Micro-Structured Silver Containing Glass as an Engineered Nonlinear Optical Material

Originally published in Frontiers in Optics 2009/Laser Science XXV/Fall 2009 OSA Optics & Photonics Technical Digest, this article describes the creation mechanism of femtosecond laser produced silver microstructures in silver containing zinc phosphate glass.

A femtosecond is the SI unit of time equal to 10−15 of a second. That is one quadrillionth, or one millionth of one billionth, of a second.

It was shown that laser-induced depletion in a microstructure enables second harmonic generation exhibiting 2.44 times increased second-order susceptibility than quartz.

Authored by Jiyeon Choi, Matthieu Bellec, Kevin Bourhis, Arnaud Royon, Lionel Canioni, Thierry Cardinal, Evelyne Fargin, Vincent Rodriguez, Marc Dussauze, Aurelien Delestre, and Martin Richardson, the original article can be found online at Optics Info Base.