Energy deposition at front and rear surfaces during picosecond laser interaction with fused silica

Salleo, A.; Génin, F. Y.; Feit, M. D.; Rubenchik, A. M.; Sands, T.; Mao, S. S.; Russo, R. E.
May 2001
Applied Physics Letters;5/7/2001, Vol. 78 Issue 19, p2840
Academic Journal
The difference between front-surface and rear-surface energy deposition of a 35 ps laser pulse (λ=1064 nm) in fused silica was investigated using shadowgraphic and laser-deflection techniques. Shock waves were observed in the glass and in air. Shock waves generated in air at the front surface are stronger than at the rear surface. Less than 35% of the energy incident on the surface drives the air shock waves at the rear surface. Up to 90% of the incident energy drives the air shock waves at the front surface. Laser-plasma interaction is responsible for this difference and for limiting the amount of energy deposited inside the sample during front-surface ablation. Energy deposition at the rear surface is mostly limited by self-focusing inside the material. © 2001 American Institute of Physics.


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