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Opt Express. 2010 May 10;18(10):10642-9. doi: 10.1364/OE.18.010642.

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

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  • 1Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA 94550, USA.


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 approximately 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 micros delay times, respectively, and suggest that the melted region returns to solid phase at approximately 70 ms delay.

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