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  • Received: Jan. 7, 2020

    Accepted: Apr. 1, 2020

    Posted: May. 20, 2020

    Published Online: May. 20, 2020

    The Author Email: Q. Z. Zhao (zqz@siom.ac.cn)

    DOI: 10.1017/hpl.2020.18

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    J. Qian, G. D. Wang, K. Y. Lou, D. Y. Shen, Q. Fu, Q. Z. Zhao. Self-induced birefringence of white-light continuum generated by interaction of focused femtosecond laser pulses with fused silica[J]. High Power Laser Science and Engineering, 2020, 8(2): 02000e19

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High Power Laser Science and Engineering, Vol. 8, Issue 2, 02000e19 (2020)

Self-induced birefringence of white-light continuum generated by interaction of focused femtosecond laser pulses with fused silica

J. Qian1, G. D. Wang1, K. Y. Lou1,2, D. Y. Shen1,2, Q. Fu1,2, and Q. Z. Zhao1,2,†

Author Affiliations

  • 1State Key Laboratory of High Field Laser Physics, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai201800, China
  • 2Center of Materials Science and Optoelectronics Engineering, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing100049, China

Abstract

White-light continuum can be induced by the interaction of intense femtosecond laser pulses with condensed materials. By using two orthogonal polarizers, a self-induced birefringence of continuum is observed when focusing femtosecond laser pulses into bulk fused silica. That is, the generated white-light continuum is synchronously modulated anisotropically while propagating in fused silica. Time-resolved detection confirms that self-induced birefringence of continuum shows a growth and saturation feature with time evolution. By adjusting laser energy, the transmitted intensity of continuum modulated by self-induced birefringence also varies correspondingly. Morphology analysis with time evolution indicates that it is the focused femtosecond laser pulses that induce anisotropic microstructures in bulk fused silica, and the anisotropic structures at the same time modulate the generated continuum.

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