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Title: Femtosecond laser structuring of silver-containing glass: Silver redistribution, selective etching, and surface topology engineering

Femtosecond direct laser writing in silver-containing phosphate glasses allows for the three-dimensional (3D) implementation of complex photonic structures. Sample translation along or perpendicular to the direction of the beam propagation has been performed, which led to the permanent formation of fluorescent structures, either corresponding to a tubular shape or to two parallel planes at the vicinity of the interaction voxel, respectively. These optical features are related to significant modifications of the local material chemistry. Indeed, silver depletion areas with a diameter below 200 nm were evidenced at the center of the photo-produced structures while photo-produced luminescence properties are attributed to the formation of silver clusters around the multiphoton interaction voxel. The laser-triggered oxidation-reduction processes and the associated photo-induced silver redistribution are proposed to be at the origin of the observed original 3D luminescent structures. Thanks to such material structuring, surface engineering has been also demonstrated. Selective surface chemical etching of the glass has been obtained subsequently to laser writing at the location of the photo-produced structures, revealing features with nanometric depth profiles and radial dimensions strongly related to the spatial distributions of the silver clusters.
Authors:
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  1. CNRS, ICMCB, UPR 9048, F-33600 Pessac, France and Univ. Bordeaux, ICMCB, UPR 9048, F-33600 Pessac (France)
  2. Université Bordeaux, Centre Lasers Intenses et Applications–UMR 5107 CNRS, 351 cours de la Libération, 33405 Talence Cedex (France)
  3. Université de Bordeaux, Institut des Sciences Moléculaires, CNRS UMR 5255, 351 cours de la Libération, 33405 Talence Cedex (France)
  4. Université de Bordeaux, Placamat, avenue Docteur Albert Schweitzer, 33608 Pessac Cedex (France)
  5. Université Bordeaux, Laboratoire Ondes et Matière d'Aquitaine–UMR 5798, CNRS, 351 cours de la Libération, 33405 Talence Cedex (France)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22492991
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Applied Physics; Journal Volume: 118; Journal Issue: 21; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; 36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; CHEMISTRY; DEPTH; ETCHING; FLUORESCENCE; LASER RADIATION; MULTI-PHOTON PROCESSES; OXIDATION; PHOSPHATE GLASS; PHOTOLUMINESCENCE; REDUCTION; SILVER; SPATIAL DISTRIBUTION; SURFACES; THREE-DIMENSIONAL CALCULATIONS; TOPOLOGY