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Femtosecond Beam Transformation Effects in Water, Enabling Increased Throughput Micromachining in Transparent Materials

Laser Research Center, Faculty of Physics, Vilnius University, Saulėtekio Ave. 10, LT-10223 Vilnius, Lithuania
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Appl. Sci. 2019, 9(12), 2405; https://doi.org/10.3390/app9122405
Received: 16 May 2019 / Revised: 7 June 2019 / Accepted: 9 June 2019 / Published: 13 June 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ultrafast Laser Pulses)
Femtosecond lasers are widely applied in scientific and industrial fields. Recent trends in the laser market show decreasing prices for femtosecond units, which will ultimately lead to the opening of new markets that were inaccessible in the past due to the high costs of such systems. To this end, new techniques that enable micromachining of materials with increased efficiency are interesting. In this article, we demonstrate a technique that may be used for cutting and drilling various materials. By placing a layer of water on top of the samples and loosely focusing laser light on the surface, it was found that the micromachining throughput is increased by up to 10-fold as compared with micromachining without the water layer (conventional focusing in air), however, the main reasons for the increase in fabrication efficiency have not been fully understood until now. By modelling the propagation of the femtosecond pulses by means of the nonlinear modified Schrodinger equation through the water layer, we show that the increased throughput is attributed to the changing of the Gaussian intensity profile. In addition, we confirm these findings by numerically modelling the ablated crater formation. View Full-Text
Keywords: femtosecond; micromachining; water; self-focusing; ablation; glass femtosecond; micromachining; water; self-focusing; ablation; glass
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Butkus, S.; Gaižauskas, E.; Mačernytė, L.; Jukna, V.; Paipulas, D.; Sirutkaitis, V. Femtosecond Beam Transformation Effects in Water, Enabling Increased Throughput Micromachining in Transparent Materials. Appl. Sci. 2019, 9, 2405.

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