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Invited Lecture

Three Dimensional Writing of Material Functions by femtosecond laser: Science and Technology

Friday (26.06.2020)
10:30 - 11:10 Room 1
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The femtosecond laser direct writing (FLDW) allows 3D highly localized permanent modifications because of light absorption in transparent material through a highly non-linear absorption of a converging beam. Up to date no other manufacturing process has the potential to integrate 3D multifunctional devices made in a single monolithic chip and within a variety of transparent materials. The absorption step corresponds to strong electron excitation from valence to conduction bands. Then, electrons relaxe through various processes that leads to structural modifications of the materials and their physical properties that could be useful for elaborating many applications.

During the presentation, I will give some examples of these effects and the consequences on the properties. A part of the effects are not specific of the femtosecond laser (ultra-brief pulses or very high intensity):

• Change of fictive temperature of glasses that leads to isotropic refractive index change,

• Physico-chemical transformations like oxide decomposition, phase separation, congruent or non-congruent crystallization for producing optically non-linear properties, amorphisation useful for optical waveguide elaboration,

• Chemical migration,

• Glass densification by shock wave produced by sudden increase of specific volume at the center of focal volume,

• Stress field for inducing remote anisotropic index change, change of mechanical properties,

Another part of the effects is specific of such type of laser.

• Coulomb explosion inducing cavitation,

• Self-organized nanostructures like nanogratings, so useful for creating anisotropic index change at the micron scale,

• Redox effect on transition metal or noble metal that leads to luminescence and dichroism (nanoparticle precipitation), respectively,

• Action of the fs laser polarization, action of the pulse front tilt.


An example useful for integrated optics, it is the combination of the control of the direction of an optically non-linear crystals and of nanogratings forms by self-organized chemical separation of the glass into SiO2 and LiNbO3.

Prof. Dr. Bertrand Poumellec
Université Paris Sud
Additional Authors:
  • Prof. Matthieu Lancry
    Université Paris Saclay


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