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  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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).

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Heating of a metal nanofilm during femtosecond laser pulse absorption

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

    2014-09-01

    We have studied the temperature evolution of electrons and the lattice of a metal nanofilm interacting with a femtosecond s- or p-polarised pulse. It is shown that even if the film thickness is greater than the skin-layer depth, the temperature distribution during the pulse action may be close to the uniform one because of the high electron thermal conductivity, which leads to a rapid redistribution of energy over the film thickness.

  5. 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.

  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. 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

  8. Nanosecond component in a femtosecond laser pulse

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

    2012-11-15

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.}

  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. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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°.

  19. Testing of a femtosecond pulse laser in outer space

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

    2014-01-01

    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

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

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

    2014-05-30

    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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Heat effects of metals ablated with femtosecond laser pulses

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    Hirayama, Yoichi; Obara, Minoru

    2002-09-01

    Heat effects of metallic bulk crystals of Au, Ag, Cu, and Fe ablated with femtosecond Ti:sapphire laser pulses is experimentally studied. As a result of X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements, the XRD peak signal of the area ablated with Ti:sapphire laser is much smaller than that of the crystalline metal sample. While the crystal form of the metal sample is crystalline before laser ablation, the crystal form in the ablated area is partially changed into the amorphous form. The residual pulse energy that did not contribute to the ablation process remains, which leads to the formation of thin layer of melted phase. The melted layer is abruptly cooled down not to be re-crystallized, but to transform into amorphous form. It is evident that the area ablated with femtosecond laser is changed into amorphous metals. This mechanism would be the same as the melt-quenching generally used as the fabrication method of amorphous metals. This experimental result is consistent with the theoretical result.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  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. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

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

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    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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  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. 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.

  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. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Generation of terahertz radiation by focusing femtosecond bichromatic laser pulses in a gas or plasma

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    Chizhov, P A; Volkov, Roman V; Bukin, V V; Ushakov, A A; Garnov, Sergei V; Savel'ev-Trofimov, Andrei B

    2013-04-30

    The generation of terahertz radiation by focusing two-frequency femtosecond laser pulses is studied. Focusing is carried out both in an undisturbed gas and in a pre-formed plasma. The energy of the terahertz radiation pulses is shown to reduce significantly in the case of focusing in a plasma. (extreme light fields and their applications)

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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)

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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%.

  8. 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)

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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)

  12. 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.

  13. Effect of electron emission on solids heating by femtosecond laser pulse

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    Svirina, V. V.; Sergaeva, O. N.; Yakovlev, E. B.

    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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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)

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  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. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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)

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Femtosecond-Laser-Pulse Characterization and Optimization for CARS Microscopy

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    Piazza, Vincenzo; de Vito, Giuseppe; Farrokhtakin, Elmira; Ciofani, Gianni; Mattoli, Virgilio

    2016-01-01

    We present a simple method and its experimental implementation to determine the pulse durations and linear chirps of the pump-and-probe pulse and the Stokes pulse in a coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering microscope at sample level without additional autocorrelators. Our approach exploits the delay line, ubiquitous in such microscopes, to perform a convolution of the pump-and-probe and Stokes pulses as a function of their relative delay and it is based on the detection of the photons emitted from an appropriate non-linear sample. The analysis of the non-resonant four-wave-mixing and sum-frequency-generation signals allows for the direct retrieval of the pulse duration on the sample and the linear chirp of each pulse. This knowledge is crucial in maximizing the spectral-resolution and contrast in CARS imaging. PMID:27224203

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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)

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Role of ambient gas in heating of metal samples by femtosecond pulses of laser radiation

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    Zhukov, V. P.; Bulgakova, N. M.

    2009-06-01

    In this work we consider an experimentally observed effect of significant increasing of the residual heat in metal targets at their irradiation with femtosecond laser pulses in an ambient gas in respect to the vacuum conditions. Numerical modelling of heating of a platinum target by femtosecond laser pulses in argon under normal conditions has been performed taking into account gas breakdown in the focussing region of the laser beam in front of the target. The applied model is based on a combination of a thermal model describing heating and phase transitions in irradiated samples and a hydrodynamic model to describe motion of the ambient gas perturbed by laser irradiation as a result of multiphoton ionization. The hot ambient gas is shown to heat efficiently the irradiated sample. The hydrodynamic processes in the ambient gas play an important role in heating.

  11. 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.

  12. Noncontact microsurgery of cell membranes using femtosecond laser pulses for optoinjection of specified substances into cells

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    Il'ina, I V; Ovchinnikov, A V; Chefonov, O V; Sitnikov, D S; Agranat, Mikhail B; Mikaelyan, A S

    2013-04-30

    IR femtosecond laser pulses were used for microsurgery of a cell membrane aimed at local and short-duration change in its permeability and injection of specified extracellular substances into the cells. The possibility of noncontact laser delivery of the propidium iodide fluorescent dye and the pEGFP plasmid, encoding the green fluorescent protein, into the cells with preservation of the cell viability was demonstrated. (extreme light fields and their applications)

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Heat-affected zone of metals ablated with femtosecond laser pulses

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    Hirayama, Yoichi; Obara, Minoru

    2003-07-01

    The melted area is found on the surface ablated by nanosecond and picosecond laser pulses. However, the heat effect is little on the ablated surface in the case of femtosecond laser due to non-thermal ablation process. Heat-affected zone of metallic bulk crystal ablated with femtosecond Ti:sapphire laser pulses is experimentally studied. As a result of XRD (X-ray diffraction) measurements, the XRD peak signal of the area ablated with Ti:sapphire laser becomes smaller than that of the crystalline metal sample. While the crystallinity of the metal sample is crystalline before the laser ablation, the crystallinity in the ablated area is partially changed into the amorphous form. Because the residual pulse energy that is not used for the ablation process remains, leading to the formation of thin layer of melt phase. The melt layer is abruptly cooled down not to be re-crystallized, but to transform into the amorphous form. It is evident that the area ablated with femtosecond laser is changed into the amorphous metal. Additionally XRD measurements and AR+ etching are performed alternately to measure the thickness of the amorphous layer. In the case of iron, the thickness is measured to be 1 μm approximately, therefore heat-affected zone is quite small.

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  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. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  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. 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. Heat-affected zone in microdrilling of metals by femtosecond laser pulses

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    Audouard, E.; LeHarzic, R.; Huot, Nicolas; Laporte, Pierre; Valette, S.; Fourtunier, R.

    2002-09-01

    Several works on laser-matter interaction has shown the differences in sizes for the Heat Affected Zone (HAZ) obtained with nanosecond and femtosecond regimes in laser cutting or drilling. To understand more clearly the basic phenomena that occur in femtosecond regime during the absorption of light by matter, and specially in the case of metals, we have developed both an experimental and a theoretical approach. We use a new method aimed at quantifying the dimensions of the HAZ, using thin-down samples which are micro-drilled and then observed by a transmission electronic microscopy (TEM) technique. The grain size in the samples is analysed near the micro-holes. According to theoretical studies, the thermal diffusion is due to the smaller value of the electron specific heat compared to the lattice one. The thermal diffusion length is found to be a few hundred of nanometers in the case of metals. We use a thermal model to describe the heat diffusion in the sample in order to obtain a theoretical estimation of the HAZ. Holes are drilled in Aluminum using nanosecond and femtosecond laser pulses and characterized by Transmission Electronic Microscopy (TEM). The method for quantifying the dimensions of the heat affected zone (HAZ) surrounding micro-holes is based on the analyze of the grain size evolution. The experiments are using the same Ti-Sapphire laser source (1 kHz, 800 nm). The regeneratively amplified ultra-short pulses (150 fs) are utilized at a low fluence regime (typically 0.01-0.5 mJ/pulse), while the longer pulses (ns) are obtained from the regenerative amplifier without oscillator seeding (0.5 mJ,τ approximately 7-8 ns). The main conclusion is that a 40 micrometers wide HAZ is induced by nanosecond pulses, whereas the femtosecond regime does not produce any TEM observable HAZ. It has to be noticed that the width of the femtosecond HAZ is roughly less than 2 micrometers , which is our observation limit. These results are in agreement with theoretical

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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).

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  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. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  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. 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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).

  4. Heating and ionization of metal clusters in the field of an intense femtosecond laser pulse

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    Kostenko, O. F.; Andreev, N. E.

    2007-06-01

    Inverse bremsstrahlung heating and thermal electron-impact ionization of a metal cluster are analyzed with account for the spatial structure of the electromagnetic field. It is shown that, for a femtosecond IR radiation pulse with an intensity of ˜1018 W/cm2 and for an iron cluster with an optimum radius of ˜25 nm, the electron temperature is higher than 1 keV. In this case, the L shell of the ions is highly stripped. The X-ray bremsstrahlung yield from clusters with a radius greater than the skin depth is estimated.

  5. 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)

  6. 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.

  7. Ultrafast dynamics of periodic nanostructure formation on diamondlike carbon films irradiated with femtosecond laser pulses

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    Miyaji, Godai; Miyazaki, Kenzo

    2006-11-01

    Using a pump-probe technique the authors have measured reflectivity of diamondlike carbon (DLC) film irradiated with femtosecond laser pulses to understand dynamic processes responsible for periodic nanostructure formation. The results have shown that characteristic reflectivity change observed as a function of superimposed laser shots is closely associated with the nanostructure formation and the bonding structure change to induce surface swelling, leading to a conclusion that the nanostructure formation on the DLC surface is certainly preceded by the bonding structure change. The nanoscale ablation to produce the nanostructure is discussed based on the local field generation on the surface.

  8. 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.

  9. 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)

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  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. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  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. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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)

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Influence of effective number of pulses on the morphological structure of teeth and bovine femur after femtosecond laser ablation.

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    Nicolodelli, Gustavo; Lizarelli, Rosane de Fátima Zanirato; Bagnato, Vanderlei Salvador

    2012-04-01

    Femtosecond lasers have been widely used in laser surgery as an instrument for contact-free tissue removal of hard dental, restorative materials, and osseous tissues, complementing conventional drilling or cutting tools. In order to obtain a laser system that provides an ablation efficiency comparable to mechanical instruments, the laser pulse rate must be maximal without causing thermal damage. The aim of this study was to compare the different morphological characteristics of the hard tissue after exposure to lasers operating in the femtosecond pulse regime. Two different kinds of samples were irradiated: dentin from human extracted teeth and bovine femur samples. Different procedures were applied, while paying special care to preserving the structures. The incubation factor S was calculated to be 0.788±0.004 for the bovine femur bone. These results indicate that the incubation effect is still substantial during the femtosecond laser ablation of hard tissues. The plasma-induced ablation has reduced side effects, i.e., we observe less thermal and mechanical damage when using a superficial femtosecond laser irradiation close to the threshold conditions. In the femtosecond regime, the morphology characteristics of the cavity were strongly influenced by the change of the effective number of pulses.

  19. 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.

  20. 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)

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. [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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. Nanofoaming in the surface of biopolymers by femtosecond pulsed laser irradiation

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    Gaspard, S.; Oujja, M.; de Nalda, R.; Abrusci, C.; Catalina, F.; Bañares, L.; Lazare, S.; Castillejo, M.

    2007-12-01

    In this work, the nanostructuring induced in femtosecond (fs) laser irradiation of biopolymers is examined in self-standing films of collagen and gelatine. Irradiation by single 90 fs pulses at 800, 400 and 266 nm is shown to result in the formation of a modified layer with submicrometric size structures. The size and uniformity of the observed features are strongly dependent on irradiation wavelength and on the characteristics of the biopolymer (water content and mechanical strength). Examination of the films by laser induced fluorescence serves to assess the chemical modifications induced by laser irradiation, revealing changes in the emission bands assigned to the aromatic amino acid tyrosine and its degradation products. The results are discussed in the framework of a mechanism involving the generation of large free-electron densities, through multiphoton and avalanche ionization, which determine the temperature and stress distribution in the irradiated volume.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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

  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. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  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. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  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. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  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. 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

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Features of infrared ultrabroadband supercontinuum generation under filamentation of femtosecond laser pulses in solid media with various bandgaps

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    Frolov, S. A.; Trunov, V. I.

    2015-12-01

    Recent theoretical and experimental studies show that filamentation of femtosecond pulses in middle infrared range in solids can generate intense supercontinuum (SC) with width of a several octaves. The structure and dynamics of the spectrum formation is different from those observed during filamentation of femtosecond pulses in the near infrared range of the spectrum. With numerical modeling we investigate features of infrared (IR) SC generation in a number of solid-state media transparent in a broad infrared range with various bandgaps, including KBr (7.6 eV), ZnS (3.68 eV) and ZnSe (2.71 eV) for different pump wavelengths. SC formation dynamics is analyzed. With comparison of different media, including one with artificial bandgap, we find that lower bandgap decreases SC bandwidth and filamentation length.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Large increase in refractive index inside silica glass after the movement of voids caused by femtosecond laser pulses

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    Hashimoto, Fumiya; Yoshino, Tomoki; Ozeki, Yasuyuki; Itoh, Kazuyoshi

    2014-04-01

    When a transparent material is irradiated by focused femtosecond laser pulses, various types of structural modification can occur inside the material. Recently, it has been reported that asymmetric structures, which are composed of two regions with positive and negative refractive index changes (Δn), can be inscribed by irradiation of multiple femtosecond laser pulses at high (˜MHz) repetition rates. Interestingly, the amount of positive Δn in this type of modification is larger than those in conventional structural modifications by one order of magnitude. However, the mechanisms underlying such modifications are still unclear. In this paper, we describe that similar asymmetric structures can be inscribed by using femtosecond laser pulses at a low repetition rate. Then, we examine the formation and spectroscopic characteristics of the asymmetric structures. The observation of the processed areas reveals that the asymmetric structures are formed after the movement of voids. Furthermore, micro-Raman spectroscopy suggests a large increase of three-membered ring structures in the region with positive Δn, which may account for the large Δn.

  11. 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.

  12. Regenerative Amplification of Femtosecond Pulses: Design andConstruction of a sub-100fs, muon J Laser System

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    Schumacher, Andreas 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 μJ level,while the pulse duration remains below 100 fs. A combination of continuous pumping, acousto-optic switching and Ti:Al2O3 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.

  13. Femtosecond laser pulse optimization for multiphoton cytometry and control of fluorescence

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    Tkaczyk, Eric Robert

    This body of work encompasses optimization of near infrared femtosecond laser pulses both for enhancement of flow cytometry as well as adaptive pulse shaping to control fluorescence. A two-photon system for in vivo flow cytometry is demonstrated, which allows noninvasive quantification of circulating cell populations in a single live mouse. We monitor fluorescently-labeled red blood cells for more than two weeks, and are also able to noninvasively measure circulation times of two distinct populations of breast cancer cells simultaneously in a single mouse. We build a custom laser excitation source in the form of an extended cavity mode-locked oscillator, which enables superior detection in whole blood or saline of cell lines expressing fluorescent proteins including the green fluorescent protein (GFP), tdTomato and mPlum. A mathematical model explains unique features of the signals. The ability to distinguish different fluorescent species is central to simultaneous measurement of multiple molecular targets in high throughput applications including the multiphoton flow cytometer. We demonstrate that two dyes which are not distinguishable to one-photon measurements can be differentiated and in fact quantified in mixture via phase-shaped two-photon excitation pulses found by a genetic algorithm. We also selectively enhance or suppress two-photon fluorescence of numerous common dyes with tailored pulse shapes. Using a multiplicative (rather than ratiometric) fitness parameter, we are able to control the fluorescence while maintaining a strong signal. With this method, we control the two-photon fluorescence of the blue fluorescent protein (BFP), which is of particular interest in investigations of protein-protein interactions, and has frustrated previous attempts of control. Implementing an acousto-optic interferometer, we use the same experimental setup to measure two-photon excitation cross-sections of dyes and prove that photon-photon interferences are the

  14. The pulse-pair algorithm as a robust estimator of turbulent weather spectral parameters using airborne pulse Doppler radar

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    Baxa, Ernest G., Jr.; Lee, Jonggil

    1991-01-01

    The pulse pair method for spectrum parameter estimation is commonly used in pulse Doppler weather radar signal processing since it is economical to implement and can be shown to be a maximum likelihood estimator. With the use of airborne weather radar for windshear detection, the turbulent weather and strong ground clutter return spectrum differs from that assumed in its derivation, so the performance robustness of the pulse pair technique must be understood. Here, the effect of radar system pulse to pulse phase jitter and signal spectrum skew on the pulse pair algorithm performance is discussed. Phase jitter effect may be significant when the weather return signal to clutter ratio is very low and clutter rejection filtering is attempted. The analysis can be used to develop design specifications for airborne radar system phase stability. It is also shown that the weather return spectrum skew can cause a significant bias in the pulse pair mean windspeed estimates, and that the poly pulse pair algorithm can reduce this bias. It is suggested that use of a spectrum mode estimator may be more appropriate in characterizing the windspeed within a radar range resolution cell for detection of hazardous windspeed gradients.

  15. Metal-like self-organization of periodic nanostructures on silicon and silicon carbide under femtosecond laser pulses

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

    2013-11-21

    Periodic structures were generated on Si and SiC surfaces by irradiation with femtosecond laser pulses. Self-organized structures with spatial periodicity of approximately 600 nm appear on silicon and silicon carbide in the laser fluence range just above the ablation threshold and upon irradiation with a large number of pulses. As in the case of metals, the dependence of the spatial periodicity on laser fluence can be explained by the parametric decay of laser light into surface plasma waves. The results show that the proposed model might be universally applicable to any solid state material.

  16. Substantiation of the mechanism of biphoton nonresonance excitation of molecules of bacteriochlorophyll of purple bacteria by femtosecond pulses

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    Borisov, A. Yu.

    2010-11-01

    In a series of published experimental works, there has been observed nonresonance biphoton excitation, by femtosecond IR pulses (1250-1500 nm) of molecules of bacteriochlorophyll-a and the pigment in the composition of light-absorbing natural "antenna" complexes of photosynthesizing purple bacteria. The authors of these works believe that IR quanta excite hypothetical forbidden levels of pigments of these bacteria in the dual frequency range of 625-750 nm. In this study, an alternative mechanism of intramolecular electron transport apparently responsible for this phenomenon is suggested and substantiated. The mechanism should manifest itself in powerful electric fields, which are achieved in the pulses of picofemtosecond lasers.

  17. Generation of high repetition rate femtosecond pulses from a CW laser by a time-lens loop.

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    Dai, Yitang; Xu, Chris

    2009-04-13

    We demonstrate a novel method for femtosecond pulse generation based on a time-lens loop. Time division multiplexing in the loop is performed so that a high repetition rate can be achieved. Pulse width less than 500 fs is generated from a continuous wave (CW) laser without mode locking, and tunable repetition rate from 23 MHz to 400 MHz is demonstrated. Theoretical analysis shows that the repetition rate is ultimately limited by the in-loop interference. By using a 2 x 2 optical switch, such interference is further suppressed, and repetition rate as high as 1.1 GHz is demonstrated.

  18. Time division approach to separate overlapped interference fringes of multiple pulse trains of femtosecond optical frequency comb for length measurement

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    Wei, Dong; Aketagawa, Masato

    2017-01-01

    In this study, we attempt the separation of overlapped interference fringes arising from multiple pulse trains of a femtosecond optical frequency comb for length measurement. Based on an optical experiment, we test the performance of the separation of two overlapped interference fringes by time division for an absolute length measurement, which is about one adjacent pulse repetition interval length. We compare our results with those of a commercial He-Ne interferometer system. The two sets of results show an agreement within 0.7 μm.

  19. Investigation of the formation mechanism and morphology of the features created in the interior of cornea by femtosecond laser pulses

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    Guo, Yizang; Vukelic, Sinisa

    2015-03-01

    Laser assisted corneal surgeries often rely on the nonlinear absorption effect of ultrafast lasers to induce features in the interior of the cornea without affecting the surface. In particular, corneal flap formation in femtosecond assisted Laser- Assisted in situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) is based on the bubble creation. This study focuses on the interaction between the tissue and the femtosecond laser. Interior of cornea is treated with tightly focused femtosecond laser pulses. Due to the nature of the process, heating of the tissue within and around the focal volume is practically instantaneous. The affected region is subject to thermoelastic stress that arises with the steep temperature elevation. To predict the size of the region subject to the morphological changes due to the laser treatment, the temperature field is calculated. Cavitation bubble initiation and expansion process, which acts as precursor to the stress induced tissue trauma, is studied as well. Theoretical findings are compared against experimental results. High-speed camera is utilized to assess the laser treatment process, showing the temporal development of the cavitation bubbles. The results obtained in this study facilitate a better understanding of the effects of femtosecond laser assisted corneal surgeries and help in choosing optimal laser parameters.

  20. Experimental investigation and 3D-simulation of the ablated morphology of titanium surface using femtosecond laser pulses

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    Liu, Dong; Chen, Chuansong; Man, Baoyuan; Meng, Xue; Sun, Yanna; Li, Feifei

    2015-12-01

    The femtosecond laser ablated morphology on titanium surface is investigated theoretically and experimentally. A three dimensional two temperature model (3D-TTM) is used to simulate the surface morphology of titanium sample which is irradiated by femtosecond laser pulses. The electron heat capacity and electron-phonon coupling coefficient of titanium (transition metal) are complex temperature dependent, so the two parameters are corrected based on the theory of electron density of states (DOS). The model is solved by the finite difference time domain (FDTD) method. The 3D temperature field near the target surface is achieved. The radius and depth of the ablated crater are obtained based on the temperature field. The evolutions of the crate's radius and depth with laser fluence are discussed and compared with the experimental results. It is found that the back-flow of the molten material and the deposition of the material vapor should be responsible for the little discrepancy between the simulated and experimental results. The present work makes a better understanding of the thermodynamic process of femtosecond laser ablating metal and meanwhile provides an effective method tool to predict the micro manufacturing process on metals with femtosecond laser.

  1. Enhancing two-color absorption, self-phase modulation, and Raman microscopy signatures in tissue with femtosecond laser pulse shaping

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    Fischer, Martin C.; Piletic, Ivan; Fu, Dan; Matthews, Thomas E.; Liu, Henry; Samineni, Prathyush; Li, Baolei; Warren, Warren S.

    2009-02-01

    Nonlinear microscopies (most commonly, two-photon fluorescence, second harmonic generation, and coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS)) have had notable successes in imaging a variety of endogenous and exogenous targets in recent years. These methods generate light at a color different from any of the exciting laser pulses, which makes the signal relatively easy to detect. Our work has focused on developing microscopy techniques using a wider range of nonlinear signatures (two-photon absorption of nonfluorescent species, self phase modulation) which have some specific advantages - for example, in recent papers we have shown that we can differentiate between different types of melanin in pigmented lesions, image hemoglobin and its oxygenation, and measure neuronal activity. In general, these signatures do not generate light at a different color and we rely on the advantages of femtosecond laser pulse shaping methods to amplify the signals and make them visible (for example, using heterodyne detection of the induced signal with one of the co-propagating laser pulses). Here we extend this work to stimulated Raman and CARS geometries. In the simplest experiments, both colors arise from filtering a single fs laser pulse, then modulating afterwards; in other cases, we demonstrate that spectral reshaping can retain high frequency resolution in Raman and CARS geometries with femtosecond laser pulses.

  2. Micro/nanostructured surface modification using femtosecond laser pulses on minimally invasive electrosurgical devices.

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    Lin, Chia-Cheng; Lin, Hao-Jan; Lin, Yun-Ho; Sugiatno, Erwan; Ruslin, Muhammad; Su, Chen-Yao; Ou, Keng-Liang; Cheng, Han-Yi

    2016-01-29

    The purpose of the present study was to examine thermal damage and a sticking problem in the tissue after the use of a minimally invasive electrosurgical device with a nanostructured surface treatment that uses a femtosecond laser pulse (FLP) technique. To safely use an electrosurgical device in clinical surgery, it is important to decrease thermal damage to surrounding tissues. The surface characteristics and morphology of the FLP layer were evaluated using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy; element analysis was performed using energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, grazing incidence X-ray diffraction, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. In the animal model, monopolar electrosurgical devices were used to create lesions in the legs of 30 adult rats. Animals were sacrificed for investigations at 0, 3, 7, 14, and 28 days postoperatively. Results indicated that the thermal damage and sticking situations were reduced significantly when a minimally invasive electrosurgical instrument with an FLP layer was used. Temperatures decreased while film thickness increased. Thermographic data revealed that surgical temperatures in an animal model were significantly lower in the FLP electrosurgical device compared with that in the untreated one. Furthermore, the FLP device created a relatively small area of thermal damage. As already mentioned, the biomedical nanostructured layer reduced thermal damage and promoted the antisticking property with the use of a minimally invasive electrosurgical device. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Biomed Mater Res Part B: Appl Biomater, 2016.

  3. High-harmonic generation by field enhanced femtosecond pulses in metal-sapphire nanostructure

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    Han, Seunghwoi; Kim, Hyunwoong; Kim, Yong Woo; Kim, Young-Jin; Kim, Seungchul; Park, In-Yong; Kim, Seung-Woo

    2016-01-01

    Plasmonic high-harmonic generation (HHG) drew attention as a means of producing coherent extreme ultraviolet (EUV) radiation by taking advantage of field enhancement occurring in metallic nanostructures. Here a metal-sapphire nanostructure is devised to provide a solid tip as the HHG emitter, replacing commonly used gaseous atoms. The fabricated solid tip is made of monocrystalline sapphire surrounded by a gold thin-film layer, and intended to produce EUV harmonics by the inter- and intra-band oscillations of electrons driven by the incident laser. The metal-sapphire nanostructure enhances the incident laser field by means of surface plasmon polaritons, triggering HHG directly from moderate femtosecond pulses of ∼0.1 TW cm−2 intensities. The measured EUV spectra exhibit odd-order harmonics up to ∼60 nm wavelengths without the plasma atomic lines typically seen when using gaseous atoms as the HHG emitter. This experimental outcome confirms that the plasmonic HHG approach is a promising way to realize coherent EUV sources for nano-scale near-field applications in spectroscopy, microscopy, lithography and atto-second physics. PMID:27721374

  4. High-power femtosecond-terahertz pulse induces a wound response in mouse skin

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    Kim, Kyu-Tae; Park, Jaehun; Jo, Sung Jin; Jung, Seonghoon; Kwon, Oh Sang; Gallerano, Gian Piero; Park, Woong-Yang; Park, Gun-Sik

    2013-08-01

    Terahertz (THz) technology has emerged for biomedical applications such as scanning, molecular spectroscopy, and medical imaging. Although a thorough assessment to predict potential concerns has to precede before practical utilization of THz source, the biological effect of THz radiation is not yet fully understood with scant related investigations. Here, we applied a femtosecond-terahertz (fs-THz) pulse to mouse skin to evaluate non-thermal effects of THz radiation. Analysis of the genome-wide expression profile in fs-THz-irradiated skin indicated that wound responses were predominantly mediated by transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-β) signaling pathways. We validated NFκB1- and Smad3/4-mediated transcriptional activation in fs-THz-irradiated skin by chromatin immunoprecipitation assay. Repeated fs-THz radiation delayed the closure of mouse skin punch wounds due to up-regulation of TGF-β. These findings suggest that fs-THz radiation initiate a wound-like signal in skin with increased expression of TGF-β and activation of its downstream target genes, which perturbs the wound healing process in vivo.

  5. Preablation electron and lattice dynamics on the silicon surface excited by a femtosecond laser pulse

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

    2015-11-15

    The study of the time-resolved optical reflection from the silicon surface excited by single femtosecond laser pulses below and near the melting threshold reveals fast (less than 10 ps) Auger recombination of a photogenerated electron–hole plasma with simultaneous energy transfer to the lattice. The acoustic relaxation of the excited surface layer indicates (according to reported data) a characteristic depth of 150 nm of the introduction of the laser radiation energy, which is related to direct linear laser radiation absorption in the photoexcited material due to a decrease in the energy bandgap. The surface temperature, which is probed at a time delay of about 100 ps from the reflection thermomodulation of probe radiation and the integrated continuous thermal emission from the surface, increases with the laser fluence and, thus, favors a nonlinear increase in the fluorescence of sublimated silicon atoms. The surface temperature estimated near the picosecond melting threshold demonstrates a substantial (20%) overheating of the material with respect to the equilibrium melting temperature. Above the melting threshold, the delay of formation of the material melt decreases rapidly (from several tens of picoseconds to several fractions of a picosecond) when the laser fluence and, correspondingly, the surface temperature increase. In the times of acoustic relaxation of the absorbing layer and even later, the time modulation of the optical reflectivity of the material demonstrates acoustic reverberations with an increasing period, which are related to the formation of melt nuclei in the material.

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

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    Koopmans, Bert

    A hot topic in the field of ultrafast laser-induced manipulation of the magnetic state is that of the role and exploitation of laser-induced spin currents. Intense debate has been triggered by claims that such a spin-transfer, e.g. in the form of super-diffusive spin currents over tens of nanometers, might be a main contributor to the demagnetization process in ferromagnetic thin films after femtosecond laser excitation. In this presentation the underlying concepts will be introduced and recent developments reviewed. Particularly we demonstrate the possibility to apply a laser-induced spin transfer torque on a free magnetic layer, using a non-collinear multilayer configuration consisting of a free in-plane layer on top of a perpendicularly magnetized injection layer, as separated by a nonmagnetic spacer. Interestingly, this approach allows for a quantitative measurement of the amount of spin transfer. Moreover, it might provide access to novel device architectures in which the magnetic state is controlled by fs laser pulses. Careful analysis of the resulting precession of the free layer allows us to quantify the applied torque, and distinguish between driving mechanisms based on laser-induced transfer of hot electrons versus a spin Seebeck effect due to the large thermal gradients. Further engineering of the layered structures in order to gain fundamental understanding and optimize efficiencies will be reported. A simple model that treats local non-equilibrium magnetization dynamics to spin transport effects via a spin-dependent chemical potential will be introduced.

  7. Femtosecond pulsed laser textured titanium surfaces with stable superhydrophilicity and superhydrophobicity

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    Li, Bao-jia; Li, Huang; Huang, Li-jing; Ren, Nai-fei; Kong, Xia

    2016-12-01

    A facile and highly-efficient laser scanning process coupled with a simple silanization modification was used to prepare textured titanium (Ti) surfaces with stable superhydrophilicity and superhydrophobicity. Femtosecond pulsed laser scanning along two mutually perpendicular directions led to the formation of binary structures featuring micrometer-scale spikes covered with nanometer-scale ripples. The period of the spikes significantly increased and the period of the ripples irregularly changed in the narrow range of 550-600 nm with the increase of laser fluence. The obtained laser-textured Ti surfaces were hydrophilic or even superhydrophilic, and the superhydrophilic laser-textured Ti surface using a laser fluence of 1.5 J/cm2 was observed to retain its wetting property after 30 days of storage in ambient atmosphere. After silanization, all the laser-textured Ti surfaces exhibited high hydrophobicity or superhydrophobicity, and the superhydrophobic laser-textured Ti surfaces using laser fluences of 1.5 and 1.8 J/cm2 remained stable when stored in air for over 30 days. The results imply the potential applications of these surfaces in a variety of fields.

  8. Differential pulse-width pair BOTDA for high spatial resolution sensing.

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    Li, Wenhai; Bao, Xiaoyi; Li, Yun; Chen, Liang

    2008-12-22

    A differential pulse-width pair Brillouin optical time domain analysis (DPP-BOTDA) for centimeter spatial resolution sensing using meter equivalent pulses is proposed. This scheme uses the time domain waveform subtraction at the same scanned Brillouin frequency obtained from pulse lights with different pulse-widths (e.g. 50ns and 49ns) to form the differential Brillouin gain spectrum (BGS) at each fiber location. The spatial resolution is defined by the average of the rise and fall time equivalent fiber length for a small stress section rather than the pulse-width difference equivalent length. The spatial resolution of 0.18m for the 50/49ns pulse pair and 0.15m for 20/19ns pulse pair over 1km sensing length with Brillouin frequency shift accuracy of 2.6MHz are demonstrated.

  9. Formation of secondary electron cascades in single-crystalline plasma-deposited diamond upon exposure to femtosecond x-ray pulses

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    Gabrysch, M.; Isberg, J.; Marklund, E.; Caleman, C.; Hajdu, J. |; Twitchen, D. J.; Rudati, J.; Emma, P. J.; Krejcik, P.; Schlarb, H.; Arthur, J.; Brennan, S.; Hastings, J.; Lindenberg, A. M. |; Falcone, R. W.; Tschentscher, T.; Moffat, K.; Bucksbaum, P. H.; Als-Nielsen, J.; Nelson, A. J.

    2008-03-15

    Secondary electron cascades were measured in high purity single-crystalline chemical vapor deposition (CVD) diamond, following exposure to ultrashort hard x-ray pulses (140 fs full width at half maximum, 8.9 keV energy) from the Sub-Picosecond Pulse Source at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. We report measurements of the pair creation energy and of drift mobility of carriers in two CVD diamond crystals. This was done for the first time using femtosecond x-ray excitation. Values for the average pair creation energy were found to be 12.17{+-}0.57 and 11.81{+-}0.59 eV for the two crystals, respectively. These values are in good agreement with recent theoretical predictions. The average drift mobility of carriers, obtained by the best fit to device simulations, was {mu}{sub h}=2750 cm{sup 2}/V s for holes and was {mu}{sub e}=2760 cm{sup 2}/V s for electrons. These mobility values represent lower bounds for charge mobilities due to possible polarization of the samples. The results demonstrate outstanding electric properties and the enormous potential of diamond in ultrafast x-ray detectors.

  10. Femtosecond laser pulses for chemical-free embryonic and mesenchymal stem cell differentiation

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    Mthunzi, Patience; Dholakia, Kishan; Gunn-Moore, Frank

    2011-10-01

    Owing to their self renewal and pluripotency properties, stem cells can efficiently advance current therapies in tissue regeneration and/or engineering. Under appropriate culture conditions in vitro, pluripotent stem cells can be primed to differentiate into any cell type some examples including neural, cardiac and blood cells. However, there still remains a pressing necessity to answer the biological questions concerning how stem cell renewal and how differentiation programs are operated and regulated at the genetic level. In stem cell research, an urgent requirement on experimental procedures allowing non-invasive, marker-free observation of growth, proliferation and stability of living stem cells under physiological conditions exists. Femtosecond (fs) laser pulses have been reported to non-invasively deliver exogenous materials, including foreign genetic species into both multipotent and pluripotent stem cells successfully. Through this multi-photon facilitated technique, directly administering fs laser pulses onto the cell plasma membrane induces transient submicrometer holes, thereby promoting cytosolic uptake of the surrounding extracellular matter. To display a chemical-free cell transfection procedure that utilises micro-litre scale volumes of reagents, we report for the first time on 70 % transfection efficiency in ES-E14TG2a cells using the enhanced green fluorescing protein (EGFP) DNA plasmid. We also show how varying the average power output during optical transfection influences cell viability, proliferation and cytotoxicity in embryonic stem cells. The impact of utilizing objective lenses of different numerical aperture (NA) on the optical transfection efficiency in ES-E14TG2a cells is presented. Finally, we report on embryonic and mesenchymal stem cell differentiation. The produced specialized cell types could thereafter be characterized and used for cell based therapies.

  11. Compositional dependent response of silica-based glasses to femtosecond laser pulse irradiation

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

    2013-11-01

    Femtosecond laser pulse irradiation of inorganic glasses allows a selective modification of the optical properties with very high precision. This results in the possibility for the production of three-dimensional functional optical elements in the interior of glass materials, such as optical data storage, waveguide writing, etc. The influence of the chemical glass composition to the response upon ultrashort laser irradiation has not been studied systematically. For that, simple silicabased model glasses composed of systematically varying alkaline- and earth-alkaline components were prepared, irradiated on the surface and in the volume with single fs-laser pulses (~130 fs, 800 nm), and were subsequently analyzed by means of micro-Raman spectroscopy and quantitative phase contrast microscopy in order to account for changes in the glass structure and for alterations of the optical refractive index, respectively. The Raman spectroscopic studies of the laser-irradiated spots revealed no change in the average binding configuration (the so called Q-structure), but local changes of bond-angles and bond-lengths within the glass structure structure. Those changes are explained by structural relaxation of the glass network due to densification caused by a transient laser-induced plasma generation and the following shock wave and other thermal phenomena. Glasses with a low amount of network modifiers show changes in the Si-O network while glasses with a high amount of network modifiers react primarily via variation of the nonbridging oxygen ions. The results are discussed in terms of possible structural response mechanisms and conclusions are outlined regarding glass compositions with technical suitability for fs-laser modifications.

  12. Remote generation of high-energy terahertz pulses from two-color femtosecond laser filamentation in air

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    Wang, T.-J.; Daigle, J.-F.; Yuan, S.; Chin, S. L.; Theberge, F.; Chateauneuf, M.; Dubois, J.; Roy, G.; Zeng, H.

    2011-05-15

    We experimentally investigated the dynamic behavior of remote terahertz (THz) generation from two-color femtosecond laser-induced filamentation in air. A record-high THz pulse energy of 570 nJ at frequency below 5.5 THz was measured by optimizing the pump parameters at a controllable remote distance of 16 m, while super-broadband THz (<300 THz) pulse energy was up to 2.8 {mu}J. A further energy-scaling possibility was proposed. By analyzing simultaneously the fluorescence from both neutral N{sub 2} and N{sub 2}{sup +} in the filament, we found that the enhancement of THz radiation was due principally to guiding of the weak second-harmonic pulse inside the filament of the first strong fundamental pulse.

  13. Re-Heating Effect on the Enhancement of Plasma Emission Generated from Fe Under Femtosecond Double-Pulse Laser Irradiation

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    Wang, Ying; Chen, Anmin; Li, Suyu; Sui, Laizhi; Liu, Dunli; Li, Shuchang; Li, He; Jiang, Yuanfei; Jin, Mingxing

    2016-12-01

    In this paper, we present a study on the effect of inter-pulse delay using femtosecond double-pulse laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy in a collinear geometry. The temporal evolution of spectral intensity is performed for the lines of Fe I 423.60 nm, Fe I 425.08 nm and Fe I 427.18 nm. It is found that, by selecting appropriate inter-pulse delay, the signal enhancement can be significantly increased compared with the single-pulse case. A three-fold enhancement in the current experiment is obtained. The plasma temperature and electron density are also investigated based on the theory of Boltzmann plot and Stark broadening. We attribute the main mechanism for emission enhancement to the plasma re-heating effect. supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (No. 2013CB922200), the China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (No. 2014M551169), National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 11674128, 11474129 and 11504129)

  14. Microjet formation and hard x-ray production from a liquid metal target irradiated by intense femtosecond laser pulses

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    Lar'kin, A. Uryupina, D.; Ivanov, K.; Savel'ev, A.; Bonnet, T.; Gobet, F.; Hannachi, F.; Tarisien, M.; Versteegen, M.; Spohr, K.; Breil, J.; Chimier, B.; Dorchies, F.; Fourment, C.; Leguay, P.-M.; Tikhonchuk, V. T.

    2014-09-15

    By using a liquid metal as a target one may significantly enhance the yield of hard x-rays with a sequence of two intense femtosecond laser pulses. The influence of the time delay between the two pulses is studied experimentally and interpreted with numerical simulations. It was suggested that the first arbitrary weak pulse produces microjets from the target surface, while the second intense pulse provides an efficient electron heating and acceleration along the jet surface. These energetic electrons are the source of x-ray emission while striking the target surface. The microjet formation is explained based on the results given by both optical diagnostics and hydrodynamic modeling by a collision of shocks originated from two distinct zones of laser energy deposition.

  15. Structure of diamondlike carbon films deposited by femtosecond and nanosecond pulsed laser ablation

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    Sikora, A.; Garrelie, F.; Donnet, C.; Loir, A. S.; Fontaine, J.; Sanchez-Lopez, J. C.; Rojas, T. C.

    2010-12-01

    The characterization of diamondlike carbon (DLC) films is a challenging subject, considering the diversity of carbon-based nanostructures depending on the deposition process. We propose to combine multiwavelength (MW) Raman spectroscopy and electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) to probe the structural disorder and the carbon hybridizations of DLC films deposited by pulsed laser ablation performed either with a nanosecond laser (film labeled ns-DLC), either with a femtosecond laser (film labeled fs-DLC). Such deposition methods allow to reach a rather high carbon sp3 hybridization but with some significant differences in terms of structural disorder and carbonaceous chain configurations. MW Raman investigations, both in the UV and visible range, is a popular and nondestructive way to probe the structural disorder and the carbon hybridizations. EELS allows the determination of the carbon plasmon energy in the low-loss energy region of the spectra, as well as the fine structure of the ionization threshold in the high-loss energy region. The paper shows that the combination of MW Raman and EELS is a powerful way to elucidate the nanostructure of DLC films. Complementary nanoindentation investigations allow to correlate the analytical results with the mechanical properties of the films. The ns-DLC film presents a stronger sp3-bonded C character (74%-85%) with a significant content of sp2 chains, whereas the fs-DLC contains less sp3 bonds (35%-50%) with a significant content of sp2-bonded C rings. The ns-DLC film exhibits a higher proportion of disordered sp2 C mainly in the form of chains. Comparatively, the fs-DLC exhibits a predominance of more ordered sp2 C structures in the form of graphitic aggregates whose size has been estimated near three aromatic rings. The film characteristics are in agreement with their mechanical properties. We also propose a correlation between the nanostructure and composition of the films with the deposition mechanisms. The difference

  16. Numerical analysis of single pulse and differential pulse-width pair BOTDA systems in the high spatial resolution regime.

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    Minardo, Aldo; Bernini, Romeo; Zeni, Luigi

    2011-09-26

    A numerical analysis of conventional and differential pulse-width pair Brillouin optical time domain analysis systems is reported. The tests are focused on determining the performance of these systems especially in terms of spatial resolution, as a function of the pulse characteristics. A new definition of spatial resolution is given, based on analysis of the shape of the Brillouin gain spectrum. The influence of the rise/fall time of the pulse light to the spatial resolution is also studied.

  17. Soda-lime glass microlens arrays fabricated by laser: Comparison between a nanosecond and a femtosecond IR pulsed laser

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    Delgado, Tamara; Nieto, Daniel; Flores-Arias, María Teresa

    2016-11-01

    We present the manufacturing of microlens arrays on soda-lime glass substrates by using two different IR pulsed lasers: a nanosecond Nd:YVO4 laser (1064 nm) and a femtosecond laser based on Ytterbium crystal technology (1030 nm). In both cases, the fabrication technique consists of the combination of a direct-write laser process, followed by a post-thermal treatment assisted by a CO2 laser. Through the analysis of the morphological characteristics of the generated microlenses, the different physical mechanisms involved in the glass ablation process with a nanosecond and a femtosecond laser are studied. In addition, by analyzing the optical features of the microlenses, a better result in terms of the homogeneity and quality of the spot focuses are observed for those microlenses fabricated with the Nd:YVO4 nanosecond laser. Microlens arrays with a diameter of 80 and 90 μm were fabricated.

  18. Stress-induced waveguides in Nd:YAG by simultaneous double-beam irradiation with femtosecond pulses

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    Castillo, Gabriel R.; Romero, Carolina; Lifante, Ginés; Jaque, Daniel; Chen, Feng; Varela, Óscar; García-García, Enrique; Méndez, Cruz; Camacho-López, Santiago; Vázquez de Aldana, Javier R.

    2016-01-01

    We report on the fabrication of stress-induced waveguides in Nd:YAG (neodymium doped yttrium aluminum garnet, Nd:Y3Al5O12) by simultaneous double-beam irradiation with femtosecond laser pulses. An interferometer was used to generate two femtosecond laser beams that, focused with certain lateral separation inside the crystal, produced two parallel damage tracks with a single scan. The propagation of the mechanical waves simultaneously created in both focal spots produced a highly symmetrical stress field that is clearly revealed in micro-luminescence maps. The optical properties of the double-beam waveguides are studied and compared to those of single-beam irradiation, showing relevant differences. The creation of more symmetric stress patterns and a slight reduction of propagation losses are explained in terms of the fact that simultaneous inscription allows for a drastic reduction in the magnitude of "incubation" effects related to the existence of pre-damaged states.

  19. Modeling of cluster organization in metal-doped oxide glasses irradiated by a train of femtosecond laser pulses

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    Smetanina, Evgeniya; Chimier, Benoit; Petit, Yannick; Varkentina, Nadezda; Fargin, Evelyne; Hirsch, Lionel; Cardinal, Thierry; Canioni, Lionel; Duchateau, Guillaume

    2016-01-01

    The formation of silver cluster structures at submicrometer spatial scales under the irradiation by high-power femtosecond laser pulses with high repetition rate was observed in various glasses containing silver ions. In order to account for the formation of these structures in metal-doped glasses, we present a theoretical model for the organization of noble metallic clusters induced by a train of femtosecond laser pulses. The model includes photoionization and laser heating of the sample, diffusion, kinetic reactions, and dissociation of metallic species. This model was applied to reproduce the formation of cluster structures in silver-doped phosphate glass. The parameters of the silver structures were obtained numerically under various incident pulse intensities and number of pulses. Numerical modeling shows that the involved microscopic physical and chemical processes naturally lead to the emergence of a silver cluster organization, together with charge migration and subsequent trapping giving rise to a strong static electric field buried in the irradiated area as experimentally observed. Based on this modeling, a theoretical basis is provided for the design of new metallic cluster structures with nanoscale size.

  20. High Intensity Femtosecond XUV Pulse Interactions with Atomic Clusters: Final Report

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    Ditmire, Todd

    2016-10-12

    We propose to expand our recent studies on the interactions of intense extreme ultraviolet (XUV) femtosecond pulses with atomic and molecular clusters. The work described follows directly from work performed under BES support for the past grant period. During this period we upgraded the THOR laser at UT Austin by replacing the regenerative amplifier with optical parametric amplification (OPA) using BBO crystals. This increased the contrast of the laser, the total laser energy to ~1.2 J , and decreased the pulse width to below 30 fs. We built a new all reflective XUV harmonic beam line into expanded lab space. This enabled an increase influence by a factor of 25 and an increase in the intensity by a factor of 50. The goal of the program proposed in this renewal is to extend this class of experiments to available higher XUV intensity and a greater range of wavelengths. In particular we plan to perform experiments to confirm our hypothesis about the origin of the high charge states in these exploding clusters, an effect which we ascribe to plasma continuum lowering (ionization potential depression) in a cluster nano-­plasma. To do this we will perform experiments in which XUV pulses of carefully chosen wavelength irradiate clusters composed of only low-Z atoms and clusters with a mixture of this low-­Z atom with higher Z atoms. The latter clusters will exhibit higher electron densities and will serve to lower the ionization potential further than in the clusters composed only of low Z atoms. This should have a significant effect on the charge states produced in the exploding cluster. We will also explore the transition of explosions in these XUV irradiated clusters from hydrodynamic expansion to Coulomb explosion. The work proposed here will explore clusters of a wider range of constituents, including clusters from solids. Experiments on clusters from solids will be enabled by development we performed during the past grant period in which we constructed and

  1. Effect of lens tilt on SCE and filamentation characteristics of femtosecond pulses in air

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    Sreeja, S.; Prashant, T. Shuvan; Leela, Ch.; Kumar, V. Rakesh; Tewari, Surya P.; Venugopal Rao, S.; Kiran, P. Prem

    2012-06-01

    We present the evolution of SCE associated with filaments due to the tilt of focusing lens under tight focusing geometries. Transform limited femtosecond (fs) pulses (800 nm, 45 fs, 1 kHz repetition rate) were focused in ambient air using three different focusing geometries f/#6, f/#7.5, and f/#12 corresponding to numerical apertures (NA) of 0.08, 0.06, and 0.04, respectively. The focusing lens was tilted from zero up to 20 degrees. The filaments decayed into two shorter parts through tilting of the lens and the separation between shorter filaments increased with increasing lens tilt, in tune with earlier reports [Kamali et al., Opt. Commun. 282, 950-954 (2009)]. The separation between the filaments matched well with the predicted distances due to astigmatism induced in loose focusing geometries. However the deviation increased as we moved to the tighter focusing geometries. The SCE spectrum demonstrated an anomalous behaviour. The SCE spectrum was suppressed at larger tilt angles of 12 - 20°. However at lower tilt angles, up to 8°, the SCE was observed to be same to that measured without any tilt of the focusing lens. This behaviour is predominant with tighter focusing geometries of f/#6 and f/#7.5, wherein the SCE was observed to be higher at 4° and 8° in comparison with that observed at an angle of 0°. Systematic study of the focusing lens tilt on anomalous SCE spectra and filament characteristics in the tight focusing geometry are presented.

  2. Pair Creation in QED-Strong Pulsed Laser Fields Interacting with Electron Beams

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    Sokolov, Igor V.; Naumova, Natalia M.; Nees, John A.; Mourou, Gerard A.

    2010-11-05

    QED effects are known to occur in a strong laser pulse interaction with a counterpropagating electron beam, among these effects being electron-positron pair creation. We discuss the range of laser pulse intensities of J{>=}5x10{sup 22} W/cm{sup 2} combined with electron beam energies of tens of GeV. In this regime multiple pairs may be generated from a single beam electron, some of the newborn particles being capable of further pair production. Radiation backreaction prevents avalanche development and limits pair creation. The system of integro-differential kinetic equations for electrons, positrons and {gamma} photons is derived and solved numerically.

  3. Pair creation in QED-strong pulsed laser fields interacting with electron beams.

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    Sokolov, Igor V; Naumova, Natalia M; Nees, John A; Mourou, Gérard A

    2010-11-05

    QED effects are known to occur in a strong laser pulse interaction with a counterpropagating electron beam, among these effects being electron-positron pair creation. We discuss the range of laser pulse intensities of J≥5×10(22) W/cm2 combined with electron beam energies of tens of GeV. In this regime multiple pairs may be generated from a single beam electron, some of the newborn particles being capable of further pair production. Radiation backreaction prevents avalanche development and limits pair creation. The system of integro-differential kinetic equations for electrons, positrons and γ photons is derived and solved numerically.

  4. Femtosecond double-pulse fabrication of hierarchical nanostructures based on electron dynamics control for high surface-enhanced Raman scattering.

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    Zhang, Ning; Li, Xin; Jiang, Lan; Shi, Xuesong; Li, Cong; Lu, Yongfeng

    2013-09-15

    This Letter presents a simple, efficient approach for high surface-enhanced Raman scattering by one-step controllable fabrication of hierarchical structures (nanoparticles+subwavelength ripples) on silicon substrates in silver nitrate solutions using femtosecond double pulses based on nanoscale electron dynamics control. As the delays of the double pulses increase from 0 fs to 1 ps, the hierarchical structures can be controlled with (1) nanoparticles--the number of nanoparticles in the range of 40-100 nm reaches the maximum at 800 fs and (2) ripples--the subwavelength ripples become intermittent with decreased ablation depths. The redistributed nanoparticles and the modified ripple structures contribute to the maximum enhancement factor of 2.2×10(8) (measured by 10(-6)  M rhodamine 6G solution) at the pulse delay of 800 fs.

  5. On the Resolution Limit of Femtosecond Stimulated Raman Spectroscopy: Modelling Fifth-Order Signals with Overlapping Pulses.

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    Fumero, Giuseppe; Batignani, Giovanni; Dorfman, Konstantin E; Mukamel, Shaul; Scopigno, Tullio

    2015-11-16

    Femtosecond stimulated Raman scattering (FSRS) spectroscopy is a powerful pump-probe technique that can track electronic and vibrational dynamics with high spectral and temporal resolution. The investigation of extremely short-lived species, however, implies deciphering complex signals and is ultimately hampered by unwanted nonlinear effects once the time resolution limit is approached and the pulses overlap temporally. Using the loop diagrams formalism we calculate the fifth-order response of a model system and address the limiting case where the relevant dynamics timescale is comparable to the pump-pulse duration and, consequently, the pump and the probe overlap temporally. We find that in this regime, additional diagrams that do not contribute for temporally well separated pulses need to be taken into account, giving rise to new time-dependent features, even in the absence of photoinduced dynamics and for negative delays.

  6. Proof of damage-free selective removal of thin dielectric coatings on silicon wafers by irradiation with femtosecond laser pulses

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    Rublack, Tino; Muchow, Markus; Schade, Martin; Leipner, Hartmut S.; Seifert, Gerhard

    2012-07-15

    The microstructural impact of selective femtosecond laser ablation of thin dielectric layers from monocrystalline silicon wafers was investigated. Various spots opened by 280 fs laser pulses at {lambda} = 1.03 {mu}m wavelength and 50 fs pulses at 800 nm, respectively, were analyzed in detail using Raman and transmission electron microscopy. The results show clearly that the thin dielectric films can be removed without any detectable modification of the Si crystal structure in the opened area. In contrast, in adjacent regions corresponding to laser fluence slightly below the breaking threshold, a thin layer of amorphous silicon with a maximum thickness of about 50 nm is found at the Si/SiO{sub 2} interface after laser irradiation. More than one pulse on the same position, however, causes structural modification of the silicon after thin film ablation in any case.

  7. A zero-crossing point locking system in the time-of-flight measurement of femtosecond pulsed laser

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    Li, Shuyi; Zhao, Chunbo; Wu, Tengfei; Han, Jibo

    2016-10-01

    The background and principle of zero-crossing point locking technology are introduced in this paper. An experimental locking system is designed to realize fast locking of zero-crossing point, and the results of locking is studied by analyzing zero-crossing point locking signal. In the distance measurement of femtosecond pulsed laser, a crystal produces the balanced cross-correlation (BCC) signal, which signifies the time offset of the target pulses with respect to the reference pulses. By continuously pulling this signal to zero-crossing point, the locking system provides a closed loop control process, which ensures the stability of the zero-crossing point and the precision of measurement. This locking system is mainly made up by five sections. As a core section of system, P-I circuit can optimize the locking state by changing parameters. A frequency counter referenced to the rubidium atomic clock is used to measure the pulse repetition rate with a stability of 10-12 in the sampling rate of 10s in 24 hours, which is helpful to analyze the measurement precision. In the experiment, the result of zero-crossing point lock can reach to 15mV, in other words, the range of amplitude variation can be reduced to less than 15mV after locking. With the repetition rate data evaluated, the jitter of the pulse repetition rate is within 25Hz in the sampling time of 15s after locking the zero-crossing point. It is proved that the locking system designed has a high practical value in the distance and vibration measurement of femtosecond pulsed laser.

  8. Type-I cascaded quadratic soliton compression in lithium niobate: Compressing femtosecond pulses from high-power fiber lasers

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    Bache, Morten; Wise, Frank W.

    2010-05-15

    The output pulses of a commercial high-power femtosecond fiber laser or amplifier are typically around 300-500 fs with wavelengths of approximately 1030 nm and tens of microjoules of pulse energy. Here, we present a numerical study of cascaded quadratic soliton compression of such pulses in LiNbO{sub 3} using second-harmonic generation in a type-I phase-matching configuration. We find that because of competing cubic material nonlinearities, compression can only occur in the nonstationary regime, where group-velocity-mismatch-induced Raman-like nonlocal effects prevent compression to less than 100 fs. However, the strong group-velocity dispersion implies that the pulses can achieve moderate compression to durations of less than 130 fs in available crystal lengths. Most of the pulse energy is conserved because the compression is moderate. The effects of diffraction and spatial walk-off are addressed, and in particular the latter could become an issue when compressing such long crystals (around 10 cm long). We finally show that the second harmonic contains a short pulse locked to the pump and a long multi-picosecond red-shifted detrimental component. The latter is caused by the nonlocal effects in the nonstationary regime, but because it is strongly red-shifted to a position that can be predicted, we show that it can be removed using a bandpass filter, leaving a visible component of less than 100 fs at {lambda}=515 nm with excellent pulse quality.

  9. Dynamics of spallation during femtosecond laser ablation studied by time-resolved reflectivity with double pump pulses

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    Kumada, Takayuki Otobe, Tomohito; Nishikino, Masaharu; Hasegawa, Noboru; Hayashi, Terutake

    2016-01-04

    The dynamics of photomechanical spallation during femtosecond laser ablation of fused silica was studied by time-resolved reflectivity with double pump pulses. Oscillation of reflectivity was caused by interference between the probe pulses reflected at the sample surface and the spallation layer, and was enhanced when the surface was irradiated with the second pump pulse within a time interval, Δτ, of several picoseconds after the first pump pulse. However, as Δτ was increased, the oscillation amplitude decreased with an exponential decay time of 10 ps. The oscillation disappeared when Δτ exceeded 20 ps. This result suggests that the formation time of the spallation layer is approximately 10 ps. A second pump pulse with Δτ shorter than 10 ps excites the bulk sample. The spallation layer that is photo-excited by the first and second pump pulses is separated afterward. In contrast, a pulse with Δτ longer than the formation time excites and breaks up the spallation layer that has already been separated from the bulk. The formation time of the spallation layer, as determined in this experiment, is attributed to the characteristic time of the mechanical equilibration corresponding to the thickness divided by the sound velocity of the photo-excited layer.

  10. Occipital long-interval paired pulse TMS leads to slow wave components in NREM sleep.

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    Stamm, Mihkel; Aru, Jaan; Rutiku, Renate; Bachmann, Talis

    2015-09-01

    Neural correlates of conscious vs unconscious states can be studied by contrasting EEG markers of brain activity between those two states. Here, a task-free experimental setup was used to study the state dependent effects of occipital transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). EEG responses to single and paired pulse TMS with an inter-stimulus-interval (ISI) of 100 ms were investigated under Non-REM (NREM) sleep and wakefulness. In the paired pulse TMS condition adopting this long ISI, a robust positive deflection starting around 200 ms after the second pulse was found. This component was not obtained under wakefulness or when a single TMS pulse was applied in sleep. These findings are discussed in the context of NREM sleep slow waves. The present results indicate that the long interval paired-pulse paradigm could be used to manipulate plasticity processes in the visual cortex. The present setup might also become useful for evaluating states of consciousness.

  11. Tunable, continuous-wave Ti:sapphire channel waveguide lasers written by femtosecond and picosecond laser pulses.

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    Grivas, Christos; Corbari, Costantino; Brambilla, Gilberto; Lagoudakis, Pavlos G

    2012-11-15

    Fabrication and cw lasing at 798.25 nm is reported for femtosecond (fs) and picosecond (ps) laser-inscribed channel waveguides in Ti:sapphire crystals. Lasing in channels written by fs (ps) pulses was obtained above a threshold of 84 mW (189 mW) with a maximum output power and a slope efficiency of 143 mW (45 mW) and 23.5% (7.1%), respectively. The emission wavelength was tuned over a 170 nm range by using a birefringent filter in an external cavity.

  12. Polarization effects in two-photon nonresonant ionization of argon with extreme-ultraviolet and infrared femtosecond pulses

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    O'Keeffe, P.; Lopez-Martens, R.; Mauritsson, J.; Johansson, A.; L'Huillier, A.; Veniard, V.; Taieeb, R.; Maquet, A.; Meyer, M.

    2004-05-01

    We report the results of experimental and theoretical investigations of the two-color, two-photon ionization of Ar atoms, using femtosecond pulses of infrared laser radiation in combination with its extreme-ultraviolet harmonics. It is shown that the intensities of the photoelectron lines resulting from the absorption of photons from both fields strongly depend both on the respective phases of the fields and on atomic quantities such as the asymmetry parameter. These phases, which are notoriously difficult to measure, can be estimated by changing the polarization state of the laser radiation.

  13. Temperature distribution and modification mechanism inside glass with heat accumulation during 250 kHz irradiation of femtosecond laser pulses

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    Sakakura, Masaaki; Shimotsuma, Yasuhiko; Shimizu, Masahiro; Miura, Kiyotaka; Hirao, Kazuyuki

    2008-12-08

    Heat accumulation by high repetition rate femtosecond laser irradiation inside glass generates a much larger modification than that by a single pulse. In this study, we determined the temperature distribution due to heat accumulation and the characteristic temperature for heat modification inside a soda lime glass by analyzing the relationship between the radius of modification and glass temperature. The validity of the analysis was confirmed by reproducing the modification due to two-beam irradiation. The determined characteristic temperature suggested that the temperature distribution and the spatial dependence of the stress relaxation are important in the mechanism of heat modification.

  14. A Large-Bandwidth, Cylindrical Offner Pulse Stretcher for a High-Average-Power, 15 Femtosecond Laser

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    Molander, W A; Bayramian, A J; Campbell, R; Cross, R R; Huete, G; Schenkel, N; Ebbers, C; Caird, J; Barty, C J; Siders, C W

    2008-09-24

    We have designed and built an all-reflective pulse stretcher based on an Offner telescope. It uses cylindrical optics to simplify alignment and reduce aberrations. The stretch is {approx}1x10{sup 5} with a bandwidth of 200 nm. The stretcher is to be part of a 10 Hz repetition rate, high-average-power, femtosecond laser. This new design compensates for dispersion in the laser by using gratings of different groove spacing in the stretcher and compressor and a spectral phase corrector plate, made by magneto-rheological finishing, within the stretcher.

  15. Optical orientation of azo dye molecules in a thin solid film upon nonlinear excitation by femtosecond laser pulses

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    Yongseok, Jung; Kozenkov, V M; Magnitskiy, Sergey A; Nagorskiy, Nikolay M

    2006-11-30

    The orientation of molecules in an amorphous pure azo dye film upon nonlinear excitation is detected for the first time. The simultaneous increase and decrease in the film transmission by a factor of 2.5 for orthogonal polarisations of probe radiation indicated the appearance of orientation order in the film caused by the reorientation of azo dye molecules. Due to a high photostability of the AD-1 azo dye demonstrated in single-photon experiments and a high efficiency of nonlinear orientation obtained in experiments with femtosecond pulses, this dye can be widely used in three-dimensional nanophotonic devices such as photonic crystals, optical computers, and optical memory. (letters)

  16. Molecular frame photoemission in dissociative ionization of H2 and D2 induced by high harmonic generation femtosecond XUV pulses

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    Billaud, P.; Géléoc, M.; Picard, Y. J.; Veyrinas, K.; Hergott, J. F.; Marggi Poullain, S.; Breger, P.; Ruchon, T.; Roulliay, M.; Delmotte, F.; Lepetit, F.; Huetz, A.; Carré, B.; Dowek, D.

    2012-10-01

    We report the first results of molecular frame photoelectron emission for dissociative photoionization (DPI) of H2 and D2 molecules induced by a spectrally filtered single high harmonic of a few femtosecond duration, using coincident electron-ion velocity vector correlation techniques. For the studied photon energies around 32 eV, where the resonant excitation of the Q1 and Q2 doubly excited states occurs, autoionization and nuclear dynamics are coupled on a few femtosecond timescale, giving rise to quantum interferences. Molecular frame photoelectron angular distributions (MFPADs), traced as a function of the kinetic energy release of the atomic fragments, provide the most sensitive observables for such complex dynamics. These results compare well with recent spectrally resolved experiments using synchrotron radiation which are also reported. As a novel XUV light source running at multi-kHz repetition rate and synchronized with laser pulses, high-order harmonic generation (HHG) opens new possibilities for extending these investigations to time-resolved studies at the femtosecond scale.

  17. Generation of intense femtosecond optical vortex pulses with blazed-phase grating in chirped-pulse amplification system of Ti:sapphire laser

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    Lin, Yu-Chieh; Nabekawa, Yasuo; Midorikawa, Katsumi

    2016-11-01

    We demonstrate the generation of an intense femtosecond optical vortex (OV) pulse by employing an OV converter set between two laser amplifiers in a chirped-pulse amplification (CPA) system of a Ti:sapphire laser. The OV converter is composed of a liquid-crystal spatial light modulator (LC-SLM) exhibiting a blazed-phase computer-generated hologram, a concave mirror, and a flat mirror in the 4f setup. Owing to the intrinsic nature of the 4f setup, the OV converter is free from chromatic and topological-charge dispersions, which are always induced in a spiral phase plate conventionally used to convert an intense Gaussian laser pulse to an OV pulse, while we can avoid damage to the LC-SLM by the irradiation of a low-energy pulse before the second amplifier. We have increased the throughput of the OV converter to 42% by systematically investigating the diffraction efficiency of the blazed-phase hologram on the LC-SLM, which relaxes the gain condition required for the second amplifier. The combination of the high-throughput OV converter and the two-stage amplification enables us to generate OV pulses with an energy of 1.63 mJ and a pulse duration of 60 fs at a wavelength of 720 nm, at which the gain of the Ti:sapphire laser is only 60% of the peak gain around 800 nm.

  18. Flexible control of femtosecond pulse duration and separation using an emittance-spoiling foil in x-ray 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.

    2015-06-22

    We report experimental studies of generating and controlling femtosecond x-ray pulses in free-electron lasers (FELs) using an emittance spoiling foil. By selectivity spoiling the transverse emittance of the electron beam, the output pulse duration or double-pulse separation is adjusted with a variable size single or double slotted foil. Measurements were performed with an X-band transverse deflector located downstream of the FEL undulator, from which both the FEL lasing and emittance spoiling effects are observed directly.

  19. Femtosecond pulse generation from a Ti3+:sapphire laser near 800  nm with voltage reconfigurable graphene saturable absorbers.

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    Baylam, Isınsu; Ozharar, Sarper; Kakenov, Nurbek; Kocabas, Coskun; Sennaroglu, Alphan

    2017-04-01

    We experimentally show that a voltage-controlled graphene-gold supercapacitor saturable absorber (VCG-gold-SA) can be operated as a fast saturable absorber with adjustable linear absorption at wavelengths as low as 795 nm. This was made possible by the use of a novel supercapacitor architecture, consisting of a high-dielectric electrolyte sandwiched between a graphene and a gold electrode. The high-dielectric electrolyte allowed continuous, reversible adjustment of the Fermi level and, hence, the optical loss of the VCG-gold-SA up to the visible wavelengths at low bias voltages of the order of a few volts (0-2 V). The fast saturable absorber action of the VCG-gold-SA and the bias-dependent reduction of its loss were successfully demonstrated inside a femtosecond Ti3+:sapphire laser operating near 800 nm. Dispersion compensation was employed by using dispersion control mirrors and a prism pair. At a bias voltage of 1.2 V, the laser operated with improved power performance in comparison with that at zero bias, and the VCG-gold-SA initiated the generation of nearly transform-limited pulses as short as 48 fs at a pulse repetition rate of 131.7 MHz near 830 nm. To the best of our knowledge, this represents the shortest wavelength where a VCG-gold-SA has been employed as a mode locker with adjustable loss.

  20. 1.56 µm sub-microjoule femtosecond pulse delivery through low-loss microstructured revolver hollow-core fiber

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    Krylov, Alexander A.; Senatorov, Andrey K.; Pryamikov, Andrey D.; Kosolapov, Alexey F.; Kolyadin, Anton N.; Alagashev, Grigory K.; Gladyshev, Alexey V.; Bufetov, Igor A.

    2017-03-01

    We report for the first time, to the best of our knowledge, on ~1 MW peak power femtosecond pulse delivery through  ≈10 m-long air-filled microstructured revolver hollow-core fiber (RHCF) in the telecom spectral band near 1.56 µm wavelength. We have developed a high-power all-fiber master oscillator power amplifier source based on the novel large-mode area erbium-doped double-clad fiber with 980 nm multi-mode diode pumping that emits up to 530 nJ pulses shorter than 400 fs with 1.42 W maximum average power. These pulses have been further launched into low-loss (<30 dB km‑1) RHCF with eight non-touched cylindrical capillaries-based cladding and 61 µm core size with more than 80% efficiency. Owing to low dispersion and nonlinearity of the RHCF developed, the output pulse characteristics (spectral and temporal) are close to the input ones for low and moderate pulse energies. However, we have observed significant nonlinear spectral filtering together with pulse shortening (down to 353 fs) at the maximum output average power of 0.94 W. We believe that the system developed may be highly promising for high-precision material processing and other high-energy and high-power laser applications.

  1. Low Group Delay Dispersion Optical Coating for Broad Bandwidth High Reflection at 45° Incidence, P Polarization of Femtosecond Pulses with 900 nm Center Wavelength

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    Bellum, John C.; Field, Ella S.; Winstone, Trevor B.; ...

    2016-03-01

    We describe an optical coating design suitable for broad bandwidth high reflection (BBHR) at 45° angle of incidence (AOI), P polarization (Ppol) of femtosecond (fs) laser pulses whose wavelengths range from 800 to 1000 nm. The design process is guided by quarter-wave HR coating properties. Our design must afford low group delay dispersion (GDD) for reflected light over the broad, 200 nm bandwidth in order to minimize temporal broadening of the fs pulses due to dispersive alteration of relative phases between their frequency components. The design should also be favorable to high laser-induced damage threshold (LIDT). We base the coatingmore » on TiO2/SiO2 layer pairs produced by means of e-beam evaporation with ion-assisted deposition, and use OptiLayer Thin Film Software to explore designs starting with TiO2/SiO2 layers having thicknesses in a reverse chirped arrangement. This approach led to a design with R > 99% from 800 to 1000 nm and GDD < 20 fs2 from 843 to 949 nm (45° AOI, Ppol). The design’s GDD behaves in a smooth way, suitable for GDD compensation techniques, and its electric field intensities show promise for high LIDTs. Reflectivity and GDD measurements for the initial test coating indicate good performance of the BBHR design. Subsequent coating runs with improved process calibration produced two coatings whose HR bands satisfactorily meet the design goals. Lastly, for the sake of completeness, we summarize our previously reported transmission spectra and LIDT test results with 800 ps, 8 ps and 675 fs pulses for these two coatings, and present a table of the LIDT results we have for all of our TiO2/SiO2 BBHR coatings, showing the trends with test laser pulse duration from the ns to sub-ps regimes.« less

  2. Low Group Delay Dispersion Optical Coating for Broad Bandwidth High Reflection at 45° Incidence, P Polarization of Femtosecond Pulses with 900 nm Center Wavelength

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    Bellum, John C.; Field, Ella S.; Winstone, Trevor B.; Kletecka, Damon E.

    2016-03-01

    We describe an optical coating design suitable for broad bandwidth high reflection (BBHR) at 45° angle of incidence (AOI), P polarization (Ppol) of femtosecond (fs) laser pulses whose wavelengths range from 800 to 1000 nm. The design process is guided by quarter-wave HR coating properties. Our design must afford low group delay dispersion (GDD) for reflected light over the broad, 200 nm bandwidth in order to minimize temporal broadening of the fs pulses due to dispersive alteration of relative phases between their frequency components. The design should also be favorable to high laser-induced damage threshold (LIDT). We base the coating on TiO2/SiO2 layer pairs produced by means of e-beam evaporation with ion-assisted deposition, and use OptiLayer Thin Film Software to explore designs starting with TiO2/SiO2 layers having thicknesses in a reverse chirped arrangement. This approach led to a design with R > 99% from 800 to 1000 nm and GDD < 20 fs2 from 843 to 949 nm (45° AOI, Ppol). The design’s GDD behaves in a smooth way, suitable for GDD compensation techniques, and its electric field intensities show promise for high LIDTs. Reflectivity and GDD measurements for the initial test coating indicate good performance of the BBHR design. Subsequent coating runs with improved process calibration produced two coatings whose HR bands satisfactorily meet the design goals. Lastly, for the sake of completeness, we summarize our previously reported transmission spectra and LIDT test results with 800 ps, 8 ps and 675 fs pulses for these two coatings, and present a table of the LIDT results we have for all of our TiO2/SiO2 BBHR coatings, showing the trends with test laser pulse duration from the ns to sub-ps regimes.

  3. Pulsed laser deposition to synthesize the bridge structure of artificial nacre: Comparison of nano- and femtosecond lasers

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    Melaibari, Ammar A.; Molian, Pal

    2012-11-15

    Nature offers inspiration to new adaptive technologies that allow us to build amazing shapes and structures such as nacre using synthetic materials. Consequently, we have designed a pulsed laser ablation manufacturing process involving thin film deposition and micro-machining to create hard/soft layered 'brick-bridge-mortar' nacre of AlMgB{sub 14} (hard phase) with Ti (soft phase). In this paper, we report pulsed laser deposition (PLD) to mimic brick and bridge structures of natural nacre in AlMgB{sub 14}. Particulate formation inherent in PLD is exploited to develop the bridge structure. Mechanical behavior analysis of the AlMgB{sub 14}/Ti system revealed that the brick is to be 250 nm thick, 9 {mu}m lateral dimensions while the bridge (particle) is to have a diameter of 500 nm for a performance equivalent to natural nacre. Both nanosecond (ns) and femtosecond (fs) pulsed lasers were employed for PLD in an iterative approach that involves varying pulse energy, pulse repetition rate, and target-to-substrate distance to achieve the desired brick and bridge characteristics. Scanning electron microscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and optical profilometer were used to evaluate the film thickness, particle size and density, stoichiometry, and surface roughness of thin films. Results indicated that both ns-pulsed and fs-pulsed lasers produce the desired nacre features. However, each laser may be chosen for different reasons: fs-pulsed laser is preferred for much shorter deposition time, better stoichiometry, uniform-sized particles, and uniform film thickness, while ns-pulsed laser is favored for industrial acceptance, reliability, ease of handling, and low cost.

  4. Noise-like femtosecond pulse in passively mode-locked Tm-doped NALM-based oscillator with small net anomalous dispersion

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    Liu, Shuo; Yan, Feng-Ping; Zhang, Lu-Na; Han, Wen-Guo; Bai, Zhuo-Ya; Zhou, Hong

    2016-01-01

    A passively mode-locked thulium-doped fiber laser (TDFL) based on a nonlinear amplifying loop mirror (NALM) is presented. By adjusting the polarization controllers, stable noise-like (NL) mode-locked femtosecond pulse operation is obtained at the 2 μm band. In the experimental period of 200 min, the output power fluctuation is less than 0.06 dB and the 3 dB spectral bandwidth variation is less than 0.02 nm, indicating that the pulsed TDFL possesses good long-term stability. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first 2 μm band NALM-based TDFL with small net anomalous dispersion for a NL femtosecond pulse. At the maximum pump power of 3.52 W, the emitting laser has a NL pulse width of 460 fs, the repetition rate of 9.1 MHz, and the NL pulse energy of 32.72 nJ.

  5. Effects of Aging on Paired-Pulse Behavior of Rat Somatosensory Cortical Neurons

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    Dinse, Hubert R.

    2010-01-01

    Aging affects all levels of neural processing including changes of intracortical inhibition and cortical excitability. The paired-pulse stimulation protocol, the application of 2 stimuli in close succession, is used to investigate cortical excitability. The paired-pulse behavior is characterized by the fact that the second response is significantly suppressed at short interstimulus intervals (ISIs) but approaches the first response with increasing ISIs. However, there are controversial reports about the influence of age on paired-pulse behavior. We therefore used pairs of tactile stimuli (ISIs from tens to hundreds of milliseconds) to record extracellular responses of somatosensory cortical neurons of young and aged rats. Paired-pulse behavior was quantified as the ratio of the amplitude of the second response divided by the first. For all ISIs, we found significantly higher ratios in the old animals indicating reduced paired-pulse suppression (PPS). Evaluation of the single response components revealed a significant reduction of the response to the first stimulus for old animals but no age-dependent decrement to the second. Changes in PPS are usually mediated by modulating the second response characteristics. Thus, our data demonstrate reduced PPS due to an overall reduction of the first response as a form of modified PPS developing at old age. PMID:19745019

  6. Imaging the ultrafast Kerr effect, free carrier generation, relaxation and ablation dynamics of Lithium Niobate irradiated with femtosecond laser pulses

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    Garcia-Lechuga, Mario; Siegel, Jan; Hernandez-Rueda, Javier; Solis, Javier

    2014-09-01

    The interaction of high-power single 130 femtosecond (fs) laser pulses with the surface of Lithium Niobate is experimentally investigated in this work. The use of fs-resolution time-resolved microscopy allows us to separately observe the instantaneous optical Kerr effect induced by the pulse and the generation of a free electron plasma. The maximum electron density is reached 550 fs after the peak of the Kerr effect, confirming the presence of a delayed carrier generation mechanism. We have also observed the appearance of transient Newton rings during the ablation process, related to optical interference of the probe beam reflected at the front and back surface of the ablating layer. Finally, we have analyzed the dynamics of the photorefractive effect on a much longer time scale by measuring the evolution of the transmittance of the irradiated area for different fluences below the ablation threshold.

  7. High-order harmonic generation by chirped and self-guided femtosecond laser pulses. II. Time-frequency analysis

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    Tosa, V.; Kim, H.T.; Kim, I.J.; Nam, C.H.

    2005-06-15

    We present a time-dependent analysis of high-order harmonics generated by a self-guided femtosecond laser pulse propagating through a long gas jet. A three-dimensional model is used to calculate the harmonic fields generated by laser pulses, which only differ by the sign of their initial chirp. The time-frequency distributions of the single-atom dipole and harmonic field reveal the dynamics of harmonic generation in the cutoff. A time-dependent phase-matching calculation was performed, taking into account the self-phase modulation of the laser field. Good phase matching holds for only few optical cycles, being dependent on the electron trajectory. When the cutoff trajectory is phase matched, emitted harmonics are locked in phase and the emission intensity is maximized.

  8. Size control and vacuum-ultraviolet fluorescence of nanosized KMgF3 single crystals prepared using femtosecond laser pulses

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    Muramatsu, Sotaro; Yanagihara, Masahiro; Asaka, Toru; Ono, Shingo; Nagami, Tomohito; Fukuda, Kentaro; Suyama, Toshihisa; Yokota, Yuui; Yanagida, Takayuki; Yoshikawa, Akira

    2016-01-01

    Abstract We fabricated nanosized KMgF3 single crystals via a dry pulsed laser ablation process using femtosecond laser pulses. The sizes, shapes, and crystallographic properties of the crystals were evaluated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Almost all of the particles were spherical with diameters of less than 100 nm, and they were not highly agglomerated. Selected-area electron diffraction and high-resolution TEM analyses showed that the particles were single crystals. Particle diameter was controlled within a wide range by adjusting the Ar ambient gas pressure. Under low gas pressures (1 and 10 Pa), relatively small particles (primarily 10 nm or less) were observed with a high number density. With increasing pressure, the mean diameter increased and the number density drastically decreased. Vacuum-ultraviolet cathodoluminescence was observed at 140–230 nm with blue shift and broadening of spectrum. PMID:27877915

  9. High-power all-fiber femtosecond chirped pulse amplification based on dispersive wave and chirped-volume Bragg grating.

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    Sun, Ruoyu; Jin, Dongchen; Tan, Fangzhou; Wei, Shouyu; Hong, Chang; Xu, Jia; Liu, Jiang; Wang, Pu

    2016-10-03

    We report a high-power all-fiber-integrated femtosecond chirped pulse amplification system operating at 1064 nm, which consists of a dispersive wave source, a fiber stretcher, a series of ytterbium-doped amplifiers and a chirped volume Bragg grating (CVBG) compressor. The dispersive wave is generated by an erbium-doped mode-locked fiber laser with frequency shifted to the 1 μm region in a highly nonlinear fiber. With three stages of ytterbium-doped amplification, the average output power is scaled up to 125 W. Through CVBG, the pulse duration is compressed from 525 ps to 566 fs, the average output power of 107 W with a high compression efficiency of 86% is achieved, and the measured repetition rate is 17.57 MHz, corresponding to the peak power of 10.8 MW.

  10. Imaging the ultrafast Kerr effect, free carrier generation, relaxation and ablation dynamics of Lithium Niobate irradiated with femtosecond laser pulses

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    Garcia-Lechuga, Mario Siegel, Jan Hernandez-Rueda, Javier; Solis, Javier

    2014-09-21

    The interaction of high-power single 130 femtosecond (fs) laser pulses with the surface of Lithium Niobate is experimentally investigated in this work. The use of fs-resolution time-resolved microscopy allows us to separately observe the instantaneous optical Kerr effect induced by the pulse and the generation of a free electron plasma. The maximum electron density is reached 550 fs after the peak of the Kerr effect, confirming the presence of a delayed carrier generation mechanism. We have also observed the appearance of transient Newton rings during the ablation process, related to optical interference of the probe beam reflected at the front and back surface of the ablating layer. Finally, we have analyzed the dynamics of the photorefractive effect on a much longer time scale by measuring the evolution of the transmittance of the irradiated area for different fluences below the ablation threshold.

  11. Size control and vacuum-ultraviolet fluorescence of nanosized KMgF3 single crystals prepared using femtosecond laser pulses.

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    Muramatsu, Sotaro; Yanagihara, Masahiro; Asaka, Toru; Ono, Shingo; Nagami, Tomohito; Fukuda, Kentaro; Suyama, Toshihisa; Yokota, Yuui; Yanagida, Takayuki; Yoshikawa, Akira

    2016-01-01

    We fabricated nanosized KMgF3 single crystals via a dry pulsed laser ablation process using femtosecond laser pulses. The sizes, shapes, and crystallographic properties of the crystals were evaluated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Almost all of the particles were spherical with diameters of less than 100 nm, and they were not highly agglomerated. Selected-area electron diffraction and high-resolution TEM analyses showed that the particles were single crystals. Particle diameter was controlled within a wide range by adjusting the Ar ambient gas pressure. Under low gas pressures (1 and 10 Pa), relatively small particles (primarily 10 nm or less) were observed with a high number density. With increasing pressure, the mean diameter increased and the number density drastically decreased. Vacuum-ultraviolet cathodoluminescence was observed at 140-230 nm with blue shift and broadening of spectrum.

  12. Explosions of xenon clusters in ultraintense femtosecond x-ray pulses from the LCLS free electron laser.

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    Thomas, H; Helal, A; Hoffmann, K; Kandadai, N; Keto, J; Andreasson, J; Iwan, B; Seibert, M; Timneanu, N; Hajdu, J; Adolph, M; Gorkhover, T; Rupp, D; Schorb, S; Möller, T; Doumy, G; DiMauro, L F; Hoener, M; Murphy, B; Berrah, N; Messerschmidt, M; Bozek, J; Bostedt, C; Ditmire, T

    2012-03-30

    Explosions of large Xe clusters ( ~ 11,000) irradiated by femtosecond pulses of 850 eV x-ray photons focused to an intensity of up to 10(17) W/cm(2) from the Linac Coherent Light Source were investigated experimentally. Measurements of ion charge-state distributions and energy spectra exhibit strong evidence for the formation of a Xe nanoplasma in the intense x-ray pulse. This x-ray produced Xe nanoplasma is accompanied by a three-body recombination and hydrodynamic expansion. These experimental results appear to be consistent with a model in which a spherically exploding nanoplasma is formed inside the Xe cluster and where the plasma temperature is determined by photoionization heating.

  13. Ti : sapphire laser synchronised with femtosecond Yb pump laser via nonlinear pulse coupling in Ti : sapphire active medium

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    Didenko, N. V.; Konyashchenko, A. V.; Konyashchenko, D. A.; Kostryukov, P. V.; Kuritsyn, I. I.; Lutsenko, A. P.; Mavritskiy, A. O.

    2017-02-01

    A laser system utilising the method of synchronous pumping of a Ti : sapphire laser by a high-power femtosecond Yb3+-doped laser is described. The pulse repetition rate of the Ti : sapphire laser is successfully locked to the repetition rate of the Yb laser for more than 6 hours without the use of any additional electronics. The measured timing jitter is shown to be less than 1 fs. A simple qualitative model addressing the synchronisation mechanism utilising the cross-phase modulation of oscillation and pump pulses within a Ti : sapphire active medium is proposed. Output parameters of the Ti : sapphire laser as functions of its cavity length are discussed in terms of this model.

  14. Fourier-transform spectroscopy using an Er-doped fiber femtosecond laser by sweeping the pulse repetition rate

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

    2015-01-01

    Femtosecond lasers allow for simultaneous detection of multiple absorption lines of a specimen over a broad spectral range of infrared or visible light with a single spectroscopic measurement. Here, we present an 8-THz bandwidth, 0.5-GHz resolution scheme of Fourier-transform spectroscopy using an Er-doped fiber femtosecond laser. A resolving power of 1.6 × 104 about a 1560-nm center wavelength is achieved by sweeping the pulse repetition rate of the light source on a fiber Mach-Zehnder interferometer configured to capture interferograms with a 0.02-fs temporal sampling accuracy through a well-stabilized 60-m unbalance arm length. A dual-servo mechanism is realized by combining a mechanical linear stage with an electro-optic modulator (EOM) within the fiber laser cavity, enabling stable sweeping control of the pulse repetition rate over a 1.0-MHz scan range with 0.4-Hz steps with reference to the Rb clock. Experimental results demonstrate that the P-branch lines of the H13CN reference cell can be observed with a signal-to-noise ratio reaching 350 for the most intense line. PMID:26503257

  15. Fourier-transform spectroscopy using an Er-doped fiber femtosecond laser by sweeping the pulse repetition rate

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

    2015-10-01

    Femtosecond lasers allow for simultaneous detection of multiple absorption lines of a specimen over a broad spectral range of infrared or visible light with a single spectroscopic measurement. Here, we present an 8-THz bandwidth, 0.5-GHz resolution scheme of Fourier-transform spectroscopy using an Er-doped fiber femtosecond laser. A resolving power of 1.6 × 104 about a 1560-nm center wavelength is achieved by sweeping the pulse repetition rate of the light source on a fiber Mach-Zehnder interferometer configured to capture interferograms with a 0.02-fs temporal sampling accuracy through a well-stabilized 60-m unbalance arm length. A dual-servo mechanism is realized by combining a mechanical linear stage with an electro-optic modulator (EOM) within the fiber laser cavity, enabling stable sweeping control of the pulse repetition rate over a 1.0-MHz scan range with 0.4-Hz steps with reference to the Rb clock. Experimental results demonstrate that the P-branch lines of the H13CN reference cell can be observed with a signal-to-noise ratio reaching 350 for the most intense line.

  16. Backward Lasing of Air plasma pumped by Circularly polarized femtosecond pulses for the saKe of remote sensing (BLACK).

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    Ding, Pengji; Mitryukovskiy, Sergey; Houard, Aurélien; Oliva, Eduardo; Couairon, Arnaud; Mysyrowicz, André; Liu, Yi

    2014-12-01

    Recently, S. Mitryukovskiy et al. presented experimental evidence showing that backward Amplified Spontaneous Emission (ASE) at 337 nm can be obtained from plasma filaments in nitrogen gas pumped by circularly polarized 800 nm femtosecond pulses (Opt. Express, 22, 12750 (2014)). Here, we report that a seed pulse injected in the backward direction can be amplified by ~200 times inside this plasma amplifier. The amplified 337 nm radiation can be either linearly or circularly polarized, dictated by the seeding pulse, which is distinct from the non-polarized nature of the ASE. We performed comprehensive measurements of the spatial profile, optical gain dynamics, and seed pulse energy dependence of this amplification process. These measurements allow us to deduce the pulse duration of the ASE and the amplified 337 nm radiation as well as the corresponding laser intensity inside the plasma amplifier. It indicates that the amplification is largely in the unsaturated regime and that further improvement of laser energy is possible. Moreover, we observed optical gain in plasma created in ambient air. This represents an important step towards future applications exploiting backward lasing for remote atmospheric sensing.

  17. Femtosecond spectral holography

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    Weiner, Andrew M.; Leaird, Daniel E.; Reitze, David H.; Paek, Eung G.

    1992-10-01

    Storage, recall, and processing of shaped femtosecond waveforms are achieved by performing spectral holography within a femtosecond pulse shaping apparatus. Time reversal, as well as correlation and convolution, of femtosecond temporal signals is demonstrated. Applications of this technique to matched filtering, dispersion compensation, encryption and decoding, and femtosecond waveform synthesis are also discussed. The work extends the powerful principles of holographic signal processing, which have been used extensively for pattern recognition and filtering of two-dimensional spatial signals, to the femtosecond time domain.

  18. Femtosecond spectral holography

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    Weiner, A.M.; Leaird, D.E.; Reitze, D.H.; Paek, E.G. )

    1992-10-01

    Storage, recall, and processing of shaped femtosecond waveforms are achieved by performing spectral holography within a femtosecond pulse shaping apparatus. Time reversal, as well as correlation and convolution, of femtosecond temporal signals is demonstrated. Applications of this technique to matched filtering, dispersion compensation, encryption and decoding, and femtosecond waveform synthesis are also discussed. The work extends the powerful principles of holographic signal processing, which have been used extensively for pattern recognition and filtering of two-dimensional spatial signals, to the femtosecond time domain. 44 refs.

  19. Segmentation of fat in MRI using a preparatory pair of rectangular RF pulses of opposite direction.

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    Yee, Seonghwan

    2016-05-01

    A radiofrequency (RF) pulse-based MRI method is introduced as a novel fat (or water) segmentation method that, unlike the mostly used Dixon's method, does not depend on the echo times. A pair of rectangular RF pulses of opposite direction, when the duration of its rectangular pulse and the off-resonance of its carrier frequency are set to specific values, is proposed as a preparatory RF pulse to be used for the quantitative fat segmentation. The optimal duration of its rectangular pulse and its specific off-resonance were first determined theoretically. Then, such pair of rectangular pulses of opposite direction (PROD pulse) was applied in imaging a few phantoms and volunteers. During the imaging experiments, MRI images were dynamically acquired with the PROD pulse while its carrier frequency was varied in a predefined off-resonance range. By analyzing the dynamically acquired signal changes, the theoretical properties of the PROD pulse were confirmed and the utility of the PROD pulse for the fat segmentation was verified. All MRI scans were performed in a clinical 3T system. The PROD pulse, if the duration of each rectangular pulse was set to 1.66ms and its carrier frequency was set to a specific off-resonance (e.g. ±223.5Hz, or -670.5Hz) in 3T, was effective in optimally modulating MRI signals to be used for the fat-water segmentation. Therefore, the PROD pulse can successfully be used as a preparatory RF pulse in MRI to achieve effective fat (or water) segmentation in MRI.

  20. From cells to embryos: the application of femtosecond laser pulses for altering cellular material in complex biological systems

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    Kohli, V.; Elezzabi, A. Y.

    2008-02-01

    We report the application of high-intensity femtosecond laser pulses as a novel tool for manipulating biological specimens. When femtosecond laser pulses were focused to a near diffraction-limited focal spot, cellular material within the laser focal volume was surgically ablated. Several dissection cuts were made in the membrane of live mammalian cells, and membrane surgery was accomplished without inducing cell collapse or disassociation. By altering how the laser pulses were applied, focal adhesions joining live epithelial cells were surgically removed, resulting in single cell isolation. To further examine the versatility of this reported tool, cells were transiently permeabilized for introducing foreign material into the cytoplasm of live mammalian cells. Localizing focused femtosecond laser pulses on the biological membrane resulted in the formation of transient pores, which were harnessed as a pathway for the delivery of exogenous material. Individual mammalian cells were permeabilized in the presence of a hyperosmotic cryoprotective disaccharide. Material delivery was confirmed by measuring the volumetric response of cells permeabilized in 0.2, 0.3, 0.4 and 0.5 M cryoprotective sugar. The survival of permeabilized cells in increasing osmolarity of sugar was assessed using a membrane integrity assay. Further demonstrating the novelty of this reported tool, laser surgery of an aquatic embryo, the zebrafish (Danio rerio), was also performed. Utilizing the transient pores that were formed in the embryonic cells of the zebrafish embryo, an exogenous fluorescent probe FITC, Streptavidin-conjugated quantum dots or plasmid DNA (sCMV) encoding EGFP was introduced into the developing embryonic cells. To determine if the laser induced any short- or long-term effects on development, laser-manipulated embryos were reared to 2 and 7 days post-fertilization and compared to control embryos at the same developmental stages. Light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy

  1. INTERACTION OF LASER RADIATION WITH MATTER. LASER PLASMA: Formation of extended plasma channels in a condensed medium upon axicon focusing of a femtosecond laser pulse

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    Kosareva, O. G.; Grigor'evskii, A. V.; Kandidov, V. P.

    2005-11-01

    The formation of plasma channels of a femtosecond laser pulse in the bulk of fused silica is studied by numerical simulation, and the advantages of using a conical lens (axicon) over conventional parabolic lenses are shown. It is found that the length of the plasma channel formed with the help of an axicon exceeds the length of the channel formed upon lens focusing.

  2. Generation and Amplification of Tunable Multicolored Femtosecond Laser Pulses by Using Cascaded Four-Wave Mixing in Transparent Bulk Media

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    Liu, Jun; Kobayashi, Takayoshi

    2010-01-01

    We have reviewed the generation and amplification of wavelength-tunable multicolored femtosecond laser pulses using cascaded four-wave mixing (CFWM) in transparent bulk media, mainly concentrating on our recent work. Theoretical analysis and calculations based on the phase-matching condition could explain well the process semi-quantitatively. The experimental studies showed: (1) as many as fifteen spectral up-shifted and two spectral down-shifted sidebands were obtained simultaneously with spectral bandwidth broader than 1.8 octaves from near ultraviolet (360 nm) to near infrared (1.2 μm); (2) the obtained sidebands were spatially separated well and had extremely high beam quality with M2 factor better than 1.1; (3) the wavelengths of the generated multicolor sidebands could be conveniently tuned by changing the crossing angle or simply replacing with different media; (4) as short as 15-fs negatively chirped or nearly transform limited 20-fs multicolored femtosecond pulses were obtained when one of the two input beams was negatively chirped and the other was positively chirped; (5) the pulse energy of the sideband can reach a μJ level with power stability better than 1% RMS; (6) broadband two-dimensional (2-D) multicolored arrays with more than ten periodic columns and more than ten rows were generated in a sapphire plate; (7) the obtained sidebands could be simultaneously spectra broadened and power amplified in another bulk medium by using cross-phase modulation (XPM) in conjunction with four-wave optical parametric amplification (FOPA). The characterization showed that this is interesting and the CFWM sidebands generated by this novel method have good enough qualities in terms of power stability, beam quality, and temporal features suited to various experiments such as ultrafast multicolor time-resolved spectroscopy and multicolor-excitation nonlinear microscopy. PMID:22399882

  3. Multidiagnostic analysis of ultrafast laser ablation of metals with pulse pair irradiation

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    Amoruso, S.; Bruzzese, R.; Wang, X.; O'Connell, G.; Lunney, J. G.

    2010-12-01

    Copper targets are irradiated in the ablation regime by pairs of equal, time-delayed collinear laser pulses separated on a timescale going from ≈2 ps to ≈2 ns. The ablation plume is characterized by ion probe diagnostic, fast imaging, and temporally and spatially resolved optical emission spectroscopy. The variation in the ablation efficiency with the delay between the pulses is analyzed by measuring the ablation crater profile with a contact profilometer. The second laser pulse modifies the characteristics of the plasma plume produced by the first pulse and the ablation efficiency. The different mechanisms involved in double pulse ultrafast laser ablation are identified and discussed. The experimental findings are interpreted in the frame of a simple model of the interaction of the second pulse with the nascent ablation plume produced by the first pulse. This model yields consistent and quantitative agreement with the experimental findings predicting the observed experimental trends of the ablation depth reduction and ion yield increase with the delay between the pulses, as well as the characteristic timescale of the observed changes. The possibility of controlling the characteristics of the plumes produced during ultrafast laser ablation via an efficient coupling of the energy of the second pulse to the various ablation components produced by the first pulse is of particular interest in ultrafast pulsed laser deposition and microprobe analyses of materials.

  4. Autocorrelation measurement of femtosecond laser pulses based on two-photon absorption in GaP photodiode

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    Chong, E. Z.; Watson, T. F.; Festy, F.

    2014-08-11

    Semiconductor materials which exhibit two-photon absorption characteristic within a spectral region of interest can be useful in building an ultra-compact interferometric autocorrelator. In this paper, we report on the evidence of a nonlinear absorption process in GaP photodiodes which was exploited to measure the temporal profile of femtosecond Ti:sapphire laser pulses with a tunable peak wavelength above 680 nm. The two-photon mediated conductivity measurements were performed at an average laser power of less than a few tenths of milliwatts. Its suitability as a single detector in a broadband autocorrelator setup was assessed by investigating the nonlinear spectral sensitivity bandwidth of a GaP photodiode. The highly favourable nonlinear response was found to cover the entire tuning range of our Ti:sapphire laser and can potentially be extended to wavelengths below 680 nm. We also demonstrated the flexibility of GaP in determining the optimum compensation value of the group delay dispersion required to restore the positively chirped pulses inherent in our experimental optical system to the shortest pulse width possible. With the rise in the popularity of nonlinear microscopy, the broad two-photon response of GaP and the simplicity of this technique can provide an alternative way of measuring the excitation laser pulse duration at the focal point of any microscopy systems.

  5. Autocorrelation measurement of femtosecond laser pulses based on two-photon absorption in GaP photodiode

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    Chong, E. Z.; Watson, T. F.; Festy, F.

    2014-08-01

    Semiconductor materials which exhibit two-photon absorption characteristic within a spectral region of interest can be useful in building an ultra-compact interferometric autocorrelator. In this paper, we report on the evidence of a nonlinear absorption process in GaP photodiodes which was exploited to measure the temporal profile of femtosecond Ti:sapphire laser pulses with a tunable peak wavelength above 680 nm. The two-photon mediated conductivity measurements were performed at an average laser power of less than a few tenths of milliwatts. Its suitability as a single detector in a broadband autocorrelator setup was assessed by investigating the nonlinear spectral sensitivity bandwidth of a GaP photodiode. The highly favourable nonlinear response was found to cover the entire tuning range of our Ti:sapphire laser and can potentially be extended to wavelengths below 680 nm. We also demonstrated the flexibility of GaP in determining the optimum compensation value of the group delay dispersion required to restore the positively chirped pulses inherent in our experimental optical system to the shortest pulse width possible. With the rise in the popularity of nonlinear microscopy, the broad two-photon response of GaP and the simplicity of this technique can provide an alternative way of measuring the excitation laser pulse duration at the focal point of any microscopy systems.

  6. Ultrafast pulse-pair control in multiphoton fluorescence laser-scanning microscopy.

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    De, Arijit Kumar; Goswami, Debabrata

    2009-01-01

    In multiphoton fluorescence laser-scanning microscopy, ultrafast laser pulses [i.e., light pulses having pulse width pulse, simultaneous excitation of many fluorophores is common, which justifies a persistent demand for selective excitation of individual fluorophores. We describe the use of pulse-pair excitation with possibilities of controlling molecular fluorescence in laser-scanning microscopy and compare it with coherent control using pulse sequence [De and Goswami, "Coherent control in multiphoton fluorescence imaging," Proc. SPIE 7183, 71832B (2009)].

  7. Direct-writing of PbS nanoparticles inside transparent porous silica monoliths using pulsed femtosecond laser irradiation

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    2011-01-01

    Pulsed femtosecond laser irradiation at low repetition rate, without any annealing, has been used to localize the growth of PbS nanoparticles, for the first time, inside a transparent porous silica matrix prepared by a sol-gel route. Before the irradiation, the porous silica host has been soaked within a solution containing PbS precursors. The effect of the incident laser power on the particle size was studied. X-ray diffraction was used to identify the PbS crystallites inside the irradiated areas and to estimate the average particle size. The localized laser irradiation led to PbS crystallite size ranging between 4 and 8 nm, depending on the incident femtosecond laser power. The optical properties of the obtained PbS-silica nanocomposites have been investigated using absorption and photoluminescence spectroscopies. Finally, the stability of PbS nanoparticles embedded inside the host matrices has been followed as a function of time, and it has been shown that this stability depends on the nanoparticle mean size. PMID:21970510

  8. Direct-writing of PbS nanoparticles inside transparent porous silica monoliths using pulsed femtosecond laser irradiation

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    Chahadih, Abdallah; El Hamzaoui, Hicham; Bernard, Rémy; Boussekey, Luc; Bois, Laurence; Cristini, Odile; Le Parquier, Marc; Capoen, Bruno; Bouazaoui, Mohamed

    2011-10-01

    Pulsed femtosecond laser irradiation at low repetition rate, without any annealing, has been used to localize the growth of PbS nanoparticles, for the first time, inside a transparent porous silica matrix prepared by a sol-gel route. Before the irradiation, the porous silica host has been soaked within a solution containing PbS precursors. The effect of the incident laser power on the particle size was studied. X-ray diffraction was used to identify the PbS crystallites inside the irradiated areas and to estimate the average particle size. The localized laser irradiation led to PbS crystallite size ranging between 4 and 8 nm, depending on the incident femtosecond laser power. The optical properties of the obtained PbS-silica nanocomposites have been investigated using absorption and photoluminescence spectroscopies. Finally, the stability of PbS nanoparticles embedded inside the host matrices has been followed as a function of time, and it has been shown that this stability depends on the nanoparticle mean size.

  9. Direct-writing of PbS nanoparticles inside transparent porous silica monoliths using pulsed femtosecond laser irradiation.

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    Chahadih, Abdallah; El Hamzaoui, Hicham; Bernard, Rémy; Boussekey, Luc; Bois, Laurence; Cristini, Odile; Le Parquier, Marc; Capoen, Bruno; Bouazaoui, Mohamed

    2011-10-04

    Pulsed femtosecond laser irradiation at low repetition rate, without any annealing, has been used to localize the growth of PbS nanoparticles, for the first time, inside a transparent porous silica matrix prepared by a sol-gel route. Before the irradiation, the porous silica host has been soaked within a solution containing PbS precursors. The effect of the incident laser power on the particle size was studied. X-ray diffraction was used to identify the PbS crystallites inside the irradiated areas and to estimate the average particle size. The localized laser irradiation led to PbS crystallite size ranging between 4 and 8 nm, depending on the incident femtosecond laser power. The optical properties of the obtained PbS-silica nanocomposites have been investigated using absorption and photoluminescence spectroscopies. Finally, the stability of PbS nanoparticles embedded inside the host matrices has been followed as a function of time, and it has been shown that this stability depends on the nanoparticle mean size.

  10. Cell-based optical assay for amyloid β-induced neuronal cell dysfunction using femtosecond-pulsed laser

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    Lee, Seunghee; Yoon, Jonghee; Choi, Chulhee

    2015-03-01

    Amyloid β-protein (Aβ) is known as a key molecule related to the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Over time, the amyloid cascade disrupts essential function of mitochondria including Ca2+ homeostasis and reactive oxygen species (ROS) regulation, and eventually leads to neuronal cell death. However, there have been no methods that analyze and measure neuronal dysfuction in pathologic conditions quantitatively. Here, we suggest a cell-based optical assay to investigate neuronal function in AD using femtosecond-pulsed laser stimulation. We observed that laser stimulation on primary rat hippocampal neurons for a few microseconds induced intracellular Ca2+ level increases or produced intracellular ROS which was a primary cause of neuronal cell death depending on delivered energy. Although Aβ treatment alone had little effect on the neuronal morphologies and networks in a few hours, Aβ-treated neurons showed delayed Ca2+ increasing pattern and were more vulnerable to laser-induced cell death compared to normal neurons. Our results collectively indicate that femtosecond laser stimulation can be a useful tool to study neuronal dysfuction related to AD pathologies. We anticipate this optical method to enable studies in the early progression of neuronal impairments and the quantitative evaluation of drug effects on neurons in neurodegenerative diseases, including AD and Parkinson's disease in a preclinical study.

  11. The paired-pulse index: a measure of hippocampal dentate granule cell modulation.

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    Bronzino, J D; Blaise, J H; Morgane, P J

    1997-01-01

    This study was undertaken to assess whether the paired-pulse index (PPI) is an effective measure of the modulation of dentate granule cell excitability during normal development. Paired-pulse stimulations of the perforant path were, therefore, used to construct a PPI for 15-, 30-, and 90-day old, freely moving male rats. Significant age-dependent differences in the PPI were obtained. Fifteen-day old rats showed significantly less inhibition at short interpulse intervals [interpulse interval (IPI): 20 to 30 msec), a lack of facilitation at intermediate IPIs (50 to 150 msec), and significantly less inhibition at longer IPIs (300 to 1,000 msec) than adults.

  12. Paired-pulse facilitation achieved in protonic/electronic hybrid indium gallium zinc oxide synaptic transistors

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    Guo, Li Qiang Ding, Jian Ning; Huang, Yu Kai; Zhu, Li Qiang

    2015-08-15

    Neuromorphic devices with paired pulse facilitation emulating that of biological synapses are the key to develop artificial neural networks. Here, phosphorus-doped nanogranular SiO{sub 2} electrolyte is used as gate dielectric for protonic/electronic hybrid indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO) synaptic transistor. In such synaptic transistors, protons within the SiO{sub 2} electrolyte are deemed as neurotransmitters of biological synapses. Paired-pulse facilitation (PPF) behaviors for the analogous information were mimicked. The temperature dependent PPF behaviors were also investigated systematically. The results indicate that the protonic/electronic hybrid IGZO synaptic transistors would be promising candidates for inorganic synapses in artificial neural network applications.

  13. Development of high resolution Michelson interferometer for stable phase-locked ultrashort pulse pair generation.

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    Okada, Takumi; Komori, Kazuhiro; Goshima, Keishiro; Yamauchi, Shohgo; Morohashi, Isao; Sugaya, Takeyoshi; Ogura, Mutsuo; Tsurumachi, Noriaki

    2008-10-01

    We developed a high resolution Michelson interferometer with a two-frequency He-Ne laser positioning system in order to stabilize the relative phase of a pulse pair. The control resolution corresponded to a 12 as time resolution or a phase of 1.5 degrees at 900 nm. This high resolution Michelson interferometer can generate a phase-locked pulse pair either with a specific relative phase such as 0 or pi radians or with an arbitrary phase. Coherent control of an InAs self-assembled quantum dot was demonstrated using the high resolution Michelson interferometer with a microspectroscopy system.

  14. A novel measuring implementation of femtosecond pulse amplitude and phase based on frequency-resolved optical gating

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    Liu, Chunping; Ruan, Shuang-chen; Liu, Chengxiang; Long, Jinhua

    2005-01-01

    A novel measuring implementation based on second-harmonic generation frequency-resolved optical gating (SHG-FROG) has been presented. Both the intensity and phase of arbitrary-shaped ultra-short laser pulses can be got. According to SHG-FROG, the femtosecond pulse produced by a laser resource is split into two beams which variable time delay one another is controlled by a stepped electromotor. The second-harmonic signal field is generated by focusing these two beams to a 100um BBO crystal. Changing the delay from 0 to N (N is the samples number of time domain or frequency domain) delay units, the two-dimensional spectrum data of the second-harmonic signal field are acquired by PC2000-ISA card spectrometer and OOIwinIP of Ocean Optics. These data are provided to a pulse amplitude and phase retrieval algorithm to retrieve the parameters of the pulse. An experimental system is erected and the all software modules, including spectrum data acquiring, pulse retrieving and displaying, are based on Labwindows/CVI of National Instrument Corp. The stepped electromotor is driven by the commands coming from RS-232 interface. The results show that after 50 times iterations or so, the iterative error of the algorithm can be reduced to an enough small value and then the pulse amplitude, phase and other parameters are the desired parameters. The whole measuring process can be finished in 2~3 seconds while the spectrum data is a 64x64 matrix and the iterative times are set to 50.

  15. Multiphoton absorption is probably not the primary threshold damage mechanism for femtosecond laser pulse exposures in the retinal pigment epithelium

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    Glickman, Randolph D.; Johnson, Thomas E.

    2004-07-01

    Laser induced breakdown has the lowest energy threshold in the femtosecond domain, and is responsible for production of threshold ocular lesions. It has been proposed that multiphoton absorption may also contribute to ultrashort-pulse tissue damage, based on the observation that 33 fs, 810 nm pulse laser exposures caused more DNA breakage in cultured, primary RPE cells, compared to CW laser exposures delivering the same average power. Subsequent studies, demonstrating two-photon excitation of fluorescence in isolated RPE melanosomes, appeared to support the role of multiphoton absorption, but mainly at suprathreshold irradiance. Additional experiments have not found a consistent difference in the DNA strand breakage produced by ultrashort and CW threshold exposures. DNA damage appears to be dependent on the amount of melanin pigmentation in the cells, rather than the pulsewidth of the laser; current studies have found that, at threshold, CW and ultrashort pulse laser exposures produce almost identical amounts of DNA breakage. A theoretical analysis suggest that the number of photons delivered to the RPE melanosome during a single 33-fsec pulse at the ED50 irradiance is insufficient to produce multiphoton excitation. This result appears to exclude the melanosome as a locus for two- or three-photon excitation; however, a structure with a larger effective absorption cross-section than the melanosome may interact with the laser pulses. One possibility is that the nuclear chromatin acts as a unit absorber of photons resulting in DNA damage, but this does not explain the near equivalence of ultrashort and CW exposures in the comet assay model. This equivalence indicated that multiphoton absorption is not a major contributor to the ultrashort pulse laser damage threshold in the near infrared.

  16. Theoretical study on the interference pattern of femtosecond pulses diffracted by a phase mask

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    Bueno, A.; Kinet, D.; Chah, K.; Mégret, P.; Caucheteur, C.

    2016-05-01

    In this paper, we describe a theoretical study on the interference created by a phase mask when a femtosecond laser is used. The limitations of the phase mask-to-fiber distance are discussed and the optimal inscription range is established. Femtosecond lasers have the unique feature of short coherence length and thus the diffraction orders do not interfere after a certain distance travelled from the phase mask even if the phase mask has a poor zero order suppression. The equation describing this behaviour is presented and simulations are included for validation. The intensity profile of the overlapping +/-1 diffraction orders after the phase mask is also studied for 1st order (1070 nm pitch) and for 2nd order (2140 nm pitch) phase masks.

  17. Dense pair plasma generation by two laser pulses colliding in a cylinder channel

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    Liu, Jian-Xun; Ma, Yan-Yun; Yu, Tong-Pu; Zhao, Jun; Yang, Xiao-Hu; Zou, De-Bin; Zhang, Guo-Bo; Zhao, Yuan; Yang, Jing-Kang; Li, Han-Zhen; Zhuo, Hong-Bin; Shao, Fu-Qiu; Kawata, Shigeo

    2017-03-01

    An all-optical scheme for high-density pair plasmas generation is proposed by two laser pulses colliding in a cylinder channel. Two dimensional particle-in-cell simulations show that, when the first laser pulse propagates in the cylinder, electrons are extracted out of the cylinder inner wall and accelerated to high energies. These energetic electrons later run into the second counter-propagating laser pulse, radiating a large amount of high-energy gamma photons via the Compton back-scattering process. The emitted gamma photons then collide with the second laser pulse to initiate the Breit–Wheeler process for pairs production. Due to the strong self-generated fields in the cylinder, positrons are confined in the channel to form dense pair plasmas. Totally, the maximum density of pair plasmas can be 4.60× {10}27 {{{m}}}-3, for lasers with an intensity of 4× {10}22 {{W}}\\cdot {{cm}}-2. Both the positron yield and density are tunable by changing the cylinder radius and the laser parameters. The generated dense pair plasmas can further facilitate investigations related to astrophysics and particle physics. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation (Grant Nos. 11475260, 11305264, 11622547, 11375265, and 11474360), the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2013CBA01504), the Research Project of National University of Defense Technology, China (Contract No. JC14-02-02), and the Science Challenge Program, China (Grant No. JCKY2016212A505).

  18. Microscopy with femtosecond laser pulses: applications in engineering, physics and biomedicine

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    Rudolph, W.; Dorn, P.; Liu, X.; Vretenar, N.; Stock, R.

    2003-03-01

    The combination of microscopy and femtosecond laser illumination turns out to be very attractive and useful for imaging in engineering, physics and biomedicine. The high laser intensity and low average power allow for the generation of nonlinear imaging signals that contain information complementary to classical imaging modes. The current state-of-the-art is reviewed and nonlinear current imaging and imaging of ballistic electron transport in Au-films is discussed in detail.

  19. Pair annihilation in laser pulses: Optical versus x-ray free-electron laser regimes

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    Ilderton, Anton; Johansson, Petter; Marklund, Mattias

    2011-09-15

    We discuss the theory and phenomenology of pair annihilation, within an ultrashort laser pulse, to a single photon. The signature of this process is the unidirectional emission of single photons with a fixed energy. We show that the cross section is significantly larger than for two-photon pair annihilation in vacuum, with x-ray free-electron laser parameters admitting a much clearer signal than optical beams.

  20. Three-dimensional time and frequency-domain theory of femtosecond x-ray pulse generation through Thomson Scattering

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    Brown, W J; Hartemann, F V

    2004-01-27

    The generation of high intensity, ultra-short x-ray pulses enables exciting new experimental capabilities, such as femtosecond pump-probe experiments used to temporally resolve material structural dynamics on atomic time scales. Thomson backscattering of a high intensity laser pulse with a bright relativistic electron bunch is a promising method for producing such high brightness x-ray pulses in the 10-100 keV range within a compact facility. While a variety of methods for producing sub-picosecond x-ray bursts by Thomson scattering exist, including compression of the electron bunch to sub-picosecond bunch lengths and/or colliding a sub-picosecond laser pulse in a side-on geometry to minimize the interaction time, a promising alternative approach to achieving this goal while maintaining ultra-high brightness is the production of a time correlated (or chirped) x-ray pulse in conjunction with pulse slicing or compression. We present the results of a complete analysis of this process using a recently developed 3-D time and frequency-domain code for analyzing the spatial, temporal, and spectral properties an x-ray beam produced by relativistic Thomson scattering. Based on the relativistic differential cross section, this code has the capability to calculate time and space dependent spectra of the x-ray photons produced from linear Thomson scattering for both bandwidth-limited and chirped incident laser pulses. Spectral broadening of the scattered x-ray pulse resulting from the incident laser bandwidth, laser focus, and the transverse and longitudinal phase space of the electron beam were examined. Simulations of chirped x-ray pulse production using both a chirped electron beam and a chirped laser pulse are presented. Required electron beam and laser parameters are summarized by investigating the effects of beam emittance, energy spread, and laser bandwidth on the scattered x-ray spectrum. It is shown that sufficient temporal correlation in the scattered x-ray spectrum

  1. Direct detection of delayed high energy electrons from the 181Ta target irradiated by a moderate intensity femtosecond laser pulse

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    Savel’ev, A.; Chefonov, O.; Ovchinnikov, A.; Agranat, M.; Spohr, K. M.

    2017-03-01

    We depict an experimental study of delayed fast, negatively charged particles from femtosecond laser-plasma interaction at an intensity of I ∼ 1017 W cm‑2. Plates of 2 mm thickness made of 181Ta (∼100% abundance) and natural W were used as targets. We distinguished certain delayed events due to detection of negative H‑, C‑ and O‑ ions. However, most events which were delayed by 0.5–5 μs with respect to the instantaneous plasma formation caused by the laser pulses, were identified as electrons with energies of 3–7 keV. A comparative analysis between the tantalum and tungsten spectra was undertaken. This revealed a close similarity between the measured spectrum for tantalum and the predicted spectrum for electrons arising from to the internal conversion decay of the 6.237 keV nuclear isomeric state in 181Ta.

  2. Finite element model of the temperature increase in excised porcine cadaver iris during direct illumination by femtosecond laser pulses

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    Sun, Hui; Kurtz, Ronald M.; Juhasz, Tibor

    2012-07-01

    In order to model the thermal effect of laser exposure of the iris during laser corneal surgery, we simulated the temperature increase in porcine cadaver iris. The simulation data for the 60 kHz FS60 Laser showed that the temperature increased up to 1.23°C and 2.45°C (at laser pulse energy 1 and 2 µJ, respectively) by the 24 second procedure time. Calculated temperature profiles show good agreement with data obtained from ex vivo experiments using porcine cadaver iris. Simulation results of different types of femtosecond lasers indicate that the Laser in situ keratomileusis procedure does not present a safety hazard to the iris.

  3. Single and two-photon fluorescence control of Er{sup 3+} ions by phase-shaped femtosecond laser pulse

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    Zhang, Shian Ding, Jingxin; Lu, Chenhui; Jia, Tianqing; Sun, Zhenrong; Xu, Shuwu; Qiu, Jianrong

    2014-01-06

    We experimentally demonstrate the control of the single and two-photon fluorescence (SPF and TPF) in Er{sup 3+} ions by shaping the femtosecond laser pulse with a π or square phase modulation. With the low laser intensity (8.4 × 10{sup 10} W/cm{sup 2}), SPF keeps a constant while TPF is effectively suppressed by the two control schemes. With the high laser intensity (1.2 × 10{sup 13} W/cm{sup 2}), both SPF and TPF are simultaneously enhanced or suppressed by the π phase modulation, and SPF is enhanced while TPF is effectively suppressed by the square phase modulation. The up/down-conversion fluorescence enhancement, suppression, or tuning by the optical control method can greatly expand its applications in various related fields.

  4. Coherent population transfer and optical dipole force by chirped Gaussian femtosecond pulses in four level {sup 87}Rb

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    Chakraborty, Subhadeep Sarma, Amarendra K.

    2014-10-15

    We report coherent population transfer(CPT) in a four level atomic system, coupled by three chirped Gaussian femtosecond pulses. CPT is studied under two specific conditions beyond the RWA. It is observed that nearly complete population transfer to the states |3> and |4> can be achieved by maintaining proper resonance condition and judiciously choosing the laser parameters. In addition to this, the transverse optical dipole force on the four-level atomic system is numerically studied. The transverse force provides an acceleration to an atom which is eight order of magnitude higher than earth’s gravitational acceleration g. The force changes from a focusing force to a defocusing one as the initial population changes from the ground states to the excited states.

  5. Simulation of generation of bremsstrahlung gamma quanta upon irradiation of thin metal films by ultra-intense femtosecond laser pulses

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    Andreev, Stepan N; Rukhadze, Anri A; Garanin, Sergey G; Yakutov, B P; Tarakanov, V P

    2010-06-23

    We report the results of simulations of generation of bremsstrahlung gamma quanta upon irradiation of a thin-film metal target by ultra-intense femtosecond laser pulses. It is shown by the example of a thin gold target that the mean electron energy is twenty five times higher than the mean energy of gamma quanta generated by them. A simple approximating formula is proposed, which establishes a one-to-one relation between these quantities. The angular distributions of electrons and gamma quanta are studied. It is shown that only the angular distribution of high-energy gamma quanta repeats the angular distribution of the electrons leaving the target. (interaction of laser radiation with matter. laser plasma)

  6. Specific features of direct formation of graphite-like microstructures in polycarbonate samples by single femtosecond laser pulses

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

    2015-11-30

    We present the result of the experiments on producing graphite-like cylindrical microstructures by focusing single femtosecond laser pulses into the bulk of a transparent polymer (polycarbonate). The microstructures are embedded in a cladding with a modified refractive index, possessing waveguide properties. In the experiments with nontransparent screens and diaphragms, placed in the laser beam in front of the entrance pupil of the objective with a large numerical aperture, we have found that the paraxial rays are blocked by the peripheral ones, which reduces the length of the destruction region in the pre-focal zone. In the experiments with transparent screens and diaphragms, introducing optical delays τ{sub d} between the paraxial and peripheral rays, the quantitative dependence of the destruction region length in the pre-focal zone on the value of τ{sub d} is determined. (interaction of laser radiation with matter. laser plasma)

  7. New transient absorption observed in the spectrum of colloidal CdSe nanoparticles pumped with high-power femtosecond pulses

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    Burda, C.; Link, S.; Green, T.C.; El-Sayed, M.A.

    1999-12-09

    The power dependence of the transient absorption spectrum of CdSe nanoparticle colloids with size distribution of 4.0 {+-} 0.4 nm diameter is studied with femtosecond pump-probe techniques. At the lowest pump laser power, the absorption bleaching (negative spectrum) characteristic of the exciton spectrum is observed with maxima at 560 and 480 nm. As the pump laser power increases, two new transient absorptions at 510 and 590 nm with unresolved fast rise (<100 fs) and long decay times ({much{underscore}gt}150 ps) are observed. The energy of each of the positive absorption is red shifted from that of the bleach bands by {approximately}120 MeV. The origin of this shift is discussed in terms of the effect of the internal electric field of the many electron-hole pairs formed within the quantum dot at the high pump intensity, absorption from a metastable excited state or the formation of biexcitons.

  8. High-brightness table-top hard X-ray source driven by sub-100-femtosecond mid-infrared pulses

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    Weisshaupt, Jannick; Juvé, Vincent; Holtz, Marcel; Ku, Shinan; Woerner, Michael; Elsaesser, Thomas; Ališauskas, Skirmantas; Pugžlys, Audrius; Baltuška, Andrius

    2014-12-01

    Ultrafast structural dynamics in the condensed phase represents a key topic of current physics, chemistry and materials science. Femtosecond hard X-ray pulses are important structure probes that have been applied in time-resolved X-ray absorption and diffraction. Optical pump/X-ray probe schemes with compact laser-driven table-top sources have allowed for tiny changes of diffracted intensity to be measured with X-ray photon statistics, which has set the ultimate sensitivity limit. To address the strong quest for a higher X-ray flux, here we present the first hard X-ray plasma source driven by intense mid-infrared sub-100-fs pulses at 3.9 μm. The comparably long optical period allows for accelerating electrons from the Cu target to very high kinetic energies and for generating a characteristic Kα flux of 109 photons per pulse, 25 times more than with our 800 nm driver. Theoretical simulations account for the experimental results in a wide range of driving fields and predict a further enhancement of X-ray flux.

  9. Efficient compression of the femtosecond pulses of an ytterbium laser in a gas-filled capillary

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    Konyashchenko, Aleksandr V; Losev, Leonid L; Tenyakov, S Yu

    2011-07-31

    A 290-fs radiation pulse of an ytterbium laser system with a central wavelength of 1028 nm and an energy of 145 {mu}J was compressed to a 27-fs pulse with an energy of 75 {mu}J. The compression was realised on the basis of the effect of pulse spectrum broadening in a xenon-filled glass capillary for a pulse repetition rate of 3kHz. (control of laser radiation parameters)

  10. Measuring the effective pulse duration of nanosecond and femtosecond laser pulses for laser-induced damage experiments

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    Zorila, Alexandru; Rusen, Laurentiu; Stratan, Aurel; Nemes, George

    2013-05-01

    We report on our approach to measure the quantity named effective pulse duration as defined in the ISO 21254-1:2011 standard, which deals with laser-induced damage (LID) threshold measurements. The approach is applied to measure pulses from two laser sources: an injection-seeded electro-optically Q-switched Nd:YAG nanosecond system with 10-Hz pulse repetition frequency, and a fully integrated Ti:sapphire laser with 150-400 fs and 2-kHz pulse repetition frequency. For comparison, the full-width-half-maximum (FWHM) of the same pulses is also measured. The analysis and description of the measurement process, the experimental results, and the corresponding uncertainties are presented. A smaller combined uncertainty is obtained for the effective pulse duration than for the FWHM-defined pulse duration for each time scale involved in experiments. This suggests that the effective pulse duration is the appropriate parameter to characterize the pulse duration in LID experiments.

  11. Femtosecond pulse propagation in nitrogen: Numerical study of (3+1)-dimensional extended nonlinear Schroedinger equation with shock-term correction

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    Ando, Taro; Fujimoto, Masatoshi

    2005-08-01

    We develop an accurate and efficient method for calculating evolution due to the extended nonlinear Schroedinger equation, which describes the propagation behavior of a femtosecond light pulse in a nonlinear medium. Applying Suzuki's exponential operator expansion to the evolution operator based on the finite-differential formulation, we realize the accurate and fast calculation that can be performed without large-scale computing systems even for (3+1)-dimensional problems. To study the correspondence between experiments and calculations, we calculate the propagation behavior of a femtosecond light pulse that is weakly focused in nitrogen gas of various pressures and compare the calculation results to the experimental ones. The calculation results reproduce the relative behavior of the spatial light pattern observed during the propagation. Additionally, the multiple-cone formation and interaction between two collimated pulses in nitrogen gas are also demonstrated as applications of the developed method.

  12. Time dependence of X-ray polarizability of a crystal induced by an intense femtosecond X-ray pulse

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    Leonov, A.; Ksenzov, D.; Benediktovitch, A.; Feranchuk, I.; Pietsch, U.

    2014-01-01

    The time evolution of the electron density and the resulting time dependence of Fourier components of the X-ray polarizability of a crystal irradiated by highly intense femtosecond pulses of an X-ray free-electron laser (XFEL) is investigated theoretically on the basis of rate equations for bound electrons and the Boltzmann equation for the kinetics of the unbound electron gas. The photoionization, Auger process, electron-impact ionization, electron–electron scattering and three-body recombination have been implemented in the system of rate equations. An algorithm for the numerical solution of the rate equations was simplified by incorporating analytical expressions for the cross sections of all the electron configurations in ions within the framework of the effective charge model. Using this approach, the time dependence of the inner shell populations during the time of XFEL pulse propagation through the crystal was evaluated for photon energies between 4 and 12 keV and a pulse width of 40 fs considering a flux of 1012 photons pulse−1 (focusing on a spot size of ∼1 µm). This flux corresponds to a fluence ranging between 0.8 and 2.4 mJ µm−2. The time evolution of the X-ray polarizability caused by the change of the atomic scattering factor during the pulse propagation is numerically analyzed for the case of a silicon crystal. The time-integrated polarizability drops dramatically if the fluence of the X-ray pulse exceeds 1.6 mJ µm−2. PMID:25485121

  13. Femtosecond pulses in a dense two-level medium: Spectral transformations, transient processes, and collisional dynamics

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    Novitsky, Denis V.

    2011-07-15

    Propagation of ultrashort optical pulses in a dense resonant medium is considered in the semiclassical limit. In our analysis, we place emphasis on several main points. First, we study transformations of spectra in the process of pulse propagation and interactions with another pulse. The second point involves the transient processes (including pulse compression) connected with self-induced transparency soliton formation inside the medium. Finally, the third aspect is the study of collisions of co- and counterpropagating pulses in the medium. In the last case, the investigation of symmetric and asymmetric collisions shows the possibility of effectively controlling the parameters of transmitted radiation.

  14. Difference frequency generation of femtosecond mid infrared pulses employing intense Stokes pulses excitation in a photonic crystal fiber.

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    Yao, Yuhong; Knox, Wayne H

    2012-11-05

    We demonstrate a novel method of generating milli-watt level mid-IR (MIR) pulses based on difference frequency mixing of the output from a 40 MHz Yb fiber Chirped Pulse Amplifier (CPA) and the intense Stokes pulses generated in a photonic crystal fiber (PCF) with two closely spaced zero dispersion wavelengths (ZDW). By taking advantage of the unique dispersion profile of the fiber, high power narrowband Stokes pulses are selectively generated in the normal dispersion region of the PCF with up to 1.45 nJ of pulse energy. Mixing with 12 nJ of pump pulses at 1035 nm in a type-II AgGaS(2) crystal yields MIR pulses around 5.5 µm wavelength with up to 3 mW of average power and 75 pJ of pulse energy. The reported method can be extended to generation of other MIR wavelengths by selecting PCFs with different second ZDWs or engineering the fiber dispersion profile via longitudinal tapering.

  15. Ultra-Intense Short-Pulse Pair Creation Using the Texas Petawatt Laser

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    Liang, Edison; Henderson, Alexander; Clarke, Taylor; Taylor, Devin; Chaguine, Petr; Serratto, Kristina; Riley, Nathan; Dyer, Gilliss; Donovan, Michael; Ditmire, Todd

    2013-10-01

    We report results from the 2012 pair creation experiment using the Texas Petawatt Laser. Up to 1011 positrons per steradian were detected using 100 Joule pulses from the Texas Petawatt Laser to irradiate gold targets, with peak laser intensities up to 1.9 × 1021W/cm2 and pulse durations as short as 130 fs. Positron-to-electron ratios exceeding 20% were measured on some shots. The positron energy, positron yield per unit laser energy, and inferred positron density are significantly higher than those reported in previous experiments. This confirms that, for a given laser energy, higher intensity and shorter pulses irradiating thicker targets are more favorable for pair creation. Narrow-band high-energy positrons up to 23 MeV were observed from thin targets. Supported by DOE Grant DE-SC-0001481 and Rice FIF.

  16. Cavitation dynamics and directional microbubble ejection induced by intense femtosecond laser pulses in liquids.

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    Faccio, D; Tamošauskas, G; Rubino, E; Darginavičius, J; Papazoglou, D G; Tzortzakis, S; Couairon, A; Dubietis, A

    2012-09-01

    We study cavitation dynamics when focusing ring-shaped femtosecond laser beams in water. This focusing geometry reduces detrimental nonlinear beam distortions and enhances energy deposition within the medium, localized at the focal spot. We observe remarkable postcollapse dynamics of elongated cavitation bubbles with high-speed ejection of microbubbles out of the laser focal region. Bubbles are ejected along the laser axis in both directions (away and towards the laser). The initial shape of the cavitation bubble is also seen to either enhance or completely suppress jet formation during collapse. In the absence of jetting, microbubble ejection occurs orthogonal to the laser propagation axis.

  17. Morphology change from nanocrack into periodic pore array formed by femtosecond laser pulses

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    Moon, Chiwon; Miura, Kiyotaka; Hirao, Kazuyuki; Kanehira, Shingo; Tochigi, Eita; Shibata, Naoya; Ikuhara, Yuichi

    2011-01-01

    Defects inside single crystals are an important concern because they directly affect the physical or chemical properties of the material, especially in sapphire used as substrates for semiconductors. We have investigated the thermally activated transformations of nanometer-scale cracks and phase transitions inside sapphire by femtosecond laser irradiation and successive heat treatments. The nanocracks transformed into periodic arrays of pores and dislocations that aligned along the (1102) planes after heat treatments above 1300 deg. C. The amorphous phase at the focal point recovered into the initial single crystalline phase after the heat treatments. Our study provides useful information on the recovery behavior of nanometer-scale defects in a single crystal.

  18. Femtosecond pulses for medicine and production technology: overview of a German national project

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    Dausinger, Friedrich

    2002-02-01

    With the beginning of the new century the German federal government started the funding of a program intended to exploit the potential of femtosecond technology. In a foregoing competition, five research consortia had been successful and have started their investigations in the following fields. - micro-machining of technical materials for microstructure and drilling - medical therapy in : ophthalmology, dentistry, neurology and ear surgery - metrology - laser safety. Lasers, systems and technologies required in these potential fields of applications will be investigated. The program aims at industrial success and is dominated by industrial partners, therefore. The more fundamental research is done in university institutes and research centers.

  19. Generating femtosecond optical pulses tunable from 2 to 3  μm with a silica-based all-fiber laser system.

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    Anashkina, E A; Andrianov, A V; Yu Koptev, M; Muravyev, S V; Kim, A V

    2014-05-15

    Femtosecond pulses with broad tunability in the range of 2-3 μm are generated in a germanate-glass core silica-glass cladding fiber with a driving pulse at 2 μm produced by an all-fiber laser system consisting of an Er:fiber source at 1.6 μm, a Raman fiber shifter, and a Tm:fiber amplifier. We demonstrate optical pulses with a duration of the order of 100 fs that are the shortest ones reported in the 2.5-3 μm range obtained by fiber laser systems.

  20. Numerical simulation of microwave amplification in a plasma channel produced in a gas via multiphoton ionisation by a femtosecond laser pulse

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    Bogatskaya, A V; Popov, A M; Volkova, E A

    2014-12-31

    This paper examines the evolution of a nonequilibrium plasma channel produced in xenon by a femtosecond KrF laser pulse. We demonstrate that such a channel can be used to amplify microwave pulses over times of the order of the relaxation time of the photoelectron energy spectrum in xenon. Using the slowly varying amplitude approximation, we analyse the propagation and amplification of an rf pulse in a plasma channel, in particular when the rf field influences the electron energy distribution function in the plasma. (interaction of laser radiation with matter. laser plasma)

  1. Multi-meter fiber-delivery and pulse self-compression of milli-Joule femtosecond laser and fiber-aided laser-micromachining.

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    Debord, B; Alharbi, M; Vincetti, L; Husakou, A; Fourcade-Dutin, C; Hoenninger, C; Mottay, E; Gérôme, F; Benabid, F

    2014-05-05

    We report on damage-free fiber-guidance of milli-Joule energy-level and 600-femtosecond laser pulses into hypocycloid core-contour Kagome hollow-core photonic crystal fibers. Up to 10 meter-long fibers were used to successfully deliver Yb-laser pulses in robustly single-mode fashion. Different pulse propagation regimes were demonstrated by simply changing the fiber dispersion and gas. Self-compression to ~50 fs, and intensity-level nearing petawatt/cm(2) were achieved. Finally, free focusing-optics laser-micromachining was also demonstrated on different materials.

  2. Ground detection of trans-ionospheric pulse pairs by stations in the National Lightning Detection Network

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

    Trans-Ionospheric Pulse Pairs (TIPPs), as detected by the Blackbeard instrument on board the ALEXIS satellite, correlate with signals that the National Lightning Detection Network (NLDN) classifies as “cloud” lightning with a positive signal polarity (+IC). Correlation is only found for +IC pulses occurring in the 10 ms interval prior to TIPP occurrence. Apart from this single peak, there is no general change in lightning rates around TIPP time. Correlation between TIPPs and +IC strokes is statistically significant with 99.94% confidence. The amplitudes of +IC pulses that are associated with TTPPs are indistinguishable from the amplitudes of pulses that are not. The rise time of +IC pulses correlating with TIPPs, however, does appear to be longer than the noncorrelating +IC pulses, the median value being about 3 times greater than all other +IC pulses. By assuming TIPPs to be generated close to the detecting ground station, we can use the pulse separation time to calculate the source heights for the ground reflection model. The calculated height of TIPPs is consistent with a cloud source.

  3. Generation of isolated attosecond pulses with 20 to 28 femtosecond lasers.

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    Feng, Ximao; Gilbertson, Steve; Mashiko, Hiroki; Wang, He; Khan, Sabih D; Chini, Michael; Wu, Yi; Zhao, Kun; Chang, Zenghu

    2009-10-30

    Isolated attosecond pulses are powerful tools for exploring electron dynamics in matter. So far, such extreme ultraviolet pulses have only been generated using high power, few-cycle lasers, which are very difficult to construct and operate. We propose and demonstrate a technique called generalized double optical gating for generating isolated attosecond pulses with 20 fs lasers from a hollow-core fiber and 28 fs lasers directly from an amplifier. These pulses, generated from argon gas, are measured to be 260 and 148 as by reconstructing the streaked photoelectron spectrograms. This scheme, with a relaxed requirement on laser pulse duration, makes attophysics more accessible to many laboratories that are capable of producing such multicycle laser pulses.

  4. Generation of Isolated Attosecond Pulses with 20 to 28 Femtosecond Lasers

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    Feng Ximao; Gilbertson, Steve; Mashiko, Hiroki; Wang He; Khan, Sabih D.; Chini, Michael; Wu Yi; Zhao Kun; Chang Zenghu

    2009-10-30

    Isolated attosecond pulses are powerful tools for exploring electron dynamics in matter. So far, such extreme ultraviolet pulses have only been generated using high power, few-cycle lasers, which are very difficult to construct and operate. We propose and demonstrate a technique called generalized double optical gating for generating isolated attosecond pulses with 20 fs lasers from a hollow-core fiber and 28 fs lasers directly from an amplifier. These pulses, generated from argon gas, are measured to be 260 and 148 as by reconstructing the streaked photoelectron spectrograms. This scheme, with a relaxed requirement on laser pulse duration, makes attophysics more accessible to many laboratories that are capable of producing such multicycle laser pulses.

  5. Laser alchemy: direct writing of multifunctional components in a glass chip with femtosecond laser pulses

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    Liao, Yang; Lin, Jintian; Cheng, Ya

    2013-12-01

    Recently, hybrid integration of multifunctional micro-components for creating complex, intelligent micro/nano systems has attracted significant attention. These micro-/nano-systems have important applications in a variety of areas, such as healthcare, environment, communication, national security, and so on. However, fabrication of micro/nano systems incorporated with different functions is still a challenging task, which generally requires fabrication of discrete microcomponents beforehand followed by assembly and packaging procedures. Furthermore, current micro-/nano-fabrication techniques are mainly based on the well-established planar lithographic approach, which suffer from severe issues in producing three dimensional (3D) structures with complex geometries and arbitrary configurations. In recent years, the rapid development of femtosecond laser machining technology has enabled 3D direct fabrication and integration of multifunctional components, such as microfluidics, microoptics, micromechanics, microelectronics, etc., into single substrates. In this invited talk, we present our recent progress in this active area. Particularly, we focus on fabrication of 3D micro- and nanofluidic devices and 3D high-Q microcavities in glass substrates by femtosecond laser direct writing.

  6. Mapping nanoscale absorption of femtosecond laser pulses using plasma explosion imaging.

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    Hickstein, Daniel D; Dollar, Franklin; Ellis, Jennifer L; Schnitzenbaumer, Kyle J; Keister, K Ellen; Petrov, George M; Ding, Chengyuan; Palm, Brett B; Gaffney, Jim A; Foord, Mark E; Libby, Stephen B; Dukovic, Gordana; Jimenez, Jose L; Kapteyn, Henry C; Murnane, Margaret M; Xiong, Wei

    2014-09-23

    We make direct observations of localized light absorption in a single nanostructure irradiated by a strong femtosecond laser field, by developing and applying a technique that we refer to as plasma explosion imaging. By imaging the photoion momentum distribution resulting from plasma formation in a laser-irradiated nanostructure, we map the spatial location of the highly localized plasma and thereby image the nanoscale light absorption. Our method probes individual, isolated nanoparticles in vacuum, which allows us to observe how small variations in the composition, shape, and orientation of the nanostructures lead to vastly different light absorption. Here, we study four different nanoparticle samples with overall dimensions of ∼100 nm and find that each sample exhibits distinct light absorption mechanisms despite their similar size. Specifically, we observe subwavelength focusing in single NaCl crystals, symmetric absorption in TiO2 aggregates, surface enhancement in dielectric particles containing a single gold nanoparticle, and interparticle hot spots in dielectric particles containing multiple smaller gold nanoparticles. These observations demonstrate how plasma explosion imaging directly reveals the diverse ways in which nanoparticles respond to strong laser fields, a process that is notoriously challenging to model because of the rapid evolution of materials properties that takes place on the femtosecond time scale as a solid nanostructure is transformed into a dense plasma.

  7. Extracting third order optical nonlinearities of Mn(III)-Phthalocyanine chloride using high repetition rate femtosecond pulses

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    Makhal, Krishnandu; Mathur, Paresh; Maurya, Sidharth; Goswami, Debabrata

    2017-02-01

    Third order nonlinearities of Mn(III)-Phthalocyanine chloride in dimethyl-sulphoxide under 50 fs pulses, operating at 94 MHz, by eliminating cumulative thermal effects have been investigated and reported by us. Modifications were done in data acquisition during Z-scan experiment, which included recording of time evolution waveform traces in an oscilloscope and not collection of Z versus transmission and utilization of a chopper of a suitable duty cycle. Time evolution traces were further processed analytically through MatLab® programming, which yielded Z-scan traces similar to what was obtained with single shot 50 fs pulse. We observed reverse saturable absorption at 800 nm owing to excited state absorption. We show that the nonlinear refractive index (γ) and nonlinear absorption coefficient (β) are over estimated almost 100 times, when MHz pulses are used compared to a situation, where thermo-optical nonlinearities are accounted. Illumination and dark periods are carefully set in a way, so that the sample is able to completely recover its initial temperature before arrival of the next pulse. Magnitudes of γ and β were found to be -(6.5-4.9) × 10-16 m2/W and (5.4-6.2) × 10-10 m/W under the MHz condition, whereas they were -(0.18-2.2) × 10-18 m2/W and (9.5-15) × 10-12 m/W under the thermally managed condition, respectively. To reveal the associated fast nonlinearity, femtosecond transient absorption experiment was performed, which inferred excited state absorption and ground state bleaching across the 450-780 nm region. Dynamics associated with these processes are reported along with fluorescence lifetime obtained through the TCSPC technique. Structure optimization using TDDFT calculations and HOMO-LUMO gaps with orbital pictures are also shown.

  8. Enhancement of laser induced Au nanoparticle formation by femtosecond pulse shaping

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    Ferreira, P. H. D.; Silva, D. L.; Siqueira, J. P.; Balogh, D. T.; Canuto, S.; Misoguti, L.; Mendonca, C. R.

    2013-07-01

    We report the control of Au nanoparticle (NP) formation by using shaped 30 fs pulses, in a solution containing HAuCl4 and chitosan. By using a sinusoidal spectral phase, a periodic train of pulses is generated. When the period of the pulse train matches certain Raman resonances of chitosan, the reducing agent of the process, an enhancement of the Au NP formation is observed. Theoretical quantum chemical calculations indicate that the outer groups of the chitosan are mostly influenced by low Raman frequencies, which is in reasonably agreement with the experimental data and indicates an enhancement in the Au NP formation as the pulse train period increases (low frequency).

  9. Capillary compressor of femtosecond laser pulses with nonlinear rotation of polarisation ellipse

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    Konyashchenko, Aleksandr V; Kostryukov, P V; Losev, Leonid L; Tenyakov, S Yu

    2012-03-31

    The process of nonlinear rotation of the polarisation ellipse of laser radiation, occurring simultaneously with the broadening of the pulse spectrum due to nonlinear self-phase modulation in a gas-filled capillary, is studied. It is shown that the maximal rotation of the polarisation ellipse is experienced by the spectral components, shifted towards the short-wavelength side with respect to the central wavelength of the initial laser pulse. Using the effect of polarisation ellipse rotation, an eightfold increase in the energy contrast ratio of a 28-fs light pulse, obtained by compression of the radiation pulse from an ytterbium laser with the duration 290 fs, is implemented.

  10. Two-color FEL amplifier for femtosecond-resolution pump-probe experiments with GW-scale X-ray and optical pulses

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    Feldhaus, J.; Körfer, M.; Möller, T.; Pflüger, J.; Saldin, E. L.; Schneidmiller, E. A.; Schreiber, S.; Yurkov, M. V.

    2004-08-01

    The paper describes a scheme for pump-probe experiments that could be performed at the soft X-ray SASE FEL at the TESLA Test Facility (TTF) at DESY and determines what additional hardware developments will be required to bring these experiments to fruition. Pump-probe experiments combining pulses from a XFEL and optical femtosecond laser are very attractive for sub-picosecond time-resolved studies. Since the synchronization between the two light sources to an accuracy of 100 fs is not yet solved, it is proposed to derive both femtosecond radiation pulses from the same electron bunch but from two insertion devices. This eliminates the need for synchronization and developing tunable, high power femtosecond quantum laser. In the proposed scheme for pump-probe experiments, GW-level soft X-ray pulse is naturally synchronized with his GW-level optical pulse and cancel jitter. The concept is based on generation of the optical radiation in the master oscillator-power FEL amplifier configuration. An attractive feature of the FEL amplifier scheme is the absence of limitation which would prevent operation in the femtosecond regime in a wide (200- 900 nm) wavelength range. The problem of tunable quantum seed laser can be solved with commercially available long pulse dye laser. An important feature of the proposed scheme is that optical radiator uses the spent electron beam. As a result, saturation mode of operation of the optical FEL does not interfere with the main mode of the soft X-ray SASE FEL operation.

  11. Quadratic System Identification: a statistical framework for the paired-pulse paradigm.

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    Arunajadai, Srikesh G

    2010-03-01

    System Identification refers to the problem of identifying a model or description of a system based on a stretch of input and the corresponding output from the system. The paired-pulse paradigm or the conditioning test pulse paradigm is often used in neurophysiology experiments. In this work we provide a statistical framework for the conditioning test pulse paradigm which also serves as a system identification tool for quadratic or second order Volterra systems. A nonparametric spectral domain based methodology is proposed for the quadratic system identification. It is shown that by carrying out the analysis in the spectral domain one needs to perform only a single set of double pulse experiments as opposed to multiple sets of experiments in the time domain. Simulation studies are performed to assess the performance of the methodology and to study the conditions under which the methods are expected to perform well.

  12. Influence of femtosecond laser pulse irradiation on the viability of cells at 1035, 517, and 345 nm

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    Le Harzic, R.; Riemann, I.; Koenig, K.; Wuellner, C.; Donitzky, C.

    2007-12-01

    We report on the influence of femtosecond laser pulses at different wavelengths (1035, 517, and 345 nm) on chinese hamster ovary cells exposed to intense radiation. The aim of the study was to determine the mean power thresholds from which the cells were influenced by the laser radiation up to irreversible cell damage. An influence of the wavelength has been shown. The damage threshold is lower in the ultraviolet (UV) than in the infrared (IR) by a factor of 5-6. At the green wavelength the threshold value was higher due to the low absorption (i.e., a relatively high transmission). The range between the lowest power where a loss of viability could be observed (25 {mu}W) and the mean power for direct cell damage (45 {mu}W) is 20 {mu}W in the UV. The corresponding range in the IR is between 75 and 240 {mu}W and thus about 165 {mu}W broad: In the case of UV irradiation, the cells seem to be unaffected close to the ablation or damage threshold at low energy pulses.

  13. Ionization of one- and three-dimensionally-oriented asymmetric-top molecules by intense circularly polarized femtosecond laser pulses

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    Hansen, Jonas L.; Holmegaard, Lotte; Kalhoej, Line; Kragh, Sofie Louise; Stapelfeldt, Henrik; Filsinger, Frank; Meijer, Gerard; Kuepper, Jochen; Dimitrovski, Darko; Abu-samha, Mahmoud; Martiny, Christian Per Juul; Madsen, Lars Bojer

    2011-02-15

    We present a combined experimental and theoretical study on strong-field ionization of a three-dimensionally-oriented asymmetric top molecule, benzonitrile (C{sub 7}H{sub 5}N), by circularly polarized, nonresonant femtosecond laser pulses. Prior to the interaction with the strong field, the molecules are quantum-state selected using a deflector and three-dimensionally (3D) aligned and oriented adiabatically using an elliptically polarized laser pulse in combination with a static electric field. A characteristic splitting in the molecular frame photoelectron momentum distribution reveals the position of the nodal planes of the molecular orbitals from which ionization occurs. The experimental results are supported by a theoretical tunneling model that includes and quantifies the splitting in the momentum distribution. The focus of the present article is to understand strong-field ionization from 3D-oriented asymmetric top molecules, in particular the suppression of electron emission in nodal planes of molecular orbitals. In the preceding article [Dimitrovski et al., Phys. Rev. A 83, 023405 (2011)] the focus is to understand the strong-field ionization of one-dimensionally-oriented polar molecules, in particular asymmetries in the emission direction of the photoelectrons.

  14. Convection roll-driven generation of supra-wavelength periodic surface structures on dielectrics upon irradiation with femtosecond pulsed lasers

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    Tsibidis, George D.; Skoulas, Evangelos; Papadopoulos, Antonis; Stratakis, Emmanuel

    2016-08-01

    The significance of the magnitude of the Prandtl number of a fluid in the propagation direction of induced convection rolls is elucidated. Specifically, we report on the physical mechanism to account for the formation and orientation of previously unexplored supra-wavelength periodic surface structures in dielectrics, following melting and subsequent capillary effects induced upon irradiation with ultrashort laser pulses. Counterintuitively, it is found that such structures exhibit periodicities, which are markedly, even multiple times, higher than the laser excitation wavelength. It turns out that the extent to which the hydrothermal waves relax depends upon the laser beam energy, produced electron densities upon excitation with femtosecond pulsed lasers, the magnitude of the induced initial local roll disturbances, and the magnitude of the Prandtl number with direct consequences on the orientation and size of the induced structures. It is envisaged that this elucidation may be useful for the interpretation of similar, albeit large-scale periodic or quasiperiodic structures formed in other natural systems due to thermal gradients, while it can also be of great importance for potential applications in biomimetics.

  15. Single-pulse femtosecond laser Bessel beams drilling of high-aspect-ratio microholes based on electron dynamics control

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    Zhao, Weiwei; Li, Xiaowei; Xia, Bo; Yan, Xueliang; Han, Weina; Lu, Yongfeng; Jiang, Lan

    2014-11-01

    Microholes drilling has attracted extensive research efforts for its broad applications in photonics, microfluidics, optical fibers and many other fields. A femtosecond (fs) laser is a promising tool for high-precision materials processing with reduced recast/microcracks and minimized heat affected zones. But there remain many challenges in hole drilling using conventional fs laser with Gaussian beams, such as low aspect ratio and taper effects. We report small-diameter and high-aspect-ratio microholes with taper free drilling in PMMA (polymethyl methacrylate) using single-pulse fs laser Bessel beams. Axicon is used to transform Gaussian beams into Bessel beams, which then irradiate in the sample by a telescope consisting of plano-convex lens and microscope objective. Using this technique, we enhance the aspect ratio of microholes by 55 times as compared with Gaussian beams. We attribute this high aspect ratio and high quality microholes formation to the unique spatial intensity distribution and propagation stability of Bessel beams, which can effectively adjust the transient localized electron density distribution leading to a long and uniform localized-interacted zone. By using the optimized pulse energy and focal depth position, the microholes diameter ranges between 1.4-2.1 μm and the aspect ratio can exceed 460. This efficient technique is of great potentials for fabrication of microphotonics devices and microfluidics.

  16. Optical tomography of human skin with subcellular spatial and picosecond time resolution using intense near infrared femtosecond laser pulses

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    Koenig, Karsten; Wollina, Uwe; Riemann, Iris; Peukert, Christiane; Halbhuber, Karl-Juergen; Konrad, Helga; Fischer, Peter; Fuenfstueck, Veronika; Fischer, Tobias W.; Elsner, Peter

    2002-06-01

    We describe the novel high resolution imaging tool DermaInspect 100 for non-invasive diagnosis of dermatological disorders based on multiphoton autofluorescence imaging (MAI)and second harmonic generation. Femtosecond laser pulses in the spectral range of 750 nm to 850 nm have been used to image in vitro and in vivo human skin with subcellular spatial and picosecond temporal resolution. The non-linear induced autofluorescence originates mainly from naturally endogenous fluorophores/protein structures like NAD(P)H, flavins, keratin, collagen, elastin, porphyrins and melanin. Second harmonic generation was observed in the stratum corneum and in the dermis. The system with a wavelength-tunable compact 80 MHz Ti:sapphire laser, a scan module with galvo scan mirrors, piezoelectric objective positioner, fast photon detector and time-resolved single photon counting unit was used to perform optical sectioning and 3D autofluorescence lifetime imaging (t-mapping). In addition, a modified femtosecond laser scanning microscope was involved in autofluorescence measurements. Tissues of patients with psoriasis, nevi, dermatitis, basalioma and melanoma have been investigated. Individual cells and skin structures could be clearly visualized. Intracellular components and connective tissue structures could be further characterized by tuning the excitation wavelength in the range of 750 nm to 850 nm and by calculation of mean fluorescence lifetimes per pixel and of particular regions of interest. The novel non-invasive imaging system provides 4D (x,y,z,t) optical biopsies with subcellular resolution and offers the possibility to introduce a further optical diagnostic method in dermatology.

  17. Ultrashort pulses from an all-fiber ring laser incorporating a pair of chirped fiber Bragg gratings.

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    Duval, Simon; Olivier, Michel; Bernier, Martin; Vallée, Réal; Piché, Michel

    2014-02-15

    By incorporating two linearly chirped ultrabroadband fiber Bragg gratings of opposite dispersion in an all-fiber ring laser, we demonstrate a mode-locking regime in which a femtosecond pulse evolving in the normal dispersion gain segment is locally transformed into a highly chirped picosecond pulse that propagates in the remaining section of the cavity. By minimizing nonlinear effects and avoiding soliton pulse shaping in this anomalous-dispersion section, low repetition rate fiber lasers can be made to produce high-energy ultrashort pulses. Using this approach, 98 fs pulses with 0.96 nJ of energy are obtained from an erbium-doped fiber laser operated in the highly anomalous dispersion regime at a repetition rate of 9.4 MHz.

  18. Second-harmonic generation of femtosecond high-intensity Ti:sapphire laser pulses

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    Mori, Kurumi; Tamaki, Yusuke; Obara, Minoru; Midorikawa, Katsumi

    1998-03-01

    The second-harmonic generation (SHG) of ultrashort Ti:sapphire laser pulses in potassium dihydrogen phosphate crystal in type-I phase-matching geometry has been investigated theoretically, including the effects of cubic nonlinearity. It is found that the phase mismatch due to the broad bandwidth associated with the short pulse width limits the maximum conversion efficiency to less than 60%, and the temporal shape of the converted pulse has an intensity modulation at an incident intensity of 100 GW/cm2 for a 100 fs pulse. In order to increase the energy conversion efficiency and improve the temporal pulse shape, a new SHG geometry using two antiparallel tilted crystals is discussed.

  19. Applications of femtosecond pulse engineering in the control of excitons in quantum dots

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    Mathew, Reuble; Gamouras, Angela; Dilcher, Eric; Ramachandran, Ajan P.; Shi Yang, Hong Yi; Freisem, Sabine; Deppe, Dennis G.; Hall, Kimberley C.

    2014-08-01

    Pulse shaping techniques are used to demonstrate quantum control of exciton qubits in InAs quantum dots. Linearly chirped laser pulses are used to demonstrate adiabatic rapid passage in a single quantum dot on a subpicosecond timescale. The observed dependence of the exciton inversion efficiency on the sign of the pulse chirp identifies phonons as the dominant source of dephasing, which can be suppressed for positive chirp at low temperatures. The use of optimal quantum control theory to engineer a single optical pulse to implement simultaneous π and 2π single qubit gates in two uncoupled quantum dots is demonstrated. This work will support the use of pulse shaping in solid-state quantum hardware.

  20. Plasma enhancement of femtosecond laser-induced electromagnetic pulses at metal and dielectric surfaces

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    Varma, Sanjay; Spicer, Jane; Brawley, Benjamin; Miragliotta, Joseph

    2014-05-01

    In a previous report, we have shown that the long wavelength, electromagnetic-pulsed (EMP) energy generated by ultrashort (38 fs) laser pulse ablation of a metal target is enhanced by an order of magnitude due to a preplasma generated by a different, 14-ns-long laser pulse. Here, we further investigate this EMP enhancement effect in a 2- to 16-GHz microwave region with different target materials and laser parameters. Specifically, we show a greater than two orders of magnitude enhancement to the EMP energy when the nanosecond and ultrashort laser pulses are coincident on a glass target, and greater than one order of magnitude enhancement when the pulses are coincident on a copper target.

  1. Multi-channel, fiber-based seed pulse distribution system for femtosecond-level synchronized chirped pulse amplifiers

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    Horáček, Martin; Indra, Lukáš; Green, Jonathan T.; Naylon, Jack A.; Tykalewicz, Boguslaw; Novák, Jakub; Batysta, František; Mazanec, Tomáš; Horáček, Jakub; Antipenkov, Roman; Hubka, Zbyněk; Boge, Robert; Bakule, Pavel; Rus, Bedřich

    2017-01-01

    We report on the design and performance of a fiber-based, multi-channel laser amplifier seed pulse distribution system. The device is designed to condition and distribute low energy laser pulses from a mode-locked oscillator to multiple, highly synchronized, high energy amplifiers integrated into a laser beamline. Critical functions such as temporal pulse stretching well beyond 100 ps/nm, pulse picking, and fine control over the pulse delay up to 300 ps are all performed in fiber eliminating the need for bulky and expensive grating stretchers, Pockels cells, and delay lines. These functions are characterized and the system as a whole is demonstrated by seeding two high energy amplifiers in the laser beamline. The design of this system allows for complete computer control of all functions, including tuning of dispersion, and is entirely hands-free. The performance of this device and its subsystems will be relevant to those developing lasers where reliability, size, and cost are key concerns in addition to performance; this includes those developing large-scale laser systems similar to ours and also those developing table-top experiments and commercial systems.

  2. Comparative study of ornamental granite cleaning using femtosecond and nanosecond pulsed lasers

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    Rivas, T.; Lopez, A. J.; Ramil, A.; Pozo, S.; Fiorucci, M. P.; Silanes, M. E. López de; García, A.; Aldana, J. R. Vazquez de; Romero, C.; Moreno, P.

    2013-08-01

    Granite has been widely used as a structural and ornamental element in public works and buildings. In damp climates it is almost permanently humid and its exterior surfaces are consequently biologically colonized and blackened We describe a comparative analysis of the performance of two different laser sources in removing biological crusts from granite surfaces: nanosecond Nd:YVO4 laser (355 nm) and femtosecond Ti:Sapphire laser at its fundamental wavelength (790 nm) and second harmonic (395 nm). The granite surface was analyzed using scanning electron microscopy, attenuated total reflection - Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and profilometry, in order to assess the degree of cleaning and to characterize possible morphological and chemical changes caused by the laser sources.

  3. Amplification of femtosecond pulses at 126 nm in optical field-induced plasma filamentation in Ar

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    Kubodera, Shoichi; Fujiyoshi, Kazuyuki; Kaku, Masanori; Katto, Masahito

    2017-01-01

    We have observed an optical gain at the wavelength of 126 nm in an Ar excimer (Ar2 *) amplifier by utilizing a femtosecond vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) seed beam tuned at 126 nm. The maximum optical gain value of 1.1 cm-1 with a spatial distribution in the optical-field-induced ionization (OFI) Ar plasma was observed. The plasma diagnosis revealed that the plasma contraction near the plasma amplifier axis together with the plasma expansion was a key issue to observe such a high optical gain value inside the Ar plasma filament. The center axis of the contracted plasma amplifier showed the high electron density more than 1018 cm-3 even after 100 ns from the plasma production of Ar at 1 MPa. Our OFI plasma/excimer kinetics code reproduced the temporal progress of the optical gain distribution as well as the maximum gain value.

  4. Diffractive imaging of a rotational wavepacket in nitrogen molecules with femtosecond megaelectronvolt electron pulses

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    Yang, Jie; Guehr, Markus; Vecchione, Theodore; Robinson, Matthew S.; Li, Renkai; Hartmann, Nick; Shen, Xiaozhe; Coffee, Ryan; Corbett, Jeff; Fry, Alan; Gaffney, Kelly; Gorkhover, Tais; Hast, Carsten; Jobe, Keith; Makasyuk, Igor; Reid, Alexander; Robinson, Joseph; Vetter, Sharon; Wang, Fenglin; Weathersby, Stephen; Yoneda, Charles; Centurion, Martin; Wang, Xijie

    2016-04-05

    Imaging changes in molecular geometries on their natural femtosecond timescale with sub-Angström spatial precision is one of the critical challenges in the chemical sciences, as the nuclear geometry changes determine the molecular reactivity. For photoexcited molecules, the nuclear dynamics determine the photoenergy conversion path and efficiency. Here we report a gas-phase electron diffraction experiment using megaelectronvolt (MeV) electrons, where we captured the rotational wavepacket dynamics of nonadiabatically laser-aligned nitrogen molecules. We achieved a combination of 100 fs root-mean-squared temporal resolution and sub-Angstrom (0.76 Å) spatial resolution that makes it possible to resolve the position of the nuclei within the molecule. In addition, the diffraction patterns reveal the angular distribution of the molecules, which changes from prolate (aligned) to oblate (anti-aligned) in 300 fs. Lastly, our results demonstrate a significant and promising step towards making atomically resolved movies of molecular reactions.

  5. Selective Excitation of Terahertz Magnetic and Electric Dipoles in Er3 + Ions by Femtosecond Laser Pulses in ErFeO3

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    Mikhaylovskiy, R. V.; Huisman, T. J.; Pisarev, R. V.; Rasing, Th.; Kimel, A. V.

    2017-01-01

    We show that femtosecond laser pulse excitation of the orthoferrite ErFeO3 triggers pico- and subpicosecond dynamics of magnetic and electric dipoles associated with the low energy electronic states of the Er3 + ions. These dynamics are readily revealed by using polarization sensitive terahertz emission spectroscopy. It is shown that by changing the polarization of the femtosecond laser pulse one can excite either electric dipole-active or magnetic dipole-active transitions between the Kramers doublets of the 15/2I4 ground state of the Er3 + (4 f11 ) ions. These observations serve as a proof of principle of polarization-selective control of both electric and magnetic degrees of freedom at terahertz frequencies, opening up new vistas for optical manipulation of magnetoelectric materials.

  6. Propagation of femtosecond laser pulses through water in the linear absorption regime.

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    Naveira, Lucas M; Strycker, Benjamin D; Wang, Jieyu; Ariunbold, Gombojav O; Sokolov, Alexei V; Kattawar, George W

    2009-04-01

    We investigate the controversy regarding violations of the Bouguer-Lambert-Beer (BLB) law for ultrashort laser pulses propagating through water. By working at sufficiently low incident laser intensities, we make sure that any nonlinear component in the response of the medium is negligible. We measure the transmitted power and spectrum as functions of water cell length in an effort to confirm or disprove alleged deviations from the BLB law. We perform experiments at two different laser pulse repetition rates and explore the dependence of transmission on pulse duration. Specifically, we vary the laser pulse duration either by cutting its spectrum while keeping the pulse shape near transform-limited or by adjusting the pulses chirp while keeping the spectral intensities fixed. Over a wide range of parameters, we find no deviations from the BLB law and conclude that recent claims of BLB law violations are inconsistent with our experimental data. We present a simple linear theory (based on the BLB law) for propagation of ultrashort laser pulses through an absorbing medium and find our experimental results to be in excellent agreement with this theory.

  7. Femtosecond-pulse laser ablation of dental hydroxyapatite and single-crystalline fluoroapatite

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    Krüger, J.; Kautek, W.; Newesely, H.

    Laser microdrilling of healthy human enamel and dentine using 300 fs pulses at a wavelength of 615 nm and 3 Hz repetition rate leads to an enhanced structuring quality in comparison with nanosecond-laser results. Microcracking and damage to neighboring tissue can be reduced. Ablation threshold fluences for 100 laser pulses of 0.3 Jcm-2 (human dentine), 0.6 Jcm-2 (human enamel) and 0.8 Jcm-2 (single crystalline fluoroapatite) could be determined. Ablation depths per pulse below 1 μm were observed.

  8. Enhancement and control of H2 dissociative ionization by femtosecond VUV laser pulses.

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    Palacios, A; Bachau, H; Martín, F

    2006-04-14

    We report ab initio calculations of H2 ionization by VUV/fs 10(12) W/cm2 laser pulses including correlation and all electronic and vibrational degrees of freedom (DOF). Inclusion of the nuclear DOF leads to a substantial increase of resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization. By varying pulse duration, it is possible to control the ratio of dissociative to nondissociative ionization as well as the final H+(2) vibrational distribution. For pulses longer than 10 fs and proportional to omega>0.46 a.u., dissociative ionization entirely dominates, which is a very unusual situation in photoionization studies.

  9. Photorefractive effect in iron-doped lithium niobate crystals induced by femtosecond pulses of 1.5 {mu}m wavelength

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    Beyer, O.; Breunig, I.; Kalkum, F.; Buse, K.

    2006-01-30

    Illumination of iron-doped lithium crystals (LiNbO{sub 3}:Fe) with femtosecond pulses of 1.5 {mu}m wavelength results in large refractive index changes {delta}n in the order of 10{sup -3}. The sign of the refractive index changes depends on the polarization of the recording light. The results can be very useful for fabrication of tailored holographic components for telecommunication.

  10. Compact Femtosecond Pulse Approach to Explosives Detection Combining InN-Based Time Domain Terahertz Spectroscopy and Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy

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    2008-08-01

    Terahertz radiation field amplitude as a function of sample rotation angle for nonpolar GaN samples with varying stacking fault densities (top). Conceptual...1E6cm-1 (MOCVD), V m- GaN : SFD ~3E6cm-1 (MBE), V TH z si gn al (d V/ V ) sample angle (deg) Figure 2. Terahertz radiation field amplitude as a...Compact Femtosecond Pulse Approach to Explosives Detection Combining InN-Based Time Domain Terahertz Spectroscopy and Laser- Induced

  11. 1 W average-power 100 MHz repetition-rate 259 nm femtosecond deep ultraviolet pulse generation from ytterbium fiber amplifier.

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    Zhou, Xiangyu; Yoshitomi, Dai; Kobayashi, Yohei; Torizuka, Kenji

    2010-05-15

    We demonstrate 1W average-power ultraviolet (UV) femtosecond (fs) ultrashort pulse generation at a wavelength of 259 nm and a repetition rate as high as 100 MHz by quadrupling a fs ytterbium-fiber laser. A cavity-enhanced design is employed for efficient frequency doubling to the UV region. The optical-to-optical efficiency of UV output to the pump diode is 2.6%.

  12. Strong-field Breit-Wheeler pair production in short laser pulses: Relevance of spin effects

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    Jansen, M. J. A.; Kamiński, J. Z.; Krajewska, K.; Müller, C.

    2016-07-01

    Production of electron-positron pairs in the collision of a high-energy photon with a high-intensity few-cycle laser pulse is studied. By utilizing the frameworks of laser-dressed spinor and scalar quantum electrodynamics, a comparison between the production of pairs of Dirac and Klein-Gordon particles is drawn. Positron energy spectra and angular distributions are presented for various laser parameters. We identify conditions under which predictions from Klein-Gordon theory either closely resemble or largely differ from those of the proper Dirac theory. In particular, we address the question to which extent the relevance of spin effects is influenced by the short duration of the laser pulse.

  13. Dynamics of vortex-antivortex pairs and rarefaction pulses in liquid light

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    Feijoo, David; Paredes, Angel; Michinel, Humberto

    2017-03-01

    We present a numerical study of the cubic-quintic nonlinear Schrödinger equation in two transverse dimensions, relevant for the propagation of light in certain exotic media. A well-known feature of the model is the existence of flat-top bright solitons of fixed intensity, whose dynamics resembles the physics of a liquid. They support traveling wave solutions, consisting of rarefaction pulses and vortex-antivortex pairs. In this work, we demonstrate how the vortex-antivortex pairs can be generated in bright soliton collisions displaying destructive interference followed by a snake instability. We then discuss the collisional dynamics of the dark excitations for different initial conditions. We describe a number of distinct phenomena including vortex exchange modes, quasielastic flyby scattering, solitonlike crossing, fully inelastic collisions, and rarefaction pulse merging.

  14. Effects of paired-pulse and repetitive stimulation on neurons in the rat medial geniculate body.

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    Bartlett, E L; Smith, P H

    2002-01-01

    Many behaviorally relevant sounds, including language, are composed of brief, rapid, repetitive acoustic features. Recent studies suggest that abnormalities in producing and understanding spoken language are correlated with abnormal neural responsiveness to such auditory stimuli at higher auditory levels [Tallal et al., Science 271 (1996) 81-84; Wright et al., Nature 387 (1997) 176-178; Nagarajan et al., Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 96 (1999) 6483-6488] and with abnormal anatomical features in the auditory thalamus [Galaburda et al., Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 91 (1994) 8010-8013]. To begin to understand potential mechanisms for normal and abnormal transfer of sensory information to the cortex, we recorded the intracellular responses of medial geniculate body thalamocortical neurons in a rat brain slice preparation. Inferior colliculus or corticothalamic axons were excited by pairs or trains of electrical stimuli. Neurons receiving only excitatory collicular input had tufted dendritic morphology and displayed strong paired-pulse depression of their large, short-latency excitatory postsynaptic potentials. In contrast, geniculate neurons receiving excitatory and inhibitory collicular inputs could have stellate or tufted morphology and displayed much weaker depression or even paired-pulse facilitation of their smaller, longer-latency excitatory postsynaptic potentials. Depression was not blocked by ionotropic glutamate, GABA(A) or GABA(B) receptor antagonists. Facilitation was unaffected by GABA(A) receptor antagonists but was diminished by N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor blockade. Similar stimulation of the corticothalamic input always elicited paired-pulse facilitation. The NMDA-independent facilitation of the second cortical excitatory postsynaptic potential lasted longer and was more pronounced than that seen for the excitatory collicular inputs. Paired-pulse stimulation of isolated collicular inhibitory postsynaptic potentials generated little change in the

  15. Femtosecond pulse laser ablation of chromium: experimental results and two-temperature model simulations

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    Saghebfar, M.; Tehrani, M. K.; Darbani, S. M. R.; Majd, A. E.

    2017-01-01

    In this work, the results of experimental and computational single- and multi-shot ablation threshold and the incubation effect of chromium metal sample, irradiated by ultrashort laser pulses, are presented. The experimental value of the ablation threshold is determined based on D2 method by measuring the outer ablation crater diameters as a function of incident laser pulse energy using 800 nm, 30 fs, laser pulses. The value of 0.19 ± 0.04 (J/cm2 ), is obtained for the single-shot ablation threshold fluence. The experimental results are compared with time-dependent heat flow calculations based on the two-temperature model and the effect of number and separation time of two consecutive laser pulses with the same total fluence is studied for the Cr target. Moreover, the role of pulse width and absorbed fluence in thermal equilibrium time between electrons and lattice is investigated in two-temperature model. The thermal equilibrium between electron and lattice is established after a few picoseconds for low fluences and after a few tens of picoseconds at higher fluences.

  16. Orienting molecules via an ir and uv pulse pair: Implications for coherent Raman spectroscopy

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    Sokolov, Alexei V.; Lehmann, Kevin K.; Scully, Marlan O.; Herschbach, Dudley

    2009-05-01

    Spatial orientation of molecules is a pervasive issue in chemical physics and, by breaking inversion symmetry, has major consequences in nonlinear optics. In this paper, we propose and analyze an approach to molecular orientation. This extracts from an ensemble of aligned diatomic molecules (equally AB and BA , relative to the E vector) a subensemble that is oriented (mostly AB or BA ). Subjecting an aligned molecule to a tailored infrared (ir) laser pulse creates a pair of coherent wave packets that correlate vibrational phase with the AB or BA orientation. Subsequent, suitably phased ultraviolet (uv) or visible pulses dissociate one of these vibrational wave packets, thereby “weeding out” either AB or BA but leaving intact the other orientation. Molecular orientation has significant implications for coherent Raman spectroscopy. In the absence of orientation, coherence between vibrational levels is generated by a pair of laser pulses off which a probe pulse is scattered to produce a signal. Orientation allows direct one-photon ir excitation to achieve (in principle) maximal Raman coherence.

  17. INTERACTION OF LASER RADIATION WITH MATTER. LASER PLASMA: Formation of micromodifications in a KDP crystal irradiated by tightly focused femtosecond visible laser pulses

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    Gordienko, Vyacheslav M.; Makarov, Ivan A.; Mikheev, Pavel M.; Syrtsov, Vladimir S.; Shashkov, Alexander A.

    2005-07-01

    The formation of micromodifications in the bulk of a KDP crystal irradiated by tightly focused 600-nm, 100-fs and 200-fs, 0.02-10 μJ femtosecond laser pulses is studied. A theoretical model describing the initial stage of formation of a plasma channel taking into account field ionisation and heating of the electron component of the plasma is proposed. The laser pulse intensity (1013 W cm-2), the electron concentration (1020 cm-3) and the average electron temperature (5 eV) in the plasma channel are estimated.

  18. INTERACTION OF LASER RADIATION WITH MATTER. LASER PLASMA: Efficient heating of near-surface plasmas with femtosecond laser pulses stimulated by nanoscale inhomogeneities

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    Mikhailova, Yu M.; Platonenko, Viktor T.; Savel'ev, Andrei B.

    2005-01-01

    The interaction of intense (1016 - 1018 W cm-2) ultrashort (50-200 fs) laser pulses with the dense plasmas produced at the surfaces of the porous target is numerically simulated by the particle-in-cell technique. Nanostructure-enhanced absorption of femtosecond pulses in high-porous (P>4) targets is demonstrated. We show that the presence of plasma inhomogeneities essentially alters the heating of plasma electrons and ions; in particular, it stimulates the significant increase in the mean energy and number of hot electrons. The numerical investigation of the dynamics of plasma electrons made it possible to reveal the physical mechanisms behind their heating in a porous medium.

  19. Femtosecond pulses at 50-W average power from an Yb:YAG planar waveguide amplifier seeded by an Yb:KYW oscillator.

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    Leburn, Christopher G; Ramírez-Corral, Cristtel Y; Thomson, Ian J; Hall, Denis R; Baker, Howard J; Reid, Derryck T

    2012-07-30

    We report the demonstration of a high-power single-side-pumped Yb:YAG planar waveguide amplifier seeded by an Yb:KYW femtosecond laser. Five passes through the amplifier yielded 700-fs pulses with average powers of 50 W at 1030 nm. A numerical simulation of the amplifier implied values for the laser transition saturation intensity, the small-signal intensity gain coefficient and the gain bandwidth of 10.0 kW cm(-2), 1.6 cm(-1), and 3.7 nm respectively, and identified gain-narrowing as the dominant pulse-shaping mechanism.

  20. Efficient terahertz wave generation from GaP crystals pumped by chirp-controlled pulses from femtosecond photonic crystal fiber amplifier

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    Li, Jiang; Shi, Junkai; Xu, Baozhong; Xing, Qirong; Wang, Chingyue; Chai, Lu E-mail: yanfengli@tju.edu.cn; Liu, Bowen; Hu, Minglie; Li, Yanfeng E-mail: yanfengli@tju.edu.cn; Fedotov, Andrey B.; Zheltikov, Aleksei M.

    2014-01-20

    A chirp-tunable femtosecond 10 W, 42 MHz photonic-crystal-fiber oscillator-amplifier system that is capable of delivering sub-60 fs light pulses at 1040 nm is used to demonstrate high-efficiency terahertz radiation generation via optical rectification in GaP crystals only a few millimeters in length. The optimization of the chirp of the fiber-laser pulses is shown to radically enhance the terahertz output, indicating one possible way to more efficiently use these extended nonlinear crystals in compact fiber-pumped terahertz radiation sources.