Using in situ Raman scattering in a confocal microscopy setup, we have observed changes in the network structure of fused silica after modifying regions inside the glass with tightly focused 800-nm 130-fs laser pulses at fluences of 5-200 J cm-2. The Raman spectra show a large increase in the peaks at 490 and 605 cm-1, owing to 4- and 3-membered ring structures in the silica network, indicating that densification occurs after exposure to the femtosecond laser pulses. The results are consistent with the formation of a localized plasma by the laser pulse and a subsequent microexplosion inside the glass.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|State||Published - Nov 1 2001|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics