Intense femtosecond shaped laser beams for writing extended structures inside transparent dielectrics

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We review recent results on the propagation and self-focusing of intense femtosecond laser pulses with shaped beam profiles in transparent dielectric media. At sufficiently high optical power, beam shaping seeds into the transverse modulation instability and results in the deterministic placement of intense laser filaments within the beam profile. Resulting spatial filament distributions may be utilized for writing complex extended structures inside transparent dielectrics. Specific examples of beam shapes we will discuss are Bessel beams, optical vortices, Bessel beams of higher order, and Airy beams.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)143-149
Number of pages7
JournalApplied Physics A: Materials Science and Processing
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Chemistry(all)

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