Dynamics of material modifications following laser-breakdown in bulk fused silica

R. A. Negres, M. D. Feit, S. G. Demos

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Abstract

We report on the material response during the cooling phase in bulk fused silica following localized energy deposition via laser-induced breakdown. We use a time-resolved microscope system to acquire images of the region of energy deposition at delay times covering the entire timeline of events. In addition, this system is configured to perform pump-and-probe damage testing measurements to investigate the evolution of the transient absorption of the modified material. The main features of a damage site are established at ∼30 ns after the pump pulse, i.e. cracks reach their final size within this time frame. The results reveal that the cracks and melted core exhibit a transient absorption up until about 300 ns and 200 μs delay times, respectively, and suggest that the melted region returns to solid phase at ∼70 ms delay.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10642-10649
Number of pages8
JournalOptics Express
Volume18
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - May 10 2010
Externally publishedYes

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Dynamics of material modifications following laser-breakdown in bulk fused silica. / Negres, R. A.; Feit, M. D.; Demos, S. G.

In: Optics Express, Vol. 18, No. 10, 10.05.2010, p. 10642-10649.

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Negres, R. A. ; Feit, M. D. ; Demos, S. G. / Dynamics of material modifications following laser-breakdown in bulk fused silica. In: Optics Express. 2010 ; Vol. 18, No. 10. pp. 10642-10649.
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