible only with laser pulse durations shorter than ~1 ps. In this Letter, we present, to the best of our knowledge, the first demonstration of acceleration of relativistic electrons at a dielectric microstructure driven by femtosecond duration laser pulses. Furthermore, using this technique, an electron accelerating gradient of 690±100 MV m–1 was measured—a record for dielectric laser accelerators.

  5. Resonant femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy with an intense actinic pump pulse: Application to conical intersections

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    Rao, B. Jayachander; Gelin, Maxim F.; Domcke, Wolfgang

    2017-02-01

    We theoretically investigate the feasibility of characterizing conical intersections with time-resolved resonant femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy (FSRS) using an intense actinic pump pulse. We perform nonperturbative numerical simulations of FSRS signals for a three-electronic-state two-vibrational-mode model, which is inspired by the S 2 ( π π * )- S 1 ( n π * ) conical intersection in pyrazine. Our results show that moderately strong actinic pulses increase the intensity of vibrational fingerprint lines in FSRS transients. They facilitate the extraction of useful spectroscopic information by enhancing peaks revealing the coupling and tuning modes of the conical intersection.

  6. All-fiber phase-control-free coherent-beam combining toward femtosecond-pulse amplification

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    Kambayashi, Yuta; Yoshida, Minoru; Sasaki, Toshiki; Yoshikawa, Masashi

    2017-01-01

    Our present work is to develop an all-fiber coherent-beam-combining system that achieves a high-energy femtosecond-pulse fiber laser beyond pulse energy limits due to the nonlinear effects in fiber amplifiers. Coherent-beam combining (CBC) using optical fibers is technically difficult because the optical phases and the polarizations in the optical fibers fluctuate due to disturbances. We developed an all-fiber passive CBC system that does not need to control optical phases and polarizations that achieved a beam-combining efficiency of 95.9%. The combined output changes of the passive CBC system are the less than 1.0% in full width.

  7. Sub-100nm material processing with sub-15 femtosecond picojoule near infrared laser pulses

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    König, Karsten; Uchugonova, Aisada; Straub, Martin; Zhang, Huijing; Afshar, Maziar; Feili, Dara; Seidel, Helmut

    2011-03-01

    Ultrabroad band 12 femtosecond near infrared laser pulses at transient TW/cm2 intensities and low picojoule pulse energies (mean powers < 20 mW at 85 MHz repetition rate) have been used to perform material nanoprocessing based on multiphoton ionization and plasma formation. Cut sizes of sub-wavelength, sub-100 nm which is far beyond the Abbe diffraction limit have been realized without any collateral damage effect in silicon wafers, photoresists, glass, polymers, metals, and biological targets. Multiphoton sub-15fs microscopes may become novel non-invasive 3D tools for highly precise nanoprocessing of inorganic and organic targets as well as two-photon 3D imaging.

  8. Ultrafast optical response of the Au-BaO thin film stimulated by femtosecond pulse laser

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    Wu, J. L.; Wang, C. M.; Zhang, G. M.

    1998-06-01

    The pump-probe method was applied to study the dependence of the transient optical transmissivity upon time delay for the Au-BaO composite thin film stimulated by a femtosecond pulsed laser. It was observed that the light absorption of the thin film increased rapidly and then resumed its initial value in several picoseconds. Optical relaxation is a process in which nonequilibrium electrons, excited by laser pulses and originating from Au ultrafine particles, return to the equilibrium state. In this article, the value of the electron-phonon coupling constant g of gold ultrafine particles in the composite thin film was calculated theoretically.

  9. Unidirectionally oriented nanocracks on metal surfaces irradiated by low-fluence femtosecond laser pulses

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    Shimizu, Masahiro; Hashida, Masaki; Miyasaka, Yasuhiro; Tokita, Shigeki; Sakabe, Shuji

    2013-10-01

    We have investigated the origin of nanostructures formed on metals by low-fluence femtosecond laser pulses. Nanoscale cracks oriented perpendicular to the incident laser polarization are induced on tungsten, molybdenum, and copper targets. The number density of the cracks increases with the number of pulses, but crack length plateaus. Electromagnetic field simulation by the finite-difference time-domain method indicates that electric field is locally enhanced along the direction perpendicular to the incident laser polarization around a nanoscale hole on the metal surface. Crack formation originates from the hole.

  10. Chemical-specific imaging of shallowly buried objects using femtosecond laser pulses.

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    Strycker, B D; Wang, K; Springer, M; Sokolov, A V

    2013-07-10

    We demonstrate that objects buried in sand (1 to 4 mm deep) may be selectively imaged according to their chemical composition through spectral analysis of the laser-induced breakdown signal. The signal is generated by loosely focused femtosecond laser pulses having energies ranging from 0.5 to 2.5 mJ. We determine the depth from which a spectral signal may be measured as a function of pulse energy. Having in mind applications to remote sensing, chemical-specific imaging of shallowly buried objects may find use in various fields ranging from space exploration to landmine detection.

  11. Cell perforation mediated by plasmonic bubbles generated by a single near infrared femtosecond laser pulse.

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    Boutopoulos, Christos; Bergeron, Eric; Meunier, Michel

    2016-01-01

    We report on transient membrane perforation of living cancer cells using plasmonic gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) enhanced single near infrared (NIR) femtosecond (fs) laser pulse. Under optimized laser energy fluence, single pulse treatment (τ = 45 fs, λ = 800 nm) resulted in 77% cell perforation efficiency and 90% cell viability. Using dark field and ultrafast imaging, we demonstrated that the generation of submicron bubbles around the AuNPs is the necessary condition for the cell membrane perforation. AuNP clustering increased drastically the bubble generation efficiency, thus enabling an effective laser treatment using low energy dose in the NIR optical therapeutical window.

  12. Temporally focused femtosecond laser pulses for low numerical aperture micromachining through optically transparent materials.

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    Vitek, Dawn N; Adams, Daniel E; Johnson, Adrea; Tsai, Philbert S; Backus, Sterling; Durfee, Charles G; Kleinfeld, David; Squier, Jeffrey A

    2010-08-16

    Temporal focusing of spatially chirped femtosecond laser pulses overcomes previous limitations for ablating high aspect ratio features with low numerical aperture (NA) beams. Simultaneous spatial and temporal focusing reduces nonlinear interactions, such as self-focusing, prior to the focal plane so that deep (approximately 1 mm) features with parallel sidewalls are ablated at high material removal rates (25 microm(3) per 80 microJ pulse) at 0.04-0.05 NA. This technique is applied to the fabrication of microfluidic devices by ablation through the back surface of thick (6 mm) fused silica substrates. It is also used to ablate bone under aqueous immersion to produce craniotomies.

  13. All-optical in situ histology of brain tissue with femtosecond laser pulses.

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    Tsai, Philbert S; Blinder, Pablo; Squier, Jeffrey A; Kleinfeld, David

    2013-04-01

    This protocol describes the application of laser pulses to image and ablate neuronal tissue for the purpose of automated histology. The histology is accomplished in situ using serial two-photon imaging of labeled tissue and removal of the imaged tissue with amplified, femtosecond pulses. Together with the use of endogenous fluorescent indicators and/or deep penetration of antibody labels and organic dyes, this method may be used to automatically image, reconstruct, and vectorize structures of interest across millimeter to centimeter regions of brain with micrometer resolution.

  14. Resonant femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy with an intense actinic pump pulse: Application to conical intersections.

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    Rao, B Jayachander; Gelin, Maxim F; Domcke, Wolfgang

    2017-02-28

    We theoretically investigate the feasibility of characterizing conical intersections with time-resolved resonant femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy (FSRS) using an intense actinic pump pulse. We perform nonperturbative numerical simulations of FSRS signals for a three-electronic-state two-vibrational-mode model, which is inspired by the S2(ππ(*))-S1(nπ(*)) conical intersection in pyrazine. Our results show that moderately strong actinic pulses increase the intensity of vibrational fingerprint lines in FSRS transients. They facilitate the extraction of useful spectroscopic information by enhancing peaks revealing the coupling and tuning modes of the conical intersection.

  15. Generating femtosecond X-ray pulses using an emittance-spoiling foil in free-electron lasers

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    Ding, Y. Coffee, R.; Decker, F.-J.; Emma, P.; Field, C.; Huang, Z.; Krejcik, P.; Krzywinski, J.; Loos, H.; Lutman, A.; Marinelli, A.; Maxwell, T. J.; Turner, J.; Behrens, C.; Helml, W.

    2015-11-09

    Generation of femtosecond to sub-femtosecond pulses is attracting much attention in X-ray free-electron laser user community. One method is to use a slotted, emittance-spoiling foil which was proposed before (P. Emma et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 074801 (2004)) and has been widely used at the Linac Coherent Light Source. Direct experimental characterization of the slotted-foil performance was previously unfeasible due to a lack of appropriate diagnostics. With a recently installed X-band radio-frequency transverse deflector, we are able to characterize the electron bunch spoiling effect and X-ray pulse when using the slotted foil. We show that few-femtosecond X-ray pulses are generated with flexible control of the single-pulse duration or double-pulse separation with comparison to the theoretical model.

  16. Generating femtosecond X-ray pulses using an emittance-spoiling foil in free-electron lasers

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    Ding, Y.; Behrens, C.; Coffee, R.; Decker, F.-J.; Emma, P.; Field, C.; Helml, W.; Huang, Z.; Krejcik, P.; Krzywinski, J.; Loos, H.; Lutman, A.; Marinelli, A.; Maxwell, T. J.; Turner, J.

    2015-11-01

    Generation of femtosecond to sub-femtosecond pulses is attracting much attention in X-ray free-electron laser user community. One method is to use a slotted, emittance-spoiling foil which was proposed before (P. Emma et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 074801 (2004)) and has been widely used at the Linac Coherent Light Source. Direct experimental characterization of the slotted-foil performance was previously unfeasible due to a lack of appropriate diagnostics. With a recently installed X-band radio-frequency transverse deflector, we are able to characterize the electron bunch spoiling effect and X-ray pulse when using the slotted foil. We show that few-femtosecond X-ray pulses are generated with flexible control of the single-pulse duration or double-pulse separation with comparison to the theoretical model.

  17. Waveguide fabrication in KDP crystals with femtosecond laser pulses

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    Huang, Leilei; Salter, Patrick; Karpiński, Michał; Smith, Brian; Payne, Frank; Booth, Martin

    2015-03-01

    Optical waveguides fabricated in potassium dihydrogen phosphate (KDP) by ultrafast laser pulses are demonstrated. Dependent on the incident pulse energy, two different types of refractive index modification have been induced. For moderate laser powers, type I homogeneous waveguides are created. At higher pulse energies, type II waveguides are formed in the stressed area surrounding regions of laser-induced damage. Double-line and four-line structures are applied to the type II guides to increase mode confinement. Polarization sensitivity and transmission properties of the written waveguides are characterized and discussed. The results indicate that high-quality waveguides can be fabricated in KDP, which has potential for further applications in nonlinear integrated-optics.

  18. Temporal lenses for attosecond and femtosecond electron pulses

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    Hilbert, Shawn A.; Uiterwaal, Cornelis; Barwick, Brett; Batelaan, Herman; Zewail, Ahmed H.

    2009-01-01

    Here, we describe the “temporal lens” concept that can be used for the focus and magnification of ultrashort electron packets in the time domain. The temporal lenses are created by appropriately synthesizing optical pulses that interact with electrons through the ponderomotive force. With such an arrangement, a temporal lens equation with a form identical to that of conventional light optics is derived. The analog of ray diagrams, but for electrons, are constructed to help the visualization of the process of compressing electron packets. It is shown that such temporal lenses not only compensate for electron pulse broadening due to velocity dispersion but also allow compression of the packets to durations much shorter than their initial widths. With these capabilities, ultrafast electron diffraction and microscopy can be extended to new domains,and, just as importantly, electron pulses can be delivered directly on an ultrafast techniques target specimen. PMID:19541639

  19. Temporal lenses for attosecond and femtosecond electron pulses.

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    Hilbert, Shawn A; Uiterwaal, Cornelis; Barwick, Brett; Batelaan, Herman; Zewail, Ahmed H

    2009-06-30

    Here, we describe the "temporal lens" concept that can be used for the focus and magnification of ultrashort electron packets in the time domain. The temporal lenses are created by appropriately synthesizing optical pulses that interact with electrons through the ponderomotive force. With such an arrangement, a temporal lens equation with a form identical to that of conventional light optics is derived. The analog of ray diagrams, but for electrons, are constructed to help the visualization of the process of compressing electron packets. It is shown that such temporal lenses not only compensate for electron pulse broadening due to velocity dispersion but also allow compression of the packets to durations much shorter than their initial widths. With these capabilities, ultrafast electron diffraction and microscopy can be extended to new domains,and, just as importantly, electron pulses can be delivered directly on an ultrafast techniques target specimen.

  20. Selective two-photon microscopy with shaped femtosecond pulses

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    Pastirk, Igor; Dela Cruz, Johanna M.; Walowicz, Katherine A.; Lozovoy, Vadim V.; Dantus, Marcos

    2003-07-01

    Selective two-photon excitation of fluorescent probe molecules using phase-only modulated ultrashort 15-fs laser pulses is demonstrated. The spectral phase required to achieve the maximum contrast in the excitation of different probe molecules or identical probe molecules in different micro-chemical environments is designed according to the principles of multiphoton intrapulse interference (MII). The MII method modulates the probabilities with which specific spectral components in the excitation pulse contribute to the two-photon absorption process due to the dependence of the absorption on the power spectrum of E2(t) [1-3]. Images obtained from a number of samples using the multiphoton microscope are presented.

  1. Frequency conversion of high-intensity, femtosecond laser pulses

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    Banks, P S

    1997-06-01

    Almost since the invention of the laser, frequency conversion of optical pulses via non- linear processes has been an area of active interest. However, third harmonic generation using ~(~1 (THG) in solids is an area that has not received much attention because of ma- terial damage limits. Recently, the short, high-intensity pulses possible with chirped-pulse amplification (CPA) laser systems allow the use of intensities on the order of 1 TW/cm2 in thin solids without damage. As a light source to examine single-crystal THG in solids and other high field inter- actions, the design and construction of a Ti:sapphire-based CPA laser system capable of ultimately producing peak powers of 100 TW is presented. Of special interest is a novel, all-reflective pulse stretcher design which can stretch a pulse temporally by a factor of 20,000. The stretcher design can also compensate for the added material dispersion due to propagation through the amplifier chain and produce transform-limited 45 fs pulses upon compression. A series of laser-pumped amplifiers brings the peak power up to the terawatt level at 10 Hz, and the design calls for additional amplifiers to bring the power level to the 100 TW level for single shot operation. The theory for frequency conversion of these short pulses is presented, focusing on conversion to the third harmonic in single crystals of BBO, KD*P, and d-LAP (deuterated I-arginine phosphate). Conversion efficiencies of up to 6% are obtained with 500 fs pulses at 1053 nm in a 3 mm thick BBO crystal at 200 GW/cm 2. Contributions to this process by unphasematched, cascaded second harmonic generation and sum frequency generation are shown to be very significant. The angular relationship between the two orders is used to measure the tensor elements of C = xt3)/4 with Crs = -1.8 x 1O-23 m2/V2 and .15Cri + .54Crs = 4.0 x 1O-23 m2/V2. Conversion efficiency in d-LAP is about 20% that in BBO and conversion efficiency in KD*P is 1% that of BBO. It is calculated

  2. Interaction of Atomic Hydrogen with Pico- and Femtosecond Laser Pulses

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    1989-12-01

    in the previous section. Surprisingly, the density of states function p(E) completely drops out of the problem. The time-dependent wave function , then...arbitrary laser pulse shape. If all three terms of Eq. (2.23c) are retained, then the wave function (2.22) can be summed for Gaussian pulse shapes under...difficult to integrate numerically. In order to write Schr6dinger’s equation in matrix form, a complete set of states is needed as a basis set. The natural

  3. Transforming graphite to nanoscale diamonds by a femtosecond laser pulse

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    Nueske, R.; Jurgilaitis, A.; Enquist, H.; Harb, M.; Larsson, J.; Fang, Y.; Haakanson, U.

    2012-01-23

    Formation of cubic diamond from graphite following irradiation by a single, intense, ultra-short laser pulse has been observed. Highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) samples were irradiated by a 100 fs pulse with a center wavelength of 800 nm. Following laser exposure, the HOPG samples were studied using Raman spectroscopy of the sample surface. In the laser-irradiated areas, nanoscale cubic diamond crystals have been formed. The exposed areas were also studied using grazing incidence x-ray powder diffraction showing a restacking of planes from hexagonal graphite to rhombohedral graphite.

  4. Electro-Optic Generation and Detection of Femtosecond Electromagnetic Pulses

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    1991-11-20

    electromagnetic pulses from an electro - optic crystal following their generation by electro - optic Cherenkov radiation, and their subsequent propagation and detection...in free space; (4) The measurement of subpicosecond electrical response of a new organic electrooptic material (polymer); (5) The observation of terahertz transition radiation from the surfaces of electro - optic crystals.

  5. Reduction of Timing Jitter with Active Control in a kHz Regenerative Amplifier of Femtosecond Pulse Ti:Al2O3 Laser

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    Miura, Taisuke; Takasago, Kazuya; Kobayashi, Katsuyuki; Zhang, Zhigang; Torizuka, Kenji; Kannari, Fumihiko

    2001-03-01

    We measured the timing error of femtosecond pulses amplified by a Ti:sapphire regenerative amplifier operated at a 1 kHz repetition rate using a modified cross-correlation technique. This technique can detect sub-femtosecond timing variation. By actively controlling the amplifier cavity length, we reduced the rms timing jitter of the regenerative amplifier into the sub-femtosecond range.

  6. High-energy infrared femtosecond pulses generated by dual-chirped optical parametric amplification.

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    Fu, Yuxi; Takahashi, Eiji J; Midorikawa, Katsumi

    2015-11-01

    We demonstrate high-energy infrared femtosecond pulse generation by a dual-chirped optical parametric amplification (DC-OPA) scheme [Opt. Express19, 7190 (2011)]. By employing a 100 mJ pump laser, a signal pulse energy exceeding 20 mJ at a wavelength of 1.4 μm was achieved before dispersion compensation. A total output energy of 33 mJ was recorded. Under a further energy scaling condition, the signal pulse was compressed to an almost transform-limited duration of 27 fs using a fused silica prism compressor. Since the DC-OPA scheme is efficient and energy scalable, design parameters for obtaining 100 mJ level infrared pulses are presented, which are suitable as driver lasers for the energy scaling of high-order harmonic generation with sub-keV photon energy.

  7. Intensity evaluation using a femtosecond pulse laser for absolute distance measurement.

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    Wu, Hanzhong; Zhang, Fumin; Li, Jianshuang; Cao, Shiying; Meng, Xiangsong; Qu, Xinghua

    2015-06-10

    In this paper, we propose a method of intensity evaluation based on different pulse models using a femtosecond pulse laser, which enables long-range absolute distance measurement with nanometer precision and large non-ambiguity range. The pulse cross-correlation is analyzed based on different pulse models, including Gaussian, Sech(2), and Lorenz. The DC intensity and the amplitude of the cross-correlation patterns are also demonstrated theoretically. In the experiments, we develop a new combined system and perform the distance measurements on an underground granite rail system. The DC intensity and amplitude of the interference fringes are measured and show a good agreement with the theory, and the distance to be determined can be up to 25 m using intensity evaluation, within 64 nm deviation compared with a He-Ne incremental interferometer, and corresponds to a relative precision of 2.7×10(-9).

  8. Time-of-flight measurement with femtosecond pulses for high precision ranging lidar

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    Lee, J.; Kim, Y.-J.; Lee, K.; Lee, S.; Kim, S.-W.

    2010-10-01

    The time-of-flight of light pulses has long been used as a direct measure of distance, but the state-of-the-art measurement precision using conventional light pulses or microwaves reaches only several hundreds of micromeres. This is due to the bandwidth limit of the photodetectors available today, which is in the picosecond range at best. Here, we improve the time-of-flight precision to the nanometer regime by timing femtosecond pulses through phase-locking control of the pulse repetition rate using the optical cross-correlation technique that exploits a second-harmonic birefringence crystal and a balance photodetector. The enhanced capability is maintained at long range without periodic ambiguity, being well suited to terrestrial lidar applications such as geodetic surveying, range finders and absolute altimeters. This method could also be applied to future space missions of formation-flying satellites for synthetic aperture imaging and remote experiments related to the general relativity theory.

  9. Monochromatization of femtosecond XUV light pulses with the use of reflection zone plates.

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    Metje, Jan; Borgwardt, Mario; Moguilevski, Alexandre; Kothe, Alexander; Engel, Nicholas; Wilke, Martin; Al-Obaidi, Ruba; Tolksdorf, Daniel; Firsov, Alexander; Brzhezinskaya, Maria; Erko, Alexei; Kiyan, Igor Yu; Aziz, Emad F

    2014-05-05

    We report on a newly built laser-based tabletop setup which enables generation of femtosecond light pulses in the XUV range employing the process of high-order harmonic generation (HHG) in a gas medium. The spatial, spectral, and temporal characteristics of the XUV beam are presented. Monochromatization of XUV light with minimum temporal pulse distortion is the central issue of this work. Off-center reflection zone plates are shown to be advantageous when selection of a desired harmonic is carried out with the use of a single optical element. A cross correlation technique was applied to characterize the performance of the zone plates in the time domain. By using laser pulses of 25 fs length to pump the HHG process, a pulse duration of 45 fs for monochromatized harmonics was achieved in the present setup.

  10. First-principles calculations for initial electronic excitation in dielectrics induced by intense femtosecond laser pulses

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    Sato, Shunsuke A.; Yabana, Kazuhiro

    2016-12-01

    Laser-induced damage of SiO2 (α-quartz) is investigated by first-principles calculations. The calculations are based on a coupled theoretical framework of the time-dependent density functional theory and Maxwell equation to describe strongly-nonlinear laser-solid interactions. We simulate irradiation of the bulk SiO2 with femtosecond laser pulses and compute energy deposition from the laser pulse to electrons as a function of the distance from the surface. We further analyze profiles of laser-induced craters, comparing the transferred energy with the cohesive energy of SiO2. The theoretical crater profile well reproduces the experimental features for a relatively weak laser pulse. In contrast, the theoretical result fails to reproduce the measured profiles for a strong laser pulse. This fact indicates a significance of the subsequent atomic motions that take place after the energy transfer ends for the formation of the crater under the strong laser irradiation.

  11. Drilling of aluminum and copper films with femtosecond double-pulse laser

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    Wang, Qinxin; Luo, Sizuo; Chen, Zhou; Qi, Hongxia; Deng, Jiannan; Hu, Zhan

    2016-06-01

    Aluminum and copper films are drilled with femtosecond double-pulse laser. The double-pulse delay is scanned from -75 ps to 90 ps. The drilling process is monitored by recording the light transmitted through the sample, and the morphology of the drilled holes is analyzed by optical microscopy. It is found that, the breakthrough time, the hole evolution during drilling, the redeposited material, the diameters of the redeposited area and the hole, change as functions of double-pulse delay, and are different for the two metals. Along the double-pulse delay axis, three different time constants are observed, a slow one of a few tens of picoseconds, a fast one of a few picoseconds, and an oscillation pattern. Results are discussed based on the mechanisms of plasma shielding, electron-phonon coupling, strong coupling of laser with liquid phase, oxidation of aluminum, laser induced temperature and pressure oscillations, and the atomization of plume particles.

  12. Single- and multi-pulse formation of surface structures under static femtosecond irradiation

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    Guillermin, M.; Garrelie, F.; Sanner, N.; Audouard, E.; Soder, H.

    2007-07-01

    Femtosecond surface structure modifications are investigated under irradiation with laser pulses of 150 fs at 800 nm, on copper and silicon. We report sub-wavelength periodic structures formation (ripples) with a periodicity of 500 nm for both materials. These ripples are perpendicular to the laser polarization and can be obtained with only one pulse. The formation of these ripples corresponds to a fluence threshold of 1 J/cm 2 for copper and 0.15 J/cm 2 for silicon. We find several morphologies when more pulses are applied: larger ripples parallel to the polarization are formed with a periodicity of 1 μm and degenerate into a worm-like morphology with a higher number of pulses. In addition, walls of deep holes also show sub-wavelength and large ripples.

  13. Switching of 800 nm femtosecond laser pulses using a compact PMN-PT modulator.

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    Adany, Peter; Price, E Shane; Johnson, Carey K; Zhang, Run; Hui, Rongqing

    2009-03-01

    A voltage-controlled birefringent cell based on ceramic PMN-PT material is used to enable fast intensity modulation of femtosecond laser pulses in the 800 nm wavelength window. The birefringent cell based on a PMN-PT compound has comparatively high electro-optic response, allowing for a short interaction length of 3 mm and thus very small size, low attenuation of 0.16 dB, and negligible broadening for 100 fs optical pulses. As an application example, agile wavelength tuning of optical pulses is demonstrated using the soliton self-frequency shift in a photonic crystal fiber. By dynamically controlling the optical power into the fiber, this system switches the wavelength of 100 fs pulses from 900 nm to beyond 1120 nm with less than 5 micros time. In addition, a feedback system stabilizes the wavelength drift against external conditions resulting in high wavelength stability.

  14. Selective excitation of the OClO molecule with femtosecond laser pulse

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    Yuan, Kai-Jun; Sun, Zhigang; Cong, Shu-Lin; Lou, Nanquan

    2005-11-01

    The three-dimensional time-dependent quantum wave packet dynamics (J=0) using a Hamiltonian for a triatomic molecule in Radau coordinates is employed to study laser pulse excitation of the OClO molecule. The fast Fourier transform (FFT) and the split operator methods are applied to propagate the wave packet. The vibronic excitations AA22(ν1,ν2,ν3)←XB12(0,0,0) of the triatomic molecule OClO using femtosecond laser pulses of varying intensities are investigated. With an ultrashort laser pulse of certain FWHM (full width at half maximum), the vibrational level can be selectively excited. The changes in the vibrational population distributions caused by simple variation of the pulse are remarkable.

  15. Filamentation induced by collinear femtosecond double pulses with different wavelengths in air

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    Li, Suyu; Sui, Laizhi; Li, Shuchang; Liu, Dunli; Li, He; Li, Qingyi; Zhang, Fangjian; Chen, Anmin; Jiang, Yuanfei Jin, Mingxing

    2015-09-15

    Filamentation induced by collinear femtosecond double pulses with different wavelengths (400 nm + 800 nm) in air is investigated by measuring the filament spectra along the propagation axis. By changing their energies and the time delay between them, the role of each pulse in the filamentation is investigated. Though the two pulses do not overlap in time, the filament generated by the previous pulse will interact with the latter one, thus affecting the filamentation process. Each pulse plays a different role when the time delay and input energy are different: As the energy of the 800 nm pulse is relative high (∼600 μJ), the 400 nm pulse has inhibitory and supplementary effects on the filament generated by the 800 nm one as it is prior to and behind the 800 nm one, respectively, which ultimately influences the filament length and strength; however, as energy of the 800 nm pulse decreases to 340 μJ, the filament mainly results from the 400 nm pulse and the 800 nm one just plays an auxiliary role. This study provides an effective way to control filamentation.

  16. Multipulse mode of heating nanoparticles by nanosecond, picosecond and femtosecond pulses

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    Letfullin, Renat R.; Iversen, Christian B.; George, Thomas F.

    2010-02-01

    Nanoparticles are being researched as a noninvasive method for selectively killing cancer cells. With particular antibody coatings on nanoparticles, they attach to the abnormal cells of interest (cancer or otherwise). Once attached, nanoparticles can be heated with UV/visible/IR or RF pulses, heating the surrounding area of the cell to the point of death. Researchers often use single-pulse or multipulse lasers when conducting nanoparticle ablation research. In the present paper, we are conducting an analysis to determine if the multipulse mode has any advantage in heating of spherical metal nanoparticles (such as accumulative heating effect). The laser heating of nanoparticles is very sensitive to the time structure of the incident pulsed laser radiation, the time interval between the pulses, and the number of pulses used in the experiments. We perform time-dependent simulations and detailed analyses of the different nonstationary pulsed laser-nanoparticle interaction modes, and show the advantages and disadvantages of multipulse (set of short pulses) and single-pulse laser heating of nanoparticles. A comparative analysis for both radiation modes (single-pulse and multipulse) are discussed for laser heating of metal nanotargets on nanosecond, picosecond and femtosecond time scales to make recommendations for efficient laser heating of nanomaterials in the experiments.

  17. Integrated digital holography for measuring the photothermal effect induced by femtosecond laser pulses

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    Zhu, Linwei; Sun, Meiyu; Chen, Jiannong; Yu, Junjie; Zhou, Changhe

    2014-11-01

    Thermal lens (TL) and thermal mirror (TM) effects have been widely used for measuring the thermo-optical properties in materials. However, most previous research is not a direct two-dimensional measurement of the phase difference induced by photothermal effects, and the TL and TM effects cannot be measured simultaneously. We present an integrated digital holography (IDH) for measuring photothermal effects induced by femtosecond laser pulses with the laser excitation fluence below the ablation threshold. The photothermal effects of a metal sample induced by femtosecond laser pulses are studied. Our theoretical analysis reveals that when the energy of the femtosecond laser is below the ablation threshold, the theory of heat conduction and thermoelasticity can be used to explain the TL and TM effects caused by the laser-induced nonuniform temperature distribution. The experimental results show that both the nanoscale surface deformation of the TM effect and the refraction index change of the TL effect can be measured simultaneously by using the IDH. This IDH setup could be suitable for measuring the optical and thermal properties of materials.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. Plasmonic decay in a metallic grating after femtosecond pulse excitation

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    Mueller, Roland; Bethge, Jens

    2010-09-15

    The paper presents a theoretical study on the excitation of surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) and their decay by reradiation to light. We consider a free-standing metallic transmission grating being illuminated with a TM-polarized light pulse of 10 fs duration at normal incidence. The SPP decay time is assumed to be much larger than the pulse duration. In particular, we analyze the SPP decay after the exciting pulse disappeared. We find periodic amplitude modulation of the declining light field both in close proximity to the grating, where evanescent waves are dominant and in the far-field region, where the light field consists mainly of propagating waves. Using the example of the magnetic field, we demonstrate that the amplitude modulation of the near field exhibits increasing strength with time due to a drop of the evanescent wave density associated with the SPP decay. The far field above and below the grating shows frequency beating with periods corresponding to the reciprocal width of a frequency gap in the transmission spectrum. Strong coupling between SPP modes on the top and bottom interfaces leads to fixed phase relations between the beat notes of the transmitted and reflected light fields. This coupling is confirmed by a periodic change in the Poynting flow direction perpendicular to the interfaces. Finally, we study also the dynamics of the SPP decay by employing Gabor wavelet transforms for the calculated fields far above and below the grating. In this way, we get access to the spectral contents of the light field at different times. This novel spectral-temporal analysis shows a narrowing of the initial pulse spectrum and reveals spectral features not seen in the Fourier spectrum.

  1. Kilometer-range nonlinear propagation of femtosecond laser pulses.

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    Rodriguez, Miguel; Bourayou, Riad; Méjean, Guillaume; Kasparian, Jérôme; Yu, Jin; Salmon, Estelle; Scholz, Alexander; Stecklum, Bringfried; Eislöffel, Jochen; Laux, Uwe; Hatzes, Artie P; Sauerbrey, Roland; Wöste, Ludger; Wolf, Jean-Pierre

    2004-03-01

    Ultrashort, high-power laser pulses propagating vertically in the atmosphere have been observed over more than 20 km using an imaging 2-m astronomical telescope. This direct observation in several wavelength bands shows indications for filament formation at distances as far as 2 km in the atmosphere. Moreover, the beam divergence at 5 km altitude is smaller than expected, bearing evidence for whole-beam parallelization about the nonlinear focus. We discuss implications for white-light Lidar applications.

  2. 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

  3. Photoemission studies using femtosecond pulses for high brightness electron beams

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

    1990-06-01

    We present the results of a series of experiments where various metal photocathodes are irradiated with ultrashort laser pulses, whose characteristics are: (lambda) = 625 nm, (tau) = 100 fs, PRR = 89.5 MHz, H(nu) = 2 eV and average power 25 mW in each of the two beams. The quantum efficiency of the metals range from approximately 10(exp -12) to 10(exp -8) at a power density of 100 MW/sq cm at normal incidence. Since all the electrons are emitted due to multiphoton processes, these efficiencies are expected to increase substantially at large intensities. The efficiency at 100 MW/sq cm was increased by using p-polarized light at oblique incidence by approximately 20 x and by mediating the electron emission through surface plasmon excitation by approximately 10(exp 3) x. For the low intensities used in these experiments, the electron pulse duration is almost the same as the laser pulse duration for both the bulk and the surface plasmon mediated photoemission.

  4. All polarization-maintaining fiber laser architecture for robust femtosecond pulse generation

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    Hänsel, Wolfgang; Hoogland, Heinar; Giunta, Michele; Schmid, Sebastian; Steinmetz, Tilo; Doubek, Ralf; Mayer, Peter; Dobner, Sven; Cleff, Carsten; Fischer, Marc; Holzwarth, Ronald

    2017-01-01

    We report on a novel architecture for robust mode-locked femtosecond fiber lasers using a nonlinear optical loop mirror with all polarization-maintaining fibers. Due to a nonreciprocal phase shift, the loop mirror can be operated in a compact and efficient reflection mode, offering the possibility to reach high repetition rates and easy implementation of tuning elements. In particular, longitudinal mode spacing and carrier-envelope offset frequency may be controlled in order to operate the laser as an optical frequency comb. We demonstrate femtosecond pulse generation at three different wavelengths (1030, 1565, and 2050 nm) using Ytterbium, Erbium, and co-doped Thulium-Holmium as gain media, respectively. Robust operation is achieved for a wide range of parameters, including repetition rates from 10 to 250 MHz.

  5. 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)

  6. Ultrafast spin-transfer torque driven by femtosecond pulsed-laser excitation.

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    Schellekens, A J; Kuiper, K C; de Wit, R R J C; Koopmans, B

    2014-07-10

    Spin currents have an important role in many proposed spintronic devices, as they govern the switching process of magnetic bits in random access memories or drive domain wall motion in magnetic shift registers. The generation of these spin currents has to be fast and energy efficient for realization of these envisioned devices. Recently it has been shown that femtosecond pulsed-laser excitation of thin magnetic films creates intense and ultrafast spin currents. Here we utilize this method to change the orientation of the magnetization in a magnetic bilayer by spin-transfer torque on sub-picosecond timescales. By analysing the dynamics of the magnetic bilayer after laser excitation, the rich physics governing ultrafast spin-transfer torque are elucidated opening up new pathways to ultrafast magnetization reversal, but also providing a new method to quantify optically induced spin currents generated on femtosecond timescales.

  7. Mid-IR supercontinuum pumped by femtosecond pulses from thulium doped all-fiber amplifier.

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    Luo, Jiaqi; Sun, Biao; Liu, Jiayun; Yan, Zhiyu; Li, Nanxi; Tan, Eng Leong; Wang, Qijie; Yu, Xia

    2016-06-27

    We present a mid-infrared (mid-IR) supercontinuum (SC) light source pumped by femtosecond pulses from a thulium doped fiber amplifier (TDFA) at 2 μm. An octave-spanning spectrum from 1.1 to 3.7 μm with an average power of 253 mW has been obtained from a single mode ZBLAN fiber. Spectral flatness of 10 dB over a 1390 nm range has been obtained in the mid-IR region from 1940 - 3330 nm. It is resulted from the enhanced self phase modulation process in femtosecond regime. The all-fiber configuration makes such broadband coherent source a compact candidate for various applications.

  8. Cylindrical shockwave-induced compression mechanism in femtosecond laser Bessel pulse micro-drilling of PMMA

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    Wang, Guoyan; Yu, Yanwu; Jiang, Lan; Li, Xiaowei; Xie, Qian; Lu, Yongfeng

    2017-04-01

    Femtosecond (fs) laser Bessel pulses can be employed for high-quality and high-speed fabrication of high-aspect-ratio uniform microhole arrays. This technique exhibits prominent potential in three-dimensional packaging, fluidic devices, fiber sensing, biomedical devices, and aeronautics. However, the fundamental mechanisms remain mysterious. Using the femtosecond time-resolved pump-probe shadowgraph technique, this study revealed that the generation of cylindrical shockwaves inside the bulk material and the corresponding compression mechanism play key roles in the formation of high-aspect-ratio microholes. The phenomena were observed in all experiments of Bessel beam drilling of polymethyl methacrylate. In the aforementioned cases, the compression mechanism was confirmed by measuring sample mass losses that were experimentally determined to be negligible. By contrast, neither cylindrical shockwave nor compression mechanism was observed when a fused silica or Gaussian laser beam was involved.

  9. 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.

  10. Plasmon-enhanced terahertz emission in self-assembled quantum dots by femtosecond pulses

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    Carreño, F. Antón, M. A. Melle, Sonia Calderón, Oscar G. Cabrera-Granado, E.; Egatz-Gómez, A.

    2014-02-14

    A scheme for terahertz (THz) generation from intraband transition in a self-assembled quantum dot (QD) molecule coupled to a metallic nanoparticle (MNP) is analyzed. The QD structure is described as a three-level atom-like system using the density matrix formalism. The MNP with spherical geometry is considered in the quasistatic approximation. A femtosecond laser pulse creates a coherent superposition of two subbands in the quantum dots and produces localized surface plasmons in the nanoparticle which act back upon the QD molecule via dipole-dipole interaction. As a result, coherent THz radiation with a frequency corresponding to the interlevel spacing can be obtained, which is strongly modified by the presence of the MNP. The peak value of the terahertz signal is analyzed as a function of nanoparticle's size, the MNP to QD distance, and the area of the applied laser field. In addition, we theoretically demonstrate that the terahertz pulse generation can be effectively controlled by making use of a train of femtosecond laser pulses. We show that by a proper choice of the parameters characterizing the pulse train a huge enhancement of the terahertz signal is obtained.

  11. Measurements of femtosecond pulse temporal profile by means of a Michelson interferometer with a Schottky junction.

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    Ling, Yan; Lu, Fang

    2006-12-20

    We introduce a new method for femtosecond pulse shape measurement. The interference of two pulses is employed rather than the second-harmonic generation (SHG). Usually, the measurements of the femtosecond pulse is realized by an interferometer in combination with a nonlinear optical material, while the measurement that we describe is realized by means of a Michelson interferometer with a Schottky junction. Only a metal-semiconductor junction (Schottky junction) is needed, and neither the nonlinear optical material nor a photodetector is included. The two-photon absorption arises when the light is strong enough, while there is only a one-photon absorption when the light is weak. And the calculations are in good agreement with the experimental results. In principle, the new technique could be used for the measuring of pulses with any duration and with very low power. Unlike the SHG scheme, in the new method the quality of optics, mechanics, and other elements of the scheme are not essential, and the measurement is easily realized, but the results are quite precise and very sensitive to the light.

  12. Nonthermal graphitization of diamond induced by a femtosecond x-ray laser pulse

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    Medvedev, N.; Jeschke, H. O.; Ziaja, B.

    2013-12-01

    Diamond irradiated with an ultrashort intense laser pulse in the regime of photon energies from soft up to hard x rays can undergo a phase transition to graphite. This transition is induced by an excitation of electrons from the valence band or from atomic deep shells of the material into its conduction band, which is followed by a transient rapid change of the interatomic potential. Such a nonthermal phase transition occurs on a femtosecond time scale, shortly after or even during the laser pulse. In this work we show that the duration of the graphitization depends on the incoming photon energy: the higher the photon energy is, the longer the secondary electron cascading which promotes the electrons into the conduction band will take. The transient kinetics of the electronic and atomic processes during the graphitization is analyzed in detail. The damage threshold fluence is calculated in the broad photon energy range and is found to be always ˜0.7 eV/atom in terms of the average dose absorbed per atom. It is confirmed that the temporal characteristics of a femtosecond laser pulse (at a fixed pulse duration and fluence) do not significantly influence the transient damage kinetics. Finally, the influence of an additional surface layer of high-Z material on the damage within diamond is discussed.

  13. Evaluation of ablation efficiency and surface morphology of human teeth upon irradiation with femtosecond laser pulses

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

    2014-11-01

    This study investigates changes in ablation efficiency and surface morphology induced in human dental enamel and dentin upon interaction with femtosecond laser pulses at variable energies and number of laser pulses. Craters were created using a Ti:sapphire femtosecond laser ablation system operating at a wavelength of 785 nm, pulse width of 130 fs, and repetition rate of 20 Hz. Various techniques, such as optical and scanning electron microscopy and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), were used to evaluate ablation depth, amount of material ablated, and surface morphology of the craters. Ablation rate (ablation depth per pulse) was found to be lower in enamel than dentin with the maximum rate occurring at fluence of 12.4 J cm-2 in both materials. A drop in ablation rate was observed for fluence greater than 12.4 J cm-2 and was attributed to attenuation of laser energy due to interaction with the laser-generated particles. Above this fluence, signs of thermal effects, such as melting and formation of droplets of molten material at the sample surface, were observed. The response of the ICP-MS indicated that the amount of ablated material removed from dentin is greater than that removed from enamel by a factor of 1.5 or more at all investigated fluence.

  14. Influence analysis of the refractive index of air on the cross-correlation patterns between femtosecond pulses

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    Xu, Yan; Zhou, Weihu; Liu, Deming

    2013-01-01

    The environmental parameters of refractive index of air and their effect on the cross-correlation model between femtosecond pulses propagation in air were discussed. Using the dispersion pulse propagation theory, the equation of cross-correlation between femtosecond pulses was obtained and the relation between the cross-correlation with the environmental parameters was established. Results show that the change of the atmospheric conditions gives rise to the change of the group refractive index, and then contributes to the shift of the correlations patterns without any extra linear broadening or chirp.

  15. Coherent control of ultracold molecule dynamics in a magneto-optical trap by use of chirped femtosecond laser pulses.

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    Brown, Benjamin L; Dicks, Alexander J; Walmsley, Ian A

    2006-05-05

    We have studied the effects of chirped femtosecond laser pulses on the formation of ultracold molecules in a Rb magneto-optical trap. We have found that application of chirped femtosecond pulses suppressed the formation of (85)Rb and (87)Rb(2) a(3)sigma(+)(u) molecules in contrast to comparable nonchirped pulses, cw illumination, and background formation rates. Variation of the amount of chirp indicated that this suppression is coherent in nature, suggesting that coherent control is likely to be useful for manipulating the dynamics of ultracold quantum molecular gases.

  16. Formation of quasi-periodic nano- and microstructures on silicon surface under IR and UV femtosecond laser pulses

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    Ionin, Andrei A; Golosov, E V; Kolobov, Yu R; Kudryashov, Sergei I; Ligachev, A E; Makarov, Sergei V; Novoselov, Yurii N; Seleznev, L V; Sinitsyn, D V

    2011-09-30

    Quasi-periodic nano- and microstructures have been formed on silicon surface using IR ( {lambda} Almost-Equal-To 744 nm) and UV ( {lambda} Almost-Equal-To 248 nm) femtosecond laser pulses. The influence of the incident energy density and the number of pulses on the structured surface topology has been investigated. The silicon nanostructurisation thresholds have been determined for the above-mentioned wavelengths. Modulation of the surface relief at the doubled spatial frequency is revealed and explained qualitatively. The periods of the nanostructures formed on the silicon surface under IR and UV femtosecond laser pulses are comparatively analysed and discussed.

  17. Real-time dispersion analyzer of femtosecond laser pulses with use of a spectrally and temporally resolved upconversion technique

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    Rhee, June-Koo; Sosnowski, Thomas S.; Tien, An-Chun; Norris, Theodore B.

    1996-08-01

    We demonstrate a real-time femtosecond-laser-pulse analyzer by using a spectrally and temporally resolved upconversion technique (STRUT) for characterization of the phase and the intensity. The STRUT provides simple but reliable analysis of femtosecond pulses by employing a narrow-bandpass dielectric filter in one arm of a conventional single-shot upconversion autocorrelator and analyzing the spatiotemporal upconversion signal with a monochromator. The resulting spatiotemporal and spatiospectral image presents clear and complete information about femtosecond pulses produced by either oscillators or amplifiers. Characterization of 2-nJ, 60-fs Ti:sapphire oscillator pulses is achieved with 0.5 s data acquisition time and 0.2-s computational time.

  18. Characterization of nanosecond, femtosecond and dual pulse laser energy deposition in air for flow control and diagnostic applications

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    Limbach, Christopher M.

    The non-resonant heating of gases by laser irradiation and plasma formation has been under investigation since the development of 100 megawatt peak power, Q-switched, nanosecond pulse duration lasers and the commensurate discovery of laser air sparks. More recently, advances in mode-locking and chirped pulse amplification have led to commercially available 100 gigawatt peak power, femtosecond pulse duration lasers with a rapidly increasing number of applications including remote sensing, laser spectroscopy, aerodynamic flow control, and molecular tagging velocimetry and thermometry diagnostics. This work investigates local energy deposition and gas heating produced by focused, non-resonant, nanosecond and femtosecond laser pulses in the context of flow control and laser diagnostic applications. Three types of pulse configurations were examined: single nanosecond pulses, single femtosecond pulses and a dual pulse approach whereby a femtosecond pre-ionizing pulse is followed by a nanosecond pulse. For each pulse configuration, optical and laser diagnostic techniques were applied in order to qualitatively and quantitatively measure the plasmadynamic and hydrodynamic processes accompanying laser energy deposition. Time resolved imaging of optical emission from the plasma and excited species was used to qualitatively examine the morphology and decay of the excited gas. Additionally, Thomson scattering and Rayleigh scattering diagnostics were applied towards measurements of electron temperature, electron density, gas temperature and gas density. Gas heating by nanosecond and dual pulse laser plasmas was found to be considerably more intense than femtosecond plasmas, irrespective of pressure, while the dual pulse approach provided substantially more controllability than nanosecond pulses alone. In comparison, measurements of femtosecond laser heating showed a strong and nonlinearly dependence on focusing strength. With comparable pulse energy, measurements of maximum

  19. Laser-driven plasma wakefield electron acceleration and coherent femtosecond pulse generation in X-ray and gamma ranges

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    Trunov, V. I.; Lotov, K. V.; Gubin, K. V.; Pestryakov, E. V.; Bagayev, S. N.; Logachev, P. V.

    2017-01-01

    The laser wakefield acceleration (LWFA) of electrons in capillaries and gas jets followed by inverse Compton scattering of high intensity femtosecond laser pulses is discussed. The drive and scattered pulses will be produced by the two-channel multi-terawatt laser system developed in ILP SB RAS.

  20. Formation of solitons and realization of the superluminality effect upon femtosecond pulse propagation in a medium containing gold nanoparticles

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    Lysak, T. M.; Trofimov, V. A.

    2016-09-01

    Based on computer simulation, we demonstrate the possibility of formation of solitons upon propagation of a femtosecond laser pulse in a medium containing gold nanoparticles in the presence of two-photon light absorption. The solitons are formed when the laser pulse induces a positive phase grating. The speed of solitons substantially exceeds the speed of laser radiation propagating in a linear medium.

  1. 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.

  2. Characterization of arbitrary femtosecond pulses using frequency-resolved optical gating

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    Kane, D.J. ); Trebino, R. )

    1993-02-01

    The authors introduce a new technique, which they call frequency-resolved optical gating (FROG), for characterizing and displaying arbitrary femtosecond pulses. The method is simple, general, broad-band, and does not require a reference pulse. Using virtually any instantaneous nonlinear-optical effect, FROG involves measuring the spectrum of the signal pulse as a function of the delay between two input pulses. The resulting trace of intensity versus frequency and delay is related to the pulse's spectrogram, a visually intuitive transform containing both time and frequency information. They prove, using phase retrieval concepts, that the FROG trace yields the full intensity l(t) and phase [var phi](t) of an arbitrary ultrashort pulse with no physically significant ambiguities. They argue, in analogy with acoustics problems, that the FROG trace is in many ways as useful a representation of the pulse as the field itself. FROG appears to have temporal resolution limited only by the response of the nonlinear medium. They demonstrate the method using self-diffraction via the electronic Kerr effect in BK-7 glass and few [mu]J, 620 nm, linearly chirped, [approximately]200 fs pulses.

  3. Evolution of energy deposition during glass cutting with pulsed femtosecond laser radiation

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    Kalupka, C.; Großmann, D.; Reininghaus, M.

    2017-05-01

    We report on investigations of the energy deposition in the volume of thin glass during an ablation cutting process with pulsed femtosecond laser radiation by time-resolved pump-probe shadowgraphy. For a single laser pulse, the temporal evolution of the transient electronic excitation of the glass volume is imaged up to 10 ps after initial excitation. For an increasing number of laser pulses, the spatial excitation of the glass volume significantly changes compared to single pulse irradiation. Sharp spikes are observed, which reduce the transmission of the illuminating probe pulse. This indicates local maxima of the absorption and, therefore, energy deposition of the pump pulse energy in the glass volume. Furthermore, for an increasing number of pulses, different shapes of the surface ablation crater are observed. To study the correlation between the shape of the surface ablation crater and the energy deposition in the glass volume, simulations of the spatial intensity distribution of the pump pulse are executed by means of linear beam propagation method. We show that the transient excitation spikes observed by pump-probe shadowgraphy can be explained by refraction and diffraction of the laser radiation at the surface ablation crater. Our results provide an experimental validation for the physical reason of an ablation stop for an ablation cutting process. Moreover, the simulations allow for the prediction of damage inside the glass volume.

  4. Femtosecond Pulse Distortion by Diffraction from Semi-insulating Multiple Quantum Wells

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    Brubaker, R. M.; Dinu, M.; Nolte, D. D.; Melloch, M. R.; Weiner, A. M.

    1996-03-01

    We have performed nondegenerate four-wave mixing of ultrafast pulses from photorefractive quantum wells.(Q. Wang, R. M. Brubaker, D. D. Nolte and M. R. Melloch, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 9), 1626 (1992) This work is a first step towards performing dynamic femtosecond pulse shaping.(A. M. Weiner, Prog. Quant. Electr. 19), 161 (1995) The pulse shape is changed by the amplitude and phase of gratings written by an above-gap laser in steady-state. We use electric field cross-correlation measurements to detect the change in pulse shape. The gratings are formed by space charge gratings trapped at deep level defects. For pulse shaping, a diffraction spectrum is desired to be flat over 10 nm to minimize pulse distortion. The spectrum depends on the distribution of oscillator strength, which is a sensitive function of the quantum well parameters. We show that diffraction of a pulse with a center wavelength displaced from the diffraction peak results in significant pulse broadening by over a factor of two.

  5. Femtosecond laser induced damage of pulse compression gratings

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    Kong, Fanyu; Huang, Haopeng; Wang, Leilei; Shao, Jianda; Jin, Yunxia; Xia, Zhilin; Chen, Junming; Li, Linxin

    2017-12-01

    Laser induced damage of Au-coated gratings (ACG) and metal multilayer dielectric gratings (MMDG) for pulse compression were measured using 800 ± 35 nm femto-laser with pulse width of 30.2 fs. The -1st order diffraction efficiency of the ACG is over 90% in wavelength range from 700 to 1000 nm. The MMDG has a 148 nm bandwidth (750-897 nm) with -1st order diffraction efficiency greater than 90%. The laser damage experiment on grating samples was performed in air for single-shot damage. The single-shot damage threshold of the ACG and MMDG was determined to be 0.32 ± 0.02 J/cm2 and 0.31 ± 0.02 J/cm2, respectively. The damage morphologies of the ACG revealed that the damage was attributed to the pinholes at the base of the grating pillars and the weak adhesion between metal layer and photoresist gratings layer. The damage feature combined with near field distribution of MMDG indicated that the damage was due to the nonlinear ionization process of the valence electrons in HfO2 film. According to analysis results, the laser damage resistance of the ACG can be enhanced through avoiding the appearance of pinholes and increasing adhesion between metal layer and photoresist layer. And for the MMDG, good performance of HfO2 film, low near field enhancement and single HfO2 grating structures may increase its laser damage resistance.

  6. Non-thermal ablation of expanded polytetrafluoroethylene with an intense femtosecond-pulse laser.

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    Hashida, M; Mishima, H; Tokita, S; Sakabe, S

    2009-07-20

    Ablation of expanded polytetrafluoroethylene without disruption of the fine porous structure is demonstrated using an intense femtosecond-pulse laser. As a result of laser-matter interactions near ablation threshold fluence, high-energy ions are emitted, which cannot be produced by thermal dissociation of the molecules. The ion energy is produced by Coulomb explosion of the elements of (-CF(2)-CF(2)-)(n) and the energy spectra of the ions show contributions from the Coulomb explosions of the ions rather than those of thermal expansion to generate high-energy ions. The dependence of ion energy on the laser fluence of a 180-fs pulse, compared with that of a 400-ps pulse, also suggests that the high-energy ions are accelerated by Coulomb explosion.

  7. Structural relaxation phenomena in silicate glasses modified by irradiation with femtosecond laser pulses

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    Seuthe, Thomas; Mermillod-Blondin, Alexandre; Grehn, Moritz; Bonse, Jörn; Wondraczek, Lothar; Eberstein, Markus

    2017-01-01

    Structural relaxation phenomena in binary and multicomponent lithium silicate glasses were studied upon irradiation with femtosecond (fs) laser pulses (800 nm central wavelength, 130 fs pulse duration) and subsequent thermal annealing experiments. Depending on the annealing temperature, micro-Raman spectroscopy analyses evidenced different relaxation behaviours, associated to bridging and non-bridging oxygen structures present in the glass network. The results indicate that the mobility of lithium ions is an important factor during the glass modification with fs-laser pulses. Quantitative phase contrast imaging (spatial light interference microscopy) revealed that these fs-laser induced structural modifications are closely related to local changes in the refractive index of the material. The results establish a promising strategy for tailoring fs-laser sensitivity of glasses through structural mobility. PMID:28266615

  8. Broadband supercontinuum generation with femtosecond pulse width in erbium-doped fiber laser (EDFL)

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    Rifin, S. N. M.; Zulkifli, M. Z.; Hassan, S. N. M.; Munajat, Y.; Ahmad, H.

    2016-11-01

    We demonstrate two flat plateaus and the low-noise spectrum of supercontinuum generation (SCG) in a highly nonlinear fiber (HNLF), injected by an amplified picosecond pulse seed of a carbon nanotube-based passively mode locked erbium-doped fiber laser. A broad spectrum of width approximately 1090 nm spanning the range 1130-2220 nm is obtained and the pulse width is compressed to the shorter duration of 70 fs. Variations of the injected peak power up to 33.78 kW into the HNLF are compared and the broad spectrum SCG profiles slightly expand for each of the injected peak powers. This straightforward configuration of SCG offers low output power and ultra-narrow femtosecond pulse width. The results facilitate the development of all fiber time-domain spectroscopy systems based on the photoconductive antenna technique.

  9. Processing Structures on Human Fingernail Surfaces Using a Focused Near-Infrared Femtosecond Laser Pulse

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    Hayasaki, Yoshio; Takagi, Hayato; Takita, Akihiro; Yamamoto, Hirotsugu; Nishida, Nobuo; Misawa, Hiroaki

    2004-12-01

    We investigated the processing of a human fingernail surface using a tightly focused femtosecond laser pulse. The processed structure in the fingernail surface is strongly dependent on the focus position and irradiation energy of the single laser pulse. We observed a ring, a simple pit, a small pit with a surrounding uplift, an irregular jagged surface, and a swell containing a void, depending on the focus position. We also observed a sudden change in the size of the processed structure according to the irradiation pulse energy. From a linear theoretical estimation based on the diffraction of the laser beam, we found that the sudden change is primarily due to the diffraction pattern generated by the circular aperture of the objective lens. We also describe the processing features by comparing the structures processed in a fingernail with those processed in glass.

  10. Nonlinear waves generated on liquid silicon layer by femtosecond laser pulses

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    Lugomer, S.; Maksimović, A.; Geretovszky, Z.; Szörényi, T.

    2013-11-01

    Two-dimensional nonlinear waves are generated by multipulse femtosecond ultraviolet laser irradiation of silicon above the ablation threshold. The train of 120-190 pulses generates the unidirectional cnoidal-like waves as well as the Y- and X-type configurations. In the region of high laser intensity, the interaction of line solitary-like waves give rise to the complex network structure. For 200 ≤ N < 220, the transition from stable into unstable waves takes place. At the critical number of pulses (≥230), the catastrophic destruction of cnoidal-like and solitary-like waves, takes place. Thus, the number of pulses plays the role of the control parameter. The stable cnoidal-like and solitary-like waves in a thin layer of molten silicon are reproduced by using the Kadomtsev-Petviashvili equation with negative dispersion (KP-II), and the unstable ones by using the KP-I equation with positive dispersion.

  11. Structural relaxation phenomena in silicate glasses modified by irradiation with femtosecond laser pulses

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    Seuthe, Thomas; Mermillod-Blondin, Alexandre; Grehn, Moritz; Bonse, Jörn; Wondraczek, Lothar; Eberstein, Markus

    2017-03-01

    Structural relaxation phenomena in binary and multicomponent lithium silicate glasses were studied upon irradiation with femtosecond (fs) laser pulses (800 nm central wavelength, 130 fs pulse duration) and subsequent thermal annealing experiments. Depending on the annealing temperature, micro-Raman spectroscopy analyses evidenced different relaxation behaviours, associated to bridging and non-bridging oxygen structures present in the glass network. The results indicate that the mobility of lithium ions is an important factor during the glass modification with fs-laser pulses. Quantitative phase contrast imaging (spatial light interference microscopy) revealed that these fs-laser induced structural modifications are closely related to local changes in the refractive index of the material. The results establish a promising strategy for tailoring fs-laser sensitivity of glasses through structural mobility.

  12. Efficient frequency doubling of femtosecond pulses with BIBO in an external synchronized cavity

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    Kanseri, Bhaskar; Bouillard, Martin; Tualle-Brouri, Rosa

    2016-12-01

    We experimentally demonstrate the second harmonic generation (SHG) of infrared femtosecond pulses using a BIBO crystal placed in an external ring cavity, synchronized with an input mode-locked laser at 78 MHz. A frequency doubling efficiency of 53% is achieved which is, to the best of our knowledge, the highest value ever reported for a low energy input beam of 1.4 nJ/pulse. Theoretical analysis of cavity related issues such as design, fundamental mode characteristics and fidelity against misalignments are also presented. The modeling of SHG cavity enables us to estimate the cavity losses and the mode matching visibility. Such synchronized SHG cavities in pulse domain, having higher SHG conversion efficiencies compared to their continuous wave counterparts, may find potential applications in scientific areas such as in photonics, and in quantum optics.

  13. Dispersion-compensated beam-splitting of femtosecond light pulses: Wave optics analysis.

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    Mínguez-Vega, Gladys; Tajahuerce, Enrique; Fernández-Alonso, Mercedes; Climent, Vicent; Lancis, Jesús; Caraquitena, José; Andrés, Pedro

    2007-01-22

    Recently, using parageometrical optics concepts, a hybrid, diffractive-refractive, lens triplet has been suggested to significantly improve the spatiotemporal resolution of light spots in multifocal processing with femtosecond laser pulses. Here, we carry out a rigorous wave-optics analysis, including the spatiotemporal nature of the wave equation, to elucidate both the spatial extent of the diffractive spots and the temporal duration of the pulse at the output plane. Specifically, we show nearly transform-limited behavior of diffraction maxima. Moreover, the temporal broadening of the pulse is related to the group velocity dispersion, which can be pre-compensated for in practical applications. Finally, some numerical simulations of the spatiotemporal wave field at the output plane in a realistic case are provided.

  14. Periodic surface structures on titanium self-organized upon double femtosecond pulse exposures

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    Gemini, Laura; Hashida, Masaki; Miyasaka, Yasuhiro; Inoue, Shunsuke; Limpouch, Jiri; Mocek, Tomas; Sakabe, Shuji

    2015-05-01

    Laser induced periodic surface structures (LIPSS) self-organized on Ti surface after irradiations by femtosecond laser beam composed by double pulses with a fixed time delay of 160 fs. The fluence of the first pulse (FPP), responsible for surface plasma formation, was varied in the range 10-50 mJ cm-2 and always kept below the LIPSS formation threshold fluence (FLIPSS) on Ti for 50-single-shots exposure. The fluence of the delayed pulse (FLP), responsible for LIPSS self-organization, was varied in the range 60-150 mJ cm-2 and always kept above FLIPSS. Regardless the specific fluence FLP of the delayed pulse, the interspace of the grating structures increases with the increase of FPP, that is an increase of the surface plasma density. This tendency suggests that a variation of the surface plasma density, due to a variation of FPP, actually leads to a modification of the grating features. Moreover, we observed that the LIPSS periodicities after double pulse exposures are in quite good agreement with data on LIPSS periodicities after single 160 fs pulse irradiations on Ti surface and with the curve predicted by the parametric decay model. This experimental result suggests that the preformed plasma might be produced in the rising edge of the temporal profile of the laser pulse.

  15. Optical fiber link for transmission of 1-nJ femtosecond laser pulses at 1550 nm.

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    Eichhorn, Finn; Olsson, Rasmus Kjelsmark; Buron, Jonas C D; Grüner-Nielsen, Lars; Pedersen, Jens Engholm; Jepsen, Peter Uhd

    2010-03-29

    We report on numerical and experimental characterization of the performance of a fiber link optimized for the delivery of sub-100-fs laser pulses at 1550 nm over several meters of fiber. We investigate the power handling capacity of the link, and demonstrate all-fiber delivery of 1-nJ pulses over a distance of 5.3 m. The fiber link consists of dispersion-compensating fiber (DCF) and standard single-mode fiber. The optical pulses at different positions in the fiber link are measured using frequency-resolved optical gating (FROG). The results are compared with numerical simulations of the pulse propagation based on the generalized nonlinear Schrödinger equation. The high input power capacity of the fiber link allows the splitting and distribution of femtosecond pulses to an array of fibers with applications in multi-channel fiber-coupled terahertz time-domain spectroscopy and imaging systems. We demonstrate THz pulse generation and detection using a distributed fiber link with 32 channels and 2.6 nJ input pulse energy.

  16. Prepulse controlled electron acceleration from solids by a femtosecond laser pulse in the slightly relativistic regime

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    Ivanov, K. A.; Tsymbalov, I. N.; Shulyapov, S. A.; Krestovskikh, D. A.; Brantov, A. V.; Bychenkov, V. Yu.; Volkov, R. V.; Savel'ev, A. B.

    2017-06-01

    We present results from the experimental and numerical study of electron heating and acceleration under the action of a 50 fs high contrast laser pulse [intensities ˜(1-4) × 1018 W/cm2] with a controlled preplasma that was created by a 6 ns laser "prepulse" with intensity ˜1012 W/cm2. A substantial increase both in the gamma yield and "temperature" was obtained by the proper adjustment of the time delay between the two pulses (0-5 ns), while the gamma yield dropped to almost zero values if the nanosecond pulse came 10-20 ns in advance of the femtosecond one. Comprehensive optical diagnostics (shadowgraphy, interferometry, and angular resolved self-emission measurements) data allowed us to estimate the electron density profile. The latter profile was used for making numerical Particle-in-cell simulations which describe the gamma yield enhancement well. We also illustrate how the observed drop in the gamma yield within a certain range of delays was due to ionization defocusing of the femtosecond beam in an expanding long-scale (L/λ > 1) preplasma.

  17. White-light generation control with crossing beams of femtosecond laser pulses.

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    Kolomenskii, A A; Strohaber, J; Kaya, N; Kaya, G; Sokolov, A V; Schuessler, H A

    2016-01-11

    We investigated the variations in generated white-light when crossing two femtosecond laser beams in a Kerr medium. By changing the relative delay of two interacting intense femtosecond laser pulses, we show that white-light generation can be enhanced or suppressed. With a decrease of the relative delay an enhancement of the white-light output was observed, which at even smaller delays was reverted to a suppression of white-light generation. Under choosen conditions, the level of suppression resulted in a white-light output lower than the initial level corresponding to large delays, when the pulses do not overlap in time. The enhancement of the white-light generation takes place in the pulse that is lagging. We found that the effect of the interaction of the beams depends on their relative orientation of polarization and increases when the polarizations are changed from perpendicular to parallel. The observed effects are explained by noting that at intermediate delays, the perturbations introduced in the path of the lagging beam lead to a shortening of the length of filament formation and enhancement of the white-light generation, whereas at small delays the stronger interaction and mutual rescattering reduces the intensity in the central part of the beams, suppressing filamentation and white-light generation.

  18. Nonlinear absorption of femtosecond laser pulses (800 nm) by atmospheric air and water vapour

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    Kiselev, A M; Ponomarev, Yu N; Stepanov, A N; Tikhomirov, A B; Tikhomirov, B A

    2011-11-30

    Quantitative data on the nonlinear absorption cross sections of femtosecond Ti : Sapphire laser pulses in air and water vapour have been obtained. A photoacoustic spectrometer calibrated based on the calculated value of linear absorption of laser pulses with a wavelength of 800 nm and a spectral width of 17.7 nm is used to find the nonlinear absorption cross sections of water vapour and air: {sigma}{sub 2}{sup w} = (2.6{+-}0.4) Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -55} cm{sup 4} s and {sigma}{sub 2}{sup a} = (8.7{+-}1.0) Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -56} cm{sup 4} s, respectively. Based on measuring the absorption of femtosecond Ti : Sapphire laser pulses with a photoacoustic detector calibrated with the known linear absorption of ruby laser radiation by water vapour in air, the air nonlinear absorption cross section is found to be (8.2{+-}0.9) Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -56} cm{sup 4} s.

  19. Contrasting levels of absorption of intense femtosecond laser pulses by solids

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    Singh, Prashant Kumar; Cui, Y. Q.; Adak, Amitava; Lad, Amit D.; Chatterjee, Gourab; Brijesh, P.; Sheng, Z. M.; Kumar, G. Ravindra

    2015-01-01

    The absorption of ultraintense, femtosecond laser pulses by a solid unleashes relativistic electrons, thereby creating a regime of relativistic optics. This has enabled exciting applications of relativistic particle beams and coherent X-ray radiation, and fundamental leaps in high energy density science and laboratory astrophysics. Obviously, central to these possibilities lies the basic problem of understanding and if possible, manipulating laser absorption. Surprisingly, the absorption of intense light largely remains an open question, despite the extensive variations in target and laser pulse structures. Moreover, there are only few experimental measurements of laser absorption carried out under very limited parameter ranges. Here we present an extensive investigation of absorption of intense 30 femtosecond laser pulses by solid metal targets. The study, performed under varying laser intensity and contrast ratio over four orders of magnitude, reveals a significant and non-intuitive dependence on these parameters. For contrast ratio of 10−9 and intensity of 2 × 1019 W cm−2, three observations are revealed: preferential acceleration of electrons along the laser axis, a ponderomotive scaling of electron temperature, and red shifting of emitted second-harmonic. These point towards the role of J × B absorption mechanism at relativistic intensity. The experimental results are supported by particle-in-cell simulations. PMID:26648399

  20. Femtosecond laser pulses for fast 3-D surface profilometry of microelectronic step-structures.

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    Joo, Woo-Deok; Kim, Seungman; Park, Jiyong; Lee, Keunwoo; Lee, Joohyung; Kim, Seungchul; Kim, Young-Jin; Kim, Seung-Woo

    2013-07-01

    Fast, precise 3-D measurement of discontinuous step-structures fabricated on microelectronic products is essential for quality assurance of semiconductor chips, flat panel displays, and photovoltaic cells. Optical surface profilers of low-coherence interferometry have long been used for the purpose, but the vertical scanning range and speed are limited by the micro-actuators available today. Besides, the lateral field-of-view extendable for a single measurement is restricted by the low spatial coherence of broadband light sources. Here, we cope with the limitations of the conventional low-coherence interferometer by exploiting unique characteristics of femtosecond laser pulses, i.e., low temporal but high spatial coherence. By scanning the pulse repetition rate with direct reference to the Rb atomic clock, step heights of ~69.6 μm are determined with a repeatability of 10.3 nm. The spatial coherence of femtosecond pulses provides a large field-of-view with superior visibility, allowing for a high volume measurement rate of ~24,000 mm3/s.

  1. Contrasting levels of absorption of intense femtosecond laser pulses by solids.

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    Singh, Prashant Kumar; Cui, Y Q; Adak, Amitava; Lad, Amit D; Chatterjee, Gourab; Brijesh, P; Sheng, Z M; Kumar, G Ravindra

    2015-12-09

    The absorption of ultraintense, femtosecond laser pulses by a solid unleashes relativistic electrons, thereby creating a regime of relativistic optics. This has enabled exciting applications of relativistic particle beams and coherent X-ray radiation, and fundamental leaps in high energy density science and laboratory astrophysics. Obviously, central to these possibilities lies the basic problem of understanding and if possible, manipulating laser absorption. Surprisingly, the absorption of intense light largely remains an open question, despite the extensive variations in target and laser pulse structures. Moreover, there are only few experimental measurements of laser absorption carried out under very limited parameter ranges. Here we present an extensive investigation of absorption of intense 30 femtosecond laser pulses by solid metal targets. The study, performed under varying laser intensity and contrast ratio over four orders of magnitude, reveals a significant and non-intuitive dependence on these parameters. For contrast ratio of 10(-9) and intensity of 2 × 10(19)W cm(-2), three observations are revealed: preferential acceleration of electrons along the laser axis, a ponderomotive scaling of electron temperature, and red shifting of emitted second-harmonic. These point towards the role of J × B absorption mechanism at relativistic intensity. The experimental results are supported by particle-in-cell simulations.

  2. Interference and holography with femtosecond laser pulses of different colours.

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    Odoulov, Serguey; Shumelyuk, Alexandr; Badorreck, Holger; Nolte, Stefan; Voit, Kay-Michael; Imlau, Mirco

    2015-02-05

    Interferometry and holography are two domains that are based on observation and recording of interference fringes from two light beams. While the aim of the first technique is to reveal and map the phase difference of two wave fronts, the main task of the second technique is to reconstruct one of the two recording waves via diffraction of the other wave from the recorded fringe pattern (hologram). To create fringes, mutually coherent waves from the same laser are commonly used. It is shown here that fringes can be observed and holograms can be recorded with ultrashort, sub-picosecond pulses even of different colour, generated in our experiment with two parametric amplifiers seeded, both by the same mode-locked Ti-sapphire laser. The appearance of permanent and transient gratings is confirmed by recording of an image-bearing hologram, by observation of two-beam coupling gain in a pump-probe experiment and by frequency conversion in Raman-Nath self-diffraction from a moving grating.

  3. Dynamics of space-time self-focusing of a femtosecond relativistic laser pulse in an underdense plasma.

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    Lontano, Maurizio; Murusidze, Ivane

    2003-02-10

    The propagation of femtosecond, multiterawatt, relativistic laser pulses in a transparent plasma is studied. The spatio-temporal dynamics of ultrashort, high-power laser pulses in underdense plasmas differs dramatically from that of long laser beams. We present the results of numerical studies of these dynamics within a model which systematically incorporates finite pulse length effects (i.e., dispersion) along with diffraction and nonlinear refraction in a strongly nonlinear, relativistic regime. New space-time patterns of self-compression, self-focusing and self-phase-modulation, typical of ultrashort, high-intensity laser pulses, are analyzed. The parameters of our numerical simulations correspond to a new class of high-peak-power (> 100 TW), ultrashort-pulsed laser systems, producing pulses with a duration in the 10 - 20 femtosecond range. Spatiotemporal dynamics of these self-effects and underlying physical mechanisms are discussed.

  4. XCAN — A coherent amplification network of femtosecond fiber chirped-pulse amplifiers

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    Daniault, L.; Bellanger, S.; Le Dortz, J.; Bourderionnet, J.; Lallier, É.; Larat, C.; Antier-Murgey, M.; Chanteloup, J.-C.; Brignon, A.; Simon-Boisson, C.; Mourou, G.

    2015-10-01

    The XCAN collaboration program between the Ecole Polytechnique and Thales aims at developing a laser system based on the coherent combination of several tens of laser beams produced through a network of amplifying optical fibers [1]. As a first step this project aspires to demonstrate the scalability of a combining architecture in the femtosecond regime providing high peak power with high repetition rate and high efficiency. The initial system will include 61 individual phased beams aimed to provide 10 mJ, 350 fs pulses at 50 kHz.

  5. Single-shot femtosecond-pulsed phase-shifting digital holography.

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    Kakue, Takashi; Itoh, Seiya; Xia, Peng; Tahara, Tatsuki; Awatsuji, Yasuhiro; Nishio, Kenzo; Ura, Shogo; Kubota, Toshihiro; Matoba, Osamu

    2012-08-27

    Parallel phase-shifting digital holography is capable of three-dimensional measurement of a dynamically moving object with a single-shot recording. In this letter, we demonstrated a parallel phase-shifting digital holography using a single femtosecond light pulse whose central wavelength and temporal duration were 800 nm and 96 fs, respectively. As an object, we set spark discharge in atmospheric pressure air induced by applying a high voltage to between two electrodes. The instantaneous change in phase caused by the spark discharge was clearly reconstructed. The reconstructed phase image shows the change of refractive index of air was -3.7 × 10(-4).

  6. PbTe thin films grown by femtosecond pulsed laser deposition

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

    2007-09-01

    PbTe thin films were grown on BK7 glass and Si(100) substrates using femtosecond pulsed laser deposition at room temperature. The influence of the background pressure and the laser fluence on the structural and optical characteristics of the PbTe films was studied. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) were used to characterize the surface and structural properties of the deposited PbTe thin films, respectively. Transmission spectroscopy measurements in the visible and infrared region (VIS-IR) were used to investigate the optical properties of the PbTe thin films.

  7. Peculiarities of the spatial focusing of a high-power femtosecond laser pulse in air

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    Geints, Yu E; Zemlyanov, A A

    2008-12-31

    The propagation of focused high-power femtosecond laser pulses in air is numerically simulated. The dependences of the effective average size of a focal spot and the maximum achievable radiation intensity in the focal beam waist on the peak power of incident radiation are studied. It is shown that in the regime of nonstationary self-action of radiation, due to photoionisation of the medium and formation of plasma, it becomes impossible to focus radiation into a spot of diffraction-limited size predicted by a linear theory. (nonlinear optical phenomena)

  8. Mechanism for femtosecond laser pulse patterning of self-assembled monolayers on gold-coated substrates

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    Kirkwood, S. E.; Shadnam, M. R.; Amirfazli, A.; Fedosejevs, R.

    2007-04-01

    Self-assembled monolayer (SAM) patterning on gold thin films was performed using 800 nm, 118 fs laser pulses. SAM removal was ablative and was observed at fluences near the multishot ablation threshold for the thin gold film. Line widths six times smaller than the 2 e-folding intensity beam diameter were observed demonstrating sub-diffraction limited patterning with femtosecond lasers. Similar experimental results in air and N2 indicated that the removal process does not involve oxidation of the gold-sulfur bond as was claimed in the literature.

  9. Terahertz emission from biased conjugated polymers excited by femtosecond laser pulses

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    Unuma, Takeya; Yamada, Naruki; Kishida, Hideo

    2016-12-01

    We perform terahertz emission spectroscopy to investigate the ultrafast motion of electrons and holes in conjugated polymer films excited by femtosecond laser pulses under in-plane bias electric field. The terahertz waveforms are found to exhibit not the features of free carrier acceleration along bias electric field but a characteristic shape reproduced well by the second time derivative of a delta-function-like polarization. Linear-to-quadratic relations between the terahertz emission amplitude and the excitation intensity are observed for three different conjugated polymers, indicating that the polarization is created by either exciton formation or optical rectification involving two-step excitation via localized states.

  10. Microstructuring of polymer films by femtosecond pulses through optically trapped polystyrene microspheres

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    Astaf'ev, A A; Shakhov, A M; Sarkisov, Oleg M; Nadtochenko, V A

    2013-04-30

    We report the laser ablation of polymers by femtosecond (18 and 54 fs) pulses focused by 1 and 3.8 {mu}m diameter spherical microlenses, which are held by optical traps. It is shown that this technique allows one to produce surface structures with lateral dimensions up to {lambda}/6 (125 nm). It is found that the size of the structures depends on the diameter of the microlens; the highest spatial resolution is achieved by using 1 {mu}m diameter microlenses. (extreme light fields and their applications)

  11. Femtosecond laser pulse control of multidimensional vibrational dynamics: Computational studies on the pyrazine molecule

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    Wang, Luxia; Meyer, Hans-Dieter; May, Volkhard

    2006-07-01

    The multiconfiguration time-dependent Hartree (MCTDH) method is combined with the optimal control theory (OCT) to study femtosecond laser pulse control of multidimensional vibrational dynamics. Simulations are presented for the widely discussed three-electronic-level vibronic coupling model of pyrazine either in a three or four vibrational coordinate version. Thus, for the first time OCT is applied to a four-coordinate system. Different control tasks are investigated and also some general aspects of the OCT-MCTDH method combination are analyzed.

  12. Three-dimensional hole drilling of silica glass from the rear surface with femtosecond laser pulses.

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    Li, Y; Itoh, K; Watanabe, W; Yamada, K; Kuroda, D; Nishii, J; Jiang, Y

    2001-12-01

    By moving silica glass in a preprogrammed structure, we directly produced three-dimensional holes with femtosecond laser pulses in single step. When distilled water was introduced into a hole drilled from the rear surface of the glass, the effects of blocking and redeposition of ablated material were greatly reduced and the aspect ratio of the depth of the hole was increased. Straight holes of 4-mu;m diameter were more than 200 microm deep. Three-dimensional channels can be micromachined inside transparent materials by use of this method, as we have demonstrated by drilling a square-wave-shaped hole inside silica glass.

  13. Thermal ablation of an aluminium film upon absorption of a femtosecond laser pulse

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    Bezhanov, S G; Kanavin, A P; Uryupin, S A

    2016-02-28

    We have found the time dependence of the ablation depth of aluminium irradiated by a femtosecond laser pulse. It is shown to what extent an increase in the radiation energy flux density leads to an increase in the quasi-stationary value of the ablation depth. By reducing the aluminium film thickness down to one hundred nanometres and less, the ablation depth significantly increases. At the same time, the quasi-stationary value of the ablation depth of a thin film is obtained due to the removal of heat from the focal spot region. (interaction of laser radiation with matter. laser plasma)

  14. Optical Kerr effect of tRNA solution induced by femtosecond laser pulses

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    Kucia, Weronika E.; Sharma, Gargi; Joseph, Cecil S.; Sarbak, Szymon; Oliver, Cameron; Dobek, Andrzej; Giles, Robert H.

    2016-10-01

    The optical Kerr effect (OKE) in a transfer ribonucleic acid (tRNA) solution induced by femtosecond pulses of linearly polarized pump light (λi = 800 nm) and sounded by probe light (λp = 800 nm) was studied. The measurements were performed to find nonlinear optical parameters describing a single molecule (molecular Kerr constant K, mean nonlinear third order optical polarizability cpi) and to compare them with our previous OKE results obtained in ns and ps time range. The OKE experiment has proven to be an efficient method to obtain the nonlinear parameters of single molecules in solution, which reflects dynamic structure changes.

  15. Super-hydrophobicity of PMMA and PDMS surfaces structured by femtosecond laser pulses

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    Jeong, Hong-Myeong; Lee, Woon-Young; Lee, Jin-Ho; Yang, Deok-Cho; Lim, Ki-Soo

    2013-03-01

    Surface wettability depends on both physical surface structure and chemical material. In this report, we demonstrate super-hydrophobic surface of cast polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) sheet by femtosecond laser fabrication. Twodimensional micro-array structures of square-typed pillars with various heights, widths, and intervals were fabricated on the PMMA surface by femtosecond laser irradiation and chemical etching. The Yb:KGW femtosecond laser processing system (λ=1030 nm) delivering 250 fs pulses at a repetition rate 100 kHz was employed for fabrication. The contact angle of PMMA changed 64° (hydrophilic plane) to 150° (super-hydrophobic structure). We also improved superhydrophobicity up to 170° contact angle by spin-coating PMMA surface with PDMS and fabricating regular microstructures including irregular nano-structures. We also coated the structured PMMA surface with a car ash spray material to use another combination of surface morphology and chemistry. All the experimental results were compared with those expected values by Cassie-Baxter model.

  16. Femtosecond correlated photon echo in CdS crystal under two-photon excitation by two pairs of crossed laser beams

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    Samartsev, V. V.; Leontiev, A. V.; Mitrofanova, T. G.

    2015-07-01

    We consider the possibility of observing a femtosecond correlated photon echo (FCPE) under two-photon excitation of CdS crystal by two pairs of crossed laser beams. The peculiarities of FCPE signals and their possible applications are discussed.

  17. INTERACTION OF LASER RADIATION WITH MATTER: Absorption of a femtosecond laser pulse by metals and the possibility of determining effective electron—electron collision frequencies

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    Isakov, Vladimir A.; Kanavin, Andrey P.; Uryupin, Sergey A.

    2006-10-01

    A method is proposed for describing absorption of an electron-heating femtosecond laser pulse that interacts with a metal under conditions of high-frequency skin effect. It is shown that the effective frequencies of electron—electron collisions accompanied by umklapp processes can be determined by measuring the absorption or reflection coefficients of a femtosecond pulse.

  18. Nonthermal phase transitions in semiconductors induced by a femtosecond extreme ultraviolet laser pulse

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    Medvedev, Nikita; Jeschke, Harald O.; Ziaja, Beata

    2013-01-01

    In this paper, we present a novel theoretical approach, which allows the study of nonequilibrium dynamics of both electrons and atoms/ions within free-electron laser excited semiconductors at femtosecond time scales. The approach consists of the Monte-Carlo method treating photoabsorption, high-energy-electron and core-hole kinetics and relaxation processes. Low-energy electrons localized within the valence and conduction bands of the target are treated with a temperature equation, including source terms, defined by the exchange of energy and particles with high-energy electrons and atoms. We follow the atomic motion with the molecular dynamics method on the changing potential energy surface. The changes of the potential energy surface and of the electron band structure are calculated at each time step with the help of the tight-binding method. Such a combination of methods enables investigation of nonequilibrium structural changes within materials under extreme ultraviolet (XUV) femtosecond irradiation. Our analysis performed for diamond irradiated with an XUV femtosecond laser pulse predicts for the first time in this wavelength regime the nonthermal phase transition from diamond to graphite. Similar to the case of visible light irradiation, this transition takes place within a few tens of femtoseconds and is caused by changes of the interatomic potential induced by ultrafast electronic excitations. It thus occurs well before the heating stimulated by electron-phonon coupling starts to play a role. This allows us to conclude that this transition is nonthermal and represents a general mechanism of the response of solids to ultrafast electron excitations.

  19. Analysis on the damage threshold of MgO:LiNbO3 crystals under multiple femtosecond laser pulses

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    Su, Zhuolin; Meng, Qinglong; Zhang, Bin

    2016-10-01

    An improved theoretical model of the interaction between multiple femtosecond laser pulses and MgO:LiNbO3 crystals with different doping concentrations has been established based on the classical two-temperature model. The evolutions of electron and lattice temperature with the duration, the repetition frequency and the numbers of multiple femtosecond laser pulses in MgO:LiNbO3 crystals have been simulated numerically by the Crank-Nicholson implicit finite-difference method. Furthermore, the variations of the damage threshold of MgO:LiNbO3 crystals with the parameters of multiple femtosecond laser pulses at different doping concentrations, as well as the influence of doping concentration on damage threshold have also been analyzed. The results show that, the damage threshold of MgO:LiNbO3 crystals increases with the increasing of the duration of the femtosecond laser pulse. The damage threshold of MgO:LiNbO3 crystals first decreases with the increasing of the numbers and the pulse repetition frequency of the laser pulses and then tends to be a constant. The damage threshold of a small amount of MgO-doped LiNbO3 crystals is higher than that of undoped LiNbO3 crystals. Consequently, the resist damage capability of LiNbO3 crystals can be enhanced by doping appropriate MgO in many practical applications.

  20. Focal spot shaping for femtosecond laser pulse photodisruption through turbid media

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    Hansen, Anja; Ripken, Tammo; Heisterkamp, Alexander

    2011-07-01

    Femtosecond laser induced optical breakdown allows for high-precision cutting of transparent materials with low energy deposit and little peripheral damage for applications in micromachining and minimally invasive medical surgery. Little peripheral damage is especially important for laser incisions in the posterior eye due to the vicinity to the retina. When applying laser pulses through the anterior eye, aberrations are introduced to the wave front, which cause a distortion of the focal volume and an increase in required pulse energy for tissue manipulation through photodisruption. To decrease the pulse energy, aberrations need to be corrected to restore a diffraction limited focus. In this work, the influence of an aberration correction using adaptive optics on the required pulse energy for an optical breakdown was investigated. The aberrations were introduced in an eye model using HEMA as eye tissue substitute and corrected in an optical setup including a deformable mirror and a Hartmann-Shack-Sensor. The laser pulses were focused by a plano-convex lens and the induced impact was compared for the aberrated and the corrected case. The pulse energy required to obtain an effect was reduced when correcting for aberrations. Therefore, adaptive optics can reduce the risk for potential peripheral damage during ophthalmic surgery.

  1. Investigation of giant Kerr nonlinearity in quantum cascade lasers using mid-infrared femtosecond pulses

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    Cai, Hong; Liu, Sheng; Lalanne, Elaine; Johnson, Anthony M.

    2015-02-02

    We study the Kerr nonlinearity of quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) by coupling resonant and off-resonant mid-infrared (mid-IR) femtosecond (fs) pulses into an active QCL waveguide. We observe an increase in the spectral width of the transmitted fs pulses as the coupled mid-infrared (mid-IR) pulse power increases. This is explained by the self-phase modulation effect due to the large Kerr nonlinearity of QCL waveguides. We further confirm this effect by observing the intensity dependent far-field profile of the transmitted mid-IR pulses, showing the pulses undergo self-focusing as they propagate through the active QCL due to the intensity dependent refractive index. We experimentally estimate the nonlinear refractive index n{sub 2} of a QCL to be ∼8 × 10{sup −9 }cm{sup 2}/W using the far-field beam profile of the transmitted pulses. The finite-difference time-domain simulations of QCL waveguides with Kerr nonlinearity incorporated show similar behavior to the experimental results.

  2. Laser Activated Streak Camera for Measurement of Electron Pulses with Femtosecond Resolution

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    Zandi, Omid; Desimone, Alice; Wilkin, Kyle; Yang, Jie; Centurion, Martin

    2015-05-01

    The duration of femtosecond electron pulses used in time-resolved diffraction and microscopy experiments is challenging to measure in-situ. To overcome this problem, we have fabricated a streak camera that uses the time-varying electric field of a discharging parallel plate capacitor. The capacitor is discharged using a laser-activated GaAs photoswitch, resulting in a damped oscillation of the electric field. The delay time between the laser pulse and electron pulse is set so that the front and back halves of the bunch encounter opposite electric fields of the capacitor and are deflected in opposite directions. Thus, the electron bunch appears streaked on the detector with a length proportional to its duration. The temporal resolution of the streak camera is proportional to the maximum value of the electric field and the frequency of the discharge oscillation. The capacitor is charged by high voltage short pulses to achieve a high electric field and prevent breakdown. We have achieved an oscillation frequency in the GHz range by reducing the circuit size and hence its inductance. The camera was used to measure 100 keV electron pulses with up to a million electrons that are compressed transversely by magnetic lenses and longitudinally by an RF cavity. This work was supported mainly by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Ultrashort Pulse Laser Matter Interaction program, under grant # FA9550-12-1-0149.

  3. Tip-based source of femtosecond electron pulses at 30 keV

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    Hoffrogge, Johannes; Paul Stein, Jan; Krüger, Michael; Förster, Michael; Hammer, Jakob; Ehberger, Dominik; Hommelhoff, Peter; Baum, Peter

    2014-03-07

    We present a nano-scale photoelectron source, optimized for ultrashort pulse durations and well-suited for time-resolved diffraction and advanced laser acceleration experiments. A tungsten tip of several-ten-nanometers diameter mounted in a suppressor-extractor electrode configuration allows the generation of 30 keV electron pulses with an estimated pulse duration of 9 fs (standard deviation; 21 fs full width at half maximum) at the gun exit. We infer the pulse duration from particle tracking simulations, which are in excellent agreement with experimental measurements of the electron-optical properties of the source in the spatial domain. We also demonstrate femtosecond-laser triggered operation of the apparatus. The temporal broadening of the pulse upon propagation to a diffraction sample can be greatly reduced by collimating the beam. Besides the short electron pulse duration, a tip-based source is expected to feature a large transverse coherence and a nanometric emittance.

  4. Generation and characterization of phase and amplitude shaped femtosecond mid-IR pulses.

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    Shim, Sang-Hee; Strasfeld, David B; Zanni, Martin T

    2006-12-25

    A germanium acousto-optic modulator was recently reported (Shim et al., Optics Letters, 31, 838, 2006) that is capable of generating phase and amplitude shaped femtosecond pulses directly in the mid-infrared. In this paper, the design, implementation and performance of this novel mid-IR shaper is described in detail as is the sub-50 fs optical parametric amplifier that provides large bandwidth for generation of complex pulse shapes. These details include the acoustic power and wavelength dependence of the deflection efficiency, the phase stability of the shaper, the synchronization of electronics, and a study on how the mid-IR bandwidth of the optical parametric amplifier depends on its optical configuration. With these details quantified, the accuracy of the device is tested by creating a series of shaped pulses that are characterized by cross-correlation with well-known mid-IR reference pulses and by simulations. Test waveforms include optimally compressed, phase-chirped and amplitude-modulated mid-IR pulses. The shaped pulses are of sufficient quality that they will enable new experiments in 2D IR spectroscopy and in the coherent control of vibrations in ground electronic states.

  5. A Real-Time Terahertz Time-Domain Polarization Analyzer with 80-MHz Repetition-Rate Femtosecond Laser Pulses

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    Watanabe, Shinichi; Yasumatsu, Naoya; Oguchi, Kenichi; Takeda, Masatoshi; Suzuki, Takeshi; Tachizaki, Takehiro

    2013-01-01

    We have developed a real-time terahertz time-domain polarization analyzer by using 80-MHz repetition-rate femtosecond laser pulses. Our technique is based on the spinning electro-optic sensor method, which we recently proposed and demonstrated by using a regenerative amplifier laser system; here we improve the detection scheme in order to be able to use it with a femtosecond laser oscillator with laser pulses of a much higher repetition rate. This improvement brings great advantages for realizing broadband, compact and stable real-time terahertz time-domain polarization measurement systems for scientific and industrial applications. PMID:23478599

  6. High-power femtosecond pulse generation in a passively mode-locked Nd:SrLaAlO4 laser

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    Liu, Shan-De; Dong, Lu-Lu; Zheng, Li-He; Berkowski, Marek; Su, Liang-Bi; Ren, Ting-Qi; Peng, Yan-Dong; Hou, Jia; Zhang, Bai-Tao; He, Jing-Liang

    2016-07-01

    A high optical quality Nd:SrLaAlO4 (Nd:SLA) crystal was grown using the Czochralski method and showed broad fluorescence spectrum with a full width at half maximum value of 34 nm, which is beneficial for generating femtosecond laser pulses. A stable diode-pumped passively mode-locked femtosecond Nd:SLA laser with 458 fs pulse duration was achieved for the first time at a central wavelength of 1077.9 nm. The average output power of the continuous-wave mode-locked laser was 520 mW and the repetition rate was 78.5 MHz.

  7. Observation of propagating femtosecond light pulse train generated by an integrated array illuminator as a spatially and temporally continuous motion picture.

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    Yamagiwa, Masatomo; Komatsu, Aya; Awatsuji, Yasuhiro; Kubota, Toshihiro

    2005-05-02

    We observed a propagating femtosecond light pulse train generated by an integrated array illuminator as a spatially and temporally continuous motion picture. To observe the light pulse train propagating in air, light-in-flight holography is applied. The integrated array illuminator is an optical device for generating an ultrashort light pulse train from a single ultrashort pulse. The experimentally obtained pulse width and pulse interval were 130 fs and 19.7 ps, respectively. A back-propagating femtosecond light pulse train, which is the -2 order diffracted light pulse from the array illuminator and which is difficult to observe using conventional methods, was observed.

  8. In situ characterization of a cold and short pulsed molecular beam by femtosecond ion imaging.

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    Irimia, Daniel; Kortekaas, Rob; Janssen, Maurice H M

    2009-05-28

    In this paper we report on the in situ characterization of the cold velocity distribution of a pulsed molecular beam produced by a novel cantilever piezo valve. The velocity distribution is measured at various temporal positions within the pulsed expansion using femtosecond velocity map ion imaging. It is shown that the universal detection of molecules by multi-photon femtosecond velocity map ion imaging can provide directly the velocity distribution with excellent velocity resolution. The novel cantilever piezo valve can operate both in continuous (DC) and pulsed mode without any modification using the same drive electronics. Pulsed operation was tested at repetition rates of 20 Hz, 1 kHz and 5 kHz and a conical nozzle 200 mum in diameter. The cantilever valve produces a pulsed molecular beam of translationally cold molecules at modest backing pressures of about 6 bar. At low to medium repetition rates (20-1000 Hz) the pulsed piezo valve produces pulses of 12-40 mus duration of translationally cold seeded beams of helium and neon with speed ratios up to S = 135 (20 Hz, 0.1% CD(3)I in neon) and S = 55 (1 kHz). At the highest tested repetition rate of 5 kHz, the speed ratio obtained for the same seeded beam is reduced to about S = 45. This is still more than a factor of two better than the speed ratio S = 21 measured for a continuous beam produced with the same nozzle at 0.5 bar backing pressure. The cold velocity distribution of the pulsed beam expansion as compared to a continuous beam expansion is beneficial for improved spatial resolution in velocity map ion imaging experiments at high repetition rates of 1-5 kHz. The cantilever piezo valve has a simple design and may find broad applicability in areas where short gas pulses are warranted because of limited pumping speed, the effective use of (expensive) samples or the production of translationally and internally cold molecular beams at high repetition rate. When operating the piezo valve at high backing

  9. 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.

  10. Limiting of microjoule femtosecond pulses in air-guided modes of a hollow photonic-crystal fiber

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    Konorov, S.O.; Serebryannikov, E.E.; Sidorov-Biryukov, D.A.; Bugar, I.; Chorvat, D. Jr.; Chorvat, D.; Bloemer, M.J.; Scalora, M.; Miles, R.B.; Zheltikov, A.M.

    2004-08-01

    Self-phase-modulation-induced spectral broadening of laser pulses in air-guided modes of hollow photonic-crystal fibers (PCFs) is shown to allow the creation of fiber-optic limiters for high-intensity ultrashort laser pulses. The performance of PCF limiters is analyzed in terms of elementary theory of self-phase modulation. Experiments performed with 100 fs microjoule pulses of 800 nm Ti:sapphire laser radiation demonstrate the potential of hollow PCFs as limiters for 10 MW ultrashort laser pulses and show the possibility to switch the limiting level of output radiation energy by guiding femtosecond pulses in different PCF modes.

  11. An improved three-dimensional two-temperature model for multi-pulse femtosecond laser ablation of aluminum

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    Zhang, Jinping; Chen, Yuping Hu, Mengning; Chen, Xianfeng

    2015-02-14

    In this paper, an improved three-dimensional two-temperature model for multi-pulse femtosecond laser ablation of aluminum was proposed and proved in our experiment. Aiming to achieve hole-drilling with a high ratio of depth/entrance diameter in vacuum, this model can predict the depth and radius of the drilled holes precisely when employing different laser parameters. Additionally, for multi-pulse laser ablation, we found that the laser fluence and number of pulses are the dominant parameters and the multi-pulse ablation threshold is much lower than the single-pulse one, which will help to obtain high-quality holes.

  12. Nanograting formation in air through plasmonic near-field ablation induced by femtosecond laser pulses

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    Miyaji, Godai; Miyazaki, Kenzo

    2017-02-01

    Superimposed multiple shots of low-fluence femtosecond (fs) laser pulses form a periodic nanostructure on solid surfaces through ablation. We have demonstrated that the self-organization process of nanostructuring can be regulated to fabricate a homogeneous nanograting on the target surface in air. A simple two-step ablation process and an ablation technique using interfering fs laser beams were developed to control plasmonic near-fields generated by fs laser pulses. The results have shown the nature of a single spatial standing wave mode of surface plasmon polaritons of which periodically enhanced near-fields ablate the target surface, to fabricate the nanograting on gallium nitride (GaN) and metals such as stainless steel (SUS) and titanium (Ti).

  13. Time-dependent theoretical description of molecular autoionization produced by femtosecond xuv laser pulses

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    Sanz-Vicario, Jose Luis; Bachau, Henri; Martin, Fernando

    2006-03-15

    We present a nonperturbative time-dependent theoretical method to study H{sub 2} ionization with femtosecond laser pulses when the photon energy is large enough to populate the Q{sub 1} (25-28 eV) and Q{sub 2} (30-37 eV) doubly excited autoionizing states. We have investigated the role of these states in dissociative ionization of H{sub 2} and analyzed, in the time domain, the onset of the resonant peaks appearing in the proton kinetic energy distribution. Their dependence on photon frequency and pulse duration is also analyzed. The results are compared with available experimental data and with previous theoretical results obtained within a stationary perturbative approach. The method allows us as well to obtain dissociation yields corresponding to the decay of doubly excited states into two H atoms. The calculated H(n=2) yields are in good agreement with the experimental ones.

  14. Atomistic investigation of ablation of amorphous polystyrene under femtosecond laser pulse

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    Huang, YanHua; Song, ChengWei; Zhang, JunJie; Sun, Tao

    2015-03-01

    In the present work we elucidate the thermodynamic mechanisms of femtosecond (fs) laser ablation of amorphous polystyrene by means of molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The effects of extrinsic parameter of laser pulse intensity and intrinsic parameter of molecular architecture on the laser ablation are further studied. Simulation results show that the laser ablation-induced polymeric material removal is achieved by evaporation from the surface and expansion within the bulk. Furthermore, inter-chain sliding and intra-chain change also play important roles in the microscopic deformation of the material. It is found that both the laser pulse intensity and the arrangement of phenyl groups have significant influence on the fs laser ablation of polystyrene.

  15. Direct welding of glass and metal by 1  kHz femtosecond laser pulses.

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    Zhang, Guodong; Cheng, Guanghua

    2015-10-20

    In the welding process between similar or dissimilar materials, inserting an intermediate layer and pressure assistance are usually thought to be necessary. In this paper, the direct welding between alumina-silicate glass and metal (aluminum, copper, and steel), under exposure from 1 kHz femtosecond laser pulses without any auxiliary processes, is demonstrated. The micron/nanometer-sized metal particles induced by laser ablation were considered to act as the adhesive in the welding process. The welding parameters were optimized by varying the pulse energy and the translation velocity of the sample. The shear joining strength characterized by a shear force testing equipment was as high as 2.34 MPa. This direct bonding technology has potential for applications in medical devices, sensors, and photovoltaic devices.

  16. Hot electron generation in a dense plasma by femtosecond laser pulses of subrelativistic intensity

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    Bolshakov, V V; Vorob'ev, A A; Uryupina, D S; Ivanov, K A; Morshedian, Nader; Volkov, Roman V; Savel'ev, Andrei B

    2009-07-31

    We report a study of hot electron generation via the interaction of femtosecond laser pulses of subrelativistic intensity (10{sup 15} to 2x10{sup 17} W cm{sup -2}), having different linear polarisations and nanosecond-scale contrasts, with the surface of 'transparent' (quartz glass) and 'absorbing' (silicon) targets. As the incident pulse intensity increases from 10{sup 15} to 10{sup 17} W cm{sup -2}, the difference in hard X-ray yield and average hot electron energy between s- and p-polarised beams rapidly decreases. This effect can be understood in terms of relativistic electron acceleration mechanisms. (special issue devoted to the 80th birthday of S.A. Akhmanov)

  17. Charging of metal clusters in helium droplets exposed to intense femtosecond laser pulses.

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    Döppner, T; Diederich, Th; Przystawik, A; Truong, N X; Fennel, Th; Tiggesbäumker, J; Meiwes-Broer, K-H

    2007-09-07

    We review the strong field (10(13)-10(16) W cm(-2)) laser excitation of metal clusters (Cd(N), Ag(N) and Pb(N)) embedded in He nanodroplets. Plasmon enhanced ionization obtained by stretching the laser pulses to several hundreds of femtoseconds or by using dual pulses with a suitable optical delay leads to a Coulomb explosion of highly charged atomic ions. The charging dynamics can be well described by corresponding semiclassical Vlasov simulations. The influence of the He environment on the ionization process and on the final charge distribution is discussed. Evidence is found that He(2+) is generated in collisions with highly charged metal ions. In contrast, singly and doubly charged ions with low recoil energies induce the formation of He snowballs with a distinct shell structure around the ion. Laser intensity thresholds for snowball formation and for the ionization of clusters are investigated by applying intensity selective scanning.

  18. Influence of solvent mixture on the ablation rate of iron using femtosecond laser pulses

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    Kanitz, Alexander; Hoppius, Jan S.; Ostendorf, Andreas; Gurevich, Evgeny L.

    2017-02-01

    Ultrashort pulse laser ablation has become an important tool for material processing. Adding liquids to the process can be beneficial for a reduced debris and heat affected zone width. Another application is the production of ligand-free nanoparticles. By measuring the ablation rate of iron for femtosecond pulsed laser ablation in different solvents and solvent-mixtures, the influence of the solvent properties on the ablation process is studied. The ablation efficiency is quantified by measuring the ablation rate in dependency of the fluence from 0.05 J/cm2 up to 5 J/cm2 in water-ethanol and water-acetone mixtures which are varied in 25 % steps. The ablation rate is significantly influenced by the solvent-mixtures.

  19. Competition of multiple filaments during the propagation of intense femtosecond laser pulses

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    Hosseini, S.A.; Luo, Q.; Ferland, B.; Liu, W.; Chin, S.L.; Kosareva, O.G.; Panov, N.A.; Kandidov, V.P.; Akoezbek, N.

    2004-09-01

    We observed a universal phenomenon of the competition among multiple filaments generated during the propagation of intense femtosecond laser pulses in air. We show that the fluorescence signal from the excitation of nitrogen molecules inside the plasma channel contains important information pertaining to the formation and interaction of multiple filaments. The detected backscattered nitrogen fluorescence from inside the filaments yielded irregular changes from shot to shot which cannot be explained by fluctuation arising from the initial laser pulse itself. Numerical simulations reveal a complex dynamics of multiple filament propagation and interaction dynamics that depends strongly on the initial perturbations of the laser beam. The irregular changes of the fluorescence signal are attributed to the interference between adjacent hot spots that evolve into filaments which give rise to new hot spots (filaments) in between, and thus give the appearance of the fusion or branching of filaments.

  20. Generation, transport, and detection of linear accelerator based femtosecond-terahertz pulses.

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    Park, Jaehun; Kim, Changbum; Lee, Jongseok; Yim, Changmook; Kim, Chul Hoon; Lee, Junghwa; Jung, Seonghoon; Ryu, Jaehyun; Kang, Heung-Sik; Joo, Taiha

    2011-01-01

    The generation and detection of intense terahertz (THz) radiation has drawn a great attention recently. The dramatically enhanced energy and peak electric field of the coherent THz radiation can be generated by coherent superposition of radiated fields emitted by ultrafast electron bunches. The femtosecond (fs)-THz beamline construction at the Pohang Accelerator Laboratory (PAL) was completed in the end of 2009. The fs-THz beamline at PAL can supply ultrafast and intense fs-THz radiation from a 75 MeV linear accelerator. The radiation is expected to have frequency up to 3 THz (∼100 cm(-1)) and the pulse width of <200 fs with pulse energy up to 10 μJ. This intense THz source has great potential for applications in nonlinear optical phenomena and fields such as material science, biomedical science, chemistry, and physics, etc.

  1. Femtosecond time-resolved impulsive stimulated Raman spectroscopy using sub-7-fs pulses: Apparatus and applications

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    Kuramochi, Hikaru; Takeuchi, Satoshi; Tahara, Tahei

    2016-04-15

    We describe details of the setup for time-resolved impulsive stimulated Raman spectroscopy (TR-ISRS). In this method, snapshot molecular vibrational spectra of the photoreaction transients are captured via time-domain Raman probing using ultrashort pulses. Our instrument features transform-limited sub-7-fs pulses to impulsively excite and probe coherent nuclear wavepacket motions, allowing us to observe vibrational fingerprints of transient species from the terahertz to 3000-cm{sup −1} region with high sensitivity. Key optical components for the best spectroscopic performance are discussed. The TR-ISRS measurements for the excited states of diphenylacetylene in cyclohexane are demonstrated, highlighting the capability of our setup to track femtosecond dynamics of all the Raman-active fundamental molecular vibrations.

  2. Femtosecond pulse generation from a topological insulator mode-locked fiber laser.

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    Liu, Hao; Zheng, Xu-Wu; Liu, Meng; Zhao, Nian; Luo, Ai-Ping; Luo, Zhi-Chao; Xu, Wen-Cheng; Zhang, Han; Zhao, Chu-Jun; Wen, Shuang-Chun

    2014-03-24

    We reported on the generation of femtosecond pulse in a fiber ring laser by using a polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)-based topological insulator (TI), Bi2Se3 saturable absorber (SA). The PVA-TI composite has a low saturable optical intensity of 12 MW/cm2 and a modulation depth of ~3.9%. By incorporating the fabricated PVA-TISA into a fiber laser, mode-locking operation could be achieved at a low pump threshold of 25 mW. After an optimization of the cavity parameters, optical pulse with ~660 fs centered at 1557.5 nm wavelength had been generated. The experimental results demonstrate that the PVA could be an excellent host material for fabricating high-performance TISA, and also indicate that the filmy PVA-TISA is indeed a good candidate for ultrafast saturable absorption device.

  3. Interrogation of orbital structure by elliptically polarized intense femtosecond laser pulses

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    Abu-samha, M.; Madsen, L. B.

    2011-08-15

    We solve the three-dimensional time-dependent Schroedinger equation and present investigations of the imprint of the orbital angular node in photoelectron momentum distributions of an aligned atomic p-type orbital following ionization by an intense elliptically polarized laser pulse of femtosecond duration. We investigate the role of light ellipticity and the alignment angle of the major polarization axis of the external field relative to the probed orbital by studying radial and angular momentum distributions, the latter at a fixed narrow interval of final momenta close to the peak of the photoelectron momentum distribution. In general only the angular distributions carry a clear signature of the orbital symmetry. Our study shows that circular polarization gives the most clear imprints of orbital nodes. These findings are insensitive to pulse duration.

  4. Magnetisation switching of FePt nanoparticle recording medium by femtosecond laser pulses.

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    John, R; Berritta, M; Hinzke, D; Müller, C; Santos, T; Ulrichs, H; Nieves, P; Walowski, J; Mondal, R; Chubykalo-Fesenko, O; McCord, J; Oppeneer, P M; Nowak, U; Münzenberg, M

    2017-06-23

    Manipulation of magnetisation with ultrashort laser pulses is promising for information storage device applications. The dynamics of the magnetisation response depends on the energy transfer from the photons to the spins during the initial laser excitation. A material of special interest for magnetic storage are FePt nanoparticles, for which switching of the magnetisation with optical angular momentum was demonstrated recently. The mechanism remained unclear. Here we investigate experimentally and theoretically the all-optical switching of FePt nanoparticles. We show that the magnetisation switching is a stochastic process. We develop a complete multiscale model which allows us to optimize the number of laser shots needed to switch the magnetisation of high anisotropy FePt nanoparticles in our experiments. We conclude that only angular momentum induced optically by the inverse Faraday effect will provide switching with one single femtosecond laser pulse.

  5. Tailoring the surface plasmon resonance of embedded silver nanoparticles by combining nano- and femtosecond laser pulses

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    Doster, J.; Baraldi, G.; Gonzalo, J.; Solis, J.; Hernandez-Rueda, J.; Siegel, J.

    2014-04-01

    We demonstrate that the broad surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of a single layer of near-coalescence silver nanoparticles (NPs), embedded in a dielectric matrix can be tailored by irradiation with a single nanosecond laser pulse into a distribution featuring a sharp resonance at 435 nm. Scanning electron microscopy studies reveal the underlying mechanism to be a transformation into a distribution of well-separated spherical particles. Additional exposure to multiple femtosecond laser pulses at 400 nm or 800 nm wavelength induces polarization anisotropy of the SPR, with a peak shift that increases with laser wavelength. The spectral changes are measured in-situ, employing reflection and transmission micro-spectroscopy with a lateral resolution of 4 μm. Spectral maps as a continuous function of local fluence can be readily produced from a single spot. The results open exciting perspectives for dynamically tuning and switching the optical response of NP systems, paving the way for next-generation applications.

  6. Ultraviolet conical emission produced by high-power femtosecond laser pulse in transparent media

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    Liu, Z.; Lu, X.; Liu, Q.; Sun, S.; Li, L.; Liu, X.; Ding, B.; Hu, B.

    2012-09-01

    In this work, supercontinuum conical emission (SC CE) accompanying the filamentation of powerful ultrashort laser pulse in BK7 glass and fused silica is studied. The SC CE is controlled by the laser power density and the sample thickness, and the minimum SC CE cut-off wavelength is about 309 nm in the BK7 glass and 237 nm in the fused silica. The angular distributions of the SC CE in the wavelength range less than 510 nm are measured by using a new method, and it cannot be explained by the Cerenkov emission theory but the unabridged X-Waves solution theory. Meanwhile numerical simulations of the propagation of femtosecond laser pulse in sample are performed to provide theoretical support to our results.

  7. Microfiber-based gold nanorods as saturable absorber for femtosecond pulse generation in a fiber laser

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    Wang, Xu-De; Luo, Zhi-Chao; Liu, Hao; Liu, Meng; Luo, Ai-Ping Xu, Wen-Cheng

    2014-10-20

    We reported on the femtosecond pulse generation from an erbium-doped fiber (EDF) laser by using microfiber-based gold nanorods (GNRs) as saturable absorber (SA). By virtue of the geometric characteristic of microfiber-based GNRs, the optical damage threshold of GNRs-SA could be greatly enhanced. The microfiber-based GNRs-SA shows a modulation depth of 4.9% and a nonsaturable loss of 21.1%. With the proposed GNRs-SA, the fiber laser emitted a mode-locked pulse train with duration of ∼887 fs. The obtained results demonstrated that the GNRs deposited microfiber could indeed serve as a high-performance SA towards the practical applications in the field of ultrafast photonics.

  8. Femtosecond time-resolved impulsive stimulated Raman spectroscopy using sub-7-fs pulses: Apparatus and applications.

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    Kuramochi, Hikaru; Takeuchi, Satoshi; Tahara, Tahei

    2016-04-01

    We describe details of the setup for time-resolved impulsive stimulated Raman spectroscopy (TR-ISRS). In this method, snapshot molecular vibrational spectra of the photoreaction transients are captured via time-domain Raman probing using ultrashort pulses. Our instrument features transform-limited sub-7-fs pulses to impulsively excite and probe coherent nuclear wavepacket motions, allowing us to observe vibrational fingerprints of transient species from the terahertz to 3000-cm(-1) region with high sensitivity. Key optical components for the best spectroscopic performance are discussed. The TR-ISRS measurements for the excited states of diphenylacetylene in cyclohexane are demonstrated, highlighting the capability of our setup to track femtosecond dynamics of all the Raman-active fundamental molecular vibrations.

  9. Femtosecond time-resolved impulsive stimulated Raman spectroscopy using sub-7-fs pulses: Apparatus and applications

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    Kuramochi, Hikaru; Takeuchi, Satoshi; Tahara, Tahei

    2016-04-01

    We describe details of the setup for time-resolved impulsive stimulated Raman spectroscopy (TR-ISRS). In this method, snapshot molecular vibrational spectra of the photoreaction transients are captured via time-domain Raman probing using ultrashort pulses. Our instrument features transform-limited sub-7-fs pulses to impulsively excite and probe coherent nuclear wavepacket motions, allowing us to observe vibrational fingerprints of transient species from the terahertz to 3000-cm-1 region with high sensitivity. Key optical components for the best spectroscopic performance are discussed. The TR-ISRS measurements for the excited states of diphenylacetylene in cyclohexane are demonstrated, highlighting the capability of our setup to track femtosecond dynamics of all the Raman-active fundamental molecular vibrations.

  10. Nanograting formation on metals in air with interfering femtosecond laser pulses

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    Miyazaki, Kenzo E-mail: kmiyazaki@wind.ocn.ne.jp; Miyaji, Godai; Inoue, Toshishige

    2015-08-17

    It is demonstrated that a homogeneous nanograting having the groove period much smaller than the laser wavelength (∼800 nm) can be fabricated on metals in air through ablation induced by interfering femtosecond laser pulses (100 fs at a repetition rate of 10 Hz). Morphological changes on stainless steel and Ti surfaces, observed with an increase in superimposed shots of the laser pulses at a low fluence, have shown that the nanograting is developed through bonding structure change at the interference fringes, plasmonic near-field ablation to create parallel grooves on the fringe, and subsequent excitation of surface plasmon polaritons to regulate the groove intervals at 1/3 or 1/4 of the fringe period over the whole irradiated area. Calculation for a model target having a thin oxide layer on the metal substrate reproduces well the observed groove periods and explains the mechanism for the nanograting formation.

  11. 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

    ABSTRACT. 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.

  12. "Ultrathin" DSAEK tissue prepared with a low-pulse energy, high-frequency femtosecond laser.

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    Phillips, Paul M; Phillips, Louis J; Saad, Hisham A; Terry, Mark A; Stolz, Donna B; Stoeger, Christopher; Franks, Jonathan; Davis-Boozer, David

    2013-01-01

    To evaluate the endothelial cell survival and stromal bed quality when creating deep stromal cuts with a low-pulse energy, high-frequency femtosecond laser to produce "ultrathin" tissue for Descemet stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty. Seventeen corneas were used for this study. Five corneas were cut with the laser at a depth of 420 to 500 μm to produce a tissue thickness of approximately ≤70 μm. Five corneas served as an uncut comparison group. Vital dye staining and computer digitized planimetry analysis were performed on these corneas. The 7 remaining corneas were cut for scanning electron microscopy evaluation. The mean central posterior stromal thickness of cut corneas was 60.6 μm (range, 43-72 μm). Endothelial cell damage in cut and comparison corneas was 3.92% ± 2.22% (range, 1.71%-6.51%) and 4.15% ± 2.64% (range, 1.21%-7.01%), respectively (P = 0.887). Low-magnification (×12) scanning electron microscopy revealed a somewhat irregular-appearing surface with concentric rings peripherally. Qualitative grading of higher magnification (×50) central images resulted in an average score of 2.56 (between smooth and rough). Ultrathin tissue for Descemet stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty can be safely prepared with minimal endothelial cell damage using a low-pulse energy, high-frequency femtosecond laser; however, the resulting stromal surface quality may not be optimal with this technique.

  13. Phototransfection of mouse embryonic stem cells with plasmid DNA using femtosecond laser pulses

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    Thobakgale, Lebogang; Manoto, Sello Lebohang; Ombinda Lemboumba, Saturnin; Maaza, Malik; Mthunzi-Kufa, Patience

    2017-02-01

    Cellular manipulation by delivery of molecules into cells has been applied extensively in tissue engineering research for medical applications . The different molecular delivery techniques used range from viral and chemical agents to physical and electrical methods. Although successful in most studies, these techniques have inherent difficulties such as toxicity, unwanted genetic mutations and low reproducibility respectively. Literature recognizes pulsed lasers at femtosecond level to be most efficient in photonic interactions with biological material. As of late, laser pulses have been used for drug and DNA delivery into cells via transient optical perforation of the cellular membrane. Thus in this study, we design and construct an optical system coupled to a femtosecond laser for the purpose of phototransfection or insertion of plasmid DNA (pDNA) into cells using lasers. We used fluorescent green protein (pGFP) to transfect mouse embryonic stem cells as our model. Secondly, we applied fluorescence imaging to view the extent of DNA delivery using this method. We also assessed the biocompatibility of our system by performing molecular assays of the cells post irradiation using adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH).

  14. Quantification of absorption contributions in microstructured silicon fabricated by femtosecond laser pulses

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    Peng, Yan; Chen, XiangQian; Zhou, YunYan; Luo, Kun; Xu, Jian; Henderson, Ron; Dai, JianMing; Zhu, YiMing

    2015-06-01

    Microstructured silicon material, fabricated by femtosecond laser pulses, has a lot of crucial applications in silicon-based photovoltaics, photo-detectors, and super-hydrophobic devices etc., due mainly to the high absorption in both visible and infrared regions. However, the mechanisms attributed to its high-absorption characteristics have never been accurately quantified, which limits further the exploitation of this kind of material. Here, we experimentally quantify different absorption contributions in microstructured silicon fabricated by femtosecond laser pulses, which can be attributed to dopant impurities in the silicon substrate, doping impurities induced during the laser fabrication process, absorption enhancement from the light-trapping structure, and surface disordered material formed also during the laser fabrication process. From these analyses, we determine that with the assist of a light-trapping structure, dopant impurities in the silicon substrate contribute much more to the infrared absorption than those of the doping sulfur impurities induced during the fabrication process. Furthermore, the infrared absorption of material can be annealing-insensitive. These results have important implications for the design and fabrication of high-efficiency optoelectronic devices.

  15. Reflectance of thin silver film on the glass substrate at the interaction with femtosecond laser pulses

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    Petrov, Yu V.; Khokhlov, V. A.; Inogamov, N. A.; Khishchenko, K. V.; Anisimov, S. I.

    2016-11-01

    The optical response of thin silver film (of 60 nm thickness) coated on a glass prism (Kretschmann configuration) and heated by the femtosecond laser pulse of small intensity is investigated by the computational modeling. We have calculated the reflectance of p-polarized probe laser beam when it is incident onto the metal film from the glass side. Reflectance is calculated at incidence angles close to the surface plasmon resonance angle. We have considered first 100 ps after the action of femtosecond laser pulse onto the film surface. Changes in thermodynamic state and hydrodynamic motion of film material are described by the system of hydrodynamic equations taking into account different temperatures of electrons and ions (two- temperature state) and consequently two-temperature thermodynamics and kinetics at such early times. These changes define the changes in electron-ion and electron-electron collision frequencies. The collision frequencies of conduction electrons, being calculated in dependence on the density and electron and ion temperatures, allow us to find the Drude part of dielectric permittivity. Together with the interband contribution it gives possibility to calculate reflectance depending on the state of metal surface. It is shown a great importance of electron-electron interactions in the temporal behavior of reflectance at early times of laser-film interaction.

  16. Melting Kinetic Effects in Metals Caused by a Femtosecond Laser Pulse

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    Krasnova, Polina; Minakov, Dmitry; Povarnitsyn, Mikhail; Levashov, Pavel; Khishchenko, Konstantin

    2013-06-01

    Melting of metals induced by a femtosecond laser pulse represents a non-equilibrium process. At the initial stage of melting and medium evolution the temperature of electrons is significantly higher than that of the ions one. This difference may lead to the increasing of the crystal melting temperature, and also to more complex relations between the temperature of electrons and ions and the transport coefficients (permittivity, thermal conductivity, electron-ion exchange). We have investigated the influence of these effects on the temperature of electrons and ions of an aluminum target using the two-temperature model. A simple kinetic model based on the evaluation of the overheated crystal lifetime was used. We estimated the increasing of the melting temperature by means of quasi-harmonic model and Lindemann criterion, and the equation of state for electrons and spinodal parameters of the crystals by means of numerical modeling using DFT and quantum molecular dynamics. The equation of state for ions is semiempirical. We provided the analysis of kinetic effects of melting of an aluminum target induced by a femtosecond laser pulse for variety of intensities.

  17. Permeabilization and cell surgery using femtosecond laser pulses: an emerging tool for cellular manipulation

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    Kohli, Vikram; Acker, Jason P.; Elezzabi, Abdulhakem Y.

    2006-02-01

    Non-invasive manipulation of live cells is important for cell-based therapeutics. Herein, we report on the application of femtosecond laser pulses for cellular manipulation, and the generation of optical pores for cytoplasmic delivery of non-reducing cryoprotectants. Under precise laser focusing, we demonstrate membrane surgery on live mammalian cells, and ablation of focal adhesions adjoining fibroblast cells. In both studies, the morphology of the cell post-laser treatment was maintained with no visible collapse or disassociation. When mammalian cells were suspended in a hyperosmotic cryoprotectant solution, focused femtosecond laser pulses were used to transiently permeabilize live cells for sucrose uptake. To verify the cytoplasmic uptake, the volumetric response of cells in 0.2, 0.3, 0.4, and 0.5 M cryoprotective sucrose was measured using video microscopy. From membrane integrity assays, we determined that optimal cell survival of 91.5 +/- 8% is achieved using 0.2 M sucrose, with a decline in survival at higher concentrations. Using diffusion analysis for a porous membrane, the intracellular accumulation of cryoprotective sucrose was theoretically determined. At a diffusion length of 10 um, > 70% of the extracellular osmolarity was estimated to be intracellularly delivered following closure of the transient pore. We anticipate that our study will have important applications for biopresevation, and profound implications for surgery and cell-isolation.

  18. Ground-based observations of subionospheric pulse pairs

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    Smith, David A.; Holden, Daniel N.

    1996-05-01

    We have developed a unique multiple-channel subband system to detect and record broadband electromagnetic transient events in carrier-dominated radio environments. Between May and September of 1994 we used this system to detect and record over six thousand transient radio frequency events in the band from 3 to 30 MHz. Approximately 500 of the events have been characterized as paired bursts of radio noise with individual burst durations of 4 to 10 μs and separations between the bursts of 5 to 160 μs. The paired transients are typically 5 to 40 dB brighter than the background electromagnetic spectrum between carrier signals. We have termed these events subionospheric pulse pairs (SIPPs) and presently have no explanation as to their source. Our observations of SIPPs resemble observations of transionospheric pulse pairs (TIPPs) recorded by the Blackbeard instrument on the ALEXIS satellite; the source of TIPP events is also unknown. Most SIPPs do not exhibit dispersion, implying groundwave (line-of-sight) propagation; but seven of the pairs exhibit dispersion characteristic of ionospheric skywave propagation. For our experimental configuration the maximum line-of-sight observation range for radio propagation extends to 300 km for a source at an altitude of 5 km and 520 km for a source at 15 km. Refraction from the ionosphere may allow HF skywave radiation to propagate around the globe. Information about the times and locations of sources, in conjunction with regional weather maps and computer models of ionospheric propagation, suggests that some SIPP events originate in the vicinity of large-scale thunderstorm complexes.

  19. Influence of stimulation intensity on paired-pulse suppression of human median nerve somatosensory evoked potentials.

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    Gatica Tossi, Mario A; Lillemeier, Ann-Sophie; Dinse, Hubert R

    2013-06-19

    Paired-pulse stimulation, the application of two stimuli in close succession, is a useful tool to investigate cortical excitability. Suppression of the second response after short interstimulus intervals characterizes paired-pulse behavior. Although paired-pulse suppression is often studied as a marker of cortical excitability in humans, little is known about the influence of stimulation intensity on paired-pulse suppression. To systematically explore the effect of stimulus intensity on paired-pulse suppression of median nerve somatosensory evoked potentials (MNSEPs), we recorded single-pulse or paired-pulse MNSEPs in healthy volunteers using stimulation intensities ranging from the sensory threshold to 1.2 times the motor threshold using interstimulus intervals of 10, 30, and 100 ms. Of the various somatosensory evoked potential components, only the N20-P25 component showed an effect of intensity, where higher intensities resulted in stronger paired-pulse suppression. However, when only intermediate intensities were considered, paired-pulse suppression was not or only weakly influenced. Our data suggest that stimulation intensity in contrast to single pulse-evoked MNSEPs has only a weak influence on the paired-pulse suppression of early MNSEPs. Paired-pulse suppression is believed to arise from inhibition generated by intracortical networks. The lack of intensity dependence within the range tested can be considered as a step toward creating invariance against fluctuations of stimulus intensity. Thus, intracortical computations as apparent in paired-pulse behavior might be characterized by different properties compared with feed-forward processing.

  20. ED50 study of femtosecond terawatt laser pulses on porcine skin

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    Kumru, Semih; Cain, Clarence P.; Noojin, Gary; Imholte, Michelle; Cox, Duane; Crane, Carrie; Rockwell, Benjamin

    2005-04-01

    We report on our measurements of the Minimum Visible Lesion (MVL) thresholds for porcine skin [Yucatan mini-pig (Sus scrofa domestica)] for laser exposures at 810 nm and sub-50 femtosecond (fs) laser pulses. In this study we measured the ED50 skin thresholds from laser pulses that produced multiple self-focusing filaments while propagating from the laser to the skin. These high-powered (1-2 terawatt) filaments were focused on the flank of mini-pig and three trained readers determined the number of lesions becoming visible at 1-hour and 24-hour post-exposure. The observed damage patterns on the skin surface indicated the number of filaments in the laser pulse and these were photographed for future reference. Histological sections were obtained after both readings and the results will be reported later for sub-surface damage. The threshold using preliminary data at 1-hour was 9 mJ of energy and increased to 25 mJ after 24 hours. This increase in threshold indicated that many of the laser pulses produced only superficial damage (erthemia) that disappeared in 24 hours and that nearly 3 times the pulse energy was required to cause subsurface or cellular damage.

  1. Comparison of two photosensitizers in photodynamic therapy using light pulses in femtosecond regime: an animal study

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    Grecco, Clóvis; Pratavieira, Sebastião.; Bagnato, Vanderlei; Kurachi, Cristina

    2016-03-01

    Photodynamic therapy is a therapeutic modality for cancer treatment based on the interaction of light with a sensitizer agent and molecular oxygen present into the target cells. The aim of this study is the evaluation of photodynamic therapy using pulsed light source in the femtosecond regime through necrosis induced in healthy rat liver. The induced necrosis profile with CW laser and pulsed laser were evaluated in animal model, which received Photodithazine (chlorine e6 derivative). The light sources used in these studies were a 660 nm CW diode laser and a Ti:Sapphire Regenerative Amplifier laser (1 kHz repetition rate and 100 fs pulse width) associated with an optical parametric amplifier (OPA) to convert to 660 nm. The results were compared with a previous study when was used a hematoporphyrin derivative (Photogem) as a sensitizer. The induced necrosis with Photogen was greater with pulsed laser (2.0 +/- 0.2 mm) in comparison with CW laser (1.0 ± 0.2 mm), while in Photodithazine the induced necrosis with was greater with CW laser (2.9 +/- 0.2 mm) comparing the pulsed laser (2.0 +/- 0.2 mm). These results indicate dependence of PDT mechanisms with photosensitizer and the light regime applied.

  2. Propagation of a femtosecond pulse in a scattering medium: theoretical analysis and numerical simulation

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    Sergeeva, E A; Kirillin, M Yu; Priezzhev, A V

    2006-11-30

    The time profile of a femtosecond pulse propagating in media with a high scattering anisotropy (g{>=}0.9) is studied in detail. The iteration method based on the expansion of the light field in a series in photon scattering orders with the account for the multiply scattered component is proposed to study analytically the structure of a scattered radiation pulse. The small-angle approximation of the radiation transfer theory used for calculations of low-order scatterings is modified to take into account the spread in the photon delay times. The shape of a scattered ultrashort pulse calculated theoretically well agrees with the shape obtained by the Monte-Carlo simulation. It is shown that the pulse profile in a scattering medium depends on the shape of the scattering phase function with the conservation of the anisotropy factor. A comparative analysis of contributions from different scattering orders to the pulse structure is performed depending on the optical properties of a scattering medium. (special issue devoted to multiple radiation scattering in random media)

  3. Femtosecond spectroscopic studies of the lattice relaxation initiated by interacting electron-hole pairs under relaxation in alkali halides

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    Shibata, T.; Iwai, S.; Tokizaki, T.; Tanimura, K.; Nakamura, A.; Itoh, N.

    1994-05-01

    Femtosecond time-resolved spectroscopic studies have been carried out to reveal the relaxation of free electron-hole pairs in KBr. We find that a hole is relaxed to a self-trapped hole with a delay of 10 ps. Two relaxation channels of an electron-hole pair are found: one lasts for 40 ps and leads competitively to a self-trapped exciton (STE) or an F-H pair; the other terminates within 6 ps, bypasses the STE, and leads to an F-H pair. The former channel is ascribed to the interplay between an electron and a self-trapped hole, while the latter demonstrates the dynamic interplay of an electron and a hole during their lattice relaxation.

  4. Excitation of photosystem I by 760 nm femtosecond laser pulses: transient absorption spectra and intermediates

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    Cherepanov, Dmitry A.; Shelaev, Ivan V.; Gostev, Fedor E.; Mamedov, Mahir D.; Petrova, Anastasia A.; Aybush, Arseniy V.; Shuvalov, Vladimir A.; Semenov, Alexey Yu; Nadtochenko, Victor A.

    2017-09-01

    Excitation of photosystem I (PS I) by a femtosecond 760 nm pump leads to one- and two-photon absorption. The one-photon excitation produces intermediates with transient absorption spectra similar to the spectra of the primary [{{{P}}700}+{{{A}}0}-{{A}}1] and secondary [{{{P}}700}+{{A}}0{{{A}}1}-] ion-radical pairs in the PS I reaction center. The two-photon absorption generates the upper level excited states of chlorophyll (Chl) and carotenoid molecules in the antenna. These excited states are converted into the long-lived intermediates and can be tentatively attributed to the excited and charge-transfer ion-radical states of Chl molecules and to the excited states of carotenoids in the antenna. The transient spectra of intermediates generated by two-photon excitation differ from the transient one-photon spectra of the primary and secondary ion-radical pairs.

  5. Nanodissection of human chromosomes and ultraprecise eye surgery with nanojoule near-infrared femtosecond laser pulses

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    Koenig, Karsten; Riemann, Iris; Krauss, Oliver; Fritzsche, Wolfgang

    2002-04-01

    Nanojoule and sub-nanojoule 80 MHz femtosecond laser pulses at 750-850 nm of a compact titanium:sapphire laser have been used for highly precise nanoprocessing of DNA as well as of intracellular and intratissue compartments. In particular, a mean power between 15 mW and 100 mW, 170 fs pulse width, submicron distance of illumination spots and microsecond beam dwell times on spots have been used for multiphoton- mediated nanoprocessing of human chromosomes, brain and ocular intrastromal tissue. By focusing the laser beam with high numerical aperture focusing optics of the laser scan system femt-O-cut and of modified multiphoton scanning microscopes to diffraction-limited spots and TW/cm2 light intensities, precise submicron holes and cuts have been processed by single spot exposure and line scans. A minimum FWHM cut size below 70 nm during the partial dissection of the human chromosome 3 was achieved. Complete chromosome dissection could be performed with FWHM cut sizes below 200 nm. Intracellular chromosome dissection was possible. Intratissue processing in depths of 50 - 100micrometers and deeper with a precision of about 1micrometers including cuts through a nuclei of a single intratissue cell without destructive photo-disruption effects to surrounding tissue layers have been demonstrated in brain and eye tissues. The femt-O-cut system includes a diagnostic system for optical tomography with submicron resolution based on multiphoton- excited autofluorescence imaging (MAI) and second harmonic generation. This system was used to localize the intracellular and intratissue targets and to control the effects of nanoprocessing. These studies show, that in contrast to conventional approaches of material processing with amplified femtosecond laser systems and (mu) J pulse energies, nanoprocessing of materials including biotissues can be performed with nJ and sub-nJ high repetition femtosecond laser pulses of turn-key compact lasers without collateral damage. Potential

  6. Self-similar pulse-shape mode for femtosecond pulse propagation in medium with resonant nonlinearity

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    Trofimov, Vyacheslav A.; Zakharova, Irina G.; Konar, Swapan

    2014-05-01

    We investigate the mode of laser pulse propagation in homogeneous medium with resonant nonlinearity, at which the shape of pulse is self-similar one along some distance of propagation. We take into account a laser pulse frequency detuning from resonant frequency. Both types of sign for frequency detuning are considered. This results in appearance of a refractive index grating which induced self-action of a laser pulse. I certain cases we develop analytical solution of corresponding nonlinear eigenfunction problem of laser pulse propagation in medium for multi-photon resonance. This solution is confirmed by computer simulation of an eigenfunction problem for Schrödinger equation with considered nonlinearity. Using computer simulation, one shows a validity of existence of such kind of laser pulse propagation in a medium with resonant nonlinear response.

  7. Absolute distance measurement by intensity detection using a mode-locked femtosecond pulse laser.

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    Wu, Hanzhong; Zhang, Fumin; Cao, Shiying; Xing, Shujian; Qu, Xinghua

    2014-05-05

    We propose an interferometric method that enables to measure a distance by the intensity measurement using the scanning of the interferometer reference arm and the recording of the interference fringes including the brightest fringe. With the consideration of the dispersion and absorption of the pulse laser in a dispersive and absorptive medium, we investigate the cross-correlation function between two femtosecond laser pulses in the time domain. We also introduce the measurement principle. We study the relationship between the position of the brightest fringe and the distance measured, which can contribute to the distance measurement. In the experiments, we measure distances using the method of the intensity detection while the reference arm of Michelson interferometer is scanned and the fringes including the brightest fringe is recorded. Firstly we measure a distance in a range of 10 µm. The experimental results show that the maximum deviation is 45 nm with the method of light intensity detection. Secondly, an interference system using three Michelson interferometers is developed, which combines the methods of light intensity detection and time-of-flight. This system can extend the non-ambiguity range of the method of light intensity detection. We can determine a distance uniquely with a larger non-ambiguity range. It is shown that this method and system can realize absolute distance measurement, and the measurement range is a few micrometers in the vicinity of Nl(pp), where N is an integer, and lpp is the pulse-to-pulse length.

  8. Coherent imaging of biological samples with femtosecond pulses at the free-electron laser FLASH

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    Mancuso, A. P.; Gorniak, Th; Staier, F.; Yefanov, O. M.; Barth, R.; Christophis, C.; Reime, B.; Gulden, J.; Singer, A.; Pettit, M. E.; Nisius, Th; Wilhein, Th; Gutt, C.; Grübel, G.; Guerassimova, N.; Treusch, R.; Feldhaus, J.; Eisebitt, S.; Weckert, E.; Grunze, M.; Rosenhahn, A.; Vartanyants, I. A.

    2010-03-01

    Coherent x-ray imaging represents a new window to imaging non-crystalline, biological specimens at unprecedented resolutions. The advent of free-electron lasers (FEL) allows extremely high flux densities to be delivered to a specimen resulting in stronger scattered signal from these samples to be measured. In the best case scenario, the diffraction pattern is measured before the sample is destroyed by these intense pulses, as the processes involved in radiation damage may be substantially slower than the pulse duration. In this case, the scattered signal can be interpreted and reconstructed to yield a faithful image of the sample at a resolution beyond the conventional radiation damage limit. We employ coherent x-ray diffraction imaging (CXDI) using the free-electron LASer in Hamburg (FLASH) in a non-destructive regime to compare images of a biological sample reconstructed using different, single, femtosecond pulses of FEL radiation. Furthermore, for the first time, we demonstrate CXDI, in-line holography and Fourier transform holography (FTH) of the same unicellular marine organism using an FEL and present diffraction data collected using the third harmonic of FLASH, reaching into the water window. We provide quantitative results for the resolution of the CXDI images as a function of pulse intensity, and compare this with the resolutions achieved with in-line holography and FTH.

  9. Passively mode-locked soliton femtosecond pulses employing graphene saturable absorber

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    Lau, K. Y.; Muhammad, F. D.; Latif, A. A.; Abu Bakar, M. H.; Yusoff, Z.; Mahdi, M. A.

    2017-09-01

    We demonstrate a passively mode-locked fiber laser incorporating graphene thin film (GTF) as saturable absorber (SA). The SA is fabricated by sandwiching the GTF between two single mode fiber ferrules through a fiber adaptor. The transmission loss at 1560 nm and non-linear saturation absorption modulation depth for GTF-SA are 0.8 dB and 2.90%, respectively. An erbium-doped fiber laser cavity is constructed to verify the functionality of GTF-SA and is designed to have net anomalous dispersion. It generates large spectral width of 4.99 nm with pulse repetition rate of 9.655 MHz and pulse width of 670 fs. Net anomalous dispersion and time bandwidth product higher than the sech2 transform-limited pulse validate the experimental result. In short, we demonstrate high performance GTF-SA that is able to generate ultrafast pulse duration in femtosecond range effortlessly with simple and green SA fabrication procedures.

  10. [Study on the Supercontinuum Generation with Femtosecond Pulse in Photonic Crystal Fiber].

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    Wei, Yuan-fei; Zhao, Fu-li; Shen, Peng-gao; Wu, Shi-qiang

    2015-12-01

    Physical mechanism of supercontinuum generation in photonic crystal fiber by femtosecond laser pulse has been investigated experimentally. In this study, we used the tunable output wavelength Ti: sapphire optical parametric amplifier as the pump source and the fiber spectrometer acquired the spectrogram of supercontinuum generation in photonic crystal fiber under different power and wavelength conditions, then we normalized the spectrograms and make a comparison of them. PCF supercontinuum differences affected by physical mechanisms were analyzed. We found that when increasing the incident pump pulse power, the spectral width will be gradually widened, there are more peaks, part of the energy will transfer in to the short-wave- length region; as long as it reaches a certain intensity, width of supercontinuum finally saturated, the shape of supercontinuum was also stabilized. As the incident power was settled at 300 milliwatt and the length of PCF was settled at 105 millimeter, experimental results show that width and shape of supercontinuum are affected by the wavelength of pump pulse, in the range of 760 to 840 nm, there appears more and more peaks with the increase of incident wavelength; at anomalous dispersion the spectrogram of supercontinuum generation will be more flat and more wider as the wavelength of pump pulse closer to zero point.

  11. Superluminality phenomenon at a femtosecond laser pulse propagation in a medium containing nanorods

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    Trofimov, Vyacheslav A.; Lysak, Tatiana M.

    2017-04-01

    We show a possibility for soliton formation and superluminality phenomenon at a femtosecond pulse propagation in a medium with noble nanorods. These effects take place if a positive phase grating is induced by laser radiation. We take into account the dependence of two- or one-photon absorption [single-photon absorption (SPA)] on the nanorod aspect ratio and time-dependent nanorod aspect ratio changing due to nanorods reshaping (or melting) because of laser energy absorption. We demonstrate that a fast light propagation mode occurs for various detuning between wave packet carrier frequency and nanorod resonance frequency, which is a key parameter for practical observation of fast or slow light in a physical experiment. We also developed analytical approaches for explanation of laser pulse propagation peculiarities in a medium with nanorods. In particular, in the framework of nonlinear geometric optics approximation, we derived the laws for the pulse intensity and instantaneous frequency evolution if a phase grating is induced by laser radiation in a medium with SPA. We also developed an approximate analytical soliton and derived the chirped soliton amplitude, duration and homogeneous shift evolution, carrier frequency changing, and pulse chirp evolution. The results of analytical consideration are confirmed by computer simulation results.

  12. The influence of femtosecond laser pulse wavelength on embryonic stem cell differentiation

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    Mthunzi, Patience

    2012-10-01

    Stem cells are rich in proteins, carbohydrates, deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), ribonucleic acid (RNA) and various other cellular components which are responsible for a diversity of functions. Mostly the building blocks of these intracellular entities play an active role in absorbing ultra-violet (UV) and visible light sources. Light-matter interactions in biomaterials are a complex situation and subsequent damage may not always amount only from wavelength dependent effects but may also be driven by a wealth of other optical parameters which may lead to a variety photochemical reactions. Previously, literature has reported efficient photo-transfection and differentiation of pluripotent stem cells via near infrared (NIR) femtosecond (fs) laser pulses with minimum compromise to their viability. Therefore, in this study the influence of using different fs laser wavelengths on optical stem cell transfection and differentiation is investigated. A potassium titanyl phosphate (KTP) crystal was employed in frequency doubling a 1064 nm fs laser beam. The newly generated 532 nm fs pulsed beam was then utilized for the first time in transient photo-transfection of ES-E14TG2a mouse embryonic stem (mES) cells. Compared to using 1064 nm fs pulses which non-invasively introduce plasmid DNA and other macromolecules into mES cells, our results showed a significant decline in the photo-transfection efficiency following transfecting with a pulsed fs visible green beam.

  13. Design and construction of a femtosecond pulse autocorrelator using two-photon absorption in a luminescent diode

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    Arthur, M. A. G.; Rojo, R. R.; Jamasbi, N.; Mohebi, M.

    2003-06-01

    In this work, we present the design and construction of a femtosecond laser pulse autocorrelator, based on the two-photon absorption process in a light emitting diode (LED). Compared with traditional autocorrelators based on nonlinear crystals, this autocorrelator has the advantages of lower cost and greater ease of alignment. The intensity and interferometric autocorrelation traces obtained with this device for a titanium-sapphire laser with pulses that are less than 100 fs long, are also presented.

  14. Elimination of the chirp of narrowband terahertz pulses generated by chirped pulse beating using a tandem grating pair laser pulse stretcher.

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    Yoshida, Tetsuya; Kamada, Shohei; Aoki, Takao

    2014-09-22

    We study the elimination of the chirp of narrowband terahertz pulses generated by chirped laser pulse beating using a laser pulse stretcher with two grating pairs that cancel out the third-order spectral phase. First, we show that positively chirped terahertz pulses can be generated using a pulse stretcher with a grating pair and internal lenses. We then combine this with a second grating pair, the spectral phase of which has the opposite sign to that of the first one. By varying the separation of the second grating pair, we experimentally verify that the chirp of the generated terahertz pulses can be eliminated.

  15. Triplet Separation Drives Singlet Fission after Femtosecond Correlated Triplet Pair Production in Rubrene.

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    Breen, Ilana; Tempelaar, Roel; Bizimana, Laurie A; Kloss, Benedikt; Reichman, David R; Turner, Daniel B

    2017-08-30

    Singlet fission, a multistep molecular process in which one photon generates two triplet excitons, holds great technological promise. Here, by applying a combination of transient transmittance and two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy with 5 fs laser pulses, we resolve the full set of fission steps before the onset of spin dephasing. In addition to its role as a viable singlet fission material, single-crystalline rubrene is selected because its energetics and transition dipole alignment uniquely allow for the unambiguous identification of the various fission steps through their contributions to distinct spectroscopic features. The measurements reveal that the neighboring correlated triplet pair achieves its maximum population within 20 fs. Subsequent growth of the triplet signal on picosecond time scales is attributable to spatial separation of the triplets, proceeding nonadiabatically through weakly coupled but near-resonant states. As such, we provide evidence in crystalline rubrene for a singlet fission step that, until now, has not been convincingly observed.

  16. Generation of attosecond pulse pair in polar media by chirped few-cycle pulses

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    Hu, Pidong; Niu, Yueping; Wang, Xiangxin; Gong, Shangqing; Liu, Chengpu

    2016-09-01

    The high-order harmonic generation in a polar medium driven by an initially chirped few-cycle laser pulse is investigated via numerically solving the nonlinear Bloch or Maxwell-Bloch equations based on whether propagation effects are taken into account or not. As a result of the reduction of quantum trajectories number due to the introduction of chirps, an attosecond pulse pair (APP) is generated instead of a general attosecond pulse train. Moreover, the time delay between the two attosecond pulses is tunable. When propagation effects take roles, the peak intensities of the APP can be enhanced at suitable propagation distances without observable duration broadening, and such an enhancement can be modulated by changing medium density.

  17. In vivo micro-lesion of single dendrite with femtosecond laser pulses

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    Sacconi, L.; Masi, A.; Diana, G.; Buffelli, M.; Pavone, F. S.

    2007-07-01

    Recently, two-photon microscopy has been used for high spatial resolution imaging of the intact neocortex in living rodents. In this work we used near-IR femtosecond laser pulses for a combination of two-photon microscopy and microdissection on fluorescently-labeled neuronal structures in living mice. Three-dimensional reconstructions of dendrites expressing the green fluorescence protein were made in the cortex of GFP-M and YFP-H transgenic mice. Afterwards, single dendrites were laser-dissected irradiating the structure with a high femtosecond laser energy dose. We report that laser dissection can be performed with micrometric precision and without any visible collateral damage of the surrounding neuronal structures. After laser irradiation, one part of the severed dendrite underwent degeneration and disappeared within 5 hours. Using a chronically implanted glass window, we performed long-term imaging in the area of the dissected dendrite. Images of the long-term morphological changes in the neuronal network after dendritic lesioning will be provided. Laser microdissection of selected structures of the neuronal branching in vivo represents a promising tool for neurobiological research.

  18. Formation of colorized silicon by femtosecond laser pulses in different background gases

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    Yang, Hong-Dao; Li, Xiao-Hong; Li, Guo-Qiang; Wen, Cai; Qiu, Rong; Huang, Wen-Hao; Wang, Jun-Bo

    2011-08-01

    A single-crystal silicon(111) wafer surface fixed on an x- y translation stage is scanned with a focused femtosecond laser beam at a wavelength of 800 nm under different atmospheres (air, vacuum, and nitrogen). Different colors from different angles on the surface of the silicon then appear. From the result of the experiments, periodic ripple surface structures emerge on the surface of colorized silicon, and the phenomenon is more obvious in vacuum and nitrogen than in air. The periods of the surface structures on silicon are not the same in the different atmospheres. Under vacuum, the period is the longest and is closer to the wavelength of the laser irradiation. Different from metals, the range of energy density is smaller when the colorized silicon appears with femtosecond laser pulses. Through SEM, TEM, and AFM, we observe in detail the microstructures of colorized silicon that forms in air, vacuum, and nitrogen and analyze the possible physical mechanism. Finally, research into the optical reflection of the colorized silicon indicates that the reflectivity is not higher than 30% in the 250-800 nm range.

  19. Tunable Broadband Nonlinear Optical Properties of Black Phosphorus Quantum Dots for Femtosecond Laser Pulses

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    Jiang, Xiao-Fang; Zeng, Zhikai; Li, Shuang; Guo, Zhinan; Zhang, Han; Huang, Fei; Xu, Qing-Hua

    2017-01-01

    Broadband nonlinear optical properties from 500 to 1550 nm of ultrasmall black phosphorus quantum dots (BPQDs) have been extensively investigated by using the open-aperture Z-scan technique. Our results show that BPQDs exhibit significant nonlinear absorption in the visible range, but saturable absorption in the near-infrared range under femtosecond excitation. The calculated nonlinear absorption coefficients were found to be (7.49 ± 0.23) × 10−3, (1.68 ± 0.078) × 10−3 and (0.81 ± 0.03) × 10−3 cm/GW for 500, 700 and 900 nm, respectively. Femtosecond pump-probe measurements performed on BPQDs revealed that two-photon absorption is responsible for the observed nonlinear absorption. The saturable absorption behaviors observed at 1050, 1350 and 1550 nm are due to ground-state bleaching induced by photo-excitation. Our results suggest that BPQDs have great potential in applications as broadband optical limiters in the visible range or saturable absorbers in the near-infrared range for ultrafast laser pulses. These ultrasmall BPQDs are potentially useful as broadband optical elements in ultrafast photonics devices. PMID:28772566

  20. Coherent scatter-controlled phase-change grating structures in silicon using femtosecond laser pulses.

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    Fuentes-Edfuf, Yasser; Garcia-Lechuga, Mario; Puerto, Daniel; Florian, Camilo; Garcia-Leis, Adianez; Sanchez-Cortes, Santiago; Solis, Javier; Siegel, Jan

    2017-07-04

    Periodic structures of alternating amorphous-crystalline fringes have been fabricated in silicon using repetitive femtosecond laser exposure (800 nm wavelength and 120 fs duration). The method is based on the interference of the incident laser light with far- and near-field scattered light, leading to local melting at the interference maxima, as demonstrated by femtosecond microscopy. Exploiting this strategy, lines of highly regular amorphous fringes can be written. The fringes have been characterized in detail using optical microscopy combined modelling, which enables a determination of the three-dimensional shape of individual fringes. 2D micro-Raman spectroscopy reveals that the space between amorphous fringes remains crystalline. We demonstrate that the fringe period can be tuned over a range of 410 nm - 13 µm by changing the angle of incidence and inverting the beam scan direction. Fine control over the lateral dimensions, thickness, surface depression and optical contrast of the fringes is obtained via adjustment of pulse number, fluence and spot size. Large-area, highly homogeneous gratings composed of amorphous fringes with micrometer width and millimeter length can readily be fabricated. The here presented fabrication technique is expected to have applications in the fields of optics, nanoelectronics, and mechatronics and should be applicable to other materials.

  1. Identification of the cloud pulse responsible for a trans-ionospheric pulse pair

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    Russell, C. T.; Zuelsdorf, R. S.; Strangeway, R. J.; Franz, R.

    The Blackbeard VHF radio receiver on the Alexis satellite detects pairs of broadband chirps, each lasting about four microseconds. These chirps are separated by several tens of microseconds and extend in frequency to over 166 MHz. The characteristics of these signals suggest that they are caused by electrical discharges in the Earth's atmosphere, but there is some debate as to whether the discharges occur in the middle atmosphere or within tropospheric clouds. Previously, by comparing the time of the occurrence of these Trans-Ionsopheric Pulse Pairs (TIPPs) with the occurrence of electric pulses recorded by the National Lightning Detection Network, we have found that they are associated with events classified as positive cloud pulses. Herein we examine one TIPP event that is associated with a near simultaneous (0.75 ms) detection at two stations of the ground network allowing us to determine that the causative event occurred over southeastern Kansas. Knowing the longitude and latitude of the pulse, we show that the interchirp separation time is consistent with the generation of the first chirp of the pair at 8 km altitude followed by the ground reflection of that signal to produce the second chirp of the TIPP.

  2. Chirped imaging pulses in four-dimensional electron microscopy: femtosecond pulsed hole burning

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    Park, Sang Tae; Kwon, Oh-Hoon; Zewail, Ahmed H.

    2012-05-01

    The energy and time correlation, i.e. the chirp, of imaging electron pulses in dispersive propagation is measured by time-slicing (temporal hole burning) using photon-induced near-field electron microscopy. The chirp coefficient and the degree of correlation are obtained in addition to the duration of the electron pulse and its energy spread. Improving temporal and energy resolutions by time-slicing and energy-selection is discussed here and we explore their utility in imaging with time and energy resolutions below those of the generated ultrashort electron pulse. Potential applications for these imaging capabilities are discussed.

  3. Simultaneous spatial and temporal focusing of femtosecond pulses: A new paradigm for material processing and tissue ablation

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    Block, Erica K.

    Femtosecond lasers are now prolific in many disciplines. While the mechanisms of femtosecond-material interactions are widely understood, femtosecond lasers as industrial and medical tools still have shortcomings. Currently conventional state of the art platforms are unable to support low numerical aperture (NA) beams (that provide large focal volumes and long working distances) without sacrificing axial precision. Furthermore inline (refractive) delivery systems that are necessary for industrial and clinical medical applications are currently hindered by nonlinear effects when delivering femtosecond pulses with tens of microJoule pulse energies and greater. In this thesis Simultaneous Space Time Focusing (SSTF) is presented as a new paradigm to move the field of femtosecond micromachining significantly forward. With this system we have delivered microjoule femtosecond pulses with low numerical aperture geometries (<0.05 NA) with characteristics that are significantly improved compared to standard focusing paradigms. Nonlinear effects that would normally result in focal plane shifts and focal spot distortion are mitigated when SSTF is employed. As a result, it is shown that SSTF will enable surgical implementations that are presently inhibited. Initial ablation experiments of ocular tissue show unprecedented performance with this technique. Implementation of SSTF, in the past, has been overly complicated. Multiple compressors and diffraction gratings resulted in low throughput efficiency. In the second part of this thesis we have focused on significantly streamlining the SSTF design into a flexible, single grating, integrated SSTF/chirped-pulse amplification system with an inline (refractive) delivery system to move towards industrial and clinical medical applications. For the first time this design also allows for variation of the beam aspect ratio of an SSTF beam, and thus the degree of pulse-front tilt at focus, while maintaining a net zero-dispersion system

  4. Self-referenced characterization of femtosecond laser pulses by chirp scan.

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    Loriot, Vincent; Gitzinger, Gregory; Forget, Nicolas

    2013-10-21

    We investigate a variant of the d-scan technique, an intuitive pulse characterization method for retrieving the spectral phase of ultrashort laser pulses. In this variant a ramp of quadratic spectral phases is applied to the input pulses and the second harmonic spectra of the resulting pulses are measured for each chirp value. We demonstrate that a given field envelope produces a unique and unequivocal chirp-scan map and that, under some asymptotic assumptions, both the spectral amplitude and phase of the measured pulse can be retrieved analytically from only two measurements. An iterative algorithm can exploit the redundancy of the information contained in the chirp-scan map to discard experimental noise, artifacts, calibration errors and improve the reconstruction of both the spectral intensity and phase. This technique is compared to two reference characterization techniques (FROG and SRSI). Finally, we perform d-scan measurements with a simple grating-pair compressor.

  5. Above-threshold ionization in neon produced by combining optical and bichromatic XUV femtosecond laser pulses

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    Douguet, Nicolas; Grum-Grzhimailo, Alexei N.; Bartschat, Klaus

    2017-01-01

    We consider the ionization of neon induced by a femtosecond laser pulse composed of overlapping, linearly polarized bichromatic extreme ultraviolet and infrared fields. In particular, we study the effects of infrared light on a two-pathway ionization scheme for which Ne 2 s22 p53 s 1P is used as the intermediate state. Using time-dependent calculations, supported by a theoretical approach based on the strong-field approximation, we analyze the ionization probability and the photoelectron angular distributions associated with the different sidebands of the ionization spectrum. Complex oscillations of the angular distribution anisotropy parameters as a function of the infrared light intensity are revealed. Finally, we demonstrate that coherent control of the asymmetry is achievable by tuning the infrared frequency to a nearby electronic transition.

  6. Terahertz refractive anisotropy on femtosecond laser pulse ablated semi-insulating gallium arsenide surface

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    Zhao, Zhenyu; Song, Zhiqiang; Bai, Feng; Shi, Wangzhou; Zhao, Quan-Zhong

    2017-04-01

    We present an artificial variation of THz refractive index ellipse from isotropy to anisotropy at the surface of <100>-oriented semi-insulating gallium arsenide (SI-GaAs) via femtosecond pulse laser ablation. The refractive index ellipse is determined by the frequency and the polarization of incident THz radiation. The THz wave is localized in the gap of columns of micro-ripples when the polarization of THz is parallel to the micro-ripples, while no electric energy localization occurs when the polarization of THz is perpendicular to the micro-ripples. We found that the laser ablation process can induce a periodic distribution of n-type GaAs at the surface of SI-GaAs. These n-type GaAs micro-ripples work as plasmonic resonators, which are proposed to be the origin of the induced refractive index anisotropy.

  7. Surface-enhanced Raman scattering activity of niobium surface after irradiation with femtosecond laser pulses

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    Ivanov, Victor G.; Vlakhov, Emil S.; Stan, George E.; Zamfirescu, Marian; Albu, Catalina; Mihailescu, Natalia; Negut, Irina; Luculescu, Catalin; Socol, Marcela; Ristoscu, Carmen; Mihailescu, Ion N.

    2015-11-01

    The chemical modification of the niobium (Nb) surface after irradiation with femtosecond laser pulses was investigated by scanning electron microscopy coupled with energy dispersive spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, grazing incidence X-ray diffraction, and micro-Raman spectroscopy. The physical-chemical analyses indicated that the laser treatment results in oxidation of the Nb surface, as well as in the formation of Nb hydrides. Remarkably, after the samples' washing in ethanol, a strong Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) signal originating from the toluene residual traces was evidenced. Further, it was observed that the laser irradiated Nb surface is able to provide a SERS enhancement of ˜1.3 × 103 times for rhodamine 6G solutions. Thus, for the first time it was shown that Nb/Nb oxide surfaces could exhibit SERS functionality, and so one can expect applications in biological/biochemical screening or for sensing of dangerous environmental substances.

  8. High spatial frequency periodic structures induced on metal surface by femtosecond laser pulses.

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    Yao, Jian-Wu; Zhang, Cheng-Yun; Liu, Hai-Ying; Dai, Qiao-Feng; Wu, Li-Jun; Lan, Sheng; Gopal, Achanta Venu; Trofimov, Vyacheslav A; Lysak, Tatiana M

    2012-01-16

    The high spatial frequency periodic structures induced on metal surface by femtosecond laser pulses was investigated experimentally and numerically. It is suggested that the redistribution of the electric field on metal surface caused by the initially formed low spatial frequency periodic structures plays a crucial role in the creation of high spatial frequency periodic structures. The field intensity which is initially localized in the grooves becomes concentrated on the ridges in between the grooves when the depth of the grooves exceeds a critical value, leading to the ablation of the ridges in between the grooves and the formation of high spatial frequency periodic structures. The proposed formation process is supported by both the numerical simulations based on the finite-difference time-domain technique and the experimental results obtained on some metals such as stainless steel and nickel.

  9. Delivery of molecules into cells using carbon nanoparticles activated by femtosecond laser pulses.

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    Chakravarty, Prerona; Qian, Wei; El-Sayed, Mostafa A; Prausnitz, Mark R

    2010-08-01

    A major barrier to drug and gene delivery is crossing the cell's plasma membrane. Physical forces applied to cells via electroporation, ultrasound and laser irradiation generate nanoscale holes in the plasma membrane for direct delivery of drugs into the cytoplasm. Inspired by previous work showing that laser excitation of carbon nanoparticles can drive the carbon-steam reaction to generate highly controlled shock waves, we show that carbon black nanoparticles activated by femtosecond laser pulses can facilitate the delivery of small molecules, proteins and DNA into two types of cells. Our initial results suggest that interaction between the laser energy and carbon black nanoparticles may generate photoacoustic forces by chemical reaction to create transient holes in the membrane for intracellular delivery.

  10. Filamentation of femtosecond laser pulse influenced by the air turbulence at various propagation distances

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    Hu, Yuze; Nie, Jinsong; Sun, Ke; Wang, Lei

    2017-01-01

    The spatial and temporal features of femtosecond laser filamentation, which are induced by a laser with power several times higher than the critical power, influenced by strong air turbulence at various propagation distances have been studied numerically. First, a strong turbulence occurring right before focal lens induces a few counter-balanced energy spikes which prevent the filament generation. Second, with the turbulence right before the filamentation, side filaments formed in the periphery towards the outside area leads the filament to be slightly short. Third, with the turbulence right after the lens, numerous energy spikes of the wave profile arise, but they will merge into one filament gradually, leading to a delayed filamentation onset and a shorter filamentation length. The deformation of temporal pulse shape become more sensitive and the supercontinuum (SC) can be weakened more significantly when strong turbulence takes place in air more previously.

  11. Characterization of Molecular Breakup by Very Intense Femtosecond XUV Laser Pulses

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    Yue, Lun; Madsen, Lars Bojer

    2015-07-01

    We study the breakup of H2 + exposed to superintense, femtosecond laser pulses with frequencies greater than that corresponding to the ionization potential. By solving the time-dependent Schrödinger equation in an extensive field parameter range, it is revealed that highly nonresonant dissociation channels can dominate over ionization. By considering field-dressed Born-Oppenheimer potential energy curves in the reference frame following a free electron in the field, we propose a simple physical model that characterizes this dissociation mechanism. The model is used to predict control of vibrational excitation, magnitude of the dissociation yields, and nuclear kinetic energy release spectra. Finally, the joint energy spectrum for the ionization process illustrates the energy sharing between the electron and the nuclei and the correlation between ionization and dissociation processes.

  12. Chirped Probe Pulse Femtosecond Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering for Turbulent Combustion Diagnostics

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    Fineman, Claresta N.; Lucht, Robert P.

    2014-06-01

    Chirped probe pulse (CPP) femtosecond (fs) coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) thermometry at 5 kHz has been successfully applied for single-laser-shot flame temperature measurements in a mildly turbulent hydrogen-air jet diffusion flame, sooting methane-air jet diffusion flame, and most recently a turbulent combustor of practical interest. Measurements were performed at various heights and radial locations within each flame and resulted in temperatures ranging from 300 K to 2400 K. In the turbulent combustor every laser shot produced some resonant CARS signal; no loss of signal due to beam steering, pressure fluctuations, or shear layer density gradients was noticeable. Furthermore, the measurement volume spatial resolution is better than has previously been reported for other CARS experiments. Flame temperature measurements compare well with those previously reported in similar flames. These results indicate high repetition rate CPP fs-CARS is an excellent technique for the study of turbulent combustion.

  13. Carrier emission of n-type gallium nitride illuminated by femtosecond laser pulses

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    Li, Runze; Zhu, Pengfei; Chen, Jie; Cao, Jianming; Rentzepis, Peter M.; Zhang, Jie

    2016-12-01

    The carrier emission efficiency of light emitting diodes is of fundamental importance for many technological applications, including the performance of GaN and other semiconductor photocathodes. We have measured the evolution of the emitted carriers and the associated transient electric field after femtosecond laser excitation of n-type GaN single crystals. These processes were studied using sub-picosecond, ultrashort, electron pulses and explained by means of a "three-layer" analytical model. We find that for pump laser intensities on the order of 1011 W/cm2, the electrons that escaped from the crystal surface have a charge of ˜2.7 pC and a velocity of ˜1.8 μm/ps. The associated transient electrical field evolves at intervals ranging from picoseconds to nanoseconds. These results provide a dynamic perspective on the photoemission properties of semiconductor photocathodes.

  14. Multiphoton microscopy system with a compact fiber-based femtosecond-pulse laser and handheld probe.

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    Liu, Gangjun; Kieu, Khanh; Wise, Frank W; Chen, Zhongping

    2011-01-01

    We report on the development of a compact multiphoton microscopy (MPM) system that integrates a compact and robust fiber laser with a miniature probe. The all normal dispersion fiber femtosecond laser has a central wavelength of 1.06 μm, pulse width of 125 fs and average power of more than 1 W. A double cladding photonic crystal fiber was used to deliver the excitation beam and to collect the two-photon signal. The hand-held probe included galvanometer-based mirror scanners, relay lenses and a focusing lens. The packaged probe had a diameter of 16 mm. Second harmonic generation (SHG) images and two-photon excited fluorescence (TPEF) images of biological tissues were demonstrated using the system.

  15. Multiphoton microscopy system with a compact fiber-based femtosecond-pulse laser and handheld probe

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    Liu, Gangjun; Kieu, Khanh; Wise, Frank W.; Chen, Zhongping

    2012-01-01

    We report on the development of a compact multiphoton microscopy (MPM) system that integrates a compact and robust fiber laser with a miniature probe. The all normal dispersion fiber femtosecond laser has a central wavelength of 1.06 μm, pulse width of 125 fs and average power of more than 1 W. A double cladding photonic crystal fiber was used to deliver the excitation beam and to collect the two-photon signal. The hand-held probe included galvanometer-based mirror scanners, relay lenses and a focusing lens. The packaged probe had a diameter of 16 mm. Second harmonic generation (SHG) images and two-photon excited fluorescence (TPEF) images of biological tissues were demonstrated using the system. MPM images of different biological tissues acquired by the compact system which integrates an FBFP laser, an DCPCF and a miniature handheld probe. PMID:20635426

  16. Terahertz emission from InSb illuminated by femtosecond laser pulses

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    Arlauskas, A.; Subačius, L.; Krotkus, A.; Malevich, V. L.

    2017-02-01

    Athough terahertz (THz) radiation from semiconductor surfaces illuminated by femtosecond laser pulses was observed a long time ago, the mechanisms responsible for this radiation still remains questionable, especially in narrow band gap semiconductors. Four different crystallographic orientation {(1 0 0), (1 1 0), (1 1 1) and (1 1 2)} InSb samples were analyzed in this investigation. THz amplitude dependences on the excitation wavelength and azimuthal angle are presented in this paper. We have shown that the second order nonlinear effect—optical rectification—is responsible for THz radiation in InSb. The microscopic origin of this effect is related to the orientation of electrons momenta by the optical radiation and anisotropy of the conduction band at high energies. Monte Carlo simulations have shown that electric field screening by intrinsic carriers diminishes the contribution of the third order nonlinear effect in this material.

  17. Focusing and spectral characteristics of periodic diffractive optical elements with circular symmetry under femtosecond pulsed illumination.

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    Mendoza-Yero, Omel; Mínguez-Vega, Gladys; Lancis, Jesús; Climent, Vicent

    2007-11-01

    The analytical solution is derived, within the Rayleigh-Sommerfeld formulation of diffraction, for the on-axis spectral irradiance of a broadband source after diffracting through a circular symmetric hard aperture. By using this solution, and within the paraxial approximation, we investigate several diffraction-induced effects originated by binary diffractive optical elements made up of a set of annular apertures with equal areas and periodic in the squared radial coordinate. In particular, the ability to focus femtosecond pulses is investigated. In addition, the analysis of the spectral modifier function associated with these elements allows us to simulate spectral shifts at focus positions. Finally, we introduce a relatively simple and low-cost technique to slice the spectrum of a broadband source in order to generate narrow bands or wavelength channels.

  18. Surface-enhanced Raman scattering activity of niobium surface after irradiation with femtosecond laser pulses

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    Ivanov, Victor G.; Vlakhov, Emil S.; Stan, George E.; Socol, Marcela; Zamfirescu, Marian; Albu, Catalina; Mihailescu, Natalia; Negut, Irina; Luculescu, Catalin; Ristoscu, Carmen; Mihailescu, Ion N.

    2015-11-28

    The chemical modification of the niobium (Nb) surface after irradiation with femtosecond laser pulses was investigated by scanning electron microscopy coupled with energy dispersive spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, grazing incidence X-ray diffraction, and micro-Raman spectroscopy. The physical-chemical analyses indicated that the laser treatment results in oxidation of the Nb surface, as well as in the formation of Nb hydrides. Remarkably, after the samples' washing in ethanol, a strong Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) signal originating from the toluene residual traces was evidenced. Further, it was observed that the laser irradiated Nb surface is able to provide a SERS enhancement of ∼1.3 × 10{sup 3} times for rhodamine 6G solutions. Thus, for the first time it was shown that Nb/Nb oxide surfaces could exhibit SERS functionality, and so one can expect applications in biological/biochemical screening or for sensing of dangerous environmental substances.

  19. Photo-annealing effect of gamma-irradiated erbium-doped fibre by femtosecond pulsed laser

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    Hsiung Chang, Sheng; Liu, Ren-Young; Lin, Chu-En; Chou, Fong-In; Tai, Chao-Yi; Chen, Chii-Chang

    2013-12-01

    In this work, a photo-annealing effect of gamma-irradiated erbium-doped glass fibre is investigated. Two commercial erbium-doped fibres (EDFs) with different doping concentrations were sealed inside a chamber with a cobalt-60 gamma source for 6 h to give an accumulated dose of 3.18 kGy. A tunable femtosecond pulsed laser with a repetition rate of 80 MHz was then used to pump EDF to generate 1550 nm fluorescence and green up-conversion emission, resulting in the annealing effect of the gamma-irradiated EDF. The fluorescence power of gamma-irradiated EDF with a moderate level of doping was almost returned to the initial state by photo-annealing, unlike that of a heavily doped EDF. This finding may facilitate the development of anti-irradiated superfluorescence fibre source for space navigation.

  20. In vivo modulation of morphogenetic movements in Drosophila embryos with femtosecond laser pulses

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    Supatto, Willy; Débarre, Delphine; Moulia, Bruno; Brouzés, Eric; Martin, Jean-Louis; Farge, Emmanuel; Beaurepaire, Emmanuel

    2005-01-01

    The complex biomechanical events associated with embryo development are investigated in vivo, by using femtosecond laser pulse-induced ablation combined with multimodal nonlinear microscopy. We demonstrate controlled intravital ablations preserving local cytoskeleton dynamics and resulting in the modulation of specific morphogenetic movements in nonmutant Drosophila embryos. A quantitative description of complex movements is obtained both in GFP-expressing systems by using whole-embryo two-photon microscopy and in unlabeled nontransgenic embryos by using third harmonic generation microscopy. This methodology provides insight into the issue of mechano-sensitive gene expression by revealing the correlation of in vivo tissue deformation patterns with Twist protein expression in stomodeal cells at gastrulation. PMID:15657140

  1. Unexpectedly marginal effect of electronic correlations on ultrafast demagnetization after femtosecond laser-pulse excitation

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    Weng, W.; Huang, H.; Briones, J.; Teeny, N.; Mueller, B. Y.; Haag, M.; Kuhn, T.; Fähnle, M.

    2017-06-01

    The treatment of ultrafast demagnetization after femtosecond laser-pulse excitation of a ferromagnetic film is usually done by a theory based on Fermi's golden rule which neglects the effects of electronic correlations. In the present paper the contribution of spin-flip electron-phonon scatterings to the ultrafast demagnetization of Ni is calculated by this theory and by the density-matrix theory in which the correlations are taken into account. The unexpected result is that the correlations which are essential for the ultrafast dynamics of nonmagnetic phenomena have only a marginal effect for the considered magnetic problem. From this point of view the use of Fermi's golden rule in all former papers on ultrafast demagnetization is justified.

  2. Low loss depressed cladding waveguide inscribed in YAG:Nd single crystal by femtosecond laser pulses.

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    Okhrimchuk, Andrey; Mezentsev, Vladimir; Shestakov, Alexander; Bennion, Ian

    2012-02-13

    A depressed cladding waveguide with record low loss of 0.12 dB/cm is inscribed in YAG:Nd(0.3at.%) crystal by femtosecond laser pulses with an elliptical beam waist. The waveguide is formed by a set of parallel tracks which constitute the depressed cladding. It is a key element for compact and efficient CW waveguide laser operating at 1064 nm and pumped by a multimode laser diode. Special attention is paid to mechanical stress resulting from the inscription process. Numerical calculation of mode distribution and propagation loss with the elasto-optical effect taken into account leads to the conclusion that the depressed cladding is a dominating factor in waveguide mode formation, while the mechanical stress only slightly distorts waveguide modes.

  3. Characterization of nonlinear properties of black phosphorus nanoplatelets with femtosecond pulsed Z-scan measurements.

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    Zheng, Xin; Chen, Runze; Shi, Gang; Zhang, Jianwei; Xu, Zhongjie; Cheng, Xiang'ai; Jiang, Tian

    2015-08-01

    The nonlinear properties of black phosphorus (BP) nanoplatelets (NPs) have been characterized with Z-scan measurements under 800-nm femtosecond pulsed laser excitation. A transition from saturable absorption (SA) to reverse saturable absorption (RSA) with the increase of laser intensity was observed in the open-aperture (OA) measurements. Simultaneously, closed-aperture (CA) measurements were carried out to investigate the nonlinear refractive index of BP NPs together, and a value of n(2) ≃(6.8±0.2)×10(-13) m2/W was obtained. The nonlinear absorption properties were analyzed according to the band structure of BP. A theoretical analysis based on SA and two-photon absorption (TPA) was used to determine the nonlinear absorption coefficients from the experimental results, and the TPA coefficient at 800 nm was estimated about (4.5±0.2)×10(-10) m/W.

  4. Graphene Oxides as Tunable Broadband Nonlinear Optical Materials for Femtosecond Laser Pulses.

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    Jiang, Xiao-Fang; Polavarapu, Lakshminarayana; Neo, Shu Ting; Venkatesan, T; Xu, Qing-Hua

    2012-03-15

    Graphene oxide (GO) thin films on glass and plastic substrates were found to display interesting broadband nonlinear optical properties. We have investigated their optical limiting activity for femtosecond laser pulses at 800 and 400 nm, which could be tuned by controlling the extent of reduction. The as-prepared GO films were found to exhibit excellent broadband optical limiting behaviors, which were significantly enhanced upon partial reduction by using laser irradiation or chemical reduction methods. The laser-induced reduction of GO resulted in enhancement of effective two-photon absorption coefficient at 400 nm by up to ∼19 times and enhancement of effective two- and three-photon absorption coefficients at 800 nm by ∼12 and ∼14.5 times, respectively. The optical limiting thresholds of partially reduced GO films are much lower than those of various previously reported materials. Highly reduced GO films prepared by using the chemical method displayed strong saturable absorption behavior.

  5. Intratissue surgery with 80 MHz nanojoule femtosecond laser pulses in the near infrared

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    Koenig, Karsten; Krauss, Oliver; Riemann, Iris

    2002-02-01

    The use of 1 nanojoule near infrared 80 MHz femtosecond laser pulses for highly precise intratissue processing, in particular for intraocular refractive surgery, was evaluated. Destructive optical breakdown at TW/cm2 light intensities in a subfemtoliter intrastromal volume was obtained by diffraction-limited focussing with an 40x objective (N.A. 1.3) and beam scanning 50 to 140 µm below the epithelial surface. Using the same system at GW/cm2 intensities two-photon excited autofluorescence imaging was used to determine the target of interest and to visualize intraocular laser effects. Histological examination of laser-exposed porcine eyes reveal a minimum cut size below 1 µm without destructive effects to surrounding tissues.

  6. Multistep Ionization of Argon Clusters in Intense Femtosecond Extreme Ultraviolet Pulses

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    Bostedt, C.; Thomas, H.; Hoener, M.; Eremina, E.; Fennel, T.; Meiwes-Broer, K.-H.; Wabnitz, H.; Kuhlmann, M.; Ploenjes, E.; Tiedtke, K.; Treusch, R.; Feldhaus, J.; Castro, A. R. B. de; Moeller, T.

    2008-04-04

    The interaction of intense extreme ultraviolet femtosecond laser pulses ({lambda}=32.8 nm) from the FLASH free electron laser (FEL) with clusters has been investigated by means of photoelectron spectroscopy and modeled by Monte Carlo simulations. For laser intensities up to 5x10{sup 13} W/cm{sup 2}, we find that the cluster ionization process is a sequence of direct electron emission events in a developing Coulomb field. A nanoplasma is formed only at the highest investigated power densities where ionization is frustrated due to the deep cluster potential. In contrast with earlier studies in the IR and vacuum ultraviolet spectral regime, we find no evidence for electron emission from plasma heating processes.

  7. Optical nonlinear dynamics in ZnS from femtosecond laser pulses

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    Wu, Yu-E; Ren, Mengxin Wang, Zhenhua; Li, Wenhua; Wu, Qiang; Zhang, Xinzheng Xu, Jingjun; Yi, Sanming

    2014-05-15

    A wavelength swapping nondegenerate pump-probe technique to measure the magnitudes of the nonlinear optical dynamics as well as the relaxation time of electrons in high energy levels is presented using a ZnS single crystal wafer as an example. By pumping the sample with 800 nm femtosecond pulses and probing at 400 nm, nondegenerate two-photon absorption (N-2PA) happens exclusively, and the measured curves only show instantaneous features without relaxation tails. The N-2PA coefficient was derived explicitly as 7.52 cm/GW. Additionally, when the wavelengths of the pump and probe beams are swapped, extra information about the relaxation time of the hot electrons excited in the conduction band is obtained. The combined results above are helpful for evaluating the characteristics of an optical switches based on ZnS or other materials with respect to its nonlinear optical dynamic aspect.

  8. No effect of femtosecond laser pulses on DNA, protein, M13, or E. coli

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    Wigle, Jeffrey C.; Holwitt, Eric A.; Noojin, Gary D.; Estlack, Larry E.; Sheldon, Katharine E.; Rockwell, Benjamin A.

    2011-03-01

    We were unable to reproduce published inactivation results, or show any interaction, between 90 femtosecond (fs) pulses of 850 nm or 425 nm laser radiation and buffer/water, DNA, protein, M13 bacteriophage or E. coli. Using agarose electrophoresis and polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, we examined purified plasmid DNA (pUC19), bovine serum albumin, and DNA and coat proteins extracted from M13 following exposures to irradiances of up to 120 MW/cm2. We measured M13 viability using an assay for plaque-forming ability in soft agar after exposure to the same irradiances used for the protein and DNA experiments. Exposures of up 1 GW/cm2 at 850 nm had no effect on the viability of E. coli as measured by a colony forming assay in soft agar. Peroxynitrite, known to be toxic, to cause single strand breaks in DNA, and fragment proteins in vitro gave positive results in all assays.

  9. Formation of high spatial frequency ripples in stainless steel irradiated by femtosecond laser pulses in water

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    Huo, Yanyan; Jia, Tianqing; Feng, Donghai; Zhang, Shian; Liu, Jukun; Pan, Jia; Zhou, Kan; Sun, Zhenrong

    2013-05-01

    We report the formation of high spatial frequency ripples (HSFRs) in stainless steel irradiated by 50 fs, 800 nm, 1 kHz femtosecond laser pulses in water. The period of the HSFRs, Λ, is less than 0.2λ, where λ is the laser wavelength. We further conduct theoretical calculations to study the ultrafast dynamics, and find that double splitting of the low spatial frequency ripples (LSFRs, Λ > 0.45λ) plays a decisive role in the formation of HSFRs. Similar experiments are conducted in copper, however, no splitting of LSFRs is observed. The different experimental results on stainless steel and copper conducted in water and in air are also discussed.

  10. Lidar sensing of the atmosphere with gigawatt laser pulses of femtosecond duration

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    Bukin, O A; Golik, S S; Il'in, A A; Kulchin, Yu N; Lisitsa, V V; Shmirko, K A; Babii, M Yu; Kolesnikov, A V; Kabanov, A M; Matvienko, G G; Oshlakov, V K

    2014-06-30

    We present the results of sensing of the atmosphere in the condition of a transition 'continent – ocean' zone by means of gigawatt femtosecond pulses of the fundamental and second harmonics of a Ti : sapphire laser. In the regime of multi-frequency sensing (supercontinuum from the fundamental harmonic) the emission lines of the first positive system of the nitrogen molecule B{sup 3}Π{sub g} – A{sup 3}Σ{sub u}{sup +} have been recorded, while the sensing using of the second harmonic have revealed the possibility of detecting the lines of Raman scattering of nitrogen (λ = 441 nm). The intensity ratio of the line of Raman scattering of nitrogen and the line of elastic scattering at the wavelength of λ = 400 nm amounts to 5.6 × 10{sup -4}. (extreme light fields and their applications)

  11. Nonlinear Raman-Nath diffraction of femtosecond laser pulses in a 2D nonlinear photonic crystal.

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

    2015-09-01

    We study second-harmonic generation (SHG) of femtosecond laser pulses in a rectangular two-dimensional nonlinear photonic crystal (NLPC). Multiple SH beams were observed in the vicinity of the propagation direction of the fundamental beam. It has been verified that the angular positions of these beams obey the conditions of nonlinear Raman-Nath diffraction (NRND). The measured SH spectra of specific NRND orders consist of narrow peaks that experience a high-frequency spectral shift as the order grows. We derive an analytical expression for the process studied and find the theoretical results to be in good agreement with the experimental data. We estimate the enhancement factor of nonlinear Raman-Nath diffraction in 2D NLPC to be 70.

  12. Photosensitivity study of GeS2 chalcogenide glass under femtosecond laser pulses irradiation

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    Ayiriveetil, Arunbabu; Sabapathy, Tamilarasan; Kar, Ajoy K.; Asokan, Sundarrajan

    2015-07-01

    The present study discusses the photosensitivity of GeS2 chalcogenide glass in response to irradiation with femtosecond pulses at 1047 nm. Bulk GeS2 glasses are prepared by conventional melt quenching technique and the amorphous nature of the glass is confirmed using X-ray diffraction. Ultrafast laser inscription technique is used to fabricate the straight channel waveguides in the glass. Single scan and multi scan waveguides are inscribed in GeS2 glasses of length 0.65 cm using a master oscillator power amplifier Yb doped fiber laser (IMRA μjewel D400) with different pulse energy and translation speed. Diameters of the inscribed waveguides are measured and its dependence on the inscription parameters such as translation speed and pulse energy is studied. Butt coupling method is used to characterize the loss measurement of the inscribed optical waveguides. The mode field image of the waveguides is captured using CCD camera and compared with the mode field image of a standard SMF-28 fibers.

  13. Self-trapping of intensities changing under SHG and SWG for high intensive femtosecond laser pulse

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    Trofimov, Vyacheslav A.; Kharitonov, Dmitry M.; Fedotov, Mikhail V.

    2017-05-01

    SHG and SFG (SWG) and THG are used widely in many practical applications such as a substance diagnostics, and imaging of various physical, chemical and biological processes as well as for laser radiation frequency conversion. One of very interesting phenomena under the frequency conversion takes place if a basic wave incident intensity is enough high: a synchronic mode of the laser pulse intensities changing along a propagation coordinate appears under certain conditions. First of all, we investigate this phenomenon using the frame-work of long pulse duration approximation and plane wave approximation without applying the basic wave energy non-depletion approximation. Applying an original approach we derive the solution of Schr¨odinger equations describing the THG via a SHG process and summary frequency wave generation (SFG) process for femtosecond pulses. Among many modes of the frequency conversion process under consideration we found out analytically the mode corresponding to synchronous intensities changing for the interacting waves. We derive conditions of such mode realization in dependence of the problem parameters. After that we verify our analytical consideration using a computer simulation of the problem on the base of the corresponding Schr¨odinger equations. Computer simulation shown also a new phenomenon at three-wave interaction: interacting wave intensities changing with two (or more) oscillation periods.

  14. Filamentation and damage in fused silica induced by tightly focused femtosecond laser pulses

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    Couairon, A.; Sudrie, L.; Franco, M.; Prade, B.; Mysyrowicz, A.

    2005-03-15

    We investigate experimentally and numerically the damage tracks induced by tightly focused (NA=0.5) infrared femtosecond laser pulses in the bulk of a fused silica sample. Two types of irreversible damage are observed. The first damage corresponds to a permanent change of refractive index without structural modifications (type I). It appears for input pulse energies beyond 0.1 {mu}J. It takes the form of a narrow track extending over more than 100 {mu}m at higher input powers. It is attributed to a change of the polarizability of the medium, following a filamentary propagation which generates an electron-hole plasma through optical field ionization. A second type of damage occurs for input pulse energies beyond 0.3 {mu}J (type II). It takes the form of a pear-shaped structural damage associated with an electron-ion plasma triggered by avalanche. The temporal evolution of plasma absorption is studied by pump-probe experiments. For type I damage, a fast electron-hole recombination is observed. Type II damage is linked with a longer absorption.

  15. Determination of ablation threshold for composite resins and amalgam irradiated with femtosecond laser pulses

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    Freitas, A. Z.; Freschi, L. R.; Samad, R. E.; Zezell, D. M.; Gouw-Soares, S. C.; Vieira, N. D., Jr.

    2010-03-01

    The use of laser for caries removal and cavity preparation is already a reality in the dental clinic. The objective of the present study was to consider the viability of ultrashort laser pulses for restorative material selective removal, by determining the ablation threshold fluence for composite resins and amalgam irradiated with femtosecond laser pulses. Lasers pulses centered at 830 nm with 50 fs of duration and 1 kHz of repetition rate, with energies in the range of 300 to 770 μJ were used to irradiate the samples. The samples were irradiated using two different geometrical methods for ablation threshold fluence determinations and the volume ablation was measured by optical coherence tomography. The shape of the ablated surfaces were analyzed by optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The determined ablation threshold fluence is 0.35 J/cm2 for the composite resins Z-100 and Z-350, and 0.25 J/cm2 for the amalgam. These values are half of the value for enamel in this temporal regime. Thermal damages were not observed in the samples. Using the OCT technique (optical coherence tomography) was possible to determine the ablated volume and the total mass removed.

  16. No effect of femtosecond laser pulses on M13, E. coli, DNA, or protein.

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    Wigle, Jeffrey C; Holwitt, Eric A; Estlack, Larry E; Noojin, Gary D; Saunders, Katharine E; Yakovlev, Valdislav V; Rockwell, Benjamin A

    2014-01-01

    Data showing what appears to be nonthermal inactivation of M13 bacteriophage (M13), Tobacco mosaic virus, Escherichia coli (E. coli), and Jurkatt T-cells following exposure to 80-fs pulses of laser radiation have been published. Interest in the mechanism led to attempts to reproduce the results for M13 and E. coli. Bacteriophage plaque-forming and bacteria colony-forming assays showed no inactivation of the microorganisms; therefore, model systems were used to see what, if any, damage might be occurring to biologically important molecules. Purified plasmid DNA (pUC19) and bovine serum albumin were exposed to and analyzed by agarose gel electrophoresis (AGE) and polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE), respectively, and no effect was found. DNA and coat proteins extracted from laser-exposed M13 and analyzed by AGE or PAGE found no effect. Raman scattering by M13 in phosphate buffered saline was measured to determine if there was any physical interaction between M13 and femtosecond laser pulses, and none was found. Positive controls for the endpoints measured produced the expected results with the relevant assays. Using the published methods, we were unable to reproduce the inactivation results or to show any interaction between ultrashort laser pulses and buffer/water, DNA, protein, M13 bacteriophage, or E. coli.

  17. Thermal lensing effect of CS2 studied with femtosecond laser pulses.

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    Li, Yi-Ci; Kuo, Yu-Ting; Huang, Po-Yuan; Yang, Sidney S; Lee, Cheng-I; Wei, Tai-Huei

    2015-10-14

    By chopping 820 nm 18 femtosecond (fs)-laser pulses, continuously generated by a self-mode locked Ti:Al2O3 laser at 82 MHz, into trains with both train-width and train-to-train separation considerably longer than the thermal diffusivity time constant τth of CS2, we conducted Z-scan measurements on it at various times relative to the leading pulse of each train (T's). As a result, we observed negative nonlinear refraction strengthening with T within τth and gradually stabilizing with T exceeding τth. We quantitatively explain the experimental results in terms of the thermal lensing effect. In particular, we attribute the heat generation to non-radiative relaxation of libration excited by individual 18 fs-pulses via stimulated Raman scattering. In contrast to the commonly held view of multi-photon excitation, we propose and verify a new heat-generating mechanism for the thermal lensing effect in CS2.

  18. Intricate Plasma-Scattered Images and Spectra of Focused Femtosecond Laser Pulses

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    Ooi, C. H. Raymond; Talib, Md. Ridzuan

    2016-08-01

    We report on some interesting phenomena in the focusing and scattering of femtosecond laser pulses in free space that provide insights on intense laser plasma interactions. The scattered image in the far field is analyzed and the connection with the observed structure of the plasma at the focus is discussed. We explain the physical mechanisms behind the changes in the colorful and intricate image formed by scattering from the plasma for different compressions, as well as orientations of plano-convex lens. The laser power does not show significant effect on the images. The pulse repetition rate above 500 Hz can affect the image through slow dynamics The spectrum of each color in the image shows oscillatory peaks due to interference of delayed pulse that correlate with the plasma length. Spectral lines of atomic species are identified and new peaks are observed through the white light emitted by the plasma spot. We find that an Ar gas jet can brighten the white light of the plasma spot and produce high resolution spectral peaks. The intricate image is found to be extremely sensitive and this is useful for applications in sensing microscale objects.

  19. Amplification of 126 nm femtosecond seed pulses in optical-field-induced Ar plasma filamentation

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    Kubodera, Shoichi; Deshimaru, Naoyuki; Kaku, Masanori; Katto, Masahito

    2014-10-01

    We have observed amplification of femtosecond (fs) VUV coherent seed beam at 126 nm by utilizing an optical-field-induced ionization (OFI) high-pressure Ar plasma filamentation. We have produced a low-temperature and high-density Ar plasma filamentation inside a high-pressure Ar cell by irradiating a high-intensity laser with an intensity of approximately 1014 W cm-2. Argon excimer molecules (Ar2*) as an amplifier medium were produced inside the high-pressure cell and were used to amplify a weak VUV ultrashort seed pulse at 126 nm, which was generated by harmonic generation of another short pulse infrared laser at 882 nm. We have measured the amplification characteristics and the OFI plasma diagnosis by utilizing the fs VUV pulses at 126 and 882 nm, respectively. The maximum optical gain value of 1.1 cm-1 was observed. Temporal behaviors of the plasma temperature and density in the nano-second time scale indicated a high-density and low-temperature plasma produced by using the OFI. These plasma behaviors were utilized to reproduce the optical amplification characteristics with our OFI excimer simulation code.

  20. Machining of micro-through-holes on glass plate by femtosecond laser pulses

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    Yasui, Motohiro; Aoki, Hikoharu; Miyamoto, Isamu

    2003-02-01

    Lime-glass and silica-glass plates with thickness of 100 μm were drilled with a ultra-short pulse laser(780nm, 150fs pulses at 1kHz). The surface of the glass plate at front side and rear side were observed by SEM, and the transmitted laser power though the glass plate was measured for both of glass. The appearance of the drilled hole of lime-glass was compared with that of silica-glass. The drilling characteristics of lime-glass and silica-glass plates with thickness of 100 μm by femto-second laser pulse were studied. On rear side, the crack occurred before drilling through the plate. The crack on the rear side occurred in lime-glass at smaller shot number than in silica-glass. The transmitted laser power ratio was decreased with increasing laser intensity. Interesting phenomenon that the lower glass plate began to be drilled before the upper glass plate was drilled through, when two glass plates with air gap of 12 μm were drilled.

  1. Multi-photon two-color ionization of atoms and ions by femtosecond pulses

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    Douguet, Nicolas; Venzke, Joel; Bartschat, Klaus; Grum-Grzhimailo, Alexei N.; Gryzlova, Elena; Staroselskaya, Ekaterina

    2016-05-01

    We consider several processes related to two-color ionization induced by femtosecond pulses. Using the first and second harmonics of an XUV pulse, one can produce two-pathway interferences, which directly influence the photoelectron angular distribution. We discuss the process with linearly as well as circularly polarized light of various mutual orientations and helicities. Furthermore, combining the XUV light with an optical laser, one can generate sidebands around the main photoelectron line and study a variety of asymmetries in photoelectron emission and their dependencies on the absolute and relative intensities, time delay, and polarization of the light. Calculations for atomic hydrogen, He+(1s) generated by an initial XUV pulse, and Ne(2p) were performed by directly solving the time-dependent Schrödinger equation as well as employing second-order nonstationary perturbation theory. Our predictions serve as guidelines for experiments at various X-ray Free-Electron Laser facilities, such as LCLS, FERMI, FLASH, and the European XFEL. Supported by the NSF under PHY-1430245 and XSEDE PHY-090031.

  2. Intricate Plasma-Scattered Images and Spectra of Focused Femtosecond Laser Pulses

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    Ooi, C. H. Raymond; Talib, Md. Ridzuan

    2016-01-01

    We report on some interesting phenomena in the focusing and scattering of femtosecond laser pulses in free space that provide insights on intense laser plasma interactions. The scattered image in the far field is analyzed and the connection with the observed structure of the plasma at the focus is discussed. We explain the physical mechanisms behind the changes in the colorful and intricate image formed by scattering from the plasma for different compressions, as well as orientations of plano-convex lens. The laser power does not show significant effect on the images. The pulse repetition rate above 500 Hz can affect the image through slow dynamics The spectrum of each color in the image shows oscillatory peaks due to interference of delayed pulse that correlate with the plasma length. Spectral lines of atomic species are identified and new peaks are observed through the white light emitted by the plasma spot. We find that an Ar gas jet can brighten the white light of the plasma spot and produce high resolution spectral peaks. The intricate image is found to be extremely sensitive and this is useful for applications in sensing microscale objects. PMID:27571644

  3. Photoelectron angular distribution in two-pathway ionization of neon with femtosecond XUV pulses

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    Douguet, Nicolas; Gryzlova, Elena V.; Staroselskaya, Ekaterina I.; Bartschat, Klaus; Grum-Grzhimailo, Alexei N.

    2017-05-01

    We analyze the photoelectron angular distribution in two-pathway interference between nonresonant one-photon and resonant two-photon ionization of neon. We consider a bichromatic femtosecond XUV pulse whose fundamental frequency is tuned near the 2p53s atomic states of neon. The time-dependent Schrödinger equation is solved and the results are employed to compute the angular distribution and the associated anisotropy parameters at the main photoelectron line. We also employ a time-dependent perturbative approach, which allows obtaining information on the process for a large range of pulse parameters, including the steady-state case of continuous radiation, i.e., an infinitely long pulse. The results from the two methods are in relatively good agreement over the domain of applicability of perturbation theory. Contribution to the Topical Issue "Many Particle Spectroscopy of Atoms, Molecules, Clusters and Surfaces", edited by A.N. Grum-Grzhimailo, E.V. Gryzlova, Yu V. Popov, and A.V. Solov'yov.

  4. Femtosecond pulse compression in pressure-gas cells filled with argon.

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    Champeaux, Stéphanie; Bergé, Luc

    2003-12-01

    The nonlinear propagation of femtosecond pulses in pressure-gas cells filled with argon is investigated. By increasing the pressure for reaching peak power levels close to the threshold for self-focusing, it is shown that either group-velocity dispersion or multiphoton ionizing (MPI) sources can become key players for arresting the beam collapse. For input powers noticeably above critical, MPI rapidly dominates and the formation of self-guided filaments of light occurs. We discuss the dynamical role of MPI in shortening the pulse duration up to the optical cycle limit. Two different wavelength domains are commented. The influence of space-time focusing and self-steepening effects is furthermore discussed. Their respective roles in promoting shock structures are studied and shown to still promote pulse shortening in suitable power regimes. Finally, spectral broadening is analyzed and proven to be more important for large laser wavelengths. Numerical integration of the propagation equations is explained in the light of analytical arguments.

  5. No effect of femtosecond laser pulses on M13, E. coli, DNA, or protein

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    Wigle, Jeffrey C.; Holwitt, Eric A.; Estlack, Larry E.; Noojin, Gary D.; Saunders, Katharine E.; Yakovlev, Valdislav V.; Rockwell, Benjamin A.

    2014-01-01

    Data showing what appears to be nonthermal inactivation of M13 bacteriophage (M13), Tobacco mosaic virus, Escherichia coli (E. coli), and Jurkatt T-cells following exposure to 80-fs pulses of laser radiation have been published. Interest in the mechanism led to attempts to reproduce the results for M13 and E. coli. Bacteriophage plaque-forming and bacteria colony-forming assays showed no inactivation of the microorganisms; therefore, model systems were used to see what, if any, damage might be occurring to biologically important molecules. Purified plasmid DNA (pUC19) and bovine serum albumin were exposed to and analyzed by agarose gel electrophoresis (AGE) and polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE), respectively, and no effect was found. DNA and coat proteins extracted from laser-exposed M13 and analyzed by AGE or PAGE found no effect. Raman scattering by M13 in phosphate buffered saline was measured to determine if there was any physical interaction between M13 and femtosecond laser pulses, and none was found. Positive controls for the endpoints measured produced the expected results with the relevant assays. Using the published methods, we were unable to reproduce the inactivation results or to show any interaction between ultrashort laser pulses and buffer/water, DNA, protein, M13 bacteriophage, or E. coli.

  6. Compact femtosecond electron diffractometer with 100 keV electron bunches approaching the single-electron pulse duration limit

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    Waldecker, Lutz Bertoni, Roman; Ernstorfer, Ralph

    2015-01-28

    We present the design and implementation of a highly compact femtosecond electron diffractometer working at electron energies up to 100 keV. We use a multi-body particle tracing code to simulate electron bunch propagation through the setup and to calculate pulse durations at the sample position. Our simulations show that electron bunches containing few thousands of electrons per bunch are only weakly broadened by space-charge effects and their pulse duration is thus close to the one of a single-electron wavepacket. With our compact setup, we can create electron bunches containing up to 5000 electrons with a pulse duration below 100 fs on the sample. We use the diffractometer to track the energy transfer from photoexcited electrons to the lattice in a thin film of titanium. This process takes place on the timescale of few-hundred femtoseconds and a fully equilibrated state is reached within 1 ps.

  7. Controlled assembly of high-order nanoarray metal structures on bulk copper surface by femtosecond laser pulses

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    Qin, Wanwan; Yang, Jianjun

    2017-07-01

    We report a new one-step maskless method to fabricate high-order nanoarray metal structures comprising periodic grooves and particle chains on a single-crystal Cu surface using femtosecond laser pulses at the central wavelength of 400 nm. Remarkably, when a circularly polarized infrared femtosecond laser pulse (spectrally centered at 800 nm) pre-irradiates the sample surface, the geometric dimensions of the composite structure can be well controlled. With increasing the energy fluence of the infrared laser pulse, both the groove width and particle diameter are observed to reduce, while the measured spacing-to-diameter ratio of the nanoparticles tends to present an increasing tendency. A physical scenario is proposed to elucidate the underlying mechanisms: as the infrared femtosecond laser pulse pre-irradiates the target, the copper surface is triggered to display anomalous transient physical properties, on which the subsequently incident Gaussian blue laser pulse is spatially modulated into fringe-like energy depositions via the excitation of ultrafast surface plasmon. During the following relaxation processes, the periodically heated thin-layer regions can be transferred into the metastable liquid rivulets and then they break up into nanodroplet arrays owing to the modified Rayleigh-like instability. This investigation indicates a simple integrated approach for active designing and large-scale assembly of complexed functional nanostructures on bulk materials.

  8. Time-Resolved Studies of Molecular Dynamics Using - and Femto-Second Laser Pulses

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    Deliwala, Shrenik Mahendra

    1995-01-01

    This thesis presents the results of two experiments that measure the evolution of laser excited molecules. The experiment performed with 0.1-ps laser pulses elucidates the dynamics of desorption of O_2 and formation of CO_2 on a platinum surface. The experiment performed with nanosecond time resolution reveals the inter- and intra-molecular vibrational dynamics of infrared laser pumped molecules. Desorption of O_2 and formation of CO_2 were induced with subpicosecond laser pulses on a Pt(111) surface dosed with coadsorbed O_2 and CO. Fluence dependent yields obtained over a range of laser wavelengths from 267 to 800 nm, and pulse durations from 80 fs to 3.6 ps are presented. We observe a dependence of the nonlinear desorption yield on wavelength. Two-pulse correlation measurements show two different time-scales relevant to the desorption. The results show that nonthermal electrons play a role in the surface chemistry, and that an equilibrated pre-heating of the surface modes leads to enhanced desorption. In the second set of experiments reported in this thesis, time-resolved coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy was used to obtain the rovibrational energy distributions in polyatomic molecules following infrared multiphoton excitation. In addition to presenting new results on SF _6, we review previously obtained data on SO_2 and OCS. The data yield new details about infrared multiphoton excitation and intramolecular vibrational energy relaxation. In particular they show the significance of collisions in redistributing vibrational energy following excitation. The results also clearly show stronger inter-mode coupling and higher excitation in systems with increasing numbers of atoms per molecule. In addition, a detailed description is provided of the Ti:Sapphire based ultrashort pulsed amplified laser system. Both, the principles and the design of the laser system are discussed to serve as a manual for the femtosecond laser system constructed for the study of

  9. Simulation of the temperature increase in human cadaver retina during direct illumination by 150-kHz femtosecond laser pulses

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    Sun, Hui; Hosszufalusi, Nora; Mikula, Eric R.; Juhasz, Tibor

    2011-10-01

    We have developed a two-dimensional computer model to predict the temperature increase of the retina during femtosecond corneal laser flap cutting. Simulating a typical clinical setting for 150-kHz iFS advanced femtosecond laser (0.8- to 1-μJ laser pulse energy and 15-s procedure time at a laser wavelength of 1053 nm), the temperature increase is 0.2°C. Calculated temperature profiles show good agreement with data obtained from ex vivo experiments using human cadaver retina. Simulation results obtained for different commercial femtosecond lasers indicate that during the laser in situ keratomileusis procedure the temperature increase of the retina is insufficient to induce damage.

  10. Adaptive Control of Two-Photon Excitation of Green Fluorescent Protein with Shaped Femtosecond Pulses

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    Kawano, Hiroyuki; Nabekawa, Yasuo; Suda, Akira; Oishi, Yu; Mizuno, Hideaki; Miyawaki, Atsushi; Midorikawa, Katsumi

    For many years, it has been believed that a Fourier-transform-limited (FTL) laser pulse is the most effective light source for the generation of nonlinear phenomena, since the FTL pulse has the shortest pulse duration, that is, the highest intensity, that can be limited by the spectral width due to the principle of uncertainty. Recently, many reports have been published on the adaptive control of nonlinear phenomena with shaped femtosecond excitation laser pulses [1, 2]. Their reports have shown that the modification of the spectral and temporal phases of excitation pulses can increase or decrease the probabilities and efficiencies of such nonlinear phenomena. This method has been widely applied to studies on the active control of molecular motions or chemical reactions [3,4]. Considering further novel biological applications, we focus on the two-photon excited fluorescence (TPEF) of the green fluorescent protein (GFP) from the jellyfish Aequorea victoria. GFP is spontaneously fluorescent and is relatively nontoxic compared with other organic dyes used as optical markers. Therefore, it has been widely used as a "tag" material for the fluorescence observation of living cells [5]. Two-photon excitation microscopy (TPEM) is a powerful tool for biological real-time observation due to its various advantages, such as a clear contrast, good S/N ratio, and high spatial resolution [7]. From a practical point of view, however, there is a serious problem with TPEM, which is the photobleaching of a dye. The intensity of a fluorescence signal decreases significantly during observation. One of the reasons for this is that the chromophore structure is degraded by intense excitation laser pulses that are required for efficient two-photon excitation. In this study, therefore, we attempted to determine the optimal phase for maximizing the fluorescence efficiency of a GFP variant with excitation laser pulses of minimal intensity. We considered that GFP can be an ideal dye for the

  11. Deformation dynamics and spallation strength of aluminium under a single-pulse action of a femtosecond laser

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    Ashitkov, Sergei I; Komarov, P S; Ovchinnikov, A V; Struleva, E V; Agranat, Mikhail B

    2013-03-31

    An interferometric method is developed and realised using a frequency-modulated pulse for diagnosing a dynamics of fast deformations with a spatial and temporal resolution under the action of a single laser pulse. The dynamics of a free surface of a submicron-thick aluminium film is studied under an action of the ultrashort compression pulse with the amplitude of up to 14 GPa, excited by a femtosecond laser heating of the target surface layer. The spallation strength of aluminium was determined at a record high deformation rate of 3 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 9} s{sup -1}. (extreme light fields and their applications)

  12. Direct time integration of Maxwell's equations in linear dispersive media with absorption for scattering and propagation of femtosecond electromagnetic pulses

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    Joseph, Rose M.; Hagness, Susan C.; Taflove, Allen

    1991-01-01

    The initial results for femtosecond pulse propagation and scattering interactions for a Lorentz medium obtained by a direct time integration of Maxwell's equations are reported. The computational approach provides reflection coefficients accurate to better than 6 parts in 10,000 over the frequency range of dc to 3 x 10 to the 16th Hz for a single 0.2-fs Gaussian pulse incident upon a Lorentz-medium half-space. New results for Sommerfeld and Brillouin precursors are shown and compared with previous analyses. The present approach is robust and permits 2D and 3D electromagnetic pulse propagation directly from the full-vector Maxwell's equations.

  13. Preclinical investigations of articular cartilage ablation with femtosecond and pulsed infrared lasers as an alternative to microfracture surgery

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    Su, Erica; Sun, Hui; Juhasz, Tibor; Wong, Brian J. F.

    2014-01-01

    Abstract. Microfracture surgery is a bone marrow stimulation technique for treating cartilage defects and injuries in the knee. Current methods rely on surgical skill and instrumentation. This study investigates the potential use of laser technology as an alternate means to create the microfracture holes. Lasers investigated in this study include an erbium:YAG laser (λ=2.94  μm), titanium:sapphire femtosecond laser system (λ=1700  nm), and Nd:glass femtosecond laser (λ=1053  nm). Bovine samples were ablated at fluences of 8 to 18  J/cm2 with the erbium:YAG laser, at a power of 300±15  mW with the titanium:sapphire femtosecond system, and at an energy of 3  μJ/pulse with the Nd:glass laser. Samples were digitally photographed and histological sections were taken for analysis. The erbium:YAG laser is capable of fast and efficient ablation; specimen treated with fluences of 12 and 18  J/cm2 experienced significant amounts of bone removal and minimal carbonization with saline hydration. The femtosecond laser systems successfully removed cartilage but not clinically significant amounts of bone. Precise tissue removal was possible but not to substantial depths due to limitations of the systems. With additional studies and development, the use of femtosecond laser systems to ablate bone may be achieved at clinically valuable ablation rates. PMID:25200394

  14. Preclinical investigations of articular cartilage ablation with femtosecond and pulsed infrared lasers as an alternative to microfracture surgery

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    Su, Erica; Sun, Hui; Juhasz, Tibor; Wong, Brian J. F.

    2014-09-01

    Microfracture surgery is a bone marrow stimulation technique for treating cartilage defects and injuries in the knee. Current methods rely on surgical skill and instrumentation. This study investigates the potential use of laser technology as an alternate means to create the microfracture holes. Lasers investigated in this study include an erbium:YAG laser (λ=2.94 μm), titanium:sapphire femtosecond laser system (λ=1700 nm), and Nd:glass femtosecond laser (λ=1053 nm). Bovine samples were ablated at fluences of 8 to 18 J/cm2 with the erbium:YAG laser, at a power of 300±15 mW with the titanium:sapphire femtosecond system, and at an energy of 3 μJ/pulse with the Nd:glass laser. Samples were digitally photographed and histological sections were taken for analysis. The erbium:YAG laser is capable of fast and efficient ablation; specimen treated with fluences of 12 and 18 J/cm2 experienced significant amounts of bone removal and minimal carbonization with saline hydration. The femtosecond laser systems successfully removed cartilage but not clinically significant amounts of bone. Precise tissue removal was possible but not to substantial depths due to limitations of the systems. With additional studies and development, the use of femtosecond laser systems to ablate bone may be achieved at clinically valuable ablation rates.

  15. Preclinical investigations of articular cartilage ablation with femtosecond and pulsed infrared lasers as an alternative to microfracture surgery.

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    Su, Erica; Sun, Hui; Juhasz, Tibor; Wong, Brian J F

    2014-09-01

    Microfracture surgery is a bone marrow stimulation technique for treating cartilage defects and injuriesin the knee. Current methods rely on surgical skill and instrumentation. This study investigates the potential useof laser technology as an alternate means to create the microfracture holes. Lasers investigated in this study include an erbium:YAG laser (λ = 2.94 μm), titanium:sapphire femtosecond laser system (λ = 1700 nm), and Nd:glass femtosecond laser (λ = 1053 nm). Bovine samples were ablated at fluences of 8 to 18 J∕cm2 with the erbium:YAG laser, at a power of 300 ± 15 mW with the titanium:sapphire femtosecond system, and at an energy of 3 μJ∕pulse with the Nd:glass laser. Samples were digitally photographed and histological sections were taken for analysis. The erbium:YAG laser is capable of fast and efficient ablation; specimen treated with fluences of 12 and 18 J∕cm2 experienced significant amounts of bone removal and minimal carbonization with saline hydration. The femtosecond laser systems successfully removed cartilage but not clinically significant amounts of bone. Precise tissue removal was possible but not to substantial depths due to limitations of the systems. With additional studies and development, the use of femtosecond laser systems to ablate bone may be achieved at clinically valuable ablation rates.

  16. Photo-magnonics: excitation of magnonic materials by femtosecond laser pulses

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    Muenzenberg, Markus

    2010-03-01

    Analogue the photonic crystals, a periodic modification of a magnetic material is prepared by forming an anti-dot lattice for spin waves. The resulting bands are generally complex in the magnetic case because of different dispersions along different magnetization directions (backward volume and Damon-Eshbach mode). They depend on the variation strength of the periodic magnetostatic potential. All-optical femtosecond laser experiments allow the excitation of spin-waves with comparable amplitudes as field pulse and resonance techniques today. It is a promising valuable alternative method to study spin-waves and their relaxation paths in a magnonic material. Laser pulses with a duration of 60 fs from a Ti:Sapphire regenerative laser system are used for optical excitation (pump pulse) as well as for the observation of the subsequent magnetic relaxation (probe pulse). The initial local single spin-flip excitation is subsequently decaying into spin waves lower in energy within the pico- and nanosecond regime over a wide spectral range. In focus of our investigation is the propagation and localization of dipolar surface modes (Damon-Eshbach) in thin Nickel and (low damped) CoFeB film cubic and hexagonal lattice structures. Their mode dispersion is measured by applying different magnetic fields which shift the energy of the mode and allows identifying them. We find well defined modes in the condensed state with a specific pronounced k-value determining the properties of the propagating spin wave. One example for a distinct modification of the magnonic periodic structure is a line defect that can function as a wave guide inside the magnonic gap region. An increased intensity of the Damon Eshbach mode by a factor of two is found in the wave guide region. A study of these wave guides will allow to specifically design the material properties, making magnonic materials the material of choice for advanced spin computing devices.

  17. High fidelity femtosecond pulses from an ultrafast fiber laser system via adaptive amplitude and phase pre-shaping.

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    Prawiharjo, Jerry; Daga, Nikita K; Geng, Rui; Price, Jonathan H; Hanna, David C; Richardson, David J; Shepherd, David P

    2008-09-15

    The generation of high-fidelity femtosecond pulses is experimentally demonstrated in a fiber based chirped-pulse amplification (CPA) system through an adaptive amplitude and phase pre-shaping technique. A pulse shaper, based on a dual-layer liquid crystal spatial light modulator (LC-SLM), was implemented in the fiber CPA system for amplitude and phase shaping prior to amplification. The LC-SLM was controlled using a differential evolution algorithm, to maximize a two-photon absorption detector signal from the compressed fiber CPA output pulses. It is shown that this approach compensates for both accumulated phase from material dispersion and nonlinear phase modulation. A train of pulses was produced with an average power of 12.6W at a 50MHz repetition rate from our fiber CPA system, which were compressible to high fidelity pulses with a duration of 170 fs.

  18. Multichannel SEP-recording after paired median nerve stimulation suggests origin of paired-pulse inhibition rostral of the brainstem.

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    Höffken, Oliver; Lenz, Melanie; Tegenthoff, Martin; Schwenkreis, Peter

    2010-01-14

    Paired-pulse techniques are a common tool to investigate the excitability of the cerebral cortex. Whereas in the motor system short interval intracortical inhibition assessed by paired-pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation clearly could be demonstrated to be generated within the motor cortex, the mechanism of paired-pulse inhibition measured over the somatosensory cortex after paired-pulse median nerve stimulation is less clear. The aim of this study was to further investigate the level of somatosensory processing where this paired-pulse inhibition is generated. We applied single and paired electrical stimulation of the median nerve with an interstimulus interval of 30ms. Somatosensory evoked potentials were recorded over the brachial plexus, the cranial cervical medulla and the primary somatosensory cortex. We analyzed peak-to-peak amplitudes evoked by the second stimulus of paired-pulse stimulation after digital subtraction of a single pulse (A2s), and referred it to the first response before linear subtraction (A1). Paired-pulse inhibition was expressed as a ratio (A2s/A1) of the amplitudes of the second (A2s) and the first (A1) peaks. We found a significant reduction of A2s as compared to A1 over S1, but no significant difference between A1 and A2s over brachial plexus and cranial medulla. In addition, the cortical amplitude ratio A2s/A1 was significantly reduced compared to the amplitude ratios over cranial medulla and brachial plexus. These results suggest that the underlying inhibitory mechanisms are generated rostral to the brainstem nuclei, probably due to the activity of thalamic or intracortical inhibitory interneurons. Copyright 2009 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  19. Reactions induced in (CF{sub 3}I){sub n} clusters by femtosecond UV laser pulses

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    Apatin, V. M.; Kompanets, V. O.; Lokhman, V. N.; Ogurok, N.-D. D.; Poydashev, D. G.; Ryabov, E. A. Chekalin, S. V.

    2012-10-15

    The excitation and ionization of CF{sub 3}I molecules and their clusters by femtosecond UV laser pulses is studied. It is concluded that the types of excitation of free CF{sub 3}I molecules and their clusters by femtosecond UV laser pulses are different. The composition and kinetic energy of ion products observed upon the ionization of (CF{sub 3}I){sub n} clusters by femtosecond pulses are found to differ considerably from those obtained upon ionization by nanosecond pulses. It is shown that the molecular I{sub 2}{sup +} ion is produced in reactions induced in (CF{sub 3}I){sub n} clusters by UV radiation. Using the pump-probe method, we found the two channels of producing I{sub 2}{sup +} ions with characteristic times {tau}{sub 1} Almost-Equal-To 1 ps and {tau}{sub 2} Almost-Equal-To 7 ps. A model of the reactions under study proposed in the paper is consistent with our experimental results.

  20. Measurement of the temperature increase in the porcine cadaver iris during direct illumination by femtosecond laser pulses

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    Sun, Hui; Kurtz, Ronald M.; Juhasz, Tibor

    2010-02-01

    Multiple femtosecond lasers have now been cleared for use for ophthalmic surgery, including for creation of corneal flaps in LASIK surgery. Preliminary measurements indicated that during typical surgical use, 50-60% of laser energy may pass beyond the cornea with potential effects on the iris. To further evaluate iris laser exposure during femtosecond corneal surgery, we measured the temperature increase in porcine cadaver iris in situ during direct illumination by the iFS Advanced Femtoosecond Laser (AMO Inc. Santa Ana, CA) with an infrared thermal imaging camera. To replicate the illumination geometry of the eye during the surgery, an excised porcine cadaver iris was placed 1.5 mm from the flat glass contact lens. The temperature field was observed in twenty cadaver iris at laser pulse energy levels ranging from 1 to 2 μJ (corresponding approximately to surgical energies of 2 to 4 μJ per pulse). Temperature increases up to 2.3 °C (corresponding to 2 μJ per pulse and 24 second procedure time) were observed in the cadaver iris with little variation in temperature profiles between specimens for the same laser energy illumination. For laser pulse energy and procedure time characteristic to the iFS Advanced Femtoosecond Laser the temperature increase was measured to be 1.2 °C. Our studies suggest that the magnitude of iris heating that occurs during such femtosecond laser corneal surgery is small and does not present a safety hazard to the iris.

  1. Coherent femtosecond low-energy single-electron pulses for time-resolved diffraction and imaging: A numerical study

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    Paarmann, A.; Mueller, M.; Ernstorfer, R.; Gulde, M.; Schaefer, S.; Schweda, S.; Maiti, M.; Ropers, C.; Xu, C.; Hohage, T.; Schenk, F.

    2012-12-01

    We numerically investigate the properties of coherent femtosecond single electron wave packets photoemitted from nanotips in view of their application in ultrafast electron diffraction and non-destructive imaging with low-energy electrons. For two different geometries, we analyze the temporal and spatial broadening during propagation from the needle emitter to an anode, identifying the experimental parameters and challenges for realizing femtosecond time resolution. The simple tip-anode geometry is most versatile and allows for electron pulses of several ten of femtosecond duration using a very compact experimental design, however, providing very limited control over the electron beam collimation. A more sophisticated geometry comprising a suppressor-extractor electrostatic unit and a lens, similar to typical field emission electron microscope optics, is also investigated, allowing full control over the beam parameters. Using such a design, we find {approx}230 fs pulses feasible in a focused electron beam. The main limitation to achieve sub-hundred femtosecond time resolution is the typical size of such a device, and we suggest the implementation of more compact electron optics for optimal performance.

  2. Absolute distance measurement by chirped pulse interferometry using a femtosecond pulse laser.

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    Wu, Hanzhong; Zhang, Fumin; Liu, Tingyang; Meng, Fei; Li, Jianshuang; Qu, Xinghua

    2015-11-30

    We propose here a method for absolute distance measurement by chirped pulse interferometry using frequency comb. The principle is introduced, and the distance can be measured via the shift of the widest fringe. The experimental results show an agreement within 26 μm in a range up to 65 m, corresponding to a relative precision of 4 × 10-7, compared with a reference distance meter.

  3. Combined multiphoton imaging and automated functional enucleation of porcine oocytes using femtosecond laser pulses

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    Kuetemeyer, Kai; Lucas-Hahn, Andrea; Petersen, Bjoern; Lemme, Erika; Hassel, Petra; Niemann, Heiner; Heisterkamp, Alexander

    2010-07-01

    Since the birth of ``Dolly'' as the first mammal cloned from a differentiated cell, somatic cell cloning has been successful in several mammalian species, albeit at low success rates. The highly invasive mechanical enucleation step of a cloning protocol requires sophisticated, expensive equipment and considerable micromanipulation skill. We present a novel noninvasive method for combined oocyte imaging and automated functional enucleation using femtosecond (fs) laser pulses. After three-dimensional imaging of Hoechst-labeled porcine oocytes by multiphoton microscopy, our self-developed software automatically identified the metaphase plate. Subsequent irradiation of the metaphase chromosomes with the very same laser at higher pulse energies in the low-density-plasma regime was used for metaphase plate ablation (functional enucleation). We show that fs laser-based functional enucleation of porcine oocytes completely inhibited the parthenogenetic development without affecting the oocyte morphology. In contrast, nonirradiated oocytes were able to develop parthenogenetically to the blastocyst stage without significant differences to controls. Our results indicate that fs laser systems have great potential for oocyte imaging and functional enucleation and may improve the efficiency of somatic cell cloning.

  4. Group velocity mismatch-absent nonlinear frequency conversions for mid-infrared femtosecond pulses generation

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    Zhong, Haizhe; Zhang, Lifu; Li, Ying; Fan, Dianyuan

    2015-01-01

    A novel group velocity mismatch (GVM) absent scheme for nonlinear optical parametric procedure in mid-infrared was developed with type-I quasi phase matching by use of an off-digital nonlinear optical coefficient d31. This was achieved by matching of the group velocities of the pump and the signal waves, while the phase velocities were quasi phase matched. The system employs MgO-doped periodically poled LiNbO3 as the nonlinear medium. Desired group-velocity dispersion would be obtained via appropriately temperature regulation. To demonstrate its potential applications in ultrafast mid-infrared pulses generation, aiming at a typical mid-infrared wavelength of ~3.2 μm, design examples of two basic nonlinear frequency conversion procedures are studied for both the narrow-band seeding mid-IR optical parametric amplification (OPA) and the synchronously pumped femtosecond optical parametric oscillation (SPOPO). Compared with the conventional scheme of type-0 QPM, the quantum-efficiency can be more than doubled with nearly unlimited bandwidth. The proposed GVM- absent phase matching design may provide a promising route to efficient and broadband sub-100 fs mid-infrared ultrafast pulses generation without group-velocity walk-off. PMID:26099837

  5. Coherence Properties of Individual Femtosecond Pulses of an X-ray Free-Electron Laser

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    Vartanyants, I.A.; Singer, A.; Mancuso, A.P.; Yefanov, O.M.; Sakdinawat, A.; Liu, Y.; Bang, E.; Williams, G.J.; Cadenazzi, G.; Abbey, B.; Sinn, H.; Attwood, D.; Nugent, K.A.; Weckert, E.; Wang, T.; Zhu, D.; Wu, B.; Graves, C.; Scherz, A.; Turner, J.J.; Schlotter, W.F.; /SLAC /LERMA, Ivry /Zurich, ETH /LBL, Berkeley /ANL, APS /Argonne /SLAC /LLNL, Livermore /Latrobe U. /SLAC /SLAC /European XFEL, Hamburg /SLAC /Hamburg U.

    2012-06-06

    Measurements of the spatial and temporal coherence of single, femtosecond x-ray pulses generated by the first hard x-ray free-electron laser, the Linac Coherent Light Source, are presented. Single-shot measurements were performed at 780 eV x-ray photon energy using apertures containing double pinholes in 'diffract-and-destroy' mode. We determined a coherence length of 17 {micro}m in the vertical direction, which is approximately the size of the focused Linac Coherent Light Source beam in the same direction. The analysis of the diffraction patterns produced by the pinholes with the largest separation yields an estimate of the temporal coherence time of 0.55 fs. We find that the total degree of transverse coherence is 56% and that the x-ray pulses are adequately described by two transverse coherent modes in each direction. This leads us to the conclusion that 78% of the total power is contained in the dominant mode.

  6. The electron-ion dynamics in ionization of lithium carbide molecule under femtosecond laser pulses

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    Zhang, Xiaoqin; Wang, Feng; Hong, Xuhai; Su, Wenyong; Gou, Bingcong; Chen, Huimin

    2016-08-01

    The electron-ion dynamics of the linear lithium carbide molecule under femtosecond laser pulses have been investigated in the framework of Ehrenfest molecular dynamics, in which valence electrons are treated quantum mechanically by time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) and ions are described classically. The on- and off-resonant multiphoton ionization processes have been induced by regulating laser frequency and laser intensity. The laser pulse with on-resonant frequency induces pronounced enhancement in electron ionization, bond length vibration, and energy absorption. Moreover, the coulomb explosion is preferred to occur in the on-resonant case, which is in qualitative agreement with previous theoretical investigations. The subtle relations between escaped electron number and absorbed photon number are well discussed with the increasing of laser intensity. Finally, the effect of self-interaction error is analyzed by comparing escaped electron number calculated with LDA and LDA-ADSIC. And the revTPSS-meta-GGA, a currently more accurate nonempirical exchange-correlation energy functional from a point of static density functional theory, is introduced to display its capability for the description of ionization process within nonlinear and the nonperturbative regime of isolated systems.

  7. Two-dimensional spatiotemporal focusing of femtosecond pulses and its applications in microscopy

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    Song, Qiyuan; Nakamura, Aoi; Hirosawa, Kenichi; Kannari, Fumihiko; Isobe, Keisuke; Midorikawa, Katsumi

    2015-08-15

    We demonstrate and theoretically analyze the two-dimensional spatiotemporal focusing of femtosecond pulses by utilizing a two-dimensional spectral disperser. Compared with spatiotemporal focusing with a diffraction grating, it can achieve widefield illumination with better sectioning ability for a multiphoton excitation process. By utilizing paraxial approximation, our analytical method improves the axial confinement ability and identifies that the free spectra range (FSR) of the two-dimensional spectral disperser affects the out-of-focus multiphoton excitation intensity due to the temporal self-imaging effect. Based on our numerical simulation, a FSR of 50 GHz is necessary to reduce the out-of-focus two-photon excitation by 2 orders of magnitude compared with that in a grating-based spatiotemporal focusing scheme for a 90-fs excitation laser pulse. We build a two-dimensional spatiotemporal focusing microscope using a virtually imaged phased array and achieve an axial resolution of 1.3 μm, which outperforms the resolution of conventional spatiotemporal focusing using a grating by a factor of 1.7, and demonstrate better image contrast inside a tissue-like phantom.

  8. Functional enucleation of porcine oocytes for somatic cell nuclear transfer using femtosecond laser pulses

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    Kuetemeyer, K.; Lucas-Hahn, A.; Petersen, B.; Hassel, P.; Lemme, E.; Niemann, H.; Heisterkamp, A.

    2010-02-01

    Cloning of several mammalian species has been achieved by somatic cell nuclear transfer over the last decade. However, this method still results in very low efficiencies originating from biological and technical aspects. The highly-invasive mechanical enucleation belongs to the technical aspects and requires considerable micromanipulation skill. In this paper, we present a novel non-invasive method for combined oocyte imaging and automated functional enucleation using femtosecond (fs) laser pulses. After three-dimensional imaging of Hoechst-labeled porcine oocytes by multiphoton microscopy, our self-developed software automatically determined the metaphase plate position and shape. Subsequent irradiation of this volume with the very same laser at higher pulse energies in the low-density-plasma regime was used for metaphase plate ablation. We show that functional fs laser-based enucleation of porcine oocytes completely inhibited further embryonic development while maintaining intact oocyte morphology. In contrast, non-irradiated oocytes were able to develop to the blastocyst stage without significant differences to control oocytes. Our results indicate that fs laser systems offer great potential for oocyte imaging and enucleation as a fast, easy to use and reliable tool which may improve the efficiency of somatic cell clone production.

  9. Single cell detection using a glass-based optofluidic device fabricated by femtosecond laser pulses.

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    Kim, Moosung; Hwang, David J; Jeon, Hojeong; Hiromatsu, Kuniaki; Grigoropoulos, Costas P

    2009-01-21

    We demonstrate the fabrication of integrated three-dimensional microchannel and optical waveguide structures inside fused silica for the interrogation and processing of single cells. The microchannels are fabricated by scanning femtosecond laser pulses (523 nm) and subsequent selective wet etching process. Optical waveguides are additionally integrated with the fabricated microchannels by scanning the laser pulse train inside the glass specimen. Single red blood cells (RBC) in diluted human blood inside of the manufactured microchannel were detected by two optical schemes. The first involved sensing the intensity change of waveguide-delivered He-Ne laser light (632.8 nm) induced by the refractive index difference of a cell flowing in the channel. The other approach was via detection of fluorescence emission from dyed RBC excited by Ar laser light (488 nm) delivered by the optical waveguide. The proposed device was tested to detect 23 fluorescent particles per second by increasing the flow rate up to 0.5 microl min(-1). The optical cell detection experiments support potential implementation of a new generation of glass-based optofluidic biochip devices in various single cell treatment processes including laser based cell processing and sensing.

  10. Tailoring the surface plasmon resonance of embedded silver nanoparticles by combining nano- and femtosecond laser pulses

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    Doster, J.; Baraldi, G.; Gonzalo, J.; Solis, J.; Hernandez-Rueda, J.; Siegel, J.

    2014-04-14

    We demonstrate that the broad surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of a single layer of near-coalescence silver nanoparticles (NPs), embedded in a dielectric matrix can be tailored by irradiation with a single nanosecond laser pulse into a distribution featuring a sharp resonance at 435 nm. Scanning electron microscopy studies reveal the underlying mechanism to be a transformation into a distribution of well-separated spherical particles. Additional exposure to multiple femtosecond laser pulses at 400 nm or 800 nm wavelength induces polarization anisotropy of the SPR, with a peak shift that increases with laser wavelength. The spectral changes are measured in-situ, employing reflection and transmission micro-spectroscopy with a lateral resolution of 4 μm. Spectral maps as a continuous function of local fluence can be readily produced from a single spot. The results open exciting perspectives for dynamically tuning and switching the optical response of NP systems, paving the way for next-generation applications.

  11. Synthesized femtosecond laser pulse source for two-wavelength contouring with simultaneously recorded digital holograms.

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    Hansel, Thomas; Steinmeyer, Günter; Grunwald, Ruediger; Falldorf, Claas; Bonitz, Jens; Kaufmann, Christian; Kebbel, Volker; Griebner, Uwe

    2009-02-16

    A dual-wavelength femtosecond laser pulse source and its application for digital holographic single-shot contouring are presented. The synthesized laser source combines sub-picosecond time scales with a wide reconstruction range. A center wavelength distance of the two separated pulses of only 15 nm with a high contrast was demonstrated by spectral shaping of the 50 nm broad seed spectrum centered at 800 nm. Owing to the resulting synthetic wavelength, the scan depth range without phase ambiguity is extended to the 100-microm-range. Single-shot dual-wavelength imaging is achieved by using two CMOS cameras in a Twyman-Green interferometer, which is extended by a polarization encoding sequence to separate the holograms. The principle of the method is revealed, and experimental results concerning a single axis scanner mirror operating at a resonance frequency of 0.5 kHz are presented. Within the synthetic wavelength, the phase difference information of the object was unambiguously retrieved and the 3D-shape calculated. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that single-shot two-wavelength contouring on a sub-ps time scale is reported.

  12. Two-temperature relaxation and melting after absorption of femtosecond laser pulse

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    Inogamov, N. A.; Zhakhovskii, V. V.; Ashitkov, S. I.; Khokhlov, V. A.; Petrov, Yu. V.; Komarov, P. S.; Agranat, M. B.; Anisimov, S. I.; Nishihara, K.

    2009-09-01

    The theory and experiments concerned with the electron-ion thermal relaxation and melting of overheated crystal lattice constitute the subject of this paper. The physical model includes two-temperature (2T) equation of state, many-body interatomic potential, the electron-ion energy exchange, electron thermal conductivity, and optical properties of solid, liquid, and two phase solid-liquid mixture. Two-temperature hydrodynamics and molecular dynamics codes are used. An experimental setup with pump-probe technique is used to follow evolution of an irradiated target with a short time step 100 fs between the probe femtosecond laser pulses. Accuracy of measurements of reflection coefficient and phase of reflected probe light are 1% and ˜1 nm, respectively. It is found that, firstly, the electron-electron collisions make a minor contribution to a light absorption in solid Al at moderate intensities; secondly, the phase shift of a reflected probe results from heating of ion subsystem and kinetics of melting of Al crystal during 0pspulses measured from the maximum of the pump; thirdly, the optical response of Au to a pump shows a marked contrast to that of Al on account of excitation of d-electrons.

  13. Absorption and generation of femtosecond laser-pulse excited spin currents in noncollinear magnetic bilayers

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    Lalieu, M. L. M.; Helgers, P. L. J.; Koopmans, B.

    2017-07-01

    Spin currents can be generated on an ultrafast time scale by excitation of a ferromagnetic (FM) thin film with a femtosecond laser pulse. Recently, it has been demonstrated that these ultrafast spin currents can transport angular momentum to neighboring FM layers, being able to change both the magnitude and orientation of the magnetization in the adjacent layer. In this paper, both the generation and absorption of these optically excited spin currents are investigated. This is done using noncollinear magnetic bilayers, i.e., two FM layers separated by a conductive spacer. Spin currents are generated in a Co/Ni multilayer with out-of-plane (OOP) anisotropy, and absorbed by a Co layer with an in-plane (IP) anisotropy. This behavior is confirmed by careful analysis of the laser-pulse induced magnetization dynamics, whereafter it is demonstrated that the transverse spin current is absorbed very locally near the injection interface of the IP layer (90 % within the first ≈2 nm). Moreover, it will also be shown that this local absorption results in the excitation of THz standing spin waves within the IP layer. The dispersion measured for these high-frequency spin waves shows a discrepancy with respect to the theoretical predictions, for which an explanation involving intermixed interface regions is proposed. Lastly, the spin current generation is investigated by using magnetic bilayers with a different number of repeats for the Co/Ni multilayer, which proves to be of great relevance for identifying the optical spin current generation mechanism.

  14. Ordered YBCO sub-micron array structures induced by pulsed femtosecond laser irradiation.

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    Luo, C W; Lee, C C; Li, C H; Shih, H C; Chen, Y-J; Hsieh, C C; Su, C H; Tzeng, W Y; Wu, K H; Juang, J Y; Uen, T M; Chen, S P; Lin, J-Y; Kobayashi, T

    2008-12-08

    We report on the formation of organized sub-micron YBa(2)Cu(3)O(7) (YBCO) dots induced by irradiating femtosecond laser pulses on YBCO films prepared by pulse laser deposition with fluence in the range of 0.21 approximately 0.53 J/cm(2). The morphology of the YBCO film surface depends strongly on the laser fluences irradiated. At lower laser fluence (approximately 0.21 J/cm(2)) the morphology was pattern of periodic ripples with sub-micrometer spacing. Slightly increasing the laser fluence to 0.26 J/cm(2) changes the pattern into organized sub-micron dots with diameters ranging from 100 nm to 800 nm and height of 150 nm. Further increase of the laser fluence to over 0.32 J/cm(2), however, appeared to result in massive melting and led to irregular morphology. The mechanism and the implications of the current findings will be discussed. Arrays of YBCO sub-micron dots with T(c) = 89.7 K were obtained.

  15. Formation and fragmentation of quadruply charged molecular ions by intense femtosecond laser pulses.

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    Yatsuhashi, Tomoyuki; Nakashima, Nobuaki

    2010-07-22

    We investigated the formation and fragmentation of multiply charged molecular ions of several aromatic molecules by intense nonresonant femtosecond laser pulses of 1.4 mum with a 130 fs pulse duration (up to 2 x 10(14) W cm(-2)). Quadruply charged states were produced for 2,3-benzofluorene and triphenylene molecular ion in large abundance, whereas naphthalene and 1,1'-binaphthyl resulted only in up to triply charged molecular ions. The laser wavelength was nonresonant with regard to the electronic transitions of the neutral molecules, and the degree of fragmentation was strongly correlated with the absorption of the singly charged cation radical. Little fragmentation was observed for naphthalene (off-resonant with cation), whereas heavy fragmentation was observed in the case of 1,1'-binaphthyl (resonant with cation). The degree of H(2) (2H) and 2H(2) (4H) elimination from molecular ions increased as the charge states increased in all the molecules examined. A striking difference was found between triply and quadruply charged 2,3-benzofluorene: significant suppression of molecular ions with loss of odd number of hydrogen was observed in the quadruply charged ions. The Coulomb explosion of protons in the quadruply charged state and succeeding fragmentation resulted in the formation of triply charged molecular ions with an odd number of hydrogens. The hydrogen elimination mechanism in the highly charged state is discussed.

  16. Characterization of MHz pulse repetition rate femtosecond laser-irradiated gold-coated silicon surfaces

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    2011-01-01

    In this study, MHz pulse repetition rate femtosecond laser-irradiated gold-coated silicon surfaces under ambient condition were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The radiation fluence used was 0.5 J/cm2 at a pulse repetition rate of 25 MHz with 1 ms interaction time. SEM analysis of the irradiated surfaces showed self-assembled intermingled weblike nanofibrous structure in and around the laser-irradiated spots. Further TEM investigation on this nanostructure revealed that the nanofibrous structure is formed due to aggregation of Au-Si/Si nanoparticles. The XRD peaks at 32.2°, 39.7°, and 62.5° were identified as (200), (211), and (321) reflections, respectively, corresponding to gold silicide. In addition, the observed chemical shift of Au 4f and Si 2p lines in XPS spectrum of the irradiated surface illustrated the presence of gold silicide at the irradiated surface. The generation of Si/Au-Si alloy fibrous nanoparticles aggregate is explained by the nucleation and subsequent condensation of vapor in the plasma plume during irradiation and expulsion of molten material due to high plasma pressure. PMID:21711595

  17. Necrosis response to photodynamic therapy using light pulses in the femtosecond regime.

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    Grecco, Clóvis; Moriyama, Lilian Tan; Cosci, Alessandro; Pratavieira, Sebastião; Bagnato, Vanderlei Salvador; Kurachi, Cristina

    2013-07-01

    One of the clinical limitations of the photodynamic therapy (PDT) is the reduced light penetration into biological tissues. Pulsed lasers may present advantages concerning photodynamic response when compared to continuous wave (CW) lasers operating under the same average power conditions. The aim of this study was to investigate PDT-induced response when using femtosecond laser (FSL) and a first-generation photosensitizer (Photogem) to evaluate the induced depth of necrosis. The in vitro photodegradation of the sensitizer was monitored during illumination either with CW or an FSL as an indirect measurement of the PDT response. Healthy liver of Wistar rats was used to evaluate the tissue response. The photosensitizer was endovenously injected and 30 min after, an energy dose of 150 J cm(-2) was delivered to the liver surface. We observed that the photodegradation rate evaluated via fluorescence spectroscopy was higher for the FSL illumination. The FSL-PDT produced a necrosis nearly twice as deep when compared to the CW-PDT. An increase of the tissue temperature during the application was measured and was not higher than 2.5 °C for the CW laser and not higher than 4.5 °C for the pulsed laser. FSL should be considered as an alternative in PDT applications for improving the results in the treatment of bulky tumors where higher light penetration is required.

  18. Excitation of surface plasmon polaritons on silicon with an intense femtosecond laser pulse

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    Miyaji, Godai; Hagiya, Masato; Miyazaki, Kenzo

    2017-07-01

    We report the experimental observation of anomalies appearing in the reflection of intense p -polarized 100-femtosecond (fs) laser pulses at a nonmetallic material surface with a grating structure. The reflectivity was measured in air as a function of the angle of incidence at a Si grating. The results have exhibited an abrupt decrease to create a sharp dip at a specific incident angle of ˜24∘ , where the grating surface was deeply ablated along the edge of the grooves. Similar to the so-called Wood's anomalies, the observed angle-dependent reflectivity provides direct evidence that surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) can resonantly be excited at the interface between air and the nonmetallic material surface, as the intense fs laser pulse produces a high density of free electrons to form a metal-like layer on the Si grating surface. Calculation for a model target reproduces well the experimental results to confirm the excitation of SPPs on the Si grating, demonstrating the generation of enhanced near fields for the periodic ablation of a target surface.

  19. Bond-breaking mechanism of vitreous silica densification by IR femtosecond laser pulses

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    Shcheblanov, Nikita S.; Povarnitsyn, Mikhail E.

    2016-04-01

    The densification of the vitreous silica (v-SiO2) due to laser irradiation appears reasonable to cause the change in refractive index. In this letter, the v-SiO2 densification under IR femtosecond laser irradiation is studied within molecular-dynamics simulation. The single- and multi-pulse interactions are explored numerically with an account of the bond-breaking mechanism. By analyzing the network at nanoscale, the nature of v-SiO2 densification is assigned to the reduction of major ring fractions of six- and seven-membered rings to minor fractions of three- and four-membered rings (related to D 2 and D 1 Raman signatures, respectively). The athermal behavior of v-SiO2 densification is disclosed at different degrees of ionization for both the single- and multi-pulse cases at sub-threshold regimes. The good agreement between calculated and measured D2 defect line and Si-O-Si angle changes argues in favor of the found mechanism.

  20. Femtosecond laser versus mechanical microkeratome-assisted flap creation for LASIK: a prospective, randomized, paired-eye study

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    Pajic, Bojan; Vastardis, Iraklis; Pajic-Eggspuehler, Brigitte; Gatzioufas, Zisis; Hafezi, Farhad

    2014-01-01

    Purpose To compare a femtosecond laser with a microkeratome for flap creation during laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) in terms of flap thickness predictability and visual outcomes. Patients and methods This was a prospective, randomized, masked, paired-eye study. Forty-four patients (34 females) who received bilateral LASIK were included. Patients were stratified by ocular dominance, and they then underwent randomization of flap creation using the femtosecond laser on one eye and undergoing the microkeratome procedure on the other one. The visual outcome differences between the corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA) at baseline and the uncorrected distance visual acuity (UDVA) on the first day postoperatively were set as the efficiency index for both groups. All visual acuity outcome results and the deviation of flap thickness were evaluated. P-values <0.05 were considered statistically significant. Results The index of efficiency regarding the postoperative visual outcomes in the microkeratome group was lower (P<0.0001). This result was correlated with the difference between intended and achieved flap thickness (P=0.038; r=0.28), and a negative relationship in the regression analysis was confirmed (P<0.04; R2=0.1428). The UDVA in the microkeratome group improved significantly by the end of the first month (P<0.0271) in comparison to the baseline CDVA. The deviation between intended and postoperative flap thickness using either optical coherence pachymetry or Heidelberg Retinal Tomography II confocal microscopy was statistically significant (paired t-test; P<0.001) between the groups. The flap thickness deviation in the microkeratome group was higher. In the femtosecond laser group, the efficiency index was stable postoperatively (P=0.64) The UDVA improved significantly by the end of the first postoperative week (P=0.0043) in comparison to the baseline CDVA. Six months after surgery, improvement in the UDVA was significant in both groups (all P<0.001; one way

  1. Proposal and simulation of differential double-pulse pair Brillouin optical time-domain analysis

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    Tang, Jianguan; Luo, Wenping; Chen, Beiqing; Guo, Huiyong; Zhang, Cui

    2013-09-01

    A differential double-pulse pair Brillouin optical time-domain analysis (DDP-BOTDA) combined with the double-pulsed technique and the differential pulse-width pair technique is proposed and simulated to detect small temperature and strain changes. Using a symmetrical double-pulse pair, the system can detect small Brillouin shift with high spatial resolution and large dynamic range. Sub-meter spatial resolution is decided by the difference between the pulse-width and the peak and valley of the spectrum which is derived from differential pump depletion signals, and detectable Brillouin shift is less than 1 MHz.

  2. Effect of circularly polarized femtosecond laser pulses on alignment dynamics of linear molecules observed by strong-field photoelectron yields

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    Kaya, Necati; Kaya, Gamze; Strohaber, James; Kolomenskii, Alexandre A.; Schuessler, Hans A.

    2016-10-01

    By measuring femtosecond laser driven strong-field electron yields for linear molecules aligned by circularly polarized femtosecond laser pulses, we study the rotational wavepacket evolution of N2, CO, and C2H2 gas molecules. We show that circular polarization produces a net alignment along the laser pulse propagation axis at certain phases of the evolution. This gives the possibility to control alignment of linear molecules outside the plane of polarization, which can provide new capabilities for molecular imaging. The experimental results were compared to the calculated field-free molecular alignment parameter taking into account the effects of electronic structure and symmetry of the molecules. By fitting the calculated impulsive alignment parameter to the measured experimental data we determined the molecular rotational constants of the linear gas molecules.

  3. Adjustment of ablation shapes and subwavelength ripples based on electron dynamics control by designing femtosecond laser pulse trains

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    Yuan, Yanping; Jiang, Lan; Li, Xin; Wang, Cong; Lu, Yongfeng

    2012-11-01

    A quantum model is proposed to investigate femtosecond laser pulse trains processing of dielectrics by including the plasma model with the consideration of laser particle-wave duality. Central wavelengths (400 nm and 800 nm) strongly impact the surface plasmon field distribution, the coupling field intensity distribution (between the absorbed intensity and the surface plasma), and the distribution of transient localized free electron density in the material. This, in turn, significantly changes the localized transient optical/thermal properties during laser materials processing. The effects of central wavelengths on ablation shapes and subwavelength ripples are discussed. The simulation results show that: (1) ablation shapes and the spacing of subwavelength ripples can be adjusted by localized transient electron dynamics control using femtosecond laser pulse trains; (2) the adjustment of the radii of ablation shapes is stronger than that of the periods of subwavelength ripples.

  4. Optical absorption and photocurrent enhancement in semi-insulating gallium arsenide by femtosecond laser pulse surface microstructuring.

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    Zhao, Zhen-Yu; Song, Zhi-Qiang; Shi, Wang-Zhou; Zhao, Quan-Zhong

    2014-05-19

    We observe an enhancement of optical absorption and photocurrent from semi-insulating gallium arsenide (SI-GaAs) irradiated by femtosecond laser pulses. The SI-GaAs wafer is treated by a regeneratively amplified Ti: Sapphire laser of 120 fs laser pulse at 800 nm wavelength. The laser ablation induced 0.74 μm periodic ripples, and its optical absorption-edge is shifted to a longer wavelength. Meanwhile, the steady photocurrent of irradiated SI-GaAs is found to enhance 50%. The electrical properties of samples are calibrated by van der Pauw method. It is found that femtosecond laser ablation causes a microscale anti-reflection coating surface which enhances the absorption and photoconductivity.

  5. Scanning thermal microscopy and Raman analysis of bulk fused silica exposed to low-energy femtosecond laser pulses.

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    Bellouard, Y; Barthel, E; Said, A A; Dugan, M; Bado, P

    2008-11-24

    Low energy femtosecond laser pulses locally increase the refractive index and the hydro-fluoric acid etching rate of fused silica. These phenomena form the basis of a direct-write method to fabricate integrated glass devices that are of particular interest for optofluidics and optomechanical applications. Yet the underlying physical mechanism behind these effects remains elusive, especially the role of the laser polarization. Using Scanning Thermal Microscope and Raman spectrometer we observe in laser affected zones, a localized sharp decrease of the thermal conductivity correlated with an increased presence of low-number SiO(2) cycles. In addition, we find that a high correlation exists between the amount of structural changes and the decrease of thermal conductivity. Furthermore, sub-wavelength periodic patterns are detected for high peak power exposures. Finally, our findings indicate that, to date, the localized densification induced by femtosecond laser pulses remains well below the theoretical value achievable in mechanically densified silica.

  6. Role of the temperature dynamics in formation of nanopatterns upon single femtosecond laser pulses on gold

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    Gurevich, Evgeny L.; Levy, Yoann; Gurevich, Svetlana V.; Bulgakova, Nadezhda M.

    2017-02-01

    In this paper we investigate the role of two-temperature heating dynamics for formation of periodic structures on metal surfaces exposed to single ultrashort laser pulses.The results of two-temperature model (TTM) two-dimensional simulations are presented on the irradiation of gold by a single 800-nm femtosecond laser pulse the intensity of which is modulated in order to reproduce an initial electron temperature perturbation, which can arise from incoming and scattered surface wave interference. The growing (unstable) modes of the lattice temperature distribution along the surface may be significant in the laser induced periodic surface structures formation. After the end of the laser pulse and before the complete coupling between lattice and electrons occurs, the evolution of the amplitude of the subsequent modulation in the lattice temperature reveals different tendencies depending on the spatial period of the initial modulation. This instabilitylike behavior is shown to arise due to the perturbation of the electronic temperature which relaxes slower for bigger spatial periods and thus imparts more significant modulations to the lattice temperature. Small spatial periods of the order of 100 nm and smaller experience stabilization and fast decay from the more efficient lateral heat diffusion which facilitates the relaxation of the electronic temperature amplitude due to in-depth diffusion. An analytical instability analysis of a simplified version of the TTM set of equations supports the lattice temperature modulation behavior obtained in the simulations and reveals that in-depth diffusion length is a determining parameter in the dispersion relation of unstable modes. Finally, it is discussed how the change in optical properties can intensify the modulation-related effects.

  7. EFFECTS OF LASER RADIATION ON MATTER: Simulation of photon acceleration upon irradiation of a mylar target by femtosecond laser pulses

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    Andreev, Stepan N.; Rukhadze, Anri A.; Tarakanov, V. P.; Yakutov, B. P.

    2010-01-01

    Acceleration of protons is simulated by the particle-in-cell (PIC) method upon irradiation of mylar targets of different thicknesses by femtosecond plane-polarised pulsed laser radiation and at different angles of radiation incidence on the target. The comparison of the results of calculations with the experimental data obtained in recent experiments shows their good agreement. The optimal angle of incidence (458) at which the proton energy achieves its absolute maximum is obtained.

  8. High power ultra-widely tuneable femtosecond pulses from a non-collinear optical parametric oscillator (NOPO).

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    Lang, T; Binhammer, T; Rausch, S; Palmer, G; Emons, M; Schultze, M; Harth, A; Morgner, U

    2012-01-16

    We present an ultra-widely tunable non-collinear optical parametric oscillator with an average output power of more than 3 W and a repetition frequency of 34 MHz. The system is pumped by the second harmonic of a femtosecond Yb:KLu(WO4)2 thin-disk laser oscillator. The wavelength of the signal pulse can be rapidly tuned over a wide range from the visible to the NIR just by scanning the resonator length.

  9. Decelerating chirped soliton formation at femtosecond laser pulse propagation in a medium with one-photon absorption and gold nanorods

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    Trofimov, V. A.; Lysak, T. M.

    2017-01-01

    We demonstrate the possibility of decelerating chirped soliton formation at femtosecond pulse propagation in a medium with gold nanoparticles. We take into account the dependence of one-photon absorption on the nanorod aspect ratio and time-dependent nanorod aspect ratio changing due to nanorod reshaping because of laser energy absorption. The soliton formation occurs due to laser radiation trapping by the nanorod reshaping front. We show analytically that a chirp induced by the negative phase grating is crucial for this trapping.

  10. Spin-photo-currents generated by femtosecond laser pulses in a ferrimagnetic GdFeCo/Pt bilayer

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    Huisman, T. J.; Ciccarelli, C.; Tsukamoto, A.; Mikhaylovskiy, R. V.; Rasing, Th.; Kimel, A. V.

    2017-02-01

    Using THz emission spectroscopy, we detect spin-photo-currents from a ferrimagnetic amorphous alloy GdFeCo to an adjacent Pt capping layer. The currents are generated upon excitation of a GdFeCo/Pt heterostructure with femtosecond laser pulses. It is found that the polarization of the spin-polarized current is determined by magnetic sublattice sensitivity rather than the total magnetization, allowing for spin-polarized current generation when the net magnetization is zero.

  11. 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.

  12. Mask-Free Patterning of High-Conductivity Metal Nanowires in Open Air by Spatially Modulated Femtosecond Laser Pulses.

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    Wang, Andong; Jiang, Lan; Li, Xiaowei; Liu, Yang; Dong, Xianzi; Qu, Liangti; Duan, Xuanming; Lu, Yongfeng

    2015-10-28

    A novel high-resolution nanowire fabrication method is developed by thin-film patterning using a spatially modulated femtosecond laser pulse. Deep subwavelength (≈1/13 of the laser wavelength) and high conductivity (≈1/4 of the bulk gold) nanowires are fabricated in the open air without using masks, which offers a single-step arbitrary direct patterning approach for electronics, plasmonics, and optoelectronics nanodevices.

  13. Low phase noise microwave extraction from femtosecond laser by frequency conversion pair and IF-domain processing.

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    Dai, Yitang; Cen, Qizhuang; Wang, Lei; Zhou, Yue; Yin, Feifei; Dai, Jian; Li, Jianqiang; Xu, Kun

    2015-12-14

    Extraction of a microwave component from a low-time-jitter femtosecond pulse train has been attractive for current generation of spectrally pure microwave. In order to avoid the transfer from the optical amplitude noise to microwave phase noise (AM-PM), we propose to down-convert the target component to intermediate frequency (IF) before the opto-electronic conversion. Due to the much lower carrier frequency, the AM-PM is greatly suppressed. The target is then recovered by up-conversion with the same microwave local oscillation (LO). As long as the time delay of the second LO matches that of the IF carrier, the phase noise of the LO shows no impact on the extraction process. The residual noise of the proposed extraction is analyzed in theory, which is also experimentally demonstrated as averagely around -155 dBc/Hz under offset frequency larger than 1 kHz when 10-GHz tone is extracted from a home-made femtosecond fiber laser. Large tunable extraction from 1 GHz to 10 GHz is also reported.

  14. Improving femtosecond laser pulse delivery through a hollow core photonic crystal fiber for temporally focused two-photon endomicroscopy

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    Choi, Heejin; So, Peter T. C.

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, we present a strategy to improve delivery of femtosecond laser pulses from a regenerative amplifier through a hollow core photonic crystal fiber for temporally focused wide-field two-photon endomicroscopy. For endomicroscope application, wide-field two-photon excitation has the advantage of requiring no scanning in the distal end. However, wide-field two-photon excitation requires peak power that is 104–105 times higher than the point scanning approach corresponding to femtosecond pulses with energy on the order of 1–10 μJ at the specimen plane. The transmission of these high energy pulses through a single mode fiber into the microendoscope is a significant challenge. Two approaches were pursued to partially overcome this limitation. First, a single high energy pulse is split into a train of pulses with energy below the fiber damage threshold better utilizing the available laser energy. Second, stretching the pulse width in time by introducing negative dispersion was shown to have the dual benefit of reducing fiber damage probability and compensating for the positive group velocity dispersion induced by the fiber. With these strategy applied, 11 fold increase in the two photon excitation signal has been demonstrated. PMID:25316120

  15. Generation of a few femtoseconds pulses in seeded FELs using a seed laser with small transverse size

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    Li, Heting; Jia, Qika

    2016-09-01

    We propose a simple method to generate a few femtosecond pulses in seeded FELs. We use a longitudinal energy-chirped electron beam passing through a dogleg where transverse dispersion will generate a horizontal energy chirp, then in the modulator, a seed laser with narrow beam radius will only modulate the center portion of the electron beam and then short pulses at high harmonics will be generated in the radiator. Using a representative realistic set of parameters, we show that 30 nm XUV pulse based on the HGHG scheme and 9 nm soft x-ray pulse based on the EEHG scheme with duration of about 8 fs (FWHM) and peak power of GW level can be generated from a 180 nm UV seed laser with beam waist of 75 μm. This new scheme can provide an optional operation mode for the existing seeded FEL facilities to meet the requirement of short-pulse FEL.

  16. Picosecond to femtosecond pulses from high power self mode-locked ytterbium rod-type fiber laser.

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    Deslandes, Pierre; Perrin, Mathias; Saby, Julien; Sangla, Damien; Salin, François; Freysz, Eric

    2013-05-06

    We have designed an ytterbium rod-type fiber laser oscillator with tunable pulse duration. This system that delivers more than 10 W of average power is self mode-locked. It yields femtosecond to picosecond laser pulses at a repetition rate of 74 MHz. The pulse duration is adjusted by changing the spectral width of a band pass filter that is inserted in the laser cavity. Using volume Bragg gratings of 0.9 nm and 0.07 nm spectrum bandwidth, this oscillator delivers nearly Fourier limited 2.8 ps and 18.5 ps pulses, respectively. With a 4 nm interference filter, one obtains picosecond pulses that have been externally dechirped down to 130 fs.

  17. Observation of inner surface roughness in fused silica microholes with varying the number of femtosecond laser pulses

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    Shiraishi, Masahiko; Watanabe, Kazuhiro; Kubodera, Shoichi

    2017-01-01

    Inner walls of microhole in a thin fused silica plate were observed after changing ablating laser pulse shots of a focused femtosecond laser at the wavelength of 400 nm with an energy of 20 μJ in a pulse width of 350 fs. Using an objective lens with an NA of 0.28, it was revealed that the inner surface of the microhole was melted with 10 laser pulse shots. By increasing the pulse numbers to 100, however, deposition of fused silica particles on the melted inner surface was observed. In order to minimize the inner surface roughness, the objective lens was changed. After 50 laser pulse shots, the inner surface structure was brought close to optical quality using an objective lens with NA of 0.65.

  18. Polarization-independent etching of fused silica based on electrons dynamics control by shaped femtosecond pulse trains for microchannel fabrication.

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    Yan, X; Jiang, L; Li, X; Zhang, K; Xia, B; Liu, P; Qu, L; Lu, Y

    2014-09-01

    We propose an approach to realize polarization-independent etching of fused silica by using temporally shaped femtosecond pulse trains to control the localized transient electrons dynamics. Instead of nanograting formation using traditional unshaped pulses, for the pulse delay of pulse trains larger than 1 ps, coherent field-vector-related coupling is not possible and field orientation is lost. The exponential growth of the periodic structures is interrupted. In this case, disordered and interconnected nanostructures are formed, which is probably the main reason of etching independence on the laser polarization. As an application example, square-wave-shaped and arc-shaped microchannels are fabricated by using pulse trains to demonstrate the advantage of the proposed method in fabricating high-aspect-ratio and three-dimensional microchannels.

  19. Production rate enhancement of size-tunable silicon nanoparticles by temporally shaping femtosecond laser pulses in ethanol.

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    Li, Xin; Zhang, Guangming; Jiang, Lan; Shi, Xuesong; Zhang, Kaihu; Rong, Wenlong; Duan, Ji'an; Lu, Yongfeng

    2015-02-23

    This paper proposes an efficient approach for production-rate enhancement and size reduction of silicon nanoparticles produced by femtosecond (fs) double-pulse ablation of silicon in ethanol. Compared with a single pulse, the production rate is ~2.6 times higher and the mean size of the NPs is reduced by ~1/5 with a delay of 2 ps. The abnormal enhancement in the production rate is obtained at pulse delays Δt > 200 fs. The production-rate enhancement is mainly attributed to high photon absorption efficiency. It is caused by an increase in localized transient electron density, which results from the first sub-pulse ionization of ethanol molecules before the second sub-pulse arrives. The phase-change mechanism at a critical point might reduce nanoparticle size.

  20. Regenerative amplification of femtosecond pulses: Design and construction of a sub-100fs, {mu}J laser system

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    Schumacher, A.B. |

    1996-10-01

    Femtosecond lasers are a powerful tool for a wealth of applications in physics, chemistry and biology. In most cases, however, their use is fundamentally restricted to a rather narrow spectral range. This thesis deals with the construction and characterization of a femtosecond light source for spectroscopic applications which overcomes that restriction. It is demonstrated how the output of a continuously pumped Ti:sapphire femtosecond oscillator is amplified to the {mu}J level, while the pulse duration remains below 100fs. A combination of continuous pumping, acousto-optic switching and Ti:Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} as a gain medium allows amplification at high repetition rates. By focusing the high energy pulses into a sapphire crystal, a broad-band continuum can be generated, extended in wavelengths over several hundred nanometers. To accomplish amplification of three orders of magnitude while maintaining the pulse length, a regenerative multipass amplifier system was built. The thesis describes theoretical design, realization and characterization of the system. Theoretical calculations and preliminary measurements were carried out and allow a critical evaluation of the final performance.