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Sample records for measuring ultrashort pulses

  1. Measuring ultrashort pulses using frequency-resolved optical gating

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    Trebino, R.

    1993-12-01

    The purpose of this program is the development of techniques for the measurement of ultrafast events important in gas-phase combustion chemistry. Specifically, goals of this program include the development of fundamental concepts and spectroscopic techniques that will augment the information currently available with ultrafast laser techniques. Of equal importance is the development of technology for ultrafast spectroscopy. For example, methods for the production and measurement of ultrashort pulses at wavelengths important for these studies is an important goal. Because the specific vibrational motion excited in a molecule depends sensitively on the intensity, I(t), and the phase, {psi}(t), of the ultrashort pulse used to excite the motion, it is critical to measure both of these quantities for an individual pulse. Unfortunately, this has remained an unsolved problem for many years. Fortunately, this year, the authors present a technique that achieves this goal.

  2. Measurement of ultrashort pulses with a non-instantaneous nonlinearity

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    DeLong, K.W.; Ladera, C.L.; Trebino, R.; Kohler, B.; Wilson, K.R.

    1995-02-01

    We show how non-instantaneous nonlinearities can be used to characterize an ultrashort pulse in an extension of the Frequency-Resolved Optical Gating technique. We demonstrate this principle using the Raman effect in fused silica.

  3. Effect of noise on Frequency-Resolved Optical Gating measurements of ultrashort pulses

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    Fittinghoff, D.N.; DeLong, K.W.; Ladera, C.L.; Trebino, R.

    1995-02-01

    We study the effects of noise in Frequency-Resolved Optical Gating measurements of ultrashort pulses. We quantify the measurement accuracy in the presence of additive, muliplicative, and quantization noise, and discuss filtering and pre-processing of the data.

  4. Results of a round-robin experiment in multiple-pulse LIDT measurement with ultrashort pulses

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    Starke, Kai; Ristau, Detlev; Martin, Sven; Hertwig, Andreas; Krueger, Joerg; Allenspacher, Paul; Riede, Wolfgang; Meister, Stefan; Theiss, Christoph; Sabbah, Ali J.; Rudolph, Wolfgang G.; Raab, Volker; Grigonis, Rimantas; Rakickas, Tomas; Sirutkaitis, Valdas

    2004-06-01

    For the development of standard measurement procedures in optics characterization, comparative measurement campaigns (Round-robin experiments) are indispensable. Within the framework of the CHOCLAB project in the mid-90s, several international Round-robins were successfully performed qualifying procedures for e. g. 1 on 1-LIDT, laser-calorimetry and total scattering. During the recent years, the demand for single pulse damage investigations has been overtaken by the more practically relevant S on 1-LIDT. In contrast to the industrial needs, the comparability of the multiple-pulse LIDT has not been proven by Round-robin experiments up to now. As a consequence of the current research activities on the interaction of ultra-short pulses with matter as well as industrial applications, numerous fs-laser systems become available in universities and research institutes. Furthermore, special problems for damage testing may be expected because of the intrinsic effects connected with the interaction of ultrashort pulses with optical materials. Therefore, a Round-robin experiment on S on 1-damage testing utilizing fs-pulses was conducted within the framework of the EUREKA-project CHOCLAB II. For this experiment, seven parties investigated different types of mirrors and windows. Most of the partners were guided by the International Standard ISO 11254-2, but one partner employed his own damage testing technique. In this presentation, the results of this comparative experiment are compiled demonstrating the problems induced by special effects of damage testing in the ultra-short pulse regime.

  5. Time-dependent intensity and phase measurements of ultrashort laser pulses as short as 10 fs

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    DeLong, K.W.; Fittinghoff, D.N.; Ladera, C.L.; Trebino, R.; Taft, G.; Rundquist, A.; Murnane, M.M.; Kapteyn, H.C.; Christov, I.P.

    1995-05-01

    Frequency-Resolved Optical Gating (FROG) measures the time-dependent intensity and phase of an ultrashort laser pulse. Using FROG, we have tested theories for the operation of sub{minus}10 fs laser oscillators.

  6. Unstable and multiple pulsing can be invisible to ultrashort pulse measurement techniques

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    Rhodes, Michelle A.; Guang, Zhe; Trebino, Rick

    2016-12-29

    Here, multiple pulsing occurs in most ultrashort-pulse laser systems when pumped at excessively high powers, and small fluctuations in pump power in certain regimes can cause unusual variations in the temporal separations of sub-pulses. Unfortunately, the ability of modern intensity-and-phase pulse measurement techniques to measure such unstable multi-pulsing has not been studied. Here we report calculations and simulations finding that allowing variations in just the relative phase of a satellite pulse causes the second pulse to completely disappear from a spectral interferometry for direct electric field reconstruction (SPIDER) measurement. We find that, although neither frequency-resolved optical gating (FROG) nor autocorrelationmore » can determine the precise properties of satellite pulses due to the presence of instability, they always succeed in, at least, seeing the satellite pulses. Also, additional post-processing of the measured FROG trace can determine the correct approximate relative height of the satellite pulse and definitively indicate the presence of unstable multiple-pulsing.« less

  7. Unstable and multiple pulsing can be invisible to ultrashort pulse measurement techniques

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    Rhodes, Michelle A.; Guang, Zhe; Trebino, Rick

    2016-12-29

    Here, multiple pulsing occurs in most ultrashort-pulse laser systems when pumped at excessively high powers, and small fluctuations in pump power in certain regimes can cause unusual variations in the temporal separations of sub-pulses. Unfortunately, the ability of modern intensity-and-phase pulse measurement techniques to measure such unstable multi-pulsing has not been studied. Here we report calculations and simulations finding that allowing variations in just the relative phase of a satellite pulse causes the second pulse to completely disappear from a spectral interferometry for direct electric field reconstruction (SPIDER) measurement. We find that, although neither frequency-resolved optical gating (FROG) nor autocorrelation can determine the precise properties of satellite pulses due to the presence of instability, they always succeed in, at least, seeing the satellite pulses. Also, additional post-processing of the measured FROG trace can determine the correct approximate relative height of the satellite pulse and definitively indicate the presence of unstable multiple-pulsing.

  8. Real-time energy measurement of high repetition rate ultrashort laser pulses using pulse integration and FPGA processing.

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    Tang, Qi-Jie; Yang, Dong-Xu; Wang, Jian; Feng, Yi; Zhang, Hong-Fei; Chen, Teng-Yun

    2016-11-01

    Real-time energy measurement using pulse integration method for high repetition rate ultrashort laser pulses based on FPGA (Field-Programmable Gate Array) and high-speed pipeline ADC (Analog-to-Digital Convertor) is introduced in this paper. There are two parts contained in this method: pulse integration and real-time data processing. The pulse integration circuit will convert the pulse to the step type signals which are linear to the laser pulse energy. Through the real-time data processing part, the amplitude of the step signals will be obtained by ADC sampling and conducting calculation in real time in FPGA. The test result shows that the method with good linearity (4.770%) and without pulse measurement missing is suitable for ultrashort laser pulses with high repetition rate up to 100 MHz.

  9. Real-time energy measurement of high repetition rate ultrashort laser pulses using pulse integration and FPGA processing

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    Tang, Qi-jie; Yang, Dong-xu; Wang, Jian; Feng, Yi; Zhang, Hong-fei; Chen, Teng-yun

    2016-11-01

    Real-time energy measurement using pulse integration method for high repetition rate ultrashort laser pulses based on FPGA (Field-Programmable Gate Array) and high-speed pipeline ADC (Analog-to-Digital Convertor) is introduced in this paper. There are two parts contained in this method: pulse integration and real-time data processing. The pulse integration circuit will convert the pulse to the step type signals which are linear to the laser pulse energy. Through the real-time data processing part, the amplitude of the step signals will be obtained by ADC sampling and conducting calculation in real time in FPGA. The test result shows that the method with good linearity (4.770%) and without pulse measurement missing is suitable for ultrashort laser pulses with high repetition rate up to 100 MHz.

  10. Frequency-resolved optical gating measurement of ultrashort pulses by using single nanowire

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    Yu, Jiaxin; Liao, Feng; Gu, Fuxing; Zeng, Heping

    2016-09-01

    The use of ultrashort pulses for fundamental studies and applications has been increasing rapidly in the past decades. Along with the development of ultrashort lasers, exploring new pulse diagnositic approaches with higher signal-to-noise ratio have attracted great scientific and technological interests. In this work, we demonstrate a simple technique of ultrashort pulses characterization with a single semiconductor nanowire. By performing a frequency-resolved optical gating method with a ZnO nanowire coupled to tapered optical microfibers, the phase and amplitude of a pulse series are extracted. The generated signals from the transverse frequency conversion process can be spatially distinguished from the input, so the signal-to-noise ratio is improved and permits lower energy pulses to be identified. Besides, since the nanometer scale of the nonlinear medium provides relaxed phase-matching constraints, a measurement of 300-nm-wide supercontinuum pulses is achieved. This system is highly compatible with standard optical fiber systems, and shows a great potential for applications such as on-chip optical communication.

  11. Frequency-resolved optical gating measurement of ultrashort pulses by using single nanowire

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    Yu, Jiaxin; Liao, Feng; Gu, Fuxing; Zeng, Heping

    2016-01-01

    The use of ultrashort pulses for fundamental studies and applications has been increasing rapidly in the past decades. Along with the development of ultrashort lasers, exploring new pulse diagnositic approaches with higher signal-to-noise ratio have attracted great scientific and technological interests. In this work, we demonstrate a simple technique of ultrashort pulses characterization with a single semiconductor nanowire. By performing a frequency-resolved optical gating method with a ZnO nanowire coupled to tapered optical microfibers, the phase and amplitude of a pulse series are extracted. The generated signals from the transverse frequency conversion process can be spatially distinguished from the input, so the signal-to-noise ratio is improved and permits lower energy pulses to be identified. Besides, since the nanometer scale of the nonlinear medium provides relaxed phase-matching constraints, a measurement of 300-nm-wide supercontinuum pulses is achieved. This system is highly compatible with standard optical fiber systems, and shows a great potential for applications such as on-chip optical communication. PMID:27609521

  12. Phase retrieval and time-frequency methods in the measurement of ultrashort laser pulses

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    DeLong, K.W.; Fittinghoff, D.N.; Ladera, C.L.; Trebino, R.

    1995-02-01

    Recently several techniques have become available to measure the time- (or frequency-) dependent intensity and phase of ultrashort laser pulses. One of these, Frequency-Resolved Optical Gating (FROG), is rigorous and has achieved single-laser-shot operation. FROG combines the concepts of time-frequency analysis in the form of spectrogram generation (in order to create a two-dimensional problem), and uses a phase-retrieval-based algorithm to invert the experimental data to yield the intensity and phase of the laboratory laser pulse. In FROG it is easy to generate a spectrogram of the unknown signal, and inversion of the spectrogram to recover the signal is the main goal. Because the temporal width of a femtosecond laser pulse is much shorter than anything achievable by electronics, FROG uses the pulse to measure itself. In FROG, the laser pulse is split into two replicas of itself by a partially reflecting beamsplitter, and the two replicas interact with each other in a medium with an instantaneous nonlinear-optical response. This interaction generates a signal field that is then frequency-resolved using a spectrometer. The spectrum of the signal field is measured for all relevant values of the temporal delay between the two pulses. Here, the authors employ FROG and FROG related techniques to measure the time-dependent intensity and phase of an ultrashort laser pulse.

  13. Frequency-resolved optical-gating measurements of ultrashort pulses using surface third-harmonic generation

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    Tsang, T.; Krumbuegel, M.A.; DeLong, K.W.; Fittinghoff, D.N.; Trebino, R.

    1996-09-01

    We demonstrate what is to our knowledge the first frequency-resolved optical gating (FROG) technique to measure ultrashort pulses from an unamplified Ti:sapphire laser oscillator without direction-of-time ambiguity. This technique utilizes surface third-harmonic generation as the nonlinear-optical effect and, surprisingly, is the most sensitive third-order FROG geometry yet. {copyright} {ital 1996 Optical Society of America.}

  14. Measurement of complex ultrashort laser pulses using frequency-resolved optical gating

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    Xu, Lina

    This thesis contains three components of research: a detailed study of the performance of Frequency-Resolved Optical Gating (FROG) for measuring complex ultrashort laser pulses, a new method for measuring the arbitrary polarization state of an ultrashort laser pulse using Tomographic Ultrafast Retrieval of Transverse Light E-fields (TURTLE) technique, and new approach for measuring two complex pulses simultaneously using PG blind FROG. In recent decades, many techniques for measuring the full intensity and phase of ultrashort laser pulses have been proposed. These techniques include: Spectral Interferometry (SI)[1], Temporal Analysis by Dispersing a Pair of Light E-Field (TADPOLE)[2], Spectral Phase Interferometry for direct electric-field reconstruction (SPIDER)[3], and Frequency-Resolved Optical Gating (FROG)[4]. Each technique is actually a class of techniques that includes different variations on the original idea, such as SEA-SPIDER[5], ZAP SPIDER[6] are two variations of SPIDER. But most of these techniques for measuring ultrashort laser pulses either do not yield the complete time-dependent intensity and phase (e.g., autocorrelation), can at best only measure simple pulses (e.g., SPIDER), or need well characterized reference pulse. In this thesis, we compare the performance of three versions of FROG: second-harmonic-generation (SHG) FROG, polarization-gate (PG) FROG, and cross-correlation FROG (XFROG), the last of which requires a well-characterized reference pulse. We found that the XFROG algorithm converged in all cases and required only one initial guess. The PG FROG algorithm converged for 99% of the moderately complex pulses that we tried, and for over 95% of the most complex pulses (TBP ˜ 100). And the SHG FROG algorithm converged for 95% of the pulses that we tried and for over 80% of the most complex pulses. After some analysis, we found that noise filtering and adding more sampling points to the FROG trace solved the non-converging problems and we

  15. Optical physics: Ultrashort light pulses shake atoms

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    Kim, Kyung Taec

    2016-02-01

    The response of electrons in atoms to ultrashort optical light pulses has been probed by measuring the ultraviolet light emitted by the atoms. This reveals that a finite time delay occurs before the response. See Letter p.66

  16. Simultaneous measurement of two ultrashort laser pulses from a single spectrogram in a single shot

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    Kane, D.J.; Rodriguez, G.; Taylor, A.J.; Clement, T.S. ||

    1997-04-01

    Frequency-resolved optical gating (FROG) is a technique that produces a spectrogram of an ultrashort laser pulse. The intensity and phase of the ultrashort laser pulse can be determined through solving for the phase of the spectrogram with an iterative, phase-retrieval algorithm. This work presents a new phase-retrieval algorithm that retrieves both the probe and the gate pulses independently by converting the FROG phase-retrieval problem to an eigenvector problem. The new algorithm is robust and general. It is tested theoretically by use of synthetic data sets and experimentally by use of single-shot, polarization-gate FROG. We independently and simultaneously characterize the electric field amplitude and phase of a pulse (probe) that was passed though 200 mm of BK7 glass and the amplitude of an unchanged pulse (gate) from an amplified Ti:sapphire laser. When the effect of the 200 mm of BK7 glass was removed mathematically from the probe, there was good agreement between the measured gate and the calculated, prechirped probe. {copyright} 1997 Optical Society of America

  17. Measurement of Spatial and Temporal Profiles of Electron Plasma Oscillation Excited by Ultrashort Laser Pulse

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    Takahashi, Eiji; Katsura, Keisuke; Miura, Eisuke; Yugami, Noboru; Nishida, Yasushi; Honda, Hiroshi; Kondo, Kiminori

    1999-11-01

    Large amplitude electron plasma waves (EPW), which are produced by ultrashort laser pulses, are of great interest for particle acceleration or photon acceleration. In this study, we present the temporally and spatially resolved measurements of the electron density perturbation produced by the laser wakefield (LWF) process. 0.6 TW Ti:sapphire laser pulse ionized the helium gas of ~ 1 Torr near the focus and excited the electron density perturbation. We observed this electron density perturbation by the frequency-domain interferometry technique. The probe pulse was the second harmonic of the partially separated pulse from the main pump pulse. The probe pulse was sent into the Michelson interferometer and make two colinear pulses. These two probe pulses go through the EPW, and are affected by EPW of which phase velocity is almost equal to the light velocity. Each pulse obtains a phase shift depending on the phase of EPW. These two pulses interfer each other in the spectometer. Spatialy resolved relative phase shift can be obtained from the interferogram. With varying the relative delay between the two probe pulses, 2 THz periodic change of the relative phase shift was observed. It was caused by 2THz electron density oscillation in LWF.

  18. Simple linear technique for the measurement of space-time coupling in ultrashort optical pulses.

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    Dorrer, Christophe; Walmsley, Ian A

    2002-11-01

    We demonstrate a simple sensitive linear technique that quantifies the spatiotemporal coupling in the electric field of an ultrashort optical pulse. The space-time uniformity of the field can be determined with only time-stationary filters and square-law integrating detectors, even if it is impossible to measure the temporal electric field in this way. A degree of spatiotemporal uniformity is defined and can be used with the demonstrated diagnostic to quantify space-time coupling. Experimental measurements of space-time coupling due to linear and nonlinear focusing, refraction, and diffraction are presented.

  19. Measurement and compensation schemes for the pulse front distortion of ultra-intensity ultra-short laser pulses

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    Wu, Fenxiang; Xu, Yi; Yu, Linpeng; Yang, Xiaojun; Li, Wenkai; Lu, Jun; Leng, Yuxin

    2016-11-01

    Pulse front distortion (PFD) is mainly induced by the chromatic aberration in femtosecond high-peak power laser systems, and it can temporally distort the pulse in the focus and therefore decrease the peak intensity. A novel measurement scheme is proposed to directly measure the PFD of ultra-intensity ultra-short laser pulses, which can work not only without any extra struggle for the desired reference pulse, but also largely reduce the size of the required optical elements in measurement. The measured PFD in an experimental 200TW/27fs laser system is in good agreement with the calculated result, which demonstrates the validity and feasibility of this method effectively. In addition, a simple compensation scheme based on the combination of concave lens and parabolic lens is also designed and proposed to correct the PFD. Based on the theoretical calculation, the PFD of above experimental laser system can almost be completely corrected by using this compensator with proper parameters.

  20. Ultrashort-pulse reflectometry (invited)

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    Domier, C. W.; Luhmann, N. C., Jr.; Chou, A. E.; Zhang, W.-M.; Romanowsky, A. J.

    1995-01-01

    Time-of-flight radar diagnostics are envisaged as having great potential for determining electron density profiles in next generation tokamaks such as TPX and ITER. Ultrashort-pulse radar reflectometry is a promising new time-of-flight diagnostic capable of making instantaneous density profile determination utilizing a single source and a single set of measurements. A proof-of-principle eight channel system has been constructed for use on the CCT tokamak at UCLA, and has undergone extensive testing in the laboratory.

  1. Measuring the complete spatio-temporal field of focused ultrashort laser pulses for multi-photon microscopy

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    Bowlan, Pamela; Gabolde, Pablo; Trebino, Rick

    2007-05-01

    We present two complementary interferometric techniques for measuring the complete spatio-temporal intensity and phase, E(x,y,z,t), of ultrashort pulses. The first technique, called SEA TADPOLE, allows for the first time the complete measurement of pulses near a focus, while the second technique, called STRIPED FISH, allows the complete measurement of mostly collimated pulses, but on a single-shot basis.

  2. Quantum preservation of the measurements precision using ultra-short strong pulses in exact analytical solution

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    Berrada, K.; Eleuch, H.

    2017-09-01

    Various schemes have been proposed to improve the parameter-estimation precision. In the present work, we suggest an alternative method to preserve the estimation precision by considering a model that closely describes a realistic experimental scenario. We explore this active way to control and enhance the measurements precision for a two-level quantum system interacting with classical electromagnetic field using ultra-short strong pulses with an exact analytical solution, i.e. beyond the rotating wave approximation. In particular, we investigate the variation of the precision with a few cycles pulse and a smooth phase jump over a finite time interval. We show that by acting on the shape of the phase transient and other parameters of the considered system, the amount of information may be increased and has smaller decay rate in the long time. These features make two-level systems incorporated in ultra-short, of-resonant and gradually changing phase good candidates for implementation of schemes for the quantum computation and the coherent information processing.

  3. Ultrashort-pulse measurement using noninstantaneous nonlinearities: Raman effects in frequency-resolved optical gating.

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    Delong, K W; Ladera, C L; Trebino, R; Kohler, B; Wilson, K R

    1995-03-01

    Ultrashort-pulse-characterization techniques generally require instantaneously responding media. We show that this is not the case for frequency-resolved optical gating (FROG). We include, as an example, the noninstantaneous Raman response of fused silica, which can cause errors in the retrieved pulse width of as much as 8% for a 25-fs pulse in polarization-gate FROG. We present a modified pulse-retrieval algorithm that deconvolves such slow effects and use it to retrieve pulses of any width. In experiments with 45-fs pulses this algorithm achieved better convergence and yielded a shorter pulse than previous FROG algorithms.

  4. Ultrashort-pulse measurement using noninstantaneous nonlinearities: Raman effects in frequency-resolved optical gating

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    DeLong, K.W.; Ladera, C.L.; Trebino, R.; Kohler, B.; Wilson, K.R.

    1995-03-01

    Ultrashort-pulse-characterization techniques generally require instantaneously responding media. We show that this is not the case for frequency-resolved optical gating (FROG). We include, as an example, the noninstantaneous Raman response of fused silica, which can cause errors in the retrieved pulse width of as much as 8% for a 25-fs pulse in polarization-gate FROG. We present a modified pulse-retrieval algorithm that deconvolves such slow effects and use it to retrieve pulses of any width. In experiments with 45-fs pulses this algorithm achieved better convergence and yielded a shorter pulse than previous FROG algorithms.

  5. Practical issues in ultrashort-laser-pulse measurement using frequency-resolved optical gating

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    DeLong, K.W.; Fittinghoff, D.N.; Trebino, R.

    1996-07-01

    The authors explore several practical experimental issues in measuring ultrashort laser pulses using the technique of frequency-resolved optical gating (FROG). They present a simple method for checking the consistency of experimentally measured FROG data with the independently measured spectrum and autocorrelation of the pulse. This method is a powerful way of discovering systematic errors in FROG experiments. They show how to determine the optimum sampling rate for FROG and show that this satisfies the Nyquist criterion for the laser pulse. They explore the low- and high-power limits to FROG and determine that femtojoule operation should be possible, while the effects of self-phase modulation limit the highest signal efficiency in FROG to 1%. They also show quantitatively that the temporal blurring due to a finite-thickness medium in single-shot geometries does not strongly limit the FROG technique. They explore the limiting time-bandwidth values that can be represented on a FROG trace of a given size. Finally, they report on a new measure of the FROG error that improves convergence in the presence of noise.

  6. Method of synchronization measurement via spatial-spectral interference in coherent combination of multi-channel ultra-short pulses

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    Li, Z. L.; Zuo, Y. L.; Wu, Z. H.; Wang, X.; Mu, J.; Yu, H. Y.; Zhao, D.; Zhu, Q. H.; Su, J. Q.; Zhou, K. N.; Zhou, S.; Feng, X.; Zhang, S.; Liu, H. Z.

    2017-08-01

    Spatial-spectral interference fringes contain information on the time delay between pulses. By extracting the slope of the equiphase line in the spatial-spectral interference fringes, a large range and high-precision detection of the time delay is realized. Theoretical analysis is given. An experiment demonstrates the fundamental process for obtaining the time delay between two femtosecond pulses. In the current experiment the measurement range is from 0.4 fs to hundreds of fs. This method was first proposed for synchronization measurement of coherent combination of ultra-short pulses in a multi-channel system. The method can be applied at large scales in an ultra-short pulse laser facility.

  7. Ultrashort-pulse laser machining

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    Banks, P S; Feit, M D; Nguyen, H T; Perry, M D; Rubenchik, A M; Sefcik, J A; Stuart, B C

    1998-09-01

    A new type of material processing is enabled with ultrashort (t < 10 ps) laser pulses. Cutting, drilling, sculpting of all materials (biologic materials, ceramics, sapphire, silicon carbide, diamond, metals) occurs by new mechanisms that eliminate thermal shock or collateral damage. High-precision machining to submicron tolerances is enabled resulting in high surface quality and negligible heat affected zone.

  8. Ultrashort-pulse lasers machining

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    Banks, P S; Feit, M D; Nguyen, H T; Perry, M D, Stuart, B C

    1999-01-22

    A new type of material processing is enabled with ultrashort (t < 10 psec) laser pulses. Cutting, drilling, sculpting of all materials (biologic materials, ceramics, sapphire, silicon carbide, diamond, metals) occurs by new mechanisms which eliminate thermal shock or collateral damage. High precision machining to submicron tolerances is enabled resulting in high surface quality and negligible heat affected zone.

  9. Method and apparatus for measuring the intensity and phase of an ultrashort light pulse

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    Kane, Daniel J.; Trebino, Rick P.

    1998-01-01

    The pulse shape I(t) and phase evolution x(t) of ultrashort light pulses are obtained using an instantaneously responding nonlinear optical medium to form a signal pulse. A light pulse, such a laser pulse, is split into a gate pulse and a probe pulse, where the gate pulse is delayed relative to the probe pulse. The gate pulse and the probe pulse are combined within an instantaneously responding optical medium to form a signal pulse functionally related to a temporal slice of the gate pulse corresponding to the time delay of the probe pulse. The signal pulse is then input to a wavelength-selective device to output pulse field information comprising intensity vs. frequency for a first value of the time delay. The time delay is varied over a range of values effective to yield an intensity plot of signal intensity vs. wavelength and delay. In one embodiment, the beams are overlapped at an angle so that a selected range of delay times is within the intersection to produce a simultaneous output over the time delays of interest.

  10. Ultra-short pulse generator

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    McEwan, Thomas E.

    1993-01-01

    An inexpensive pulse generating circuit is disclosed that generates ultra-short, 200 picosecond, and high voltage 100 kW, pulses suitable for wideband radar and other wideband applications. The circuit implements a nonlinear transmission line with series inductors and variable capacitors coupled to ground made from reverse biased diodes to sharpen and increase the amplitude of a high-voltage power MOSFET driver input pulse until it causes non-destructive transit time breakdown in a final avalanche shockwave diode, which increases and sharpens the pulse even more.

  11. Ultrashort laser pulse beam shaping.

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    Zhang, Shuyan; Ren, Yuhang; Lüpke, Gunter

    2003-02-01

    We calculated the temporal and spatial characteristics of an ultrashort laser pulse propagating through a diffractive beam-shaping system that converts a Gaussian beam into a beam with a uniform irradiance profile that was originally designed for continuous waves [Proc. SPIE 2863, 237(1996)]. The pulse front is found to be considerably curved for a 10-fs pulse, resulting in a temporal broadening of the pulse that increases with increasing radius. The spatial intensity distribution deviates significantly from a top-hat profile, whereas the fluence shows a homogeneous radial distribution.

  12. Ultra-short pulse generator

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    McEwan, T.E.

    1993-12-28

    An inexpensive pulse generating circuit is disclosed that generates ultra-short, 200 picosecond, and high voltage 100 kW, pulses suitable for wideband radar and other wideband applications. The circuit implements a nonlinear transmission line with series inductors and variable capacitors coupled to ground made from reverse biased diodes to sharpen and increase the amplitude of a high-voltage power MOSFET driver input pulse until it causes non-destructive transit time breakdown in a final avalanche shock wave diode, which increases and sharpens the pulse even more. 5 figures.

  13. Measurement of edge density profiles of Large Helical Device plasmas using an ultrashort-pulse reflectometer

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    Yokota, Y.; Mase, A.; Kogi, Y.; Bruskin, L. G.; Tokuzawa, T.; Kawahata, K.

    2008-05-01

    We report here on the application of an ultrashort-pulse reflectometer (USPR) to Large Helical Device in National Institute for Fusion Science. An impulse with picosecond pulse width is used as a source in an USPR. Since the bandwidth of a source is inversely related to the pulse width, we can utilize the frequency range of microwave to millimeter-wave by using wide band transmission lines. The density profiles can be reconstructed by collecting time-of-flight signal of each frequency component of an impulse reflected from each cutoff layer. Remote control system using super science information network has been introduced to the present USPR system.

  14. Ultrashort X-ray pulse science

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    Chin, Alan Hap

    1998-05-01

    A variety of phenomena involves atomic motion on the femtosecond time-scale. These phenomena have been studied using ultrashort optical pulses, which indirectly probe atomic positions through changes in optical properties. Because x-rays can more directly probe atomic positions, ultrashort x-ray pulses are better suited for the study of ultrafast structural dynamics. One approach towards generating ultrashort x-ray pulses is by 90° Thomson scattering between terawatt laser pulses and relativistic electrons. Using this technique, the author generated ~ 300 fs, 30 keV (0.4 Å) x-ray pulses. These x-ray pulses are absolutely synchronized with ultrashort laser pulses, allowing femtosecond optical pump/x-ray probe experiments to be performed. Using the right-angle Thomson scattering x-ray source, the author performed time-resolved x-ray diffraction studies of laser-perturbated InSb. These experiments revealed a delayed onset of lattice expansion. This delay is due to the energy relaxation from a dense electron-hole plasma to the lattice. The dense electron-hole plasma first undergoes Auger recombination, which reduces the carrier concentration while maintaining energy content. Longitudinal-optic (LO) phonon emission then couples energy to the lattice. LO phonon decay into acoustic phonons, and acoustic phonon propagation then causes the growth of a thermally expanded layer. Source characterization is instrumental in utilizing ultrashort x-ray pulses in time-resolved x-ray spectroscopies. By measurement of the electron beam diameter at the generation point, the pulse duration of the Thomson scattered x-rays is determined. Analysis of the Thomson scattered x-ray beam properties also provides a novel means of electron bunch characterization. Although the pulse duration is inferred for the Thomson scattering x-ray source, direct measurement is required for other x-ray pulse sources. A method based on the laser-assisted photoelectric effect (LAPE) has been demonstrated as a

  15. Propagation of ultrashort laser pulses through water.

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    Li, Jianchao; Alexander, Dennis R; Zhang, Haifeng; Parali, Ufuk; Doerr, David W; Bruce, John C; Wang, Hao

    2007-02-19

    In this paper, propagation of ultrashort pulses through a long 3.5 meter water channel was studied. Of particular interest was the attenuation of the beam at various lengths along the variable path length and to find an explanation of why the attenuation deviates from typical Beer Lambert law around 3 meters for ultrashort laser pulse transmission. Laser pulses of 10 fs at 75 MHz, 100 fs at 80 MHz and 300 fs at 1 KHz were employed to investigate the effects of pulse duration, spectrum and repetition rate on the attenuation after propagating through water up to 3 meters. Stretched pulse attenuation measurements produced from 10 fs at a frequency of 75 MHz were compared with the 10 fs attenuation measurements. Results indicate that the broad spectrum of the ultrashort pulse is the dominant reason for the observed decrease in attenuation after 3 meters of travel in a long water channel. The repetition rate is found not to play a significant role at least for the long pulse scenario in this reported attenuation studies.

  16. Ultrashort-pulse laser calligraphy

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    Yang, Weijia; Kazansky, Peter G.; Shimotsuma, Yasuhiko; Sakakura, Masaaki; Miura, Kiyotaka; Hirao, Kazuyuki

    2008-10-01

    Control of structural modifications inside silica glass by changing the front tilt of an ultrashort pulse is demonstrated, achieving a calligraphic style of laser writing. The phenomena of anisotropic bubble formation at the boundary of an irradiated region and modification transition from microscopic bubbles formation to self-assembled form birefringence are observed, and the physical mechanisms are discussed. The results provide the comprehensive evidence that the light beam with centrosymmetric intensity distribution can produce noncentrosymmetric material modifications.

  17. Temporal and spatial measurements of the electron density perturbation produced in the wake of an ultrashort laser pulse

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    Marques, J.R.; Geindre, J.P.; Amiranoff, F.; Audebert, P.; Gauthier, J.C.; Antonetti, A.; Grillon, G. |

    1996-05-01

    The plasma electron density oscillation produced in the wake of a narrow (beam waist {lt} plasma wavelength) ultrashort laser pulse is measured for the first time, with a temporal resolution much better than the electron plasma period and a high spatial resolution along the laser focal spot diameter. The relative density perturbation is between 30{percent} and 100{percent}, in good agreement with numerical simulations. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  18. Method and apparatus for measuring the intensity and phase of one or more ultrashort light pulses and for measuring optical properties of materials

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    Trebino, Rick P.; DeLong, Kenneth W.

    1996-01-01

    The intensity and phase of one or more ultrashort light pulses are obtained using a non-linear optical medium. Information derived from the light pulses is also used to measure optical properties of materials. Various retrieval techniques are employed. Both "instantaneously" and "non-instantaneously" responding optical mediums may be used.

  19. Using phase retrieval to measure the intensity and phase of ultrashort pulses: Frequency-resolved optical gating

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

    1993-05-01

    The authors recently introduced a new technique, frequency-resolved optical gating (FROG). For directly determining the full intensity I(t) and phase [var phi](t) of a single femtosecond pulse. By using almost any instantaneous nonlinear-optical interaction of two replicas of the ultrashort pulse to be measured, FROG involves measuring the spectrum of the signal pulse as a function of the delay between the replicas. The resulting trace of intensity versus frequency and delay yields an intuitive display of the pulse that is similar to the pulse spectrogram, except that the gate is a function of the pulse to be measured. The problem of inverting the FROG trace to obtain the pulse intensity and phase can also be considered a complex two-dimensional phase-retrieval problem. As a result, the FROG trace yields, in principle, an essentially unique pulse intensity and phase. It is shown that this is also the case in practice. An iterative-Fourier-transform algorithm is presented for inverting the FROG trace. The algorithm is unusual in its use of a novel constraint: the mathematical form of the signal field. Without the use of a support constraint, the algorithm performs quite well in practice, even for pulses with serious phase distortions and for experimental data with noise, although it occasionally stagnates when pulses with large intensity fluctuations are used. 49 refs., 15 figs.

  20. Ultrashort Laser Pulses in Physics and Chemistry

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    Naskrecki, Ryszard

    2007-11-26

    Study of physical and chemical events accompanying light-matter interaction in pico- and femtosecond time scale have become possible with the use of ultrashort laser pulses. With the progress in generation of ultrashort laser pulses, the ultrafast optical spectroscopy, as a tool for dynamic study, is still evolving rapidly.

  1. Unambiguous ultrashort pulse reconstruction from double spectrograms alone

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    Seifert, Birger; Wheatley, Robert Alastair; Rojas-Aedo, Ricardo; Wallentowitz, Sascha; Volkmann, Ulrich; Sperlich, Karsten; Stolz, Heinrich

    2016-10-01

    We report a spectrographic technique for amplitude and phase measurements of ultrashort laser pulses (above 10 fs). Pulse information is obtained directly from two different spectrograms, using the mathematical relations between Wigner-Ville function projections. Pulses are reconstructed rapidly and unambiguously without stagnation. This non-interferometric method is demonstrated experimentally for the successful characterization of 100 fs pulses.

  2. Measuring the intensity and phase of two ultrashort pulses on a single shot

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    DeLong, K.W.; Trebino, R.

    1994-12-31

    The method of Frequency-Resolved Optical Gating (FROG) allows one to measure the amplitude and phase of an arbitrary femtosecond pulse on a single laser shot. An extension of this method, which they call Twin Recovery of Excitation E-fields using FROG (TREEFROG) allows one to measure two separate laser pulses. The two dissimilar pulses are used to generate a single ``TREEFROG trace`` from a simple experimental apparatus, and the two pulse electric fields are determined using a modified FROG pulse-retrieval algorithm.

  3. Unstable multipulsing can be invisible to some ultrashort pulse measurement techniques

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    Rhodes, Michelle; Guang, Zhe; Trebino, Rick

    2016-03-01

    Multiple pulsing is a feature of most mode-locked ultrafast laser systems at very high pump powers, and slight variations in the pump power around certain regimes can cause sinusoidally-varying or even chaotic separations among pulses. The impact of this type of unstable multipulsing on modern pulse measurement methods has not been studied. We have performed calculations and simulations and find that allowing only the relative phase of a satellite pulse to vary causes the satellite to wash out of the SPIDER measurement completely. Although techniques like FROG and autocorrelation cannot accurately determine the precise properties of satellite pulses, they do succeed in seeing them.

  4. Generation and measurement of ultrashort pulses from the Stanford Superconducting Accelerator free-electron laser

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    Richman, B.A.; DeLong, K.W.; Trebino, R.

    1995-11-01

    The authors present results of frequency resolved optical gating (FROG) measurements on the Superconducting Accelerator (SCA) mid-IR free-electron laser (FEL) at Stanford. FROG retrieves complete amplitude and phase content of an optical pulse. First, they review the properties of FELs including the ability to tune wavelength and pulse length. In addition, the electron beam driving the FEL often affects the optical pulse shape. The SCA mid-IR FEL currently operates at wavelengths between 4 {micro}m and 10 {micro}m and its pulse length can be varied from 700 fs to 2 ps. They then describe details of the experimental layout and procedures particular to FELs and to the mid-IR. Finally, they show FROG measurements on the FEL including examples of nearly transform limited pulses, frequency chirped pulses, and pulses distorted by atmospheric water vapor absorption.

  5. Effect of Orbital Angular Momentum on Nondiffracting Ultrashort Optical Pulses.

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    Ornigotti, Marco; Conti, Claudio; Szameit, Alexander

    2015-09-04

    We introduce a new class of nondiffracting optical pulses possessing orbital angular momentum. By generalizing the X-wave solution of the Maxwell equation, we discover the coupling between angular momentum and the temporal degrees of freedom of ultrashort pulses. The spatial twist of propagation invariant light pulse turns out to be directly related to the number of optical cycles. Our results may trigger the development of novel multilevel classical and quantum transmission channels free of dispersion and diffraction. They may also find application in the manipulation of nanostructured objects by ultrashort pulses and for novel approaches to the spatiotemporal measurements in ultrafast photonics.

  6. Ultrashort-pulsed laser microstructuring of diamond

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    Shirk, Michael D.; Molian, Pal; Wang, Cai; Ho, Kai M.; Malshe, Ajay P.

    2000-11-01

    Precision microfabrication of diamond has many applications in the fields of microelectronics and cutting tools. In this work, and ultra-short pulsed Ti: Sapphire laser was used to perform patterning, hold drilling, and scribing of synthetic and CVD diamonds. Scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, profilometry, and Raman spectroscopy were employed to characterize the microstructures. A tight-binding molecular dynamics (TBMD) model was used to investigate atomic movements during ablation and predict thresholds for ablation. The ultra- short pulsed laser generated holes and grooves that were nearly perfect with smooth edges, little collateral thermal damage and recast layer. The most exciting observation was the absence of graphite residue that always occurs in the longer-pulsed laser machining. The ablation threshold for ultra-short pulsed laser was two orders of magnitude lower than that of longer-pulsed laser. Finite-difference thermal modeling showed that ultra-short pulses raised the electron temperatures of diamond in excess of 100,ooo K due to multiphoton absorption, absence of hydrodynamic motion, and lack of time for energy transfer from electrons to the lattice during the pulse duration. TBMD simulations, carried out on (111) and (100) diamond surfaces, revealed that ultra-short pulses peel carbon atoms layer-by -layer from the surface, leaving a smooth surface after ablation. However, longer pulses cause thermal melting resulting in graphite residue that anchors to the diamond surface following ablation.

  7. Ultrashort Laguerre-Gaussian pulses with angular and group velocity dispersion compensation.

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    Zeylikovich, I; Sztul, H I; Kartazaev, V; Le, T; Alfano, R R

    2007-07-15

    Coherent optical vortices are generated from ultrashort 6.4 fs pulses. Our results demonstrate angular dispersion compensation of ultrashort 6.4 fs Laguerre-Gaussian (LG) pulses as well as what is believed to be the first direct autocorrelation measurement of 80 fs LG amplified pulses. A reflective-mirror-based 4f-compressor is proposed to compensate the angular and group velocity dispersion of the ultrashort LG pulses.

  8. Characterization of partially coherent ultrashort XUV pulses

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    Bourassin-Bouchet, Charles; Couprie, Marie-Emmanuelle

    2015-05-01

    Modern ultrafast metrology relies on the postulate that the pulse to be measured is fully coherent, i.e. that it can be completely described by its spectrum and spectral phase. However, synthesizing fully coherent pulses is not always possible in practice, especially in the domain of emerging ultrashort X-ray sources where temporal metrology is strongly needed. As an example, the lack of longitudinal coherence, that is shot-to-shot fluctuations, of Free-Electron Lasers (FEL) has prevented so far their full amplitude and phase temporal characterization. To sort out this issue, we have adapted Frequency-Resolved Optical Gating (FROG), the first and one of the most widespread techniques for pulse characterization, to enable the measurement of partially coherent XUV pulses even down to the attosecond timescale. Especially, this technique allows one to overcome the sources of decoherence that normally prevent a pulse measurement, such as the spectrometer resolution or the presence of XUV/laser arrival time jitter.

  9. Measurement of soft x-ray production from slab targets heated by 130 femtosecond Ultrashort Pulse (USP) laser at LLNL.

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    Young, B. K. F.; Shepherd, R. L.; Shiromizu, S. J.; Nelson, D. E.; Price, D. F.; Bonlie, J. D.; Foord, M. E.; Wilson, B. G.; Springer, P. T.

    1998-11-01

    We have measured the soft x-ray emission (500 to 2000 eV) from a variety of slab targets heated by the Ultrashort Pulse Laser (USP) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Emission spectra were measured using a transmission grating spectrograph coupled to a x-ray optic Kirkpatick-Baez microscope. Spectral measurements were complimented by broadband measurements using a backthinned CCD array coupled to an array of transmission filters. The targets were irradiated by a 200 - 300 mJ, 130 fs frequency-doubled (400 nm) Ti:Sapphire laser pulse focused to approximately 4-8× 10^17\\:W cm-2 using a f/15 off-axis parabola. The targets consisted of 1 μ m of Al, Si, Ti, Mn, Fe, Cu, Ge, and Ag coated onto a polished microscope slide. Preliminary comparisons with LASNEX hydrodynamic simulations provide some insight towards the laser energy absorption, thermal transport, and ionization physics characteristic of these near solid density plasmas.

  10. Reconfigurable wavefront sensor for ultrashort pulses.

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    Bock, Martin; Das, Susanta Kumar; Fischer, Carsten; Diehl, Michael; Börner, Peter; Grunwald, Ruediger

    2012-04-01

    A highly flexible Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor for ultrashort pulse diagnostics is presented. The temporal system performance is studied in detail. Reflective operation is enabled by programming tilt-tolerant microaxicons into a liquid-crystal-on-silicon spatial light modulator. Nearly undistorted pulse transfer is obtained by generating nondiffracting needle beams as subbeams. Reproducible wavefront analysis and spatially resolved second-order autocorrelation are demonstrated at incident angles up to 50° and pulse durations down to 6 fs.

  11. Shock wave and cavitation bubble measurements of ultrashort-pulse laser-induced breakdown in water

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    Hammer, Daniel X.; Thomas, Robert J.; Frenz, Martin; Jansen, E. Duco; Noojin, Gary D.; Diggs, Sarah J.; Noack, Joachim; Vogel, Alfred; Rockwell, Benjamin A.

    1996-05-01

    Laser-induced breakdown (LIB) has long been used in ophthalmic microsurgery as a mechanism for disruption of tissue. The goal of this surgery has been precise tissue cutting by plasma formation and a minimization of collateral damage due to shock wave and cavitation bubble formation. We investigate the strength of the shock wave emission, the size of the cavitation bubble, and the amount of plasma shielding to determine the efficacy of using femtosecond pulses in surgery to reduce collateral photoacoustic damage. A pump-probe technique is used to image the time-resolved evolution of the cavitation bubble produced by focused laser pulses with pulsewidths of 130 fs, 300 fs, 3 ps, and 60 ps. Simultaneously, a hydrophone is used to measure the pressure response generated by the initial plasma shock wave and subsequent shock waves generated by the collapse and rebound of the cavitation bubbles. In addition, transmission measurements are made which indicate the amount of energy shielded beyond the focus by the plasma. These measurements give a good indication of the degree to which collateral damage may be reduced as the pulsewidths is decreased from the picosecond to the femtosecond time regime.

  12. Nanopore formation in neuroblastoma cells following ultrashort electric pulse exposure

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    Roth, Caleb C.; Payne, Jason A.; Wilmink, Gerald J.; Ibey, Bennett L.

    2011-03-01

    Ultrashort or nanosecond electrical pulses (USEP) cause repairable damage to the plasma membranes of cells through formation of nanopores. These nanopores are able to pass small ions such as sodium, calcium, and potassium, but remain impermeable to larger molecules like trypan blue and propidium iodide. What remains uncertain is whether generation of nanopores by ultrashort electrical pulses can inhibit action potentials in excitable cells. In this paper, we explored the sensitivity of excitable cells to USEP using Calcium Green AM 1 ester fluorescence to measure calcium uptake indicative of nanopore formation in the plasma membrane. We determined the threshold for nanopore formation in neuroblastoma cells for three pulse parameters (amplitude, pulse width, and pulse number). Measurement of such thresholds will guide future studies to determine if USEP can inhibit action potentials without causing irreversible membrane damage.

  13. Ultrashort pulse chirp measurement via transverse second-harmonic generation in strontium barium niobate crystal

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    Trull, J.; Wang, B.; Parra, A.; Vilaseca, R.; Cojocaru, C.; Sola, I.; Sheng, Y.

    2015-06-01

    Pulse compression in dispersive strontium barium niobate crystal with a random size and distribution of the anti-parallel orientated nonlinear domains is observed via transverse second harmonic generation. The dependence of the transverse width of the second harmonic trace along the propagation direction allows for the determination of the initial chirp and duration of pulses in the femtosecond regime. This technique permits a real-time analysis of the pulse evolution and facilitates fast in-situ correction of pulse chirp acquired in the propagation through an optical system.

  14. Table-top sources of ultrashort THz pulses

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    Reimann, Klaus

    2007-10-01

    In this paper techniques for the generation and measurement of ultrashort pulses in the frequency range from about 0.1 to 10 THz are reviewed. The methods for generation are restricted to table-top systems based on short-pulse lasers in the visible or in the near-infrared. Three techniques are dealt with in detail: photoconductive switches, difference frequency generation and plasma sources. Definitions and methods to measure the pulse width are given, among them cross-correlation and measurements of the electric field of these pulses as a function of time by photoconductive switches and electro-optic sampling.

  15. Fundamentals and industrial applications of ultrashort pulsed lasers at Bosch

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    König, Jens; Bauer, Thorsten

    2011-03-01

    Fundamental results of ablation processes of metals with ultrashort laser pulses in the far threshold fluence regime are shown and discussed. Time-resolved measurements of the plasma transmission exhibit two distinctive minima. The minima occurring within the first nanoseconds can be attributed to electrons and sublimated material emitted from the target surface, whereas the subsequent minimum after several 10 ns is due to particles and droplets after a thermal boiling process. Industrial applications of ultrashort pulsed laser micro machining in the Bosch Group are also shown with the production of exhaust gas sensors and common rail diesel systems. Since 2007, ultrashort laser pulses are used at the BOSCH plant in Bamberg for producing lambda-probes, which are made of a special ceramic layer system and can measure the exhaust gas properties faster and more accurately. This enables further reduction of emissions by optimized combustion control. Since 2009, BOSCH uses ultrashort pulsed lasers for micro-structuring the injector of common rail diesel systems. A drainage groove allows a tight system even at increased pressures up to 2000 bar. Diesel injection is thus even more reliable, powerful and environment-friendly.

  16. Neuromuscular disruption with ultrashort electrical pulses

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    Pakhomov, Andrei; Kolb, Juergen F.; Joshi, Ravindra P.; Schoenbach, Karl H.; Dayton, Thomas; Comeaux, James; Ashmore, John; Beason, Charles

    2006-05-01

    Experimental studies on single cells have shown that application of pulsed voltages, with submicrosecond pulse duration and an electric field on the order of 10 kV/cm, causes sudden alterations in the intracellular free calcium concentration, followed by immobilization of the cell. In order to examine electrical stimulation and incapacitation with such ultrashort pulses, experiments on anesthetized rats have been performed. The effect of single, 450 nanosecond monopolar pulses have been compared with that of single pulses with multi-microsecond duration (TASER pulses). Two conditions were explored: 1. the ability to elicit a muscle twitch, and, 2. the ability to suppress voluntary movement by using nanosecond pulses. The second condition is relevant for neuromuscular incapacitation. The preliminary results indicate that for stimulation microsecond pulses are advantageous over nanosecond pulses, whereas for incapacitation, the opposite seems to apply. The stimulation effects seem to scale with electrical charge, whereas the disruption effects don't follow a simple scaling law. The increase in intensity (time of incapacitation) for a given pulse duration, is increasing with electrical energy, but is more efficient for nanosecond than for microsecond pulses. This indicates different cellular mechanisms for incapacitation, most likely subcellular processes, which have been shown to become increasingly important when the pulse duration is shortened into the nanosecond range. If further studies can confirm these initial results, consequences of reduced pulse duration are a reduction in weight and volume of the pulse delivery system, and likely, because of the lower required energy for neuromuscular incapacitation, reduced safety risks.

  17. Ultrashort pulse generation in semiconductor lasers

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    Auyeung, J.; Johnston, A. R.

    1981-01-01

    Techniques to generate picosecond optical pulses from semiconductor lasers are reviewed. Experimental methods and results of theoretical analysis of active modelocking are presented. It is shown that modelocking will achieve the shortest pulses; but the use of a cumbersome external cavity will probably limit its practical use. Short pulses produced by direct modulation such as gain switching are considerably broader than those obtained by passive modelocking. However, no external cavity is needed; and the simplicity of this method makes it important to be explored further. Recent experimental results are discussed where picosecond pulses from a buried heterostructure laser diode with ultrashort current pulses obtained from a comb generator are generated. Also, 28 ps pulses were obtained at 2.5 GHz repetition frequency, using the gain switching method. An analytical analysis based on the rate equations shows qualitative agreement with our experimental results.

  18. New methods of generation of ultrashort laser pulses for ranging

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    Jelinkova, Helena; Hamal, Karel; Kubecek, V.; Prochazka, Ivan

    1993-01-01

    To reach the millimeter satellite laser ranging accuracy, the goal for nineties, new laser ranging techniques have to be applied. To increase the laser ranging precision, the application of the ultrashort laser pulses in connection with the new signal detection and processing techniques, is inevitable. The two wavelength laser ranging is one of the ways to measure the atmospheric dispersion to improve the existing atmospheric correction models and hence, to increase the overall system ranging accuracy to the desired value. We are presenting a review of several nonstandard techniques of ultrashort laser pulses generation, which may be utilized for laser ranging: compression of the nanosecond pulses using stimulated Brillouin and Raman backscattering; compression of the mode-locked pulses using Raman backscattering; passive mode-locking technique with nonlinear mirror; and passive mode-locking technique with the negative feedback.

  19. High power ultrashort pulse lasers

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    Perry, M.D.

    1994-10-07

    Small scale terawatt and soon even petawatt (1000 terawatt) class laser systems are made possible by application of the chirped-pulse amplification technique to solid-state lasers combined with the availability of broad bandwidth materials. These lasers make possible a new class of high gradient accelerators based on the large electric fields associated with intense laser-plasma interactions or from the intense laser field directly. Here, we concentrate on the laser technology to produce these intense pulses. Application of the smallest of these systems to the production of high brightness electron sources is also introduced.

  20. Nanoplasmonic generation of ultrashort EUV pulses

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    Choi, Joonhee; Lee, Dong-Hyub; Han, Seunghwoi; Park, In-Yong; Kim, Seungchul; Kim, Seung-Woo

    2012-10-01

    Ultrashort extreme-ultraviolet (EUV) light pulses are an important tool for time-resolved pump-probe spectroscopy to investigate the ultrafast dynamics of electrons in atoms and molecules. Among several methods available to generate ultrashort EUV light pulses, the nonlinear frequency upconversion process of high-harmonic generation (HHG) draws attention as it is capable of producing coherent EUV pulses with precise control of burst timing with respect to the driving near-infrared (NIR) femtosecond laser. In this report, we present and discuss our recent experimental data obtained by the plasmon-driven HHG method that generate EUV radiation by means of plasmonic nano-focusing of NIR femtosecond pulses. For experiment, metallic waveguides having a tapered hole of funnel shape inside were fabricated by adopting the focused-ion-beam process on a micro-cantilever substrate. The plasmonic field formed within the funnelwaveguides being coupled with the incident femtosecond pulse permitted intensity enhancement by a factor of ~350, which creates a hot spot of sub-wavelength size with intensities strong enough for HHG. Experimental results showed that with injection of noble gases into the funnel-waveguides, EUV radiation is generated up to wavelengths of 32 nm and 29.6 nm from Ar and Ne gas atoms, respectively. Further, it was observed that lower-order EUV harmonics are cut off in the HHG spectra by the tiny exit aperture of the funnel-waveguide.

  1. The time resolved measurement of ultrashort terahertz-band electric fields without an ultrashort probe

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    Walsh, D. A.; Snedden, E. W.; Jamison, S. P.

    2015-05-01

    The time-resolved detection of ultrashort pulsed THz-band electric field temporal profiles without an ultrashort laser probe is demonstrated. A non-linear interaction between a narrow-bandwidth optical probe and the THz pulse transposes the THz spectral intensity and phase information to the optical region, thereby generating an optical pulse whose temporal electric field envelope replicates the temporal profile of the real THz electric field. This optical envelope is characterised via an autocorrelation based FROG (frequency resolved optical gating) measurement, hence revealing the THz temporal profile. The combination of a narrow-bandwidth, long duration, optical probe, and self-referenced FROG makes the technique inherently immune to timing jitter between the optical probe and THz pulse and may find particular application where the THz field is not initially generated via ultrashort laser methods, such as the measurement of longitudinal electron bunch profiles in particle accelerators.

  2. The time resolved measurement of ultrashort terahertz-band electric fields without an ultrashort probe

    SciTech Connect

    Walsh, D. A. Snedden, E. W.; Jamison, S. P.

    2015-05-04

    The time-resolved detection of ultrashort pulsed THz-band electric field temporal profiles without an ultrashort laser probe is demonstrated. A non-linear interaction between a narrow-bandwidth optical probe and the THz pulse transposes the THz spectral intensity and phase information to the optical region, thereby generating an optical pulse whose temporal electric field envelope replicates the temporal profile of the real THz electric field. This optical envelope is characterised via an autocorrelation based FROG (frequency resolved optical gating) measurement, hence revealing the THz temporal profile. The combination of a narrow-bandwidth, long duration, optical probe, and self-referenced FROG makes the technique inherently immune to timing jitter between the optical probe and THz pulse and may find particular application where the THz field is not initially generated via ultrashort laser methods, such as the measurement of longitudinal electron bunch profiles in particle accelerators.

  3. Ophthalmic applications of ultrashort pulsed lasers

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    Juhasz, Tibor; Spooner, Greg; Sacks, Zachary S.; Suarez, Carlos G.; Raksi, Ferenc; Zadoyan, Ruben; Sarayba, Melvin; Kurtz, Ronald M.

    2004-06-01

    Ultrashort laser pulses can be used to create high precision incision in transparent and translucent tissue with minimal damage to adjacent tissue. These performance characteristics meet important surgical requirements in ophthalmology, where femtosecond laser flap creation is becoming a widely used refractive surgery procedure. We summarize clinical findings with femtosecond laser flaps as well as early experiments with other corneal surgical procedures such as corneal transplants. We also review laser-tissue interaction studies in the human sclera and their consequences for the treatment of glaucoma.

  4. Ultrashort-pulse laser generated nanoparticles of energetic materials

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    Welle, Eric J.; Tappan, Alexander S.; Palmer, Jeremy A.

    2010-08-03

    A process for generating nanoscale particles of energetic materials, such as explosive materials, using ultrashort-pulse laser irradiation. The use of ultrashort laser pulses in embodiments of this invention enables one to generate particles by laser ablation that retain the chemical identity of the starting material while avoiding ignition, deflagration, and detonation of the explosive material.

  5. Ceramic dentures manufactured with ultrashort laser pulses

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    Werelius, Kristian; Weigl, Paul

    2004-06-01

    Conventional manufacturing of individual ceramic dental prosthesis implies a handmade metallic framework, which is then veneered with ceramic layers. In order to manufacture all-ceramic dental prosthesis a CAD/CAM system is necessary due to the three dimensional shaping of high strength ceramics. Most CAD/CAM systems presently grind blocks of ceramic after the construction process in order to create the prosthesis. Using high-strength ceramics, such as Hot Isostatic Pressed (HIP)-zirconia, this is limited to copings. Anatomically shaped fixed dentures have a sculptured surface with small details, which can't be created by existing grinding tools. This procedure is also time consuming and subject to significant loss in mechanical strength and thus reduced survival rate once inserted. Ultra-short laser pulses offer a possibility in machining highly complex sculptured surfaces out of high-strength ceramic with negligible damage to the surface and bulk of the ceramic. In order to determine efficiency, quality and damage, several laser ablation parameters such as pulse duration, pulse energy and ablation strategies were studied. The maximum ablation rate was found using 400 fs at high pulse energies. High pulse energies such as 200μJ were used with low damage in mechanical strength compared to grinding. Due to the limitation of available laser systems in pulse repetition rates and power, the use of special ablation strategies provide a possibility to manufacture fully ceramic dental prosthesis efficiently.

  6. Optical reprogramming with ultrashort femtosecond laser pulses

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

    2015-03-01

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

  7. Laser system using ultra-short laser pulses

    DOEpatents

    Dantus, Marcos; Lozovoy, Vadim V.; Comstock, Matthew

    2009-10-27

    A laser system using ultrashort laser pulses is provided. In another aspect of the present invention, the system includes a laser, pulse shaper and detection device. A further aspect of the present invention employs a femtosecond laser and binary pulse shaping (BPS). Still another aspect of the present invention uses a laser beam pulse, a pulse shaper and a SHG crystal.

  8. Multiwavelength ultrashort pulse generator using a diverging time-lens

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    Jiang, Xiangyu; Huo, Li; Wang, Dong; Chen, Xin; Lou, Caiyun

    2015-12-01

    A self-starting optoelectronic oscillator that employs a diverging time lens and a Mach-Zehnder modulator (MZM) in a fiber-extended cavity to generate a multiwavelength ultrashort pulse train is demonstrated. The switching window formed by the MZM is narrowed by the use of a diverging time lens, which is a phase modulator in our study. A wavelength assignment scheme is deployed to simultaneously suppress the pedestals of pulses on different wavelengths. A detailed analysis is given, and the results are presented by experiment. We have generated 25 GHz optical pulses simultaneously on four wavelengths as a proof-of-concept demonstration. The pulse width of the optical pulse, the phase noise, and the timing jitter performance of the generated microwave signal are experimentally measured.

  9. Ultra-short ion and neutron pulse production

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    Leung, Ka-Ngo; Barletta, William A.; Kwan, Joe W.

    2006-01-10

    An ion source has an extraction system configured to produce ultra-short ion pulses, i.e. pulses with pulse width of about 1 .mu.s or less, and a neutron source based on the ion source produces correspondingly ultra-short neutron pulses. To form a neutron source, a neutron generating target is positioned to receive an accelerated extracted ion beam from the ion source. To produce the ultra-short ion or neutron pulses, the apertures in the extraction system of the ion source are suitably sized to prevent ion leakage, the electrodes are suitably spaced, and the extraction voltage is controlled. The ion beam current leaving the source is regulated by applying ultra-short voltage pulses of a suitable voltage on the extraction electrode.

  10. Filamentation in Air with Ultrashort Mid-Infrared Pulses

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    2011-05-09

    Filamentation in air with ultrashort mid-infrared pulses Bonggu Shim,1,2 Samuel E. Schrauth,1 and Alexander L. Gaeta1,3 1School of Applied and...filamentation of ultrashort laser pulses in air in the mid-infrared regime under conditions in which the group-velocity dispersion (GVD) is anomalous. When a...and propagates several times its diffraction length. Compared with temporal self-compression in gases due to plasma formation and pulse splitting in the

  11. Dislocation structure produced by an ultrashort shock pulse

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    Matsuda, Tomoki Hirose, Akio; Sano, Tomokazu; Arakawa, Kazuto

    2014-11-14

    We found an ultrashort shock pulse driven by a femtosecond laser pulse on iron generates a different dislocation structure than the shock process which is on the nanosecond timescale. The ultrashort shock pulse produces a highly dense dislocation structure that varies by depth. According to transmission electron microscopy, dislocations away from the surface produce microbands via a network structure similar to a long shock process, but unlike a long shock process dislocations near the surface have limited intersections. Considering the dislocation motion during the shock process, the structure near the surface is attributed to the ultrashort shock duration. This approach using an ultrashort shock pulse will lead to understanding the whole process off shock deformation by clarifying the early stage.

  12. Spatiotemporal coupling effects in ultrashort pulses and their visualization

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    Rhodes, Michelle; Guang, Zhe; Trebino, Rick

    2017-02-01

    The general theory of first-order spatiotemporal distortions provides a very helpful framework for understanding beam couplings in ultrashort pulses. The theory describes both real and imaginary coupling terms between 4 pairs of dimensions. The imaginary coupling terms are difficult to understand and visualize because they are difficult to plot in a meaningful way. In general, plotting the spatiotemporal intensity and phase of pulses in in two and three dimensions is a difficult problem. Our work on pulse visualization provides an unprecedented opportunity to study spatiotemporal couplings in ultrashort pulses. We create movies of pulses as they would appear naturally, with all of their evolving spatial, temporal, and spectral structure readily apparent.

  13. Investigation of Early Plasma Evolution Induced by Ultrashort Laser Pulses

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    Hu, Wenqian; Shin, Yung C.; King, Galen B.

    2012-01-01

    Early plasma is generated owing to high intensity laser irradiation of target and the subsequent target material ionization. Its dynamics plays a significant role in laser-material interaction, especially in the air environment1-11. Early plasma evolution has been captured through pump-probe shadowgraphy1-3 and interferometry1,4-7. However, the studied time frames and applied laser parameter ranges are limited. For example, direct examinations of plasma front locations and electron number densities within a delay time of 100 picosecond (ps) with respect to the laser pulse peak are still very few, especially for the ultrashort pulse of a duration around 100 femtosecond (fs) and a low power density around 1014 W/cm2. Early plasma generated under these conditions has only been captured recently with high temporal and spatial resolutions12. The detailed setup strategy and procedures of this high precision measurement will be illustrated in this paper. The rationale of the measurement is optical pump-probe shadowgraphy: one ultrashort laser pulse is split to a pump pulse and a probe pulse, while the delay time between them can be adjusted by changing their beam path lengths. The pump pulse ablates the target and generates the early plasma, and the probe pulse propagates through the plasma region and detects the non-uniformity of electron number density. In addition, animations are generated using the calculated results from the simulation model of Ref. 12 to illustrate the plasma formation and evolution with a very high resolution (0.04 ~ 1 ps). Both the experimental method and the simulation method can be applied to a broad range of time frames and laser parameters. These methods can be used to examine the early plasma generated not only from metals, but also from semiconductors and insulators. PMID:22806170

  14. Investigation of early plasma evolution induced by ultrashort laser pulses.

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    Hu, Wenqian; Shin, Yung C; King, Galen B

    2012-07-02

    Early plasma is generated owing to high intensity laser irradiation of target and the subsequent target material ionization. Its dynamics plays a significant role in laser-material interaction, especially in the air environment(1-11). Early plasma evolution has been captured through pump-probe shadowgraphy(1-3) and interferometry(1,4-7). However, the studied time frames and applied laser parameter ranges are limited. For example, direct examinations of plasma front locations and electron number densities within a delay time of 100 picosecond (ps) with respect to the laser pulse peak are still very few, especially for the ultrashort pulse of a duration around 100 femtosecond (fs) and a low power density around 10(14) W/cm(2). Early plasma generated under these conditions has only been captured recently with high temporal and spatial resolutions(12). The detailed setup strategy and procedures of this high precision measurement will be illustrated in this paper. The rationale of the measurement is optical pump-probe shadowgraphy: one ultrashort laser pulse is split to a pump pulse and a probe pulse, while the delay time between them can be adjusted by changing their beam path lengths. The pump pulse ablates the target and generates the early plasma, and the probe pulse propagates through the plasma region and detects the non-uniformity of electron number density. In addition, animations are generated using the calculated results from the simulation model of Ref. (12) to illustrate the plasma formation and evolution with a very high resolution (0.04 ~ 1 ps). Both the experimental method and the simulation method can be applied to a broad range of time frames and laser parameters. These methods can be used to examine the early plasma generated not only from metals, but also from semiconductors and insulators.

  15. Solitary Nanostructures Produced by Ultrashort Laser Pulse.

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    Inogamov, Nail A; Zhakhovsky, Vasily V; Khokhlov, Viktor A; Petrov, Yury V; Migdal, Kirill P

    2016-12-01

    Laser-produced surface nanostructures show considerable promise for many applications while fundamental questions concerning the corresponding mechanisms of structuring are still debated. Here, we present a simple physical model describing those mechanisms happened in a thin metal film on dielectric substrate irradiated by a tightly focused ultrashort laser pulse. The main ingredients included into the model are (i) the film-substrate hydrodynamic interaction, melting and separation of the film from substrate with velocity increasing with increase of absorbed fluence; (ii) the capillary forces decelerating expansion of the expanding flying film; and (iii) rapid freezing into a solid state if the rate of solidification is comparable or larger than hydrodynamic velocities. The developed model and performed simulations explain appearance of microbump inside the focal spot on the film surface. The model follows experimental findings about gradual transformation of the bump from small parabolic to a conical shape and to the bump with a jet on its tip with increasing fluence. Disruption of the bump as a result of thinning down the liquid film to a few interatomic distances or due to mechanical break-off of solid film is described together with the jetting and formation of one or many droplets. Developed theory opens door for optimizing laser parameters for intended nanostructuring in applications.

  16. Ultrashort-pulse laser system for hard dental tissue procedures

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    Neev, Joseph; Da Silva, Luiz B.; Feit, Michael D.; Perry, Michael D.; Rubenchik, Alexander M.; Stuart, Brent C.

    1996-04-01

    In spite of intensive research, lasers have not replaced conventional tools in many hard tissue applications. Ultrashort pulse lasers offer several advantages in their highly per-pulse-efficient operation, negligible thermal and mechanical damage and low noise operation. Possible development of optimal laser systems to replace the high-speed dental drill is discussed. Applications of ultrashort pulse systems for dental procedures are outlined. Selection criteria and critical parameters are considered, and are compared to the conventional air-turbine drill and to long and short pulsed systems.

  17. Interaction of crystalline topological insulator with an ultrashort laser pulse

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    Oliaei Motlagh, Seyyedeh Azar; Apalkov, Vadym; Stockman, Mark I.

    2017-02-01

    We theoretically study the interaction of crystalline topological insulator (CTIs), characterized by surface quadratic gapless bands, with an ultrashort (few-femtosecond) optical pulse. The electron dynamics in such an optical pulse is determined by a strong lattice-momentum dependence of the interband dipole coupling, which is anisotropic and singular at the degeneracy point. The interband mixing induced by the ultrashort pulse results in a finite conduction band population, the distribution of which in the reciprocal space is correlated with the profile of the interband dipole matrix elements and has high contrast. The number of such high-contrast regions depends on the polarization direction of the optical pulse. The ultrashort pulse also causes an electrical current and a net charge transfer through the system in the direction of the maximum field. These findings open up roots to ultrafast optical-field control of the CTIs and petahertz-band optoelectronics.

  18. Kinetics of ultrashort relativistic electron pulses emitted from solid targets.

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    Fill, Ernst E

    2004-09-01

    Interaction of ultrashort high-intensity laser pulses with solid targets generates relativistic electrons which escape from the target. The kinetics of these ultrashort electron pulses is governed by self-fields generated by the charge of the electron cloud. In this paper an analytical theory is developed which allows calculation of electron trajectories, electron fluxes, and electron spectra at any distance from the target. The theory is exact for two limiting cases: (a) a monoenergetic electron pulse with an arbitrary temporal shape; (b) an infinitely short electron pulse with an arbitrary energy spectrum. These results have applications in high-intensity irradiation experiments, e.g., in experiments irradiating samples with ultrashort electron or x-ray pulses, in developing optics for fourth-generation light sources, and in work relating to x-ray lasers.

  19. Ultrashort Laser Pulse Propagation in Water

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    2008-01-01

    of pulse shaping for coherent Raman spectroscopy. More complex pulse shapes will be particularly important for the studies of nonlinear pulse...Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) signal (measured in methanol-water solutions) varying in magnitude over many decades15 . At a further stage of the...explore the possibility of using the pseudospectral time domain (PSTD) method 6 which we feel will run much faster than the conventional FDTD method

  20. Spin polarisation of ultrashort spin current pulses injected in semiconductors

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    Battiato, M.

    2017-05-01

    Ultrashort spin current pulses have great potential to become carriers of information in future ultrafast spintronics. They present the outstanding property of an extremely compressed time profile, which can allow for the building up of spintronics operating at the unprecedented THz frequencies. The ultrashort spin pulses, however, still lack other desirable features. For instance the spatial profile resembles more that of a spill rather than that of a spatially compressed pulse. Moreover the ultrashort spin current pulses can travel only across small distances in metals. The injection of the ultrashort spin pulses from the metallic ferromagnet, where they have to be generated, into a semiconductor is proposed as the first step to overcome both issues by allowing the excited electrons to propagate in a medium with few scatterings. However designing efficient interfaces for the injection is challenging due to practical constraints like chemical and structural stability. This work therefore expands the study of injection to a broader range of interfaces, and analyses how different metallic layers and semiconductors influence the amplitude, the spin polarisation and duration of the ultrashort pulses. This provides guidelines for the selection of efficient interfaces and, equally importantly, experimentally testable trends.

  1. Irradiation of myoglobin by intense, ultrashort laser pulses

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    Chelliah, Juliah J.; Kumar, S. V. K.; Dharmadhikari, Aditya K.; Dharmadhikari, Jayashree A.; Mathur, Deepak

    2016-10-01

    We probe the interaction of myoglobin with intense, femtosecond laser pulses. Significant spectral differences are found between native and the irradiated myoglobin. These arise from the disruption of the heme prosthetic group: geometrical restructuring results in alteration of the oxidation state of Fe (from its initial +3 state) which is found to be reversible on timescales of ~4-6 h. Measurements taken upon addition of OH scavengers establish the key role played by these radicals in the overall dynamics. Myoglobin remains intact upon intense field irradiation, demonstrating the structural robustness of the polypeptide backbone. Experiments utilizing intense, ultrashort laser pulses are expected to open new horizons for following, with high sensitivity, changes in the oxidation state, chemical environment, and electronic state of biomolecules in the aqueous phase.

  2. Nonlinear scattering in hard tissue studied with ultrashort laser pulses.

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    Eichler, Jürgen; Kim, Beop-Min

    2002-01-01

    The back-scattered spectrum of ultrashort laser pulses (800 nm, 0.2 ps) was studied in human dental and other hard tissues in vitro below the ablation threshold. Frequency doubled radiation (SHG), frequency tripled radiation and two-photon fluorescence were detected. The relative yield for these processes was measured for various pulse energies. The dependence of the SHG signal on probe thickness was determined in forward and back scattering geometry. SHG is sensitive to linear polarization of the incident laser radiation. SHG in human teeth was studied in vitro showing larger signals in dentin than in cementum and enamel. In carious areas no SHG signal could be detected. Possible applications of higher harmonic radiation for diagnostics and microscopy are discussed.

  3. Pulse front adaptive optics: a new method for control of ultrashort laser pulses.

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    Sun, Bangshan; Salter, Patrick S; Booth, Martin J

    2015-07-27

    Ultrafast lasers enable a wide range of physics research and the manipulation of short pulses is a critical part of the ultrafast tool kit. Current methods of laser pulse shaping are usually considered separately in either the spatial or the temporal domain, but laser pulses are complex entities existing in four dimensions, so full freedom of manipulation requires advanced forms of spatiotemporal control. We demonstrate through a combination of adaptable diffractive and reflective optical elements - a liquid crystal spatial light modulator (SLM) and a deformable mirror (DM) - decoupled spatial control over the pulse front (temporal group delay) and phase front of an ultra-short pulse was enabled. Pulse front modulation was confirmed through autocorrelation measurements. This new adaptive optics technique, for the first time enabling in principle arbitrary shaping of the pulse front, promises to offer a further level of control for ultrafast lasers.

  4. Comment on ``Nonlinear Compton scattering in ultrashort laser pulses''

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    Corson, John P.; Peatross, Justin

    2012-04-01

    In a recent paper [Phys. Rev. APLRAAN1050-294710.1103/PhysRevA.83.032106 83, 032106 (2011)], Mackenroth and Di Piazza studied photoemission spectra of an electron driven by intense ultrashort laser pulses. Using kinematic principles, they argued that an electron experiences no mass dressing in an ultrashort pulse. They also proposed a method by which one might experimentally verify their claim. We argue that the scattering kinematics do not imply this conclusion nor do they justify the proposed experiment.

  5. Plasma mediated ablation of biological tissues with ultrashort laser pulses

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    Oraevsky, A.A. |; DaSilva, L.B.; Feit, M.D.

    1995-03-08

    Plasma mediated ablation of collagen gels and porcine cornea was studied at various laser pulse durations in the range from 350 fs to 1 ns at 1,053 nm wavelength. A time resolved stress detection technique was employed to measure transient stress profiles and amplitudes. Optical microscopy was used to characterize ablation craters qualitatively, while a wide band acoustic transducer helped to quantify tissue mechanical response and the ablation threshold. The ablation threshold was measured as a function of laser pulse duration and linear absorption coefficient. For nanosecond pulses the ablation threshold was found to have a strong dependence on the linear absorption coefficient of the material. As the pulse length decreased into the subpicosecond regime the ablation threshold became insensitive to the linear absorption coefficient. The ablation efficiency was found to be insensitive to both the laser pulse duration and the linear absorption coefficient. High quality ablation craters with no thermal or mechanical damage to surrounding material were obtained with 350 fs laser pulses. The mechanism of optical breakdown at the tissue surface was theoretically investigated. In the nanosecond regime, optical breakdown proceeds as an electron collisional avalanche ionization initiated by thermal seed electrons. These seed electrons are created by heating of the tissue by linear absorption. In the ultrashort pulse range, optical breakdown is initiated by the multiphoton ionization of the irradiated medium (6 photons in case of tissue irradiated at 1,053 nm wavelength), and becomes less sensitive to the linear absorption coefficient. The energy deposition profile is insensitive to both the laser pulse duration and the linear absorption coefficient.

  6. Plasma Membrane Permeabilization by Trains of Ultrashort Electric Pulses

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    2009-01-01

    ultrashort electrical pulses. Bioelectromagnetics , 2001. 22(6): p. 440-8. 4. Stacey, M., et al., Differential effects in cells exposed to ultra-short...nanosecond pulsed electric field Bioelectromagnetics , 2007. 28: p. 655-663. 13. Gowrishankar, T.R. and J.C. Weaver, Electrical behavior and pore...electric field (nsPEF). Bioelectromagnetics , 2007. 28: p. 655- 663. 19. Nuccitelli, R., et al., A new pulsed electric field therapy for melanoma disrupts

  7. Ultra-short pulses to signal neuronal growth cone machinery

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    Mathew, Manoj; Amat-Roldan, Ivan; Andres, Rosa; Cormack, Iain G.; Artigas, David; Soriano, Eduardo; Loza-Alvarez, Pablo

    2007-02-01

    Measurable change in the sensory motor machinery of growth cones are induced by non contact femtosecond laser. The focused laser beam with an average power of 3 mW was positioned at some distance away from the closest fillopodia of cortical neurons from primary cell cultures (mice E15). By identifying a set of preliminary parameters we were able to statistically analyze the phenomenological behavior of the fillopodia and classify the effects different conditions of laser light has on the growth cone. Results show that fillopodia become significantly biased towards the focused femtosecond laser light. The same experiment performed with continuous wave (CW) produced results which were indistinguishable from the case where there is no laser light present (placebo condition) indicating no clear effects of the CW laser light on the fillopodia at a distance. These findings show the potential for ultrashort pulsed light to become a new type of pathfinding cue for neuronal growth cones.

  8. Ultrashort pulse laser microsurgery system with plasma luminescence feedback control

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    Kim, B.M.; Feit, M.D.; Rubenchik, A.M.; Gold, D.M.; Darrow, C.B.; Da Silva, L.B.

    1997-11-10

    Plasma luminescence spectroscopy was used for precise ablation of bone tissue during ultrashort pulse laser (USPL) micro-spinal surgery. Strong contrast of the luminescence spectra between bone marrow and spinal cord provided the real time feedback control so that only bone tissue can be selectively ablated while preserving the spinal cord.

  9. Monolithic hybrid optics for focusing ultrashort laser pulses

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    Fuchs, U.

    2014-03-01

    Almost any application of ultrashort laser pulses involves focusing them in order to reach high intensities and/or small spot sizes as needed for micro-machining or Femto-LASIK. Hence, it is indispensable to be able to understand pulse front distortion caused by real world optics. Focusing causes pulse front distortion due to aberrations, dispersion and diffraction. Thus, the spatio-temporal profile of ultrashort laser is altered, which increases automatically the pulse duration and the focusing spot. Consequently, the main advantage of having ultrashort laser pulses - pulse durations way below 100 fs - can be lost in that one last step of the experimental set-up by focusing them unfavorable. Since compensating for dispersion, aberration and diffraction effects is quite complicated and not always possible, we pursue a different approach. We present a specially designed monolithic hybrid optics comprising refraction and diffraction effects for tight spatial and temporal focusing of ultrashort laser pulses. Both aims can be put into practice by having a high numerical aperture (NA = 0.35) and low internal dispersion at the same time. The focusing properties are very promising, due to a design, which provides diffraction limited focusing for 100 nm bandwidth at 780 nm center wavelength. Thus, pulses with durations as short as 10 fs can be focused without pulse front distortion. The outstanding performance of this optics is shown in theory and experimentally. Above that, such focusing optics are easily adapted to their special purpose - changing the center wavelength, achromatic bandwidth or even correcting for focusing into material is possible.

  10. Third-order nonlinear optical response in transparent solids using ultrashort laser pulses

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    Dota, K.; Dharmadhikari, J. A.; Mathur, D.; Dharmadhikari, A. K.

    2012-06-01

    The third-order optical nonlinearity, χ (3), is measured in transparent glasses (BK7 and fused silica) and crystals (BaF2 and quartz) using 36-fs, 800-nm laser pulses and the optical Kerr gate (OKE) technique; values are found to lie in the range 1.3-1.7×10-14 esu, in accordance with theoretical estimates. We probe the purely electronic response to the incident ultrashort laser pulse in fused silica and BK7 glass. In BaF2 and quartz, apart from the electronic response we also observe contribution from the nuclear response to the incident ultrashort pulses. We observe oscillatory modulations that persist for ˜400 fs. The response of the media (glasses and crystals) to ultrashort pulses is also measured using two-beam self-diffraction; the diffraction efficiency in the first-order grating is measured to be in the range of 0.06-0.13 %. Third harmonic generation due to self-phase matching in the transient grating geometry is measured as a function of temporal delay between the two incident ultrashort pulses, yielding the autocorrelation signal.

  11. Photoionization of noble-gas atoms by ultrashort electromagnetic pulses

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    Astapenko, V. A. Svita, S. Yu.

    2014-11-15

    The photoionization of atoms of noble gases (Ar, Kr, and Xe) by ultrashort electromagnetic pulses of a corrected Gaussian shape is studied theoretically. Computations are performed in the context of perturbation theory using a simple expression for the total probability of photoionization of an atom by electromagnetic pulses. The features of this process are revealed and analyzed for various ranges of the parameters of the problem.

  12. Ultrashort laser pulse interaction with photo-thermo-refractive glass

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    Siiman, Leo A.

    Photo-thermo-refractive (PTR) glass is an ideal photosensitive material for recording phase volume holograms. It is a homogeneous multi-component silicate glass that demonstrates all the advantages of optical glass: thermal stability, high laser damage threshold, and a wide transparency range. Moreover the ability to record phase patterns (i.e. spatial refractive index variations) into PTR glass has resulted in the fabrication of volume holograms with diffraction efficiency greater than 99%. The conventional method of recording a hologram in PTR glass relies on exposure to continuous-wave ultraviolet laser radiation. In this dissertation the interaction between infrared ultrashort laser pulses and PTR glass is studied. It is shown that photosensitivity in PTR glass can be extended from the UV region to longer wavelengths (near-infrared) by exposure to ultrashort laser pulses. It is found that there exists a focusing geometry and laser pulse intensity interval for which photoionization and refractive index change in PTR glass after thermal development occur without laser-induced optical damage. Photoionization of PTR glass by IR ultrashort laser pulses is explained in terms of strong electric field ionization. This phenomenon is used to fabricate phase optical elements in PTR glass. The interaction between ultrashort laser pulses and volume holograms in PTR glass is studied in two laser intensity regimes. At intensities below ˜10 12 W/cm2 properties such as diffraction efficiency, angular divergence, selectivity, and pulse front tilt are shown to agree with the theory of linear diffraction for broad spectral width lasers. A volume grating pair arrangement is shown to correct the laser pulse distortions arising from pulse front tilt and angular divergence. At higher intensities of irradiation, nonlinear generation and diffraction of third harmonic is observed for three types of interactions: sum-frequency generation, front-surface THG generation, and THG due to

  13. Scattering of ultrashort electromagnetic pulses on metal clusters

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    Astapenko, V. A. Sakhno, S. V.

    2016-12-15

    We have calculated and analyzed the probability of ultrashort electromagnetic pulse (USP) scattering on small metal clusters in the frequency range of plasmon resonances during the field action. The main attention is devoted to dependence of the probability of scattering on the pulse duration for various detunings of the USP carrier frequency from the plasmon resonance frequency. Peculiarities of the USP scattering from plasmon resonances with various figures of merit are revealed.

  14. Phase Fresnel lens recorded in photo-thermo-refractive glass by selective exposure to infrared ultrashort laser pulses.

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    Siiman, Leo A; Lumeau, Julien; Glebov, Leonid B

    2009-01-01

    A new two-step approach for fabricating phase optical elements in photo-thermo-refractive glass by exposure to IR ultrashort laser pulses followed by thermal development is shown. A binary phase Fresnel lens was designed to focus light at 632.8 nm to a focal length of 400 cm. Conditions of ultrashort pulse irradiation and thermal development were chosen to achieve pi phase shift between zone boundaries. The focusing efficiency of the element was measured to be close to 50%.

  15. Deterministic processing of alumina with ultra-short laser pulses

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    Furmanski, J; Rubenchik, A M; Shirk, M D; Stuart, B C

    2007-06-27

    Ultrashort pulsed lasers can accurately ablate materials which are refractory, transparent, or are otherwise difficult to machine by other methods. The typical method of machining surfaces with ultrashort laser pulses is by raster scanning, or the machining of sequentially overlapping linear trenches. Experiments in which linear trenches were machined in alumina at various pulse overlaps and incident fluences are presented, and the dependence of groove depth on these parameters established. A model for the machining of trenches based on experimental data in alumina is presented, which predicts and matches observed trench geometry. This model is then used to predict optimal process parameters for the machining of trenches for maximal material removal rate for a given laser.

  16. Diffraction imaging characteristics of slit for ultra-short laser pulse

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    Yu, Xiang-yang; Wu, Kun-xi; Lu, Long-zhao

    2015-08-01

    We propose a simple and concise mathematical method based on the Fraunhofer approximation to analyze the imaging characteristics of slit for broadband light sources. Taking Gaussian-shaped ultra-short laser pulse for example, we investigated the diffraction imaging characteristics of ultra-short light sources through a single-slit and a double-slit. We deduced the mathematical expressions of the intensity distribution of far-field diffraction, and conducted numerical calculation and analysis. It turns out the pulse width of the ultra-short light source plays an important role in the diffraction imaging characteristics of slit. We also provide a quantitative criterion to measure the deviation in terms of far-field diffraction intensity distribution between broadband light source and the ideal monochromatic light source.

  17. Interaction of ultrashort laser pulses and silicon solar cells under short circuit conditions

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    Mundus, M.; Giesecke, J. A.; Fischer, P.; Hohl-Ebinger, J.; Warta, W.

    2015-02-01

    Ultrashort pulse lasers are promising tools for numerous measurement purposes. Among other benefits their high peak powers allow for efficient generation of wavelengths in broad spectral ranges and at spectral powers that are orders of magnitude higher than in conventional light sources. Very recently this has been exploited for the establishment of sophisticated measurement facilities for electrical characterization of photovoltaic (PV) devices. As the high peak powers of ultrashort pulses promote nonlinear optical effects they might also give rise to nonlinear interactions with the devices under test that possibly manipulate the measurement outcome. In this paper, we present a comprehensive theoretical and experimental study of the nonlinearities affecting short circuit current (ISC) measurements of silicon (Si) solar cells. We derive a set of coupled differential equations describing the radiation-device interaction and discuss the nonlinearities incorporated in those. By a semi-analytical approach introducing a quasi-steady-state approximation and integrating a Green's function we solve the system of equations and obtain simulated ISC values. We validate the theoretical model by ISC ratios obtained from a double ring resonator setup capable for reproducible generation of various ultrashort pulse trains. Finally, we apply the model to conduct the most prominent comparison of ISC generated by ultrashort pulses versus continuous illumination. We conclude by the important finding that the nonlinearities induced by ultrashort pulses are negligible for the most common ISC measurements. However, we also find that more specialized measurements (e.g., of concentrating PV or Si-multijunction devices as well as highly localized electrical characterizations) will be biased by two-photon-absorption distorting the ISC measurement.

  18. Cavity Optical Pulse Extraction: ultra-short pulse generation as seeded Hawking radiation.

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    Eilenberger, Falk; Kabakova, Irina V; de Sterke, C Martijn; Eggleton, Benjamin J; Pertsch, Thomas

    2013-01-01

    We show that light trapped in an optical cavity can be extracted from that cavity in an ultrashort burst by means of a trigger pulse. We find a simple analytic description of this process and show that while the extracted pulse inherits its pulse length from that of the trigger pulse, its wavelength can be completely different. Cavity Optical Pulse Extraction is thus well suited for the development of ultrashort laser sources in new wavelength ranges. We discuss similarities between this process and the generation of Hawking radiation at the optical analogue of an event horizon with extremely high Hawking temperature. Our analytic predictions are confirmed by thorough numerical simulations.

  19. Propagation of ultrashort polarized light pulses in a nonlinear medium

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    Maimistov, A.I.

    1995-03-01

    Propagation of ultrashort optical pulses in a medium with degenerate resonance levels with respect to the angular momentum projections is considered. Under the assumption that the Rabi frequency is much smaller than the transition frequency and without using the slowly varying envelope approximation, a new nonlinear equation is obtained for describing this pulse dynamics. In the particular case when the pulse polarization is not changed, this is the modified Korteweg-de Vries equation. In the approximation of slowly varying envelopes, the reduced wave equation transforms into the vector nonlinear Schroedinger equation. 13 refs.

  20. Superfocusing of an ultrashort plasmon pulse by a conducting cone

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    Manuilovich, E S; Astapenko, V A; Golovinskii, P A

    2016-01-31

    We have shown theoretically the possibility of controlling nanoscale superfocusing of plasmons in a metal conical tip by modulating the carrier frequency of the pulse. The propagation of an ultrashort plasmon pulse in a metal nanoneedle is simulated numerically. The calculation is based on an asymptotic analytical solution of Maxwell's equations for electromagnetic wave propagation in a conical conductor in the vicinity of its apex, obtained by the approximate separation of variables in spherical coordinates. The dependence the field superfocusing on the conductor material, pulse chirp and propagation length is studied. (nanooptics)

  1. Ultrashort Pulse Interaction with Intersubband Transitions of Semiconductor Quantum Wells

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    Katsantonis, Ioannis; Stathatos, Elias; Paspalakis, Emmanuel

    2015-09-01

    We study coherent ultrashort pulse propagation in a two-subband system in a symmetric semiconductor quantum well structure, performing calculations beyond the rotating wave approximation and the slowly varying envelope approximation and taking into account the effects of electron-electron interactions. The interaction of the quantum well structure with the electromagnetic fields is studied with modified, nonlinear, Bloch equations. These equations are combined with the full-wave Maxwell equations for the study of pulse propagation. We present results for the pulse propagation and the population inversion dynamics in the quantum well structure for different electron sheet densities.

  2. Filamentation of ultrashort laser pulses of different wavelengths in argon

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    Qi, Xiexing; Lin, Wenbin

    2017-02-01

    We investigate the filaments formed by the ultrashort laser pulses with different wavelengths of 400 nm, 586 nm and 800 nm propagating in argon. Numerical results show that, when the input power or the ratio of the input power to the critical power is given, the pulse with 400 nm wavelength has the largest on-axis intensity, as well as the narrowest filament and the most stable beam radius. These results indicate that the pulse with shorter wavelength is more suitable for the long-range propagation in argon.

  3. Extending ultra-short pulse laser texturing over large area

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    Mincuzzi, G.; Gemini, L.; Faucon, M.; Kling, R.

    2016-11-01

    Surface texturing by Ultra-Short Pulses Laser (UPL) for industrial applications passes through the use of both fast beam scanning systems and high repetition rate, high average power P, UPL. Nevertheless unwanted thermal effects are expected when P exceeds some tens of W. An interesting strategy for a reliable heat management would consists in texturing with a low fluence values (slightly higher than the ablation threshold) and utilising a Polygon Scanner Heads delivering laser pulses with unrepeated speed. Here we show for the first time that with relatively low fluence it is possible over stainless steel, to obtain surface texturing by utilising a 2 MHz femtosecond laser jointly with a polygonal scanner head in a relatively low fluence regime (0.11 J cm-2). Different surface textures (Ripples, micro grooves and spikes) can be obtained varying the scan speed from 90 m s-1 to 25 m s-1. In particular, spikes formation process has been shown and optimised at 25 m s-1 and a full morphology characterization by SEM has been carried out. Reflectance measurements with integrating sphere are presented to compare reference surface with high scan rate textures. In the best case we show a black surface with reflectance value < 5%.

  4. Optical feedback signal for ultrashort laser pulse ablation of tissue

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    Kim, B.-M.; Feit, M.D.; Rubenchik, A.M.; Mammini, B.M.; Da Silva, L.B.

    1997-07-01

    An optical feedback system for controlled precise tissue ablation is discussed. Our setup includes an ultrashort pulse laser (USPL), and a diagnostic system using analysis of either tissue fluorescence or plasma emission luminescence. Current research is focused on discriminating hard and soft tissues such as bone and spinal cord during surgery using either technique. Our experimental observations exhibit considerable spectroscopic contrast between hard and soft tissue, and both techniques offer promise for a practical diagnostic system.

  5. Ultrashort Laser Pulse Induced Electromagnetic Stress on Biological Macromolecular Systems.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1979-11-01

    ULTRASHORT LASER PULSE INDUCED ~~~~~ ELECTROMAGNET IC STRESS ON BIOLOGICAL MACROMOLECULAR SYSTEMS Adam P. Bruckner , Ph.D. ( i~iiCJ. Michael ...AFSC, Brooks Air Force Base, Texas. Dr. John Taboada (RZL) was the Laboratory Project Scientjst..in...Charge When U.S. Goverrijie~t drawings...available to the general public , including foreignnations. Thi s technical report has been reviewed and is approved for publ i-cation. OHN TABOADA , Ph.D

  6. Plasma Membrane Permeabilization by Trains of Ultrashort Electric Pulses

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    Ibey, Bennett L.; Mixon, Dustin G.; Payne, Jason A.; Bowman, Angela; Sickendick, Karl; Wilmink, Gerald J.; Roach, W. Patrick; Pakhomov, Andrei G.

    2010-01-01

    Ultrashort electric pulses (USEP) cause long-lasting increase of cell membrane electrical conductance, and that a single USEP increased cell membrane electrical conductance proportionally to the absorbed dose (AD) with a threshold of about 10 mJ/g. The present study extends quantification of the membrane permeabilization effect to multiple USEP and employed a more accurate protocol that identified USEP effect as the difference between post- and pre-exposure conductance values (Δg) in individual cells. We showed that Δg can be increased by either increasing the number of pulses at a constant E-field, or by increasing the E-field at a constant number of pulses. For 60-ns pulses, an E-field threshold of 6 kV/cm for a single pulse was lowered to less than 1.7 kV/cm by applying 100-pulse or longer trains. However, the reduction of the E-field threshold was only achieved at the expense of a higher AD compared to a single pulse exposure. Furthermore, the effect of multiple pulses was not fully determined by AD, suggesting that cells permeabilized by the first pulse(s) in the train become less vulnerable to subsequent pulses. This explanation was corroborated by a model that treated multiple-pulse exposures as a series of single-pulse exposures and assumed an exponential decline of cell susceptibility to USEP as Δg increased after each pulse during the course of the train. PMID:20171148

  7. Ultrashort pulsed laser technology development program

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    Manke, Gerald C.

    2014-10-01

    The Department of Navy has been pursuing a technology development program for advanced, all-fiber, Ultra Short Pulsed Laser (USPL) systems via Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) programs. Multiple topics have been published to promote and fund research that encompasses every critical component of a standard USPL system and enable the demonstration of mJ/pulse class systems with an all fiber architecture. This presentation will summarize published topics and funded programs.

  8. Ultrashort Laser Pulse Propagation in Water

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2009-01-01

    method now called steepest descent. Their analysis was based on a step- modulated field propagating through a Lorentz dielectric which is nothing more...propagation through 6 m of water when compared to BLB. They also found that BLB was not violated for pulses with varying bandwidth with temporal widths...pulses in a Lorentz medium, the so-called generalized Sommerfeld and Brillouin precursor method. We were able to show, for the first time, that the

  9. Ultrashort Pulse (USP) Laser-Matter Interactions

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2013-03-05

    unlimited 2D electron wavepacket quantum simulation Source: Luis Plaja, U Salamanca 31 Direct Frequency Comb Spectroscopy in the Extreme...intensity short pulse laser interacting with structured targets yields an enhancement in the number and energy of hot electron. • Monte Carlo

  10. Metal Processing with Ultra-Short Laser Pulses

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

    2000-05-01

    Femtosecond laser ablation has been shown to produce well-defined cuts and holes in metals with minimal heat effect to the remaining material. Ultrashort laser pulse processing shows promise as an important technique for materials processing. We will discuss the physical effects associated with processing based experimental and modeling results. Intense ultra-short laser pulse (USLP) generates high pressures and temperatures in a subsurface layer during the pulse, which can strongly modify the absorption. We carried out simulations of USLP absorption versus material and pulse parameters. The ablation rate as function of the laser parameters has been estimated. Since every laser pulse removes only a small amount of material, a practical laser processing system must have high repetition rate. We will demonstrate that planar ablation is unstable and the initially smooth crater bottom develops a corrugated pattern after many tens of shots. The corrugation growth rate, angle of incidence and the polarization of laser electric field dependence will be discussed. In the nonlinear stage, the formation of coherent structures with scales much larger than the laser wavelength was observed. Also, there appears to be a threshold fluence above which a narrow, nearly perfectly circular channel forms after a few hundred shots. Subsequent shots deepen this channel without significantly increasing its diameter. The role of light absorption in the hole walls will be discussed.

  11. Ultrashort pulse amplification in cryogenically cooled amplifiers

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    Backus, Sterling J.; Kapteyn, Henry C.; Murnane, Margaret Mary

    2004-10-12

    A laser amplifier system amplifies pulses in a single "stage" from .about.10.sup.-9 joules to more than 10.sup.-3 joules, with average power of 1-10 watts, and beam quality M.sup.2 <2. The laser medium is cooled substantially below room temperature, as a means to improve the optical and thermal characteristics of the medium. This is done with the medium inside a sealed, evacuated or purged cell to avoid moisture or other materials condensing on the surface. A "seed" pulse from a separate laser is passed through the laser medium, one or more times, in any of a variety of configurations including single-pass, multiple-pass, and regenerative amplifier configurations.

  12. Ultrashort pulses in graphene with Coulomb impurities

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    Konobeeva, N. N.; Belonenko, M. B.

    2016-06-01

    We have investigated the propagation of an electromagnetic field in graphene with impurities, including the two-dimensional case. The spectrum of electrons for the graphene subsystem is taken from a model that takes into account Coulomb impurities. Based on Maxwell's equations, we have obtained an effective equation for the vector potential of the electromagnetic field. It has been revealed that the pulse shape depends on free parameters.

  13. High power parallel ultrashort pulse laser processing

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    Gillner, Arnold; Gretzki, Patrick; Büsing, Lasse

    2016-03-01

    The class of ultra-short-pulse (USP) laser sources are used, whenever high precession and high quality material processing is demanded. These laser sources deliver pulse duration in the range of ps to fs and are characterized with high peak intensities leading to a direct vaporization of the material with a minimum thermal damage. With the availability of industrial laser source with an average power of up to 1000W, the main challenge consist of the effective energy distribution and disposition. Using lasers with high repetition rates in the MHz region can cause thermal issues like overheating, melt production and low ablation quality. In this paper, we will discuss different approaches for multibeam processing for utilization of high pulse energies. The combination of diffractive optics and conventional galvometer scanner can be used for high throughput laser ablation, but are limited in the optical qualities. We will show which applications can benefit from this hybrid optic and which improvements in productivity are expected. In addition, the optical limitations of the system will be compiled, in order to evaluate the suitability of this approach for any given application.

  14. Non-dissociative and dissociative ionization of a CO+ beam in intense ultrashort laser pulses

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    Gaire, B.; Ablikim, U.; Zohrabi, M.; Roland, S.; Carnes, K. D.; Ben-Itzhak, I.

    2011-05-01

    We have investigated the ionization of CO+ beams in intense ultrashort laser pulses. With the recent upgrades to our coincidence three-dimensional momentum imaging method we are able to measure both non-dissociative and dissociative ionization of the molecular-ion beam targets. Using CO+ as an example, we have found that non-dissociative ionization (leading to the metastable dication CO2+) involves a direct transition, i.e. the molecule is ionized with little or no internuclear distance stretch. Dissociative ionization (C+ + O+) occurs both directly and indirectly, stretching first and then ionizing. Our results show that the yield of dissociative ionization is higher than that of non-dissociative ionization and can be manipulated with the laser pulse duration by suppressing the indirect ionization path using ultrashort pulses (<=10 fs). Supported by the Chemical Sciences, Geosciences and Biosciences Division, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy.

  15. The Quest for Ultra-Short X-Ray Pulses

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    Zholents, Alexander

    2011-03-09

    Chemical bonds form, change, or break on a femtosecond timescale. Recording a 'molecular movie' with an atomic-scale spatial resolution at the timescale set by atomic motion is a critical step in understanding these processes that can be accomplished by using ultra-short x-ray pulses. In the first part of this talk I will discuss several ideas for a generation of femtosecond x-ray pulses using spontaneous emission of electrons. Some of them, like the laser 'slicing' technique, are now routinely used at several storage-ring-based synchrotron light sources; others, like an rf orbit deflection technique, is under construction at the Advanced Photon Source. Nowadays, the femtosecond x-ray pulses are also routinely produced by x-ray free electron lasers (FELs). In the second part of this talk I will discuss how one can use FELs to obtain even shorter x-ray pulses down to attosecond timescale.

  16. Generation of ultrashort electron bunches by colliding laser pulses.

    PubMed

    Schroeder, C B; Lee, P B; Wurtele, J S; Esarey, E; Leemans, W P

    1999-05-01

    A proposed laser-plasma-based relativistic electron source [E. Esarey et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 79, 2682 (1997)] using laser-triggered injection of electrons is investigated. The source generates ultrashort electron bunches by dephasing and trapping background plasma electrons undergoing fluid oscillations in an excited plasma wake. The plasma electrons are dephased by colliding two counterpropagating laser pulses which generate a slow phase velocity beat wave. Laser pulse intensity thresholds for trapping and the optimal wake phase for injection are calculated. Numerical simulations of test particles, with prescribed plasma and laser fields, are used to verify analytic predictions and to study the longitudinal and transverse dynamics of the trapped plasma electrons. Simulations indicate that the colliding laser pulse injection scheme has the capability to produce relativistic femtosecond electron bunches with fractional energy spread of order a few percent and normalized transverse emittance less than 1 mm mrad using 1 TW injection laser pulses.

  17. Comparison of ultrashort-pulse frequency-resolved-optical-gating traces for three common beam geometries

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    DeLong, K.W.; Trebino, R. ); Kane, D.J. )

    1994-09-01

    We recently introduced frequency-resolved optical gating (FROG), a technique for measuring the intensity and phase of an individual, arbitrary, ultrashort laser pulse. FROG can use almost any instantaneous optical nonlinearity, with the most common geometries being polarization gate, self-diffraction, and second-harmonic generation. The experimentally generated FROG trace is intuitive, visually appealing, and can yield quantitative information about the pulse parameters (such as temporal and spectral width and chirp). However, the qualitative and the quantitative features of the FROG trace depend strongly on the geometry used. We compare the FROG traces for several common ultrashort pulses for these three common geometries and, where possible, develop scaling rules that allow one to obtain quantitative information about the pulse directly from the experimental FROG trace. We illuminate the important features of the various FROG traces for transform-limited, linearly chirped, self-phase modulated, and nonlinearly chirped pulses, pulses with simultaneous linear chirp and self-phase modulation, and pulses with simultaneous linear chirp and cubic phase distortion, as well as double pulses, pulses with phase jumps, and pulses with complex intensity and phase substructure.

  18. Surface roughness and wettability of dentin ablated with ultrashort pulsed laser.

    PubMed

    Liu, Jing; Lü, Peijun; Sun, Yuchun; Wang, Yong

    2015-05-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the surface roughness and wettability of dentin following ultrashort pulsed laser ablation with different levels of fluence and pulse overlap (PO). Twenty-five extracted human teeth crowns were cut longitudinally into slices of approximately 1.5-mm thick and randomly divided into nine groups of five. Samples in groups 1 to 8 were ablated with an ultrashort pulsed laser through a galvanometric scanning system. Samples in group 9 were prepared using a mechanical rotary instrument. The surface roughness of samples from each group was then measured using a three-dimensional profile measurement laser microscope, and wettability was evaluated by measuring the contact angle of a drop of water on the prepared dentin surface using an optical contact angle measuring device. The results showed that both laser fluence and PO had an effect on dentin surface roughness. Specifically, a higher PO decreased dentin surface roughness and reduced the effect of high-laser fluence on decreasing the surface roughness in some groups. Furthermore, all ablated dentin showed a contact angle of approximately 0 deg, meaning that laser ablation significantly improved wettability. Adjustment of ultrashort pulsed laser parameters can, therefore,significantly alter dentin surface roughness and wettability.

  19. Surface roughness and wettability of dentin ablated with ultrashort pulsed laser

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    Liu, Jing; Lü, Peijun; Sun, Yuchun; Wang, Yong

    2015-05-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the surface roughness and wettability of dentin following ultrashort pulsed laser ablation with different levels of fluence and pulse overlap (PO). Twenty-five extracted human teeth crowns were cut longitudinally into slices of approximately 1.5-mm thick and randomly divided into nine groups of five. Samples in groups 1 to 8 were ablated with an ultrashort pulsed laser through a galvanometric scanning system. Samples in group 9 were prepared using a mechanical rotary instrument. The surface roughness of samples from each group was then measured using a three-dimensional profile measurement laser microscope, and wettability was evaluated by measuring the contact angle of a drop of water on the prepared dentin surface using an optical contact angle measuring device. The results showed that both laser fluence and PO had an effect on dentin surface roughness. Specifically, a higher PO decreased dentin surface roughness and reduced the effect of high-laser fluence on decreasing the surface roughness in some groups. Furthermore, all ablated dentin showed a contact angle of approximately 0 deg, meaning that laser ablation significantly improved wettability. Adjustment of ultrashort pulsed laser parameters can, therefore, significantly alter dentin surface roughness and wettability.

  20. Experimental study on double-pulse laser ablation of steel upon multiple parallel-polarized ultrashort-pulse irradiations

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    Schille, Joerg; Schneider, Lutz; Kraft, Sebastian; Hartwig, Lars; Loeschner, Udo

    2016-07-01

    In this paper, double-pulse laser processing is experimentally studied with the aim to explore the influence of ultrashort pulses with very short time intervals on ablation efficiency and quality. For this, sequences of 50 double pulses of varied energy and inter-pulse delay, as adjusted between 400 fs and 18 ns by splitting the laser beam into two optical paths of different length, were irradiated to technical-grade stainless steel. The depth and the volume of the craters produced were measured in order to evaluate the efficiency of the ablation process; the crater quality was analyzed by SEM micrographs. The results obtained were compared with craters produced with sequences of 50 single pulses and energies equal to the double pulse. It is demonstrated that double-pulse processing cannot exceed the ablation efficiency of single pulses of optimal fluence, but the ablation crater surface formed smoother if inter-pulse delay was in the range between 10 ns and 18 ns. In addition, the influence of pulse duration and energy distribution between the individual pulses of the double pulse on ablation was studied. For very short inter-pulse delay, no significant effect of energy variation within the double pulse on removal rate was found, indicating that the double pulse acts as a big single pulse of equal energy. Further, the higher removal efficiency was achieved when double-pulse processing using femtosecond pulses instead of picosecond pulses.

  1. Ultrashort pulse laser welding of glasses without optical contacting

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    Richter, Sören; Zimmermann, Felix; Sutter, Dirk; Budnicki, Aleksander; Tünnermann, Andreas; Nolte, Stefan

    2017-02-01

    We report on ultrashort pulse induced welding of fused silica without previously optical contacting of the samples. We used a TruMicro 2020 by TRUMPF delivering bursts of intense ultrashort laser pulses with an individual pulse energy of up to 10 μJ, an intraburst pulse separation of 20 ns and a burst repetition rate of 200 kHz. With this setup we could realize a large pool of molten material with a length of up to 450 μm and a diameter of around 160 μm. If the laser focus is placed near the surface of a glass sample the low viscosity of the hot material induces bulging of the surface and ejection of the molten material. This molten material can be used to fill a gap of up to 3 μm between fused silica samples. We also determined the breaking strength with a three-point bending test. The determined maximal value of 73 MPa is equivalent to 85% of the stability of the pristine bulk material.

  2. Ultrashort pulse laser deposition of thin films

    DOEpatents

    Perry, Michael D.; Banks, Paul S.; Stuart, Brent C.

    2002-01-01

    Short pulse PLD is a viable technique of producing high quality films with properties very close to that of crystalline diamond. The plasma generated using femtosecond lasers is composed of single atom ions with no clusters producing films with high Sp.sup.3 /Sp.sup.2 ratios. Using a high average power femtosecond laser system, the present invention dramatically increases deposition rates to up to 25 .mu.m/hr (which exceeds many CVD processes) while growing particulate-free films. In the present invention, deposition rates is a function of laser wavelength, laser fluence, laser spot size, and target/substrate separation. The relevant laser parameters are shown to ensure particulate-free growth, and characterizations of the films grown are made using several diagnostic techniques including electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) and Raman spectroscopy.

  3. Underwater acoustic wave generation by filamentation of terawatt ultrashort laser pulses.

    PubMed

    Jukna, Vytautas; Jarnac, Amélie; Milián, Carles; Brelet, Yohann; Carbonnel, Jérôme; André, Yves-Bernard; Guillermin, Régine; Sessarego, Jean-Pierre; Fattaccioli, Dominique; Mysyrowicz, André; Couairon, Arnaud; Houard, Aurélien

    2016-06-01

    Acoustic signals generated by filamentation of ultrashort terawatt laser pulses in water are characterized experimentally. Measurements reveal a strong influence of input pulse duration on the shape and intensity of the acoustic wave. Numerical simulations of the laser pulse nonlinear propagation and the subsequent water hydrodynamics and acoustic wave generation show that the strong acoustic emission is related to the mechanism of superfilamention in water. The elongated shape of the plasma volume where energy is deposited drives the far-field profile of the acoustic signal, which takes the form of a radially directed pressure wave with a single oscillation and a very broad spectrum.

  4. Ultra-short DBR fiber laser based sensor for arterial pulse monitoring

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    Sun, Qizhen; Wo, Jianghai; Wang, He; Liu, Deming

    2014-05-01

    An ultra-short DBR fiber laser based device for arterial pulse wave monitoring is proposed and demonstrated. As the sensing element, the 10mm length laser cavity is mounted onto a soft plastic plate and then embedded into textile. Deformation of the textile, involving the transverse force subjected by the laser cavity, is proportional to the vibration caused by the arterial pulse. The sensing principle is based on the linear relationship between the beat frequency of the laser and the transverse force. Laboratory studies demonstrate that the sensor could achieve real-time and accurate measurement of the weak and dynamical arterial pulse signal.

  5. Development of an (e,2e) electron momentum spectroscopy apparatus using an ultrashort pulsed electron gun

    SciTech Connect

    Yamazaki, M.; Kasai, Y.; Oishi, K.; Nakazawa, H.; Takahashi, M.

    2013-06-15

    An (e,2e) apparatus for electron momentum spectroscopy (EMS) has been developed, which employs an ultrashort-pulsed incident electron beam with a repetition rate of 5 kHz and a pulse duration in the order of a picosecond. Its instrumental design and technical details are reported, involving demonstration of a new method for finding time-zero. Furthermore, EMS data for the neutral Ne atom in the ground state measured by using the pulsed electron beam are presented to illustrate the potential abilities of the apparatus for ultrafast molecular dynamics, such as by combining EMS with the pump-and-probe technique.

  6. Selective laser melting of copper using ultrashort laser pulses

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    Kaden, Lisa; Matthäus, Gabor; Ullsperger, Tobias; Engelhardt, Hannes; Rettenmayr, Markus; Tünnermann, Andreas; Nolte, Stefan

    2017-09-01

    Within the field of laser-assisted additive manufacturing, the application of ultrashort pulse lasers for selective laser melting came into focus recently. In contrast to conventional lasers, these systems provide extremely high peak power at ultrashort interaction times and offer the potential to control the thermal impact at the vicinity of the processed region by tailoring the pulse repetition rate. Consequently, materials with extremely high melting points such as tungsten or special composites such as AlSi40 can be processed. In this paper, we present the selective laser melting of copper using 500 fs laser pulses at MHz repetition rates emitted at a center wavelength of about 1030 nm. To identify an appropriate processing window, a detailed parameter study was performed. We demonstrate the fabrication of bulk copper parts as well as the realization of thin-wall structures featuring thicknesses below 100 {μ }m. With respect to the extraordinary high thermal conductivity of copper which in general prevents the additive manufacturing of elements with micrometer resolution, this work demonstrates the potential for sophisticated copper products that can be applied in a wide field of applications extending from microelectronics functionality to complex cooling structures.

  7. Ab initio calculations of correlated electron dynamics in ultrashort pulses

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    Feist, Johannes

    2010-03-01

    The availability of ultrashort and intense light pulses on the femtosecond and attosecond timescale promises to allow to directly probe and control electron dynamics on their natural timescale. A crucial ingredient to understanding the dynamics in many-electron systems is the influence of electron correlation, induced by the interelectronic repulsion. In order to study electron correlation in ultrafast processes, we have implemented an ab initio simulation of the two-electron dynamics in helium atoms. We solve the time-dependent Schr"odinger equation in its full dimensionality, with one temporal and five spatial degrees of freedom in linearly polarized laser fields. In our computational approach, the wave function is represented through a combination of time-dependent close coupling with the finite element discrete variable representation, while time propagation is performed using an Arnoldi-Lanczos approximation with adaptive step size. This approach is optimized to allow for efficient parallelization of the program and has been shown to scale linearly using up to 1800 processor cores for typical problem sizes. This has allowed us to perform highly accurate and well- converged computations for the interaction of ultrashort laser pulses with He. I will present some recent results on using attosecond and femtosecond pulses to probe and control the temporal structure of the ionization process. This work was performed in collaboration with Stefan Nagele, Renate Pazourek, Andreas Kaltenb"ack, Emil Persson, Barry I. Schneider, Lee A. Collins, and Joachim Burgd"orfer.

  8. Black phosphorus saturable absorber for ultrashort pulse generation

    SciTech Connect

    Sotor, J. Sobon, G.; Abramski, K. M.; Macherzynski, W.; Paletko, P.

    2015-08-03

    Low-dimensional materials, due to their unique and versatile properties, are very interesting for numerous applications in electronics and optoelectronics. Recently rediscovered black phosphorus, with a graphite-like layered structure, can be effectively exfoliated up to the single atomic layer called phosphorene. Contrary to graphene, it possesses a direct band gap controllable by the number of stacked atomic layers. For those reasons, black phosphorus is now intensively investigated and can complement or replace graphene in various photonics and electronics applications. Here, we demonstrate that black phosphorus can serve as a broadband saturable absorber and can be used for ultrashort optical pulse generation. The mechanically exfoliated ∼300 nm thick layers of black phosphorus were transferred onto the fiber core, and under pulsed excitation at 1560 nm wavelength, its transmission increases by 4.6%. We have demonstrated that the saturable absorption of black phosphorus is polarization sensitive. The fabricated device was used to mode-lock an Er-doped fiber laser. The generated optical solitons with the 10.2 nm bandwidth and 272 fs duration were centered at 1550 nm. The obtained results unambiguously show that black phosphorus can be effectively used for ultrashort pulse generation with performances similar or even better than currently used graphene or carbon nanotubes. This application of black phosphorus proves its great potential to future practical use in photonics.

  9. Ultrashort pulsed fiber laser welding and sealing of transparent materials.

    PubMed

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

    2012-05-20

    In this paper, methods of welding and sealing optically transparent materials using an ultrashort pulsed (USP) fiber laser are demonstrated which overcome the limit of small area welding of optical materials. First, the interaction of USP fiber laser radiation inside glass was studied and single line welding results with different laser parameters were investigated. Then multiline scanning was used to obtain successful area bonding. Finally, complete four-edge sealing of fused silica substrates with a USP laser was demonstrated and the hermetic seal was confirmed by water immersion test. This laser microwelding technique can be extended to various applications in the semiconductor industry and precision optic manufacturing.

  10. Physical characterization of ultrashort laser pulse drilling of biological tissue

    SciTech Connect

    Feit, M.D.; Rubenchik, A.M.; Kim, B.M.; Da Silva, L.D.; Stuart, B.C.; Perry, M.D.

    1997-07-21

    Ultrashort laser pulse ablation removes material with low energy fluence required and minimal collateral damage. The ultimate usefulness of this technology for biomedical applications depends, in part, on characterization of the physical conditions attained and determination of the zone of shockwave and heat affected material in particular tissues. Detailed numerical modeling of the relevant physics (deposition, plasma formation, shockwave generation and propagation, thermal conduction) are providing this information. A wide range of time scales is involved, ranging from picosecond for energy deposition and peak pressure and temperature, to nanosecond for development of shockwave, to microsecond for macroscopic thermophysical response.

  11. Atomic ionization by ultrashort half-cycle pulses

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    Arbó, D. G.; Gravielle, M. S.; Tökési, K.; Borbély, S.; Dimitriou, K.; Miraglia, J. E.

    2009-11-01

    A theoretical study of the ionization of hydrogen atoms as a result of the interaction with ultrashort external half-cycle pulses is presented. Total ionization probability and energy distributions of ejected electrons are calculated in the framework of the single distorted Coulomb-Volkov (CVA) and the doubly-distorted impulsive Coulomb-Volkov (ICV) approximations. Quantum and classical results are compared to the exact solution of the time dependent Schrödinger equation. We show that the ICV bears a considerable improvement to the CVA energy distribution in the low-energy region, where CVA fails.

  12. Ultrashort laser pulse driven inverse free electron laser accelerator experiment

    DOE PAGES

    Moody, J. T.; Anderson, S. G.; Anderson, G.; ...

    2016-02-29

    In this paper we discuss the ultrashort pulse high gradient Inverse Free Electron laser accelerator experiment carried out at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory which demonstrated gra- dients exceeding 200 MV/m using a 4 TW 100 fs long 800 nm Ti:Sa laser pulse. Due to the short laser and electron pulse lengths, synchronization was determined to be one of the main challenges in this experiment. This made necessary the implementation of a single-shot, non destructive, electro-optic sampling based diagnostics to enable time-stamping of each laser accelerator shot with < 100 fs accuracy. The results of this experiment are expected tomore » pave the way towards the development of future GeV-class IFEL accelerators.« less

  13. Plasma lenses for ultrashort multi-petawatt laser pulses

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    Palastro, J. P.; Gordon, D.; Hafizi, B.; Johnson, L. A.; Peñano, J.; Hubbard, R. F.; Helle, M.; Kaganovich, D.

    2015-12-15

    An ideal plasma lens can provide the focusing power of a small f-number, solid-state focusing optic at a fraction of the diameter. An ideal plasma lens, however, relies on a steady-state, linear laser pulse-plasma interaction. Ultrashort multi-petawatt (MPW) pulses possess broad bandwidths and extreme intensities, and, as a result, their interaction with the plasma lens is neither steady state nor linear. Here, we examine nonlinear and time-dependent modifications to plasma lens focusing, and show that these result in chromatic and phase aberrations and amplitude distortion. We find that a plasma lens can provide enhanced focusing for 30 fs pulses with peak power up to ∼1 PW. The performance degrades through the MPW regime, until finally a focusing penalty is incurred at ∼10 PW.

  14. The envelope Hamiltonian for electron interaction with ultrashort pulses

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    Toyota, Koudai; Saalmann, Ulf; Rost, Jan M.

    2015-07-01

    For ultrashort VUV pulses with a pulse length comparable to the orbital time of the bound electrons they couple to, we propose a simplified envelope Hamiltonian. It is based on the Kramers-Henneberger representation in connection with a Floquet expansion of the strong-field dynamics but keeps the time dependence of the pulse envelope explicit. Thereby, the envelope Hamiltonian captures the essence of the physics—light-induced shifts of bound states, single-photon absorption, and non-adiabatic electronic transitions. It delivers quantitatively accurate ionization dynamics and allows for a physical insight into the processes occurring. Its minimal requirements for construction in terms of laser parameters make it ideally suited for a large class of atomic and molecular problems.

  15. Plasma lenses for ultrashort multi-petawatt laser pulses

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    Palastro, J. P.; Gordon, D.; Hafizi, B.; Johnson, L. A.; Peñano, J.; Hubbard, R. F.; Helle, M.; Kaganovich, D.

    2015-12-01

    An ideal plasma lens can provide the focusing power of a small f-number, solid-state focusing optic at a fraction of the diameter. An ideal plasma lens, however, relies on a steady-state, linear laser pulse-plasma interaction. Ultrashort multi-petawatt (MPW) pulses possess broad bandwidths and extreme intensities, and, as a result, their interaction with the plasma lens is neither steady state nor linear. Here, we examine nonlinear and time-dependent modifications to plasma lens focusing, and show that these result in chromatic and phase aberrations and amplitude distortion. We find that a plasma lens can provide enhanced focusing for 30 fs pulses with peak power up to ˜1 PW. The performance degrades through the MPW regime, until finally a focusing penalty is incurred at ˜10 PW.

  16. Ultrashort Pulse Laser Accelerated Proton Beams for First Radiobiological Applications

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    Schramm, U.; Zeil, K.; Beyreuther, E.; Bussmann, M.; Cowan, T. E.; Kluge, T.; Kraft, S.; Metzkes, J.; Sauerbrey, R.; Richter, C.; Enghardt, W.; Pawelke, J.; Karsch, L.; Laschinsky, L.; Naumburger, D.

    2010-11-04

    We report on the generation of proton pulses with maximum energies exceeding 15 MeV by means of the irradiation of few micron thick metal foils by ultrashort (30 fs) laser pulses at a power level of 100 TW. In contrast to the well known situation for longer laser pulses, here, a near linear scaling of the maximum proton energy with laser power can be found. Aiming for radiobiological applications the long and short term stability of the laser plasma accelerator as well as a compact energy selection and dosimetry system is presented. The first irradiation of in vitro tumour cells showing dose dependent biological damage is demonstrated paving the way for systematic radiobiological studies.

  17. Ultrashort laser pulse driven inverse free electron laser accelerator experiment

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    Moody, J. T.; Anderson, S. G.; Anderson, G.; Betts, S.; Fisher, S.; Tremaine, A.; Musumeci, P.

    2016-02-01

    In this paper we discuss the ultrashort pulse high gradient inverse free electron laser accelerator experiment carried out at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory which demonstrated gradients exceeding 200 MV /m using a 4 TW 100 fs long 800 nm Ti :Sa laser pulse. Due to the short laser and electron pulse lengths, synchronization was determined to be one of the main challenges in this experiment. This made necessary the implementation of a single-shot, nondestructive, electro-optic sampling based diagnostics to enable time-stamping of each laser accelerator shot with <100 fs accuracy. The results of this experiment are expected to pave the way towards the development of future GeV-class IFEL accelerators.

  18. Sample preparation method for glass welding by ultrashort laser pulses yields higher seam strength

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    Cvecek, K.; Miyamoto, I.; Strauss, J.; Wolf, M.; Frick, T.; Schmidt, M.

    2011-05-01

    Glass welding by ultrashort laser pulses allows joining without the need of an absorber or a preheating and postheating process. However, cracks generated during the welding process substantially impair the joining strength of the welding seams. In this paper a sample preparation method is described that prevents the formation of cracks. The measured joining strength of samples prepared by this method is substantially higher than previously reported values.

  19. OPTIMIZATION AND SINGLE-SHOT CHARACTERIZATION OF ULTRASHORT THz PULSES FROM A LASER WAKEFIELD ACCELERATOR

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    Plateau, G. R.; Matlis, N. H.; van Tilborg, J.; Geddes, C. G. R.; Toth, Cs.; Schroeder, C. B.; Leemans, W. P.

    2009-05-04

    We present spatiotemporal characterization of J-class ultrashort THz pulses generated from a laser wakefield accelerator (LWFA). Accelerated electrons, resulting from the interaction of a high-intensity laser pulse with a plasma, emit high-intensity THz pulses as coherent transition radiation. Such high peak-power THz pulses, suitable for high-field (MV/cm) pump-probe experiments, also provide a non-invasive bunch-length diagnostic and thus feedback for the accelerator. The characterization of the THz pulses includes energy measurement using a Golay cell, 2D sign-resolved electro-optic measurement and single-shot spatiotemporal electric-field distribution retrieval using a new technique, coined temporal electric-field cross-Correlation (TEX). All three techniques corroborate THz pulses of 5 muJ, with peak fields of 100's of kV/cm and ~;;0:4 ps rms duration.

  20. Laser-Material Interaction of Powerful Ultrashort Laser Pulses

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    Komashko, A

    2003-01-06

    Laser-material interaction of powerful (up to a terawatt) ultrashort (several picoseconds or shorter) laser pulses and laser-induced effects were investigated theoretically in this dissertation. Since the ultrashort laser pulse (USLP) duration time is much smaller than the characteristic time of the hydrodynamic expansion and thermal diffusion, the interaction occurs at a solid-like material density with most of the light energy absorbed in a thin surface layer. Powerful USLP creates hot, high-pressure plasma, which is quickly ejected without significant energy diffusion into the bulk of the material, Thus collateral damage is reduced. These and other features make USLPs attractive for a variety of applications. The purpose of this dissertation was development of the physical models and numerical tools for improvement of our understanding of the process and as an aid in optimization of the USLP applications. The study is concentrated on two types of materials - simple metals (materials like aluminum or copper) and wide-bandgap dielectrics (fused silica, water). First, key physical phenomena of the ultrashort light interaction with metals and the models needed to describe it are presented. Then, employing one-dimensional plasma hydrodynamics code enhanced with models for laser energy deposition and material properties at low and moderate temperatures, light absorption was self-consistently simulated as a function of laser wavelength, pulse energy and length, angle of incidence and polarization. Next, material response on time scales much longer than the pulse duration was studied using the hydrocode and analytical models. These studies include examination of evolution of the pressure pulses, effects of the shock waves, material ablation and removal and three-dimensional dynamics of the ablation plume. Investigation of the interaction with wide-bandgap dielectrics was stimulated by the experimental studies of the USLP surface ablation of water (water is a model of

  1. Robust energy enhancement of ultrashort pulse laser accelerated protons from reduced mass targets

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    Zeil, K.; Metzkes, J.; Kluge, T.; Bussmann, M.; Cowan, T. E.; Kraft, S. D.; Sauerbrey, R.; Schmidt, B.; Zier, M.; Schramm, U.

    2014-08-01

    This paper reports on a systematic investigation of the ultrashort pulse laser driven acceleration of protons from thin targets of finite size, so-called reduced mass targets (RMTs). Reproducible series of targets, manufactured with lithographic techniques, and varying in size, thickness, and mounting geometry, were irradiated with ultrashort (30 fs) laser pulses of intensities of about 8 × 1020 W cm-2. A robust maximum energy enhancement of almost a factor of two was found when comparing gold RMTs to reference irradiations of plain gold foils of the same thickness. Furthermore, a change of the thickness of these targets has less influence on the measured maximum proton energy when compared to standard foils, which, based on detailed particle-in-cell simulations, can be explained by the influence of the RMT geometry on the electron sheath. The performance gain was, however, restricted to lateral target sizes of greater than 50 µm, which can be attributed to edge and mounting structure influences.

  2. Diatomic molecules in strong ultrashort pulse laser fields

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    Nibarger, John Paul

    The advent of ultrashort pulse laser systems has allowed the study of atoms and molecules in extreme environments. In our lab intensities up to 2.1015 W/cm2 have been achieved and pulse durations as short as 25 fs have been characterized. Characterizing these pulses and understanding their effect on diatomic molecules is the focus of this dissertation. To fully characterize an ultrashort laser pulse in both electric field and phase, we have developed a compact dispersion free TG FROG (Transient-Grating Frequency- Resolved-Optical-Gate). This was done through the use of a mask that separates the input beam into three distinct beams which are focused into fused silica to create the FROG signal. To understand the ionization and dissociation process in detail, a comprehensive analysis was made of diatomic nitrogen for charge states of N 2 up to N5+2 . It appears that all ionization up to N5+2 involves the charge asymmetric channel, N4+2-->N1++N3+ . By determining the time between each ionization step we observe the competition between laser intensity and internuclear separation in determining the molecular ionization rate. Finally, we suggest that short pulse (<130 fs) ionization leaves fragments in electronically excited states whereas long pulse (>600 fs) ionization leaves them in electronic ground states. Further investigation was made into the role of charge asymmetric dissociation with short pulses (30 fs) and we prove that charge asymmetric dissociation in diatomic molecules leaves one of the fragments in an electronically excited state. For example, using a new double pulse technique, we observed the reaction: I2+(pulse1) -->(I2+2) **-->I0++(I2+ )*+(pulse 2)-->I0++I3+ demonstrating that the I2+ fragment must have been in an excited state. More generally, just as asymmetric dissociation implies that the initial molecular ion is in an excited electronic state, the observation of asymmetric channels in the post- dissociation ionization shows that the ionic

  3. Ultrashort-pulse propagation through free-carrier plasmas

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    Gulley, Jeremy R.; Dennis, W. M.

    2010-03-15

    The past decade has seen frequent use of a modified nonlinear Schroedinger equation to describe ultrashort pulse propagation in materials where free-carrier plasmas are present. The optical contribution from the resulting free-current densities in this equation is often described using a classical Drude model. However, the ultimate form of this contribution in the modified nonlinear Schroedinger equation is somewhat inconsistent in the literature. We clarify this ambiguity by deriving the modified nonlinear Schroedinger equation from the classical wave equation containing a free-current density contribution. The Drude model is then used to obtain an expression for the complex free-carrier current density envelope with temporal dispersion corrections for ultrashort laser pulses. These temporal dispersion corrections to the current-density term differ, to our knowledge, from all other models in the literature in that they depend more sensitively on the value of the Drude free-carrier collision time. These corrections reduce to the current models in the literature for limiting cases. Theoretical analysis and computer simulations show that these differences can significantly affect the dynamic interactions of plasma absorption and plasma defocusing for materials with free-carrier collision times on the order of one optical cycle (or less) of the applied field.

  4. Temperature dependent ablation threshold in silicon using ultrashort laser pulses

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    Thorstensen, Jostein; Erik Foss, Sean

    2012-11-01

    We have experimentally investigated the ablation threshold in silicon as a function of temperature when applying ultrashort laser pulses at three wavelengths. By varying the temperature of a silicon substrate from room temperature to 320 °C, we observe that the ablation threshold for a 3 ps pulse using a wavelength of 1030 nm drops from 0.43 J/cm2 to 0.24 J/cm2, a reduction of 43%. For a wavelength of 515 nm, the ablation threshold drops from 0.22 J/cm2 to 0.15 J/cm2, a reduction of 35%. The observed ablation threshold for pulses at 343 nm remains constant with temperature, at 0.10 J/cm2. These results indicate that substrate heating is a useful technique for lowering the ablation threshold in industrial silicon processing using ultrashort laser pulses in the IR or visible wavelength range. In order to investigate and explain the observed trends, we apply the two-temperature model, a thermodynamic model for investigation of the interaction between silicon and ultrashort laser pulses. Applying the two-temperature model implies thermal equilibrium between optical and acoustic phonons. On the time scales encountered herein, this need not be the case. However, as discussed in the article, the two-temperature model provides valuable insight into the physical processes governing the interaction between the laser light and the silicon. The simulations indicate that ablation occurs when the number density of excited electrons reaches the critical electron density, while the lattice remains well below vaporization temperature. The simulated laser fluence required to reach critical electron density is also found to be temperature dependent. The dominant contributor to increased electron density is, in the majority of the investigated cases, the linear absorption coefficient. Two-photon absorption and impact ionization also generate carriers, but to a lesser extent. As the linear absorption coefficient is temperature dependent, we find that the simulated reduction in

  5. O2^+ dissociation caused by an ultrashort intense laser pulse

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    Sayler, A. M.

    2005-05-01

    Laser-induced dissociation of O2^+ has been experimentally studied with ultrashort (˜50 fs) intense (10^14 to 10^15 W/cm^2) laser pulses at 790 nm using kinematically complete coincidence 3D momentum imaging. The resulting kinetic energy release (KER) distribution has several distinct peaks, each of which has a unique angular distribution. The lower KER features are peaked around the laser polarization, while at higher KER, dissociation perpendicular to the laser polarization is significant. For comparison, a theoretical study of O2^+ dissociation using the Electron-Nuclear Dynamics (END) approach with a laser pulse included in the time-dependent dynamics is underway. Preliminary results also indicate that ionization, which occurs predominantly at the high end of the intensity range, is strongly peaked along the laser polarization.

  6. Optical modulation of astrocyte network using ultrashort pulsed laser

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    Yoon, Jonghee; Ku, Taeyun; Chong, Kyuha; Ryu, Seung-Wook; Choi, Chulhee

    2012-03-01

    Astrocyte, the most abundant cell type in the central nervous system, has been one of major topics in neuroscience. Even though many tools have been developed for the analysis of astrocyte function, there has been no adequate tool that can modulates astrocyte network without pharmaceutical or genetic interventions. Here we found that ultrashort pulsed laser stimulation can induce label-free activation of astrocytes as well as apoptotic-like cell death in a dose-dependent manner. Upon irradiation with high intensity pulsed lasers, the irradiated cells with short exposure time showed very rapid mitochondria fragmentation, membrane blebbing and cytoskeletal retraction. We applied this technique to investigate in vivo function of astrocyte network in the CNS: in the aspect of neurovascular coupling and blood-brain barrier. We propose that this noninvasive technique can be widely applied for in vivo study of complex cellular network.

  7. Nonresonant interaction of ultrashort electromagnetic pulses with multilevel quantum systems

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    Belenov, E.; Isakov, V.; Nazarkin, A.

    1994-01-01

    Some features of the excitation of multilevel quantum systems under the action of electromagnetic pulses which are shorter than the inverse frequency of interlevel transitions are considered. It is shown that the interaction is characterized by a specific type of selectivity which is not connected with the resonant absorption of radiation. The simplest three-level model displays the inverse population of upper levels. The effect of an ultrashort laser pulse on a multilevel molecule was regarded as an instant reception of the oscillation velocity by the oscillator and this approach showed an effective excitation and dissociation of the molecule. The estimations testify to the fact that these effects can be observed using modern femtosecond lasers.

  8. Ultrashort electron pulses as a four-dimensional diagnosis of plasma dynamics.

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    Zhu, P F; Zhang, Z C; Chen, L; Li, R Z; Li, J J; Wang, X; Cao, J M; Sheng, Z M; Zhang, J

    2010-10-01

    We report an ultrafast electron imaging system for real-time examination of ultrafast plasma dynamics in four dimensions. It consists of a femtosecond pulsed electron gun and a two-dimensional single electron detector. The device has an unprecedented capability of acquiring a high-quality shadowgraph image with a single ultrashort electron pulse, thus permitting the measurement of irreversible processes using a single-shot scheme. In a prototype experiment of laser-induced plasma of a metal target under moderate pump intensity, we demonstrated its unique capability of acquiring high-quality shadowgraph images on a micron scale with a-few-picosecond time resolution.

  9. ULTRASHORT LIGHT PULSES: Formation of subfemtosecond laser pulses in aperiodically poled nonlinear-optical crystals

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    Shutov, I. V.; Novikov, A. A.; Chirkin, A. S.

    2008-03-01

    The method of synthesis of ultrashort laser pulses in nonlinear aperiodically poled crystals based on the simultaneous generation of several higher optical harmonics is considered. The interaction of four waves with multiple frequencies involving three mutually coupled nonlinear three-frequency processes is studied. It is shown that by introducing intense laser radiation into a crystal, pulses of duration of the order of a few hundreds of attoseconds can be produced at the crystal output.

  10. Spatial and temporal temperature distribution of ultrashort pulse induced heat accumulation in glass

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    Richter, Sören; Hashimoto, Fumiya; Zimmermann, Felix; Ozeki, Yasuyuki; Itoh, Kazuyoshi; Tünnermann, Andreas; Nolte, Stefan

    2015-03-01

    We report on the first direct measurements of the laser induced temperature distribution after the absorption of multiple ultrashort laser pulses at high repetition rates in borosilicate glass. To this end, we developed an in-situ micro Raman setup to determine the temperature dependent ratio between Stokes and Anti-Stokes scattering. The results indicate a critical influence of the pulse energy on the induced temperature. In borosilicate glass, the maximal temperature directly after the excitation (pulse energy of 1100 nJ, repetition rate of 1 MHz, wavelength of 1044 nm, pulse duration of 600 fs, 2000 pulses per laser spot) is more than 5000 K and rapidly cools down within several hundreds of ns.

  11. Welding of transparent materials with ultrashort laser pulses

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    Richter, Sören; Döring, Sven; Zimmermann, Felix; Lescieux, Ludovic; Eberhardt, Ramona; Nolte, Stefan; Tünnermann, Andreas

    2012-03-01

    The realization of stable bonds between different glasses has attracted a lot interest in recent years. However, conventional bonding techniques are often problematic due to required thermal annealing steps which may lead to induced stress, whereas glue and other adhesives tend to degrade over time. These problems can be overcome by using ultrashort laser pulses. When focussed at the interface, the laser energy is deposited locally in the focal volume due to nonlinear absorption processes. While even single pulses can lead to the formation of bonds between transparent glass substrates, the application of high repetition rates offers an additional degree of freedom. If the time between two pulses is shorter than the time required for heat diffusion out of the focal volume, heat accumulation of successive pulses leads to localized melting at the interface. The subsequent resolidification finally yields strong and robust bonds. Using optimized processing parameters, we achieved a breaking strength up 95% of the pristine bulk material. In this paper, we will detail the experimental background and the influence of the laser parameters on the achievable breaking strength.

  12. Nonlinear Thomson scattering of an ultrashort laser pulse

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    Golovinski, P. A. Mikhin, E. A.

    2011-10-15

    The nonlinear scattering of an ultrashort laser pulse by free electrons is considered. The pulse is described in the 'Mexican hat' wavelet basis. The equation of motion for a charged particle in the field of a plane electromagnetic wave has an exact solution allowing, together with the instant spectrum approximation, the calculation of the intensity of nonlinear Thomson scattering for a high-intensity laser pulse. The spectral distribution of scattered radiation for the entire pulse duration is found by integrating with respect to time. The maximum of the emission spectrum of a free electron calculated in 10{sup 19}-10{sup 21} W/cm{sup 2} fields lies in the UV spectral region between 3 and 12 eV. A part of the continuous spectrum achieves high photon energies. One percent of the scattered energy for the field intensity 10{sup 20} W/cm{sup 2} is concentrated in the range h{omega} > 2.7 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 2} eV, for a field intensity of 10{sup 21} W/cm{sup 2} in the range h{Omega} > 7.9 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 2} eV, and for an intensity of 10{sup 22} W/cm{sup 2} in the range h{Omega} > 2.45 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 5} eV. These results allow us to estimate nonlinear scattering as a source of hard X-rays.

  13. Influence of pulse duration on ultrashort laser pulse ablation of biological tissues.

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    Kim, B M; Feit, M D; Rubenchik, A M; Joslin, E J; Celliers, P M; Eichler, J; Da Silva, L B

    2001-07-01

    Ablation characteristics of ultrashort laser pulses were investigated for pulse durations in the range of 130 fs-10 ps. Tissue samples used in the study were dental hard tissue (dentin) and water. We observed differences in ablation crater morphology for craters generated with pulse durations in the 130 fs-1 ps and the 5 ps-10 ps range. For the water experiment, the surface ablation and subsequent propagation of stress waves were monitored using Mach-Zehnder interferometry. For 130 fs-1 ps, energy is deposited on the surface while for longer pulses the beam penetrates into the sample. Both studies indicate that a transition occurs between 1 and 5 ps.

  14. Photon-induced positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy using ultrashort laser-Compton-scattered gamma-ray pulses.

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    Taira, Y; Toyokawa, H; Kuroda, R; Yamamoto, N; Adachi, M; Tanaka, S; Katoh, M

    2013-05-01

    High-energy ultrashort gamma-ray pulses can be generated via laser Compton scattering with 90° collisions at the UVSOR-II electron storage ring. As an applied study of ultrashort gamma-ray pulses, a new photon-induced positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy approach has been developed. Ultrashort gamma-ray pulses with a maximum energy of 6.6 MeV and pulse width of 2.2 ps created positrons throughout bulk lead via pair production. Annihilation gamma rays were detected by a BaF2 scintillator mounted on a photomultiplier tube. A positron lifetime spectrum was obtained by measuring the time difference between the RF frequency of the electron storage ring and the detection time of the annihilation gamma rays. We calculated the response of the BaF2 scintillator and the time jitter caused by the variation in the total path length of the ultrashort gamma-ray pulses, annihilation gamma rays, and scintillation light using a Monte Carlo simulation code. The positron lifetime for bulk lead was successfully measured.

  15. Photon-induced positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy using ultrashort laser-Compton-scattered gamma-ray pulses

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    Taira, Y.; Toyokawa, H.; Kuroda, R.; Yamamoto, N.; Adachi, M.; Tanaka, S.; Katoh, M.

    2013-05-15

    High-energy ultrashort gamma-ray pulses can be generated via laser Compton scattering with 90 Degree-Sign collisions at the UVSOR-II electron storage ring. As an applied study of ultrashort gamma-ray pulses, a new photon-induced positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy approach has been developed. Ultrashort gamma-ray pulses with a maximum energy of 6.6 MeV and pulse width of 2.2 ps created positrons throughout bulk lead via pair production. Annihilation gamma rays were detected by a BaF{sub 2} scintillator mounted on a photomultiplier tube. A positron lifetime spectrum was obtained by measuring the time difference between the RF frequency of the electron storage ring and the detection time of the annihilation gamma rays. We calculated the response of the BaF{sub 2} scintillator and the time jitter caused by the variation in the total path length of the ultrashort gamma-ray pulses, annihilation gamma rays, and scintillation light using a Monte Carlo simulation code. The positron lifetime for bulk lead was successfully measured.

  16. Precision resection of intestine using ultrashort laser pulses

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    Beck, Rainer J.; Gora, Wojciech S.; Jayne, David; Hand, Duncan P.; Shephard, Jonathan D.

    2016-03-01

    Endoscopic resection of early colorectal neoplasms typically employs electrocautery tools, which lack precision and run the risk of full thickness thermal injury to the bowel wall with subsequent perforation. We present a means of endoluminal colonic ablation using picosecond laser pulses as a potential alternative to mitigate these limitations. High intensity ultrashort laser pulses enable nonlinear absorption processes, plasma generation, and as a consequence a predominantly non-thermal ablation regimen. Robust process parameters for the laser resection are demonstrated using fresh ex vivo pig intestine samples. Square cavities with comparable thickness to early colorectal neoplasms are removed for a wavelength of 1030 nm and 515 nm using a picosecond laser system. The corresponding histology sections exhibit in both cases only minimal collateral damage to the surrounding tissue. The ablation depth can be controlled precisely by means of the pulse energy. Overall, the application of ultrafast lasers for the resection of intestine enables significantly improved precision and reduced thermal damage to the surrounding tissue compared to conventional electrocautery.

  17. Dynamics Of Electronic Excitation Of Solids With Ultrashort Laser Pulse

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    Medvedev, Nikita; Rethfeld, Baerbel

    2010-10-08

    When ultrashort laser pulses irradiate a solid, photoabsorption by electrons in conduction band produces nonequilibrium highly energetic free electrons gas. We study the ionization and excitation of the electronic subsystem in a semiconductor and a metal (solid silicon and aluminum, respectively). The irradiating femtosecond laser pulse has a duration of 10 fs and a photon energy of h-bar {omega} = 38 eV. The classical Monte Carlo method is extended to take into account the electronic band structure and Pauli's principle for electrons excited to the conduction band. In the case of semiconductors this applies to the holes as well. Conduction band electrons and valence band holes induce secondary excitation and ionization processes which we simulate event by event. We discuss the transient electron dynamics with respect to the differences between semiconductors and metals. For metals the electronic distribution is split up into two branches: a low energy distribution as a slightly distorted Fermi-distribution and a long high energy tail. For the case of semiconductors it is split into two parts by the band gap. To thermalize, these excited electronic subsystems need longer times than the characteristic pulse duration. Therefore, the analysis of experimental data with femtosecond lasers must be based on non-equilibrium concepts.

  18. CONTROLLING THE CHARACTERISTICS OF LASER LIGHT: Propagation of ultrashort light pulses in metals

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    Belenov, É. M.; Kanavin, Andrey P.

    1993-04-01

    This paper analyzes the reflection of intense ultrashort pulses from a plane metal or semiconductor surface and the penetration of these pulses into the medium when the pulse length is shorter than the electron relaxation time. Light pulses of this sort can penetrate into metals or semiconductors even if spectral components of the field lie below the plasma frequency. They then propagate without absorption.

  19. Atomic processes in plasmas created by an ultra-short laser pulse

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    Audebert, P.; Lecherbourg, L.; Bastiani-Ceccotti, S.; Geindre, J.-P.; Blancard, C.; Cossé, P.; Faussurier, G.; Shepherd, R.; Renaudin, P.

    2008-05-01

    Point projection K-shell absorption spectroscopy has been used to measure absorption spectra of transient aluminum plasma created by an ultra-short laser pulse. 1s-2p and 1s-3p absorption lines of weakly ionized aluminum were measured for an extended range of densities in a relatively low-temperature regime. Independent plasma characterization was obtained from frequency domain interferometry (FDI) diagnostic and allows the interpretation of the absorption spectra in terms of spectral opacities. The experimental spectra are compared with opacity calculations using the density and temperature inferred from the analysis of the FDI data.

  20. Electron-beam-based sources of ultrashort x-ray pulses

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    Zholents, A. )

    2010-01-01

    A review of various methods for generation of ultrashort X-ray pulses using relativistic electron beam from conventional accelerators is presented. Both spontaneous and coherent emission of electrons are considered.

  1. Holographic frequency resolved optical gating for spatio-temporal characterization of ultrashort optical pulse

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    Mehta, Nikhil; Yang, Chuan; Xu, Yong; Liu, Zhiwen

    2014-09-01

    We introduce a novel method for characterizing the spatio-temporal evolution of ultrashort optical field by recording the spectral hologram of frequency resolved optical gating (FROG) trace. We show that FROG holography enables the measurement of phase (up to an overall constant) and group delay of the pulse which cannot be measured by conventional FROG method. To illustrate our method, we perform numerical simulation to generate holographic collinear FROG (cFROG) trace of a chirped optical pulse and retrieve its complex profile at multiple locations as it propagates through a hypothetical dispersive medium. Further, we experimentally demonstrate our method by retrieving a 67 fs pulse at three axial locations in the vicinity of focus of an objective lens and compute its group delay.

  2. Enhanced third harmonic generation in air by two-colour ultrashort laser pulses

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    Nath, Arpita; Dharmadhikari, J. A.; Mathur, D.; Dharmadhikari, A. K.

    2016-09-01

    We report on third harmonic generation in air in a non-filamentation regime using tightly focused, ultrashort laser pulses (1-2 µm wavelength). Enhancement in the third harmonic efficiency is observed from co-propagating laser pulses of two different wavelengths which emanate from the same source—an optical parametric amplifier—and are spatially and temporally overlapped. The third harmonic efficiency for signal wavelength (1.35 µm) is measured to be 4 × 10-3 %; in the presence of idler wavelength (2.09 µm), the corresponding value becomes 1.6 × 10-2 %—a fourfold enhancement in efficiency. The pulse duration of the generated third harmonic is measured to be 37 fs. We examine the possible role of plasma to account for the observed enhancement in third harmonic generation.

  3. Bone tissue heating and ablation by short and ultrashort laser pulses

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    Letfullin, Renat R.; Rice, Colin E. W.; George, Thomas F.

    2010-02-01

    Biological hard tissues, such as those found in bone and teeth, are complex tissues that build a strong mineral structure over an organic matrix framework. The laser-matter interaction for bone hard tissues holds great interest to laser surgery and laser dentistry; the use of short/ultrashort pulses, in particular, shows interesting behaviors not seen in continuous wave lasers. High laser energy densities in ultrashort pulses can be focused on a small irradiated surface (spot diameter is 10-50 μm) leading to rapid temperature rise and thermal ablation of the bone tissue. Ultrashort pulses, specifically those in the picosecond and femtosecond ranges, impose several challenges in modeling bone tissue response. In the present paper we perform time-dependent thermal simulations of short and ultrashort pulse laser-bone interactions in singlepulse and multipulse (set of ultrashort pulses) modes of laser heating. A comparative analysis for both radiation modes is discussed for laser heating of different types of the solid bone on the nanosecond, picosecond and femtosecond time scales. It is shown that ultrashort laser pulses with high energy densities can ablate bone tissue without heating tissues bordering the ablation creator. This reaction is particularly desirable as heat accumulation and thermal damage are the main factors affecting tissue regrowth rates, and thus patient recovery times.

  4. Phase mapping of ultrashort pulses in bimodal photonic structures: A window on local group velocity dispersion

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    Gersen, H.; van Dijk, E. M. H. P.; Korterik, J. P.; van Hulst, N. F.; Kuipers, L.

    2004-12-01

    The amplitude and phase evolution of ultrashort pulses in a bimodal waveguide structure has been studied with a time-resolved photon scanning tunneling microscope (PSTM). When waveguide modes overlap in time intriguing phase patterns are observed. Phase singularities, arising from interference between different modes, are normally expected at equidistant intervals determined by the difference in effective index for the two modes. However, in the pulsed experiments the distance between individual singularities is found to change not only within one measurement frame, but even depends strongly on the reference time. To understand this observation it is necessary to take into account that the actual pulses generating the interference signal change shape upon propagation through a dispersive medium. This implies that the spatial distribution of phase singularities contains direct information on local dispersion characteristics. At the same time also the mode profiles, wave vectors, pulse lengths, and group velocities of all excited modes in the waveguide are directly measured. The combination of these parameters with an analytical model for the time-resolved PSTM measurements shows that the unique spatial phase information indeed gives a direct measure for the group velocity dispersion of individual modes. As a result interesting and useful effects, such as pulse compression, pulse spreading, and pulse reshaping become accessible in a local measurement.

  5. Phase mapping of ultrashort pulses in bimodal photonic structures: a window on local group velocity dispersion.

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    Gersen, H; van Dijk, E M H P; Korterik, J P; van Hulst, N F; Kuipers, L

    2004-12-01

    The amplitude and phase evolution of ultrashort pulses in a bimodal waveguide structure has been studied with a time-resolved photon scanning tunneling microscope (PSTM). When waveguide modes overlap in time intriguing phase patterns are observed. Phase singularities, arising from interference between different modes, are normally expected at equidistant intervals determined by the difference in effective index for the two modes. However, in the pulsed experiments the distance between individual singularities is found to change not only within one measurement frame, but even depends strongly on the reference time. To understand this observation it is necessary to take into account that the actual pulses generating the interference signal change shape upon propagation through a dispersive medium. This implies that the spatial distribution of phase singularities contains direct information on local dispersion characteristics. At the same time also the mode profiles, wave vectors, pulse lengths, and group velocities of all excited modes in the waveguide are directly measured. The combination of these parameters with an analytical model for the time-resolved PSTM measurements shows that the unique spatial phase information indeed gives a direct measure for the group velocity dispersion of individual modes. As a result interesting and useful effects, such as pulse compression, pulse spreading, and pulse reshaping become accessible in a local measurement.

  6. Probing degrees of orientation of polar molecules with harmonic emission in ultrashort laser pulses

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    Shi, Y. Z.; Zhang, B.; Li, W. Y.; Yu, S. J.; Chen, Y. J.

    2017-03-01

    The orientation of molecules with respect to the laser polarization brings rich physics into laser-molecule interaction. However, the degree of orientation of a polar molecule is difficult to measure in present experiments. Here, through numerical solution of the time-dependent Schrödinger equation, we show that high-order-harmonic generation from polar molecules with a large permanent dipole in ultrashort laser pulses can be used as a sensitive tool to probe the degree of orientation. The underlying mechanism is discussed.

  7. Ultrashort-pulse laser ablation of nanocrystalline aluminum

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    Gill-Comeau, Maxime; Lewis, Laurent J.

    2011-12-01

    Molecular-dynamics simulations of the ablation of nanocrystalline Al films by ultrashort laser pulses in the low-fluence (no-ionization) regime (0-2.5 times the ablation threshold, F{sub th}) are reported. The simulations employ an embedded-atom method potential for the dynamics of the ions and a realistic two-temperature model for the electron gas (and its interactions with the ion gas), which confers different electronic properties to the monocrystalline solid, nanocrystalline solid, and liquid regions of the targets. The ablation dynamics in three nanocrystalline structures is studied: two dense targets with different crystallite sizes (d=3.1 and 6.2 nm on average) and a d=6.2 nm porous sample. The results are compared to the ablation of monocrystalline Al. Significant differences are observed, the nanocrystalline targets showing, in particular, a lower ablation threshold and a larger melting depth, and yielding pressure waves of higher amplitude than the monocrystalline targets. Furthermore, it is shown that nanocrystalline targets experience no residual stress associated with thermal expansion and lateral constraints, and that little crystal growth occurs in the solid during and after ablation. Laser-induced spallation of the back surface of the films is also investigated; we find, in particular, that the high-strain fracture resistance of nanocrystalline samples is significantly reduced in comparison to the crystalline material.

  8. Compact bright pulse and ultrashort-pulse in the nonlinear Kerr-like media

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    Pokam Nguewawe, Chancelor; Yemele, David; Donkeng, Hatou-Yvelin; Kofane, Timoléon Crépin

    2017-02-01

    The extended nonlinear Schrödinger equation describing the propagation of light beam in the weak nonlocal nonlinear media in general, and in the optical fibers with nearly instantaneous nonlinear response of the medium in particular, is investigated. In the zero-dispersion limit, we show that the system exhibits stable stationary compact bright pulse with an arbitrary nonlinear phase-shift both for the focusing and the defocusing media. However, in the presence of the large linear dispersion, this compact pulse become unstable and may be either disintegrate or transform into the ultrashort bright pulse according to whether the system operates in the normal or in the anomalous region. The exact analytical expressions of these two pulses are derived and the results checked through numerical simulations.

  9. LIBS using dual- and ultra-short laser pulses.

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    Angel, S M; Stratis, D N; Eland, K L; Lai, T; Berg, M A; Gold, D M

    2001-02-01

    Pre-ablation dual-pulse LIBS enhancement data for copper, brass and steel using ns laser excitation are reported. Although large enhancements are observed for all samples, the magnitude of the enhancement is matrix dependent. Whereas all of the dual-pulse studies used ns laser excitation we see interesting effects when using ps and fs laser excitation for single-pulse LIBS. LIBS spectra of copper using 1.3 ps and 140 fs laser pulses show much lower background signals compared to ns pulse excitation. Also, the atomic emission decays much more rapidly with time. Because of relatively low backgrounds when using ps and fs pulses, non-gated detection of LIBS is shown to be very effective. The plasma dissipates quickly enough using ps and fs laser pulses, that high pulse rates, up to 1,000 Hz, are effective for increasing the LIBS signal, for a given measurement time. Finally, a simple near-collinear dual-pulse fiber-optic LIBS probe is shown to be useful for enhanced LIBS measurements.

  10. Challenges of dosimetry of ultra-short pulsed very high energy electron beams.

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    Subiel, Anna; Moskvin, Vadim; Welsh, Gregor H; Cipiccia, Silvia; Reboredo, David; DesRosiers, Colleen; Jaroszynski, Dino A

    2017-05-11

    Very high energy electrons (VHEE) in the range from 100 to 250MeV have the potential of becoming an alternative modality in radiotherapy because of their improved dosimetric properties compared with 6-20MV photons generated by clinical linear accelerators (LINACs). VHEE beams have characteristics unlike any other beams currently used for radiotherapy: femtosecond to picosecond duration electron bunches, which leads to very high dose per pulse, and energies that exceed that currently used in clinical applications. Dosimetry with conventional online detectors, such as ionization chambers or diodes, is a challenge due to non-negligible ion recombination effects taking place in the sensitive volumes of these detectors. FLUKA and Geant4 Monte Carlo (MC) codes have been employed to study the temporal and spectral evolution of ultrashort VHEE beams in a water phantom. These results are complemented by ion recombination measurements employing an IBA CC04 ionization chamber for a 165MeV VHEE beam. For comparison, ion recombination has also been measured using the same chamber with a conventional 20MeV electron beam. This work demonstrates that the IBA CC04 ionization chamber exhibits significant ion recombination and is therefore not suitable for dosimetry of ultrashort pulsed VHEE beams applying conventional correction factors. Further study is required to investigate the applicability of ion chambers in VHEE dosimetry. Copyright © 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.. All rights reserved.

  11. Surface ablation of aluminum and silicon by ultrashort laser pulses of variable width

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    Zayarny, D. A.; Ionin, A. A.; Kudryashov, S. I.; Makarov, S. V.; Kuchmizhak, A. A.; Vitrik, O. B.; Kulchin, Yu. N.

    2016-06-01

    Single-shot thresholds of surface ablation of aluminum and silicon via spallative ablation by infrared (IR) and visible ultrashort laser pulses of variable width τlas (0.2-12 ps) have been measured by optical microscopy. For increasing laser pulse width τlas < 3 ps, a drastic (threefold) drop of the ablation threshold of aluminum has been observed for visible pulses compared to an almost negligible threshold variation for IR pulses. In contrast, the ablation threshold in silicon increases threefold with increasing τlas for IR pulses, while the corresponding thresholds for visible pulses remained almost constant. In aluminum, such a width-dependent decrease in ablation thresholds has been related to strongly diminished temperature gradients for pulse widths exceeding the characteristic electron-phonon thermalization time. In silicon, the observed increase in ablation thresholds has been ascribed to two-photon IR excitation, while in the visible range linear absorption of the material results in almost constant thresholds.

  12. Novel oral applications of ultra-short laser pulses

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    Wieger, V.; Wernisch, J.; Wintner, E.

    2007-02-01

    In the past decades, many efforts have been made to replace mechanical tools in oral applications by various laser systems. The reasons therefore are manifold: i) Friction causes high temperatures damaging adjacent tissue. ii) Smear layers and rough surfaces are produced. iii) Size and shape of traditional tools are often unsuitable for geometrically complicated incisions and for minimum invasive treatment. iv) Mechanical damage of the remaining tissue occurs. v) Online diagnosis for feedback is not available. Different laser systems in the µs and sub-&mrgs-pulse regime, among them Erbium lasers, have been tested in the hope to overcome the mentioned drawbacks and, to some extent, they represent the current state of the art with respect to commercial and hence practical application. In the present work the applicability of scanned ultrashort pulse lasers (USPLs) for biological hard tissue as well as dental restoration material removal was tested. It is shown that cavities with features superior to mechanically treated or Erbium laser ablated cavities can be generated if appropriate scan algorithms and optimum laser parameters are matched. Smooth cavity rims, no microcracks, melting or carbonisation and precise geometry are the advantages of scanned USLP ablation. For bone treatment better healing conditions are expected as the natural structure remains unaffected by the preparation procedure. The novelty of this work is represented by a comprehensive compilation of various experimental results intended to assess the performance of USPLs. In this context, various pulse durations in the picosecond and femtosecond regime were applied to dental and bone tissue as well as dental restoration materials which is considered to be indispensable for a complete assessment. Parameters like ablation rates describing the efficiency of the ablation process, and ablation thresholds were determined - some of them for the first time - and compared to the corresponding Erbium

  13. The effect of polarization on ultrashort pulsed laser ablation of thin metal films

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    Venkatakrishnan, K.; Tan, B.; Stanley, P.; Sivakumar, N. R.

    2002-08-01

    Ultrashort pulse lasers have proven to have superior advantages over conventional continuous wave and long pulse lasers for ablation of thin metal films. Though several investigations have been carried out to understand the phenomena of ultrashort pulse laser machining, the effect of the beam polarization on ablation of thin metal films has been seldom investigated. In this article, we report our recent observations on how the shape of the machined feature and also the damage threshold of the material varies according to the polarization of the ultrashort pulse laser beam. Based on this we have explained how the polarization of the beam controls the laser cutting rate, kerf width, edge quality, and ablation depth of the ablated feature.

  14. Problems of the physics of high-power ultrashort laser pulse interaction with transparent solids

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    Manenkov, Aleksandr A

    2003-07-31

    The contribution of A.M. Prokhorov to quantum electronics is briefly reviewed. The recent experimental data in the field of laser damage (LD) of transparent solids by ultrashort pulses are analysed. The dependence of the LD threshold on the pulse duration and the damage morphology are discussed. The experimental data are interpreted within the framework of the theoretical concepts of the LD mechanisms. In particular, the criteria for a change in the damage morphology from cracks to ablation are formulated at transition of an irradiation regime from long pulses to ultrashort ones. (special issue devoted to the memory of academician a m prokhorov)

  15. Hydrodynamic model for ultra-short pulse ablation of hard dental tissue

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    London, R.A.; Bailey, D.S.; Young, D.A.; Alley, W.E.; Feit, M.D.; Rubenchik, A.M.; Neev, J.

    1996-02-29

    A computational model for the ablation of tooth enamel by ultra-short laser pulses is presented. The role of simulations using this model in designing and understanding laser drilling systems is discussed. Pulses of duration 300 fsec and intensity greater than 10{sup 12} W/cm{sup 2} are considered. Laser absorption proceeds via multi-photon initiated plasma mechanism. The hydrodynamic response is calculated with a finite difference method, using an equation of state constructed from thermodynamic functions including electronic, ion motion, and chemical binding terms. Results for the ablation efficiency are presented. An analytic model describing the ablation threshold and ablation depth is presented. Thermal coupling to the remaining tissue and long-time thermal conduction are calculated. Simulation results are compared to experimental measurements of the ablation efficiency. Desired improvements in the model are presented.

  16. Inertial displacement of a domain wall excited by ultra-short circularly polarized laser pulses

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    Janda, T.; Roy, P. E.; Otxoa, R. M.; Šobáň, Z.; Ramsay, A.; Irvine, A. C.; Trojanek, F.; Surýnek, M.; Campion, R. P.; Gallagher, B. L.; Němec, P.; Jungwirth, T.; Wunderlich, J.

    2017-05-01

    Domain wall motion driven by ultra-short laser pulses is a pre-requisite for envisaged low-power spintronics combining storage of information in magnetoelectronic devices with high speed and long distance transmission of information encoded in circularly polarized light. Here we demonstrate the conversion of the circular polarization of incident femtosecond laser pulses into inertial displacement of a domain wall in a ferromagnetic semiconductor. In our study, we combine electrical measurements and magneto-optical imaging of the domain wall displacement with micromagnetic simulations. The optical spin-transfer torque acts over a picosecond recombination time of the spin-polarized photo-carriers that only leads to a deformation of the initial domain wall structure. We show that subsequent depinning and micrometre-distance displacement without an applied magnetic field or any other external stimuli can only occur due to the inertia of the domain wall.

  17. Self-limited underdense microplasmas in bulk silicon induced by ultrashort laser pulses

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    Mouskeftaras, Alexandros; Clady, Raphaël; Sentis, Marc; Utéza, Olivier; Grojo, David; Rode, Andrei V.

    2014-11-10

    Two-photon ionization by focused femtosecond laser pulses initiates the development of micrometer-scale plasmas in the bulk of silicon. Using pump-and-probe transmission microscopy with infrared light, we investigate the space-time characteristics of these plasmas for laser intensities up to 10{sup 12 }W/cm{sup 2}. The measurements reveal a self-limitation of the excitation at a maximum free-carrier density of ≅10{sup 19 }cm{sup −3}, which is more than one order of magnitude below the threshold for permanent modification. The plasmas remain unchanged in the ∼100 ps timescale revealing slow carrier kinetics. The results underline the limits in local control of silicon dielectric permittivity, which are inherent to the use of single near-infrared ultrashort Gaussian pulses.

  18. Generation of circularly polarized attosecond pulses by intense ultrashort laser pulses from extended asymmetric molecular ions

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    Yuan, Kai-Jun; Bandrauk, Andre D.

    2011-08-15

    We present a method for generation of single circularly polarized attosecond pulses in extended asymmetric HHe{sup 2+} molecular ions. By employing an intense ultrashort circularly polarized laser pulse with intensity 4.0x10{sup 14} W/cm{sup 2}, wavelength 400 nm, and duration 10 optical cycles, molecular high-order-harmonic generation (MHOHG) spectra with multiple plateaus exhibit characters of circular polarization. Using a classical laser-induced collision model, double collisions of continuum electrons first with neighboring ions and then second with parent ions are presented at a particular internuclear distance and confirmed from numerical solutions of a time-dependent Schroedinger equation. We analyze the MHOHG spectra with a Gabor time window and find that, due to the asymmetry of HHe{sup 2+}, a single collision trajectory of continuum electrons with ions can produce circularly polarized harmonics, leading to single circularly polarized attosecond pulses for specific internuclear distances.

  19. Generation of an ultra-short electrical pulse with width shorter than the excitation laser

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    Shi, Wei; Wang, Shaoqiang; Ma, Cheng; Xu, Ming

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate experimentally a rare phenomenon that the width of an electrical response is shorter than that of the excitation laser. In this work, generation of an ultrashort electrical pulse is by a semi-insulating GaAs photoconductive semiconductor switch (PCSS) and the generated electrical pulse width is shorter than that of the excitation laser from diode laser. When the pulse width and energy of the excitation laser are fixed at 25.7 ns and 1.6 μJ respectively, the width of the generated electrical pulse width by 3-mm-gap GaAs PCSS at the bias voltage of 9 kV is only 7.3 ns. The model of photon-activated charge domain (PACD) is used to explain the peculiar phenomenon in our experiment. The ultrashort electrical pulse width is mainly relevant to the time interval of PACD from occurrence to disappearance in the mode. The shorter the time interval is, the narrower the electrical pulse width will become. In more general terms, our result suggests that in nonlinear regime a response signal can have a much short width than the excitation pulses. The result clearly indicates that generating ultrashort electrical pulses can be achieved without the need of ultrashort lasers. PMID:27273512

  20. Simultaneous compression and characterization of ultrashort laser pulses using chirped mirrors and glass wedges.

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    Miranda, Miguel; Fordell, Thomas; Arnold, Cord; L'Huillier, Anne; Crespo, Helder

    2012-01-02

    We present a simple and robust technique to retrieve the phase of ultrashort laser pulses, based on a chirped mirror and glass wedges compressor. It uses the compression system itself as a diagnostic tool, thereby making unnecessary the use of complementary diagnostic tools. We used this technique to compress and characterize 7.1 fs laser pulses from an ultrafast laser oscillator.

  1. Dual wavelength laser damage mechanisms in the ultra-short pulse regime

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    Gyamfi, Mark; Costella, Marion; Willemsen, Thomas; Jürgens, Peter; Mende, Mathias; Jensen, Lars; Ristau, Detlev

    2016-12-01

    New ultrashort pulse laser systems exhibit an ever increasing performance which includes shorter pulses and higher pulse energies. Optical components used in these systems are facing increasing requirements regarding their durability, and therefore understanding of the damage mechanism is crucial. In the ultra-short pulse regime electron ionization processes control the damage mechanisms. For the single wavelength, single pulse regime the Keldysh [1] and the Drude model [2] allow a quantitative description of these ionization processes. However, in this model, the electrical field is restricted to a single wavelength, and therefore it cannot be applied in the case of irradiation with two pulses at different wavelengths. As frequency conversion is becoming more common in ultra-short pulse applications, further research is needed in this field to predict the damage resistance of optical components. We investigate the damage behavior of high reflective mirrors made of different metal oxide materials under simultaneous exposure to ultra-short pulses at the wavelengths 387.5 nm and 775 nm, respectively.

  2. Propagation of an ultrashort light pulse under conditions of two-photon quasi-resonance

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    Maimistov, A.I.

    1995-03-01

    On the assumption that the Rabi frequency is small in comparison with the frequency detuning, equations are derived describing the variation of the envelope of an ultrashort pulse propagating under conditions of two-photon quasi-resonance. In a weakly dispersive medium containing such resonance atoms, the pulse broadening can be suppressed depending on the pulse energy. At higher energy, the regime of self-compression (collapse) of the optical pulse arises. 15 refs.

  3. Absorption of ultrashort electromagnetic pulses by metal nanospheres in a dielectric medium

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    Astapenko, V. A.; Svita, S. Yu

    2015-02-01

    The absorption of ultrashort electromagnetic pulses on silver nanosphere embedded into glass in vicinity of plasmon resonance is studied theoretically in the frame of perturbation theory. The calculations are made for corrected Gaussian shape of incident pulse which enables us to consider both the short duration and the long duration regimes. Analysis based on numerical calculations reveals the specific features of considered process so as the change of absorption spectra for different pulse length and nonlinear dependence of absorbed energy upon pulse duration.

  4. Industrial grade fiber-coupled laser systems delivering ultrashort high-power pulses for micromachining

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    Pricking, Sebastian; Welp, Petra; Overbuschmann, Johannes; Nutsch, Sebastian; Gebs, Raphael; Fleischhaker, Robert; Kleinbauer, Jochen; Wolf, Martin; Budnicki, Aleksander; Sutter, Dirk H.; Killi, Alexander; Mielke, Michael

    2016-03-01

    We report on an industrial fiber-delivered laser system producing ultra-short pulses in the range of a few picoseconds down to a few hundred femtoseconds with high average power suitable for high-precision micromachining. The delivery fiber is a hollow-core photonic crystal fiber with a Kagomé shaped lattice and a hypocycloid core wall enabling the guiding of laser radiation over several meters with exceptionally low losses and preservation of high beam quality (M2<1.3). The mode-matching and coupling optics are integrated into the laser head providing a compact footprint without the need for external boxes. The laser head is carefully designed regarding its thermo-mechanical properties to allow a highly reliable coupling stability. The exchangeable delivery fiber is packaged using Trumpf's well established LLK-D connectors which offer a very high mechanical precision, the possibility to add water cooling, as well as full featured safety functions. The fiber is hermetically sealed and protected by a robust but flexible shield providing bend protection and break detection. We show the linear and nonlinear optical properties of the transported laser radiation and discuss its feasibility for pulse compression. Measurements are supported by simulation of pulse propagation by solving the nonlinear Schrödinger equation implementing the split-step Fourier method. In addition, mode properties are measured and confirmed by finite element method simulations. The presented industrial laser system offers the known advantages of ultra-short pulses combined with the flexibility of fiber delivery yielding a versatile tool perfectly suitable for all kinds of industrial micromachining applications.

  5. Interaction of intense ultrashort pulse lasers with clusters.

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    Petrov, George

    2007-11-01

    The last ten years have witnessed an explosion of activity involving the interaction of clusters with intense ultrashort pulse lasers. Atomic or molecular clusters are targets with unique properties, as they are halfway between solid and gases. The intense laser radiation creates hot dense plasma, which can provide a compact source of x-rays and energetic particles. The focus of this investigation is to understand the salient features of energy absorption and Coulomb explosion by clusters. The evolution of clusters is modeled with a relativistic time-dependent 3D Molecular Dynamics (MD) model [1]. The Coulomb interaction between particles is handled by a fast tree algorithm, which allows large number of particles to be used in simulations [2]. The time histories of all particles in a cluster are followed in time and space. The model accounts for ionization-ignition effects (enhancement of the laser field in the vicinity of ions) and a variety of elementary processes for free electrons and charged ions, such as optical field and collisional ionization, outer ionization and electron recapture. The MD model was applied to study small clusters (1-20 nm) irradiated by a high-intensity (10^16-10^20 W/cm^2) sub-picosecond laser pulse. We studied fundamental cluster features such as energy absorption, x-ray emission, particle distribution, average charge per atom, and cluster explosion as a function of initial cluster radius, laser peak intensity and wavelength. Simulations of novel applications, such as table-top nuclear fusion from exploding deuterium clusters [3] and high power synchrotron radiation for biological applications and imaging [4] have been performed. The application for nuclear fusion was motivated by the efficient absorption of laser energy (˜100%) and its high conversion efficiency into ion kinetic energy (˜50%), resulting in neutron yield of 10^6 neutrons/Joule laser energy. Contributors: J. Davis and A. L. Velikovich. [1] G. M. Petrov, et al Phys

  6. Optical Field Ionization of Atoms and Ions Using Ultrashort Laser Pulses

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    Fittinghoff, David Neal

    This dissertation research is an investigation of the strong optical field ionization of atoms and ions by 120-fs, 614-nm laser pulses and 130-fs, 800-nm laser pulses. The experiments have shown ionization that is enhanced above the predictions of sequential tunneling models for He^{+2}, Ne ^{+2} and Ar^ {+2}. The ion yields for He^ {+1}, Ne^{+1} and Ar^{+1} agree well with the theoretical predictions of optical tunneling models. Investigation of the polarization dependence of the ionization indicates that the enhancements are consistent with a nonsequential ionization mechanism in which the linearly polarized field drives the electron wavefunction back toward the ion core and causes double ionization through inelastic e-2e scattering. These investigations have initiated a number of other studies by other groups and are of current scientific interest in the fields of high-irradiance laser -matter interactions and production of high-density plasmas. This work involved: (1) Understanding the characteristic nature of the ion yields produced by tunneling ionization through investigation of analytic solutions for tunneling at optical frequencies. (2) Extensive characterization of the pulses produced by 614-nm and 800-nm ultrashort pulse lasers. Absolute calibration of the irradiance scale produced shows the practicality of the inverse problem--measuring peak laser irradiance using ion yields. (3) Measuring the ion yields (number of ions produced versus irradiance) for three noble gases using linear, circular and elliptical polarizations of laser pulses.

  7. Melanin and the cellular effects of ultrashort-pulse, near-infrared laser radiation

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    Glickman, Randolph D.; Kumar, Neeru; Rockwell, Benjamin A.; Noojin, Gary D.; Denton, Michael L.; Stolarski, David J.

    2003-07-01

    Our research into laser bioeffects has increasingly focused on cytotoxic mechanisms affecting genomic expression and programmed cellular stress responses. In the context of DNA damage, we previously reported that more DNA strand breaks were produced in cultured retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) cells exposed to ultrashort pulse, than to CW, near-infrared (NIR) laser radiation. To test the hypothesis that RPE melanin was the cellular chromophore responsible for mediating this damage, the experiments were repeated with a line of human-derived RPE cells that could be grown in culture expressing varying levels of pigmentation. Lightly-pigmented cells were either unexposed, or exposed to the output of a Ti:Sapphire laser producing 810 nm light in mode-locked pulses (48-fsec at 80 MHz), or as CW radiation. Cells were irradiated at 160 W/cm2 or 80 W/cm2 (the estimated ED50 or half-ED50 for a retinal lesion). Immediately following the laser exposure, cells were processed for the comet assay. Longer "comet" tails and larger "comet" areas indicated more DNA strand breaks. In lightly-pigmented RPE cells, the overall comet assay differences among the laser-exposed groups were smaller than those observed in our earlier experiments which utilized highly pigmented primary cells. The comet tail lengths of cells exposed to the mode-locked pulses at the ED50, however, were significantly longer than those of the controls or the CW-exposed cells. The other comet assay parameters examined (tail moment, comet area) did not show consistent differences among the groups. While these results support the involvement of melanin in the ultrashort pulse laser-induced damage to DNA, they do not exclude the involvement of other cellular chromophores. Some preliminary experiments describing other measures of cellular stress responses to laser-induced oxidative stress are described.

  8. Reflectivity of plasmas created by high-intensity, ultra-short laser pulses

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    Gold, David Michael

    1994-06-01

    Experiments were performed to characterize the creation and evolution of high-temperature (T e~100eV), high-density (ne>1022cm-3) plasmas created with intense (~1012-1016W/cm2), ultra-short (130fs) laser pulses. The principle diagnostic was plasma reflectivity at optical wavelengths (614nm). An array of target materials (Al, Au, Si, SiO2) with widely differing electronic properties tested plasma behavior over a large set of initial states. Time-integrated plasma reflectivity was measured as a function of laser intensity. Space- and time-resolved reflectivity, transmission and scatter were measured with a spatial resolution of ~3μm and a temporal resolution of 130fs. An amplified, mode-locked dye laser system was designed to produce ~3.5mJ, ~130fs laser pulses to create and nonintrusively probe the plasmas. Laser prepulse was carefully controlled to suppress preionization and give unambiguous, high-density plasma results. In metals (Al and Au), it is shown analytically that linear and nonlinear inverse Bremsstrahlung absorption, resonance absorption, and vacuum heating explain time-integrated reflectivity at intensities near 1016W/cm2. In the insulator, SiO2, a non-equilibrium plasma reflectivity model using tunneling ionization, Helmholtz equations, and Drude conductivity agrees with time-integrated reflectivity measurements. Moreover, a comparison of ionization and Saha equilibration rates shows that plasma formed by intense, ultra-short pulses can exist with a transient, non-equilibrium distribution of ionization states. All targets are shown to approach a common reflectivity at intensities ~1016W/cm2, indicating a material-independent state insensitive to atomic or solid-state details.

  9. Further Methods for the Generation of Ultrashort Optical Pulses

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    Hirlimann, C.

    Up to the beginning of the sixties, the shortest measurable time duration was of the order of one nanosecond (10-9 s). Short pulses were produced through the generation of short electrical discharges. After the laser was invented in 1960, the situation quite rapidly changed. In 1965, the picosecond (10-12 s) regime was reached by placing a saturable absorber inside a laser cavity. Twenty years of continuous progress led to the production of light pulses of less than 10 femtoseconds. In the race towards ever shorter pulses, recent developments in the generation of tabletop X-ray lasers have opened the way to dynamical studies in the attosecond (10-18 s)regime [4.1-2]. In the meantime, progress was made on the tunability of the pulsed-laser sources. Today's tunability extends from the near ultraviolet to the near infrared [4.2-6].

  10. X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy Of Thin Foils Irradiated By An Ultra-short Laser Pulse

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    Renaudin, P.; Blancard, C.; Cosse, P.; Faussurier, G.; Lecherbourg, L.; Audebert, P.; Bastiani-Ceccotti, S.; Geindre, J.-P.; Shepherd, R.

    2007-08-02

    Point-projection K-shell absorption spectroscopy has been used to measure absorption spectra of transient plasma created by an ultra-short laser pulse. The 1s-2p and 1s-3p absorption lines of weakly ionized aluminum and the 2p-3d absorption lines of bromine were measured over an extended range of densities in a low-temperature regime. Independent plasma characterization was obtained using frequency domain interferometry diagnostic (FDI) that allows the interpretation of the absorption spectra in terms of spectral opacities. Assuming local thermodynamic equilibrium, spectral opacity calculations have been performed using the density and temperature inferred from the FDI diagnostic to compare to the measured absorption spectra. A good agreement is obtained when non-equilibrium effects due to non-stationary atomic physics are negligible at the x-ray probe time.

  11. X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy Of Thin Foils Irradiated By An Ultra-short Laser Pulse

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    Renaudin, P.; Lecherbourg, L.; Blancard, C.; Cossé, P.; Faussurier, G.; Audebert, P.; Bastiani-Ceccotti, S.; Geindre, J.-P.; Shepherd, R.

    2007-08-01

    Point-projection K-shell absorption spectroscopy has been used to measure absorption spectra of transient plasma created by an ultra-short laser pulse. The 1s-2p and 1s-3p absorption lines of weakly ionized aluminum and the 2p-3d absorption lines of bromine were measured over an extended range of densities in a low-temperature regime. Independent plasma characterization was obtained using frequency domain interferometry diagnostic (FDI) that allows the interpretation of the absorption spectra in terms of spectral opacities. Assuming local thermodynamic equilibrium, spectral opacity calculations have been performed using the density and temperature inferred from the FDI diagnostic to compare to the measured absorption spectra. A good agreement is obtained when non-equilibrium effects due to non-stationary atomic physics are negligible at the x-ray probe time.

  12. Generation of ultrashort dye laser pulses by transient oscillations and its applications

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    Hsu, Jon Shaochung

    By applying the Controlled Transient Oscillation (CTO) twice in a N2-laser-pumped dye laser system, a compact 10 ps cascade pumped dye laser was built. System performance was examined both in time and in frequency. A simple theoretical model is used to calculate the output pulse duration and power. A N2-laser side-pumped dye laser was then evaluated to improve the spatial fluctuation of the cascade pumped dye laser. A detailed study has also shown that CTO can be used to generate shorter pulses from such an oscillator. A modified cascade pumped dye laser was built and a narrower output pulse duration was measured. Higher power was achieved with a 3-stage dye amplifier chain pumped by the second harmonic of a Q-switched Nd:YAG dye amplifier chain pumped by the Q-switched Nd:YAG laser output. Two different experiments were performed with pulses from the amplified output of the modified cascade pumped CTO dye laser system. With 1.5 mJ at 566.5 nm, a laser induced plasma shutter was induced in air. Truncation speed of such a plasma shutter was further compared with results from 632.8 and 532 nm. Computer simulation appeared to be very close to the experimental results. Possibility of generating ultrashort visible laser pulses was also discussed.

  13. Study of the excess noise associated with demodulation of ultra-short infrared pulses.

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    Ivanov, Eugene N; Diddams, Scott A; Hollberg, Leo

    2005-07-01

    The demodulation of ultra-short light pulses with photodetectors is accompanied by excess phase noise at the pulse repetition rate and harmonics in the spectrum of the photocurrent. The major contribution to this noise is power fluctuations of the detected pulse train that, if not compensated for, can seriously limit the stability of frequency transfer from optical to microwave domain. By making use of an infrared femtosecond laser, we measured the spectral density of the excess phase noise, as well as power-to-phase conversion for different types of InGaAs photodetectors. Noise measurements were performed with a novel type of dual-channel readout system using a fiber coupled beam splitter. Strong suppression of the excess phase noise was observed in both channels of the measurement system when the average power of the femtosecond pulse train was stabilized. The results of this study are important for the development of low-noise microwave sources derived from optical "clocks" and optical frequency synthesis.

  14. Theoretical and experimental studies of ultra-short pulsed laser drilling of steel

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    Michalowski, Andreas; Qin, Yuan; Weber, Rudolf; Graf, Thomas

    2014-05-01

    Methods for the machining of metals based on the use of ultra-short pulsed laser radiation continue to gain importance in industrial production technology. Theoretical considerations and experimental studies on laser drilling of steel are discussed. The applicability of geometrical optics to calculate the absorbed energy distribution inside small blind holes is investigated theoretically. A model for melt transport during ultra-short pulsed drilling is proposed and verified experimentally. It confirms that helical drilling is advantageous for machining burr-free holes.

  15. Refractive-diffractive dispersion compensation for optical vortex beams with ultrashort pulse durations.

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    Musigmann, Manfred; Jahns, Jürgen; Bock, Martin; Grunwald, Ruediger

    2014-11-01

    Wave fields, which are described mathematically by higher order Bessel functions, carry an orbital angular momentum and thus represent particular types of optical vortex beams with helical wavefronts. For the generation of such vortex beams, one may use, for instance, diffractive spiral axicons. Diffraction, however, leads invariably to strong dispersion, which is detrimental for ultrashort pulses since it leads to severe pulse broadening. This pulse broadening can be minimized or reduced completely (at least, in a specific plane of propagation) if the pulses propagate additionally through a medium with normal refractive dispersion. The refractive-diffractive generation of ultrashort vortex pulses was demonstrated earlier for a pulse duration of approximately 8 fs [Opt. Lett.37, 3804 (2012)10.1364/OL.37.003804OPLEDP0146-9592]. Here, we present an analytical description of the generation and propagation of these vortex beams and of the refractive-diffractive compensation of the dispersion.

  16. Direct ultrashort-pulse intensity and phase retrieval by frequency-resolved optical gating and a computational neural network.

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    Krumbügel, M A; Ladera, C L; Delong, K W; Fittinghoff, D N; Sweetser, J N; Trebino, R

    1996-01-15

    Ultrashort-laser-pulse retrieval in frequency-resolved optical gating has previously required an iterative algorithm. Here, however, we show that a computational neural network can directly and rapidly recover the intensity and phase of a pulse.

  17. Guiding of high intensity ultrashort laser pulses in plasma channels produced with the dual laser pulse ignitor-heater technique

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    Volfbeyn, P.; Leemans, W.P.

    1998-07-01

    The authors present results of experimental investigations of laser guiding in plasma channels. A new technique for plasma channel creation, the Ignitor-Heater scheme is proposed and experimentally tested in hydrogen and nitrogen. It makes use of two laser pulses. The Ignitor, an ultrashort (< 100 fs) laser pulse, is brought to a line focus using a cylindrical lens to ionize the gas. The Heater pulse (160 ps long) is used subsequently to heat the existing spark via inverse Bremsstrahlung. The hydrodynamic shock expansion creates a partially evacuated plasma channel with a density minimum on axis. Such a channel has properties of an optical waveguide. This technique allows creation of plasma channels in low atomic number gases, such as hydrogen, which is of importance for guiding of highly intense laser pulses. The channel density was diagnosed with time resolved longitudinal interferometry. From these measurements the plasma temperature was inferred. The guiding properties of the channels were tested by injecting a > 5 {times} 10{sup 17} W/cm{sup 2}, 75 fs laser pulse.

  18. Radiation from high-intensity ultrashort-laser-pulse and gas-jet magnetized plasma interaction.

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    Dorranian, Davoud; Starodubtsev, Mikhail; Kawakami, Hiromichi; Ito, Hiroaki; Yugami, Noboru; Nishida, Yasushi

    2003-08-01

    Using a gas-jet flow, via the interaction between an ultrashort high-intensity laser pulse and plasma in the presence of a perpendicular external dc magnetic field, the short pulse radiation from a magnetized plasma wakefield has been observed. Different nozzles are used in order to generate different densities and gas profiles. The neutral density of the gas-jet flow measured with a Mach-Zehnder interferometer is found to be proportional to back pressure of the gas jet in the range of 1 to 8 atm. Strength of the applied dc magnetic field varies from 0 to 8 kG at the interaction region. The frequency of the emitted radiation with the pulse width of 200 ps (detection limit) is in the millimeter wave range. Polarization and spatial distributions of the experimental data are measured to be in good agreement with the theory based on the V(p)xB radiation scheme, where V(p) is the phase velocity of the electron plasma wave and B is the steady magnetic field intensity. Characteristics of the radiation are extensively studied as a function of plasma density and magnetic field strength. These experiments should contribute to the development of a new kind of millimeter wavelength radiation source that is tunable in frequency, pulse duration, and intensity.

  19. On the Feasibility of Depth Profiling of Animal Tissue by Ultrashort Pulse Laser Ablation

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    Milasinovic, Slobodan; Liu, Yaoming; Bhardwaj, Chhavi; Melvin, Blaze M.T.; Gordon, Robert J.; Hanley, Luke

    2012-01-01

    Experiments were performed to examine the feasibility of MS depth profiling of animal tissue by ~75 fs, 800 nm laser pulses to expose underlying layers of tissue for subsequent MS analysis. Matrix assisted laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS) was used to analyze phospholipids and proteins from both intact bovine eye lens tissue and tissue ablated by ultrashort laser pulses. Laser desorption postionization (LDPI-MS) with 10.5 eV single photon ionization was also used to analyze cholesterol and other small molecules in the tissue before and after laser ablation. Scanning electron microscopy was applied to examine the ablation patterns in the tissue and estimate the depth of the ablation craters. Ultrashort pulse laser ablation was found able to remove a layer of several tens of micrometers from the surface of eye lens tissue while leaving the underlying tissue relatively undamaged for subsequent MS analysis. MS analysis of cholesterol, phospholipids, peptides, and various unidentified species did not reveal any chemical damage caused by ultrashort pulse laser ablation for analytes smaller than ~6 kDa. However, a drop in intensity of larger protein ions was detected by MALDI-MS following laser ablation. An additional advantage was that ablated tissue displayed up to an order of magnitude higher signal intensities than intact tissue when subsequently analyzed by MS. These results support the use of ultrashort pulse laser ablation in combination with MS analysis to permit depth profiling of animal tissue. PMID:22482364

  20. Optical field ionization of atoms and ions using ultrashort laser pulses

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    Fittinghoff, David Neal

    1993-12-01

    This dissertation research is an investigation of the strong optical field ionization of atoms and ions by 120-fs, 614-run laser pulses and 130-fs, 800-nm laser pulses. The experiments have shown ionization that is enhanced above the predictions of sequential tunneling models for He+2, Ne+2 and Ar+2. The ion yields for He+1, Ne+1 and Ar+1 agree well with the theoretical predictions of optical tunneling models. Investigation of the polarization dependence of the ionization indicates that the enhancements are consistent with a nonsequential ionization mechanism in which the linearly polarized field drives the electron wavefunction back toward the ion core and causes double ionization through inelastic e-2e scattering. These investigations have initiated a number of other studies by other groups and are of current scientific interest in the fields of high-irradiance laser-matter interactions and production of high-density plasmas. This work involved: (1) Understanding the characteristic nature of the ion yields produced by tunneling ionization through investigation of analytic solutions for tunneling at optical frequencies. (2) Extensive characterization of the pulses produced by 614-nm and 800-ran ultrashort pulse lasers. Absolute calibration of the irradiance scale produced shows the practicality of the inverse problem--measuring peak laser irradiance using ion yields. (3) Measuring the ion yields for three noble gases using linear, circular and elliptical polarizations of laser pulses at 614-nm and 800-nm. The measurements are some of the first measurements for pulse widths as low as 120-fs.

  1. Dynamics of Semiconductor Microcavities Using Ultrashort Pulse Lasers

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    Rhee, June-Koo

    1995-01-01

    Using femtosecond optical spectroscopy, we perform an extensive study of dynamics of an AlAs/AlGaAs/GaAs-based semiconductor quantum microcavity, which exhibit cavity -polariton behavior owing to strong coupling between the exciton and cavity modes. We explore the dynamics of time -domain vacuum Rabi oscillations, the spatial coherence transfer of cavity-polariton states, and cavity-polariton dynamics in the nonlinear regime. In the time domain, when the microcavity is impulsively excited by a short coherent optical pulse, we observe the vacuum Rabi oscillations in the radiation, corresponding to the cavity-polariton mode splitting of the microcavity. Interferometric pump-probe measurements clearly show the coherent evolution of the cavity-polaritons. At high intensity, the normal mode splitting collapses due to bleaching of the excitonic oscillator strength. The dynamics of the splitting reveal the momentum relaxation of the cavity-polaritons due to inhomogeneous broadening, and provides evidence for delayed exciton-exciton scattering due to vacuum Rabi oscillation. When the cavity is excited coherently at an oblique angle, we also observe coherent radiation in the normal direction of the substrate, with a nearly fixed delay of 450 fs. This radiation is coherent with the excitation pulse and dependent on excitation density. Specifically, the initially-excited spatial cavity-polariton state is coherently transferred to the other spatial state selected by the cavity mode. The excitation dependence suggests this coherence transfer is associated with exciton scatterings. A density-matrix analysis for two cavity-polariton systems shows our model is in good qualitative agreement with the experiment. In order to perform femtosecond semiconductor spectroscopic experiments, it was necessary to develop the ultrafast laser source. We describe a cw-argon-laser -pumped Ti:sapphire laser system and a real-time femtosecond -optical-pulse analyzer, for femtosecond spectroscopy

  2. Application of time gating in the measurement of glucose level in a three-layer biotissue model by using ultrashort laser pulses

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    Kirillin, M Yu; Bykov, A V; Priezzhev, A V; Myllylae, R

    2008-05-31

    The efficiency of using the time-of-flight (TOF) method at a wavelength of 820 nm for detecting the changes in the optical properties of multilayer light scattering medium in connection with the problem of the glucose level detection in the human tissue is discussed. Pulses scattered from a three-layer biotissue phantom consisting of two skin layers and a blood layer between them, are calculated with the help of a program code based on the Monte Carlo algorithm for different glucose concentrations. Relative changes in the recorded signals caused by variations in the glucose content are analysed for different source - detector separations. It is shown that the maximum relative change in the total pulse energy is 7.2% and 4.8% for the anisotropy factor of the layer mimicking skin g = 0.9 and 0.7, respectively, and the change in the glucose concentration from 0 up to 500 mg dL{sup -1}. The use of time gating leads to the increase in these values up to 12% and 8.5%, respectively. The sensitivity maps are obtained which can be used to determine the optimal duration and the time delay of the time gate relative to the probe pulse for five values of the source - detector separations. (biophotonics)

  3. Propagation of Ultrashort Electromagnetic Pulses in Dielectric with Two-Level Centers

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    Astapenko, V. A.; Manuilovich, E. S.

    2016-11-01

    Special features of ultrashort electromagnetic pulse propagation in the two-level medium representing the glass matrix with active optical centers are theoretically investigated. Based on numerical modeling, peculiarities of evolution of the pulse waveform and change of the pulse spectrum depending on the propagation distance and pulse duration are revealed. Calculation was performed in the linear field approximation taking into account radiation dispersion in the matrix for pulses with corrected Gaussian envelope. The contribution of optically active centers to the dielectric permeability of the medium is considered in the two-level approximation.

  4. Time-domain near-infrared spectroscopy using a wavelength-tunable narrow-linewidth source by spectral compression of ultrashort soliton pulses.

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    Nishizawa, Norihiko; Takahashi, Koji

    2011-10-01

    Time-domain absorption spectroscopy was demonstrated using a wideband, rapid wavelength-tunable, narrow-linewidth source based on an Er-doped ultrashort pulse fiber laser system. The spectrum of the Raman-shifted ultrashort soliton pulse was compressed using a comb-profile dispersion increasing fiber. Rapid wavelength sweeping was demonstrated using an electro-optical intensity modulator. The absorption spectrum of CH(2)Cl(2) liquid at 1625-1780 nm was observed in a 10 μs time-domain measurement. © 2011 Optical Society of America

  5. Analysis of Stress Waves Generated in Water Using Ultrashort Laser Pulses

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    Kim, B.M.; Feit, M.D.; Rubenchik, A.M.; Komashko, A.M.; Reidt, S.; Eichler, J.; Da Silva, L.B.

    2000-04-25

    A Mach-Zehnder interferometer was used for analysis of pressure waves generated by ultrashort laser pulse ablation of water. It was found that the shock wave generated by plasma formation rapidly decays to an acoustic wave. Both experimental and theoretical studies demonstrated that the energy transfer to the mechanical shock was less than 1%.

  6. Studies of Inactivation Mechanism of non-enveloped icosahedral viruses by a visible ultrashort pulsed laser

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    The inactivation mechanism of ultrashort pulsed laser irradiation at a wavelength of 425 nm has been studied using two different-sized, non-enveloped icosahedral viruses, murine norovirus-1 (MNV-1) and human papillomavirus-16 (HPV-16) pseudovirions. Our experimental results are consistent with a mo...

  7. Plasma luminescence feedback control system for precise ultrashort pulse laser tissue ablation

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    Kim, B.M.; Feit, M.D.; Rubenchick, A.M.; Gold, D.M.; Darrown, C.B.; Da Silva, L.B.

    1998-01-01

    Plasma luminescence spectroscopy was used for precise ablation of bone tissue without damaging nearby soft tissue using ultrashort pulse laser (USPL). Strong contrast of the luminescence spectra between bone marrow and spinal cord provided the real time feedback control so that only bone tissue can be selectively ablated while preserving the spinal cord.

  8. Generation of ultra-short hydrogen atom pulses by bunch-compression photolysis

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    Kaufmann, Sven; Schwarzer, Dirk; Reichardt, Christian; Wodtke, Alec M.; Bünermann, Oliver

    2014-11-01

    Ultra-short light pulses enable many time-resolved studies in chemistry, especially when used in pump-probe experiments. However, most chemical events are not initiated by light, but rather by collisions. Time-resolved collisional experiments require ultra-short pulses of atoms and molecules—sadly, methods for producing such pulses are so far unknown. Here we introduce bunch-compression photolysis, an approach to forming ultra-short and highly intense pulses of neutral atoms. We demonstrate H-atom pulses of 1.2±0.3 ns duration, far shorter than any previously reported. Owing to its extraordinarily simple physical principles, we can accurately model the method—the model shows H-atom pulses as short as 110-ps are achievable. Importantly, due to the bunch-compression, large (mm3) photolysis volumes are possible, a key advantage for pulse intensity. This technique overcomes the most challenging barrier to a new class of experiments on time-resolved collisions involving atoms and molecules.

  9. Effect of pulse to pulse interactions on ultra-short pulse laser drilling of steel with repetition rates up to 10 MHz.

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    Finger, Johannes; Reininghaus, Martin

    2014-07-28

    We report on the effect of pulse to pulse interactions during percussion drilling of steel using high power ps-laser radiation with repetition rates of up to 10 MHz and high average powers up to 80 W. The ablation rate per pulse is measured as a function of the pulse repetition rate for four fluences ranging from 500 mJ/cm2 up to 1500 mJ/cm2. For every investigated fluence an abrupt increase of the ablation rate per pulse is observed at a distinctive repetition rate. The onset repetition rate for this effect is strongly dependent on the applied pulse fluence. The origin of the increase of the ablation rate is attributed to the emergence of a melt based ablation processes, as Laser Scanning Microscopy (LSM) images show the occurrence of melt ejected material surrounding the drilling holes. A semi empirical model based on classical heat conduction including heat accumulation as well as pulse-particle interactions is applied to enable quantitative conclusions on the origin of the observed data. In agreement with previous studies, the acquired data confirm the relevance of these two effects for the fundamental description of materials processing with ultra-short pulsed laser radiation at high repetition rates and high average power.

  10. Ultrashort pulse generation from vertical cavity surface emitting semiconductor lasers

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    Jasim, Khalil E.

    This work presents the first demonstration of a passively modelocked extended vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VECSEL) diode. Three cavity configurations were used to sustain stable passive modelocking operation: the Z-shaped, V-shaped and linear cavities. A semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM) used to triggered passive modelocking of the VECSEL diode. The SESAM device was used as a nonlinear high reflector in the Z-shaped and V-shaped cavity configurations, while it served as an output coupler (SESAMOC) in the linear cavity after the substrate was being angle polished and antireflection coated to eliminate any etalon effects. Many examples of VECSEL diode passive modelocking results will be presented. The standard non-collinear second-harmonic autocorrelation technique has been used to measure the generated pulse width, which was as small as 23 psec. The VECSEL-SESAM configuration has generated stable pulse trains at repetition rates ranging from 1 GHz to approximately 6 GHz, depending on the resonator configuration. Modelocking operation was stable and robust as amplitude noise measurements revealed a noise level ˜0.8%. Moreover, harmonic passive modelocking operation has been observed for the first time during the investigation of modelocking dynamics and stability in the regime of strong self-feedback coupling >10%. A reverse biased p-i-n QW device has enabled the generation of a stable pulse train at 15 GHz with pulse duration close to 15 psec and amplitude noise level ˜0.3%. However, due to design limitations of both the active and passive VECSELs, driving the system to produce repetition rates close to 20 GHz resulted in pulse amplitude variation and an unavoidable DC background. These initial results suggest the possibility of design and fabrication of an integrated or monolithic structure, which may lead to operation of the device at repetition rates beyond 50 GHz with sub-ps pulse durations. Although our VECSEL diode emits 980 nm

  11. Evaluation of specialty fibers and waveguides for ultrashort laser pulse propagation

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    Nguyen, Michael N.

    Ultrashort pulse lasers have become invaluable tools in many areas of science and technology. Optical waveguide or fiber delivery of ultrashort pulses would benefit numerous applications that require remote location of the laser or for addressing areas of low accessibility such as minimally invasive surgical procedures, multiphoton excitation microscopy, laser micromachining and high bandwidth telecommunications. However, the extremely high peak power and bandwidth associated with ultrashort pulses are prohibitive for most conventional waveguides that guide light in solid dielectric cores, the main drawbacks being dispersion, nonlinear effects, and damage via optical breakdown. The purpose of this study is to investigate the significant obstacles involved with implementing optical waveguides or fibers capable of delivering ultrashort pulses. In recent years, specialty fibers such as large mode-area (LMA) photonic crystal and photonic bandgap fibers have been developed, which exhibit remarkable properties such as single-mode guidance that is independent of core size and guidance in an air core respectively. In this thesis, two early prototypes of each of these fibers are investigated for their ability to deliver ultrashort pulses. Another specialty fiber, silver coated hollow silica waveguide, which was originally developed for delivery of infrared light from CO2 and Er:YAG lasers is shown to be a good candidate for single-mode delivery of gigawatt peak power pulses with minimal pulse distortion. Another potential fiber is comprised of multiple evanescently-coupled single-mode cores. This so-called multi-core fiber has demonstrated increased power handling in fiber lasers and amplifiers and was selected as a candidate for delivery of ultrashort pulses due to its scalable large mode-area and increased nonlinear threshold. A design for multi-core fibers is proposed that allows tailoring of the supermode distribution to obtain equal power distribution among all cores

  12. LIGHT SOURCE: Terahertz emission in tenuous gases irradiated by ultrashort laser pulses

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    Wang, Wei-Min; Sheng, Zheng-Ming; Wit, Hui-Chun; Chen, Min; Li, Chun; Zhang, Jie; Mima, K.

    2009-06-01

    Mechanism of terahertz (THz) pulse generation in gases irradiated by ultrashort laser pulses is investigated theoretically. Quasi-static transverse currents produced by laser field ionization of gases and the longitudinal modulation in formed plasmas are responsible for the THz emission at the electron plasma frequency, as demonstrated by particle-in-cell simulations including field ionization. The THz field amplitude scaling with the laser amplitude within a large range is also discussed.

  13. Accurate modeling of high-repetition rate ultrashort pulse amplification in optical fibers

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    Lindberg, Robert; Zeil, Peter; Malmström, Mikael; Laurell, Fredrik; Pasiskevicius, Valdas

    2016-01-01

    A numerical model for amplification of ultrashort pulses with high repetition rates in fiber amplifiers is presented. The pulse propagation is modeled by jointly solving the steady-state rate equations and the generalized nonlinear Schrödinger equation, which allows accurate treatment of nonlinear and dispersive effects whilst considering arbitrary spatial and spectral gain dependencies. Comparison of data acquired by using the developed model and experimental results prove to be in good agreement. PMID:27713496

  14. Plasma discreteness effects in the presence of an intense, ultrashort laser pulse

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    Savchenko, V.I.; Fisch, N.J.

    1996-03-01

    Discrete effects of the plasma irradiated by an ultrashort, intense laser pulse are investigated. Although, for most plasmas of interest, the damping of the laser pulse is due to collective plasma effects, in certain regimes the energy absorbed in the plasma microfields can be important. A scattering matrix is derived for an electron scattering off an ion in the presence of an intense laser field.

  15. Ab-initio calculations for energy transfer from ultrashort laser pulse to dielectrics (Conference Presentation)

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    Yabana, Kazuhiro

    2017-05-01

    Ab-initio density functional theory (DFT) has been successful for calculations of ground state properties of various materials. Time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) is an extension of the DFT and can describe electron dynamics in molecules, nano-structures, and solids induced by optical electric fields. We have been developing a computational method to describe electron dynamics in a crystalline solid under an irradiation of an ultrashort laser pulse, solving the time-dependent Kohn-Sham equation in real time. The method can be used for an ab-initio description of light-matter interactions. We further couple the electron dynamics calculation with the macroscopic Maxwell equations in a multiscale implementation. It can describe laser pulse propagation in dielectrics and, in particular,the energy transfer from the laser pulse to electrons in dielectrics without any empirical parameters. We apply the method to analyze recent experiments utilizing attosecond spectroscopy methods. We show a few examples. One is for the ultrafast changes of dielectric properties of diamond during the irradiation of an intense few-cycle laser pulse. We mimic the pump-probe measurement employing the multiscale Maxwell + TDDFT simulation. We clarified that the dynamical Franz-Keldysh effect is responsible for the mechanism. The other is to identify the onset of the energy transfer from the laser pulse to SiO_2 when we increase the intensity of the laser pulse. We are currently extending the analysis to obtain a clear and intuitive understanding for the initial stage of laser damage processes.

  16. Preliminary characterization of ultra-short pulse laser-produced miniature hohlraum XUV sources

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    McKelvey, A.; Vargas, M.; Montier, L.; Nees, J.; Hou, B.; Maksimchuk, A.; Thomas, A. G. R.; Krushelnick, K.

    2012-10-01

    Experiments at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) allow the radiative properties of dense, high-temperature matter to be studied at previously unreachable regimes, but are limited by cost and system availability. A scaled down system using ultra-short laser pulses and delivering energy to a much smaller hohlraum could be capable of reaching comparable energy densities and depositing the energy before the wall material ablation closes the cavity. The Lambda Cubed laser system at University of Michigan--a high-power (0.3 TW), short pulse (30fs), 500 Hz repetition rate tabletop laser system-is used to machine 20-100 micron diameter cavities in copper targets. These cavities are machined with low laser powers, and then shot in situ with a single full power pulse. The emitted radiation is analyzed with an XUV spectrometer. This method may allow studies such as opacity measurements using plasma and radiation with the temperatures comparable to NIF type hohlraums, but with a significantly higher repetition rate and in a university scale system.

  17. Adaptive Bessel-autocorrelation of ultrashort pulses with phase-only spatial light modulators

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    Huferath-von Luepke, Silke; Bock, Martin; Grunwald, Ruediger

    2009-06-01

    Recently, we proposed a new approach of a noncollinear correlation technique for ultrashort-pulsed coherent optical signals which was referred to as Bessel-autocorrelator (BAC). The BAC-principle combines the advantages of Bessellike nondiffracting beams like stable propagation, angular robustness and self-reconstruction with the principle of temporal autocorrelation. In comparison to other phase-sensitive measuring techniques, autocorrelation is most straightforward and time-effective because of non-iterative data processing. The analysis of nonlinearly converted fringe patterns of pulsed Bessel-like beams reveals their temporal signature from details of fringe envelopes. By splitting the beams with axicon arrays into multiple sub-beams, transversal resolution is approximated. Here we report on adaptive implementations of BACs with improved phase resolution realized by phase-only liquid-crystal-on-silicon spatial light modulators (LCoS-SLMs). Programming microaxicon phase functions in gray value maps enables for a flexible variation of phase and geometry. Experiments on the diagnostics of few-cycle pulses emitted by a mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser oscillator at wavelengths around 800 nm with 2D-BAC and angular tuned BAC were performed. All-optical phase shift BAC and fringe free BAC approaches are discussed.

  18. Intense Isolated Ultrashort Attosecond Pulse Generation in a Multi-Cycle Three-Colour Laser Field

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    Zhang, Gang-Tai

    2014-12-01

    An efficient method for generating an intense isolated ultrashort attosecond pulse is presented theoretically. By adding a 267 nm controlling pulse to a multi-cycle two-colour field, not only the spectral cutoff and the yields of the harmonic spectrum are evidently enhanced, but also the selection of the single quantum path is realised. Then a high-efficiency supercontinuum with a 504 eV bandwidth and smooth structure is obtained, which enables the production of an intense isolated 30 as pulse. In addition, the influences of the laser parameters on the supercontinuum and isolated attosecond pulse are investigated.

  19. Ultrashort hard x-ray pulses generated by 90 degrees Thomson scattering

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    Chin, A.H.; Schoenlein, R.W.; Glover, T.E.

    1997-04-01

    Ultrashort x-ray pulses permit observation of fast structural dynamics in a variety of condensed matter systems. The authors have generated 300 femtosecond, 30 keV x-ray pulses by 90 degrees Thomson scattering between femtosecond laser pulses and relativistic electrons. The x-ray and laser pulses are synchronized on a femtosecond time scale, an important prerequisite for ultrafast pump-probe spectroscopy. Analysis of the x-ray beam properties also allows for electron bunch characterization on a femtosecond time scale.

  20. X-ray absorption of a warm dense aluminum plasma created by an ultra-short laser pulse

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    Lecherbourg, L.; Renaudin, P.; Bastiani-Ceccotti, S.; Geindre, J.-P.; Blancard, C.; Cossé, P.; Faussurier, G.; Shepherd, R.; Audebert, P.

    2007-05-01

    Point-projection K-shell absorption spectroscopy has been used to measure absorption spectra of transient aluminum plasma created by an ultra-short laser pulse. The 1s-2p and 1s-3p absorption lines of weakly ionized aluminum were measured for an extended range of densities in a low-temperature regime. Independent plasma characterization was obtained using frequency domain interferometry diagnostic (FDI) that allows the interpretation of the absorption spectra in terms of spectral opacities. A detailed opacity code using the density and temperature inferred from the FDI reproduce the measured absorption spectra except in the last stage of the recombination phase.

  1. Sub-10 nm near-field localization by plasmonic metal nanoaperture arrays with ultrashort light pulses

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    Lee, Hongki; Kim, Chulhong; Kim, Donghyun

    2015-01-01

    Near-field localization by ultrashort femtosecond light pulses has been investigated using simple geometrical nanoapertures. The apertures employ circular, rhombic, and triangular shapes to localize the distribution of surface plasmon. To understand the geometrical effect on the localization, aperture length and period of the nanoapertures were varied. Aperture length was shown to affect the performance more than aperture period due mainly to intra-aperture coupling of near-fields. Triangular apertures provided the strongest spatial localization below 10 nm in size as well as the highest enhancement of field intensity by more than 7000 times compared to the incident light pulse. Use of ultrashort pulses was found to allow much stronger light localization than with continuous-wave light. The results can be used for super-localization sensing and imaging applications where spatially localized fields can break through the limits in achieving improved sensitivity and resolution. PMID:26628326

  2. The Ultrashort laser pulses in water that violates the Lambert-Beer Law

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    Byeon, Joong; Kattawar, George; Naveira, Lucas; Sokolov, Alexei

    2007-10-01

    Recent experiments have opened the possibility that by using ultrashort Laser Pulse in H2O, it may be possible to propagate light (signal) over much further distance than predicted by the familiar Beer-Lambert Law. To explain it, the complete femtosecond-width pulse propagation process will be modeled and simulated by FDTD method in visible frequency range. We will show how the FDTD method can be used to accuately model the propagation of Ultrashort pulses in water. We will also show the development of the both the Sommerfeld and Brillouin optical precursors. We will, for the first time, use the actual absorption spectrum of water in these calculations and compare the results with experimental data.

  3. Mapping anomalous dispersion of air with ultrashort mid-infrared pulses.

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    Mitrofanov, A V; Voronin, A A; Sidorov-Biryukov, D A; Rozhko, M V; Stepanov, E A; Fedotov, A B; Shumakova, V; Ališauskas, S; Pugžlys, A; Baltuška, A; Zheltikov, A M

    2017-05-18

    We present experimental studies of long-distance transmission of ultrashort mid-infrared laser pulses through atmospheric air, probing air dispersion in the 3.6-4.2-μm wavelength range. Atmospheric air is still highly transparent to electromagnetic radiation in this spectral region, making it interesting for long-distance signal transmission. However, unlike most of the high-transmission regions in gas media, the group-velocity dispersion, as we show in this work, is anomalous at these wavelengths due to the nearby asymmetric-stretch rovibrational band of atmospheric carbon dioxide. The spectrograms of ultrashort mid-infrared laser pulses transmitted over a distance of 60 m in our experiments provide a map of air dispersion in this wavelength range, revealing clear signatures of anomalous dispersion, with anomalous group delays as long as 1.8 ps detected across the bandwidth covered by 80-fs laser pulses.

  4. Self-phase modulation of an ultra-short laser pulse from laser breakdown plasma

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    Zhang, Yongsheng; Yan, Lixin; Zheng, Guoxin; Wang, Lijun; Liu, Jingru

    2007-01-01

    The detailed dynamic of an atom in a laser field with strength comparable to the atomic electric field is rich in physics and potential applications. Laser-breakdown plasma-induced spectral shifting in supersonic rare gases jet has been investigated with a sub-picosecond KrF excimer laser focused to peak intensity in the region of 10 15W/cm2. A 1.4mm diameter gas jet target was used in the experiment to minimize the refraction of the laser beam and thus a well-defined focused region was obtained. The typical quasi-periodic spectral shifting structures for helium and argon have been measured at various gas densities. For gas densities below 1x10 20cm -3,both spectral red-shift and blue-shift were observed, indicating the gas is partially ionized, in contrast to the predominantly blue shifted as the gas densities grows high and fully ionized. Compared to the other ultra-short pulse measurement methods, qualitative information about the pulse can be deduced by observing their spectrum after interacting with rare gas.

  5. High power radiators of ultra-short electromagnetic quasi-unipolar pulses

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    Fedorov, V. M.; Ostashev, V. E.; Tarakanov, V. P.; Ul'yanov, A. V.

    2017-05-01

    Results of creation, operation, and diagnostics of the high power radiators for ultra-short length electromagnetic pulses (USEMPs) with a quasi-unipolar profile, which have been developed in our laboratory, are presented. The radiating module contains: the ultra-wideband (UWB) antenna array, the exciting high voltage pulse semiconductor generator (a pulser), the power source and the control unit. The principles of antenna array with a high efficiency aperture about 0.9 were developed using joint four TEM-horns with shielding electrodes in every TEM-horn. Sizes of the antenna apertures were (16-60) cm. The pulsers produced by “FID Technology” company had the following parameters: 50 Ohm connector impedance, unipolar pulses voltages (10-100) kV, the rise-time (0.04-0.15) ns, and the width (0.2-1) ns. The modules radiate the USEMPs of (0.1-10) GHz spectrum, their repetition rate is (1-100) kHz, and the effective potential is E*R = (20-400) kV, producing the peak E-field into the far-zone of R-distance. Parameters of the USEMP waves were measured by a calibrated sensor with the following characteristics: the sensitivity 0.32V/(kV/m), the rise-time 0.03 ns, the duration up to 7 ns. The measurements were in agreement with the simulation results, which were obtained using the 3-D code “KARAT”. The USEMP waves with amplitudes (1-10) kV/m and the pulse repetition rate (0.5-100) kHz were successfully used to examine various electronic devices for an electromagnetic immunity.

  6. Single-shot spatiotemporal measurements of ultrashort THz waveforms using temporal electric-field cross correlation

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    Matlis, Nicholas; Plateau, Guillaume; van Tilborg, Jeroen; Leemans, Wim

    2011-06-17

    A new single-shot technique based on linear spectral interferometry between a temporally short reader pulse and a temporally long probe pulse is demonstrated for measuring the spatiotemporal phase and amplitude of an optical probe for use as an ultrafast diagnostic. The probe spatiotemporal field information is recovered, with a resolution set by the duration of the reader pulse, by applying a single Fourier transform operation to the interferogram image, without need of any reference data. The technique was used in conjunction with electro-optic sampling to measure waveforms of coherent, ultrashort THz pulses emitted by electron bunches from a laser-plasma accelerator with sub-50fs resolution. The presence of strong spatiotemporal coupling in the THz waveforms and of complex temporal electron-bunch structure was determined.

  7. Propagation of ultrashort laser pulses in optically ionized gases

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    Morozov, A.; Luo, Y.; Suckewer, S.; Gordon, D. F.; Sprangle, P.

    2010-02-15

    Propagation of 800 nm, 120 fs laser pulses with intensities of 4x10{sup 16} W/cm{sup 2} in supersonic gas jets of N{sub 2} and H{sub 2} is studied using a shear-type interferometer. The plasma density distribution resulting from photoionization is resolved in space and time with simultaneously measured initial neutral density distribution. A distinct difference in laser beam propagation distance is observed when comparing propagation in jets of H{sub 2} and N{sub 2}. This is interpreted in terms of ionization induced refraction, which is stronger when electrons are produced from states of higher ionization potential. Three dimensional particle-in-cell simulations, based on directly solving the Maxwell-Lorentz system of equations, show the roles played by the forward Raman and ionization scattering instabilities, which further affect the propagation distance.

  8. Ultrashort laser pulse induced nanogratings in borosilicate glass

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    Zimmermann, Felix Richter, Sören; Plech, Anton; Tünnermann, Andreas; Nolte, Stefan

    2014-05-26

    We report on nanogratings inscribed by repetitive femtosecond laser pulses into the bulk of borosilicate glass. The irradiation produces small nanopores (10–20 nm thick) which start to self-organize in gratings as well as elongated sheets of up to 400 nm length. A quantitative description of the grating structure and its development are obtained by a combination of focused ion beam milling, scanning electron microscopy, and small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). The SAXS partial invariant of the thin sheets is found to correlate well with the measured optical retardance. Compared to fused silica nanogratings borosilicate glass shows a much smaller retardance due to re-annealing of pores. In addition, the nanograting period strongly deviates from the well-known λ/2n prediction. We could observe periods down to 60 nm (at an inscribing wavelength of 800 nm). This has not been observed yet in other glasses.

  9. Ultrashort-pulse-train pump and dump excitation of a diatomic molecule

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    Araujo, Luis E. E. de

    2010-09-15

    An excitation scheme is proposed for transferring population between ground-vibrational levels of a molecule. The transfer is accomplished by pumping and dumping population with a pair of coherent ultrashort-pulse trains via a stationary state. By mismatching the teeth of the frequency combs associated with the pulse trains to the vibrational levels, high selectivity in the excitation, along with high transfer efficiency, is predicted. The pump-dump scheme does not suffer from spontaneous emission losses, it is insensitive to the pump-dump-train delay, and it requires only basic pulse shaping.

  10. Ultrashort-pulse sources based on single-mode rare-earth-doped fibers

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    Fermann, M. E.

    1994-03-01

    An overview of ultrashort-pulse sources based on single-mode rare-earth-doped fibers is given. A wide range of pulse-generation schemes comprising mode-locked fiber lasers, parametric pulse sources and hybrid diode-fiber amplifier sources are discussed. Both actively and passively mode-locked fiber lasers are described and their specific merits and operation regimes are elucidated. Techniques for improving the spectral quality and the output powers of diode-based systems based on amplification in rare-earth-doped fibers are also reviewed. Finally, applications are discussed and directions for future research are indicated.

  11. Fundamental investigations of ultrashort-pulse micromachining of different types of crystalline lithium niobate

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    Stolze, M.; Herrmann, T.; L'huillier, J. A.

    2016-03-01

    Characteristics by laser micromachining of congruent, stoichiometric and doped lithium niobate by using ultrashort laser pulses with different wavelengths from ultraviolet up to infrared were investigated. The ablation thresholds were determined in dependence of c+-side and accordingly c--side. The strong impact of crystal orientation by micromachining lithium niobate will be additionally shown by the use of a high pulse repetition rate of 1000 kHz. Furthermore, we demonstrate the advantage of processing smooth ridges with high-repetition UV picosecond laser-pulses in combination of post-processing thermal annealing and a low-loss ridge waveguide in congruent LiNbO3 will be demonstrated.

  12. High-speed ultrashort pulse fiber ring laser using charcoal nanoparticles.

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    Li, Wenbo; Hu, Hongyu; Zhang, Xiang; Zhao, Shuai; Fu, Kan; Dutta, Niloy K

    2016-03-20

    A mode-locked erbium-doped fiber ring laser that is easy to set up is proposed and experimentally demonstrated to generate a high-repetition-rate optical pulse train with an ultrashort pulse width. The laser combines a rational harmonic mode-locking technique and charcoal nanoparticles as saturable absorbers. Compared to a solely active mode-locking scheme, the scheme with charcoal nanoparticles can remove the supermodes and narrow the pulse width by a factor of 0.57 at a repetition rate of 20 GHz. Numerical simulation of the laser performance is also provided, which shows good agreement with the experimental results.

  13. Direct Excitation of Propagating Spin Waves by Focused Ultrashort Optical Pulses

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    Au, Y.; Dvornik, M.; Davison, T.; Ahmad, E.; Keatley, P. S.; Vansteenkiste, A.; Van Waeyenberge, B.; Kruglyak, V. V.

    2013-03-01

    An all-optical experiment long utilized to image phonons excited by ultrashort optical pulses has been applied to a magnetic sample. In addition to circular ripples due to surface acoustic waves, we observe an X-shaped pattern formed by propagating spin waves. The emission of spin waves from the optical pulse epicenter in the form of collimated beams is qualitatively reproduced by micromagnetic simulations. We explain the observed pattern in terms of the group velocity distribution of Damon-Eshbach magnetostatic spin waves in the reciprocal space and the wave vector spectrum of the focused ultrafast laser pulse.

  14. Phase-Imposing Initiation of Cherenkov Superradiance Emission by an Ultrashort-Seed Microwave Pulse

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    Mesyats, G. A.; Ginzburg, N. S.; Golovanov, A. A.; Denisov, G. G.; Romanchenko, I. V.; Rostov, V. V.; Sharypov, K. A.; Shpak, V. G.; Shunailov, S. A.; Ulmaskulov, M. R.; Yalandin, M. I.; Zotova, I. V.

    2017-06-01

    For the first time, we demonstrate experimentally the possibility of Cherenkov superradiant generation with a phase imposed by an ultrashort seed microwave pulse. The phases of seed and initiated Ka-band microwave pulses were correlated with the accuracy of 0.5-0.7 rad for the power ratio down to -35 dB . Characteristics of such a process were determined in the frame of a basic theoretical model that describes both spontaneous and stimulated emission of an electron beam moving in corrugated waveguides. The obtained results open up opportunities of reaching extremely high radiation power density in phased arrays of short-pulse coherently operating microwave generators.

  15. Vibrational predissociation of methylnitrite using phase-locked ultrashort laser pulses

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    Dateo, Christopher E.; Metiu, Horia

    1993-01-01

    We solve numerically the time-dependent Schroedinger equation to study the behavior of a molecule interacting with two phase-locked ultrashort laser pulses. The 2D model used in the calculations mimics the properties of the CH3ONO molecule. The two pulses are identical except for their relative phase and are tuned to excite an upper electronic state of the molecule. After excitation the molecule predissociates, and we calculate the dependence of the NO yield and of the NO vibrational population on the delay time between the pulses.

  16. Direct excitation of propagating spin waves by focused ultrashort optical pulses.

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    Au, Y; Dvornik, M; Davison, T; Ahmad, E; Keatley, P S; Vansteenkiste, A; Van Waeyenberge, B; Kruglyak, V V

    2013-03-01

    An all-optical experiment long utilized to image phonons excited by ultrashort optical pulses has been applied to a magnetic sample. In addition to circular ripples due to surface acoustic waves, we observe an X-shaped pattern formed by propagating spin waves. The emission of spin waves from the optical pulse epicenter in the form of collimated beams is qualitatively reproduced by micromagnetic simulations. We explain the observed pattern in terms of the group velocity distribution of Damon-Eshbach magnetostatic spin waves in the reciprocal space and the wave vector spectrum of the focused ultrafast laser pulse.

  17. Simulation of ultrashort double-pulse laser ablation

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    Povarnitsyn, Mikhail E.; Itina, Tatiana E.; Levashov, Pavel R.; Khishchenko, Konstatntin V.

    2011-04-01

    In this paper, we study the mechanisms of femtosecond double-pulse laser ablation of metals. It was previously shown experimentally that the crater depth monotonically drops when the delay between two successive pulses increases. For delays longer than the time of electron-ion relaxation the crater depth can be even smaller than that produced by a single pulse. The results of the performed hydrodynamic simulation show that the ablation can be suppressed due to the formation of the second shock wave. The modeling results of the double-pulse ablation obtained for different delays correlate with the experimental findings.

  18. Evolution of optical force on two-level atom by ultrashort time-domain dark hollow Gaussian pulse

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    Cao, Xiaochao; Wang, Zhaoying; Lin, Qiang

    2017-09-01

    Based on the analytical expression of the ultrashort time-domain dark hollow Gaussian (TDHG) pulse, the optical force on two-level atoms induced by a TDHG pulse is calculated in this paper. The phenomena of focusing or defocusing of the light force is numerical analyzed for different detuning, various duration time, and different order of the ultrashort pulse. The transverse optical force can change from a focusing force to a defocusing force depending on the spatial-temporal coupling effect as the TDHG pulses propagating in free space. Our results also show that the initial phase of the TDHG pulse can significantly changes the envelope of the optical force.

  19. Modification of transparent materials with ultrashort laser pulses: What is energetically and mechanically meaningful?

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    Bulgakova, Nadezhda M.; Zhukov, Vladimir P.; Sonina, Svetlana V.; Meshcheryakov, Yuri P.

    2015-12-01

    A comprehensive analysis of laser-induced modification of bulk glass by single ultrashort laser pulses is presented which is based on combination of optical Maxwell-based modeling with thermoelastoplastic simulations of post-irradiation behavior of matter. A controversial question on free electron density generated inside bulk glass by ultrashort laser pulses in modification regimes is addressed on energy balance grounds. Spatiotemporal dynamics of laser beam propagation in fused silica have been elucidated for the regimes used for direct laser writing in bulk glass. 3D thermoelastoplastic modeling of material relocation dynamics under laser-induced stresses has been performed up to the microsecond timescale when all motions in the material decay. The final modification structure is found to be imprinted into material matrix already at sub-nanosecond timescale. Modeling results agree well with available experimental data on laser light transmission through the sample and the final modification structure.

  20. The dynamics of lithium atom photoionization by ultrashort-pulse x-rays

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    Bichkov, A. B.; Kozhina, A. S.; Mityureva, A. A.; Rezikyan, A. G.; Smirnov, V. V.

    2017-10-01

    The beam intensity has to approach relativistic values in order to achieve atomic resolution in diffraction studies of molecule’s structure using x-ray free electron lasers. The existing methods for evaluating the sample damage in such conditions have a number of limitations. The damaging dynamics can be studied by the trajectory method developed in our previous studies. It enables one to calculate the probability of photoionization of atoms in a wide range of x-ray field parameters, including those for strong ultrashort x-ray pulses approaching relativistic intensity. The method also enables one to bypass many limitations of other methods in the analysis of the dynamics of sample damaging process. In this paper we use this method to evaluate the probability of lithium atom photoionization by ultrashort-pulse x-rays.

  1. Interference effects during the reradiation of ultrashort electromagnetic pulses by polyatomic systems

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    Makarov, D. N.; Matveev, V. I.

    2013-11-15

    A theory of the reradiation of ultrashort electromagnetic pulses by arbitrary polyatomic systems of isolated complex atoms has been developed. The technique used allows the spatial inhomogeneity of the field of an ultrashort pulse and photon momenta in reradiation processes to be accurately taken into account. The angular distributions of the reradiation spectra have been obtained for an arbitrary number of atoms in the system. The processes of interference between the photon emission amplitudes are shown to give rise to characteristic “diffraction” maxima. We consider one-dimensional, two-dimensional, and three-dimensional rectangular lattices as examples as well as planar and cylindrical structures as models of planar nanosystems and nanotubes.

  2. Photoionization-pumped x-ray lasers using ultrashort-pulse excitation.

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    Kapteyn, H C

    1992-08-20

    Recent advances in the production of ultrashort x-ray pulses by using femtosecond laser-produced plasmas coupled with the development of terawatt ultrashort-pulse lasers may make possible ultrashortpulse photoexcited x-ray lasers. I examine the creation of a population inversion on the K-alpha transition of neon at 1.5 nm by using the photoionization scheme first suggested by Duguay and Rentzepis in 1967. It is shown that this laser can be produced by using a pump laser of ~ 10 J in 50 fs, provided that a sufficiently bright laser-produced plasma x-ray source can be created. Recent experimental and theoretical results are discussed that verify the potential feasibility of this scheme.

  3. Ultra-short pulse laser deep drilling of C/SiC composites in air

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    Wang, Chunhui; Zhang, Litong; Liu, Yongsheng; Cheng, Guanghua; Zhang, Qing; Hua, Ke

    2013-06-01

    Ultra-short pulse laser machining is an important finishing technology for high hardness materials. In this study, it demonstrated that the ultra-short pulse laser can be used to drill the film cooling holes and square holes in aero-engine turbine blades made of C/SiC composites. Both the edges and bottoms of the drilling holes are covered with small particles. The following factors have a great effect on drilling holes according to this work: (1) circular holes can be processed only at a relative small helical lines spacing. (2) With the increase of laser scanning speed, the depth of holes reduces while the diameter rarely changes. (3) Through the holes of high aspect ratio can be obtained via high processing power.

  4. Study of point defects created by high-intensity ultrashort pulse laser in YLF crystals

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    Courrol, Lilia C.; dos Santos, Everson B.; Samad, Ricardo E.; Ranieri, Izilda M.; Gomes, Laercio; de Freitas, Anderson Z.; Vieira, Nilson D., Jr.

    2005-03-01

    In this work we report the creation of color centers in LiF and YLF crystals by high intensity, ultrashort laser pulses. We used pure and Tm3+ and Oxygen doped samples, all irradiated with a Ti:Sapphire CPA laser system and also with electron beam, at room temperature. In both kinds of irradiations the production of photochromic damages and color centers that have absorption bands in UV and visible range was observed. A comparison between the two kinds of irradiation was done and the involved processes are described in this paper. F2+ stable centers were produced by the ultrashort laser pulses irradiation in contrast to the well-known, short lived centers produced by electron beams, and a mechanism was proposed to explain the observed stability.

  5. Modification of transparent materials with ultrashort laser pulses: What is energetically and mechanically meaningful?

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    Bulgakova, Nadezhda M.; Zhukov, Vladimir P.; Sonina, Svetlana V.; Meshcheryakov, Yuri P.

    2015-12-21

    A comprehensive analysis of laser-induced modification of bulk glass by single ultrashort laser pulses is presented which is based on combination of optical Maxwell-based modeling with thermoelastoplastic simulations of post-irradiation behavior of matter. A controversial question on free electron density generated inside bulk glass by ultrashort laser pulses in modification regimes is addressed on energy balance grounds. Spatiotemporal dynamics of laser beam propagation in fused silica have been elucidated for the regimes used for direct laser writing in bulk glass. 3D thermoelastoplastic modeling of material relocation dynamics under laser-induced stresses has been performed up to the microsecond timescale when all motions in the material decay. The final modification structure is found to be imprinted into material matrix already at sub-nanosecond timescale. Modeling results agree well with available experimental data on laser light transmission through the sample and the final modification structure.

  6. Soft-x-ray imaging from an ultrashort-pulse laser-produced plasma using a multilayer coated optic

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    Norby, J. R.; van Woerkom, L. D.

    1996-02-01

    Measurements are presented of soft-x-ray images from a plasma produced by a high-intensity ultrashort-pulse laser. For the intensity range of 1015-1016 W / cm2 the soft-x-ray source appears to follow the spatial profile of the driving laser. A curved multilayer coated optic is used to collect 13.5-nm light and form a magnified image of the plasma. Knife-edge scans have been performed in the image plane and show a geometrically limited spot size of 280 mu m.

  7. Maxwell-Bloch Equations Modeling of Ultrashort Optical Pulse Propagation in Semiconductor Materials

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    Goorjian, Peter M.; Agrawal, Govind, P.

    1997-01-01

    An algorithm has been developed that solves the semiconductor Maxwell-Bloch equations, without making the standard slowly-varying envelope (SVEA) and rotating-wave (RWA) approximations. It is applied to study the propagation of ultrashort pulses in semiconductor materials. The results include many-body effects due to the Coulomb interaction among the charge carriers as well as the nonlinear effects resulting from spectral hole-burning.

  8. Anomalous transmission of an ultrashort ionizing laser pulse through a thin foil.

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    Ferrante, G; Zarcone, M; Uryupin, S A

    2003-08-22

    The formation of a highly anisotropic photoelectron velocity distribution as a result of the interaction of a powerful ultrashort laser pulse with a thin foil is found to yield a large skin-layer depth and an anomalous increase of the transmission coefficient. The physical reason for the effect is the influence of the incident wave magnetic field, through the Lorenz force, on the electron kinetics in the skin layer.

  9. Ultrashort transient pulse propagation effect in semiconductor waveguides under a nonlinear dispersion regime

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    Sen, Pranay K.; Kumar, Abhay; Sen, Pratima

    1999-06-01

    Using semiclassical time dependent perturbation treatment, the coherence radiation-semiconductor interaction under ultrashort pulsed near band-gap resonant excitation regime has been analytically investigated in a narrow direct-gap semiconductor waveguide structure. The role of excitonic effect is incorporated to study transient pulse propagation effects in GAs/AlGaAs waveguide duly irradiated by a 100 fs Ti:Sapphire laser. Nonlinear Schroedinger equation is employed to examine the role of group velocity dispersion and nonlinear optical effect on the transmission characteristics of the pulse at various excitation intensities and waveguide lengths. The results suggest the occurrence of pulse break-up and pulse narrowing during propagation of the pulse through the GaAs/AlGaAs waveguide.

  10. Ultrashort pulse laser processing of hard tissue, dental restoration materials, and biocompatibles

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    Yousif, A.; Strassl, M.; Beer, F.; Verhagen, L.; Wittschier, M.; Wintner, E.

    2007-07-01

    During the last few years, ultra-short laser pulses have proven their potential for application in medical tissue treatment in many ways. In hard tissue ablation, their aptitude for material ablation with negligible collateral damage provides many advantages. Especially teeth representing an anatomically and physiologically very special region with less blood circulation and lower healing rates than other tissues require most careful treatment. Hence, overheating of the pulp and induction of microcracks are some of the most problematic issues in dental preparation. Up till now it was shown by many authors that the application of picosecond or femtosecond pulses allows to perform ablation with very low damaging potential also fitting to the physiological requirements indicated. Beside the short interaction time with the irradiated matter, scanning of the ultra-short pulse trains turned out to be crucial for ablating cavities of the required quality. One main reason for this can be seen in the fact that during scanning the time period between two subsequent pulses incident on the same spot is so much extended that no heat accumulation effects occur and each pulse can be treated as a first one with respect to its local impact. Extension of this advantageous technique to biocompatible materials, i.e. in this case dental restoration materials and titanium plasma-sprayed implants, is just a matter of consequence. Recently published results on composites fit well with earlier data on dental hard tissue. In case of plaque which has to be removed from implants, it turns out that removal of at least the calcified version is harder than tissue removal. Therefore, besides ultra-short lasers, also Diode and Neodymium lasers, in cw and pulsed modes, have been studied with respect to plaque removal and sterilization. The temperature increase during laser exposure has been experimentally evaluated in parallel.

  11. Nonlinear propagation of ultraintense and ultrashort laser pulses in a plasma channel limited by metallic walls

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    Sid, A.; Debbache, D.; Bendib, A.

    2006-08-15

    The nonlinear propagation of an ultraintense and ultrashort (UIUS) laser pulse in a metallic capillary is investigated using a classical model which takes into account the inverse bremsstrahlung absorption (IBA) in the formed plasma. The attenuation of the laser pulse due to the IBA in the plasma and to the laser energy dissipation in the metallic walls is shown. The guiding length and the twist of the laser pulse temporal envelope are presented for several values of the parameters of the plasma, the laser pulse and the metal. The numerical treatment shows that the guiding length increases when the pulse duration becomes shorter. This calculus shows also that in the case of moderate electronic densities, n{sub e}<10{sup 17} m{sup -3}, the formed plasma has a negligible effect compared to that of the metallic walls.

  12. Compression of ultrashort laser pulses via gated multiphoton intrapulse interference phase scans

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    Comin, Alberto; Ciesielski, Richard; Piredda, Giovanni; Donkers, Kevin; Hartschuh, Achim

    2014-05-01

    Delivering femtosecond laser light in the focal plane of a high numerical aperture microscope objective is still a challenge, despite significant developments in the generation of ultrashort pulses. One of the most popular techniques, used to correct phase distortions resulting from propagation through transparent media, is the multiphoton intrapulse interference phase scan (MIIPS). The accuracy of MIIPS however is limited when higher order phase distortions are present. Here we introduce an improvement, called Gated-MIIPS, which avoids shortcomings of MIIPS, reduces the influence of higher order phase terms, and can be used to more efficiently compress broad band laser pulses even with a simple 4f pulse shaper setup. In this work we present analytical formulas for MIIPS and Gated-MIIPS valid for chirped Gaussian pulses; we show an approximated analytic expression for Gated-MIIPS valid for arbitrary pulse shapes; finally we demonstrate the increased accuracy of Gated-MIIPS via experiment and numerical simulation.

  13. Imaging carrier and phonon transport in Si using ultrashort optical pulses

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    David H. Hurley; O. B. Wright; O. Matsuda; B. E. McCandless; S. Shinde

    2009-01-01

    A series of experiments have been conducted that microscopically image thermal diffusion and surface acoustic phonon propagation within a single crystallite of a polycrystalline Si sample. The experimental approach employs ultrashort optical pulses to generate an electron-hole plasma and a second probe pulse is used to image the evolution of the plasma. By decomposing the signal into a component that varies with delay time and a steady state component that varies with pump modulation frequency, the respective influence of carrier recombination and thermal diffusion are identified. Additionally, the coherent surface acoustic phonon component to the signal is imaged using a Sagnac interferometer to monitor optical phase.

  14. Photomechanical modification of ZnS microcrystal to enhance electroluminescence by ultrashort-pulse laser processing

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    Nabesaka, Kyohei; Ishikawa, Yasuaki; Hosokawa, Yoichiroh; Uraoka, Yukiharu

    2017-02-01

    A ZnS microcrystal was treated with an ultrashort-pulse laser and applied to an inorganic electroluminescence (EL) phosphor. We found that the emission intensity of the EL phosphor was increased by laser-induced photomechanical modification. The pulse duration dependence of the emission enhancement and structural analysis by scanning electron microscopy indicated that the structural modification was induced inside the ZnS microcrystal, although a mechanical grinding would induce the structural modification mainly on the crystal surface. The results suggested a new way of enhancing the emission of inorganic EL devices.

  15. Transient radiation from a ring resonant medium excited by an ultrashort superluminal pulse

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    Arkhipov, R M; Arkhipov, M V; Tolmachev, Yu A; Babushkin, I V

    2015-06-30

    We report some specific features of transient radiation from a periodic spatially modulated one-dimensional medium with a resonant response upon excitation by an ultrashort pulse. The case of ring geometry (with particle density distributed along the ring according to the harmonic law) is considered. It is shown that the spectrum of scattered radiation contains (under both linear and nonlinear interaction), along with the frequency of intrinsic resonance of the medium, a new frequency, which depends on the pulse velocity and the spatial modulation period. The case of superluminal motion of excitation, when the Cherenkov effect manifests itself, is also analysed. (laser applications and other topics in quantum electronics)

  16. Modulation of extraordinary optical transmission through nanohole arrays using ultrashort laser pulses

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    Pearce, Kellie; Dehde, Robin; Spreen, Anika; Späth, Christian; Wendl, Maximilian; Schmidt, Jürgen; Kleineberg, Ulf

    2016-04-01

    We use three dimensional finite-difference-time-domain simulations to study the dynamics of extraordinary optical transmission through arrays of nanoholes in 200 nm-thick Au films on silicon nitride substrates. By diving the light source into two identical 5 femtosecond pulses and tuning the relative delay between them, we are able to modulate both the intensity and spectra of the transmitted light on ultrashort time scales. Simulations demonstrate that the intensity and distribution of the electric fields on the surface of the film and within the nanoholes are altered by changing the pulse delay.

  17. Medical applications of ultra-short pulse lasers

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    Kim, B M; Marion, J E

    1999-06-08

    The medical applications for ultra short pulse lasers (USPLs) and their associated commercial potential are reviewed. Short pulse lasers offer the surgeon the possibility of precision cutting or disruption of tissue with virtually no thermal or mechanical damage to the surrounding areas. Therefore the USPL offers potential improvement to numerous existing medical procedures. Secondly, when USPLs are combined with advanced tissue diagnostics, there are possibilities for tissue-selective precision ablation that may allow for new surgeries that cannot at present be performed. Here we briefly review the advantages of short pulse lasers, examine the potential markets both from an investment community perspective, and from the view. of the technology provider. Finally nominal performance and cost requirements for the lasers, delivery systems and diagnostics and the present state of development will be addressed.

  18. Ultra-short pulsed millimeter-wave laser

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    Wilson, Thomas

    2000-10-01

    High peak power pulses of 1.22-mm wavelength radiation have recently been obtained from a novel cavity-dumped far-infrared optically-pumped laser^1. Smooth reproducible pulses with the following characteristics have been routinely obtained: peak power=25-kW, pulsewidth (FWHM)=5-ns, repetition rate=10 pps. (This compares favorably to typical far-infrared, cavity-dumped output - 11-kW, 30-ns, 1 pps - available from the University of California - Santa Barbara Free Electron Laser). The pumping laser is a grating-tuned, hybrid TEA CO2 laser providing 1J / pulse at the 9P32 transition. The far-infrared gain medium is isotopic (C^13) methyl flouride. Experiments are underway for using the novel source to resonantly excite coherent pulses of 250-GHz longitudinal acoustic phonons in silicon doping superlattices. ^1 Thomas E. Wilson, "Modeling the high-speed switching of far-infrared radiation by photoionization in a semiconductor", Phys. Rev. B 59 (20), 12996 (1999).

  19. Ionization of a multilevel atom by ultrashort laser pulses

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    Andreev, A. V.; Stremoukhov, S. Yu.; Shutova, O. A.

    2010-01-15

    Specific features of ionization of single atoms by laser fields of a near-atomic strength are investigated. Calculations are performed for silver atoms interacting with femtosecond laser pulses with wavelengths {lambda} = 800 nm (Ti:Sapphire) and {lambda} = 1.064 {mu}m (Nd:YAG). The dependences of the probability of ionization and of the form of the photoelectron energy spectra on the field of laser pulses for various values of their duration are considered. It is shown that the behavior of the probability of ionization in the range of subatomic laser pulse fields is in good agreement with the Keldysh formula. However, when the field strength attains values close to the atomic field strength, the discrepancies in these dependences manifested in a decrease in the ionization rate (ionization stabilization effect) or in its increase (accelerated ionization) are observed. These discrepancies are associated with the dependence of the population dynamics of excited discrete energy levels of the atom on the laser pulse field amplitude.

  20. Time-resolved microscopy using variable probe wavelengths for ultra-short pulse interaction (Conference Presentation)

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    Bergner, Klaus; Kumkar, Malte; Tünnermann, Andreas; Nolte, Stefan; Seyfarth, Brian

    2017-03-01

    Glass processing with ultrashort laser pulses allow for different material modifications, ranging from smooth refractive index changes which can be used for the generation of waveguides up to large disruptions due to accumulates stress for glass separation. These disruptions, generated by a dense electron plasma, are favored for glass dicing applications. To tailor the resulting material response a fundamental understanding of the laser/material interaction is of interest. Therefore, we analyze the spatio-temporal evolution of free carriers induced by ultrashort laser pulses using a pump-probe setup with high temporal and spatial resolution and various probe wavelengths. Single laser pulses with 1026nm wavelength, 6ps (FWHM) pulse duration and 200μJ pulse energy were applied to fused silica, Borofloat 33 and Gorilla glass. Electron densities around 1 x 1020cm-3 in the focal plane and 1 x 1019cm-3 in front of the focus are obtained, independent from the glass type used. The free carriers slowly decay within several ns, while the decay time depends on both the maximum electron densities reached and glass species. In this process a part of the excited electrons relax within several 10ps into a long-living stage where a transient effect is observed. Here, various probe wavelengths show differences in the recorded signal. A further carrier relaxation leads to permanent (stress, voids) and non-stable (color center) modifications crucial for precise glass dicing applications.

  1. Coherent Control of Multiphoton Transitions in the Gas and Condensed Phases with Shaped Ultrashort Pulses

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    Marcos Dantus

    2008-09-23

    Controlling laser-molecule interactions has become an integral part of developing devices and applications in spectroscopy, microscopy, optical switching, micromachining and photochemistry. Coherent control of multiphoton transitions could bring a significant improvement of these methods. In microscopy, multi-photon transitions are used to activate different contrast agents and suppress background fluorescence; coherent control could generate selective probe excitation. In photochemistry, different dissociative states are accessed through two, three, or more photon transitions; coherent control could be used to select the reaction pathway and therefore the yield-specific products. For micromachining and processing a wide variety of materials, femtosecond lasers are now used routinely. Understanding the interactions between the intense femtosecond pulse and the material could lead to technologically important advances. Pulse shaping could then be used to optimize the desired outcome. The scope of our research program is to develop robust and efficient strategies to control nonlinear laser-matter interactions using ultrashort shaped pulses in gas and condensed phases. Our systematic research has led to significant developments in a number of areas relevant to the AMO Physics group at DOE, among them: generation of ultrashort phase shaped pulses, coherent control and manipulation of quantum mechanical states in gas and condensed phases, behavior of isolated molecules under intense laser fields, behavior of condensed phase matter under intense laser field and implications on micromachining with ultrashort pulses, coherent control of nanoparticles their surface plasmon waves and their nonlinear optical behavior, and observation of coherent Coulomb explosion processes at 10^16 W/cm^2. In all, the research has resulted in 36 publications (five journal covers) and nine invention disclosures, five of which have continued on to patenting

  2. Oral applications of ultra-short laser pulses: a new approach for gentle and painless treatment?

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    Yousif, A.; Strassl, M.; Wieger, V.; Zoppel, S.; Wintner, E.

    2006-05-01

    In dental hard tissue ablation, ultra-short laser pulses have proven sufficiently their potential for material ablation with negligible collateral damage providing many advantages. The absence of microcracks and the possibility to avoid overheating of the pulp during dental cavity preparation may be among the most important issues, the latter opening up an avenue for potential painless treatment. Beside the evident short interaction time of laser radiation with the irradiated tissue, scanning of the ultra-short pulse trains turned out to be crucial for ablating cavities of required quality and shape. Additionally, such a technique allows to treat larger areas like the ones dentists are used to work with, i.e. ~ 1 mm Ø.In this paper, an overview of different scanning methods together with the algorithms used and an assessment of their applicability is presented. A variety of pulse durations from ~100 fs up to several ps has been used by numerous authors over the last approximately ten years. Having employed 330 fs pulses, we present the corresponding ablation thresholds for dental hard tissue (enamel, dentine; human and bovine), for a number of dental restoration materials, as well as for different types of bovine bone. Dental implants frequently have to be cleaned from plaque being deposited around their necks in areas where the gums have already retreated. A preliminary investigation is presented on the applicability of ultra-short pulses with mentioned duration for the gentle cleaning of titanium implants focusing on the preservation of the special plasma-sprayed biocompatible implant surface.

  3. Manipulation of the dielectric properties of diamond by an ultrashort laser pulse

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    Zhang, Xiaoqin; Wang, Feng; Jiang, Lan; Yao, Yugui

    2017-05-01

    The dielectric properties of diamond in excited state modulated by an ultrashort and intense single-cycle laser field are investigated based on the real-time time-dependent density functional theory. The electron dynamics of diamond is analyzed within ultrashort time resolution. The change of dielectric properties are demonstrated by studying the effect of easily tunable laser parameters including intensity, frequency, and duration time. The extracted dielectric function shows anisotropy even in an centrosymmetric diamond when going beyond the linear response regime. We also demonstrate control of the dielectric functions by the delay time between pump and probe pulse. It is concluded that a tailored single-cycle laser field can be used to effectively manipulate the dielectric properties of wide-band gap materials.

  4. ULTRASHORT ELECTRON BUNCH LENGTH MEASUREMENTS AT DUVFEL.

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    GRAVES, W.S.; CARR, G.L.; DIMAURO, L.F.; DOYURAN, A.; HEESE, R.; JOHNSON, E.D.; NEUMAN, C.; RAKOWSKY, G.; ROSE, J.; RUDATI, J.; SHAFTAN, T.; SHEEHY, B.; SKARITKA, J.; YU, L.H.

    2001-06-18

    The DUVFEL electron linac is designed to produce sub-picosecond, high brightness electron bunches for driving a short wavelength FEL. Four experiments have been commissioned to address the challenge of accurately measuring bunch lengths on this timescale. In the frequency domain, a short 12 period undulator is used to produce both off-axis coherent emission and on-axis incoherent single-shot spectra. The total coherent infrared power scales inversely with bunch length and the spectral cutoff is an indication of bunch length. The density of power spikes in the single-shot visible spectrum may also be used to estimate bunch length. In the time domain, the linac accelerating sections and a bending magnet are used to implement the RF-zero phasing method, and a sub-picosecond streak camera is also installed. Beam measurements and comparisons of these methods are reported.

  5. Mimicking lizard-like surface structures upon ultrashort laser pulse irradiation of inorganic materials

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    Hermens, U.; Kirner, S. V.; Emonts, C.; Comanns, P.; Skoulas, E.; Mimidis, A.; Mescheder, H.; Winands, K.; Krüger, J.; Stratakis, E.; Bonse, J.

    2017-10-01

    Inorganic materials, such as steel, were functionalized by ultrashort laser pulse irradiation (fs- to ps-range) to modify the surface's wetting behavior. The laser processing was performed by scanning the laser beam across the surface of initially polished flat sample material. A systematic experimental study of the laser processing parameters (peak fluence, scan velocity, line overlap) allowed the identification of different regimes associated with characteristic surface morphologies (laser-induced periodic surface structures, grooves, spikes, etc.). Analyses of the surface using optical as well as scanning electron microscopy revealed morphologies providing the optimum similarity to the natural skin of lizards. For mimicking skin structures of moisture-harvesting lizards towards an optimization of the surface wetting behavior, additionally a two-step laser processing strategy was established for realizing hierarchical microstructures. In this approach, micrometer-scaled capillaries (step 1) were superimposed by a laser-generated regular array of small dimples (step 2). Optical focus variation imaging measurements finally disclosed the three dimensional topography of the laser processed surfaces derived from lizard skin structures. The functionality of these surfaces was analyzed in view of wetting properties.

  6. Variational regularization of complex deautoconvolution and phase retrieval in ultrashort laser pulse characterization

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    Anzengruber, Stephan W.; Bürger, Steven; Hofmann, Bernd; Steinmeyer, Günter

    2016-03-01

    The SD-SPIDER method for the characterization of ultrashort laser pulses requires the solution of a nonlinear integral equation of autoconvolution type with a device-based kernel function. Taking into account the analytical background of a variational regularization approach for solving the corresponding ill-posed operator equation formulated in complex-valued L2-spaces over finite real intervals, we suggest and evaluate numerical procedures using NURBS and the TIGRA method for calculating the regularized solutions in a stable manner. In this context, besides the complex deautoconvolution problem with noisy but full data, a phase retrieval problem is introduced which adapts to the experimental state of the art in laser optics. For the treatment of this problem facet, which is formulated as a tensor product operator equation, we derive the well-posedness of variational regularization methods. Case studies with synthetic and real optical data show the capability of the implemented approach as well as its limitations due to measurement deficits.

  7. Electron rescattering at metal nanotips induced by ultrashort laser pulses

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    Wachter, G.; Lemell, C.; Burgdörfer, J.

    2014-04-01

    We theoretically investigate the interaction of moderate intensity near-infrared few cycle laser pulses with nano-scale metal tips. Local field enhancement in a nanometric region around the tip apex triggers coherent electron emission on the nanometer length and femtosecond time scale. The quantum dynamics at the surface are simulated with time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) and interpreted based on the simple man's model. We investigate the dependence of the emitted electron spectra on the laser wavelength.

  8. Ultrashort-pulse laser machining system employing a parametric amplifier

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    Perry, Michael D.

    2004-04-27

    A method and apparatus are provided for increasing the energy of chirped laser pulses to an output in the range 0.001 to over 10 millijoules at a repetition rate 0.010 to 100 kHz by using a two stage optical parametric amplifier utilizing a bulk nonlinear crystal wherein the pump and signal beam size can be independently adjusted in each stage.

  9. Influence of the polarization mode dispersion on the propagation of ultrashort optical pulses in single-mode fiber lightguides with very weak linear birefringence and random inhomogeneities

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    Malykin, G. B.; Pozdnyakova, V. I.

    2011-09-01

    We consider the influence of the polarization mode dispersion, which is stipulated by the presence of random inhomogeneities in single-mode fiber lightguides, on the propagation of ultrashort optical pulses in the fiber communication lines with very weak linear birefringence. Evolution of the envelope of ultrashort optical pulses and their spectra as functions of the length of a single-mode fiber lightguide with very weak linear birefringence and random inhomogeneities are obtained by the method of mathematical simulation. An increase in the pulse duration is shown to be proportional to the square root of the length of a single-mode fiber lightguide. The numerical-simulation results are compared with the results of experimental measurements of the polarization mode dispersion.

  10. A broadly tunable autocorrelator for ultra-short, ultra-high power infrared optical pulses

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    Szarmes, E.B.; Madey, J.M.J.

    1995-12-31

    We describe the design of a crossed-beam, optical autocorrelator that uses an uncoated, birefringent beamsplitter to split a linearly polarized incident pulse into two orthogonally polarized pulses, and a Type II, SHG crystal to generate the intensity autocorrelation function. The uncoated beamsplitter accommodates extremely broad tunability while precluding any temporal distortion of ultrashort optical pulses at the dielectric interface, and the specific design provides efficient operation between 1 {mu}m and 4 {mu}m. Furthermore, the use of Type II SHG completely eliminates any single-beam doubling, so the autocorrelator can be operated at very shallow crossed-beam angles without generating a background pedestal. The autocorrelator has been constructed and installed in the Mark III laboratory at Duke University as a broadband diagnostic for ongoing compression experiments on the chirped-pulse FEL.

  11. Development of ultra-short pulse VUV laser system for nanoscale processing

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    Katto, Masahito; Zushi, Hironari; Nagaya, Wataru; Harano, Shinya; Matsumoto, Ryota; Yokotani, Atushi; Kaku, Masanori; Kubodera, Shoichi; Miyanaga, Noriaki

    2010-11-01

    We have developed intense vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) radiation sources for advanced material processing, such as photochemical surface reactions and precise processing on a nanometer scale. We have constructed a new VUV laser system to generate sub-picosecond pulses at the wavelength of 126 nm. A seed VUV pulse was generated in Xe as the 7th harmonic of a 882-nm Ti:sapphire laser. The optimum conversion was achieved at the pressure of 1.2 Torr. The seed pulse will be amplified by the Ar2^{*} media generated by an optical-field-induced ionization Ar plasma produced by the Ti:sapphire laser. We have obtained a gain coefficient of g=0.16 cm-1. Our developing system will provide VUV ultra-short pulses with sub-μJ energy at a repetition rate of 1 kHz.

  12. Thermoplastic deformation of silicon surfaces induced by ultrashort pulsed lasers in submelting conditions

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    Tsibidis, G. D.; Stratakis, E.; Aifantis, K. E.

    2012-03-01

    A hybrid theoretical model is presented to describe thermoplastic deformation effects on silicon surfaces induced by single and multiple ultrashort pulsed laser irradiation in submelting conditions. An approximation of the Boltzmann transport equation is adopted to describe the laser irradiation process. The evolution of the induced deformation field is described initially by adopting the differential equations of dynamic thermoelasticity while the onset of plastic yielding is described by the von Mises stress. Details of the resulting picometre sized crater, produced by irradiation with a single pulse, are discussed as a function of the imposed conditions and thresholds for the onset of plasticity are computed. Irradiation with multiple pulses leads to ripple formation of nanometre size that originates from the interference of the incident and a surface scattered wave. It is suggested that ultrafast laser induced surface modification in semiconductors is feasible in submelting conditions, and it may act as a precursor of the incubation effects observed at multiple pulse irradiation of materials surfaces.

  13. Laser induced damage in multilayer dielectric gratings due to ultrashort laser pulses. Revision 1

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    Shore, B.W.; Stuart, B.C.; Feit, M.D.; Rubenchik, A.M.; Perry, M.D.

    1995-07-11

    Chirped pulse amplification is increasingly used to produce intense ultrashort laser pulses. When high-efficiency gratings are the dispersive element, as in the LLNL Petawatt laser, their susceptibility to laser induced damage constitutes a limitation on the peak intensities that can be reached. To obtain robust gratings, it is necessary to understand the causes of short-pulse damage, and to recognize the range of design options for high efficiency gratings. Metal gratings owe their high efficiency to their high conductivity. To avoid the inevitable light absorption that accompanies conductivity, we have developed designs for high efficiency rejection gratings that use only transparent dielectric materials. These combine the reflectivity of a multi-layer dielectric stack with a diffraction grating. We report here our present understanding of short-pulse laser induced damage, as it applies to dielectric gratings.

  14. Laser induced damage in multilayer dielectric gratings due to ultrashort laser pulses

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    Shore, B.W.; Stuart, B.C.; Feit, M.D.; Rubenchik, A.M.; Perry, M.D.

    1995-05-26

    Chirped pulse amplification is increasingly used to produce intense ultrashort laser pulses. When high-efficiency gratings are the dispersive element, as in the LLNL Petawatt laser, their susceptibility to laser induced damage constitutes a limitation on the peak intensities that can be reached. To obtain robust gratings, it is necessary to understand the causes of short-pulse damage, and to recognize the range of design options for high efficiency gratings. Metal gratings owe their high efficiency to their high conductivity. To avoid the inevitable light absorption that accompanies conductivity, we have developed designs for high efficiency reflection gratings that use only transparent dielectric materials. These combine the reflectivity of a multilayer dielectric stack with a diffraction grating. We report here our present understanding of short-pulse laser induced damage, as it applies to dielectric gratings.

  15. Uniform asymptotic description of ultrashort Gaussian-pulse propagation in a causal, dispersive dielectric

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    Balictsis, Constantinos M.; Oughstun, Kurt Edmund

    1993-05-01

    The complete asymptotic description of ultrashort Gaussian-pulse propagation in a single-resonance Lorentz medium in the mature-dispersion regime is presented and compared with the results of two independent numerical experiments of the propagated-field evolution. The nonuniform asymptotic method of Olver [Stud. Appl. Math. Rev. 12, 228 (1970)] (an extension of the method of steepest descents) is first applied to obtain the standard asymptotic description of the propagated field that is due to the given input Gaussian-modulated field. The description afforded by this asymptotic method, although nonuniform in certain space-time regions, is found to be in excellent agreement with purely numerical results, especially when exact, numerically determined saddle-point locations, and exact expressions for the derivatives of the phase function are used in the implementation of the theoretical approach. Modern uniform asymptotic techniques, which generalize Olver's nonuniform description, are then employed to obtain a rigorous description of ultrashort Gaussian-pulse propagation that is uniformly valid for all space-time points in the mature-dispersion regime. This asymptotic description clearly shows that the propagated field can be expressed solely in terms of a generalized Sommerfeld and a generalized Brillouin precursor field, the first of which dominates the total propagated field when the carrier frequency ωc is well above resonance while the second generalized precursor field dominates when ωc is below or near resonance. It is further shown that the pulse distortion is due solely to the manner in which the precursor field amplitude is modified by the initial Gaussian-pulse envelope spectrum. Finally, the frequency dependence of the signal velocity of the input ultrashort, Gaussian-modulated harmonic field in a single-resonance Lorentz medium is discussed.

  16. Process optimization in high-average-power ultrashort pulse laser microfabrication: how laser process parameters influence efficiency, throughput and quality

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    Schille, Joerg; Schneider, Lutz; Loeschner, Udo

    2015-09-01

    In this paper, laser processing of technical grade stainless steel and copper using high-average-power ultrashort pulse lasers is studied in order to gain deeper insight into material removal for microfabrication. A high-pulse repetition frequency picosecond and femtosecond laser is used in conjunction with high-performance galvanometer scanners and an in-house developed two-axis polygon scanner system. By varying the processing parameters such as wavelength, pulse length, fluence and repetition rate, cavities of standardized geometry are fabricated and analyzed. From the depths of the cavities produced, the ablation rate and removal efficiency are estimated. In addition, the quality of the cavities is evaluated by means of scanning electron microscope micrographs or rather surface roughness measurements. From the results obtained, the influence of the machining parameters on material removal and machining quality is discussed. In addition, it is shown that both material removal rate and quality increase by using femtosecond compared to picosecond laser pulses. On stainless steel, a maximum throughput of 6.81 mm3/min is achieved with 32 W femtosecond laser powers; if using 187 W picosecond laser powers, the maximum is 15.04 mm3/min, respectively. On copper, the maximum throughputs are 6.1 mm3/min and 21.4 mm3/min, obtained with 32 W femtosecond and 187 W picosecond laser powers. The findings indicate that ultrashort pulses in the mid-fluence regime yield most efficient material removal. In conclusion, from the results of this analysis, a range of optimum processing parameters are derived feasible to enhance machining efficiency, throughput and quality in high-rate micromachining. The work carried out here clearly opens the way to significant industrial applications.

  17. Ablation dynamics and shock wave expansion during laser processing of CFRP with ultrashort laser pulses

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    Wiedenmann, Margit; Haist, Christoph; Freitag, Christian; Onuseit, Volkher; Weber, Rudolf; Graf, Thomas

    2014-03-01

    Carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP) have a large potential in the automotive lightweight construction due to their low density and high mechanical stability. Compared with today's laser processing methods of metals the main issues in laser processing of CFRP are the very differing thermal, optical and mechanical properties of the components. To understand the process in detail, the ablation process of CFRP with ultrashort laser pulses was investigated. The shock wave and the vapor resulting from processing with single laser pulses were recorded. Shadow photography and luminescence photography with an ultra-high-speed camera was used to show the ablation process with a temporary resolution of up to 3 ns. The field of view was 250 μm × 250 μm. An ultrashort laser pulse with pulse duration of 4 ps and a wavelength of 800 nm was focused onto the workpiece. The energy content of the shock wave was calculated from the resulting images. The energy content of the shock wave was about 20 % of the incident energy and the speed of propagation of the shock wave was more than 2000 m/s. The high intensities in the range of 1013 W/cm2 lead to formation of a plasma plume which was clearly seen in the shadow photography images.

  18. Wear-reducing Surface Functionalization of Implant Materials Using Ultrashort Laser Pulses

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    Oldorf, P.; Peters, R.; Reichel, S.; Schulz, A.-P.; Wendlandt, R.

    The aim of the project called "EndoLas" is the development of a reproducible and reliable method for a functionalization of articulating surfaces on hip joint endoprostheses due to a reduction of abrasion and wear by the generation of micro structures using ultrashort laser pulses. On the one hand, the microstructures shall ensure the capture of abraded particles, which cause third-body wear and thereby increase aseptic loosening. On the other hand, the structures shall improve or maintain the tribologically important lubricating film. Thereby, the cavities serve as a reservoir for the body's own synovial fluid. The dry friction, which promotes abrasion and is a part of the mixed friction in the joint, shall therefore be reduced. In experimental setups it was shown, that the abrasive wear can be reduced significantly due to micro-structuring the articulating implant surfaces. To shape the fine and deterministic cavities on the surfaces, an ultra-short pulsed laser, which is integrated in a high-precision, 5-axes micro-machining system, was used. The laser system, based on an Yb:YAG thin-disk regenerative amplifier, has an average output power of 50 W at the fundamental wavelength of 1030 nm, a maximum repetition rate of 400 kHz and a pulse duration of 6 ps. Due to this, a maximum pulse energy of 125 μJ is achievable. Furthermore external second and third harmonic generation enables the usage of wavelengths in the green and violet spectral range.

  19. Characterization of fiber ultrashort pulse delivery for nonlinear endomicroscopy.

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    Ibrahim, A; Poulon, F; Habert, R; Lefort, C; Kudlinski, A; Haidar, D Abi

    2016-06-13

    In this work, we present a detailed characterization of a small-core double-clad photonic crystal fiber, dedicated and approved for in vivo nonlinear imaging endomicroscopy. A numerical and experimental study has been performed to characterize the excitation and collection efficiencies through a 5 m-long optical fiber, including the pulse duration and spectral shape. This was first done without any distal optics, and then the performances of the system were studied by using two kinds of GRIN lenses at the fiber output. These results are compared to published data using commercial double clad fibers and GRIN lenses.

  20. Ultrashort pulse laser machining of metals and alloys

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    Perry, Michael D.; Stuart, Brent C.

    2003-09-16

    The invention consists of a method for high precision machining (cutting, drilling, sculpting) of metals and alloys. By using pulses of a duration in the range of 10 femtoseconds to 100 picoseconds, extremely precise machining can be achieved with essentially no heat or shock affected zone. Because the pulses are so short, there is negligible thermal conduction beyond the region removed resulting in negligible thermal stress or shock to the material beyond approximately 0.1-1 micron (dependent upon the particular material) from the laser machined surface. Due to the short duration, the high intensity (>10.sup.12 W/cm.sup.2) associated with the interaction converts the material directly from the solid-state into an ionized plasma. Hydrodynamic expansion of the plasma eliminates the need for any ancillary techniques to remove material and produces extremely high quality machined surfaces with negligible redeposition either within the kerf or on the surface. Since there is negligible heating beyond the depth of material removed, the composition of the remaining material is unaffected by the laser machining process. This enables high precision machining of alloys and even pure metals with no change in grain structure.

  1. Wave-packet model for excitation by ultrashort pulses

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    Suominen, Kalle-Antti; Garraway, Barry M.; Stenholm, Stig

    1992-03-01

    In this paper we discuss the excitation of a localized molecular ground-state wave function by a short laser pulse. With a one-dimensional approach we show when it is possible to excite a considerable fraction of the ground state without too much distortion of the shape of the wave packet. This is of interest in time-resolved molecular experiments where an excited wave packet is often taken as the initial state. We solve the two coupled wave equations numerically and compare results to an analytical approximation based on the Rosen-Zener model. The validity of the approximation and its breakdown is considered in detail. Special attention is paid to the effect of lengthening the pulse duration and the consequences of the accompanying number of Rabi flops occurring in the area theorem. When the approximation breaks down, the wave packet becomes distorted and spread out, but there are still interesting coherence effects due to the interplay between the Rabi flopping and the molecular dynamics; these are displayed and discussed. Finally, the relationship to other works and possible generalizations are presented.

  2. Limits of applicability of a two-temperature model under nonuniform heating of metal by an ultrashort laser pulse

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    Polyakov, D S; Yakovlev, E B

    2015-10-31

    The heating of metals (silver and aluminium) by ultrashort laser pulses is analysed proceeding from a spatially nonuniform kinetic equation for the electron distribution function. The electron subsystem thermalisation is estimated in a wide range of absorbed pulse energy density. The limits of applicability are determined for the two-temperature model. (interaction of laser radiation with matter)

  3. Ultrashort-pulse laser machining of dielectric materials

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

    1999-05-01

    There is a strong deviation from the usual τ1/2 scaling of laser damage fluence for pulses below 10 ps in dielectric materials. This behavior is a result of the transition from a thermally dominated damage mechanism to one dominated by plasma formation on a time scale too short for significant energy transfer to the lattice. This new mechanism of damage (material removal) is accompanied by a qualitative change in the morphology of the interaction site and essentially no collateral damage. High precision machining of all dielectrics (oxides, fluorides, explosives, teeth, glasses, ceramics, SiC, etc.) with no thermal shock or distortion of the remaining material by this mechanism is described.

  4. Investigations of the damage mechanisms during ultrashort pulse laser ablation of dental tissue

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    Domke, Matthias; Wick, Sebastian; Laible, Maike; Rapp, Stephan; Kuznetsova, Julia; Homann, Christian; Huber, Heinz P.; Sroka, Ronald

    2015-07-01

    Several investigations of dental tissue ablation with ultrashort pulsed lasers suggest that these lasers enable precise and selective material removal and reduce the formation of micro cracks and thermal effects, when compared to ns-pulses. In this study, two damage mechanisms are presented occurring during ablation of dentin using a laser emitting pulses of a duration of 380 fs at a wavelength of 1040 nm. First, it was found that nano cracks appear around the craters after single fs-pulse ablation. These cracks are directed to the crater and cross the dentinal tubules. Transient investigation of the single fs-pulse ablation process by pump-probe microscopy suggest that the driving mechanism could be a pressure wave that is released after stress confinement. Second, squared ablation holes were created by moving the laser focus at scan speeds between 0.5 mm/s and 2.0 m/s and fluences up to 14 J/cm2. It was found that deep cracks appear at the edges of the squared holes, if the scan speed is about 0.5 m/s. The fluence has only a minor impact on the crack formation. The crack propagation was investigated in the depth using x-ray micro tomography and optical coherence tomography. It was found that these cracks appear in the depth down to the dental pulp. These findings suggest that fast scanning of the laser beam is the key for damage free processing using ultrashort pulse lasers. Then, ablation rates of about 2.5 - 3.5 mm3/min/W can be achieved in dentine with pulse durations of 380 fs.

  5. Interaction of ultra-short laser pulses with CIGS and CZTSe thin films

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    Gečys, P.; Markauskas, E.; Dudutis, J.; Račiukaitis, G.

    2014-01-01

    The thin-film solar cell technologies based on complex quaternary chalcopyrite and kesterite materials are becoming more attractive due to their potential for low production costs and optimal spectral performance. As in all thin-film technologies, high efficiency of small cells might be maintained with the transition to larger areas when small segments are interconnected in series to reduce photocurrent and related ohmic losses in thin films. Interconnect formation is based on the three scribing steps, and the use of a laser is here crucial for performance of the device. We present our simulation and experimental results on the ablation process investigations in complex CuIn1- x Ga x Se2 (CIGS) and Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 (CZTSe) cell's films using ultra-short pulsed infrared (~1 μm) lasers which can be applied to the damage-free front-side scribing processes. Two types of processes were investigated—direct laser ablation of ZnO:Al/CIGS films with a variable pulse duration of a femtosecond laser and the laser-induced material removal with a picosecond laser in the ZnO:Al/CZTSe structure. It has been found that the pulse energy and the number of laser pulses have a significantly stronger effect on the ablation quality in ZnO:Al/CIGS thin films rather than the laser pulse duration. For the thin-film scribing applications, it is very important to carefully select the processing parameters and use of ultra-short femtosecond pulses does not have a significant advantage compared to picosecond laser pulses. Investigations with the ZnO:Al/CZTSe thin films showed that process of the absorber layer removal was triggered by a micro-explosive effect induced by high pressure of sublimated material due to a rapid temperature increase at the molybdenum-CZTSe interface.

  6. Apparatus and method for optical pulse measurement

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    Trebino, Rick P.; Tsang, Thomas; Fittinghoff, David N.; Sweetser, John N.; Krumbuegel, Marco A.

    1999-12-28

    Practical third-order frequency-resolved optical grating (FROG) techniques for characterization of ultrashort optical pulses are disclosed. The techniques are particularly suited to the measurement of single and/or weak optical pulses having pulse durations in the picosecond and subpicosecond regime. The relative quantum inefficiency of third-order nonlinear optical effects is compensated for through i) use of phase-matched transient grating beam geometry to maximize interaction length, and ii) use of interface-enhanced third-harmonic generation.

  7. Backscattering of ultrashort laser pulse in turbid media

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    Narivonchik, Stanislav; Bespalov, Victor G.

    2002-01-01

    Recently there has been considerable interest in the problems of optical imaging in turbid, strongly scattering media, such as tumours in biological tissues, objects in water, etc. To detect objects in the media the analysis of backscattering of picosecond signal can be used. In this paper we report about the influence of medium parameters and detector parameters on temporal profile of the reflected pulse and its intensity. Virtual experiments were carried out with the MONTE-CARLO method, and temporal profile of signal was obtained. The dependencies of the forepart and tail-part of the signal fronts, maximum position of the reflected signal and the reflection coefficient from the scattering particle density and cross section were obtained. These dependencies show that the tail-part of the signal is greatly decreased while the density is increased, compared to the forepart and maximum intensity position of the signal. These results can be used to analyze the scattering particle density and cross section in the turbid materials. Virtual experiments with the presence of various inhomogeneities were performed, which show that not only reflecting and absorbing solid objects, but also even density inhomogeneities can be detected.

  8. Micro drilling using deformable mirror for beam shaping of ultra-short laser pulses

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    Smarra, Marco; Strube, Anja; Dickmann, Klaus

    2016-03-01

    Using ultra-short laser pulses for micro structuring or drilling applications reduces the thermal influence to the surrounding material. The best achievable beam profile equals a Gaussian beam. Drilling with this beam profile results in cylindrical holes. To vary the shape of the holes, the beam can either be scanned or - for single pulse and percussion drilling - manipulated by masks or lenses. A high flexible method for beam shaping can be realized by using a deformable mirror. This mirror contains a piezo-electric ceramic, which can be deformed by an electric potential. By separating the ceramic into independent controllable segments, the shape of the surface can be varied individually. Due to the closed surface of the mirror, there is no loss of intensity due to diffraction. The mirror deformation is controlled by Zernike polynomials and results e.g. in a lens behavior. In this study a deformable mirror was used to generate e.g. slits in thin steel foils by percussion drilling using ultra-short laser pulses. The influence of the cylindrical deformation to the laser beam and the resulting geometry of the generated holes was studied. It was demonstrated that due to the high update rate up to 150 Hz the mirror surface can be varied in each scan cycle, which results in a high flexible drilling process.

  9. Formation and evolution of ultrashort pulse-induced nanogratings in Borosilicate glass

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    Zimmermann, F.; Plech, Anton; Richter, S.; Tünnermann, Andreas; Nolte, S.

    2014-05-01

    The versatility of ultrashort laser pulses as a tool for laser materials processing has augmented particular interest in the past decade. Especially birefringent modifications, so-called nanogratings, have found to exhibit tremendous potential for manifold photonic functionalities. These self-assembling structures, orienting always perpendicular to the laser polarization, have been up to now extensively studied in bulk fused silica. Commonly it is assumed that the formation of nanogratings is actually limited to anomalous glasses like silica or slightly doped silica. However, we recently found that even in glasses like borosilicate or BK7 nanogratings can be observed within certain parameter regimes. Here we present an extensive study of the fundamental constituents of nanogratings in bulk borosilicate glass using small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) in combination with focused ion beam milling (FIB) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The irradiation produces void-like sheets (10-20 nm wide) as well as elongated cracks of up to 400 nm. In contrast to nanogratings in fused silica, borosilicate shows a significant smaller optical retardance. The cumulative action of several hundreds of laser pulses lead to the formation of individual grating planes with a period of about 60 nm (at an inscribing laser wavelength of 800 nm) while the well-known λ/2n (n-refractive index) period is prevented. This has never been observed for ultrashort pulse induced nanogratings so far.

  10. Ultra-short laser pulses in dentistry: a solution toward painless dental treatment?

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    Wieger, V.; Yousif, A.; Strassl, M.; Wintner, E.

    2006-06-01

    Within the last years, modern ultra-short pulse lasers have successfully proven their potential for application in medical tissue treatment in many respects. In dentistry, overheating of the pulp and induction of micro cracks are usually among the most problematic issues which can be solved in this way. An additional benefit can be seen in the possibility of plasma emission spectroscopy as a means of feedback. Up till now it was shown by many authors that the application of picosecond or femtosecond pulses allows to perform ablation with very low damaging potential also fitting to the special physiological requirements. Beside the short interaction time with the irradiated biological matter, lateral scanning of ultra-short pulses following optimized algorithms turned out to be crucial for ablating cavities with the required quality and size, a finding which we also believe to be valid for dental restoration materials. Additionally, out of practical reasons, scanning is necessary to treat larger volumes than just the focal spots typically having dimensions on the order of more than 1 mm 3, thereby allowing to realize an "optical drill".

  11. Experimental and Analytical Investigation of Cemented Tungsten Carbide Ultra-Short Pulse Laser Ablation

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    Urbina, J. P. Calderón; Daniel, C.; Emmelmann, C.

    Ultra-short pulse laser processing of hard materials, such as cemented tungsten carbide, requires an accurate and agile experimental and analytical investigation to obtain adequate information and setting parameters to maximize ablation rate. Therefore, this study presents a systematic approach which, first, experimentally searches for the variables with the most significant influence on the objective using a design of experiments method; and second, analyzes by means of existing ablation theory the interaction of the material and laser taking into account the Beer-Lambert law and incubation effect.Therefore, this places a basis for future analytical-experimental validation of the examined material.

  12. In situ imaging of hole shape evolution in ultrashort pulse laser drilling.

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    Döring, Sven; Richter, Sören; Nolte, Stefan; Tünnermann, Andreas

    2010-09-13

    For the first time, in situ the hole shape evolution during ultrashort pulse laser drilling in semiconductor material is imaged. The trans-illumination of the sample at a wavelength of 1.06 µm is projected onto a standard CCD camera during the ablation, providing an image of the contour of the ablated structure perpendicular to the irradiation for drilling. This demonstrated technique enables a direct, high resolution investigation of the temporal evolution of the drilling process in the depth of the material without complex sample preparation or post processing.

  13. Photonic approach to the selective inactivation of viruses with a near-infrared ultrashort pulsed laser

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    Tsen, K. T.; Tsen, Shaw-Wei D.; Fu, Q.; Lindsay, S. M.; Kibler, K.; Jacobs, B.; Wu, T. C.; Li, Zhe; Yan, Hao; Cope, Stephanie; Vaiana, Sara; Kiang, Juliann G.

    2010-02-01

    We report a photonic approach for selective inactivation of viruses with a near-infrared ultrashort pulsed (USP) laser. We demonstrate that this method can selectively inactivate viral particles ranging from nonpathogenic viruses such as M13 bacteriophage, tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) to pathogenic viruses like human papillomavirus (HPV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). At the same time sensitive materials like human Jurkat T cells, human red blood cells, and mouse dendritic cells remain unharmed. Our photonic approach could be used for the disinfection of viral pathogens in blood products and for the treatment of blood-borne viral diseases in the clinic.

  14. Generation of ultrashort pulses via self-pulsations in coupled nonlinear microcavities

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    Grigoriev, Victor; Biancalana, Fabio

    2010-10-01

    The energy exchange between coupled microcavities is shown to counteract the switching process, giving rise to self-pulsations. A nonlinear photonic crystal with two artificially placed defects is proposed as a representative example of such system. The coupled-mode equations are applied to describe its dynamical properties and to analyze the stability of solutions obtained by the transfer matrix method. Here we show how to control the parameters of the system in order to design a device that converts continuous waves into very regular and ultrashort pulses.

  15. Ultrashort pulse lasers for precise processing: overview on a current German research initiative

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    Nolte, S.

    2014-03-01

    Ultrashort laser pulses provide a powerful means of processing a wide variety of materials with highest precision and minimal damage. In order to exploit the full potential of this technology, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research has launched an initiative with 20 Million EUR funding about two years ago. Within 9 joint research projects, different aspects from novel concepts for robust and powerful laser sources to reliable components with high damage thresholds and dynamic beam shaping and steering are investigated. Applications include eye surgery as well as the processing of semiconductors, carbon fiber reinforced plastics and metals. The paper provides an overview on the different projects and highlights first results.

  16. Heat accumulation in ultra-short pulsed scanning laser ablation of metals.

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    Bauer, Franziska; Michalowski, Andreas; Kiedrowski, Thomas; Nolte, Stefan

    2015-01-26

    High average laser powers can have a serious adverse impact on the ablation quality in ultra-short pulsed laser material processing of metals. With respect to the scanning speed, a sharp transition between a smooth, reflective and an uneven, dark ablated surface is observed. Investigating the influence of the sample temperature, it is experimentally shown that this effect stems from heat accumulation. In a numerical heat flow simulation, the critical scanning speed indicating the change in ablation quality is determined in good agreement with the experimental data.

  17. Spatio-temporal light springs: extended encoding of orbital angular momentum in ultrashort pulses.

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    Pariente, G; Quéré, F

    2015-05-01

    We introduce a new class of spatio-temporally coupled ultrashort laser beams, which are obtained by superimposing Laguerre-Gauss beams whose azimuthal mode index is correlated to their frequency. These beams are characterized by helical structures for their phase and intensity profiles, which both encode the orbital angular momentum carried by the light. They can easily be engineered in the optical range, and are naturally produced at shorter wavelengths when attosecond pulses are generated by intense femtosecond Laguerre-Gauss laser beams. These spatio-temporal "light springs" will allow for the transfer of the orbital angular momentum to matter by stimulated Raman scattering.

  18. Harmonic generation during ultrashort-pulse ultraintense /p-polarized laser interaction with solid target

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    Wu, Shuai; Zhan, Ru-Juan; Chen, Ji

    2001-07-01

    In this Letter, we developed the “relativistic surface currents” model to investigate the harmonic generation under the conditions of p-polarized obliquely incident ultrashort-pulse ultraintense laser. As a result of this Letter, up to 70 harmonics are generated with conversion efficiencies exceeding 10 -6, which is very close to the result from Norreys' experiment and Gibbon's PIC simulations. For highly relativistic regime and nonrelativistic regime of laser power, the harmonic conversion efficiencies as a function of laser strength parameter q are discussed.

  19. Formation of ground-state vibrational wave packets in intense ultrashort laser pulses.

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    Goll, Erich; Wunner, Günter; Saenz, Alejandro

    2006-09-08

    The formation of coherent vibrational wave packets in the electronic ground state of neutral molecules in intense ultrashort laser pulses and their subsequent detection by means of recently developed pump-probe experiments are discussed. The wave packet formation is due to the pronounced dependence of the strong-field ionization rate on the internuclear distance. This leads to a deformation of the initial wave function due to an internuclear-distance dependent depletion. The phenomenon is demonstrated with a time-dependent wave packet study for molecular hydrogen.

  20. Nonlinear relativistic interaction of an ultrashort laser pulse with a cold plasma

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    Rax, J.M.; Fisch, N.J.

    1992-01-01

    We investigate the nonlinear, relativistic dynamics that result when intense (10{sup 18}W/cm{sup 2} and above) and ultrashort (one plasma period or shorter) laser pulse travels through a cold underdense plasma. Using a Lagrangian analysis of the plasma response, it can be demonstrated that the nonlinear wake, the collective dissipation, the nonlinear Compton losses, and the harmonic generation, are all determined by a finite set of integrated scalar quantities. This result holds for one-dimensional, short pulses of arbitrary amplitude, shape, and polarization, so that these very short intense laser pulses in a plasma can be viewed essentially as a quasiparticle characterized by a small set of global parameters.

  1. Coulomb explosion induced by intense ultrashort laser pulses in two-dimensional clusters

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    Mijoule, Vincent; Lewis, Laurent J.; Meunier, Michel

    2006-03-15

    The phenomenon of Coulomb explosion is studied through qualitative numerical simulations of clusters irradiated with intense ultrashort laser pulses. We introduce a semiquantum approach which allows us to model two different types of materials--akin to rare gases and dielectrics--and which is appropriate for both low- and high-energy domains, i.e., the thermodynamic regime and the Coulomb explosion regime. Through a detailed study of clusters submitted to laser pulses of various intensities, we demonstrate that Coulomb explosion is the process responsible for cluster explosion under femtosecond laser pulses. We examine the differences in the dynamics of explosion of rare-gas clusters as a function of the wavelength of the incident laser radiation. For dielectric clusters, our simulations reveal a fragmented explosion mechanism; the influence of the size of the cluster is also studied.

  2. Nonlinear Thomson scattering of a relativistically strong tightly focused ultrashort laser pulse

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    Vais, O. E.; Bochkarev, S. G. Bychenkov, V. Yu.

    2016-09-15

    The problem of nonlinear Thomson scattering of a relativistically strong linearly polarized ultrashort laser pulse tightly focused into a spot with a diameter of D{sub F} ≳ λ (where λ is the laser wavelength) is solved. The energy, spectral, and angular distributions of radiation generated due to Thomson scattering from test electrons located in the focal region are found. The characteristics of scattered radiation are studied as functions of the tightness of laser focusing and the initial position of test particles relative to the center of the focal region for a given laser pulse energy. It is demonstrated that the ultratight focusing is not optimal for obtaining the brightest and hardest source of secondary electromagnetic radiation. The hardest and shortest radiation pulse is generated when the beam waist diameter is ≃10λ.

  3. Microcavity design for low threshold polariton condensation with ultrashort optical pulse excitation

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    Poellmann, C.; Leierseder, U.; Huber, R.; Galopin, E.; Lemaître, A.; Amo, A.; Bloch, J.; Ménard, J.-M.

    2015-05-28

    We present a microcavity structure with a shifted photonic stop-band to enable efficient non-resonant injection of a polariton condensate with spectrally broad femtosecond pulses. The concept is demonstrated theoretically and confirmed experimentally for a planar GaAs/AlGaAs multilayer heterostructure pumped with ultrashort near-infrared pulses while photoluminescence is collected to monitor the optically injected polariton density. As the excitation wavelength is scanned, a regime of polariton condensation can be reached in our structure at a consistently lower fluence threshold than in a state-of-the-art conventional microcavity. Our microcavity design improves the polariton injection efficiency by a factor of 4, as compared to a conventional microcavity design, when broad excitation pulses are centered at a wavelength of λ = 740 nm. Most remarkably, this improvement factor reaches 270 when the excitation wavelength is centered at 750 nm.

  4. Ultrashort stretched-pulse L-band laser using carbon-nanotube saturable absorber.

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    Kwon, Won Sik; Lee, Hyub; Kim, Jin Hwan; Choi, Jindoo; Kim, Kyung-Soo; Kim, Soohyun

    2015-03-23

    In the paper, a passively mode-locked erbium-doped fiber ring laser in the long-wavelength band (L-band) is presented by using a single-wall nanotube saturable absorber (SWNT-SA). The optical properties of the SWNT-SA are compared with those in the C-band in view of the absorbance spectrum and the power-dependent transmittance of the SWNT-SA film. The effects of the net cavity dispersion and the length of the erbium-doped fiber (EDF) on L-band stretched pulse generation are discussed. The designed stretched-pulse L-band laser has a net dispersion of 0.017-ps2 and generates ultrashort (110 fs), broad-spectrum (41 nm) pulses with a signal-to-noise ratio over 70 dB.

  5. A novel generation scheme of ultra-short pulse trains with multiple wavelengths

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    Su, Yulong; Hu, Hui; Feng, Huan; Li, Lu; Han, Biao; Wen, Yu; Wang, Yishan; Si, Jinhai; Xie, Xiaoping; Wang, Weiqiang

    2017-04-01

    We demonstrate a novel scheme based on active mode locking combined with four-wave mixing (FWM) to generate ultra-short pulse trains at high repetition rate with multiple wavelengths for applications in various fields. The obtained six wavelengths display high uniformity both in temporal and frequency domain. Pulses at each wavelength are mode locked with pulse duration of 44.37 ps, signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of 47.89 dB, root-mean-square (RMS) timing jitter of 552.7 fs, and the time-bandwidth product of 0.68 at repetition rate of 1 GHz. The experimental results show this scheme has promising usage in optical communications, optical networks, and fiber sensing.

  6. Analysis of temporal contrast degradation due to wave front deviation in large aperture ultra-short pulse focusing system

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    Zhu, Ping; Xie, Xinglong; Zhu, Jianqiang; Zhu, Haidong; Yang, Qingwei; Kang, Jun; Guo, Ailin; Gao, Qi

    2014-11-01

    In extremely intense laser system used for plasma physics experiments, temporal contrast is an important property of the ultra-short pulse. In this paper, we theoretically study the temporal contrast degradation due to wave front deviation in large aperture ultra-short pulse focusing system. Two-step focusing fast Fourier transform (FFT) algorithm with the coordinate transform based on Fresnel approximation in space domain and Fourier integral transform method in time domain were used to simulate the focusing process spatially and temporally, in which the spatial distribution of ultra-short pulse temporal contrast characteristics at the focal spot is related to the wave front in large aperture off-axis parabolic mirror focusing optical system. Firstly, temporal contrast degradation due to wave front noise with higher spatial frequency is analyzed and appropriate evaluation parameter for large aperture ultra-short pulse focusing system is put forward from the perspective of temporal contrast. Secondly, the influence of wave front distortion with lower spatial frequency on temporal contrast is revealed comparing different degradation characteristics of various aberrations. At last, a method by controlling and optimizing the wave front to prevent temporal contrast degradation in large aperture ultra-short laser system is proposed, which is of great significance for high temporal contrast petawatt laser facilities.

  7. Intense, Ultrashort Pulse, Vector Wave Propagation in Optical Fibers

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    Almanee, Mohammad

    The planned research is initially motivated by experiments on twisted fiber to examine the polarization of the output pulses. The initial polarization launched into the fiber evolves to a new final state that asymptotically moves to one of two opposite circular polarizations. The initial research was to program the vector wave equations of one and coupled solitons in a twisted fiber including the additional nonlinear terms stimulated Raman scattering and self-steepening. The high-twist fiber eliminates small linear birefringence at the expense of introducing circular birefringence manifested in the group velocities. The vector equations are naturally written in the circular polarization basis. To verify the numerical results, I made a sojourn to INAOE in Puebla, Mexico to run an experiment and compare the results. The numerical compare extremely well with the experimental results. For one soliton, the output polarization of the twisted fiber follows the input with high fluctuations. However, for the coupled soliton input, when the input polarization is close to linear, we observe a very abrupt polarization switch from nearly negative circular, -45° to nearly positive circular, 45° over a very narrow range of the input ellipticities. The literature is full of simulations of super-continuum generation using scalar wave equations, but we have not seen any report on the polarization of the output Supercontinuum light. Again, motivated by the experiments on polarization evolution in optical fibers we wanted to study the vector wave equations at higher incident powers to discover what the polarization state of the output waves are in an extreme nonlinear situation.

  8. Electron beam-based sources of ultrashort x-ray pulses.

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    Zholents, A.; Accelerator Systems Division

    2010-09-30

    A review of various methods for generation of ultrashort x-ray pulses using relativistic electron beam from conventional accelerators is presented. Both spontaneous and coherent emission of electrons is considered. The importance of the time-resolved studies of matter at picosecond (ps), femtosecond (fs), and atttosecond (as) time scales using x-rays has been widely recognized including by award of a Nobel Prize in 1999 [Zewa]. Extensive reviews of scientific drivers can be found in [BES1, BES2, BES3, Lawr, Whit]. Several laser-based techniques have been used to generate ultrashort x-ray pulses including laser-driven plasmas [Murn, Alte, Risc, Rose, Zamp], high-order harmonic generation [Schn, Rund, Wang, Arpi], and laser-driven anode sources [Ande]. In addition, ultrafast streak-camera detectors have been applied at synchrotron sources to achieve temporal resolution on the picosecond time scale [Wulf, Lind1]. In this paper, we focus on a different group of techniques that are based on the use of the relativistic electron beam produced in conventional accelerators. In the first part we review several techniques that utilize spontaneous emission of electrons and show how solitary sub-ps x-ray pulses can be obtained at existing storage ring based synchrotron light sources and linacs. In the second part we consider coherent emission of electrons in the free-electron lasers (FELs) and review several techniques for a generation of solitary sub-fs x-ray pulses. Remarkably, the x-ray pulses that can be obtained with the FELs are not only significantly shorter than the ones considered in Part 1, but also carry more photons per pulse by many orders of magnitude.

  9. Extraction of enhanced, ultrashort laser pulses from a passive 10-MHz stack-and-dump cavity

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    Breitkopf, Sven; Wunderlich, Stefano; Eidam, Tino; Shestaev, Evgeny; Holzberger, Simon; Gottschall, Thomas; Carstens, Henning; Tünnermann, Andreas; Pupeza, Ioachim; Limpert, Jens

    2016-12-01

    Periodic dumping of ultrashort laser pulses from a passive multi-MHz repetition-rate enhancement cavity is a promising route towards multi-kHz repetition-rate pulses with Joule-level energies at an unparalleled average power. Here, we demonstrate this so-called stack-and-dump scheme with a 30-m-long cavity. Using an acousto-optic modulator, we extract pulses of 0.16 mJ at 30-kHz repetition rate, corresponding to 65 stacked input pulses, representing an improvement in three orders of magnitude over previously extracted pulse energies. The ten times longer cavity affords three essential benefits over former approaches. First, the time between subsequent pulses is increased to 100 ns, relaxing the requirements on the switch. Second, it allows for the stacking of strongly stretched pulses (here from 800 fs to 1.5 ns), thus mitigating nonlinear effects in the cavity optics. Third, the choice of a long cavity offers increased design flexibility with regard to thermal robustness, which will be crucial for future power scaling. The herein presented results constitute a necessary step towards stack-and-dump systems providing access to unprecedented laser parameter regimes.

  10. Self-Guiding of Ultrashort Relativistically Intense Laser Pulses to the Limit of Nonlinear Pump Depletion

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    Ralph, J. E.; Marsh, K. A.; Pak, A. E.; Lu, W.; Clayton, C. E.; Fang, F.; Joshi, C.; Tsung, F. S.; Mori, W. B.

    2009-01-22

    A study of self-guiding of ultra short, relativistically intense laser pulses is presented. Here, the laser pulse length is on the order of the nonlinear plasma wavelength and the normalized vector potential is greater than one. Self-guiding of ultrashort laser pulses over tens of Rayliegh lengths is possible when driving a highly nonlinear wake. In this case, self-guiding is limited by nonlinear pump depletion. Erosion of the pulse due to diffraction at the head of the laser pulse is minimized for spot sizes close to the blow-out radius. This is due to the slowing of the group velocity of the photons at the head of the laser pulse. Using an approximately 10 TW Ti:Sapphire laser with a pulse length of approximately 50 fs, experimental results are presented showing self-guiding over lengths exceeding 30 Rayliegh lengths in various length Helium gas jets. Fully explicit 3D PIC simulations supporting the experimental results are also presented.

  11. Effect of gas heating on the generation of an ultrashort avalanche electron beam in the pulse-periodic regime

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    Baksht, E. Kh.; Burachenko, A. G.; Lomaev, M. I.; Sorokin, D. A.; Tarasenko, V. F.

    2015-07-01

    The generation of an ultrashort avalanche electron beam (UAEB) in nitrogen in the pulse-periodic regime is investigated. The gas temperature in the discharge gap of the atmospheric-pressure nitrogen is measured from the intensity distribution of unresolved rotational transitions ( C 3Π u , v' = 0) → ( B 3Π g , v″ = 0) in the nitrogen molecule for an excitation pulse repetition rate of 2 kHz. It is shown that an increase in the UAEB current amplitude in the pulse-periodic regime is due to gas heating by a series of previous pulses, which leads to an increase in the reduced electric field strength as a result of a decrease in the gas density in the zone of the discharge formation. It is found that in the pulse-periodic regime and the formation of the diffuse discharge, the number of electrons in the beam increases by several times for a nitrogen pressure of 9 × 103 Pa. The dependences of the number of electrons in the UAEB on the time of operation of the generator are considered.

  12. Multifunctional optical correlator for picosecond ultraviolet laser pulse measurement.

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    Rakhman, Abdurahim; Wang, Yang; Garcia, Frances; Long, Cary; Huang, Chunning; Takeda, Yasuhiro; Liu, Yun

    2014-11-01

    A compact multifunctional optical correlator system for pulse width measurement of ultrashort ultraviolet (UV) pulses has been designed and experimentally demonstrated. Both autocorrelation and cross-correlation functions are measured using a single nonlinear crystal, and the switching between two measurements requires no adjustment of phase matching and detector. The system can measure UV pulse widths from sub-picoseconds to 100 ps, and it involves no auxiliary pulse in the measurement. The measurement results on a burst-mode picosecond UV laser show a high-quality performance on speed, accuracy, resolution, and dynamic range. The proposed correlator can be applied to measure any ultrashort UV pulses produced through sum-frequency generation or second-harmonic generation.

  13. High-energy ultra-short pulse thin-disk lasers: new developments and applications

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    Michel, Knut; Klingebiel, Sandro; Schultze, Marcel; Tesseit, Catherine Y.; Bessing, Robert; Häfner, Matthias; Prinz, Stefan; Sutter, Dirk; Metzger, Thomas

    2016-03-01

    We report on the latest developments at TRUMPF Scientific Lasers in the field of ultra-short pulse lasers with highest output energies and powers. All systems are based on the mature and industrialized thin-disk technology of TRUMPF. Thin Yb:YAG disks provide a reliable and efficient solution for power and energy scaling to Joule- and kW-class picosecond laser systems. Due to its efficient one dimensional heat removal, the thin-disk exhibits low distortions and thermal lensing even when pumped under extremely high pump power densities of 10kW/cm². Currently TRUMPF Scientific Lasers develops regenerative amplifiers with highest average powers, optical parametric amplifiers and synchronization schemes. The first few-ps kHz multi-mJ thin-disk regenerative amplifier based on the TRUMPF thindisk technology was developed at the LMU Munich in 20081. Since the average power and energy have continuously been increased, reaching more than 300W (10kHz repetition rate) and 200mJ (1kHz repetition rate) at pulse durations below 2ps. First experiments have shown that the current thin-disk technology supports ultra-short pulse laser solutions >1kW of average power. Based on few-picosecond thin-disk regenerative amplifiers few-cycle optical parametric chirped pulse amplifiers (OPCPA) can be realized. These systems have proven to be the only method for scaling few-cycle pulses to the multi-mJ energy level. OPA based few-cycle systems will allow for many applications such as attosecond spectroscopy, THz spectroscopy and imaging, laser wake field acceleration, table-top few-fs accelerators and laser-driven coherent X-ray undulator sources. Furthermore, high-energy picosecond sources can directly be used for a variety of applications such as X-ray generation or in atmospheric research.

  14. Nanofractal structure consisting of nanoparticles produced by ultrashort laser pulses

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    Nishikawa, Kumiko; Takano, Kei; Miyahara, Hidekazu; Kawamura, Tohru; Okino, Akitoshi; Hotta, Eiki; Nayuki, Takuya; Oishi, Yuji; Fujii, Takashi; Wang, Xiaofang; Nemoto, Koshichi

    2006-12-11

    By irradiating subpicosecond laser onto an iron plate, a nanofibrous structure consisting of iron nanoparticles with diameters less than 12 nm was produced. The nanofibrous structure was found to be three-dimensional fractal, and its fractal dimension measured from field-emission scanning electron microscopy images conserved the same fractal dimension of 1.73 in the wide-scale range from 30 nm to 60 {mu}m, and the smallest fractal structure was less than 10 nm. The growth of this fractal is related to the cluster-cluster aggregation model, and it suggests that the fractal structure grew by the attachment of clusters consisting of nanoparticles.

  15. Micro-structuring of thin titanium films with ultrashort laser pulses

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    Moser, Regina; Gschwilm, Tobias; Zacherle, Adrian; Heise, Gerhard; Huber, Heinz P.; Marowsky, Gerd

    2013-03-01

    Electron beam guns with approximately 10 kW power are used for drying printing colors. As exit window for the electrons, 15 μm thin Titanium films are used, their thickness is at the current limit for industrial rolling processes. Thinner exit windows would increase the electron's transmission and therefore reduce the required acceleration voltage, power consumption, shielding against X-rays and in the end machine and processing costs. The Titanium films should locally be thinned to about 5 μm, in the ranges of 3 mm diameter. Ultra-short laser pulses are well known for high precision micro structuring, as they offer small heat effect zones. We optimized the processing parameters and the ultra-short laser ablation of thin Titanium foils to achieve high manufacturing velocity and quality of the surface structure. Experiments with single pulse laser ablation and different spot diameter were conducted to find a connection between spot diameter and ablation threshold. The experiments show no dependency of the thresholds on the laser spot diameter.. First Experiments with different parameters were conducted to structure a three dimensional geometry in thin Titanium foils.

  16. Fabrication of Nb/Pb structures through ultrashort pulsed laser deposition

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    Gontad, Francisco; Lorusso, Antonella Perrone, Alessio; Klini, Argyro; Fotakis, Costas; Broitman, Esteban

    2016-07-15

    This work reports the fabrication of Nb/Pb structures with an application as photocathode devices. The use of relatively low energy densities for the ablation of Nb with ultrashort pulses favors the reduction of droplets during the growth of the film. However, the use of laser fluences in this ablation regime results in a consequent reduction in the average deposition rate. On the other hand, despite the low deposition rate, the films present a superior adherence to the substrate and an excellent coverage of the irregular substrate surface, avoiding the appearance of voids or discontinuities on the film surface. Moreover, the low energy densities used for the ablation favor the growth of nanocrystalline films with a similar crystalline structure to the bulk material. Therefore, the use of low ablation energy densities with ultrashort pulses for the deposition of the Nb thin films allows the growth of very adherent and nanocrystalline films with adequate properties for the fabrication of Nb/Pb structures to be included in superconducting radiofrequency cavities.

  17. Radiobiological response to ultra-short pulsed megavoltage electron beams of ultra-high pulse dose rate.

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    Beyreuther, Elke; Karsch, Leonhard; Laschinsky, Lydia; Leßmann, Elisabeth; Naumburger, Doreen; Oppelt, Melanie; Richter, Christian; Schürer, Michael; Woithe, Julia; Pawelke, Jörg

    2015-08-01

    In line with the long-term aim of establishing the laser-based particle acceleration for future medical application, the radiobiological consequences of the typical ultra-short pulses and ultra-high pulse dose rate can be investigated with electron delivery. The radiation source ELBE (Electron Linac for beams with high Brilliance and low Emittance) was used to mimic the quasi-continuous electron beam of a clinical linear accelerator (LINAC) for comparison with electron pulses at the ultra-high pulse dose rate of 10(10) Gy min(-1) either at the low frequency of a laser accelerator or at 13 MHz avoiding effects of prolonged dose delivery. The impact of pulse structure was analyzed by clonogenic survival assay and by the number of residual DNA double-strand breaks remaining 24 h after irradiation of two human squamous cell carcinoma lines of differing radiosensitivity. The radiation response of both cell lines was found to be independent from electron pulse structure for the two endpoints under investigation. The results reveal, that ultra-high pulse dose rates of 10(10) Gy min(-1) and the low repetition rate of laser accelerated electrons have no statistically significant influence (within the 95% confidence intervals) on the radiobiological effectiveness of megavoltage electrons.

  18. Ultrashort pulse high repetition rate laser system for biological tissue processing

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    Neev, J.; Da Silva, L.B.; Matthews, D.L.; Glinsky, M.E.; Stuart, B.C.; Perry, M.D.; Feit, M.D.; Rubenchik, A.M.

    1998-02-24

    A method and apparatus are disclosed for fast, efficient, precise and damage-free biological tissue removal using an ultrashort pulse duration laser system operating at high pulse repetition rates. The duration of each laser pulse is on the order of about 1 fs to less than 50 ps such that energy deposition is localized in a small depth and occurs before significant hydrodynamic motion and thermal conduction, leading to collateral damage, can take place. The depth of material removed per pulse is on the order of about 1 micrometer, and the minimal thermal and mechanical effects associated with this ablation method allows for high repetition rate operation, in the region 10 to over 1000 Hertz, which, in turn, achieves high material removal rates. The input laser energy per ablated volume of tissue is small, and the energy density required to ablate material decreases with decreasing pulse width. The ablation threshold and ablation rate are only weakly dependent on tissue type and condition, allowing for maximum flexibility of use in various biological tissue removal applications. The use of a chirped-pulse amplified Titanium-doped sapphire laser is disclosed as the source in one embodiment. 8 figs.

  19. Influence of ambient pressure on the hole formation process in ultrashort pulse laser deep drilling

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    Döring, Sven; Richter, Sören; Ullsperger, Tobias; Tünnermann, Andreas; Nolte, Stefan

    2013-03-01

    We investigate the influence of the ambient pressure on the hole formation process during percussion drilling of silicon by applying an in-situ imaging technique. In this study the pressure is varied from atmospheric conditions down to medium vacuum of 10 !bar. Drilling was performed using an ultrashort pulse system providing 8 ps pulses with up to 125 μJ at 1030 nm. At this wavelength, the ablation behavior of silicon is comparable to metals. At the beginning of the drilling process, we observe an increased drilling efficiency by 40% already for a moderate pressure decrease to 100 mbar. The formation of an ideally shaped hole lasts for approximately 200 pulses instead of only 100 as for atmospheric conditions and therefore leads to 3 times the depth at this point. The effect can be enhanced by increasing the pulse energy, but not by decreasing pressure further. However, the number of pulses till the end of the drilling process is extended by decreasing the pressure further. For a low ambient pressure of 10 μbar, this is accompanied by an increase of the maximum achievable depth of more than 100%. Simultaneously the hole shape changes from a few ends and bulges at atmospheric conditions to numerous branches over the complete lower part of the hole at low pressure. This drilling behavior can be attributed to a better removal of ablated particles from the hole capillary with decreasing pressure, which leads to lower scattering losses for the pulse propagation inside the hole.

  20. Phase engineered wavelength conversion of ultra-short optical pulses in TI:PPLN waveguides

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    Babazadeh, Amin; Nouroozi, Rahman; Sohler, Wolfgang

    2016-02-01

    A phase engineered all-optical wavelength converter for ultra-short pulses (down to 140 fs) in a Ti-diffused, periodically poled lithium niobate (Ti:PPLN) waveguide is proposed. The phase engineering, due to the phase conjugation between signal and idler (converted signal) pulses which takes place in the cascaded second harmonic generation and difference frequency generation (cSHG/DFG) based wavelength conversion, already leads to shorter idler pulses. The proposed device consists of an unpoled (passive) waveguide section beside of the PPLN waveguide section in order to compensate pulse broadening and phase distortion of the idler pulses induced by the wavelength conversion (in the PPLN section). For example numerical analysis shows that a 140 fs input signal pulse is only broadened by 1.6% in a device with a combination of 20 mm and 6 mm long periodically poled and unpoled waveguide sections. Thus, cSHG/DFG based wavelength converters of a bandwidth of several Tbits/s can be designed.

  1. Amplification of ultra-short laser pulses via resonant backward Raman amplification in plasma

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    Mishra, S. K.; Andreev, A.

    2016-08-01

    In this paper, we have examined the possibility of using resonant backward Raman amplification (BRA) as an efficient mechanism in amplifying the low intensity ultra-short ( ≤ fs ) pulses using plasma as intermediate amplifying medium; such pulses are anticipated to get produced in the form of the secondary sources at ALPS (Attosecond Light Pulse Source) center of ELI (Extreme Light Infrastructure). In preliminary assessment of the scheme, the analytical expressions for the pump/seed laser pulses and plasma characteristic features are obtained which concisely describe the parameter regime of resonant BRA applicability in achieving significant amplification. The consistency of the scheme in the context of ELI-ALPS sources has been validated through particle in cell (PIC) simulations. The peak intensity of the amplified seed pulse predicted via simulation results is found in reasonable agreement with the analytical estimates. Utilizing these analytical expressions as a basis in perspective of ELI-ALPS parameter access, a specific example displaying the key plasma and laser parameters for amplifying weak seed pulse has been configured; the limitations and conceivable remedies in resonant BRA implementation have also been highlighted.

  2. Self similar solution of superradiant amplification of ultrashort laser pulses in plasma

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    Moghadasin, H.; Niknam, A. R. Shokri, B.

    2015-05-15

    Based on the self-similar method, superradiant amplification of ultrashort laser pulses by the counterpropagating pump in a plasma is investigated. Here, we present a governing system of partial differential equations for the signal pulse and the motion of the electrons. These equations are transformed to ordinary differential equations by the self-similar method and numerically solved. It is found that the increase of the signal intensity is proportional to the square of the propagation distance and the signal frequency has a red shift. Also, depending on the pulse width, the signal breaks up into a train of short pulses or its duration decreases with the inverse square root of the distance. Moreover, we identified two distinct categories of the electrons by the phase space analysis. In the beginning, one of them is trapped in the ponderomotive potential well and oscillates while the other is untrapped. Over time, electrons of the second kind also join to the trapped electrons. In the potential well, the electrons are bunched to form an electron density grating which reflects the pump pulse into the signal pulse. It is shown that the backscattered intensity is enhanced with the increase of the electron bunching parameter which leads to the enhanced efficiency of superradiant amplification.

  3. Ultrashort pulse high repetition rate laser system for biological tissue processing

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    Neev, Joseph; Da Silva, Luiz B.; Matthews, Dennis L.; Glinsky, Michael E.; Stuart, Brent C.; Perry, Michael D.; Feit, Michael D.; Rubenchik, Alexander M.

    1998-01-01

    A method and apparatus is disclosed for fast, efficient, precise and damage-free biological tissue removal using an ultrashort pulse duration laser system operating at high pulse repetition rates. The duration of each laser pulse is on the order of about 1 fs to less than 50 ps such that energy deposition is localized in a small depth and occurs before significant hydrodynamic motion and thermal conduction, leading to collateral damage, can take place. The depth of material removed per pulse is on the order of about 1 micrometer, and the minimal thermal and mechanical effects associated with this ablation method allows for high repetition rate operation, in the region 10 to over 1000 Hertz, which, in turn, achieves high material removal rates. The input laser energy per ablated volume of tissue is small, and the energy density required to ablate material decreases with decreasing pulse width. The ablation threshold and ablation rate are only weakly dependent on tissue type and condition, allowing for maximum flexibility of use in various biological tissue removal applications. The use of a chirped-pulse amplified Titanium-doped sapphire laser is disclosed as the source in one embodiment.

  4. Crack-free conditions in welding of glass by ultrashort laser pulse.

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    Miyamoto, Isamu; Cvecek, Kristian; Schmidt, Michael

    2013-06-17

    The spatial distribution of the laser energy absorbed by nonlinear absorption process in bulk glass w(z) is determined and thermal cycles due to the successive ultrashort laser pulse (USLP) is simulated using w(z) based on the transient thermal conduction model. The thermal stress produced in internal melting of bulk glass by USLP is qualitatively analyzed based on a simple thermal stress model, and crack-free conditions are studied in glass having large coefficient of thermal expansion. In heating process, cracks are prevented when the laser pulse impinges into glass with temperatures higher than the softening temperature of glass. In cooling process, shrinkage stress is suppressed to prevent cracks, because the embedded molten pool produced by nonlinear absorption process behaves like an elastic body under the compressive stress field unlike the case of CW-laser welding where the molten pool having a free surface produced by linear absorption process is plastically deformed under the compressive stress field.

  5. Selective inactivation of human immunodeficiency virus with an ultrashort pulsed laser

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    Tsen, K. T.; Tsen, Shaw-Wei D.; Hung, Chien-Fu; Wu, T.-C.; Kibler, Karen; Jacobs, Bert; Kiang, Juliann G.

    2009-02-01

    Recently, femtosecond laser technology has been shown to be effective in the inactivation of non-pathogenic viruses. In this paper, we demonstrate for the first time that infectious numbers of pathogenic viruses such as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) can be reduced by irradiation with subpicosecond near infrared laser pulses at a moderate laser power density. By comparing the threshold laser power density for the inactivation of HIV with those of human red blood cells and mouse dendritic cells, we conclude that it is plausible to use the ultrashort pulsed laser to selectively inactivate blood-borne pathogens such as HIV while leaving the sensitive materials like human red blood cells unharmed. This finding has important implications in the development of a new laser technology for disinfection of viral pathogens in blood products and in the clinic.

  6. High harmonic generation driven by intense ultrashort laser pulse obliquely impinging laminar grating target surface

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    Wang, Yang; Song, Hai-Ying; Liu, H. Y.; Liu, Shi-Bing; Meng, Jian-Qiao; Duan, Yu-Xia

    2017-08-01

    High harmonic generation (HHG) by ultrashort intense laser pulse obliquely irradiating a laminar grating-structured target is studied by PIC (particle-in-cell) simulation. For different incident angles of laser pulse, the intense near-surface harmonics is observed due to the strong dependence of harmonic components on the incident angle. Unlike the case of a normal incidence, the spatial distribution of harmonics is mainly dominated by the oscillation of equivalent electric-dipole (OEED) and spatial modulation factor rather than by the current grating equation. The intensities of harmonic emission are stronger than that in the case of a normal incidence, which is associated with the orientation of equivalent electric-dipole. Furthermore, when the incident angle becomes larger (such as 45°-60° ), the near-surface harmonics are all observably restrained.

  7. Dynamics of ripple formation on silicon surfaces by ultrashort laser pulses in subablation conditions

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    Tsibidis, G. D.; Barberoglou, M.; Loukakos, P. A.; Stratakis, E.; Fotakis, C.

    2012-09-01

    An investigation of ultrashort pulsed laser-induced surface modification due to conditions that result in a superheated melted liquid layer and material evaporation are considered. To describe the surface modification occurring after cooling and resolidification of the melted layer and understand the underlying physical fundamental mechanisms, a unified model is presented to account for crater and subwavelength ripple formation based on a synergy of electron excitation and capillary wave solidification. The proposed theoretical framework aims to address the laser-material interaction in subablation conditions and thus the minimal mass removal in combination with a hydrodynamics-based scenario of the crater creation and ripple formation following surface irradiation with single and multiple pulses, respectively. The development of the periodic structures is attributed to the interference of the incident wave with a surface plasmon wave. Details of the surface morphology attained are elaborated as a function of the imposed conditions, and results are tested against experimental data.

  8. Shock wave acceleration of protons in inhomogeneous plasma interacting with ultrashort intense laser pulses

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    Lecz, Zs.; Andreev, A.

    2015-04-15

    The acceleration of protons, triggered by solitary waves in expanded solid targets is investigated using particle-in-cell simulations. The near-critical density plasma is irradiated by ultrashort high power laser pulses, which generate the solitary wave. The transformation of this soliton into a shock wave during propagation in plasma with exponentially decreasing density profile is described analytically, which allows to obtain a scaling law for the proton energy. The high quality proton bunch with small energy spread is produced by reflection from the shock-front. According to the 2D simulations, the mechanism is stable only if the laser pulse duration is shorter than the characteristic development time of the parasitic Weibel instability.

  9. Fields of an ultrashort tightly focused radially polarized laser pulse in a linear response plasma

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    Salamin, Yousef I.

    2017-10-01

    Analytical expressions for the fields of a radially polarized, ultrashort, and tightly focused laser pulse propagating in a linear-response plasma are derived and discussed. The fields are obtained from solving the inhomogeneous wave equations for the vector and scalar potentials, linked by the Lorenz gauge, in a plasma background. First, the scalar potential is eliminated using the gauge condition, then the vector potential is synthesized from Fourier components of an initial uniform distribution of wavenumbers, and the inverse Fourier transformation is carried out term-by-term in a truncated series (finite sum). The zeroth-order term in, for example, the axial electric field component is shown to model a pulse much better than its widely used paraxial approximation counterpart. Some of the propagation characteristics of the fields are discussed and all fields are shown to have manifested the expected limits for propagation in a vacuum.

  10. Generation, characterization and spectroscopic use of ultrashort pulses fully tunable from the deep UV to the MIR

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    Riedle, Eberhard

    2011-03-01

    The impressive work of Ian Walmsley has brought us invaluable new possibilities for the full characterization of ultrashort pulses. Spectroscopy of physical, chemical and biological relevance does, however, need pulses far from the 800 nm Ti:sapphire wavelength used for testing SPIDER and its advanced versions. Fortunately, optical parametric amplification (OPA) allows for easy generation of fully tunable pulses. I will review our efforts, highlighting noncollinear OPA, i.e. NOPA, for visible pulses shorter than 10 fs, mixing into the UV down to below 200 nm at 20 fs duration and novel hybrid schemes to efficiently reach the middle IR. I will show that these schemes can be used equally well from kHz to MHz repetition rates. The tunable ultrafast pulses in turn also demand improvements in characterization. The UV range led us to use difference frequency generation instead of the sum frequency mixing employed in the original SPIDER. The lack of proper beam splitters and auto-referencing led us to the use of two auxiliary pulses and the avoidance of any additional chirp added to the test pulse. We termed this zero-additional-phase SPIDER, i.e. ZAP-SPIDER. Lately, with increased use of UV pulses, we came to the conclusion, that the ubiquitous two-photon-absorption can well serve as nonlinearity, at least in UV autocorrelation measurement. How do we use this for full characterization? Hopefully, Ian will tell us! Since the proof is known to be in the eating, I will demonstrate the success of our technical efforts with examples taken from ultrafast molecular dynamics. Highly pronounced vibronic wavepackets in the product of ultrafast excited state proton transfer and the very primary processes leading to homolytic and heterolytic bond cleavage will serve as easy to comprehend illustrations.

  11. Heat generation caused by ablation of dental hard tissues with an ultrashort pulse laser (USPL) system.

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    Braun, Andreas; Krillke, Raphael Franz; Frentzen, Matthias; Bourauel, Christoph; Stark, Helmut; Schelle, Florian

    2015-02-01

    Heat generation during the removal of dental hard tissues may lead to a temperature increase and cause painful sensations or damage dental tissues. The aim of this study was to assess heat generation in dental hard tissues following laser ablation using an ultrashort pulse laser (USPL) system. A total of 85 specimens of dental hard tissues were used, comprising 45 specimens of human dentine evaluating a thickness of 1, 2, and 3 mm (15 samples each) and 40 specimens of human enamel with a thickness of 1 and 2 mm (20 samples each). Ablation was performed with an Nd:YVO4 laser at 1,064 nm, a pulse duration of 9 ps, and a repetition rate of 500 kHz with an average output power of 6 W. Specimens were irradiated for 0.8 s. Employing a scanner system, rectangular cavities of 1-mm edge length were generated. A temperature sensor was placed at the back of the specimens, recording the temperature during the ablation process. All measurements were made employing a heat-conductive paste without any additional cooling or spray. Heat generation during laser ablation depended on the dental hard tissue (enamel or dentine) and the thickness of the respective tissue (p < 0.05). Highest temperature increase could be observed in the 1-mm thickness group for enamel. Evaluating the 1-mm group for dentine, a significantly lower temperature increase could be measured (p < 0.05) with lowest values in the 3-mm group (p < 0.05). A time delay for temperature increase during the ablation process depending on the material thickness was observed for both hard tissues (p < 0.05). Employing the USPL system to remove dental hard tissues, heat generation has to be considered. Especially during laser ablation next to pulpal tissues, painful sensations and potential thermal injury of pulp tissue might occur.

  12. Shock ion acceleration by an ultrashort circularly polarized laser pulse via relativistic transparency in an exploded target

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    Kim, Young-Kuk; Cho, Myung-Hoon; Song, Hyung Seon; Kang, Teyoun; Park, Hyung Ju; Jung, Moon Youn; Hur, Min Sup

    2015-10-01

    We investigated ion acceleration by an electrostatic shock in an exploded target irradiated by an ultrashort, circularly polarized laser pulse by means of one- and three-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations. We discovered that the laser field penetrating via relativistic transparency (RT) rapidly heated the upstream electron plasma to enable the formation of a high-speed electrostatic shock. Owing to the RT-based rapid heating and the fast compression of the initial density spike by a circularly polarized pulse, a new regime of the shock ion acceleration driven by an ultrashort (20-40 fs), moderately intense (1-1.4 PW) laser pulse is envisaged. This regime enables more efficient shock ion acceleration under a limited total pulse energy than a linearly polarized pulse with crystal laser systems of λ ˜1 μ m .

  13. Shock ion acceleration by an ultrashort circularly polarized laser pulse via relativistic transparency in an exploded target.

    PubMed

    Kim, Young-Kuk; Cho, Myung-Hoon; Song, Hyung Seon; Kang, Teyoun; Park, Hyung Ju; Jung, Moon Youn; Hur, Min Sup

    2015-10-01

    We investigated ion acceleration by an electrostatic shock in an exploded target irradiated by an ultrashort, circularly polarized laser pulse by means of one- and three-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations. We discovered that the laser field penetrating via relativistic transparency (RT) rapidly heated the upstream electron plasma to enable the formation of a high-speed electrostatic shock. Owing to the RT-based rapid heating and the fast compression of the initial density spike by a circularly polarized pulse, a new regime of the shock ion acceleration driven by an ultrashort (20-40 fs), moderately intense (1-1.4 PW) laser pulse is envisaged. This regime enables more efficient shock ion acceleration under a limited total pulse energy than a linearly polarized pulse with crystal laser systems of λ∼1μm.

  14. The diagnostics of ultra-short pulse laser-produced plasma

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    Roth, Markus

    2011-09-01

    Since the invention of the laser, coherent light has been used to break down solid or gaseous material and transform it into a plasma. Over the last three decades two things have changed. Due to multiple advancements and design of high power lasers it is now possible to increase the electric and magnetic field strength that pushed the electron motion towards the regime of relativistic plasma physics. Moreover, due to the short pulse duration of the driving laser the underlying physics has become so transient that concepts like thermal equilibrium (even a local one) or spatial isotropy start to fail. Consequently short pulse laser-driven plasmas have become a rich source of new phenomena that we are just about beginning to explore. Such phenomena, like particle acceleration, nuclear laser-induced reactions, the generation of coherent secondary radiation ranging from THz to high harmonics and the production of attosecond pulses have excited an enormous interest in the study of short pulse laser plasmas. The diagnostics of such ultra-short pulse laser plasmas is a challenging task that involves many and different techniques compared to conventional laser-produced plasmas. While this review cannot cover the entire field of diagnostics that has been developed over the last years, we will try to give a summarizing description of the most important techniques that are currently being used.

  15. Dispersive and dissipative medium response to an ultrashort pulse: A Green's function approach

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    Wilhelmsson, Hans; Trombert, Jean-Hughes; Eloy, Jean-François

    1995-07-01

    The propagation of an ultrashort pulse in a dispersive and dissipative medium may conveniently be described by using a Green's function analysis. The advantage would be that all details of the initial pulse, however short, could be probed by an "infinitely" sharp δ-pulse and subsequently deciphered in a modified form, after the influence of the medium, at a later time and at a new observation point. The Green's function for a dispersive and dissipative, plasma or dielectric (molecular) medium, is constructed for an infinitely extended three-dimensional case by using symbolic algebra for time-differential operators. The solution consists of two parts: a displaced δ-function part and a Bessel-function part, describing a wake field which for dominating dispersion is of oscillatory nature. For a certain ratio between the dispersive and dissipative parameters (plasma frequency and damping) a critical limit is found where the wake oscillations disappear completely. In the particular limits of vanishing dispersion or vanishing dissipation one recovers from the generalized solution the well-known results for a pure conductor (metal) and a pure dispersive medium (cold collisionless plasma) described by the Klein-Gordon equation. The response of the medium to an initially localized ulrashort electromagnetic pulse, of an arbitrary shape, can be expressed by an integral in time and space, of the product of the Green's function and the initial pulse.

  16. Optimization of the parameters for intrastromal refractive surgery with ultrashort laser pulses

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    Heisterkamp, Alexander; Ripken, Tammo; Lubatschowski, Holger; Welling, Herbert; Dommer, Wolfgang; Luetkefels, Elke; Mamom, Thanongsak; Ertmer, Wolfgang

    2001-06-01

    Focussing femtosecond laser pulses into a transparent media, such as corneal tissue, leads to optical breakdown, generation of a micro-plasma and, thus, a cutting effect inside the tissue. To proof the potential of fs-lasers in refractive surgery, three-dimensional cutting within the corneal stroma was evaluated. With the use of ultrashort laser pulses within the LASIK procedure (laser in situ keratomileusis) possible complications in handling of a mechanical knife, the microkeratome, can be reduced by using the treatment laser as the keratome itself. To study woundhealing effects, animal studies were carried out in rabbit specimen. The surgical outcome was analyzed by means of histological sections, as well as light and scanning electron microscopy. Dependencies on the dispersion caused by focussing optics were evaluated and optimized. Thus, pulse energies well below 1 (mu) J were sufficient to perform the intrastromal cuts. The laser pulses with a duration of 180 fs and energies of 0.5-100 (mu) J were provided by a modelocked frequency doubled erbium fiber-laser with subsequent chirped pulse amplification in a titanium sapphire amplifier at up to 3 kHz.

  17. Internal modification of glass by ultrashort laser pulse and its application to microwelding

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    Miyamoto, Isamu; Cvecek, Kristian; Okamoto, Yasuhiro; Schmidt, Michael

    2014-01-01

    Internal modification process of glass by ultrashort laser pulse (USLP) and its applications to microwelding of glass are presented. A simulation model is developed, which can determine intensity distribution of absorbed laser energy, nonlinear absorptivity and temperature distribution at different pulse repetition rates and pulse energies in internal modification of bulk glass with fs- and ps-laser pulses from experimental modified structure. The formation process of the dual-structured internal modification is clarified, which consists of a teardrop-shaped inner structure and an elliptical outer structure, corresponding to the laser-absorbing region and heat-affected molten region, respectively. Nonlinear absorptivity at high pulse repetition rates increases due to the increase in the thermally excited free electron density for avalanche ionization. USLP enables crack-free welding of glass because the shrinkage stress is suppressed by producing embedded molten pool by nonlinear absorption process, in contrast to conventional continuous wave laser welding where cracks cannot be avoided due to shrinkage stress produced in cooling process. Microwelding techniques of glass by USLP have been developed to join glass/glass and Si/glass using optically contacted sample pairs. The strength of the weld joint as high as that of base material is obtained without pre- and post-heating in glass/glass welding. In Si/glass welding, excellent joint performances competitive with anodic bonding in terms of joint strength and process throughput have been attained.

  18. Sudden perturbation approximations for interaction of atoms with intense ultrashort electromagnetic pulses

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    Lugovskoy, Andrey; Bray, Igor

    2015-12-01

    The response of an atom to the action of a pulse shorter than the Kepler period of the optically-active electron is often treated analytically using the sudden-perturbation approximation (SPA). It relies on the truncation of the evolution operator expansion in a series over the dimensionless parameter ɛ sys τ L, where ɛ sys is the system-dependent characteristic energy and τ L is the pulse duration. We examine the SPA with the use of a basis-based solution of the time-dependent Schrödinger equation (TDSE) for the case of a hydrogen atom interacting with two different types of ultrashort pulses, a half-cycle pulse and a few-cycle pulse. The length-gauge form of the electron-field interaction potential is used. The SPA transition probabilities are shown to deviate slightly but systematically from the correct values for the positive-energy states in the region where the sudden-perturbation condition is violated. It is shown that the SPA expectation value of the electron displacement as a function of time differ qualitatively from what follows from the ab initio TDSE solution. Nevertheless, the SPA is shown to be a good approximation for the description of the expectation value of the electron momentum.

  19. Application of femtosecond ultrashort pulse laser to photodynamic therapy mediated by indocyanine green

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    Sawa, M; Awazu, K; Takahashi, T; Sakaguchi, H; Horiike, H; Ohji, M; Tano, Y

    2004-01-01

    Backgrounds/aims: To evaluate treatment with high peak power pulse energy by femtosecond ultrashort pulse laser (titanium sapphire laser) delivered at an 800 nm wavelength for corneal neovascularisation using photodynamic therapy (PDT) mediated by indocyanine green (ICG). Methods: Using a gelatin solid as an in vitro corneal model, the safety of laser power was studied to determine if it degenerated gelatin with or without ICG. The authors then induced corneal neovascularisation in rabbit eyes by an intracorneal suturing technique. Fluorescein angiography was used to evaluate occlusion before PDT and 0, 1, 3, and 10 days after PDT. The authors performed light microscopy with haematoxylin eosin staining and transmission electron microscopy to determine thrombosis formation in the neovascular regions. Results: The threshold of peak laser power density ranged from 39 to 53 W/cm2. Laser irradiation was started 30 seconds after a 10 mg/kg ICG injection, and all irradiated segments were occluded at 0, 1, 3, and 10 days at 3.8 J/cm2. Light and electron microscopy documented thrombosis formation in the neovascular region. Conclusion: Femtosecond pulse laser enhanced by ICG can be used for PDT. Because of effective closure of corneal neovascularisation at a low energy level, the high peak power pulse energy of the femtosecond pulse laser might be more efficacious than continuous wave laser for use with PDT. PMID:15148220

  20. Increasing efficiency of two-photon excited fluorescence and second harmonic generation using ultrashort pulses

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    Tang, Shuo; Krasieva, Tatiana B.; Chen, Zhongping; Tempea, Gabriel; Tromberg, Bruce J.

    2006-02-01

    Multiphoton microscopy (MPM) has become an important tool for high-resolution and non-invasive imaging in biological tissues. However, the efficiencies of two-photon excited fluorescence (TPEF) and second harmonic generation (SHG) are relatively low because of their nonlinear nature. Therefore, it is critical to optimize laser parameters for most efficient excitation of MPM. Reducing the pulse duration can increase the peak intensity of excitation and thus potentially increase the excitation efficiency. In this paper, a multiphoton microscopy system using a 12 fs Ti:Sapphire laser is reported. With adjustable dispersion pre-compensation, the pulse duration at the sample location can be varied from 400 fs to sub-20 fs. The efficiencies of TPEF and SHG are studied for the various pulse durations, respectively. Both TPEF and SHG are found to increase proportionally to the inverse of the pulse duration for the entire tested range. To transmit most of the SHG and TPEF signals, the spectral transmission widow of the detection optics needs to be carefully considered. Limitation from phase-matching in SHG generation is not significant because the effective interaction length for SHG is less than 10 μm at the focal depth of the objectives. These results are important in improving MPM excitation efficiency using ultrashort pulses. MPM images from human artery wall are also demonstrated.

  1. Designing Long-T2 Suppression Pulses for Ultrashort Echo Time Imaging

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    Larson, Peder E. Z.; Gurney, Paul T.; Nayak, Krishna; Gold, Garry E.; Pauly, John M.; Nishimura, Dwight G.

    2010-01-01

    Ultrashort echo time (UTE) imaging has shown promise as a technique for imaging tissues with T2 values of a few milliseconds or less. These tissues, such as tendons, menisci, and cortical bone, are normally invisible in conventional magnetic resonance imaging techniques but have signal in UTE imaging. They are difficult to visualize because they are often obscured by tissues with longer T2 values. In this article, new long-T2 suppression RF pulses that improve the contrast of short-T2 species are introduced. These pulses are improvements over previous long-T2 suppression pulses that suffered from poor off-resonance characteristics or T1 sensitivity. Short-T2 tissue contrast can also be improved by suppressing fat in some applications. Dual-band long-T2 suppression pulses that additionally suppress fat are also introduced. Simulations, along with phantom and in vivo experiments using 2D and 3D UTE imaging, demonstrate the feasibility, improved contrast, and improved sensitivity of these new long-T2 suppression pulses. The resulting images show predominantly short-T2 species, while most long-T2 species are suppressed. PMID:16724304

  2. High-throughput machining using high average power ultrashort pulse lasers and ultrafast polygon scanner

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    Schille, Joerg; Schneider, Lutz; Streek, André; Kloetzer, Sascha; Loeschner, Udo

    2016-03-01

    In this paper, high-throughput ultrashort pulse laser machining is investigated on various industrial grade metals (Aluminium, Copper, Stainless steel) and Al2O3 ceramic at unprecedented processing speeds. This is achieved by using a high pulse repetition frequency picosecond laser with maximum average output power of 270 W in conjunction with a unique, in-house developed two-axis polygon scanner. Initially, different concepts of polygon scanners are engineered and tested to find out the optimal architecture for ultrafast and precision laser beam scanning. Remarkable 1,000 m/s scan speed is achieved on the substrate, and thanks to the resulting low pulse overlap, thermal accumulation and plasma absorption effects are avoided at up to 20 MHz pulse repetition frequencies. In order to identify optimum processing conditions for efficient high-average power laser machining, the depths of cavities produced under varied parameter settings are analyzed and, from the results obtained, the characteristic removal values are specified. The maximum removal rate is achieved as high as 27.8 mm3/min for Aluminium, 21.4 mm3/min for Copper, 15.3 mm3/min for Stainless steel and 129.1 mm3/min for Al2O3 when full available laser power is irradiated at optimum pulse repetition frequency.

  3. Polarization Dependence of Bulk Ion Acceleration from Ultrathin Foils Irradiated by High-Intensity Ultrashort Laser Pulses

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    Scullion, C.; Doria, D.; Romagnani, L.; Sgattoni, A.; Naughton, K.; Symes, D. R.; McKenna, P.; Macchi, A.; Zepf, M.; Kar, S.; Borghesi, M.

    2017-08-01

    The acceleration of ions from ultrathin (10-100 nm) carbon foils has been investigated using intense (˜6 ×1 020 W cm-2 ) ultrashort (45 fs) laser pulses, highlighting a strong dependence of the ion beam parameters on the laser polarization, with circularly polarized (CP) pulses producing the highest energies for both protons and carbons (25 -30 MeV /nucleon ); in particular, carbon ion energies obtained employing CP pulses were significantly higher (˜2.5 times) than for irradiations employing linearly polarized pulses. Particle-in-cell simulations indicate that radiation pressure acceleration becomes the dominant mechanism for the thinnest targets and CP pulses.

  4. Analysis of the side gap resulting from micro electrochemical machining with a tungsten wire and ultrashort voltage pulses

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    Shin, Hong Shik; Kim, Bo Hyun; Chu, Chong Nam

    2008-07-01

    Micro wire electrochemical machining (ECM) using a Ø 10 µm tungsten wire as the tool electrode is presented. Since electrochemical machining does not wear out the tool, it can be easily applied to the fabrication of micro grooves by moving the tool electrode along a programmed toolpath. To minimize the side gap, ultrashort voltage pulses were applied between the tool electrode and the workpiece. Changes in the side gap according to the applied pulse voltage, pulse on-time and pulse period were investigated, and the optimal pulse condition for stable machining was obtained. By using this method, micro features such as micro grooves and gears were fabricated into stainless steel plates.

  5. Complete optical absorption of ultrashort pulses by plasmons in nanostructured graphene (Conference Presentation)

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    Martínez Saavedra, José Ramón; Cerullo, Giulio; Pruneri, Valerio; Wall, Simon; García de Abajo, Javier

    2016-10-01

    The peculiar electronic structure of graphene results in a large optoelectronic response that holds great potential for technology. For example, this material exhibits a nearly constant absorption 2.3% over a broad spectral range [1], which can be electrically modulated in the mid-IR by injecting attainable densities of charge carriers. When doped, graphene can sustain plasmons that radically modify its optical response, enabling complete optical absorption for suitably designed patterns [2]. Graphene nanoribbons constitute one of the simplest geometrical patterns that one can produce. They have been extensively studied and their plasmons accurately explained with simple models [3]. When heated to a large electronic temperature, graphene behaves nearly as if is was highly doped, also giving rise to plasmon modes [4]. In this work, we study the possibility of using ultrashort light pulses together with the natural electronic relaxation mechanisms in graphene nanoribbons as a way to tune their optical response. We first discuss the optically induced plasmons of individual nanoribbons when illuminated with ultrashort pulses and then analyze the evolution of the plasmon frequency as a function of the delay between pump and probe. We study the redshift of these plasmons with increasing delay due to electron relaxation. We also investigate the optical response of the ribbon exposed to a train of optical pulses. We further discuss ribbon arrays illuminated from the substrate under total internal reflection conditions, for which we predict complete absorption for a suitable choice of geometrical and illumination parameters. References [1] F. H. L. Koppens, D. E. Chang, and F. J. García de Abajo, Nano Letters 11, 3370-3377 (2011) [2] S. Thongrattanasiri, F. H. L. Koppens, and F. J. García de Abajo, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 047401 (2012) [3] I. Silveiro, J. M. Plaza Ortega, and F. J. García de Abajo, Light: Science and Applications 4, e241 (2015) [4] F. J. García de Abajo

  6. Time-dependent QED model for high-order harmonic generation in ultrashort intense laser pulses

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    Hu, Huayu; Yuan, Jianmin

    2008-12-01

    To advance the QED approach and exploit more details of the high-order harmonic generation (HHG) of atoms and molecules in intense ultrashort laser fields, a QED model for HHG is developed in a time-dependent framework and a multimode-laser setup. By introduction of the classical-field-dressed quantized Volkov states, an analytical expression to calculate HHG for hydrogenlike atoms and ions in an ultrashort intense laser pulse is obtained. This formula provides a simple intuitive interpretation of the mechanism in which the electron is first ionized to the classical-field-dressed quantized Volkov states, and then falls back to the ground state to emit the harmonic photon. Calculations using this formalism demonstrate a good agreement with recent semiclassical computations. The limiting of the existing QED models, which are successful in providing alternative perspectives on the HHG beyond semiclassical treatments, to the time-independent framework and the single-mode laser have been removed to take into account the laser pulse’s length and its shape. Possible extensive applications of this QED approach as well as its potential usefulness for research in various interesting fields are also discussed. The long-wavelength approximation and strong-field approximation are involved in the development of the formalism.

  7. Unexpected Behavior on Nonlinear Tunneling of Chirped Ultrashort Soliton Pulse in Non-Kerr Media with Raman Effect

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    Rajan, M. S. Mani

    2016-08-01

    In this manuscript, the ultrashort soliton pulse propagation through nonlinear tunneling in cubic quintic media is investigated. The effect of chirping on propagation characteristics of the soliton pulse is analytically investigated using similarity transformation. In particular, we investigate the propagation dynamics of ultrashort soliton pulse through dispersion barrier for both chirp and chirp-free soliton. By investigating the obtained soliton solution, we found that chirping has strong influence on soliton dynamics such as pulse compression with amplification. These two important dynamics of chirped soliton in cubic quintic media open new possibilities to improve the solitonic communication system. Moreover, we surprisingly observe that a dispersion well is formed for the chirped case whereas a barrier is formed for the chirp-free case, which has certain applications in the construction of logic gate devices to achieve ultrafast switching.

  8. Ultrashort pulse generation by semiconductor mode-locked lasers at 760 nm.

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    Wang, Huolei; Kong, Liang; Forrest, Adam; Bajek, David; Haggett, Stephanie E; Wang, Xiaoling; Cui, Bifeng; Pan, Jiaoqing; Ding, Ying; Cataluna, Maria Ana

    2014-10-20

    We demonstrate the first semiconductor mode-locked lasers for ultrashort pulse generation at the 760 nm waveband. Multi-section laser diodes based on an AlGaAs multi-quantum-well structure were passively mode-locked, resulting in the generation of pulses at around 766 nm, with pulse durations down to ~4 ps, at pulse repetition rates of 19.4 GHz or 23.2 GHz (with different laser cavity lengths of 1.8 mm and 1.5 mm, respectively). The influence of the bias conditions on the mode-locking characteristics was investigated for these new lasers, revealing trends which can be ascribed to the interplay of dynamical processes in the saturable absorber and gain sections. It was also found that the front facet reflectivity played a key role in the stability of mode-locking and the occurrence of self-pulsations. These lasers hold significant promise as light sources for multi-photon biomedical imaging, as well as in other applications such as frequency conversion into the ultraviolet and radio-over-fibre communications.

  9. Study of channel formation and relativistic ultra-short laser pulse propagation in helium plasma

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    Yu, Changhai; Tian, Ye; Li, Wentao; Zhang, Zhijun; Qi, Rong; Wang, Wentao; Wang, Cheng; Liu, Jiansheng

    2016-05-01

    In this study, plasma channel formation in pure He plasma (ionization electron density 0.01-0.1n c ) interacting with ultra-short relativistic laser pulses (50 fs, >1019 W cm-2) was observed and analyzed. By appropriately selecting the laser pulse and gas backing pressure of the gas jet, a clear density channel longer than 300 μm and wider than 25 μm was achieved in less than 1.5 ps following the passage of the laser pulse, with a radial electron density gradient of ~1023 cm-4 at the channel walls. Numerical simulations for studying the affects of the plasma density, kinetic motion of electrons and ions, and nonlinear laser propagation on the plasma channel formation were carried out, which reproduced the experimental features. These density channels were mainly driven by the radial expulsion of plasma ions, with strong continuous laser self-focusing acting to improve the channeling efficiency. These channels can guide the propagation of ultra-intense laser pulses and supply several advanced applications in high-energy physics, including fast-ignition inertial confinement fusion, plasma-based particle accelerations, and sources of radiation.

  10. Progress on developing a PW ultrashort laser facility with ns, ps, and fs outputting pulses

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    Zhu, Qihua; Huang, Xiaojun; Wang, Xiao; Zeng, Xiaoming; Xie, Xudong; Wang, Fang; Wang, Fengrui; Lin, Donghui; Wang, Xiaodong; Zhou, Kainan; Jiang, Dongbin; Deng, Wu; Zuo, Yanlei; Zhang, Ying; Deng, Ying; Wei, Xiaofeng; Zhang, Xiaomin; Fan, Dianyuan

    2008-03-01

    A petawatt laser facility with three beams for fast ignition research and strong-field physics applications has been designed and is being constructed. The first beam (referred as SILEX-I) is a Ti:sapphire femto-second laser which pulse width is 30 fs, and till now, output power has reached to 330 TW. The other two beams are Nd 3+:glass lasers which output energy are larger than 1kJ and pulse width are about 1ps and 1ns respectively. By using the technology of OPA pumped by 800nm femtosecond laser and seeded by super-continuum spectrum white light, the three beams are synchronized with each other without jitter time. By using the seeds from OPA pumped by femtosecond laser, and by using the pre-amplification stage of OPCPA, the signal to noise ratio of the Nd 3+:glass petawatt laser will reach to 10 8. Active methods are taken to control the gain narrowing effect of the Nd 3+:glass amplifiers, giving the option to compress the chirped pulse to ultrashort pulse with width less than 400fs. Tiled multilayer dielectric coating gratings are used for the compressor of the PW beam, which has been successfully demonstrated on a 100J picosecond Nd 3+:glass laser system.

  11. Morphological alterations in dentine after mechanical treatment and ultrashort pulse laser irradiation.

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    Portillo Muñoz, María; Lorenzo Luengo, María Cruz; Sánchez Llorente, José Miguel; Peix Sánchez, Manuel; Albaladejo, Alberto; García, Ana; Moreno Pedraz, Pablo

    2012-01-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate and compare the morphological changes that occur in dentine after femtosecond laser irradiation and after mechanical treatment. The duration of the laser pulse is an important parameter, because within the time frame of the pulse heat diffusion plays a very important role in the mechanism of interaction between the light and the tissue. Six totally impacted human third molars were sectioned into sheets approximately 1 mm thick with an Accutom-50 precision cutting machine. The samples were randomly divided into two groups according to their cavity preparation: mechanical cavity preparation and laser cavity preparation. The samples were then examined by light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. There were clear differences in the results obtained with the two techniques. Cavities prepared with the laser with pulses of <1 ps showed no microcracks, and the treated surface displayed a rough and irregular aspect with no smear layer and exhibited open dentinal tubules. On the contrary, cavities made with a rotatory instrument had a smooth surface and microcracks, a broad area of carbonization and merging, occluded dentinal tubules and a smear layer. This study showed that human dentine can be successfully ablated with the ultrashort pulse laser.

  12. Quasi-matched propagation of an ultrashort and intense laser pulse in a plasma channel

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    Benedetti, Carlo; Schroeder, Carl; Esarey, Eric; Leemans, Wim

    2011-10-01

    The propagation of an ultrashort and relativistically-intense laser pulse in a preformed parabolic plasma channel is investigated. The nonlinear paraxial wave equation is solved both analytically and numerically. Numerical solutions are obtained using the 2D cylindrical, envelope, ponderomotive, hybrid PIC/fluid code INF&RNO, recently developed at LBNL. For an arbitrary laser pulse profile with a given power for each longitudinal slice (less then the critical power for self-focusing), we determine the laser intensity distribution ensuring matched propagation in the channel, neglecting non-paraxial effects (self-steepening, red-shifting, etc.). Similarly, in the case of a Gaussian pulse profile, we determine the optimal channel depth yielding a quasi-matched laser propagation, including the plasma density modification induced by the laser-pulse. The analytical results obtained for both cases in the weakly-relativistic intensity regime are presented and validated through comparison with numerical simulations. Work supported by the Office of Science, Office of High Energy Physics, of the U.S. Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231.

  13. co2amp: A software program for modeling the dynamics of ultrashort pulses in optical systems with CO2 amplifiers

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    Polyanskiy, Mikhail N.

    2015-01-01

    We describe a computer code for simulating the amplification of ultrashort mid-infrared laser pulses in CO2 amplifiers and their propagation through arbitrary optical systems. This code is based on a comprehensive model that includes an accurate consideration of the CO2 active medium and a physical optics propagation algorithm, and takes into account the interaction of the laser pulse with the material of the optical elements. Finally, the application of the code for optimizing an isotopic regenerative amplifier is described.

  14. INTERACTION OF LASER RADIATION WITH MATTER. LASER PLASMA: Ion acceleration by ultrahigh-power ultrashort laser pulses

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    Brantov, A. V.; Bychenkov, V. Yu; Rozmus, V.

    2007-09-01

    Two- and three-dimensional numerical simulations of fast-ion generation under ultrashort high-power laser pulse irradiation of stratified targets of different density and thickness are performed by the 'particle-in-cell' technique. The intent of these simulations was to determine the optimal target for maximising the ion energy for a given energy of the laser pulse. The simulations were carried out for the presently highest laser radiation intensities.

  15. Ultrashort microwave pulsed thermoacoustic imaging for tumor localization over whole breast

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    Ji, Zhong; Fu, Yong; Lou, Cunguang

    2014-09-01

    Microwave-induced thermoacoustic imaging (TAI) has attracted considerable interest as a promising imaging modality. Previous studies show that TAI has great potential for use in breast tumor detection with high contrast and high spatial resolution, nevertheless it requires high energy density and possesses small field of view (FOV). In this paper, a ultrashort microwave pulse (USMP) TAI system was employed for quality imaging with much less energy density required , and simultaneously, large enough FOV was obtained to cover the whole breast. The experimental results clearly demonstrate that the new USMP TAI system can be used for three-dimensional (3-D) localization of deep breast tumors with low microwave radiation dose over the whole breast.

  16. Propagation of an ultrashort, intense laser pulse in a relativistic plasma

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    Ritchie, B.; Decker, C.D.

    1997-12-31

    A Maxwell-relativistic fluid model is developed for the propagation of an ultrashort, intense laser pulse through an underdense plasma. The separability of plasma and optical frequencies ({omega}{sub p} and {omega} respectively) for small {omega}{sub p}/{omega} is not assumed; thus the validity of multiple-scales theory (MST) can be tested. The theory is valid when {omega}{sub p}/{omega} is of order unity or for cases in which {omega}{sub p}/{omega} {much_lt} 1 but strongly relativistic motion causes higher-order plasma harmonics to be generated which overlap the region of the first-order laser harmonic, such that MST would not expected to be valid although its principal validity criterion {omega}{sub p}/{omega} {much_lt} 1 holds.

  17. Ultrashort IR Laser Pulse Isomerization Of All-Trans Retinal To 11 CIS Retinal

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    Taboada, J.; Liegner, J.; Tsin, A. T.

    1987-01-01

    The mammalian ocular system possesses a significant IR transmission window between the longest visually detectable light wavelength at 700 nm and the cut off water absorption band at 1400 nm. This near IR optical band may provide a channel for controlling vision processes. Of particular interest is the regeneration process which involves the re -Wmerization of all-trans retinal to 11-cis retinal and the molecular recoupling of retinal with opsin.". This re-isomerization, moving against potential energy gradient, is the rate limiting step is assumed to involve either a vitamin A intermediate or a directly applied enzyme, "isomerase"). The concept investigated in this study concerns the possibility of directly influencing the isomerization process by ultrashort IR laser pulses.

  18. Numerical study of the thermal ablation of wet solids by ultrashort laser pulses

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    Perez, Danny; Beland, Laurent Karim; Deryng, Delphine; Lewis, Laurent J.; Meunier, Michel

    2008-01-01

    The ablation by ultrashort laser pulses at relatively low fluences (i.e., in the thermal regime) of solids wetted by a thin liquid film is studied using a generic numerical model. In comparison with dry targets, the liquid is found to significantly affect ablation by confining the solid and slowing down the expansion of the laser-heated material. These factors affect the relative efficiency of the various ablation mechanisms, leading, in particular, to the complete inhibition of phase explosion at lower fluences, a reduced ablation yield, and significant changes in the composition of the plume. As a consequence, at fluences above the ablation threshold, the size of the ejected nanoclusters is lower in presence of the liquid. Our results provide a qualitative understanding of the effect of wetting layers on the ablation process.

  19. Blistering of film from substrate after action of ultrashort laser pulse

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    Inogamov, N. A.; Zhakhovsky, V. V.; Khokhlov, V. A.; Kuchmizhak, A. A.; Kudryashov, S. I.

    2016-11-01

    The goal of the paper is to explain experimental results concerning film blistering. Tightly focused diffraction limited ultrashort optical laser pulse illuminates a small spot at a surface of a thin metal film mounted upon a dielectric or semiconductor support (substrate). Film mechanically separates from substrate and form a cupola like bump in a rather narrow range of absorbed fluences. Below this range deformations inside the spot are negligible. While above the range the hole remains in a film in the irradiated spot. The paper presents physical model starting from absorption and two-temperature state and including, first, description of conductive redistribution of absorbed heat, melting, hydrodynamics of strong three-dimensional deformations of a moving film, and, second, freezing of molten metal.

  20. Process Properties of Electronic High Voltage Discharges Triggered by Ultra-short Pulsed Laser Filaments

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    Cvecek, Kristian; Gröschel, Benjamin; Schmidt, Michael

    Remote processing of metallic workpieces by techniques based on electric arc discharge or laser irradiation for joining or cutting has a long tradition and is still being intensively investigated in present-day research. In applications that require high power processing, both approaches exhibit certain advantages and disadvantages that make them specific for a given task. While several hybrid approaches exist that try to combine the benefits of both techniques, none were as successful in providing a fixed electric discharge direction as discharges triggered by plasma filaments generated by ultra-short pulsed lasers. In this work we investigate spatial and temporal aspects of laser filament guided discharges and give an upper time delay between the filament creation and the electrical build-up of a dischargeable voltage for a successful filament triggered discharge.

  1. Vibrationally cold CO{sup 2+} in intense ultrashort laser pulses

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    McKenna, J.; Sayler, A. M.; Anis, F.; Johnson, Nora G.; Gaire, B.; Zohrabi, M. A.; Carnes, K. D.; Esry, B. D.; Ben-Itzhak, I.; Lev, U.

    2010-06-15

    By virtue of the short lifetime of excited states, we have performed three-dimensional (3D) momentum imaging on the fragments from an electronically and vibrationally cold metastable CO{sup 2+} beam following irradiation by intense ultrashort laser pulses. This unique target can be described as a two-channel system, since most low-lying electronic states are not accessible by dipole transitions due to their spin state. Laser excitation between the ground X{sup 3{Pi}} v=0 state and the excited {sup 3{Sigma}-} state leads to bond softening and above-threshold dissociation, with peaks in kinetic energy release spaced by the photon energy and interesting angular distributions that peak perpendicular to the laser field. These results are compared with our solutions of the 3D time-dependent Schroedinger equation.

  2. Dynamical alignment of H2^+ in an intense ultrashort laser pulse

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    Anis, Fatima; Cabrera-Trujillo, R.; Esry, B. D.

    2006-05-01

    We will present a study of ionization and dissociation of H2^+ in an intense ultrashort laser pulse. Our results include all degrees of freedom - classical for the nuclei and quantum mechanical for the electron. Similar previous calculations^1,2 have obtained the electronic wave function using a basis expansion. We, however, are solving the time-dependent Schr"odinger equation on a three dimensional grid in the lab frame. One of our goal is to study dynamical alignment of H2^+ and its fragments. We consider a distribution of initial nuclear positions and momenta so that our results are suitable for direct comparison with experiment. ^1M. Ullmann, T. Kunert, F. Grossmann, R. Schmidt, Phys. Rev. A 67, 013413 (2003). ^2E. Deumens, A. Diz, R. Longo, and Y. "Ohrn, Rev. Mod. Phys. 66, 917 (1994)

  3. Interaction of ultrashort x-ray pulses with B4C , SiC, and Si

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    Bergh, M.; Tîmneanu, N.; Hau-Riege, S. P.; Scott, H. A.

    2008-02-01

    The interaction of 32.5 and 6 nm ultrashort x-ray pulses with the solid materials B4C , SiC, and Si is simulated with a nonlocal thermodynamic equilibrium radiation transfer code. We study the ionization dynamics as a function of depth in the material and modifications of the opacity during irradiation, and estimate the crater depth. Furthermore, we compare the estimated crater depth with experimental data, for fluences up to 2.2J/cm2 . Our results show that, at 32.5 nm irradiation, the opacity changes by less than a factor of 2 for B4C and Si and by a factor of 3 for SiC, for fluences up to 200J/cm2 . At a laser wavelength of 6 nm, the model predicts a dramatic decrease in opacity due to the weak inverse bremsstrahlung, increasing the crater depth for high fluences.

  4. Ultrashort pulsed laser tools for testing of semiconductor elements hardness to single event effects, caused by cosmic heavy charged particles

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    Gordienko, Alexandra V.; Mavritskii, Oleg B.; Egorov, Andrey N.; Pechenkin, Alexander A.; Savchenkov, Dmitriy V.

    2015-03-01

    The installations for laser testing of microelectronic elements (first of all - integrated circuits) of devices for space applications for hardness to local radiation effects from heavy charged particles are presented. The possibility of a focused pulsed laser radiation application to the study of local radiation effects, caused by single heavy charged particles, is explained. The fundamentals of an approach to the construction of test sets, based on the picosecond and femtosecond lasers and systems for focusing their radiation, are considered. The main technical requirements for the basic modules of sets for laser testing (laser wavelength and pulse duration and repetition rate, spatial beam parameters and minimal spot size, speed of object movement and so on) are substantiated. All worked out sets have a full-featured software for the operational management of all modules of the laser test facility, including the positioning of the object, to provide feedback from the measurement results of the reaction of the object on the laser excitation. The parameters of developed laser hardware and software systems and their foreign counterparts are compared. Further improvement directions for laser testing tools are briefly outlined. The discussion is also presented of described hardware technical and operational characteristics, allowing to use it for a variety of scientific research studies, requiring selective (with submicron spatial resolution) object excitation by ultrashort laser pulses and recording responses to this effect with the exact timing of the moment of excitation, as well as to perform a variety of high precision technological operations.

  5. Charge and spin dynamics driven by ultrashort extreme broadband pulses: A theory perspective

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    Moskalenko, Andrey S.; Zhu, Zhen-Gang; Berakdar, Jamal

    2017-02-01

    This article gives an overview on recent theoretical progress in controlling the charge and spin dynamics in low-dimensional electronic systems by means of ultrashort and ultrabroadband electromagnetic pulses. A particular focus is put on sub-cycle and single-cycle pulses and their utilization for coherent control. The discussion is mostly limited to cases where the pulse duration is shorter than the characteristic time scales associated with the involved spectral features of the excitations. The relevant current theoretical knowledge is presented in a coherent, pedagogic manner. We work out that the pulse action amounts in essence to a quantum map between the quantum states of the system at an appropriately chosen time moment during the pulse. The influence of a particular pulse shape on the post-pulse dynamics is reduced to several integral parameters entering the expression for the quantum map. The validity range of this reduction scheme for different strengths of the driving fields is established and discussed for particular nanostructures. Acting with a periodic pulse sequence, it is shown how the system can be steered to and largely maintained in predefined states. The conditions for this nonequilibrium sustainability are worked out by means of geometric phases, which are identified as the appropriate quantities to indicate quasistationarity of periodically driven quantum systems. Demonstrations are presented for the control of the charge, spin, and valley degrees of freedom in nanostructures on picosecond and subpicosecond time scales. The theory is illustrated with several applications to one-dimensional semiconductor quantum wires and superlattices, double quantum dots, semiconductor and graphene quantum rings. In the case of a periodic pulsed driving the influence of the relaxation and decoherence processes is included by utilizing the density matrix approach. The integrated and time-dependent spectra of the light emitted from the driven system deliver

  6. Targeted disruption of deep-lying neocortical microvessels in rat using ultrashort laser pulses

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    Nishimura, Nozomi; Schaffer, Christopher B.; Friedman, Beth; Tsai, Philbert S.; Lyden, Patrick D.; Kleinfeld, David

    2004-06-01

    The study of neurovascular diseases such as vascular dementia and stroke require novel models of targeted vascular disruption in the brain. We describe a model of microvascular disruption in rat neocortex that uses ultrashort laser pulses to induce localized injury to specific targeted microvessels and uses two-photon microscopy to monitor and guide the photodisruption process. In our method, a train of high-intensity, 100-fs laser pulses is tightly focused into the lumen of a blood vessel within the upper 500 μm of cortex. Photodisruption induced by these laser pulses creates injury to a single vessel located at the focus of the laser, leaving the surrounding tissue intact. This photodisruption results in three modalities of localized vascular injury. At low power, blood plasma extravasation can be induced. The vessel itself remains intact, while serum is extravasated into the intercellular space. Localized ischemia caused by an intravascular clot results when the photodisruption leads to a brief disturbance of the vascular walls that initiates an endogenous clotting cascade. The formation of a localized thrombus stops the blood flow at the location of the photodisruption. A hemorrhage, defined as a large extravasation of blood including plasma and red blood cells, results when higher laser power is used. The targeted vessel does not remain intact.

  7. Phonon-assisted nonlinear optical processes in ultrashort-pulse pumped optical parametric amplifiers

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    Isaienko, Oleksandr; Robel, István

    2016-01-01

    Optically active phonon modes in ferroelectrics such as potassium titanyl phosphate (KTP) and potassium titanyl arsenate (KTA) in the ~7–20 THz range play an important role in applications of these materials in Raman lasing and terahertz wave generation. Previous studies with picosecond pulse excitation demonstrated that the interaction of pump pulses with phonons can lead to efficient stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) accompanying optical parametric oscillation or amplification processes (OPO/OPA), and to efficient polariton-phonon scattering. In this work, we investigate the behavior of infrared OPAs employing KTP or KTA crystals when pumped with ~800-nm ultrashort pulses of duration comparable to the oscillation period of the optical phonons. We demonstrate that under conditions of coherent impulsive Raman excitation of the phonons, when the effective χ(2) nonlinearity cannot be considered instantaneous, the parametrically amplified waves (most notably, signal) undergo significant spectral modulations leading to an overall redshift of the OPA output. The pump intensity dependence of the redshifted OPA output, the temporal evolution of the parametric gain, as well as the pump spectral modulations suggest the presence of coupling between the nonlinear optical polarizations PNL of the impulsively excited phonons and those of parametrically amplified waves. PMID:26975881

  8. Ultrashort vortex from a Gaussian pulse - An achromatic-interferometric approach.

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    Naik, Dinesh N; Saad, Nabil A; Rao, D Narayana; Viswanathan, Nirmal K

    2017-05-24

    The more than a century old Sagnac interferometer is put to first of its kind use to generate an achromatic single-charge vortex equivalent to a Laguerre-Gaussian beam possessing orbital angular momentum (OAM). The interference of counter-propagating polychromatic Gaussian beams of beam waist ωλ with correlated linear phase (ϕ 0  ≥ 0.025 λ) and lateral shear (y 0  ≥ 0.05 ωλ) in orthogonal directions is shown to create a vortex phase distribution around the null interference. Using a wavelength-tunable continuous-wave laser the entire range of visible wavelengths is shown to satisfy the condition for vortex generation to achieve a highly stable white-light vortex with excellent propagation integrity. The application capablitiy of the proposed scheme is demonstrated by generating ultrashort optical vortex pulses, its nonlinear frequency conversion and transforming them to vector pulses. We believe that our scheme for generating robust achromatic vortex (implemented with only mirrors and a beam-splitter) pulses in the femtosecond regime, with no conceivable spectral-temporal range and peak-power limitations, can have significant advantages for a variety of applications.

  9. Phonon-assisted nonlinear optical processes in ultrashort-pulse pumped optical parametric amplifiers

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    Isaienko, Oleksandr; Robel, Istvan

    2016-03-15

    Optically active phonon modes in ferroelectrics such as potassium titanyl phosphate (KTP) and potassium titanyl arsenate (KTA) in the ~7–20 THz range play an important role in applications of these materials in Raman lasing and terahertz wave generation. Previous studies with picosecond pulse excitation demonstrated that the interaction of pump pulses with phonons can lead to efficient stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) accompanying optical parametric oscillation or amplification processes (OPO/OPA), and to efficient polariton-phonon scattering. In this work, we investigate the behavior of infrared OPAs employing KTP or KTA crystals when pumped with ~800-nm ultrashort pulses of duration comparable to the oscillation period of the optical phonons. We demonstrate that under conditions of coherent impulsive Raman excitation of the phonons, when the effective χ(2) nonlinearity cannot be considered instantaneous, the parametrically amplified waves (most notably, signal) undergo significant spectral modulations leading to an overall redshift of the OPA output. Furthermore, the pump intensity dependence of the redshifted OPA output, the temporal evolution of the parametric gain, as well as the pump spectral modulations suggest the presence of coupling between the nonlinear optical polarizations PNL of the impulsively excited phonons and those of parametrically amplified waves.

  10. Phonon-assisted nonlinear optical processes in ultrashort-pulse pumped optical parametric amplifiers

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    Isaienko, Oleksandr; Robel, Istvan

    2016-03-15

    Optically active phonon modes in ferroelectrics such as potassium titanyl phosphate (KTP) and potassium titanyl arsenate (KTA) in the ~7–20 THz range play an important role in applications of these materials in Raman lasing and terahertz wave generation. Previous studies with picosecond pulse excitation demonstrated that the interaction of pump pulses with phonons can lead to efficient stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) accompanying optical parametric oscillation or amplification processes (OPO/OPA), and to efficient polariton-phonon scattering. In this work, we investigate the behavior of infrared OPAs employing KTP or KTA crystals when pumped with ~800-nm ultrashort pulses of duration comparable to themore » oscillation period of the optical phonons. We demonstrate that under conditions of coherent impulsive Raman excitation of the phonons, when the effective χ(2) nonlinearity cannot be considered instantaneous, the parametrically amplified waves (most notably, signal) undergo significant spectral modulations leading to an overall redshift of the OPA output. Furthermore, the pump intensity dependence of the redshifted OPA output, the temporal evolution of the parametric gain, as well as the pump spectral modulations suggest the presence of coupling between the nonlinear optical polarizations PNL of the impulsively excited phonons and those of parametrically amplified waves.« less

  11. Phonon-assisted nonlinear optical processes in ultrashort-pulse pumped optical parametric amplifiers

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    Isaienko, Oleksandr; Robel, István

    2016-03-01

    Optically active phonon modes in ferroelectrics such as potassium titanyl phosphate (KTP) and potassium titanyl arsenate (KTA) in the ~7–20 THz range play an important role in applications of these materials in Raman lasing and terahertz wave generation. Previous studies with picosecond pulse excitation demonstrated that the interaction of pump pulses with phonons can lead to efficient stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) accompanying optical parametric oscillation or amplification processes (OPO/OPA), and to efficient polariton-phonon scattering. In this work, we investigate the behavior of infrared OPAs employing KTP or KTA crystals when pumped with ~800-nm ultrashort pulses of duration comparable to the oscillation period of the optical phonons. We demonstrate that under conditions of coherent impulsive Raman excitation of the phonons, when the effective χ(2) nonlinearity cannot be considered instantaneous, the parametrically amplified waves (most notably, signal) undergo significant spectral modulations leading to an overall redshift of the OPA output. The pump intensity dependence of the redshifted OPA output, the temporal evolution of the parametric gain, as well as the pump spectral modulations suggest the presence of coupling between the nonlinear optical polarizations PNL of the impulsively excited phonons and those of parametrically amplified waves.

  12. Influence of EL2 deep level on photoconduction of semi-insulating GaAs under ultrashort pulse photoinjection

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    Shi, Wei; Xie, Guangyong

    2016-02-01

    To investigate the influence of EL2 deep level on photoconduction of in semi-insulating GaAs (SI-GaAs), a 3 mm-electrode-gap lateral SI-GaAs photoconductive chip was manufactured and tested by using ultrashort pulse laser with 1064 nm wavelength, 10 ns pulsewidth, 3.0 mm light spot diameter and single pulse energy mean of 3.0 mJ. Based on the experimental results and the theory of trapping effect, the photon absorption process of EL2 defects in SI-GaAs is analyzed. For the influence of EL2 deep level, the lifetime of the electron gets shorter and the persistent photoconductivity (PPC) is significant. With increasing of voltage, the decay time constant of photoconduction is reduced and the decay index gets bigger for the ultrashort pulse photoinjection.

  13. High energy ultrashort pulses via hollow fiber compression of a fiber chirped pulse amplification system.

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    Hädrich, Steffen; Rothhardt, Jan; Eidam, Tino; Limpert, Jens; Tünnermann, Andreas

    2009-03-02

    A simple, robust and compact pulse compressor for a high-repetition rate high-peak power fiber chirped pulse amplification system is presented. We use noble-gas-filled hollow fibers for spectral broadening of the optical pulses via self-phase modulation. Subsequent compression with chirped mirrors shortens the pulses by more than a factor of 10. Pulses shorter than 70 fs with pulse energies of the order of 100 mu J have been obtained resulting in a peak power up to 1 GW at 30.3kHz. Additionally, nonlinear polarization rotation has been used for temporal pulse cleaning during the nonlinear compression at 30.3 kHz and 100 kHz, respectively.

  14. Modeling of ablation threshold dependence on pulse duration for dielectrics with ultrashort pulsed laser

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    Sun, Mingying; Zhu, Jianqiang; Lin, Zunqi

    2017-01-01

    We present a numerical model of plasma formation in ultrafast laser ablation on the dielectrics surface. Ablation threshold dependence on pulse duration is predicted with the model and the numerical results for water agrees well with the experimental data for pulse duration from 140 fs to 10 ps. Influences of parameters and approximations of photo- and avalanche-ionization on the ablation threshold prediction are analyzed in detail for various pulse lengths. The calculated ablation threshold is strongly dependent on electron collision time for all the pulse durations. The complete photoionization model is preferred for pulses shorter than 1 ps rather than the multiphoton ionization approximations. The transition time of inverse bremsstrahlung absorption needs to be considered when pulses are shorter than 5 ps and it can also ensure the avalanche ionization (AI) coefficient consistent with that in multiple rate equations (MREs) for pulses shorter than 300 fs. The threshold electron density for AI is only crucial for longer pulses. It is reasonable to ignore the recombination loss for pulses shorter than 100 fs. In addition to thermal transport and hydrodynamics, neglecting the threshold density for AI and recombination could also contribute to the disagreements between the numerical and the experimental results for longer pulses.

  15. Monotonically chirped pulse evolution in an ultrashort pulse thulium-doped fiber laser.

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    Haxsen, Frithjof; Wandt, Dieter; Morgner, Uwe; Neumann, Jörg; Kracht, Dietmar

    2012-03-15

    We report on monotonically positively chirped pulse operation of a hybridly mode-locked thulium fiber laser. Dispersion management was realized with a small-core, high-NA fiber providing normal dispersion in the 2 μm wavelength region. The laser delivered pulses with 0.7 nJ energy at the 1927 nm center wavelength and sub-500-fs pulse duration after compression.

  16. Ultra-short pulse laser micro patterning with highest throughput by utilization of a novel multi-beam processing head

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    Homburg, Oliver; Jarczynski, Manfred; Mitra, Thomas; Brüning, Stephan

    2017-02-01

    In the last decade much improvement has been achieved for ultra-short pulse lasers with high repetition rates. This laser technology has vastly matured so that it entered a manifold of industrial applications recently compared to mainly scientific use in the past. Compared to ns-pulse ablation ultra-short pulses in the ps- or even fs regime lead to still colder ablation and further reduced heat-affected zones. This is crucial for micro patterning when structure sizes are getting smaller and requirements are getting stronger at the same time. An additional advantage of ultra-fast processing is its applicability to a large variety of materials, e.g. metals and several high bandgap materials like glass and ceramics. One challenge for ultra-fast micro machining is throughput. The operational capacity of these processes can be maximized by increasing the scan rate or the number of beams - parallel processing. This contribution focuses on process parallelism of ultra-short pulsed lasers with high repetition rate and individually addressable acousto-optical beam modulation. The core of the multi-beam generation is a smooth diffractive beam splitter component with high uniform spots and negligible loss, and a prismatic array compressor to match beam size and pitch. The optical design and the practical realization of an 8 beam processing head in combination with a high average power single mode ultra-short pulsed laser source are presented as well as the currently on-going and promising laboratory research and micro machining results. Finally, an outlook of scaling the processing head to several tens of beams is given.

  17. Triggering and guiding high-voltage large-scale leader discharges with sub-joule ultrashort laser pulses

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    Pépin, Henri

    2000-10-01

    Lasers are promising tools for triggering and guiding lightning strikes. In this context, Hydro-Québec and INRS have undertaken a feasibility study of laser triggered lightning using ultrashort laser pulses in Megavolt electrode configurations (3-7 m rod-plane air gap). A sub-Joule sub-picosecond laser beam focussed close to the rod electrode has been found to be able to trigger and guide leader discharges over distances of 3-4 m, lower the leader inception voltage by 50%, increase the leader velocity by a factor of 10. It has also been found that highly ionized filaments generated by the propagation of an ultrashort pulse in air have the ability to guide electric discharges over large distances. The basic physical processes involved in the formation of streamers and in the leader propagation have been observed using time-resolved optical diagnostics, as well as electric field and current probes. The discharge process triggered by the laser pulse has been successfully described using a leader propagation model in presence of the laser plasma channel. Numerical simulations have successfully reproduced the experimental results obtained with and without the ultrashort laser pulse.

  18. Generation of low-frequency nonlinear currents in plasma by an ultrashort pulse of high-frequency radiation

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    Grishkov, V. E.; Uryupin, S. A.

    2015-07-15

    A kinetic theory of low-frequency currents induced in plasma by an ultrashort high-frequency radiation pulse is developed. General expressions for the currents flowing along the propagation direction of the pulse and along the gradient of the field energy density are analyzed both analytically and numerically for pulse durations longer or shorter than or comparable with the electron collision time in plasma. It is demonstrated that the nonlinear current flowing along the gradient of the field energy density can be described correctly only when the modification of the isotropic part of the electron distribution function is taken into account.

  19. Propagation of the Ultra-Short Laser Pulses Through the Helical 1D Photonic Crystal Structure with Twist Defect

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    Antonov, Dmitrii V.; Iegorov, Roman

    2016-02-01

    The presence of the photonic band-gap is a featured property of the cholesteric liquid crystals (CLC). It can be practically realized for almost any reasonable wavelengths with very high degree of tunability. We have investigated theoretically the influence of the twist defect of the CLC helical structure onto the bandwidth-limited ultra-short laser pulse propagating inside the photonic band-gap. The changes of both pulse duration and peak power with defect angle were observed together with pulse acceleration and retardation for a case of normal incidence of the light.

  20. Manipulating mammalian cell by phase transformed titanium surface fabricated through ultra-short pulsed laser synthesis.

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    Chinnakkannu Vijayakumar, Sivaprasad; Venkatakrishnan, Krishnan; Tan, Bo

    2016-01-15

    Developing cell sensitive indicators on interacting substrates that allows specific cell manipulation by a combination of physical, chemical or mechanical cues is a challenge for current biomaterials. Hence, various fabrication approaches have been created on a variety of substrates to mimic or create cell specific cues. However, to achieve cell specific cues a multistep process or a post-chemical treatment is often necessitated. So, a simple approach without any chemical or biological treatment would go a long way in developing bio-functionalized substrates to effectively modulate cell adhesion and interaction. The present investigation is aimed to study the manipulative activity induced by phase transformed titanium surface. An ultra-short laser is used to fabricate the phase transformed titanium surface where a polymorphic titanium oxide phases with titanium monoxide (TiO), tri-titanium oxide (Ti3O) and titanium dioxide (TiO2) have been synthesized on commercially pure titanium. Control over oxide phase transformed area was demonstrated via a combination of laser scanning time (laser pulse interaction time) and laser pulse widths (laser pulse to pulse separation time). The interaction of phase transformed titanium surface with NIH3T3 fibroblasts and MC3T3-E1 osteoblast cells developed a new bio-functionalized platforms on titanium based biomaterials to modulate cell migration and adhesion. The synthesized phase transformed titanium surface on the whole appeared to induce directional cues for cell migration with unique preferential cell adhesion unseen by other fabrication approaches. The precise bio-functionalization controllability exhibited during fabrication offers perceptible edge for developing a variety of smart bio-medical devices, implants and cardiovascular stents where the need in supressing specific cell adhesion and proliferation is of great demand.

  1. Precise ablation of dental hard tissues with ultra-short pulsed lasers. Preliminary exploratory investigation on adequate laser parameters.

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    Bello-Silva, Marina Stella; Wehner, Martin; Eduardo, Carlos de Paula; Lampert, Friedrich; Poprawe, Reinhart; Hermans, Martin; Esteves-Oliveira, Marcella

    2013-01-01

    This study aimed to evaluate the possibility of introducing ultra-short pulsed lasers (USPL) in restorative dentistry by maintaining the well-known benefits of lasers for caries removal, but also overcoming disadvantages, such as thermal damage of irradiated substrate. USPL ablation of dental hard tissues was investigated in two phases. Phase 1--different wavelengths (355, 532, 1,045, and 1,064 nm), pulse durations (picoseconds and femtoseconds) and irradiation parameters (scanning speed, output power, and pulse repetition rate) were assessed for enamel and dentin. Ablation rate was determined, and the temperature increase measured in real time. Phase 2--the most favorable laser parameters were evaluated to correlate temperature increase to ablation rate and ablation efficiency. The influence of cooling methods (air, air-water spray) on ablation process was further analyzed. All parameters tested provided precise and selective tissue ablation. For all lasers, faster scanning speeds resulted in better interaction and reduced temperature increase. The most adequate results were observed for the 1064-nm ps-laser and the 1045-nm fs-laser. Forced cooling caused moderate changes in temperature increase, but reduced ablation, being considered unnecessary during irradiation with USPL. For dentin, the correlation between temperature increase and ablation efficiency was satisfactory for both pulse durations, while for enamel, the best correlation was observed for fs-laser, independently of the power used. USPL may be suitable for cavity preparation in dentin and enamel, since effective ablation and low temperature increase were observed. If adequate laser parameters are selected, this technique seems to be promising for promoting the laser-assisted, minimally invasive approach.

  2. Effect of Ultrashort Pulse Laser Structuring of Stainless Steel on Laser-based Heat Conduction Joining of Polyamide Steel Hybrids

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    Amend, Philipp; Häfner, Tom; Gränitz, Michael; Roth, Stephan; Schmidt, Michael

    The objective of this paper is to investigate how microstructures generated by ultrashort pulse laser structuring of stainless steel affect the laser-based joining of thermoplastic metal hybrids. For structuring experiments a picosecond laser (λ = 064 nm) is used. The machined surfaces are topographically analyzed by optical microscopy. The experimental setup for the joining process consists of a disk laser (λ = 1030 nm), a scanner optic and a clamping device for lap joint. The joined specimens are mechanically analyzed by tensile shear tests and the influence of ultrashort pulse laser structuring on the mechanical properties of the dissimilar joints is evaluated. Besides, a fracture analysis of the mechanically tested specimens using scanning electron microscope (SEM) images and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) mapping is done.

  3. BRIEF COMMUNICATIONS: Influence of intracavity stimulated Raman scattering on self-modulation of a ring laser emitting ultrashort pulses

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    Yashkir, Yu N.; Yashkir, O. V.

    1991-11-01

    An investigation is made of the generation of ultrashort pulses in a ring laser in the presence of intracavity nonlinear losses due to stimulated Raman scattering. A numerical analysis of the attractors of the problem is used in a study of typical lasing regimes: stable, unstable regular, and unstable irregular (optical turbulence). A change in the nonlinearity parameter reveals also "intermittence" regions. An analysis is made of the influence of feedback provided by the Stokes radiation on the localization of an instability region.

  4. Threshold radiant exposure for cell death in the endothelium of porcine cornea exposed to ultrashort laser pulses

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    Hussain, S. A.; Kowalczuk, L.; Crotti, C.; Alahyane, F.; Plamann, K.

    2013-06-01

    We have determined the threshold radiant exposure for cell death in the endothelium of porcine cornea exposed to ultrashort laser pulses in the context of keratoplasty and the preparation of endothelial grafts. In this study, by progressively increasing the radiant threshold towards the higher values we have observed a decrease of living corneal endothelial cells. Further study will address the effect of dose and possible mechanism behind cell death.

  5. CONTROL OF LASER RADIATION PARAMETERS: Evolution of the shape and spectrum of ultrashort pulses upon active mode locking

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    Zaporozhchenko, V. A.

    2003-11-01

    Time sweeps of the autocorrelation function and the emission spectrum of an actively mode-locked Nd:YAG laser are recorded during the development of quasi-continuous pre-lasing maintained by a negative feedback loop. It is found that higher Hermitian—Gaussian supermodes are present at the transient stage of radiation, and the ultrashort pulse shortening is accompanied by the shift of the lasing spectrum to the red wing of the gain band of the active medium.

  6. THz generation via optical rectification with ultrashort laser pulse focused to a line

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    Stepanov, A. G.; Hebling, J.; Kuhl, J.

    2005-07-01

    We report on efficient THz pulse generation via optical rectification with femtosecond laser pulses focused to a line by a cylindrical lens. This configuration provides phase-matched conditions in the superluminal regime. 35 pJ THz pulses have been generated with this technique in a stoichiometric LiNbO3 crystal pumped by 2 μJ femtosecond laser pulses at room temperature. An unusual superquadratic rise of the THz pulse energy with the laser pulse energy has been observed at high laser energies. This extraordinary energy dependence of the THz generation efficiency is explained by self-focusing of the laser beam in the crystal. Z-scan measurements and comparison of the THz pulse spectra created with laser pulses having different energies confirm this interpretation.

  7. Ultrashort-laser-pulse-mediated asymmetry in the branching of dissociated fragments of HD+: Effects of a weak third pulse and carrier envelope phase of the dissociating pulse

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    Chatterjee, Souvik; Bhattacharyya, S. S.

    2013-08-01

    We have numerically explored the possibility of controlling the branching ratio of the two distinguishable photodissociation products of HD+ (neutral D and neutral H) in an ultrashort laser field. In our multipulse scheme, a bound vibrational wave packet is generated in the ground electronic state of HD+ by vertical ionization from the ground state of HD. The control pulse acts on this wave packet at different time delays after the wave-packet generation is completed. It was found that, for a broad range of delay times between the pump pulse and the control pulse, any possible asymmetry in the branching ratio disappears due to the nonadiabatic coupling effects present in HD+. A third pulse, termed the driving pulse, with a relatively longer duration and a much weaker field strength, is introduced to counterbalance the nonadiabatic effects relevant for this heteronuclear system and to guide the dissociative reaction to a specific product channel. In fact, we have shown that the application of the driving pulse reproduces the branching-ratio pattern obtained on variation in the interpulse delay time between the pump pulse and the control pulse in the absence of the nonadiabatic coupling effects. The role of both the delay time between the pump pulse and the control pulse as well as the carrier envelope phase effects of the optical field of the control laser on the branching ratios in the two reaction channels were studied. The robustness of the driving pulse mediated asymmetry control, and any possible introduction of asymmetry by the driving pulse itself were also investigated.

  8. The interaction of intense ultrashort laser pulses with cryogenic He planar jets

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    Shihab, M.; Bornath, Th; Redmer, R.

    2017-04-01

    We study the interaction of intense ultrashort laser pulses with cryogenic He planar jets, i.e., slabs, using 2D3V relativistic particle-in-cell simulations. Of particular interest are laser intensities ({10}15{--}{10}20) W cm‑2, pulse lengths ≤100 fs, and the wave length regime ∼800 nm for which the slabs are initially transparent and subsequently inhomogeneously ionized. Pulses ≥slant {10}16 W cm‑2 are found to drive ionization along the slab and outside the laser spot, the ionization front propagates along the slab at a considerable fraction of the speed of light. Within the ionized region, there is a highly transient field which is a result of the charge-neutralizing disturbance at the slab-vacuum interface and which may be interpreted in terms of a two-surface-wave decay. The ionized region is predicted to reach solid-like densities and temperatures of few to hundreds of eV, i.e., it belongs to warm and hot dense matter regimes. Such extreme conditions are relevant for high-energy densities as found, e.g., in shock-wave experiments and inertial confinement fusion studies. The temporal evolution of the ionization is studied considering theoretically a pump–probe x-ray Thomson scattering scheme. We observe plasmon and non-collective modes that are generated in the slab, and their amplitude is proportional to the ionized volume. Our theoretical findings could be tested at free-electron laser facilities such as FLASH and the European XFEL (Hamburg) and the LCLS (Stanford).

  9. Traveling wave pumping of ultra-short pulse x-ray lasers

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    Snavely, R.A.; Da Silva, L.B.; Eder, D.C.; Matthews, D.L.; Moon, S.J.

    1997-11-10

    Pumping of proposed inner-shell photo-ionized (ISPI) x-ray lasers places stringent requirements on the optical pump source. We investigate these requirements for an example x-ray laser (XRL) in Carbon lasing on the 2p-1s transition at 45 A. Competing with this lasing transition is the very fast Auger decay rate out of the upper lasing state, such that the x-ray laser would self-terminate on a femto- second time scale. XRL gain may be demonstrated if pump energy is delivered in a time short when compared to the Auger rate. The fast self-termination also demands that we sequentially pump the length of the x-ray laser at the group velocity of the x-ray laser. This is the classical traveling wave requirement. It imposes a condition on the pumping source that the phase angle of the pump laser be precisely de- coupled from the pulse front angle. At high light intensities, this must be performed with a vacuum grating delay line. We will also include a discussion of issues related to pump energy delivery, i.e. pulse-front curvature, temporal blurring and puke fidelity. An all- reflective optical system with low aberration is investigated to see if it fulfills the requirements. It is expected that these designs together with new high energy (>1J) ultra-short pulse (< 40 fs) pump lasers now under construction may fulfill our pump energy conditions and produce a tabletop x-ray laser.

  10. Controlling light-matter interactions and spatio-temporal properties of ultrashort laser pulses

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    Coughlan, Matthew A.

    The SPECIFIC method a fast and accurate method for generating shaped femtosecond laser pulses. The femtosecond pulses are user specified from pulse parameters in the temporal domain. The measured spectral and recovered temporal phase and amplitudes from SEA TADPOLE are compared with the theoretical pulse profile from the user specified input. The SPECIFIC method has been shown to be a technique that can generate a diverse array of spectral/temporal phase and amplitude as well as polarization pulse shapes for numerous scientific applications. The spatio-temporal-spectral properties of focusing femtosecond laser pulses are studied for several pulse shapes that are important for non-linear spectroscopic studies. We have shown with scanning SEA TADPOLE that the spatio-spectral phase of focusing double pulse profile changes across the laterally across the beam profile. The spectral features of the sinusoidal spectral phase shaped pulse has been shown to tilt at with a changing angle away from the focus of the lens. Using spatio-spectral coupling, we have shown that multiple spatio-temporal foci can be generated along and perpendicular to the focusing direction of a femtosecond laser pulse. The spatial position of the spatio-temporal foci is controlled optically. Using sinusoidal spectral phase modulated pulse trains fragment ion production from Benzonitrile parent molecule can be controlled. A spectral transmission window perturbed the temporal pulse amplitudes resulting in fragment ion production dependant on spectral window position. The spectral window ion production was shown to also be dependant on temporal phase sequence.

  11. Stimulated Raman scattering of an ultrashort XUV radiation pulse by a hydrogen atom

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    Dondera, Mihai; Florescu, Viorica; Bachau, Henri

    2017-02-01

    We consider the hydrogen atom H (1 s ) exposed to an ultrashort laser pulse with a central frequency ω0 ranging from several hundreds of eV to 1.5 keV (≈55 a.u.) and a peak intensity of 3.51 ×1016W /cm2 . We study the excitation of the atom by stimulated Raman scattering, a process involving pairs of frequencies (ω1,ω2 ). These frequencies are non-negligible components of the pulse Fourier transform and they satisfy the condition Eg+ℏ ω1=Eb+ℏ ω2,Eg and Eb≡En being the ground-state and the excited-state energy, respectively. The numerical results obtained by integrating the time-dependent Schrödinger equation (TDSE) are compared with calculations in lowest order perturbation theory (LOPT). In LOPT we consider, in the second order of PT, the contribution of the term A .P in the dipole approximation and, in first order of PT, the expression of A2 taken for first-order retardation effects. (A denotes the vector potential of the field and P is the momentum operator.) We focus on the Raman excitation of bound states with principal quantum numbers n up to n =13 . The evaluation in perturbation theory of the A .P contribution to 1 s -n s and 1 s -n d transition probabilities uses analytic expressions of the corresponding Kramers-Heisenberg matrix elements. At fixed pulse duration τ =6 π a.u. (≈0.48 fs), we find that the retardation effects play an important role at high frequencies: they progressively diminish as the frequency decreases until the contribution of A .P dominates over the A2 contribution for ω0 values of a few a.u. We also study the dependence of the Raman process on the pulse duration for several values of ω0. In the case ω0=13 a .u .(≈354 eV ) where dipole and nondipole contributions are of the same order of magnitude, we present the Raman excitation probability as a function of the pulse duration for excited n s ,n p , and n d states.

  12. Chemical-free inactivated whole influenza virus vaccine prepared by ultrashort pulsed laser treatment

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    Tsen, Shaw-Wei David; Donthi, Nisha; La, Victor; Hsieh, Wen-Han; Li, Yen-Der; Knoff, Jayne; Chen, Alexander; Wu, Tzyy-Choou; Hung, Chien-Fu; Achilefu, Samuel; Tsen, Kong-Thon

    2014-01-01

    Abstract. There is an urgent need for rapid methods to develop vaccines in response to emerging viral pathogens. Whole inactivated virus (WIV) vaccines represent an ideal strategy for this purpose; however, a universal method for producing safe and immunogenic inactivated vaccines is lacking. Conventional pathogen inactivation methods such as formalin, heat, ultraviolet light, and gamma rays cause structural alterations in vaccines that lead to reduced neutralizing antibody specificity, and in some cases, disastrous T helper type 2-mediated immune pathology. We have evaluated the potential of a visible ultrashort pulsed (USP) laser method to generate safe and immunogenic WIV vaccines without adjuvants. Specifically, we demonstrate that vaccination of mice with laser-inactivated H1N1 influenza virus at about a 10-fold lower dose than that required using conventional formalin-inactivated influenza vaccines results in protection against lethal H1N1 challenge in mice. The virus, inactivated by the USP laser irradiation, has been shown to retain its surface protein structure through hemagglutination assay. Unlike conventional inactivation methods, laser treatment did not generate carbonyl groups in protein, thereby reducing the risk of adverse vaccine-elicited T helper type 2 responses. Therefore, USP laser treatment is an attractive potential strategy to generate WIV vaccines with greater potency and safety than vaccines produced by current inactivation techniques. PMID:25423046

  13. High-precision Helical Cutting Using Ultra-short Laser Pulses

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    He, Chao; Zibner, Frank; Fornaroli, Christian; Ryll, Joachim; Holtkamp, Jens; Gillner, Arnold

    The use of a helicaloptics to drill micro holes in fuel injectors and spinning nozzles has already demonstrated great advantages likehigh precision and flexibility. Due to the laser beam rotation on a helical path, the hole-geometry is almost independent from the beam shape. By slightly manipulating the beam path inside the optics, positive and negative tapered as well as straight cylindrical holes can be achieved. If the work-piece is moved relatively to the helical-optics, a helical-cutting process is performed. Compared todirect cutting technologies, helical-cutting can meet higher requirements in terms of roughness and taper of the kerf. By using a helical optics with ultra-short laser pulses, micro cutting experiments on metal and sapphire sheets were performed. As a result of the laser beamhelical movement, the roughness of the cutting kerf in metal isbelow 1 μm, and a taper less than 1 degree could be achieved with a cutting speed 10 mm/min. Recast layer and heat affected zone around the exits are negligible.

  14. Chemical-free inactivated whole influenza virus vaccine prepared by ultrashort pulsed laser treatment

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    Tsen, Shaw-Wei David; Donthi, Nisha; La, Victor; Hsieh, Wen-Han; Li, Yen-Der; Knoff, Jayne; Chen, Alexander; Wu, Tzyy-Choou; Hung, Chien-Fu; Achilefu, Samuel; Tsen, Kong-Thon

    2015-05-01

    There is an urgent need for rapid methods to develop vaccines in response to emerging viral pathogens. Whole inactivated virus (WIV) vaccines represent an ideal strategy for this purpose; however, a universal method for producing safe and immunogenic inactivated vaccines is lacking. Conventional pathogen inactivation methods such as formalin, heat, ultraviolet light, and gamma rays cause structural alterations in vaccines that lead to reduced neutralizing antibody specificity, and in some cases, disastrous T helper type 2-mediated immune pathology. We have evaluated the potential of a visible ultrashort pulsed (USP) laser method to generate safe and immunogenic WIV vaccines without adjuvants. Specifically, we demonstrate that vaccination of mice with laser-inactivated H1N1 influenza virus at about a 10-fold lower dose than that required using conventional formalin-inactivated influenza vaccines results in protection against lethal H1N1 challenge in mice. The virus, inactivated by the USP laser irradiation, has been shown to retain its surface protein structure through hemagglutination assay. Unlike conventional inactivation methods, laser treatment did not generate carbonyl groups in protein, thereby reducing the risk of adverse vaccine-elicited T helper type 2 responses. Therefore, USP laser treatment is an attractive potential strategy to generate WIV vaccines with greater potency and safety than vaccines produced by current inactivation techniques.

  15. Annealing of SnO₂ thin films by ultra-short laser pulses.

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    Scorticati, D; Illiberi, A; Bor, T; Eijt, S W H; Schut, H; Römer, G R B E; de Lange, D F; in 't Veld, A J Huis

    2014-05-05

    Post-deposition annealing by ultra-short laser pulses can modify the optical properties of SnO₂ thin films by means of thermal processing. Industrial grade SnO₂ films exhibited improved optical properties after picosecond laser irradiation, at the expense of a slightly increased sheet resistance [Proc. SPIE 8826, 88260I (2013)]. The figure of merit ϕ = T¹⁰ / R(sh) was increased up to 59% after laser processing. In this paper we study and discuss the causes of this improvement at the atomic scale, which explain the observed decrease of conductivity as well as the observed changes in the refractive index n and extinction coefficient k. It was concluded that the absorbed laser energy affected the optoelectronic properties preferentially in the top 100-200 nm region of the films by several mechanisms, including the modification of the stoichiometry, a slight desorption of dopant atoms (F), adsorption of hydrogen atoms from the atmosphere and the introduction of laser-induced defects, which affect the strain of the film.

  16. Experimental study on the development of a micro-drilling cycle using ultrashort laser pulses

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    Romoli, L.; Vallini, R.

    2016-03-01

    Microholes for the production of high precision devices were obtained by ultrashort pulsed laser machining of martensitic stainless steels. A micro-drilling cycle based on the sequence of a drilling through phase, an enlargement and finishing phase is proposed in order to solve the trade-off between process time and quality of the ablated surfaces without making use of complex design of experiments. The three phases were studied taking into account the evolution of the microhole shape as a function of the main process parameters (number of passes per phase, incidence angle and radius of the beam trajectory respect to the hole's axis). Experiments testified that the drilling strategy was able to produce cylindrical holes with diameter of 180±2 μm on a 350 μm thick plate in total absence of burrs and debris within a drilling time of 3.75 s. Repeatability tests showed a process capability of nearly 99%. SEM inspection of the inner surface of the microholes showed the presence of elongated and periodic ripples whose size and inclination can be controlled adjusting the incidence angle of the beam over the tapered surface before the ultimate finishing phase.

  17. Fabrication of amorphous micro-ring arrays in crystalline silicon using ultrashort laser pulses

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

    2017-05-01

    We demonstrate a simple way to fabricate amorphous micro-rings in crystalline silicon using direct laser writing. This method is based on the fact that the phase of a thin surface layer can be changed into the amorphous phase by irradiation with a few ultrashort laser pulses (800 nm wavelength and 100 fs duration). Surface-depressed amorphous rings with a central crystalline disk can be fabricated without the need for beam shaping, featuring attractive optical, topographical, and electrical properties. The underlying formation mechanism and phase change pathway have been investigated by means of fs-resolved microscopy, identifying fluence-dependent melting and solidification dynamics of the material as the responsible mechanism. We demonstrate that the lateral dimensions of the rings can be scaled and that the rings can be stitched together, forming extended arrays of structures not limited to annular shapes. This technique and the resulting structures may find applications in a variety of fields such as optics, nanoelectronics, and mechatronics.

  18. Exploring polygon scanner head capabilities for ultra-short pulse laser texturing

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    Mincuzzi, G.; Fleureau, M.; Faucon, M.; Kling, R.

    2016-03-01

    The combination of both, fast beam scanning systems and high repetition rate, high average power lasers, represents an interesting technological solution for surface texturing by Ultra-Short Pulses Laser to gain a foothold into industrial environment for commercial purposes. Nevertheless unwanted thermal effects are expected when the average power exceeds some tens of W. An interesting strategy for a reliable heat management would consists of texturing surfaces with a low fluence values (slightly higher than the ablation threshold) and utilising a polygon scanning head which is able to deflect the laser beam with unprecedented speed. Here we show that over stainless steel, it is possible to obtain different surface textures (in particular ripples, micro grooves and spikes) by utilising a 2 MHz femtosecond laser jointly with a fast and accurate polygonal scanner head at relatively low fluence (0.11 J·cm-2). The evolution of the Laser induced surface structures morphology is shown when varying the scan speed between 25 m·s-1 and 90 m·s-1. Two different wavelengths have been utilised for the process λ= 1030 nm and λ = 515 nm and the difference of the results obtained have been highlighted. Moreover, a full structures morphology characterization by SEM has been carried out for all the textured surfaces. Finally, by increasing the number of successive surface scans is possible to tailor the surface reflectivity. As a result an average reflectivity value of < 5% over the visible range has been extracted from a blackened stainless steel surface.

  19. Polarization Dependence of Bulk Ion Acceleration from Ultrathin Foils Irradiated by High-Intensity Ultrashort Laser Pulses.

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    Scullion, C; Doria, D; Romagnani, L; Sgattoni, A; Naughton, K; Symes, D R; McKenna, P; Macchi, A; Zepf, M; Kar, S; Borghesi, M

    2017-08-04

    The acceleration of ions from ultrathin (10-100 nm) carbon foils has been investigated using intense (∼6×10^{20} W  cm^{-2}) ultrashort (45 fs) laser pulses, highlighting a strong dependence of the ion beam parameters on the laser polarization, with circularly polarized (CP) pulses producing the highest energies for both protons and carbons (25-30  MeV/nucleon); in particular, carbon ion energies obtained employing CP pulses were significantly higher (∼2.5 times) than for irradiations employing linearly polarized pulses. Particle-in-cell simulations indicate that radiation pressure acceleration becomes the dominant mechanism for the thinnest targets and CP pulses.

  20. 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.

  1. Asymmetric electron angular distributions in resonant dissociative photoionization of H{sub 2} with ultrashort xuv pulses

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    Perez-Torres, J. F.; Morales, F.; Martin, F.; Sanz-Vicario, J. L.

    2009-07-15

    Photoelectron angular distributions from fixed-in-space H{sub 2} molecules exposed to ultrashort xuv laser pulses have been evaluated. The theoretical method is based on the solution of the time-dependent Schroedinger equation in a basis of stationary states that include all electronic and vibrational degrees of freedom. Asymmetric angular distributions are observed as a consequence of the delayed ionization from the H{sub 2} doubly excited states, which induces interferences between gerade and ungerade ionization channels. The analysis of this asymmetry as a function of pulse duration can provide an estimate of the corresponding autoionization widths.

  2. Two-dimensional angular energy spectrum of electrons accelerated by the ultra-short relativistic laser pulse

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    Borovskiy, A. V.; Galkin, A. L.; Kalashnikov, M. P.

    2015-04-15

    The new method of calculating energy spectra of accelerated electrons, based on the parameterization by their initial coordinates, is proposed. The energy spectra of electrons accelerated by Gaussian ultra-short relativistic laser pulse at a selected angle to the axis of the optical system focusing the laser pulse in a low density gas are theoretically calculated. The two-peak structure of the electron energy spectrum is obtained. Discussed are the reasons for its appearance as well as an applicability of other models of the laser field.

  3. Theoretical analysis of hard x-ray generation by nonperturbative interaction of ultrashort light pulses with a metal

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    Weisshaupt, Jannick; Juvé, Vincent; Holtz, Marcel; Woerner, Michael; Elsaesser, Thomas

    2015-01-01

    The interaction of intense femtosecond pulses with metals allows for generating ultrashort hard x-rays. In contrast to plasma theories, tunneling from the target into vacuum is introduced as electron generation step, followed by vacuum acceleration in the laser field and re-entrance into the target to generate characteristic x-rays and Bremsstrahlung. For negligible space charge in vacuum, the Kα flux is proportional to the incident intensity and the wavelength squared, suggesting a strong enhancement of the x-ray flux by mid-infrared driving pulses. This prediction is in quantitative agreement with experiments on femtosecond Cu Kα generation. PMID:26798790

  4. Optical reprogramming of human somatic cells using ultrashort Bessel-shaped near-infrared femtosecond laser pulses

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

    2015-11-01

    We report a virus-free optical approach to human cell reprogramming into induced pluripotent stem cells with low-power nanoporation using ultrashort Bessel-shaped laser pulses. Picojoule near-infrared sub-20 fs laser pulses at a high 85 MHz repetition frequency are employed to generate transient nanopores in the membrane of dermal fibroblasts for the introduction of four transcription factors to induce the reprogramming process. In contrast to conventional approaches which utilize retro- or lentiviruses to deliver genes or transcription factors into the host genome, the laser method is virus-free; hence, the risk of virus-induced cancer generation limiting clinical application is avoided.

  5. Optical reprogramming of human somatic cells using ultrashort Bessel-shaped near-infrared femtosecond laser pulses.

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

    2015-11-01

    We report a virus-free optical approach to human cell reprogramming into induced pluripotent stem cells with low-power nanoporation using ultrashort Bessel-shaped laser pulses. Picojoule near-infrared sub-20 fs laser pulses at a high 85 MHz repetition frequency are employed to generate transient nanopores in the membrane of dermal fibroblasts for the introduction of four transcription factors to induce the reprogramming process. In contrast to conventional approaches which utilize retro- or lentiviruses to deliver genes or transcription factors into the host genome, the laser method is virus-free; hence, the risk of virus-induced cancer generation limiting clinical application is avoided.

  6. Surface Characterization and Short-term Adhesion to Zirconia after Ultra-short Pulsed Laser Irradiation.

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    Esteves-Oliveira, Marcella; Jansen, Patrick; Wehner, Martin; Dohrn, Andreas; Bello-Silva, Marina Stella; Eduardo, Carlos de Paula; Meyer-Lueckel, Hendrik

    To evaluate the suitability of an ultra-short pulsed laser (USPL) to treat zirconia ceramic surfaces and increase their adhesion to dual-curing resin cement. Twenty 10 × 10 × 5 mm³ blocks were prepared from a zirconia ceramic (Y-TZP). The specimens were polished and randomly assigned to four groups (n = 5) which received the following surface treatments: sandblasting (SB) with Al₂O₃ particles and silica coating (SC) with SiO₂ particles as positive controls; two groups received USPL irradiation, one with 10 scan repetitions (L10) and the other with 20 (L20). Laser irradiation was performed at 1030 nm, 2.3 J/cm², 6 ps pulse duration. The ceramic blocks were duplicated in composite resin and cemented with a dual-curing resin cement. Half of the blocks were then stored in water (37°C) for 24 h and the other half for 1 month. At each time, 40 to 60 sticks per group were subjected to microtensile bond strength testing. Data were analyzed statistically using the Kruskal-Wallis test (α = 0.05). Laser-treated zirconia presented statistically significantly higher roughness than did SB and SC. After 24 h, the highest bond strength means (MPa) were achieved by L10 (42.3 ± 10.8) and L20 (37.9 ± 14.4), and both of them were statistically significantly higher than SB (22.0 ± 5.3) and SC (20.8 ± 7.1) (p < 0.05). After 1 month of storage, L10- and L20-treated zirconia still showed significantly higher bond strengths than did SB- and SC-treated zirconia (p < 0.05). USPL irradiation significantly increases bond strength of zirconia ceramic to dual-curing resin cement and might be an alternative for improving adhesion to this material.

  7. Transmission of 1064 nm laser radiation during ablation with an ultra-short pulse laser (USPL) system

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    Schelle, Florian; Meister, Jörg; Oehme, Bernd; Frentzen, Matthias

    2012-01-01

    During ablation of oral hard tissue with an USPL system a small amount of the incident laser power does not contribute to the ablation process and is being transmitted. Partial transmission of ultra-short laser pulses could potentially affect the dental pulp. The aim of this study was to assess the transmission during ablation and to deduce possible risks for the patient. The study was performed with an Nd:YVO4 laser, emitting pulses with a duration of 8 ps at a wavelength of 1064 nm. A repetition rate of 500 kHz and an average power of 9 W were chosen to achieve high ablation efficiency. A scanner system created square cavities with an edge length of 1 mm. Transmission during ablation of mammoth ivory and dentin slices with a thickness of 2 mm and 5 mm was measured with a power meter, placed directly beyond the samples. Effects on subjacent blood were observed by ablating specimens placed in contact to pork blood. In a separate measurement the temperature increase during ablation was monitored using an infrared camera. The influence of transmission was assessed by tuning down the laser to the corresponding power and then directly irradiating the blood. Transmission during ablation of 2 mm specimens was about 7.7% (ivory) and 9.6% (dentin) of the incident laser power. Ablation of specimens directly in contact to blood caused coagulation at longer irradiation times (t~18s). Direct irradiation of blood with the transmitted power provoked bubbling and smoke formation. Temperature measurements identified heat generation as the main reason for the observed coagulation.

  8. Controlling magnetism by ultrashort laser pulses: from fundamentals to nanoscale engineering

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    Bossini, D.; Rasing, Th.

    2016-06-01

    From the discovery of sub-picosecond demagnetization over a decade ago [1] to the recent demonstration of magnetization reversal by a single 40 femtosecond laser pulse [2], the manipulation of spins by ultra-short laser pulses has become a fundamentally challenging topic with a potentially high impact for future spintronics, data storage and manipulation and quantum computation [3]. It was realized that the femtosecond laser induced all-optical switching (AOS) as observed in ferrimagnets exploits the laser induced strongly non-equilibrium dynamics and the antiferromagnetic exchange interaction between their sublattices [4-6]. This opens the way to engineer new magnetic materials for AOS [7,8], though for real applications nanoscale control of inhomogeneities appears to be relevant [9]. Besides the intruiging technological implications of these observations, they broadened remarkably the frontiers of our fundamental knowledge of magnetic phenomena. The laser driven out-of-equilibrium states cannot be described in term of the well-established thermodynamical approach, which is based on the concepts of equilibrium and adiabatic transformations. Theoretical efforts, although in their infancy, have already demonstrated [5,6] that light-induced spin dynamics on the (sub)-picosecond time scale results in phenomena utterly forbidden in a thermodynamical framework. Another challenge is how to bring the optical manipulation of magnetic media to the required nanoscale. This is clearly a key element for the perspectives in terms of magnetic recording. In addition, it would allow to explore a novel regime of spin dynamics, since the investigation of magnets on the femtosecond time-scale and the nanometer length-scale simultaneously is unexplored. One experimental approach which may be successful makes use of wave-shaping techniques [10]. Recent results with engineered hybrid magnetic materials and nanofocusing via a plasmonic antenna showed the practical potential of AOS: the

  9. Induced-field enhancement of band-structure effects in photoelectron spectra from Al surfaces by ultrashort laser pulses

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    Ríos Rubiano, C. A.; Della Picca, R.; Mitnik, D. M.; Silkin, V. M.; Gravielle, M. S.

    2017-03-01

    The electron emission produced by the grazing incidence of ultrashort laser pulses on two faces of aluminum, Al(100) and Al(111), is investigated using the band-structure-based-Volkov (BSB-V) approximation. The present version of the BSB-V approach includes not only a realistic description of the surface interaction, accounting for band-structure effects, but also effects due to the induced potential that originates from the collective response of valence electrons to the external electromagnetic field. For both crystallographic orientations we found that the induced potential contributes to the emergence of band-structure signatures in the near-threshold region of photoelectron spectra. This result opens a window to scrutinize band-structure effects in metal surfaces via ultrashort-laser interactions.

  10. Measured Properties of the DUVFEL High Brightness, Ultrashort Electron Beam

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    Emma, Paul J

    2002-08-20

    The DUVFEL electron linac is designed to produce sub-picosecond, high brightness electron bunches to drive an ultraviolet FEL. The accelerator consists of a 1.6 cell S-band photoinjector, variable pulse length Ti:Sapp laser, 4 SLAC-type S-band accelerating sections, and 4-dipole chicane bunch compressor. In preparation for FEL operation, the compressed electron beam has been fully characterized. Measurement of the beam parameters and simulation of the beam are presented. The properties of the laser and photoinjector are summarized in Table 1. In typical running, 10 mJ of IR light is produced by the Spectraphyics Tsunami Ti:Sapphire oscillator and TSA50 amplifier, which is frequency tripled to produce 450 uJ of UV light. After spatial filtering and aperturing of the gaussian mode to produce a nearly uniform laser spot, about 200-300 uJ is delivered to the cathode. This produces 300 pC of charge at the accelerating phase of 30 degrees. The RF cavity is a Gun IV [1] with copper cathode that has been modified for better performance [2]. In principle, the laser pulse length may be adjusted from 100 fs to 10 ps, however there are practical limitations on the range of adjustment due to dispersion characteristics and efficiency of the BBO crystals. The thickness of the harmonic crystals is optimized for pulse lengths from 1-5 ps. Within this range of pulse lengths there is evidence [3] of variations in the time profile of the UV light that are sensitive to the phase-matching angle of the crystal.

  11. Coherent control of the electron quantum paths for the generation of single ultrashort atto second laser pulse

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    Liu, I-Lin; Li, Peng-Cheng; Chu, Shih-I

    2011-09-15

    We report a mechanism and a realizable approach for the coherent control of the generation of an isolated and ultrashort atto second (as) laser pulse from atoms by optimizing the two-color laser fields with a proper time delay. Optimizing the laser pulse shape allows the control of the electron quantum paths and enables high-harmonic generation from the long- and short-trajectory electrons to be enhanced and split near the cutoff region. In addition, it delays the long-trajectory electron emission time and allows the production of extremely short atto second pulses in a relatively narrow time duration. As a case study, we show that an isolated 30 as pulse with a bandwidth of 127 eV can be generated directly from the contribution of long-trajectory electrons alone.

  12. Generation of ultrashort pulses with minimum duration of 90\\ {\\text{fs}} in a hybrid mode-locked erbium-doped all-fibre ring laser

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    Dvoretskiy, D. A.; Sazonkin, S. G.; Voropaev, V. S.; Negin, M. A.; Leonov, S. O.; Pnev, A. B.; Karasik, V. E.; Denisov, L. K.; Krylov, A. A.; Davydov, V. A.; Obraztsova, E. D.

    2016-11-01

    Regimes of ultrashort pulse generation in an erbium-doped all-fibre ring laser with hybrid mode locking based on single-wall carbon - boron nitride nanotubes and the nonlinear Kerr effect in fibre waveguides are studied. Stable dechirped ultrashort pulses are obtained with a duration of ˜ 90 {\\text{fs}}, a repetition rate of ˜ 42.2 {\\text{MHz}}, and an average output power of ˜ 16.7 {\\text{mW}}, which corresponds to a pulse energy of ˜ 0.4 {\\text{nJ}} and a peak laser power of ˜ 4.4 {\\text{kW}}.

  13. Cross-correlation frequency-resolved optical gating for characterization of an ultrashort optical pulse train

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    Nakano, Yuta; Imasaka, Totaro

    2017-05-01

    A technique involving cross-correlation frequency-resolved optical gating is applied in characterizing an optical pulse train consisting of several spectral components. An optical beat was used as a reference pulse for measuring the relative spectral phase among the spectral components in the test pulse generated by four-wave Raman mixing in hydrogen gas. It was confirmed that a change in the relative phase can be measured by monitoring the shift in the interference fringe and that Raman emissions generated by four-wave Raman mixing are phase locked.

  14. Nonlinear compression of an ultrashort-pulse thulium-based fiber laser to sub-70  fs in Kagome photonic crystal fiber.

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    Gebhardt, M; Gaida, C; Hädrich, S; Stutzki, F; Jauregui, C; Limpert, J; Tünnermann, A

    2015-06-15

    Nonlinear pulse compression of ultrashort pulses is an established method for reducing the pulse duration and increasing the pulse peak power beyond the intrinsic limits of a given laser architecture. In this proof-of-principle experiment, we demonstrate nonlinear compression of the pulses emitted by a high-repetition-rate thulium-based fiber CPA system. The initial pulse duration of about 400 fs has been shortened to <70  fs with 19.7 μJ of pulse energy, which corresponds to about 200 MW of pulse peak power.

  15. Applications of parametric processes to high-quality multicolour ultrashort pulses, pulse cleaning and CEP stable sub-3fs pulse

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    Kobayashi, Takayoshi; Liu, Jun; Okamura, Kotaro

    2012-04-01

    Our recent experimental results of three methods related to and useful for the generation of attosecond pulses are summarized. The pulses obtained by all of them have high qualities in terms of phase, temporal, spectral and spatial properties which are based on the physical principles associated with the parametric processes. First, carrier-envelope phase (CEP) stable sub-5 fs and sub-3 fs pulses by non-collinear optical parametric amplification (NOPA) in the near-infrared and visible spectral range will be described. The mechanism of the passive CEP stabilization is described. Passively stabilized idler and its second harmonic (SH) pulses from NOPAs are compressed to sub-5fs and sub-3fs, respectively. Compression of the idler output from a NOPA and its SH is attained with a specially designed characterization method during the compression. Second, generation of multicolour pulses by the cascaded four-wave mixing process in bulk media is discussed. As short as 15-fs multicoloured femtosecond pulses are obtained with two ˜40 fs pulses incident to a fused-silica glass plate by this method. These broadband multicolour sidebands are expected to provide single-cycle or sub-fs pulses after the Fourier synthesis. Third, a new technique based on self-diffraction in the Kerr medium is used to clean and shorten the femtosecond laser pulse. The cleaned pulse with high temporal contrast is expected to be used as a seed for a background-free petawatt laser system and then used as the laser source for high-energy attosecond pulse generation in a solid target. The mechanisms of CEP stabilization, pulse spectral smoothening and pulse contrast enhancement are comparatively discussed.

  16. Characterization of ultrashort pulses by a modified grating-eliminated no-nonsense observation of ultrafast incident laser light E fields (GRENOUILLE) method

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    Heisler, Ismael A.; Correia, Ricardo R. B.; Cunha, Silvio L. S.

    2005-06-01

    The measurement and characterization of ultrashort laser pulses remains an arduous task. The most commonly used pulse-measurement method is known as frequency-resolved optical gating (FROG), and another version with great experimental simplification and low-priced setup is known as grating-eliminated no-nonsense observation of ultrafast incident laser light E fields (GRENOUILLE). Nevertheless, there is interest in elaborating other, more accessible or simpler and cheaper, setups with equal or better assets. We explored modification of the GRENOUILLE method in which we replaced the original Fresnel biprism with a beam splitter and two mirrors and used a cheap webcam to measure the pulse traces. We have evaluated our system, and we propose a method to correct border effects caused by the beam intensity's profile based on the characterization of three pulse classes: Fourier-transform limited, double, and chirped. We compare the recovered electric field with further spectral and second-order correlation data of the corresponding pulses.

  17. MR-based attenuation correction using ultrashort-echo-time pulse sequences in dementia patients.

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    Cabello, Jorge; Lukas, Mathias; Förster, Stefan; Pyka, Thomas; Nekolla, Stephan G; Ziegler, Sibylle I

    2015-03-01

    Attenuation correction (AC) is a critical requirement for quantitative PET reconstruction. Accounting for bone information in the attenuation map (μ map) is of paramount importance for accurate brain PET quantification. However, to measure the signal from bone structures represents a challenging task in MR. Recent (18)F-FDG PET/MR studies showed quantitative bias for the assessment of radiotracer concentration when bone was ignored. This work is focused on (18)F-FDG PET/MR neurodegenerative dementing disorders. These are known to lead to specific patterns of (18)F-FDG hypometabolism, mainly in superficial brain structures, which might suffer from attenuation artifacts and thus have immediate diagnostic consequences. A fully automatic method to estimate the μ map, including bone tissue using only MR information, is presented. The algorithm was based on a dual-echo ultrashort-echo-time MR imaging sequence to calculate the R2 map, from which the μ map was derived. The R2-based μ map was postprocessed to calculate an estimated distribution of the bone tissue. μ maps calculated from datasets of 9 patients were compared with their CT-based μ maps (μ mapCT) by determining the confusion matrix. Additionally, a region-of-interest comparison between reconstructed PET data, corrected using different μ maps, was performed. PET data were reconstructed using a Dixon-based μ map (μ mapDX) and a dual-echo ultrashort-echo-time-based μ map (μ mapUTE), which are both calculated by the scanner, and the R2-based μ map presented in this work was compared with reconstructed PET data using the μ mapCT as a reference. Errors were approximately 20% higher using the μ mapDX and μ mapUTE for AC, compared with reconstructed PET data using the reference μ mapCT. However, PET AC using the R2-based μ map resulted, for all the patients and all the analyzed regions of interest, in a significant improvement, reducing the error to -5.8% to 2.5%. The proposed method successfully

  18. Studies of inactivation mechanism of non-enveloped icosahedral virus by a visible ultrashort pulsed laser

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    2014-01-01

    Background Low-power ultrashort pulsed (USP) lasers operating at wavelengths of 425 nm and near infrared region have been shown to effectively inactivate viruses such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), M13 bacteriophage, and murine cytomegalovirus (MCMV). It was shown previously that non-enveloped, helical viruses such as M13 bacteriophage, were inactivated by a USP laser through an impulsive stimulated Raman scattering (ISRS) process. Recently, enveloped virus like MCMV has been shown to be inactivated by a USP laser via protein aggregation induced by an ISRS process. However, the inactivation mechanism for a clinically important class of viruses – non-enveloped, icosahedral viruses remains unknown. Results and discussions We have ruled out the following four possible inactivation mechanisms for non-enveloped, icosahedral viruses, namely, (1) inactivation due to ultraviolet C (UVC) photons produced by non-linear optical process of the intense, fundamental laser beam at 425 nm; (2) inactivation caused by thermal heating generated by the direct laser absorption/heating of the virion; (3) inactivation resulting from a one-photon absorption process via chromophores such as porphyrin molecules, or indicator dyes, potentially producing reactive oxygen or other species; (4) inactivation by the USP lasers in which the extremely intense laser pulse produces shock wave-like vibrations upon impact with the viral particle. We present data which support that the inactivation mechanism for non-enveloped, icosahedral viruses is the impulsive stimulated Raman scattering process. Real-time PCR experiments show that, within the amplicon size of 273 bp tested, there is no damage on the genome of MNV-1 caused by the USP laser irradiation. Conclusion We conclude that our model non-enveloped virus, MNV-1, is inactivated by the ISRS process. These studies provide fundamental knowledge on photon-virus interactions on femtosecond time scales. From the analysis of the transmission

  19. Tracking propagation of ultrashort intense laser pulses in gases via probing of ionization

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    Gizzi, L. A.; Betti, S.; Giulietti, A.; Giulietti, D.; Labate, L.; Levato, T.; Tomassini, P.; Galimberti, M.; Monot, P.; Ceccotti, T.; De Oliveira, P.; Martin, Ph.

    2009-05-15

    We use optical interferometry to study the propagation of femtosecond laser pulses in gases. We show the measurements of propagation in a nitrogen gas jet and we compare the results with propagation in He under the same irradiation conditions. We find that in the case of nitrogen, the detailed temporal structure of the laser pulse can be tracked and visualized by measuring the phase and the resulting electron-density map. A dramatically different behavior occurs in He gas jets, where no details of the temporal structure of the laser pulse are visible. These observations are explained in terms of the ionization dynamics of nitrogen compared to helium. These circumstances make N{sub 2} gas sensitive to variations in the electric field and, therefore, allow the laser-pulse temporal and spatial structures to be visualized in detail.

  20. Nonlinear dynamics of high-power ultrashort laser pulses: exaflop computations on a laboratory computer station and subcycle light bullets

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    Voronin, A. A.; Zheltikov, A. M.

    2016-09-01

    The propagation of high-power ultrashort light pulses involves intricate nonlinear spatio-temporal dynamics where various spectral-temporal field transformation effects are strongly coupled to the beam dynamics, which, in turn, varies from the leading to the trailing edge of the pulse. Analysis of this nonlinear dynamics, accompanied by spatial instabilities, beam breakup into multiple filaments, and unique phenomena leading to the generation of extremely short optical field waveforms, is equivalent in its computational complexity to a simulation of the time evolution of a few billion-dimensional physical system. Such an analysis requires exaflops of computational operations and is usually performed on high-performance supercomputers. Here, we present methods of physical modeling and numerical analysis that allow problems of this class to be solved on a laboratory computer boosted by a cluster of graphic accelerators. Exaflop computations performed with the application of these methods reveal new unique phenomena in the spatio-temporal dynamics of high-power ultrashort laser pulses. We demonstrate that unprecedentedly short light bullets can be generated as a part of that dynamics, providing optical field localization in both space and time through a delicate balance between dispersion and nonlinearity with simultaneous suppression of diffraction-induced beam divergence due to the joint effect of Kerr and ionization nonlinearities.

  1. Effects of higher-order Kerr nonlinearity and plasma diffraction on multiple filamentation of ultrashort laser pulses in air

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    Huang, T. W.; Zhou, C. T.; Zhang, H.; He, X. T.

    2013-07-15

    The effect of higher-order Kerr nonlinearity on channel formation by, and filamentation of, ultrashort laser pulses propagating in air is considered. Filament patterns originating from multiphoton ionization of the air molecules with and without the higher-order Kerr and molecular-rotation effects are investigated. It is found that diverging multiple filaments are formed if only the plasma-induced defocusing effect is included. In the presence of the higher-order Kerr effects, the light channel can exist for a long distance. The effect of noise on the filament patterns is also discussed.

  2. Magnetic-dipole vortex generation by propagation of ultraintense and ultrashort laser pulses in moderate-density plasmas.

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    Nakamura, Tatsufumi; Mima, Kunioki

    2008-05-23

    A magnetic-dipole vortex is generated in the behind of an ultraintense and ultrashort laser pulse in a near critical density plasma. The vortex is self-sustained by its magnetic field pressure which expels background electrons, and resulting sheath field accelerates electrons to drive high amplitude electric current inside the vortex. The electron energy spectra shows nonthermal distribution with relatively high energy. The vortex is stable for a long period since it is in the electromagnetic equilibrium, whose structure and characteristics are explained by a simple analytical model.

  3. Magnetic-Dipole Vortex Generation by Propagation of Ultraintense and Ultrashort Laser Pulses in Moderate-Density Plasmas

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    Nakamura, Tatsufumi; Mima, Kunioki

    2008-05-23

    A magnetic-dipole vortex is generated in the behind of an ultraintense and ultrashort laser pulse in a near critical density plasma. The vortex is self-sustained by its magnetic field pressure which expels background electrons, and resulting sheath field accelerates electrons to drive high amplitude electric current inside the vortex. The electron energy spectra shows nonthermal distribution with relatively high energy. The vortex is stable for a long period since it is in the electromagnetic equilibrium, whose structure and characteristics are explained by a simple analytical model.

  4. Finite-difference time-domain simulation of ultrashort pulse propagation incorporating quantum-mechanical response functions

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    Gruetzmacher, Julie A.; Scherer, Norbert F.

    2003-04-01

    A semiclassical implementation of the finite-difference time-domain method is used to simulate coherent linear propagation of ultrashort mid-infrared pulses through optically dense samples of isotropically diluted liquid water. Bloch equations for the density matrix are used as a simple model of the O-H oscillator relaxation, and the algorithm is extended to other response functions. Sensitivity of the field to the form of the response function is demonstrated, and the results are compared with experimentally determined electric fields in the same media [Rev. Sci. Instrum. 73, 2227 (2002)].

  5. Electron acceleration in vacuum by a linearly-polarized ultra-short tightly-focused THz pulse

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    Salamin, Yousef I.

    2017-09-01

    The analytic expressions for the electric and magnetic fields of an ultra-short, tightly-focused, linearly-polarized laser pulse propagating in vacuum, derived elsewhere (Salamin, 2015) [13] to lowest-order of a truncated power-series expansion from vector and scalar potentials, are employed here for single electron acceleration calculations by THz radiation. It is shown that, while currently available THz peak powers cannot accelerate electrons appreciably, yet they result in substantial energy gradients. The field equations are used to show that an electron can be accelerated, in vacuum, from rest to 4.83 MeV by interaction with a single THz pulse of 1 TW power. Similarly, a 1 GW power pulse focused to sub-wavelength waist radius at focus is shown to accelerate the electron from rest to 5.76 keV.

  6. Growth and Spectral Assessment of Yb3+-Doped KBaGd(MoO4)3 Crystal: A Candidate for Ultrashort Pulse and Tunable Lasers

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    Yu, Yi; Huang, Yisheng; Zhang, Lizhen; Lin, Zhoubin; Wang, Guofu

    2013-01-01

    In order to explore new more powerful ultrashort pulse laser and tunable laser for diode-pumping, this paper reports the growth and spectral assessment of Yb3+-doped KBaGd(MoO4)3 crystal. An Yb3+:KBaGd(MoO4)3 crystal with dimensions of 50×40×9 mm3 was grown by the TSSG method from the K2Mo2O7 flux. The investigated spectral properties indicated that Yb3+:KBaGd(MoO4)3 crystal exhibits broad absorption and emission bands, except the large emission and gain cross-sections. This feature of the broad absorption and emission bands is not only suitable for the diode pumping, but also for the production of ultrashort pulses and tunability. Therefore, Yb3+:KBaGd(MoO4)3 crystal can be regarded as a candidate for the ultrashort pulse and tunable lasers. PMID:23349892

  7. Growth and spectral assessment of Yb(3+)-doped KBaGd(MoO4)3 crystal: a candidate for ultrashort pulse and tunable lasers.

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    Yu, Yi; Huang, Yisheng; Zhang, Lizhen; Lin, Zhoubin; Wang, Guofu

    2013-01-01

    In order to explore new more powerful ultrashort pulse laser and tunable laser for diode-pumping, this paper reports the growth and spectral assessment of Yb(3+)-doped KBaGd(MoO(4))(3) crystal. An Yb(3+):KBaGd(MoO(4))(3) crystal with dimensions of 50×40×9 mm(3) was grown by the TSSG method from the K(2)Mo(2)O(7) flux. The investigated spectral properties indicated that Yb(3+):KBaGd(MoO(4))(3) crystal exhibits broad absorption and emission bands, except the large emission and gain cross-sections. This feature of the broad absorption and emission bands is not only suitable for the diode pumping, but also for the production of ultrashort pulses and tunability. Therefore, Yb(3+):KBaGd(MoO(4))(3) crystal can be regarded as a candidate for the ultrashort pulse and tunable lasers.

  8. Using Adiabatic Inversion Pulses for Long-T2 Suppression in Ultra-short Echo Time (UTE) Imaging

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    Larson, Peder E. Z.; Conolly, Steven M.; Pauly, John M.; Nishimura, Dwight G.

    2010-01-01

    Ultra-short echo time (UTE) imaging is a technique that can visualize tissues with sub-millisecond T2 values that have little or no signal in conventional MRI techniques. The short-T2 tissues, which include tendons, menisci, calcifications, and cortical bone, are often obscured by long-T2 tissues. This paper introduces a new method of long-T2 component suppression based on adiabatic inversion pulses that significantly improves the contrast of short-T2 tissues. Narrow bandwidth inversion pulses are used to selectively invert only long-T2 components. These components are then suppressed by combining images prepared with and without inversion pulses. Fat suppression can be incorporated by combining images with the pulses applied on the fat and water resonances. Scaling factors must be used in the combination to compensate for relaxation during the preparation pulses. The suppression is insensitive to RF inhomogeneities because it uses adiabatic inversion pulses. Simulations and phantom experiments demonstrate the adiabatic pulse contrast and how the scaling factors are chosen. In vivo 2D UTE images in the ankle and lower leg show excellent, robust long-T2 suppression for visualization of cortical bone and tendons. PMID:17969119

  9. Effects of in-pulse transverse relaxation in 3D ultrashort echo time sequences: analytical derivation, comparison to numerical simulation and experimental application at 3T.

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    Springer, Fabian; Steidle, Günter; Martirosian, Petros; Claussen, Claus D; Schick, Fritz

    2010-09-01

    The introduction of ultrashort-echo-time-(UTE)-sequences to clinical whole-body MR scanners has opened up the field of MR characterization of materials or tissues with extremely fast signal decay. If the transverse relaxation time is in the range of the RF-pulse duration, approximation of the RF-pulse by an instantaneous rotation applied at the middle of the RF-pulse and immediately followed by free relaxation will lead to a distinctly underestimated echo signal. Thus, the regular Ernst equation is not adequate to correctly describe steady state signal under those conditions. The paper presents an analytically derived modified Ernst equation, which correctly describes in-pulse relaxation of transverse magnetization under typical conditions: The equation is valid for rectangular excitation pulses, usually applied in 3D UTE sequences. Longitudinal relaxation time of the specimen must be clearly longer than RF-pulse duration, which is fulfilled for tendons and bony structures as well as many solid materials. Under these conditions, the proposed modified Ernst equation enables adequate and relatively simple calculation of the magnetization of materials or tissues. Analytically derived data are compared to numerical results obtained by using an established Runge-Kutta-algorithm based on the Bloch equations. Validity of the new approach was also tested by systematical measurements of a solid polymeric material on a 3T whole-body MR scanner. Thus, the presented modified Ernst equation provides a suitable basis for T1 measurements, even in tissues with T2 values as short as the RF-pulse duration: independent of RF-pulse duration, the 'variable flip angle method' led to consistent results of longitudinal relaxation time T1, if the T2 relaxation time of the material of interest is known as well.

  10. Fragmentation dynamics of liquid-metal droplets under ultra-short laser pulses

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    Basko, M. M.; Krivokorytov, M. S.; Vinokhodov, A. Yu; Sidelnikov, Yu V.; Krivtsun, V. M.; Medvedev, V. V.; Kim, D. A.; Kompanets, V. O.; Lash, A. A.; Koshelev, K. N.

    2017-03-01

    We present the measurements and theoretical analysis of the deformation and fragmentation of spherical liquid-metal drops by picosecond and subpicosecond laser pulses. In the experiments, 60 μm droplets of Sn-In alloy were irradiated by Ti:Sa laser pulses with a peak energy fluence of  ˜100 J cm-2. The observed evolution of the droplet shape dramatically differs from that previously reported for nanosecond pulses. Invoking 2D hydrodynamic simulations, we explain how, due to the specifics of matter dynamics in the liquid-vapor phase coexistence region, a liquid droplet is transformed into a characteristic acorn-like expanding shell with two inner cavities. High sensitivity of the measured shell parameters to the details of the equation of state and metastable dynamics suggests that such experiments offer new possibilities in exploration of thermophysical properties of metals in the region of liquid-vapor phase transition.

  11. Efficient photo-dissociation of CH4 and H2CO molecules with optimized ultra-short laser pulses

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    Rasti, S.; Irani, E.; Sadighi-Bonabi, R.

    2015-11-01

    The fragmentation dynamics of CH4 and H2CO molecules have been studied with ultra-short pulses at laser intensityof up to 1015Wcm-2. Three dimensional molecular dynamics calculations for finding the optimized laser pulses are presented based on time-dependent density functional theory and quantum optimal control theory. A comparison of the results for orientation dependence in the ionization process shows that the electron distribution for CH4 is more isotropic than H2CO molecule. Total conversion yields of up to 70% at an orientation angle of 30o for CH4 and 65% at 900 for H2CO are achieved which lead to enhancement of dissociation probability.

  12. Novel D-shaped fiber fabrication method for saturable absorber application in the generation of ultra-short pulses

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    Ahmad, H.; Safaei, R.; Rezayi, M.; Amiri, I. S.

    2017-08-01

    A cost-efficient, time-saving and effective technique for the fabrication of D-shaped fibers is presented, to provide a platform with a strong evanescent field to be used as a saturable absorber (SA). This technique provides flexibility by removing the required portion of the fiber, and a small polished length which offers a unique opportunity to deposit SA on its surface by simply submerging it in the SA solution without high losses. A compact fiber laser utilizing a graphene oxide coating on a fabricated D-shaped fiber as an SA capable of generating ultrashort pulses is designed and verified. We report the generation of ultrafast pulses as short as 227 fs with a 34.7 MHz repetition rate, having a 3 dB bandwidth of 14 nm at the 1570 nm center wavelength.

  13. Morphology of ablation craters generated by ultra-short laser pulses in dentin surfaces: AFM and ESEM evaluation

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    Daskalova, A.; Bashir, S.; Husinsky, W.

    2010-11-01

    In this study, the surface morphology and structure of dentin after ablation by ultra-short pulses were evaluated using environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The dentin specimens examined were irradiated by a chirped-pulse-amplification (CPA) Ti:sapphire laser (800 nm) and the optimal conditions for producing various nanostructures were determined. Based on the ESEM results, it was possible to identify an energy density range as the ablation threshold for dentin. The laser-induced damage was characterized over the fluence range 1.3-2.1 J/cm 2. The results demonstrate that by selecting suitable parameters one can obtain efficient dentin surface preparation without evidence of thermal damage, i.e., with minimized heat affected zones and reduced collateral damage, the latter being normally characterized by formation of microcracks, grain growth and recrystallization in the heat affected zones.

  14. Ultrashort pulse generation from 1.56 µm mode-locked VECSEL at room temperature.

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    Khadour, Aghiad; Bouchoule, Sophie; Aubin, Guy; Harmand, Jean-Christophe; Decobert, Jean; Oudar, Jean-Louis

    2010-09-13

    We report on a picosecond pulse source delivering near transform-limited pulses in the 1.55 µm wavelength region, based on an optically pumped InP-based mode locked Vertical External Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VECSEL). The cavity combines two semiconductor elements, a gain structure which includes six strained InGaAlAs quantum wells and a hybrid metal-metamorphic Bragg bottom mirror bonded onto a CVD diamond substrate, and a single quantum well GaInNAs SEmiconductor Saturable Absorber Mirror (SESAM). The laser operates at a repetition frequency of 2 GHz and emits near-transform-limited 1.7 ps pulses with an average output power of 15 mW at room temperature, using 1.7 W pump power at 980 nm. The RF line width of the free running laser has been measured to be less than 1 kHz.

  15. Dynamic control of laser driven proton beams by exploiting self-generated, ultrashort electromagnetic pulses

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    Kar, S. Ahmed, H.; Nersisyan, G.; Hanton, F.; Naughton, K.; Lewis, C. L. S.; Borghesi, M.; Brauckmann, S.; Giesecke, A. L.; Willi, O.

    2016-05-15

    As part of the ultrafast charge dynamics initiated by high intensity laser irradiations of solid targets, high amplitude EM pulses propagate away from the interaction point and are transported along any stalks and wires attached to the target. The propagation of these high amplitude pulses along a thin wire connected to a laser irradiated target was diagnosed via the proton radiography technique, measuring a pulse duration of ∼20 ps and a pulse velocity close to the speed of light. The strong electric field associated with the EM pulse can be exploited for controlling dynamically the proton beams produced from a laser-driven source. Chromatic divergence control of broadband laser driven protons (upto 75% reduction in divergence of >5 MeV protons) was obtained by winding the supporting wire around the proton beam axis to create a helical coil structure. In addition to providing focussing and energy selection, the technique has the potential to post-accelerate the transiting protons by the longitudinal component of the curved electric field lines produced by the helical coil lens.

  16. Dynamic control of laser driven proton beams by exploiting self-generated, ultrashort electromagnetic pulses

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    Kar, S.; Ahmed, H.; Nersisyan, G.; Brauckmann, S.; Hanton, F.; Giesecke, A. L.; Naughton, K.; Willi, O.; Lewis, C. L. S.; Borghesi, M.

    2016-05-01

    As part of the ultrafast charge dynamics initiated by high intensity laser irradiations of solid targets, high amplitude EM pulses propagate away from the interaction point and are transported along any stalks and wires attached to the target. The propagation of these high amplitude pulses along a thin wire connected to a laser irradiated target was diagnosed via the proton radiography technique, measuring a pulse duration of ˜20 ps and a pulse velocity close to the speed of light. The strong electric field associated with the EM pulse can be exploited for controlling dynamically the proton beams produced from a laser-driven source. Chromatic divergence control of broadband laser driven protons (upto 75% reduction in divergence of >5 MeV protons) was obtained by winding the supporting wire around the proton beam axis to create a helical coil structure. In addition to providing focussing and energy selection, the technique has the potential to post-accelerate the transiting protons by the longitudinal component of the curved electric field lines produced by the helical coil lens.

  17. 3-D simulation of high-intensity ultra-short laser pulse propagation through atmospheric optical systems

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    Dodd, Evan S.; Schmitt, Mark J.

    2001-10-01

    The manipulation of ultra-short pulses (USPs) in the laboratory is affected by three main factors; (a) the layout of optical elements in the optical train, (b) the non-linear interaction of the pulse with the transmissive optical elements (including the intervening atmosphere) and (c) ionization effects near beam focal regions. These effects have been included in our simulation code in order to examine 3-D aspects of USP propagation through "real" optical systems. Our models for optical elements include the ability to examine the effects of element misalignments and asymmetric finite apertures. In the atmosphere, we have included the effect of the USP electric field intensity on the local index of refraction. A model to include the effects of ionization in the atmosphere has also been added. The collective behavior from these sources results in complex interactions within the laser pulse as it propagates. This is important since it reduces the distance the pulse may travel and the spatial and temporal energy distribution of the pulse after propagation. Simulation examples are presented.

  18. Photoelectron angular distributions in molecular above threshold ionization by two colour circularly polarized ultrashort UV laser pulses

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    Yuan, Kai-Jun; Bandrauk, André D.

    2013-10-01

    Photoionization of an aligned molecular ion H? has been investigated with two colour circularly polarized ultrashort UV laser pulses by numerically solving the corresponding time dependent Schrödinger equation. Photoelectron angular distributions (PADs) in molecular above threshold ionization (MATI) exhibit: (i) asymmetry resulting from interference of coherent electron wave packets from multiple pathway ionization, which depends critically on the relative carrier envelope phase (CEP) ? between the two colour laser pulses and photoelectron kinetic energies; (ii) rotation with respect to the molecular symmetry axes due to effects of the nonspherical two center Coulomb potential. Such features are described by multi-photon perturbative theoretical ionization models. The ionization probability is functions of both the CEP ? and the angle ? between the electron emission and the molecular axis. The influence of pulse intensity and ellipticity on PADs in MATI is also investigated. It is found that the asymmetry depends on the pulse intensity whereas the rotation angle is shown to be sensitive to the pulse ellipticity, both reflecting the orientation dependence of molecular ionization probabilities.

  19. Amplification of ultrashort pulse vacuum ultraviolet coherent radiation in OFI Ar2* amplifier

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    Kaku, M.; Ezaki, Y.; Katto, M.; Kubodera, S.

    2012-01-01

    We have observed the optical amplification of femtosecond VUV seed pulses at 126 nm by using an optical-fieldinduced ionization (OFI) Ar2* amplifier. The maximum amplification ratio of 2.57 was observed. This corresponded to the maximum one-pass gain value of 0.94, which was consistent with that observed in previous experiments. We measured the spatial distribution of the gain region in the OFI Ar plasma by probing the 126 nm VUV seed pulses. The gain region of 220 μm (FWHM) was evaluated after 20 ns of the plasma production, which indicated the average plasma expansion temperature of 1.2 eV. An Ar+ density contour measured by using laser interferometry showed consistency with the spatial distribution of the plasma gain region.

  20. Comparison of different processes for separation of glass and crystals using ultrashort pulsed lasers

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    Kumkar, M.; Bauer, L.; Russ, S.; Wendel, M.; Kleiner, J.; Grossmann, D.; Bergner, K.; Nolte, S.

    2014-03-01

    We investigate cutting of transparent materials using ultra short laser pulses with pulse durations in the sub to a few ps regime. All compared methods base on nonlinear absorption including ablation cutting and cleaving or selective etching supported by laser induced modification inside the bulk material. For most of the experiments samples of hardened glass (Corning Gorilla®) with thickness up to 700 μm were used, ablation cutting of sapphire is presented additionally. Absorption and modification inside the volume is analyzed in detail, aiming for tailored modifications. Besides optical microscopy a pump probe setup was used. We show results of time resolved absorption measurements of 6 ps pulses focused into the volume. We observe shielding due to the interaction region and accumulation effects influencing the modifications. First results on inscribing and cutting by using beam shaping indicate the importance of tailoring the shape and arrangement of the pulses temporally and spatially. The results presented for the different cutting methods supports an assessment of the individual potential and a selection of the applicable method based on the requirements.

  1. First-principles simulation for strong and ultra-short laser pulse propagation in dielectrics

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    Yabana, K.

    2016-05-01

    We develop a computational approach for interaction between strong laser pulse and dielectrics based on time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT). In this approach, a key ingredient is a solver to simulate electron dynamics in a unit cell of solids under a time-varying electric field that is a time-dependent extension of the static band calculation. This calculation can be regarded as a constitutive relation, providing macroscopic electric current for a given electric field applied to the medium. Combining the solver with Maxwell equations for electromagnetic fields of the laser pulse, we describe propagation of laser pulses in dielectrics without any empirical parameters. An important output from the coupled Maxwell+TDDFT simulation is the energy transfer from the laser pulse to electrons in the medium. We have found an abrupt increase of the energy transfer at certain laser intensity close to damage threshold. We also estimate damage threshold by comparing the transferred energy with melting and cohesive energies. It shows reasonable agreement with measurements.

  2. Ultrashort light pulse selfdifraction in Si and CdSe single crystals

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    Baltramejunas, R.; Vaitkus, J.; Veleckas, D.

    1981-10-01

    Interaction of mode-locked neodyme-glass laser pulses with Si and CdSe single crystals has been investigated. The dependence of light induced diffraction on time is demonstrated in differently doped Si and CdSe. the possibility to use semiconductors for light-coherence measurement is discussed and necessary conditions are determined. The influence of thermal heating is discussed. the mechanisms of recombination at high excitation level was determined in both materials.

  3. Pulse measurement apparatus and method

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    Marciante, John R.; Donaldson, William R.; Roides, Richard G.

    2011-10-25

    An embodiment of the invention is directed to a pulse measuring system that measures a characteristic of an input pulse under test, particularly the pulse shape of a single-shot, nano-second duration, high shape-contrast optical or electrical pulse. An exemplary system includes a multi-stage, passive pulse replicator, wherein each successive stage introduces a fixed time delay to the input pulse under test, a repetitively-gated electronic sampling apparatus that acquires the pulse train including an entire waveform of each replica pulse, a processor that temporally aligns the replicated pulses, and an averager that temporally averages the replicated pulses to generate the pulse shape of the pulse under test. An embodiment of the invention is directed to a method for measuring an optical or an electrical pulse shape. The method includes the steps of passively replicating the pulse under test with a known time delay, temporally stacking the pulses, and temporally averaging the stacked pulses. An embodiment of the invention is directed to a method for increasing the dynamic range of a pulse measurement by a repetitively-gated electronic sampling device having a rated dynamic range capability, beyond the rated dynamic range of the sampling device; e.g., enhancing the dynamic range of an oscilloscope. The embodied technique can improve the SNR from about 300:1 to 1000:1. A dynamic range enhancement of four to seven bits may be achieved.

  4. Ultrashort Two-Photon-Absorption Laser-Induced Fluorescence in Nanosecond-Duration, Repetitively Pulsed Discharges

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    Schmidt, Jacob Brian

    Absolute number densities of atomic species produced by nanosecond duration, repetitively pulsed electric discharges are measured by two-photon absorption laser-induced fluorescence (TALIF). Relatively high plasma discharge pulse energies (=1 mJ/pulse) are used to generate atomic hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen in a variety of discharge conditions and geometries. Unique to this work is the development of femtosecond-laser-based TALIF (fs-TALIF). Fs-TALIF offers a number of advantages compared to more conventional ns-pulse-duration laser systems, including better accuracy of direct quenching measurements in challenging environments, significantly reduced photolytic interference including photo-dissociation and photo-ionization, higher signal and increased laser-pulse bandwidth, the ability to collect two-dimensional images of atomic species number densities with far greater spatial resolution compared with more conventional diagnostics, and much higher laser repetition rates allowing for more efficient and accurate measurements of atomic species number densities. In order to fully characterize the fs-TALIF diagnostic and compare it with conventional ns-TALIF, low pressure (100 Torr) ns-duration pulsed discharges are operated in mixtures of H2, O2, and N2 with different buffer gases including argon, helium, and nitrogen. These discharge conditions are used to demonstrate the capability for two-dimensional imaging measurements. The images produced are the first of their kind and offer quantitative insight into spatially and temporally resolved kinetics and transport in ns-pulsed discharge plasmas. The two-dimensional images make possible comparison with high-fidelity plasma kinetics models of the presented data. The comparison with the quasi-one-dimensional kinetic model show good spatial and temporal agreement. The same diagnostics are used at atmospheric pressure, when atomic oxygen fs-TALIF is performed in an atmospheric-pressure plasma jet (APPJ). Here, the

  5. 0.4-1.4 {mu}m Visible to Near-Infrared Widely Broadened Super Continuum Generation with Er-doped Ultrashort Pulse Fiber Laser System

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    Nishizawa, Norihiko; Sumimura, Kazuhiko; Mitsuzawa, Hideyuki

    2009-03-17

    Visible to near-infrared widely broadened super continuum generation is demonstrated using ultrashort-pulse fiber laser system. Er-doped fiber chirped-pulse amplification system operated at 1550 nm in wavelength is used for the amplifier system, which generated ultrashort-pulse of 112 fs in FWHM with output power of 160 mW, on average. Almost pedestal free 200 fs second harmonic generation pulse is generated at 780 nm region using periodically poled LiNbO{sub 3} and conversion efficiency is as high as 37%. 0.45-1.40 {mu}m widely broadened super continuum is generated in highly nonlinear photonic crystal fiber and spectrum flatness is within {+-}6 dB. All of the fiber devices are fusion spliced so that this system shows a good stability.

  6. Generation and measurement of velocity bunched ultrashort bunch of pC charge

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    Lu, X. H.; Tang, C. X.; Li, R. K.; To, H.; Andonian, G.; Musumeci, P.

    2015-03-01

    In this paper, we discuss the velocity compression in a short rf linac of an electron bunch from a rf photoinjector operated in the blowout regime. Particle tracking simulations shows that with a beam charge of 2 pC an ultrashort bunch duration of 16 fs can be obtained at a tight longitudinal focus downstream of the linac. A simplified coherent transition radiation (CTR) spectrum method is developed to enable the measurement of ultrashort (sub-50 fs) bunches at low bunch energy (5 MeV) and low bunch charges (<10 pC ). In this method, the ratio of the radiation energy selected by two narrow bandwidth filters is used to estimate the bunch length. The contribution to the coherent form factor of the large transverse size of the bunch suppresses the radiation signal significantly and is included in the analysis. The experiment was performed at the UCLA Pegasus photoinjector laboratory. The measurement results show bunches of sub-40 fs with 2 pC of charge well consistent with the simulation using actual experimental conditions. These results open the way to the generation of ultrashort bunches with time-duration below 10 fs once some of the limitations of the setup (rf phase jitter, amplitude instability and low field in the gun limited by breakdown) are corrected.

  7. Generation and measurement of velocity bunched ultrashort bunch of pC charge

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    Lu, X.  H.; Tang, C.  X.; Li, R.  K.; ...

    2015-03-01

    In this paper, we discuss the velocity compression in a short rf linac of an electron bunch from a rf photoinjector operated in the blowout regime. Particle tracking simulations shows that with a beam charge of 2 pC an ultrashort bunch duration of 16 fs can be obtained at a tight longitudinal focus downstream of the linac. A simplified coherent transition radiation (CTR) spectrum method is developed to enable the measurement of ultrashort (sub-50 fs) bunches at low bunch energy (5 MeV) and low bunch charges (<10 pC). In this method, the ratio of the radiation energy selected by twomore » narrow bandwidth filters is used to estimate the bunch length. The contribution to the coherent form factor of the large transverse size of the bunch suppresses the radiation signal significantly and is included in the analysis. The experiment was performed at the UCLA Pegasus photoinjector laboratory. The measurement results show bunches of sub-40 fs with 2 pC of charge well consistent with the simulation using actual experimental conditions. These results open the way to the generation of ultrashort bunches with time-duration below 10 fs once some of the limitations of the setup (rf phase jitter, amplitude instability and low field in the gun limited by breakdown) are corrected.« less

  8. High-throughput machining using a high-average power ultrashort pulse laser and high-speed polygon scanner

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    Schille, Joerg; Schneider, Lutz; Streek, André; Kloetzer, Sascha; Loeschner, Udo

    2016-09-01

    High-throughput ultrashort pulse laser machining is investigated on various industrial grade metals (aluminum, copper, and stainless steel) and Al2O3 ceramic at unprecedented processing speeds. This is achieved by using a high-average power picosecond laser in conjunction with a unique, in-house developed polygon mirror-based biaxial scanning system. Therefore, different concepts of polygon scanners are engineered and tested to find the best architecture for high-speed and precision laser beam scanning. In order to identify the optimum conditions for efficient processing when using high-average laser powers, the depths of cavities made in the samples by varying the processing parameter settings are analyzed and, from the results obtained, the characteristic removal values are specified. For overlapping pulses of optimum fluence, the removal rate is as high as 27.8 mm3/min for aluminum, 21.4 mm3/min for copper, 15.3 mm3/min for stainless steel, and 129.1 mm3/min for Al2O3, when a laser beam of 187 W average laser powers irradiates. On stainless steel, it is demonstrated that the removal rate increases to 23.3 mm3/min when the laser beam is very fast moving. This is thanks to the low pulse overlap as achieved with 800 m/s beam deflection speed; thus, laser beam shielding can be avoided even when irradiating high-repetitive 20-MHz pulses.

  9. Frequency doubling and tripling of ultrashort laser pulses in biological tissues

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    Da Silva, L. B.; Eichler, J.; Joslin, E. J.; Kim, B.-M.

    1998-07-24

    Structural proteins such as collagen and elastin are known to generate second harmonic at high laser intensities. Second and third harmonic generations (SHG, THG) of 0.4 ps Ti-Sapphire laser radiation at 800 nm were observed in various biological tissues. Dependence of SHG on laser pulse energy and pulse width was investigated. Reflected second harmonic yield was measured for animal tissue in vitro and human skin in vivo. The yield varies about a factor of 20 for various areas of the skin while the scattered laser radiation (diffuse reflectance) varies only by a factor of 2. In some cases the THG efficiency was comparable to the SHG. Possible applications of higher harmonic radiation for diagnostics and microscopy are discussed.

  10. Directly probing spin dynamics in insulating antiferromagnets using ultrashort terahertz pulses

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    Bowlan, Pamela Renee; Trugman, Stuart Alan; Wang, X.; Dai, Yaomin; Cheong, S.-W.; Bauer, Eric Dietzgen; Taylor, Antoinette Jane; Yarotski, Dmitry Anatolievitch; Prasankumar, Rohit Prativadi

    2016-11-22

    We investigate spin dynamics in the antiferromagnetic (AFM) multiferroic TbMnO3 using opticalpump, terahertz (THz)-probe spectroscopy. Photoexcitation results in a broadband THz transmission change, with an onset time of 25 ps at 6 K that becomes faster at higher temperatures. We attribute this time constant to spin-lattice thermalization. The excellent agreement between our measurements and previous ultrafast resonant x-ray diffraction measurements on the same material confirms that our THz pulse directly probes spin order. We suggest that this could be the case in general for insulating AFM materials, if the origin of the static absorption in the THz spectral range is magnetic.

  11. Various Kinds Waves and Solitons Interaction Solutions of Boussinesq Equation Describing Ultrashort Pulse in Quadratic Nonlinear Medium

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    Guo, Bang-Xing; Gao, Zhan-Jie; Lin, Ji

    2016-12-01

    The consistent tanh expansion (CTE) method is applied to the (2+1)-dimensional Boussinesq equation which describes the propagation of ultrashort pulse in quadratic nonlinear medium. The interaction solutions are explicitly given, such as the bright soliton-periodic wave interaction solution, variational amplitude periodic wave solution, and kink-periodic wave interaction solution. We also obtain the bright soliton solution, kind bright soliton solution, double well dark soliton solution and kink-bright soliton interaction solution by using Painlevé truncated expansion method. And we investigate interactive properties of solitons and periodic waves. Supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of Zhejiang Province under Grant No. LZ15A050001 and the National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant No. 11675164

  12. Simulations of nanopore formation and phosphatidylserine externalization in lipid membranes subjected to a high-intensity, ultrashort electric pulse

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    Hu, Q.; Joshi, R. P.; Schoenbach, K. H.

    2005-09-01

    A combined MD simulator and time dependent Laplace solver are used to analyze the electrically driven phosphatidylserine externalization process in cells. Time dependent details of nanopore formation at cell membranes in response to a high-intensity (100kV/cm) , ultrashort (10ns) electric pulse are also probed. Our results show that nanosized pores could typically be formed within about 5ns . These predictions are in very good agreement with recent experimental data. It is also demonstrated that defect formation and PS externalization in membranes should begin on the anode side. Finally, the simulations confirm that PS externalization is a nanopore facilitated event, rather than the result of molecular translocation across the trans-membrane energy barrier.

  13. The new methods of treatment for age-related macular degeneration using the ultra-short pulsed laser

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    Iwamoto, Yumiko; Awazu, Kunio; Suzuki, Sachiko; Ohshima, Tetsuro; Sawa, Miki; Sakaguchi, Hirokazu; Tano, Yasuo; Ohji, Masahito

    2007-02-01

    The non-invasive methods of treatments have been studying for the improvement of quality of life (QOL) of patients undergoing treatment. A photodynamic therapy (PDT) is one of the non-invasive treatments. PDT is the methods of treatment using combination of a laser and a photosensitizer. PDT has few risks for patients. Furthermore, PDT enables function preservation of a disease part. PDT has been used for early cancer till now, but in late years it is applied for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is one of the causes of vision loss in older people. However, PDT for AMD does not produce the best improvement in visual acuity. The skin photosensivity by an absorption characteristic of a photosensitizer is avoided. We examined new PDT using combination of an ultra-short pulsed laser and indocyanine green (ICG).

  14. Research on microcracks avoidance in processing of α-Al2O3 by ultrashort laser pulses

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    Wang, Cheng-Wei; Zhao, Quan-Zhong

    2013-07-01

    The optical crystal α-Al2O3 has been widely used as the matrix of ruby and blue sapphire for its wide transparency, high thermal conductivity, big scale and low cost. α-Al2O3 is so hard that cutter is easily abraded. Micromachining of α-Al2O3 by ultrashort pulsed laser is superior to the traditional mechanical approach as its non-contact and cold machining features. However, unexpected cracks on the surface of α-Al2O3 are observed after femtosecond laser machining. In order to hinder the crack source from stretching, we optimize the laser parameters accompanied with annealing. The crack-free machining can be achieved. Three-dimensional α-Al2O3 microstructures free from fracture, such as cylinder, barrel and sphere are demonstrated.

  15. Two-photon double ionization of the helium atom by ultrashort pulses

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    Palacios, Alicia; Horner, Daniel A; Rescigno, Thomas N; McCurdy, C William

    2010-05-14

    Two-photon double ionization of the helium atom was the subject of early experiments at FLASH and will be the subject of future benchmark measurements of the associated electron angular and energy distributions. As the photon energy of a single femtosecond pulse is raised from the threshold for two-photon double ionization at 39.5 eV to beyond the sequential ionization threshold at 54.4 eV, the electron ejection dynamics change from the highly correlated motion associated with nonsequential absorption to the much less correlated sequential ionization process. The signatures of both processes have been predicted in accurate \\textit{ab initio} calculations of the joint angular and energy distributions of the electrons, and those predictions contain some surprises. The dominant terms that contribute to sequential ionization make their presence apparent several eV below that threshold. In two-color pump probe experiments with short pulses whose central frequencies require that the sequential ionization process necessarily dominates, a two-electron interference pattern emerges that depends on the pulse delay and the spin state of the atom.

  16. Modeling of long term behavior of ablation plumes produced with ultrashort laser pulses

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    Feit, M D; Komashko, A M; Rubenchik, A M

    2000-02-10

    Expansion of ablation plumes created by intense ultrashort lasers is determined by various complicated physical processes which have very different spatial and time scales. Since complete simulation by one model is practically impossible, the authors suggest using two models describing initial and final stages that can be matched at an intermediate time. The proposed modeling procedure connects laser parameters to plume properties far away from the ablation spot. Laser material interaction and beginning of the expansion are simulated with a one-dimensional hydrodynamics code and the final stage is modeled using an analytical solution for an expanding three-dimensional ellipsoidal gas cloud.

  17. Measurement of T1 of the Ultrashort T2* Components in White Matter of the Brain at 3T

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    Du, Jiang; Sheth, Vipul; He, Qun; Carl, Michael; Chen, Jun; Corey-Bloom, Jody; Bydder, Graeme M.

    2014-01-01

    Recent research demonstrates that white matter of the brain contains not only long T2 components, but a minority of ultrashort T2* components. Adiabatic inversion recovery prepared dual echo ultrashort echo time (IR-dUTE) sequences can be used to selectively image the ultrashort T2* components in white matter of the brain using a clinical whole body scanner. The T2*s of the ultrashort T2* components can be quantified using mono-exponential decay fitting of the IR-dUTE signal at a series of different TEs. However, accurate T1 measurement of the ultrashort T2* components is technically challenging. Efficient suppression of the signal from the majority of long T2 components is essential for robust T1 measurement. In this paper we describe a novel approach to this problem based on the use of IR-dUTE data acquisitions with different TR and TI combinations to selectively detect the signal recovery of the ultrashort T2* components. Exponential recovery curve fitting provides efficient T1 estimation, with minimized contamination from the majority of long T2 components. A rubber phantom and a piece of bovine cortical bone were used for validation of this approach. Six healthy volunteers were studied. An averaged T2* of 0.32±0.09 ms, and a short mean T1 of 226±46 ms were demonstrated for the healthy volunteers at 3T. PMID:25093859

  18. Angle-dependent molecular above-threshold ionization with ultrashort intense linearly and circularly polarized laser pulses

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    Yuan, Kai-Jun; Bandrauk, André D.

    2011-07-01

    We present molecular above-threshold ionization (MATI) spectra generated by ultrashort intense linearly and circularly polarized laser pulses from nonperturbative numerical solutions of the corresponding time-dependent Schrödinger equation in the molecular-ion H2+. It is found that high-order MATI spectra with maximum kinetic energy 32Up, where Up=I0/4meω02 is the ponderomotive energy at intensity I0 and frequency ω0, can be obtained in H2+ at great internuclear distances R for both linear and circular polarizations. Quasiclassical laser-induced collision models confirm that such high-order MATIs mainly result from a collision with neighboring ions of the ionized electron. Interference patterns in the high-order MATI spectra are critically sensitive to both the internuclear distance R of the molecules and the polarizations of the driving laser pulses. Moreover, with few-cycle laser pulses, the carrier-envelope phase sensitivity of MATI angular distributions is also investigated for varying internuclear distances R. At critical internuclear distances for charge-resonance-enhanced ionization, we also find that enhanced interference patterns occur.

  19. Angle-dependent molecular above-threshold ionization with ultrashort intense linearly and circularly polarized laser pulses

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    Yuan, Kai-Jun; Bandrauk, Andre D.

    2011-07-15

    We present molecular above-threshold ionization (MATI) spectra generated by ultrashort intense linearly and circularly polarized laser pulses from nonperturbative numerical solutions of the corresponding time-dependent Schroedinger equation in the molecular-ion H{sub 2}{sup +}. It is found that high-order MATI spectra with maximum kinetic energy 32U{sub p}, where U{sub p}=I{sub 0}/4m{sub e}{omega}{sub 0}{sup 2} is the ponderomotive energy at intensity I{sub 0} and frequency {omega}{sub 0}, can be obtained in H{sub 2}{sup +} at great internuclear distances R for both linear and circular polarizations. Quasiclassical laser-induced collision models confirm that such high-order MATIs mainly result from a collision with neighboring ions of the ionized electron. Interference patterns in the high-order MATI spectra are critically sensitive to both the internuclear distance R of the molecules and the polarizations of the driving laser pulses. Moreover, with few-cycle laser pulses, the carrier-envelope phase sensitivity of MATI angular distributions is also investigated for varying internuclear distances R. At critical internuclear distances for charge-resonance-enhanced ionization, we also find that enhanced interference patterns occur.

  20. Compression of ultra-short pulses due to cascaded second order nonlinearities in photonic bandgap structures

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    Joseph, Shereena; Shahid Khan, Mohd.; Hafiz, Aurangzeb Khurram

    2016-03-01

    The cascaded second order nonlinearities in a 1-D photonic bandgap structure (1-D PBG) in the spectral domain have been explored. A weak signal pulse operating at frequency of interest is seeded with a strong pulse operating at its second harmonic (SH) frequency. The interaction of both pulses in the periodic structure takes place with a particular phase mismatch condition. The intensity of SH pulse controls the propagation of signal pulse and the signal pulse exhibits pulse compression at particular input SH intensity. Considering the parameter for GaInP/InAlP PBG structure we have demonstrated pulse compression from 290 fs to 155 fs. The dependency of pulse compression on the structural parameters, group velocity mismatch, group velocity dispersion and input intensity of pump has also been explored.

  1. The Maria-Goeppert-Mayer Award Lecture: The Science of Ultrashort Pulse Generation, in the Visible and X-Ray Regions of the Spectrum

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    Murnane, Margaret M.

    1997-04-01

    Ultrashort x-ray pulses give researchers a new window through which to view the natural world, with the ability to spatially and temporally resolve processes basic to material and chemical systems. In the 1990's, there has been a revolution in the technology of laser sources, resulting in the ability to simply and reliably produce light pulses as short as 3 optical cycles in duration, both in the visible and the x-ray region of the spectrum. Also, powerful new techniques to obtain accurate pictures of the exact shape of these ultrashort light pulses have been developed, which are revolutionizing the way we think about and use light. Finally, using harmonic techniques to up-convert visible light into the x-ray region, we can generate coherent and tunable light below 5 nm, with unprecedented short duration (3-10 fs).

  2. Time-resolved microscopy reveals the driving mechanism of particle formation during ultrashort pulse laser ablation of dentin-like ivory.

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    Domke, Matthias; Gavrilova, Anna; Rapp, Stephan; Frentzen, Matthias; Meister, Joerg; Huber, Heinz P

    2015-07-01

    In dental health care, the application of ultrashort laser pulses enables dental tissue ablation free from thermal side effects, such as melting and cracking. However, these laser types create undesired micro- and nanoparticles, which might cause a health risk for the patient or surgeon. The aim of this study was to investigate the driving mechanisms of micro- and nanoparticle formation during ultrashort pulse laser ablation of dental tissue. Time-resolved microscopy was chosen to observe the ablation dynamics of mammoth ivory after irradiation with 660 fs laser pulses. The results suggest that nanoparticles might arise in the excited region. The thermal expansion of the excited material induces high pressure in the surrounding bulk tissue, generating a pressure wave. The rarefaction wave behind this pressure wave causes spallation, leading to ejection of microparticles.

  3. Time-resolved microscopy reveals the driving mechanism of particle formation during ultrashort pulse laser ablation of dentin-like ivory

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    Domke, Matthias; Gavrilova, Anna; Rapp, Stephan; Frentzen, Matthias; Meister, Joerg; Huber, Heinz P.

    2015-07-01

    In dental health care, the application of ultrashort laser pulses enables dental tissue ablation free from thermal side effects, such as melting and cracking. However, these laser types create undesired micro- and nanoparticles, which might cause a health risk for the patient or surgeon. The aim of this study was to investigate the driving mechanisms of micro- and nanoparticle formation during ultrashort pulse laser ablation of dental tissue. Time-resolved microscopy was chosen to observe the ablation dynamics of mammoth ivory after irradiation with 660 fs laser pulses. The results suggest that nanoparticles might arise in the excited region. The thermal expansion of the excited material induces high pressure in the surrounding bulk tissue, generating a pressure wave. The rarefaction wave behind this pressure wave causes spallation, leading to ejection of microparticles.

  4. Ultra-short and ultra-intense X-ray free-electron laser single pulse in one-dimensional photonic crystals.

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    André, Jean Michel; Jonnard, Philippe

    2017-03-01

    The propagation within a one-dimensional photonic crystal of a single ultra-short and ultra-intense pulse delivered by an X-ray free-electron laser is analysed with the framework of the time-dependent coupled-wave theory in non-linear media. It is shown that the reflection and the transmission of an ultra-short pulse present a transient period conditioned by the extinction length and also the thickness of the structure for transmission. For ultra-intense pulses, non-linear effects are expected: they could give rise to numerous phenomena, bi-stability, self-induced transparency, gap solitons, switching, etc., which have been previously shown in the optical domain.

  5. Directly probing spin dynamics in insulating antiferromagnets using ultrashort terahertz pulses

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    Bowlan, Pamela Renee; Trugman, Stuart Alan; Wang, X.; ...

    2016-11-22

    We investigate spin dynamics in the antiferromagnetic (AFM) multiferroic TbMnO3 using opticalpump, terahertz (THz)-probe spectroscopy. Photoexcitation results in a broadband THz transmission change, with an onset time of 25 ps at 6 K that becomes faster at higher temperatures. We attribute this time constant to spin-lattice thermalization. The excellent agreement between our measurements and previous ultrafast resonant x-ray diffraction measurements on the same material confirms that our THz pulse directly probes spin order. We suggest that this could be the case in general for insulating AFM materials, if the origin of the static absorption in the THz spectral range ismore » magnetic.« less

  6. Ultrashort-Pulse Lasers Treating the Crystalline Lens: Will They Cause Vision-Threatening Cataract? (An American Ophthalmological Society Thesis)

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    Krueger, Ronald R.; Uy, Harvey; McDonald, Jared; Edwards, Keith

    2012-01-01

    Purpose: To demonstrate that ultrashort-pulse laser treatment in the crystalline lens does not form a focal, progressive, or vision-threatening cataract. Methods: An Nd:vanadate picosecond laser (10 ps) with prototype delivery system was used. Primates: 11 rhesus monkey eyes were prospectively treated at the University of Wisconsin (energy 25–45 μJ/pulse and 2.0–11.3M pulses per lens). Analysis of lens clarity and fundus imaging was assessed postoperatively for up to 4½ years (5 eyes). Humans: 80 presbyopic patients were prospectively treated in one eye at the Asian Eye Institute in the Philippines (energy 10 μJ/pulse and 0.45–1.45M pulses per lens). Analysis of lens clarity, best-corrected visual acuity, and subjective symptoms was performed at 1 month, prior to elective lens extraction. Results: Bubbles were immediately seen, with resolution within the first 24 to 48 hours. Afterwards, the laser pattern could be seen with faint, noncoalescing, pinpoint micro-opacities in both primate and human eyes. In primates, long-term follow-up at 4½ years showed no focal or progressive cataract, except in 2 eyes with preexisting cataract. In humans, <25% of patients with central sparing (0.75 and 1.0 mm radius) lost 2 or more lines of best spectacle-corrected visual acuity at 1 month, and >70% reported acceptable or better distance vision and no or mild symptoms. Meanwhile, >70% without sparing (0 and 0.5 mm radius) lost 2 or more lines, and most reported poor or severe vision and symptoms. Conclusions: Focal, progressive, and vision-threatening cataracts can be avoided by lowering the laser energy, avoiding prior cataract, and sparing the center of the lens. PMID:23818739

  7. Amplification of ultrashort pulses with Nd:glass amplifiers pumped by alexandrite free running laser

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    Mourou, G.A.; Squier, J.; Coe, J.S.; Harter, D.J.

    1993-08-10

    A method is described of producing an ultra-high peak power pulse, the method comprising the steps of: receiving a short optical pulse having a predetermined duration from an optical oscillator; stretching in time the short optical pulse by a factor of approximately between 100 and 10,000 to produce a timestretched optical pulse to be amplified; amplifying the time-stretched optical pulse in a solid state amplifying media, said step of amplifying additionally including the step of combining the time-stretched optical pulse with an optical energy generated by a laser used to pump the solid-state amplifying media; and compressing in time the amplified time-stretched optical pulse, whereby the amplitude of the resulting amplified time-stretched compressed optical pulse is increased.

  8. Bilayer Bismuth Selenide nanoplatelets based saturable absorber for ultra-short pulse generation (Invited)

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    Xu, Yanhua; Xie, Hanhan; Jiang, Guobao; Miao, Lili; Wang, Ke; Tang, Siying; Yu, Xuefeng; Zhang, Han; Bao, Qiaoliang

    2017-07-01

    Based on an efficient and bottom-up synthesis technique, Bismuth Selenide (Bi2Se3) nanoplatelets with uniform morphology and average thickness down to 3-7 nm had been fabricated. Its nonlinear absorption property under high power excitation had been well characterized by our Z-scan measurement system at different illumination wavelengths, and we found that the as-fabricated bi-layer Bi2Se3 nanoplatelets show unique nonlinear optical responses, that is, with a saturable optical intensity of 32 GW/cm2 (resp. 3.7 MW/cm2) and a modulation depth of 88% (resp. 36%) at 800 nm (resp. 1565 nm). By implementing its saturable absorption property, we designed an optical saturable absorber device based on bilayer Bi2Se3 nanoplatelets through deposited them onto the end-facet of optical fiber. The as-fabricated optical saturable absorber device allows for the generation of mode-locking pulses at 1571 nm with pulse duration of 579 fs and a repetition rate of 12.54 MHz at a pump power of 160 mW. The method on fabricating ultrathin Bi2Se3 nanoplatelets may pave a new way to massive production of large-area topological insulator thin films that can be used in two-dimensional layered materials related photonics device.

  9. Generation of a train of ultrashort pulses from a compact birefringent crystal array

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    Dromey, B.; Zepf, M.; Landreman, M.; O'Keeffe, K.; Robinson, T.; Hooker, S. M.

    2007-08-01

    A linear array of n calcite crystals is shown to allow the generation of a high contrast (>10:1) train of 2n high energy (>100 μJ) pulses from a single ultrafast laser pulse. Advantage is taken of the pulse-splitting properties of a single birefringent crystal, where an incident laser pulse can be split into two pulses with orthogonal polarizations and equal intensity, separated temporally in proportion to the thickness of the crystal traversed and the difference in refractive indices of the two optic axes. In the work presented here an array of seven calcite crystals of sequentially doubled thickness is used to produce a train of 128 pulses, each of femtosecond duration. Readily versatile properties such as the number of pulses in the train and variable mark-space ratio are realized from such a setup.

  10. Investigation of laser-driven proton acceleration using ultra-short, ultra-intense laser pulses

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    Fourmaux, S.; Gnedyuk, S.; Lassonde, P.; Payeur, S.; Pepin, H.; Kieffer, J. C.; Buffechoux, S.; Albertazzi, B.; Capelli, D.; Antici, P.; Levy, A.; Fuchs, J.; Lecherbourg, L.; Marjoribanks, R. S.

    2013-01-15

    We report optimization of laser-driven proton acceleration, for a range of experimental parameters available from a single ultrafast Ti:sapphire laser system. We have characterized laser-generated protons produced at the rear and front target surfaces of thin solid targets (15 nm to 90 {mu}m thicknesses) irradiated with an ultra-intense laser pulse (up to 10{sup 20} W Dot-Operator cm{sup -2}, pulse duration 30 to 500 fs, and pulse energy 0.1 to 1.8 J). We find an almost symmetric behaviour for protons accelerated from rear and front sides, and a linear scaling of proton energy cut-off with increasing pulse energy. At constant laser intensity, we observe that the proton cut-off energy increases with increasing laser pulse duration, then roughly constant for pulses longer than 300 fs. Finally, we demonstrate that there is an optimum target thickness and pulse duration.

  11. Oxygen-assisted multipass cutting of carbon fiber reinforced plastics with ultra-short laser pulses

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    Kononenko, T. V.; Komlenok, M. S.; Konov, V. I.; Freitag, C.; Onuseit, V.; Weber, R.; Graf, T.

    2014-03-14

    Deep multipass cutting of bidirectional and unidirectional carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) with picosecond laser pulses was investigated in different static atmospheres as well as with the assistance of an oxygen or nitrogen gas flow. The ablation rate was determined as a function of the kerf depth and the resulting heat affected zone was measured. An assisting oxygen gas flow is found to significantly increase the cutting productivity, but only in deep kerfs where the diminished evaporative ablation due to the reduced laser fluence reaching the bottom of the kerf does not dominate the contribution of reactive etching anymore. Oxygen-supported cutting was shown to also solve the problem that occurs when cutting the CFRP parallel to the fiber orientation where a strong deformation and widening of the kerf, which temporarily slows down the process speed, is revealed to be typical for processing in standard air atmospheres.

  12. Oxygen-assisted multipass cutting of carbon fiber reinforced plastics with ultra-short laser pulses

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    Kononenko, T. V.; Freitag, C.; Komlenok, M. S.; Onuseit, V.; Weber, R.; Graf, T.; Konov, V. I.

    2014-03-01

    Deep multipass cutting of bidirectional and unidirectional carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) with picosecond laser pulses was investigated in different static atmospheres as well as with the assistance of an oxygen or nitrogen gas flow. The ablation rate was determined as a function of the kerf depth and the resulting heat affected zone was measured. An assisting oxygen gas flow is found to significantly increase the cutting productivity, but only in deep kerfs where the diminished evaporative ablation due to the reduced laser fluence reaching the bottom of the kerf does not dominate the contribution of reactive etching anymore. Oxygen-supported cutting was shown to also solve the problem that occurs when cutting the CFRP parallel to the fiber orientation where a strong deformation and widening of the kerf, which temporarily slows down the process speed, is revealed to be typical for processing in standard air atmospheres.

  13. Start-to-end simulation of single-particle imaging using ultra-short pulses at the European X-ray Free-Electron Laser

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    Fortmann-Grote, Carsten; Buzmakov, Alexey; Jurek, Zoltan; ...

    2017-09-01

    Single-particle imaging with X-ray free-electron lasers (XFELs) has the potential to provide structural information at atomic resolution for non-crystalline biomolecules. This potential exists because ultra-short intense pulses can produce interpretable diffraction data notwithstanding radiation damage. This paper explores the impact of pulse duration on the interpretability of diffraction data using comprehensive and realistic simulations of an imaging experiment at the European X-ray Free-Electron Laser. In conclusion, it is found that the optimal pulse duration for molecules with a few thousand atoms at 5 keV lies between 3 and 9 fs.

  14. Optical control of filamentation-induced damage to DNA by intense, ultrashort, near-infrared laser pulses

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    Dharmadhikari, J. A.; Dharmadhikari, A. K.; Kasuba, K. C.; Bharambe, H.; D’Souza, J. S.; Rathod, K. D.; Mathur, D.

    2016-06-01

    We report on damage to DNA in an aqueous medium induced by ultrashort pulses of intense laser light of 800 nm wavelength. Focusing of such pulses, using lenses of various focal lengths, induces plasma formation within the aqueous medium. Such plasma can have a spatial extent that is far in excess of the Rayleigh range. In the case of water, the resulting ionization and dissociation gives rise to in situ generation of low-energy electrons and OH-radicals. Interactions of these with plasmid DNA produce nicks in the DNA backbone: single strand breaks (SSBs) are induced as are, at higher laser intensities, double strand breaks (DSBs). Under physiological conditions, the latter are not readily amenable to repair. Systematic quantification of SSBs and DSBs at different values of incident laser energy and under different external focusing conditions reveals that damage occurs in two distinct regimes. Numerical aperture is the experimental handle that delineates the two regimes, permitting simple optical control over the extent of DNA damage.

  15. Optical control of filamentation-induced damage to DNA by intense, ultrashort, near-infrared laser pulses

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    Dharmadhikari, J. A.; Dharmadhikari, A. K.; Kasuba, K. C.; Bharambe, H.; D’Souza, J. S.; Rathod, K. D.; Mathur, D.

    2016-01-01

    We report on damage to DNA in an aqueous medium induced by ultrashort pulses of intense laser light of 800 nm wavelength. Focusing of such pulses, using lenses of various focal lengths, induces plasma formation within the aqueous medium. Such plasma can have a spatial extent that is far in excess of the Rayleigh range. In the case of water, the resulting ionization and dissociation gives rise to in situ generation of low-energy electrons and OH-radicals. Interactions of these with plasmid DNA produce nicks in the DNA backbone: single strand breaks (SSBs) are induced as are, at higher laser intensities, double strand breaks (DSBs). Under physiological conditions, the latter are not readily amenable to repair. Systematic quantification of SSBs and DSBs at different values of incident laser energy and under different external focusing conditions reveals that damage occurs in two distinct regimes. Numerical aperture is the experimental handle that delineates the two regimes, permitting simple optical control over the extent of DNA damage. PMID:27279565

  16. Combined lineage mapping and gene expression profiling of embryonic brain patterning using ultrashort pulse microscopy and image registration

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    Gibbs, Holly C.; Dodson, Colin R.; Bai, Yuqiang; Lekven, Arne C.; Yeh, Alvin T.

    2014-12-01

    During embryogenesis, presumptive brain compartments are patterned by dynamic networks of gene expression. The spatiotemporal dynamics of these networks, however, have not been characterized with sufficient resolution for us to understand the regulatory logic resulting in morphogenetic cellular behaviors that give the brain its shape. We have developed a new, integrated approach using ultrashort pulse microscopy [a high-resolution, two-photon fluorescence (2PF)-optical coherence microscopy (OCM) platform using 10-fs pulses] and image registration to study brain patterning and morphogenesis in zebrafish embryos. As a demonstration, we used time-lapse 2PF to capture midbrain-hindbrain boundary morphogenesis and a wnt1 lineage map from embryos during brain segmentation. We then performed in situ hybridization to deposit NBT/BCIP, where wnt1 remained actively expressed, and reimaged the embryos with combined 2PF-OCM. When we merged these datasets using morphological landmark registration, we found that the mechanism of boundary formation differs along the dorsoventral axis. Dorsally, boundary sharpening is dominated by changes in gene expression, while ventrally, sharpening may be accomplished by lineage sorting. We conclude that the integrated visualization of lineage reporter and gene expression domains simultaneously with brain morphology will be useful for understanding how changes in gene expression give rise to proper brain compartmentalization and structure.

  17. Enhanced ionization of the non-symmetric HeH{sup +} molecule driven by intense ultrashort laser pulses

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    Dehghanian, E.; Bandrauk, A. D.; Lagmago Kamta, G.

    2013-08-28

    We study enhanced single and double ionizations and enhanced single and double excitations in the nonsymmetric two-electron diatomic molecular ion HeH{sup +} in an intense ultrashort laser pulse linearly polarized along the internuclear axis (z axis). We solve a three-dimensional time-dependent Schrödinger equation, TDSE, via correlated two-electron ab initio calculations within the fixed-nuclei approximation. A complex scaling method is used for calculation of both single and double ionizations. These nonperturbative processes increase with large internuclear distance R and reach a maximum at some critical distance R{sub c} and decrease by further increase of R. This enhanced ionization (EI) at R{sub c} is accompanied by enhanced single and double excitation processes. Furthermore, EI is stronger when the permanent dipole moment of the molecule and the electric field at the peak of the laser pulse are antiparallel than when they are parallel. We predict analytically the R{sub c} at which the enhancement of all these molecular processes happens in HeH{sup +} from a simple quasistatic model and investigate the effect of Carrier Envelope Phase on these nonlinear nonperturbative processes.

  18. High-order elliptically polarized harmonic generation in extended molecules with ultrashort intense bichromatic circularly polarized laser pulses

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    Yuan, Kai-Jun; Bandrauk, Andre D.

    2010-06-15

    Numerical solutions of the time-dependent Schroedinger equation (TDSE) for a two-dimensional H{sub 2}{sup +} molecule excited by a bichromatic ultrashort intense circularly polarized laser pulse with frequencies {omega}{sub 0} and 2{omega}{sub 0} and relative carrier envelope phase {phi} are used to explore the generation of high-order elliptically polarized harmonics as a function of internuclear distance R. Optimal values of {phi} and R for efficient and maximum molecular high-order harmonic generation (MHOHG) are determined from a classical model of collision with neighboring ions and confirmed from the TDSE nonperturbative simulations. Maximum elliptically polarized harmonic energies of I{sub p}+13.5U{sub p} are found, where I{sub p} is the ionization potential and U{sub p}=I{sub 0}/4m{sub e{omega}0}{sup 2} is the ponderomotive energy at intensity I{sub 0} and frequency {omega}{sub 0}. The polarization properties of MHOHG, phase difference {delta}, ellipticity {epsilon}, and orientation angle {phi} are presented as well. The high efficiency of the proposed MHOHG scheme should be useful for production of elliptically polarized attosecond extreme ultraviolet pulses.

  19. Evolution of hole shape and size during short and ultrashort pulse laser deep drilling.

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    Döring, Sven; Szilagyi, John; Richter, Sören; Zimmermann, Felix; Richardson, Martin; Tünnermann, Andreas; Nolte, Stefan

    2012-11-19

    A detailed study of the influence of the pulse duration, from the femtosecond to the nanosecond regime, on the evolution of the hole shape and depth during percussion drilling in silicon is presented. Real-time backlight imaging of the hole development is obtained for holes up to 2 mm deep with aspect ratios extending to 25:1. For low pulse energies, the hole-shape and drilling characteristics are similar for femtosecond, picoseconds and nanosecond regimes. At higher pulse energies, ns-pulses exhibit slower average drilling rates but eventually reach greater final depths. The shape of these holes is however dominated by branching and large internal cavities. For ps-pulses, a cylindrical shape is maintained with frequent small bulges on the side-walls. In contrast, fs-pulses cause only a limited number of imperfections on a tapered hole shape.

  20. Ultrashort-Pulse Child-Langmuir Law in the Quantum and Relativistic Regimes

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    Ang, L. K.; Zhang, P.

    2007-04-20

    This Letter presents a consistent quantum and relativistic model of short-pulse Child-Langmuir (CL) law, of which the pulse length {tau} is less than the electron transit time in a gap of spacing D and voltage V. The classical value of the short-pulse CL law is enhanced by a large factor due to quantum effects when the pulse length and the size of the beam are, respectively, in femtosecond duration and nanometer scale. At high voltage larger than the electron rest mass, relativistic effects will suppress the enhancement of short-pulse CL law, which is confirmed by particle-in-cell simulation. When the pulse length is much shorter than the gap transit time, the current density is proportional to V, and to the inverse power of D and {tau}.

  1. Multi-Chromatic Ultrashort Pulse Filamentation and Bulk Modification in Dielectrics

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    2016-05-05

    progress in laser bulk micro-machining towards nano-machining. Computationally efficient 3D quantum models of laser-induced photoionization and...multi-pulse fields 7 6 Filamentation and bulk modification by spatio-temporally chirped pulses 8 7 Quantum modeling of photoionization and nonlinear...in the energy space when exposed to strongly chirped pulses. Computationally ecient 3D quantum models of laser-solid interactions were also developed

  2. Spectral characteristics of ultra-short laser pulses in plasma amplifiers

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    Riconda, C.; Weber, S.; Lancia, L.; Marquès, J.-R.; Fuchs, J.; Mourou, G. A.

    2013-08-15

    Amplification of laser pulses based on the backscattering process in plasmas can be performed using either the response of an electron plasma wave or an ion-acoustic wave. However, if the pulse durations become very short and the natural spread in frequency a substantial amount of the frequency itself, the Raman and Brillouin processes start to mix. Kinetic simulations show the transition from a pure amplification regime, in this case strong-coupling Brillouin, to a regime where a considerable downshift of the frequency of the amplified pulse takes place. It is conjectured that in the case of very short pulses, multi-modes are excited which contribute to the amplification process.

  3. Normal Auger processes with ultrashort x-ray pulses in neon

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    Sullivan, Raymond; Jia, Junteng; Vázquez-Mayagoitia, Álvaro; Picón, Antonio

    2016-10-01

    Modern x-ray sources enable the production of coherent x-ray pulses with a pulse duration in the same order as the characteristic lifetimes of core-hole states of atoms and molecules. These pulses enable the manipulation of the core-hole population during Auger-decay processes, modifying the line shape of the electron spectra. In this work, we present a theoretical model to study those effects in neon. We identify effects in the Auger-electron-photoelectron coincidence spectrum due to the duration and intensity of the pulses. The normal Auger line shape is recovered in Auger-electron spectra integrated over all photoelectron energies.

  4. Compression of An Ultrashort Laser Pulse via Self-Phase Modulation in An Argon Channel

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    Kudo, Masashi; Higashiguchi, Takeshi; Yugami, Noboru

    2009-01-22

    Compression and splitting of the optical laser pulse due to multiple filamentation in an argon gas-filled channel was observed. A 130-140-fs linearly polarized pulse was successfully compressed to less than 60-80 fs with the output energy of a few 10 mJ.

  5. Experimental Study on Micro Hole Drilling Using Ultrashort Pulse Laser Radiation

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    Gruner, Andreas; Schille, Joerg; Loeschner, Udo

    This paper discusses latest results obtained in micro hole percussion drilling in stainless steel. In the investigations a femtosecond laser source was used emitting 220 fs pulses at 1.03μm wavelength, whereas the spot size amounted to 31μm. Thereby, important process parameters like pulse energy, pulse repetition frequency, and pulse number were varied over a wide range in order to evaluate their influence both on the micro hole geometry like hole diameter, roundness, taper angle, and on the drilling quality such as thermal modification and melting residues. First, the required number of pulses for through hole drilling was estimated for material thicknesses ranging between 25μm and 1mm. It was found, that the polarization state of the laser beam has a considerable impact on micro hole formation. Therefore, linear and circular polarized laser radiation was applied. Finally, optimum parameters for highest available drilling quality and speed were identified.

  6. Classical effect for enhanced high harmonic yield in ultrashort laser pulses with a moderate laser intensity

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    Shi, Y. Z.; Wang, S.; Dong, F. L.; Li, Y. P.; Chen, Y. J.

    2017-03-01

    We study the influence of pulse duration on high harmonic generation (HHG) by exploring a wide laser-parameter region theoretically. Previous studies have shown that for high laser intensities close to saturation ionization intensity, the HHG inversion efficiency is higher for shorter pulses since the ground-state depletion is weaker in short pulses. Our simulations show that this high efficiency also appears for a moderate laser intensity at which the ionization is not very strong. A classical effect relating to shorter travel distances of the rescattering electron in shorter pulses is shown to contribute importantly to this high efficiency. The effect can be amplified significantly if a two-color laser field is used, suggesting a potential approach to increasing the HHG yield and generating short and bright attosecond pulses.

  7. Propagation of ultrashort laser pulses in water: linear absorption and onset of nonlinear spectral transformation.

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    Sokolov, Alexei V; Naveira, Lucas M; Poudel, Milan P; Strohaber, James; Trendafilova, Cynthia S; Buck, William C; Wang, Jieyu; Strycker, Benjamin D; Wang, Chao; Schuessler, Hans; Kolomenskii, Alexandre; Kattawar, George W

    2010-01-20

    We study propagation of short laser pulses through water and use a spectral hole filling technique to essentially perform a sensitive balanced comparison of absorption coefficients for pulses of different duration. This study is motivated by an alleged violation of the Bouguer-Lambert-Beer law at low light intensities, where the pulse propagation is expected to be linear, and by a possible observation of femtosecond optical precursors in water. We find that at low intensities, absorption of laser light is determined solely by its spectrum and does not directly depend on the pulse duration, in agreement with our earlier work and in contradiction to some work of others. However, as the laser fluence is increased, interaction of light with water becomes nonlinear, causing energy exchange among the pulse's spectral components and resulting in peak-intensity dependent (and therefore pulse-duration dependent) transmission. For 30 fs pulses at 800 nm center wavelength, we determine the onset of nonlinear propagation effects to occur at a peak value of about 0.12 mJ/cm(2) of input laser energy fluence.

  8. Highlighting the DNA damage response with ultrashort laser pulses in the near infrared and kinetic modeling

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    Ferrando-May, Elisa; Tomas, Martin; Blumhardt, Philipp; Stöckl, Martin; Fuchs, Matthias; Leitenstorfer, Alfred

    2013-01-01

    Our understanding of the mechanisms governing the response to DNA damage in higher eucaryotes crucially depends on our ability to dissect the temporal and spatial organization of the cellular machinery responsible for maintaining genomic integrity. To achieve this goal, we need experimental tools to inflict DNA lesions with high spatial precision at pre-defined locations, and to visualize the ensuing reactions with adequate temporal resolution. Near-infrared femtosecond laser pulses focused through high-aperture objective lenses of advanced scanning microscopes offer the advantage of inducing DNA damage in a 3D-confined volume of subnuclear dimensions. This high spatial resolution results from the highly non-linear nature of the excitation process. Here we review recent progress based on the increasing availability of widely tunable and user-friendly technology of ultrafast lasers in the near infrared. We present a critical evaluation of this approach for DNA microdamage as compared to the currently prevalent use of UV or VIS laser irradiation, the latter in combination with photosensitizers. Current and future applications in the field of DNA repair and DNA-damage dependent chromatin dynamics are outlined. Finally, we discuss the requirement for proper simulation and quantitative modeling. We focus in particular on approaches to measure the effect of DNA damage on the mobility of nuclear proteins and consider the pros and cons of frequently used analysis models for FRAP and photoactivation and their applicability to non-linear photoperturbation experiments. PMID:23882280

  9. Compression of ultrashort UV pulses in a self-defocusing gas

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    Berge, Luc; Koehler, Christian; Skupin, Stefan

    2010-01-15

    Compression of UV femtosecond laser pulses focused into a gas cell filled with Xe is reported numerically. With a large negative Kerr index and normal dispersion, Xe promotes temporal modulational instability (MI), which can be monitored to shorten approx100 fs pulses to robust, singly peaked waveforms exhibiting a fourfold compression factor. Combining standard MI theory with a variational approach allows us to predict the beam parameters suitable for efficient compression. At powers <=30 MW, nonlinear dispersion is shown to shift the pulse temporal profile to the rear zone.

  10. Stimulated Raman scattering of light absorbing media excited by ultrashort laser pulses

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    Marchevskiy, F. N.; Strizhevskiy, V. L.; Feshchenko, V. P.

    1985-01-01

    The fluctuation-dissipation theory of spontaneous and stimulated vibration Raman scattering is worked out taking into account the dissipation losses at frequencies of laser pump and scattering radiation. General expressions are found, which describe the absolute intensities and shape, energy and duration of scattered pulses in terms of the parameters of the medium and the the input laser pulses. The general regularities are analyzed in detail. Conditions are found for the realization of spontaneous or stimulated Raman scattering and its dependence on absorption, pulse duration and other parameters of the problem.

  11. Fiber-based ultrashort pulse delivery for nonlinear imaging using high-energy solitons.

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    Saint-Jalm, Sarah; Andresen, Esben R; Ferrand, Patrick; Bendahmane, Abdelkrim; Mussot, Arnaud; Vanvincq, Olivier; Bouwmans, Géraud; Kudlinski, Alexandre; Rigneault, Hervé

    2014-08-01

    We present an approach for fiber delivery of femtosecond pulses relying on pulse breakup and soliton self-frequency shift in a custom-made solid-core photonic bandgap fiber. In this scheme, the fiber properties themselves ensure that a powerful Fourier-transform-limited pulse is emitted at the fiber output, hence doing away with the need for complex precompensation and enabling tunability of the excitation. We report high-energy soliton excitation for two-photon fluorescence microspectroscopy over a 100-nm range and multimodal nonlinear imaging on biological samples.

  12. Temporal transformation of periodic incoherent ultrashort light pulses by chirped fiber gratings.

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    Zalvidea, Dobryna; Duchowicz, Ricardo; Sicre, Enrique E

    2004-05-20

    The analogy between free-space propagation of optical beams and light-pulse reflection from linearly chirped fiber gratings is used to analyze the Lau effect in the temporal domain. The coherence conditions that are satisfied in the spatial domain for obtaining, at certain fixed locations, periodic fringes patterns are reformulated for guided light propagation. In this analogy, spatial periodic irradiance distributions are transformed in periodic sequences of light pulses. An optical setup is proposed to produce sharp pulse trains, with minimal distortion effects, that have repetition frequencies that are different from those associated with the input periodic optical signal. Some numerical results are given to illustrate this approach.

  13. On the Theory of High-Power Ultrashort Pulse Propagation in Raman-Active Media

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    Belenov, E. M.; Isakov, V. A.; Kanavin, A. P.; Smetanin, I. V.

    1996-01-01

    The propagation of an intense femtosecond pulse in a Raman-active medium is analyzed. An analytic solution which describes in explicit form the evolution of the light pulse is derived. The field of an intense light wave undergoes a substantial transformation as the wave propagates through the medium. The nature of this transformation can change over time scales comparable to the period of the optical oscillations. As a result, the pulse of sufficiently high energy divides into stretched and compressed domains where the field decreases and increases respectively.

  14. Photoionization of monocrystalline CVD diamond irradiated with ultrashort intense laser pulse

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    Lagomarsino, Stefano; Sciortino, Silvio; Obreshkov, Boyan; Apostolova, Tzveta; Corsi, Chiara; Bellini, Marco; Berdermann, Eleni; Schmidt, Christian J.

    2016-02-01

    Direct laser writing of conductive paths in synthetic diamond is of interest for implementation in radiation detection and clinical dosimetry. Unraveling the microscopic processes involved in laser irradiation of diamond below and close to the graphitization threshold under the same conditions as the experimental procedure used to produce three-dimensional devices is necessary to tune the laser parameters to optimal results. To this purpose a transient currents technique has been used to measure laser-induced current signals in monocrystalline diamond detectors in a wide range of laser intensities and at different bias voltages. The current transients vs time and the overall charge collected have been compared with theoretical simulations of the carrier dynamics along the duration and after the conclusion of the 30 fs laser pulse. The generated charge has been derived from the collected charge by evaluation of the lifetime of the carriers. The plasma volume has also been evaluated by measuring the modified region. The theoretical simulation has been implemented in the framework of the empirical pseudopotential method extended to include time-dependent couplings of valence electrons to the radiation field. The simulation, in the low-intensity regime, I ˜1 TW /cm2 , predicts substantial deviation from the traditional multiphoton ionization, due to nonperturbative effects involving electrons from degenerate valence bands. For strong field with intensity of about 50 TW /cm2, nonadiabatic effects of electron-hole pair excitation become prominent with high carrier densities eventually causing the optical breakdown of diamond. The comparison of theoretical prediction with experimental data of laser-generated charge vs laser energy density yields a good quantitative agreement over six orders of magnitude. At the highest intensities the change of slope in the trend is explained taking into account the dependence of the optical parameters and the carrier mobility on plasma

  15. High-repetition-rate ultrashort pulsed fiber ring laser using hybrid mode locking.

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    Zhang, Xiang; Hu, Hongyu; Li, Wenbo; Dutta, Niloy K

    2016-10-01

    We propose and demonstrate a hybrid mode-locked erbium-doped fiber ring laser by combining the rational harmonic mode-locking technique and passive mode locking based on nonlinear polarization rotation in a highly nonlinear photonic crystal fiber. By carefully adjusting the modulation frequency and the polarization controllers in the cavity, a 30 GHz pulse train with improved stability and narrower pulse width is generated. The pulse width at 30 GHz using rational harmonic mode locking alone is 5.8 ps. This hybrid scheme narrows the pulse width to 1.9 ps at the repetition rate of 30 GHz. Numerical simulations are carried out that show good agreement with the experimental results.

  16. Ultra-short photon pulse generation in relativistic laser-plasmas

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    Škorić, M. M.; Nikolić, Lj; Hadžievski, Lj; Ishiguro, S.; Mima, K.

    2012-05-01

    Optical pulse compression by the linear reflection of a laser pulse from a relativistically moving plasma is studied. Using Lorentz transformations, covariance of Maxwell's equations and the principle of phase invariance to transform between the rest frame and the moving frame, analytics can be exactly performed in the moving frame. Closed-form formulae for reflected waveforms as a function of incident angle show temporal compression and intensity amplification by a factor of 2γ and 4γ2, respectively, where γ is the Lorentz factor of the relativistic electron plasma. As an independent test, fully relativistic electromagnetic particle simulations agree well with analytical results, predicting pulse compression and large amplification to be of relevance to the generation of attosecond optical pulses.

  17. Production of ultrashort FEL XUV pulses via a reverse undulator taper

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    Fawley, W. M.

    2008-08-01

    We adapt the "reverse taper" scheme presented by Saldin et al. (Phys. Rev. ST Accel. Beams 9 (2006) 050702) for attosecond pulse production to the XUV/soft-X-ray regime. We find that GW-level pulses of a few femtosecond duration or shorter can be produced using electron beams of quite moderate parameters and undulators of 20-m length or shorter. The output pulse is significantly shifted in wavelength relative to the main background which permits a further increase in contrast ratio via simple monochromatization. Moreover, the output pulse has a natural wavelength chirp that allows further temporal compression, if wanted. Both positive and negative chirps can be produced depending upon the sign of the undulator taper.

  18. Generation of high-order harmonics with ultra-short pulses from filamentation.

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    Steingrube, Daniel S; Schulz, Emilia; Binhammer, Thomas; Vockerodt, Tobias; Morgner, Uwe; Kovacev, Milutin

    2009-08-31

    7-fs-pulses with 0.3 mJ are obtained after filamentation in argon and compression by double-chirped-mirrors. These pulses are used to generate high-order harmonics in a semi-infinite gas cell in different noble gases. Spectral broadening of high-order harmonics in xenon and argon is observed. In neon, an extended continuous cut-off region down to 10 nm (124 eV) is observed which is to the best of our knowledge the highest cut-off energy obtained by filamented pulses. Our result suggests the feasibility of single attosecond-pulse-generation at both high photon flux and high cut-off energy.

  19. A pulse-to-pulse timing jitter measurement between two synchronized amplified laser beams for TTX

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    Wang, Dong; Yan, Lixin; Nie, Zan; Tian, Qili; Yang, Jin; Hua, Jianfei; Du, Yingchao; Huang, Wenhui

    2017-06-01

    In China, Tsinghua Thomson Scattering X-ray Source (TTX) is the dedicated hard X-ray source based on the Thomson scattering between a terawatt ultrashort laser and a relativistic electron beam. In the TTX, two synchronized Ti: sapphire laser systems generate the terawatt ultrashort infrared scattering laser and the ultraviolet driving laser for the photocathode RF gun to produce the electron beam; measuring the timing jitter between the electron beam and the laser beam is an essential task for the X-ray source. In the present study, we report on a single shot, non-collinear cross correlator with fs resolution and measured the timing jitter between the two synchronized laser systems with a pulse-to-pulse method, which is beneficial to estimate the jitter of the X-ray yield in the TTX system. Although it is more important to synchronize the scattering laser to the electron beam and not of the driving laser, the laser-laser jitter measurement would be a good first step towards that goal, and the result generated can be considered as the error signal for the potential feedback stabilization.

  20. Generation of high-power ultrashort optical pulses by semiconductor lasers

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    Dudelev, V. V.; Zazulin, S. V.; Kolykhalova, E. D.; Losev, S. N.; Deryagin, A. G.; Kuchinskii, V. I.; Efanov, M. V.; Sokolovskii, G. S.

    2016-12-01

    Fiber-coupled semiconductor lasers have been studied when pumped by high-power short electrical pulses of 5 ns width and leading front duration below 1 ns. In this pumping regime, it is possible to ensure significant sharpening of output pulses, the duration of which decreases below 80 ps for a single-mode laser and below 120 ps for a broad aperture multimode laser at an output peak optical power as high as 1.5 and 27 W, respectively.