Spatial pattern of microchannel formation in fused silica irradiated by nanosecond ultraviolet pulses

Ewan M. Wright, Masud Mansuripur, Vladimir Liberman, Keith Bates

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We present numerical simulations of propagation of ultraviolet pulses through fused silica using a model that allows for the accumulative action of compaction back on the light. Compaction-induced selffocusing causes the light field to develop into a pattern of hot spots around the incident aperture that correlates with the damage patterns observed during marathon experiments designed to determine the onset of microchannel formation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5785-5788
Number of pages4
JournalApplied optics
Issue number27
StatePublished - Sep 20 1999


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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